02062021-CT-01.qxd 6/2/2021 1:08 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY | 2 JUNE 2021 | CHANDIGARH CLASS XII EXAM CANCELLATION EVOKES MIXED RESPONSE IN UT Cancellation of CBSE, ICSE Class XII exams evokes a mixed response from teachers, students and parents in city. FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD SAMPLES TESTED POSITIVE RECOVERED NEW CASES ACTIVE CHANGE DEATHS NEW P’KULA 5,10,724 60,154 57,915 108 1,481 286 758 5 MOHALI 3,38,109 3,86,121 30,059 66,691 28,972 63,164 94 197 738 2,560 75 342 349 967 0 4 AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH 45 PANCHKULA 43 MOHALI 91 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF MAN ENDS HIS LIFE IN SEC 41 Chandigarh: A 49-year-old man reportedly committed suicide by hanging himself at his house in Sector 41. The victim, identified as Ranjit, was found hanging by his family on Tuesday morning. The police were informed following which the victim was rushed to Government MultiSpecialty Hospital, Sector 16, where doctors declared him brought dead. The police said no suicide note was found from the spot. Inquest proceedings have been initiated into the matter at the Sector 39 police station. TNS PAGE 2 HEAPS OF GARBAGE EYESORE FOR RESIDENTS OF KHARAR PAGE 3 Heaps of garbage pile up in markets of Kharar area due to the ongoing strike by sanitation workers. MAX 35°C | MIN 21°C | YESTERDAY MAX 31.1°C | MIN 20.6°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 7.20 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 5.21 AM FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Bhartesh Singh Thakur Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 1 The Panchkula Deputy Commissioner has issued showcause notices to Paras Hospital, Sector 23, and Alchemist Hospital, Sector 21, for overcharging Covid patients in violation of the Haryana Government guidelines and has asked these to submit their replies within seven days. After the district administration received several complaints regarding overcharging by private hospitals, a committee was constituted to look into the bills. Several patients approached Speaker Gian Chand Gupta, who is the local MLA. Gupta even wrote to the Chief Minister and the Health Minister in this regard. Meanwhile, after going through the bills and submission of reports by the district-level inquiry committee, the show-cause notices were issued on May 31. In one of the cases, Paras Hospital issued a bill, dated April 25, to Man Singh, a Covid patient, for ~4.99 lakh. The show-cause notice pointed out that of the total billing of ~4.99 lakh, the patient was administered intravenous drug immunoglobulin treatment 14 times during the period of admittance at Coming, 1.20 lakh vax doses for city this month Chandigarh, June 1 To speed up inoculation, Chandigarh will receive 1.20 lakh doses of the vaccine in June. Dr Amandeep Kang, Director, Health Services, UT, said the Central Government had sanctioned 1.20 lakh doses of the vaccine, including 50,000 for the 18 plus age group, for this month. She said the first supply of 36,000 doses would reach the city on June 10. They had written to the Centre to reallocate a part of the surplus stock meant for the 45-plus age group for the 18-44 age group, which comprised a major chunk of the local population, she said. Earlier, the UT Administration had announced opening up of 4,000 slots per day for the 18-44 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. Nearly 3,20,000 persons in the 18-44 age group are yet to be vaccinated in the city. There are a total of 6,31,338 persons in the 18 plus age group as per the current updated voter list. Nearly 62,000 persons in the 45 plus age group are yet to be vacci- TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD Paras, Alchemist put on notice for overcharging Officials check documents outside the RLA office, which opened after over a month, in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. MANOJ MAHAJAN Tribune News Service PAGE 3 A Home Guards jawan dies and another suffers injuries as a pickup van hits them near Golpura village. Hospitals accused of violating govt norms on Covid expenses, told to file reply in seven days ALCHEMIST HOSPITAL REFUTES ALLEGATION COOPERATING WITH PANEL: PARAS HOSPITAL “We strongly refute any such allegation against us. We have not received any complaint and in the absence of a complaint, we are not in a position to present our reply, said a Alchemist Hosptial spokesperson. “We are extending our best possible support to the committee in its investigation. We are committed to providing the best healthcare facilities to the community,” said the Paras Hospital management. 