BHUBANESWAR 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 BJD opposes Bills, seeks fine-tuning by Select Committee 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 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, Critical TRS, AIADMK, BJD line put govt in a tight position 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 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 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bhubaneswar 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 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- 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. (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 each. Sizeable figures, given the fractured nature of the Rajya Sabha. Also, three NDA votes would have gone to the Opposition, as the Shiromani Akali Dal is bitterly opposed to the Bills. On the flip side, the YSR Congress with six MPs 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. S R Balasubramoniyam (AIADMK) alleged that the Centre has bulldozed farm reforms during Covid-19. “The Centre should ensure farmers don’t get cheated. It can establish a Central agricul- ture regulatory authority like the electricity regulatory authority to support farmers,” he suggested. Echoing them, K Keshava Rao (TRS) said the Bills are a brutal assault on the Constitution and violate the spirit of federalism. “If this is the new age (revolutionary), we are against it as you are putting poor farmers against rich corporates... Did you talk to us or did you consult the people? The Bills will turn farmers to landless P7 labourers,” he charged. 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 SCB to set up separate unit to segregate patients with symptoms MAN SACRIFICES BOY FOR GRANDSON Cuttack: A special unit with 20 beds will come up at the SCB Medical College and Hospital (MCH) this week to segregate patients with coronavirus symptoms. The unit will be established in the space between Casualty and Surgery department | P2 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Balasore Senior servitor of Srimandir passes away Senior daitapati of Sri Jagannath Temple Premananda Dasmahapatra passed away here on Sunday. He was in home quarantine after being discharged from a Covid hospital in Bhubaneswar a few days back | P2 Passenger awareness programme being organised at Bhubaneswar Railway Station on 36th RPF Raising Day on Sunday | EXPRESS Cuttack surpasses Bhubaneswar as Odisha records highest single day spike EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bhubaneswar THE inevitable has happened. Cuttack city on Sunday surpassed Bhubaneswar in recording the highest number of Covid-19 cases on the day even as Odisha posted its highest sing l e - d ay s p i ke o f 4 , 3 3 0 infections. The tall claims of having the infection rate in control and the Cuttack Municipal Corporation’s super-hype around the monitoring and management by ward, puja and sahi committees notwithstanding, the city reported the highest number of cases at 335 on Sunday pushing , the State Capital to the second spot with 325 cases. Of the 549 new cases regis- THE opposition of BJD to the contentious farm Bills that were passed in Rajya Sabha on Sunday has surprised many . Considered to be a close ‘ally’ of the BJP the party like in pre, vious occasions had extended its support to the three Bills The Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020; The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020 - in the Lok Sabha on Thursday . BJP MP from Bargarh Suresh Pujari said he was surprised with BJD’s opposition to the Bills that will end the farmers exploitation by middlemen and enable them to sell their crops wherever they want. BJD spokesperson and party’s chief whip in Rajya Sabha Sasmit Patra, however, said it would be wrong to say that his party extended support to the controversial Bills in Lok Sabha. “You will have a clarity on the BJD position on the Bills if you listen to the speech of MP Anubhav Mohanty in Lok Sabha,” he said. ‘The Biju Janata Dal has opposed the Farm Bills in Rajya Sabha today because of inadequate protection to small and marginal farmers and share croppers and asked the Government to send the Bills to the Select Committee for fine-tun- ing the Bills,’ Patra tweeted. The Congress that has accused the BJD of having a secret understanding with the BJP claimed that the sudden change of stand of the regional party is a sign of protest against the CBI raid on a senior party member and former minister Debi Pasad Mishra in connection with the chif fund scam. Congress MP from Koraput Saptagiri Ulaka said the CBI raid was an attempt by the BJP to extract support from the BJD. Dismissing Ulaka’s allegation, Pujari said his party was expecting BJD support to the Bills as the party has brought two similar ordinances to protect the interest of the farmers in the State. “We will not compromise with the farmers interest even if some parties do not support the Bills,” he said. Senior BJD MP Prasanna Acharya who hails from Bargarh district, considered to be the rice bowl of the State, said BJD has always welcomed decisions taken in the interests of farmers. “Since the Agriculture Bills lacked some clarity, we demanded it to be sent to the Select Committee. BJD doesn’t believe in creating ruckus, whatever happened is unfortunate,” he remarked. The BJD issued a whip to its Rajya Sabha members directing them to remain present in the House on Sunday during the debate on the Bills. The Naveen Patnaik-led party has nine members in the House. tered in Cuttack district, 61 per cent (pc) infections were from the city. At an average of 260 cases a day the city has record, ed 2,087 cases in the last eight days. With the 4,330 fresh cases, including 40 pc local cases without any contact history, the State tally went close to 1.8 lakh on Sunday The State reported . 