Members of European Parliament during a plenary session on Wednesday to ratify the Brexit agreement between EU and the UK CHENNAI FRIDAY JANUARY 31, 2020 `5.00 PAGES 54 LATE CITY EDITION DEBATE OUTCOME WON’T AFFECT TIES, EU TELLS INDIA MEA highlighted European Commission’s clarification that EU House’s views don’t reflect the bloc’s official position IT’S THE JOB OF SUPREME COURT: EU V-P During Wednesday night’s debate on CAA in the European Parliament, Vice-President of the European Commission Helena Dalli said, “We believe that it is the role of the Supreme Court of India to assess the compliance of the law (CAA) with the Constitution.” Voting on the motion, which was scheduled to take place on Thursday, was postponed to March ■ 15th HEATED DEBATE IN EU PARLIAMENT ■ During the debate, Pakistan-origin MEP Shaffaq Mohammed described the CAA as discriminatory and anti-Muslim Countering him, Indian-origin MEP Nenna Gill said it was “positive discrimination” and there was no exclusion of Muslims. India’s position found strong support from some quarters | P13 INDIA-EU SUMMIT IS SET TO TAKE PLACE IN BRUSSELS IN MARCH 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 Global footprint: 19 countries and counting 3 4 Germany Canada 1 1 Finland 1 Cambodia 10 Hong Kong 1 Nepal 11 India 5 5 1 4 14 Thailand Malaysia CHINA A youth brandishing a gun with which he opened fire on a protest march by Jamia Millia students, in New Delhi on Thursday. He later claimed he was a minor | REUTERS 7,796 Shock as youth fires on Jamia rally ON a day when India observed the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, a gun-wielding youth opened fire on protesters demonstrating against the Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Register of Citizens near Jamia Millia Islamia in south Delhi, injuring a student identified as Shadab Farooq. The protesters were trying to march to Rajghat. In a video of the incident that went viral on social media, the shooter can be seen chanting slogans of Jai Shri Ram and threatening the protesters, mainly Jamia students. Wielding a countrymade revolver, he is also heard shouting “Dete hai azadi tumko” (Will give you freedom). The protesters alleged that the policemen deployed at the protest site did not try to stop the shooter even as he threatened the demonstrators. Before shooting, the gunman had gone live on Facebook, brandishing the weapon and threatening the protesters. The shooter claimed he was a minor. “He has been booked for attempt to murder and under sections of the Arms Act. We are ascertaining if he is a juvenile,” said a senior police officer. Shadab, the injured student, was first treated at the Holy Family Hospital near Jamia and later shifted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, where his condition was described as stable. A university official said Shadab was a student of second semester of MA Mass Communication. “Shadab was a member of Jamia’s Drama Club (theatre) during his graduation days. He is a good singer and a budding photographer,” he said. Union Home Minister Amit Shah condemned the shooting and said the culprit would not be spared. Shah said he had di- EC BAN ON ANURAG THAKUR, PARVESH VERMA The Election Commission on Thursday barred Union minister Anurag Thakur from campaigning in the Delhi Assembly polls for three days and BJP MP Parvesh Verma for four days for their controversial remarks rected Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik to take the strictest action in the case. “I have spoken to the Delhi Police Commissioner on the incident of firing in Delhi and have directed him to take strictest action. The Central government will not tolerate any such incident,” Amit Shah said on Twitter hours after the shooting, which prompted the Aam Aadmi Party to call for Shah’s resignation. Government sources said National Security Advisor Ajit Doval also spoke to the Delhi Police chief. The case was transferred from the New Friends Colony Police station to the Delhi Police Crime Branch, sources said. The same police wing is also probing the December 15 violence at the university CONTINUED ON: P13 . Kalakshetra ‘no’ to Krishna book launch E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai IN a last minute decision, The Kalakshetra Foundation on Thursday withdrew permission to host popular Carnatic singer TM Krishna’s book launch event, which was originally scheduled to take place on their premises on February 2. According to a letter from the Foundation, they withdrew permission to host the launch after reading an excerpt from the book which was published in an English daily on Thursday . “The book review, which appeared in the newspaper, contains certain