28092018-CT-01.qxd 9/28/2018 1:01 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE FRIDAY | 28 SEPTEMBER 2018 | CHANDIGARH Relief for FR owners Official language Sudeva pip Chitkara Chandigarh Chief Administrator quashes order for resumption of Fun Republic, Mani Majra. P2 Eight PU student parties hold a march for declaring Punjabi as official language of university. Sudeva Football Academy, Delhi, overcome Chitkara 2-1 in the 16th Administrator’s Challenge Cup. P6 FORECAST P4 PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 33°C MIN 23°C | YESTERDAY MAX 32°C MIN 22.8°C | SUNSET FRIDAY 6.12 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 6.14 AM UT gives ~50 crore for roads, other works Relief for cash-strapped MC as work was lying stalled for months Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 27 In a major relief for the cashstrapped Municipal Corporation, the UT Administration has released Rs 50 crore for recarpeting of roads and other development works. The special grant was approved by Punjab Governor and UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore today. The approval came soon after Kirron Kher, Member of Parliament, along with Mayor Davesh Moudgil, raised the issue with the Governor recently. All works relating to the repair and recarpeting of roads have been stopped for months due to the financial crisis being faced by the MC. The recent heavy rain has further damaged roads at many places. The damaged roads not only pose a danger to residents but also give an ugly look to the city. Several roads in the city, particularly those in Sector 18, 21, 22, 38 (West), 46 and 47, are in bad shape. Besides roads, the funds will also be used for illumination of dark spots with LED lights and development of villages. The MC had recently submitted a plan for the allround development of villages where sewerage, water supply and other infrastructure will be improved. The special grant is an addition to the grant-in-aid of Rs 120 crore released earlier. A stretch of the road separating Sector 19 and 27 in bad shape. A FILE PHOTO Quack booked for raping Class VI girl Mohali, September 27 The police have booked a quack at Nayagaon for raping an 11-year-old girl for the past four-five days here. The victim is also a resident of Nayagaon. She is a student of Class VI at a private school in Sector 22, Chandigarh. The police learnt of the crime today through a child helpline. “The victim complained of stomach ache to her teacher in her class today. When the teacher asked for details, the victim narrated her trauma following which the teacher contacted the child helpline,” said the police. The victim also revealed the identity of the accused to the police. The victim told the police that the shop of the accused was on the way from her home to the tuition centre. She said she was raped when she went to take some medicine from him. After that, he repeatedly raped her. A case under Section 376 of the IPC and Sections 4 and 8 of the POCSO Act has been registered at the Nayagaon police station. — TNS Youth gets 10 years in jail for raping minor CONSTRUCTION OF MULTI-PURPOSE AUDITORIUM PU fines contractor over ~80 lakh for delay The under-construction multi-purpose auditorium at the south campus of the PU. PRADEEP TEWARI Bhartesh Singh Thakur Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 27 Panjab University (PU) has fined the contractor of the multipurpose auditorium in Sector 25, Chandigarh, over Rs 80 lakh for a delay in completing the project. The construction of the project started in 2012, but it still incomplete. Now, a tender has to be floated again and the university will have to go through all formalities once again. The project will now be delayed further. The project cost was over Rs 30 crore in 2009 and has now escalated to over Rs 72 crore. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had laid the foundation stone in 2009. Confirming the development, Finance and Development Officer Vikram Nayyar said the contractor had been delaying the work. “We had ❝ We had fined him earlier too. We will now float a tender again for the project as we have removed him ❞ VIKRAM NAYYAR, Finance and Development Officer fined him earlier too. We will now float a tender again for the project as we have removed him,” he said. The Registrar, Col GS Chadha (retd), also confirmed the development. The total estimated cost of the project is Rs 72.67 crore. The seating capacity is 2,500. been directed to pay a fine of Rs 1.08 lakh of which Rs 1 Chandigarh, September 27 lakh will go to the victim as A 23-year-old youth compensation. was sentenced to 10 He was found years in jail in a case guilty under Secof kidnapping and tions 363 and 366 of raping a 15-year-old the IPC and Section girl by a local court 4 of the POCSO Act. today. The convict, On August 21 last Pappu Kumar Pappu Kumar Thakur year, a 36-year-old Thakur, is a resident woman approached of Burail village. He has also the police stating that her 15- Victim was impregnated