01072017-TTC-01.qxd 8/1/2017 1:20 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 tuesday,august 1, 2017 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 1 no. 106 | 20 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd Barbs to-fro on File returns till Aug 5, link PAN, Aadhaar by 31st lynching in LS SBI cuts savings interest rate from 4% to 3.5% up to ~1 cr |LPG cylinder to cost ~4 more every month Ravi S Singh Tribune News Service New Delhi, July 31 Combative Treasury and Opposition benches today exchanged barbs in the Lok Sabha during a discussion on “atrocities and lynching in mob violence”, with Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju saying the Congress suffers from “selective amnesia”. He cautioned that BJP’s popularity would grow with attacks on the government. Congress and other Opposition members staged a walkout when Rijiju took the floor to reply to the six-hour debate. The Treasury benches periodically stepped in to defend PM Narendra Modi. Rijiju said the Congress was indulging in double standards. On the allegation of government inaction, he said Modi had already made public condemnation of the incidents and urged CMs to deal firmly with culprits. “The Centre has also issued an advisory to states to take action and its role is limited. Law and order is a state sub- ject. The states must take strict action,” he said. Responding to concerns raised by Leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge that the incidents had sullied India’s image abroad, Rijiju said the atrocities were part of the continuing trend of several years. “You try to avoid discussions on incidents that happen in states ruled by you,” he said, and questioned CPM cadres’ fatal attacks on RSS and BJP workers in Kerala. “The Opposition is bereft of issues. It raised issues like intolerance and attack on churches, which on investigation were found to be bogus. This was to defile Modi’s image,” he added. Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan reminded the Opposition of the anti-Sikh riots. The tone of the Opposition’s belligerence was set by Kharge, who said the Centre was giving tacit support to the perpetrators of the crime. “The VHP Bajrang Dal and , local cow protection samitis are behind cow vigilantism.” Guess who? Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh tweeted a picture of his mother, the late Rajmata Mohinder Kaur, who passed away on July 24, with the caption: “Sharing a picture sitting in my mother’s lap when I was a year old. Her selflessness touched many lives and was an inspiration to us all.” New Delhi, July 31 In a last-minute decision, the government today extended the deadline for filing income tax returns (ITRs) till August 5, while taxpayers can now link Aadhaar with Permanent Account Number (PAN) by August 31. The Central Board of Direct Taxes said the dates were extended following complaints from “some taxpayers” that they were unable to log on to the Income Tax Department’s e-filing web- site. The CBDT said there were also complaints that the assessees were unable to link Aadhaar with PAN as their names were mentioned differently in the database. The government had made the linking of the two databases mandatory for filing ITRs from July this year. The Income Tax Department till yesterday had maintained that no extension would be given as already over two crore returns had been received and no major glitches had been detected. Meanwhile, the State Bank of India (SBI) today cut from 4 per cent to 3.5 per cent the interest rate on savings account on balance up to Rs 1 crore. Those having balance above Rs 1 crore would continue to earn interest at 4 per cent per annum. Rajnish Kumar, Managing Director, National Banking Group, SBI, said the reduction was an important aspect as it was difficult to maintain MCLR (marginal cost of fund- based lending) rates at the current level. In the Lok Sabha, Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan today said that state-run oil companies had been ordered to raise subsidised cooking gas (LPG) prices by Rs 4 per cylinder every month to eliminate all the subsidies by March next year. The government had previously asked IOC, BPCL and HPCL to raise rates of subsidised domestic LPG by Rs 2 per 14.2-kg cylinder per month (excluding VAT). Now, the quantum had been doubled so as to bring down the subsidy to nil, he said. Every household is entitled to 12 cylinders of 14.2-kg each at subsidised rates in a year. Any extra requirement is to be bought at market price. “The companies were authorised to hike the price of subsidised domestic LPG cylinder by Rs 2 per cylinder per month (excluding VAT) with effect from July 1, 2016,” he said. Oil companies had hiked LPG rates on 10 occasions since that go-ahead. “The government has again authorised them to continue to increase the effective price of subsidised domestic LPG by Rs 4 per cylinder effective from June 1, 2017, per month (excluding VAT) till the reduction of government subsidy to ‘nil’, or till March 2018, or till further orders,” he said. Oil companies have raised rates twice since, the last being on July 1 when rates were up by a steep Rs 32. — TNS/PTI Tribune News Service Chinese troops transgress into Uttarakhand, Delhi downplays New Delhi, July 31 The Narendra Modi government today faced an unanticipated embarrassment with the Rajya Sabha passing the Constitution (123rd Amendment) Bill bestowing constitutional status to the National Commission for Backward Classes, but incorporated an amendment. The result is that the law to set up the commission will have to wait till the amendment made to the Bill passed by the Lok Sabha in April is restored to its original shape and sent back to the Upper House for ratification. On the Bill that got acrossthe-board support, the Parliamentary managers were caught on the wrong foot as Digvijay Singh (Congress) moved the amendment to a Clause seeking representation to minorities and women on the panel. To the government’s embarrassment, the amendment was carried leading to charges from BJP and Congress sides against each other of trying to block the legislation. Since it was a Constitutional amendment, the ruling coalition should have taken care to shore up its numbers. The Bill has been a subject of political tug-of-war with the Opposition forcing its referral to a Select Committee of the Rajya Sabha during the Budget session. continued on page 7 New Delhi/Dehradun, July 31 Chinese soldiers transgressed into Indian territory twice this month in the Barahoti sector of Uttarakhand, but the incidents