05072017-CT-01.qxd 7/5/2017 12:34 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY | 5 JULY 2017 | CHANDIGARH Fire Dept to act tough Goodness lives on Saaniya aims title Fire Department to act tough against violation of fire safety norms and seal buildings. P3 Coordination between the PGI and agencies leads to a successful liver transplant in Delhi. P5 City golfer Saaniya eyes her first win of the season in the Women’s Professional Golf Tour. P6 GENERALLY CLOUDY SKY | MAX 35°C MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 36.2°C MIN 27.7°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 7.28 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 5.27 AM FORECAST Haryana wants back role in PU functioning, writes to Centre Naveen S Garewal Tribune News Service Chandigarh, July 4 The Haryana Government has written to the Union Home Ministry seeking its share in Panjab University’s functioning in return for grant-in-aid equal to the contribution of the Punjab Government. Highly placed sources in the Haryana Government said since Haryana also had interest and stake in the university, it would like to help the university in its finan- cial crisis and also associate itself with its other affairs. In its communication to the Union Home Ministry, Haryana has relied upon Section 72 of the Punjab Reorganisation Act, 1966, claiming that Haryana, too, had a stake in the university. Till the 1980s, the Chief Minister of Haryana was a member of the university Senate. Elections to the Senate were also held in Haryana till colleges there were affiliated to Panjab University. Though Haryana claims that it wants to help the CITY FUEL PRICES FOR TODAY PETROL HPCL BPCL HPCL ~63.29 ~63.34 ~63.34 ~54.25 BPCL GRANT-IN-AID IOC ~54.27 ~54.27 SNIPPETS Tribune News Service Chandigarh, July 4 The rates of movie tickets are set to increase as the Municipal Corporation will impose 30 per cent entertainment tax on theatres and multiplexes after being authorised by the Centre to levy and collect entertainment tax and duty on entertainment and amusement. This tax will be in addition to the 28 per cent Goods and Services Tax (GST), which has already been imposed. Sources said MC officials had indicated that the notification would be implemented soon. Asha Jaswal, Mayor, said she was yet to get the notification, but it would certainly be implemented as it would increase the revenue of the MC, which would be used for developmental works. The sources said once the notification was implemented, the movie industry would have to pay 58 per cent tax that would also increase the rate of tickets. The decision Saurabh Malik Tribune News Service has left the managements of multiplexes worried. They said it would ruin the entertainment industry. An official of a multiplex said though they were yet to get information about the additional tax, if it was imposed, it would put extra burden on movie goers. He said the notification was a jolt for them as they were not taken in the loop. In fact, they were not even informed and Teacher foils snatching bid, hurt NGT puts Centre, others on notice Panchkula: A brave woman schoolteacher on Tuesday foiled a snatching bid when a miscreant targeted her to snatch her purse in the Sector 7 market. She sustained injuries on her knees and hands. Anupama Verma (47), a teacher at Woodlands House School, Sector 8, said after the school hours, she went to the Sector 7 market. After shopping, when she was about to enter her car, a snatcher, who was on a two-wheeler, tried to snatch her purse, she said. Anupama said when she did not leave her purse, the snatcher dragged her for around 20 metres. Finally, the snatcher fled. Her knees and hands got badly injured in the incident, she said. Later, people gathered at the spot. A police official at the Sector 5 police station said he was not aware of any such incident. The victim's husband, Rakesh Verma, said as the police had not lodged an FIR, they would inform the police. The Panchkula police have failed to curb snatching incidents, causing fear among city residents. TNS 3 of snatchers’ gang held Chandigarh: The anti-snatching, robbery and dacoity detection cell of the crime branch has arrested three members of a gang involved in 30 snatchings in the tricity. Those arrested are Tej Partap, alias Ravi, Sahil and Pankaj Sharma, alias Ashu, all residents of Dera Bassi. According to the police, on June 30, they received a tip-off that three persons involved in several cases of snatching in the tricity were living in the Dera Bassi area. A team was constituted and initially Tej Partap and Sahil were apprehended from the bus stand chowk in Sector 17. Pankaj Sharma was arrested on July 3. The police claim to have worked out nine cases -seven of snatching and two of vehicle theft -- with their arrest. TNS New Delhi, July 4 The National Green Tribunal today asked the Centre and others to respond to a plea seeking demolition of illegal structures within a 10-km radius of the Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary in Chandigarh. A Bench headed by Justice Jawad Rahim issued notices to the Ministry of Environment and Forests, the National Board for Wildlife, the Chandigarh Administration, the Punjab and Haryana governments and others while seeking their reply in two weeks. The green panel, however, made it clear that it would first hear arguments on the maintainability of the plea. The tribunal was hearing a plea filed by 35-year-old Mohali resident Taruni Gandhi seeking directions to stop the construction of projects falling within a 10-km radius of the Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary as these lacked clearance from the National Board for Wildlife. It claimed that 26 major construction projects such as malls, townships and apartments, situated within 10 km of the Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary, had not taken clearance from the wildlife board. The plea, filed through advocate Gaurav Bansal, has sought directions not to issue the completion certificate to the projects within the eco-sensitive Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary. continued on page 6 the decision came as a shocker. The Ministry of Law and Justice has issued an ordinance amending the Punjab Municipal Corporation Law (Extension to Chandigarh) Act, 1994, to empower the MC to collect entertainment tax and duty. The MC will get Rs 17 crore annually from theatres and multiplexes. Meanwhile, Ajay Jagga, an advocate, has written to Pari- Mishra to be new UT DIG Tribune News Service Chandigarh, July 