HYDERABAD FRIDAY OCTOBER 09, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 28 LATE 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 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 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. CBI RAIDS REBEL YSRC MP FOR `826-CRORE FRAUD M A N I S H A N A N D @ New Delhi E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Vijayawada/Hyderabad RAIN OF FIRE 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 IGST mismatch: Error or bias? A N U R A D H A S H U K L A @ New Delhi 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 shortcredited 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. The finance ministry has blamed devolution error for the payout mismatch but 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 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 WINDFALL Bihar Maharashtra Chhattisgarh Punjab `2,900 cr `3,000 cr `915 cr `487 cr by TNIE, most states that got excess 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, TS `2,638 crore, Kerala `900 crore and West Bengal `560 crore. At the end of 2017-18, unsettled IGST of `1,76,688 crore was transferred to states. But some states were credited excess money while some others got less. According to the finance ministry, the mix-up happened because there was no formula for distribution of IGST between states and the Centre at that time. 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 . (With inputs from Mumbai, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Kochi, Raipur and Kolkata) CONTINUED ON P8 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 MURKY DEALS THE Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday conducted searches on the premises of rebel YSRC MP K Raghurama Krishna Raju and other directors of M/s Ind-Barath Thermal Power Limited with regard to a case related to a `826-crore fraud involving a consortium of banks led by Punjab National Bank (PNB). The CBI, in an official note, said the case was registered based on a complaint from PNB against M/s IndBarath Thermal Power Ltd — owned by Krishna Raju and based in Secunderabad — and others, alleging that the accused cheated the PNB-led consortium by diversion/siphoning off bank funds. Searches were conducted at 11 locations in Hyderabad, Mumbai and Narasapur in West Godavari district, at the office and residential premises of the firm and the other accused, the CBI said. The CBI officials have seized Krishna Raju’s documents related to his business and finanIN TIGHT cial activities. PNB had sanctioned SPOT a loan of `2,655 crore through a conCBI conducted sortium of banks by the Non-Banksearches on the ing Financial Corporations, Power premises of MP K Finance Corporation Limited, RuRaghurama Krishna ral Electrification Corporation Raju and other Limited and India Infrastructure directors of M/s Finance Corporation to run the Ind-Barath business activities of Ind-Barath Thermal Power Thermal Power Limited. Limited with regard The FIR was registered on Octoto a case related to ber 6, following a complaint by Saua `826-crore fraud rabh Malhotra, chief manager, PNB involving a Large Corporate Branch in New consortium of Delhi, alleging criminal conspiracy , banks led by cheating and criminal misconduct Punjab National by the firm and its directors to Bank cheat the bank to the tune of `826.17 crore. The complaint was made in March. According to the FIR, Ind-Barath initially proposed to set up a 300 MW coal-based group captive power plant at Honkan village in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka. However, due to environmental clearance issues, it was shifted to Tuticorin district in Tamil Nadu. The consortium of banks sanctioned a loan of `941.80 crore and subordinate loan of `62.80 crore to partly finance the project in 2008. After completing the project, it asked the consortium to allow Working Capital facilities in order to run its plant efficiently and to secure the working capital limit of `300 crore. The documents were CONTINUED ON P5 executed in 2014. “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- 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 TS govt to tweak GHMC Act EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad THE Telangana government has decided to amend the existing GHMC Act ahead of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) election. For this, it will convene a two-day State Legislature session, on October 12 and 13. “The government is contemplating convening a Legislative Assembly session on the coming Monday and Tuesday (October 12, 13) as there is a need to make some amendments to the GHMC Act. It also wants to make some Acts Workers arrange ballot boxes ahead of GHMC polls, at Victory Playground in Hyderabad on Thursday | VINAY MADAPU based on the High Court’s suggestions. A final decision will be taken on Friday,” a release from the Chief Minister’s Office stated on Thursday There . was talk that the GHMC Act would be amended to allow people, with more than two children, to contest in the forthcoming election. When the TRS government had introduced the two-children nor m for the recent Zilla Parishad and other panchayat elections, the Opposition accused it of taking the decision to help AIMIM candidates. The government is also reportedly proposing strict disciplinary action against erring GHMC of ficials and non-performing elected representatives, changes in the civic body’s functioning and abolishing the standing committees. CONTINUED ON P3 EXPRESS READ US poet Louise Glück wins Nobel Lit Prize NIA busts IS module in Bengaluru, two arrested Heavy rain likely in 19 districts across TS 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. Heavy rains are likely to occur at isolated places in 19 districts of Telangana on Friday and the following two days a downpour is expected across the State, at isolated places, according to a forecast by the India Meteorological Department. Thundershowers will also continue at isolated places over the next four days. | 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. TRAGIC ENDING Go-karting turns fatal for 21-yr-old EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad A 21-year-old B.Tech finalyear student died of severe head injuries at a private hospital on Thursday after a go-karting adventure with her family at Gurramguda turned fatal. The Meerpet police have registered a case of death by negligence against Hasten Go-Karting, where Srivarshini fell from the karting vehicle and got injured. They have shifted the body to the mortuary for a postmortem examination too. Srivarshini, a resident of FCI Colony in Vanasthalipuram, and her family went to Hasten Go-Karting at Gurramguda on Wednesday evening to enjoy a ride on karting vehicles. When she was riding one, the speed caused her helmet to fall off, and her hair got tangled in the wheels, the police said. CONTINUED ON P4 After ’19 debacle, all eyes on Kavitha in today’s MLC polls EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Nizamabad FORMER Nizamabad MP and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s daughter K Kavitha will take on Congress nominee V Subhash Reddy and BJP candidate P Lakshminarayana in the by-election for the Nizamabad MLC (Local Authorities) seat, polling for which will be held on Friday. After her defeat in the 2019 Parliamentary elections from Nizamabad, Kavitha went on a sabbatical, except for a few instances when she participated in some social service activities. She had lost to BJP’s Dharmapuri Aravind by about 76,000 votes. The MLC seat had fallen vacant following the disqualification of the incumbent R Bhupati Reddy for switching loyalties to the Congress ahead of the 2018 Assembly elections. Back then, KCR had nominated Kavitha for the seat but the by-election was postponed thrice after it was notified in March, on account of the Covid-induced lockdown. Kavitha’s election has never been in doubt as the TRS has about 600 votes of the total 824. The Congress, on the other hand, has 140, the BJP about 82 and two independents. The voters comprise 537 MPTCS, 49 ZPTCs, 226 corporators and councillors, and 12 ex-officio members. There are about 50 polling centres in Nizamabad and Kamareddy districts, and the voters will exercise their franchise amid strict Covid-19 protocol. This is probably rare, wherein a by-election is low key with zilch campaigning. Counting is on October 12.
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