08092022-TT-01.qxd 9/7/2022 11:25 PM Page 1 13 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 142 NO. 248 | 16 PAGES | ~5.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 HIMACHAL PRADESH TWO OF INDIAN-ORIGIN FIND PLACE IN TRUSS’ CABINET WORLD /thetribunechd TWO MILITANTS KILLED IN ANANTNAG ENCOUNTER J&K INFLATION DECLINING, GOVT’S FOCUS ON JOBS, GROWTH: FM BUSINESS AT ‘BHARAT JODO YATRA’, RAHUL SAYS BJP DIVIDING COUNTRY BACK PAGE thursday | 8 september 2022 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Keen to strengthen ties with Russian Far East, says PM For shoring up partnership on Arctic subjects, especially energy sector Tribune News Service ~103cr for road safetyahead ofHPelections New Delhi, September 7 Eye on Himachal poll, Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday said Rs 103.19 crore had been approved for strengthening road safety measures on NH-5 in Himachal Pradesh. The funds would be spent for strengthening retaining walls, breast walls, three beam crash barriers, roadside drains and footpaths, Gadkari tweeted. In another tweet, Gadkari said Rs 685.51 crore had been allocated for the development of the NH-321G of Agra. The Union Minister said India aimed to halve road accidents and related deaths by the end of 2024 and that the government hoped to finalise a draft for mandatory six airbags in all cars this year. — TNS New Delhi, September 7 Despite the continuing western pressure, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday spelt out India’s keenness to expand trade, connectivity and investments with Russia. “India is keen to strengthen its partnership with Russia on Arctic subjects. There is immense scope for cooperation in the field of energy. Along with energy, India has also made significant investments in the Russian Far East in the fields of pharmaceuticals and diamonds,” said the Prime Minister while speaking virtually at the 7th Eastern Economic Forum being held in Vladivostok which was also attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Russia, he said, could become an important partner for the Indian steel industry through the supply of coking coal. India has already offered Russia a $1 billion line of credit for developing infrastructure in the Far East. Pitching for deeper ties with US too: EAM NEW DELHI: While India strikes a parallel economic relationship with Russia, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar made the case for stronger collaboration between India and the US at the India Ideas Summit organised by the US-India Business Council here. Jaishankar listed several emerging areas where there can be effective collaboration between the two sides. —TNS PM Narendra Modi virtually addresses the Eastern Economic Forum in Russia’s Vladivostok on Wednesday. ANI REITERATES STAND ON UKRAINE CONFLICT the need to ❝ From the beginning, we have emphasisedwe welcome adopt diplomacy and dialogue. In this regard, the recent consensus on the safe export of cereals and fertilisers. Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Eastern Economic Forum GOVT FOCUS ON INVESTMENT & CONNECTIVITY ■ Immense scope for coopera- line of credit for infra in Far East tion in the field of energy ■ Russia can become key partner for Indian steel industry ■ India has already offered $1 bn ■ Indian talent can bring rapid development in Russian Far East ■ Connectivity to play big role in development of relations ISTOCK “We can also have good cooperation in the mobility of talent. Indian talent has contributed to the development of many resource-rich regions of the world. I believe that the talent and professionalism of Indians can bring about rapid development in the Russian Far East,” suggested the PM. In fact, if the Ukraine conflict had not intervened, India was poised to send 2,000 skilled workers in April to work in continued on page 11 Unrecognised parties raided over funding Tribune News Service New Delhi, September 7 Income Tax Department sleuths today conducted simultaneous raids in multiple states as part of a panIndia tax evasion probe against certain registered unrecognised political parties (RUPP) and their alleged dubious financial transactions, official sources said. The officials confirmed that the raids were conducted at nearly 110 locations in several states, including Gujarat, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Haryana. The raiding teams of taxmen were being assisted by the police, they added. A coordinated action has been launched by the department against some RUPPs, their promoters and linked entities to probe their income sources and expenditure, the officials said. The surprise action is understood to have been taken by the department on a recent recommendation of the Election Commission of India (ECI), which recently struck off at least 198 entities from its RUPP list after they were found non-existent during physical verification. continued on page 11 I-T searches at Centre for Policy Research, Oxfam New Delhi, September 7 The Income Tax Department today conducted searches at the Delhi offices of independent think tank Centre for Policy Research (CPR) and charity organisation Oxfam India and also at the Bengaluru-based Independent