02052019-CT-01.qxd 5/2/2019 1:12 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE THURSDAY | 2 MAY 2019 | CHANDIGARH BANSAL WELCOMES TWO BJP LEADERS IN CONG FOLD 2 BJP leaders join Cong in presence of ex-MP Pawan Bansal and party’s city chief Pardeep Chhabra. FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY INBRIEF MOBILE SNATCHED FROM WOMAN Chandigarh: Yet another snatching incident has been reported from near the Sector 38/40 light point. According to the police, a motorcycle-borne miscreant snatched a mobile phone from a woman on April 30. The police were informed after which a case was registered at the Sector 39 police station. Sources said the snatcher was riding a black motorcycle. The victim, however, could not note down its registration number. “We are scrutinising the footage of CCTV cameras installed near the spot,” said a police official. TNS THEFT AT HOUSE IN DHANAS Chandigarh: Jewellery items and other valuables have been stolen from a house at EWS Colony, Dhanas. According to the police, the complainant, Manoj Kumar, reported that the theft was committed on the intervening night of April 29 and 30. The theft came to light in the morning when the locks of the main door were found broken and the entire house ransacked. Two gold mangal sutras, a gold earring, a pair of silver anklets and a mobile phone were stolen from the house. A case has been registered. TNS GIRL RUN OVER BY TRACTOR Dera Bassi: A three-year-old girl, Manpreet Kaur, of Karkaur village was run over by a tractor-trailer while it was being reversed here on Tuesday evening. She died on the spot. The incident occurred around 7 pm when Manpreet, along with other children, was returning home after paying obeisance at a gurdwara. Gurvinder Singh of the same village was reversing the tractor and failed to notice the girl. She got crushed under the wheel. The driver fled from the spot. The police have booked Gurvinder Singh under relevant sections of the IPC at the Dera Bassi police station.OC TRICITY FUEL PRICES PETROL DIESEL CHANDIGARH ~69.03 ~63.44 PANCHKULA ~72.74 ~65.66 MOHALI ~73.61 ~66.19 WHAT’S ON CHANDIGARH LECTURE: Population Research Centre, PU, to organise a special lecture on “Ill-Effects of Overpopulation in India” at ICSSR, PU; 11 am FILM SCREENING: Panjab University Alumni Association to organise film screening and a discussion session at English Auditorium, PU; 10 am to 1 pm APNI MANDI: Sec 34, 56 and Ram Darbar MOHALI APNI MANDI: Phase 8 PANCHKULA APNI MANDI: Sector 5 PAGE 3 PAGE 4 40-YEAR-OLD MAN SHOT DEAD IN NARAINGARH, 1 ARRESTED A 40-year-old man shot dead by a person at his office on the Husaini road in Naraingarh, suspect held. MAX 39°C | MIN 25°C | YESTERDAY MAX 39.6°C | MIN 27.6°C SUNSET THURSDAY 7 PM Kapil Punia helps Chandigarh Police beat Infosys by eight wickets in Tricity Premier League final. SUNRISE FRIDAY 5:39 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD Axe factor: UT put on notice Tribune flyover: 700 mature trees under threat; none to be touched for now, Bench assured TRIBUNE PHOTO MANOJ MAHAJAN Saurabh Malik Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 1 The move to axe 700 “fully mature” trees for the proposed flyover connecting Zirakpur and Tribune Chowk today came under the judicial scanner with the Punjab and Haryana High Court taking cognisance of a plea alleging “irreparable harm to the environment” due to indiscriminate felling. Taking up the plea filed by the Run Club, the Division Bench of Chief Justice Krishna Murari and Justice Arun Palli put the Administration on notice. The authorities concerned, in turn, assured the Bench that no tree would be touched for now. The petition was filed and fixed for hearing today itself keeping in view the urgency involved in the matter. Among others, senior UT authorities from the engineering and other wings of the Administration were present before the Bench during the hearing. Describing as “startling” the UT Administration’s decision to axe the trees on either side of the road leading to Tribune Chowk on Dakshin and Purv Marg, senior advocate Puneet Bali contended on the petitioner’s behalf that the felling was to commence from May 1 as per newspaper reports. Submitting that the decision was “highly questionable”, Bali added that mature mango and other trees were planted in accordance with the Chandigarh Project Plan Women protest outside the MC office against the move to axe 700 trees for the Tribune flyover. City’s green brigade sees red Chandigarh, May 1 The protest against the move of the UT Administration to axe hundreds of trees for the construction of the Tribune flyover has intensified. A large number of members of an NGO today staged a protest in front of the Chandigarh MC office in this regard. Tribune News Service Mohali, May 1 Lucky Singh, the accused in the rape case of an employee of a call centre here, has been remanded in four-day custody of the local police. Today, Lucky Singh, a cabbie, was brought here on production warrants from the Ropar jail and produced before the court of the Ilaqa Magistrate. ■ Senior advocate Puneet Bali asserts trees are not Run Club alleging “irreparable harm to the environment” due to indiscriminate felling in