09042021-CT-01.qxd 4/9/2021 12:22 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE FRIDAY | 9 APRIL 2021 | CHANDIGARH PARENTS PROTEST ‘140% FEE HIKE’ OUTSIDE SCHOOL IN P'KULA PAGE 2 Parents of students of Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 15, stage a protest against the management over 140 per cent fee hike. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD SAMPLES TESTED POSITIVE RECOVERED NEW CASES ACTIVE CHANGE DEATHS NEW P’KULA 3,31,288 29,521 26,017 324 3,115 6 389 1 MOHALI 2,30,202 2,51,987 14,292 29,974 12,969 25,043 239 456 1,167 4,464 17 187 156 467 0 2 AIR QUALITY INDEX PAGE 2 UT Adviser Manoj Parida listens to grievances and demands of councillors from Ward 11 to 20 during a meeting. MAX 33°C | MIN 17°C | YESTERDAY MAX 33.5°C | MIN 17.1°C SUNSET FRIDAY 6:46 PM PAGE 3 MOHALI DISTRICT RAMPS UP COVID TESTING AMID SURGE In September 2020, an average of 1,100 tests were conducted daily, which has increased to 2,200 in April this year. SUNRISE SATURDAY 6:01 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Panchkula pvt hospitals run out of Covid ICU beds Only 2 left at Civil Hospital | More Covid care centres being made operational Amit Bathla Tribune News Service CHANDIGARH 73 PANCHKULA 60 MOHALI 65 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 COMPLETE WORK IN STIPULATED TIME, ADVISER TELLS OFFICIALS SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF GODOWN GUTTED IN ZIRAKPUR Zirakpur: A major fire was reported from an electronic appliance godown at Nabha Sahib on the Patiala road in Zirakpur around 9.30 pm on Thursday. Twelve fire engines from Dera Bassi, Air Force Station and Zirakpur were pressed into service. No loss of life was reported. Panic gripped the area as huge clouds of smoke were witnessed. The cause of the fire was not immediately known. TNS MAN ALLEGES ASSAULT BY WIFE Panchkula: A 40-year-old man from Pinjore filed a complaint against his wife for allegedly assaulting him. Complainant Amit Asthana told the police that his wife Sonal hit him on the head with an iron rod. TNS Panchkula, April 8 Sharing its boundary with the badly affected Chandigarh and Punjab, Panchkula district reported its highest single-day surge of 239 cases today since the inception of the pandemic in March last year, a clear indication that the virus is spreading faster in the current wave than the first one in September last year. The active caseload currently stands at 1,167. The spiral in the coronavirus cases has resulted in 100 per cent ICU bed occupancy in private hospitals and only two are available at the Civil Hospital, Sector 6. Of the 219 critical patients in all of Haryana (as of April 7), 85 are in Panchkula alone, which is about 39 per cent. At least six are on ventilator support in two private hospitals – Alchemist Hospital, Sector 26, and Paras Hospital. The local Health Department has decided to add 35 oxygen beds to the Civil Hospital 6 by tomorrow to deal with the prevailing situation. More Covid care centers are being made operational to admit patients with mild infection. After the dental college in Barwala, Gurjar Bhawan has also been added to the list. People wait for their turn to get tested for Covid at Sector 10 in Chandigarh on Thursday. MANOJ MAHAJAN Currentwavemore infectious, but less fatal, say doctors in city Tribune News Service A sample being collected for the Covid test in Panchkula. RAVI KUMAR OFFICIALSPEAK The use of drugs and medicines to treat Covid-19 patients during the first wave of the pandemic was only experimental. Vaccination was not there. We have now attained the maturity to deal with the pandemic ❝ ❞ Dr Jasjeet Kaur, CIVIL SURGEON ❝ Chandigarh, April 8 In a hit-and-run case, a 78year-old pedestrian was killed after being hit by an unknown vehicle on the road separating Sector 47 and 48. According to the police, complainant Anil Sharma, a resident of Sector 47, reported that the vehicle sped away after hitting his father Sudarshan Sharma on April 6. The victim was injured and admitted to Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16, where he later succumbed to his injuries. The police have registered a case at the Sector 49 police station. —TNS Fraudster creates fake FB profile of UT policeman Chandigarh, April 8 A fake Facebook profile of Inspector Ram Rattan was reportedly created by some fraudster and friend requests were sent to several people. Ram Rattan is presently serving as the SHO at the Sector 17 police station. Sources said the fraudster demanded money from people through the profile. Amit, one of the persons who received a friend request, said: “The swindler started a conversation and asked for a financial help of ~20,000. He told me to transfer the money through Google Pay,” he said. Sources said the fraudster asked for financial help from other people as well. — TNS ❞ 2,706 VACCINATED As many as 2,706 