20022021-CT-01.qxd 2/20/2021 12:15 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE SATURDAY | 20 FEBRUARY 2021 | CHANDIGARH 40 ELECTRIC BUSES TO PLY ON CITY ROADS FROM SEPTEMBER PAGE 2 Admn awards contract to Ashok Leyland to run environment-friendly buses from September in the city. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD P’KULA MOHALI SAMPLES TESTED 2,40,935 1,74,986 1,93,347 POSITIVE 21,371 10,716 19,896 NEGATIVE 2,18,619 — 1,73,339 RECOVERED 20,867 10,464 19,136 ACTIVE 156 104 379 CHANGE 6 8 12 DEATHS 348 148 381 NEW 0 0 0 AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH 131 PANCHKULA 76 MOHALI 205 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF THEFT AT HOUSE, JEWELLERY STOLEN Chandigarh: Jewellery and cash were stolen from a house at Maloya Colony. Complainant Santosh, a resident of EWS flats, reported that gold jewellery, two pairs of silver anklets and around ~15,000 were stolen from his house between February 9 and 18. The police have registered a case at the Maloya police station. TNS PARKED CAR CATCHES FIRE Dera Bassi: A car parked at a vacant plot on the Tehsil road in Mohan Nagar was damaged after it caught fire from a garbage dump in the plot. A fire brigade was rushed to the spot but by the time it reached, the car was totally burnt. The white-coloured car had a Himachal Pradesh registration number. Eyewitnesses said the car was parked at the spot for past three-four days. TNS PAGE 2 MINISTER OF STATE FOR POWER OPENS INTER-CPSU MEET BANK EMPLOYEES HOLD DHARNA PAGE 3 AGAINST PRIVATISATION MOVE Ten teams from various central power sector undertakings across the country are participating in the event. MAX 27°C | MIN 11°C | YESTERDAY MAX 25.9°C | MIN 10.8°C SUNSET SATURDAY 6.15 PM On a call by the United Forum of Bank Unions, staff hold a dharna at Sector 17 against the privatisation of banks. SUNRISE SUNDAY 6.57 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE UT puts privatisation of Power Dept on hold Dushyant Singh Pundir Tribune News Service Chandigarh, February 19 Pleas of Electricity Department employees may have fallen on deaf ears, but their prayers have been answered. After the decision of the Centre to frame a uniform policy for the privatisation of the Electricity Department of all union territories, the UT Administration has put the department privatisation process on hold. “The privatisation process of the Electricity Department has been put on hold till the Centre frames a new policy regarding the formation of a company and the process to be adopted for the transfer of shares,” said UT Adviser Manoj Parida. On November 9, 2020, the UT Engineering Department had invited bids for the privatisation of the Electricity Department. On a petition filed by the UT Powermen Union, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court had on December 1, 2020, stayed the tendering process regarding the privatisation of the Elec- 6 firms were in the fray for takeover of the ❝The privatisation processhold tillElectricity Department has been put on the Centre frames a new policy regarding the formation of a company and the process to be adopted for the transfer of shares. Manoj Parida, UT ADVISER tricity Department. The petitioner had contended that they were aggrieved by the decision to Now, DL to be suspended for speeding on 2nd offence Amit Sharma Tribune News Service Chandigarh, February 19 The UT traffic police will now suspend the driving licence (DL) for overspeeding on committing the offence for a second time. Till now, the DL was suspended on the first offence. The traffic police started suspending DLs for overspeeding in 2016 on the directions of the Supreme Court Committee on Road Safety. The committee had issued a direction to suspend the DL on the first offence. However, as per the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019, the DL for the offence is to be suspended on the second violation. The police have now made an amendment to the standard operating procedure for e-challan as per which the DL for overspeeding will be suspended on “second or subse- EARLIER, IT WAS ON FIRST OFFENCE ■ The police started suspending DLs for overspeeding in 2016 on the directions of the SC Committee on Road Safety to do so on the first offence. However, as per the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019, the DL for the offence is to be suspended on the second violation. ■ The police have now amended the SOP for e-challan, as per which the DL for speeding will be suspended on “second or subsequent speeding”. quent speeding”. The order regarding this was issued by UT DIG Omvir Singh today. The traffic police issue over- Risky affair speeding challans through the Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system, continued on page 3 ❞ privatise the electricity wing by selling 100 per cent stake of the government in the absence of any provision Snatcher targets lawyer, nailed Chandigarh, February 19 A snatcher, who was escaping after allegedly snatching a mobile phone from a lawyer, was nabbed on the spot while the other managed to flee after leaving the motorcycle last evening. Complainant Tarsem, a resident of Sector 30, who is a lawyer, was going towards the Burail bus stop from the Sector 45/46 light point when the miscreants arrived from the rear side on a motorcycle. The suspect riding pillion snatched the complainant’s mobile phone. However, while escaping, the rider lost control over the motorcycle following which both of them fell on the road. The complainant managed to nab the one riding pillion while the other managed to escape, leaving the motorcycle behind. The police were informed and the suspect, Vishal, a resident of Burail village, was arrested. A case was registered. — TNS under Section 131 of the Electricity Act, 2003. The Bench was also told that the process of privatisation of the wing could not be initiated at all, especially when it was running in profits. The sale of 100 per cent stake was unjust and illegal as the wing was revenue surplus for the past three years. It was economically efficient, having transmission and distribution losses less than the target of 15 per cent fixed by the Ministry of Power. However, On January 12, the Supreme Court had stayed the order of the High Court and on January 14, the UT