27022019-CT-01.qxd 2/27/2019 1:00 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY | 27 FEBRUARY 2019 | CHANDIGARH PU STUDENTS SHINE AT INT’L YOUTH FEST IN RAIPUR PAGE 2 MC TO INVITE FRESH TENDERS FOR 25 PAID PARKING LOTS Panjab University folk and tribal dance team participates in South Asian Universities Youth Festival. FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY INBRIEF RAIN LIKELY IN CITY TODAY: MET DEPT Chandigarh: The Met Department has predicted rain in the city for Wednesday. Thereafter, fog/mist is expected in the morning and a clear sky later in the day on February 28 and March 1. After that, there is again a possibility of rain for the next three days. The maximum temperature recorded on Tuesday was 22.7°C, two degrees below normal. The minimum temperature was 9.6°C. The cold conditions are expected to stay longer this time, possibly till March-end. TNS TRICITY FUEL PRICES PETROL DIESEL CHANDIGARH ~67.77 ~63.74 PANCHKULA ~71.86 ~66.10 MOHALI ~72.33 ~66.50 WHAT’S ON CHANDIGARH PLAY: Sambhav New Delhi – Play, ‘Satya ke paryog’, in TFT Fest at Navrang Theatre; 6.30 pm LECTURE: Department of English and Cultural Studies, PU, to organise lecture on cultural studies; Dr Mulk Raj Anand Auditorium; 2.30 pm MAX 18°C | MIN 8°C | YESTERDAY MAX 22.8°C | MIN 9.6°C MOHALI APNI MANDI: Sector 58 PANCHKULA APNI MANDI: Sector 26 22-year-old gym trainer ends her life Tribune News Service Mohali, February 26 A 22-year-old girl, identified as Paramjit Kaur, reportedly committed suicide at her rented accommodation in Sector 70 by hanging herself from a ceiling fan this morning. The police said Paramjit Kaur, a native of a village near Hoshiarpur, was working in a gym as a trainer and had returned to her house around 10 pm on Monday. The police said she had informed one of friends at the gym that she would not be coming to the gym. The police said after this, her friends tried to contact her on her mobile phone, but she did not attend the call. Later, one of her friends visited the house around 3 pm and found her hanging from the ceiling fan. After receiving information, the Mataur police reached the spot and took the body into their custody and informed the parents of the deceased. The post-mortem would be conducted tomorrow, the police said. SUNSET WEDNESDSY 6:19 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 6:50 AM Over 20 fire engines pressed into service to battle the flames Satinder Pal Singh Fire rages at the stockyard of Vishal Paper Mill at Dera Bassi on Tuesday. Fire engines from Mohali, Rajpura, Lalru and Baddi were called to battle the fire. The rescue work, which started around 4.30 in the morning, went on till noon since paper was burning in heaps and it was tough for the fire extinguishers to completely battle the fire, said the Fire Officer. He said over 20 fire engines TERMINATION OF PARKING CONTRACT were pressed into service to douse the flames. It took them over seven hours to complete the rescue operation, said Manjit Singh. Even after the fire was extinguished, the waste material kept smouldering and a few fire engines were stationed at the spot to sprinkle water at regular intervals to check the recurrence of the blaze. The main plant of the mill was safe, said the Fire Officer. An eyewitness said, “There was panic after the waste paper lying in the stockyard caught fire. It spread at such a pace that within minutes it was all over.” Officials of the paper mill could not be contacted. TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE HC to test UT Admn’s animal safety steps Saurabh Malik Tribune News Service Chandigarh, February 26 Three months after the Punjab and Haryana High Court took suo motu cognisance of the ailing safety and care facilities for animals in the city, a Division Bench has made clear its intention of carrying out an unforeseen mock exercise to test the effectiveness of measures initiated by the UT Administration. “We will not direct the petition to be closed till the time we test the efficacy of the steps undertaken by the Administration in a surprise mock drill,” the Division Bench of Justice Mahesh Grover and Justice Lalit Batra asserted. As the case came up for resumed hearing, an additional affidavit filed on behalf of the Chief Conservator of Forests and Chief Wildlife Warden, UT Department of Forest and Wildlife, Debendra Dalal, was taken on record. The Bench asserted that certain suggestions had been incorporated in the affidavit along with steps taken by the WHAT THE BENCH SAID “We will not direct the petition to be closed till the time we test the efficacy of the steps undertaken by the Administration,” the Division Bench asserted. Administration. Appreciating the Administration’s focus on the issue, the Bench also urged the authorities concerned to take other steps for regulating speed in sensitive areas such as by providing rumble strips. “Rather we leave it to the people in charge of the traffic in the city to evolve steps in this regard, which is so essential not only for preventing damage to animals but also to people who