16032017-CT-01.qxd 3/16/2017 12:29 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE THURSDAY | 16 MARCH 2017 | chandigarh CLASS XII: PHYSICS PAPER LEAVES KHARAR: LONG WAIT FOR STUDENTS FLUMMOXED MODERN BUS STAND Þ PAGE 4 Þ PAGE 6 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY THURSDAY PUNJAB, MIZORAM SHARE POINTS Þ PAGE 2 MAXIMUM YESTERDAY 26°C 26°C MINIMUM 11°C 9.5°C SUNSET SUNRISE THURSDAY FRIDAY 6.31 PM 6.30 AM Man held for raping 5-year-old Roads leading to Punjab Raj Bhawan closed from 8 am to noon today Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Panchkula, March 15 The police have arrested a 37-year-old man for raping a five-year-old girl on Holi in Abheypur. Avdesh Kumar, who hails from Uttar Pradesh, was arrested from the Industrial Area this evening. He had abducted the five-year-old girl, who was later found at the Ashiana Society gate in a badly injured state. Chandigarh, March 15 In view of the swearingin ceremony of Capt Amarinder Singh as the Chief Minister of Punjab at the Raj Bhawan, the roads leading to the Punjab Raj Bhawan will be closed for traffic from 8 am to noon tomorrow. CAPT’S SWEARING-IN Cops stand guard outside the Punjab Raj Bhawan on Wednesday. PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN We were planning his marriage: Victim’s kin then dragged in a marry him by the car with his face hitend of this year.” ting the road before Varinder’s cousin being crushed said he had graduatunder the wheels. ed in 2015 from What started as a SGGS College, Secfight during a cricket tor 26, Chandigarh, match last year end- Varinder Singh but had received his ed with a mother losdegree just a few Sandhu ing her only son for weeks ago. He was whom she was looking for a planning to appear for suitable match. Varinder’s improvement exams in April maternal uncle Nirmal Singh and then pursue a bachelor’s said, “My son Hardeep got degree in education. Having married on March 3 and now left his job as a supervisor we were looking for a girl for involving work of installing Varinder and had planned to high security registration SAKETRI MURDER Ishrat S Banwait Tribune News Service HC directs UGC to release ~21 cr to PU P2 The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday asked the University Grants Commission (UGC) to forthwith release ~21 crore to Panjab University. The university was also asked to inform the UGC about the estimated amount needed for the next financial year. Panchkula, March 15 Inconsolable for the past two days, deceased Varinder Singh Sandhu’s mother is unable to talk. Family members say she has neither slept nor eaten and has been crying her eyes out since the horrifying incident. Her only son was abducted from her house on Monday evening just as he had finished his dinner and attacked with swords. He was plates in Panchkula two months ago, he had just appeared for an interview for a new job in Chandigarh. Varinder was cremated yesterday at the Saketri cremation ground. Today, over 10 members of the family, including his mother, uncle and cousins, went to Anandpur Sahib where his mortal remains were immersed in water. The family is demanding justice for the departed soul and hopes all accused will be brought to justice. 18-yr-old youth dies in road mishap at Kalka P4 Seven-day police remand for accused An 18-year-old youth was killed in a road accident that took place on the Kalka-Paploha link road on Tuesday evening. The deceased has been identified as Ajay. The CIA-I has arrested another accused, Trilok (20), and recovered the Maruti Swift car used in the crime. Trilok was arrested from Sector 19 in the evening. The Swift car, bearing a Panchkula registration number, was recovered from a village near Fatehgarh Sahib in Punjab on the accused’s disclosure. The car was used to drag the victim. Accused Manmeet Singh Waraich, son of councillor Kuljit Singh Waraich, and his cousin Harmanpreet Singh were sent to seven-day police remand by a local court on Wednesday. Inspector Narendra Kadiyan of the CIA-I said the accused had confessed to the crime. “We are interrogating them and looking for the other accused in the case,” he said. MY MLA MY AGENDA Harmanpreet Singh Manmeet Singh Waraich Akash Ghai Tribune News Service Mohali MLA tion of a girls college and Kendriya Vidyalaya, effective steps to regulate traffic at the Landran T-point, abolishing property tax and restarting bus operations at the Phase VIII bus stand. Sidhu said implementa- ❝The decision of the former SAD-BJP government to construct a new bus stand at Phase VI wasn’t a wise step and practical. We will review the decision.