27052021-CT-01.qxd 5/27/2021 12:43 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE THURSDAY | 27 MAY 2021 | CHANDIGARH SECTOR 17 FOOTBALL STADIUM MISSES ANOTHER DEADLINE PAGE 2 The contractor says it will take at least two more months to hand over ground’s possession to UT Sports Department. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD SAMPLES TESTED POSITIVE RECOVERED NEW CASES ACTIVE CHANGE DEATHS NEW P’KULA MOHALI 4,93,948 3,30,901 3,73,227 59,216 29,570 65,483 54,921 27,908 59,872 224 103 268 3,573 1,335 4,722 490 131 297 722 327 889 8 4 7 CHANDIGARH 76 PANCHKULA 77 MOHALI 113 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF RLA TO REMAIN CLOSED TILL MAY 31 Chandigarh: Keeping in view the prevailing Covid-19 situation, the Registering and Licensing Authority (RLA) will remain closed till May 31. The office was to shut down for a week till April 30 after over 15 employees tested positive for the virus. After strict restrictions were imposed to contain the spread of the virus, the authorities had decided to keep the RLA closed till May 25, but it was later extended till May 31. An RLA official said fresh appointments would be given after opening of the office and all those who had prior appointments would be adjusted in a phased manner. Meanwhile, the Estate Office has opened the reception counter for receiving applications. The office was also closed after many employees contracted the virus. TNS CURBS IMPOSED IN 17 ZONES IN CITY Chandigarh: To prevent further spread of the coronavirus, the UT Administration today declared 17 micro-containment zones in the city. The affected areas declared as micro-containment zones are parts of Sector 7, 35, 40, 44, 46, 49, 51, 52, Mauli Jagran Complex and New Dharshani Bag, Mani Majra. TNS COVID NORMS: FILM CREW BOOKED Zirakpur: Thirty-three members, including four women, of a film crew were booked for allegedly violating the Covid-19 protocol during a shooting session at the Ivory Villa housing society on VIP Road, Zirakpur. The police recieved a complaint that the crew was flouting the Covid guidelines during the shooting. They were neither wearing face masks nor maintaining social distancing, the police said. The owner of the building has also been booked. A case under Sections 188, 269, 270 and 120-B was registered at the Zirakpur police station on May 25. TNS MAX 41°C | MIN 23°C | YESTERDAY MAX 40.2°C | MIN 21.6°C SUNSET THURSDAY 7.17 PM PAGE 3 FOUR HELD FOR OPERATING ILLEGAL LIQUOR FACTORY The four suspects allegedly ran an illegal liquor factory from a house in Bhareli village near Barwala. SUNRISE FRIDAY 5.23 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE 19 fall prey to Covid-19 in tricity, 595 infected across the district and of them, 91 got their second dose today. As many as 746 beneficiaries were aged between 18 and 44, 417 between 45 and 59 and 143 above 60. A total of 2,08,807 persons have been vaccinated in the district and of them, 1,59,900 have got the first dose, while 48,907 have got the second dose as well. Chandigarh, May 26 The tricity saw 19 Covid fatalities in the past 24 hours, while there was some reprieve on the new caseload front with 595 persons testing positive for the virus, indicating that the partial lockdown is paying off. Chandigarh witnesses eight virus fatalities, 224 cases A girl gets jabbed in Chandigarh on Wednesday. MANOJ MAHAJAN The city reported eight deaths and 224 new cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday. The active cases now stand at 3,573 and the death toll 722. As many as 706 patients recovered from the disease in the past 24 hours. CHECK REAL-TIME COVID BED DATA ON UT WEBSITE Chandigarh: The UT Administration has started posting real-time Covid bed data on the website, chdcovid19.in. Now, patients can check the status of oxygen beds and ICU beds at government and private hospitals and Covid care centres online. The platform has been created following the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court as per which the bed status of Covid-19 in all hospitals of Chandigarh was to be made available on the website on a real-time basis. The occupancy and vacant bed status will be updated on the website round the clock. Similarly, the status of ICU beds and ventilator beds can be accessed on a real-time basis. TNS Four breathe their last in Panchkula, 103 infected Panchkula: Four more persons succumbed to the virus during the past 24 hours, taking the death toll in the district to 327. The Civil Surgeon, Dr Jasjeet Kaur, said a 38-year-old man of Chowki village, a 67year-old man of Kalka, a 65year-old woman of Khera Sita Ram village and a 67year-old woman of the MDC, Sector 4, succumbed to the virus. Meanwhile, 103 persons were found infected with the virus, taking the case tally to 29,570. Of the 29,570 positive cases reported so far, 27,908 patients have been cured. There are now 1,335 active cases in the district, while the death toll stands at 327. A total of 1,347 persons were vaccinated at 25 government vaccination centres After Milkha, his wife tests positive; both doing