Sanjha Morcha


Training of GOG members is in progress in Mohali , along side training in almost all Distt of Punjab will be in Progress. In Mohali the members from Distt RoopNagar,Distt Fathegarh sahib and Distt SAS Nagar are being Trained.

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Standard deduction returns after a decade

New Delhi, February 1

Giving relief to the salaried class, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today proposed a standard deduction of Rs 40,000 in lieu of transport allowance and medical reimbursement entailing a revenue sacrifice of Rs 8,000 crore. The minister, however, did not propose any change in the tax slabs or rates for individual taxpayers.“In order to provide relief to salaried taxpayers, I propose to allow a standard deduction of Rs 40,000 in lieu of the present exemption in respect of transport allowance and reimbursement of miscellaneous medical expenses,” Jaitley said while presenting the Budget 2018-19 in Parliament today.The standard deduction, which is provided to salary earners, was discontinued from the assessment year 2006-07. However, it will provide little relief to salaried class as benefits under the proposed Rs 40,000 standard deduction will be neutralised to a large extent by inclusion of transport and medical allowances and 1 per cent hike in health and education cess.Already the individual tax payer was getting benefit of Rs 19,200 under transport allowance and Rs 15,000 crore under the medical allowance. Both these components add to the tax benefit of Rs 34,200 crore per annum.So, the effective tax gain is to the tune of Rs 5,800 per annum with the introduction of standard deduction.According to Parizad Sirwalla, partner (tax), KPMG, the withdrawal of annual tax free transport allowance and medical reimbursements has squared off the benefit on account of standard deduction.“An annual incremental net reduction of Rs 5,800 in income results into tax savings of Rs 302 and Rs 2,081,” Sirwalla said.At the same time, Sirwalla said, maximum tax rate overall has increased to 35.88 per cent from existing 35.53 per cent taking into account 1 per cent increase in education cess.“In order to provide relief to salaried taxpayers, I propose to allow a standard deduction of Rs 40,000 in lieu of the present exemption in respect of transport allowance and reimbursement of miscellaneous medical expenses,” Jaitley said in his Budget speech.This decision to allow standard deduction shall significantly benefit the pensioners also, who normally do not enjoy any allowance on account of transport and medical expenses, he said.Jaitley also noted that there is a general perception in society that individual business persons have better income as compared to salaried class. However, income tax data analysis suggests that major portion of personal income-tax collection comes from the salaried class, he observed.The total number of salaried employees and pensioners who will benefit from this decision is around 2.5 crores. — PTI

Experts opine

Reintroduction of standard deduction will help salaried employees get some parity with respect to businessmen and other self-employed professionals, who can claim a number of expenses such as rent, staff expenses and driver’s salary etc. as business expenditure and reduce tax burden.No change in income tax slabsThe Finance Minister did not propose any change in the tax slabs or rates for individual taxpayers. He said the government had made many positive changes in the personal income-tax rate applicable to individuals in the last three years. “Therefore, I do not propose to make any further change in the structure of the income tax rates,” he said.Investment limit up in vaya yojanaIt is proposed to extend the Pradhanmantri Vaya Vandana Yojana (PMVVY) scheme till March 2020. It has also proposed to increase the current investment limit to Rs 15 lakh from the existing limit of Rs 7.5 lakh per senior citizen.  PMVVY was launched on May 4, 2017, and was initially meant to be available for one year from the launch.Team-based scrutiny of I-T returnsIn order to bring in greater transparency and accountability, the Budget proposed to introduce team-based assessment to determine tax payable or refunds to be issued to an assessee from April 1. An e-assessment of tax returns was introduced on pilot basis in 2017 and extended to 102 cities later.No bills required to claim deduction

  • Salaried taxpayers and pensioners need not have to furnish any bills or documents to claim the standard deduction of Rs 40,000, according to CBDT chief Sushil Chandra
  • Till now, this category of taxpayers had to furnish medical bills and an undertaking for conveyance expenses to get benefit of Rs 19,200 under transport allowance and Rs 15,000 crore under the medical allowance
  • Chandra said the new measure will benefit all salaried employees, without the hassle of filing supporting documents or bills. The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) is the policy-making body of the Income Tax Department

MoD withdraws appeal against women Army officers


Giving relief to more than 150 women Army officers, ministry of defence led by Nirmala Sitharaman withdrew its appeal related to the issue of denial of promotions and benefits to Short Service and Women Commissioned Officers commissioned before 2006. The decision has also come as a major morale booster for the officers.

