24112017-CT-01.qxd 11/24/2017 1:19 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE FRIDAY | 24 NOVEMBER 2017 | CHANDIGARH PU slips in rankings Kiosks destroyed in fire PU boxers dominate In QS BRICS Rankings-2018, PU falls to bracket of 201-250. In India, it is ranked 50th. P2 Eight kiosks destroyed in fire at Lalru. No loss of life reported. Goods worth lakhs destroyed. P4 PU pugilists continue to dominate the ring in All-India Inter-University Boxing Championship. P6 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 24°C MIN 9°C | YESTERDAY MAX 24.6°C MIN 9.1°C | SUNSET FRIDAY 5.23 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 6.57 AM In UT, road tax could be half the car price Creative ride Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service Students of the Government College of Art, Sector 10, Chandigarh, busy in preparations for the Chandigarh Carnival, which begins on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN SEE ALSO PAGE 2 Police recover victim’s mobile phone 22-YEAR-OLD’S GANG RAPE Chandigarh, November 23 The UT police have managed to recover the 22-year-old gang rape victim’s mobile phone from Mohali, according to sources. However, the police denied having recovered the phone. The phone was snatched by the accused after raping her. The sources said the mobile phone was put on surveillance by the police. The moment it got switched on, UT cops reached the spot and recovered the mobile phone from a man. The sources said the person from whom the mobile phone was recovered claimed that it was lying abandoned. The police are interrogating the person suspecting that he is known to the accused. Meanwhile, the police have now started questioning financiers who are into business of financing autos in the city since it is suspected that the auto had a temporary number NO LESSONS LEARNT The Chandigarh Police did not learn a lesson from the gang rape of a call centre employee by an auto driver and his accomplice that was reported almost 11 months ago. Both cases have similarities. While the police had claimed to have arrested one of the accused in the case reported earlier, the second one was neither arrested nor identified. The auto used in the crime was also not recovered that had raised serious doubts over the first arrest made by the police. The case still remains unsolved. and may have been financed in the recent past. “We are contacting financiers and showing them pictures of the accused so that they can be identified,” said police sources. People who own a large number of autos that are further given on rent to auto drivers are also being interrogated by the police. The police have verified close to 3,500 autorickshaw drivers. continued on page 5 PGI changes sex of 7, 5 males turn females Chandigarh, November 23 The PGI has conducted seven sex reassignment (change) surgeries and of the seven, five were males who opted to become females while two females turned male after surgeries, said Prof Sanjay Bhadada, senior endocrinologist of the PGI. He said it had been witnessed that some people were not satisfied with their physiology. “There are several stages in it. In simple terms, a person born as man who feels unfit in the body type and desires to become a woman. Similarly, a woman who wants to become a man. In the final stage, when the brain begins to function as the opposite gender, the surgery is performed. We have performed seven such surgeries so far,” said Professor Bhadada. He said people deserted children born with disproportionate genitals and society branded them as eunuchs, but with the latest advancement in medical science, such deformities could be rectified through surgeries. “We have performed such surgeries and the problem is treatable,” said Professor Bhadada. He said the Department of Endocrinology was hosting a two-day meet in which leading doctors would discuss various issues of hormonal imbalance, including disorders of sexual differentiation, in which it was difficult to differentiate between male and female body morphology. — TNS 6 days on, Sec 53 slip road still dark A cyclist moves on a slip road sans street lights in Sector 53. VICKY GHARU Chandigarh, November 23 Facing a major challenge of dealing with the increasing number of vehicles, traffic chaos and the parking problem, the Administration has finalised the draft parking policy in which various measures, including levying congestion charges, road tax of up to half the car price, manifold increase in the parking charges and penalty, have been proposed to discourage people from using vehicles. For the first time, it has been proposed to link the parking charges with the collector rates of the