04082017-CT-01.qxd 8/4/2017 1:11 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE FRIDAY | 4 AUGUST 2017 | CHANDIGARH Measles-Rubella drive MC removes dead trees Prinkle-Kaavya bag title UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore inaugurates the Measles-Rubella campaign. P2 The Horticulture Department of the Chandigarh MC starts removing dead trees. P5 Prinkle-Kaavya race to tennis doubles title beating Aarushi-Himaanshika. P6 FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY SKY | MAX 33°C MIN 25°C | YESTERDAY MAX 33.1°C MIN 25.9°C | SUNSET FRIDAY 7.14 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 5.44 AM Juvenile held for minor’s rape Lurking danger TRIBUNE PHOTO: NITIN MITTAL Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 3 A juvenile has been apprehended by the UT police on a charge of raping a minor girl. Sources said both the accused and the victim were 16-year-old and residents of Sector 26. The police received a complaint from the victim’s family that the accused, who was their neighbour, raped her. The juvenile was produced before a court and sent to a juvenile home. A case has been registered at the Sector 26 police station. NEWBORN FOUND ABANDONED Mohali: A newborn baby girl was found abandoned on a bench near a park adjoining Kumbhra village here on Thursday. She was properly wrapped in a piece of cloth. Jagdish Singh, a resident of the village, noticed the baby after hearing her cries at 5 am and informed the police. PAGE 5 Unmindful of the risk, a child perched on a window of a train in violation of the safety rules at the Chandigarh railway station. LS clears way for MC to levy entertainment tax New Delhi, August 3 The Lok Sabha today passed a bill to allow the Chandigarh MC to levy a “reasonable” entertainment tax of its own over and above the GST. The powers to levy such a tax in Chandigarh, a UT, after the GST rests with the Centre. The bill means the government is relieving itself of the said powers and delegating the same to the MC. An ordinance had been promulgated when the GST came into force on July 1 and the bill, once passed by both Houses, shall become a law. The Chandigarh MC is expected to generate around Rs 17 crore as revenue by way of these powers. Speaking during a brief discussion on the bill, Santokh Chaudhary, MP from Jalandhar, demanded that “Chandigarh belongs to Punjab and should be handed over to it”. Kirron Kher, MP from Chandigarh, retorted, “We are happy being a UT.” —TNS Movie tickets to cost more Chandigarh, August 3 With the Lok Sabha today passing a bill to allow the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation to levy entertainment tax, movie tickets are set to get costlier. This tax will be in addition to the 28 per cent GST already imposed on cinemas. Hailing the decision, city Mayor Asha Jaswal said it would increase the revenue of the MC, which would be used for developmental works. She said she would call a meeting of officers soon and a detailed proposal for the tax would be placed before the House for approval. Sources said once the tax was imposed, the movie industry would have to pay 58 per cent tax, which would lead to an increase in the rate of tickets for film-goers. Officials of multiplexes opposed the tax saying it would ruin the entertainment industry. A multiplex official said if the tax was imposed, it would put extra burden on movie-goers. Rajni, a movie buff and student, said she could not afford to pay extra for the tickets. Ajay Jagga, an advocate, requested the government to review the decision as it would render the movie tickets beyond the reach of the common man. Movie tickets were subject to two taxes, which was arbitrary and not as per the Constitution, he said. At present, movie tickets in multiplexes cost between Rs 150 and Rs 650 and vary on weekdays and weekends. — TNS 10-year-old made to stand Swine flu claims Duty-free shop, more food two more lives counters at airport soon in queue for check-up Tribune News Service Panel asks UT to set up one-stop unit for rape victim Mohit Khanna Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 3 As if the miseries of the 10year-old rape victim, who is now over seven-month pregnant, were not enough, the alleged callous attitude of the authorities at the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) in Sector 32 has added to her woes. The poor girl, who was allegedly raped by her 55year-old maternal uncle, was taken to the hospital for a routine pregnancy check-up where she was allegedly made to stand in a queue for tests. Perturbed by the indifferent attitude of the GMCH authorities, the chairperson of the Chandigarh Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Harjinder Kaur, has issued a letter to the UT authorities for setting up a “one-stop unit’ for the rape victim. She said the hospital authorities did not provide any attendant to the victim’s family for fast-tracking the medical examination process. “How could the hospital staff be so indifferent to the plight of the child. The incident has pained me. The girl has already suffered enough mental trauma; she should not undergo more anguish,” said Harjinder Kaur. The PGI is the only institute which has a one-stop unit. During her one-and-a-halfhour stay in the hospital, she was made to sit along with other pregnant women in the gynaecology ward and her name was called out aloud when her turn came. The women and their attendants sitting in the gynaecology ward were looking at the girl. “To top it all, the doctor told us that whenever the child has a pregnancy-relat- ed complication, she should be rushed to the hospital. By hospital, the doctor meant that she should be rushed to the emergency. Everyone is shying away from the responsibility and not understanding the gravity of the situation. The girl has a medical condition and she needs special care and attention whereas the authorities are washing their hands off the matter,” said a family member who accompanied the victim to the hospital. Director (Health Services) Rakesh Kashyap said, “The department was asked to provide transportation to the victim.” The Director-Principal of the GMCH AK Janmeja was not available for comments. An official said on condition of anonymity that the job of providing an attendant was the prerogative of the Social Welfare Department.” Chandigarh, August 3 Swine flu claimed two more lives today. While one patient was from the city, the other was from Kurukshetra in Haryana. So far, six persons have died of swine flu. Dr Gaurav Aggarwal, nodal officer of the UT Health Department, said a 35-yearold patient from Sector 52 in Chandigarh was suffering from tuberculosis. She was referred to the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, Chandigarh, from the government hospital in Sector 45. One of her lungs had stopped functioning while the other had