Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman chairs the 47th meeting of the GST Council in Chandigarh on Tuesday | pti bhubaneswar l wednesday l june 29, 2022 l `9.00 l PAGES 12 l late CITY EDITION Oppn-ruled states want gst compensation to continue Change the revenue sharing formula or extend compensation period by five years, state finance ministers have demanded Devolve 80% of revenue to states: DEO States’ protected revenue has been growing at 14% but cess collection has not risen at the same rate. Chhattisgarh Finance Minister T S Singh Deo said states need to get 70-80% of the GST revenue instead of 50% at present. “If the protective revenue provision is not continued, 50% formula should be changed to 80-70% for SGST and 20-30% for CGST,” said Deo | P10 ■ 11.6% Address shortfall, says Balagopal ■ Kerala Finance Minister K N Balagopal said the compensation period should be extended as revenue growth is not as promised The GST Council meeting, being held in Chandigarh, will discuss the compensation mechanism. According to a recent Supreme Court ruling, the Council’s decisions are not binding on states The weighted average tax rate under gST, according to a Reserve Bank study CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOgGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI Fadnavis meets Guv, demands Maha floor test Says govt has lost majority; Koshyari to seek legal opinion before calling special session S u d h i r S u r ya w a n s h i a n d Rajesh Kumar Thakur @ Mumbai/New Delhi The ongoing political drama in Maharashtra moved into high gear on Tuesday after a BJP delegation led by former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis met Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and requested him to ask the Uddhav government to seek a floor test, saying it has lost its majority . Earlier in the day, Fadnavis flew into Delhi along with senior advocate Mahesh Jethmalani to consult home minister Amit Shah and party chief J P Nadda. Sources said the Governor will seek legal opinion before deciding on a special session of Maharashtra Assembly for the floor test. As for beleaguered Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray he , made yet another emotional appeal to his party’s rebel legislators led by Eknath Shinde to save his chair, requesting them to return from Guwahati to thrash out a solution. Parallelly, his wife Rashmi called up family members of the rebels, invoking the family spirit and asking them to request their spouses to return. Fadnavis reportedly conveyed to the party brass that there were two options. One, staking the BJP’s claim with the backing of rebels by promising them proportional representation in the state cabinet; Rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde addresses the media in Guwahati | PTI Hindutva card Uddhav sought to play the Hindutva card, by deciding to push through a proposal to rename Aurangabad as Sambhaji Nagar in the state cabinet on Wednesday. The dilution of Hindutva by the Sena was one of the factors that triggered the rebellion and two, facilitating a no-confidence motion by the rebels. Within the rebel camp, there were different voices on the next steps. “While one section wants a merger with the BJP, others are in favour of retaining the Sena identity The latter . want a meeting with Uddhav find a way out,” said a person camped in Guwahati. He added that most of the rebels are not allowed to speak freely. “They are missing their families and constituencies. They are pressuring Shinde for a solution.” But Shinde rubbished claims that the rebels were in touch with Uddhav. P8 Advantage India as G7 wants Russia oil price cap Express News service @ New Delhi IN a bid to weaken Russia’s ability to fund the Ukraine war, the Group of Seven (G7) leaders on Tuesday agreed to develop a price cap mechanism for Russian oil. According to reports, the G7 leaders discussed the US’ suggestion that a price cap decided by consuming countries be imposed. While the contours of the scheme have not been announced, reports say Moscow will be allowed to recover production cost and earn a very small profit for its petroleum products. For India, which currently imports 10% of its total crude requirements from Russia, the move will be beneficial as it will help combat inflation. Before the Ukraine war, India used to import just 0.2% of its total oil needs from Russia. As the western countries put sanctions on Russian oil, Moscow started offering deep discounts for its products. Thus, Indian Oil Marketing Companies purchased Russian Ural