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J&K HC CJ report doesn’t support claim: SC
Saturday, 21 September 2019 03:16

Inability to access court

NEW DELHI, Sept 20: The claim that people in the Kashmir valley are unable to access the Jammu and Kashmir High Court has not been supported by a report received from the Chief Justice there, the Supreme Court said today.
The apex court however directed the Juvenile Justice Committee of the High Court to undertake an exercise on alleged detention of children in Jammu and Kashmir following the abrogation of Article 370 and submit a report within a week.

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“We have received a report from the Chief Justice (of Jammu and Kashmir High Court) which does not support your statement,” a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi told senior lawyer Huzefa Ahmadi, who had on September 16 told the top court that people in valley were finding it difficult to approach the High Court there.
The Bench, also comprising Justices S A Bobde and S A Nazeer, said it too has received some “conflicting reports” on the issue but does not intend to comment on the report received from the Chief Justice of the High Court.
Ahmadi, while representing child rights activists Enakshi Ganguly and Shanta Sinha, had said in the top court that people in Kashmir were finding it difficult to approach the High Court there.
The submission was made when the top court was hearing a petition alleging detention of children in Kashmir following the abrogation of Article 370.
Taking note of Ahmadi’s submission, the top court had sought a report from the Chief Justice on the issue.
During the hearing today, the Bench agreed to examine the plea filed by Ganguly and Sinha while observing that it has raised substantial issue pertaining to alleged detention of children.
“We have perused the report sent to us by the Chief Justice of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court pursuant to our order dated September 16, 2019. At this stage, we do not consider it appropriate to offer any comments on the report,” the Bench noted in its order.
“As the issues highlighted pertain to alleged detention of children, we direct the Juvenile Justice Committee of the High Court of Jammu and Kashmir to undertake an exercise with regard to the facts stated in the writ petition and revert to us within a week from today,” it said.
The top court, which said that its Registry would send a copy of the petition to the committee “forthwith”, has posted the matter for hearing after a week.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for Jammu and Kashmir administration, told the court that when the authorities found that one of the detenue was a juvenile, his matter was immediately referred to the juvenile justice board.
“It (petition) raises substantial issues which are beyond any individual,” the Bench told Mehta.
The top court had on September 16 termed as “very very serious” the claim that people are finding it difficult to approach the Jammu and Kashmir High Court and asked the Chief Justice there to “forthwith” submit a report in this regard.
The CJI had then said that he would himself visit Srinagar, if required, and he would also speak to the Chief Justice of High Court about this.
The apex court was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking its intervention on the issue of alleged detention of children in Kashmir.
Mehta had earlier told the Bench that all the courts in the State are functioning and even the Lok Adalats have been conducted there.
The plea has contended that all persons below the age of 18 years who have been detained be identified through an age census.
Seeking directions that illegally detained children be produced before the Juvenile Justice Committee of the High Court, the plea has also sought compensation from them. (PTI)

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Few U.S. lawmakers hit ‘like’ button after Facebook CEO visits Capitol Hill
Source:  Firstpost
Saturday, 21 September 2019 03:15

By David Shepardson and Bryan Pietsch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrapped up three days of discussions with Washington movers and shakers on Friday, with few if any indications he had won new "friends" to help the top social media company deal with multiple probes by Congress, state attorneys general and federal regulators. Zuckerberg, Facebook's founder, won some praise for agreeing to lengthy talks behind closed doors with officials ranging from President Donald Trump to a long list of lawmakers.

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Security, tourism promotion, drug menace, GST refunds dominate meet
Saturday, 21 September 2019 03:15

