07032017-TTC-01.qxd 3/7/2017 1:25 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 tuesday, march 7, 2017 chandigarh | gurgaon | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 137 no. 65 | 20 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd Santosh Tewari, Dainik Tribune editor, dies at 58 INS Viraat sails into history /thetribunechd PTI No new taxes, funds for SYL in Haryana Govt allocates ~100 cr for canal, ~5k cr for 1,500 villages WHAT GOES WHERE Tribune News Service Chandigarh, March 6 Santosh Tewari, editor of Dainik Tribune, passed away after a brief illness at the PGI here today. He was 58. He is survived by his wife, son and daughter. The cremation will take place at Nigambodh Ghat in Delhi at noon on Tuesday. Santosh Tewari had taken over as editor of Dainik Tribune on January 1, 2013. Hailing from Kanpur, he was educated in his home city. His first story was published in Dharamyug when he was just 17. He never looked back and gradually built a niche for himself in Hindi journalism. His first job as a journalist was in the Times of India Group. Later, he joined Hindustan, where he went on to become its Metro Editor. He also worked in India TV for some time before joining Dainik Jagran as Deputy Editor. The president and the trustees of The Tribune Trust have expressed shock and deep sorrow at the sudden demise of Santosh Tewari. The Trust conveyed its condolences to the bereaved family. A condolence meeting was held in The Tribuneoffice here, where a two-minute silence was observed in memory of the departed soul. — TNS After 30 years with the Indian Navy, aircraft carrier INS Viraat was decommissioned on Monday. In its earlier avatar, the warship had won the Falklands War against Argentina in 1982 for the Royal British Navy. It weighs about 27,800 tonnes and served in the British Navy as HMS Hermes from 1959 to 1984. In the late 1980s, the Indian Navy purchased it for USD 65 million and it was re-commissioned in 1987. On its last day in service, the fate of the aircraft carrier remained unclear as to whether it will be converted into a luxury hotel or head to scrapyard to be broken up. The decision is to be taken by the Defence Ministry. Ex-Pak NSA talks of 26/1 role again 1 Simran Sodhi & Ajay Banerjee Tribune News Service New Delhi, March 6 Pakistan’s former National Security Adviser (NSA) Mahmud Ali Durrani today said the 26/11 Mumbai attacks were carried out by a terror group based in Pakistan. Speaking at an event here, Durrani, however, denied the Pakistan government or the Inter-Services Intelligence played any role, calling it a “classic” example of crossborder terrorism. His admission of Pakistan’s involvement comes as no sur- ❝ 26/11 carried out by group based in Pak is a classic trans-border terrorist event. Mahmud Ali Durrani, EX-NSA prise as he had said the same thing in 2009 too. He was sacked from the NSA’s post for confirming to the media that Ajmal Kasab, the lone position is well ❝ India’sconsistent… known and There is nothing new for us. Kiren Rijiju, MINISTER OF STATE FOR HOME terrorist captured after the Mumbai attacks, was indeed a Pakistani national. Asked for his response to Durrani’s statement, Minis- ter of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said, “India’s position is well known and consistent… There is nothing new for us.” Speaking at the same event, Mohammad Hanif Atmar, Afghanistan’s NSA, condemned Pakistan’s policy of “using one terrorist against another”. He said there was no good or bad terrorist. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar called for coordinated global action against terrorism. “Even though there is a broad consensus on what constitutes an act of terror, a formal agreement is missing,” he said. continued on page 7 Chandigarh, March 6 Haryana Finance Minister Capt Abhimanyu today proposed no new taxes in the annual record budget of Rs 1,02,329.35 crore for 2017-18 as the BJP government focused on catering to the rural sector by allocating Rs 100 crore for the construction of the Sutlej-Yamuna Link Canal and Rs 5,000 crore for development of over 1,500 villages. With a projected income (revenue receipts) of Rs 68,810.88 crore and an expenditure of Rs 79,935.84 crore, the state will have a revenue deficit of Rs 11,124.96 crore by the end of next fiscal, which is projected to be much less than that in 2016-17 (Rs 12,221.68 crore). Underlining a “positive bias in favour of rural areas”, the Finance Minister outlined focus on nine priority areas — agriculture, rural as well as urban development, infrastructure, education and IT governance, health, women empowerment and development of youth and culture. Breaking