CHENNAI WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 02, 2019 `5.00 PAGES 32 LATE CITY EDITION TEJAS TRAIN DELAYED? GET COMPENSATION FROM IRCTC Putting a premium on accountability, IRCTC said passengers will be compensated if Delhi-Lucknow Tejas train is delayed `250 IF LATE BY OVER TWO HOURS `25 LAKH INSURANCE, FREE BEVERAGES The Railway subsidiary on Tuesday announced that it will pay `100 as compensation for a 1-2 hour delay, and `250 if the train is late by over 2 hours. IRCTC has not yet clarified how the money would be disbursed. The minimum fare is `1,125 on the Lucknow-Delhi train and `1,280 for the reverse journey. India’s first ‘private’ train will follow dynamic fare model ■ ■ In Japan, a delay certificate is issued if a train is late by even five minutes, so that it can be shown in colleges and offices IRCTC had earlier announced a free `25 lakh insurance for Tejas passengers, including a coverage of `1 lakh against theft. Free coffee and tea would be offered through vending machines Oct 4 DELHI-LUCKNOW TEJAS TO BE FLAGGED OFF, FIRST COMMERCIAL RUN ON OCT 5 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 Dilution nixed, SC/ST Act gets back its teeth K A N U S A R D A @ New Delhi AFTER mass protests, widespread violence, needless loss of lives and Parliamentary intervention, the Supreme Court on Tuesday admitted its folly in tampering with the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 and recalled its March 20, 2018 order that had diluted it. Dropping the requirement of preliminary enquiry for arrest inserted by a different bench last year, the court said the struggle of SCs and STs for equality and civil rights was Re-count votes in 2016 poll to Radhapuram: HC EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai THE Madras High Court on Tuesday ordered a re-count of postal ballots and ballots counted in rounds 19, 20 and 21 polled in the Radhapuram Assembly constituency in Tirunelveli district during the May 2016 elections to the Tamil Nadu State Assembly . Justice G Jayachandran passed an interim order to this effect while entertaining a petition from DMK candidate Appavoo, challenging the election of AIADMK candidate IS Inbadurai, who won by just 49 votes. The judge directed the Election Commission to produce the control units of EVMs pertaining to rounds 19, 20 and 21 of Radhapuram constituency and all the postal ballots received before the RegistrarGeneral (R-G) of Madras High Court at 11.30 am, on October 4. “The R-G shall depute one of his subordinates to supervise the counting of the postal ballots and the votes counted in 19, 20 and 21 rounds. He should submit a report to the court immediately after completion of the counting,” the judge said. The judge directed the Election Commission to depute four persons having expertise in the election process to assist in the P4 re-counting. EXPRESS READ Chief Secy now also Vigilance Commissioner Following the retirement of Mohan Pyare as Vigilance Commissioner on September 30, Chief Secretary K Shanmugam will hold full additional charge as Vigilance Commissioner | P4 NEET impersonation: Student surrenders Dharmapuri Medical College student Mohammed Irfan, accused of impersonation in NEET, surrendered before a Salem magistrate on Tuesday. He is in judicial custody till October 9. His father was held on Sunday | P6 still not over as they were discriminated against in the society even today . A three-judge bench headed by Justice Ar un Mishra quashed the directions issued by a two-judge bench, which mandated prior sanction for arrest of public servants and private persons in such cases. Allowing the Centre’s review petition, the three-judge bench said the two-judge bench shouldn’t have ventured to frame guidelines as it was in the domain of the legislature. Expressing concern over the deaths due to manual scavenging as well, the bench said untouchability has not vanished and lamented that those involved in scavenging had still not been provided with equipment that could save their lives. “Untouchability though intended to be abolished, has not vanished in the last 70 years. We are still experimenting with ‘tryst with destiny’,” the bench said, adding that good reputation is an element of personal security . SLOWDOWN PAIN GST mop-up at 19-month low, debt bomb ticks Experts warn steep drop in tax mop-up could compound govt’s revenue woes EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi AS economic slowdown continues to rile the country’s economy Goods and Services , Tax collections, which have been on a downward spiral, dropped sharply in September to `91,916 crore from `98,202 crore collected in August to hit a 19-month low. This comes at a time when there are concerns about the health of India’s banking sector in the wake of a probe into the state of affairs at Punjab & Maharashtra Cooperative Bank. Questions have been raised about the role of auditors and even the RBI after stunning disclosures of crony lending by the bank and window dressing of accounts rocked the markets. To add to the worries of the financial markets, a study by Crisil Ratings released on Tuesday showed the value of debt whose ratings have been downgraded, has more than trebled to `1.38 lakh