08052018-CT-01.qxd 5/8/2018 12:48 AM Page 1 cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE TUESDAY | 8 MAY 2018 | CHANDIGARH Two diploma courses Zirakpur building collapse Rich haul of wickets Faculty of Arts approves 2 diploma courses at School of Communication Studies in PU. P2 Report of magisterial inquiry into building collapse in Zirakpur submitted to Mohali DC. P4 Bowlers claim 13 wickets during the opening match between Amritsar and Patiala. P6 FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY | MAX 32°C MIN 20°C | YESTERDAY MAX 38°C MIN 20.8°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 7.04 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5.34 AM Malerkotla youth gives new lease of life to 3 Chandigarh, Mohali schools open today Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 7 A 21-year-old youth, who was declared brain dead on May 5, gave a new lease of life to three persons. The deceased, Suraj, from Malerkotla in Punjab, had met with an accident on April 28. He was rushed to the PGI in a critical condition on April 29. However, doctors failed to save the youth and he was declared brain dead on May 5. In the meantime, transplant coordinators at the PGI apprised the deceased’s relatives of an opportunity to utilise his organs through donation for transplants. The deceased’s father, Ram Avtar, agreed to it following which the departments concerned started reaching out to matching recipients to honour the family’s courageous decision of organ donation despite being faced with the grim tragedy of losing its son. “When I was told that Suraj’s continued on page 2 Mohali/Chandigarh, May 7 The UT Administration on Monday clarified that there was no need to shut schools on Tuesday. “There is no need to panic. On Monday, we shut the schools after noon. However, the weather remained fine. All schools will remain open on Tuesday,” said Education Secretary BL Sharma. “We closed the schools at noon on Monday, but there was no storm. I have requested the UT Administration to take a wise decision as children are laughing at us. For the past so many years, there have been so many storms, but we never closed schools. We are running from proper buildings and not from shanties,” said HS Mamik, president of the Independent Schools Association. However, as notified earlier, all educational institutions will remain closed in Panchkula on Tuesday. These include schools and colleges. In fact, Panchkula Deputy Commissioner Mukul Kumar has put his disaster management team on alert and has advised people to keep caution. The schools in Mohali will remain open on Tuesday. The Mohali administration has not issued any direction to close the schools in view of the storm forecast for Tuesday. Mohali Deputy Commis- Suraj A tree that fell in front of Nehru Park, Sector 22, after strong winds lashed Chandigarh on Monday night. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI Strong winds lash tricity Trees uprooted, power disrupted in several areas; Met office flooded with calls Mohit Khanna Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 7 The tricity witnessed nature’s fury on Monday evening as strong winds hit residents. Dry winds moving at nearly 60 km per hour disrupted power supply. There were reports of power failure in several parts of the city, including Sector 22 and 23. Trees were uprooted, while branches of several others fell at many places. There were reports of traffic jams at a few places due to the squall. According to the Met Department, strong winds hit the city late at night. While the storm alert kept HEALTH DEPT ON TOES The Health Department remained on its toes. “In view of the storm warning, we have put all our health facilities on alert. Round-theclock ambulance service will be available. Any resident facing any problem can call the 108 ambulance service. Besides, the trauma and surgery units have also been also put on alert. Our disaster management programme has also been activated. Doctors and paramedical staff have been intimated that they should be ready,” said Dr G Dewan, Director, Health Services. The railway authorities also issued an advisory and alerted the staff in view of the storm warning. Hari Deep Kumar, station director, said all necessary steps had been taken for the safety of the passengers. the UT Administration on its toes and led to the closure of schools for two days, Surinder Paul, Director, Chandigarh Meteorological Centre, advised residents to remain wary of mischief mongers. Earlier during the day, the Met office was flooded with calls from panic-stricken residents, who wanted to know the status of the storm. Paul said till the afternoon, the department had received nearly 500 calls from people seeking weather updates. Some residents were sharing videos of the storm on the social media. “People should not pay heed to those who are circulating such videos on the social media,” said Paul. He advised people not to panic. “The storm is not so intense in Chandigarh. It is a routine weather activity occurring due to a western disturbance,” said Paul. Strong winds and thundershowers were witnessed early in the morning, while the afternoon remained partly cloudy. The Meteorological Department observatory recorded 3.8 mm of rainfall. UT SOUGHT ADVICE FROM MET DEPT The UT Administration obtained advice from the Met Department regarding the forecast for Tuesday. According to it, the situation does not warrant closure of schools and, therefore, all private and government schools in Chandigarh will