10032017-CT-01.qxd 3/10/2017 12:57 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE MERCURY DIPS AFTER RAIN FRIDAY | 10 MARCH 2017| chandigarh PU: HINDI DEPT LIBRARY SHUT ADMN: BADNORE APPROVES FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY FOR OVER 2 YEARS E-RICKSHAW POLICY FRIDAY Þ PAGE 6 Þ PAGE 2 Þ PAGE 6 MAXIMUM YESTERDAY 22°C 23°C MINIMUM 12°C 12.2°C SUNSET SUNRISE FRIDAY SATURDAY 6.27 PM 6.37 AM Truck driver held guilty of mowing down 5 labourers Quantum of sentence to be pronounced on March 14 Tribune News Service Officials oversee the preparations at a counting centre in Mohali on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: VICKY GHARU Mohali all set for D-day tomorrow ■ With 24 hours left for the counting of votes polled for the Mohali, Kharar and Dera Bassi Assembly seats in Mohali district, all eyes are on three counting centres on level four of the District Administrative Complex in Sector 76, Mohali. ■ It is for the first time that the counting of votes for all three seats is being held in Mohali. Earlier, it used to be held in the respective constituency. ■ The counting will begin at 8 am on Saturday and the trends are expected to start pouring in after a couple of hours while the results are expected anytime around or after noon. ■ Of the total 726 electronic voting machines (EVMs) kept under tight security at the strongroom in the Mohali DAC, the maximum of 252 are from Dera Bassi, 249 from Kharar and 225 from Mohali. ■ Mohali Returning Officer Anupreeta Johal disclosed that there would be 18 rounds each for counting of votes in the Kharar and Dera Bassi seats while Mohali’s votes would be counted in 17 rounds. Every round in Kharar and Dera Bassi would have 14 tables each while the last 17th round for Mohali would be for one table only. ■ Twenty micro observers, supervis- ers and counting assistants each have been deployed at each counting centre. ■ Each candidate is authorised to depute one counting agent at each table. ■ Mohali district had recorded 71.48 per cent polling for its three seats on February 4 with Dera Bassi leading the chart with 74.58 per cent, Kharar 72.13 per cent and Mohali lagging behind with 67.24 per cent turnout. 2 held for snatching ~4.80 lakh from doc Victim catches hold of snatcher Panchkula: The police have nabbed two men in connection with the Wednesday night snatching in which a bag containing Rs 4.80 lakh and a laptop was snatched from a doctor outside his house in Sector 7. The accused, Ravi and Sonu, residents of Chandigarh, were arrested on Thursday evening from the Chandigarh bus stand as they were about to board a bus for Bhiwani. They have been charged under Sections 356, 379 and 411 of the IPC. Ravi, originally from Bhiwani district, was living in Mani Majra while Sonu, hailing from Ferozepur in Punjab, was living in Sector 45, Chandigarh. The two had snatched the bag from Dr Prabhdeep Sohi last night as he got down from his car and was about to enter his house. The victim runs Reviva Clinic in Sector 17, Chandigarh, and was returning home with his wife when the incident took place. Police sources said Sonu had a past record of theft but more details would be revealed after further questioning. The accused will be produced in court on Friday where the police will seek the police custody of the accused. The CIA 1 team of the police had a tip-off about the location of the accused and were following them all through the day while the CIA 2 team was searching for and viewing the CCTV footage from the neighbouring house and other roundabouts in the area. —TNS Chandigarh: A snatcher, who targeted a native of Uttar Pradesh, was caught on the spot in Sector 17. The second accused managed to flee from the spot. According to the police, the complainant, Sanjeet, a native of UP, had gone to a bank in Sector 17 to deposit Rs 2,000 on Wednesday. The police said the two accused approached the victim and asked him to lend his mobile phone to make a call. Sources said while one of the accused ran away with the mobile phone, the other snatched Rs 2,000 from the victim. The accused then tried to escape from the spot. However, the victim managed to nab one of them, Tabrej Alam. The police were informed, who arrived at the spot and arrested the accused. The accused was produced in a court and remanded in three-day police custody. The police have registered a case against both accused at the Sector 17 police station. —TNS Bid to break open ATM Mohali: An attempt was made to break open an ATM of ICICI Bank in Sohana. According to reports, the ATM was located outside a nursing college. The thieves cut open the outside shutter with a saw and tried to tamper with the ATM. The theft bid was noticed by a chowkidar of the college, who informed the authorities. The police have sought the footage of the CCTV camera from the bank