TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 14 PAGES, JAIPUR, `5.00 ● MONDAY, JULY 2, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE ONE YEAR OF GOODS AND SERVICES TAX PM rules out single tax slab: Milk, Mercedes can’t have same rate Over 70% jump in indirect taxpayer base in 1 year: Modi 8 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE INSIDE PAGE 3 ● CIRCULAR ON 1 PER CENT RESERVATION TO GURJARS SOON, SAYS RATHORE ● SMUGGLER HELD IN JAIPUR WITH ANIMAL PARTS NEW DELHI, JULY 1 RULINGOUTasingletaxrateunder the Goods and Services Tax (GST), Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said milk and Mercedes cannot be taxed at the same rate. He also indicated that there may not be any further reduction in the tax rates as the government has reduced taxes on nearly 400 groups of items. “It would have been very simple to have just one slab, but it would have meant we could THE EDITORIAL PAGE The virtues of formality By MANISH SABHARWAL Union Minister Piyush Goyal at the ‘GST Day’ event in New Delhi on Sunday. Renuka Puri not have food items at zero per cent tax rate. Can we have milk andMercedesatthesamerate?” Modi said in an interview to CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ‘HIGHER REVENUES TO AID RATIONALISATION’ Addressing the ‘GST Day’ function via videoconferencing, Union Minister Arun Jaitley said higher revenue collection would enhance the capacity to rationalise rates. He said GST has been implemented in a least disruptive manner. WILL CROSS 13 LAKH CR THIS FISCAL: GOYAL Finance Minister Piyush Goyal said monthly GST collection “will cross Rs 1.10 lakh crore”. “I feel more than Rs 13 lakh crore revenue will come from GST this fiscal,” he said. RSS TAX: CHIDAMBARAM Calling GST an “RSS tax”, Congress leader and former finance minister P Chidambaram said GST has “become a bad word among business persons, traders, exporters and common citizens”. REPORTS, PAGES 4, 10 11 of family found dead in Delhi, 10 were blindfolded, mouths taped The house where 11 of a family were found dead in Delhi’s Burari area early on Sunday morning. Gajendra Yadav MAHENDER SINGH MANRAL NEW DELHI, JULY 1 ELEVEN MEMBERS of a family, including seven women, were found dead under mysterious circumstances attheirresidence in Burari area of North Delhi on Sunday morning. While 10 of the dead were found hanging, with their eyes covered with cloth and their mouths taped, the body of a 77year-old woman was found ly- 6 ing on the floor in another room of the house. Additional DCP (North) Vinit Kumar said they received a PCR call around 7.30 am. “We reached thespotandfoundbodies of 11 people inside the twostorey building.Tenpeoplewere found hanging and blindfolded on the first floor, whereas the body of an old woman was found in the adjacent room. The deceasedwerelateridentifiedas Narayan Devi (77), sons Bhavnesh Bhatia (50) and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 12 KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN SUICIDE BLAST TARGETING VEHICLE OF SIKHS WORLD Pilgrims make their way to Sheshnag on the Amarnath Yatra. Praveen Khanna Red flags go up over rains, but pilgrims push forward on dangerous 3-km trek ANAND MOHAN J SHESHNAG, JULY 1 THE RAINS have been unrelenting. And every morning, a fiveman road-opening party from the BSF has been conducting threat assessment operations from Chandanwari to Sheshnag. In between the two base camps, is the most difficult part of the Amarnath Yatra: Pissu top mountain, a punishing 3-km trek involving a steep ascent 11,000 ft above sea level over narrow tracks covered in mud. Only 12 of 23 Judges in Supreme Court have disclosed assets: Official website SEEMA CHISHTI NEW DELHI, JULY 1 OF THE 23 Judges presently in the Supreme Court, from a sanctioned strength of 31, only 12 havedisclosedtheirassetsonthe official website. According to the Supreme Courtwebsite,the11Judgeswho are yet to disclose their assets andinvestmentsincludeJustices RFNariman,AMSapre,UULalit, BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY D Y Chandrachud, L Nageswara Rao, Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Mohan M Shantanagoudar, S Abdul Nazeer, Navin Sinha, Deepak Gupta and Indu Malhotra. Justices Nariman, Lalit, Rao and Malhotra were elevated directly from the Bar. Justice Malhotra took office in April while five others — Justices Kaul, Shantanagoudar, Nazeer, Sinha and Gupta — were elevated one-and-a-half years ago. Justices Chandrachud and Amarnath cave Rao were elevated more than two years ago. Justices Nariman, Sapre and Lalit came to the Supreme Court four years ago. Those who have disclosed their assets include the Chief Justiceof Indiaandtheotherfour judges in the Collegium, and seven others. Thewebsiteshowsthatasrecently as June 6, 