23112022-CT-01.qxd 11/23/2022 12:55 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY | 23 NOVEMBER 2022 | CHANDIGARH GUILTY OF RAPING DAUGHTER, 35-YEAR-OLD JAILED FOR LIFE PAGE 2 Court sentences a 35-year-old man to RI for remainder of natural life after convicting him of raping his daughter. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY MAX 26°C | MIN 11°C | YESTERDAY MAX 26°C | MIN 10.4°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 5:24 PM Vendors of Sector 9 rehri market, where 134 shops were gutted, have to submit their documents with HSVP. SUNRISE THURSDAY 6:55 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Software use to ensure level playing field | Will boost ranking AIR QUALITY INDEX Naina Mishra Tribune News Service 145 PANCHKULA 107 MOHALI 86 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 PAGE 3 Online transfer policy for UT teachers from April 1 P’KULA MOHALI POSITIVE 99,330 48,429 1,01,147 RECOVERED 98,143 48,006 99,968 NEW CASES 1 0 1 ACTIVE 6 2 11 CHANGE 1 5 1 DEATHS 1,181 421 1,168 NEW 0 0 0 CHANDIGARH GIVE PAPERS BY NOV 24, P’KULA MARKET FIRE VICTIMS ASKED As many as 22 new Aam Aadmi Clinics will be set up at primary health centres in Mohali by December 31. TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD PAGE 2 22 AAM AADMI CLINICS TO COME UP IN MOHALI DISTRICT SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF 24-YR-OLD HELD FOR SNATCHING Chandigarh: The UT police have arrested a 24-year-old man for snatching a mobile phone and cash. Complainant Arun, a resident of Phase XI, Mohali, claimed Sunil Kumar of Kandala village in Mohali snatched ~4,000 in cash and a mobile phone from him near the Sports Complex in Sector 50. A case has been registered. TNS 3 BOOKED FOR EVE-TEASING Chandigarh: The UT police have booked three unidentified suspects for eve-teasing and thrashing the victim’s husband near the scrap market at Sarangpur. A case under Sections 354, 323, 506 and 34 of the IPC has been registered at the Sarangpur police station. TNS UT Administrator Banwarilal Purohit chairs an Advisory Council meeting in Chandigarh on Tuesday. He is flanked by MP Kirron Kher and UT Adviser Dharam Pal. BJP’s Jain, Tandon push for Metro, MP Kher opposes Tribune News Service ONLY SOLUTION Chandigarh, November 22 Disagreement cropped up over the Metro project at an Administrator’s Advisory Council meeting, held today under the chairmanship of UT Administrator Banwarilal Purohit, as several members, including former BJP MP Satya Pal Jain and party leader Sanjay Tandon, supported the move to decongest traffic in the city, while sitting party MP Kirron Kher and AAP Leader of Opposition in MC Yogesh Dhingra opposed it, saying it was “unviable”. “Metro is the need of the future. Sooner or later, we have to switch over to Metro, as it is the only viable solution to deal with ever-growing traffic problem in the city,” said Jain. Golf Club president Lt Colonel HS Chahal (retd) went a step further, saying it COST TOO HIGH only viable ❝Metro is thewith traffic ❝The project’s cost is solution to deal very high and it is not problem in the city. ❞ feasible for a small city like UT. ❞ ADMINISTRATOR AT ADVISORY COUNCIL MEET Satya Pal Jain, FORMER MP Kirron Kher, MP ■ Adjust class 10 students, left out due to seat shortage, in class 11 ■ 25% seats mandatory for EWS students in UT schools ■ Council to be rejigged, members can submit request for berth should not be restricted to the city and instead be extended to neighbouring townships — such as Kharar and Baddi — in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. Congress’ city chief HS Lucky also supported the project. BJP’s Tandon said: “We have to find a solution to the traffic problem. Either Metro or other mode of transport, but we have to take a decision at the earliest.” However, MP Kher said the project’s cost was very high and it was not feasible for the city. Five years after the UT administration scrapped the move, RITES Ltd in a recent draft report on the comprehensive mobility plan for the tricity has proposed the implementation of Metro rail to decongest traffic. In 2017 too, MP Kher had opposed the project as in her Continued on page 2 Chandigarh, November 22 In a first, the UT Education Department will have its own “online transfer teacher policy” for government schoolteachers with effect from April 1 next year. Sharing details, Harsuhinder Pal Singh Brar, Director, School Education, said: “The teachers will be transferred through the online software on the lines of Punjab. This will provide a level playing field to all employees seeking transfer. Through the online mechanism, rationalisation will take place, allowing adjustment of subject teachers from schools where they are in surplus to those facing shortage.” Every year, Chandigarh loses points in the Performance Grading Index (school education ranking) and trails behind Punjab in the ranking due to lack of a teacher transfer policy. On the “number of teachers transferred through a transparent online system as a percentage of total number of teachers transferred during current year” indicator, which holds weightage of 20 points, the city lost 18 points in the last rankings. The ministry has time and again asked the UT Education Department to formulate a teacher-transfer policy. The new policy will be appli- Driver booked for giving Gangster Goldy Brar declared drugs to employer’s son PO in ~1-crore