30092017-TTC-01.qxd 9/30/2017 1:33 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 saturday, september 30, 2017 late city chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 137 no. 270 | 46 pages | ~5.00 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd And just like that, 22 dead in Mumbai Trapped on stairs, crammed in narrow space during stampede on footbridge linking 2 railway stations Deadline extended for selling pre-GST goods to Dec 31 New Delhi: The government has extended the deadline for sale of pre-GST goods with stickers of revised rates by three months to December 31, Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said on Friday. The decision came after several companies and retailers’ body CAIT highlighted that they are still left with huge unsold stocks of pre-GST goods and need more time to clear that. After implementing GST from July 1, the government had allowed use of stickers with revised rates, alongside the printed MRP for pre-packaged items to reflect changes in selling price for three months till September 30. The unsold items had an MRP which included all taxes of pre-GST era but with the implementation of new regime, some of the final retail prices have undergone change. PTI Small savings rates remain unchanged Footwear of the victims of the stampede below the pedestrian overbridge linking Elphinstone Road and Parel suburban stations (left) and a grieving relative of a stampede victim is consoled at a hospital in Mumbai on Friday. REUTERS Mumbai, September 29 A massive crowd of morning commuters today stampeded on the stairwell of a narrow footbridge linking two railways stations in Mumbai, leaving at least 22 persons dead and more than 30 injured as onlookers watched victims stumbling, falling and piling up along the railings, officials said. The tragedy took place at 10.40 am when the overbridge, linking Elphinstone Road and Parel suburban stations, became overcrowded with people taking shelter from a downpour. The bridge is used by lakhs to commute to the commercial area with high-end corporate and media offices, a police official said. People were trapped on the stairs and the decades-old bridge, crammed so tight in the narrow space that several were suffocated to death. As those on the platform below watched helplessly, many attempted to escape by climbing over the railing. Many were seen trying desperately to stay upright. The rain and a short-circuit are among the reasons being cited for the stampede, which many said was a tragedy waiting to happen. “The overbridge at Elphinstone station was overcrowd- ed and the rain made it slippery too. This caused panic and resulted in the stampede,” explained Atul Shrivastav, Inspector General, Railway Protection Force. The police suspect that a short-circuit with a loud sound near the FOB may have triggered panic. “Eight women and a young boy are among those killed,” Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's (BMC) disaster management cell chief Mahesh Narvekar said. Railways Minister Piyush Goyal, who reached Mumbai this morning, announced a high-level inquiry headed by Western Railway’s chief safety officer, Rs 5 lakh to the kin of each of the deceased, Rs 1 lakh for the grievously injured and Rs 50,000 for those with minor injuries. “Though security personnel were deployed to regulate the crowd on the staircases of the platform, excessive crowd led to the unfortunate incident,” WR’s Chief Public Relations Officer Ravinder Bhakar said. Soon after the stampede, an accident relief medical equipment train rushed to the spot and medical assistance was provided to the victims, a Railways official said. — PTI More on back page ❝ This incident is a TENDER FOR ADDITIONAL public massacre for which FOOT OVERBRIDGE the government and New Delhi: The Railways on Friday floated a tender for an additional foot-overbridge (FOB) at the Elphinston station in Mumbai where 22 persons were killed in a stampede. The 40-foot-wide FOB was announced in the 2016 Railway Budget and was part of the Rs 45-crore budget earmarked towards escalators, FOBs and automatic ticket vending machines (ATVMs) for the Mumbai suburban section. The FOB, to cost Rs 9.5 crore, is expected to be opened to commuters by early next year. PTI railways are responsible. While the government has no time to rectify the shortcomings in the present rail system, it wants to bring in bullet trains. Sanjay Raut, SHIV SENA MP to ❝ I had writtenlastthe Railway Ministry year seeking a meeting of public representatives with the Railway Minister to solve the issue of overcrowding at Mumbai stations. This incident should be treated as a case of murder. R Vikhe-Patil, LOP, MAHA ASSEMBLY GOYAL ORDERS AUDIT OF SUBURBAN FOBs Mumbai: Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Friday announced a safety and capacity audit of all FOBs on the suburban train network. “A complete safety and capacity audit of all FOBs across the suburban train network will be conducted,” he said. “I guess within 20 days we will have the audit reports of all the FOBs of the suburban trains,” the minister added. The Railway Minister said the railways would expedite improvement in suburban train services “on highest priority”. PTI New Delhi: Ahead of the monetary policy review, the government has kept unchanged the interest rates on small savings schemes like PPF, Kisan Vikas Patra and Sukanya Samriddhi for October-December quarter. “The rates of interest on various small savings scheme for the third quarter of the financial year 2017-18 starting October 1 shall remain unchanged from those notified for the second quarter of 2017-18,” the Finance Ministry said in a release. Since April last year, interest rates of all small savings schemes have been recalibrated on a quarterly basis. The Reserve Bank of India is scheduled to undertake monetary policy review on October 4. PTI Former Akali minister SCtoAG:HelpresolveBhakra-Nangaldues for HP Langah booked for rape Satya Prakash Tribune News Service Quits all party posts, to surrender in Gurdaspur today Ravi Dhaliwal Tribune News Service Gurdaspur, September 29 Sucha Singh Langah, a former Cabinet Minister