Administration resumed the sale of tender for the privatisation process. As many as 20 intended bidders purchased the tenders, but only six companies — Sterlite Power, ReNew Wing Energy, NESCL (NTPC), Adani Transmission Ltd, Tata Power and Torrent Power — had submitted their bids for the privatisation of the department. However, the bids were yet to be opened to select the firm to take over the department. Apply for high-security plates till March-end Tribune News Service Chandigarh, February 19 The Registering and Licensing Authority (RLA) has extended the process of issuance and affixation of high-security registration plates (HSRPs) and thirdregistration mark (colourcoded sticker) on the vehicle series ‘CH01BK’ and ‘CH01BL’ by a month. The RLA started the process of the installation of HSRPs and the thirdregistration mark on the vehicles today. Owners of the series can apply for the affixation till March 31 by following the due procedure available on the official website, chdtransport.gov.in, at any of the three locations — RLA Office, Sector 17, SDM (South), Sports Complex, Sector 42, and SDM CH01BK, CH01BL vehicle series (East), CTU Workshop, Industrial Area, Phase I, Chandigarh. The registered owners of vehicles were to apply for the affixation of the HSRP and third-registration mark within February. In case of any query regarding the HSRP appli, cant/owner of vehicles can contact 0172-2700341. City witnesses 19 fresh cases CHANDIGARH: With 19 fresh cas- es, Chandigarh’s tally reached 21,371. No death was reported in the city and the toll stands at 348. As many as 20,867 patients have recovered, leaving 156 active cases. —TNS 30 new cases, no death in Mohali MOHALI: Thirty new Covid-19 cases surfaced in the district during the past 24 hours, taking the case tally to 19,896. Eighteen more patients recovered from the virus. No new death was reported. Among the fresh cases, 24 were reported from Mohali (urban), one each from Dera Bassi and Kharar, and four from Dhakoli. The district has so far seen 19,896 cases, while 19,136 patients have been cured. There are now 379 active cases. As many as 381 have succumbed to the virus. — TNS 15 new cases in Panchkula PANCHKULA : The district on Friday reported 15 fresh coronavirus cases, taking the tally to 10,716. The Covid toll remained at 148. While 10,464 patients have recovered from the disease so far, 104 cases are still active. The recovery rate stands at 97.64 per cent. —TNS Youth dies, 2 cousins injured in car crash A damaged portion of a road at Dhakoli in Zirakpur on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR Chandigarh, February 19 A 19-year-old youth was killed while his two cousins were injured after the Maruti Zen car they were travelling in rammed into the Hallo Majra roundabout on the intervening night of February 18 and 19. The trio was coming towards Tribune Chowk after attending a party at Mauli Jagran. The police said Raja was driving the car while his cousin Rajesh (19) was sitting next to the driver’s seat and another cousin, also named Rajesh, was sitting on the rear seat. Residents of Mauli Jagran, they attended a function there and then decided to go towards Sector 17. The police suspect the victims were in an inebriated condition. The car went out of control and rammed into the roundabout. Passersby informed the police. PCR vehicles rushed to the spot. The police had to break open the doors to pull the victims out of the car. They were rushed to the GMCH, where Rajesh, who was sitting next to the driver’s seat, was declared brought dead. — TNS CHANDIGARH SCO: 1,2,3, SECTOR 17D, +91 172 - 478 4799 +91 172 - 473 4799 Students to mothers — A diverse mix of protesters Amarjot Kaur Tribune News Service Chandigarh, February 19 The number of protesters at Matka Chowk continues to grow, amassing popularity and frequent visits by Punjabi singers, political leaders and farmer union leaders. No formal authority, leader or organisation spearheading the Matka Chowk protest is a testimony to a people’s movement, where several have joined in on their own will to support the farmers’ call for revoking the three agriculture laws. The Tribune spoke with students, kids, women and senior citizens to know the construct of the protest, which gathered cheers from BKU leader Balbir Singh Rajewal, singer Jas Bajwa and Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh. Rajwinder Kaur, aka Raj Gill, 38, a resident of Khuda Ali Sher, is one of the first few people to have been protesting at the chowk. “My daughter and I have been coming here since December 9,” she says. “At that time, we were the only females here. Back then, we didn’t even have flags or posters. We didn’t have any idea of how to protest, so I took a dupatta, penned slogans on it and stood at the chowk. As days passed, more people joined in,” she says. At present, the Matka Chowk protesters have connected City residents and villagers protest the farm laws near Matka Chowk, Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Friday. PRADEEP TEWARI NOT SCARED, SAY GIRLS AT MATKA CHOWK Girls, who have been protesting at Matka Chowk, said crass comments from passersby were an irritant. Danica Sharma and Jarvia Kler, both 18, said they had been protesting since January. “We come here with our mothers. Usually, when the crowds start thinning out, commuters threaten us and pass comments. But we are not scared. We just ignore them. If this is happening to us here, we can imagine what Nodeep Kaur and Disha Ravi might be going through,” they said. c m y b with each other through many WhatsApp groups. Sukhpal Singh, a retired Central Government employee, says he joined the protesters at Matka Chowk to provide them with milk. “I wasn’t invited here or anything,” he says. “In January, we saw 30-odd youngsters here and decided to do a milk ‘seva’. I am a member of the Farmers’ Welfare Society of Punjab. It’s a registered society and was started by my friends. We have been helping people at the Singhu border by providing them with portable toilets and a projector,” he adds. Akashdeep Sindhu, 23, who hails from Karnal and is a national continued on page 3 THE RAAS sale DELHI | CHANDIGARH | LONDON + 9 1 1 1 40708899 | + 9 1 9 81 0558000 | w w w. f rontier raas.co m
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