Protesters pound the door of the police department in Kenosha in the US state of Wisconsin on Sunday; (inset) Jacob Blake | AP VIJAYAWADA l TUESDAY l AUGUST 25, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l LATE CITY EDITION ANOTHER POLICE SHOOTING OF BLACK MAN ROCKS U.S. Violent protests erupted in Wisconsin on Sunday night after police shot an unarmed black man in the back several times THE VICTIM IS BATTLING FOR LIFE MULTIPLE VEHICLES SET ON FIRE The police said the shooting happened when they were responding to a “domestic incident” on Sunday evening in Kenosha. A footage showed three officers pointing their guns at the man, identified as Jacob Blake, as he walked around the front of a car. He was shot when he opened the driver’s door and leaned in. He was hospitalised in a serious condition ■ ■ Protesters took out a march to the Kenosha police station, on Sunday night. There, they faced off with officers in riot gear. Multiple vehicles, including a truck, were set ablaze The incident comes three months after the police killing of African-American George Floyd triggered worldwide protests | P9 29-yr-old JACOB BLAKE WAS SHOT IN FRONT OF HIS THREE CHILDREN 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 New norms for profession tax The state government has revised the profession tax for certain categories of taxpayers. Restaurants and takeaway food joints have been brought into the tax ambit. Here’s a look FOR CONTRACTORS, OWNERS/LESSEES OF FACTORIES, HOTELS, RESTAURANTS, BARS AND LODGING HOUSES OLD RATES Annual Tax turnover payable NEW RATES Annual Tax turnover payable J10 lakhJ50 lakh `1,250 PA J10 lakhJ25 lakh `2,000 PA `2,500 PA J25 lakh and above `2,500 PA J50 lakh and above `1,323 crore revenue realised in April 2020, as against J4,480 crore in April 2019. It accounted for just 29.5% of the expected revenue 2013 `46.85 crore profession tax collected by July 2020, against J69.60 crore in July 2019 The govt said it is imperative to increase revenues of the State, and hence, profession tax rates have been hiked when the last revision of profession tax was done. Tax slabs were then reduced to two - `1,250 and `2,500 `230 crore collected by state as profession tax every year (approx) `150 crore increase in profession tax collection expected this year CATEGORY OLD SLAB NEW SLAB Motion picture industry workers K1,250 K2,500 District-level cooperative societies K1,250 K2,500 State-level cooperative societies K2,500 K2,500 Video cassettes, DVD & CD libraries K1,250 K2,500 Weigh bridge operators K1,250 K2,500 Restaurants, takeaway joints, canteens, curry points — K2,500 ALL FIGURES ARE RATES PER ANNUM Bhushan rules out apology; court verdict expected today State could soon get stricter laws to combat corruption EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE A day before the Supreme Court’s scheduled hearing on the quantum of sentence for his contemptuous tweets, activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan on Monday reiterated that he won’t apologise for his comments against judiciary . In a fresh statement filed in the apex court on Monday, Bhushan said he believes his comments against the judiciary were right. Therefore, an apology would be insincere and amount to contempt of his conscience, he said. On August 20, the court had granted him time to reconsider his ‘defiant statement’ refusing to apologise and tender an unconditional apology. “I expressed myself in good faith, not to malign the Supreme Court or any particular Chief Justice, but to offer constructive criticism so that the court can arrest any drift away from its long-standing role as a guardian of the Constitution and custodian of peoples’ rights,” he said. Bhushan added his tweets represented this bona-fide belief. “Public expression of these beliefs was in line with my higher obligations as a citizen and a loyal officer of this court. Therefore, an apology for expression of these beliefs, conditional or unconditional, would be insincere.” THE Andhra Pradesh government is contemplating introducing a legislation along the lines of the Disha Act to penalise people caught red-handed in graft cases. Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has directed officials to draft a Bill so it can be introduced in the State Legislative Assembly at the earliest. “Every policy of the government should be such that there is no scope for corruption. People should fear even thinking about corrupt practices,” he said while taking stock of the measures to eradicate corruption in the state and reviewing the performance of the 14400 call centre, reports submitted by the Cabinet Sub Committee, IIM-Ahmedabad on good governance, reverse tendering and judicial preview at his camp office on Monday . The Chief Minister observed that it should not take years to punish people who are caught red-handed taking bribes. “There are some cases of corruption in which the investigation is on even after 25 years. This sends a wrong signal that we are not serious about anti-corruption measures. The system should be such that those who are caught red-handed are punished in a swift manner,” he said. CONTEMPT CASE @ New Delhi @ Vijayawada Must not send the wrong signal: Jagan “There are some cases of corruption in which the investigation is on even after 25 years. This sends a wrong signal that we are not serious...” CM Jagan said after asserting that every policy of the government should be such that there is no scope for corruption Jagan further asserted that corruption must be rooted