03072018-CT-01.qxd 7/3/2018 1:07 AM Page 1 cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE TUESDAY | 3 JULY 2018 | CHANDIGARH Class XI admission Monsoon preparedness Parul to represent India 50% of selected students submit fee for admission to Class XI at government schools. P2 Mohali Deputy Commissioner seeks report on monsoon preparedness from civic body. P5 Parul, hearing impaired player from Patiala, will represent the country in world tennis meet. P6 FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY | MAX 33°C MIN 24°C | YESTERDAY MAX 35.8°C MIN 27.2°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 7.28 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5.26 AM In lap of nature TRIBUNE PHOTO: NITIN MITTAL Illegal mining rampant in Mohali district: DC Says her instructions not being heeded by staff Akash Ghai AREAS WHERE Tribune News Service The hills in the backdrop of the Himalayan Expressway make for a beautiful view as the weather turned pleasant in Panchkula on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: NITIN MITTAL SEE ALSO PAGE 2 Civic body to attach tax defaulters’ properties Woman held 50 to be served notice in first phase within a week with ~35.50-lakh Ramkrishan Upadhyay SOME OF THE DEFAULTERS gold at airport NAMDEV BHAVAN BAL NIKETAN SCHOOL Chandigarh, July 2 Tribune News Service Mohali, July 2 Customs sleuths at the Chandigarh international airport nabbed a 26-year-old woman for smuggling and recovered 1,164 gm of gold, worth around Rs 35.50 lakh, from her possession here on Monday. According to sources, the woman has been identified as Zeenat Khatoon, a resident of Delhi. “She came on a flight from Dubai. After landing at the airport, she tried to cross the green channel without declaring the gold, which was found coated with nickel and in the form of a wire,” said sources. The booty was hidden in a cavity in her bag, the sources said. The bag in which two wires of gold were hidden had a cross mark. Before the search, the woman was asked to declare if she was carrying any restricted item, but she replied in the negative. The passenger was arrested, but later released on bail . — TNS Property tax defaulters, including owners of commercial and industrial properties, will face attachment notices from the Municipal Corporation as the latter has decided to attach their properties. Sources said the MC had prepared a list of over 50 such defaulters, who would be served notices withing a week in the first phase during the current financial year. According to Section 138 of the Municipal Act, the Commissioner is authorised to attach, sell or seal the property of a tax defaulter. The property can be attached after serving the final notice to a habitual defaulter. The MC recovered around Rs 24 crore after it took stern action against the defaulters in the past one year. The MC hopes to increase the amount of property tax during the current fiscal. Schools, bhawans and dharamshalas are among the institutions which will be Call centre employee snatches mobile for girlfriend, arrested Amit Sharma Tribune News Service Chandigarh, July 2 A 21-year-old call centre employee has been arrested by the crime branch of the Chandigarh Police for allegedly snatching a mobile phone for his girlfriend. The accused, Malkit, a native of Mukstar in Punjab, who works at a call centre in Mohali, was arrested by a team, led by Inspector Amanjot Singh, for snatching a purse containing a mobile phone and Rs 150 from the victim, Sunita, in Sector 39 on June 27. The victim, who works at a beauty parlour in Sector 41, was returning home when the incident took place. The police said the accused was riding his Splendor motorcycle at the time of the incident. The police have COULDN’T AFFORD TO BUY NEW ONE Police sources said during interrogation, the accused claimed that his girlfriend, an employee at the same call centre where he works, had asked him to get a mobile phone for her. “The accused could not afford to buy a new mobile phone for his girlfriend as his salary is ~7,500 only,” said a police official. recovered the Micromax mobile phone and the motorcycle used in the crime. Police sources said during interrogation, the accused claimed that his girlfriend, an employee at the same call centre, had asked him to get a mobile phone for her. “The accused could not afford to buy a new mobile phone for continued on page 4 ~6,81,637 ~7,70,881 GURU RAVIDAS BHAWAN GURU NANAK KHALSA SCHOOL ~7,81,190 ~13,08,261 SOOD DHARAMSHALA PARAGON SCHOOL ~20,39,915 ~2,89,378 PUNJAB ARTS COUNCIL SANAWAR MONTESSORI SCHOOL ~6,87,560 ~5,96,243 AMAR JAIN HOSTEL AGGRAWAL HOSTEL ~10,54,639 ~5,05,875 Mohali, July 2 “Illegal mining is rampant in the district and my instructions to check the menace are not being followed by the staff concerned,” said Mohali Deputy Commissioner Gurpreet Kaur Sapra here on Monday. Accusing officials of the District Industries Centre (DIC) and the Mining Department of being non-cooperative and disobedient, she said she would soon prepare a detailed report in this regard and send it to the higher authorities. Talking to Chandigarh Tribune over the issue, Sapra said after fresh incidents of illegal mining in some parts of the district came to light in the recent past, she asked the General Manager, DIC, to install over 20 CCTV cameras at certain check-points to monitor the illegal activity. “More than 20 days have passed since the instructions were issued, but the official is yet to submit any report to me in this regard,” said TEL BHAWAN ARE MAINLY ACTIVE KHIZRABAD MIANPUR NADA MULLANPUR PAROL MAJRI ZIRAKPUR DERA BASSI STAFF WERE ATTACKED ON JUNE 19 76 FIRs THIS YEAR In a case of illegal mining on June 19, six persons had attacked forest officials at Seonk village in Mohali. In the attack, the officials had sustained serious injuries. Though the police had registered a case against the accused, charges of illegal mining are yet to be included in the case. Sapra. She said there was no dearth of funds or staff. “I am shocked why they (the officials) are not obeying the orders,” said Sapra. She said special teams had been formed in the district to check illegal excavation, but these were virtually non-existent. The DC admitted that ille- So far, 76 FIRs have been registered in the district