10092017-TTC-01.qxd 9/10/2017 1:18 AM Page 1 123 established in 1881 vol. 1 no. 145 late city | sunday, september 10, 2017 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | 34 pages | ~5.00 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd GST rates lowered on 30 Martyr Col’s wife joins as Lt items, cess on big cars up Swati Mahadik, late Naik’s wife Nidhi pass out of OTA Chennai, September 9 In an inspiring example of grit and courage, the wife of Col Santosh Mahadik, who was killed fighting terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir nearly two years back, today joined the Army as an officer after 11 months of gruelling training. Swati Mahadik, 38, a mother of two, was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Army Ordnance Corps at Pune. Her husband Col Mahadik, 39, a recipient of the Sena Medal for gallantry, was killed in an anti-terror operation in Kupwara in north Kashmir in November 2015. An officer from the elite 21 Para Special Forces, he was known for always leading from the front. Following in her husband’s footsteps, Swati had joined the Officers Training Academy (OTA) in October last year. Present at the passingout parade were her proud family members — daughter Kartikee, 12, son Swaraj, 7, mother-in-law Kalindi Ghorpade, father Babanrao Shedge and her mother. Swati had already crossed the upper age limit for joining the Army and it was only after the Army and Ministry of Defence specially relaxed the age limit for her that she could initiate her new career goals. She told mediapersons how she had silently resolved to join the Army at the funeral of her husband. She sent both her children to boarding schools and then appeared for the Staff Selection Board (SSB), which she cleared. After several rounds of fitness and medical examina- Deadline for filing of sales return for July extended by a month to Oct 10 CBI books Sanjeev Sharma supplies of handicraft goods Natarajan up to an aggregate turnover New Delhi, September 9 of Rs 20 lakh. for corruption Following enormous difficulThe council in an earlier Tribune News Service New Delhi, September 9 The CBI today carried out searches on the premises of former Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan after registering an FIR against her in connection with clearances given during her tenure for diversion of forestland for mining in “violation of laws”. The agency has registered its FIR against Natarajan, Umang Kejriwal, the then managing director of Electrosteel Casting Limited, and the company, besides other unidentified persons. The case pertains to the clearance given for diversion of forestland in Saranda forest, Singhbhum district in Jharkhand to mining company Electrosteel in alleged violation of the Forest (Conservation Act) in 2012. The permission was rejected by Minister of State for Environment Jairam Ramesh but when Natarajan took the post, she allegedly cleared it. “Jayanthi Natarajan accorded the approval for diversion of 55.79 hectares of forest land for non-forestry use to ECL, though the same had been rejected by the earlier Minister of State...without any change in the circumstances after rejection,” the CBI FIR alleged. — PTI ties being faced by taxpayers in filing returns, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council today extended the deadline for July returns by a month to October 10. It also increased the cess on mid-size, luxury cars and SUVs, provided relief to the common man by reducing tax rates on 30 items, including custard powder, rubber bands and raincoats, exempted khadi from taxes and plugged the tax evasion by some packaged foodgrain manufacturers. After the 21st meeting of the GST Council in Hyderabad today, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced that a new schedule for filing returns for July was being promulgated and the schedule for the later months would be announced only after the system has stabilised. In a relief to small car buyers, there is no change in the cess on the category up to 1,200 cc petrol and 1,500 cc diesel. There is also no change for hybrid cars and 13-seater vehicles. The cess on mid-size cars has been increased by 2 per cent, on luxury cars by 5 per cent and on SUVs by 7 per cent. Even after the cess hike, the prices are lower than those at the pre-GST levels. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley at 21st GST Council meet in Hyderabad. PTI ARTISANS WITH ~20 LAKH TURNOVER EXEMPT The GST Council has exempted artisans and folk artists with an annual turnover of up to Rs 20 lakh from registration under GST. Also, no registration would be required for inter-state job works. RELIEF TO SMALL CAR BUYERS No change in cess on category up to 1,200 cc petrol and 1,500 cc diesel. No change for hybrid cars, 13-seater vehicles. Cess on midsize cars up by 2%, on luxury cars 5% and on SUVs 7%. Even after cess hike, prices are lower than those at the pre-GST levels PANEL TO LOOK INTO GST-NETWORK GLITCHES A committee of ministers has been formed to look into technical issues facing the GST-Network, the IT backbone and portal for registration and tax returns under the GST regime While small cars are 3 per cent cheaper, Jaitley