THRISSUR l MONDAY l SEPTEMBER 21, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 28 l CITY EDITION TRUMP BLESSES TIKTOK’S DEAL WITH ORACLE AND WALMART The US president has approved a deal under which TikTok will partner with Oracle and Walmart and form a US company ORACLE TO STORE DATA OF AMERICAN USERS JUDGE BLOCKS TRUMP’S WECHAT BAN Oracle and Walmart would acquire a cumulative 20% stake in the new company for an expected $12.5 billion. Oracle will store the data of TikTok’s US users and will have the right to inspect the app’s source code any time. The new company will donate $5 billion to a public fund, satisfying Donald Trump’s demand that the federal government get a ‘cut’ from the deal ■ ■ A US federal judge on Saturday blocked Trump’s ban on Chinese messaging app WeChat, hours before it was due to take effect The judge said the government's ban would affect WeChat users’ First Amendment right to free speech, since an effective ban on the app removes their platform for communication 25,000 JOBS WILL BE CREATED BY THE NEW TIKTOK COMPANY, SAYS TRUMP CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI Critical BJD, AIADMK line puts govt in a tight position Ruckus in House; Chair ignores division demand since all members were not in their seats; Oppn says govt did not have the numbers Shocker as RS rams two farm bills by voice vote E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi TWO of the three contentious farm bills were passed in the Rajya Sabha by voice vote on Sunday amid pandemonium from the Opposition parties. The Farmer’s Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill will now go to the President for his assent before they are notified as laws. The third bill, the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, will be moved separately . Dramatic scenes unfolded as Rajya Sabha deputy chairman Harivansh Narayan Singh rushed through the clauses of the two bills with Opposition MPs standing in the well of the House sloganeering, tearing copies of the bills, damaging microphone at the podium and some climbing on to tables. Opposition MPs also sat in protest inside the House after it was adjourned for the day alleg, ing the government violated many rules to get the bills passed because it did not have the numbers. The Centre condemned the ruckus in Parliament. “The kind of attack launched on Deputy Chairman Harivansh, who is an erudite and reputed person, is highly condemnable,” Union Minister Rajnath Singh said in a press conference. “There are attempts to emotionally misguide the farmers on the agriculture bills passed by Parliament,” he added. Terming it a ‘watershed moment’ in the history of Indian agriculture, Prime Minister NO-TRUST MOTION AGAINST DY CHAIR Complaining they were not allowed to seek voting on two farm bills, 12 Opposition parties moved a no-trust motion against Rajya Sabha deputy chairman Harivansh Narayan Singh Narendra Modi said the bills will ensure a complete transformation of the farm sector. Meanwhile, several BJP MPs demanded action against the unruly opposition lawmakers, following which Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu held a meeting with the Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi. Sources said the Centre is also mulling a resolution against the opposition MPs. The pandemonium started after the deputy chairman extended the duration of the House beyond 1 pm and the Opposition alleged there was no consensus for this. Following this, MPs from the TMC, Congress, DMK, AAP and others rushed to the well of the house. TMC parliamentary party leader in Rajya Sabha Derek O’Brien flashed the rule book at the chair. While some reports said he tore it, O’Brien later denied having done so. Another member tried to pull the microphones from the podium while marshals thwarted it. Many other MPs, including claimed it had the numbers to get the legislations passed. Did the treasury benches have During the debate, Amar Patthe numbers to get the farm sec- naik (BJD) argued that the bills tor reform bills passed in the will lead to cartelisation. “ReRajya Sabha on Sunday had the munerative prices will not be ayes and nays been actually the same. Who will fix it? Will counted through a process lead to market capture? Is the called division? bill only for corporates? I would The question is intriguing urge sending it to a select comsince a clutch of regional par- mittee,” he said. ties that generally S R Balasubramonivote with the NDA in yam (AIADMK) althe Upper House like leged that the Centre the Telangana Rashhas bulldozed farm This is like tra Samiti (TRS), the disinvestment in the reforms during CovAIADMK and the Biju id-19. “The Centre Indian farming Janata Dal (BJD), sector... If these bills should ensure farmwere critical in their ers don’t get cheated. are passed, states assessment of the legwill not have any It can establish a Cenpower to check islations. The BJD actral agriculture reguprofiteering, tually echoed the Oplatory authority like position demand that hoarding and black the electricity regulamarketing the bills be referred to tory authority to supa select committee. S R Balasubramoniyam, port far