26022019-CT-01.qxd 2/26/2019 12:30 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE TUESDAY | 26 FEBRUARY 2019 | CHANDIGARH CONFERENCE ON ELECTORAL STRATEGY AT PANJAB VARSITY PAGE 2 Punjab Finance Minister, Technical Education Minister share ideas at a conference on electoral strategy. FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY INBRIEF THEFT AT COAL FIRM OFFICE Chandigarh: A theft has been reported from the office of a coal company in Sector 28 from where cash and metal items were stolen. According to the police, complainant Vivek Kumar reported that Rs 10,000 and metal items were stolen from the office of Himalaya Coal Company after breaking the locks on the intervening night February 23 and 24. The police were informed about the incident, who reached the spot. A case in this regard has been registered at the Sector 26 police station. TNS TRICITY FUEL PRICES PETROL DIESEL CHANDIGARH ~67.77 ~63.74 PANCHKULA ~71.97 ~66.20 MOHALI ~72.32 ~66.49 WHAT’S ON CHANDIGARH BIRTH ANNIVERSARY: ICCR - Birth anniversary celebration of Abul Kalam Azad at Law Auditorium, PU; 11 am. SEMINAR: Punjab Arts Council ‘Rabab Utsav’ Seminar, shabad gayan at Randhawa auditorium; 10 am. EXHIBITION: WE group Art exhibition at Museum and Art Gallery; 4 pm GOVERNOR NOD TO DETENTION POLICY WITH RIDERS PAGE 2 Department gets approval from the Governor regarding the ‘manner of detention’ for Classes V and VIII. MAX 23°C | MIN 10°C | YESTERDAY MAX 22.7°C | MIN 8.1°C SUNSET TUESDAY 6:19 PM Artistes stage ‘Rakt Beej’ at Tagore Theatre, highlighting various aspects of human relationships. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6:51 AM Airport not to be shut for CAT-III installation Work to be carried out between midnight and 4 am, HC told Tribune News Service Chandigarh, February 25 The Punjab and Haryana High Court was today told that the installation of the CAT-III instrument landing system would not entail the closure of the Chandigarh international airport. As the case came up for resumed hearing, the Bench of Chief Justice Krishna Murari and Justice Arun Palli was told that the CAT-III installation work would be carried out without disrupting the civil flights. The task would be performed between midnight and 4 am, when there were no flights. The Bench was also told that the work of installing CAT-II at the other end would be completed by March 31. After hearing counsels present in the court regarding airport-related issues, the Bench made it clear that delay regarding the work being carried out at the airport was not acceptable and it was required to be completed within the time specified before the Bench. Taking up the petition filed in public interest on making the airport fully functional, the Bench also made it clear that WHAT THE BENCH SAID After hearing counsels present in the court regarding airport-related issues, the Bench made it clear that delay regarding the work being carried out at the airport was not acceptable and it was required to be completed within the time specified before the Bench. . that there had to be a concrete reason for a delay in the execution of work. The Bench added that the completion of work at the airport was in the interests of the entire nation. Appearing before the Bench, the Advocates-General of both states assured the court of complete cooperation regarding their share of work and expenditure. Punjab AG Atul Nanda submitted that the issue was not of the amount required to be spent by the government as part of its share for the installation of CAT-III facility. Nanda said the payment of Rs 60 crore for the Rs 30-crore project was the issue. Nanda also questioned the necessity of handing over the work to the company which had installed the CAT-II system. Responding to the sub- mission, Assistant SolicitorGeneral of India Chetan Mittal said the task of carrying out work at a sensitive place could not be handed over to any company due to security reasons. The Bench then suggested the holding of a meeting for resolving the issues. Nanda also sought exemption from appearance for the state Chief Secretary. The Bench was told that the Chief Secretary could not make it because of the ongoing Vidhan Sabha session. The Bench, during the course of the hearing, was continued on page 3 WORKSHOP: Three-day workshop on ‘Numismatics: Study and research’ at Dr Mulk Raj Anand Auditorium, PU; 10 am RELEASE OF REPORT: Justice Rajit Singh (retd) to release report on working of the NDPS Act in Punjab at ICSSR seminar hall; 10.30 am APNI MANDI: Sector 56, 29 and Dhanas MOHALI APNI MANDI: Sector 71 PANCHKULA APNI MANDI: Sector 15 Police plan to check sale of banned drugs Tribune News Service Tribune News Service WHAT THE SSP SAYS Mohali, February 25 Kashmiri student Mohammad Weqas allegedly concocted the story of his thrashing by five unidentified persons at Mohali, the local police have claimed. Mohali Senior Superintendent of Police HS Bhullar said a doctor at Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16, Chandigarh, where Weqas went for treatment, reported that his (Waqes) injury (dislocation of shoulder) was not because of any assault and thus no medico-legal case Mohali SSP HS Bhullar said a