bhubaneswar l tuesday l november 30, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l late city EDITION Parag Agrawal to replace Twitter CEO jack dorsey Agrawal, the micro-blogging site’s chief technology officer and an IIT Bombay graduate, gets Dorsey’s endorsement Jack Dorsey | AFP Parag Agrawal | twitter Agrawal was key for the turnaround Dorsey’s tumultuous leadership Jack Dorsey, a Twitter co-founder who returned to the helm in 2015 and acted as a stabilising force inside the iconic Silicon Valley firm, heaped heavy praise on Parag Agrawal, a veteran techie of Microsoft and Yahoo. “Parag has been behind every critical decision that helped turn this company around,” Dorsey said in a message posted on Twitter ■ ■ Some big investors have questioned Dorsey’s leadership, as he is CEO of both Twitter and payments firm Square, a public company Agrawal has been Twitter’s CTO since 2017. He takes over as CEO and a board member, effective immediately. Meanwhile Bret Taylor, Salesforce.com COO, has been named Chairman | P9 Mar 21, 2006 World’s first Tweet, by Dorsey, read: ‘just setting up my twttr’ 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 Fresh guidelines for flyers as WHO warns of ‘very high’ Omicron risk What travellers flying to India should keep in mind Upload your 14-day travel history and a negative RT-PCR report, taken 72 hours prior to the travel, to the Air Suvidha portal before boarding E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi The Union health ministry announced new guidelines for air travellers on Monday as the World Health Organization warned that the new coronavirus variant Omicron poses a “very high” risk globally . The new guidelines for arrivals in India, which come into effect from December 1, mandate that they first submit their 14-day travel history and a negative RT-PCR report on the Air Suvidha portal before boarding their flight. As reported on Sunday trav, ellers from at-risk countries will be tested on arrival at airports, which will be in addition to the Covid-19 test taken 72 hours before departure. For travellers from countries not in the at-risk group, 5% in each flight will be randomly tested. The at-risk countries include If travelling from an “at-risk” country, RT-PCR tests are mandatory for all upon arrival at airports, regardless of vaccination status A passenger arrives at London’s Heathrow Airport on Monday | AP the European Union nations, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Brazil, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Singapore, Hong Kong and Israel. Meanwhile, the United Nations expressed concerns over the isolation of southern Africa, where Omicron was first detected, as more countries prohibited travel from that re- 12 Opposition RS MPs suspended, expect stormy session today RIC H A S H A R M A @ New Delhi The second day of the Winter Session of Parliament on Tuesday is expected to be stormy with the Opposition and the Centre on a collision course over the suspension of 12 Rajya Sabha members. Six MPs from the Congress, two each from Trinamool Congress and Shiv Sena, and one each from the CPI and CPM were suspended on Monday for the rest of the session for their ‘unruly’ conduct in the previous session in August. The MPs suspended under Rule 256 are: Phulo Devi Netam, Chhaya Verma, Ripun Bora, Rajamani Patel, Syed Nasir Hussain and Akhilesh Prasad Singh of the Congress; Dola Sen and Shanta Chhetri of the TMC; Priyanka Chaturvedi and Anil Desai of the Shiv Sena; the CPM’s Elamaram Kareem and CPI’s Binoy Viswam. As soon as Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi moved the motion to suspend the MPs, Opposition members rose to protest the move, which led to the House being suspended for the day . Calling the suspension — the biggest in the history of Passengers who tested negative will have to undergo home isolation for seven days, followed by repeat testing on eight day of arrival, followed by seven days of self-monitoring Opposition leaders staging a protest in the Rajya Sabha on Monday | PTI the Rajya Sabha — unfortunate and unwarranted, a joint statement issued by 14 opposition parties said their floor leaders will meet on Tuesday to discuss future strategy “to resist authoritarian decisions of the government and defend parliamentary democracy”. The TMC was not a signatory to the statement. According to sources, the suspended MPs will meet Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu and apologise for their behaviour. If the suspension is not revoked, the Opposition may boycott the House on Tuesday . The suspended MPs termed the action against them “murder of democracy” saying they were only raising people’s voice in the House. “We were not even called to explain our stand,” said an agitated Chaturvedi. gion. In a related development, the health ministers of the Group of Seven countries began an emergency meeting over the variant. Japan said on Monday it NATIONWIDE nov 28 nov 29 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 8,774 8,309 9,481 9,905 621 236 would bar entry of all foreign visitors, following similar announcements by Israel and