11112017-TTC-01.qxd 11/11/2017 1:33 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 saturday, november 11, 2017 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 1 no. 206 | 26 pages | ~5.00 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd 28% GST on 178 itemsgoodsinhighest18% cut to bracketnow Only luxury, sin New route to Kashmir giant top 5% for AC, non-AC restaurants from Nov 15 A three-man team of climbers has created a new route to granite giant Cerro Kishtwar (6,150 m), located in Kishtwar district of Jammu and Kashmir. The Mammut Pro Team comprising Stephan Siegrist, Thomas Huber (both Swiss) and Julian Zanker (German) summited the peak from the previously unscaled central north-west face on October 14. They have named the route “Har Har Mahadev”, an expression from Hindu mythology. The team spent 10 days on the face battling icy cracks, spindrift and temperatures as low as -20°C, and set up four camps en route. This is the second time Siegrist has scaled the peak. In 2011, he took the north-west route to reach the summit in two days. In 1993, two British climbers were the first to reach the summit from the flatter east side. Soon after, the access to Kashmir’s mountains was closed to foreign climbers. The ban was lifted in 2010. AP/PTI Fissures in judiciary as ‘master of roster’ CJI asserts authority BRIBE CHARGE Overturns 2-judge order on Constitution Bench Satya Prakash Tribune News Service NewDelhi, November 10 A day after a Bench of Justices J Chelameswar and S Abdul Nazeer referred a petition alleging bribing of judges to procure favourable orders in medical college admissions to a Constitution Bench of the top five judges, another Constitution Bench headed by the Chief Justice of India on Friday effectively overturned it. Asserting that the CJI was the “master of the roster”, the Bench — which also included Justices RK Agrawal, Arun Mishra, Amitava Roy and AM Khanwilkar — raised serious questions over the manner in which Justice Chelameswar’s Bench ordered a petition filed by advocate Kamini Jaiswal to be heard by the top five judges of the Supreme Court. The petition demanded a courtmonitored probe by an SIT. Justice Chelameswar, the seniormost judge after the CJI, had ordered setting up of a Bench of five top judges as there were allegations against Justice Misra. The case related to alleged bribing of judges in which a retired Orissa High Court Judge, Ishrat Masroor Quddusi, is an accused and Justice Chelameswar’s Bench had posted the matter for hearing on Monday by a Bench of the five top judges. But, in a sudden turn of events, the five-judge Bench headed by the CJI, which didn’t include any other member of the Collegium, effectively overturned it. “There cannot be a command or an order directing the CJI to constitute a Bench of specific strength,” it said, adding that neither a twojudge, nor a three-judge Bench can direct the CJI to set up a Bench as he alone had the prerogative of setting up Benches. After clarifying the legal position, the Constitution Bench ordered that the two petitions filed by Jaiswal and Campaign for Judicial Accountability and Reforms — that have been at the root of the controversy — would be taken up by appropriate Benches after two weeks. Friday afternoon’s developments exposed fissures in the higher echelons of the judiciary, known for its discipline and the practice of sorting out differences discretely. continued on page 8 High drama as Bhushan storms out of CJI’s court Guwahati, November 10 In the biggest GST rejig so far, tax rates on over 200 items, ranging from chewing gum to chocolates, to beauty products, wigs and wrist watches, were today cut from November 15 to provide relief to consumers and businesses amid an economic slowdown. As many as 178 items of daily use were shifted from the top tax bracket of 28 per cent to 18 per cent, while a uniform 5 per cent tax was prescribed for all restaurants, both air-conditioned and non-AC, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said after the GST Council meeting. Currently, 12 per cent GST on food bill is levied in nonAC restaurants and 18 per cent in air-conditioned ones. All these got input tax credit, a facility to set off tax paid on inputs with final tax. Jaitley said the restaurants, however, did not pass on the input tax credit (ITC) to customers and so the ITC facility is being withdrawn and a uniform 5 per cent tax is levied on all restaurants. Restaurants in starredhotels that charge Rs 7,500 or more per day room tariff will be levied 18 per cent GST, but the ITC is allowed for them. The restaurants in hotels charging less than Rs 7,500 room tariff will charge 5 per shifted to 18 per cent bracket. Also, tax on wet grinders and armoured vehicles was cut from 28 per cent to 12, he said, adding that the tax rate on six items was reduced from 18 to 5 per cent, on eight items from 12 per cent to 5 per cent and on six items from 5 per cent to nil. The top tax rate is now restricted to luxury and demerit goods like pan masala, aerated water and beverages, cigars and cigarettes, tobacco products, cement, paints, perfumes, ACs, dish washing machine, washing machine, refrigerators, vacuum cleaners, cars and two-wheelers, aircraft and yacht. Launched on July 1, the GST weaved 29 states into a single market with one tax rate, but while traders and small businesses complained of increased compliance burden, voices of dissent rose on the high tax rate on some common use goods. With the economy growing by its slowest pace since the Narendra