08082017-TTC-01.qxd 8/8/2017 1:21 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 tuesday,august 8, 2017 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 1 no. 113 | 20 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd View from China: Notified India ‘twice’ Cess 25%, SUVs Beijing claims received no response from New Delhi over intention to build road in Doklam Sandeep Dikshit ASSERTION ON STANDOFF tribune news service Beijing, August 7 China has assumed an air of perplexity over the border standoff by claiming there should have been “other reasons” for the “ingress” by Indian troops in Doklam because it had twice notified the South Block about its intention to build a road, but received no response. China claims it first notified India of its intention to build a road on March 18, a day after an Indian military delegation visited the 3rd Garrison Division of the People’s GUJ RS POLL TODAY DOWN TO THE WIRE ■ The poll on Tuesday will decide the fate of Ahmed Patel, political secy to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi ■ The BJP has fielded Cong rebel Balwantsinh Rajput against Patel besides party chief Amit Shah & Union Minister Smriti Irani ■ While Shah and Irani will sail through, it will have to get extra votes for Rajput ■ Patel is confident of his victory but NCP MLA Kandhal Jadeja told the media that he and Jayant Patel, anothMLA, had been told to cast their first preference votes in favour of Rajput ■ Six of the Cong 51 MLAs, besides Vaghela, have not revealed their cards. PAGE 7 ■ Bhutan, not India, should have stepped in if it had security concerns ■ Concerns raised by Bhutan’s Parliament are an outcome of arm-twisting by India Liberation Army on the outskirts of Beijing, as a goodwill gesture. It again told India a fortnight before PLA troops arrived with bulldozers, but did not get a reply from the Indian side, Senior Colonel of the PLA Ren Guo Qiang told a select group of Indian jour- ■ China says it notified India about its intention to build the road as a “goodwill gesture” ■ Says India must pull its troops out of Doklam as it is not disputed territory nalists here today. It is rare for the PLA to host Indian journalists at a time when it is confronting Indian troops. Senior Colonel Ren as well as his counterpart at the 3rd Garrison Division were firm in their demand that India must unilaterally pull out its MC chief ‘detains’ ambulance, patient dies Victim’s kin allege Fatehabad cops trying to shield accused, no FIR yet Sushil Manav Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 7 Darshan Nagpal, the BJPbacked president of the Fatehabad Municipal Council, allegedly detained an ambulance, carrying a heart patient, resulting in his death. The Fatehabad SP Kuldeep , Singh Yadav, confirmed having received a complaint about Saturday’s incident and that they were probing the allegations. Atma Ram, SHO of the City Police Station where the complaint was lodged, claimed the two The ambulance in the centre of the Fatehabad incident. IAS officers lend support STALKING CASE: Swamy to file PIL, Cong alleges cover-up New Delhi, August 7 An association of IAS officers, while describing as “absolutely shocking” the alleged stalking of a bureaucrat’s daughter in Chandigarh, has demanded “exemplary and timely punishment” for such offences. This, even as BJP MP Subramanian Swamy, accusing the Chandigarh Police of doing a “somersault”, said he would file a PIL in the Punjab and Haryana High Court for a court-monitored CBI probe. The IAS (Central) Association, that claims to represent all 5,004 officers across the country, today stressed the need to make India “a safe place” for women. The son of Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala and his friend were arrested on Saturday for allegedly stalk- ing the daughter of IAS officer Varinder Singh Kundu. The accused, Vikas Barala (23) and Ashish Kumar (27), were later released on bail. Kundu said he would not “back out or stand down, irrespective of hardships or pressure. Our target is to ensure the guilty are brought to book. They are adult men, students of law, who are fully aware of the consequences of their actions, and hence must be appropriately punished”, he said on Facebook. The officer said there was “nothing hazy or unclear” in the case. The National Commission for Women too sought a free and fair probe. The Congress, meanwhile, has accused the Union Home Ministry and the BJP of a cover-up. “The investi- gating officer himself had said this was a case of kidnapping and outraging the modesty of a woman. He also said that these offences were non-bailable. This press meet took place at 2.30 pm. But at 5 pm he said the case was that of stalking and wrongful restraint,” Congress leader RS Surjewala told mediapersons. He alleged the police had filed a case under ‘bailable' offences on the directions of the Centre. “The CCTV footage of five cameras of seven have gone missing. Can the BJP explain?” However, SSP Eish Singhal said they were investigating the matter with an “open mind” and rejected all claims that the force was under pressure. — TNS/PTI Edit: Not just stalking Cong facing existential crisis: Ramesh Kochi, August 7 The Congress is facing an “existential crisis”, senior party leader Jairam Ramesh today said as he pitched for “a collective effort” by party leaders to “overcome” the challenges it faced from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah. Ramesh said the “business as usual” approach will not work against Modi and Shah and advocated flexibility in the approach to make Con- troops while refusing to acknowledge that the site of the standoff was a disputed territory and hence required talks to sort out the issue. The