03082018-CT-01.qxd 8/3/2018 1:31 AM Page 1 cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE FRIDAY | 3 AUGUST 2018 | CHANDIGARH School timings changed Gold seizure at airport Taniya ready for challenge Edu Dept increases timings of government schools by 40 minutes to improve results. P2 Customs sleuths nab a passenger with 1,049 gm of gold at city airport. P4 City girl Taniya gears up for a good show in Senior Women’s T20 Challenger Trophy. P6 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 35°C MIN 27°C | YESTERDAY MAX 35.5°C MIN 27.2°C | SUNSET FRIDAY 7.15 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 5.43 AM Roundabout proposed at Sec 46/47/48/49 lights Day after, 5 teachers of Phase 6 school shifted Figures among 15 most accident-prone spots in the city Mohali, August 2 A day after Class IX and X students of Government High School (GHS) at Phase 6 here held a protest against being shifted to the GHS at Phase 5, the authorities on Thursday transferred five teachers, including a head teacher and two Class IV employees, from the school. Two teachers have been transferred to Fatehgarh Sahib, while two others have been shifted to a rural station near Lalru. The head teacher has been shifted to Government High School, Balongi. All five teachers were looking after senior classes at the GHS, Phase 6. Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, a teacher said on condition of anonymity that they were summoned to the office of the District Education Officer after the school and handed over their transfer orders. “It’s nothing less than a ‘ Tuglaki diktat’. The authorities are evidently not concerned about the studies of poor children. Nobody asked us (the staff) whether or not there was a need to downgrade the school and what will be the THE RULE TO GIVE WAY AmitSharma Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August2 With an aim to put an end to road accidents reported from the Sector 46/47/48/49 light point, the UT traffic police have proposed a roundabout to save precious lives that are lost at the spot in accidents. The light point figures among the 15 most accident-prone spots in the city. Two persons, including a youth, were recently killed in an accident reported between a Fortuner and a Mahindra pick-up at the light point. This was the second fatal accident reported from the spot this year. Earlier, in June, a four-year-old girl was killed after the car she was travelling in along with her family was hit by a speeding taxi. UT SSP (Traffic) Shashank Anand said a proposal had already been sent to the UT Administration regarding the construction of a roundabout at the Sector 46/47/48/49 light point. The roundabout is expect- ❝We are planning to The move is aimed at checking mishaps at the Sector 46/47/48/49 light point in Chandigarh. NITIN MITTAL ed to bring down the accidents at the light point where speeding is usually witnessed during night, leading to accidents. The UT traffic police have also asked the UT engineering wing to paint the zebra crossing on pedestrian crossings made on dividing roads. “There are small cuts in the median on busy roads to facilitate pedestrians to cross Journalist, two others die as trailer hits car Tribune News Service Mohali, August 2 Three persons, including a Jalandhar-based journalist, were killed in a road accident near Tangori village here on Wednesday. The victims, Amandeep Chopra (42) from Jalandhar, Rajesh Kumar (38) from Banga and Ajay Kumar (40), were on their way home in an Alto car (PB 09 W 8125) when a trailer, coming from the opposite side, hit their vehicle. According to DSP (City II) Ramandeep Singh, the victims were coming from Indi- The mangled remains of the ill-fated car. A TRIBUNE PHOTO ra Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi, after continued on p6 educate motorists about the rule to give way to vehicles coming from the right at roundabouts. We are already doing it, but we will try to launch a dedicated campaign soon. It is part of the honk-free drive as well. ❞ SHASHANK ANAND, SSP (Traffic) over. However, in the absence of zebra lines on the road, motorists have no idea that a pedestrian can cross from the road, which in the past has led to several road accidents. The zebra crossings are missing on several roads,” the SSP said. Proposal for pelican lights outside PGI Another proposal is to have Hit by Scorpio, 2 bikers killed Mohali, August 2 Two unidentified motorcyclists were killed after being hit by a Scorpio here on Thursday. According to the police, the accident occurred around 5 pm near a temple at Mullanpur. The victims were riding a motorcycle, bearing registration number PB 65 P 4069, the police said. “The Scorpio was coming from the Baddi side towards Chandigarh at a high speed when the accident took place. Both victims were shifted to the PGI where doctors declared them brought dead,” said the police. A case in this case has been registered against the driver of the Scorpio. — TNS pelican lights at the pedestrian crossings, which will also help in reducing accidents. “The road outside the PGI opposite Panjab University is another accident-prone spot where a lot of pedestrian movement is witnessed and they