eye THE SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE PUNE,LATECITY JULY22,2018 18+4(NEWSLINE)+6(EYE)PAGES,`5.00 DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM Middle class focus in GST rate cuts GST meet approves cuts for white goods; sanitary napkins, rakhi exempt; says all states wanted it AANCHAL MAGAZINE NEW DELHI, JULY 21 THE GOODS and Services Tax (GST) Council in its 28th meeting Saturday approved rate reductions for 88 consumer-centric items such as cosmetics, refrigerators,washingmachines, andsmallscreentelevisions,and cleared the widely demanded exemption on sanitary napkins. The tax was also cut to zero for marble and stone idols, rakhis, and sal leaves. The Councilannouncedquarterlyre- turn-filingandmonthlytaxpayments for businesses with annual turnover of up to Rs 5 crore as against the current threshold of Rs 1.5 crore, a move that is expected to benefit 93 per cent of registered GST taxpayers. “Today’s decisions of the GST Council were guided by simplification, rationalisation... Every state wanted that the rates on these items be lowered for benefit of middle-income households... It has also been decided that the GST Council will rise above revenue consideration and focus more on job creation and economic growth,” Finance Minister Piyush Goyal said after chairing the GST Council meeting, his first after taking charge of this portfolio. Fast-moving consumer goods, which were badly hit after demonetisation, could gain from the cut in rates, which could have an impact ahead of Assembly elections in three heartland states and the general election subsequently. The good monsoon has inspired forecasts of a steady pick-up in rural and urban demand, and the GST rate CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CHEAPER 28% TO 18%: Paint/varnish, refrigerator, washing machine, lithium-ion battery, vacuum cleaner, food grinder/mixer, water heater, hair dryer, TV up to 68 cm 28% TO 12%: Fuel cell vehicle (compensation cess to be removed, too) 18% TO 12%: Handbag/pouch/purse, wooden painting/photo frame, zip and slide fastener 12% TO 5%: Handloom dari, knitted topi up to Rs 1,000, handmade carpet CUT TO ZERO: Sanitary napkin, sal leaf, phool jhadu, rakhi DAY AFTER NO-TRUST VOTE Looking for tie-ups to keep BJP out: Mayawati ‘Talibani Hindus’ head BJP, will not cross 150 in LS: Mamata LALMANI VERMA RAVIK BHATTACHARYA AND SANTANU CHOWDHURY NEW DELHI, JULY 21 KOLKATA, JULY 21 ADAYaftertheOpposition’smotion of no-confidence was defeated in the Lok Sabha, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee claimed the government had no numbers outside Parliament, and that the BJPwouldbeoustedfrompower next year. She announced a mega “federal front” rally in Kolkata on January 19, to which all opposition leaders would be invited. Within hours, the BJP announced a counter rally at the same venue on January 23, to be addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Mamata blamed the hatred that the BJP was allegedly promotingforthespateof lynchings in the country over the past few months. She described the leadership of the BJP as “Talibani Hindus”, and attacked Modi directly, saying he had the “blood of riots on his hands”, and thought of himself as “a bigger dictator than Hitler and Mussolini”. “Yesterday, the BJP managed to defeat the no-confidence motionby325votesto126.Theygot the numbers inside the House, but those were 2014 numbers. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 14 WORLD Mamata Banerjee addressing TMC’s 25th ‘Martyrs’ Day’, in Kolkata Saturday. Subham Dutta Dal+dal is dal-dal, mocks PM, says Rahul ‘piled on to me’ MAULSHREE SETH LUCKNOW, JULY 21 ADAYafterwinningtheno-confidence motion in Parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday mocked the Opposition’s attempts at unity, saying the various “dals (fronts)” were nothing but “dal-dal (quicksand)”. He also referred to CHINAWAGING‘QUIETKIND OFCOLDWAR’AGAINSTUS: CIA cle” and “haathi (elephant)” was “sabse bara dhokha (biggest betrayal)” of the people. The PM also called the notrust motion brought against him a denial by the Opposition of the huge mandate given to his government by the people. “Theydon’thavetrustinthegovernment formed by you with a historic mandate at the Centre. