WARANGAL SATURDAY MAY 29, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 12 CITY EDITION 30 STATES, UTs SEEK SHORTER CBSE CLASS XII BOARD EXAMS HOLDING EXAMS RISKY: DELHI, MAHARASHTRA Except Delhi and Maharashtra, all other states have written to the Centre saying these tests are crucial for students’ future EXAMINATIONS TO RESULTS IN 45 DAYS According to Delhi and Maharashtra, allowing gathering at examination centres could cause massive risks of infection to students and teachers and these tests could turn into superspreader events. The other states also asked the Centre to organise shorter, 90-minute exams for all subjects, in which most questions will be objective or short answer types ■ ■ “Most states are in favour of conducting shorter versions of tests for all subjects and completing the process from examination to results within 45 days,” said an official The official added if the tests are taken at all CBSE schools, it will raise the number of centres and will reduce crowding June 1 FINAL DECISION ON CLASS XII BOARD EXAMINATIONS EXPECTED BY THEN 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 New Delhi: Google, Facebook and WhatsApp have shared details with the Centre but Twitter is still not following the IT rules, sources said. Twitter has only shared details of a lawyer working in a law firm as their Nodal Contact Person and Grievance Officer, sources added Why your spend has shot up J73 It’s not just your grocery bill that has gone up this year after the second deadly wave of the pandemic. The cost of fuel and industrial commodities, too, have gone north, as the accompanying charts show, fueling inflation average cost of petrol on May 27 last year JAB-O-METER May 27 TAKE 26,58,218 doses YOUR May 28 SHOT 28,07,411 doses TOTAL DOSES: 20,86,12,834 NATIONWIDE Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths MAY 27 MAY 28 2,11,298 1,86,364 2,83,135 2,59,459 3,847 3,660 COVID ORIGIN PROBE India on Friday supported calls for a full probe into the origins of Covid-19, days after US President Joe Biden asked American intelligence agencies to find out how coronavirus emerged in China | P7 93.68 99.94 93.72 95.28 96.8 97.36 94.46 95.66 99.43 95.99 100.17 Prices (`) Prices (`) (As on May 27, 2020) (As on May 27, 2021) % change 110.94 87.2 101.78 118.28 90.52 220.09 147.51 93.78 67.65 20.69 16.08 77 34.2 46.77 103.69 39.7 18.9 48.32 111.66 31.29 28.86 25.72 172.57 133.24 151.01 168.84 128.82 282.59 175.64 107.84 76.75 23.46 17.85 85.44 35.98 49.17 108.68 39.44 18.25 46.03 106.12 29.3 26 19.16 55.55 52.8 48.38 42.75 42.31 28.4 19.07 14.99 13.45 13.39 11.01 10.96 5.2 5.13 4.81 0.71 -3.44 -4.74 -4.96 -6.36 -9.91 -25.51 Sunflower oil (Packed) Palm oil (Packed) Soya Oil (Packed) Mustard oil (Packed) Vanaspati (Packed) Loose Tea Groundnut oil (Packed) Tur/Arhar Dal Gram Dal Onion Salt (Iodised) Masoor Dal Rice Milk (1 litre) Urad Dal Sugar Tomato Gur Moong Dal Atta Wheat Potato All prices in Rs/kg unless mentioned otherwise Source: Ministry of Consumer affairs and commodity exchanges Steel (Hot rolled Coil) 67,000 37,350 Copper 4,13,400 Nickel Aluminium Lead Zinc 1,94,350 1,32,000 1,78,550 1,34,250 2,33,500 1,56,200 DIESEL PRICES (`/lt) as on 28 May 2021 J66 average cost of diesel on May 27 last year INDUSTRY COMMODITY 7,57,400 9,05,200 THERE will be no immediate relief on GST over Covid-19 vaccine and medical supplies as the GST Council on Friday left taxes on these unchanged, though it decided to extend duty exemption on import of a medicine used for treatment of black fungus. The Council for med a Group of Ministers (GoM) to decide if any further exemption is required. “The GoM will submit its report on or before June 8. Any new rates will now be decided by the GoM,” FM Nirmala Sitharaman said. Currently, vaccines attract 5% GST. JUST DEMAND ‘Increase the borrowing limit of State’ 13,16,000 Price in tonne May 2021 Expenditure increased Harish Rao said that the expenditure of the State has increased and the revenues decreased due to pandemic. He said that the State govt has been spending huge amounts on the health of the people May 2020 DATA COMPILED BY: SESA SEN “The consensus was that before agreeing to fitment committee, a GoM should study if zero rated tax can be levied or for mal tax of 0.1%,” said sources. Chhattisgarh commercial tax minister T S Singhdeo said the argument that Input tax credit can be claimed only on those zero-rated goods which are imported or from SEZ is wrong. “This is limited to IGST not CGST. Section 9, 17 and section 52 of the CGST Act say that there is a provision of zero rated tax,” he said. While there will be no immediate relief on GST over various medical sur prises, a number of specified Covid-19 related goods such as medical oxygen, oxygen concentrators and other oxygen storage and transportation equipment, certain diagnostic markers test kits and Covid-19 vaccines, will be exempted from IGST. “The council has decided to exempt the import of relief items even if they are purchased. If these are meant for donating to the government or on recommendation of the state authority to any relief agents. Also. This exemption has been extended till 31st August 2021,” Sitharaman said. Further, in view of rising Black