4,000 plus cases for the fifth consecutive day. Apart from Cuttack, Khurda and Puri continued to contribute majorly to the tally with 644 and 292 cases respectively . As many as 16 districts recorded more than 100 cases with a significant proportion of the new infections coming from rural pockets. They included Kandhamal (178), Angul (176), Jagatsinghpur (167), Jajpur (158), Jharsuguda (153), Mayurbhanj (152), Nabarangpur (133), Sundargarh (123), Balasore (121), Keonjhar (118), Kendrapada (107), Sambalpur (107) and Kalahandi (100). With the coronavirus infections spread across regions, both urban and rural, Khurda and Cuttack have emerged the Covid hotbeds as both the districts accounted for nearly 30 pc of the total caseload. While Khurda registered 20,419 cases in last one month, Cuttack reported 11,324 cases. Ten more patients, including two each from Cuttack and Puri and one each from Balangir, Khurda, Mayurbhanj, Kalahandi and Sambalpur succumbed to the disease taking the death toll to 754. The health authorities said more than 70 pc Covid patients in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack are now in home isolation as most of them are asymptomatic. Additional Chief Secretary of Health department PK Mohapatra said apar t from strengthening the call centres to guide the patients, rapid response teams comprising physicians have been formed to monitor the health status of people in home isolation and facilitate their shifting to hospital in time. On a positive note, 4,018 patients from 30 districts recovered. The number of active cases now stand at 33,451 after a total recovery of 1,45,675 cases. KHANTAPADA police in Balasore district on Sunday arrested a man for allegedly sacrificing a sevenyear-old boy in the hope to be blessed with a grandson in Dhaian Sahi under Nuapur panchayat of Bahanaga block. The accused was identified as 52-year-old Laxmidhar Mallick. The victim is Himangshu Botham, son of Baburam Botham of Dhaian Sahi. The incident took place eight days back. Khantapada IIC Sanjay Kumar Parida said the accused’s son Bhagirathi Mallick had married five years back but didn’t have any kids. Laxmidhar took h i s d a u g h t e r- i n - l aw t o quacks, doctors and even made her consume Ayurvedic drugs. He also made offerings to appease various gods and goddesses but to no avail. During inter rogation, the accused revealed that god appeared in his dream and advised him to sacrifice a child in order to get a grandson. Besides, the god will be appeased by the sacrifice and g rant his family wealth and happiness. Since then, Laxmidhar was searching for an opportunity to carry out his plan. He decided to offer Himangshu as sacrifice as his parents often stayed away from home. Last Sunday, finding Himangshu alone at home, Laxmidhar took him to a pond located one km from the village. He strangulated the kid and threw his body in the pond. Since the water body was not used by villagers and covered with wild vegetation, the accused thought his crime would go unnoticed. Baburam and his family searched for the kid but could not trace him. The next day, Baburam lodged a missing complaint with Khantapada police. LEOPARD SKULL, ANIMAL PARTS SEIZED FROM 3 IN NUAPADA Odisha seems to have turned into a safe haven for hunters as Forest officials on Sunday seized a leopard skull, hide, body parts of pangolin and bushmeat from the possession of three persons, including a woman and minor in Nuapada range of Khariar forest division. P3 EXPRESS READ Go to farmers, bust Oppn myths on farm bills: Tomar During investigation, police found Laxmidhar’s behaviour to be suspicious and detained him. During i n t e r ro g at i o n , h e c o n fessed to his crime. He took the police to the spot where he committed the crime and the boy’s body was found in the pond. The IIC said a case under Section 302 of the IPC has been registered and the accused was produced in Balasore SDJM Court. After passing of two of the three bills - Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020 and Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar explained how the new legislation will free the farmers from the shackles of middlemen to BJP spokespersons of all states.Interacting with the party spokespersons through a webinar after the Parliament session | P3 WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) YOUR LIFE COACH
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