26052021-CT-01.qxd 5/26/2021 12:35 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY | 26 MAY 2021 | CHANDIGARH PANCHKULA MAN HELD WITH 2K BOTTLES OF FAKE SANITISER PAGE 2 Suspect allegedly used to sell sanitiser by pasting labels of popular brands such as Dabur and Hindustan Unilever. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD SAMPLES TESTED POSITIVE RECOVERED NEW CASES ACTIVE CHANGE DEATHS NEW P’KULA 4,91,148 58,992 54,215 258 4,063 365 714 5 MOHALI 3,29,333 3,70,435 29,467 65,215 27,678 59,314 174 376 1,466 5,019 13 159 323 882 3 9 AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH 77 PANCHKULA 44 MOHALI 86 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF BUS DRIVER BOOKED FOR NEGLIGENCE Chandigarh: A bus driver has been booked for negligent driving after a woman fell off the vehicle at the Sector 7/19/26/27 roundabout. Complainant Garima Lapia (25), a resident of Sector 30, reported that she worked as a dentist in Sector 19, Panchkula. On May 20, she was returning home by a Haryana Roadways bus. On reaching near the Sector 7/19/26/27 roundabout, she came near the door when the driver allegedly turned the bus in a negligent manner at the roundabout due to which the door got opened and she fell out of the bus. She was injured and admitted to Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16. The police have registered a case against the bus driver, Sharvan Kumar, at the Sector 26 police station. TNS Milkha clinically stable, say docs Chandigarh, May 25 Legendary athlete Milkha Singh, who is being treated for Covid-19 at a private hospital here, is clinically stable with decreasing oxygen requirement, informed the team of doctors treating the 91-year-old. Desperate to return to his normal routine, the former Indian sprinter wished to take a stroll today. However, doctors advised him rest. “He is doing fine, but still under observation at the ICU. He is not eating anything, but doctors termed it fine. Our daughter Mona Milkha Singh, a doctor in the USA, will reach here tomorrow. Thereafter, she will be interacting with doctors and Milkha,” said Milkha’s wife Nirmal Milkha Singh. — TNS Haryana Chief Secretary gets threat messages Chandigarh, May 25 An unknown person has been booked by the UT police for allegedly sending threat and vulgar messages to Haryana Chief Secretary Vijai Vardhan. UT police book unknown person According to the police, Vardhan, a resident of Sector 7, in his complaint, mentioned that he received several threat and vulgar messages on his WhatsApp on May 21. The messages were continued on page 2 CITY HERITAGE FURNITURE TO BE AUCTIONED IN FRANCE PAGE 2 28 MORE MICRO-CONTAINMENT ZONES DECLARED IN CITY Four heritage furniture items, designed by Swiss architect Pierre Jeanneret, to go under the hammer on May 31. MAX 41°C | MIN 24°C | YESTERDAY MAX 40°C | MIN 22.6°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 7.16 PM PAGE 3 To break chain of virus transmission, UT Administration declares 28 more micro-containment zones in the city. SUNRISE THURSDAY 5.23 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE UT puts private hospitals on notice for ‘fleecing’ patients Gives a week’s time to submit reply following plaints from Covid-hit Chandigarh, May 25 The UT Health Department issued show-cause notices to private hospitals in the city today for allegedly fleecing Covid patients during the treatment. The department has sought answers from the private hospitals treating Covid patients following complaints in writing to the Director, Health Services, and on the helpline. The hospitals have been asked why they did not follow the package prescribed by the government for the treatment of Covid patients. All hospitals have been asked to submit a reply within a week. The hospitals found overcharging are Eden, Healing Touch, Apollo, Kare Partner and Mukut Hospital. The notice seeks on what basis the patients were overcharged and why medicines were given at rates higher than the market rate. The Director, Health Services, Dr Amandeep Kang said the hospitals had been given a week’s time to respond to the notice. “We had earlier asked the hospitals to refund the 3 fatalities in P’kula, 174 +ve A beneficiary gets the Covid vaccine in Chandigarh on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI FACILITIES FOUND OVERCHARGING ■ The hospitals found overcharging are Eden, Healing Touch, Apollo, Kare Partner and Mukut