02102017-TTC-01.qxd 10/2/2017 1:18 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 monday, october 2, 2017 late city chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 1 no. 167 | 20 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd Scope for lowering GST slabs, hints FM Communal clashes in UP, six injured Kanpur, October 1 Tension gripped Parampurva area in Kanpur district today after six persons were injured in a clash during a Muharram procession that saw members of two communities hurling bricks at each other and setting vehicles on fire, the police said. The incident occurred when the procession deviated from its route and members of another community started throwing stones, Inspector General of Police (Kanpur zone) Alok Singh said. Two cars and four motorcycles were set ablaze. The police resorted to a baton-charge. Four companies (400 personnel) of the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) and a company of the Rapid Action Force (RAF) have been deployed in the area. A senior official in Lucknow said the situation was being closely monitored. — TNS Possible if revenue collections robust, he says Tribune News Service Vehicles set on fire after a clash between two communities during a Muharram procession at Parampurva in Kanpur on Sunday. PTI Security issue, Rahul asked Catalan vote marred by police clashes to reschedule Amethi visit Barcelona: The Spanish riot police burst into polling stationsvotacross Catalonia on Sunday, confiscating ballot boxes and Sailor dies of gunshot injury on board naval ship Lucknow: The Amethi district authorities have asked AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi to re-schedule his proposed visit to his constituency between October 4 and 6. Amethi District Magistrate Yogesh Kumar has written to the Congress district president citing SPG director’s fax message, stating that his tour would be problematic in view of the festival season when most of the police force would be deputed for law and order. TNS Kochi: A 23-year-old Navy sailor on Sunday died of a gunshot injury from his weapon on board a ship under the Southern Naval Command, a defence spokesman said. An inquiry is on into the incident. Sailor Raxit Kumar Parmar from Kheda district of Gujarat was on sentry duty on board INS Jamuna when the incident occurred. He was taken to the naval hospital, INHS Sanjivani, where he died. A case of unnatural death has been filed. PTI ing papers to try to halt a banned referendum on a split from Spain as Madrid asserted its authority over the rebel region. Catalan officials said 465 persons had been injured in the police crackdown. Officers in riot gear hit people with batons and forcibly removed would-be voters, including women and the elderly, from polling stations. PAGE 13 China surprises, drops annual border meet Dalits attacked, tension in Jhajjar village Ajay Banerjee Bahadurgarh, October 1 An attack on a Dalit basti in Jhajjar’s Naya Gaon village late last night left five persons injured. They were admitted to the Civil Hospital, Bahadurgarh. Twelve persons belonging to an upper caste have been booked under Sections 148-149 (rioting), 307 (attempt to murder) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC, the Arms Act and the SC/ST Act. The situation in the village is tense. Police personnel have been deployed in strength to prevent further trouble, even as efforts are afoot to resolve the issue with the help of village elders, said sources. In his complaint to the police, Krishan, a sanitary worker, alleged that he was attacked by two brothers who demanded that he demolished a room that he had built on a plot allotted to him under a government scheme 26 years ago. “Mukesh and Naresh, along with others, attacked our community members. Hurling casteist remarks, one of them opened fire. we fled,” he told the police. Tribune News Service New Delhi, October 1 In an unexplained move, China has backed off from hosting the annual ceremonial border personnel meeting (BPM) with India. The meeting is conducted on October 1 to mark China’s “annual day”, the anniversary of the formation of People’s Republic of China. It was to be hosted by the People’s Liberation Army at five designated BPM points across the 3,488km Line of Actual Control , the de facto boundary between the two countries along the Himalayan ridgeline. Beijing’s move comes four weeks after the two neighbours ended their 73-day military standoff at Doklam. This is contrary to Chinese Ambassador Luo Zhaohui’s statement yesterday that the time was right for both countries to “turn a new chapter” and “dance together”. In an indirect reference to the Doklam standoff, Ambassador Zhaohui had called for renewing India-China ties, saying both “India and China should make one-plus-one eleven”. NEW ROAD NEAR ARUNACHAL Beijing: China on Sunday opened a 409-km new expressway costing about USD 5.8 billion linking Tibet’s provincial capital Lhasa with Nyingchi, which is close to the Arunachal Pradesh border. The toll-free expressway links the two major cities that are also tourist attractions in Tibet, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. The expressway cuts Lhasa-Nyingchi travel time from eight to five hours at a speed limit of 80 km per hour. AMBALA BASE TO BE RAFALE-READY The Indian Air Force has initiated major infrastructure upgrade at its frontline base in Ambala for deployment of the first squadron of the Rafale jets, which will give India greater “potency” over Pakistan as these will be capable of carrying N-weapons and other missiles. The IAF is also carrying out infrastructure upgrade at its Hasimara base in