2018, Justice Ranjan Gogoi, the most senior judge after the CJI, updated his CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 TRACKING THE YATRA ● SHESHNAG The BSF party, the Mountain Rescue Team (MRT) and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) warn the Nunwan base camp that the “track is dangerous”dueto“continuousrainfall”. The Sheshnag base camp director, too, requests his counterpart to not send anyone through. But despite the red flags, officials at Nunwan show the green light. “The pilgrims kept insisting that we allow them to leave Pahalgam. Many of them had startedtobecomeagitated,”says Surender Mohan, the director of Nunwan base camp. “Sometimes, people’s devotion trumps security,” says Roop Raj Bhagwan, the police officer in charge at Nunwan who had decided earlier to not allow the pilgrims through. Thisleavesthecampdirector in Sheshnag, Kishore Singh, seething. “They should not have sent the first batch to Sheshnag and it was a blunder of Himalayanproportions.Thepeople who reached our base camp had been through a lot,” he says. And so, on June 29, the first batch of pilgrims reaches Chandanwari, 16 km away, on private vans. At the security gates, they argue with officers and shrine board officials to let thempass.Finally,1,564pilgrims are let through. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Concerned over IDBI Bank stake sale to LIC, say insurance and bank staff GEORGE MATHEW MUMBAI, JULY 1 THE GOVERNMENT’S move to sell its stake in IDBI Bank to Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) has met with stiff resistance from employees of the insurance and bankingsectors,whohavequestioned the rationale of investing inabankwhichisweigheddown by huge bad loans and losses. “We are anxious and seri- ously concerned about this sale. Now as a concerned and a responsible trade union in LIC, it is morally worth questioning whether IDBI Bank, a lender withhumongousbadloansclose to a third of its book, makes for a good investment for LIC,” said Rajesh Kumar, general secretary, All India LIC Employees Federation. “Given the precarious situation of Non Performing Assets (NPAs) in IDBI Bank and the in- tention of LIC to substantially raise its stake in the said bank, there is contagion risk on the policy-holders’precioussavings, whichwillgrosslyimpactthecapability of LIC to serve its policyholder. In the past few years, LIC has been struggling to raise the bonus on the policies,” Kumar said in a letter to LIC Chairman V K Sharma. On Friday, the Insurance Regulatory and Development CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SHIMLA, JULY 1 falls into gorge in Uttarakhand, P3 MUMBAI, JULY 1 IN ANOTHER case of mob violence triggered by viral social media posts, five people were lynched in Dhule district of Maharashtra on Sunday afternoon over suspicion that they were part of a gang of “child lifters”, police said. Theincidenttookplaceinthe tribal hamlet of Rainpada of Sakritaluka,about325kmsfrom Mumbai. The mob reportedly comprised about 30 people, including some children. “The accused hail from a tribal village where WhatsApp postspertainingtochildkidnappershad goneviral.Basedonthe posts, the mob suspected the victims to be child lifters and thrashed them to death. We have detained 15 people so far and investigations are underway,” M Ramkumar, Superintendent of Police, Dhule, told The Indian Express. The five, along with a few others, were seen getting down fromastatetransportbus,police said. When one of them apparentlytriedtospeaktoagirlchild, the villagers, who had gathered for the weekly Sunday market, pounced on them, they said. Purported video clips of the incident showed the victims being thrashed with slippers, before being dragged to the Rainpadagrampanchayatoffice, wheretheywerebeatenupwith sticks and other objects. Some minors can also be seen punching,kickinganddraggingthevictims by their collars inside the panchayat office. In one video clip, a victim can be seen pleading for help, while the lifeless and bloodied bodies of theotherfourvictimsarelying An image from a video shot on a cellphone of the attack Rainpada DhuleDistrict Pimpalner MAHARASHTRA onthefloor.Thepersonshooting the video can be heard warning the victim, “tujhe marega phirse (I will hit you again)”. According to a police officer, oneof thevictimshasbeenidentified as Dadarao Shankarao Bhosale, a resident of Mangalweda in Solapur district. “The identities of the other four victimsareyettobeascertained,” he said. The bodies have been taken to Pimpalner hospital. With the situation tense in the area, additional forces from neighbouringdistrictshavebeen deployed. Inspector General (Nashik Range) Chhering Dorje has also reached the spot. In Tripura, 33-yr-old victim was hired for Rs 500 to kill