Modi government came to power, the “panicstricken government has no option but to concede demands for change” in the tax, former Finance Minister P Chidambaram said. — PTI SOME ITEMS THAT ARE SET TO GET CHEAPER Chewing gum Chocolates ■ Coffee ■ Custard powder ■ Marble and granite ■ Dental hygiene products ■ Polishes and creams ■ Sanitaryware ■ Leather clothing ■ Artificial fur ■ Cookers Stoves After-shave ■ Deodorant ■ Detergent and washing powder ■ Razors and blades ■ Cutlery ■ Storage water heater ■ Batteries ■ Goggles ■ Wrist watches ■ Mattress ■ ■ ■ ■ cent GST, but will not get ITC. The all-powerful GST Council pruned the list of items in the top 28 per cent goods and services tax (GST) slab to just 50 from the current 228. So, only luxury and sin goods are now in the highest tax bracket and items of daily use have been With inputs by Bijay Sankar Bora edit: one nation, one tax Pak allows wife to meet Jadhav Smita Sharma tribune news service New Delhi, November 10 Pakistan today offered a meeting of Indian death row convict Kulbhushan Jadhav with his wife. A former naval officer sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court, Jadhav has been languishing in jail since March 3, 2016, on charges of espionage and conspiring to destabilise Balochistan. Despite repeated requests, consular access has not been granted to Jadhav, with the matter being heard in the International Court of Justice in Hague as well. The Pakistan Foreign Office said, “The Government of Pakistan has decided to arrange a meeting of Commander Jadhav with his wife, in Pakistan, purely on humanitarian grounds.” The move comes weeks ahead of the December 13 deadline for Pakistan to reply to the ICJ. India had got a temporary stay on Jadhav’s execution in May. Reports suggest Jadhav has an estranged wife in Maharashtra. It is also not known if an Indian diplomat will be allowed to accompany her. Sources said new Pakistan envoy to India Suhail Mahmood was back in Islamabad less than a fortnight ago, holding discussions on the issue. Satya Prakash Tribune News Service New Delhi, November 10 The Supreme Court on Friday witnessed an unprecedented drama over allegations of bribing judges to procure favourable orders in medical college admissions after advocate Prashant Bhushan asked Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra to recuse from the case as there were direct allegations against him. “What nonsense!” retorted CJI Misra — heading a fivejudge Bench — and went on to say, “There’s not even a word in the FIR naming me or anyone else. Read our orders first. I am asking you to read our orders first.” As the CJI said “you are now liable for contempt”, Bhushan dared the Bench to initiate contempt proceedings, saying, “So issue a contempt.” The CJI responded, “You are not worth it,” much to the surprise of a large number of advocates and mediapersons. It all started with a two- Kashmiri separatists did Commandant-level talks U-turn on talks on Nov 4 to resume with Pakistan CJI Dipak Misra Prashant Bhushan Arun Joshi tribune news service judge Bench of Justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan taking up in the pre-lunch session a petition filed by the Campaign for Judicial Accountability and Reforms, raising the issue of allegations of bribing judges. A separate petition filed by advocate Kamini Jaiswal raising the same issue was on Thursday referred to a Constitution Bench of top five judges, including CJI Misra, by a two-judge Bench of Justices J Chelameswar and S Abdul Nazeer. But Justice Sikri chose to refer the second petition to the CJI, who promptly set up a seven-judge Bench to take it up at 3 pm. continued on page 8 Srinagar, November 10 The Kashmiri separatists had made up their mind to give another try to an engagement with New Delhi and also to bring Pakistan on board as latest as November 4, but a notice to JKLF chief Yasin Malik the very same day made them do a U-turn and reject the talks offer in almost absolute terms. “They felt the space to operate for the Hurriyat Conference was being completely squeezed. Since there was no back channel at work, they thought it was time to tell Delhi that separatists cannot be cowed down and made to sit across the table,” sources said. This also gave a boost to pro-Pakistan ele- ments like Syed Ali Shah Geelani, who on Thursday reaffirmed that “Kashmir should be a part of Pakistan”. According to the separatists, Delhi’s special representative Dineshwar Sharma was being used as a ruse. Sources said the Hurriyat, like all other groups in Kashmir, was convinced that “Pakistan, good or bad, cannot be wished away. It has a historical stake and also controls the levers of militancy to a large extent”. Already there is dismay among separatists over the very limited public support they have garnered against the NIA raids, and the opening of doors to the interlocutor would have strengthened the impression propagated by Delhi that they had been doing wrong all through. New Delhi, November 10 India and Pakistan today decided to resume Commandant-level talks along the International Border (IB) even as the BSF “strongly” raised the issues of unprovoked firing, killing of civilians and use of tunnels for cross-border crimes. The proposal for the Commandant-level meetings was discussed at a three-day meeting between the chiefs of the border guarding forces of the two nations, which concluded today. BSF Director General KK Sharma said both the sides agreed to holding border meeting at regular intervals. A 19-member delegation of