Illegal buildings threat to Chandigarh airport ; IAF tells HC

CHANDIGARH: Removing unauthorised construction close to defence establishments was put on high priority immediately after the terrorist attack at the Pathankot airbase in January 2016. However, more than two years down the line, not much seems to have changed going by a report of the Indian Air Force (IAF) on Chandigarh airbase.

The report, a copy of which is with TOI, says that the airbase is under severe threat because of haphazard and unplanned growth of infrastructure along its boundary. It has also red-flagged reduced access to safety vehicles as a major concern.

“Unauthorized construction may impose restrictions on the use of the airfield such as increased visibility minima (visual range), increased bird activity due to population residing close to the aircraft operating surfaces, security hazard and in worst case scenario the airport itself may become unsafe as has been the recent case reported about Juhu airfield,” reads the report.

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8 fined for using plastic bags in Sector 40 mandi

CHANDIGARH: Acting tough against the use of plastic bags in Chandigarh, the municipal corporation (MC) has started challaning consumers and general public who are seen carrying plastic bags in their hands. During an anti-plastic raid in Apni Mandi at Sector 40, the MC team issued challans to seven violators who kept plastic bags in their rehris, and issued another challan to a consumer carrying fruits and vegetables in a plastic bag.

The authority has appealed to the city residents to support MC in its campaign against plastic use. The civic body has also been planning to fine the plastic bag manufacturers as per law. The authority emphasised that the residents should not use plastic bags not only because the MC is against it, but as part of a responsibility to eradicate plastic from the city for a better environment.

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Martyr of marriage


Chandigarh: On March 5, 2016, Punjab Police commando Jasbir Singh was reported missing in Chandigarh, two days after leaving home with two friends on a motorcycle. He had with him a bag, his uniform, and identity card, since he had to report to work.

Jasbir’s father found out that the commando hadn’t reached Jalandhar. Jasbir lived at Raipur Khurd in Zirakpur and was posted at the Phase-XI Commando Complex in Mohali. A missing person’s report was registered at the Mauli Jagran police station and the case assigned to a special investigation team, since a Punjab Police man was lost and the department wanted him back at any cost. “The UT police needed to know more about him,” Maloya station house officer Baldev Kumar said. “Therefore, we started quizzing his family, including his father and his wife, Sukhdeep Kaur. The couple had a son aged 16.”

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Punjab and Haryana HC notice to bar council on voter list irregularities

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab and Haryana high court on Tuesday issued notice to the bar council of Punjab and Haryana on a plea against alleged irregularities and charges of bungling in the preparation of voter list of lawyers for the upcoming elections of the body.
The petitioner in the case has sought directions from the HC to hold the state bar council elections, slated for November 2018, under the supervision of a retired high court judge.

The petitioner, who is also an elected member of the state bar council, submitted that the present chairman of the state bar council Ahlawat has declared himself a candidate for the upcoming polls and incidentally he has been assigned the work of preparing electoral rolls, which is against the norms. The petitioner submitted that Ahlawat cannot be judge of his own cause and there are chances that he may commit large scale irregularities while preparing electoral rolls in collusion with some other members of the ruling group.
The bar council of Punjab and Haryan high court is the apex regulating body for the lawyers of the states of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh.

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​Forensic department organizes cleanliness drive at PU

CHANDIGARH: The Institute of Forensic Science & Criminology, Panjab University, carried out Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, here on Tuesday to support the cleanliness drive in the Campus.
The program began with a motivational discourse by Dr Shweta Sharma, chairperson of the institute. While talking to the active volunteers of the institute, Dr Sharma spoke to students and staff to begin with the crusade and contribute their endeavors to make the drive a major achievement. The chairperson also requested the members of the institute to keep their working spaces clean in this way guaranteeing the general point of neatness.

Segregation of various wastes like, glassware, plastic ware, chemicals and other miscellaneous items was carried and was disposed of properly. The dynamic support, zeal and enthusiasm offered by the faculty members, staff, research scholars and students made this drive a great success.

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Khaira event may save AAP: Sandhu

CHANDIGARH: Claiming that the upcoming volunteers’ convention announced by former leader of opposition (LoP) Sukhpal Singh Khaira was not anti party, AAP’s Kharar MLA Kanwar Sandhu said that such talk was a part of disinformation being spread to discredit them.Khaira, along with eight party legislators backing him, plan to hold a convention on Thursday in Bathinda. The event was organized after his removal from the LoP post.

Talking to mediapersons, Sandhu said, “How can a convention of Punjab volunteers be anti-party? The convention would try and give a sense of direction to the volunteers who have been confused and demoralized for the past one year due to lack of a party structure in the state and certain wrong decisions by the high command.”

This has resulted in derailing the legislative wing, which had been functioning exceptionally well,” he said.

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Navjot Singh Sidhu says no cabinet says yes to policy

CHANDIGARH: Local bodies’ ministers Navjot Singh Sidhu registered strong dissent to the contentious policy for regularization of illegal colonies at the cabinet meeting on Monday. His arguments were endorsed by a section of ministers and it was left it to chief minister Amarinder Singh to take a call. Later, a spokesperson said that the draft policy had been approved.
Sources said Sidhu questioned why responsibility was not being fixed for the officer concerned who helped the colonizers build illegal colonies. He said in the name of colonies there were agricultural fields and now his department would have to bear the liability of providing these areas basic amenities.

Another point that reportedly found endorsement from a section of other ministers, Sidhu said illegal colonies had come up in agricultural fields and some even have built up houses. In revenue records, however, these were still agricultural fields.
At the previous meetings of the group of ministers to finalize the policy, Sidhu has been pointing out that the plots at the site were numbered only in the layout plan of the proposed colonies but in the revenue records the plots still had “khasra”

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Navjot Singh Sidhu says SAD spent Rs 60 crore in 3 months on publicity before polls

CHANDIGARH: Local bodies minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Sunday accused the previous SAD-BJP government of allegedly splurging on publicity ahead of the last assembly elections even as only Rs46,000 unemployment allowance was disbursed in the state at that time.

Producing information procured under RTI, Sidhu said the previous regime also spent Rs 31lakh on google, Facebook and other social media during its last few months in office. Sidhu produced excerpts from a report of the CAG for 2017, which pointed out that an expenditure of Rs 44 crore was incurred by the director of information and public relations, Punjab, on advertisements and publicity campaigns, which were not in conformity with the fundamental principles governing expenditure from public funds and the guidelines approved by the Supreme Court. “Weak internal control resulted in lack of assurance on the reasonability and justification for the expenditure incurred,” it said.
He said though the SADBJP government had announced unemployment allowance, only Rs46,200 was disbursed in 2015-16.

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Shop owner killed in accident

CHANDIGARH: A Raipur Khurd resident hit by a scooter while he was crossing the road near Hallomajra light point on Friday succumbed to his injuries at PGI on Sunday. The victim has been identified as Dharampal Sharma, 45.
He filled a furniture shop in Sector 54. His brother works in Chandigarh Police. Mauli Jagran police arrested the suspected resident of Naigaon, Rahul. Later he was fined out. On July 25, a 20-year-old man died and his friend was seriously injured in the hit and run near 25-38 light point.

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