VIJAYAWADA l SATURDAY l SEPTEMBER 26, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l LATE CITY EDITION 2 STABBED OUTSIDE CHARLIE HEBDO’S FORMER OFFICE TWO SUSPECTS ARRESTED, INVESTIGATION ON 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 Two people were wounded in a suspected machete terror attack on Friday near the satirical magazine’s former office ■ 12 VICTIMS OUT OF DANGER, SAYS FRENCH PM ■ ■ 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 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 Voda wins L22K cr retro tax case against India EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi TOTAL BANDH IN PUNJAB Members of various farmers’ organisations gather in protest over farm bills at Shambu Punjab-Haryana border near Ambala on Friday | PTI EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Vijayawada CANDIDATES who didn’t write the AP Engineering Agricultural and Medical Common Entrance Test (APEAMCET) since they tested positive for coronavirus may appear for a re-exam on October 7, Education Minister Audimulapu Suresh said on Friday, when the APEAMCET concluded. While 84.38 per cent of candidates in the engineering stream appeared for the exam, 86.52 per cent in the medical and agriculture stream wrote the test. The retest will be conducted for the 12 candidates in the engineering stream, nine in the medical stream, and six who registered for APICET, as they had Covid-19, Suresh said. Regarding admission to IIITs, a special common entrance test (CET) will be conducted in the first or second week of November. “As all four IIITs are autonomous, the chancellors have decided to conduct a CET for admissions for 2021. Even students who wish to get admitted under the 15 per cent non-local category must write the exam. For instance, if anyone from Telangana wants admission and has written the Class 10 board exam, they must also write this CET. Also, students who wrote the Class 10 exam of any other board must write this CET. The Class 10 State board syllabus should be studied for the exam,” Suresh said, adding that the three-hour exam will have two sections — 50 marks each for maths and science. Suresh also announced the results of the AP Integrated Common Entrance Test (APICET). A total of 49,890 out of 51,991 (78.65 per cent) candidates cleared the exam. As many as 64,884 registered for the exam this year, against 52,736 in 2019. The pass percentage dropped drastically It . was 90.2 per cent in 2019, and P5 92.6 per cent in 2018. 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 alleging it had failed to deduct taxes while acquiring Hutchison (through its investment arm VIHBV). The firm moved the SC, which ruled SPB BRILLIANCE Music phenomenon leaves behind over 40,000 songs in several languages 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. 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. He made his Kannada debut the same year for composer M Ranga Rao in Nakkare Ada Swarga. SPB was introduced to Tamil through legendary composer MS Viswanathan’s song, Iyarkaiyenum Idhayakani in the Gemini Ganesan film, Shanthi Nilayam (1969). The same year saw SPB singing his breakout song, Aayiram Nilave Vaa for MGR’s Adimaipenn. Balasubrahmanyam was drawn to music at an early age but did not get trained in classical singing, though he evinced interest in learning musical instruments. He won a music competition for the budding singers organised by the Madras-based Telugu Cultural Organisation and also won the best singer award in a competition judged by his father SP Kodandapani and mentor Ghantasala Venkateswararao. Over the next five decades, SPB, as he is fondly referred to, made a mark across various languages. In a career spanning INSIDE 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 Shankarabharanam. This was the first of three National Awards he received for singing in Telugu. Shankarabharanam received worldwide acclaim and cemented SPB as one of the premier singers of India for singing a largely Carnaticbased sound track without any formal training in the medium. He received his other National Awards for his work in Sagara Sangamam and Rudraveena. He also won one each in Hindi, Kannada, and Tamil for Ek Duje Ke Liye (1981), Sangeetha Sagara Ganayogi Panchakshara Gavai (1995), and Minsara Kanavu (1996), respectively, and received 25 Nandi Awards from the AP government. Tere Mere Beech Mein from Ek Duje ke Liye was his debut song in Bollywood. In interviews, SPB stated that veteran Bollywood singer Mohammed Rafi was his favourite and revealed that he had learnt plenty from him. SPB was known to sing for an average of six to eight hours every day and at the peak of his , career, is reported to have