11092017-TTC-01.qxd 9/11/2017 1:24 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 monday, september 11, 2017 late city chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 137 no. 251 | 26 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd Collegium choice under govt scrutiny Move on HC judge recommendations may spark row Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman salutes the all-women crew of INSV Tarini that will attempt to circumnavigate globe, in Goa. PTI All-women crew, Nirmala get going Defence Minister flags off naval expedition, reviews ops in Goa, Barmer Tribune News Service New Delhi, September 10 Within three days of taking over as the Defence Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman got a hands-on feel of separate military operations at Barmer and Goa while she also flagged off an all-women circumnavigation sailing crew of the Navy. Sitharaman visited the IAF forward base at Uttarlai, Barmer, and interacted with fighter pilots and airmen at the base. She was briefed about the role of the base and nature of its air operations. It’s for the first time that any Defence Minister has visited Uttarlai after December 30, 2001, the Ministry of Defence said. Earlier in the day, Sitharaman interacted with naval fighter pilots at the shorebased test facility at Dabolim, Goa. In the afternoon, she flagged-off Indian Naval Sailing Vessel Tarini (INSV Tarini) with an all-women crew that will attempt to circumnavigate the globe. The crew is expected to return to Goa in April 2018, on completion of the voyage. The expedition will be covered in five legs, with stopovers at four ports — Fremantle (Australia), Lyttleton (New Zealand), Port Stanley (Falklands) and Cape Town (South Africa). Terming it a historic day, Sithraman said: “Globally, our women are going to stand out for something which most navies of the world would not have even thought of.” She appreciated the Indian Navy and the mentors for inspiring, motivating and training these women. INSV Tarini is being skippered by Lt Commander Vartika Joshi, and the crew comprises Lt Commanders Pratibha Jamwal, P Swathi, and Lieutenants S Vijaya Devi, B Aishwarya and Payal Gupta. The expedition is titled ‘Navika Sagar Parikrama’. Protestingparents lathi-charged Minister admits to lapses by school, says police told to book owner Sumedha Sharma Tribune News Service Gurugram, September 10 Angry parents today staged a protest outside Ryan International School here, demanding a CBI probe into the brutal murder of seven-year-old Class II student Pradyuman Thakur. As a liquor shop, barely 50 metres from the school, was set ablaze, the police resorted to a lathicharge after their plea that the area be vacated was 'ignored', triggering yet another controversy. Mediapersons accused the police of selectively targeting them during the lathi-charge. This was denied by the Police Commissioner. Blaming the school for failure to ensure the child's safety, leading to his murder inside a loo, the Haryana Government today ordered that the school owner and management be booked for negligence. “They failed everybody — the students and the parents. The school cannot be derecognised as the future of 1,200 students is at stake, but we have told the police to book the owner, Albert Pinto, under Section 75 of the Juvenile Justice Students hold placards at a candlelight march against Pradyuman Thakur’s killing, in New Delhi. MR BHUI ‘ACCUSED CARRIED VICTIM TO HOSPITAL’ 5-YR-OLD RAPED IN DELHI SCHOOL Gurugram: Accused bus conductor Ashok Kumar carried Pradyuman in his lap to school's medical room and then to the hospital, according to preliminary investigations. “The child, whom he dumped in a corner after slitting the throat, mustered strength to walk till the toilet door and then collapsed. He was spotted by a teacher and two students who called for help. The accused came running and was too eager to assist,” said a cop. (Care and Punishment) Act, 2015, and submit a chargesheet in court within seven days,” Education Minister New Delhi: A five-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a 40-year-old peon of Tagore Public School in Shahdara area on Saturday. The accused has been arrested. The Delhi Police Commissioner has asked district police chiefs to talk to schools and to conduct regular security audits. “The schools should hire staff from authorised agencies, get police verification of the staff and instal CCTV cameras inside the premises,” he said. PTI Ram Bilas Sharma said. He said the school staff had easy access to student toilets, which had broken windows. The school boundary wall was broken too. "The government is not averse to a probe continued on page 7 New Delhi, September 10 In a first, the government has started a “detailed scrutiny” of the professional track record of advocates and judicial officers recommended by high court collegiums for appointment as judges, a move which may trigger a fresh round of confrontation between the executive and the judiciary. According to a Ministry of Law and Justice document, “now the process of detailed scrutiny of proposals received for appointment of judges from high courts has been initiated. In the case of advocates, their reported judgments (in cases they represented), and in case of judicial officers their case disposal time and number of adjournments are being evaluated by an in-house team having legal background”. The document, a monthly report of achievements for the month of July, was sent to the Cabinet Secretariat by the Department of Justice in August. A committee of judges evaluates the best few judgments of judicial officers (judges of the subordinate courts), who are part of a larger pool which the high court collegium may consid- er for recommendation for elevation to the HC Bench. The judicial officers are evaluated on various attributes and are given numerical grading. Advocates who are part of the pool give a list of the reported judgments of cases which they have argued in the high court. As per procedure, once the three-member HC collegium recommends a name to the Supreme Court collegium, it sends the performance record of the candidate. The recommendation is initially sent to the law ministry, which attaches an IB report about the candidate’s record and forwards it to the SC collegium for a final call. Now, the law ministry has started scrutinising the reported