05122017-CT-01.qxd 12/4/2017 11:42 PM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE TUESDAY | 5 DECEMBER 2017 | CHANDIGARH Murder case solved Visual treat for residents U-19 World Cup call The murder case of DJ and owner of an entertainment orchestra group in Patiala cracked. P3 With 266 flower varieties on display, Chrysanthemum Show is going to be a grand event. P5 Left-arm medium pacer Arshdeep in ICC U-19 World Cup squad. P6 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY | MAX 23°C MIN 10°C | YESTERDAY MAX 23.7°C MIN 9.6°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 5.22 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 7.04 AM Mohali DRO duped of ~2.8 lakh in 7 hrs ATM FRAUD Tribune News Service Mohali, December 4 A District Revenue Officer (DRO) posted in Mohali fell victim to a debit card fraud when Rs 2.8 lakh was siphoned off from his savings bank account within seven hours. The victim, Balwinder Pal Singh, a resident of Sunny Enclave, Kharar, has submitted a complaint to the cyber cell and the bank concerned demanding an inquiry and refund. The fraud came to light when the victim, who has a salary account with the State Bank of India in Mundi Kharar, checked his phone in the morning on December 1 and was shocked to see text messages of nine transactions in which varying amount of cash was withdrawn during the previous night. According to his bank statement, the first transaction was of Rs 10,000, withdrawn around 11.45 pm, followed by five transactions of Rs 40,000, two withdrawals of Rs 20,000 and one transac- tion of Rs 30,000 in the next few hours. The last text message of a transaction was received at 6.45 in the morning, following which the victim blocked his card. In his complaint to the cyber cell, the victim said he had been duped of the amount using a cloned debit card since the ATM card of the account was in his possession. He said, “How can anyone withdraw Rs 2.8 lakh in a few hours when the daily withdrawal limit for ATM or online transaction is Rs 50,000? An amount of Rs 80,000 was transferred to another account number in two transactions of Rs 40,000 each.” The victim said according to bank officials, the ATM code where the cash was withdrawn was of Ramdas Ghati in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh. “Bank officials said the account where the money (Rs 80,000) was transferred was in the name of Vimal Rawat from Mani Majra,” he said. Singh said the police told him that the person could not be located at the address mentioned in the bank details. Airport Road: Another defect surfaces 2.5-km stretch beyond repairs; GMADA blames contractors, wants them to bear the cost Contractors refuse to take the onus Akash Ghai Tribune News Service Mohali, December 4 Another major manufacturing defect on a 2.5-km-long stretch of Airport Road, which is being repaired to make it “motorable” by December 15 to meet the deadline set by the Punjab Chief Minister’s special committee, has surfaced. The stretch in question, located on the left side of the 200-foot-wide road (if one goes from Airport Chowk to the ZirakpurPatiala road T-point), is stated to be beyond repairs. “The only solution is to dig the entire stretch and reconstruct it,” said the GMADA authorities. The estimated cost of the work will be nearly Rs 3.5 crore. The GMADA authorities want the two contractors who had constructed the road to bear the cost. Confirming the development, GMADA Chief Engineer SK Kansal said the stretch in question had a manufacturing defect and its repair was not possible. GMADA Chief Engineer SK Kansal said both contractors who had constructed the road were not ready to take responsibility for the flaws and were passing the buck. He said the entire stretch, except the 2.5-km stretch in question, would be made motorable by December 15. Repair work on Airport Road under way in Mohali on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: VICKY GHARU “Talks are on with the two contractors for its reconstruction, which is the only solution,” said Kansal. He said both contractors had constructed the road, but were not ready to take responsibility for the flaws and were passing the buck. The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, had constituted a special four- member committee on September 26 to recommend corrective measures to make Airport Road “motorable” and ensure a smooth drive for commuters. After making its recommendations, the committee had set December 15 as the deadline for the completion of the job. Kansal said the repair work in this direction was under way. “We have been laying a 40-mm layer on a 10-km patch from JLPL to the ZirakpurPatiala road T-point, except the 2.5-km stretch in question, by spending around Rs 5 crore. The layer would also be laid from the Zirakpur-Patiala road T-point to Ambala Road,” said Kansal. Besides, profile correction and micro-surfacing had been done on the road near TDI City on the Mohali-Kharar stretch to remove undulations and make the road bump-free, said the authorities. “The entire stretch, except the 2.5-km stretch in question, will be made motorable by December 15,” said Kansal. Woman booked for thrashing For PGI’s disabled staff, going to work a challenge stepdaughter, video goes viral He said at some places, parking for the differently had been notified, but the guidelines were not being followed. Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Chandigarh, December 4 A woman has been booked by the Chandigarh Police after videos in which she was allegedly seen thrashing her five-year-old stepdaughter went viral. The police claimed the videos were around seven months old, which surfaced recently. The woman, Jaspreet Kaur, had married Manmohan Singh, a resident of Sector 29, in 2016. It was the second marriage for both of them. A video recently surfaced in which the woman was seen slapping her stepdaughter and another video showing her stuffing the victim in a gunny bag. The videos were reportedly made by the accused woman’s stepson on various occasions. He showed the videos to his father, who then approached the Child Welfare Committee, Sector 19. The police were informed about the incident after which an investigation was initiated. Inspector Devinder Singh, SHO of the Industrial Area police station, said a case against the woman under Section 75 of the Juvenile Justice Act and Section 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) of the IPC had been registered. The SHO said efforts were being made to nab her. Jaspreet Kaur, the accused CCPCR summons stepmother, husband, SHO Tribune News Service Chandigarh, December 4 The Chandigarh Commission for Protection of Child Rights (CCPCR) has summoned the stepmother, her husband and the SHO concerned in the child thrashing case. Harjinder Kaur, chairperson of the commission, said the trio had been summoned to appear