VILLUPURAM FRIDAY OCTOBER 09, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 12 CITY EDITION BIG DROP IN INDIA’S SULPHUR DIOXIDE EMISSONS IN 2019 The country was nonetheless the world’s top SO2 emitter for the ﬁfth consecutive year, a study by Greenpeace India found ACCOUNTS FOR 21% OF GLOBAL EMISSIONS CHENNAI, VIZAG AMONG THE HOTSPOTS The six per cent fall recorded in 2019 was the steepest decrease in India’s SO2 emissions in four years. The Greenpeace report, prepared in collaboration with the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air, cited a reduction in the burning of coal as the main reason. However, despite the dip, India accounted for 21 per cent of the global SO2 emissions in 2019 ■ ■ The top emission hotspots from India include thermal power stations in Singrauli, Neyveli, Korba, Chennai, Ramagundam, Visakhapatnam, Talcher, Kutch, Surat, Chandrapur and Koradi The report noted that most power plants in India lack flue-gas desulphurisation units, which are critical in cutting So2 emissions SO2 EMISSIONS INCREASE THE RISK OF HEART DISEASES AND LUNG CANCER 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 Freedom of speech among most abused recently: CJI Chief Justice of India Bobde tears apart Centre’s affidavit on Tablighi Jamaat issue, says it’s full of unnecessary & nonsensical averments EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi FREEDOM of speech is one of the most abused freedoms in recent times, the Supreme Court on Thursday said while pulling up the Central government for its affidavit in which it has denied that media reports linking the initial spurt in coronavirus cases in India to the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi were fake. The court said the affidavit was full of unnecessary and SHORT-CHANGED Andhra Pradesh Tamil Nadu Delhi Telangana Kerala West Bengal `4,800 cr `4,231 cr `3,000 cr `2,638 cr `900 cr `560 cr nonsensical averments. A bench headed by Chief Justice of India S A Bobde was hearing a batch of petitions alleging that a section of the media was spreading communal hatred over the congregation that took place in Delhi’s Nizamuddin Markaz in March. The petitioners wanted the court to lay down guidelines on curbing fake news. The government’s affidavit spoke about the need for press freedom and said dissemination of facts by the media, even Bihar Maharashtra Chhattisgarh Punjab `2,900 cr `3,000 cr `915 cr `487 cr A N U R A D H A S H U K L A @New Delhi An Indian Air Force Sukhoi Su-30MKI jet fires flares during a parade to mark the 88th Air Force Day at Hindon Air Base in Ghaziabad, on Thursday | PARVEEN NEGI CRICKET SEARCH ON FOR INDIA’S KIT SPONSOR They might be the hottest cricketing property, but India may head to Australia without a kit sponsor. With no one submitting bids in August, BCCI is yet to decide whether to extend the deadline or not | P11 TODAY’S IPL MATCH RAJASTHAN VS DELHI Having lost three matches in a row, RR return to Sharjah where they have won two. DC are the team in form. Expect a run-feast between the two. ODDS : RR 5/4 | DC 8/11 LIVE: STAR SPORTS 1/HOTSTAR @ 7.30PM FINANCE Minister Nirmala Sitharaman recently revealed that some states got more than their fair share of Integrated Goods and Services Tax (IGST) while some others received less. While she assured the short-credited states that the entire unsettled IGST dues since 201718 totalling `24,000 crore will be disbursed in a week’s time, she said those who were given excess money will not have to return it. While the finance ministry blames devolution error for the payout mismatch, a cursory look at the list of states that were short-changed and those that got a windfall shows a possible political bias. According to data reviewed by TNIE, most states that got exess IGST are BJP-ruled ones, while those who lost out have other parties in power. Andhra Pradesh was short-credited `4,800 crore, Tamil Nadu `4,231 crore, Delhi `3,000 crore, Telangana `2,638 crore, Kerala `900 crore and West Bengal `560 crore. As much as `1,76,688 crore was pending as unsettled IGST amount at the end of 2017-18, which was transferred to states. However, “wrong devolution happened because at that time there was no formula for distribution of the IGST amount between states and the Centre”, the finance ministry said. But was it merely a technical error? According to the latest CAG report, even after a formula for devolution was arrived at, it was not followed properly, resulting in wrong payments yet again. Among the other states that received more than their fair share of IGST include Bihar, where NDA is in power (`2,900 crore) and Chhattisgarh, where the BJP was in power in 2018 (`915 crore). “It was only for 2017-18 when