01012022-TT-01.qxd 12/31/2021 11:12 PM Page 1 13 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 142 NO.1 | 20 PAGES | ~6.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 HIMACHAL PRADESH PUTIN DIALS BIDEN AMID UKRAINE ROW RESIDENT DOCS CALL OFF STRIKE, RESUME SERVICES NATION WORLD /thetribunechd RELIANCE TO BUY UK FIRM FARADION FOR £100 MN BUSINESS CHINA PROVOKES, SAYS ARUNACHAL ITS ‘INHERENT PART’ BACK PAGE saturday | 1 january 2022 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com GST hike: Shoes to pinch, textiles spared Tribune News Service New Delhi, December 31 The GST Council recommended a stay on the Centre’s decision to increase the tax rate on cheaper textiles from 5 per cent to 12 per cent from January 1, said Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman at a press conference here on Friday. The proposal effectively puts on hold Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal’s announcement last month of a uniform tax across the entire textiles sector from January 1 to reduce the compliance burden. Currently, the tax rate on manmade Valley politicians trying to incite residents: IGP Srinagar, December 31 Kashmir Police chief Vijay Kumar on Friday hit out at mainstream politicians in the Valley for trying to "instigate" people, even as he said political leaders or media did not have a right to term police investigation as wrong and only court could decide that. 3 JEM ULTRAS KILLED INSIDE Addressing a press conference here, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir, asked politicians to desist from instigating the public and "destroying the youth". Kumar said the situation in the Valley had improved in 2021, contrary to what some mainstream politicians or mediapersons suggest. Giving details, he said 238 terror incidents took place in Kashmir in 2020, while only 192 continued on page 8 THE TRIBUNE WISHES ITS READERS A HAPPY NEW YEAR NEW TAX RATE ON TEXTILES BY FEB Saffron party misusing Central agencies, says Akhilesh ■ The GST Council has put on hold a decision to hike tax rate on textiles to 12% ■ The matter has been referred to a group of state ministers to suggest rate by February ■ The move came after states made a request for deferring the rate hike from 5% to 12% fibre (MMF) is 18 per cent, MMF yarn 12 per cent and fabrics 5 per cent. “The textile industry felt that there could be a temptation not to come into the formalised system. The immediate continued on page 8 Vibha Sharma Tribune News Service NEW BEGINNINGS: Tourists with a ‘Happy New Year’ message painted on snow near a ski resort in Gulmarg on Friday. PTI NIA books Multani for attempt to revive terrorism in Punjab Tribune News Service New Delhi, December 31 The National Investigation Agency (NIA) today registered a case against Jaswinder Singh Multani, a Germany-based alleged operative of the Sikhs for Justice (SFJ), and his associates for motivating and recruiting youths in Punjab for anti-India activities and attempting to revive terrorism in the state. An NIA spokesperson said the case had been registered under Sections 120B and 121A of the IPC and Sections 10, 13, 17, 18 and 18B of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967. He said, “The case relates to criminal conspiracy hatched by Multani with other pro-Khalistani elements for radicalising, IN BRIEF Pb to give ~50 lakh, job to kin of martyred soldier CHANDIGARH: Punjab CM Charanjit Channi announced ~50 lakh ex gratia and job to a member of family of Sepoy Jasbir Singh (26), who died in an encounter with terrorists in J&K on Thursday. TNS Woman tests +ve mid-air, isolated in bathroom NEW YORK: A woman teacher from Michigan, US, was quarantined in an airplane bathroom for 3 hours after testing positive for Covid halfway through a flight from Chicago to Iceland, reports said. PTI India records 16,764 fresh cases, 220 deaths NEW DELHI: India saw 16,764 new Covid cases and 220 more deaths in 24 hours. It saw the highest single-day rise of 309 Omicron cases, taking the tally to 1,270. PTI PM to lay stone of Dhyan Chand sports varsity NEW DELHI: PM Modi will lay the foundation stone of Major Dhyan Chand Sports University in Meerut on January 2. The university will be established at an estimated cost of ~700 crore. BACK PAGE Sirsa withdraws resignation as DSGMC president NEW DELHI: BJP leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa has withdrawn his resignation as president of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee “as a stopgap arrangement to address administrative issues”. INSIDE LUDHIANA BLAST: COP SUSPENDED ■ The Punjab Police sus- pended constable Kamaljit Kaur for her ‘links’ with Gagandeep, suspect in Ludhiana blast case ■ Cops found that she was frequently in touch with the deceased suspect ■ The two had visited a hotel JS Multani. COURTESY: TWITTER motivating and recruiting youths in Punjab on ground and through social media.” They had been involved in raising funds to procure arms by using smuggling networks in Punjab to revive terrorism, the official said, adding that Multani had also been in contact with ISI in Khanna only two days before the blast operatives for carrying out terror attacks in Mumbai and other parts of the