extortion case Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 22 The UT police have booked a driver employed with a Sector-19 resident for allegedly giving his minor son drugs, blackmailing and extorting money from him. It is alleged the accused also stole Rs 8 lakh in cash from the car. In a complaint to the police, the resident alleged his driver Nahar Singh Yadav, a resident of Parch village in Mohali district, blackmailed his 13-year-old son by giving him drugs and alcohol. The complainant alleged that his driver, who had been working for him for the past 15 years, misused their credit cards and stole his wife’s jewellery over the past four Tribune News Service Accused of extortion; theft of ~8L, jewellery years. The value of the stolen jewellery and money was pegged at over Rs 20 lakh. Acting on the complaint, a case under Sections 328 (causing hurt by means of poison, etc. with intent to commit an offence), 381 (theft by clerk or servant of property in possession of master) and 384 (extortion) of the IPC, and 77 (penalty for giving intoxicating liquor or narcotic drug or psychotropic substance to a child) of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act has been registered at the Sector 19 police station. Chandigarh, November 22 A local court has declared gangster Satwinder Singh, alias Goldy Brar, a proclaimed offender (PO) in an extortion case, involving a city businessman, registered by the UT Police in February. The court has also framed charges against another accused, Manjit Singh, a resident of Kishangarh, for offences punishable under Sections 387 and 120 B of the IPC, and 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act. The case has been adjourned till November 29. The Canada-based gangster is accused of masterminding the murder of Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala earlier this year. The Punjab Police in Aide chargesheeted; had targeted bizman GOLDY BRAR their chargesheet had accused him of coordinating with gangsters Lawrence Bishnoi and Jaggu Bhagwanpuria and others to execute the killing. Brar was declared a PO after he failed to appear before court following issuance of an order. As per the chargesheet, the police claimed the city busi- nessman had received a WhatsApp call on his mobile on January 25 in which the caller identified himself as Brar and demanded a ransom of Rs 1 crore. The businessman expressed inability to pay the amount, following which the caller asked him to call him back later. When he failed to return a call, the complainant received another call on January 27 and was threatened with kidnap of his children if he failed to pay up. The businessman offered Rs 5 lakh, but was directed to pay Rs 25 lakh in two instalments of Rs 10 lakh and Rs 15 lakh to one of his aides. On February 28, he received a call from Manjit, claiming to be relative of gangster Sampat Continued on page 2 APPLICABLE TO... Principal, headmaster, lecturer, master, vocational teacher and JBT PICK-AND-CHOOSE CURRENT NORM ■ Till 2007, govt schoolteachers used to be shifted every 10 years and schools heads every five years ■ After 2007, transfers were stopped and have been happening on administrative and vacancy-based grounds only ■ This has led to teachers remaining stationed at a single school for over 10 years, and in some cases even 20 years Tribune News Service Panchkula, November 22 With the Sector-25 green belt, adjacent to the PanchkulaYamunanagar National Highway No. 73, turning into a forest, residents have been forced indoors amid fear of wildlife. As the forest area, across the Ghaggar, is inhabited by snakes, scorpions and monkeys, the residents had approached the MC authorities and Forest Department officials to get it cleared of wild overgrowth. However, no concrete action to contain the monkey menace has been initiated, they claim. The residents say the num- ber of monkeys in the area is steadily rising and the animals often camp on rooftops, and in courtyards, stores and verandas of houses. The simians get aggressive on being chased away and many a time end up biting children and women, they claim. The Punjab and Haryana High Court had ordered the Municipal Corporation to create a sanctuary for monkeys and sterilise these. However, the MC has failed to provide relief to the residents from the menace. Further, the Forest Department has failed to chalk out a strategy to keep the animals away from residential areas. Despite HC order, Panchkula MC fails to sterilise monkeys Green belt in front of residential area in Panchkula. PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR Neha Khanna, an area resident, says people are living under the shadow of fear as the green belt area has turned into a forest. She says dangerous animals living in the vicin- c m y b OVERGROWTH NOT CLEARED, MONKEYS HAVE FREE RUN ■ The Sector-25 green belt, located along the NH-73, is inhabited by snakes, scorpions and monkeys ■ Forest Dept has fenced off land, but has not taken steps to clear dense foliage within green belt ■ Residents say monkeys often camp on rooftops, in courtyards, stores and verandahs of houses ■ With bite cases being reported, residents approached MC and forest officials to get overgrowth cleared, but to no avail ity have put the lives of children and elderly people at risk. Advocate Abhishek Singh, 113 GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS IN UT POOR PERFORMANCE IN GRADING