05032017-TTC-01.qxd 3/5/2017 1:25 AM Page 1 123 established in 1881 vol. 137 no. 63 late city edition | sunday, march 5, 2017 chandigarh | gurgaon | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | 40 pages | ~5.00 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd ❝ PHOTOS: PTI ❝ Our fight is not for money and muscle power. We used money just for documentation Medal ka vada maine pura kiya, Haryana sarkar apna vada kab pura karegi? Irom Sharmila, ANTI-AFSPA ACTIVIST Sakshi Malik, BRONZE MEDAL WINNER LYON TAKES CAREER-BEST 8 FOR 50 SPECIAL POWERS ACT OF DEMOCRACY MODI BANKS ON VARANASI ‘MERI MAANGAIN POORI KARO’ It was the third batting meltdown in a row for the hosts as Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon, 29, claimed career-best figures of eight for 50 to help Australia bundle out India for 189 on the first day of the second Test in Bengaluru on Saturday. Australia were 40 without loss at the close. PAGE 20 Voting after 24 years, Manipur’s ‘Iron Lady’ Irom Sharmila, who did not eat a morsel for 16 years to demand revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act, on Saturday exuded confidence of winning her Manipur seat against the Chief Minister. The state saw a turnout of 84%. Phase II is scheduled for March 8. PAGE 7 PM Narendra Modi prayed at Varanasi’s Kashi Vishwanath and Kal Bhairav temples as part of a roadshow on Saturday, in a bid to rally voters around the BJP in eastern Uttar Pradesh for the last phase of Assembly polling on March 8. This on a day 57% voters cast ballots in the sixth phase covering 49 seats. PAGE 7 Rio Olympics bronze medallist wrestler Sakshi Malik has accused Haryana of failing to provide the incentives promised to her. The government had announced ~2.5 crore, which Sports Minister Anil Vij retorted was given to her the day she landed in the country. Other “demands” were being looked into. PAGE 21 Traders earning ~20 lakh out of GST Indian-origin bizman shot Council clears 2 supporting draft Bills | Possible Goods and Services Tax rollout from July 1 Tribune News Service New Delhi, March 4 The Centre today approved the draft of key supporting legislations to enable possible rollout of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) from July 1. The GST Council cleared the final draft of the Central GST (CGST) Bill and Integrated GST (IGST) Bill, thus paving the way for their introduction in Parliament in the ongoing Budget Session. The remaining two legislations — State Goods and Services Tax (SGST) Bill and UT Goods and Services Tax (UTGST) Bill — which would be almost a replica of the CGST Act, would be taken up for approval after their legal vetting in the next council meeting on March 16. Dissidence against Khattar growing Chandigarh: Trouble is mounting for Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar with the number of “unhappy” legislators crossing 16. Even though the CM is banking on the support of BJP’s central leadership in curbing “dissidence”, the high command has expressed its helplessness to intervene till the UP polls are over. PAGE 4 Reward for info on dera followers’ killers Ludhiana: The Punjab Police on Saturday announced a cash reward of ~50 lakh along with a Sub-Inspector’s post to anyone who provides information about the killers of two Dera Sacha Sauda followers. DIG, Ludhiana range, SK Kalia said: “The identity of anyone who provides information will be kept secret.” PAGE 2 Today’s issue consists of 40 pages, including eight-page Spectrum, six-page Chandigarh Tribune and four-page Life+Style. 5% IF DHABA TURNOVER ~50 LAKH ■ 5% GST (2.5% by Centre and 2.5% by state) on small hotels, restaurants and dhabas with an annual turnover up to ~50 lakh ■ Businesses with turnover up to ~20 lakh need not register, unless voluntarily ■ Those earning up to ~50 lakh can avail of composition scheme and pay much lower tax with minimal compliance The main features of the cleared draft Bills include a business entity, which may include small businesses with an annual turnover up to Rs 20 lakh, not being required to register with the GST regime unless done voluntarily. An agriculturist, to the extent of supply of produce out of cultivation of land, too would be exempted. There is a special provision for traders, some manufac- AGRICULTURISTS EXEMPT New Delhi: The Centre and states have decided to exempt agriculturists from registering under the GST regime. The GST Council has also empowered commissioner-level officers to allow payment of GST levy in instalments. An agriculturist (defined as someone who supplies produce out of cultivation of land) would not be liable to register. turers and restaurants. A business entity with a turnover up to Rs 50 lakh can avail the benefit of a composition scheme under which it has to pay a much lower tax rate and has to fulfil very minimal compliance requirements. The composition scheme is available for all traders, select manufacturing sectors and for restaurants in the services sector, a statement said. Also, the CGST and IGST Bills provide for an anti-profiteering provision to ensure that the reduction of tax incidence is passed on to consumers. In order to mitigate any financial hardship being suffered by a taxpayer, a commissioner has been empowered to allow payment of taxes in instalments. “In order to prevent cascading of taxes, input tax credit would be admissible on all Alienating Kashmiris will only mean helping Pakistan: Sinha New Delhi, March 4 Alienating Kashmiris by not solving their issues would only lead to Pakistan taking advantage of the situation, former External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha said here today. “The road to Islamabad is via Srinagar, and not the other way around. It is not to Srinagar via Islamabad,” Sinha said at a book release function. “I have been involved in the Kashmir issue for the last few months and I have come to this conclusion that the issues of our people (Kash- ❝ The road to Islamabad is via Srinagar, and not the other way around. It is not to Srinagar via Islamabad Yashwant Sinha miris) should be settled first in order to tackle the disputes with Pakistan,” he added. The senior BJP leader said that once the issues of “our people” were settled, solving the ones involving Pakistan would become easier through “joint efforts” with the Kashmiris. “They (Kashmiris) have been alienated, which will only let Pakistan take advantage of the situation.” On India’s foreign policy, Sinha said it had “too many rigidities”. “What