25122018-TTC-01.qxd 25-12-2018 01:25 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.2 no.355 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | tuesday, december 25,2018 NAWAZ SHARIF GETS 7-YEAR JAIL FOR CORRUPTION PAGE 13 INDONESIA SEARCHES FOR TSUNAMI VICTIMS, TOLL MOUNTS TO 373 PAGE 13 /thetribunechd IN BRIEF Ban on import of Chinese milk products extended /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Single standard rate of GST ultimate aim: FM Honouring Vajpayee New Delhi: The government has further extended the ban on import of milk and its products, including chocolates, from China for four months till April 23. The ban was first imposed in 2008 over apprehensions of presence of melamine in milk consignments. Melamine is a toxic chemical used for making plastics and fertilisers. PTI Delhi Govt withdraws order on parking charges New Delhi: The Delhi government on Monday withdrew its order of an 18-fold hike in one-time parking charges for cars and annual fees for commercial vehicles from January 1. Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot directed withdrawal of his department’s order due to “irregularities” in it. The order had raised the one-time parking charges of cars from Rs 4,000 to up to Rs 75,000. PTI India, Afghanistan, Iran agree on Chabahar routes New Delhi: A crucial trilateral meeting of officials from India, Afghanistan and Iran on the strategically-important Chabahar port was held in the Iranian port city on Monday during which they agreed on the routes for trade and transit corridors. On the occasion, India Ports Global Limited took over operations at the Shaheed Behesti port. PTI ■ On the eve of Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s 94th birth anniversary, PM Narendra Modi released a ~100 commemorative coin in the memory of the former premier. The former PM died on August 16 at the age of 93. ■ A memorial, ‘Sadaiv Atal’, will be dedicated to the nation on Tuesday at Rashtriya Smriti Sthal in New Delhi. The ~10.51-crore memorial has been constructed using stones from various parts of the country. PTI NITI for industry status to hospitals Mukesh Ranjan Tribune News Service New Delhi, December 24 Based on the report of a subgroup, which went into the the government’s ambitious plan to set up 100 hospitals in public-private-partnership (PPP) mode in tier 2 and 3 cities, NITI Aayog has asked the Centre to accord industry status to institutional health facility. Incidentally, the task of coordinating implementation of the Modi government’s flagship scheme Says will give freedom to directly buy land from owners Ayushman Bharat (a health insurance programme) has been assigned to NITI Aayog. “As the sub-group disfavoured state providing land for building hospitals, we are seeking industry status for such health facilities. This will in turn give freedom to private entities to directly purchase required land from owners. The hos- 8 die in Jhajjar fog pile-up 7 victims women I 20 vehicles involved I SDM to probe Ravinder Saini Tribune News Service Jhajjar, December 24 Seven women and a male passenger were killed and 10 others injured in a 20-vehicle pile-up following low visibility caused by dense fog on the Rohtak-Rewari highway this morning. Two of those injured have been referred to PGIMS, Rohtak. The deceased — Satpal (48), Santosh (45), Kanta Devi (34), Prem Lata (50), Laxmi (63), Ram Kali (35), Sheela Devi (61) and Khazani — belonged to Kirdodh village. Fourteen persons, including 11 women from Kirdodh, were travelling to Najafgarh (Delhi) in a jeep to mourn the death of a relative when the mishap occurred on the Badli bypass. Shamsher of Dadanpur village was driving the jeep. “A pick-up rammed into a parked truck laden with construction material and hit the jeep, which was then hit by another truck from the rear. The ill-fated jeep and other vehicles involved in the fatal pile-up. Subsequently, vehicles close behind crashed one after the other,” said Kirdodh sarpanch Jai Bhagwan. While eight jeep occupants died on the spot, the injured were pulled out of the badly damaged vehicle by passersby. Jhajjar City SHO Seema Devi took the injured to the Civil Hospital. Traffic on both sides of the highway remained disrupted for around two hours. The SHO said all bodies were handed over to their kin after the post-mortem, while a case under Sections 279 (rash driving), 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life) and 304-A (causing death by negligence) of the IPC had been registered against the unidentified truck driver. Agriculture Minister OP Dhankar announced Rs 2 lakh for families of each of the dead and Rs 1 lakh to the injured. DC Sonal Goel has formed a committee, headed by the SDM, to ascertain the cause of the mishap. pitals have shown willingness to pay the market rates. Once the hospitals get the industry status, it may become easier for them to acquire land as per the policies of the respective state governments,” said a senior official of NITI Aayog. The think-tank panel also wants state governments to set up a single window clearance to allow prospective hospitals to avail various permissions required for building and operationalising their infrastructure. Infant flushed down train toilet dies Amritsar, December 24 The newborn miraculously found alive by the cleaning staff after being flushed down the lavatory of AC-3 rake of Howrah Express died last night. Dr Narinder Singh, Associate Professor at GMC, said: “The infant died due to shock and haemorrhage. Despite best efforts by a sixmember team, the child could not be resuscitated.” SHO Balbir Singh Ghuman, GRP Police Station at the Amritsar railway station, said