5 NOTICES ISSUED: DC Deputy Commissioner Mukesh Kumar Ahuja said in all, five notices were issued in five cases. ~32,302.20 per dose, totalling ~4.2 lakh, which was ~16,152.20 higher than the market rate per dose. “Therefore, it can categorically be said that the hospital has overcharged 50 per cent excess as compared to the market rate i.e ~16,152.20 x14 times = ~2,26,130.80 while administering the drug in the patient bill summary,” said the notice. The same hospital issued a bill, dated May 8, to Vijay Kumar Goel, a Covid patient. In his case, the provisional bill amounted to ~19.51 lakh, of which ~12.39 lakh was received, while ~7.12 lakh was outstanding. The total bill, as per the Haryana Government instructions, would have been ~5.68 lakh, said the notice. “However, in the instant case, the patient is covered under the scheme of the instructions, being a noninsurance case and has been charged on the higher side of the legitimate bill amount,” added the show-cause notice. Paras Hospital issued a bill to Suresh Kumar Sud for ~2.22 lakh, while the total billing as per the government instructions should have been ~81,620. continued on page 2 Shopkeepers in Mohali have been asked to ensure vaccination of their entire staff. TRIBUNE PHOTO: VICKY Odd-even for shops in Mohali goes Sanjay Bumbroo Tribune News Service Mohali, June 1 In a major relief to shopkeepers, the district administration today lifted the odd-even system for opening of shops in the district. A decision to this effect was taken during a meeting of representatives of market associations and other stakeholders with the Deputy Commissioner Girish Dayalan this morning. The DC said in view of a decline in the number of active cases, they had agreed to the demand of shopkeepers and had also permitted private offices to work with 50 per cent staff in place of 33 per cent. He said staggered opening of shops, weekend and night No fresh fatality, 94 new cases in Panchkula dist Dushyant Singh Pundir HIT BY VAN, HOME GUARDS JAWAN DIES, ANOTHER HURT First lot of 36,000 jabs to be received on June 10 Panchkula, June 1 The district today reported no new fatality due to Covid and 94 fresh cases. Civil Surgeon Dr Jasjit Kaur said four cases each were reported from Raipur Rani and Sector 4, five each from Amrawati Enclave, Kalka, Sector 2 and 20 and 18 from Pinjore. The district tally stands at 30,059 with 28,972 recoveries. There are 738 active cases with 349 deaths. A total of 1,066 persons were vaccinated against Covid in the district today and 132 of them got their second dose. A total of 662 persons in the 1844 group and 280 in the 45-59 age group got the jab. Besides, 105 persons above 60 years of age were inoculated. — TNS Scooterist hit by tractor-trailer, dies VAX SLOTS OPEN AT THREE PVT CENTRES While there are no slots open for booking in government hospitals, three private healthcare centres have opened slots for 18+ vaccination. These are Bedi Hospital, Sector 33-A | Global Health Care, Sector 21-C | New Public School, Sector 18. nated. So far, 48,638 persons have been administered the first dose of the vaccine in the 18-44 age group and eight beneficiaries have received the second dose. In the 45-60 age group, 1,07,257 have got their first dose, while 13,183 residents have received the second dose. Similarly, 76,058 senior citizens have been given the first dose and 33,198 have also got their second dose. A total of 3,54,141 persons, including healthcare and frontline workers, have been inoculated in the city Chandigarh, June 1 A 40-year-old man riding an Activa was killed after the scooter was hit by an unknown tractor-trailer on a slip road near the Airport light point. According to the police, complainant Dheeraj Kumar (28), a resident of Zirakpur, reported that he, along with his brother-in-law Pankaj Kumar (40), had gone for vaccination at Sector 40, Chandigarh, on May 30. While they were returning home, a rashly driven tractor-trailer hit the scooter, being driven by Pankaj, while overtaking following which the duo fell on the road and got injured. The complainant rushed the victim to a private hospital in Zirakpur from where he was referred to the PGI where doctors declared him brought dead. The police said a case had been registered in this regard at the Mauli Jagran police station. — TNS Private offices can now work with 50% staff ‘WITH RELAXATION, COMES RESPONSIBILITY’ With increased relaxation, comes increased responsibility; shopkeepers have to prevent overcrowding and ensure wearing of masks and social distancing. Non-compliance will invite challans and may even force the administration to withdraw the relaxations. Satinder Singh, SSP ❝ ❞ curfew and vaccination had to some extent helped in checking the rapid surge in Covid cases. Since the pace of the virus spread had been curtailed, certain relaxations were being extended, but these would be subject to strict adherence to the safety protocol, he said. Dayalan said the market associations had been told to appoint Covid monitors for each market to ensure compliance with the Covid protocol. He also told the associations to ensure vaccination of their entire staff. He said the associations had been asked to donate