28082020-TTB-01.qxd 27-08-2020 23:22 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.140 no.238 | 12 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 haryana RUSSIA TO INVESTIGATE NAVALNY’S POISONING WORLD /thetribunechd SELF-RELIANCE TO BOOST OUR INVOKE INSOLVENCY PROCEEDINGS AGAINST GUARANTORS, BANKS TOLD BUSINESS GLOBAL STANDING: PM BACK PAGE /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com friday, august 28,2020 States get 2 options to meet GST shortfall Given one week to respond IPeriod for cess refund may be extended beyond 5 years Tribune News Service New Delhi, August 27 States have sought a week to deliberate on two options offered by the Centre to make up for the shortfall in GST collections, said Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman at the end of a five-hour meeting of the GST Council here today. The Centre may compensate the states by extending the period for the refund of cess beyond the five-year period that ends in 2022. “The Centre may convene another GST Council meeting once the states have decided their options and the RBI agrees to the Centre’s proposal,” Sitharaman said. As a result of a tanking economy due to the “hand of God” which may lead to a contraction, the compensation gap this year was expected to be Rs 2.35 lakh crore, Don’t delay JEE, 150 academics write to PM Modi New Delhi, August 27 Over 150 academicians from various universities in India and abroad have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying that delaying the JEE (Main) and NEET any further will mean compromising students’ future. Referring to the growing chorus against conducting these exams in September in view of the rising Covid cases, the academicians stated, “Some are trying to play with future of students to propel their own political agenda.” THOSE NOT IN FAVOUR ■ Odisha CM wants exams put off, cites floods in state ■ Why play with youth’s lives, asks Punjab Cong chief The signatories include academicians from Delhi University, IGNOU, JNU, Banaras Hindu University, University of Lucknow, IITDelhi, besides Indian experts from foreign universities in London, California and Israel among others. Also, directors of several IITs have said that any further delay in conducting NEET and JEE will lead to a zero academic year. — PTI DON’T THRUST SOLUTIONS to not to thrust ❝ I appealus.the Centresovereign solutions on We are a state, not a banana republic. Manpreet Badal, FINANCE MINISTER, PUNJAB COUNCIL NOT CONSENSUAL GST ❝ Sadisstate of affairs.yielding to Council increasingly majoritarianism instead of being consensual. Bhupesh Baghel, CHHATTISGARH CM HONOUR COMMITMENT not helping the ❝ The Centre isstates by honouring revenue-starved Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman chairs the 41st GST Council meeting via video-conferencing in New Delhi. MoS for Finance Anurag Thakur is also seen. PTI she said. But according to the Centre’s calculations, Rs 1,38,000 crore is due to losses because of the pandemic. Therefore, the Centre has estimated the shortfall in compensation due to Covid at Rs 97,000 crore under the first option. States going for this window can borrow 0.5 per cent of their state GDP sans the conditionalities prescribed earlier. “Under the second option, the entire gap of this year can be met by the borrowing of its commitment on compensation. V Narayanasamy, PUDUCHERRY CM states, and arrangements could be made with the RBI,” said Sitharaman, but implied reforms in power tariff etc. She complimented the participants at the GST Council for displaying statesmanship by focusing on the issue at hand. Finance Secretary AB Pandey said they had sought the Attorney-General’s views who had opined that GST compensation had to be paid for five years and the compensation gap met from the cess fund, not the Consolidated Fund of India. Risk aversion won’t do, RBI Guv warns banks Post letter row, Bittu, Gogoi elevated in LS Mumbai, August 27 Addressing a webinar, RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das today asked banks to avoid extreme risk aversion, as it was “self-defeating”. He advised them to smell vulnerabilities early to avoid frauds. The comments come in the midst of the steadily slowing credit off-take, leading many to wonder if banks have become too “risk-averse” owing to their concerns over asset quality in a pandemic-stricken economy. As per the RBI’s annual report released earlier this week, frauds doubled to Rs 1.85 lakh crore in FY20. Das warned banks that extreme risk aversion would deprive banks of their income and create a situation where they would be unable to earn their bread. He appreciated