KOZHIKODE l friday l april 02, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 14 l city EDITION record GST mop-up in March ’21 as collections touch `1.24L cr The revenue crossed the L1-lakh-crore mark for the 6th straight month. This month’s tally is 27% above the March ’20 collection Highest since introduction of GST Marker of post pandemic recovery? Of the total revenue, Central GST stood at C22,973 crore, State GST was C29,329 crore, integrated GST accounted for C62,842 crore (including C31,097 crore collected on import of goods) while cess amounted to C8,757 crore (including C935 crore on import of goods). The finance ministry said March’s figures are the highest since the introduction of GST ■ ■ The steady increase in GST collections over the past six months could be a marker of rapid economic recovery post pandemic Closer monitoring against fake-billing, deep data analytics using data from multiple sources and effective tax administration have also contributed to the increase in GST revenue | P12 A58,852 cr Revenue of Centre and states for CGST; the earning is `60,559 crore for SGST 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 LOVE, LOVE JIHAD & FREEDOM OF CHOICE Why Kerala didn’t enact law against ‘love jihad’: Yogi Rahul Gandhi speaks at an election rally at Kalpetta on Thursday. Don’t agree with you but don’t hate you: Rahul to Left Kalpetta: Congress national leader Rahul Gandhi said his party doesn’t agree with the ideology of Left parties, but it doesn’t mean the both should hate each other, kill each other or should not smile at each other. “I don’t agree with them. But I certainly do not hate them. I will debate, discuss and disagree with them. But I will always smile at them because at the end of the day, they are our brothers. We all are brothers and sisters,” he said. P’Thitta: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday asked why the Pinarayi Vijayan-led LDF government had desisted from making a law against ‘love jihad’ when such cases are increasing in Kerala. “Both LDF and UDF are playing vote bank politics in the state. Though the Kerala High Court in 2009 asked the state government to enact a law against ‘love jihad’, both LDF and UDF did not do anything,” he said. Yogi Adityanath and Sobha Surendran during a road show in Kazhakoottam on Thursday. Interview ‘Only UDF can stop BJP in its tracks’ Final lap: Bogus voter issue in focus CPM alleges data leak, Chennithala says CPM nervous after being caught red-handed FACE-OFF Pinarayi Vijayan Party takes final decision, not persons: Pinarayi THE issue of bogus voters and multiple entries, numbering as high as 4.34 lakh, raised by Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala, has become the focal point of this elections as campaigning entered its final phase. Corroborating the allegations raised by Chennithala, the name of the late CPM leader P K Kunhanandan is found to be figuring in the voter list in the Koothuparamba constituency, pushing the LDF on the defensive. After the information The IP address shows the portal is based in Singapore and the opposition leader handed over the personal data to the foreign-based portal without people’s consent M A Baby, CPM politburo member When they got caught, they are trying to divert attention by raising issues such as data leak etc. There is no data leak in the information we shared Ramesh Chennithala, Opposition Leader Kannur: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said that in CPM, the party takes a final decision not individuals. He was reacting to CPM central committee member and Industries Minister E P Jayarajan’s public statement that he would never contest in elections again. “Party leaders and individuals have their own opinions regarding such issues. Party will consider such opinions. But, in the end, party will take a decision and all will have to follow the party line,” he said. WEST BENGAL 10,620 ballot units and an equal polling in Bengal’s number 30 Assembly of control constituencies, units and including VVPATs used Nandigram in Bengal 80.43% ASSAM 77.21% in Assam’s 39 Assembly constituencies FULL INTERVIEW ON P5 E xpress N ews S ervice @ Kolkata/Guwahati A high voter turnout of 80.43% and 77.21% was recorded in West Bengal and Assam, respectively on Thursday but the high, light of the second phase of polling was the high drama in Nandigram, followed by Mamata Banerjee accusing the BJP of rigging the polls and the Election Commission of inaction. Sporadic violence was reported 10,819 ballot units, 10,592 control units and as many VVPATs used in Assam Vaccination on off days too this month After SOS calls from candidates, PMO stinker, as govt aims to enhance coverage savings rate cut nixed E xpress N ews S ervice @ New Delhi didates, too, made calls to the PMO. The finance ministry on West Bengal contributes Thursday rescinded its con- the most to small savings, actroversial order slashing in- cording to National Savings terest rates on small savInstitute data. Of the total ings within 12 hours of