statements relating to the book which touch controversial issues and certainly has a lot of political overtones. We were unaware of the controversies surrounding the subject matter of the book at the time of renting our auditorium,” said the letter also copied to Krishna. Being a government organisation, the Foundation said, it could not allow any programme that might instigate political, cultural and social disharmony The Founda. tion faced backlash on social media on Thursday after it withdrew permission to host the event. Many artistes and writers took to Twitter to slam the decision. Despite several attempts, Foundation director Revathi Ramachandran could not be reached for her comment. Krishna’s book titled ‘Sebastian and Sons’ speaks about the history of mridangam makers who have been making the instrument using cow hide P5 for many generations. MARTYR’S DAY Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami paying tributes to Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of his 72nd death anniversary, at the Secretariat on Thursday. Governor Banwarilal Purohit also paid tributes. Man takes over 20 kids hostage in UP B’day ruse to lure them Batham lured kids offering them toffees on the pretext of his five-year-old’s birthday. He then herded them into a room and locked itw N A M I TA B A J PA I @ Lucknow OVER 20 children were taken hostage by an alleged lifer who is out on bail, in Katheria village of Farrukhabad district on Thursday He refused to release . them and instead opened fire, injuring two policemen and a villager. While the entire district administration machinery converged on the scene, Anti- Terrorist Squad and National Security Guard teams were rushed in. The hostage taker reportedly fired from inside his house and lobbed a low intensity hand grenade on the police. Local sources identified the assailant as Subhash Batham, a murder accused. He had killed one Megnath in 2001 and was serving life sentence, but was P11 out on bail, they claimed. APOLOGY IN SOCIAL MEDIA Say sorry for fake news if you want bail: HC S I V A S E K A R A N @ Chennai WHAT is the punishment for circulating fake messages on social media? The Madras High Court has asked a man to write an apology note and publish it on social media platforms such as WhatsApp and Facebook, conceding that the information that he had circulated about solar power projects in the State was indeed fake. The court further said that if the man, who is currently under arrest, wants his bail appli- cation to be considered, he would have to also explain that he has no technical expertise in matters relation to solar plant installations. Justice N Seshasayee made this unique observation based while hearing the case about Zahir Hussain. Hussain is said to have made allegations against a scheme being implemented by the Coimbatore Corporation, to install solar plants. In voice message circulated on Facebook and WhatsApp, Hussain is said to have spoken ill about minister SP Velumani and spread miscon- c e p - tions about solar power projects. He was arrested in connection with the case, and he recently moved the court seeking bail. While hearing the matter on Thursday State public prosecu, tor A Natarajan vehemently opposed to bail plea, saying spreading of falsehoods about scientific innovations must not be dealt with lightly . The judge then asked Hussain: “What is your educational qualification? How can you claim solar plants would affect P3 humans?” 7 170 DEATHS 8 Taiwan Macau Number of Cases Vietnam Australia 13 Inner Mongolia Beijing Singapore Shanxi Shaanxi Gansu Heilognang Ningxia Jilin Liaoning Tianjin Xinjiang CONFIRMED CASES Claims he is juvenile; one student injured; Shah directs strict action; Oppn blames it on BJP @ New Delhi 7 2 8 Sri Lanka UAE EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Japan China France United States 4 South Korea Helnan Shandong Qinghai Jiangsu Anhui Zhejiang Jiangxi Fujian Hubei Sichuan Chongoing Yunnan Guizhou Guangxi Hunan Guangdong Spread in China CORONAVIRUS AFTER FIRST +VE CASE, INDIA TO SCREEN ALL FROM CHINA M S V A I D YA N A N D A N , S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA A N D P U S H K A R B A N A K A R @ T’puram/New Delhi HOURS after Kerala reported India’s first confirmed case of novel coronavirus, the Centre on Thursday decided to test all individuals who retur ned from China after January 15, for possible infection. The condition of the victim, a female medical student in China’s Wuhan, is stable. The diagnosis was confirmed by the National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune. The student initially underwent treatment at the Thrissur General Hospital, from where she was shifted to