fine Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 26 After Milkha Singh, his 82year-old wife Nirmal Milkha Singh has been also tested positive for Covid-19. The former captain of the Indian volleyball team and former Joint Director, Sports, UT, Chandigarh, was admitted to Fortis Hospital today. Earlier, she had tested negative along with other members. Both Milkha and Nirmal have been put on oxygen support. “Milkha Singh continues to be stable on oxygen support. However, he is weak and we are trying to persuade him to increase his food intake. Today, we stepped him down from the ICU to a room, which he is sharing with his wife Nirmal Milkha Singh, who was admitted earlier in the day with Covid pneumonia. Both are being closely monitored,” read a medical bulletin issued by the hospital. “Mom and dad are on oxy- UNDER OBSERVATION and maintaining ❝Both are doing fineMilkha is not good saturation levels. Nirmal Milkha Singh taking any food for two days now. He wished to take a walk. He is under strict observation. Nirmal is also responding well to the treatment. — A source gen. They will pull through,” said Jeev Milkha Singh. Sources said Nirmal underwent a test on Wednesday and was later admitted to the hospital following suggestions by her daughter. Earlier on Tuesday, the legendary athlete was said to clinically stable with decreasing oxygen requirement. He had wished to take a stroll. “Both are doing fine and maintaining good saturation levels. Milkha is not taking any food for two days now. He wished to take a walk. However, he is also under strict observation. Nirmal is also responding well to the treat- ❞ ment,” said a source. The legendary athlete is a four-time Asian Games gold medallist and the 1958 Commonwealth Games champion but his greatest performance was the fourth-place finish in the 400m final of the 1960 Rome Olympics. His timing at the Italian capital remained the national record for 38 years till Paramjeet Singh broke it in 1998. He also represented India in the 1956 and 1964 Olympics and was bestowed the Padma Shri in 1959. Nirmal, meanwhile, is known to be a dedicated administrator, who worked for the welfare of sportspersons. Faith beckons Seven deaths, 268 fresh cases in Mohali district Mohali: Seven patients died of Covid while 268 positive cases were reported from the district on Wednesday. As many as 558 patients recovered from the virus in the past 24 hours. Among the new cases, 72 were reported from Mohali (urban), 53 from Dhakoli, 54 from Kharar, 25 from Gharuan, 35 from Dera Bassi, seven each from Lalru and Kurali, nine from Boothgarh and six from Banur. Of the 65,483 positive cases reported so far, 59,872 patients have been cured. The active case tally stands at 4,722, while the death toll has reached 889 in the district. Trader loses 2 sons to Covid Chandigarh, May 26 As the UT fights a deadly second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, grief has gripped the family of a trader here. Within a fortnight, JPS Kalra, general secretary, Chandigarh Traders' Association, Sector 17, has lost both his sons to the virus. Harpal Singh (42) and Sarabjit Singh (38), sons of Kalra, who is in his seventies, succumbed when they were recovering from the disease, said a family friend of Kalra. Still in a state of shock, Kalra, who lost his elder son on May 9, got the bad news on May 23 that the pandemic had claimed the life of his second son too. Harpal is survived by two daughters and wife, while Sarabjit is survived by wife, a son and a daughter. Both graduated from SD College in Sector 32, Harpal had a printing business, while Sarabjit was helping his father at their shop in Sector 17. The family friend said the entire Kalra family had contracted the virus last month. Continued on p2 Protesters burn an effigy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to mark ‘black day’ in protest against the farm laws and kids (bottom) take part in the stir at the Sector 33/34 light point in Chandigarh on Wednesday; and (below) farmers carry black flags while raising slogans in Mohali. NITIN MITTAL/VICKY ‘Black day’: Protesters burn effigies of PM, Shah, Tomar Amarjot Kaur Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 26 Six months on, the rage against the Central Government’s agro-market laws continues to smoulder. Pro-farmer groups, farmers and civil society members set afire effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Cabinet members, including Home Minister Amit Shah and Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar to mark ‘black day’ in the tricity today. On a call of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha, a total of 19 such effigies were burnt in Chandigarh alone. In Mohali, hundreds toured the city with hoisting black flags on tractors, cars, tractor-trailers, scooters, cycles and motorbikes from the Sohana gurdwara to Bestech Square Mall. Coming all the way from the rally in Mohali, Satnam Singh Tanda describes his experience as ‘motivating’. Showing a video, he says, “Modi’s effigy was hung atop a crane, and it was in front of the Sohana gurdwara