31102017-TTC-01.qxd 10/31/2017 1:36 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 tuesday, october 31, 2017 late city chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 137 no. 300 | 26 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd SC on WB plea: How can a state challenge Aadhaar law Tying up loose ends Constitution Bench by November-end to decide petitions against Act Satya Prakash Tribune News Service Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni ties up his shoelaces, with wife Emanuela Gentiloni by his side, after paying floral tributes at Rajghat in New Delhi on Monday. The visit to India is aimed at deepening political and economic relationship, which had suffered a major blow due to Italian marines case. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MUKESH AGGARWAL REPORT ON PAGE 7 New Delhi, October 30 The Supreme Court on Monday pulled up the West Bengal Government for challenging the Aadhaar law that makes having the number mandatory for availing benefits of social welfare schemes, saying it went against the federal structure. “How can a state file a petition challenging Acts of Parliament?... Tomorrow Parliament can also challenge a state law,” a Bench headed by Justice AK Sikri said. The Bench, also comprising Justice Ashok Bhushan, was hearing a petition filed by the Mamata Banerjee government against Centre’s notification making Aadhaar a requirement for availing benefits of social welfare schemes. As senior lawyer Kapil Sibal, representing the state, China to block Azhar ban at UN once again CCTV grab shows two youths firing at Vipin Sharma; appeal for calm ‘MAMATA AS AN INDIVIDUAL CAN MOVE COURT’ It (Act) can be challenged by individuals, but how a state has come (to court)? It cannot be done… Let Mamata Banerjee come and file a plea as individual. We will entertain it as she will be an individual. SC Bench ACCEPT TOP COURT’S DECISION, SAYS CM We have highest respect for the court. There is no problem. Court did not say it rejected the plea. Court asked us to appeal individually. We appreciate that… We accept the court’s decision. Mamata Banerjee, WEST BENGAL CM said it was not filed by the state government but by its labour department, the Bench clarified that individuals were entitled to question the scheme, but not a state government. “Let Mamata Bannerjee come and file it. We will consider her as an individual,” the Bench said. Sibal sought to justify the petition, saying the labour department filed it because it was facing problems in disbursing subsidies to the targeted beneficiaries. But the Bench wasn’t convinced. “Look at your prayer. You are challenging the vires of the Act. How can a state challenge an Act of Parliament?” it asked and suggested if the state wanted it was free to amend its petition. However, it issued notice to the Centre on another petition challenging the linking of Aadhaar to mobile phone numbers. In a related development, a three-Judge Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra said a Constitution Bench would be set up by the end of November to decide petitions challenging the Aadhaar Act and the linking of the unique identification number to social welfare schemes. The Centre also filed an affidavit dismissing charges against Aadhaar. Earlier, the Centre had told the top court that the deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar to avail benefits of government schemes had been extended till March 31, 2018 for those who did not have the unique identification number. Hindu outfit chief shot in Amritsar Arms rules eased for makers New Delhi, October 30 Indications are clear the proposal in the UN Security Council to proscribe Pakterror Masood Azhar istan mastermind Masood Azhar will now be blocked. The application, put on a technical hold three months ago by Beijing once again expires this Thursday and now coverts into a block. The proposal, backed by the US, France and the UK, seeks to designate the JeM chief and Pathankot attack mastermind as a global terrorist by the AlQaida sanctions committee of the Security Council, but has constantly faced the Chinese veto block. — TNS PK Jaiswar Tribune News Service Amritsar, October 30 Vipin Sharma, district president of Hindu Sangharsh Sena, was today shot dead in the city’s Bharat Nagar locality on the AmritsarBatala road. He was talking to a friend when he was attacked. The killing comes within a fortnight of the gunning down of RSS leader Ravinder Gosain in Ludhiana. Sharma, a cable operator, was about to ride pillion to return home when two youths opened fire. He was rushed to a private hospital where doctors declared him dead. “There were about 15 injury marks on the deceased’s body, including Rank-parity back on MoD table, ‘in detail’ Tribune News Service New Delhi, October 30 In an important development, the matter of the rankparity is being looked into in ‘great detail’ by the Ministry of Defence (MoD), including the vital letter sent by the Prime Minister’s Office in December 2008. The letter mentioned setting up a high-powered committee to sort out parity issues. Top sources have confirmed that ‘no false equivalence’ will be allowed. The rank-parity issue was highlighted by The Tribune in a three-part series recently. A three-member committee headed by an Additional Secretary-rank officer had been tasked to study rankequivalence norms between the armed forces and the civilians employed in the Armed Forces Headquarters, called the AFHQ cadre. The forces had lodged a serious protest, questioning the veracity of claims in the report and the documents relied upon. Sources said the MoD was looking into all angles of the rank-parity issue. Discussions are happening in the ministry and in no situation will the ministry stand to benefit or side with any one of the two sides — the forces and the AFHQ cadre of civilians. “The idea is not to benefit one side at the cost of the other, whichever that is,” sources said. Meanwhile, the MoD, in a bid to promote domestic defence manufacturing, is mulling on formulating a method under which obtaining security clearance from the Home Ministry, if delayed, will be “deemed to be approved”. After a recent meeting between Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and representatives from the industry, the defence ministry is now discussing measures to help private sector industries get a final clearance, in case their request has been pending for a long time. The MoD has also asked the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to prepare a list of defence technologies it has developed and has not been given to any government or private sector for manufacturing. “Some technologies have already been given to private sector. We will work with DRDO to make a list of items which can be commercialised,” said a source. Vipin Sharma