03012018-CT-01.qxd 1/3/2018 12:48 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY | 3 JANUARY 2018 | CHANDIGARH Multi-level parking Fast approval for plans SD College fencers shine One month after inauguration, Panchkula’s multi-level parking opens for public. P4 Estate Office starts online process of accepting building plans for sanctioning purpose. P5 GGDSD College, Sector 32, win PU Inter-College Fencing Championship for Women. P6 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 18°C MIN 7°C | YESTERDAY MAX 16.4°C MIN 8.7°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 5.35 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 7.19 AM SNIPPETS 34-yr-old man dies in mishap Mohali: A 34-year-old man died after being hit by a tempo at Spice Chowk here on Tuesday morning. Ashwani Kumar, the deceased, who was working as an accountant in a private firm here, was going to his workplace on a scooter when the incident occurred. He was rushed to Civil Hospital where doctors declared him brought dead. The tempo driver fled the spot leaving his vehicle behind. The police said that a case under appropriated Sections of IPC has been registered against the unidentified driver of the tempo. Ashwani Kumar, who originally belonged to Chamba in Himachal Pradesh, is survived by his wife and a three-year-old son. TNS Snatchers strike twice Chandigarh: Two snatching incidents were reported from Sector 32 and 26 here on the New Year Day. Sources said a biker snatched purse from Girija, a PG in Sector 32. In her complaint, the victim, who works as a technician in the GMCH-32, stated that she was returning to her PG accommodation from a nearby market at around 9.30 pm when the miscreant snatched her purse containing ~11,000 in cash, two ATM cards and important documents. The accused was wearing a helmet and had covered the number plate of his motorcycle. The second incident was reported at around 10.45 pm. Two miscreants, who were riding a white Activa, snatched purse from Svaneel Jaiswal of Zirakpur, who was standing outside a restaurant in Sector 26. The purse contained a mobile phone, ATM cards and some cash to snatchers. The police have started an investigation into the case. The footage of CCTVs installed in the market were being scrutinised. TNS Man held for raping minor Chandigarh: A 35-year-old man has been arrested for raping a minor girl in Sector 10. Sources said the accused, Ram Sawarth Thakur, allegedly raped a 16-year-old girl. The victim narrated the incident to her father who then approached the police. Medical examination of the victim was conducted, which confirmed rape. The accused was arrested and a case registered against him at the Sector 3 police station. The accused was produced before a court on Tuesday, which sent him to judicial custody. TNS Paid parking may be back in Mohali Councillors to raise demand during House meeting on Jan 7 Akash Ghai Tribune News Service Mohali, January 2 Nearly over a year and a half after paid parking system was abolished in the town markets, demand for its resumption is all set to be raised during the upcoming MC House meeting scheduled for January 7. If one goes by the claims of certain municipal councillors, the issue would be brought for discussion in the upcoming House meeting. The councillors in question claimed that the parking lots in most markets in the town witness chaos daily. “In absence of any check, people park their vehicles in haphazard manner, caring least about convenience of others. One can see vehicles parked in the middle of exit and entrance points of parking lots,” said RP Sharma, councillor from the Phase VI area. Sharma said paid parking was the only solution to the problem. Echoing similar sentiments, councillors Gurmit A rush of traffic offenders at the District Courts in Chandigarh on Tuesday. PHOTO BY WRITER A parking lot in the Phase 9 market in Mohali. FILE PHOTO Kaur, Amrik Singh Tehsildar and Paramjit Kahlon said getting parking space in the markets of Phase 1, 5, 3B2, 7, 9, 10 and 11 was very difficult, especially during evening hours. “Most people park their vehicles mindlessly without bothering that their act would harass other visitors. Vehicles are parked behind others, blocking the latter’s ways in busy markets. The issue sometimes snowballs into tiffs and fights,” said the councillors. “We are going to take up the issue in the upcoming House meeting,” they added. Notably, the paid parking system was introduced in selected markets of Mohali in March 2015. After one year, the MC had directed the private firm hired for the purpose not to charge any parking fee and later, its contract was not renewed. The paid parking system was abolished in the MC House meeting in April 2016. While announcing abolishment of the system, Mayor Kulwant Singh had said the system would be reintroduced here but with modifications. Bless him Buddha 166 caught driving drunk on New Year Eve appear in court 100 lose licence for 3 months; most offenders not from city Ishrat S Banwait Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 2 The district courts in Sector 43 witnessed a huge rush today with over 250 challans for various traffic violations being cleared. Out of these, 100 pertained to drunken driving wherein court suspended the offenders’ licences for three months. A total of 166 drunken driving offenders had turned up at the courts today but 66 of them could not produce a valid driving licence. Hence, they failed to get their impounded vehicles released. Not only this, as many as six persons were ordered to stand till rising of the court (TRC) for either being repeat offenders or driving a commercial vehicle in an inebriated condition. Ajay Kumar Shorie of Mani Majra and a repeat offender was one of those awarded the punishment. He was earlier WOMAN AMONG VIOLATORS A woman was among 166 persons who had come to the district courts to get their drunken driving challans cleared on Tuesday. A total of 203 people were caught driving drunk on December 31, which may include more woman but only one appeared in court. Raj Verma, an advocate, said, “As most of the offenders were from outside Chandigarh, the number of girls driving was even lesser.” found driving drunk in January 2016 and hence, was sentenced