09112022-TTB-01.qxd 11/9/2022 12:04 AM Page 1 13 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 142 NO. 309 | 12 PAGES | ~5.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 HARYANA INJURY SCARE FOR ROHIT AHEAD OF SEMIFINAL TIE AGAINST ENGLAND SPORT /thetribunechd CENTRE GRANTS 265 MEDICAL SEATS TO UT HOSPITALS J&K OIL PSUs SUFFER AIR POWER TO PLAY KEY LOSS OF ~2,749 CRORE ROLE IN FUTURE WARS: IN Q2 BUSINESS IAF CHIEF BACK PAGE wednesday | 9 november 2022 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Education not business to earn profit, tuition feeorder quashing 7-fold hike in MBBS fee to ~24 lakh/annum must be affordable, rules SC Upholds Andhra HC Tribune News Service External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov before a meeting in Moscow on Tuesday. REUTERS It’s advantage India in oil trade, will keep ties steady: EAMin Russia Sandeep Dikshit Tribune News Service New Delhi, November 8 India and Russia have an exceptionally steady and time-tested relationship and the objective now is to fashion a balanced, mutually beneficial and long-term engagement in the backdrop of the increasing economic cooperation, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Tuesday. “Russia has been India’s steady and time-tested partner and the longstanding partnership has served both countries very well over many decades,” Jaishankar observed after meeting Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow. “If it (the relationship, including in oil trade) has served my country for many many decades, I think you can see the obvious interests and commitment I would like to keep that relationship strong and steady,” he added at a joint conference with Lavrov. Jaishankar’s observations come a week before the G20 Summit in Bali where the western G7 bloc will attempt to corner Russia as it has done in the previous two G20 ministerial meetings. At a Toes PM Modi’s ‘not era of war’ line on Ukraine TIME-TESTED RELATIONSHIP ❝ Russia has been India’s steady and timetested partner and the longstanding partnership has served both countries very well over many decades. S Jaishankar, EAM KWATRA, SHERMAN DISCUSS INDO-US TIES Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra met Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman in Washington and discussed the India-US ties and ways to advance their bilateral security and regional cooperation, the situation in the Indo-Pacific region and Ukraine. BACK PAGE meeting of G20 Finance Ministers, the G7 had walked out when their Russian counterpart began speaking. At the G20 Foreign Ministers’ meeting, Lavrov left early to avoid an unpleasant situation with his G7 counterparts. Pointing out that his Russia visit would not have been necessary had it not been for continued on page 9 New Delhi, November 8 Maintaining that education is not a business to earn profit, the Supreme Court has ruled that tuition fee has to be always affordable. A Bench led by Justice MR Shah upheld the Andhra Pradesh High Court order quashing the state government’s decision to enhance the tuition fee in medical colleges to Rs 24 lakh per annum. “To enhance the fee to Rs 24 lakh per annum i.e. seven times more than the fee fixed earlier is not justifiable at all. Education is not the business to earn profit. The tuition fee should always be affordable,” it said, dismissing Narayana Medical College’s petition challenging the Andhra Pradesh High Court’s order setting aside the government’s decision to enhance the tuition fee of MBBS students. The top court on Monday upheld the High Court’s direction for refunding the balance of the tuition fee amount collected under government order dated September 6, 2017, after adjusting the SLAPS ~2.5 LAKH COST ON MEDICAL INSTITUTE The SC imposed a cost of ~2.5 lakh each on the petitioner college and the Andhra Pradesh Government, asking them to deposit the amount with the court’s Registry in six weeks. LISTS FACTORS FOR REVISION IN FEE RESIDENT DOCTORS PROTEST HIKE IN MBBS FEE, IN AMRITSAR. FILE ‘EXCESS’ CHARGES TO BE REFUNDED ■The SC upheld the HC’s direc- NOT JUSTIFIED AT ALL ❝ To enhance the fee to ~24 lakh per annum, which is seven times the fee fixed earlier, is not justifiable at all. tion to refund the 'excess' fee collected under the govt order issued on Sept 6, 2017 ■ It held the college could not Supreme Court be permitted to retain the amount collected pursuant to an illegal government order fee paid pursuant to the earlier determination as per an order dated June 18, 2011. Holding that the college management could not be permitted to retain the amount recovered or collected pursuant to the illegal government order, the Bench said the High Court had not committed any error in issuing such directions. It also imposed a cost of Rs 2.5 lakh each on the petitioner college and the Andhra Pradesh Government and asked them to deposit the amount with the court’s Aman Sood Tribune News Service Patiala, November 8 The Patiala police have formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the “nexus of authorised liquor vend owners” smuggling liquor meant for sale in Punjab to poll-bound Gujarat. The development came even as the Excise Department asked its senior