03042018-CT-01.qxd 4/3/2018 1:00 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE TUESDAY | 3 APRIL 2018 | CHANDIGARH Police use water cannons Waste management plant Dhruv loses 9-0 Three sustain injuries during a protest by computer teachers and lab assistants in Panchkula. P2 Two firms have come forward to set up a solid waste management plant in Panchkula. P5 Lakshya Gupta gets the better of Dhruv Pratap 9-0 in the boys’ U-16 category of the AITA Talent Series. P6 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 35°C MIN 22°C | YESTERDAY MAX 33.8°C MIN 20.9°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 6:42 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6:09 AM Commuters face bandh blues Protesters hold up traffic at Hallo Majra, Tribune Chowk; no untoward incident reported Tribune News Service Security personnel keep a watch at the Mohali railway station during the bandh on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI Shops open in Mohali, shut in Kharar, Kurali Tribune News Service Mohali, April 2 Commuters were left stranded due to the bandh called by Dalit organisations on Monday in protest against the alleged dilution of the SC/ST Act as public transport and mobile Internet services remained suspended in the district. At the old bus stop in Phase VIII, several passengers were left in the lurch as PRTC and even some CTU buses were not plying on the roads. The suspension of the mobile Internet services meant that travellers could not avail of the cab services (Ola, Uber), forcing them to shell out extra bucks to overcharging autos. The impact of the bandh SNIPPETS Man falls off fourth floor, dies Kharar: A 60-year-old man, Norbu Daing Bodh, a resident of Nepal, died after falling from the fourth floor in Gillco Heights, Kharar, on Monday morning. The investigating officer in the case, Head Constable Mohan Lal, said the police had proceeded under Section 174 of the CrPC on basis of a statement recorded by the deceased’s daughter. Mohan Lal said the deceased went to the washroom in the morning and started looking down from the window and suddenly fell. He died on the spot. OC POWER SHUTDOWN CHANDIGARH 10 am to 4 pm: Parts of Sector 23, 26 and 31, and government tubewells 10 am to 5 pm: Parts of Old Ropar Road, Samadhi Gate and Darshani Bagh in Mani Majra was all pervasive as almost all business establishments remained shut in Kharar, Kurali, Majri, Dera Bassi and Zirakpur till the evening and roads remained deserted for the better part of the day. Defying the bandh call, markets in Mohali city and Banur remained open and the road traffic picked up gradually. The protests remained peaceful, barring minor traffic diversions, as members of SC/ST organisations carried out rallies in Mohali city, Lalru, Banur, Kharar, Kurali and Dera Bassi. Members of two organisations, Sri Guru Ravidass Naujawan Sabha, Punjab, and the Forum for Weaker Sections, handed over a continued on page 4 Chandigarh, April 2 Commuters were left at the receiving end following a protest by members of the SC/ST community at the Hallo Majra light point and Tribune Chowk as part of a nationwide bandh call. The protesters blocked the road for around two hours due to which the traffic had to be diverted to alternative routes. The protesters, holding blue flags, gathered at the Hallo Majra light point around 9.30 am and blocked the road for the traffic moving towards Chandigarh. Despite a heavy deployment of the police and imposition of Section 144 of the CrPC in the city, the protesters managed to gather and protest on the road. The protest led to major traffic snarls on both sides of the road, especially on the road from Zirakpur. The police had no option but to divert the traffic towards Mauli Jagran from the Hallo Majra light point from where commuters took the way towards Daria and then towards the Industrial Area, Phase I. Manish, a resident of Zirakpur, said he was stuck in a traffic snarl for continued on page 4 Passengers hit at ISBT-43 People who were supposed to go to various places in Punjab had to face a lot of inconvenience as the services of the Punjab Roadways were suspended in Punjab following the bandh call. Although buses of other state roadways were plying to Punjab, a large number of people could not find buses to reach their destinations after which many people postponed their travel plans after waiting for hours. People hired taxis on a sharing basis from outside the ISBT, Sector 43. Chandigarh, April 2 Even as Municipal Corporation officials gave the goahead for a hike in the parking rates in a “hush-hush manner” from April 1, an unfazed Davesh Moudgil, city Mayor, said he would raise the issue in the coming general house meeting, which had the power to cancel the decision. “I am firm on my stand. I will bring the issue to the House. It has the power to cancel the decision. Earlier also, the House had decided on the matter; now again the House will take the final call,” the Mayor told Chandigarh Tribune. The bandh call by Dalit organisations had no impact on shops in the city as all markets remained open throughout the day and carried out their business activity as usual. Cab drivers attached to cab companies refused to drop the commuters at several places, including Zirakpur, Mohali and Kharar, since the Internet was suspended in Punjab. Jatinder Pal, who has his cab attached to one of the companies, refused to go to Zirakpur, claiming that he would not get a booking from Zirakpur since the Internet will stop working there. Auto-rickshaw drivers made a quick buck in the absence of cabs for Mohali and other places. Shashi Pal Jain Tribune News Service Kharar, April 2 A worker of a petrol station at Cholta Khurd village near Kharar was seriously injured around 11.30 pm on Sunday night when he was attacked by three miscreants, who