05052017-TTC-01.qxd 5/5/2017 1:15 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 friday, may 5, 2017 late city chandigarh | gurgaon | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 1 no. 18 | 22 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd Prince Philip, the 95-yearold husband of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, joked on Thursday about no longer being able to “stand up much” as Buckingham Palace announced he would retire in autumn from active public life. Renowned for his risque, off-the-cuff remarks, the Duke of Edinburgh has been by the Queen’s side throughout her 65 years on the throne. ROYAL RE-TREAT New Delhi, May 4 The Income Tax Department has seized Rs 8 crore in cash and jewellery worth Rs 2 crore during raids on the premises of an agri-processing company allegedly owned by an MLA in Haryana’s Jind district. Officials said the department issued summons to Jind Independent MLA Jasbir Deswal, asking him to appear before it after raids were conducted on the premises of a group of companies linked to him in the last week of April. The searches were conducted following allegations that the group was making “unaccounted cash sales and purchases, booking of bogus expenses and showing unaccounted income in the books by using shell companies”. It is alleged that the firm, also involved in poultry business, accepted scrapped currency notes during the demonetisation period. While the Haryana legislator is yet to respond to the summons, his son has been cooperating with the sleuths, the department said. The MLA could not be contacted. — PTI Ultras strike in Op Clean-up Civilian killed, 2 soldiers hurt in Shopian; locals resort to stone-throwing Majid Jahangir Tribune News Service Srinagar, May 4 Militants attacked an Army patrol at Kellora village in Shopian today, leaving a civilian dead and three personnel injured, hours after the security forces had concluded a massive search operation in the district to flush out militants believed to be holed up inside homes. Hizbul militants opened fire on a patrol of 62 Rashtriya Rifles. “A civilian (driver) and two Army personnel were injured. The driver, Nazir Ahmed, died later in hospital,” a police official said. The militants struck when the troops were carrying out a “reverse sweep” of Chowdari Gund and Kellora villages this evening. “Reverse sweep” is a term used by the Army to describe a surprise check of a location combed earlier. Asked to pick their favourite headline-grabbing gaffe, UK reporters chose Kenya’s Independence ceremony in 1963 when Philip represented Britain. As the Union Jack was about to be hauled down, he turned to Kenyan Independence leader Jomo Kenyatta and asked: “Are you sure you want to go through with this?” BACK PAGE ~8 crore seized from ‘Jind MLA’s firms’ 20% hike in pay for Haryana ministers Ordinance soon on increasing pension Sushil Manav Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 4 The Haryana Assembly today passed amendment Bills to hike the salaries of the Speaker, Deputy Speaker, ministers and the Leader of Opposition by 20 per cent and office allowances by 10 times with retrospective effect from April 1, 2016. Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar assured that the government would bring an ordinance to increase the pension of former MLAs. The demand was raised by MLAs Karan Singh Dalal (Congress) and Jai Parkash (Independent). The Assembly passed the Haryana Salaries and Allowances of Ministers (Amendment) Bill, 2017, increasing the salary of ministers from Rs 50,000 to Rs 60,000 per month and the monthly office allowance from Rs 2,000 to Rs 20,000. The salary of Leader of the Opposition has been increased from Rs 50,000 to Rs 60,000 per month. PAY PACKET Old New Salary ~50,000 ~60,000 Office allowance ~2,000 ~20,000 The salaries of the Speaker and Deputy Speaker have been increased from Rs 50,000 to Rs 60,000 per month and the office allowances from Rs 2,000 to Rs 20,000. The salaries of the Speaker, Deputy Speaker and ministers were last raised from Rs 40,000 to Rs 50,000 in 2013 during the Hooda regime. The MLAs had received a salary hike — from Rs 30,000 to Rs 40,000 per month — on August 31, 2016. Their constituency allowance was also doubled from Rs 30,000 to Rs 60,000, office allowance from Rs 10,000 to Rs 25,000 per month, sumptuary allowance from Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000 and daily allowance from Rs 1,500 to Rs 2,000 for a maximum of 15 days in a month. Besides, free travel facility for MLAs was increased from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 3 lakh per year. Chandigarh, May 4 Amidst desertion by several party workers and local leaders in district units, and reports of fuelling rebellion within Shiromani Akali Dal, party president Sukhbir Singh Badal today dissolved the organisational structure of the party. The party has dissolved its parliamentary affairs com- Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 4 Haryana, at a special oneday House session, passed the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill today, the eighth state in the country to do so. The Bill was passed unanimously though some members from the treasury and Opposition benches raised questions on its impact in the long run. The Haryana Goods and Services Tax Bill, 2017, comprising 21 chapters and three schedules, is aimed at eliminating multiple taxes at the central and state level. Karan Dalal of the Congress, apprehending inflation, sought a special House committee to look into various issues raised on the floor of the House before the Bill was passed. Finance Minister Capt Abhimanyu, trying to dispel apprehensions of legislators, responded to all issues raised by Dalal, Transport Minister Krishan Lal Pawar and Indian National Lok Dal's Julana MLA Parminder Singh Dhull. continued on page 10 Tribune News Service 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Indore (MP) Bhopal (MP) Vizag (AP) Surat (Gujarat) Mysuru (K’taka) Trichy (TN) NDMC (New Delhi) Navi Mumbai Tirupati (AP) Vadodara (Gujarat) PUNJAB NEEDS TO CLEAN UP ITS ACT Seven of 16 Punjab cities figure among bottom 100, with Muktsar and Abohar being in bottom 