02072018-TTC-01.qxd 02-07-2018 01:53 Page 1 13 established in 1881 monday, july 2, 2018 ! late city chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 138 no. 181 | 26 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd TRAGIC SUNDAY: Day saw mass deaths in capital, terrible accident in U’Khand, terror attack in Afghanistan, and lynchings in Maha 11of Delhi family found dead, mystery persists Sikh MP-to-be among 19 killed in Afghan blast 10 blind-folded, hanging; occult angle being probed 17 of victims Sikhs, Hindus out to meet Prez in Jalalabad Prateek Chauhan Kabul, July 1 A suicide bomber targeted a convoy of Sikhs and Hindus on their way to meet Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani in the eastern city of Jalalabad on Sunday, killing at least 19 persons. Inamullah Miakhail, spokesman for the provincial hospital in Nangarhar, said 17 of the 19 dead were from the minority Sikh and Hindu community. At least 10 of the 20 wounded were also from the minority community. Miakhail confirmed that Avtar Singh Khalsa, a longtime leader of the Sikh community who had planned to run in the parliamentary elections set for October, was killed in the attack. Khalsa would have been elected unopposed to the Lower House as the seat he was planning to contest was apportioned to the minority by a presidential decree in 2016. The 52-year-old father of four, originally from the eastern Paktia province, earlier served as a senator representing the minority, which has long had a seat in the Upper House. His son Narender Singh, who was among the wounded, said over the phone from his hospital bed that their convoy was targeted by a bomber. Tribune News Service New Delhi, July 1 Eleven members of a family, including seven women and two minors, were found dead under mysterious circumstances at their Sant Nagar residence in north Delhi’s Burari on Sunday, with the police suspecting that the family followed some religious practice to “attain salvation”. Ten bodies were found hanging and blindfolded, while Narayan Devi (77) was found dead in a room. According to a member of the Delhi Police Forensic team, the food consumed by the family the previous night was laced with some sedative. The team suspects that one member of the family killed all others and before doing so, that person took the dog to the terrace and tied it there so that it didn’t bark. After committing the crime, that person also committed suicide. The body of the aged Narayan Devi bore strangulation marks on the neck. Her widowed daughter, Pratibha (57), had perhaps gained consciousness while being hanged and hence her throat was slit by the killer, investigators believe. There was no sign of any forced entry into the house. IN BRIEF India falter in shoot-off again, lose CT final to Oz The mangled remains of the bus and passengers’ belongings scattered in Pauri-Garhwal district. PTI The sealed street where 11 of a family were found dead. MUKESH AGGARWAL SIMILAR CASES IN PAST MARCH 1, 2016 A man slit throats of 14 of own family in cold blood and hung himself at Kasarwadavli village in Thane. He had lost ~2 cr in share-trading MAY 15, 2016 Five of a family, including four kids, murdered in Bhind. Teacher held for murders, extramarital affair suspected OCTOBER 6, 2017 An 82-year-old woman, three daughters and guard were murdered at their house in New Delhi. Five robbers were held FIVE LYNCHED IN MAHA OVER CHILD-LIFT RUMOURS PAGE 7 >> Even the footage of the CCTV camera installed outside the house showed no one entering the house that night. No suicide note has been found so far. The killer might have first laced food with some sedative and when all members of the family fell unconscious, he tied their hands and legs and covered their faces so that if any of them regained consciousness, he/she was not able to raise an alarm, a senior officer privy to the probe said. Rajesh Khurana, Joint CP (Central Range), said, “We are not ruling out any possibility. Some rare pattern has been identified on which our investigation is progressing. continued on page 7 ‘Honouring’ the disabled Breda (Netherlands): World Champions Australia defeated India 3-1 via shoot-off after both teams were locked at 1-1 in regulation time to clinch their second consecutive Champions Trophy hockey title here on Sunday. It was a keenly contested battle between the two finalists of the last edition, but, once again, Australia PAGE 15 came out on top. Mallya’s luxury jet sold for a paltry ~35 crore The irony of it all at ‘Divyangjan Samman Samaroh’ in Panchkula on Sunday was that the organisers forgot to get a ramp installed. So, this physically challenged recipient of a tricycle had to drag herself up to the dais where the guests, including the Haryana Governor and a former Union minister, were present. RAVI KUMAR New