VIJAYAWADA l MONDAY l SEPTEMBER 21, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 28 l 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. 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 put 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 over extension of the day’s schedule. 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 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 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. Trinamool Congress 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, 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 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 including 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 reassembled, FAKE CHEQUES EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Vijayawada EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Vijayawada WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) 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. YSRC BACKS FARM BILLS, LASHES OUT AT CONGRESS Fraudsters try to steal `117 crore from CMRF TAKING a serious view of an attempt by unknown offenders to withdraw more than `117.15 crore from the Chief M i n i s t e r ’s Re l i e f F u n d (CMRF) account by submitting fake cheques in three different parts of the country, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Sunday asked the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) to probe the case and nab the culprits. Fraudsters deposited “fake and forged” cheques at three banks in Karnataka, Delhi and West Bengal and tried to withdraw money but the bank , officials crosschecked the details with the State Bank of I n d i a ( S B I ) S e c re t a r i at Branch, where the CMRF account is being maintained, and found that the cheques were forged. The cheques bore the signature of the assistant secretary to the government, Revenue (CMRF) department, AP Secretariat, Velagapudi. The assistant secretary, P Murali Krishna Rao, in his complaint to the Thulluru police, said they issued three cheques — cheque no 694499 dated November 8, 2019 for `16,000 to Kolli Rattaiah, cheque no 792896 dated June 29, 2020 for `45,000 to Konatham Hymavathi of Reddygudem, and cheque no 792893 dated June 29, 2020 for `45,000 to Pathuri Ramya Sri of Ibrahimpatnam — after their CMRF claims were approved. The forged cheques with the same numbers were deposited at three different banks at three different parts of the country on September P5 18 and 19. 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 RELIGIOUS FERVOUR Chinna Sesha Vahanam festivities underway at Tirumala on Sunday | EXPRESS AP VIRAL WATCH 57 new deaths 7,738 new cases 10,608 new recoveries 70,455 new samples tested 5,359 6,25,514 total4recoveries 5, 1,319 total deaths total cases 51,04,131 TOTAL SAMPLES TESTED 78,836 active cases 95,583 tests per million positivity rate 86.54% 12.26% recovery rate 0.86% mortality rate IMPACT AT A GLANCE New New cases Total cases deaths DISTRICT Total deaths Anantapur Chittoor 539 794 52837 54853 7 7 446 587 East Godavari Guntur Kadapa Krishna Kurnool Nellore Prakasam Srikakulam Visakhapatnam Vizianagaram West Godavari Other states Other countries 1260 582 267 439 275 444 869 476 342 446 1005 0 0 86507 49446 39531 24030 54029 47727 41695 35944 46850 31424 57746 2461 434 4 2 3 8 4 2 6 3 6 2 3 0 0 485 494 343 389 444 422 418 311 390 213 417 0 0 SUPPORTING the farm bills brought by the Centre, the YSRC on Sunday made critical remarks against the Congress for supporting the dalal (middlemen) system by opposing the bill, which aims at easing restrictions on inter-state trade of agricultural products, which the Congress included in its manifesto ahead of the elections. “Is it not hypocrisy? Their objective is only one. The Congress is a party of middlemen dalals. Those who are supporting the bill are pro-farmer and those not supporting it are pro-dalal,” YSRC MP V Vijayasai Reddy said, sparking protests from Congress members, who wanted the comment to be withdrawn. The YSRC also mentioned the steps it took in AP to bail farmers out of the agrarian crisis, and wanted other states to implement them. Vijayasai Reddy targeted the Congress right from the moment he got a chance to take part in the discussion. Gesturing towards the Congress side, he said, “The previous framework (by the Congress government) left farmers at the mercy of middlemen who want to increase their margins.” Pointing out the positive aspects of the bill, Vijayasai Reddy said a farmer who toils day and night faces two problems — getting the right price for his produce, and having the ability to sell it at a reasonable price. “By allowing contract f ar ming, a farmer is assured of the sale price for his produce at a predetermined price and the risk is transferred from the farmer to the buyer. The bill will also free farmers from coercion of licensed middlemen as farmers are forced to sell their produce to those (in the previous framework) who found it easy to form a cartel and offer low prices to P4 farmers.” TDP ASKS CENTRE TO GIVE ASSURANCE Stating that there are serious concerns among the farming community on the bills, TDP Rajya Sabha MP Kanakamedala Ravindra Kumar appealed to the Central government to clear their doubts and give an assurance to farmers EXPRESS READ Only 18 TS districts have standalone Covid hosps Hyderabad: Data released in the Rajya Sabha on Sunday pointed to a glaring inadequacy in the medical infrastructure to deal with coronavirus in Telangana. 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 hospitals cover just 18 of the 33 districts. Andhra Pradesh has 581 standalone Covid-19 hospitals | P5 Centre revises min wage for casual workers New Delhi: The Centre said it had revised minimum rate of wages for employees engaged in scheduled employment in the central sphere. In reply to a question in the RS, the govt said the percentage distribution of casual workers as per the periodic labour force survey showed 29.3% workers in rural areas and 10.7% in urban areas. “Under Minimum Wages Act, 1948, the enforcement is secured at two levels | P7 Funds for minorities lying idle in UP New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh government has not used most of the funds received from the Central government for the development of minorities. According to government data, the Yogi Adityanath government in the state utilised just about 10 per cent of over `162 crore that was released under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Vikas Karyakram (PMJVK) scheme in 2019-2020 | P8 STAGGERED REOPENING Class 9 and 10 students may go to school to get doubts cleared from today R I T I KA A RU N VA I S H A L I & SREE CHANDANA M @ Vijayawada/Visakhapatnam THE stage is set for schools to partially reopen on Monday for students of Classes 9 and 10, after six months and lapsing of almost half the academic year. The students will be allowed to visit their teachers in school if they have consent from their parents or guardians. “Students who have doubts regarding subjects or lessons taught online may visit the school and get their doubts cleared in person by their teachers,” said Krishna District Education Officer Rajalakshmi. However, students and teachers from containment zones won’t be allowed to visit schools. “Private schools have already been conducting online classes, while lessons are telecast through Saptagiri and other media for students in government schools. No matter how hard we try to make students follow the rules, there is a high risk in conducting regular classes, so only doubt-clearing sessions will be allowed,” said an official of the education department. No matter how hard we try to make students follow the rules, there is a high risk in conducting regular classes, so only doubt-clearing sessions will be allowed Official of the education department All teachers will be available during school hours. Those who cannot go to school due to the guidelines may continue to have conversations over phone or video calls. While students expressed happiness that schools would partially be reopened, parents are worried and confused. “We are equally concerned about our children’s health and edu- cation. One of my sons is in Class 10 and another is in Class 12. Both are crucial years. We will let them go to school to get doubts cleared, but definitely not at the cost of their health. With the guidelines and measures in place at the school, we have some confidence that they can go at least once a week,” said Janaki Singh, a parent. CONTINUED ON P5
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