13112017-CT-01.qxd 11/13/2017 12:36 AM Page 1 cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE MONDAY | 13 NOVEMBER 2017 | CHANDIGARH Encroachment on land No let-up in dengue cases Aadil does city proud Verka booths continue to encroach upon government land across the city with impunity. P4 Dengue cases continue to pour in due to high day temperature in Mohali district. P5 Local golfer Aadil Bedi makes city proud after being honoured by Virat Kohli Foundation. P6 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY | MAX 27°C MIN 12°C | YESTERDAY MAX 27.5°C MIN 11.2°C | SUNSET MONDAY 5.27 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 6.47 AM Now, nominated councillors to move SC over voting right Fruit of labour Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service Mustard crop in full bloom in a field on the periphery of Mohali makes for a visual delight. TRIBUNE PHOTO: VICKY GHARU ~5 lakh, jewellery stolen during ring ceremony Panchkula, November 12 A ring ceremony turned awry today when a theft of a woman’s purse containing lakhs of rupees was reported from a hotel in Sector 5 here. CCTV cameras on the rear side of Hotel Cove, where the function was being held, were not functioning. A mobile phone was lying on the way leading from the back door. The victim, Santosh, and her husband KL Juneja are residents of Sector 17. The ring ceremony of their son Ankush, who works with HDFC Bank, was scheduled for this afternoon. In the middle of the ceremony, Santosh left her purse on a chair and started talking to her relatives. Within minutes, her purse was lifted. continued on page 4 POWER SHUTDOWN CHANDIGARH 10 am to 2 pm: Parts of Sec 47-D 10 am to 3 pm: Housing Board, Dhanas, Dhanas village and Milk Colony, Dhanas Vigilance begins probe into illegal mining at Mohali Mohali, November 12 With the Mohali administration failing to check illegal mining in the district, the Punjab Vigilance Bureau has started its investigation in this regard on a complaint of residents of the Khizrabad area. According to sources, the Vigilance Bureau has started recording the statements of residents, who had lodged a complaint regarding illegal mining on shamlat land at Khizrabad village a couple of years ago. Sher Mohammad, one of the complainants, said Vigilance officials summoned him recently and recorded his statement. Sher Mohammad said he, along with his wife Piari Begum, who is a panch of the village, and another resident of the village, had approached the Vigilance Bureau as illegal mining on around 600 acre shamlat land in the village had been going on for the past nearly 10 years. “A major portion of the sham- Illegal mining is rampant in several areas of Mohali district. lat land has been encroached upon by some residents and excavation is on with their connivance,” alleged Sher Mohammad while talking to Chandigarh Tribune. As part of its investigation into the complaint, the Vigilance Bureau is said to have sought revenue records from the Mohali administration to ascertain the ownership of the land in question. The sources said Vigilance officials had already sent a communique to the administra- tion thrice in this connection, but were yet to get a reply. Mohali Deputy Commissioner Gurpreet Kaur Sapra, who had visited the spot to check illegal mining on July 16, claimed that she was unaware about any such communique having been sent by the Vigilance Bureau. “I have asked my staff to check the Vigilance communique, if any, and make the required documents available to them,” said Sapra. continued on page 4 Kashmiri Pandits’ mention disrupts lit fest Chandigarh, November 12 An afternoon session of the Chandigarh Literature Festival was disrupted at Panjab University (PU) today. The disruption took place when a discussion on “Munnu: A boy from Kashmir” was going on between author Malik Sajad and critic Akhil Katyal. A group of four or five people started mentioning about the plight of Kashmiri Pandits. The organisers asked them not to comment and ask questions only during the question and answer session. “They had taken seats strategically. When the session was going on, suddenly one of the persons started asking whether there was Kashmiri Pandits protest during the Chandigarh Literature Festival at Panjab University on Sunday. