09032018-CT-01.qxd 3/9/2018 12:23 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE FRIDAY | 9 MARCH 2018 | CHANDIGARH First pad bank Just another day For a cause Former Union Minister Preneet Kaur launches the first pad bank of Mohali district. P2 On Int’l Women’s Day, women labourers say celebrations of no help to make ends meet. P4 Mann Kaur takes part in a walkathon to make residents aware of chronic kidney disease. P5 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 30°C MIN 13°C | YESTERDAY MAX 30°C MIN 12.2°C | SUNSET FRIDAY 6.26 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 6.38 AM Man caught with gold in rectum Mohali, March 8 In yet another case of gold seizure, the Customs Department today caught a Maharashtra-based man for carrying 180 gm of gold, reportedly worth Rs 5.6 lakh, in his rectum at the Chandigarh international airport. According to sources, the 38-year-old passenger arrived at the airport on an IndiGo flight from Dubai. An official said a gold biscuit, weighing over 180 gm and wrapped in an adhesive tape, was found concealed in his rectum. Customs officials apprehended him as his body language appeared suspicious. He was subsequently frisked and the gold found concealed in the body. The passenger was not arrested since the value of the gold was less than Rs 20 lakh. The passenger was let off after completing the formalities and the gold was seized, the official said. This is the third case of gold seizure at the airport this month and comes two days after two women were caught with over 800 gm of gold, worth Rs 25 lakh, in their rectum. On Holi, a 20-year-old college student from Punjab was held for concealing three gold biscuits, weighing 228 gm, using the same modus operandi. —TNS CTU hikes fares by up to 50% Tribune News Service Chandigarh, March 8 After a gap of four years, the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) has increased the fares of both AC and non-AC buses by 10 to 50 per cent. The charges for the daily and monthly pass have also been increased by over 50 per cent. The new rates will be implemented from March 12. The CTU charges fare in three slabs. At present, commuters are paying Rs 5 for up to 3 km, Rs 10 for 3 km to 10 km and Rs 15 for over 10 km TO BE IMPLEMENTED FROM MARCH 12 The charges for the daily and monthly pass have also been increased by over 50 per cent. The new rates will be implemented from March 12. FROM APRIL 1, VEHICLES TO BE REGISTERED AT DEALER’S END PAGE 3 for non-AC buses. However, now they will have to pay Rs 10 for up to 5 km, Rs 15 for 5 km to 10 km and Rs 20 for over 10 km for non-AC buses. For travelling by AC buses, commuters will have to pay Rs 15 for up to 5 km, Rs 20 for 5 km to 10 km and Rs 25 for over 10 km. At present, they are paying Rs 10 for up to 3 km, Rs 15 for 3 km to 10 km and Rs 20 for over 10 km. The rates for the daily pass have also been increased from Rs 30 to Rs 50 (for nonAC buses) and Rs 40 to Rs 60 (for AC buses). The fee for Expect steep hike in liquor prices UT Administration to keep rates on par with those in neighbouring states Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service Chandigarh, March 8 The rates of liquor in the city are likely to witness a steep hike as the Excise and Taxation Department of the UT Administration has started the process to frame the excise policy for the next financial year. Sources said a hike of 15 to 20 per cent in the liquor prices was imminent after the Haryana Government increased the rates and with Punjab also all set to increase the rates in its policy, which will be announced soon. “We have no choice but to keep the rates almost on a par with the neighboring states to check smuggling of liquor from the city,” said an officer of the Administration. Besides increasing the basic quota, the Haryana Government has also increased the excise duty on country-made liquor and Indian-made foreign liquor (IMFL). The liquor prices were increased by up to 10 per cent last year. This year, however, the hike is likely to be much more. For some brands, the increase could be 10 per cent, while for others, it could vary between 10 and 20 per cent. The sources said not much change was likely to be made in the prices of beer with an aim to encourage transition from high to low alcohol content beverages. The department is also planning to increase the reserve price of liquor vends to be put up for auction by 10 to 15 per cent. The number of vends will also be increased this time after the Supreme Court allowed vends alongside roads within the MC limits. the monthly pass for nonAC buses has also been increased from Rs 500 to Rs 600, but 33 per cent rebate has been given to persons below the poverty line. The fee for the monthly pass for AC buses has also been increased from Rs 720 to Rs 800. The use of the bus pass issued to students for Rs 100 has been restricted to the route of their school destination only. Now, children up to the age of six shall not be charged for a ride while earlier the facility was given to children up to the age of three. ROAD CLOSED The Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, is going to start recarpeting work on the V-3 road separating Sector 24 and 25. Due to this, the road will remain closed from March 9 to 15. The MC has urged the public to take alternative routes. WATER SUPPLY TO BE HIT Owing to urgent pipeline repair work, the supply of water to Chandigarh will be affected on Friday. 4.30 am to 8.30 am: Normal water supply 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm: Low pressure 2 more fall prey to snatchers in city Tribune News Service Chandigarh, March 8 There is no let-up in snatching incidents in the city with two more women falling prey to snatchers, leaving both of them injured. Sources said two motorcycle-borne miscreants snatched a gold chain from a woman, identified as 37year-old Preeti Sachdeva, at Dadu Majra Colony at 10.30 am today. The victim said she was returning from the market when the miscreants came close to her and one of them punched her on the neck and snatched her gold chain following which she fell on the road. The victim received an injury on her neck and was taken to Government MultiSpecialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16. Both miscreants had their faces covered with continued on page 4 Molested by cousin, girl ends life Tribune News Service Chandigarh, March 8 A 22-year-old girl allegedly committed suicide in Sector 8 today. She was depressed over being molested by her cousin. She had left a suicide note following which the police arrested her cousin, Sunny, a resident of Mani Majra, who is into the realty business. “We arrested him for abetment of suicide after we recovered the suicide note,” ts Ploring nea ssion se Pos c m y b Preeti Sachdeva & Basanti Devi said Inspector Karamvir Singh, SHO of the Sector 5 police station. The alleged molestation incident took place in October last year. Both families then settled the issue amicably. However, the girl was depressed and on International Women’s Day today, she hanged herself from the ceiling. The accused will be produced before the court tomorrow. The accused is the son of the victim’s maternal uncle.
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