a planned and thoughtful manner decades ago. Emphasising on the utility of the trees, Bali asserted that these were not only helping in increasing the city’s green only helping in increasing the city’s green cover, but also checking pollution caused by traffic cover, but were also checking pollution caused by heavy traffic on Dakshin Marg and from the surrounding industrial area. Felling of these trees would cause irreparable harm to the environment as apparently there was no way of replacing and replanting the trees at other locations. “Development activities usually do have environmental costs. However, this sort of imminent felling of old and mature trees at such a large scale is highly questionable,” Bali added. Challenge was also mounted to the move on the ground that it was in violation of the traffic and transportation proposals envisaged in the Chandigarh Master Plan2031, wherein only an underpass was proposed at Tribune Chowk on Dakshin Marg. “It is ironical that the Chandigarh Master Plan2031 was prepared and published with much fanfare by the UT Administration and the same is being violated now,” Bali submitted, adding that a number of urban communities were moving away from the concept of constructing flyovers to mitigate traffic problems. Citing examples of other countries, Bali submitted that major urban centers in the world like Seoul and San Francisco had managed to implement localised solutions to manage traffic with minimum impact on environment. Offering a solution, Bali added that the respondents should keep in view other proposals like constructing an underpass as set out in the Chandigarh Master Plan. It might not disturb the already existing roundabout at Tribune Chowk. “Chandigarh is a city known for its beautiful and well-maintained roundabouts and construction of a flyover and cutting of these old trees, disturbs the heritage of the city,” he submitted. SEE ALSO PAGE 5 FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Two youths held guilty of stalking Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 1 The court of the Additional District and Sessions Judge today held two youths guilty of stalking a minor girl. The court will pronounce the quantum of punishment on Friday. According to the prosecution, an elderly man from a village in Mohali filed a complaint with the police on December 19, 2017. In the complaint, he stated that on November 24, 2017, his 17year old granddaughter had boarded a bus from Mohali and reached the Maloya bus stand. From there, she was walking towards her home in the village when two boys started following her. They misbehaved with her and snatched her mobile phone and ran away. Chandigarh, May 1 A day after a girl narrated an incident of stalking and eveteasing on Twitter and sought action, the UT police arrested both miscreants, including a student of Bachelor of Pharmacy, under preventive measures since no complaint was received against the duo. The UT police tried to contact the girl through Twitter. However, her account was unavailable. Battle ready TRIBUNE PHOTO: NITIN MITTAL posted in the security of ADGP Arpit Shukla. ■ He was cleaning his service weapon in his room at Gulmohar City, Desumajra, around 11.15 pm on Tuesday when it went off accidentally. Mohali SSP Harcharan Singh Bhullar said, “We want to elicit more details about the crimes he committed here. So far, his involvement in five cases has come to light. Lucky has already confessed to his involvement in four cases of rape,” said the SSP . Victim taken to Ropar jail to identify Lucky The victim who had lodged a complaint of molestation against Lucky Singh was Continued on page 4 complainant’s 17-year-old granddaughter had boarded a bus from Mohali and reached the Maloya bus stand. ■ She was walking towards her home when two boys stalked her and snatched her mobile. The complainant stated that his granddaughter had identified the accused as Dharampreet, alias Sanju (20), and Hardeep, alias Happy, both residents of Jhampur village in Mohali district. On his complaint, a case was registered against them. The duo has been identified as Akashdeep (26), a resident of Kharar, who is pursuing Bachelor of Pharmacy, and Manthan (22), a resident of Sector 41, who has completed Bachelor of Technology. The girl, a student of a college in Sector 36, had narrated the incident on Twitter and had tagged the Punjab Police, who further asked the UT police to look into the matter. — TNS 8-year-old boy crushed under wheat bags Tribune News Service ■ Constable Jatinder Singh was someone that Jatinder had died of a bullet injury. He reached Kharar and came to know that Jatinder was cleaning his service revolver, which went off accidentally and the bullet hit his temple. He died in the spot. The victim was 37 years old and a father of two. The Kharar Sadar police have initiated proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC. — OC MINOR’S ORDEAL ■ On November 24, 2017, Girl’s tweet: 2 youths held sans complaint WAS ‘CLEANING’ SERVICE WEAPON Mohali cops get 4-day custody of cabbie RAPE ON WHEELS said the MC should explore ways to save trees. Rahul Mahajan, another environmentalist, said one of the trees that had been earmarked for