14042017-CT-01.qxd 4/14/2017 1:06 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE FRIDAY | 14 APRIL 2017 | CHANDIGARH Fee hike Highway blocked Jitin in title clash Panjab University student parties to start peaceful protest from Monday. P2 Gian Sagar Medical College staff up in arms against shifting of students, block highway. P5 Jitin Chetry will face Sarabjot Singh in boys’ U-14 final of the STA-AITA Talent Series Tennis Tournament. P6 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY | MAX 39°C MIN 20°C | YESTERDAY MAX 38.3°C MIN 18.7°C | SUNSET FRIDAY 6.49 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 5.56 AM POWER SHUTDOWN CHANDIGARH 10 am to 4 pm: Parts of Sector 32 Forahealthy tomorrow SC to hear plea against road denotification SNIPPETS 2 held with heroin, injections Chandigarh: The police have arrested two persons with 15.98 gm of heroin and 25 banned injections in separate cases. Joginder Singh, a resident of Jind district in Haryana, was arrested from IT Park with 15.98 gm of heroin. A case has been registered against him under the NDPS Act at the IT Park police station. In the other incident, Deepak, a resident of Burail, Sector 45, was arrested from Burail with 25 banned injections. The police said the accused used to sell the injections in Burail and other colony areas. A case has been registered against him at the Sector 34 police station. TNS 10 challaned for water wastage Chandigarh: Continuing with its drive against the misuse of potable water in the city, the Municipal Corporation issued challans to 10 violators on Thursday. The MC also issued notices to 47 persons. An MC official said a fine of Rs 2,000 each was slapped on each violator. The fine would be added to their water bills. The MC has constituted 18 teams that will move across the city in the morning (5.30 am to 8.30 am) till June 30 to check the misuse of water. There is no drive in the evening hours. TNS BSc student commits suicide Chandigarh: A 19-year-old girl, a BSc student, reportedly committed suicide by hanging herself at her house in Mani Majra on Thursday. The victim has been identified as Sonia. The police were informed about the incident by the vicitm’s family following which she was rushed to Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16, where doctors declared her brought dead. The police said no suicide note was found from the spot. The victim was pursuing BSc from Government College, Sector 11. TNS Nigerian held with drug powder Mohali: In yet another case, the Mohali police have arrested a Nigerian along with 300 gm of a white drug powder from Gharuan here. The accused has been identified as Henry George (26). Mohali SSP Kuldeep Singh Chahal said during interrogation, the accused confessed that he used to supply drugs to local drug peddlers and students of private colleges in the area. Henry said he was brought into the illegal business by his cousin Kaelechi Kion, also from Nigeria. SubInspector Manphool Singh, SHO of the Gharuan police station, said Henry was putting up in Delhi. “He came here to supply drugs to a local peddler when he was nabbed,” said Manphool Singh, adding that Kaelechi Kion had already gone to Nigeria. TNS Cyclist dies in accident Chandigarh: A 29-year-old cyclist, Pintu Majhi, was run over by a speeding i20 car on the Kaimbwala road in the wee hours of Thursday. The car was being driven by Karan Kumar (26), a native of Sirsa who is at present residing in Sector 41. Majhi, a chef with a private hotel in the Industrial Area, was returning to his house in Kaimbwala village when the accident took place. The victim was rushed to Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16, where doctors declared him brought dead. The police have arrested the car driver, Karan. The medical examination has confirmed the presence of alcohol in his body. A case has been registered at the Sector 3 police station. TNS Cyclists participate in The Tribune Cyclothon at the Capitol Complex, Chandigarh, on Thursday. The theme of the event was ‘I love my Chandigarh, I love my Tribune’. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN DETAILED COVERAGE ON PAGE 6 New Delhi, April 13 The Supreme Court today agreed to hear after summer vacation a plea challenging a decision of the Chandigarh Administration to denotify certain roads allegedly with an aim to "circumvent" its verdict banning liquor vends within 500 metres from the state and national highways. A Bench headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar, however, observed that the decision to denotify must have been taken to ensure the flow of funds required to maintain the roads. However, it later said it was not expressing any opinion and simply posting the matter for hearing in July after the summer break. The Union Territory of Chandigarh, on March 16, issued a notification denotifying 12 highway stretches that pass through the garden city. An NGO, ArriveSafe Society, of Chandigarh has alleged that the Administration issued the notification to bypass the Supreme Court's December 15, 2016, order banning liquor vends alongside national and state highways. The NGO had moved the top court after the Punjab and Haryana High Court dismissed its plea. — PTI Madhya Marg property rates nosedive SCO in Sector 7 sold for ~13 crore against collector rates of ~36 crore; realty sector hit Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 13 The ban on bars in hotels and restaurants has further reduced the rates of properties in Sectors 26 and 7 on Madhya Marg as the owners are selling properties even below the collector rates of the areas. Sources said an SCO (No. 2) in Sector 7 recently sold for approximately Rs 13 crore, which was almost three times below the collector rate (Rs 36 crore) of the area. The collector rate is the lowest amount at which a property is registered. It is fixed by the Administration. JD Gupta, president of the Property Consultants Association, said the recent case had once again highlighted the disparity in the market rate and the collector rates, which had been now become unrealistic. He said due to the high col- What is collector rate The collector rate is the lowest amount at which a property is registered. It is fixed by the Administration. lector rates, the real estate market