31052021-CT-01.qxd 5/31/2021 12:54 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE MONDAY | 31 MAY 2021 | CHANDIGARH POLICE CRACK RAILON MURDER CASE WITHIN FOUR HOURS Cops solve the murder case of a resident of Railon village in Fatehgarh Sahib with the arrest of a neighbour of the victim. GENERALLY CLOUDY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD SAMPLES TESTED POSITIVE RECOVERED NEW CASES ACTIVE CHANGE DEATHS NEW P’KULA MOHALI 5,05,899 3,36,469 3,82,656 59,922 29,901 66,406 57,043 28,674 62,311 182 48 182 2,134 880 3,141 332 124 273 745 347 954 5 6 7 AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH 85 PANCHKULA 70 MOHALI 86 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF 18 VIOLATE LOCKDOWN ORDERS, ARRESTED Chandigarh: Eighteen persons — 10 who had gone to purchase vegetables at the Sector 26 market, and eight vendors — were arrested on Sunday by the UT police for allegedly violating the lockdown orders. A police team, including the SHO of the Sector 26 police station, Inspector Jasbir Singh, visited the vegetable market after getting information about people visiting the market to purchase vegetables. Eighteen persons could not produce any permission or curfew pass following which a case under Section 188 of the IPC was registered against them at the Sector 26 police station. They were arrested and later released. TNS JUSTICE JITENDRA CHAUHAN GIVEN WARM SEND-OFF PAGE 3 Justice Jitendra Chauhan of the High Court, who retires on June 5, gets a warm send-off on his last working day. MAX 35°C | MIN 22°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34.9°C | MIN 18.5°C SUNSET MONDAY 7.19 PM PAGE 3 VACCINE DOSE RATES VARY AT PRIVATE HOSPITALS IN TRICITY Without a cap on the price, there is no uniformity in amount being charged from beneficiaries at private hospitals. SUNRISE TUESDAY 5.22 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Storm wreaks havoc on tricity Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 30 Residents were inconvenienced due to heavy rain and high-velocity winds last night. Some areas remained without power for as long as 22 hours, while the water supply also remained affected in most parts of the city. The rough weather damaged 60 electricity poles, 75 trees and a number of parked cars. It all started around 10 pm when the city was lashed by gusty winds followed by heavy rain. It led to power outage. In some parts, the power supply was restored in the middle of night or in the wee hours of today. The electricity supply was not restored in parts of Sector 33, 34, 37, 38 and other areas till the filing of the report. 22-HOUR 75 60 ❝ WATER Due to uprooting of electricity poles and damage to transformers, SUPPLY the power supply was disrupted. We have restored it in most areas. BLACKOUT IN CITY AREAS TREES UPROOTED POLES DAMAGED DISRUPTED The supply will soon be restored in other areas. CB Ojha, UT CHIEF ENGINEER ❞ Tribune News Service Mohali, May 30 Gusty winds, accompanied by heavy rain, that lashed the region late last night, disrupted power supply in most parts of the city for about 14 hours. More than 100 electricity poles, several trees and glow signboards were uprooted in various markets of the city. While in some parts, the power supply was restored by 1.30 pm on Sunday, in others, including Phase 10, it could be restored only after 6 pm. Internal roads in various sectors and phases were blocked as tree branches fell. 31.8-MM RAINFALL IN UT “There is no electricity and water supply in Sector 38 (A and B). All complaint numbers are busy. We don’t know what to do,” said local resident Joginder Singh. Tarsem Sharma, president, MIG Duplex Welfare Association, Sector 40-B, said: “In our area, tree branches have fallen on roads and the electricity and water supply has been disrupted.” “As the damage is too much, extra task force should be engaged so that rescue operations are carried out at full swing. Trees have fallen everywhere in Sector 38 (West), 38 and 37. Thankfully, no loss of life was reported,” said another resident. AC Dhawan, president, Welfare Society, Sector 45-D, said: “The Horticulture Department had the tree branches removed from electricity poles. Later, the SDO told us that the contractor continued on page 3 In parts of Mohali, power restored after 14 hours Sanjay Bumbroo and ❝Firefighterswere medical teams A huge tree uprooted by the storm in Chandigarh, on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI Trees, 30 power poles uprooted in Zirakpur A car damaged after a power pole fell on it in Kharar. VICKY Zirakpur, May 30 Residents had to endure a hot Sunday afternoon as power poles were damaged and trees uprooted due the storm that jolted the region last night. “Many parts of Zirakpur, Baltana and Kishanpura were without electricity till noon today. Water supply was affected in most parts of the city. There was large-scale destruction as hoardings and temporary structures were blown away by high-intensity winds,” said Sahil Khanna, a Preet Colony resident. Khushwinder Singh, PSPCL Executive Engineer, said: TRIBUNE PHOTO: NTIIN MITTAL FORECAST PAGE 2 A tree that fell on an electricity pole at Dhakoli in Zirakpur, on Sunday. “Close to 30 power poles have been uprooted in the Zirakpur area. The exact damage will be known later. There are 40 feeders in the Zirakpur area and all have been made functional now. PSPCL employees are now attending to individual complaints in different areas.’’ In Dhakoli alone, nine power poles were uprooted. The uprooted trees and power lines obstructed the movement of vehicles on roads. Sarabjot Singh, PSPCL Junior Engineer, said: “Trees along roads fell on power continued on page 3 put on a high alert due to the high-velocity winds. The fire brigade was asked to be on stand-by. ❞ Girish Dayalan, DC, MOHALI Due to the disruption in power supply, the water supply was also affected. Five cars were damaged after trees and branches fell on these. Trees were uprooted in Phase 5, 3A, 3B2, Phase 1 and the Industrial Area, Phase 8. Anil Sharma, a resident of Phase 10, said the power supply in his area was restored at 6 pm, almost 20 hours after the winds lashed the city. He said there was no water supply in the morning. Mohit Sood, Superintending Engineer, PSPCL, Mohali, said 37 continued on page 3 Cars damaged, 13-hr outage in P’kula Tribune News Service Milkha back home, but wife in ICU Chandigarh, May 30 After six days, 91-year-old Covid-hit former Indian sprinter Milkha Singh was discharged from a private hospital on a request of his family members, said doctors. DISCHARGED ON FAMILY’S REQUEST “On a request from the family, Milkha Singh was discharged from the hospital on Sunday in a stable condition. He is on oxygen and nutritional support. Nirmal Milkha Singh, meanwhile, had to be shifted to the ICU on Saturday night due to increasing oxygen requirement. She continues to be stable.” — Medical bulletin He returned to his Sector 8 residence this afternoon. However, his wife, 82-year-old Nirmal Milkha Singh, was shifted to an ICU after her oxygen saturation level dropped. Nirmal, who had led the Indian women’s volleyball team, recently tested positive. “On a request from the family, Milkha Singh was discharged from the hospital today in a stable condition. He is on oxygen and nutritional support. Nirmal Milkha Singh, meanwhile, had to be shifted to the ICU last night due to increasing oxygen requirement. She continues to be stable,” read a medical bulletin. Cars damaged after a boundary wall of a school collapsed due to the storm at Sector 9 in Panchkula. TRIBUNE PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR Panchkula, May 30 The high-velocity winds with heavy rain that lashed the region on Saturday night disrupted power supply in the city, besides damaging cars and uprooting trees. Power supply in the city was disrupted for about 13 hours while in some areas, electricity was restored after 18 hours. Electricity Department officials said the district suffered loss worth lakhs as electricity 3 Covid patients die during power disruption at GMCH Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 30 The death of three Covid patients during a disruption in the electricity supply at the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, led to a panic situation with attendants blaming the hospital authorities for the deaths. The hospital authorities enquired about the disruption of electricity supply and management of Covid patients admitted to the GMCH and the South Campus, Sector 48, during this period and found no link between the power failure and the deaths that occurred in the Covid ICU. In a clarification issued by Incident triggers panic; deaths not due to power failure: Hospital CITY SEES 182 CASES Chandigarh:The city reported 182 fresh Covid-19 cases and five deaths on Sunday. The active cases now stand at 2,134 and the toll at 745. As many as 509 patients recovered. TNS the hospital, there were a total of 116 patients on oxygen and 38 patients in four Covid ICUs at the GMCH on Saturday night. The electric- ity supply got disrupted around 10.30 pm after which the JE (Electricity) was immediately contacted by the Medical Superintendent to ensure that the electricity supply to all critical areas was maintained. The hospital said at that time, electricity generator sets were already switched on and electricity was being provided to all critical areas, including the ICUs, on both campuses. Dr Sanjeev Palta, looking after the ICUs, confirmed it. Dr Palta called three additional consultants and 10 anaesthesia residents to deal with any eventuality. Once the thunderstorm settled down, Dr Palta reached the hospital continued on page 2 c m y b Loss worth lakhs, say power officials poles, transformers and power cables were damaged. Old trees in the city witnessed the maximum damage. The City SDO of the Electricity Department said a transformer was damaged in Sector 7 and several power cables had fallen near Command Hospital. Another transformer hung on a wall for about 22 hours near Topi- ari and the Haryana Mandi Board office. The official said the transformer would be installed on Monday. Similarly, two poles were broken in the Industrial Area, Phase 1, electricity wires were damaged in Sector 8 and it took about five hours for employees to restore the power supply in the area. The power supply was also disrupted in Sector 10 as tree branches had fallen on electricity cables. The power supply was continued on page 3 Over two months on, new cases below 200 in Mohali People wait in their cars during a drive-through vaccination camp at Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Sector 3, Panchkula, on Sunday. RAVI KUMAR Some reprieve, only 48 cases in Panchkula Panchkula, May 30 Six persons succumbed to the virus in the district during the past 24 hours, taking the toll to 347. The Civil Surgeon, Dr Jasjit Kaur, said an 84-year-old man of Pinjore, an 85-year-old woman of Sector 16, a 79-year-old woman of Sector 15, a 55-yearold woman of Sector 21, a 64- Fatalities still a worry as 6 more succumb year-old woman of Barwala and a 45-year-old woman of Sector 17 succumbed to the disease. Meanwhile, 48 persons were found infected with the virus, continued on page 3 Mohali, May 30 Over two and a half months after a surge in the second wave of Covid-19, the district witnessed less than 200 cases for the first time during the past 24 hours. The district reported 182 cases. Before this, it was on March 16 that the district had witnessed less than 200 cases when 192 persons were found infected. Meanwhile, seven more fatalities were reported from the district, taking the toll to 954, while 450 patients were cured of the disease. Among the new cases, 48 were reported from Mohali (urban), four from Gharuan, six each from Lalru and Boothgarh, nine from Kurali, 17 from Banur, 29 from Dhakoli, 31 from Kharar and continued on page 3 7 more succumb to virus in the district Covid patient gets ‘antibody cocktail’ Mohali, May 30 An ‘antibody cocktail’ therapy was administered to a 72year-old Covid positive patient at Fortis Hospital in Mohali today. The patient suffering from diabetes and a chronic disease had tested positive two days ago. He was administered one dose of the cocktail intravenously and is continued on page 3
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