04092017-CT-01.qxd 9/4/2017 12:32 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE MONDAY | 4 SEPTEMBER 2017 | CHANDIGARH Police gear up for poll Rush at Sukhna City boys in final With the Panjab University student elections round the corner, the UT police gear up for the day. P2 With the sun showing up after days of rain, visitors throng Sukhna Lake to make the most of the weekend. P4 GMHS-36 boys win semis against Manipur school in football tourney. P6 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY | MAX 34°C MIN 25°C | YESTERDAY MAX 32.5°C MIN 24.6°C | SUNSET MONDAY 6.41 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 6.01 AM Punjab MLAs a step closer to owning flats in New Chd Their eyes on a cause Pay ~4.94-cr instalment for 2.5-acre site in Eco City, Phase II Nitin Jain Tribune News Service MP Kirron Kher takes part in an eye donation awareness walk organised from Rock Garden to Sukhna Lake to mark National Eye Donation Fortnight in Chandigarh on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: NITIN MITTAL SEE PAGE 4 Tagore Theatre’s 2-seat cinema bench up for sale abroad Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 3 Another auction of the city’s heritage furniture has begun on foreign soil. This time, the auction is being held online for furniture designed by Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret, world-famous architects who designed the City Beautiful. These items have been put on sale by the Bidsquare online platform. The items that are on sale include a twoseat cinema bench from Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh. The bid price for the bench begins at Rs 4 lakh. The website states that the bench is made of teak, woven cane and brass, and was procured from Tagore Theatre, which was designed by Aditya Prakash, another known architect, and Le Corbusier. Tagore Theatre was designed at the time of the making of the city and has great heritage value. The original chairs were designed by Pierre Jeanneret. continued on page 4 Paramilitary forces helped control violence: Chawla P’kula Police Commissioner seeks evidence from public Rajinder Nagarkoti Tribune News Service Panchkula, September 3 As the controversy over who controlled the situation during the August 25 violence in Panchkula -- the police and paramilitary forces or the Army, continues, Panchkula Commissioner of Police AS Chawla has clarified that the paramilitary forces gave the state police “invaluable support” during the violence that shook Panchkula when a local court held Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh guilty of rape. “I would like to place on record the invaluable support by the paramilitary forces (misunderstood as the Army by many) in the operation on August 25,” Chawla tweeted on Sunday. Thirty-five people were killed and hundreds injured in Panchkula in the violence after the dera chief was held guilty of raping two followers in a case that dates back to 2002. He appealed to people to come forward and record their statements against people who went on the rampage. In another tweet, Chawla said, “It is our joint responsibility to speak against anyone who breaks the law.” He also tweeted, “We would appreciate people who come forward and record their statements A file photo of paramilitary personnel in action at Panchkula. Chandigarh, September 3 Finally, the dream of Punjab MLAs to build their own flats in New Chandigarh, close to the PGI, has come true with the payment of Rs 4.94 crore for the 2.5-acre residential site allotted to their society in July last year. The Punjab Legislators’ Cooperative House Building Society had defaulted on the payment of the first instalment even after being given repeated extensions before finally paying 15 per cent of the total amount of the land recently. For the default in payment, the legislators had to pay a penal interest of Rs 56.31 lakh at the rate of 18 per cent from January to July (six months) and 15 per cent from October 2016 to January 2017 (three months). With this, the 112 MLAs and MPs of the ruling Congress and the Opposition Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) can start building their luxurious apartments at the site meant for “group housing-4 multistoreyed flats”. The development assumes significance as the Punjab legislators had earlier failed twice to realise their dream of having their own house in Chandigarh’s vicinity. Not only had they failed to get their dream homes in the controversial Tata Camelot project in Kansal despite transferring their 21.2 acres land and Rs 82.5 lakh each in 2007, but their society of over 40 sit- ’Misunderstood as Army by many’ Road rage death: Col gets one-day police remand Tweet a good gesture: Chawla Commissioner of Police AS Chawla said the tweet was a good gesture towards the paramilitary forces. There were around 50 companies of the paramilitary forces in Panchkula, who helped in controlling the situation. 