fled with Rs 40,000 from the fuel station. Bawa Singh, owner of New Chandigarh Kissan Sewa Centre, told mediapersons on Monday that he left the petrol station around 5.30 pm on Sunday along with the total cash collection from the sale till that time. He said they closed the fuel station daily around 8.30 pm. He was informed by his employees on his mobile phone about the incident around midnight and he reached the spot within half an hour. His employee, Ashok, a res- Chandigarh, April 2 The police on Sunday night arrested the third accused in the Sector 25 youth murder case. The accused, Tarsem, was produced in the court on Monday and remanded in one-day police custody. Aman (25), a resident of Sector 25, was stabbed to death by three persons, including a 17-year-old boy, on March 30. The police had arrested a juvenile and Sammy (23). However, the third accused, Tarsem, was at large. This had led to a protest on April 1 at the Sector 24/25/37/38 roundabout. Inspector Lakhbir Singh, SHO of the Sector 11 police station, said Tarsem was arrested on Sunday night. Both Tarsem and Sammy are in police remand till Tuesday. Cops inspect the crime spot; and injured Harbans Lal under treatment at the Civil Hospital, Kharar. turned on the lights and woke up his colleague. The robbers broke the glasses of the office. Both of them ran into the fields on the rear side of the fuel station. Harbans Lal, who was following him, was caught by the robbers and attacked with a sharp weapon. He was dragged to the fuel station by the robbers, who took away ❝ DAVESH MOUDGIL, MAYOR The Mayor sought time to meet UT Administrator VP Singh Bandore over the issue. He will meet him on Tuesday. Moudgil maintained that officers had kept him in the dark. “The parking company had a Rs 4-crore instalment pending since December. It cleared it a few days before April 1 so that it could get the nod to raise the rates. It was served several notices, including one for termination. Even at present, the next instalment is pending,” he said. MC Commissioner Jitender Yadav and Joint Commissioner Tejdeep Singh Saini maintained silence over the issue. c m y b Rs 40,000 from there. He said the robbers also had pistols in their hands and came on a motorcycle. They took away the DVR of the CCTV cameras installed at the fuel station. The investigating officer in the case, Balbir Singh, ASI, visited the spot. Harbans Lal was admitted to the Civil Hospital, Kharar. BANDH REMAINS PEACEFUL IN DERA BASSI, P’KULA MOHALI SUFFERS IN ABSENCE OF INTERNET SERVICE PAGE 4 Centre exempts city from e-way bill Ramkrishan Upadhyay I am getting calls and messages in which people have expressed their anguish over the hike in the parking rates. And why not? It is a huge burden on the common man. Chandigarh, April 2 The bandh threw train traffic into total disarray. The Amritsar-Chandigarh (12412) Intercity Express, the JaipurChandigarh Express (19717) and the Chandigarh-Jaipur Express (19718) were cancelled. Station Superintendent TP Singh said the Paschim Express (2926) was also cancelled in the evening due to the protest. The Chandigarh-Amritsar Intercity Express (12411) was short-terminated at Lal Kallan village near Samrala after protesters blocked the track. Besides, several trains, including the Ram Nagar-Chandigarh and the Lucknow-Chandigarh Express, were delayed by over four hours, while the Sampark Kranti Express was late by 40 minutes. Cab drivers refuse to go to Mohali Decamp with ~40,000 near Kharar, leave worker seriously injured Says it has power to cancel decision; to meet Badnore today Tribune News Service City markets remained open Sec 25 youth’s murder: Third accused held Mayor not kept in loop, to raise parking fee hike issue in House Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service Members of the Dalit community block the city-Ambala highway at Tribune Chowk in Chandigarh on Monday in protest against the Supreme Court order “diluting” the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. TRIBUNE PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR Robbers call on petrol station ident of Himachal Pradesh, said he and his colleague Harbans Lal were sleeping in the office of the fuel station as usual. Around 11.30 pm, he noticed the dog barking. He looked outside and saw no one there. After sometime, the dog started barking again and he saw three masked persons moving outside their office. He immediately Train traffic goes off track Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 2 In a major reprieve for traders and transporters, the Centre has exempted Chandigarh from the e-way bill requirement for intrastate supply of goods. Sources in the UT Excise and Taxation Department said the notification for exemption to Chandigarh from the requirement of the e-way bill had been received. With the notification, the traders can work within the city as usual and send goods from one place to another without generating the eway bill. This will not only ensure faster delivery of goods, but also save time. Transporters started generating the e-way bill from Monday to carry out their business. BL Sharma, general secretary Intra-state supply of goods: Relief for traders, transporters of the Chandigarh Transporters Association, said the website for generating the eway bill worked fine. He said while the decision regarding exemption from the e-way bill for intra-state business in the city was a welcome step, officers should cooperate with the transporters till all of them understood the system fully. To track movement of goods and check tax evasion, the government introduced the e-way bill from Monday. It is mandatory for traders and transporters to carry an electronic-way bill for inter-state movement of goods worth over Rs 50,000.
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