30052021-CT-01.qxd 30-05-2021 00:58 Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE SUNDAY | 30 MAY 2021 | CHANDIGARH MOHALI DISTRICT WITNESSES DECLINE IN DAILY COVID CASES PAGE 2 DRIVE-THROUGH VACCINE CAMP IN PANCHKULA TODAY Due to lockdown in the past three weeks, Mohali district witnesses downward trend in Covid cases. MAINLY CLEAR SKY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD SAMPLES TESTED POSITIVE RECOVERED NEW CASES ACTIVE CHANGE DEATHS NEW P’KULA 5,02,637 59,740 56,534 163 2,466 292 740 5 MOHALI 3,35,100 3,80,197 29,853 66,224 28,508 61,863 71 233 1,004 3,414 122 412 341 947 4 5 AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH 79 PANCHKULA 54 MOHALI 128 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF MILKHA STABLE, WIFE UNDER OBSERVATION Chandigarh: Iconic former Indian sprinter and resident of the city Milkha Singh continues to be stable. However, his wife Nirmal Milkha Singh, former Indian volleyball team skipper, is under strict observation at the hospital, said doctors. “Milkha Singh continues to be stable. However Nirmal Milkha Singh’s oxygen requirement has gone up marginally. Both continue to be monitored closely,” mentioned the media bulletin. TNS MAX 39°C | MIN 29°C | YESTERDAY MAX 36.5°C | MIN 28.8°C SUNSET SUNDAY 7:18 PM PAGE 3 AT 416, PATIALA SEES MAX COVID FATALITIES IN MAY A drive-through Covid-19 vaccination drive will be held at Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Panchkula on Sunday. May proves to be deadliest month for Patiala district since the Covid pandemic broke out last year. SUNRISE MONDAY 5:22 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE students PGI to carry out sero survey in Over 40 govt schoolCovid lost either parent to city soon, awaits Admn nod ❝ Tribune News Service Dushyant Singh Pundir Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 29 To detect the prevalence of Covid-19 among residents, the PGI will soon carry out a sero survey in Chandigarh. Recently, UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore had stated that permission would be given to the PGI to carry out the survey in the city to know the level of infection among the local populace. On starting the survey in the city, Dr Jagat Ram, Director, PGI, said: “Once we receive a formal approval from the UT Administration, we will start the project”. On benefits of the survey, he said: “The survey will be carried out to find out that how many people from the general population (those vaccinated or those infected with the virus or those asymptomatic) have developed antibodies. It will also reveal whether herd immunity has been achieved or not.” It would also help us in postulating the magnitude of the third wave, he said, adding that the survey, once started, would take two and a half to three months and the sample would be collected from city residents. UT Adviser Manoj Parida said a formal approval to conduct sero survey in the city A girl gets the Covid vaccine at Panjab University Dental College in Sector 25, Chandigarh. Formal approval to be granted to the institute tomorrow, says UT Adviser WHAT PGI DIRECTOR SAYS The will find ❝howsurveypeople out many from the general population (those vaccinated or infected) have developed antibodies. ❞ Dr Jagat Ram, Director, PGI would be granted to the PGI on Monday so that it could be started at the earliest. Experts said the sero survey aimed at identifying the sero prevalence of Covid-19 at the community level and monitoring the transmission trends. The survey will reveal antibodies developed against the virus in the samples tested amongst a sizeable population of the city. WHAT IS SERO SURVEY? Sero survey examines how many people in a population have been infected with Covid-19 and recovered from it. It is done to identify the prevalence of the virus in a particular area. The survey is conducted by using an antibody test, also known as a serology test. It examines if an individual’s immune system has responded to the infection. It is important to carry out the survey to know the continued on page 2 FIVE FATALITIES, 163 MORE INFECTED IN UT Chandigarh: The city reported five deaths and 163 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday. The active cases now stand at 2,466 and death toll 740. As many as 450 patients recovered from the disease in the past 24 hours. TNS FOUR SUCCUMB, 71 TEST POSITIVE IN PANCHKULA Mohali: Five more persons died of Covid-19 in the district during the past 24 hours. Meanwhile, 233 fresh coronavirus cases surfaced till Saturday evening. As many as 617 patients recovered from the virus in the past 24 hours. The death count shared by private hospitals on Saturday added 11 more fatalities to the toll. The total number of deaths rose to 947. TNS Panchkula: Four more persons succumbed to Covid-19 during the past 24 hours, taking the death toll in the district to 341. The Civil Surgeon, Dr Jasjit Kaur, said a 67year-old man of Kalka, a 48-yearold man of Sector 9, a 68-year-old woman of Raipur Rani and a 54year-old woman of Sector 17 succumbed to the virus. Meanwhile, 71 persons were found