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 I was a CM back in 1995, Modi came along only in 2002: Naidu DEEPTIMAN TIWARY NEW DELHI, JULY 21 Naidu at a press conference in Delhi Saturday. Tashi Tobgyal NARENDRA MODI is blaming the Congress for the situation in Andhra Pradesh following the bifurcation, but he has forgotten hisownpromises,Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said Saturday.AftertheTDP’sreplyto thePrimeMinister’sspeechduring the no-confidence motion was cut short in Lok Sabha, Naidu flew into Delhi Saturday to explain his party’s position. Modi wants to humiliate the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Punjab’s latest: race to put up ‘drugs-free’ boards in villages SAURABH KAPOOR ISI PRESSING JUDGES TO GIVE FAVOURABLE VERDICTS: PAK HC JUDGE Congress president Rahul Gandhi embracing him in the House on Friday, saying “woh gale padh gaye (piled on to me)”. Addressing a ‘Kisan Kalyan Rally’ in Shahjahanpur near Lucknow during his third visit to Uttar Pradesh in a month’s time, Modi specifically referred to the coming together of the Samajwadi Party and BSP in the state, saying the unity of the “cy- TARN TARAN, JULY 21 OUTSIDE THREE border villages in Khemkaran in Punjab’s Tarn Taran district, newly minted ‘drugs-free’ signboards are coming up as the latest weapon in Capt Amarinder Singh govern- ment’s sputtering war on drugs. Fifteen more villages are awaiting completion of paperwork to getsignboardsthatdeclarethem “nasha-mukt pind”. The first three signboards came up at Mastgarh, Manawa and Kalanjar Uttar villages on July 14 amidst much fanfare. Khemkaran MLA Sukhpal Singh Bhullar and IG, Border Range, S P S Parmar attended special eventsorganisedtomarktheoccasion. In its rush to prove that its response is not dwarfed by the drug epidemic, the Congress government had last month issued orders to district CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BSP CHIEF Mayawati said on Saturday that her party was following the policy of forging alliances with different parties in different states only to remove the BJP from power, and said the effectivenessof thisstrategyhad been seen in the recent Karnataka elections. Atameetingwithpartyleaders from across the country held inDelhi,MayawatisaidtheBSP’s alliance with the INLD in Haryana, and its growing base, had left the BJP worried. Mayawati’s remarks came a day after the no-trust motion against the Modi government in Parliament, which was seen as an attempt by the Opposition to showcase its unity. There has been talk of the Congress and BSPtyingupinMadhyaPradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan for the coming Assembly polls. The BSP is also likely to fight the Lok Sabha elections in alliance with the SP in Uttar Pradesh, where theirtie-uphadearliermanaged to defeat the BJP in crucial bypolls. CallingtheModigovernment “anti-people”, Mayawati said, “Hence it has become necessary to keep it out of power as much as possible. And for that, the policyof electoralallianceswithdifferentpartiesindifferentstatesis CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 INSIDE ● MEA NOTE FOR JOURNALISTS P 5 ● J&K: CONSTABLE ABDUCTED, KILLED P 6 ● RAIN DEFICIT IN 40% DISTS P 6 ● WRITER FORCED TO PULL OUT P 6 The Girl Who Chases Time Lynching in Alwar now, Union minister sees a ‘plot’ given ‘the PM’s popularity’ Two travelling with cows attacked on suspicion of being smugglers; 2 held HAMZA KHAN ALWAR, JULY 21 INTHEthirdsuchincidentinjust over a year in Alwar district, one man was lynched by villagers on suspicion of cow smuggling on Friday night, while another managed to escape. The victim, Rakbar alias Akbar,wastransportingcowson foot along with an associate, Aslam Khan, when they were allegedly stopped by villagers in Lalawandi, under Alwar’s Ramgarh police jurisdiction. IG, Jaipur Range, Hemant Priyadarshi said two persons have been arrested while search is on for other accused. Police said they were yet to establish if the two cows were being smuggled. The animals have been taken to a gaushala. RakbarandAslam,belonging to Kolgaon village in Haryana’s FerozepurJhirka,rearedcowsfor a living, like most people of their village. Aslam, who is in his early 20s,managedtoreturntohisvillage, about 20 km from the spot, on Saturday morning. Till Saturday evening, Rakbar’s family members hadn’t buried his body. Kolgaon villagers sat with it on the road connecting Ferozepur to Alwar. Demanding “assurance” of action from the Rajasthan Police, Meo community leader Sher Mohammad said, “Police have Akbar’s wife with their children. Hamza Khan named only two in the FIR, but there were others. Also, the post-mortem was completed within an hour and we aren’t convinced of its accuracy. He had seven children and the family hasn’t been awarded any compensation.” As per the FIR, lodged on a complaint by Assistant S-I Mohan Singh, posted at Ramgarh, Rakbar was alive when police found him. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Dhule victims pushed, dragged for 400 m before they were lynched RASHMI RAJPUT MUMBAI, JULY 21 A DISTANCE of 400 metres separates Gotilamba from Rainpada village — both hamlets in Dhule district, located around 330 km from Mumbai. This distance turnedouttobethedifferencebetween life and death for the five nomads who were lynched at Rainpada on July 1 on the suspicion of being child lifters. Piecingtogetherthesequence ofevents,thepoliceprobehasrevealed that local residents first confronted the five men at Gotilamba,aftersomeonespotted them offering biscuits to a local girl. While first it was just a murmurthattheywerechildlifters,it soonturnedintoarumour.Asthe rumor spread from Gotilamba to Rainpada, the victims, too, were pushed and dragged through the 400-m stretch by the mob. The hunt is now underway to locate two villagers from Gotilamba, who have been identified as “instigators” of the rumour by the Dhule police. Also, it was this duo that allegedly manhandledthevictimsandledthem to Rainpada, where a Sunday bazaar was underway. Amid this, the word spread that child lifters had been caught and it was time to teach them a “lesson”, police said.