VOL. 10 | NO. 60 | TUESDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 2020 | WARANGAL | PAGES 8 | `5.00 www.thehansindia.com Forecast: Thunderstorms. Breaks of sun late. Temp: Max.30°C. Min.24°C. Humidity: 79% Sunrise: 05:59 Sunset: 06:13 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi 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 Govt to notify land prices in gazette 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 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 positive, the sources said. S P7 Hyderabad: In yet another big step towards bringing more transparency in the land registrations under the new Revenue Act, the government has decided to notify the prices of all agriculture and non-agricultural lands in the state gazette. The government's latest move will help in mobilizing more revenues and strip off the discretionary powers hitherto enjoyed by the Sub Registrars during the registration of lands. People will also have the access to the information regarding the registration rates of every inch of land on Dharani website which is to be put in public domain soon. With this new initiative, the Sub Registrars will lose their power to ﬁnalise the land prices during the registration. The MROs, who were entrusted with the responsibility of registration of agriculture lands under the new Revenue Act, will also have to strictly consider the land prices announced by the government. In the current system, the Sub Registrars have been given freedom to ﬁnalise the land cost at the time of registration. It came to the notice of the government that the authorities exploited their powers and indulged in corrupt practices. The officials reduced the land prices in collusion with the buyer and sell- 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- TS-bPASS gets Assembly nod Hyderabad: The decision to include the clause to demolish illegal structures without even serving notices in TSbPASS was a well thoughtout decision to prevent law breakers from knocking on the doors of the courts and getting stay orders. The government felt the need to create a sense of fear among those who violate the rules and resort to occupying nalas, lakes and taking up illegal constructions on government land, MAUD Minister K T Rama Rao told the Assembly. KTR was responding to the objections raised by leader of Congress Legislature party in the Assembly Bhatti Vikramarka to this decision of the government. All these years, no tough action was taken against such violators. The TRS government won’t show any tolerance towards the law violators, KTR said, adding that the authority to self-certify has been HANS NEWS SERVICE 30 MPs test +ve MUNICIPAL REFORMS KICK IN HANS NEWS SERVICE Sub Registrars lose powers Govt gets power to demolish illegal structure sans notice given to the people and hence now the onus is on them not to violate the rules and deceive the government. Later, the Assembly passed the Telangana State Building Permission Approval and Self Certiﬁcation System (TS-bPASS) Bill. As per the Bill, citizens constructing houses in 75 sq yards to 600 sq yards can seek instant permission for constructions through selfcertiﬁcation under the TSbPASS and start their construction work. “Self-certiﬁcation and deemed approvals in 21 days are some of the highlights of this legislation in municipal reforms,” he said, adding that no other government in the country has introduced such a policy. 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 Delhi riots: Student leader sent to police custody 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. 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 RETIREMENT BENEFITS ON LAST WORKING DAY New policy to ensure staff gets all benefits HANS NEWS SERVICE Hyderabad: The Telangana government has decided to bring in a policy wherein those who retire will not have to be at the mercy of the officials to get their retirement benefits. Intervening during the Question Hour in the Assembly, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Monday said the proposed policy will ensure that the employees get their retirement benefits on their last working day. The Chief Minister said that he was aware of the plight of the retired employees to avail the retirement benefits. He said the instances where the retired employees waiting for getting their papers cleared for long in the offices had come to his no- tice. He said he had seen how a retired chief engineer had to wait sitting on a chair of an attender for getting the post-retirement benefits. The CM said it was time the process was simplified and an effective mechanism to address their grievances be formed. Regarding the demand to exempt Income Tax incurred by the Singareni Collieries employees, KCR said that he had represented this to Prime Minister Narendra Modi stat- ing that the Singareni workers were like soldiers working on the borders. “Both the UPA and the NDA governments are the same. The Centre is saying that if we do it for Singareni, it will have to be implemented in the entire country,” he said. However, he said, the TRS would continue to put pressure on the Centre over the issue. He also assured to provide compassionate employment to the kin of the deceased employees. 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 ers to reduce stamp fee and registration charges at the time of registration. As a result, the government has been losing a portion of revenue from the land registrations. In some cases, the Sub Registrars increased the land prices abnormally if the buyer did not pay bribe to the officials. "All such malpractices will come to an end once the government issues a gazette on the land prices," a senior official said. Since the land prices are shooting up in Telangana after the completion of Kaleshwaram and other pending projects, the officials said the ﬁnalisation of the land prices for the registration by the government will pave way to modify the land cost from time to time depending on the increasing land prices in the open market. Continued on Page 5 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. 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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