crude oil at discounts as high as $30 per barrel. Reports say 40% Russian oil was purchased by private firms including Reliance Industries and Rosneft-backed Nayara Energy . However, experts say consuming countries can’t enforce such representative picture Past example A similar mechanism was launched in 1995 as part of the oil-for-food programme by the UN to allow Iraq to sell oil in exchange for food and medicine. However, the programme was mired in widespread corruption a price ceiling. “Russian oil is anyway available at $30-35 discount to India. Even if G7 imposes a ceiling on paper, there will be significant leakages as witnessed from Europe’s socalled ban on Russian energy I . don’t foresee any major shift in India’s import bill with a price ceiling on Russian crude,” said Debopam Chaudhury, chief economist and head of research at TruBoard Partners. Russia produces around 11 million barrels per day of crude oil, and exports 5-6 million barrels per day. Moscow earned around $110 billion in 2021 from oil exports, which accounts for 45% of its total income in 2021. NATIONWIDE June 27 June 28 Jab-o-meter Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths odisha Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 17,073 15,208 21 June 27 June 28 69 52 0 Take your shot 11,793 9,486 27 June 27 16,56,479 doses 113 49 0 June 28 11,79,301 doses Total doses 1,97,44,90,295 Amid outrage, Zubair remanded in Udaipur tailor butchered for supporting Nupur four more days of police custody E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi A Delhi court on Tuesday remanded senior journalist and Alt News’ co-founder Mohammed Zubair in four-day police custody The police had arrest. ed him on Monday in connection with a four-year-old tweet, alleging it had led to a Twitter storm, hurting religious sentiments and promoting enmity . Media and human rights organisations like Amnesty India, Editors Guild and Press Club of India strongly condemned the arrest, calling it extremely disturbing. “It is apparent that Alt News’ alert vigilance was resented by those who use disinformation as a tool to polarise society,” the guild said in a statement. Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Snigdha Sarvaria said, “Four-day police remand is being granted since the accused is Muhammad Zubair being taken to court in Delhi on Tuesday | Parveen Negi to be taken to Bangaluru.” Appearing for Zubair, senior advocate Vrinda Grover argued that he was being maliciously targeted and that the case as a whole borders on ridiculousness. She alleged that Zubair was targeted because of his religious identity. “Many have tweeted the same, the only difference between those handles and mine is my faith, my name and my profession.” But the prosecution contended that Zubair ought to be placed under police remand because his “intentional act of outraging religious emotions was on record.” Zubair allegedly “used provocative tweets to offend religious emotions in an effort to achieve recognition,” according to the police. A four-member police team will be sent to Zubair’s house in Bengaluru on Wednesday to recover evidence. The police claimed Zubair received `50 lakh in his bank account in the last three months, adding they were probing the source of the funding. But Alt News co-founder Pratik Sinha said, “Absolutely lies. Police is linking donations received by Alt News to Zubair. All the money that Alt News receives goes to the organisations bank and not any individuals.” attacked him with sharp weapons. They also reportedly slit IN a horrific hate crime in Ra- his throat with a cleaver. The jasthan’s Udaipur district, two killers then fled the scene. Soon men on Tuesday killed a tailor after the shocking incident, a who had recently exlarge crowd gathered pressed support for at the spot and desuspended BJP leader manded tough action Nupur Sharma over against the culprits. controversial remarks Rajasthan Chief on Prophet MohamMinister Ashok Gehlot mad. The killers, who tweeted that no effort also posted videos of will be spared in catchtheir brutal attack ing the culprits and a claiming they did it to detailed probe will be Kanhaiya Lal avenge insult to Islam, conducted over the have been arrested. brutal incident. In the video, they also threatA curfew has been imposed ened to target Nupur Sharma in many parts of Udaipur and and even Prime Minister markets are shut. Large gatherNarendra Modi. ings have been banned and inThe attackers, identified as ternet suspended across RajasGos Mohammad and Riyaz, than for 24 hours. came on a bike at around 2.30 The