Czech Republic’s Barbora Krejcikova celebrates after winning the French Open women’s title on Saturday | AFP tiruchy l Sunday l June 13, 2021 l `12.00 l PAGES 24 l late city EDITION two greats parry in paris, set, match & every point World No 1 Novak Djokovic beats Rafael Nadal 3-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-2 in one of the most exquisite semi-finals at French Open DJOKOVIC ‘on top of mount Everest’ Nadal did lead the first set but by the time it was done, the Serb had got a solid opening into Friday’s match. Forget who you support. The 90-minute third set is reserved for eternity where two of the sport’s greatest pushed each other their limits. Djokovic’s words aptly describes the match, “You have to kind of climb Mt Everest to win against this guy,” he later said ■ 18 New czech-in: women’s champ barbora ■ ■ Barbora Krejcikova wins maiden Grand Slam title at French Open beating Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 The World No 33 becomes the first woman from Czech Republic to win a Grand Slam title in 40 years MEN’S FINAL: Djokovic vs Tsitsipas at 6.30pm (SUNDAY) | p11 number of grand slam titles djokovic has won 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 No tax on black fungus medicine; levy on several Covid essentials slashed; vaccine to be continued to be taxed at 5%; new rates applicable till Sept 30 GST Council offers Covid relief A n u r a d h a S h u k l a @ New Delhi The GST Council on Saturday decided to maintain status quo on tax on Covid-19 vaccines, which will continue to be taxed at 5%. However, the Council, which met via video-conferencing to discuss the recommendation by the Group of Ministers (GoM) on essential Covid supplies, slashed rates on medical grade oxygen, Covid testing kits, hand sanitiser and other items used in Covid-19 relief and management till September 30. “Five per cent GST on vaccines continues. The Centre will buy 75% of vaccines as announced earlier and will also pay its GST. However, 70% of income from GST will be shared with states,” Finance Minister Nirmala Sith- araman told media after the GST Council meet. The FM explained that the existing 5% GST on vaccines will not be a burden on users as the Centre is paying for 75% of the vaccines which are given to citizens free of cost. However, those who go to private hospitals for vaccination will have to bear the cost of GST. The Council also removed the 5% tax on black fungus medicine Amphotericin B. Also, the rate on Covid drug Remdesivir has been lowered from 12% to 5%. The Council said more medicine will be added if it is recomm e n d e d by t h e h e a l t h department. Sitharaman added that the tax cuts are valid till September 30 this year as against August-end recommended by the GoM. The timeline may RATES CUT From 5% to 0% Tocilizumab Amphotericin B From 12% to 5% Anti-coagulants like Heparin Remdesivir Medical grade oxygen Oxygen concentrator Ventilator, ventilator mask / helmet BiPAP machine High flow nasal canula device Covid testing kits Pulse oximeters From 18% to 5% Hand sanitizer Temperature check equipment Gas/ Electric/other furnaces for crematorium From 28% to 12% Ambulances be extended, if required. However, the Council decided against cutting tax on RT-PCR machines, RNA extraction machines, and genome sequencing machines. These items currently attract 18% GST. In the last GST Council meeting the finance minister announced a GoM headed by Meghalaya Deputy Chief Minister Conrad Sangma to examine whether any GST concessions or exemptions should be given on Covid-relief items. The GoM gave its recommendations on Tuesday and after that a single agenda meeting was called. However, finance ministers from states ruled by the Congress party expressed disapproval on not providing zerorate on Covid relief items and they walked out before the meeting concluded. ‘Polytechnic course admission based on Class 9 marks’ E X P RESS NEWS SERVI C E @ Chennai For the first time in the State, admission to first year of 51 polytechnic institutions will be made on the basis of marks secured in Class 9, said Higher Education Minister K Ponmudi on Saturday . A decision on the criteria for admission to engineering and arts colleges will be taken after consulting Chief Minister MK Stalin, said Ponmudi, adding that the dates and procedures will be announced soon. The government had recently declared all Class 10 students as having passed, and said admissions to Class 11 can be made using internal assessments or Class 9 results. The same criteria will be used for polytechnic admissions, too, said the minister. p4 PTR reiterates zero tax demand on Covid meds E X P RESS NEWS SERVI C E @ Chennai Tamil Nadu Finance Minister Palanivel Thiagarajan on Saturday reiterated the State government’s stand that zero-rating GST should be levied for Covid medicines and equipment for a certain period. He added that the recommendation of the Group of Ministers, formed on May 29 to consider waiver of GST levied on essential Covidrelief material, including vaccines, was not acceptable to Tamil Nadu. Either zero-rating Participating in the 44th GST or only 0.1 per Council meeting, chaired by Union cent GST should Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharabe levied on Covid man, Thiagarajan said, “Either zemedicines and other related ro-rating or only 0.1 per cent GST equipment should be levied on Covid medicines and equipment.” He also urged the Palanivel Thiagarajan, Council to approach the issue of deTN Finance Minister ciding tax ratio for items relating to Covid treatment with compassion. On May 13, Chief Minister MK Stalin had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging him to waive GST on Covid vaccines and other medicines. In the previous meeting, Thiagarajan reiterated the demand. “There are certain legal issues in enabling zero rating. But it can be overcome through necessary legislation or by promulgating an ordinance once we reach a consensus,” he had said. belt & road G7 leaders agree to rival china policy EXPRES READ Women priests soon in HR&CE temples? Chennai: After asserting that ‘all-caste archaka’ scheme would be implemented in temples under HR&CE department very soon, the minister for the department, PK Sekar Babu on Saturday hinted that women who wish to take up the job of a temple priest would be given training for that. ENS G7 leaders on Saturday adopted a plan to oppose China’s Belt and Road Initiative by helping build infrastructure in poorer nations in a ‘values-driven and transparent’ partnership | P9 TN extends incentive time for new O2 units Chennai: The State government on Saturday modified the G.O. sanctioning incentive package for companies establishing oxygen plants by extending the investment period to December 31, 2022. This after Inox Air Products announced plan to set up a 200 tonnes per day plant in Hosur. ENS WITH THIS ISSUE Close Encounters of Many Kinds PLUS 12 PAGES MAKING TAMIL NADU SELF-RELIANT IN OXYGEN GEN MANUFACTURING SPECIAL INCENTIVE PACKAGE FOR MEDICAL OXYGEN AND OTHER RELATED MANUFACTURERS Thiru. 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