02032018-CT-01.qxd 3/2/2018 12:46 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE FRIDAY | 2 MARCH 2018 | CHANDIGARH Insurance Co penalised Cop gets Prez medal Amandeep T-16 Consumer Forum orders insurance firm to pay relief to consumer for refusing to pay claim. P3 Inspector Gurcharan Singh, posted at Mohali, receives the President’s Police Medal. P6 At tied-sixteen, Amandeep Drall best Indian in the fray at the New South Wales Open. P8 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 26°C MIN 14°C | YESTERDAY MAX 27.7°C MIN 13.2°C | SUNSET FRIDAY 6.22 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 6.46 AM Expect a cloudy Holi Rang barse Tight security in place to keep an eye on hooligans Tribune News Service Chandigarh, March 1 Clouds will bring chill in the morning on Holi while the day temperature will remain relatively high, according to the Met Department. Surinder Paul, Director, Chandigarh Meteorological Centre, said there would be a cloud cover in the morning, while the city might witness a drizzle in the evening tomorrow. Tribune News Service Weekly Holi special chugs off from city The railway authorities have launched a weekly Holi special from Chandigarh to Gorakhpur. The train (04294) will leave the station every Thursday at 23.15 pm and reach Gorakhpur at 17.30 pm the next day, whereas the train (04293) will start its journey from Gorakhpur at 22.10 pm every Friday and arrive at Chandigarh at 14.30 pm the next day. The weekly special will run throughout March. Holi celebrations under way at the Student Centre, Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI SEE ALSO PAGE 6 Clearing driving test won’t be easy Soon, camera-based innovative system to judge your skills; trial run under way in city Ramkrishan Upadhyay RFID CARDS TO READ DRIVING SKILLS Tribune News Service Chandigarh, March 1 Soon, clearing the driving test won’t be easy as the Registering and Licensing Authority (RLA) is going to introduce a new camerabased innovative driving testing system (IDTS). The new facility is likely to start this month as the company concerned has started a trial run for the system. The new system will be the first of its kind in the entire region that will ensure a technology-oriented assessment of the driving quality of licence-seekers. The new format will make the test more rigorous, checking driving skills of the applicants with greater accuracy. Every licence-seeker will be issued a Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) card, which will be placed in front of the vehicle. The small electronic device, that consists of a small chip and an antenna, will capture the entire information during the test. The information will be transferred to computers installed at the control room. The camera-based innovative driving testing system has been installed at the Children Traffic Park in Sector 23, Chandigarh. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI The applicants will now have to practise a lot to pass three tests. The system will also check “corruption” in clearing the Beware! Snatchers on prowl, 52 cases already this year Amit Sharma Tribune News Service Chandigarh, March 1 Snatchers have taken the city police for a ride with 52 incidents reported in the first two months this year. A large number of elderly women were targeted by the snatchers outside their houses, leaving many victims injured. While 52 snatching incidents have been reported from the city so far this year, the police have managed to solve only 11 cases with the arrest of 17 miscreants, including a juvenile. A city-based lawyer has also moved the High Court over the police failure to curb the rising snatching cases following which the court has issued a notice to the UT Administration. While 167 snatching incidents were reported from the city in 2016, the number rose to 238 in 2017. A majority of the snatching incidents were reported from southern sectors. Of the 167 incidents reported Cops’ claims fall flat While the UT police claim they have intensified patrolling in the city, the number of snatching incidents is rising, instilling fear among city residents, especially women, who feel unsafe even on the doorstep of their house. What is more worrisome is that the miscreants strike during daylight, forcing many women to stay indoors. in 2016, 103 were reported from these sectors, while of the 238 snatchings last year, 147 were reported from southern sectors. Baljinder Singh Bittu, chairman, Federation of Sector Welfare Association Chandigarh (FOSWAC), said the police should strengthen their beats in every sector. “The beat staff should remain vigilant and patrol sectors to keep an eye on unwanted people. They should also question suspicious people roaming in residential areas,” he said. recorded in the camera. Based on the performance, marks will be given to the applicant automatically without any human interference. The system will ensure that only people with sound knowledge of traffic rules and adequate training get the right to drive a vehicle. The applicant will have to drive the vehicle on seven tracks, including the reverse track, U-turn track, wrong turn track, four junction track, roundabout track and the gradient track. Monitoring will be done through an objective evaluation of the applicant’s driving skills and the result will be out immediately after the test, giving details of the performance in a transparent manner. Chandigarh, March 1 Elaborate security arrangements have been made by the Chandigarh Police to prevent hooligans from creating a ruckus on Holi. Close to 650 police personnel will be deployed around the city to keep an eye on trouble-makers. Besides, traffic police personnel will also be deployed in the city to check violations. The police station staff will be deputed at various points to prevent any untoward incident. “They will set up nakas, in addition to those of the traffic police, to ensure that the traffic is not disrupted by revellers,” said a police official. Police personnel will be deployed at Sector 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 30, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 40, 45 and 46, besides Panjab University and other educational institutes. PCR vehicles will be stationed at various sensitive points and will also patrol markets and girls’ hostels. Police officials said action would be taken against those found hurling eggs, mud and chemical colours on others. The traffic police will also set up nakas at several places to keep a watch on helmetless riding and other traffic offences. IN DISTRESS? CALL UP POLICE People in distress can call up the Chandigarh Police on alternative numbers in case their call to 100 does not get connected. The alternative numbers are 2749194, 2744100, 2760851, 2747100, 2760891 and 2760892 and mobile numbers 8283035100, 8283040100 and 8283073100. 