25082021-CT-01.qxd 25-08-2021 00:44 Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY | 25 AUGUST 2021 | CHANDIGARH NSUI ACTIVISTS FLAY BJP OVER DISRESPECT TO NATIONAL FLAG PAGE 2 GENERALLY CLOUDY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD SAMPLES TESTED POSITIVE RECOVERED NEW CASES ACTIVE CHANGE DEATHS NEW P’KULA 6,56,659 65,069 64,222 1 35 1 812 0 MOHALI 4,03,416 5,51,482 30,673 68,572 30,284 67,470 2 2 12 44 2 5 377 1,058 0 0 AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH 68 PANCHKULA 67 MOHALI 40 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF 62 CHALLANED FOR ENCROACHMENTS Chandigarh: The enforcement wing of the local Municipal Corporation on Tuesday issued 62 challans during an antiencroachment drive. A team was formed on the directions of Joint Commissioner Rohit Gupta. The team, under the supervision of Superintendent Sunil Dutt, visited Sector 9, 11, 19, 34 and 40. Trucks were parked there for taking away the seized items. Goods kept in corridors and other unauthorised places were seized and challans issued to the defaulting owners. TNS MAX 36°C | MIN 28°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34.9°C | MIN 26.8°C Tribune News Service Panchkula, August 24 The police have filed a zero FIR against a Kurukshetra boy for allegedly sexually assaulting a minor girl from Panchkula. The case has been transferred to the Pehowa police station in Kurukshetra. The suspect has been booked under sections of the IPC and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012. The two had become friends through video sharing platform TikTok. According to the FIR, the victim left her house with ~10,000 and jewellery on August 7 and went to the boy’s house at Harigarh Bhorakh village at Pehowa in Kurukshetra district. The girl stayed at the boy’s house from August 7 to August 9. “On August 8, when the boy’s parents were away for work, he molested her and continued on page 3 The suspect, who fired two shots at his father on Sunday evening, remanded in one-day police custody. SUNRISE THURSDAY 5:56 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Privatisation of Electricity Dept:Ministry to take up bid report with Union Cabinet Dushyant Singh Pundir Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 24 After getting approval of UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore, the UT Administration today sent the final bid report on privatisation of the Electricity Department to the Ministry of Power. The ministry will now take up the bid report with the Union Cabinet for final approval and after that the department will be handed over to the highest bidder. On November 9, 2020, the UT Engineering Department had invited bids for privatisation of the Electricity Department and seven companies – Sterlite Power, ReNew Wing Energy, NESCL (NTPC), Adani Transmission Ltd, Tata Power, Torrent Power and Eminent Electricity Power Company – had submitted their bids. On August 3, the technical bids of the seven companies were approved, and the goahead was given to open the financial bids. When financial bids were opened the next day, Eminent Electricity Distribution Limited – a subsidiary of CESC Limited, which is a flagship company of RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group – had submitted the highest bid of ~871 crore. The amount was five times the reserve price of nearly ~174 crore. On August 9, the Empowered Committee on privatisation of the UT Electricity Department gave its approval to the highest bid quoted by Eminent Electricity Distribu- tion Limited. Later, the report of the committee was submitted to UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore for approval. After getting an approval from the Administrator, the report was today sent to the Ministry of Power for further action, said UT Adviser Dharam Pal. He, however, said the final call on the issue would be taken by the Union Cabinet. On a petition filed by the UT Powermen Union, the Punjab and Haryana High Court had on December 1 last year stayed the tendering process regarding privatisation of the Electricity Department. The petitioner had contended that they were aggrieved by the decision of the government to privatise the Electricity Department by selling 100 per cent stake of the government in the absence of any provision under Section 131 of the Electricity Act, 2003. The High Court was also told that the process of privatisation of the department could not be initiated at all, especially when it was running in profits. The sale of 100 per cent stake was unjust and illegal as the department was revenue surplus for the past three years. It was economically efficient, having transmission and distribution losses less than the target of 15 per cent fixed by the Ministry of Power. However, on January 12, the Supreme Court had stayed the High Court order and on January 14, the UT Administration resumed the sale of tender for the privatisation process. After the Administration restarted the process, the union again filed a petition in the High Court which again stayed the process on May 28, but the order was stayed by the Supreme Court on June 28, clearing the decks once again for the privatisation of the department. The red marking and an insignia on a cycle track to differentiate it from the main road in Chandigarh. