02012018-CT-01.qxd 1/2/2018 1:16 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE TUESDAY | 2 JANUARY 2018 | CHANDIGARH Honours school system Industries under PPCB lens Hockey meet PU will celebrate centenary of honours school system next year. The system began in 1919. P2 PPCB to hold survey of industrial units in Lalru and take action against those causing pollution. P4 GNDU, Amritsar, beat Pbi varsity, 3-0 at North Zone Inter-university Hockey Championship at PU. P6 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY | MAX 19°C MIN 8°C | YESTERDAY MAX 18.1°C MIN 7.8°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 5.34 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 7.19 AM ‘Worst fog of season’ blinds city, grounds 9 flights, delays 20 trains TRIBUNE PHOTOS: RAVI KUMAR/PRADEEP TEWARI 10:18 AM 4:26 PM 9:08 PM RAILWAY STATION SUKHNA LAKE TRIBUNE CHOWK The city saw a blind start to the New Year. Dense fog engulfed the city, grounding nine flights and delaying another nine. Trains too chugged in late at the railway station. Sun made its presence felt as the day progressed. With weather turning pleasant, residents made most of it by chilling out. ‘Very dense fog’ reduced the visibility to zero after dusk, making commuting difficult. The Met has predicted dense fog and cold wave conditions for two days. PCR attends to 286 complaints NEW YEAR’S EVE Chandigarh, January 1 The UT police were on their toes on the New Year’s Eve. The PCR attended to a total of 286 complaints, including 100 related to quarrels, 39 of noise pollution, 37 pertaining to nuisance at public places and 36 related to accidents. Police officials said between 8 pm on December 31 and 8 am on January 1, PCR vehicles were dispatched to 286 spots as compared to 291 spots a year before. As per the police, 100 calls PCR SPOTS VARNIKA WAITING FOR CAB, OFFERS HELP Five women, including Varnika Kundu, daughter of IAS officer, who was allegedly stalked in August last year, were dropped at their destinations by PCR staff. Sources said while four women sought help from the police for dropping them at their destinations, Varnika, who was waiting for a cab, was spotted by cops who dropped her at her destination. pertained to quarrels in different parts of the city. Revellers entered into scuffles with each other outside clubs, hotels and market areas where New Year celebrations were held. Sources said Varnika was waiting for her cab outside a hotel in Sector 34 when PCR staff, finding her alone, approached her and offered to drop her at the place she intended to go. Last year, two youths, including son of Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala, had allegedly stalked and tried to kidnap Varnika while she was going home. Cops also received 39 calls against noise pollution. A majority of them were related to loud music being played by youths in their cars parked on the roadsides. A total of 37 calls were about nuisance at public places. Merrymakers, especially youths in inebriated condition, created nuisance. Besides, 36 calls were of accidents and the remaining 66 calls were about miscellaneous complaints. The police also registered four cases against persons who were found drinking at public places. Meanwhile, three persons were arrested under preventive measures by officials of the Maloya and the Sector 31 police stations. The police had laid 18 outer and 32 inner nakas at different points in the city to keep a check on hooligans and avoid any untoward incident. A total of 73 vehicles were challaned and 14 vehicles impounded. —TNS 203 CHALLANED FOR DRUNKEN DRIVING IN CITY Chandigarh: A total of 203 persons were challaned for drunken driving at traffic nakas laid in different parts of the city on Sunday night. Drunken driving nakas were laid at various parts of the city to crack down on motorists driving under the influence of liquor. Violators were issued challans and their vehicles were impounded. The number of drunken driving challans this time was less than the year before when 252 motorists were challaned. Traffic snarls were also witnessed at check posts following intensified checking. In addition to alcometers, traffic cops were also equipped with cameras to record the proceedings when drunk motorists misbehaved with them. Meanwhile, a total of 6,663 challans were issued for the offence in the year 2017 while the number was 5,033 in 2016. —TNS 21 ISSUED CHALLAN IN P’KULA SIX CAUGHT DRUNK IN MOHALI A cop checks a