31102018-CT-01.qxd 10/31/2018 1:30 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY | 31 OCTOBER 2018 | CHANDIGARH Students up in arms Parents to join stir Mrinalini in round 2 Hundreds of students protest “draconian” rules of girls’ hostels at Panjab University. P2 Parents of teachers associated with Sanjha Adhyapak Morcha to join protest now. P4 Mrinalini Sharma beats Maitreyi Phogat in the ongoing champion series tennis tournament. P6 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 30°C MIN 14°C | YESTERDAY MAX 30.2°C MIN 15.1°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 5.37 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 6.35 AM Fissures in BJP come CBI magistrate court decides first case to the fore, yet again Sections against guilty call for up to 7 yrs in jail, but it can’t award sentence exceeding 3 yrs Ishrat S Banwait Tribune News Service Chaos rules MC General House meeting Councillor Chandrawati Shukla (centre) throws muddy water on the floor while complaining about contaminated water supply in her area during the MC meeting in Chandigarh on Tuesday. NITIN MITTAL Tribune News Service Chandigarh, October 30 Fissures in the BJP came to the fore at a meeting of the MC General House today after some councillors, led by former Mayor Arun Sood, targeted Mayor Davesh Moudgil for not approving the agenda related to the development of his ward. Though groupism among councillors owing allegiance to BJP city unit president Sanjay Tandon and the ones with MP Kirron Kher was seen at previous meetings also, this time both Dip in infant mortality: City top among UTs House defers agenda on crucial issues The House deferred the agenda for allowing residents to keep two community dogs in addition to two pet dogs. It was decided to bring the agenda in the next House meeting with a detailed policy. The House also deferred the agenda for approving ~75 lakh for organising the Rose Festival. It was decided to form a committee of officers to look into the issue before taking a final call. The agenda for revision of penalty for wastage of water was also deferred. groups have come out openly against each. The meeting witnessed a ruckus after Chandrawati Shukla of the BJP threw dirty water collected from houses in her ward on the floor. Shukla alleged that despite raising the issue of contaminated water time and again in the House, no action had been taken by the authorities. The chaos in the House increased after some nominated councillors objected to the behaviour of elected councillors. Continued on page 3 Tribune News Service 5 students hurt as car hits auto Chandigarh, October 30 The city today bagged the first position among union territories in reduction in infant mortality. It received the award during the 5th National Summit on Good and Replicable Practices in Public Healthcare Systems in India — 2018 from Union Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda at Kaziranga in Assam. Sarbananda Sonowal, Chief Minister of Assam and Union Health Secretary Preeti Sudan were also present. The award was received by Dr G Dewan, Mission Director-cumDirector, Chandigarh. “The UT Health Department deserved the award and kudos to those who contributed to heathcare delivery in Chandigarh,” said Dr Dewan. Chandigarh, October 30 In a hit-and-run case, five school students and an auto driver were injured when a Swift car hit the auto in Sector 5 near Sukhna Lake today. The students were returning home from school when the accident took place. The speeding car, bearing a Chandigarh number, hit the auto near a turn towards Sector 5. The auto turned turtle. The car driver sped away. The injured students are Ankit (5), Ankit’s sister Preeti (8), Anudev (8), Sushil Kumar (8) and Shukantu (8), all residents of Kaimbwala, while the auto driver has been identified as Deep Chand. The injured were taken to GMSH, Sector 16. While four children and the auto driver were discharged Swift driver, who sped away, traced later, held after treatment, one child was admitted to the hospital. The police said a part of the registration number of the car was noted down after which a police team went to the RLA and traced the car driver. “Four Swift cars had the same number after which a police team went to the one of the addresses at Kaimbwala where the vehicle was found,” said a police official. The car driver was identified as Suraj Kumar Rana, a resident of Kaimbwala. He works with a private bank. The police arrested him and registered a case against him at the Sector 3 police station. The Swift car has been impounded by the police. — TNS Chandigarh, October 30 The newly formed CBI court of Judicial Magistrate (First Class) decided its first case on Tuesday. It found the convict guilty under sections wherein imprisonment can be up to seven years, but the court does not have the power to award more than three-year sentence. Transferring the case to a higher court