14092022-CT-01.qxd 9/14/2022 12:46 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY | 14 SEPTEMBER 2022 | CHANDIGARH DENGUE STINGS 26 MORE IN P’KULA DIST, 12 IN HOSPITAL PAGE 2 P’kula reports 26 cases of dengue, mostly from Kalka and Pinjore. Twelve patients admitted to hospital. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY P’KULA COPS ARREST TWO MORE IN HSSC RECRUITMENT SCAM MAX 34°C | MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 33.7°C | MIN25.5°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 6:29 PM TRIBUNE PHOTO: NITIN MITTAL A domestic help makes off with ~18 lakh and jewellery from house in Sector 10 by giving some sedative to the owner. SUNRISE THURSDAY 6:07 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE HC raps CBI for shoddy probe, grants regular bail to Kalyani P’KULA MOHALI POSITIVE 99,081 48,285 1,00,898 RECOVERED 97,790 47,845 99,647 NEW CASES 19 5 13 ACTIVE 110 20 83 CHANGE 2 1 2 DEATHS 1,181 420 1,168 NEW 0 0 0 Favours ‘threadbare’ inquiry into uninvestigated facets AIR QUALITY INDEX SIPPY CHANDIGARH PANCHKULA 58 MOHALI 46 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD Speeding truck kills scooterist, bicycle rider Chandigarh, September 13 In a case of hit-and-run, an Activa rider and a cyclist died after a speeding truck hit them near the Poultry Farm chowk. The truck dragged the scooter for several metres. Complainant Rohit, a resident of Hallo Majra village, said he along with Kashim, who was riding pillion, was returning home on a bicycle from Industrial Area on Monday night. As they reached the Scooter, 2 bicycles, street vendor hit; driver flees Poultry Farm chowk, a truck coming from the rear hit a scooter, two bicycles and a street vendor. The driver sped away, but a commuter noted down the registration number and gave it to the police. Rohit, Kasim (35) and rider Krishan Nand Ram (51) were taken to the GMCH-32, where Kasim and Krishan succumbed to the injuries. A case has been registered. — TNS COURT CASTIGATES IO MURDER 69 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 PAGE 2 MAID SPIKES OWNER’S FOOD, FLEES WITH ~18L, JEWELLERY Two more persons held in connection with Hry Staff Selection Commission constable recruitment exam scam. TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD PAGE 2 ■ HC rapped the IO saying even seven years after probe, no headway was made except filing of untraced report ■ Prima facie, there was ‘over anxiety’ on IO’s part to close investigation by arresting the petitioner, it observed ■ Hastiness led to prima facie irresistible conclusion that ‘rather botched and slipshod investigation’ was made only to solve crime CASE Tribune News Service The foundation of the adjacent house buttressed with sandbags in Sector 34, Chandigarh. ~3L notice to Sec 34 house owner for pipeline damage Chandigarh, September 13 Repair work by MC workers on the damaged water pipeline at the under-construction house in Sector 34 continued for the second day today. Occupants of the adjoining house had to move out for some time after the pipeline burst at the site. According to information, the disaster management team as a precautionary measure had asked the house occupants to evacuate. Meanwhile, the MC has served Rs 3 lakh notice on the owner of the house where construction was going on. A senior MC officer said: “The owners are not supposed to dig up the area where the pipeline has been laid as it is government property. It burst due to damage caused to the pipeline.” Sources said the pipeline supplying water to various sectors burst around 7.30 pm on Sunday, following which the supply was disrupted. The supply was restored fully after nearly 24 hours. Sources said work to secure the adjoining building was ini- NEXT-DOOR NEIGHBOURS MADE TO EVACUATE Occupants of the adjoining house had to move out for some time after the pipeline burst at the site. The disaster management team had asked them to evacuate as a precautionary measure. PASSED THE BUCK We asked fire wing to shut water supply, but they said it was job of MC’s public health wing. After frantic calls, the supply was finally shut. — A neighbour ❝ ❞ tiated at midnight. The house owners remained on tenterhooks as rescue teams had put up only a single row of sandbags to prevent the foundation from collapsing. The owner of the under-construction site engaged labour and brought in 1,700 sandbags to buttress its foundation. A neighbour, preferring anonymity, said there was utter pandemonium as water started flooding the dug-up portion of the basement on Sunday night. There was lack of coordination CAN’T DIG NEAR LINE Owners are not supposed to dig up area where pipeline has been laid as it is government property. It burst due to damage caused to pipeline. — MC officer ❝ ❞ between the fire, water supply and disaster management teams, he alleged. “After we asked the fire wing to first get the water supply shut, they passed the buck, claiming it was the job of the public health wing of the MC. After frantic calls, the water supply was finally shut,” said