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN Citing cost, UT no to Nod to revised building plans paintcycletracksred To save cost, road marking done in red for IT Park housing scheme along with insignia of Dushyant Singh Pundir Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Diksha and Anhad with canines at a sterilisation centre in Kharar. Sterilising strays: 2 youngsters take it on themselves Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service Zero FIR against Kurukshetra boy for molesting minor SUNSET WEDNESDAY: 6:53 PM PAGE 3 PINJORE POLICE ARREST MAN FOR FIRING SHOTS AT FATHER UT gives nod, ball in Centre’s court now THIEVES STRIKE AT SECTOR 22 HOUSE Chandigarh: Cash and jewellery items were stolen from a house in Sector 22. According to the police, complainant Raj Kumar reported that jewellery and ~50,000 were stolen from his house between August 20 and 22. The theft took place while the complainant was away to Delhi to celebrate Raksha Bandhan. A case has been registered at the Sector 17 police station. The police have begun an investigation into it. TNS PAGE 2 Health Dept, along with MC, carrying out surveillance, taking preventive steps against vector-borne diseases. Activists of the city NSUI protest against the BJP alleging that the party disrespected the national flag. FORECAST NO MALARIA, ONLY 5 DENGUE CASES IN P’KULA THIS YEAR Chandigarh, August 24 While the Municipal Corporation (MC) has “failed to do enough” to contain the population of stray dogs in the city, two youngsters have got about 65 canines sterilised in the past three months. With a motto to create “puppy-free zone”, psychology student Diksha Gupta and start-up founder Anhad Sandhu pick canines in their personal vehicle after becoming friendly with them. “We initially used to take three-four dogs in our own vehicle. But it was not comfortable for them. So, now we hire a van to transport them to a renowned private clinic in Kharar,” she said. Diksha lives in Zirakpur but frequents her grandmother’s house in Sector 34 where she, along with Anhad, a resident of Sector 16, started the initiative. Another vol- Have got 65 canines neutered on their own in three months Chandigarh, August 24 People will get a chance to buy a dream house in the City Beautiful as the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) will soon float a general housing self-financing scheme at Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Information Technology (IT) Park. “The Department of Urban Planning has given its approval to the revised building plans for the housing scheme,” said Yashpal Garg, Chief Executive Officer, CHB. The drawings for approval of the Plan Approval Committee had been submitted and they are expected to be approved soon, he said. Application for environment clearance had also been submitted to the State Environment Impact Assessment Authority and the required formalities were being com- 4BHK FLAT LIKELY TO COST ~2.75 CR ■ The CHB plans to construct 728 flats in three categories in seven-storey towers at IT Park for the general public. ■ The towers will have two basements with a provision for parking of two cars for each flat in addition to surface parking for visitors. ■ The scheme will have 28 fourbedroom, 448 three-bedroom and 252 two-bedroom flats. ■ A four-bedroom flat is likely to cost nearly ~2.75 crore, a threebedroom flat ~1.90 crore and a two bedroom flat ~1.30 crore. pleted, he added. The CHB has planned to construct 728 flats in three categories in seven-storey towers on IT Park plots 1 and 2, which are spread over 16.6 acres, for the general public. In the project, the towers will have two basements with a provision for parking of two cars for each flat in addition to surface parking for visitors. The scheme will have 28 fourbedroom, 448 three-bedroom and 252 two-bedroom flats. A four-bedroom flat is likely to cost nearly ~2.75 crore, a three-bedroom flat ~1.90 crore and a two bedroom flat ~1.30 crore. Meanwhile, Dharam Pal, UT Adviser-cum-Chairman, CHB, today visited the IT Park where the CHB is planning to construct a general housing self-financing scheme on the land. The CHB is also planning to construct flats for the governments of Punjab and Haryana for their MLAs and officers. During the visit, he went through the layout plan of 123 acres and asked the officers to sort out all issues in continued on page 3 Chandigarh, August 24 Citing high cost of the project, the UT Engineering Department has turned down the proposal of the traffic police for colouring the cycle tracks along all roads in the city so that these look different. The traffic police had proposed that the black top of the non-motorised vehicle tracks needs to be changed so that it looks different as has been done in many other cities of the country. “This is essential as the black top naturally attracts motor vehicles,” the traffic police had apprised the Standing Committee (Transport) of the Administrator’s Advisory Council during its previous meeting. During a review meeting of the committee held yesterday, the UT Engineering Department stated that if the entire cycle track was to be painted with red colour, it would involve huge expenditure. To make it cycle every 50 m CNG/LPG AUTOS NOT BEING REGISTERED To promote environment-friendly e-vehicles, the State Transport Authority