24062021-CT-01.qxd 6/24/2021 12:52 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE THURSDAY | 24 JUNE 2021 | CHANDIGARH MOHALI GOVT EMPLOYEES GO ON 5-DAY PEN-DOWN STRIKE PAGE 2 Work in various government offices of Mohali hampered as employees go on a five-day pen-down strike. FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD SAMPLES TESTED POSITIVE RECOVERED NEW CASES ACTIVE CHANGE DEATHS NEW P’KULA 5,55,785 61,520 60,446 43 267 11 807 1 MOHALI 3,58,549 4,23,875 30,540 68,110 30,094 66,698 8 33 74 369 9 16 372 1,043 0 2 AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH 113 PANCHKULA 62 MOHALI 100 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF HOTEL OWNER DUPED OF ~4.30L Chandigarh: A Delhi resident has been booked for allegedly cheating the owner of Oyster Hotel, Sector 17, to the tune of ~4.30 lakh. According to the police, complainant Rajesh Mahajan alleged that Jai Shankar Jha of Delhi, who introduced himself as a representative of M/s Jaya Carpets, visited his office in Sector 7 in October last year. The complainant ordered goods from the suspect and made a payment of ~4.30 lakh. However, the suspect failed to deliver the goods. TNS MAN’S MOBILE PHONE SNATCHED Chandigarh: Two bike-borne miscreants allegedly snatched a mobile phone from a man on Monday. Complainant Ajay Singh stated that the miscreants snatched his phone near the Sector 7/8 road. TNS HOLIDAY IN UT TODAY Chandigarh: The UT Administration has declared June 24 a public holiday on account of Kabir Jayanti. The Home Department said all government offices, boards, corporations and institutions, including industrial establishments, under the UT Administration would observe a holiday on Thursday under Section 25 of the Negotiable Instruments Act. TNS UT REMEMBERS LEGENDS AS IT CELEBRATES OLYMPIC DAY PAGE 2 Hockey Chandigarh celebrates day at Sec 42 Sports Complex, Chandigarh Olympic Assn at Lake Sports Complex. MAX 38°C | MIN 27°C | YESTERDAY MAX 39.8°C | MIN 27.2°C SUNSET THURSDAY 7.28 PM Apart from a two-storey waiting lounge, 12 escalators and six lifts will be installed for passengers’ convenience . SUNRISE FRIDAY 5.23 AM Jack up vax drive: Adviser Dharam Pal takes charge, says let’s brace for possible third wave of Covid Two swindlers from Delhi land in police net Tribune News Service Dushyant Singh Pundir Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 23 New UT Adviser Dharam Pal, who assumed charge today, does not want the city to be caught napping if a third wave of Covid-19 strikes. He has directed the health authorities not only to speed up vaccination, but also to ensure that all government vaccination centres remain open over the weekend. This is aimed at ensuring the maximum vaccination coverage before the coronavirus comes knocking again. Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, the newly appointed Adviser said he reviewed the Covid situation and the steps needed at a meeting with senior officers. “We need to accelerate the pace of vaccination so that we can cover the entire city population as quickly as possible and before the onset of a possible third wave,” said Dharam Pal. “We are not clear about the new variants of the virus and vaccination is the only thing in our hands. We should possibly do what is in our hands,” he added. Meanwhile, the Administration has stated that all vaccination centres in govern- New UT Adviser Dharam Pal calls on Punjab Governor and UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore at the Punjab Raj Bhawan in Chandigarh on Wednesday. ment hospitals, dispensaries and mobile vaccination will remain open tomorrow (a gazetted holiday) and on Sunday. Earlier, on assuming the charge, new UT Adviser Dharam Pal called on UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore at the Punjab Raj Bhawan today. Later, he held a meeting with senior officers of the UT Administration at the Secretariat. After nearly two and a half years with the Chandigarh Administration, former UT Adviser Manoj Parida was transferred to Delhi. A 1986- batch AGMUT (Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram and Union Territories) joint cadre officer, Parida has been appointed as the Chairman, National Authority of Chemical Weapons Convention, in the rank and pay of Secretary to the Union government, under the Cabinet Secretariat. Awaiting posting, Pal was posted as Additional Secretary, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers, from July 22, 2017, to April 12, 2021, during deputation with the Central Government. Continued on Page 2 LET’S DO WHAT WE CAN TO FIGHT PANDEMIC We about ❝neware not surethe the variants of coronavirus and vaccination is the only thing in our control. We should possibly do what is in our hands. ❞ Dharam Pal, UT ADVISER Chandigarh, June 23 The Cyber Crime Investigation Cell of the UT police has nabbed two swindlers for allegedly