700 COPS ON DUTY IN MOHALI Mohali: Over 700 police personnel will be deputed in Mohali to check any untoward incident during the Holi festivities. Cops will be deployed at all sensitive spots, especially in markets and near colleges. The police will set up check-posts and drunken driving nakas at busy spots and entry points from Chandigarh. Mohali SSP Kuldeep Singh Chahal said police check-points would be set up across the city and stringent action would be taken against drunken drivers. 500 police personnel to check trouble-makers in Panchkula The police have decided to deal strictly with hooligans during Holi. Around 500 police personnel will be deployed to keep an eye on trouble-makers and to check drunken driving in Panchkula. A police official PANCHKULA: said they would set up nakas on the Kalka-Pinjore highway, near Funcity in Ramgarh on the NH-73, at the Morni T-point, roads touching Chandigarh and Mohali and near hotels and discotheques in Panchkula district. driving test. The Central Institute of Road Transport (CIRT), Pune, has installed the new system. Sensors have been installed along the advanced cemented track at the Children Traffic Park in Sector 23. The project has been completed at an approximate cost of Rs 2 crore. 2 arrested for vehicle thefts, snatchings Kanungo among Mayor talks funds with Prez three suspended Tribune News Service Cameras have been installed along the track. The applicant will be asked to drive the vehicle and his or her performance will be Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Chandigarh, March 1 The police have arrested two youths and claim to have solved three cases of snatching and four cases of vehicle theft. According to the police, the accused have been identified as Varun (19) and Suraj Singh (18), both residents of EWS flats at Dhanas. Inspector Rajdeep Singh, SHO of the Sector 39 police station, said the duo was arrested at a naka in Sector 37 while riding a stolen Activa scooter. “The arrest has led to solving of three cases of snatching with the recovery of two mobile phones and a gold earring,” said a police official. The police said four twowheelers had been recovered from the accused that were stolen from areas under the jurisdiction of the Sector 39 police station. The police have also recovered three more mobile phones from the accused and they are verifying from where these were snatched. “It is suspected that the accused were involved in snatching incidents across the tricity,” said the police official. Mohali/Kharar, March 1 Three officials — a kanungo, a patwari and a junior assistant — of the tehsil office at Kharar were suspended for various reasons, including corruption, here today. Mohali Deputy Commissioner Gurpreet Kaur Sapra suspended Kharar kanungo Nirbhay Singh, patwari Swarn Singh and junior assistant Manoj Kumar. “Nirbhay Singh and Swarn Singh were caught taking liquor at the latter’s office during duty hours, while Manoj Kumar was suspended on a charge of corruption,” said Sapra. The Deputy Commissioner said it was not the first time that the duo was caught taking liquor during duty hours. “They were also caught a few weeks ago for the same offence, but were let off after a warning,” said Sapra. She said a departmental inquiry had been initiated against them. “Manoj Kumar has been suspended on a charge of corruption and dereliction of duty. A number of complaints c m y b ❝ Kharar kanungo Nirbhay Singh and patwari Swarn Singh were caught taking liquor at the latter’s office during duty hours, while junior assistant Manoj Kumar was suspended on a charge of corruption. ❞ GURPREET KAUR SAPRA, MOHALI DC were received against him,” said Sapra. “Any negligence in duty on the part of any government official/employee will not be tolerated,” said Sapra. Chandigarh, March 1 City Mayor Davesh Moudgil met President Ram Nath Kovind and sought his intervention for the release of the grant-in-aid to the corporation as per its share. Moudgil called on Kovind at the Punjab Raj Bhawan on Tuesday and submitted a detailed memorandum to him in this regard. In a press note, Moudgil said he brought to the notice of the President that the civic body was responsible for the treatment and supply of water to the city, including nine villages under its juris- Mayor Davesh Moudgil greets President Ram Nath Kovind. diction. It was also maintaining all public buildings, parks and roads. He requested the President to help the MC in getting the funds released to enable it to perform its functions effectively. SEE ALSO PAGE 3 Jaipur flight grounded till March 24 Tribune News Service Mohali, March 1 Passengers hoping to fly to the Pink City over the month will have to make alternative travel plans as the only flight to Jaipur from the city has been grounded. The Chandigarh-Jaipur Jet Airways flight (9W 2163) has been suspended till March 24 due to the construction of a parallel taxi track on the runway at the Jaipur internation- al airport. The flight was earlier included in the schedule released by airport officials last week. In a late announcement, Chandigarh International Airport Limited PRO said the flight had been grounded till March 24. IndiGo’s flight to Bengaluru has been preponed and will depart from Chandigarh at 10.40 am on all days, except Tuesday. On Tuesday, the flight will take off at 8.15 am. NO HAND BAGGAGE STAMPING AT AIRPORT The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) has decided to dispense with the present system of stamping of hand baggage tags at the Chandigarh international airport. Airport officials said no hand baggage stamping would be required for boarding after the security check. The system came into force on Thursday afternoon after a trial run.
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