27122018-CT-01.qxd 27-12-2018 01:02 Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE THURSDAY | 27 DECEMBER 2018 | CHANDIGARH Award for scientist Fake receipt WC trophy reaches city Dr Pooja from Central Scientific Instruments Organisation receives Young Scientist Award. P2 With police yet to take action on two complaints, another fake property tax receipt detected. P4 Visitors take photographs with the 2019 ICC World Cup trophy at Elante Mall. P6 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 18°C MIN 5°C | YESTERDAY MAX 18.8°C MIN 4°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 5.30 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 7.17 AM Relocation of vendors in front of shops put on hold Committee to survey sites afresh, review ~10,000 fine Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service New UT Adviser Manoj Parida with officers of the Administration at the UT Guest House in Chandigarh on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: NITIN MITTAL A lot on Parida’s mind New Adviser takes over, lists out his priorities Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service Chandigarh, December 26 Early completion of Smart City projects, construction of a world-class shooting range, easing traffic chaos and strengthening Chandigarh Region Innovation Knowledge Cluster for bridging the gap between the industry and the youth are some of the priority areas on the mind of Manoj Parida, who joined as the new Adviser to the UT Administrator today. Parida was given a guard of honour at a function held at the UT Guest House soon after he came to the city in the afternoon. He also held a meeting with senior officers of the UT at the UT Guest House and also met Punjab Governor and UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore. Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, Parida said the Administrator had already given him tasks to be completed WHAT HE INTENDS TO DO FOR CITY ■ Early completion of Smart City projects ■ Easing traffic chaos ■ World-class shooting range ■ Strengthening Chandigarh Region Innovation Knowledge Cluster for bridging the gap between the industry and the youth ■ Transparency in functioning of the Administration in the coming days. The Smart City projects would be on top of the agenda. He said he would have a detailed discussion with officers in the coming days and identify weak areas to improve upon these. Parida is known for his works as the Chief Secretary of Puducherry. Allowing reservation for residents in private medical colleges was one of the major works done during his tenure there. Despite strong resistance from the colleges, he managed to ensure reservation for the residents in the colleges. The abandoned international airport was also made operational during his tenure. Before joining in Chandigarh, Parida, a 1986-batch IAS officer of the AGMUT cadre, was the Chairmancum-Managing Director of the Delhi Financial Corporation. Parida said he would see how delivery of services to residents could be made hassle-free and quick. Transparency in the functioning of the Administration would also be ensured. Parida had come to the city when a memorandum of understanding was signed between Chandigarh, Puducherry and the French Government during the visit of the French President and the Indian Prime Minister three years ago. Chandigarh, December 26 In a relief to traders, the town vending committee of the Municipal Corporation has put on hold the process of relocation of vendors outside shops in markets. It has been decided to form a committee of officers on the issue. Members of the town vending committee will visit the markets to survey the sites afresh. It has also been decided to review the decision of imposing a penalty of Rs 10,000 on owners who place items in front of their shops in the open verandah. The committee decided to hold the first draw of lots for allotment of sites to vendors on December 28. The MC has fixed January 5 as the deadline to complete the allotment process. All vendors from Sector 17 will also be shifted before the deadline ends. Sources said around 4,000 vendors were likely to be given sites in the first phase. The traders have been asked to give a representation for exempting them from the definition of illegal vendors under the Street Vendors Act. The decision to consider encroachments outside shops as “illegal vendors” was taken at the last meeting of the town vending committee. This had sparked a strong protest from the traders. The traders were on the warpath against the decision of the Municipal Corporation for relocating vendors in front SNIPPETS Thieves strike at Verka booths 3 booked for kidnap bid in city, this time in Sector 23 Chandigarh: Three persons have been booked by the Chandigarh Police for allegedly trying to kidnap a person at gunpoint at Mauli Jagran. According to the police, the complainant, Rahul Mittal, a resident of Charan Singh Colony, Mauli Jagran village, alleged that Vinay, Sethi and their accomplice threatened him by brandishing a gun and tried to kidnap him. They, however, did not succeed and escaped from the spot. The victim informed the police, who visited the spot. A case under Sections 364-A (kidnapping for ransom), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 511 (punishment for attempting to commit offences punishable with imprisonment for life or other imprisonment) of the IPC and Sections 24, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act has been registered against the suspects at the Mauli Jagran police station. TNS Decamp with cash, silver coins, eatables from 3 outlets Youth ends his life Chandigarh: A 22-year-old youth committed suicide by hanging himself at his house in Ram Darbar, Phase 1. The police received information regarding the suicide on Wednesday morning. On reaching the spot, the police found that the victim, Amit, had taken the extreme step by hanging himself from the hook of a ceiling fan. The body was shifted to the mortuary at the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32. Inquest proceedings have been initiated into the matter at the Sector 31 police station. TNS Had attempted theft earlier too The owner of a Verka booth shows a broken lock in Sector 23. VICKY ship inside the booth. A theft was also reported from yet another Verka booth in Sector 23. Last week, a theft was reported from a Verka booth in Sector 22. The complainant, Guddi Tiwari, had reported that she reached the booth around 5.30 am and found the locks broken. Eatables and cash lying in the booth were stolen. Similarly, a theft at a Vita booth in Sector 48 was