08032018-CT-01.qxd 3/8/2018 1:05 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE THURSDAY | 8 MARCH 2018 | CHANDIGARH ABVP protests GST In state of neglect Gill to lead Golf Club ABVP holds a protest over the imposition of GST on mess food outside the PU VC’s office. P2 A nature park, Jagrukta Park Bir, located at Bhabat village in Zirakpur, is in a state of neglect. P4 Birender Singh Gill all set to be unanimously elected the next president of the Golf Club. P6 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 28°C MIN 15°C | YESTERDAY MAX 28°C MIN 14.5°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 6.26 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 6.40 AM Mother kills 1-year-old girl, commits suicide Police question husband; strained relations to blame? Tribune News Service Mayor Davesh Moudgil, along with Municipal Commissioner Jitender Yadav and employees, takes part in a cycle rally from the MC office, Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Wednesday evening. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: MANOJ MAHAJAN MC’s green ride finds few takers Top brass, however, pedal to workplace; some employees prefer public transport Companies to be roped in for cycles NO-VEHICLE DAY The Commissioner said under the CSR activity of companies, they would try to arrange cycles. “We have had a word with companies. Like other cities, we will try to bring a system under which cycles are available for rides at different spots for a minimum price,” Jitender Yadav said. Tribune News Service Chandigarh, March 7 A handful of employees turned up on bicycles at the Municipal Corporation office in Sector 17 on Wednesday, a vehicle-free day announced by Commissioner Jitender Yadav. However, the top brass, including the Mayor, Commissioner, Additional Commissioner and the Chief Engineer pedalled to the workplace. As usual, Joint Commissioner TS Saini walked from his Mohali Phase 4 house to work. Many employees preferred the public transport. Some were dropped by family members. Several employees parked their vehicles in nearby parking lots and walked on foot to the office. Of the 7,400 MC employees, around 1,500 come to the office, of whom nearly 100 came on cycles. Officers came on high-end cycles while other employees came on ordinary cycles. Commissioner Yadav rode to Will seek report, says Commissioner Mayor Davesh Moudgil and Senior Deputy Mayor Gurpreet Singh joined the cause on Wednesday. However, no other councillor was seen there. The Mayor said it was the first day and they would gradually ensure the participation of all, including councillors and brand ambassdors. The Commissioner said he would seek a report from employees who did not come on cycles. MC employee Anshu pedals to the office. CITY NOT CYCLE-FRIENDLY, SAYS MAYOR P2 the office on a branded cycle donning a hlmet and goggles. Routine work also took a hit as around 9 am, employees stood on balconies, at the parking and near the entrance gate to witness those coming on cycles amid a big presence of lensmen. A number of employees turned up late. “I ride a cycle on the weekend. We want to motivate people by making others ride as well for good health and to curb pollution,” said Yadav. Several employees used cycles of their children. “I do not ride a cycle in routine. So, I came on my journalist, who guided me,” said Mishra. Fireman Sukhdev Singh, who rides a seatless cycle sitting on its handle, caught everybody’s attention. “I have been riding like this for the past 34 years. I was inspired by Dharmendra in Sholay,” said the former boxer, who figures on the Limca Book of Records for the act. Meanwhile, hardly any woman was seen cycling to work. Most of them said they did not find it easy cycling in suits or saris. After work at 4.45 pm, MC employees held a cycle rally. Hit by car, pedestrian dies Chandigarh: A pedestrian died after being hit by a car near the rehri market in Sector 20. The accident took place on March 5 after which the victim was admitted to the GMCH, Sector 32, where he later succumbed to his injuries. According to the police, the complainant, Mohinder Pal, a shopkeeper at Azad Market, Sector 20, reported that the car, being driven by a woman, hit the pedestrian, Dwarika Parshad, a native of Uttar Pradesh. A case has been registered. TNS Snehalaya inmate missing Chandigarh: A 15-year-old boy, an inmate of Snehalaya, a shelter home for destitute and abandoned children in Maloya, has gone missing from Government Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16. According to the police, Amanpreet Kaur, staff nurse, Snehalaya, reported that the inmate went missing from the hospital on March 6. He was taken there for a check-up. The police were informed about the incident following which a case under Section 363 (kidnapping) of the IPC was registered at the Sector 17 police station. TNS Mohali water supply to be hit on Fri, Sat The water supply to parts of Mohali will remain affected for two days from Friday due to repair work on the Phase 3 and 4 pipelines of the Kajauli waterworks. The areas to be affected include Sector 70 and 71, Mataur and Shahimajra villages, Phase 9, 10 and 11 and the Industrial Area, Phase 1 to 5. While there will be low pressure during the morning and evening, the supply will remain suspended during the afternoon on Friday. On Saturday, there will be low water pressure in the morning. TNS POWER SHUTDOWN CHANDIGARH 10 am to 3 pm: Parts of Sector 5, 6, 7 and 26 and UT Guest House 10 am to 5 pm: Parts of Sector 21 and 30 10 am to 4 pm: Parts of Sector 36 child’s cycle,” said KP Singh, Executive Engineer, Horticulture wing. Superintending