01082017-TTC-01.qxd 9/1/2017 1:10 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 friday, september 1, 2017 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 1 no. 136 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd 24dieinbuildingcollapse Rudy resigns amid reports of likely Cabinet rejig 10 ‘trapped’ in rubble in Mumbai’s Bhendi Bazaar Uma wants to be relieved on health grounds; Sitharaman, Kalraj Mishra may also go Vibha Sharma Tribune News Service New Delhi, August 31 Wheels have started to roll for the much-anticipated reshuffle of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s council of ministers, expectedly this Saturday. Skill Development Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy is among the ministers who either tendered resignations or offered to do so in order “to work for the party organisation”. Sources say the Prime Minister had himself conveyed this to ministers and Rajiv Pratap Rudy Uma Bharti assigned future roles for them, following which they met party chief Amit Shah today and submitted their resignations. General secretary (organisation) Ram Lal, the RSS points- man in the party, was present when resignations were submitted. Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti and her deputy Sanjeev Balyan, 76-year-old Minister of Small, Micro and Medium Enterprises Kalraj Mishra and his deputy Giriraj Singh and Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman are among others who have either resigned or offered to do so. Bharti, who “offered to resign on health grounds” , now wants to work on the Namami Gange project and in the party set-up. Mishra could be made a Governor and may occupy the Bihar Raj Bhawan vacated by President Ram Nath Kovind. In fact, several vacant posts of Governor are also expected to be filled along with the reshuffle, expected on September 2. Major changes are expected in portfolios of top ministers. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley may be divested of the Defence portfolio. When asked by mediapersons today how long he will continue as Defence Minister, he quipped, “at least I hope not very long”. Minister of State for HRD Mahendra Nath Pandey, who was today appointed as party’s UP president, is in any case out of the Cabinet. Aadhaar-PAN link last date GDP falls to 5.7%; manufacturing worst hit; rating firms to revise forecast now Dec 31 DeMo, GST drag growth to 3-yr low Fire brigade and NDRF personnel carry out the search and rescue operation in south Mumbai. PTI Mumbai, August 31 At least 24 persons were killed and 12 others, including five fire brigade personnel and an NDRF jawan, suffered injuries after a five-storey building collapsed in south Mumbai’s Bhendi Bazaar area this morning. Around 10 persons were still feared trapped under the rubble. Some of the trapped victims called their friends and relatives for help. The 117-year-old Hussaini Building, located near JJ Hospital, housed nine families and a school. The children had a narrow escape as the building collapsed min- utes before they arrived. Fire officials said it was not possible to bring in excavators as the roads leading to the structure were narrow. Survivors told the police that the structure had become weak following heavy rains over the last few days. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation had declared the building unsafe more than six years ago, but some residents had refused to leave, officials said. The building was part of a cluster of dwellings that was scheduled to be demolished as part of the Bhendi Bazaar redevelopment project. 5 cops sacked for bid to ‘free’ dera chief Key confidant in custody, four on run Chandigarh August 31 The Manohar Lal Khattar government today dismissed five Haryana policemen in convicted Dera Sacha Sauda chief’s security team for trying to “free” him after the special CBI court verdict on August 25, even as the incharge of dera mouthpiece “Sach Kahoon” Surender Dhiman Insan, facing sedition charges, gave himself up at a police station here. A local court remanded him in police custody for seven days. Of the five dismissed cops — Ajay, Ram Singh, Vijay Singh, Balwan Singh and Sub-Inspector Krishan Das — three were trained commandos. They, along with dera’s two private security guards Pritam Singh and Sukhbir, were initially booked under Section 307 (attempt to murder) and the Arms Act with sedition charges slapped later. In the ‘Z plus’ security team of the dera chief for several years, they had allegedly “slapped” an IG-rank official, scuffled with two more senior officers and blocked a police vehicle at the Panchkula Districts Courts Complex. Meanwhile, lookout notices have been issued against dera spokesperson Aditya Insan and three others, booked for “inciting violence”. An alert has been issued to ensure they did not flee the country. — TNS The Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust (SBUT), which is executing the project, said it had already shifted seven families three years ago. However, several residents who had sought more clarity on the alternative accommodation stayed put. Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis, who visited the site, ordered an inquiry by the state additional chief secretary. He also announced an ex gratia of Rs 5 lakh each for the next of kin of the deceased. Industries Minister Subhash Desai, the guardian minister for Mumbai, said the priority was to rescue those trapped. — TNS/Agencies Sanjeev Sharma Tribune News Service New Delhi, August 31 Unable to recover from frequent policy disruptions, which started with demonetisation last November to Goods and Services Tax (GST) destocking and the new real estate law among others, India’s economic growth dropped to a three-year low of 5.7 per cent in April-June and in the process falling below China’s growth rate. This is much lower than the revised growth of 7.9 per cent in the first quarter of 2016-17. Even on a sequential basis, the Gross Domestic Product MATTER OF CONCERN, SAYS JAITLEY ❝ We are certainly concerned (about low growth). Manufacturing growth rate seems