09122016-TTC-01.qxd 12/9/2016 1:19 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 friday, december 9, 2016 delhi edition chandigarh | gurgaon | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 136 no. 340 | 20 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 Foggy times PTI Go digital, get discounts: FM 30 days of demonetisation MAKE CARD OR ONLINE PAYMENT, STAND TO GAIN... Sanjeev Sharma Tribune News Service ■ Passengers wait at the Amritsar railway station on Thursday morning. Visibility was reduced to 50 metres in several parts of Punjab and Haryana, hitting traffic Consult us for exam dates: EC New Delhi: The Election Commission has asked the pollbound states of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa not to announce examination schedules without consulting it. While the term of the Legislative Assemblies of Goa, Manipur and Punjab will come to an end on March 18, that of Uttarakhand will expire on March 26 and of Uttar Pradesh on May 27. PTI Govt scraps import duty on wheat New Delhi: India on Thursday scrapped altogether the 10 per cent import duty on wheat, a move that has raised doubts about the Agriculture Ministry’s production estimates and evoked sharp reactions from farm bodies and Opposition parties. A zero per cent duty on imports, they claim, was not only “counterproductive” to the interests of farmers, but also reeked of “ulterior motives”. P9 India ‘Major Defence Partner’ of US now New Delhi: India’s diplomatic dexterity of having separateyet-equal military relations with the US and Russia showed up again on Thursday. New Delhi engaged with Washington on the outcomes of getting ‘Major Defence Partner’ status, besides increased military-tomilitary exercises and counterterrorism. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar met US counterpart Ashton Carter. P9 ■ While flight operations were affected at bothChandigarh and Amritsar airports, at least 100 trains were delayed and two cancelled in New Delhi. ■ The MeT Department has predicted dense fog in the region over the next two days. Kurukshetra, meanwhile, saw a massive fog-related vehicle pile-up Triple talaq illegal, rules Allahabad HC Bench: ‘It’s cruel, unconstitutional’ TNS & PTI Lucknow/Allahabad, Dec 8 In a significant judgment, the Allahabad High Court has called the practice of divorcing a Muslim woman by ‘triple talaq’ in a single sitting as “cruel, unconstitutional and amounting to violation of victim’s rights”. A single-Judge Bench of Justice Suneet Kumar observed: “Triple talaq is unconstitutional; it violates the rights of Muslim women. No Personal Law Board is above the Constitution.” Coming down heavily on the practice, the court has held that this form of “instant divorce” is “most demeaning”, which “impedes and drags India"’ from becoming a nation. “The question which disturbs the court is — should Muslim wives suffer this tyranny for all times? Should their personal law remain so cruel towards these unfortunate wives? Whether the personal law can be amended suitably to alleviate their sufferings? The judicial conscience is disturbed at this monstrosity.” In its order dated November 5, the court observed that “divorce is permissible in Islam only in case of extreme emergency when all efforts for effecting a reconciliation have failed. “The view that the Muslim husband enjoys an arbitrary, unilateral power to inflict instant divorce does not accord with Islamic injunctions... The Quran expressly forbids a man to seek pretexts for divorcing his wife, so long as she remains faithful and obedient to him.” The court made the observations while dismissing the petition of 23-year-old Hina, whose 53-year-old husband had married her “after effecting triple talaq to his wife”. The couple from Bulandshahr district had sought directions to the police and Hina's mother that they stopped harassing them. The court made it clear that it was not disputing the contention of the petitioner’s counsel that the couple “are adults and are at liberty to choose their partner” and they “cannot be deprived of their right to life and personal liberty” as per the fundamental rights enshrined in the Constitution. “Nor difference in age is an issue”, the court said, adding, “What is disturbing is that the instrument of instant divorce (triple talaq) has been used for ulterior purpose (by the man) for divorcing his wife...” Justice Kumar said. “The purpose of law in a modern, secular state... is to bring about social change. continued on page 8 New Delhi, December 8 With cash crunch persisting even a month after the November 8 demonetisation decision, the government today announced a slew of measures to incentivise cashless payments. The 11 measures listed include discounts on purchase of fuel, insurance policies and free railway accidental insurance cover for payments made using digital mode, including debit and credit cards, mobile phone applications and e-wallets. Announcing the package, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said following the cancellation of the legal tender character of old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, there had been a surge in digital transactions and the measures announced today would further accelerate the process. “We were using excessive amount of cash and very limited amount of digital transactions till November 8,” Jaitley said, adding the cost of transacting in cash had to be borne by the economy. Jaitley said public sector oil marketing companies would offer a discount at the rate of 0.75 per cent of the sale price on purchase of petrol and diesel if payment Transactions up to ~2,000: No service tax When a customer uses a credit, debit, charge or any other payment card for payment, the merchant is charged certain merchant discount rate (MDR) by the issuing bank. To encourage merchant establishments to accept card payments, the government has waived service tax on transactions up to ~2,000. ~90-cr cash, 100-kg gold seized in Chennai Chennai: The Income Tax Department raided the premises of businessman Sekhar Reddy and his associate Srinivasa Reddy here and seized ~90 crore in cash and 100-kg gold. The raids began in the morning on eight