17052017-CT-01.qxd 5/17/2017 1:10 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY | 17 MAY 2017 | CHANDIGARH Panel to probe PU fire Stink scars city’s beauty Ninja FC win A three-member committee has been formed by the PU to look into Sunday’s fire incident. P2 Sanitation workers in the city find it tough to maintain cleanliness in public toilets. P5 Ninja FC beat Lion Heart United 2-1 to win the QuarkXPress Football Meet. P6 PARTLY CLOUDY SKY | MAX 38°C MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 40°C MIN 28.1°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 7.10 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 5.27 AM FORECAST 3 hurt,15 hutments destroyed in Mohali fire Private schools in for trouble Survey to bare violation of bylaws Tribune News Service Mohali, May 16 Three persons, including a woman, sustained burn injuries and 15 hutments were destroyed in a fire that broke out at Shaheed Udham Singh Nagar in the Industrial Area here this evening. The injured have been identified as Varinder Prasad (40), Shradha Devi (35) and Rajesh Kumar (25). Rajesh Kumar received a power shock while Varinder Prasad and Shradha Devi received around 15 per cent and 10 per cent burn injuries, respectively, while trying to save their belongings. The trio has been shifted to the Civil Hospital at Phase VI here. The incident occurred around 6.20 pm. The fire spread immediately and engulfed 15 hutments. Five fire tenders were pressed into service and it took them over two hours to control the fire. The reason behind the fire is yet to be ascertained. “A short circuit could be a possible reason as ‘kundi’ connections are common there,” said the fire official. Ramkrishan Upadhyay Complaints received Tribune News Service RIDING ON HOPE: A boy retrieves his cycle that was burnt in a fire at Shaheed Udham Singh Nagar in the Industrial Area, Phase VIII, Mohali, on Tuesday. A TRIBUNE PHOTO PAGE 5 CITY FUEL PRICES FOR TODAY PETROL IOC DIESEL HPCL BPCL HPCL ~65.47 ~65.47 ~65.47 ~55.44 BPCL IOC ~55.43 ~55.43 SNIPPETS Wife’smurder:Man,brotherheld Chandigarh: A man and his brother have been arrested for the murder of the former’s wife. The duo, residents of Bapu Dham Colony, Sector 26, had allegedly strangled the woman. Police sources said the accused — Mohammad Ishrar and his younger brother Intezaar — had been arrested for murdering Ishrar’s wife. The incident took place on March 25. They strangled the victim and took her body to Saharanpur for cremation. The victim’s family got suspicious and lodged a police complaint at Saharanpur. The Saharanpur police got a postmortem examination done which revealed that the victim was strangled. Inspector Jaspal Bhullar, SHO of the Sector 26 police station, said they received a report from the UP Police on Monday following which a case of murder was registered against both accused and they were arrested. The accused were produced in the court on Tuesday which remanded Ishrar in two-day police custody and Intezaar in judicial custody. TNS 180 kg of mangoes destroyed Chandigarh: A team of the Food Safety Department seized 180 kg of mangoes ripened by using calcium carbide in another raid carried out at the fruit and vegetable market in Sector 26 on Tuesday. The mangoes were seized and destroyed in the dumping ground of the city using MC vehicles. Food safety officers Bharat Kanojia, Surinder Pal Singh, Bhaljinder Singh, Mandeep Kaur, Nisha Juneja, Navneet Bagga and Amardeep Kaur conducted the raid in the early hours. Artificial ripening of fruits such as mango and papaya using calcium carbide is a common practice despite being prohibited under the Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restrictions on Sales) Regulations, 2011. The use of calcium carbide to ripen fruits causes serious health problems. TNS Student’s body found hanging Kharar: The body of Yashvardhan (18), a student of Government Polytechnic College, Khooni Majra, near Kharar, was found hanging from a ceiling fan in his room on Tuesday. His father, Vijay Kumar, has alleged foul play and has sought a probe into his son’s sudden death. The Kharar police have initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC in this connection, presuming it to be a case of suicide. Vijay Kumar, a resident of Bihar, told the police that Yashvardhan was a student of the mechanical stream. He got a phone from the college to come immediately following which he took a flight to reach here. He was told by a friend of the deceased that he had committed suicide. Investigating officer Avtar Singh said the body was handed over to the family after a postmortem examination. OC Cremation ground at Mani Majra not to be shut down Chandigarh, May 16 The