02012019-TTC-01.qxd 1/2/2019 1:25 AM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.3 no.2 | 20 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | wednesday, january 2,2019 KIM WARNS OF ‘NEW PATH’ IF SANCTIONS STAY PAGE 13 MSMEs GET RBI RELIEF, NOD TO ONE-TIME REJIG OF LOANS PAGE 12 /thetribunechd India retains its fastest growing economy tag New Delhi, January 1 India remained ahead of China to retain the tag of the world’s fastest growing large economy, withstanding several ups and downs, a spike in oil prices and global trade warlike situation during 2018. The Indian economy’s roller-coaster ride during the year gone by was best captured by the GDP growth. In the first quarter of 2018-19 ending June 30, it grew at an impressive 8.2 per cent, after 7.7 per cent in the first three months of the year. Then it slipped to 7.1 per cent in the next quarter ending September 30. Fitch Ratings slashed India’s GDP growth forecast to 7.2 per cent for the current fiscal, from 7.8 per cent projected in September, citing higher financing cost and reduced credit availability. According to Niti Aayog Vice-Chairman Rajiv Kumar, the focus of the government in 2019 will be to expedite reforms with a view to accelerate growth. “India will grow at around 7.8 per cent in the next calendar year and the investment cycle that has already started picking up will gather further strength and we will see more private investments,” Kumar said. Experts, however, expect that moderating growth can force the government to spend more before the next General Election and that could lead to fiscal pressures. — PTI RLYS: ACT AGAINST OFFICER FOR ARTICLE ON GOYAL PAGE 16 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Govt to await verdict on Ram Temple: PM Dawn of New Year Says DeMo was no ‘jhatka’, gave prior indication Tribune News Service Devotees throng the Golden Temple on the first morning of the New Year in Amritsar on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR ~334 crore for second Panipat-Delhi link Khattar govt gives nod to alternative route I NCR board to give final approval Pradeep Sharma Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 1 An alternative route to decongest the Panipat-Delhi section of National Highway 44 is on the anvil with the Haryana Government approving a Rs 334-crore proposal. The road, which will initially connect Panipat Refinery with the Haiderpur Ring Road in Delhi, will replace the narrow and dilapidated road along the Munak canal, which reaches PLAN TO DECONGEST NH-44 ■ 80-km alternative route to initially connect Panipat Refinery with Haiderpur Ring Road in Delhi ■ Existing Harewali (Delhi)-Munak (Karnal) road passing through Panipat and Sonepat districts to be widened ■ Parallel road will decongest traffic on National Highway-44 Delhi passing through Panipat and Sonepat districts. Sources said the 80-km route was proposed by Haryana in view of increasing traffic on NH-44, especially on the Panipat-Delhi section. It was considered that the road between Harewali (Delhi) and Munak (Karnal) be widened to serve as a parallel road. Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had asked the Haryana State Road Develop- ment Corporation to explore the possibility of augmenting and widening the road. It found that an alternative 7-metre-wide road between Siwah (Panipat) and Harewali was feasible in the first phase. Efforts would be made to connect the road from Harewali to Munak as a slight alignment was needed. Now, the proposal would be sent to the National Capital Region Planning Board as it was an inter-state project. New Delhi, January 1 Prime Minister Narendra Modi today categorically said the government would await the Supreme Court verdict on the Ram Temple issue as he urged all parties to cooperate to complete the judicial process without any hurdles, while making a distinction in the differentiated approach of the BJP towards triple talaq and Sabarimala verdicts. “We have said in our manifesto that a solution would be found to this issue under the ambit of the Constitution,” PM Modi told news agency ANI in an interaction where he chose to answer questions on a range of contentious issues. These included the Rafale jet deal, efficacy of surgical strikes, the need for demonetisation, crackdown on defaulters, social issues like lynching and emerging political formations in the form of “mahagathbandhan”. Downplaying the possibility of a coalition against him in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, he said the polls would be between “janata” and “gathbandhan”, and that Modi was just a manifestation of public love and blessings. He said the gathbandhan’s effort was firmly rejected in the Telangana Assembly ‘VIGILANTISM, LYNCHING CONDEMNABLE’ ❝ In a civil society, not even one voice can speak in favour of such an incident... it is wrong and condemnable… There is a gap in our society and everyone should work to improve it. Be it the views of Mahatma Gandhi, Acharya Vinoba Bhave or what the Constitution mentions, all should be respected. It is the responsibility of all citizens to play a role. Narendra Modi, PRIME MINISTER People expect temple