BHUBANESWAR l MONDAY l AUGUST 24, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 28 l JEYPORE EDITION CENTRE ISSUES NORMS FOR FILM SHOOTING AMID COVID Govt on Sunday released standard operating procedures to resume production activities put on ice due to Covid-19 SOME EXEMPTIONS FOR ACTORS FILM FRATERNITY WELCOMES THE MOVE The SOP includes steps like social distancing and mandatory use of masks for cast and crew, except for actors in front of camera. Production aspects like scenes, sequences, positions of crew members, meal timings etc must be planned in advance to ensure distancing. Spitting is prohibited and all cast and crew members are required to follow respiratory etiquettes ■ ■ Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said thousands of people depend on the movie industry for jobs, and as such, the resumption of production activities is crucial Members of film fraternity, including filmmakers Boney Kapoor and Ashoke Pandit, welcomed the government’s decision | P7 SOP WAS PREPARED IN CONSULTATION WITH UNION HEALTH AND HOME MINISTRIES 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 Sonia offers to step down; CWC meet today Most state units want Sonia or Rahul to lead the party 23 leaders demand an active, publicly visible chief for party; Rahul still unwilling to take over: Sources Demand for a party rehaul at this critical juncture would be detrimental to its interests... Sonia Gandhi should continue to helm the Congress as long as she wants R I C H A S H A R M A @ New Delhi Amarinder Singh, Punjab CM The entire Congress party in Karnataka stands by the leadership of Sonia Gandhi and the Gandhi family D K Shivakumar, president, Karnataka Congress BUZZ ON A K ANTONY There are chances of A K Antony coming at the helm of the party, according to some Congress leaders in Kerala. State Congress leaders feel if Rahul declines to take up the role, then likelihood Antony will emerge as the next president She (Sonia) has always taken challenges head on. But if she has made up her mind, Rahul Gandhi should come ahead and be the party head Ashok Gehlot, Rajasthan CM We all Congressmen want to assure you (Rahul Gandhi) that millions of Congress party workers have complete faith in your leadership Reports of Sonia Gandhi resigning from the post of Congress interim president are false Bhupesh Baghel, Chhattisgarh CM I-T to clamp down on unexplained income Randeep Singh Surjewala, Congress spokesperson SONIA Gandhi offered to step down as interim Congress chief on Sunday, a day before the crucial Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting, after 23 leaders shot off a letter seeking a change in leadership. According to sources, Sonia told General Secretary Organisation K C Venugopal to convey this to the party leaders who wrote the letter. As per party rules, the Congress chief has to send resignation to the CWC. Sources said Sonia will do so on Monday at the meeting. Following the dissent letter by a group of senior party leaders, several party men including Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh, Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot and Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Bhagel, as well as several state Congress chiefs rallied behind the Gandhis. They called upon Rahul Gandhi to take over the reins if Sonia wants to step down. However, sources said Rahul Gandhi is unwilling to lead the party. They added added that at the CWC, Sonia will be requested to continue to lead the party while a process is rolled out to look for a new chief and restructure the organisation starting with the CWC. Sources further said the letter was leaked a day before the CWC because many senior leaders feel sidelined as Rahul continues to call the shots in all major party decisions. He, along with sister Priyanka Gandhi-Vadra, also attacked EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi IF you have done heavy cash withdrawals, large cash transfers or enjoyed luxury holidays after 2016, be ready with proper documentation because the income tax (I-T) department is likely to seek an explanation. Sources say, the I-T depart- party leaders for not supporting the former party chief for taking on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “They want the matter to be discussed in the CWC and a process for organisation restructuring to be rolled out soon,” said a senior party leader. Sonia, took over as interim chief on August 10, 2019, after Rahul stepped down taking responsibility for the party’s Lok Sabha debacle. “She was reluctant and was convinced to lead the party for the time being while the party would start the process to look for a new party chief but that did not happen,” said a senior party leader. Sacked party leader Sanjay Jha, who had initially raised an alarm about such a letter being sent to Sonia, Sunday said around 300 Congress leaders from all over the country, representing all regions and states are signatories to the letter, over and above the 23 seniors already in the public domain. The issue of leadership vacuum was raised by several party leaders at various foras and even during a parliamentary party meeting with Sonia last month. Leaders who have written to Sonia include senior leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Shar ma, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Kapil Sibal, Manish Tewari, Mukul Wasnik, Shashi Tharoor, Prithviraj Chavan and P J Kurien. The dissenting group also included former ministers Anand Sharma and former Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda. P7 ment is gearing up to clamp down on tax evaders and is mulling steep penalties for higher-than-disclosed income and unexplained expenditure as well as cash transactions. “While we will protect honest tax payers, starting this year the department will closely monitor any incident of tax evasion in I-T return form with EXPRESS NEWS SERVI CE @ Kochi / B’luru / Hyderabad / Vijayawada/ Bhubaneswar/ C’garh strict penalties,” said a senior official. He explained that if someone has withdrawn or deposited heavy cash, spent large amounts on luxury holidays that don’t match with one’s income, or has spent a lot on credit card, it will be open to close scrutiny . If there is mismatch between CONGRESS units in most states back the Nehra-Gandhi family . Terming the demand for leadership change untenable, Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh said the Gandhis were the only universally recognizable face of the Congress. In Karnataka, party state unit president D K Shivakumar and Legislature Party Chief Siddaramaiah lashed out at the 23 senior party colleagues who sought change in leadership. Congressmen in AP requested Rahul Gandhi to take over as party chief once again. “Rahul Gandhi is the only person capable of countering the RSS and BJP forces,” said APCC chief Sake Sailajanath. Many party leaders in Kerala, too, prefer Rahul -- an MP from Wayanad -- as Congress president, though some feel party veteran AK Antony would make it if Sonia resigns and Rahul doesn’t step in. In Odisha, a majority of Congressmen feel the party cannot survive without a Gandhi at the helm. Congressmen in Telangana said they would back Rahul in case Sonia steps down. “Rahul’s has leadership mettle. His record of fighting with Narendra Modi on several issues makes him the automatic choice for the leadership position,” said Congress Legislature Party leader Bhatti Vikramarka. the income disclosed and savings or expenditure, it could result in penalties going as high as 83%. If the tax department detects undisclosed saving, cash at home, gold jewellery or other valuable article, the value of such items will be deemed as the income of the taxpayer under Sec 69A of Income Tax Act. 43 pc Covid-19 cases with unknown source keeps BMC on its toes strategy on immediate demarcation of containment zones in the event of visible outRISING infections from un- break in a locality has also known sources has emerged a been faltering. major challenge for the BhuCluster outbreak of Covbaneswar Municipal Corpora- id-19 in slums has added more tion (BMC) in containing headache for the city adminisspread of coronavirus in the tration. Salia Sahi, the biggest State Capital. slum in the city, reported a Around 43 per cent of the to- cluster of 14 cases on Saturday . tal cases reported in the city in Besides, four persons each the last one week is due to local from Sitanath slum in Niladri transmission with the source Vihar and Patharbandh slum of infection undetected, statis- in Vani Vihar, two persons tic reveal. from Trinath Basti in The Capital city has Nayapalli, and one recorded 2,043 cases in person each from Scione week between Auence Park slum in gust 17 and 23, of Acharya Vihar, Bhoiwhich 895 are from lonagar slum in Saheed cal contact. The city Nagar, Anand Bazar reported 317 new cases slum in Unit-IX and in the last 24 hours, Sikharchandi slum in which include 111 re- The civic body has Patia were also found l a t e d t o l o c a l stopped compiling to be infected locally the total number in this period. transmission. cases being Despite weekend A senior BMC officreported from shutdown, night curer said that the civic slums for last 15 few along increasing body has stopped comdays due to number of tests and piling the total numincreasing other measures, the ber cases being reportcaseload civic body has not ed from slums for last BMC officer been able to kee p 15 days due to increasspread of the virus in ing caseload. Apart check. While the local spread from cluster outbreak in slums may be attributed to blatant and non-slum areas, more flouting of Covid-19 norms in- number of cases are being recluding physical distancing ported from Government esand wearing masks by the pub- tablishments. A number of lic, the Gover nment’s an- cases have also been reported nouncement of stiff penalties from different wings of Odisfor violations seems to have ha Police which includes four come cropper for lack of effi- vigilance staff who were testcient enforcement. ed positive in the last 24 hours. The BMC has also not been “Detection of cases from able to initiate strict measures these establishments has into prevent crowding in mar- creased manifold in the recent kets and public places. Its weeks,” the officer said. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bhubaneswar WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID)
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