16042021-CT-01.qxd 4/16/2021 12:46 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE FRIDAY | 16 APRIL 2021 | CHANDIGARH SCHOOL FEE HIKE: PARENTS WANT EDU DEPT TO INTERVENE PAGE 2 The UT Education Dept is silent on whether schools can raise fee this year, leaving the parents in the lurch. FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD SAMPLES TESTED POSITIVE RECOVERED NEW CASES ACTIVE CHANGE DEATHS NEW P’KULA MOHALI 3,52,815 2,43,262 2,65,167 32,397 15,946 33,844 28,619 13,987 28,132 412 315 860 3,371 1,799 5,225 120 387 407 160 487 3 0 1 AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH 105 PANCHKULA 68 MOHALI 103 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF KALKA MAN HELD FOR STALKING Panchkula: The district police have arrested a man for stalking a woman and assaulting her male friend near Khera Sita Ram village while they were on their way to Parwanoo. The suspect has been identified as Rahul, a resident of Kalka. The victim, who works with a private company, was returning home along with her friend around 9 pm after attending a birthday party of a friend in Upper Mohalla, Kalka. A case was registered. TNS PAGE 2 5,000 STRAY CANINES TO BE STERILISED IN PANCHKULA An NGO employed by the Panchkula civic body begins sterilisation drive, targets to sterilise 10-15 dogs daily. MAX 37°C | MIN 25°C | YESTERDAY MAX 37.8°C | MIN 22.9°C SUNSET FRIDAY 6:50 PM Thirty-one of the 45 samples found to be having UK variant (B.1.1.7), while mutation detected in 12 samples. SUNRISE SATURDAY 5:54 AM Chandigarh, April 15 The local Meteorological Department has forecast light rain for the next two days. According to the weatherman, the sky is likely to be generally cloudy with thundery development/light rain on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, it is expected to be partly cloudy. The maximum temperature in city today was 37.8°C, three degrees above normal, while the minimum temperature was 22.9°C, five degrees above normal. By Saturday, the maximum temperature is expected to come down to 32°C and the minimum to 20°C. The past few days have been relatively hot. A Met official said the coming few days were expected to provide some respite from the growing hot weather. —TNS TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Weekend curfew on UT mind Closure of gyms, theatres, malls, eateries among stricter curbs to be discussed today Name, shame those not getting jabbed: Adviser Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 15 Weekend curfew and closure of gyms, restaurants, cinema halls and malls may be among the new restrictions to be imposed by the UT Administration to curb the rising Covid-19 cases. According to UT Adviser Manoj Parida, “Various measures will be discussed at a meeting scheduled for Friday.” The odd-even formula for opening of shops is also under consideration. Besides, like last year, only 50 per cent staff may be allowed in offices. Restrictions may also be imposed on visitors in government offices to check rush. Ban on cultural, social or religious gatherings will also be discussed. The Administration has already shut Rock Garden, while Sukhna Lake has been closed for the public on weekends. Night curfew has already been imposed in the city from 10 pm to 5 am. There is also a restriction on gatherings — 200 persons for outdoor events and 100 persons for indoor — in the UT. The authorities may also consider reducing this number further. Jabs given at 64 sites As many as 4,083 eligible people were administered the Covid vaccine at 64 sites across the city on Thursday. Chandigarh, April 15 Even as getting vaccinated is voluntary, UT Adviser Manoj Parida today asked the resident welfare associations (RWAs) to name and shame those not taking the jab. “The RWAs should help the Administration by persuading eligible residents to take the Covid vaccine. Defaulters should be named and shamed. In other states, people are waiting in long queue People without a mask at Sector 17, Chandigarh; and (below) a person aged above 45 gets the Covid vaccine at the Dadu Majra dispensary on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: PRADEEP TEWARI ODD-EVEN FOR SHOPS ALSO TO BE TAKEN UP The odd-even formula for opening of shops is also under consideration. Besides, like last year, only 50 per cent staff may be allowed in offices. Traders have already expressed dissatisfaction over any such move. They said businesses ELIGIBLE PEOPLE were yet to recover from last VACCINATED year’s losses. 