DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA Punjab Assembly rejects Centre’s farm laws, clears own with MSP benchmark CHANDIGARH, OCTOBER 20 E STRIKINGDOWNkeyprovisions of the Centre's new farm laws, and barring the sale and purchase of wheat or paddy below the MSP, almost all political parties in the Punjab Assembly cut across party lines Tuesday to passfournewstatefarmBills,in- E X P L A I NE D Punjab CM Amarinder Singh in the Assembly, Tuesday. PTI cluding three amendment Bills, to counter the central laws cleared last month. Except for the two BJP MLAs — Arun Sood from Fazilka and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 `5.00, WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 BILLS GET SUPPORT FROM ALL PARTIES, BJP ABSENT MAN AMAN SINGH CHHINA REG.NO. MCS/067/2018 - 20 RNI REGN. NO. 1543/57 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2020, MUMBAI, LATE CITY, 18 PAGES If Governor does not give assent, will seek legal recourse, says Amarinder ● What the Billsreally ● mean APART FROM the Governor, the Punjab government's new farm Bills need the assent of the President since they seek to amend laws passed by the central government. If not, they can at best serve as a symbolic political statement against the Centre's farm laws. Chhattisgarh plan hits Raj Bhavan wall, Rajasthan looks at special session too MANOJ C G, GARGI VERMA & HAMZA KHAN NEW DELHI, RAIPUR, JAIPUR, OCTOBER 20 AS THE Punjab Assembly passed Billstocounterthecentralgovernment’sfarmlaws,Congress-ruled Chhattisgarh's plan to follow suit ran into rough weather with Governor Anusuiya Uikey ques- tioning the state government’s proposal to convene a special House session in October-end. A third Congress-ruled state, Rajasthan, is also planning to convene an Assembly session to pass a legislation to nullify the farm laws. “We will convene the Assemblysoon,”RajasthanChief Minister Ashok Gehlot told The Indian Express. Later, the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Covid not gone, can’t be careless, cautions PM as festival season begins Underlines use of masks, distancing, do gaz ki doori in address to nation LIZ MATHEW NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 20 CAUTIONING THE nation that while the lockdown is over, the coronavirus is still there, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked the people not to be careless and lower their guardduring thefestival season. The battle against Covid-19 wouldnotbeoverandsuccessful until a vaccine was found, the Prime Minister said. “In this festive season, the markets are bright again but we should not forget that the lockdown might have ended but Covid-19stillpersists,”Modisaid ina12-minuteaddresstothenation on Tuesday evening. “With the efforts of every Indian over the last 7-8 months, India is in a stable situation, and we must not let it deteriorate. We should improve it further,” he said. The Prime Minister spoke in the backdrop of repeated warn- KAUNAIN SHERIFF M NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 20 Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his address to the nation on Tuesday. ANI ings by experts that with nearly all activities having returned to normal, the festival season may result in a surge of infections. This was Modi's seventh address to thenation since theoutbreak of the pandemic. Since June, India has gradually lifted the curbs that were imposed with the lockdown in March. Every Indian has struggled during the pandemic, the Prime Minister said, but the economic situation has now begun to slowly improve. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ELGAR PARISHAD CASE Twist in TRP case: UP Police file own FIR; case with CBI Central agency enters picture as Republic tells HC to take case away from ‘biased’ Mumbai Police DEEPTIMAN TIWARY & OMKAR GOKHALE NEW DELHI, MUMBAI, OCT 20 EVENAStheBombayHighCourt is hearing a petition by Republic TV against Mumbai Police for lodging an FIR against the channel for allegedly fudging TRPs, policein Uttar Pradesh have registered a similar FIR against “unknown” channels and persons. OnTuesday,theCentretransferred the UP case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), whichpromptlyregisteredanFIR. SourcesintheDepartmentof Personnel and Training (DoPT), which has administrative control over CBI, said that after registration of the FIR by UP Police on October 17, the state governmentsentarequesttotheCentre for the case to be handed over to CBI. “The notification has been issued today by the Ministry for takeover of the case,” a Ministry official said. A CBI official said, “The FIR has been registered. It is against unknown people and is a reproduction of the FIR registered by UP Police.” UP Police registered the FIR at Lucknow's Hazratganj police station based on a complaint CONTINUEDONPAGE2 Rahul pulls up Nath for comment on minister, she says insulted all