CHENNAI TUESDAY OCTOBER 29, 2019 `5.00 PAGES 20 LATE CITY EDITION NOW, BREXIT GETS A JANUARY 31 DEADLINE NO EASY WAY OUT FOR JOHNSON Less than 90 hours before the UK was due to crash out of the EU with no divorce deal, the bloc agreed to grant an extension ■ 3rd time OPPOSITION DISINCLINED TO BACK PM UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is yet to persuade sceptical British MPs to ratify his Brexit deal. He is now pushing for an early election as a means to get a more cooperative Parliament. However, an election could be anybody’s game. It could produce a Parliament that is as divided over Britain’s exit from the 28-member bloc as the current one ■ On Monday, Johnson is expected to ask lawmakers to vote on holding a snap election. He needs two-thirds majority But the British opposition has been reluctant to deliver the votes needed to approve a snap poll until a deal is done to their satisfaction | P11 THE BREXIT DEADLINE IS BEING EXTENDED SINCE 2016 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 Guided Valley tour for EU lawmakers Ajit Doval to take them around; Opposition parties aghast as their MPs did not get similar facility EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi / Srinagar JUST days ahead of Jammu and Kashmir being reduced to a Union Territory and its bifurcation, the government will take a group of 28 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to Srinagar for an on-the-spot assessment of the situation on Tuesday . The announcement of the visit came soon after the group met PM Narendra Modi and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, who will accompany the delegation to J&K. Details of the visit were not immediately known, but sources said the group would meet fruit growers, shikara owners and some politicians. While Modi said the visit would give the MEPs “a clear view of governance priorities of the region”, sources said Pak-sponsored terrorism was an important agenda when the delegation met STATE SEEKS NOD 25 acres Nilgiris forest to be diverted for med college? S V K R I S H N A C H A I TA N YA @ Chennai THE State government has sought forest clearance from the Centre to build a new medical college inside the Nilgiris forest. This will be one of the six colleges approved for Tamil Nadu by the Union Health Ministry earlier this month. Terming it as ‘very urgent’, S Swathi Rethnawathi, the Director of Medical and Rural Health Services has sought transfer of 25 acres of forest land to Health and Family Welfare Department, while authorising Joint Director of Health Services, Nilgiris to apply to the environment ministry for forest clearance. A joint submission has also been made by Nilgiris district collector and Joint Director of Health Services justifying the need for forest land diversion. The MoU signed by both parties, a copy of which is available with Express, says a single piece of contiguous revenue land measuring 10.12 hectare (25 acres) within 10 km radius of district hospital, which is mandatory for establishment of new government medical college, was not available in Udhagamandalam taluk. To compensate the forest loss, a 20.24 hectares (50 acres) of revenue land at O’valley village in Gudalur taluk will be transferred to forest department, officials said. However, State forest department, which does preliminary assessment of the proposal before recommending it to environment ministry, found a few factual errors in documentation. P Durairasu, PCCF (Head of Department), has written to Joint Director of Health Services, saying that the forest land identified was already leased out to HinduP4 stan Photo Films Company . PM Narendra Modi with members of the EU delegation in New Delhi on Monday | PIB Truck driver shot dead; grenade lobbed at crowd Srinagar: A driver who was loading apples into his truck was shot dead by terrorists in Anantnag on Monday. This is the fourth such attack. Earlier, 20 civilians were injured in a grenade attack in Sopore the PM and Doval. Opposition parties reacted with anger at the government’s decision to facilitate the visit as it had earlier denied permission to its own members of Parliament to tour Kashmir. Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Ghulam Nabi Azad, CPM’s Sitaram Yechury and D Raja of the CPI, among others, were sent back upon landing at the Srinagar airport. The government also did not allow the visit of US Senator from the Democratic Party Chris Van Hollen. , “Hope they get a chance to speak to the people, local media, doctors and civil society members. The iron curtain between Kashmir & the world needs to be lifted and GOI must be held accountable for pushing J&K into turmoil,” Iltija Javed tweeted on behalf of her mother and former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti. The EU delegation’s visit comes on the heels of a US Congressional meeting in Washington, where lawmakers expressed concern about the J&K situation. The EU team includes MEPs from Italy the Czech Republic, the , United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Poland, and Slovakia. All the MEPs, barring three, belong to far-right parties of their countries. CONTINUED ON: P9 How amended GST norms strip small firms of working capital E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi THE recently introduced GST rule insisting that tax refund claims by businesses must be supported by invoices from suppliers to avail full credit is making life more difficult for businesses, especially small ones, who don’t have the influence to force suppliers to comply with timely filings. The companies point out that there is no penalty on suppliers who delay filings. This, the affected firms say, would result in their working capital getting blocked as the government would release only 20% of their refund claim if the invoices are not duly uploaded by the supplier. To add to the confusion, small suppliers whose turnover is below `1.5 crore are not required to file invoice details on a monthly basis. They can do so every quarter. 