4,083 CITY SEES 3 DEATHS, 412 FRESH CASES Chandigarh: The city on Thursday reported 412 fresh Covid cases, taking the active caseload to 3,371, and three deaths. A 73-year-old woman from Sector 48, a case of coronary artery disease and septic shock, died at Shalby Hospital, Mohali. An 80-year-old man from Sector 51, who was suffering from severe acute respiratory infection, died at the GMCH-32. A 36-year-old woman from Maloya, a case of disseminated abdominal tuberculosis, died at the GMSH, Sector 16. TNS Resident bodies flay the Twitter post, say vaccination voluntary to get it, while our facilities are underutilised,” he was quoted in a Twitter post of the Administration. When contacted, Parida said, “The RWA should do it. We cannot name and shame because officially vaccine is optional.” However, RWAs are not impressed with the Adviser’s statement. FOSWAC chairman Baljinder Singh Bittu said, “It is not required. People should be made aware rather than being shamed. The Administration should do governance, not continued on page 3 Panchkula hits a new high with 315 fresh cases Expect light rain for two days PAGE 3 UK VARIANT FOUND IN 70% SAMPLES SENT FROM PGI Panchkula, April 15 The district reported 315 fresh coronavirus cases on Thursday, the highest singleday spike so far since the pandemic broke out. On Tuesday, the district had reported 278 cases, which was till then the highest singleday figure. The Covid toll remained at 160 with no fresh death. While the overall case tally has reached 15,946, the cumulative recoveries stand at 13,987. The active caseload is 1,799. Halfway through the month, over 2,900 cases have been reported from the district, suggesting it could turn out to be worst Covid month since the inception of the pandemic. When the first wave was at its peak, the district had reported 3,762 infections in September last year. The August tally stood at 2,044. — TNS Firefighting op HIGH POSITIVITY RATE A MATTER OF CONCERN ■ The high positivity rate is a concern as a large number of people were found positive among 1,330 samples processed at the Civil Hospital lab. ■ On ‘low collection of samples’, Civil Surgeon Dr Jasjeet Kaur said they were trying to get medical students for assistance in sample collection. “The existing staff are already overworked with multiple duties,” she said. Two fall prey to snatchers in city A vehicle that caught fire on the road separating Sector 16 and 17 in Chandigarh on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Chandigarh, April 15 Two snatchings have taken place in the city. A bike-borne miscreant sped away after snatching a woman’s bag containing cash and documents in Sector 22 on April 14. Surinder Singh of Dariya village reported that Mukesh, alias Mogli, of Mauli Jagran snatched his mobile phone at the grain market in Sector 26 on April 13. —TNS VAX STATS 2,617 ELIGIBLE PERSONS GIVEN VACCINE AT 33 SITES ON APRIL 15 OVER 1.08L VACCINE DOSES ADMINISTERED IN THE DISTRICT SO FAR CREMATION GROUNDS TO BE SANITISED ■ Amid a record spike in Covid cases, the Panchkula Municipal Corporation has issued instructions to conduct regular sanitisation drives at Sector 20 and other cremation grounds across the city. ■ Instructions have been issued by MC Commissioner RK Singh to civic body officials to visit cremation grounds and ensure sanitisation on a priority basis. A health worker takes a sample for the Covid test in Dhakoli on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: NITIN MITTAL Testing contacts: 58 found +ve in Dhakoli containment zone Sanjay Bumbroo Tribune News Service Mohali, April 15 Fifty-eight contacts of Covid positive cases have been found to have contracted the virus in Dhakoli. Health teams took a total of 2,000 samples of contacts of positive cases during the past two days. Dhakoli has been turned into a containment zone after a large number of cases were being reported from the area. The district administration has now opened the KArea and areas of Dhakoli before the railway crossing after completing the sampling process. Divulging details, Deputy Commissioner Girish Dayalan said the Dhakoli area had been divided into 10 zones and teams were taking samples of the contacts of the Covid positive cases. Dayalan said the 10 teams deployed in the area were presently taking samples at five different locations, including Gulmohar area, Dhakoli, Sushma societies in Peer Muchalla, Mamta Enclave and Spandle Society. He said they were thankful to the people of the locality, who have been cooperating in sampling and vaccination. “We are opening areas after completing the sampling work,” he added. The DC said essential services of all kind and medical services were allowed in the containment zone. He said Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 15 Arguments on the discharge application of former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and the framing of charges against him were completed today before the CBI Special Court, Haryana, in the Associated Journals Limited (AJL) plot re-allotment case. Hooda and M/s AJL are accused in the case. Another accused, Motilal Vora, Congress leader and then chairman of M/s AJL, died recently. Hooda has been seeking discharge from the case. He remained present throughout the daylong hearing today along with his lawyers RS Cheema, PK Sandhir and SPS Parmar. CBI counsel Kanwar Pal Singh submitted before the court that then chairman of M/s AJL Motilal Vora and then Chief Minister BS Hooda hatched a conspiracy for the restoration of the resumed institutional plot in Sector 6, Panchkula. He added that before Hooda, former Chief Minister Bansi Lal had not considered the requests for the restora- EX-CM WAS PRESENT AT DAYLONG HEARING Former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and M/s Associated Journals Limited (AJL) are accused in the case. Another accused, Motilal Vora, Congress leader and then chairman of M/s AJL, died recently. tion of the plot. Vora did not make any request from 2002 to 2005 for the restoration of the