sambalpur l saturday l september 18, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l city EDITION Sports mementos fetch a fortune Memorabilia used by Olympians put up for auction by the govt. Maximum interest in Neeraj’s javelin and Lovlina’s boxing gloves Proceeds to go to #NamamiGange Mission The ‘third edition of the e-Auction of gifts and mementos received by Prime Minister begins from Friday,’ a tweet by the handle of PIB Culture read. “Proceeds from the e-Auction will go to #NamamiGange Mission.” It’s a mission aimed at conserving and rejuvenating Ganga. Other items put up for sale, given to Modi after the Olympics and the Paralympics, include PV Sindhu’s racquet, Bhavani Devi’s sabre and two hockey sticks signed by members of men and women teams. sports select items Base price Current bid Neeraj Chopa’s gold winning javelin `1 crore `1.5 crore Lovlina Borgohain’s boxing gloves `80 lakh `1.92 crore Sumit Antil’s paragold winning javelin `1 crore `1.08 crore Hockey stick with women’s team signature `80 lakh `1.01 crore Hockey stick with men’s team signature `80 lakh `80.001 lakh PV Sindhu’s racquet and badminton bag `80 lakh `90.02 lakh 1,330 overall items up for auction; last date is october 7 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 GST Council decides against bringing petrol and diesel under the regime; compensation to states to end in July 2022 Fuel stays out of GST, not right time to get in A n u r a d h a S h u k l A @ Lucknow The first in-person GST Council meeting in two years held here on Friday decided against bringing petrol and diesel under the regime as members felt this is “not the right time” for such a step. The proposal was included in the agenda of the meeting following a Kerala High Court directive. “In terms of the recent directions of the Hon’ble High Court of Kerala, the issue of whether specified petroleum products should be brought within the ambit of GST was placed for consideration before the Council. After due deliberation, the Council was of the view that it is not appropriate to do so, at least at this stage,” Sitharaman told report- ers after the GST Council meeting. Meanwhile, in a big disappointment to states, the GST Council also ruled out extending the compensation being paid to the states for the revenue loss due to switching over to GST from the earlier indirect tax regime. According to the GST Act, the provision for compensation is only for five years, which ends in July 2022, Sitharaman clarified. While the compensation payout to states will end in July next year, the compensation cess will continue to be collected till March 2026 to repay the back-to-back loans taken by s t a t e s d u r i n g C ov i d period. Justifying the move not to extend the compensation period, the FM said the revenue neutral rate at the time of implementing GST was 15.5%, but the actual collection is at 11.6% due to various exemptions and reductions. The GST Council, The Council, which is headed by the union finance minister and includes representatives from all states and Union territories, also decided to exempt some life saving drugs including cancer medicine from P10 GST. ZOMATO, SWIGGY TO PAY GST TO GOVT Starting January 1, 2022, food delivery apps such as Zomato and Swiggy will collect 5% GST, instead of restaurants, for deliveries. There will be no extra burden on end consumers Odisha seeks fair share in divisible pool of funds Express News Service @ Bhubaneswar The Odisha government on Friday demanded that the divisible pool of funds to be shared by the Centre and states should be increased so that states like Odisha get a fair share. Attending the first physical meeting of the GST Council in 20 months at Luck n o w, F i n a n c e Minister Niranjan Pujari is reported to have expressed concern over the increase in cess or surcharge imposed by the Centre. He said this has not benefited the states in any manner as they do not get any share from them. On the other hand, the revenue goes to the Centre, he stated. The Finance Minister sug- gested that a mechanism should be worked out so that the states are also benefited. Sources said Odisha government’s view on bringing petrol and diesel under the purview of GST was that the State collects less revenue from petrol and diesel compared to the Centre. Official sources said the Centre collects `32.9 from one litre of petrol while the State government collects `21.4 per litre by imposing 40 per cent (pc) value-added tax (VAT). Similarly, the Centre collects `31.8 from a litre of diesel while the State government gets `18.9 by imposing 28 pc VAT. The State government raises between `5,500 to `6,000 crore from VAT on petrol and diesel every year. radicalisation is today’s Biggest challenge: Modi E x p r e ss N e ws S e r v i c e @ New Delhi Growing radicalisation is the biggest challenge to world peace and the recent developments in Afghanistan have made this challenge more apparent, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday Participating virtually in . the meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Council of Heads of State, Modi said the SCO should develop a