09062021-CT-01.qxd 6/9/2021 12:41 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY | 9 JUNE 2021 | CHANDIGARH NOW, SPORTSPERSONS WANT C'SHIPS TO BE CONDUCTED PAGE 2 Sportspersons want the UT to mull over conducting events, which have not been held for the past one year. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD SAMPLES TESTED POSITIVE RECOVERED NEW CASES ACTIVE CHANGE DEATHS NEW P’KULA MOHALI 5,28,002 3,45,839 4,01,345 60,778 30,368 67,481 59,314 29,586 65,180 71 20 113 685 425 1,298 55 0 133 779 357 1,003 5 0 11 MAX 42°C | MIN 30°C | YESTERDAY MAX 40.9°C | MIN 28.5°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 7.23 PM The CBI had nabbed them for allegedly taking a bribe of ~10 lakh from an Ambala-based businessman. SUNRISE THURSDAY 5.21 AM 165 PANCHKULA 152 MOHALI 170 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF MILKHA COUPLE’S CONDITION STABLE Chandigarh: Covid-infected former Indian sprinter Milkha Singh and his wife Nirmal Milkha Singh continue to be stable but under strict observation of doctors. Milkha is being treated at the PGI, while Nirmal is under observation at a Mohali-based private hospital. “Based on all medical parameters, there is a continuous improvement in the condition of Milkha Singh,” read a bulletin by the PGI. “Nirmal Milkha is stable and continues to battle hard,” said family. Sources claimed the couple was still dependant on oxygen supply. TNS UT announces relaxations; malls, eateries to open, lake too Chandigarh, June 8 In a relief to residents and traders, the UT Administration has announced major relaxations in various restrictions imposed in the city since May 4 for effective control of the Covid-19 pandemic. With further reduction in the number of coronavirus cases, the UT has decided to allow all shops to remain open from 10 am to 6 pm. The decision was taken at a review meeting, chaired by UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore, here today. At the meeting, it was also decided to open all restaurants and bars with 50 per cent occupancy from 10 am to 9 pm and also gymnasiums, spas, wellness centres, clubs, barber shops and hair salons with 50 per cent capacity. The authorities also allowed museums and libraries to open. Sukhna Lake will remain open for visitors and walkers from 5 am to 8 pm, but boating will not be allowed. However, it will remain closed on Sunday. With a sharp decline in the Covid cases, the Administration has withdrawn its earlier order wherein restrictions were imposed on the number Tribune News Service P’KULA SEES NO DEATH, 20 CASES Panchkula: The district on Tuesday reported 20 fresh cases of Covid-19. There was no new fatality in the past 24 hours. While the total number of cases in the district has reached 30,368, the toll remained 357. The district has witnessed 97.42 per cent recovery rate and 2.30 per cent positivity rate. Meanwhile, a total of 1,340 persons were vaccinated at 19 government vaccination centres and a private facility in the district, with 229 getting their second dose. TNS FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE To have Metropolitan Authority on lines of Gurugram All types of Eatries & bars at Shopping malls shops from 10 50% capacity from 10 am am to 6 pm from 10 am-9 pm to 6 pm Eating outlets inside malls till 8 pm Gyms, clubs and Museums and spas with 50% libraries in capacity the city CAP ON MARRIAGE GATHERINGS NOW 30 LAKE CLOSED ON SUNDAY SUNDAY CLOSURE Sukhna Lake will remain open for visitors from 5 am to 8 pm, but no boating. The lake will remain closed on Sunday. There will be a total weekend closure on Sunday. Only essential shops, including those of barbers, will be allowed to open NIGH CURFEW ROCK GARDEN SHUT The night curfew will now be imposed from 10 pm to 5 am Cinema halls, theatres and Rock Garden will remain closed. The Administration has increased the number of persons attending marriages or last rites. Now, gatherings for marriages, cremations or other events will be restricted to a maximum of 30 persons. Earlier, it was limited to 20 persons at marriage functions and 10 in cremations. NO CAP ON STAFF AT OFFICES Earlier restrictions on the number of employees attending government and private offices and banks stand withdrawn ‘RELAXATIONS CAN BE WITHDRAWN IF COVID PROTOCOL IGNORED’ ❝The relaxations will be reviewedaand can be withdrawn if the Covid protocol is not followed. Nobody can rule out third wave. ❞ Manoj Parida, UT ADVISER of employees attending government and private offices and banks. Similarly, gatherings at marriages and cremations and other events will be restricted to a maximum of 30 persons. Earlier, it was limited to 20 persons at marriage functions and 10 at cremations. In another major decision, the authorities have allowed shopping malls to remain open from 10 am to 6 pm. However, eating outlets continued on page 2 Stuck in lift, harrowing Covid renders 2,400 vendors time for woman, son defaulters, may lose licence Zirakpur, June 8 A mother-son duo, residents of Aastha Apartments in Zirakpur, had a harrowing time when they were stuck in a lift for more than half an hour at the housing society this evening. Seema Verma and