13072018-CT-01.qxd 7/13/2018 12:46 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE FRIDAY | 13 JULY 2018 | CHANDIGARH Sangeet Mahotsava Firm takes over lots Prabhjot brings laurels National Bal Classical Sangeet Mahotsava begins on a majestic note at Tagore Theatre. P2 Parking firm Arya Toll Infra Limited takes over the charge of all 25 paid parking lots in the city. P3 Prabhjot Kaur wins team silver and bronze medal at Asian Dragon Boat Championship in China. P6 FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY | MAX 35°C MIN 25°C | YESTERDAY MAX 36.8°C MIN 29.2°C | SUNSET FRIDAY 7.26 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 5.30 AM Man booked for posing as minister Tribune News Service Mohali, July 12 The police have booked a local person on a charge of impersonation as he was trying to influence a GMADA SDO on the phone, posing as Punjab Cabinet Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa to get some horticulture work done at a plot in Sector 70 here. The accused has been identified as Paramjit Singh, a resident of Sector 70 here. Called up GMADA SDO to get work done According to the police, the accused called up GMADA SDO Mandeep Singh and introduced himself as Punjab minister SS Randhawa. He asked the SDO to get some horticulture work done at his brother’s plot in Sector 70. The accused also asked the official whether he got a communique in this regard from a top official of the Mohali MC. “Incidentally, the SDO was sitting with the minister. When the SDO told this to the impersonator, continued on p6 Shell out ad fee, MC asks multiplexes MC tells UT to pay ~5-cr property tax Puts them on notice, fixes ~24K per week per screen Chandigarh, July 12 Intensifying its drive against property tax defaulters, the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation has now issued a notice to the Chief Engineer of the UT Administration asking the official to pay property tax amounting to Rs 5 crore due for government buildings and offices. Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service Chandigarh, July 12 The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation has served notices on all multiplexes and cinema halls in the city asking them to pay fee every week for advertisements shown during movie shows. Sources said this was the first time that the civic body had asked the multiplexes to pay the fee. The notices have been issued under Section 30 of the Chandigarh Advertisement Control Order, 1954, which also prescribes fee for such advertisements. The management has been asked to pay Rs 4,800 per week for advertisements shown through slides and Rs 24,000 for advertisements shown through reels. The flat rates have been fixed for all cinema owners. The owners have been told to pay the fee from July 1 onwards along with 18 per cent GST to the MC. In case the owners fail to pay the amount, penalty will be imposed on them and legal action as per the Act will also be initiated Tribune News Service Issues notice to Chief Engineer Owners cry foul, term it unjustified Officials of multiplexes said the fee was unjustified and would put an extra burden on movie-goers. A cinema hall owner said keeping the same fee for cinema halls and multiplexes was not right. He said the traditional cinema halls were running in losses and asking them to pay a huge fee would ruin their business further. against them. The sources said the rates had been fixed per screen. The sources said there were 30 screens in cinema halls in the city and the MC was expected to earn a huge amount through the fee. The rates have been fixed on the recommendations of a committee formed by MC Commissioner KK Yadav. Yadav had formed a ninemember committee of officers to frame a new advertisement policy, for revision of the advertisement tax and fee, entertainment tax on theatres and multiplexes and fee for advertisement displayed in cinema halls and multiplexes. Sources said the MC had asked the UT Administration to pay the tax before July 31. In case of failure to do so, action would be initiated as per the law. The MC recently tightened the noose around defaulters and served attachment notices on them. They have been directed to deposit dues within 15 days from the date of receipt of this order. As per the notification, government buildings are also liable to pay tax in the form of service charge to the MC every year. POWER SHUTDOWN MOHALI 9 am to 1 pm: Parts of Phase 6 Gangster was admitted to Rinda supplied arms to Dilpreet PGI for 2 days in Jan too dent that they took him to the PGI for treatment,” said a senTribune News Service ior official of the Punjab Police. The investigations further Mohali, July 12 revealed that after the inciIn what can be termed a big dent in which Punjab singer failure of the local police Parmish Verma was shot at on intelligence, ganster Dil- the intervening night of April preet Singh Baba was admit- 13 and 14, Baba remained eluted to the PGI for at least two sive for just two days. “He days due to drug overdose in returned to Rupinder Kaur’s January also. house on the third day of the Fresh investigations by the incident,” said DSP Tajinder Punjab State Special Singh (State Special Operation Cell have Operation Cell). revealed that Baba fell Interestingly, while unconscious in front of the Mohali police were Rupinder Kaur’s busy conducting raids house at Sector 38, in various parts of Chandigarh, due to Punjab and other drug overdose in Janu- Dilpreet Singh states, including ary this year. NeighHaryana and bours saw him lying on the Himachal Pradesh, after road following which he was claiming to have information shifted to the PGI. “Baba was about his presence there, Baba admitted there in the name of was staying in Chandigarh. Gagandeep Singh (Rupinder “Parmish Verma’s incident Kaur’s separated husband) was his latest crime. He had and got treatment for at least been remaining silent after two days. This is a big failure that,” said the police. Rupinon the part of the local police der Kaur was also admitted intelligence as a wanted crimi- to a hospital in Chandigarh nal was admitted there and his after being allegedly beaten acquaintances were so confi- up by Baba under the influ- DRUG OVERDOSE ence of drugs, said the police, adding that he also used to beat up Harpreet Kaur at her house in Nawanshahr. Baba got scared after Gounder encounder After notorious gangster Vicky Gounder’s