10032018-TTC-01.qxd 3/10/2018 1:28 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 saturday, march 10, 2018 late city chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 138 no. 67 | 48 pages | ~5.00 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd Singhvi gets Mamata backing for RS poll Haryana outlay up Two schemes for 12.6%,no new taxes Himachal’s jobless Silver shot Kolkata: West Bengal CM and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee on Friday announced her party support to Congress’ Abhishek Manu Singhvi in the upcoming RS polls from the state. There are five vacancies and the ruling TMC is in a position to retain its four seats. The fifth, falling vacant owing to the completion of term of CPM’s Tapan Kumar Sen, was on offer to Singhvi. Mamata said: “Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Kapil Sibal have fought many court cases for us. We will support him (Singhvi) in the fifth RS seat from Bengal.” TNS Eye on polls, ~100 cr allocated for SYL Agri subsidies to raise productivity Naveen S Garewal Tribune News Service OUTRAGE OVER US STEEL TARIFF Shooter Anjum Moudgil clinched a silver medal in the women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions event at the ISSF World Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico. With eight medals — three gold, a silver and four bronze — in the competition, India leads the tally ahead of China. COURTESY: TWITTER PAGE 22 P20 SC permits ‘livingwill’ forpassive euthanasia But medical board nod must to remove life support Satya Prakash Tribune News Service New Delhi, March 9 The Supreme Court today recognised right to die with dignity and allowed an individual to execute a “living will” authorising someone to withdraw his/her life support, if he/she went into a vegetative state because of an incurable and irreversible medical condition. The landmark verdict was delivered by five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, which laid down a set of guidelines for the purpose. The top court, however, said life support could be withdrawn only after a medical board approved it. The Bench, including Justices AK Sikri, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud Right to die with dignity It has to be stated without any trace of doubt that the right to live with dignity also includes the smoothening of the process of dying in case of a terminally ill patient or a person in PVS (permanent vegetative state) with no hope of recovery ❝ SC Constitution Bench . and Ashok Bhushan, said right to die with dignity was a facet of right life and liberty guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution. “Right to life and liberty as envisaged under Article 21 of the Constitution is meaningless unless it encompasses within its sphere individ- Pyarelal Wadali (R) with elder brother Puran Chand. FILE PHOTO Pyarelal Wadali, Sufi singer,passes away Neha Saini Tribune News Service Amritsar, March 9 Pyarelal Wadali, the younger of the famous Punjabi Sufi singing duo Wadali brothers, died of heart attack today at a private hospital here. He was 75 and is survived by his wife, two sons and three daughters. Ustad Pyarelal, as he was fondly known in music circles, and his brother Puran Chand Wadali sang several hits, including ‘Tu mane ya na mane dildaara, asaan tey tainu rabb maneya.’ “Wadali brothers were like ‘rabb’ (God) of Sufi music and one of them today left us bereaved,” shared theatre person Kewal Dhaliwal. The cremation was held at their native Guru Ki Wadali village. The singer was suffering from several health issues and had limited his live performances of late. Born into the fifth generation of musicians given to singing the messages of Sufi saints, the /thetribunechd Wadali brothers were hailed as one of the best in the industry. While Puran Chand studied music under stalwarts like Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan of Patiala Gharana and Pandit Durga Das, Pyarelal, known to be an introvert, was trained by his elder brother, whom he called his mentor. “They always performed together. Chhote ustad’s last performance was in Guwahati in January,” said one of their office managers. Their first performance outside their village was at Harballabh temple in Jalandhar in 1975. They had gone to Jalandhar to perform at Harballabh Sangeet Sammelan, but were not allowed to sing due to some reason. Disappointed, they decided to make a musical offering at the temple where they were spotted by an AIR executive. Their foray into commercial music happened with movie ‘Pinjar’ and their latest song was ‘Rangrez’ (‘Tanu Weds Manu’). Today’s issue consists of 48 pages, including four-page The Tribune Trends, 10-page Chandigarh Tribune and 10-page Life+Style (Part I & II). ual dignity,” the Bench said. The 538-page verdict also provides for mechanism to effect passive euthanasia where there are no advance directives in the form of a “living will”. There were four concurring judgments — one by the CJI and Justice Khanwilkar and one each by rest of the three judges on the Bench. “In our considered opinion, advance medical directive would serve as a fruitful means to facilitate the fructification of the sacrosanct right to life with dignity,” the CJI said. “The said directive, we think, will dispel many a doubt at the relevant time of need during the course of treatment of the patient. continued on page 7 lays down norms page 11 edit: Euthanasia by choice Death for rape ofpre-teengirls in Rajasthan Jaipur, March 9 The Rajasthan Assembly today passed a Bill carrying an amendment to the IPC with a provision of capital punishment for those found guilty of raping girls up to 12 years of age. Defending The Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Bill, 