to identify the suspects. —OC Chandigarh, March 9 A drunk truck driver, who killed five sleeping labourers by running over his vehicle on them in the Transport Chowk area in 2015, was today convicted under Section 302 (murder) of the IPC by the District and Sessions Court. However, the coaccused (cleaner) was acquitted in the case. The court of Judge Balbir Singh has scheduled the quantum of sentence for March 14. In August 2015, Sarma Chaudhary ran over eight labourers who were sleeping on the pavement in the Transport Chowk area, Sector 26, leaving five of them dead and the remaining three injured. Sarma, who hails from a remote district in Bihar, fled the spot, leaving the truck behind. His aide, Ajay, the truck cleaner, was at that time caught by angry residents and beaten up before he was arrested by the police. According to the case, the driver deliberately ran over The truck that was involved in the incident; and (left) people gather around the spot where five persons died after being run over by the truck in Sector 26, Chandigarh, in 2015. FILE PHOTOS the sleeping labourers to avenge an earlier fight he had with the labourers sleeping there. A few hours before the incident, the driver was noticed drinking and urinating at a place where the victim labourers were having dinner following which they objected and a violent scuffle ensued. Tribune News Service Chandigarh, March 9 In a hit-and-run case, a 23year-old pedestrian died after being hit by a jeep near the Parade Ground, Sector 17. The accident took place on March 7 after which the victim was admitted to the hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. According to the police, the complainant in the case, Saddam Hussain, a native of Assam, reported that the victim, identified as Koinya, a native of Arunachal Pradesh, was hit by Bolero jeep near the Parade Ground. The victim was crossing the lish exam. Another student of the same school, Hitakshi, said she could not complete the paper and had to leave two questions due to paucity of time. “My father is very competitive and he discusses the entire paper with me. He will not like that I left two questions. The poetry part was a bit tricky,” she said, adding that the paper was not very difficult. Student of medical stream Mehak said she had revised her syllabus thrice for the Continued on P6 Irregularities Class XII students come out after appearing for their English paper at DAV School, Sector 15, Chandigarh, on Thursday. PRADEEP TEWARI Rajinder Nagarkoti Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Chandigarh, March 9 The move to upgrade the PEC University of Technology as an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) has gained momentum once again with UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore showing keen interest in getting the IIT status approved from the Centre. During a meeting today, in which the PEC Director, Dr Manoj Arora, gave a presentation about the campus recamp, a discussion was held about the IIT status for PEC with the UT Administrator. Dr Arora said Badnore Asks for animal repellent sticks The UT Administrator has asked PEC, which has developed an animal repellent stick, to provide 20 such sticks to the Administration, which can be launched as a pilot project by distributing these among senior citizens for their safety from monkeys and stray dogs. was impressed with the fact that PEC was fulfilling all criteria required for an IIT and he assured that the UT Administration would support the authorities in get- tration number of the jeep, which has been provided to the police. A case has been registered against the driver under Sections 279 (rash driving), 337 (causing hurt by an act endangering the life or personal safety of others) and 304-A (causing death by negligence) of the IPC at the Sector 17 police station. Tribune News Service Wants MC financially self-reliant Badnore to take up IIT status for PEC with Centre Aarti Kapur road along with his friends when the speeding jeep hit him. The injured was rushed to Government Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, from where he was referred to the PGI. The victim later succumbed to his injuries at the PGI. The victim’s friends managed to note down the regis- 15 students not allowed to appear for exams CBSE Class XII board exams begin Chandigarh, March 9 The CBSE Class XII board exams started here today with the English paper. The paper was reported to be simple but lengthy by city students. Vinay, a student of nonmedical, Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, Chandigarh, said the paper was not difficult, but he found it a bit lengthy. Vinay disclosed that he preferred self-study for the Eng- injuries. The three injured were admitted to the GMCH, Sector 32. The deceased were identified Jassu Ram (55), his son Naatu Ram (18), his