the government’s response to the Covid19 crisis as being fiscally “very prudent and very calibrated”. He said the government was New Delhi, August 27 In a signal to dissenters, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi today approved a five-member strategy committee in the Rajya Sabha, elevating MPs Gaurav Gogoi and Ravneet Bittu as Deputy Leader and Whip of the Lok Sabha. Jairam Ramesh will by the Chief Whip in the RS. The five-member strategy group will comprise Ramesh, Ahmed Patel and KC Venugopal besides Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad and Deputy Leader Anand Sharma. Azad and Sharma were both signatories to the dissent letter. Bittu’s elevation is seen as a signal to Anandpur Sahib MP Manish Tewari, another signatory to the letter. K Suresh from Kerala is party’s Chief Whip in the LS and Manickam Tagore the other Whip. Bittu’s and Gogoi’s elevations mark a generational shift in the party. — TNS Calls govt’s Covid response fiscally ‘very prudent’ “responsible” in announcing the measures right from the start which focused on the poor and vulnerable. He also welcomed the government’s strategy of consolidating public sector banks, saying lenders with large balance sheets would be helpful. He, however, said that while size was essential, efficiency was “more important”. “There is no risk aversion but prudent banking. If we give money, we expect to get it back,” said Aditya Puri, MD, HDFC Bank— PTI Seven-judge Bench to MEA indirectly rules out military option revisit 2004 verdict on India wants both armies to return to ‘regular’LAC posts Pak ‘insincere’ on reining in terror SC sub-caste quota Tribune News Service New Delhi, August 27 Can the state give reservation to sub-castes within the Scheduled Castes? The issue will be decided by a seven-judge Constitution Bench after a fivejudge Constitution Bench on Thursday delivered a verdict contrary to an earlier one by a Bench of the same strength. The five-judge Constitution Bench, headed by Justice Arun Mishra, ruled that provision can be made for reservation for the sub-castes within Scheduled Castes, saying, “The entire basket of fruits cannot be given to the mighty at the cost of others.” “There are unequals within the list of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and socially and educationally backward classes. Various reports indicate that SCs and STs do not constitute a homogenous group. The aspiration of equal treatment of the lowest strata, to whom the fruits of the reservation have not effectively reached, remains a dream. At the same time, various castes by and large remain where they were, and they remain unequals. Are they destined to carry their backwardness till eternity?” HELP FOR NEEDY ■ Five-judge Bench delivered a verdict contrary to an earlier one by a same-strength Bench ■ The SC said there are unequals within the list of SCs, STs and backward classes ■ Entire basket of fruits cannot be given to the mighty at the cost of the needy, it said the Bench asked. “The constitutional goal of social transformation cannot be achieved without taking into account changing social realities,” it said. It disagreed with an earlier Constitution Bench judgment delivered in 2004, which ruled against giving preferential treatment to subcastes within Scheduled Castes. “Once the state has the power to give reservation, it can also make sub-classification,” the SC court said in its latest verdict. — TNS No scam, says Dushyant as Vij backs VB probe BPL subsidy: HP orders inquiry Chandigarh, August 27 Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij today said the Vigilance Bureau would probe the alleged liquor scam during the lockdown even as Deputy CM Dushyant Chautala denied any such scam, saying the state had collected an additional Rs 263-crore revenue in the first quarter. Dushyant, who holds Excise portfolio, said the increased revenue came in the form of permit and retail licence fee and additional excise duty. Vij and Dushyant addressed separate press conferences here. The Home Minister, who has ordered a Vigilance probe after a special enquiry team (SET) submitted its report on July 31, said, “An explanation has been sought from Excise and Taxation Commissioner Shekhar Vidyarthi while the Palampur, August 27 The HP Government has ordered an inquiry into alleged irregularities in the selection of BPL families for foodgrain subsidy after names of gazetted officers, doctors and professors were found on a list of 125 beneficiaries. Sources told The Tribune that the government had sought details from deputy commissioners across the state and was mulling to hand over the