07062021-CT-01.qxd 07-06-2021 00:48 Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE MONDAY | 7 JUNE 2021 | CHANDIGARH PATIALA CIVIC BODY TO RAZE ILLEGAL BUILDING, FOUR SHOPS PAGE 3 After questions over inaction by the MC against illegal constructions, civic body decides to demolish these in a week. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD SAMPLES TESTED POSITIVE RECOVERED NEW CASES ACTIVE CHANGE DEATHS NEW P’KULA 5,23,880 60,659 59,054 74 833 92 772 4 MOHALI 3,44,407 3,96,784 30,325 67,294 29,500 64,728 20 90 471 1,579 68 180 354 987 2 1 SUNSET MONDAY 7.22 PM Told not to drink, man shoots brother dead Films confessional video, wants to be hanged SUSPECT ARRESTED CHANDIGARH 85 PANCHKULA 79 MOHALI 95 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 MAX 38°C | MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 37.3°C | MIN 24.4°C SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF MAN HELD WITH 20 INJECTIONS Chandigarh: A man has been arrested by the local police with 20 injections of liposomal amphotericin, which is used to treat black fungus. The police said they received information that he was selling the injections by charging more than the government rate without any licence. The suspect, Arun, a resident of Ludhiana, was nabbed from Sector 18. A case under Section 420 of the IPC, Section 7 of the Essential Commodities Act and Section 27 of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act has been registered at the Sector 19 police station. TNS Panchkula, June 6 A 29-year-old man allegedly shot his younger brother dead using his licensed gun at Chunna Bhatti village in Chandimandir late last night. The suspect, identified as Satnam Singh, subsequently filmed a confession video at the crime scene. The video is doing the rounds on social media platforms, including Facebook and WhatsApp. According to the police, victim Ajit Singh (26) had asked his elder brother not to drink alcohol at home with his friend. Satnam felt humiliated and killed him. The police said the brothers were unemployed and had been involved in domestic tensions for a long time. Satnam killed his brother in a fit of rage. Amarjeet Kaur, their mother and complainant in the case, told the police that her elder son Satnam arrived at the house last evening around 9 pm, along with a friend. When Ajit Singh came to the house, he suspected that Satnam was taking alcohol with his friend in his room. Ajit asked his elder brother not to drink in the house. Lat- ■ Assistant Victim Ajit Singh Suspect Satnam Singh DON’T WANT TO LIVE ANYMORE: SUSPECT In the video, the suspect is confessing to his crime. ‘’The government should hang me. If I had bullets, I would have killed myself,” he said in the video. In the background, the victim is also seen lying in a pool of blood on a cot. er, Ajit went to speak with his father in another house. Soon after, Satnam also left the house with his friend only to return an hour later. “He (Satnam) went inside his room and locked the door. I too locked the door from outside in view of his short-tempered behaviour. Satnam then claimed his maternal cousins would come to the house soon and asked me to unlock the door. We both sat in the courtyard. Then Ajit came and ate dinner. He (Ajit) subsequently laid on a cot. As my younger son was using his phone, Satnam went back to Commissioner of Police Raj Kumar said the suspect was arrested. ■ Asked to confirm the veracity of the suspect’s confessional video, Kumar said it would be investigated. ■ “As of now, it is unclear whether the suspect went live on Facebook after the crime or filmed the video before uploading it online,’’ he said. ■ “The suspect, who is now unemployed, had worked as a security guard in a bank,’’ the police said. his room to get a gun and fired two shots at Ajit’s head,” said the victim’s mother. Amarjeet Kaur then ran to her husband Pritam Singh to narrate the incident. The couple immediately dialled the Police Control Room. A PCR vehicle arrived at the spot, but the suspect had already fled away. The victim was taken to the Civil Hospital with the help of neighbours where doctors declared him brought dead. A case has been registered under the Arms Act and Section 302 (murder) of the IPC at the Chandimandir police station. Neither has the UT Administration approved the proposal nor has it been forwarded to Ministry of Home Affairs. SUNRISE TUESDAY 5.21 AM ‘Allow shops to open till 8 pm’ Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 6 Seeking relief for traders of the city in view of the improved Covid situation, the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal has sent a memorandum to the Administrator and Adviser demanding restoration of routine shopping hours from 10 am to 8 pm in the markets. Naina Mishra Chandigarh, June 6 After leading the country for two years in a row, Chandigarh has slipped to the second place on the Performance Grading Index (PGI), 2019-20. The UT has been replaced by Punjab at the top. Even though Chandigarh has improved its performance on various parameters as compared to the previous years, it could not retain the top position owing to Punjab’s exceptional performance, as per the data released by the Union Ministry of Education today. Punjab added 