09012021-CT-01.qxd 1/9/2021 12:57 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE SATURDAY | 9 JANUARY 2021 | CHANDIGARH TWO INJURED IN CYLINDER BLAST AT SECTOR 21 IN CITY Two persons sustain injuries as a cooking gas cylinder explodes in Sector 21-D, Chandigarh. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD P’KULA SAMPLES TESTED 1,90,556 SAMPLES REJECTED 940 POSITIVE 20,201 NEGATIVE 1,69,415 RECOVERED 19,637 REPORTS AWAITED 113 ACTIVE 238 DEATHS 326 MOHALI 1,45,244 1,82,467 — — 10,176 18,595 — 1,63,407 9,824 17,283 — 465 208 962 144 350 AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH 72 PANCHKULA 133 MOHALI 104 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF TEENAGED BOY RUN OVER BY TRAIN Chandigarh: A teenager was run over by a train near Ram Darbar here on Friday The victim, Mahavir aka Sheelu, aged 17-18, worked at a factory in the Industrial Area, Phase II, and was returning home in Hallo Majra when while crossing the tracks, Paschim Express (02926) hit him. SI Raj Singh, investigating officer, said, “The incident took place around 1:45 pm. The boy was rushed to the GMCH-32 where he was declared brought dead.” TNS PAGE 2 MAX 20°C | MIN 11°C | YESTERDAY MAX 21.2°C | MIN 12.6°C SUNSET SATURDAY 5.39 PM Tribune News Service FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Panchkula, January 8 Finally, it was confirmed today that avian influenza (H5N8) or bird flu killed more than 4.37 lakh poultry birds in Barwala and Raipur Rani of Panchkula, putting all speculations of extreme weather conditions or Ranikhet disease as the reason behind the unusual fatalities to rest. After apparent attempts by the district authorities to keep the mysterious disease (before it was declared bird flu) under wraps, two of the three samples sent to High Security Animal Disease Laboratory in Bhopal tested positive for H5N8. The reports of at least three samples taken from SKM Poultries in Mouli village (Raipur Rani) came negative. Five samples collected by a team of the Northern Regional Disease Laboratory, Jalandhar, from the Barwala belt also tested positive. A source at the laboratory said the samples would reach the Bhopalbased lab by tomorrow continued on page 2 Newly elected Mayor Ravi Kant Sharma flanked by Senior Deputy Mayor Maheshinder Singh Sidhu (on Sharma’s right) and Deputy Mayor Farmila in Chandigarh on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI KNOW YOUR MAYOR ■ Ravi Kant Sharma (53), who belongs to Khad village in Una district of Himachal Pradesh and resides in Sector 37, has been associated with the RSS since his childhood. He was actively involved in the ABVP during his college days. ■ He did his graduation from Una charge was vehemently denied by the BJP saying that , the Congress was doing it to save its face. This is the BJP’s fifth and last Mayor of and later completed MBA in public administration through distance learning. ■ Ravi Kant later did jobs in Jalandhar and Delhi. Having shifted his base to Chandigarh in 1989, he became the city BJP member in 1996. the current MC House, which will go to the polls by the end of this year. Ravi replaced incumbent Mayor Raj Bala Malik. Culling of 1.66 lakh birds at five farms begins today Amid the bird flu scare, a woman feeds chicks at a poultry farm in Barwala of Panchkula district. TRIBUNE PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR NINE SURVEY TEAMS Nine teams of the Health Department will conduct a survey in villages around the two hotspots to keep a vigil on human transmission of avian influenza. The villages identified for the survey are Tibbi Majra, Badona Kallan, Kheri, Haryoli, Garhi Kotaha, Dandrawal, Pyarewala, Firojpur and Haripur. DIP IN RATES CHICKEN EGGS EARLIER ~200 ~190 CURRENT ~150* ~160** *PER KG | **CRATE OF 30 EGGS POULTRY SALES TAKE A HIT IN CITY, EGG PRICES DIP BY 30% SAMPLING OF BIRDS IN MOHALI FROM TODAY PANCHKULA AUTHORITIES FOUND WANTING DETAILED REPORTS ON PAGE 3 Aimed at slowing down vehicles | Reflectors to be installed soon WOMAN, DAUGHTER WERE CRUSHED TO DEATH The action followed after a 43-yearold woman and her 14-year-old daughter of Bathinda were crushed to death under a tipper at this stretch on December 4. Three-inch-high rumble strips have come up on Airport Road in Mohali. TRIBUNE PHOTO: VICKY is a joint effort of the Mohali traffic police and GMADA. The action followed after a 43-year-old woman and her 14-year-old daughter of THE TRIBUNE INTERVIEW: RAVI KANT SHARMA, MAYOR R Rumble strips on Airport Road killer spot Mohali, January 8 Rumble strips have come up on both sides of the S-curve near Sector 70 to slow down vehicles on this killer spot on Airport Road. Signage near the rumble strip has been installed and reflectors will also be installed soon. As of now, a traffic cop has been deputed at the spot to keep an eye on speeding vehicles. SP (Traffic), Mohali, Gurjot Singh Klaer said, ‘’I had submitted a report to the GMADA Chief Engineer about this spot and he acted immediately to make it a safe stretch. It TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD Pending projects, waste segregation on his mind Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 8 A 23-year-old youth was killed after his car hit a pole near the Sector 4 petrol station last night. The victim has been identified as Anant Gurpal Singh, son of Sant Pritpal Singh, of the Gursagar Sahib gurdwara near Sukhna Lake. Sources said the victim had left home for some