before the commission on Tuesday. “The small girl, who was subjected to brutal torture, is currently in her father’s cus- tody. We have been told that the woman was suffering from severe stress. If that was the case, it was even more dangerous to leave the small girl alone at home,” said Harjinder Kaur. She said the SHO had been summoned to explain why timely action was not taken in the matter. Jaspreet Kaur, the stepmother, was caught slapping the five-year-old daughter and stuffing her in a gunny bag in videos. The matter of brutal assault had previously come to light when the woman was accused of breaking a leg of the fiveyear-old, but no action was taken in the matter. Vikramjit Godwani, manager of the 181 child helpline, said the matter was referred to the Child Welfare Committee for necessary action. The committee had directed the family to keep the girl away from her stepmother. It is learnt that the stepmother had attempted suicide earlier in order to escape the registration of a case against her. Chandigarh, December 4 Going to work is a challenge for nearly 100 differently abled employees of the PGI. These employees expressed their grouse during a blood donation camp organised to celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Satyaveer Dagur, president of the PGI Differently Abled Employees Union, said due to poor infrastructure, the differently abled persons working or visiting the hospital faced a tough time. He said there were no lifts and ramps in the administrative block and differently abled employees had to climb all the way to the fourth floor to get their work done. “Though a ramp has been constructed near the back door, it is a mere eyewash and leads to the Director’s office Man who brought the change Volunteers donate blood during a camp organised by the PGI Differently Abled Employees Union on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI in the administrative block. One can see differently abled employees coming down the stairs with great difficulty,” said Satyaveer. He said besides the administrative block, there was an urgent need for ramps and lifts at the PGI library, the National Institute of Nursing Education (NINE) and the School of Public Health. He said recently a delegation had met PGI Director Jagat Ram and had handed over a memorandum to him for making the institute disabled-friendly. “The project to construct ramps and escalators was approved by the director, but the file is now stuck with the engineering department,” said Satyaveer. City to be colder than last year, says Met Dept Tribune News Service Chandigarh, December 4 This year, the city will be colder than last year, according to Chandigarh Meteorological Centre Director Surinder Paul. He said the day temperature would dip further as the sky would remain cloudy in the coming days. Paul said the city would receive rain around December 12 and 13 after which the weather would remain pleasant for some time. Thereafter, the temperature would dip further, he said. The pollution level in the city remained moderately high. According to PJS Dadwal, Member Secretary of the Chandigarh Pollution Control Committee, the trend of air pollution remained the same as before. “The latest data hasn’t arrived, but we have seen no major shift in air pollution,” said Dadwal. The maximum temperature in the city on Monday was 23.7°C while the minimum was 9.6°C. According to the weatherman, shallow to moderate fog is likely at isolated places in the morning and evening. Low visibility due to smog on the road separating Sector 7 and 8 in Panchkula on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: NITIN MITTAL Illegal miners have political patronage: MLA Tribune News Service AAP MLA from Kharar Kanwar Sandhu talks to the media before meeting Mohali Deputy Commissioner Gurpreet Kaur Sapra. TRIBUNE PHOTO: VICKY GHARU Mohali, December 4 Following political patronage, illegal miners are having a field day in different parts of Mohali district, said Kharar MLA Kanwar Sandhu, who submitted a complaint in this regard to Mohali Deputy Commissioner Gurpreet Kaur Sapra here today. The Aam Aadmi Party MLA, accompanied by the party’s district president, DS Satyaveer, who is differently abled, got the job nearly 11 years ago under the general category. “After joining the job, I observed that the premier institute did not offer facilities for the differently abled. In 2010, I began raising issues pertaining to the differently abled and job reservation in the institute. I pressed the authorities to construct disabled-friendly infrastructure,” said Satyaveer. In 2014, he formed the Differently Abled Employees Union. His efforts bore fruit as besides relaxation of 5 per cent marks, the differently abled are now being offered admission forms free of cost. Dhaliwal, met the Mohali Deputy Commissioner and apprised her of the hazard in his area. Later, talking to mediapersons, Sandhu alleged that it was an open secret that some local political leaders were involved in the illegal business due to which the offenders had no fear of law. “Besides villages in Kharar subdivision, the mining mafia is active in many villages of Dera Bassi subdivi- c m y b sion also,” said Sandhu, adding that excavation for mining of sand and gravel on government land in villages around the Khizrabad area of Majri block had rendered the area unfit for agriculture and habitation. “The story is no different in and around Teur village in Majri Block and villages of Salempur and Saini Majra near Kurali,” said Sandhu. The MLA claimed that during his recent visits to Jarout and Mirpur villages, he had noticed at least six tippers and JCB machines excavating earth from agricultural land with impunity. “If not stopped immediately, a patch of 177 acres in Jarout village and areas around it will be destroyed forever,” said Sandhu, adding that the fact that against only seven approved and auctioned mining sites, there were at least 120 stone crushers operating in the district was proof of the extent of illegal activity prevalent in the area. Mohali Deputy Commissioner Gurpreet Kaur Sapra said a complaint had been received from the MLA. “I can’t comment on any political patronage in this regard. I will take up the matter with the higher authorities in the state government to ensure that concrete steps are taken against the ongoing hazard,” said Sapra. Roads closed The MC, Chandigarh, is going to start recarpeting work on V 3 roads between Sector 27 and 28. As a result, from December 5 to 10, these roads will remain closed. The MC has urged the public to take alternative routes. POWER SHUTDOWN CHANDIGARH 10 am to 5 pm: Parts of Sec 38 C and D, Maloya Colony, Maloya village, Dadu Majra Colony and Motor Market, Sector 38 (West) 10 am to 3 pm: Parts of Dhanas village 10 am to 4 pm: Parts of Sec 25
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