15042018-TTC-01.qxd 15-04-2018 01:26 Page 1 123 established in 1881 vol. 2 no. 103 | sunday, april 15, 2018 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | 32 pages | ~5.00 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd TOP CLASS US, UK, France strike Syria to punish Assad No threat to coalition with PDP: Madhav and also sided with people demanding a CBI probe into Jammu, April 14 the rape case), he said it was not Playing down any threat to the tantamount to any guilt. “Both coalition with PDP in Jammu were spoken to and they decidand Kashmir, BJP national gen- ed to tender their resignation, eral secretary Ram Madhav on which was accepted,” he said. Saturday said the party Asked about CM had done its bit to “allay Mehbooba Mufti’s the misconception” on constant pressure on the Kathua rape case BJP for the removal of by asking two of its ministers, Ram Madministers to resign. hav said, “There is no Ram Madhav was pressure, no ultimain Jammu to clarify Ram Madhav tum, but a figment of the party’s stand on imagination only.” the resignation of Industries He said the probe had been and Commerce Minister completed, the chargesheet Chander Prakash Ganga and framed and eight people Forest Minister Lal Singh. rounded up. “Since the issue Terming it indiscretion on is in court, if it deems it fit for the part of the two to attend a a CBI or other inquiry, it will rally (where they questioned take its course,” he added. CM thanks country: Inside the crime branch investigation Vikram Sharma Tribune News Service Costlier fuel, power in Punjab imminent Companies to pay under CSR Ruchika M Khanna Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 14 The Punjab government’s plan to collect the two new taxes passed in the Budget in March is all set to roll out this month itself, raising the cost of fuel, power and vehicles, among other liabilities. The notification for the ‘professional’ and ‘social security’ taxes is expected by the end of this month. A new initiative being introduced in the state that has seen no fresh tax being imposed in the past 20 years is the setting up of a mechanism to collect funds under the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative. With the Companies Act, 2013, making it obligato- ry for companies to fund social sector initiatives, the government is looking at financing its social security schemes through it — be it food security, social security pensions, health insurance or scholarships for students from marginalised sections. So far, there was no channel to collect these funds. An imposition that is going to affect nearly all categories is the collection of Rs 400 crore per annum from surcharge on the sale of fuel in retail. While 50 paise per litre will be charged to consumers on the sale of petrol, Re 1 per litre will be charged on diesel. A surcharge of 1 per cent will be imposed on the total cost of any new vehicle bought in continued on page 7 Today’s issue is of 32 pages, including eight-page Spectrum. /thetribunechd Fire 100 missiles in response to ‘poison gas attack’ GOLD NEERAJ CHOPRA JAVELIN THROW 20-year-old became only second Indian javelin thrower to claim a CWG medal. Kashinath Naik fetched a bronze in 2010 GOLD MANIKA BATRA TABLE TENNIS GOLD MARY KOM BOXING LIGHT FLY (45-48KG) 22-year-old became first Indian to win women singles gold at CWG. She earlier guided India to team gold, won doubles silver 35-year-old five-time world champion and Olympic bronze medallist was competing in her debut Commonwealth Games, perhaps her last, and a special one it turned out to be Gold Coast, April 14 It turned out to be Super Saturday for India as its athletes bagged eight gold medals across five disciplines to make it the most successful day for the country in the history of the Commonwealth Games. The main protagonists were javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, paddler Manika Batra, boxer Mary Kom and shooter Sanjeev Rajput, who won the gold medals to achieve major individual milestones. Chopra (20) of Khandra village in Panipat registered a seasonbest of 86.47 m in his fourth throw of the final to seal a historic gold. Mary claimed a unanimous 5-0 verdict over Northern Ireland’s Kristina O’Hara in the final. Mary will be India’s flag-bearer at the closing ceremony on Sunday. However, the star of the day was Manika, who created history by becoming the first Indian woman table tennis player to win a singles gold at the Games. World number 58 Manika blanked 50th-ranked Yu Mengyu of Singapore 4-0 in a one-sided final. However, it was the semi-final win over world number 4 Feng Tianwei that meant more to the Delhi paddler. Haryana’s athletes came to the party early in the morning with Sanjeev Rajput’s gold in the men’s 50 m rifle 3 positions, with a new Commonwealth Games record of 454.5. The 37-year-old from Yamunanagar shot 391 in kneeling, 399 in prone and 390 in standings to top the qualification stage. Wrestlers Vinesh Phogat (50kg), Sumit (125kg) and boxer Vikas Krishan (75kg) also rocked the event. — TNS more on sports page Washington/Beirut, April 14 US, British and French forces struck Syria with more than 100 missiles on Saturday in the first coordinated Western strikes against the Damascus government, targeting what they said were chemical weapons sites in retaliation for a suspected poison gas attack. US President Donald Trump announced the military action from the White House, saying the three allies had “marshalled their righteous power against barbarism and brutality”. Later, he tweeted: “Mission accomplished”. The bombing represents a major escalation in the West’s confrontation with Assad’s superpower ally Russia, but is unlikely to alter the course of a multi-sided war that has killed at least five lakh people in the past seven years. That in turn raises the question of where Western countries go from here, after a volley of strikes denounced by Damascus and Moscow as at once both reckless and pointless. By morning, the Western countries said their bombing The US Navy-guided missile cruiser USS Monterey fires a Tomahawk land attack missile. REUTERS was over for now. Syria released video of the wreckage of a bombed-out research lab, but also of President Bashar al-Assad arriving at work as usual, with the caption “Morning of resilience”. There were no immediate reports of casualties. Damascus’s allies said the buildings hit had been evacuated in advance. Russia had promised to respond to any attack on its ally, and said Syrian air defences had intercepted 71 of the missiles fired. British PM Theresa May described the strike as “limited and targeted”, with no intention of toppling Assad or intervening more widely in the war. She authorised British action after “intelligence showed Assad’s government was to blame for gassing the Damascus suburb of Douma a week ago”. French President Emmanuel Macron said the strikes had been limited to Syria’s chemical weapons facilities. — Reuters More on world page Kotkhai: CBI makes ‘key’ arrest Bhanu P Lohumi Tribune News Service Shimla, April 14 With the arrest of one more person, the CBI on Saturday claimed a major breakthrough in the infamous Gudiya case in which a minor from Kotkhai was raped and done to death in July last year, officials said. Though the CBI refused to disclose the suspect’s identity, sources said he was a woodcutter and was arrested on Friday night from Kotkhai area where he used to work. He was produced before a court, which remanded him in police custody till April 24. A CBI spokesperson said the suspect had been taken to Delhi for investigation. Sources said the CBI was hopeful of cracking the case soon. Besides locals, the Central agency has also been probing the involvement of outsiders in the case and more than 100 samples had been collected to date. A 16-year-old girl had gone missing after school hours on July 4, 2017, from Halaila forest in the Kotkhai area of Shimla district. Her naked body was found in the forest on July 6 and the postmortem report confirmed rape. The rape case had created a furore in the state before the Assembly polls last year. The case was handed over to the CBI by the Himachal Pradesh High Court on July 19 on the state government’s plea amid a public outcry against the state police.
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