DNA samples had been preserved for investigation. The Government Railway Police, which had registered a case under Section 317 (abandonment of children under 12) of the IPC against unidentified persons, have added Section 318 (concealment of birth by secret disposal of body) to the FIR. Sources said the baby was apparently delivered on board the train as placenta was found attached. — TNS Illegal lifting, 70 Ropar crushers sealed All units surveyed fail to produce papers on sand-gravel dug up from riverbeds ‘It’s locally sourced’ Arun Sharma Tribune News Service Ropar, December 24 The Punjab Mining Department has found thousands of tonnes of raw material lifted illegally from riverbeds in the district at 70 stone crushing units as part of an ongoing drive started two weeks ago to curb illegal mining. These plants have been sealed and the police informed after the managements failed to produce requisite documents. Interestingly, of the total 146 registered stone crushers, the mining officials have visited 70 units so far and all have failed to produce docu- As Himachal ❝allow export, doesnot not it is difficult to guess the source of raw material lying with these crushers in Ropar district ❞ Mining Department officials put a seal on a stone crusher at Sarsa Nangal near Ropar on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO SIMARPREET KAUR DHILLON, District Mining Officer ments pertaining to the raw material (mixture of sand and gravel dug up from riverbed), as well as the finished product. The action comes after the National Green Tribunal (NGT) issued directions in worth Rs 1,000 crore is lifted illegally from the riverbed in Ropar district annually. District Mining Officer Simarpreet Kaur Dhillon said the drive to check the records of all 146 operational continued on page 7 October to stop illegal mining and assess the damage caused by it in Ropar district. RTI activist Dinesh Chadha had filed a petition before the tribunal. The next date of hearing is January 31. Sources said material DHONI INCLUDED IN ODI SQUAD FOR AUSTRALIA SERIES PAGE 14 New Delhi, December 24 Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today hinted that the country may eventually have a single standard rate of GST through merging of 12 and 18 per cent slabs, adding that the 28 per cent slab will soon be phased out, except in case of luxury and “sin goods”. He said the country should eventually have a Goods and Services Tax structure which would have only slabs of zero and 5 per cent and a standard rate, with luxury and “sin goods” as an exception. “A future roadmap could well be to work towards a single standard rate instead of two standard rates of 12 and 18 per cent. It could be a rate at some mid-point. Obviously, this will take some reason- SUN SETTING ON 28% SLAB: JAITLEY The sun is setting on the 28% slab. Barring tobacco products and some luxury goods, almost all items have been transferred from 28% slab to 18 and 12%. Only cement and auto parts remain in 28%. Next priority will be to transfer cement into a lower slab ❝ ARUN JAITLEY, Finance Minister ❞ able time when the tax will rise significantly,” Jaitley said in a Facebook post. Regarding the highest tax slab of 28 per cent, he said with the GST transformation completed, India was close to completing the first set of rationalisation by phasing out the highest slab except in luxury and “sin goods”. Attacking the Opposition, Jaitley said their criticism of the GST was “ill-informed” and “motivated”. He said during the pre-GST regime, a large number of commodities were taxed heavily and that the Congress legacy was a 31 per cent indirect tax. Jaitley said the political noise outside the GST Council was inconsistent with the harmony inside. — IANS Justice Zora in AAP, rebel MLA back Chandigarh/NewDelhi, Dec 24 Retired Punjab and Haryana High Court judge, Justice Zora Singh, who headed a commission to probe sacrilege incidents in Punjab, on Monday joined the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). Addressing the media in New Delhi, Justice Zora Singh said he joined AAP as the party’s government in Delhi had launched many schemes for the welfare of people and he wanted a government in Punjab, too, that worked for the masses. Meanwhile, Garhshankar MLA Jai Kishan Rodi rejoined AAP after leaving the rebel group of Sukhpal Khaira. Rodi accompanied Zora Singh in New Delhi. The Justice Zora Singh Commission of Inquiry, set up by the continued on page 7 SC to hear Ram temple case on Jan 4 New Delhi, December 24 The Supreme Court is scheduled to take up a batch of petitions for hearing in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case on January 4. The matter is listed before a Bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice SK Kaul. It is likely to constitute a three-judge Bench for hearing as many as 14 appeals filed against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgment that the 2.77-acre land be partitioned equally among three parties — Sunni Waqf Board, Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla. The apex court on October 29 had fixed the matter in the first week of January before an “appropriate Bench”, which will decide the schedule of hearing. Later, an application was moved for according an urgent hearing, but the top court refused the plea, saying it had already passed an order on October 29. A Bench had on September 27 refused to refer to a fivejudge Constitution Bench the issue of reconsideration of observations in its 1994 ruling that a mosque was not integral to Islam. The matter had arisen during hearing of the Ayodhya dispute. — PTI
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