away from the Plan and Non-Plan classification of expenses, the budget Education ~15,546.65 cr Agriculture ~12,784.72 cr Power ~12,685.71 cr Social welfare, women & child dev, SC/BC welfare ~6,859.55 cr Urban development ~4,973.58 cr Rural development/ panchayats ~4,963.09 cr Health & family welfare ~3,839.90 cr ❝ Haryana has decided to dispense with the Plan and Non-Plan classification of expenditure and present the budget in terms of revenue and capital classification, which will give holistic view of sectoral allocations. Capt Abhimanyu, FINANCE MINISTER was presented in terms of revenue and capital classification. Allocation has been made to urban and rural categories. Presenting his third successive budget in the golden jubilee year of Haryana, Capt Tribune News Service New Delhi, March 6 A mother of newborn twin girls on Monday moved the Supreme Court against the Centre’s decision not to allow her to deposit demonetised currency notes till March 31 as announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his November 8, 2016, speech. A three-judge Bench headed by Chief Justice of India JS Khehar issued notices to the Centre and the RBI on her petition that has challenged the December 30 ordinance that disallowed scrapped notes being deposited beyond December 31 by Indians. She also sought a direction to the government and RBI to allow AGENDA FOR PUNJAB-2 ‘WHAT OF MARCH 31?’ The petitioner has said the ordinance promulgated on December 30 permitting only those not in India to deposit the demonetised currency notes till March 31 is a breach of assurance given by the PM in his address on November 8, 2016 her to deposit her ‘stree dhan’ in demonetised currency notes till March 31. The Bench posted the matter for hearing on Friday. Sudha Mishra — who delivered two baby girls on November 4 — submitted that she could not deposit her “stree dhan” by December 31 because of the premature birth of twins. New Delhi, March 6 Sixteen years after a Lucknow Special Court dropped on technical grounds the charge of criminal conspiracy against senior BJP and VHP leaders in the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case, the Supreme Court today indicated that it may revive the charges against them. “People cannot be discharged like this on technical grounds,” a Bench headed by Justice PC Ghose said. It hinted at allowing the CBI to file a supplementary chargesheet against the leaders, including BJP veterans LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti and Kalyan Singh. The case against Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray and VHP’s Acharya Giriraj Kishore has abated following their death. The CBI had challenged the 2010 Allahabad High Court order upholding the trial court’s verdict to discharge all the leaders on technical grounds. Kalyan Singh was Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister when the disputed structure at Ayodhya was demolished by thousands of ‘kar sevaks’ despite the state government’s undertaking given to the top court to protect it. Hindus believe Lord Ram was born at the spot where the mosque stood and the BJP VHP and the Bajrang , Dal want to replace a makeshift temple with a permanent structure. — TNS Shaming to prevent shame Water dept hires ‘dholis’ to recover ~6 cr to pay ~2.5-cr power dues ArchitWatts Tribune News Service A government responds to what people demand, and it appears healthcare is not demanded loudly enough. India as a whole does not allocate enough resources to health, Punjab is no different. OPED PAGE 9 Malout, March 6 Officials of the Water Supply and Sanitation Department here have hired dholis to shame water bill defaulters. All this to recover Rs 6 crore and pay the Rs 2.5-crore electricity bills the department has defaulted on and avoid disconnection in the face of a belligerent Punjab State Power Corporation Limited. Power supply to the department was discontinued on February 28; it was restored when the officials paid Rs 5 lakh and promised that a major chunk of dues would be paid by March 31. “People are not keen on paying water and sewerage Officials and dholis outside a Malout shop on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO bills. We can’t move court as there is not enough time. So, we have opted for this method to recover the dues,” said Rakesh Mohan Makkar, SDO, Malout. He added, “Two of our teams, accompanied by dholis, went door to door today to collect dues. The first day’s results have been encouraging (Rs 3 lakh). When the dholi starts beating the drum, the defaulter feels embarrassed and pays up.” This campaign will continue till March 31. Abhimanyu acknowledged the need to deviate from traditional budget estimations on account of demonetisation and the impending GST regime. continued on page 7 detailed coverage page 6 MAY START PENSION FOR WIDOWERS, SAYS KHATTAR Chandigarh: From the next financial year, widowers may start getting social security pension on the pattern of widows in Haryana, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced in the Assembly on Monday. Khattar was responding to a question raised by Samalkha MLA Ravinder Macchrouli during the ongoing Budget session. Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Krishan Kumar Bedi initially said there was no such move, prompting Machhrouli to say it amounted to discrimination against widowers. Khattar then stood up and announced the government was mulling pension for widowers along the lines of that for widows from the next year. TNS Mother of newborns BJP veterans in SC in SC for note deposit trouble over Babri Satya Prakash MANOJ MAHAJAN Naveen S Garewal Indian attacked in NZ, told to go Melbourne, March 6 An Indian national in New Zealand was assaulted, subjected to a racist tirade and told to go back to his country during a road rage incident in Auckland, a media report said today. Narindervir Singh said he was filming from inside his vehicle when the incident happened last week. The abuser was tail-gating Singh, who pulled over to let him pass. After Singh told the driver he’s uploading the video live, he faced abuse. — PTI A peace vigil being held for Srinivas Kuchibhotla, the Indian engineer killed in Kansas, on Sunday. AFP Fear, hurt, disbelief among US Sikhs; FBI helps probe attack Kent, March 6 Fear, hurt and disbelief weighed on the minds of those who gathered at a gurdwara after Friday night shooting of a Sikh man, Deep Rai, who said a gunman approached him in his suburban Seattle driveway and told him “go back to your own country”. “Everybody who is part of this community needs to be vigilant,” Satwinder Kaur, a community leader, said as several hundred people poured into a gurdwara in Renton about one mile from the shooting. “It is scary,” she added. “The community has been shaken up.” Authorities said a gunman approached the 39-year-old as he worked on his car in his driveway in the city of Kent, about 20 miles south of Seattle. The FBI is helping investigate the shooting, authorities said. Kent police chief Ken Thomas said the department is investigating the shooting as a hate crime. He said no arrests have been made yet after the victim was ❝ I am dismayed that people think others who look different aren’t equal or don’t contribute equally to the community. Gurjot Singh, 39, IRAQ WAR VETERAN Sikhism teaches equality and peace. It’s sad to see that’s what it has come to. This is our country. This is everyone’s country. Sandeep Singh, 24 shot in the arm. “This is a top priority investigation, and we are doing everything possible to identify and arrest the suspect,” Thomas said, adding that residents in the city of 125,000 should “be vigilant” but also not let the shooting hurt their quality of life. The shooting comes after an Indian man was killed and another wounded in a recent shooting at a Kansas bar that federal agencies are investigating as a hate crime. Many women and men at Renton expressed fear that Today’s issue is of 20 pages, including four-page Jalandhar Tribune. one of their own was targeted and said they’re scared to go to public places. Some said they have noticed an uptick in name-calling and other racist incidents in recent months. Still others expressed hurt and disbelief at the lack of understanding. The Sikh Coalition praised police for swiftly moving to probe the incident as a hate crime, even as Indian-American Congressman Ami Bera said crimes motivated by hate are on the rise. — Agencies Edit: Indians targeted Govt:Reconsider balance penalty New Delhi, March 6 The government today asked the State Bank of India to reconsider its decision to levy penalty on non-maintenance of minimum balance, which the bank plans to hike manifold from April 1, impacting over 31 crore savings bank account holders. The SBI has also been asked to reconsider charges it proposes to levy on cash transactions and ATM withdrawals. — PTI Related reports page 12 ~4,500 crore to revive airports New Delhi, March 6 The Cabinet on Monday approved a proposal to revive 50 unserved and underserved airports as well as airstrips at an estimated cost of Rs 4,500 crore. With this step, the Union Government looks to enhance air connectivity to small cities and towns even as the revival of such airports and airstrips would remain “demand-driven”. — PTI
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