According to officials, the decision for withdrawal was approved last week by Sitharaman, and on Monday the appeal was finally withdrawn from the Supreme Court when the case came up for hearing, paving the way for grant of benefits to the officers.

Speaking to THE WEEK, Advocate Aishwarya Bhati, counsel appearing for women officers said that the matter stands resolved with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) withdrawing its appeal filed against such officers.

“A letter from the ministry of defence was taken on record and appeal was dismissed as withdrawn by the Supreme Court. Over 150 women officers serving in the army will be benefited from this order,” Bhati said.

Petitioners had stated that the applicants and other similarly situated officers are suffering irreparable damage as not only have they been denied seniority, promotion, pay parity and important assignments but their juniors are being promoted ahead of them, causing grave humiliation.

According to officials, on implementation of the recommendations of the Ajai Vikram Singh Committee, the Government in 2004 had accepted the promotions of Army officers at 2, 6 and 13 years of service to the ranks of Captain, Major and Lt Col respectively.

Though the promotions were made applicable to all commissioned officers, the benefit was later withheld from Short Service and Women Officers due to an internal interpretation by the Army’s Military Secretary’s (MS) Branch. The benefits were not extended despite a gazette notification by the Ministry of Defence extending the same to all affected officers though no such problem was faced in the Navy and the Air Force.  Later in 2006, when the Short Service Scheme was changed from 5+5+4 years system to 10+4 years system, the benefit was duly extended to those officers who opted for the new scheme resulting in a sharp disparity wherein senior officers were being retired as substantive Lieutenants and Captains while their juniors were reaching the rank of Lt Col.

The discrimination was set aside by the Armed Forces Tribunal but the decision was challenged in the Supreme Court by the Army and the MoD.

A Committee of Experts for reducing litigation constituted by the then defence minister Manohar Parrikar in 2015, which comprises former Adjutant General Lt Gen Mukesh Sabharwal, former Military Secretary Lt Gen Richard Khare, Punjab & Haryana High Court Lawyer Maj Navdeep Singh, former JAG Maj Gen T. Parshad and Kargil disabled veteran Maj D.P. Singh, had come down heavily upon for the establishment for filing an appeal by observing: “It is not understood as to why beneficial policies are viewed with a pessimistic eye so as to identify or even create prohibitory stipulations or even file appeals when the issue is suitably addressed by judicial intervention.”

Adding that the appeal seemed more like a ‘prestige issue’, the panel had asked for its withdrawal observing that the “anomaly was due to a self-created negative interpretation even when the scheme had been approved for all officers by the Cabinet”.

Given by US to fight Taliban, Pak uses missile to target India at LoC

Given by US to fight Taliban, Pak uses missile to target India at LoC

Ajay Banerjee

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 10

In what could further change the course of the India-US relations, India has flagged its concerns to the US, with evidence, that Pakistan was using US weapons, given to fight Taliban, against the Indian Army.The recent attacks by Pakistan on Indian Army bunkers along the Line of Control and also on civilian population were carried out using the US-made TOW-2A anti-tank guided missiles given to Pakistan for use against Taliban.(Follow The Tribune on Facebook; and Twitter @thetribunechd)
At least nine Indian soldiers have died in 2018 due to Pakistani fire assaults directed against Indian Army positions along the LoC. In 2007, the US Congress approved the sale of 2,000 pieces of ‘TOW-2A’ anti-tank missiles for Pakistan purportedly for ‘self-defence’ and to support US operations against terrorists in Afghanistan.In 2015, India and the US renewed a 10-year defence framework agreement. A year later, US designated India as a major defence partner. Subsequently, the US Congress voted to bring India on a par with its other NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) allies for sale of defence equipment and technology transfer.The ‘misuse’ of the missiles by the Pakistan Army was flagged at appropriate levels in the US government. Remnants of TOW-2A missile recovered after a fire assault were collected and shifted to New Delhi as proof and were shown to US representatives. Flagging the misuse of the missiles is India’s policy to isolate Pakistan in global arena.US President Donald Trump, in the recent past, has accused Pakistan of deceiving the United States. He said Pakistan was harboring terrorists even as the US poured billions of dollars in foreign aid.“The US has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies and deceit. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!” Trump said on January 1.Proof submitted 