work around 8 pm. While returning, his car hit a pole that left him seriously injured. The airbags of the car were deployed due to the accident. The police were informed and the injured was rushed to the PGI where doctors declared him brought dead. The police have initiated inquest proceedings into the matter at the Sector 3 police station. Sources said the victim’s cremation would take place after his sister, who stays abroad, arrives. — TNS SUNRISE SUNDAY 7.20 AM Congress says BJP councillors used cameras while casting their ballot Amit Bathla Youth dies in car crash A list of around 8,350 health workers has been prepared. They will receive the vaccine in the first phase. BJP’s Ravi Kant Mayor;Sidhu,Farmila deputies Chandigarh, January 8 Ruling BJP’s Senior Deputy Mayor Ravi Kant Sharma today rose up the ladder to become the new Mayor of Chandigarh. He got 17 of the 24 votes polled by councillors through the secret ballot during the mayoral elections here today. His rival from the Congress, Devinder Singh Babla, could get only five votes. BJP’s former ally SAD’s lone councillor Hardeep Singh boycotted the poll. Two votes were declared invalid. Besides, local MP Kirron Kher, who is an ex officio member of the House, and BJP councillor Heera Negi did not come due to ill-health. After Ravi Kant was declared the Mayor, all five Congress councillors boycotted the subsequent elections of Senior Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayor alleging that the saffron party councillors used cameras while voting for the Mayor. City Congress president Pardeep Chhabra alleged that the councillors took “much time” while voting as they were clicking pictures to show their party that they voted for Ravi. Babla alleged that they had hidden cameras/phones under their jackets. The Bathinda were crushed to death under a tipper at this stretch on December 4. According to the police, the incident took place around 4 pm when the victims were going towards Kharar from Sohana on their scooty. At a sharp curve near Mata Gujri continued on page 2 c m y b PAGE 2 21,000 VACCINE DOSES TO ARRIVE IN CITY IN TWO DAYS Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad has demanded the resumption of educational activities at the PU. It’s official — bird flu killed 4.37 lakh chickens in Barwala Anant Gurpal Singh PAGE 2 ABVP ASKS PU VC TO RESUME EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES ■ He has been running a courier and cargo business from Sector 34 since 1998. He became the councillor for the first time in 2016. He was made Senior Deputy Mayor last year. ■ One of his sons is settled abroad and the other studies at DAV College, Sector 10. His wife is a homemaker. SIDHU, FARMILA MAKE A CLEAN SWEEP Meanwhile, ruling BJP councillors Maheshinder Singh Sidhu continued on page 3 AVI KANT SHARMA, the fifth and the last Mayor of the current MC House being ruled by the BJP exuded confidence to , resolve contentious issues of the corporation but could not spell out the roadmap. He has taken over the reins of the House at a time when the MC is tackling challenges like shortage of funds, poor roads and waste segregation. The first citizen speaks to Sandeep Rana of Chandigarh Tribune on these issues. ■ What will be your priorities? Firstly, I will ensure we successfully implement the waste segregation in the entire city. Hopefully, we will resolve issues related to this in a day or two. Besides, I will accord priority to completing the projects initiated by our four previous Mayors. ■ How will you tackle the shortage of funds in the MC? We have already raised the earning of the civic body from ~170 crore in 2017 to ~325 crore now. Besides, we will surely get more funds from the Centre. ■ Poor condition of roads has been a major issue in city. UT sees 54 new cases of Covid CHANDIGARH: The city on Friday reported 54 fresh coronavirus cases, taking the UT tally to 20,201. The city also witnessed one Covid death. An 82-year-old Covid patient from Sector 38 (West), a case of type 2 diabetes mellitus and hypertension, died at the PGI. The Covid toll now stands at 326. A total of 55 more patients recovered from the infectious disease. — TNS 62 fresh cases, no death in Mohali ❝ After the winter season, all pending road works in the city will be carried out in a phased manner. ❞ Tenders have been allotted for all road recarpeting works. Just after the winter season, all road works will be carried out in a phased manner. ■ Anything on increased water rates? We will work on providing relief to the residents. ■ There is widespread factionalism in the BJP Will it . affect your or MC’s working? No, there is no factionalism in the BJP See, all our council. lors voted for the party. Besides, I will take everybody along for the betterment of the city. MOHALI: The district on Friday reported 62 fresh cases of Covid, taking the tally to 18,595, and no new fatality. Besides, 46 more patients have been cured. Among the fresh cases, 44 came from Mohali (urban), two each from Dera Bassi and Kharar, four each from Dhakoli and Lalru and six from Gharuan. — TNS 34 more test +ve in Panchkula dist PANCHKULA: The district on Friday reported 34 fresh cases of coronavirus, taking the overall tally to 10,176. The toll remained 144. While 9,824 patients have recovered from the disease so far, 208 cases are still active. The district recovery rate stands at 96.54 per cent. — TNS
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