common template to fight radicalisation and extremism. Noting that central Asia has been a bastion of moderate and progressive cultures and values, the prime minister said traditions such as Sufism have flourished in the region over the centuries and s p re a d t h ro u g h o u t t h e world. “In India, and almost in all SCO countries, there are moderate, tolerant and inclusive institutions and tradi- tions associated with Islam. SCO should work to develop a strong network between them,” he said. In a joint declaration issued at the end of the annual summit of the bloc in Tajikistan capital Dushanbe, the leaders of the eight-member SCO states – China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, India and Pakistan – strongly condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. While the prime minister participated in the SCO summit virtually, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar attended the Dushanbe meeting in person. THE Orissa High Court on Friday dismissed the petition filed by Balu Bazar Puja Committee of Cuttack seeking relaxation of the four-ft height restriction for its Durga idol this year. The Court said that while Cuttack itself has over 150 Durga Puja samitis, the number would run into thousands all over Odisha. “Relaxing the restriction for just one Durga Puja committee would trigger similar demands all over, making it difficult for the government to strictly enforce the measures it has put in place at a time when the State is still in the grip of the Covid-19 pandemic”, the division bench of Chief Justice S Muralidhar and Justice B P Routray observed. The bench said that the puja committee has not been able to convince the Court that if the height of the idol is restricted to four feet, then the sanctity Relaxing the restriction for just one Durga Puja committee would trigger similar demands all over, making it difficult for the government to strictly enforce the measures at a time when the State is still in the grip of the Covid-19 pandemic High Court of the occasion, the devotion and fervour associated with the festival, and the religious sentiments of the people would be interfered with in a manner contrary to tradition. “These may be matters of perception, but will have to be balanced against several countervailing interests and factors, which concern the health K a n u Sa r d a @ New Delhi The Supreme Court collegium is learnt to have proposed the promotion and/or transfer of as many as 28 high court judges, including eight elevations as chief justices and five transfers of sitting chief justices. According to sources, a threemember collegium headed by Chief Justice of India N V Ramana recommended the promotion and transfer of acting Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court Justice Rajesh Bindal as Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court. Interestingly, Tripura High Court Justice Akil Kureshi, who was overlooked for promotion to the Supreme Court a few weeks ago though he was second in all-India seniority, is proposed to be transferred to the Rajasthan High Court. Whether the Centre will accept the recommendation remains to be seen, as it had spiked an earlier proposal to appoint him as chief justice of the Madhya odisha Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths Jab-ometer Desert ride and safety of the public at large. These certainly are not easy decisions for the State to take. Equally, they are not to be interfered with lightly by the courts unless strong legal grounds exist”, the Bench also observed. It further added that barring the petitioners, it appears that none of the other Durga Puja samitis has found the restrictions on the height of the idol to be hurtful of public sentiment or interfering with their celebration of the events. The bench said the Durga Puja festival is a combination of several elements of celebration and the idol is an important component. In respect of these many elements, there has to be some amount of restriction on the scale and size. It is in this context that the restriction on the height of the idol has to be viewed. It cannot be singled out as an ‘essential’ aspect of a tradition or practice without which, the festival itself may not have significance, it further observed.. 30,570 38,303 431 34,403 37,950 320 sept 16 sept 17 580 628 681 719 04 04 Sep 16 57,11,488 doses Sep 17 Take your 2,30,30,698 doses shot Total doses 79,27,44,249 Tourists during camel safari in the desert of Pushkar in Rajasthan on Friday | pti Proposed promotions as CJs Name From HC To HC Rajesh Bindal Prakash Srivastava Prashant Kumar Mishra Ritu Raj Awasthi Satish Chandra Sharma Ranjit V More Aravind Kumar R V Malimath Calcutta Allahabad MP Calcutta Chhattisgarh AP Allahabad Karnataka Karnataka Telangana Bombay Karnataka Himachal Meghalaya Gujarat MP New CJs for Karnataka, Telangana & Andhra among SC collegium’s picks Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths HC refuses to interfere in govt decision, dismisses relaxation plea @ Cuttack The decisions are yet to be uploaded on the SC’s website. Sources said the list will be sent to the government soon