The Pioneer : 2020-09-25

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& !" #$% " #$ A $ A A @% '&$9 ' * .4)5 ,+ 1 (2 +, * +* - .+ / 0 " 2 0 . 3!81 + 8 , + .+,!0 1,* *,! *, .* ,! ,* 0 *, .! D 0*,+, E F,D1, , ,E0*%G !0% ,%H%* 3 ! 0 0, 1 ! 1 0! +,+. +0 8/0 !0%, 2 %*./ 8 0 0 /,D *02. 0 0, 02. 2% B =6 9:? B, 0C , " " 8 '' : 0 1/0 1717; .1 2 - . ( / ( 0 0 ) 1 " !01 0 " ! Six Union Centre and Trade Union Coordinati­on Centre have come out in support of “Bharat Bandh”. The Ola Cab Drivers’ Associatio­n and lorry drivers’ associatio­n too have decided to support the farmers and are unlikely to operate on Friday. Meanwhile, several social media users were quick to point out that NCB has summoned Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone on September 25 itself in a drug case, on the day of nationwide protests by farmers. Social media is abuzz with speculatio­n that this may act as a diversiona­ry tactic. In view of the mass protests, Railway authoritie­s said 26 pairs of special trains and nine parcel trains will remain suspended from September 24 to September 26, while 20 trains have been partially canceled, five terminated before destinatio­n. Among the trains that will remain suspended are the Golden Temple Mail (Amritsar-Mumbai Central), Jan Shatabdi Express ( Haridwar- Amritsar), New Delhi- Jammu Tawi, Karambhoom­i (Amritsar-New months after India first imposed lockdown, the country has emerged as the worst global hotspot — so much so that India’s daily tally is more than double of Asia and one and a half times more than that of entire Europe. Put together, these two continents have more than 100 nations. India’s daily spike is also 10 times more than the total number of cases recorded by 57 African nations. When India declared the first of a series of lockdowns on March 25, the country had less than 500 Covid-19 cases and was placed at the bottom of the world tally. In six months, the cases have shot up to nearly 6 million, and India now occupies the second spot in the world. During the same period, barring India all other Asian countries have staged remarkable fightbacks against coronaviru­s. On Thursday, while India recorded nearly 87,000 cases, 48 Asian countries put together reported just 40,000 cases. India’s close neighbours like Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Nepal recorded just 1,666, 533, 11 and 1,172 cases respective­ly. While India is nearing 6 million caseloads, the next in the Asian list is Iran with just 4.32 lakh cases. Bangladesh, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey occupy third, fourth, fifth, and sixth spots with 3 lakh plus cases. Pakistan has 3,07,418 cases. The latest trend shows that while Asian countries have !01 0 Farmers’ union in Punjab began their three-day “Rail Roko” protest on Thursday against the three farm Bills, while others have given a call for a nationwide “bandh” on September 25, and indefinite “Rail Roko” protest from October 1. According to farmers’ leaders, roads, highways and rail tracks will be blocked. Farmers from Western Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisga­rh, West Bengal, Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtr­a have decided to join the farmers’ protests. The farmers have also received support from 18 political parties, including the Congress which has Government­s in four States, TMC in West Bengal, Left in Kerala, AAP in Delhi, TRS in Telangana, Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh, Shiv Sena and NCP in Maharashtr­a. As many as 10 Central trade unions, including All India Trade Union Congress, National Trades Union Congress, Centre of Indian Trade Unions, Hind Mazdoor Sabha, All India United Trade $ " ) *+, - % ! ! ! $% & &$ ' ( % )& *$+ % , %+ ( $% come to terms with the virus — at least 10 of them recorded no fresh case on Thursday and 15 of them recorded new cases in double-digit only — Europe is seeing a resurgence in the number of cases and talks of fresh lockdowns have begun to do the rounds. India’s situation is worrisome because the country continues to see bigger spikes week after weeks. The number of cases is impacted by low testing on weekends or reduction in the number of testing due to any other reason. The huge margin of error in antigen testing has clouded the overall scenario. " # # $ % " & " '( $ ! ! Mumbai: Sensex plunged 1,115 points while Nifty crashed below the 10,850mark on Thursday as investors dumped equities amid a sharp global selloff and concerns over economic recovery. World markets were bathed in a sea of red as fears about a second wave of Covid-19 infections in major economies and lack of fresh stimulus from central banks clobbered sentiment. A sharp depreciati­on in the rupee and volatility on F& O expiry day further weighed on the bourses. 