visakhapatnam l friday l October 09, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l late city EDITION big drop in India’s sulphur dioxide emissions 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. Govt objects to HC remarks, OK with CBI probe MA N ISH 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 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 ‘No conspiracy behind social media posts’ “The thought that there could be a conspiracy behind social media posts is misplaced. Our govt has the highest regard for the judiciary. Honourable judges themselves said they respect my impartiality,” the AG said, adding that some comments during the hearing of this case must be removed from records Political bias behind IGST mismatch? 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, she said those who were given excess will not have to return it. The Centre 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 by TNIE, most states that got short-changed Tamil Nadu Andhra Pradesh Delhi Telangana Kerala West Bengal `4,231 cr `4,120 cr `3,000 cr `2,638 cr `900 cr `560 cr windfall Maharashtra Bihar Chhattisgarh Punjab `3,000 cr `2,900 cr `915 cr `487 cr excess IGST are BJP-ruled ones, while those who lost out have other parties in power. AP was short-credited `4,120 crore, TN `4,231 crore, Delhi `3,000 crore, Telangana `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 hap, pened 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 . 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 social media posts The State government on Thursday made it clear that it has no objection to a CBI probe into social media posts against High Court judges “if the court doesn’t jump to any adverse conclusion against the State government or the CID in this case”. Appearing on behalf of the government, Advocate General S Sriram and CID’s advocate Niranjan Reddy concluded their arguments on a petition filed by the HC Registrar General claiming the CID hasn’t taken any steps on complaints over derogatory posts against judges on social media platforms. After hearing both sides, a division bench comprising Justice Rakesh Kumar and Justice J Uma Devi reserved its orders. The bench also allowed a related petition filed by retired police officer Sivananda Reddy and directed him to present evidence submitted in his plea to the probe agency to be announced by the court. During the hearing, the bench cited remarks allegedly made by Speaker Tammineni Sitharam, Deputy Chief Minister Narayana Swamy, MPs Vijayasai Reddy, N Suresh and for mer MLA Amanchi Krishnamohan among others. It observed that their comments were against democratic norms and could be construed as an attack on the judiciary. It sought to know why no case had been filed against them by the CID and pointed out that cases were filed with alacrity when comments were made against the government. The bench further remarked that the CID’s apathy prompts one to doubt if it was being done to protect the accused. During the arguments, the bench also sought to know if the Speaker commented against the judiciary in or outside the Assembly When informed that he made the . comments in Tirumala, the bench opined that it looked like a war had been declared against the judiciary . The Advocate General took strong objection to the comments of the bench and said it was inappropriate for the judiciary to say that someone was trying to close down the court. “There is no place for such comments in our judicial or constitutional process. There is no scope for comments such as ‘what if it is the Speaker?’ and ‘How could a person who is abusing us be made a minister’,” he said. “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 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 ministers 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. `826 cr fraud CBI searches MP Raghurama Raju’s premises Express News Service @ Vijayawada The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday conducted searches on the premises of YSRC rebel MP K Raghurama Krishna Raju and other directors of M/s IndBarath Thermal Power Limited in a case related to a `826-crore fraud involving a consortium of banks led by the Punjab National Bank (PNB). The CBI, in an official note, said that the case was registered based on a complaint from Punjab National Bank against M/s Ind-Barath Thermal Power Ltd (based in Secunderabad) and others alleging the accused cheated the PNB-led consor tium by diversion/siphoning off bank funds. Searches were conducted at 11 locations in Hyderabad, Mumbai and Narasapur in West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, at the office and residential premises of the firm and the other accused, the CBI said. The FIR was registered on October 6 following a complaint by Saurabh Malhotra, chief manager, PNB Large Corporate Branch in New Delhi, alleging criminal conspiracy, cheating and criminal misconduct by the firm and its directors to cheat the bank to the tune of `826.17 crore. The complaint was made in March. Continued on P5 Getting ready for school Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy launched Jagananna Vidya Kanuka at Punadipadu school in Kankipadu mandal, near Vijayawada, on Thursday Under the scheme, students of Classes 1-10 in govt schools will get uniform cloth, books, shoes, socks, a school bag and belt, among other things Jagan said ‘school kits’ with all these items will be given to 43 lakh government school students before schools are reopened on November 2 | P4 Plantation drive Alumni reunite to turn village green R a m e s h B a b u G @ Srikakulam To increase greenery and inspire people to plant saplings, the alumni of DG Puram High School in Srikakulam district have embarked on a massive plantation drive in the village, which lost several trees during cyclone Titli two years ago. Under the banner of Sahasra Vruksha Puja, the alumni also hope to generate revenue from the 1,000 fruitbearing trees they plant, and use it to develop the village. DG Puram, which is just 4 km from the coast, bore the brunt of cyclone Titli. Against this backdrop, the school’s Old Students’ Association, which has been involved in social activities since 1998, decided to take up the plantation drive. They started it on the banks of the 60-acre tank on the outskirts of the village. They then intensified their efforts to increase greenery and oxygen levels. “As several trees were uprooted by the cyclone, we decided to increase the green cover in the village through large-scale plantation,” said Dr Ramaraju, a professor of an engineering college and alumnus of DG P5 Puram High School.
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