27092018-CT-01.qxd 9/27/2018 12:52 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE THURSDAY | 27 SEPTEMBER 2018 | CHANDIGARH SC ruling on Aadhaar Road cave-in hits traffic Minerva win Parents heave a sigh of relief as the apex court rules that Aadhaar not mandatory for school admissions. P2 Traffic affected throughout the day as a part of a road caves in near the Sector 32/33 roundabout. P4 Minerva Punjab FC on a roll, beat Sudeva Academy 4-1 to log back-to-back wins. P6 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 33°C MIN 23°C | YESTERDAY MAX 31.5°C MIN 21.6°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 6.13 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 6.14 AM Girl killed, two hurt in roof collapse HC asks GMADA to carry on with demolishing illegal structures Brace for 2-month ordeal on P’kula-Pinjore road Our Correspondent Multi-storeyed buildings at Phabat Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 26 Less than two months after the Indian Air Force expressed safety and other concerns regarding the Chandigarh international airport, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today ordered interim ban on further construction in a 100metre area from the boundary wall of the landing field. A Division Bench of the High Court also made it clear the to Greater Mohali Area Development Authority to carry on with the activity of demolishing illegal structures falling in the area under its jurisdiction. Taking note of GMADA’s assurance that it would issue orders in this regard by Monday, the Bench directed the state of Punjab to provide adequate police force. The Bench of Chief Justice Krishna Murari and Justice Arun Palli also made the Zirakpur Municipal Corporation a party to the ongoing public interest litigation on making the airport fully operational. It was also directed to initiate action against illegal constructions in accordance with law. The Bench also PU slips 5 notches in Times ranking Panjab University slipped to the 20th rank from last year’s 15th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings-2019, released on Wednesday. The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) is at the top in the country, followed by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Indore, and the IIT, Bombay. The IIT, Indore, features for the first time and is fuelled by its research volume and research impact. In the rankings released last year, the IISc was at the top, followed by the IIT, Bombay, and the IIT, Delhi. The PU ranks between 601 and 800 like last year in comparison to other universities in the world. P2 Appearing before the Bench, Assistant Solicitor General of India Chetan Mittal said the issue of illegal and unauthorised constructions was being raised since long. He said Phabat village in Zirakpur was the worst affected, where multi-storeyed buildings were coming up overnight. He said the height of the airport boundary wall was 11 ft and any structure higher than that was dangerous. called for a detailed report on the issue. Appearing before the Bench, Assistant Solicitor General of India Chetan Mittal said the issue of illegal constructions was being raised since long. He added that the worst affected was Phabat village in Zirakpur, where multistoreyed buildings were coming up overnight. Elaborating, Mittal said the height of the airport boundary wall was 11 ft and any structure higher than that was dangerous. Quoting an example, he said a joint survey was carried out after a high-level meeting of all stakeholders was convened by the amicus curiae or the friend of the court, senior advocate ML Sarin. However, the Zirakpur EO did not participate in the process. Besides, the construction of a building was brought to the Mohali Additional Deputy Commissioner’s notice again and again, initially when it started, again when the first floor was constructed and then when the second floor came up. Taking a serious view of the matter, the Bench verbally asked the EO to seek voluntary retirement. The Chandigarh Administration, in the meantime, undertook to acquire and pay for 0.6 acre essential for providing the CAT-III facility to enable land- ing during poor visibility. The Bench, during the course of the hearing, was informed that major deadlines for pending works had been fixed following the meeting convened by senior advocate Sarin. The Bench was told that the work on resurfacing and extension of the airport would be completed by March 31 next year. The work on completing lighting and installation of the CAT-II facility, too, would be over by that date. Tata Power SED, the company involved in the installation of the CAT-II system, has also been made a party for furnishing the requisite undertaking regarding the completion of work. Chandigarh, September 26 “I am the Vice-Chancellor. I am Panjab University (PU). I am an academic,” said the PU VC, Prof Raj Kumar, when asked about his political leaning and perception on the campus that he is from the BJP-RSS. Prof Kumar evaded a reply on who would become the next Registrar and the Dean, College Development Council. He was addressing his first press conference after taking over as the VC. The term of the current Registrar is ending on September 30. On observing Surgical Strike Day on September 29, Prof Kumar said they would do whatever they had been Repair work to fix cracks a long-drawn task A stretch of the Panchkula-Pinjore road has been closed near Amravati Enclave due to cracks. Sanjay Bumbroo Tribune News Service Panchkula, September 26 Commuters on the Panchkula-Pinjore national highway will continue to face traffic snarls as it will take at least two months for the NHAI to repair the road damaged due to heavy rain. A 150-metre stretch of the road near Amravati Enclave had developed cracks after the water of the Kaushalya river changed its course towards the highway. The district administration has asked the Irrigation Department and Himalayan Expressway to expedite the repair work on the road. After the water in the Kaushalya dam reached the 479-metre mark, the Irrigation Department opened four gates of the dam. This caused the river to change its course. At least 10 houses were washed away while around 10 more had to be vacated at Rampur Seaudi village as these were damaged. Col KJS Sandhu, General Manager, Himalayan Express- way, said the major task was that of the Irrigation Department as it would have to change the course of the river. He said the authorities concerned would also have to construct a retaining wall