17022021-CT-01.qxd 2/17/2021 12:40 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY | 17 FEBRUARY 2021 | CHANDIGARH UT DEPARTMENT DESIGNS APP TO ASSESS CARBON FOOTPRINT PAGE 2 Residents can now calculate the amount of carbon released into the atmosphere through 'Carbon Watch' mobile application. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD P’KULA MOHALI SAMPLES TESTED 2,36,728 1,73,275 1,92,963 SAMPLES REJECTED 944 — — POSITIVE 21,293 10,685 19,816 NEGATIVE 2,14,491 — 1,72,998 RECOVERED 20,813 10,445 19,069 REPORTS AWAITED 176 — 149 ACTIVE 133 93 367 4 1 18 DEATHS 347 147 380 AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH 123 PANCHKULA 121 MOHALI 103 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF YOUTH ARRESTED WITH 13-GM HEROIN Chandigarh: The UT police have arrested a 19-year-old youth with heroin. Manish Kumar, a resident of Maloya Colony, was nabbed from near Satsang Bhawan in Maloya with 13 gm of heroin. A case in this regard has been registered at the Maloya police station. TNS Warmest Feb day in 3 years Chandigarh, February 16 The city witnessed the warmest February day in the past three years today. Chandigarh recorded 27°C as the maximum temperature — four degrees above normal. According to the Chandigarh Meteorological Department, last year this month, the highest maximum temperature was 26.4°C on February 21. In 2019, the highest day temperature was 25.6°C on February 4. The minimum temperature today was 10.3°C, two degrees above normal. The past few days have been sunny, leading to an increase in the temperature. According to the weatherman, the next three days are likely to witness a clear sky. The minimum and maximum temperatures are likely to remain the same. — TNS OVER 30 PER CENT HEALTH STAFF INOCULATED IN PATIALA DIST One death, 18 cases in Mohali Mohali:Another fatality was witnessed due to Covid during the past 24 hours taking the toll to 380. Meanwhile, 18 fresh cases surfaced in the district and 35 recovered from the virus. So far, 19,816 cases have been reported in the district. —TNS 7 fresh cases in Panchkula PANCHKULA: The district on Tuesday reported seven fresh cases, taking the tally to 10,685. The Covid toll remained at 147. While 10,445 patients have recovered so far, 93 cases are still active. — TNS UT CAN TREAT MORE WASTEWATER THAN IT GENERATES, NGT TOLD In the first phase, only 4,637 healthcare workers received the vaccine shot against the target of 14,500 in Patiala. MAX 27°C | MIN 11°C | YESTERDAY MAX 27°C | MIN 10.3°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 6.12 PM PAGE 3 NGT had directed all states/UTs to address gaps in generation, treatment of effluents by setting up the required treatment plants. SUNRISE THURSDAY 7 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Pay your CHB dues Repoll in 2 booths of Ward10 today at Sampark centres MOHALI MC ELECTIONSCounting of votes deferred to tomorrow Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Facility to be available from today, says Parida Chandigarh, February 16 To facilitate allottees of the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB), the UT Administration has decided that all Sampark centres will now accept payments on behalf of the board. The decision was taken at a meeting, chaired by Manoj Parida, Adviser to the Administrator, and Chairman, CHB, with officers of the CHB, Department of IT, Finance Department and National Informatics Centre (NIC). “Since there are 44 Sampark centres and more are expected to start, the allottees will get the payment facility nearer to their residence or workplace,” said Parida, adding that the Sampark centres would start accepting CHB payments from tomorrow. He said cash payment up to ~5,000 could be deposited, whereas there was no limit on payment by Net banking, debit card or credit card. There was no limit for payment by cheque, demand draft or pay order. Parida asked officers to further simplify the digital payment process to minimise PAY UP TO ~5,000 IN CASH ■ Now, all Sampark centres will accept cash payment up to ~5,000 ■ As per the new mandate, apart from payments of the CHB, the Sampark centres will also accept cash up to ~5,000 from a single consumer per cash transactions. The NIC and SPIC have finalised a computerised module for this facility. The Sampark centres will issue computerised receipts while accepting payments on behalf of the CHB. Payments through cash/Net banking, debit card or credit card will instantly reflect in the allotment Cynosure of all eyes day against all other services from Wednesday onwards ■ Earlier, a consumer could make a payment only up to ~1,000 in cash for any service such as depositing electricity or water bills record at the CHB. However, payment through cheque, demand draft or pay order will reflect in the allotment record of the CHB after its realisation, which may take about two/three days. The payment facility at the centres will be in addition to the available online payment at the website of the CHB. 2 POs land in UT police net Tribune News Service City reports 29 cases, one death CHANDIGARH: The city on Tuesday reported 29 fresh coronavirus cases, taking the overall tally to 21,293. The city also witnessed one Covid-19 death. A 75-year-old man