18022021-CT-01.qxd 2/18/2021 1:03 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE THURSDAY | 18 FEBRUARY 2021 | CHANDIGARH MANIKA OVERPOWERS ARCHANA SCARE, REACHES SEMIFINALS Manika Batra makes her way to the semifinals of the 82nd Senior National Table Tennis Championship. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD P’KULA MOHALI SAMPLES TESTED 2,38,048 1,73,645 1,93,111 SAMPLES REJECTED 945 — — POSITIVE 21,322 10,692 19,839 NEGATIVE 2,15,781 — 1,73,137 RECOVERED 20,832 10,449 19,099 REPORTS AWAITED 142 — 135 ACTIVE 142 96 360 CHANGE 9 3 7 DEATHS 348 147 380 AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH 104 MOHALI 95 PAGE 3 CPCB NOD TO ACTION PLAN TO IMPROVE CITY AIR QUALITY UT RAZES 3 FARMHOUSES BEING BUILT IN SUKHNA CATCHMENT The central board approves action plan prepared by the Chandigarh Pollution Control Committee. MAX 27°C | MIN 10°C | YESTERDAY MAX 27°C | MIN 9.2°C SUNSET THURSDAY 6:14 PM 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF WOMAN’S GOLD CHAIN SNATCHED Chandigarh: Two motorcycleborne miscreants snatched a gold chain from a 55-year-old woman in Sector 46 here on Wednesday. The victim, Saroj, was with her grandchild when the miscreants riding a black motorcycle targeted her. The incident was caught on a CCTV camera installed near the spot. The police were informed about the incident following which cops rushed to the spot and initiated an investigation. TNS BID TO BREAK OPEN ATM AT MANI MAJRA Chandigarh: An unknown person tried to break open an ATM at Mani Majra on the intervening night of February 15 and 16. According to the police, the branch manager of the Central Bank of India, NAC, Mani Majra, reported that the person attempted a theft at the ATM. A case has been registered at the Mani Majra police station. TNS One death, 27 new cases in city Chandigarh: The city saw 27 fresh cases of Covid on Wednesday, pushing the tally to 21,322. The city also witnessed one death. An 84-year-old woman from Dhanas, a case of hypertension, type-2 diabetes mellitus and chronic kidney disease, breathed her last at the GMCH-32. The Covid toll now stands at 348. A total of 19 patients recovered from the disease in the past 24 hours. TNS 23 more test +ve in Mohali Mohali: Twenty-three new cases of Covid-19 surfaced in the district during the past 24 hours, taking the total number of cases to 19,839. Besides, 30 more patients were cured of the disease. No fresh fatality due to the virus was reported from the district till Wednesday evening. Among the fresh cases, 18 came from Mohali (urban) while two cases surfaced in Kharar and three were reported from Dera Bassi. So far, 19,099 patients have been cured in the district. There are 360 active cases with 380 deaths. TNS 7 fresh cases in Panchkula Panchkula: The district on Wednesday reported seven fresh cases of coronavirus, taking the overall tally to 10,692. The Covid toll remained 147. While 10,449 patients have recovered from the disease so far, 96 cases are still active. The recovery rate stands at 97.72 per cent. TNS PAGE 3 Enforcement wing of UT Administration also demolishes a waste material shed in the catchment area of Sukhna Lake. SUNRISE FRIDAY 6:58 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Congin saddle in 5 of 7 councils 59.39% voters show up in repoll Sanjay Bumbroo Tribune News Service SAD gets absolute majority in Nayagaon; hung House in Kharar Mohali, February 17 The Congress has won an absolute majority in five of the seven municipal councils in the district. The counting of votes was held today. MOHALI CIVIC POLL RESULTS INDEPENDENTS WIN IN 20 WARDS The elections to the Kurali, Kharar, Nayagaon, Banur, Zirakpur, Dera Bassi and Lalru municipal councils were held on February 14. The elections were held in 145 wards of the seven councils. The Congress won in 85 wards, the SAD in 34, the BJP in five and AAP in one. Independent candidates won in 20 wards. The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) won an absolute majority in the Nayagaon MC, while in Kharar, it was a hung House with no party getting an absolute majority. Eight Independent candidates won the elections and will play a key role in deciding as to which party bags power in the Kharar MC. The elections to the Kurali, Kharar, Nayagaon, Banur, Zirakpur, Dera BJP 5 Bassi and IND Lalru munic- AAP 20 1 ipal councils were held on February 14. The elecSAD tions were held in 34 145 wards of the seven councils. The Congress won in 85 wards, the SAD in 34, the BJP in five and AAP in one. Independent candidates won in 20 wards. District Electoral Officer Girish Dayalan said in the at two booths