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Helmet to be must for women in UT

Draft notification issued, objections invited within 30 days25 Apr 2018 | 2:05 AM

CHANDIGARH: Finally, the UT Administration on Tuesday initiated the process to make the helmet compulsory for all women, including Sikhs, driving two-wheelers or riding pillion in the city. Only Sikh women wearing a turban will be exempted.

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Helmet to be must for women in UT

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 24

Finally, the UT Administration on Tuesday initiated the process to make the helmet compulsory for all women, including Sikhs, driving two-wheelers or riding pillion in the city. Only Sikh women wearing a turban will be exempted.

The development assumes significance as the Punjab and Haryana High Court had taken suo motu notice of the issue of safety of women, including Sikhs, while riding pillion or driving two-wheelers of any class or description and exemption given to them from wearing headgear under the Motor Vehicle Rules.

Taking cognisance of the matter, the Chandigarh Administration, while considering the aspect of safety of women, including Sikhs not wearing a turban, particularly in view of the fatalities in road accidents, on Tuesday issued a draft notification for amending the existing rules.

According to the draft notification, the words “a Sikh woman wearing a turban” instead of the words “or a woman” are proposed to be substituted in Rule 193 of the Chandigarh Motor Vehicle Rules, 1990. This will make the headgear mandatory for all women drivers and pillion riders (except Sikhs wearing a turban) on any two-wheeler in the city. The UT Administration has invited objections and suggestions from city residents, likely to be affected by this amendment, within 30 days. “After 30 days, we will go through the objections and suggestions received and issue a formal notification to make the helmet compulsory for all women drivers and pillion riders (except Sikhs wearing a turban) on any two-wheeler in the city,” a top UT functionary told The Tribune here on Tuesday.

He said, “Since the safety of women on roads is our priority, the Chandigarh Administration proposes to make changes to the Chandigarh Motor Vehicle Rules, 1990”.

Flashback

When the High Court made the helmet compulsory while issuing a slew of directions on traffic regulation and road safety in July 1998, the directions led to vociferous protests by Sikh women, who had even marched up to the High Court soon after the judgment.  Following the protests, the UT Administration had exempted all women riders from wearing the helmet.

What the HC said

Is there any difference between the skull of a male and a female? This was what the Punjab and Haryana High Court asked the Chandigarh Administration the other day while questioning how the Administration had exempted women from wearing the headgear while riding pillion or driving a two-wheeler. Taking suo motu cognisance of women riding away from the law by not wearing safety helmets, resulting in increasing number of fatalities and injuries to bare-headed women two-wheeler riders, the High Court had sought a status report from Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana on the wearing of helmets by the two-wheeler riders.

Panel set up to probe slapgate

25 Apr 2018 | 2:04 AM

CHANDIGARH: A day after an HIV patient was allegedly thrashed by a doctor at the PGI, the project director of the Chandigarh State AIDS Control Society, Dr Vanita Gupta, formed a committee to probe the incident.

Illegal structures razed in Sec 29  amid protest

Illegal structures razed in Sec 29 amid protest

25 Apr 2018 | 2:04 AM

CHANDIGARH: A joint team of the Estate Office and the Municipal Corporation demolished illegal constructions on government land by residents of Jammu and Kashmir Colony amid a protest on Tuesday.

One dead in chemical plant fire

One dead in chemical plant fire

25 Apr 2018 | 2:04 AM

DERA BASSI: One worker was killed in the series of blasts and the fire that ripped through a chemical plant at Behra village here on Monday night.

14-yr-old found pregnant

Case registered under POCSO Act

25 Apr 2018 | 2:04 AM

CHANDIGARH: The police have registered a rape case against unidentified persons and have also slapped Sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act a day after a 14-year-old Hallo Majra girl, who was admitted to Government Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, was found to be one-and-a-half-month pregnant.

Challenge lies in talking to each other, says Pak envoy

Challenge lies in talking to each other, says Pak envoy

25 Apr 2018 | 2:04 AM

CHANDIGARH: “The purpose is not only to reach the academia but also to reach the youth for improving the perception,” said Pakistan High Commissioner to India, Sohail Mahmood, on his visit to Panjab University here on Tuesday.

Students awarded for excelling in academics, sports

Students awarded for excelling in academics, sports

25 Apr 2018 | 2:04 AM

CHANDIGARH: The Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45, celebrated its annual prize distribution function here on Tuesday.

CSIO develops water pollution testing system

25 Apr 2018 | 2:04 AM

CHANDIGARH: With heavy presence of pollutants in water due to increasing industrialisation and anthropogenic activities becoming a cause of concern, the Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO) here has developed a portable “integrated optical system” for field detection of major water pollutants such as arsenic, nitrates and fluoride.

Patiala law varsity wins moot court contest

25 Apr 2018 | 2:04 AM

CHANDIGARH: A three-member team of Patiala-based Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law has been adjudged champion in an international moot court competition in Sri Lanka.

Girl with a goal

25 Apr 2018 | 2:04 AM

Chandigarh: The Punjab Sangeet Natak Akademi presented a Punjabi play 'Channo Bazigarni' by the Collegiate Society Delhi at Randhawa Auditorium here on Tuesday.

