23032018-TTC-01.qxd 23-03-2018 01:32 Page 1 13 established in 1881 friday, march 23, 2018 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 2 no. 80 | 18 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd Data breach: Facebook chief sorry Facebook Inc enhancing security features to CEO Mark Zuckerberg ensure the integrity of has apologised for the upcoming elections in mistakes made in hancountries like India on dling data belonging to its platform, as the social 50 million users and media giant faced flak promised tougher steps over a data breach scanMark Zuckerberg to restrict developers’ dal by a British firm access to such information. linked to Donald Trump’s Zuckerberg said Facebook was campaign. WORLD PAGE SAN FRANCISCO: /thetribunechd Decks cleared for tax-free gratuity of up to ~20 lakh Presidential honour Tribune News Service Iraq deaths: Privilege breach notice NEW DELHI: Congress members liament and the country on from Punjab on Thursthe status of 39 Indians day gave a breach of who went missing in privilege notice in the Iraq in 2014”. Rajya Sabha against Meanwhile, France has External Affairs Minisoffered its condoter Sushma Swaraj and Sushma Swaraj lences to the families her colleague MoS VK of the 39 Indian workSingh, accusing them of ers killed in Iraq by the “deliberately misleading Par- Islamic State. PAGE 9 BrahMos tested with indigenous tech New Delhi: India has added a new dimension to its abilities to fire the supersonic cruise missile BrahMos. On Thursday morning, the missile was flight-tested at the Pokhran test range in Rajasthan for the first time with an indigenously-made seeker. So far, the seeker, a vital technology to guide the missile towards the target, used to come from Russia. The seeker was developed by Research Centre Imarat, Hyderabad, in collaboration with other DRDO laboratories. BrahMos is a joint collaboration between India and Russia. — TNS Olympian paddler charged with rape kolkata:, The West Bengal police are probing a complaint of an 18-year-old woman, who has accused national table tennis player and Olympian Soumyajit Ghosh of repeatedly raping her after promising to marry her, an official said. Ghosh, a part of the India squad for the Common- wealth Games and currently training in Germany for the April 4 to 15 CWG in Gold Coast, has admitted that he was in a relationship with the complainant, but denied the charges. The Table Tennis Federation of India said Ghosh is set to be dropped from the national team. SPORTS PAGE President Ram Nath Kovind inspects the parade during presentation of the President’s Standard to 51 Squadron and President’s Colours to 230 Signal Unit at the Air Force Station, Halwara, near Ludhiana, on Thursday. RS polls for 25 seats today; Jaitley in fray New Delhi, March 22 The stage is set for the Rajya Sabha polls on Friday for 25 seats in six states, including Uttar Pradesh, where the BJP is virtually assured of eight of the 10 seats. For the 58 seats to be filled, 33 candidates from 10 states were declared elected unopposed on March 15, among them seven Union Ministers. Besides UP where Finance , Minister Arun Jaitley is in the fray, elections will be held in West Bengal, Karnataka, Jhark- hand, Chhattisgarh and Telangana. Counting will be taken up at 5 pm, an hour after the voting ends. A byelection will be held for one seat in Kerala. Arithmetically, the ruling BJP can easily win eight of the 10 seats in UP The four. MLA strong Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP), after being placated by BJP chief Amit Shah, and Apna Dal (Sonelal) with nine MLAs have decided to vote for BJP nominees. continued on page 9 The 230 Signal Unit was originally formed in Chandigarh in 1964. It moved to Amritsar soon after and was in the thick of action in the 1965 and 1971 operations against Pakistan. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN PAGE 7 OPED: PAGE 11 Bhagat Singh: At 5.... and, then, with hat An unfinished biography of the revolutionary’s childhood by his brother. The Tribune and the freedom movement Education fee cap for martyrs’ children goes New Delhi, March 22 The government has removed the cap it had imposed last year on educational expenses paid to children of martyrs or those disabled in military action. In July 2017, the educational expenses paid to such children were capped at Rs 10,000 per month, impacting some 3,200 students studying in schools, colleges and professional institutions. The fee in professional colleges is about Rs 10 lakh per annum and there was no way for the affected students to pay up after the cap. The scheme applies equally to children of officers and jawans. The move resulted in a meager saving of less than Rs 4 crore per annum. The Tribune was the first to report on the decision, following which the Ministry of Defence agreed to review the matter and referred it to the Ministry of Finance. The scheme was announced on December 18, 1971. — TNS New Delhi, March 22 Parliament on Thursday cleared the Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill, enhancing the limits of the welfare measure following appeal by Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu for its passage. The Rajya Sabha, which witnessed disruption for the past fortnight, passed without discussion the Bill cleared by the Lok Sabha earlier. The Bill paves the way for doubling the limit of tax-free gratuity to Rs 20 lakh. The Bill was necessitated to tide over the anomalies surfacing in the implementation of existing Payment of Gratuity Act in the light of recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission. The measure aims to put on a par employees of private and public sector undertakings and autonomous organisations under the government who are not covered under the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules. Besides enabling the Centre to fix the ceiling of tax-free gratuity, the Bill also empowers it to fix the period of maternity leave through an executive order. It also notifies the period of maternity leave as part of continuous service and proposes to empower the Centre to notify the gratuity ceiling from time to time without amending the law.
The Tribune, now published from Chandigarh, started publication on February 2, 1881, in Lahore (now in Pakistan). It was started by Sardar Dyal Singh Majithia, a public-spirited philanthropist, and is run by a trust comprising four eminent persons as trustees.
The Tribune, the largest selling daily in North India, publishes news and views without any bias or prejudice of any kind. Restraint and moderation, rather than agitational language and partisanship, are the hallmarks of the paper. It is an independent newspaper in the real sense of the term.
The English edition apart, the 133-year-old Tribune has two sister publications, Punjabi Tribune (in Punjabi) and Dainik Tribune (in Hindi).