VOL. 3 | NO. 320 | TUESDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 2020 | DELHI | PAGES 8 | `5.00 www.thehansindia.com Forecast: High level clouds. Temp: Max.36°C. Min.28°C. Humidity: 50% Sunrise: 06:06 Sunset: 06:25 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi: RNI No: DELENG/2017/74095 H H Follow @ WINDOWS Virus effect: Bill aims to cut salaries of MPs New Delhi (PTI): Parliamentary Aﬀairs Minister Pralhad Joshi on Monday introduced in Lok Sabha a bill that seeks to reduce for one year the salaries of Members of Parliament by 30 per cent "to meet the exigencies arising out of COVID-19 pandemic". The ordinance had stated that the corona virus pandemic has shown the importance of expeditious relief and assistance and therefore, it was necessary to take "certain emergency measures to prevent and contain the spread of this pandemic". Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (left) presents Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga with flowers after Suga was elected as new head of Japan's ruling party at the Liberal Democratic Party's (LDP) leadership election in Tokyo on Monday. The ruling LDP chooses its new leader in an internal vote to pick a successor to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who announced his intention to resign last month due to illness Suga elected as new leader of Japan’s LDP Tokyo (IANS): Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga was on Monday elected as the new leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), replacing outgoing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who announced his resignation last month due to health issues, from the top post. The 71-year-old was elected at a joint plenary meeting of party members from both houses of the Diet (Parliament) and delegates from local chapters earlier in the day, reports Xinhua news agency. At the meeting, Suga won 377 votes while the other two contenders, LDP policy chief Fumio Kishida and former Defence Minister Shigeru Ishiba garnered 89 and 68 votes, respectively. In the scaled-down vote, 394 Diet members cast their ballots. /thehansindia | /thehansindiaweb | /thehansindia | /thehansindia | /thehansindia H Delhi riots: Ex JNU student leader held; sent to 10-day police custody Govt scraps Question Hour, Opposition slams move New Delhi (PTI): Lok Sabha on Monday decided to do away with Question Hour and private members' business during the Monsoon session, inviting strong criticism from opposition members who accused the government of stiﬂing democracy. The lower house adopted the motion to suspend Question Hour, with the government maintaining that it is not running away from discussion and will reply to all questions raised by the opposition. Slamming the move, the opposition led by the Congress said that Question Hour is the "golden hour of the House". Leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, said the argument and rationale that has been put forth by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi is far from convincing. He said the Question Hour is recognised as an essence of parliamentary democracy and executives are accountable and answerable during the Question Hour. In such an extraordinary situation, if the House is running, "why Question Hour is singled out," Ranjan Chowdhury asked. "We get chance to raise issues of common people. Continued on Page 5 30 MPs test +ve New Delhi: Around 30 MPs, including BJP's Meenakshi Lekhi and Pravesh Verma, and over 50 employees of Parliament have tested positive for Covid-19 so far, sources said on Monday. Many of them tested positive after undergoing compulsory corona virus tests at the Parliament premises before the start of the monsoon session, while several of them had undergone tests in their respective constituencies. All parliamentarians and staff of the secretariats of both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha had undergone mandatory Covid-19 tests before the start of the session. Mediapersons covering the parliament's proceedings also underwent these tests and at least one of them has tested S P3 positive, the sources said. Rajya Sabha MP Mary Kom at Parliament House on the opening day of Monsoon Session, in New Delhi on Monday Hope Parliament sends message that country stands behind soldiers: PM New Delhi (PTI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday expressed conﬁdence that Parliament will give this strong message that the country is unitedly standing behind its brave soldiers guarding India's borders, noting that doing so is the legislature's "special responsibility". In his remarks to media before the commence- Centre to SC: No removal of slums along rail tracks New Delhi (IANS): The Centre on Monday informed the Supreme Court that for the time being there will be no removal of 48,000 slums along the railway tracks in Delhi. Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta, representing Centre, submitted before a bench headed by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde that the Railways, urban development ministry and Delhi government will sit together and ﬁnd a solution in four weeks and till then there will be no demolition of slums along the train tracks. Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi submitted before the bench that the court should order a status quo. The bench replied that it will not, as the Centre has already stated that there will be status quo till a decision is taken. Senior advocate Salman Khurshid submitted before the bench that he appeared on behalf of the applicants who are directly affected as they are jhuggi dwellers. Khurshid emphasised that they need to be heard and urged the court to make them a party in the case. Singhvi argued that demolitions have taken place on Friday and Monday, therefore the in- New Delhi (PTI): A Delhi court on Monday sent former Jawaharlal Nehru University student Umar Khalid, arrested in connection with a case related to the widespread violence which broke out in the capital's northeast area this February, to 10 days police custody "considering the nature of the case". Umar Khalid was arrested late on Sunday night under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act(UAPA) for his alleged role in the northeast Delhi riots, sources said. He was arrested by the special cell of the Delhi police after 11 hours of interrogation. Khalid was questioned by the Delhi Police Crime Branch for a couple of hours on September 2 in connection with the riots. He was earlier booked under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) in another case related to the riots. He was also quizzed by the Special Cell of the Delhi Police earlier regarding an alleged conspiracy behind the riots. His mobile phone was also seized by the police. Communal clashes had broken out in northeast Delhi on February 24 after violence between supporters of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and those against the legislation spiralled out of control, leaving at least 53 people dead and around 200 injured. In their attempt to prevent violence, 108 police personnel received injuries and two died. The Delhi Police on Sunday said it was investigating the structions need to be given to stop it. Mehta replied that such demolitions may have taken place in pursuance to some other matter, but not in this case. Delhi government counsel contended before the court that the government will fully co-operate in regard to the laws and rules in place for rehabilitation. The top court has listed the matter after four weeks. Senior Congress leader Ajay Maken had moved the Supreme Court challenging its order to remove nearly 48,000 jhuggis along the railway tracks in Delhi. On August 31, the Supreme Court had ordered removal of around 48,000 slum dwellings across railway tracks in Delhi within three months and said no political interference will be entertained in the matter. Maken, in an intervention application, said the agencies - Ministry of Railways, Delhi government etc, - have already initiated the process identiﬁcation and removal of jhuggis and have issued demolition notices in various slums in Delhi. Continued on Page 5 ment of Parliament's monsoon session, Modi noted, in an apparent reference to the ongoing border row with China in Ladakh, that Indian soldiers are bravely discharging their duties while standing guard in difficult hilly terrains with snowfall expected in some time. Referring to the issue, he said, "This Parliament also has a special respon- sibility, especially in this session." He continued, "This Parliament, its every member will give this message in one voice, one sentiment and one resolve that the country is standing behind our soldiers. It (country) is doing so through Parliament and its members. I am conﬁdent that this Parliament will give this very strong message that it is standing behind our country's brave soldiers in one voice." His call for unity over the issue came as Parliament is expected to debate the tense border situation, with some opposition leaders, especially from the Congress, sharply criticising the government's handling of the row with China. Continued on Page 5 Unauthorised idol installation in AP temple sparks row Unknown persons behind the sacrilegious act V PRADEEP KUMAR Srikalahasti: The controversy pertaining to attacks on Hindu temples has now taken a new turn with some unknown persons clandestinely installing Shiva and Nandi idols beside Kasi and Rameswara Shiva Lingas. The BJP and other Opposition parties, taking strong objection to the in consequential measures taken by the temple authorities and Endowments department like suspending the constable on duty, have launched an agitation. The Executive Officer has assured them that they would probe the incident thoroughly within 48 hours. What has added fuel to the ﬁre is that when no employee or devotee could go into the temple without thorough screening how could anyone take inside BJP and Jana Sena leaders staging a protest over unauthorisedidols at Srikalahasti temple, at Endowments department regionaloﬃce in Tirupati on Monday these idols, which weigh around 7 kgs each and install them. The temple authorities cannot duck the responsibility saying that they do not know how it has happened, the Opposition parties argue. Suspending a police official on duty is not the solution, the BJP and other party leaders said. They said the temple authorities claim that they have enquired with the main priest about them but they revealed that they did not know about the incident until some devotees brought it to the notice of the authorities. When the incident came to their notice, they got the idols removed. The BJP and the TDP allege that such an act would not be possible unless there was some involvement of key people in this episode. They are demanding the suspension of the EO and thorough investigation into the incident. Meanwhile, the temple management has removed the private security agency following the incident and surrendered two home guards to the SP who were on duty at the south gate when the idols were reportedly taken into the temple in big