burden of the Chinese argument is that India should not have jumped into the fray when the party com- plaining about a developing security headache should be Bhutan. The Chinese officials dismissed the concerns raised by Bhutan’s Parliament and a statement by its Foreign Office as an outcome of arm-twisting by India. Asked why China notified India about its intention to construct the road when it claims the matter is between Thimphu and Beijing, Senior Colonel Ren said this was done out of a gesture of goodwill. They were also unwilling to accept that India’s security concerns could have dictated continued on page 13 ❝ We are up against Mr Modi, Mr Shah. They think differently, they act differently, and if we are not flexible in our approach, we’ll become irrelevant, frankly. Jairam Ramesh, CONG LEADER gress relevant. “Yes, the Congress party is facing a very serious crisis,” Ramesh said in an interview. He said the Congress had faced an “electoral crisis” from 1996 to 2004 when it was out of power. The party had also faced an “electoral crisis” in 1977 when it lost the elections after Emergency. “But today, I would say the Congress is facing an existential crisis. It is not an electoral crisis. The party really is in deep crisis,” continued on page 7 Today’s issue is of 20 pages, including four-page Jalandhar Tribune. parties were in touch to find a “way out”. In his complaint, Arun Kumar of Fatehabad claimed that while his uncle Naveen Kumar was being rushed to a cardiologist in Tau Devi Lal Market, “the ambulance touched Nagpal’s car. As the driver was in a hurry, he tried to move on, but was stopped by Nagpal and roughed up”. “We pleaded with Nagpal to allow my uncle to be shifted to the hospital as his condition was serious, but he did not relent. In the process, precious time (over 30 min- utes) was lost. My uncle could have got emergency care, but he died before he could be attended to,” he said. Arun Kumar alleged that despite a formal complaint, the police were dilly-dallying in filing an FIR and were “pressuring” the family into reaching a compromise with Nagpal. The latter denied all allegations. He claimed the ambulance driver sped away after hitting his car from the rear at Lal Batti Chowk. “I only went up to the ambulance after it had reached the hospital,” he maintained. set to be costlier Back at pre-GST rates, no date yet Sanjeev Sharma Tribune News Service New Delhi, August 7 The fixation of rate structure under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime remains a work in progress as anomalies are being addressed at regular intervals, the latest being the move by the GST Council to raise the cess on mid-segment, large, luxury cars and SUVs from 15 per cent to 25 per cent — which will make them costlier. Cars had become cheaper post the GST rollout as the tax incidence had come down. An official statement said today after introduction of the GST, the total tax on motor vehicles (GST plus compensation cess) has come down vis-à-vis the total incidence in pre-GST regime. The government seems to be taking market feedback and the impact on prices into account while fine-tuning rates. The sharp drop in prices running into lakhs for luxury cars was not good for optics and perhaps not intended. A similar anomaly for cigarettes was corrected a couple of weeks ago where the postGST rates were lower than the pre-GST rates. The government had raised the cess and said windfall gains to cig- UP FROM 15% GST Previous cess Revised cess TOTAL TAX 28% 15% 25% 53% CATEGORY OF VEHICLES ■ Mid-segment, large cars, SUVs, motor vehicles that can carry more than 10 persons, but less than 13 ■ Hybrid vehicles with more than 1,500 cc engines and mid-segment hybrid cars under 1,500 cc engines arette companies had been stymied, leading to additional revenue collection to the tune of Rs 5,000 crore every year. The increase in cess is to take the car prices at the preGST levels. “The GST Council considered this issue at its 20th meeting on August 5 and recommended that the Centre may move legislative amendments for increasing the maximum ceiling of cess levy on motor vehicles falling under headings 8702 and 8703 to 25 per cent instead of the present 15 per cent,” the statement said. The decision on when to raise the actual cess levy will be taken by the GST Council in due course, it added. The changes in rates would also mean some lack of clarity at the time of filing returns. 5 infiltrators shot; jawan hurt in LoC firing by Pak Srinagar, August 7 Five unidentified terrorists were killed in a gunfight as the Army foiled a major infiltration bid along the Line of Control (LoC) in Machil sector of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district today. In Uri, meanwhile, an Army jawan was reportedly injured in a ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control. Srinagar-based defence spokesman Col Rajesh Kalia said, "A group of militants was challenged in Machil sector. They opened fire and a gunfight ensued. So far, five terrorists have been eliminated and five weapons seized." A combing operation was still underway in the forest area, he added. The identity and the group affiliation of the slain terrorists could not be established immediately. Defence sources said the group was intercepted by soldiers during the day after which they were challenged. “We noticed suspected movement of terrorists near Z-Gali in Machil sector during night and soldiers kept a watch on them. A contact with them was established this evening and the exchange of fire continued for hours,” sources said. This is the first infiltration bid to be foiled this month in the Kashmir region. — TNS
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