17012021-CT-01.qxd 1/17/2021 12:29 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE SUNDAY | 17 JANUARY 2021 | CHANDIGARH SAD EXPELS MOHALI EX-MAYOR KULWANT SINGH, AGAIN PAGE 3 SAD president expels the realtor for breaching party discipline; Kulwant says action on expected lines. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD P’KULA SAMPLES TESTED 1,99,538 SAMPLES REJECTED 942 POSITIVE 20,503 NEGATIVE 1,78,093 RECOVERED 19,935 REPORTS AWAITED 87 ACTIVE 238 DEATHS 330 MOHALI 1,51,109 — 10,326 — 9,987 — 194 145 1,86,256 — 18,965 1,66,867 17,795 424 817 353 AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH 124 PANCHKULA 151 MOHALI 163 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF TWO INJURED IN MISHAPS Chandigarh: A Sector 28 resident, Mohinder, reported that a car sped away after hitting his scooter in Sector 28 on January 15. He sustained injuries and was admitted to the GMCH-32. In another case, the complainant, Mohammad Asraf of Mohali, reported that a Swift Dzire car hit his autorickshaw, leaving him and passengers injured. They were admitted to the GMSH-16. The car driver, Jaswinder Singh of Phase I, has been booked. TNS ZIRAKPUR MC TOLD TO REMOVE ENCROACHMENTS ON ROADS PAGE 3 VIP Road, Dhakoli market, Baltana furniture market & Kalgidhar market are some of the worst-hit areas of the town. MAX 15°C | MIN 6°C | YESTERDAY MAX 11.3°C | MIN 5.8°C SUNSET SUNDAY 5.47 PM Multipurpose health workers are demanding a cut in probation period from three years to two years. SUNRISE MONDAY 7.19 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD 374 take first Covid vaccine jab in UT Highest 109 inoculated at PGI, 500 were to be vaccinated at five sites in city PGI. He urged others to have faith in science and opt for vaccination. Naina Mishra Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 16 On the first day of Covid-19 vaccination drive, 374 healthcare workers were inoculated in the UT against the upper limit of 500 beneficiaries who were to be vaccinated at five sites. At the GMSH-16, 100 beneficiaries got the vaccine shots while 70 people were vaccinated at the Civil Hospital in Sector 45. As many as 95 beneficiaries received the vaccine at the two sites in the GMCH32. At the PGI, 109 beneficiaries were immunised. The turnout at the GMCH32 remained 47 per cent. There were two vaccination sites at the hospital and the message was sent to more than 200 healthcare workers. The Director of the GMCH32, Dr Jaswinder Kaur, who took the jab along with her husband, who is the Head of Pulmonary Medicine, said: “It is a great feeling to be vaccinated against Covid-19. At our hospital, many senior doctor couples took the vaccine together.” Talking about the tepid response on the first day, Dr Deepak Chawla, nodal officer of the GMCH-32, said: “Those who will come forward to ‘All anxieties withered away soon’ The city’s first Covid vaccine beneficiary (centre) with Amandeep Kang, Director, Health Services, UT. NO MAJOR ADVERSE EVENT ■ The vaccination drive went off without any major adverse event at all designated sites in the city, said the authorities concerned. There were three minor episodes, two felt nausea and one experienced dizziness, said the authorities, adding that all beneficiaries left the sites in good health after the observation period of 30 minutes. ■ Amandeep Kang, DHS, UT, said any adverse event happened within 30 minutes. The reported minor events settled without intervention. Dr SS Pandav, who heads the Covid-19 immunisation and also took the vaccine, said there was no adverse event reported at the PGI. SECY CLEARS AIR ON CO-WIN GLITCHES On the reports of glitches in the CoWIN app, UT Health Secretary Arun Gupta said the drive had not been suspended. “All vaccine centres will operate four days a week. We shall held next session on January 19 and dispatch messages on Monday for the same after Sunday break.” MORE REPORTS INSIDE receive the vaccine during initial days will be early adopters. Those who missed the dose due to apprehension or any other reason will be rescheduled. As people’s confidence builds in the vac- cine and their hesitancy decreases, a tipping point will be reached.” Director, Health Services, Amandeep Kang, Medical Superintendent of the GMSH-16, VK Nagpal, senior doctors and IMA members present were among those vaccinated. Dr Manjinder Singh Randhawa, who is posted in the Paediatric Emergency, received the first shot at the PAGE 5 HEALTH WORKERS START FAST UNTO DEATH IN PATIALA Arun (20), a safai karamchari at the GMCH-16, who worked at the forefront in the fight against Covid all these months, got the first jab. He said: “I was quite apprehensive since morning about the adverse events related to the vaccine. But as soon as I received the shot and spent 30 minutes in an observation room, all anxieties withered away. I did not feel even a slightest reaction to the injection. I have been told to take all precautions as the antibodies will take some time to develop. I have also been told to contact doctors in case of any reaction and come back for the second dose after 28 days.” Now, I can work without fear of Covid-19 transmission: Doc One of the oldest beneficiaries to get vaccinated on Saturday was a 70-year-old former doctor of the GMSH-16, Dr Ashok Gupta. He said: “I am feeling quite assured after vaccination. Now, I will be able to do justice to my patients without any fear of Covid-19 transmission.” FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Dera Bassi poultry farmers worried Gaurav Kanthwal Tribune News Service Dera Bassi, January 16 With the samples collected from Alpha Poultry Farm (layer) having 55,000 birds and Royal Poultry Farm (layer) with 60,000 birds in Behra village of Dera Bassi being found suspect for bird flu, there is a scare among poultry farmers of the region. Close to 20 lakh birds are being reared commercially in