developed an infection. Dr Aggarwal said the deceased woman underwent an abortion two days ago. Test reports revealed that she was suffering from sepsis. She was also found positive for HINI and succumbed to her injuries at the GMCH this DENGUE LARVAE FOUND AT GMCH A team of the Health Department inspected the GMCH on Thursday. Sources said the team found dengue larvae near the emergency ward of the hospital.. morning. The second victim was from Kurukshetra. The 47-year-old woman was rushed to the PGI two days ago in a serious condition. She was declared positive for swine flu. According to doctors, her condition worsened today and she died. On July 20, a 42-year-old man from Sector 35 became the first victim of swine flu. On July 26, a 60-year-old woman from Maloya breathed her last while on July 29, a 35year-old man from Himachal Pradesh succumbed to the flu. A 55-year-old head constable with the Chandigarh Police died of swine flu on July 31. SEE ALSO PAGE 4 Tribune News Service Mohali, August 3 Almost two years after Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Chandigarh international airport at Mohali, work has finally begun to open eight more food and beverage counters and a duty-free shop at the terminal. The infrastructure for setting up more food counters in the domestic and international arena is being readied, said sources. So far, CITCO has been running its food counters in the Security Hold Area (SHA) in the domestic and international terminal. Tenders in this regard have already been floated, said sources. Besides, the airport authorities are all set to float global tenders for opening a duty-free shop, having two outlets, in the SHA of the international arrival and departure terminals here. The tenders will be floated within 15 days for the RUNWAY OVERHAUL The AAI authorities are planning to overhaul the runway and increase its length soon. Sources said work was likely to start in the first week of October. “Under the plan, the runway will not only be overhauled but its length, which is 9,000 ft at present, will also be increased by over 2,000 ft,” said the sources. As per the plan, the work on overhauling the runway will take place from 4 pm to 6 am daily. The flights will remain operational between 6 am and 4 pm, but the timings may be changed. . purpose, the sources said. Global tenders to open a duty-free shop were also floated early this year, but the authorities did not get proper response. “The duty-free shop can sell only the prescribed items, mainly foreign liquor, under the norms. Their margin is less. That was one of the reasons for the poor response to the tenders floated earlier,” said an official at the airport. Come rains, Morni students end up in troubled waters Soon, dial 112 for all Have to wade through swollen Ghaggar to reach school; villages get cut off Rajinder Nagarkoti Tribune News Service Students cross the Ghaggar in Morni while returning home from school. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH SEE ALSO PAGE 4 Panchkula, August 3 While urban areas have to deal with only the waterlogging problem during the rains, villages at Morni in Panchkula district are the worst hit. Sample this: During the monsoon, students of the Kothi panchayat in Morni have to cross the swollen Ghaggar daily by putting their lives to risk. Kothi is not the only panchayat which gets cut off from Morni during the monsoon. There are a number of panchayats and villages, which face a similar problem. Villagers said officials of the Haryana Public Works Department (Building and Roads) visited the area a number of times to asses the requirement for a bridge on CONSTRUCT ROADS: KALKA MLA Kalka MLA Latika Sharma on Thursday held a meeting in Panchkula with officials of the Forest Department and the PWD. She directed the officials to construct roads to provide connectivity to villages with other parts of the district. She said students and patients had to cover a long distance to go to schools and health centres. As a large part of the area falls under the Forest Department, forest and PWD officials should work as a team to prepare a plan to construct roads to improve connectivity, she told the officials. ALREADY ON THE JOB: DC district administration is already on the job ❝Theconnectivity to these villages in Morni. The to provide administration is taking up the matter with the Forest Department and the other departments concerned. It is the right of villagers to get connectivity and soon the administration will provide connectivity to many villages. — GAURI PARASHAR JOSHI, PANCHKULA DC . ❞ the Ghaggar, but nothing came of it. Suman, a student, said every year during the monsoon, the overflowing river cuts off their village c m y b with other parts of the district and they have to wade through the river to reach their school. The villagers said a few years ago, three students of schools in Bijlag and Raji Tikri villages lost their lives on the way to their schools as they drowned while crossing a swollen rivulet. The condition of link roads in villages in Barwala block of Panchkula district is pathetic. One such village is Batour. Village sarpanch Laxman Das said the muddy link roads in villages get slushy when it rains and it becomes difficult for students and women to cross these. Road washed away During the heavy rain in the district recently, a temporary road, which was constructed in view of the four-laning work on the National Highway-73, got washed away in Barwala. The National Highways Authority of India had repaired the road the same day. emergency services Ramkrishan Upadhyay Chandigarh, August 3 Acting on the directions of the Centre, the Chandigarh Administration has started the process to launch a single number — 112 — for all emergency services related to the police, ambulance, Fire Department, women helpline and disaster management. Sources said UT Adviser Parimal Rai held a high-level meeting of officers today to discuss the issue. Anurag Aggrawal, Home Secretary, Tejinder Singh Luthra, DGP and senior officers of , other departments were among those who attended the meeting. The single number for emergency services has been planned on the pattern of the 911 emergency service in the UT Adviser holds high-level meeting to work out modalities . USA. It has been proposed to establish a high-tech control room at the Police Headquarters in Sector 9. The Home Secretary said the number would ensure a well-coordinated response to those in distress. The Administration was planning to start the service soon, he said. Sources said when a person would dial 112, the call would be directed to the departments concerned immediately for help. Once launched, all existing emergency numbers would slowly be phased out. The number would be accessible from all mobile and landlines phones. continued on page 5
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