16092022-CT-01.qxd 16-09-2022 00:43 Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE FRIDAY | 16 SEPTEMBER 2022 | CHANDIGARH PAGE 2 University Institute of Engg & Technology has always been a hot pick for political outfits, given large number of its pupils. PARTLY CLOUDY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD P’KULA MOHALI POSITIVE 99,103 48,297 1,00,921 RECOVERED 97,816 48,860 99,663 NEW CASES 8 5 10 ACTIVE 106 16 90 CHANGE 1 6 6 DEATHS 1,181 421 1,168 NEW 0 1 0 SUNSET FRIDAY 6:27 PM Up to ~1L fine proposed for building violations in city 35 MOHALI 50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF ESTATE OFFICE CAMP TODAY Chandigarh: The Estate Office will organise a camp at the booth markets of Sectors 9, 11, 37 and 38 on September 16 and in Sector 40, 41, 42, 43 and 46 on September 17 from 9 am to 1 pm and from 2 pm to 5.30 pm. The camp is being organised to enable lessees or allottees deposit government dues on doorstep. This will help them deposit the dues without leaving their shops unattended. Two teams have been constituted to collect dues. The receipts will be issued on the spot. TNS 200 TIMES HIKE IN PENALTY SOUGHT ~1 LAKH, UP FROM ~500 Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 15 In a move aimed at curbing building violations, the UT Administration has proposed a 200 times increase in penalty i.e. from current Rs 500 to up to Rs 1 lakh for violations across all categories. Further, the fine may extend to Rs 4,000, from existing Rs 20, for each day of contravention once the offence is proved. In an affidavit submitted before the Supreme Court, the UT stated a proposal had been sent to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on July 25 regarding amendment to the Capital of Punjab (Development & Regulation), Act, 1952, to incorporate enabling provisions for revision of penalty to be imposed in cases of building violations and misuse of premises in Chandigarh. It was further submitted the rules would be formulated thereafter, specifying varying penalties for the nature of misuse/violations in different types of properties. The UT submitted the proposal was being examined by CENTRE EXAMINING ADMN PROPOSAL for building, tree & ad violations ■ In an affidavit, UT has told SC a ~4,000, UP FROM ~20 proposal had been sent to MHA seeking amendment to the Capital of Punjab (Development & Regulation) Act, 1952 ■ Rules specifying penalties for the nature of misuse/violations in different types of properties will be formulated once the law is amended ■ UT has sought inclusion of ‘Repeal and Savings’ clause to ensure action taken in past under unamended Act will have the same effect as amended Act ■ The proposal is being examined by the MHA and a final decision will be taken after consultation with ministries concerned for each day of contravention once proved 5% ANNUAL HIKE in penalty for violations across all categories 20% CAP on individual levy, not to exceed total value of property HALVED FROM INITIAL LEVY In draft notification, UT had sought penalty hike of up to ~2L and ~8,000 daily fine for contravention. In final proposal, penalties have been halved the MHA and a final decision would be taken after consultation with ministries concerned. The UT submitted the administration had invited suggestions/objections from general public for amendment to Act to incorporate enabling provisions for revision of penalty to be imposed CHANDIGARH: The city witnessed eight cases of Covid-19 on Thursday. Nine patients recovered from the disease, while there was no new fatality due to the virus. — TNS Mohali, September 15 Day after the body of an unidentified 25-year-old youth was found near TDI City on the Airport Road, the police have registered a case of murder after shards of a glass bottle were found from the victim’s face. 10 test +ve in Mohali P’kula sees 1 death PANCHKULA: An 87-year-old woman from Sector 6 here succumbed to Covid-19 on Thursday, taking the district toll to 421. The woman was suffering from acute kidney injury and had not been vaccinated against the deadly virus. Meanwhile, five persons tested positive for Covid during the past 24 hours, while 10 patients got the better of the disease. — TNS A large number of patients with fever are being reported at the Civil Hospital in Panchkula. RAVI KUMAR Rush of patients with high fever, P’kula hospital runs short ofbeds Panchkula, September 15 A large number of people suffering from high fever have been admitted to the Civil Hospital in Sector 6 here, leading to a shortage of beds in the Emergency ward today. Earlier, two patients were being adjusted on one bed. When that too proved inadequate, the authorities started arranging stretchers in the Emergency ward. Attendants were seen holding bottles of glucose being administered 2 patients adjusted on one bed, stretchers too rolled in to their patients. Meanwhile, 11 new cases of dengue were reported from the district today. At the same time, 16 patients of high fever have been admitted for treatment to various hospitals in the district. At present, Pinjore and Kalka are severely affected by dengue as most cases are being reported from these areas. So far, 367 cases of dengue have surfaced in the district. Most of the patients are children and youth. A spokesman for the Health Department said dengueaffected areas included Tipra, Ramshar, Bitna, Ghatiwala, Caudi and Tagra. He said 22 teams checked 2,771 houses and dengue larvae were found at 214. Larvae were destroyed on the spot and notices issued to 180 households. — TNS Civic body, NEERI join hands on curbing pollution Chandigarh, September 15 The city Municipal Corporation today signed a letter of intent (LoI) with the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) to work together towards environmental protection, pollution prevention and control through need-based research, knowledge dissemination, training and capacity building in areas such as water and waste water treatment, sewage, solid waste management, air pollution control, etc. Joint Commissioner Gurinder Sodhi signed the LoI with NEERI Director Dr Vaidya in the continued on page 2 25 more outdoor gyms soon; ~1-cr e-tender floated Sandeep Rana FOR FITTER