03012019-CT-01.qxd 03-01-2019 00:20 Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE THURSDAY | 3 JANUARY 2019 | CHANDIGARH Increase in seats Drive a damp squib Musical treat Panjab University set to increase seats in 5-year law, LLM and ME courses for 2019-20. P2 Anti-encroachment drive in Sector 19 residential area fails to yield desired results. P4 Well-known ragini singers enrapture audience on Day 2 of Ragini Mahotsava. P2 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 21°C MIN 4°C | YESTERDAY MAX 21.5°C MIN 9.4°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 5.35 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 7.19 AM HOUSING SCHEME FOR UT EMPLOYEES Union Cabinet gives nod to land for apartments Saurabh Malik Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 2 Less than two months after the Punjab and Haryana High Court took a serious view of the wait in the implementation of the self-financing housing scheme for UT employees, the Union Cabinet has approved the proposal to allot land to the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB), paving the way for the construction of apartments for 3,930 allottees. The approval came over a decade after the scheme was launched for UT employees. The Centre had earlier submitted that the final note on the proposal to allot 61.5 acres of government land to the CHB had been sent to the Cabinet Secretariat for placing it before the Cabinet at an early date for its decision. Assistant Solicitor-General of India Chetan Mittal had submitted that the final note for the Cabinet was duly approved by the “competent authority”. A letter dated December 6, 2018, whereby the Cabinet note was forwarded to the Cabinet Secre- Nod comes decade after scheme was floated The approval came over a decade after the scheme was launched for UT employees. The Centre had earlier submitted that the final note on the proposal to allot 61.5 acres of government land to the CHB had been sent to the Cabinet Secretariat for placing it before the Cabinet at an early date for its decision. Meeting was chaired by PM Apartments to be constructed for 3,930 allottees ■ The self-financing housing scheme was launched in February 2008 tariat was also placed before the Bench of Justice Mahesh Grover and Justice Lalit Batra on the previous date of hearing. Available information suggests that Chandigarh MP Kiron Kher’s initiative played a role in getting the approval. The Bench had earlier asked the Union of India to make clear its stand on the proposal sent by the Administration for allocation of land to the housing board. The development had taken place on a petition filed by Phool Kumar Saini and other petitioners against the CHB and another respondent. Youth held for raping 3-yr-old Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 2 A 19-year-old youth has been arrested for allegedly raping a three-year-old girl in Sector 52. The police received a call on Tuesday evening from the victim’s mother following which a woman police official went to the victim’s house. Sources said the victim’s mother stated that on December 30, her daughter was playing outside the house when she heard her screaming. The victim’s mother went outside the house and found that her daughter was not there. She then heard screams from her neighbour’s house. The woman entered the neighbour’s house and found the suspect, Rakesh (19), sexually exploiting her daughter. The woman rescued her and returned home. The victim’s mother did not disclose it to anyone and when her husband, who was out of station, returned on January 1, she narrated the incident to him after which the police were informed. A case under Section 376 AB (punishment for rape on woman under 12 years of age) of the IPC and under Section 6 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act has been registered against the suspect at the Sector 36 police station. He has been arrested in the case. ■ The draw of lots was held on November 4, 2010 ■ The Cabinet meeting that gave nod was chaired by PM Narendra Modi The petitioners were seeking directions to the CHB and another respondent to implement the Self-Financing Housing Scheme-2008 on a leasehold basis for 99 years for UT employees. The court was told that the housing scheme for the employees was launched in February 2008 by the UT. The draw of lots was held on November 4, 2010, and nearly 3,930 employees were successful. However, nothing was apparently done by the CHB. Even acceptance-cumdemand letters were not issued to the successful applicants and “bureaucrats at high level were sleeping over the matter”. The petitioners had added that the CHB was apparently more interested in providing houses to encroachers. They were getting houses and tenements free of cost as “in all this the CHB gets an opportunity to do bungling”. On the other hand, the successful applicants like the petitioners having a legitimate right to get a house by making payment as prescribed in the brochure were “left in the doldrums”. The petitioners claimed they were also being “prejudiced against severely”. Water supply to be hit tomorrow Mohali: The water supply to several parts of the town will be hit on Friday due to repair work on the Phase 1 and Phase 4 pipelines of the Kajauli waterworks. There will be no water supply in the afternoon, while the water pressure will remain low in the evening in several areas, including Phase 1, 2, 3, 3A, 3B2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10 and 11, Sector 70 and 71, Mataur village, Shahi Majra and Phase 1 to 5 of the Industrial Area. The supply will remain