eye THE SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE Moving Towards LIGHT NEWDELHI,LATECITY JUNE13,2021 20PAGES,`6.00 (`8 BIHAR & RAIPUR, ` 12 SRINAGAR) DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA GST rates cut for Covid essentials, full waiver for key medicines Opposition states ask for zero rating; Bengal FM says his voice muzzled AANCHAL MAGAZINE NEW DELHI, JUNE 12 THE GOODS and Services Tax (GST) Council Saturday cut rates on Covid-related medicines, oxygen concentrators and test- ■ ing kits, but kept the rate for vaccines unchanged at 5%. Exceptforthreeitems—electric furnaces used in crematoriums, temperature-checking instruments and ambulances — the Council, at its 44th meeting, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ■ PRESENT GST RATE RATE RECOMMENDED BY GST COUNCIL MEDICINES TESTING Tocilizumab, Amphotericin B Testing kits, or diagnostic such as D-Dimer, IL-6, LDH 5% 12% NIL 5% Anti-coagulants heparin, remdesivir AR* NIL Any other drug cleared by Govt OXYGEN, RELATED MEDICAL DEVICES 12% 5% Oxygen, Oxygen Concentrators/ Generators, Ventilators, BiPAP 12% 5% OTHER RELATED RELIEF MATERIAL 12% 5% Pulse Oximeters 18% 5% Sanitisers, devices for temperature checks, furnaces for crematorium 28% 12% Ambulances * AR: Applicable rate G-7: PM calls for open vaccine chains, ‘one world, one health’ SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, JUNE 12 CALLINGFOR“globalunity,leadership and solidarity”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday emphasised the “special responsibility of democratic and transparent societies to prevent future pandemics”. Addressing the G-7 outreach session via video conference, Modi also expressed India's commitment to support collective endeavours to improve global health governance. This is an oblique reference to the lack of transparency displayed by China in dealing with the Covid-19 outbreak and the World Health Organisation’s poor leadership as the crisis engulfed the world. According to sources, Modi said there should be “one earth, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Macron, Biden at a meeting on the sidelines of G-7. Reuters E E X P L A I NE D 5% RATE ON VACCINES REMAINS UNCHANGED Targeting globalrole ● BY RAISING issues of vaccine raw materials and transparency in dealing with pandemics, India is banking on its position as vaccine manufacturer. This comes at a time when China is under scrutiny over the lab leak theory on Covid spread. SUNDAY STORY PAGE 11 KASHMIR TO KERALA, HOW OFFICIALS ARE MOVING MOUNTAINS TO BATTLE VACCINE HESITANCY Scarred by 2nd wave, 10 states send O2 ramp-up plan HARIKISHAN SHARMA NEW DELHI, JUNE 12 GIVEN THE devastating impact of the shortage of liquid medical oxygen(LMO)duringthesecond Covid wave, at least 10 states have already sent their “action plans” to the Centre to expand their LMO generation capacity, The Sunday Express has learnt. These states are: Uttar Pradesh,MadhyaPradesh,Rajasthan, Haryana, Punjab, Andhra CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 With AC, fridge, Singhu farmers dig in heels for Delhi summer ASHNA BUTANI NEW DELHI, JUNE 12 INDICATING THAT they have no intention of vacating the protest site anytime soon, farmers at the Singhu border have erected shelters — sheds with metal frames and bamboo huts — fitted with air-coolers or air-conditioners (ACs) to tackle Delhi’s searing summer. Even tractor trolleys, which CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 A hut at the protest site on the Singhu border. Amit Mehra WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM How will the pandemic impact the arts? Writers, musicians, artists reflect upon the Covid effect PAGES 15, 16, 17
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