06082017-TTC-01.qxd 8/6/2017 1:27 AM Page 1 123 established in 1881 vol. 137 no. 216 late city | sunday, august 6, 2017 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | 40 pages | ~5.00 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd Enter, Vice-President Naidu Landslides on Shimla NH, traffic hit Comprehensive 516-244 win over Gandhi amid cross-voting Attributed to massive cutting of fragile hills for 4-laning, low retaining walls Ambika Sharma Tribune News Service Solan, August 5 Traffic movement on the Chandigarh-Shimla highway was majorly affected after 3 am today following landslides near Jabli, Sanwara and Koti on the stretch between Parwanoo and Dharampur. The landslides were triggered by incessant rains as strata and trees from the hills — excavated for the four-laning work — gave way in the absence of adequate retaining walls. A major landslide occurred near Datiyar where a JCB machine could be seen buried in the muck. Solan SP Mohit Chawla said one-way traffic was restored around 4:30 am and it took another five hours to make it two-way. Around 60 police personnel, including two DSPs, and three PCR vans were on the spot to ensure speedier clearance, he said. “A meeting of the National Highways Authority of India officials and GR Infra Limit- OUT AND IN: Opposition vice-presidential candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi (left) at Parliament House during the election in New Delhi on Saturday; and (right) the poll winner and the country’s next Vice-President, Venkaiah Naidu, acknowledges greetings. PTI Aditi Tandon Tribune News Service New Delhi, August 5 The BJP-led NDA candidate M Venkaiah Naidu was today elected the 13th Vice-President of India after he secured 516 out of the 760 valid votes polled, way above the mark of 381 he needed to win. With this result, BJP nominees occupy all three top constitutional offices of the country — that of the President (Ram Nath Kovind), the Vice-President (Naidu) and Lok Sabha Speaker (Sumitra Mahajan). Opposition nominee Gopalkrishna Gandhi polled 244 votes amid signs of cross- ❝ ❝ Gopalkrishna Gandhi M Venkaiah Naidu Election spells two victories, victory of ballot and victory of free speech and expression in that MPs voted for what they thought was national good My gratitude to every MP who supported my candidature cutting across party lines... I promise to uphold the Constitution 13TH OCCUPANT OF TOP CONSTITUTIONAL POST Venkaiah Naidu will be the 13th Vice-President though this was the 15th election for the post. Dr S Radhakrishnan and Hamid Ansari held office for two tenures each. Out of 15 elections, the three uncontested ones involved Dr Radhakrishnan (1952, 1957) and Mohammad Hidayatullah in 1979. voting in favour of the BJP and high level of absenteeism on the non-NDA side. Out of 14 MPs who didn’t vote for various reasons, 12 were from the Congress-led Opposition consisting of 19 parties, with four of these hailing from Trinamool Congress alone, two from IUML, and one each from the Congress and NCP TMC absentees . included Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee. Mausam Noor of Congress was missing too. BJP’s Vijay Goel, the Sports and Youth Affairs Minister, and party’s Ajmer MP Sanwar Lal Jatt, both said to be ailing, were also absent. Gracious in loss, Gandhi congratulated Naidu first and then said he was “more than satisfied” with what he got. continued on page 7 Haryana BJP chief ’s GST Council’s nod son held for stalking to e-way bill system IAS officer’s ward: Tried to kidnap me Sanjeev Sharma Sandeep Rana New Delhi, August 5 The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council today approved several items for the new indirect tax regime, including rollout of the eway bill system, lowering the tax rate on works contracts issued by the government, and reducing tax on tractor parts and textile job work. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley appealed to the industry to pass on the benefit of input tax credit under GST to the consumers, otherwise the government will be compelled to use the antiprofiteering provision. After the conclusion of the 20th meeting of the GST Council, he said it has approved the e-way bill system which requires pre-registration of all goods worth over Rs 50,000 before they are moved for sale beyond 10 km. It will not apply to the exempted goods under GST. Jaitley said it will lead to doing away with checkposts and the system will be Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 5 Two youths, one of them the son of Haryana BJP president Subhash Barala, were today arrested by the Chandigarh Police for allegedly stalking the daughter of an IAS officer well past Friday midnight. They were later released on bail. They have been booked under Sections 354-D (stalking) and 341 (wrongful restraint) of the IPC and Section 185 (driving by a drunken person or by one under the influence of drugs) of the Motor Vehicles Act. As per the police, Vikas Barala (23), an LLB student, came to meet his friend Ashish Kumar (22), a law graduate. While on a car ride, the two drank beer and started chasing a young girl, who happened to be an IAS officer’s daughter. The 29-year-old complainant said she was heading home in Panchkula after The Safari of the accused that was impounded. NITIN MITTAL car repairs. On her way, a white Tata Safari (HR-23-G1008) began to chase her and its driver tried to block her way near a school in Sector 26. She sped away, but the Safari again blocked her way. Terrified, she phoned the PCR (police control room) for help even as the Safari driver repeatedly swerved the car, not allowing her to halt at any light point. She finally stopped her car at the housing board lights where several vehicles were lined up. One of the youths came out of the car and tried to open the rear door of her car. continued on page 7 Tribune News Service 18% on tractor parts, 5% on textile job work ■ Tractor parts have been put in the 18% slab ■ On representations that cost of works projects initiated by government have escalated with the GST rate of 18%, from now on, works contracts of Central and state governments have been placed in 12% slab with input tax credit ■ Job work done throughout textile chain will be taxed at 5% following representations on anomalies for different categories. technology driven with very less human interface. The e-way bill will come into effect from a notified date so that industry and goods carriers have enough time to transition. Jaitley also pointed out that several industries are not passing on the benefits of input tax credit under GST to consumers and appealed to them do so. Today’s issue consists of 40 pages, including eight-page Spectrum, six-page Chandigarh Tribune and four-page Life+Style. A stretch of Parwanoo-Shimla NH strewn with rocks after a landslide on Saturday. PRADEEP TEWARI ed (the firm executing the road project) has been convened tomorrow to step up preparedness for such exigencies,” he said. Unrelenting rain made ensuring smooth vehicular movement tougher despite traffic being diverted through the Bhojnagar-Kumarhatti and Jangeshu-Kasauli routes. As only a few policemen were available to man traffic at the Garkhal and Kumarhatti junction, long queues of vehicles piled up on the highway. The chaos is learnt to have aggravated as the construction firm failed to respond promptly to clear the debris. An official said the firm had been told to place sufficient staff at vulnerable points. A few commuters said the NH had become highly landslide-prone due to massive cutting of fragile hills and low retaining and breast walls. They said the walls were a mere 1.5-3 m high compared to 15 m on the ChandigarhParwanoo stretch. Meanwhile, Kalka-Shimla rail traffic also remained suspended at three places between Koti and Sanwara.
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