  • The ‘misuse’ of missiles by the Pakistan Army was flagged at appropriate levels in the US government
  • Remnants of TOW-2A missile recovered after a fire assault were collected and shifted to New Delhi as proof and were shown to US representatives

Families bid farewell to bravehearts killed in Pak shelling

GURGAON: After spending a day waiting for the body of her son, martyred in Kashmir on Sunday evening, to return home, Sunita, the mother of Captain Kapil Kundu, was infuriated and she burst into tears when she was told that his remains may arrive only on Tuesday morning. Her anger and frustration was reflected in her response as she scoffed at the delay that has was made in returning a soldier to his family.

PTI & NITIN KANOTRA/HT“I have lost a child, he died yesterday, it has already been 24 hours, why should I have to wait for another 24?” she said, before becoming unconscious, even as a group of women attempted to calm her down.

Kundu was among the four army men who were martyred in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri area on Sunday, following shelling by Pakistani forces.

It was a little after 9.15 pm that the 22-year-old finally returned to his village, for the first time since his trip during Diwali. In the time that has elapsed since, he had managed to secure a promotion, and would have, for the first time, met his family as “Captain Kapil Kundu”. He was, however, martyred only a week shy of the meeting.

“He had been promoted to the rank of captain only recently, on January 26, and had been transferred to Rajouri after that. He was earlier posted in Poonch.” Said Sachin Chillar, his cousin.

In his village, Kundu was revered since he was the first person to hold a rank of an army officer.

Even as the cries of ‘vande matram’ and ‘bharat mata ki jai’ filled the air, his body was carried outside his single storey home, located near the entrance to the village, where his family got their last few minutes with him, even as a crowd of hundreds watched on, screaming anti-Pakistani slogans from time to time.

Around 9.45 pm, Kundu left his village for the last time, as mourners accompanied his body to the cremation ground – located only metres away from the village, behind the campus of a Government School – leaving behind a heartbroken mother, two distraught sisters, and a village that promises to remember him as a “source of inspiration”.


JAMMU: “Study seriously for exams”. Havildar Roshan Lal, one of the four Indian Army soldiers killed in Pakistan shelling in Rajouri district on Sunday night, had this advice for his children when he spoke to his son in the morning.

Lal, 42, hailed from Nichla village in Ghagwal tehsil of Samba district in Jammu. As his family mourns his death and people console them, there was anger and talk of settling scores.

“He died in a proxy war,” said Darshan Kumar about his older brother Lal as mourners gathered at the family home in Nichla.

“Let’s settle it once and for all,” said Kumar, who works with the paramilitary Central Industrial Security Force.

Lal, who joined the army in 1995, is survived by his father, Des Raj, wife Asha Devi and two children.

“My father talked to me [over the phone] on Sunday morning and asked both of us to study seriously for the final exams,” said Abhinandan, a Class 10 student at the Army School in Samba. His sister, Artika, is in Class 8.

The other two soldiers killed in Pakistan action were identified as riflemen Ram Avtar and Shubam Singh.

