05072017-TTC-01.qxd 7/5/2017 1:20 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 wednesday, july 5, 2017 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 1 no. 79 | 26 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd City roads different: SC on highway liquor ban ‘Nothing wrong in Chandigarh de-notifying highways’ Satya Prakash Tribune News Service New Delhi, July 4 There was nothing wrong in de-notifying state/local highways as district roads, the Supreme Court said on Tuesday while hearing a PIL challenging such a move by the Chandigarh Administration. Many states and Union Territories have changed the nomenclature of highways in a bid to circumvent the December 15, 2016 order of the Supreme Court banning liquor vends within 500 metres of all highways. The order was modified in March this year when the top court clarified that the ban would be within 220 metres of the highway in towns with a population below 20,000. A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India JS Khehar said, “All roads notified within the city are those where there is no fast-moving traffic. We could have appreciated if road was in the nature of a highway where there is fastmoving traffic.” SC to Centre: Why banned notes can’t be deposited? New Delhi, July 4 Noting that those having legitimate reasons for not depositing demonetised Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes before the December 30, 2016, deadline should be given a window of opportunity, the Supreme Court today asked the Centre and Reserve Bank of India to respond to petitions raising the issue. “What if someone was terminally ill and could not deposit the money?” a Bench headed by Chief Justice of India JS Khehar asked Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar during hearing of petitions challenging the December 30 notification disallowing people to deposit demonetised notes. “If someone has a genuine reason, you (government) cannot deny him the opportunity to deposit the money. You cannot be allowed to deprive a person of his money. Don’t force us to pass a three-line order and quash your notification,” the Bench told Kumar. “You cannot take away someone’s property. If it’s my money and I can establish that, then you cannot deprive me of my property,” the CJI said. The Bench agreed to Kumar’s request for two weeks for filing the government’s response and fixed July 18 for further hearing. The CJI said the court itself dismissed several petitions because it was not convinced that the petitioner had genuine reasons for not depositing old currency notes. “We are also hearing only genuine cases,” the CJI added. — TNS The petitioner has challenged a Punjab and Haryana High Court’s March 16 order dismissing a challenge to Chandigarh Administration’s decision to re-classify its local highways within the city to avoid coming under the Supreme Court’s verdict banning liquor vends within 500 metres of any highway. The petitioner had claimed that by renaming the highways, the Chandigarh Administration had made a mockery of the top court’s verdict. “Roads in the city are different from those outside the city,” the CJI told advocate Ravi Kamal Gupta, who appeared for petitioner Arrive Safe Society of Chandigarh, an NGO that works on issues relating to road safety. The CJI said the top court’s order intended to prevent people from driving fast under the influence of alcohol. But in cities people don’t drive that fast. Even on Monday there was an accident involving a Jaguar and an Innova, Gupta said in an attempt to impress upon the court. He pointed out that many states were adopting this method to circumvent the court’s order. The Bench, however, fixed July 11 for a final hearing and asked Gupta to convince it otherwise, if he could. If the top court finally passes an order on the lines of its tentative view expressed on Tuesday, it would be a huge relief to many states which have re-classified highways to avoid closure of liquor vends and bars following the December 15, 2016 verdict. The petitioner contended that if the Chandigarh Administration was allowed to de-notify highways, liquor vends would operate in residential areas, and that will disrupt public peace and lead to accidents. The CJI said, “Our purpose was to ensure that people don’t stop on the way. For example, when they drive from Delhi to Agra, they should not stop midway and have a drink.” /thetribunechd ‘True friend’closes gap with Israel Netanyahu receives Modi at airport, calls first visit by Indian PM ‘significant step’ Simran Sodhi Tribune News Service NewDelhi, July4 Prime Minister Narendra Modi today arrived in Israel at the start of a historic threeday visit. The PM was received at the airport by his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu, in an unusual gesture that also pointed to the warmth and happiness of Israel in welcoming the firstever visit by an