Fungus cases, the above exemption from IGST has been extended to Amphotericin B. V V BA L A K R I S H N A @ Hyderabad Harish Rao said that Telangana was getting the lowest GST compensation from the Centre. While, the fiscal deficit of all the states stood at 36.3 per cent, the Telangana’s fiscal deficit was 23.10 per cent in 2021-22 financial year, he pointed out. He added that the expenditure of the State has increased and the revenues decreased due to the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic. He said that the State government has been spending huge amounts of money on the health of the people. ARGUING that State’s revenues have decreased and the expenditure had increased due to the Covid-19, Finance Minister T Harish Rao on Friday asked the Centre to increase borrowing limit of the State from the present three per cent to five per cent under Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM) Act. Participating in the 43rd Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council meeting from BRKR Bhavan over a video conference, Max Health- KPHB Neelima HospitalSanathnagar DETAILED PROBE While action has been initiated on five of the 64 hospitals against whom complaints were made, Dr GS Rao informed Express that a detailed enquiry will be done on individual complaints. D O N I TA J OS E @ Hyderabad WITHOUT losing much time, the Telangana government cracked the whip at the private hospitals that are bleeding the patients white in the name of treatment to Covid-19. Apart from taking a swift action against Virinchi Hospital by cancelling its licence to treat Covid-19 patients after the kin of a deceased Covid0-19 patient created trouble on Thursday, alleging that wrong treatment had led to his death, the government went after Neelima, Vinn, TX and Max Health hospitals and revoked the permits given to them for charging outrageous amounts to the patients. The orders stated that the hospitals under the scanner should not admit any Covid-19 patients and those already un- STATE PROCURES RECORD 67 LAKH TONNES OF PADDY TELANGANA MAY 27 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 3,614 3,961 18 MAY 28 3,527 3,982 19 der treatment should not be charged more than what the government had already fixed. While this is the first time that so many hospitals have lost their licences to treat at one go, this is the second time that the Virinchi hospital has been punished in this fashion. Last year, the hospital was found to have overcharged the patients incurring the wrath of the government. In an order issued by the Director of Public Health and Family Welfare office, the hospitals were served show cause notice with instructions to submit a detailed explanation to the notice within 24 hours. CONTINUED ON P5 But the hospital authorities failed to submit any explanation to the show cause notice issued or failed to give any satisfactory response on why excess bills were raised. “Owing to this, the permission given to these hospitals to provide Covid-19 treatment was revoked by the government under the Epidemic Diseases Act and under Telangana Allopathic Private Medical Care Establishments Act,” the order said. It was not just these hospital alone, but nearly 64 other hospitals which have been served notice. While most responded in 24 hours, four had their licences revoked. Further, the DPH office released the names of all hospitals against whom complaints were received and it highlighted that the highest number of complaints were received against Omni Hospital in Kukatpally with six comCONTINUED ON P4 plaints. Huge bill drives +ve man to suicide in hosp E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Hyderabad No GST relief for Covid vaccine for now, ministerial panel to look into it A N U R A D H A S H U K L A @ New Delhi GREEDY 5 TX Hospital Kacheguda as on 28 May 2021 AVERAGE RETAIL PRICE Food items Based on complaints, the State govt also served notices on 64 other facilities Vinn HospitalBegumpet PETROL PRICES (`/lt) Take care of Covid orphans, says SC New Delhi: Expressing concern over the fact many children in the country have been orphaned in the devastating Covid-19 pandemic, the Supreme Court on Friday directed state authorities to immediately identify them and provide relief. A vacation bench told district administrators to make a list in their areas and upload data on the NCPCR website | P7 5 overcharging hosps penalised Virinchi HospitalBanjara Hills NEW DELHI MUMBAI KOLKATA CHENNAI BENGALURU HYDERABAD BHUBANESWAR THIRUVANANATHAPURAM VIJAYAWADA PATNA JAIPUR Twitter yet to follow new IT rules 84.61 91.87 87.46 89.39 89.7 92.24 92.25 90.93 93.75 90 93.59 EXPRESS READ EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad EVEN before the completion of the ongoing procurement drive for the Yasangi (rabi) crop, Telangana broke its previous record of procuring an all-time high quantity of paddy of 67 lakh metric tonnes as on Friday . The Civil Supplies Department officials are estimating that another 10 to 15 lakh metric tonnes of paddy would arrive at procurement centres. In the Yasangi season of 2014-15, the State government procured 13.24 LMT, and in the subsequent year, it was even lesser. In 201516 Yasangi, the State