31122020-CT-01.qxd 12/31/2020 1:03 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE THURSDAY | 31 DECEMBER 2020 | CHANDIGARH MAYORAL POLL: BJP COUNCILLORS ASKED TO WRITE DOWN NAMES PAGE 2 BJP national general secretary Dushyant Gautam asks councillors to write down their choice for the post of city Mayor. FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD P’KULA SAMPLES TESTED 1,80,014 SAMPLES REJECTED 903 POSITIVE 19,682 NEGATIVE 1,59,429 RECOVERED 18,967 REPORTS AWAITED 115 ACTIVE 399 DEATHS 316 MOHALI 1,39,554 1,77,932 — — 9,964 18,143 — 1,59,066 9,617 16,651 — 723 205 1,152 142 340 AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH 98 PANCHKULA 269 MOHALI 132 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF GOLD EARRINGS SNATCHED Kharar: A motorcyclist snatched the gold earrings of a woman at Gharuan on Wednesday. Harpreet Kaur, who works at a real estate firm, was returning home from work around 7pm when the incident took place on the Landran road. Assistant Sub-inspector Balbir Singh said a case of snatching had been registered on a complaint of the victim at the Kharar Sadar police station. TNS CITY MC HOUSE MEETING TODAY Chandigarh: The last General House meeting of the MC of this year will be held on Thursday. Outgoing Mayor Raj Bala Malik is expected to address the House chairing the last meeting of 2020. Road works to be restarted from February and property tax exemption to charitable institutions will be part of the agenda to be tabled for approval at the House. Meanwhile, the monthly meeting of the Finance and Contract Committee was not held this month. TNS MAX 14°C | MIN 4°C | YESTERDAY MAX 11.5°C | MIN 4.6°C SUNSET THURSDAY 5:33 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 7:18 AM Pips Ahluwalia for Mayor’s post by 2,057 votes; BJP-JJP gets majority AmitBathla Tribune News Service Panchkula, December 30 BJP’s Kulbhushan Goyal was today elected the new Mayor of Panchkula. He defeated Congress candidate Upinder Kaur Ahluwalia by 2,057 votes. While 49,860 votes were polled in favour of Goyal, Ahluwalia got 47,803 votes. Four more candidates for PANCHKULA MC POLLS Visitors seem to be enjoying a foggy morning at the Buddha statue near Sukhna Lake on Wednesday. PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR Max temp in city dips to season’s new low Chandigarh, December 30 The city recorded the lowest maximum temperature of this season today as people shivered throughout the day. The maximum temperature dropped to 11.5°C, nine degrees below normal. It was 14°C yesterday. It is expected to increase in the coming days. The minimum temperature, however, rose to 4.6°C Four persons arrested in a carjacking case, remanded in police custody; vehicle also recovered from them. Goyal in the saddle the mayoral post – Anil Pangotra from the BSP (2,378 votes), Padam Garg as an Independent (887 votes), Shyam Singh Negi as an Independent (667 votes) and Sudershan Bansal from the Janral Samaj Party (840 votes) – lost their security deposits. As many as 1,333 voters opted for NOTA. The BJP-JJP alliance secured a majority in the Municipal Corporation House by winning 11 councillor seats. Nine seats were won by the BJP while the JJP which con, , tested on four seats, won two. The Congress managed to grab seven seats. Two Independents were also elected councillors – one from ward number 11 and the other from ward number 19. A total of 89 candidates – six for the mayoral post and 83 for the posts of councillor – were in the fray for the Panchkula Municipal Corporation elections. However, the posts of Senior Deputy Mayor, Deputy Mayor and the Vice-President will be filled as per the previous practice — indirect election. Of the 1,85,708 registered voters in Panchkula, 1,03,768 (55.88 per cent) had exercised their franchise on continued on page 2 BJP mayoral candidate Kulbhushan Goyal celebrates his victory with Haryana Speaker and local MLA Gian Chand Gupta outside the party office in Panchkula on Wednesday. NITIN MITTAL see also P3 KULBHUSHAN GOYAL 49,860 today from 2.8°C yesterday. It is also likely to increase a bit in the next three days. The Chandigarh Meteorological Department has predicted thundery development/light rain on January 2. The sky is expected to be generally cloudy on December 31, while New Year (January 1) is likely to see a mainly clear sky. Moderate to dense fog is expected to continue during morning and evening hours. VIGILANCE PROBE MARKED AGAINST PADAM MOTORS FOR TAX EVASION Chandigarh: The UT marks a Vigilance inquiry against Padam Motors, a dealer of Chevrolet and Renault cars, to investigate movement of vehicles and process of evading taxes. As many as 351 cars were found on the premises of the dealer without documents in 2013. TNS P2 UPINDER KAUR BJP-JJP COUNCILLORS 11 47,803 votes ‘PEOPLE’S VICTORY’ It is a victory of the people of Panchkula, a victory