02042019-CT-01.qxd 4/2/2019 1:37 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE TUESDAY | 2 APRIL 2019 | CHANDIGARH UNIVERSITY SHOP ENGAGES IN ILLEGAL CONSTRUCTION PAGE 2 SEWAGE FROM SEC 10, 17 MARKETS POLLUTES N-CHOE Shop with ~1.14-cr rental dues starts construction without seeking permission from the PU authorities FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF MAN STABBED AT DHANAS Chandigarh: A man was stabbed at Dhanas on Sunday. According to the police, complainant Raju, a resident of Dhanas village, alleged that Deepak, alias Totla, stabbed him with a knife and escaped from the spot. The victim was injured and admitted to a hospital. The police were informed after which a case was registered at the Sarangpur police station. The suspect has been arrested. TNS MAX 32°C | MIN 17°C | YESTERDAY MAX 31.5°C | MIN 17.4°C SUNSET TUESDAY 6:41 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6:11 AM DRUG OFFICER’S MURDER Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service DIESEL CHANDIGARH ~68.80 ~62.91 PANCHKULA ~72.55 ~65.12 MOHALI ~73.38 ~65.64 WHAT’S ON CHANDIGARH BLOOD DONATION CAMP: Department of Biochemistry; Panjab University; 10.00 am onwards APNI MANDI: Sector 29, sector 56, Dhanas MOHALI APNI MANDI: Sector 71 PANCHKULA APNI MANDI: Sector 15 Colleagues pay tributes to Neha Shoree outside her office in Kharar on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO ment dealing in drugs in Punjab and found there was fear among them. Officials are in shock and have decided to meet the Health Minister to demand security. Even in Haryana, no security is provided.” Dr Girdhari Lal Singhal, former Haryana State Drug Controller, said, “Besides raids, drug inspectors also depose as witnesses in courts and there are many important samples stored in drug offices. So, they should be equipped with vehicles, wireless system and security. The mafia is active. Even I used to get threats. Those who compromise go easy and those who do not have to walk the tightrope. Drug officials are continued on page 6 COPS PROCURE RECORD FROM VICTIM’S OFFICE PAGE 5 Only11% get Ist div in Class IX Eateries caught littering, fined Secy says no-detention policy was detrimental to education ~10,000 Naina Mishra Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 1 Several restaurants, hotels and chains of multi-national eateries were issued a challan of Rs 10,000 as the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation started a drive against littering. The drive was started a week after the MC notified the new solid waste management bylaws. Sources said around 80 challans were issued today for various violations. A majority of the challans were issued to eateries in Sector 22 and 35. Teams were sent to the spots and the challans were issued after garbage was found thrown in the open. Of the total challans, at least 35 were issued to hotels and restaurants for littering in the open. KK Yadav, MC Commissioner, said people had been advised to use the swachhta app to inform it about littering. — TNS Chandigarh, April 1 Only around 11 per cent of the 14,683 students who appeared for the Class IX examinations have secured a first division (60 per cent and above), the results of 93 government schools that were released on Saturday have revealed. Only 3.18 per cent could score between 70 per cent and 79 per cent marks, and barely 1.2 per cent have got more than 80 per cent marks. Only 43 students (0.2 per cent) could score above 90 per cent marks in the Class IX examinations. Similarly, the count of students who made it to the merit list in Class XI is low. Only 10 students of the 2,892 in the science stream could score above 90 per cent marks, while there were six among continued on page 3 SEE ALSO PAGE 2 CLASS IX EXAMS IN GOVT SCHOOLS TOTAL STUDENTS APPEARED 14,683 PASSED FAILED COMPARTMENT 8,083 4,708 1,892 HOW THEY FARED 60-69% MARKS 70-79% MARKS 80-89% MARKS ABOVE 90% 966 467 189 43 ❝The no-detention policy was detrimental to the education system. Fear of failure leads to performance and lack of incentives leads to mediocrity. ❞ BL Sharma, UT EDUCATION SECY Couple hit by tipper, killed Mohali, April 1 A motorcycle-borne middleaged couple was killed after being hit by a tipper at Sector 91 here this evening. The victims have been identified as Harmeet Singh and his wife Kamaljit Kaur, residents of Kurali. According to the police, the couple was going from Mataur to the Chappar Chhiri side after meeting a relative when the accident took place. They were hit by the tipper coming from the opposite side. The police said the duo was taken to a nearby private hospital where doctors declared them brought dead. Harmeet Singh was in a private job. A case has been registered in this connection by the local police. —TNS TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE SHO, constable