Morocco. Portugal, Spain and Scotl a n d h ave re p o r t e d n ew P 12 Omicron cases. Jab-o-meter Take your shot Nov 28 42,04,171 doses Nov 29 70,85,126 doses Total: 123,15,68,149 odisha nov 28 nov 29 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 191 221 01 197 221 02 Ready for screening at airport: BPIA E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar The Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) authorities on Monday said it is ready to initiate screening and conduct RT-PCR testing of domestic passengers - especially those having recent travel history to foreign countries at the airport - if the State government wants to up surveillance in wake of the Omicron scare. As the Centre tightens the norms for air travellers arriving from ‘countries at risk’, BPIA Director Pravat Ranjan Beuria said there is no need to panic as no inter national flights are scheduled to the State Capital for the next one month. “There is no proposal to resume international flights Farm laws stubble burnt in 8 minutes Opposition demand for discussion on repeal bill disallowed; LS, RS adjourned for the day M A N IS H A N A N D and RIC H A S H A R M A @ New Delhi Showing great urgency to wash its hands of the three contentious farm laws that have burnt its fingers, the government on Monday got Parliament approval for its repeal bill within minutes, brushing aside demands for a debate. With that, the three laws entered the dustbin of history The . Centre managed to get the proverbial monkey off its back after a year. When the legislations were rammed through in Parliament last year, the Centre had claimed they would usher in revolutionary reforms that would change the fate of agriculture and farmers in India. While NDA floor managers claimed there was no precedent for discussion on repeal bills, leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury argued that records since 2014 show both Houses had discussed such legislations. The process began at 12.07 pm when Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla asked Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar to present item number 14, Farm Laws Repeal Bill, 2021, which proposed negating the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act. By 12.10 pm, Lok Sab- ha passed the bill by voice vote and adjourned for the day amidst sloganeering by the Opposition, whose members stayed put in the well of the House demanding a discussion on the bill. Two hours later, Rajya Sabha passed the bill in five minutes flat. Leader of the Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge, who was allotted two minutes to make his point, attacked the Centre for alleged “deaths of 700 farmers during the year long agitation against the farm laws”. Last year, Lok Sabha had witnessed a spirited debate on the laws for five-and-a-half hours during which Shiromani Akali Dal leader Sukhbir Singh Badal announced his decision to walk out of the ruling NDA alliance in protest. Rajya Sabha, too, had E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Kolkata RBI supersedes board of Reliance Capital Bhubaneswar: With buzz over a December storm gathering momentum, a low pressure area is likely to form over south Andaman Sea on Tuesday. The system is expected to move westnorthwestwards and concentrate into a depression over south-east and adjoining east-central Bay of Bengal in subsequent 48 hours | P3 New Delhi: The Reserve Bank of India on Monday superseded the board of Anil Ambani’s Reliance Capital and said it will initiate insolvency proceedings. This is the third major non-banking financial company (NBFC) against which the RBI has begun bankruptcy proceedings in recent years. The central bank said the company defaulted on payment obligations and has governance issues | P10 discussed the bills for about two hours. In his brief remarks on Monday, Tomar regretted that the government could not convince the agitating farmers about the benefits of the laws, reiterating claims that the Congress-led previous governments had also argued for agrarian reforms. DMK leader Tiruchy Siva said the repeal bill was circulated as supplementary business, but was not even discussed in the day’s Business Advisory Committee meeting. Earlier in the day, leaders of 11 Opposition parties met at Kharge’s office in Parliament to formulate a strategy on matters to be taken up for debate. The Trinamool Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party abstained. clocking it 5.5 hrs: Spirited debate in Lok Sabha on the three contentious bills on Sept 17, 2020; passed by voice vote. Shiromani Akali Dal walks out of the NDA in protest 2 hrs: Debate in Rajya Sabha on Sept 20, 2020; bills passed by voice vote 3 mins: Time taken by Lok Sabha to approve the repeal bill on Nov 29, 2021 5 mins: Was all Rajya Sabha required to pass the repeal bill on Nov 29, 2021 TMC is main Oppn party, so act like one, Didi tells MPs express read Buzz over December storm, low pressure to form today to and from Bhubaneswar till the end of December. If any proposal is received from foreign airlines, BPIA will communicate it to the State gover nment and propose screening