plot though he became chairman in 2002 as he allegedly knew that the requests would be turned down in a non-Congress regime. At that time, there was an INLD govern- Hooda has been seeking discharge from the case. The former Chief Minister remained present throughout the daylong hearing on Thursday along with his lawyers RS Cheema, PK Sandhir and SPS Parmar. ment in Haryana. There was no request from the AJL even from 1998 to 2005 for the restoration of the plot. Hooda became the Chief Minister on March 5, 2005, and Vora requested for the restoration of the plot on April 7, 2005. Hooda re-allotted the plot on August 28, 2005. c m y b MOHALI’S BIG SURGE — 860 INFECTED Mohali: Since the outbreak of the pandemic, the district witnessed its highest-ever single-day case spike with 860 cases surfacing in the past 24 hours. A total of 472 patients were cured, while one more death was reported. Among the the fresh cases, 399 were reported from Mohali (urban), four from Banur, 11 each from Lalru, Boothgarh and Kurali, 34 from Gharuan, 47 from Dera Bassi, 147 from Kharar and 196 from Dhakoli. A total of 33,844 cases have been reported from the district so far. TNS food delivery boys were also being allowed to enter the containment zone. Meanwhile, more than one lakh eligible persons have been vaccinated against Covid-19 in the district so far. Civil Surgeon Dr Adarshpal Kaur said till April 15, a total of 1,03,347 beneficiaries, including 37,557 senior citizens, had been given doses in the district. A total of 3,413 beneficiaries were given the jab on Thursday. Praising the entire health care staff for the achievement, she said doctors, nurses and paramedical staff were risking their lives to save the lives of people. 5 booked for ~35.44L bank loan fraud Chandigarh, April 15 Five persons have been booked for fraudulently taking a loan of ~35.44 lakh in the name of a doctor. The complainant, Parveen Sharma, a doctor with a private hospital, alleged that the suspects, Amrish, Mohandeep, Harshmeet, Ravinder Pal and Sangram, got a loan of ~35.44 lakh sanctioned on his name from ICICI Bank, Dera Bassi, in 2017. He said the suspects had approached him regarding the sale of a plot in Dera Bassi and a bank employee visited him and took some documents and blank cheques on the pretext of processing the loan. He was assured that the cheques would be returned to him after documentation of loan papers. In 2018, he came to know that a cheque has bounced. He then found that a loan was sanctioned in his name, even though he had not signed the sanction letter. He said he was shocked to know that the registry of a plot was done in his name at the Sub-Registrar’s office in Dera Bassi, though he had never visited it. The complainant approached the police. After an investigation, a case was registered against the suspects at the Industrial Area police station on April 14. —TNS Arguments on Hooda’s discharge plea completed in AJL case Bhartesh Singh Thakur 2K samples taken in two days; sampling process on in 5 areas Officials of HUDA, the then Legal Remembrancer, and then Financial Commissioner Town and Country Planning Department had unanimously recommended that the plot could not be re-alloted without publishing a fresh advertisement at the current rate of ~3,200 per sq yard. However, Hooda allegedly overruled them. The 97th meeting of HUDA was held on May 16, 2006, whose chairman was Hooda himself and the ex-post facto approval of the re-allotment had been accorded. On the defence of Hooda that he passed the re-allotment order under the provision of Section 30 (2) of HUDA Act, 1977, which grants revision powers, the CBI counsel said the same power had already been exercised by ML Tayal, then Commissioner and Secretary to the Haryana Government, Town and Country Planning Department, as the powers were delegated by the President of India under Subsection 2 of Section 30. The CBI has been claiming that Hooda as chairman of HUDA misused his official position as Chief Minister by re-allotting the plot at the old rates, as applicable in 1982, causing a wrongful gain of ~67.65 lakh to AJL and corresponding loss to the government exchequer. On the contention of Hooda that there was an amendment to the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, and 13 (1) (d), which pertains to abusing official position for pecuniary advantage for himself or others, could not apply to him, the CBI counsel reasoned that as the offences had been committed before the amendment to the Act, continued on page 3 8 challaned, 86 get notice for wasting water Chandigarh, April 15 The local MC today issued 86 notices and challaned eight persons on the first day of its drive against water wastage. The drive will continue till June 30. Of the eight challans, two were issued for washing vehicles and three each for washing courtyard and irrigation of lawns with a hosepipe. Most of the notices were issued for violations like overflowing water tanks, leakage in meter chamber, installation and use of booster pump on water supply line and wastage due to noninstallation of bib taps. “We have formed various teams for visiting different localities to check the misuse of water,” said an MC official. —TNS
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