30012018-CT-01.qxd 1/30/2018 12:40 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE TUESDAY | 30 JANUARY 2018 | CHANDIGARH Law Dept to hold fest Illegal hoardings Minerva test for East Bengal PU Law Department to hold national fest to mark 129 years of its establishment on Jan 31 & Feb 1. P2 Panchkula MC Commissioner Rajesh Jogpal issues directions to remove all illegal hoardings. P5 East Bengal all set to face Minerva Punjab FC in an I-League match in Kolkata. P6 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY | MAX 22°C MIN 8°C | YESTERDAY MAX 21.3°C MIN 7.1°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 5.57 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 7.15 AM Chain snatched, 64-yr-old hurt outside Sec 46 house Motherly warmth STEEP RISE IN SNATCHING CASES THIS MONTH Tribune News Service A woman plays with her kid on a sunny day at the Sector 17 Plaza in Chandigarh on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN Chandigarh, January 29 A 64-year-old woman was injured after two motorcycleborne miscreants snatched her gold chain in Sector 46 this afternoon. The victim, who was standing outside her house, was pushed to the ground by the miscreants. The victim, Shakuntla Arora, had returned from Gurugram a few hours earlier and was standing outside her house and talking to a woman residing in her neighborhood when the incident took place. The victim fell on the road, leading to injuries. The victim said the accused The month saw a steep rise in the number of snatching cases with 24 cases already reported from the city, instilling fear among residents. Of the 24 snatchings reported this month, the police have managed to crack four cases with the arrest of eight persons. < Shakuntla Arora, who was injured after two < motorcycle-borne miscreants snatched her gold chain in Sector 46 on Monday. conducted a recce of the area a few minutes before striking. The police were informed who rushed to the spot and collected the footage of a CCTV camera installed at a house. “The miscreants are seen in the CCTV footage. However, the registration number of the motorcycle is not visible,” police sources said. The sources said both mis- UT to name, shame power defaulters Commercial rates for PG Electricity Department finalises list of those who owe over ~1 lakh to it Ramkrishan Upadhyay 250 DEFAULTERS IN INITIAL LIST Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 29 Acting on the directions of the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC), the Electricity Department has decided to upload lists of defaulters on its official website. Sources said the department had finalised the names of the defaulters who owed over Rs 1 lakh to it. The initial list had the names of over 250 defaulters including companies, industries and government offices. This year, the department has managed to reduce the amount the defaulters owe to it. While the defaulters collectively owed over Rs 10 crore ~2.26-cr gold haul at airport, 2 detained Tribune News Service Sources said the Electricity Department of the Chandigarh Administration had finalised the names of the defaulters who owed over ~1 lakh to it. The initial list had the names of over 250 defaulters, including companies, industries and government offices. to the department last year, the amount has come down to Rs 7 crore this year. The list will include the names of consumers who have not paid an amount of over Rs 1 lakh for various reasons. In many cases, the pay- ment has not been made due to a dispute or court cases. Many government departments have also failed to make the payments. An officer said many departments of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh were yet to pay the due amount. He said the Electricity Department was taking tough action against private defaulters, but it had been going slow in recovering electricity dues from government offices which owed crores of rupees to it. Departments of the Punjab Government situated in the city are yet to pay Rs 20 lakh to the Electricity Department. Even the departments of the Administration have failed to pay Rs 15 lakh outstanding against them for many months. The Electricity Department is in a tight financial position as the JERC has not allowed it to increase the fare for many years. Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 29 In a decision that will adversely affect a large section of the people, the Electricity Department has made a proposal to charge commercial rates from owners of paying guest accommodation in the city. Sources said the department had sent the proposal to the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) for approval. If the proposal gets the nod, a large number of people living in PG accommodation will have to pay more for the facility, which is Examining all aspects, says Khattar on Rathore’s presence at R-Day function THE CASE Tribune News Service Mohali, January 29 The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) today detained two persons and seized 8.16 kg of gold in 70 gold biscuits, each weighing 116.64 gm, estimated to be valued at Rs 2.26 crore, at the Chandigarh international airport. Intelligence officials said this was the biggest consignment to have been seized by the DRI at the airport. Sources said the accused, a 30-year-old person hailing from a farming family at Shahabad in Haryana and a 20year-old graduation student from Moonak in Punjab, arrived at the airport on the IndiGo flight 6E56 at 10.40 am from Dubai. “We had a specific input that two ‘carriers’ are supposed to