02042021-CT-01.qxd 4/2/2021 12:47 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE FRIDAY | 2 APRIL 2021 | CHANDIGARH SCHOOL MANAGEMENTS SEEK INTERVENTION OF EDU DEPT PAGE 2 Private schools have started seeking the intervention of the Education Department in the fee controversy. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY PROTESTING STUDENTS BREAK OPEN READING ROOM’S LOCK PAGE 2 PROPERTY GRAB: COPS OPPOSE BAIL TO INSPECTOR RAJDEEP Students protetsing at the PU for the opening of AC Joshi Library break open reading room’s lock, video viral. MAX 30°C | MIN 14°C | YESTERDAY MAX 31.1°C | MIN 14.3°C SUNSET FRIDAY 6.42 PM Levelling charges of destruction of evidence, the UT police oppose bail to Inspector Rajdeep Singh. SUNRISE SATURDAY 6.09 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD CHD P’KULA 3,13,935 27,256 23,925 257 2,951 33 380 1 MOHALI 2,17,558 2,43,711 13,188 27,102 12,000 23,369 159 409 1,034 3,297 81 113 154 436 0 3 Tribune News Service AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH 114 PANCHKULA 92 MOHALI 97 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF TWO ARRESTED FOR STEALING ACS Chandigarh: Two persons have been arrested for allegedly stealing two ACs from two kiosks set up for Covid testing in the parking area near the lake in Sector 42. Complainant Davinder Singh reported that two window ACs were stolen from the kiosks of a private lab on the intervening night of March 30 and 31. Dharamjit Singh (20) and Harjot Singh (20), both residents of Kharar, were arrested. TNS GUN SNATCHED FROM GUARD Chandigarh: Two motorcycleborne miscreants allegedly snatched a double-barrelled gun from a security guard near the dumping ground at Dadu Majra village. Complainant Jamna Singh, a resident of Kharar, was returning home from work on his motorcycle on March 30 when the miscreants stopped him on the pretext of asking for the way. They then threatened him and snatched his bag containing the gun. A case was registered at Maloya. TNS Beneficiaries flash the victory sign after getting the Covid vaccine at a government dispensary in Sector 38, Chandigarh, on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI Ph 3 starts on ‘enthusiastic’ note 1,867 in 45-59 age group receive Covid vaccine on Day 1 in UT Central team Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 1 Amid a surge in the coronavirus cases, the third phase of the vaccination for all above the age of 45 began in Chandigarh today. As many as 1,867 persons, aged between 45 and 60, including those with comorbidities, got their first jab at 55 sites today. The overall vaccination figure (including healthcare workers, frontline workers and people above 60 years) stood at 3,499. According to Dr Amandeep Kang, Director, Health Services, UT, the city witnessed an enthusiastic response from people above the age of 45 on the first day. The Health Department urged people above the age of 45 to get them vaccinated to protect themselves and their families from Covid-19. Dr Monica Singh, chairperson, Centre for Social Work, Panjab University, who got her first dose today at the GMSH, Sector 16, said she was impressed with the facilities there. “I would like to shun all misconceptions about the Covid vaccine and appeal to every eligible person to get vaccinated without hesitation,” she said. ‘OPTIMUM UTILISATION’ In view of the positive response, the department has decided to operationalise both government and private sector Covid vaccination centres on Friday for optimum utilisation. ❝ ❞ Health Dept A man gets the jab at the GMSH-16 on Thursday. PRADEEP TEWARI Category HCW (first dose) HCW (second dose) FLW (first dose) FLW (second dose) 45-59 (first dose) Today 151 116 156 274 1,867 CITY WITNESSES 257 CASES, ONE DEATH Overall 15,731 6,805 15,157 4,949 6,031 Chandigarh: The city on Thursday reported 257 fresh coronavirus cases, taking the UT tally to 27,256. The city also witnessed one Covid death. The toll now stands at 380. A 55-year-old woman from Sarangpur, a case of diabetes mellitus, hypertension and chronic kidney disease, died at the GMCH, Sector 32. TNS (including those with comorbidities) 45-59 (second dose) Above 60 (first dose) Above 60 (second dose) Total 28 791 116 3,499 44 32,154 287 81,158 3 MORE SUCCUMB IN MOHALI 159 CASES, NO DEATH IN P’KULA Mohali: Three more fatalities were witnessed in the district during the past 24 hours, taking the toll to 436. Meanwhile, 409 fresh cases surfaced, taking the total number of positive cases to 27,102. There are now 3,297 active cases in the district. TNS Panchkula: The district on Thursday reported 159 fresh coronavirus cases, taking the overall tally to 13,188. The Covid toll remained