05042021-CT-01.qxd 4/5/2021 12:32 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE MONDAY | 5 APRIL 2021 | CHANDIGARH STUDENTS FROM PEC BRING CHEER TO FACULTY, INSTITUTE PAGE 2 Students from PEC secure good ranks in the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engg, which was held at IIT-Bombay. GENERALLY CLOUDY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD SAMPLES TESTED POSITIVE RECOVERED NEW CASES ACTIVE CHANGE DEATHS NEW P’KULA 3,21,189 28,194 24,661 341 3,150 12 383 1 MOHALI 2,23,346 2,47,234 13,653 28,210 12,407 24,172 200 329 1,091 3,592 58 63 155 446 1 4 AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH 106 PANCHKULA 107 MOHALI 63 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF THEFT REPORTED FROM HOUSE Chandigarh: A theft has been reported from a house in Sector 45. Complainant Akshay said an unknown person broke into his house and stole ~20,000 and gold jewellery, including two mangal sutras and three gold rings, on April 3. The police have registered a case at the Sector 34 police station. TNS FIVE BOOKED ON ASSAULT CHARGE Chandigarh: Five persons have been booked by the local police for allegedly assaulting a Sector 38 resident. Complainant Pardeep reported that Rashid, Munna, Ashwani, Ravi and Sachin attacked him with a sharp weapon near the Sector 52/61 light point on March 31. The complainant got injured and was admitted to the PGI. The police have registered a case at the Sector 36 police station. TNS PAGE 3 RLYS' AMBALA DIVISION EARNS ~155-CR REVENUE FOR LOADING Though the beautification of entire arena is yet to be completed, the main structure is ready for use. MAX 35°C | MIN 20°C | YESTERDAY MAX 35.5°C | MIN 14.4°C SUNSET MONDAY 6.43 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 6.06 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD Naina Mishra UT SEES 341 CASES Tribune News Service Chandigarh: The city recorded 341 fresh Covid cases on Sunday, taking the number of active cases to 3,150. With one more death, the toll has reached 383. The total number of cases in the UT has reached 28,194. As many as 352 patients were cured. TNS ‘LOT OF YOUNGER PATIENTS’ ❝A lot of younger patients are coming to the hospital. The police issue challans to youths for not wearing masks properly at Sector 22, Chandigarh. NEED TO OPEN CARE CENTRES: DOCS Doctors have been urging the authorities to open Covid care centres to ease the burden on hospitals. Many mild patients have also occupied beds at the GMSH-16 as only one care centre – Dhanwantry Hospital — is operational in the city. Arun Gupta, Principal Secretary, Health, UT, confirmed that Sood Dharamshala will be made operational in two to three days for Covid patients. was a need for other medical facilities to increase critical care beds. The institute was already converting wards into critical care areas, he said. “All our emergency severe acute respiratory infections wards are full in addition to the Nehru Hospital Extension (NHE).” Around 55 per cent beds at Government Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, have been exhausted with Covid patients. Of the 200 beds, 77 are occupied by Covid patients and 44 by suspected cases. Of the six ICU beds with ventilators, four are occupied with severely ill Covid patients. Besides, 11 Covid patients are admitted to the gynae ward of the hospital. Dr VK Nagpal, Medical Superintendent of the GMSH- There are a lot of patients from nearby states as well. Some of them reach the hospital only at a later stage, which is also increasing the mortality rate. Prof GD Puri, ❞ DEPARTMENT OF INTENSIVE CARE, PGI 16, said: “The spike in cases has also resulted in increased rush at the hospital. We have stopped elective surgeries and diverted all our resources and manpower to Covid management. The flu clinic is open till 8 pm in the evening.” At the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, 42 Covid beds of the 51 are currently occupied, while 29 patients Deep trouble are admitted to the south campus of the medical college. Dr Jasvinder Kaur, Director, GMCH-32, said: “We have operationalised the Sector 48 Civil Hospital for Covid patients again. Increased severity has been observed among patients coming to our hospital.” The institute is planning to augment the Covid facility in the coming days. At 200, Panchkula sees highest single-day surge PANCHKULA: The district reported 200 fresh Covid cases in the highest single-day surge so far, taking the overall tally to 13,653. The district also witnessed one Covid death. The deceased was a 53-year-old woman from Sector 7, who was suffering from hypertension and diabetes mellitus. The Covid toll now stands at 155. While 12,407 patients have recovered from the disease so far, 1,091 cases are still active. The recovery rate is 90.87 per cent. 1,172 