VOL. 3 | NO. 347 | MONDAY 12 OCTOBER 2020 | DELHI | PAGES 8 | `5.00 www.thehansindia.com Forecast: Sunny. Temp: Max.34°C. Min.26°C. Humidity: 10% Sunrise: 06:20 Sunset: 05:54 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi: RNI No: DELENG/2017/74095 H H Follow @ WINDOWS /thehansindia | Delhi restaurants victims of licence raj, says Kejriwal Asks civic bodies to stop issuing licences PURNA SINGH An artist gives finishing touch to an idol of 'Asur', decorated to resemble coronavirus, ahead of upcoming Durga Puja festival, at Kumartuli in Kolkata, Sunday Maharashtra to relocate Metro car shed at Aarey Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday announced the scrapping of Aarey metro car shed and said the project will now come up at Kanjurmarg in Mumbai. In a webcast, Thackeray said the project will be shifted to a government land in Kanjurmarg and no cost will be incurred for the purpose. "The land will be available at zero rate," he said. He said the building which has come up in Aarey forest will be utilised for some other public purpose.”S P3 Centre calls Punjab ryots to discuss farm laws Chandigarh: Punjab’s farmers’ organisations, who have been protesting against the new farm laws, on Sunday said the Centre has once again invited them for talks on the issue on October 14. A decision on whether to accept the invitation will be taken at a meeting in Jalandhar on October 13, they said. The farmers’ organisations, whose agitation against the farm laws has disrupted rail traffic and severely impacted coal supply for thermal power plants in Punjab, had last week rejected the Union Agriculture department’s invitation to participate in a “conference to address their concerns” on October 8. BUSINESS P6 Mkts may continue rally in short-term New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said the restaurants in Delhi face harassment due to 'licence raj'. He hoped that the city corporation would soon follow the FSSAI directive not to issue food licences. A few days ago, the Delhi government announced the abolition of police licences and health trade licences for restaurants, which are issued by BJP-ruled city corporations. The government has set a deadline of 10 days to terminate the health trade licences. Corporations allege that the decision of the Delhi government is a 'trick' to weaken the municipal corporations and said that they will seek legal opinion to ‘counter’ the move by the AAP government. “Restaurants contribute to Delhi economy and taxes in a big way. They face harassment due to licence raj. All governments should work together to remove harassment. Central government body FSSAI has directed MCDs to stop issuing food licences. I hope MCDs will comply soon with Centre’s directions,” Kejriwal said in a tweet on Sunday. The Delhi government’s decision to abolish licences for restaurants was taken at a meeting chaired by Kejriwal. It was attended by restaurant owners. In the meeting, the restaurateurs had said the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) already issues food safety and hygiene licences. Issuing of health trade licences by local bodies duplicated the task and was irrelevant. North Delhi Mayor Jai Prakash had said he has sought legal opinion to counter the government’s move. Continued on Page 5 /thehansindiaweb | /thehansindia | /thehansindia | /thehansindia H PM launches property cards scheme SVAMITVA transforms villages, claims Modi PURNA SINGH New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday launched the ‘Survey of Villages and Mapping with Improvised Technology in Village Areas’ (SVAMITVA) scheme and hailed it as a ‘historic move’ that will transform villages in rural India. Through this scheme, Modi said, no bank can deny loans to the people with proper documents. Through a virtual videoconference, Modi interacted with the beneﬁciaries of the scheme and said that it will enable people in rural areas to use property as a ‘ﬁnancial asset’ for taking loans. “The scheme will also help villagers in taking loans. If they have proper documents of their land and properties, no bank can deny them loans,” he highlighted. The beneﬁciaries of the new scheme would include 1 lakh property holders who would get ‘property cards’ by their respective state governments, a statement by the PMO said. These beneﬁciaries come from over 760 villages across six states. These include 346 in Uttar Pradesh, 221 in Haryana, 100 in Maharashtra, 44 in Madhya Pradesh, 50 in Uttarakhand and two villages in Karnataka. Emphasising on the changes brought in rural India infrastructure under his tenure, Modi said that “today, nearly two crore poor families in the Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the launch of the physical distribution