AFP TIRUCHY SUNDAY JUNE 06, 2021 `12.00 PAGES 24 LATE CITY 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 TN eases full lockdown restrictions in 27 districts EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai THE State government on Saturday extended the ongoing lockdown for another week, till June 14, albeit with a few relaxations in districts where the curve is on a descend. The concessions include operation of call taxis and auto rickshaws, services provided by self-employed persons, such as electricians, I-T service persons, plumbers, motor mechanics, and carpenters. Relaxations have been allowed in 27 districts — Ariyalur, Chengalpattu, Chennai, C u d d a l o re, D h a r m a p u r i , Dindigul, Kallakurichi, Kancheepuram, Krishnagiri, Madurai, Kanniyakumari, Perambalur, Pudukkottai, Ramanathapuram, Ranipet, Sivag a n g a , Te n k a s i , T h e n i , Tiruvallur, Thoothukudi, Tiruchy, Tirunelveli, Tirupat- tur, Tiruvannamalai, Vellore, Vi l l u p u r a m a n d Virudhunagar. In the remaining 11 districts, only essential requirements of the public have been allowed. However, TASMAC outlets and tea shops will remain closed, TAMIL NADU Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths JUNE 4 22,651 33,646 463 JUNE 5 21,410 32,472 443 while public and private transport is also not allowed across the State. Inter-State and interdistrict travel, in case of individuals, will be permitted only for medical emergencies, deaths, and funeral rites, with e-registration. Announcing the lockdown extension, Chief Minister MK Stalin appealed to the people not to step out of their houses unnecessarily, so as to contain the spread of Covid infection, Uproar as ‘blue ticks’ briefly removed from accounts of Venkaiah, RSS chief Centre gives Twitter last chance 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 IT 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 Elec- tronics and Information Technology (MeitY) said. Curiously though, the strong, ly worded notice did not mention a specific date to comply with the rules. 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”. Twitter declined to comment on the matter. Notably, the IT ministry’s move comes on a day when Twitter courted contro- versy for removing the verified ‘blue tick’ marks of Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, RSS chief Mohan 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 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. What next If Twitter does not comply with govt norms, including appointing a chief compliance officer, it stands to lose its intermediary status that gives it immunity from liabilities — it could be liable for criminal action in case of complaints and to adhere to the guidelines issued by the State in this regard. People have also been requested to walk, and not use vehicles, to buy vegetables, groceries etc. from nearby shops. The relaxations come at a time when the State has been recording fewer cases compared to the month of May. While as many as 34,867 cases were recorded on May 24, only 21,410 people tested positive on MORE ON: P4 Saturday . SAFETY ISSUES TN cancels class 12 public examinations K V N A V YA @ Chennai THE State on Saturday announced cancellation of Class 12 Board examinations. A high-level committee has been constituted to formulate a method based on which marks or scores will be awarded. The committee will be headed by Secretary, School Education Department, and will include Higher Education Secretary Vice Chan, cellor of the Madras University and school headmasters. They will discuss and submit a report, based on which, admissions to professional, arts and science courses will happen, the CM said. Stalin has also written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to cancel all national-level entrance exams such as NEET, as the same reasons applicable for cancelling Class 12 exams, apply for entrance exams, too. 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 K U M A R V I K R A M @ New Delhi 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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