Chandigarh City News

Tribune News Service
  1. Tribune News Service

    Chandigarh, December 17 

    In yet another carjacking, four persons took away a new MPV, Toyota Crysta, from its driver at gunpoint on the road separating Sector 45 and 33 on Saturday night. This is the third carjacking here in less than 10 days. 

    Police sources said the driver, identified as Jagdeep Singh, was returning to the taxi stand in Sector 46 after dropping a passenger when the incident took place at around 2 am. The vehicle had a temporary number, CH-05T-9372. 

    As soon as Jagdeep hit the road separating Sector 45 and 33, a silver-coloured Tata Indica hit the MPV from behind with the intention of stopping him. When he alighted from the vehicle to see what had happened, four persons, including one carrying a pistol, got off the car and threatened him. 

    They snatched the keys of the MPV keys and fled the spot. “While two of the carjackers drove the MPV, their accomplices escaped in the car,” the sources said. 

    Jagdeep failed to note down the registration number of the car. 

    Meanwhile, the owner of the MPV, Manjit Singh, who is into the taxi business, said he had purchased the vehicle on December 11. “After the incident, my driver rushed to the taxi stand and we informed the police about the incident,” he added. 

    Manjit said the driver didn’t retaliate as he could have been harmed by the carjackers.

    Police teams rushed to the spot and recorded the statement of the victim. The UT police also informed their counterparts in Mohali and Panchkula. The police suspect the accused escaped towards Punjab. 

    A case of robbery has been registered at the Sector 34 police station. 

    The sources said the victim driver was shown the pictures of criminals from the police record.

    Recent Incidents in the city 

    Dec 10: Two persons take away a car from a cab driver at gunpoint near Kaimbwala. The police are yet to make a headway in the case. 

    Dec 8: Four persons, two of them known to the victim, kidnapped him and took away his SUV at gunpoint. The accused were later arrested. 

  2. Tribune News Service

    Mohali, December 17 

    The Mohali police have seized diamond-studded gold jewellery worth Rs 4.71 crore from a Mumbai resident at Chandigarh International Airport, Mohali. The suspect has been identified as Munish Bandi, who landed here in a Hyderabad-Chandigarh flight. The jewellery, kept in three boxes, was hidden in a bag. Officers failed to detect the jewellery at the Delhi and Hyderabad airports.

     Inspector HS Bal, station house officer of the Airport police station, said Bandi could not produce the documents required with the jewellery items. “He told us that he was intending to hold an exhibition in Chandigarh. He could not produce the required documents, following which we also called up the officials of the Excise and Taxation Department,” said Bal, adding that the flight also landed in Delhi on the way to Chandigarh. 

    He added that they had a tip-off about the suspect. 

    The confiscated jewellery has been handed over to the officials of the Excise and Taxation Department for further action.

    The seizure

    • Diamond-studded gold rings: 74
    • Necklace-earring sets: 54
    • Necklaces: 11 (including one quite expensive)
  3. Tribune News Service

    Chandigarh, December 17

    Three Panjab University (PU) students were held for teasing another student near a girl’s hostel on the PU campus.

    The victim had complained that three youths, riding an Alto car, passed comments about her near Sarojini Hall Girls’ Hostel No. 3 on last evening.

    The victim reported the matter to the police. Later, the accused, identified as Bhuvnesh and Lalit Sodhi, both residents of Phase X, Mohali, and Ishan Goyal, a resident of Malerkotla, were arrested. Inspector Lakhbir Singh, SHO, Sector 11 police station, said all accused are MBA students. “The car, which the accused were riding, has also been impounded,” the SHO said.

    A case under Sections 294 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered against the youths at the Sector 11 police station.

  4. Tribune News Service

    Chandigarh, December 17

    In a case of sheer negligence, the traffic staff of the UT police today towed away a vehicle from a no-parking zone in Sector 34 even as a 12-year-old child was sleeping inside.

    Sources said the child’s parents, who are residents of Mohali, had gone to purchase  vegetables when the traffic staff towed away the vehicle.

    When the parents found their car missing, they complained to the police control room that their car with their child inside had been stolen.

