20112018-CT-01.qxd 11/20/2018 12:40 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE TUESDAY | 20 NOVEMBER 2018 | CHANDIGARH PU slips in world rankings Barwala murders Golden moment Panjab University slips by 38 positions in US News and World Report Rankings-2019. P2 Police work on hired killers angle in the case of four murders at Khatauli village. P5 Anjum Moudgil continues her brilliant run of form, wins women’s 10m air rifle gold. P6 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 27°C MIN 12°C | YESTERDAY MAX 26.6°C MIN 14.1°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 5:24 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6:52 AM Youngster falls into pit, dies GOODBYE, BRIGADIER, YOU’LL BE REMEMBERED Satinder Pal Singh Dera Bassi, November 19 A youth in his mid-20s died after he slipped into a 14-footdeep pit meant for storm water collection adjacent to the main market here this evening. The identity of the youth is yet to be ascertained. According to sources, the incident occurred around 7.30 pm when the youth, along with one of his associates, had come to buy a cigarette in the market. In the meantime, the victim went near the pit to answer nature’s call. He accidentally slipped into the pit. Prima facie it appears the area was dark and he failed to notice the pit. Had gone to answer nature’s call UT finalises draft notification on sewerage charges Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service Army personnel carry the mortal remains of Brig Kuldip Singh Chandpuri during his funeral in Chandigarh on Monday. MANOJ MAHAJAN A huge crowd gathered on the Ambala-Chandigarh stretch as onlookers stopped on getting to know about the incident. The victim’s associate raised the alarm and informed the Fire Department. Passers-by and shopkeepers came to the victim’s rescue, but as it was dark, they could not locate the body inside the pit. Soon, fire personnel reached the spot and pulled him out. They continued on page 5 City MP Kirron Kher offers condolences to Brigadier Chandpuri’s widow; and (left) Punjab cops fire a volley as a mark of respect to the hero of the Battle of Laungewala. Husband, son back prosecution theory Woman had thrashed 5-yr-old stepdaughter Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 19 The husband and son of a woman, who was booked for allegedly thrashing her fiveyear-old stepdaughter and putting her in a gunny bag last year, appeared in the court today. The duo supported the prosecution theory and once again stated that Jaspreet Kaur had committed the crime. In December last year, her crime was recorded on video by her step son, which went viral on social media. She was arrested from a relative’s house in Sector 27 later. While the police had filed a challan in January, the trial began today after over nine months. The cross-examination of the father-son duo is scheduled for Tuesday. Water bills to swell from next month Jaspreet Kaur was charged under Section 75 of the Juvenile Justice Act and Section 323 of the Indian Penal Code, while Section 308 A was added after directions from the court. Kaur had married Manmohan Singh, a resident of Sector 29, in 2016. It was the second marriage for both of them. The victim’s 14-yearold brother had recorded the video of Kaur thrashing the five-year-old, whose leg was already in a cast. Kaur was repeatedly banging the child’s head on the floor and stuffing her in a gunny bag. The victim’s brother had shown the video to his father, who approached the Child Welfare Committee, Sector 19. The police were informed after which an investigation was initiated. Chandigarh, November 19 The Motor Accidents Claim Tribunal (MACT) has awarded a compensation of Rs 44.42 lakh to the family of a Punjab Police Home Guards volunteer, who was killed after his bullock cart was hit by a car near Dhanas last year. Then 44, Manjit Singh was going towards Dhanas when he was hit near the marble market. According to the application of the family, on November 27, 2017, around 1.30 pm, Sanjay of Mohali, who was driving his car at a high speed, hit the bullock cart from the rear side. Manjit fell down and sustained multiple A Punjab Police Home Guards volunteer, Manjit Singh, was killed after his bullock cart was hit by a car being driven by Sanjay of Mohali on November 27 last year near Dhanas. Manjit’s kin argued that he was drawing a salary of ~32,000 a month. Besides, he was earning ~10,000 from dairy farming. injuries. He was taken to the PGI where he succumbed to his injuries later in the day. The family had demanded a compensation of Rs 50 lakh. The application was moved by Baljinder Kaur, widow of the victim, Devinder Singh and Gurpreet If a resident gets a water bill of ~1,000 for a month, he will have to pay ~300 extra as sewerage charges. At present, a resident pays a nominal ~10 per WC seat. The sewerage charges will go up with an increase in the consumption of water. Sewerage charges to be 30% of total water bill The MC, at its meeting held in June, had decided to levy sewerage charges at the rate of 30 per cent of the total water bill, discarding the current system of levying sewerage charges at Rs 10 per WC seat, and had sent it to the Local Bodies Department of the Administration for approval. poration. The civic body hopes to collect a revenue of Rs 20 crore from the sewerage cess. The cess will be charged on the basis of the water tariff for residential as well as institutional buildings in the city. With the implementation of the new system, those using more water will have to pay more every month as sewerage charges. At present, the MC has around 1.58 lakh water connections in the city in various categories — residential, industrial, commercial, semi-commercial, institutional, government and semi-government. Connection charges