of property cards under the 'SVAMITVA' (ownership) scheme, via video conferencing, in New Delhi on Sunday Modi attacks rivals for opposing agri reforms New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday hit out at the Opposition, saying those whose politics was powered by brokers and middlemen are spreading ‘lies’ about his government's reform measures and asserted that the country will not waver from this path. Farmers are not going with those who have opposed ‘historic’ reforms en- villages have got pucca houses.” This was different from the past decades when “crores of families in villages across the country did not have a home of their own,” he added. The Prime Minister highlighted that unlike the Pak violates ceasefire in Poonch, Rajouri Jammu: Pakistani troops on Sunday shelled mortars in three sectors along the Line of Control in Poonch and Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir, a defence spokesperson said. The shelling from across the border in Degwar and Khari Karmara sectors in Poonch and Rajouri's Sunderbani drew a beﬁtting retaliation by the Indian Army, he said, adding that there was no immediate report of any casualty. Pakistan initiated unprovoked ceaseﬁre violation by ﬁring with small arms and intense shelling with mortars in Degwar sector around 6.15 pm. It was followed by ﬁring and artillery shelling in Khari Karmara at 6.40 pm, the spokesperson said. At 6.45 pm, Pakistani troops targeted forward areas along the LoC in Sunderbani sector of Rajouri district, he said. acted by his government, he said. Speaking at a programme to launch the physical distribution of property cards under the 'SVAMITVA' (ownership) scheme, Modi said his government has done more for villages and its residents in the last six years than what was done in the six decades before that. In this context, he referred to a number of projects, including opening of bank accounts, building of toilets and houses, cooking gas scheme and electrification. Rural India was left to fend for itself by those who ruled the country earlier, Modi said in a swipe at the Congress. Many people don't want villages, poor, farmers and labourer to be 'aatmanirbhar', the prime minister said. “people who stayed in power for long” he would not leave the rural parts of the country to fend for themselves. At the virtual event, Modi paid tributes to socialist icon Jayaprakash Narayan and RSS stalwart Nanaji Desh- mukh on their birth anniversaries that coincided with the scheme’s launch. “I’m delighted that such great work is being done on a day that has historic importance,” he said, adding that raising the voice of the village and the poor has been a shared resolve of the life of JP and Nanaji. The PM said, "Nanaji used to say that when the people of the village are stuck in controversies, then neither will they be able to do their development nor the society." The ownership plan is a scheme of the Ministry of Panchayati Raj. The Prime Minister started it on April 24 on the National Panchayat Day. The objective of the scheme is to provide property cards with record of rights related to the owners of households in rural areas. According to the PMO, this scheme is to be implemented in four years (2020-24) across the country in a phased manner. About 6.62 lakh villages will come under its purview. Maoists kill TRS leader in TS ADEPU MAHENDER Mulugu: Exactly a week after the top cops’ meeting in Venkatapuram, Maoists hit back by killing a TRS leader, thus heralding that they are here to stay and confront. It may be recalled here that Senior Security Advisor to the Union Home Ministry K Vijay Kumar, Telangana DGP M Mahender Reddy and others descended on Venkatapuram on October 4 to devise a plan to suppress the Maoists' insurgency in Delhi grapples with poor air HANS NEWS SERVICE New Delhi: The national capital's air quality was recorded in the ‘poor’ category for fifth consecutive day on Sunday, while a government agency said it is likely to improve slightly in the coming days due to a change in the wind direction. The city recorded an overall air quality index (AQI) of 218 at 10:30 am, with Jahangirpuri (AQI 283) recording the highest pollution levels in the capital. On Saturday, the 24-hour average AQI stood at 221, which falls in the "poor" category. An AQI between 0 and 50 is considered ''good'', 51 and 100 ''satisfactory'', 101 and 200 ''moderate'', 201 and 300 ''poor'', 301 and 400 ''very poor'', and 401 and 500 ''severe''. The Ministry of Earth Sciences' air quality monitor, SAFAR, said the AQI is likely to improve to the "moderate" category by Monday. Farm fires were observed in Punjab adjoining Pakistan, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh which is likely to impact