27122020-CT-01.qxd 12/27/2020 12:41 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE SUNDAY | 27 DECEMBER 2020 | CHANDIGARH NEW VIRUS STRAIN: TWO UK RETURNEES TRACED IN MOHALI Mohali administration identifies two persons who have returned from the UK. The couple lives in Sector 126. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD SAMPLES TESTED SAMPLES REJECTED POSITIVE NEGATIVE RECOVERED REPORTS AWAITED ACTIVE DEATHS P’KULA MOHALI 1,75,611 1,36,468 1,75,485 877 — — 19,423 9,870 17,910 1,55,311 — 1,56,520 18,754 9,499 16,200 110 — 1,055 354 231 1,374 315 140 336 PAGE 2 STOP CHARGING FOR CARRY BAGS SANS NOTICE, BIG BAZAAR TOLD PAGE 3 National panel rejects 14 revision petitions filed by Big Bazaar against orders of the UT consumer forum. MAX 20°C | MIN 4°C | YESTERDAY MAX 19°C | MIN 4°C SUNSET SUNDAY 5.31 PM TEETIKSHA BEATS VANI, WALKS AWAY WITH GIRLS’ U-12 TT TITLE Teetiksha of Tender Heart School-33 records 11-6, 9-11, 11-8, 11-9 win over Vani Sharma of Sec 50 Sports Complex. SUNRISE MONDAY 7.18 AM Poll ready PAGE 3 PHOTO: NITIN MITTAL TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Kirron seeks extension for UT Chief Engineer Employees’ union, politicians oppose the move Dushyant Singh Pundir Tribune News Service AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH 123 PANCHKULA 227 MOHALI 154 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF ROBBERS STRIKE AT COP’S HOUSE Chandigarh: Thieves fled with jewellery and valuables from a Punjab Police cop’s house in Sector 23. A case under Sections 380 and 457 of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 17 police station. In his complaint to the police, SubInspector Karnail Singh stated that he, along with his family, had gone to Bhogpur in Jalandhar to attend a family function on December 22. He returned around 5.30 pm on December 25 and found the lock of the front door of the house broken. The house was ransacked. The locker of an almirah was broken and the jewellery and valuables lying in it were found missing. TNS Youth held for ATM theft bid Officials leave the polling material-distribution centre on the eve of the Panchkula MC elections on Saturday. SEE PAGE 3 Truck crashes into Panelssittingonreports, showroom, 2 killed key issues hanging fire Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service The ill-fated truck at Main Chowk in Patran. PHOTO: RAJESH SACHAR Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Chandigarh, December 26 A youth has been arrested for bid to commit theft at an ATM. The suspect has been identified as 26-year-old Rahul, a resident of Dadu Majra. The police said cops on patrolling duty noticed a miscreant running away from an ATM kiosk in Sector 38 around 1 am on December 24. Patiala, December 26 Five persons have been killed in two road accidents in Patran block of the district in the past 24 hours. In another mishap at Patran, driver, helper run over as they try to catch hit-&-run suspect In a freak accident that took place on Friday night around 1.30 am, a truck laden with vegetables rammed into a showroom at the main chowk The miscreant was chased and nabbed following which a physical verification of the ATM revealed that the front side of the machine was broken. The police arrested the suspect. A case under Sections 380, 457, 427 and 511 of the IPC has been registered against him at the Sector 39 police station. of Patran. The driver and his helper were killed. Patran SHO Ranbir Singh said the accident seemingly occurred due to a sharp turn at the chowk. The driver must have failed to notice the sharp turn, apparently due to fog. He said: “The truck crashed into the basement of the showroom. The driver had reportedly come to the town for the first time, as such he was not familiar with the sharp turn at the main chowk.” The deceased have been identified as Istak (20) and Nasir (19), both continued on page 2 Chandigarh, December 26 Several contentious issues continue to hang fire as committees approved by the MC General House have failed to table their reports. About two months ago, the House had approved the formation of a committee to decide the matter pertaining to 4,000 GPS watches. Wearing these watches is mandatory for MC employees. The committee was formed after sanitation workers opposed these watches citing certain faults. The members of the committee have failed to table their report. The civic body is paying a whopping ~18 lakh per month to the company which has supplied these smart watches on rent to the corporation. The MC Commissioner had claimed that employees’ salaries would be prepared on the basis of data of their respective watches. However, the system has not been implemented yet. Another committee was formed to decide on the increased rent of booths in Sector 23. It, too, has not compiled its report yet. Light rain likely today, tomorrow Chandigarh, December 26 Expect thundery development/light rain from tomorrow in the tricity. According to the Chandigarh Meteorological Department, weather is likely to be partly cloudy with thundery development/light rain on Sunday. On Monday, it is likely to be generally cloudy with light rain. On Tuesday, there is a forecast of clear sky while mist/shallow fog is likely during the morning and evening hours. The city today recorded maximum temperature of 19°C, which is two degrees below normal, and minimum of 4°C, two notches below normal. The Met forecast further says, on Monday, the minimum temperature is expected to rise up to 8°C and the maximum temp is likely to fall to 17°C. — TNS IMPORTANT MATTERS ■ Salary on the basis of GPS watches for sanitation workers ■ Increased rent of Sector 23 booths ■ Building violations in Sector 52 and Mauli Jagran ■ Temporary water connections outside “lal dora” In the last House