10062021-CT-01.qxd 6/10/2021 12:43 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE THURSDAY | 10 JUNE 2021 | CHANDIGARH TRIPLE JUMPER BELIEVES IN BREAKING STEREOTYPES PAGE 2 Commonwealth Games-bound Niharika Vashisht features in a commercial with actor Akshay Kumar. PARTLY CLOUDY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD SAMPLES TESTED POSITIVE RECOVERED NEW CASES ACTIVE CHANGE DEATHS NEW P’KULA 5,30,483 60,862 59,432 84 649 36 781 2 MOHALI 3,46,702 4,03,123 30,394 67,567 29,646 65,365 26 86 387 1,196 38 102 361 1,006 4 3 AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH 156 PANCHKULA 163 MOHALI 191 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF MC CHIEF YADAV’S TENURE EXTENDED Chandigarh: MC Commissioner KK Yadav has got three-month extension. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the proposal of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs for extension of his tenure. The Punjab-cadre IAS officer’s tenure had ended on May 22. Citing the Covid pandemic, the UT Administration had sought extension of three months for him. TNS NEW WING AT P’KULA HOSPITAL Panchkula: Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar will virtually lay the foundation stone of a 200-bed maternal and child health wing on the premises of the Civil Hospital in Sector 6 here. The project is expected to be completed by May 2023. TNS Rain likely in city tomorrow Chandigarh, June 9 Rain is likely in the city on Friday and Saturday. According to the Met Department, thundery development/light rain is expected for two days. Meanwhile, the maximum temperature in the city today was 41.9°C, three degrees above normal. Yesterday, the maximum temperature was 42°C, the highest for the current month. The minimum temperature today stood at 30.5°C, six degrees above normal. — TNS PAGE 2 MAX 39°C | MIN 31°C | YESTERDAY MAX 41.9°C | MIN 30.5°C SUNSET THURSDAY 7:24 PM PAGE 3 HIGHLY INFECTIOUS DELTA VARIANT PRESENT IN UT Move indicates that probe agency, for the first time, may look into alleged theft of the city's heritage furniture. A study attributes high caseload of Covid infection in North India during April to the Delta variant or B.1.617.2. SUNRISE FRIDAY 5:21 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Life limps back to normalcy in UT Markets reopen as Admn eases curbs, morning walkers turn up at Sukhna Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 9 After 36 days, life in the city has started limping back to normalcy as the UT Administration has relaxed most restrictions imposed in view of a sharp rise in the number of Covid-19 cases. The markets witnessed a slight increase in the number of customers after the Administration permitted shops and malls to open from 10 am to 6 pm and hotels and restaurants to allow dine-in with 50 per cent seating capacity. The city’s biggest Elante Mall also opened, but the footfall was far below what was witnessed during pre-Covid days. Shopkeepers were busy cleaning and sanitising their shops on the first day. Sukhna Lake, the main attraction of the city, opened with morning walkers, but due to scorching heat, there were hardly any visitors during the daytime. Welcoming the ‘balanced’ unlocking decision of the Girls take a stroll at Sukhna Lake on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN TRIBUNE PHOTO: NITIN MITTAL FORECAST CBI SEEKS DETAILS ABOUT AUCTION OF HERITAGE ITEMS LOW FOOTFALL AT ELANTE MALL The markets saw a slight increase in the number of customers after the UT permitted shops and malls to open from 10 am to 6 pm and hotels and restaurants to allow dinein with 50 per cent seating capacity. Elante Mall also opened, but the footfall was far below preCovid days. People enjoy food at a restaurant in Chandigarh on Wednesday. UT steps in, now no more fleecing by private hospitals Admn forms panels to look into plaints of overcharging Dushyant Singh Pundir Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 9 The UT Administration has formed committees to check fleecing of patients by private hospitals in the city. Each committee will be headed by the Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) of the respective area with a deputy superintendent of police (DSP), a senior medical officer (SMO) and a drug inspector as its members. The names of the SMO and the drug inspector will be recommended by the Civil Surgeon. “The four-member committee will look into the complaints of overcharging by the private hospitals,” said Deputy Commissioner Mandip Singh Brar. “Any person or patient can file a complaint with the SDM of the respective area,” Brar said. “The complaint will be inquired into by the commit- complaint can ❝Awith the SDM ofbe filed the respective area. ❞ — Mandip Singh Brar, DEPUTY COMMISSIONER, UT tee and if any wrongdoing is found, action will be initiated against the errant private hospital as per the law,” he added. Arun Kumar Gupta, Principal Secretary, Health, said the committee would also inquire into the complaints of overcharging received against the