18042021-CT-01.qxd 4/18/2021 12:38 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE SUNDAY | 18 APRIL 2021 | CHANDIGARH PANJAB VARSITY CONCERNED OVER ILLEGAL HOSTEL INMATES In wake of Covid surge, PU authorities write to wardens to stop ineligible students from staying in hostel rooms. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD SAMPLES TESTED POSITIVE RECOVERED NEW CASES ACTIVE CHANGE DEATHS NEW P’KULA 3,58,865 33,309 29,485 431 3,414 9 410 2 MOHALI 2,47,570 2,69,565 16,609 35,193 14,422 28,913 349 744 2,023 5,781 192 266 164 499 2 5 AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH 73 PANCHKULA 90 MOHALI 60 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF 2 FOUND DEAD IN SEPARATE CASES Zirakpur: Two persons were found dead in separate incidents in Zirakpur. In Pabhat, a 22-year-old youth, Aradhya, hanged himself to death at his rented accommodation. The police said the youth was in distress due to some job-related issue. No suicide note was found on him. In another incident, a 32-year-old married man was found dead under mysterious circumstances at his rented accommodation in Saini Vihar, Baltana. The deceased has been identified as Pradeep Kumar, who was into propertyrelated business. The cause of death would be known after the autopsy, the police said. TNS STONE LAID FOR NO-FEE HOSPITAL Mohali: The Sohana Hospital Trust will set up a 100-bed hospital in Mohali where no fee would be charged. Chairman of the Trust Bhai Davinder Singh laid the foundation stone of the project. He said there would be no cash counters at the hospital and patients would be charged no fee. All treatment, including diagnosis, lab test, scanning, etc, would be provided free of cost. He said in October, Sohana Hospital would be equipped with stateof-the-art radiation machines for the treatment of cancer. TNS RAIN LIKELY ON APRIL 20, 21 Chandigarh: After two days of showers, light rain is expected again on Tuesday and Wednesday. According to the Met Department, lightning, accompanied by gusty winds with a speed up to 30-40 kmph, is likely during the two days. TNS Cyclist dies after being hit by car Panchkula, April 17 A person was killed after a speeding car rammed into a cycle near the garbage dump in Sector 23 around 8:30 pm last night. The victim has been identified as Rinku. The incident took place when the victim and his cousin, Govind, were on their way to Ashiana in Sector 26 on separate bicycles. “The car, which was being driven rashly, rammed into my brother’s cycle from behind. I escaped collision by a few inches. My brother was taken to the Civil Hospital with the help of passersby where he succumbed to injuries during treatment,” reads the FIR, quoting the complainant. The complainant said he couldn’t note down the number of the vehicle. A case has been registered. — TNS PAGE 3 ONE BOOKED FOR THEFT, HOUSE TRESPASS IN PANCHKULA PAGE 3 Unidentified youth scales the boundary wall and barges into a house in Sector 15 of Panchkula. MAX 33°C | MIN 20°C | YESTERDAY MAX 32.2°C | MIN 20.8°C SUNSET SUNDAY 6:51 PM PAGE 5 ZIRAKPUR RESIDENTS REEL UNDER 9-HR POWER CUT Supply to the area was interrupted due to the maintenance work of a feeder of a Pabhat power grid. SUNRISE MONDAY 5:52 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Lockdownhitslife inUT Markets wear deserted look, thin traffic on roads in city 50% vaccination capacity unutilised at tricity sites Tribune News Service Naina Mishra Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 17 Normal life was affected in the city today due to the imposition of the weekend lockdown to stem the rise in Covid-19 cases. The UT Administration had yesterday imposed the weekend lockdown from 10 pm on Friday and till 5 am on Monday to break the transmission chain. All government and private offices, markets and malls remained closed due to the restrictions. Essential commodity shops and vendors dealing with food, groceries, fruits and vegetable, dairy and milk booths, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment, however, remained opened for home delivery. Sector 17 and other markets in Sectors 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 29, 30 wore a deserted look as people remained indoors. However, there were no strict restrictions on the movement of vehicles in the city. The traffic was thin, but there were no curbs on the inter-state and intra-state movement of essential and non-essential goods and all vehicles or persons in bona fide transit were allowed to pass. Passengers going to or returning from airport or railway station or bus stand were also exempted from the curfew. As restaurants, hotels and food joints/courts in various malls were allowed to open only for home delivery, their employees were allowed to move on the production of a valid ID card. The mobile market in Sector 22, Chandigarh, on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI Later in the evening, people were seen visiting shops of essential commodities, but there was hardly any rush. To ferry passengers from bus stands and railway stations, the CTU operated limited number of buses on various routes in the city. The Administration has exempted certain categories of people from the curfew for necessary services and activities such as vaccination. Those going to appear for any examination and those on examination duties were also allowed movement on the production of identity cards. Those tasked with law and order, emergency and municipal services, police, military or