there was a BJP government in the state that Chhattisgarh got `915 crore extra as IGST,” said T S Singh Deo, Chhattisgarh commercial tax minister. CURIOUS PAYMENT Maharashtra received `3,000 crore more in 2017-18, when the Devendra Fadnavis-led BJP government was in power. But after government changed the following year, the state was not paid IGST dues. “We are yet to get `9,000 crore from the Centre,” said Rajgopal Devara, principal secretary (finance), Maharasthra THE State on Thursday crossed 10,000 deaths due to Covid-19, with 68 fresh deaths being recorded. The toll currently stands at 10,052. Eight among the deceased did not have comorbid conditions. As many as 5,088 new cases were also reported on the day, taking the tally to 6,40,943. Chennai alone recorded a total of 1,295 cases. Chennai’s neighbouring districts, Chengalpattu, Kancheepuram, and Tiruvallur recorded 363, 137 and 194 cases, respectively . Meanwhile, TN received `399.93 crore towards the CM’s Public Relief Fund for Covid works till October 7, said an official release. MAPPING DEATHS Jun 27 Jul 13 *Jul 22 Aug 1 Aug 10 Aug 18 Aug 28 Sep 8 Sep 23 Oct 8 E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai 1,000 2,000 3,000 4,000 5,000 6,000 7,000 8,000 9,000 10,000 TN crosses 10,000 Covid deaths *444 deaths that were not accounted in the health dept’s death list, were added on July 22 Fever camp timings extended In a move that would benefit office-goers, Health Secretary Dr J Radhakrishnan said on Thursday that the fever camps being conducted in Chennai will soon be extended till evening. Speaking to the media, he said, the timings will be extended till 5 pm from 3 pm, so as to screen more people in markets, and further till 8 pm in a few localities. “These will be focused around slum areas.” Currently, the first camp batch begins at 8.30 am and ends at 11 am, while the second batch begins at 11.30 am and ends at 1.30 pm. While about 30,000 people attended camps daily during the lockdown, it decreased by upto 10,000 now, mostly because many have returned to work. Officials expect the time extension would help office-goers attend camps in the evening. “You have the secretary of this department file an affidavit without making such nonsensical averments stating the petitioners have not shown any instance of bad media report- Brazen logic “Affidavit brazenly says that the petitioners have not pointed out any instance of bad reporting. To say that you don’t agree with the petitioners is one thing but how can you say there is no incident pointed out?” the CJI fumed ing,” the CJI said and asked Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to ensure that a fresh affidavit is filed. Senior advocate Dushyant Dave, who was representing the petitioner, submitted that the government has claimed that the issue involves muzzling of free speech. “Freedom of speech is one of the most abused freedoms of recent times,” Bobde remarked. The court also asked the government to bring on record all statutes with regard to regulating TV channels. Referring to Section 20 of the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995, the bench said the Act only covers cable TV signals, and asked if the government had the power to ban the signals. “This power is exercisable only in relation to cable TV networks and not in relation to TV signals like Doordarshan etc. Does the government have any power to ban the signals? Their affidavit says they had issued advisories,” the CJI said. He was a political contrarian WINDFALL IGST MISMATCH. TECH ERROR OR POLITICAL BIAS? RAIN OF FIRE though they may appear to be offensive or distasteful to certain individuals or sections of the society cannot be curtailed , under Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution. CJI Bobde, however, called the affidavit evasive and expressed disappointment over a junior officer signing it. “You cannot treat this court the way you are treating. Your junior officer, additional secretary (information and broadcasting ministry), has filed the affidavit,” he said. M A N I S H A N A N D @ New Delhi RAM VILAS PASWAN 5 JULY 1946 8 OCTOBER 2020 HAVE LOST A VALUED COLLEAGUE, SAYS MODI “I am saddened beyond words. There is a void in our nation that will perhaps never be filled. Shri Ram Vilas Paswan Ji’s demise is a personal loss. I have lost a friend, valued colleague,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted. His interventions during Cabinet meetings were insightful, he said, adding, be it political wisdom or issues of governance and statesmanship, he was brilliant A master at sniffing out electoral swings and one of the longest serving Union minister of India, Ram Vilas Paswan passed away on Thursday following cardiac