VOL. 10 | NO. 43 | FRIDAY 28 AUGUST 2020 | TIRUPATI | PAGES 8 | `5.00 www.thehansindia.com Forecast: Scattered tstorms late. More clouds than sun Temp: Max.33°C. Min.24°C. Humidity: 80% Sunrise: 06:00 Sunset: 06:26 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H H Follow @ WINDOWS Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla chairing a meeting of Secretary-Generals of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha along with representatives of CPWD and NDMC over arrangements for upcoming Monsoon Session, in New Delhi ON Thursday Very dangerous hurricane makes landfall in US Houston: Hurricane Laura made landfall in southwestern Louisiana early Thursday after strengthening into an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 classiﬁcation, with the US authorities warning of potentially catastrophic impacts. The National Hurricane Center said that Laura, packing 240 km per hour sustained winds, brought a "catastrophic storm surge, extreme winds and ﬂash ﬂooding" to the state. It intensiﬁed rapidly into a Category 4 hurricane as it barreled toward the Louisiana and Texas coasts and was on the verge of becoming a Category 5, the most powerful classiﬁcation, when it hit land. Laura made landfall as a Category 4 storm, but it has since weakened to a Category 2. China tests 2 deadly missiles successfully Washington/New Delhi: Just before the US imposed a visa ban on Chinese government members in response to the militarization of the South China Sea, Beijing had ﬁred two missiles, including an 'aircraft-carrier killer', into the disputed sea. As per a South China Morning Post (SCMP) report, China ﬁred one intermediate-range ballistic missile, DF-26B, from Qinghai province and another mediumrange ballistic missile, DF-21D, from Zhejiang on Wednesday into the sea, provoking the US to take an unprecedented action against the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) regime, People's Liberation Army (PLA) and their businesses. NATION 78 PER CENT PARENTS WILLING TO LOSE YEAR OF WARDS’ SCHOOLING P7 SPORTS DHONI IS MOST INSPIRATIONAL CAPTAIN IN 50 YEARS OF GLOBAL CRICKET: CHAPPELL P8 /thehansindia | States stare at `2.35-lakh crore revenue shortfall Daily hearing by HC on 3C from Sept 21 Status quo on 3 capitals extended HANS NEWS SERVICE Nelapadu (Amaravati): The Full Bench of Andhra Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice Jitendra Kumar Maheswari, Justice AV Sesha Sai and Justice M Satyanarayana Murthy extended the status quo on the proposal of three capitals and repeal of CRDA Act till September 21 from when the issue would be heard on daily basis. According to legal experts, this would mean that the stay on status quo would continue till the hearing is over and a verdict is given by the High Court. It may be recalled that the Supreme Court dismissed the petition of the State Government which appealed to lift the status quo order by the AP High Court in its interim order on the shifting of the capital city and repeal of the CRDA Act. The Supreme Court, refusing to vacate the status quo order, instructed the High Court to start hearing on a daily basis. The Full Bench instructed the State government to file the counter affidavit by September 21 and the petitioners may file their rejoinders on the counter affidavit by September 17. Meanwhile, another petition was submitted by senior advocate Nithish Gupta praying the High Court to launch contempt proceedings against the State government as it laid the foundation stone for another camp office in the name of guest house at Kapuluppada near Visakhapatnam in spite of the status quo order by the high court. The Full Bench instructed the registry to issue a notice to the Chief Secretary to file an affidavit by September 10. /thehansindiaweb | /thehansindia | /thehansindia | /thehansindia H GST TALE OF 2 OPTIONS New Delhi: Amid a chorus by non-NDA ruled states for compensation of GST revenue shortfall, the Centre on Thursday presented two options to states under which they can borrow from the market to make up for the estimated deﬁcit of Rs 2.35 lakh crore this ﬁscal. At the end of a ﬁve-hour long meeting of the GST Council, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said there was no proposal to raise tax rates to make up for the shortfall that has been compounded by the Covid-19 pandemic. Citing a legal opinion from the Attorney General, she ruled out the Centre making good the shortfall from either its coffers or borrowing against its balance sheet. The deﬁcit can be made good by states borrowing using a special window, she said, adding that this loan can be repaid after ﬁve years from the collection of GST cess. If states agree to either of the options, it would effectively mean that cess would continue beyond ﬁve years of the GST rollout. In 2017, all states agreed to subsume their local taxes such as VAT into the new, nationwide Goods and Services Tax (GST) in return for the Centre promising to make good any loss of revenue in the ﬁrst ﬁve years. Continued on Page 5 WE ARE NOT HAPPY WITH OUTCOME, SAYS CONG Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman chairs the 41st GST Council meeting via video conferencing, in New Delhi, Thursday. MoS for Finance Anurag Thakur is also seen ‘ACT OF GOD’ Covid may lead to economic contraction: FM New Delhi: The Centre on Thursday placed before the GST Council two options for borrowing by states to meet the shortfall in GST revenues, pegged at Rs 2.35 lakh crore in the current ﬁscal. Brieﬁng reporters after the 41st meeting of the GST Council, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the economy is facing an extraordinary ‘Act of God’ situation that may result in an economic contraction. As per the Centre's calculation, the compensation requirement by the states in the current ﬁscal would be Rs 3 lakh crore, of which Rs 65,000 crore is expected to be met from the cess levied in the GST regime. Hence, the total shortfall is estimated at Rs 2.35 lakh crore. Revenue Secretary Ajay Bhushan Pandey said that Don’t delay NEET, JEE exams further Over 150 academicians write to PM New Delhi: Over 150 academicians from various universities in India and abroad have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying that delaying JEE-Mains and NEET any further will mean compromising the future of students. "Youths and students are the future of the nation but in wake of the COVID -19 pandemic, clouds of uncertainty have gathered over their careers too. There are many apprehensions about