duping city residents on the pretext of providing them jobs. Deepika and Chetna, both residents of Sector 23, told the police that they were looking for a job through Google during which they came across an advertisement on OLX mentioning that there were vacancies in the IndiGo airlines. The accused made the victims deposit about ~60,000 in their accounts. However, the victims later found that they had been duped. The suspects, identified as Abhishek, alias Rahul (24), and Anil Yadav (23), both residents of Delhi, were arrested on June 22, the police said. Two laptops containing fake joining letters of the Indigo airlines, resumes of several persons and mobile phones have been recovered from their possession. They were produced before the court today that sent them to two-day police remand. TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE ASI stabs brother, kills sister-in-law over water issue Chandigarh, June 23 A Punjab Police ASI allegedly stabbed his sister-in-law to death and injured his brother following an altercation over the issue of water supply at Ram Darbar last night. The suspect, Harswaroop, posted at the Police Headquarters, used to have arguments with his brother Prem Nath Sagar, staying on the first floor of the house, over the supply of water. Prem used to complain that the water supply did not reach the first floor, which always led to arguments between him and Harswaroop. The duo had an altercation again following which Harswaroop allegedly stabbed Prem with a knife. He also stabbed Prem’s wife Divya. The police were informed and the injured couple was (24), alias Shagun, of Shiv Colony, Shastri Nagar, Karnal, was also arrested. The suspects were produced in a district court today and remanded in two-day police custody. The criminal was carrying a reward of ~5,000. Vikki was earlier arrested in 2016 for his involvement in 100 cases but could only be found guilty in around 40 of them. After getting bail, he started committing similar crimes again. On his modus operandi, the police said Vikki used to target women pedestrians wearing jewellery. He would then commit a snatching on a motorcycle and escape. — TNS rushed to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, where Divya succumbed to the injury while Prem’s condition is stated to be serious. The police said Divya had a stab injury in the back below the shoulder, while Prem was stabbed several times. The suspect was arrested and a murder case registered against him at the Sector 31 police station. The police said the knife used to stab the victims had been recovered. He was produced in a court and sent to judicial custody. Victim, sister were married in same house Victim Divya and her sister were married in the same house. While Divya was married to Prem, her sister is married to the suspect. — TNS SUSPECT POSTED AT PB POLICE HQ Murder victim Divya The suspect, Harswaroop, posted at the Police Headquarters, used to have arguments with his brother Prem Nath Sagar, staying on the first floor of the house, over the supply of water. The duo had an altercation again following which Harswaroop allegedly stabbed Prem with a knife. He also stabbed Prem’s wife Divya. P’kula police nail man behind ‘100 snatchings’ Panchkula, June 23 A team of the crime branch, Sector 26, on Tuesday nabbed a ‘most wanted snatcher’, who had allegedly committed over 100 snatchings across the tricity. The suspect has been identified as Vikki (36), alias Devendra Singh, a resident of Delhi. According to the police, the suspect, along with an accomplice, had snatched a gold chain in Sector 16 here on June 4. A case in this regard was registered at the Sector 14 police station. Acting on a tip-off, the police nabbed him at Dera Bassi in Mohali district, said an official. His accomplice, identified as Sumit Kumar PAGE 2 UNDERBRIDGES, LIFTS ON RLY STATION UPGRADE BLUEPRINT Civic body panel clears agenda Visitors violate social distancing norms and fail to wear a mask at Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: NITIN MITTAL Shut mini-Covid care units or retain premises till Sept 30: UT to operators Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 23 Considering the possibility of a third wave of Covid-19, the UT Administration has given two options to the organisations operating mini-Covid care centres in the city. Yashpal Garg, nodal officer for such centres, said the UT Administration appreciated the noble gesture of contributing towards the management of the second wave of the pandemic. He said the centres were being operated by organisations in a highly professional manner with qualified doctors and nurses and provided food, medicines and other required services to Covid patients free of cost. “Since the number of Covid patents has reduced sharply and presently, there are only seven patients in the miniCovid care centres, we need to decide about