area. Residents have been asked to send their objections over the policy within 15 days. The minimum parking fee could be Rs 10 for the first half hour, Rs 25 for one hour and Rs 81 for two hours. Congestion charges will be introduced in Sector 17, 22, 35 and 43, high-density commercial markets along V1/V2/V3/V4 roads, and the Industrial Area, Phase I and II. The user fee will be high during the morning (9 am to noon) and evening (5 pm to 8 pm) peak hours. The congestion charges will be in addition to the parking charges being paid by residents in these markets. The congestion charges will be decided later. Other measures include mandatory plying of staff buses by industrial/IT companies with more than 50 employees, a penalty of Rs 1,000 per car per day will be levied for all cars parked outside the premises. Working Place Parking Levy (WPPL) will be introduced in public institutions initially and the same may be extended to private institutions/organisations in the city later. To encourage low carbon travel modes, employers may provide incentives/passes to public transport users. Revenue generated from the WPPL may be used in improving the public transport infrastructure to make it more attractive. Slew of measures in Admn’s draft parking policy to decongest city roads; objections invited within 15 days SHUTTLE SERVICE FOR FUNCTIONS ROAD TAX: BE READY TO CERTIFICATE OF ENTITLEMENT PAY THROUGH THE NOSE MUST FROM JAN 1 The road tax shall be levied up to half the price of the second car purchased by any household. If the price of a car is Rs 10 lakh and above, road tax up to half the price of the car shall be levied. Vehicle owners will have to produce a certificate of availability of parking space at the time of registration for every car purchased after January 1, 2018. MEASURES FOR RESIDENTIAL AREAS The boundary wall of marla houses shall be removed to accommodate more vehicles. Community parking in each sub-sector shall be created by using neighborhood commercial and institutional parking lots overnight, on a rental basis, to be managed and run by registered resident welfare associations (RWAs). Green areas shall not be converted or used for parking as it has an adverse impact on environment and public health, especially children. The certificate of entitlement (COE) will be mandatory after January 1, 2018, for the purchase of a car. It is a licence received in a successful winning bid in an open bid uniform price auction which grants the legal right of the holder to register, own and use a vehicle within the city for a period of 10 years. When the demand is high, the cost of a COE would even exceed the value of the car itself. fee than other vehicles. A 50 per cent rebate in property tax will be made for residential marla houses having private parking lots within their sites. PARKING FEE TO BE LINKED WITH COLLECTOR RATES Functions, melas or gatherings within the sectoral grid of Chandigarh and industrial areas attract a huge number of cars. Hence, organisers/industrial owners shall arrange a shuttle service from prominent locations and the same may be widely published in local newspapers well in time. All institutions to clearly demarcate pickup/drop off zones and must implement signage showing the time limit for picking up and dropping schoolchildren. Failure to do so shall attract heavy penalty for school managements. Technology interventions such as mobile application development shall be explored to enable residents to sublet their unused parking spaces within their plots. Within three months from the notified parking policy in the city, it will be mandatory for all vehicle owners to submit an affidavit to adhere to parking laws/regulations. hour shall be calculated for each area keeping in mind the actual parking tariff, base tariff, public transport factor and congestion factor. The parking fee will be charged in half hour slots. The tariff per hour for any vehicle shall be lower for the initial hours and the rate shall be increased for subsequent hours. The minimum parking fee could be Rs 10 for the first half hour, Rs 25 for one hour, Rs 81 for two hours and so on. The competent authority shall propose concessions in the parking fee or exemption for non-motorised vehicles, police vehicles, MC vehicles, essential service vehicles such as ambulance, fire brigade and motorised vehicles driven by physically challenged persons. Chandigarh, November 23 The slip road in Sector 53 on the road separating Sector 53 and 42, which is next to the forest area where the 22-yearold girl was gangraped, still remains a dark spot as there no street lights have been installed on the entire slip road. Shrubs on the