CITY Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 15 The local Municipal Corporation has set the ball rolling for setting 25 additional outdoor gyms in different parks of the city at a cost of nearly Rs 1 crore. The MC House, during its last meeting in August, had approved 50 more outdoor gyms for the city. The civic body has now floated an e-tender for setting up of 25 gyms at an estimated cost of Rs 93,79,880. The etender for another set of 25 gyms will be floated later. These are being set up under the MPLADS fund. As many as 250 outdoor gyms already exist in various Anu Priya, a trainee of Sector 38 Sports Complex, claims two medals on final day of junior badminton championship. TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Shell firms registered on fake Delhi-NCR addresses Chandigarh, September 15 An investigation into instant loan app cheating-cumextortion racket has revealed that many shell companies have been registered on fake addresses in the Delhi-NCR region. The police said the proceeds of crime were routed through several accounts, which had been traced to Delhi, Jodhpur, Bengaluru and Gujarat. Close to 25 such bank accounts have been identified. However, the police strongly believe that the number will go higher as the investigation progresses. A total of 21 suspects, including Chinese national Wang Chengua, one Anshul Kumar and kingpin Parwej Alam, alias Jitu Bhadana, alias Sonu Bhadana, involved in the crime were arrested by the UT police last week. They used to lure people by offering them small loans and made them download various mobile applications named Hugo Loan, Cashfree, Fly Cash, Cash Coin and AA Loan through which they used to get access of their contacts. The victims were given small amount of loan and in return a larger sum was extorted from them after threatening them with sending their morphed pictures to their contacts. SP LOAN APP FRAUD Police trace 25 bank accounts used to deposit extorted amount ILL-GOTTEN MONEY ROUTED TO CHINA ■ Money exacted from victims was transferred from one bank to another ■ Finally, the money was routed to China through shell companies ■ Around ~100 cr was transferred through hawala in the past two years 60 PERSONS PART OF RACKET Around 60 persons were part of the racket and were paid a total of ~11.31 lakh as monthly salary by Chinese national Wang Chengua. (Cyber Crime Investigation Cell) Ketan Bansal said cops physically verified the addresses of several shell companies, and these were found to be fake. Records showed that Anshul Kumar was director of two shell companies. These companies were created to cover the money trail of crime proceeds by layering. The SP said the money received from the victims was transferred through several bank accounts in a bid to avoid getting traced or caught. Finally, the money was routed to China through these shell companies. “The suspects revealed that around Rs 100 crore was transferred through hawala in the past two years,” the SP said. The investigation also revealed that the Chinese nationals, who had once worked in India, were acting as the handlers of kingpin Parwej. The police are now trying to identify the foreigners after continued on page 2 Murder FIR lodged day after body found UT logs 8 cases MOHALI:The district saw 10 persons getting infected with Covid-19 during the past 24 hours, while four patients defeated the virus. However, no new fatality was reported on Thursday. There are 90 active cases in the district. — TNS in cases of building violations and misuse of premises. Accordingly, after examining the suggestions/objections continued on page 2 PAGE 2 TWIN DELIGHT FOR ANU PRIYA AT BADMINTON CHAMPIONSHIP SUNRISE SATURDAY 6:08 AM Dushyant Singh Pundir 44 PANCHKULA 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 MAX 34°C | MIN 24°C | YESTERDAY MAX 33°C | MIN 24.7°C MHA urged to amend Act for enabling provisions, UT tells SC AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH PAGE 2 For second consecutive day, student ticket counters see huge rush of young fans outside IS Bindra PCA Stadium. FILE PHOTO FORECAST STUDENTS MAKE BEELINE FOR TICKETS AT PCA COUNTERS FILE PHOTO PU STUDENT OUTFITS FOCUS ON MAJOR DEPARTMENTS 250 OUTDOOR GYMS ALREADY EXIST IN UT PARKS 50 OPEN-AIR GYMS APPROVED BY MC IN AUG EQUIPMENT OUT OF ORDER ❝Old equipment is not functional. MC should first conduct a survey to know how many people actually use these. ❞ Subhash Chawla, FORMER CITY MAYOR parks across the city. Some residents, however, have raised concern over spending huge sums on such facilities rather than focussing on basic amenities. “There is no need to set up so many gyms. Instead, the money should be spent on basic amenities such as increasing the strength of safari workers and buying requisite equipment. These are overpriced and even the old ones are not working. The MPLADS fund c m y b should instead be utilised on cremation ground, which is crying for attention,” says RK Garg, president, Second Innings Association. Echoing similar views, former city Mayor Subhash Chawla says: “The old equipment is not functional and there is no need to set up more. The MC should first conduct a survey to know how many people actually use these facilities.” Similarly, former nominated councillor MPS Chawla says: “The MC should first ensure the old gym equipment is maintained properly. It seems the MC has funds and it is merely creating work to spend these. The RWAs continued on page 2 The Balongi police have registered a case against an unidentified person under Sections 302 and 34 of the IPC. The police were trying to identify the victim. Balongi SHO Periwinkle Singh Grewal said the body had been kept at the Civil Hospital mortuary for 72 hours for identification. The victim’s photo had been sent to nearby police stations to ascertain whether any missing person’s complaint had been lodged there so that his family could be reached. SP Navreet Singh Virk said the body was found in an empty field behind a liquor shop. Blood was oozing out of the mouth and glass shards were found from the face. A case of murder had been registered, he added. The police suspected the glass bottled continued on page 2
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