11102017-TTC-01.qxd 10/11/2017 1:16 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 wednesday, october 11, 2017 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 1 no. 176 | 22 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd M’rashtra, poll-bound Gujarat, HP reduce VAT on petrol, diesel Mumbai, October 10 Maharashtra and the election-bound states of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh today announced cuts in value added tax (VAT) on petrol and diesel, effective from midnight, to bring down fuel prices in the three states. While BJP-ruled Maharashtra and Gujarat announced a 4 per cent VAT cut, the Congress-ruled Himachal cut VAT by 1 per cent. The net reduction in petrol and diesel prices will be Rs 2.33 and Rs 1.25 per litre, respectively, in Maharashtra. The move follows a communication from Finance Minister came ❝ Primeslogan ‘Beti up with the bachao, beti padhao’... Amazing transition from ‘beti bachao’ to ‘beta bachao’ (Amit Shah’s son)❞ State VAT cut Maharashtra 4% Petrol price cut ~2.33 Gujarat 4% ~2.93 ~2.72 ~2,316 cr Himachal 1% 50-70 paise 50-70 paise ~41 cr PRICE CUT (PER LITRE) Minister Arun Jaitley to all states to consider reducing state-level taxes on petrol and diesel products. Mumbai Petroleum Dealers Association chief Ravi Shinde said the current VAT in the state was around 26 per cent on petrol and 21 per cent on diesel, plus different cess totalling Rs 9 per litre. This pushed up prices of petrol and diesel by nearly 50 per Sushil Manav Tribune News Service ❝ Power is for service, not enjoyment. Chandigarh, October 10 The Sirsa police today booked two serving and two retired Deputy Food and Supplies Controllers (DFSCs), two Assistant Food and Supplies Officers, four Food and Supplies Inspectors, two SubInspectors and 58 depot holders among 70 persons for alleged misappropriation of PDS wheat worth crores. “An FIR for cheating, forgery, criminal breach of trust and criminal conspiracy besides various provisions of the Essential Commodities Act was registered today against former DFSCs Diwan Chand and Hans Raj Bhadu (now retired), Rajesh Arya (posted in Jind) and Subhash Sihag (posted in Hisar); AFSOs Jagat Pal and Narender Sardana; Inspectors Sanjeev Kumar, Manoj Kundu, Ashok Kumar and Amit Shah, BJP CHIEF REPORT PAGE 9 Gurdaspur LS bypoll today, result on 15th Gurdaspur: Polling for the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypoll will be held from 8 am to 5 pm on Wednesday. The seat fell vacant following the demise of Vinod Khanna of the BJP. The Congress has fielded Punjab unit chief Sunil Jakhar, the BJP businessman Swaran Salaria and AAP Maj Gen Suresh Khajuria (retd). VVPAT will be used at all 1,781 poll stations. Counting will be on October 15. PTI Indians highest skilled among UK minorities London, October 10 Britain’s Indian-origin population tends to be among the most highly skilled in comparison to the country’s other ethnic minority categories, according to a new ‘Race Disparity Audit’ released today. The audit, commissioned by Prime Minister Theresa May to tackle racial discrimination within the UK’s public services, also found that students from Indian background showed high performance rates compared to other communities. “Indian people were the most likely to work in the highest-skilled occupational groups: over one in 10 were in manager, director and senior official roles and over three in 10 were in professional occupations,” the audit notes. “Pupils from Chinese and Indian backgrounds showed high attainment and high rates of entry to university… Indian pupils were much more likely to meet standards and make progress than Pakistani pupils,” it adds. — PTI Today’s issue is of 22 pages, including four-page Jobs and Careers. cent for every litre. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said after the VAT reduction, petrol price would slide by Rs 2.93 a litre and that of diesel by Rs 2.72. The reduction comes after the government cut prices of auto fuel by 60 paise soon after the Centre’s decision to reduce basic excise duty by Rs 2 per litre from October 4. The decision would put a 70 booked for PDS wheat scam in Sirsa Rahul Gandhi, AICC VP Rahul Baba has left Amethi in crisis despite being chosen from there.