    The sources said the child was carrying a mobile phone but he was not picking up calls made by his parents as he was sleeping. 

    In the meantime, the local police came to know that the vehicle had been towed away for wrong parking. Later on, the child picked up the call and informed his parents that he was safe. His parents then rushed to the Traffic Lines in Sector 29 to get their child.

    Shashank Anand, Senior Superintendent of Police-Traffic, said departmental action was being taken against the erring Head Constable, Subhash, and Home Guards volunteer Jagseer.

    The police officer said the duo had been shifted to the Traffic Lines.

  5. Ramkrishan Upadhyay  

     Tribune News Service   

    Chandigarh,  December  17   

    Crores of rupees spent on constructing new cycle track seems to have gone down the drain in the absence of effective implementation of bylaws formulated by the Chandigarh Administration. In order to control and put restrictions on the plying of cycles, rickshaws and loaded rehris on major roads in the city, the administration formulated the bylaws two years ago and given the responsibility for their implementation to the Municipal Corporation and the traffic police, who have failed to implement them on ground. 

    Besides regulating their registration and issuing licences, it was also made mandatory that rickshaws should follow the traffic rules. The police and the MC have been given the power to impound rickshaws found violating the rules. These have been debarred from running with the main traffic and allowed to ply on the designated cycle tracks only.

    Fees to get impounded rickshaws released have also been fixed. The violators are to be charged Rs 300 for the first offence, Rs 400 for the second and Rs 500 for the third offence. 

    The administration is constructing the  cycles  tracks along all major  roads, Janmarg,  Madhay Marg, Udhyog Path, Dakshin Marg and Vigyan Path. 

    Mukesh Anand, Special Secretary-cum-Chief Engineer of the administration, said they would construct  90 km of cycle track by the next year, of which 24-km track had been constructed so far. He said besides constructing new cycle tracks, they were also upgrading the existing ones whenever required. 

    Money down the drain: NGO

    Harman Sidhu, founder of the  ArriveSafe organisation, said in the absence  of effective implementation  of the  bylaws, crores  of rupees spent on the construction of these  cycle  tracks was going  down the drain. He said the condition of a few cycle  tracks was also not  good. He asked what was the use of constructing the cycle tracks when those were not put to good use?

  6. Panchkula, December 17

    The Society for Emergency Medicine India (SEMI), Punjab chapter, organised a continuing medical education (CME) programme at Bella Vista Hotel in Panchkula today. The topic of the CME was ‘Point of Care Test’.

    SEMI Punjab president Dr Goma Bali Bajaj welcomed the chief guest, Major-Gen Rashmi Datta, Commandant of Command Hospital.

    She said events would be regularly organised to educate doctors on latest research in emergency medicine. — TNS

  7. Bhartesh Singh Thakur 

    Tribune News Service 

    Chandigarh, December 17

    Universitas Indonesia (UI) GreenMetric Rankings 2017, an international ranking which measures how green is campus, has placed the Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management (IIITM), Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, at rank 1. Its world rank is 164. Among Indian institiutions, it is followed by the Manipal Academy of Higher Education at 221st rank and Mangalore University at 231st position.

    A total of 619 universities across the world participated this year. The rankings were released on December 11.

    In 2016 too, the top three ranks in the country were of IIITM, Manipal Academy of Higher Education and Mangalore University.

    This year, the National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur, HP, whose world rank is 318th, is at 8th rank in India, while Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, Ludhiana, which is placed at 541st rank globally, is at 14th rank at national level. Panjab University, Chandigarh, has been ranked 21 in the country while its world ranking is at 593rd. In 2016, 516 universities participated and the PU was at 486th position while nationally it was at 19th rank.


    Setting and green spaces contribute 15 per cent while about 21 per cent marks are given on energy-efficient appliances usage, renewable energy usage policy, total electricity use, energy conservation programme, green building, climate change adaptation and mitigation programme and greenhouse gas emission reductions policy. About 18 per cent marks are for waste treatment and recycling.

    As many as 18 per cent marks are for transportation policy to limit the number of motor vehicles on the campus and use of campus bus and bicycle, and also the pedestrian policy, which encourages students and staff to walk around the campus and avoid using private vehicles. Quantum of water usage has 10 per cent marks.

