tadepalligudem l Wednesday l April 07, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l city EDITION N V Ramana appointed next CJI, to take oath on April 24 Senior-most Supreme Court judge Justice Nuthalapati Venkata Ramana was on Tuesday appointed as the next Chief Justice of India To remain chief justice till August 26, 2022 Justice Ramana will take over as the 48th CJI on April 24 and will retire on August 26, 2022. He has dealt with several high-profile cases in the apex court. A five-judge constitution bench headed by him had in March last year declined to refer to a larger seven-judge bench a batch of pleas challenging the Constitutional validity of the Centre’s decision to abrogate Article 370 ■ April 23 Was chief justice of delhi hc for a year Born on August 27, 1957 into an agricultural family in Andhra, Ramana was enrolled as an advocate on February 10, 1983. He was appointed a permanent judge of the AP High Court on June 27, 2000, elevated as the Chief Justice of Delhi HC on September 2, 2013 and appointed a Supreme Court judge on February 17, 2014 When incumbent Chief Justice of India Sharad Arvind Bobde will retire 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 SEC faulted for failing to enforce Model Code of Conduct for 4 weeks as per Supreme Court orders; Opposition pleas for fresh election notification dismissed HC Stays MPTC, ZPTC Polls E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e to first implement the four@ Vijayawada week Model Code of Conduct before the elections. In his rulThe Andhra Pradesh High ing, Justice Durga Prasad Rao Court on Tuesday stayed MPTC said that normally, the judiciand ZPTC elections, scheduled ary doesn’t use its special powto be held on April 8, until fur- ers under Article 226 to interther orders and directed the fere once the election process State Election Commission gets underway. There is a bar (SEC) to file a sworn affidavit on this under Article 329. If by April 15 stating that it will anyone has any objections, they abide by the Supreme Court di- could file a petition before the rectives on the procedure to be appropriate election authority , followed for the conduct of the he pointed out. However, it is polls. The High Court found not correct to argue that there fault with the SEC for not ad- can be no judicial review of hering to the Apex Court direc- electoral matters under Article tive to enforce the 226, he opined and citModel Code of Coned the verdict of the duct for four weeks SEC appeals Supreme Court in the prior to the election Mohinder Singh Gill The SEC on day . case wherein it ruled Tuesday night Justice U Durga that courts can interfiled an appeal Prasad Rao issued the in the HC against fere under special interim orders on a the single-judge circumstances. supplementary peti- order. The Chief Notification for the tion filed by TDP lead- Justice will have MPTC, ZPTC polls er Varla Ramaiah. to decide which was first issued on However, the Judge reMarch 7 last year. division bench fused to consider the However, they were will hear the request to stay further deferred through anappeal. It could action on the poll notiother notification on be heard either fications issued for the March 15 due to the midnight or conduct of the MPTC spread of Covid-19. today and ZPTC polls in The State government March and May last had then challenged year. He ruled that the SEC has the same in the Supreme Court, the authority to change or reno- which directed the SEC to contify poll process depending on sult the government before the circumstances under Rule holding the elections and also 7 of the AP Panchayat Raj (Con- to implement the Model Code duct of Elections) Rules. The of Conduct for four weeks prior judge dismissed a supplemen- to the election day . tary petition filed by the BJP “The court doesn’t agree seeking a directive to stop last with the argument of the SEC’s year’s poll notifications. counsel CV Mohan Reddy that The BJP as well as the TDP four weeks is the maximum pehad filed separate petitions ob- riod of model code,” the Judge jecting to the polls. While the said and ruled that non-adherBJP sought a directive against ence to the Apex Court direccontinuing with last year’s no- tive tantamounts to hindering tifications, the TDP sought in- free, fair and transparent terim orders directing the SEC elections. 4EVMs, 4 VVPAT machines found at Trinamool leader’s house, poll official suspended Assam, Kerala poll over, sporadic violence in West Bengal Phase III @ New Delhi The Centre on Tuesday warned the next four weeks are going to be very critical as the Covid-19 situation is worsening faster than it did during the first wave. The Union health ministry also stressed the need to ramp up vaccination while indicating that the age cap for taking the jab won’t be relaxed anytime soon despite it being demanded by some states, since vaccine available is “finite”. Even Western countries have conducted vaccination in phases, Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan reasoned. “The basic aim is to reduce death through vaccination. The other aim is to protect your healthcare system. The aim is never to administer the vaccine to those who want it B Anb u s e lv a n @ Chennai Amid sporadic violence and high voter turnout, the third of the eight-phase West Bengal elections concluded on Tuesday in three southern districts, known to be the ruling Trinamool’s forts. In Assam, polling in the third and final phase crossed 80% and the process was by and large peaceful although there were some stray incidents of violence. Kerala recorded a high voter percentage (74.02%), though it was a tad less than the previous Assembly elections in 2016 (77.35%). In West Bengal, actorturned-BJP candidate Papia Adhikary in Uluberia South was manhandled by alleged Trinamool supporters when she went to meet an injured party worker in a hospital. On the flip side, Trinamool candidate Sujata Mondal in Arambagh, Hooghly wife of , BJP MP Saumitra Khan from Bishnupur, who defected to the ruling party two months ago, was surrounded and chased away by alleged BJP supporters. Her security guard, too, was allegedly assaulted. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee alleged that the Central forces were intimidating her party’s workers and accused the Election Commission of hav- THE sudden surge in Covid cases over the past several weeks did not prevent Tamil Nadu from coming out to choose its next government, as the State recorded 71.79 per cent polling, largely in keeping with the tradition of staying well above the 70mark. In 2011 and 2016, the State recorded an impressive voter turnout of over 78 per cent and 74 per cent respectively Of the 6.29 crore eligi. ble voters in the State, 4.51 crore exercised their franchise this year. Though the Election Commission had framed new rules and provided a few extra facilities to maintain social distancing -- for instance, a whopping 88,937 polling booths were set up this time as against 66,316 in 2016 -there were reports from across the State of voters not using or following them. This election also took a big leap in improving transparency by ensuring that VVPAT machines were installed at all polling booths, a first in Assembly elections. As many as 559 VVPAT machines, 174 ballot units, and 134 control units had to be replaced due to snags. “The failure rate was hardly 1%, and the entire election went off peacefully,” said CEO Satyabrata Sahoo. Polling staff sort out material for MPTC and ZPTC elections at Montessori Mahila Kalasala in Vijayawada on Tuesday | P Ravindra Babu The HC ruling is a vindication of our stand... it is a clear victory for Ambedkar’s Constitution. The SEC should stop acting like the government’s rubber stamp and should not surrender its powers to the government — N Chandrababu Naidu, TDP chief HC invokes special powers under Article 226 In the 27-page verdict, Justice U Durga Prasad Rao said under the circumstances, the High Court deemed it necessary to invoke its special powers under Article 226 of the Constitution to interfere in the MPTC and ZPTC election process TDP’s behaviour is childish. On the one hand, it has boycotted the polls and on the other, it has approached the HC. Though polls were supposed to be completed one year ago, the then SEC had postponed them — Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy, YSRC gen-sec About 20 students and staff members of Acharya Nagarjuna University in Guntur tested positive in the past one week. ANU Registrar K Rosaiah on Tuesday informed that classes for students will be conducted online till April 14 as a precautionary measure Relief package for theatres The State government on Tuesday announced a relief package for the cinema theatres hit by nationwide lockdown. The package includes waiver of fixed electricity charges of theatres for three months and provision of 50% interest subvention on loans Andhra Pradesh reported close to 2,000 new infections in the 24 hours ending Tuesday 9 am taking the Covid-19 tally past the 9.10 lakh-mark. The daily count of 1,941 is the highest since November 10, 2020 when 1,886 cases emerged from 67,000-odd samples tested. The virulent spread of Covid in the second wave is evident as the 1,941 fresh infections emerged from just a little over 31,000 samples. Apart from the five Covid hotspot districts of Guntur, Chittoor, Krishna, Nellore and Visakhapatnam, Srikakulam too witnessed a sharp spike in infections by recording 102 new cases. Guntur reported the highest daily count of 424, followed by Chittoor with 323. The five hotspot districts accounted for 1,550 of the total 1,941 new infections. With the surge in cases, the overall tally of Nellore went past the 64,000-mark, while the cumulative count of Srikakulam breached the 47,000-mark. The daily count of Vizianagaram and West Godavari also went into double digits. The recoveries in the 24 hours span were less than half of the daily count taking the total number of active cases to 11,809, the highest since November 28, 2020. Five of the total 13 districts in the State have more than 1,000 active cases each. Chittoor has the highest caseload of 2,116, while Vizianagaram has the lowest number of 173 active cases. The Covid toll increased to 7,251 with seven fatalities. Prakasam and Visakhapatnam reported two deaths each, Chittoor, P5 Guntur and Kurnool one each. India Inc wary as US moots global minimum corp tax WHile the US is leading an international effort to create a global minimum tax on corporate profits, India Inc says the move will have not have any impact on India. On Monday US Treasury Secre, tary Janet Yellen called for a global minimum tax that would apply to multinational corporations, regardless of where they locate their headquarters. “Together, we can use a global minimum tax to make sure the global economy thrives based on a more level-playing field in the taxation of multinational corporations,” she said, adding that it would prevent a “race to the bottom” in which countries cut tax to entice companies. She said this is aimed Voters queue up at a polling station during the third and final phase of Assam Assembly elections, in Guwahati on Tuesday | PTI ing turned a blind eye to it. In Assam, the police had to use force when two groups of people clashed over some issues at a polling station in Golakganj constituency in Dhubri district. At Guptipara in Bilasipara West constituency also in Dhubri dis, trict, a group of people attacked security personnel over the distribution of free masks. The police restored o r d e r by r e s o r t i n g t o caning. In Kerala, the Sabarimala issue dominated the day’s political discourse, with the LDF and the UDF trading charges over whom Lord Ayyappa would support during polling. 6 Faculty of Engineering and Technology NIRF Rank : 28 (2020) NAAC : A++ (2021) E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada flight of capital E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi 71.79% 81.64% Despite Covid pandemic, TN records near 72% polling @ Kolkata/Guwahati/Kochi 20 ANU students test positive but to those who need it.” NITI Aayog Member (Health) Dr V K Paul said Covid-appropriate behaviour like wearing masks and staying away from crowds have to be followed in a campaign mode. However, that awareness is yet to sink in, going by the crowds in poll bound states. Officials said the situation can still be controlled with people’s participation. Maharashtra, Punjab and Chhattisgarh still remain states of maximum concer n. Given their population, the number of deaths being reported by Punjab and Chhattisgarh are a cause of extreme concern, Bhushan pointed out. However, Maharashtra, Gujarat and West Bengal top the vaccine administration charts. As many as 96,982 new cases were reported in a span of 24 hours on Tuesday morning. Pudhucherry E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e Next 4 weeks to be very AP reports highest spike of critical, jab age cap won’t 1,941 Covid cases since Nov 10 be lifted soon, says govt E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e Tamil Nadu at “making sure that governments have stable tax systems that raise sufficient revenue to invest in essential public goods and respond to crises.” With the EU and the IMF also supporting the move, experts believe countries like India that have cut tax to attract multi-national companies would come under pressure to raise rates. 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