from Sector 24, a case of peritonitis and perforation with multi-organ dysfunction, died at the PGI. A total of 24 more patients recovered from the disease. — TNS PAGE 2 Manika Sheokand, Miss Grand India, comes back home to a rousing welcome in Sector 20, Panchkula, on Tuesday. RAVI KUMAR SEE PAGE 2 Chandigarh, February 16 Two proclaimed offenders (PO) have been arrested by the PO and Summon Cell of the UT police. Manoj Kumar, a resident of Bad Majra, Mohali, who was booked in theft cases registered in October 2004 at the Sector 36 police station and December 2005 at the Sector 39 police station and was declared a PO in the cases in December 2008 and April 2010, was arrested today. He was produced in a court, which sent him to judicial custody. Nathoni Miya, who was booked in a case of attempt to murder and the Arms Act at the Sector 36 police station in February 1999 and was later declared a PO, too has been arrested. Encroachers sit pretty in markets of Panchkula, create big nuisance Panchkula, February 16 Encroachments in the city continue to create nuisance in market areas with shopkeepers and vendors occupying roads, corridors, footpaths and park areas. Even though a joint antiencroachment drive by the Panchkula Municipal Corporation and the Haryana Shehri Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP) is underway, it does not seem to be making an impact on the ground, with offenders reclaiming their usual spots. The Sector 9 market, which is part of the commercial centres of the city and sees crowds throughout the day, is a case in point. Here, pedestrians, particularly those in their old age, find it difficult to walk in the market area due to massive encroachments. Jaswant Singh, a senior cit- MC, HSVP drive to evict them fails to make an impact Items displayed in a corridor of the Sector 9 market, Panchkula, in violation of the rules on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR izen, said, “Where are we supposed to walk if encroachers continue to occupy spaces in market areas. They (encroachers) return once the anti-encroachment drive gets over. The authorities need to find a long-term solution.” Encroachments are a persistent problem in the city, with the authorities struggling to remove illegal occupations. The Panchkula MC, in its continued on page 3 c m y b Mohali, February 16 The State Election Commission (SEC) has ordered repolling in two booths of Ward No. 10 from where Cabinet Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu’s brother Amarjeet Singh Jeeti Sidhu is contesting the Mohali Municipal Corporation elections. Deputy Commissionercum-District Electoral Officer Girish Dayalan, while sharing the order of the SEC, said the polling at two booths — No. 32 and 33 — of Ward No. 10 had been declared void and a repoll had been ordered that would take place on February 17 from 8 am to 4 pm. Dayalan said the counting of the votes for the Mohali MC, which was to be held tomorrow, had now been deferred to February 18. He said a complaint regarding alleged electoral malpractices was lodged on February 15 by a candidate, who sought repolling. He said an inquiry was marked to the Mohali SDM-cum-Returning Officer for Ward 1 to 25 and point-wise findings, along with recommendations, were sought in 24 hours. During the inquiry, the allegations made by the com- Policemen deployed at St Soldier School in Phase 7, Mohali, where repolling is to be held. VICKY ELECTORAL MALPRACTICES PLAINT ■ The District Electoral Officer said a complaint regarding alleged electoral malpractices was lodged on February 15 by a candidate, who sought repolling. ■ An inquiry was marked to the Mohali SDM-cumReturning Officer for Ward 1 to 25 and point-wise findings, along with recommendations, were sought in 24 hours. During the inquiry, allegations made by the complainant were substantiated. plainant were substantiated. Since an “error/ irregularity in procedure is likely to vitiate the voting at a polling station” under Section 59 (C) of the Punjab State Election Commission Act, 1994, the matter was brought to the notice of the SEC for further action. “The sanctity and integrity of the poll process is COUNCIL RESULTS TODAY Zirakpur: The fate of 125 candidates for 31 wards of the Zirakpur Municipal Council is expected to be decided by 11 am on Wednesday. As many as 78 candidates are in the fray from 19 wards of the Dera Bassi Municipal Council and 76 candidates from 17 wards of Lalru. The counting of votes will be held at the Zirakpur MC office, Dera Bassi government college and Government Senior Secondary School, Lalru. TNS paramount and should be above any suspicion or doubts. Since there were certain infirmities that create an element of doubt, the report was submitted to the SEC with the recommendation that the repoll for these booths be ordered,” said Dayalan. A detailed inquiry has also been ordered to look into the irregularities committed at the two polling booths of Ward No.10. The SEC, after perusal of the report, found that the polling process of the booths was vitiated as provided under Section 59 (C) of the State Election Commission Act, 1994, and ordered repoll and rescheduled the counting for the MC elections.
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