    Education criteria which has 18 per cent marks, is based on the thought that the university has an important role in creating the new generation concern with sustainability issues. Here, number of courses, publications, events, funds available related to environment and sustainability are evaluated..

  8. Bhartesh Singh Thakur

    Tribune News Service

    Chandigarh, December 17

    Though Prof Navdeep Goyal’s group is likely to get its members elected unopposed from some of the faculties in the Syndicate polls on December 18, the stage is set for a clash with the Ashok Goyal group in the medical faculty.

    Last year, all members from the Prof Navdeep Goyal group were elected unopposed to the Syndicate. 

    Senator Ashok Goyal is himself contesting, along with Panjab University Teachers’ Association (PUTA) president Prof Rajesh Gill, from the medical faculty which has two seats in the Syndicate.

    From Prof Navdeep Goyal’s group, Prof Rajat Sandhir and Dr RK Mahajan are fielded. 

    Both groups are trying to cause defection in each other’s camp. Goyal had himself declared that results would reveal how much actual strength they had. Mainstream politicians are being roped in to call senators for support.

    Candidates from other faculties

    From the Ashok Goyal group, Prof Keshav Malhotra and Assistant Professor Praveen Goyal are contesting from the languages faculty.

    Prof Navdeep Goyal, who is chairperson of the Physics Department, declared the names of their candidates for Syndicate polls today. “From the arts faculty, Chandigarh BJP president Sanjay Tandon, Assistant Professor Ameer Sultana, Centre for Women Studies Chairperson, and Prof Ronki Ram are contesting. From the science faculty, Prabhjeet Singh, Dr Amit Joshi, Sri Guru Gobind Singh (SGGS) College, Sector 26, Chandigarh, and Dr SS Sangha, principal of the Dasmesh Girls College of Education, Muktsar, are being fielded,” he said.

    He said, “From the combined faculty, I, Dr Satish Sharma, president of DAV College Management Committee, and Principal of PGGCG-11, Anita Kaushal, will be contesting.” 

    From the languages faculty, Dr Ajay Ranga, from University Institute of Legal studies (UILS), PU, and Dr Subhash Sharma will be in the field. From the law faculty, Gurjot Malhi, retired IPS officer, and Inderpal Singh Sidhu, assistant professor, SGGS College-26, have been chosen to contest.

    The election to all faculties will start from 9 am onwards on December 18.

    Prof Navdeep Goyal leads a coalition of all colours where members of the BJP, Congress and leftists are on one side. Being supported by DAV group, BJP affiliated members, Gosal group, Iqbal Sandhu group, Jagpal Singh group and the one led by Rabindernath Sharma, Prof Navdeep claims to have the support of 65 senators out of 91.

    “We are going to win all seats easily. There is no competition,” said Prof Navdeep Goyal. He said for Dean Law, Anu Chatrath was contesting. “For Dean Medical Sciences, we have decided the name of Dr Amod Gupta,” said Prof Navdeep Goyal.

  9. Mohali, December 17

    Kavita Singh, Director, Social Security, Development of Women and Child, Punjab, assured the implementation of Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizen Act 2007 with utmost effectiveness, during the PH Vaishnav Memorial Seminar on “Affordable Heath Care”. It  was organised by the Mohali Senior Citizens Association (MSCA) at Shivalik Public School, Phase VI, here today.

    MSCA chairman Amarjit Khehra said several schemes for senior citizens were yet to see the light of day. — TNS

  10. Chandigarh, December 17

    Around 330 students of Strawberry Fields Play School put up a spectacular show for their parents as part of their annual sports musical soirée. 

    The setting was perfect as the sun streamed through after a week of grey afternoons, providing a sunny backdrop to the in-bloom gardens of the Nehru Bhavan in Sector 24 where the event was organised.

    Set in the open lawns of the school, five sports presentation items were enacted in a sequence that preceded a crisp march past by 4 and 5-year olds and concluded with a set of 13 races that went with innovative names such as seasons’ catch, wobbly balloons, courier race, blowin’ windmills, santa’s helpers and daring hurdles.

