15012021-CT-01.qxd 1/15/2021 12:56 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE FRIDAY | 15 JANUARY 2021 | CHANDIGARH NURSERY ADMISSIONS: ST KABIR TO HOLD DRAW OF LOTS TODAY PAGE 2 Covid-19 precautions to be followed as school holds draw of lots for admission to its entry-level class (nursery). FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY 11,284 TO GET COVID VACCINE IN FIRST PHASE IN MOHALI DIST MAX 18°C | MIN 6°C | YESTERDAY MAX 17.7°C | MIN 3.8°C SUNSET FRIDAY 5.45 PM Tribune News Service Commuters on the foggy Zirakpur-Chandigarh highway on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: NITIN MITTAL CHD SAMPLES TESTED SAMPLES REJECTED POSITIVE NEGATIVE RECOVERED REPORTS AWAITED ACTIVE DEATHS P’KULA 1,97,283 942 20,438 1,75,903 19,835 81 273 330 MOHALI 1,49,308 1,85,367 — — 10,281 18,899 — 1,65,981 9,936 17,671 — 487 200 875 145 353 AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH 159 PANCHKULA 254 MOHALI 165 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF WOMAN ROBBED AT GUNPOINT Dera Bassi: A youth robbed an elderly woman of ~14,000 at gunpoint after forcibly entering her house in Silver City Theme Society on the Mubarikpur road here on Thursday. A police post is a stone’s throw from the spot. The incident happened around 5.30 pm when the 68year-old victim, Sarla Devi, was alone at home. The robber, who was wearing a cap and a mask, entered the house forcibly and tried to threaten her with a pistol. The woman retaliated by saying that the pistol looked fake, following which the youth held her by throat. The victim said the robber, apparently in his twenties, looked like a localite and spoke in Hindi. He also tried to confine her in a bathroom. On hearing the noise, neighbours came out, but by then the robber had fled the spot on foot. It all happened in just five minutes. Mubarikpur police post incharge Arshdeep Sharma said the police were investigating the matter. TNS Administration resumes sale of tender for privatisation of Electricity Dept, fixes Feb 8 as last date to submit it. SUNRISE SATURDAY 7.19 AM IMPERSONATION, FORGERY CASE Conviction of 3 upheld in conductor hiring exam Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 14 Dr Sushil Kumar Garg, special CBI Judge, upheld the conviction of three persons in the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) bus conductor recruitment exam scam. Rajinder Kumar, Sanjay Bhardwaj and Sandeep Kumar were convicted by the CBI Judicial Court and were sentenced to one and a half years of jail in January last year. All convicts had filed appeals in the special CBI court against the sentence. The court has dismissed the appeals. The CTU had issued an advertisement for the recruitment of conductors in 2010. On the day of the written examination, the CBI received a tip-off that some other persons were giving the exam on behalf of the appli- cants. During the surprise checking at one of the examination centres, Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 23, Chandigarh, Sanjay Bhardwaj, one of the convicts, was found writing the examination by impersonating Rajinder who was rounded up by a joint surprise check team. During an inquiry, Sanjay Bhardwaj stated that Sandeep Kumar, a resident of Sonepat, had brought him to the city to appear in the said examination in place of the actual candidate. Sandeep Kumar was waiting outside in the vicinity of the centre. The CBI arrested the three persons and cases were registered against them. After completion of the investigation, a challan was presented against the accused for the continued on page 3 Chandigarh, January 14 The Punjab and Haryana High Court has ruled that an investigating agency can rely upon WhatsApp messages during the course of a probe. Justice Jaishree Thakur of the High Court added that reliance could, however, be placed on the messages only after complying with provisions of Section 65-B of the Indian Evidence Act. The provision makes it clear that electronic records are required to be certified by a person occupying a responsible official position for being admissible as evidence in court proceedings. Justice Thakur was hearing a petition filed against the Union of India by Rakesh Kumar Singla through senior advocate RS Rai and Rubina Vermani for grant of regular THE RIDER Justice Jaishree Thakur of the Punjab & Haryana High Court added that reliance could, however, be placed on the messages only after complying with