Pakistan Rangers, led by Maj Gen Muhammad Saeed, Director General, Sindh Rangers, had arrived in New Delhi to attend the 44th biannual Director General-level talks. “The Indian side firmly and strongly took up specific issues of concern, including unprovoked crossborder firing, smuggling of narcotics, infiltration attempts, tunnelling and defence construction activities,” the BSF said. A senior officer privy to the talks said the BSF also asked the Rangers to ensure their land was not used by terrorists to infiltrate into India. It specifically underlined the discovery of a number of tunnels along the International Border (IB) in the Jammu region that are used by the other side to facilitate crossborder smuggling and infiltration, the officer added. — TNS Centre:No subsidy, Punjab didn’t Sharpshooter Shera who ‘killed’ RSS’ Gagneja held use ~97 cr for crop residue mgmt Nikhil Bhardwaj NGT says no odd-even run till Delhi govt proves efficacy Vibha Sharma OLD CARS OFF UP ROADS Tribune News Service New Delhi, November 10 The Centre and states today sparred over smog, with the “public health” emergency looming large. While Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh again knocked at the doors of PM Narendra Modi to seek compensation for stubble burning, the Agriculture Ministry released details of funds released to Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh — putting the onus of dealing with the problem entirely on them. Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh rejected the demand for subsidy on man- UP has decided to withdraw four lakh cars in eight districts of NCR adjoining Delhi. Petrolrun four-wheelers more than 15 years old and diesel-run vehicles which had run for 10 years will be seized. Ghaziabad, Meerut, Muzaffarnagar, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Bulandshahr, Shamli, Baghpat and Hapur are covered. agement of crop residue and as per the data released by his ministry, Punjab did not use a single rupee of ~49.08 crore and ~48.50 crore released for crop residue management under the SubMission on Agriculture Mechanisation in 2016-17 and 2017-18, respectively. Haryana used ~39 crore of the ~45 crore allotted and Rajasthan ~3 crore of ~9 crore in 2017-18. Uttar Pradesh used the entire allocation. Meanwhile, Union Minister Mahesh Sharma sparred with the AAP-led Delhi government, questioning the rationale behind the odd-even scheme that also invited rebuke from the National Green Tribunal. The NGT said it would not allow its implementation until the state government proved its efficacy. “The SC never said implement the odd-even scheme. It was only one of the directions by EPCA. You have not followed 99 directions,” it said. Ludhiana, November 10 The Punjab Police have arrested Hardeep Singh, alias Shera, a sharpshooter allegedly behind at least seven high-profile killings in the state since 2016. This is the fifth arrest connected to the Pakistan ISI terror module busted a few days ago. The module is believed to be behind the targeted killings of several Hindu leaders, including those of the RSS and Shiv Sena, besides a pastor. While five killings took place between April 2016 and February 2017, two happened in July and October. Addressing the media, DGP Suresh Arora, accompanied by DGP-Intelligence Dinkar Gupta, said the police had HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Tribune News Service The DGP and other officials look at seized weapons in Ludhiana. traced the suspects’ handlers, who were part of a larger ISI conspiracy stretching to the UK, Italy and Canada. The role of the Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) was also being investigated. The DGP said they had vital clues about the identities of the handlers. Hardeep (21), a resident of Today’s issue is of 26 pages, including four-page Tribune Trends. Majri Kihnewali village, was arrested from a gymnasium in Fatehgarh Sahib this morning. He had fled to Italy on August 12, 2016, after killing RSS state vice-president Brig Jagdish Gagneja (retd) on August 6, making it difficult to connect him to the murders, the DGP said. Baghapurana SHO Jangjeet Singh Bajwa said Hardeep tried to escape but was overpowered around 5.30 am. Several weapons, including a .9 mm pistol, .30 pistol, .32 pistol, .315 single-shot pistol, a Swiss-made air pistol and 60 cartridges, were recovered. Sources said Hardeep bought the air pistol in Italy for training. The motorcycle used in Brig Gagneja’s killing was recovered from the Sirhind canal today. Hardeep reportedly worked with Ramandeep Singh, alias Canadian, alias Billa, alias Chooti Bhain, of Chuharwal in Ludhiana. The two met at Gurdwara Dukh Niwaran Sahib in Ludhiana. “The accused had picked RSS leaders to cause communal disharmony in Punjab. The accused had gone to Jalandhar thrice before finally shooting Brig Gagneja. They always wore masks to hide their identity from CCTV cameras and destroyed clothes after each crime,” said DGP Arora. Both Hardeep and Ramandeep were reportedly contacted on Facebook by their ISI handlers, who used the social media to pick and radicalise youth, the DGP said. “The two worked in close coordination despite having little information about one another. They kept contact through a mobile app — Signal — and were told to pick soft targets in the RSS. In Brig Gagneja and pastor cases, the targets were given by agencies outside of Punjab, while the rest were selected by the accused,” the DGP said. Related report p2
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