Shah chairs NZC meeting, Guv represents J&K

Many issues amicably resolved, says HM

Sanjeev Pargal
JAMMU, Sept 20: Security and boundary related issues figured prominently in the North Zone Council (NZC) meeting held in Chandigarh today presided over by Union Home Minister Amit Shah and attended among others by Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik.
Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Himachal Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal and Chandigarh Administrator V P Singh Badnore were present.
“Chaired the 29th North Zone Council meeting at Chandigarh. Had extensive discussions and many inter-State issues were amicably resolved,” Shah tweeted after the 29th meeting of the NZC.
Sources told the Excelsior that security related issues of the States figured prominently in the meeting apart from boundary-related disputes, infrastructure issues like construction of roads, National Highways, setting up of industries and power plants and boosting inter-State transport connectivity.
Tourism promotion was another issue which was raised by almost all the member States including Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and New Delhi, who wanted the Centre to come up in a big way in promotion of tourism across the country, as it was mainstay of economy in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab etc.
They also wanted religious tourism to be promoted in these States which will attract the people to Northern India further. Already religious tourism attracts lakhs of people daily in Jammu, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan.
“Some of the States wanted inter-State connectivity to be further enhanced with construction of roads and National Highways,” sources said, adding that security was one of the aspects which figured at the meeting prominently.
Few days back a truck had taken off from Azadpur Sabzi Mandi in New Delhi and was heading towards Pulwama in South Kashmir when it was intercepted at Lakhanpur, the gateway to Jammu and Kashmir, bordering Punjab, from which three Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) militants were arrested along with six assault rifles and ammunition concealed in empty apple cartons.
The consignment of weapon had been loaded in the truck from New Delhi and it had crossed several check posts and nakas before being intercepted at Lakhanpur.
Sources said the States stressed for better coordination, Intelligence and other information sharing to keep law and order situation well under control.
Chief Minister of Haryana Manohar Lal Khattar, who is also Vice-Chairman of the Council, hosted the meeting.
Chief Ministers from the member States in the zone along with two ministers each, administrators of Union Territories, Chief Secretaries and senior officers from the State Governments and the Central Government are members of NZC.
The Council takes up issues involving Centre and States. The Zonal Councils thus provide a forum for resolving disputes and irritants between Centre and States and among many States in the Zone.
The Zonal Councils discuss a broad range of issues which include boundary-related disputes, security, infrastructure-related matters like road, transport, industries, water, power, matters pertaining to forests and environment, housing, education, food security, tourism, transport, etc.
Five Zonal Councils were set up in the year 1957 under the States Reorganization Act, 1956. The Union Home Minister is the Chairman of each of these five Zonal Councils and Chief Ministers of the host State (to be chosen by routine every year) is the Vice-Chairman. Two more Ministers from each State are nominated as Members by the Governor.
Some of the States including Punjab which was represented by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh strongly raised the menace of drugs in some of the Northern Indian States and called upon the Central Government to come out with firm ‘National Drug Policy’. While the States were doing their job, Punjab wanted full cooperation of the Central Government especially the Ministry of Home Affairs in tackling the menace.
Some other States, sources said, raised the issue of losses suffered by them after the implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST) and wanted the Central Government to compensate them.
While there was no official statement from the Ministry of Home Affairs, sources said Home Minister Amit Shah was reported to have assured the participating Governors and Chief Ministers of Northern States that all the issues raised by them will be taken care of.

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Army Comdr visits LoC, other areas
Saturday, 21 September 2019 03:15

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 20: Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the strategic Northern Command visited Kashmir Valley today to review the prevailing situation in the region.
The Army Commander accompanied by Chinar Corps Commander, Lt Gen KJS Dhillon visited formations and units in the hinterland and Line of Control.
He was briefed on the counter terrorist operations undertaken in the hinterland as also the measures taken by the Commanders on ground to ensure safety and well being of the people.
He was apprised of the atrocities being committed by the terrorists against innocent civilians, who are leading their daily lives.
He also interacted with cross section of people from all walks of life and took a firsthand review of the prevailing situation in the Valley and on the Line of Control.
The Army Commander was briefed by the commanders on ground on the counter infiltration grid and the befitting response being given to the enemy on ceasefire violations.
Army Commander lauded the alertness, bravery and motivation of troops in discharging their duties in service of the nation.
He also commended the exemplary synergy amongst all security forces & civil administration and reinforced the need to be fully prepared to defeat the enemy designs.