20 per cent Of the total GST refund claim alone will be released if it is not supported by supplier’s invoices “The earlier proposal was to have monthly returns for all, data of which was to be auto-populated for annual returns, making the process simple. However, with concessions on filing time, the absence of monthly returns may well cause problems all around,” said Sumit Dutt Majumder, former chairman of the Central Board of Excise and Customs. Earlier this month, the government had capped the input tax credit that registered businesses can claim under GST to 20%, unless the entire eligible amount is backed by relevant invoices or debit notes filed by their suppliers. “The fact that there is no penalty on suppliers – even suppliers who have a turnover of more than `1.5 crore makes it tough for firms who could suddenly fund their claims unsupported by filings by their suppliers,” pointed out Swapan Sarkar, president, Indo-American Chamber of Commerce. “The worse-case scenario for businesses claiming refund is that if a supplier does not file his invoice within 180 days, then the entire amount has to be reversed and taxes have to be paid all over again,” he added. EXPRESS READ New low depression over Bay of Bengal, heavy rains likely down south On fourth day of protest, two doctors on hunger strike hospitalised Chennai: A new low pressure area has formed over the southwest Bay of Bengal on Monday, which will trigger heavy rainfall in Southern coastal areas. It is likely to become more marked over Comorin area and neighbourhood during the next 24 hours | P3 Chennai: Among the five government doctors who have launched a fast unto death, pressing their fourpoint charter of demands, two were hospitalised on Monday, the fourth day of their strike. The strike continued across Tamil Nadu | P3 BOREWELL TRAGEDY Robotic machine deployed a thermal robotic machine was deployed to check the temperature inside the pit. While the machine showed favourable signs, it could not provide any updates on the health condition of the boy Position stable As per officials, the boy is now at 88 feet depth but his position has stabilized despite the heavy drilling nearby. Officials did not elaborate how they managed it We have deployed all equipment that are used for heavy drilling. But the rocks are hard that even the best machines are taking time to drill C Vijayabaskar, Health Minister Works continue at Nadukattupatti near Manapparai to rescue Sujith. A drilling machine is being used to make an alternative pit | JAYAKUMAR MADALA WORKS TO RESCUE SUJITH CONTINUE J AYA K U M A R M A D A L A @ Tiruchy FOR over 75 hours, experts and volunteers have been trying to rescue Sujith, the two-year-old child who fell into a borewell pit near his house. He was playing with his cousins on Friday evening, when he slipped into the well dug by his family seven years ago. None of the measures adopted by the fire personnel or the experts worked till Monday evening. When this paper went to print, personnel were in the process of digging a parallel pit to gain access to the toddler. The plan to dig a parallel pit was devised on Saturday How. ever, the first piece of equipment could not be sourced and brought to the spot till early Sunday morning. Meanwhile, workers from NHAI, ONGC and Neyveli were brought in to operate the drilling machine. The rig machines, used to dig the parallel pit, refused to yield results due to the rocky terrain. Subsequently, a machine owned by private company L a r s e n a n d To u b ro w a s brought. It took about 10 hours to assemble the machine at the spot. The machine be gan drillng on Monday morning. However, after about 8 hours, it had dug only about 6-7 feet. To increase the pace, a new drilling machine was brought from Karur. This machine helped drill five holes and loosen the soil, up to 65 feet. Then, the L&T machine resumed operations. Meanwhile, a team of 12 fire and rescue department personnel was handpicked, those with expertise in working 100 feet below the ground. They will go down the pit and access Sujith through a tunnel. FULL COVERAGE: P5 Shah to call on Uddhav this week to firm up power sharing formula M A N I S H A N A N D @ New Delhi WITH grumpy ally Shiv Sena attempting to browbeat the BJP, heavyweight home minister and party chief Amit Shah is likely to step in to settle the berth pangs in government formation in Maharashtra. The BJP has made the chief minister’s position non-negotiable, while offering the deputy chief minister’s slot to the Sena. Aware that the Sena has the compulsive habit of muscle-flexing in public, the BJP does not want to be drawn in the politics of brinkmanship. “We don’t want to rub in Shiv Sena. We are familiar with Sena tactic of playing to the gallery The BJP . is also aware that it has to co-exist with the Sena,” said a senior BJP functionary . Sources said Shah will meet Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray at his house this week for a one-on-one discussion on power sharing. Incidentally it was , Fadanvis who did the pre-poll seat sharing talks with Thackeray not Amit Shah. , However, Amit Shah briefly spoke to Thackeray P9 on phone after the poll verdict. TOO MUCH FUSS AROUND AADITYA, FEELS BJP There is a lot of noise around Sena scion and first-time MLA Aaditya Thackeray being made the CM, but BJP leaders remain unfazed. “He has to first gain experience in administration. He can do so by joining the alliance government as the deputy CM,” said a BJP functionary. The BJP’s state unit is hoping to hit the 2014 tally of MLAs with support from Independents BANGLADESH TOUR Eden Gardens ready to host India’s first-ever day-night Test match F I R O Z M I R Z A @ Chennai INDIA look set to host their firstever day-night Test against visiting Bangladesh at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. The Indian cricket board (BCCI) had already sent a proposal in this regard to Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) a few days ago. The Bangladesh board, in turn, has referred it to the players and team management. Former India captain Sourav Ganguly floated the idea soon after taking over as BCCI president and it was even accorded in-principle agreement by Apex Council members. He also spoke to India captain Virat Kohli regarding the match. The BCB officials are convinced by the proposal but the only hitch might be players’ con- New pink ball experience India & Bangladesh along with two new full members — Afghanistan and Ireland — are the only Test-playing nations not to have played a day-night Test yet cern over lack of match practice with pink balls. “BCB president Nazmul Hassan Papon met players and support staff on Monday and asked them to arrive at a decision over the next 24 hours. A final decision will be made on Tuesday afternoon,” BCB sources said. Though Ganguly has requested the BCB to reply by Monday night, his Bangladesh counterparts wanted to know players’ opinion before confirming. The players apprently are divided on this and will convey their decision by Tuesday . The Indian board has already conveyed its intention to groundsmen at Eden Gardens. The Test is scheduled to begin on November 22.
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