CHENNAI SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 22, 2019 `6.00 PAGES 30 LATE CITY EDITION SUPER SATURDAY: DEEPAK ON CUSP OF GLORY AT WORLDS Wrestler punches Olympic ticket with assured performance in 86kg class, faces Iranian Yazdani in final for shot at glory IN LINE TO BECOME YOUNGEST WINNER BEST-EVER CHAMPIONSHIPS The 20-year-old, who won the World juniors last month, could become the youngest Indian to win wrestling gold at the senior Worlds. He is already the youngest from the country to advance to the final. However, it won’t be easy. His opponent in Sunday’s final, Yazdani, is the reigning Olympic champion in the division apart from having a cupboard full of medals. ■ ■ Punia’s assured medal also meant that India will at least return with four medals, their best-ever haul in the event. Rahul Aware, who has a bronze medal playoff, can swell this total to five Meanwhile, Amit Panghal, aiming to become the first man to win boxing gold, lost to Uzbek Shakhobidin Zoirov in the final | P16 2 PUNIA WILL TRY TO BECOME 2ND INDIAN TO WIN WORLD WRESTLING GOLD 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 BACK AND FORTH FM Nirmala Sitharaman has announced a series of measures over the past few weeks to arrest slowdown. Many of them were major departures from the announcements made in the July 5 Budget. Here’s a look: First test on slowdown ground State of the economy, nationalism likely to influence Maharashtra, Haryana elections SURCHARGE BUDGET MANISH ANAND & RICHA SHARMA This enhanced surcharge was also made applicable on income of foreign investors using the preferred trust route August 23 FM announced enhanced surcharge will not be applicable on capital gains for both foreign and domestic investors Gains arising from sale of equity shares, units of equityoriented mutual funds and units of a business trust were exempt For FPIs, gains from transfer of derivatives were also exempt from enhanced surcharge CORPORATE TAX BUDGET Corporate income tax rates proposed to remain unchanged September 20 Corporate tax cut to 22% for all domestic companies that don’t avail any exemption/ incentive Such companies also exempt from paying Minimum Alternate Tax (MAT) Exemptions widened further 15% (without any exemptions/incentives) tax for any new domestic company incorporated on or after October 1 making fresh investments in manufacturing For FPIs, enhanced surcharge on gains from sale of any security including derivatives withdrawn For companies interested in continuing to avail exemptions/incentives, MAT cut from 18.5% to 15% September 20 ANGEL TAX BUDGET: The Budget had announced some relief for start-ups struggling with the contentious Angel Tax (30%) levy The Budget proposed that start-ups that file all the requisite declarations will not be subjected to any kind of adverse scrutiny on valuation by the income tax department August 23: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announces all start-ups registered with Dept for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade will be exempt from angel tax UNDER NEW ACT DRUNK TRUCK DRIVER SLAPPED `15,500 FINE E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Karur IT is not clear if Tamil Nadu has yet modified the rules to implement the amended Motor Vehicles Act, but hefty penalties are being levied on violators in various parts of the State. On Saturday, a lorry driver in Karur was slapped with a whopping fine of `15,500 for driving rashly under the influence of alcohol. Karunakaran (35) was returning from a stone quarry with a lorry full of gravel, and was headed towards Nagapattinam. Police saw him driving Patriarchs of Terror POLL CHART @ New Delhi Income tax surcharges increased from 15% to 25% for those earning `2-5 crore per annum and to 37% for those earning above `5 crore in a rash manner and intercepted his vehicle. They fined him `10,000 for driving under the influence of alcohol, `5,000 for rash and negligent driving, and another `500 for jumping the signal. His lorry has been seized. Speaking to Express, a police official said that this was the highest fine slapped on an individual in TN till date under the new Motor Vehicles Act. The Tamil Nadu government has indicated that it’s likely to implement 26 of the 63 clauses amended by the Centre in the Motor Vehicles Act, by enacting rules in the State. PLUS 12 PAGES WITH THIS ISSUE IN the first electoral battle after the Lok Sabha polls that will be contested under the