infected with the virus. TNS A schoolteacher ❞ Panel to check Covid bills by Letter signed by 25 executive members, councillors to be sent to party in-charge pvt hospitals Sandeep Rana ed a non-political forum only Tribune News Service A man picks mangoes after the storm in Chandigarh on Saturday night. The Met Department recorded 30-mm rainfall till 11:30 pm. At some places, broken tree branches damaged cars and cables. PRADEEP TEWARI 3 of family take loan on fake gold, held Rain lashes city, spell to continue Panchkula, May 29 The Pinjore police have arrested three members of a family, including a woman, for defrauding a bank by taking a gold loan of ~1.58 lakh by giving fake yellow metal. The accused have been identified as Seema Bansal, her husband Purshotam Bansal and Vishal Bansal, residents of Sukhomajri village in Pinjore. On May 20, the police had arrested Manjit Kaur (40), a resident of Pinjore, in this case. During investigation, Manjit revealed the names of the trio. She was later sent to judicial custody. In his complaint to the police, Saurabh Jain, branch manager of Federal Bank, Kalka, stated that the woman applied for a gold loan on May 21. They got suspicious about the gold and asked the valuer of M/s Sai Jewellers, Kalka, to visit Chandigarh, May 29 Rain and high-velocity winds lashed the city tonight. Some places reported power outages. The change in the weather happened at about 10 pm. The weathermen said rain was likely on Sunday evening as well. There is also a forecast of light rain on Monday and Tuesday. The maximum temp today dipped to 36.5°C, which is three degrees below normal, while the minimum temp was 28.8°C, five degrees above normal. the bank to check it. He said the valuer found the ornaments, including a bangle and two chains, fake. Jain said the woman had also taken a loan of ~1.58 lakh on March 27, 2021, by depositing two gold bangles, weighing 53.3 grams, which were also found to be fake. During investigation, the woman told the police that the fake gold belonged to Seema Bansal, her husband and son Vishal, who had asked her to take the loan from the bank by depositing it. A case under Sections 420, 468, 511 and 120-B of the IPC has been registered against Manjit Kaur and other three accused. —TNS Chandigarh, May 29 With oxygen shortage a reality in many parts of the country, 16-year-old Garv Singh Khurana, a resident of the city, took it upon himself to arrange oxygen concentrators for those in urgent need. “We set up a fundraiser over 10 days ago,” shares Garv, who is behind the OxygenAid initiative. As many as 11 oxygen concentrators have been procured and the goal is of getting 100 concentrators. “I go and drop concentrators at home for Covid-19 patients as they cannot step out.” On being asked what encouraged continued on page 2 across the country to immediately fan out and identify the children who were orphaned by Covid and were in need of care, and provide them with basic needs such as food, shelter and clothes. Consequently, the UT Education Department asked schoolteachers to visit the homes of the affected students and take their details. A TALE OF WOE I had visited a family. A father of two had died of a heart attack and tested positive for Covid-19 posthumously. He had purchased a tempo on loan. We told his children that we will pay their school fee. Cong leaders write against Chhabra Fruits of weather Valuer found bangle, two chains were fake 16-year-old lends a helping hand Chandigarh, May 29 More than 40 children studying in UT government schools lost either of their parents to Covid-19. The city has so far witnessed 262 deaths in the month of May. A total of 740 persons have succumbed to the virus in the city since the beginning of the pandemic. A government schoolteacher, who went to visit a Covid-affected family, said: “I visited a family in which a father of two succumbed to Covid. He died of a heart attack and tested positive for Covid-19 posthumously. He had purchased a tempo on loan. The family’s source of income is now affected. We counselled both children, who study in Class 10, that we will pay their fees.” The Apex Court had recently ordered the authorities “We are just collecting realistic data about such children as of now. We will examine a proposal by weekend,” said an official of the UT Education Department. The Government of India has also proposed financial assistance for Covid-affected children. Under the PM Cares for Children, such children will get a monthly stipend once they turn 18 and a fund of ~10 lakh when they turn 23. As per the latest announcement of the Central Government, free education is to be ensured for children who lost their parents to Covid. The children will be assisted in getting an education loan for higher education and PM Cares will pay interest on the loan. UT Adviser Manoj Parida said a decision on assistance for such children would be taken in the war-room meeting. MOHALI SEES 5 DEATHS, 233 FRESH CASES Naina Mishra PRADEEP TEWARI FORECAST PAGE 3 Chandigarh, May 29 In a fresh trouble for the city Congress, around 25 Congress