20082021-CT-01.qxd 8/20/2021 12:51 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE FRIDAY | 20 AUGUST 2021 | CHANDIGARH YOUTH CONG WORKERS FILL POTHOLES AT KISHANGARH PAGE 2 Workers of Youth Congress in the city carry out a pothole-filling drive at Kishangarh as MC fails to repair road. FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD SAMPLES TESTED POSITIVE RECOVERED NEW CASES ACTIVE CHANGE DEATHS NEW P’KULA MOHALI 6,45,845 3,99,884 5,43,931 62,051 30,664 68,551 61,196 30,280 67,438 6 3 7 44 8 56 1 4 811 376 1,057 0 0 0 YEAR ON, CITCO RECOVERS FROM LOSSES, EARNS PROFIT MAX 32°C | MIN 27°C | YESTERDAY MAX 35.8°C | MIN 28.3°C SUNSET FRIDAY 6:59 PM Now, ride free of cost till Sept 12 CHANDIGARH 100 Sandeep Rana PANCHKULA 82 MOHALI 101 Chandigarh, August 19 Following a large number of complaints regarding glitches in the public bike-sharing project, e-bicycle rides have been made free till September 12. NP Sharma, Chief General Manager, Chandigarh Smart City Limited, confirmed that the cycle rides would be free till September 12. Chandigarh Tribune had highlighted that users were facing several issues with the Smart Bike App, particularly in starting or ending the ride. The company will work on fixing all issues. “We will not charge the users for now as they are facing some issues. We do not want to burden them and have decided to fix the glitches by then,” said Abhinandan Malhotra, the city head of the project. “I think the company has listened to the public and it is a good sign, which people should appreciate. The time of cycling should be from 4.30 am to midnight. People should be provided fully 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF RESTRICTED HOLIDAY IN UT Chandigarh: The UT Administration has declared August 20 a restricted holiday on account of Muharram. The Home Department of the UT has stated that August 20 will now be observed as a restricted holiday in all government offices, boards, corporations and institutions, including industrial establishments, under the UT Administration instead of the restricted holiday already declared on August 19. TNS Tribune News Service Users avail themselves of the bike-sharing facility at Sector 16, Chandigarh, on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: NITIN MITTAL WHAT PROJECT HEAD SAYS We will not charge the users for now as they are facing some issues. We do not want to burden them and have decided to fix the glitches. ❝ ❞ — Abhinandan Malhotra, CITY HEAD OF PROJECT charged cycles and the app should work well. These issues must be fixed, otherwise people should not be charged even after that,” said RK Garg, a social activist, who raised the issue with the firm. Meanwhile, users are still facing problems in locking and unlocking cycles using the app. Some even complained of overcharging. Lipika, who lives in a working women’s hostel in Sector 24, told Chandigarh Tribune, continued on page 2 Newborn girl abandoned 7 NEW CASES SURFACE IN MOHALI DISTRICT Mohali: Seven new Covid-19 cases were detected and three patients recovered from the virus in the district on Thursday. Among the new cases, five were reported from Mohali and two from Kharar. Of the 68,551 positive cases reported so far, 67,438 patients have been cured. There are now 56 active cases in the district. The death toll stands at 1,057. TNS Some people without masks at the mobile market in Sector 22, Chandigarh, on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI 3 CONTRACT INFECTION IN P’KULA CITY REPORTS 6 FRESH CASES Panchkula: The district saw three new cases of coronavirus on Thursday, taking the overall tally to 30,664. With no fresh death, the toll remained at 376. While 30,280 people have been cured of the disease so far, eight cases are still active. The recovery rate stands at 98.74 per cent. TNS Chandigarh: The city on Thursday reported six new cases of Covid-19, taking the overall tally to 62,051. The Covid toll remained at 811. With six more patients getting the better of the disease, the total number of recoveries in the UT increased to 61,196. TNS Panchkula, August 19 A newborn girl was found abandoned along a road near Rathpur Colony of Pinjore on the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday. The baby was spotted by a passerby who alerted the police. She was taken to the Civil Hospital in Sector 6. The girl is on oxygen support at the special newborn care unit of the hospital. The complainant, Harpal Singh, a resident of Ganga Colony, Kalka, who works a labourer, was on his way to meet his friend when he continued on page 2 Anurag kicks off ‘Jan Aashirwad Yatra’ Chandigarh, August 19 Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur today kicked off his five-day ‘Jan Aashirwad Yatra’ from Himachal Bhawan in Sector 28 here. Sanjay Tandon, co-incharge of Himachal Pradesh BJP city , BJP president Arun Sood and Mayor Ravi Kant Sharma welcomed the Hamirpur MP on his arrival at the venue. BJP HP unit president and MP Suresh Kashyap, Minister Sukhram Chaudhary and former president of state BJP and MLA Rajiv Bindal were among those who participated in the procession. Addressing a gathering here, Thakur said his government was working for all sections of