to have bottomed out as GST’s been implemented and destocking of pre-GST stocks is almost complete.... with GST operationalised, this would be bottoming out as far as manufacturing is concerned and probably the curve could turn up. Arun Jaitley, FM (GDP) growth was 6.1 per cent in the preceding quarter. Following the abysmal numbers, several analysts and brokerages said they would revise downwards the full-year numbers for GDP forecast. Arora Election Commissioner New DFS secy, CBSE chairperson New Delhi: Former bureaucrat Sunil Arora was on Thursday appointed Election Commissioner. After Nasim Zaidi retired as Chief Election Commissioner in July, there was a vacancy on the poll panel. While Achal Kumar Joti is the CEC, Om Prakash Rawat is the other Election Commissioner. Arora’s appointment will be with effect from the day he assumes charge. Arora (61) had been the Information and Broadcasting Secretary, and Secretary in the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship. Arora has worked in ministries and departments such as Finance, Textiles and Planning Commission. PTI New Delhi: Senior bureaucrat Rajiv Kumar was appointed Secretary in the Department of Financial Services (DFS) on Thursday, while Anita Karwal was named the CBSE chairperson. Karwal, a Gujarat-cadre IAS officer who is Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Human Resources Development, was appointed in place of Rajesh Kumar Chaturvedi, who will now be the director general of the National Skill Development Agency. He was appointed to the post in place of Anjuly Chib Duggal, who superannuated on Thursday. The mandate of the DFS covers the functioning of banks, financial institutions, insurance companies and the national pension system. Kumar spearheaded several reforms in bureaucracy. PTI DELHI PAGE 10 Mehrishi is CAG New Delhi: Second time lucky, former Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi has been appointed Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India. He will replace Shashi Kant Sharma, appointed by the UPA in 2013. Luck favoured the 1978-batch Rajasthancadre IAS officer second time, as Mehrishi was shifted to the MHA for a two-year term as Home Secretary from Finance Ministry on August 31, 2015, the day he was to retire from service. Mehrishi will be the second former Home Secretary after TN Chaturvedi to be appointed CAG. TNS In dock under SAD-BJP, IAS officer retires clean Ruchika M Khanna Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 31 The senior-most IAS officer in Punjab, Himmat Singh, who was facing two cases under the previous AkaliBJP government, was superannuated from service today with a clean record. The officer, appointed vicepresident of four farm councils during Capt Amarinder Singh’s first stint as Chief Minister, was chargesheeted around four years back on one count each of miscon- duct and financial impropriety. But the government’s view of the charges changed with the change of guard in March this year. Officials in the Personnel Department worked over the past two months to absolve him of the charges and clear all files related to his cases, just in time for his retirement. One of the charges was that he remained on unauthorised leave for more than two years (from May 2007 to August 31, 2009). Though the chargesheet was quashed by the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) earlier this year, the then SAD-BJP government had recommended that an appeal be filed. However, after the Congress government took charge, no such appeal was filed. Sources say the “leave” has also been approved now. Himmat Singh, a 1980-batch officer, is perceived as being close to Capt Amarinder, who after taking over as CM in March gave him the charge of the Horticulture Department. The officer remained side- lined during the 10 years of SAD-BJP rule. Sources say he is now likely to be given a post-retirement assignment, again related to horticulture. The second chargesheet had accused him of having incurred “unauthorised expenditure”, borne by the farm councils, while he was on leave. He spent money on travel, tours and other indulgences. The statement of imputations issued in 2014 said, “During the 27-month leave period, he undertook several trips from Chandigarh to Delhi and Mumbai, and the expenditure on travel, stay in hotels, taxi charges, telephone and Internet has been borne by the council.” The total “irregular” expenditure was calculated to be Rs 6.41 lakh. Official sources say these bills too have been “settled”. Himmat Singh was appointed vice-president of the farm councils to promote agricultural diversification. These councils too had subsequently faced controversy over irregularities as well as failure to achieve the goals. Crisil said for fiscal 2018, it was in the process of revising down its GDP growth forecast of 7.4 per cent. Part two of the Economic Survey has already warned that reaching the upper end of the 6.5-7.5 per cent GDP forecast would be difficult. Ever since the shock decision of demonetisation, the economy, which was already sluggish, has slumped further as businesses and consumers are adjusting to new disruptions, which at least in the short term are hurting growth. Given the latest RBI figures, stating that only Rs 16,000 crore worth of scrapped Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes did not return to the system, the amount gained is miniscule compared to a much higher loss due to a hit in economic activity caused due to the note ban. edit: the cover-up New Delhi, August 31 To facilitate ease of compliance by taxpayers, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has extended the date for linking Aadhaar with PAN till December 31. The earlier deadline for linking Aadhaar with the Permanent Account Number (PAN) was August 31. The due date for filing income tax returns and various reports of audit prescribed under the Income Tax Act, 1961, has been extended from September 30 to October 31 for all taxpayers who were liable to file their returns by September 30. — TNS
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