    The sporting items were a treat to watch, as kindergartners took turns to show their moves, taking cues from their instructors and teachers and smiling their way through the 90-minute show. 

    School Director Atul Khanna, said: “The entire concept is based on equal participation, fair play and healthy competition.” 

    The school works towards supporting other schools and creches in labour colonies and organises donor-driven charitable events regularly. — TNS

  11. Our Correspondent

    Chandigarh, December 17

    A week-long National Theatre Festival organised by the Sanskar Bharti concluded with the staging of a Hindi play ‘Samrat Ashoka’ at the Navrang Theatre, here today.

    Written by DP Sinha and directed by Dr Chittranjan Tripathi, the play was based on the life and achievements of Samrat Ashok, the third emperor of Mauryan dynasty, during the seven decades of his life.

    The play based on facts highlighted many significant incidents of Ashoka’s life and depicted various aspects of complex human nature.

    The audience got a glance of a king’s turbulent journey led by ego and ambition as also a surprising transition of a man with marked inferiority complex turning to Buddhism for salvation. Aditya Singh excelled as the protagonist king Ashoka and other actors also essayed their roles well.

    The festival director, Dr Saubhagya Vardhan, said all seven plays staged here were replete with diverse thematic content and reflected age-old cultural, spiritual and political heritage as also the issues of contemporary socio-cultural and political issues.

  12. Chandigarh, December 17

    Gurleen Kaur (19), a BPharmacy student of Chitkara University, will be contesting in the finals of Miss India Khadi to be held on December 30 at Delhi. Earlier, she won Miss India Khadi – Himachal Pradesh on July 30. Gurleen’s father Pritmohider Singh said three girls were selected from 22 states. “In all competitions, the contestants are wearing Khadi clothes. It is an initiative to promote Khadi,” he said. He said PM Narendra Modi would be present on the finals of Miss India Khadi. — TNS

  13. Tribune News Service

    Chandigarh, December 17  

    Due to foggy conditions, Dibrugarh-Chandigarh train was running 13 hour and 11 minutes late today. It was to arrive at Chandigarh at 1:30 pm today, but expected time of arrival was scheduled for 2:41 am in the night.

    Kalka Mail was two hours and 42 minutes late, Barmer-Kalka Express was one hour and 25 minutes delayed and Lucknow-Chandigarh Superfast was two hour and 14 minute late.

    New Delhi-Kalka Shatabdi, which was to arrive at 11:05 am at Chandigarh from New Delhi, was late by 20 minutes.

    Meanwhile, the Meteorological Department has clarified that fog in Chandigarh for the next three days will be shallow. Both day and night temperature will rise.

     “The cold wave conditions to continue in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh,” said a press statement from the Indian Meteorological Department. 

  14. As a top UT officer was reviewing the final arrangements for the country’s first Smart City Card in Chandigarh, the other day, senior officers of a public sector bank, which had partnered with the UT Administration to issue the cards, presented the cards they had prepared in the name of Punjab Governor-cum-UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore and Chandigarh MP Kirron Kher, who were the chief guest and the guest of honour, respectively, at the event. As the bank officers presented the cards in see-through plastic covers, the UT top officer lamented, “It seems you people are not expert in event management”. If this was not enough to rap the bankers, the officer further shared with his subordinate officers, present at the meeting, “I believe only official machinery is good at event management”. Later, he told the bank officers on how to organise the event.

    What’s in a name?

    Contrary to “What’s in a name”, a quote by an eminent English poet, playwright and actor, William Shakespeare, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language, the UT Administration went into a tizzy when a public sector bank officers spelled wrong the name of local MP Kirron Kher on the invites for a special function to mark the launch of India’s first Smart City Card in Chandigarh, the other day. “You people would take our lives…,” quipped the furious top UT officer, while penning down the correct spellings of the local parliamentarian’s name and asking the bankers to make the correction in the invites and every other material related to the event. “Thankfully, the invites were not yet distributed,” said the UT officer, while heaving a sigh of relief.

