RP RAMAN KOTTAYAM l THURSDAY l AUGUST 01, 2019 l `7.00 l PAGES 16 l CITY EDITION HEFTY TRAFFIC FINES FINALLY GET PARLIAMENT’S APPROVAL Rajya Sabha passed the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill on Wednesday with 108 votes in favour and 13 votes against it PROVISION TO PROTECT GOOD SAMARITANS STUCK IN RAJYA SABHA FOR A LONG TIME Improving road safety is the main aim of the law that slaps huge penalties for traffic offences. For instance, the minimum fine for drunken driving has risen from D2K to D10K; a D1K fine will be slapped for driving without helmets along with a three-month licence suspension. It seeks to protect Good Samaritans for more to come forward to help accident victims ■ ■ After being passed by Lok Sabha in 2017, the Bill was stuck in Rajya Sabha. After Lok Sabha’s dissolution, the Bill to replace the 30-year-old law was passed by the Lower House again last week On Wednesday, there was uproar before it was passed as oppn MPs said the House shouldn’t be extended beyond 6 pm regularly A2 lakh COMPENSATION IN HIT-AND-RUN CASES IN CASE OF DEATH, UP FROM E25,000 CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI COFFEE KING MAKES THE FINAL JOURNEY Thousands pay homage as V G Siddhartha’s final rites performed at Chetanahalli estate From what he has expressed (in his letter), it appears that he was greatly depressed due to harassment and pressure from different agencies because of which he could not run his business in a peaceful manner S H R E YA S H S , D I V YA C U T I N H A & B T H I P P E R U D R A P PA @ Mangaluru/Chikkamagaluru CAFE Coffee Day founder V G Siddhartha, who was reported missing since Monday evening, was found dead in the backwaters of the Nethravathi river on Wednesday morning by a few local fishermen. After autopsy the mortal remains were shift, ed to the family estate at Chetanahalli in Mudigere taluk of Chikkamagaluru district where the last rites were conducted in the Fishermen evening. find body at A host of leaders, including dawn Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, and thousands of estate The body was workers and employees paid found on the backwaters of river their last respects at the Amalgamated Bean Coffee premisNetravati, putting es in Chikkamagaluru where to rest all speculation. Three the body was kept in state. Around 6.45 pm, his older son fishermen spotted Amartya lit the pyre. it floating around Earlier in the day, a large 6.30 am crowd including relatives, elected representatives, family friends and the general public had gathered at Wenlock Hospital in Mangaluru where the autopsy was conducted. Sringeri MLA Raju Gowda, a close friend of Siddhartha, broke down saying, “I cannot believe that he committed suicide. This cannot be real. He was a hard-working and a committed man.” K P Mohammad, a schoolmate of Siddhartha, said, “We played, fought and roamed around together. Despite his achievements, Siddhartha was down to earth and was always nice to me.” Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal Chief Minister The reasons and the invisible hands that ended his life in this tragic way should be unearthed. The letter talked about tax terrorism. What signals are we sending to budding entrepreneurs without even an attempt to reform? People pay their last respects to the mortal remains of V G Siddhartha in Chikkamagaluru on Wednesday | PTI India Inc echoes concerns over tax terror EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi/Bengaluru Profits shrink Net profit after tax for some 20,000 companies in India was just 2.3 per cent in 2017-18, according to a report by Centre for Monitoring the Indian Economy Cong worker hacked to death, fingers again pointed at SDPI E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Thrissur AFTER an interval, political murders have returned to the state, with Congress worker Noushad Puthuveettil, 40 — hacked by a gang on Tuesday night — succumbing to injuries on Wednesday It came close on the heels of a similar . killing of Katta Rauf in Kannur on Monday night, with the SDPI being accused in both cases. Yathindradas, the Congress councillor in Chavakkad Municipality, said a group of six-seven people arrived on motorcycles on Tuesday evening at Punna and hacked booth president Noushad and three others. The trio too suffered injuries and is undergoing treatment at a private hospital. Congress, who alleged that SDPI activists were behind the murder, demanded a probe. No arrests have been made so far. Congress Guruvayur Block Committee called a hartal in Chavakkad and Guruvayur municipalities as well as Orumanayoor, Kadappuram and Engandiyur panchayats on Wednesday . Siddaramaiah, Karnataka Congress leader Noushad Puthuveettil Rauf muder: 13 in police custody The police took 13 SDPI workers into custody following raids conducted in Kannur and Taliparamba in connection with former Muslim League worker Rauf’s murder. The cops also interrogated