reported on December 10. Four unknown persons stole eatables and 4-kg ghee after In one of the incidents, Verka booth owner Shiv Kumar reported that the thieves entered the booth in Sector 23 by breaking the locks, including an interlock. “The thieves stole ~1,000 and some eatables from the shop,” he said. Kumar said the thieves had also tried to commit a theft at his booth six days ago. However, they could not break the locks. “This time, they came fully prepared to break the locks and were successful,” he said. breaking the locks of the booth. Thieves have been striking at Verka booths in the city for the past many years. Several incidents of theft at Verka booths are reported every year. Earlier, in July, thefts were reported from Verka booths in Sector 8 and Mauli Jagran. Theft bid at 2 other booths Sources said the thieves also tried to commit thefts at two other Verka booths in Sector 23. However, they could not break the locks. c m y b Tribune News Service Chandigarh, December 26 Three youths working at a pizza outlet have alleged that the in-charge of the Sector 61 police post, sub-inspector Om Parkash, tortured them at the police post on December 25. The trio was called to the police post to question them regarding a theft that took place at a house in Sector 52. The victims have been identified as Ravi Kumar, Yograj and Pappu Kumar, all residents of Kumbra village in Mohali, who work at a pizza outlet in Sector 44. WERE TAKEN FOR THIEVES Residents hold a protest against the vending zone at Sector 15 in Chandigarh on Wednesday. NITIN MITTAL SECTOR 15 RESIDENTS HOLD PROTEST Residents of Sector 15, Chandigarh, held a protest against the Municipal Corporation for creating a vendor zone plan in the area. A large number of residents assembled near DAV School, where the MC has planned to allot sites to vendors. Members of the Residents Welfare Association, Sector 15, said the MC was trying to make Sector 15 the biggest vending zone. The MC has planned to accommodate around 1,800 vendors from different areas, including the PGI, Sector 12, 15, 17 and 22, in Sector 15. Ravi Kant, president of the association, said shifting vendors would lead to traffic congestion, parking issues and inconvenience to children, who would be deprived of playing grounds. Farmers of the apni mandi also joined the protest. of their shops. The traders also closed markets in various sectors against the decision. Baldev Goel, Jagdish Arora, Sanjiv Chadha and Anil Vohra were among the members who attended the meeting. Goel, a leader of the Chandigarh Business Council, said it was a victory for Pankaj Jain is UT senior standing counsel Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Chandigarh, December 26 Thieves continue to strike at Verka booths in the city. Three thefts have been reported from Verka booths in Sector 23. The miscreants also made unsuccessful theft attempts at two other Verka booths in Sector 23. In one of the incidents, Verka booth owner Shiv Kumar reported that thieves entered the booth by breaking the locks, including an interlock. “The thieves stole Rs 1,000 and some eatables from the shop,” he said. Kumar said the thieves had also tried to commit a theft at his booth six days ago. However, they could not break the locks. “This time, they came fully prepared to break the locks and were successful,” he said. The police were informed about the incident, who have initiated an investigation into the matter. Thefts were also reported from two other Verka booths in Sector 23. Sources said another Verka booth owner Sonu Goyal reported that he was informed about the theft by the driver of the delivery man around 5 am. Sonu reached the booth and found Rs 800 stolen from the cash counter and Rs 1,000 and silver coins stolen from the place of wor- Youths allege torture by cops Chandigarh, December 26 Punjab Governor and UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore has appointed Pankaj Jain as the UT senior standing counsel in the Punjab and Haryana High Court for three Pankaj Jain years or till further orders for civil cases. He replaces advocate Sanjeev Sharma, who stepped down recently. Sharma was the second senior standing counsel to have put in his papers within a short span. His predecessor, Suvir Sehgal, had resigned from the post on November 28. His and Sharma’s resignation had come as a surprise in the absence of any ostensible reason or even an indication of the things to follow. Just 44, Pankaj Jain had started his career under Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, who went on to become the Chief Justice of India. Pankaj Jain is a law graduate from the Department of Laws, Panjab University. He has also done postgraduation in Economics and Urdu. Jain has been practising in the High Court and the Supreme Court since 1998. the traders as they had been raising the issue for long. He said a fresh survey would be held to identify new places. Anil Vohra, president of the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal, said the vendors should be allowed in places away from shops as markets are overcrowded. TANDON MEETS GUV, RAISES VENDORS’ ISSUE Sanjay Tandon, president of the city unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), met the Punjab Governor and UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore and submitted a memorandum regarding the vendors’ issue. Tandon said the Governor called the Municipal Commissioner and discussed the vendors’ issues. Tandon said the penalty of Rs 10,000 on shopkeepers would be withdrawn. The Chief Architect has been asked to look for alternative sites for vending zones where objections have been raised by residents and shopkeepers. The victims have been identified as Ravi Kumar, Yograj and Pappu Kumar, all residents of Kumbra village in Mohali, who work at a pizza outlet in Sector 44. The trio was called to the Sector 61 police post where they were allegedly detained for a few hours and tortured suspecting that they were thieves. One of the victims, Ravi Kumar, claimed that on December 24, they had gone to distribute pamphlets of the pizza store at Sector 52. The same day, a theft was reported from one of the houses there. “The police called on the numbers mentioned in the pamphlet and asked us to visit the Sector 61 police post,” Ravi alleged. The trio went to the police post where they were allegedly detained for a few hours and tortured suspecting that they were thieves. “We were hit with sticks on our hands, leading to serious injuries. Our hands are swollen,” Yograj said. continued on p3
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