during BJP tenure: RSS New Delhi: The RSS on Tuesday said people expect the Modi government to fulfil its promise of building the Ram temple within its tenure as the BJP was elected to power in 2014 for committing to all possible efforts to do so. PTI elections recently, as also in the civic body polls in several states. He maintained the BJP believed in accommodating its allies. Responding to whether the government would consider promulgating an ordinance for Ram Temple just as it did for triple talaq, PM Modi said in case of the latter, it came after the Supreme Court verdict. With the apex court currently hearing the case, the PM said lawyers belonging to the Congress should avoid placing hurdles in the resolution of the issue. “After the judgment is delivered, the government will do what it has to,” he said. Foreign policy PM Modi said the foreign policy pursued by India towards Pakistan had been consistent, be it the government headed by Manmohan Singh or him. “India is for dialogue and our country is prepared to discuss all issues continued on page 7 SC reopens with 5 vacancies and In Haryana, GST, market fees being evaded through non-existent firms a new entrant becomes 54.45 lakh quintals to collegium Cow cess being collected, scheme discontinued:Petitioners Sushil Manav BLACK DEEDS ON BACK OF WHITE GOLD (one bale of cotton is equal to HC asks Punjab Chief Secy panel to decide on free power to gaushalas 50% of cotton procured without bill Tribune News Service Saurabh Malik Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 1 The political controversy generated by the discontinuation of a scheme launched by the previous Akali-BJP government for providing free power to cow shelters seems to be heading for a solution. The Punjab and Haryana High Court has ordered a committee headed by the Punjab Chief Secretary to examine in a time-bound manner whether the state could discontinue its scheme for providing free electricity to gaushalas while collecting cow cess from the citizens. The Opposition had attacked the government for accumulating approximately Rs 50 crore from cow cess, but not continuing with the free power scheme. Disposing of a bunch of petitions, Justice Rajan Gupta directed the committee, comprising the Chief Secretary and Punjab State Power Corporation Limited chairman, to look into the matter. The directions came on petitions by the Jai Mata Vaishno Gaushala Society. Justice Gupta’s Bench was told that the petitioners were aggrieved by a commercial circular whereby recovery of pending dues on account of free electricity to registered gaushalas was ordered. Their counsel urged that the state was collecting cow cess from the citizens, yet it decided not to provide free power. Justice Gupta asked the state counsel on whether the matter could be decided by the authorities. In response, the counsel contended that it could indeed be done by the state and other respondents. The state counsel also assured that recovery of dues would not be ordered as of now. The supply of electricity, too, would not be disconnected till the decision was taken. “The decision shall be taken within two months. In case of an adverse decision, the petitioner shall be at liberty to seek redress,” Justice Gupta said. Chandigarh, January 1 Market fees and GST worth over Rs 200 crore on cotton is being evaded in Haryana every year by hoodwinking the government through nonexistent firms in connivance with some unscrupulous officials, it has come to light. The unearthing of three nonexistent firms by the Excise and Taxation Department last week has laid bare the modus operandi of evasion of market fees and GST in the procurement and trading of cotton. Priya Industries, Meham; Pooja Industries, Mahendragarh; and Preeti Industries, Gurugram, duped the state exchequer of Rs 105.01 crore by issuing bills worth Rs 1,067.84 ■ Cotton production in Haryana as per Agriculture Department is 1-1.25 crore quintals ■ Arrival of cotton in Haryana as per HSAMB records is 40-45 lakh quintals ■ Market fee/HRDF evasion is 2.8% of value ■ Bogus firms procure bills of cement, etc, with 28% GST tag and manage to sell cotton worth 5.6 times the value of bills procured as the comcrore. While the first two firms, though registered for musical instruments and wheat, issued invoices for Rs 689.56 crore for cotton that attracts 5 per cent GST, the third firm raised invoices for Rs 378.28 crore largely for commodities with modity has 5% GST tag ■ There is GST evasion on the entire amount GST tags of 18 and 28 per cent. How it happens As per industry estimates, arrival of cotton in Haryana till December 31 was 12,54,500 bales, which converted into raw cotton 4.5 quintals of raw cotton). However, the Haryana State Agriculture Marketing Board (HSAMB) collected market fees and Haryana Rural Development Fund (HRDF) merely on 31.29 lakh quintals, which means that more than 40 per cent of total cotton has been procured without paying taxes. Further, going by the figures of the State Agriculture Department, Haryana produces a minimum of 1 crore to 1.25 crore quintals of cotton every year given the fact that the acreage of cotton hovers between 6 