to go up The charges for releasing a sewer connection will also be increased. Residents will have to pay Rs 1,000 for flats having a covered area of up to 500 sq ft. Those having a covered area between 500 sq ft and 1,000 sq ft will be charged Rs 2,000, while those having a covered area of above 1,000 sq ft will be charged Rs 4,000. In marla houses, Rs 2,000 will be charged for houses up to 10 marla, Rs 4,000 if the plot size is between 10 marla and 1 kanal and Rs 6,000 if the plot size is above 1 kanal. Hotels and institutions will be charged Rs 20,000 each. ~13K snatched from LPG Says it’ll issue contempt notice for non-compliance of orders for removal of vehicles from foothpaths delivery boy Tribune News Service patrol cars were also asked to What the Bench said Chandigarh, November 19 Rapping the Chandigarh Traffic Police for “sheer callousness”, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today made it clear that the Bench would issue a contempt notice for repeated non-compliance of its directions on removal of vehicles parked on pedestrian pathways. The Bench also directed the UT Deputy Commissioner and the Municipal Commissioner to remain present in the court on the next ate of hearing. Justice Amol Rattan Singh asked the Deputy Commissioner to be present for assisting the Bench and to solve the parking problem. The direction came after the Bench observed that the parking policy was said to be pending with the Deputy Commissioner for a year. ❝ The same cars are being parked in the very area where I lived. But the orders have not been complied with. You are least bothered… They (the traffic police) think that this is fun going on. It is going on right under my nose. I can well imagine what is happening in other places. ❞ — JUSTICE AMOL RATTAN SINGH The Municipal Commissioner was asked to explain why parking in excess of the capacity was being permitted. The Bench observed that the contractor’s employees were apparently getting cars parked on pedestrian pathways obviously to ensure money for entry. MACT awards compensation of ~44 lakh to victim’s family Was on a bullock cart Pay ~300 if your water bill is ~1,000 HC raps traffic police for ‘sheer callousness’ DEATH OF HOME GUARDS VOLUNTEER Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 19 Your water bill is all set to increase from next month as the UT Administration has finalised the draft notification for enhancing the sewerage charges on the recommendation of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation. The MC, at its meeting held in June, had decided to levy sewerage charges at the rate of 30 per cent of the total water bill, discarding the current system of levying sewerage charges at Rs 10 per WC seat, and had sent it to the Local Bodies Department of the Administration for approval. Sources said the Local Bodies Department had sent the draft notification to the Legal Department, which would be issued soon seeking objections from residents within 15 days. After that, the final notification will be issued for implementation. The decision to increase the sewerage charges has been taken to overcome the financial crisis being faced by the Chandigarh Municipal Cor- Singh, both sons of the victim, and Gurmail Singh, father of the victim. It was stated in the application that Manjit was working as a Home Guards volunteer and was drawing a salary of Rs 32,000 per month. Apart from that, he was earning Rs 10,000 from dairy farming. In his defence, the accused driver stated that he was not driving rashly and was not negligent in any way. He said the victim suffered injuries on his own and that a false criminal case was registered against him. The tribunal granted a relief of Rs 44,42,662, to be paid by Oriental Insurance Company Limited and car driver Sanjay. c m y b The Bench also asked the commissioner to furnish an affidavit regarding utilisation of underground parking. “The court’s impression is that the underground parking facility is not been utilised deliberately to help the contractor,” Justice Amol Rattan Singh asserted. The Bench also asked the SSP (Traffic) to place on record his own affidavit on the action taken by the traffic police to ensure that vehicles were removed not just from main roads but also pedestrian paths. He was also asked to back up his affidavit with photographic evidence. The generate awareness against parking on pedestrian pathways in inner roads. As the case came up for resumed hearing, Justice Amol Rattan Singh asserted that not even a semblance of adequate action being taken was visible, despite directions to the SSP (Traffic and Security) that vehicles parked on pedestrian pathways should be towed away or clamped down or proceeded against by way of registration of a criminal case under Section 336 (an act endangering the life or personal safety of others) of the IPC. Justice Amol Rattan Singh added that Section 336 was attracted because vehicles parked on the pedestrian pathways were forcing pedestrians to walk on roads. Referring to the situation in Sector continued on page 5 Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 19 Two unidentified miscreants allegedly snatched an amount of Rs 13,000 from an LPG cylinder delivery boy at Sector 52 here today. Sources said the victim, Arshad, who works as a delivery boy with a Maloya-based gas agency, reported that he had come to deliver gas cylinders in Sector 52 in a jeep when two youths, both pedestrians, approached him. The duo asked the victim to deliver a cylinder at their house. The police said they took him to a house, which was already open and empty. The duo thrashed the victim and escaped after snatching Rs 13,000 from him. The police have initiated an investigation at the Sector 36 police station.
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