against illegal miners this year. Last year, 65 FIRs were registered in this regard in Mohali. gal excavation was on in the district and the administration had failed to curb the menace. Asked what steps would be taken to stop the illegal activity, the Deputy Commissioner said she would prepare a detailed report in this regard and send it to the higher-ups for action. Panchkula, July 2 In a tragic incident, a woman allegedly committed suicide after killing her two-year-old son at their residence in Khera Bahadur village in Barwala block of Panchkula district. The woman took the extreme step after having a tiff with her husband over an issue involving money on Sunday night. The victim’s husband, Kulbir, who works as a daily wager, said his wife Reshma (24) was putting pressure on him to give her money as she wanted to go to her parents’ home. However, as he was daily wager and did not earn much, he refused to give her money. This led to a verbal fight between them, which turned ugly following which she took the extreme step. She gave poison to her son and then committed suicide by taking poison, he said. On learning about the incident, villagers took the mother-son duo to the General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula, where doctors declared them brought dead. The police are looking into the matter. Steal elderly women’s gold items after offering them lift; 4 cases reported Dera Bassi, July 2 A car-borne gang of women is on the prowl in Dera Bassi subdivision and has made elderly women its easy target. The gang members start a friendly conversation with elderly women and at times claim to be their relatives. They then make them sit in their car and exchange banter with them. In the process, the victims’ jewellery is stolen by sleight of hand. The driver of the car is a male member, who stops midway to offer a lift to middle-aged or elderly women standing alone waiting for a bus or an auto-rickshaw. The gang members approach elderly women on the pretext of served attachment notices by the MC for not paying property tax. The sources said these institutions had not paid tax amounting to nearly Rs 10 crore for years. City Mayor Davesh Moudgil has directed the officers concerned to recover the arrears from all institutions. 4 nabbed for vehicle thefts Back to school INCIDENTS REPORTED THIS YEAR JULY 1 An elderly woman, a resident of Chandigarh Enclave, Dera Bassi, was about to hire an auto-rickhshaw at the bus stand when she was offered a lift in a car. Later, she found her gold bangles missing. MAY 16 Darshan Kaur (67), a resident of Zirakpur, had gone to a nearby gurdwara. While returning, she lost gold bangles to a carborne gang, which offered her a lift. MAY 8 Naina Devi (51) and Angoori Devi (65), residents of Nagla village near Dera Bassi, fell prey to a car-borne gang while waiting for a bus at Handesera. Three women in a car offered them a lift and later dropped them on the roadside after taking away their gold earrings. FEB 22 Rajinder Kaur (69), a resident of Chandigarh, was targeted while she was waiting for a bus at Zirakpur. Two women approached the victim claiming to be her relatives and offered her a lift. Later, the victim was targeted and her two gold bangles and a gold ring stolen. offering them a lift in the car or enquiring about the way from them and flee after committing the crime and dropping the victims on the roadside. For the gang, elderly women are easy targets because they are less likely to react and identify them or note down the registration number of their vehicles. This TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN Chandigarh, July 2 The police claim to have solved six cases of vehicle theft with the arrest of four persons, including two juveniles. According to the police, on a tip-off, a naka was laid on Sunday on the road separating Sector 14 and 15. One of the accused was involved in a theft case in December 2017 as well. During checking, the accused, Ram Janam Singh of Burail, Nishant, alias Jalebi, of Sector 25 and two juveniles, were apprehended along with a stolen motorcycle, bearing a fake registration number. The police later found that the vehicle had been stolen from Sector 47. Besides, an Esteem car, two motorcycles and two Activa scooters were also recovered. year, four such cases have been reported so far from the Dera Bassi constituency. However, the police have failed to make any headway in any of these cases. It is learnt that the gang uses a different car each time it strikes and due non-availability of CCTV cameras on the particular stretch, the act is not captured. Harman Hans, ASP Dera Bassi, said, , “The victims fail to provide any details or the registration number of the cars to the police. We are verifying the sequence of events as per the complaints.” The ASP advised people, especially elderly women, not to step out of their homes wearing gold items and avoid taking lifts from unknown persons. 56 teachers put on notice for poor results Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service Youth held for stealing LED The police have arrested an UP native, Suraj (20), an accused in a theft case registered in Sector 11. An LED and a DVR were recovered from him. —TNS Tribune News Service Car-borne gang of women on the prowl Satinder Pal Singh ~12,15,602 ILLEGAL MINERS Mother kills child, ends her life over tiff with husband Students in a jubilant mood on the first day after the summer vacation at a government school in Sector 16, Chandigarh, on Monday. c m y b Chandigarh, July 2 Cracking the whip, the UT Education Department on Monday served show-cause notices on 56 teachers for poor performance in the Class X exams in government schools. They have been asked to submit a reply within seven days. Four teachers have already been served suspension orders. Teachers were summoned to Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, where they were given notices and issued guidelines. They were asked to work on improving the results. The department is also planning certain other measures to improve things. The Director, School Education, Rubinderjit Singh Brar, told Chandigarh Tribune, “We served them notices on Monday. We are working on continued on page 4
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