AFP HYDERABAD 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 Unfenced nala claims 7-year-old boy’s life in Hyd E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ Hyderabad A seven-year-old boy named B Anand Sai drowned in an open drain at Old Bowenpally in Hyderabad on Saturday. He accidentally fell into the nala as the fencing around it was damaged in the 2020-floods and has been under repair since. In fact, this is the second such Mamata makes nephew TMC’s general secy EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ 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 B J P ’s t i r a d e against him throughout the Assembly election campaign. A b h i s h e k ’s meteoric rise was one of the reasons for many quitting the TMC, most notable being Mamata’s protégé-turned-foe Suvendu Adhikari, in the runup 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. FIRST SHOWERS Monsoon off to an early start in TS E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ Hyderabad THE Southwest monsoon arrived in Telangana on Saturday, nearly a week ahead of schedule. As per the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the normal onset date for monsoon in Telangana is June 12. Director of IMD-Hyderabad Dr K Nagaratna said that in the next 24 hours, monsoon would most likely advance into some more parts of Telangana, and that light to moderate rains might lash many districts — accompanied by thunderstorms at a few places — over the next three days. Rains were reported in most parts of central and northern Telangana on the intervening night of Friday and Saturday The . highest rainfall of 87.5 mm was recorded at Jukkal in Kamareddy . The maximum temperatures were 1-3 degree Celsius below normal in most parts of the State on Saturday . CENTRE’S VAX POLICY IS BIASED: TRS MP RANJITH REDDY | P4 WITH THIS ISSUE THE EVIL EMPIRE PLUS 12 PAGES incident in the last one year in tractor, who had undertaken Hyderabad; last September, a the repair work, failed to install 12-year-old girl named Sumed- preventive signages around the ha Kapuria died after drain, costing Sai his falling into an open life, said the police. drain at Neredmet. Though a few locals Police said that the saw the boy falling into mishap occurred at the drain and jumped around 9:30 am when after him immediately, Sai was playing beside their efforts did not the nala with his yield any result as the friends. The civil con- B Anand Sai currents were strong and the water was at least sixfoot deep. Later, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporat i o n ’s ( G H M C ) D i s a s t e r Response Force fished out Sai’s body in a two-hour search operation with the help of an individual named Shiva. Bowenpally Inspector K Ravi Kumar said that Sai’s house was just 70 metres from the drain. He said that last year’s 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 strong, ly worded notice did not mention a specific date. 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 Indians 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. Notably the IT minis, try’s move comes on a d ay wh e n T w i t t e r 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. Later, Twitter restored the verified badges. In its defence, Twitter said the blue tick was temporarily removed from Naidu’s personal account as it w a s i n a c t ive s i n c e Ju ly last year. What next If Twitter does not comply with the Indian govt norms, it stands to lose its intermediary status that gives it immunity from liabilities over any third-party data it hosts 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 floods had heavily damaged the fencing around the open drain, which was still under repair. Sai is the youngest of two children of Anjaneyulu, an RTC driver with the Medchal Depot. The Bowenpally police registered a case against the contractor under Section 304-II of the IPC. Locals maintained that they had asked him to fence the P3 open drain, but in vain. GST collection in May slips to `1.02L crore E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ 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 Covidinduced lockdown restrictions dented 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 (including `868 cr collected on import of goods). 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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