2 1 . / 1 + 3 3 # % ! / - ' % 45 , 46 , % . ! % . % . / 7 " , . % . % . &+ + ' % 8 " ' , ' # 2 * 9: " 9; " 9: 96 " " Jalpaiguri), Sachkhand Express ( Nanded- Amritsar) and Shaheed Express (AmritsarJa­ynagar), officials said. Many freight and parcel trains have also been reschedule­d. Farmers under the banners of Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee and the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta Ugrahan) squatted on rail tracks in Barnala, Sangrur, Ferozepur and Amritsar on Thursday morning. They have set up tents on railway tracks in the State. Farmers in Fazilka and Abohar districts took out tractor rallies in their districts. They vowed to gherao BJP leaders and socially boycott those who voted in favour of # # # % & $ Continued on Page 2 Detailed report on P9 the farm Bills. According to farmers leaders, over 100 farmers and arhatiya (commission agents) will participat­e in the nationwide shutdown. A representa­tive of organisati­ons said roads and railway tracks will be blocked at 125 places across Punjab. % & ' ( " # ! ! Continued on Page 2 ! " # $$ $% ' & '& $% $' * ' ( , *-. Bengaluru: Congress MLA B Narayan Rao, who was undergoing treatment for coronaviru­s, died on Thursday, the hospital in Bengaluru where he was admitted said. The 65year-old Basavakaly­an MLA from Bidar district in North Karnataka was admitted on September 1 after being diagnosed with severe Covid-19 infection, Manipal Hospital Director Dr Manish Rai said in a statement. Kolkata: Veteran atomic scientist and former chairman of Atomic Energy Commission Dr Sekhar Basu succumbed to Covid-19 on Thursday at a private hospital here, a health department official said. He breathed his last just three days after turning 68. “Dr Basu was suffering from Covid and other kidney ailments. He died at 4.50 am,” official said. !01 0 The farm Bills are loaded in favour of small farmers vis-à-vis investors and these would completely transform their lives, said Union Agricultur­e Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Thursday. Tomar said the Bills passed by Parliament will bring revolution­ary changes in the lives of farmers as they can sell their produce to any buyer, get a guarantee of price of their crops, go for crop diversific­ation, use new technology and reduce their input costs. Addressing a Press conference here at the BJP headquarte­rs, the Minister said in Punjab farmers are taxed by 8.5 per cent in the “mandis” and they are forced to sell their produce at a low price. They also bear the transporta­tion cost of moving their produce to the mandis. “We have given them freedom to sell their produce outside mandis where there is no tax either by the Central or State Government,” the Minister said. “Farmers do farming and in the coming days. “We noticed that cases increased and it reached 4,500 new Covid- 19 cases on September 17 and now coming down. So experts believe that the second wave of coronaviru­s which had hit the Delhi is now on peak and its intensity will be less in the coming days,” Kejriwal said while speaking to the media. The CM said the high-level virtual review meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to review Covid-19 response and management was fruitful. !01 0 Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said the second wave of coronaviru­s pandemic has hit its peak in the national Capital with experts hinting that the cases of infection will decline take their produce to mandis. There are 25-30 people with licences in these mandis. They do auction of produce. Whatever price is decided in the auction, farmers are bound to sell their produce at that price whether they are happy or not because if they decide to take their products and go home and come back again, they will have to pay additional logistics cost,” Singh said. He said 86 per cent of farmers in the country are small and marginal who would now get the guaranteed price of their produce from investor or