11032017-TTC-01.qxd 3/11/2017 1:30 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 saturday, march 11, 2017 late city edition chandigarh | gurgaon | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 137 no. 69 | 44 pages | ~5.00 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd And the winner is... Long wait ends for Punjab, UP, Goa, U’khand, Manipur results Pakistani youths Faisal Hussain Awan and Ahsan Khurshid. Two Pak teens held for Uri attack released Tribune News Service New Delhi, March 10 In a goodwill gesture ahead of the Indus Water Commission talks to be held in Lahore a fortnight from now, India today released two Pakistani teenagers who had been held for the Uri attack. The two Pakistani nationals, Faisal Hussain Awan and Ahsan Khurshid Chaudhry, were released on the completion of investigations by the NIA, which found no evidence to suggest their involvement in the attack. They were today repatriated via the AttariWagah border. Pakistan had always maintained that the two Class 10 students had unintentionally crossed the LoC. The Ministry of External Affairs said: “The government attaches highest importance to addressing all humanitarian matters, including early release and repatriation of all eligible Indian prisoners and fishermen.” Chandigarh, March 10 The stage is set for the counting of votes tomorrow to wrap up a staggered poll process in five states — the biggest electoral contest ahead of the 2019 General Election — in what is largely seen as a referendum on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demonetisation move. Early trends will start pouring in 8 am onwards for Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur, where thousands of central forces have been deployed at the counting centres. In Punjab, counting at 54 centres for the 117 Assembly and the Amritsar Lok Sabha constituency will begin simultaneously. Punjab, that went to the polls on February 4, saw a turnout of 77.3 per cent, with Mansa district recording 88.75 per cent polling, the highest, and Mohali 71.2 per cent, the lowest. The CEO, VK Singh said other than the observers, micro observers have been deployed at counting stations. Pollsters have predicted the fall of the ruling SAD-BJP with the Congress and AAP neck and neck. But the Akalis debunk the exit polls as biased. In the past, it had been a direct fight between the Congress and the SADBJP But AAP that has made . , its maiden foray in the state elections, has made the fight a triangular one. SC warrant after repeat no-show by HCjudge Caste issue, attempt to ruin my life: Justice Karnan Satya Prakash Tribune News Service The most interesting battle is in Lambi where CM Parkash Singh Badal is pitted against Punjab Congress chief Capt Amarinder Singh and AAP’s former Delhi MLA Jarnail Singh. Equally interesting is the fight for the Jalalabad seat where Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal faces a challenge from AAP’s firebrand leader Bhagwant Mann and Congress MP Ravneet Bittu. A win in Punjab will resurrect Congress’ political fortunes, losing the elections may sound its death knell in the state. For AAP a defeat , would be a setback to its national ambitions. The party has set sights on the PM’s home state of Gujarat. SAD-BJP has been in power for 10 years. A defeat may see the end of the alliance. Already there are murmurs in the BJP that the Akalis must take the entire blame for the “failure”. — TNS ❝ SANDEEP JOSHI Our alliance is winning (in Uttar Pradesh). Such exit polls we saw in Bihar also. We will talk on Saturday Rahul Gandhi, CONGRESS VICE-PRESIDENT The BJP has got votes from every section of society. We are going to form the government in UP with a thumping majority. Keshav Prasad Maurya, UP BJP CHIEF History is in the making. We will form the next government after registering a landslide victory. Bad days for Punjab and its people are over Durgesh Pathak, NATIONAL ORGANISATION BUILDING HEAD, AAP Kaale Badal chhatne wale hain…aur surya nikalne wala hai (Black clouds are set to dissipate and new sun will rise) Navjot Singh Sidhu, CONGRESS CANDIDATE FROM AMRITSAR EAST FOR LIVE COVERAGE OF VOT E C O U N T www.tribuneindia.com New Delhi, March 10 In a first, the Supreme Court on Friday issued a bailable warrant against controversial Calcutta High Court Judge CS Karnan after he failed to appear before it for the second time to answer a contempt notice. A seven-Judge Bench headed by Chief Justice of India JS Khehar ordered West Bengal Director General of Police to execute the warrant to secure the presence of Justice Karnan before the top court on March 31. Justice Karnan has been ordered to furnish a personal bail bond of Rs 10,000. The Bench said despite having been issued a notice, Justice Karnan had neither appeared in person nor through his counsel. If Justice Karnan fails to appear on March 31, the Bench might issue a non-bailable warrant. The contempt proceedings have been initiated against Justice Karnan for writing to various authorities, including the Prime Minister, accusing several Judges of corruption. Minutes after the top court’s order, Justice Karnan described the bailable warrant against him as “unconstitutional”. Talking to the media in Kolkata, he said: “I am being targeted as I am a Dalit. Justice CS Karnan This is a caste issue. The order has been deliberately issued against me. This is an attempt to ruin my life. The warrant is