and SAD core committee member, was today booked for rape on the complaint of a government employee, a widow, who alleged she had been repeatedly molested since 2009 when she first met him. Langah, chief of SAD’s Gurdaspur district unit for the past 32 years, has resigned from all party posts as well as the SGPC, and will surrender before a local court tomorrow. The Gurdaspur police filed a case under 376 (rape, punishable with maximum life imprisonment), 384 (extortion, punishable with threeyear jail), 420 (cheating and dishonesty, punishable up to seven years’ jail) and 506 (criminal intimidation, punishable up to seven years) in the wee hours to prevent any “law and order problem”. With the Gurdaspur byelection round the corner, there was speculation that the Akali leader may have been Sucha Singh Langah TIMING OF FIR, VIDEO ■ The FIR was registered at 5.07 am on Friday while the victim’s complaint was recorded at 3.03 am ■ HS Bhullar, SSP, said this was “normal” and that nothing much should be read into it ■ Police are mum as to who identified Langah in the video and if it was authenticated framed, but the FIR was filed only after the Deputy District Attorney had given his opinion and a senior officer had conducted a probe. The victim had met the SSP yesterday to hand over her complaint along with a video. The complainant, who lost her husband in 2008, wrote: “He kept telling me he would help me get a job in the Vigilance Department on compassionate grounds. I met him for the first time in 2009 after which he regularly met me alone at Kisan Bhawan, Chandigarh. He would tell me since he wielded considerable influence, he could do anything to me and my family. He would call me to unknown places and rape me. He would also extort money. I have attached a video to ensure that my complaint carries enough weight.” The woman also alleged she had paid Langah Rs 25.50 lakh after selling her agriculture land at her native village Sohal in Gurdaspur. Langah claimed it was a “classic example of political vendetta”. He said he and his colleagues had met the DGP on August 8 and complained against seven SHOs in Gurdaspur who had registered 200 FIRs against SAD workers. “Since then, the state machinery has been working against me.” bjp alleges vendetta page 2 New Delhi, September 29 The Supreme Court has asked Attorney General KK Venugopal to explore the possibility of an amicable solution to Himachal Pradesh’s demand for a huge compensation for the losses incurred by it due to construction of the Bhakra-Nangal and Beas projects on its land. “We request the AG to go through the matter to find an amicable settlement regard- ing the liability of the payment of Punjab and Haryana to Himachal,” a Bench of Justices RK Agrawal and Abhay Manohar Sapre said in its September 21 order. Directing the states to depute “some responsible officer” on the date to be fixed by Venugopal, the Bench posted the matter for hearing after six weeks. Senior counsel Jagdeep Dhankhar, representing Haryana, submitted that the issue needed to be deter- mined within the four corners of the Punjab Reorganisation Act, 1956. The top court is seized of an original suit filed by Himachal in 1996 against the Centre, Punjab and Haryana demanding its entitlements following the completion of the projects. Due to construction of the Bhakra Dam over the Sutlej, submergence and reservoir of water over large areas of land resulted in a loss of over 10,000 acres of cultivated and uncultivated land — trees and forests, towns and government buildings included — leading to unemployment, loss of agricultural and trading activity and revenue. Similarly, the construction of Pong Dam across the Beas led to submergence of over 6,500 acres of land in Kangra. Himachal Pradesh is seeking a compensation of Rs 2,199.77 crore from the Centre, Punjab, Haryana, Union Territory of Chandigarh and Rajasthan, in addition to 12 per cent share in power generated by the two projects free of cost under the Act. In 2011, the top court held that Himachal Pradesh was not entitled to get 12 per cent free power from the Centre on the basis of the projects located within its territory and said it would get only 7.19 per cent power. It said compensation to Himachal Pradesh would carry 6 per cent interest. But both Punjab and Haryana contended continued on page 7 Space X’s plan for 2020s: Tokyo to Delhi in 30 minutes Elon Musk speaks below a computer-generated illustration of his new rocket at the International Astronautical Congress. AFP Adelaide, September 29 Futurist and inventor Elon Musk unveiled ambitious plans on Friday to send cargo ships to Mars in five years and use rockets to carry people between Earth’s major cities in under half-an-hour. The founder of SpaceX said a planned interplanetary transport system, codenamed BFR (Big Fucking Rocket), would be downsized so it could carry out a range of tasks that would then pay for future Mars missions. “I think we have figured out how to pay for (BFR),” Musk Today’s issue consists of 46 pages, including four-page The Tribune Trends, 10-page Chandigarh Tribune, six-page Life+Style and four-page additional marketing pullout. said at a global gathering of space experts in Adelaide. “Which is to have a smaller vehicle, it’s still pretty big, but one that can... do everything that’s needed in the greater Earth orbit activity.” Mars landing by ’22 Musk said his firm had begun building the system, with the construction of the first ship to start in six to nine months. “I feel fairly confident that we can launch in about five years,” he added. At least two cargo ships would land on the Red Planet in 2022, with the key mission of finding the best source of water — currently mooted as a way to power rockets, he said. The trips would be funded by a range of activities, including launching satellites. Musk said the rockets should also reduce the travel between cities. “A trip from Bangkok to Dubai would take 27 minutes, from Tokyo to Delhi in 30 minutes”. “Once you are out of the atmosphere, it would be as smooth as silk, no turbulence, nothing,” he said. — AFP
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