CHENNAI MONDAY JANUARY 20, 2020 `5.00 PAGES 34 LATE CITY EDITION SARASWAT APOLOGISES FOR HIS ‘DIRTY FILMS’ REMARK He had earlier justified the internet shutdown in J&K saying people use the net just to watch “dirty films” ‘NOT AGAINST KASHMIRIS, WAS MISQUOTED’ `18K CR LOSS DUE TO SHUTDOWN: KCCI Claiming his comments made on Saturday on the sidelines of an event in Gujarat were taken out of context, Niti Aayog member V K Saraswat said on Sunday he was not against the rights of the Kashmiris to have internet access. The apology came after his remarks created outrage with the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) demanding his removal ■ ■ Internet, landline and mobile phones were snapped across J&K on August 5, 2019. KCCI has pegged the losses to the business sector due to internet shutdown at over `18,000 crore On Saturday, the J&K administration ordered restoration of the prepaid mobile service in the Valley after 5 months of suspension $1.3 billion ESTIMATED LOSS DUE TO INTERNET SHUTDOWN ACROSS INDIA IN 2019 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 Church blames parties for love jihad dodge ‘Treat it as a terror issue’ A circular from the Syro-Malabar Church head Cardinal George Alencherry on love jihad was read in many of its churches during the holy mass on Sunday. It urged the police not to approach it as a religious issue but as a terror issue or a law and order issue CAA was not necessary: Hasina Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said she fails to understand the logic behind CAA. “We don’t understand why (the Indian government) did it. It was not necessary,” Hasina said in an interview to a newspaper in Dubai | P9 A N U J A S U S A N V A R G H E S E @ Kochi FIVE days after it said Christian girls were being lured by radical elements for terror outfits such as the Islamic State (IS), the Syro-Malabar Church on Sunday blamed political parties for constantly dodging the issue, thus making Kerala a fertile ground for radicals. In an interaction with TNIE, Kerala Catholic Bishops Council (KCBC) deputy general secretary Fr Varghese Vallikkat, however, clarified it was not targ eting any par ticular community . “Love jihad shouldn’t be viewed only from the love an- gle, but addressed at a broader level. This is not to target any particular community Secular . political parties should at least accept that love jihad exists here. A small group of people in the state is continuously getting radicalised and it has links to global Islam. It varies in names, but the people and leadership of these groups are almost the same,” said Fr Vallikkat. Though probe reports were submitted to the government by various agencies, including Vigilance, CBI and the special intelligence bureau, no one was ready to discuss it in the EXPRESS READ public domain, he said. “It’s a major problem we’ve been facing for many years, but secular political parties in Kerala are not interested in discussing it. It’s part of their politics,” said Fr Vallikkat. Every death and killing that happens in the state is brushed off as a “isolated” incident, he said. “A series of killings have taken place and yet no mainstream party in the state has addressed it. There have been reports that the radical groups were involved in the killings and the government has all the details,” said Fr ValCONTINUED ON: P6 likkat. Woman gang-raped at knife point in public park Vellore: A 24-year-old woman was allegedly gang-raped by three men at knife point at a public park adjoining the Vellore Fort on Saturday. The incident came to light when the woman approached the police and lodged a complaint. A special police team apprehended one of the three suspects | P4 WITH THIS ISSUE ‘Tamil Nadu has been free from polio for the last 16 years,’ said Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, expressing happiness over the fact while inaugurating the immunisation drive in Chennai on Sunday | EXPRESS THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST 34 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID), 4 OF CITY EXPRESS YOUR LIFE COACH Working to end trust deficit with India Inc, says Nirmala Finance minister urges industry to help realise the goal of $5 trillion economy our intent. My first attempt, which continues even today is , to decriminalise everything to THE Centre is willing to do do with Companies Law or reeverything in its power to re- lated laws,” she explained. move the trust deficit between She was responding to Tata industry and the government, Sons chair man N ChanUnion Finance Minister Nir- drasekaran’s recent comment, mala Sitharaman said here on “We need supervision, we Sunday . don’t need suspicion. And we The minister said have suspicion. All the government has our rules start from already taken steps to suspicion.” decriminalise offencSitharaman noted es under the Compathe government has nies Act and expects decriminalised 16 prothe support of India c e d u r a l o f f e n c e s, Inc to realise the tarwhich will now not atget of becoming a $5 tract jail term. trillion economy . “The path to $5 trilClean-up job Delivering the cenlion economy would The kind of tenary celebrations be a lot easier if built cleaning in the lecture organised by with trust between system the BJP N a n i P a l k h iv a l a the government and govt had to do Foundation on ‘Roadindustry she added. ,” map to $5 trillion after coming to She termed digitieconomy’, she noted sation of India the power was that over 60% of In“collateral benefit” of ‘unbelievable’, dia’s GDP comes from Sitharaman said demonetisation. The the services sector FM also said any reviwith very less facilitation from sion to the Goods and Services the government. Tax rates must be made only “The government doesn’t once in a year rather than evewant to see every business ry three months when the GST P3 house with ‘suspicion’. It is not Council meets. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai Garg pegs tax revenue shortfall at `2.5 lakh cr EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE THE government’s revenue projections may go for a toss as tax collections in the ongoing financial year (2019-20) are likely to miss estimates by a huge margin, former finance secretary Subhash Chandra Garg said on Sunday . According to Garg, this year’s tax mop-up could fall short of targets by a whopping `2.5 lakh crore or 1.2% of the GDP . Subhash Chandra Garg The government expects gross tax revenues of `24.59 lakh crore in the current fiscal. However, Garg feels corporate tax, excise duties and customs would witness negative growth in collections. Therefore, from a tax revenue perspective, FY20 is going to be a “dysfunctional year”, he said in his blog post, adding that it’s high time the dividend distribution tax was abolished. Garg, who took voluntary retirement after he was shunted from the finance ministry to a less glamorous role as power secretary in October last year, said this is the right time to unleash the much-needed reforms in the taxation structure as the underlying tax revenue situation continues to be grim.
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