afp bhubaneswar l sunday l june 06, 2021 l `12.00 l PAGES 24 l late CITY EDITION G-7 agrees to 15% minimum global tax rate for MNCs Finance ministers of 7 countries signed the deal on Saturday to tackle corporate tax avoidance & make tech giants pay up make firms pay right taxes in right places The deal reached during the London meeting gives in-principle approval to a 15% taxation rate on MNCs in each country they operate in. UK’s representative to the G7 said the deal aims to bring global tax systems in tune with the digital age, while ensuring companies pay the right tax in the right places. G20 meeting in Italy’s Venice in July is likely to follow suit ■ SEVEN drawing the blueprint for others? ■ ■ Global discussions on corporate tax issue gained traction after US President Joe Biden backed the idea of 15% levy on profits The London deal is likely to chart the course for nations in a fix over firms escaping to tax havens instead of paying rightful taxes Wider talks likely in Paris when 140 countries meet in July | P7 Countries — US, uk, japan, canada, italy, france & germany — form g7 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 Mamata makes nephew TMC’s general secy E x p r ess Ne w s S e r v i c e @ Kolkata West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Saturday appointed her nephew and Diamond Harbour MP Abhishek Banerjee as the party’s national general secretary Abhishek’s . promotion is seen as an affirmation of his influence in the party and a cheeky answer to the BJP’s tirade against him throughout the Assembly election campaign. Abhishek’s meteoric rise was one of the reasons for many quitting the TMC, most notable being Mamata’s protégé-turnedfoe Suvendu Adhikari, in the run-up to the polls. Many BJP leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had attacked Abhishek, branding him as tolabaj bhaipo (extortionist nephew). The announcement came during the party’s first organisational meeting after a landslide victory in the recent Assembly election. Nadda holds meet with BJP general secretaries The BJP national president JP Nadda on Saturday convened a meeting of the party’s national general secretaries in New Delhi | P8 Uproar as ‘blue ticks’ briefly removed from the accounts of V-P Venkaiah Naidu, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat Centre gives Twitter last chance to comply E X P R E SS N E WS S E RVIC E @ New Delhi The Centre on Saturday sent ‘one last notice’ to Twitter, giving the US social media company another chance to comply with India’s IT rules, which came into effect on May 26. “As a gesture of goodwill, Twitter Inc is hereby given one last notice to immediately comply with the Rules, failing which the exemption from liability available under Section 79 of the IT Act, 2000 shall stand withdrawn and Twitter shall be liable for consequences as per the IT Act and other penal laws of India,” the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) said. Curiously, though, the strongly worded notice did not mention any specific date to comply with the rules. In the notice, MeitY said the US social media giant’s refusal to follow Indian rules shows its “lack of commitment towards providing a safe experience for the people of India on its platform”. “Despite being operational in India for more than a decade, it is beyond belief that Twitter Inc has doggedly refused to create mechanism that will enable the people of India to resolve their issues on the platform in GST collection in May slips to `1.02L cr from `1.41L cr in Apr E x p r ess Ne ws S e r v i c e @ New Delhi THE gross Goods and Services Tax (GST) collection for May slipped to `1,02,709 crore from `1.41 lakh crore mopped up in April, as Covid-induced lockdown restrictions dented business activity and pulled down e-way bills. April’s record collection of `1.42 lakh crore – the highest since the GST rollout – was partly because of year-end payments in March. The GST collected in April was for transacNATIONWIDE Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths odisha Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths june 4 june 5 tions that took place in March. On a year-on-year basis, the May GST collection is 65% higher than the GST revenues in May 2020 and it has stayed above the psychological mark of `1 lakh crore. This is eighth month in a row that monthly GST collections have crossed this milestone. Of the total collection in May , central GST is `17,592 crore, state GST `22,653, integrated GST `53,199 crore and Cess `9,265 crore (including `868 cr collected on import of goods). June 4 33,57,713 doses June 5 31,20,451 doses Total doses: 23,10,89,241 Jab-o-meter Take your shot 1,32,364 1,20,529 2,07,071 1,97,894 2,713 3,380 june 4 7,729 11,347 39 june 5 7,395 7,616 40 a timely and transparent manner and through fair processes, by India based, clearly identified resources,” MeitY added. When contacted, Twitter declined to comment. Notably, the IT ministry’s move comes on a day when Twitter courted controversy for removing the verified ‘blue tick’ marks of Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, RSS chief Mohan Bhagawat and RSS functionaries Suresh Soni, Arun Kumar, Suresh Joshi and Krishna Gopal. The microblogging platform’s action created an uproar with critics accusing the social media firm of political bias. Later, Twitter restored the verified badges. In its defence, Twitter said the blue tick was temporarily removed from Naidu’s personal account as it was inactive since July last year. According to Twitter’s verification policy the platform may , remove the blue tick and the ‘verified’ status if the account becomes inactive for more than six months. The coveted ‘’blue badge’’ helps users distinguish the authenticity of accounts that are of high public interest, and gives Twitter users more context about who they’re having conversations with. What next If Twitter does not comply with govt norms, including appointing a chief compliance officer, it stands to lose its intermediary status that gives it immunity from liabilities over any third-party data hosted by it. In other words, it could be liable for criminal action in case of complaints MeitY is dismayed to note that your responses to the Ministry’s letters neither address the clarifications sought by the Ministry nor indicate full compliance with the Rules IT