10. SAS Nagar gets the highest rank (121) in the state. PM Narendra Modi’s constituency, Varanasi, has soared up the scale, occupying the 32nd position in “Swachh Survekshan-2017”, which is part of the Modi government’s flagship Swachh Bharat Abhiyan or Clean India Mission. It ranked 65th 425 426 427 428 429 430 431 432 433 434 Khurja (UP) Shahjahanpur (UP) Abohar (Punjab) Muktsar (Punjab) Bahraich (UP) Katihar (Bihar) Hardoi (UP) Bagaha (Bihar) Bhusawal (M’rashtra) Gonda (UP) FARIDABAD ‘FASTEST MOVER’ IN COUNTRY Haryana’s Faridabad, which jumped from 379 in 2014 to 88th rank this year, is the “fastest mover” among cities with a population of over 10 lakh. last year and 418th in 2014. Mysuru in Karnataka, which bagged the first spot in the last two surveys, has slipped to the fifth position. West Bengal did not take part in the survey. In Bihar, 19 of the 27 cities surveyed have ranks beyond 300. Today’s issue is of 22 pages, including four-page Bathinda Tribune. launched after a spate of militant attacks in the area, and perhaps the biggest in more than a decade in the troubled Kashmir valley, was launched at 3 am, with forces on the ground backed by helicopters and drones. It ended at 2 pm. Door-to-door searches, a Naveen S Garewal Tribune News Service BOTTOM 10 Engaging 3,000 police, Army and CRPF personnel, the forces carried out searches in 20 villages of Shopian district, including Turkwangam and Sugan, where militants have recently been seen moving around freely. “Operation Clean-up”, Sukhbir dissolves party units Pro-Khalistan groups to be reined in: UK TOP 10 Army personnel take position during a search operation in Shopian and Pulwama on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MOHD AMIN WAR practice stopped in the late 1990s, were conducted. Villagers were asked to assemble at a common place and their houses thoroughly searched. There were reports of locals attacking policemen with stones in Turkawangam village. Jawans retreating after the searches too were stoned at various places. “Searches were carried out in areas where militants have been sighted shooting videos to lure local youths to militancy. Recently, a video showing 30 militants armed with rifles was shot in the area,” said a security officer. Post Hizb commander Burhan Wani’s death in an encounter last year, Shopian has witnessed several violent incidents. In February this year, militants ambushed an Army patrol, killing three soldiers and wounding five. Army changes tack: page 10 Haryana is eighth state to pass GST Bill Indorecleanest,Gondadirtiest, two Punjab cities in bottom10 New Delhi, May 4 Indore in Madhya Pradesh has emerged as the cleanest city in the country, while Gonda in Uttar Pradesh has been found to be the dirtiest, the government said today. Bhopal, also in MP occupies , the second best spot among 434 cities and towns, followed by Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh and Surat in Gujarat, Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said, announcing the results of an exercise he described as a citizens’ verdict. Chandigarh, ranked second in the previous survey, has slipped to the 11th spot. Karnal has been named cleanest medium city, Leh cleanest small city and Ferozepur fastest moving small city of North India. Overall, 37 lakh people responded to a set of six questions about the city they belonged to in the survey of 434 cities, which account for about 60 per cent of country’s total urban population. /thetribunechd Mukesh Ranjan New Delhi, May 4 Britain today assured India that it would make efforts to rein in pro-Khalistan elements operating on its soil and also agreed to share information relating to them with Indian agencies. Sharing details of the deliberations at the first “Home Affairs Dialogue” meeting between Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi and UK’s Second Permanent Secretary, Home Office, Patsy Wilkinson, Adviser in the Ministry of Home Affairs Ashok Prasad said: “We discussed the issue of Khalistani militants based in the UK and they have promised to look into it.” Though Prasad refused to divulge details, sources indicated that the British officials were informed about how “some Sikh groups are trying to revive the Khalistan movement by providing terror training to the youth and funding hate propaganda”. continued on page 10 Ruchika M.Khanna Tribune News Service mittee (PAC), working committee, various wings, general council and district-level committees, while all office-bearers have been removed. The new committees will be formed within a month, after the seniormost Akali leaders meet workers at the grassroot level and take feedback on who they would want to lead. Though the party leaders deny any desertions or a brew- ing rebellion, sources say there were attempts by some SGPC members, along with some Akali leaders from Rajpura and Patiala, to break away from the party. These leaders were reportedly also supported by some other extreme rightwing Sikh bodies. Other than this, the party has witnessed a spate of resignations at the ground level, where many of their men continued on page 10 Capt Amarinder Singh with new Punjab Cong chief Sunil Jakhar. Jakhar, Capt’s choice, heads Punjab Cong Aditi Tandon Tribune News Service New Delhi, May 4 Eyes on the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the Congress today appointed Sunil Jakhar, former minister and a staunch Capt Amarinder Singh loyalist, as the new president of the Punjab unit. Jakhar, 63, who lost the Assembly election, will replace Capt Amarinder, who took oath as Chief Minister this March 17. Jakhar was Capt Amarinder’s choice for the post. Congress president Sonia Gandhi and party vice-president Rahul Gandhi both endorsed it. Jakhar said he would act as a bridge between the government and the party and ensure the grassroots connect of the Congress stayed intact. Jakhar’s appointment is strategic as the central leadership wants complete coordination between the government and the organisation to ensure a strong footing in the state where the party has only three Lok Sabha seats (Ludhiana, Amritsar and Jalandhar) of 13. continued on page 10
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