for the Haryana Chief Minister and local MLA Gian Chand Gupta. It’s a victory of the BJP’s development agenda. ❝ ❞ votes CONG COUNCILLORS IND COUNCILLORS 7 2 ‘FAITH IN BJP’S AGENDA’ I express gratitude to people for reposing their faith in the BJP’s development agenda. The BJP’s victory testifies that people trust the leadership of the Prime Minister. ❝ ❞ Kulbhushan Goyal, BJP Gian Chand Gupta, MLA WINNERS — HOW THEY PERFORMED WARD 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 CANDIDATE Narinder Pal Singh Lubana Suresh Kumar Verma Ritu Sonia Sood Jai Kumar Kaushik Pankaj Usha Rani Harinder Malik Rajesh Kumar Gurmail Kaur Omwati Punia Sonu Suneet Kumar Sushil Garg Gautam Prasad Rakesh Kumar Akshay Sandeep Sohi Paramjeet Kaur Salim Mohali: The district reported 94 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday. As many as 106 more patients have recovered from the virus in the past 24 hours. Among the new cases, 65 were reported from Mohali (urban), 13 from Dhakoli, six each from Gharuan and Kharar and one from Banur. The district has so far seen 18,143 cases, of which 16,651 patients have been cured. The active case count now stands at 1,152. With no new death, the toll stands at 340. TNS PARTY BJP BJP BJP BJP BJP Congress Congress BJP JJP Congress Independent BJP BJP JJP Congress BJP Congress Congress Independent Congress MARGIN 49 (lowest) 598 401 1,149 513 568 1,508 (highest) 995 485 744 331 323 629 378 276 164 190 1,420 691 718 UT SEES 67 CASES Chandigarh: The city on Wednesday reported 67 fresh cases of Covid, taking the UT case tally to 19,682 and the toll to 316. A total of 30 more patients recovered from the disease in the past 24 hours. TNS ‘WILL CONTINUE TO SERVE PEOPLE’ the people’s ❝We accepthumility. We mandate with will continue to serve the city. The victory margin was not too high. Our party will mull over the reasons for our defeat. ❞ Upinder Kaur Ahluwalia, CONGRESS FOUR CONTAINMENT ZONES IN CITY 19 CASES IN P’KULA Panchkula: The district on Wednesday reported 19 fresh Covid cases, taking the tally to 9,964. The toll remained at 142. While 9,617 patients have recovered from the disease so far, 205 cases are still active. The district’s recovery rate stands at 96.51 per cent. TNS PAGE 3 4 HELD IN LALRU CARJACKING CASE, VEHICLE RECOVERED UT to come down heavily on hotels, bars found serving hookah to customers, to shut such premises for three days. 94 FRESH CASES, NO DEATH IN MOHALI Tribune News Service PAGE 3 HOTELS AND BARS SERVING HOOKAH TO FACE ACTION IN CITY PAGE 2 TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE THE TRIBUNEINTERVIEW: KULBHUSHAN GOYAL, MAYOR Smart city, ending stray menace on his mind K ULBHUSHAN GOYAL of the BJP has been elected as the Mayor of Panchkula. In a conversation with Chandigarh Tribune, the 60-year-old real estate developer shares his vision as he promises to take the city to new heights. ■ What do you have to say about your and the BJP’s victory? I am happy that people of Panchkula have expressed their faith in me and my party. We will try to reciprocate their blessings by working for them with dedication. ■ How do you read this mandate? It is clear that people trust the BJP and its development agenda. Our Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and local MLA and Haryana Speaker Gian Chand Gupta have given innumerable development projects to the city. Around ~4,000 crore has been spent in the constituency on development projects. ■ What are your priorities? As promised in the manifesto, I will try to establish Panchkula as a smart city. Ending stray cattle/dog menace and construction of a solid waste management plant in Jhuriwala are among the NEW YEAR’S EVE These roads will be out of bounds from 10 pm-2 am Tribune News Service ❝ I am happy that people of Panchkula have expressed their faith in me and my party. We will try to reciprocate their blessings by working for them with dedication. Construction of a solid waste management plant in Jhuriwala is one of my priorities. other priorities. complain about corruption and bribery in the MC? How are you going to tackle it? Once I assume the charge, I will take decisions which will ensure transparency and clean administration at all levels. ■ People Chandigarh, December 30 In view of the New Year celebrations, the following road stretches will be vehicle-free zones from 10 pm to 2 am. Residents who have to use these roads to reach their houses, are requested to carry a valid identity card and residence proof. VEHICLE-FREE ROADS ■ Inner market road of Sector 7 ■ Inner market road of Sector 8 ■ Inner market road of Sector 9 ■ Inner market road of Sector 10 ■ Inner market road of Sector 11 ■ Inner roads of Sector 17 ■ Inner market road of Sector 22 ■ Road in front of Leisure Valley, Sector 10 ■ From Aroma light point to small chowk near dispensary in Sector 22 ■ Around Elante