unconstitutional.” In an unprecedented order, a seven-Judge Bench headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar had on February 8 issued a contempt notice to Justice Karnan and ordered him to forthwith refrain from discharging judicial or administrative functions and return all files. It had asked him to appear before it on February 13. As he failed to do so, the top court gave him 25 days to respond and asked him to appear on March 10. Today’s order was passed after Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi told the Bench that the contemnor Judge had failed to appear and the next course of action of issuing bailable or non-bailable warrant should be followed. Rohatgi said the Judge had faxed a letter dated March 8 to the Registrar of the top court, seeking PHOTO: AMIT KANWAR 13 Maruti workers guilty of murder, 117 acquitted Gurgaon, March 10 After five years, a Gurgaon court today convicted 31 employees of Maruti-Suzuki India Ltd, 13 of them for the murder of human resource manager Awanish Kumar Dev, and the rest on charges of rioting, trespassing, causing hurt and related offences during the July 18, 2012, unrest at the automobile giant’s Manesar plant in Haryana. The quantum of punishment will be pronounced on March 18. Defence counsel Rajendra Pathak said they would approach the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Additional District and Sessions Judge RK Goyal acquitted 117 of the 148 employees chargesheeted in the case for want of evidence. The court divided the convicts into two categories, as per the charges proved against them, placing 24 in one group and the remaining seven in the other. Booked by the police and sacked by the carmaker, only two of the 148 jailed workers could get bail in February 2015. Violence had erupted at the Manesar facility over disciplinary action against an clashes broke out at Maruti’s Manesar plant. It began with an argument between workers and management ■ Workers allegedly set fire to one of the floors. The HR Gen- eral Manager was killed and several executives injured ■ On February 23, 2015, two of the 148 jailed workers got bail from SC ■ The violence lasted several hours. 1,200 policemen were called in to secure the factory ■ The police combed through CCTV footage and interviewed witnesses to identify people responsible for the violence. The Haryana Government formed an SIT ■ Services of nearly 2,500 workers, including 546 permanent employees, were terminated after the incident employee during which agitated workers went on a rampage, torching a part of the factory, setting senior officer Dev on fire, and bludgeoning with rods 100 others. Among the wounded were foreigners and policemen. The massive plant, which rolled out over five lakh cars a year, was shut down for a month, resulting in heavy losses. Today, a large police contingent was deployed at the court as a precautionary measure. The local administration had clamped prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC to prevent any untoward incident. Workers of various industrial units held a meeting at Gurugram’s Kamla Nehru Park later in the evening to chalk out their future strategy. Among them were leaders of workers’ unions and those working in Maruti Suzuki’s plants in Gurugram, Manesar and Kherki Daula. — TNS & Agencies Killing of Nepalese: I-T Dept app to Doval assures probe track tax refunds Tag-free handbags likely at all airports Kathmandu: National Security Adviser Ajit Doval on Friday called up Nepal PM Prachanda and promised a probe into the death of a Napalese man, Govinda Gautam, in alleged firing by the Sashastra Seema Bal on the border near Anandabazar in Kanchanpur. Nepal is being requested through diplomatic channels to share post-mortem and forensic reports to facilitate the process. Nepal earlier raised with India the killing of its national. PTI Ghaziabad: The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) is trying to do away with the practice of stamping hand baggage tags of fliers at all airports in order to make air travel more comfortable, the chief of the paramilitary force said at the 48th Raising Day of the force. CISF Director General OP Singh said the force had already conducted a trial in that regard. “We are trying to do away with the stamping of hand baggage tag of passengers soon at all airports that we secure.” PTI New Delhi: The I-T Department has developed a mobile app for paying taxes and tracking refunds and is considering issuing PANs on real-time basis using Aadhaar biometric. “The Income Tax Department is considering issuing of Permanent Account Number (PAN) on real-time basis using Aadhaar's e-KYC facility. The proposal is at an initial stage of consideration,” Minister of State for Finance Santosh Kumar Gangwar said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha. PTI White Shimla, wet plains Fresh snowfall in popular tourist resorts of Himachal Pradesh on Friday pushed down the mercury by several notches. Shimla saw 7.7 cm of snow, bringing minimum temperature down to 0.4°C and the maximum to 7.6°C 2012 MANESAR RIOTING-MURDER CASE ■ On July 18, 2012, violent restoration of his judicial and administrative powers but had not indicated if he intended to appear before the court. He wanted to meet the CJI and certain SC Judges against whom he had levelled allegations of corruption. The Bench said the faxed letter “cannot be considered as a response of Justice CS