gross small savings colissuing it, following lections of `5.96 lakh social media backcrore in FY18, colleclash, panic calls from tions from West BenBJP functionaries of g al were `90,000 poll-bound states, crore. and a sharply wordEarly on Thursday ed directive from the mor ning, Finance Prime Minister’s Of- The interest rates Minister Nir mala of small savings fice (PMO). Sitharaman took schemes will O n We d n e s d ay upon herself to do evening, the minis- continue to be the d a m a g e c o n t r o l . same as in the last try had issued an or“The interest rates quarter of 2020der cutting interest of small savings 21. Orders issued rates applicable on by oversight shall schemes will continvarious small savue to be the same as be withdrawn ings schemes by 50in the last quarter of 110 basis points for Nirmala Sitharaman, 2020-21. Orders isfinance minister April-June 2021 sued by oversight period. shall be withdrawn,” The decision, announced a she tweeted. day before phase-2 voting in Sources said the order was Bengal and Assam, drew supposed to be made public widespread criticism. next week but got out early Sources said some BJP can- due to “bureaucratic error”. A N U R AD H A S H U K L A @ New Delhi Modi returns to campaign trail PM Modi will reach Konni, the epicentre of Sabarimala issue, for the lastest round of campaign. P5 On a day the Covid-19 inoculation for all people above the age of 45 began, the Centre on Thursday said the shots would be given on all days, including gazetted holidays, throughout April at all public and private vaccination centres. The decision seeks to arrest a steep decline in the number of people getting vaccinated against the backdrop of sharp rise in number of cases amid the outbreak of the second ministration and was taken after detailed deliberations with all states on Wednesday, the health ministry said. The rationale behind the decision is to optimally utilise all vaccination centres for increased coverage. Cases have been growing exponentially since March, with Thursday’s 72,330 marking the highest single-day infection tally since October. While the first week of March recorded an average of 16,740 cases daily, the numbers rose four-fold to 62,000 by the last week. ‘Cover all eligible’ The Centre has urged all states to focus on vaccinating the priority groups. They have been asked to actively identify districts with surge and inoculate all eligible people wave. Till Thursday, over 63 million people have been vaccinated, translating into just 4.5 doses per 100 people. The fresh measure was recommended by the National Expert Group on Vaccine Ad- Chrism mass Pope Francis blows inside an amphora containing holy oil, which will be used to administer the sacraments for the year, during a Chrism Mass inside St Peter’s Basilica in Vatican on Thursday | AFP charisma, talent, effort @ Chennai ACTOR Rajinikanth will be awarded the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke award for 2019, as announced by Union I&B Minister Prakash Javdekar on Thursday He said, “A jury con. sisting of Asha Bhonsle, Mohanlal, Biswajit Chatterjee, Shankar Mahadevan and Subhash Ghai unanimously decided to nominate Rajinikanth for the award, and we’ve accepted it. For the last 50-odd years, he has been the uncrowned king of cinema. Through his charisma, talent, and efforts, he has made a place for himself in the hearts of people.” The actor now joins an illustrious list of film personalities to have been conferred this heartfelt thanks to Modi, Rajini tweets “My heartfelt thanks to the Central government, PM Modi, and Union Minister Prakash Javadekar and the jury for conferring upon me the prestigious award. I sincerely dedicate it to all those who have been part of my journey.” award, including his mentor K Balachander, Sivaji Ganesan, Satyajit Ray, Amitabh Bachchan, Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Raj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar, Gulzar, Lata Mangeshkar, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, and K Vishwanath. He is set to become the fifth star from South Indian cinema after Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Sivaji Ganesan, and Rajkumar to be awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke. Having begun his career with a cameo in K Balachand- 2021 and the opposition leader handed over the personal information to the foreign-based portal without the consent of people. This raises ethical and legal issues,” Baby said in Thiruvanthapuram. Chennithala, in a Facebook post, said the CPM’s response shows its panic and nervousness after getting caught redhanded in its act of systematic creation of bogus voters and multiple entries which the party used to win elections in the past. “When they got caught, they are trying to divert attention by raising issues such as data leak, ● More on P7 etc,” he said. in other parts of Bengal, too, as voting took place in 30 assembly constituencies spread over East and West Midnapore, Bankura and South 24 Parganas districts. In Assam, polling