her fiveyear-old son were stuck in the B Block lift around 8 pm and had to be rescued with the help of some residents. Power outage and voltage fluctuation had left them stranded on the first floor. ‘ ’ Auto rescue devices of lifts of Phase 2 of Aastha Apartments are non-functional for a long time. Further, generator too is not working for want of fuel. Lift operator has not been provided for the past one year despite a High Court directive on January 24, 2019. Breaking down of lifts has become a routine. Senior citizens living in the six-floor building have to face harassment every day,’’ said Gulshan Rai, a resident here. This is for the second day running that the residents of TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD It’s nearly all open, but virus CM Khattar’s big push for development of Panchkula still around, exercise caution WHAT’S OPEN WITHIN AMBIT OF COVID PROTOCOL CHANDIGARH PAGE 2 TWO GRANTED BAIL IN ~10-LAKH BRIBERY CASE The Muzaffarnagar native held with country-made pistols and magazines near Sante Majra village bus stand. Tribune News Service AIR QUALITY INDEX 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 PAGE 2 MOHALI POLICE NAB YOUTH WITH EIGHT PISTOLS, 9 MAGAZINES Sandeep Rana Rescued after over half an hour with help of society residents Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 8 The second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic has turned about 2,400 registered vendors defaulters for they have failed to deposit their monthly licence vending fee to the Municipal Corporation. They are now facing the risk of losing their vending licence. There are about 10,000 street, essential and mobile vendors registered with the corporation. continued on page 2 MC to issue them notice to clear dues FEE RELAXATION SOUGHT “We expect a fee relaxation for a few months as due to the lockdown we hardly made any earning. We are finding it difficult to make ends meet. MC assistance will encourage the registered vendors to stand up again and work.” Vendor at Sector 15 Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 8 Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today announced the setting up of the Panchkula Metropolitan Development Authority (PMDA) on the lines of the bodies established in Gurugram and Faridabad. He said it would help in executing an integrated development plan. He said Panchkula was a part of the tricity, but lagged behind Mohali. Addressing the media in the presence of Speaker Gian Chand Gupta, the Chief Minister said Panchkula would be developed as a hub of medical, education and tourism facilities and industrial investment. He said to promote Panchkula as a destination for real estate, external development charges (EDC) and infrastructure development charges (IDC) were slashed by almost one-third in Panchkula, bringing these on a par with those in Mohali and Zirakpur. He said there were two sites for big hospitals, one in Sector 32 and the other in Sector 5-C, which would be auctioned soon. He said a food and drug testing lab was being opened in Sector 3 at a cost of ~22 crore. “At Thapli in Morni, a panchkarma centre is being set up under the Ayush Department. A nursing college is also being planned for the city while the National Institute of Fashion Technology is coming up in Sector 23,” he said. He said efforts were being made to develop Barwala as an industrial township and the IT Park in Panchkula would be operated in collaboration with the Software Technology Parks of India (STPI). He said Morni would be developed as a tourist destination. He said paragliding activities would start at Morni on June 20. Besides, 10 trekking routes had been identified. “We are exploring the possibility of home stay or farmhouse stay facilities for trekkers,” he said. continued on page 2 MC yet to finalise tech for processing waste The child being rescued from a housing society lift in Zirakpur. Tribune News Service housing societies in Zirakpur had to face harassment due to malfunctioning lifts allegedly under the supervision of builders. Frequent power outages, voltage fluctuations and non-operational advanced rescue devices are only exposing the bare minimum infrastructure in the housing societies. Chandigarh, June 8 The life of people living near the dumping ground in Dadu Majra continues to be a helllike as the Municipal Corporation has failed to give the work of garbage processing to any agency even after one year of taking over the waste processing plant from Jaypee Group. 