HYDERABAD WEDNESDAY APRIL 07, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 16 LATE 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 Feb 17, 2014 | P5 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 Assam, Kerala poll over, sporadic violence in West Bengal Phase III In Bengal, BJP’s Adhikary manhandled; Sabarimala issue dominates discourse in Kerala FLOW OF PROSPERITY Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao pays obeisance to mighty Godavari after releasing water into Gajwel canal in Pamulaparthy village in Markook mandal of Siddipet district on Tuesday. He also released Godavari waters into Haldivagu at Avusulapally village in Wargal mandal | P2 Next 4 weeks to be very critical, says Centre EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi HC gives TS 48 hrs to submit report on steps taken to combat Covid EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Taking serious exception to what it considered flippant and negligent approach TELANGANA High Court to the pandemic, the High on Tuesday took the State Court wanted to know why government to task for its the government was allowpoor response to the second ing the functioning of bars, wave of Covid-19 that is pubs, liquor shops, cinema building up across the State halls and gyms and why it and asked it to submit a re- had not contemplated imposport within 48 hours on ing restrictions on them. measures to taken to combat The court also pointed out the pandemic. that the people are turning The High Court gave up in large numbers for the direction after the funerals and wedState government dings, posing a masubmitted a 400jor threat to the pubpage report, as prelic health. It also viously directed by expressed displeasthe court, in which ure over the the it said that about government not do‘Conduct vax nine lakh people ing enough number drive 24/7’ have been tested for of RT-PCR tests. The Telangana Covid-19 so far and The court pointHigh Court also that it also shut ed out that more schools and colleg- asked the State number of rapid es to prevent its govt to speed up antigen tests, which vaccination spread. are unreliable, were drive. Since the The report, which being conducted in listed out measures government was the State, while RTsaying that it taken in the last 15 PCR tests were not has enough days, also pointed even 10 per cent of number of out that it had isthe total tests done vaccine doses, sued a G.O. making on Covid-19 suslet the wearing masks pects. The court vaccination mandatory . asked the State to drive be When the governinform what action ment submitted conducted 24/7 is being taken by that it was graduthose who flagrantally increasing the number ly violated Covid-19 protoof Covid-19 tests, the court cols and how much fine has shot back and asked how it been imposed on the lawcan justify its action at a breakers. time when the pandemic The court wanted to know was spreading rapidly. It where the 54 Covid-19 treatasked the government to im- ment centres which were set mediately increase the up were functioning and number of RT-PCR tests to whether the government arrive at a realistic estimate was disseminating informaof the incidence of infection tion about how one could so that appropriate meas- reach them in times of ures could be taken. emergency . @ Hyderabad 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 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. Maharashtra, Punjab and Chhattisgarh still remain states of maximum concern. Given their population, the number of deaths being reported by Punjab and Chhattisgarh are a cause of extreme concern, Bhushan pointed out. As many as 96,982 new cases were reported in a span of 24 hours on Tuesday morning. MAHA PATIENTS FILLING UP BEDS IN COVID WARDS OF HOSPITALS IN HYDERABAD|P4 Double the daily tests, ramp up vax drive: CS E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Hyderabad CHIEF Secretary Somesh Kumar on Tuesday directed the District Collectors to ramp up Covid-19 vaccine drive and administer over 1.25 lakh jabs per day. During a video conference, the Chief Secretary also asked the Collectors to double the number of tests being done on a daily basis in order to cast the net wider and identify as many Covid-19 positive persons as possible. The review took place after the High Court asked the government to submit a report within 48 hours on the measures being taken to combat the pandemic. The Chief Secretary stated that increasing the numbers would help in early identification and isolation of positive cases, which in turn would help in controlling the spread CONTINUED ON P4 of disease. Somesh tests +ve Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday and is now under home quarantine. Though he tested positive, he held a video conference with the District Collectors on measures to be taken to combat the pandemic. 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 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 70-mark. 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 eligible voters in the State, 4.51 crore exercised their franchise. Though the Election Commission framed new rules and provided a few extra facilities to maintain social distancing — for instance, a whopping 88,937 polling booths were set up as against 66,316 in 2016 — there were reports from across the State of voters not using them. @ Kolkata/Guwahati/Kochi 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 Voters queue up at a polling station during the third and final phase of Assam Assembly elections, in Guwahati on Tuesday | PTI workers and accused the Election Commission of having 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 order by resorting to 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. 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. However, complaints about malfunctioning EVMs and VVPAT machines were reported. As many as 559 VVPAT machines, 174 ballot units, and 134 control units had to be replaced. “The failure rate was hardly 1%, and the entire election went off peacefully,” said Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo. Asked about Opposition’s allegations that some VVPATs were showing only one particular party’s symbol no matter what button was pressed on the EVM, Sahoo said the allegations were “false”. While a TV channel reported a boothcapturing attempt in Velachery , Sahoo dismissed it saying no P5 such incident happened. Pandemic fails to dampen poll mood in Pondy Puducherry: After a first few hours of brisk voting in Puducherry, sparking expectations that the polling percentage would cross 90, the figure settled at 81.64 by the end of the day. Of the 1,934 Covid patients in the region, 510 turned up to vote in accordance with the safety protocol. The Assembly elections in the Union Territory began at 7 am on Tuesday, except at a few booths, where EVMs suffered glitches that were later rectified. In first four hours, the polling percentage crossed 20, and by 3 pm, it crossed 66. Yanam recorded the highest polling percentage of 91.27, while Raj Bhavan recorded the lowest — 73.24.The Union Territory has 10,04,507 eligible voters, and 1,558 polling booths were set up to ensure not more than 1,000 were at each. P5 Tarun Bajaj is new revenue secretary, Ajay Seth in DEA Faculty of Engineering and Technology E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi IN a major bureaucratic reshuffle in the Union finance ministry, the government on Wednesday appointed economic affairs secretary Tarun Bajaj as revenue secretary and brought in Bangalore Metro chief Ajay Seth as the new secretary in the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA). Bajaj, a 1988-batch Haryana-cadre IAS officer who has served in the PMO, has played a big role in the govTarun Bajaj ernment’s ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ package. Seth, a 1987-batch IAS officer of the Karnataka cadre, became the managing director of Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation since 2018. He has also served in Ajay Seth the health & family welfare and the finance departments in the state. Seth is returning to central deputation after 13 years. He was an advisor with Asian Development Bank from 2004 to 2008. Prior to that, he had held the post of director in the economic affairs department. India Inc wary as US moots global minimum corp tax 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 at “making sure that govern- B A N B U S E LV A N @ Chennai EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE FLIGHT OF CAPITAL E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi OVER 70% VOTE IN TN 4EVMs, 4 VVPAT machines found at Trinamool leader’s house, poll official suspended ments 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 multinational companies would come under pressure to raise rates. On September 20, 2019, India had announced a massive tax rate cut, lowering the base corporate tax rate to 22% from 30%, and to 15% from 25% for new manufacturing companies. However, India Inc thinks it is not an easy idea to implement. “It is easier said than done. It will be like asking countries to give up their global competitive edge,” said a senior member of the Confederation of Indian Industry . B.Tech. 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