01102018-TTC-01.qxd 11/1/2018 1:21 AM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.2 no.302 | 18 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | thursday, november 1,2018 PM DEDICATES STATUE OF PATEL TO NATION PAGE 18 SPECIAL CBI DIRECTOR ASTHANA’S AIDE GRANTED BAIL PAGE 13 /thetribunechd IN BRIEF India jumps 23 notches to 77th on ‘ease of doing biz’ Washington/New Delhi: India improved its ranking on the World Bank’s ‘ease of doing business’ report for the second straight year, jumping 23 places to 77th position on the back of reforms related to insolvency, taxation and other areas. Ranked 100th last year, India improved its rank on six out of the 10 parameters relating to starting and doing business. India was ranked 142nd when the Modi government came to power in 2014. TNS China again alerts India on Brahmaputra floods New Delhi: For the second time in a fortnight, China has alerted India of a possible flood-like situation in the Brahmaputra river in Arunachal Pradesh after a landslide blocked water upstream in Tibet. The alert was conveyed through diplomatic channels and the mechanism under which China shares hydrological data. PTI SS Deswal is new ITBP Director General New Delhi: A 1984-batch IPS officer of the Haryana cadre, SS Deswal, was on Wednesday appointed Director General of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP). He is at present the DG of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB). The Appointments Committee has approved Deswal’s appointment till his superannuation on August 31, 2021. TNS /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Govt says RBI autonomy essential amid row buzz List Rafale strategic, pricing details: SC Satya Prakash Tribune News Service New Delhi, October 31 The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Centre to submit in a sealed cover in 10 days strategic, confidential and pricing details of 36 Rafale fighter jets being purchased from France, even as Attorney General KK Venugopal opposed it. A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, however, said details considered “strategic and confidential” be placed before the court (only) and continued on page 13 DEPARTURE FROM STAND ■ SC had earlier sought only details of decision-making process leading to deal ■ Attorney General opposes it; says details sensitive, not even shared with Parliament ■ CJI’s Bench says strategic and confidential details to be shared only with SC ■ SC asks Centre to share confidential note given to it with advocates for petitioners ■ Details regarding induction of Indian offset partner to be given to petitioners ■ Petitioners to respond to the details; hearing on Nov 14 Using JCB machines, the Drainage Department demolished the three pathways carved by mining mafia to ferry sand and gravel from Sutlej. CMO orders action against sand mafia Pathways go; IIT, PEC may assess damage THE TRIBUNE IMPACT Hashimpura: Life term for16 ex-cops New Delhi, October 31 The Delhi High Court on Wednesday sentenced 16 former policemen to life imprisonment for killing 42 persons of a minority community in Hashimpura locality of Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut in 1987. A Bench of Justices S Muralidhar and Vinod Goel reversed a trial court’s verdict which had acquitted the accused. continued on page 13 1987 MASSACRE IN UP May 22, 1987: 50 Muslims picked up by PAC men from a locality in Meerut; 42 shot, bodies thrown into canal Feb, 1994:CB-CID submits inquiry report indicting 60 personnel 2002: Case transferred to Delhi by SC on plea by victims’ kin March 21, 2015: Trial court acquits 16 surviving accused May 18: Decision challenged PAK SC ACQUITS ASIA BIBI, JUDGES FACE THREAT PAGE 15 Anandpur Sahib, October 31 Two days after The Tribune highlighted illegal mining on the Sutlej riverbed, the Punjab Chief Minister’s Office today asked the Ropar Deputy Commissioner to take strict action against the offenders. The Drainage Department demolished the three pathways created across the river by the mining mafia to ferry sand and gravel. DC Sumeet Jarangal said he had directed the officials concerned to demolish the pathways and complete the investigation at the earliest. The district administration would rope in the Indian Institute of Technology, Ropar, or Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, to assess damage to the Agampur bridge and suggest remedial measures, he added. The Tribune had highlighted how the mafia had dug up the riverbed, damaging the 1km-long bridge on the Anandpur Sahib-Nurpur Bedi road. Jarangal said a ban was in force on mining activity on the riverbed within 500 metres from the bridge. Meanwhile, AAP leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira visited the site and said Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh’s claims of stopping illegal mining in the state had proven hollow. — TNS New Delhi, October 31 The government on Wednesday said the RBI’s autonomy is “essential” and will be “nurtured”, as it sought to calm investors worried by the Central bank reportedly being forced to resolve differences with the Centre, which has cited powers never used before. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley refused to be drawn into the row, saying discussions with the RBI have never been made public. The row was sparked off when RBI Deputy Governor Viral Acharya warned that EXPLAIN, ASKS CONG What is the overriding emergency impelling you to absolutely play havoc with the autonomy of RBI, to take recourse ostensibly to Section 7? ❝ Manish Tewari, CONG SPOKESPERSON undermining the RBI’s independence could be “potentially catastrophic”, possible indication of the RBI being pushed to relax its policies ahead of elections next year. Sources said the govern- ~100-cr ‘fake GST bills’ by Ludhiana operator Ruchika M Khanna Tribune News Service Chandigarh, October 31 An operator working out of a single room on Gill Road in Ludhiana is suspected to have supplied fake GST bills worth Rs 100 crore to at least 100 companies in the largest trading city of Punjab, that is fast turning into a hub of tax fraud. The trading firm issued bills for the huge sum despite seeming to have made only negligible purchases. Looking at the inexplicable figures, the Punjab Excise and Taxation Department has initiated an investigation into what it suspects to be a shell company floated to get input tax credit (ITC) by selling fake Goods and Services Tax (GST) bills. Department officials said the company, registered as an iron and steel trader, housed in a shop near Janta Nagar continued on page 13 ment has sent at least three letters under Section 7 of the RBI Act, that gives it powers to issue any direction to the RBI Governor on matters of public interest. The standoff was in relation to RBI’s handling of weak public sector banks, tight liquidity in the market and ways of resolving bad power sector loans. Unconfirmed reports claimed Governor Urjit Patel was considering stepping down if the government were to issue an unprecedented direction. — PTI More on business page Collegium okays repatriation of Justice Nirmaljit Chandigarh, October 31 Nearly six years after Justice Nirmaljit Kaur of the Punjab and Haryana High Court was transferred to Rajasthan High Court, the Supreme Court Collegium has resolved to recommend her repatriation. It also recommended the transfer of Justice PB Bajanthri back to his parent High Court of Karnataka from the Punjab and Haryana HC. Recommendations in both transfers have continued on page 13
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).