normal in the morning. Owner booked as pet dog bites neighbour Chandigarh, January 2 A Sector 16 resident has been booked by the Chandigarh Police after his pet dog reportedly bit his neighbour on January 1. According to the police, the victim, Varun, a resident of Sector 16, reported that a dog owned by Aman, who resides near his house, bit him. The victim got injured and was admitted to Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16. The police were informed about the incident following which a case under Section 289 (negligent conduct with respect to animal) of the IPC was registered. Under Section 289, a dog owner can be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to six months or with a fine which may extend to Rs 1,000 or with both. — TNS Zirakpur man dies of swine flu Zirakpur: A man from Zirakpur, who was in his mid-50s, died of swine flu in the first such case reported from the town this year. According to officials of the Health Department, the deceased was Continued on page 3 c m y b Kin hurt; were waiting to be picked up from Zirakpur Kidnapping call keeps cops on toes, boy found Our Correspondent Tribune News Service Zirakpur, January 2 Two brothers were crushed to death, while one of their relatives sustained injuries after they were allegedly hit by a speeding Himachal Roadways bus near the Zirakpur flyover on the AmbalaChandigarh highway here late last night. The deceased have been identified as Sandeep (29) and his brother Kuldeep (24), while the injured is Arvind Singh (21), all residents of Jarnail Enclave, Zirakpur. Arvind was admitted to the GMCH, Sector 32, Chandigarh, where he is under treatment, said the police. The police said the deceased’s father, Satiya Singh, who retired from the Haryana Fisheries Department, in his complaint to the police, said he had four children, including three sons. He said two of his sons, Sandeep and Kuldeep, and his brother-in-law son Arvind had gone to their workplace on January 1. The complainant said the trio returned from their workplace around 1.45 am and wanted him to get them picked up from near the bus stop. The complainant said he, along with his third son, Pardeep, on separate vehicles, had gone to pick up Sandeep, Kuldeep and Arvind Singh from Zirakpur. He said when the trio was waiting near the highway, a speeding bus, bearing an HP number, came from the Dera Bassi side and reportedly hit them and then hit their bike. The police said passersby rushed the injured to the GMCH, Sector 32, where doctors declared Sandeep and Chandigarh, January 2 The UT police were on their toes after they received information about the “kidnapping” of a three-year-old child from Mani Majra. The police launched a hunt and later found the child near the Modern Housing Complex (MHC). The police said information was received that a boy, Suraj, had been kidnapped from near a gurdwara at Mani Majra. The police swung into action and a team was constituted to trace the child. A team, led by Inspector Ranjit Singh, SHO of the Mani Majra police station, and various other teams of the beat staff started searching for the minor boy in the area. The police said the boy was found near gate number three of the MHC within two hours. The police said the minor’s parents were called, who identified the child. He was handed over to his mother Lalita Devi. Police officials said during investigation, it was found that the boy went to play outside his house and while playing he went far. “The boy lost his way and went to the MHC,” said a police official. A daily diary report (DDR) regarding the incident was registered at the Mani Majra police station. Hit by bus, 2 brothers killed The ill-fated bus and the motorcycle that met with an accident near the Zirakpur flyover late on Tuesday night. PHOTOS: PRABHAT KATIYAR Cyclist dies in road mishap, woman held Tribune News Service Couldn’t get through to police: Eyewitness An eyewitness said when he called up the Police Control Room at 100, the number was reportedly not reachable. He said he tried nearly 10 times, but each time he could not get through. He lamented that in case of an emergency on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway, where fatal accidents take place almost everyday, those in distress often found it difficult to get through to the police. A person had the telephone number of an ASI posted at Zirakpur and it was by calling him up that help arrived, said another eyewitness. Kuldeep dead. Arvind sustained injuries and was admitted to the hospital. The driver of the bus, Rakesh Kumar, fled from the spot. The police have registered a case against the bus driver at the Zirakpur police station. Mohali, January 2 The police have arrested a woman following a road accident in which a 60-yer-old cyclist was killed here. The victim has been identified as Lekh Raj (64), a resident of Sector 49, Chandigarh. The incident occurred on Airport Road near IT City around 8 am today. The woman, a resident of Sector 66, is a government teacher. According to the police, Lekh Raj was on his cycle when he was hit by the woman, who was driving a Santro car. The victim, who sustained serious injuries, was rushed to the hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead. Inspector Tarlochan Singh, SHO of the Sohana police station, said the woman was arrested after registering a case under Sections 279 and 304 A of the IPC against her at the police station. POWER SHUTDOWN KHARAR Noon to 5 am: Both sides of Chandigarh Road, City Heart, Mundi Kharar, Dashmesh Enclave and LIC Colony
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