DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2021, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 16 PAGES `6.00 (`8 BIHAR & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 RAJYA SABHA CHAIRMAN MEETS OPPOSITION LEADERS Govt cold to Opp demand for discussion on farmers’ stir MANOJ C G NEW DELHI, JANUARY 31 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 RECONCILIATORY VOICES AMONG FARMERS PAGE 6 BY UNNY Insult to Flag saddened the nation; Covid vaccination is an example to world: PM Oppn to press for discussion on Tuesday, signals storm in Parliament THE GOVERNMENT on Sunday remained non-committal on a demand by the Opposition for a separate discussion in Parliament on the crisis triggered by the farm laws. Sources in the Opposition saidthatthesignalfromthegovernmentwasthatafocusseddiscussion onthefarmers’agitation was unlikely to take place in the first half of the Budget session. Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday chaired a meeting of floor leadersof theUpperHouse.Hisview, the sources said, was that the farmers'issue canbe takenup as part of the debate on the motion of thanks to the President’s Address, for which the Business Advisory Committee (BAC) has allocated 10 hours. Another 10 hours have been allotted for the discussion onthe UnionBudget,whichwillbepresented by Finance Minister NirmalaSitharamanonMonday. The debate on the motion of thanks, which will begin on Wednesday, is now set to turn into a war of words, and a show of strength between the Treasury and Opposition benches. Opposition sources said many members were preparingtomoveamendments tothePresident’sAddress,which made several references to the farmlawsthathavetriggeredthe unprecedented protest by farmer unions. Over the past six years of the Narendra Modi government,the Opposition has managed twice BUSINESS AS USUAL ANAND MOHAN J & ANANYA TIWARI NEW DELHI, JANUARY 31 Police allege he was involved in a scuffle with them. Express of protesters“clungtothepolicemen”, and “one of them dragged ConstableRajkumartowardsthe protest site”. When police used CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ‘If govt has intention, issue can be sorted out’ NEW DELHI, JANUARY 31 MEGHALAYA GOVERNOR Satya Pal Malik told The Indian Express on Sunday that he has advised the Central government that farmers cannot be insulted and forced to step back, and that the government should talk to them to resolve the ongoing crisis. Malik,aJatleaderfromwestern Uttar Pradesh, said the situation had been made worse by the UP Police’s attempt to evict Universities, PSUs to seek govt nod for virtual events: MEA Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, CEA K Subramanian in Delhi Sunday, a day before the presentation of the Budget. PTI CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 the agitating farmers from Ghaziabad earlier this week. “Iamapersonwhoisholding aconstitutionalpost.Ishouldnot makeanycommentslikethis.But it’s an issue of farmers, and I cannot keep quiet. 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The organisers of the virtual eventwill now have to approach their respective “administrative secretary” for approval regarding the theme and the list of participants. For instance, a Central university keen on hosting an online international conference will have to seek prior clearance from the Ministry of Education. But matters related to internal matters and security will be a no-go area. “While giving permission, the respective Ministry should ensure that the subject matter for onlineeventsis not related to security of State, Border, North East states, UT of J&K, Ladakh or any other issues which are 8:30 A.M to 2:30 P.M com Hyderabad - firstname.lastname@example.org | +91-9560402719 Bengaluru - email@example.com | +91-9810982719 011-45612719, +91 9910812719 www.shubhraranjan.com 25 Pusa Road, 1st Floor, Karol Bagh, New Delhi - 110005 THE WORLD THE COUNTRY was “saddened” by the “insult” to the national flag by protesters on Republic Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in his first Mann ki Baat address of the new year. Modi also referred to the “inspirational” performance of the Indian cricketers in Australia, and claimed that the country's vaccination programme against Covid-19 was setting an example for the world. “This month, there has been very good news from the cricket pitch...Ourcricketteam,afterinitial setbacks made a grand comeback, winning the series in Australia. The hard work and teamworkof ourplayersisinspirational,” the Prime Minister said, according to the official Englishrenderingof hisradioaddress on Sunday. However, he added, “Amidst Farmers can’t be humiliated, have requested PM to resolve: Malik LIZ MATHEW MUMBAI, JANUARY 31 GETTING READY NEW DELHI, JANUARY 31 Journalist held at Singhu is sent to jail for 14 days A DELHI court on Sunday remanded freelance journalist Mandeep Punia, who had been pickedupattheSinghuprotestsite onSaturdayevening,in14days’judicialcustody,hislawyersaid. Punia’s application for bail will be heard on Monday, his lawyer, Akram Khan, said. Police have accused Punia of obstructing them in the discharge of their duties and beating police personnel. According to the FIR, a group DEVENDRA PANDEY EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Naidu chairing the all-party meet in Rajya Sabha Sunday. PTI Scan QR Code for Registration ENROLL NOW BCCI will let fans back in stadium for Motera Test on Feb 24 W.H.O. TEAM VISITS WUHAN MARKET FOR VIRUS CLUES PAGE 13 Sasikala discharged, sends a signal from Jaya’s car with ADMK flag ARUN JANARDHANAN Changing equation CHENNAI, JANUARY 31 FOUR DAYS after she completed her four-year jail term in a disproportionate assets case, and minutes after her discharge following treatment for Covid, V K Sasikala sent a political signal to her supporters — she came out of the hospital in Bengaluru on Sunday inside the late JJayalalithaa’s trademark Toyota Prado vehicle with an AIADMK flag on it. The message from the former Tamil Nadu chief minister’s close aide and ex-general secre- Discharged from Bengaluru hospital after Covid. PTI tary of AIADMK was not lost on the ruling party in her state. Senior AIADMK minister D Jayakumar said using the flag was“againstthe interests” of the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 WITH ASSEMBLY elections looming, Sasikala's return to the political space in Tamil Nadu presents a dilemma to the AIADMK. More so, because there are two voices within the party — one demanding her return to the fold and the other seeking to keep her out. SIGNALLING CRICKET'S complete unlockdown, the BCCI will allowspectatorsinthestandsfor the third Test between India and England from February 24 to 28 at the refurbished Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium at Motera near Ahmedabad, The Indian Express has learnt. This could possibly be the first time that the cricket board isopeningthedoorsof astadium for the public in an international game after the Covid outbreak earlylastyear.TheIndia-England series will start in Chennai on February 5 behind closed doors, and there is still no clarity on the presence of fans for the second Test at the same venue. The pandemic had seen cricket take a break with the last homeTestagainstBangladeshin November 2019. The pink-ball day-nightTestatMoterawillalso bethefirstinternationalgameat the new stadium where capacity has been increased to 1,10,000,making itthe biggestin the world. To mark the occasion, The Indian Express has learnt that the BCCI has extended invitations to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president J P Nadda and Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju. Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who is the Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 FULL CAPACITY ALLOWED IN MOVIE HALLS PAGE 10
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