said the view was that consumers should get to keep the benefits. The GST Council has also plugged tax evasion on packaged foodgrains, which was trade distorting. Jaitley said that while unbranded foodgrain was exempted, the branded ones were taxed at 5 per cent. It was noticed those holding trademarks were surrendering them and selling under some corporate brand to evade the 5 per cent tax. Jaitley said to plug this practice, it has been decided that anybody having a registered trademark as on May 15, 2017 would have to pay tax and also anybody having a name or a mark which entitles exclusivity by actionable claim. “Sharp tactics and practices won’t help you,” Jaitley said. The GST Council exempted khadi fabrics sold through KVIC stores only. In a boost to handicrafts, Jaitley said it has been decided to allow an exemption from registration to persons making inter-state taxable meeting had reduced the GST rate on works contract for government from 18 per cent to 12 per cent. The definition of a works contract was expanded in today’s meeting. The council reviewed the working of the GST network (GSTN) that had got overloaded on two or three occasions. The deadline for filing GSTR 1 has been extended to October 10, Jaitley said. The original deadline was tomorrow, September 10. The date of the last return, GSTR 4, will go on up to November 10 for the month of July. The GST Council has decided to set up a committee consisting of officers from both the Centre and the states under the chairmanship of the Revenue Secretary to examine issues related to exports. The council has also decided to constitute a Group of Ministers to monitor and resolve the IT challenges faced during GST implementation. On revenue generation, Jaitley said Rs 48,000 crore is lying under IGST of which Rs 10,000 crore has been shared with the states. The remaining would be adjusted in the coming months and if the states face some liquidity difficulty, then there is the compensation cess to fall back on. Lt Swati Mahadik with her children at the passing-out parade. PTI ‘UNIFORM WAS HIS FIRST LOVE, NOW MINE’ ❝ I wanted to be close to him (Col Mahadik) by joining the Army. Uniform was his first love and that is why I have decided to join the Army so that I can wear the uniform. I want to give a way of life to my children which he would have given to them. Lt Swati Mahadik tions as part of the five-tiered selection process, she was selected to join the OTA. Also at the passing-out parade was Lt Nidhi Dubey, the widow of another soldier, the late Naik Mukesh Dubey. Welcoming the two gritty women to the armed forces, the Army said: “Salute the spirit. Both have made all of us proud.” — Agencies Less than 1% in Punjab addicted to drugs PGI report: Opioid users number 2.7 lakh; alcohol, not ‘chitta’, main intoxicant in state MohitKhanna Tribune News Service Protesters outside Ryan International School as they seek action against the school on Saturday. PTI CBSE panel to probe murder Acting principal suspended; Khattar orders security review New Delhi, September 9 The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) today formed a two-member committee to probe the killing of a seven-year-old Class II student of Gurgaon’s Ryan International School and sought a report from its management within two days, even as Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar ordered that security arrangements in schools across the state be reviewed and strengthened. The schoolboy was found with his throat slit in the school washroom on Friday. The school’s acting principal has been suspended and the security staff removed. “A two-member fact-finding committee has been set up to inquire into the tragic murder. The school has also been asked to submit a report within two days, along with a copy of the FIR,” a senior board official said. “V Arun Kumar, principal of Government Senior Secondary School, Preet Vihar, and Kailash Chand, Deputy Commissioner, KVS, have been appointed as panel members. The panel will visit the school within 30 days and submit a report no later than October 16,” the official added. The panel will probe if the death had occurred owing to negligence on the part of the school authorities and if the school had adopted safety measures as per the CBSE affiliation bylaws. Its report will dwell on whether the authorities had reported the incident to the police and the DEO as well as the circumstances leading to the death. Meanwhile, angry parents and locals gathered outside the school premises this morning and protested for over two hours, demanding a CBI probe into the gruesome murder, while expressing dissatisfaction over the investigation being carried out by the Gurgaon police. They also demanded that the school management be booked for murder. The school, in a damagecontrol mode, issued a statement: “While we are all in great shock and grief at the loss of life of our beloved student Pradhyuman Thakur, we are taking steps to ensure safety measures are in place for all our students and staff. We are closely working with the authorities.” The police claimed the student was killed by bus conductor Ashok Kumar, who tried to sexually abuse him. The accused