rumours ABHISHEK SAHA GUWAHATI, JULY 1 THREE DAYS after an announcer hired by authorities in South Tripura district to dispel rumours of child-lifters was lynched by a mob, his griefstricken family is still struggling to cope with the fact that the 33year-old lost his life trying to keep his family afloat — for a daily wage of Rs 500. Sukanta Chakraborty was lynched to death by a mob on June 28 in the Kalachhara area where a few youths confronted the announcement team and saidtheydidnotknow the“real” situation in the villages where “child abductors were really present”. “This was plain murder in front of so many people. An announcer for a noble cause, hired by the authorities, was lynched to death. What can I say? He left behind his wife and a fivemonth-old baby boy,” says DebabrataChakraborty,theelder brother of Sukanta, speaking to The Indian Express over phone. Debabrata, a construction worker, says his brother’s body bore marks of grievous injuries caused by bricks, stones, sticks andevenbrokenbottles.Fourarrestshavebeenmadeinthecase, say police. “He was to be paid Rs 500 for a day’s engagement as an announcer. Starting from his teenage days, he would be involved in various music programmes, eithersingingorplayingthetabla.Hisvoicewasgood, so were his announcements,” the brother says. According to district officials, Sukanta was doing most of the public announcements carried out by the government in the Sabroomsub-division.“Thegovernment should now ensure thatmybrother’skillersarepunished,andthathiswifeandchild get the compensation for their sustenance,” says Debabrata. On June 28, Sukanta was accompanied by a government officialandthedriverof thevanfitted with a loudspeaker in which they were travelling. He was in the midst of issuing an announcement at a crowded market place in Kalachhara — that CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 GPS, RADIO TAGS, DRONES IN SHIMLA’S FIGHT AGAINST TREE-FELLING ASHWANI SHARMA ● 48 killed as bus RASHMI RAJPUT ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR Nearly 3 lakh tagged, project to revive forest cover has Oct deadline EXPRESS NETWORK Five lynched in Maharashtra over rumours about gang of child lifters MONIKATHAKURstandsnextto a Deodar tree on the wooded St Bede’sCollegecampusinShimla, absorbed in a mobile device. At 22, she could easily pass off as a student. But she’s not. She is a forest guard - and what she’s is busy with, is not a mobile phone but a GPS device. Thakur is part of an ambitious project that aims to combat a menace that has ravaged theHimachalcapital—theillegal TRACKING CHANGE» EVERY MONDAY For all Change stories, log on to www.indianexpress.com/change Witness Change? Write to us at email@example.com felling of trees. According to Forest Department officials, there are an estimated 4,00,000 trees within Shimla municipal limits. And until March 15, records show, they had tagged 2,81,780. If the project sticks to schedule, officials say all the trees will be GPS-tagged by October. “This will provide real-time GPS data and a scientific record on the forest wealth of Shimla. If anyonedamagesorcutsatreeon private land, our team can easily check how many were cut through a GPS-enabled mobile phone. They can immediately send an alert about the missing tree and its tag number,” Tarun Kapoor, additional chief secretary, forest and environment, told The Indian Express. And yet, the project required Monika Thakur, a forest guard, geo-tags trees in Shimla. The project aims to tag 4 lkh trees. Pradeep Kumar Jaipur apushfromtheHighCourttoget going. Last October, while hearing a public interest litigation against the illegal felling of trees, the court ordered that each tree must be mapped and implanted with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags. It also ordered that Shimla’s forest cover must be mapped through satellite or drones, and an “environmental audit” be conducted of all trees and saplings. Thakur, who graduated from the government girls’ college in Shimlatwoyearsago,isoneof 17 trained guards who set out daily in the state capital with a handheld GPS device, a tree-measur- ing instrument called clapper, bark-shaver and paint box. “Sometimes, we need the presence of the patwari (local revenueofficial)tobesureabout the owners of these trees in case of any boundary disputes. The most important tool is the GPS identifier.OnceIstandnexttothe tree,itslocationisdisplayed,and I mark it on the device and make a physical record,” she said. Flanked by three workers, Thakuralsorecordsthehealthof the tree — “whether it is dead or alive,standingstraight,reclining or angled dangerously”. The workers then shave off a bit of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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