a neighbour. Sources claimed digging work at the site was completed a few days ago and earthmovers were not used on the day the incident was reported. — TNS Chandigarh, September 13 The Punjab and Haryana High Court today granted regular bail to Kalyani Singh in the Sippy Sidhu murder case after rapping the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for prima facie depending on “tutored and planted” witnesses for solving the crime through her arrest. Justice Sureshwar Thakur of the High Court asserted the CBI had failed to live up to its credentials of being the foremost investigating agency in the country, from whom “most impartial and objective probe” was expected, rather than choosing to “only adopt the stand of the aggrieved”. Justice Thakur asserted an untraced report in the matter was startlingly filed in 2020, though the investigation was handed over to the CBI in 2015. Instead of employing the best scientific techniques to inculpate the real offenders, it prima facie chose to take the services of “tutored and planted” witnesses merely for solving the crime through the petitioner’s arrest. Justice Thakur also called for “threadbare” probe, adding justice had to be done to the aggrieved. The investigating officer (IO) may, in his wisdom, but with the court’s permission, make further threadbare investigations Continued on page 2 69 medical officers Three MC flying squads soon in on deputation keep city to deal with triple menace Aimed at tackling illegal vendors, stray cattle, littering UT in pink of health Kalyani Singh being produced in District Courts, Chandigarh. FILE Probe agencychargesheet mum on second assailant, weapon used Tribune News Service CHARGES IN DOCUMENT Chandigarh, September 13 While the CBI has submitted a chargesheet against Kalyani Singh in the court in the Sippy Sidhu, murder case, the investigating agency is still clueless about the second assailant and is yet to trace the weapon used in the crime. Sippy, a national-level shooter and an advocate, was shot with a .12 gun at a park in Sector 27 on September 20, 2015. The chargesheet has been filed under Sections 302 (murder), 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence) of the Indian Penal Code. The central probe agency has stated there are “sufficient direct, oral, electronic ■ Sufficient evidences to FORENSIC EVIDENCE LACKING: DEFENCE establish Kalyani entered into Defence counsel Sartej Narula criminal conspiracy with an said the CBI didn’t have any unidentified person to kill Sippy forensic evidence as it didn’t ■ She was driven by obsession of know what type of weapon — a failed love affair and fuelled by double-barrel or single-barrel anger, jealousy, humiliation gun, a shot gun or country ■ Evidences show Kalyani’s made pistol — was used in the presence in Sector 27 park crime. All they know is a .12 with Sippy before the murder cartridge was used. “The same ■ Eyewitness saw unidentified witnesses which were already person firing two shots at Sippy mentioned in the closure report and Kalyani pulling the trigger filed by the CBI two years back twice to kill him are there in the chargesheet. ■ Kalyani ‘deliberately and So, technically they don’t have any evidence and want us to intentionally’ left her mobile prove Kalyani was not at the phone in Sector 10 house, scene,” he added. where a birthday party was on MOTIVE PRIMA FACIE ENVELOPED IN CLOUD OF DOUBT: COURT P2 and documentary evidences” to establish Kalyani entered into criminal conspiracy with an unidentified person to kill Sippy. The chargesheet states it is further established Kalyani Continued on page 2 Furniture shop gutted Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service Naina Mishra Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 13 In an unprecedented move, the UT has filled a large number of vacant posts of medical officer with deputationists. Medical officers from Punjab and Haryana are presently more than their sanctioned posts. They have been adjusted against vacancies under the UT quota. UT Health Secretary Yashpal Garg said, “The excess number of medical officers on deputation will be rationalised in coming days.” Of the 164 total posts of medical officers in the UT, around 70 were lying vacant in February this year when UT Adviser Dharam Pal had asked the Health Secretary to seek fresh panels of eligible doctors, including senior medical officers, medical officers and dental surgeons, for deputation from Punjab and Haryana. The two states were asked to send fresh panels for deputation in the UT. To prepare for an eventuality wherein Punjab and Haryana do not send fresh panels of medical officer, the Central Government and all UTs and Himachal Pradesh were also requested to forward the names of the eligible doctors willing to be deputed in Chandigarh. Let- FROM PB, HRY, HP ■ 9 medical officers (dental) from Punjab, Haryana and Himachal ■ 23 medical officers (allopathic) from Punjab ■ 32 medical officers (allopathic) from Haryana ■ 1 medical officer from HP ■ 1 medical officer from Delhi ■ 3 drug