out at all levels. “We have eradicated 50 per cent of corruption, mostly at higher levels, and the remaining 50 per cent will also be eradicated,” he stated. While reviewing the performance of the 14400 ACB Call Centre, which was launched last year, officials told Jagan that 44,999 calls were received and 1,747 of them were related to graft. Of these 1,747, the officials said 1,712 were resolved, while action is being taken in 161 cases, and 35 remain pendCONTINUED ON P5 ing. Sonia to continue as Cong chief for now, party to find new boss Veterans who expressed dissent sidelined at CWC meet; majority sought a Gandhi at the helm R I C H A S H A R M A @ New Delhi THE much hyped dissent by senior leaders turned out to be whimper on Monday with the Congress Working Committee requesting Sonia Gandhi to continue leading the party until a new leader is elected. “The CWC makes it clear that no one will be or can be permitted to undermine or weaken the party and its leadership at this juncture,” said the CWC resolution, sending strong message to dissenters. The seven-hour CWC meeting saw the veterans who wrote to Sonia seeking “collective leadership” being cornered with a majority of the members condemning their move and some demanding action against them for indiscipline. According to sources, Rahul Gandhi was unsparing in his speech and said the move by these leaders will benefit only the BJP. Upset by the insinuation, senior party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad threatened to quit from all party posts. Congress general-secretary Priyanka Gandhi-Vadra, then, took a jibe at Azad that what he said in the meeting was contrary to the letter’s content. Rajya Sabha MP Kapil Sibal, too, expressed his anguish but later clarified he “was informed by Rahul Gandhi personally that he never said what was attributed to him”. After the CWC meeting, a few veteran leaders met at Azad’s residence to discuss the future course of action. The meeting started with the party’s organisations incharge K C Venugopal reading out Sonia’s statement asking CWC “to begin deliberations to put in place a process of transition to relieve me from my duties”. This made her two confidantes former PM Manmohan Singh and A K Antony requesting her to continue lead the party while calling the letter by his party colleagues as “unfortunate and cruel”. A majority of the CWC members lend weight behind the Gandhis and said Sonia should continue to lead the party till Rahul takes over the reins. Congress-ruled CMs, senior leader Ahmed Patel and other CWC members were unanimous that only a Gandhi can keep the party together. However, sources said Rahul is still reluctant to take the hot seat. An AICC session is likely to be called within six months to elect the next leader. Four of the letter signatories, who are part of the CWC, clarified that the letter was to bring focus on organisation restricting and settling leadership issues and never questioned Sonia’s leadership. Azad and Anand Sharma said they have not breached party discipline while Ambika Soni sought action against the dissenters as per the party constitution. In her concluding remarks, Sonia said she was hurt by the remarks in the letter but doesn’t hold any ill will against P9 party colleagues. VETERANS FEEL THERE’S NO ROOM FOR DISSENT IN CONG EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi T he Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting on Monday witnessed many heated moments as party veterans who sent a joint letter to interim chief Sonia Gandhi came under attack. Former party president Rahul Gandhi led the charge while a majority of members loyal to the Nehru-Gandhi family followed up with verbal assault, questioning the motive of the dissenters. In its resolution, the CWC also warned them not to raise inner-party issues through media. This, according to many senior Congress leaders, only shows that there is no space in the party for raising serious internal matters. Senior leader Ghulam Nabi Azad sought to explain that the purpose of the letter was not to question the leadership of the Gandhis but only to flag some issues in the functioning of the party . This, along with organisational restructuring of the party merits immediate , attention, he added. It is not for the first time that senior party leaders are raising their voice against the leadership. However, the party’s history shows dissenters have never been able to win back the trust of the Gandhi family According to . insiders, this is the most important thing to survive in the party and to get important posts. “Ample examples in the past show that any dissent in the party challenging Gandhi’s supremacy has EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Vijayawada THE results of serosurveillance — which estimates the presence of antibodies against an infectious disease and measures a population’s immunity to the infection — in Anantapur, East Godavari, Krishna and Nellore districts are out. It took into consideration parameters such as overall sero-prevalence, prevalence of antibodies, containment zones, gender, urban-rural localities, symptoms, and high- risk populations. While Krishna district recorded the highest percentage of people exposed to coronavirus (20.7%), Nellore recorded the lowest, as only 8.3% of people had antibodies. Anantapur stood second, with 17.4% of people exposed, followed by East Godavari, with 13%. The survey also revealed that only a small percentage of people who contracted the virus were symptomatic, which