10062018-CT-01.qxd 6/10/2018 12:45 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE SUNDAY | 10 JUNE 2018 | CHANDIGARH JIPMER entrance exam Cop dies in mishap Tennis meet begins Two girls from tricity have made it to the top-20 in MBBS entrance exam of JIPMER. P2 Samana (Sadar) SHO Harshandeep Singh dies as his car, truck collide on Patiala-Samana road. P3 Ranjeet Singh beats Navraj Singh on opening day of CLTA-AITA National Ranking Tennis Championship. P6 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 35°C MIN 24°C | YESTERDAY MAX 33.8°C MIN 22.6°C | SUNSET SUNDAY 7:23 PM SUNRISE MONDAY 5:21 AM Mass(ive) protest TRIBUNE PHOTO: NITIN MITTAL 2 more flyovers on UT mind Admn plans to decongest Transport light point, Matka Chowk Tribune News Service Youth Congress workers take part in a tractor rally as part of ‘Bharat Bachao Jan Andolan’, at Banur on Saturday. PAGE 4 HP cop’s son found dead in Nayagaon PG Two girls drown in P’kula Body of 4-yr-old found in dug-up plot; Ghaggar bath costs 7-yr-old life Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Mohali, June 9 A 22-year-old engineering student was found dead under mysterious circumstances in his PG room at Nayagaon on Friday night. Police suspect it to be a case of snakebite; drug overdose not ruled out Ankush, who hails from Nahan, was in the town for an internship, which is to be taken in the last year of a BTech course. He was the only son of ASI Ramesh Kumar, posted at Nahan. As per information, Ankush was not answering the calls made to his phone by his family members on Friday evening. His family got worried and called up the caretaker to check on him. The continued on page 5 Panchkula, June 9 Two girls, aged four and seven, drowned in separate incidents reported here on Saturday. The body of Nandini, a fouryear-old girl, was recovered from a dug-up plot filled with rainwater at the Information Technology (IT) Park in Sector 22 here on Saturday morning. The girl was missing from her home, which is about 100 feet from the accident spot, since Friday morning. Her parents had informed the police and a missing report was lodged by Friday night. A vacant plot was dug 10 to 12 feet to construct a basement. As it rained, water collected in it turning it into a small pond. On Saturday morning, while the family members and relatives were searching for the girl, they spotted her body floating in the pond. The police claimed that the girl fell into the pond while Nandini, the deceased strolling and drowned. Her father Umesh, who works as a labourer, said he had been working on a site in the IT Park while the adjoining plot was dug up for constructing a basement where the accident took place. “They have been living just 100 feet away from the pond. No complaint has been received against the plot owner. However, we would advise the plot owner to construct a boundary wall or fence it with a barbed wire for the safety of children of construction workers,” said Inspector Suresh Kumar, SHO, Chandimandir police station. In another incident, Dimple (7) drowned in Ghaggar. As per the police, Dimple along with other children used to go to bathe in the river. “On Saturday afternoon, while boys came out, Dimple somehow lagged behind and drowned. As she was drowning, the boys raised the alarm,” said Inspector Suresh Kumar. Dimple’s uncle, who was passing by, entered the river and tried to save her but in vain. The unconscious girl was rushed to the General Hospital, Sector 6, where she was declared brought dead. The SHO said the body would be handed over to the girl’s family members after post-mortem examination on Sunday. Dimple’s parents work as labourers and the family had been living in shanties near Ghaggar. Truck driver held after victim’s kin protest 12-YR-OLD BOY’S DEATH Mohali, June 9 A high drama was witnessed when the family of a 12-yearold boy, who was crushed to death by a truck on Friday, refused to take the body and blocked the NH-21 for nearly an hour on Saturday morning, demanding the arrest of the accused truck driver. They relented only after the police claimed that they had arrested the accused. Shivam, a resident of Valmiki Colony, Phase VI, was playing outside the gate of the truck union office on Friday when a truck came out of the gate and crushed him. continued on page 2 Shivam’s family members block a Mohali road on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Bad weather delays flights by hours Tribune News Service Mohali, June 9 Bad weather delayed three flights from the international airport here on Saturday while the Jet Airways flight from New Delhi was unable to reach here and had to return. As per information, Jet Airways flight 9W-648 reached New Delhi two hours and 28 minutes later than its scheduled time. However, the return flight could not make it to the city and had to be diverted back to Delhi. It came back to Chandigarh later with the delay of two hours and 40 minutes. Another Chandigarh to Delhi flight, Indigo’s 6E-455, was delayed by two hours and 20 minutes. SpiceJet’s SG-2831 arrived here 57 minutes late. The return flight landed 52 minutes behind the schedule. Also, Air India’s Chandigarh to Kullu flight was delayed by five hours and 44 minutes. Half of Punjab GCs at IMA pass-out from Mohali AFPI Vijay Mohan Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 9 More than half of the gentleman cadets (GCs) from Punjab, who were commissioned as lieutenants in the Army at the Indian Military Academy (IMA) on Saturday, are from Maharaja Ranjit Singh Armed Forces Preparatory Institute (AFPI) in Mohali. As many as 17 cadets from the AFPI were among the 29 from the state who passed out of the IMA on completion of their training. They are from the IMA’s 142 Regular Course This is the second batch of the AFPI cadets to become