VACCINATED As many as 1,172 people were vaccinated in Panchkula at 18 sites. More than 75,000 doses have been administered in the district so far. —TNS Four more fatalities, 329 cases in Mohali MOHALI: Four more fatalities were reported during the past 24 hours, taking the death toll to 446. A total of 329 fresh cases surfaced, taking the case load to 28,210, while 262 more patients were cured. Among the fresh cases, 220 were from Mohali (urban), one from Boothgarh, three each from Gharuan and Lalru, four from Dera Bassi, seven from Banur, 24 from Kharar and 67 from Dhakoli in Zirakpur. There are 3,592 active cases in the district. — TNS Lured them with the promise of govt jobs assured him of a job of a peon in the Sector 20 branch of Punjab National Bank for his wife Kuldeep Kaur. The suspect demanded ~2 lakh from the victim. Satnam gave the money to him. However, when he approached the bank, there was no vacancy. The suspect took ~6 lakh from his three relatives – Jagjar Singh, Harmeet Singh and Jagjeet Singh – for the post of Home Guards volunteer. “Neither did he return our money nor did he provide the promised job,” the complainant said. A case under Sections 420 and 120-B of the IPC has been registered. Assistant SubInspector Vinod Kumar, the investigating officer, said he was yet to read the file of the case. Inspector Deepak Kumar, Chandimandir SHO, said following directions from the economic offences wing, a case was registered and investigation was underway. — TNS Under MC for over 2 yrs now, nothing much has changed for this UT village SARANGPUR Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service Residents show the blocked entry to a stadium built in Sarangpur village, on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI ‘ALL WORKS STALLED’ were after the MC ❝All worksguttersstalleddone properly.took over. Cleaning of is not Several street lights have been lying non-functional. The sewerage must be replaced. Sadhu Singh, a FORMER SARPANCH ❞ improvement has been witnessed with regard to civic problems. “All works were stalled after the MC took over. Cleaning of the gutters is not done properly here. For one and a half years, several streetlights have been non- c m y b functional. The sewer system is quite old and is inadequate to cater to the present population. It must be replaced, but no one is taking a note,” said Sadhu Singh, a former sarpanch of the village. After the local MP adopted the village, a sports stadium, community centre, civil dispensary and veterinary hospital came up here. This was the only village in Chandigarh to get so many facilities in a span of a few years. However, all is still not well with the village. “The sports ground is of no use to us. It is closed for us. The authorities have told villagers to get registration cards made to enter the ground. Youngsters in the village want to play all games, but can’t,” said Nanak Singh, a resident of Sarangpur. continued on page 3 Mohali, April 4 Wastage of water will invite a penalty of ~1,000 for the second offence and for the third violation, the fine will be doubled. The fourth time, the water connection will be disconnected without any notice. The Mohali Municipal Corporation will start issuing challans to people from April 15 to curb water shortage this summer. The ban will remain in force within the corporation limits from April 15 to June 30. Watering of lawns and washing of courtyards and vehicles is prohibited between 5.30 am and 8.30 am. If a resident is found violating the order, a notice will be issued in case of the first offence. If it is repeated, a fine of ~1,000 will be imposed, three-time offenders will have to pay ~2,000 and the water supply will be disconnected in case of a fourth violation. The defaulters’ booster pumps and hosepipes will be confiscated. MC Executive Engineer Harpreet Singh said teams would be formed next week, which would make the rounds of the city in the morning to check wastage of water. He said if any consumer was found violating the norm for the fourth time, the water connection would be disconnected without issuing a notice. To get the connection restored, the defaulter would have to pay ~5,000 along with an affidavit. From January 1 this year, the MC had taken over the water supply and sewerage of new sectors in the city, including 66 to 69 and 76 to 80 FILE PHOTO A caved-in portion of a road poses a threat to commuters near the old police station in Zirakpur on Sunday. PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR VILLAGE WOES At present, 15 trains are plying to and from the Chandigarh railway station, including Howrah-Kalka Netaji Express, Hemkunt Express, Sambalpur-Jammu Express, Jaipur-Daulatpur Chauk, Unchahar Express, LucknowChandigarh Express, Bandra Terminus Amritsar clone train, New Delhi-Kalka