2018, after a threehour debate, Home Minister GC Kataria said a new Section — 376-AA — had been added to the IPC. Under the provisions, those raping girls up to 12 years of age would be punished with death or rigorous imprisonment not less than 14 years and extendable up to life imprisonment. In case of a gang-rape, each person shall be deemed to be guilty of the offence and shall be punished with death or rigorous imprisonment. Rajasthan is the second state after Madhya Pradesh to pass such a Bill. The Bill will now be sent for assent of the President. — OC Chandigarh, March 9 No new taxes, Haryana Finance Minister Capt Abhimanyu today presented a Budget pegged at a record Rs 1,15,198.29 crore for the 201819 fiscal, an increase of 12.6 per cent over the Budget last year (2017-18). Targeting revenue receipts of Rs 76,933.02 crore, the state will spend Rs 85,186.53 crore during 201819. There will be a revenue deficit of Rs 8,253.51 crore. The Budget clearly focuses on agriculture with a 51 per cent increase in allocation, that also includes Haryana Kissan Pradhikaran. The aim is to make agriculture more sustainable. The minister’s Budget speech lasted over 96 minutes. With Assembly elections only a year away, he announced Rs 100 crore for the SYL canal and said the allocation could be raised to Rs 1,000 crore, if need be. A sum of Rs 44,911.16 crore has been allocated for schemes to attain 15 “sustainable development goals” as envisaged by the United Nations Development Pro- gramme (UNDP). This Pratibha Chauhan makes Haryana the first and Tribune News Service the only state in the country Shimla, March 9 to follow the UNDP socio-eco- Despite a financial crunch, nomic parameters for devel- Chief Minister Jai Ram opment over the next 15 Thakur today presented a years. These clearly specify Rs 41,440 crore tax-free that all future budgetary allo- please-all Budget for 2018-19 cations to departments will with focus on the farm sector and employment generabe performance-based. tion. The fisOn the flip cal deficit is side, the likely to touch state’s debt Rs 7.821 crore liability, that in the coming was Rs 70,931 year. With revcrore in 2014enue receipts 15 when the estimated at BJP govern2018-19 Rs 30,400 ment came to and expenditure power, has gone up by 127 crore per cent to Rs 1,61,159 crore. pegged at Rs 33,568 crore, The government has there will be a revenue launched a cashless medical deficit of Rs 3,168 crore. Of every Rs 100 spent on scheme for government employees and pensioners development, Rs 60.44 will for which the upper limit of be spent on liabilities, such Rs 5 lakh per admission has as salaries, pensions, loan and repaying interest, leavbeen done away with. An asset management cell ing a mere Rs 39.56 for develhas been created to identify opment works. The state’s government properties with- projected growth rate is 6.3 in and outside the state. A per cent and the Annual non-banking finance compa- Plan size Rs 6,300 crore. “The challenges are too ny — Haryana State Financial Services Ltd — has been many, considering that we set up for managing surplus are left with a mere Rs 40 out of every Rs 100 for developfunds of public enterprises. STATE Budget ment works after meeting committed liabilities. So the thrust will be on resource mobilisation through mining, hydro-power and tourism,” the CM said. With growing unemployment an area of concern, two schemes have been introduced for the more than eight lakh unemployed youth in the 18- 35 age group — the Mukhya Mantri Swavalamban Yojna and the Rs 75 crore Mukhya Mantri Yuva Ajivika Yojna. The Budget has several new schemes for enhancing area under irrigation and for crop diversification through floriculture and bee-keeping. Several subsidies have been announced for farmers to help them access technology in order to enhance productivity. The Budget envisages cent per cent LPG coverage through a Rs 12 crore Himachal Grahini Suvidha Yojna while a sum of Rs 15 crore has been allocated for Mukhya Mantri Aashirwad Yojna to provide baby kits to the newborns and for basic health checkup. More inside Pension parity for kin of troops killed at LAC Ajay Banerjee Tribune News Service New Delhi, March 9 Armed forces personnel killed or injured while deployed along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China will now be covered under what is classified as ‘liberalised family pension.’ Under the initiative,100 per cent emoluments last paid will be given as pension to the family of the dead soldier. So far, normal family pension — 30 per cent of last paid emoluments — was admissible to families of those killed along the LAC. India has committed almost 1.70 lakh troops along the 3,488-km-long border with China. Liberalised family pension has been in existence for Army personnel deployed on the LoC/International Border (IB) along the Pakistan border. The Ministry of Defence order, issued on March 7, amends the pension policy of February 2011. The amendment says: “Accidental death/injury sustained due to natural calamities such as floods, avalanches, landslides, cyclone, fire and lightening or drowning in river while performing operational duties/movement in action against enemy forces and armed hostilities in operational area to include deploy- ment on IB, LoC or LAC.” However, the order says the liberalised family pension will only be given to cases after March 7, implying if a casualty occurred during the Doklam standoff in June last year, the soldier’s family will be ineligible for the increased pension. Some 200 families have been left out. They would have been eligible had the order been implemented from 2011.
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