09052018-CT-01.qxd 5/9/2018 1:03 AM Page 1 cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY | 9 MAY 2018 | CHANDIGARH Minister slams BJP BJP rift wide open Patiala take lead BJP’s divisive politics a threat to the very idea of India, says Punjab Minister Tript Bajwa. P2 Fissures in BJP come to the fore yet again as Sanjay Tandon meets Badnore over fiscal crisis. P3 Divyansh, Qureshi help Patiala claim 73-run lead against Amritsar in ML Markan Trophy final. P6 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 35°C MIN 22°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34.5°C MIN 23.4°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 7.05 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 5.33 AM Accused asked accomplices to kill me, victim tells court Ishrat S Banwait Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 8 In her cross-examination conducted on Tuesday, the auto gang rape victim told the court that one of the accused asked the others to kill her. “Chaku nikalo, sali ko maar dalo” (take out a knife and kill her). This was done after the three accused raped her in a secluded forest area in Sector 53. Responding to questions from the three defence lawyers of the three accused in the case, the 22-year-old victim narrated her horrific tale. She said Irfan in particular was very conversant and was talking about his family. This is why she also started to talk to him. The Dehradun resident informed that Irfan talked about his daughter lovingly and then said she had paralysis. This in particular got her interested in the conversation and she continued it from there. However, she had no idea that they would commit such a crime with her. The next date of hearing in the case is May 21, when the rest of the witnesses have been summoned. SECTOR 53 GANG RAPE Three accused — Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Garib and Kismat Ali — had raped the 22year-old girl on November 17, 2017. Charges were framed against them under Sections 376 D and 506 of the Indian Penal Code. The victim, originally from Dehradun, stayed in a rented accommodation in Mohali and was returning home from her typing classes in Sector 37 at night. She boarded the auto-rickshaw, which already had the three accused, including the driver, in it. The auto driver reportedly drove towards the forest area in Sector 53, where the three allegedly raped her. The images of the accused were caught in a CCTV camera installed at the Sector 42 petrol pump, where the accused had stopped to get the fuel tank refilled. Irfan (29), the auto driver, was the first one to be arrested on November 24 and had named the other two accused. The duo was arrested the next day in Uttar Pradesh. Previously, the police had announced a Rs 1 lakh reward for information on the accused. Factory worker’s daughter tops Mohali dist Akash Ghai Mohali, May 8 Pooja Kumari, daughter of a factory worker and student of Government Senior Secondary School at Lalru, is the Mohali district topper with 93.38 per cent marks in the Punjab School Education Board Class 10 exams. The results were declared here on Tuesday. Harpreet Kaur, a student of Guru Nanak Dev Public Senior Secondary School, Dharamgarh, secured the second position in the district by scoring 92.77 per cent marks, while Muskan from Attri Public School, Lalru, finished third in the district by scoring equal marks (92.77 per cent). Muskan has been declared third as she is older to Harpreet Kaur. Pooja Kumari, who belongs to a humble family, was away to her native place in Bihar when the results were declared. Elated over the achievement of her student, Parminder Chahal, principal of Government Senior Secondary School, Lalru, termed Pooja a very talented, smart and versatile girl. “Apart from studies, she participates in extracurricular activities and is very spontaneous. She can speak on any topic any time,” 2 killed as bike rams into tree Mohali continues its dismal show PSEB CLASS X RESULTS Tribune News Service Tribune News Service 1 Pooja Kumari st 93.38% 2 nd Harpreet Kaur 92.77% Harpreet Kaur celebrates her success with her family. talented and ❝Pooja is aparticipates in versatile girl. Apart from studies, she extracurricular activities and is very spontaneous. She can speak on any topic any time. We want her to opt for the non-medical stream in Class XI, but her father works in a factory and his income is too low to bear the expenses. 3 rd Muskan 92.77% said Chahal. The principal said they wanted her to opt for the nonmedical stream in Class XI, but her family conditions would not allow it. “Her father works in a factory and his income is too low to bear the non-medical stream expenses,” said Chahal, ❞ PARMINDER CHAHAL, PRINCIPAL, GOVT SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL, LALRU Muskan has been declared third as she is older to Harpreet Kaur adding that Pooja achieved the feat without tuitions. "Pooja wants to a become an officer, but doesn't know how to go about it," said Chahal. Harpreet Kaur, who stood second in the district, too, remained away from tuitions/coaching. “I want to be a chartered accountant,” said the daughter of a local agriculturist, who used to study around eight hours daily. Lauding the achievement of his student, Amarjit Singh, managing director of Guru Nanak Dev Public Senior Secondary School, Dharamgarh, said the school was proud of Harpreet Kaur. Mohali, May 8 Once again, Mohali lagged behind in the Class X results of the Punjab School Education Board. This year, not even a single student from the district managed to make it to the provisional merit list, having a total of 401 students with a cut-off of 94 per cent marks. Last year, only two students from the district had made it to the merit list. In 2016, like this year, no student made it to the merit list of 355 students. However, the scenario is much better when it comes to the district-wise pass percentage (regular candidates). This year, Mohali district secured the 11th spot with a pass percentage of 66.94. Last