DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2020, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 18 PAGES `6.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 SIX MONTHS INTO PANDEMIC No end date, no vaccine yet; stimulus rolling, won’t hesitate to spend: FM Rural economy picking up, labour back, Ministry response quicker: FM ‘Every sector could decide cost, buyer; farmers couldn’t. New laws will give freedom to trade’ NARENDRA SINGH TOMAR MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE & FARMERS’ WELFARE PAGE 9 P VAIDYANATHAN IYER NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 27 SIX MONTHS INTO the Covid-19 pandemic, and a sharp 23.9 per cent GDP contraction in AprilJune following a strict national lockdown, Union Finance MinisterNirmalaSitharamansaid Saturdaytheeconomycontinues tofacechallengesofadifferentnaturewithnoclear-cutenddatefor INSIDE FARMERS THE HEART OFATMANIRBHAR NATION:PM ONMANN KI BAAT PAGE 8 the pandemic, especially in the absence of a sure-shot vaccine. In an interview to The Indian CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE EXPRESS INTERVIEW WITH NIRMALA SITHARAMAN UNION FINANCE MINISTER TOMORROW ‘Hurting the farmers? How? Ask us one question we can’t answer’ ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 27 POINTING OUT THAT her Cabinet colleague Narendra Tomar, Minister of Agriculture andFarmers’Welfare,hadwideranging consultation with all stakeholders including the MP Siva was in seat but order key for division: Dy Chairman THEFARMER’S FREEDOMTO SELL BY ASHOK GULATI PAGE 11 BY UNNY E AN XPRESS RTI APPLICATION IndianExpresstoRs349.25crore. The Prime Minister’s Office, whichmanagesthefund,hasdeclinedtofurnishdetailsof contributionsreceived,sayingthatPM CARES is “not a public authority under the...RTI Act”. Topping the listof public sector banks and institutions that responded to RTI queries (see chart), LIC alone gave Rs 113.64 croretoPMCARESundervarious categories: Rs 8.64 crore from staff salaries, Rs 100 crore under “Corporate Communication” and Rs 5 crore under “Golden Jubilee Foundation”. Records show that LIC’s contribution of Rs 100 crore was made on March 31 — Rs 5 crore, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 27 A LONG HAUL Army soldiers operating a T-90 Bhishma tank near the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh on Sunday. ANI NDA only in name...no meeting called by PM all these years: Sukhbir NAVJEEVAN GOPAL CHANDIGARH, SEPTEMBER 27 A DAY after snapping ties with the BJP, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Sunday said the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) had lost credibility in the last 10 years and was an alliance “just in name". Speaking to The Indian ‘Proper relationship during Vajpayee’s time’ Express, Badal said, “For the last seven, eight... 10 years or so, NDA is just in name. There is nothing in the NDA. No discussions, no planning, no meetings. I do not Ex-staffer linked to Johar firm claims NCB forced him to implicate director MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 27 A FORMER executive producer of DharmaticEntertainment,the sister concern of Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions, told a Mumbai court on Sunday that the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) had forced him to falsely implicateJoharandotherexecutivesof thefilmproductioncompany in a case of alleged consumption of drugs. The former Dharmatic Entertainmentemployee,Kshitij Prasad, was called in by NCB on Friday in connection with its investigation into the alleged “drugs nexus”inBollywood,and placed under arrest on Saturday. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 remember a day in the last 10 years when the Prime Minister called an NDA meeting for lunch to discuss what they have in mind. Alliances should not be on paper... Before this, during (Atal Bihari) Vajpayee’s time, there used to be a proper relationship. My father is a founder member of the NDA... It’s sad that we created the NDA but the NDA is not there today." CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE WORLD REPUBLICANS IN SENATE MOVE TO CONFIRM TRUMP’S SUPREME COURT PICK BARRETT PAGE 13 After meeting with Shah, leaders from Ladakh call off poll boycott DIPANKAR GHOSE NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 27 THE GOVERNMENT on Sunday announced it would consider all “issues related to language, demography, ethnicity, land and jobs” for which the Ladakhi people have demanded constitutional protection. The People’s Movement for Constitutional Safeguard, an umbrella body of the Ladakhi leadership, agreed to call off its boycott of the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) elections scheduled for October 16. The contours of a broad understanding were reached at a meeting of three senior Ladakhi leaders with Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday. The