were downplayed by Indian officials today, saying these should not be given “undue importance”. Around 15-20 personnel of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) came 800 metres inside Indian territory in Chamoli district on the morning of July 25, officials said. The incident took place just a day before National Security Adviser Ajit Doval left for Beijing to attend a meeting of NSAs of BRICS. It also comes amid the standoff between the armies of the two countries in Dokalam at the IndiaChina-Bhutan tri-junction. The first transgression took place on July 15 and the other on July 25. In both instances, Chinese soldiers numbering about 15-20 came into Indian territory, stayed there for a while and left, Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) sources said. On July 25, the PLA troops even threatened the shepherds in Barahoti during their two-hour stay. They left after the Indians protested. However, official sources said such incidents have happened in the past but are normally sorted out locally. They added that transgressions occur due to differing perceptions of Line of Actual Control (LAC). — PTI RS gives nod to OBC Bill with amendment Pathis stage a protest in support of their demands at Akal Takht in the Golden Temple complex, Amritsar, on Monday. VISHAL KUMAR Golden Temple pathistime protest with Badals’ ‘akhand path’get partial wage hike , GS Paul Tribune News Service Amritsar, July 31 Pathis (priests) working at the Golden Temple today protested against “low wages” in the presence of SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal and Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, who had organised an “akhand path”. The pathis, supported by colleagues from Gurdwara Shahidan Sahib, Gurdwara Budha Sahib and Gurdwara Baba Bakala, refused to Not appreciable: SGPC chief The way they lodged their protest on the Golden Temple premises was not appreciable. We intend to revise wages and extend some other benefits. It was part of the agenda at last executive body meet. Kirpal Singh Badungar, SGPC CHIEF ❝ accept fresh “akhand path” bookings till their demands, including a wage hike and facilities on a par with regular employees of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Com- mittee (SGPC), were accepted. The standoff ended only after their grievance was partially addressed in the evening. The SGPC agreed to raise their shift wage from Rs 600 per session to Rs 800, against the demand for Rs 1,000. They would also be entitled to benefits under the group medical insurance scheme. The SGPC has engaged around 8,000 pathis on a temporary basis for its gurdwaras across Punjab. Of these, 800 are working at the Golden Temple, 500 at Gurdwara Shahidan Sahib and nearly 150 each at Gurdwara Budha Sahib and Gurdwara Baba Bakala. They are paid on the basis of “path” shifts. continued on page 7 Communal flare-up after Chamba ‘rape’ Modi unbeatable in ’19: Nitish Lalit Mohan Tribune News Service For Circulation and Advertisement related issues please call at following numbers between 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Circulation: 0172-3050419 or e-mail at email@example.com Advertisement: Classified: 0172-3050257, or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org Display: 0172-3050256, or e-mail at email@example.com Chamba, July 31 The alleged rape of a 16-yearold school student by her teacher in the Tissa tribal area of Chamba district has taken a communal colour. The police had a tough time trying to prevent a communal clash in the area today, even as Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, who had to lay foundation stones for various development schemes in the area, cancelled his Tissa visit. Around 2,000 protesters gathered at Tissa during the day and started advancing towards Kush Nagari, a Muslim-dominated area. When stopped, they pelted the police with stones, which resorted to lathicharge. ASP Varinder Thakur, five other policemen and many protesters, including women, were injured. The protesters damaged houses of members of a particular community. The student of Kush Nagari government school had alleged that she was repeatedly raped by her teacher under threat that he would fail her in the examination. After her parents filed a police complaint, the accused was arrested and remanded in judicial custody on July 27. On Saturday, however, some miscreants, allegedly egged on by a Muslim Congress leader, entered the school and beat up teachers. continued on page 7 Jitendra K Shrivastava Tribune News Service Protesters march through Tissa in Chamba on Monday. KAMALJEET Patna, July 31 Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying no one was capable of challenging him in the next General Election. “No one is competent enough to compete with Modi in 2019,” he said. On dumping the grand alliance to form a government with BJP support, he said: “We had no option but to part ways with the Mahagathbandhan. We strived hard to save the alliance, but the RJD never respected its sanctity.” Nitish said he only wanted Lalu Prasad Yadav and Deputy CM Tejaswi to make their stand clear on Today’s issue is of 20 pages, including four-page Jalandhar Tribune. ‘WE HAD NO OTHER OPTION’ We had no option but to part ways with the Mahagathbandhan. We exhibited tolerance despite objectionable remarks against me by the RJD. Nitish Kumar, BIHAR CHIEF MINISTER ❝ ‘IT’S AGAINST PEOPLE’S MANDATE’ The situation is very unpleasant to us... It is unfortunate that the coalition has been broken. People’s mandate was not for it. Sharad Yadav, JD-U VETERAN ❝ corruption. Instead, they said the JD-U was not the CBI that could seek a clarification from them. He talked to Lalu several times, Nitish claimed. Nitish Kumar reiterated that he did not need a certificate of secularism from anyone. “Where is the rule to amass wealth under the garb of secularism?” he said.
The Tribune, now published from Chandigarh, started publication on February 2, 1881, in Lahore (now in Pakistan). It was started by Sardar Dyal Singh Majithia, a public-spirited philanthropist, and is run by a trust comprising four eminent persons as trustees.
The Tribune, the largest selling daily in North India, publishes news and views without any bias or prejudice of any kind. Restraint and moderation, rather than agitational language and partisanship, are the hallmarks of the paper. It is an independent newspaper in the real sense of the term.
The English edition apart, the 133-year-old Tribune has two sister publications, Punjabi Tribune (in Punjabi) and Dainik Tribune (in Hindi).