30092020-CT-01.qxd 9/30/2020 12:33 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY | 30 SEPTEMBER 2020 | CHANDIGARH BJP KISAN MORCHA ORGANISES RALLY IN FAVOUR OF FARM LAWS PAGE 3 BJP Kisan Morcha organises a tractor rally in the city in support of three recently enacted agriculture laws. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD P’KULA SAMPLES TESTED 76,721 65,733 SAMPLES REJECTED 449 — POSITIVE 11,816 5,879 NEGATIVE 64,456 — RECOVERED 9,598 4,927 REPORTS AWAITED 176 — ACTIVE 2,060 866 RESENT — — DEATHS 158 86 MOHALI 74,100 — 10,253 62,422 8,229 1,425 1835 — 189 AIR QUALITY INDEX MAX 35°C | MIN 20°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34.3°C | MIN 20.7°C 123 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF THEFT AT SHOP IN DADU MAJRA Chandigarh: A theft reportedly took place at a shop in Dadu Majra Colony. According to the police, the complainant, Ram Singh, stated that unknown person stole around ~40,000 and some documents from his shop, Sai Departmental Store, on September 28. The police were informed about the incident following which cops reached the spot and started an investigation into it. Meanwhile, a case was registered in this connection at the Maloya police station. TNS Chandigarh: Due to an urgent maintenance work, the electricity supply to following areas will remain suspended on September 30. In parts of Sector 29-C and D, 41, Ram Darbar, Phase 1, Mauli Jagran Complex-II (EWS houses) and Daria Village, there will be no power supply from 10 am to 3 pm. The maintenance work will also affect the supply in parts of Sector 25 and 38 from 10 am to 4 pm. TNS Tribune News Service Panchkula, September 29 The district witnessed one more fatality due to Covid-19, taking the toll to 86. Meanwhile, 89 more persons tested positive for the virus today, taking the infection tally to 5,879. Civil Surgeon Dr Jasjit Kaur said a 73-year-old man from Sector 10, who breathed his last today, had comorbidities. The fresh cases include one each from Budanpur, Morni and Chandimandir, two from Kalka, eight from Kharak Mangoli, two from Lohgarh, five from MDC, nine from Pinjore, two each from Power Colony and Sector 12, three from Sector 10, two each from Sector 11 and 12, one from Sector 12-A, seven from Sector 15, three from Sector 16, two each from Sector 17 and 19, one from Sector 2, 10 from Sector 20, four from Sector 21, two from Sector 25, three each from Sector 4 and 6, five from Sector 7 and three each from Sector 8 and 9. Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 29 In a minor reshuffle, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) today ordered the transfer of three IAS officers and one IPS officer of the AGMUT cadre. Sanjay Kumar Jha (2008 batch), Secretary, Departments of Animal Husbandry and Fisheries, Public Relations, Personnel, Printing and Stationery, Cooperation, Establishment and Agriculture, Chandigarh, has been transferred to Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Sachin Rana (2014 batch), Special Secretary, Departments of Technical Education and House Allotment Commit- er sought the quashing of proceedings of a meeting dated September 9, whereby the university upheld its previous decision of August 11 to scrap all entrance tests. Gupta contended that the PU also decided to carry out admissions on the basis of the marks obtained in Class XII. This, he contended, was illegal, arbitrary and against the settled position of law. Gupta also sought directions to the official respondents to conduct the entrance test as originally envisaged at the time of issuing the prospectus dated April 1. He also called for directions to the university to maintain uniformity in the admission process followed by national law schools, universities and colleges across the country for carrying out admissions to BA, BCom and LLB. He also prayed for initiation of suo motu proceedings for wilful disobedience of orders passed by the High Court on tee, also holding the charge of the Additional Deputy Commissioner, Additional Registrar Cooperative Societies, and Secretary, Red Cross Society, UT, has been transferred to Arunachal Pradesh. The MHA also ordered the transfer of Nitika Pawar (2012 batch) from Andaman and Nicobar Islands to Chandigarh. A day after the approval of the name of Punjab-cadre IPS officer Kuldeep Singh Chahal (2009 batch) for the post of the UT Senior Superintendent of Police, the MHA today ordered the transfer of Ketan Bansal, an IPS officer of the 2016 batch, from Mizoram to Chandigarh with immediate effect. Gambusia fish released in water bodies to fight dengue, malaria Tribune News Service THREE WATER BODIES Chandigarh, September 29 The Animal Husbandry and Fisheries Department, UT, today released seedlings of Gambusia fish (mosquitokiller fish) in various water bodies of the city to prevent malaria and dengue and maintain ecological balance. The step was initiated in coordination with the Forest Department to fight against mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria and dengue, which are common in the ongoing season when mosquitoes breed rapidly causing the spread of these diseases. The department released seedlings at Butterfly Park, FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE University counsel gives info to HC Bench Tribune News Service POWER SUPPLY TO BE HIT TODAY TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD PU to review move to scrap entrance tests Two IAS officers shifted out of UT 110 MOHALI SUNRISE THURSDAY 6:16 AM Another death, 89 