10012018-CT-01.qxd 1/10/2018 12:41 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY | 10 JANUARY 2018 | CHANDIGARH Statement sparks row Committee formed Riya storms into semis Congress leader’s statement draws sharp reaction from opposition Akali Dal and AAP. P4 Panchkula MC forms committee in connection with unauthorised construction of a mall. P5 Riya Kaushik books a place in the girls’ U-16 semifinals in tennis tournament. P6 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 22°C MIN 5°C | YESTERDAY MAX 21°C MIN 3.8°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 5.41 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 7.20 AM Davesh dons Mayor’s cap BJP councillors Dhillon, Aggarwal elected Sr Dy Mayor, Dy Mayor, respectively GURPREET SINGH DHILLON VINOD AGGARWAL MP Kirron Kher and BJP leader Satya Pal Jain offer laddoos to newly elected Mayor Davesh Moudgil in Chandigarh. MANOJ MAHAJAN Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 9 With the BJP recovering from rebellion in the party, its official nominee Davesh Moudgil was elected the 22nd Mayor of the Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, for a one-year tenure following a thumping win in the mayoral poll today. He got 22 of the 27 votes. The two-time councillor defeated Congress nominee Devinder Singh Babla, who could garner just five votes. The grand old party has just four councillors in the House. BJP’s nominees Gurpreet Singh Dhillon and Vinod Aggarwal won the posts of Senior Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayor, respectively. Dhillon, who specially supported a headgear today, beat KNOW THE WINNERS MAYOR: DAVESH MOUDGIL (41) Councillor, Ward No. 22 (Sector 31, 47, 48 and Industrial Area, Phase 2) Education: MA (Political Science), LLB Profession: Advocate, Punjab and Haryana High Court Position held earlier: Former Senior Deputy Mayor On his mind: A ‘new Chandigarh’ with development Sheela Devi of the Congress by six votes. He bagged 21 of the 27 votes. Aggarwal defeated Ravinder Kaur of the Congress. He got 22 of the 27 votes. Those present at the MC building for the poll were left wondering who were the SENIOR DEPUTY MAYOR: GURPREET SINGH DHILLON (39) Councillor, Ward No. 21 (Sector 32, 46) Education: Graduation | Profession: Agriculture Party position: Chandigarh BJP spokesperson On his mind: Taking all along for city’s development DEPUTY MAYOR: VINOD AGGARWAL (50) Councillor, Ward No. 26 (Indira Colony and Mani Majra town) Education: Intermediate Profession: Shop at grain market in Sector 26 Party position: State convener of BJP’s trader cell On his mind: Development in ‘neglected’ ward number 24, 25, 26 ones who helped the Congress secure more than four votes. The saffron party has a stout majority with 20 votes while there are two councillors, one from the SAD and an Independent, who had extended support to the ruling party. The local BJP MP too has a vote as an ex officio member. Cross-voting? With the Congress getting more than four votes, which continued on page 5 SEE ALSO PAGE 3 Dealers to register vehicles from this week Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 9 The Registering and Licensing Authority (RLA) will start the registration of new private vehicles at dealers’ point from this week. Sources said the RLA had finalised the names of four automobile dealers for the registration of new private vehicles on a pilot basis. While Saluja Ford and Harbir Automobile would start registration for four-wheelers, Charisma Godwheels and Platinum Honda would start registration for twowheelers initially. Rakesh Kumar Popli, Registering and Licensing Authority, said, “We have completed all formalities for starting the project. From this week, the registration of vehicles will start at these four dealers. The pilot project will shortly be replicated at all automobile dealers.” He said the initial training for the staff would be imparted by the National Informatics Centre. The new system will not only help residents get the registration certificate without wasting time, but will also bring transparency. It will also weed out agents, who charge a hefty amount for the simple work. Barinder Saluja, owner of Saluja Ford, said with the new system, owners would not be required to stand in a queue to get vehicles passed. c m y b Robbers strike at jeweller’s house in Sec 33 Chandigarh, January 9 Four robbers looted jewellery worth several lakhs of rupees at gunpoint after entering a jeweller’s house in Sector 33 this evening. The police, however, claimed that the complainant was yet to ascertain the loss. Sources said the robbers arrived in a black Santro car and entered the house. They were wearing caps and their faces were covered. The accused took two women and a servant, who were present in the house, hostage and looted jewellery and cash at gunpoint. The sources said the assailants did not talk to each other after entering the house. The accused then fled from the spot. The matter was reported to the police by Ajit Jain. Police teams, including a team of the Sector 34 police station, and the crime branch rushed to the spot. Eish Singhal, who is officiating as the UT SSP also inspected the , crime spot. There are CCTV cameras installed at the victim’s house. The police have also gathered footage of CCTV cameras installed in the area. A case has been registered at the Sector 34 police station. —TNS Technical error in tower location details: Varnika STALKING CASE Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 9 Varnika Kundu today claimed in the court that a technical error in the mobile tower location showed her in Ropar district of Punjab nearly an hour before the incident took place. After making a request in the court to study the call records, Varnika once again denied her presence in Ropar on August 4, 2017. The court questioned Varnika as to how she could find a technical error in the tower location details which were provided by the cellular company. In reply, Varnika told the court that the same details showed her location in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh in the morning of August 4 and also in Parwanoo within an hour. This was followed after some drama as the defence and prosecution argued whether she should be allowed to make any statements after her cross-examination was completed. However, the defence counsel later informed that “Kul- Finished my cross examination today, and I feel like I’ve just graduated from school. It was educational, it was gruelling, it was nerve-wracking, to say the least; They tried to be nice, then aggressive, then intimidate me with a barrage of their so-called supporters, then try to twist my words around, and even made attempts to drag my personal life into this! (Yeah apparently the sort of music I play and produce was relevant to my testimony, according to the defence lawyer) But, Despite the Defense’s constant and undeterred attempts at mudslinging and trying to prove me a liar, they could do little more than make up entirely ridiculous and false claims about the origins of the incident that transpired last August, expectedly so. I have done my part, and it is now upto the system to make sure justice and truth prevails! “Satyamev Jayate” P.s. The location on this Facebook post is correct. ?? lu” was being shown in Haryana circle in the call records and must be a village near Panchkula. Yet again, Varnika’s differing statements put her in a spot as defence counsel Rabindra Pandit confronted her on her statements before the police and the court. Answering a question, Varnika recorded her statement, “It is correct that I have not mentioned in my statement and complaint that I was blocked by the Tata Safari car driven by the accused near KBDAV School (Sector 7) as stated by me in my earlier statement before the court during the trial.” She confirmed that she had mentioned the same in her statement before the police. Varnika said she did not recall whether she had continued on page 5
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