Mall, Industrial Area, Phase 1 Nakas to check drunken driving To check drunken driving on New Year’s Eve, the UT police will put drunken driving nakas in various parts of the city. Covid-19 fatalities, positivity rate in UT lowest in 5 months 39 deaths recorded in December Naina Mishra Tribune News Service Chandigarh, December 30 December has recorded the lowest number of Covid-19 fatalities in the past five months. The fatalities decreased by 25 per cent than the previous month. In November, 51 Covid positive patients succumbed to the disease preceded by 64 deaths in October, 106 deaths in September and 41 deaths in August. So far, December has recorded 39 deaths. Dr Amandeep Kaur Kang, Director, Health Services, UT, said: “We always request the families of the elderly Covid patients to keep them under the supervision of a hospital, especially if the patient has co-morbidities. To stop the disease from worsening, one should keep monitoring the oxygen saturation level at home from time to time through a pulse oxymeter. It is advised to immediately reach out for help when the oxygen saturation level falls ❝ We always request the families of the elderly Covid19 patients to keep them under the supervision of a hospital, especially if the patient has comorbidities. To stop the disease from worsening, one should keep monitoring the oxygen saturation level at home from time to time through a pulse oxymeter. It is advised to immediately reach out for help when the oxygen saturation level falls below 95 per cent. ❞ Dr Amandeep Kaur Kang, DIRECTOR, HEALTH SERVICES, UT MONTH-WISE DATA MONTH August September October November December TESTS 16,418 47,112 29,526 35,311 37,688 CASES 3,295 7,592 2,480 2,991 2,273 below 95 per cent.” Presently, the hospital occupancy of patients in Chandigarh is also quite low due to a decrease in the number of active cases. Only 21 patients in the UT are currently admit- DEATHS 41 106 64 51 39 POSITIVITY RATE 20% 16% 8.3 % 8.4% 6% ted to the PGI hospital. At 6 per cent, the monthly positivity rate of December is also the lowest in the past five months, while the number of tests conducted was more than November. New ITBP pups named after flashpoints along LAC in Ladakh Tribune News Service Chandigarh, December 30 As a token of respect and gratitude to personnel guarding the treacherous border in Ladakh, the IndoTibetan Border Police Force (ITBP) has named its newborn pups in its K-9 establishment after sensitive locations and posts along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). Junking the traditional western names for K-9s, the ITBP has, for the first time in any Central Armed Police Force history, given local names to its K-9 warriors. A “naamkaran ceremony” was held at the ITBP’s National Training Centre for Dogs in PARENTS VETERANS OF COUNTER-TERRORIST OPS A “naamkaran ceremony” was held at the ITBP’s National Training Centre for Dogs in Bhanu near Chandigarh where 17 malinois pups were born a couple of months ago to ITBP dogs — Gala, the father, and Olga and Oleshya, the mothers. The parents are veterans of many counter-terrorist operations and other high-profile security duties. The pup-naming ceremony under way at Bhanu near Chandigarh on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Bhanu near Chandigarh where 17 malinois pups were born a couple of months ago to ITBP dogs — Gala, the father, c m y b and Olga and Oleshya, the mothers. The parents are veterans of many counter-terrorist operations and other high- profile security duties. The names of the pups are Ane-la, Galwan, Sasoma, Chip-chap, Saser, Srijap, Charding, Rezang, Daulat, Sultan-chusku, Imis, Rango, Yula, Mukhpri, Chung-Thung, Khardungi and Shyok. “By giving these K-9 Indian names, that too from the areas guarded by the force, it is for the first time since Independence that the K-9 wing of the country will acknowledge its own legacy and ethos,” an ITBP officer said. The force is planning to name the next batch of pups after other prominent names of the icy frontiers where the ITBP is deployed, covering the entire 3,488-km-long border with China from Karakoram to Jechap La. The ITBP has also received requests from other Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) for these pups to be used for their security duties. The ITBP was the first force to deploy malinois dogs in leftwing extremism-hit areas a decade ago, and now it has also started scientifically breeding K9s to meet its own demands and also provide pups to other CAPFs and state police forces as mandated by the Ministry of Home Affairs. The 90,000-strong ITBP was raised in 1962 in the aftermath of the Chinese aggression and apart from its primary duty to guard the China border, it is also tasked with carrying out various internal security duties, including anti-Naxal operations.
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