DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2020, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 18 PAGES PASSAGE OF FARM BILLS THE EDITORIAL PAGE PM targets Oppn, tells farmers: new laws will free you, don’t be misled SUDARSHANTV: HATE ANDSTATE BY PRATAP BHANU MEHTA PAGE 10 Delhi journalist arrested under OSA, police say had classified defence papers ‘Lies being spread by those who ruled for decades, support looters of farmer income’ EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 18 THEDELHIPoliceSpecialCellhas arrestedacity-basedstrategicaffairs analyst and author under the Official Secrets Act (OSA) alleging that he had been found in possession of defence-related classified papers. Rajeev Sharma, who has previously worked with United News of India, The Tribune, and Sakaal Times, and most recently wrote a piece for the Chinese newspaper Global Times, was arrested on September 14. DCP (Special Cell) Sanjeev Kumar Yadav said, “He is a resident of Pitampura, and was arrested by the southwestern range of Special Cell of the Delhi Police. He was produced before the magistrate the next day, following which he was taken into police custody for six days. He was found to be in possession of some defence-related classified documents. Investigation of the case is in progress.” Sharma runs a YouTube channel called 'Rajeev Kishkindha', which has 11,900 subscribers. On the day of his arrest, he uploaded two videos. One of them is an eight-minute video titled 'China may still do mischief #IndiaChinaFaceOff',in which he says, “Despite an agreement... reached between theforeignministersof Indiaand China, the road to peace is still heavily mined. There is still no guarantee that everything will playoutasperthescriptreached between the two foreign ministers in Moscow.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 IPL BEGINS TODAY A panoramic view of the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, the venue for the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League that begins on Saturday with defending champions Mumbai Indians taking on Chennai Super Kings. The 53-day T20 tournament will see 60 matches played at three venues across the United Arab Emirates — Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah. Twitter/ Jay Shah SPORTS, PAGE 18 A SILENT DESERT STORM CAN THE CSK DADARMY WIN THE TITLE? MAN OF ALL SEASONS: DWAYNE BRAVO 3 killed in J&K encounter were labourers, will take action: Army NAVEED IQBAL & ARUN SHARMA SRINAGAR, JAMMU, SEPTEMBER 18 ADMITTING THAT the three youths who were killed in an encounteratShopianonJuly18were missinglabourersfromRajouri,as claimed by their families last month, the Army Friday said its probe had “prima facie” found that its troops exceeded powers granted by the Armed Forces SpecialPowersAct(AFSPA)—and directeddisciplinaryproceedings against those “answerable”. The Army had ordered a Court of Inquiry into the encounter last month after the three families came forward to say the youths were cousins — one of them was reportedly 16 years old — who had gone to Kashmir for work and not been First stepto gain trust QUICK DISCIPLINARY action by the Army against those answerable for the killing of the three youths is the first step that will help the government in gaining people’s trust. The families of the youths had claimed they were innocent. Completion of DNA verification and a transparent police probe will be the next logical steps. in touch since July 17 night. On Friday, the Army spokesperson in Srinagar, Col Rajesh Kalia, said in a statement that the evidence collected by the inquiry has prima-facie indicated that “the three unidentified terrorists killed in Op Amshipora were Imtiyaz Ahmed,AbrarAhmedandMohd Ibrar, who hailed from Rajouri”. Speaking to The Indian Express, Mohammad Yusuf, the fatherof AbrarAhmed(25),said: “Iwantthebodiesof allthethree children who were close relatives. All the three children were innocent and they have been killed in cold blood. I want those responsible to be hanged.” Yusuf alsoexpressedconcern overthedelay in the DNAreport. “Our samples were collected on August 13. The administration should intervene to get the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Play Store drops Paytm As MPs test positive, Covid concerns may cut for ‘gambling’, restores short Monsoon Session it after scheme changed LIZ MATHEW & MANOJ C G NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 18 WITH MORE than 30 MPs, including Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari and Prahlad Patel, testing positive over the last week, there is a palpable sense of concern and apprehension in Parliament over the spread of Covid. The situation has prompted stricter protocol and raised the possibility of the ongoing Monsoon Session being wound up next week. The case of BJP's Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, who had tested negative last Friday, has further rattled parliamentarians. A day after he was the party's lead speaker for the Covid debate in the Upper House, Sahasrabuddhe said Thursday that he has tested positive after developinga headacheand mild fever the previous night. While wishing him a speedy recovery, Trinamool Congress `6.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 IN PARLIAMENT UPROAR IN LS AS MoS THAKUR QUESTIONS NEHRU-GANDHI FAMILY CHARITIES RS LISTS FARM BILLS FOR WEEKEND PAGES 5, 6 MP Derek O’Brien asked all Memberswhohadcomein contact with Sahasrabuddhe or were seated near him to isolate themselves. He also noted that Sahasrabuddhe had delivered a CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PRANAV MUKUL NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 18 GOOGLETOOKPaytmoff itsPlay Store for several hours on Friday — and restored it after the payments and financial services platformhadbeenforcedtotake “corrective measures” to meet the policy requirements of the Android app marketplace. Google said Paytm had violated its gambling policies. The developmentscameadaybefore the start of the Indian Premier League (IPL), which is known to spike interest in so-called ‘fantasy sports’ — Internet-based games where users win rewards for creating virtual teams based on the performance of their actual counterparts. Paytm had on Friday announced the fantasy “Paytm Cricket League”, in which users couldwincashrewardsbasedon the actual performance of cricketers in the IPL. This was on the lines of the fantasy sports platform Dream11 — also IPL’s title sponsor — and in contravention of Play Store policies. Paytm