processor without any risk. He said terms and conditions of the contract farming are loaded in favour of farmers. If prices of the produce go high after the contract is signed, investor is bound to give farmer a fixed percentage of high return than the originally agreed upon. “Today Simone Khambatta and Shruti Modi joined the investigat­ion and statements in this regard have been recorded at NCB. Tomorrow Rakul and Karishma will be joining the investigat­ion,” NCBs Deputy Director (Operations) KPS Malhotra said. Sources said that the NCB had also called director and executive producer Kshitij Ravi Prasad of Karan Johar's Dharma Production for questionin­g on Friday. However, there was no formal confirmati­on from the NCB that it had indeed issued summons issued to Kshitij. During Thursday’s questionin­g, Shruti Modi and Simone were grilled on the issues that had come to the fore during the grilling of Rhea Chakrabort­y and her brother Showik. /./+, ! Continuing its investigat­ions in the Sushant Singh Rajput death-related drug case and the expanded Bollywoodd­rug nexus case, the Narcotic Control Bureau (NCB) grilled Sushant’s ex-manager Shruti Modi and fashioner designer Simone Khambatta and scheduled the questionin­g of actress Rakul Preet Singh and Deepika Padkone’s manager Karishma Prakash for Friday and actress Deepika on Saturday. Deepika arrived in Mumbai from Goa on Thursday night. As a section of the electronic media carried on with their trial of the Bollywood personalit­ies on issues relating to the Bollywood-drug nexus, the NCB grilled Shruti Modi for eight hours, while it questioned Simone for five hours. 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Industry sources said the company is looking to tie up with a partner to run its business in the country. The India action will include an associated workforce reduction of approximat­ely 70 employees, Harley-Davidson Inc said in an SEC filing. In a separate statement, Harley-Davidson said it plans to close its manufactur­ing facility in Bawal (Haryana) and significan­tly reduce the size of its sales office in Gurgaon. /./+, /./+, Former Saudi Australia batsman Dean Jones, one of the finest exponents of ODI cricket, died of a sudden cardiac arrest in Mumbai on Thursday. Jones, 59, was in Mumbai with the Star Sports’ commentary team for the Indian Premier League. He was in a bio-bubble in a city hotel. He is survived by his wife and two daughters. Jones played 52 Tests and 164 ODIs for Australia and was part of the 1987 World Cup winning team. “It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing away of Dean Mervyn Jones AM. He died of a sudden cardiac arrest,” Star Sports said a press release. According to an IPL source, it happened in matter of seconds. Arabia has partially lifted its suspension order for travel to India. Now flights would be allowed from Saudi Arabia to India but not from India to Saudi Arabia. Late on Wednesday night, Air India Express informed passengers of a partial relaxation in the Saudi Arabian order. The airline’s official Twitter handle said, “Air India Express Vande Bharat flights would continue to carry passengers on it’s flights from Saudi Arabia to India. The Airline would not carry passengers from India to Saudi Arabia.” In a circular issued on Tuesday, Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation said it was “suspending travel to and from the following countries: ( India, Brazil and Argentina) including any person who has been in any of the mentioned countries above in the last 14 days prior to their arrival to the Kingdom”. !01 0 Prime ! ! Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday interacted with fitness influencer­s, sports persons and citizens during a nationwide online Fit India Dialogue organised to celebrate the first anniversar­y of the Fit India Movement. The online interactio­n saw participan­ts, including cricketer Virat Kohli, actor-model and fitness-freak Milind Soman and nutrition expert Rujuta Diwekar, sharing anecdotes and tips of their own fitness journey while drawing out guidance from the Prime Minister on his thoughts about fitness and good health. Brainchild of the Prime Minister as a people’s movement, the Fit India Dialogue is an attempt to involve citizens of the country to draw out a plan to make India a fit nation. 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