11032018-TTC-01.qxd 3/11/2018 1:22 AM Page 1 123 established in 1881 vol. 138 no. 68 late city | sunday, march 11, 2018 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | 44 pages | ~5.00 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd Sword of Honour for Chandigarh cadet Chandigarh: Lt Preeti Choudhary, an NCC cadet from Chandigarh, has become the first woman officer from the city and third in the Officers Training Academy (OTA), Chennai, since women were inducted in 1992 to have been awarded the coveted Sword of Honour for being the best all-round cadet of her course at the OTA. Another cadet from Haryana, Senior Under Officer Vreeti, was awarded the silver medal. BACK PAGE Voting for Lok Sabha bypolls in UP today Lucknow: Voting will be held on Sunday for bypolls to Lok Sabha seats of Phulpur and Gorakhpur, a stronghold of Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath. The Gorakhpur and Phulpur seats, were vacated by Adityanath and Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, respectively, following their election to Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council. PAGE7 SC tilting towards idealism: Justice Gogoi Ahmedabad: The apex court has tilted more towards "idealism" compared to "realism" in the past owing to socio-political and economic changes, a senior judge of the apex court said on Saturday. Justice Ranjan Gogoi compared the SC’s 2017 verdict on triple talaq and the 1985 ruling on right to alimony (Shah Bano) to buttress his point. PTI /thetribunechd China on mind, India, France step up ties Greater defence cooperation in Indian Ocean | Move aimed to check Beijing’s influence in Indo-Pacific Smita Sharma tribune news service New Delhi, March 10 Two decades since India, then facing heat from western nations in the aftermath of nuclear tests, signed its first strategic partnership with France in 1998, the partners today stepped up cooperation in the Indian Ocean significantly. French President Emmanuel Macron and PM Narendra Modi at delegationlevel talks agreed on a reciprocal logistics agreement between their armed forces as well as a joint strategic vision document on the Indian Ocean region. This is along the lines of a vision document announced with the US on the Indo-Pacific in 2015. The agreement with France will facilitate authorised port visits by naval vessels and reciprocal logistics support during joint exercises, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. “I consider today’s agreement on reciprocal logistics support between our armies as a golden step in the history of our close defence cooperation. Second, both of us believe that in future the Indian Ocean region will play a very important role in the happiness, progress and prosperity of the world,” said Modi. With China expanding military bases in the Indo-Pacific from Hambantota to Djibouti, the two countries shared their concern on GST scam mastermind nabbed in Ludhiana Ruchika M Khanna Tribune News Service JOINING HANDS: French President Emmanuel Macron (centre), his wife Brigitte Macron, President Ram Nath Kovind, his wife Savita Kovind (left) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi hold hands during Macron’s ceremonial reception in New Delhi on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MUKESH AGGARWAL ■ In all, 14 pacts were signed between the two sides, including one on finding a way forward to expedite the stalled Jaitapur nuclear power plant contract “respect of international laws by all states, in particular freedom of navigation and overflight.” India has a coastline of 7,500 km, more than 1,380 islands and 2 million sq km of exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the region. France has a military base in Reunion Island and 1.6 mil- ■ To be built by the French State- controlled EDF, it will be the largest nuclear power plant in the world with a capacity of 10,000 MW lion of its citizens reside in the territory owned in the Indo-Pacific, including a 9.1 million sq km of EEZ. Indian and French space agencies will now provide end-to-end solution for detection, identification and monitoring of vessels in the region. “We do not want militarisation of the region but our ❝ We don’t want militarisation, but our partnership will add to the stability of the region. Agreement on ■ Pact on strengthening counterterrorism efforts at multilateral logistics support between our armies fora, such as the UN, Financial is a golden step... 14 AGREEMENTS SIGNED; JAITAPUR N-PLANT, COUNTER-TERRORISM ON LIST Action Task Force and G20 partnership will add to the stability of the region,” remarked Macron. Overall, 14 agreements were exchanged between the two sides, including on exchange and reciprocal protection of classified or protected information and finding a way forward to expedite the stalled Jaitapur nuclear Emmanuel Macron, FRENCH PREZ power plant to be built by the French state-controlled EDF . Once installed, it will be the largest nuclear power plant in the world with a total capacity of 10,000 MW. Transfer of technology, guaranteed fuel supply for the plant and liability issues have been sticking points in negotiations that began in 2009. On counter-terrorism, the joint statement names groups including Al-Qaida, ISIS, Jaish-e-Mohammed, Hizbul Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Toiba with an agreement to strengthen counter-terrorism efforts at multilateral fora such as the UN, Financial Action Task Force) and G20. Chandigarh, March 10 The man behind the multicrore fake GST bills scam, Manish Aggarwal, a smalltime accountant, has been nabbed by the Ludhiana police. The accused also had a role in the VAT refund scam in Mandi Gobindgarh and Ludhiana two years ago. He has been booked for cheating, fraud and criminal conspiracy as well as under the Goods and Services Act. According to the police, Aggarwal worked hand in glove with a clerk (under suspension) in the Excise and Taxation Department, Rajiv Kumar, who is yet to be traced. “They set up fake firms, registered these under GST and purchased bills from small retailers which they sold to exporters and large manufacturers in Ludhiana and Mandi Gobindgarh,” SHO Jatinder Singh told The Tribune. The firms bought GST bills at 2-7 per cent of the GST levy on goods sold from retailers. They then sold these bills at 5-14 per cent to exporters and large manufacturers, who took input tax credit by submitting these bills while there was no actual sale/export of goods. Aggarwal was tracked through the IP address of a computer used by him to register a company. Today’s issue consists of 44 pages, including eight-page Spectrum, six-page Chandigarh Tribune and six-page Life+Style. facebook.com/parlehideandseek @parlehideandseek
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