Rauf’s friend Farhan. A somber and worried India Inc echoed V G Siddhartha, India’s pioneer café entrepreneur, with many pointing out that several Indian corporates were in the same spot as his Coffee Day fac, ing debt pressures compounded by ‘tax terrorism’ and creditors demanding their pound of flesh. A tweet put out by a news channel based on its conversation with Mohandas Pai, chairman of Manipal Global Education and former Infosys director, spoke of EXPRESS READ Malayali IS worker killed in Afghanistan Malappuram: Muhammed Muhasin, who had joined the Islamic State in 2017, reportedly died in Afghanistan in a US drone strike. The Edappal native’s family received the news of his death as a WhatsApp message on Tuesday. P4 a broken tax system in India. “The tax justice system is broken in India. We must request to our PM & FM to intervene & stand-up for us to show that they’re there to protect honest taxpayers,” he said. Pai is ideologically closer to the BJP . Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, chairperson of Biocon, retweeted it, saying: “Well said @TVMohandasPai - you hv spoken for India Inc. who r unable to bring such important issues to the fore for fear of retaliation from the tax authorities.” Entrepreneurs have for quite 1% Kochi: In a major development in the Jacobite Syrian Church, Bishop Joseph Mor Gregorios, Metropolitan of Kochi Diocese, was elected as the metropolitan trustee at Puthencruz. Bishop Thimothios faction alleged the poll was a violation of the Church constitution. P4 New Delhi: Hours after Cafe Coffee Day (CCD) founder V G Siddhartha’s body was recovered on Wednesday, S V Ranganath, former Karnataka chief secretary and an independent director on the company’s board, was appointed interim chairman of the group. CCD also named Nitin Bagmane as interim chief operating officer of the company. P6 S V Ranganath FLOOD CESS FROM TODAY The Kerala Government will impose a one per cent flood cess on goods and services transacted within the state from Thursday. The cess will be for a period of two years. For gold, silver and diamond, it will be applicable at 0.25 per cent. A1,200 cr the state government expects to collect through the cess PROCEEDS Metropolitan trustee poll divides Church some time been pointing out that criminalising business failures by tax and policing agencies is stigmatizing business and making revival of many firms that are in the doldrums more difficult. With the number of firms being sent to the bankruptcy board by banks increasing over the last few years, India’s top companies and business groups have reported an increase in their debt-equity ratio during 2018-19 as their profits have taken a beating with the economy slowing down and demand shrinking. EX-CHIEF SECY NEW INTERIM GROUP CHAIRMAN Will be used for funding the postflood rebuilding projects NOT IMPOSED The cess will not be imposed on goods and services that figure in the tax slabs below 5 per cent. Traders who have opted for composition tax also have been excluded CALCULATION It is calculated based on the value of supply. The central GST and state GST will not be included in the value of supply. Eg: If the value of supply is D100, then the tax rate of the commodity is 12 per cent, the invoice to be raised is Value D100 CGST D6 SGST D6 Flood cess D1 Total sales value G113 A passenger car costing I4 lakh will be costlier by I4000 while a gram of gold will be costlier by I90 on Wednesday’s prices SOME OTHER ITEMS THAT WILL BE DEARER Washing machine Refrigerator Microwave oven EXCLUDED Hotel bills Bus and train tickets 32%IN DEFICIT RAINFALL From June 1 to July 31, Kerala received only 933.4 mm of rainfall, which is 32% less compared to the same period last year. P5 Gogoi angry over not being shown Unnao victim’s letter EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi CHIEF Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Wednesday expressed his displeasure at the fact that a letter to him by the Unnao rape victim’s family on July 12 was not brought to his attention by the court re gistry and termed it unfortunate. Justice Gogoi asked the secretary general of the apex court to submit a report on Thursday explaining why the letter, in which the family said they faced grave danger, was not placed before him. The apex court will hear the matter on Thursday, four days after the rape survivor was critically injured as a speeding truck rammed the car in which she was travelling. In the letter, the mother and sisters of the 19-yearold, who was alle gedly raped by BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar at his residence in Unnao two years ago, had said they were being intimidated by the accused and were also threatened with implication in false cases. 23KG HASHISH OIL SEIZED The state Excise Enforcement squad on Wednesday seized 23 kg hashish oil from a car at Nombikode, Palakkad. P5
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