Sat undertakes Swachh Bharat Abhiyan
BJP State President & MLA Sat Sharma, while chairing a programme organized in connection with National Unity Day on the birth anniversary of Iron man of India Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, undertook Swachh Bharat Abhiyan along with Jammu West District President Ayodhya Gupta in Devi Chand Municipal Park in Rehari Colony.
Sat Sharma, while speaking on the life of Sardar Patel, said that he was one of the most visionary leader who played pivotal role in bringing more than 560 small and big princely and independent states under the Union of India when India got freedom from the British. He said that Sardar Patel always remained strict towards implementing the decisions taken and hence earned the distinction of being called the Iron Man.
Speaking on the significance of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Sat Sharma said that it is a nation-wide campaign launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make people aware about the need and importance of keeping our houses, surroundings and work places neat and clean so that a hygienic environment is available, which has many benefits. He said that every citizen should contribute in maintaining cleanliness and also educate the people about it. He said that PM Modi has taken initiative of fulfilling the dream of Mahatma Gandhi, who wanted India to be a neat and clean country.
Ayodhya Gupta, on this ocassion, said that the people are appreciating the noble cause undertaken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and it becomes duty of each one of us to work towards bringing change in the mind set of people and stress upon them to be part of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
BJP leaders including Arun Chibber, Prem Gupta, Sanjeev Sharma, Puneet Gupta, Parneesh Mahajan, Vijay Sharma, Balbir Gupta, Raveesh Mengi, Onkar Bose, Munish Raja, Atul Bakshi, Sanjay Sawhney, Jai Singh, Ravi Gupta and Romesh Khajuria also took part in the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
Health advocates demand increased tax rates on tobacco products
Reduced taxes will make tobacco products affordable to youth, vulnerable population
Srinagar, November 1: Demanding a greater tax rate on tobacco products under the new GST regime, various health advocates Tuesday cautioned the government against accepting any proposal which seeks to reduce the tax rates below 40 percent.
Importantly, the GST council meeting that concluded on October 20, last Month proposed a much lower ‘26% GST rate’ which would have significant impact on the revenue as well as the health of the people.
“There is certainly an overarching consensus that goods that are harmful to society categorized as “sin” such as tobacco be taxed at the highest rate under GST as recommended in the Chief Economic Advisor report which seeks a 40% GST sin rate on all tobacco products including cigarettes, bidis and chewing tobacco,” Voluntary Health Association of India, VHAI said in a statement issued here.
“Compared to a GST Sin rate of 40%, imposing a 26% Sin rate would reduce total tobacco tax revenue by almost one fifth (17%, or roughly Rs.10, 510 crores) even if the government retains the current excise on tobacco products post GST. Clearly, 26% Sin rate will be well below the rate required to maintain a revenue neutral position for tobacco and will significantly reduce tax burden on all tobacco products since the existing average VAT rates themselves are higher than 26% on most tobacco products,” says Dr. Rijo John, Assistant Professor, IIT Jodhpur.
Interestingly, Tobacco-use imposes enormous health and economic costs on the country. The total direct and indirect cost of diseases attributable to tobacco use was a staggering Rupees 1.04 lakh crore ($17 billion) in 2011 or 1.16% of India’s GDP.
“A much lower GST rate would make all tobacco products even more affordable to youth and other vulnerable populations, leading to the impact of the tobacco epidemic becoming more severe driving up health care costs and resulting in productivity losses. This will certainly lead to an increased number of fatalities per year, which is not a good news for any country. I firmly believe and urge that the government should tax the tobacco products at very high rate to ensure it discourages mass consumption,” said Dr. Pankaj Chaturvedi, Oncologist, Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai
Approximately, 48 percent of men and 20 percent of women consume tobacco (35 percent of the adult population overall) – of these at least 10 lakh are dying each year from tobacco related diseases. Bidis comprise 48 percent of the tobacco market, chewing tobacco 38 percent and cigarettes 14 percent-so it is evident that bidis account for a significant portion of those deaths.
“The current tobacco tax differentiates significantly between various forms of tobacco products (such as bidis, smokeless tobacco and cigarettes). Continuing to sell cheap, virtually tax-exempt bidis to the underprivileged, even in the new GST system, will ensure that the poor continue to be trapped in vicious cycle of poverty and ill health, exacerbated by affordability and addiction which causes them to spend more on tobacco and less on food, healthcare and education. We would urge the central and state governments to tax all forms of tobacco including bidis at 40 percent under GST regime, to insulate the population from its ill effects,” said Bhavna Mukhopadhyay, CEO, VHAI.
RECRUITMENT RALLY AT THE PUNJAB REGIMENTAL CENTER
Jammu: 01 November 2016 Recruitment Rally under Unit Headquarters Quota (UHQ) will be conducted for Soldier Clerk on 19 Nov 2016 and for Soldier General duty and Soldier Tradesmen on 22 Nov 2016 at The Punjab Regimental Center, Ramgarh Cantt. For Soldier General Duty, Sikh (Except Mazhabi, Ramdasia and Rai Sikh). Dogra and Other Indian Castes (OIC) candidates hailing from Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi, Jammu & Kashmir, North and North West Rajasthan will be considered.
For Soldier General Duty category, candidate should have passed class X with min 33% marks in each subject and 45% marks in aggregate. Candidates hailing from J&K except Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts should have passed simple 10th class. For Soldier Clerk category, Class 12th pass candidate with min 40% marks in each subject and 50% marks in aggregate will be considered. For Soldier Tradesmen category candidate should have passed simple class 10th.
For Soldier General Duty category the candidate should be between 17 ½ – 21 years of age and for Soldier Clerk and Soldier Tradesmen category the age of the candidate should be between 17 ½ to 23 years.
Candidates are required to bring their original certificates and latest 15 colour passport size photographs (In turban and without turban) attested on back side only.
ARMY ORGANISED SEWING AND KNITTING TRAINING FOR WOMEN AT CHINTA
Jammu: 01 November 2016 Army has been constantly undertaking variety of projects for welfare of locals. In pursuance of this noble aim Army organised a ‘Sewing and Knitting Training Workshop for Women’ under Sadbhavana initiative for a duration of one month.
A total of 33 women from socially and economically backward strata of society will be trained on nuances of Sewing and Knitting by Mrs. Shasia Begam and Mr. Brij Bhushan with an aim to enable them to become financially independent and self-employed. The opening ceremony was inaugurated by representatives of Army in the presence of prominent civil dignitaries. A number of Veterans and local people were also present during the ceremony. Speaking on the occasion, representative of Army assured the gathering on Army’s whole hearted support in undertaking such ventures in future also. The project brings out advancement and empowerment among the trainees by way of imparting them a skill which would help them to pursue an independent vocation.
WHITE KNIGHT CORPS BIDS FAREWELL TO BRAVEHEART WITH FULL MILITARY HONOURS
Jammu: 01 November 2016 Wreath laying ceremony was organised in honour of the brave martyr Rifleman Bimal Tamang who laid down his life guarding the Nations frontiers while serving at the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri Sector (J&K). A military send off was organised wherein, General Officer Commanding, 25 Infantry Division laid a wreath on behalf of Lieutenant General DS Hooda, Army Commander Northern Command and Lieutenant General AK Sharma, General Officer Commanding, White Knight Corps.
Rifleman Bimal Tamang, aged 20 years, belonged to Dharan, Nepal and is survived by his mother, Smt. Nirmaya Tamang.
Rifleman Bimal Tamang was a dedicated, brave, sincere soldier and a thorough professional. He loved his job to the core. The nation will remain indebted to him for the supreme sacrifice and devotion to duty. He will continue to motivate the future generations.