women RJD leader Tejashwi Prasad Yadav at a rally in Aurangabad on Tuesday. ANI Tejashwi works campaign crowd with promise of jobs and change JD(U) counters with Nitish crowd images DIPANKAR GHOSE PATNA, OCTOBER 20 ACROSS RALLIES, the images are much the same. Crowds packed in, with very few masks and no social distancing. But right from when RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav’s helicopter begins to descend,theybegincheeringwildly, and then follow him in a wave as hewalkstothestage,andspeaks. With the first phase of polling for the Bihar Assembly elections a week away, the crowds that are turning up to hear Tejashwi, the WORLD IRAM SIDDIQUE & MANOJ C G PAGE 1 ANCHOR CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 2020 B I H A R IN YADAV SEAT NEAR PATNA, LJP SCARE MAKES NDA TASK HARDER PAGE 10 FULL COVERAGE, VISIT WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SADAF MODAK Nath says that’s Rahul’s view; Imarti Devi asks Sonia to act On Sunday, while campaigningforthe Congresscandidatein CONTINUEDONPAGE2 U.S. JUSTICE DEPT FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST GOOGLE GOP SEES BRIGHT SPOT IN VOTER REGISTRATION PUSH PAGE 15 Anand Teltumbde tend international conferences under the guise of his academic visitsabroadvizPhilippines,Peru, Turkey, and other countries and used to bring Maoist literature and videos (in pen drive/ memory cards) related to their ideology, tactics, weapons used by them,periodof attacks,planning of sudden attacks in spite of routine Tactical Counter Offensive Campaign during Naxal weeks, extension of zones and increasing members of recruitment for CPI (Maoist) organisation,” the NIA chargesheet alleges. “The said foreign literature andvideoswereshowntomembers of CPI (Maoist) in training CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NGT red-flags Kaleshwaram project: Green clearance was in violation of law, halt work HYDERABAD, OCTOBER 20 DECLARING THE environmental clearance (EC) granted to the Kaleshwaram lift irrigation system in Telangana as ex post facto (retroactive,afteritisdone)andillegal,theNationalGreenTribunal has directed the Telangana government to stop all work, except thedrinkingwatercomponentof the project, until further orders. The Tribunal’s principal The project is meant to provide drinking and irrigation water to nearly 45 lakh acres in 20 districts of Telangana. File SEVERAL IDs apart from the unique digital health ID under the National Digital Health Mission (NDHM) would be prescribedfortheCovid-19vaccinationdriveexpectednextyear,the government said on Tuesday. Dr Balram Bhargava, director general of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), said that experimental convalescent plasma therapy was likely to be removed from the national clinicalmanagementprotocolforthe disease, based on evidence that has emerged from the world’s largest clinical trial, which was conducted in India. Asked whether the NDHM digital ID would be mandatory CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Rlys allows women to board local trains from today NEERAJ TIWARI MUMBAI, OCTOBER 20 MUMBAI, OCTOBER 20 SREENIVAS JANYALA BHOPAL, NEW DELHI, OCT 20 SENIORCONGRESSleaderRahul Gandhi on Tuesday disapproved of party colleague Kamal Nath's remarks against BJP leader ImartiDevi,sayinghedidnotappreciatetheuseof suchlanguage and that it was "unfortunate". Nath, however, stuck to his guns and, in fact, said Gandhi's remarks were "his views". Mahagathbandhan's chief ministerial candidate, at his rallies are becoming a talking point. While the RJD is reading this as a sign that people in the state are ready for change, the ruling JD(U) is at pains to explain that the turnout at rallies are no measure of vote transferability. What seems to be enthusing thecrowd most is Yadav’s promise — one that he makes in each of his speeches — of 10 lakh government jobs in his first act as chief minister. In his last rally of the day in Paliganj on Tuesday, Yadav told the crowd to loud DECISION Teltumbde brought Maoist literature, videos from abroad: NIA chargesheet THE NATIONAL Investigation Agency (NIA) has alleged in its chargesheet filed in the Elgar Parishad case that former IIT professor Anand Teltumbde attended international conferences “under the guise of... academic visits abroad” and brought back Maoist literature and videos on “ideology, tactics, weapons” to show members of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist). Teltumbde, who taught at IIT-Kharagpur and later at the Goa Institute of Management before his arrest on April 14, is also alleged to have “inspired” his younger brother, Milind Teltumbde, who has been named in the chargesheet as an absconding accused and top operative of CPI (Maoist). “AnandTeltumbdeusedtoat- Multiple IDs will be used to give Covid vaccine: govt benchinNewDelhialsodirected the state government to obtain forest