05TT01A.qxd 9/4/2012 10:10 PM Page 1 Page-1 c m y b The Tribune VOICE OF THE PEOPLE Vol. 132 No. 246 Himachal Pradesh Edition INSIDE NATION Metro bridge collapses One person was killed and at least 10 others injured when an underconstruction bridge for the Metro rail collapsed in heavy rain on the busy Andheri-Kurla road that leads to Mumbai airport on Tuesday afternoon. P2 WORLD Warsi loses job Britain's only Asian-origin cabinet minister and the first ever Muslim in the cabinet has been sacked from her top job as co-chair of the ruling Conservative Party, but will remain in government, albeit as one of the ministers in the UK Foreign Office. P13 JOBS & CAREERS Tests and lessons Teaching as a career has come a long way from the days of guru-shishya system. On this Teachers’ Day let’s take a look at the current status and future prospects of this noble profession Today’s issue consists of 26 pages, including four-page Jobs & Careers and four-page Himachal Plus. Chandigarh New Delhi Jalandhar Bathinda Wednesday, September 5, 2012 ❙Names Cong MP Vijay Darda ❙Conducts raids at 30 locations across country TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 4 Bill to be introduced in Rajya Sabha today ANITA KATYAL/TNS NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 4 In an effort to please BSP chief Mayawati and to checkmate the BJP on Coalgate, the UPA government has decided to introduce a Bill providing reservation in promotion for SC/ST employees in the Rajya Sabha tomorrow and will also push for its passage. The Bill was cleared by the Union Cabinet at a specially convened meeting this morning. Announcing the government’s decision, Parliamentary Affairs Minister PK Bansal said he had requested the BJP to allow a discussion on this legislation and cooperate in its passage. The BJP has been disrupting Parliament for the past 10 days to press its demand for the resignation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over CAG’s latest report on coal blocks allocation. “We want to pass the Bill and have appealed to all political parties to join in the voting,” Bansal said. Since it is a Constitutional amendment Bill, it has to be supported by 50 per cent of the members and two third members present and voting in the House. It cannot be passed in a din as the vote has to be BOOST FOR MAYA ❚ The Mayawati government in UP had provided reservation benefits for SCs, STs in promotions in government jobs ❚ The Supreme Court on April 28 quashed it, terming it as unconstitutional and done without any sufficient data ❚ When the monsoon session of Parliament began on August 8, several parties vociferously demanded that a Bill be brought to circumvent the SC decision ❚ In view of these demands, the government promised on August 9 that a Bill would be brought in Parliament recorded. Bansal said if members are unable to use the voting machine, a headcount could be resorted to for the purpose of recording a vote. The UPA government’s move to bring the Bill is essentially meant to corner the BJP at a time when it has put the ruling combine on the mat over the coal blocks controversy. The UPA’s googly has triggered an internal debate within the BJP which is yet to take a final view on this issue. If the BJP continues with its stalling tactics, it will send out a signal that it is antiDalit. It will also allow the Congress to propagate that while it made all efforts to get the Bill passed, it was the BJP which stalled it. The BJP can ill-afford to hand over such a political advantage to the Congress in view of the yearend Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Assembly polls. While putting the BJP in a dilemma, the government’s decision on the Bill is also meant to woo its crucial supporting party, the BSP, which has been pressing for the expeditious passage of this legislation. The PM had quickly convened an all-party meeting last month to forge a consensus on this issue after the BSP chief raised the mattter in the Rajya Sabha. The government has deliberately listed the Bill in the Rajya Sabha as Mayawati is a member of the Upper House. India, China to resume military exercises; Antony to visit Beijing AJAY BANERJEE/TNS SARBJIT DHALIWAL/TNS NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 4 CHANDIGARH, SEPTEMBER 4 Sanjha Morcha leaders Surjit Singh Barnala (black turban) and Manpreet Singh Badal (white turban) at a meeting in Chandigarh on Tuesday. A Tribune photo “As far as the call given by the Congress to join the dharna is concerned, it was felt that the time is too short for us to be a part of this agitation. But we are thankful to PPCC chief Amarinder Singh for his invitation,” it said. Amarinder Singh had personally contacted all senior Morcha leaders, Continued on page 11 THE INSIDE STORY ❚ The invite was not accepted due to lack of consensus among the senior leaders of the Morcha ❚ The People’s Party of Punjab (PPP) and the SAD (Longowal) leaders were okay with the invite, but CPI members felt that it was not a proper time to join hands with the Congress India and China on Tuesday announced a series of strategic defence cooperation initiatives, including renewal of joint Army exercises; ramping up of engagement between the two Navies and continuation of peace and tranquility along the border areas in the Himalayas. The two rising Asian powers also announced that they would work together to maintain “peace and stability” in the Asia-Pacific. The US has also showed interest and announced a rebalance of its forces towards the region. The announcements came following a 90-minute meeting between Defence Minister AK Antony and his Chinese counterpart General Liang Guanglie here. Antony termed the delegation-level talks as “very fruitful” and said he had accepted an invitation to visit China next year. Continued on page 11 Housewives entitled to pay, says minister ADITI TANDON/TNS NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 4 “Homemaker” is a good word, but there’s little value attached to a homemaker’s job that yields huge gains for the family - well-tended children, well-kept houses, sorted accounts and what not. According to an online survey, an average housewife’s job in the UK is worth £30,000 a year. Now the Government of India is working to put an annual cost to a homemaker’s work with a view to give every housewife entitlement to pay. Husbands would have to pay monthly salaries to their wives for discharging