the future of these centres,” he said. With the threat of third wave looming large, two options with regard to the centres were given to the organisations — closure of the centre after all patients are discharged and vacation of the premises or temporary closure of the centre and retaining the premises with own security arrangements up to September 30 this year. Garg requested the organisations to communicate the preference in the next three days. As many as seven organisations were given the permission to run mini-Covid care centres. However, one organisation had already closed down its centre due to lack of patients. As the caseload on hospitals increased with a sudden surge in Covid cases, the UT Administration gave a clarion call for setting up mini Covid care centres in the City voluntarily by any individual, association, organisation, NGO, religious body, corporate, firm or trust for asymptomatic Covid patients. Chandigarh, June 23 The Environment and City Beautification Committee of the MC today approved various agenda items. These agenda items included supply and fixing of an open air gym and fitness equipment in the park situated in front of house number 3070 and 3071, Sector 20, Chandigarh, under landscaping at an estimated cost of ~2.95 lakh. Providing and fixing of bricks on both sides of the concrete track in the park near the Verka booth, Sector 21, and repairs of a concrete track in the green belt os sectors 18 and 19, under landscaping at an estimated cost of ~9.70 lakh have also been cleared. The committee also recommended to consider an amendment to the policy regarding the provision of huts in small parks built on an area under 0.5 acre. — TNS NEW MODEL JAIL UT Admn starts process to get green approval Tribune News Service Two succumb, 33 infected in Mohali Milkha couple’s son Jeev and family members during a prayer meeting on Wednesday. MANOJ MAHAJAN Tributes pour in for Milkha couple at prayer meeting Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 23 Emotions ran high as hundreds of people from different walks of life attended a prayer meeting in memory of the Milkha couple — Milkha Singh and Nirmal Milkha Singh — at the Sector 8 gurdwara today. Former MP Pawan Kumar Bansal, Shiromani Akali Dal (Democratic) leader and Lehra MLA Parminder Singh Dhindsa, city BJP president Arun Sood, area councillor Maheshinder Singh Sidhu, international golfers Harmeet Kahlon, Aadil Bedi and Karandeep Kochhar, PGTI CEO Uttam Singh Mundy and officials from Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh were among those who attended the prayer meeting. Jeev Milkha Singh, ace golfer and son of the Milkha couple, along with his son Harjai Singh, sisters, wife and other family members paid tributes to his parents. People also paid tributes to the Milkha couple through the online mode. Mohali: Two Covid-19 deaths and 33 new cases were reported from the district on Wednesday, while 48 patients recovered from the virus in the past 24 hours. Among the new cases, seven were reported from Mohali, six from Dera Bassi, three from Kharar, 13 from Dhakoli, one each from Banur and Boothgarh and two from Lalru. Of the 68,110 positive cases reported so far, 66,698 patients have been cured. —TNS No death, eight cases in P’kula UT records one death, 43 cases Panchkula: The district on Wednesday reported eight fresh coronavirus cases, taking the overall tally to 30,540. The district no new death and the toll remained at 372. — TNS Chandigarh: The city on Wednesday reported 43 new cases of Covid-19 and one death. The number of active cases has come down to 267 as 63 patients were discharged. — TNS c m y b Visitors enjoy boating at Sukhna Lake on Wednesday. NITIN MITTAL Boating off to a slow start Chandigarh, June 23 Boating got off to a slow start on the first day at Sukhna Lake. With a decline in the number of Covid-19 cases, the UT Administration yesterday allowed boating at the lake with 50 per cent capacity. On the first day, nearly 50 persons turned up for boating. An official said only fourseater boats were allowed to operate. The lake was closed for visitors when Covid cases started increasing. A tourism official said all employees at the lake were fully vaccinated. — TNS Chandigarh, June 23 For the construction of a new model jail, the UT Administration has invited bids for preparation of environmental impact assessment. A senior official said the assessment report was required for obtaining environmental and eco-sensitive clearances for the proposed new model jail coming up in Sector 51 adjoining to the main jail on the campus ‘A’ at Model Jail. He said tenders could be submitted from tomorrow and July 2 would be the last date for submitting the bids. The new jail would be constructed at an estimated cost of ~18 crore on nearly six acres. Continued on Page 2
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