sung for as many as 17 hours in a single day . He was the singing voice of the biggest stars of his time, including Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth and Salman Khan. Some of his evergreen hits include songs he rendered in musical hits like Sankarabaranam, Sirivennela, Swathi Mutyam and Abhinandana. SPB had a fruitful relationship with some of the most iconic composers, including Satyam, S Rajeswara Rao, KV Mahadevan, MS Viswanathan, Ilaiyaraaja and AR CONTINUED ON P12 Rahman SPECIAL BOND WITH NELLORE: P2 THE BOLLYWOOD CONNECTION I 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 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 Balu... I had asked you to come back soon. I had said I wanted to meet you. Where did you go? Did you go to sing for the celestial beings? Ilayaraja SP Balasubrahmanyam has been the refreshing notation of film music spanning over five decades enthralling the connoisseurs and common people alike Jagan Mohan Reddy, CM THE VOICE THAT ACTED I P12 WRONG ADDRESS 800 coronavirus infectees in Prakasam dist ‘missing’ I V N P P R A S A D B A B U @ Ongole WITH several coronavirus infectees going ‘missing’ after giving their samples for testing, the Prakasam district adminstration is in a fix. It is now seeking help from the police to trace the infectees as they might spread the virus to others. Sources in the medical and health department said about 800 people who tested positive for coronavirus had given wrong addresses and phone numbers, and staff are now trying to locate them. “We have lodged police complaints against about 150 people who intentionally provided wrong addresses and phone numbers. We will lodge complaints against the others as well,” said Dr L John Richards, Covid-19 nodal officer. He added that if people who are to be under home quarantine are found outdoors, the concerned PHC medical officer, ANM and volunteers will be held responsible and face action. Sources said that in most cases people provide wrong addresses when they arrive for testing, and when the result returns positive, it is difficult to track them. “In two such cases, volunteers managed to track the infectees, though with POLICE COMPLAINT LODGED AGAINST 150 “We have lodged police complaints against about 150 people who intentionally provided wrong addresses and phone numbers. We will lodge complaints against the others,” said Dr L John Richards, Covid-19 nodal officer in a non-Indian company, which derives substantial 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 ALL OPTIONS OPEN, SAYS CENTRE The Centre on Friday said it will consider all options, including legal remedies, on the Vodafone arbitration case RAJESH KUMAR THAKUR & KUMAR VIKRAM SWARA OF PERFECT E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai 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 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. Three-phase Bihar elections first test for Covid-19 response 4 JUNE 1946 25 SEPTEMBER 2020 TAPAS RANJAN EAMCET retest in Oct for those who had Covid-19 BRITISH telco Vodafone on Friday won its decade-long le gal 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 equi- table” 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 much difficulty The infect. ees confessed that they intentionally gave wrong addresses due to the stigma, fearing that our staff would visit their houses,” the sources said. Prakasam district witnessed a surge of cases in the past few weeks, with its tally crossing 45,000 on Friday. A total of 445 people have succumbed to the virus in the district. P4 @ 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 ‘Centre calculated GST wrong, hurt states’ Arora said on Friday . Confident of successfully 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 units of face shields and 23 lakh pairs of hand gloves have been arranged for the polls. Bihar will be the first electoral test for the Centre’s handling of the Covid and the migrant crisis, the farm reform bills and the CAA-NRC issue. Unemployment, too, is a major issue because many migrants who returned home could not find suitable jobs. Over 30 lakh migrants returned to Bihar amid the pandemic and the issue will remain alive till the polls. Besides, over 84 lakh people were affected by the floods this year, compounding the problems of migrants. Whether or not RJD’s Tejashawi Yadav and the Congress along with smaller parties can put up a united front to exploit the anti-incumbency remains to be seen. 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 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.“In 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 Friday .
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