27032019-CT-01.qxd 3/27/2019 1:07 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY | 27 MARCH 2019 | CHANDIGARH PLAY STAGED DURING TWO-DAY THEATRE FESTIVAL NZCC, Patiala, Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Akademi and Impact Arts stage a play, ‘Kaka Thand Rakh’. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY INBRIEF YOUTH STABBED AT MALOYA, 1 HELD Chandigarh: A 25-year-old youth was stabbed near Maloya Colony. The victim was injured and admitted to the GMSH, Sector 16. According to the police, the victim, Pankaj, a resident of Maloya village, reported that he was returning home when the suspect, Rajkumar, stopped him on March 24. The police said the suspect started quarrelling with the victim claiming that Pankaj had thrashed him on Holi. He then allegedly assaulted the victim and stabbed him with a knife. A case under Section 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means) of the IPC has been registered against the suspect at the Maloya police station. He has been arrested. TNS FOETUS FOUND IN SECTOR 49 Chandigarh: A five-month-old foetus was found in Sector 49. Residents found the foetus outside EWS Colony and informed the police. The police shifted the foetus to the mortuary of a hospital. The police said the footage of CCTV cameras in the area was being scrutinised. The foetus was found near the ground in front of house number 2680, EWS Colony, on March 25. The police said they were checking with hospitals to get information about the foetus. A case under Section 318 (concealment of birth by secret disposal of body) of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 49 police station. TNS TRICITY FUEL PRICES PETROL WHAT’S ON CHANDIGARH EXPERT TALK: Panjab University to commemorate 550th birth anniversary of Shri Guru Nanak Dev by organising an expert talk at ICSSR; 11:30 AM NATIONAL SEMINAR: Department of Community Education and Disability Studies, PU, to organise two-day national seminar on “GENDER AND DISABILITY" at Rajiv Gandhi College Bhawan, PU; 11.30 am NUKKAD PLAY: World Theatre Day Theatre Arts to stage nukkad play, ‘Jago voter jago’, at the Plaza; 1 pm. FEST: UT Cultural Affairs Youth Cultural Fest Regional Institute of English, Sector 32, at Tagore Theatre; 6.30 pm. APNI MANDI: Apni Mandi will be held at Sector 15, 40 and 46 MOHALI APNI MANDI: Sector 58 PANCHKULA MUSHAIRA: Haryana Urdu Akademi - Mushaira at Haryana Akademi Bhavan, Sector 14, in Panchkula; 3 pm. APNI MANDI: Sector 26 PAGE 3 SECTOR 36 RESIDENT DUPED OF ~80,000 IN ATM FRAUD TWO KILLED, SIX INJURED IN ROAD ACCIDENT AT AMBALA A man loses ~80,000 after an unknown person exchanges his ATM card and withdraws money. MAX 29°C | MIN 15°C | YESTERDAY MAX 28.2°C | MIN 12°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 6:38 PM PAGE 5 Woman among two persons killed and six others injured as their SUV collides with a bus in Ambala. SUNRISE THURSDAY 6:17 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Segregation of waste at source from June 1 Cardboard reduced to ashes City MC gives assurance before National Green Tribunal Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service Firefighters battle flames at a cardboard factory in the Industrial Area, Phase 8, Mohali, on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: VICKY PAGE 4 Cast vote, get 15% discount in hotels DC launches 'Eat Pure, Vote for Sure' campaign in city Chandigarh, March 26 Hotel owners will offer a minimum discount of 15 per cent to every voter who shows the indelible ink mark. The discount will be offered from May 19, the voting day, till May 25 at all eateries. Other special incentives specific to different hotels and eating joints will also be offered. The decision was taken at a meeting held by Deputy Commissioner-cum-Additional Chief Electoral Officer Mandip Singh with hotel owners. As part of the ongoing SVEEP programme, the DC today launched the banner of an awareness campaign initiated by restaurant and hotel owners for the elections. Carrying the message "Eat Pure, Vote for Sure", the objective of Cop gets 5-year RI in bribery case Tribune News Service DIESEL CHANDIGARH ~68.90 ~63.33 PANCHKULA ~72.64 ~65.56 MOHALI ~73.48 ~66.08 PAGE 2 Chandigarh, March 26 The court of the Special Judge, CBI, Sanjiv Joshi, today sentenced head constable Paramjeet Singh to fiveyear rigorous imprisonment (RI) in a bribery case. While pronouncing the quantum of the sentence, the Judge said: “It is common knowledge that the genie of corruption is eating the very roots of our system and increasing day by day despite several efforts made by the legislature since Independence to curb the same.” “Our country is suffering a loss of billions of rupees due to rampant corruption. Poor people are the worst sufferers of corruption in our society,” he said. However, KP Singh, public prosecutor for the CBI, contended that the accused deserved the maximum punishment of 10 years with an exemplary fine to discourage such persons from indulging in corruption. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 30,000 on the convict. The CBI had arrested Paramjeet Singh for taking a bribe of Rs 1,000 from an auto-rickshaw driver for not challaning his vehicle on September 9, 2014. The CBI received a complaint from the auto driver and laid a trap near the Kisan Bhawan roundabout in Sector 35 and caught him taking the bribe. The accused was caught with the bribe money wrapped in a white paper, which was recovered from him. Earlier, the auto driver had got his vehicle released after paying Rs 4,000 as challan fee after he failed to pay a bribe of Rs 1,200, demanded by the traffic policeman on September 2, 2014. His vehicle was challaned for various offences. On September 4, the head constable again spotted the complainant driving the auto-rickshaw. He again demanded a bribe and threatened to challan him again if he failed to pay this time. The driver then approached the CBI, following which a trap was laid. the campaign is to maximise voter registration and turnout during the elections. This message will be displayed on banners and standees at all leading hotels and eateries as well as stamped on their bills and other receipts so that the importance of becoming a voter and exercising the right to vote gets conveyed to each visitor. — TNS Chandigarh, March 26 After a delay of over two years, the local Municipal Corporation has finally decided to begin segregation of waste at source from June 1. Sources said the MC gave this assurance in its compliance report submitted before the National Green Tribunal ( NGT) today. The tribunal had directed all states to submit action plans to reduce the pollution level and bring air quality standards within the prescribed norms, failing which they would be liable to pay "environment compensation". The NGT had directed the chief secretaries of all states to be present in the court and file the status report and action plans. The sources said besides the Adviser, senior officers of the UT submitted the report. The UT submitted the compliance report in areas of solid waste management, plastic ~10,000 FINE FOR LITTERING SOON The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation has decided to issue a challan for Rs 10,000 for littering soon. The Administration had recently notified the solid waste management bylaws under which heavy penalties have been fixed for littering and violating provisions of the rules. The MC will empower sanitary inspectors to issue challans under the rules. . waste management, biomedical waste management and air quality control. On solid waste management, the UT said it already had an RDF plant, a compost plant and a bio-methanation plant. The UT said around 2,500 kg bio-medical waste gener- Two cops booked for taking ~10,000 bribe HC to act guardian of girl up in arms against her parents Tribune News Service Saurabh Malik Tribune News Service Chandigarh, March 26 Two cops posted at the Maloya police station have been booked by the local police for allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 10,000. The complainant had appeared before the UT SSP alleging that the cops took money to shield his business partner in a quarrel incident. The police said the complainant appeared before SSP Nilambari Jagdale on Monday. The complainant, whose name the police refused to divulge, alleged that Constable Sanjay Kumar and Head Constable Ashok Kumar, posted at the Maloya police station, took a bribe of Rs 10,000 to shield his business partner in a complaint of quarrel, which had taken place at Dadu Majra. Acting on the complaint, a case was registered against both cops under Sections 7,13 (1) (B) of the Prevention of Corruption Act at the Maloya police station. COMPLAINANT APPEARED BEFORE SSP The police said the complainant appeared before SSP Nilambari Jagdale on Monday. The complainant, whose name the police refused to divulge, alleged that Constable Sanjay Kumar and Head Constable Ashok Kumar, posted at the Maloya police station, took a bribe of Rs 10,000 to shield his business partner in a complaint of quarrel, which had taken place at Dadu Majra. Police officials said Constable Sanjay has joined the investigation in the case, while the second cop was on leave and had been asked to join the investigation. The police said no arrest had been made so far. The deci- sion on the arrest of the cops shall be taken after examining the evidence. Meanwhile, Constable Sanjay has been placed under suspension, while Head Constable Ashok Kumar has been sent to the Police Lines, Sector 26. Finally, HIV positive siblings get a home Sent to child care institution at Rai in Sonepat; to get treatment at the PGI, Rohtak Nitish Sharma Tribune News Service Ambala, March 26 After being shuttled from one place to another, two HIV positive minor orphan siblings have finally been provided a shelter at a child care institution in Rai, Sonepat. The 12-year-old boy and his nine-year-old sister were sent back to Ambala last Wednesday as they were not provided a shelter at a children’s home in Panchkula, and since then they had been staying at a fit facility in Naraingarh. Last night, they were sent to Sonepat. Mohit Aggarwal, a member children have with the ❝Thethe Women andbeen sent to SonepatDepartment. help of Child Development The Health Department has assured that it will make all arrangements for their treatment. Two more HIV positive children are already staying there. The children will get treatment from the PGI, Rohtak. ❞ — Mohit Aggarwal, MEMBER, CHILD WELFARE COMMITTEE of the Child Welfare Committee (CWC), said “The children have been sent to Sonepat with the help of the Women and Child Development Department. The Health Department has assured that it will make all arrangements for their treatment. Two more ated in the city was being collected and treated daily. The affidavit also included plans to curb pollution in the Ghaggar. The report said all