before the quantum is announced is the only way out. In August this year, it had exclusively been reported in these columns that there was no separate court for private CBI cases, which exist in Punjab as well as Haryana. This was denying speedy trial to magisterial CBI cases, with the oldest case dating back to 2009. Taking cognisance of the report, a new court was formed for magisterial trials starting October 1 on the directions of the High Court. However, the court is of a Judicial Magistrate (First Class) and has the power to announce imprisonment for only up to three years. In such cases, convicts can be granted bail on the spot if they wish to file an appeal in the higher court. Thus, for any case in this court, no matter how grave the offence, the imprisonment cannot exceed three years. Public cases investigated by the CBI are tried at a special CBI court by an Additional District and Sessions Judge. These cases involve serving government officials and staffers at government institutions. All other cases whose probe is handed over to the House razed, but power bills stay! Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service Chandigarh, October 30 Is it possible that a person does not have a house and an electricity meter, but still gets power bills? Well the UT Electricity Department has made it happen! A house of a Khuda Ali Sher resident, Najma, was among several razed to the ground during a demolition drive by the UT Administration in April this year, but the family is still receiving electricity bills for the address, which does not exist anymore. Najma has got two bills so far. The latest bill she has got is for Rs 1,102 for the July 27-September 29 period. Before this, she had got a bill for Rs 600. Her family, which is now putting up in a rented accommodation, is shocked over this. Some families have reportedly again built houses at that place. “Our house was razed and the meter removed; then how come they are sending us bills? We will take up the matter before the Punjab and Haryana High Court along with our petition against the demolition of houses,” said Jasbir Malik, husband of Najma. In the drive carried out on April 28, 13 pucca houses were demolished by the A bill issued to Najma, whose house was razed. office of the Land Acquisition Officer as these had reportedly come up in violation of the provisions of the Periphery Act at Khuda Ali Sher village. The demolished structures also included foundations, temporary structures and some shops. However, many residents have again started constructing houses there. The administration seems to be turning a blind eye to the issue. Electricity officials said it seemed the account of the house concerned had not been closed and that is why the bills were being issued. Jasbir Malik said, “Our house was demolished and now the Electricity Department expects us to visit them to close our account.” PUBLIC CASES AT SPECIAL CBI COURT Public cases investigated by the CBI are tried at a special CBI court by an Additional District and Sessions Judge. These cases involve serving government officials and staffers at government institutions. All other cases whose probe is handed over to the CBI and involve only private persons are to be tried by a magistrate court. 2 arrested for illegal mining Our Correspondent Dera Bassi, October 30 The Mubarikpur police today arrested two persons on a charge of illegal mining and impounded two tippers loaded with gravel at a naka near Kakrali village here. Acting on a complaint of mining officer Daljit Singh, the police took possession of the two tippers filled with gravel at a naka near Kakrali village and arrested the drivers, Rohit Dheen and Manjit Singh, both residents of Ambala district, after lodging an FIR against them for illegal mining. Mohinder Singh, SHO, Dera Bassi, said they would keep vigil in the town and crack down on illegal mining sites. In a novel initiative, Gauri Shankar Sewa Dal preparing diyas using it; to distribute these free of cost Tribune News Service Mohali, October 30 In a novel initiative, members of the Gauri Shankar Sewa Dal, who run a gaushala at Phase 1, Mohali, are making earthen lamps (diyas) for Diwali by using cow dung, benjoin flowers (guggul), loban and muskroot. According to Pardeep Sharma, a member of the Sewa Dal, these lamps are very useful. “It has been scientifically proven that cow dung is highly beneficial as are the other plants being used in making these earthen lamps,” said Sharma. He claimed that these would also act as mosquito repellents and spread fragrance as well when used. Sharma said it was a new experi- ment. “We have prepared around 1,000 such lamps. Our aim is to prepare over 10,000 such lamps before Diwali and we will distribute these among all those interested free of cost,” he said. “This is our attempt to produce eco-friendly goods by using commonly available material, which is good for human beings