16022021-CT-01.qxd 2/16/2021 12:24 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE TUESDAY | 16 FEBRUARY 2021 | CHANDIGARH PATIALA CIVIC BODY TO DEVELOP PARKING LOT AT DIVISION NO. 2 Finance and Contract Committee of the MC decides to construct a parking space for vehicles at Division No. 2 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD P’KULA MOHALI SAMPLES TESTED 2,35,303 1,72,761 1,92,854 SAMPLES REJECTED 943 — — POSITIVE 21,264 10,678 19,798 NEGATIVE 2,13,096 — 1,72,8891 RECOVERED 20,789 10,437 19,034 REPORTS AWAITED 102 — 165 ACTIVE 129 94 385 DEATHS 346 147 379 AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH 147 PANCHKULA 122 MOHALI 96 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF MAN KILLED IN ROAD MISHAP Zirakpur: A motorcyclist died in a road accident on the Zirakpur flyover when a car hit him from the rear side. Assistant sub-inspector Jaswinder Singh said the deceased has been identified as Pawan Kumar, a resident of Raiwali, Ambala. On the complaint of deceased’s elder brother, Balbir Singh, a case has been registered at the Zirakpur police station and inquest proceedings have begun. TNS City sees 26 fresh cases CHANDIGARH: The city on Monday reported 26 fresh coronavirus cases, taking the overall tally to 21,264. The Covid toll remained at 346. A total of 24 patients recovered from the disease in the past 24 hours. The number of recoveries stands at 20,789. Only 16 per cent of the targeted beneficiaries received the Covid vaccine in Chandigarh on Monday. As many as 553 beneficiaries were inoculated against the target of 3,423. The coverage rate stood at 16.15 per cent. — TNS 12 more infected in Panchkula PANCHKULA: The district on Monday reported 12 fresh coronavirus cases, taking the overall tally to 10,678. The Covid toll remained at 147. While 10,437 patients have recovered from the disease so far, 94 cases are still active. The recovery rate stands at 97.74 per cent. — TNS PAGE 2 4-YR RIGOROUS IMPRISONMENT FOR EX-BANK MANAGER, BIZMAN PAGE 3 Financial fraud akin to murder, rape, states CBI Court; holds bank manager, businessman guilty in 8-yr-old case. MAX 26°C | MIN 10°C | YESTERDAY MAX 26°C | MIN 9.8°C SUNSET TUESDAY 6.12 PM PAGE 3 HARYANA CM INAUGURATES TABLE TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP The opening day of Senior National Table Tennis Championship saw one round of group matches at Tau Devi Lal Stadium. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 7.01 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Row with tenant turns ugly, CBI nabs UT cop for graft 3 gunshots fired in Sector 15 Tribune News Service Chandigarh, February 15 Five persons, including Mannu Dubey, the husband of Chandigarh Mahila Congress president Deipa Asdhir Dubey, have been booked on a charge of opening fire outside Dubey’s house in Sector 15. The suspects allegedly fired three gunshots to threaten the house tenant and his friends, who were also “assaulted”, on the intervening night of February 14 and 15. Complainant Gurdass Singh (23), a native of Sangrur district, reported that he, along with his friend Deepak, has been residing at the house for the past one year. He said on February 14, his friends Gurdeep Singh, Bhupinder, Ravi, Sunil, Gurmeet and Gagan visited the house to meet him. The complainant said around 9.30 pm, he and his friends were going out to have dinner when the house owner, Mannu Dubey, and his accomplices obstructed their way and started arguing with him over repeatedly inviting outsiders to the house. Mannu and his accomplices allegedly thrashed the com- City Mahila Cong chief’s husband among 5 booked bribe from Dharmpal for not registering a case against him. In 2018, Dharmpal had taken a loan of ~3.20 lakh from Mittal Financier in Sector 32. Dharmpal paid 29 instalments of ~16,000 each, totalling ~4.64 lakh, till October 2020. He claimed that he stopped paying the instalments as the financier was not giving him the receipts. Dharmpal reported that he received a call from the ASI on February 4, asking him to meet at Sector 32. Dharmpal went to meet the ASI on February 5 and he allegedly demanded ~ 20,000 bribe from him. The complainant gave him ~3,000 on the spot and the remaining amount was to be given later. Dharmpal was supposed to give ~10,000 to the ASI today. He informed the CBI following which a trap was laid and the ASI caught red-handed. The CBI has registered a case against the ASI, who will be produced in a local court tomorrow. — TNS PRADEEP TEWARI CHB goes digital with e-Office Dushyant Singh Pundir Tribune News Service Congress leader Deipa Dubey outside her house in Sector 15, Chandigarh, on Monday. PRADEEP TEWARI plainant and his friend Ravi. The police said after the incident, the complainant and Ravi went to another house in Sector 15, where Ravi’s friends Manjit and Ashish also arrived. Later during the night, the complainant and his friends returned to the rented accommodation to collect their belongings and their car, which was parked outside the house. In the meantime, Mannu and his accomplices — Jenta, Nikhil, Vishal and Tarsem Singh — who were continued on page 2 BID TO MISLEAD COPS? The police said the suspect, Mannu Dubey, tried to mislead them by claiming that his tenant Gurdass Singh’s friends had opened fire after an argument broke out between them. 173 health workersget 2nd jab in P’kula 25 beneficiaries in Mohali A beneficiary gets the second dose at the Civil Hospital in Sector 6, Panchkula, on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR Panchkula, February 15 The process of administering the second dose of the Covid vaccine began at several centres in the district today. A total of 173 healthcare workers turned up for getting the second dose. The number of overall beneficiaries — for both first and second dose — was 543. The district exceeded its target of vaccinating 535 beneficiaries. The coverage rate stood at 101.49 per cent. The health officers who received the second dose included Suraj Bhan