executive members and councillors have signed a letter being sent to party incharge Harish Rawat against their previous chief and former Mayor Pradeep Chhabra. The letter is reportedly being signed at the behest of a “senior Chandigarh Congress leader.” In the letter, the issue of “indiscipline” by the ex-party president has been raised. “By now, 25 executive members and councillors have signed this letter. The letter, at present, is with current party president Subhash Chawla and may be sent to the in-charge today or tomorrow,” said a leader who ‘LAUNCHED FORUM TO RAISE PEOPLE’S VOICE’ I had floated a non-political forum only to raise people's voice as I was not being invited to the party meetings. ❝ ❞ Pradeep Chhabra, FORMER MAYOR signed the letter. Sources said it has been stated in the letter that Chhabra has floated his own forum, Chandigarh Progressive Front. He has allegedly been involved in anti-party activities. It has been further alleged the three-time Congress councillor has been posting anti-party posts on the social media through his close associates. He has also been speaking against party leaders in the media. When contacted, Chhabra said: “Yes, I have also come to know about this letter. Some of those who signed or did not sign the letter admitted this with me. The copy has alleged indiscipline by me as a reason to sack me from the party.” “It is unfortunate that after spending 35 years in the party starting from the NSUI, Youth Congress and the Chandigarh Pradesh Congress, such steps are being taken against me. I had float- to raise people’s voice as I was not being invited to the party meetings.” However, the incumbent party president Chawla denied any such development happened in the party. “No such letter signed by the party men has been prepared and also there is no plan to remove him from the party as being rumoured around,” he told Chandigarh Tribune. Since the time Chhabra was replaced with Chawla in February, things have not been smooth between the two. Ahead of the MC elections this year-end, the infighting between the top leaders may dent the party’s poll prospects, which has only five councillors in the 26-elected councillors’ House of the MC. Panchkula, May 29 Concerned over the complaints of overcharging by private hospitals for Covid treatment, the administration has constituted a ninemember committee to check the bills. Deputy Commissioner Mukesh Kumar Ahuja said it had been constituted as per the instructions of the Additional Chief Secretary, Health. Ahuja said the committee included ADC Mohammad Imran Raza, DETC Sales Sanjeev Rathi, IMA president Rajiv Arya or his nominated representative, Deputy Civil Surgeon Rajiv Narwal, SMO Anjela Dhingra, SDS Shivani Hudda, RMO Archana Aggarwal, AO Zila Parishad Narender Kandola and volunteer BB Singhal. — TNS Tribune News Service Woman officer from Mohali shines at OTA Bags third position, six other cadets from the tricity also commissioned into the Indian Army Vijay Mohan Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 29 A newly commissioned woman lieutenant from Mohali has stood third in the overall order of merit in her course which passed out from the Officers Training Academy (OTA), Chennai, today. Lieutenant Mani Mehtab Dhaliwal was awarded the bronze medal at the passing out parade that was reviewed by Lt Gen YK Joshi, General Officer Commanding-inChief, Northern Command. She has been commissioned into the Corps of Signals. According to OTA sources, Mani had excelled in marksmanship, cross-country and sports during the c m y b Cadets during the passing out parade at Officers Training Academy, Chennai, on Saturday. training period. In the academy, she held the appointment of Battalion Cadet Adjutant. Earlier, she had stood sec- ond in the order of merit among women candidates in the Combined Defence Services Examination conduct- ed by the Union Public Service Commission for entrance in the OTA. She has studied in Chandigarh and represented her school as well as Panjab University in a number of state and national-level swimming championships, winning several medals. She is among the seven cadets from the tricity who became Army officers today. The others are Mantash Singh, Amarbir Singh Bajwa, Sahiljeet Mann, Pooja, Aneesha Mann and Saloni Kasana. A total of 167 gentleman cadets of the 111th Short Service Commission Course and 31 woman cadets of the 25th Short Service Commission (Women) Course were com- missioned into the Indian Amy today in addition to five gentleman cadets and seven woman cadets from Bhutan. The Sword of Honour and Gold Medal for standing overall first in the order of merit was bagged by Lt Abdesh Katoch from Palampur in Himachal, who has been commissioned into the Armoured Corps. The Silver Medal for standing second went to Adarsh Pratap Singh from Allahabad who has been commissioned into the Rajputana Rifles. The parents of the cadets were not able to attend the event because of restrictions imposed due to the pandemic and the ceremony was live streamed on the social media.
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