MADURAI l saturday l september 18, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l LATE 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. 1,330 Neeraj Chopa’s gold winning javelin `1 crore `1.5 crore sports select items Lovlina Borgohain’s boxing gloves `80 lakh `1.92 crore Base price Current bid 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 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 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 medicine from GST. P10 New CJs for Karnataka, Telangana & Andhra among SC collegium’s picks radicalisation is today’s Biggest challenge: Modi K an u Sar d a @ New Delhi @ 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 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 CJs on transfer list Name 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 Proposed promotions as CJs Name From HC To HC The decisions are yet to be uploaded on the SC’s website. Sources said the list will be sent to the government soon 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 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. 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. Allahabad Karnataka Karnataka Telangana Bombay Karnataka Himachal Meghalaya Gujarat MP 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 Puducherry BJP MLAs, led by State unit chief V Saminathan and Home Minister A Namassivayam, handing over party resolution to CM N Rangasamy | special arrangement Pondy BJP declares own nominee to RS seat the largest party in the Assembly Hence, they wanted to con. After the long tussle over for- test the elections. Though the mation of Puducherry Cabinet, party has not revealed its candiparties in the ruling National date, possibilities are that it Democratic Alliance (NDA) are could be either Union Minister at loggerheads again. This time, of State for Fisheries, Dr L Muthe issue being whom to nomi- rugan, who needs to get elected, nate to the lone Rajya Sabha or a person outside the UT who seat from the UT. is said to be close to a Union With the elections to minister. the Upper House slatSources said RanDecision ed for October 4, the gasamy has made it awaited BJP has adopted a resclear that the AINRC “The candidate olution on Friday dewould contest the seat, ciding to contest the will be finalised claiming it has enough by the BJP seat, even as its ally, MLAs to support the Parliamentary the AINRC, wanted candidate. He pointed Board,” said A the same. The decision out the BJP had nomiNamassivayam was taken after a meetnated MLAs without ing of the party’s legisconsulting him, and lators and independent MLAs. that he had not raised any obA memorandum was handed jection. Likewise he wanted the over to Chief Minister N Ran- saffron party to support AINgasamy, who is also the leader RC’s candidate, said sources. of the NDA alliance in the UT, “We have also adjusted by givat his office in presence of 11 ing away the CM’s post. Besides, BJP MLAs. The party cited sup- we did not get the ministerial port of 12 MLAs (six elected, portfolios we asked for. Now three independents, and three AINRC should accept our nominominated) which made them nee,” said Namassivayam. Karnataka topped the list with over 26.9 lakh doses E x p r e ss N e ws S e rvi 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 tradiJab-o-meter Take your shot September 16 57,11,488 doses September 17 2,30,30,698 doses Total doses: 79,27,44,249 NATIONWIDE sep 16 sep 17 T H I N A K A R A N R A J A M A N I @ Tenkasi Recoveries Deaths 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 38,303 37,950 431 320 tamil nadu sep 16 Fresh cases 1,693 Recoveries Deaths 1,548 25 sep 17 1,669 1,565 17 more children test positive in tn Ramesh is part of the teams that are posted at mini-clinics, Tamil Nadu has been singing triage centres, and vaccination the praises of its doctors for camps, depending on the retheir dedication to the profes- quirement. “My centre is locatsion, especially amid the Covid- ed about 90 km from my house. 19 pandemic. Yet, many doctors I had to wake up at 4 am last recruited for Covid duty Sunday for the mega vacby the health departcination camp. I have ment on a contract babeen on Covid duty sis at the peak of the since May and that second wave told TNIE month’s salary came they have not been paid only by the end of on time with some June,” he rued. even being terminated Another doctor in from the job. Several ‘Issue being Tiruchy echoed the addressed’ of the doctors, worksentiment. “Inceni n g a c r o s s Ta m i l tives, too, haven’t “The issue is Nadu, said they are being addressed reached us,” said the yet to receive their sal- as it is our duty to doctor posted at a ary for the month of pay the doctors. mini-clinic there, addAugust. In some cases, ing they were yearnSalaries have the contract has been been rolled out to ing for a holiday . terminated without most of them,” a Many of the doctors settling the salary . said they were roped top health Ramesh*, one such in on completion of department contract doctor on official told TNIE MBBS. They let go of Covid duty in their postgraduate Thanjavur district, said, as of dreams, hoping a permanent September 17, he still hadn’t re- post would be in the offing. ceived his salary of `60,000. “The government can at least “Even last month, there was a make us permanent staff. We delay of 15 to 20 days. We are did not apply for the PG ennot sure when our salary will trance exams as this is a govbe processed. As of Friday I am ernment job and we were serv, continuing to work without be- ing people during the second ing paid,” he said. wave,” said another doctor. O M J A S V I N M D @ Chennai express read More palmyrah seeds to be planted across TN Chennai: The State agriculture department is aiming to plant 76 lakh palmyrah seeds across TN in six months to boost the number of the ‘State Tree’. The seeds would be planted along the banks of waterbodies; on agricultural, and poramboke lands; and on roadsides, according to official sources | P4 PAN-Aadhar linkage deadline extended 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 Show of ‘strength’ for poll candidates, courtesy food, booze, and bribes Fresh cases 30,570 34,403 Eleven government school students, from five schools, tested positive for Covid-19 in Tiruppur on Friday. The classrooms of these schools were closed and disinfected D e b jani D u tta @ Puducherry 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. Delayed payments, job loss hit Covid docs in TN 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 meal, tea, vadai, and liquor,” he added. Anthony is to contest for the post of panchayat union council member (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 Kitchen 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 Coimbatore last year, run by 10 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 decent price,” Jeyachitra added. At a time, the restaurant can seat 20 persons. Lunch being served at the newly inaugurated trans kitchen in Madurai | kk sundar not a profit source, but a social service One among the 15 transpersons running the restaurant, Rubika, said: “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 (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.
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