afp VILLUPURAM l Sunday l June 06, 2021 l `12.00 l PAGES 24 l 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, Mamata makes nephew TMC’s general secy E xpress N ews S ervice @ Kolkata West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Saturday appointed her nephew and Diamond Harbour MP Abhishek Banerjee as the party’s national general secretary Abhishek’s . promotion is seen as an affirmation of his influence in the party and a cheeky answer to the BJP’s tirade against him throughout the Assembly election campaign. Abhishek’s meteoric rise was one of the reasons for many quitting the TMC, most notable being Mamata’s protégé-turnedfoe Suvendu Adhikari, in the run-up to the polls. Many BJP leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had attacked Abhishek, branding him as tolabaj bhaipo (extortionist nephew). The announcement came during the party’s first organisational meeting after a landslide victory in the recent Assembly election. NATIONWIDE Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths june 4 june 5 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 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- 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 transac- june 4 tamil nadu 22,651 33,646 463 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 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 the accounts of V-P Venkaiah Naidu, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat Centre gives Twitter last chance to comply 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 Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) said. Curiously, though, the strongly 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”. “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 GST collection in May slips to `1.02L cr from `1.41L cr in Apr E xpress N ews S ervice @ New Delhi 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, tions 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 (including `868 cr collected on import of goods). 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 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 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, including appointing a chief compliance officer, it stands to lose its intermediary status that gives it immunity from liabilities over any third-party data hosted by it. In other words, it could be liable for criminal action in case of complaints MeitY is dismayed to note that your responses to the Ministry’s letters neither address the clarifications sought by the Ministry nor indicate full compliance with the Rules IT ministry’s notice to Twitter EXPRESS READ Panel to study impact of NEET Chennai: CM MK Stalin on Saturday formed a high-level committee, headed by retired judge AK Rajan, to study and submit a report on the impact of NEET on admissions to medical courses in TN | P4 Brazil approves Covaxin import Hyderabad: Brazil will allow conditional import of Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin. Brazil’s health regulator said four million doses would be imported and based on its trial, more could be ordered | P12 WITH THIS ISSUE The Evil Empire PLUS 12 PAGES st u dents ’ sa f et y priorit y 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 highlevel committee has been constituted to formulate a method based on which marks or scores will be awarded to these students. The committee will be headed by Secretary, School Education Department, and will include Higher Education Secretary, Vice Chancellor of the Madras University and school headmasters. They will discuss and submit a report suggesting methods to award marks or scores, based on which, admissions to professional, arts and science courses will happen, the CM said. Stalin has also written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to cancel the conduct of all national-level entrance exams such as NEET, as the same reasons applicable for cancelling Class 12 exams, apply for entrance exams, too. Earlier in the day School Ed, ucation Minister Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi had held a high level meeting with 13 legislature party representatives and consulted doctors, parents, students, mental health experts and teachers to discuss about the same. Former School Education Minister KA Sengottaiyan from the AIADMK, too, participated in the meeting. Scoring system A panel has been formed to formulate a method to award marks/ scores, based on which, admissions to professional, arts & science courses will happen 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 Saturday . more on: P4 express impact CM appreciates efforts of brave-heart nurse E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai After Express’ reportage on real life heroes, one of them being a theatre nurse at the Government Kasturba Gandhi Hospital for Women and Children, P Jayakumar, who made a brave effort to save 36 new-borns from fire, Chief Minister MK Stalin on Saturday appreciated him. “I received a call on Tuesday night, and was told that I was invited to meet the CM in person, along with my family I was given a memento and . `1 lakh as a token of appreciation,” Jayakumar told Express. Ministers Durai Murugan and PK Sekar Babu, and DMK MLA Udhayanidhi Stalin, were also present on the occasion. Jayakumar added, “We spent around half an hour with the CM and were treated with so much warmth. Udhayanidhi also played with my kids.” 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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