judgments of advocates and case disposal time and number of adjournments granted by judicial officers. “The government should also assess the judicial capability of the candidate. It will help understand an advocate’s field of specialisation as also verify whether he or she was a lead advocate or a junior advocate in the cases mentioned. “Since the SC collegium will decide on whom to recommend to the HC Bench, the government is not entering the domain of the judiciary by scrutinising the professional track record of the candidates,” explained a senior government functionary. Citing the case of former Calcutta High Court judge CS Karnan, the government had in July once again asked the SC collegium to review the process of appointment of judges, according to the government functionary. The Secretary (Justice) had written to the SC Registrar General pointing to the July 5 judgment of the apex court in which two judges had called for the need to revisit the process of selection and appointment of judges. Judicial appointments as of now are being carried out based on the old memorandum of procedure (MoP). After a Bench ruled in December 2015 in favour of a fresh MoP a new draft was , sent to the collegium by the law ministry. After several rounds of talks, the collegium had once again sent back the draft reiterating its objections. One of the clauses rejected was on national security on which the government wanted a right to reject recommendation for appointment as a judge. — PTI Hiked GST cess on cars from today New Delhi, September 10 The increased GST cess on mid-sized, luxury and SUV cars will come into effect from Monday. The GST Council on September 9 decided to hike cess on mid-sized cars by 2 per cent, taking the effective GST rate to 45 per cent. Also, cess on large cars has been hiked by 5 per cent, taking the total GST incidence to 48 per cent while that of SUVs by 7 per cent to 50 per cent. “A notification regarding the increase in the effective rates of the Compensation Cess on specified motor vehicles will be issued on September 11, effective from 00 hours the same day,” the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) tweeted. After the council meet yesterday, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had said for large vehicles where affordability of consumers was high, the cess had been increased. “The pre-GST rate has not been restored... Even though we had a headspace of hiking cess by 10 per cent, it has been hiked by up to 7 per cent,” Jaitley said. Cess on small petrol and diesel cars, hybrid cars and those carrying up to 13 passengers has not been hiked. Car prices had dropped as the tax rates fixed under the GST were lower than combined central and state taxes in pre-GST days. — PTI Left retains hold over JNU, wins all 4 seats New Delhi, September 10 As the Left alliance swept the JNUSU poll, winning all four central panel posts — president, vice-president, secretary and joint secretary — the RSS-affiliated ABVP and the Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students' Association (BAPSA) claimed to have made inroads into its vote share. The ABVP consolidated its hold on the School of Sciences where its presidential candidate Nidhi Tripathi polled more votes than any other candidate. She called it a “huge moral victory”. The ABVP's national media convener said: “We also won 10 councillor seats, the highest for a single organisation.” BAPSA, pushed to the third spot, claimed to have increased its voter base as a single unit. Independent presidential candidate Farooque MD Alam got three votes more (419) than AISF's Aparajitha Raja. The NSUI presidential candidate polled a mere 82 votes. ABVP's Ankit Roy, who was allegedly involved in a “scuffle” with missing student Najeeb, came third for the post of councillor, School of Language, Literature and Cultural Studies. — PTI Taxmen to track social media for black money New Delhi, September 10 A photo of your shiny new luxury car on Instagram or a costly watch on Facebook may lead the taxman to your door as the tax department from next month will begin amassing virtual information to trace black money. “Project Insight”, likely to be launched next month, will use big data analytics to match information from social media sites to deduce mismatches between spending pattern and income declaration. The project will use technolo- EYE ON HIGH-VALUE TRANSACTIONS ■ An integrated platform under Project Insight, initiated by IT Department, is likely to be launched next month ■ It will use data analytics to match info from social media sites to deduce mismatches between spending pattern and income declaration gy to allow the government collate databases of IT returns, IT forms, TDS/TCS statements and Statement of Financial Transactions received from ■ It will help the taxmen monitor high-value transactions and curb the circulation of black money financial institutions. The tax department will analyse mismatches in income declarations and spending patterns to trace tax evasions and black money, an official said. The government has also made linking of PAN with Aadhaar mandatory to get a 360 degree view of a person’s income and assets. The tax department had last year signed a pact with L&T Infotech for implementation of Project Insight, which is designed to strengthen the non-intrusive information driven approach for improving tax compliance. “Currently beta testing is on and the integrated platform for Project Insight Today’s issue is of 26 pages, including six-page Chandigarh Tribune and four-page Life+Style. should be launched by next month,” the official told PTI. Project Insight has been initiated by the IT Department for data mining, collection, collation and processing of such information for effective risk management with a view to widen and deepen the tax base. This is part of the steps to unearth and tax undeclared or illegal wealth. It will also be leveraged for implementation of Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and Common Reporting Standard (CRS). — PTI By the faculty, staff and students of MM University, Mullana-Ambala (NAAC Accredited ‘A’ Grade & QS Star Ranked, NIRF 100-150) MM University, Sadopur-Ambala MM University, Solan (HP) MM International School, Mullana, Ambala & Karnal www.mmumullana.org | email@example.com | 01731-274475-78
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