and Public-Spirited Media Foundation (IPSMF) that partly funds a number of anti-BJP digital media outlets such as The Caravan, The Print and Swarajya. Officials said these searches were part of the I-T Department’s probe relating to the alleged Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) violations in receiving funds. There was no immediate comment from Oxfam India, CPR and the IPSMF. Sources said the tax sleuths studied the balance sheets of these organisations vis-a-vis the receipt of funds through the FCRA route. According to law, all NGOs receiving foreign funds have to be registered under the FCRA. The government has cancelled FCRA registration of nearly 1,900 NGOs for violating continued on page 11 Declaring paid promotions must for influencers New Delhi, September 7 Social media influencers will be asked to make disclosures about paid promotions in posts made on platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube. The move is aimed at checking misleading promotion of brands without disclosing these to be advertisements. The Union Government is coming out with guidelines for social media influencers, which are likely announced in two weeks, sources said. As per the proposed guidelines, if social media influencers endorse any brand after taking money, they will have to declare their association with that brand. A failure to do so would attract heavy penalties. In July, the Confederation of All India Traders had urged the continued on page 11 Netaji’s kin to skip unveiling of statue near India Gate Shubhadeep Choudhury Tribune News Service A statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose being installed at India Gate on Wednesday, ahead of the inauguration of Central Vista in New Delhi. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANAS RANJAN BHUI New Delhi, September 7 Even as PM Narendra Modi is scheduled to unveil a 28-ft tall statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose near India Gate on Thursday, some members of the Netaji’s family, including his Germanybased daughter Anita Bose Pfaff, have questioned the day chosen for the purpose. According to them, September 8 has no relevance to Neta- Resent clubbing it with inauguration of Central Vista RAJPATH NOW ‘KARTAVYA PATH’, TO BE OPENED TODAY ■ The NDMC on Wednesday approved a proposal to rename Rajpath as ‘Kartavya Path’ ■ Stretch from the Netaji statue at India Gate to Rashtrapati Bhavan now ‘Kartavya Path’ ■ PM to inaugurate on Thursday; several VVIPs and celebrities will attend the event ■ The name ‘Rajpath symbolised power, ji or the Indian National Army (INA). Pfaff said though she had received an invitation to attend the event, the short notice made it difficult for her to undertake the long distance ‘Kartavya Path’ will signify public ownership travel from Germany. Netaji’s grandnephew Chandra Kumar Bose said many surviving members of the Netaji’s family were of advanced age and needed to be informed Daughters win Faridkot 70% share, 2 firms monopolise IMFL biz in Punjab FALSE PROPAGANDA BY OPPN PARTIES: AAP royal inheritance battle Ruchika M Khanna Tribune News Service New Delhi, September 7 Ending a three-decade-old inheritance battle, the Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a Punjab and Haryana High Court verdict awarding the majority share in the Rs 25,000-crore assets of erstwhile Faridkot Maharaja Harinder Singh Brar to his daughters Amrit Kaur and Deepinder Kaur. The assets under dispute included forts, palatial buildings, hundreds of acres of land, jewellery, vintage cars and a huge bank balance. “Since the submissions 30-YR FIGHT OVER ~25,000-CR ASSETS; APEX COURT UPHOLDS VERDICT BY TRIAL COURT, HC advanced on behalf of the appellants were dealt with by all three courts below extensively, we do not find any reason to upset the concurrent view taken by the courts below,” a three-judge Bench led by CJI UU Lalit said, dismissing the special leave petitions (SLPs) against the high court’s order. The protracted legal battle was between Maharwal Khewaji continued on page 11 Chandigarh, September 7 The allotment of wholesale liquor licences for Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) and Bottled in Origin (BIO) brands in Punjab to two companies — Brindco and Anant Wines and Spirits — has come under the Enforcement Directorate scanner. Both these firms have already been named in the Delhi excise policy case. The agency yesterday searched the residences of Excise and Taxation Commissioner Varun Roojam and Joint Commissioner Naresh Dubey. Brindco and Anant Wines and Spirits have wholesale liquor licence for IMFL brands in Punjab Named in Delhi excise policy case, both firms have over 70 per cent share in Punjab IMFL business An ‘accused’ in Delhi case also played role in formulating Punjab’s excise policy POST RAID, RESENTMENT IN BUREAUCRACY ■ Following ED raid, Excise and Taxation Commissioner Varun Roojam on Wednesday met other senior officers amid growing resentment over ‘lack of support’ from political bosses The two companies have been appointed as the sole L1 licensees by two of the biggest IMFL manufacturers in Punjab. As a result, over 70 per cent of the IMFL and BIO business has gone