hospitals during the second wave of the Covid19 pandemic. Taking advantage of the sudden spurt in Covid-19 cases, several private hospitals allegedly overcharged patients for treatment. On receiving complaints, the UT Health Department issued notices to several private hospitals. The private hospitals were found charging extra for oxygen, medicines and tests even as these were part of the package notified by the UT Administration on April 24. Earlier, the health authorities had started a probe into the complaints of overcharging by private hospitals. The complaints were primarily related to exorbitant rates of oxygen and remdesivir – a medicine used in the treatment of Covid-19 patients. A helpline was also set up for patients who were overcharged for Covid-19 treatment. Some private hospitals have already initiated the process of refunding the money to patients. UT Administration, Ankit Gupta, president, Chandigarh Hospitality Association, said most of the outlets were in the process of reopening, while some opened today with 50 per cent capacity. Being the first day, the response was decent, he added. Manmohan Singh, president, Hotels Association, said it would not only provide help to the food and beverage industry, but also boost the tourism sector. Charanjiv Singh, president, Chandigarh Beopar Mandal, said opening of the markets on Saturday was a major relief for traders. He said they hoped the situation would return to normal in the coming days. Thanking the Administration allowing opening of shops, he said they could now recover the losses incurred during the lockdown period. He said they had cautioned all traders to strictly follow the Covid protocol for theirs as well as customers’ safety. A girl takes her first dose of the Covid vaccine at Government Dispensary in Sector 21, Panchkula, on Wednesday. RAVI KUMAR FOUR FATALITIES, 26 CASES IN P’KULA DIST MOHALI SEES THREE DEATHS, 86 NEW CASES Panchkula: The district on Wednesday reported four Covid deaths and 26 fresh cases. A 70year-old-woman from the Industrial Area, a 58-year-old woman from Sector 23, a 62year-old woman from Rampur Seuri and a 64-year-old man from Manaktabra succumbed to the disease. Three of them had comorbid conditions. While the overall case tally reached 30,394, the death toll jumped to 361. There are now 387 active cases in the district. TNS Mohali: Three patients died while 86 Covid cases were reported from the district on Wednesday. As many as 186 patients recovered from the virus in the past 24 hours. Among the new cases, 20 were reported from Mohali (urban), 16 from Kharar, 13 from Dera Bassi, 11 from Dhakoli, five from Gharuan, three from Boothgarh, four from Lalru, five from Banur and nine from Kurali. Of the 67,567 cases reported so far, 65,365 patients have been cured. TNS TWO SUCCUMB TO VIRUS IN UT, 84 FRESH CASES Chandigarh: The city reported 84 new Covid-19 cases and two deaths on Wednesday. The active case tally now stands at 649, while the toll has reached 781. As many as 118 patients recovered from the disease. TNS Residents fume as tele firms dig up roads outside houses Anup Chandra Pandey New Election Commissioner is PU alumnus Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 9 The newly appointed Election Commissioner of India, Anup Chandra Pandey, is an alumnus of Panjab University. Pandey, a former Chief Secretary of UP had com, pleted his master’s degree from the University Business School, PU. His father Prof VC Pandey was a senior professor in the Department of Ancient History, PU. Pandey stayed on the university campus for many years during his father’s term here. Born in Chandigarh, Pandey is a retired 1984batch IAS officer belonging continued on page 2 Fail to install boards, barricades or inform public about work Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 9 With no boards installed to give information about the work being undertaken, barricading or prior intimation to public, private telecommunication companies are digging up roads outside houses to lay cables causing inconvenience to the area residents. Residents alleged that due to a lack of supervision and control of the local Municipal Corporation, which grants permission, such practice was going on unabated in different parts of the city. A telecommunication company started the work of laying optical fibre cable in Sector 21-C in January this year. After the work was completed, another firm started digging up different areas outside the gates of houses in the sector. “Our house gate was A dug-up road stretch has not been restored after carrying out the work for many days in Sector 21, Chandigarh. MANOJ MAHAJAN blocked for two days as the area outside was dug up and we could not take out our cars. Had we got prior information about the work, we would have made some arrangements. The workers told me that they have informed our neighbour. This did not make sense to me,” shared Charu Jain, a resident of Sector 21-C. Charu, a civil engineer, pointed out, “During the 24-year-old woman takes poison, dies