BHUBANESWAR l MONDAY l AUGUST 24, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 28 l LATE CITY 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 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 Antony could emerge as the next party 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 she will do so on Monday at the CWC meeting, even as Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala denied reports of Sonia resigning. 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 in the event of Sonia stepping down. However, sources said Rahul Gandhi is unwilling to lead the party They added that at the CWC, So. nia 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 revealed the reason the letter was leaked a day before the CWC meet was because many senior leaders feel sidelined as Rahul 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- continues to call the shots in all major party decisions. He, along with sister Priyanka Gandhi-Vadra, also attacked 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 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, said on Sunday 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. 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 Most state units want Sonia or Rahul to lead the party EXPRESS NEWS SERVI CE @ Kochi / B’luru / Hyderabad / Vijayawada/ Bhubaneswar/ C’garh CONGRESS units in most states seem to back the Gandhis. Terming the demand for leadership change untenable, Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh said the Gandhis were the only universally recognisable faces of the party . In Karnataka, party state unit president D K Shivakumar and Legislature Party Chief Siddaramaiah lashed out at the 23 senior party colleagues who sought a 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. Party leaders in Telangana said they would back Rahul in case Sonia steps down. “Rahul 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. strict penalties,” said a senior official. He explained that if someone has withdrawn or deposited h e av y c a s h , s p e n t l a r g e 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 the income disclosed and savings or expenditure, it could result in penalties going as high as 83.25%, the official said. 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 cation of containment zones in the event of visible outbreak in a locality has also RISING infections from un- been faltering. known sources has emerged a Cluster outbreak of Covmajor challenge for the Bhu- id-19 in slums has added more baneswar Municipal Corpora- headache for the city administion (BMC) in containing tration. Salia Sahi, the biggest spread of coronavirus in the slum in the city, reported a State Capital. cluster of 14 cases on Saturday . Around 43 per cent of the to- Besides, four persons each tal cases reported in the city in from Sitanath slum in Niladri the last one week is due to local Vihar and Patharbandh slum transmission with the source in Vani Vihar, two persons of infection undetected, statis- from Trinath Basti in Nayatic reveal. palli, and one person each The Capital city has record- from Science Park slum in ed 2,043 cases in one Acharya Vihar, Bhoiweek between August nagar slum in Saheed 17 and 23, of which 895 Nagar, Anand Bazar are from local contact. slum in Unit-IX and The city reported 317 Sikharchandi slum in new cases in the last 24 Patia were also found hours, which include to be infected locally 111 related to local in this period. transmission. A senior BMC officDespite weekend The civic body has er said that the civic shutdown, night cur- stopped compiling body has stopped comthe total number few along increasing piling the total numcases being number of tests and ber cases being reportreported from other measures, the slums for last 15 ed from slums for last civic body has not 15 days due to increasdays due to increasing been able to kee p ing caseload. Apart caseload spread of the virus in from cluster outbreak check. While the local in slums and non-slum BMC officer spread may be attribareas, more number uted to blatant flouting of Cov- of cases are being reported id-19 norms including physical f r o m Government distancing and wearing masks establishments. by the public, the GovernMeanwhile, the State Govment’s announcement of stiff ernment has deputed 50 assispenalties for violations seems tant section officers to join to have come cropper for lack BMC’s Covid-19 control room of efficient enforcement. for Covid management activiThe BMC has also not been ties. The Home department able to initiate strict measures has issued notification to this to prevent crowding in mar- effect stating that the staff kets and public places. Its will remain there till Septemstrategy on immediate demar- ber 19. 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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