tirupati l saturday l july 02, 2022 l `9.00 l PAGES 12 l anantapur EDITION Ban on Single-use plastic items comes into effect The nationwide ban kicked in on July 1. Single-use plastic means items that are used only once before they are thrown away Plastic cutlery items proscribed Violators face up to 5-year jail term The banned plastic products include cutlery items such as plates, cups, glasses, forks, spoons, knives, trays, straws etc. The other products that come under the ban are earbuds, balloon sticks, cigarette packs, sweet boxes, candy and ice cream sticks, invitation cards, polystyrene used for decoration, and PVC banners measuring under 100 microns ■ ■ The Union environment ministry has asked states to close down units that produce, distribute, stock and sell such items People found flouting the ban can be fined under the Environment Protection Act 1986, which permits jail of up to five years, or a penalty of up to `1 lakh, or both 2.4 lakh tonnes Volume of single-use plastic items generated in India in a year currently 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 HC stays govt’s online movie ticket sale plan E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada Windfall tax Export levy up on transport fuel to increase domestic supply R a k e s h K u m a r @ New Delhi IN a bid to tax the windfall gains by domestic refiners who import cheap crude oil from Russia and export the refined product at much higher prices, the Centre on Friday imposed special additional excise duty on export of petrol, diesel and aviation turbine fuel (ATF) with effect from July 1. The cess for petrol and ATF is `6 per litre, while it is `13 for diesel. In addition, a cess of `23,250 per tonne has been imp o s e d o n c r u d e p ro d u c e d domestically . “Domestic crude producers sell crude to domestic refineries at international parity prices. As a result, the domestic crude producers are making windfall gains,” a finance ministry release said explaining the rationale behind the move. However, there will be no cess for import of crude, the ministry clarified. “Further, small producers, whose annual production of crude in the preceding financial year is less than 2 million barrels will be exempt from this cess,” it said, adding that the new cess will have no adverse impact on domestic fuel prices. The decision will directly impact domestic refiners Jio-BP, Nayara Energy and ONGC which, in turn, could tighten their global oil product supplies. Analysts believe the move to make export of fuel expensive is to ensure sufficient availability of petroleum products for domestic consumption but it may not achieve the desired result. “With product prices expected to remain elevated in the international market, we believe unless domestic retail prices are revised upwards, there still exists substantial incentive for the private players to export a larger share of their product, albeit at reduced margins,” Crisil said. Jab-o-meter June 30 14,81,583 doses Take July 1 8,07,052 doses your shot Total: 1,97,83,76,337 NATIONWIDE June 30 July 1 Fresh cases 18,819 17,070 Recoveries 13,827 14,413 Deaths 39 23 THE Andhra Pradesh High Court on Friday issued an interim stay order on the government launching an online portal for selling cinema tickets in the State. A division bench comprising Chief Justice Prashant Kumar Mishra and Justice DVSS Somayajulu issued the interim order, directing the government to maintain status quo till the final hearing on July 27. The court was hearing petitions challenging the government’s decision to launch the portal. The bench observed that not issuing the stay order at this stage would lead to multiplexes, online ticketing platforms such as BookMyShow and others to suffer losses. Further, with the multiplexes not signing the agreement by the government-set cut-off date, they stand the chance of losing their licences. The situation of singlescreen theatres would not be any ‘Aim to curb black market’ APFDC officials said the new system was meant to prevent black marketing of tickets & overcharging by online service providers. The State government presented the same argument before the HC SC tears into BJP’s Nupur for her hate speech & fallout Raps TV channel for holding the controversial debate, accuses it of promoting an agenda E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @New Delhi One of the fallouts was the butchering of a tailor in Udaipur, The Supreme Court on Friday the bench said. lit into suspended BJP spokes“She actually has a loose person Nupur Sharma, saying tongue and has made all kinds of her “loose tongue” had “set the irresponsible statements on TV entire country on fire”, alluding and set the entire country on fire. to the riots that followed her hate Yet, she claims to be a lawyer of speech against Islam 10 years standing. She during a TV debate. should have immediateWhile refusing to enly apologised for her tertain Sharma’s plea comments to the whole for clubbing of FIRs country,” the bench gaainst her, the court alsaid. Senior advocate lowed her to withdraw