bags. Executive Officer C Chandrasekhar Reddy told The Hans India that the CCTV footage revealed that some persons carried the bags inside the temple on September 8 through the south gate. An internal enquiry was also ordered, he said. BJP leaders G Bhanuprakash Reddy, Samanchi Srinivas and Kola Anand along with Jana Sena leaders held a protest at the RJC office in Tirupati on Monday. They demanded the CM to react in this matter and raised slogans against the government. Oracle wins deal for TikTok US biz, Microsoft’s bid rejected San Francisco (IANS): Bytedance, the Chinese owner of TikTok, has chosen Cloud major Oracle over Microsoft to run its US operations as a 'trusted tech partner', multiple media reports revealed on Monday while an official announcement was still awaited. According to The New York Times, it was unclear whether TikTok's choice of Oracle as a technology partner would mean that "Oracle would also take a majority ownership stake of the social media app". This is different from an outright sale and appears to suggest Oracle will help run TikTok's US operations with its Cloud technologies. In an official statement, Mi- crosoft said its bid for TikTok operations in the US was rejected. "ByteDance let us know today they would not be selling TikTok's US operations to Microsoft. We are confident our proposal would have been good for TikTok's users, while protecting national security interests," Microsoft said. "To do this, we would have made significant changes to ensure the service met the highest standards for security, privacy, online safety, and combating disinformation, and we made these principles clear in our August statement," the tech giant added. After TikTok was banned in India in June, along with 58 other Chinese apps, the Donald THE GAME CHANGERS Trump administration in the US increased pressure on the ByteDance-owned platform to sell its US operations by midSeptember or face a ban. According to NYT, Oracle has cultivated close ties with the Trump administration. "Its founder, Larry Ellison, hosted a fund-raiser for Trump this year, and its chief executive, Safra Catz, served on the president's transition team and has frequently visited the White House". Trump said last month that he would support Oracle buying TikTok. "I think that Oracle would be certainly somebody that could handle it," he told reporters. Trump maintained there will be "no extension of the TikTok deadline". Riding on new customer wins in both Cloud applications and infrastructure businesses, Oracle posted better than expected results for its FY21 first quarter results last week, generating $9.4 billion in revenue which was up 2 per cent compared to the same period last year. Meanwhile, China said the Trump administration's deadline for TikTok sale is tantamount to "coercive robbery". "The tricks of economic bullying and political manipulation that the US played on nonAmerican companies are tantamount to coercive robbery," said a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson over the weekend. Former JNU student Umar Khalid role of all individuals who allegedly took part in the riots and were part of a larger conspiracy in organising violence in the northeast Delhi and inciting communal passion and hatred amongst communities, an official statement stated. According to the force, the Delhi Police has registered 751 FIRs in connection with communal riots that took place in the last week of February this year. As far as the investigation is concerned, Delhi Police has carried it out meticulously in the most professional manner, officials said. After collecting and collating all evidences, the investigation has been ﬁnalised in most of the important cases and the charge sheets have been submitted in the court for trial, the police also said, adding the riots also caused large-scale damage to both private and public properties. So far, police have arrested 1,575 people in 751 cases. Over 250 chargesheets have been ﬁled in the riots related cases in which 1,153 accused have been charge-sheeted. Modi praised me for Covid testing, says Trump Washington (IANS): US President Donald Trump has claimed that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised him for corona virus testing in America, which is currently the worst-hit country in the world. Trump made the remarks at a campaign rally on Saturday night in Nevada. The President said: "We've tested more people than India than many many big countries put together. India's second. We are 44 million tests ahead of India. They have 1.5 billion people... And Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi calls me. He says what a job you've done with testing. I said explain that to these dishonest people back." Trump then goes on to slam his Democratic rival Joe Biden, saying that if he was in charge when the "China virus" arrived, "hundred of thousands of more Americans would have died". As of Monday, the US accounts for the world's highest number of Covid-19 cases and deaths at 6,520,234 and 194,081 respectively, according to the Johns Hopkins University. India is currently in the second place in terms of cases at 4,846,427, while the country's death toll stood at 79,722. At the rally, Trump warned that he was prepared to "be really vicious" in the ﬁnal weeks of the presidential campaign. Nevada is among the locations his campaign is targeting as they work to rebuild enthusiasm around his handling of the US economy and solidify his support with Hispanic voters, said a Politico news report.
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