❞ tion of a need-based policy was one of the top issues of the town. “It’s a long-pending issue. Now, I will address it for the benefit of residents of the town,” said Sidhu. On how he planned to revamp the industry in the town, Sidhu said the Congress government would invite industrialists from outside with lucrative offers. “We will check land owners who have bought plots in the industrial area but are not running any unit. We will take action against them,” he said. “The revamp of the industry will help in job creation, the main agenda of our government,” said Sidhu. He said the state of primary health centres would also be improved. On the education front, Sidhu wants to construct a girls college and a Kendriya Vidyalaya in the town. “Mohali has no girls’ college. In this term, the town will get a girls’ college and a Kendriya Vidyalaya,” Sidhu said. Sidhu, who apparently is not happy with former Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal’s dream project of the new ISBT at Phase VI, is contemplating restarting bus operations from the town’s old bus stand at Phase VIII. “The decision of constructing a new bus stand at Phase VI wasn’t a wise step and practical. We will review the decision. As people of the town have been facing inconvenience, I will restart bus operations from the old bus stand,” said Sidhu. Will fight for people’s welfare:NK Sharma Satinder Pal Singh Zirakpur, March 15 Behind every successful man there is a woman. This adage comes true for 47year-old SAD winner NK Sharma whose family members, especially his wife Babita Sharma, “filled his boots” and was tasked to ensure that Sharma does not lose the battle to Congress heavyweight Deepinder Singh Dhillon and the first-timer AAP candidate in the Dera Bassi constituency. Former Chief Parliamentary Secretary and now MLA from the Dera Bassi constituency for the second consecutive term, Sharma has risen from an ordinary background to being a key functionary of the SAD- Singh Chowk will remain closed for the public. People have been advised to use alternative roads to avoid inconvenience. “The roads will be opened soon after the swearing-in ceremony,” said a police official. The traffic police would be deployed at various points to regulate traffic. HC orders passports for two ‘Australian’ children Tribune News Service Chandigarh, March 15 The case revolving around two “Australian” children allegedly detained against their wishes by their father was today disposed of by the Punjab and Haryana High Court after directing the authorities concerned to ensure passports for them. The direction came after the Bench of Justice AB Chaudhari was told that the passports of the children stood destroyed. Appearing for the Administration, senior advocate Randeep Singh Rai and Gautam Dutt also told the court that Sections 201 and 411 of the IPC dealing with destruction of evidence and dishonestly receiving stolen property had been added to the FIR against the father. The Bench also vacated the interim stay against arrest granted to the father for a day to enable him to join investigation for enabling law to take its own course. An FIR for criminal breach of trust under Section 406 of the IPC was initially registered against the father. The court had earlier not only allowed the children to go with their mother but also directed the police to conduct raids for tracing their passports. “The UT, Chandigarh, and the Central Government, would also do their best to help the children for extension or grant of visa for going to Australia,” Justice Chaudhari had ruled. The developments had taken place on a habeas corpus petition filed by Navjinder Kaur against the UT, Chandigarh, and other respondents. Taking up the petition, the court, on February 20, had appointed a warrant officer to find out the children, aged 12 and 11. The report made by the warrant officer, Bhag Singh Virk, showed that there was resistance from the respondent-father. However, the warrant officer succeeded in getting the children produced before Justice Chaudhari’s Bench. “I have made enquiries from the children. Both of them say they want to reside with their mother-petitioner and they, being Australian citizens, would like to go to Australia with their mother. Referring to Dutt’s assertion that the children were indeed Australian citizens but their visa had expired on February 9, Justice Chaudhari had asserted that the court was convinced that their custody should be given to the petitioner-mother in view of the desire expressed by them “since their understanding is better”. As the new govt in Punjab takes oath today, Chandigarh Tribunespeaks to newly elected MLAs from Mohali, Kharar & Dera Bassi to know their priorities Will keep my word, says Balbir Sidhu Mohali, March 15 For Balbir Sidhu, threetime winner in a row in the Assembly elections, no issue in the town is new. “I am familiar with all issues here. With a Congress government in the saddle in the state, I will keep all my promises,” said Sidhu. Among the main issues on the priority list of the new MLA from Mohali are revamp of the industry, implementation of a needbased policy, upgrading the Mohali Civil Hospital to the level of Government MulitSpecialty Hospital in Sector 16, Chandigarh, construc- Police officials said the roads leading to the Raj Bhawan from the St Kabir School turn, Sector 26, the Kishangarh village turn, the Sector 26/7 light point near the Kalsa college, the road separating Sectors 7 and 8 near the petrol pump, the KBDAV School, Sector 7, light point and the Sector 5/6/7/8 Hira Dera Bassi MLA BJP in the constituency. A protégé of a former SAD leader, the late Capt Kanwaljit Singh, Sharma started his political journey as sarpanch of Logharh village in Zirakpur. He became a councillor and president of the Zirakpur MC in 2003. In 2008, Sharma once again became the president of the ❝During the campaigning, I had promised to end scarcity of drinking water among other issues. I will work hard to keep my word.