NATIONWIDE sept 16 sept 17 Row over Idol Height Express News Service CJs on transfer list From HC To HC Arup Kumar AP Chhattisgarh Goswami Mohd Rafiq MP Himachal Akil Kureshi Tripura Rajasthan Indrajit Rajasthan Tripura Mahanty Biswanath Meghalaya Sikkim Somadder Name Pradesh High Court. Sitting Chief Justice of Rajasthan Justice Indrajit Mohanty is proposed to swap places with Justice Kureshi in Tripura. Justice Mohanty is due to retire in November this year. The other proposed transfers of CJs are Justice Arup Kumar Goswami from Andhra Pradesh to Chhattisgarh, Justice Mohammad Rafiq from Madhya Pradesh to Himachal Pradesh, and Justice Biswanath Somadder from Meghalaya to Sikkim. Those recommended for elevation as chief justices include Justice Prashan Kumar Mishra for Andhra HC, Justice Prakash Srivastava for Calcutta; Justice Aravind Kumar for Gujarat; Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi for Karnataka; Justice R V Malimath for Madhya Pradesh; Justice Ranjit V More for Meghalaya and Justice Satish Chandra Sharma for Telangana. The recommendations came shortly after 68 names for judgeship in 12 HCs were cleared in one shot. 2 crore+ Record vaccine doses administered in a day India on Friday administered over 2.26 crore Covid vaccine doses, taking the cumulative figure to more than 79 crore. Karnataka topped the list with over 26.9 lakh doses From Odisha up north, cannabis trade on a new high A s i s h M e h ta @ Bhubaneswar On September 10, a jute bag carrying truck was intercepted on a highway near Samola in Rajasthan by a joint team of Special Task Force of Uttar Pradesh and Alwar Police. When the cops checked the bags, out came at least 2.5 tonne cannabis, roughly translating to about ` 5 crore. Mastermind of the racket Rakesh Kumar Yadav and his two associates Pramod Singh and Akhilesh Sharma were arrested. Yadav, police said, is from Madhubani of Bihar while his two accomplices belong to Mathura. Where did the hemp come from? Travelling a distance of Ganja packets seized by UP STF and Alwar Police | Express over 2,000 km, spanning over five states, the contraband was sourced from Odisha, fast emerging the new cannabis hub for trade in north India. The traders had managed to smuggle the g anja out of Tumudibandh, a small town in Kandhamal district of the State, without catching attention of the enforcement agencies. When the joint team of STF and Alwar Police checked the vehicle, they stumbled upon 17,000 empty jute bags. A deep search led to 98 bags containing the 2.5 tonne of cannabis. “After receiving information that the consignment was being taken to Alwar district, we informed Rajasthan Police and took their help to intercept the vehicle bearing Madhya Pradesh registration number,” Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force SP , Hemraj Meena told The New Indian Express. When intercepted, the truck driver produced two e-way bills, one of which was meant to deliver the huge consignment from Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras and Al- war in Rajasthan. Both eventually turned out to be fake. Police seized the truck, one SUV the e, way bills and other articles. Cannabis smugglers from Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi, Rajasthan and Bihar have turned to Odisha where Maoistaffected and tribal districts have become their happy hunting ground. In Odisha, districts like Malkangiri, Koraput, Rayagada and Kandhamal have been producing huge volumes of ganja prompting State Police and national agencies to up their ante. Tribals grow the plants for which they get an advance and an unofficial contract as well. When the harvest is ready, traders send in the CONTINUED ON: P5 mules. express read PAN-Aadhar linkage deadline extended Low to medium flood in Mahanadi Agro firm dealer nabbed in `6 cr scam Child marriages illegal, but Raj passes bill to register them New Delhi: The government on Friday extended by six months till March 2022 the deadline to link PAN with biometric ID Aadhaar. The timeline has been extended considering the hardship being faced by various stakeholders on account of the pandemic, the Central Board of Direct Taxes said in a statement Bhubaneswar: Coastal districts are staring at a low to middlelevel flood with Mahanadi river crossing the warning level at Naraj even as Hirakud’s water level has started declining. SRC PK Jena said that peak flood water between 7.5 lakh to 8 lakh cusec will pass through Munduli barrage at its peak on Friday night | P3 Bhubaneswar: THE proprietor of a Sambalpurbased agro-tech firm was arrested by the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Crime Branch for allegedly misappropriating State government subsidy to the tune of `6 crore which was meant for farmers | P3 Jaipur: The Rajasthan government on Friday weathered a stormy Assembly session to pass a Bill making the registration of child marriages mandatory. Sparks flew in the House when the Opposition BJP questioned why should child marriages be registered when they are illegal and walked out after its demand for division vote was not met | P8
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