biker at a naka against drunken driving in Chandigarh on Sunday night. TRIBUNE PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR Panchkula: On the New Year’s Eve, the police issued 21 challans for drunken driving. A total of 540 challans were issued under the Motor Vehicles Act. According to the police, a majority of the challans were issued for triple-riding, riding without helmet and driving without seat belt. The local police had put up 23 check posts across the city, including five to check drunken driving, on the New Year’s Eve. The check posts were mainly put up along the markets of Sector 8 to Sector 11 where a number of hotels and restaurants are located, and also at the Zirakpur border. About 400-500 cops were deployed in the city while inspectors and DSPs patrolled their areas. —TNS Mohali: The local police issued a total of 198 challans, including six for drunken driving, at special nakas on the New Year’s Eve. Last year, 70 challans were issued. Police officials said all 26 PCR vehicles were pressed into service and 10 drunken driving nakas were set up post 9 pm. DSP (Traffic) Gurinder Pal Singh said, “All SHOs had been instructed to maintain strict vigil at the entry and exit points of the town. Three-four check posts were set up under every police station’s jurisdiction. No untoward incident was reported.” The DSP said most of the PCR calls pertained to minor quarrels and noise pollution. Police officials said as many as 900 police personnel were deputed in the district to maintain law and order. In the markets of Phase VII, Phase 3B2 and Phase V, minor traffic disruption was reported after 11.30 pm. —TNS Man misbehaves with traffic marshal, held Chandigarh, January 1 Gurdev Singh, a Mohali resident, who was in an inebriated state was arrested last night for allegedly misbehaving and manhandling a traffic marhsal and obstructing the traffic staff at a drunken driving naka. Sub-Inspector Ramesh Kumar of the traffic wing complained that a man named Gurdev Singh was stopped at a naka for driving car under the influence of liquor. Sources said the complainant alleged that the accused misbehaved with the traffic marshal and also obstructed the traffic staff from performing their duty. The traffic staff recorded the incident on camera. Sources said Gurdev also started stopping other vehicles crossing through the naka. Traffic staff then informed the PCR. The accused was arrested and a case against him under Sections 332 and 353 of the IPC was registered at the Sector 31 police station. The accused was produced in the court today and sent to the judicial custody. — TNS ■ NEW YEAR BABIES PAGE 5 Revellers cause a traffic jam in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on the New Year’s Eve. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI c m y b Robbers target 72-yr-old woman MOHALI: Miscreants snatched gold bangles worth Rs 28,000 from a senior citizen in Phase XI here on Monday. The incident took place outside Lakshmi Narayan Mandir where the victim, a 72-year-old local resident, had gone to attend a funeral. A stranger approached her and told her that an acquaintance was waiting to meet her in a car parked across the road. The occupants of the car gave her a spiked sweet and robbed her. The victim said three persons, including a woman, robbed her. —TNS Girl hit by bus, dies Chandigarh, January 1 A 19-year-old girl died after a speeding Punjab Roadways bus hit her scooter on December 30 night. The bus driver fled the spot leaving the bus behind. However, he was later arrested. The victim has been identified as Parul, a resident of Sector 46. The complainant in the case, Sukhminder Pal Singh of Sector 30 who is the victim’s brother-in-law, stated that he, along with his wife, was coming from Sector 39 on a motorcycle while Parul was driving a scooter when the speeding bus hit the scooter in the rear. The victim fell on the road while the bus driver escaped from the spot. The girl was rushed to the GMCH in Sector 32 where she was declared brought dead. The police were informed about the accident. A case under Sections 279 (rash driving), 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 304-A (causing death by negligence) of the IPC was registered against the unidentified bus driver at the Sector 36 police station. The accused, identified as Kamal Kishore of Hoshiarpur district, was arrested. He was released on bail later. —TNS
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