shadow of an economic slowdown and consequent job losses, the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress will square off for the Assembly polls in Haryana and Maharashtra on October 21. The results will be declared on October 24. While the BJP is all set to lean on its strong central leadership, nationalism and social welfarism to retain both the states, the principal Opposition party the Congress, has , its task cut out as it has only recently put its house in order after Rahul Gandhi’s resignation as party chief. The prolonged uncertainty over his resignation took its toll on the party with many leaders leaving for , the saffron camp even as infighting intensified not only in the pollbound states but also in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. Despite the gloomy economic picture painted by the GDP figures, the BJP is hoping to keep the Lok Sabha momentum going in both the states. Strategists of the saffron party are on an overdrive, trying to script a social engineering that will deliver results. Maharashtra, Haryana elections: October 21 BYPOLLS Arunachal(1) Assam(4) Bihar(5) Chhattisgarh(1) Himachal Pradesh(2) Punjab(4) Karnataka(15) Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora at a press conference in New Delhi on Sat | PTI The BJP’s maiden victory in Haryana in 2014 was achieved by consolidating the non-Jat vote base while the 28% Jat votes got split between the Congress and the Indian National Lok Dal. The BJP later set out to write an alternative political script, handing over the chief ministership to Devendra Fadanvis, a Brahmin in Maratha-dominated Maharashtra, and Manohar Lal Khattar, a Khatri in Jat-dominated Haryana. But the worry is both Haryana and Maharashtra are industrial states reeling under the downturn, particularly in the automobile sector. While Haryana is home to three auto majors — Maruti Suzuki, Hero MotoCorp and Honda Motocycle & E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai POLITICAL parties in Tamil Nadu are back in election mode, as byelections to Nanguneri and Vikravandi Assembly constituencies will be held on October 21 and results announced on October 24. While the ruling AIADMK will contest for both seats, the Congress and the DMK have decided to con- test for one each. AMMK has decided to skip this election while the MNM is yet to make a decision. Nanguneri seat fell vacant after H Vasanthkumar, who represented the constituency got elected from Kanyaku, mari parliamentary constituency in May. Vikravandi fell vacant following the death of DMK MLA K Radhamani in June. Labourers building Assam’s biggest detention camp might end up there P R A S A N TA M A Z U M D A R @ Goalpara (Assam) NAMITA Hajong is scared at the sight of the 20-foot walled structure that she and about 250 other daily wage labourers are constructing. That is because the structure being built will house Assam’s biggest detention camp for illegal immigrants when it is completed and she might end up being one of its inmates. The 29-year-old widow has been left out of the final National Register of Citizens (NRC) published on August 31 and faces the prospect of being declared an illegal immigrant. She has to appeal before the foreigners’ tribunal to prove her Indian citizenship. Namita is not alone. Fellow workers Saraswati Hajong, Mamata Hajong and Pratima Biswas also do not figure in the NRC and they have the same fear, that they will be “jailed” at the same facility they are helping to build. The Goalpara detention camp is being built at a cost of `45 crore with a capacity to hold 3,000 detainees. It is one of 11 such detention centres being planned in Assam. The others will be located in Barpeta, Dima, Hasao, Kamrup, Karimganj, Lakhimpur, Nagaon, Nalbari, Sivasagar and Sonitpur. Over 1,000 people have reportedly already experienced the horrors of being detained in the claustrophobic chambers of such camps. The existing six detention camps are separate cells in district jails, but the same jail manual is followed for illegal immigrants. FULL REPORT: P12 Soon, send SMS, WhatsApp to claim cash awards SOON, athletes can claim cash awards after winning medals at m a j o r i n t e r n at i o n a l m e e t s through SMS and WhatsApp. In a novel gesture, the sports ministry is on the verge of working out a method through which this can be applicable and cash awards claimed without much paperwork. The ministry believes since the results are instantaneous and