❞ Diesel price cut Exchequer burden ~1.25 ~2,500 cr Sunil; Sub-Inspectors Ravinder and Shamsher, besides 58 depot holders of the district,” SHO Ram Singh said. On the basis of an inquiry by the Food and Supplies Department, Sirsa Deputy Food and Supplies Controller Ashok Bansal submitted a complaint to the SP request, ing him to register an FIR against these persons. “The scam pertains to the period from January 1, 2015, to December 31, 2016, when officials are alleged to have shown supply of wheat to these depot holders twice, thrice or even more in a month while denying the commodity to several others in the name of shortage of supply from the government. Excess wheat was lifted from the Haryana State Federation of Consumers’ Cooperative Wholesale Stores Limited continued on page 9 burden of Rs 2,316 crore a year on the state exchequer. Gujarat annually earns Rs 12,000 crore by way of VAT. Himachal Pradesh reduced the VAT by 1 per cent. The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh. The prevailing rate of VAT is 27 per cent on petrol and 16 per cent on diesel. The move will accrue a benefit of Rs 41 crore to the consumers. Though the exact price difference cannot be worked out on account of fluctuating rates, the move is expected to bring the rates down by 50 to 70 paise a litre. — TNS/Agencies Army base attacked in Arunachal Guwahati, October 10 Suspected NSCN-K rebels opened fire at a company operating base (COB) of the Army at Niausa in Longding district of Arunachal Pradesh at 1.15 am today. The Army termed the attack ineffective and dismissed the propaganda by the rebels on social media as baseless. In Kohima, Defence spokesman Colonel Chiranjeet Konwer said, “Just five to 10 rounds of ineffective small arms fire and a Lathode grenade were fired at the post. Alert sentries retaliated. The fire had to be controlled, keeping in view the safety of the villagers in the vicinity. There was no casualty and no damage to property of COB.” The Army officer said operations were being launched against the fleeing cadres. The Army has been maintaining sustained pressure on NSCNK and other groups. — TNS /thetribunechd PIL wants rich farmers taxed, HC sends notice to Centre, states Fire escape A Northern California resident, sporting a mask and shades, evacuates a horse — with eyes shielded — as strong winds blow fire and smoke toward them in Orange County. Wildfires have killed at least 13 persons and destroyed hundreds of homes in Northern California while raging through the state’s world-famous wine country. AFP Accident claims: SC to lay down guidelines on ‘future prospect’ New Delhi, October 10 The Supreme Court today said it would lay down guidelines on considering the principle of “future prospect” of a person killed in a road accident while computing the compensation to be paid to the dependents. A five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said it would mull whether “some standard threshold” amount can be fixed under the head of “future prospect” while awarding compensation under the Motor Vehicles Act. The Bench reserved the verdict on a batch of 27 petitions, including one filed by the National Insurance Company Ltd, against an order of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, which in 2013 applied the principle of future prospect while granting Rs 10.82 lakh to the family of a 30-year-old man who was running his own company and had died in an accident. The Bench said keeping in mind the changes like rise in the average life expectancy and career prospects, there was a need to lay down principles on consideration of future prospect of victims, who are either self-employed or in the private sector. The MV Act provides for compensation by insurance firms to the victim or family by using the methodology provided in the statute itself. — PTI Chandigarh, October 10 The Punjab and Haryana High Court today put the Union of India and the states of Punjab and Haryana on notice on a PIL against the exclusion of agricultural income from income tax. Filed by advocate Hari Chand Arora, the petition sought that tax be levied on the agricultural income of rich farmers. A Division Bench of Justices Ajay Kumar Mittal and Amit Rawal fixed November 17 as the next date of hearing. Arora contended that Section 10 (1) of the Income Tax Act, exempting agricultural income, was highly arbitrary with even the affluent farmers benefiting from it. He claimed that industrialists, transporters and even liquor barons benefited from the provision by projecting earnings from other businesses as agricultural income. Arora argued that exemption under Section 10 (1) was against the basic principles of the Constitution, which envisaged India as “a socialist republic”. Referring to affidavits filed along with nomination papers for Assembly polls, Arora said rich politicians running big businesses too were taking advantage of this provision. He specifically referred to the Badals, Manpreet Badal, Rana Gurjit Singh, Kuljit Singh Nagra and Bhupinder Singh Hooda. — TNS
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