❞ Zirakpur MC. Sharma resigned from the post and contested the Assembly election in 2012 on the SAD ticket in which he defeated his opponent Deepinder Dhillon by a margin of 12,028 votes. People of the Dera Bassi constituency are again pinning their hopes on Shar- ma, whom they have elected to the Assembly. They want him to keep his poll promises and carry out development works. Despite the SAD-BJP failing to retain power in the state, Sharma is confident about implementing development schemes in his constituency. Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, he said he would fight inside and outside the Assembly for people’s welfare and would strive hard for the overall development of his area. Sharma promised to fast-track development in the Dera Bassi constituency and reiterated his commitment to fulfilling every single poll promise made by him. Sharma said his priority c m y b would be to create job opportunities for the youth and continue to provide better civic amenities to people of his constituency. He said the Dera Bassi segment would be developed as a model constituency. “During the campaigning, I had promised that problems such as scarcity of drinking water, recarpeting of internal roads and improving health and education would be addressed on priority. I will work assiduously to keep my promises,” he said. If the government fails to listen, we will mobilise people and hold mass agitations. Sharma thanked his party functionaries, cadres and family members for their hard work, which paved the way for his victory. Ready for every challenge, says Kanwar Sandhu Akash Ghai ❝Most areas in my constituency Tribune News Service Mohali, March 15 For journalist-turnedpolitician and recently elected Aam Aadmi Party MLA from Kharar Kanwar Sandhu, the biggest challenge is to provide basic facilities in his area. Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, the first-time MLA assured that he would keep all promises made by him to residents of the area. “I am ready for all challenges,” said Sandhu, adding that the state of basic infrastructure and the health and education sectors in the area was pathetic. He said most of the area in his constituency was extremely backward and neglected. “My biggest challenge is to provide the people of the area basic amenities first,” said Sandhu. In the absence of link roads in most villages in the area, mainly on the Kurali side, reaching these was a big task, said Sandhu. “Most villages have no approach roads. And in the ones which have, the condition of the roads is pathetic. These are almost non-existent,” said Sandhu. In contrast, the main roads in the area, especially those leading to the Mullanpur side, were of top class for obvious reasons, he said. “My first endeavour will be construction of link Kharar MLA roads in villages here,” said Sandhu. Removal of the toll plaza on the Kurali-Siswan road, illegal mining and plying of tippers in the area are some other major issues which will be taken up on priority by the newly elected MLA. “The toll plaza on this scheduled road is uncalled for. The matter (removal of toll) will be taken up soon. I will not let it remain here,” said Sandhu. He said illegal mining was rampant in the area and there was no check on plying of tippers carrying sand and gravel. “I will stop all these illegal activities. The issue will be taken up in Assembly sessions by us,” said Sandhu. The MLA, who had promised residents of the area to upgrade the Kurali hospital in case he won, said the issue was among his priorities. “The hospital at Kurali will be upgraded in terms are backward and neglected. My biggest challenge is to provide the people of the area basic amenities first.❞ of facilities, increase in staff, specialised doctors and infrastructure. My endeavour will be to convert it into an ultra-modern hospital,” said Sandhu. The MLA is contemplating relocating the Kharar bus stand site. “Nobody bothered to address the bus stand issue so far. I will address the issue by identifying a new suitable site for the bus stand in the area,” said Sandhu. Getting things streamlined at Nayagaon is another big challenge for Sandhu. “The area (Nayagaon) is marred by all kinds of problems, including sewerage, drinking water, sanitation, haphazard construction and encroachments. I will try to get all problems addressed here,” said Sandhu. “If needed, our party will not hesitate to resort to dharnas and protests to get the work done for our people,” said Sandhu.
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