victim, who lived in the pm on Tuesday. They entered Dhanmondi area of Udaipur, the tailoring shop of Kanhaiya had posted on social media in Lal (40) on the pretext of giving support of Nupur Shar ma measurements and suddenly some 10 days ago. R a j e s h A s n a n i @ Jaipur express read Four dead as ONGC chopper crashes into Arabian Sea Mumbai: Pawan Hans’ Sikorsky chopper with nine people on board crashed into the Arabian Sea, about 50 nautical miles from the Mumbai coast on Tuesday, killing four people. The helicopter, part of the six that Pawan Hans had recently leased, was 4-5 minutes away from ONGC’s Sagar Kiran rig when the incident took place, company officials said About 50 migrants found dead in abandoned US truck in Texas picture of devotion An artisan busy painting idols of the Holy Trinity at RCM College ahead of Rath Yatra, in Bhubaneswar on Tuesday | Biswanath US police Tuesday were investigating the grim discovery of about 50 bodies in and around a trailer truck abandoned in sweltering heat near the Texas city of San Antonio | P9 Covid spike: New cases cross 100 mark in Odisha, highest in Three months E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @Bhubaneswar Days ahead of Rath Yatra, which is likely to witness a congregation of over a million devotees, Odisha on Tuesday logged 113 new Covid-19 cases, the highest single-day count in last three months. The test positivity rate (TPR) also touched one per cent (pc) signalling the high growth of the coronavirus infection in the State these days. While the cases went up by 64 pc, the TPR almost doubled in last 24 hours. The positivity rate in Khurda soared to 9.21 pc from 5.59 pc a day before. As many as 11,284 tests, including over 40 pc through RTPCR, were conducted in the State of which 705 were from Khurda. Of the fresh cases spread over six districts, 15 are in the age group of 0-18 years. While 67 cases have been detected from quarantine, 46 were local contacts. Khurda topped the districts with maximum 65 cases, followed by Cuttack (21), Sundargarh (6), Sambalpur (4) and Jajpur (2). The districts, which had led the third wave in January, have been witnessing a spurt in cases. The infections in Khurda, including Capital city Bhubaneswar, are on the upward spiral since June 15 and the daily case count increased almost four times in the last fortnight. Cuttack has been witnessing occasional spikes with clusters in hostels or educational institutions. Apart from the two districts, Balasore, Puri, Jajpur, Sambalpur and Sundargarh have also been recording sporadic cases in regular intervals. Stating that the infections are rising but the situation is not a l a r m i n g , D i re c t o r o f Health Services Dr Bijay Mohapatra said Covid-19 transmission rate is comparatively high in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack. “The districts and urban local bodies, where the spike in cases is being noticed, have been asked to step up containment measures to check the spread. People are advised to wear masks and avoid going to crowded places. Second and precautionary dose vaccinations are being ramped up,” he added. As a huge congregation of devotees is expected on the Rath Yatra day on July 1 in Puri, the State government has decided to distribute over 10 lakh masks making its use mandatory for all participants to take part in pulling of chariots. Meanwhile, the Centre has asked all states, including Odisha to ensure that people taking part in mass gatherings are asymptomatic and preferably fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan has stressed to maintain a close watch over occurrence of isolated/cluster of new COVID-19 cases and take prompt public health measures accordingly. CM begins UAE trip, to attend investors’ meet Bhubaneswar: The stage is set for the mega investors meet at Dubai on Wednesday, where Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik will meet industry leaders and pitch the vast opportunities for investment in Odisha. After completing his Italy visit, Naveen arrived in UAE late on Sunday. He visited the Sheikh Zayed mosque in Abu Dhabi on Monday | P3 Industrialist Pallonji Mistry passes away at 93 Mumbai: Pallonji Shapoorji Mistry, head of Shapoorji Pallonji Group, which constructed Mumbai’s iconic RBI old building in 1939, HSBC building opposite Flora Fountain in 1950 and TIFR in 1962, passed away on June 28 at the ripe age of 93. He is survived by his wife Patsy, daughters Laila Rustom Jehangir, Aloo Noel Tata, sons Shapoor Mistry and Cyrus Mistry | P10
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