Prize distribution function held

Prize distribution function held

25 Apr 2018 | 2:04 AM

Chandigarh: The epoch making evening on Tuesday was reserved for a gala presentation at Tagore Theatre by staff and students of the Government College of Art, Sector 10, Chandigarh, on the occasion of the annual prize distribution function.

School Notes

DC Model, Panchkula

25 Apr 2018 | 2:04 AM

To sensitise students to the challenges faced by Mother Earth, kindergarten students of DC Model Senior Secondary School, Panchkula, conducted a special assembly.

Governor opens Nagar Van

Governor opens Nagar Van

25 Apr 2018 | 2:04 AM

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Governor and UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore inaugurated Nagar Van (city forests) in the presence of MP Kirron Kher here on Tuesday.

Residential properties

UT Admn fixes Rs 2.50 per sq ft scrutiny fee for plan approval

25 Apr 2018 | 2:04 AM

CHANDIGARH: The UT Administration has fixed Rs 2.50 per sq ft scrutiny fee for the approval of new building plans of residential properties under the self-certification scheme.

MP Kirron Kher inaugurates open air gyms at Snehalaya, Ashiana

MP Kirron Kher inaugurates open air gyms at Snehalaya, Ashiana

25 Apr 2018 | 2:04 AM

CHANDIGARH: MP Kirron Kher inaugurated open air gyms at Snehalaya and Ashiana, shelter homes for children, here on Tuesday.

Parking fee hike

Week on, Commissioner fails to send suggestions to Secretary

25 Apr 2018 | 2:04 AM

CHANDIGARH: Ignoring the recommendation of the elected representatives in the House regarding hike in parking rates, MC Commissioner Jitender Yadav has not sent suggestions to the Secretary, Local Government (SLG), even after over a week has passed.

City Mayor to visit Kajauli waterworks

25 Apr 2018 | 2:04 AM

7 water supply from April 30, Mayor Davesh Moudgil has scheduled a visit to Kajauli waterworks to assess the ground situation.

Two held guilty of abetting suicide

25 Apr 2018 | 2:04 AM

CHANDIGARH: A local court held two persons guilty in an abetment-to-suicide case on Tuesday.

Meena posted as P’kula DCP

25 Apr 2018 | 2:04 AM

PANCHKULA: The Haryana Government on Tuesday posted IPS officer Rajender Kumar Meena, Superintendent of Police (SP), Haryana Police Academy, Madhuban, as the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Panchkula.

PSEB Class XII: 15 Mohali schools give 100% result

25 Apr 2018 | 2:04 AM

MOHALI: With cent percent result in Class XII PSEB exams by 12 private and three government schools , the education scenario in Mohali district is evidently better compared to the statistics of previous years.

Man arrested for killing wife

25 Apr 2018 | 2:04 AM

DERA BASSI: The Dera Bassi police have arrested a labourer allegedly for strangling his wife on Monday afternoon at Dadpura Mohalla, Dera Bassi.

Despite staff crunch, meritorious school puts up impressive show

Despite staff crunch, meritorious school puts up impressive show

25 Apr 2018 | 2:04 AM

MOHALI: In an impressive show, 15 students from the Senior Secondary Residential School for Meritorious Students have appeared in the Mohali district’s top-20 list for the Punjab School Education Board Class XII result.

Victim’s wife: Never imagined the tragedy that has befallen usFire at chemical plant

Victim’s wife: Never imagined the tragedy that has befallen us

25 Apr 2018 | 2:04 AM

DERA BASSI: Anju, wife of fire accident victim Rakesh Kumar, feels helpless and shattered as she will now have to single-handedly take care of her two daughters — Anishka (11) who studies in Class VI in a private school and Priyanka (19) who is pursuing her BSc from Khalsa College.

400 EWS flats

Execute conveyance deed, High Court tells CHB

25 Apr 2018 | 2:04 AM

CHANDIGARH: Nearly nine years after the possession of 400 one-room flats under the EWS category was given to allottees, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) to execute conveyance deed in favour of the allottees.

Divya Drishti camera system to monitor cops’ conduct  at traffic nakas in city

Divya Drishti camera system to monitor cops’ conduct at traffic nakas in city

25 Apr 2018 | 2:04 AM

CHANDIGARH: With an aim to bring transparency, professional conduct and curb corruption at traffic nakas, the Chandigarh Police on Tuesday launched the Divya Drishti camera system with the help of which police officials would be able to monitor the nakas by viewing live streaming of feed on their mobile phones and computers sitting in their office.

4 held with Rs 7.90 lakh in demonetised notes

25 Apr 2018 | 2:15 AM

PANCHKULA: The Haryana Police special task force (STF) arrested four persons with demonetised currency worth Rs 7.90 lakh from Barwala in Panchkula district on Monday night.

PO held in six-yr-old snatching case

25 Apr 2018 | 2:04 AM

CHANDIGARH: A Morinda resident was arrested and produced in a local court on Tuesday in a six-year-old snatching case.

