01032018-CT-01.qxd 3/1/2018 12:54 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE THURSDAY | 1 MARCH 2018 | CHANDIGARH Tiny tots cast spell Man jailed for 10 yrs Vishita drubs Sidhak Tiny tots of Tribune Model School bring to centre stage most elementary human emotions. P2 A city resident sentenced to 10-year imprisonment for possessing banned injections. P3 Chandigarh’s Vishita drubs Punjab’s Sidhak Kaur in National Ranking Championship. P6 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 26°C MIN 15°C | YESTERDAY MAX 26.6°C MIN 14.2°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 6.21 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 6.48 AM High Court puts UT on notice over snatchings Tribune News Service President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurates the golden jubilee celebrations of the MCM DAV College for Women at Sector 36, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. MANOJ MAHAJAN SEE ALSO P2 City’s Neerja did nation proud: Prez Tribune News Service Praises Mehr Chand Mahajan Chandigarh, February 28 “There is a long list of women achievers from Chandigarh. However, if I have to take one name, I will mention Neerja Bhanot. In 1986, she foiled the plans of terrorists and saved 359 air passengers. Not just Chandigarh, but the whole nation is proud of Neerja, who laid her life for the safety of others,” said President Ram Nath Kovind. Kovind was at the MCM DAV College for Women, Sector 36, on the occasion of its golden jubilee celebrations. Praising the planning of Chandigarh, he said, “Chandigarh is the first planned city of India. It is an SNIPPETS Youth commits suicide in Sec 29 Chandigarh: A 26-year-old youth reportedly committed suicide by hanging himself at his house in Sector 29. No suicide note was found from the spot. According to the police, the victim has been identified as Sandeep, a native of Uttarakhand. He used to work in a private company in the Industrial Area. The police said Naresh, a friend of the victim, on returning from work, found him hanging. Neighbours were informed about the incident after which the victim was rushed to the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, where doctors declared him brought dead. Inquest proceedings have been initiated at the Industrial Area police station. TNS Husband booked for dowry death A day after the body of a woman, who was missing from Sector 45, was recovered from the Bhakra canal in Samana, Punjab, the Chandigarh Police have booked her husband for dowry death. PAGE 3 POWER SHUTDOWN CHANDIGARH 2 pm to 5 pm: Parts of Sector 33, 34, 44 and 45 10 am to 2 pm: Parts of Sector 22, 32, 34, 35, 36, 44, 46, 50, 51, 52, 61 and 63, and Kajheri village 10 am to 4 pm: Parts of Sector 37 Mentions Rock Garden “I remember the date when Mehr Chand Mahajan got the responsibility of the PM of Kashmir on October 15, 1947. When a decision was to be taken on the merger of Kashmir, he took the decision of accession to India. He was guided by "desh prem" (love for country). I salute his nationalism,” said President Ram Nath Kovind. “This city has done exceptionally well when it comes to disposing of waste and an example is Nek Chand's Rock Garden. From the very beginning, there has been focus on recycling, reuse and rejuvenation," said the President. He said Chandigarh had set an example in the use of garbage, industrial waste and renewable energy. PIL filed by advocate Chandigarh, February 28 Taking cognisance of a petition alleging failure of the police to arrest the mounting incidents of chain snatching in the city, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued a notice to the Chandigarh Administration. The Division Bench of Justice Ajay Kumar Mittal and Justice Anupinder Singh Grewal also put the Home Secretary and the Inspector General of Police on notice on the petition filed in public interest by advocate Hari Chand Arora. The petitioner claimed that 161 incidents of chain snatching had taken place in the UT during 2016, which increased to 238 in 2017. The upward trend was continuing with as many as 43 incidents of chain snatching taking place during the first 50 days of 2018. The Division Bench of Justice Ajay Kumar Mittal and Justice Anupinder Singh Grewal also put the Home Secretary and the Inspector General of Police on notice on the petition filed in public interest by advocate Hari Chand Arora. . Arora added that the arrest of chain snatchers was quite low vis-à-vis the incidents. Referring to information received under the Right to Information Act, he submitted that most incidents of chain snatching were taking place in areas falling under the Sector 34 and Sector 39 police stations. Elaborating, he said 98 incidents of chain snatching took place in areas under the jurisdiction of these two police stations last year. He added that the information received further indicated that CCTV cameras had been installed by the Chandigarh Administration only on borders, at police stations, police posts, police headquarters and traffic lights. Cameras had not been installed at other strategic points in the city. The information further disclosed that not even a single snatcher had so far been caught in the CCTV footage, revealing that the cameras installed at the traffic light points were not being monitored properly. The petitioner also underlined the need for installing more CCTVs inside sectors, which could be monitored by welfare associations. Pointing out at the latest incident of chain snatching in Sector 44-B, Arora said the snatchers walked into a residence and snatched the chain of an old woman, who sustained injuries during the incident. Two vandals damage 18 vehicles, arrested Tribune News Service Lauds Kirron, the star example of ‘Harit Bharat’, ‘Swachh Bharat’ and ‘Swasth Bharat’” Speaking on women empowerment, he said, “In a male-dominated