08112017-TTC-01.qxd 11/8/2017 1:34 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 wednesday, november 8, 2017 late city chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 137 no. 308 | 30 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd NN Vohra Tribune Trust President ■ Chandigarh, November 7 NN Vohra, an eminent public servant, has taken over as the President of The Tribune Trust. In a message to the Editor-in-Chief, General Manager and all members of the staff, Mr Vohra stressed that The Tribune Group of Newspapers must remain totally committed to the pursuit of highest journalistic values and to the promotion of sterling civic virtues and ethical standards. — TNS In Punjab, schools in four districts — Ferozepur, Faridkot, Fazilka and Barnala — will open at 10 am instead of 9 am << Schoolchildren ride their bikes to school in dense fog and air pollution in Jalandhar. AFP Tribune News Service Tribune News Service New Delhi, November 7 On the eve of demonetisation anniversary, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley termed the much-debated economic move an “ethical drive and moral step”. He reminded former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who today targeted the government on demonetisation and GST, that the “loot” happened under his UPA regime in 2G, CWG and coal block allocation scams. The Congress has decided to observe “black day” tomorrow on the first anniversary of the note ban that invalidated 86 per cent of the currency in the system. As a counter move, the BJP will celebrate it as “antiblack money day” to highlight the “successes” of the decisions. The Finance Minister said the demonetisation decision had led to a larger formal economy, cleaner economy and bigger tax base. The party and the government strongly stood by the “historic” and “watershed moment” for the economy, he added, speaking from the BJP platform at the party office. Hitting back at the Congress, which had fielded former PM Singh in high-stakes Gujarat to take on the BJP , Jaitley said his party had a different perspective than the Congress on the issue of ethics. “Their (Congress) prior- Ahmedabad, November 7 A combative former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today sought to demolish the performance of the government headed by his successor, saying Narendra Modi had neither fulfilled any promise made before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections nor recorded any remarkable achievement in his threeand-a-half years at the helm. Addressing the trading community and media separately during his day-long visit to PM’s home turf of Gujarat ahead of the Assembly elections next month, Singh said Modi wouldn’t have committed blunders like “tax terrorism” through “badly designed and hastily implemented” Goods and Services Tax (GST) had he studied Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s teachings properly. Singh hit out at the Modi government on multiple fronts, including demonetisation, state of economy, inflation, agricultural growth and bullet train project, saying he seriously doubted if the government would be able to achieve its economic growth targets during its existing term or even by 2022. He blamed the slowdown in private investments on “hastily implemented” GST and the “organised loot and legalised plunder” initiated IT’S NOT ONE-STOP SOLUTION TO GRAFT Demonetisation is not a one-stop solution to end corruption. It cannot be, but it did change the agenda. And that changed agenda is that we should go towards less-cash economy. ❝ Arun Jaitley, FINANCE MINISTER ity is to serve the family (Gandhis), while our (BJP) priority is to serve the nation,” Jaitley said in a scathing rebuttal to Singh’s strong attack on the government over demonetisation, saying it had harmed India’s image. Jaitley asked him to compare pre-2014 and post-2014 reputation of Indian economy to judge for himself. “You were being considered an economy impacted by policy paralysis... You were off the global radar. Today, there isn’t an international agency continued on page 7 Jaish chief’s nephew killed in Pulwama Srinagar, November 7 The nephew of Jaish-eMohammad chief Masood Azhar was among the three militants killed in a fierce gunfight that also claimed the life of a soldier in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Monday evening. Masood’s nephew Talha Rahid, JeM commander Mehmood Bahi, and local militant Waseem Ganai of Pulwama were killed in a four-hour gunfight at Aglar Pulwama, 45 km from Srinagar. Sepoy Vrahma Pal Singh, 30, of Army’s 44 Rashtriya Rifles was also killed in the gunfight. He belonged to Bulandshahr, UP . Police sources said Talha had been active for the past three months in Pulwama and had infiltrated as part of group of around 10 Jaish militants, mostly “fidayeen”, in August. Schools in Haryana will function from 9 am to 