from the Surajpur bridge downstream so that such incidents did not reoccur. Colonel Sandhu said it would take at least two months for them to repair the road. Meanwhile, traffic on National Highway No. 73 moved at a snail’s pace from the toll plaza to the Surajpur bridge today. Waste collectors face khaki ire 5 fresh cases, dengue count 79 Garbage piles up in city as their strike enters Day 16 Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 26 At least three to five cases of dengue are being reported daily from the city. Five fresh cases of dengue were reported today, taking the season count to 79. One case each was reported from Sector 39, 45, 51, 55, and Daria village. Besides, 42 malaria and Chandigarh, September 26 Door-to-door garbage collectors have intensified their protest with the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation failing to end the deadlock on the 16th day of the strike. While the MC has increased the number of tractors-trailers for lifting garbage, residents are not happy with the arrangement. A majority of the residents complained that no trailer reached their house. DS Sandhu, a former nominated councillor, said for the past 10 days, no garbage was lifted from his house in Sector 35. He said all houses in his vicinity faced the same problem. Anil Kapoor, a resident of Sector 45, said the arrangement made by the MC had failed as no one came to lift garbage from his house. He The police use water cannons on protesting garbage collectors. said they did not have information about the timing of garbage lifting. The trailers came when they were in office. Meanwhile, the police used water cannons on the agitating garbage collectors when they tried to burn an effigy of the Mayor. A scuffle took place between the protesters and the police when the later prevented them from blocking a road. The Chandigarh Congress extended support to the protesting collectors at a meeting held today at Congress Bhawan. Former Union Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal and city Congress chief Pardeep Chhbara were among those present at the meeting. Over 2,000 people have registered themselves for garbage collection at the desk set up by the MC. I am an academic, says PU VC on his political leaning Tribune News Service Kurali, September 26 A nine-year-old girl, Laviasha, was killed, while her sister Ankita (11) and a passerby, Gurmeet Singh, were seriously injured when the roof of a house collapsed in Krishna Mandi, Kurali, last night. Both girls and their father were passing by the house when the roof suddenly gave way. The girls and the passerby, Gurmeet Singh, were trapped under the debris. Neighbours came to their rescue and both girls and Gurmeet Singh were taken to the Civil Hospital, Kurali. While Laviasha died at the hospital, her sister and Gurmeet Singh were referred to the PGI. The power supply in the area was affected for several hours due to the roof collapse. Residents said they had informed the municipal council about this building two years ago. TRIBUNE PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR Interim ban on construction in 100-metre area around airport have ❝Ithe to take support and help of all persons in the PU. I strongly believe in research and innovation and have a vision for the university. ❞ PROF RAJ KUMAR, PU Vice-Chancellor asked to do. He clarified that there were no gag orders on teachers and the chairpersons concerned could directly interact with the media. On e-rickshaws, the Controller of Examinations, Prof Parvinder Singh, who is also holding the charge of Regis- trar, said the policy would be looked into and it would be in line with the Chandigarh Administration policy. “I have to take support and help of all persons in the PU. I strongly believe in research and innovation,” said Prof Kumar about his vision. He said he would visit each department and interact with the teaching, non-teaching staff and students and solve their issues. The PU has prepared a proposal for a Technology Enabling Centre at a cost of Rs 5 crore. Besides the construction of a hostel under RUSA, the PU has also prepared a proposal for extension of a boys’ hostel and a girls’ hostel. continued on p4 c m y b three chikungunya cases have already been reported from the city. Residents say there is lack of awareness on vector-borne diseases. Besides, fogging to battle the mosquito menace is rarely seen. “We have never seen fogging being carried out in our area. Since such cases are being reported daily, the Health Department should start a campaign to sensitise residents,” said Surjeet Singh, a resident of Sector 45. However, the department claimed that they were extensively carrying out fogging and awareness activities. Field and surveillance activities had been stepped up. Awareness activities were being strengthened through the involvement of NSS volunteers, said an official. Another health official said, “One of the main reasons behind the rise in the number of dengue cases is the recent incessant rain, which led to widespread stagnation of water all over the city, providing a breeding ground for continued on p4 Teen guilty of sexually assaulting boy Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 26 A local court today held a youth guilty of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy two years ago. The convict, a resident of Dadu Majra Colony, who was 16 years old at the time of the incident, was booked under Section 377 (unnatural sex) of the Indian Penal Code and Section 4 of the POCSO Act. The quantum of the sentence will be pronounced on Thursday. However, the section pertaining to unnatural sex was dropped during the trial. A case was registered at the Sector 39 police station after a complaint was filed by the father of the victim. The incident dates back to August 6, 2016, when the boy, studying in Class 8, was returning from school on his bicycle at around 2.20 pm. He was stopped by a stranger near a beat box in Sector 38, who then sat behind him on his cycle. The stranger took out a knife and forcibly took the young boy to a secluded area. The victim informed his father about the incident after which they decided to lodge a formal complaint. The boy had identified the accused in court. A medical examination at the GMSH, Sector 16, confirmed that the 14-year-old had been physically tortured. It is also learnt that the convict is a repeat offender and has several other FIRs against him, including that of murder.
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