25012018-CT-01.qxd 1/25/2018 12:51 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE THURSDAY | 25 JANUARY 2018 | CHANDIGARH PU forms panel Car, suitcase produced SGGS-26 claim title Panjab University forms committee under DUI to frame modalities for adjunct faculty. Aikom’s BMW car and the suitcase in which his body was found stuffed produced in court. P4 Sri Guru Gobind Singh College-26 win title in PU Inter-College Sepak Takraw Championship. P6 FORECAST P2 MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 21°C MIN 7°C | YESTERDAY MAX 19.1°C MIN 8.6°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 5.52 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 7.17 AM Airport Road to touch New Chd To be extended by 10 km at cost of ~200 cr, reducing distance between 2 towns Akash Ghai Tribune News Service Mohali, January 24 The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) is all set to extend the 200foot-wide Airport Road by 10 km to connect the Chandigarh international airport in Mohali with New Chandigarh via Sunny Enclave. The GMADA authorities claimed that the project, estimated to cost around Rs 200 crore, would connect New Chandigarh with Mohali directly without entry to Chandigarh and would shorten the distance between the two towns by around 5 km. They said there would be no need to enter the busy roads of Chandigarh after the completion of the project. It would save over half an hour of commuters intending to travel from Mohali, particularly from the airport side, to New Chandigarh or vice versa. Under the plan, the road will be extended from the MohaliKharar highway (from the point where it starts near the VR Punjab mall), and will pass through Sunny Enclave, Hussainpur village and Thaska to meet the main road (PR 4), which connects Chandigarh with the Siswan-Kurali road at Majri. “With the construction of this stretch, the distance between the two towns will be shortened and the travel time will also reduce substantially. Besides, one will not be required to travel on the busy roads of Chandigarh,” said Sunil Kansal, Chief Engineer of GMADA. He said the estimated cost of the project would be Rs 200 crore. GMADA is in the process of acquiring 112 acres for the road. “The process of acquisition of land is on and we are hopeful of completing it within two months,” said Kansal, adding that after the completion of the land acquisition process, they would move further without wasting any time. Vigilance probe under way At present, the 17.5-km-long stretch of Airport Road, which was constructed around three years ago at a cost of Rs 169 crore, connects the MohaliKharar highway with the Zirkapur-Patiala highway. The road had come under the scanner after it started caving in at various spots within six months of its construction. Large-scale corruption had allegedly taken place in its construction. An inquiry by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau is on in this regard. A policeman stands next to a ticket counter at a multiplex in Sector 5, Panchkula, on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR Rajput Manch protests in P’kula SCREENING OF ‘PADMAAVAT’ Tribune News Service FAIR CAUSE College students take a pledge to promote the rights and dignity of girls during a “Pink Turban Campaign” on National Girl Child Day in Chandigarh on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN Student hangs himself to death Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 24 A 22-year-old BA second-year student reportedly committed suicide by hanging himself at his house in Sector 20. No suicide note was found from the spot. The victim has been identified as Gulshan. Police sources said the victim was speaking to his friend on the phone till late at night. In the morning, he was found hanging by his family after which the police were informed. The victim was rushed to the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, where doctors declared him brought dead. The police have initiated inquest proceedings in the matter at the Sector 19 police station. The victim is survived by his parents and four sisters. POWER SHUTDOWN CHANDIGARH 10 am to 4 pm: Parts of Sector 2, 3 and 11 9 am to 5 pm: Mariwala town and Pipliwala town, Mani Majra MOHALI 9 am to 5 pm: Parts of Phase 10 and nearby areas R-Day: UT Admn to honour 21 persons PAGE 4 Man gets eight-year jail for robbing auto driver of ~100 Incidents of robbery at an all-time high in city: Judge Tribune News Service The court observed Chandigarh, January 24 A local court today sentenced a Sector 10 resident to eight-year imprisonment for robbing an auto-rickshaw driver. The court of SK Sachdeva, Additional Sessions Judge, also made an observation that incidents of robbery were at an alltime high in the City Beautiful. Dhruv Negi, the convict, was found guilty under Section 397 of the IPC and was also directed to pay a fine of Rs 3,000. According to the FIR, Negi, along with two juveniles, had robbed an auto driver of his wallet which contained Rs 100 and some documents. Negi had asked for leniency from the court saying that he was a Nobody is feeling safe on roads. Rather there is always a lurking fear of such incidents...instead of leniency, the accused deserved more punishment than bare minimum so that it acted as a deterrent. first-time offender and that