“Thevictimsweremembers of the Govani community that prefers to seek alms between 10 am to 12 pm when the villagers are at home. They generally skip CONTINUEDONPAGE2 Raje will lead BJP in Rajasthan Assembly poll, announces Shah DEEPMUKHERJEE JAIPUR,JULY21 BJP PRESIDENT Amit Shah Saturday said that the party will fight theupcomingAssemblyelections inRajasthanundertheleadership ofChiefMinisterVasundharaRaje, and predicted her return with a thumping majority. Shah made the announcement in the course of an address topartymembersontheconcluding day of the BJP state working committeemeetinginJaipur.The meeting,whichbeganFriday,saw the participation of all important BJP leaders from the state. The term of the Rajasthan Assembly ends in January next year. Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, too, will go to polls later this year. Shah said the BJP wouldformgovernmentsinthese two states as well, and that Narendra Modi would continue tobePrimeMinisteraftertheLok Sabha elections in 2019. The BJP president also addressed a large gathering of the party’s social media volunteer team, where he asked them to Vasundhara Raje with Amit Shah in Jaipur Saturday. Rohit Jain take the party’smessage to every district, mandal and booth throughsocialmedia. The“cyber warriors” of the party should finish all arrangements in the next one and a half months, he said, addingthatthesocialmediateam wouldbeinstrumentalinhelping the BJP win again. ChiefMinisterRajesaidtheBJP had “every reason” to win the polls, and that the BJP would returnwithamajoritylargerthanin 2013. The public understood the “tricks of the Congress”, and would not fall for their propaganda,Rajesaid.Shealsosaidthe BJP would win all 25 Lok Sabha seats in 2019, repeating its 2014 performance. Shah appreciated the state’s flagship schemes such as the Bhamashah Yojana, Mukhyamantri Jal Swavlamban Yojana and the Gaurav Path Yojana. He said several schemes of theRajegovernmenthadbeen adoptedinthecountryas“model schemes”. He heaped praise on state BJP president Madan Lal Saini,andsaidthathe,alongwith former state party chief Ashok Parnami, will work hard to help the party win the elections. Behind factory, at end of stream, spotting cave that now marks a geological age ABHISHEK SAHA MAWMLUH (MEGHALAYA), JULY 21 A 7.2-km-long cave, almost hiddenbehindanimposingcement factory,andatrekof 10-oddminutesfromthenearestmotorable road, part of it wading through a stream, just attained a permanent spot in the study of Earth’s geological history. But even at Mawmluh, a small village tucked away in the East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya, unless you ask around, it’s not easy to find the cave.Unlikeitspopularcounterpart Mawsmai cave — located around 7 km away and open to visitors — the Mawmluh cave cannot be entered without expert guidance. The International Union of Geological Sciences recently an- The 7.2-km cave in Mawmluh village, Meghalaya. Abhishek Saha nounced the division of the last 11,700 years on the geological time scale into three parts: the LowerHoloceneorGreenlandian Age, the Middle Holocene or Northgrippian Age, and the Upper Holocene or Meghalayan Age. The Meghalayan Age started 4,200 years ago, when agricultural societies around the world experienced a mega-drought. Thetimeperiodof thebeginning of theMeghalayanAgeisdefined at a specific level in a stalagmite specimen collected fromthe Mawmluh cave. Meghalaya has an extensive network of caves, attributedbyscientiststothesignificant limestone bedrock omnipresent in the region. The Mawmluh specimen provided the best record of the climate at that time to the researchers. Lying adjacent to the tourist hot-spot of Cherrapunjee, the Mawmluh village of 230-odd families is more known for the Mawmluh-Cherra Cements Limited (MCCL) cement factory. The first such factory in the Northeast, established in the 1960s, its towering structure dominatesthevillage’slandscape. The man who helped the geological scientists zero in on the little-knownMawmluhcavewas BrianKarpranDaly.The71-yearold is unanimously acknowl- edged as the foremost cave enthusiast and explorer in Meghalaya,creditedwithdiscovering, exploring and mapping 1,700-odd caves in the state. Daly, who first explored the Mawmluh cave in the early 1990s,saysitsexistencehasbeen known since the British period. “Mawmluh is a cave of international standards. It is a big cave, and it has got a bit of everything CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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