26062018-CT-01.qxd 6/26/2018 1:24 AM Page 1 cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE TUESDAY | 26 JUNE 2018 | CHANDIGARH ‘Romeo & Juliet’ staged Is Zirakpur monsoon ready? Asiad a distant dream Aarushi Thakur Rana and Sanchita Abrol display aesthetic genius in play “Romeo and Juliet”. P2 Residents of Zirakpur shudder at the thought of what upcoming monsoon will bring. Jakarta Asian Games will be a tough platform to perform for the Indian women’s rugby team. P6 FORECAST P4 PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 39°C MIN 29°C | YESTERDAY MAX 39.8°C MIN 29.2°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 7.28 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5.23 AM Want DL? Bank on skill, not sifarish RLA starts trial run of sensor-based innovative driving testing system in city Tribune news service It was a good experience to drive on a track, which is fully automated. The new system will bring transparency in the system KARTHIK SETHI The new system will end corruption and only those who are good at driving will be able to clear the test An applicant takes an automated driving test at Children’s Traffic Park, Sector 23, Chandigarh, on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI Digital cards record Applicant’s skill to be performance tested on 7 tracks The trial run started nearly 10 days ago. The pass percentage of applicants has reduced to half under the new system. Sources said on an average, 125 to 150 applicants take driving test on a given day and only 50 per cent are able to clear the test under the new system. The new system will definitely reduce the number of road accidents. Only 50 per cent applicants pass Every applicant is issued a radio-frequency identification (RFID) card before the test. It is placed in front of the vehicle being driven during the test. The card, which consists of a small chip and an antenna, captures the performance of the applicant. The information is then digitally transferred to the control room. AMAN JASWAL The applicant will have to drive the vehicle on seven tracks — reverse track, U-turn track, wrong turn track, four junction track, roundabout track and gradient track. The monitoring will be done through objective evaluation of applicants’ driving skill and the result will be out immediately after the test giving the details of the performance. NITESH SHARMA The new testing system is hassle-free and consumes less time. The system is more accurate and will ensure only skilled persons pass the test DILSHER have to practise a lot more to pass the three tests. The new format will make the test more rigorous, checking driving skills of the applicants with greater accuracy. The system will also end “sifarish” culture. In the old system, the inspectors used to do all work manually, which had scope for manipulation. The old system was also time consuming while under the new system the entire test takes seven minutes. ATTACK ON FOREST OFFICIALS Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 25 Nine days after a year-and-ahalf-old boy was mauled to death by stray dogs at a park in Sector 18, the police have registered a case against unknown persons. DSP (East) Satish Kumar said a case under Sections 289 (negligent conduct with respect to animal) and 304-A (causing death by negligence) of the Indian Mother undecided on autopsy? Tribune News Service “I thank residents of Chandigarh who stood with me in these trying times and pressured the authorities to take action. It is indeed painful that my child’s last rites could not be performed. Had I given my consent to perform the post-mortem, the authorities would have brushed the matter under the carpet and no one would have been held accountable for my child’s death. The FIR has given me a ray of hope that one day, the persons behind the dog menace in the city will be brought to justice. As far as the autopsy is concerned, we will take a decision on it on Tuesday,” said Mamta, Ayush’s mother. Penal Code (IPC) has been registered at the Sector 19 police station after taking a legal opinion. Interestingly, the victim’s mother Mamta had, in her complaint to the police, Continued on page 5 Mohali, June 25 The six accused, who had allegedly attacked forest officials last week leaving one seriously injured, were sent to judicial custody by a court here on Monday. While four of them were arrested on June 20, the police nabbed the remaining two on June 22. A naka was laid by Block Forest Officer Devinder Singh, along with other employees of the Forest Tewari, Kher in war of words over multiple official houses Aditi Tandon Tribune News Service New Delhi, June 25 Former Union Minister Manish Tewari and Chandigarh MP Kirron Kher engaged in a war of words on Monday after the former dared the BJP leader to relinquish her government house in the constituency “she is not entitled to” and described her a “migratory bird”. Responding to The Tribune story on MPs from the region (Chandigarh’s Kirron Kher and Ludhiana’s Ravneet Bittu) occupying two government accommodations – one in Delhi and the other in their parliamentary segments – through a series of tweets on Monday, Tewari said the MPs and MLAs must set an example by relinquishing public properties to which they were disentitled. He took a swipe at Kirron who, on Sunday, told The Tribune that she had sought a government house because no one in the city would rent her one. Panchkula, June 25 An 18-year-old married woman was allegedly raped by a 22-year-old at gunpoint in Barwala area of this district on Sunday. The accused, identified as Ravi Kumar of Barwala, was arrested on Monday and produced in a local court, which sent him to one-day police remand. According to information available, the victim had got married in February this year. Earlier, the accused and the girl were in a relationship. After her marriage, the woman stopped talking to the accused. In her complaint to the police, the victim submitted that on Sunday, the accused kept calling her and told her to meet him. Investigating officer Geeta said the victim alleged that Juice vendor dies as speeding car hits cart Tribune News Service with sound knowledge of traffic rules and adequate driving skill only get the licence to drive. The applicants will now Nine days after toddler’s death, Six accused sent to FIR lodged against unknown judicial custody CANINE ATTACK Tribune News Service SPEAKING OUT Ramkrishan Upadhyay Chandigarh, June 25 Clearing driving test will not be an easy task now as the Registering and Licensing Authority (RLA), Chandigarh, has introduced a new camera-based innovative driving testing system (IDTS) at Children’s Traffic Park in Sector 23. The project is being run on a trial basis and its official launch is likely to take place in the first week of July. It took almost two years for the Central Institute of Road Transport (CIRT), Pune, to install the new