officers. The first batch had seen eight cadets being commissioned into the Indian Army. Among the AFPI cadets who Cadets from Maharaja Ranjit Singh Armed Forces Preparatory Institute, Mohali, after being commissioned as officers at the IMA, Dehradun, on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTO passed out on Saturday are two brothers, Sehaj Jap Singh and Harsimrat Singh, who belong to Patiala. Sons of a lawyer, one went for the Armoured Corps and the other Signals. Two other cadets have a defence background. Their fathers served with the Infantry and the Army Education Corps. AFPI Director Maj Gen BS Grewal (retd) said their alumni were doing extremely well at the Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy as well. These include three midship- men having completed their training at the naval academy and being commissioned in the rank of sub-lieutenant on May 26. Another cadet, who is undergoing training at the air force academy, is expected to be commissioned as a flying c m y b officer on June 16. The cadets had done two years of training in personality development and leadership qualities at the AFPI along with completing their Class XII before being selected for the National Defence Academy (NDA), Khadakvasla. The three-year training period at the NDA was followed by a year’s training at the IMA. Before the AFPI was set up in April 2011, Punjab was sending only six to eight boys to the NDA per batch. So far, six batches of approximately 40 cadets each have completed their training at the institute. Oover 110 cadets have been successful in joining various service academies for further training to become officers in the armed forces. MASS RAPID TRANSPORT SYSTEM FILE PHOTO Chandigarh, June 9 After clearing the flyover construction at one of the busiest junctions in the city – Tribune Chowk, the UT Administration has planned two more flyovers at the busy Transport light point in Sector 26 and the CHB junction in Sector 9. Besides, alternative routes have been planned for the tricity to avoid traffic congestion even during non-peak hours. Further, the Administration has decided to conduct a study on traffic volume of each rotary so as to bring about required improvements. Confirming the development, a top UT functionary told The Tribune here on Saturday that flyovers would be constructed as per the site conditions and traffic flow at Tribune Chowk in Sector 29, Transport light point in Sector 26 and CHB junction in Sector 9. Taking cognisance of the increasing traffic congestion and chaos on the city roads as Chandigarh enjoys the dubious distinction of having the highest per capita vehicle population with an average of about 1 lakh new vehicles hit- METRO ON HOLD Notwithstanding the fact that the Union Home Minister’s Advisory Committee for Chandigarh had last year derailed the muchawaited and much-hyped Metro rail project for the tricity region, it was decided that the Metro project report would not be junked and scenario would be reviewed after two to three years of implementing the alternative planned public transport augmentation measures. It had taken 11 years and an expenditure of whopping over ~1.5 crore on the study and survey operations to arrive at the conclusion that Metro rail, which was conceptualised as an efficient and integrated people-friendly transport system involving minimum travel time and maximum safety and comfort, was “commercially unviable”. ting the roads every year, the Administration has drawn up a comprehensive plan to find out permanent solutions to the problem, especially at junctions. Among the proposals are properly planned nonmotorised tracks (NMTs) like pedestrian pathways and cycle tracks having proper convergence and divergence at an appropriate distance from each rotary/ traffic light to avoid any mishap. “It was felt that there is a need to take steps for free flow of vehicular traffic in the city as it has been found that at many roundabouts, the flow of traffic halted for long time,” said the functionary. Since Chandigarh is witnessing a huge rise in the number of vehicles, contributing to air as well as noise pollution, the UT Administration is contemplating to commission the mass rapid transport system in the city and surrounding areas so as to reduce the number of private vehicles. Besides, a regular checking and monitoring of public transport like buses and auto-rickshaws will be carried out as these vehicles run for longer hours during the day and they are a major source of pollution in the city. “Their pollution control certificates will be regularly and strictly monitored,” the functionary disclosed. It was also decided that the Vehicular Modification Rule (Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989) would be strictly enforced in the city. In this regard, the UT Administration has decided to strictly enforce the lane system by clearly marking lanes at roundabouts. “Commuters would be made aware of the lane system and light indicators. For this, the traffic police would conduct a massive awareness programme,” he revealed. Woman’s purse snatched Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 9 Two motorcycle-borne miscreants sped away after snatching a purse from a woman in Sector 21 here on Saturday night. Police sources said the accused, who were riding a black Pulsar, snatched the purse containing cash, a mobile phone and important documents. The police rushed to the spot on getting the information and scrutinised the footage of CCTVs installed in the area. The matter is under investigation at the Sector 19 police station. POWER SHUTDOWN CHANDIGARH 10 am to 2 pm: Parts of the University Institute of Engineering Technology (UIET), Sec 25, residential complex of the PU in Sec 25 and Sec 24
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