remain open on May 8. However, the Education Department has asked the school management to stay alert and take all preventive measures in this regard. sioner Gurpreet Kaur Sapra said no such direction had been issued in any part of Punjab. “There was also a forecast of strong storm on Monday, but the weather remained clear throughout the day. The schools in Mohali district will remain open on Tuesday. In case of any emergency, a decision in this regard will be taken early on Tuesday morning,” said Sapra. Abhinav Sehgal Delhi biker killed, friend hurt in mishap Kharar, May 7 Abhinav Sehgal (20), a resident of Kiran Vihar in Delhi, died on the spot, while his friend, Umang, also from Delhi and aged around 20, was seriously injured when the motorcycle they were riding rammed into a tipper on the busy Kharar-Ropar National Highway-21 near Khanpur village here on Monday morning. According to the police, the accident took place when the driver of the tipper (PB 23 T 1383), which was going towards Kharar, suddenly applied brakes and the bike, being ridden by Abhinav, rammed into it from the rear side. Both bikers were rushed to the Kharar Civil Hospital in a critical condition, where Abhinav was declared dead on arrival, while Umang was shifted to the PGI. — OC POWER SHUTDOWN CHANDIGARH 10 am to 2 pm: Parts of Rehabilitation Colony & PU residential complex, Sector 25 MC contractors to stop work from Friday 20-day airport closure to hit over one lakh passengers Tribune News Service Mohali, May 7 As many as 1.03 lakh passengers will have to alter their air travel plans from the city as the Chandigarh international airport will remain closed for civil and military operations from May 12 to May 31 for the second time this year on account of runway repair. Flight operations at the airport were earlier suspended for a fortnight from February 12 to 26. Chandigarh International Airport Limited (CHIAL) CEO Sunil Dutt said, “The total passenger traffic at the airport is approximately 1.6 lakh a month. The 20-day closure is likely to affect more than 1 lakh passengers in the short run. However, it will facilitate long-haul flights from Chandigarh to destinations in Europe, the USA, Canada and the UK in the long run.” Dutt said there was no intimation as of now of any new flights from June. The Indian Air Force (IAF) had last week released details of the ongoing runway extension and strengthening work, stating that the work was being done in three phases. Phase I, which is currently on, involves improvement of 7,200 ft of bitumen surface, including laying of eight separate layers of dense asphaltic concrete (DAC). Phase II involves extension of the runway from the existing 9,000 ft to 12,400 ft and is expected to be completed by the end of 2018. Phase III involves installation of runway lights and other navigational aids. The completion of Phase III will permit unrestricted day and night operation at the airport by mid-2019. An airport official said during the 20-day closure, the top layers of the bitumen runway surface would be laid. Change in watch hours Deepesh Joshi, CHIAL PRO, said there would be a slight change in the watch hours when the flights resume. From June 1, the watch hours at the airport, currently continued on page 2 SEE ALSO P5 c m y b Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 7 The maintenance and development work in the city is set to take a hit as MC contractors have decided to stop work from Friday if they do not get their dues by then. Works such as road, horticulture, electrical, sewerage and toilet maintenance will be hit. The contractors said they had around Rs 40 crore dues pending with the MC since February. The cash-starved MC is finding it hard to even pay the salary to its employees. It has been getting less share from the UT. Girls play with water during a hot day at Rock Garden in Chandigarh on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR Unidentified man climbs atop goods train, suffers shock Tribune News Service Rocking time Chandigarh, May 7 A middle-aged man suffered a serious shock and sustained 80 per cent burn injuries after coming in contact with overhead high-voltage power cables at the Chandigarh railway station here on Monday. The incident took place during the wee hours when the man, who is yet to be identified, climbed a goods train parked at platform number two. Passengers spotted the man walking on top of the train and raised the alarm. However, the man came in contact Admitted to GMCH with 80% burns with the power cables. Soon, personnel of the Railway Protection Force (RPF) rushed the man to the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) in Sector 32. Rajesh Rana, in-charge of the RPF police post, said the condition of the man was stated to be serious. The police are trying to identify the victim. Rana said information in this regard had been shared with the UT, Haryana and the Punjab Police. This is the third such incident where a man attempted to flirt with high-voltage power cables. The first incident was reported nearly eight months ago when a man climbed a train. However, due to prompt action by railway employees, the man was rescued. Similarly, 20 days ago, a man, who was reportedly under stress, climbed a pole carrying high-voltage power cables. However, this time too, prompt action by the authorities averted a tragedy. Sources said the shock led to snapping of the power supply on platform number two, which delayed a few trains.
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