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH any mention of Kashmiri Pandits. When we stopped him, others stood in his favour,” said Sarika from the Adab Foundation, which is organising the literature festival along with the Depart- ment of English and Cultural Studies of the PU. “There was commotion. We called off the session. Anyway, it was almost complete. The question and answer session couldn’t be carried out. We were to honour the author and the critic, which we did at the end of the next session,” said Mitul Dikshit, chairman of the Adab Foundation. There was a lunch break after that. The group of people which protested in favour of Kashmiri Pandits also disbursed. “We didn’t feel the need to call the security,” he said. He pointed out that earlier too, the same group of people had disrupted a session of author Nayantara Sehgal at the Chandigarh Literature Festival held at the Chandigarh Club two years ago. Sarika said nothing controversial was being discussed and none of the protesters had read the book. “It was all planned,” she said. — TNS c m y b Chandigarh, November 12 After the Municipal Corporation and the Chandigarh Administration, nominated councillors have also decided to move the Supreme Court against the verdict of the Punjab and Haryana High Court quashing their voting right. Sources said a separate petition on behalf of the nominated councillors was being filed by Maj Gen MS Kandal (retd). The decision of the nominated councillors to challenge the High Court verdict comes after the Supreme Court issued notices on the petitions filed by the Municipal Corporation and the Chandigarh Administration against the verdict. General Kandal, a nominated councillor, said they were filing the case not for power or for any gain, but for restoring their dignity and ensuring equality. “The nominated councillors had the voting right for 20 years and suddenly some persons started casting aspersions on their integrity, which they decided to challenge using their constitutional rights,” he said. Several senior leaders and Reservation for disabled increased to 5% Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 12 A Panjab University committee has approved the enhancement of reservation to persons with disability from 3 per cent to 5 per cent. It will be implemented from the 2018-19 session and has been done to comply with the provisions of the Persons with Disabilities Act. The implementation of the 5 per cent quota will result in a reduction in the general category seats from 55.5 per cent to 53.5 per cent. The PU has clarified that the 5 per cent quota will have “horizontal reservation” and 1 per cent each will be reserved for the physical disability, intellectual disability, mental behaviour, disability caused due to chronic neurological conditions and blood disorder and multiple disability categories. It has also been pointed out that if the 5 per cent reservation of seats comes to 0.5 to 0.9, it shall be treated as one seat. However, after calculating the seats on the basis of 5 per cent if the number of seats is divisible by five, equal distribution of seats will be made for all five categories. If after the division, any remainder is left, it shall be distributed on the basis of inter se merit among all five categories. After calculating on the basis of 5 per cent, if the seats come to less than continued on page 2 ❝ WHAT LEADERS SAY I am surprised over the U-turn of the BJP on the issue. The party has all along been opposing the voting right to the nominated councillors and now suddenly it has taken an opposite stand. There was no reason for the Administration to challenge the decision of the High Court. HARMOHAN DHAWAN, senior BJP leader I am personally ❝Thoughthe voting right in favour of to the nominated councillors, but their number vis-a-vis the elected councillors should not be so high as to render the collective decision of the elected members meaningless. PAWAN KUMAR BANSAL, former Union Minister ❝ The Administration has taken the right decision to challenge the quashing of the voting right of the nominated councillors. They have been enjoying this right for years. SANJAY TANDON, city BJP chief residents have, however, flayed spending public money by the MC and the Administration on restoring the voting right of the nominated councillors. Former Union Minister and BJP leader Harmohan Dhawan and Chandigarh Congress president Pardeep Chhabra said there was no reason to spend public money on fighting for their voting right. Dhawan questioned why the Administration was spending a huge amount on fighting for the nominated councillors. Baljinder Singh Bittu, president of FOSWAC, said since the Administration was not having enough money for development works, spending lakhs of rupees on the case was unjustified. The Administration has roped in a former Attorney General and senior advocate, Mukul Rohatgi, to defend its stand against the High Court decision. The Administration has prayed for an interim stay on the High Court ruling. The hearing in the case is slated for November 27. The High Court had annulled the voting right of the nominated councillors on August 23 while disposing of a petition filed by former BJP councillor Satinder Singh, who had challenged their voting right. Satinder Singh has flayed the decision of the Administration to challenge the High Court decision saying that the nominated councillors do not have the mandate of the electorate. continued on page 4
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