to them. This year, 60 lakh cas- es of IMFL are expected to be sold in the state. Sources said Amit Arora, alleged to be at the centre of the Delhi excise policy case, has a stake in a bottling plant at Rajpura, Buddy Punjab Bottlers Pvt Ltd. He alleged- ly used his “contacts” in the Punjab Excise Department to get a structurally different excise policy framed this year. Arora was also said to be behind the grant of L1 licences to the two companies, the sources said. The AAP government in Punjab brought out its first excise policy in June this year. According to it, each distiller could appoint only one wholesale distributor (L1 licensee). Retailers were barred from getting into the wholesale business (which was allowed under the previous policy). The fee for obtaining an L1 licence was continued on page 11 well in time for the event. “Netaji’s statue cannot be unveiled on just another day. The day must have relevance to him or the INA. A member of high-level Central commit- tee had suggested October 21 or January 23,” tweeted Chandra Bose, who contested the West Bengal poll on the BJP ticket, but later dissociated himself from the party. The statue was to be unveiled on August 15. Pfaff had demanded a DNA test of Netaji’s mortal remains, kept at a temple in Japan, to lay to rest the controversy surrounding his death. She had also written to PM Modi for a meeting, but failed to get any response. IN BRIEF Three-year jail for 3 HEPL officials in coal scam NEW DELHI: A Delhi court on Wednesday awarded three-year jail sentence to two directors and another senior official of Himachal EMTA Power Limited (HEPL) in the 2009 coal scam case. PTI Good deal or no trade pact with Israel, says Goyal SAN FRANCISCO: The proposed India-Israel trade pact should be beneficial to both and until New Delhi gets a good deal, it won’t do an agreement, Commerce & Industry Minister Piyush Goyal said. PTI Bill tabled in US House for CAATSA waiver to India WASHINGTON: Indian-American Congressman Ro Khanna has introduced a standalone Bill in the US House of Representatives seeking a waiver for India against the punitive CAATSA sanctions. INSIDE Apples sell at ~491 in Delhi, HP growers getting ~60/kg Subhash Rajta As govt goes soft, mining mafia back to business in Aravallis CRIMINAL NEXUS Geetanjali Gayatri Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 7 Nearly two months after the crackdown on illegal mining, it is business as usual in Haryana’s Nuh, a no-mining district, as also in other mining zones of the state even though “operations” remain low-key and covert. In Bader village under Ferozepur Jhirka block of Nuh bordering Rajasthan, five machines have been illegally extracting stones in the nomining zone Aravallis daily. Villagers maintained that though illegal mining had remained suspended for over a month due to the heightened vigil, it resumed gradually. “Quarrying is not done openly anymore. It continues in deep pockets and stone is being ferried from the Aravallis to local crushers,” a villager said. Sources said mining was going on with the “con- SURVEILLANCE LACKING ■ Five machines illegally extract- Illegal mining underway in Bader village of Nuh. TRIBUNE PHOTO nivance” of two stone crushers of the area. “From the information we got, those extracting stone have been provided five machines by crushers. Also, a drilling machine and explosives to carry out blasts were at the site when I went there. The sarpanch and other villagers ing stone in the Aravallis, a nomining zone, in Nuh district ■ Illegal mining picking pace in Yamunanagar, Faridabad, Mahendragarh and Bhiwani too ■ The illegal activity had come down after raids in the aftermath of a DSP’s killing in Nuh know about it, but it’s our source of livelihood,” said another villager. Illegal mining saw a decline after the government crackdown following the mowing down of a Haryana Police DSP by a dumper carrying illegally quarried stone in July this year. Turning the heat on stone crushers and villagers of the area, the government had carried out raids and “picked up” suspects while vehicles had been seized. However, with the pressure around illegal mining easing and the government yet to start surveillance of “sensitive areas” through drones (since continued on page 11 Tribune News Service Shimla, September 7 The news of 1 kg of apple selling for Rs 491 in a Delhi mall has rubbed salt in the wounds of apple growers who have been enduring a major market slump and have been selling even the premium quality apple at a measly Rs 60 per kg. The revelation has left the orchardists suspicious about the crashing of the wholesale market. They have been questioning that when consumers were willing to pay nearly Rs 500 per kg for average-quality apple, why had the markets crashed? HIGH RATES AT MALLS ■ The news of 1 kg of apple sell- ing for ~491 at a Delhi mall has triggered debate ■ Growers are struggling to sell premium quality apple for ~60/kg in wholesale market ■ They allege market forces had created the artificial slump “Why does wholesale price crash when retail rate continues to be high? If there’s lack of demand, the retail continued on page 11
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