provisions of Section 65-B of Indian Evidence Act. to say that ❝Needlessliberty to relythe Narcotics Bureau will always be at upon the WhatsApp messages after due compliance with provisions of Section 65-B. Justice Jaishree Thakur ❞ bail to the petitioner in a case registered on June 12, 2020, under provisions of the NDPS Act at the NCB police station, zonal unit, Sector 25(W), Chandigarh. “Needless to say that the Narcotics Bureau will always be at liberty to rely upon the WhatsApp messages after due compliance with provisions of Section 65-B...,” Justice Thakur ruled. The ruling came after counsel Sanjay Vashisth, appearing on behalf of the Narcotics Tribune News Service Panchkula, January 14 A 19-year-old boy, Avik, couldn’t see many mornings of the New Year. The teenager, a student of DAV College in Chandigarh, became the latest victim of stray cattle on January 9, a few days prior to the inauguration of the Sukhdarshanpur cowshed, which is being termed revolutionary to make the city free from stray cows. The boy was driving an Activa, with his two friends riding FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Dushyant Singh Pundir Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 14 The UT Administration will soon start the construction of a pedestrian underpass between Panjab University (PU) and the PGI. The underpass will bring relief to thousands of patients and attendants who have to cross the busy road. A senior official of the UT Engineering Department said tenders for the construction of the underpass between the PU gate and the PGI main gate would be float- BADNORE GAVE NOD IN NOV 2019 ■ In November 2019, UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore had given in-principle approval for the construction of the underpass. ■ Likely to cost nearly ~7.20 crore, the underpass will be 15-metre wide and 38-metre long. It will have 12 shops, such as photostat, so that patients or their attendants can get basic facilities at one place. ed soon and the work would start by the next month. Likely to cost nearly ~7.20 crore, the underpass would Finally, Sukhdarshanpur cowshed opened Panchkula, January 14 The Sukhdarshanpur cowshed, the foundation stone of which was laid in 2018, was finally inaugurated today after missing several deadlines over three years. The project is being touted as a game changer to relieve city residents from the menace of stray cattle, which has proved fatal for many, including 19year-old Aveek from Sector 12, who became the latest victim. Union Minister Rattan Lal Kataria, Haryana Speaker and local MLA Gian Chand Gupta and Mayor Kulbhushan Goyal were among those present. Kataria said stray cattle and those abandoned by their owners would be shifted to the Sukhdarshanpur cattle YOUTH’S DEATH DUE TO STRAY CATTLE Had missed several deadlines over 3 years The cowshed being inaugurated at Sukhdarshanpur village in Panchkula district on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO DOG POUND TO BE READY IN 10 DAYS The construction of a dog pound, which is coming up near the cowshed, is expected to be completed in 10 days. pillion, to his house in Sector 12 from Ramgarh when a stray cattle came in their way. To prevent a collision with the animal, Avik lost control of the scooter, which skidded and hit the divider. The mishap proved fatal for him. The son of retired soldier Hema Ram and Saroj Devi was gone in a flash, leaving them in despair. The birthday party from where Avik was returning turned out to be his last joyful moment. “Experiencing an excruciating pain, his parents couldn’t even talk. The ‘ultimate loss’ has shattered their faith in life,” said Avik’s uncle Harlal Singh. “While they (government) treat cows as gaumata, they leave them on the road putting commuters’ lives at risk. If they consider them as holy, at least they should treat them well. The animal can be served better in the confinement,” he said. Bureau, submitted that almost 57,000 tablets of tramadol hydrochloride (100 mg) were recovered, which amounted to commercial quantity. A coaccused admitted to having sent the consignment to another person at the petitioner’s behest and was totally unaware of the contents of the parcel, he argued. It was also argued that screenshots of WhatsApp messages, available with the NCB, would connect the petitioner with the contraband. A mes- sage showed transfer of some amount by the petitioner to the account belonging to the husband of