14022018-CT-01.qxd 2/14/2018 12:42 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY | 14 FEBRUARY 2018 | CHANDIGARH PU demands accepted Power tariff hike opposed Shubhankar to lead Indian field Punjab Government agrees to all demands of Panjab University at Board of Finance meeting. P2 Residents, welfare associations oppose the power tariff hike proposal for the city. P5 Shubhankar will lead a strong Indian challenge at the 54th edition of the Hero Indian Open. P6 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 22°C MIN 10°C | YESTERDAY MAX 22.5°C MIN 10.8°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 6:10 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 7:03 AM SNIPPETS Swine flu claims another life Faith flows Baby girl found abandoned 40-year-old Mohali man dies at the PGI; 2nd death in fortnight Mohali: On Mahashivaratri, a sixday-old baby girl was found abandoned outside a Shiva temple in Mullanpur here on Tuesday. People visiting the temple noticed the baby covered in a blanket. The police informed officials of the district administration after which the newborn was admitted to a primary health centre in Boothgarh. Navpreet Kaur, District Child Protection Officer, said, “The baby was found medically fit and handed over to a specialised adoption agency (Yadavindra Pooran Bal Niketan) in Patiala. The baby was named Avni after a goddess since she was found outside a temple. TNS Tribune News Service Now, HSRPs for ‘CH 01 BN’ series Pavneet Singh Chadha Chandigarh: The RLA has started affixation of HSRPs on vehicles having registration numbers of the “CH 01 BN” series. Owners of vehicles of the series can apply for affixation of HSRPs from February 16 to March 31. The process of affixation of HSRPs on vehicles being registered under the current series — CH01 BQ and CH 01 BR — will also be taken up with the above series. TNS Chandigarh, February 13 Two Mohali residents have succumbed to swine flu at the PGI in the past fortnight. While a two-year-old girl from Boothgarh had fallen prey to swine flu in the last week of January, a 40-year-old man, identified as Tersem Singh, died of the disease yesterday. He was rushed to PGI on February 9 in a critical condition. Sources said initially the patient was admitted to the Civil Hospital, Phase 6, Tribune News Service Devotees perform rituals on the occasion of Mahashivaratri at a temple in Sector 23, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI Tribune News Service Mohali, February 13 Mohali district has already recorded four positive cases of swine flu so far this year with two patients dying of the disease. The deceased included a two-year-old girl from Boothgarh, who died of the virus in January, and a 40-year-old man from Gharuan, who died due to H1N1 yesterday. The other two positive cases were those of a 40year-old woman from MC to penalise parking firm for overcharging Tribune News Service A newly-wed woman selects roses at a shop on the eve of Valentine’s Day in Chandigarh. MANOJ MAHAJAN Restricted vehicle movement on Geri Route The police will restrict the movement of vehicles on Geri Route from Sector 10 to 11 and the Leisure Valley, Sector 10, Chandigarh, to keep a watch on miscreants. patrolling in markets from 11 am to 10 pm. The PCR staff will carry out patrolling in the city and PCR Gypsies and motorcycles will be stationed near educational institutes. Every location will be under the direct supervision of DSPs and inspectors for the maintenance of law and order. The police said a pick-anddrop facility would be available for women to ensure their safety. Chandigarh, February 13 The Municipal Corporation has decided to impose a penalty on Arya Toll Infra Limited, which has been managing the parking lots in the city, after its internal report found that parking employees were engaged in overcharging motorists at the Sukhna Lake lot. Tejdeep Singh Saini, Joint Commissioner, MC, said the amount of the penalty was under consideration and a decision in this regard would be taken soon. He said a warning had been issued to the company. The company has informed the MC that it has terminated the services of 13 parking attendants with immediate effect. Saini said an inquiry was marked continued on page 5 MC liable to keep P’kula stray cattle-free: HC Areas not handed over to the corporation to be looked after by Haryana Urban Development Authority Saurabh Malik Tribune News Service Chandigarh, February 13 Putting an end to the sixyear-old controversy over the liability to maintain a congenial living environment in urban parts of Panchkula, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has ruled that areas handed over by the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) to the Municipal Corporation by executing an agreement would be the civic body’s responsibility. Areas not handed over would be looked after by HUDA. The ruling by Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain came on a petition filed by HUDA against the Chairman, Permanent