HYDERABAD MONDAY SEPTEMBER 21, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 28 LATE 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. 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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 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 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- Kavitha now has 1 million followers on Twitter POLICE INTENSIFY SEARCH FOR SIX ESCAPED MAOISTS S R A J A R E D D Y @ Adilabad @ Hyderabad CONTINUED ON P4 We are a million! Thank you for all your unconditional support K Kavitha, TRS leader 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. HOT PURSUIT EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE TRS leader and former MP Kalvakuntla Kavitha has become the first South Indian woman politician to reach a million followers-mark on popular microblogging site Twitter. Kavitha has been responding to many SOS calls made to her on Twitter. After reaching the milestone, she tweeted, “We are a million! Thank you for all your unconditional support.” The daughter of Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao spearheaded the social media campaign during the 2018 Assembly elections. During the lockdown, Kavitha played a pivotal role in bringing back students and migrant workers stuck outside Telangana as well as the country . As the world is going through the pandemic, Kavitha takes out time to find blood donors online to help out the needy Her humani. tarian side has won her many hearts. A mother, wife, daughter, and sister, Kavitha weaved her Twitter journey connecting the Twitteraties with a mix of politics and emotions. Resonating her views during the separate statehood movement, Kavitha had started her Twitter journey in 2010, two years after launching Telangana Jagruthi. The former Nizamabad MP utilises social media to express her consent, dissent and expectations from the establishments. 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 GLOOMY SUNDAY Fog envelops the Hitec City skyline as rains lashed Hyderabad on Sunday | S SENBAGAPANDIYAN | P4 Scooterist washed away as rain fury continues in city EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad CLOSE on the heels of the tragic death of a 12-year-old girl in an open nala in Neredmet police limits, a similar mishap took place on Sunday when a person riding his two-wheeler was swept away by the powerful currents of rain water in Saroornagar here . The police identified the victim as Naveen Kumar, a resident of Almasguda. They are trying to rescue him with the help of GHMC’s disaster management staff as he was carried along by the current into Saroornagar lake. The victim was riding towards Tapovan Colony when the incident occurred. The locals and passersby tried to rescue him but could not succeed. “The search operation is on. We are working with the GHMC disaster management team. With the help of the registration number of the two-wheeler we identified the person,” poCONTINUED ON P3 lice said. 2,137 COVID CASES AND 8 DEATHS RECORDED IN TELANGANA PAGE 4 WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) AFTER gunning down two Maoists in Kadamba forest area in Kumrambheem-Asifabad district in an “encounter”, the police are on the hot trail of the six remaining ultras who fled the scene even as CPI Maoist state secretary Jagan called for a week-long plenary of the party beginning on Monday obviously to , script a strategy to once again take the movement forward in Telangana. The two Maoists killed on Saturday night were identified as Chukkal, an action committee member of Kumrambheem-Asifabad and Mancherial division, and Jugnak Badhi Rao, a native of Neeradigonda mandal in Adilabad district. After visiting the encounter spot, Ramagundam Comm i s s i o n e r o f Po l i c e V Satyanarayanna, who is incharge of KumrambheemAsifabad district, said: “Chukkal was a native of Bijapur district in Chhattisghar and Jugnak Badhi Rao was from Yapalguda village in Neeradigonda mandal in Adilabad district.” The police recovered 9mm carbine, 12mm bore firearm, Maoist literature and kit bags. The “exchange of fire” lasted for about one hour on Saturday night. The Maoists who were try- Two dead ultras identified Two Maoists killed on Saturday were identified as Chukkal, an action committee member, and Jugnak Badhi Rao, a native of Neeradigonda ing to find their feet again on Telangana soil, suffered a serious setback when the police bullets felled the two ultras in the encounter. The six-member team, of which the two Maoists were part of, was led by state committee member Mailerapu Adellu alias Bhaskar, who moves in the Kadamba forest area. According to police, when they came face to face with Maoists, they had demanded that they surrender but they began firing at them while trying to escape, leaving no alternative for the police except to retaliate with gunfire. The bullets caught two ultras while the others managed to escape into the thick jungles under the cover of darkness. The Greyhounds and special police stumbled on the ultras while they were conducting combing operations on the banks of the Pranahita river, near Dahegoan, Nenel while Maharashtra police were looking for them in Srivoncha CONTINUED ON P2 border. Police conduct combing operations in Kagaznagar division of Kumrambheem Asifabad district on Sunday LOWEST IN COUNTRY Glaring inadequacy: TS has just 56 standalone Covid-19 hospitals V N I L E S H @ Hyderabad A day after Telangana received a pat on its back from the Central government for low mortality rate among Covid-19 patients, the data released in Rajya Sabha on Sunday indicated a glaring inadequacy in the medical infrastructure to deal with pandemic in the State. Telangana has one of the lowest number of standalone Covid-19 hospitals in the country. Just 56 such hospitals exist in the State and these cover only 18 of the 33 districts. The difference between the number of standalone Covid-19 hospitals in Telangana and other States is very contrasting. For example, among the South Ind i a n S t a t e s, A n d h r a Pradesh has 581 standalone Covid-19 hospitals, Tamil Nadu 1,259, Karnataka 1,809 and Ker- ala 327. In fact, only Goa, smaller North Eastern States and Union Territories have lower number of dedicated Covid-19 hospitals than Telangana. It is not just the number of standalone Covid-19 hospitals that are less in Telangana but also the number of available oxygen or ICU beds in these hospitals, which are lower than most States. The 56 standalone Covid-19 hospitals in Telangana have 2,794 beds with oxygen facility and 1,782 ICU beds, which are one of the lowest when compared to similar hospitals in most other States. These num- bers are lower than even the States where the number of active Covid-19 cases is lower than Telangana. The number of isolation beds in these hospitals for confirmed and suspected STATE LAGS BEHIND IN ICU BEDS TOO The 56 standalone Covid-19 hospitals in Telangana have 2,794 beds with oxygen facility and 1,782 ICU beds, which are one of the lowest when compared to similar hospitals in most other States. These numbers are lower than even the States where the number of active Covid-19 cases is lower than Telangana cases are also one of the lowest. The 56 hospitals have 15,604 isolation beds, of which 14,814 are for confirmed cases and 790 are for suspected cases. It may be mentioned here that according to the data presented in Lok Sabha recently Telangana falls , behind even in testing than most States. Between September 9 and 15, the State conducted just 426 tests per million population per day as compared to the national average of 683.
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