KOttayam l friday l October 09, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l 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 E xpress N ews S ervice @ 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 D4,800 cr Tamil Nadu D4,231 cr Delhi D3,000 cr Telangana D2,638 cr Kerala D900 cr West Bengal D560 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 D2,900 cr D3,000 cr D915 cr D487 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. “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 MA N I S H A N A N D @ New Delhi Ram Vilas Paswan 5 July 1946 l 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 LAVALIN The apex court has put off the hearing on the appeal filed by the CBI challenging the Kerala HC verdict, upholding a special court decision to allow the discharge plea filed by CM Pinarayi Vijayan, to October 16. P4 express read US poet Louise Glück wins Nobel Litt Prize There is no going back From left, T V Ebrahim, MLA, UDF convener M M Hassan, Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala, CMP state general secretary C P John and former minister Shibu Baby John during their protest march from Palayam Martyr’s Square to the Secretariat demanding the resignation of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan | Vincent Pulickal Monorail service in Munnar Not Central Bureau of Idiots, agency quotes movie one step closer to reality dialogue during LIFE Mission case argument E xpress N ews S ervice @ Idukki THE monorail service in Munnar, a British engineering marvel connecting the hill station with Mattupetty, was washed away in the devastating flood in 1924. Now, almost a century later, the authorities have moved one step closer towards restoring the service, with an aim to attract more tourists. Trains will take only 20 minutes to cover the 5.5km stretch. After Tata, the owner of the private land through which the monorail will pass through mostly, gave its nod to conduct a feasibility study for the pro- posed project, officials of the Tourism Department, Railways and Tata together with Devikulam MLA S Rajendran visited Munnar on Wednesday. At the meeting, the officials decided to prepare a detailed project report and submit it to the government. “We need to get the approval first and then receive funds. Once they are ready, we would implement the project without any delay,” Rajendran said. A preliminary study was conducted on June 21, 2019. In the first phase, the rail will cover the stretch from Tea Bazar junction till Mattuppetty with one stop on the route. ED chargesheet puts UAE Consulate in dock Kochi: The chargesheet filed by the ED has put the UAE Consulate in the dock as it reveals commission deals made by diplomats. In her statement on the LIFE Mission project, Swapna Suresh told the agency that the consul-general himself had got commission | P4 Directors of Unitac, Sane Ventures met Sivasankar & Swapna tells ED | P4 High-level intervention forced Habitat to withdraw from the project, says chairman | P4 Sivasankar under CBI scanner | P4 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. SC puts off hearing Curious payment Maharashtra received D3,000 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 D9,000 crore from the Centre,” said Rajgopal Devara, principal secretary (finance), Maharashtra 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. E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kochi While concluding his argument in the LIFE Mission housing project case in the Kerala High Court on Thursday, the counsel for the CBI reproduced Jagathy Sreekumar’s iconic dialogue from the movie Oru CBI Diary Kurippu to emphasise that the agency knows what it’s doing. “The meaning of CBI is not Central Bureau of Idiots, it is Central Bureau of Investigation,” the counsel reminded the state government. During the hearing, CBI informed HC that there was a discreet ‘underbelly operation’ involving notorious smugglers and government officers in the LIFE Mission housing project transactions. The deals behind the project need to be exposed, the national agency said. The Memorandum of Understanding between UAE agency Red Crescent and Unitac, which is constructing the LIFE Mission housing complex at Wadakkanchery, was nothing but an eyewash, it said. “The money came from the consul-general’s account and not from the Red Crescent. There was nothing to show that there was any transfer of money from Red Crescent. The MoU was used by Unitac, LIFE Mission officers and persons hiding behind the curtains to ensure that the court did not see the real transactions and the crime involved in the illeg al transactions,” CBI submitted. The agency made the submission when petitions filed by the LIFE Mission and the managing director of Unitac, Santhosh Eapen, came up for ● More on P4 hearing. 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 NIA busts IS module in Bengaluru, 2 arrested 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. P5 More recoveries than fresh cases 7,003 recover 5,445 new cases in the state on Thursday 90,579 under treatment 63,146 samples tested
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