doctor at the GMSH, Sector 16, Chandigarh, where Weqas went for treatment, reported that his injury (dislocation of shoulder) was not because of any assault and thus no medico-legal case was made out. “Apart from that, our team, led by Kharar DSP Deep Kamal, conducted an inquiry into the matter. The team also went to the spot where Weqas claimed he was allegedly thrashed by five persons in a three-wheeler, but found not even a single eyewitness,” he said. (MLC) was made out. “Apart from that, our team, led by Kharar DSP Deep Kamal, conducted an inquiry into the matter. The team also went to the spot where Weqas claimed he was allegedly thrashed by five persons in a three-wheeler, but found not even a single eyewitness,” said the SSP . He said the Kharar DSP also spoke to several shopkeepers there, but all of them claimed that no such incident continued on page 3 Mohali, February 25 To keep a check on the sale of banned medicines at chemist shops, the police have decided to send decoy customers. Mohali SSP HS Bhullar said he had received complaints regarding the sale of banned drugs in some pockets, including Lalru, Dhakoli and Nayagaon. “I came to know that banned tablets, syrups and injections are being sold by some chemists. Now, we decided to send decoy customers to chemist shops to continued on page 3 FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Heroin, ~3.50-lakh cocaine seized by police from them Tribune News Service Chandigarh, February 25 Three drug peddlers, including a student of Sri Guru Gobind Singh College (SGGS), Sector 26, was nabbed by the crime branch from different parts of the city while possessing cocaine and heroin. The cocaine seized by the police is worth around Rs 3.50 lakh. A team of the crime branch, led by Inspector Amanjot Singh, nabbed the three suspects, who were selling drugs across the tricity. A student of the SGGC was arrested with heroin. Crime branch sleuths said the suspect, Lakhan Chopra, a resident of Sector 27, was arrested while possessing 12 gm of heroin on February 25. Sources said they had a tipoff about the suspect possessing heroin following which he was nabbed from the rear side of a liquor store in Sector 27. The suspect is a BA finalyear student of the college. COCAINE SUPPLIED TO THE WELL-OFF Crime branch sleuths said cocaine was being supplied to addicts from well-off families in the tricity, who were being identified. Sources said the call detail record of the suspect’s mobile phone was being scrutinised to establish who all were in contact with him. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered against the suspect at the Sector 26 police station. Meanwhile, crime branch sleuths today nabbed Suresh Kumar, a resident of Peer Muchala, Zirakpur, while possessing 30 gm of cocaine. He was arrested from the Mauli Jagran police station Chandigarh, February 25 In a judgment that will change the way heads of departments are designated in medical institutes, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has ruled that a nonmedico qualified to be a professor cannot be denied the post. The court, in its 164-page judgment, ruled that it would have struck down a clause whereby the qualification of MBBS or equivalent has been prescribed for designation as the HoD. However, the clause was being “read down to save it from unconstitutionality”. The judgment by Justice Rajiv Sharma and Justice Harinder Singh Sidhu came more than four years after the Medical Council of India’s executive committee considered a Council Asses- sors’ report before noting that the HoDs of pre and para clinical departments could not be non-medical degree holders. Designated as HoDs of the Pharmacology and Anatomy departments at the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh, in January 2008 and September 2010, Professor CS Gautam and another petitioner had earlier moved the court. Their counsel Anupam Gupta had claimed that they were removed as HoDs on February19, 2015, in violation of the principles of natural justice. Speaking for the Bench, Justice Sharma asserted that the MCI’s stand was that the petitioners were not possessing the MBBS degree. It was true they obtained the MSc qualification and acquired PhD and were appointed continued on page 3 Night Food Street in a spot Labour Dept sans ALC for 5 months Original allottees missing; contract of 4 kiosks not to be extended Work affected; harrowed complainants forced to take their cases back Ramkrishan Upadhyay Amarjot Kaur Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Chandigarh, February 25 The local Municipal Corporation has decided not to extend the contract of four kiosks at the Night Food Street near the PGI after finding major violations of the terms and conditions. Sources said a committee of MC officials inspected all four kiosks at the Night Food Street yesterday and found the actual allottees missing at the kiosks. According to the terms and conditions, only the original allottees can run the kiosks. However, the committee found that they had sublet the kiosks. The sources said the report of the inspection committee was placed before members of the Finance and Contract Committee at its meeting Chandigarh, February 