06062021-CT-01.qxd 6/6/2021 12:52 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE SUNDAY | 6 JUNE 2021 | CHANDIGARH COPIES OF FARM LAWS BURNT NEAR CITY BJP LEADER’S HOUSE PAGE 3 Protesting farmers burn copies of agro-market laws outside the house of BJP leader Sanjay Tandon in city. PARTLY CLOUDY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD SAMPLES TESTED POSITIVE RECOVERED NEW CASES ACTIVE CHANGE DEATHS NEW P’KULA 5,21,716 60,585 58,892 98 925 80 768 3 MOHALI 3,43,474 3,94,895 30,505 67,204 29,414 64,459 66 99 539 1,759 25 174 352 986 0 5 AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH 68 PANCHKULA 101 MOHALI 66 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF MAN FOUND DEAD NEAR RLY TRACK Lalru: The body of an unidentified man was found near the Lehli railway gate on the Ambala-Kalka railway tracks on Saturday. The deceased, apparently in his thirties, seemed to have been hit by a train, said Rashpal Singh, incharge, Railway police post, Dappar. The victim was wearing a pale blue shirt, a pair of black jeans, and slippers. The body has been kept at the Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi, for identification purpose. TNS WORKER HIT BY JCB MACHINE, DIES Lalru: A 60-year-old man died after being hit by an earthmoving machine at a brick kiln in Malikpur village on Saturday. The deceased, Ranjit Singh from Rae Bareli, used to work at BBB brick kiln in Malikpur. While filling a trolley with soil, he was hit in the face by a JCB machine and died on the spot, said ASI Jagtar Singh Saini. The police reached the spot and impounded the vehicle. The body has been kept at the Civil Hospital. The victim’s heirs have been informed about the incident. TNS PAGE 3 The first evidence-based study finds a twofold rise in mucormycosis cases as compared to same period in 2019. MAX 36°C | MIN 23°C | YESTERDAY MAX 35°C | MIN 22°C SUNSET SUNDAY 7.22 PM SUNRISE MONDAY 5.21 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Farmers lathicharged in Panchkula Protesters were heading towards Hry Speaker’s house to burn copies of farm laws Sanjay Bumbroo Tribune News Service Panchkula, June 5 Protesting farmers were lathicharged by the police as they tried to move towards the residence of Haryana Assembly Speaker and local MLA Gian Chand Gupta here today. According to information, hundreds of members of the BKU led by its block president Gurjant Singh blocked the toll plaza near Chandimandir and raised slogans against the Union government. They were protesting in response to a nationwide call given by the Samyukta Kisan Morcha against the controversial farm laws. From Chandimandir, the protesters started proceeding towards the residence of MLA Gian Chand Gupta in cars and tractor trolleys to burn copies of the three farm laws. Various farmers from Barwala and Raipur Rani joined them at old Panchkula. The police tried to stop them on the way but they managed to reach Suraj Theatre where cops had set up barricades. The farmers tried to cross the barricades following which the police resorted to a mild lathicharge. Some Protesting farmers face police action on their way to Speaker Gian Chand Gupta’s house in Panchkula on Saturday; and (below) protesters block the Zirakpur-Kalka highway. RAVI KUMAR BLOCK HIGHWAY Protesting farmers blocked the Zirakpur-Kalka highway for about two hours, causing inconvenience to commuters. The traffic police had to divert the traffic. Police officials held talks with them to end the blockade. However, they relented when officials of the district administration reached there. protesters were injured in the police action. Baldev Singh Surajpur, Khushdeep Singh, Taranjit Singh Manakpur, Mandeep Singh, Anmol and Sitar Mohammad were No death for third day in P’kula Panchkula, June 5 For the third consecutive day, the district reported no new death due to Covid-19. Meanwhile, a total of 66 fresh cases surfaced in the district during the past 24 hours, taking the tally to 30,305. Of the 30,305 positive cases reported so far, 29,414 patients have been cured. There are 539 active cases in the district. The toll stands at 352. 1,090 persons vaccinated As many as 1,090 persons were vaccinated at a private The 28-year-old suspect in police custody. Elder brother nailed for youth’s murder Dera Bassi, June 5 The police have arrested Salman (28) for stabbing his younger brother, Rizwan (20), to death at his house in Behera village on Friday evening. The duo, natives of Hapur in UP was employed at a meat , plant in Behera village and used to live in quarters nearby. They frequently used to have arguments over sending money back home. On Friday, the brothers, who were in an inebriated state, again had an argument, following which Salman stabbed Rizwan to death. Salman, with the help of an acquaintance, took Rizwan to PAGE 3 Fate of luxurious flats to be built for officers and MLAs of Punjab and Haryana at IT Park hangs in balance. among those hurt. Talking to mediapersons, Gurjant Singh alleged that MOHALI SEES FIVE DEATHS, 99 CASES Mohali: Five more Covid patients died in the district during on Saturday, taking the toll to 986. Meanwhile, 99 fresh cases were reported from the district, taking the tally to 67,204. As