08112017-CT-01.qxd 11/8/2017 1:07 AM Page 1 cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY | 8 NOVEMBER 2017 | CHANDIGARH PU to hike fee Awareness on cyber crime Manit, Kaavya win Panjab University is all set to hike both tuition and examination fee by 10% for the 2018-19 session. P2 300 take part in a cyber crime awareness programme at the Plaza in Sector 17, Chandigarh. P4 Manit, Kaavya stay on winning course in the CLTA-AITA Super Series. P6 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 27°C MIN 14°C | YESTERDAY MAX 27.8°C MIN 14°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 5.30 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 6.42 AM DeMo EFFECT Debit cards up by 1.17 lakh in one year Contractor won’t repair Airport Road for free Lovebirds Ramkrishan Upadhyay Akash Ghai Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 7 Approximately 1.17 lakh debit cards have been issued in the city in the past one year after demonetisation, announced on November 8, 2016, by the Centre. The increase in the number of debit cards indicates that these have become the primary mode of payment after the Centre promoted digital payment. According to data collected from banks, it has been noticed that debit cards have conclusively displaced credit cards in the city. While the number of debit cards has increased substantially, there has been a marginal increase in the number of credit cards. Mohali, November 7 Apparent refusal of the contractor to repair a 6-km stretch of Airport Road for free has thrown a spanner in the special committee’s December 15 deadline for reopening the road for vehicles. The committee was constituted on the directions of the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh. The stretch (PR 9) in question from Airport Chowk to the Banur-Landran road Tpoint was closed by the GMADA authorities in mid-September in view of its deplorable condition and occurrence of fatal accidents on a particular spot. The GMADA authorities, who held the contractor responsible for the pathetic condition of the road, wanted him to carry out the repair work, involving an expenditure of around Rs 15 crore, free of cost. Sources in GMADA claimed that during a survey of the road, it came out that nearly a 2-km stretch of the road was severely damaged as earth was not laid in its foundation as per the specifications during construction. The sources said the contractor alleged that the GMADA authorities did not allow him to lay earth in the foundation at the time of the construction of the road, due to which it got RESIDENTS OPPOSE EXTRA CHARGES Residents have opposed the extra charges being levied by Sampark centres for internet banking. Officials said the charges were levied by banks, but there were no extra charges if one paid through POS machines at Sampark centres through debit cards. As many as 17,09,567 debit cards were issued by banks up to March 31, 2016. However, the number of debit cards has now reached 18,26,757. On the other hand, 38,874 credit cards were issued up to March 31, 2016. The figure has now reached 39,214. An officer of the Administration said the use of debit cards had increased after the UT made POS machines available at various offices. The Administration has decided not to accept an amount of over Rs 2,000 at Sampark centres. He said this had led to more use of debit cards by residents. An official of a private bank said many banks had offered an add-on card, which had also lead to an increase in the number of cards. Rajan, a resident of Sector 7, said the debit card was very useful. He said he had been using it for making all sorts of payments such as school fee and bills. A pair of dove birds is silhouetted against the setting sun on a hazy day in Mohali on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: VICKY GHARU Delhi airfare touches the roof Mohali, November 7 The airfare to Delhi has gone up by over 10 times as a majority of the flights have been cancelled. According to Chandigarh-based travel agents, the airfare of most of the flights from Chandigarh to Delhi for tomorrow has touched the roof. Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, Pankaj Sharma, owner of Chandigarh Swastik Travel Service, said the ticket of Air India for tomorrow morning’s flight was available for Rs 15,000. “On a normal day, the airfare ranges between Rs 2,000 and Rs 3,500. The airfare of some other private flights for tomorrow afternoon has crossed Rs 30,000,” said Pankaj Sharma. The main reason behind the increase in the fare is stated to be the cancellation of flights due to the ongoing repair work on a runway at the Delhi airport and dense fog in the area. Vikas Bhasin, who runs his travel office from Sector 17, Chandigarh, said some tickets at normal rates were available in early morning flights. “However, in the afternoon flights, the ticket rates have touched the roof,” said Bhasin. As many as 14 flights to and from Delhi have been cancelled due to the runway closure at the Delhi airport till November 9. — TNS FLIGHTS CANCELLED 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 9W 2665 9W 2666 9W 2651 9W 2658 6E 842 6E937 SG 2831 SG 2834 UK 830 UK 879 AI 0463 AI 0464 9I 831 9I 832 Delhi (0800 hrs) to Chandigarh (0915 hrs) Chandigarh (0940 hrs) to Delhi (1050 hrs) Delhi (0920 hrs) to Chandigarh (1035 hrs) Chandigarh (1100 hrs) to Delhi (1210 hrs) Chandigarh (1205 hrs) to Delhi (1325 hrs) Delhi (1350 hrs) to Chandigarh (1445 hrs) Delhi (0710 hrs) to Chandigarh (0805 hrs) Chandigarh (0840 hrs) to Delhi (0935 hrs) Delhi (1340 hrs) to Chandigarh (1445 hrs) Chandigarh (1520 hrs) to Delhi (1620 hrs) Delhi (1100 hrs) to Chandigarh (1210 hrs) Chandigarh (1250 hrs) to Delhi (1400 hrs) Delhi (0555) to Chandigarh (0655 hrs) Chandigarh (0725 hrs) to Delhi (0825 