the co-accused. It was also argued that other persons were also involved in the sale and purchase of the contraband as evident from the WhatsApp messages. Rai, on the other hand, argued that the petitioner had been implicated on the basis of the disclosure statement by the co-accused and his own statement. Such a statement could not be relied upon. Justice Thakur asserted that the answer was negative to the court query whether a certificate under Section 65B was available to authenticate the messages. A recent Supreme Court judgment held that a certificate under Section 65B was required when reliance was being placed upon electronic record. As such, the continued on page 2 Work on PU-PGI underpass to begin soon pound, which would “end the woes of city residents”. He expressed gratitude to MLA Gupta and Mayor Goyal for making efforts to fulfil the promise to end the menace with the inauguration of the Sukhdarshanpur project. Speaking on the occasion, Gupta said the Khattar government was dedicated to the welfare of cows. “After coming to power in 2014, the government had passed a Bill to save cows and ban their slaughter,” he said. The cowshed, spread over 4.25 acres, has a capacity to accommodate 1,200 cows. It will run by the Madhav Gaushala Charitable Trust. It will have an operational cost of ~2-3 crore per year. — TNS They treat cattle as holy, but leave 10,000 more birds them on roads, says victim’s uncle culled on Day 6 Amit Bathla TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD HC: Can rely on WhatsApp messages during probe Saurabh Malik AVIAN INFLUENZA Panchkula, January 14 The district administration today culled a total of 10,025 birds and destroyed 816 eggs at Narender Poultry Farm to contain the spread and break the chain of transmission of avian influenza or bird flu. This was the sixth day of its culling drive. So far, 47,720 birds have been culled while 2,156 eggs have been destroyed. Calls made to the local authorities to know the status of confir- c m y b matory reports awaited from Bhopal were not answered. Seven crows found dead near Mohali crematorium MOHALI: PAGE 3 UT FAST-TRACKS PROCESS FOR POWER DEPT PRIVATISATION Beneficiaries have been identified for first phase of Covid-19 vaccination drive beginning on January 16. Winter blues TRICITY COVID REPORT PAGE 3 Seven crows were found dead near a crematorium here today. On receiving information, officials from the Wildlife Department took them to the veterinary hospital in Balongi. Their samples were taken and sent to the Regional Disease Diagnostic Laboratory in Jalandhar for testing. continued on page 2 ■ Apart from staircase, the underpass will have lifts and escalators to facilitate elderly and patients on wheelchairs. be 15-metre wide and 38metre long. It would have 12 shops, such as Photostat, so that patients or their atten- dants could get basic facilities at one place. Apart from staircase, the underpass will have lifts and escalators to facilitate elderly and patients on wheelchairs. In November 2019, UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore had given in-principle approval for the construction of the underpass. The traffic police had apprised the Administration of the need for an underpass between the hospital and the university due to a heavy rush of patients and their continued on page 2 Two deaths, 43 cases in Mohali MOHALI: Two persons died of Covid-19, while 43 new cases were reported from the district on Thursday. As many as 51 more patients recovered from the virus. Among the new cases, 35 were reported from Mohali (urban), four from Dhakoli, two from Kharar and one each from Gharuan and Lalru. The district has so far witnessed 18,899 cases and 353 deaths. — TNS City reports 23 cases, 1 death CHANDIGARH: The city reported 23 fresh coronavirus cases on Thursday, taking the UT tally to 20,438. The city also witnessed a Covid death. A 67year-old man from Sector 35, a case of SARI and hypertension, died at the GMCH, Sector 32. A total of 41 more patients have recovered. So far, 19,835 patients have defeated the virus. — TNS 17 new cases in Panchkula PANCHKULA: The district on Thursday reported 17 fresh coronavirus cases, taking the tally to 10,281. The Covid toll remained at 145. While 9,936 patients have recovered from the disease so far, 200 cases are still active. The recovery rate of the district stands at 96.64 per cent. — TNS
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