11102018-CT-01.qxd 10/11/2018 12:53 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE THURSDAY | 11 OCTOBER 2018 | CHANDIGARH 7 booked for rioting Khattar pays obeisance Humera in semis Seven booked after a clash between student groups at Punjabi University in Patiala. P2 Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar extends greetings on Day 1 of Navratra festival. P4 Humera prevails over Kaavya, enters semis of The Tribune State Tennis Championship. P6 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 29°C MIN 18°C | YESTERDAY MAX 32.1°C MIN 20.6°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 5:57 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 6:22 AM SNIPPET 9 years on, Working Women Hostel remains shut Cyclist hit by bus, dies Was closed for renovation; inaugurated again by MP Kirron Kher in 2016, but yet to be made operational Mohali: A 39-year-old cyclist was killed after a Punjab Roadways bus hit him at the Phase 7 light point in Mohali on Tuesday. The victim, Dinesh Sharma, fell down after being hit by the bus. He was taken to a hospital in Sohana, where he died during the treatment. A native of Bihar, Dinesh was residing in Sector 47, Chandigarh, and is survived by five daughters. The bus driver, Amreek Singh, a resident of Fatehgarh Sahib, has been booked under Sections 279 (rash driving or riding on a public way), 304-A (causing death by negligence) and 427 (mischief causing damage to the amount of fifty rupees) of the IPC. TNS Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service Chandigarh, October 10 While working women are facing a shortage of hostel facilities in the city, the authorities have failed to make Working Women Hostel at Bal Bhawan in Sector 23-C functional. For the past nine years, the hostel has been lying unused. Sources said in 2009, the UT Administration had closed the hostel to undertake renovation work. The renovation could not be started for years for want of funds. Later, the Engineering Department started the renovation work in 2016 and completed it in POWER SHUTDOWN CHANDIGARH 6 am to 2 pm: Parts of Sector 17 8 am to 11 am: Parts of Sector 46, 47, 48, 49 and 50 11 am to 2 pm: Parts of Sector 44, 47, 48, 49 and 50, and Faida and Bair Majra village 10 am to 4 pm: Parts of Sector 2, 3, 11, 23, 24, 28, 34, 41, 44, 49, 52 and 56, Taj Hotel, General Hospital, Red Cross building, Sector 16 market, MHC, waterworks, Govindpura, Thakurdwara, Mariwala Town, Shanti Nagar, and police station, Mani Majra The locked Working Women Hostel in Sector 23; and the plaque giving info about the inauguration. PRADEEP TEWARI three months. Interestingly, the upgraded hostel was inaugurated by city MP Kirron Kher on August 30, 2016, in the presence of the Secretary and Director, Social Wel- fare Department. However, even after the inauguration, the department concerned failed to make the hostel functional for two years. Land prices set to hurt nursing UT Admn fixes ~9 crore as reserve price for 763 sq yard nursing home site in Sector 51 Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service Chandigarh, October 10 The UT Administration has fixed the reserve price of sites for nursing homes between Rs 7 crore and Rs 9 crore, leaving medical practitioners and NGOs working in the field of providing treatment at cheaper rates a disappointed lot. A majority of the practitioners and NGOs, which have been waiting for the past 10 years to set up nursing homes, said the new rates would make the sites out of bounds for them. The Administration has included three sites for nursing homes in the properties it plans to auction soon. The three sites are situated in Sector 44, 46 and 51. Rain likely in city Chandigarh, October 10 After sunny days, expect light rain during the next 24 hours. The Met Department has predicted a cloudy sky with thundery development. “Due to western disturbances, there are chances of light rain in Chandigarh during the next 24 hours. The weather will be cloudy. There is a similar forecast for Punjab and Haryana,” said Met Department Director Surender Paul. — TNS Nursing home sites to go under the hammer ‘Land should be provided at nominal rates’ Location Sector 51 Sector 44 Sector 46 We run medical centres all over the country and provide treatment and diagnostic facilities at nominal rates. The Administration should provide land at cheap rates so that NGOs can provide treatment to the common man at nominal rates. The Rajasthan Government had allotted 30 acres to the parishad to establish a cancer research centre at nominal rates at Kota where we are running a 300-bed hospital. Plot size 763 sq yards 611 sq yards 592 sq yards Reserve price ~9,00,72,940 ~7,21,10,980 ~6,99,20,900 The reserve price of sites for nursing homes has been increased by almost 10 times as the Estate Office has calculated it on the basis of the current collector rates. For a plot measuring 611 sq yards, meant for a nursing home, the reserve price has been fixed at Rs 7,21,10,980 in Sector 44, while the reserve price for a plot measuring 592 sq yards in Sector 46 has been fixed at Rs 6,99,20,900 and the reserve price for a plot measuring 763 sq yards in Sector 51 has been fixed at Rs 9,00,72,940. Last, the Administration had sold nursing home sites in 2004. The reserve price for the sites was fixed at Rs 11,500 per sq yard, while now the price has been increased more than 10 times and fixed at Rs 1,18,000 per sq yard. After 10 years, the Estate Office has started the process for the auction of 43 residential and 30 commercial sites. ❝ — AJAY DUTTA, national secy gen, Bharat Vikas Parishad auction, the ❝Instead of holding anland on the government should allot pattern of schools. Equating nursing home sites with commercial properties is not justified and it will make treatment more costly. At a time when the rush at government hospitals is increasing by the day, the Administration should promote the private sector by giving concessions. — DR NEERAJ KUMAR, president, IMA, Chandigarh NRI found dead in Sec 35 hotel Tribune News Service Chandigarh, October 10 A 40-year-old NRI, a software engineer, was found dead at a hotel in Sector 35 this afternoon. The police have ruled out any foul play in the incident. According to the police, the victim has been identified as Charandeep Singh. He was a resident of the USA. The police said the victim was staying at a hotel in Sec- tor 35 and was supposed to check out in the afternoon. However, when the victim did not respond to calls, the hotel staff