the gruelling routine of keeping a home. 26 pages `2.50 Cabinet okays SC, ST Coal scam: CBI files FIRs against 5 firms promotion quota Bill Anti-tax protest: Sanjha Morcha says ‘polite’ no to Capt’s invite The Sanjha Morcha, a coalition of four political outfits headed by Manpreet Singh Badal, has declined the invitation of the Punjab Congress chief Capt Amarinder Singh to take part in the party’s dharnas against the SAD-BJP regime at all district headquarters on September 7. The Morcha today announced a separate programme to offer to court arrests at all district headquarters on September 21 if the Badal government does not withdraw the recently imposed taxes. On September 14, Morcha leaders will give a memorandum to the Punjab Governor requesting him to direct the state government to withdraw fresh taxes. “We will start an andolan on this issue as we feel that there are more taxes in the pipeline,” said a statement issued by the Morcha after a meeting held in Chandigarh at the residence of former Chief Minister Surjit Singh Barnala. www.tribuneindia.com Woman and Child Development Minister Krishna Tirath said her ministry was developing a draft that would detail the monetary worth of an average Indian housewife’s efforts. “Every housewife has a full-time job of keeping the house, cooking, caring for children, managing household expenditure and accounts. She deserves a monthly salary and husbands must pay that. We are drafting a proposal for giving housewives an entitlement to pay. The ministry is trying to find out the annual financial worth of an average housewife’s efforts and accordingly break it down into her monthly worth. That should be her salary. We will see gradually if we need a law to ensure this entitlement for homemakers,” Tirath said a day after her ministry got the Bill to prevent sexual harassment of women at workplaces passed. Tirath said the move was being contemplated as a measure of economic empowerment for women. “Today housewives are listed in the Census as unemployed. We want to change that mindset. A woman has a full-time job of managing her house and looking after her children, but it is a thankless job. In fact, I am against the term housewives. We should be called house engineers,” Tirath said. The proposal comes following a UK-based networking site for housewives estimating, for the first time, the annual worth of an average British housewife’s job. They made the calculations based on the average wages professionals would get for discharging the work which a housewife does - cooking, cleaning, doing laundry, caring for children, helping them with studies and handling house accounts. c m y b The CBI on Tuesday carried out raids at 30 locations across the country after filing cases against five companies for alleged criminal conspiracy to get coal blocks by fudging their net worth figures and misrepresentation of facts and named Congress MP Vijay Darda in one of the FIRs. Closing in on alleged irregularities by five private companies in getting coal blocks allocated, the CBI on Tuesday filed FIRs naming several persons, including Congress MP Vijay Darda from Maharashtra, and carried out raids at 30 locations across the country. After nearly three months of a preliminary inquiry following a reference from the Central Vigilance Commission, the CBI filed five separate cases against Vini Iron and CBI officials leave after conducting a raid in New Delhi. — PTI Steel, Nav Bharat Power Private Limited (Hyderabad), JLD Yavatmal (Nagpur), in which Vijay Darda and his family members have been named as directors, JAS Infra Capital Private Limited (Kolkata) and AMR Iron and Steel (Nagpur). It also registered cases against unknown public servants on charges of conspiracy and cheating. The cases were registered in connection with allegations related to getting coal blocks allocated on the basis of “misrepresentations and false claims in the applications, presentations and connivance/lack of due diligence on part of public servants’’, the CBI said, adding that the promoters of some of these companies have allegedly sold their stakes in an irregular manner after they were allocated coal blocks. The CBI conducted searches in 30 locations in 11 cities, including Nagpur, Kolkata, Bhilai, Yavatmal, Raipur, Dhanbad, Ranchi, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Delhi (NCR). The filing of cases and raids come in the midst of a raging controversy over the CAG report on the coal block allocation that has stalled Parliament for more than two weeks. However, the CBI said the action had nothing to do with the CAG report. The CBI first information report names Arvind Kumar Jayaswal, Manoj Jayaswal, Ramesh Jayaswal and Devendra Darda (directors of AMR Iron and Steel Private Limited, Nagpur); Vijay Darda, Rajendra Darda, Devendra Darda, Manoj Jayaswal, Anand Jayaswal and Abhishek (directors of JLD Yavatmal Energy Limited, Nagpur); and directors of Hyderabad-based Navbharat Power Private Ltd -- P Trivikrama Prasad, Y Harish Chandra Prasad. Steep hike in oil, LPG prices on the anvil TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 4 A steep hike in fuel prices is on the cards after the monsoon session of Parliament ends. The government is considering a hike in prices of petrol, diesel, domestic cooking gas (LPG) and kerosene after Friday as the international crude oil prices are going up and the subsidy is hitting close to Rs MORE PINCH A hike of `4-5 in petrol prices, `3-4 in diesel and `50 per cylinder of cooking gas is the kind of increase being considered. 2 lakh crore which the government finds itself hardpressed to fund. A hike of Rs 4-5 in petrol prices, Rs 3-4 in diesel and Rs 50 per cylinder of cooking gas is the kind of increase being considered. An increase in prices of regulated prices has been contemplated on several occasions in the past one year but has not gone through. Several important policy institutions like the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council (PMEAC) have asked the government to raise fuel prices. The other option that has been considered but is yet to be implemented is to target the subsidies using the ‘Aadhar’ card. However, while petrol prices are deregulated and have been raised several times, raising the prices of the other regulated products will have to be a political call as it will be opposed even by the UPA allies.
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