meeting held in November, two more committees were approved. These committees were formed to decide on the issue of regularisation of buildings violations in Sector 52 and Mauli Jagran colonies on a one-time payment basis. But these are yet to make any headway. Another committee was formed to decide on whether to give temporary water connections to 2,128 consumers outside the “lal dora”, who are at present using the supply illegally. continued on page 2 UT sees 78 cases, one fatality CHANDIGARH: The city on Satur- day reported 78 fresh cases of Covid and one death, taking the case tally to 19,423 and the toll to 315. A total of 68 more patients recovered from the disease in the past 24 hours. — TNS 61 cases, one death in Mohali MOHALI: UT readies to watch, deal with side-effects COVID VACCINE Committee of docs from GMCH-32, PGI constituted Naina Mishra Tribune News Service Chandigarh, December 26 Ahead of the Covid-19 vaccine roll-out, the UT Health Department has formed an adverse event following immunisation (AEFI) committee comprising doctors from the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, and the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGI) to deal with side-effects following immunisation. The AEFI is defined as any an untoward medical occurrence, which follows immunisation and does not necessarily have a causal relationship with the usage of the vaccine. The Centre had asked the UT to start making arrangements to deal with any Covid vaccine-related side-effects as one of the measures towards the safe vaccine delivery among masses. Dr Amandeep Kaur Kang, Director, Health Services, UT, said, “Under the universal immunisation programme, an AEFI system already existed but it was targeted to children only. Since this is an adult vaccine, we have reconstituted continued on page 3 24X7 HELP DESK FOR BENEFICIARIES: DHS ❝ A 30-minute on-site monitoring of those vaccinated will be must post-vaccination. We will have 24X7 help desk functioning for them. Dr Amandeep Kaur Kang, DIRECTOR, HEALTH SERVICES, UT c m y b ❞ One more fatality was witnessed due to Covid19 in the district during the past 24 hours, taking the death count to 336. Meanwhile, 61 fresh cases came to the fore till Saturday evening, pushing the tally up to 17,910. Besides, 216 patients were cured of the disease. — TNS 22 test positive in Panchkula dist PANCHKULA: The district on Saturday reported 22 fresh cases of coronavirus, taking the tally to 9,870. The toll remained 140. While 9,499 patients have defeated the virus, 231 cases are active. The district recovery rate is 96.24 per cent. — TNS Chandigarh, December 26 Controversy has erupted over the proposed extension to the UT Chief Engineer, due to retire on December 31 on attaining the age of superannuation, who was associated with the Tribune Chowk flyover project. Local MP Kirron Kher has written to UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore for threemonth extension to Mukesh Anand, Chief Engineer-cumSpecial Secretary, Engineering. The move, however, has been opposed by political leaders and the employees union. “Mukesh Anand has been engaged with the important project of construction of flyover at Tribune Chowk from its initial stages. He has made special efforts to get the project cleared by the government of India and other departments. His technical knowhow of this project cannot be ignored at this level as the project is at its final stage of execution,” said the MP . If this officer is retired at this point, difficulties could be experienced in the execution of the project, she said, adding that it was imperative to the project of this magnitude that Anand be given a three-month extension. “We are not asking for a year’s extension, but only three months,” she stated. The UT Administration has recently decided to go ahead with the flyover as all alternatives to the project were found to be non-feasible. For construction of the flyover, the NO LOGIC IN THREE-MONTH EXTENSION TO ANAND OVER FLYOVER PROJECT: AAP Tribune flyover matter is still the ❝When theof the High Court, which mayundermany consideration take months to adjudicate, what’s the rationale behind seeking a three-month extension for Chief Engineer Mukesh Anand on the pretext of this project? Prem Garg, CITY AAP CONVENER ❞ HC STAYED THE FLYOVER RESIDENTS, ARCHITECTS CONSTRUCTION IN 2019 OPPOSED THE PROJECT On a petition filed by The Run Club against the proposed felling of 700 trees for the flyover, the Punjab and Haryana High Court had stayed the construction of the flyover in November 2019 and had asked for public opinion to find an alternative to the flyover. Administration has to axe 700 trees to pave the way for 1.2-km flyover on the Dakshin Marg. A committee was constituted to examine the technical suggestions on alternatives to the flyover project. Seven models were submitted, but all alternatives were termed as unviable by the committee. WHAT UNION SAYS While opposing the said extension, Gopal Dutt Joshi, general secretary, Federation of the UT Employees and On the directions of the HC, public hearing was held in December last year to take suggestions and objections of the public and experts on the project. However, a majority of residents, professionals and architects opposed the construction of the flyover. Workers, Chandigarh, in a letter to UT Adviser to the Administrator, has requested to reject the request for extension. “We are against granting of any type of extension as it is against the declared policy of the Chandigarh Administration. Promotional right of senior most officers should be respected and adhered to,” he said, and demanded the elevation of the senior most superintendent engineer in the UT continued on page 2
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