02072017-TTC-01.qxd 7/2/2017 1:09 AM Page 1 123 established in 1881 vol. 1 no. 76 | sunday, july 2, 2017 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | 28 pages | ~5.00 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd PM to CAs: Help widen tax base /thetribunechd Mastermind behind 6 J&K cops’ killing dead ‘GST’ — born at 12:02 am Says no let-up against black money New Delhi, July 1 Vowing to continue the drive against black money, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said Indian deposits in Swiss banks had dropped. He said the registration of one lakh companies with “suspicious dealings” had been cancelled post-demonetisation. Addressing a gathering at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), the Prime Minister attacked chartered accountants who helped citizens evade tax. The message was clear — now that the GST (Goods and Services Tax) had been rolled out, tax compliance was a must. On black money stashed away in Swiss banks, the PM said: “Last year, the deposits fell by 45 per cent and have been falling ever since 2014 when the NDA government took charge.” Alluding to the period when the UPA regime was in power, he observed: “Surprisingly, the amount had risen sharply in 2013.” He warned that those with black money would face more trouble when Switzerland began automatic information exchange in two years. Modi said data mining after demonetisation showed that over three lakh registered companies hadindulgedindubiousdealings. “The government has cancelled the registration of over a lakh in a single stroke and more than 37,000 shell firms have been identified for action.” The PM added his government was committed to weeding out money hoarders, come what may. He asked the CAs to help bring people in the tax bracket. “Your signature is more powerful than that of the PM and the government believes the accounts signed by you,” Modi said. — TNS Chaos outside venue: back page 2 civilians die in clashes at encounter site; bandh call today Suhail A Shah A woman at Beawar in Rajasthan takes selfies with her newborn, whose time of birth was 12.02 am on Saturday — just as the Goods and Services Tax (GST) was launched in the Central Hall of Parliament. The mother says the child will be named “GST”. PTI MORE ON BACK PAGE Anantnag, July 1 Top Lashkar-e-Toiba militant Bashir Lashkari and his aide, a Pakistani national, were today killed in an encounter in Dialgam area of Anantnag district, 63 km south of Srinagar. Two civilians, 44-yearold Tahira and 21-year-old Shadab Ahmad Chopan, were killed during the clashes that erupted at the encounter site. Fifteen civilians were also injured, five sustaining bullet injuries. Bashir Ahmad Wani alias Bashir Lashkari was the mastermind behind the June 16 Achabal attack in which six policemen, including Station House Officer (SHO) Feroz Ahmad Dar, were killed. Sources said Breenthi locality in Dialgam, 7 km from the main town of Bashir Lashkari Anantnag, was cordoned off early this morning following inputs that militants were hiding there. A joint police, Army and CRPF team identified a house where the militants were holed up. As soon as the forces moved in, locals came out in large numbers and started throwing stones. “As the forces tried to curb the protests, two civilians were killed and 15 wounded,” said sources. Shesh Paul Vaid, DGP , claimed they had freed 17 civilians taken hostage by militants. The locals, however, said they were residents who had voluntarily joined the family sheltering the militants. “They dared the forces to kill them too. It was after a lot of cajoling that they agreed to leave the house. Soon after, an encounter ensued which lasted hours,” the sources said, adding that the forces eventually bombed the house. “The site was combed and the bodies of the militants retrieved.” Clashes continued in the area, as also in Anantnag and Kokernag, for most part of the day. Lashkari, who belonged to Kokernag, joined militancy in 2015. Kashmiri separatists have called for a shutdown tomorrow to protest the killing of civilians. A recycled ultra: page 6 Prez for collective vigilance against lynchings Surgical strikes planning started in 2015 New Delhi, July 1 President Pranab Mukherjee today called for collective vigilance to fight mob lynchings across the country and said when such things happen, we need to ponder as a nation if we are as vigilant as we need to be. Addressing a gathering at Jawahar Bhavan to mark the launch of National Herald’s commemorative volume on 70 years of India’s freedom, Pranab Mukherjee urged citizen’s vigilance, intellectual vigilance and media vigilance to build the biggest deterrent against forces of darkness and backwardness. Speaking at the same event, Congress president Sonia Gandhi warned against “domestic misrule” and said, ❝ When mob frenzy becomes so high, irrational and uncontrollable, we have to ponder as a nation. Are you vigilant enough? I am not talking of vigilantism. I am talking of being aware and vigilant enough to proactively preserve the basic tenets of our times. Pranab Mukherjee, PRESIDENT “The National Herald evokes a time when nationalism fought foreign misrule. But domestic misrule is as great a challenge for our country. At a time when the inclusive conception of our nation is under attack, and the press is pressured to obey and applaud rather than to question, Prune ‘unholy’ fig trees for Kanwariyas: Y ogi Pura Mahadeva and Augharnath temples in Meerut, Lucknow, July 1 Kashi Vishwanath in Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Varanasi and Deoghar in Yogi Adityanath today Jharkhand. This year the ordered the pruning of gular yatra began on July 10. It will (wild fig) trees en route of the conclude on August 7. Kanwariya yatra considered Mahant of the Sankat ‘apavitra’ (impure) by pil- Mochan temple in Varanasi grims. He was addressing a Vishmbhar Nath Mishra, howmeeting at the secever, decried Yogi’s retariat to supervise move as “unscientifpreparations for the ic”. He said instead of Kanwariya yatra, promoting superstithe first such exertion, the CM should cise by any CM. The have urged the pilgrims to refrain from meeting was also littering the route attended by officials and the river with from Uttarakhand. Devotees of Lord Yogi Adityanath plastic bottles. Meanwhile, Yogi Shiva undertake the yatra every rainy season has issued a list of “dos and (shravan) to Haridwar, Gau- don’ts” for the pilgrims which mukh and Gangotri in will be advertised. The pilUttarakhand to fetch water grims have been asked to from the Ganga. They carry adhere to the Supreme Court the holy water across hun- guidelines on decibel levels dreds of miles for offering at while using loudspeakers and their local temples and at to refrain from filmi songs. Shahira Naim Tribune News Service I-T notifies Aadhaar-PAN form New Delhi, July 1 The Income Tax Department has introduced a one-page form for taxpayers to manually apply for linking their Aadhaar with Permanent Account Number (PAN), apart from the available online and SMS facilities. An individual will have to mention both PAN and Aadhaar numbers, the spelling of the names mentioned on them and give a signed declaration that the Aadhaar number has “not been provided” by them for the purpose of linking it with “any other PAN”. They will also have to undertake a declaration stating they have “not been allotted any other PAN”. Taxpayers can also link their Aadhaar-PAN using an SMS service (formatted message to be sent to 567678 or 56161). — PTI Today’s issue is of 28 pages, including eight-page Spectrum. speaking truth to power is the imperative of our age.” Gandhi said the Congress was in a war of ideas with the ruling dispensation and lamented vigilante violence. “We are in a war of ideas. If we do not raise our voices, if we do not speak up, our silence will be taken as con- sent,” she said, recalling the history of Herald, which India’s first Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru founded in September 1938. She was speaking on a day when the Patiala House Court issued notices to her and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi in the case accusing the duo of cheating to acquire properties owned by the Herald publishers, Associated Journals Limited. BJP’s Subramanian Swamy is the petitioner in the case fixed for hearing now on July 22. The President, meanwhile, asked people not to abdicate their duties. “Posterity will demand an explanation that what have you done. I raise this question to myself.” — TNS Panaji, July 1 Former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has said the planning for the September 2016 surgical strikes in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir started in June 2015 after the NSCN-K ambushed an Army convoy in Manipur. Recapping events that led to the surgical strike in September last year, Parrikar told a gathering of industrialists yesterday that he felt “insulted” when he heard about the June 4, 2015 incident in which 18 jawans were killed. The Swathi Weapon Locating Radar, developed by the DRDO, was used first in September 2016 to locate “firing units” of the Pakistani army, though the system was ❝ The starting of September 29 (2016) surgical strikes on the western border was 9th of June, 2015 (in which 70-80 terrorists were killed along the India-Myanmar border)… we planned 15 months in advance. Additional troops were trained. Equipment was procured on a priority basis. Manohar Parrikar, FORMER DEFENCE MINISTER inducted officially three months later, Parrikar said. It was because of the Swathi radar that 40 firing units of the Pakistani army were destroyed, he added. Disclosing that the surgical strikes against PoK militants were planned 15 months in advance after the Manipur killings, he said, “I felt insulted... a small terrorist organisation of 200 people killing 18 Dogra soldiers was an insult to the Army and we sat in the afternoon and evening and worked out the (plan of) the first surgical strike, which was conducted on 9th June morning in which 70-80 ter- rorists were killed (along the India-Myanmar border).” “It was a very successful strike,” he said. On the Army’s side, the only injury was a leech attaching itself to a soldier’s leg. Contrary to reports, no helicopters were used. He also listened intently to a TV discussion with his ministerial colleague Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore. “One question hurt me. Rathore, an ex-Armyman, was explaining about all kinds of search operations. An anchor asked him ‘would you have the courage and capability of doing the same on the western front’,” Parrikar recalled. “I listened very intensely but decided to answer when the time came.” — PTI
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