VILLUPURAM SUNDAY JULY 19, 2020 `8.00 PAGES 24 CITY EDITION NEW FORM 26AS TO INCLUDE HIGH-VALUE TRANSACTIONS The changes will help taxpayers know their actual tax liability, the Central Board of Direct Taxes said on Saturday SFTS TO BE SHOWN IN REVAMPED FORM CHANGES TO DISCOURAGE CONCEALMENT The direct taxes board said it used to receive information like cash deposit/withdrawal, sale/purchase of immovable property, purchase of shares, etc from “specified persons” like banks and registrars. Now, all such information under different Statement of Financial Transaction (SFT) will be shown in Part E of the new Form 26AS The new form will have SFTs in various categories to help taxpayers recall all their major financial transactions ■ “This would help the honest taxpayers with updated financial transactions, whereas it will desist those who inadvertently conceal financial transactions while filing returns,” CBDT said ■ Form 26AS IS AN ANNUAL CONSOLIDATED TAX STATEMENT 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 Rebel Cong MLAs on the move, Rajasthan’s SOG in hot pursuit NEW STRATEGY Anti Corruption Bureau lodges FIR; BJP demands CBI probe into phone tapping ALL IN A DAY Health Minister C Vijayabaskar interacting with a Covid patient through video call at Tirunelveli medical college on Saturday | V KARTHIK ALAGU TN will conduct pooled testing of samples: Health Min L A L I T H A R A N J A N I @ Madurai IN an exclusive interaction with TNIE, Health Minister C Vijayabaskar said pool testing for Covid diagnosis was approved by the State government on Friday and that it would be implemented in areas with 2-5 per cent positivity rates. Pool testing is a method of testing samples of up to five individuals as one (pool). If the pool tests negative, all the samples in the pool are considered negative. According to the guidelines of 24 out of 26 ICMR, if the sample pool patients who tests positive, all samples in underwent the pool must be tested sepaplasma therapy at RGGGH in rately by RT-PCR. Areas with more than 5 Chennai have recovered. A per cent positivity, health plasma bank workers who were in direct established at contact with Covid patients a cost of `2 and known contacts of Covcrore will be id patients are not to be testinaugurated at ed in this method. RGGGH on In an order dated July 17 Monday by the Director of Public Health Minister Health and Preventive Medicine, all nodal officers of government and private laboratories were instructed to implement pooled sample testing for Covid. The order also identified 21 districts fit for pooled sample testing (based on the positivity rate as on July 16). They include Tirunelveli, Coimbatore, Salem, Tiruchy, Villupuram, and Erode (which has the least positivity rate of 0.86 per cent). The list also includes Pudukkottai which has the highest eligible positivity rate of 4.75 per cent. WITH THIS ISSUE GUNS, GIRLS & GANGS PLUS 12 PAGES CHENNAI BATTLE The Covid curve in Chennai seems to be stabilising as the city contributed 1,219 cases on Saturday, almost similar to previous days’ counts Chennai's neighbouring districts Chengalpattu and Kancheepuram recorded 323 and 370 cases respectively Corporation Commissioner G Prakash said that overall tests done in Chennai is close to 5 lakh Chennai's discharge rate is at 80 per cent as 68,193 out of the 84,598 total cases have recovered TN reported 88 deaths and 4,807 cases on Saturday The State’s mortality rate is at 1.45%, lower than Chennai’s mortality rate of 1.63% R A J E S H A S N A N I @ Jaipur Rajasthan Police’s Special Operations Group stays back in NCR to trace the rebel MLAs THE political drama in Rajasthan took another turn on Saturday with the Anti-Corruption Bureau lodging an FIR in connection with two audio clips hinting at a conspiracy to topple the Ashok Gehlot government and the BJP filing a police complaint against three Congress leaders including Randeep Surjewala and Govind Singh Dotasra for allegedly defaming Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat in connection with the audio tapes. Earlier, the Special Operations Group (SOG) of the Rajasthan Police had lodged two FIRs and arrested businessman Sanjay Jain on Friday . Meanwhile, an SOG team that travelled to Manesar in Haryana where 19 MLAs of the Sachin Pilot camp were staying at a resort but moved out before the sleuths could enter the premises, is staying back in the NCR to trace the rebels. According to sources, the SOG wanted to record the voice sample of MLA Bhanwar Lal Sharma, who was allegedly heard in one of the tapes dis- Gehlot met Governor Kalraj Mishra for 45 minutes. While the official version said it was a courtesy meeting, the timing is curious Breaking her silence, former CM and senior BJP leader Vasundhara Raje said people are paying for the discord within the Congress BSP leader Mayawati called for President’s rule considering the political instability in the state Advantage Gehlot? Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot on Saturday mopped up the support of two Bharatiya Tribal Party MLAs, shoring up numbers for his shaky government. “Both the MLAs announced their support to the government,” Gehlot tweeted in Hindi cussing bribe to topple the Gehlot-led government. On Friday the SOG team was , stopped for almost an hour before being allowed inside by the Haryana Police, and now the Rajasthan police says the Haryana cops in the BJP-ruled state did not cooperate fully and allowed the MLAs to slip away . Vandals target four temples in Kovai, properties damaged E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Coimbatore A day after a Periyar statue was desecrated in the city four temples , here came under the attack of vandals, with arson also being reported on Friday night. The vandals also damaged properties on the temple premises. According to the police, miscreants burnt clothes and tyres at Makaliyamman Temple on the NH road near Five Corner. They also damaged a trident in front of the temple. Similarly tyres were burnt at the Vinayagar Tem, ple in front of Coimbatore Railway Junction, while articles were burnt on Selva Vinayagar Temple premises near Nallampalayam. Right-wing outfits claimed that a similar incident happened at a Vinayagar Temple near Town Hall. Police officials said the CCTV footage had been collected from the surroundings of Makaliyamman Temple. The footage show a man purportedly accumulating tyres and setting them ablaze in front of the temple. The recurring thread in all these incidents was miscreants setting ablaze tyres and clothes in front of the temples. Meanwhile, functionaries of BJP, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), Hindu Munnani and other right-wing outfits visited the temples on Saturday and staged demonstrations. