08062021-CT-01.qxd 6/8/2021 12:25 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE TUESDAY | 8 JUNE 2021 | CHANDIGARH WASTE DUMP A TROUBLE FOR SEC 50 SOCIETY RESIDENTS Residents a harried lot due to the waste dumped in front of their housing society in Sector 50-D. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD P’KULA MOHALI SAMPLES TESTED 5,25,544 3,44,970 3,98,199 POSITIVE 60,707 30,348 67,368 RECOVERED 59,193 29,566 64,945 NEW CASES 48 23 74 ACTIVE 740 425 1,431 CHANGE 93 46 148 DEATHS 774 357 992 NEW 2 3 5 AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH 65 PANCHKULA 53 MOHALI 101 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF STONE OF HEALTH CENTRES LAID Mohali: Punjab Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu on Monday laid the foundation stone of two urban primary health centres at Sector 69 and Sector 79, which will be set up at a cost of ~1.07 crore. A new multi-storey block with seven operation theatres is also being constructed here for a medical college that will be linked with the Phase 6 Civil Hospital. The foundation stone of the medical college building will be laid soon. Roads will be constructed in the area, along with a proper drainage system. TNS Milkha, wife’s condition stable Chandigarh, June 7 Former Indian sprinter Milkha Singh and his wife Nirmal Milkha Singh continue to battle the Covid infection. Milkha (91), who is admitted to the PGI, is said to be stable, while Nirmal, who is admitted to a private hospital in Mohali, is also fighting the disease. “Milkha continues to react well to medication and his condition is stable. However, he is still in the ICU. Nirmal Milkha Singh is also stable and improving. She is battling hard,” read a statement from Milkha’s family. “We are grateful for your prayers and good wishes,” it added. “Milkha is maintaining a good saturation level and he has shown improvement. He is interacting with doctors and the attendant. continued on page 2 PAGE 2 SACKED SANITATION WORKERS OF ROCK GARDEN HOLD PROTEST PAGE 2 Wearing black robes, sacked safai karamcharis hold protest at Rock Garden, want their services restored. MAX 41°C | MIN 27°C | YESTERDAY MAX 38°C | MIN 26.2°C SUNSET TUESDAY 7.23 PM MP Preneet Kaur launches project at Anardana Chowk to rid the walled city of haphazard electricity cables. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5.21 AM TRIBUNE PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR 3 deaths, 23 new cases in P’kula PANCHKULA: The district report- ed three deaths and 23 fresh Covid cases on Monday. An 82year-old woman from Kajampur, a 65-year-old man from Kiratpur and an 88-year-old man from Pinjore succumbed to the disease. While the Covid tally has reached 30,348, the toll has touched 357. The active caseload is 425. — TNS FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE UTcount below 50, 1st time in 103 days Tribune News Service Second wave sees increased cases of post-Covid issues Naina Mishra Tribune News Service ❝Patients come toasus with problems such breathlessness and dip in the O2 level after being discharged. More cases of post-Covid complications have been observed in the second wave. ❞ Dr Yashpal Sharma, HEAD OF CARDIOLOGY, PGI and continued to be symptomatic. Patients are taking almost three months to get back to normal and need to be strictly monitored. Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, Dr Talwar, who is also a former head of the PGI, said: “Some of the serious symptoms after Covid involve heart attack, brainstroke, tachycardia, breathlessness and sudden dip in the oxygen level and such symptoms can persist up to three months. Some patients also reported fever one week after they tested negative. There are chances of pulmonary embolism (blood clotting) that can create hypoxia.” “Patients with lung involvement suffer from scarring of the lungs due to which the dependency on oxygen increases. It is advised to go to a doctor in case of breathlessness,” said Dr Talwar. continued on page 2 Admn may allow more relaxations Chandigarh, June 7 In the wake of the dip in Covid cases, UT residents are likely to get a major relief in restrictions after more than a month. Sources said the UT Administration was considering Shop timings may be extended by two hours extending the timings of the shops by two hours. At present, the shops are allowed to open from 9 am to 4 pm only. The Administration could also reduce the night curfew hours, which is currently being imposed from 6 pm to 5 am on weekdays. On the pattern of the neighbouring states of Haryana and Punjab, limited number of shops could be allowed to open in shopping malls in the city continued on page 2 