society, women have to face a lot of obstacles. The question is how can they come out of it? In my understanding, if par- ents and families allow them freedom to think freely and gain experience in new fields, it will enhance their confidence. Flying Officer Avani Chaturvedi flew a fighter jet alone last year. Haryana's Phogat sisters have also shown that no field is a taboo for daughters. Had parents of PGI doctor tests positive for H1N1 Year’s first case from Zirakpur town Satinder Pal Singh Zirakpur, February 28 A 42-year-old additional professor serving in the Department of Plastic Surgery, PGI, tested positive for the H1N1 virus on Tuesday, making him the first case of swine flu from Zirakpur town this year. The Health Department has stepped up surveillance and has directed its officials to closely monitor the situation. The additional professor, a resident of Swastik Vihar in Zirakpur, has been quarantined in an isolation ward and is being given treatment. His family members, too, were given prophylactic treatment (a procedure followed in the case of the family of a swine flu patient), said sources. Though the condition of the doctor is stable, doctors are continuously monitoring his health. Dr Rita Bhardwaj, Civil Surgeon, Mohali, told Chandigarh Tribune that the professor travelled to Udaipur from January 31 to February 4 and chances were that he might have contracted the virus there. The sources said the doctor started showing symptoms from February 23 and was admitted to the PGI with high fever on February 27, where his sputum samples were tak- 2 women from HP admitted to PGI Chandigarh: While the condition of a 20-year-old youth from Palsora continues to remain serious, two women from Himachal were rushed to the PGI after testing positive for swine flu. One of them, aged 52, is from Baddi, while the other one, aged 26, hails from Una. Both have been kept on oxygen after they complained of difficulty in breathing. At present, four patients are undergoing treatment for swine flu at the PGI. President Kovind also praised Chandigarh MP Kirron Kher for her achievements in Bollywood. PV Sindhu, Sania Mirza, Saina Nehwal and Aruna Reddy not granted them freedom, exposure and encouragement, they wouldn't have achieved big success for the country.” He remembered the contribution of the first principal, Shakuntla Rai, and then Sneh Mahajan, daughter of Mehr Chand Mahajan, to the college. "MCM DAV College has made a significant contribution to women education. After 50 years when there will be a function on the completion of its 100 years, I hope the college will be on the world academic map," he said. Lecturer dies in hit-&-run Kharar: Sahil Sobti, a com- SBP North Valley on the puter science lecturer at a Landran road. After having private college in Jhanjeri dinner, he was walking near Kharar, was killed towards Kharar. After in a hit-and-run accident being hit by the Maruon the Kharar-Landran ti van (HR 37 B 9024), road here on Tuesday he was left seriously night. The victim, who injured. He was was on foot, was rushed to the Civil knocked down by a Sahil Sobti, Hospital in Kharar, the victim speeding Maruti van, where he was which sped away from the declared dead. The police spot after the mishap. have registered a case. Sobit According to the police, was a bachelor and was livthe victim was resident of ing alone in his flat. — OC en for testing. The test report of his throat swab, which became available on Tuesday, confirmed the H1N1 infection, said the sources. A family of nine, including two children, residing next to the doctor's house in Swastik Vihar, who were reportedly in close contact with him for the past one week, had also been administered drugs by a health team, besides their physical examination. “None of the family members, however, has shown any symptoms of swine flu yet,” the health authorities said. Nine cases of swine flu were reported from Zirakpur town in 2017 of whom three died. c m y b Chandigarh, February 28 Two miscreants allegedly vandalised 18 vehicles at Dadu Majra Colony near Maloya last night. The miscreants were seen smashing windowpanes of the vehicles in the CCTV footage of a camera installed outside a house, leading to their arrest. This is the third such incident reported from the city this month. Earlier, miscreants had vandalised vehicles at Teen Colony, Sector 52, and Mauli Jagran Complex. Local residents came to know about the incident after which the police were informed, who rushed to the spot. Windowpanes of 18 vehicles, including Honda City, Innova, Swift Dzire, Alto and Tata Sumo, were smashed by the miscreants. The incident was caught in a CCTV camera in which the miscreants are seen holding rods and smashing windowpanes of the vehicles parked in a row. Sources said a Tata Sumo arrived at the spot while the CCTV footage shows a miscreant breaking windowpanes of a car at Dadu Majra Colony. Recent incidents ■ February 21: Unidentified miscreants set five autos, a motorcycle and two rehris on fire at Teen Colony, Sector 52. ■ February 9: Eleven vehicles parked outside houses in the Mauli Jagran Complex vandalised by miscreants. . accused were escaping. “Ajay Singh, who was driving the vehicle, saw the accused. They returned and thrashed him. The accused also smashed the windowpanes of his vehicle,” said a local resident. The sources said one of the accused was identified by the residents with the help of the CCTV footage. While 18 vehicles were vandalised, only 12 vehicle owners gave a written complaint to the police. Inspector Pardeep Sharma, SHO of the Maloya police station, said both accused, identified as Kishan, alias Golu (19), and Simmy, alias Kalu (22), residents of Dadu Majra Colony, had been arrested. A case has been registered against the accused at the Maloya police station.
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