means most people got infected and recovered without even realising it. Krishna and Anantapur districts reported over 99% population in the asymptomatic category , while in Nellore it was about 96%, and in East Godavari 93%. All four districts had about an equal number of males and females getting infected. In Krishna and East Godavari districts, more women than men contracted the virus, and the trend Fed up with waiting, tribal villagers EC shared pics and addresses pool in money and construct road of Delhiites with police, says activist EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE AFTER waiting for decades for the district administration to lay a motorable road to their hilltop village, the residents of Chintamala in Vizianagaram district pooled in money and laid a road by themselves. The poor tribal people from the village in Saluru mandal collected `6 lakh for the 3.5 km road to connect them to Sagumarri village, from where there are roads to other places. To get money to lay the road, most villagers had to sell their harvest, while a few even mortgaged their valuables. THE Election Commission of India shared photos and addresses of voters from NorthEast Delhi with the Delhi police after the February riots, alleged RTI activist Saket Gokhale. Citing a letter from the Election Commission of India to the Chief Election Officer of Delhi dated March 12, Gokhale said the entire voters list, with photos, was handed over “illegally” to the Delhi Police to enable the identification of suspects. The letter from the ECI to the Delhi CEO stated, “I am directed to refer to your letter No F @ New Delhi About 89 families live in the hilltop village of Chintamala, and had no road connectivity even after seven decades of Independence, causing them problems in everyday life, not to mention medical emergencies. Chintamala is just 3 km from a village in Narayanapatna block of Odisha’s Koraput district, and the villagers depend on the nearby Odisha villages to sell their crop and make a living. For medical emergencies, they use a makeP5 shift stretcher. been unwelcoming and dissenters have been sidelined. The treatment meted out to two non-Gandhi Congress presidents – PV Narasimha Rao and Sitaram Kesri – before Sonia took over the reins of the party in 1998 is well known,” said a party leader. Kesri was unceremoniously dethroned and locked in a room at the AICC headquarters as Sonia took over as party chief. Rao was sidelined completely. The Congress’ top leadership did not allow even his dead body to be kept at the party headquarters in Delhi for people to pay their last respects. Similarly, many others like Rajesh Pilot, Jitendra Prasada, Sharad Pawar and P A Sangma were either sidelined or left the party . 2.(12/CEO/ER/ 2012351 dated 06.03.2020, on the subject cited, and to state that the electoral database of entire AC/District should not be shared with the Police Authorities in accordance with the Commission’s prevailing policy .” The same letter, shared on Twitter by Gokhale, noted that the Commission, “keeping in view a request from the Delhi Police for photographs of electors, as available in the electoral roll of the North-East Shahdara and East Delhi Districts, to be matched with the photographs of culprits captured through CCTV has directed to , advise CEO Delhi to display the was the opposite in the other two districts. The survey report said people in urban areas were more exposed to the virus. In Krishna and Anantapur, the percentage of people from urban areas who contracted the virus was more than double that of those from rural areas. In East Godavari, the difference was a little less than double, while in Nellore, the number of people who were infected in urban areas was almost three times the number of people infected in rural areas.P3 EXPRESS READ RTI REPLY The 3.5 km road laid by the Chintamala villagers in Vizianagaram district | EXPRESS CWC said nobody will be allowed to undermine Cong leadership. “The responsibility of every Congress worker and leader is to fight the pernicious assault on India’s democracy, pluralism and diversity by the Modi govt,” it said Just 1% infectees in Krishna, A’pur had symptoms COMMUNITY EFFORT @ Vizianagaram ‘Don’t weaken leadership’ electoral roll along with images of electors of North-East Parliamentary Constituency .” Gokhale wrote on Twitter, “The 1st line of the order itself admits that voter lists shared with the police CANNOT contain photos. ECI broke these rules & made these full voter lists WITH PHOTOS available to police.” Reacting to Gokhale’s charge, the poll panel said, “It is hereby clarified in view of the anecdotal reports which are not based on empirical facts that the Commission has not in any way deviated from the original guidelines of 2008 and clarificatory orders of 2020 in any manner.” Fire at Covid Care Centre in Vizag Visakhapatnam: A fire broke out at the Covid Care Centre in Chaitnya College’s Valmiki hostel at Kommadi in Visakhapatnam on Monday. The blaze erupted in the computer room of the second floor of the building. No deaths or injuries were reported SPB still on ventilator support in ICU: Hosp Chennai: Playback singer S P Balasubrahmanyam, fighting Covid-19, continues to be on ventilator and Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation support and his condition is stable, a hospital treating him said on Monday. The veteran singer continues to be on ventilator and ECMO support in the Intensive Care Unit
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