Army recruitment rally from April 4

Ambala, February 10

The Army Recruiting Office, Ambala Cantonment, is conducting a recruitment rally for the categories of soldier general duty and soldier clerk and storekeeper technical for candidates from Ambala, Kaithal, Karnal, Kurukshetra, Yamunanagar and Panchkula districts and Chandigarh (UT) at Maharishi Markandeshwar University at Mullana in Ambala district from April 4 to 13.Candidates can visit the Army Recruitment Site for more information. Online registration can be done till March and candidates can apply through — TNS

US Air Force chief Goldfein flies Tejas aircraft in Jodhpur

US Air Force chief Goldfein flies Tejas aircraft in Jodhpur
India’s indigenous Light Combat Aircraft, the Tejas. Twitter: IAF

Jodhpur, February 3

The Chief of Staff of the US Air Force, General David L Goldfein, on Saturday flew India’s indigenous light combat aircraft ‘Tejas’ at the air force station here.

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Goldfein, who arrived here on Friday, was accompanied by Air Vice Marshal A P Singh as co-pilot during the sortie, defence officials said.

“General David L Goldfein, Chief of Staff of the US Air Force, is on an official visit to India. He flew a sortie in ‘#MadeinIndia’ LCA Tejas aircraft at AF Stn Jodhpur today,” the IAF said on Twitter

Goldfein yesterday interacted with the airmen and pilots at the station.

“His visit was a gesture of mutual cooperation between the Indian and the US air forces, both of which are considered the best in the world,” the official said.

Earlier, General Goldfein had stressed on the “strong relationship” between the two air forces.

“We look forward to deepening the relationship between our two air forces,” he said in his posts on Twitter and Facebook.

The first squadron of Tejas was inducted into the IAF in July 2016. PTI


Jodhpur: US Air Force Chief General David L Goldfein flew a sortie in indigenous Light Combat Aircraft Tejas on Saturday at the IAF station in Jodhpur. Goldfein arrived in India on Thursday, on a visit to boost defence ties between the two nations. In November last year, the Defence Minister of Singapore Ng Eng Hen was flown in a Tejas fighter jet. Produced by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Tejas can fly at 1,350 km per hour. IANSKer Speaker in eye of storm over Rs 50k glasses       Thiruvananthapuram: A controversy has erupted over Kerala Assembly Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan purchasing a pair of spectacles for nearly Rs 50,000 and getting the amount reimbursed from the cash-starved state exchequer. Replying to an RTI query, the Secretariat stated that the Speaker spent Rs 49,900 for spectacles — Rs 4,900 for the frame and Rs 45,000 for the lens. The Speaker said the purchase was made on doctor’s advice. PTIPanchgani among cleanest, Aamir elated        Mumbai: Actor Aamir Khan says he is proud that Panchgani, where he got married to Kiran Rao in 2005, has been named as one of the country’s cleanest towns. “I am very proud that my town Panchgani has been selected as one of the cleanest towns in India, winning three district honours: Open defecation free city, Swachh city and Best Municipal Council in the state. My gratitude to local leadership, administration, and my fellow citizens,” he tweeted. IANS

Residents woken up by gunshots, grenade blasts

Sumit Hakhoo

Tribune News Service

Jammu, February 10

Residents of the Sunjuwan area in Jammu were woken up by gunshot sounds and grenade blasts around 4:10 am today. They thought firecrackers were being burst somewhere.The pre-dawn attack by terrorists on an Army installation at Sunjuwan was not only surprising for locals, but there was also anger against the authorities over their failure to check the growing number of Rohingya settlements in the area.Eyewitnesses said they heard gunshots around 4.10 am. Initially, they thought someone was bursting firecrackers or it was a routine target practice at the camp.However, after they saw soldiers and policemen rushing towards the military camp on the Jammu-Pathankot national highway, they knew what had happened.“I was going towards Narwal Mandi. After a few minutes, we saw several police and Army vehicles on the road. We were stopped by soldiers and told about the attack. It is a disturbing trend that terrorists are frequently targeting Jammu,” said Bachan Singh, an eyewitness.Another local, Mohammad Aslam, said the police and paramilitary personnel had cordoned off the entire area. “There was a heavy exchange of gunfire between 8.30 am and 9 am. After that, we head intermittent fire,” said Aslam.As news about the attack on the Army camp spread, hundreds of people from the surrounding areas reached the spot. Several of them expressed concern over the rising number of Rohingyas and Bangladeshis settling in the area and other parts of the Jammu region.“Rohingyas are being brought into Jammu and given land. Hundreds of them are living near the Army camp. The administration should remove them as they are a security threat,” said Surinder Gupta, a local.The area has been overwhelmed by colonies of illegal settlers for over a decade. Despite demands by locals to deport them from Jammu and Kashmir, the government has failed to take any action.