INDEX The Centre has been asking UT Education Dept to formulate teacher-transfer policy. Due to lack of a policy, UT has been lagging in terms of Performance Grading Index. The city lost 18 points on indicator for “number of teachers transferred through a transparent online system” in recent rankings. ■ In 2012, policy was framed allowing teachers with 3-year service at school to get a transfer, but it was dropped ■ In 2018, Education Department planned mass transfers, but could not do so ■ In 2019, the department reviewed transfer policy, but it was put on hold ON LINES OF PUNJAB ❝Teachers will beonline transferred through software on the lines of Punjab. The online mechanism will allow rationalisation of subject teachers. Harsuhinder Pal ❞ Singh Brar, DIRECTOR, SCHOOL EDUCATION cable to all teaching-cadre posts — principal/headmaster/lecturer/master/vocational teacher and JBT. Presently, the department follows a pick-and-choose policy while transferring teachers. The divide between the urban and peripheral areas will be bridged through online transfers. There has always been a hesitation among teachers of government schools in UT sectors to teach in peripheral areas and vice-versa. Teachers posted in the rural schools have been waiting for long for their transfers to city schools. A need has been felt for a transfer policy as several teachers have stayed at one particular government school for more than 10 years, and in some cases even 20 years. In 2007, the department had stopped transfer of teachers. Prior to this, teachers used to be transferred every 10 years and school heads were shifted every five years. After 2007, transfers were happening on administrative and vacancybased grounds. The last policy was framed in 2012 wherein a teacher had to serve at a school for at least three years before getting transferred. For the nonteaching staff, the transfer was due after 10 years of service. However, this policy was never implemented. In 2018, the department planned mass transfers, but could not do so. In June 2019 as well, there were reports of the department reviewing the teacher transfer policy, but it was reportedly put on hold by then Education Secretary. Bishnoi’s aide held with heroin Chandigarh, November 22 A member of the Lawrence Bishnoi gang has been arrested by the Operation Cell of UT police with 123 gm heroin. Suspect Amandeep Joshi, alias Rajbir Joshi, a resident of Balongi village in Mohali, was nabbed with the contraband near Dadu Majra village. A case has been registered at the Maloya police station. The police said Joshi, a proclaimed offender (PO), was in touch with the Bishnoi gang members lodged in various jails. His interrogation revealed he also used to provide food and clothing to the gang members currently in police custody. The police said the suspect had a criminal past and was previously involved in three cases. He was declared a PO by a Kharar court in one of the cases. — TNS Sec-25 green belt turns forest, residents live in fear of wildlife Sanjay Bumbroo 5,000 TEACHERS IN UT SCHOOLS FAILED ATTEMPTS BY EDU DEPT IN PAST also a resident, says the Forest Department has fenced off its land, but has not taken any initiative to clear the dense foliage within the green belt. He says due to the lurking danger from wild animals, people have been forced to stay indoors in the evening hours. Advocate Prashant Gupta, another resident, says he had filed a petition in the HC to get rid of the monkey menace. The court, while taking cognisance, had issued directions to the MC to build a sanctuary and control the monkey population by carrying out sterilisation. With the Continued on page 2 Kidnappers had demanded ~50L ransom from student’s kin. FILE Police press extortion charge against three STUDENT’S KIDNAP Victim rescued after 48 hrs Tribune News Service Mohali, November 22 The police have filed a chargesheet against the three suspects in the honeytrap and kidnap case involving a Chandigarh University engineering student, in which a ransom of Rs 50 lakh was demanded from the victim’s Ludhiana-based family on August 19. In the chargesheet submitted recently in the Kharar court, the police have pressed charges of kidnap, extortion and under the Arms Act against the three suspects, including an MBBS first-year student and an MBA student of the university. In the chargesheet, police have claimed suspect Ajay Kadian was facing several cases in Delhi and its periphery. Hitesh Bhumla, pursuing Bachelor of Engineering from CU, Gharuan, and a resident of Kharar, was freed from captivity of suspects after nearly 48 hours by the police. HONEYTRAP & RANSOM ■ Hitesh Bhumla, a BE student of CU, Gharuan, was freed by the police from captivity of the three suspects on August 19 ■ The victim was honey-trapped and kidnapped by the suspects and his family was asked to pay ransom for his release Ajay Kadian (25) of Jattal village in Panipat, Ajay Punia (22) of Aabood village in Sirsa, and Rakhi (20) of Baroli village in Sonepat were arrested. The victim was allegedly honey-trapped before being kidnapped by the suspects. Punia is an MBBS student of Dr BR Ambedkar State Institute of Medical Sciences, Phase 6, Mohali; Rakhi an MBA student at the CU; and Kadian a pharmacist, all from well-to-do families. A luxury car, five mobile phones, a .32 pistol along with nine bullets were recovered from the suspects.
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