for the Covid vaccine to the State Covid Vaccination Fund. It was informed that many markets had been nearly 100 per cent vaccinated, while others were on the road to it. The Baltana Furniture Market Association promised a contribution of ~51,000 to the vaccination fund. SSP Satinder Singh said if active cases continued to decline, some other relaxations might also be considered at the state level. Assuring compliance with the Covid guidelines, the market associations requested for permission to open the shops on Saturdays as well. They were told that the permission to open shops on weekends fell in the purview of the government and their request would be flagged at the state level. Five die in city, 108 positive CHANDIGARH: The city reported five deaths and 108 new cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday. The active cases now stand at 1,481 and the toll 758. As many as 389 patients were cured of the disease in the past 24 hours. — TNS Milkha couple’s condition stable CHANDIGARH: The condition of both Milkha Singh (91) and his wife Nirmal Milkha Singh is stable. While Nirmal continues to remain under observation at a private hospital, Milkha is under home isolation. “Nirmal is stable and continues to be on oxygen support in the ICU,” read a medical bulletin. — TNS A health worker takes a swab sample of a kid for the Covid test at the Civil Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula, on Tuesday. RAVI KUMAR Fleecing: Action against vendor recommended Dushyant Singh Pundir Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 1 Strict exemplary action has been recommended against a private vendor for taking an undue advantage of an acute shortage of medical oxygen and allegedly overcharging for refilling cylinders. The UT Administration had fixed the rate of ~295 plus GST for refilling each D-type oxygen cylinder, but M/s Super Agencies, the vendor, allegedly started indulging in overcharging. Yashpal Garg, nodal officer for managing oxygen supply in the UT, said on May 10, Arunesh Agarwal, the director of the mini-Covid care centre at Indira Holiday Home, Sector 24, sent a WhatsApp message alleging that M/s Super Agencies had charged ~3,344 for refilling c m y b REFILLING OF OXYGEN CYLINDERS four cylinders but the bill was issued for ~1,344. Garg intervened and the excess amount was adjusted by the vendor in the next bill. In another case, it was observed that M/s Super Agencies charged Sewa Bharati Society ~600 per cylinder on May 10 and issued bills for the same. The matter was then taken up with the vendor and the bill amount was changed to ~295 per cylinder. continued on page 2 A road blocked by tree branches that fell during a storm, at Sector 29 in Chandigarh on Tuesday. PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN At avg 36°C, coldest May in city since 2011 Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service 4 deaths in Mohali, 197 new cases Mohali, June 1 Four fatalities due to Covid were reported from the district, taking the death toll to 967. It also saw 197 fresh cases, while 533 patients were cured of the disease. Among the new cases, 37 came from Mohali (urban), five from Boothgarh, eight from Lalru, 10 from Gharuan, 11 from Kurali, 12 from Banur, 20 from Dera Bassi, 46 from Kharar and 48 from Dhakoli. — TNS Chandigarh, June 1 The month gone by was the coldest May in the city since 2011. The Meteorological Department has data available since 2011 only. As per the data, the May this year recorded 36°C as the average maximum temperature, the lowest since 2011. It was 36.6°C last year, 38.4°C in 2019 and 38.9°C in 2018. “People must have experienced that it was not a usual hot month this time. The reason is that western disturbances kept continued on page 2 AVERAGE LOWEST MAX TEMP IN MAY 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 38.1°C 38.5°C 39.4°C 37.2°C 39.0°C 38.8°C 38.8°C 38.9°C 38.4°C 36.6°C 36°C Two 3-BHK flats go for over ~1 cr each Chandigarh, June 1 Two three-bedroom flats in Sector 51 and 63 have fetched more than ~1 crore each against a reserve price of ~86.24 lakh in the second phase of e-auction conducted by the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) here today. The CHB had invited e-bids for 79 built-up residential units on freehold basis from May 17 to May 31. However, the board had received 97 e- bids for 27 dwelling units in Sectors 63, 51, 49 and 38 (West). These included 1, 2, 3-bedroom flats and MIG and economically weaker section (EWS) properties. The total reserve price of the 27 units was ~20.89 crore while the total highest bids received against these units was ~22.58 crore. On an average, the maximum bids were more than 8 per cent above the reserve price of these units. The biggest difference between the reserve price and the highest bid was ~18, 81,102 for a three-bedroom flat in Sector 63. continued on page 2
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