to TRC. His licence has been suspended for three months and he was asked to pay Rs 3,000 as fine. Another offender was Kulwinder, a resident of Ram Darbar who was driving a commercial vehicle in a drunken state. He was asked to pay Rs 2,000 as fine. As per information, a total of over Rs 2 lakh was collected as fine today, out of which over Rs 1 lakh was for drunken driving. According to the rules, a driver found having alcohol content of over 100 ml in body has to pay Rs 2,000 fine while the one with less than 100 ml is penalised with Rs 1,000. A repeat offender has to pay Rs 3,000 as fine. Due to awareness and continuous drives conducted by the traffic police against drunken driving, most of the people caught driving drunk on the New Year’s Eve were not city residents. Many informed that they had specially come to the City Beautiful to celebrate New Year, but challans spoiled their plans. They were to return to their places the same day but could not as they had to appear in local court today. Scooterist dies in head-on collision with ambulance Tribune News Service While Gautam Buddha attained enlightenment under the Bodhi tree, Abhishek, a student of Class III, sits under a tree near his statue and studies to get an insight into his own textbooks, at the meditation garden in Town Park, Sector 5, Panchkula, on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR ‘Very dense fog’ to persist: IMD Int’l flights land late Tribune News Service TRAINS DELAYED Chandigarh, January 2 The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) local office today reiterated its warning of ‘very dense fog’ for the next 24 hours. “The fog would remain dense to very dense. The visibility would fall below 50 m and could even reach zero. These conditions would continue for the next 24 hours,” said Surender Paul, Director, IMD. He added, “There are two factors for these conditions. First, the approaching Western Disturbances have brought moisture to the city. Then, air flow from neighbouring areas Train Tribune News Service Scheduled arrival Kalka Mail 3 am Lucknow-Chd Superfast 10.10 am New Delhi-Kalka Shatabdi 11.05 am Lucknow Jn-Chd Express 3 pm Actual arrival 7.35 pm 1.10 pm 7.52 pm 5.25 pm Delay 16 hrs and 35 mins 3 hrs 8 hrs and 47 mins 2 hrs and 25 mins (The list is not exhaustive) experiencing dense fog have also brought along moisture.” “The day temperature will come down leading to cold wave conditions. Night temperature will be above normal as high moisture would cause the greenhouse effect,” he said, adding that there was no chance of the city experiencing rainfall till the next week. Meanwhile, the day temperature today fell to 16.4°C, which is four degrees below normal. The minimum temperature was recorded at 8.7°C, which is three degrees above normal. The number of fog events this winter is roughly the same as a year before. “But this time, there are dense to very dense fog events,” said Paul. Mohali, January 2 As many as four flights were cancelled — three for poor visibility due to dense fog and one for technical snag — and around 20 flights, including two flights from Dubai and Bangkok, got delayed today. According to a CHIAL official, the flight operations started at the airport at 12.15 pm today when the first flight landed here. The official added that usually, the first flight lands at the airport at 7.30 am. “The weather conditions improved only at around 12 noon,” he said. continued on page 5 c m y b IndiGo cancels Delhi-Chd flight The IndiGo flight 545/455 Delhi-Chandigarh-Delhi has been cancelled for January 3 and 4 due to bad weather. SpiceJet flight (SG 2834) will depart from Chandigarh at 2.15 pm instead of its scheduled departure at 8.40 am on January 3. Drama near Patiala Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 2 A 41-year-old man died after a speeding ambulance, which was being driven on wrong side, hit the Activa scooter he was riding in Dhanas on Monday night. The victim has been identified as Naveen Kumar Sharma of Bapu Dham Colony in Sector 26. Sharma was employed with the Railway Department as a train driver. Sources said the victim was returning home from Dhanas when the accident took place. The scooter and the ambulance had a head-on collision. The victim was rushed to Civil Hospital, Phase 6, Mohali, in the same ambulance where doctors declared him brought dead. The body was later brought to the GMSH-16 where the autopsy was conducted today. The victim’s friend Suresh said the ambulance driver wasted precious time by rushing the injured to Mohali. “He could have taken Naveen to some hospital in Chandigarh,” he added. The victim is survived by his wife and two sons. The accused driver was arrested and later released on bail. NMC BILL: PVT HOSPITALS SHUT OPD SERVICES PAGE 2 immigration firm Gagan K Teja Patiala, January 2 High drama prevailed near Leela Bhawan Chowk, opposite the residences of the Deputy Commissioner and the Senior Superintendent of Police, after a man allegedly opened fire following a clash between two groups. Though nobody was injured in the incident, the alleged gunshot created panic among passersby. The incident took place at around 2 pm when two groups clashed outside an immigration firm office following a dispute over money. Police teams, led by Civil Lines SHO Simranjeet Singh and Model Town SHO Gurdeep Singh, rushed to the spot and detained two persons. DSP Saurabh Jindal reached there to take stock of the situation. It is learnt that Inderjeet Singh, son of Surinder Singh of Nawanshahr, had paid Rs 5.5 lakh to a Patiala-based immigration firm, which promised to process his visa application and help him secure a visa for Canada. However, neither his application was processed nor his money being returned despite repeated requests by Inderjeet. The firm had even issued cheques to him, which returned dishonoured when presented in bank. Inderjeet, along with his father and two others, had come to the office of the firm here today to seek refund of his money when they had a heated exchange. DSP Saurabh Jindal said continued on page 5 DSP City Saurabh Jindal speaks to a man who was detained following a group clash in Patiala on Tuesday. PHOTO: RAJESH SACHAR
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