29032018-TTC-01.qxd 29-03-2018 01:20 Page 1 13 established in 1881 thursday, march 29, 2018 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 2 no. 86 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd Cost of living gets dearer in Punjab Scouting for friends House clears Bills to mop up additional revenue Rajmeet Singh LEVIES UNDER SOCIAL SECURITY BILL Tribune News Service BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha, former Union Ministers Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie with West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee before their meeting at TMC party office in New Delhi on Wednesday. PTI Paper leak: CBSE orders 2 re-exams New Delhi, March 28 In the wake of reports claiming paper leaks, the CBSE on Wednesday announced reexamination for Class 10 mathematics and Class 12 economics subjects. The dates of retest will be uploaded on the CBSE website within a week, said the board in a statement. Prime Minister Narendra Modi conveyed his displeasure over the issue to HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar, asking him to take strict action against the accused. Javadekar said the Centre was conducting an inquiry. “The CBSE had a very solid system in place. But if someone is leaking it or there is some loophole, a new system will be put in place from Monday, which will ensure there is no such leakage,” he said. — TNS Show-cause notice to Facebook New Delhi: After the notice to Cambridge Analytica (CA), the government on Wednesday issued a show-cause notice to social networking site Facebook, seeking its response on reports of its data breach and the same being used to influence voters. While the CA was asked to file its response in the case by March 31, the government has apparently sought response from Facebook by April 7. TNS Aadhaar deadline extended to June 30 New Delhi: The government on Wednesday extended to June 30 the deadline for linking Aadhaar with welfare schemes, where the benefits are funded from the Consolidated Fund of India. The earlier deadline for the same was March 31. The Ministry of Electronics and IT, in an office memorandum issued on Wednesday, announced the extension of the stipulated date. PTI Warner, Smith banned for 1 yr Sydney: Steve Smith and David Warner were slapped with one-year international ban and ousted from this year's IPL, while Cameron Bancroft was suspended for nine months as Cricket Australia cracked the whip on the errant trio for its role in the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa. The ban will rule them out of the November-December series against India. PAGE 14 Join anti-BJP front, Mamata reachesouttoSoniaGandhi Aditi Tandon Tribune News Service New Delhi, March 28 Indicating the indispensability of Congress for an anti-BJP front, Trinamool Congress president Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday met past Congress president Sonia Gandhi, urging her to come aboard. In a 20-minute meeting at Gandhi’s 10 Janpath residence late this evening, Banerjee sought Congress’ support for “one-on-one fight” with the BJP in states. “One on one fights should be held in states and whichever party is the strongest should take on the BJP The . other parties should jointly support the one that is in the strongest position to defeat the BJP Banerjee said as ,” having told Sonia Gandhi. In ❝ What needs to be done is a state-wise one-to-one fight against the BJP. Whichever party is the strongest in a state, it should take on the BJP Mamata Banerjee, WEST BENGAL CM the recent UP byelections, the BSP and SP came together and defeated BJP but the Congress had gone alone. Banerjee’s suggestion to Gandhi effectively translates into a death knell for the Congress in West Bengal where the TMC is ruling and is, therefore, in a strong position to oust the BJP in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. "I told Sonia ji, we want the Congress to be part of the united opposition. What the country wants is state-wise one-to-one fight against the BJP Whichever party is the . strongest in a state should be the one to take on the BJP I . have discussed this issue with Sonia ji. We are holding talks with regional parties,” Banerjee said, choosing to meet Sonia Gandhi instead of Congress chief Rahul Gandhi. Banerjee had yesterday met a range of Opposition parties to position herself as the principal architect of any anti-BJP platform ahead of General Election. Banerjee said the existing alliances of parties could continue, like