Indian PM. The Indian national anthem was played as Modi received a red-carpet welcome at the Ben Gurion airport. Welcoming Modi, Netanyahu said: “You are a true friend. We love India.” The Israeli PM ventured to speak in Hindi and said: “ Aapka swaagat hai mere dost (You are welcome, my friend).” The emphasis on friendship was on full display as Israel pulled out all the stops to welcome Modi. “It is said that in Silicon Valley in California, two languages are very common — Hindi and Hebrew,” Netanyahu said. Modi was equally effusive in his delight in being the first Indian PM to visit the country: “It is my singular honour to be the first-ever Indian PM to Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu looks to PM Narendra Modi as he speaks at the welcome ceremony in Tel Aviv on Tuesday. AFP undertake this groundbreaking visit to Israel.” Expressing his admiration for Israel, he said: “The people of Israel built their nation on democratic principles. They have nurtured it with hard work, greed and spirit of innovation.” The two themes that stood out following their statements to the media were the need to fight terrorism and India’s pursuit for technology, which is Israel’s forte. “This is a very significant step in strengthening rela- tions between the two countries. The formula for success is simple, it’s I-squared and T-squared, which equals ‘Indian talent and Israel technology’, and equals ‘IndiaIsrael ties for tomorrow’,” said Netanyahu, adding Israel had waited a long time, actually 70 years, for this visit to happen. Before heading for a one-on-one dinner, the two leaders visited Danziger flower farm and Yad Vashem Memorial museum. see also page 10 Guv threatened, insulted me: Mamata Report:More farm Kolkata, July 4 West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today accused Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi of threatening and insulting her, an allegation strongly denied by the Raj Bhavan. “He has threatened me. He has insulted me today. He cannot do that. I told him you cannot talk to me like this. I am an elected person. He is a nominated person,” a fuming Mamata told reporters here. Raj Bhavan said the Governor did not say anything to the CM which might be seen as an insult. The Governor, however, did ask her to ensure peace, law and order ❝ The Governor is surprised at the attitude and language used by the CM. The Governor cannot remain a mute spectator to the affairs in the state… Can’t the Governor ask her why some incident has happened…where’s the question of her being insulted? Mamata Banerjee, WEST BENGAL CM WB Raj Bhavan statement in the state by all means, it said in a press statement. “I'm surprised at the attitude and language used by the CM. The talks were confidential in nature and no one is expected to disclose it. There was nothing in the No compromise on Doklam, says China Puts ball in India’s court to resolve standoff New Delhi, July 4 China today ruled out a compromise in the military standoff with India in the Sikkim section, and put the onus on New Delhi to resolve the “grave” situation. In unusually blunt remarks, China’s Ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui said “the ball is in India’s court” and it was for the Indian government to decide what options could be on the table to resolve the standoff. On remarks by the official Chinese media and thinktanks that the conflict can lead to a “war” if not handled properly, he said: “There has been talk about this option, that option. It is up to your government policy (whether to exercise military option). The Chinese government is ❝ Ihave been deeply insulted and humiliated by comments of the Governor... He threatened me and talked to me like a block president of the BJP. I have told him you cannot talk to me like this. I hold an elected constitutional post. Beijing lists priorities ■ Indian troops should uncon- ditionally pull back ■ India cannot encroach upon territory of other countries on the ground of its “security concerns” ■ India has no right to interfere with the China-Bhutan boundary talks, nor is it entitled to make territorial claims on behalf of Bhutan . very clear that it wants peaceful resolution at the current state of the situation for which withdrawal of Indian troops is a pre-condition.” China and India have been engaged in a standoff in Doklam near the Bhutan tri-junction for 19 days after a Chinese army’s construction party came to build a road. — PTI talks for which the CM may have felt threatened or humiliated,” the statement said. Mamata said Governor Tripathi was behaving like a “BJP block president... he took the BJP’s side and insulted me”. The Governor had called up the CM to ask her about reports of communal violence at Baduria in North 24 Parganas. She reportedly told him that the administration was taking measures to maintain peace. “He was going overboard on