in the city had come to a standstill and was causing a loss of revenue. He said at present, the collector rates in many areas of the city were disproportionately higher than the actual property rates. Jagdish Arora, a trader of Sector 7, said the rates should be fixed on the basis of the ground reality. He said because of this, property buyers were shifting to other neighboring states, which was causing a great revenue loss to the Chandigarh Administration. Vinod Mittal, an industrialist, said a similar situation existed in the Industrial Area, where the market rates of plots were 20 per cent below the collector rates fixed by the Administration. He said because of this, not many properties were being sold in the Industrial Area, causing hardship to industrialists. GROWTH JOURNEY Harrowing time for nursery kids Panchkula, April 13 It was a harrowing experience for eight nursery students when their bus driver got into a fight after a minor accident. Around 9 am today, the bus of Doon Public School hit a car in Sector 25 and the car owner called his son and a few other people, who allegedly misbehaved with the bus driver, the conductor and the female attendant. School bus driver, car owner scuffle over mishap The SHO of the Chandimandir police station, Mohi Handa, said, “The son of the car owner broke a windowpane in the front part of the bus. However, no child was hurt and the parties have reached a compromise.” Soon after the accident, the bus driver called the school authorities and informed them about the accident. The school sent another bus and the children were taken to the school. In the scuffle that ensued, the driver’s brother, Deep Chand, received a minor injury in the head and his clothes were torn. — TNS Chandigarh’s envy, Punjab’s pride — 18-yr-old Class XII student thrashed, gets 24 stitches Mohali district turns11 today Tribune News Service History sheeter Rattan Lubana, brother among those booked Mohali, April 13 Flying high with international air connectivity from a stateof-the-art international airport, international cricket stadium, new district administration and judicial complex, first-of-its-kind airconditioned ISBT and an AC fruit and vegetable market (though yet to begin operations), Mohali district is Chandigarh’s envy and Punjab’s pride on its 11th anniversary, which falls tomorrow. It was on April 14, 2006, that Capt Amarinder Singh, who was then also the Chief Minister of Punjab, had inaugurated Mohali as the 18th district of the state. Eleven years down the line, Mohali is no more Chandigarh’s poor cousin, as it used to be a decade ago. The district, which came into existence on April 14, 2006, as the 18th district of Punjab during the Congress regime, has seen tremendous development in its 10-year journey. Having undertaken massive develop- Chandigarh, April 13 An 18-year-old Class XII student of SD School, Sector 32, suffered 24 stitches after a group of youths, including Rattan Lubana, who was earlier arrested for allegedly extorting money from school students after befriending them, thrashed him. The police have booked Rattan Lubana and his brother Inder Lubana among others. The victim, Shirin Mahajan, a resident of Sector 32, had gone to appear for the final exams at Government School, Sector 33, the examination centre, on Wednesday. Shirin alleged that soon after the exam, Karan Walia approached him and told him that he wanted to discuss something. “Karan then left claiming that he would be back in two minutes,” he said. The victim said soon, two cars stopped outside the school and Karan Walia, Rattan Lubana, Karanbir Singh, Jaildar, Inder Lubana, Sharan Baba and others caught hold Nitin Jain & Akash Ghai Capt Amarinder Singh, who was also the then CM, inaugurates Mohali district in Mohali on April 14, 2006; then Chief Minister Giani Zail Singh inaugurates Mohali town on November 1, 1975. FILE PHOTOS ❝ Being the first Deputy Commissioner of Mohali, I had many challenges then. We did a lot of work to put the district on the development track. During my span, the PUDA office was being run from a showroom, which now has a swanky multi-storeyed building. The district has certainly grown tremendously in terms of development TEJVEER SINGH, first Deputy Commissioner of Mohali ❞ ment during the past 11 years of its existence, the district has become the first choice of people coming to this part of the region to live. Mohali, which is being developed as an IT hub of Punjab, has also been wit- nessing rapid surge in its growth and the population as well. The population of the district, which was nearly 8.5 lakh in 2006, has now touched 11.5 lakh. Today, the district boasts of having several firsts in the c m y b region, including the first airconditioned ISBT, first AC fruit and vegetable market (though it is yet to take off), the state’s first Kisan Vikas Chamber, the state’s first international cricket stadium, continued on page 5 Rattan Lubana has a criminal past ■ In January 2015, the operation Shirin Mahajan of him. The victim said Inder Lubana slapped him. Rattan Lubana also slapped him. Sources said the victim offered resistance following which the youths assaulted him and one of them hit him with a brick. The victim’s aunt, Mamta Mahajan, said Shirin suffered injuries near his eye and cheek. “He suffered 24 stitches and a fracture near one of the cheeks,” she said. The victim was rushed to the hospital by his friends. Acting on a complaint, the police have booked all six youths. The police said all accused were at large. — TNS cell of the UT police had arrested Rattan Lubana, a resident of Kishangarh, along with two others for allegedly extorting money from school students after befriending them. The accused flaunted their "connections" and guns to cultivate "clients" among teenagers, who paid them thousands of rupees, besides funding their booze and parties. ■ Rattan Lubana was also booked for allegedly threatening a school student in the court in April 2015. The student threatened by Lubana was one of the victims of the extortion racket. ■ Rattan Lubana, along with others, was again booked by the Chandigarh Police in August 2015 for thrashing and threatening a BA-III student near DAV College, Sector 10.
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