new cases in Panchkula Mohali: Two persons have been booked on the charge of raping a 34-year-old woman on the pretext of offering her a role in a movie. The suspects, identified as Sunil and Dinesh, are residents of Mumbai. They are yet to be arrested. TNS PANCHKULA After Facebook and Twitter, UT Admn to have an account on Instagram to become more accessible to residents. Class IX, XI compartment exams in UT from Oct 5 TWO BOOKED FOR RAPING WOMAN 114 SUNSET WEDNESDAY 6:09 PM PAGE 3 UT ADMINISTRATION TO SOON HAVE INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT Deputy Commissioner says officials of District Pollution Control Board will keep an eye on stubble burning. Chandigarh, September 29 Less than a month after Panjab University (PU) upheld its decision of August 11 to scrap all entrance tests, the university today decided to reconsider its recommendations. Information to this effect was furnished before the Punjab and Haryana High Court this morning. The PU counsel told the Bench of Chief Justice Ravi Shanker Jha and Justice Arun Palli that the decision would be taken within three days on the strength of the grounds in the petition and previous order in the matter. As the case came up for hearing, a letter on the issue was placed before the Bench. Among other things, the communication read it was decided to reconsider recommendations dated September 9 in the light of the observations made by the High Court during the course of hearing and after consultation with the chairperson of a committee constituted for the purpose. It would be done keeping in view the order passed by the High Court in case of “Saurav Rao versus PU” and “Navya Raj versus PU”. In his petition against the PU and other respondents, Chiraag Malli, through counsel Abhinav Gupta, had earli- CHANDIGARH PAGE 3 MOHALI TO ACT TOUGH AGAINST FARMERS BURNING STUBBLE ■ The Fisheries Department released seedlings of Gambusia fish at Butterfly Park, Sector 26; Botanical Garden, Dhanas; and Rose Garden, Sector 16. The Gambusia fish will be released in other water points soon. Sector 26; Botanical Garden, Dhanas; and Rose Garden, Sector 16. The Gambusia fish would be released in other water points soon. Dr Abdul Qayum, Deputy Conservator Forest, and Tejdeep Singh Saini, Director, Department of Animal Husbandry and Fisheries, were present on the occasion. “Dr Qayum appreciated the efforts of the Animal Husbandry Department for playing an active role in conservation of the ecology of the Sukhna wetland. The problem of mosquitoes breeding in clear water, especially aedes aegypti mosquitoes that carry dengue virus, can be controlled in an ecological manner through Gambusia fish,” he said. Saini said the Gambusia fish released in the water bodies was being produced at Fish Seed Farm at the regulator end of Sukhna Lake functioning under the Fisheries Department. The department breeds this fish in March and then Continued on page 3 September 1. Elaborating, Gupta contended that the High Court had vide its order issued a specific direction to the respondent university to reconsider its decision to scrap the UG-Law entrance examination for five-year course. A committee constituted to reconsider the decision decided that the university would not be able to conduct the entrance examination in any undergraduate or post-graduate course. “The proceedings dated September 9 are merely an eyewash and the whole issue has been dealt with mechanically without even taking into consideration the law laid down by the apex court with regard to entrance examination, wherein it has been specifically held that the career of students could not be put to peril and Covid19 could not become a ground to delay the examinations by the universities,” Gupta added. Chandigarh, September 29 The UT Education Department has decided to hold compartment exams for Class IX and XI from October 5 onwards. “We have informed the school heads to compile results by October 10 so that the CBSE registration can be completed in time. The mode of examination will be written. Students will be called to schools according to the schedule devised by the respective institutions,” said District Education Officer Alka Mehta. The exam schedule will be intimated by the school heads to the students. Over 4,000 students in Class IX and 550 students in Class XI have received compartment. “The CBSE held the compartment exams for Class X and XII from September 22 to 29. On the same lines, the compartment examination for students of Classes IX and XI of government schools in the UT will be conducted from October 5 onwards. To cater to the different streams, subjects and number of compartment candidates, the exam will be conducted at the school level itself in strict compliance of the SOPs issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in the wake of Covid-19,” read a statement issued by the UT Education Department today. Tribune News Service A woman gets herself tested for Covid-19 in Chandigarh on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN 5 more lose life in UT Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 29 The city today reported five deaths due to Covid-19, taking the toll to 158. As many as 138 more persons contacted the infection today, taking the tally to 11,816. A 92-year-old man from Sector 18 died at the PGI. He was suffering from type 2 diabetes mellitus, hypertension, old cerebrovascular accident and encephalopathy. An 80-year-old woman from Sector 40 died at the GMCH 32. She was a case of type 2 diabetes mellitus and diabetic ketoacidosis. 