society. Tandon said the purpose of the event was to make people aware of the welfare policies of the government and at the same time know the problems being faced by them. He said the yatra would cover a distance of 623 km through all four Lok Sabha constituencies of Himachal Pradesh. The yatra left the city for Parwanoo. Social distancing went for a toss as the entrance of the venue was jampacked. — TNS Union Minister Anurag Thakur during ‘Jan Aashirwad Yatra’ in Chandigarh on Thursday. PRADEEP TEWARI BJP slammed over ‘manhandling’ protesters Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 19 The Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) criticised the ruling BJP for allegedly manhandling antifarm law protesters. Their statements came after a video of protesters and BJP leaders exchanging heated arguments outside Himachal Bhawan went viral. AAP leader Pardeep APPOINTMENT OF JDS: WOMAN AMONG3 APPEAR FOR INTERVIEW After more than a year, CITCO makes a turnaround and earns a profit in July after being hit by the pandemic. By then, firm to fix glitches being faced by users AIR QUALITY INDEX PAGE 3 Cops catch a youth protesting against the BJP over farm laws, during the yatra. Chhabra said, “BJP leaders abused and manhandled women protesters who had come in support of farmers at the venue. This is shameful and exposes the BJP’s real face.” Vinayak Bangia, general secretary, Youth Congress, Chandigarh, added, “Insulting and misbehaving with a woman protester is condemnable.” City BJP general secretary Ramveer Bhatti, who was present at the time of the incident, said, “They were continued on page 2 c m y b PAGE 4 Three candidates appear for an interview for the post of the Joint Director Sports, UT Administration. SUNRISE SATURDAY 5:53 AM Met predicts light rain for three days Chandigarh, August 19 The Meteorological Department has issued a light rain forecast for the next three days. According to the department, the temperature is expected to fall and provide some relief to people from the hot conditions prevailing in the city for the past few days. The city today recorded the maximum temperature at 35.8°C, which is three degrees above normal, and the minimum at 28.3°C, which is five degrees above normal. The maximum temperature is expected to fall by three or five degrees while the minimum temperature is likely to drop by two degrees. — TNS TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Four enter house, beat up youth over parking Panchkula, August 19 A youth was allegedly assaulted by four men over a parking issue in Sector 10 yesterday. The incident took place in the afternoon when the suspects entered the house of the victim and started beating him up. According to the police, an argument had ensued between the victim and the suspects over parking a few days ago near his house. The victim has been identified as Sagar Mawa. A CCTV camera installed inside the house captured the incident. The video of the incident is doing the rounds on the social media. In the video, four men can be seen delivering blows on the vic- Incident caught on CCTV; police yet to register FIR tim and subsequently taking him outside the house. The police are yet to file an FIR in the incident. Narender Kumar Yadav, incharge of the Sector 10 police post, said the victim named three persons in his complaint. He said the suspects were from the same sector but their addresses were not known. “We are examining the CCTV footage. The suspects will be identified soon and appropriate action taken against them,” he said. — TNS Ranjan joins as new DGP of UT Chandigarh, August 19 Praveer Ranjan, a1993-batch IPS officer of the AGMUT cadre, joined the Chandigarh Police as the new Director General of Police (DGP). The parade to welcome the new DGP will be organised tomorrow. Meanwhile, a farewell was given to Sanjay Baniwal, who got relieved after over three years of his tenure as the DGP — TNS . Graft: CBI nabs FCI manager, firm owner Tribune News Service New Delhi, August 19 The CBI today said it had arrested an FCI manager and the owner of a private firm in a bribery case. The investigating agency today said the FCI manager, Gagan Negi, posted at the regional office of Punjab in Chandigarh, and Ravinder Singh, alias Bunty, were arrested in a bribery case of ~2 lakh. CBI officials said a case was registered against them and unidentified persons. “It was alleged that the private person (proprietor of a private firm), a resident of Amritsar and doing business of sale/purchase of rice, in connivance with the manager, was obtaining undue business from the FCI by manipulating the process of procurement and e-auction of food grains,” said a senior CBI official. The CBI laid a trap and caught Ravinder Singh paying a bribe of ~2 lakh to the FCI manager, the official said, adding that searches were conducted on the premises of the accused at Chandigarh, Zirakpur and Amritsar. “The accused were produced in the competent court in Chandigarh. After the expiry of two days of police custody, they were produced in the court of Special Judge, CBI cases, Chandigarh, and were remanded in 14-day judicial custody,” the agency said.
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