the alliance that Congress had with the RJD. She also said, “We want Congress to win Karnataka as it is the strongest there.” Chandigarh, March 28 With the Punjab Vidhan Sabha on Wednesday passing the Punjab Social Security Bill, 2018, and the Punjab State Development Tax Bill, 2018, the Capt Amarinder Singhled government has imposed fresh taxes on Punjab residents, generating an additional revenue of Rs 1,500 crore. It plans to use this money not only to fund social welfare schemes, but to also give unemployment allowance to the state's jobless youth, as promised by the Congress in its election manifesto. Petrol and diesel, registration of vehicles, motor vehicle tax, electricity bills and liquor will become dearer in the state by way of the Social Welfare Security Bill. Finance Minister Manpreet Badal, tabling the Bill in the Yamunanagar, Sonepat, Kaithal and Rohtak districts. A spokesman claimed the data had not been lost and the consumers would not be affected. "A system study was carried out by experts. The database was found encrypted. The backup of the encrypted database was taken for further retrieval. The Nigam has already initiated steps to replace the system with a technologically advanced one which would be operational by the end of May, " he added. Last year, about 100 countries, including India, saw a cyber attack. "Cyber weapons” stolen from the US National Security Agency were used to lock computers and hold users’ files to ransom. — TNS Syed Ali Ahmed Tribune News Service New Delhi, March 28 The CBI has issued a lookout circular against Gurpal Singh, son-in-law of Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, and three others accused in the Simbhaoli Sugar Mills scam of Rs 97.85 crore, sources said. The three others against whom the CBI has issued a lookout circular are mill chief executive officer GSE Rao, chief finance officer Sanjay Thaparia and executive director Gursimran Kaur. The CBI registered a case against the accused on February 25 for the alleged bank loan of Rs 97.85 crore and default of Rs 110 crore. Amir Karim Tantray & Shyam Sood Tribune News Service Jammu/Rajouri, March 28 Four terrorists, believed to be members of a suicide squad, were on Wednesday killed in a day-long encounter with the security forces in Sunderbani area of Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district. They had infiltrated into the Indian territory from across the Line of Control (LoC) four-five days ago, prompting the forces to launch a search operation. The militants were trapped inside a forest near Sutra village on Sunderbani outskirts According to the FIR, there were two loans, both from the Oriental Bank of Commerce, under probe — a Rs 97.85 crore loan which was declared fraud in 2015, and a corporate loan of Rs 110 crore used to repay the previous loan. The second loan was declared NPA (non-performing asset) on November 29, 2016. The bank complained to the CBI on November 17, 2017, but the agency registered the case only on February 22. Among the 12 accused booked in the case, Simbhaoli Sugar Mills Limited chairman Gurmit Singh Mann’s name was also included. The mill is located in Hapur in Uttar Pradesh. For gutsy Karnal officer, sky was the limit Hurt in copter crash, Assistant Commandant Penny Chaudhary breathes her last Parveen Arora Tribune News Service Karnal, March 28 Battling for life for 17 days, Penny Chaudhary (26), Assistant Commandant and co-pilot of the Coast Guard Chetak helicopter that crashed near Raigad on March 10, died at naval hospital INHS Asvini in south Mumbai’s Colaba late Tuesday night. She had received head injuries. Penny Chaudhary, one of the youngest woman pilots of the country, belonged to Karnal. She was a bright stu- Penny Chaudhary (extreme right) with her father, sister and mother. dent for whom the sky was the limit. Her family members and friends are yet to come to terms with her death. The officer is survived by her father Gurmeet Singh, mother Manjeet Kaur and elder sister. subject to Punjab Value Added Tax Act, 2005 ■ Surcharge not exceeding 1 pc of the value of vehicles, subject to Punjab Motor Vehicles Taxation Act, 1924 at 5 per cent of monthly electricity bill, minimum liability not less than ~25 per month and maximum not more than ~1,000 per month ■ Surcharge not exceeding 10 pc excise duty and licence fee, as chargeable under Punjab Excise Act, 1914 ■ Surcharge LEVY UNDER DEVELOPMENT TAX BILL ■ ~200 per month on all persons assessed under the head 'Income from salaries/wages" as per the Income Tax Act, 1961, and those under the head 'business and profession' ■ Applicable on those with an income of ~30,000 per month House, said it would allow the state to set up a social security fund outside the Consolidated Fund to finance social welfare schemes.