he had a family to feed. However, the court observed that, “... Nobody is feeling safe on roads. Rather there is always a lurking fear of such incidents...” The court observed that instead of leniency, the accused deserved more punishment than bare minimum so that it acted as a deterrent. On April 1, 2017, the police received a call about an auto driver being robbed near Hotel Mountview in Sector 10. While the on-duty cops went there, another call was received that an auto had turned turtle on the road separating Sector 9 and 10. Raj Kishore, a Kishangarh resident and victim, informed that three boys had approached him in Sector 17 and wanted to be dropped at Hotel Mountview. However, when he reached there and asked for Rs 80 as the fare, the three had an argument with him. He claimed that he was thrashed and one of the boys threatened to kill him with a broken liquor bottle. His wallet was snatched and the boys ran towards Sector 9. Later, Dhruv Negi was arrested and a trial initiated against him. Womandiesinmishap Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 24 A 35-year-old woman was killed in a road accident at the Sector 36/42 roundabout today. Sources said the victim, Sunita, was heading towards the Sector 22 Civil Hospital with her husband on an Activa scooter when a motorcycle hit the scooter. The victim, who was riding pillion, fell on the road, leading to serious injuries. She was rushed to the hospital where doctors declared her brought dead. The victim was a resident of Balongi in Mohali. The police have registered a case against the motorcyle rider, Vijay, at the Sector 36 police station. CITYZEN PEOPLE, PLACES, PASSIONS Corbusier & Lutyens: A tale of two cities c m y b Gold seized from woman at airport Mohali, January 24 In yet another case of gold seizure at the Chandigarh international airport, customs officials today recovered 146 gm of gold worth Rs 4.1 lakh from a woman, who had concealed a gold bracelet in her purse. Customs officials said the 35year-old woman ran a boutique in Ludhiana and arrived at the airport in an Air India flight from Bangkok this morning. Sources said the gold had been moulded into a kada (bracelet). This is the second instance of gold seizure via Bangkok since Air India launched a direct flight to the popular tourist destination in December 2017. In 2018, three attempts of gold smuggling have been foiled by customs officials. An official said the woman was nabbed during the luggage check. The official said, “Her body language was awkward and seemed suspicious. During checking, she frantically tried to shift the gold bracelet, but was caught.” As per provisions of the Customs Act, the customs duty and penalty were levied. “The passenger was not arrested since the value of gold was less than Rs 20 lakh,” the official said. — TNS Panchkula, January 24 Despite imposition of Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) in Panchkula, the Rajput Virasat Jagriti Manch held a protest in the town against the screening of the film, “Padmaavat”. According to the orders of Panchkula Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Manbir Singh, the assembly of five or more persons within any area of the Commissionerate of Panchkula and carrying of any weapon of offence such as swords, sticks and axe is prohibited from January 23 to February 7.Members of the manch were to meet all cinema owners to ask them not to show the film. The members had given a call to all Rajputs in the town to gather near the Sector 5 bus stand. The SHO of the Sector 5 police station, Inspector Karamveer Singh, stopped Security up outside malls in Chandigarh Chandigarh: The local police have beefed up security outside malls where “Padmaavat” will be screened. Officials said the police would be deployed outside all theaters and malls where the movie would be screened to ensure that no untoward incident took place. Cops will be deployed outside Elante Mall, City Centre, IT Park, Centra Mall and Fun Republic, Mani Majra, where the movie will be screened. them and made them meet the ACP first. Talking to mediapersons, the national president of the Rajput Manch, Bhoom Singh Rana, said the BJP played a dubious role in the ongoing tussle over the release of the film. “The party has governments in 16 states, but it banned the film only in four states,” he said. continued on p6 Protesters gherao mall in Mohali Tribune News Service Mohali, January 24 High drama was witnessed at a mall located alongside the Mohali-Kharar highway when around 40 members of a particular community today held a protest against the release of “Padmaavat” in its multiplexes tomorrow. Seeing the agitating members, the management of the mall immediately shut the main entrance of the complex and informed the police. The protesters, who gheraoed the main entrance of the mall, raised slogans and said they would not allow the screennig of the movie in the mall. The area SDM and DSP immediately reached the spot and pacified the protesters. According to sources, the protesters also objected to the pasting of posters of the movie at the mall. A senior official of the mall management said a memorandum given by the protesters to administrative and police officials had reached the higher authorities. continued on p6
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