DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2021, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 18 PAGES JOURNALISM OF COURAGE `6.00 (`8 BIHAR & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 Separatist patriarch, firm pro-Pak hawk on Kashmir, Geelani passes away at 92 FINANCE MINISTRY UPBEAT Rs 1.12 lakh cr GST mop-up in August, but lower than July BASHAARAT MASOOD SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 1 THE PATRIARCH of separatist politics in the Valley and hardline Hurriyat hawk, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, passedawayat his residence in Srinagar late Wednesday night. A former elected legislator, the ailing 92-year-old had been under house detention for more than a decade. His death comes whenbothhisandthemoderate factions of the Hurriyat are in disarray in the wake of a crackdown by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), the abrogationof Article370andthe downgrade of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories. Apprehensive that his funeral may attract large crowds, the security establishment has Numbers suggest sustained recovery, but sequential decline is worrying SYED ALI SHAH GEELANI 1929-2021 imposed restrictions across the Valley, including Internet suspension. Police sources say curfew would be imposed. “With shock and grief, we inform (you) that the father of revolution Syed Ali Geelani passed CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ‘Clean chit’ report: CBI detains Deshmukh’s lawyer, arrests own SI MOHAMED THAVER & KHUSHBOO NARAYAN MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 1 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 E E X P L A I NE D THE CBI Wednesday detained the lawyer of former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh, questioned the NCP leader’s son-in-law and arrested a Sub-Inspector of the agency in connection with the alleged leak of an official report on its investigation into allegations of policemen being coerced by Deshmukh to collect bribes on his behalf. The agency let Deshmukh’s son-in-law, Gaurav Chaturvedi, goafterafewhoursbutdetained lawyer Anand Daga, who was travelling with him when their car was intercepted by the CBI at Worli Seaface at around 7 pm. CBI move comes after leaked report Spotlight ● onCBI THE SIGNAL from the CBI is that there will be no letup in its probe against the NCP leader. But the central agency too will come under the spotlight for the purported Preliminary Enquiry report that found no offence was made out against Deshmukh. Class 12 in a government school in Delhi Wednesday, the first day of in-person classes after the pandemic break. Praveen Khanna Amid rain, rules, students, teachers try to find their way back to class SUKRITA BARUAH NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 1 AFTER MORE than 18 months, Arya, 14, went to school for the first time. She was restless and excited, she said, but was disappointed to find none of her friends had turned up. Schools across the Capital were decorated with welcome postersandballoonstogreetstudents from grades 9 to 12 who returned to class Wednesday, but apart from Covid fears, the heavy rain in the morning and waterlogging proved a dampener, pushing down attendance on the first day of re-opening. Unlike government schools, most private schools in Delhi re- Centre calendar to UTs, states: Let gram sabhas talk asset monetisation HARIKISHAN SHARMA NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 1 Drawing up a sample calendar for gram sabhas, the Centre, in an advisory to all states and Union Territories, has suggested thatmonetisationof assetstoincrease own sources of revenue should form part of gram sabha deliberations. The Ministry of Panchayati Raj’s advisory, dated August 16 and signed by Secretary Sunil Kumar, has attached a sample calendarwith71topics,grouped inoveradozen“ThematicAreas” to be covered by the gram sabhas in a year. Each month in the calendar has been assigned one or two thematic areas. For the month of August, the thematic area in the sample calendar is Panchayat’s Own Sources of Revenue (OSR) and gram sabhas are expected to include in their agenda the monetisation of assets; property tax/professionstax;leaseofcommon property assets; utility/ service charges; and leveraging Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funds. While successive Finance CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Okay from Taliban for Australia tour, Afghan board eyes India series; domestic cricket soon DEVENDRA PANDEY MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 1 IN A signal that the new Taliban regime in Afghanistan may allow sporting events to go ahead, a top official of the Afghan cricket board told The Indian Express Wednesday that the team’s tour of Australia later this year, which will include the first-ever Test match between the two countries, has received the green signal. The team was given full-member Test status by ICC in 2017 According to Hamid Shinwari, chief executive officer