14012021-CT-01.qxd 1/14/2021 12:53 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE THURSDAY | 14 JANUARY 2021 | CHANDIGARH 35-YEAR-OLD MAN FOUND DEAD IN MANHOLE AT PATIALA PAGE 2 VENDORS OPPOSE DRIVE AGAINST ENCROACHMENTS IN PANCHKULA A garbage collector dies in manhole of a house in Baradari area. The 35-year-old had gone in to clean it. FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD SAMPLES TESTED SAMPLES REJECTED POSITIVE NEGATIVE RECOVERED REPORTS AWAITED ACTIVE DEATHS P’KULA MOHALI 1,96,211 1,48,819 1,84,935 940 — — 20,415 10,264 18,856 1,74,856 — 1,65,576 19,794 9,906 17,621 136 — 503 292 213 884 329 145 351 AIR QUALITY INDEX PANCHKULA 166 MOHALI 167 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 MAX 14°C | MIN 7°C | YESTERDAY MAX 12.2°C | MIN 5.7°C SUNSET THURSDAY 5:44 PM SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF TWO CROSS FIRs REGISTERED Chandigarh: Two cross FIRs have been registered following a clash between neighbours at Burail village. In a complaint, Rafeeq alleged that Mohammed Ismile, Mohammed Yunus and Mohammed Salim attacked him and his friend Kasim with sharp weapons and sticks on January 12. The complainant and his friend were injured and admitted to a hospital. In another complaint, Saleem Ahmed alleged that Mohammed Tayab, Mohammed Kasim and Rafeeq attacked him and his friends Yunus and Ismile with sharp weapons. Saleem and Yunus were injured and admitted to the GMCH-32. The Sector 34 police have registered cases against both sides. TNS VALUABLES STOLEN FROM CAR IN SEC 16 Chandigarh: Valuables were stolen by an unknown person after breaking the windowpane of a Creta parked at the parking lot of Shanti Kunj in Sector 16. The complainant reported that a laptop, a camera and a purse containing ~700 and documents were stolen from his car on January 12. A case was registered at the Sector 17 police station. TNS 2 TRUCK DRIVERS HELD WITH DRUGS Chandigarh: The Mubarikpur police arrested two truck drivers after a kg of opium and 15 kg of poppy husk were recovered from them. They were produced in a court, which remanded them in two-day police custody. DSP Gurbakhsh Singh Mann said a truck driven by Davinder Singh, a resident of Shiv Nagar, Kalka, was stopped at a naka and opium was recovered from it. In another case, a truck driver, Satnam Singh, a resident of Trivedi camp, with poppy husk. Satnam owned the vehicle. TNS Mohali, January 13 The State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, Punjab, has awarded a compensation of ~35 lakh to a Baltana resident, Ajay Kumar, who lost his left leg “due to sheer medical negligence and deficiency in service” on the part of JP Hospital near Big Bazaar, Zirakpur. The complainant, through his counsel Updip Singh, stated that he met with an accident near Dera Bassi on SUNRISE FRIDAY 7:19 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Festive delight Two will be at GMCH, one each at GMSH-16, Sector 45 hospital Chandigarh, January 13 As Chandigarh has received a limited number of Covishield doses, the UT Health Department has decided to limit the number of vaccination sites from eight to four. There will now be two vaccination sites at the Government Medical College and Hospital in Sector 32, and one each at Government Multi-Specialty Hospital in Sector 16 and the Civil Hospital in Sector 45. Dr Amandeep Kaur Kang, Director, Health Services, UT, said, “The Covishield doses are limited to 12,000 with which we can inoculate 5,400 healthcare workers. Assuming 10 per cent wastage, a total of 10,800 doses will remain with us, of which 5,400 doses will be given on the first day and the remaining 5,400 doses will be stored to be given to beneficiaries after a gap of 28 days.” Dr Kang added, “A vial has 10 doses that can be stored for four hours. If a vial is opened, it will have to be used within 6K P’kula health workers to be inoculated first Tribune News Service Panchkula Deputy Commissioner Mukesh Kumar (2nd from right) receives the first consignment of Covishield vaccine. TRIBUNE PHOTO WASTAGE TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION: DHS Covishield doses are limited to 12,000 with which we can inoculate 5,400 healthcare workers. Assuming 10 per cent wastage, 10,800 doses will remain with us, of which 5,400 will be given on the first day and the remaining 5,400 will be stored to be given to beneficiaries after 28 days. — Dr Amandeep Kaur Kang, DIRECTOR, HEALTH SERVICES, UT ❝ ❞ those four hours. If the required number of beneficiaries do not turn up during that time, the vaccine may get wasted.” Dr Kang said there would be 10 sessions at each site (one each day). On any given vaccination site, not more than 100 healthcare workers would 15 fresh cases in Panchkula district be vaccinated. The first phase of the vaccination drive will start on January 16 in Chandigarh. Meanwhile, the PGI has 12,000 healthcare workers to be vaccinated within the institute. Its consignment of vaccine is yet to be received from the Central Government. 