Delhi's air quality on Sunday, SAFAR said. However, the wind direction will change to easterly and the impact of farm fires will reduce, it said. On Sunday morning, Delhi's minimum temperature settled at 19.8 degrees Celsius. The maximum wind speed was 15 kilometers per hour and the direction was west-northwesterly. Continued on Page 5 GST Council to discuss compensation issue again today New Delhi: The GST Council in its meeting on Monday is likely to discuss the suggestion of non-BJP ruled states of setting up a ministerial panel to develop consensus on the issue of compensation, sources said. The Council, chaired by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and comprising state Finance ministers, will for the third time in a row discuss the issue of funding the shortfall of Goods and Services Tax (GST) revenue of states. While some opposition ruled states are demanding that a Group of Ministers be set up to arrive at a decision on the mechanism for funding compensation shortfall, The beneﬁciaries of the scheme include 1 lakh property holders who will get ‘property cards’ by their respective State governments. The beneﬁciaries come from over 760 villages across six States of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Karnataka File Photo BJP ruled states, which have already opted for the borrowing option given by the Centre, are of the view that they should be given a go ahead so that they can get money quickly. The single agenda 43rd meeting of the Council will discuss on the way forward, sources said. In its previous meeting last week, the Council had decided to extend the surcharge on taxes on luxury goods such as cars and tobacco products beyond June 2022 but failed to reach a consensus on ways to compensate states for loss of tax revenue. The projected total compensation shortfall in current ﬁscal stands at Rs 2.35 lakh crore. The Centre in August gave two options to the states to borrow either Rs 97,000 crore from a special window facilitated by the RBI or Rs 2.35 lakh crore from market and had also proposed extending the compensation cess levied on luxury, demerit and sin goods beyond 2022 to repay the borrowing. Following demand by some states, the amount of Rs 97,000 crore was increased to Rs 1.10 lakh crore. As many as 21 states -- which are BJP ruled or have supported it on various issues -- have opted to borrow Rs 1.10 lakh crore to meet the compensation shortfall. The Centre has released Rs 20,000 crore to the states towards compensation shortfall so far in the current fiscal. Under the GST structure, taxes are levied under 5, 12, 18 and 28 per cent slabs. On top of the highest tax slab, a cess is levied on luxury, sin and demerit goods, and the proceeds from the same are used to compensate states for any revenue loss. Beesu alias Bheemeshwar Rao the region. Against this backdrop, at least six armed rebels knocked the door of Maduri Bheemeshwar Rao alias Beesu, a small-time politician and a fertiliser trader in Aluaka village, 18 kilometres from Venkatapuram mandal headquarters and nearly 300 km northeast of Hyderabad, at around 11 pm on Saturday. They asked Beesu to come out but when he refused to do so, ﬁve of them barged into his residence. They stabbed him to death. Beesu’s wife said even though she profusely urged them, the Maoists killed her husband. It’s learnt that the police recovered a knife and two empty bullets at Beesu’s residence. Continued on Page 5 ‘Feeling Great’ Says Trump at first event after Covid diagnosis I want you to know our nation is going to more years" throughout the defeat this terrible China address lasting just under 20 virus Washington: President Donald Trump rallied hundreds of cheering supporters for a campaign-style comeback event at the White House on Saturday, jumping back into the election race nine days after being stopped in his tracks by Covid-19. "I am feeling great!" Trump declared as he stepped out to a White House balcony -- tugging off his mask to address the crowd below, most of them masked under their red "Make America Great Again" hats, but with little social distancing. "Get out and vote -- and I love you," Trump told supporters, who chanted back "USA" and "Four minutes. Badly trailing his 77-year-old Democratic rival Joe Biden in the polls less than four weeks from Election Day, Trump has been counting the days until he can hit the ground again. The White House doctor announced late Saturday the president was "no longer considered a transmission risk." Tests showed there was "no longer evidence of actively replicating virus" and that Trump's viral load was "decreasing," Sean Conley said -though he did not state that the president is now virus-free.
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