SATURDAY 2 STABBED OUTSIDE CHARLIE HEBDO’S FORMER OFFICE 26 Two people were wounded in a suspected machete terror attack on Friday near the satirical magazine’s former office morningstandard.in facebook.com/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard instagram.com/themorningstandard DNA TEST NAILS FAKE ENCOUNTER Samples of the victims match with Rajouri families A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS PAGE 8 COMPENSATION FIGHT Huge loss to states as Centre miscalculated IGST, says CAG report EVEN as the Centre and states are locked in a tussle over non-payment of GST compensation, the CAG has found the Central government wrongly calculated the Integrated Goods and Services Tax (IGST), resulting in states getting much lower share from their GST pool. “During 2018-19, `15,001 crore was erroneously transferred and accounted as states’ share of net proceeds of IGST instead of being apportioned between Centre and States,” said the CAG report. Under GST rules, the `15,001 crore should have been split between the Centre and states. Last year, the CAG had observed that devolution of IGST was not consistent with the scheme of GST. “In addition, a balance of `13,944 crore was left unapportioned under the head Total Length and retained in CFI (Consolidated Fund of India), even though the amended IGST Act now provides for ad-hoc apportionment of IGST. As a result, states received less funds on account of IGST.” During audit, “No reasons were provided by the Department of Revenue for non-apportionment of this balance amount,” the report said. The report said this helped the Centre window-dress its financials at states’ expense. “This implies GoI’s tax receipts were overstated to that extent and the revenue deficit understated during the year. It is thus recommended the devolution/apportionment of IGST be reviewed and aligned with the extant Constitutional and Statutory Provisions,” it added. States haven’t received GST compensation for the past five months. NEW DELHI J8.00 PAGES 12 Voda wins L22K cr retro tax case against India EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi BRITISH telco Vodafone on Friday won its decade-long le gal battle against a `22,100 crore retrospective tax demand raised by the Indian government. The Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague ruled that India’s tax law, imposed retrospectively after the Supreme Court had ruled in Vodafone’s favour, violated conditions that guaranteed “f air and Delhi-Meerut corridor equitable” treatment to investors. The tribunal said the Indian government should cease its demands on Vodafone under the bilateral treaty signed between The Netherlands and India in 1995. India has also been directed to reimburse `40.3 crore to the telco towards legal costs incurred. The development is a significant boost to Vodafone Group and its joint venture in India, Vi (formerly Vodafone Idea). Vi stock prices surged 13.6% following the news, with analysts noting that relief from the massive tax demand may result in Vodafone Group freeing up some cash to help its beleaguered Indian venture. The case was surrounded by controversy from the beginning. In 2007, the then UPA government sent notices to Vodafone alleging it had failed to deduct taxes while acquiring Hutchison (through its investment arm VIHBV). The firm moved the SC, which ruled in its favour in January 2012, saying the transaction was not taxable in India under the I-T Act 1961. The Centre, then, pulled off a highly controversial move. The then finance minister Pranab Mukherjee moved the Finance Act 2012, which retrospectively made firms taxable for any gain on “transfer of shares ALL OPTIONS OPEN, SAYS CENTRE The Centre on Friday said it will consider all options, including legal remedies, on the Vodafone arbitration case Budget 24 IN THE PIPELINE 30 sets with six cars (phase-I) L7,85 Cr 10 sets with 3 cars (for local transit services in Meerut) Cost of one car FEATURES Business class coach 2×2 transverse seats Wi-Fi Unveiled: First look of Delhi-Meerut RRTS G AYAT H R I M A N I @ New Delhi COME 2025 and Delhiites will be able to travel business class to Meerut in less than an hour. The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs on Friday unveiled the look of India’s first Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) train. The train that will run on the 82-km Delhi-GhaziabadMeerut corridor can attain a top speed of 180 kmph. It will have six coaches of which one will be reserved for women. It will also have a special business class coach with spacious, comfortable and reclining seats which will be accessible through a special lounge at the platform-level. Once the RRTS corridor opens, the travel time will be reduced from 4 hours to 45-55 minutes. The prototype is scheduled to roll off the production line in 2022 and will be put into public use after extensive trials. The 17-km priority corridor of Delhi-Merrut RRTS from Sahibabad to Duhai will be operational in 2023 and the entire corCONTINUED ON P4 ridor will be operational in 2025. @ Patna/New Delhi Farmers gather in protest over farm bills at Shambu Punjab-Haryana border near