matter to the state Vigilance. The government is in the process of issuing directions to the Panchayati Raj and Rural Development Department to ensure that the criteria for selecting BPL families was strictly adhered to. A block development officer admitted that many gram sabhas were not following the laid down criteria in such cases. BOOZE SCAM Haryana Dy CM, Home Minister differ over SET findings Home Department has been asked to take action against former Sonepat SP Pratiksha Godara, who has since been repatriated to her parent cadre.” Dushyant claimed it was for first time this year that the government had collected an additional excise duty of more than Rs 27 crore in the first quarter. “This is 2,700 times more than that in the first quarter last year,” he said. — TNS Ravinder Sood New Delhi, August 27 The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) indirectly ruled out a military option to resolve the border issue with China, saying that the government was working on moving back troops of both armies to their “regular posts” on their respective sides of the Line of Actual Control (LAC). “It is important to bear in mind that achieving this (complete disengagement) requires agreed actions by both sides,” said MEA spokesperson Anurag Sri- CHINA STAYS ADAMANT, SAYS SEE BIG PICTURE China’s Defence Ministry on Thursday again exhorted India to “see the big picture” even as the MEA indicated slowness by the Chinese side in implementing agreements reached during discussions at the military and diplomatic levels. Reduce fatality rate to 1%: Centre to 10 states NewDelhi, August27 The Centre today held a review meeting with 10 states, including Punjab, that have accounted for nearly 89 per cent of all deaths in the country over the past two weeks. Cabinet Secretary Rajeev Gauba took the virtual review with the Chief Secretaries and Health Secretaries of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telangana, Gujarat, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Andhra Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, asking each of these states/UT to focus on reducing the fatality rate. "These states need to maintain continued and rigorous vigil, so as to contain the spread of the infection and COVID-19CASES INDIA COUNT RECOVERED 25,23,771 FRESH FATALITIES 1,023 TOTAL DEATHS 60,472 vasta while answering questions on China at the weekly media briefing. Srivastava especially referred to a recent interview of External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar where he spoke of various past border incidents and noted that what was common was that “all border situations were resolved through diplomacy”. The MEA spokesperson’s accent on talks to resolve border issues comes a few days after Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat said India had “military options” to deal with the Chinese aggression. New Delhi, August 27 Pakistan’s denial on sheltering wanted terrorists laid bare its insincerity in responding to global expectations that it would track down terrorists, the MEA said today. “Pakistan has not only maintained its opposition to this global consensus but has also chosen not to act against the terrorists,” MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said, replying to questions on his Pakistani counterpart denying the presence of Dawood Ibrahim and criticising the charge sheet on Pulwama attack. — TNS NZ mosque shooter gets life sentence CHRISTCHURCH: The white supremacist who shot dead 51 worshippers at two New Zealand mosques was sentenced on Thursday to life in prison without the possibility of parole. It’s the first time the maximum sentence has been imposed in such a case. WORLD Won’t allow Muharram procession, says SC NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday refused permission for the Muharram procession across India. “If we allow this, there will be chaos and one particular community will be targeted for spreading Covid,” the court said. — TNS Now sanitize your hands with the goodness of Neem, Tulsi and Aloe Vera 33,10,234 TOTAL RECOVERED DEATHS WORLD 2,43,95,704 1,69,26,018 8,30,831 reduce the fatality rate to 1 per cent,” the Health Ministry said. The states were advised to ensure that at least in 80 per cent of the new cases, all close contacts were traced and tested in 72 hours. The toll has climbed to 60,472, with 1,023 fatalities in 24 hours. — TNS Inqueuefortesting Introducing Vicco Hand Sanitizer Gel Trusted ayurvedic formula Natural fragrance MUKESH AGGARWAL Moisturises skin People outside a rapid antigen detection centre in New Delhi.
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