officials to investigate and fix responsibility of “officials and liquor contractors” in the scam. Confirming that an SIT had been constituted, Patiala SSP EC wants illegal supply to other states curbed THREE EXCISE OFFICIALS SHIFTED Three senior excise officials, including an assistant excise and taxation commissioner, handling the smuggling nexus have been shifted out of Patiala in a recent order. Deepak Pareek said, “The SIT will ascertain the facts in the case. We will investigate if more such liquor consign- ments were sent by the same contractors.” “A thorough probe is needed to ascertain as to who ordered the consignment and how the tracking stickers fixed on the liquor bottles were missing,” said a police officer. About 10 days ago, the police seized around 600 cartons of illicit liquor from a Gujarat-bound truck. The police have registered a case under Sections 61, 1, 14 and 78(2) of the Punjab Excise Act and Section 420 of the IPC against four persons continued on page 9 India pegged to be 3rd largest economy by 2027 Tribune News Service New Delhi, November 8 Over the next decade, while the US and China will remain just as important to global investors, the ascendancy of India’s economy will mean it will feature more prominently on their radars, Chief Asia Economist at Morgan Stanley Chetan Ahya has written. The key, he said, lies in the size and scale of India’s opportunity set. Morgan Stanley has forecast that India will be the third-largest Air surcharge: Leh and beyond Rs 2.00 ■ Nature of the professional course; cost of available infrastructure ■ Expenditure on administration and maintenance ■ A reasonable surplus required for growth and development of the institution ■ The revenue foregone on account of quota fee waiver Registry in six weeks. The top court agreed with the High Court that considering the provisions of the Andhra Pradesh Admission and Fee Regulatory Committee (AFRC) for Professional Courses offered in Private Unaided Professional Insti- Tribune New Service INCOME TO RISE AT FAST RATE: MORGAN STANLEY India is entering a phase where incomes will be compounding at a fast rate. India’s real GDP growth will average 6.5% over the next decade while China’s will average 3.6% DESPITE DeMo, CASH IN HAND AT RECORD HIGH ■ As per the RBI, currency with public has jumped to a high of ~30.88L cr as on Oct 21 ■ The currency with the public is 71.84% more than ~17.7 lakh cr in fortnight before the demonetisation in Nov 2016 economy by 2027, with its GDP more than doubling from the current $3.4 trillion to $8.5 trillion over the next 10 years. Incrementally, India will add more than $400 bil- lion to its GDP every year, a scale that is only surpassed by the US and China. “We estimate India is set to drive a fifth of global growth in the coming decade. We think this offers a compelling opportunity for multinationals and global investors in a world starved of growth,’’ said Ahya. These projections are underpinned by a confluence of favourable domestic and global forces. The most important change domestically is the shift in policy continued on page 9 T HERE is pro-incumbency in favour of the ruling BJP in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat, claims party’s national president JP Nadda. Ahead of the November 12 Himachal poll, the Rajya Sabha MP speaks to Aditi Tandon & Pratibha Chauhan on a range of issues, including the old pension scheme, which, he says, can only be addressed by the BJP Excerpts: . ■ What are BJP’s prospects in the two states? We are comfortably placed in both states. In Himachal, we are gaining daily. The tradition of governments alternating every five years will certainly change. People have made up their mind. ■ How do you see the rebel factor, will it hit the BJP? The rebels won’t have any impact. The electorate is wise and the BJP cadre strong. Once you are out of the party, you are out of the fray. ■ How did so many rebels emerge in a disciplined party like the BJP? Pro-incumbency and bright victory prospects led to the emergence of too many ticket aspirants. Some thought it was now or never. Haryana girls break glass ceiling, line up for Army rally Nitish Sharma Tribune News Service Ambala, November 8 Women from Haryana’s hinterland, hitherto confined to household chores, have broken the glass ceiling to follow their passion to serve the country. These young enthusiastic women are participating in a recruitment rally under the Agnipath scheme being held in Ambala Cantonment. Despite a dearth of sports PM unveils logo as India readies for G20 presidency New Delhi, November 8 Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday unveiled the logo, theme and website of India’s G20 presidency via video-conferencing. Lotus logo symbol of hope: PM India will assume the G20 presidency on December 1 from the current president Indonesia. The first G20 Sherpa meet under Indian presidency will be held in Udaipur from December 4 to 7. The Prime Minister will be travelling to Bali to attend the G20 Summit with Indonesia as the host. continued on page 9 SIT to probe smuggling of liquor THE TRIBUNEINTERVIEW: JP NADDA,BJP NATIONAL PRESIDENT ‘Pro-incumbency spurred BJP from Punjab to poll-bound Guj ticket