Express, Patliputra Chandigarh Special, New Delhi Una Jan Shatabdi, New Delhi Kalka Shatabdi Express, Indore Chandigarh Special and Nanded Amritsar Special. — TNS Panchkula, April 4 A con man posing as Haryana Speaker and local MLA Gian Chand Gupta’s relative allegedly duped four persons of ~8 lakh by promising them government jobs. Satnam Singh, a resident of Dera Bassi, said suspect Prince Gupta, who claimed to be a relative of the Speaker, For 2nd offence, pay ~1K, fine to be doubled for 3rd violation, lose connection the 4th time Tribune News Service Afternoon Shatabdi chugs off on April 10 Chandigarh, April 4 Sarangpur village, nestled between Chandigarh and New Chandigarh, has witnessed two major events in the past few years. The first was when MP Kirron Kher adopted the village under the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana of the Centre in 2014 and the second was when the village was taken over by the Municipal Corporation from the UT Administration in the end of 2018. After it was adopted by Kher, the village gained popularity and several projects were initiated. However, civic issues still plague Sarangpur. Even after coming under the purview of the civic body over two years ago, not much Man posing as Hry Speaker’s relative dupes 4 of ~8 lakh April 15 on, water wastage in Mohali to cost you dear Sanjay Bumbroo Chandigarh, April 4 From April 10, afternoon Shatabdi to Delhi will ply from the Chandigarh railway station. GM Singh, DRM, Ambala Division, said: “Apart from Shatabdi, which is starting from April 10, more trains, which were suspened due to Covid, will be resumed by April 15.” Sources from the railway station said four more special trains were in the pipeline. The sources said: “Trains to Kochuveli, Goa, Bandra and Amritsar (morning) intercity trains will resume soon. The orders are awaited.” FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Overthediseaseamongpatientshigherthanthepreviouswave:in hospitals 50% Covid beds occupied Doctors Severity of Chandigarh, April 4 With a spike in Covid cases, the government-run hospitals in Chandigarh have been witnessing a steady rise in the patient count. City hospitals have already surpassed 50 per cent occupancy and ICU beds have been exhausted in a few of these. According to doctors, the severity of the disease in Covid patients coming to the hospital is higher this time as compared to the previous wave. At the PGI, there is a capacity of 300 beds for Covid patients of which 178 have been occupied. Of the total Covid beds, 50 are for ICU and all of these are currently occupied by critically ill patients. Prof GD Puri, Dean (Academics) and Head, Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care, PGI, said: “A lot of younger patients in the age group of less than 50 are coming to the hospital with high severity of Covid. There are a lot of patients from nearby states as well. Some of them reach the hospital only at a later stage, which is also increasing the mortality rate. Besides, a lot of surgical and trauma patients are testing positive. However, we are trying our best to save patients with Covid acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).” Professor Puri said there PAGE 3 In March, the Ambala Division of the Northern Railway clocked a total loading revenue of ~155.27 crore. PRADEEP TEWARI FORECAST SECTOR 17 FOOTBALL STADIUM ON THE VERGE OF COMPLETION Issue challans round the year: UT Mayor Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 4 Mayor Ravi Kant Sharma wants the water wastage challan drive in the city to be carried out throughout the year. At present, the drive starts in midApril and continues for three months. “The water wastage should be checked throughout the year, not just in summer,” said Ravi Kant. Watering of lawns and washing of courtyards and vehicles is prohibited from from the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) and now challans would be issued by the MC. On an average, Mohali city requires 30 MGD of water, but the supply is limited to 20 MGD: 10 MGD from the Kajauli waterworks and an April 15 to June 30 every year. During this period, there is more demand for water. The Mayor said he would hold a meeting in this regard on Monday. From April 15, the civic body will start imposing a fine of ~5,000 for water wastage. A repeat violation will invite disconnection of water supply. The penalty was increased from ~2,000 to ~5,000 through a UT Administration notification on the water tariff hike in September last year. equal amount from 75 tubewells installed in various sectors in the city. During the peak of summer, the demand reaches 32 MGD, causing a shortfall of 12 MGD. Harpreet Singh urged residents not to waste drinking water and use it judiciously.
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