afp Tirupati l sunday l june 06, 2021 l `12.00 l PAGES 24 l anantapur EDITION G-7 agrees to 15% minimum global tax rate for MNCs Finance ministers of 7 countries signed the deal on Saturday to tackle corporate tax avoidance & make tech giants pay up make firms pay right taxes in right places The deal reached during the London meeting gives in-principle approval to a 15% taxation rate on MNCs in each country they operate in. UK’s representative to the G7 said the deal aims to bring global tax systems in tune with the digital age, while ensuring companies pay the right tax in the right places. G20 meeting in Italy’s Venice in July is likely to follow suit ■ SEVEN drawing the blueprint for others? ■ ■ Global discussions on corporate tax issue gained traction after US President Joe Biden backed the idea of 15% levy on profits The London deal is likely to chart the course for nations in a fix over firms escaping to tax havens instead of paying rightful taxes Wider talks likely in Paris when 140 countries meet in July | p10 Countries — US, uk, japan, canada, italy, france & germany — form g7 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 NGOs roped in to manage village isolation centres S T r i m u r t h u l u @ Kakinada As a measure to combat Covid-19 in rural areas effectively, the East Godavari district administration has roped in NGOs to serve patients in village isolation centres. In fact, East Godavari has recorded the highest number of 2.37 lakh Covid cases in the State. It has the highest active caseload of over 27,000. The incidence of Covid is high in Kakinada and Rajamahendravaram cities and other towns. Chintur, Kunavaram, Addateegala, Jaggampeta, Kirlampudi, Pithapuram, Prathipadu, Thondangi and other mandals have also re por ted more number of Covid cases. The district administration has established three Covid Care Centres, in addition to 40 notified private hospitals to treat patients. With more Covid cases emerging from rural ar- eas, more than 100 village isolation centres have been set up. The district administration has identified high incidence of Covid in 46 villages. District Collector D Muralidhar Reddy has taken an initiative to rope in NGOs to serve Covid patients in isolation centres in villages. Joint Collector (Welfare) G Rajakumari has coordinated with Nehru Yuva Kendra in identifying the NGOs. As many as 41 NGOs have been identified for Covid management in village isolation centres and PHCs. Members of the NGOs and NSS units will extend their help in managing the village isolation centres. They are also entrusted with the task of providing protected drinking water to the isolation centres. The NGOs are also providing oxygen concentrators to needy patients by collecting the devices from philanthropists. More Uproar as ‘blue ticks’ removed from the accounts of Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat; the verified badges restored later Centre sends one last notice to Twitter to comply with IT rules E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi The Centre on Saturday sent ‘one last notice’ to Twitter, giving the US social media company another chance to comply with India’s Information Technology rules, which came into effect on May 26. “As a gesture of goodwill, Twitter Inc is hereby given one last notice to immediately comply with the Rules, failing which the exemption from liability available under Section 79 of the IT Act, 2000 shall stand withdrawn and Twitter shall be liable for consequences as per the IT Act and other penal laws of India,” the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) said. Curiously though, the strong, ly worded notice did not mention a specific date to comply with the rules. NATIONWIDE june 4 june 5 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 1,32,364 1,20,529 2,07,071 1,97,894 2,713 3,380 June 4 33,57,713 doses June 5 31,20,451 doses Total doses: 23,10,89,241 Jab-o-meter Take your shot statewide Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths june 4 10,413 15,469 83 june 5 10,373 16,958 80 Nellore GGH chief shifted after ‘row’ E xp r ess N ews S e r v i ce @ Nellore The State government has transferred Dr Prabhakar Jena, Superintendent of ACSR Government General Hospital, and appointed Dr C Radhakrishna Raju in his place after alleged harassment. Though the government in its order issued on Saturday , transferring Dr Prabhakar to Kurnool Medical College as Professor of General Surgery stated that the transfer , was effected to ensure the smooth functioning of Nellore GGH, the move assumes significance as there was an allegation of a higher official of the hospital harassing a medico over phone for P5 sexual favours. W ITH THIS ISSUE The Evil Empire PLUS 12 PAGES In the notice, MeitY said the US social media giant’s refusal to comply with the Indian rules shows