afp vijayawada l sunday l june 06, 2021 l `12.00 l PAGES 24 l 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 She is a call away to serve food to Covid patients S r e e n u B a b u Pat i v a d a @ Srikakulam What started as a small initiative by a woman to serve free food to a few Covid-19 patients in home isolation, has proved to be a boon to several needy people in Vizianagaram now. Varanasi Santoshi Raj of Kalighat Colony, who initially started serving free food to 20 patients, has extended her services to more than 200 now with the rise in Covid cases in the town. She could get the much needed financial support from her Facebook friends in the endeavour. If needy patients contact Santoshi Raj on mobile No. 7095945306, she will serve food, besides extending other help. Employed in a private real estate firm in Vizianagaram, she launched the initiative with her earnings though she has a 3-year-old son to take care of. “Now, I am able to prepare Varanasi Santoshi Raj distributes food packets to Covid-19 patients in home isolation in Vizianagaram | EXPRESS 200 food packets a day and distributing them to those in home isolation with the help of my husband Kasiraju. I am taking requests for food from patients through Facebook and WhatsApp also,’’ she said. During her visits to Maharaja and Gosha hospitals, she noticed that some attendants of Covid patients were facing problem to get food. “Hence, I started distribution of food to Covid patients and other needy 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 RE SS NE WS S ERVI 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 any specific date to comply with the rules. In the notice, MeitY said the 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 Govt to bear `1.5 cr hospital bill of doctor Exp r e ss N e ws S e r v i c e @ Vijayawada Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Saturday announced that the government will bear the cost of treatment amounting to `1.5 crore for Dr N Bhaskar Rao, who is battling for his life in Care Hospitals, Hyderabad. Dr Bhaskar Rao (38), a civil assistant surgeon, tested positive for Covid-19 while working as a medical officer in the PHC at Karamchedu in Prakasam district. His wife Dr Bhagya Lakshmi (38), an assistant professor, radio diagnosis, Guntur Medical College, also tested positive for Covid. The couple were admitted to GGH in P5 Guntur on April 30. WITH THIS ISSUE The Evil Empire PLUS 12 PAGES US social media giant’s refusal to follow 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. When contacted, 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 Mo- han Bhagwat 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 our letters neither address the clarifications sought by us nor indicate full compliance IT ministry people,’’ she said. Santoshi Raj used to donate blood to thalassemia patients as part of her social service. Speaking to TNIE, she said, “I have seen the problems of middle class people from my childhood. My father is an inspiration to me in serving the poor and needy people. With the support of my husband and other family members, I am able to serve the needy people during the Covid pandemic.’’ 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 Exp r e ss N e ws S e r v i c e @ 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 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. 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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