VISAKHAPATNAM l TUESDAY l SEPTEMBER 29, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l LATE CITY EDITION TRUMP PAID JUST $750 IN INCOME TAXES DURING 2016,17 He paid no income taxes at all in 10 of the last 15 years, the New York Times reported on Monday citing his tax-return data QUESTIONABLE REFUNDS AND DEDUCTIONS HE IS SITTING ON A MOUNTAIN OF DEBT Starting 2010, Trump has claimed and received income tax refunds totalling $72.9 million. The Internal Revenue Service is presently probing the legitimacy of the refunds. An adverse ruling could cost Trump $100 million in penalty. The report also says he took tax deductions on personal expenses such as housing, aircraft and $70,000 in hairstyling for TV shows ■ ■ The Times report also revealed Trump is sitting on a ticking time bomb of debt. The tax records show he’s holding a total of $421 million in loans and debt that are due in the next four years Most of that debt comes from his Doral golf resort in Florida and Washington hotel, which are financially struggling | P9 $145,400 TAX HIS UNITS PAID TO INDIA IN 2017, IN CONTRAST TO HIS SLIM INCOME TAX 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 ‘Recent attacks on AP temples not connected’ EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Vijayawada Youth Congress workers staging a protest against the contentious farm laws at Rajpath in New Delhi on Monday, after setting a tractor ablaze | SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT Find workaround to negate farm laws, says Sonia REFUTING allegations of conspiracy behind the recent attacks on temples in the State, Director General of Police Gautam Sawang on Monday said all 19 incidents of attacks on temples that took place in Andhra Pradesh after the Antarvedi chariot fire incident are “standalone” incidents, and attempting to link them to spin a narrative (that temples are under attack) is wrong. Issuing a clarification on the “supposed” attacks on temples, Sawang said the trigger for the ongoing nar rative is the Antarvedi chariot fire as the chariot is significant and belongs to a renowned temple. “The government, however, promptly decided to hand over the probe to the Central Bu- reau of Investigation (CBI), which reflects the government’s intent that there is nothing to hide, and also goes against the narrative that there are orchestrated attacks on temples or other religious places, which is not right,” he said. Sawang said that in the three weeks after the Antarvedi chariot fire, 19 incidents of attacks on temples took place in the State, and in 12 incidents, the police arrested the accused. “The investigation in seven other cases is on. We need to take time and we are certain we will solve the seven cases,” the DGP asserted. “The police are very proactive and prompt with regard to security at religious places, particularly temples, as the ongoing narrative is around temples. In the past three weeks, mapping of each such place of 350 300 250 200 322 318 290 305 267 ATTACKS ON TEMPLES IN AP 2015 2016 2017 so far 228 2018 2019 2020 worship has been going on. We mapped 47,593 places of worship, of which 28,567 are temples. Only 10 per cent of the structures had CCTV cameras. We have issued notices to the authorities of temples to take necessary steps to ensure safety, like installing CCTV cameras and improving the lighting around the structure. A comprehensive social audit of these structures has been completed. The department itself has installed CCTV cameras at over 880 locations,” he said. Referring to the recent desecration of a Nandi idol in GD Nellore of Chittoor district, Sawang said notices were served to the management to install CCTVs last week. “However, we will investigate the case and I am sure we will solve it,” he said. Sawang went on to add that Asks Cong-ruled states to explore possibility of passing laws overriding reform legislations Offset clause chucked out, but conditions apply EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE M AYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi stitution, which allows the state legislatures to pass a law to override a Central law, which STEPPING up her attack on the then comes for President’s asnew farm laws that have left a sent,” said K C Venugopal, Consection of the farmers roiled, gress general secretary in Congress President Sonia Gan- charge of the organisation. dhi on Monday asked partyAccording to Article 254(2), ruled states to explore the pos- “Where a law made by the Legsibility of workaround laws islature of a State with respect under Article 254(2) of the Con- to one of the matters enumerstitution to override the con- ated in the Concurrent List tentious reform legislations. contains any provision repugWhile Congress-ruled state nant to the provisions of an governments are also explor- earlier law made by Parliament ing legal options, a party MP or an existing law with respect from Kerala, T N Prathapan, to that matter, then, the law so has already approached the Su- made by the Legislature of preme Court chalsuch State shall, if it Plan to lenging the constituhas been reserved for tional validity of the intensify stir the consideration of in Punjab Farmers (Empowerthe President and has ment and Protection) received his assent, Farmers plan to Agreement of Price prevail in that State.” lay siege to Assurance and Farm corporate houses, As for the legal Services Bill, 2020. offices, malls and challenge, Punjab Farmers, especially residences of BJP Chief Minister Capt in Punjab and Hary- leaders in Punjab. Amarinder Singh ana, have been agitatsaid agitation and leCongress leader ing against the three gal recourse will have Rahul Gandhi is laws, which the Cento be