admission and classes which need to be resolved at the earliest," they said in their letter. The signatories include academicians from the Delhi University, IGNOU, Lucknow University, JNU, BHU, IIT Delhi and Indian academicians from foreign universities such as University of London, University of California, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Ben Gurion University, Israel, among others. Continued on Page 5 Amid row, over 14L aspirants download admit cards New Delhi: Amid calls to postpone the JEE (Mains) and NEET (UG) examinations, over 14 lakh aspirants have already downloaded the admit cards till Wednesday evening after the National Testing Agency (NTA) released them. JEE Mains exam 2020 will be held from September 1 to 6, while the NEET (UG) exam 2020 will be held on September 13. For JEE (Main), 7.41 lakh out of 8.58 lakh aspirants have downloaded the admit cards. Delay will lead to ‘zero year’, say IIT heads New Delhi: Further delay in conducting medical and engineering entrance exams NEET and JEE will lead to a 'zero academic year' and any quick alternative to the crucial exams will dilute the quality of education and have cascading ef- fects, according to Directors of several Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). Amid the chorus for postponement of the two exams in view of the rising COVID-19 cases, the IIT Directors appealed to students to trust the institutions conducting the exam. "The pandemic has already disrupted the academic plans of many students and institutions and we don't see the virus going away anytime soon. We should not let this be a zero academic year as it might have consequences on the bright future of several students," said IIT Roorkee Director Ajit K Chaturvedi. He also said students and their parents need to have faith in the system. Continued on Page 5 of this estimate, Rs 97,000 crore is on account of GST shortfall, while the rest is due to the impact of coronavirus. "The compensation gap which has arisen this year (expected to be Rs 2.35 lakh crore), is due to coronavirus as well. The shortfall in compensation due to the implementation of GST has been estimated to be Rs 97,000 crore," he said. Continued on Page 5 Quota within quota SC for revisiting 2004 verdict on Scheduled Castes sub-classiﬁcation New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday disagreed with its 2004 Constitution Bench judgement, which ruled against giving preferential treatment to certain sub-castes within Scheduled Castes. The top court said this judgement needs to be revisited. A ﬁve-judge bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra, and comprising Justices Indira Banerjee, Vineet Saran, M R Shah and Aniruddha Bose, said it is essential to reconsider the 2004 verdict in the E V Chinnaiah case and, this matter should be placed before Chief Justice S A Bobde for appropriate direction. The bench observed that reservation may be made for the sub-castes within Scheduled Castes, and such classiﬁcation would not lead to interfering with the presidential order under Article 341. The bench noted once the state has power to give reservation, then it could go ahead with sub-classiﬁcation, to extend the beneﬁts of reservation to those subcastes, which have not SC rejects plea to carry out Muharram procession New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday declined permission for carrying out Muharram procession across the country and asked Lucknow-based petitioner to move before the Allahabad High Court with his plea. The apex court said how it can pass a general order for the whole country. A bench comprising Chief Justice S A Bobde and Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian said it would lead to chaos and targeting of a particular community. “You are asking for a gen- New Delhi: The Congress Thursday said it was "dissatisfied" with the outcome of the GST Council meeting and accused the Centre of adopting a majoritarian approach and thrusting "solutions" on states. The Finance ministers of Congress-ruled states are not happy with the outcome of GST Council meeting as decisions were thrust upon them by the Centre, Punjab's FM Manpreet Badal said at a virtual press conference after the GST Council meeting. "We are not happy at the outcome. But, we have no choice," he said. Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy, who represented the Union Territory at the meeting as he also holds the finance portfolio, said it is unfortunate the Centre was not helping the revenue-starved states by honouring its commitment to pay them GST compensation at 14 per cent. eral order and then if we allow this, there will be chaos. Particular community will be targeted for spreading Covid. We don't want that. We as a court cannot risk the health of all the people,” the bench, which heard the matter through video conferencing, said. The bench allowed the petitioner to withdraw the petition with the liberty to approach the High Court with limited prayer of holding procession in Lucknow. The apex court was hearing a PIL was filed by Shia leader Syed Kalbe Jawad. availed these beneﬁts. The bench also said it seems the 2004 verdict in the E.V. Chinnaiah case was not correctly decided, therefore it requires a reconsideration. The 2004 verdict in the Chinnaiah case was also decided by a ﬁve-judge bench. As a result, the matter would now have to go to a larger bench. This will be placed before the Chief Justice to refer it to a bench of seven judges or more. The current case came up before the apex court after the Punjab and Haryana High Court struck down a state law, which empowered the government to sub-classify SC/STs for grant of quotas. The state government appealed against a 2010 verdict. The high court had struck down Section 4 (5) of the Punjab Scheduled Caste and Backward Classes (Reservation in Services) Act, 2006 and termed it unconstitutional. This Act gave ﬁrst preference to Mazbhi Sikhs and Balmikis castes for SC quota in public services. Govt transfers land for State guest house HANS NEWS SERVICE Visakhapatnam: Within hours of the Andhra Pradesh High Court extending the status quo regarding the three capitals bill and repeal of the CRDA Act, the State Government issued GO No 1353 transferring acres of land for construction of state guest house. It may be mentioned here that the Government had allotted 300 acres of land at Kapuluppada in Bheemunipatnam constituency for Greyhounds training centre. Continued on Page 5
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