checked the room and found the victim lying on the floor. The police were informed about the incident, who visited the spot. The victim’s kin, who stay at Shivalik Vihar in Nayagaon, were informed about the incident, who reached the spot. The body was shifted to the mortuary at Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16. The police said the victim was staying in the hotel since September 19. Inquest proceedings have been initiated at the Sector 36 police station. The autopsy will be conducted tomorrow. The police said preliminary investigations suggested that there was no foul play in the incident. “The body didn’t bear any injury marks,” said a police source. Illegal miners at it again in Mohali Fresh evidence of rampant excavation in Khizrabad, Miyanpur villages Ishrat S Banwait Tribune News Service Mohali, October 10 Days after the blanket ban on mining ended due to the monsoon, fresh evidence of illegal mining has emerged on the periphery. Illegal miners have once again taken to the already ravaged villages of Khizrabad and Miyanpur. Fresh digging can be seen in higher reaches of these villages near the river bed. Fresh tyre marks are also visible in the area. The authorities have failed to act despite the fact that local residents have approached them multiple times. The mining mafia in the area is strong and officials have been attacked in the Fresh excavation has been carried out by illegal miners in Khizrabad village in Mohali district. TRIBUNE PHOTO past. Villagers, who now speak only on condition of anonymity, claim that officials are hand in glove with the miners. The villagers say every time a report appears in the media, the authorities take a round of the area and mining stops for a day or two. However, the miners return and start digging again. The illegal mining takes place generally at night. Mohali Deputy Commissioner Gurpreet Kaur Sapra said, “I will get it checked; ❞ teams have been told time and again to keep a check on illegal mining and report about it. However, I have not received any report till date”. In June this year, residents of Khadri Dumbla village near Miyanpur had intercepted tippers loaded with sand. They called the police and forest officials, who let them go later saying that they had the required documents. The same month, forest officials were attacked by miners after they were intercepted. One of the officials was critically injured and is still recovering. However, the authorities have failed to check the practice, which continues to ruin the landscape of the region. c m y b ❞ CITYZEN This Dasehra, gender issues, sanitation on mind Page 5 Navjot Kaur, Director, Social Welfare Department, said they had chalked out a plan and the hostel would be made functional soon. The hostel was started in 1979 with a capacity of 50 beds. It used to charge a nominal rate for food and lodging from inmates. The sources said 50 girls used to reside in the hostel before it was shut for renovation. The hostel was constructed to provide stay facilities for working women, who come from far-off places to work and earn a livelihood in Chandigarh. The then Adviser to the Administrator had ordered the renovation of the building, including the multi-purpose hall, and the parking area at an estimated cost of around Rs 1 crore. Subhash Chander, honorary secretary of Bal Bhawan, said they were working on a plan to start the hostel soon. Earlier, they had made efforts, but could not find a contractor for running the mess. Sunidhi, a working woman, said the paying guest facility in the city was costly and the UT Administration should start the hostel facility as soon as possible. At present, there are two functional working women hostels in the city — one at Sector 11 and the other in Sector 24, run by the Social Welfare Department. These hostels have a combined capacity for accommodating 136 working women. Shera takes U-turn, says wasn’t present at spot BMW HIT-&-RUN Tribune News Service Chandigarh, October 10 Having initially told the police that he was an eyewitness to the alleged murder of Akansh Sen, Gagandeep Shergill, alias Shera, took a U-turn in the court stating that he was not present at the spot when the incident took place. Sen, nephew of former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, was allegedly run over by a BMW car in Sector 9 on February 9, 2017. In his statement recorded before the police after the incident, Shera had stated that he was present at the spot and even helped in putting an injured Sen in the car to be taken to the hospital. However, he told the court today that he had not made any such statement and the police had written the same themselves. He said he had dropped everyone outside What he said then and now In his statement recorded before the police after the incident, Shera had stated that he was present at the spot and even helped in putting an injured Sen in the car to be taken to the hospital. However, he told the court on Wednesday that he had not made any such statement and the police had written the same themselves. He said he had dropped everyone outside the house and was not an eyewitness to the incident. the house and was not an eyewitness to the incident. As reported earlier, the incident was a result of old enmity between Shera and Harmehtab Singh Rarewala, alias Farid. The latter is the only one arrested in the case and facing trial, while the other accused, Balraj Singh Randhawa, has been declared a proclaimed offender. It all started with a trip to Manali where the duo had a tiff regarding some women that had accompanied them. Shera had reportedly blamed Farid for all “humiliation”, and thrashed him so badly that Farid had to be hospitalised for several days in Manali. Seeking to avenge the thrashing a few weeks later, Farid called Shera to his farmhouse in Landran. Farid was waiting with his aides, who thrashed Shera. On the fateful day, Sen, Shera and Farid got together at Deep Sidhu’s place in Sector 9. Arguments between Shera and Farid resurfaced and when the matter threatened to get out of hand, Sidhu, who had even called up the Police Control Room, told all to disperse. However, they reemerged. This time, the matter did get out of hand and culminated in the alleged murder of Sen. Farid and Balraj had allegedly hit Sen with their BMW car and run him over. Sen had later succumbed to his injuries at the PGI and the duo, who was earlier booked for attempt to murder, was also booked for murder.
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