ministry’s notice to Twitter EXPRESS READ Genome sequencing lags New Delhi: India, which witnessed a devastating second Covid wave, may still not be doing enough genome sequencing of samples necessary to stay ahead of the virus and predict next waves in time, say experts | P7 Brazil approves Covaxin import Hyderabad: Brazil will allow conditional import of Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin. Brazil’s health regulator said four million doses would be imported and based on its trial, more could be ordered | P12 Al Qaeda leader Al-Zawahiri likely in Af-Pak border region: UN report A significant part of the Al-Qaeda leadership resides in the Afghanistan and Pakistan border region, including the group’s elusive leader Aiman al-Zawahiri, who is “probably alive but too frail to be featured in propaganda,” said a United Nations report. A large number of Al-Qaeda fighters and other foreign extremist elements aligned with the Taliban are located in various parts of Afghanistan | P9 State in top 6 with high TPR The declining rate of infection notwithstanding, Odisha is among top-six states with maximum active cases and high test positivity rate | P3 WITH THIS ISSUE The Evil Empire PLUS 12 PAGES AGAINST ALL ODDS Kalahandi’s Puja and Sai fight off poverty to top national trade test U m a S h a n k a r Ka r @ Bhawanipatna A GIRL who grew up in an orphanage and the son of a poor daily wager, both belonging to Kalahandi district, have surpassed 25 lakh students to top the national-level All India Trade Test (AITT) 2020 under Craftsmen Training Scheme. The 18-year-old Puja Mahar and 25-year-old Sai Charan Das of government-run Industrial Training Institute (ITI) in Bhawanipatna are students of Mechanic Motor Vehicle (MMV) trade. The AITT is conducted by the Directorate General of Training under the aegis of National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT). The exam was held online in February, but the results were declared on May 30. Puja and Sai clinching the top ranks in female and male categories respectively, is nothing short of inspiring given the odds they faced and overcame. Puja, who belongs to the backward M Rampur area, lost her father in her childhood. Unable to fend for her daughter, her mother sent her to Nehru Seva Sangh, a child care institute. However, she never let adversities stop her from striving for excellence. She managed to get into the ITI in Bhawanipatna and as a trainee she showed tremendous acumen. She persisted in the face of economic hardships and took the AITT exam. She topped the exam with 434 marks out of a total 450. Her batchmate Sai who topped in the male category with 437 marks has a similar story. Belonging to Makraguda village under Golamunda block of the district, both his parents are daily wage earners. With the little money they saved, Sai enrolled at the ITI but worked alongside in a motorcycle showroom at Bhawanipatna town to sustain himself and CONTINUED ON: P5 the family . PRIVATE VS PUBLIC With govt bearing the cost, most preferred pvt hosps States where private hospital admissions outnumbered the ones at public facilities Andhra Pradesh 5,19,388 Private 1,50,282 hospitals 2,00,159 44,215 Public hospitals 3,14,419 89,026 7,03,952 1,08,172 8,43,984 3,22,080 Tamil Nadu 15,95,396 9,59,041 Uttar Pradesh Haryana Maharashtra Jharkhand People admitted to private hospitals 74.91 lakh Amount paid to private hospitals K11,611 crore Average expenditure per admission K15,500 People admitted to public hospitals 62.96 lakh Amount paid to public hospitals K6,323 crore Average expenditure per hospitalisation K10,042 big chunk of Ayushman Bharat fund spent to foot private hosp bills Ku m a r V i k r a m @ New Delhi Underlining the poor state of public health infrastructure, particularly in small towns and rural areas, a majority of beneficiaries covered under the government’s ambitious Ayushman Bharat scheme availed of hospitalisation at private hospitals instead of government facilities. Till March 24, the total number of admissions under the scheme in private hospitals was 74.91 lakh, much higher than 62.96 lakh recorded in public hospitals, according to a reply received by this newspaper under the RTI Act. The reply revealed that of the total `17,934 crore spent by the government from the start of the year till March 24 to foot the beneficiaries’ bill, `11,611 crore was paid to private hospitals, while the state-run facilities got `6,323 crore. The average bill per admission at a private hospital was `15,500, at least 50% higher than `10,042 incurred at a public hospital. The reply said 14.66 crore health cards were issued till March 24 and 172.48 lakh admissions were authorised. Continued on: P7 SCB MCH to have full-fledged ECMO unit soon A r a b i n d a Pa n d a @ Cuttack As critical Covid cases continue to spike and the need for advanced clinical interventions like Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) has gone up significantly forcing patients to be airlifted to other centres outside the State, the government is set to establish a fullfledged unit at SCB Medical College and Hospital soon. The unit, equipped with six ECMO machines, will function from the Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery (CTVS) department. The procurement process has already been started. DMET Prof CBK Mohanty said the SCB MCH will be the first government hospital in the State to have this life-saving facility The ECMO . machines will help in treating patients whose lungs are completely damaged due to Covid-19. “If a person’s lungs are 100 per cent affected due to Covid-19 and ventilator support no longer helps, ECMO intervention is needed as a bridge to either help lungs recover or until a transplant is possible,” said Mohanty . The ECMO machines will be purchased by Odisha State Medical Corporation (OSMC). A six-member technical committee has been constituted to fix the specification and technical parameters for establishment of the life saving unit as soon as possible. Apart from Prof Mohanty the committee comprises SCB MCH Prin, cipal Datteshwar Hota, Prof Nivedita Pani of Anesthesia department, Prof Manoranjan Pattanaik of Pulmonary Medicine department, Prof Manoj Kumar Pattanaik of CTVS department and Prof Jayant Panda of Medicine Continued on: P5 department.
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