Panic grips Jammu

Jammu: Fear and panic gripped the Jammu region on Saturday after the attack on the Sunjuwan Army camp. Educational institutes not only in and around Sunjuwan, but in other areas also were closed by the authorities. “It is time the Central government fights a decisive battle with Pakistan or similar attacks will keep taking place,” said Vikram Sharma, a resident of Sainik Colony. TNSAttacks in Jammu since 2003

  • Jan 9, 2017: Terrorists attack GREF camp in the Akhnoor sector of Jammu. Three civilians killed
  • Nov 29, 2016: Terrorists attack a military unit at Nagrota, killing seven soldiers
  • August 5, 2015: Pakistani terrorists attack a BSF convoy near Samroli on the Jammu-Srinagar highway, killing two BSF men and injuring others
  • March 21, 2015: Two militants killed in a fidayeen attack on an Army camp in Samba. A civilian, Major and an Army jawan injured
  • Sept 26, 2013: Twelve persons, including Lieutenant Colonel Bikramjeet Singh, killed in two militant attacks on the police and Army formations in Kathua and Samba
  • July 22, 2003: Fidayeen attacked an Army camp in Akhnoor, killing a Brigadier. Twelve Army officers, including four Generals, Brigadier and two Colonels, were injured in the attack

IAF mulls modifying used planes for aerial refuelling

IAF mulls modifying used planes for aerial refuelling
An IAF IL-78 tanker refuels Mirage-2000 fighters during an exercise.

Vijay Mohan

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 6

With its plan to procure six additional air-to-air refueling aircraft facing headwinds over the past seven years, the IAF is exploring the option of acquiring used transport aircraft and then modifying them for refueling role.Besides seeking the Rough Order of Magnitude (ROM) cost of new custom built refueling aircraft, the IAF has, in a request for information issued this week, also asked prospective contractors the ROM for pre-owned “green” aircraft and modifying them as aerial tankers as well as the estimated discount due to the aircraft being pre-owned.(Follow The Tribune on Facebook; and Twitter @thetribunechd)“Green” aircraft refers to a ready-to-fly aircraft but without any internal cabin fixtures or equipment, which can be later outfitted as per the users’ specific requirements. Many aircraft for VIP use, for instance, are bought from aircraft manufacturers in green configuration and their cabins are styled later by contractors. The IAF has, at present, six Russian IL-78 tankers acquired in 2003 that are four-engine aircraft also capable of being employed as conventional freighters with the fuel tanks. However, maintenance and serviceability issues are affecting this fleet, as was revealed by the Comptroller and Auditor General in its report tabled last year.Specifications listed for the additional tankers indicate that the IAF wants twin engine aircraft having a two-crew cockpit configuration. The IAF’s requirement is a mid or long-range aircraft that can carry sufficient payload to refuel six to eight fighters in a single operation. Among the aircraft that fall in this category are European Airbus 330 and American Boeing 767, both of which have military tanker variants. The procurement process, which would include procurement of ground equipment and support facilities, is likely to commence in the third quarter of 2018. Two procurement bids in the past have gone with the wind.


GOG( Gurdians of Goverance)  on colcluding Day TRAINING AT GURDASPUR was visited by Lt Gen TS Shergill,PVSM Sr advisor to the CM Punjab cum Sr Vice Chairman of GOG and Maj Gen SPS Grewal ,CMD PESCO cum Vice Chairman GOGIMG-20180201-WA0031


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