premises here and other places in the state. Out of the total cash seized, around ~10 crore was in new currency notes of ~2,000. — IANS was made through digital means. The incentive scheme had the potential to shift at least 30 per cent more customers to digital means, which would further reduce the cash requirement of Rs 2 lakh crore per year at petrol stations, he said. Nearly 4.5 crore customers buy petrol and diesel at fuel stations every day, continued on page 8 0.75% discount when buying petrol and diesel 0.5% discount for seasonal suburban railway tickets from Jan 5% discount for railways catering, accommodation, retiring room 10% discount if buying, paying premium for PSU general insurance 8% discount if buying, paying premium for PSU life insurance ~10 lakh accident insurance cover if online rly ticket booking POS machines for villages with 10K population, 1 lakh selected 10% discount for RFID or fastags for highway toll Farmers to get Rupay Kisan cards Depts to see no transaction fee, MDR charges borne by customers Meanwhile, another queue death Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Ludhiana, December 8 A 48-year-old woman died after she was allegedly pushed by a guard outside a Punjab National Bank branch on the Shingar Cinema road today. The victim had gone there to withdraw cash. The road leading to Samrala chowk remained blocked for hours after her family along with hundreds of residents kept the body outside the bank in protest. Asha Rani of Charan Nagar on Tibba road had been unable to withdraw cash since Monday owing to a private hospital but rush or lack of cash, the doctors refused to claimed son admit her. At CMC , the Parvinder. doctors declared her “On Wednesday, brought dead. bank officials gave Agitated kin brought her a token with the the body back to the assurance that she bank and blocked the would get cash the road, demanding Asha Rani next day without action against the having to stand in the queue. bank manager and the guard. This morning, she again had A posse of police was to join the queue. As she was deployed, even as protesters about to enter the premises, a tried to ransack the bank. guard allegedly pushed her Two years ago, the victim away. She fell down and had lost her husband in an became unconscious,” electrocution incident. Her alleged Parvinder. daughter’s wedding was Family members took her to scheduled for February. MOGA RALLY Accuses Capt of betrayal, calls his resignation gimmickry Panel wants Mann out for rest of session Varinder Singh Ravi S Singh Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Kili Chahlan (Moga), Dec 8 The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leadership today vowed to save Punjab’s natural resources from being “plundered”, even if it meant “sacrificing” their lives. At its “Paani bachao, Punjab bachao” rally here today, the SAD left nobody in doubt that the fight for Punjab’s riverwaters would be its main election plank, projecting the party as the saviour of Punjab’s interests. The BJP Punjab unit stood solidly behind the SAD, together raising slogans of “Punjab bachao, Congress, AAP bhajao” and “Bole so nihal, Sat Sri Akal”. Targeting the Congress, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said: New Delhi, December 8 The parliamentary panel probing the alleged security breach by AAP’s Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann today recommended his suspension for the remaining period of the current Lok Sabha session. Headed by BJP member Kirit Somaiya, the ninemember panel submitted its report to the Speaker, which was then placed before the House. The AAP leader had posted on social media a video showing security details of Parliament. Dubbing his act as “inappropriate”, the panel said it “would like to impress upon Mann the utmost need for strict adherence to norms and standards of etiquette and due compliance to Rules of Procedure”. It concluded that the conduct called for an “in-depth review and examination of the damage caused, which entailed security implications”. It left it to the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Security and the Union Home Ministry for making any suitable recommendations on safety. The panel also rejected Mann’s apology on the grounds that it was “marked with contradictions” and, thus, could not be treated as “unconditional apology”. SAD vows to guard riverwaters SAD-BJP supporters at “Paani bachao Punjab bachao” rally in Moga on Thursday. PAWAN SHARMA “While Capt Singh betrayed welcoming the Indira Gandhi Amarinder Punjab by then PM when she came to Kapoori village to lay the foundation stone of the SYL canal, the SAD stood with the people of Pun- jab by launching a ‘sangharsh’ against the injustice meted out to Punjab.” continued on page 8 Navjot, Pargat, Boleria to get Cong ticket Aditi Tandon Tribune News Service New Delhi, December 8 The central election committee of the Congress, which met here today to discuss candidates for the upcoming Punjab elections, is learnt to have cleared all single-applicant seats as also a majority of the seats with sitting Congress lawmakers in Punjab. The three-hour meeting chaired by party chief Sonia Gandhi saw heated exchanges over candidates between Punjab Congress president Capt Amarinder Singh and former Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, who heads the screening committee for state candidates. The Tribune has learnt that the CEC agreed on newcomers Navjot Kaur Sidhu, Pargat Singh and Inderbir Boleria contesting their own Assembly seats Amritsar East, Jalandhar Cant, and Amritsar South, respectively. A source said: “That’s more or less final.” Disagreement on many seats still prevails which is why a formal list of candidates wasn’t declared today and the decision was deferred until the weekend when another meeting of the CEC is expected. continued on page 8 Who contests where Patiala Capt Amarinder Singh Lehra Rajinder Kaur Bhattal Abohar Sunil Jakhar Guru Harsahai Rana Gurmit S Sodhi Qadian Fateh Jung Bajwa Khadoor Sahib Ramanjit Sikki Amritsar Central OP Soni Raja Sansi Sukhbinder Sarkaria Dinanagar Aruna Choudhry
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