17052018-CT-01.qxd 5/17/2018 12:56 AM Page 1 cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE THURSDAY | 17 MAY 2018 | CHANDIGARH PU ranks 8th Fire in TBRL forest area Tribune School win PU ranks eighth, one up from last year’s position, in India in most frequently cited publications. P2 Major fire breaks out in the forest area of Terminal Ballistic Research Laboratory, Ramgarh. P4 Tribune Model register 12-0 victory over Gurukul World School in U-13 Football League. P6 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 41°C MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 39.8°C MIN 25.2°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 7.10 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 5.28 AM City third cleanest in country Swachh rankings:Jumps from 11th spot, figures behind Indore & Bhopal Sandeep Rana Gupta new Home Secy, KK Yadav MC Commissioner Violators to get plot resumption notices Tribune News Service UT not to extend solar plant date Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 16 Taking a big leap, Chandigarh jumped to the third spot from the previous 11th in a cleanliness survey conducted by the Central Government. The results were announced on Wednesday. The City Beautiful was declared the third cleanest city behind Indore and Bhopal, which stood first and second, respectively. Chandigarh Tribune had reported in these columns on Tuesday that the MC was confident of figuring among the top three. The detailed individual city scores in various categories of the nationwide survey are yet to be declared. Compared to the previous surveys, this year’s exercise allocated substantial weightage to the feedback from citizens based on their daily experience. In the previous survey, Chandigarh had slipped to the 11th rank mainly due to poor performance in the citizen feedback category. Following this, the civic body had made over 35,000 people download the Swachh Bharat App by organising various events. Their complaints Two brothers arrested for raping minor Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 16 Two brothers have been arrested by the Chandigarh Police for allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl, who was found pregnant in April. Later, the victim’s abortion was done at Government MultiSpecialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16. The victim, a resident of Hallo Majra, was admitted to the hospital on April 23. During the check-up, she was found 10 weeks pregnant. Later, following court orders, the pregnancy was terminated. The police said the victim was earlier unfit to reveal the names of the accused. After being counselled for several days, she revealed the names of the accused. Inspector Gurjit Kaur, SHO of the Sector 31 police station, said the accused had been identified as Parmod (22) and Vikas (19). continued on p6 Ramkrishan Upadhyay It is a matter of pride not only for me but for all residents of Chandigarh. Our joint efforts have paid off. DAVESH MOUDGIL, Mayor All worked hard on the ground. Safai karamcharis made efforts to keep the city clean. HOW CITY HAS FARED 2016 2nd (1716/2000) 2017 11th (1701/2000) 2018 3rd (scores yet to be declared) SAURABH MISHRA, MC Addl Commissioner were addressed online in a time-bound manner. This took the city in the citizen category to the third place from the 39th. The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs conducted its third survey to rank 4000+ cities based on assessment of progress from January 2017 till December 2017. More needs to be done Even as the MC has been declared the third cleanest city in the country, it has failed Cities were judged on ■ Solid waste management ■ Citizen feedback ■ Information, education and communication ■ Best practices to resolve several issues. Despite launching the waste segregation project with much fanfare, the corporation could not implement the wet and dry waste segregation scheme. It spent a whopping Rs 2.20 crore on Lt Col Sandhu joins probe Police drop murder charge against him and his 3 employees Tribune News Service TIMELINE Mohali, May 16 WWICS chairman Lt Col BS Sandhu (retd), who remained elusive for nearly 50 days after being nominated in case of alleged murder of CTU employee Abhishek Guleria, joined the police investigation here on Wednesday morning. The police arrested him and later released him on bail after quizzing him for around 10 hours. The major development in the case is that the police have dropped the charge of murder (Section 302 of the IPC) against Sandhu and his three employees, Gurvinder Singh Bains from Noorpur Bedi and Balwinder Singh and Tarsem Chand from Nada village, who had already been arrested in the case. The trio was working at March 13: Victim Abhishek Guleria goes missing from Nayagaon March 21: Kidnapping case registered at Nayagaon police station March 24: Guleria’s body found dumped along Baddi-Pinjore road March 26: Police arrest Gurvinder Singh Bains, Tarsem Lal and Balwinder Singh, all employess of Sandhu, in the case March 27: Police nominate Sandhu in the case April 5: Sandhu applies for anticipatory bail in Mohali court April 18: Mohali court dismisses Sandhu’s anticipatory bail application April 25: Police again procure Sandhu’s non-bailable arrest warrants Forest Hill Resort, also owned by Sandhu, at Nayagaon. Now only two Sections — 304 A (causing death by negligence) and 201 (destruction of evidence) of the IPC have been slapped against Sandhu and the others in the case. Mohali Senior Superintendent of Police Kuldeep Singh Chahal said the murder charge had been