DHARMAPURI 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 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 ■ 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 Farmers’ bandh total in Punjab, not so elsewhere E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi A nationwide shutdown farmers’ organisations sought to enforce on Friday in protest against three farm sector reform bills passed by Parliament recently, paralysed Punjab and drew mixed response in Haryana, but had little impact elsewhere. Life came to a standstill across Punjab as famers blocked roads and squatted on rail tracks. Supply of essential commodities was hit badly and markets did not open during the day . Haryana respoded differently as commercial establishments and public transport were not affected, though the grains markets were deserted. In UP farmers gathered at , the Delhi-Noida border prompting police deployment. They also blocked the Delhi-Meerut Expressway at Modinagar near Ghaziabad. In Bihar, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav participated in a tractor rally to support the protesting farmers. In Karnataka, farmer unions blocked the Karnataka-Tamil Nadu highway and around 250 protesters were taken into custody . COMPENSATION FIGHT Huge loss to states as Centre miscalculated IGST, says CAG report ANURADHA SHUKLA @ 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 gover nment 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 monsoon session. Under GST rules, the `15,001 crore should have been split between the Centre and states. Last year, the CAG had observed that devolution of IGST was not consistent with the scheme of GST. “In addition, a balance of `13,944 crore was left un- apportioned under the head and retained in CFI (Consolidated Fund of India), even though the amended IGST Act now provides for ad-hoc apportionment of IGST. As a result, states received less funds on account of IGST,” the CAG report said. During audit, “No reasons were provided by the Department of Revenue for non-apportionment of this balance amount,” the report said. The report said this helped the Centre windowdress its financials at states’ expense. “This implies GoI’s tax receipts were overstated to that extent and the revenue deficit understated during the year. It is thus recommended the devolution/apportionment of IGST be reviewed and aligned with the extant Constitutional and Statutory Provisions,” it added. States haven’t received GST compensation for the past five months. The matter is likely to be raised in the next GST Council meeting on October 4. SPB 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 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 The Centre on Friday said it will consider all options, including legal remedies, on the Vodafone arbitration case 4 JUNE 1946 25 SEPTEMBER 2020 ETERNAL MELODIES 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 training 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 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 an indelible INSIDE mark across various languages. In a career spanning over 50 years, SPB 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 the three National Awards he received for singing in Telugu. Shankarabharanam received worldwide acclaim and cemented SPB as one of the premier singers of the country for singing a largely Carnatic-based 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. Notably, 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, Mohan and Salman Khan. SPB formed a fruitful relationship with some of the most iconic composers, including Satyam, S Rajeswara Rao, KV Mahadevan, MS Viswanathan, Ilaiyaraaja, AR Rahman, Vidyasagar, MM Keeravani, Deva, and Hamsalekha, all the way up to current generation composers like SS Thaman P12 and Anirudh. AN ALBUM FOR THE AGES I P4 THE BOLLYWOOD CONNECTION I P10 Indian music has lost one of its melodious voices in the passing of SPB, said President Ram Nath Kovind. PM Modi tweeted, “With his unfortunate demise, our cultural world is a lot poorer.” President, Prime Minister I’m very disturbed. 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. But you didn’t listen. Where did you go? Did you go to sing for the celestial beings? Ilaiyaraaja ‘Full police honours for SPB’ TN CM Palaniswami on Friday announced that the mortal remains of the veteran singer will be laid to rest with police honours. “His songs will linger in our ears forever,” Palaniswami said. THE VOICE THAT ACTED I P12 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 response RAJESH KUMAR THAKUR AND KUMAR VIKRAM @ Patna/New Delhi Music phenomenon leaves behind over 40,000 songs in several languages E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai 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 TAPAS RANJAN Members of various farmers’ organisations gather in protest over farm bills at Shambu Punjab-Haryana border near Ambala on Friday | PTI 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 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 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, he informed. 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 controversial CAA-NRC issue. Unemployment, too, is a major issue because many migrants who returned home could not find suitable jobs in their respective areas. 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 some smaller parties can put up a united front to exploit the anti-incumbency remains to be seen. As for the NDA, it is still flogging the 15-year ‘jungle raj’ of Lalu Prasad and his wife Rabri Devi. The BJP is already working on seatsharing within the NDA and its main challenge is to accommodate all players, including the JD(U), LJP and the HAM. The absence of senior faces like Lalu Yadav and Raghuvansh Prasad Singh will give the the NDA some advantage. EXPRESS READ RBI’s new clearing process for cheques above `50,000 to kick in from Jan 1, 20121 Mumbai: In a bid to check banking fraud, the Reserve Bank of India has decided to introduce the ‘positive pay system’ for cheques with effect from January 1, 2021. Under this, re-confirmation of key details will be needed for payments beyond `50,000. Also, the issuer of the cheque will be required to submit certain details of the cheque through SMS, mobile app, internet banking or ATM. The details include date, name of the beneficiary, payee, amount to be paid to the drawee bank, etc IPL TODAY SUNRISERS HYDERABAD KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS DELHI WIN 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 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 ‘Final decision on reopening schools Lessons start from home for this govt school teacher will be taken by CM before Oct 1’ WALK THE TALK EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Pudukkottai Amid the perennial debates over government school teachers admitting their wards in private schools, a science teacher at a government school in Annavaasal has received praise from education department officials as well as villagers for admitting her son and daughter in government schools. R Selvamaheshwari, who teaches at the Government Girls Higher Secondary School, Annavaasal, pulled out her children from private schools and enrolled them in government institutions, after she was transferred to Annavaasal eight months ago. “I was not happy with Officials felicitating the teacher at Annavaasal school | EXPRESS the teaching in private schools where my son and daughter were admitted. When I relocated, the villagers suggested that I enrol my son in the Annavaasal Panchayat Union Primary School. They said it would be the best choice for my son,” Selvamaheshwari said, adding that her son P Danvanth Rishi is a Class 4 student of the school now. For her daughter, P Sivadhejashwini, the teacher chose the same school where she teaches. “I was very impressed with my school and enrolled my daughter in Class 6,” she said. “I believe the quality of teaching at government schools is improving.” The Block Education Officer, Senguttuvan, learning about the teacher, felicitated her family during an event at her school. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Erode CHIEF MINISTER Edappadi K Palaniswami will hold a meeting with the officials of Health and Family Welfare, Revenue and School Education departments before October 1 to decide on reopening of schools, said School Education Minister KA Sengot- taiyan here on Friday . Sengottaiyan said that during the meeting, the CM would review the government order allowing students of classes 10 and 12 to visit their respective schools from October 1. The minister also urged the students to utilise the tollfree number 14417 from next month to clear their doubts. “A report on syllabus reduction has been submitted to the CM. He will decide whether to reduce the syllabus further or not. If need arises, the department will extend the last date of admissions beyond September 30,” he said.
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