government procured only 8.42 LMT. The increase in cultivation began in 201617 when 37.21 LMT was procured. By 20192020, the production doubled in the state due to the agricultural friendly initiatives taken up by the State government. In the Yasangi season of 2019-2020, the Civil Supplies department has procured 64.17 LMT paddy an official press release said. , ALLEGED harassment by a private hospital with regard to bills for Covid-19 treatment forced a 54-year-old man, P Madhusudan Reddy, to resort to suicide at Chaitanyapuri. Madhusudan jumped from the same hospital building, where he was undergoing treatment, on Wednesday. He was admitted to another hospital nearby , where he died undergoing treatment late on Thursday . Madhusudan, his wife Manjula and their son Parthasarathi, from Saroornagar tested positive around 10 days back. They were admitted to a private hospital in Kothapet for treatment. During the process, they were informed that `5 lakh per person would be charged for the treatment package. Interim bail to TMC leaders West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s no-show as Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds a cyclone review meeting EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Kolkata A five-judge bench of the Calcutta High Court on Friday granted interim bail to three Trinamool MLAs, including two ministers, and a former mayor of Kolkata in the Narada sting operation case. Brushing aside Solicitor General Tushar Mehta’s apprehension that the accused are influential and could tamper with evidence, the bench said: ‘’The investigation started four years ago. Why the CBI did not arrest the accused in past four years? They were influential when the probe was going on.” Meanwhile, it emerged that a sitting judge of the Calcutta high court wrote on May 24 to the all brother judges, including acting chief justice Rajesh Bindal, questioning the way the case has been handled. A few days back, his wife and son were discharged after paying `5 lakh each. Madhusudan’s amount was due and he did not recover completely The . hospital authorities allegedly told him that he would be discharged only after clearing the dues. Upset over this, he jumped from his room on the second floor of the hospital building. He was rushed to another hospital in Kothapet, where he breathed his last late on Thursday Chaitanyapuri police said . they are investigating all angles. Mamata skips PM meet, Centre recalls Chief Secy MANISH ANAND AND PRANAB M O N D A L @ New Delhi/Kolkata THE optics of the first in-person meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi had lined up with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at Kalaikunda, was as turbulent as cyclone Yaas itself, whose destruction they were expected to review, since the latter skipped the scheduled interaction. Defence minister Rajnath Singh expressed shock at the no-show, saying Mamata had violated the basic tenets of the Constitution’s federal system. The first fallout was the Centre’s order to recall Bengal Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay whose tenure was , extended for three months just four days ago. Bengal has been asked to send him to the Department of Personnel and Training’s office in Delhi by May 31 morning. Mamata has to relieve him first before he can be sent back. Mamata later met Modi for 15 minutes and presented a sheaf of papers containing the state government’s assessment of the cyclone damage. As for the meeting, the presence of the leader of Opposition Suvendu Adhikari was the trigger for Mamata’s anger, as Suvendu had defected from Trinamool to the BJP and defeated her in a tight race in Nandigram. But the Centre claimed invites to other Opposition leaders like Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury (Cong) too had gone out. But Adhir expressed his inability to make it as he was in Delhi. However, he told this newspaper that he had been informed about the meeting only around 7.30 am on Friday. “It was not possible for me to attend it at such short notice,” he said. WHAT ABOUT MERIT? SSC all-pass decision puts IIIT Basara in dilemma S R A JA R E D DY @ Adilabad THE Covid-19 has created a piquant situation for the Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowle d g e a n d Te ch n o l o g i e s (RGUKT), popularly known as Basra IIIT. As all the students of SSC have been declared passed without examinations, the university officials are racking their brains as to how go ahead with the selection of students for admission to the six-year integrated course in various disciplines of engineering. Though the Education De- partment has given grades, based on the formative assessment tests (FAT) held at the school level at the end of the year, which are more or less like school final exams, the officials believe that they cannot totally rely on these scores since throughout the year the students had to attend online classes and no one knows much the students had grasped from this hitherto unfamiliar medium of instruction. For the RGUIT, since its establishment in 2007-08, the selection is based on students merit in the SSC examination. CONTINUED ON P4
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