dropped on the basis of the forensic report, the postmortem report, the investigation car- Hry judicial paper leak: Summons Director General of Police Chandigarh, May 16 Rapping the UT police for “putting chillies in the eyes of the Bench” in the Haryana judicial services paper leak case, the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday summoned the UT Director General of Police after asserting that the force needed to set its own house in order. Miffed over its “highly questionable conduct”, the Full Bench of Justice Rajesh Bindal, Justice Rajan Gupta buying blue and green bins. It has also failed to resolve the waste processing issue with the JP processing plant. A major chunk of the municipal waste is being thrown in the open dumping ground at Dadu Majra, leading to trouble for local residents. The firm has failed to properly process the waste. Public toilets are also in bad shape. Due to a fund crunch, contractors have stopped several works, affecting cleanliness too. CTU STAFFER’S DEATH HC raps UT police for ‘putting chillies in its eyes’ Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 16 The Ministry of Home Affairs has appointed Arun Kumar Gupta as the new Home Secretary of Chandigarh. The ministry has also issued an order appointing KK Yadav as the new Commissioner of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation. and Justice GS Sandhawalia minced no words to say the police force was totally disintegrated even though Chandigarh was the capital of two states. The easy availability of copies of “sealed” statements in open police files also earned the police a knock on its knuckles. The admonishment came after the High Court expressed its extreme displeasure over the special investigation team’s failure to apprise it of developments, including sharing with the accused statements recorded by witnesses before magistrates under Section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code and application by an accused for mobile and landline call details of the investigating officer in an attempt to establish pressure on them. The failure of the district attorney to himself contest the case on the state’s behalf and to leave it to an additional district attorney with doubtful knowledge was also deprecated. continued on p6 ried out by SIT and circumstantial evidence. “As per the forensic and postmortem reports, Guleria was not murdered. His postmortem report says he drowned. It has come out in our investigation that Sandhu and the victim had never met. They did not know each other. There was never any communication and any enmity between the duo,” said the SSP . continued on p6 Father held for 14-yr-old’s rape Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 16 Three days after a 14-yearold girl gave birth to a stillborn baby, the UT police arrested her father on Wednesday night on a charge of raping her. The victim, a Class IX student, had complained of stomach pain on May 13 after which her family took her to the GMSH, Sector 16, where she gave birth to a stillborn baby. The police said after investigation it was found that the victim was raped by her father. The accused, a labourer, will be produced in the court on Thursday. c m y b The Governor, Adviser, Home Secretary and the Mayor all supported us. There was also citizen partnership, which made it possible. JITENDER YADAV,MC Commissioner AK Gupta KK Yadav With the appointment of the two officers on the key posts, the Administration has got some relief as it had been facing an acute shortage of officers for long. Both officers have been appointed for a term of three years. Gupta is at present posted as the Principal Secretary, Town and Country Planning, Haryana. The three-year term of the current Home Secretary, Anurag Aggarwal, ended on January 11, 2018. continued on p6 Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 16 The UT Administration has decided not to extend the deadline for installation of solar plants in houses, commercial properties and industrial units. Sources said the decision had been taken after considering various representations of associations. The Administration has taken the decision with the aim of making Chandigarh a model solar city as announced by the Centre. A senior officer said the Administration had already given enough time (two years) to the residents and it could not afford to lag behind on this front any more. The two-year deadline for installing solar power plants expires on May 18. The UT Administration, in a notification issued on May 18, 2016, had made installation of rooftop solar power plants mandatory for houses and commercial and industrial units measuring 500 sq yards and above, and for group housing societies. While solar plants were made mandatory in new houses, the owners of the existing Babla wants deadline extended Leader of the Opposition in the MC Devinder Singh Babla on Wednesday wrote to the UT Adviser seeking an extension in the May 18 deadline set by CREST for installing rooftop solar power plants. “There is a sense of uncertainty and panic among residents who have not applied for installation of rooftop solar panels because of some valid reasons such as high cost, no space in old houses and most of them remaining non-functional after being installed,” said the Congress leader. ones were given two years to comply with the direction. Sources said there were 7,500 residential, commercial and industrial units measuring 500 sq yards and above where solar plants were to be installed. continued on p6
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