year, the district had secured the 21st place, second from the bottom. The pass percentage was 44.73. This year, 8,917 regular students appeared from Mohali, of whom 5,969 cleared the exams. Commenting on the poor performance of schools in Mohali district, a senior offi- Before the storm set in SUV overturns in mishap Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 8 An SUV that was being driven , by a woman, overturned at the Sector 49/50 light point after it met with an accident with an i20 car on Tuesday morning. Both motorists escaped without any serious injury. The police said the accident took place when the vehicles were crossing the traffic lights at the same time. The Tata Safari overturned due to the collision. The accident led to traffic snarls on the road. The police were informed, who rushed to the spot and moved out the vehicle from the middle of the road. A DDR (daily diary report) has been lodged in the matter at the Sector 49 police station. Police officials said both vehicle owners were reluctant to get a case registered. Glam appeal Last year, only two students from the district had made it to the merit list. In 2016, like this year, no student made it to the merit list of 355 students. cial of the Punjab Education Department said a number of teachers, having posting in government schools in the district, belonged to influential families. “Most of these VIP teachers are not serious about the results as they have no fear of action. This is the main reason behind the poor performance of Mohali schools that otherwise have better infrastructure and facilities in comparison to schools in other districts," said the official. In 2015, four students from the district had secured a place in the provisional merit list. In 2014, only two students made it to the list. In 2015, the total pass percentage in Mohali district was 55.35, while it was 61.56 per cent in 2014. POWER SHUTDOWN CHANDIGARH 10 am to 2 pm : Parts of Sector 24-C Tribune News Service The Tata Safari that overturned at the Sector 49/50 light point on Tuesday. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH No one makes it to provisional merit list SNIPPETS Chandigarh, May 8 Two persons were killed while one was injured when the motorcycle they were tripleriding rammed into a tree near Ram Darbar, Industrial Area, Phase II, on Monday night. All three were not wearing helmets at the time of the accident. The police said the continued on page 5 Shatabdi to have extra coach Chandigarh: In view of the closure of the Chandigarh international airport, the Railways has decided to make a provision for an additional air-conditioned coach in the afternoon Shatabdi (12045/12046) from May 12 to May 31. Sources said an extra coach could not be added to the morning Shatabdi due to technical reasons. TNS SANITARY PAD DISPENSERS COME UP AT AIRPORT The motorcycle on which the victims were triple-riding. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN A rower practises on the still waters of Sukhna Lake early on Tuesday morning in Chandigarh. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH SEE ALSO P5 Thundershowers lash tricity, dip mercury Chandigarh: Thundershowers, accompanied by strong winds, lashed the tricity on Tuesday afternoon. The rain lasted nearly 45 minutes and led to waterlogging at several places. The observatory of the Chandigarh Meteorological Centre recorded 4.8 mm of rainfall. Surender Paul, Director, Chandigarh Meteorological Centre, said the sky would remain partly cloudy on Wednesday. A heavy hailstorm hit the higher reaches of Shimla on Tuesday. The weather office has warned of thunderstorms, squalls and gusty winds in Haryana and Chandigarh till Friday. Some mischief mongers kept spreading rumours on the social media and circulated messages stating that high-velocity winds toppled vehicles in Chandigarh. Paul reiterated that there was no need to panic and residents should not pay heed to those spreading rumours. The rain brought down the temperature significantly. The maximum temperature in the city was 34.5°C, four degree below normal, while the minimum temperature also witnessed a dip of one degree and settled at 23.4°C. To spread awareness on menstrual hygiene and for the convenience of women passengers, sanitary napkin-vending machines have been installed at the Chandigarh international airport. A total of 10 machines, each with a stock of 26 packs, were set up recently in public washrooms in the departure and arrival area of the airport. PAGE 3 Wait for bus queue shelters gets longer UT Administration comes up with yet another model, to choose the best among the two Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service Actress Nimrat Kaur walks the ramp during a programme in Chandigarh on Tuesday. A new bus queue shelter constructed by the Engineering Department in Sector 17, Chandigarh. MANOJ MAHAJAN c m y b Chandigarh, May 8 While commuters are having a tough time standing on the road with no protection from the scorching sun or rain for the past year and a half, the Administration has come up with yet another model for bus queue shelters. Sources said the consultant appointed by the Transport Department had prepared the new model for bus queue Shelters to have new features The new model has been prepared with steel and is a fabricated structure which can be relocated as per convenience. The Engineering Department constructed the model using concrete and steel. The Administration is planning to construct bus queue shelters with smart features such as Wi-Fi and provision for parking of cycles under the cycle-sharing scheme. These will also have provision for the solar system, which can be used for charging electrical buses. shelters, which was different from the bus queue shelter constructed by the Engineering Department at Sector 17. A committee, headed by the Secretary, Transport, approved the new model on Tuesday with some suggestions. Now, a bus queue continued on page 3
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