23082021-CT-01.qxd 23-08-2021 00:34 Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE MONDAY | 23 AUGUST 2021 | CHANDIGARH COVID NORMS GIVEN THE GO-BY AT SEVERAL SCHOOLS IN MOHALI PAGE 2 It seems a number of schools care little for students’ safety in the face of a possible third wave of Covid-19. FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY CHD P’KULA 6,52,657 65,066 64,213 4 41 3 812 0 MOHALI 4,02,141 5,49,449 30,670 68,567 30,282 67,452 0 3 12 57 0 0 376 1,058 0 0 MAX 34°C | MIN 25°C | YESTERDAY MAX 31.7°C | MIN 25.8°C SUNSET MONDAY 6.55 PM Sacred thread TRIBUNE PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI MOHALI 37 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF CONSTABLE RETURNS LOST PURSE TO MAN Chandigarh: UT constable Ashwini Kumar on Sunday handed over a purse containing ~9,600 to a man who had lost it at the Sector 22 market on Saturday. The constable, who is on a deputation in the enforcement wing of the MC, found the purse in Sector 22. He checked the address through the documents in the purse. He later visited the man’s house in Mohali and handed over the purse to him. TNS 12 BOOKED FOR ASSAULTING MAN Zirakpur: The police have booked 12 unidentified persons for assaulting a Baltana resident with rods and sticks on Saturday night. Complainant Daya Ram, a resident of Baltana, stated that the assailants hit him on his head with rod and sticks. When one of his relatives tried to intervene, the suspects attacked him too. The victim was taken to the CHC, Dhakoli, from where he was referred to the GMCH-32. The police are investigating the matter. TNS SUNRISE TUESDAY 5.55 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE UT jabs 42K more than target beneficiaries with first dose Chandigarh, August 22 Chandigarh has vaccinated 42,329 more beneficiaries than the target for the first dose, which translates into 105.80 per cent coverage. A total of 37.26 per cent of the beneficiaries have taken their second dose and are now fully vaccinated. 44 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26, log 10-7 victory over Post Graduate Government College, Sector 11. Tribune News Service 37 PANCHKULA PAGE 3 Naina Mishra AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH SGGS COLLEGE LADS GET BETTER OF PGGC-11, WIN RUGBY TITLE Panjab University issues a tentative calendar for holding inter-college meets for various sports disciplines. TRICITY COVID REPORT SAMPLES TESTED POSITIVE RECOVERED NEW CASES ACTIVE CHANGE DEATHS NEW PAGE 3 PU TENTATIVE CALENDAR FOR INTER-COLLEGE MEETS OUT 37.26 per cent of the beneficiaries have taken their second dose A girl ties a rakhi on her brother’s wrist on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan on Sunday. Elderly Dalit man retracts statement Had accused police of beating him up Tribune News Service 2 COPS WERE SHIFTED Panchkula, August 22 In a turn of events, an elderly Dalit man from Hangola village, who accused former Raipur Rani SHO Inspector Yashdeep Singh and ASI Devi Dayal of beating him up, has retracted his allegations in his official statement to the police. The two police officials were shifted to the Police Lines as a fallout of his earlier claims. Gurnam Singh (76), a retired head teacher, had alleged that a group of villagers had sought police intervention in a matter pertaining to illegal occupation of shamlat land (village common land), but the police, rather than addressing their grievance, beat him up at the police station. The matter pertains to a dispute between two parties over 170-180 acres of shamlat The Hangola resident had accused former Raipur Rani SHO Inspector Yashdeep Singh and ASI Devi Dayal of beating him up. The two police officials were shifted to the Police Lines as a fallout of his earlier claims. land at Hangola village in Raipur Rani block. While one party claims the land belongs to them, the other says they are illegal occupants. Gurnam, in his written statement, said, “It was Kashmir Singh of the opposite party who made casteist remarks, intimidated me and started fighting on the police station premises. When the police intervened, I tried to move away but stumbled upon a chair that hit my head, leaving me injured.” continued on page 3 Mitra to join as MC chief today Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 22 Anindita Mitra, a 2007-batch Punjab cadre IAS officer, will join as the new Chandigarh MC Commissioner tomorrow. She will be joining on an inter-cadre deputation from the Punjab cadre to the AGMUT cadre (Chandigarh segment). She will have to deal with challenges such as managing the water tariff, waste processing and Smart City and other burning issues in the city. The incumbent Commissioner, KK Yadav, was officially relieved today. He will join his parent cadre in Punjab tomorrow. The reason for the Chandigarh health authorities vaccinating more than the target population of 18 years and above is that many people from Himachal Pradesh and nearby states are coming to the City Beautiful for their first dose. The target population of 7,29,822 is an estimate of the eligible population (18 plus) currently residing in the city. However, the CoWin data does not differentiate between residents of the parent state and other states. This week (August 14 to August 20), 72,741 doses were administered. This is the highest number of doses administered in a week ever since the vaccination drive began in the city. Dr VK Nagpal, Joint Director, Health Department, UT, said, “We have vaccinated 100 per cent of our target population. Now, a lot of people from nearby states like Himachal Pradesh and Punjab are coming for vaccination in our centres. We have not stopped anyone from availing vaccination facilities in Chandigarh and that is why we have been able to vaccinate more than the target. However, we will appeal to the city residents to take the second dose timely and be fully vaccinated.” Visitors without a mask at Sukhna Lake on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI CUMULATIVE COVID VAX STATUS Status of vaccination First dose Second dose Last 7-day average Coverage Percentage 7,72,151 105.80 2,71,931 37.26 8,428 ‘PEOPLE FROM HP, PUNJAB GETTING JABBED IN CITY’ people from nearby ❝A lot ofHimachal Pradesh and states like TARGET POPULATION