Delhi, July 1 Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday ruled out a single tax rate under the GST, saying a Mercedes car and milk cannot be taxed at the same rate and accepting the Congress’ demand for a uniform 18 per cent rate would lead to a spike in cost of food and essential items. Modi said the Goods and Services Tax has within a year of its launch led to an over 70 per cent jump in indirect taxpayer base, demolished check-posts and merged 17 taxes and 23 cesses into one single tax. Meanwhile, hailing the GST rollout in India in its first year as one of the smoothest in the world, Union Minister Arun Jaitley held out hope for consumers by indicating removal of products from the 28 per cent slab and rationalisation of slabs, subject to improvement in the GST collections. The Modi government’s narrative to mark the first Cong man shot at after FB duel Ravi Dhaliwal Tribune News Service New Delhi: Facing online abuse over a passport row involving an inter-faith couple, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj conducted a poll on Twitter asking users whether they “approve” of such trolling to which 57 per cent of the 1,24,305 respondents said they opposed it. After the poll, Swaraj tweeted, “In a democracy, difference of opinion is but natural. Pls do criticise but not in foul language.” BACK PAGE and 12 persons, including seven children, were injured in the mishap. The 27-seater bus of the Garhwal Motors Owners Union had as many as 60 passengers on board at the time of the mishap. On account of inclement weather, the helicopter sent for the rescue operation at the mishap site also had to make an emergency landing at Ramnagar. Expressing grief at the mishap, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat announced Rs 2 lakh ex gratia for the next of kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to each of the injured. A magisterial probe has been ordered. — TNS Avtar Singh Khalsa, 52, planned to contest parliamentary polls. FILE Gen Ghulam Sanayee Stanekzai, Nangarhar’s police chief, said the attacker targeted the group on its way to the governor’s compound. They had planned to meet the President, who was visiting the region on Sunday. No one claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Taliban and an Islamic State affiliate are active in the province. Officials at the Indian Embassy in Kabul confirmed the death of 10 Sikhs and condemned “the terrorist attack”. “The attack underlines the need for a united global fight against international terrorism without discrimination and accountability of those who support terrorists in any manner,” the Indi- No single GST rate, says PM GST@1 New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday appealed to all political parties to unite in demanding complete statehood for the national capital and announced a city-wide campaign. “It’s not just the Aam Aadmi Party’s fight... All parties should come together to support this demand. We will convene an all-party meeting soon,” the Chief Minister said. PTI Trolls: Swaraj hits back with Twitter poll Dehradun, July 1 At least 48 persons, including 16 women and 10 children, were killed and 12 others injured when an overcrowded bus plunged into a 200-metre-deep gorge in Pauri-Garhwal district of Uttarakhand on Sunday morning. The incident took place at 8.45 am when the driver lost control of the bus, which was on its way to Ramnagar from Dhumakot. It fell into a gorge at Gween village, 7 km ahead of Dhumakot, in the Nainidandha block of the district. Pauri District Disaster Management officials confirmed that 48 persons died Gurdaspur, July 1 A block samiti member and Congress leader, Onkar Singh Sonu Bajwa, was shot at by two gunmen here on Sunday morning. A “verbal spat” on the Facebook between Bajwa and gangster Harry Majithia is believed to be the trigger behind the firing, said the police. Bajwa was shifted to the Gurdaspur Civil Hospital where doctors said he was not out of danger yet. A heavy police force has been deployed in and around the hospital. Senior police offi- cers reached Bajwa’s residence after a relative alerted the control room. Bajwa, a loyalist of Gurdaspur MLA Barindermeet Singh Pahra, was shot at four times in the leg after assailants barged into his Hayat Nagar residence. Sources said the miscreants escaped on a motorcycle parked near the house. Bajwa and Majithia were engaged in a war of words on the social media on Saturday, with the former using expletives to challenge the latter, said sources. The gangster retorted through his Facebook post: “You’ll have to face the same number of bullets as the expletives used.” Majithia also warned Bajwa that he would be targeted within 24 hours. A police officer claimed they were trying to locate the whereabouts of Majithia. The gangster has