undertaken siexpected to join tre says are revolu- agitating Punjab multaneously. “Our tionary as they would farmers on Gandhi lawyers are coming ensure better price from Delhi tomorrow Jayanti on Oct 2 for their produce. (Tuesday). We will Among the sticking discuss how to propoints in the new laws, accord- ceed in the matter and then ing to the Opposition, are the challenge the legislation in the lack of explicit guarantees Supreme Court,” he said. written into them on continuRajasthan Chief Minister ing the existing minimum sup- Ashok Gehlot submitted a port price (MSP) system and memorandum to President Koallowing big corporate houses vind and Gover nor Kalraj into the farm sector. Mishra seeking the rollback of “Hon’ble Congress President the legislations. His Chhattishas asked Cong ress-ruled garh counterpart Bhupesh states to explore the possibili- Bhagel said a resolution opposties to pass laws in their states ing the laws will be brought in under Article 254(2) of the Con- the next Assembly session. P7 @ New Delhi/Chandigarh SPB DESERVES BHARAT RATNA: CM JAGAN The Chief Minister on Monday wrote to PM Modi requesting him to confer the award on legendary singer SP Balasubrahmanyam, who passed away last Friday | P4 ON a day the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) approved purchases worth `2,290 crore, the bigger talking point was a major tweak in the offset policy tied to the acquisition of arms and equipment to make procurement easier. According to the new Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) 2020 unveiled on Monday by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, offsets will not be applicable to three specific categories—Inter-Government Agreement (IGA), Government to Government (G2G) and single-vendor deals. The offset clause was a UPA government policy introduced in 2005. But “no offset has led to a transfer of technology. Policy’s mandate Under the offset policy, foreign defence entities, for all contracts worth over `300 crore, are mandated to spend at least 30% of the total contract value in India through procurement of components, transfer of technologies or setting up of research and development facilities Positivity rate and number of active cases decreasing EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Vijayawada THE number Covid-19 deaths, new cases and active cases has reduced significantly in the past few days, Special Chief Secretary (Health and Family Welfare) Dr KS Jawahar Reddy said on Monday . “In July the positivity , rate was 12.07 per cent, and has now come down to 8.3 per cent. The number of deaths has come down from 90 to less than 50 per day. There was a time when we had over one lakh positive cases, and this has reduced to around 70,000. Also, 85 per cent of active cases are mild and asymptomatic, which means these patients are either being treated in home isolation or at Covid Care Centres,” he told the media in Vijayawada. A comparison between last fortnight and a fortnight earlier showed that 33,805 (23,75 per cent) fewer cases were reported, and the number of deaths reduced by 22.5 per cent. However, the spread of the disease has been shifting from urban to rural areas. “As per our analysis of the previous week, 60 per cent of cases are in rural areas. In terms of deaths, 58 per cent are from rural areas, while 42 per cent are from urban regions,” he said. The number of cases in the State has been doubling at an average of 72.7 days. “Kurnool has the highest doubling rate of 181 days, followed by Anantapur (92), Prakasam (51), Krishna and West Godavari (52 each),” Reddy pointed out. P5 Most have to do with product purchase as has been brought out in a recent Comptroller and Auditor General report,” Director General (Acquisition) Apurva Chandra said while interacting with journalists. Under the new DAP a clause , requiring foreign firms to invest 30% of the contract value in the Indian manufacturing sector has been dropped for G2G or single-vendor deals. However, competitive multivendor procurement cases will still have offsets. Among other changes, the armed forces will now be allowed to take a variety of equipment on lease to cut down acquisition time and cost. The equipment include transport aircraft, trainers or simulators. INDIA’S expert group on Covid-19 vaccine administration has recommended government sponsored vaccination for only high-risk populations that include the elderly above 50 years of age, those with co-morbidities and frontline workers, this newspaper has learnt. In other words, a majority of the citizens — over 90 crore — will have to pay for vaccines from their own pockets. The committee has suggested an antibody test driven immunisation plan under which even those within the vulnerable group will be given a vaccine only if they do not have antibodies against SARS-CoV 2, top sources in the panel said. “The serosurveys conducted in many metros so far have indicated that nearly 25-30% of the population is already exposed to SARS-CoV-2 and by the time an effective medicine arrives, this proportion of exposed population in most parts 30-40 CRORE MAY NEED PRIORITY VACCINATION The vaccination plan prepared by a group under Dr V K Paul, member (health) Niti Aayog and co-chaired by Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan has been sent to the PMO for approval. According to estimates, 30-40 crore people may need priority vaccination could be much higher,” a senior member of the group said. “In such a scenario it will not be required to vaccinate people with antibodies,” he said. “The government will also pay for the vaccination of only those who are the most vulnerable and also only those among this group who