and testing of international flyers arriving in the city he said. ,” Meanwhile, Public Health director Dr Niranjan Mishra said the Health department is monitoring the situation closely and keeping track of flyers coming from other countries on a regular basis. Even as a Covid-19 negative certificate is a must for flyers coming from foreign countries, they will still have to undergo quarantine for seven days. For international travellers testing positive, genome sequencing will be carried out to ascertain the new variant. The Health and Family Welfare department has asked all district administrations and municipal commissioners to stay in readiness to deal effectively with the situation, he said. Mishra also urged people to not let their guard down and follow Covid safety protocols every time and everywhere to keep transmission in check. beat the chill People gather around a bonfire at a slum near Rasulgarh Square in Bhubaneswar on Monday | biswanath swain The Trinamool Congress will emerge the main anti-BJP political force in national politics, TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee said in the party’s working committee meeting on Monday . She directed the party MPs to act accordingly during the winter session of Parliament. “The thumping majority of the TMC in the recent Assembly polls showed clearly that no one can challenge the BJP other than our party Many speak. ers in the meeting echoed the same in their speeches,” said Derek O’Brien, national spokesperson of TMC. He said the next working committee meeting would be held in Delhi. The TMC, which recently enrolled many leaders from other parties, especially the Congress, in Goa, Tripura, Meghalaya and Haryana, plans to ex- pand its footprint outside Bengal ahead of the 2024 LS polls. “We hope the defection from other parties will send a negative message to the vote-bank of the affected political outfits but will work in favour of the TMC. As a result, in the states where the Congress was main opponent of the BJP our party , will get elevated to the saffron camp’s main contender,” said a TMC leader, adding that there would be more defections in the coming days. On Monday the TMC skipped , the meeting of opposition parties convened by the Congress, saying the grand old party has miserably failed to contest the BJP in recent elections. During her three-day visit to Mumbai starting Tuesday, Mamata will meet NCP supremo Sharad Pawar and her Maharashtra counterpart Uddhav Thackeray . Heated start awaits winter session as Mamita spectre looms E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar WITH Opposition BJP and Congress persisting with their demand for dismissal of Minister of State for Home Dibya Shankar Mishra over murder of lady teacher Mamita Meher, the winter session of the Odisha Assembly could begin on a stormy note for the State Government. What came as a precursor was BJP boycotting the all-party meeting convened by Speaker Surjya Narayan Patro on Monday. Deputy leader of the BJP legislature party Bishnu Charan Sethi said he walked out as the Speaker did not keep his word to allow three BJP MLAs to attend the meeting. In absence of Leader of the Opposition Pradipta Naik who is indisposed, the BJP had sought three of its MLAs to be present in the all party meeting. The saffron party made it clear that Mamita Meher murder and oust- er of Mishra will be the main issue for its MLAs on the floor of the House. The Mahanga double murder will also be raised by the party senior , BJP legislator Jayanarayan Mishra told the media. Meanwhile, the Congress will take a call on not allowing the Minister of State to the house at its legislature party meeting on Tuesday. While Mamita Meher murder will be the core issue for the grand old party, Congress Legislature Party leader Narasingh Mishra said drought, distress sale of paddy, growing unemployment and price rise will also be raised during the winter session. Meanwhile, Speaker Patro informed the members at the all-party meeting about the new rule prohibiting pandemonium during Question Hour and the Governor’s address. “All members of the House have been instructed not to create any ruckus in the House during Zero Hour and Governor’s speech. Action will be taken as per the law if it is not adhered to,” he said. He also announced that the House will meet for five hours every day with strict adherence to Covid-19 guidelines. It will function from 10.30 am till 1.30 am and again from 4 pm to 6 pm every day . The first day of the session will begin at 11 am when the supplementary budget for 2021-22 will be tabled. The Appropriation Bill on the first supplementary statement of expendi- ture for 2021-22 will be tabled on December 10. Ninety minutes of adjournment motion discussion will be allowed everyday of which 55 minutes will be allotted to opposition members. BJP will be allowed to move adjournment motion for four days in a week, while Congress will be given two days (Tuesday and Saturday) for the same. There will be no business on December 5/12/19/26 due to Sunday and on December 25 for Christmas.
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