Ambala on Friday | PTI Farmers’ bandh total in Punjab, not so elsewhere A nationwide shutdown farmers’ organisations sought to enforce on Friday in protest against three farm sector reform Bills passed by Parliament recently paralysed , Punjab and drew mixed response in Haryana. Life came to a standstill across Punjab as famers blocked roads and squatted on rail tracks. Supply of essential commodities was hit badly and markets did not open during the day . Haryana responded differently as commercial establishments and public transport were not affected, though the grains markets were deserted. In Uttar Pradesh, farmers gathered at the DelhiNoida border prompting police deployment. They also blocked the Delhi-Meerut Expressway at Modinagar near Ghaziabad. In Bihar, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav participated in a tractor rally to support the protesting farmers. In Karnataka, farmer unions blocked the KarnatakaTamil Nadu highway and around 250 protesters were taken into custody . Farmers blocked roads at more than 200 places and squatted on INSIDE KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS LIVE S TA R S P O R T S 1 / H O T S TA R @ 7. 3 0 P M Singh Bada, Harsimrat Kaur Badal led protest at Lambi Prominent Punjabi singers like Harbhajan Mann, Ranjit Bawa were seen at Nabha rail tracks at more than 125 places in Punjab. The supply of essential commodities was hit badly as also markets, especially those dealing in fruit and vegetable,did not open. In neighbouring Haryana, the bandh had a mixed response. Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal and his wife Harsimrat Kaur Badal, who is the Bathinda Lok Sabha member and quit the Narendra Modi Cabinet, led the protest at Lambi in Muktsar district. The workers of Congress, Shiromani Akali Dal and AAP gathered at many places while the supporters of Bharatiya Kisan Union and Revolutionary Marxist Party of India blocked Amritsar-Delhi National Highway near Phillaur in Jalandhar. The D E L H I C O V I D STATUS OF CASES Today Recovered Death Active cases Positive cases Cumulative 4,061 24 -3,827 2,28,436 5,147 30,867 2,64,450 Total beds Occupied Vacant 15,812 8,137 527 6,990 8,822 1,596 358 HOME ISOLATION : 18,096 *1528 beds of CCC are occupied by persons under quarantine including travellers who came by Vande Bharat Mission and bubble flights TESTING STATUS 11,797 47,337 RTPCR/CBNAAT/ True Nat tests conducted today (COVID-19) PATIENT MANAGEMENT Hospital Care centre Health centre W A T C H 5,013* 169 Rapid antigen test conducted in city 28,15,650 1,48,192 Total tests done so far Tests per million Calls received in control room: 150 Containment zones as on date 2,124 Total number of calls dispatched to ambulances: 1,516 SOURCE: DELHI HEALTH BULLETIN | DATA FOR SEPT 25 Voice of over 40,000 songs in several languages bids goodbye E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai President Ram Nath Kovind Delhi Capitals posted 175/3 in 20 overs after being asked to bat first by Chennai Super Kings in Dubai. In reply, CSK were 131/7 in 20 overs Akali Dal president Sukhbir REGIONAL political equations and caste arithmetic will play a decisive role in the Bihar Assembly polls that will be held in three phases — October 28, November 3 and November 7. Seventy-one of the 243 Assembly seats will go to the polls in the first phase, 94 in the second and 73 in the third phase. The results will be announced on November 10, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said on Friday . Confident of successfully pulling it off, the CEC cited the NEET and JEE exams that were held during the pandemic to say life must go on. Bihar will be the first electoral test for the Centre’s handling of the Covid and the migrant crisis, the farm reform bills and the controversial CAA-NRC issue. Unemployment, too, is SP BALASUBRAHMANYAM Indian music has lost one of its melodious voices DELHI WIN HEAVYWEIGHTS Bathinda-Zirakpur National Highway was blocked at Rampura Phul in Bathinda. At Lambi, Sukhbir demanded that CM Amarinder Singh should call a Cabinet meeting immediately and come out with an ordinance to declare the entire State as a principal market yard. He said the government should also hold a special session of the Assembly to ratify an Ordinance for declaring the entire state as a principal market yard.“I have moved this proposal two days back. The government should move quickly on this to save the future of our coming generations. We want the Congress government to call a special session to revoke this amendment.” Meanwhile, Amarinder said that the Centre had, with its illconceived and unconstitutional farm laws, pushed the farmers to the brink, forcing them to come out on the roads and endanger their lives amid the pandemic. “I hope the distressing visuals of tens of hundreds of farmers out on the roads at hundreds of locations in Punjab, and in several other states, will move the hearts of the central leadership,’’ he said. TMC: RS VIDEOS TO BE MVA GOVT NOT IN LAWS WILL ENSLAVE SHOWN TO FARMERS RUSH TO ADOPT BILLS FARMERS: RAHUL I P8 IPL TODAY SUNRISERS HYDERABAD a major issue because many migrants who returned