WARANGAL SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 26, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 12 CITY EDITION 2 STABBED OUTSIDE CHARLIE HEBDO’S FORMER OFFICE Two people were wounded in a suspected machete terror attack on Friday near the satirical magazine’s former office TWO SUSPECTS ARRESTED, INVESTIGATION ON VICTIMS OUT OF DANGER, SAYS FRENCH PM The counterterrorism unit of French police have taken over the probe and arrested two suspects, reports said. Rue Nicolas-Appert, the street in Paris’s 11th arrondissement on which the satirical magazine was formerly based, has been cordoned off, French paper Le Monde reported. The attack weapon was recovered from the scene of the crime ■ ■ ■ The two people wounded were staff at a TV production company The two were smoking outside the building when they were attacked. French PM Jean Castex said both are out of danger The attack comes days after the satirical magazine republished controversial cartoons of Prophet Muhammad 12 WERE KILLED IN THE JANUARY 7, 2015 ATTACK ON CHARLIE HEBDO OFFICES 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 SPB TAPAS RANJAN 4 JUNE 1946 25 SEPTEMBER 2020 SWARA OF PERFECT BRILLIANCE Music phenomenon leaves behind over 40,000 songs in several languages EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE L EGENDARY singer SP Balasubrahmanyam breathed his last at a private hospital in Chennai on Friday He was 74. The singer was hos. pitalised on August 5 due to complications arising from Covid-19. On August 14, it was announced that his condition had worsened, and he was shifted to the High Dependency Unit. Though his son, SP Charan, later said that the singer showed improvements and tested negative for Covid, the music legend succumbed to illness, leaving a void in Tollywood that no one can fill. Sripathi Panditaradhyula Balasubrahmanyam was born in Konetammapeta, Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, on June 4, 1946. A six-time National Award winner, he made his singing debut with the Telugu film, Sri Sri Sri Maryada Ramanna in 1966. From there, there was no stopping the timeless artiste, who debuted in Kannada the same year for composer M Ranga Rao in Nakkare Ade Swarga. SPB was introduced in Tamil through legendary composer MS Viswanathan’s song, Iyarkaiyenum Idhayakani in Gemini Ganesan starrer Shanthi Nilayam (1969). The same year saw him singing his breakout number, Aayiram Nilave Vaa for MGR’s Adimaipenn. He made his Bollywood debut in 1981 with chartbuster Tere Mere Beech Mein from Ek Duje Ke Liye. Raw talent SPB was drawn to music at an early age but did not train in classical singing, though he evinced interest in learning musical instruments. He won the first prize in a music competition for budding singers, organised by the Madrasbased Telugu Cultural Organisation, and also won the best singer award in a competition judged by his father Kodandapani and mentor Ghantasala Venkateswararao. Over the next five decades, SPB grew in stature and made an indelible mark across various languages. In a career spanning over 50 years, he sang over 40,000 songs in several languages, including Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi, among others. He received his first National Award for his seminal work in Sankarabharanam. This was the first of the three National Awards he received for singing CONTINUED ON P4 in Telugu. THE BOLLYWOOD CONNECTION I P12 GOLDEN VOICE FALLS SILENT I P5 IPL TODAY DELHI WIN SUNRISERS HYDERABAD Delhi Capitals posted 175/3 in 20 overs after being asked to bat first by Chennai Super Kings in Dubai on Friday. In reply, CSK were 131/7 in 20 overs | P11 KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS L I V E : S TA R S P O R T S 1 / H O T S TA R @ 7. 3 0 P M 3-phase Bihar polls first test for Covid response RAJESH KUMAR THAKUR AND KUMAR VIKRAM @ Patna/New Delhi REGIONAL political equations and caste arithmetic will play a decisive role in the Bihar Assembly polls that will be held in three phases — October 28, November 3 and November 7. Seventy-one of the 243 Assembly seats will go to the polls in the first phase, 94 in the second and 73 in the third phase. The results will be announced on November 10, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said on Friday Confident of suc. cessfully pulling it off, the CEC cited the NEET and JEE exams that were held during the pandemic to say life must go on. Over seven lakh hand sanitiser units, about 46 lakh masks, six lakh PPE kits, 6.7 lakh face shields and 23 lakh pairs of hand gloves have been arCONTINUED ON P7 ranged for the polls, he informed. TS SEES 2,381 COVID CASES I P4 Loss to states as Centre miscalculated IGST: CAG A N U R A D H A S H U K L A @ New Delhi EVEN as the Centre and states are locked in a tussle over non-payment of GST compensation, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India has found the Central government wrongly calculated the integrated goods and