Estate Office of the Chandigarh Administration will crack the whip on all 87 private schools in the city. Sources said Ajit Balaji Joshi, Deputy Commissioner-cum-Estate Officer, had ordered a survey of the schools to check violation of building bylaws and conditions of allotment of land. The survey will also be carried out to check the misuse of the premises. The sources said the private schools to be surveyed included all top schools situated in Sectors 26 and 38, and other parts of the city. An official of the Estate Office said during the survey, it would be ascertained whether or not the schools were running from buildings approved as per the plan of the Administration. He said complaints had been received that many schools had constructed structures IT professional raped by hotel employee Tribune News Service Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 16 In a major relief to residents of Mani Majra and nearby areas, the Administration has decided to withdraw the order of a former Finance Secretary-cum-Chief Administrator for the closure of the Mani Majra cremation ground. The order had evoked a strong protest from the residents as the cremation ground caters to the Mani Majra, Mauli Jagran, Panchkula and Western Command areas. The issue was highlighted in these columns on May 8. Sources said the former Chief Administrator, while rejecting the resolution of the General House of the Municipal Corporation passed in 2016 for the “regularisation of the cremation ground”, asked the MC to review the decision and denotify the same. The House had sent the resolution to the Administration stating that the MC land being used as the cremation ground be regularised and had approved further extension of land for the storage of wood. It was also recommended that the drawings of the cremation ground be obtained from the Department of Urban Planning of the Administration. However, the Chief Adminis- Relief for residents as UT decides to withdraw order . trator, citing the Master Plan2031, stated that the existing cremation ground in Mani Majra fell on the ChandigarhKalka road, was highly urbanised and needed to be discontinued. It was also recommended that the area be developed as a green belt. Sources said the decision to withdraw the order was taken after approval from Punjab Governor-cum-UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore. The Administration is of the view that the decision to close the cremation ground without providing an alternative arrangement will cause problems to the residents. Chandigarh, May 16 A 27-year-old IT professional, who was staying at Hotel Taj in Sector 17, was allegedly raped by a hotel employee at his rented accommodation in Sector 22. The victim has also alleged that Rs 23,000 was stolen from her hotel room. The police received a call from the victim around 7 am informing them that she had been raped and her money stolen. Police teams rushed to the hotel to investigate the case. DSP (Central) Ram Gopal said the victim, employed with an IT company in Jaipur, told the police that Sunny Kumar (29), a contractual employee of Hotel Taj working in the food and beverages department, allegedly raped her at his house in Sector 22. The police said the victim claimed that it was her birthday and she wanted to buy a cake to celebrate it. After his shift ended, the accused met the victim outside the hotel. “The victim and the accused went to the latter’s house in Sector 22 to celebrate the birthday where the victim was allegedly raped,” police sources said. The accused then dropped An official of the Estate Office said during the survey, it would be ascertained whether or not the schools were running from buildings approved as per the plan of the Administration. He said complaints had been received that many schools had constructed structures which were not approved. of private ❝Ownersto understand schools fail why the UT is using coercive measures such as repeated inspections. Things can be sorted out through a dialogue for which we are always ready. ❞ HS MAMIK, president, Independent Schools’ Association which were not approved. It would also be ascertained “whether or not the schools continued on page 5 Punjab flip-flops again, withdraws officer’s name Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 16 Making a record of sorts, the Punjab Government has again withdrawn the name of an officer from the panel sent to the Chandigarh Administration for appointment on deputation. This is the sixth time in the recent past that Punjab has “dodged” the UT Administration, which now finds itself helpless over the repeated flip-flop of the government. Appointment on deputation in UT . Policemen come out of Hotel Taj