son-inlaw Jagdish (23) and Jassu’s cousin Sardara Singh. The fifth deceased was identified as a UP-based labourer, Harinder Yadav. Pedestrian dies in hit-&-run case Students find English paper easy but lengthy Tribune News Service Sarma left but soon returned and ran his truck (HR 37 B 3415) over the labourers. The heads of four labourers were crushed under the wheels of the truck. They died on the spot while the four other injured were rushed to the hospital where one of them succumbed to his ting the IIT status for PEC. He said a presentation was also given on the achievements of the campus. As per the records, the 12th Five-Year Plan also makes a mention of upgrading several institutions into central institutions. PEC and the Chandigarh College of Architecture are among the higher education institutes from UTs that have been named as those having the potential for an upgrade. During the meeting, the officials informed the Administrator that PEC was fulfilling all criteria to Continued on P6 Chandigarh, March 9 Punjab Governor-cum-UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore has asked the city Mayor and the Municipal Commissioner to make the civic body financially self-reliant. Mayor Asha Jaswal and Municipal Commissioner B Purushartha met Badnore yesterday regarding the transfer of departments such as Primary Health and Primary Education to the MC. Sources said during the meeting, the Administrator stressed the need for revenue generation and providing quality services to residents. He also asked the Mayor and the MC Commissioner to make the “cash-strapped” c m y b Civic body at bottom in economic survey In the recent economic survey, on a scale of eight, the Mumbai and Hyderabad urban local bodies had got a perfect score in transparency, accountability and participation. Chandigarh was at the bottom with a score of two among 21 cities in the economic survey. Revenue generation To increase revenue generation, the MC had recently hiked the paid parking charges after a gap of 15 years. Last year, the MC failed to generate revenue through paid parking, multilevel parking and the car bazaar. It also failed to collect Rs 12 crore from water bill defaulters and Rs 22 crore from property tax defaulters. MC self-reliant. At present, the MC’s main sources of income are property tax, paid parking lots, rent from cable operators, taxi stands, community centres, auction of seized articles, festival charges, rickshaw licence fee, rent from the night food street, subway shops, eating joints and liquor vends. Recently, MP Kirron Kher had stated that residents should pay taxes. Besides, the Mayor had said the MC would hike charges for civic services after providing quality services. Chandigarh, March 9 About 15 students of Gyandeep Smart School, Sector 20-C, Chandigarh, were left in the lurch after they were not allowed to appear for the CBSE Class XII board examinations, that started here today with the English paper. According to sources, about 15 students had not received their roll numbers from the CBSE due to irregularities in their admission process. The sources said the school had given admission to some of these students to Class XII despite their failure in producing the pass certificate of Class XI. Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, a student said the school authorities informed him this morning that he could not appear for his Class XII board exams and his admission fee would be returned by the school management. The student did not wish to be named. He said the school had made a similar offer to the other students like him. Sources in the Education Department said prima facie, both the school management as well as parents of the students seemed to be guilty of negligence and misconduct. However, Suman Deswal, principal of the school, According to sources, the 15 students had not received their roll numbers from the Central Board of School Education due to irregularities in their admission process. Hiccups for others too Sources said there were a number of other students who, despite having received their roll numbers from the CBSE, were not being allowed by the school management to sit for the exams as they had failed to clear their dues. However, after the intervention of Deputy Director, School Education, Chanchal Singh, these students were allowed to appear for the exam. denied any such development. “All is well. Everything was sorted out,” she said. Chanchal Singh, Deputy Director, School Education, UT, who visited the school this morning, said a two-member committee had been set up by the Education Department to look into the matter. The commitee would be headed by District Education Officer-III Sukhneer Sekhon. Officials of the CBSE regional office, Panchkula, were not available for comments.
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