Lok Adalat (Public Utility Services). Justice Jain asserted that The PGI authorities have stated that a 50-year-old man from Patiala is also suffering from H1N1. The patient, Amrik Singh, was rushed to the hospital on February 10. He is currently on a ventilator. Mohali, with high-grade fever, runny nose, chest pain and breathlessness. After his condition deteriorated, Tersem was sent to Government Multi-Speciality Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, from where he was rushed to the PGI, where he was kept under observation. Accord- ing to the Public Relations Department of the PGI, the patient died yesterday. The hospital has confirmed that the patient was suffering from H1N1. The city witnessed six deaths due to swine flu last year. According to the UT Heath Department, nearly 60 city residents tested positive for swine flu last year. G Dewan, Director, Health Services, UT, said no information was shared with the UT Health Department about the swine flu death. 4 cases already this year from Mohali Security blanket for Valentine’s Day Chandigarh, February 13 Close to 900 police personnel will be deployed across the city on Valentine’s Day to keep a close watch on unruly elements. Besides, traffic cops will also be present to check violations. As many as 900 police personnel from police stations, different wings, the IRB and the PCR have been deployed for law and order duties. They include six DSPs, 24 inspectors and SHOs, 685 policemen and 105 policewomen. Police personnel, including women, will be deployed in civil dress near girls’ colleges, Panjab University, Sukhna Lake, Leisure Valley and other important places. A reserve force will remain on alert for any contingency. Nakas will be laid from 4 pm to 10 pm by the staff of police stations. Parties from police stations will also conduct PATIALA MAN SUFFERING TOO Workers of the Municipal Corporation load a stray cattle on a truck near Hallo Majra Chowk in Chandigarh on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR the corporation would provide a healthy living environment free from the cattle menace in areas handed over by HUDA to it after development by way of an agreement. “Both HUDA and the MC shall perform their respective duties in terms of the c m y b Haryana Urban Development Authority Act, 1977, and the Haryana Municipal Corporation Act, 1994,” Justice Jain concluded. HUDA had challenged the order passed by the Panchkula Permanent Lok Adalat way back in December 2011. Appearing for the petitioner, advocate Padamkant Dwivedi told the Bench that both HUDA and the Panchkula MC were directed to take steps necessary to prevent the cattle menace in Panchkula’s urban area. The Bench was also told that the controversy had its genesis in an application filed under the provisions of the Legal Services Authorities Act before the Permanent Lok Adalat. continued on page 5 Mohali and a two-year-old boy from Gharuan. Two cases have been reported from Gharuan. Sources said one of the patients had recently travelled to Thailand and could have contracted the virus there. In the past five years, Mohali district had recorded the highest number of swine flu cases in 2017 with 46 testing positive and nine deaths reported. Infants below the age of five and people above the age of 55 are more susceptible to con- tracting the virus. Last year, more than half of the positive cases (22) were those of infants and the elderly. People suffering from chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes and cancer are also at a risk. Officials of the Health Department said the swine flu cases had seen a spurt due to the weather and variation in the gene of the virus. “The swine flu virus typically spreads in the winter season from November to March. This is the same strain (Michigan) as last year. But, we are awaiting more information” said an official. The official said in veiw of the sudden upsurge in swine flu cases, the department was taking preventive measures and spreading awareness. “We have isolation wards and flu corners for screening and segregation of patients. Sufficient stock of Tamiflu capsules is available. We have issued guidelines for prevention of swine flu and creating awareness about it,” the official said. Stepfather held for raping 13-year-old Tribune News Service Chandigarh, February 13 A 45-year-old man has been arrested by the Chandigarh Police for raping his 13-yearold stepdaughter. Sources said the Child Helpline received a com- plaint that a stepfather had been raping his minor stepdaughter for the past four months. The accused works at a furniture shop in Mani Majra. The accused used to call the victim to the workplace during early hours when no one used to be there and commit the crime. The victim’s mother called the Child Helpline. The police said in her complaint, the victim mentioned the accused as her uncle. “However, there is proof to establish that the victim is continued on page 5
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