19012018-TTC-01.qxd 1/19/2018 1:18 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 friday, january 19, 2018 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 2 no. 19 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd Tribunal stays Judge Advocate Gen’s selection /thetribunechd GST rate cut for 29 goods, 53 services Bringing up Moshe Vijay Mohan Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 18 The Armed Forces Tribunal has stayed the selection and appointment of the Judge Advocate General (JAG), a Major General who heads the Army’s legal department, after observing that an adverse judicial order had been passed against the professional conduct of the officer approved for promotion. In his petition challenging the selection process to the Army’s top legal post, Brig DK Ahluwalia had also contended that his comparative merit was better than the officer approved for promotion, and that stipulated regulations on promotion were violated by the Army. “We stay the selection and appointment... in case the respondent has been promoted, he shall not be permitted to discharge duties... in view of observations made by the Tribunal’s Chandigarh Bench,” a Bench comprising continued on page 7 Effective from Jan 25; intra-state e-way bill from Feb 1 Sanjeev Sharma Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu kisses Moshe Holtzberg, 11, who survived the 2008 Mumbai attacks, at Chabad House in Mumbai on Thursday. Netanyahu announced plans to make the place a ‘Living Memorial’. REUTERS MORE ON BACK PAGE BSF jawan killed SC lifts ban on ‘Padmaavat’ by in Pak shelling states, cites freedom of speech court:Responsibility of law and order that of govts Girl dies, five hurt in Jammu frontier TopPrakash Satya was “extra cautious” and it Amir Karim Tantray Tribune News Service Tribune News Service New Delhi, January 18 The Supreme Court today paved the way for the nationwide release of ‘Padmaavat’on January 25 as it stayed orders issued by the Haryana, Rajasthan and Gujarat governments banning the screening of the Deepika Padukone-starrer film. Noting that maintenance of law and order was the duty of state governments, a Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra asked states to provide the security needed for its peaceful screening. It also restrained other states from similar ban notifications. It sought to emphasise that theatre and cinema were a part of right to freedom of speech and expression. “Let it be released... a movie might not be so successful at the box office and people might not go to watch it, but its exhibition cannot be prohibited like this,” it said. Jammu, January 18 In an almost “war-like” situation on the International Border (IB), a Border Security Force jawan was killed today as Pakistani Rangers violated the ceasefire in RS Pura, Arnia and Ramgarh sectors of the Jammu frontier. Also, five civilians were injured in intermittent shelling throughout the day. In retaliation, the BSF inflicted huge damage on Pakistani Rangers. “They have suffered huge losses, both in terms of life and property,” KK Sharma, Director General, BSF said. , “They targeted over a dozen border out-posts (BoPs) in three sectors through the night.” A police officer said Pakistani troops targeted over 20 hamlets along the IB. Constable A Suresh from Dharmapuri district of Tamil Nadu was hit by a bullet in the head at 10.30 pm last SIMPLER RETURNS FILING PROCESS DISCUSSED Tribune News Service Constable A Suresh night. “He was evacuated to the GMCH, Jammu, where he was declared dead,” said a BSF spokesperson. Sweety, a teenaged girl of Dyala Chak in Kathua district, was killed while she was at her maternal uncle’s home in Arnia when a shell landed on the house. Three more civilians were injured in Arnia sector, whereas two were injured in Ramgarh sector of Samba district. The DG termed it as a ‘war-like’ situation and blamed Pakistan for it. continued on page 7 VIOLENCE IN GUJARAT Ahmedabad: The Gujarat Government is likely to file a review petition in the Supreme Court even as violence broke out in different parts of the state in a bid to prevent the release of ‘Padmaavat’. Volunteers of the Gujarat Karni Sena took to the streets and blocked traffic on various highways soon after the SC order on Thursday. TNS Based on the saga of the historic battle of 13th century between Maharaja Ratan Singh and his army of Mewar and Sultan Alauddin Khilji of Delhi, the film has been opposed by Rajputs for alleged character assassination of Padmavati. On behalf of producers Viacom 18, Harish Salve and Mukul Rohatgi contended that once the Central Board of Film Certification had cleared a movie, states could not interfere with it. CBFC Reshuffle on mind, Khattar tells Shah CAPT TO KEEP RANA GURJIT’S PORTFOLIOS ■ Punjab Chief Minister Capt Wants Barala, minister to swap places Naveen S Garewal tribune news service Karanbir Singh from Punjab with his parents during a press conference in New Delhi on Thursday. Award for Attari boy who saved 15 lives Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Amritsar, January 18 Karanbir Singh (17) of Galuwal village in Amritsar’s Attari block rescued 15 schoolchildren after their bus plunged into a drain in Mahawa village near the India-Pakistan border on September 20, 2016. He is among the 18 children chosen for the National Bravery Awards this year. Though injured, with a deep cut on the head and the eyebrow, Karanbir showed extraordinary courage in helping other children come out of the water-filled bus. He has been picked for the Sanjay Chopra Award. Then a Class XI student, he broke open a door of the bus and saved 15 children from drowning, among them his younger sister. continued on page 7 Chandigarh, January 18 As Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar met party president Amit Shah at Haryana Government’s Chanakyapuri guest house in Delhi yesterday, a Cabinet reshuffle was proposed. With elections due in the state next year and the party high command indicating that it has no intention to replace Khattar, the CM proposed certain changes in consultation with the party in-charge. He is yet to get the go-ahead. Sources said Khattar was accompanied by Haryana party in-charge Dr Anil Jain, organising secretary Suresh Bhatt and Sangh