04072017-TTC-01.qxd 7/4/2017 1:19 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 tuesday, july 4, 2017 late city chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 137 no. 183 | 26 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd TN farm loan waiver order by HC stayed New Delhi, July 3 The Supreme Court today stayed a Madras High Court order to the state government to waive loans of all farmers taken from cooperative banks regardless of the size of their landholding. The order was passed on a petition filed by the Tamil Nadu Government challenging the HC order. A Bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur issued notice to the National South Indian River Interlinking Agriculturists Association on whose plea the blanket loan waiver directions were issued by the Madurai Bench on April 4. The state contended that the proposal was meant to give relief to small and marginal farmers with land below 5 acres. It said the HC order was “interference in the domain of the economic policy decision of the government”. The HC had given three months to the AIADMK government to implement its order and provide relief to the farmers, who protested at Jantar Mantar in the national capital for over a month. The state had notified the loan waiver in May as part of its attempt to fulfil the promises made by AIADMK in its election manifesto. The High Court order would have benefited an additional three lakh farmers, raising the burden on the Tamil Nadu Government from Rs 5,780 crore to Rs 7,769.33 crore. — TNS /thetribunechd After 30 years, war threat from China Weight of wait Delhi likely to let diplomacy prevail in Sikkim standoff Ajay Banerjee Army plays it down Tribune News Service An elderly Punjab farmer has a forlorn look after being detained during Monday’s protest in New Delhi to press for higher produce prices and loan waiver. The protest was held by Rashtriya Kisan Mahasangh, an umbrella body of 62 farmer organisations. MUKESH AGGARWAL New Delhi, July 3 Even as India and China continue to exchange sharp words over the ongoing military standoff at the Doklam plateau in Bhutan, Beijing has issued threats of war — after almost three decades. On its part, the Indian side dug in its heels, reminding about a similar event at Sumdrong Chu (October 1986 to May 1987) in the north-western part of Arunachal Pradesh — leading to a constant threat of war. Those eight months at Sumdrong Chu saw the longest standoff between the two armies. In comparison, the Doklam standoff is just three-week old, although things had been simmering since May this year. Beijing’s state-run daily Global Times said: “China will resolutely safeguard its border sovereignty in conflicts with Indian troops even at the cost of a war.” In October 1986, Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping had warned India that China would have to “teach India a lesson”. Spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry Geng Shuang today responded to Defence Minister Arun Jaitley’s statement that India of ■ An Army spokesman said on Monday that no bulldozers were “ever employed” for destroying the Indian bunkers amid the current standoff with China in the Sikkim sector ■ He also maintained that no physical scuffle had occurred between personnel of the Indian Army and the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) ■ Ministry of Defence or Army has neither issued official statement nor undertaken unofficial briefings as such sensitive issues are best dealt between two nations away from media glare, the spokesman said. PTI OPINION Standoff in Doklam PAGE 8 2017 was different from the India of 1962. “He is right in saying that India in 2017 is different from 1962, just like China is also different,” Geng Shuang said. India must withdraw its soldiers who, he alleged, had entered the Chinese territory on the other side of the Sikkim border. “China will take all necessary measures to safeguard its territorial sovereignty,” he warned. On the Indian side, indica- tions are that it will let diplomacy prevail over the “bayonets” even as the standoff will continue till China stops its activities. The armies are at a “civil” distance from each other. The faceoff is between a small number of men and the rest are in layers forming the rear. For New Delhi, this is a clear show of proactive military intent to help Bhutan — a friend. The 89-square-km patch of territory at the southern tip of the Chumbi valley — between Sikkim and Bhutan — has been at the root of an unresolved boundary dispute between Beijing and Thimphu. The two countries have failed to resolve it despite 24 rounds of negotiations since 1984. Indian troops have blocked a road under construction by China in a part of territory under dispute between Bhutan and China. China calls it the Donglang region, Bhutan Doklam Plateau while India calls it Doka La. The same plateau extends to the India-Bhutan-China tri-junction at the southern tip of the Chumbi valley. The border with China is accepted by India along Sikkim, so there is no dispute between the two countries. related report p16 ~2 lakh reward now for Junaid lynching info Faridabad, July 3 The Haryana Railway Police have announced to double the reward money for providing information about the prime accused in the Junaid murder case. It has