08022019-CT-01.qxd 2/8/2019 12:42 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE FRIDAY | 8 FEBRUARY 2019 | CHANDIGARH PAINTING CONTEST ORGANISED AT TRAFFIC POLICE LINES City traffic police organise painting competition for schoolchildren as part of Road Safety Week. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY INBRIEF YOUTH HELD WITH LIQUOR BOXES Chandigarh: The police have arrested a 22-year-old youth for carrying 480 boxes of liquor in a truck. The police said 5,760 bottles were seized. According to the police, the suspect, Pushpendra Kumar, a native of Uttar Pradesh, was arrested from near the Railway light point on February 6 while illegally possessing liquor boxes. The boxes were loaded in a truck, which was also impounded by the police. A case under the Excise Act has been registered against the suspect at the Industrial Area police station. TNS PAGE 2 PUPPET FESTIVAL CONCLUDES AT TAGORE THEATRE PAGE 2 Curtains on the seventh edition of the four-day International Puppet Festival at Tagore Theatre. MAX 19°C | MIN 9°C | YESTERDAY MAX 17.2°C | MIN 7°C SUNSET FRIDAY 6:03 PM WHAT’S ON CHANDIGARH SPECIAL LECTURE: A special lecture on ‘Guru Nanak’s Philosophy and Environment’ by Padam Shri awardee Sant Balbir Singh Seechewal; Seminar Hall, top floor of Emerging Area Building, PU; 1 pm. INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE: Third international conference on Saraswati river; Golden Jubilee Hall; 10.30 am. LECTURE: Special lecture on ‘The Future of Industrial Relations in India: Global Change and Challenges’; Moot Court Hall, PU; 10.30 am CHARITY EVENT: Mega charity event ‘SPARKLES 2K19’; Leisure Valley, Sector 10, Chandigarh; 4 pm onwards PRACHEEN KALA KENDRA: Musical tributes to Ghazal samrat Jagjit Singh on his 78th birth anniversary; ML Koser Auditorium-35; 6 pm. TFT FEST: Play ‘Reflections Unknown’ by Bhartendu Natya Akademi; Navrang Theatre; 6.30 pm FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE 35-mm rainfall recorded till 5.30 pm; weather expected to clear by afternoon SEVERAL SECTORS SANS POWER FOR HOURS Firemen pull out a car that got stuck in rainwater at the railway underpass in the Industrial Area, Phase 1, Chandigarh, on Thursday. The police had to stop the movement of traffic for some time as a safety measure. TRIBUNE PHOTO: NITIN MITTAL SEE ALSO PAGE 5 Tribune News Service Chandigarh, February 7 With a spell of rain and hail lashing the tricity today, the Met Department said the minimum temperature was expected to drop to 6 to 7°C. According to the department, the city recorded 13 mm of rain, while in the airport area, 35 mm of rain was recorded. The figures were available from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm today. “The weather will be colder ahead. We expect the minimum temperature to drop to 6 to 7°C. The minimum temperature recorded today was 14°C,” said an official of the department. The department has predicted clear weather from tomorrow. From Saturday, it is expected to be foggy. “There may be drizzling or thundery development till Friday afternoon. After that, the weather is expected to Continued on page 6 Chandigarh: Heavy rain left residents in many sectors of the city without power for hours. Branches of trees fell on electricity wires, resulting in the outage. The department also snapped power supply to many areas as a precautionary measure to avoid mishaps while carrying out repair work. The affected areas included Sector 7, 8, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 30, 31, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41 and 44, and Burail and parts of some villages. Sector 30 residents faced an outage for over three hours in the morning. The agony of residents increased with the phone lines of complaint centres remaining busy for most part of the day. Complaints continued to pour in at the complaint centres throughout the day, making the task difficult for Continued on page 6 Lightning strikes house in Mohali Close shave for 2 families; items damaged Mohali, February 7 Two families had a narrow escape as lightning struck a house in Phase I, Mohali, this morning. However, the ceiling, walls, electrical wires and other household appliances were damaged. The owner of the house, Baljinder Singh, while narrating the horrifying experience, said the lightning struck at 7.45 am, damaging property, internal wiring and appliances. He said he was standing outside his house, watching the thundery development in the sky when suddenly he saw a flash of light followed by a deafening sound. However, he