country. Another official said as Multani had been detained in Germany, the registration of the case would help the government take requisite action for the SFJ operative’s extradition to India. In Hry, 5% marks for those with no kin in govt job Pradeep Sharma Tribune News Service Chandigarh, December 31 The Haryana Government has decided to award 5 per cent extra marks to Group C post aspirants who have no family member in government job. However, the special incentive for the Haryana-domiciled candidates, including orphans and widows, under the “socio-economic criteria” will come with an income rider. To get this benefit, the candidate’s annual family income, including that from agriculture, should not exceed Rs 1.8 lakh. A notification issued by Chief Secretary Sanjeev ‘ONE CHANCE’ The weightage by the HSSC or any government agency shall be given only once in a lifetime. ❝ Sanjeev Kaushal, CHIEF SECRETARY Kaushal highlighted that the common eligibility test (CET) to be conducted by the Haryana Staff Selection Commission (HSSC) shall carry 95 per cent marks, while 5 per cent marks will be awarded on the basis of the “socio-economic criteria” and experience. continued on page 8 Day on, 4 Panipat MC employees sacked for graft Deadline missed, Pong Dam oustees’ wait for land allotment stretches on Panipat, December 31 Taking a serious note of the CID chief’s letter, the Commissioner of the Panipat Municipal Corporation on Friday ordered a time-bound inquiry into the matter and sacked four outsourced employees from the service. Three permanent employees of the MC have been removed from public dealing seats till further orders. The Tribune carried a news item highlighting the issue in its Friday edition. INSIDE Lalit Mohan Tribune News Service Dharamsala, December 31 The district administration has not met the December 31 deadline for the allotment of land to the landless Pong Dam oustees as the Revenue Department has failed to process the matter. Kangra Deputy Commissioner Nipun Jindal said efforts were being made to finalise the allotment of plots to the oustees at the earliest. Today, revenue officials BJP, SP trade charges amid I-T raids in UP UNDER-19 ASIA CUP Revenue officials visit village to survey land Pong Dam oustees. FILE PHOTO from Dehra subdivision visited Ban Chabbar village near the Pong Dam lake to survey the land for allotment. Over 300 landless Pong Dam oustees have applied for allotment of plots in Dehra subdivision. After The Tribune recently highlighted the plight of the oustees residing in Dehra subdivision, they were provided power supply. These oustees were landless labourers working for landlords in villages on the banks of the Beas. After the construction of Pong Dam in 1961, their houses got submerged in the lake. New Delhi, December 31 A massive war of words erupted today in the pollbound Uttar Pradesh following the I-T raids on Samajwadi Party legislator and perfume maker Pushpraj Jain in Kannauj. While the Samajwadi Party is accusing the ruling BJP of “misusing” Central agencies, saffron party leaders are using the development to take a swipe at Akhilesh Yadav, their main rival in the state. Home Minister Amit Shah, who was in Ayodhya to take stock of the ongoing work at Ram Temple, said the stench of the Samajwadi perfume had spread all over UP “They (SP) are getting . worried over the raids,” Shah said addressing a public rally. Throwing a question at the audience, he asked: “Do you have any issues if people with black money are being raided?” Akhilesh Yadav had recently launched a perfume called “Samajwadi Itra” prepared by MLC Pushpraj Jain, whose India hammer Lanka, win title for 8th time Union Home Minister Amit Shah during a roadshow in Bareilly. PTI POLITICAL WAR HOTS UP ■ I-T Department on Friday raided multiple premises linked to perfume traders, including SP MLC Pushpraj Jain, in UP as part of a tax-evasion investigation. premises were raided today. Completely backing Pushpraj Jain, the Samajwadi Party is claiming that the BJP has gone after the “real target” after “mistakenly” raiding “their own man” Piyush ■ Backing Pushpraj, the SP claimed that the BJP had gone after the ‘real target’ after ‘mistakenly raiding their own man’ Piyush Jain a couple of days ago. Jain a couple of days ago. “Today’s raids were done out of frustration to set right the earlier mistake, wherein a BJP supporter (Piyush) was mistaken for an SP man,” continued on page 8 Dubai, December 31 India reaffirmed their supremacy in Asia with a record eighth U-19 Asia Cup title after a nine-wicket hammering of Sri Lanka in a rainhit final here on Friday. After Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to bat first, the Indian bowlers were all over their batsmen, choking down scoring and taking wickets at regular intervals. At one stage, the Sri Lankans were gasping at 74 for seven in 33 overs, and at this point heavy rain stopped play for more than two hours. When resumed, it was turned into a 38-over-a-side contest, and Sri Lanka limped to 106 for nine. India were set a revised 102-run target in 38 overs via the DLS method, and they reached it rather comfortably in 21.3 overs. MORE INSIDE
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).