TIRUNELVELI 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 No fuel to put petrol on the GST list GST Council decides against bringing petrol and diesel under the regime; compensation to states to end in July 2022 A n u ra d ha 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 radicalisation is today’s Biggest challenge: Modi E x p r e ss N e ws S e rvi 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, the prime minister said traditions such as Sufism have flourished in the region over the centuries and spread throughout the world. “In India, and almost in all SCO countries, there are institutions and traditions associated with Islam. SCO should work to develop a network between them,” he said. 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 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 Amid a lack of monitoring, candidates filing nominations for the rural local body elections in Tenkasi district are arriving with entourages of at least a few hundred people. Not just that — to ensure their ‘supporters’ stay until the procedure is complete, they are also going the extra mile by distributing money food, and liquor. , “Who will accompany the candidates if money and liquor are not given?” asked S Anthony, an independent candidate from Vadiyur village, who brought about 210 villagers in seven vans and a few cars to the Block Development Officer’s (BDO) office in Alangulam to ‘accompany’ him in filing nomination papers. “I gave `200 to each of them apart from a K an u Sar 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 meal, tea, vadai, and liquor,” he added. Anthony is to contest for the post of panch ayat u n i o n c o u n c i l m e m b e r (councillor). “I just spent about an hour with the candidate,” says a woman from Vadiyur, who came with her husband as part of Anthony’s entourage. “I won’t earn this much money if I sit at home and roll beedis for a whole day the woman added. ,” Similarly, Anna Murugan, who filed his papers to contest for the post of village panchayat president in Keezha Veeranam village of Alangulam union, brought over 1,000 people with him. A resident of the village, who was part of the group, said they were given `500 each to accompany Murugan. continued on: p3 ‘quality food, decent price’ First Trans Kitchen in Madurai now open for business V i g n e s h V @ Madurai Jeyachitra, Rubika, and 13 other transpersons started a new chapter in their life with the inauguration of their restaurant here on Friday Madurai Trans Kitch. en located at Panagal Salai near Government Rajaji Hospital in Goripalayam, is a first-of-its-kind restaurant in the district run and managed by transpersons. A similar initiative had begun functioning in C o i m b at o re l a s t ye a r, r u n by 1 0 transpersons. The Madurai team had been running a catering service, Nambu Nayaki Amman Catering Service, for the past few years at Ulaganeri until the pandemic hit. Just like other businesses, they were forced into a dry spell. It was then that the idea of a restaurant dawned upon them. With support from organisations such as Arghyam, Vritti Livelihood Impact Partner, Swasti, SLPMS and SELCO Foundation, they were able to set up the venture. Although they got money from sponsors, no ‘gentlemen’ from the city was ready to rent out a building for them to run the business. “We ran from pillar to post for four months, until we met one Arunkumar Menon, who gave us the building,” said Jeyachitra (43). “We are happy as the restaurant is near Government Rajaji Hospital. People who come here can have quality food at de- 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 medicine from GST. P10 New CJs for Karnataka, Telangana & Andhra among SC collegium’s picks Show of ‘strength’ for candidates, courtesy food, booze, and bribes T H I N A K A R A N R A J A M A N I @ Tenkasi 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- Lunch being served at the newly inaugurated trans kitchen in Madurai | kk sundar cent price,” Jeyachitra added. At a time, the restaurant can seat 20 persons. Rubika (28), one among the 15 transpersons, said the work is equally shared among all of them, from preparation of food to supplying it and collecting bills. Though the restaurant has given a new colour to their life, Rubika said they would continue to run the catering service for it provided them a platform to rise. All of them, although hailing from different regions of the State, stay together as a family in Ulaganeri. “Our customers are also an extension of the family Hence, the . objective of running a restaurant is not to earn profits but to serve the society,” Rubika said. The restaurant was inaugurated by District Collector Dr S Aneesh Sekhar. 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 allIndia 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 Madhya Pradesh to Himachal Pradesh, and Justice Biswanath Somadder from Meghalaya to Sikkim. Delayed payments, job loss hit Covid docs in TN that are posted at mini-clinics, triage centres, and vaccination Tamil Nadu has been singing camps, depending on the rethe praises of its doctors for quirement. “My centre is locattheir dedication to the profes- ed about 90 km from my house. sion, especially amid the Covid- I had to wake up at 4 am last 19 pandemic. Sunday for the mega vaccinaYet, many doctors recruittion camp. I have been on ed for Covid duty by the Covid duty since May health department on and that month’s salary a contract basis at the came only by the end peak of the second of June,” he rued. wave told TNIE they Another doctor in have not been paid on Tiruchy echoed the time with some even sentiment. “Incenbeing terminated from ‘Issue being tives, too, haven’t addressed’ the job. reached us,” said the Several of the docdoctor posted at a “The issue is tors, working across being addressed mini-clinic there, addTamil Nadu, said they as it is our duty to ing they were yearnare yet to receive their pay the doctors. ing for a holiday . salary for the month Many of the doctors Salaries have of August. In some been rolled out to said they were roped cases, the contract has most of them,” a in on completion of been terminated withthe MBBS de g ree. top health out settling the They let go of their department salary . official told TNIE postgraduate dreams, Ramesh*, one such hoping a permanent contract doctor on Covid duty post would be in the offing. in Thanjavur district, said, as In Tiruppur Corporation, the of September 17, he still hadn’t situation has become dire. received his salary of `60,000. Services of five doctors, re“Even last month, there was a cruited by the civic body for delay of 15 to 20 days. We are Covid duty for a six-month-penot sure when our salary will riod, were terminated within be processed. As of Friday I am just 100 days. “We never got a , continuing to work without be- joining letter, experience cering paid,” he said. tificate or relieving letter,” said Ramesh is part of the teams a junior doctor. O M J A S V I N M D @ Chennai
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