14052018-CT-01.qxd 14-05-2018 00:52 Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE MONDAY | 14 MAY 2018 | CHANDIGARH Website hacked 1,485 challans issued Daksh beats Tanishq The webpage, dialog.puchd.ac.in, of Panjab University journal Dialog has been hacked. P2 Traffic wing of Zirakpur police collects ~5.40 lakh by issuing 1,485 challans in a month. P4 Daksh defeats Tanishq to win combined U-12 final of Ideal Tennis Championship. P6 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 38°C MIN 24°C | YESTERDAY MAX 39.7°C MIN 23.4°C | SUNSET MONDAY 7.07 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 5.32 AM MC all set to cancel Arya Nigerian woman arrested with ~1-crore heroin Toll Infra parking contract Tribune News Service Will bring agenda in next House meeting later this month Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service Residents chill out as winds blow at Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: NITIN MITTAL SEE PAGE 2 Storm leaves Zirakpur sans power, sleepless Our Correspondent Zirakpur, May 13 The dust storm on Saturday left residents of Zirakpur without power and water supply for hours together. The power supply remained disrupted to large parts of the town for over 12 hours as power conductors suffered damage. An over 16-hour power failure left residents of Maya Garden, Phase-I and II, and other nearby villages in Zirakpur fuming. As several pockets remained without power for almost the entire night, residents had to spend a sleepless night. The morning water supply was also hit. According to residents, the power supply was disrupted on Saturday around 3.30 pm and was not restored till Sun- Trees fell on overhead electricity wires in several parts of Zirakpur disrupting power supply. day morning, forcing them to lodge complaints with the Electricity Department. The residents made frantic telephone calls to the electricity office only to be told that the work to restore the power supply was in progress. Residents, especially senior citizens, who live in high-rise buildings, were inconvenienced the most as they had to take the stairs since the lifts were not working. Blaming it on poor maintenance by the PSPCL, Vijay Verma, a resident, said, “People reeled under long power cuts. Even inverters installed in houses could not withstand the long power failure as the batteries drained out." Rohit Kumar, SDO, Zirakpur, said uprooting of poles due to the storm and damage to feeders led to the disruption of the power supply. He said branches of trees fell on overhead electricity wires at several places, aggravating the problem. SK Chawla, president of the Residents Welfare Association, Maya Garden, said residents complained that they could not get through to the complaint centre as the phone remained busy most of the time. Chandigarh, May 13 The Municipal Corporation is all set to cancel the parking contract after serving a threemonth termination notice to Arya Toll Infra Limited, which is managing the 25 parking lots in the city. Sources said the agenda for the termination of the contract would be placed at the next general house meeting of the corporation, likely to be held by this month-end. The agenda is being prepared following the decision of the Finance and Contract Committee to cancel the contract, taken at a meeting held in the first week of this month. Thief decamps with items, SUV Chandigarh, May 13 A thief decamped with valuables from a house in Sector 43 while the family was asleep. The thief also drove away with a Hyundai Creta, which was parked outside the house. According to the police, the complainant, Bikramjit Singh, reported that an unknown person entered his house on May 12. The thief stole two tabs, a laptop, a mobile phone and Rs 16,000 from the house. “The keys of the SUV were also stolen after which the thief drove away with the vehicle,” the police said. A case under Section 380 (theft in a dwelling house) of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 36 police station. — TNS 14-yr-old delivers baby, rape case registered NEIGHBOUR HELD FOR RAPING MINOR PAGE 4 Chandigarh, May 13 An unknown person has been booked by the Chandigarh Police for raping a 14year-old girl. Sources said the victim, a resident of Ram Darbar, com- plained of stomach pain on Sunday after which her family took her to the GMSH, Sector 16. The sources said the victim delivered a premature baby. The police were informed about the incident. The police said the victim’s parents claimed they were not aware that she was pregnant. The police recorded the victim’s statement and registered a case under the POCSO Act and the IPC against c m y b an unknown person at the Sector 31 police station. The sources said an investigation had been initiated into the case and the victim would be counselled to know about the accused. — TNS The committee members were in favour of issuing a three-month termination notice to the parking firm over non-implementation of the smart parking directives. The UT Administration has not taken any decision on the recommendations of the general house of the MC on the contract yet. Though MC officials are waiting for an official communication, the Administration is unlikely to get involved in the controversy. A senior officer said the MoU was not signed with the concurrence of the Administration; so why should it intervene for cancelling the contract. The MC had the power to decide on the issue on its own. The company was allotted the contract last year for nearly Rs 15 crore. While the MC has started the process to cancel the contract, the company is likely to seek a compensation of around Rs 25 crore from the MC in case the contract is cancelled. The sources said the company had made a huge investment on setting up the infrastructure. Mohali, May 13 Sleuths of the Special Task Force, Mohali, arrested a Nigerian woman with 1 kg of heroin, worth around Rs 1 crore in the international market, here. The accused, Joy Chika Joy Chika Uzoma Uzoma, who hails from Lagos and was living in Noida, was arrested from Nature Park at Phase 8 here where she was waiting for some local person. Harpreet Singh, AIG, STF , Ropar Range, said the accused was arrested on a tipoff. “We had information that continued on page 2 P’kula MC spent ~45 lakh on checking open defecation Hired private taxis to visit problem areas in past three months Rajinder Nagarkoti Tribune News Service Panchkula, May 13 While the Haryana Government has declared Panchkula open defecation-free (ODF), officials of the cash-strapped Panchkula Municipal Corporation have spent nearly Rs 45 lakh only on visiting problem areas in private taxis in the past three months. The ground reality belies claims of the ODF tag. MC officials had engaged 21 private taxis at Rs 2,400 a day from the first week of March. The work was allotted to a private company on quotation rates. The MC staff are visiting problem areas, including Kalka, Pinjore and Barwala, in the morning and evening to keep an eye on those going out for open defecation and for challaning them. In the past three months, they have caught 35 violators and imposed a penalty of Rs 500 on each of them. The problem of open defec- Had roped in transgenders The MC had recently roped in transgenders to spread awareness about the harms of open defecation. It had engaged five transgenders, including students of Panjab University, and they were paid Rs 500 each per day. The transgenders sang songs to embarrass the violators. They even danced and greeted the violators with claps and rose sticks. Mayor slams officials Mayor Upinder Kaur Ahluwalia slammed MC officials for carrying out a majority of the works in the MC on quotation rates. Officials are not presenting any agenda, neither before the Finance and Contract Committee nor the MC General House. They should stop wasting public money, the Mayor said. tion is rampant in Gandhi Colony in Panchkula, Kalka and Pinjore. Rajesh Jogpal, MC Commissioner, said they had formed 21 teams. Team members regularly visit colonies where open defecation is rampant and make people aware of the harm it causes. Asked about the huge expenditure of nearly Rs 45 lakh on taxis, he said they needed vehicles to visit the problem areas. He said the visits had paid off as now only a few people were going out for open defecation. The staff members were carrying out checks and were also performing their routine duty, he said. A senior MC official said they had floated tenders for engaging private taxis, but the rates quoted by the bidders were around Rs 3,000 per day. Therefore, they opted for quotation, where they got Rs 2,400 per day per taxi.
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