after investigating the sexual assault complaint at Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Victim refuses medical examination After making a call to the police, the victim refused to submit a complaint. A few hours later, the police convinced her to give a complaint. The victim also refused to get her medical examination conducted. her back at the hotel in the morning. The police said the victim alleged that on returning to the hotel, she found the cash missing from her room after which she made a call to the police. According to the police, the victim had checked into the hotel on Monday. She is a native of Madhya Pradesh. She was taken to Government Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, for a medical examination. However, she refused to give her consent following which the medical was not conducted. The police said the victim’s statements had been recorded under Section 164 of the CrPC. The accused was arrested by the police. A case under Sections 376 (rape) and 380 (theft in dwelling house) of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 17 police station. Sources said this time Punjab had withdrawn the name of Varun Roojam, whose name was sent for the post of Special Secretary, Finance. Within 15 days of clearing his name, Punjab has now conveyed to the Administration that his name should be treated as withdrawn due to “administrative exigencies”. The decision has left the UT perplexed as it had already recommended his name for appointment. The Punjab Government had sent Varun Roojam’s name after withdrawing the name of senior IAS officer KK Yadav. The Administration had selected Yadav from the panel sent by Punjab and had recommended continued on page 5 INCONVENIENCE TO COMMUTERS Entry tax hits taxi services to Panchkula Vijay C Roy Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 16 The next time you book a ride through app-based taxi service providers Ola and Uber for Panchkula or neighbouring areas in Haryana from Punjab or Chandigarh, don’t be surprised if the driver refuses your request or the app shows “no cars available”. The services of both service providers have been “disrupted”. The reason is the decision of the Haryana Government to charge an inter-state border toll of Rs 100 for five-seater cars registered outside the state from April 1. The taxi operators have the option of buying a monthly pass for Rs 3,000 or pay a one-time entry tax of Rs 9,000 for three months. The increase in taxes applies to the whole of Haryana. Before the tax structure was changed, the drivers used to pay a one-time entry tax of Rs 950 for three months to the Regional Transport Authority. According to Ola and Uber, around 75-85 per cent of the commercial taxis plying in the tricity are registered with the Punjab Transport Department. Hence, each time a taxi bearing a Punjab registration c m y b number enters the jurisdiction of Haryana, it has to pay Rs 100 as inter-state border toll or has the option of buying a monthly pass for Rs 3,000 or a quarterly pass for Rs 9,000. Since commuters are not willing to pay the increased tax, the drivers refuse to accept the ride request. “The commuters ask for the fare estimate and when we ask them that in addition to the fare, they will have to pay the entry tax, they refuse. Hence, we have stopped accepting requests to Panchkula district,” said Rajesh Kumar, a driver work- ing with Uber. The taxi drivers admitted that they were declining rides to Panchkula because of the recent change in the tax structure. From Rs 950 for three months, which they had to pay earlier, they now have to pay Rs 100 per ride, making it over Rs 9,000 for the same period. “These days we are giving an offer for a ride up to 7 km for Rs 49. If a commuter travels from the city to Panchkula and the distance is less than 7 km, he has to pay Rs 49, but the driver has to shell out Rs 100 as entry tax,” said a spokesperson for Uber. Child rights panel calls MC Commissioner Chandigarh, May 16 Taking suo motu notice of a series of news reports carried in these columns on the increasing dog-bite cases in the city, the Chandigarh Commission for Protection of Child Rights (CCPCR) has called the local MC Commissioner and the UT Director, Health Services (DHS), tomorrow with the relevant record and action taken or proposed in the matter. “The commission has taken suo motu cognisance of the news reports and has con- DOG-BITE CASES THE TRIBUNE IMPACT vened a meeting of the MC Commissioner and the DHS on May 17,” CCPCR chairperson Harjinder Kaur told Chandigarh Tribune here today. Chandigarh Tribune had highlighted the rising dogbite cases in the tricity. — TNS
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