mers,” he While the TRS has suggest. AIADMK seven members in the Echoing them, K House, both the AIADMK and Keshava Rao (TRS) said the the BJD have nine each. Sizea- bills are a brutal assault on the ble figures, given the fractured Constitution and violate the nature of the Rajya Sabha. spirit of federalism. “If this is Also, three NDA votes would the new age (revolutionary), we have gone to the Opposition, as are against it as you are putting the Shiromani Akali Dal is bit- poor farmers against rich corterly opposed to the bills. On the porates... Did you talk to us or flip side, the YSR Congress with did you consult the people? The six MPs backed the bills. bills will turn farmers to landFor the record, the Centre less labourers,” he charged. P7 R I C H A S H A R M A @ New Delhi Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’Brien displays the rule book in front of Rajya Sabha deputy chairman Harivansh Narayan Singh on Sunday | PTI QUESTION MARK OVER VOICE VOTE The Congress, CPM and DMK moved resolutions to send the bills to the select committee and demanded division when their resolutions were taken up. However, the deputy chairman said division can only be taken up if the members go back to their seats. Voice vote was taken as Opposition members continued to remain in the well of the House A WATERSHED MOMENT, SAYS MODI Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed the passage of the farm bills, calling it a ‘watershed moment’ in the history of Indian agriculture. He said the bills have the potential to revolutionise the farm sector. The PM asserted the bills will help double the income of farmers DMK’s Tiruchi Siva, were seen tearing off copies of the bill while Congress MP Rajiv Satav and AAP MP Sanjay Singh climbed a table in front of the chair and shouted slogans. The noisy scenes led to adjournment of the House for 15 minutes. As the House reassem- CHURCH ROW bled, the Opposition resumed their protest. But the deputy chairman continued with the bills and they were passed by voice vote in 20 minutes. The main point raised by Opposition MPs was the lack of provision for ensuring minimum support price to farmers. CM to hold conciliatory talks with two factions ‘Al-Qaeda module planned attacks across country’ E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @Kochi A R U N M @Kochi HOPING to find a peaceful resolution to the decadeslong Malankara Church dispute, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has convened separate conciliatory meetings with the Jacobite and Orthodox factions in Thiruvananthapuram on Monday The meetings gain . urgency in the light of Friday’s verdict of the Kottayam sub-court ordering the handover of St Mary’s Jacobite Syrian Church at Manarcad, which is a major pilg rimage centre, to the Orthodox faction. While the chief minister will hold talks with representatives of the Jacobite faction at 10.30am, the meeting with the Orthodox faction representatives has been fixed at 3pm. Both factions have agreed to attend the talks. From the Orthodox side, Gabriel Mar Gregorios, Metropolitan of Thiruvanathapuram diocese, Thomas Mar Athanasius, Metropolitan of Kandanad East diocese, and Synod secretary Yuhanon Mar Diascoros will take part in the talks. ● More on P4 MURSHID Hasan, alias Sofia, the alleged Al-Qaeda activist who was arrested from Pathalam in Kalamassery, was the head of the group of jihadi terrorists inspired by globally proscribed terrorist organisation, according to investigators. The group, consisting of more than 10 members, mostly of Bengali origin and operating in different parts of the country, was planning terrorist activities in several locations in the country . Murshid Hasan, Mosaraf Hossen and Yakub Biswas, all hailing from Murshidabad in West Bengal, who were associated with the busted Al-Qaeda module, were arrested from Pathalam and Perumbavoor on Saturday. The NIA took Murshid Hasan and Mosaraf Hossen to New Delhi on an Air India flight from Nedumbassery on Sunday for further interrogation. The inter rogation of sixth accused, Yakub Biswas, who was arrested from Perumbavoor, is under way . He will also be taken to New Delhi, according to NIA EXPRESS READ Thachankary gets clean chit in bribery case T’Puram: The Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau (VACB) on Sunday gave a clean chit to DGP Tomin J Thachankary in the bribery case. According to the investigating agency, no evidence could be found to prove the charges levelled against Thachankary. WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) YOUR LIFE COACH The flooded Sri Madanantheshwara Siddhivinayaka Temple at Madhur in Kasaragod. The district received 188mm of rain in 24 hours till Sunday morning | EXPRESS HEAVY RAIN POUNDS STATE, ORANGE ALERT IN 10 DISTS E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ T’Puram Orange alert in Wayanad, Kasaragod, Kannur, Kozhikode, Malappuram, Palakkad, Thrissur, Idukki, Kottayam and Ernakulam till Tuesday noon Vadakara recorded highest rainfall of 209mm over the 24-hr period that ended at 8.30 am on Sunday Strong wind with speed reaching 45-55 kmph likely to hit along and off Kerala Coast State disaster