MUMBAI CHENNAI WEDNESDAY JUNE 03, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 16 LATE CITY EDITION ONCE-IN-A-CENTURY CYCLONE HEADING TOWARDS MUMBAI Cyclone Nisarga is set to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm and cross Maharashtra and South Gujarat coast on Wednesday LANDFALL LIKELY TO BE AT ALIBAUG FLOOD ALERT IN MUMBAI, THANE The storm will cross North Maharashtra and adjoining South Gujarat coast between Harihareshwar and Daman on June 3 afternoon as a severe cyclonic storm, the India Meteorological Department said. Landfall is likely to be at Alibaug, 95 km from Mumbai but will have an impact on Mumbai. This could be the first cyclone in a over a century to directly hit Mumbai ■ ■ ■ The cyclonic storm could pose another challenge for Maharashtra which is already battling a steep surge in coronavirus cases 16 NDRF teams have been deployed in Maharashtra An alert has been issued for Mumbai city and suburbs, Thane, Palghar, Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts 120 kmph THE PROJECTED GUSTING SPEED OF NISARGA AT THE TIME OF LANDFALL 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 30 THE BIG SLIDE 25.5 Net tax collection growth in % 25 20 10.8 15 17.8 16.8 12.8 9.97 10.7 10 5 0 FY9 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE 6 1.86 3.63 FY10 FY11 4.4 FY12 FY13 FY14 FY15 FY16 FY17 FY18 Trump, Modi discuss China aggression, G7 expansion @ New Delhi 2.94 FY19 FY20 Source: CGA Net tax revenue growth plunges to 12-year low WALKING the talk on expanding the Group of Seven (G7), US President Donald Trump on Tuesday formally invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to its next in-person summit in Washington. The two leaders also extensively discussed Chinese aggression in the Ladakh region. However, the prime minister’s office issued a bland state- ment without sharing details. “The two leaders also exchanged views on other topical issues, such as the Covid-19 situation in the two countries, the situation on the India-China border.” the statement read. It also said “the richness and depth of India-US consultations remain an important pillar in the post-Covid global architecture”. Also, who initiated the call was not clear at the time of going to Press. A few days ago, Trump had put off the summit saying the G7 does not represent the world. He wanted to get Russia, Australia, Korea and India on board. Signalling his acceptance, Modi said India would be happy to help make the summit a success. The interaction between Trump and Modi came on a day when Defence Minister Rajnath Singh acknowledged there is a significant presence of Chinese troops near the LAC. Singh said the face-off between Indian and Chinese troops would be deliberated upon at a ‘senior level’ on June 6. “The difference arose re- India would be happy to work with the US and other countries to ensure the success of the proposed G7 Summit - Prime Minister Narendra Modi TAMIL NADU COVID-19 BATTLE Tirupattur 4 Salem 3 Erode 2 Excluding states’ share, expansion in tax collections petered out to 2.94% in FY20 S U N I T H A N AT T I @ Hyderabad GROWTH in net tax revenues fell to a decade-low of 2.94 per cent in FY20, shows an Express analysis. The sharp decline in net tax collections, which exclude states’ share, perhaps explains the government’s reluctance to open up the money spigots and deploy an aggressive stimulus plan to aid economic recovery following the 68-day lockdown. It was in FY10 that we’ve seen growth in net taxes plunge to 3.63 per cent. A year before, or during the year of global financial crisis i n F Y 0 9 , g row t h stood at an even dismal 1.86 per cent. Barring these two years, the increase in net and gross tax collections grew at a healthy clip despite having a low tax base. For the National Democratic Alliance government, which has been in power since 2014, this is the third such instance when growth fell to single digits. In both FY16 and FY19, net taxes grew at a pale 4.4 per cent and 6 per cent respectively. Still, it was shades better than FY20’s 2.94 per cent. Needless to say, a higher growth allows the government to flex its muscles and spur public spending — be it on so- cial services or infrastructure. Data released by the Controller General of Accounts last week show that in absolute numbers, FY20 net tax collections printed at `13 lakh crore against the revised budget estimate of `15 lakh crore, translating into a shortfall of nearly `1.5 lakh crore. Revised FY20 budget estimates peg gross tax collections, comprising income taxes, goods and services tax (GST) collections and others at `21 lakh crore. Of this, states’ share stood at 30 per cent, or `6.5 lakh crore. If you include states’ share, chances are the shortfall in gross tax revenue could be much higher than projections. But that’s not the most terrifying part. With the lockdown delaying economic recovery, which already dented tax revenue by a mile, analysts expect FY21 shortfall in net tax collections to be even sharper. A recent SBI Research estimate pegged the shortfall to be as much as `4.12 lakh crore. Even though the government projected net tax collections to grow by a modest 8.7 per cent in FY21, going by the actual collections, we need a growth rate of nothing less than 20 per cent this fiscal, which seems to be a tall task for now. CLOSE to 17 years after he was sentenced to life for pulling the trigger to murder model Jessica Lal in 1999 at a night club, Manu Sharma was set free on Monday. Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal accepted the recommendation by the Sentence Review Board on grounds of good behaviour. Lodged in Tihar jail, Sharma was on parole since the first week of April as part of measures to prevent crowding of jails in the wake of coronavirus pandemic. Jessica’s sister Sabrina Lal was okay with the release. “Honestly speaking I don’t have any reaction. I am feeling completely numb. The only thing I pray to god is that he never ever repeats the same mistake... I think justice has been served.” This was the sixth time Sharma’s plea for premature release Ordinance to help TN farmers earn more profit EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai THE State gover nment on Tuesday promulgated an Ordinance allowing farmers to sell their produce across the State, to whoever offers a good price. Now, instead of sticking to their nearby regulated markets, farmers can sell their produce to any recognized private market. The Ordinance, promulgated to amend the Tamil Nadu Agricultural Produce Marketing (Regulation) Act, 1987, has also said that no marketing fee should be collected from the farmers. An official release said the Ordinance allows the farmers across Tamil Nadu to sell their produce at any regulated market in the State, any recognised private market, recognised warehouse, cold storage facility or directly to recognised traders. The Ordinance is also aimed at enhancing transparency in trade, promoting multiple channels for competitive marketing and encouraging investments in development of markets and marP3 keting infrastructure. Tiruvallur 43 Tiruchy 7 Dindigul 2 Theni 5 Madurai 1 Virudhunagar 3 Tenkasi 1 Thoothukudi 31 Tirunelveli 1 Kanniyakumari 6 Kancheepuram 15 Chennai 806 Chengalpattu 82 Tiruvannamalai 9 Villupuram 1 Kallakurichi 1 Cuddalore 1 Perambalur 1 Nagapattinam 3 Thiruvarur 2 Thanjavur 3 Pudukkottai 1 Sivaganga 1 Ramanathapuram 1 13 DEATHS TALLY 24,586; DEATH TOLL 197 The Statewide tally now stands at 24,586 and death toll, 197. Chennai records 806 fresh cases, taking the city’s tally to 16,585. Covid curve stays high with 1,091 fresh cases EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai A demonstrator taken into custody by the police during curfew, near the White House in Washington on Monday. He was protesting the homicide last week of black man George Floyd in police custody | AP | P9 DON THREATENS TO DEPLOY MILITARY President Donald Trump threatens to deploy the military to control the unrest in the US following the death of black man George Floyd in police custody PHOTO-OP AT CHURCH Trump visits St. John’s Church near White House, also called the sitting president’s church, after protesters were forcefully evicted from the neighbouring Lafayette Park; does not pray, but holds a copy of the Bible for a photo-op. Bishop Mariann Budde shares her outrage PC, SON CHARGESHEETED IN INX SCAM E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi P Chidambaram Karti Chidambaram Outed by Indrani Chidambaram was outed by Indrani Mukerjea, former co-owner of INX Media. She has since turned approver MONTHS after it arrested former Union minister P Chidambaram, his son Karti and a few others, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) filed a chargesheet against them in the INX Media money laundering scam. The ED filed a password protected echargesheet against them before the court of Special Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar here on Monday . Chidambaram was arrested by the CBI in the INX Media case on August 21 last year. Two months later, the ED arrested him. The CBI probe found kickbacks in a Foreign Investment Promotion Board clearance to the INX Media for receiving overseas funds of `305 crore in 2007, during Chidambaram’s tenure as the Union finance minister. Jessica Lal’s murderer Manu gets to walk out of Tihar Jail K A N U S A R D A @ New Delhi garding the perception of LAC. The Chinese have come in good numbers but India has also done whatever is required to be done,” Singh said. Last week, Trump had offered to mediate between India and China but was snubbed by both New Delhi and Beijing. Singh expressed hope the escalation would be resolved like in the past. “Earlier differences like in Doklam have been resolved with talks at military level and diplomatic level.” Manu Sharma Jessica Lal was placed before the board, which is under the Delhi government. For the board to consider premature release, a jail inmate has to fulfil three broad criteria: show good conduct; get a police recommendation for release; and an assessment on rehabilitation