Karnan, either to the contempt petition or to the notice served upon him”. Rohatgi said Justice Karnan was said to have heard a petition filed by advocate Adhikari regarding the suicide by Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Kalikho Pul, but it had not been signed. During the previous hearing, the Bench had said it wanted to hear him first as the consequences of these proceedings “are going to be grave”. Senior advocate Lily Thomas said there was an SC ruling that contempt proceedings could not be initiated against a sitting High Court Judge. Chief Justice Khehar asked her to bring it to the notice of the Attorney General and assist him. Senior advocate KK Venugopal, speaking on behalf of the Madras HC, told the court that Justice Karnan had yet to vacate the accommodation. The Bench said it would take up the matter on March 31. Rain lashed many places in Punjab and Haryana on Friday, with the minimum temperature hovering 1-3 notches below normal at most places. Amritsar’s low settled at 9.4°C, 1°C below normal. More rain is likely on Saturday A sharp and short spell of rain, accompanied by pellet-sized hailstones, hit parts of south Haryana on Friday evening, causing damage to crops Govt no to old note Dole for jobless, employees deposit till March 31 in tax-free Himachal Budget New Delhi, March 10 The NDA government today opposed petitions against the Centre’s decision not to allow depositing of demonetised currency notes till March 31, saying it was a crime to possess demonetised currency notes. “How can it be allowed? It’s a crime to possess old currency notes that have been demonetised,” Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi told a Bench headed by Chief Justice of India JS Khehar. But the Bench said: “There was always a window open for depositing the notes till March 31 as the notification had left some room.” As the Bench asked if the government would like to file a counter affidavit, Rohatgi answered in the negative. The petitioners’ counsel wanted them to be allowed to deposit old currency notes of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 subject to the outcome of the case. But 17.9 LAKH ‘DUBIOUS’ Pratibha Chauhan Under Operation Clean Money, the Income Tax Department has identified 17.92 lakh persons whose tax profiles were not in line with the cash deposits made by them during the demonetisation period. The I-T Department has sought online response on sources of cash deposited through its efiling portal, Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Minister of State for Finance, said in the Lok Sabha. Shimla, March 10 Contrary to the expectations of offering major sops to woo the electorate in the election year, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh exercised fiscal prudence as he announced a tax-free deficit Budget of Rs 35,783 crore for 2017-18 in the Vidhan Sabha today. Presenting his 20th Budget in the sixth term as Chief Minister, Virbhadra, who also holds the Finance Department, set a record of sorts by delivering a four-and-a-half hours speech. The thrust of the Rs 2,581crore deficit Budget was clearly on the farm sector, job creation for the 8.24 lakh unemployed youth and placating 2.25 lakh employees. Under fire from the BJP and detractors within the Congress, Virbhadra fulfilled a key promise made in the manifesto during the 2012 elections the court didn’t issue any directions and fixed March 21 for further hearing. Meanwhile, Minister of State for Finance Arjun Ram Meghwal told the Lok Sabha that the grace period for Indians residing in India is March 31 and for Indian citizens residing outside June 30. However, they must have declared that they were outside India between November 9 and December 30, 2016. — TNS KEY ANNOUNCEMENTS Tribune News Service Today’s issue consists of 44 pages, including four-page The Tribune Trends, four-page Real Estate, 10-page Chandigarh Tribune and six-page Life+Style. ~1,000/month for unemployed youths who’ve cleared Class XII ~1,500/month for youths with physical disabilities 4% interim relief on employees’ basic pay, basic pension 3% additional DA for regular employees from July 2016 ~100 crfor Skill Development Allowance in 2017-18 Food subsidy extended for Tibetans in exile by announcing Rs 1,000 monthly unemployment allowance for youths who have cleared Class XII. The BJP had been accusing the Congress regime of failing to honour the poll commitment. The CM had also been under pressure from within the party as the state is scheduled to go to the polls in November this year. An allocation of Rs 150 crore has been made towards unemployment allowance and Rs 100 crore for skill development. With revenue receipts estimated at Rs 27,714 crore and revenue expenditure of Rs 28,755 crore, the total revenue deficit would be Rs 1,041 crore. The fiscal deficit has been pegged at Rs 4,946 crore. The debt burden, which has already touched Rs 38,567 crore on March 31, 2016, is expected to shoot up further. “I would have loved to give much more but owing to limited resources, I have tried to give something to everyone with farm, employees and employment generation getting priority,” he said. The salaries will cost the state exchequer Rs 9,628 crore, pensions Rs 4,950 crore, interest payment Rs 3,500 crore, loan repayment Rs 3,105 crore, other loans Rs 448 crore and maintenance Rs 2,311 crore. More inside
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