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MHRD team visits J&K for finalization of special package
Saturday, 21 September 2019 03:15

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Sept 20: A team of Union Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD) today visited J&K for the finalization of the action plan for the special financial package for Jammu and Kashmir for promoting academic excellence innovation and institutional support in the higher education sector.
Joint Secretary, Sanjay Kumar Sinha is the head of the team while Dr. Urmila Devi, Joint Secretary, UGC, Prof. Dileep N. Malkhede, Adviser-I, AICTE, and Dr. Renuka Mishra, Director (TE & RUSA), MHRD one of its members.
The team had detailed interaction with Vice Chancellors of the universities of the State and the officers of the Higher Education Department.
During the interaction, Secretary Higher Education Department, Talat Parvez Rohella, made a detailed presentation for the proposed action plan for the special package for Jammu and Kashmir in the higher education sector under various heads like research, innovation, entrepreneurship and quality improvement, faculty improvement, up- gradation of existing degree colleges, construction of new girls hostels etc, besides, new professional colleges, constituent college for universities, new women colleges, skill development activities in higher education institutions.
The visiting team took a positive note of the initiatives of Higher Education department and assured full support from the ministry of human development for all the endeavours of Higher Education and future requirement to achieve the objectives of National Education Policy and RUSA schemes.

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FM slashes corporate tax rate to 25.17 pc
Saturday, 21 September 2019 03:14

Govt to lose Rs 1.45 lakh cr annual revenue

PANAJI, Sept 20: In the biggest reduction in 28 years, the Government today slashed corporate tax by almost 10 percentage points as it looked to pull the economy out of a six-year low growth and a 45-year high unemployment rate by reviving private investments with a Rs 1.45-lakh crore tax break.
Two-and-a-half-months after presenting her maiden Budget that was hailed as “development-friendly” and “future-oriented”, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced cutting corporate tax rate to 25.17 per cent to bring them at par with other Asian countries such as China and South Korea but at the expense of potentially breaching the 3.3 per cent fiscal deficit target.
Markets cheered the announcement with the BSE Sensex jumping by the most in a decade while the rupee also climbed against the US dollar.
In the fourth tranche of post-budget economic stimulus measures, she cut base corporate tax for existing companies to 22 per cent from current 30 per cent; and for new manufacturing firms, incorporated after October 1, 2019 and starting operations before March 31, 2023, to 15 per cent from current 25 per cent.
This will be subject to the condition that these companies will not avail any other incentive or concession such as tax holiday enjoyed by units in Special Economic Zones (SEZ) and accelerated depreciation.
The effective tax rate for existing units, after considering surcharges and cess such as Swachh Bharat cess and education cess – which are levied on top of the income and corporate tax rates, will be 25.17 per cent as compared to 34.94 per cent now. For new units, it will be 17.01 per cent as against 29.12 per cent now.
The new tax structure, which will lead to Government losing Rs 1.45 lakh crore in revenue annually, is effective from April 1, 2019, and will bring Indian corporate tax rate at par with Asian peers in a bid to attract investments.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi termed the move as “historic” and said the announcements made in the last few weeks show that his government is leaving no stone unturned to make India a better place to do business.
“It will give a great stimulus to #MakeInIndia, attract private investment from across the globe, improve competitiveness of our private sector, create more jobs and result in a win-win for 130 crore Indians,” he tweeted.
The reduction in corporate tax, which India Inc hailed as the one which will revive growth and investment, is the single biggest cut in tax rates since India opened up its economy in 1991.
India had the highest effective corporate tax rate of 38.05 per cent in 1997.
Companies in China, South Korean and Indonesia pay 25 per cent tax, while those in Malaysia pay 24 per cent. Only Japan has a higher tax than India at 30.6 per cent. Hong Kong has the lowest corporate tax rate of 16.5 per cent while Singapore has 17 per cent rate and Thailand and Vietnam levy 20 per cent tax on companies.
Sitharaman said the latest measures will promote growth and investment, but sidestepped questions on its impact on fiscal deficit.
“We are conscious of the impact all this will have on our fiscal deficit, and will reconcile the numbers,” she said adding the changes in tax rate are being done by promulgating an ordinance to amend the Income Tax Act.
The Government had budgeted Rs 16.5 lakh crore as tax revenue in fiscal to March 31, 2020.
Calling it a bold move, RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das welcomed the announcement.
Sitharaman also said no tax will be charged on share buyback by listed companies that announced such a move prior to July 5.
Also, super-rich tax by way of enhanced surcharge on income, announced in the July 5 Budget, will not apply to capital gains arising on equity sale or equity-oriented funds liable to Securities Transaction Tax (STT) with a view to stabilise flow of funds into capital markets.
Also, the companies will not have to pay Minimum Alternate Tax (MAT).
She said any company which does not opt for concessional tax regime and avails tax exemptions or incentives shall continue to pay tax at pre-amended rates. “These companies can opt for concessional tax regime after the expiry of tax holiday or exemption,” she said.
To provide relief to companies which continue to avail exemptions and incentives, rate of MAT has been reduced from existing 18.5 per cent to 15 per cent.
The mandatory two per cent Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) spending to include government, Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) incubators and public-funded education entities.
With her maiden budget seemingly failing to address issues facing the economy, Sitharaman has over the past one month announced measures in three tranches for different sectors of the economy including automobiles, banks and real estate.
Modi had on July 5 termed her maiden budget as “citizen-friendly, development-friendly and future-oriented”.
India’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth slowed for the fifth consecutive quarter in April-June 2019 to 5 per cent, the lowest in six years. This was on the back of faltering domestic demand, with both private consumption and investment proving lackluster.
In response, her initial policy measures included support for the automobile sector, rollback of capital gains tax on foreign investors, additional liquidity support for shadow banks, stressed asset fund to finance unfinished real estate projects and measures to boost exports. Accompanying structural reforms included a further easing of the foreign direct investment regime and consolidation of the public banking sector. (PTI)

