03112018-CT-01.qxd 11/3/2018 12:49 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE SATURDAY | 3 NOVEMBER 2018 | CHANDIGARH PU submits budget Sweet gesture Jitin eases to title Panjab University submits budget for 2019-20 with revenue expenditure of ~577.77 crore. P2 VP Singh Badnore flags off two trucks containing 5,000 boxes of sweets for jawans. P4 Jitin Chetry packs off Sarthak Gandhi in straight sets to win boys’ U-16 tennis title. P9 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 26°C MIN 18°C | YESTERDAY MAX 29.8°C MIN 15.9°C | SUNSET SATURDAY 5:37 PM SUNRISE SUNDAY 6:36 AM Couple buried alive as roof gives way 5 months on, cops ATTACK ON FOREST STAFF Roof of another room in their house at Jhanjheri village had collapsed three months ago After the incident, a large number of villagers gathered Kharar, November 2 at the spot and the bodies were Ranjit Singh (48) and his recovered from the debris. wife Manjeet Kaur (45) were Kharar SDM Vinod Bansal buried alive when the roof and SHO of the Kharar of a room in their kutcha Sadar police station Bhaghouse at Jhanjheri village want Singh visited the spot collapsed in the and sent the bodwee hours of ies to the Civil today. The vicHospital, Kharar, tims were sleepfor a posting at the time mortem. Kharar of the incident. MLA Kanwar Villagers said Sandhu also visRanjit Singh was ited the spot and a labourer. The met the couple are surbereaved family. vived by two The incident daughters, who has exposed the are married, and tall claims made three sons. The by politicians couple had slept that grants have last night in one been given to room, while their poor people to son Harmit repair their Singh (18) was kutcha houses. sleeping in the File photos of Ranjit & “This family did his wife Manjeet Kaur not receive any adjacent room. The villagers grant even for said the roof of another the roof of the room that room in the house had col- had collapsed during the lapsed during rain three rain recently,” claimed a vilmonths ago. lager. He said the family They said one of the daugh- had also not received any ters of the couple resided in grant under the MGNREthe same village near their GA scheme. house, while one of their sons Tarun, who is looking after had gone for duty. the MGNREGA scheme in Shashi Pal Jain yet to file challan Ishrat S Banwait Tribune News Service TRIBUNE PHOTOS: VICKY The roof of a room that gave way at Jhanjheri village in Mohali on Friday; and (left) the couple’s daughter mourns their death. SNIPPETS Day after death of 2, firm mgmt booked the BDO’s office at Kharar, confirmed that no grant had been given to the family for the purpose till date. The SDM said he would recommend the case to the Chief Minister for compensation to the family. Asked why the family was not given compensation for the roof collapse that took place three months ago, he said he would conduct an inquiry into the matter and the guilty would be punished. The Majat police have initiated proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC. Mohali, November 2 Almost five months after illegal sand miners attacked a Forest Department official, the police have failed to file a challan in the court. The stipulated time for filing the challan is 90 days, but it has now been nearly 150 days. The attacked forest official, Devinder Singh, is still unable to walk or talk properly. According to his family, a head surgery, slated for November 15, will be crucial for his future. In an exclusive report carried in these columns, it was reported that the police had booked six suspects for attempt to murder, rioting and causing hurt to public servants, but not for illegal mining. Following the report, Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, Punjab Forest Minister, had directed the Mohali police to add illegal mining sections to the FIR. The SHO of the Mullanpur police station, where the case was registered, Inspector Rajesh Asteer, said, “The challan is at the cross-checking stage and will be filed soon.” The accused are out on bail. Devinder’s family is anxiously waiting for his recov- 2 flights grounded from Nov 15-27 Mohali: Two private airlines will not operate their ChandigarhDelhi flights from November 15 to 27 due to runway repair work at the Delhi airport. Jet Airways and Air India flights will not operate as a runway at the Delhi airport will remain closed during the period. On Thursday, the Punjab and Haryana High Court had rapped the airport authorities for lack of facilities for international flights even though crores of rupees were collected from taxpayers and land taken from owners for the purpose. The Bench also asked for the reasons behind grounding the Bangkok flight. TNS Labourer dies in freak mishap Mohali: A 35-year-old labourer was killed after his neck reportedly got entangled in a moving belt of a machine at a factory in the Phase 1 industrial area here on Friday morning. Tilak Ram was working in the factory in the wee hours along with his father and brother when the incident took place. According to the police, Tilak was cleaning the machine with a shovel when its handle got stuck in the belt. He tried to pull it out, but his neck came in contact with the belt and got entangled. He was taken to a nearby hospital where a doctor declared him brought dead. A native of Uttar Pradesh, Tilak lived here with his father Prasad and his younger brother Rinku. TNS POWER SHUTDOWN CHANDIGARH 10 am to 2 pm : Parts of Sector 2, 3, 11 and 33, Jaypee garbage plant, Sector 25 (West) and parts of Aman and Chaman Colony, Dhanas Dera Bassi, November 2 The Dera Bassi police today registered a case against the management of the firm, Hindustan Electrodes, in connection with the death of two of its employees, who reportedly inhaled toxic gas released from a septic tank while opening its lid at Dera Bassi here on Thursday morning. On a statement of the family members of the deceased, the police have registered a case under Section 304-A of the IPC at the Dera Bassi police station. It has been learnt that talks between the victims’ kin and the owner of the manufacturing unit for a settlement were held this morning and subsequently they called to the Dera Bassi police station. However, sources said the kin and the firm management failed to reach a compromise following which a case was registered against the firm. Charanjit Singh, owner of Hindustan Electrodes, said in his personal capacity, he was ready to shoulder the responsibility of all four daughters of the deceased, Munna Prasad. He said he was ready to extend all required financial help, including