03052018-CT-01.qxd 5/3/2018 12:51 AM Page 1 cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE THURSDAY | 3 MAY 2018 | CHANDIGARH Fancy school bags Biomedical waste piles up Omisha humbles Jeshna During an inspection, it has come to light that parents too are adding to the burden of school bags. P2 Country’s premier health institute PGI sitting on a ticking time bomb due to piling of biomedical waste. P4 Omisha humbles Jeshna 6-2 6-4 in tennis meet. P6 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 35°C MIN 23°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34.4°C MIN 28°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 7.01 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 5.37 AM Storm uproots trees, disrupts power MACT grants ~75-lakh compensation to kin DEATH OF HEALTH WORKER IN MISHAP Plunges tricity into darkness at 2.30 pm; massive traffic jam on Madhya Marg hits motorists Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 2 The Motor Accidents Claims Tribunal (MACT) has awarded a compensation of Rs 75 lakh to the family of a health worker, who was killed after a truck hit the car in which he was travelling. It was alleged that on July 10, 2017, Krishan Kant Sehgal (47) was coming from Mandi Gobindgarh to his native village in a car along with his father-in-law Deshraj, mother-in-law Kamla Devi and son Sumit Sehgal. Around 9.30 pm, when they reached near the Bhrampura bus stand, a truck being driven by Sham Lal came from the wrong side and hit the car. The truck was being driven in a rash and negligent manner and as a result, Krishan Kant suffered injuries, which proved fatal for him. It was claimed that Krishan Kant was earning Rs 46,734 2.36 pm Some relief, some pain High-velocity winds left residents of many sectors in the city without power for hours. Though people heaved a sigh of relief from the heat wave conditions, they had to face power outage. A majority of the southern sectors went without power after the supply was disrupted from the 66 kV substation in Sector 56. The affected areas included Sector 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 50, 51, 52, 53 and 56. MP Singh, Superintending Engineer of the Electricity Department, said the fault was rectified within an hour. The snag developed after branches of trees fell on electricity wires in several sectors. Residents of Sector 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 37 and 38, Burail and several villages also went without power from up to one hour. Complaints of power failure continued to pour in at complaint centres till the evening. Mohali: Light rain, accompanied by a dust storm and strong winds, brought respite from the scorching heat on Wednesday. However, residents across Mohali had to face power cuts as the supply lines developed technical snags in certain sectors. According to sources, an 11 kV transmission line in Phase XI and a transformer in Sector 69 were disrupted due to the weather conditions, snapping power supply to Sector 65, 66, 69 and 71, and Kumbra, Mataur, Balongi, Saneta and Mullanpur for up to two hours. Amarjeet Singh, president of the Residents Welfare Association, Sector 71, said, “The power supply was restored after two hours.” Panchkula: High-velocity winds affected power supply in Panchkula. Several sectors went without power for two to three hours. The power supply was restored around 5 pm in many parts of Panchkula. Dust storm claims 2 lives in Patiala Page 3 2 sentenced to stand till rising of court Tribune News Service A tree that fell on a car in Sector 23 during the storm. Cancelling parking pact Kullu youth ends his life at Sector 22 PG at this stage will pinch pocket, say MC officials Tribune News Service Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 2 Though Municipal Corporation officials have conveyed the sentiments of the House to the Secretary, Local Government, for approval, they have added a word of caution. They have stated that cancelling the contract at this stage will lead to legal issues and a huge financial loss to the civic body. Besides, it may invite objection from the Audit or Vigilance departments. According to sources, Chief Accounts Officer Gulshan Mehta stated that if the contract was cancelled at this stage, it would be a huge financial loss to the corporation as it was getting Rs 14.69 crore per year from the parking company. Joint Commissioner Tejdeep Singh Saini, who heads the parking wing, has written they had to get three conditions fulfilled by the parking company, which had been done. These were asking the firm to clear the payment, challaning it for violations and getting the smart parking norms fulfilled, all of which had been complied with. On April 16, the House unanimously resolved that the hike in the parking rates should be immediate- per month as he was a government employee in the Health Department of Himachal Government. Advocates Thakur Kartar Singh and Thakur Vishal Singh informed that Krishan Kant’s father-in-law and mother-inlaw were also killed in the accident and separate cases are on in their cases. The truck driver and his wife told the court that the accident never took place and they were being falsely implicated. M/s Shri Ram General Insurance Company, which had insured the truck, said the driver of the truck was plying on the road without complete documents and hence they were not liable to pay the compensation. However, the tribunal awarded Rs 75.11 lakh compensation to the family of Krishan Kant, which includes his wife and two sons. The amount is to be jointly paid by the truck driver, his wife and the insurance company. A dust storm forces a biker to stop on the Ambala-Chandigarh highway at Dera Bassi on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: NITIN MITTAL MANOJ MAHAJAN Chandigarh, May 2 With a wind speed of 80 km per hour, the city witnessed the strongest thunderstorm of the year so far. According to weather experts, the storm occurred due to the confluence of a western disturbance and winds blowing from the Bay of Bengal. Surinder Paul, Director, Chandigarh Meteorological Centre, said the department had issued a warning about the thunderstorm in Punjab and Chandigarh. The dust storm plunged the city into complete darkness at 2.30 pm. There were reports of uprooting of trees at many places in the city due to the strong winds. However, no loss of life and property has been reported so far. “Uprooting of trees was expected as the wind speed was very high,” said Paul. In Sector 24, roads got blocked after trees fell on these due to which traffic was disrupted. In Sector 22, trees fell on parked vehicles. In Sector 23 too, a tree fell on the car of a resident. Those who had parked their vehicles under trees had to face the burnt. The