eight bullet marks,” the hospital director said. Sharma, a social worker, ran a society which organised langar for the needy. A CCTV grab shows two DGMO to Pak: Your civilians now acting as terror guides Ajay Banerjee Tribune news service New Delhi, October 30 In a clear change of tactics, Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) Lt Gen AK Bhatt today told his Pakistani counterpart Maj Gen Sahir Shamshad Mirza that Pakistani civilians living close to the boundary were aiding and helping terrorists infiltrate into India. They are even acting as guides. The two DGMOs spoke over the hotline around 2 pm. The unscheduled talk was requested by Pakistan. The Indian DGMO told his counterpart that Pakistan army has employed civilians at forward posts and accorded permission for their permanent location in the vicinity of its posts. These civilians have repeatedly been used for gaining information on Indian locations and providing guides to terrorists while crossing the Line of Control (LoC). The DGMO apportioned blame for collateral damage to civilians on the Pakistan side, saying the “support provided to terrorists while crossing the LoC by Pakistan army is the prime reason”. youths, one of them sporting a turban, firing indiscriminately at Sharma. Police Commissioner SS Srivastava said the assailants’ two accomplices, who were also riding motorcycles, waited for them on the Batala road. Sunny, who was to drop Sharma home on his bike, was shot in the foot. He fled, abandoning his vehicle. Another witness Raju too ran away as Sharma lay on the road with bullet injuries in the chest, stomach and head. Srivastava, DCP (Investigations) Jagmohan Singh and DCP (Law and Order) Amrik Singh Power rushed to the site. Srivastava said: “It was a targeted killing. Though Sharma was not a prominent Hindu face, we do not rule out the involvement of a radical outfit. A few of the deceased’s relatives and friends claimed he had recently applied for police protection as he had raised his voice against the ‘Ghalughara’ week. With tension mounting in the city, the Police Commissioner held a meeting with several local leaders, urging them to maintain peace and assuring that the killers would be nabbed soon. Arun Kumar Popa and Sahil Billa, both of Hindu Sangharsh Sena, and Sudhir Suri of the Shiv Sena (Punjab) have given a call for a bandh in the city tomorrow. ‘Make in India’ push to attract manufacturing investment Tribune News Service New Delhi, October 30 To give a push to the “Make in India” scheme, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) today issued a notification liberalising and easing the rules for attracting greater investment in the domestic manufacturing of arms, ammunition and other weaponry. The MHA said the move would boost employment. As per the new rules, the licences granted for manufacturing would now be valid for lifetime and the system of renew- al has been done away with. Similarly, the practice of prior approval from the Central and state governments that the manufactured small arms and light weapons would be sold to them only has been done away with. The liberalised rules will apply to licences granted by the MHA for small arms and ammunition, and those granted by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), under powers delegated to it, for tanks and other armoured fighting vehicles, defence aircraft, spacecrafts, warships of all kinds, arms and ammunition and allied items of defence equipment other than small arms. Under the new rules, which came into effect on October 27, enhancement of capacity up to 15 per cent of the quantity approved under the licence will not require any further approval. The licence fee has also been reduced significantly. Earlier, it was ~500 per firearm. The licence fee will now range from ~5,000 to the maximum of ~50,000. Out of Jantar Mantar GST returns date extended by month New Delhi, October 30 The government has extended the due date by a month for filing of July GSTR-2 to November 30 and GSTR-3 to December 11, a move that will benefit 30.81 lakh taxpayers. GSTR-2 or purchase returns have to be matched with GSTR-1, which is the sales return. The original due date for filing GSTR-2 was October 31, while the last date for filing of GSTR3, which is a matching form of GSTR-1 and 2, was November 11. The last date for filing of GSTR-1 for July was October 1. Over 46.54 lakh businesses had filed July GSTR-1 returns. Businesses have been complaining of problems in matching invoices while filing GSTR-2 on the GST Network portal. This is the first month of filing GSTR-2. The extension of the last date for filing will act as a breather for them as well as GSTN. which can further streamline the utilities on the portal. — TNS Police evicting ex-servicemen from Jantar Mantar following an NGT order banning protests and dharnas around the historic monument, in New Delhi on Monday. Ex-servicemen have been agitating to protest for OROP (One Rank, One Pension). PTI Kala Chashmafame cop allowed to break free Amrik Shera gets permission by Punjab DGP to pursue song-writing without hindrance Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Jalandhar, October 30 “Kala Chashma” fame Head Constable Amrik Singh Shera, 43, is on cloud nine. He now has the permission letter from the Director General of Police (DGP) office to pen songs, have his music cassettes released and give interviews to TV channels. Shera, a native of Talwandi Chaudhrian village near Jalandhar, made headlines when his song “Kala Chashma”, which he penned in 1990 while still a teenager in Class IX, was adopted for Sidharth Malhotra-Katrina Kaif starrer “Baar Baar Dekho.” The song was first rendered by Punjabi singer Amar Arshi during a performance in England. A music company there released the song, which became an instant hit. And that proved to be a turning Today’s issue is of 26 pages, including six-page Chandigarh Tribune and four-page Life+Style. Amrik Singh Shera point in Shera’s life. Basking in fame, he was flooded with several offers but his job in Punjab Police held him back. All that has changed now and he is in the process of signing for another film. Talking to The Tribune, a cheerful Shera said, “Now that I have received the permission letter, I will be able to get leave for such assignments without any impediment. It will help me pursue my passion. I am tru- ly grateful to the DGP .” He has also penned a song on Punjab Police, “Sari duniya to disdi alag bai, khaki vardi nal banni lal pagg bai’ (Standing out from the rest is the khaki uniform and the red turban). The humble cop wants to make his village famous too. “I mentioned my village’s name in ‘Kala Chashma’ and will continue to do so in other songs too,” he says, a smile lighting up his face.
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