crore in the first six months of FY20 from `39,000 crore in the cor- US factory data damp, Trump froths over high interest rates responding year-ago period. The fall in the GST collections is a matter of concern not only because this is the lowest in one-and-a-half years but also because it is significantly lower compared to September last year. GST mop-up stood at `94,442 crore in September 2018. “Obviously, these figures are a strong indicator that the supply of goods and services has come down considerably said Sumit Dutt Ma,” jumder, former chairman of the Central Board of Excise and Customs. A 2.67% drop in GST collections may not mean a similar contraction of GDP as the tax collection figures do not capture all sectors of the economy Analysts, however, say it . does not bode well for the overall GDP growth. The figures also showed a slowing economy. During April-September, GST mopup was `6.06 lakh crore compared to `5.78 lakh crore in the same period a year ago. “It’s a double jeopardy for the Centre as the state’s EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE US President Donald Trump on Tuesday launched an acerbic attack on Federal Reserve chief Jerome Powell after the country posted its weakest manufacturing data in 10 years. Stocks slid and bonds rose on weak factory numbers. The S&P 500 fell Claiming the caste of a person has no role in filing a case, the bench said, “For lodging a false report, it cannot be said that the caste of a person is the cause. It is due to the human failing and not due to the caste factor... members of the SC/ STs due to backwardness hardly muster the courage to lodge even a first information report, much less, a false one. There may be certain cases which may be false that can be a ground for interference by the Court, but the law cannot be chang ed due to such misuse.” DISTRESS SIGNALS GST collections dropped to `91,916 crore in Sept from `98,202 crore in Aug The last time GST mop-up was so bad was in January 2018, at `89,825 crore Bank stocks lost heavily on both the Sensex and Nifty indices due to concerns over stress in the financial system Credit quality pressures intensified for India Inc in the first half of FY20, according to Crisil Ratings Value of debt downgraded jumped to `1.38 lakh crore in the first half of FY20 from `39,000 cr a year ago THE onset of festive season seems to have brought cheer to India’s smartphone market, aided by mega discounts sale offer by Amazon and Flipkart. Both the e-commerce giants have reported a sharp spike in smartphone sales after Flipkart’s The Big Billion Days and Amazon’s Great Indian Festival sales kicked off on Saturday . Villages worse: They are still denied various civil rights and the condition is worse in villages, the court noted Death traps: Sewer workers from the disadvantaged communities are not provided masks or oxygen cylinders even now and are left to die in those death traps, the Supreme Court observed Nothing official about it, but a kind of NRC being rolled out in Yogi’s UP N A M I TA B A J PA I @ Lucknow ALTHOUGH the controversial National Register of Citizens (NRC) is yet to be formally introduced in Uttar Pradesh, a kind of rollout has just begun, with instructions to the police to identify illegal migrants, including Bangladeshis, residing in the state. Director General of Police O P Singh on Tuesday wrote to all the district police chiefs to launch the special identification and verification drive, though he denied it had anything to do with the NRC. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is already on the same page, as his admiration of the NRC in Assam is well known. “Many Bangladeshis living illegally in the state have gone missing,” the DGP’s letter points out, adding it is essential to identify and verify Bangladeshis and other foreigners residing in the state to bolster internal security . Budget smartphone maker Xiaomi said it has achieved a record breaking sale of over 1.5 million devices on all online platforms in the first few hours of sale. “Our affordability programmes such as no-cost EMI, exc h a n g e, i n s t a n t bank discounts and more, continue to enable record number of customers to While advising the force to exercise caution, the letter suggests looking for them in places like a city’s outskirts, railway stations, bus stations and new residential colonies. In potential localities, the exercise will be videographed. the most in a month and Dow slid by over 280 points. “Jay Powell and the Federal Reserve have allowed the Dollar to get so strong, especially relative to ALL other currencies, that our manufacturers are being negatively affected. Fed Rate too high... they don’t have a clue. Pathetic!” he tweeted. AFTER protracted negotiations, the BJP on Tuesday unveiled its first list of 125 candidates for the Maharashtra Assembly elections. The BJP, along with smaller allies, would be fielding candidates on 164 Assembly seats, leaving 124 constituencies for NDA constituent Shiv Sena. The BJP dropped a dozen sitting legislators, while giving nominations to 11 party hoppers in the first list of candidates, which was finalised by its Central Election Committee. In line with the BJP strategy to drop sitting MLAs on the basis of internal surveys, a few big names in Maharashtra politics, including Eknath Khadse, Vinod Tawde, Prakash Mehta and Chandrashekhar Bawankule, failed to bag renominations. Party leaders said there were issues concerning non-performance. Khadse, once a No. 2 in the Maharashtra Cabinet, has defied the party and filed nomination papers from Muktainagar constituency . On a day the BJP announced that Devendra Fadnavis will seek a consecutive fifth term from Nagpur South West, the Maharashtra CM faced a setback as the apex court revived a complaint against him over not disclosing two pending criminal cases in his 2014 affiCONTINUED ON: P11 davit. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi, Mumbai Municipal Administration Minister SP Velumani drinks water extracted from the Kodungaiyur TTRO plant inaugurated in the city on Tuesday as CM Edappadi K Palaniswami, Deputy CM O Pannerselvam and other ministers look on | P JAWAHAR KANDALERU TO POONDI PIPELINE SOON, SAYS CM also prevent wastage of water. The CM also announced that a new law would be passed THE state government will mandating all upcoming apartsoon lay a pipeline directly ment complexes and indusfrom Kandaleru Reservoir in tries install a sewage treatAndhra Pradesh to ment plant. They the city’s Poondi reswould not be given New law will ervoir to transport permission to come mandate Krishna water, Chief up without a plant to STPs: EPS Minister Edappadi K safely treat and disP a l a n i sw a m i a n - CM Palaniswami pose the sewage they nounced on Tuesday. said a law would generate, he said. be passed He was inaugurating “Chennai is the a 45-MLD tertiary mandating that first Indian city to all upcoming treatment reverse oshave a TTRO plant of mosis (TTRO) plant at apartments and large capacity to proindustries set up vide recycled water to Kodungaiyur. sewage “A detailed project industries. Fresh wareport will be formu- treatment plants. ter will no longer be lated after the Andhra given to industries. government is notified of this Once the Koyambedu TTRO plan. Many cases of illegal tap- plant becomes operational, 20 ping of Krishna water near per cent of Chennai’s sewage Uthukottai are being reported. will be recycled,” he said. FurThis is mainly being done to ther, 10 MLD plants based on stop that,” a Water Resources similar RO technology will Department official said, add- come up in Nesapakkam and P4 ing that the pipeline would Perungudi, he said. @ Chennai For Amazon, smartphones were the second largest category that attracted new customers with premium brands OnePlus, Samsung and Apple registering record sales worth `750 crore in 36 hours flat. Of this, Chinese smartphone brand OnePlus clocked `500 crore revenue, driven by its latest offering OnePlus 7T. The NRC will definitely be implemented for national security, but Hindu, Sikh, Jain and Buddhist refugees will not be disturbed, Union Home Minister Amit Shah asserted in Kolkata | P11 BJP drops a few biggies, leaves 124 seats for Sena EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE CELEBRATING Won’t impact Hindu refugees, says Shah During the identification exercise, if a person claims to be a resident of some other district or state, his file would be prepared for further verification. The visiting team has been tasked to list the documents the illegal migrants procured to legitimise their stay and possibly identify the government employees who helped prepare the fake documents. They have also been asked to take fingerprints of the suspects. “A separate database will have to be prepared of such people,” the DGP’s missive to his team said. Those identified as illegal migrants or of foreign origin would eventually be deported, the letter added. UP is home to a large population of Bangladeshi and Nepali migrants. “They are basically used in drug and illegal arms trade and work as couriers. Weeding them out will improve the law and order situation,” said a senior police official. MAHA POLLS WITH THIS ISSUE 32 PAGES, INCLUDING 4 OF CELEBRATING 150 SUPPLEMENT AND 8 OF CITY EXPRESS OnePlus on a roll, premium products fly off shelves @ New Delhi Against human dignity: It cannot be presumed SC/STs would lodge false FIRs to secure monetary benefits or to take revenge, the top court said. “It would be against basic human dignity to treat all of them as liars or crooks,” it added share of GST will fall below what has been promised and the Centre will have to compensate them for losses,” Majumder added. Gross GST collections for September comprised `16,630 crore through Central-GST and `22,598 crore in StateGST. Out of the `45,069 crore, which was collected as Integrated-GST, `21,131 crore has gone to CGST and `15,121 crore to SGST as regular setP17 tlement. BIG BUCKS SESA SEN & ARSHAD KHAN NOT LIARS OR CROOKS: SC upgrade to premium phones this festive season,” said Manish Tiwary vice-president, cat, egory management, at Amazon India. According to Flipkart CEO Kalyan Krishnamurthy, the share of consumers picking premium smartphones shot up by a whopping 97%. The stakes are high this time given the fiercer competition and challenging market conditions compared to last year.
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