people were jabbed in Panchkula on Thursday. Over 84K doses of the vaccine have been given in the district so far. Cases: In Sept and now 78-yr-old dies in hit-and-run Of the 219 critical patients in all of Haryana (as of April 7), 85 are in Panchkula alone, which is about 39 per cent. At least six are on ventilator support in two private hospitals. WITH 239 CASES, P’KULA EXPERIENCING PEAK CLOCKS NEW HIGH We are experiencing the peak with the highest number Panchkula: The district on Thursday saw its highest singleof cases reported on Thursday. It will take a week or two day surge of 239 cases since the before the numbers start coming down. Civil Surgeon inception of the pandemic, taking in the current wave. As many as 3,762 cases were reported in September last year during the peak of the first wave. The month of March this year witnessed around 2,200 cases. However, the cases are yet to hit the peak or plateau 39% OF HRY CRITICAL CASES IN PANCHKULA Testing up Around 20,000 Covid tests were conducted in September last year and to tackle the current wave, over 35,000 tests were conducted in March this year. The testing has further gone up in the first week of April after instructions from the district administration to conduct 2,500-3,000 tests each day. the overall tally to 14,292. The Covid toll remained at 156 with no new death. While 12,969 patients have recovered from the disease so far, 1,167 cases are active. The recovery rate stands at 90.74 per cent. the month of March, suggesting a significantly lower fatality rate in the current wave. Long-lasting symptoms Lower fatality rate As many as 66 people had lost their lives due to Covid in September last year. Only 17 fatalities were witnessed in Health officials say patients in the current wave are developing severe and long-lasting symptoms, even though the fatality rate is low. Chandigarh, April 8 With cases surpassing the previous Covid peak every day, the current wave is spreading faster than the first one in the city, say doctors. However, the fatality ratio is lower. From March 6 to April 8, 7,283 cases have been reported in the city. In the last surge, 6,856 cases were reported between August 16 and September 16. Of the 29,521 cases reported so far, 3,115 are currently active. The fact that no ICU bed at PGI’s Covid-19 facility is vacant gives a clear idea of the prevailing Covid-19 situation in the City Beautiful, even though health officials claim availability of enough beds. They say more beds will be added soon. More severe patients According to doctors, the severity of disease in patients being admitted to the hospitals in the current wave is more than the previous wave. Prof GD Puri, Dean (Academics) and Head, Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care, PGI, had recently told The Tribune that a lot of younger patients in the age BED CAPACITY VS OCCUPANCY AT GOVT FACILITIES Facility Capacity Dhanwantri 50 GMCH-32 52 Sec 48 hospital 100 GMSH-16, 200 Sec 22, 45 & Mani Majra Occupancy 49 50 28 100 TESTING SCALED UP FEWER DEATHS As many as 57,462 tests were conducted last month compared to 47,112 conducted in September last year – an increase by over 10,000. As many as 106 deaths were reported in September last year during the peak of the first wave. Only 27 deaths were reported last month. A comparison of the two months suggests that fatalities are lower in the current wave. CITY REPORTS 324 TWO MORE DIE, FRESH CASES, 1 DEATH 456 +VE IN MOHALI Chandigarh: The city on Thursday reported 324 fresh coronavirus cases, taking the UT tally to 29,521. The city also witnessed one Covid-related death. A 70-year-old man from Sector 37, a case of coronary artery disease, was brought dead at Shalby Hospital, Mohali. The Covid toll now stands at 389. With 329 fresh recoveries, the number of cured patients reached 26,017. TNS group of less than 50 are coming to the hospital with high severity of Covid. He had stated that there were a lot of patients from nearby states as well. Some of Mohali: Two more persons succumbed to Covid-19 during the past 24 hours, taking the death toll in the district to 467. As many as 456 fresh cases surfaced in the district till Thursday evening while 267 patients were cured of the disease. As of now, the district tally stands at 29,974 and recoveries 25,043. There are 4,464 active cases. TNS them reached the hospital only at a later stage, increasing the mortality rate, he said. However, Dr Jasbinder Kaur, Director, GMCH-32, was unavailable for comments. Panchkula man gets CBI nails 2 in ~10L bribery case Mani Majra resident held for ~16L fraud Had allegedly demanded ~50L extortion call ~50L from Ambala man Tribune News Service Panchkula, April 8 A resident of Sector 21 allegedly received an extortion call from an unidentified man, demanding ~50 lakh from him. Bal Krishan (50) submitted a complaint to the Deputy