90% bullets fired into the air: Cop A senior police official said the firing that took place in Panchkula on August 25 was done by the Haryana Police and the paramilitary forces. Over 90 percent of the bullets were fired into the air, the official said. . on what they saw”. He urged the public to share evidence and said, “Anybody who has any evidence to share may please send it to email@example.com.” The Commis- sioner of Police also thanked the people for their support and tweeted, “I thank the people of Panchkula for cooperating with us during this tough time. The city has been saved.” Chandigarh, September 3 It was overtaking of a car that led to the road rage incident yesterday, claiming the life of a 38-year-old man. The Colonel who thrashed the victim was produced in court and remanded in one-day police custody. Thrashed man after argument over overtaking, say police The post-mortem was conducted today and the body handed over to the victim’s kin. Victim Parveen Yadav, a continued on page 4 Music to the ears —city lecturer bags National Award Tribune News Service ’A TRIBUTE TO MY MOTHER-IN-LAW’ Chandigarh, September 3 A music (vocal) lecturer at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16, and Nodal Officer, Cultural Affairs, UT Administration, Sukhraj Sandhu, has bagged the National Award-2016. President Ram Nath Kovind will confer the prestigious award at a special function to mark the Teacher’s Day celebrations being held at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi on Tuesday. In a demi-official letter to the awardee, Ministry of Human Resource Development Director G Vijaya Bhaskar informed that she is tribute to my ❝The awardAjitaKaur Sandhu,late as mother-in-law who a city school principal was also awarded the National Award in 1975. Before her final journey, it was her ardent desire to see me getting the State or National Award. SUKHRAJ SANDHU ❞ had been selected for the award under the ministry’s scheme of National Award for teachers. The award carries a certificate of merit, Rs 50,000 and a silver medal. Elated over the feat, Sukhraj left for the National Capital this evening to receive the award. “The award is a tribute to my late mother-in-law Ajit Kaur Sandhu, who as a city school principal was also awarded the National Award in 1975. Before her final journey, it was her ardent desire to see me getting the State or National Award,” the national awardee told The Tribune while revealing that she was moved by her mother-inlaw’s deep desire following which she went forward to apply for this award. Sharing Sukhraj’s 26 years of service in the field of school education, which he termed “full of dedication and hard work”, her husband BS Sandhu said, “It was an excellent achievement when her students secured 100 per cent result in the board exams.” Music being her subject, she was able to chisel the students’ talent, who in turn made a mark in their careers by attaining heights c m y b in the entertainment and music world. As the Nodal Officer, UT Cultural Affairs, Sukhraj successfully “brought about consciousness among the students” on the need for national integration and preserving the rich cultural heritage of the country. Being able to spot talent among budding students, Sukhraj has great passion and empathy for needy students. “I motivated young minds and in an informal way helped adolescent children steer away from bad temptations such as drug abuse and depression arising out of family disputes,” she said. File photos of Eco City at Mullanpur in Mohali. ting and former MLAs was duped by two land developers on the pretext of selling them land at Sector 113 and 114 in Mohali in 2014. Giving the go-ahead to the much-awaited group housing project of the MLAs, the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, approved the acceptance of late payment by the society while chairing a meeting of the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA), of which he is the Chairman, in Chandigarh on Friday. The society was allotted the site in the sprawling Eco City Phase 2 (Extension) by GMADA after the approval of former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on July 21, 2016, following which the allottee was FIGURES AT A GLANCE 2.5acres SITE AREA ~25.41cr TOTAL PRICE ~4.94cr FIRST INSTALMENT issued the LoI and asked to pay 15 per cent (Rs 3.81 crore plus Rs 50.82 lakh as 2 per cent cancer and drug addiction treatment infrastructure cess) of the total allotment price, which works out to be Rs 25.41 crore till November 26 last. However, the society failed to make the payment and sought time till January 24 but still it could not deposit the first instalment. Citing the pre-occupation of members in the 2017 Punjab Assembly elections, the society president sought more time and the Chief Minister allowed it giving them the last chance till July 24 when finally, the payment was made, a top government functionary told The Tribune here today.
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