might come in the way of an animal rampaging in panic,” the Bench added, while fixing the case for further hearing next month. Perturbed by the viciously ruthless manner in which the Cycle track project hits roadblock Contractor stops work over non-payment by department for 11 months Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service High Court dismisses Arya Toll Infra plea Chandigarh, February26 Just about a week after the Municipal Corporation scrapped the agreement with M/s Arya Toll Infra Ltd for managing 25 paid parking lots and a multi-level parking in the city, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today dismissed as withdrawn a petition filed by it. The contract with the company was scrapped after three cheques for Rs 1.5 crore issued by the firm in lieu of instalments bounced. As the petition came up for preliminary hearing, the Division Bench of Chief Justice Krishna Murari and Justice Arun Palli gave the firm the liberty to get the issues resolved through mediation. The MC had earlier decided to take over the parking lots and run these at the same rates. The order of the termination of the contract was issued by Tilak Raj, Additional Commissioner, MC. The contractor had failed to deposit the seventh installment of the licence fee, amounting to Rs 3,69,50,000, which was due in December 2018. The contractor issued three cheques for Rs 50 lakh each, but these were dishonoured by banks. — TNS Chandigarh, February 26 A major project pertaining to the construction of a cycle track and a pedestrian path in the city has got stuck after the contractor stopped the work on Vikas Marg, accusing the department of not releasing the payment for the past 11 months. The UT Administration had allotted the work for the construction of the cycle track and the pedestrian path from the Sector 43 bus stand to the Sector 39 new grain market at a cost of over Rs 3.40 crore on July 10, 2017, and the firm was given a six-month deadline to complete the work. While the project has already crossed the deadline, the new controversy between the department and the contractor is further set to delay the project. Sources said in a letter to the Executive Engineer of the department on February 1, the construction firm had stated that for the past Work has been stopped on a pedestrian path in Sector 43. VICKY WORK WAS ALLOTTED IN 2017 The UT Administration had allotted the work for the construction of a cycle track and a pedestrian path from the Sector 43 bus stand to the Sector 39 new grain market at a cost of over Rs 3.40 crore on July 10, 2017, and the firm was given a six-month deadline to complete the work. While the project has already crossed the deadline, the new controversy between the department and the contractor is further set to delay the project. . 10 months, the firm was executing the work without any payment, but now it was unable to continue the work without the payment since the suppliers were not providing the raw material and even the staff had refused to work without the payment. The firm said if any loss arose due to the delay, the officials concerned would be responsible for it. The firm Auto driver keeps word as India avenges Pulwama Amit Sharma Tribune News Service Chandigarh, February 26 Standing by his promise to ferry passengers free of cost in his auto for a month once the Indian Government gives a befitting reply to the terrorist attack on CRPF personnel in Pulwama, 28-year-old auto driver Anil Kumar today ferried passengers and did not charge them for it after the Indian Air Force carried out air strikes in Pakistan. Kumar had pledged to ferry passengers for free once the revenge was taken. According to him, this will be a tribute to the CRPF personnel killed in the fidayeen attack in Pulwama Offers free ride to passengers for a month . was ❝IIndiahappy to know that had retaliated after which I took the auto to the nearby bus stop and offered free rides to people waiting for public transport. ❞ — Anil Kumar, AUTO DRIVER in Jammu and Kashmir earlier this month. Kumar said he received calls from his friends early Anil Kumar offers free ride to passengers. MANOJ MAHAJAN this morning informing him about the IAF strikes. “I was happy to know that India had retaliated after which I took c m y b PAGE 5 Urdu play Jis Lahore Nahin Vekhya.. staged on the 29th day of the ongoing TFT National Winter Theatre Fest. Major fire at Dera Bassi paper mill, no casualty Dera Bassi, February 26 A massive fire broke out in the stockyard of Vishal Paper Mill situated on the Dera Bassi-Ramgarh stretch in the wee hours of today. No casualty was reported, but the incident led to a loss of raw paper material stashed in the godown. Sources said the exact cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained. The fire, which started at 4.10 am from the waste stockyard of the mill, spread quickly. Over 50 firemen, a majority of them engaged from neighbouring areas, were pressed into service to bring under control the inferno-like situation in the mill stockyard. Manjit Singh, Fire Officer, Dera