Engineer NP Sharma said, “I ride a cycle every evening. So, it felt good coming to the office on it.” “It reminded me of my school days. It is a good initiative,” said Chief Engineer Manoj Bansal. Additional Commissioner Saurabh Mishra, who reached late, was the only one seen sweating. “I lost my way. Every day, when the car driver takes me to the office, I am busy checking official files. On my way, I asked a photo- Brand ambassadors not engaged The MC has made several celebrities its brand ambassadors, but they were not engaged. One brand ambassador, who was called on Wednesday, to everybody’s surprise, came on an SUV She . failed to pedal along with other employees. “How will they inspire others to ride. Are they only for pomp,” murmured employees. Another brand ambassador, Savita Bhatti, said she was not invited. Rakesh Bedi and singer Sharry Mann were also made brand ambassadors earlier. Police drop Narwana’s name from FIR Vandals damage 7 autos in Sec 45 The developments took place soon after lawyers strongly condemned the act of the Haryana Police, especially the Panchkula police, in registering the FIR against the senior Bar member. The addition of his name in the list of the accused in an alleged fraud case involving property at Zirakpur had led to large-scale protests. Coming out in his support, the lawyers had not only met Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, but also abstained from work. A Bar Council delegation, led by chairman Vijender Singh Ahlawat, after meeting Khattar, had also submitted a written representation for the cancellation of the FIR against Narwana. The delegation told the Chief Minister that the Panchkula police registered the FIR in a “very hasty manner”, causing resentment among lawyers in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh. Chandigarh, March 7 Unidentified miscreants broke glasses of seven autorickshaws that were parked near Ramlila Ground at Burail village on the night of March 5. According to the police, Mehbood Hassan, a resident of Burail village, reported that some miscreants broke the windscreen of his auto and stole cash and documents. The incident came to light in the morning. The police said the accused also broke the windscreen of other autos parked in the ground. The police were informed about the incident following which a case under Sections 427 (mischief causing damage), 379 (theft) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of a common intention) of the IPC was registered against unknown persons at the Sector 34 police station. Saurabh Malik Tribune News Service Chandigarh, March 7 Just about a week after the registration of a case against senior advocate SK Garg Narwana and others, the Haryana Police has reportedly cancelled the FIR with regard to him. The development took place two days after the police conceded that nothing vital had been found against him. Though a formal communication in this regard is yet to be presented to the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association, available information suggests that members were verbally informed about the culmination of the proceedings in favour of Narwana. “We have been verbally informed that Narwana’s name has been dropped after recording statements and preliminary investigations,” said honorary secretary of the Bar association Ravinder Singh Randhawa. c m y b Tribune News Service Panchkula, March 7 A woman allegedly strangled her one-year-old daughter before hanging herself in her one-room apartment at Budhanpur village near Sector 16 here this morning. No suicide note was found from the spot. According to the police, the deceased has been identified as Pooja (23), who killed her daughter Ananya before killing herself. Meanwhile, the landlord and neighbours said they suspected strained relations between husband Sharwan, who works as a plumber, and Pooja, who used to work as a housemaid and had left the job around two months ago, behind the incident. Till the filing of this report, nobody from the deceased’s family, including her mother, had given any formal complaint against Pooja’s husband. The police questioned the victim’s husband. Sukhdev Singh, SHO of the Sector 14 police station, said they questioned the husband and were working on some other angles. It would be premature to blame any other person for the death of the mother and daughter, he said. The bodies of the mother and the child have been kept at the Sector 6 mortuary. These will be handed over to the family after a Victim Pooja’s mother (centre) inconsolable at Budhanpur village in Panchkula on Wednesday. PHOTO: NITIN MITTAL Husband first spotted bodies Landlord Puran Singh said Pooja’s husband (in pic along with daughter) was the first one to notice the deaths when he came home around 10 am. Neighbours arrived there and saw the body of infant inside a quilt and that of the wife hanging. No major fight with Pooja ever: Husband Pooja’s husband Sharwan said there was never any major fight between him and his wife. He said there were minor arguments, but they were a happy couple. He said he had no idea what led his wife to take the extreme step. postmortem on Thursday. Preliminary investigation revealed that the deaths took place between 9 am and 10 am when Pooja was alone with her daughter at home. Her young sister, Aarti, who is a domestic help and lived with the couple, had gone for work while the husband was not present. The deceased’s mother, Seema Devi, who is also a domestic help and lives with a family in Sector 16, Panchkula, was inconsolable. Neighbours said she had lost her husband a few years ago.
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