Life goes on for them, ‘blissfully’ untouched by Covid Lalru, June 9 A 24-year-old married woman allegedly ended her life by taking poison at Batauli village after being accused of having an extra-marital affair by her neighbours. Kritika Kanwar 5 of neighbour’s family booked for accusing her of extra-marital affair The deceased has been identified as Manpreet Kaur, wife of Subhash Singh. ASI Gorav Sharma said the victim’s husband stated that a woman named Babli, who lives in their neighbourhood, often accused his wife of an extra-marital affair following which she took poison. Manpreet was rushed to the Civil Hospital, Ambala, and continued on page 2 Shelterless migrants eat, sleep alongside roads, oblivious to the havoc wreaked by the virus ❝ Hamein koi corona nahin hua. Sadkon pe rehte hain. Hamein kya hoga (what corona, we stay on roads. We did not suffer from any such virus). — A migrant Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 9 At several traffic light points in the city, a kaleidoscopic view of “street kids” rummaging through swanky vehicles is likely to catch your attention. Holding stringed balloons in their hands and oblivious to this “touch-menot-Covid era”, the little ones make their way through cars in the scorching sun and tap at your window in the hope of getting a penny or two in return, while all they get are stares and despair! A few metres away, their parents can be seen juggling with their craft too and following the crowds, eager to make the day’s living before the night sets in. They largely eke out their living by sell- ❞ Most of these migrants sell brooms & balloons for a living. ing brooms. A broom costs between ~200 and ~250, enough for them to fill their bellies. During night, these “street kids” are seen assembling their paraphernalia and retiring under the trees along the road. Their makeshift shelters are just made up of dupattas resting on four sticks. On a lazy day during the weekend lockdown, the kids are seen less on roads. With not many vehicles at the intersection point, it’s a field day for them too. Asked about the second wave of Covid, one of the migrants says with a tinge of pride, “Hamein koi corona nahin hua. Sadkon pe rehte hain. Hamein kya hoga (what corona, we stay on roads. We did not suffer from any such c m y b virus).” According to Ganesh, a migrant labourer from Chittorgarh in Rajasthan, an MC van came and took their samples. All of them tested negative! Despite staying together in groups along the roads, none of them ever faced any symptom of Covid. One is struck by a realisation that how Covid caged the so-called elites inside their “sanitised” cars and left them gasping for oxygen, while these free-spirited souls were out on the roads with none of them wearing any mask. A fear that bothers the migrants is the “ashram wallahs” who pick their kids from roads and take them along. “It is only when we deposit thousands of rupees with the authorities that we get our kids back. A van comes and takes our toddlers away. I had to pay ~25,000 to get my son back from these ‘ashram wallas’,” said Ganesh, showing his ID card. “We can raise our kids with our own money. We are proud of whatever we earn at the end of the day. We got some ration kits in the beginning of the lockdown last year, but now, we are managing on our own.” Ganesh’s wife Reena joins the conversation with a sleepy toddler tucked along her side. She says, “Gaon jana hai. Bachon ko vahin padhaenge. Yahan jhaadoo bech ke apna pet bhar rahe hain (we want to leave for our villages, will teach our kids there).” Quite contented with whatever they earn at the end of the day, they say the lockdown bothers them more than the pandemic. Asked about what kind of help they need from the Administration, pat comes the reply, “Bas ap tarpal le aiega, barish me bache so nahin pate (just give us tarpaulin sheets, our kids find it hard to sleep during a rainy night).” work by both the firms, no barricading of the area was done. Recently, a small child while cycling had a narrow escape from falling into the pits dug up outside houses. I think basics are not being followed while doing the work.” Charan Singh, a resident of Sector 19, added, “There should be a fixed timeline for carrying out the work and continued on page 2 Milkha better, wife remains on O2 support Chandigarh, June 9 Former Indian sprinter Milkha Singh is responding well to medication, but his wife Nirmal Milkha Singh continues to battle the Covid infection, informed the doctors monitoring the couple. “Milkha continues to improve. Nirmal Milkha Singh, meanwhile, continues to battle hard but is stable,” read a statement issued by Milkha’s family. Milkha is undergoing treatment for post-Covid complications at the PGI. “His saturation level has improved and he has started taking food himself,” said a source. Nirmal, a former captain of the Indian women’s volleyball team, is still on oxygen support and has shown little improvement, said a doctor. — TNS
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