18042017-CT-01.qxd 4/18/2017 1:08 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE TUESDAY | 18 APRIL 2017 | CHANDIGARH Confined to 2 rooms No heavy vehicles on NH-21 Shubhankar eyes title Government High School at Phase VI in Mohali is being run from merely two rooms. P2 Restrictions on plying of heavy vehicles in the city has defeated the purpose of the NH-21. P4 India’s Shubhankar Sharma will continue his search for the maiden Asian Tour victory. P6 MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 39°C MIN 25.2°C | YESTERDAY MAX 40°C MIN 22°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 6.51 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5.52 AM POWER SHUTDOWN CHANDIGARH 10 am to 4 pm: Parts of Sectors 30 and 48 SNIPPETS PU crisis reaches Governor Seeks assessment report as VC apprises him of current situation Sex racket busted, 5 held Zirakpur: The police busted a sex racket here on Monday with the arrest of five persons, including the kingpin, Surjeet Singh. Sources said they got a tip-off that a sex racket was being run on VIP Road. A policeman went as a decoy customer and fixed a deal with Surjeet Singh. A police team conducted a raid and arrested three girls and two men, including the kingpin. During investigation, it came out that the sex racket was being run near Metro where the kingpin used to meet the clients along with girls from Punjab and Haryana. The accused were produced before a court, which remanded them in judicial custody. OC Met predicts hot, dry days Chandigarh: The tricity will continue to witness hot and dry days in the coming few weeks with no signs of relief from the scorching heat, the Met Department has predicted. The maximum temperature recorded on Monday was 39°C, five degrees above normal, while the minimum temperature was 25.2°C, six degrees above normal. TNS AdmnbreakslocksofHMTschool Panchkula: After Chandigarh Tribune highlighted the issue of a government school at the HMT, Pinjore, where classrooms were locked by the HMT management, the district administration reached the school on Monday and broke open the locks of the classrooms. Kalka SDM Richa, along with a team, reached the school. Many parents were already there to protest against the injustice to their children who were taking classes in the open. The SDM ordered the team to break open the locks of the classrooms. Last month, the HMT had ordered the closure of the school running from its premises. TNS Charu Chhibber Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 17 Panjab University ViceChancellor Arun Kumar Grover met the Punjab Governor and UT Administrator here today to apprise him of the current situation in the university. Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, Professor Grover said Governor VP Singh Badnore sought an assessment report of the PU’s current situation. “I apprised him of the happenings, including those in the court, my meeting with research scholars today, various candlelight marches, silent protests and other meetings,” said the VC, adding that as head of the state and the Chandigarh Administration, the Governor was concerned about the PU. “The solution will not be found in a day. It will take time,” the VC remarked. He said the meeting with the Governor was long and the Home Secretary was also present. The VC said he had been trying to arrange a meeting with MHRD officials, but to no avail. Research scholars, VC have heated arguments Earlier in the day, the VC held a meeting with research TRIBUNE PHOTOS: MANOJ MAHAJAN FORECAST DISARMING STUDENTS: Security staff remove stones used for decoration outside the VC’s office. VC assures students of Senate meeting ❝ The university is in Chandigarh and our colleges are in Punjab. The Governor is greatly concerned and is helping us tide over the difficult times. ❞ PROF ARUN KUMAR GROVER, VC 5 more students granted bail Five more students, who were arrested during a fee hike protest at the PU, were on Monday granted bail by Additional District and Sessions Judge JS Sidhu. They were released on a surety bond of ~25,000 each. PAGE 2 SOPU activists hold a peaceful march at the PU. scholars studying at the PU. Raising the fee hike issue with the VC, students questioned him why the entire burden of financial crisis was being passed on to the students. They said fee hike was no solution to the financial crunch. The VC, however, clarified that every year, the fee would be hiked by 10 per cent, which would ensure that the university did not have to deal with such a situation in the future. Tribune News Service Chandigarh: A team of the CFSL on Monday visited the house of NGO ArriveSafe chief Harman Sidhu, the man behind the liquor ban on highways, to inspect the spot after a toughened glass in the drawing room was found broken at his house in Sector 21 on April 15. Sidhu’s campaign has recently led the Supreme Court ordering shutting down of liquor shops and bars within 500 metres of highways across the country. Sidhu has been getting threat calls after the ban by the apex court. Sources said the inspection report would be submitted to the police for action. TNS Panchkula, April 17 A rabid dog bit 14 