afp KOLLAM 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 Vaccine for all above 40 yrs before July 15, says CM NATIONWIDE Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths statewide Fresh cases Recoveries june 4 june 5 1,32,364 1,05,444 2,07,071 1,74,073 2,713 2494 june 4 june 5 16,229 25,860 135 Deaths 17,328 24,003 209 Shah calls up Kanthapuram, says Centre is with islanders E xpress N ews S ervice @ Kozhikode UNION Home Minister Amit Shah has said that laws will not be implemented in Lakshadweep against the wishes of its people. A news release from Sunni leader Kanthapuram A P Aboobacker Musaliar said Shah had called him up to give the assurance. Kanthapuram had written a letter to the minister against the proposed changes that are being envisaged by the union territory’s Administrator Praful Khoda Patel and asked the Centre to int e r ve n e i n t h e m at t e r immediately . The release said Shah told Kanthapuram that the Centre has taken the issues raised in the letter seriously . “Amit Shah said the Central government is with the people of Lakshadweep. The government will stand with the actions that protect the lifestyle and culture of the island. He said there is no need to worry,” said the re● More on P5 lease. EXPRESS READ GST collection in May slips to K1.02-lakh cr New Delhi: The gross Goods and Services Tax collection for May slipped to I1,02,709 crore from I1.41 lakh crore mopped up in April, as Covidinduced lockdown restrictions suppressed business activity and pulled down e-way bills. April’s record collection of I1.42 lakh crore – the highest since the GST rollout – was partly because of year-end payments in March. Kodakara heist case: CPM, Cong seek probe T’Puram: Both the CPM and the Congress have demanded a comprehensive probe into the Kodakara black money case. CPM politburo member Kodiyeri Balakrishnan and K Muraleedharan, MP, have come up against the state BJP leadership’s alleged links in the case. Muraleedharan has sought a judicial probe. Mamata nephew new TMC general secy 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. W ITH THIS ISSUE The Evil Empire PLUS 12 PAGES E xpress N ews S ervice @ T’Puram WITH the state still suffering due to the raging second wave of Covid and a third wave looming large, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said all people above the age of 40 will be given one dose of vaccine before July 15. Addressing a Covid review meeting on Saturday, the CM said 50 lakh people above the age of 45 are yet to receive the first dose. He added the state would receive 38 lakh doses this month. Mentally-challenged people will be included in the priority category for vaccination. Secretariat officers, including those working in ministers’ offices, will also be included in the category . Pinarayi directed the departments concerned to make coordinated efforts with people’s support on a war footing to face the third wave. To deal with it, genome sequencing will be done in cases of breakthrough infections and among children who contract the virus. Results of the genome sequencing will 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 ESS 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”. “De- spite 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. 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. 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. 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 notice be analysed on a weekly basis. The state will also keep a tab on new mutations which are reported from different parts of the world. Meanwhile, shops buying and selling raw rubber for industrial purposes will be allowed to function. Industries and shops selling related raw materials can also function. ● More on P4 Malayali engineer dies fighting for IS in Libya? M P P R A S H A N T H @ Kozhikode SECURITY agencies are trying to verify Islamic State’s (IS) claim that a Malayali engineer, who joined the terrorist organisation, has become a ‘martyr’ while fighting in Libya. The reference to the Keralite appeared in an IS document titled ‘Know your martyrs’, which says Abu Bakr Al-Hindi was a Christian who embraced Islam while working in the Gulf. The document says he is the first ‘Istishhadi’ (suicide bomber or ‘martyr’ in an attack) from India to be killed on the African continent. The IS document, unlike in the case of other Malayali cadre who were killed in Syria and Afghanistan, did not mention Abu Bakr’s real name. There is no clue about his other whereabouts either, except that the person was born in a rich Christian family ‘where there are many engineers.’ IS says Abu Bakr was working in Bengalu● More on P4 ru before moving to the Gulf. 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 mar V ikram @ 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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