42 more test +ve in Mohali PANCHKULA: The district on Wednesday reported 15 fresh coronavirus cases, taking the tally to 10,264. The toll remained at 145. While 9,906 patients have recovered from the disease so far, 213 cases are active. The recovery rate of the district stands at 96.51 per cent. TNS MOHALI: As many as 42 new Covid19 cases were reported from the district on Wednesday. As many as 56 more patients recovered from the virus in the past 24 hours. The district has seen 18,856 cases so far, while 17,621 patients have been cured. The active case tally stands at 884. With no death reported on Wednesday, the toll in the district stands at 351. TNS Panchkula, January 13 Panchkula will get its first consignment of Covid-19 vaccine by tomorrow or Friday, a day before the vaccination drive is to begin in the district. According to officials, over 9,000 doses of Covishield will reach the district. District likely to get over 9,000 doses of Covishield Residents of Daria village celebrate Lohri in a traditional way in Chandigarh on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR REPORTS INSIDE Confirmatory reports from Bhopal awaited, threat of flu spread looms Amit Bathla Tribune News Service The vaccine for all 22 districts (2.41 lakh doses) reached at the Chandigarh international airport today from Pune and subsequently taken to the state vaccine store in Kurukshetra. Deputy Commissioner Mukesh Kumar Ahuja and other state health officials were among those present to receive the consignment at continued on page 3 City reports 37 cases, one death CHANDIGARH: The city on Wednesday reported 37 fresh cases of Covid and one death. While the UT tally jumped to 20,415, the toll was pushed to 329. A total of 14 more patients recovered from the disease in the past 24 hours. — TNS Panchkula, January 13 A delay in the arrival of reports from the National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases (NIHSAD), Bhopal, for confirmation of avian influenza at more poultry units in the Barwala belt can cause the disease to spread further. The samples from the Jalandhar-based Northern Regional Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (NRDDL), which reported bird flu in samples of four more poultry farms other than two epicentres detected earlier, was dispatched to Bhopal on January 8 for confirmation, as per the standard protocol, and reached there the next evening. At least four days have passed since then, but confirmatory reports from the lab Avian influenza 7,770 more birds culled, tally over 37K are still awaited. When asked about the delay in the arrival of reports, Deputy Commissioner Mukesh Kumar Ahuja said they were taking regular updates from the Bhopal lab on confirmatory reports sent by the NRDDL, Jalandhar. “We are being told that the lab is receiving samples from across the country and is under immense pressure. Hence, it is taking more than the usual time to provide reports,” he said. The epicentres will rise in an event of confirmation of bird flu at more poultry farms, following which a new action plan will come into existence. As a result, the infected zone and the number of birds to be culled will increase. For now, culling operations are underway within 1-km radius of the two epicentres – Nature Poultry Farm in Ganauli village and Siddharth Poultry Farm in Kheri village. The district administration today culled a total of 7,770 birds at Narender Poultry Farm to contain the spread and break the chain of transmission of avian influenza or bird flu. This was the fifth day of its culling drive. So far, 37,695 birds have been culled while 1,340 eggs continued on page 3 Octogenarian duped City colder than Shimla, Manali Peacock, 13 crows of ~30K, gold bangle found dead in city Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 13 Two fraudsters duped an 82year-old Sector 33 resident of ~30,000 and a gold bangle by impersonating as friends of his son. According to the police, the complainant, Gurnam Singh Gill, reported that he was at his house when a young boy came and told him that he was his son’s friend. The other suspect was waiting outside in a Honda City car bearing a Delhi number. The suspect befooled the complainant by claiming that complainant’s son has asked ~35-lakh relief for man in medical negligence case Tribune News Service PAGE 3 CHB selects Creative Consortium to design luxury flats for bureaucrats and MLAs of Punjab and Haryana. Vials limited, vaccination sites in UT halved to four Tribune News Service 102 PANCHKULA FIRM TO DESIGN HIGH-END FLATS AT IT PARK Vendors resist drive in Sector 20, ask authorities to first identify a vending site for their proper rehabilitation. Naina Mishra CHANDIGARH PAGE 3 August 30, 2016, and suffered multiple injuries, including a fracture on his knee. He was admitted to the Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi, and after giving first aid, doctors discharged him the same day. Thereafter, due to serious pain in his knee, he was admitted to JP Hospital, Zirkapur, and doctors conducted an operation