KOZHIKODE l friday l august 12, 2022 l `9.00 l PAGES 12 l city EDITION Tax payers to be barred from Atal pension Yojana from Oct 1 “From 1st October, any citizen who is or has been an income tax payer, shall not be eligible,” the finance ministry said Scheme meant for unorganised workers Ineligible joinees’ accounts to be closed The pension scheme was introduced on June 1, 2015 to provide social security to workers in the unorganised sector. Subscribers get a minimum guaranteed pension of C1,000-5,000 a month upon reaching 60 years of age, depending on their contributions. Currently, those aged 18-40 years can join the scheme through bank or post office branches ■ ■ The new notification, issued on Wednesday, will not apply to those who joined the scheme before October 1, 2022 If a subscriber joins after Oct 1 and is found to have been a tax payer, the account shall be closed and the accumulated pension wealth till date given to the subscriber, the notification warned 4 crore Number of Atal pension yojana subscribers as on March 31, 2022 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 It’s advantage Isaac in 1st round, HC upholds his ‘right to privacy’ E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Kochi In a moral victory to T M Thomas Isaac, the Kerala High Court on Thursday reminded the Enforcement Directorate of his “right to privacy” and directed the agency to explain why the former finance minister was asked to produce private information at the preliminary stage of the case. Justice V G Arun raised the query when a petition filed by Isaac challenging the ED’s summons, asking him to appear before it in connection with the financial transactions of the KIIFB, came up for hearing. The agency had sent him two summonses, and the second one had asked him to produce the details of his movable and immovable properties. ED’s counsel undertook that Isaac need not appear before it till Wednesday, which is the next date of hearing. The court orally observed that it did not want to record the undertaking, but it would be there. “He has a right to privacy and that can’t be breached without follow- HC reserves order on MLAs’ petition Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Thursday reserved its order on a public interest litigation filed by five LDF MLAs, including K K Shailaja, seeking to restrain ED from interfering in KIIFB’s affairs. ing the procedure established by law. It can be done for reasons,” the court observed. But in this case, the agency asked for all these documents in the first instance. At the preliminary stage itself can a person be asked to produce all these documents. It depends on the subsequent satisfaction of the officer who is conducting the inquiry it said. , “What is the material before you for asking to produce all these materials? To ask someone to produce all private information, the reason has to be explained. I don’t say he should not be summoned. If it is required he has to be summoned,” the court observed orally . ● More on P4 4 soldiers killed as fidayeen attack back in J&K Troops gun down 2 suicide attackers who tried to storm Army camp in Rajouri; militants believed to be from JeM Faya z Wa n i @ Srinagar IN the first fidayeen attack in Jammu and Kashmir after the removal of Article 370, four soldiers were killed in a pre-dawn attack on an Army camp in Rajouri on Thursday. The troops gunned down two suicide attackers and search for other terrorists who may be lurking in the vicinity . The two slain terrorists, believed to be from Pakistanbased Jaish-e-Mohammed, attempted to storm the Army camp at 3.30 am at Pargal area of Rajouri by taking advantage of the inclement weather and EXPRESS READ Pocso case: Boy moves SC against exonerating mom T’Puram: A 15-year-old boy, who had earlier levelled allegations of sexual abuse against his mother, has now moved the apex court seeking to quash the probe team’s report that gave her clean chit. P5 China blocks bid to blacklist Jaish leader China has put on hold a proposal by India and the US at the United Nations to blacklist Abdul Rauf Asghar, deputy chief of terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed. dense foliage, said Senior Superintendent of Police, Rajouri, Mohammad Aslam. The militants lobbed grenades across the 7-feet high boundary and the troops returned fire. In the ensuing firefight, both the attackers were killed. However, six Army soldiers were seriously injured and four of them later succumbed to injuries. The deceased have been identified as Subedar Rajendra Prasad R/o Rajasthan, Rifleman Lakshmanan D R/o Madurai, Tamil Nadu, Rifleman Manoj Kumar R/o Faridabad, Haryana and Rifleman Nishant Malik, R/o Hisar, Haryana. (From L) Subedar Rajendra Prasad and 3 Riflemen Manoj Kumar, D Lakshmanan, Nishant Malik An army official said 2 AK 47 rifles, 9 magazines, 300 rounds, 5 grenades and other administrative stores were recovered from the slain militants. Security agencies are investigating whether the militants were carrying armour piercing bullets. The SSP said police had re- ceived general inputs about a possible militant attack and security was tightened in the border districts of Poonch and Rajouri. The police official added that suicide attackers try to inflict maximum casualties on troops when they strike but in the latest incident, alert troops Kejriwal, Nirmala spar over debt write-off and freebies E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi With the matter of freebies under intense Supreme Court scrutiny the AAP and the BJP , were on Thursday locked in a high decibel sparring match over debt write-off and welfare schemes like education and health care. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal launched a full scale attack on the Centre alleging taxpayers’ money was being used by politicians to write off loans for their rich friends. “Had these people not waived off loans worth `10 lakh crore for their friends, the Centre wouldn’t have had to impose tax on milk-curd or stop pensions for soldiers. They also wrote off taxes worth `5 lakh crore for big corporations. These people spend all public money on their friends, we give it to the underprivileged,” he alleged. “Free education, medicines and ration was being given for the last 70-75 years in the coun- try. Then why has the protest started suddenly now?” he wondered. Hours later, finance minister Nirmala Sithraman rapped Kejriwal for giving the issue a perverse twist. “Health and education have never been called freebies. No Indian gover nment has ever denied them. So classifying education and health as freebies, Kerjiwal is trying to bring in a sense of fear in the minds of the poor,” she said. managed to avert heavy casualt i e s by n e u t r a l i s i n g t h e terrorists. On the identity of the slain militants, he said they appear to be foreigners and that further investigation is going to ascertain their identities. Thursday’s was the first fidayeen attack in Jammu and Kashmir in three years. The last attack had taken place on February 14, 2019 at Pulwama in south Kashmir, in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed and about two dozens injured after a local suicide attack rammed his explosive-laden vehicle into a CRPF bus. CBI arrests TMC strongman Mondal Kolkata: Two Central lawenforcing agencies — the CBI and Enforcement Directorate — on Thursday went after the Trinamool Congress, arresting its Birbhum strongman in a cattle smuggling case, and summoning eight IPS officers in connection with a coal smuggling case. While the CBI arrested Anubrata Mondal in a dramatic raid involving 100odd CRPF personnel from his house after he skipped 10 summons citing ill health, the ED asked eight IPS officers to appear at their Delhi office this month.P8
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