by convict year-old daughter had left home on August 16 without intimation. They tried to find her, but in vain. Finally, they approached the police. The mother of the victim had told the police that she suspected that someone had kidnapped her daughter. On her complaint, the police had registered an FIR under Section 363 of the IPC. On September 11, the girl returned and, along with her mother, Work starts to level land for parking at District Courts Youth killed in hit-and-run Suspended NIPER Director moves HC Tribune News Service THE TRIBUNE IMPACT Ishrat S Banwait Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 27 Finally, the High Court construction committee has taken cognisance of the problem of parking for the public at the District Courts in Sector 43. Chandigarh Tribune had highlighted the issue several times in the past one year, the latest being on Tuesday. Today, a JCB machine was seen levelling the land. It is learnt that either paver blocks or bricks will be installed. For the past five years, advocates had been demanding a solution to the parking woes, especially for the public at the District Courts. However, the authorities had a turned a deaf ear to the problem, especially because a proposal for a multi-level parking has been hanging fire since 2014, as per the Bar association. The public has been at the receiving end ever since the courts were shifted to Sector 43. They are not allowed to park their vehicles inside the court complex and have to do so at a barren piece of land on the side. Every time it rains, the piece of land gets full of muck and puddles make it a nightmare for motorists to park their vehicles there and walk through it. The piece of land here in not just barren but has not even been levelled. Bar association president Ashok Chauhan said the efforts of the Bar had finally borne fruit. Arguments and quarrels are a regular feature even inside the court complex due to the high volume of vehicles. From around 10 am to 3 pm, the problem is at its peak and vehicles are parked haphazardly, blocking many cars. This leads to arguments and quarrels, even among lawyers. Levelling work under way outside the District Courts, Sector 43, Chandigarh, on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: VICKY The victim was impregnated by the convict, who raped her for five days. The girl had stated this to the court during evidence and said the convict had assured her that he would divorce his wife and marry her. Mohali, September 27 A youth of Landran village was killed in hit-and-run case here. The victim, Sandeep Verma, was hit by an unidentified vehicle during the intervening night of September 25 and 26. According to the victim’s brother, Ranjit Kumar Verma, on whose statement a case has been registered against the unidentified driver under Sections 279 and 304 A of the IPC at the Sohana police station, Sandeep was on his way home after duty at Sector 67 when the mishap took place. — TNS Bench puts Board of Governors on notice Saurabh Malik Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 27 Less than a week after the services of the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research Director, Prof Raghuram Rao Akkinepally, were placed under suspension, he has moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Taking up the petition filed through counsel Arun Gupta and argued by senior advocate Puneet Bali, Justice approached the police. She told the police that Pappu had kidnapped her and taken her to Mohali. However, the girl stated that she was dropped back to Burail on August 22 and had not approached the police immediately. The police arrested Pappu the next day and added Sections 366 and 376 (2) of the IPC and Sections 4 and 6 of the POCSO Act. Shekher Dhawan of the High Court put the Board of Governors on notice. The Bench, at the same time, refused to stay the operation of the impugned suspension order. Justice Dhawan also fixed November 13 as the next date of hearing in the matter. The challenge to the suspension order was mounted primarily on three grounds. Appearing before the Bench, Bali and Gupta submitted that the President of India was the “visitor” and had the powers to place the services under suspension. The Board of Governors had no such power. Referring to the provisions of law, the counsel asserted that the powers to appoint were vested with the President. The role of the Board of Governors was restricted to recommending two names for the post. But the final appointment orders were passed by the President. The Board of Governors and even the Chairman had no jurisdiction to act against the Director, unless approved by the visitor, the President. The Bench was also told that a petition filed by NIPER before the High Court was dismissed. The Board of Governors, subsequently, con- Facilities that will come up It will have a main auditorium with three small seminar halls having a capacity of 130 to 600. The total covered area will be 1.4 lakh sq ft. The basement vened a