Hospital. ■ The notice seeks on what basis the patients were overcharged and why medicines were given at rates higher than those in the market. excess amount charged from the patients,” she said. According to the complaints, private hospitals were allegedly found charg- WERE ASKED TO REFUND EXCESS AMOUNT EARLIER hospitals have ❝Theweek’s time to been given a respond to the notice. We had earlier asked the hospitals to refund the excess amount charged from patients. — Dr Amandeep Kang, DHS, UT ❞ ing extra for oxygen and medicines even as these were part of the package notified by the UT Administration on April 24. — TNS Panchkula, May 25 Three more persons succumbed to Covid-19 during the past 24 hours, taking the toll to 323 in the district. Civil Surgeon Dr Jasjit Kaur said a 62-year-old woman from Pinjore, a 57-year-old woman from Kalka and an 82year-old woman from Sector 7 succumbed to Covid-19. Meanwhile, 174 more persons tested positive for the virus, pushing the overall tally of the district to 29,467. continued on page 2 9 die, 376 test +ve in Mohali Mohali, May 25 Nine more deaths were reported from the district during the past 24 hours, taking the toll to 882. As many as 376 fresh cases surfaced, while 539 patients were cured of the disease. There are now 5,019 active cases in the district. — TNS Rush at a Sampark centre that opened after three weeks in Chandigarh on Tuesday. MANOJ MAHAJAN UT closes vax booking for 18+ Left with only 8,800 doses for this category of beneficiaries Chandigarh, May 25 The city is left with only 8,800 doses of Covishield for the 1844 age group. This has prompted the UT Administration to go easy on opening more slots for vaccination. The UT has also stopped bookings for these beneficiaries after June 4 till new doses are received. Earlier, the UT Administration had announced opening up to 4,000 slots per day for this age group. It lasted only a day when over 3,000 beneficiaries were vaccinated. The decision was later withdrawn due to a shortage of the vaccine. Arun Gupta, Principal Sec- 5 DEATHS IN UT, 258 NEW CASES Chandigarh: The city reported five deaths and 258 new cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday. The active cases now stand at 4,063 and the toll at 714. As many as 618 patients recovered from the disease on Tuesday. TNS retary, Home, UT, said, “The Administration is not expecting any new doses till Mayend. Online appointments have already been given according to the available doses. We will provide slots for booking only when new doses arrive. The average number of 18+ beneficiaries vaccinated Narrow escape for Mohali international hockey stadium 2 labourers in city renamed after Balbir Singh Senior Tribune News Service Punjab Sports Minister announces to start scholarship in the legend’s name Chandigarh, May 25 Two labourers digging a pit at the Airport light point had a narrow escape after a heap of soil fell on them on Tuesday evening. The labourers, Mangal Kumar and Hitesh, who are brothers, were digging a pit when the mishap took place. The police and the Fire Department were informed following which PCR vehicles and two fire engines reached the spot. In the meantime, the traffic police at the spot, including senior constable Rahul Kumar, jumped into the pit and started making efforts to rescue the victims. Without wasting time, they removed soil from the faces of the trapped labourers so that they could breathe. Later, firefighters joined the rescue operation and within a few minutes, both labourers were rescued. The victims were not wearing any protective gear at the time of the incident and neither were any arrangements made by the contractor at the spot to avoid any mishap. Tribune News Service (Top) Rescue operation on; and the brothers after being rescued at Airport light point. Mohali, May 25 After a one-year wait, the Punjab Government finally announced to rename the Mohali International Hockey Stadium, Sector 63, after triple Olympian and Padma Shri Balbir Singh Sr. The stadium will now be known as Olympian Balbir Singh Senior International Hockey Stadium. “Due to certain circumstances, the project got delayed. We had decided last year to dedicate this stadium to Balbir Singh Sr. His contribution towards promoting hockey is immense and unmatchable,” said Punjab Sports Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi, who formally made the announcement on the first death anniversary of