been raised from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 2 lakh. A spokesperson for the department said the increase in cash reward aimed at motivating witnesses to come forward to provide vital clues about the culprit who stabbed the teenager and his kin on June 22. The identity of the information provider would be kept secret. While five persons have already been nabbed, the police are yet to arrest the main culprit. Sixteen-yearold Junaid, a resident of Khandawali village in Ballabgarh subdivision, was killed while three others, including his two siblings, suffered stab wounds in the incident that took place after a dispute over a seat in the Palwal-bound EMU train. The quarrel reportedly started at the Okhla station, while the stabbing took place after the train crossed the Ballabgarh station. Meanwhile, a committee of Khambi village residents in Palwal district, from where four accused were arrested on June 28, submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner, Palwal, seeking the release of all suspects. They claimed the four were innocent and had nothing to do with the murder. — TNS Dalit symposium organisers Need alternative, not reactive, narrative: Nitish Rules himself out as Opposition’s PM face for 2019, says it is for Cong to set agenda against NDA held in Lucknow, released Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Lucknow, July 3 The Uttar Pradesh Government resorted to a series of repressive measures to prevent a symposium of Dalit organisations at the Lucknow Press Club today. After cancelling permission for the event, the police arrested eight organisers as they reached the club for the symposium in the afternoon. Among those arrested were former ADGP and Dalit activist SR Darapuri, former professor of Lucknow University Ramesh Dixit and Dynamic Action Group founder Ram Kumar. All of them were released later in the afternoon after furnishing personal bonds of Rs 25,000 each. UP Working Journalists Union president Haseeb Siddiqui said the Dynamic Action Group and the Bundelkhand Dalit Adhikar Manch had booked the club for the symposium on “Vartman rajniti mein Daliton ki disha wa dasha” (Situation of Dalits in the present political scenario). The local intelligence unit informed the club authorities about the denial of permission. When the organisers came for the meeting, they were picked up, taken to the Police Lines and then to the Qaiser Bagh police station and released after formalities. Earlier, around 45 Dalits from Gujarat, on way to Lucknow to present CM Yogi Adityanath with a 125-kg soap bar, were taken off a train in Jhansi and sent back to Ahmedabad. The Gujarat delegation was also scheduled to attend the symposium. The police also laid siege to the Nehru Yuva Kendra where around 20 Dalit delegates from Chitrakoot’s Bundelkhand Dalit Adhikar Manch had been put up. They were allowed to leave for the railway station for their return journey in the evening. Uttar Pradesh ADGP Law , and Order, Aditya Mishra said preventive measures were taken following reports that there could be a law and order problem. “You know there is a background to this,” he said. Patna, July 3 Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today ruled himself out of the prime ministerial race for 2019, while stressing the need for the Opposition coming up with an “alternative” instead of a “reactive” narrative against the NDA. “I am neither the face of the Opposition, nor do I have any aspiration to become the Prime Minister,” the Janata Dal (United) national president said after a Lok Samvad (public interaction) programme. RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s son and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav was sitting by his side. Dismissing himself as the PM candidate, Nitish Kumar Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar (right) with Deputy CM Tejaswi Yadav at the Lok Samvad programme in Patna on Monday. PTI said, “We are a small party and very well know the futility of nourishing prime ministerial ambitions. It is seen that the candidate whose name is in circulation never gets to the post.” The Bihar Chief Minister said it is the duty of the Opposition to oppose the government, but “we should have alternative agendas for the benefit of the country more than relying only on reactive narratives”. When asked why he was not piloting the alternative narratives’ formulation, Nitish Kumar asked, “Am I the most talented person?” He said the “Congress is a big party and it should collectively work to set an agenda. It should call all Opposition parties and take their views and include these in the agenda”. Nitish Kumar’s remarks come in the backdrop of Lalu Prasad describing his support to NDA presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind as a “Himalayan blunder”. The Congress, part of the Grand Alliance along with the JD (U) and RJD, had also blamed Kumar for not supporting the Opposition’s presidential nominee Meira Kumar, a Bihar native. Asked about the Opposition indulging in “shadow boxing” instead of unitedly taking on the BJP Nitish Kumar , said in lighter vein, “There is no shadow boxing... there is only shadow reporting.” “We got bogged down speaking against each other on the issue of the presidential candidate and lost the momentum on