storm led to a massive traffic jam on Madhya Marg. According to the Met Department, the situation will remain the same on Thursday. The maximum temperature recorded in the city was 34.4°C, four degrees below normal, while the minimum temperature was 28°C, seven degrees below normal. Till the evening, the city recorded 1.2 mm of rainfall. However, convey sentiments of House to Secy, Local Govt Chandigarh, May 2 A 23-year-old youth, staying as a paying guest in Sector 22, reportedly committed suicide by hanging himself on Wednesday. The victim left a suicide note in which he did not blame anyone for the extreme step. The victim has been identified as Yashwant Thakur, a native of Kullu, Himachal Pradesh. He was taking coaching at Sector 17. Yashwant was staying in the PG for the past seven months. The police were informed about the incident, who visited the spot. Inspector Maninder Singh, SHO of the Sector 17 police station, said the victim’s roommate had gone to his uncle’s house in Mohali for the night on Tuesday. On returning, he found the door locked from inside. “He peeped inside from the window and found the victim hanging,” the SHO said. The police were informed and the door was broken. The SHO said a suicide note was recovered from the spot in which the accused stated that nobody should be held responsible for his death. The victim’s kin were informed, who reached the city in the evening. The body was shifted to the mortuary at Government Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16. The police said the autopsy would be conducted on Thursday. The statements of boys residing in the PG were recorded by the police. The police have ruled out any foul play in the incident. Inquest proceedings have been initiated at the Sector 17 police station. Chandigarh, May 2 For selling food items without a licence, two shopkeepers were fined Rs 20,000 each and were sentenced to stand till the rising of the court. Rakesh Kumar of Attawa and Pema Ram of Daria were booked on complaints of UT food safety officers. The first case pertains to December last year. During POWER SHUTDOWN CHANDIGARH 10 am to 2 pm: Parts of Sector 24 A simple footpath, is that too much to ask for? Page 5 Bizman turns lensman to make city roads safer Has clicked and shared around 11,000 photographs of traffic violations with the police ly rolled back and the parking firm served a termination notice for violating the contract. The MC has sent the recommendation to Secretary, Local Government, i.e. the Home Secretary, for approval. Councillors, including the Mayor, have been at loggerheads with MC officials over the increase in the parking rates. The Mayor is keen on terminating the contract over lack of smart parking features at the 25 paid lots, while officers say they are bound by the MoU signed with the parking firm. An inspection report of the parking lots prepared by councillors detected major anomalies, while a report prepared by MC officials found everything in order. Amit Sharma Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 2 Close to 11,000 pictures of traffic violations in the city clicked and shared with the Chandigarh Traffic Police in the past 16 months seems quite a number. However, what is even more interesting is that these were clicked by a single person, a Sector 30 resident who is on a crusade to make city roads safer. Watching motorists violate traffic rules since his younger days always worried Baldev Singh, a businessman, who was born and brought up in the city. “I always felt reckless driving or driving a two-wheeler without a helmet can have serious repercussions. While driving across the city, I used to stop at the green light to ensure nobody jumps the red light, that can lead to an accident,” he said. Baldev Singh, whose aim is to make sure that no lives are lost in road accidents, came to know about the the WhatsApp number of the Chandigarh Traffic Police in January 2017 on which pictures of people violating traffic rules could be sent. “I started clicking pictures of traffic violations in the city and started sharing it with the traffic police. Soon, I got encouragement from the police and in 16 months, I clicked close to 11,000 pictures of motorists violating traffic norms,” he said. c m y b For Baldev Singh, sharing pictures of traffic violations with the traffic police is just a part of his crusade against traffic violations. He also educates the youth whenever he comes across them while they are driving rashly. “I sometimes stop youths who are not wearing helmets while riding a twowheeler and educate them about the importance of wearing a helmet,” he said. Baldev Singh also clicks pictures of traffic lights which are either non-functional or not working properly. He then shares the pictures with the police so that the fault can be fixed at the earliest. Baldev Singh was awarded a commendation certificate and Rs 5,000 by the Police Department at a function last week. Residents can send traffic violation pictures, along with the time, date and location, on the WhatsApp number of the traffic police. They can also send pictures through other mediums, including Facebook and Twitter. Baldev Singh, a resident of Sector 30, was recently honoured by the police for his feat. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN Were found selling food items sans licence inspection by the food safety officer, it was found that Rakesh Kumar was selling beverages, including juices, cold drinks, chips, flavoured milk and biscuits, without a licence. After hearing the arguments, the court held him guilty under Section 63 Continued on page 4 Husband, in-laws booked for dowry death Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 2 Seven members of a family were booked for dowry death after a 20year-old newlywed woman Kiran was found dead under mysterious circumstances at her house in Bapu Dham Colony, Sector 26, on Wednesday. The victim has been identified as Kiran. She got married to Gulshan around seven months ago. It was a love marriage. The police said the victim was rushed to Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16, by her husband and his family, where doctors declared her brought dead. The police said the body had been shifted to the mortuary of the hospital and the postmortem would be conducted on Thursday. The victim’s father, Kailash, alleged that Kiran’s husband and her in-laws used to harass her for dowry. DSP (East) Satish Kumar said a case under Sections 304-B and 34 of the IPC had been registered against Babbi, Bunty, Gulshan and four women at the Sector 26 police station. “Babbi, Bunty and Gulshan have been arrested in the case. The women will be arrested soon,” the DSP said.
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