Kamboj, Director General, Chandigarh, February 15 Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) sleuths today nabbed an ASI while allegedly taking a bribe of ~10,000. The CBI had received a complaint from Dharmpal, who is part of the housekeeping staff at the 3BRD Air Force Station, Chandigarh. He alleged that ASI Harbhajan Singh, posted at the Sector 34 police station, was demanding a bribe from him. The police had received a complaint from a financier against Dharmpal for the alleged non-payment of a loan amount. The ASI was seeking a Health Services; VK Bansal, Director, Maternal and Child Health Programme (Haryana); Parveen Sethi, Director, Dental Department (Haryana); Dr Suvir Saxena, Principal Medical Officer, Civil Hospital; Dr Meenu Sasan, District Immunisation Officer; Dr Sanjeev Goyal, SMO, Community Health Centre, Raipur Rani; and Dr Mankirat, Consultant, Civil Hospital. As many as 8,705 beneficiaries — 4,328 healthcare workers and 4,377 frontline workers — have been vaccinated in the district so far. — TNS Mohali, February 15 The second dose of the Covid vaccine was administered to 25 healthcare workers, who had received the first jab on January 16, in Mohali district today. As many as 4,776 healthcare workers and 1,286 frontline workers, including police, revenue and other department officials, have received the Covid vaccine in the district so far. Civil Surgeon Adarshpal Kaur said three healthcare workers and 92 frontline workers were also administered the first dose today. With this, 54 per cent healthcare and frontline workers have received the vaccine in the past 31 days. Earlier, District Immunisation Officer Dr Veena Jarewal, district hospital SMO Dr Vijay Bhagat, SMO Dr HS Cheema and other health officials had received the first dose. Dr Adarshpal Kaur said the vaccination drive was being carried out under the supervision of specialist doctors. She said the vaccine was safe and so far, no 54 per cent have been vaccinated so far 2 MORE DEATHS IN MOHALI DISTRICT Mohali:Two more fatalities due to Covid were witnessed in the district during the past 24 hours, taking the toll to 379. Meanwhile, 19 fresh cases surfaced, while 22 more patients were cured of the disease. Among the fresh cases, 12 were reported from Mohali (urban), three from Dhakoli and four from Dera Bassi. The district has so far seen 19,798 cases, while 19,034 patients have been cured. There are now 385 active cases. TNS side effects had been reported. She appealed to people not to hesitate from getting themselves vaccinated. The Civil Surgeon said people still needed to be cautious. For any information, the Health Department’s helpline (104) could be contacted, she said. — TNS Minister’s car at college housing EVMs raises eyebrows Tribune News Service Kharar SDM Himanshu Jain talks to the protesting candidates outside a college where EVMs have been kept at Khunimajra village on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO CHANNI CLEARS THE AIR Mohali, February 15 High drama was witnessed at Kharar when the car of Technical Education Minister Charanjit Singh Channi dropped a woman at a college in Khunimajra village where electronic voting machines (EVMs) have been kept for the counting of votes for the Kharar Municipal Council. As soon as candidates contesting the elections learnt about this, they held a protest demanding that the woman should be asked to leave the college. Candidates Harjit Singh Ganja, Malagar Singh, Maan Singh Manna and others said Cabinet Minister Charanjit Singh Channi said his niece was teaching in the college and his brother’s car had dropped her on the college premises. He said the protesters had unnecessarily raised a hue and cry. c m y b since no one was allowed to go around the strongroom, how come a woman was allowed to enter the college premises. Tehsildar Gurmandar Singh visited the spot and took the protesting candidates with him inside and showed them the strongroom where the EVMs have been kept. The Tehsildar said the woman was a teacher and her continued on page 2 Chandigarh, February 15 Slow clearance of files has become a thing of the past at the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB). The board has become the first in the UT to fully implement the e-Office module in all its departments. “The CHB has switched over to e-Office to avoid physical movement of files. Now, almost all files are moving digitally and the system of physical movement of files has been done away,” said a senior official of the CHB. Except some unavoidable reasons, no file would be moved physically, he said, adding that all official noting was done online only. Initially, the board had implemented the e-Office module in the administrative, legal branch and computer section. Later, other remaining braches, sections and wings were covered under the programme, he added. continued on page 2 An MC meeting in progress at Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Monday. Mobile van ad issue rocks civic body House meeting Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service Chandigarh, February 15 The issue of advertisements on mobile vans, which was recently highlighted by Chandigarh Tribune, was raised in the MC House meeting today, but questions still remain unanswered. Leader of Opposition Devinder Singh Babla asked MC Commissioner KK Yadav as to why the huge revenue opportunity that came to the MC was turned down even after getting the approval? “The MC is short of funds due to which several works are lying pending. But we have failed to earn revenue,” he said. On this, Yadav feigned ignorance over the revenue amount that was reportedly returned to the firm concerned. Chandigarh Tribune, however, has documentary proof in this regard. “I will have to check whether the amount has been refunded,” he said. On this, Babla replied: “Your Officer on Special Duty (OSD), Hemant Yadav, has stated in the report that the continued on page 2
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