the legendary hockey player and coach. Sodhi also said a statue of Balbir Singh Sr would be built at the stadium to inspire young players. “It will be installed at the stadium entrance,” he said. The minister also announced to start a scholar- Punjab Sports Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi plants a sapling in memory of Balbir Singh Senior at the hockey stadium in Phase 9, Mohali, on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: VICKY ship scheme in the legend’s name for meritorious hockey players of the state. “Also, once the Covid situation eases, an international hockey tournament will be held at this stadium to commemorate the stalwart’s sporting journey.” continued on page 2 daily is over 1,500 now.” Besides, the UT is also not going to proceed with the onsite registration of beneficiaries below 45 years of age due to the vaccine shortage. Those who cannot register online can visit a vaccination centre and seek help in booking a slot. As many as 23,521 beneficiaries in the 18-44 age group have been administered the first dose of Covishield. A total of 3,23,329 doses have been given in the UT so far. Around 70 per cent of healthcare workers and 74 per cent of frontline workers have been vaccinated so far. The wastage of the vaccine has been only 0.9 per cent. — TNS Sector 38 motor market sees rush Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 25 On the first day of opening of the Sector 38 motor market, a huge rush was witnessed there. Encroachments as well as haphazard parking were witnessed in the whole area. The market saw a heavy rush of vehicles as many people turned up to get their vehicles repaired or serviced. Shopkeepers encroached upon the road or verandah outside their shops, leading to a traffic jam in the market. Some people had a tough time entering the market and coming out. According to a shopkeeper, some mechanics, who sit in front of shops, pay rent to the owners of the shops and not the government, whose land they use. They encroach upon the area, causing inconvenience to visitors. TOKEN OF APPRECIATION Balbir Singh Senior’s grandson Kabir Singh also presented a book, “Golden Goal”, written by Principal Sarwan Singh, to the Sports Minister as a token of appreciation. Olympians Rajinder Singh Senior, Rajinder Singh (Junior), Ajit Singh and Prabhjot Singh, Sports Secretary Raj Kamal Chaudhary, Director DPS Kharbanda and Joint Director Kartar Singh were also present on the occasion. Vehicles being repaired at the motor market. PRADEEP TEWARI Man befriends woman on FB, steals ~40L jewellery from her house, held Stolen items recovered from 30-year-old Ludhiana resident | Drugged complainant by putting sedatives in her drink, say UT police Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 25 The UT police have arrested a 30-year-old Ludhiana resident for stealing jewellery worth around ~40 lakh from the house of a woman whom he had befriended on Facebook. The complainant, a resident of Sector 46, became friends with the suspect, Vishal Kumar, on Facebook. On May 15, Vishal visited the complainant’s house for some work when she was alone. Inspector Rajeev Kumar, SHO of the Sector 34 police station, said the suspect drugged the complainant by putting sedatives in her drink. The suspect then stole gold and silver jewellery from the house and escaped. The police registered a case under Sections 380, 411 and 328 of the IPC at the Sector 34 police station on May 20. The police traced the suspect through the social net- VICTIM FROM SEC 46 The suspect in the custody of the UT police. TRIBUNE PHOTO c m y b The complainant, a resident of Sector 46, became friends with the suspect, Vishal Kumar, on Facebook. On May 15, Vishal visited her house for some work when she was alone. Inspector Rajeev Kumar, SHO of the Sector 34 police station, said the suspect drugged the complainant by putting sedatives in her drink. The suspect then stole gold and silver jewellery from the house and escaped. working site. “The complainant just knew the suspect’s name; we traced people who were in his touch and through them, we got to know about his address in Ludhiana. A police team visited Ludhiana and found that he was in Delhi after which we nabbed him from Delhi on May 22,” the SHO said. The police said the stolen jewellery items worth around ~40 lakh had been recovered from the suspect.
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