system. The project has been completed at the cost of nearly Rs 2 crore. Sources said the system would be launched officially after clearing all problems which may crop up during the trial run. The cameras have been installed along the 700metre track. The applicants will drive on the track and their performance will be recorded in the cameras. Around 50 sensors have been placed on the track. The applicants will be awarded marks automatically, without the human interference, on the basis of their performance. The system will ensure that people Ex-lover rapes teen at gunpoint, held ❝ There are better ways to make yourself relevant in Chandigarh, Mr Tewari. Everyone knows you have always fancied an LS ticket from the city. Is this how you plan to get a foot in the door? ❞ KIRRON KHER, Chandigarh MP MP who find one person to ❝Anhouse oncannotin a peculiar place give a rent is to say the least. It does not mean one should squat on government accommodation one is disentitled to. As far as my political future is concerned, just watch this space (Twitter) carefully ❞ MANISH TEWARI, former Ludhiana MP “It is indeed a sad state of affairs that MP from Chandigarh claims that no one was/is prepared to give her a house in her own constituency. Either there is a serious trust deficit between her and her constituents or it is an excuse,” Tewari said. He also attacked Kirron for her comments regarding the house and said: “If an MP cannot find a place to rent in his or her constituency this underscores two things. A) The eminence in question is a migratory bird and perhaps does not belong there. B) Perhaps the time has come to pack up your bags and go where you belong.” Kirron shot back at Tewari asking him to “use other ways of staying relevant to the city from where he had hoped to contest elections”. “There are better ways to make yourself relevant in Chandigarh, Mr Tewari. Everyone knows you have always fancied an LS ticket from the city. Is this how you plan to get a foot in the door?” Kirron tweeted to Tewari, a former Ludhiana MP . Kirron told TNS: “There were security issues when I was staying at the UT Guest House. The then UT Administrator Shivraj Patil gave me a house in a secure area. Ravneet Bittu’s grandfather was also assassinated and he too has security issues.” Tewari, meanwhile, hinted that anyone interested in knowing his future political moves should watch Twitter carefully. He was responding to one Amit Sharma (@iTrueToo), a supporter of Kher, who “advised him to forget about Chandigarh and concentrate on Ludhiana instead”. c m y b Department, near Seonk village on June 18 night to check sand mining. Around 10.30 pm, they stopped a tractor-trailer coming from Seonk village. An i20 car was following the tractor-trailer in which some armed persons were sitting. They suddenly attacked the forest employees at the naka and inflicted serious injuries on them before fleeing. Devinder Singh, who was injured in the attack, is yet to Continued on page 5 Botched bids to flee Sources said the accused had fled police custody on two occasions from the Barwala police post and the Women police station, but the cops managed to arrest him on both occasions. she was alone at home on Sunday when the accused forcibly entered her house. The complainant alleged that the accused first molested her and later raped her by pointing a pistol at her. The accused even threatened the woman of dire consequences, the SHO said. A case under Sections 376 (rape) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code and under the Arms Act has been registered against the accused at the Women police station in Sector 5, Panchkula. The police are yet to recover the pistol. Chandigarh, June 25 Unidentified motorcycleborne miscreant sped away after snatching a gold chain from a woman in Sector 22 here on Monday evening. In her complaint to the police, the victim, identified as Sanjana Sharma, a resident of Sector 22, stated that the miscreant, who was riding alone, snatched her gold chain near the Aroma light point. She failed to note down the registration number of the bike. The police are scrutinising the footage of CCTVs installed near the spot. TNS Water supply to be hit in Mani Majra Chandigarh: Due to shifting of water supply line from beneath the under-construction railway under bridge, water will be supplied at low pressure in Mani Majra on June 26 and 27. Hit-&-run: Two lives snuffed out in P’kula Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 25 A 50-year-old roadside vendor died after his juice cart was hit by a Maruti car near EWS Colony at Dhanas on Sunday night. In his complaint to the police, Kuldeep of EWS Colony stated that he saw a rashly driven Maruti car hitting a juice cart, following which the victim, Naseeb Rashool of the colony, fell on the road and sustained seriously injuries. He added that he rushed the victim to the GMSH-16 where doctors declared him brought dead. The accused car driver, identified as Rajesh Kumar, did not flee the spot. A case under Sections 279 (rash driving), 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 304-A (causing death by negligence) of the IPC has been registered against him at the Sarangpur police station. He was arrested and later, released on bail. Biker zooms off with woman’s gold chain Panchkula, June 25 An 18-year-old boy and a man were killed in separate hit-and –run incidents in the district. A speeding car killed Sarvesh, a resident of Zirakpur, who was driving a scooter, and injured his cousin Hari Ram, who was riding pillion, on the PanchkulaZirakpur stretch near Sector 3 here on Sunday night. The complainant, Hari Ram, told the police that Sarvesh and he had gone to Mani Majra for some work and while they were returning, a speeding car hit their scooter from the rear side, making both of them fall on the road. The police said some passerby called an ambulance and the injured duo was rushed to the General Hospital, Sector 6, where Sarvesh was declared brought dead. A case has been registered against the unidentified car driver under Sections 279 (rash driving) and 304-A (causing death by negligence) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). In another hit-and-run, a motorcyclist died on the Pinjore-Burjkotian road. The deceased has been identified as Phool Chand, a resident of Kajiana village in Pinjore. An eyewitness, Hitender Singh who runs a shop at Surajpur bus stand, told the police that on the night of June 23, he was returning from Ambwala village to Rampur Suidi when a car hit a motorcycle and sped away. The victim was rushed to the Kalka CHC where doctors declared him brought dead. On the complaint of the eyewitness, the Kalka police have registered a case and started an investigation into it. Meanwhile, the body was handed over to the deceased’s family after postmortem examination.
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