www.freepressjournal.in | twitter.com/fpjindia Reg. No. Mcs/048/2018-20; RNI No. 1541/1957 I M.p.c.s office Mumbai-400001 OFFICE SPACE LEASING DROPS 50% IN Q2 AS HOMES TURN INTO WORKPLACES Pg 13 NEW PASWAN MODEL: ONE FOOT OUT OF NDA, ANOTHER IN MOST SOOTHING, COMFORTING PLACE FOR KANGANA IS... Pg 18 320c. 250c. Sunrise: 06:31 am Sunset: 06:21 pm Crisis is used to weed out people who are not desirable. People who are non-productive are eliminated automatically. They just fall off. Vol. 64 No. 135 | TUESDAY | OCTOBER 6, 2020 | 15 Pages | EDITIONS : Mumbai*, Pune, Indore, Bhopal, E-Paper Fast News RS 20K CR GST CESS RELEASED FPJ NEWS SERVICE / New Delhi The Centre will disburse a compensation cess amounting to Rs 20,000 crores, which is due to state governments for this year, on Monday night. It will provide immediate respite to the states hit by a cash crunch. The GST council presided over by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, however, failed to reach a consensus on the mode of repayment of total compensation -around Rs 97,000 crore – as the panel was split on political lines over using borrowing as a tool. The council will again meet on Oct 12 to further deliberate on compensating states for GST cess shortfall. The panel has also decided to extend using GST cess collections to compensate states beyond the previously agreed June 2022 timeframe. The surcharge on luxury products, which is part of the GST, had been due to expire in 2022. Another big announcement is that companies with turnover less than Rs 5 crore are not required to file monthly return any more. They can file quarterly returns. "From the first of January onwards, the taxpayers whose annual turnover is less than Rs 5 crores will not be required to file monthly returns -- that is, GSTR 3B and GSTR1. They will only file quarterly returns," Finance Secretary Ajay Bhushan Pandey said. "The GST Council's decision to make returns obligatory for small taxpayers on a quarterly basis rather than monthly will be a major relief," he said. On the issue of pending compensation to the states, Sitharaman said that when the GST law was formulated it did not factor in a Covid-19 like pandemic into account. "We have not denied compensation to the states," she insisted. MODI, XI TO BE FACE TO FACE Even as Indian and Chinese forces are engaged eyeball to eyeball in eastern Ladakh, PM Modi and Chinese president Xi Jinping are likely to come face to face at the 12th BRICS Summit, to be hosted virtually by Russia, on November 17. The theme of the summit -- BRICS Partnership for Global Stability, Shared Security and Innovative Growth – couldn’t be more relevant in these times of strife. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi had held a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of a Shanghai Cooperation Organisation meet in Moscow recently. 1 OUT OF 10 IS INFECTED Roughly 1 in 10 people may have been infected with the novel coronavirus, leaving the vast majority of the world's population vulnerable , the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday. Mike Ryan, the WHO's top emergency expert, told the agency's Executive Board that outbreaks were surging in parts of southeast Asia and that cases and deaths were on the rise in parts of Europe and the eastern Medierranean region. "Our current best estimates tell us about 10% of the global population may have been infected by this virus. It varies depending on country, it varies from urban to rural, it varies depending on groups. But what it does mean is that the vast majority of the world remains at risk," Ryan said. "We are now heading into a difficult period. The disease continues to spread." EDIT THE WORLD IS CONSPIRING AGAINST THE YOGI GOVT 19 FIRs filed, mostly against social media posts and on-air-comments STATE CORRESPONDENT Lucknow It is conspiracy time. The Yogi Adityanath government has registered an 'open' FIR under 19 different sections of the IPC in Hathras against unnamed persons for conspiring to create caste tensions and destabilise the state government. Curiously sedition is one , of these charges. Also, the cases relate mostly to social media posts or comments on television channels, which are seen as an attempt to misrepresent facts and distort the assault incident. The UP Police also claim they have uncovered an “international plot” to defame the state government and instigate riots along caste lines. A website which disseminated information on how to protest safely and avoid the police has been linked to the "conspiracy Most of ." the content on the site, which is now untraceable, had been copied from Black Lives Matter protesters in the United States, it is claimed. ‘‘There was a criminal conspiracy in the backdrop of the Hathras incident to defame the state government and create social unrest. The victim’s family was manipulated to take a position against the government, after it had a dialogue with the chief minister. Certain visuals projecting CM Yogi in a bad light were telecast on a TV channel. Some social media posts were put out with intent to spread caste hatred and incite unrest," one of the FIRs states. Putting the multiple FIRs in perspective, media sources said there was a concerted attempt by the administration to reinforce the belief that there is more to the case involving the fatal assault on the young Dalit woman than meets the eye. CONTD. ON P6 Pg 10 Cong strategist feels heat SHANKAR RAJ / Bengaluru The CBI Monday speed-dialled an old case of disproportionate assets against Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee President D K Shivakumar and raided 14 of his properties in Bengaluru and other areas for over 13 hours. Properties belonging to his brother D.K. Suresh, Kumar, Bengaluru Rural MP were also searched. , Schooltime: From Oct 15 Compensate kin of Covid patients: HC NARSI BENWAL Mumbai • States, UTS will take own call • Parental consent mandatory • Flexible attendance norms • No assessment up to 2-3 weeks • Preventive measures, SOPs to be followed RONALD RODRIGUES Mumbai Schools which have been physically shut since mid-March due to the nationwide lockdown on account of the Covid-19 pandemic, can now be reopened in a limited manner starting from October 15, as per guidelines issued by the Union Ministry of Education, Central Government of India, on Monday As per the . guidelines under Unlock 5.0, students are permitted to attend school strictly on a voluntary basis, only with a consent slip from their parents. The ministry has left it for the states and Union Territories to decide whether they want to reopen schools from October 15. On Monday Ramesh Pokhriyal , Nishank, Union Minister for Education, tweeted the standard operating procedure (SOP) guidelines of the department of school education and literacy for reopening of schools. "States/UT Governments may take a decision in respect of reopening of schools and coaching institutions after 15th Oct in a graded manner. States/UTs to prepare their own SOP regarding health and safety precaution for reopening of schools based on the SOP to be issued by DoSEL, @EduMinOfIndia." Among the guidelines, the education minister highlighted, "Students may attend schools only with the written consent of parents. There will be flexibility in attendance norms. Students may opt for online classes rather than physically attend school. No assessment till up to 2-3 weeks of school reopening. Use of #ICT & online learning shall continue to be encouraged." All coronavirus preventive measures, such as maintaining social distancing, covering face with a mask or cover, washing or santising hands need to be strictly followed in schools. Thermal scanners, to check the body temperature of students and teachers, are mandatory at the school entrance. CONTD. ON P6 Subsequently the CBI registered an FIR , against DKS. The Congress was quick to pounce on the move and paint it in deep political colours accusing the BJP PM Narendra , Modi and Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa of political witch-hunt. Speaking to the media late in the evening, a livid Shivakumar said, “I want CONTD. ON P6 Observing that the Maharashtra government is duty-bound to take care of citizens, the Bombay high court on Monday said if a person infected with Covid-19 had died due to hospital negligence, then their relatives would be entitled to compensation. A bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice Nizamoodin Jamadar also ordered the state to consider the suggestions, if any given by BJP , leader Ashish Shelar regarding the scientific disposal of bodies of Covid patients who had succumbed. CONTD. ON P6 The Nationalist Congress Party , led by former Union Minister Sharad Pawar, on Monday became the first political party in India to set up an independent LGBT cell. The party has thereby fulfilled the promise in its manifesto released ahead of the Maharashtra assembly elections held last year. The cell was formally launched by the state unit chief and Minister of Water Resources Jayant Patil and party MP Supriya Sule. The 13-member cell issues and bring them into the mainstream. Patil recalled that the NCP was the first to set up Yu- A RONALD RODRIGUES Mumbai n 18-year-old from Pune, Chirag Falor, has topped the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Advanced 2020, scoring 352 marks out of 396. The results of the competitive exam were announced on Monday . However, Falor, who appeared for the exam from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT , Bombay) zone, said he did not wish to secure admission in IIT but wanted to pursue his studies abroad. Falor is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA. Falor said, "I am currently pursuing my Undergraduate (UG) programme from MIT. I want to major in Physics and after completing my UG programme, I want to opt for research in astrophysics." Though Falor had been preparing for the JEE Advanced exam for the last four years, he said he had not expected to top. Falor said, "I did not expect to be the nationwide topper in the JEE Advanced exam. Since I have been preparing for this exam from Class 9, I was expecting high marks but topping the exam has come as a big surprise." Kanishka Mittal, a student from the IIT Roorkee zone was the topper among females, with a common rank of 17, securing 315 marks out of 396. In Mumbai, Swayam Chube, a 17-year-old student, topped, securing an All India Rank (AIR) of 8 in the exam. A total of 1,50,838 candidates appeared for both Papers 1 and 2 in the JEE (Advanced) 2020 conducted on September 27, of which, 43,204 candidates have qualified. JEE Advanced is the competitive exam for those seeking admission to either the IITs or the Indian School of Mines (ISM). of weeks," said Ramesh Iyengar, manager of a popular south Indian restaurant in Andheri. Representative bodies of restaurants and bars said, even though the state government had ordered unlocking, there was confusion on certain standard operating protocols. CONTD. ON P6 Eating out: Mumbaikars tuck in Restaurants, bars resume 'dine-in' services PRATIP