by a social investigation report. According to prison officials, Sharma’s release was cleared because of good conduct in jail and his contribution in helping rehabilitate families of underprivileged prisoners. He funded the education of more than 500 children of prisoners and gave business ideas to promote Chennai: People visting salons across TN should provide their Aadhaar number to get a haircut. The government has mandated salon owners to maintain a register of customers, including their Aadhaar number | P3 Remdesivir can be used in emergency New Delhi: Anti-viral drug remdesivir has been approved for “restricted emergency use” on severe Covid-19 patients in view of the crisis posed by the pandemic, the Union health ministry said on Tuesday Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami called on Governor Banwarilal Purohit on Tuesday and briefed him about steps being taken to fight the coronavirus FALLING FOR BLACK MAGIC EXPRESS READ You need Aadhaar for a haircut too? the Tihar Jail’s brand. Along with him, 18 other convicts were freed. Any convict who has completed 14 years in prison without remission is eligible for early release. In 2018, Sabrina had said she had forgiven Sharma. “His conviction was closure for me,” she had said. Sharma’s lawyer Amit Sahni approached the Delhi High Court in November 2019 seeking his client’s release. CROSSING the 1,000-mark for the third consecutive day Ta, mil Nadu recorded 1,091 positive cases on Tuesday, pushing the Statewide tally to 24,586. Chennai continued its upward spiral, with 806 fresh cases, taking the city’s tally to 16,585. The number of deaths, too, saw a spike, with 13 more people succumbing to the virus, all with co-morbid conditions. The toll now stands at 197. While 12 of the deceased were from Chennai, one was from Chengalpattu. They were all in the 50-80 age group. Chairing a review meeting with corporation officials amid this unabated spike in cases, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, said the high rate of testing has recorded such readings. “Death rate is just 0.8 per cent owing to the State’s dedicated healthcare workers. If the other States test 13,000 people a day like we do, the number of cases there will also be high. In Chennai alone, 4,000 people are being tested every day .” Countering allegations on the lack of ventilators at the State’s disposal, he said a total of 3,371 ventilators were available, including 630 in private hospitals and the recentlyprocured 620. “Only around 5 per cent of patients need ventilators,” he added. The number of returnees from other states have also been adding to the State’s load. Among the 55 returnees, 40 are from Maharashtra, eight from Karnataka, three from Andhra Pradesh and two each from Kerala and Delhi. Chennai’s neighbouring districts such as Chengalpattu, Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram reported 82, 43 and 15 cases respectively. P3 Man ‘offers’ daughter as human sacrifice for wealth S O W M YA M A N I @ Pudukkottai IN a shocking incident, a construction labourer has been arrested for killing his 13-year-old daughter and making the murder seem like a case of sexual assault. He has confessed to killing the girl, born to his first wife, as per the advice of a black magician to end his financial crisis. The murder was committed by the girl’s father Panneerselvam (41), his second wife Mookayi, and their relative Kumar on May 18 in the Nodiyur village of Pudukkottai. On May 30, Mookayi was also found dead under suspicious Panneerselvam killed his daughter as per advice of a black magician | EXPRESS circumstances. Her postmortem report is awaited. Panneerselvam has four children from his first wife Indira and two from Mookayi. When he consulted a black magician, Vasanthi, about his financial problems, she advised him to ‘sacrifice’ one of the daughters born to his first wife. The trio then plotted the murder. On May 18, the girl went to fetch water and did not return for a long time. When her mother went in search, she found the child lying unconscious in an eucalyptus grove. She was rushed to the hospital, where she later died. While police initially suspected a sexual assault — as the girl’s pants were missing — postmortem report ruled that out. “The trio had conducted a pooja at the grove on the day before the murder — just about 300 metres away from the spot. They were not particular about killing this specific victim. The plan was to kill whichever of the daughters ventured out to fetch water. The child was strangled with a towel. After she fell unconscious, the towel and the pooja items were buried near the spot,” said Pudukkottai SP Arun Sakthikumar. Kumar and Mookayi removed the girl’s pants to make it appear like a sexual crime. The police cracked the case after Kumar surrendered on June 1. The trio has been booked under the POCSO Act, and under Section 302 for murder among various other charges. Police are on the lookout of Vasanthi and her accomplice, Murugai.
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