08042021-CT-01.qxd 4/8/2021 12:46 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE THURSDAY | 8 APRIL 2021 | CHANDIGARH PANCHKULA VILLAGE TO HOUSE ARMY NURSING COLLEGE PAGE 2 Decks have been cleared for the construction of Army Nursing College at Bataur village, says Hry Speaker. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY CHANDIGARH GIRLS GET THE BETTER OF HARYANA, WIN GOLD PAGE 2 ALL COVID ICU BEDS ARE FULL, SAYS PGI ON PUNJAB REMARKS Chandigarh girls defeat Haryana 1-0 to clinch the gold medal in the senior inline hockey competition. MAX 35°C | MIN 16°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34.8°C | MIN 18.2°C SUNSET THURSDAY 6:45 PM Clarifies on state Health Department statement that institute was refusing to admit patients from Punjab. SUNRISE FRIDAY 6:02 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Watch out! Women gang on the prowl TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD SAMPLES TESTED POSITIVE RECOVERED NEW CASES ACTIVE CHANGE DEATHS NEW P’KULA 3,28,766 29,197 25,688 399 3,121 84 388 2 MOHALI 2,27,991 2,50,545 14,053 29,518 12,713 24,776 107 481 1,184 4,277 49 364 156 465 0 7 AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH 219 PANCHKULA 132 MOHALI 102 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF MAN ATTEMPTS SUICIDE AT SEC 19 Chandigarh: A man reportedly tried to commit suicide at the DEO office in Sector 19 on Wednesday. Dhani Ram, who earlier worked as a guard with the Education Department, climbed on the roof of the DEO office and poured some fuel on himself. Sources said before he could take the extreme step, someone saw him and raised the alarm. The police were informed, who visited the spot. A DDR was lodged at the Sector 19 police station. TNS PAGE 3 (Clockwise from above left) Vehicles damaged after trees fell on these at Sector 20, Chandigarh; damaged showrooms on VIP Road, Zirakpur; an uprooted tree in Sector 26; and an uprooted electricity pole in Zirakpur after rain and thunderstorm lashed the tricity on Tuesday night. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: MANOJ MAHAJAN/NITIN MITTAL/RAVI KUMAR Windstorm wreaks havoc on tricity Trees, electricity poles, signboards uprooted | Vehicles damaged | Traffic disrupted | 2.9-mm rainfall in UT Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 7 Rain, accompanied by a windstorm, lashed the tricity last night, uprooting trees, electricity poles and signboards in several areas. Trees and branches fell in Sector 27, 28, 30, 31, 20, 34, 18, 16, 5, 8 and 9, Bapu Dham Colony, Ram Darbar and the Industrial Area, Phase II. At some places, vehicles got damaged after trees fell on these, while at some places, traffic got disrupted for sometime. The MC horticulture wing had a tough time managing the situation. Officials kept receiving calls from different parts of city for removal of tree branches which had fallen on roads. RC Sharma, a resident of Sector 18-C, said a tree fell on his car and its bonnet got damaged. A branch of a tree broke an electricity pole, resulting in damage to a motorcycle. He said he started calling the MC helpline from 8 am, but got a response from them at 10.15 am when they registered his complaint. He said the windstorm lasted an hour. The Chandigarh Meteorological Department said the city recorded 2.9 mm of rainfall yesterday. The weatherman has predicted a clear sky in the coming days. The Met Department today recorded a maximum temperature of 34.8°C, two degrees above normal, while the minimum was 18.2°C, one degree above normal. CIVIC BODY STAFF HAVE TOUGH TIME The MC horticulture wing had a tough time managing the situation. Officials kept receiving calls from different parts of city for removal of tree branches which had fallen on roads. Mohali, April 7 The police have released a notice stating that two women (in pic below) are roaming in the tricity, who request people to hire them as domestic help and later run away after stealing jewellery and cash. They do not provide any identity proof such as Aadhaar card and mobile numbers, and present themselves as residents of West Bengal or Madhya Pradesh. The police have released photos of these two women. They have urged people to make sure that all security guards in societies remain vigilant regarding this gang. Complete verification, including photo, Aadhaar card or any other identity card, local and permanent address and mobile number, should be done in case somebody has to be hired to to work in any society. Any information regarding this can be shared on the 9988782500 and 9876352608 mobile numbers. PEOPLE GO SANS POWER IN P’KULA Residents experienced power cuts between 11 pm and 4 am in various sectors following rain and a thunderstorm on Tuesday night. At some places, including the Mansa Devi Complex, Sector 5, trees were uprooted. Night curfew: Passengers exempt Tribune News Service People queue up for the Covid test at Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16, on Wednesday. MANOJ MAHAJAN 2 DEATHS, 399 CASES IN UT P’KULA TALLY GOES PAST 14K 7 DEATHS IN MOHALI DIST Chandigarh: The city recorded 399 new cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday, taking the number of active cases to 3,121. With two more deaths, the toll has reached 388. The total number of cases in the UT has reached 29,197. A total of 313 patients were cured of the disease in the past 24 hours. TNS Panchkula: The district Covid tally has surpassed 14,000 with 107 new cases. No death was reported and the toll remained at 156. There are now 1,184 active cases. The recovery rate stands at 90.46 per cent. As many as 1,367 persons were vaccinated at 27 centres on Wednesday. TNS Mohali: Seven deaths and 481 new cases surfaced in the district on Wednesday. Among the new cases, 181 were reported from Mohali (urban), five from Lalru, 102 from Dhakoli, 91 from Kharar, 32 from Dera Bassi, 45 from Gharuan, 13 from Kurali and six each from Banur and Boothgarh. TNS Udayvir is chief of Zirakpur MC P’kula Fire Dept short of staff Tribune News Service Panchkula, April 7 The onset of summer has led to a rise in the number of incidents of fire. The district witnessed 22 fire incidents in the first five days of the month, including a major fire that gutted 42 shanties in Marranwala