home could not find suitable jobs. Over 30 lakh migrants returned to Bihar amid the pandemic and the issue will remain alive till the polls. Besides, over 84 lakh people were affected by the floods this year, compounding the problems of migrants. Whether or not RJD’s Tejashawi Yadav and the Congress along with some smaller parties can put up a united front to exploit the anti-incumbency remains to be seen. As for the NDA, it is still flogging the 15-year ‘jungle raj’ of Lalu Prasad and Rabri Devi. The BJP is already working on seatsharing within the NDA and its main challenge is to accommodate all players, including the JD(U), LJP and the HAM. The absence of senior faces like Lalu and Raghuvansh Prasad Singh will give the the NDA some advantage. P7 RAJESH KUMAR THAKUR & KUMAR VIKRAM E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi L30,274 Cr when the NDA government arrived on the scene. Negotiations followed, but an arbitration notice was eventually served by the company in April 2014. Two more years passed in legal minutiae. In Februay 2016, Vodafone received a fresh notice for `22,100 crore with the threat that failure to pay could result in confiscation of its assets in India. Vodafone finally went to The Hague for arbitration in June 2016. Three-phase Bihar elections first test for Covid response Police rushed to Noida border, Delhi-Meerut Expressway blocked (operational) top speed in a non-Indian company, which derives substantial value from underlying Indian assets”. As a consequence, Vodafone was left facing a total tax demand of `14,200 crore, including principal and interest, but no penalties. The company , then, used the bilateral treaty to challenge the demand in January 2014, by POLL SEASON 160kmph No. of stations With the unfortunate demise of Shri SP Balasubrahmanyam, our cultural world is a lot poorer Prime Minister Narendra Modi I’m very disturbed. We have recorded many song together and did a lot shows. My condolences to his family Lata Mangeshkar Balu... I had asked you to come back... But you didn’t listen. Did you go to sing for the celestial beings? Ilaiyaraaja L EGENDARY singer SP Balasubrahmanyam breathed his last at a private hospital in Chennai on Friday. He was 74. The singer was hospitalised on August 5 due to complications arising from Covid-19. On August 14, it was announced that his condition had worsened, and he was shifted to the High Dependency Unit. Though his son, SP Charan, later said that the singer showed improvements and tested negative for Covid, the music legend succumbed to illness. Sripathi Panditaradhyula Balasubrahmanyam was born in Konetammapeta, Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, on June 4, 1946. A six-time National Award winner, he made his singing debut with the Telugu film, Sri Sri Sri Maryada Ramanna in 1966. He made his Kannada debut the same year for composer M Ranga Rao in Nakkare Ada Swarga. SPB was introduced to Tamil through legendary composer M S Vi sw a n a t h a n’s s o n g , Iyarkaiyenum Idhayakani in the Gemini Ganesan film, Shanthi Nilayam (1969). The same year saw SPB singing his breakout song, Aayiram Nilave Vaa for MGR’s Adimaipenn. Balasubrahmanyam was drawn to music at an early age but did not get training in classical singing, though he evinced interest i n TAPAS RANJAN 82 km The counterterrorism unit of French police have taken over the probe and arrested two suspects. Rue Nicolas-Appert, the street in Paris’s 11th arrondissement on which the satirical magazine was formerly based, has been cordoned off, French paper Le Monde reported. The attack weapon was recovered from the scene of the crime | P9 12 KASHMIR A NURA DHA SH UKLA @ New Delhi TWO SUSPECTS ARRESTED, INVESTIGATION ON WERE KILLED IN THE JANUARY 7, 2015 ATTACK ON CHARLIE HEBDO OFFICES SEPTEMBER, 2020 4 JUNE 1946 25 SEPTEMBER 2020 learning musical instruments. Over the next five decades, SPB, as he is fondly referred to, made an indelible mark across various languages. SPB sang over 40,000 songs in several languages, including Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, and Hindi, among others. He received his first National Award for Shankarabharanam. This was the first of the three National Awards he received for singing in Telugu. Shankarabharanam cemented SPB as one of the premier singers of the country for singing a largely Carnatic-based sound track without any formal training in the medium. He received his other National Awards for his work in Saga- ra Sangamam and Rudraveena. He also won one each in Hindi, Kannada, and Tamil for Ek Duje Ke Liye (1981), Sangeetha Sagara Ganayogi Panchakshara Gavai (1995), and Minsara Kanavu (1996), respectively . In interviews, SPB stated that veteran Bollywood singer Mohammed Rafi was his favourite and revealed that he had learnt plenty from him. He was the singing voice of the biggest stars, including Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth, Mohan and Salman Khan. SPB formed a fruitful relationship with some of the most iconic composers, including Satyam, S Rajeswara Rao, Ilaiyaraaja, and AR RahCONTINUED ON P12 man.
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