did not know that lightning had struck his house. Baljinder said he and his family members had just come out of the house after waking up in the morning to watch the thundery development. He said they heard a deafening sound of thunder. A few minutes later, he entered the house and found it damaged. He said the plaster of his house had peeled off at some places and the internal wiring had completely burnt. Baljinder said the inverter and mobile chargers of his tenants had also got damaged. He said later he found that the parapet and the ceiling of his house had also got damaged. — TNS GREEN TURNS WHITE: Hailstones at a park in Rajpura on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: RAJESH SACHAR Gangster Ankit Bhadu’s accomplice, who was arrested after the encounter in Dhakoli. TRIBUNE PHOTO 2 girls rescued post Dhakoli encounter Bhadu was wanted in several cases Satinder Pal Singh Zirakpur, February 7 Held hostage in a flat at Mahalaxmi Apartments, Dhakoli, by three dreaded gangsters, two minor girls were rescued after an encounter between the Punjab Organised Crime Control unit and gangsters this evening. The two minor victims, Avleen (9) and Akshita (6), residents of Mahalaxmi Apartments, Dhakoli, sustained injuries on their feet and were taken to the Community Health Centre, Dhakoli, for a medical examination. Dreaded gangster Ankit Bhadu, wanted by the Rajashtan Police, was residing in a rented accommodation along with his two aides in a flat at Dhakoli. The Punjab team had a tip-off about Bhadu and other gangsters residing in a rented accommodation at Mahalaxmi Apartments following which it conducted an operation to nab him. The gangsters opened fire on the police when they were asked to surrender. Bhadu jumped the gallery and entered the balcony of another flat and took two minor girls hostage at gunpoint. Bhadu was killed when he was trying to escape by taking the two girls hostage. Two of his accomplices, Gidda Kanna and Jarman, were also injured in the operation. ASI Sukhwinder Singh of the Punjab Police also received injuries during the operation, it has been learnt. Later, teams of the Punjab Police surrounded the Peer Muchalla area and sealed exit roads leading in and out of the locality. Heavy police deployment was made in and around Zirakpur. Bhadu, a native of Sherewala village in Abohar, had escaped after an encounter with the Haryana Police outside Gadarkhera village in Sadulshehar located the Abohar-Hanumangarh stretch in August last year. As many as 47 rounds were fired from both sides after at least six cops cordoned off a farmhouse reportedly owned by Balwant Singh. Bhadu reportedly tried to escape on a tractor, but it did not start following which he reportedly ran away through the fields. He carries a cash reward of Rs 5 lakh on his head for Continued on page 6 Youths vandalise house, vehicles; 3 held PGI not to demolish houses Tribune News Service Chandigarh, February 7 A group of youths carrying sticks and rods pelted a house in Phase I, Ram Darbar, with stones, leaving one person injured last night. The youths also vandalised a car and a motorcycle parked outside the house, before fleeing. The complainant, Deepak Kumar, reported that he and his family members were sleeping when around 10.30 pm, a group of around 10 youths, carrying sticks and rods, came outside and started throwing stones at his house. He said his uncle went outside the house when one of the miscreants threw a brick that hit his uncle on the head. The police were informed about the incident, who reached the spot. However, by then, all suspects had escaped from the spot. The complainant identified some of the suspects as Ravi, alias Anda, Binny, Rohit, alias Policiya, Abha and Vashu. A case under Sections 147, 148, 149, 323, 427 and 506 of the IPC has been registered against the suspects at the Sector 31 police station. Raids were conducted by the police after which three youths, Rohit (26), Vinay, alias Chhotu (18), and Vishal (22), all residents of Ram Darbar, were arrested. For Mirzapur school students, rain means pain Seasonal rivulet blocks passage between school, village; demand for bridge goes unheeded Akash Ghai/ Amit Sharma GOVT FOUND WANTING I decided would ❝aWhen I became the sarpanch,the schoolthat Ithe get bridge constructed between and Tribune News Service Mirzapur, February 7 When it rains in Mohali district, students of Government Middle School, Mirzapur, a village hardly 20 km away from Chandigarh and 7 km away from the Oberoi Sukhvilas resort, pray that the seasonal rivulet does not