Tribune News Service 102 PANCHKULA PAGE 2 Congress activists celebrate the victory of party candidates outside the MC office in Zirakpur on Wednesday. PHOTO: NITIN MITTAL Kurali MC, the Congress won in nine wards, the SAD in two, Independent candidates in five and the BJP in one. In 13 wards of the Banur MC, the Congress won in 12 seats and the SAD in one. In 21 wards of the Nayagaon MC, the SAD won in 10, the Congress in six, the BJP CONG 85 in three, while Independents won in two. Of the 17 wards in the Lalru MC, the Congress won in 12, the SAD in two, while Independent candidates won in three. continued on page 3 see also page 2 CHANNI’S BROTHER LOSES BY 12 VOTES COUPLE WINS AS INDS Among the prominent candidates who lost the municipal council elections by a thin margin was Sukhwant Singh Sukhi, Congress candidate and brother of Cabinet Minister Charanjit Singh Channi from Ward No. 24 in Kharar. He lost by 12 votes to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate Ram Sarup. However, Channi’s nephew Manpreet Singh Mann won from Ward No. 2. A couple, Harinder Pal Singh Jolly and his wife Namita Jolly, contesting as Independents, won the poll from Ward No. 10 and 11, respectively, in Kharar. Mohali, February 17 Amid tight security arrangements, 59.39 per cent voter turnout was witnessed during the repolling for the Mohali Municipal Corporation elections at two booths — 32 and 33 — of Ward No. 10 today. There was nearly a 7 per cent decrease in the polling as 66.29 per cent turnout was recorded on February 14. There are 1,648 votes in these two booths of whom 999 voters — 497 male and 502 female — exercised their franchise. While 527 votes were polled in Ward No. 32, 472 votes were cast in Ward No. 33. Other than voters, no one was allowed to enter the area within 200 metres of the main entrance of the polling centre building. Congress candidate Amarjit Singh Jeeti Sidhu and Azad Group candidate Paramjit Singh Kahlon remained present near the main gate of the polling station. The polling process was smooth till 3 pm, but later Kahlon alleged that the Con- Was returning from a temple when she was targeted by cheats vate hospital in Sector 44. She reported that a girl was standing outside the car while a woman was sitting on the rear seat and a man was on the driver’s seat. The victim said the Municipal council Kurali Kharar Nayagaon Banur Zirakpur Dera Bassi Lalru Wards 17 27 21 13 31 19 17 Cong 9 10 6 12 23 13 12 SAD 2 8 10 1 8 3 2 BJP 1 0 3 0 0 1 0 AAP 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 Others 5 8 2 0 0 2 3 PHOTO: VICKY Voters show the indelible ink mark on their fingers during the repolling in Ward No. 10 of Mohali on Wednesday. VICKY woman told her that she lived near her house and would drop her home. In the meantime, the girl standing outside the car forced the victim to sit in the car. The suspects then drove the car towards the market and dropped the victim. She later realised that her gold bangles were missing. A case has been registered. — TNS Tribune News Service Chandigarh, February 17 An unknown man escaped with a Bullet motorcycle on the pretext of taking a test ride. Complainant Neeraj Bajaj, a resident of Sector 40 who is into the business of selling second-hand two-wheelers, reported that he had adver- Complainant, a Sector 40 resident, had issued advertisement on OLX tised a motorcycle on OLX. The complainant received a call from a person who expressed the desire to buy the motorcycle. The police said the complainant asked the person to come to his house on February 16. The suspect took the motorcycle for a test ride, but did not return. The police were informed following which a case under Section 406 (criminal breach of trust) of the IPC was registered at the Sector 39 police station. Madan Singh — The man who led last mutiny against the British Into its 75th year now, the memoirs of the Royal Indian Navy Mutiny unfurl with the words of Annurag Dhillon, daughter of Madan Singh, feisty rebel, freedom fighter and then petty officer telegraphist of a shore establishment, HMIS Talwar. Amarjot Kaur Tribune News Service Chandigarh, February 17 The Royal Indian Navy Mutiny commands a special mention among the many valorous revolts of India’s freedom movement for it was spearheaded by the ratings of minority communities, with no political backing, who challenged the colonial rule, waged a one-day general strike in Bombay, shot left-handed salutes to British officials and took up cudgels with a leading daily for “negative reporting”. Into its 75th year now, the memoirs of the mutiny unfurl with the words of Annurag Dhillon, daughter of Madan Singh, the feisty rebel, freedom fighter and then petty officer telegraphist of a shore establishment, HMIS Talwar. In an attempt to recreate the events of February 18, 1946, Dhillon unknowingly paints < Madan Singh’s daughter Annurag < Dhillon (right) and grandson Zorawar Singh Dhillon recount the memoirs of The Royal Indian Navy Mutiny. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI the portrait of a nationalist, evoking a passionate narrative of India’s nationalist movement where religious identities blurred and people of India united to boot out the ‘divide and rule’ politics of the British. For one, she mentions, Lead- gress candidate was getting fake votes polled. The police arrested two persons. Daler Singh Multani, Kahlon’s election agent, said those in “pink turbans and white kurta pyjamas” were not being stopped by the police and they were entering without showing their identity proof. Cabinet Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu termed the allegations of bogus voting by the Azad Group baseless. The State Election Commission had, on Tuesday, ordered repolling in the two booths in Ward No. 10 after Kahlon complained that there was “booth capturing” by Congress workers. The counting of votes in all 50 wards of the Mohali MC will be held tomorrow. All eyes are now on this as the Congress has got an absolute majority in five of the seven municipal councils in the district. THE SEAT TALLY — HOW PARTIES FARED 65-year-old woman offered lift Out for a test ride, unknown man in car, loses gold bangles to 3 makes off with Bullet motorcycle Chandigarh, February 17 A three-member gang stole gold bangles of a 65-year-old woman after making her sit in a car on the pretext of dropping her home. Complainant Kailash Rani, a resident of Sector 44, was returning home from a temple on Tuesday when she saw a white car parked near a pri- Mohali MC elections 7% less turnout than Feb 14; all set for counting today ing Signalman Lieutenant MS Khan. “My father, a Sikh, was the first choice for the president of the Naval Central Strike Committee (NCSC). But he declined the offer because there were many Muslims in the establishment. It would c m y b have made it easier for the British to divide us on religious grounds, he would tell us. So, MS Khan was chosen as the president, my father became the vice-president,” recalls Dhillon on the verandah of her house in Sector 16. “You see, back then, Commander Bailey was replaced by Lieutenant Commander King. He was anti-Indian. One day, while taking a round, he chided the Indians at the establishment and called them ‘sons of Indian b*tches’. This language wasn’t acceptable to the staff,” she narrates. Her son Zorawar Singh Dhillon joins in. “They wanted to complain against King, but he was the final authority. Left with no option, ultimately BC Dutta was chosen to speak with King. Expectedly, King replied: ‘Do you know the consequences about lying to the commander?’ King went back on his words and then detained Dutta. That further infuriated them,” he says. Dhillon recounts her father’s words as she adds: “The following day, they were served terrible breakfast and most of them walked out of the dining room in disgust. Together, they decided not to fall in. My father stopped the ratings to go to the parade ground at one of the three entrance tunnels. People from Royal Indian Navy Voluntary continued on page 3 2 of 5 suspects held in Sec 15 firing incident Chandigarh, February 17 Two of the five suspects, who were booked on a charge of opening fire in Sector 15, have been arrested. The suspects, Jenta and Nikhil, will be produced in a court tomorrow. Five persons, including Mannu Dubey, husband of Chandigarh Mahila Congress president Deipa Asdhir Dubey, were booked on a charge of opening fire outside Dubey’s house. 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. The police said Mannu Dubey and his accomplices had obstructed the way of complainant Gurdass Singh (23) and had argued with him over repeatedly inviting outsiders to the house. Mannu and his accomplices allegedly thrashed the complainant and his friend Ravi. Later, during the night, the complainant and his friends returned to the rented accommodation to collect their belongings and their car. In the meantime, Mannu and his accomplices — Jenta, Nikhil, Vishal and Tarsem Singh — who were carrying sticks and arms, caught hold of complainant’s friend Manjit and started assaulting him. Police sources said Tarsem reportedly fired gunshots into the air to threaten the victims and later escaped. — TNS
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