was arrested within hours of the murder. A local court today sent him into police custody for three days. The police said it would conclude investigations and file a charge-sheet within seven days. Police Commissioner Sandeep Khirwar claimed the school bus conductor tried to sexually assault the boy, but when he resisted, he slit the child’s throat. “Ashok Kumar has confessed to the crime,” he added. — PTI Chandigarh, September 9 In Punjab, alcohol and tobacco are the most common intoxicants and not the infamous ‘chitta’ (heroin), as is the popular perception. These are the findings of a study by the PostGraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) and the Punjab Government. The study was ordered in 2015 amid a raging controversy over the extent of drug addiction among Punjab’s youth. The study says while 22 lakh Punjabis are addicted to alcohol and 16 lakh to tobacco, less than 1 per cent (0.9) — 2.7 lakh of the state’s population — may be hooked on drugs. A survey by AIIMSDelhi had put the number at 2.3 lakh. The survey, funded by the Department of Health and Family Welfare, says one FINDINGS OF STUDY ORDERED IN 2015 WOMEN ADDICTS OPIUM EATERS 5% of the 2.7 lakh addicts identified in the survey are women 50% addicts are hooked on MANSA: 39.1% people are drug addicts opium or poppy husk and MUKTSAR: 37.1% are hooked on drugs 25% are using injections F’PUR: 7.95% despite border smuggling MULTIPLE REASONS 22 DISTRICTS SURVEYED 39.1% Curiosity 43.9% Peer pressure 69.9% For fun 6.7% Family problem 4.5% Relationship problem 0.7% Influence from family 4.7% Self-medication (mental health) 9.9% Self-medication (physical health) 1.2% To improve sexual performance 3.4% Others out of every six persons is dependent on substance use, which is more common in Punjab’s villages than cities. The single most common sub- DISTRICT DATA The first pan-Punjab drug addiction survey includes 22 districts, 22 villages and three Government Medical Colleges (Faridkot, Patiala, Amritsar) and Institute of Medical Heath, Amritsar. Slums, elite, IT sector have not been included. lakh people ❝ 2.7on heroin and hooked other opioid drugs is a phenomenal figure as these drugs are not legally available in open market like alcohol. — Dr Ajit Avasthi, PGIMER stance used is alcohol (22 lakh), followed by tobacco (16 lakh). Dr Ajit Awasthi, Dr Abhishek Ghosh and Dr Subodh of the Department of Psychiatry comprised the team that carried out the survey, which says that one in 92 persons has used a banned substance (drug) in the past year and more than one in 87 is dependent on drugs. These estimates are likely to be higher in marginalised or other high-risk populations — the homeless, jail inmates, truck drivers and students in hostels. One per cent of the population is dependent on opioids (drugs derived from opium, including morphine), as per conservative estimates. One in 33 persons has met with an accident because of substance use. One in 10 has reported medical problems, one in 50 psychological disorders and one in four family problems owing to substance use. Formal treatment support was sought by only one in six. The team surveyed 6,398 households in all 22 Punjab districts, picking 22 cities and 22 villages in each district. The total number of respondents was 13,295, the age group 11 to 60 years. Day 2: Two tunnels, explosives Illegal cracker factory found on Dera Sacha Sauda premises Sushil Manav Tribune News Service A search team member looks at the crackers recovered from the Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters on Saturday. MANOJ DHAKA Today’s issue consists of 34 pages, including eight-page Spectrum and four-page Bathinda Tribune. Sirsa, September 9 An illegal explosives factory and two secret tunnels leading to a women’s hostel where the sadhvis stayed have been found inside Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s sprawling palace in Dera Sacha Sauda on the second day of the search operations being carried out on the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Sources said the first tunnel is a concealed structure that connected Ram Rahim’s old smaller residence (called Gufa) to the sadhvis’hostel. This was the same tunnel that BOTH PASSAGES LED TO SADHVIS’ HOSTEL ■ The first tunnel is a concealed structure that connects Ram Rahim’s old smaller residence (called Gufa) to sadhvis’ hostel ■ The second passage begins from the second floor of Ram Rahim’s new residence and ends at the sadhvis’ hostel ■ Both these are big enough for a man to walk through using the stairs made in those the two sadhvis — who deposed against Ram Rahim in the Special CBI Court — had spoken about because in 1999 (when the victims were raped), the dera chief lived in a smaller house. Later, Ram Rahim’s residence was converted into a sprawling palatial building and followers started calling it “Terawaas” (your home) instead of Gufa. The second tunnel begins from the second floor of the new building and ends in the sadhvis’ hostel, said sources. Both these tunnels are big enough for a man to walk through using the stairs made in those. continued on page 7 more on page 7
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