138 contract infection; 273 patients recover A 43-year-old man from Kajheri died at the PGI. He had type 2 diabetes mellitus, hypertension and chronic kidney disease. A 75-year-old man from Bapu Dham Colony, Sector 26, died at the GMCH-32. He had type 2 diabetes mellitus and hypertension. A 45-year-old man from Ram Darbar died at the Sector 48 hospital. He was suffering from type 2 diabetes mellitus. A total of 273 patients recovered from the virus today. 3 more fall prey to virus in Mohali Tribune News Service Mohali, September 29 Mohali district witnessed three fatalities due to Covid during the past 24 hours, taking the death count to 189. Besides, 132 new cases of coronavirus surfaced in the district, taking the tally to 10,253. Civil Surgeon Manjeet Singh said a 79-year-old woman from Sector 70 died at Ivy Hospital, a 30-year-old man from Kadi Majra, who was suffering from cirrhosis of liver and ALD, succumbed at Cheema Medical Complex and a 35-year-old woman from Modern Enclave, Baltana, Wheels of change move slow in city Using bicycle for exercise a hit, a long way to go when it comes to commuting Gaurav Kanthwal Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 29 The wheels of change are moving a bit slowly towards making Chandigarh a smart city when it comes to the use of bicycle as an alternative mode of commuting. The Chandigarh Cycles4Change Challenge, an initiative of the Smart Cities Mission, has drawn just 400 responses to a survey being conducted to gauge the public opinion about cycling in the city. Although the last date for the survey is December 14, it will be a tough task to get 10,000 responses, approximately one per cent of the population of the city, to get a desirable set of responses for actionable input. Plans are afoot to present the survey in Hindi or Punjabi to the respondents besides in English. NP Sharma, Chief General Manager, Chandigarh Smart Cities Limited (CSCL), said, “People may have different reasons for not taking part in the survey. The actual response to the campaign will be seen in a pilot project SMART CITY PLAN As many as 5,000 bicycles will be made available on hourly rent basis at 617 docking points in the city under the Smart Cities Mission. SURVEY RESPONSE.. DO YOU OWN A BICYCLE? WOULD YOU WANT TO RENT A BICYCLE? DO YOU FEEL THE CITY IS SAFE FOR CYCLISTS? CYCLING AN ALTERNATIVE MODE OF TRAVEL? 69.2% 53.8% 76.3% 76.9% YES YES YES YES NO NO NO NO 30.8% 46.2% 23.7% 23.1% where 100 cycles will be put up at 10 docking stations on rental basis.” Sharma confirmed that by the end of October, the CSCL would launch the project in the city in which residents could rent a cycle from one of the 10 docking stations. Officials also hope to give an impetus to the campaign in October when a two-day event, including a cycle rally and a workshop on cycle maintenance, will be held from October 10. Chandigarh is one of the 95 Continued on page 3 breathed her last at Alchemist Hospital in Panchkula. The Civil Surgeon said 115 new cases were reported from Mohali (urban), six from Kharar, five each from Dera Bassi and Gharuan and one from Lalru. He said 336 more persons had been cured in the district. Day after protest, Cong men booked Chandigarh, September 29 Two cases were registered against members of the Congress for violating the District Magistrate’s order in the city. The police said around 50 Congress workers had assembled at Sector 9 on September 28 for a protest march against farm laws. It was in violation of the DM order in the wake of Covid-19. A case under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code was registered against them at the Sector 3 police station. Another case was registered at the Sector 19 police station against members of the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee, who had assembled in Sector 18 for a protest. — TNS Man arrested for stalking woman Chandigarh, September 29 The Cyber Crime Investigation Cell of the UT police has arrested a Haryana resident for allegedly stalking a woman on the social media. Sources said the suspect, identified as Davinder of Continued on page 3 Bring agenda on issue before MC House: Panel Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 29 The water supply and sewerage disposal committee of the Municipal Corporation (MC) has opined that an agenda on reviewing the water tariff hike should be placed in the next General House meeting. During a meeting held c m y b today, members of the committee observed that the increase in water tariff put an extra burden on the city residents. The members also asked the MC officials to start the allotted development works at the earliest. Deputy Mayor Jagtar Singh Dhillon said, “The issue of the water tariff hike has nev- WATER TARIFF HIKE er been discussed in the MC House properly. Many councilors are still not clear about it. We suggest an open house or an urgent meeting be convened and the opinion of everybody taken on the issue. Following this, we can see whether the hike needs to be reviewed or certain amendments can be made in it. As of now, it is difficult to convince people in the newly added villages as no facility has been provided there but they are being made to bear an additional burden.” The committee recommended exempting the condition to submit an affidavit during the conversion of water connection from commercial to domestic. The panel members also asked the officials concerned to prepare Continued on page 3
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