complications, leaving his son and Lok Sabha MP Chirag Paswan to steady the ship of the Lok Jan Shakti Party (LJP) alone in the choppy Bihar elections. Paswan, 74, was arguably a political contrarian who comfortably settled in the company of Socialists and the BJP with ease. A fortuitous turn of events had guided him into politics in the late 1960s despite being assured of a job of sub-inspector of police. With Samyukta Socialist Party scouting for a Dalit to contest the 1969 Bihar Assembly elections, Paswan plunged into electoral politics, and took an envious trajectory , becoming part of the troika consisting of Lalu Prasad Yadav and Nitish Kumar in Bihar politics. He was a doting father to Chirag, arranging a special screening of his debut movie in Parliament annexe. While he was well aware of his political limitations, his son has taken an ambitious decision to go it alone in the forthcoming polls. The LJP could now hope to whip up a sympathy wave across the Gangetic north in Bihar to consolidate its Dalit vote base. Unlike BSP boss Mayawati, who could script social engineering in Uttar Pradesh, the influence of Paswan’s party Papa... you are not in this world any more but I know wherever you are, you will always be with me. Miss you papa - Chirag Paswan, LJP chief was confined to a few districts in Bihar like Hajipur, Jamui and Samastipur. In 2002, he quit the Vajpayee Cabinet criticising its position on the post-Godhra Gujarat riots, and took a strident stand on having a Muslim chief minister in Bihar after the 2005 state polls threw up a fractured mandate and made him the kingmaker. Two years after exiting the NDA, his party entered the Manmohan Singh-led UPA government in 2004 and he became a Union minister. But by 2014, when the BJP’s star was on the ascendant, Paswan had become a vocal supporter of Narendra Modi and joined his government eventually . “Barah saal me yug badal jaata hai (an era changes in 12 years time),” Paswan would later quip in response to questions on his volte-face on the post-Godhra riots stance. EXPRESS READ US poet Louise Glück wins Nobel Lit Prize NIA busts IS module in Bengaluru, two arrested Stockholm: American poet Louise Glück, 77, won the Nobel Literature Prize on Thursday. She was honoured “for her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal.” An English professor at Yale University, she has won many awards, including the Pulitzer Prize in 1993, and the National Book Awards in 2016 | P9 Bengaluru: The NIA on Thursday said it busted an IS module in Bengaluru and arrested two suspects. All members of the 14-member unit have fought in Syria. While two were killed there, the rest have returned to India, NIA said. The two men arrested on Thursday were Ahamed Abdul Cader from Ramanathapuram and Irfan Nasir from Bengaluru | P6 BUZZING AIADMK cadre throng EPS house to wish their leader E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai CONGRATULATORY messages continued to pour in for Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Thursday, with ally leaders S Ramadoss of PMK and GK Vasan of TMC wishing him the best on being elected as AIADMK’s CM candidate for 2021 polls. Both of them phoned the CM and tweeted their wishes. The CM’s residence was buzzing with activity as senior functionaries and ministers made a courtesy call to greet their leader. Speaking to the media, senior minister D Jayakumar said importance would be given to views of senior BJP leaders while discussing matters about the alliance for the upcoming polls. “There is no need to respond to views of every BJP functionary in that regard.” This comes in the wake of contradicting statements by two prominent BJP leaders – the TN president of the party L Murugan and former union minister Pon Radhakrishnan. While Murugan assured that the AIADMK-led NDA combine would form the government, Radhakrishnan hinted at the possibility of a “fresh alliP4 ance.” Include Tamil as an eligibility criteria, CM tells Modi Chennai: Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Thursday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting to direct the Archaeological Survey of India to amend the eligibility criteria for admission to PG diploma course in archaeology. He sought Master’s degree in Tamil to be included as one of the minimum qualifications for admission to Pt Deendayal Upadhyaya Institute of Archaeology. Pointing that the guidelines have prescribed minimum qualification criteria of a Master’s degree in Indian classical languages like Sanskrit, Pali, Prakrit, Arabic or Persian, the CM said: “Unfortunately, among the listed languages, only Sanskrit has been declared classical in 2005.” P4
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