3.30 pm, against the earlier timing of 8 am to 2.30 pm, beginning Wednesday ■ ‘Ethical drive, watershed moment’ ‘Was organised loot, hit economy’ Tribune News Service Amid deteriorating air quality in the National Capital Region, the Delhi Government has ordered primary schools, including private ones, to remain shut on Wednesday ■ Year on,Centre,Cong battle itout over DeMo Majid Jahangir Smog-hit Delhi shuts schools TAX TERRORISM HAS HIT INVESTMENT At a time when the economy has slowed down considerably, despite favourable global macroeconomic conditions, the fear of tax terrorism has eroded the confidence of businesses to invest. ❝ Manmohan Singh, EX-PM by the “historic blunder measure” of demonetisation. On the eve of the first anniversary of demonetisation, Singh called it an “ill thought-out action” and said nowhere in the world had any democracy taken such a coercive step to ruin its own economy. He said demonetisation and GST together had dealt a twin blow to the country’s economy and job market, rendering lakhs of youths unemployed. “The GST has sown deep-rooted fear of tax continued on page 7 more reports page 7 INDIA WIN T20 SERIES US-made rifle seized, shows Pak role: Army A police officer said Mehmood and Talha had planned the recent attacks in Pulwama, including the “fidayeen” attack at District Police Lines that left eight soldiers dead. Kashmir IG Munir Khan said they would ask Pakistan to take the body of Azhar’s nephew. A US-made M4 carbine colt rifle and AK-47 Draco rifles were recovered from the slain militants. The Army said the recovery of a US-made rifle pointed to the link between the Pakistan army and the JeM. “The M4 weapon is used by NATO forces and by Pakistan army’s Special Forces. We believe this weapon was given by the Pakistan army,” said an Army officer. NIA seizes banned notes p10 ISI behind killings: Capt 4 held; Gagneja’s murder among 6 cases solved Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 7 Six of the nine high-profile targeted killings over the last two years in Punjab were the handiwork of a terror module run by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), possibly in collusion with Sikh radicals, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh announced at a press conference today. He said the police had arrested four persons involved in the killing of RSS state vicepresident Brig (Retd) Jagdish Gagneja, Punjab Shiv Sena labour wing head Durga Prasad Gupta, Sri Hindu Takht publicity manager Amit Sharma, Dera Sacha Sauda followers Satpal Kumar and his son Ramesh, pastor Sultan Masih and Ludhiana RSS leader Ravinder Gosain. Suspect Jimmy Singh, a Jammu resident who had recently returned to India from the UK, was picked up from Delhi’s IGI airport a week ago while Jagtar Singh Johal alias Jaggi, a UK national, was nabbed in Jalandhar. The third suspect, Dharmender alias Guggni, a gangster from Meharban (Ludhi- CM Capt Amarinder Singh with DGP Suresh Arora. PRADEEP TEWARI ana), supplied weapons to the killers. The fourth suspect, the main shooter, was caught this afternoon. “Details about him cannot be disclosed. His interrogation is on. The cops have forensic and ballistic proof against him,” he said. Suresh Arora, state DGP , said gangster Guggni was lodged in the Nabha jail, which strengthened the suspicion of a nexus between radicals and gangsters. “Three weapons — 9mm, .32 and .30 bore pistols — were used in all the cases,” he said. Though handed over to the CBI, the Punjab Police had been able to crack the Gagneja case with the smashing of the terror module — the eighth since the Congress government took charge, the CM said. He said interrogation of the four “conspirators” revealed they had been trained abroad and were using encrypted mobile software/apps to communicate with their handlers in Pakistan and some countries in the West. Praising the Intelligence and counter-Intelligence wings and Batala and Moga police, Arora said a team comprising IG-Intelligence Amit Prasad, DIG (CounterIntelligence) Ranbir Khatra, SSPs Ranjit Singh, Opinderjit Ghuman, Rajinder Singh and Wazir Singh, DSPs Sulakhan Singh and Sarabjit Singh, CIA Inspector Kikar Singh and ASI Haripal had busted the module. Stubble trouble: Delhi HC puts Punjab, Haryana, UP on notice Satya Prakash Tribune News Service New Delhi, November 7 As smog engulfs the National Capital Region (NCR), the Delhi High Court today asked the Centre and the governments of Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan to explain why they had not taken concrete actions to control air pollution caused by stubble burning despite its orders. A Bench headed by Justice S Ravindra Bhat, which had on September 22 issued a series of directions to the Centre and the four state governments to stop the practice of stubble burning by farmers, expressed serious concern over the deteriorating air quality. “Until