clearance before moving ahead with the project. The Kaleshwaram Multipurpose Lift Irrigation Project, the world’s largest irrigation and drinking water system, was inaugurated last year by Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao. It is meant to provide water for drinking and irrigation to nearly 45 lakh acres in 20 of 31 districts of Telangana, apart from CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 IN A much needed relief to women commuters of Mumbai, the Railways on Tuesday finally relented in allowing them to travel in suburban local trains from Wednesday. Thedecisioncomesfourdays after the Maharashtra government,onOctober16,issuedacircular stating that women would be allowed to travel in local trains from Saturday — between 11 am and 3 pm and again from 7 pm till the end of services. The Railways had, however, stalled the move stating that it would require clearance from the Railway Board. It had also suggested a joint meeting of rail and government officials to work out the modalities. “Iamhappytoannouncethat Railways will allow women to travel on suburban trains from October 21 between 11 am to 3 pm and after 7 pm,” Railways Minister Piyush Goyal tweeted on Tuesday. The decision comes after much wrangling between the Uddhav Thackeray government and the Railways, which have squared off over starting local train services amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Both had differed over starting special trains to facilitate movement of people to districts in Konkan for Ganesh Chaturthi in August. In May, a warof wordshadbrokenoutbetweenGoyal,railofficialsandthe Maharashtra government over the Shramik special trains with the ministry accusing the state of notgettingpassengersin time at stations to board these trains. Earlier in the day, CONTINUEDONPAGE2 ‘Tried convincing my mother to get sterilised... gave her my example’ Death of a woman in MP village in her 16th pregnancy shows gaps in the system — and inside a home IRAM SIDDIQUE DAMOH, (MADHYA PRADESH), OCTOBER 20 REGRET IS all that now consumes 23-year-old Savitha who tries to calm her two-year-old brotherasheyearnsforthecomfort of his mother. His cries engulf the Ahirwar family’s tworoom mud house that stands on the outskirts of Padhjari village in Batiyagarh tehsil of Damoh district. It has been a week since Sukhrani Ahirwar, Savitha’s 45year-old mother, bled to death onherwaytoagovernmenthospital less than 5 km from their hut. Not many in the local health system were surprised — she had delivered a still-born and this was her 16th pregnancy. “I tried convincing my mother to get sterilised but she and my father did not agree. I told her about how I myself had registered for sterilisation without informing my in-laws and gotoperatedupon,”saysSavitha, recounting her last visit to her mother two years ago. Sukhrani was then pregnant for the 15th time and was severely ill. Sukhrani’srecordswithKallo Bai Vishwakarma, Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) of Padhjari village, show that she delivered her first child (a girl) in 1997 and had four more daughters. In her sixth pregnancy in Sukhrani Ahirwar’s family in Padhjari village of Damoh district. Iram Siddique 2005, she delivered twins, a boy and a girl. Her pregnancies continued, and between 2009 and 2020, she delivered five more childrenandhadthreeabortions. In all, she lost eight children. Vishwakarmasaidshedidtake Sukhrani to a medical camp and tried to convince her to get sterilised but after the initial testing, Sukhrani slipped away, allegedly underpressurefromherhusband. It was not only Savitha who worried about Sukhrani. Her records worried the district administration too. According to R R Bagri, Chief Medical Officer of Batiyagarh civic hospital, Sukhraniwascounselledandadvised sterilisation after her 15th pregnancy.“Butshewashesitant andthoughtthatshehadalready crossed 40 and would soon hit menopause.If herdaughtershad been with her, they could have convinced her,” said Bagri. The administration could do little without her consent. While Sukhrani believed she had hit menopause, in July this year it came to light that she was five months pregnant at the age of 45. She visited the hospital onlyinSeptemberwhenshewas seven months pregnant. Sukhrani’s husband Dullah works asafarmlabourer.He had to borrow money when his wife was identified as a "high-risk pregnancy" by the civic hospital in Hatta, an adjacent block, and advised consultation with a gynaecologist along with a sonography at the district hospital, about 40 km away. “Wegotthesonographydone. We spent about Rs 40,000 on testsandmedicines,”saidDullah, who had taken her to a private hospitalinDamoh,sincetheydid not have an Ayushman Bharat card which entitled BPL families for a medical cover of Rs 5 lakh. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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