5 DEATHS, 71 +VE IN UT Chandigarh: As many as 71 new Covid cases and five deaths were reported in the city on Tuesday. The active cases now stand at 685 and the toll at 779. As many as 121 patients recovered. TNS DEATH TOLL CROSSES 1,000 MARK IN MOHALI Mohali: The death toll crossed the 1,000 mark with 11 more fatalities, including six “legacy deaths”, being reported from the district during the past 24 hours, taking the toll to 1,003. As many as 113 new Covid cases surfaced while 236 patients were cured of the disease. TNS For the past several months, it could not finalise the technology to be adopted for processing the waste at the plant, let alone floating a tender to hire an agency for installing latest machinery and processing garbage. After expression of interest was called from different companies, all firms gave presentation to an MC com- mittee. In a House meeting held in April, it was decided that the firms would give presentations to all councillors. Even after this, the matter could not be decided. In May, the House decided to visit different plants in other cities. “While people are suffering, the MC is taking a whole month to decide about a continued on page 2 Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar addresses the media in Panchkula. Speaker Gian Chand Gupta is also seen. RAVI KUMAR WHAT’S IN THE OFFING ■ 60-acre film city in Pinjore ■ Two big hospitals in Sec 32 & 5-C ■ Better education & tourism facilities, industrial investment Just a gimmick: Oppn Plan draws mixed response from people Sanjay Bumbroo Tribune News Service Panchkula, June 8 Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal’s announcement regarding setting up the Panchkula Metropolitan Development Authority (PMDA) evoked a mixed response from residents. While leaders of the ruling party claimed that it would help in boosting the development, the Opposition claimed that it was nothing but a gimmick to divert the attention of residents from various issues in the city. BB Singal, senior BJP leader and a member of the Haryana State Pharmacy Council, said the announcement made by the Chief Minister was a historic step and a long-pending demand of the city. He said with the PMDA, almost all departments, including the MC, HUDA, HSIIDC, UHBVN and horticulture, would come under an umbrella and the decision making would be easier. Singal said with the setting up of the PMDA, the rates of the CLU (change of land use) would be reduced to one third — on a par with the rates in Mohali and Zirakpur. He said the EDC funds that earlier went to the state government would now be received by the PMDA and used towards the development projects in the city. ‘IT IS A BID TO DIVERT ATTENTION FROM ISSUES’ ❝ The PMDA is nothing but a way to divert the attention of people from issues in city. It will create confusion. ❞ Upinder Kaur Ahluwalia, EX-MAYOR WILL HELP COMPLETE DEVELOPMENT WORKS ❝ Setting up of the PMDA will help in completing development works in the district on time. It is a good decision; the previous governments had ignored Panchkula. SK Nayar, ❞ PRESIDENT, CITIZENS’ WELFARE ASSN, P’KULA However, former Mayor Upinder Kaur Ahluwalia said the PMDA was nothing but a way to divert the attention of people from issues in the city. She said the Deputy Commissioner, Mayor and other officials of various departments, who are members of the PMDA, were already present to take decisions regarding the development continued on page 2 That sinking feeling A caved-in portion of a road in the Industrial Area, Phase 2, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. TRIBUTE PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN Gender gap in vax drive; more men than women jabbed in UT Naina Mishra Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 8 Four months after the inoculation drive against Covid-19, Chandigarh has vaccinated over 56 per cent men in comparison to nearly 44 per cent women – highlighting a gender gap in the vaccination programme. In other words, for every 1,000 men receiving the jab, only 754 women are getting vaccinated – which is lower So far, 56% men vaccinated in comparison to HESITANCY FOR VACCINE lot of misinformation 44% women | Mohali’s vaccination ratio even lower “There is athe vaccine among related to VACCINATION STATS CITY Chandigarh Mohali Panchkula MALE 1,74,297 (56%) 2,61,331 (61%) 96,625 (52%) FEMALE 1,35,266 (44%) 1,67,304 (39%) 87,435 (48%) TOTAL 3,09,563 4,28,635 1,84,060 SOURCE: COWIN PORTAL AS ON JUNE 8 than the Chandigarh’s malefemale population ratio. According to the 2011 Cen- c m y b sus, there are 55 per cent men in comparison to 45 per cent women in Chandigarh. women. We receive a lot of calls from women who ask whether it is safe to go for vaccination during menstruation or while taking treatment of infertility. There is nothing bigger than life, and all women should go for vaccination,” said Dr Bharti Joshi, gynaecologist. Mohali’s vaccination ratio is even lower as only 39 per cent women have received the jab against 61 per cent men. Prof Rajesh Gill from the Department of Sociology, Panjab University, said, “A significant proportion of women still cannot take decisions independently and have to consult family members. Even to access healthcare services, women are the last to go to a health centre as it is their last priority.” “The first priority is of the husband, then son and the women are always the last one. This is about the section of society who aren’t well off and educated,” she said. “There is also a lot of rumour mongering related to vaccination, like infertility concerns. I keep talking to women who are staying in slums and they are against vaccination,” said Prof Gill. “It is difficult to get them vaccinated because they cannot miss their work. continued on page 2
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