management has suspended all fishing activities along the state’s coast THE state, which received heavy rain on Sunday leaving several low-lying areas waterlogged, is in for more heavy showers on Monday . The India Meteorological Department has sounded a red alert in Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur and Kasaragod districts, warning extreme heavy rain till Monday noon. Meanwhile, an orange alert has been sounded in 10 districts, except Thiruvan an t h ap u ram, Kol l am, Pathanamthitta and Alappuzha, from Monday till Tuesday noon. The rain gained strength following the formation of a low pressure over the Bay of Bengal on Sunday which is ex, pected to strengthen further. Vadakara in Kozhikode district recorded the highest rainfall of 209mm in the 24 hours that ended at 8.30am on Sunday . In Kasaragod, around 20 families were shifted to safer locations, fearing landslides in Vellarikkundu taluk in the wake of incessant rain that has been lashing the district for the past two days. The district received 188mm of rain in 24 hours that ended at 8.30am on Sunday . In Idukki, a man who was trapped under Kunjithanni bridge, after water level rose in Muthirapuzha following heavy rain, was rescued by fire and rescue personnel. ● More on P5 What the NIA says... Murshid Hasan — arrested from Pathalam in Kalamassery— was the head of the group 1 Hasan, a Bengalispeaking individual, had travelled to several places in south and east India. 2 The group, consisting of more than 10 members, was planning terrorist activities in several locations in the country 3 Hasan and Mosaraf Hossen taken to New Delhi for further interrogation 4 sources. The NIA, New Delhi, has registered the case under Sections 17, 18, 18B, 20 and 38 of UAPA. Hasan, who is a Bengalispeaking individual, had travelled to several places in south and east India. He is inspired by violent ideology of Al-Qaeda, said NIA. ● More on P4 Covid claims first doc’s life T’Puram: Dr M S Abdeen, 76, of KBM Clinic, Thiruvananthapuram, who was under treatment for Covid-19 died on Sunday, the first death due to the disease among the doctors in the state. He had tested positive for the virus on September 14 and was admitted to a private hospital. He had been attending to his patients till September 12. Abdeen did not have any symptoms till Wednesday after which his condition worsened. The doctor had comorbidities including diabetes and heart disease. He recently had a stroke and was recovering from it. State witness biggest single-day surge 4,696 cases reported on Sunday 41,630 samples tested 4,425 infected through local transmission 2,751 more recover 39,415 active cases Kollam MP N K Premachandran was admitted to AIIMS, Delhi, after testing positive. He had attended the Lok Sabha session and a press conference with other UDF MPs on Saturday ‘WITH THE SURVIVOR’ WCC members blast ‘U-turn by star witnesses’ in actor abduction case S H I B U B S @Kochi THE members of Women In Cinema Collective (WCC) have come out against several crucial witnesses in the actor abduction case, who they claim had turned hostile. On Sunday, the WCC said in its official Facebook page that the organisation continues to stand by the female actor. “We stand by the survivor,” said the collective which was formed to protect woman artists from exploitation at the workplace. WCC members, including Parvathy Thiruvoth, Revathy, Rima Kallingal, singer Sayanora and many others, have blasted the witnesses who allegedly turned hostile. “Shame (on them!). Feeling deeply hurt that colleagues, who stood by the survivor (earlier) have turned hostile at the last minute when she needed their help the most. Though we are well aware of the fact that these women, who turned hostile, are also victims in some sense since they have no say in the power equations of the film industry, it hurts badly. Have come across reports that four of them — Edavela Babu, Bindu Panikkar, Sidhique and Bhama — have changed their statements. And A survivor has been put through hoops of fire and constant trauma for over three years. We have seen her stand tall and fight doggedly for justice. It is pure torture. I’m in shock at how witnesses are turning hostile. Especially one, whom you’d consider a friend. Heartbreaking. Nonetheless, I want to believe her fight for justice will triumph (eventually). Standing by her! — Parvathy Thiruvoth, actor still counting. If this is indeed true, it’s such a shame,” said Rima, a founder-member of WCC. Revathy said:”We hold candlelight vigils in solidarity with a survivor as soon as such an incident occurs, but mistrust her when we are held accountable. Is it such a world that we want for posterity? What is the point in taking pride as the inheritors of the culture of a thousand years if our daughters, sisters and mothers cannot be protected?” she said. Expressing solidarity with the survivor, filmmaker Aashiq Abu, said: “There is hardly anything surprising about the senior actor and a heroine having changed their statements. However, by taking a stance which favours the atrocity, both of them are supporting cruelty .”
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