paramilitary personnel in uniform, health, electricity, fire, mediapersons and government machinery tasked with Covid-related duties were also exempted from the curfew. Two die, 431 test positive in UT CHANDIGARH: The city recorded 431 new cases of Covid-19 on Saturday, taking the number of active cases to 3,414. With two more deaths, the toll has reached 410. The UT tally stands at 33,309. A total of 438 patients were cured of the disease during the past 24 hours. — TNS RESTAURANT STAFF ALLOWED MOVEMENT ■ As restaurants, hotels and food joints/courts in various malls were allowed to open only for home delivery, their employees were allowed to move on the production of a valid ID card. ■ Later in the evening, people were seen visiting shops of essential commodities, but there was hardly any rush. No rush of passengers at the ISBT, Sector 43, Chandigarh, due to the lockdown on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: VICKY FIRs AGAINST 10 FOR VIOLATING COVID NORMS Chandigarh: The police registered 10 FIRs for violation of Covid guidelines under Section 188 of the IPC on Saturday. Twelve challans were issued to persons found not wearing masks in public places. Fifty-two persons were challaned for not maintaining social distancing. As many as 22 persons were fined for spitting in public places. The police collected a total of ~55,500 as fine from violators on the first day of the weekend lockdown. During the night curfew from April 7 to 16, six FIRs were registered under Section 188 of the IPC. Three persons were challaned for not wearing masks. A total of ~8,000 was collected from violators for flouting the Covid guidelines. TNS Chandigarh, April 17 Even as Covid cases are rising sporadically in the region, at least 50 per cent capacity of vaccination centres in the tricity remains unutilised. According to the official CoWin portal, there are 56 sites conducting vaccination sessions in Chandigarh with a capacity of 8,000-10,000 jabs a day. More than 65 vaccination sessions are being held in the city but the turnout is only over 4,000. Dr Amandeep Kaur Kang, Director Health Services, Chandigarh, said: “We have a capacity to vaccinate from 8,000 to 10,000 beneficiaries at various vaccination sites. The centres remain underutilised as the turnout is still low. Though people have started coming again as the cases are rising. Eligible groups are urged to get vaccinated as soon as possible to fight the serious illness caused by Covid.” Recently, UT Adviser Manoj Parida had asked resident welfare associations to “name & shame” those who did not take vaccine. Panchkula has administered 1,17,134 vaccine doses. While 99,662 beneficiaries have got their first dose, 17,472 have completed their two-dose vaccination. There are 34 sites where vaccination sessions are held. The Chief Medical Officer of Panchkula district, Dr Jasjit Kaur, said: “We have permanent sites and we are changing our locations to offices and market areas for vaccination. We have a capacity to vaccinate 10,000 beneficiaries per day with teams available and requisite arrangements. We are vaccinating 3,000 beneficiaries per day and sometimes the number crosses continued on page 5 Around 4,000 turn out a day at more than 65 vaccination session sites in City Beautiful A health worker administers the Covid vaccine to a person in Sector 23, Chandigarh, on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI VACCINATION FIGURES SOURCE: COWIN PORTAL CHANDIGARH MOHALI PANCHKULA 1,43,255 1,20,822 1,17,134 At 349, Panchkula sees biggest single-day spike Tribune News Service Panchkula, April 17 With 349 fresh Covid-19 cases, the district on Saturday recorded its highest singleday jump since the pandemic outbreak. The active caseload also breached the 2,000 mark for the first time. The district also recorded two Covid-related deaths, taking the toll to 164. A 55-year-old woman from Pinjore, who was suffering from type 2 diabetes, succumbed to the virus. A 70- Panchkula, April 17 A Covid-19 patient has been booked for allegedly roaming in a public place in violation of home isolation rules. The patient, identified as 60year-old Vijay Kumar Gupta of Sector 17, had undergone a Covid test at Civil Hospital on In 7 days, cases rise 12% in Mohali Panchkula, April 17 The local police have arrested a group of friends for creating nuisance in public during night curfew in a drunken state on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday. The suspects were identified as Rakesh, Ankush, Rajan and Suraj. According to the police, Head Constable Kunwar Pal Singh, who was on patrolling duty, spotted two motorcycles parked near the Surajpur flyover around 1:30 am. Four youths, in close proximity, were hurling abuses at each other and creating a nuisance. The police official, with the assis- Mohali, April 17 The district has witnessed about 12 per cent increase in Covid cases during the past seven days. The tally has jumped from 31,440 on April 11 to 35,193 today. There is a 21.73 per cent increase in active cases during the period. From 4,749 active cases on last Sunday, the figure has reached 5,781. In the same period, the recovery rate declined from 83.37 per cent to 82.15 per cent, compounding the problem. The number of persons cured of the disease has increased from 26,214 to 28,913. Twenty-two persons succumbed to the virus in the Suspects caugth hurling abuses at each other near Surajpur flyover tance of his colleagues, nabbed the youths. They were found to be in