visakhapatnam 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. sports select items Base price Current bid 1,330 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 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 June 2022 An 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 reporters after the meeting. Meanwhile, in a big disappointment to states, the GST Coun- cil also ruled out extending the timeframe for compensation to states for their revenue loss due to switching over to GST from the earlier indirect tax regime. According to the GST Act, states will be compensated for five years from the GST rollout on July 1, 2017 till June 30, 2022. While the compensation payout to states will end in June next year, the compensation cess will continue to be collected till March 2026 to repay back-toback loans taken to fund state compensation. Justifying the move not to extend the compensation period, 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 Sitharaman 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 that were implemented later on. 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. SC Collegium recommends new CJs, Justice PK Mishra may head AP HC radicalisation is today’s Biggest challenge: Modi K a n u S a r 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 E x p r e ss N e ws S e 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 Asia over the centuries and spread throughout the region and the 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 meetEDIT: P6 ing in person. Extend GST aid to State beyond 2022: Buggana the tax revenue of the State has declined due to the Covid-19 pandemic, seriously affecting Finance Minister Buggana the implementation of developRajendranath has stressed the ment programmes and welfare need for extending the GST schemes, Buggana elaborated. compensation to States beyond With regard to subsuming 2022 to ensure the annual petrol and diesel in the growth rate of 14%. GST as per the observaThough the State’s tions of the Kerala growth rate is expectHigh Court, the Fied to rebound next finance Minister reiternancial year, it may not ated the earlier stand be up to the extent of of Andhra Pradesh on 14-15%. Hence, Andthe issue. AP along hra Pradesh requires ‘Covid hit AP with several other tax revenue’ States is against subadditional funds in the form of GST com- The tax revenue suming petrol and diepensation, he said, sel in the GST. of AP has while participating in During the GST declined due to the 45th GST Council Council meeting, BugCovid, seriously meeting held in Lucgana raised several isaffecting the know on Friday . implementation sues which impacted The State’s revenue of development the revenue of Andin the GST regime hra Pradesh, taxation schemes, said does not match with Finance Minister powers of the State that of VAT era. The under the federal Buggana State recorded an avstructure and the perRajendranath erage annual growth formance of trade and rate of 14 to 15% for three years industry in Covid times. prior to the introduction of On the issue of tax rate on GST in 2017. In the GST regime, Napa stone slabs, he said as per the average growth rate of the the existing notifications and State for the last four years is proposals of the Fitment Comaround 10% only necessitating mittee set up by the GST Counprovision of the GST compen- cil, the rate of tax applicable to sation every year. Added to this, polished Napa slabs is 18%. P4 Express News Service @ Vijayawada express read 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 Allow to divert Krishna water: AP to KRMB Vijayawada: The Andhra Pradesh Water Resources Department on Friday requested the Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) to accord permission for diversion of water through various outlets upstream of the reservoirs as part of flood mitigation to avoid any untoward incident leading to loss of life and property | P4 TTD to hold Srivari fest in ‘Ekantham’ this year too CM Jagan moots development of tribal hamlets to end Maoist run Express News Service In a bid to negate the influence of left-wing extremists and at the same time to ensure comprehensive development of agency areas in the State, especially in Visakhapatnam, East and West Godavari districts, the government is implementing a plethora of schemes. Ahead of the scheduled meeting of the Ministry of Home Affairs with CMs on Left Wing Extremism on September 26, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Friday reviewed the progress of development works taken up in the agency areas. He directed officials to ensure that every tribal hamlet gets mobile and internet connectivity besides a post office. , When Jagan instructed the officials to do mapping of cell Express News Service @ Vijayawada @ Tirumala The annual Srivari Brahmotsavams will be held in ‘Ekantham’ for the second consecutive year to ensure the safety of devotees and employees of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), Chairman YV Subba Reddy of TTD announced here on Friday . The decision was made in accordance with the Central and State guidelines on Covid-19 protocol, issued in anticipation of a third pandemic wave in October, he told reporters. The Covid-19 pandemic had forced TTD to drop the usual processions of Lord Venkateswara along the Four Mada streets on different vahanas last year. Over a lakh usually congregate during Srivari Brahmotsavams, more than double the number of people attending the Garuda Seva. Considering the possible danger in allowing huge crowds, the TTD decided, to hold the rituals within the temple, in the presence of limited number of people. The TTD Chairman said only 15,000 to 20,000 devotees are allowed to have Srivari Darshan daily . Subba Reddy said technical issues have hampered the online issue of SSD tokens. TTD would resume issuing tokens online after fixing the snag. ‘Pawsome Zoo-perstar’ An Asiatic lion in the Sri Venkateswara Zoological Park in Tirupati announces his presence with a loud roar on Friday | Madhav k Maoist activity declines Director General of Police Gautam Sawang informed the Chief Minister that the activities of the CPI (Maoist) in the State have come down significantly towers being set up in the agency areas, they informed him that telecom facilities are being provided to 900 tribal villages through 400 towers. The officials were asked to come up with a plan to provide internet and mobile connectivity to all Ayyanna’s remarks YSRC-TDP men clash over demand for Naidu’s apology Express News Service @ Vijayawada Tension prevailed at the residence of TDP supremo N Chandrababu Naidu at Undavalli on Friday when YSRC activists, led by MLA Jogi Ramesh, went there to stage a protest demanding his apology for the objectionable remarks made by TDP leader Ch Ayyanna Patrudu against Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy . When the YSRC MLA, along with party activists, reached Naidu’s residence, TDP cadres obstructed them leading to exchange of heated arguments and jostling between the two groups. A few activists belonging to both the parties were injured in the melee. Ramesh and former TDP MLC Buddha Venkanna indulged in heated arguments, while cadres of both the parties jostled and attacked each other with sticks. The windshield of the MLA’s car was damaged when TDP cadres pelted stones. Police dispersed the clashing groups and took the MLA into custody . Ayyanna Patrudu made the remarks against Jagan while taking part in former Assembly Speaker Kodela Siva Prasada Rao’s statue unveiling cereP4 mony on Thursday . YSRC and TDP activists engaged in heated exchanges at the residence of TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu at Undavalli on Friday | Prasant Madugula the tribal villages in the State. Steps should be taken to get post offices to villages wherever there are secretariats. Village secretariats should be recognised as Aadhaar centres as a majority of tribals lack Aadhaar cards, he stressed. The government has been improving schools and hostels in 36 scheduled mandals under Nadu-Nedu, besides renovating government hospitals. In this regard, he instructed the officials to seek adequate support from the Centre for implementing the programme by preparing an action plan. The government has given RoFR pattas to tribal farmers like never before, besides providing them aid under Rythu Bharosa and other schemes for their uplift. DKT deeds for 31,155 acres were given to 19,919 tribals, he explained. Jab-o-meter Take your shot Sept 16 57,11,488 doses Sept 17 2,30,30,698 doses Total doses 79,27,44,249 NATIONWIDE sep 16 sep 17 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 30,570 34,403 38,303 37,950 431 320 statewide sep 16 sep 17 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths Samples tested 1,367 1,393 1,248 1,296 14 8 61,178 60,350
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