announcement was made by Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State for Home CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Rhea ki aukaat to waiver from govt: how Bihar DGP stoops to conquer E E X P L A I NE D PAGE 1 ANCHOR SANTOSH SINGH 193rd GUNNER'S DAY IT’SNOTjustawiderangeof central educational institutions, at least seven public sector banks, seven other leading financial institutions and insurers, and the RBI, have together contributed Rs 204.75 crore from their staff salaries to the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations (PM CARES)fund,RTIrecordsaccessed by The Indian Express show. Of these, records show, Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC), General Insurance Corporationof India(GIC)andNational Housing Bank also contributed over Rs 144.5 crore separately from their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) allocation and other provisions. This takes the total contribution from the 15 government banks and institutions that responded to RTI queries from The COOMI KAPOOR SADAF MODAK & MOHAMED THAVER LEGAL EDUCATION NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 27 YOUR RIGHT TO KNOW The courteous scholar-politician often out of sync with his party NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 27 BUSINESS AS USUAL SHYAMLAL YADAV J A S WA N T S I N G H I 1 9 3 8 - 2 0 2 0 MANOJ C G CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE IDEAS PAGE ‘Was surrounded by some hostile members’ RESPONDING TO The Indian Express report that two Opposition MPs were in their seats when they asked for division on the farm Bills, Deputy Chairman Harivansh, in a statement Sunday, said it was “true” that DMK MP Tiruchi Siva had demanded a division from his seat but he pointed out that “order in the House” is “equally important” to have a division. The Indian Express, after reviewing the official footage of Rajya Sabha TV between 1 pm — when the Deputy Chairman extended the sitting — to 1.26 pm when the House was adjourned for 15 minutes, reported that Siva had demanded a division fromhisseatat1.10pm.Andthat CPM’s K K Ragesh, too, was in his seat at 1:11 pm when he demandedadivisiononanamendment moved by him to the bill. ThiscontradictedtheDeputy Chairman’s contention that members needed to be in their seat to ask for a division. Opposition before introducing the three reformist farm Bills in Parliament, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the Congressandotherpoliticalparties were doing a “disservice”, particularly after having professed the same reforms in their own manifestos. From RBI & public sector banks to LIC, `205 cr to PM Cares from staff salaries PATNA, SEPTEMBER 27 SEVEN MONTHS ago, he started his own YouTube channel and got professionals to manage his Facebook and Twitter accounts. Then, he took on the Opposition for questioning the Bihar government’s handling of a triple murder case in Gopalganj. Last month, he became the face of thestate’s pursuitof theSushant Singh Rajput suicide case. On Sunday, it all fell into place. Pandey with Nitish Kumar in Patna Sunday. PTI Within just five days of taking voluntary retirement, his three-month notice period waived off, former Bihar DGP Gupteshwar Pandey joined the ruling JD(U) in the presence of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● Bending the bar BY WAIVING off his three-month notice period, the Bihar government has bent over backwards to facilitate former DGP Gupteshwar Pandey’s entry into politics. It’s not the first time, though. Pandey took VRS in 2009, too, to contest the Lok Sabha polls before changing his mind — he was allowed to return as IGP. JASWANTSINGH,82,wasalways somewhat of a misfit in the BJP, a party he helped found in 1980, and which he ably represented as a nine-time parliamentarian and minister with key portfolios in the Vajpayee years between 1998 and 2004. But the former Army Major with his liberalism, courteous old world military mannerisms, his interest in books and scholarship, and his outspokenness, was often out of sync with many in his party — the reason he was twice expelled from the BJP. At the time of his death, Singh was no longer in the party, but the tributes paid to him by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, who were partly responsible for his removal in 2014, indicated that despite differences, the BJP’s top leadership appreciated his valuable contributions to the party. Singh’s biggest supporter in the BJP was Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who recognised his worth. During Vajpayee’s two tenures as Prime Minister, Singh was CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Rajnath Singh pays tribute to Jaswant Singh, in New Delhi on Sunday. PTI THE EDITORIAL PAGE AN HONOURABLE MAN BY SUDHEENDRA KULKARNI PAGE 10
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