the Thrissur Medical College. Kerala Health Minister K K Shailaja said there was no need to panic as the state had started precaution and preparation since the start of the China outbreak. “The patient had symptoms of cold and cough and given the travel history, necessary We’ll discuss all issues, PM assures Oppn EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi ADDRESSING an all-party gathering on the eve of the Budget session, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his government is open to discussing all issues with the Opposition. “In the meeting, the Prime Minister said the government is ready to listen to Opposition’s views and is open to discussion on all issues,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi told reporters. When members of the Opposition charged that the government was not listening to them on issues such as the CAA, Joshi urged them to “introspect” as the amended Citizenship Act has been passed democratically by Parliament. Joshi said the government has identified 45 bills and seven financial items to be taken up during the Budget session. During the meeting, Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad sought the immediate release of Lok Sabha MP Farooq Abdullah be released at the earliest. WITH THIS ISSUE CHENNAI’S BEST WEEKEND GUIDE 54 PAGES, INCLUDING 32 OF INDULGE (TABLOID) tests were carried out on the samples collected,” Union health secretary Preeti Sudan told this newspaper. “The person is being closely monitored in an isolation ward of a hospital,” Sudan said, adding the government has decided to test all those who have returned from China, irrespective of whether or not they have symptoms, as the incubation period of the infection is nearly 28 days. “We do not want to take a chance,” she added. Officials in NIV Pune said , the confirmation in the case came through genome sequence matching of the virus shared by China. “We carried out the test following two testing protocols. Both confirmed the presence of the virus,” they added. A third test known as “next gen sequencing” will be done and the final result declared by Friday . Meanwhile, the Indian Embassy in Beijing said the first air evacuation from Wuhan will happen on Friday . Unconfir med reports claimed a youth from Tripura succumbed to the virus at a Malaysia hospital. P10,11,17,19 Alert in Chennai; 7 in Vellore under scanner A Chennai girl studying MBBS in China on Thursday was a lone passenger on Tianjin-Singapore flight to get back home. She sent a selfie to her father. Chennai Port has been put on high alert in the wake of a coronavirus case being reported from Kerala. Seven persons who returned to Vellore and Tirupattur from China are kept under observation. | P2 Small biz struggles as CBIC sends notices, sits on `40K-cr input credit A N U R A D H A S H U K L A @ New Delhi SMALL businesses have been saddled with a spate of notices asking for income tax returns of the last three years, as they struggle for working capital in the face of the delayed GST input tax credit amounting to nearly `40,000 crore. Small traders, exporters and custom manufacturers who were expecting to get the benefit of GST input credit, have been put through what the revenue department calls 360 degree scrutiny, by linking their income tax returns with their indirect tax returns, hence the tax notices. Sahil Shah, a small businessman tweeted: “service tax department sent me notice for non registration, non filing of taxes among 17 charges. If they had spent time checking for my Service Tax registration number and returns… Officer simply shot off notices because (he has) no time to check.” Small manufacturers say though they may have a large turnover on which GST is computed, since most of them are simply adding value for a larger factory by do- ing a contract job, their profit percentage on which income tax is calculated is very low. The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) has frozen tax credits of around `40,000 crore as returns filed by close to 2,000 entities did not match their GST filings. There are also cases where returns were Around 5,000 firms under the tax lens According to sources, around 5,000 companies have come under the scanner of tax authorities due to alleged discrepancies between their GST filings and income tax returns not filed. “Yes, notices have been served to those who had discrepancies in tax returns. They have been given time to respond. No one is being harassed. In the last few months we have detected so many instances where exporters, jewellers and small businesses had been evading tax using fake invoices,” a senior official from CBIC said.
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