that we hung a garland of shoes around the effigy. Then we toured across Mohali to reach the mall where the effigy was finally set ablaze.” While the Mohali police struggled to manage the traffic, general public remained supportive and sympathetic towards protesters. “They till the soil in this heat. They work hard. They don’t want these laws; why force them to accept? I am with farmers. I will wait here till the traffic clears. No problem,” said Simranjit Kaur, a resident of Mohali, who was stuck at the traffic lights near Amb Sahib. The situation at the Sector PUBLIC BACKS CAUSE While the Mohali police struggled to manage the traffic, the general public remained supportive and sympathetic towards protesters. “They till the soil in this heat. They work hard. They don’t want these laws; why force them to accept? I am with farmers. I will wait here till the traffic clears. No problem,” said Simranjit Kaur, who was stuck at the traffic lights near Amb Sahib. 34/33 light point in the city was, however, different. The Sector 33 road, on which the BJP office is located, was closed. The office was fortified with cops deployed on both sides of the road. Some 300 protesters raised slogans against Modi-Shah at the light point. “They are using heavy police force to monitor a peaceful protest! It only shows they are scared,” said Parteek Maan of Nojawan Kisan Ekta. Another protester, Aman, said, “If only the government had shown such preparedness in guarding its people against Covid, things would have been better. The BJP just wants to protect itself, nobody else.” Protesters burnt an effigy of Modi at the Sector 34 traffic light point at 3 pm, barely 200 metres from the BJP office. These protesters were joined by door-to-door garbage collectors as well as members of Pendu Sangharsh Commitee and Samuh Gurdwara Sangathan, Chandigarh. The effigies were burnt at many other places in the city, including Matka Chowk, the PGI chowk and Sector 39, Sector 19/27 and other traffic light points, where people have been protesting for more than five months. Protests were held at Mani Majra and Panjab University. At the university, members of the Students for Society and the Punjab Students’ Union (Lalkaar) held the protest. Most people were dressed in black and held black flags along with farmer-union flags. ~6-crore heroin seized Mohali sees two more in Kurali, two arrested cases of mucormycosis Tribune News Service MENTALLY ILL WOMAN RAPED Chandigarh: An unknown person has been booked for raping a 25-year-old mentally ill woman. In her complaint to the police, the victim’s mother stated that her daughter complained of stomach ache following which she took her to the GMSH-16. During a check, she was found fivemonth pregnant. A case has been registered at the Sector 26 police station. The police have started an investigation into it. TNS PAGE 2 The PGI finds that Covid-19 can also be traced by self-collection of ‘buccal swab’ in suspected patients. Tribune News Service AIR QUALITY INDEX 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 PGI STUDIES SELF-COLLECTION OF COVID SAMPLES FROM CHEEKS A monk performs a ritual on the occasion of Buddha Purnima at a temple in Khuda Ali Sher, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN c m y b Mohali, May 26 The police nabbed two suspects with 1.3 kg of heroin and ~5 lakh drug money during a blockade at the Kurali bypass near Singhpura village last night. The seized heroin is valued at ~6 crore in the international market. The suspects have been identified as Gulshan Kumar, alias Babbu, and Man Singh, hailing from Haryana. The police said they also seized ~5 lakh drug money from their white car. The duo was booked under Sections 21, 22 and 29 of the NDPS Act at the Sadar Kurali police station on May 25. Mohali SSP Satinder Singh said, ‘’Gulshan Kumar has earlier been booked for heroin smuggling. The heroin seized was to be supplied in the Chandigarh, Mohali and Kharar areas. Both suspects will be produced in a court and their police remand will be sought.’’ This year, the district police have seized 6.2 kg of heroin from smugglers so far. The crackdown on drug smugglers was on and the properties of drug smugglers were being attached and monitored, he said. Gaurav Kanthwal Tribune News Service Mohali, May 26 Two new cases of mucormycosis in the district took the patient count to 22 today. All patients are those who have recovered from Covid recently. There are only two patients who belong to the district, while the rest all are from other districts and nearby states. The Mohali Civil Surgeon, Dr Adarshpal Kaur, said, “The caseload of Covid patients has come down considerably in the past few days. It is not that we are getting mucormycosis patients daily but the shortage of med- COVID SAMPLING Date May 26 May 25 May 24 May 23 May 22 May 21 May 20 Samples taken 2,971 4,063 2,472 4,295 4,124 3,227 3,158 . icine is a big handicap. We hope things will improve in next one week.” Some respite on Covid front On the Covid front, after over Continued on p2
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