hrs) FLIGHTS DELAYED 1 2 3 4 5 6 Jet Airways GoAir SpiceJet Vistara Jet Airways SpiceJet (Delhi-Chd-Delhi), delayed by 20 minutes. (Delhi-Chd-Delhi), delayed by one hour. (Delhi-Chd-Srinagar), delayed by 90 minutes. (Delhi-Chd-Delhi), delayed by two hours and 35 minutes. (Delhi-Chd-Delhi), delayed by two hours. (Srinagar-Chd-Delhi), delayed by one hour. Sec17 vendors get 2 days to remove goods THE TRIBUNE IMPACT Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 7 After Chandigarh Tribune highlighted the menace of vendors at the recently declared no-vending zone in Sector 17, the Municipal Corporation today told vendors to take away their goods in two days. “We had not received the notification regarding the novending zone. Now, in two days, we are going to start the registration process for vendors and will shift them to other sectors,” MC Additional Commissioner Anil Kumar Garg told Chandigarh Tribune. “Since we are moving towards implementing the no-vending zone in Sector 17, we have told the vendors to clear the way,” he said. “We keep advising the vendors to clear the market area, but there is no concrete plan for them yet. We will hold a meeting of officials following which a camp will be held for vendors in which they will be assigned alternative space through the draw of lots,” Street vendors at the Plaza, Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: NITIN MITTAL said an official of the enforcement wing. After the directions, a large group of vendors met the Additional Commissioner. They rued that they had been asked to clear the area by Thursday even though they had been sitting there for a long time. A member of the vendors’ union, Monu, who had come to meet Garg, told Chandigarh Tribune, “Our name is there in the survey; we are old vendors of Sector 17. They have asked us to take away our goods within two days.” “When those sitting in Sector 19 and 22 are not being removed, why are the authorities taking action against us? There is vacant space in Sector 17, we should be adjusted there,” said another vendor. These columns had high- lighted today that despite the Administration declaring Sector 17 a no-vending zone, the MC was indecisive on implementing the directive. Every evening, the Plaza is bursting at the seams with street vendors, who have more than doubled to about 600 over a short period of time. At times, it becomes quite a task for visitors and shoppers to walk around. c m y b Harmehtab charged with murder Chandigarh, November 7 A local court today charged Harmehtab Singh Rarewala, alias Farid, with murder in the BMW case involving Akansh Sen. Charges have been framed against him under Sections 302 and 34 of the IPC. The next hearing in the case is on November 15. The court also dismissed his bail plea. The defence had pleaded that Harmehtab was not driving the BMW car that hit Akansh Sen, ran him over and killed The AKANSH SEN him. defence had BMW HIT-&-RUN argued that the murder charge be dropped against Harmehtab and Section 304 of the IPC be used instead. The prosecution had, however, argued that Harmehtab was the one who provoked Balraj Singh Randhawa, the other accused who is absconding, to hit Sen again as he had not died after the first hit. This also turned out to be the reason why he was not granted bail. In February, the duo had entered into an argument with the victim and his friends and had allegedly hit Sen with their BMW car. — TNS Work involves ~15-cr expenditure; road may miss Dec 15 deadline Airport Road at Tangori in Mohali is in urgent need of repairs. VICKY GHARU GMADA blamed Sources said the contractor alleged that the GMADA authorities did not allow him to lay earth in the foundation at the time of the construction of the road, due to which it got damaged. damaged. “Now, GMADA is ready to bear only the cost of re-laying the earth in the foundation and wants the contractor to reconstruct the stretch in question and carry out the rest of the repair work on his own,” said the sources. The cost of laying the earth will be nearly Rs 2 crore. The contractor reportedly wants the GMADA authorities to give him in writing that the road got damaged as he was not allowed to lay earth in a 2-km stretch during construction. The sources said the GMADA authorities were not in mood to give any such thing in writing, which would help the contractor claim the repair cost later. While the GMADA authorities are trying to find a way out of this “deadlock", officials admitted that the December 15 deadline for reopening the road for vehicles was unlikely to be met. Juvenile among 2 more arrested in 14-year-old’s gang rape case Chandigarh, November 7 Two more persons, including a juvenile, who were allegedly involved in the gang rape of a minor, have been arrested by the police. Three of the four accused have been arrested in the case. One of the two arrested has been identified as Sonu, alias Ganga Parsad, a resident of Faidan village, while the other one is a juvenile. The 14-year-old victim had One of the two arrested has been identified as Sonu, alias Ganga Parsad, a resident of Faidan village, while the other is a juvenile. come to the city from Parwanoo, Himachal Pradesh, with her friend Salman, alias Lucky (22). Salman, a native of UP brought the victim to , Chandigarh, promising her a bright future. The duo started residing at Faidan village. After a few days, Salman allegedly called his friends and they gang-raped her. On November 4, the victim had fled from the room where she was staying with Salman. The victim then reached a park in Sector 44, where a passerby saw her crying and informed the police. A case was registered at the Sector 34 police station. Salman was the first one to be arrested in the case. — TNS
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