160 points to its previous year’s tally of 769 to beat Chandigarh, which scored a total of 912 points this year. Last year, Chandigarh had topped the list with 887 points. One of the major reasons for the fall in the rankings of Chandigarh is the absence of a transparent teacher-transfer policy. The “number of teachers transferred through a transparent online system as a per cent of total number of teachers transferred” weighs 20 points. The ministry has time and again asked the UT Education Department to formulate a teacher-transfer policy. Years ago, the UT had approached the Punjab Department of School Education for adopting the e- City traders seek relief package Charanjiv Singh, president, CBM, said: “As Covid cases have substantially decreased, shops should be allowed to open till 8 pm.” Diwaker Sahoonja, patroncum-Chief spokesperson for the CBM, while supporting all anti-Covid measures, said he was hopeful that the traders and their staff would be vaccinated on a priority basis and some kind of special relief packages and financial assistance would be announced by the government. Chandigarh, June 6 At a time when beneficiaries from 18 to 45 years are struggling to find slots for vaccination at government facilities, paid slots of vaccines in private facilities are lying unused in the city. Over 15,000 slots (till June 26) were vacant as checked today. Number of teachers Daily attendance of Academic positions At least 1% funds transferred through students captured filled at the arranged through a transparent by the schools beginning of an PPP, CSR for school online system digitally academic year education budget 0/20 1/10 7/10 Learning outcome Access Infrastructure Equity Governance 2018-19 160 76 136 214 301 887 PunjabSchool Management Information System and online teacher-transfer policy for digitisation of data related to schools, teachers and students. The move was a part of the State Mentoring Programme for exchanging best prac- CHANDIGARH 2019-20 Improvement 160 — 77 1 147 11 223 9 305 4 912 25 2018-19 126 65 128 209 241 769 tices of states and UTs for improving the quality of education. However, as per sources, Punjab did not entertain the request of developing an online software for Chandigarh. In the Project Approval Board (PAB) meeting to be PUNJAB 2019-20 Improvement 126 — 79 14 150 22 228 19 346 105 929 160 held in June this year, Chandigarh will seek a budget from the Centre for creating an online system of teachers’ transfers. Against a report indicator requiring 100 per cent transfer of teachers through a continued on page 3 Duped people on pretext of giving remdesivir, amphonex FURORE: AAP supporters protest against the “vaccine scam” near the residence of Punjab Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu at Phase 7, Mohali, on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: VICKY P3 Government facilities completely booked For today, at least 841 slots were vacant in private hospitals of the city. On the con- trary, there are no slots available at government facilities. The vaccine slots are now open at New Public School, Global Health Care, Bedi Hospital and Cloud Nine Hospital. RS Bedi from Bedi Hospital, Sector 33, said: “Many people are unfamiliar with the availability of vaccine in private hospitals. continued on page 3 Naina Mishra Chandigarh, June 6 Even as the Covid cases are declining in Chandigarh, there has been no relief when it comes to the occupancy of ventilator beds in ICUs at three city government hospitals. More than 75 per cent ICU beds continue to remain occupied. Meanwhile, around 62 per cent oxygen beds are now vacant. 4/10 COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS Hit by scooter, traffic cop hurt Chandigarh, June 6 Unknown Activa riders sped away after hitting a traffic policeman near the Sector 45/46/49/50 light point. According to the police, Head Constable Rajinder Singh of the traffic staff reported that he was on duty at the Sector 45/46/49/50 light point when he saw three persons, who were not wearing helmets, triple-riding on an Activa. continued on page 3 Mohali, June 6 A cyber team of the Mohali police has arrested three suspects allegedly involved in duping persons on the pretext of providing them remdesivir and amphonex injections and has seized ~14 lakh and five ATM cards from them. The suspects have been identified as Kurukshetra residents Mandeep Singh and Kulwinder Kumar, and Zirakpur resident Amit Kumar. A case under Sections 419, 420 and 120-B of the IPC and 51-A and 53 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, was registered at the Zirakpur police station on June 1. The suspects were produced in a court and remanded in four-day police custody. The police said the interstate gang used to contact persons in need of remdesivir and amphonex through social media groups and convinced them that they would arrange the injections. Once the money was transferred to their accounts, they stopped taking their calls. 