rush, some turned rebels’ ~100 cr illegal funds detected after raids on 2 J’khand MLAs New Delhi, November 8 The Income-Tax Department has detected “unaccounted” transactions and investments worth more than Rs 100 crore following raids on the premises of two Jharkhand Congress MLAs and their associates, the CBDT said today. In a statement, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) said 50 premises in Ranchi, Godda, Bermo, Dumka, Jamshedpur and Chaibasa in Jharkhand, Patna (Bihar), Gurugram (Haryana) and Kolkata (West Bengal) were covered during the searches launched on November 4. The two MLAs, on the day the searches were initiated, were identified by the officials as Kumar Jaimangal, alias Anup Singh, and Pradip Yadav. Jaimangal, a legislator from Bermo, spoke to reporters outside his Ranchi residence on the day of the raids saying he was extending all cooperation to continued on page 9 ■ Location of the institution tutions Rules, 2006, the fee cannot be enhanced or fixed without the recommendations of the committee. It said determination of fee or review of fee shall be within the parameters of the fixation rules and shall have direct nexus on the factors mentioned in Rule 4 of the Rules, 2006. Location of the professional institution; nature of the professional course; cost of available infrastructure; expenditure on administration and maintenance; a reasonable surplus required for growth and development of the institution; and the revenue foregone on account of waiver of fee, if any, in respect of students belonging to the reserved category and other economically weaker sections of the society had to be taken into account, it said. Noting that all these factors were required to be considered by the AFRC while determining or reviewing the tuition fees, the Bench said the High Court was “absolutely justified” in quashing and setting aside the government order dated September 6, 2017. No sports infra in villages, most candidates self-trained Girls participate in an Agnipath recruitment rally in Ambala on Tuesday. infrastructure in their respective villages, the selfmotivated candidates have trained on roads and in fields. They are required to meet the physical standards in different events like long jump, high jump and a 1,600metre run. Most of the 750 women candidates who participated in a rally at Kharga Stadium in Ambala Cantonment on Monday and Tuesday were from Haryana. Some others were from Himachal Pradesh, Delhi and Chandigarh. Shiksha, a candidate from Jind, said, “I am impressed with the Army’s discipline. Even after a short service, disciplined soldiers will go back to society and make a lot of difference. There is no track or stadium in our village. We prepared for the physical test by running on roads. My father, who is a cop, motivated me.” Priyanka of Fatehabad said, “My father is a farmer, but I want to join the Army. I am pursuing MSc in chemistry. continued on page 9 ❝ Pro-incumbency & bright victory prospects led to the emergence of too many ticket aspirants. Some thought it was now or never. We tried to pacify them. The process is still on. We tried to pacify them. The process is still on. ■ What are the top three election issues? Development, development and development. Himachal has been ignored for long. People have realised that under PM Modi, the country is changing and so is the state. They want to be part of this growth journey. ■ You are eyeing history in Himachal. Any hindrance? There is no hindrance. There is pro-incumbency in favour of the BJP No one is . speaking against the state government or CM Jai Ram Thakur. The government has been pro-people and everyone can see that. ■ How do you see the rival Congress? The Congress has lost its grasp on timings and circumstances. They don’t have any cadre left to bring about transformational changes. They have no clue who they are fighting. ■ It’s the first HP poll in the absence of Congress stalwart Virbhadra Singh. Your take? That is for the Congress to judge. Virbhadra Singhji was a highly respected leader, but even he could never bring his party back to power for the second consecutive term. ■ In 1993, ‘no work, no pay’ led to BJP’s defeat. Now, OPS has become an issue. There is a world of difference between the BJP of 1993 and the BJP of today. Our credibility today is immense. The Congress slogan on OPS is meaningless. The employees know the BJP does what it says. Everything shouldn’t continued on page 9 IN BRIEF 10-time Gujarat MLA Rathva quits Cong, joins BJP AHMEDABAD: Veteran Congress leader and 10-time MLA Mohan Singh Rathva joined the BJP on Tuesday. He claimed developmental works of the BJP motivated him to take the step. ANI India’s first private rocket launch in mid-Nov NEW DELHI: India's first privately developed rocket — Vikram-S — is set for a launch in a sub-orbital mission with three payloads between November 12 and 16, startup Skyroot Aerospace said on Tuesday. TNS CJI Lalit retires, Chandrachud takes charge today NEW DELHI: With Chief Justice of India (CJI) UU Lalit retiring on Tuesday, seniormost Supreme Court judge DY Chandrachud is set to become the 50th CJI on Wednesday. BACK PAGE
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