KANNUR l SATURDAY l SEPTEMBER 26, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l 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 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 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 (for merly 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 alleging it had failed to deduct taxes while acquiring Hutchison (through its investment arm VIHBV). ALL OPTIONS OPEN, SAYS CENTRE The Centre on Friday said it will consider all options, including legal remedies, on the Vodafone arbitration case SPB TAPAS RANJAN 4 JUNE 1946 25 SEPTEMBER 2020 SWARA OF PERFECT BRILLIANCE 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 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 first prize in 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 an indelible INSIDE EXPRESS READ Infant dies after dad throws her into river T’Puram: A man killed his baby by throwing her into the Karamana river on Thursday. The accused Unnikrishnan, 24, confessed to killing the infant over family issues, police said. P5 NIA Court convicts IS man from Idukki Kochi: The NIA Court relied on five key pieces of evidence to pronounce Subahani Haja Moideen, 36, of Thodupuzha in Idukki, guilty in the case related to the waging of war against a friendly nation. P4 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 and Anirudh. P12 VOICE THAT STRETCHED BEYOND BOUNDARIES I P2 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 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 songs together and did a lot of 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 As a mark of respect for SPB, who has a special place in the hearts of the people of the country, his mortal remains will be laid to rest with police honours TN CM Palaniswami VOICE THAT ACTED I P12 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 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 monsoon session. Under GST rules, the `15,001 crore should have been split between the Bandh total in Punjab, not so elsewhere EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi A nationwide shutdown far mers’ 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 responded differently as commercial establishments and public transport were not affected. Kerala has more active cases than Tamil Nadu ACTIVE CASES 1. Maharashtra 2,72,643 2. Karnataka 98,474 3. Andhra Pradesh 67,683 4. Uttar Pradesh 59,397 5. Kerala 48,892 6. Tamil Nadu 46,386 LAST 3 DAYS Date Fresh Deaths cases Sept 23 5,376 20 Sept 24 6,324 21 Sept 25 6,477 22 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @T’Puram KERALA surpassed neighbouring Tamil Nadu to fifth position in the number of active Covid-19 cases on Friday. The active cases rose to 48,892 in Kerala, 2,506 more than nearby Tamil Nadu. The state reported 6,000plus cases for the second straight day. Of the 6,477 total cases, 6,131 patients were infected through local transmission. Sources of infection of 713 people remained unknown. According to Dr B Ek- bal, chairperson, expert committee on Covid management, Kerala follows a discharge policy which has a higher average of treatment days when compared to many other states, including Tamil Nadu. “In Kerala a patient is declared to have recovered if he tests negative. But states are free to announce asymptomatic patients as Covid-free after 10 days as per the ICMR guidelines. In Kerala, the average treatment days would be 10-plus or even 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 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. two weeks while it would be a couple of days in some other states,” he said. Kerala’s peak started when the pandemic is showing a downward trend in other places, according to the chairperson, who says the peak will continue until early or mid-October if the present precautions continue. The number of active cases too will be high considering the number of new cases and the long treatment pe● More on P4 riod. 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 unapportioned 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 window-dress its financials at states’ expense. States haven’t received GST compensation for the past five months. LIFE MISSION PROJECT CBI registers case for violating foreign contribution norms E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kochi THREE days after the state government ordered a vigilance probe into the bribery allegations and deals with the UAE-based charity organisation Red Crescent related to the LIFE Mission project, the Central Bureau of Investigation on Friday registered a case on its own citing violation of foreign contribution norms. Finding itself on the backfoot, the ruling CPM reacted angrily saying the move is extraordin a r y a n d p o l i t i c a l ly motivated. The CBI anti-corruption unit registered the case at the Ernakulam Chief Judicial Magistrate Court against Unitac Builders and Sane Ventures, which were entrusted with the construction of the `20-crore project at Wadakkanchery, as per the Foreign Contribution (Re gulation) Act. The FCRA violation surfaced after it was revealed that the fund was granted by the UAE Red Crescent without the permission of the Central government. The case was registered based on a case filed by Wadakkanchery MLA Anil Akkara. The FIR was registered on Thursday . “The entire decisions including identification of property approval of , plan and selection of the construction agency was car ried out by LIFE Mission unilaterally and the decisions were imposed on Red crescent, “ Anil said in his complaint to the CBI. “The acce ptance of funds by Unitac and Sane Ventures directly from a foreign agency namely Red Crescent with the concurrence of a Kerala state agency by name LIFE Mission is illegal and is violating the provisions of the FCRA,” he said. ● More on P4 Three-phase Bihar elections first test for Covid response 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 successfully pulling it off, the CEC cited the NEET and JEE exams to say life must go on.
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