more burning issues like farmer problems triggering a spate of suicides in different parts of the country,” he said. (With PTI inputs) Israel to roll out red carpet as SC refuses to hear Check-posts go in 20 states PM begins historic visit today Karnan plea again Sanjeev Sharma Tribune News Service Simran Sodhi Satya Prakash Tribune News Service Tribune News Service New Delhi, July 3 Prime Minister Narendra Modi begins his historic three-day visit to Israel tomorrow, skipping Ramallah, the seat of the Palestinian authority and in effect signalling a new direction in India’s relationship with Israel and Palestine. Israel, realising the dehyphenation that Modi has set in motion, is getting ready to roll out the red carpet. In a special gesture, the PM will be received at the airport by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who will also accompany him to many of the sites during the visit. Modi, in an interview to newspaper ‘Israel Hayom’, reciprocated the warmth and said he was looking forward to visiting Israel that he had New Delhi, July 3 The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear convicted former Calcutta High Court Judge CS Karnan’s plea for bail and suspension of sentence for contempt of court. “You are habitually inclined to disrupt the proceedings of this court. You say the same thing again and again. Declined… We will not accept an oral request against the judgment,” a Bench headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar told Justice Karnan’s counsel Mathew J Nedumpara. “He has been put to grave injustice,” Nedumpara told the Bench, adding that Justice Karnan had been in jail without a detailed judgment. One of the seven judges on the Bench that convicted him of contempt had already retired, he said. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu will receive PM Modi at airport. FILE Modi will be the first Indian PM to visit Israel in 70 years. Main area of focus would be the defence partnership. India is today Israel’s biggest arms market last visited in 2006 as Gujarat CM. Expressing his admiration for Israel, the PM said, “The way you transformed yourself from being a waterdeficient country to a watersurplus country; the manner in which you made your deserts bloom are all amazing accomplishments.” The PM spoke about the threat of terrorism and how Israel and India could cooperate to fight this menace. Both the countries are likely to discuss the sale and production of missiles, drones and radar systems under Modi’s pet “Make in India” project. Edit: First PM in Israel Justice Karnan was arrested by the West Bengal Police on June 20 from Coimbatore after he was absconding for 42 days. He is currently lodged in a Kolkata jail. A seven-judge Bench headed by CJI Khehar had on May 9 convicted Justice Karnan of contempt of court and awarded six-month jail to him for scandalising the judiciary by levelling “baseless allegations of corruption against judges”. This is the second time since his arrest that the top court has declined to take up his plea. Today’s issue is of 26 pages, including six-page Chandigarh Tribune and four-page Life+Style. New Delhi, July 3 With the rollout of the Goods and Services Tax, check-posts have been abolished across 20 states, Delhi and Puducherry. Among the states that have abolished check-posts are Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Jharkhand, Odisha, Telangana, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim. In Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and North-eastern states, the check-posts are in the process of being abolished. GST seeks to create an integrated market across the country where the same tax applies across the states and goods can move seamlessly. Following the rollout of GST, the Centre has asked departments to ensure that No religion provision New Delhi: The government has clarified that the GST law has no provision based on religion, denying the social media messages that temple trusts have to pay GST while churches and mosques are exempt. “This is completely untrue because no distinction is made in the GST law on any provision based on religion,” it said. shopkeepers and dealers display a ready price list of items sold by them in a bid to control prices and ensure that there are no shortages. The decision was taken at a review meeting by Cabinet Secretary PK Sinha to assess the situation following introduction of GST. The review was focused on the consumer impact of GST. On the third day of the GST rollout, the stock markets cheered the reform measure on Monday, though analysts said the transition to the new tax regime will lead to disruption in economic activity. As of now, it seems to be business as usual. Traders’ body CAIT said the business activities in the country remained smooth and normal like any other day and there was no panic seen. CAIT said traders across the country successfully generated GST invoices as prescribed under the GST Act & Rules. Moreover, the footfall of consumers in commercial markets and shopping complexes remained as usual. To allay apprehensions of an increase in prices post GST, the government has been trying to ensure that there are no hitches in the supply chain and the benefits are passed on to the consumers.
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