meeting, where the orders of suspension were passed. The Director was not part of the meeting. It was against the principles of natural justice as opportunity of hearing was not provided to the Director, who was sent out of the meeting. “This clearly shows the bias of the Chairman against the petitioner…,” it was added. The Bench was also told that the impugned order was illegal and liable to be set aside as it was suffering from lack of jurisdiction and opportunity of hearing was not offered to the Director by the board. Morni guest houses lie shut as cops keep tabs Told to seek clearances from departments concerned before starting operations Woman was raped at guest house Sanjay Bumbroo Tribune News Service Panchkula, September 27 Fearing action, nearly 100 guest houses at Morni in Panchkula district are lying shut for the past couple of weeks. After the High Court took suo motu notice of the rape of a 21-year-old woman at a guest house in Morni, the police have virtually turned Lovely Guest House located on the Raipur Rani-Tikkartal road, where the crime took place, into a police chowki to keep tabs on illegal guest houses. PCR vans of the Morni police make random rounds of the area to ensure that none of these illegal guest houses are functioning. After the High Court took suo motu notice of the rape of a 21-year-old woman at a guest house in Morni, the police have virtually turned Lovely Guest House located on the Raipur Rani-Tikkartal road, where the crime took place, into a police chowki to keep tabs on illegal guest houses. A policeman at Lovely Guest House in Morni, which has been lying closed since the rape incident. TRIBUNE PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR A member of the Morni Guest Houses Association, Tony, told Chandigarh Tribune that they had formed a panel to represent their case to Kalka MLA Latika Sharma. He said they were prepared c m y b to fulfil the conditions laid down to run guest houses. Partap Kumar, in-charge of the Morni police chowki, said PCR vans were making rounds of the area in the morning and late in the evening to thwart any attempt by the owners to run their guest houses. He said the owners had been asked to represent their case after fulfilling the conditions laid down for the hotel industry by seeking clearances from the Fire, Excise and Taxation and Tourism departments. Deputy Commissioner Mukul Kumar said the case regarding the guest houses was being looked after the police and they had nothing to do with it. MLA Latika Sharma said office-bearers of the Morni Guest Houses Association, while presenting their case, had stated that a majority of those who had set up the guest houses were local residents and the guest house business was their livelihood. She said the government had already asked the owners to fulfil the conditions. She, however, said local people were against the functioning of these guest houses as they felt it affected their children. will be 20,971 sq ft and will house DG sets and AC plants. The auditorium will include dining area, parking area, approach roads, substation, power back-up, AC plant, elevators, fire-fighting system and CCTV cameras. It will have a VIP workshop, green rooms and rehearsal rooms. At present, the RCC structure of the main auditorium and the front portion has been completed. How funds were allocated It has already been allocated Rs 13.16 crore out of collections from students of the PU campus as well as affiliated colleges and interest thereon. About Rs 20 crore has been allocated from university funds, while Rs 12 crore was given from grants sanctioned by the UGC. The Board of Finance released the remaining Rs 23.28 crore in November 2017. Traffic restrictions on city road Chandigarh: In view of heavy traffic on Jan Marg from the Kisan Bhawan chowk to the Cricket Stadium chowk during morning peak hours on working days, the traffic police have decided to close the two intersections connecting Sector 22 and 23 on this stretch using moveable barricades for one hour (8.30 am to 9.30 am) from October 1. Motorists coming out of Sector 23 on to Jan Marg shall have to take a mandatory left turn towards the Cricket Stadium chowk. Similarly, motorists coming out of Sector 22 on Jan Marg shall have to take a mandatory left turn towards the Kisan Bhawan chowk. SSP (Traffic) Shashank Anand said, “We will be streamlining traffic coming from Panchkula and Mohali as well. The purpose is to control congestion during the peak hours.” TNS POWER SHUTDOWN CHANDIGARH 10 am to 4 pm: Parts of Old/New Indira Colony and Subhash Nagar, Mani Majra; Jaypee Garbage Plant, Sector 25 (West); and parts of Aman and Chaman Colony, Dhanas 10 am to 5 pm: Parts of Sector 37 CBI court junks Olympian’s plea The special CBI court here on Thursday dismissed an appeal of Olympian shooter Gurbir Singh Sandhu against his conviction in a poaching case. He was convicted on May 23, 2017, and let off on one-year probation a week later. P2
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