Applications sought from terror victims’ kin for MBBS courses New Delhi: The Union Home Ministry has sought applications from the spouse and children of victims of terror attacks for pursuing MBBS and BDS courses in medical and dental colleges under the central pool. The ministry has clarified to all states that selection for the same will be made only on the basis of marks obtained by the students in the NEET. BELAGAVI WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 23, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 14 LATE CITY EDITION 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 ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ Suspension from RS latest rallying point for Opposition Ten key bills sail through; Upper House may be adjourned sine die R I C H A S H A R M A @ New Delhi THE suspension of eight Rajya Sabha members for unruly behaviour appeared to have increased the index of Opposition solidarity, as all non-NDA parties in both Houses of Parliament boycotted proceedings on Tuesday, saying they will continue to abstain till the action is revoked. The government, however, insisted that the eight MPs must first express their regret before the decision can be reviewed. With no Opposition in the House, the Rajya Sabha passed seven key bills, including the amendment to the Essential Commodities Bill within just 3.5 hours. As for the Lok Sabha, it cleared three important legislations on labour codes. With most of its legislative business already transacted, the Upper House is expected to be adjour ned sine die on Wednesday However, five Oppo. sition MPs boycotted the Business Advisory Committee meeting of the Rajya Sabha called by Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu to discuss the truncation. Earlier during a brief discussion in the House, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, said no one was happy with what had happened on Sunday but MPs were , denied their right to seek division on two important farm bills. “In 2016, Arun Jaitley had said that any government will become illegitimate if the Speaker refuses to hold voting. For God’s sake, do not move towards a ‘one nation, one party’ system,” Azad urged. He proposed that the government introduce another bill that makes it mandatory for private players not to purchase below the minimum support price (MSP). The new law should let farmers seek legal redress in case of any disputes. Also, MSPs should be announced based on the Swaminathan Committee formula, he said. CONTINUED ON P9 Members of farmer organisations in Punjab return home after protesting against the passage of farm sector reform bills, in Patiala, on Tuesday | PTI OPPN BLOCKS STATE GOVT PLAN TO MOVE LAND BILL E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @Bengaluru AFTER more than six hours of discussion on Covid-19, the Karnataka Assembly on Tuesday passed four of the 12 Bills that were tabled in the House. The government’s attempt to bring up the Karnataka Land Reforms (second amendment) Bill, 2020 for consideration was stalled by the Opposition which demanded a detailed discussion on the Bill on another day The Opposition’s at. tack on the government over the Covid-19 situation and its management was the highlight on Day 2 of the session. The Assembly, however, approved a Bill amending the Karnataka Private Medical Establishments Act, 2009, which allows separate registration and grievance redressal authority and an appel, late authority for BBMP area for complaints against private hospitals, etc. District Deputy Commissioners will continue as the redressal authority for other districts. For Bengaluru, a five-member committee Chaired by BBMP Commissioner will act as redressal authority, while an appellate authority, chaired by the Additional Chief Secretary or Principal Secretary or Secretary to the P4 Health and Family Welfare has been set up under the Act. India, China to stop sending more troops M AYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi IN a significant move aimed at easing tension on the Line of Actual Control (LAC), India and China have agreed to stop sending additional troops to their respective sides of the LAC in eastern Ladakh. The major decision was taken while the Corps Commanders of the two countries met for the sixth round of talks on Monday . A joint India-China official statement issued on Tuesday read, “Cor ps Commanders agreed to earnestly implement the important consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries, strengthen communication on the ground, avoid misunderstandings and misjudgments, stop sending more troops to the frontline, refrain from unilaterally changing the situation on the ground, and avoid taking any actions that may complicate the situation.” There are around 40,000 troops each from the Indian and Chinese side with tanks, artillery and missiles positioned against each other. The Indian Army described the talk as “candid” in which the Indian and Chinese senior commanders had in-depth exchanges of views on stabilising the situation along the LAC in the India- ChiP10 na border areas. TODAY’S MATCH MUMBAI vs KOLKATA Kolkata Knight Riders will open their campaign in the 13th edition of IPL against Mumbai Indians, in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. This will be Mumbai’s second game after they lost their first match against Chennai Super Kings. KKR’s record of 19 losses in 25 matches against MI, however, is not flattering. ODDS: MI 5/6 KKR 1 LIVE: Star Sports1/Hotstar @ 7.30pm The pandemic has led to drying up of the state’s Excise revenue. There was over 33% negative growth in April -June this year, as againt the corresponding period last year. P4 Opioid use up 5 times in India since 2004 B A L A C H A U H A N @Bengaluru AT a time when an alarming rise in drug abuse has been recorded in India, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in its recently published ‘World Drug Report 2020’, has stated that the “overall opioid use in India is estimated to have increased five-fold in comparison to earlier estimates from a survey carried out in 2004.” According to the UNODC, a major drug use survey carried out recently in India found that in 2018, 2.1 per cent of the population aged 10-75 years, a total of 23 million people, had used opioids in the past year. Among opioids, heroin is the most prevalent substance among the surveyed population followed by the nonmedical use of pharmaceutical opioids and opium. “In general, the past-year use of opioids is much higher among men (4 per cent of the male population) than women (0.2 per cent of the female population). Moreover, 1.8 per cent of adolescents, aged 10-17 years, are estimated to be past-year opioid users. Of the 23 million pastye a r o p i o i d u s e r s, roughly one-third, or 7.7 million people, suffer from opioid use disorders,” stated the World Drug Report. A 2019 drug use survey in India estimated that nearly 1 per cent of the population, aged between 10 and 75 years, had misused pharmaceutical opioids in the past year. CONTINUED ON: P5 Shapoorji says it is ready to say TATA EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi HOURS after the Tatas offered to buy Shapoorji Pallonji group’s entire stake in Tata Sons, the Mistry family-led group said it was ready to exit the Tata group. The salt-to-Jaguar cars conglomerate told the Supreme Court on Tuesday it was open to buying out the 18.37% stake held by Shapoorji Pallonji in its holding firm Tata Sons. The Tatas made the offer verbally during the hearing on whether the SP group can pledge Tata Sons shares to raise funds. The SP Group issued a statement saying it had “stated before the Supreme Court that a separation from the Tata Group is necessary due to the potential impact this continuing litigation could have on livelihoods and the economy.” The statement said “The Mistry family believes that a separation of interests would best serve all stakeholders.” It added the Mistry family was “in the midst of raising funds against the security of their personal assets to meet the crisis arising from the glob- al pandemic” but the Tatas were blocking this. The statement also alleged “several issues identified years earlier, continue to plague the group... Be it the operations of Tata Steel UK, where over the last three years alone the operational losses have increased by an additional `11,000 cr.” Appearing for the Tatas, senior lawyer Harish Salve said if SP Group wishes to sell the shares, Tata is willing to buy but the shares need to be protected. He urged the SC to stop CONTINUED ON P12 the sale.
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