granted bail in bribe case Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 1 The Special CBI Court today granted bail to former Mauli Jagran SHO Baljeet Singh and constable Surinder Rathi in a bribe case as the CBI failed to file a chargesheet within 60 days. Inspector Baljeet Singh and Rathi were arrested while allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 45,000 on January 28 this year. CBI fails to file chargesheet within stipulated 60 days Shoree was posted in Ropar, she had conducted raids on assailant Balwinder Singh’s shop, whose licence was later cancelled. After the murder, the department is in shock. Officials are in fear and demoralised. The mafia is strong and we have nothing in the name of security.” Haryana State Drug Controller Narender Ahuja said, “We met teams of the depart- In the bail application filed before the court, the defence counsel argued that the investigation officer of the CBI had failed to file the chargesheet with the stipulated period of 60 days, which expired on March 31. The defence counsel said the court granted bail to the accused under Section 167 (2) of the CrPC. However, another constable, who had been booked by the CBI, is still absconding. Ramesh Kumar, a resident of Mauli Jagran, had approached the CBI with a complaint that the SHO and two other policemen were demanding a bribe from him. continued on page 6 The additional water supply is expected to meet the demand of the city for the next 30 years. TRIBUNE PHOTO Water blues unlikely in city this summer Phase 5 & 6 lines connected to canal water Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 1 Residents of the city are unlikely to have complaints of low water pressure from this summer as the MC today connected the water supply from the Bhakra canal to the new pipelines of phase 5 and 6 of the Kajauli water project. Sources said the engineering wing of the MC had made holes in the metallic wall of the intake sump house, which would allow water to flow in the new pipelines. KK Yadav, MC Commissioner, said with the completion of the project, the city would get an additional 29 MGD of water of the 40 MGD from this month. Panchkula and Chandimandir will also get their share from the additional water. After the connection of the intake tank with the two pipelines, GMA- Woman gets back wallet, courtesy CRPF, FB A PLEASANT SURPRISE, SAYS OWNER Chandigarh, April 1 Social media is now being used to serve yet another purpose — reunite owners and their lost articles. A wallet found at Rock Garden on Friday was returned to its rightful owner in a matter of a day by CRPF men on duty there, who managed to track the owner through Facebook (FB). The wallet, which contained four debit cards, a PAN card and Rs 2,210, belonged to Jaspreet Sawhney, who had lost it at Rock Garden during a visit to that place. According to Dharampal, an inspector with the CRPF who , is deputed as the officer in- PHOTO COURTESY: CRPF Tribune News Service Inspector Dharampal hands over the wallet to Jaspreet. charge at Rock Garden, the wallet was found by members of his team, who brought it to him around 6 pm on Friday. With no other information except the owner’s name, he began to search for her on Facebook using his personal The wallet, which contained four debit cards, a PAN card and Rs 2,210, belonged to Jaspreet Sawhney, who had lost it at Rock Garden during a visit there. Sawhney expressed pleasant surprise at having found the wallet, with “not a single thing out of place” after she had “lost all hope”. “I had gone to Rock Garden around 5 pm on Friday and wasn’t allowed to enter with my child’s pram. I packed it and went to keep it back in the car. That is probably when I lost the wallet,” said Sawhney. account. The search threw up about 35 names. “I then narrowed down to 15-20 people and messaged c m y b each one of them asking if they had a lost a wallet. I asked them what the wallet contained to make sure there were no false claims,” said Dharampal. On Facebook, it was, in fact, Sawhney’s sister who responded from her account on Saturday and sent Sawhney’s number to Dharampal. Dharampal then called up Sawhney and they met at the Traffic Police Station in Sector 29 where the wallet was returned to her. Sawhney expressed pleasant surprise at having found the wallet, with “not a single thing out of place” after she had “lost all hope”. continued on page 3 DA will start a trial for raw water supply from Kajauli to Jandpur. He said the MC had already laid pipelines from Jandpur to the Sector 39 waterworks. At present, the city is receiving 87 MGD water supply. Of this, 68 MGD comes from the Kajauli canal. The rest is generated through tubewells. The additional water supply is expected to meet the demand of the city for the next 30 years. The MC has spent around Rs 300 crore on the project, while around Rs 196 crore