many as 268 patients have defeated the virus in the past 24 hours. TNS THREE SUCCUMB, 98 TEST +VE IN UT Shops closed during lockdown in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN Chandigarh: The city reported three deaths and 98 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday. The active cases now stand at 925 and the toll at 768. As many as 175 patients recovered from the disease in the past 24 hours. TNS a private hospital in an autorickshaw last night. Sources said Salman took his younger brother from the hospital on the pretext of consulting another doctor, but later abandoned the body. The police had detained the suspect from an eatery on Friday night. Later, Salman reportedly confessed to his crime. The knife used in the crime has also been recovered. Dera Bassi SHO Jatin Kapoor said: “Salman was placed under arrest today. He will be produced before a court tomorrow. The police are investigating whether the suspect took his brother to the hospital or not. The hospital records show no such entry.” and 16 government centres across the district on Saturday. Among them, 618 persons were aged between 18 and 44, 302 between 45 and 59 and 129 persons above 60. — TNS Man arrested for murder bid Tribune News Service PROJECT HANGS IN BALANCE AS STATES YET TO RELEASE DUES 2 held for thefts in Mohali Chandigarh, June 5 The police have arrested a resident of Ram Darbar, Phase 2, for assaulting a woman with a sharp weapon near her house, here last night. The woman received injuries on her back. However, her condition is stated to be stable at the GMCH-32. The police said old enmity between two families was the reason behind the attack. The 34-year-old suspect, Sompal, fled the spot after the incident. However, the police arrested him a few hours later. The police said the weapon used in the crime is yet to be recovered. — TNS Tribune News Service THE RECOVERIES Mohali, June 5 The police today arrested two suspects involved in several cases of theft in houses, a temple and a gurdwara here. The suspects have been identified as Suresh Kumar, alias Mangli, and Bunty, both residents of Amb Sahib Colony, Phase 11, here. The duo was involved in several cases of theft in houses, a temple and a gurdwara in Sector 68 in the recent past. A total of 18 silverware items, ~30,000 stolen from the cashbox of Maa Durga temple in Sector 68 and a CCTV hard disk stolen from Gurd- A total of 18 silverware items, ~30,000 stolen from the cashbox of Maa Durga temple in Sector 68 and a CCTV hard disk stolen from Gurdwara Ravidas, Sector 68, were recovered from them. wara Ravidas, Sector 68, were recovered from them. A case under Sections 380 and 457 of the IPC was registered against them at the Phase 8 police station on June 2. The duo was produced before a court on June 3, which remanded them in one-day police custody. some officials of the district administration had used abusive language against them to instigate them. He claimed that some police officials were in civil dress. He said they were to hold a peaceful protest but continuous attempts were allegedly made by police officials to vitiate the atmosphere. Later, the protesters blocked the PanchkulaShimla highway for about two hours, which caused inconvenience to commuters. The traffic police had to divert the traffic. A team of Crime Branch and detective staff, including an ACP a DSP and the Sector , 5 police station in-charge, reached the spot. In the meantime, police officials continued to hold talks with the protesters. The farmers lifted the blockade after officials of the district administration reached the site. Deputy Commissioner of Police Mohit Handa claimed that neither any order was given nor the protesting farmers were lathicharged. He said the police peacefully tried to stop the protesters from moving towards the residence of the local MLA. Farmers hold a protest in front of the house of Union Minister Som Parkash in Sector 71, Mohali, on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: VICKY Dharna staged outside Union Minister’s house Mohali, June 5 On a nationwide call given by the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), hundreds of farmers staged a dharna outside the residence of Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Som Parkash in Sector 71 here today to protest against the controversial farm laws. The protesters also burnt an effigy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi besides putting on fire copies of the three farm laws. Since farmers had already announced to gherao the minister’s house, the police had cordoned off the entire area since morning. However, protesters managed to reach there. Farmers started their protest march from Bestech Mall in the Industrial Area, Phase 9, and reached the minister’s residence via Sohana Chowk where they burnt an effigy of the Prime Minister and copies of agricultural laws. Addressing the protesters, Mehar Singh Theri, senior vice-president, BKU (Sidhupur), alleged that the Central government led by Narendra Modi favoured corporate houses and was ignoring the issue raised by farmers. He said they would continue to hold protest as per the programme given by the SKM till the Union government repealed the