75% ICU beds still occupied in city govt hospitals Tribune News Service 3/10 Schools having functional toilets for children with special needs Three of inter-state gang held with ~14 lakh, 5 ATM cards 15K vaccine slots vacant at city private hospitals till June 26 Tribune News Service WHERE THE UT WAS FOUND WANTING Tribune News Service On Saturday, the social media was flooded with rumours about Milkha’s death. The messages were fake as doctors maintained that Milkha was on the path of recovery. Naina Mishra FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Performance Grading Index: Punjab tops the chart, city 17 pts behind DEATH RUMOURS ON SOCIAL MEDIA read a medial bulletin. “Milkha is improving and his condition is stable. Nirmal Milkha Singh continues to battle the disease bravely,” said a family member. — TNS TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD After 2 yrs in lead, UT slips to 2nd spot Milkha on recovery path, wife battles virus Chandigarh, June 6 Covid-infected former Indian sprinter Milkha Singh (91) is showing signs of improvement, said a team of doctors attending to him at an ICU at the PGI. “Legendary sprinter Milkha Singh, who is admitted to the ICU at the PGI since June 3, is showing continuous improvement. On the basis of all medical parameters, his condition has been observed better than previous days. He is continuously being monitored by a medical team at the PGI,” PAGE 3 RLA REVENUE FOR MC — A HOLLOW CLAIM BY MAYOR In view of the Covid pandemic, Panjab University decides to hold semester exams online, beginning June 28. Tribune News Service AIR QUALITY INDEX PAGE 3 PANJAB UNIVERSITY TO HOLD SEMESTER EXAMS ONLINE AVAILABILITY OF BEDS AT HOSPITALS HOSPITALS OXYGEN BEDS VACANT PGI: 451 BEDS 373 254 GMCH-32: 186 BEDS 142 58 GMCH- 16:250 BEDS 242 169 At the PGI, only 11 ICU beds were lying vacant as on Sunday out the total 78 beds. Prof GD Puri, Dean (Academics) and Head, Department ICU BEDS 78 44 8 VACANT 11 20 0 of Anesthesia and Intensive Care, said: “Earlier, critical patients were not being admitted to the ICU due to lack of beds. Now, a majority c m y b of them are accommodated at the hospital. Such patients stay there for two to three weeks after admission following which the beds fall vacant.” Prof Jagat Ram, Director, PGI, Chandigarh, said: “There has been a reduction in only those patients who require oxygen support, but critically ill patients are still coming to the hospital, showing that there has been a little decline in such cases. The critical patients take longer than 20 days in ICUs.” Prof Ram said: “Besides treating serious patients of Covid-19, we are also doing surgeries on mucormycosis (black fungus) patients at the ICU wards of Covid-19 as these patients are also Covid positive. The mucormycosis patients require critical care during and after surgery as well.” continued on page 3 The suspects in police custody as cops address the media in Mohali on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: VICKY MODUS OPERANDI The police said the inter-state gang used to contact persons in need of remdesivir and amphonex through social media groups and convinced them that they would arrange the injections. Once the money was transferred to their accounts, they stopped taking their calls. The cyber team of the Mohali police was led by SP Gurjot Singh Kaler and Zirakpur SHO Onkar Singh Brar. Kaler said, ‘’The inter- 20 CASES, 2 DEATHS IN PANCHKULA DISTRICT Panchkula: The district reported 20 fresh Covid cases and two deaths on Sunday. While the overall tally stands at 30,325, the death toll is 354. The district has 471 active cases. The Health Department urged people not to let their guards down and follow the Covid-appropriate behaviour. “Mask, social distancing and hand sanitisation is still the key to preventing the spread of Covid,’’ said CMO Jasjeet Kaur. TNS state gang was running a fake operation in Punjab, Haryana, UP Jharkhand and other , states. They had no means to provide the injections and medicines. The suspects, led by Kulwinder Kumar, used to target poor people in far-off places and withdraw money through different bank accounts. The money has been recovered and will be given back to the victims after the legal process soon.’’ The suspects were taxi drivers and running the operation for three months. — TNS 74 CASES, 4 DEATHS IN UT Chandigarh: The city reported 74 new Covid cases and four deaths on Sunday. The number of active cases now stands at 833 and the toll at 772. As many as 162 patients recovered. TNS ONLY 1 FATALITY IN MOHALI Mohali: Mohali district reported one fatality and 90 fresh cases in the past 24 hours. So far, 67,294 total cases have been reported in the district and the toll stands at 987. As many as 269 patients were cured of the disease. There are 1579 active cases in the district. TNS
The Tribune, now published from Chandigarh, started publication on February 2, 1881, in Lahore (now in Pakistan). It was started by Sardar Dyal Singh Majithia, a public-spirited philanthropist, and is run by a trust comprising four eminent persons as trustees.
The Tribune, the largest selling daily in North India, publishes news and views without any bias or prejudice of any kind. Restraint and moderation, rather than agitational language and partisanship, are the hallmarks of the paper. It is an independent newspaper in the real sense of the term.
The English edition apart, the 133-year-old Tribune has two sister publications, Punjabi Tribune (in Punjabi) and Dainik Tribune (in Hindi).