Birds, fish perish in fire at pet shop Zirakpur, June 7 Scores of birds and fish perished in a fire at a pet shop in Zirakpur early this morning. A short-circuit in “Gold Aquarium, Pet Dogs and Birds” led to a major fire in which the shop was gutted around 3 am. Two fire engines were rushed to the spot, which took around an hour to douse the flames, but by then, the shop was completely gutted, said Zirakpur fire officials. Eyewitnesses said there was massive sparking and explosions around the inverter inside the shop, which led to the fire. “Bird cages, toys, hand-made aquariums and other dry items were burnt. The loss is around ~15 lakh,” said Sandeep, a coowner of the shop. Zirakpur Fire Officer Rajeev Kumar said, “We received a call at 3:02 am and sent two fire TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD City sees 45% decline in cases in a week Devotees pay obeisance at the Mansa Devi temple, which reopened on Monday after religious places were allowed to open with 21 persons at a time. Chandigarh, June 7 The war against Covid is not yet over for many as discharged patients are reporting a dip in the oxygen level after they get back home. Amit (38), a resident, was able to save his father at first, if not his mother, from Covid. His father was discharged from the hospital and he was to arrange an oxygen cylinder at home. “I lost my father as we had to shift him back to the hospital after his oxygen level dropped suddenly. He could not survive the second time,” he said. Punjab’s Covid expert group head, Dr KK Talwar, said during a meeting that almost 30 per cent patients were reporting post-Covid complications PAGE 2 MP LAUNCHES ‘SINGLE WIRE’ PROJECT IN ROYAL CITY A gutted pet shop in Zirakpur on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR engines to the spot. Fish and birds were found dead in the fire. The shop owner said there were no pet dogs for sale in the shop at the time of the incident.” — TNS Dangling danger Electricity and Internet wires hang loosely in the middle of an entry point to a parking lot, posing danger to visitors, near Kalgidhar Enclave at Baltana in Zirakpur on Monday. RAVI KUMAR LOSS PEGGED AT ~15 LAKH ❝ Bird cages, toys, hand-made aquariums and other dry items were burnt. The loss is estimated to be around ~15 lakh. Sandeep, CO-OWNER OF SHOP ❞ Chandigarh, June 7 After a gap of 103 days, the city today recorded less than 50 fresh cases of Covid-19. It was on February 25 when the UT had reported 49 cases. In the past seven days, the city logged 785 cases, which is a decline of 45 per cent as compared to a week before. As many as 1,433 cases were reported in the week ending May 31. The test positivity rate on Monday stood at 2.8 per cent, while for the week it was 3.9 per cent. The number of new infections grew by an average 0.2 per cent a day. There has also been a dip in the number of tests conducted this week. A total of 19,645 tests were conducted last week whereas the testing figure was 20,812 for the week ending May 31. For every 100 confirmed cases, 97 have recovered from the virus and one is currently infected. Dr Amandeep Kang, Director, Health Services, UT, said, “The Covid load at hospitals has decreased along with the cases but people need to adhere to the norms while going out. The government cannot impose restrictions all the time. It is our duty to act responsibly so that there is no surge in infections again.” A woman gets the Covid vaccine at a health and wellness centre in Dadu Majra, Chandigarh, on Monday. PHOTO: PRADEEP TIWARI TWO SUCCUMB, 48 INFECTED IN CHANDIGARH Chandigarh: The city reported two deaths and 48 new cases of Covid-19 on Monday. The active cases now stand at 740 and the toll at 774. As many as 139 patients recovered from the virus in the past 24 hours. TNS Five die in Mohali, 74 +ve MOHALI: Five more fatalities were witnessed in the district during the past 24 hours, taking the Covid toll to 992. Meanwhile, 74 fresh cases surfaced, pushing the tally to 67,368. As many as 221 patients got the better of the disease. Among the new cases, UT heritage goes for ~92 lakh in France Chandigarh, June 7 In the 10th auction of heritage furniture from the city this year, nine artifacts designed by Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret went under the hammer for ~92.23 lakh at Chantily in France yesterday. Ajay Jagga, member, Heritage Protection Cell, Chandigarh, said of the total items, a teak sofa with inclined flat backrest was sold for a record ~21.22 lakh, while an advocate chair fetched ~19.45 lakh and six dining chairs were sold for ~15.03 lakh. In a letter to Minister for External Affairs S Jayashankar, Jagga said the 