has done away with registering CNG/LPG autos and only e-rickshaws or e-autos are being registered and promoted by it as per the Centre’s decision for promoting pollution-free vehicles. This was informed during a meeting of the Standing Committee on Transport. economical, the road marking has been done in red colour along with insignia of a cycle at a distance of approximately 50 continued on page 3 WHAT GOT THEM GOING ❝ The idea struck us at the nature trail behind Sukhna Lake where we used to regularly feed dogs. We saw the number of dogs increasing there at an alarming rate. It is a threat to the wildlife and we thought of controlling their count. — ANHAD unteer Jairoop helps them. “Our aim is to first make Sector 34 a puppy-free zone, which implies their population will be stabilised and no new production will happen. We started with this sector as it has one of the biggest numbers of stray dog. About 50-60 per cent of the canines were already sterilised by the MC, but there were some cases where even neutered animals gave birth, may be due to continued on page 3 Day after fatal accident, ambulance driver held Chandigarh, August 24 A day after a speeding ambulance hit six vehicles from behind at the Sector 34/35/21/22 roundabout, claiming one life, the UT police arrested its driver. The police said the driver was identified as Ashu Ram (36), a resident of Barnala. He will be produced in the court tomorrow. The six vehicles had stopped at the traffic light and were waiting for the signal to turn green when the recklessly driven ambulance rammed into them from behind. One of One case in city CHANDIGARH:The city on Tuesday reported one case of Covid-19 and no death due to the virus. A total of two patients were cured of the disease. —TNS Will be produced in court today the injured, Arshad, who was riding an Activa, had succumbed to the injuries sustained in the mishap. A case was registered against the ambulance driver under Sections 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 279 (rash driving) and 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) of the IPC at the Sector 34 police station. — TNS 2 fresh cases, no death in Panchkula A woman gets inoculated at the Dadu Majra health and wellness centre in Chandigarh on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI Two new cases in Mohali dist MOHALI: Two new Covid-19 cases, one each from Kharar and Mohali (urban), were reported on Tuesday. Seven patients recovered from the virus in the past 24 hours. Of the 68,572 cases reported from the district so far, 67,572 patients have recovered. — TNS PANCHKULA: The district reported two fresh coronavirus cases on Tuesday, taking the overall tally to 30,673. With no fresh death, the Covid toll remained at 377. While 30,284 people have recovered from the disease so far, 12 cases are still active. — TNS Disciplinary proceedings for penalty recommended against judicial officer Saurabh Malik Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 24 The vigilance/disciplinary committee of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has recommended the initiation of disciplinary proceedings for imposing major penalty against judicial officer Manoj Dahiya. He is currently posted as the Judicial Magistrate First Class in Chandigarh. Information to this effect was placed before Justice Arvind Singh Sangwan’s Bench during the hearing of a bunch of petitions. The Bench, among other things, was told that the Officer on Special Duty (Vigilance), on May 17, 2019, conducted a discreet inquiry and submitted a report, which was placed before the High Court’s vigilance/disciplinary committee on August 9. It was recommended that disciplinary proceedings under Rule 4 (b) of the Haryana Civil Services (Punishment and Appeal) Rules, 2016, should be initiated against the officer. The prayer, in one of the petitions before Justice Sangwan’s c m y b Bench, was for issuance of directions to the Central Bureau of Investigation to inquire into “the matter regarding corruption in gold scam, wherein one judicial officer and some police officers are also involved”. Counsel for petitioner Suresh Kumar relied upon some communications, newspaper reports and CD recordings allegedly made by the witnesses “highlighting the scam in which the accused usurped crores of rupees”. The Bench was also told that a number of complaints were submitted to the state crime branch cell. Taking up the matter, Justice Sangwan on the previous date of hearing called a report from the High Court Registrar, Vigilance. He was asked to specify whether a departmental inquiry was pending against Dahiya and another judicial officer Justice Sangwan observed that a report in a sealed cover, placed before the Bench, reflected that a complaint was received by the Haryana Director-General of Police on May 15 against the two judicial magistrates. It was forwarded to the High Court on May 15, 2019, for initiating prosecution, after which the discreet inquiry was conducted. “Since the disciplinary proceedings against the respondent-judicial officer have already been initiated and nothing is found against the other respondent-judicial officer, this petition qua the two respondents is disposed of having been rendered infructuous,” Justice Sangwan asserted.
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