* Corporate tax rate has been slashed to 22 per cent for domestic companies not availing any incentives/ exemptions; earlier rate 30 per cent
* Effective tax rate for such companies now stands at 25.17 per cent including cess and surcharge; earlier it was 34.94 per cent
* Also, such companies shall not be required to pay Minimum Alternate Tax (MAT)
* New domestic companies incorporated on or after Oct 1, 2019, making fresh investment in manufacturing can pay income-tax at a rate of 15 pc; the earlier rate was 25 pc
* However, lower tax is applicable if the companies do not avail any exemption/incentive, and commence production by March 31, 2023
* Their effective tax rate will be 17.01 per cent inclusive of surcharge and cess; earlier the rate was 29.12 per cent
* These companies, too, will not be required to pay MAT
* For cos which continue to avail exemptions/incentives, the MAT has been reduced from 18.5 per cent to 15 per cent
* Enhanced super-rich tax on capital gains on sale of share in hands has been removed
* Enhanced surcharge will also not apply to capital gains on sale of security in hands of foreign portfolio investors (FPIs)
* Enhanced surcharge introduced in Budget shall not apply on capital gain arising on sale of equity shares in a Co liable for Securities Transaction Tax (STT)
* No tax on buyback of shares if companies have made announcement regarding it before July 5 2019
* Scope of corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities has been expanded
* Lower tax rates are effective from April 1, 2019
* Changes in Income Tax Act, 1961 and Finance Act, 2019 made through an ordinance.
* Revenue foregone for reduction in corporate tax and other relief is estimated at Rs 1.45 lakh crore. (PTI)

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JMC demolishes multi-storey building
Saturday, 21 September 2019 03:14

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 20: Continuing its demolition exercise, Jammu Municipal Corporation authorities today demolished a multi-storey building in Karan Nagar area of Jammu North.
Official sources said that on the directions of Pankaj Magotra, Commissioner, Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC), the Enforcement staff led by the Chief Enforcement Officer under overall supervision of Joint Commissioner (A), JMC, launched operation and demolished ongoing `illegal’ construction work raised by one Puneet Mahajan, son of Vijay Mahajan at Lane No.1, Karan Nagar, Jammu.
The JMC spokesman said that the construction had been raised unauthorizedly and in violation of the building plan. The Jammu Municipal Corporation initiated the action under the provisions of J&K Control of Building Operation Act 1998.
Further, the Jammu Municipal Corporation has appealed to the general public to refrain from making illegal constructions and get building plans whether commercial /residential, approved from Jammu Municipal Corporation, otherwise, action as admissible under rules leading to demolition / sealing of the building, will be taken against the violators.

