15042021-CT-01.qxd 4/15/2021 1:02 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE THURSDAY | 15 APRIL 2021 | CHANDIGARH PAGE 2 CENTRE’S DECISION ON CBSE EXAMS WELCOME: STUDENTS Students hail ministry’s decision to cancel CBSE examinations of Class X and postpone those of Class XII. FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD SAMPLES TESTED POSITIVE RECOVERED NEW CASES ACTIVE CHANGE DEATHS NEW P’KULA 3,49,851 31,985 28,210 421 3,371 1 404 3 MOHALI 2,41,932 2,62,324 15,631 32,984 13,792 27,660 276 373 1,679 4,838 121 63 160 486 1 3 AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH 114 PANCHKULA 63 MOHALI 91 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF 4 HELD FOR BSNL CABLE THEFT Chandigarh: Four persons have been arrested by the local police for allegedly stealing BSNL cables from Sector 4. The suspects have been identified as Manjoor Alam, a resident of Gaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, and Shajid, Toshik and Tahmid, all natives of Bihar. Complainant Devender Kumar, SDE, BSNL Exchange, Sector 4, had reported that 400-metre UG cable was stolen from Sector 4 on April 8. A JCB machine was used to dig the cables. TNS 2 HELD WITH 1 KG OF HEROIN, PISTOL Mohali: The police arrested two suspects, Mohsin Ansari and Rahul Sharma, with 1 kg of heroin, a pistol and three live rounds at Khanpur Chowk, Kharar, on April 13. A case under Sections 21, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered against the suspects at the Kharar City police station. Mohsin Ansari and Rahul Sharma were coming to Kharar in a vehicle to supply heroin to their customers. During interrogation, they revealed that they used to buy heroin from Nigerian nationals in Delhi and sell it to their customers. The police said Mohsin Ansari (28), a native of Dehradun, was residing in Zirakpur and driving a taxi. His partner, Rahul Sharma (26), belonged to Moradabad and was living in Abhaypur, Panchkula. TNS ~10L, jewellery stolen from doctor’s house in Sector 51 Chandigarh, April 14 In a daylight theft, a thief decamped with around ~10 lakh and jewellery worth several lakhs from a doctor’s house in Sector 51. The 32year-old doctor had kept the cash and jewellery at home for his wedding, scheduled for April 26. According to the police, Dr Gaurav Varshney, who runs a clinic in Sector 46, reported that he had gone to his clinic in the morning on April 12 and on returning home around 10 pm, he found the locks of the main door broken and the house ransacked. The complainant reported that ~10 lakh and jewellery, including 60 gm of gold, two diamond rings, a gold ring, a gold chain, four gold bangles and a mangal sutra, were stolen from the house. The police have registered a case at the Sector 49 police station. TNS CITY’S CHAHAT ARORA SWIMS TO GOLD IN UZBEKISTAN PAGE 2 MANI MAJRA CONTINUES TO BE COVID HOTSPOT, UT’S CONCERN Chahat wins the gold medal in the women’s 50m breaststroke at the open swimming c’ships in Tashkent. MAX 38°C | MIN 20°C | YESTERDAY MAX 39.2°C | MIN 20.8°C SUNSET THURSDAY 6:50 PM PAGE 3 With over 200 active cases in the area, Mani Majra is a Covid hotspot and area of concern for the UT Admn. SUNRISE FRIDAY 5:55 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Guard’s run ends, nailed with ~4.03 cr Spent ~86K out of stolen money on phone, clothes, bike repair Tribune News Service UT tells HC it can accommodate persons in need of facilities MENTAL HEALTHCARE ACT Chandigarh, April 14 The security guard’s run with ~4.04 crore, stolen from the currency chest of Axis Bank in Sector 34, ended in three days after the crime branch of the UT police nabbed him today from Mani Majra. The police claimed that the suspect, Sunil Kumar, managed to spend ~86,000 on getting the chain set on his motorcycle repaired, buying a A CCTV grab of the suspect (inset) escaping with the money stolen from Axis Bank in Sector 34, Chandigarh. was carrying ❝He the time of his~3.14 lakh at STAYED IN MORNI, RAIPUR RANI AREAS ■ The police said the security guard, Sunil Kumar, was the only one arrest, while the remaining ~4 crore, which was hidden in a forest area in Hallo Majra, had also been recovered. ❞ Police mobile phone and clothes for himself. SP (Crime) Manoj Kumar said Sunil Kumar was arrested from Mani Majra on a tip-off. The police claimed that he was carrying ~3.14 lakh at the time of his arrest, while the remaining ~4 crore, which was hidden in a forest area in Hallo Majra, had also been recovered. ■ WAS DRUNK AT TIME OF COMMITTING CRIME Axis Bank theft suspect Sunil Kumar, along with the recovered currency, in police custody at the crime branch, Sector 11, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: NITIN MITTAL The suspect was working at the bank for the past four years and was drunk when he committed the crime. The police said the suspect got his motorcycle repaired and purchased a mobile phone and clothes for himself with the stolen money. He had switched off his mobile phone, but he was active of the social media and a matrimonial site. “His social media posts and his ID on the matrimonial site, Jee- informed them about his presence in the area. Sources said the suspect was wearing the same clothes and carrying a bag with the money in it. A team, led by Sub-Inspector Neeraj Kumar, reached Raipur Rani and tailed the suspect from there and finally nabbed him at Mani Majra. The police said Sunil was the only one involved in the theft. During the past three days, he stayed in the area of Morni and Raipur Rani. “He stayed at a local hotel and also in the forest area during the past three days,” a police official said. The suspect was working at the bank for the past four years and was drunk when he Teams collect samples at Dhakoli schools 2,602 cases in P’kula this month vansathi.com, was analysed which gave us information about his lifestyle and the motorcycle number which he was using,” the SP said. The police also came to know that the suspect used to frequently visit Raipur Rani. The police shared their mobile numbers with the people at Raipur Rani, who Remembering architect of Constitution Tribune News Service People pay tributes to Dr BR Ambedkar on his 130th birth anniversary at Sector 24, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN Be ready to cough up fine for water wastage from today Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 14 The Municipal Corporation will start issuing water wastage challans from tomorrow under its annual drive, which will continue till June 30 to check shortage of water during the summer. Watering of lawns, washing of courtyards and vehicles with a hosepipe will be prohibited. Misuse of water in any other form such as overflow from overhead/underground water tanks, leakage in water meter chamber, leakage and overflow from desert coolers, installation and use of booster pump on water supply line and wastage due to non-installation of bib taps will also attract penalty. Violation of the order will invite a penalty of ~5,000. The water connection of repeat violators will be disconnected. The fine for water wastage was increased from ~2,000 to ~5,000 by the UT Administra- involved in the theft. During the past three days, he stayed in the Morni and Raipur Rani areas. “He also stayed at a local hotel and the forest area,” a police official said. Chandigarh, April 14 The UT Administration can accommodate persons requiring facilities in accordance with the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017, and the rules framed under it. Information to this effect was given to the Punjab and Haryana High Court during the hearing of a contempt of court petition. As the plea filed by Aditya Vikram Rametra against UT Adviser Manoj Kumar Parida and other respondents came up for hearing, the Bench of Justice Harinder Singh Sidhu was told by the UT counsel that a draft status report was ready. The counsel added that the same could not be filed as the Adviser was not available. He pointed out that provision had been made to accommodate persons requiring facilities at the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, and Cheshire Home, Sector 21, Chandigarh. He said the respondent (UT) was also in the process of identifying other places where such persons could be accommodated and that the continued on page 2 Zirakpur, April 14 Three testing teams were stationed at government schools in the Dhakoli area to take Covid samples here today. The camps were set up at the Dhakoli, Dhakola and Kishanpura government schools. A total of 162 samples were taken at the Kishanpura government school of which 10 were found positive in the rapid antigen test. Nine positive cases were detected among the 75 samples taken at the Dhakoli government school. At Radha Soami Satsang near the Singhpura chowk, 100 samples were taken, of which all were found negative. At the Baltana dispensary, 40 samples were taken, all of which were found negative. ‘’There are multiple teams, which are conducting tests aggressively,’’ said a Health Department official. The Dhakoli area, comprising Dhakoli, Peer Muchalla, Kishanpura and Gazipur, has continued on page 2 Tribune News Service Panchkula, April 14 With 276 fresh coronavirus cases reported on Wednesday, the district recorded the second-highest single-day surge