the layer and broiler farms here. Vicky Kalra, a poultry farm owner, said: “The layer farmers (dealing in hen eggs) are keeping a guarded approach while the owners of broiler farms (dealing in chicken) have been more or less clear till now.” Farm owners are taking all precautions to save their livestock. Disinfectant is being sprayed from time to time at the farms. The Animal Husbandry Department teams are inspecting the farms daily. The bird feeding area has been covered so that it is not infected by stray birds such as crows and egrets. Farm workers are being sanitised and medically screened by the teams of the Health Department. Mohali Animal Husbandry 12 MORE BIRDS FOUND DEAD IN UT Chandigarh: As many as 12 more birds were found dead in different areas of Chandigarh on Saturday. Debendra Dalai, Chief Conservator of Forests, UT, said seven pigeons and five crows were found dead. He said all 21 samples of dead birds, which were sent to the Regional Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, Jalandhar, tested negative for avian influenza. Meanwhile, an official of the Animal Husbandry Department, UT, said the city had been divided into four zones and as many rapid response teams were formed for better surveillance and monitoring of the situation in case of any eventuality after the outbreak of bird flu in the Barwala area of Panchkula. TNS Deputy Director Sangeeta Toor said: ‘’Regular sampling and surveillance is being done in the area. Fifty samples are being sent daily from the district to the Northern Regional Disease Diagnostic Laboratory in Jalandhar. ’ ’ 29 TEST +VE IN MOHALI MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE ON SATURDAY Mohali: The district on Saturday reported 29 new cases of Covid, taking the tally to 18,965. While no fresh fatality took place, 93 patients recovered from the virus. Among the fresh cases, 23 cases came from Mohali (urban) and one each from Gharuan, Kharar and Lalru and three cases from Dhakoli. So far, 17,795 patients have been cured of the disease. There are 817 active cases with 353 deaths in the district. TNS 11.3°C UT SEES 39 CASES Vehicles move amid fog at 3.30 pm in Chandigarh on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI City shivers as max temperature drops by 9.5 degrees in a day Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 16 The city today saw the maximum temperature dropping by 9.5°C in a single day. The Meteorological Department recorded the maximum temperature of 11.3°C in the city today, which was 10 degrees below normal. The day was relatively warmer yesterday when the mercury had touched a high of 20.8°C. The minimum temp also dropped significantly. From 7.2°C yesterday, it fell to 5.8°C today. The city experienced fog throughout the day, keeping the visibility between 200 metres and 500 metres. As per the forecast, partly cloudy conditions are likely to prevail in the city tomorrow. Shallow to moderate fog is likely too. While Monday and Tuesday are expected to see a mainly clear sky, there is a possibility of shallow to moderate fog. Chandigarh: The city reported 39 new cases of Covid and no death on Saturday. With the development, the UT case tally rose to 20,503 and the toll remained 330. A total of 67 more patients were cured of the disease in the past 24 hours, taking the number of recoveries to 19,935. There are 238 active cases in the city. TNS 22 INFECTED IN P’KULA Panchkula: The district on Saturday reported 22 new cases of coronavirus, taking the overall tally to 10,326. With no fresh fatality, the toll remained 145. While 9,987 patients have recovered from the infectious disease so far, 194 cases are still active. The district’s recovery rate stands at 96.71 per cent. TNS Civic body allocates ~80 lakh each to wards Councillor doubts completion of works by MC before poll code comes into force Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 16 Though the local MC has allocated ~80 lakh each to councillors for the development of their wards this year, a number of works on the previous lists given to the civic body by the elected representatives are lying pending. It will be a challenge for the corporation to complete these works as the funds will lapse at the end of this year. The next MC elections will be held in November-December this year. The civic body has to complete these works before the model code of conduct comes into force. UNUTILISED FUNDS ■ In the BJP-ruled MC House, ~40 lakh was allocated per ward in the first two years. In 2019, the councillors were allocated ~80 lakh each. In 2020, not even a single penny was allocated due to Covid. ■ The unutilised funds get carried forward for five years. As per the last month’s list, most councillors have huge unspent funds. Among them are Satish Kainth (over ~1 crore), Farmila (~99.05 lakh), Raj Bala Malik (~56.39 lakh), Davesh Moudgil (~84.91 lakh), Shakti Prakash (~84.55 lakh), Heera Negi (~76.07 lakh), Jagtar Singh (~53.66 lakh) and Arun Sood (~50.37 lakh). About two months ago, the MC had asked all councillors to give their lists of works worth up to ~40 lakh. Congress councillor Satish Kainth said: “I had given my lists of works in the past two mayors, but those were not carried out. Even the funds were not fully allocated. I do not think the funds will be utilised this year too.” “There is a shortage of funds with the MC. Besides, it will take two months for estimates to be ready. Anoth- 31ST er one month will go in the tendering process. By the time works start or reach midway, the election code of conduct will come into force in November,” he said. The president of the Seconds Innings Association, a senior citizens’ body, RK Garg, said: “All residents have been suffering due to poor civic amenities for the past two years. Suddenly, the Administration has loosened its purse strings. 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