the government treats the issue as something which is of concern to all of us, nothing is going to change,” the Bench, also comprising Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva, said and asked the Centre and the governments of Delhi and the four states to submit reports on steps taken by them to stop stubble burning. The order came after amicus curiae senior advocate Kailash Vasdev told the Bench that despite court orders, state governments had hardly done anything. Stubble burning begins in October and continues up to January, affecting air quality in the NCR. According to affidavits filed in the court, 14 million tonne of paddy straw is burnt in Punjab alone. The emission of particulate matter from this stubble burning is beyond any acceptable human endurance, or “danger” levels. The figures regarding particulate matter emissions for Haryana are equally large. Punjab contended it had prohibited indiscriminate burning of agricultural waste. The court had on September 22 issued directions to Punjab, Haryana, UP Delhi and , Rajasthan to implement the ban on stubble burning. Election din ends in Himachal No discernible wave | GST could be clincher | Voting tomorrow Pratibha Chauhan Tribune News Service Shimla, November 7 The high-blitz campaign in the hill state of Himachal Pradesh came to an end today with the Congress and the BJP going all out to woo voters for the November 9 elections to the 68-member Vidhan Sabha. There are in all 338 candidates in the fray. With the third front failing to take wing in the state, it is primarily a Congress versus BJP affair. The CPM, that fielded candidates in 14 constituencies, is going strong in the Theog and Shimla (Urban) segments. While rebels are putting up a good fight in at least six segments, Independents are on a strong wicket in Shimla, Jogindernagar, Shahpur, Rampur and Dehra. No perceptible wave in favour of any party, the contentious GST seems to have emerged as a key issue. How Officials leave for polling stations in Mandi on Tuesday. PHOTO: JAI KUMAR RELATED REPORTS PAGE 10 DHUMAL SLAPS LEGAL NOTICE ON RAHUL SHANTA’S SILENCE MAY COST BJP DEAR ARMY VETERANS SAY THEY WILL BACK CONG the anti-GST sentiment pans out on the polling day remains to be seen. Interestingly, there is anti-incumbency not against the ruling party, but sitting MLAs, whether of the Congress or the BJP, who have enjoyed power for far too long, among them ministers Kaul Singh Thakur and GS Bali and state BJP chief Satpal Satti and Jai Ram Thakur. During the bitter campaigning, the BJP hit out at the Congress on corruption, dynastic politics, “mafia” rule and deteriorating law and order. Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh was the prime target, with the BJP accusing him of corruption and poor governance. “Fed up with corruption and mafia raj, the people have decided to vote the BJP to power,” claimed PK Dhumal, BJP’s CM-candidate. The Congress attacked the BJP on inflation, GST and demonetisation. “It makes no difference what the BJP says about me. The love I get from my people keeps me going. This will be my last election, but I will keep serving them till my last breath,” said Virbhadra, exuding confidence. An aggressive BJP dominated campaigning from the outset. Flushed with resources, it was visible everywhere. The Congress could not match the BJP continued on page 7 Gorakhpur again: 70 kids die Haasan’s ‘whistleblower’ app India test-fires ‘Nirbhay’ Skipper Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma celebrate a catch. India on Tuesday won the T20 series against New Zealand for the first time ever, in Thiruvananthapuram. PAGE 15 Lucknow: Death of children continues unabated at Uttar Pradesh’s Baba Raghav Das Medical College and Hospital in Gorakhpur where 70 kids died between November 1 and 5. Among the dead, 36 were newborns and 34 were suffering from Japanese Encephalitis and other diseases. The number of deaths refuses to decline in the past three months with this month’s average being 14 per day. PAGE 7 Chennai: Amid a buzz of his taking the political plunge, actor Kamal Haasan on Tuesday announced he would soon launch an app to communicate with the people. Talking to the media on his 63rd birthday here, he said, “The app ‘maiyamwhistle’ will be launched by January.” PTI Balasore (Odisha): India on Tuesday successfully test-fired its first indigenously designed and developed long range sub-sonic cruise missile ‘Nirbhay’, which has 1,000 km operational range and a capacity to carry warheads of up to 300 kg. This was the fifth experimental test of the homegrown missile system. Of the four earlier trials since its maiden launch in 2013, only one was successful. PTI Today’s issue is of 30 pages, including four-page Jobs and Careers, six-page Chandigarh Tribune and four-page Life+Style.
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