19092022-CT-01.qxd 9/19/2022 1:01 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE MONDAY | 19 SEPTEMBER 2022 | CHANDIGARH INDIAN SQUAD SHARPENS SKILLS IN THE NETS AT PCA PAGE 3 The Indian team attend its first-ever combined practice session after the recently concluded Asia Cup, at PCA. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD P’KULA MOHALI POSITIVE 99,142 48,309 1,00,940 RECOVERED 97,875 47,863 99,696 NEW CASES 11 1 8 ACTIVE 86 25 76 CHANGE 7 1 6 DEATHS 1,181 421 1,168 NEW 0 0 0 AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH 92 PANCHKULA 54 MOHALI 64 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF YOUTH HELD WITH REVOLVER, 6 ROUNDS Chandigarh: The UT police have arrested a 27-year-old youth, who was part of a Congress protest, for illegally possessing a revolver and cartridges. Jagjot Singh (27), a resident of Ludhiana, was caught with .32 revolver and six cartridges. The police said the weapon’s licence was meant for Punjab, not UT. TNS UT sees 11 cases CHANDIGARH: The city witnessed 11 cases of Covid-19 on Sunday. The active cases stood at 86 and as many as 18 patients recovered from the disease. — TNS Only 1 case in P’kula PANCHKULA: Just one case of Covid surfaced in the district during the past 24 hours, while there was no new recovery or fatality due to the virus. The number of active cases is 25. — TNS 8 positive in Mohali MOHALI: Eight persons were found infected with Covid-19 during the past 24 hours, while two patients got the better of the disease in the district. There was no fresh fatality and the number of active cases stood at 76. — TNS Monsoon likely to retreat in 3 days Chandigarh, September 18 Monsoon is likely to withdraw from the Chandigarh region over the next three days, the Met department has said. At 497.4 mm, city receives normal rain this season The city has received 497.4 mm rainfall since June 1, which is normal for the current monsoon season. “Due to anti-cyclonic flow over northwest India at lower tropospheric levels, dry weather is very likely over West Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi during the next five days. Hence, conditions are becoming favourable for the withdrawal of Southwest Monsoon from parts of Northwest India during the next three days,” said a weather department update. “There has been several dry days for the past few days. Thus, the monsoon withdrawal is expected early this time,” said Manmohan Singh, Director, Met. — TNS PAGE 3 DENGUE STINGS SIX MORE IN PANCHKULA DISTRICT Panchkula district reports six fresh dengue cases. Most of the patients from Pinjore and Kalka areas. MAX 35°C | MIN 24°C | YESTERDAY MAX 35.1°C | MIN 24.8°C SUNSET MONDAY 6:23 PM PAGE 3 SUKHNA ZONE, ROCK ZONE TO VIE FOR CRICKET TITLE Sukhna Zone and Rock Zone will clash in the final of the UTCA Men’s Seniors T20 Tournament. SUNRISE TUESDAY 6:09 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Protests eruptthem| Parentsover objectionable videos at CU denied entry to campus| Police, management firefight Students claim bid to muzzle Tribune News Service Mohali, September 18 The unrest that erupted among students on the Chandigarh University campus on Saturday evening continued to boil till late Sunday evening with the police and varsity officials trying desperately to contain the situation. Throughout the day, heated arguments were witnessed among the police, parents of the students and university officials over some objectionable videos of college hostellers being recorded by a student. The parents wanted to enter the campus and visit the hostel to meet their wards. Many girls were seen leaving the campus with belongings in the morning. While the police and administration officials continued to deny that several objectionable videos were shot by the suspect, hostel inmates and students refused to buy this. “There is inconsistency between what the police and varsity officials are saying and what students maintain. It is because of this that frequent protests are erupting on the university campus,” said a hostel inmate. More than 20,000 students, including 4,000 girls, are pursuing various courses in the private university located at Gharuan. Students from all over the country and foreign nationals stay and study on the campus. While the police maintained no suicide attempt was made following the incident, several CU students present at the protests said as many as four girls were taken to the hospital in ambulances. Throughout the day, 20,000 STUDENTS FROM COUNTRY, ABROAD ENROLLED IN CU 4,000 GIRLS PURSUING VARIOUS COURSES AT PRIVATE VARSITY Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 18 After failing to start a dedicated Mother and Child Care Centre at the GMSH-16 for the past four years due to paucity of space, the UT Health Department has now decided to temporarily shift the existing facility housing gynaecology and paediatric units to the Civil Hospital, Sector 22. A state-of-the-art 404-bed centre is slated to come up at the existing building that houses the gynaecology and paediatric facilities. The project entails construction of a seven-storey building, to be the tallest in phone to shoot video of another student taking shower in hostel 3PM-4PM Suspect grilled by hostel warden, matter reported to the DSW office manager 6.40PM Information received at Sadar Kharar police station 7PM Police team reaches the scene, begins investigation 11PM Students assemble at LC Hostel’s D block, protest starts SUNDAY 1.30AM Ambulance rushes an Students stage a protest over the objectionable video scandal at Chandigarh University in Mohali on Sunday. UNANSWERED QUESTIONS ■ When initial reports suggested videos of multiple girls were shot and shared, varsity administration maintained only the suspect girl’s video was found in her phone that was shared with her male friend ■ If videos of multiple girls were shared, what was the intent? Why would she send objectionable videos of other girls to her boyfriend? Were the videos used for monetary gains or extortion? IN AUG, CU GIRL HELD FOR KIDNAP ■ On August 19, three youngsters, including a CU girl student, held for ‘kidnapping’ a fellow student, demanding ~50L ransom ■ Kharar resident Hitesh Bhumla, pursuing BE, held captive for 48 hours by suspects before being rescued BUILDING EARLIER HOUSED BOYS ■ The girl suspect made fake