10th auction of Chandigarh heritage items was held at Chantily in France by Oise Encheres yesterday and four items were auctioned in vio- Eyebrows being raised over 10th such auction of items this year lation of the Ministry of Home Affairs orders, dated February 22, 2011. “In view of the fact that there is no protest or resistance from the Government of India, continuous auctions of our heritage in foreign countries are going on; there is a need for getting the matter examined from law-enforcing agencies of France, as to how these items reached Paris,” he said. — TNS No limit to human greed, says High Court Chandigarh, June 7 There is no limit to human greed, the Punjab and Haryana High Court asserted as it turned down the anticipatory bail plea filed by liquor contractor Arvind Singla in an alleged Sector 37 property fraud case. In his detailed order, Justice Anupinder Singh Grewal refused to accept the petitioner’s contention that he was a leading liquor contractor of the region and had bona fide invested the money at the behest of a property dealer. “The petitioner may be a billionaire, but the investment made by him in the property does not appear bona fide and is certainly not for nation building or generating employment. It is for person- c m y b SEC 37 PROPERTY CASE Rejects aniticipatory bail plea of accused al aggrandisement, as there is no limit to human greed,” Justice Grewal asserted. Making it clear that his custodial interrogation, in the facts and circumstances of the case, would be necessary, Justice Grewal observed that he was alleged to be the mastermind and instrumental in preparation of fake and forged documents for transfer of the property whereby he allegedly received more than ~1 crore. Going into the background of the matter, Justice Grewal added that the house was apparently allotted by the UT to Santosh Mehta on a leasehold basis. She was said to have expired in October 1986. The property after her death was stated to be in the possession of her husband Ved Parkash Mehta, who expired in 2017. After his death, the coaccused, along with Surjit, a bouncer, allegedly took forcible possession of the house. Surjit preferred a civil suit on January 17, 2017, which was decreed the very next day as Rahul Mehta — Santosh Mehta’s son — allegedly appeared and admitted the tenancy. He was restrained from forcibly dispossessing plaintiff Surjit from the suit property. Justice Grewal added that Rahul Mehta was stated to be keeping “indifferent physical and mental health” and the accused allegedly took advantage. Justice Grewal also took note of the public prosecutor’s contentions that the petitioner actively connived with the co-accused and an agreement to sell was entered between Rahul Mehta and co-accused Khalendra Singh Kadyan. Thereafter, the petitioner entered into a pact with Kadyan and invested for buying 33 per cent share, while 67 per cent remained with Kadyan. The petitioner transferred ~27 lakh Rahul Mahajan’s account, which was suspiciously opened in Catholic Syrian Bank. — TNS 11 came from Mohali (urban), three each from Boothgarh and Gharuan, seven from Lalru, 13 from Dera Bassi, 17 from Dhakoli and 20 from Kharar. So far, 64,945 patients have been cured in the district. There are 1,431 active cases. — TNS UT Admn gets 360 clerks Chandigarh, June 7 The UT Administration today issued appointment letters and posting orders to newly recruited 360 clerical staff. At a formal function, UT Adviser Manoj Parida issued the posting orders to the candidates. The Adviser thanked Panjab University for holding the test in a transparent manner and the GMSH for conducting the medical examination of the candidates despite heavy Covid-related work in the hospital. The posting orders have been issued allocating them work in 38 departments. Meanwhile, UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore has directed the Personnel Department to ensure that all pending vacancies are filled on priority. — TNS Man dies as tipper-truck hits scooter Dera Bassi, June 7 A 60-year-old man was killed after a tipper-truck hit his scooter near a petrol pump on the Barwala road here this morning. The police said the victim, Ashok Kumar, a resident of Saidpura, and his son were going to Dera Bassi when a truck hit their scooter in the rear. Ashok, who was driving the scooter, lost the balance and came under wheels of the truck. The victim died on the spot. After the accident, the truck driver sped away but passersby noted down the registration number of the vehicle. Dera Bassi SHO Jatin Kapoor said a case had been registered against the unknown truck driver. — TNS
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