kANNUR 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 C1 crore C1.5 crore Lovlina Borgohain’s boxing gloves C80 lakh C1.92 crore Sumit Antil’s paragold winning javelin C1 crore C1.08 crore Hockey stick with women’s team signature C 80 lakh C 1.01 crore Hockey stick with men’s team signature C 80 lakh C 80.001 lakh PV Sindhu’s racquet and badminton bag C 80 lakh C 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 Fuel stays out of GST, not right time to get in GST Council decides against bringing petrol and diesel under the regime; compensation to states to end in July 2022 An u r a d h a Sh 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 reporters 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 states during Covid period. Justifying the move not to ex- 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 tend 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 P10 medicine from GST. CPM warns of communal forces’ efforts to lure college girls to terrorist activities radicalisation is today’s Biggest challenge: Modi E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ T’Puram @ New Delhi The ruling CPM, which has always rejected reports of ‘love jihad’ in the state, has finally endorsed the idea, albeit indirectly In a clear indication that . the party too shares the sentiment, the CPM leadership has warned of deliberate efforts by communal forces to lure coll e g e g i rl s i n t o t e r ro r i s t activities. A CPM note circulated among party cadre ahead of the party branch and area committee conferences, observed that attempts are being made to lure youngsters into communalism and extremist activities. “Conscious efforts are also being made to entice educated girls from professional colleges into terrorist activities,” the note said. The party has warned against attempts to turn people from Christian communities against Muslims. The CPM note comes at a time when the ‘narcotic ji- New CJs for Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra K a n u S a 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 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 MP to HP. ‘Why CPM reluctant to admit love jihad?’ “Why is the CPM not ready to admit that love jihad is a reality? Why is it reluctant to admit that what is being referred to by them now is the same love jihad that we have been harping on for so long,” asked BJP state chief K Surendran. When the Pala Bishop said the same thing, the CPM took a stance against it, he said. had’ remark by the Pala Bishop has been making ripples in political circles. The BJP leadership said the CPM observation of minority communalism trying to lure girls is exactly what the BJP has been saying for long. In its observations about minority communalism, the CPM pointed out that Sangh Parivar activities have created a sense of insecurity among the minorities. “At the same time, Muslim communal-minority politics has been trying to make inroads into Muslim organisations. The Jamaat-e-Islami, which has been trying for an Islamic nation, has been trying to propagate its ideolog y through social media. It’s a matter of serious concern that there are debates in favour of Taliban in Kerala society ,” said the party note. It added that there is a high probability of the Congress joining hands with communal forces. The CPM circular further noted the growing communal sentiment among a section of Christians. “Though the Christian community generally doesn’t support communal ideologies, of late there’s communal influence in a small section among them,” the note said. ● More on PX E x p r e ss N e ws Se r v i c e 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. Colleges to open on Oct 4, PG courses to let in 100% E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ T’Puram ALL higher educational institutions in the state, including professional colleges, will be reopened on October 4. In first phase, the classes for final-year PG courses (third and fourth semesters) will function with 100% attendance. However, classes for final-year undergraduate courses (fifth and sixth semesters) will be held on alternate days with 50% attendance or daily, provided there are sufficient classrooms to accommodate them. However, classes for all other semesters will continue in online mode. The colleges have also been instructed to revise the timetable to manage online and offline classes simultaneously. The state government has also called for forming Jagratha committees to monitor the safe conduct of classes. A year ago, Stanford University’s citation study ranked Prof Thanu Padmanabhan as 24th in the field of theoretical physics in the world. In an academic career spanning 44 years, Padmanabhan has written about a dozen books, 300 research papers and earned about 17,800 citations. Had death not put a brake on his academic pursuit, he would have brought the coveted Nobel Prize to India some day, experts feel. He died in Pune on Friday morning after collapsing at his home. He was rushed to the nearby hospital where he died during treatment. Doctors certified the cause of death as cardiac arrest. Padmanabhan, who was born in Thiruvananthapuram in 1957, had a high level of scholarship in many areas of theoretical physics. His publications were mostly in Quantum and Classical Gravity