people, including children and women, at Surajpur village and Mahadev Colony in Pinjore on Sunday morning. While some received minor injuries, an Ambala-based cobbler’s finger was severed by the dog while parts of the skin of a leg of a daily wager were eaten off. The dog was later beaten to death and burnt by villagers. A team from the Health Department, along with Dr Yashpal from the Civil Hospital in Sector 6 and Dr Sahil, Dog-bite victims show their injuries at Surajpur, Panchkula, on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: NITIN MITTAL SUMMER WOES 16-hour power cut leaves Sec 21 residents sweating Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 17 Residents of Sector 21-D faced a 16-hour power cut. They alleged that despite making numerous calls to the complaint centre, the supply was not restored for hours. A resident, Rajiv Kumar Gupta, said the power supply went off around 8 pm yesterday. He said he made several complaints to the complaint centre, but failed to a satisfactory reply from the attendant. Sunil Kumar, another resident, said the department took hours to rectify the fault. He said the supply was restored around noon today. Residents said they had been facing erratic power supply in the sector for long. Baljinder Singh Bittu, president of the Federation of Sector Welfare Associations of Chandigarh (FOSWAC), said the complaint centre gave an unsatisfactory reply. They were told that drivers were unavailable to carry faulty parts of transformers The PUCSC, PUSU, Student Front and SOI held a silent and peaceful protest, which started from the University Institute of Legal Studies to the VC’s office against the violence that rocked the PU campus on April 11. The students wore black ribbons on their mouths as a mark of silent protest. PUCSC president Nishant Kaushal submitted a proposal for an emergency Senate meeting to review the fee hike on behalf of the council. The VC assured that the meeting would be conducted on a priority basis, said Kaushal. Punjab to help cash-strapped PU: Manpreet Chandigarh, April 17 With Panjab University facing a financial crisis, the Congress government in the state today assured help to it and accused the previous SAD-BJP dispensation of not providing adequate funds to it. “We will try and help them (PU),” Finance Minister Manpreet Badal said. However, any decision regarding providing financial support to the university would be taken after the government came out with a White Paper on the state’s finances, he said. PU Vice-Chancellor Arun Kumar Grover has written to the Punjab Government seeking a meeting to apprise the government of the university’s financial situation. “I have got a letter from the VC and I will try to meet him,” Manpreet said, adding that he felt sad at the events that unfolded at the PU. — PTI Canine terror calls on Pinjore, leaves 14 scarred DOGS UNLEASH TERROR CFSL team visits Sidhu’s house Pointing towards the 1,100 per cent fee hike in some courses, the research scholars said even after concessions, 250 per cent of the fee would have to be paid by the students, which was way too much. Professor Grover said the fee of only two courses had been hiked by 1,100 per cent. After heated arguments and sensing trouble, the VC announced that the meeting was over. Enraged, the students started raising slogans against the VC and the PU authorities, demanding that the salaries of teachers be cut. at night. He said employees came in the morning and after a lot of effort, the supply was restored. Bittu said while the Administration was trying to make the city smart, the department was ill-equipped with staff. Bittu said erratic power supply had become a routine in the city. Residents of Sectors 46, 47, 48, 49, 51, Dhanas and 56 also faced erratic power supply throughout the day. Residents of Mani Majra also complained of erratic power supply. MP Singh, Superintending Engineer of the Electricity Department, said more than shortage of power, overloading was to blame for power cuts. c m y b in-charge of the Surajpur dispensary, conducted a door-todoor survey to ascertain the number of victims and ensure that all of them had received medical aid. A report in this regard has been submitted to the Civil Surgeon, Panchkula, Dr VK Bansal. When villagers went to the public health centre in their village, they found it closed. They had to go to the Civil Hospital in Sector 6, from where patients with deep wounds were referred to the GMCH, Sector 32, Chandigarh, due to the unavailability of immunoglobulin serum. Doctors at the Civil Hospital said 25 dog bite cases were received on Sunday alone. The door-to-door survey report revealed that 14 of them were from Surajpur alone. The Civil Hospital continued on page 5 What officials say ❝ The sterilisation of dogs needs to be conducted regularly and in a proper manner. It has to be an ongoing process and I have been saying this for a while now. ❞ UPINDER KAUR AHLUWALIA, Mayor It was an ❝was madaccident; the dog and bit people. A new contractor for sterilising dogs will be appointed in a week. ❞ LALIT SIWACH, Municipal Commissioner
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