law and order. I am not here at anyone’s mercy. The way he spoke to me, I once thought of leaving,” the Chief Minister told reporters. According to the Raj Bhavan, the Governor cannot remain a mute spectator when there is serious law and order issue. Last year, Tripathi, a BJP appointee, had pulled up Mamata over her remarks on the deployment of Army at toll plazas across the state for a routine exercise. Tripathi had said that the CM should be careful in making allegations against a responsible organisation like the Army. — TNS communal clashes in WB p10 Show revised MRP post-GST or face action, govt tells firms Sanjeev Sharma Tribune News Service New Delhi, July 4 The government is keeping an eye on the prices and supply of goods after the rollout of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and has issued fresh guidelines for manufacturers to clearly reflect changes in the maximum retail price (MRP) of goods, so the consumers know exactly how much they are paying after the GST implementation. The government has warned manufacturers of packaged goods that legal action will be initiated for not printing the revised MRP . Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said the government had given three months (till September 30) to reprint the revised MRP The declaration of the . ❝ Fall in prices due to lower GST should be passed on to consumers. The government will take legal action against vendors not declaring revised MRP after GST. Ram Vilas Paswan, UNION MINISTER changed retail sale price (MRP) would be made by way of stamping or putting sticker or online printing on the unsold stock or inventories, as the case may be. On items where the price has to be increased for the unsold stock, the manufacturer or packer or importer will have to give at least two Today’s issue is of 26 pages, including four-page Jobs and Careers and four-page Jalandhar Tribune. advertisements in two or more newspapers informing the people about the change. Meanwhile, Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia said small traders were not required to issue bills as they were covered under a composition scheme that required them to pay a fixed tax. Toll, mandi charges and fee on vehicle entry into states were not subsumed in the GST and would continue to be charged by local bodies or state governments. He said a central monitoring committee, comprising 15 top secretaries, would meet every Tuesday to take stock of the situation. Additionally, 175 officers of joint secretary and additional secretary level had been given charge of four-five districts each for the purpose, he said. labourers killing self than farmers Vishav Bharti Tribune News Service Chandigarh, July 4 While the Punjab Government dithers on providing debt relief to landless labourers, a new report suggests the number of suicides committed by landless agricultural labourers due to debt is much higher than those by farmers in the state. The “census report” commissioned by the Punjab Government on rural suicides takes into account incidences between 2010 and 2016 in seven districts of the state. The report prepared by Punjabi University, Patiala, is based on a field survey of Faridkot, Fatehgarh Sahib, Hoshiarpur, Patiala, Rupnagar, SAS Nagar and Muktsar districts. Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, and Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, are preparing another report on the remaining districts. The report suggests 737 cases of suicides — 397 (53.87 per cent) by landless agricultural labourers and 340 (46.13 per cent) by farmers — were reported in these seven districts. Most of the victims belonged to the younger and middle-age groups. In an earlier report of the same districts, landless agricultural labourers accounted for 46 per cent of the total rural suicides between 2000 and 2009. The latest report indicates an almost 8 per cent rise in the number of suicides by landless farm labourers. Of these, 88.38 per cent suicides Punjab Govt looks other way, says no record of landless agri workers’ debt Debt leading cause ■ The report commissioned by the Punjab Government takes into account incidences of rural suicide between 2010 and 2016 in seven districts of the state ■ Of the 737 suicides, 53.87% (397) were committed by landless farm labourers, an 8% rise compared to previous study for 2000-2009 ■ Debt accounted for 88.38% of these suicides. Most of the victims belonged to the younger and middle-age groups . were due to debt and 11.62 because of other reasons. Experts say different studies over the past decade point towards a crisis involving landless farm labourers but successive governments have failed to take note. “In 2007, we had submitted a report on the status of local farm labourers. It pointed out that 70 per cent of the labourers were in debt. continued on page 10
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