intoxicated. The suspects were booked under Section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), 269 (negligent act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life) and 270 (malignant act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life) of the IPC and Section 51 of the Disaster Management Act. — TNS Tribune News Service Recovery rate drops, active cases up over 21% 366 SANS MASK CHALLANED Mohali: The police challaned 366 persons for not wearing a mask at public places. Fifteen FIRs have been registered against the violators for defying Covid- related guidelines in the past 24 hours. The police said 66 vehicles had been impounded in the district for breaking the night curfew. TNS district during the past week. While the toll last Sunday was 477, it stood at 499 today. A random survey of the markets in the city and other places in the district people could be seen moving without masks, thus exposing themselves to the deadly virus despite the fact that the health authorities have been warning people not to venture out without it. Civil Surgeon Dr Adarshpal Kaur said the sudden spurt in cases was due to the increased testing in the district. It is pertinent to mention here that the district administration had already doubled the penalty for not wearing a mask and spitting in a public place from ~500 to ~1000. Any violation also invites criminal proceedings under the relevant provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, and the Indian Penal Code, 1860. UT to expand IT-based industry in Industrial Area EXPORT OF IT PRODUCTS Dushyant Singh Pundir Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 17 After the quashing of acquisition of land for Phase III of Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park, the UT Administration has decided to expand the IT industry in the Industrial Area. According to the Chandigarh Export Promotion Plan, the UT would allow IT-based industry, including software and electronics hardware, to set up their units, but any activity entailing direct customer interface would not be allowed. With regard to IT hardware units, activities such as manufacturing of computer devices, printer, scanners and related devices, networking products and telecommunication units will be allowed. In respect of software units, entrepreneurs can opt for telecommunication and NO AGGRESSIVE MARKETING Though Chandigarh as preferred information technology destination ranks high among the tier-2 cities in the country, it lacks aggressive marketing. Elaborating various aspects of the key findings of a location assessment report of the city, experts opined that the complexion of the IT sector would mobile communication software and application software operating system. The Administration also c m y b have been different had it been aggressively marketed outside by the decision makers. permitted opening of outsourcing units, including call centres, audio visual or gaming production studios as well as web designing and web content development services. The export plan observes that ecosystem development is very crucial for boosting IT exports from Chandigarh. The UT Administration conceived the Entrepreneur Development Centre in the prospering IT Park to enhance the export of the software export from the city and to assist young professionals in setting up their 2,800 VACCINATED As many as 2,800 eligible persons were vaccinated at 30 sites in the district. Man defies home isolation, booked 4 drunken youths held for violating night curfew Sanjay Bumbroo year-old man from Kalka, with the same comorbid condition, breathed his last. Five healthcare workers were among those found positive. The overall tally reached 16,609 while the cumulative recoveries stand at 14,422. The recovery rate has dropped to 86.83 per cent. The total number of active cases stands at 2,023. ventures by providing shell space or space with plug and play facilities. At present, five start-up companies are operating from the SPIC (Society for Promotion of IT in Chandigarh) IT incubation centre. The Administration has chosen IT and ITeS as one of the export products from Chandigarh, as these are showing emerging trends and skyrocketing demand in the world markets. April 9 and his sample came out positive on April 11. He had been advised to be in home isolation till April 26. The CMO office had received an anonymous complaint that the patient had not been following home isolation orders continued on page 5 Five succumb, 744 infected in Mohali Mohali, April 17 The district on Saturday reported five more fatalities due to Covid-19, taking the total count of deaths to 499. Besides, 744 more persons tested positive for the virus and 473 got better of it till Saturday evening. Among the fresh cases, 225 came from Mohali (urban), 16 from Lalru, 17 from Kurali, 20 from Banur, 29 from Boothgarh, 43 from Gharuan, 88 from Dera Bassi, 109 from Kharar and 197 from the Dhakoli area of Zirakpur. The district tally stands at 35,193. — TNS Rlys to fine violators of Covid norms CHANDIGARH: Divisional Railway Manager Gurinder Mohan Singh has stated that to prevent spitting and act of similar nature, and to ensure wearing of face masks/face cover by all persons on the railway premises (including trains), a fine (up to Rs 500) under the Indian Railways (Penalties for Activities Affecting Cleanliness on Railway Premises) Rules, 2012, shall be imposed on persons caught without mask/cover. — TNS
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