chennai l saturday l september 18, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 20 l late city EDITION Sports mementos fetch a fortune 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. Memorabilia used by Olympians put up for auction by the govt. Maximum interest in Neeraj’s javelin and Lovlina’s boxing gloves 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 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 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 medicine from GST. P13 New CJs for Karnataka, Telangana & Andhra among SC collegium’s picks radicalisation is today’s Biggest challenge: Modi Ka 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 2.5 crore Record vaccine doses administered in a day India on Friday administered over 2.5 crore Covid vaccine doses, taking the cumulative figure to more than 79 crore. Karnataka topped the list with over 26.9 lakh doses 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 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. Jab-o-meter Take your shot Sep 16 57,11,488 doses Sep 17 2,50,37,890 doses Total doses 79,33,12,330 NATIONWIDE sep 16 sep 17 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 30,570 38,303 431 34,403 37,950 320 tamil nadu sep 16 sep 17 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 1,693 1,548 25 1,669 1,565 17 food, booze, bribes Poll candidates spend to show off strength THIN A K A R A N R A J A M A NI @ Tenkasi 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 can, didate 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 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: p5 Calcutta Allahabad MP Calcutta Chhattisgarh AP Allahabad Karnataka Karnataka Telangana Bombay Karnataka Himachal Meghalaya Gujarat MP E x p r ess Ne 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 meeting in person. Delayed payments, job loss hit Covid docs 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. P5 OM J A S VIN MD @ Chennai express read Chennai gets 1,000 MLD water for the first time PAN-Aadhaar linkage deadline extended Chennai: For the first time since the formation of Chennai Metro Water Board in 1978, the water supply has touched 1,000 Million Litres per Day (MLD) on Friday. Copious inflow into the reservoirs due to good rainfall and the release of Krishna water from Andhra Pradesh are the major reasons for this, say officials | P3 New Delhi: The government on Friday extended the deadline to link PAN with biometric ID Aadhaar by six months till March 2022. The timeline was extended after considering the hardships faced by various stakeholders on account of the pandemic, the Central Board of Direct Taxes said in a statement
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