roadside, however, have been chopped. Even six days after the shocking incident reported from the forest next to the slip road, no provision of street lights has been made on the road so far. On the day of the incident, the accused auto driver, along with his two accomplices, drove on the slip road, took the victim to the forest area and raped her. In the absence of any street light on the slip road, such an incident can occur again. The police have placed barricades on the slip road where a naka is laid that is manned by one cop, that too in the evening. A Sector 42 resident, who comes for a evening walk on that road daily, said in the absence of street lights, it was very risky to walk through the slip road at night. — TNS Hit by train, man dies A gold medallist, retd police dog gets new home Lalru: A 41-year-old man was killed after he was reportedly hit by a train near Lalru village here on Thursday morning. The deceased has been identified as Rakesh Kumar, a resident of Lalru. According to GRP sources, they got information that a body was lying on the Ambala-Kalka railway track near Lalru village following which a GRP team went to the spot and took the body in its possession. The GRP sources said the victim was hit by the train while he was crossing the railway track. The victim’s body was handed over to his family members after a postmortem at the Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi. OC Outstation registered vehicles except for Punjab and Haryana shall be charged 50 per cent higher parking Pavneet Singh Chadha Tribune News Service POWER SHUTDOWN CHANDIGARH 10 am to 4 pm: Parts of Sec 47-D OUTSTATION VEHICLES TO BE CHARGED MORE FOR PARKING The MC shall determine and renew the structure and amount of parking tariff for all vehicle classes considering the following aspects: The base price of parking for each type of vehicle shall be determined based on the space occupied by each vehicle, the cost incurred in maintaining the parking space and circle rates (prevailing collector guideline rate for residential plot) of land in that particular area as per collector rules. The actual parking fee per Gulam, a retired police dog, with Reshamjeet Kaur, a resident of Mohali. TRIBUNE PHOTO: VICKY GHARU c m y b Mohali, November 23 After serving a decade in the police force, Gulam, a gold medal-winning dog of the Panchkula police, will spend his retirement life in Mohali. In the first such case in Mohali, Gulam, 11-year-old Golden Labrador who completed 10 years in active duty as a tracker dog, has been adopted by Reshamjeet Kaur, who runs an NGO, the Protection and Care for Animals (PACFA), in Mohali. Reshamjeet had put in an application for adoption of a retired service dog over a year ago. “Most dogs who retire from service in police or the Army are either abandoned in kennels or euthanised. These dogs deserve to live a life of dignity even in retirement,” she said, adding that she was waiting to adopt two more police dogs. Reshamjeet, who runs an animal shelter in Kandala village, said she was ADOPTED BY RESHAMJEET KAUR In the first such case in Mohali, Gulam, 11-year-old Golden Labrador who completed 10 years in active duty as a tracker dog, has been adopted by Reshamjeet Kaur, who runs an NGO, the Protection and Care for Animals (PACFA), in Mohali. inspired to take up adoption of retired police dogs after reading on the social media about a woman in Mumbai, who had adopted four dogs from the bomb squad which had saved countless lives during the 26/11 Mumbai attacks in 2008. Gulam’s trainer, Head Constable Surinder Singh, bid an emotional farewell to the canine, saying that he was an expert in tracking and instrumental in cracking theft and murder cases. He said, “Gulam won a gold medal in the best dog category at the All-India Police Meet in Jaipur in 2010. He was posted in Karnal and Panchkula and trained for nine months with the ITBP .” Police dogs usually serve for eight to 10 years depending upon the health of the dog. The training begins early at the age of six months. Post-retirement, they are either put up for adoption or are provided shelter in kennels. An official from the People for Animals (PFA), an NGO, said retired service dogs are sold to breeders or kept in kennels where they do not receive proper care. “All states should follow this practice and encourage citizens to adopt these canines who have served the nation,” the official said, adding that ranks should be awarded to police dogs. Reshamjeet Kaur said she did not like calling her dog Gulam (which means slave). “He is a hero, who has served the country. I call him Sir ji,” she said.
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