06022018-TTC-01.qxd 2/6/2018 1:37 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 tuesday, february 6, 2018 late city chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 138 no.36 | 26 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd LoC flares up to alarming high Use of missiles by Pak troops points to serious escalation as govt, Army vow revenge Amir Karim Tantray Tribune News Service Capt Kapil Kundu (Gurugram) Capt Kundu was to be back home on b’day, Feb10 Chandigarh, February 5 Captain Kapil Kundu, who was killed in Pakistani shelling along the LoC in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir yesterday, was to visit home on his 23rd birthday on February 10. Capt Kundu was a resident of Ransika village near Pataudi in Haryana’s Gururgram district. His mother, Sunita, 52, who was struggling to hold back her tears, said her son loved an adventurous life. “Kapil was to visit us on his birthday. He always used to surprise me and tell his sisters first about his visit,” she said. He had visited the family in November. Sunita Kundu lost her husband Lala Ram Kundu when Kapil Kundu was just 15. Now pain and anger rage inside her heart at having lost her son. Family members said Capt Kundu believed in life that was larger in stature and not in length. “He loved nature. He was a great patriot. He used to write poetry to express his feelings for the country. He used to say the country is supreme,” she said. — PTI Jammu, February 5 After heavy shelling and firing by Pakistani troops killed four Indian soldiers, it has been all quiet along the Line of Control (LoC) since last night. But what has alarmed the authorities is the Pakistan army using missiles to target Indian posts, signalling an “undeclared war”. Sources said these missiles with a flat trajectory could not be fired from behind a peak. “Such missiles are fired when the enemy is 1-2 km away and no obstacle between. The Pakistani troops deliberately fired missiles to target Indian posts and to kill,” sources said. In Bhimber Gali sector of Rajouri on Sunday, Capt Kapil Kundu, Rifleman Ramavatar, Rifleman Subham Singh and Havildar Roshan Lal were killed in shelling. The Government and the Army have promised a befitting reply. A senior Army officer said: “So far, the Pakistani army had been using small arms, automatics and mortars to target Indian posts and civilian areas. Now, with the use of missiles, ceasefire violation has been taken to a new level and matters could escalate.” Explaining that the Pakistani army had been adopting new techniques to inflict damage, he said: “Earlier, they would fire with small arms and mortars. Then they went for sniping and killed our sol- Tribune News Service Chandigarh, February 5 Within days of the CBI filing a chargesheet in the court of the Special Judge, Panchkula, against 34 persons, including former CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda, in the Manesar land scam, it has now come to light that the Haryana Government had filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court apologising for furnishing wrong facts. This was done after final arguments on a Special Leave Petition (SLP) on which the judgment was reserved. Two months after the arguments were concluded, the government told the apex court that licences to new owners were granted only after the acquisition process was dropped. The government had earlier maintained that the Hooda government had shown haste in granting licences to builders even before the acquisition was scrapped. After the arguments were concluded and judgment reserved (on April 4, 2017), the Haryana Government through its Director, Industries, Mohammed Shayin, filed yet another affidavit on June 15. The amended affidavit reads: “15 licences were granted on this land and all the licences were granted after the decision of the government to drop the acquisition i.e after 24-08-2007.” “...the deponent humbly apologises for the mistake and continued on page 7 Said 15 licences had been issued after acquisition process was dropped Rifleman Ramavatar (Gwalior) New Delhi: The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee on Monday released purported videos of a sting operation against Congress’ Jagdish Tytler where he allegedly admitted to killing 100 Sikhs during the 1984 riots. DSGMC chief Manjit Singh (GK) said: “In one clip, Tytler admits that he had killed 100 Sikhs and nothing happened to him.” REPORT ON PAGE 3 Rifleman Subham (Kathua) Long-term gains tax on shares sold after April1 Daughter and father of Havildar Roshan Lal, who was killed in cross-LoC firing, mourn at Nachlah village in Samba. PTI ❝ ❝ Havildar Roshan Lal (Samba) ❝ Our stand is that peace and Continued ceasefire violations and escalated Have full faith in the valour reconciliation is the only way. tension on borders is cause for concern and reflective of our soldiers, and they shall Dialogue is the only way. J&K Govt of the failure of the Modi-led government. JKPCC give proper reply. Rajnath Singh diers. As sniping can kill or injure one soldier at a time, they sent their Border Action Team (BAT) to kill more soldiers. But that poses a danger to the life of their men as well. “So they have now begun to target Indian posts with smallrange missiles which have the potential to destroy bunkers and everything inside.” Meanwhile, in Jammu, the Indian Army today bid adieu to Capt Kapil Kundu, Havil- New Delhi, February 5 Asking khap panchayats not to act like “conscience keepers of society”, the Supreme Court today said they should refrain from interfering in any marriage between consenting adults. A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra hinted at setting up a high-level panel of senior police officers to deal with unwarranted intervention into inter-caste