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CVPPPL holds annual general meeting
Saturday, 21 September 2019 03:13

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 20: 8th Annual General Meeting of Chenab Valley Power Projects [P] Ltd was held here today under the chairmanship of Navin Kumar Choudhary, Chairman, CVPPPL and Principal Secretary, Industry & Commerce Department.
Annual account for the year 2018-19 was adopted in the AGM, which was attended by the board members namely Hirdesh Kumar, Commissioner/ Secretary JKPDD ; M K Mittal, Director (Finance) NHPC; A K Mishra, MD, NHDC and M S Babu, Managing Director CVPPPL besides representatives of NHPC, JKSPDC and PTC Ltd.
CVPPPL – a joint venture company among NHPC Ltd (a Govt of India enterprise with 49 percent share), JKSPDC (a Govt of J&K Undertaking with 49 percent share) and PTC (India) Ltd with two percent share, is entrusted with the implementation of four hydroelectric projects i.e Pakal Dul (1000 MW), Kiru (624 MW), Kwar (540 MW) and Dulhasti Stage-II (550 MW) HE Projects in Chenab basin.
Major achievements during the year include, start of construction of 1000 MW Pakal Dul HE Project after laying the foundation stone by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 19.05.2018 and construction activities in full swing. Foundation stone of Kiru HE Project was also laid on 03.02.2019 and tenders have been finalised and ready for award. Tendering process in respect of Kwar HE Project is also in advance stage.
Approvals of R&R Plan for all the three projects have been accorded by the GoJK, which include financial assistance for construction of House (Rs 33 lacs), other benefits of Transportation Grant, Rehabilitation Grant, scholarship for two children per affected family, life long pension for vulnerable affected persons, provision for skill development of affected families and grant for construction of work sheds/shops etc. R&R benefits of Rs 31.61 crores and Rs 13.98 crores have been disbursed through State Govt to the project affected families of Pakal Dul HE Project and Kiru HE Project respectively.
For infrastructural development works in the project areas, Rs 40 crores, Rs 28.87 crores and Rs 13.54 crores have been provisioned for Pakal Dul, Kiru and Kwar HE Projects respectively. Various CSR activities are also being taken up by CVPPPL in the vicinity of project areas for strengthening primarily in Healthcare & Education sectors.

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Advisor Skandan takes stock of people’s grievances
Saturday, 21 September 2019 03:12

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 20: Advisor to Governor, K Skandan today listened to people’s grievances at the weekly public hearing programme held at Convention Centre where he met scores of public delegations and individuals who apprised him of their issues and demands.
During the camp, scores of public deputations and individuals hailing from different areas of Jammu region put forth their demands and grievances related to Industries & Commerce, Animal/ Sheep Husbandry, Revenue, Disaster management, Relief Rehabilitation & Reconstruction, Transport and Law and other departments besides other public importance and development issues and sought Advisor’s intervention for early redressal of the same.
A delegation of Settlement Assistants of Revenue Department led by Balraj Mandi projected the demand of their regularization.
A delegation of Chhamb Displaced Persons of 1965 and 1971 led by S R Nagial submitted a memorandum of demands pertaining to Special Recruitment Drive for the wards of Chhamb Displaced Persons who are living on International Borders, Grant of occupancy rights over the evacuee land allotted to CDPs of 1965 and 1971, verification of cases of CDPs for rehabilitation package and alike.
The Advisor assured them that he will call a joint meeting of the concerned departments in this matter.
A deputation of JKSRTC retired employees led by Amrik Singh Sasan put forth the issue related to pension benefits. Besides, inhabitants of Ratnal locality of Bishnah raised their concerns pertaining to encroachment of water bodies in their area.
A delegation of residents of Kanjli, Katra led by Sarpanch, Sukhdev Singh raised developmental issues of their area.
Individual, namely, Nikki Jamwal raised her revenue related issue belonging to a land at Nagbani area.
A deputation of shortlisted candidates under various contractual posts of SRTC raised their concerning issues.
Individuals namely, Isha Gupta and Meena Kak raised issues related to SRO-43 case and Migrant relief, respectively.
Advisor Skandan assured the individuals and the deputations that all their genuine issues would be examined for an early redressal. He also issued on the spot directions to the concerned officers for taking cognizance of the issues pertaining to their departments for redressal.
Senior functionaries of the concerned departments were also present during the public hearing.

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