“The government aims to set up the fund under a trust headed by the Chief Minister for timely payment of pension to senior citizens, widows and the disabled, health and accident insurance, post-matric scholarship to SC/ BC students, marriage grants to SC girls and assistance to acid victims.” Through development tax, the government aims to set up a regulatory framework for guidelines on various welfare schemes and development works. New Delhi, March 28 Hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani's son and the son of businessman Zahoor Ahmed Watali have been listed among "prosecution witnesses" by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in a case related to funding terror in the Kashmir Valley. The NIA, which filed a chargesheet in the case in January, has named Watali's son Yasir Gaffar at serial number 30 and Geelani's son Naim-ul-Zaffar at serial number 37. It statements by the two to an NIA official during the course of investigation. A statement given before a police official is not admissible as primary evidence in a court. The chargesheet has been filed by the NIA against 12 persons, including Lashkar-e-Toiba chief Hafiz Saeed and Hizbul Mujahideen terror group head Syed Salahuddin. Both are in Pakistan. Ten persons arrested by the NIA in connection with the case include Geelani’s sonin-law Altaf Ahmed Shah, besides Watali. — PTI 4 militants gunned down in Rajouri Haryana discom’s Lookout circular for billing data hacked Capt’s son-in-law Chandigarh, March 28 The billing data of Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN), one of the two power discoms catering to nine Haryana districts, has been hacked. Sources said the Automatic Meter Reading System (AMR) with the billing data of 4,000 industrial consumers was targeted shortly after March 21 midnight. The following morning, computer screens at the UHBVN head office in Panchkula flashed a message from hackers, demanding Rs 1 crore in Bitcoin from the state government to retrieve the data. The UHBVN monitors billing in Panchkula, Ambala, Kurukshetra, Karnal, Panipat, ■ Surcharge not exceeding ~2 per litre on sale of petrol/diesel, Funding terror: Geelani’s son listed as witness Recalls Shefali Chaudhary, a manager in a Pune company: “Penny was a school topper and was helpful and kind. Nobody can replace her. I would sit with her on the first bench of our classroom. She would always encourage her fellow students.Shewould participate in every competition, be it theatre, fancy dress or sports. She loved challenges.” The officer’s friend Sagar Sharma, a businessman, described her as a “ very helpful and friendly person”. continued on page 7 after locals informed the police and the security forces about their presence in the area. "The search operation was on for a few days. But it was on Wednesday morning that the forces came in contact with the militants near Sunderbani. During the operation, four militants were gunned down,” Shesh Paul Vaid, the state DGP told , The Tribune. The operation was conducted jointly by the police, the Army, the BSF and the CRPF . Sources said the militants, who infiltrated from Keri-Battal area, covered a distance of 10 km and hid themselves in a forest near Kalideh village. A search was conducted on March 24 in Peli, Phalli, Kuldabi and adjoining villages, but with no success. “On Sunday evening, the terrorists purchased food items from the market. An alert was sounded and a search conducted. The next day at about 9 pm, two terrorists entered a house in Lower Bhajwal village (near Jogi Nullah), collected food and vanished. Again a search was launched. "At about 10 am on Wednesday, the terrorists purchased food from a shop in the vicinity of Jogi Nullah and were traced by the security forces," the sources said. “The contact with militants was established at 10 am after which the security forces zeroed-in on them. All of them have been killed, but the sanitisation operation will continue,” Col NN Joshi said, adding the identity of the militants was yet to be ascertained. As a precautionary measure, the district administration in Rajouri had ordered the closure of educational institutions in Sunderbani area.
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