KOCHI l SATURDAY l SEPTEMBER 26, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 18 l LATE 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 ■ SPB ■ ■ 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 Vodafone wins L22K-crore retro tax case against India 4 JUNE 1946 25 SEPTEMBER 2020 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE TAPAS RANJAN @ New Delhi SWARA OF PERFECT BRILLIANCE Music phenomenon leaves behind over 40,000 songs in several languages 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 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 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 hospitalised 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 sixtime 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 INSIDE A VOICE THAT STRETCHED BEYOND BOUNDARIES I P2 Kerala has more active cases than Tamil Nadu E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @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 6,000-plus cases for the second straight day Of the 6,477 total cases, 6,131 pa. tients were infected through local transmission. Sources WORST- H I T STAT ES of infection of 713 people re1. Maharashtra 2,72,643 mained unknown. According to Dr B Ekbal, chairper2. Karnataka 98,474 son, expert committee on 3. Andhra Pradesh 67,683 Covid management, Kerala follows a discharge policy 4. Uttar Pradesh 59,397 which has a higher average 5. Kerala 48,892 of treatment days when compared to many other states, 6. Tamil Nadu 46,386 including Tamil Nadu. “In Kerala a patient is deKERALA’S LAST 3 DAYS clared to have recovered if Date Fresh Deaths he tests negative. But states cases are free to announce asymptomatic patients as CovidSept 23 5,376 20 free after 10 days as per the Sept 24 6,324 21 ICMR guidelines. In Kerala, the average treatment days Sept 25 6,477 22 would be 10-plus or even 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 midOctober if the present precautions continue. The number of active cases too will be high considering the number of ● More on P6 new cases and the long treatment period. EXPRESS READ Father throws infant into river, arrested T’Puram: A man killed his baby by throwing her into the Karamana river on Thursday. Unnikrishnan, 24, confessed to killing the infant over family issues, police said. P7 IS man from Idukki convicted 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. P6 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. SPB stated that veteran Bollywood singer Mohammed Rafi was his favourite and revealed that he had learnt plenty from him. 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, K V Mahadevan, MS Viswanathan, Ilaiyaraaja, AR Rahman, Vidyasagar, all the way up to current generation composers like SS Thaman and Anirudh. P14 THE BOLLYWOOD CONNECTION I P14 THE VOICE THAT ACTED I P14 Called ‘Paadum Nila’ or ‘Singing Moon’ by his countless fans, he was honoured with Padma Bhushan and many National Awards Ram Nath Kovind, Prez With the unfortunate demise of Shri SP Balasubrahmanyam, our cultural world is a lot poorer Narendra Modi, PM 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? Ilaiyaraaja 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 ‘ALL OPTIONS OPEN’ The Centre on Friday said it will consider all options, including legal remedies, on the Vodafone arbitration case 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. LIFE MISSION PROJECT Flouting foreign aid norms: CBI files case 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 UAEbased 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 extraordinary and politically 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 (Regulation) 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 on Thursday based on a petition filed by Wadakkanchery MLA ● More on P6 Anil Akkara. 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 in a nonIndian company which derives , substantial value from underlying Indian assets”. Huge loss to states as Centre miscalculated IGST: CAG 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, J15,001 crore was erroneously transferred and accounted as states’ share of net proceeds of IGST instead of being apportioned between Centre and states,” said the report. P9 18 PAGES, INCLUDING 4 PAGES OF KOCHI EXPRESS
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