happened 40 years ago has become an article of faith. Though we have changed a lot, we should do away with the remaining rigidities,” he said, adding that a country’s foreign policy must be based on “flexibility”. — PTI goods and services used in the course or furtherance of business, except on a few items listed in the law,” the statement said. There will be a state-wise single registration for a taxpayer for filing returns, paying taxes and to fulfil other compliance requirements. A taxpayer has to file one single return statewise to report all his supplies, whether made within or outside the state or exported out of the country and pay the applicable taxes on them. Such taxes can be CGST, SGST, UTGST and IGST. The council’s 11th meeting, held under the chairmanship of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, lasted just over two hours, probably the shortest so far. It ended in broad unanimity. NBWs against Prajapati, passport impounded Lucknow, March 4 The passport of rape accused UP minister Gayatri Prajapati was impounded today and a look-out notice was issued against him, hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused the SP and Congress of chanting “Gayatri Prajapati Mantra”. ADG Daljit Chaudhary said the UP police will approach the External Affairs Ministry to get the passport cancelled. He said non-bailable warrants (NBWs) had been issued in connection with alleged gangrape of a woman and attempt to rape her minor daughter. — TNS related report page 7 dead outside home in US NewYork, March 4 Days after the killing of an Indian engineer in an apparent hate crime, an Indian-origin businessman who was well-liked in his neighbourhood was shot dead outside his home in Lancaster, South Carolina, on Thursday night. Harnish Patel, 43, had closed his shop at 11.24 pm and barely 10 minutes later was shot dead outside his house, according to media reports. Patel’s death comes two days after President Donald Trump had condemned as “hate and evil” the killing of Srinivas Kuchibhotla. He was shot dead in a pub the previous Wednesday in Olathe, Kansas, by a white man who screamed, “Get out of my country.” Officials in Lancaster said they did not believe that Patel’s killing was a bias crime and that investigations were continuing, according to The Herald. “I don’t have any reason to believe that this was racially motivated,” County Sheriff Barry Faile said on Friday. Patel’s store was near the Sheriff’s office and deputies often frequented the store. Faile said on TV that Patel was a “great family man” and a friend. The station said that Patel is survived by his wife and child in elementary school, who were at home when he was killed. People had created an impromptu shrine outside Patel’s Speedee Mart store by leaving balloons and flowers in his memory, the station said. The “store is shut” sign posted by the family of the late Harnish Patel (left). US TO SUSPEND H-1B PREMIUM PROCESSING Washington: The US on Saturday said it is temporarily suspending the ‘premium processing’ of H-1B visas from April 3, eliminating the option of shorter wait times for the programme that helps highly skilled foreigners work at American firms. The suspension is effective April 3, and could last up to six months. The H-1B visas are widely used by Indian IT majors. “Investigators believe he drove from the store directly home, where he was confronted by his killer when he got out of the vehicle,” a police statement said. The store is between 3-4 miles from the house. In the February 22 Kansas incident in which Kuchibhotla was killed, another Indian, Alok Madasani, who was with him at a bar, and an American, Ian Grillot, who tried to stop the shooting, were shot and injured. A white Navy veteran Adam Purinton, 51, was arrested and charged with murder. He had reportedly said that he had shot two Iranians after shooting the Indi- ans. WSOCTV said that in Lancaster there was a lot of anger over the killing of Patel, who was considered an important member of the community and a kind person who treated his customers as friends and helped law enforcement. A tearful customer, Nicole Jones, said when someone didn’t have money, Patel gave them food. “I would have no idea who would do this to him as good as he is to everybody,” she said. A store employee, Keira Baskin, said that he only wanted the best for his employees and his family. — IANS see also page 19 Vendor comes to aid of poor, sets up hospital Shubhadeep Choudhury Tribune News Service Kolkata, March 4 Approached for “budi ma’s hospital” (the old lady’s hospital), the drug store owner’s face breaks into a smile. He is only too willing to guide you to the hospital founded by Subasini Mistry, a vendor, who barely five years ago would sell vegetables at the local Park Circus Market. “She stopped going there after she fractured a leg,” says Ajay Kumar Mistry, Subasini’s son. Reluctant to claim credit, a modest Subasini says she could not have achieved much had not some public-spirited citizens come to her aid. The turning point in Subasini’s life came when she lost her husband, a dailywager, to an illness owing to lack of medical help. This was in the Seventies. “The unexpected death left me shaken, and I resolved to set up a hospital where the poor were treated free of cost,” she says. After her husband’s Aptly named Humanity Hospital death, three of her four children were sent to a children’s home away from Kolkata. The eldest child, a daughter, remained with Subasini to help her with daily chores. By the Nineties, a determined Subasini had saved enough money to buy a piece of swamp in the city’s Hanspukur area on which the hospital was eventually raised. Ajay, one of Subasini’s children sent to the orphanage, became a doctor. He is now chairman of the trust which runs the three-storey Humanity Hospital with 52 beds, including 10 in the ICU. While four doctors are on the hospital rolls, some others visit periodi- cally. They too treat patients free of cost. Sundays are especially busy with a stream of eye patients turning up. When this reporter visited the hospital on Thursday, the OPD was empty. Ajay attributed it to the ongoing construction. “With donations, the hospital plans to have an elevator capable of carrying 15 persons as well as a pathology laboratory. While the poor are given free treatment, we take a nominal fee from those not so poor,” he explained. Subasini Mistry selling vegetables in a Kolkata market. FILE
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