Cos, mology and Structure Formation in the Universe. His experiments with gravity had fetched him prizes in nine years in the prestigious annual Gravity Essay contest held by the Gravity Research foundation, USA. The inquisitiveness in Padmanabhan was noted by his classmates and teachers when THREE-DAY PROGRAMME Shibulal, Kant to train state’s ministers on governance E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ T’Puram THE Left front’s experiment to form a cabinet dominated by new faces had raised many an eyebrow during the S D Shibulal swearing-in of Pinarayi 2.0 government. The inexperience of ministers would lead to crisis in administration, felt political observers and senior bureaucrats who also doubted whether the timing of experiment was ideal as the state had been battling Covid. Insiders in the LDF secretly admit the performance of the government in the first quarter was not up to the mark and confusion over administrative matters had crippled governance in some of the departments. As the government turns four months in office, the ministers will be huddled up for a three-day rigorous training, starting from September 20, at the Institute of Management in Governance, here. They will be walked through a range of topics, from the nuances Amitabh Kant of administrative system to the pitfalls in social media, by a cream of experts h av i n g g l o b a l e x p o s u r e a n d expertise. Among the faculties are Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant, Infosys co-founder S D Shibulal and digital university Vice-Chancellor Saji Gopinath. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will inaugurate the programme at 9.30am on Monday at the IMG. Ex-cabinet secretary and former vice-chairman of State Planning Board K M Chandrasekhar will lead the inaugural session of nuances in administra● More on P4 tive system. he had been doing BSc in Physics at University College here. He passed BSc (1977) and MSc (1979) from Kerala University with a gold medal. He published his first research paper in General Relativity at the age of 20 when he was still a BSc student. After completing PhD from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), he had held different positions in TIFR till 1992, when he moved to the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune. At the time of death, Padmanabhan was working as the All hostels should function by adhering to Covid protocol Practical classes for science should be given top priority Engineering colleges must follow the present system of sixhour sessions on a daily basis The government sought cooperation from local bodies, health workers and volunteers to disinfect the class rooms, libraries, canteens and officers in the educational institutions. The heads of the institutions will be responsible for the strict compliance of Covid protocol. The order stated the students should maintain social distancing nor ms strictly . SC gives state nod to hold Plus-One exams offline E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi THE Supreme Court on Friday gave the state its nod to hold Plus-One offline, saying the third wave of Covid pandemic is not in the offing. On September 3, the court had restrained the state from proceeding with Plus-One examinations --- from September 6 --- on account of the alarming rise in Covid cases. More than NATIONWIDE Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 300,000 students are expected to appear for the exams. The bench comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and C T Ravikumar said: “We are convinced by the explanation offered by the state government. We hope and trust that the authorities will take all precautions to ensure no untoward incident is faced by the students, who are of tender ● More on P4 age.” sep 16 sep 17 statewide sep 16 sep 17 30,570 38,303 431 34,403 37,950 320 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 22,182 26,563 178 23,260 20,388 131 Thanu Padmanabhan, Kerala’s own lodestar in physics, no more E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ T’Puram OTHER KEY GUIDELINES Special camps should be organised to ensure free Covid vaccination for students Distinguished Professor at IUCAA. He was also an adjunct faculty member of the Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISER) (Mohali), IISER (Pune), IISER (Thiruvananthapuram), Raman Research Institute (Bengaluru), TIFR (Mumbai), Harish- Chandra Research Institute (Allahabad) and Jamia Millia Islamia (Delhi). Padmanabhan was a Sackler Distinguished Astronomer of the Institute of Astronomy (IoA) at Cambridge, UK, and a visiting faculty at several insti● More on P5 tutions abroad. e x pre s s read Padma temple audit: SC reserves order on plea New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday reserved order on an application filed by the Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple Trust to exempt it from the audit of 25 years ordered by the court last year for the iconic in Thiruvananthapuram. A bench comprising Justices U U Lalit, S Ravindra Bhat and Bela Trivedi reserved orders after hearing the arguments of Senior Advocate Arvind P Datar for the Trust and Senior Advocate R Basant for the Administrative Committee of the Temple. P5
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