INDIA-CHINA CORPS COMMANDER TALKS AT MOLDO TODAY The Corps Commander-level talks between India and China will be held on Monday to explore ways to implement the five-point consensus to defuse the LAC stand-off. For the first time, a joint secretary-level officer from the Ministry of External Affairs will be part of the delegation. The talks will be held at Moldo on the Chinese side of the LAC CHENNAI MONDAY SEPTEMBER 21, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 32 LATE CITY EDITION SHOCKER AS RS RAMS TWO FARM BILLS BY VOICE VOTE Ruckus in the Rajya Sabha; Chair ignores division demand since all members were not in their seats; Opposition says the govt did not have the numbers NO-TRUST MOTION AGAINST HARIVANSH 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 Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’Brien shows the rule book to Rajya Sabha dy chairman Harivansh Narayan Singh in the Parliament House on Sunday | PTI 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, 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, 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. QUESTION MARK OVER VOICE VOTE The Congress, CPI(M) 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 Complaining they were not allowed to seek voting on two farm bills, as many as 12 Opposition parties moved a no-confidence motion against Rajya Sabha deputy chairman Harivansh Narayan Singh Critical AIADMK, BJD line put govt in a tight position R I C H A S H A R M A @ New Delhi Did the treasury benches have the numbers to get the farm sector reform bills passed in the Rajya Sabha on Sunday had the ayes and nays been actually counted through a process called division? The question is intriguing since a clutch of regional parties that generally vote with the NDA in the Upper House like the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS), the AIADMK and the Biju Janata Dal (BJD), were critical in their assessment of the legislations. The BJD actually echoed the Opposition demand that the bills be referred to a select committee. While the TRS has seven members in the House, both the AIADMK and the BJD have nine This is like each. Sizeable figures, giv- disinvestment in the Indian farming en the fractured nature of sector... If these bills the Rajya Sabha. are passed, states Also, three NDA votes will not have any would have gone to the power to check Opposition, as the Shi- profiteering, romani Akali Dal is bit- hoarding and black terly opposed to the bills. marketing On the flip side, the YSR S R Balasubramoniyam, Congress with six MPs AIADMK backed the bills. For the record, the Centre claimed it had the numbers to get the legislations passed. During the debate, Amar Patnaik (BJD) argued that the bills will lead to cartelisation. “Remunerative prices will not be the same. Who will fix it? Will lead to market capture? Is the bill only for corporates? I would urge sending it to a select committee,” he said. AIADMK’s S R Balasubramoniyam alleged the Centre has bulldozed farm reforms during Covid-19. K Keshava Rao (TRS) said the bills are a brutal assault on the Constitution. “If this is the new age (revolutionary), we are against it as you are putting poor farmers against rich corporates... The bills will turn farmers to landP7 less labourers,” he charged. Tamil Nadu submits road map for electric vehicles to NGT S V K R I S H N A C H A I TA N YA FEWER THAN 50K ACTIVE CASES IN TN The state tested 86,073 samples and 84,338 people on the day. A total of 64,74,656 samples and 62,74,931 people have been tested so far. Among the new deaths, 9 victims didn’t have any comorbidities. As of Sunday, the state had 46,703 active cases including cases under isolation. Total number of patients discharged so far is 4,86,479 FRESH CASES DEATHS 5,516 60 WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST 32 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID), 4 OF CITY EXPRESS YOUR LIFE COACH @ Chennai MOVING a step closer to creating the infrastructure for electric vehicles in the state, the Tamil Nadu government has submitted an action plan to the National Green Tribunal (NGT), detailing the measures it plans to take up for a smooth transition to electric-powered vehicles. This comes almost a year after the state unveiled its Electric Vehicle Policy-2019 which focuses on creating charging infrastructure and attracting start-ups. As per the plan which was submitted to the NGT by Principal Secretary and Transport Commissioner TS Jawahar, the government plans to give 100 per cent tax exemption and waive off permit fees for all electric vehicles (EV) attached to educational institutions till December 2022. Jawahar said the government was making efforts to set up grid-charging stations at six major cities — Chennai, Coimbatore, Tiruchy, Madurai, Salem and Tirunelveli. “The charging stations will be set up at every 25 km along both national and state highways. Also, EV-related industries will be provided 100 per cent exemption from electricity tax till December 31, 2025, Compressed biogas in Salem, Namakkal and stamp duty exemption during purchase of land,” the official said. The transport authorities said the state is planning to attract `50,000-crore investment under the EV Policy - 2019 and in the next decade all autos and taxis in six major cities will be converted to EVs. P3 Charging stations will be set up at every 25 km along highways. Also, EV-related industries will be provided 100 per cent exemption from electricity tax till December 2025 In another important development, the Indian Oil Corporation has come up with a new project, making available CBG (Compressed Biogas) in Salem and Namakkal districts for use in automobiles Transport Commissioner 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 ■ ■
Express Network Private Limited publishes thirty three E-paper editions of The New Indian Express newspaper , thirty two E-paper editions of Dinamani, one E-paper edition of The Morning Standard, one E-paper edition of Malayalam Vaarika magazine and one E-paper edition of the Indulge - The Morning Standard, Kolkatta.