available on websites and social media, cash awards, too, should be delivered quickly . After P V Sindhu’s gold medal at the World Championships, Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju wanted to introduce a system to hand over monetary rewards as soon as players land in India, instead of waiting for days or months. Ways to implement this and other modalities have been worked out and a policy decision, at the behest of the minister, has been taken. The idea behind this Tamil Nadu(2) Sikkim(3) UP(11) Rajasthan(2) Gujarat(7) Kerala(5) Scooter India — Maharashtra has dozens of manufacturing units, from Volkswagen and Daimler to Mahindra & Mahindra, Bajaj Auto and Hyundai. Reports suggest around 30% job cuts among temporary and casual workers in the auto ancillary units in Maharashtra alone. Similar trends have been reported from Gurugram, Haryana’s auto-hub. But the BJP is confident that the slowdown will not stop it from racing to the finish line. In Maharashtra, it is engaged in brinkmanship with the Shiv Sena over the number of seats it wants to contest. The BJP is seeking to contest from not less than 165 seats in a House of 288. CONTINUED ON: P11 Battle begins for Nanguneri and Vikravandi seats INTERNATIONAL SPORTS I N D R A N E E L D A S @ Chennai Results: October 24 is that sportspersons need not wait or do too much paperwork to claim their rewards. Sports secretary R S Julaniya confirmed that a policy decision was taken after it was discussed with the minister. “The idea is to give the cash awards within one working day,” he said. These can be delivered at a simple ceremony or over a cup of coffee on athletes’ arrival. This newspaper reported last month that a policy decision to quickly disburse cash awards would be taken soon. The interesting part, however, would be the introduction of SMS and WhatsApp system through which athletes can claim their awards. The athletes’ competitions and tours are anyway sanctioned by the ministry. The only condition is the competition needs to fit in their criteria. As and when their competitions are over, the athletes can SMS or WhatsApp them their result. “Technical aspects need to be worked out for integration,” said Julaniya. Within an hour of the EC announcement, parties plunged into activities. TNCC leaders rushed to the DMK headquarters and held talks with MK Stalin. Later, Stalin announced that the Congress would be contesting in Nanguneri while DMK will keep Vikravandi. Congress would also contest from Kamaraj Nagar in Puducherry P5 . Congress’ grand strategy Congress chief Sonia Gandhi has asked party leaders to focus on the economy, job losses and agrarian distress to take on BJP Infighting in both the state units is likely to hurt the party’s electoral fortunes. So the focus of our campaign is expected to be around the economy and failure of the state governments A Congress leader ‘Will come back to power’ Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday said the BJP and the Shiv Sena will contest the polls together, adding that he will retain the CM post UNCERTAINTY ENDS Centre finally accepts the resignation of Madras HC CJ EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi, Chennai PRECISELY two weeks after Madras High Court Chief Justice Vijaya K Tahilramani sent her letter of resignation, it was finally accepted by President Ram Nath Kovind—with effect from September 6. Justice Tahilramani quit after the Supreme Court collegium said it would not reconsider its decision to transfer her to the Meghalaya High Court, and did not preside over court proceedings for the past two weeks. “As per Article 217 (a)(1) of the Constitution, resignations of judges take effect the moment they submit it and there is no provision for either acceptance or rejection by Justice V K Tahilramani the President of India,” a statement issued by the Union law ministry said. In a notification issued late on Friday night, the ministry has appointed Justice Vineet Kothari, the seniormost judge of the Madras HC, to perform the duties of the office of chief justice with immediate effect. The law ministry has also appointed Justices M Rafiq, C V K Abdul Rehim, Rajeev Sharma and D C Chaudhary as acting chief justices of the Rajasthan, Kerala, Punjab and Haryana, and Himachal Pradesh High Courts respectively, since the chief justices of those courts were recently elevated to the apex court. CONTINUED ON: P8
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