at 154 with no fresh death. While 12,000 patients have recovered from the disease so far, 1,034 cases are still active. The recovery rate stands at 90.99 per cent. TNS She urged civil society members and residents’ welfare associations to sensitise people to the importance of taking the Covid vaccine. Among prominent personalities who got their first jab were city BJP chief Arun Sood, party’s Himachal coincharge Sanjay Tandon and Mayor Ravi Kant Sharma. SEE ALS0 PAGE 2 Submit report on cause of fire, CPCC asks civic body ❝ Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 1 The Chandigarh Pollution Control Committee (CPCC) has asked the Municipal Corporation (MC) to submit a report on the cause of the fire that broke out at the Dadu Majra waste dumping ground yesterday. After the incident came to their notice, officials of the CPCC visited the spot and informed the higherups that the fire was huge, said Debendra Dalai, vicechairman, CPCC. Dalai said a letter had been FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Man kills 45-yr-old nephew with spade TRICITY COVID REPORT SAMPLES TESTED POSITIVE RECOVERED NEW CASES ACTIVE CHANGE DEATHS NEW PAGE 2 After the incident came to our notice, officials of the CPCC visited the spot and informed the higher-ups that the fire was huge. ❞ Debendra Dalai, VICE-CHAIRMAN, CPCC << Smoke billows out of the Dadu Majra ground on Thursday. PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI written to the MC Commissioner seeking a report on the fire incident and the MC had also been asked to take precautionary measures to avoid such incidents in the future. The Fire Department received information about the fire at 2.30 pm yesterday and immediately, six fire engines were pressed into service. The local police barricaded roads from both sides of the dumping ground and did not allow vehicles near the site. Smoke emanating from the waste led to huge inconvenience to residents, especially those residing in and around Dadu Majra. They complained of breathing problems and itching in their eyes due to the smoke. An official said waste could have caught fire due to hot weather conditions, which often cause fire at the dumping ground. After every two to three months, fire incidents are reported from the ground. The last fire incident in February witnessed huge smoke for three to four days. stresses on contact tracing Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 1 To prevent the further spread of Covid in the city, a threemember Central team has laid emphasis on contact tracing and enhancing vaccination. The team was led by Additional Secretary Vijoy Kumar Singh with experts from Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital and Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi. The team members held a meeting with officials of the Health Department, Chandigarh Administration and doctors from the PGI. An official said the team suggested that in while 20-25 contacts of each positive patient must be traced. He said the team also stated that the UT Administration should improve the vaccination drive as several health workers and frontline workers were not yet covered under the drive. The team also suggested that the UT should conduct a Sero survey to know the extent of the infection spread in the city. Mohali, April 1 The police have booked Surjit Singh, a resident of Ferozepur Bangar village near Mullanpur, on a charge of murdering his nephew with a spade yesterday. The victim has been identified as Randhir Singh (45), who was working with the PEPSU Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) on a contract basis. The victim is survived by his wife and three children. According to the police, Surjit, a farmer, and his nephew had regular fights over the latter’s habit of taking liquor daily. Yesterday too, Randhir came home after taking alcohol. Surjit, who was already angry as he Victim used to take liquor, which often led to fights had beaten up his daughter, picked a spade and attacked Randhir, causing severe head injuries. He was rushed to the PGI where he succumbed to his injuries. The investigating officer, Sub-Inspector Harpal Singh, said the body of the victim had been handed over to the family members after a postmortem. He said the suspect was yet to be arrested. A case under Section 304 (culpable homicide) of the IPC has been registered against the suspect on a statement of Satwinder Kaur, mother of the victim. Lt Gen Manjinder Singh is Western Command chief Chandigarh, April 1 Lt Gen Manjinder Singh assumed charge as the Chief of Staff, Western Command, at Chandimandir today. He takes over from Lt Gen Yogendra Dimri, who has been elevated as the General