discharge points, releasing untreated waste into drains, were being plugged. Most of the points had already been plugged. It said all existing STPs would be upgraded to meet the latest prescribed norms by November 2021. An action plan for control of air pollution in Chandigarh was also submitted. The plan has both short-term and longterm measures for prevention and control of air pollution. To tackle vehicular pollution, among short-term plans, the action plan talks of checking fuel adulteration and random monitoring of fuel quality data. Among long-term plans, the UT Administration is working on widening of roads and improvement of infrastructure for decongestion of roads. There is also a plan to run electric vehicles in the city. Around 136-km cycle tracks and footpaths have been constructed so far. On plastic waste management, the report said since the imposition of the ban on plastic carry bags in the city, the Administration had issued 364 challans and seized 1,884 kg plastic. HIV positive children are already staying there. The children will get treatment from the PGI, Rohtak.” Finding a shelter for the children had turned out to be a difficult task for the CWC in the absence of a child care institution in Ambala. c m y b Besides, lack of support from other districts had created more obstacles for the CWC. The father of the children had died nearly six months ago, while their mother died on February 25. Relatives had refused to keep them. Despite the fact that the matter was in the notice of the Women and Child Development Department and the Haryana State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, the children were harassed and shuttled from one place to another. Now, the CWC is likely to raise the matter with the Chief Secretary, Haryana, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights and also with the National Human Rights Commission. Gurdev Singh, a CWC member, said “The children are very young and we wanted to keep them together as after the death of their parents, they need the support of each other. We have faced a lot of issues in this particular case and we don’t want the same thing to happen to any other child, especially if there is any HIV positive child case in future; it has been decided to raise the matter with the authorities and commissions concerned.” Chandigarh, March 26 When a teenager moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court through a friend seeking protection against her own parents, little did she realise that the Bench would take upon itself the task of acting as her guardian – at least for the time being. Refusing to allow her to withdraw her petition filed through a boy just about five years elder to her, Justice Manoj Bajaj made it clear that the court could act as her de jure guardian for the time being in the absence in of a natural guardian or “next friend”. “It would be in the interest of the petitioner if she is kept in Aashiana (juvenile home for girls) Sector 15, Chandigarh, during the pendency of the petition,” Justice Bajaj ruled. Her parents were also directed to remain present in the court on the next date of hearing. Aged over 16, the girl had moved the court through her friend Jaswinder Singh for protection from her parents, allegedly compelling her to solemnise marriage with a boy of their choice against her wishes. Directions were also sought to them against interfering in her personal life and liberty. The Bench initially asked the Patiala SSP to file a report after an inquiry on allegations in the petition. As the case came up for resumed hearing, the state counsel, assisted by the SHO of the Samana city police, asked for additional time to file a report in terms of the earlier orders. Referring to the petition, Justice Bajaj asserted that its perusal revealed that the petitioner had levelled allegations against her parents regarding beating her up and forcing her to marry a boy of their GIRL HAD MOVED COURT THROUGH FRIEND Aged over 16, the girl had moved the court through her friend Jaswinder Singh for protection from her parents, allegedly compelling her to solemnise marriage with a boy of their choice against her wishes. choice, which was opposed by the petitioner wishing to pursue her education. A brief representation in this regard stood submitted by her to Patiala SSP . Justice Bajaj added that the pleadings contained in the petition were vague and did not disclose valid reason for picking up Jaswinder Singh (21) as next friend to institute the present petition against the parents. In response to a query by the court, her counsel stated that she left her house on March 4 and was residing with Jaswinder Singh in his aunt’s house in Patiala district. “This court is not inclined to accept the status of Jaswinder as a lawful guardian as there is nothing to indicate that how the petitioner became a friend of Jaswinder, who is five years older than her…. It does not appeal to prudence that a girl has not chosen any other relative and has picked up Jaswinder Singh as next friend for the relief sought through this petition. “At this stage, it is difficult to accept Jaswinder as guardian/next friend of the petitioner, in the absence of specific averment that his interest is not adverse to that of the minor and the petition is being filed to achieve the welfare of the child,” Justice Bajaj said, while issuing a notice, accepted by UT counsel Ashima Mor.
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