inspectors from Punjab and Haryana THERE IS NO SHORTAGE OF OFFICIALS, SAYS SECY At present, there is no shortage of medial officers in the UT Health Department. Besides, a requisition is being sent to the UPSC for direct recruitment as well filling vacant posts. ❝ ❞ — Yashpal Garg, HEALTH SECRETARY, UT ters were sent to the health secretaries of Punjab, Haryana, Central Government and all UTs to send panels/applications. “The efforts to fill the vacancies yielded good results and during the past three-four months, 69 medical officers have been selected for deputation in the UT. Most of these officers have joined their duties,” said Garg. Chandigarh, September 13 The local Municipal Corporation is soon going to constitute three flying squads for enforcement against stray cattle, illegal vendors and dumping of garbage in the open during odd hours. The MC will procure three vehicles under the corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative. Officials says people leave stray cattle on the Chandigarh borders at night. Since, the enforcement staff is not on job at night, the dedi- PROCURING VEHICLES squads will be ❝Thein three months. formed We are getting three vehicles under CSR initiative. ❞ — Anindita Mitra, MC COMMISSIONER cated flying squad will initiate action against the offenders. “Similarly, illegal vendors become active during evening hours and people dump waste WILL CHALLAN OFFENDERS ■ Dedicated flying squad will initiate action against offenders leaving stray cattle on UT borders at night ■ Separate squads will also challan illegal vendors during evening hours and those who dump waste in open at night in the open at night time. To deal with these effectively, the flying squads will come into play,” says an official. Continued on page 2 ■ Firefighters battle a blaze in a two-storey furniture shop in Baltana. Furniture worth lakhs was gutted. ■ Six fire tenders from Zirakpur, Panchkula and UT were pressed into service. Exact cause was unclear. Hry moots cost-effective pod link between airports Tribune News Service CONNECTING UT-MOHALI TERMINALS Panchkula, September 13 The Haryana Government has proposed a next-generation cost-effective personalised rapid transport (PRT) system based on pod car to provide shortest and effective connectivity between the old Chandigarh airport and the new international terminal located in Mohali. The proposal was submitted by Haryana Chief Secretary Sanjeev Kaushal at a recent meeting, convened by Chandigarh Administrator Banwarilal Purohit and attended by senior officers of Haryana and Chandigarh, at 77 PODS 6 ACRES 8 to 10 each with capacity to ferry 6 passengers, luggage to be used needed along airport minutes will be time boundary; land to required to travel remain with IAF between 2 terminals CHEAPER ALTERNATIVE PROJECT COST ~231.50 CR ALTERNATIVES ~1,000 CR ■ Operating cost of each pod is ~25L, against ~2.90 cr to ~7 cr for Metro, Metrolite and Metroneo ■ Infra cost per km is ~20 cr, against ~115 cr for Metro, ~110 cr for Metrolite and ~52 cr for Metroneo FOR REPRESENTATIONAL PURPOSE ONLY the Punjab Raj Bhawan. On implementation, it would cut down on the long road travel, which residents of the Tricity besides neighbouring states have to undertake at present. c m y b The Chief Secretary said the Haryana Metro Rail transport Corporation (HMRTC), a wholly owned company of the Haryana Government under the Haryana Shahari Vikas Pradhikaran, had proposed the pod car system to connect the old terminal with the new one, which was costeffective, convenient and required only six acres along the airport boundary. The ownership of the land would remain with the IAF . Kaushal said 77 pods were initially envisaged to be put into service to ferry passengers as well as goods. It would be a secured guided transit system with two stoppages. Pods could not be forcefully stopped midway and thus addressed any security concern. According to the proposal, each pod could seat six passengers with ample space for luggage. However, the capacity could be changed as per need and the time travel would be 8 to 10 minutes between the two terminals, he added. It said the UT Administration might go ahead with its proposal to provide new shorter road connectivity to the New Chandigarh International Airport. The HMRTC might get the detailed project report prepared in the next three months and submit it. 19 contract virus in UT CHANDIGARH:The city witnessed 19 cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday. As many as 21 patients recovered from the disease. —TNS Mohali logs 13 cases MOHALI: Fresh 13 cases of Covid had surfaced during the past 24 hours, taking the number of positive cases to 1,00,898 in the district. There were 83 active cases with the death toll of 1,168. — TNS Five test +ve in P’kula PANCHKULA: The district had reported fresh five cases of Covid during the past 24 hours, taking the number of cases to 48,285. The number of active cases was 20 and the death toll 420 in the district. — TNS
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