social media profiles and after befriending Hitesh, lured him into meeting her Girls were recently shifted to a hostel building that earlier housed boys, raising privacy concerns. The police said the ■ The two met at a mall and the girl along with common washroom had partial partitioning i.e. only in the accomplices later kidnapped Hitesh and demandmiddle, with both top and bottom portions left exposed. ed ransom from parents for his release the police remained tightlipped about the well-being or location of the victims. A senior police official said: “There was a massive protest in the evening when a police team arrived. We had a tough time entering the campus. Without the public address system, it was difficult to address them. They were chanting ‘We want justice’ MOTHER AND CHILD CARE CENTRE ■ 404-bed Mother & Child Care Centre to come up at GMSH ■ ~100 cr likely cost of 7-storey building, tallest in compound TEMPORARY ARRANGEMENT AT SEC 22 HOSPITAL ■ State-of-the-art Mother & Child Care Centre will come up at GMSH building housing gynae, paediatric facilities ■ In case of space crunch at Sector 22 facility, entire premises may be used for Mother & Child Care Centre during construction period ■ In such a scenario, the existing medical services of the Civil Hospital-22 may be shifted to other health facilities the hospital compound, at a cost of over Rs 100 crore. The UT Health Secretary has further directed that if there are constraints for space at the Civil Hospital, the Director Health Services may assess the possibility of using the entire premises to house the Mother and Child Care Centre during the construction period. In such a scenario, the existing medical services of the Civil Hospital-22 may be shifted to other health facilities. The Chief Architect, at a recent meeting to review pending projects of GMSH16, shared they were waiting for client approval of the drawings provided to the Health Department more than four years ago. The Director Health Services said there was a dire need to come up with the Mother and Child Care Centre owing to the rush at the existing facility, and that they needed an alternative space to shift the facility till the time construction was completed. She had said most of the times, patients came from adjoining states, and two mothers or two babies continued on page 2 Two years on, Morni college sans building With 30 students, lone teacher, classes being held in polytechnic Sanjay Bumbroo Tribune News Service Panchkula, September 18 Even two years after Morni Government College was started at Haryana’s lone hill station, falling in the Kalka Assembly segment, the state government seems to have forgotten to provide basic infrastructure or requisite teaching staff there. According to information, the BJP government had sanctioned a graduate college in October 2020, but failed to provide a building or teaching staff. As a result, temporary classes are being run SATURDAY 3PM Girl caught sliding a camera GMSH gynae, paediatric units to be shifted Naina Mishra HOW IT UNFOLDED Polytechnic where classes of government college are being held. from the Government Polytechnic building with only 30 students and a lone teacher. Vijay Bansal, president, Shivalik Vikas Manch, has written to Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Education Minister Kanwar Pal c m y b Gujjar demanding appointment of teachers and construction of a college building. At present, only 30 students are enrolled in the three-year BA course. The principal, a professor of psychology, is the lone appointee at the college. The college had come as a hope for families of nearby villages in this backward area who could not afford to send their children to far-off places for studies. Due to lack of facilities, most of the local students are forced to pursue higher education in Panchkula, Chandigarh or Ambala colleges, says Bansal. continued on page 2 unconscious girl to hospital 10.30AM State women panel chief, varsity DSW claim no suicide attempt by anyone; girl held 12.30PM Heated arguments between students/parents and cops/varsity officials 1.30PM ADGP, DIG and Mohali SSP meet ‘affected’ students 4.30PM Protests break out on campus again; heavy police force deployed to contain crowd 6PM Varsity transfers some officials for not taking timely action UT BEING TARNISHED: MP Shaken by ghastly incident. The name of my city is being tarnished. I want to clarify institute is based in Kharar, Punjab… Not only girl’s role, but that of the university mgmt will be probed. ❝ ❞ Kirron Kher, CHANDIGARH MP slogans. When we asked them how we could help them, they started slipping away.” continued on page 2 COPS TO PROBE CONSPIRACY, EXTORTION ANGLES Three phone numbers mentioned in complaint Mohali, September 18 The arrests of two youths from Shimla and Rohru, and a girl student from Chandigarh University, have put a question mark on police’s assertion that it was only a case of a girl sharing her video with her friend. The police have arrested two HP boys and a CU girl student, also from Himachal, in the case so far. Cops will probe various angles, including conspiracy, extortion bid or making of videos to extract money from victims. In the FIR registered under Section 354-C (voyeurism) of the IPC and the IT Act at the Sadar Kharar The girl being questioned by a CU official following allegations. police station, the DSW office manager stated she got a phone call from the hostel warden continued on page 2 Student outfits join agitation Outsiders instigating crowds: Varsity Deepankar Sharda Tribune News Service Mohali, September 18 Various students’ political outfits of Punjab and Chandigarh reached Chandigarh University to register their protest over the objectionable video row. In the evening, hundreds of students organised a protest rally on the CU premises amid huge police deployment. The protesting students wore black shirts and marked their protest flashing their mobile torchlights. “Outsiders were not allowed inside the premises, however, they scaled the wall and entered the premises ille- Students argue with police at Chandigarh University. VICKY gally. They also made an appeal through various Twitter’s accounts to reach the CU. They just added fuel to the fire. Students on the CU continued on page 2
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