of the pandemic. The infection tally now stands at 15,631. The district also witnessed a Covid death. A 55-year-old woman from Chandimandir, who was suffering from type 2 diabetes mellitus, succumbed to the virus. The Covid toll now stands at 160. The district had, on Tuesday, reported its highest-ever single-day spike of 278 covid cases. The surge As many as 2,602 coronavirus cases have been reported from the district this month so far, which is over 16 per cent of the total infections. While the district reported 3,762 infections in September last year during the first wave, the August tally stood at 2,044. The active caseload has gone up from 953 on March 31 to 1,679. Hospitals are committed the crime. Lapses found on part of cops The police claimed that lapses had been found on the part of the Punjab Police personnel who were on duty at the currency chest on the day of incident and they would write to the Punjab Police in this regard. With 276 new cases, dist sees pandemic’s second-highest single-day surge 3 DEATHS, 421 CASES IN CHANDIGARH Chandigarh: The city recorded 421 Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, taking the number of active cases to 3,371. With three more deaths, the toll has reached 404. The total number of cases in the UT has reached 31,985. A total of 417 patients were cured of the disease. TNS THREE DEATHS, 373 CASES IN MOHALI Mohali: Three deaths and 373 new Covid-19 cases were reported from the district on Wednesday. As many as 307 patients recovered from the virus in the past 24 hours. Among the new cases, 172 were reported from Mohali (urban), 10 each from Lalru and Gharuan, 79 from Dhakoli, 52 from Kharar, 20 from Dera Bassi, 23 from Kurali and seven from Boothgarh. The district has so far seen 32,984 cases, while 27,660 patients have been cured. There are now 4,838 active cases. With three more deaths, the toll in the district has reached 486. TNS overwhelmed by a significant rise in the active cases – either ICU beds are full or on the brink of it. The recovery rate has also dipped to 88.23 per cent. On an average, the district has conducted over 1,800 tests daily this month, laying emphasis on enforcing the “test-tracktreat” protocol. Over 15K vaccinated during four-day ‘Tika Utsav’ Wednesday marked the end of the four-day “Tika Utsav” or the vaccine festival with the district vaccinating a total of 15,353 eligible persons under the campaign. Over 1.05 lakh doses of the Covid vaccine have been administered in the district so far. Panchkula set to get piped natural gas Tribune News Service Watering of lawns will invite a fine in Chandigarh from April 15. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN WHAT IS PROHIBITED Watering of lawns, washing of courtyards and vehicles with a hosepipe is prohibited. Violators will have to pay a fine of ~5,000. Misuse of water in any other form will also attract penalty. tion through a notification on the water tariff hike in September last year. The civic body is also mulling over continuing its challan drive throughout the year. c m y b Panchkula, April 14 The dream of piped natural gas (PNG) for Panchkula residents is soon going to be realised as Haryana Speaker and local MLA Gian Chand Gupta laid the foundation stone of a natural gas pipeline in the vegetable market ground, Sector 15, here today. The work of laying the pipeline will be carried out by Indian Oil-Adani Gas Private Limited. Describing it as a historic day, Gupta said the project would usher in a new era of development for local residents. Under this project, a pipeline of 10.85 km would be Haryana Speaker Gian Chand Gupta lays the foundation stone of a natural gas pipeline in Panchkula on Wednesday. RAVI KUMAR laid in the city and the work was expected to be completed in six months. He termed the occasion as fulfilment of his election promise to provide domestic gas to residents through a gas pipeline. He said in the first phase, CNG filling stations would be set up at petrol pumps in the city in one month. “In the second phase, pipelines will be laid to provide PNG to every household in the city. A target has been set up to complete this work by September 30,” Gupta said. The Speaker said earlier, there were several apprehensions among people about LPG cylinders such as leakage of gas and cylinder blast, which sometimes lead to fatal accidents. Referring to one such incident, he said seven people had lost their lives due to an explosion of cylinders at a house in Sector 10. The provision for gas through pipeline would significantly help avert such incidents, he said.
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