Bassi, said they received information at 4.15 am and subsequently fire engines were rushed to the spot. The Dera Bassi fire wing rushed all three fire engines and a water boozer along with a team of firefighters to extinguish the flames. JIS LAHORE NAHIN VEKHYA RELIVES TRAUMA OF PARTITION Chandigarh Municipal Corporation decides to invite fresh tenders for operating paid parking lots in the city. WORKSHOP: Department of SAIF/CIL, PU, to organise an international workshop on Fashion and Textile Design; seminar room of the department, February 27 to March 3 APNI MANDI: Sector 46, 40 and 15 PAGE 3 the auto to the nearby bus stop and offered free rides to people waiting for public transport,” he said. In the morning, people rushing to their offices and college students were ferried by Kumar in the auto. He continued driving the auto across the city till late in the evening. Kumar has affixed banners of free ride on his auto along with his mobile number so that people can contact him. Kumar also met many people who wanted to travel by his auto, but only if he took the fare. “Many passengers said they wanted to meet me and ride on my auto. However, they forced me to take the fare,” he said. Kumar will continue ferrying passengers free of cost for one month. said the payment should be made regularly as per the CVC guidelines, but in this case, no payment was made for the past 11 months by the department. The construction of the cycle track project is under the scanner of the Punjab and Haryana High Court in which the Engineering Department has given an undertaking to finish the work in a time-bound manner. Residents of southern sectors are demanding that the work should be completed soon to avoid accidents on Vikas Marg, one of the most busiest roads of the city. Satish Chandra Sharma, a resident of Sector 51, said cyclists and pedestrians of the area were facing problems due to the delay in the project. Mukesh Anand, Special Secretary in the Engineering Department, said he would look into the issue. He said the department was considering replacing paver blocks with concrete for laying the cycle track. 2 more held with drugs Tribune News Service Chandigarh, February 26 Two more drug peddlers have been arrested by the crime branch of the UT police from different parts of the city while possessing cocaine and heroin. A team of the crime branch, led by Inspector Amanjot Singh, nabbed the two drug peddlers, identified as Amit Kumar (28), a native of Sirsa, and Manoj Singh (20), a resident of Jind. The police said Amit Kumar was held while possessing 10 gm of cocaine. He was arrested from the Sector continued on p5 “victim of an accident at human hands” was handled, Justice Grover had taken cognisance of the matter before directing it to be treated as a petition in public interest. “A magnificent creature wallowing in its own blood with battered limbs, writhing in pain for an hour without any help — a victim of an accident at human hands, can best sum of the care the City Beautiful affords to its distressed animals while caretakers of forest and wildlife make tall claims in this regard,” Justice Grover had asserted in his note while taking suo motu cognisance. Justice Grover had added that even when help arrived, there was no veterinary doctor to even relieve the poor creature of its pain. Rather, it was removed from the site in a brutally insensitive manner by netting and tying it to be dragged in a pick-up van. Justice Grover had further added that the incident raised several concerns about animal safety and care, for which the court was taking suo motu notice and directing the matter to be treated as public interest litigation. Children find bomb near Indira Colony, tragedy averted Tribune News Service Panchkula, February 26 A major tragedy was averted when children of Indira Colony found a live bomb shell in a nearby drain and informed the police, who took the bomb in their custody. According to the police, some children were playing near the drain located near Indira Colony when they saw The bomb shell that was found in a drain in Panchkula. AMBALA BOMB DISPOSAL SQUAD INFORMED The SHO of the Sector 14 police station in Panchkula, Yashdeep Singh, said they had decided to remove the bomb from the drain as children were playing there. He said they did not want the children to play with the bomb as it could lead to a major mishap. He said they had informed the bomb disposal squad at Ambala so that it could be defused. . the shell. One of them informed the police, who arrived at the site. The police said constable Yash Pal, along with a colleague, took out the bomb from the drain and took it to the police chowki in Sector 16. Earlier, a bomb shell was found near the Ghaggar. The SHO of the Sector 14 police station, Yashdeep Singh, said the bomb had possibly come down from the cantonment area during the recent heavy rain as the drain was flooded. He said only the bomb disposal squad could give further information regarding the bomb, which weighed around 7 kg.
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