was given to GMADA for laying pipelines and other works. The MC spent Rs 23 crore on setting up the water supply line from Kajauli to the Sector 39 waterworks. Residents will get normal water supply from tomorrow in the city. The supply was stopped this evening due to the ongoing work. UT Administration moots flexible payment schedule Tells High Court process of dispensing units can begin EMPLOYEES’ HOUSING SCHEME Saurabh Malik Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 1 Over a decade after a housing scheme was launched for UT employees, the Chandigarh Administration has told the Punjab and Haryana High Court that the process of dispensing the self-financing dwelling units to the applicants could proceed with a flexible payment schedule. The submission came just about three months after the proposal to allot land to the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) was approved, paving the way for the construction of apartments for 3,930 allottees. As the case came up for resumed hearing, Assistant Solicitor-General of India Chetan Mittal placed before the Division Bench of Justice Mahesh Grover and Justice Lalit Batra approval granted by the Cabinet for the land. Another affidavit filed by the Administration was also placed before the Bench. Among other things, it said BCom grad, juvenile held for snatching Tribune News Service Kaveesha Kohli PAGE 4 Nine inmates break open the iron mesh at the Saket Red Cross de-addiction centre in Patiala, flee. See big threat from the drug mafia, lament lack of measures Chandigarh, April 1 The shocking murder of a young drug inspector inside her office at Kharar has sent shock waves among professionals in this field, who have stressed the need for adequate security. Calling drug inspectors vulnerable to threats, experts and a “demoralised” drug control fraternity have called for measures such as the wireless system, vehicles, security and a barbed fence around the office for them. Officials often conduct raids to keep a check on spurious drugs and illegal transit and sale of habit-forming drugs and intoxicants in the pharmaceutical business, which is on the rise. Thus, they face a big threat from those dealing in illegal activities, particularly from the drug mafia. A former colleague of the victim and Ropar District Drug Control Officer Balram Luthra said, “When Dr Neha NINE INMATES ESCAPE FROM DE-ADDICTION CENTRE Civic body issues notices to three violators, asks them to get sewerage connections or face action. Drug control officers in shock, seek security TRICITY FUEL PRICES PETROL PAGE 3 Chandigarh, April 1 Two miscreants, including a BCom graduate, who run PGs in the city, have been arrested for a snatching reported in September last year. Victim Surinder Kumar had reported that two motorcycle-borne miscreants had snatched his mobile phone while he was going to the Nayagaon market. A case of snatching was registered at the Sector 11 police station on September 22. The police said the snatched mobile phone was put on surveillance and call detail records of the number used in the mobile phone were scrutinised. Investigation revealed that the phone was being used by a juvenile. The police later tracked the suspects and managed to nab them from the Sec- The BCom grad in custody. Deepak Kumar, a native of Panipat, is a BCom graduate who had taken two houses on rent in Sector 20 to run PGs. tor 49/50 small chowk. “A juvenile and a youth, identified as Deepak Kumar (21), who was residing at Baltana, were arrested,” said a police official. The police said the juvenile had a criminal past. The suspects were remanded in one-day police custody. the process could proceed since approval had now been received. Taking the affidavits on record, the Bench fixed the case for further hearing in the first week of July. The Bench had earlier asked the Union of India to make its stand clear on the proposal sent by the UT 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. The petitioners were seeking continued on page 6 Purse with ~20K snatched Chandigarh, April 1 Three unidentified miscreants snatched a purse containing Rs 20,000 and documents from a person in Sector 45. Complainant Kuldeep Singh, a native of Uttarakhand, who works with a private company, was staying at Hotel Dream Palace, Sector 45, with his senior for the past two weeks. He reported that miscreants snatched his belongings on March 31. The complainant reported that he had gone to Sector 17 and took a cab for Sector 45. As soon the complainant got down from the cab at the bus stop in Sector 45, three miscreants came and snatched his purse containing cash, company bills, Aadhaar card, PAN card, debit card, credit card and other documents. The suspects then escaped from the spot after which the victim informed the police. — TNS
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