of the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB),thereisalsothepossibility of the team visiting India for a Test series next year. “TheTalibangovernmenthas been supporting cricket and all our cricket will be held as per schedule. A spokesperson of the Taliban Cultural Commission communicatedtousthatTaliban will be supporting the Test matchagainstAustraliafollowed CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 mainedshutWednesday,weighing the logistics regarding classroom seating and simultaneous onlineandofflineclasses,aswell as assessing parent response. Earlier, schools had partially opened for last session’s Classes 9 to 12 till April9, andboardyear students were permitted to visit schools from August 16. But for those who entered Class 9 this Karnal SDM who said ‘break heads’ shifted out EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE year, it was their first day in school since March 2020. In Arya’s Class 9 section, in a school in Rohini’s Sector 22, seven students turned up, wading through water. The science CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BACK TO SCHOOL PAGE 7 EXPRES NETWORK NOD TO PHASE 2-3 TRIALS OF ANOTHER VACCINE FOR KIDS RAJIV GANDHI OUT OF ASSAM NATIONAL PARK NAME PAGES 7, 8 CHANDIGARH, SEPTEMBER 1 THREE DAYSafterhe was caught on camera instructing policemen to “break heads” of farmers who breached a security cordon during a protest, Karnal SubDivisional Magistrate Ayush Sinha was transferred Wednesday. A 2018-batch IAS officer, Sinha has been posted as additional secretary in the Citizen Resources Information Department. He figured among 20 officerswhoweretransferredbythe state government Wednesday. No reason was given for Sinha’s transfer out of Karnal. In the video clip captured during a farmers’ protest in Karnal on August 28, near the site of an event also attended by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, Sinha was heard instructing a group of policemen: “Utha-utha ke maarna peeche sabko (Hit them hard)... We shall not allow this cordon to be breached.Wehaveenoughforce available... Mere paas ek bhi banda nikal ke nahin aana chahiye. Agar aaye toh sar foota hua hona chahiye uska (No one should break the cordon and reachme.If someonedoes,make sure he has a broken head).” NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 1 IN WHAT INDICATES that the pick-up in economic activity has beensustainedafteraseriesoflocalised lockdowns during the Covid-19 second wave, gross GoodsandServicesTax(GST)collectionsinAugust(forsalesinJuly) crossed the Rs 1 lakh crore mark. The August collections at Rs 1,12,020 crore were 29.6 per cent higher than in August 2020. Inthelast11months,GSTcollections have consistently remained over Rs 1 lakh crore, except in June (for sales in May). The second wave was also the most brutal in April-May. TheGSTrevenueinAugustis, however, 3.76 per cent lower than the Rs 1.16 lakh crore mopupinJuly.Thissequentialdecline has left some economists concerned. Acknowledging the healthy collections, Aditi Nayar, Chief Economist,ICRA,said,“The dipintheGSTcollectionshasbelied the healthy improvement in the GST e-way bills to a daily average of 2.1 million in July 2021 from 1.8 million in June 2021, which was reflective of the lift- Delhi Institute for Administrative Services online.diasindia.com BY UNNY PAGE 1 ANCHOR AMIT SHARMA MEERUT, SEPTEMBER 1 TALIBAN SET TO NAME AKHUNDZADA AS LEADER PAGE 12 A CRACKDOWN launched by Meerut Police to weed out corruption within its ranks has led to75personnelbeingpulledout and shunted to Police Lines, 53 constables getting transferred, and an Inspector and SubInspector“absconding”afterbeingcorneredforacceptingbribes. Butwhathasreallyleftsenior officers red-faced is that the Inspector on the radar was picked for the national Police Medal for Gallantry (PMG) this Independence Day. Bijendra Pal Rana, 47, who heads the Sadar Bazar Police Station, was among nine from UP Police on this year’s PMG list. He was picked for the award for Head Constable Manmohan; (right) Sadar Bazar thana In-Charge Bijendra Pal Rana gunning down Shiv Shakti Naidu, a dreaded criminal who facedseriouschargesinabout25 cases and had a reward of Rs 2 lakh on his head, during an encounter in Meerut last year. OnTuesdayevening,acaseof bribery was registered against Rana and Head Constable Manmohan by Meerut SSP Prabhakar Chaudhary. “Based on evidence in connection with a fake case of a CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 400 337.8 April 300 200 100 8.1 0 Jan 29.6 Aug ing of restrictions especially across the southern states.” The Finance Ministry maintained that GST revenues were likely to remain robust in the comingmonthstoo.Pointingout that collections topped Rs 1 lakh crore both in July and August, it said the economy was recovering at a fast pace. “Coupled with economic growth, anti-evasion activities, especially action against fake billers, have also been contributing to the enhanced GST collections,” it said. 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