arrive at the airport, carrying gold. They were nabbed in the arrival hall during a search of their luggage,” an official said. The accused had hidden the gold biscuits in a handbag and had heavily wrapped plastic around the gold to avoid detection in the X-ray machine. Officials said the accused were “conduits” and investigation was on to nab their accomplices and suppliers in Dubai. This is the fourth incident of gold seizure at the airport this year. Customs officials had recovered 146 gm of gold worth Rs 4.1 lakh, concealed by a woman in a purse, on Wednesday. accommodation proposed Panchkula, January 29 On the presence of convicted former Haryana DGP SPS Rathore during the Republic Day function in Panchkula on Friday, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has said they are examining whether a person who has been convicted is entitled to attend a function. Besides, they are also checking whether an invite should be sent to such a person. Khattar was interacting with journalists during the launch of HUDA’s new online Plot and Property Management System. The Haryana Chief Minis- Convicted former Haryana DGP SPS Rathore shares the dais at the Republic Day function in Panchkula. TRIBUNE PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR ter said they were reviewing the matter and action would be taken only after checking all aspects. Anand Prakash Sabha seeks apology from admn Members of the Anand continued on page 5 On August 12, 1990, Ruchika and her friend Aradhana visited SPS Rathore’s housecum-HLTA office. Rathore sent Aradhana away on the pretext of calling a coach and started molesting Ruchika. He left her only after Aradhana returned. On December 28, 1993, Ruchika allegedly committed suicide. On December 21, 2009, a lower court held Rathore guilty and pronounced six-month jail. On March 25, 2010, a sessions court enhanced the punishment to 18 months. On September 1, 2010, the HC upheld the punishment. On September 23, 2016, the SC upheld Rathore’s conviction but reduced the punishment. CHB fourth-time unlucky at IT Park Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 29 For the fourth time in a row, the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) has failed to find any takers for the hospital, school and residential sites at IT Park. The CHB had earlier extended the date till January 31 after it failed to get any response to the earlier auctions. Sources said despite extending the date, no firm applied for registration till Monday. Fails to find any takers for e-auction of sites This time, the CHB had put up all 13 residential and commercial sites for the e-auction after relaxing the payment schedule. The sources said the high reserve price and the property being leasehold were the main reasons for the failure of the auction process. The reserve price of the plots was fixed on the basis of the collector rates. An amount of Rs 308 crore was fixed as the reserve price for the hospital plot, measuring 8.17 acres. The school plot, measuring 4.50 acres, was put up for auction at a reserve price of Rs 188.37 crore. Being commercial, both these sites were put up for sale on a leasehold basis. The residential plot, measuring 4.55 acres, had been put up for auction at a reserve price of Rs 163 crore on a freehold basis. The CHB had started the c m y b auction in September and it has been extending the date every month after it failed to find any takers. While earlier there was onemonth time for depositing the amount, the CHB has now decided to accept the payment in six instalments. The CHB has started the process to develop two residential plots (measuring 10.51 acres and 6.43 acres) and a club (measuring 3.86 acres) on its own at IT Habitat at IT Park. becoming unaffordable for them by the day. In the proposal, the department has stated that paying guests registered with the Chandigarh Administration shall be charged under the non-resident category. Sources said over 5,000 PGs were running in the city and catering to the needs of a large number of students and women employees. Major RS Gujral, who has been running a paying guest accommodation in Sector 35, said it would be difficult for owners of PG accommodation to pay commercial rates. He said if the commercial rates were approved, they would have no choice but to increase the rates, which would put an extra burden on paying guests. He said owners of PG accommodation were serving society. Instead of giving them rebate and relaxation, the Administration was forcing them to shut their business. An officer of the Electricity Department said while the department would charge commercial rates from PG accommodation registered with the Administration, those running without registration would be charged 20 per cent extra on their bills as penalty. creants were wearing helmets. The victim also failed to note down the registration number of the motorcycle. A case has been registered at the Sector 34 police station. Two rob auto driver at knifepoint, held Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 29 Two persons have been arrested for robbing an autorickshaw driver. In his complaint to the police, Devinder Singh of Shashtri Nagar, Mani Majra, stated that Arif and his accomplice had hired his auto-rickshaw from the grain market in Sector 26 for Mani Majra yesterday. The police said on the way, the accused robbed the complainant of Rs 400 and a mobile phone at knifepoint near a bridge on the rear side of Bapu Dham Colony, Sector 26. continued on page 5
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