three farm laws. Meanwhile, members of the Youth Club, Sohana, led by its president Guri Sohana supported the farmers’ protest by holding a rally from Gurdwara Singh Shaheedan to Bestech Mall. They also burnt an effigy of the Prime Minister and copies of the farm laws. — TNS City’s death certificate count for May doubles this year Rise of 1,305 even as UT saw 275 Covid fatalities last month Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 5 The UT Administration claims that 275 persons died due to Covid in the month of May, but the total number of death certificates issued in the city was double the number of certificates issued in the corresponding period last year. According to the data procured from the birth and child registration department, a total of 1,212 death certificates were issued in May last year against 2,517 issued in the month this year. The number of death certificates issued in April this year also witnessed a significant rise. While 1,888 death certificates were issued this year, the count was 1,156 last year. On the contrary, there was no major difference in the figures for the month of March. It was on March 19, 2020, that the first Covid case was reported from the city. The family of deceased has to apply for a certificate within 21 days of the death. The total number of deaths in each month includes those dying of Covid, natural deaths, accidents, suicides, etc. In the past DEATH SURGE DEATH CERTIFICATES ISSUED IN UT MAY APRIL MARCH FORECAST MUCORMYCOSIS CASES RISE TWOFOLD IN A YEAR: STUDY 1,402 1,497 1,156 1,888 1,212 2,517 0 500 1000 1500 2000 2500 3000 2020 2021 COVID DEATHS IN CITY APRIL MAY 2020 0 4 2021 99 275 two months, there has also been no significant number of road fatalities. Also, there were not many heinous crimes like murder reported from the city. MC Medical Officer of Health Dr Amrit Pal Warring, who heads the registration wing, said, “The major differ- ence in the figures is mainly because of registration of deaths of persons from other states, who died in the UT. People of different states are referred to the PGI and in case of death, whether Covid or otherwise, are registered in the city. In May last year, due to restrictions and fear, most people avoided coming to the city hospitals.” RK Garg, a city-based RTI activist, said, “The number of deaths has doubled. It is shocking. Is the UT Administration hiding Covid deaths? There seems to be some irregularity and the data needs to be verified. The PGI gets referrals throughout the year. How come so many patients from outside died in the city last month. Why March of 2020 and 2021 has similar death figures?” Dr JS Thakur, Chairman, Covid-19 Prevention and IEC Committee at the PGI, said, “As per epidemiological assessment, proportion of deaths of outsiders and city residents should be taken into consideration. Also, cause of deaths should be analysed before drawing any conclusion.” Rumours put to rest, PGI doctors say Milkha’s health improving Deepankar Sharda Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 5 Legendary athlete Milkha Singh, who is being treated for post-Covid complications at the PGI, is improving and “better than yesterday”. “On the basis of all medical parameters, his (Milkha Singh) condition is better than yesterday,” read a medical bulletin issued by the PGI on the health of the former sprinter. Milkha Singh was earlier treated for Covid-19 at a pri- MEDICOS GET CLICKED WITH LEGEND CAPT AMARINDER TWEETS As sports lovers dealt with the rumours surrounding Milkha’s death, inside the hospital the athlete reportedly obliged the doctors and attendants by getting clicked with them. “He is in good spirits and eager to go back to his normal routine. He’s a legend and the insiders (people of hospital) are interacting with him and even clicking photographs. The social media is full of such pictures,” said a senior doctor. “The family is already going through a lot. In such a scenario, everyone should act responsibly,” the doctor added. Spoke to @JeevMilkhaSingh son of ‘Flying Sikh’ & national icon Milkha Singh Ji to enquire about the condition of his father who is admitted in ICU due to #Covid 19. Conveyed my best wishes to him for his speedy recovery. All of us in Punjab are praying for his well-being. c m y b vate hospital in Mohali and was admitted to the PGI following some complications on June 3. “He is being closely monitored by a team of three doctors at the PGI,” the bulletin added. Earlier in the day, rumours about Milkha’s death spread like a wildfire on social media forcing PGI Director Dr Jagat Ram to issue a video message on his health. Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju also took to social media to put an end to the rumours. “Please don’t run false news and create rumours about the legendary athlete. He is stable and let’s pray for his recovery,” tweeted Rijiju. Milkha Singh’s family also requested people to ignore the rumours. “Milkha Singh is stable and doing well. But he is on oxygen support. Please ignore the rumpus. It is false news,” said star golfer and Milkha’s son Jeev Milkha Singh. It is not for the first time when rumours continued on page 3
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