04012021-CT-01.qxd 1/4/2021 12:23 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE MONDAY | 4 JANUARY 2021 | CHANDIGARH TEACHERS HOLD PROTEST AT MINISTER’S HOUSE, DETAINED PAGE 2 CITY CONGRESS FLAYS BJP FOR INCREASING PRICES OF FUEL Demanding employment, ETT and TET-pass teachers also raise slogans at Baradari Gardens in Patiala. FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD P’KULA MOHALI SAMPLES TESTED 1,83,594 1,41,436 1,80,523 SAMPLES REJECTED 910 — — POSITIVE 19,881 10,046 18,304 NEGATIVE 1,62,803 — 1,61,744 RECOVERED 19,280 9,721 16,980 REPORTS AWAITED 61 — 475 ACTIVE 281 181 979 DEATHS 320 144 345 AIR QUALITY INDEX PANCHKULA 126 MOHALI 187 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 MAX 20°C | MIN 11°C | YESTERDAY MAX 23.2°C | MIN 11.4°C SUNSET MONDAY 5.36 PM Suspense over BJP nominees continues Party to declare names on last date of filing of papers today MAYORAL POLL 146 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF TWO BROTHERS HELD FOR MURDER Mohali: Two brothers have been arrested for the murder of a labourer at Mullanpur on January 1. The suspects have been identified as Ram Kishore Hasda and Patwari Hasda, also labourers, from Purnia district in Bihar. The victim, Mohammed Ilyas, was living in shanties near the Omaxe tower for the past fourfive months. The police said the victim succumbed to the injuries after being hit by the suspects in stomach. The incident came to light in the evening of January 2 when the victim's brother, Mohammed Meem, filed a police complaint. A case under Sections 302 and 304 of the IPC has been registered at the Mullanpur Garibdas police station. TNS Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 3 A day before the final date for filing of nominations, the suspense over who will be the ruling BJP’s candidate for the post of Mayor for the January 8 elections continues. Sources said BJP national general secretary Dushyant Gautam arrived at the UT Guest House today. Gautam, who is also the Chandigarh BJP in-charge, had taken the views of party councillors and office-bearers in a oneon-one meeting on December 30 in the city. Having consulted the party high command, he will declare the names of the party candidates for the posts of Mayor, Senior Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayor tomorrow after which, the nominations will be filed by the trio. Local BJP president and councillor Arun Sood, and councillors Shakti Prakash Devshali, Maheshinder Singh Sidhu and Ravi Kant Sharma remain the front runners for the post even as some other councillors as also in the race. For the past few days, there has been a lot of talk about who will be the candidates. By pitching himself as a probable candidate, party chief Sood has reportedly brought “friction among councillors” in the open. Many councillors THREE STUDENTS FROM TRICITY SCORE 99 PERCENTILE IN CAT Congress workers clang ‘thalis’ to protest rising prices of gas, petrol and diesel, charges of water and power. Sandeep Rana CHANDIGARH PAGE 3 CONG HAS ALREADY NAMED ITS NOMINEES The city Congress had on December 31 declared councillor Devinder Singh Babla as its candidate for the Mayor’s seat, while councillor Ravinder Kaur Gujral and Satish Kainth were declared party’s Senior Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayor nominees, respectively. They will also file their nominations on Monday. are against his plan saying that it will be against the “one person, one post” principle of the saffron party. However, those close to Sood feel there have been exceptions to this norm in the past. They believe since it will be the last Mayor of the current MC, it is important to have someone like him who can strongly raise issues with officers and is able to bring funds from the Centre for the cash-starved MC. In the current MC, all four times when mayoral candidates were declared by the BJP infighting came to the , BJP HAS STOUT MAJORITY TOTAL BJP VOTES 20 CONG SAD 5 1 27 Ex offico member (MP): 1 THE FRONT RUNNERS Local BJP chief and councillor Arun Sood, and councillors Shakti Prakash Devshali, Maheshinder Singh Sidhu and Ravi Kant Sharma are the front runners for the post even as some others are also in the race. fore. In 2017, within days of getting elected as Mayor, Asha Jaswal and party leader Sood were blamed by fellow councillor Heera Negi for her defeat in the F&CC elections. In 2018, Jaswal, along with Sood and other councillors, filed separate nomination against Davesh Moudgil’s candidature. In 2019, Satish Kainth filed nomination in protest against Rajesh Kalia’s name. He lost the poll and later joined the Congress. Last year, when Raj Bala Malik was nominated, Heera Negi criticised the move openly. Kshitiz, Sargam and Himani score 99.61 percentile, 99.17 percentile and 99.05 percentile, respectively. SUNRISE TUESDAY 7.19 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE 2 deaths, 47 new cases in Mohali Mohali, January 3 Two Covid-19 deaths and 47 fresh cases