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) G Stalin said that investigations were underway . Market cluster Kumbakonam vegetable market cluster has reported 284 cases so far. Around 150 cases were reported from around Kumbakonam on Saturday 4 stations shut Four police stations functioning at Gudiyattam in Vellore district were temporarily shut on Saturday, after 12 police personnel tested positive Two employees at Sriharikota spaceport contract Covid-19 Chennai: The Sriharikota spaceport is on alert after two employees of the highsecurity facility tested positive for the Covid-19 infection. The infected persons, employed at the Solid Propellant Space Booster Plant (SPROB), are residents of Swarnamukhi Nagar, which is one of the three housing colonies of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre(SDSC-Shar). Two of their family members too have tested positive. An official said they have identified about 50 primary and secondary P4 contacts of the infected people. STAFF POSITIVE TTD mulls closing Tirumala temple E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Tirupati THE Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) is expected to take a call in the next few days on whether to close the Srivari temple to devotees or further restrict their entry after 140 TTD employees, including 14 priests, tested positive for Covid-19. The Tirumala temple has been providing Srivari darshan to 12,000 devotees every day since it reopened on June 11. In recent days, agama advisor of the devasthanam AV Ramana Dikshitulu and others have called on the TTD to close the shrine to devotees for a few weeks to protect the priests. TTD chairman YV Subba Reddy was to meet officials on Saturday evening to decide on the future course of action. However, sources said the meeting did not take place, and it was understood that the Reddy spoke to TTD executive of- ficer Anil Kumar Singhal. A final decision, the sources said, may be taken after consultation with Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy . Subba Reddy was not available for comment when The New Indian Express tried to reach him. Agency reports quoting the TTD chairman said the senior pontiff of Shree Pedda Jeeyar Swamy Mutt had tested positive for coronavirus. His condition is stable. The ADG of the SOG, Ashok Rathore, said: “Our team was told at the hotel reception that no MLAs were staying there. Later, our team went to another hotel where we were told some other MLAs of the Pilot group are lodged. Our team is now staying there and gathering more information.” According to sources, a few members of the SOG team moved to Delhi to question Union Minister Shekhawat after the requisite permission. While the Pilot camp has now gone silent, the BJP demanded a CBI enquiry into the audio tapes. “Is phone tapping not a legal issue? Were the standard procedures followed for phone tapping? The chief minister should answer if the state machinery was misused and if there is a veiled emergency in the state,” said BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra. Meanwhile, Gehlot met Governor Kalraj Mishra on Saturday evening. While the chief minister claimed it was just a courtesy call, observers believe it was a message to indicate confidence that his governP7 ment is safe. ALL EYES ON SC COLLEGIUM AS JUSTICE BANUMATHI RETIRES October 2024. Her father Justice E S Venkataramiah was the CJI from June to DecemWITH Justice R Banumathi ber in 1989. set to retire on July 19, the She is the second seniornumber of women judges in most judge of the Karnataka the Supreme Court High Court after she will come down to was appointed in two, and the overall 2008 as an additional judge strength to 31. judge. Keeping this in She stands at serimind, the SC Colleal number 46 in allgium is planning to India seniority of r e c o m m e n d t wo high court judges. Among the other names for elevation to fill the existing va- Just 80 HC names under considcancies in the apex judges are eration include Punjab and Haryana court. Sources said a women High Court Chief meeting of the Collegium is likely to be There are 688 Justice Ravi Shanconvened soon. judges in high ker Jha, Madras High Court Chief One of the names courts across doing the rounds is India, of which Justice A P Sahi, Delthat of Karnataka 80 are women. hi High Court Chief Justice D N Patel and High Court judge B Only one of Gujarat High Court V Nagarathna. If them is Chief Justice she is elevated to the currently the top court now, she chief justice of Vikram Nath. If Justice Vikram will be in line to be- a High Court— Nath is appointed to come the first womJustice Gita the top court before an Chief Justice of Mittal of J&K Justice Nagarathna, India in 2027 for a High Court he will take over as period of eight the CJI in 2027. months. Only if Nagarathna is conHowever, if Justice Nagarathna doesn’t get elevated to sidered for elevation now, eithe Supreme Court— which ther alone or with judges comes with a three-year ex- junior to her, can she become tension—she will retire in the first female CJI in 2027. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi
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