on September 2. During his stay at the hospital from August 30 to September 10, he could not recover from the injuries due continued on page 3 for money and some jewellery. The complainant gave ~30,000 and a gold bangle following which the suspect left. While the suspect was leaving, the complainant’s son also reached there and questioned the suspect, who replied that he had come to meet Gurnam. The two suspects then escaped from the spot. The police were informed about the incident following which a case under Sections 406 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code was registered at the Sector 34 police station and an investigation has been initiated into it. Chandigarh, January 13 The city turned colder than Shimla as the maximum temperature dropped to 12.2°C, four degrees less than the Queen of Hills. However, the minimum temperature in both Chandigarh and Shimla remained at 5.7°C. The City Beautiful witnessed severe cold conditions today, making it chiller than Manali, which recorded a maximum temperature of 14.8°C. However, residents are unlikely to get relief from the foggy weather conditions for one more day. According to the Chandigarh Met office, the sky is expected to remain generally cloudy tomorrow and shallow fog will continue. However, Tribune News Service Visitors at Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on Wednesday. RAVI KUMAR with moderate fog, the city could witness a clear sky on Friday and Saturday. The maximum and minimum temperatures in the city are likely to see an increase in the coming days, which could provide the much-needed relief to residents reeling under severe cold weather conditions for the past many days. — TNS Chandigarh, January 13 As many as 13 crows and a peacock were found dead in different areas of the city on Wednesday. Debendra Dalai, Chief Conservator of Forests, UT, said the peacock was found dead in Botanical Garden, while a carcass each of crow was found in Sector 38 (West), Mauli Jagran, Mani Majra, Janta Colony, two each in Dhanas and the PU campus and five in Campa Plot in the city. Dalai said eight samples sent to the Regional Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, Jalandhar, to test for avian influenza had already been tested negative, while the reports of 13 samples sent later were yet to be received. Thirteen birds, eight crows and five pigeons, were found dead in the city yesterday. More than 50 birds have been found dead in the city in the past more than a week. Dr Kanwarjit Singh, Joint Director, Animal Husbandry, UT, said there was no need to panic and it was safe to eat properly cooked chickens and eggs. He said the mortality of birds in the city could be due to cold weather. MC stuck in tender process, could’ve earned ~5 cr in year ADS ON TOILET BLOCKS ‘IT CALLS FOR AN EXPLANATION’ The MC keeps taxing people, but on its part, it has failed to earn revenue from the venture. It should explain why even after one year, the work has still not been allotted. Sandeep Rana ❝ Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 13 The cash-starved MC could have earned a revenue of about ~5 crore in the year gone by had it not been still stuck in the tendering process of advertisements on 55 public toilets. The tender was floated in last January for the first time after a gap of about five years. Shockingly, it has failed to allot the work till now. The civic body can earn around ~28 crore through this in five years. The tender was floated in January 2020 for the first time after a gap of about five years. FILE PHOTO It did not get a response from any agency during the tendering process initially. However, even after the ten- c m y b dering process was completed and a company was selected, the work could not be allotted on account of various ❞ — Devinder Singh Babla, LEADER OF OPPOSITION, MC HOUSE approvals and formalities. Interestingly, the issue that has cropped up now is that of the 55 toilet blocks for which the tender was floated, 18 have been demolished for renovation. The company selected for the work had to write to the MC to recalculate the area and work out related issues. As a result, the process got delayed further. A senior official said, “All formalities have been completed now and the work will be allotted soon.” Leader of the Opposition Devinder Singh Babla said, “The MC keeps taxing people, but on its part, it has failed to earn revenue from the venture. It should explain why even after one year, the work has still not been allotted.” The MC has often claimed it does not have sufficient funds even to pay salaries to its employees. Work on the renovation of several toilets is also stuck due to shortage of funds. The corporation had 191 public conveniences where advertisements were allowed in the city. However, 55 toilets had a bigger area and had a potential for advertisements, thus only these were being considered. Only a few toilets under the CHB in Sector 34 have advertisements in the city at present.
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