are vulnerable to road accidents due to the fast-moving traffic,” said a police official. continued on p6 Akash Ghai Tribune News Service Transporter found stabbed to death Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 2 A 32-year-old transporter, Ajay, a resident of Mani Majra, was found murdered near the Shastri Nagar light point on Wednesday night. According to the police, information was received around 11.50 pm about a person lying near the Shastri Nagar light point. The injured Ajay was rushed to Government Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, in a PCR vehicle. The police said the victim later succumbed to his injuries. The police said the victim had received a call on his mobile phone after which he left while talking on the phone. After the victim did not return, his wife Mamta started looking for him and found him lying near the Shastri Nagar light point. Earlier, it was assumed that some unknown vehicle sped away after hitting the victim. However, the police later discovered that the victim had multiple stab injuries on his body. continued on p6 CRIME AGAINST WOMEN Special court burdened with other cases Pendency three-fold up; Lok Sabha has passed Bill to decide rape cases within two months STATE OF SPECIAL COURTS PART-II Ishrat S Banwait Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 2 While the Lok Sabha has passed a Bill to complete the trial in rape cases with- in two months, the special court for crime against women here has been burdened with other cases. Now, NDPS and MACT cases, along with civil and criminal appeals, have also been given to the court. The “exclusive” court entered 2018 with just 60 pending cases, but the current pendency stands at around three times this number. The cases given to the special court are time consuming, especially NDPS cases where the evi- dence can take many hearings. This will thus eat up into the time of rape cases and deny speedy trials. The special court for hearing cases of crime against women was set up in February 2014 here. On March 7 this year, Chandigarh Tribune had reported that the same court had seen a jump in rape cases involving minors for three consecutive years. In November last year, the same court had decided the rape case of a 10-year-old by her maternal uncles in the space of one month. The case had hit national headlines after the minor girl was found pregnant. The “fast track” court held day-to-day hearings in the case. The court, in its judgment in the above mentioned case, while imprisoning the two accused for life, had mentioned that rape cases increased from 16,000 to 24,000 since 2011 in India. The figure was quoted from the data of the National Crime Records Bureau. c m y b Major cases at special court ■ Auto gang rape cases of 2016 and 2017: In both cases one of the accused is the same and a similar modus operandi was used in both cases. ■ Sexual assault on a 15-yearold boy by a woman tutor in May this year. The 34-yearold teacher is out on bail. Guidelines under POCSO Act The Protection of Children against Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act has continued on p6 A teacher tries to convince students of the Phase 6 school to shift to the Government High School, Phase 5, in Mohali. VICKY consequences of the development,” said the teacher. As many as 50 students of Class IX and X of the GHS, Phase 6, were asked to shift to the GHS, Phase 5 on Wednesday. Upset over the development, students and their parents had staged a protest and refused to leave their school. On Thursday, some teachers of the GHS, Phase 5, arrived at the GHS, Phase 6, with a school bus to pick the students from there. “However, the students refused to go to their new school and sat in the open in front of their classes. The teachers of the GHS, Phase 5, remained there for an hour, but left after seeing that no student was interested in going with them,” said RP Sharma, area councillor. Parents of some of the students also reached the spot. “We fail to understand why the step of shifting our wards to another school has been taken. The authorities have issued orders while sitting in their air-conditioned offices without knowing the ground reality,” said parents. Despite repeated attempts, Mohali DEO (Secondary) Sharanjit Singh and Secretary (Education), Punjab, Krishan Kumar could not be contacted. Man gets 7-year jail for looting ~550, mobile Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 2 A city resident has been sentenced to seven-year jail for robbing a Panchkula resident of Rs 550 and a mobile phone. Sonu was found guilty under Sections 394 (voluntarily causing hurt in committing robbery) and 397 (robbery or dacoity with attempt to cause death or grievous hurt) of the IPC and has been fined Rs 10,000. The victim in the case, Rajesh Kumar (49), worked as a “beldar” at the Haryana Public Works Department. According to his complaint, on February 10, Rajesh was returning home on an Activa scooter around 1.30 pm. continued on p6 INSIDE TEJAS RUN LIKELY FROM AUGUST 14. P3 ILLEGAL CONSTRUCTION THREAT TO AIRPORT: IAF P5 POWER SHUTDOWN CHANDIGARH 10 am to 1 pm: Parts of Sec 11-A
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