Maninder Singh, apthe plea. pearing for Shar ma, The court observed said she had apologised Nupur Sharma that her remark was for her remarks. made either for cheap On this, the bench Political said, “Her apology came publicity political agen, clout da or some nefarious actoo late and that too contivities. It was hearing “When an FIR is ditionally saying if reliher petition for clubbing registered and gious sentiments are and transfer of all FIRs you are not hurt and so on.” registered against her arrested, this The court said her pein various states follow- shows your clout. tition smacks of arroing her offensive reShe thinks she g ance and that she mark, to Delhi. has back up thinks that the magis“These remarks are power and trate of the country is very disturbing and makes too small for her. “If you smack of arrogance. irresponsible are a spokesperson of a What is her business to statements,” the party, it is not a license make such remarks? bench said to say things like this,” These remarks have led the judges said, adding, to unfortunate incidents in the “if there was a misuse of the decountry These people are not re- bate, the first thing she should . ligious. They do not have respect have done was to file an FIR for other religions. These re- against the anchor.” marks were made for cheap pubCriticising the TV channel, it licity or for political agenda or said, “What is the business of the some other nefarious activities,” TV channel to discuss the matter said a vacation bench of justices which is sub-judice, except to Surya Kant and J B Pardiwala. promote an agenda?” different, it pointed out. The court observed that by postponing the proposed online cinema ticket booking system for some time, neither the government nor the cinema-goer would lose anything. The same, however, cannot be said in the case of theatres and organisations like BookMyShow. They stand to lose more if the government orders are not put on hold. Besides, the existing agreements would create chaos. Emphasising the need for an in-depth hearing in all the issues involved, the high court posted the final hearing in the case for Now, I-T lens on Pawar’s election affidavits BJP nat’l exec meeting today E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Hyderabad Eighteen years after the BJP had held a national executive meeting in Hyderabad, the saffron party is once again set to organise a two-day meet in the city on July 2. With 18 Chief Ministers, Deputy CMs, all Union Ministers and the entire top brass of the party descending in Hyderabad, it is clear that the party wants to make an authoritative statement that it is keen to add Telangana to the list of the states it rules. With the TRS is not yielding an inch, the BJP may face an uphill battle, but that has not stopped it from dispatching its vistaraks across Telangana. P5 Officials of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) are gearing up to hold the annual Srivari Brahmotsavams in the temple town from September 27. TTD executive officer AV Dharma Reddy held a meeting with senior officials at Annamaiah Bhavan in Tirumala on Friday Stating that the Vahana . sevas would be observed in the four Mada streets this year, the EO said, “We are anticipating a heavy pilgrim rush as the mega event is taking place after a hiatus of two years.” At the first meeting held to review the annual fete, the officers discussed the arrangements that are to be made keeping in view the heavy pilgrim rush expected this year. Department-wise activities to be TTD EO AV Dharma Reddy addressing the media after the first meeting to review preparations for the Srivari Brahmotsavams was held in Tirumala on Friday | Express executed during the annual event were reviewed in detail with the respective heads of the departments. Dharma Reddy informed reporters that the important days include Dhwajarohanam on September 27, Garuda seva on October 1, Bangaru Ratham on October 2, Maharatham on October 3 and Chakrasnanam on October 4. He noted that as Garuda Seva was coinciding with the Satur- Days after the Maha Vikas Aghadi government collapsed in Maharashtra, the man who was instrumental in keeping it afloat, NCP patriarch Sharad Pawar, got what he called was a love letter from a Central enforcement agency . The income tax department, he said, had issued him a notice in connection with his 2004, 2009, 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha elections affidavits. “I am surprised that Central agencies are sifting through old records and sending notices now. It shows how these agencies are working overtime to target political opponents. They want to suppress dissent. The same strategy was used against Shiv Sena MLAs, forcing them to revolt against their leadership,” Pawar alleged. He sarcastically said before the BJP came to power at the Centre, no one knew about the ED (Enforcement Directorate). “Now, ED has become a family name,” Pawar said. It was the ED that got two NCP MLAs Nawab Malik and Anil Deshmukh arrested earlier on money laundering charges. Meanwhile, Sanjay Raut, a