    Mute Mayor

    Repeated pleas of Chandigarh Mayor Asha Kumari Jaswal go unheard as the councillors are still spending a huge amount on the functions to mark inaugurations and laying of foundation stones for development projects. While those who are strong contenders for the new Mayor’s post have been using the opportunity for showing their strength by organising lavish functions on the expense of the public exchequer, the Mayor has no choice but to witness the functions as a mute spectator. Soon after taking over the charge of the Mayor, Jaswal had last year announced a slew of austerity measures, which also included least expense on public functions. While she ensured that no public money was spent on her functions, the message did not go well with her fellow councillors.

    Helpless DC!

    The administration apparently seems to be hapless when it comes to deal with children indulged in begging. “These children are too clever to handle by our officials,” said Mohali Deputy Commissioner Gurpreet Kaur Sapra, who has recently directed officials concerned to shift these beggars to ‘raen baseras’ to save them from extreme weather conditions. “First, it is too difficult to catch them by our officials as they are alert. Secondly, if they catch them, they lay on roads and start crying miserably to create scene. The most dangerous thing is that they also dare to jump from moving vehicles,” shared the DC, who apparently seems to be clueless on how to deal with the menace.

    Mayor overrules MLA

    In the Panchkula MC House meeting held the other day, when Mayor Upinder Kaur Ahluwalia and Panchkula MLA Gian Chand Gupta were arguing over the agenda of dissolution of Panchkula Municipal Corporation, local MLA Gian Chand Gupta started putting his point of view. As the BJP MLA was in the favour of separating Kalka and Pinjore from the Panchkula MC and was adamant over proving his point, the Congress-supported Mayor, who was against the dissolution of the MC, said only majority of the House could take the decision not the MLA, as he had no voting right. In the Panchkula MC, only elected councillors have the voting night and MLAs and nominated councillors were only ex-officio members without voting right.

    (Contributed by Nitin Jain, Ramkrishan Upadhyay, Akash Ghai & 

    Rajinder Nagarkoti)

  15. Tribune News Service

    Chandigarh, December 17

    While Arun Sood, one of the contenders for the Mayor’s post, once again showed his strength by organising a lavish function by getting the inauguration of a community centre done from VP Singh Badnore, Punjab Governor-cum-UT Administrator, today, the number of councillors from the Kirron Kher group was conspicuous by their absence.

    Kirron Kher was also not present on the function. Davesh Modgil, who is a strong contender for the Mayor’s post from the Kher camp, was also not present on the occasion.

    Other councillors who were not present at the function included Senior Deputy Mayor Rajesh Kumar Gupta, Deputy Mayor Anil Dubey, Hardeep Singh, Kanwarjeet Rana, Heera Negi, Dalip Sharma, Mahesh Inder Singh and Chandrabati Shukla. Several nominated councillors were also not present on the occasion.

    Those who were present included Mayor Asha Jaswal, Commissioner Jitender Yadav and senior officers.

    The Governor, while inaugurating the centre, said it would be a model community centre in Chandigarh and would motivate other cities in the country to follow its architecture and amenities imbibed in it.

    The community centre built on 1 acre plot of land with 16,000 sq ft covered surface area with an expenditure of Rs 4.75 crore has an air-conditioned sound proof hall with sitting capacity of 400-450 persons, including modular kitchen, pantry, bridal make-up room, family room and open air kitchen. The centre will also have a provision for e-sampark centre, which will link local residents of the ward to various other services offered by the UT Administration.

    MC Commissioner Jitender Yadav urged the city residents to make their valuable contribution to make Chandigarh a top ranked city in the country under the Swachh Bharat Mission.

    Race for Mayor’s post intensifies

    Chandigarh: The race for the next Mayor has gone on social media after former councillor Saurabh Joshi posted six names of councillors who could be next candidates for the post. Joshi has suggested six names on his Facebook page with the heading “who could be the best Mayor of Chandigarh”. He listed the names of Arun Sood, Davesh Moudgil, Rajesh Gupta “Bittu”, Ravi Kant Sharma, Shakti Prakash Devshali and Anil Dubey. He also asked residents to suggest any other name suitable for the post. His post has evoked strong reaction from residents and more than 100 persons have given their views. TNS