Commissioner of Police in this regard and a case was registered at the Sector 5 police station. According to the FIR, the complainant alleged that he received a call from an unidentified person asking him for the money. He alleged that the man was asking him to pay ~50 lakh within two days, failing which he threatened to harm his son. “The caller said he knew that my son goes to the gym,” the FIR read, quoting the complainant. A case was registered under Sections 384 (extortion) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC at the Sector 5 police station. Krishan has urged the police to provide security to him and his family, claiming a threat to their lives. Zirakpur, April 8 The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested Jind resident Anil Mor and an unknown person in a case of allegedly taking a bribe of ~10 lakh from an Ambala resident to dispose of a complaint received against him in the office of the DSP , Zirakpur, on April 5. On a complaint of Mohit Sharma, onwer of M/s Fantasy Gaming Technologies OPC Pvt Ltd, a case has been registered against Anil Mor and an unknown person under Section 120-B of the IPC and Section 7 A of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, at the CBI branch, to dispose of a complaint Chandigarh. In the FIR, CBI Inspector Rajiv Gulati has recommended that the role of a public servant may be looked into during the investigation. The complainant alleged that Anil Mor was allegedly 24X7 water supply project set to take off Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 8 Finally, the 24X7 water supply pilot project of the city is set to be a reality as Chandigarh Smart City Limited (CSCL) today cleared a financial bid over ~162 crore for the purpose. Two firms, SB Engineering and Tapi Prestressed Pvt Ltd were cleared in the financial bid today under a joint venture. The project will first be implemented in Mani Majra. Last week, these firms were cleared in the technical bid. Chandigarh Smart City Limited clears ~162-cr bid for Mani Majra There was one more firm, but it did not make it in the technical bid. Now, a formal nod from the Smart City Board of Directors is awaited at its April 14 meeting. The work is expected to start by May 15. It will have a two-year deadline. “In the financial bid today, the agencies were okayed. Now, it will go to the Board of Directors,” said NP Sharma, General Manager, CSCL. Prior to this, tenders were floated for the project six times. According to officials, at present, there is 60 per cent water wastage and theft in Mani Majra. This project will bring down the wastage to 15 per cent. Under the project, a total of c m y b 13,700 water connections will be covered. As per the plan, pipelines will be laid in outer parts as well as inside houses to check water contamination. Earlier, the Municipal Corporation used to lay pipelines till the outer areas of houses. People used to misuse these by connecting pipelines on their own, causing water contamination. It will also reduce water bills. Once work on the project starts, the authorities will subsequently provide 24X7 water supply to the entire city. demanding a bribe of ~50 lakh for disposing of a complaint received against the complainant in the office of Zirakpur DSP Amroj Singh. In the verification report, it has been stated that on March 9, the complainant got a call from Mandeep Singh, Reader of the DSP informing , him that a complaint had been registered against the company by Pradeep Kumar and he had to appear before the DSP the next day. When the complainant came out of the DSP’s office, he received a call from Anil Mor stating that he was calling at the behest of the DSP continued on page 3 Chandigarh, April 8 The UT police have arrested a Mani Majra resident for allegedly cheating a man of ~16 lakh on the pretext of selling a house. A team, led by Inspector Neeraj Sarna, SHO of the Mani Majra police station, arrested the suspect, Vishal Gupta (41). Gupta’s mother Rani Bala is also a suspect in the case. Complainant Gurmit Singh, a resident of Panchkula, had reported that a deal to buy a house at Mani Majra was finalised for ~45 lakh. The complainant gave ~15 lakh through a cheque and ~1 lakh in cash to the suspects and July 7, 2019, was finalised as the date for executing the registry. However, the suspects did not appear on the day. The police said during the inquiry, it came to light that the property to be sold was not in the name of the suspects. After registering a case under Sections 406, 420 and 120 of the IPC, the police arrested Vishal. He was produced in the court today and sent to judicial custody. — TNS Attention please! Naked electricity wires lie unattended on the road separating the Sector 26 grain market and Sector 28 in Chandigarh on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN
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