funds required for their education, but they did not agree. Asked whether safety equipment was provided to the employees, Charanjit Singh said he was not in the company at the time of an incident. He said employees of his firm had been provided safety kits, but at times they chose not to wear these of their own will. Yesterday, two employees of the firm — Gurdiyal Singh and Munna Parsad — were asphyxiated while trying to open the lid of a septic tank on the premises of the firm. Another employee, Ranjit Singh, is admitted to the PGI. Narinder Kumar, ASI, Dera Bassi, said the postmortem of the deceased would be conducted tomorrow at the Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi. He said a case had been registered and a probe into the matter was on. Forest official Devinder Singh (in pic), who was attacked, is still unable to walk or talk properly. According to his family, a head surgery, slated for November 15, will be crucial for his future. ery. His brother Dharminder said, “A head surgery is to be performed at the PGI on November 15, which, according to doctors, will determine his future and recovery.” He said, “As of now, his skull is delicate and even a small injury to it can be fatal”. The family, however, said Devinder’s complete medical expenditure was being taken care of by the Forest continued on page 4 5 kids knocked down by SUV, hurt Was trying to save biker, says Speeding 19-year-old driver also rams into shanty, held, released on bail eyewitness Talks between victims’ kin, owner fail Satinder Pal Singh Official to undergo surgery on Nov 15 Tribune News Service Three of the five injured children at the GMSH, Sector 16; (right) the SUV that rammed into a shanty at a colony in Sector 25, Chandigarh, after hitting the children; and (below) an inside view of the shanty after the mishap on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: PRADEEP TEWARI Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 2 Five children, aged between three and six, who were playing on a pedestrian path outside their houses in a Sector 25 colony, were injured when a speeding Pajero hit them before ramming into a shanty. The SUV, which was being driven by 19-year-old Pukhraj Singh, a resident of Sector 18 and student of a college in the city, was heading towards the Sector 25/38 light point. The victims — Tanuj, Priya, her brother Harpreet, Vishal and Jajvi — were playing outside their houses when they were hit. The injured were stuck under the SUV and were rescued by residents. A resident, Rajat, said his brother’s son Tanuj was playing with other kids when he heard a loud noise. “I rushed towards the road and found all kids stuck under the SUV,” he said. Rajat, along with others, pulled the children from under the SUV “The . injured were taken to the continued on page 4 Chandigarh, November 2 “The SUV was already at a high speed when a motorcyclist suddenly came from the other side of the road and in a bid to save the motorcycle rider, the SUV driver drove over the pedestrian path,” said Urmila, an eyewitness. Urmila and her friend Sudesh were sitting outside their house when they saw the SUV speeding towards the Sector 25/38 light point. “The SUV driver saw a motorcyclist coming from the cremation ground side and blew the horn. However, the motorcyclist didn’t stop,” Urmila said. She said while saving the motorcyclist, the SUV moved on the pedestrian path that left the children playing there injured. Sudesh, another eyewitness, said the motorcyclist stopped at the spot for a while and then left. “Everyone got busy in rescuing the children and nobody bothered to confront the motorcyclist, who escaped from the spot,” she said. Consumer forum penalises firm as hair growth claims fall flat Ishrat S Banwait Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 2 A Gurugram-based firm has been penalised for a misleading advertisement that claimed its pills stopped hair fall and boosted hair growth on the scalp. A Mohali-based consumer had approached the consumer forum after the pills had no positive results on him and the firm refused a refund. M/s Geek Retail Private Limited was thus fined Rs 10,000 and was directed to refund the money. According to the complaint of Sandeep Verma, he saw the advertisement of the firm providing medicines with an assurance of stopping hair loss and regrowth of hair after a 30-day course. He thus placed an order for the medicine, “refollium”, on January 19 and paid Rs 1,270. He received the Ultra DHT Blocker medicines and he placed another order for the medicine along with hair health support pills costing Rs 1,270 and Rs 1,880. Complainant was lured by ad According to a complaint filed by a Mohali-based consumer, Sandeep Verma, he saw an advertisement of the firm providing medicines with an assurance of stopping hair loss and regrowth of hair after a 30-day course. He thus placed an order for the medicine, “refollium”, on January 19 in the hope of benefiting from it. He used the medicine as per the prescription of the firm, but failed to get any tangible results. ILLUSTRATION: SANDEEP JOSHI c m y b The complainant used the medicine as per the prescription of the firm, but failed to get any result. He asked for a refund, but the firm refused it. The firm, in its reply, stated that in its advertisement, nothing of the sort was mentioned that the hair would grow back with the medicines after a 30-day course. It stated that 100 per cent promise was never made nor were the customers assured of any guaranteed result. It stated that the complainant was apprised of the terms that the damage to the hair varied from person to person and while there were people who were able to stop hair fall and get hair back in 60 days, there were others who took longer and it all depended upon the extent of damage and it could take from 60 days to six months to reverse the process. The order of the consumer forum stated that the contentions raised by the firm, especially in view of its earlier advertisement regarding regrowth of hair within 60 days, were totally unacceptable. “The opposite par- ty, by way of misrepresentation of facts and misleading advertisement, has persuaded the complainant to buy its product, which proved to be of no use,” reads the order. The forum observed that it was an unfair trade practice on the part of M/s Greek Retail Private Limited. It was thus directed to refund the complainant an amount of Rs 4,420 (Rs 1270+Rs 1270+Rs 1880) and also pay a compensatory cost of Rs 5,000 along with litigation costs of Rs 5,000.
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