were reported from the district today. As many as 106 more patients recovered from the virus in the past 24 hours. Among the new cases, 37 were reported from Mohali (urban), four from Gharuan, three from Dhakoli, two from Kharar and one from Lalru. The district has so far seen 18,304 cases, while 16,980 patients have been cured. The active case tally has reached 979. With two more deaths today, the toll has reached 345. — TNS 19 NEW CASES SURFACE IN PANCHKULA DISTRICT Panchkula: The district has reported 19 fresh coronavirus cases, taking the overall tally to 10,046. The Covid toll remained at 144. While 9,721 patients have recovered from the disease so far, 181 cases are still active. The recovery rate of the district stands at 96.76 per cent. TNS UT SEES 16 FRESH CASES, ONE DEATH Chandigarh: The city on Sunday reported 16 fresh cases of Covid and one death, taking the UT case tally to 19,881 and the toll to 320. A total of 54 more patients recovered from the disease in the past 24 hours. TNS Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar honours newly elected Mayor Kulbhushan Goyal as Union Minister Ratan Lal Kataria looks on in Panchkula on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR Farmers’ bid to show black flags to Khattar thwarted Tribune News Service Panchkula, January 3 Hundreds of farmers, who were marching towards Red Bishop, a hotel in Sector 1, from the Chandimandir toll plaza to express their anguish against Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and show him black flags in their protest against farm bills, were stopped by the police in close proximity to the toll barrier this afternoon. The farmers raised slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Chief Minister while waving black flags at the spot. There was no report of any confrontation or use of force by the police. The police kept one side of the Zirakpur-Shimla highway, which approaches Panchkula, blocked by park- Weremarchingtowards hotelwhereChiefMinister wastoattendevent ing buses till around 5 pm. A group of farmers, mostly from towns of Kalka and Pinjore, has been camping at the toll plaza since December 25 to ensure toll-free movement of vehicles till the Modi government takes back contentious farm bills. Khattar has been facing ire of farmers across the state for his government’s actions to stop them from marching towards Delhi and subsequent controversial statements disregarding the farmers’ protests. On December 24, when Khattar was in the city to campaign for the BJP-JJP candidates during the Panchkula MC elections, a large number Barwala chicken toll over 1 lakh: DC Man shoots at sister-in-law, Report of samples sent to Jalandhar laboratory expected in a day or two her daughter, nailed by cops Tribune News Service Panchkula, January 3 Deputy Commissioner Mukesh Kumar Ahuja was today apprised of the situation at Barwala poultry farms in light of mass death of chickens due to an unknown disease. He was presiding over a meeting on the issue with officials of the Animal Husbandry Department. Ahuja, when contacted, said they had been closely monitoring the situation and frequent site inspections by the Animal Husbandry Department were being conducted to keep everything under control. The Deputy Commissioner said they were surveying the affected farms to ascertain the exact number of fatalities. He added that the toll so far ‘BIRD FLU AS DEATH CAUSE UNLIKELY’ ❝ During our survey, we found poultry workers engaged in farms haven’t developed any symptom of bird flu. It gives us enough reasons to believe that it’s not bird flu. ❞ — Dr Anil Banwala, DEPUTY DIRECTOR, ANIMAL HUSBANDRY AND DAIRYING, HARYANA was expected to be more than 1 lakh. “The cause of deaths can only be confirmed after the report. For now, there is no need to panic,” he said. Dr Anil Banwala, Deputy Director, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Haryana, said, “We apprised the DC of the current situation to ensure preparedness, control and containment of bird flu, if any such possibility arises.” He, however, added that their survey of affected sites did not suggest avian influenza or bird flu behind the mortalities. “If it would have been bird flu, a strain of the disease generally transmits from birds to humans. During our survey, we found poultry workers engaged in farms haven’t developed any symptom of bird flu. It gives us enough reasons to believe that it’s not bird flu,” Dr Banwala said. There are more than 10,000 workers at about 140 poultry farms in Barwala, the second largest poultry belt of Asia. Meanwhile, the report of samples sent to the Regional Diseases Diagnostic Laboratory, Jalandhar, is expected in a day or two. Tribune News Service Mohali, January 3 A fraternal fight over a land dispute turned ugly as a man allegedly fired two gunshots, injuring his sister-in-law and her daughter, near a gurdwara at Mote Majra village here this morning. The victims, Harjinder Kaur (47) and her daughter Simranjit