get filled with water. It’s not that the students don’t love rain, but they have no option but to cross the rivulet to return home. As soon as it rained today, the rivulet got filled with water. Soon, students were seen standing outside the school waiting for the rain to stop and the water to seep so that they could cross the TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD Rain, hail storm tricity DIESEL CHANDIGARH ~66.56 ~62.45 PANCHKULA ~71.12 ~65.34 MOHALI ~76.38 ~66.35 PAGE 4 Civic body likely to seal offices of government departments, including Haryana Police headquarters. SUNRISE SATURDAY 7:09 AM TRICITY FUEL PRICES PETROL P’KULA MC TO SEAL GOVT OFFICES, PVT INSTITUTIONS village. However, unfortunately, despite my best efforts, I could not get the bridge constructed. ❞ — Gurcharan Singh, EX-SARPANCH, MIRZAPUR VILLAGE government makes claims ❝The state in Mohali district. However,regarding development the Students of Government Middle School, Mirzapur, wait on the banks of a seasonal rivulet on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: VIJAY MOHAN rivulet. Harpreet Kaur, a Class VIII student of the school, who is a resident of Mirzapur village, said the situation was worse during the monsoon. When the rivulet gets filled with water, local residents help school students cross it on a tractor-trailer. “Sometimes, we have to wait for several hours in the school as the water level rises,” said Ramandeep, another student. Gurcharan Singh, a former government has failed to get a bridge constructed in the village, which will serve the students. ❞ — Dila Ram, SARPANCH, MIRZAPUR VILLAGE sarpanch of Mirzapur village, claims that they have raised the demand for the construction of a bridge connecting the school and the village many times, but the district administration and the state government have failed to c m y b address the issue. “I was a student of this school from 1993 to 1998 and I also used to wait for hours to cross the rivulet to reach my home, which is not too far away from the school. Later, Continued on page 6 Community centre to be razed only after constructing new one Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service Chandigarh, February 7 After Chandigarh Tribune highlighted the issue, the PGI today took a U-turn and decided not to demolish 40 houses of employees and build a new community centre a year before demolishing the existing one. The issue of razing the central workshop will taken up at the next Standing Finance Committee meeting. The move has ended the deadlock between the PGI and employees’ unions. The unions were earlier planning to stage a black flag march during Health Minister JP Nadda’s visit to the campus on Saturday. The decision was taken at a meeting between the PGI Director, Dr Jagat Ram, and the unions. The Director told Chandigarh Tribune, “There was no official order to demolish the houses. The community centre will be razed, but only after a new and better one is built at an appropriate place.” “We will ensure that there is a common place for the central workshop where the women and child care centre is planned to be built. However, the matter will go THE TRIBUNE IMPACT DEADLOCK ENDS The issue of razing the central workshop will be taken up at the next Standing Finance Committee meeting. The move has ended the deadlock between the PGI and employees’ unions. The unions were earlier planning to stage a black flag march during Health Minister JP Nadda’s visit to the campus on Saturday. to the Standing Finance Committee for a final decision,” he said. Ashwani Kumar Munjal, president of the PGI Employees’ Union, said, “The PGI has a total of 277 acre. Of this, 136 acre comes under the residential zone, while 141 acre is under the institutional zone. There is no marking between the two. However, now as per the PGI master plan, there will be marking for the two zones. These three structures come under the institutional zone; so they had planned to demolish it.” The authorities wanted to pave the way for the construction of a women and child care centre and a geriatrics centre by razing these. “There is a temple near the place where the geriatrics centre has been planned. Religious functions are held there almost on a daily basis and loudspeakers are used with impunity. How will old people manage in the geriatrics centre? Today, a marriage of one of our poor employees was held at the community centre. Where will persons like him go if they demolish the community centre?” questioned Munjal.
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