services tax (IGST), resulting in states getting much lower share from their GST pool. “During 2018-19, a sum of `15,001 crore was erroneously transferred and accounted as states’ share of net proceeds of IGST instead of being apportioned between Centre and States,” said the CAG report, which was tabled in Parliament on the last day of the monCONTINUED ON P10 soon session. THE VOICE THAT ACTEDI P12 Called ‘Paadum Nila’ or ‘Singing Moon’ by his countless fans, he was honoured with Padma Bhushan and many National Awards President Ram Nath Kovind With the unfortunate demise of Shri SP Balasubrahmanyam, our cultural world is a lot poorer Prime Minister Narendra Modi Vodafone wins `22,100 crore retro tax case against India EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi BRITISH telco Vodafone on Friday won its decade-long legal battle against a `22,100 crore retrospective tax demand raised by the Indian government. The Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague ruled that India’s tax law, imposed retrospectively after the Supreme Court had ruled in Vodafone’s favour, violated conditions that guaranteed “fair and equitable” treatment to investors. The tribunal said the Indian government should cease its demands on Vodafone under the bilateral treaty signed between The Netherlands and India in 1995. India has also been directed to reimburse `40.3 crore to the telco towards legal costs incurred. The development is a significant boost to Vodafone Group and its joint venture in India, Vi (formerly Vodafone Idea). Vi stock prices surged 13.6% following the news, with analysts noting that relief from the massive tax demand may result in Vodafone Group freeing up some cash to help its beleaguered Indian venture. The case was surrounded by controversy from the beginning. In 2007, the then UPA government sent notices to Vodafone al- ALL OPTIONS OPEN, SAYS CENTRE The Centre on Friday said it will consider all options, including legal remedies, on the Vodafone arbitration case In the name of honour: In-laws kill entrepreneur in cold blood P I N T O D E E PA K Hyderabad Balu won fans all over the country with thousands of melodious songs. The void created by Balu’s death can never be filled K Chandrasekhar Rao, Chief Minister I’m very disturbed by the demise of SPB. We have recorded many song together and did a lot shows. My condolences to his family Lata Mangeshkar leging it had failed to deduct taxes while acquiring Hutchison (through its investment arm VIHBV). The firm moved the SC, which ruled in its favour in January 2012, saying the transaction was not taxable in India under the I-T Act 1961. The Centre, then, pulled off a highly controversial move. The then finance minister Pranab Mukherjee moved the Finance Act 2012, which retrospectively made firms taxable for any gain on “transfer of shares in a non-Indian company, which derives substantial IN a chilling act of honour killing, a newly-wed youngster Chinta Yoga Hemanth Kumar (28), was brutally murdered by his wife Avanti’s family members late on Thursday night. Hemanth, a budding entrepreneur who belongs to the Vysya community, and Avanti (23), a Reddy, fell in love four years back and got married on June 11 this year. Avanti’s family members kidnapped Hemanth Hemanth Kumar in a car, drove to Sangareddy and killed him en route. They then dumped his body in an open place about 200 metre away from the Hy- derabad-Mumbai Highway . The police found that the family had hired three persons for `10 lakh to kill Hemanth. Avanti’s parents Donthireddy Laxma Reddy , Archana and her maternal uncle Guduru Yugandhar Reddy allegedly plotted the murder. “Avanti’s parents, uncle and other family members were among the 14 members who were arrested on Friday,” said DCP Madhapur M Venkateswarlu. CONTINUED ON P3 value from underlying Indian assets”. As a consequence, Vodafone was left facing a total tax demand of `14,200 crore, including principal and interest, but no penalties. The company , then, used the bilateral treaty to challenge the demand in January 2014, by when the NDA government arrived on the scene. Negotiations followed, but an arbitration notice was eventually served by the company in April 2014. Two more years passed in legal minutiae. In Februay 2016, Vodafone received a fresh notice for `22,100 crore with the threat that failure to pay could result in confiscation of its assets in India. Vodafone finally went to The Hague for arbitration in June 2016. EXPRESS READ Bars and clubs to reopen in the State Hyderabad: The Telangana government issued a G.O. on Friday, permitting bars, clubs and the bars at tourism hotspots to reopen with immediate effect. There are around 1,400 bars in the State. | P2 N’bad poll to end Kavitha’s wait Nizamabad: With the SEC announcing the date for Nizamabad Local Authorities Constituency MLC bypoll, CM KCR’s daughter Kavitha’s longwait is finally over. | P2
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