test negative for SARS Cov-2 antibodies,” the member said. Another member confirmed it, saying that while the government still does not have a firm figure or database of those who qualify as the “most vulnerable”, an exercise is underway to identify and prioritise them. CONTINUED ON P7 IPL TODAY DELHI HYDERABAD Delhi Capitals are on top. Sunrisers Hyderabad at the bottom. Hyderabad would look to record their first win while Delhi would want to consolidate LIVE: Star Sports1/Hotstar @ 7.30pm SUPER VICTORY FOR BANGALORE Royal Challengers Bangalore clinched a thrilling victory, via a Super Over, against defending champs Mumbai Indians on Monday. Batting first, RCB posted 201/3 in 20 overs before Mumbai made a thrilling chase to match the score (201/5) | P11 Interest on interest can’t be waived, FinMin expected to tell apex court A N U R A D H A S H U K L A @ New Delhi WHILE the Centre on Monday sought more time from the Supreme Court to clarify its stand on ‘interest on interest’ on suspended EMIs during the loan moratorium period, sources told TNIE that the finance ministry has made up its mind that it cannot be waived off. “The Department of Financial Services has already spoken to banks and is of the view that waiving this interest on interest will further strain the financials of banks. One cannot weaken one business to strengthen another business. Banks have raised their concern in this regard and their feedback had been submitted to the Centre,” said a senior finance ministry official. Similar feedback was given by the Rajiv Mehrishi panel, Free Covid shot only for high-risk populations? S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi Meanwhile, the DAC approved the purchase of a clutch of equipment from both the domestic and foreign vendors. Under the Buy Indian (IDDM) category, the approval was granted to Static HF Tans-receiver sets and Smart Anti Airfield Weapon (SAAW). The HF radio sets will enable seamless communication for the field units of the Army and the Air Force. The Smart Anti Airfield Weapon being procured for around `970 crore will add to the fire power of the Navy and the IAF. In addition, to equip the frontline troops, the DAC approved the procurement of SIG SAUER assault rifles, with the deal valued around `780 crore. Frontline troops are already armed with Sig Sauer Rifles. they have classified these kinds of attacks and also the modus operandi of the accused specialised in breaking into temples. “There is a belief that during the installation of idols, valuables and jewellery are placed at the base of the idol,” he said, adding that criminals are after these valuables. With respect to the incident in Kurnool, where the idol of Kala Bhairava was vandalised, he said it was a superstition of a person that taking a piece of the idol home would lead to his wife conceiving. On the Antarvedi chariot fire incident, he said they have some indications but the CBI is probing the case. “There is no connection between these 19 incidents. All of them are standalone and isolated,” he said, and requested citizens to focus on the facts. whose report is yet to be made public, the official added. “The Mehrishi panel’s view is that the government can bear the burden of interest on interest, so that neither bankers nor customers will have to take a hit. But the overall financial burden on banks will have to be calculated. Given the situation of the exchequer, this is not a comfortable option. Much will depend on what RBI says,” the official told TNIE. Loan moratorium case adjourned till Oct 5 The Supreme Court on Monday adjourned the loan moratorium case till October 5, granting more time to the Centre, RBI and banks to work together and file a concrete reply on their stand On Monday, the Centre informed the Supreme Court that it will take a decision on the interest on interest issue in the next two or three days The case has been pending in the top court for the past few months. In May, RBI told the court that it was not in favour of a “forced waiver of interest” as it would not only hurt the financial viability of banks but also affect the interests of depositors. Subsequently, the finance ministry told the SC it was in agreement with RBI’s stand. This drew sharp comments from the court, that the government cannot hide behind RBI and should clarify its stand in no uncertain terms. The SC, then, ordered the Centre, RBI and banks to file a ‘concrete’ response after ‘holistically’ considering the interests of everybody . ONCE A GUEST LECTURER, NOW AN AGRI LABOURER I V N P P R A S A D B A B U @ Ongole Veera Narayana works at a radium stickering shop after losing his job. He lost this job too, and became an agricultural labourer | EXPRESS WITHIN six months, P Veera Narayana, 30, went from being a guest lecturer at a gurukulam school, to having an unsuccessful stint as a radium stickering worker, to becoming an agricultural labourer. Narayana, an MSc BEd qualified Trained Graduate Teacher (TGT) was the topper of his batch in Krishna University . After getting a job as a guest lecturer at the AP SC Welfare Gurukulam School in Kurichedu of Prakasam district, his life seemed to be going smoothly and his parents got him married a year ago. But when the lockdown was enforced, educational institutions were shut and his contract as a guest lecturer did not get renewed. He faced financial difficulties for three months, and searched for even menial jobs. He found work as an assistant in a radium stickering shop, and was paid a daily wage of `200. “I was not an expert at the job and my employer asked me to quit after 40 days, saying I work too slowly,” P5 Narayana told TNIE.
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