as well as the environment,” Sharma said, adding that they would start giving the lamps to those visiting the gaushala to feed animals. Asked whether there was a possibility of the cow dung lamps catching fire while in use, Sharma said nothing of the sort would happen as they had already tested these. “However, we will recommend not to put these lamps on wooden things,” said Sharma. A worker prepares earthen lamps using cow dung at a gaushala in Phase 1, Mohali, on Tuesday. PHOTO: VICKY c m y b the exam by scoring 59 out of 60 marks and was appointed a fireman on October 30, 2010. The specific case of Tinku was discovered after candidates close to his roll number were examined. They revealed that while Tinku was present for the physical examination, some other person had appeared for the written test in his place. It was also found that Tinku had made some calls during the written examination, confirming he was not appearing for the same. However, the impersonator was never recognised or arrested. While the physical exam was conducted in the Police Lines, Sector 26, the written exam was held at DAV College, Sector 10. The challan against Tinku was filed under Sections 120-B read with 467, 468, 420, 419 and 471, IPC. CITCO allows guest to leave without paying ~8.50 lakh Asks him to pay pending amount to Hotel Shivalikview within week Two luxury cars of guests that were seized by Hotel Shivalikview in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: NITIN MITTAL Tribune News Service Bhinder Singh Khangura, in-charge of the Mubarikpur police, said the police had laid a naka near Kakrali village on the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday. Two tippers loaded with gravel were stopped at the naka and the drivers failed to show any bill regarding the loaded material. They were arrested and later released on bail. Mohinder Singh, SHO, Dera Bassi, said they would keep round-the-clock vigil in the town and crack down on illegal mining sites. Cow dung to light up Diwali celebrations Akash Ghai CBI and involve only private persons are to be tried by a magistrate court. A 34-year-old man was held guilty by the Junior Magistrate’s CBI court here on Tuesday for cheating and impersonation. The eight-year-old case involved convict Tinku sending some other person in his place to appear for an exam for the post of MC fireman. The quantum of sentence is to be announced on Wednesday. As per the CBI’s challan in the matter, Tinku of Sonepat had appeared in the exam for the post of fireman in the fire and emergency wing of the Municipal Corporation on May 23, 2010. On the basis of source information, it was found that some persons had impersonated the genuine candidates to clear the exam. Tinku, as a result, had cleared Chandigarh, October 30 CITCO has allowed a guest, Ashwani Kumar Chopra, to leave Hotel Shivalikview in Sector 17 without paying pending bills of around Rs 8.50 lakh. Sources said before asking Chopra to leave the hotel, CITCO officials took an undertaking from him that he would pay the pending amount within a week. Officials of Hotel Shivalikview had seized an Audi and a Chevrolet Cruze of two guests, who had allegedly failed to pay bills of around Rs 22 lakh. Sudhir Chawla, Deputy General Manager, had complained to the police that Ramnik Bansal, a resident of Ferozepur in Punjab, checked into room number 427 of the hotel on April 27. On May 23, Bansal’s friend Ashwani Kumar Chopra also checked into room number 506 along with his wife and daughter. According to the complaint, both Bansal and Chopra cleared all their dues up to July 15. Three days later, Chopra’s wife, who was an asthmatic patient, collapsed in the hotel corridor following which she was rushed to a hospital, where she died. Since the hotel bills were not cleared, the hotel staff used to ask for the payment. However, both of them did not pay the bills. The complaint further mentions that on a number of occasions, Jagdish Thakur, who claimed to be working at Hotel had seized two luxury cars Officials of Hotel Shivalikview had seized an Audi and a Chevrolet Cruze of two guests, who had allegedly failed to pay bills of around ~22 lakh. the UT Home Secretary’s office, called up the hotel asking the staff not to force both persons for the payment. Later, Chopra gave three cheques for Rs 6 lakh each to the hotel on September 25, 26 and 27. However, all cheques were dishonoured. The hotel staff informed Chopra about it after which he asked them to wait till October 10. However, he again failed to clear the dues after which the hotel authorities approached the police. A DDR was lodged by the police at the Sector 17 police station on October 12. Meanwhile, CITCO officials have issued show-cause notices to three officials of Hotel Shivalikview and have constituted a two-member committee to look into lapses, if any, on their part.
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