in Pinjore on April 3. Fortunately, there was no fatality in all fire incidents. Zirakpur, April 7 Ward No. 12 councillor Udayvir Singh Dhillon was unanimously elected the president of the Zirakpur Municipal Council today. Congress candidates raised their hands in approval to elect the new president during a meeting convened by Dera Bassi SDM Kuldeep Bawa. The police did not allow mediapersons to enter the hall and witness the meeting in the MC office. Son of Dera Bassi Congress in-charge Deepinder Singh Dhillon and first-time councillor, Udayvir said, “Allround development will be done in the city and illegal constructions stopped. Bringing water from the Kajauli waterworks will be my priority to end water shortage in the city.” Dera Bassi MLA NK Sharma and eight Shiromani 22 fires reported from dist in first 5 days of April Udayvir Singh Dhillon celebrates with councillors in Zirakpur on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: NITIN MITTAL NOW, MOHALI TO GET MAYOR ON APRIL 12 Zirakpur: A meeting to elect the Mayor, Senior Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayor and the oath-taking ceremony of the newly elected councillors of the Mohali MC have been put off till April 12. Punjab had announced a gazetted holiday on April 8 in connection with the birth anniversary of Guru Nabha Dass Ji. Earlier, it was stated that this would not affect the April 8 meeting of the MC. Congress workers were left high and dry when the April 8 meeting was put off. Akali Dal councillors left the venue after the oath-taking ceremony. Sharma said, “It is for the first time in the history of the Zirakpur Municipal continued on page 2 However, firemen deployed in fire operations have time and again claimed that had they got better equipment and more manpower, they could have dealt with the fires more effectively. The district does not have a full-time fire officer. Tarsem Singh, Ambala City fire officer, holds the additional charge of the Panchkula Fire Department. continued on page 2 c m y b Chandigarh, April 7 In view of a surge in Covid-19 cases, the UT Administration imposed a six-and-a-half-hour night curfew from 10.30 pm tonight, but exempted passengers going to or returning from the airport, railway station or bus stands. The authorities have also exempted the movement of certain other persons and services from the curfew. There will be no curbs on inter-state and intra-state movement of essential and non-essential goods. All vehicles or persons in bona fide transit (inter-state/intrastate) will be allowed to pass, but only after due verification of the point of origin and destination. The Administration has allowed hospitals, chemist shops and ATMs to remain open 24X7. There will be no restrictions on the movement of pregnant women and patients for getting medical/health services. People who have been issued a restricted movement curfew pass by authorised officers will be allowed to move. Those tasked with law and order/emergency and municipal services/duties, including executive magistrates, police personnel, military/paramilitary personnel in uniform, health, electricity, fire, mediapersons with accreditation and government machinery deputed for Covid-related duties will be allowed movement (on production of an identity card). An order issued by UT District Magistrate Mandip Singh Brar stated that there would be prohibition on the movement of individuals for all nonessential activities between 10.30 pm and 5 am in the city. No person would leave home or shall move on foot or by vehicle or travel or stand or roam around on any road or public place during the curfew Eateries in city to take last order till 9 pm; hospitals, ATMs, chemist shops can operate round the clock A PCR VEHICLE PATROLS THE SECTOR 28 MARKET IN CHANDIGARH ON WEDNESDAY. NITIN MITTAL So that people don’t flock to the city, Parida on curfew Why do we need a night curfew? This is basically to prevent gatherings at nightclubs and late night parties at home since these can hasten the spread of the virus. ■ Are we following Punjab by imposing a night curfew? How will it help? Since Punjab has already imposed a night curfew, if we don’t do it, people will flock to the city. This will mean that our farmhouses and hotels will be packed with people from neighbouring states who will take advantage of the difference in rules to crowd ■ CURFEW PASSES Manoj Parida, UT Adviser the capital city. ■ Will you go for a weekend lockdown if cases rise further? We are keeping a watch on the situation and take a decision accordingly. WHO ALL ARE EXEMPT ■ Passengers going to or returning from the airport or railway station or the ISBT ■ All vehicles/persons in bona fide transit (inter-state/intra-state) will be allowed to pass, but only after due verification of the point of origin and destination ■ There will be no curbs on interstate and intra-state movement of essential and non-essential goods ■ Pregnant women and patients for getting medical or health services ■ Those issued a restricted movement curfew pass by authorised officers ■ Those tasked with law and order/emergency and municipal services/duties, including executive magistrates, police personnel, military/paramilitary personnel in uniform and mediapersons with accreditation. For curfew passes, the control room contact number is 0172-2700076 period, he added. As per the order, all restaurants, eating places, hotels, including food joints or food courts in various malls falling within the jurisdiction of Chandigarh, shall run only with 50 per cent of their capacity and close by 10 pm. The last order for food can be accepted till 9 pm. Any breach of the order will invite action under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code. The order will come into force with effect from 10.30 pm on April 7 and shall remain in force till further orders. Brar said it was imperative to put in place strict measures of isolation and social distancing to contain the spread of Covid as a lot of non-essential movement of people and vehicles during night had been reported. “Such movement poses a threat to public health due to the spread of Covid-19, which causes a danger to human life, health and safety,” he added.
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