4 The Ministry of Home Affairs has issued the transfer order of UT DIG Alok Kumar to Delhi. The MHA has directed the UT Administration to relieve the AGMUT-cadre officer of the 2000 batch within 15 days from the date of the issue of the order. The order was issued yesterday. The MHA has also ordered shifting of an AGMUT-cadre officer of the 2003 batch, Dr Om Prakash Mishra, from Delhi to Chandigarh in his place. The order said the Secretary to the LG in Delhi and the Commissioner of Police, Delhi, are requested to relieve him within 15 days of the order. Earlier, the order of his transfer to Mizoram from Delhi on June 22 had been cancelled. CM’s bounty: Need-based policy for Mohali Over 5,000 allottees stand to benefit, similar policy for other towns in Punjab soon Chandigarh, July 4 In what appears to be a bounty for Mohali residents, the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today gave formal nod to the muchawaited need-based policy to regularise unauthorised constructions and allow additional coverage, up to 100 per cent in the rear and front courtyards, in over 5,000 flats allot- colleges to follow their own fee structure. In return, Haryana will give grant-in-aid to the PU equal to the contribution of the Punjab Government. It has also been sought that representation of Haryana in the governing bodies of the PU (Senate and Syndicate) and the Board of Finance as well as reservation to persons from Haryana in various elected constituencies should be the same as it used to be when colleges in Haryana were affiliated to the university. determining factor Ramkrishan Upadhyay CONSTRUCTION NEAR SUKHNA SANCTUARY Tribune News Service uated in some of the districts may be affiliated to Panjab University under sub-section (1) of Section 39 of the Punjab Reorganisation Act, 1966. It has been clarified by the Vice-Chancellor that as per the Panjab University regulations, the affiliated colleges will be allowed to follow the reservation policy of the state for admission. However, for admission to the PU campus, the reservation policy of the Central Government will be followed. The PU will allow such Movie tickets settax incostto 28% GST UTsaysaerialdistance to addition more MC to impose 30% entertainment Victim Anupama Verma, a schoolteacher. Nitin Jain A meeting was held on June 19 in which the Vice-Chancellor of Panjab University and the Haryana Principal Secretary discussed the issue on how Haryana could help the university in dealing with the financial mess and what stakes of Haryana in the university could be revived. These include the affiliation of some colleges from neighboring districts. Haryana has asked the Ministry of Home Affairs to issue a notification that colleges sit- LOCATION OF LIQUOR VENDS DIESEL IOC university out of the financial mess, the move has raised a red flag among political circles in Punjab on account of various pending inter-state disputes between Punjab and Haryana. The sources said many Haryana colleges were affiliated to Panjab University till former Haryana Chief Minister Bani Lal was once given an unimportant seat in a Senate meeting in comparison to his Punjab counterpart. He then decided to withdraw support and affiliation from Panjab University. ted by PUDA/GMADA in eight sectors of Mohali. In the first phase of the policy, the demand for which had been hanging fire for long with the previous Parkash Singh Badal regime failing to fulfil it, at least 5,048 allottees of HE, LIG and EWS flats in Sectors 55, 57, 59, 61, 63, 65, 66 and 70 will be benefited. The development assumes significance as over 90 per cent of the allottees in Mohali ❝ The Chief Minister has also issued directions to work out a similar policy for the rest of the allottees in Mohali and other towns in Punjab. ❞ VINI MAHAJAN, Addl Chief Secy have already raised unauthorised constructions in their flats, against which demolition and resumption proceedings were under way. “The Chief Minister has also issued directions to work out a similar policy for the rest of the allottees in Mohali and other towns in Punjab,” Additional Chief Secretary, Housing and Urban Development, Vini Mahajan told The Tribune here this evening. c m y b The policy has fixed December 31, 2017, as the last date for availing of the benefit of this policy. “However, no construction shall be compounded after December 31, 2017, and further action as per law shall be initiated,” it clarified. According to the policy, a copy of which is with The Tribune, the allottees, who have already constructed their houses in accordance with continued on page 6 mal Rai, UT Adviser, to review the decision as it will shoot up the movie prices and theatres might have to shut their operations. Moreover, he said the ordinance meant a movie ticket was subject to two taxes, which was arbitrary and not as per the Constitution. At present, the rates of tickets at multiplexes start from Rs 150 to Rs 650 and vary on weekdays and weekends. Chandigarh, July 4 The Chandigarh Administration today made it clear before the Punjab and Haryana High Court that aerial, and not driving, distance from national and state highways would determine the location of a liquor vend. The assertion came during the resumed hearing of a writ petition filed on the issue by Vault Liquor Private Limited against the Chandigarh Administration and another respondent. At the very onset, an affidavit filed on behalf of the UT Administration and another respondent by Additional Excise and Taxation Commissioner-cum-Collector (Excise) Rakesh Kumar Popli was placed before the Division Bench of Justice Ajay Kumar Mittal and Justice Amit Rawal. The affidavit, among other things, said the issue was discussed threadbare during a high-level meeting. The Bench was told that it was decided during the meeting that the aerial distance system would be adhered to while allowing the location of liquor vends, or any other licence. The same procedure would be followed while allowing renewal of licence. The Bench was also told that the manner of calculation using aerial distance was most scientific and fair as opposed to motorable distance because of Chandigarh’s peculiar character. Elaborating, it was stated that the Chandigarh road network was rectangular with in gridiron pattern. There were alternative approaches from national and state highways and the motorable distance varied with each alternative approach road. The petitioners through counsel Jagmohan Bansal had earlier submitted continued on page 6
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