Faculty bids farewell to four PGI Professors

25 Apr 2018 | 2:04 AM

CHANDIGARH: PGI faculty bid farewell to four eminent professors of the PGIMER who superannuated recently.

Insurance firms penalised for refusing claim to elderly

25 Apr 2018 | 2:04 AM

CHANDIGARH: Two insurance companies have been penalised for refusing a claim saying that their permission was not sought by the complainant before getting a surgery done.

Book released

25 Apr 2018 | 2:04 AM

Chandigarh: A book titled ‘A Woman’s Guide to deal with PCOS Polycystic Ovary Syndrome’, authored by Ishwarpreet Kaur, PhD scholar, Community Medicine, Dr Vanita Suri, professor and head, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and Dr Amarjeet Singh, professor, Community Medicine, PGI, was released on Tuesday.

Drive safeHave your say

Drive safe

25 Apr 2018 | 2:04 AM

One really feels sorry for all those who blatantly violate the traffic laws in the tricity. The most common violations here could be the mindless jumping of red lights at traffic signals (not manned by traffic policemen) followed by talking on mobile phones while driving.

Tardy lifting of wheat worries farmers

Tardy lifting of wheat worries farmers

25 Apr 2018 | 2:04 AM

NABHA:Tardy lifting of wheat at the Nabha grain market by state and central purchasing agencies is worrying farmers as only 40 per cent of the crop has been lifted out of the total purchased.

Admn begins fogging drive

Admn begins fogging drive

25 Apr 2018 | 2:04 AM

PATIALA:Taking proactive measures, the Patiala district administration will start fogging in every lane of the city for the next one month to get rid of mosquitoes.

Raids bare tax evasion, 4 hospitals penalised

25 Apr 2018 | 2:04 AM

PATIALA:After city-wide raids on Monday, the Income Tax Department penalised four hospitals in the city on Tuesday.

One booked in hit-&-run case

25 Apr 2018 | 2:04 AM

NABHA:Two persons were injured when their motorcycle was allegedly hit by a car near Sahi farm in Bhadson on Monday evening.

Patiala Brief

4 city residents qualify for RAAM

25 Apr 2018 | 2:04 AM

Patiala: Four city residents have completed the Shivalik Signature qualifying round for the Race Across America (RAAM). Of the 30 participants in the individual category of the 615-km race, Bhavjit Sidhu, Inderjeet Singh, Puneet Kapoor and Lakhjit Singh completed the race within the stipulated maximum time.

City boys succumb to Amritsar

City boys succumb to Amritsar

25 Apr 2018 | 2:04 AM

CHANDIGARH:Chasing a modest 200 for victory, Chandigarh lost their remaining seven wickets for just 86 runs to hand visitors Amritsar a comfortable 57-run win on the final day of their U-16 ML Markan Trophy match at Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36, here on Tuesday.

Nimrat beats Vishita, eases into quarters

Nimrat beats Vishita, eases into quarters

25 Apr 2018 | 2:04 AM

CHANDIGARH:Top seed Nimrat Kaur Atwal packed off Vishita Ranbir Kumar 6-2 6-1 to book a berth in the girls’ U-14 quarterfinals in the ongoing CLTA-AITA Championship Series (CS-7) Tennis Tournament at the CLTA Complex, Sector 10, here on Tuesday.

Young Mujeeb did the job for us, says Tye

Young Mujeeb did the job for us, says Tye

25 Apr 2018 | 2:04 AM

NEW DELHI:Relieved after his team managed to prevail over hosts Delhi Daredevils in a last-over cliffhanger, Kings XI Punjab speedster Andrew Tye said the young Afghan spinner Mujeer Ur Rahman “did the job for us”.

Royals rope in Anand Chulani

25 Apr 2018 | 2:04 AM

NEW DELHI:Rajasthan Royals has roped in Anand Chulani as their peak performance and mental conditioning expert for the current season of the Indian Premier League, it was announced on Tuesday.

After howlers, umpires told to be more vigilant

25 Apr 2018 | 2:04 AM

NEW DELHI:Taking strong exception to a few umpiring howlers in the ongoing IPL, the league’s chairman, Rajiv Shukla, is learnt to have told match referees to speak to umpires about staying more vigilant during matches.

Sports Brief

Netball trials today

25 Apr 2018 | 2:04 AM

Chandigarh: Netball Sports Promotion Association, Chandigarh, will organise trials to select men’s and women’s teams on Wednesday at Post Graduate Government College, Sector 46.

snippets

Scooterist dies in hit-and-run

25 Apr 2018 | 2:04 AM

CHANDIGARH: In a hit-and-run case, an Activa rider was killed after the scooter was hit by an unknown vehicle near the railway bridge at Mauli Jagran on Monday.

45-year-old commits suicide

24 Apr 2018 | 2:30 AM

Panchkula: A 45-year-old resident of Sector 19 here committed suicide at his residence on Monday evening.

Businessman ends life

24 Apr 2018 | 2:30 AM

Kharar: A 45-year-old, Sector 19 resident, committed suicide at his residence on Monday evening.

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