25 It’s been five months since the Labour Department at Sector 30 has been functioning without the apex authority — Assistant Labour Commissioner (ALC). Labour Inspector Ramesh Dhiman has been handling the additional charge of the ALC since November and no cases have been resolved in this time period, says Dhiman. “As an officiating ALC, I handle everything except court cases,” he says. According to the court procedure, all cases, disputes and grievances of labourers are first addressed to the ALC, who then refers them to the labour court, if necessary, or in case he/she cannot resolve the matter. In such a situation, labourers are at the The Night Food Street near the PGI. held here today in which it was decided not to extend the contract of the kiosks in view of the violations. The members decided to form a committee of officers to work out fresh terms and conditions to run these smoothly and table these at the next meeting for approval. The kiosks were leased out through a draw of lots and the monthly rent of each kiosk was Rs 50,000 for three years. Their contract is ending next week, but the owners had offered to continue for two more years with a 10 per cent hike in the rent. The committee, at an earlier meeting, had approved to continued on page 3 c m y b Staff of the Kingdom of Beer outside the Labour Court in Chandigarh. receiving end. In fact, some of them have even withdrawn their cases while others await their fate at the hands of the “slow-moving government and judicial machinery”. At the Labour Department, this correspondent chanced upon a meeting with harrowed area, where a case against him under the NDPS Act has been registered. Sources said the suspect used to sell 1 gm of cocaine for around Rs 12,000. Inspector Amanjot Singh said the suspect used to supply cocaine to high-society people addicted to cocaine. “We will analyse the call detail record of the suspect to identify his clients,” the inspector said. The accused is involved in making flex boards. Crime branch sleuths nabbed another drug peddler, Deepak a, native of Kaithal, Haryana, while possessing 30 gm of heroin. He was arrested from the Mani Majra police station area. The police said the suspect had clients in Chandigarh, Zirakpur and Panchkula.”We will investigate from where he used to purchase heroin,” said a police official. A case has been registered against him under the NDPS Act. Non-medicos can be HoDs, says HC Saurabh Malik Kashmiri boy concocted thrashing story: Police TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD College student among 3 drug peddlers arrested Tribune News Service TFT FEST: Yugmanch Nainital - Play ‘Jis Lahore Nahin Vekhya’ at Navrang Theatre; 6.30 pm. PAGE 4 HINDI PLAY ‘RAKT BEEJ’ STAGED AT TAGORE THEATRE employees of “Kingdom of Beer”, a restaurant-cum-brewery in the city’s Sector 26, which shut down in December last year. The employees had been doing the rounds of the Labour Department, receiving only one hearing date after another. The employees shared that some of them had not received their salaries since August. The executive chef of the restaurant, Rajesh, who has not received his five-month salary amounting to Rs 1,20,000, has withdrawn his complaint. “He has been told at the department that it will take some five or six years to resolve this issue as judicial cases move at a slow pace, so he decided to take his case back,” said Saurabh, the continental chef, who is still perusing his case at the department along with 10 other employees. Apart from Rajesh, Nepal-based Vijay, too, has taken his complaint back. “I have to work, madam. I can’t keep coming here to settle this for years to come. I’m going back to Nepal. I’ll look at it like a bad continued on page 3 Gul Panag After Kejri rap, Kirron gets Panag pat Chandigarh, February 25 A day after AAP national convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal slammed Kirron Kher over her performance as the city MP at a rally held here yesterday, she got praise from Gul Panag, who had contested against her in the last Lok Sabha elections from Chandigarh as the AAP candidate. In her tweet today, Panag, while making it clear that she was not joining the BJP , said, “Kirron Kher is an actress but she has been a dutiful MP and her attendance record in Parliament is over 75 per cent. There have been many good parliamentarians from a plethora of professions, including the film industry.” Thanking Panag, Kher replied that hearing such a comment from her “most worthy opponent” had truly humbled her. Kher claimed that her attendance in Parliament was over 85 per cent. She wrote, “What’s hilarious is that Arvind Kejriwal checked my attendance from Bhagwant Mann, whose own attendance is 56 per cent, much below the national average. He barely came to the House, so obviously he didn’t see anyone there.” Kher said she did many “firsts” for the city despite not being a “career politician”. She claimed that she brought the first-ever” industrial policy. She got approval for the Tribune flyover and an under-bridge at Mani Majra. The age limit for citizens to get jobs was also extended during her tenure. — TNS
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