felling was more than 100 years old and was a “heritage tree”. He said these trees were a living heritage and should be protected at all cost. — TNS ‘IRREPARABLE HARM TO ENVIRONMENT’ ■ High Court takes cognisance of a plea filed by the Constable dies as revolver goes off Kharar, May 1 A senior constable of PAP 82 Battalion, Jatinder Singh, who was posted in the security of ADGP Arpit Shukla, died when his service revolver, which he was cleaning, went off in his room at Gulmohar City, Desumajra, around 11.15 pm yesterday. ASI Major Singh, investigating officer in the case, said the police had recorded the statement of the victim’s younger brother, Gurinder Singh, a resident of Mugal Majri village in Ropar district. He told the police that Jatinder Singh was also a driver with senior police officers. He was staying in a rented room in Gumohar City. Last night, he had called up Gurinder. After some time, Gurinder got a call from Gunjan Rastogi, a representative of the NGO, said they would oppose the felling of trees for the project. She said through the protest, they wanted to send a clear message that axing so many trees for the flyover was unjustified. Stating that the city was known for its greenery, she PAGE 6 KAPIL PUNIA GUIDES CITY COPS TO VICTORY IN CRICKET Punjab Cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu with Congress candidate Pawan Kumar Bansal and other leaders at a rally in Sector 22, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Page 3 five years ❝The pastMP Kirronbrought disappointment for the people of and is Chandigarh. Kher spent more time in the film industry not concerned about the issues of city residents. ❞ Navjot Singh Sidhu, CONGRESS LEADER Ambala, May 1 An eight-year-old boy lost his life after gunny bags filled with wheat fell on him at the Barara grain market here this evening. The deceased has been identified as Golu, son of Jitender Kumar, a native of Varanasi. The boy used to live with his parents in a shanty at Barara. He was their only child. Around 7.30 pm, the minor was taking out wheat from a bag when some bags of wheat fell on him. He was rushed to the CHC, Barara, where he was declared brought dead. His body was taken to MM Hospital, Mullana, for a postmortem. It was alleged the doctor was not available at the CHC to attend to the child. Passport office makes do with 1/3rd staff Kaveesha Kohli Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 1 The Regional Passport Office here is facing a staff crunch. It is functioning with less than one-third of the required personnel who are authorised to grant passports. At present, there are only 11 such officers working at the passport office, while the sanctioned posts are 36, according to sources in the office. “Since last month, we have been working at one-third of the sanctioned strength. We c m y b ❝ We have been facing a shortage of staff for some time now. So far, we have managed by working overtime, stretching working hours and working on Saturdays. — Sibash Kabiraj, REGIONAL PASSPORT OFFICER ❞ have sent representations to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), but to no avail. Several officers have retired and there is a freeze on the recruitment. This is, in fact, a nationwide problem,” the sources said. The issue is set to exacer- bate as the coming months are the “peak demand season” for passports, both because it is the tourist season and also because several students move abroad for higher studies during this time, said the sources. For each passport, an officer is entrusted with granting the passport and re-checking the application. He also sends and receives the police verification from the district concerned. A granting officer is also responsible for printing, lamination and ensuring the delivery of the passport. He also has to store all documents in the “record section”. Regional Passport Officer Sibash Kabiraj said: “Yes, we have been facing a shortage of staff for some time now. So far, we have managed by working overtime, stretching working hours and working on Saturdays.” Kabiraj, however, said he had contacted the MEA and was “positive” that it would be able to resolve the issue in the coming months. He said despite the staff shortage, the passport office had experienced a growth of about 20 per cent in the number of passports issued in the past few years. “We issued about 6 lakh passports in 2017. The number was 7.2 lakh in 2018, taking the growth to 20 per cent,” he said.
The Tribune, now published from Chandigarh, started publication on February 2, 1881, in Lahore (now in Pakistan). It was started by Sardar Dyal Singh Majithia, a public-spirited philanthropist, and is run by a trust comprising four eminent persons as trustees.
The Tribune, the largest selling daily in North India, publishes news and views without any bias or prejudice of any kind. Restraint and moderation, rather than agitational language and partisanship, are the hallmarks of the paper. It is an independent newspaper in the real sense of the term.
The English edition apart, the 133-year-old Tribune has two sister publications, Punjabi Tribune (in Punjabi) and Dainik Tribune (in Hindi).
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