encounter in the last week of January this year, Baba got scared and feared for his life. This was revealed by Rupinder Kaur during her interrogation. She told the police that after Gounder’s encounter, he used to say that he would be the next target. The police claimed that he had also started contacting some official of the Ropar police to float the idea of his surrender. “However, he again went underground. Baba was confident that nobody would identify him as he had changed his looks by trimming his hair and beard,” said the police. He also got tips from some experts about the different ways of making mobile phone calls that could not be detected by the police. continued on p6 Amit Sharma Tribune News Service Chandigarh, July 12 The guns recovered from Dilpreet Singh Baba after he was nabbed by joint teams of the Punjab and Chandigarh police were provided to him by his accomplice Harvinder Singh, alias Rinda, a gangster who is also wanted by the police in several cases. Rinda was also involved in the sarpanch murder case in Sector 38, Chandigarh. Dilpreet was nabbed on July 9 from outside the ISBT, Sector 43. The police had recovered a .30-bore pistol, a .30-bore rifle and around 60 live cartridges of different weapons. Dilpreet revealed that Rinda supplied him weapons and cartridges. Rinda is wanted by the police in the sarpanch murder case and for opening fire on a leader of SOI at the PU in April 2016. Police investigation has revealed that Rinda used to meet him outside the ISBT. Rinda never used to come by car and used public transport to avoid getting identified. Dilpreet used to meet drug peddlers outside the bus stand only. Didn’t make threat call: Dilpreet Dilpreet denied having made any threat call to eliminate four persons at the Punjab and Haryana High Court. A call was received at the Police Control Room from a man claiming to be Dilpreet Singh on April 22 this year. Later, an auto driver from whose mobile the call was made was rounded up. He had stated that someone had borrowed his mobile phone at the ISBT, Sector 43, to make a call. Brushes aside cop’s claims Brushing aside claims made by a Punjab Police Inspector that he saw Dilpreet and Rinda having food at a food joint at the ISBT, Sector 43, Dilpreet claimed that he never used to step out of the car whenever he visited the ISBT. Dilpreet claimed that he used to pick the person from the ISBT, drive around and later drop him outside the ISBT. Infant gives new lease of life to renal patient Tribune News Service Chandigarh, July 12 An 11-month-old brain dead child of Nepalese parents has given a fresh lease of life to a 38-year-old renal failure patient at the PGI. According to the organ transplant team of the PGI, the case makes the child the youngest donor in the PGI’s transplant history so far since the cadaver renal transplant programme was initiated in 1996. The latest transplant has ❝ The transplant had its own difficulties as the best matched recipient was an adult, so both kidneys had to be transplanted into one recipient. ❞ PROF ASHISH SHARMA, Head, Dept of Renal Transplant Surgery, PGI taken the tally of cadaver donations to 20 in 2018. The parents of the donor had come all the way from Nepal for the treatment of their 11-month-old child. They were putting up in a rented accommodation in Sector 45. On July 6, the child fell from the bed while playing. He fell unconscious due to a head injury and was rushed to the GMCH, Sector 32, from where he was referred to the PGI. However, he could not be saved and was declared brain dead on July 9. After completing the trans- plant formalities, the team started the transplant on Tuesday (July 10) afternoon. It took nine hours for the team to retrieve both kidneys and to transplant these to the renal failure patient. Prof Ashish Sharma, Head, Department of Renal Transplant Surgery, PGI, while giving details about the latest case, said it was a challenging case. “According to organ donation norms for children under the age of one, two confirmatory tests to declare a baby brain dead must have c m y b Cool splash a gap of 24 hours. So, it was a herculean task for the paediatricians and the transplant team to maintain the donor organs. Also, the retrieval process of kidneys demanded extreme deftness and skill to accomplish it successfully,” he said. He added, “The transplant had its own difficulties as the best matched recipient was an adult so both kidneys had to be transplanted into one recipient, considering the age factor.” continued on p5 Children play at a park during rain in Sector 22-B, Chandigarh, on Thursday evening. The city received 20 mm of rainfall, bringing respite from the scorching heat and leading to a dip in the temperature. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI SEE ALSO P5 Admn moves to declare Sukhna Lake a wetland No construction within 50 metres; sewage flow to be offence Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service Chandigarh, July 12 In a major step to save Sukhna Lake, the Chandigarh Administration has started the process to declare it a wetland under the Wetlands (Conservation and Management) Rules, 2017. Sources said the decision to declare Sukhna a wetland was likely to be taken at the first meeting of the Chandigarh Wetland Authority, constituted recently by the Administration. The committee will hold its meeting on July 16. The authority has been formed under the chairmanship of the UT Administrator. The committee has 15 members. The UT Adviser has been appointed the vice-chairman of the authority. The Wetlands (Conservation and Management) Rules, 2017, notified by the Government of India, have strict provisions to protect a wetland. Encroachment in the catchment area of Sukhna Lake will be completely prohibited once the notification is issued. Construction activities will also be prohibited within 50 metres of the wetland. The other activities which will be prohibited include setting up of any industry and expansion of existing industries; and manufacture, handling, storage or disposal of construction and demolition waste covered under the Construction and Demolition Waste Management Rules, 2016. Sukhna is facing a threat from encroachment in its catchment area and pollution by was of discharge of sewage from nearby areas. An officer of the Administration said violation of the rules would invite penalty.
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