ACHARYA & PRATIK SALUNKE Mumbai After more than six months, restaurants and eateries put out the welcome mat for their patrons, offering dine-in services in Mumbai from Monday While some es. tablishments decided to get back to business right away others de, cided to relegate the project to the backburner for a bit. On Monday most of those who , stopped by at restaurants were daily officegoers. Establishments that opened were hopeful that more customers would turn up by the weekend. "We have barely begun service. Many people are still apprehensive about eating out. Hopefully , things will get better in a couple DAVID KEYTON AND FRANK JORDANS Stockholm NETIZENS WELCOME 'PROGRESSIVE' MOVE ON TWITTER is headed by Priya Patil. Patil told The Free Press Journal, ‘‘In Maharashtra, the LGBT group constitutes 10-12 per cent of the population. They are a neglected lot. Neither society nor the government takes care of their issues. Through this cell, the party will take up their issues and the initiative for equality employment and , their being brought into the mainstream.’’ The party had also promised to establish an LGBT welfare board if voted to power at the earliest, Patil said. The NCP aims to address LGBT Wants to pursue astrophysics abroad Nobel for finding hepatitis C virus Americans Harvey J Alter and Charles M Rice and British-born scientist Michael Houghton won the Nobel Prize for medicine on Monday for their discovery of the hepatitis C virus, a major source of liver disease that affects millions worldwide. Announcing the prize in Stockholm, the Nobel Committee noted that the trio's work identified a major source of blood-borne hepatitis that couldn't be explained by the previously discovered hepatitis A and B viruses. Their work, dating back to the 1970s and 1980s, has helped saved millions of lives, the committee said. "Thanks to their discovery highly sensitive , blood tests for the virus are now available and these have essentially eliminated post-transfusion hepatitis in many parts of the world, greatly improving global health," the committee said. NCP raises rainbow flag, embraces LGBT SANJAY JOG / Mumbai JEE Adv topper will not go to IIT Master ChoaKok Sui vati (young women) cell and now, it had taken up the cause of justice for the LGBT. NCP leader and Minister of Social Justice Dhananjay Munde said he would take the initiative at the government level for the formation of a LGBT Welfare Board on a mission mode and it would be affiliated to his department. ‘’The purpose of the LGBT cell is to solve their problems while the board will implement a slew of schemes for their development and welfare,’’ he noted. CONTD. ON P6 "Their discovery also allowed the rapid development of antiviral drugs directed at hepatitis C," it added. "For the first time in history , the disease can now be cured, raising hopes of eradicating hepatitis C virus from the world population." The World Health Organisation estimates there are over 70 million cases of hepatitis C worldwide and 400,000 deaths from it each year. The disease is chronic and a major cause of liver cancer and cirrhosis requiring liver transplants. The medicine prize carried particular sig- TAILPIECE CUSHIONED PROTEST E nificance this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has highlighted the importance that medical research has for societies and economies around the world. Will Irving, a virologist at the University of Nottingham, said that identifying hepatitis C had been the "holy grail" in medicine. "After hepatitis A and B were discovered in the 1970s, it was clear there was still at least one other virus or more that were causing liver damage," he said. "We knew there was a virus in the blood supply because when people had blood transfu, sion they would get liver damage," Irving said. "It was recognised as a risk but there was nothing we could do. We didn't know what the virus was and we couldn't test for it." Nobel Committee member Patrik Ernfors drew a parallel between this year's prize and the current rush by millions of scientists around the world to combat the coronavirus pandemic. CONTD. ON P6 ven the most innocuous actions of Rahul Gandhi seem to invite flak, drawing media glare away from potent farmers' issues. This time, Rahul Gandhi's tractor rally is in the spotlight for the wrong reason: its cushioned seat on which Rahul was perched during a ride. None other than Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri had a dig at Gandhi saying ‘‘cushioned sofas on tractors is not a protest;’’ Textiles Minister Smriti Irani, in turn, dubbed him a 'VIP kisan.' "The 'protest' launched by the Congress is a political protest by those whose vested interests are hurt by the farm bills. Cushioned sofas on tractors is not a protest... it is 'protest tourism' to misguide our farmers, who are educated and intelligent enough to see through this façade," Puri tweeted. "He is someone who uses a sofa to sit on a tractor. A VIP kisan like him can never support a system which is meant to free small and marginal farmers from the clutches of middlemen," Irani, who had defeated Gandhi in Amethi in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, said. She said the new laws give farmers the right to sell their produce to anyone and anywhere, at the price he deems fit, but the Congress got rattled as its politics is about keeping cultivators dependent on middlemen. Irani claimed people are unable to understand why the Congress is against laws that would ensure farmers fair and quick payment for their produce.