marriages between consenting adults by khaps. “Whether the law prohibits or allows a particular marriage, the law will take its own course. Don’t try to be the conscience keepers,” the Bench said, reacting to the claim of khap panchayats’ counsel that they had been acting like conscience keepers of society. As activist Madhu Kishwar tried to raise the issue of the recent killing of Ankit Saxena in Delhi, allegedly by his girlfriend’s family, the SC said the issue was not before it. Maintaining that khaps had been encouraging inter-caste and inter-faith marriages, the counsel drew attention to Hindu Marriage Act provisions that prohibited a marriage between “sapinda” relationships i.e. close blood relatives among Hindus. “We are on a very fundamental issue. The marriage is between two adults and it is their choice. You cannot take law into your own hands,” the Bench said. “You can’t say which marriage is null or void, which is good or bad... just stay out of it,” it said, posting the matter for February 16. Describing attacks by khaps on inter-caste couples as “absolutely illegal”, the court had in January pulled up the government for not doing much to rein in them. — TNS Illegal operation in Faridkot district creating huge cavities inside earth Balwant Garg Tribune News Service A boat-like platform used to support the rig that pumps out sand along with water at a mine in Faridkot district. A small lake is created as water spreads out, leaving behind the sand. The picture was taken by a local source who did not want to be identified for reasons of safety. mined ground level. Submersible pumps designed to suck up water are being used to extract sand mixed with the water from the sand-rich layers of the earth. One such site being exploited in violation of Karachi: A Chinese national, the MD of a shipping firm in Pakistan, was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in what police called a targeted attack. Chen Zhu, 46, was killed after gunmen opened fire on his car when he was out shopping with another Chinese national in Karachi’s Clifton area. The incident comes two months after China issued advisory to its citizens. PTI DSGMC: Tytler admitted to ‘killing Sikhs’ Water pumps take mining to new depths Faridkot, February 5 Illegal sand mining is touching new depths in Punjab, both figuratively and literally. After mining sand up to the permitted depth of around 10 feet, contractors in this area have now started using submersible pumps to extract sand from deep inside earth, leaving the surface open to ecological disaster, apart from causing huge loss of precious ground water. Condition No. 46(a) of the agreement between the Department of Industries and Commerce, which auctions mines, and the bidders, lays down that mining can be done only to a depth of 3 metres in the plains, which is measured from the un- Male: Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen has declared a 15-day state of emergency, deepening the political crisis in the island nation. The move gives sweeping powers to security forces to arrest and detain suspects, and comes amid a standoff between the SC and government. The president has refused to comply with SC order to release political prisoners. REPORT ON PAGE 13 Chinese shipping firm MD shot in Pak Manesar: Haryana had SC to khaps:Don’t be admitted ‘errors’ in SC ‘conscience keepers’ Naveen S Garewal Maldives President declares emergency the Punjab Minor Minerals Rules, 2013, spotted by The Tribune is in an area of about 2.5 hectare in Dod village of Faridkot district. The extraction technique causes a huge loss of ground water, which spreads out Today’s issue is of 26 pages, including six-page Chandigarh Tribune and four-page Life+Style. while leaving the heavy sand in huge mounds. With unrestricted pumping up of sand, massive hollows are created in the deep layers of earth, which can cave in any time, and expose the top layers to erosion. Apart from environmental disaster, it also poses a threat to life and property. Contractors drill a new hole once sand supply from one bore is exhausted or the cavity becomes too large, thereby softening the ground. The particular land seen by The Tribune is owned by Daljit Singh, a former sarpanch of Dhilwan Khurd, a village adjoining Dod. His land has been auctioned for mining, for which he is to officially receive a compensation of Rs 1.54 lakh every three months. continued on page 7 dar Roshan Lal, Rifleman Ramavatar and Rifleman Subham Singh. At a military sendoff in Rajouri, wreaths were laid by GOC 25 Division on behalf of Army Commander, Northern Command, Lt Gen D Anbu, GOC of White Knight Corps Lt Gen Saranjeet Singh and GOC of Ace of Spades Division Maj Gen MV Suchindra. edit: indo-pak border heats up more reports on page 11 New Delhi, February 5 The proposed long-term capital gains tax on equity holdings will apply on profits made from sale of shares on or after April 1, 2018. While the tax will kick in on shares sold on or after April 1, the acquisition cost for the purpose of computing the capital gains will be the higher of the actual purchase price or the maximum traded price on January 31, the government said. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in his Budget announced long-term capital gains tax on profits made from share sales. As stock prices continued to take a beating, the government reasoned that exempting long-term gains from share sale from any tax was inherently biased against manufacturing and encouraged diversion of investment to financial assets. At present, India imposes a 15 per cent tax on short-term capital gains made from the sale of shares within a year of purchase. Gains after a year are exempt from the levy. — PTI edit: jaitleytax on bourses
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