Thackeray faction leader, was questioned by the ED on Friday for over 10 hours in another money laundering case. Curiously, Sharad Pawar’s nephew Ajit Pawar hasn’t commented yet on the fall of the Uddhav-led Aghadi government, in which he was deputy chief minister. Ajit is down with Covid but he attended the Aghadi’s last cabinet meeting virtually . More curiously, Dhananjay Munde, a close aide of Ajit, met the sulking new Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday, P7 setting off speculation. Aarey row back New Chief Minister Eknath Shinde is already stepping on his predecessor Uddhav’s toes as he reversed the govt’s position on the controversial Metro car shed project in Mumbai. Shinde directed the advocate general to inform the court that the Metro car shed will be built at Aarey Colony as planned in 2019 by the then BJP govt led by Fadnavis G e o r ge P o i k ay i l @ Kasaragod festive fervour Devotees participate in a procession taken out to mark Jagannath Rath Yatra, in Tirupati on Friday | madhav k Srivari Brahmotsavams to begin from Sept 27 @ Tirumala E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Mumbai Lost 17 years ago, man tries to find family two-year hiatus ends E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e July 27. Film exhibitors and Big Tree Entertainment Private Limited filed petitions challenging the government order for the sale of online tickets through a portal developed by the Andhra Pradesh Film Development Corporation (APFDC). During the previous hearing, counsel for the petitioners argued that the government handling online ticketing would lead to a monopoly and a 2% service tax would fur ther burden the consumer. APFDC has made arrangements to sell movie tickets online through the portal YourScreens. day of Peratasi month, more devotees are likely to arrive in the temple town. Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy will offer pattu vastrams (silk clothes) to the deity on behalf of the Andhra Pradesh government on September 27, the EO added. He further stated that all privileged darshan for differently-abled and senior citizens would be cancelled during Brahmotsavams and VIP darshan recommendation letters will also remain cancelled. In the last two years, the Srivari Brahmotsavams were observed in Ekantam, as Covid-19 cases were at peak in 2020 and 2021. Devotees were not allowed to participate in the rituals and even the procession of the deity decorated in various avatars was not taken out, anticipating a possibility of a further spike in Coronavirus infections. Hyd man held for aiding `25.5 crore GST fraud E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Visakhapatnam Sleuths of the Directorate General of GST Intelligence (DGGI) on Friday apprehended a 35-year-old man in Vijayawada for setting up 21 fake companies in the Telugu states. The accused, a resident of Hyderabad in Telangana, used these fake companies to create a complex network of fake input tax credit (ITC) generating entities at different levels, in a bid to undertake fraudulent transactions and thereby avoid detection. The DGGI did not reveal his identity . These entities managed by the accused fabricated invoices to the value of approximately `262 crore, and passed inadmissible ITC of `25.5 crore to many functional companies, enabling them to fraudulently utilise the same and evade payment of taxes. The mastermind has been remanded to judicial custody . DGGI Assistant Director General (Visakhapatnam zone) K Engineer in a press release said, the accused had been arrested in 2021 as well for his involvement in generating fake invoices to the tune of `265 crore and passing on fake ITC of `31 crore. Further investigation is on. Vizag DGGI has busted over 200 fake ITC cases between 2018 and 2022, leading to the detection of tax evasion to the tune of `275 crore. The sleuths arrested 10 organised racketeers in bill-trading and also recovered `200 crore. AFTER working in Sharjah for two years, Hashim T E (23) is back home on leave. His ‘mother’ Razia wants him to build a house and get married. But Hashim is in no mood to settle down. Before going back to the Gulf, he is plotting another journey—to find his biological mother and sisters. Razia is not his real mother. When she found him on November 1, 2005, Hashim was a six-year-old Hindi-speaking boy He had . got down from a private bus a t A m balathara near Kanhangad in Kasaragod. There was a note in Malayalam in his h a n d wh i ch read, “He is an orphan. Please (Top) Hashim take him to the when he was 6 or phana g e.” years and now 23 There was an orphanage near the bus stop. Hashim got down in front of Razia’s eldest son Shajeer Palat, who was then 14. It was raining heavily and Shajeer brought him home. The next day, they took him to the nearest police station but the officers there suggested they keep the boy . Hashim can’t remember where he came from. His mother’s name is Marjeena, and his sisters are Hameeda and Huda. His father had expired years ago.
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