05082017-TT-01.qxd 8/4/2017 10:34 PM Page 1 13 established in 1881 saturday,august 5, 2017 himachal pradesh chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 137 no. 215 | 28 pages | ~5.00 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd I-T offices open up to midnight New Delhi: Income tax offices will remain open up to midnight on Saturday to facilitate manual filing of returns. The due date for filing of returns for 2016-17 had earlier been extended to August 5. — TNS Rahul’s car under attack in Gujarat Ahmedabad: Congress vicepresident Rahul Gandhi's car was pelted with stones on Friday during his visit to this flood-affected town in Gujarat but he escaped unhurt. PAGE 18 Today’s issue consists of 28 pages, including four-page The Tribune Trends. /thetribunechd Punjab slashes stamp duty to 6 pc Naidu favourite Agrees in principle to cut circle rates, illegal marriage palaces to be regularised in V-P poll today Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 4 To give a boost to the real estate sector, the Punjab Cabinet, which met here today, gave its nod to rationalising collector rates and reducing stamp duty on registration of property to 6 per cent (from 9 per cent) till March 31, 2018. The government, in its Budget last month, had announced a cut in the stamp duty. Finance Minister Manpreet Badal called it an important step to revive the realty sector. For a property worth Rs 2 crore, a 3 per cent cut in stamp duty would mean a saving of Rs 6 lakh. Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh directed the Revenue Department to place a formal proposal on reducing the circle/collectorate rates before the Cabi- net when it meets next. The Cabinet discussed at length the sluggish sale/purchase of residential and commercial property, which is affecting revenue collections. The cut in stamp duty is expected to push up sale and purchase. The Council of Ministers also decided to put off the proposed 10 per cent increase in Change of Land Use (CLU) charges, External Development Charges (EDC) and licence fee (LF) till March 31, 2020, for all real estate projects. A new policy for granting approval to unauthorised marriage palaces and for building new ones was approved too, replacing the one framed by the earlier dispensation, regularising all such palaces raised before November 16, 2012. More decisions: Inside Mughalsarai rly station renamed, Oppn fumes New Delhi, August 4 The Centre today approved renaming of the iconic Mughalsarai railway station in Uttar Pradesh after RSS ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyaya. A senior Home Ministry official said the decision was taken following a proposal forwarded by the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh. In the proposal, the state government said it wanted to revive the legacy of Pt Upad- DEEN DAYAL UPADHYAYA STATION ■ Yogi Adityanath government had in June approved a proposal to rename station after RSS ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyaya ■ Pt Upadhyaya’s body was found under mysterious circum- stances on a Mughalsarai platform in 1968 hyaya, who died in 1968 at the railway station. Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Ahir cleared the proposal today, the official said. The move led to an uproar in Parliament with several MPs, including Samajwadi Party’s Naresh Agarwal, protesting the decision. The fourth busiest in the country, the station is located on the main Howrah-Delhi Grand Chord line. The Yogi Adityanath government had in June approved the proposal. Pt Upadhyaya’s body was found under mysterious circumstances on a Mughalsarai platform in 1968. The town is part of Chandauli district and is 20 km from Varanasi. Earlier this year, the iconic Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai saw the word “Maharaj” being added to its name. — TNS Aditi Tandon Tribune News Service New Delhi, August 4 The 15th vice-presidential election scheduled to be held here tomorrow will see a direct contest between the ruling NDA’s M Venkaiah Naidu and Oppositionbacked Gopalkrishna Gandhi with the numbers stacked in favour of the former. Despite projections of a comfortable win for 68-yearold Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a gathering of NDA allies this evening to seal the victory of the BJP veteran. Gandhi, meanwhile, continued with his humble campaign by meeting MPs one on one, appealing in the name of his suitability and positioning himself as a citizen’s candidate. Nineteen Opposition parties led by the Congress are endorsing Gandhi’s candidature. These include the Naveen Patnaik-led BJD and the Nitish Kumar-led JDU Venkaiah Naidu with his wife, daughter and granddaughter. PTI which recently deserted the ruling alliance in Bihar. Importantly, both these parties had backed BJP-led NDA’s candidate Ram Nath Kovind in the just concluded presidential poll. Despite this, the NDA has a clear majority in the electoral college for the vice-presidential election which consists of 790 MPs of both the Houses. They include 233 elected and 12 continued on page 11 edit: electing next VICE-prez Aadhaar from Oct 1 for death certificate New Delhi, August 4 From October 1, family members of the deceased will have to produce his/her Aadhaar number to obtain a death certificate, the Ministry of Home Affairs has said, explaining the move is aimed at preventing identity fraud. The move comes amid the controversy over linking Aadhaar with a host of subsidy and pro-poor government schemes as also income tax returns. Also, the privacy issue attached to it is pending before the Supreme Court. “The decision will be applicable for residents of all states, except Jammu and Kashmir, Assam and Meghalaya, for which a new date would be notified separately,” the MHA order states. If an applicant is not aware of the Aadhaar number, he/she will be required to provide a certificate that the deceased did not possess one to the best of his/her knowledge. Any false declaration will be treated as an offence. — TNS
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