DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2020, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 18 PAGES THE EDITORIAL PAGE PANDEMICLESSONS FORFEDERALISM BY SRINIVAS CHOKKAKULA PAGE 10 WORLD JOURNALISM OF COURAGE SINCE 1932 `6.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM MEA REMINDS CHINA OF MOSCOW PACT ON DISENGAGEMENT China’swordsandactionsdon’tmatch,no powercanstoppatrollingatLAC:Rajnath Says one can start a war but ending it is not in one’s hands; agrees to suggestion to brief party leaders MANOJ C G & SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 17 AS U.S. OFFICIAL VISITS TAIWAN, CHINA WARNS OF CONSEQUENCES PAK TO ELEVATE GILGIT-BALTISTAN TO PROVINCE: REPORT PAGE 14 EXPRESS NETWORK DHAKA CONVEYS ‘DEEP CONCERN’ OVER INDIA’S ONION EXPORT BAN PAGE 6 UNDERLINING THAT there is a mismatch between what China says and does, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh told Rajya Sabha ThursdaythatIndiawillnotback down from taking “any big and tough step” in its interest, and that there will be no change in the “traditional and welldefined” patrolling pattern of Indian soldiers along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh. “No power in the world can stop Indian soldiers from patrolling,” he said. Making a statement in the HouseonthesituationinLadakh, two days after he made a similar statement in Lok Sabha, Singh Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday. ANI saidthegovernmentwantstoassure 130 crore people of the country that it will not let India “bow down” its head. At the same time, he said, it does not wanttobendanyoneelse’shead. “Yudh ki shuruat toh hamari haathmeinhotihai,lekinuskaant nahinhotahai.Aurmujhekaibaar tajjub hota hai ki shanti ka yeh sandesh jis dharti se poore vishwa ko mila hai, us dharti ki shanti meinvighnadaalnekeprayaskiye jaate hain (One can start a war but ending it is not in one’s hands. Many a time, I am surprisedthatattemptsaremadeto disrupt peace in the very land which gave the world the message of peace),” he said. Citingoperationalreasonsfor not giving detailed replies to questionsfrommembers,Singh, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Insurance regulator Rs 750 for burnt restaurant, Rs 8,500 for store: wants pandemic risk Delhi Assembly panel flags gaps in riot relief pool for informal, low-income sectors SOURAV ROY BARMAN NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 17 GEORGE MATHEW MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 17 AMID THE Covid outbreak, the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) is considering a recommendation by its working committee to set up a pandemic risk pool to address losses and displacementcausedtotheinformal andlow-incomesectorsincaseof anothersimilarcrisisinthefuture. According to a report by the committee,thepoolwouldcater toaround4croreMSMEworkers and lead to a capacity of Rs 75,000 crore initially, including the provision of a government backstop. This could peak to Rs 1.23 lakh crore later, with thebackstopbeingtriggeredonly in the event of a pandemic and if the payouts exceed capacity. While around Rs 2,000 crore could be expected from insurers andreinsurers,asubstantialpart of the pool should come from the government in the form of the backstop, the report said. BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Extra cover needed TWO SIMILAR pools, to cover terrorism and nuclear risks, are already in place. For the pandemic pool, though, the Rs 2,000 crore that insurance firms would be able to chip in may not be enough as a significant chunk of the 4 crore MSME employees would need this cover. Under such pools, insurance firms — with or withoutsupport from governments — come together to provide protection for payouts to people and companies in the wake of catastrophic CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 AFTER HIS small restaurant in Gokulpuri was vandalised and looted during the Northeast Delhi riots, Usman Ali sought Rs 3 lakh in damages from the state government. He was paid Rs 750. Days into her pregnancy, on February 25, Gulzeb Parveen’s Usman Ali (right) sought Rs 3 lakh as compensation, got Rs 750. Sourav Roy Barman STAY ON TV SHOW If you want guidelines, regulate digital media first, Centre tells SC EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 17 THECENTREurgedtheSupreme CourtonThursdaytoconfinethe matter regarding the Sudarshan TVshowBindassBol,whosetelecast had earlier been stayed by the Court, to the channel alone, and not lay down “any further guidelines” for the entire mainstream media. In an affidavit, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting added that however “if” the “Court decides to undertake the exercise, it should first be undertakenwithregardtodigitalmedia as there already exist sufficient framework and judicial pronouncementswithregardtoelectronic media and print media”. A three-judge Bench of the Court had on September 15 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Court rejects CBI closure report, orders case against Shourie for hotel sale by Atal Govt HC said no proof... my name not in original CBI FIR: Shourie DEEP MUKHERJEE Arun Shourie; the Laxmi Vilas Palace Hotel (far left). PTI JAIPUR, SEPTEMBER 17 A SPECIAL CBI Court in Rajasthan's Jodhpur district has ordered the registration of a criminal case against former UnionministerArunShourie,retiredIASofficer PradipBaijaland three others, after prima facie findingoffencessuchascriminal conspiracy and cheating proved against them in relation to the sale of a luxury hotel in Rajasthan dating back to 2002. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 A workshop in a lane cuts glass to stand between Delhi power corridors, virus PAGE 1 ANCHOR AVISHEK G DASTIDAR NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 17 A COMPUTER-operated lasercutting machine, the size of a table-tennis board, is silently embossing the State Emblem of India on a transparent acrylic sheet in a corner of a workshop in the industrial neighbourhood of Delhi’s Paharganj. In the unseasonal September afternoon heat, five-six labourers, all in their 20s, are busy making signboards, glow signs and name plates — and, increasingly these days,puttingtheAshokasymbol At the workshop in Paharganj, New Delhi, where the acrylic shields are manufactured. Tashi Tobgyal on acrylic sheets. As the work of the government goes on amidst the coron- avirus, the desks of the high and mightyintheCapitalhavestarted sportingthesetransparentsheets, standing as barriers between them and visitors. For want of a better name, the sheets have been dubbed “sneeze guards”. ParliamentbeganitsMonsoon Session this week armed with similarsheets,thoughmadefrom polycarbonateandselectedbythe CentralPublicWorksDepartment keeping in mind the building’s heritage furniture. “The idea was to provide a partition between MPs. The sheets are light-weight, with minimum alteration to the furniture,”aseniorParliamentofficial says. At the Paharganj Om Sai Plastic workshop, it’s one man’s job and one hour’s work as a 5mm-thick acrylic sheet is cut into a 2 ft X 3 ft rectangle with CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 husband Moshin Ali was killed. HischarredbodywasfoundmetresfromtheKhajuriKhaspolice station. On Tuesday, she gave birth to a baby girl, who is in the ICU at a Hapur hospital. “The compensationwaswithheldbecause we didn’t have Moshin’s death certificate… and that was delayed because of the lockdown. Now, we have submitted all the documents, but we still haven’t got any compensation," Shahnawaz, Mohsin's elder brother, said. Over six months after the riots, the Delhi government faces charges of delays, mismatches andfalserejectionsoveritscompensation disbursal to victims and their families. On Wednesday, a Delhi Assembly panel on welfare of minorities asked the state revenue department to review at CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Harsimrat quits Cabinet, says can’t be party to anti-farmer laws After Shiv Sena, another old BJP ally revolts; Lok Sabha passes Bills LIZ MATHEW NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 17 UNIONMINISTERHarsimratKaur Badal, an MP of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), one of the BJP's oldest allies, resigned from the Narendra Modi Cabinet on Thursday, publicly criticising the farm policy of the government. The SAD made a dramatic announcement of her resignation in Lok Sabha, protesting against The Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion andFacilitation) Bill, 2020 and the Farmers' (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill 2020, which have brought farmers in Punjab and Haryana out on the streets. The Opposition has accused the Centre of “destroying the federal structure” by bringing the Bills in Parliament. “I have resigned from Union Cabinet in protest against antifarmer ordinances and legislation. Proud to stand with farmers as their daughter & sister,” Food Processing Industries Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal wrote on Twitter. “The SAD cannot be a party to anything antifarmer,” she said. “My decision symbolises my party's vision, its glorious legacy and its commitment to go to any extent to safeguard the interests of the farmers,” Harsimrat said Harsimrat Kaur Badal EXPLAINED SIMPLY PUT WHY IS SHIROMANI AKALIDAL OPPOSED TO THE FARM BILLS? PAGE 13 IN PARLIAMENT MINISTER: MSP STAYS, FARMERS TO HAVE FULL FREEDOM TOSELLPRODUCE PAGE 5 in a four-page resignation letter addressed to the Prime Minister. “I am proud that today I am able in my humble way to take thatlegacyforward...Thatlegacy willnotchange,comewhatmay. The trust in farmers placed in us is sacred to us.” HarsimrattoldreportersoutsideParliamentthatherresignation was not a “sacrifice”, only “a natural and normal course for any proud Akali Dal member”. Despite the resignation and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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