West Bengal, which will house the second squadron of the Rafale jets. BACK PAGE Notably, the May 2015 joint statement issued after a meeting between PM Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping spoke of increased military interaction. It said: “The two sides will carry out annual visits and exchanges between the two military headquarters and neighbouring military commands, expand exchanges between border commanders and establish border personnel meeting points in all sectors along the India-China border.” Ravinder Saini Tribune News Service Retired Army man told to prove citizenship Guwahati, October 1 An Assam-based retired defence personnel has claimed that the Foreigners’ Tribunal has sent him a notice asking him to prove that he was not an illegal Bangladeshi migrant, but an Indian citizen. Mohd Azmal Hoque, Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) who retired from the service on September 30, 2016, told the media yesterday that he had received a notice placing him in the doubtful-voter category. It also charged him with having entered India in 1971 without proper documents, he said. “I have served the PLACED IN DOUBTFUL-VOTER CATEGORY ■ Mohd Azmal Hoque, Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) who retired from the Army on September 30, 2016, has received a notice placing him in the doubtful-voter category ■ The notice also charges him with having entered India in 1971 without proper documents ■ In 2012 also, I had received a notice saying I was a doubtful voter, but I submitted all documents in the tribunal court and it declared me an Indian citizen, he claimed Army for 30 years,” Hoque said adding that he had received the notice asking him to appear before a local tribunal on October 13 with relevant documents to prove his Indian citizenship. The retired JCO said he had missed the first date of appearing before the tribunal on September 11 as he received the notice after that date. He said he would appear before the tribunal on October 13. “In 2012 also, I had received a notice saying I was a doubt- Today’s issue is of 20 pages, including four-page Bathinda Tribune. ful voter, but I submitted all documents in the tribunal court and it declared me an Indian citizen,” he said. He said he was not the first member of his family to have been served with such a notice. In 2012, his wife was also summoned by the tribunal to prove her citizenship. The issue was brought to the attention of the Army by a twitter post of lawyer Aman Wadud. Replying to Wadud’s tweet, Major DP Singh notified the Eastern Command that said “necessary assistance will be provided to the veteran”. — PTI New Delhi, October 1 Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said there was scope for lowering the slabs under the Goods and Services Tax (GST), provided revenue collections were robust. “We are in the first 2-3 months (of GST implementation). We have almost by the day, space and scope for improvement. We have space for improvement and need for improvement to reduce compliance burden as far as small taxpayers are concerned. Once we become revenue neutral, we will think in terms of bigger reforms, such as lesser slabs...,” he said at an event organised by the National Academy of Customs, Indirect Taxes and Narcotics (NACIN). Jaitley said society was undergoing transformation and that was why the government had made taxation an easier process to increase compliance. “Indirect tax structure is in a transformational phase and will impact the growing economy.” Stressing that indirect tax burden was borne by all sections, the Finance Minister said it had always been the government’s endeavour to ‘TAX COMPLIANCE IS THE KEY’ When people have the right to demand development, they also have the responsibility to pay what is required for it. Arun Jaitley, FINANCE MINISTER SINHA: WE HAVE LOST KASHMIR EMOTIONALLY New Delhi: Having assailed Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over the “mess” in economy, BJP veteran leader Yashwant Sinha has attacked the government on the Kashmir imbroglio, insisting “India has lost people of the valley emotionally”. In an interview to ‘The Wire’, the former Union Minister said: “I am looking at the alienation of the masses of people in J&K . That bothers me most… We have lost the people emotionally…” PTI bring down tax rates on mass consumption commodities. “Direct tax is paid by more by the more affluent, somewhat by the others and certainly not by weaker sections, but the impact of indirect tax places burden on all. “Therefore, an effort is always as part of the fiscal policy... to ensure that the commodities consumed more by the common people are least taxed,” the Finance Minister explained. Noting that India had conventionally been a tax noncompliant society, he said when people had the right to demand development, they also had the responsibility to pay what was required for development. Addressing the 67th batch of Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officers, he observed that revenue was the lifeline of governance and all developmental activities. “You don’t have to extort taxes from those who are not liable to pay...as tax people, you are not entitled to invite fear, you have to invite respect that you are somebody who (wants) people to comply with national duty.” Pointng out that there were never grey areas in taxation law, he said it was the duty of tax officers to be firm and fair. Currently, the GST regime slots items under rates of 5, 12, 18 and 28 per cent. An additional compensation cess too is levied on certain products.
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