Kaur (21), were taken to the Government Medical College and Hospital in Sector 32, Chandigarh, where their condition is stated to be stable. The suspect, Gurmail Singh (40), has been arrested and his licensed weapon, a .12-bore gun, has been seized. A case of attempt to murder under Section 307 of the IPC has been registered Land dispute turns ugly at Mote Majra village; victims’ condition stable THE VICTIMS against him at the Sohana police station. Sohana SHO Bhagwant Singh said, “The suspect had fled the spot by the time the police reached the spot. He was arrested later.” According to the police, the incident happened around 7.45am when the suspect’s elder brother, Gurdeep Singh (49), and father Munshi Singh (90) had gone to the gurdwara to pay obeisance. The suspect too came there and an argument ensued between the two regarding the contract of their agricultural land. Subsequently, a fight broke out between the brothers and they attacked each other with sticks. On hearing the commotion, the mother-daughter duo rushed to the spot. Later, the suspect went to his home nearby and returned with a gun. He allegedly fired two gunshots at the victims before fleeing the spot. Two months on, scraped roads in Sector 9 yet to be recarpeted Tribune News Service ‘WE WERE BETTER OFF BEFORE’ Chandigarh, January 3 Nearly two months have passed since the local MC scraped a layer of asphalt from roads in Sector 9, but it has failed to repair these despite repeated complaints from area residents. After the roads were dug up, the MC was to carry out recarpeting work, but it seems to have turned a blind eye to it. Residents said the roads were better off before. An area resident, Dr MS Sandhu, said, “We have been suffering for the past two the ❝Nobody seems to be bothered about repairing calling roads. We were better off before. We have all been up and complaining to the MC daily, but to no avail. Dust from dug up roads flies all around and settles on our houses and cars, besides affecting our health. ❞ — Dr MS Sandhu, AREA RESIDENT months as the MC dug up our roads and ‘vanished’. It should have been recarpeted the roads the next day. The roads are now in a pitiable condition.” “Nobody seems to be bothered about repairing the roads. We were better off before. We have all been calling up and complaining to the MC daily, but to no avail. Dust from dug up roads flies all around, and settles on our houses and cars, besides affecting our health,” he said. Another resident said, “Affected families have been sending repeated requests regarding the broken roads to the SDO, Junior Engineer and councillor concerned, but the roads have not been repaired.” A senior officer of the Municipal Corporation blamed inconducive weather for the delay in carrying out the recarpeting work. He said though the recarpeting work had been stopped, the scraped roads were being repaired in a phased manner as and when the weather was sunny. c m y b PAGE 3 The MC is yet to pay heed to repeated requests to recarpet scraped roads. PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI of farmers were detained by the police to restrict them from protesting against him. Khattar fetes new P’kula Mayor, councillors After winning the mayoral post and winning a majority of the seats in alliance with the JJP in the recently held Panchkula MC elections, the BJP on Sunday organised a ‘Nargrik Abhinandan, Dhanyawad Samaroh’at a hotel in Sector 1. Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, Haryana BJP president Om Prakash Dhankar, Haryana Assembly Speaker and local MLA Gian Chand Gupta were among those who attended the event. Newly elected Mayor Kulbhushan Goyal and ward members from the BJP-JJP were felicitated by the CM on the occasion. Youth dies as car rams into truck in Pinjore Tribune News Service Panchkula, January 3 A 25-year-old youth from Baddi died in an accident near HMT factory in Pinjore. The incident took place around 12.30 am on January 1 when the victim, Rajat Parihar, along with his friend Ayush Chauhan, was travelling in a car from Shimla to Chandigarh for business purpose. The incident took place near HMT factory when the victim was travelling with a friend In his complaint to the police, Rahul Parihar, the victim’s brother, stated that the car belonging to Ayush collided with a truck parked on the road near the factory. The accident left both Rajat and Ayush grievously injured. They were rushed to the Community Health Centre in Kalka where doctors declared Rajat dead. Ayush was referred to the Government Medical College and Hospital in Sector 32, Chandigarh, in view of his critical condition. A case under Section 283 (danger or obstruction in public way or line of navigation), 304-A (causing death by negligence) and 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) of the Indian Penal Code was registered against the unidentified driver of the truck at the Pinjore police station.
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