ABOVE 18 YEARS 7,29,822 Punjab are coming for vaccination at our centres. That is why we have vaccinated more people. ❞ 3 infected, no fatality in Mohali MOHALI: Three new Covid-19 cases were detected, while three patients recovered from the virus on Sunday. Among the new cases, two were reported from Mohali and one from Dhakoli. Of the 68,567 cases reported from the district so far, 67,452 have recovered. With no new death, the toll stands at 1,058. — TNS — Dr VK Nagpal, JOINT DIRECTOR, HEALTH DEPARTMENT, UT Dr Amandeep Kang, Director, Health Services, UT, said, “Many of our city residents had got themselves vaccinated at private centres in Mohali and other places when the vaccine was launched. A majority of Chandigarh residents (at least 80 per cent) have been inoculated with the first dose. Our mobile team is reaching out to people through doorto-door drives too.” No new case, no Four test positive death in P’kula in city, 7 recover : The district PANCHKULA CHANDIGARH: The city on Sunday reported four new cases of Covid-19 and no death due to the virus. Meanwhile, seven more patients have defeated the virus. A backlog of 3,000 positive cases of Covid-19 was uploaded on the ICMR portal. Thus, the Covid tally of total cases in the city stood at 65,066. —TNS reported no fresh Covid-19 case on Sunday, keeping the tally unchanged at 30,670. The Covid toll also remained at 376 with no fresh death. While 30,282 people have recovered from the disease so far, 12 cases are still active. The recovery rate stands at 98.73 per cent. — TNS BSNL customers The ugly side of the City Beautiful Kainth seeks probe face network issues Civic issues galore into F&CC meet at Sector 17 in Ambala area without quorum Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Ambala, August 22 BSNL users have been facing network issues after a mobile tower was sealed by the Ambala Municipal Council Sadar Zone at Prabhu Prem Puram in Ambala Cantonment recently. A BSNL user said: “A mobile tower was sealed recently due to which BSNL users have been facing network issues. The BSNL should have made alternative arrangements for the users timely”. BSNL SDO Paramveer Yadav said: “A site was hired by the BSNL in the Prabhu Prem Puram area. On August 18, the site was sealed by the Municipal Council and its power supply was disconnected due to some issue related to no-objection certificate. The higher authorities are in touch with the company concerned to get its documents submitted so that the service could be resumed. The tower at the sealed site was installed by a private company and the hardware equipment and antenna were installed by the BSNL. Mobile users in 200300 metres of the sealed site have been facing some ‘ONLINE CLASSES HIT’ ❝We have been facing network issues and the Internet is not working for the past few days. Online classes are getting affected. The BSNL must get the issue resolved. — Khushi, A CLASS XII STUDENT ❞ issues. Efforts are being made to restore the service at the earliest.” Rajesh Kumar, Secretary, Municipal Council, Sadar Zone, said: “There were complaints related to a tower at Prabhu Prem Puram. Following the complaints, three notices were served upon the company. It was asked to submit permission letter and related documents, but there was no reply from the company. Following this, the site was sealed and power supply was disconnected.” Chandigarh, August 22 Chandigarh may be working on several Smart City projects worth crores, the civic condition of the heart of the city — Sector 17 — shows a sorry state of affairs here. Broken tiles, twisted railings, heaps of garbage, encroached corridors, wild growth and items stored by labourers in corridors, particularly near Bank Square and the DC office area, welcome visitors. The condition of the sector has gone from bad to worse over the years. “I have been working in Sector 17 for the past 27 years, but have not seen the area in such a pathetic state. I think ever since the two-bin vehicles were introduced, the problem of garbage dump in different areas near Bank Square, Sector 17-B, has increased. Also, people sleep here and keep their stuff dumped even during the day. Maintenance is a big issue in the sector,” lamented a bank employee preferring anonymity. Neeraj Bajaj, president, Business Promotion Council, Sector 17, said, “Cleanliness and maintenance are big issues here. Though in the market area, we keep continued on page 3 Tribune News Service A heap of garbage in a parking area of Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Sunday; and (right) debris at Bank Square. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: PRADEEP TEWARI WILL SEEK REPORT, SAYS MAYOR ❝ I will ask the SDO and the JE concerned to visit the area on Monday and submit a report. Action will be taken accordingly. ❞ — Ravi Kant Sharma, MAYOR c m y b Chandigarh, August 22 Councillor Satish Kainth has written to the Secretary, Local Govt-cum-Home Secretary, to conduct an inquriy into the holding of a Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC) meeting by the Mayor “without the quorum.” According to him, only two members — Mayor Ravi Kant and Sunita Dhawan — were present at the July 22 meeting for clearing four agenda items. At least three members of the total five are required to be present. “As per the Municipal Act, no business shall be transacted at a meeting sub-committee unless at least more than half of the members of the subcommittee are present. This is a totally undemocratic practice and in violation of the Act. This clearly points towards vested interest,” he wrote. “This meeting at that time should have been postponed/cancelled due to lack of the quorum. I demand a fair inquiry into the matter because financial implications are involved,” the Congress leader added. However, Mayor Ravi Kant COUNCILLORSPEAK ❝This meeting should have been postponed/ cancelled due to a lack of the quorum. I demand a fair inquiry into the matter because financial implications are involved. ❞ — Satish Kainth, COUNCILLOR claimed, “According to officers, in these meetings, even the Commissioner is a member. We had the quorum. Kainth was inivited, but he did not come for the meeting. Now, he is making an issue.”
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