for 39 seats across 13 districts was largely peaceful, barring one incident. Pitted against her aideturned-rival Suvendu Adhikari, the Bengal CM rushed to booth no. 7 at Boyal in Nandigram claiming she had received complaints that TMC’s polling agents were not allowed at the polling station. As she argued with senior police officers, BJP supporters assembled outside and raised Jai Sri Ram slogan. A group of TMC supporters, too, gathered and shouted Khela Hobe. As the two groups clashed, hurling stones and trading abuses, Mamata called up Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar and alleged that bogus voting was taking place on a massive scale. Data debunks ‘love jihad’ chants, 47% choose to embrace Hinduism M S V i d ya n a n d a n @ T’Puram WHILE the BJP in its election , manifesto, has promised an Uttar Pradesh model law against forceful religious conversion and ‘love jihad’ in Kerala to woo Hindu and Christian voters, the data sourced by TNIE from the government gazettes paint an altogether different picture. According to official figures for the year 2020, the biggest gainer – in terms of new converts – was Hinduism. People who embraced Hinduism constituted 47 per cent of religious conversions in Kerala during the one-year period under reference. Of the total 506 people who registered their change of religion with the government, 241 were those who converted from Christianity or Islam to Hinduism. A total of 144 persons adopted Islam whereas Christianity received 119 new believers in the year, shows the data. As per the rule, people who officially change their religion, including minors, have to advertise it in the gazette. Seventy two per cent of the new converts to Hinduism were Dalit Christians, mostly Christian Cheramars, CONVERSION BREAKUP Hindu to 111 Christian (Male 51, Female 60) Christian 209 to Hindu (M 51, F 60) Hindu to 111 Islam (M 39, F 72) Christian 33 to Islam (M 39, F 72) GAIN & LOSS Islam to 32 Hindu (M 10, F 22) Hindu 241-222 Islam to 8 Christian M 6, F2 Christianity 119-242 Hindu to 2 Buddhism (M 1,F 1) Islam 144-40 Christian Sambavas and Christian Pulayas. It was evident that lack of reservation benefits forced many Dalit Christians to re-embrace Hinduism. Thirty two people had left Islam to join Hinduism. Christianity lost 242 believers to the other two religions and attracted only 119 persons. Islam gained 144 new believers and lost 40 during the period. Buddhism received two new believers who switched from Hinduism. Seventy seven per cent of the new converts to Islam were Hindus and 63% women. E X P RESS REA D Rajinikanth selected for Dadasaheb Phalke Award EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE came out, following a complaint filed by a Congress activist in the constituency, the Election Commission of India (ECI) said in a statement that Kunjananthan’s name was removed from the electoral rolls. KERALA ASSEMBLY CPM politburo memELECTIONS ber M A Baby, meanwhile, alleged the opposition leader leaked the personal details of 4.34 lakh voters, whose names were duplicated on the electoral rolls, through the Singapore-based www.operationtwins.com portal. “The IP address shows the portal is based in Singapore Violence marks big Bengal turnout Figures that matter Fearing BJP’s progress, there is a consolidation of votes in favour of the UDF, said IUML national general secretary P K Kunhalikutty. The front will win 80 seats, he said. P K Kunhalikutty E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kochi er’s Apoorva Raagangal (1975), Rajinikanth went on to act in over 160 films across Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Hindi, Bengali, Malayalam, and English languages. Tasting success as a stylish antagonist in many films like Aadu Puli Aatam, 16 Vayathinile, and Moondru Mudichu, he made the transition to ‘hero’ roles with Bairavi (1978), which was also the first film to give him the ‘Superstar’ sobriquet that would later become so iconic. CBI files two separate FIRs in Walayar case Palakkad: The Thiruvananthapuram unit of the CBI has filed two separate FIRs under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) Act before the special court here on Thursday after it took over the 2017 Walayar case pertaining to the rape and murder of two minor Dalit sisters. The accused are Madhu alias Valiya Madhu, 27, Shibu, 43, and Madhu alias Kutty Madhu, 24. The fourth accused, Cherthala native Pradeep Kumar M, died by suicide last year. P7 ‘Pinarayi agreed not to invite tenders for LIFE’ Kochi: Gold smuggling case accused Swapna Suresh has claimed that the UAE consulgeneral had met Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to avoid invitation of tenders for the project. The CM and the diplomat agreed on this at the meeting. As per her statement submitted by the ED at the High Court recently, the meeting took place after UAE Red Crescent and LIFE Mission signed an MoU for the construction of apartments and a mini-hospital at Wadakkanchery. P7
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