its “lack of commitment towards providing a safe experience for the people of India on its platform”. “Despite being operational in India for more than a decade, it is beyond belief that Twitter Inc has doggedly refused to create mechanism that will enable the people of India to resolve their issues on the platform in a timely and transparent manner and through fair processes, by India based, clearly identified resources,” MeitY added. Twitter declined to comment on the matter. Notably, the IT ministry’s move comes on a day when Twitter courted controversy for removing the verified ‘blue tick’ marks of Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, RSS chief Mo- han Bhagawat and RSS functionaries Suresh Soni, Arun Kumar, Suresh Joshi and Krishna Gopal. The microblogging platform’s action created an uproar with critics accusing the social media firm of political bias. Later, Twitter restored the verified badges. In its defence, Twitter said the blue tick was temporarily removed from Naidu’s personal account as it was inactive since July last year. According to Twitter’s verification policy the platform may , remove the blue tick and the ‘verified’ status if the account becomes inactive for more than six months. The coveted ‘’blue badge’’ helps users distinguish the authenticity of accounts that are of high public interest, and gives Twitter users more context about who they’re having conversations with. What next If Twitter does not comply with govt norms, it stands to lose its intermediary status that gives it immunity from liabilities over any 3rd party data hosted by it MeitY is dismayed to note that your responses to the letters neither address the clarifications sought by it nor indicate full compliance IT ministry than 300 oxygen concentrators have been donated to the government by various organisations and philanthropists. Similarly, NSS units and local youth associations will be roped in to control people at vaccination centres and ensure observance of Covid protocol. Muralidhar Reddy has appealed to NGOs to adopt villages and help the district administration in its efforts to combat Covid in rural areas. GST collection slips to `1.02L cr from `1.41L cr PRIVATE VS PUBLIC With govt bearing the cost, most preferred pvt hosps States where private hospital admissions outnumbered the ones at public facilities Andhra Pradesh 5,19,388 Private 1,50,282 hospitals 2,00,159 44,215 Public hospitals 3,14,419 89,026 7,03,952 1,08,172 8,43,984 3,22,080 Tamil Nadu 15,95,396 9,59,041 Uttar Pradesh Haryana Maharashtra Jharkhand People admitted to private hospitals 74.91 lakh Amount paid to private hospitals K11,611 crore Average expenditure per admission K15,500 People admitted to public hospitals 62.96 lakh Amount paid to public hospitals K6,323 crore Average expenditure per hospitalisation K10,042 big chunk of Ayushman Bharat fund spent to foot private hosp bills E xp r ess N ews S e r v i ce @ New Delhi K u m a r V i k r a m @ New Delhi THE gross Goods and Services Tax (GST) collection for May slipped to `1,02,709 crore from `1.41 lakh crore mopped up in April, as Covid-induced lockdown restrictions suppressed business activity and pulled down e-way bills. April’s record collection of `1.42 lakh crore – the highest since the GST rollout – was partly because of year-end payments in March. The GST collected in April was for transactions that took place in March. On a year-on-year basis, the May GST collection is 65% higher than the GST revenues in May 2020 and it has stayed above the psychological mark of `1 lakh crore. This is eighth month in a row that monthly GST collections have crossed this milestone. Of the total collection in May central GST is `17,592 , crore, state GST `22,653, integrated GST `53,199 crore and Cess `9,265 crore. Underlining the poor state of public health infrastructure, particularly in small towns and rural areas, a majority of beneficiaries covered under the government’s ambitious Ayushman Bharat scheme availed of hospitalisation at private hospitals instead of government facilities. Till March 24, the total number of admissions under the scheme in private hospitals was 74.91 lakh, much higher than 62.96 lakh recorded in public hospitals, according to a reply received by this newspaper under the RTI Act. The reply revealed that of the total `17,934 crore spent by the government from the start of the year till March 24 to foot the beneficiaries’ bill, `11,611 crore was paid to private hospitals, while the state-run facilities got `6,323 crore. The average bill per admission at a private hospital was `15,500, at least 50% higher than `10,042 incurred at a public hospital. The reply said 14.66 crore health cards were issued till March 24 and 172.48 lakh admissions were authorised. Continued on P7
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