representative Arun Khanna. The meeting lasted over three hours. Khattar is believed to have suggested that a senior minister be dropped and made state BJP president in place of Subhash Barala and the latter be taken in the Cabinet. There was talk of Barala being continued on page 7 HARYANA CM’S OTHER PROPOSALS ■ A senior minister be dropped and he be sent on a gubernatorial assignment ■ To mollify him, one of his relatives, who is an MLA, be appointed Minister of State ■ Or this minister be made Speaker and the latter be Manohar Lal Khattar inducted in the state Cabinet issued a certificate after a few cuts suggested by an expert committee were carried out, they said. They cited the top court’s 2011 ruling in the case of Prakash Jha’s film ‘Aarakshan’, which was banned by some states for a certain period. “Once the parliamentary legislation confers the responsibility and power on a statutory board and the board grants certificate, nonexhibition of it by states will be contrary to statutory provisions,” the court said . On behalf of the BJP-ruled states, Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said there were intelligence reports regarding law and order problem. “If you go by this, 60 per cent of literature, even classical literature of India, cannot be read,” the CJI said. The Bench fixed March 26 for further hearing. Edit: Nod to creativity Rana Gurjit Singh Amarinder Singh has decided to keep power and irrigation portfolios with himself till the long expected Punjab Cabinet reshuffle takes place. ■ The CM said the expansion would take place only after February Ludhiana Municipal Corporation elections. At Rahul meet, Rana resignation accepted Amarinder forwards it to Governor New Delhi, January 18 Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today accepted the resignation of Power and Irrigation Minister Rana Gurjit from his Cabinet and forwarded it to the state’s Governor. The resignation was accepted after Capt Amarinder met Congress president Rahul Gandhi here and discussed a range of issues related to Punjab affairs, including Rana Gurjit’s ouster. Putting his foot down on Rana Gurjit, Gandhi had conveyed to the CM that the minister must either step down voluntarily or face the ouster. Rana Gurjit’s ouster has come eight months after The Tribune exposed his alleged illegal gratifications from sand mining business, with his cook successfully bidding for a costly mine. The meeting between the CM and Gandhi lasted around two hours with Gandhi taking a stock of continued on page 7 ■ In a bid to ease compliance burden, the Council veered New Delhi, January 18 The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council today decided to reduce from January 25 the rate for 29 goods and 53 services and, in a bid to streamline the functioning of the new indirect tax regime, finalised the e-way bill from February 1, besides discussing measures to simplify filing of returns. As many as 15 states have decided to implement intrastate movement provisions. The 25th meeting of the GST Council, chaired by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, also discussed anti-evasion measures as revenue collections under the composition scheme for small businesses have been very low. The items for which GST has been reduced include around to the idea of registered entities continuing to file the return in GSTR 3B Form while moving to a system where supplier invoice captures details of the transaction ■ Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the next meeting of the Council might consider bringing petroleum and other exempt items within the GST purview diamonds (from 3 per cent to 0.25 per cent); old and used motor vehicles (medium and large cars and SUVs) and buses for public transport which run only on bio-diesel (from 28 to 18 per cent); old and used motor vehicles of the smaller category cars (from 28 to 12 per cent); items such as sugar-boiled confectionery, drinking water packed in 20 litre bottles, bio diesel and bio pesticides (from 18 to 12 per cent). The goods on which the rate has been reduced from 18 to 5 per cent include mehendi paste in cones, LPG supplied by private distributors and tamarind kernel powder. Rates have also been reduced on velvet fabrics and items of straw and basketware. On the services side, GST rate on tailoring service has been reduced from 18 per cent to 5 per cent. The rate for admission to theme parks, water parks, joy rides, merry-go-rounds, gocarting and ballet has been cut from 28 per cent to 18 per cent. The GST Council also enhanced the exemption limit continued on page 12 ThreeN-Estates goto Stalemate: CJI won’t polls on Feb18, 27 budge on roster issue New Delhi, January 18 The Election Commission (EC) today announced the Assembly elections schedule for three northeastern states with Tripura going to the polls on February 18, while voting in Meghalaya and Nagaland will take place on February 27. Chief Election Commissioner AK Joti said the counting in the three states will be held on March 3. The terms of Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura Assemblies end on March 6, March 13 and March 14, respectively. The three Legislative Assemblies have 60 members each. — TNS Satya Prakash Tribune News Service New Delhi, January 18 Even after Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra today met the four senior-most Supreme Court judges, who have accused him of arbitrarily allocating work to colleagues, the stalemate persists. The meeting between CJI Misra and Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph went on for 15 minutes before they went to their respective courtrooms this morning. Sources said the CJI was not agreeable to the way out on the roster issue suggested by the four judges, who INDIA-CHINA ALLIANCE were not ready to budge from their stand. IDEAL FOR KABUL: KARZAI This was the second meeting between the CJI Talking exclusively to The Tribune, and the four judges, the first one being held on January 16. Now there can’t be any further meetings Afghan ex-President Hamid Karzai pushes for regional during this week as Justice Chelameswar will not be in the Capital till this weekend, sources said. connectivity. PAGE 13 continued on page 7
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