was restored on Play Store after it removed the “cashback component” on the Paytm Cricket League. According to Google, if an app leads consumers to an external website that allows them to participate in paid tournaments to win real money or cash prizes, it is a violation of its policies. Under Paytm’s offer, users wouldreceivevirtualstickersdepicting cricketers playing in the IPL upon adding a minimum of Rs 500 in their Paytm wallet. The userscouldthenentertheseplayers in a virtual team — and earn points based on how those playersperformedinactualmatches. Attheendof thetournament, the top 1 lakh participants — ranked on the basis of cumulative points earned — would receive a scratch card, which CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 End digital apartheid, give devices to EWS students: HC to schools SOFI AHSAN NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 18 THE DELHI High Court ruled on Friday that any intra-class gap between fees-paying students andthose belonging to economically weaker sections (EWS) or disadvantaged groups (DG) amounts to discrimination, and orderedprivateschoolsandgovernment schools like Kendriya Vidyalayas in the Capital to provide free gadgets as well as Internet packages to the latter to end “digital apartheid”. The verdict would mainlyapply to schools conducting online classesviatheSynchronousFaceto-Face Real Time medium in view of the Covid-19 shutdown. The court ordered that a threemember committee be set up withinaweektoidentifystandard gadgets and Internet packages. A Division Bench of Justices Manmohan and Sanjeev Narula saidtheschoolscouldseekreimbursement under the RTE Act. “Toensurelevelplayingfieldand to remedy this digital divide or digital gap or ‘digital apartheid’ in addition to segregation, if the private unaided school has to bear any additional cost, it must SANTOSH SINGH PATNA, SEPTEMBER 18 HAILINGTHEpassageoftwofarm Bills in Lok Sabha Thursday as a “historicdayforthecountryinthe field of agricultural reforms,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi toreintotheOppositionFridayfor “spreadinglies”and“misleading” farmers on the legislation. Speaking via video link at a ceremonytoinauguratenewrail lines and electrification projects in Bihar and dedicate the Kosi Rail Mahasetu to the nation, Modi said: “Some people who ruled this country for decades are attempting to mislead farmers on this issue.” His remarks came a day after Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal of the SAD – her party is one of the oldest allies of the BJP – resignedfromthegovernment in protest against The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill 2020, and The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Harsimrat Kaur Badal at her residence in Delhi on Friday, a day after she resigned from the Cabinet. Prem Nath Pandey We kept raising issue, PM tweet not enough: Badals; SAD to decide on alliance NAVJEEVAN GOPAL CHANDIGARH, SEPTEMBER 18 A DAY after resigning as Union Minister of Food Processing Industriesinprotestagainstthree farm Bills that have triggered protestsacrossPunjab,Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Friday said Prime MinisterNarendraModi’sassurance on the legislation was too little and too late, and that the Akali Dal had repeatedly raised the matter in the Cabinet. BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Why MSP scare: Wheat farmers availing it double in 5 years, paddy up 70 per cent HARIKISHAN SHARMA NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 18 THE NUMBER of wheat farmers who availed the minimum support price (MSP) has doubled in the last five years, while the number of such paddy farmers hasincreasedby70percentdur- ing the same period, according to the latest official data. The data was shared with Rajya Sabha Friday by Raosaheb Patil Danve, Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, who gave a written reply to an unstarred question. It assumes significance given that farmers in Punjab and Haryana have taken to the streets,fearingthattheproposed farm laws will ring in the end of the MSP regime. On Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi allayed fears, saying his government is committed to provide a fair price to farmers through CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 WORLD AMID AFGHAN PEACE BID, ATTACKS SURGE IN NORTHWEST PAKISTAN TAIWAN SCRAMBLES JETS AS 18 CHINESE PLANES BUZZ ISLAND PAGE 14 To fight Covid loneliness & stress, Rajasthan to allow families to meet patients, get home food PAGE 1 ANCHOR HAMZA KHAN JAIPUR, SEPTEMBER 18 CONCERNED over the mental well-beingandlonelinessofcoronavirus patients, Rajasthan Health Minister Raghu Sharma on Friday announced the state government’s decision to allow family members to meet them wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kit and taking other protections, as well as to providethemhome-cookedfood. As of now, patients can only keep in touch with family members over video calls, with no contactallowed.Severalpatients who died spent their last hours withouttheir lovedones around them. An order issued by Health Department Principal Secretary AkhilArorasaidthedecisionwas taken “looking at the loneliness of corona-infected patients and the stress caused because of it”. As per the order, the family members of patients infected with Covid-19 and undergoing treatment at hospitals can be allowed to meet them wearing PPE kits, masks, gloves and Relatives speak to Covid patients via video call. Express file maintaining social distancing, during visiting hours decided by the hospital. They can also get the patients home-cooked food as per the prescribed protocol. Sharma said that apart from ensuringthementalwell-beingof patients, the decision was prompted by requests by people that they be allowed to provide home-madefoodtotheirrelatives in hospitals. “There are people who just eat home-made food. Weconsulteddoctorsandexperts and took this decision,” he said. However, hospitals urged caution. While saying they “really appreciate” the move, Dr Shrikant Swami, Director, Medical Operations at Fortis Escorts Hospital, Jaipur, said, “Donning and doffing PPE kits is a technical process which has to be completed and supervised CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 DELHI JAIPUR HEAD OFFICE: Apsara Arcade, Karol Bagh | CONTACT: 8468022022, 9019066066 PUNE 9001949244 8007500096 HYDERABAD AHMEDABAD LUCKNOW CHANDIGARH 9000104133 9909447040 8468022022 8468022022
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