lakh and 6.5 lakh hectares and average yield is 20 quintals per hectare. continued on page 7 ‘Hum jahan khade hote hain, line wahin se shuru hoti hai’ Engineer, scriptwriter, actor, dialogue writer — Kader Khan, who died in Toronto aged 81, was all these & more Nonika Singh Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 1 ‘Peeche nahi jaane ka. Peeche jaane se guzra hua waqt laut ke nahi aata’ — Agneepath T HE consummate actor and prolific writer Kader Khan has passed into a zone from which he can’t be called back. The veteran, whose filmy career spanned nearly half a century, succumbed to a rare disease in Canada on the last day of 2018. However, Khan’s contribution to film industry is not only worth recalling, but also reinstated. His was a stellar presence in more than one iconic film. The cerebral highbrow may scoff at his brand of humour for which he became famous in the final chapter of his career, with films like Baap Numbri Beta Dus Numbri, which also won him the Filmfare award for Best Comedian. But before Kader Bhai’s comedic innings began, he was a character actor of calibre and a writer of immense mettle who wrote dialogues for over 250 films in a language that was relatable, colloquial and impactful. Legend has it that he got a princely sum of Rs 1.21 lakh for writing the dialogues for Rajesh Khannastarrer Roti and it was the romantic hero who got him the plum remuneration. Interestingly, he made his OCTOBER 22, 1937 — DECEMBER 31, 2018 Kader Khan, who started his career as a professor of civil engineering, gave Amitabh Bachchan some of his career's biggest hits with memorable dialogues and writing in ‘Sharaabi’ ‘Lawaaris’ ‘Muqaddar Ka , , Sikander’ ‘Naseeb’ and ‘Agneepath’ , acting debut in yet another Rajesh Khanna film, Daag. Khan’s long tryst with tinsel-town saw him in myriad roles — uncle, father, villain, comedian, sidekick. He would melt and mould into any role he was asked to essay. In a hero-driven world of Indian cinema, he was an imposing figure and enduring influence. With a filmography that reads over 350 films as an actor, he was seen as recently as in 2017 in Masti Nahi Sasti, which also starred his jodidaar Shakti Kapoor. With Kapoor, his paring in film after film brought the house down. If Kader Bhai and Shakti Kapoor were inseparable in several films, he was also an integral part of David Today’s issue is of 20 pages, including four-page Jobs and Careers. Dhawan’s ‘laugh out loud’ cinema. Both he and Govinda, with whom he had a long running onscreen partnership, made Dhawan’s slapstick humour tick and stick. If Khan was known for his immaculate comic timing, deadpan expression and effortless emotive range, his forceful dialogue delivery too won him many ardent admirers. Most cinebuffs are more likely to remember his comic punchlines. Yet few would also laud his rather unsung contribution in shaping the course of others’ careers, including Amitabh Bachchan, who rightly tweeted, “Writer of eminence in most of my very successful films.” “Hum jahan khade hote hain line wahin se shuru hoti hai” (Kaalia) is just one of Khan’s many memorable one-liners that Bachchan delivered with panache. Born with a wooden spoon, Khan believed in writing for the last man in the auditorium. Today single screen theatregoers may have given way to more evolved multiplex audiences, but mass entertainers which he wrote as well as acted in would never lose its relevance. Nor would Kader Khan, who would be seen for the last time in the hit comedy series Hera Pheri 3. His swansong might be once again in comic vein, but cinephiles must not forget that he was much more than a funny man. Satya Prakash Tribune News Service New Delhi, January 1 The Supreme Court will reopen on Wednesday after winter vacation with five vacancies and a new entrant to its collegium that selects judges for the higher judiciary. Justice Madan B Lokur — the second seniormost judge after Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi — retired during the vacation, bringing down the effective strength of the top court to 26 against the sanctioned strength of 31. While Justice Lokur was part of the collegium, Delhi High Court Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Rajasthan High Court Chief Justice Pradeep Nandrajog were reportedly recommended to be elevated to the Supreme Court. But the decision is yet to be made official. With the retirement of Justice Lokur, the composition of the collegium has also changed. Justice Arun Mishra, who is at number five in the seniority list, has entered the collegium led by CJI Gogoi. Other three in the collegium are Justices AK Sikri, SA Bobde and NV Ramana. Justice Sikri retires in the first week of March. Contrary to speculation, the verdict on CBI Director Alok Verma’s petition challenging the Centre’s decision to divest him of all powers is not listed for pronouncement on Wednesday. Verma is due to retire on January 31. Some other important cases scheduled to be taken up include the Ayodhya title suit on January 4. A PIL is listed for hearing on Wednesday against shifting of Andhra Pradesh HC to Amaravati.
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