been on the run and regularly uses social media platforms. The attack comes even as the police have been claiming that gangsters had either been eliminated or marginalised. “An attempt to murder case has been registered against two unidentified persons. Investigations are on,” said SSP HS Bhullar. lections improve, many more items from the 28 per cent category can possibly come down. “Only sin products and luxury goods can remain there,” he said. He also indicated rationalisation or reduction of GST slabs which would lower the rates on goods, and more products being brought into the GST, as sought by industry chambers. On the occasion, the government released figures showing buoyancy in GST collections. Finance Minister Piyush Goyal said that Dr Ambedkar stitched the nation through one Constitution, Sardar Patel bonded the fragmented nation geographically, now the landmark GST has transformed the nation into an economic union with the motto “one nation, one tax, one market”. Calling GST a success, Finance Secretary Hasmukh Adhia said the tax reform has hardly had any adverse impact on inflation and revenue collection, and GST has stabilised within a short period of one year. — TNS/PTI ❝ It would have been very simple to have just one slab but then we could not have food items at 0%. Can we have milk and Mercedes at same rate? When Congress talks of one GST rate, it’s saying tax food items, commodities (being taxed at 0% or 5%) at 18%. Narendra Modi, PM MORE ON PAGE 7, 12 anniversary of GST Day was to strike a reconciliatory tone by profusely thanking the states and the political parties for the GST rollout success, thereby invoking “collaborative and cooperative federalism”. Addressing the GST Day event via video link, Jaitley indicated that as the GST col- an Embassy said on Twitter. Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh tweeted: “Strongly condemn deadly attack by ISI on delegation of Sikhs & others on way to meet Afghan president. Let global community rise in one voice against barbaric forces of terror & vow to wipe out the menace from the world. My government extends all help to the victims & their families.” Sikhs and Hindus have long suffered discrimination in the conservative Muslim country and have been targeted by Islamic extremists. The community numbered over 80,000 in the 1970s, but only around 1,000 now remain in the country. — Agencies & TNS LAST 16 RESULTS RUSSIA 1 (4) SPAIN Jaitley hints at removal of products from 28% slab Support statehood for Delhi: Kejriwal to political parties Mumbai: After at least four aborted attempts since March 2016, the service tax authorities managed to get a buyer for the confiscated luxury jet of runway businessman Vijay Mallya, with Florida-based firm emerging as the highest bidder BACK PAGE for Rs 34.8 crore. 48 die in Pauri bus mishap 1 (3) HOSTS RUSSIA STUN SPAIN H OSTS Russia stunned pre-tournament favourites Spain 4-3 on penalties, after both were level at 1-1 at extra time, to advance to the World Cup quarterfinals. REUTERS TODAY’S MATCHES BRAZIL VS MEXICO 7.30 PM PAGE 14 BELGIUM VS JAPAN 11.30 PM Valley’s sole waitress turns tables on gender roles M Aamir Khan Tribune News Service Srinagar, July 1 It may be a common sight elsewhere but one does not usually come across waitresses serving food at restaurants in the Kashmir valley. But scarf-clad Iqra, a spunky 19-year-old, is changing all that even as she breaks social taboo and makes heads turn at one of Srinagar’s most popular restaurants. After the death of her father last year, Iqra was forced to look for a job as she needed to support her family — an ageing mother and a younger brother. The search Iqra (above) has become a trendsetter of sorts for young Kashmiris. Today’s issue consists of 26 pages, including six-page Chandigarh Tribune and four-page Life+Style. for employment landed her at the eatery, Parsa’s, where she gladly accepted the job. “I lost my father at a young age and he was the sole bread earner. Now, I have been working here for the past few months and so far I have not faced any problem. If women outside Kashmir can do this job, why can’t we?” said Iqra, a resident of Sonwar. Just like his customers, Managing Director of Parsa Foods and Beverages Javid Parsa said he, too, had never seen a waitress in the Valley. “We once had a female manager but I haven’t come across a waitress. The staff have adjusted well now. Customers, too, are appreciative," said Parsa. “In fact, Iqra had inspired another girl to work as a waitress. However, she quit after objections from her family.” Iqra said women in the Valley should not shy from work usually handled by men. “Women should not feel awkward doing unconventional jobs,” she said, her smile reaching her bright eyes.
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