Officer Commanding-inChief, Central Command. On arrival at Chandimandir, he laid a wreath at the Veer Smriti war memorial to pay homage to martyrs. An alumnus of Sainik School, Kapurthala, the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, and the National Defence College in Thailand, Lt Gen Manjinder was commissioned into 19 Madras in December 1986. During a career spanning over 34 years, he has tenanted important command appointments in varied sensitive operational sectors and high-altitude terrain. He commanded his battalion in an intense counterinsurgency environment in Jammu and Kashmir, an infantry brigade on the line of control and an infantry division as part of a strike corps. He was decorated with the Yudh Seva Medal in 2015 and the Vishisht Seva Medal in 2019. — TNS Info chart goes for a ride! A public bike station without the chart that carries instructions for the use of bicycles in Sector 10, Panchkula, on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: NITIN MITTAL ASI’s night party costs him dear UT clocks 8 per cent growth in GST collection Aman Sood Tribune News Service Patiala, April 1 Flouting all Covid restrictions, a Punjab police official held a party to celebrate his son’s wedding that continued till late night yesterday. The ASI has now been suspended by the district SSP and faces a departmental probe, though he has evaded an FIR till now. According to eye witnesses, ASI Darshan Singh, posted with the Model Town police post, was holding a function to celebrate his son’s wedding at his house in Century Enclave. “Despite curfew hours and Suspended over violating Covid norms in Patiala a cap on maximum guests, the party continued till late at night. They had blocked an entire lane by erecting a tent. The catering staff, the DJ and guests left the venue after 11.30 pm, causing much inconvenience,” claimed area residents. Sources said more than 24 policemen and administrative officials were part of the party. “Many cops from the district and outside the city were part of the party where music was being played till late at night, troubling area residents,” said an area resident. When The Tribune team visited the spot, following repeated requests by residents, loud music could be heard as far as 500 metres away, with tents erected on the road opposite to the house of the cop. Many guests were seen at the venue around 10 pm, almost an hour after the curfew imposition. Many other guests were seen openly drinking in their cars parked around the venue. Warning of continued on page 3 Dushyant Singh Pundir Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 1 On the path to recovery, the UT has clocked 8 per cent growth in gross goods and services tax (GST) collection in March this year, the highest in the 2020-21 fiscal. According to the Ministry of Finance, the GST collection in the UT stood at ~165.27 crore in March, which was 8 per cent higher in comparison to the revenue of ~153.26 crore received during the corresponding period last year. Despite opening up of the economy post-pandemic, the GST collection stood at ~148.5 c m y b Collects ~165.27 cr in March against ~153.26 cr in same month last year GROSS GST COLLECTION IN UT Month April May June July August September October November December February Year 2019-20 2020-21 ~199.96 cr ~40.34 cr ~146.67 cr ~103.4 cr ~157.97 cr ~158.69 cr ~155.96 cr ~137.33 cr ~160.08 cr ~138.52 cr ~156.51 cr ~141.48 cr ~157.02 cr ~151.98 cr ~165 cr ~141 cr ~168 cr ~158 cr ~172.37 cr ~248.5 cr % change -79.83 -29.47 0.46 -11.95 -13.47 -9.60 -3.21 -14 -6 -14 crore in February, which was 14 per cent less in comparison to the revenue of ~172.37 crore received during the corresponding period last year. However, the Finance Ministry did not release the statewise data of GST collection during January 2021. The gross GST collection in the UT stood at ~158 crore in December 2020, which was 6 per cent less in comparison to ~168 crore, the revenue received during the corresponding period in 2019. An official said in December 2020, the Excise and Taxation Department had received ~17 crore more than the previous month of November 2020. In November last year, the tax collection stood at ~141 crore, which was 14 per cent less in comparison to ~165 crore, the revenue received during the same month in 2019. In October last year, the UT had collected tax to the tune of ~151.98 crore, which was 3.21 per cent less in comparison to ~157.02 crore, the collections made in the same month in 2019. In September 2020, the gross GST collection was 10 per cent lower than what was collected during the corresponding period in 2019. continued on page 3
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