24082021-CT-01.qxd 8/24/2021 1:01 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE TUESDAY | 24 AUGUST 2021 | CHANDIGARH MAN, FAMILY MEMBERS BOOKED IN DOWRY HARASSMENT CASE A woman files a police complaint against her husband and in-laws for allegedly harassing her for dowry. FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD SAMPLES TESTED POSITIVE RECOVERED NEW CASES ACTIVE CHANGE DEATHS NEW P’KULA MOHALI 6,54,348 4,02,324 5,49,832 65,068 30,671 68,570 64220 30,284 67,463 2 1 3 36 10 49 5 2 8 812 377 1,058 0 1 0 AIR QUALITY INDEX COUNCILLOR DEMANDS DIRECT TRAIN FROM UT TO AYODHYA 34 PANCHKULA 42 MOHALI 30 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF THIEF STRIKES AT SEC 51 HOUSE Chandigarh: Jewellery worth several lakhs was stolen from a house in Sector 51. According to the police, complainant Hardeep Singh reported that an unknown person committed theft at his house on intervening night of August 21 and 22. Jewellery items including three gold rings, a diamond ring, a gold set and one gold bangle has been stolen. Police has registered a case at Sector 49 police station and initiated an investigation. TNS PAGE 2 MAX 35°C | MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 33°C | MIN25°C SUNSET TUESDAY: 6:54 PM PAGE 3 RANJIT SINGH MURDER CASE: FINAL ORDER ON AUGUST 26 Councillor Shakti Prakash Devshali requests Union Rly Minister to start a direct train from Chandigarh to Ayodhya. Special CBI Court to pronounce final order in murder case of the former Dera manager on August 26. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY: 5:56 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE TRIBUNE PHOTO MANOJ MAHAJAN Ambulance rams into six vehicles, scooter riderroundabout dies Were waiting at traffic lights of Sec 34/35/21/22 At Zirakpur, biker dies in hit-&-run Tribune News Service CHANDIGARH 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 PAGE 2 Chandigarh, August 23 A 37-year-old scooter rider was killed and five persons were injured when a speeding ambulance hit six vehicles, two auto-rickshaws, three scooters and a car, at the Sector 34/35/21/22 roundabout this morning. The six vehicles had stopped at the traffic light and were waiting for the signal to turn green when the recklessly driven ambulance rammed into them from behind. Eyewitnesses said the ambulance first hit an autorickshaw, which turned turtle, and went on to ram an Activa, another auto, a car and two more scooters. The impact of the collision was so intense that the Activa rider was tossed into the air. The police said the ambulance driver fled the spot leaving the vehicle behind. Passersby informed the police about the accident at 10.15 am. The injured, identified as Arshad of Buaril, Raj Kumar of Sector 24, Gauri Shankar Bhandari of Zirakpur, Continued on page 2 Tribune News Service The damaged ambulance at the Piccadily roundabout; and (below) an auto that overturned after the accident. AMBULANCE CARRIED NO PATIENT The police have registered a case at the Sector 34 police station. “The ambulance was carrying no patient at the time of the accident,” the police said. DRIVER BOOKED A case has been registered against the ambulance driver under Sections 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 279 (rash driving) and 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others), IPC. Zirakpur, August 23 A motorcyclist was killed and the pillion rider injured in a collision between a motorcycle and a car on the ZirakpurAmbala road on August 21. The deceased has been identified as Ishu (26), a resident of Yamuna Enclave, Zirakpur, and the injured as his friend Sahil Chadha, who is undergoing treatment at the GMCH-32. Both were returning home from work when the accident happened around 12:30 pm. As they came out of the street in Preet Colony and hit the Zirakpur-Ambala road, a speeding car collided with the motorcycle and dragged it to a distance. The car driver sped away, said the complainant. Ishu and Sahil were rushed to the GMCH-32 where the doctors declared Ishu dead. On a complaint of the deceased’s elder brother, Rahul, a case had been registered against the car owner, Harpreet Singh of Khuda Lahora. The ambulance that overturned at the GMCH-32 roundabout in Chandigarh on Monday night. It was learnt that the vehicle was ferrying boxes of liquor. Woman hurt in similar mishap at GMCH-32 roundabout Chandigarh, August 23 Another accident involving an ambulance was reported at the GMCH-32 roundabout this evening in which one person was injured. Liquor boxes were recovered from the ambulance. The driver of the recklessly driven ambulance heading towards Tribune Chowk applied sudden breaks. It overturned and went on to hit an auto and a motorcycle. A woman passenger of the auto was injured. Sources said ambulance driver Rajan BIKER HITS UT COP AT NAKA Chandigarh: A UT police constable was injured after being hit by a motorcycle at a naka. Constable Krishan, who is posted at the Sector 31 police station, reported that the motorcycle, driven by Sunny Kapoor, a resident of Deep Complex, Hallo Majra, hit him at a naka laid in the Industrial Area, Phase II, here, on August 22. The constable, who suffered injuries, was admitted to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32. TNS was returning after dropping a patient at the PGI. The police reached the spot and started investigation. The woman passenger was rushed to the GMCH. The police said they would investigate as to how the liquor boxes were being ferried in the ambulance and accordingly, a case under the Excise Act would be registered against the driver. — TNS Man shot at by son TVIS challans: Cops collect ~7.91 lakh in village of Pinjore DOORSTEP DRIVE Tribune News Service Had objected to friend’s visit to home Tribune News Service Panchkula, August 23 A 49-year-old man was allegedly shot at by his son for objecting to bringing a friend home at Khadkua village in Pinjore. The victim, identified as Om Prakash, works as a security guard at Military Engineering Services, Chandimandir. The police have arrested the suspect, Yograj. The victim, who suffered bullet injuries, was taken to the PGI and was discharged later. The incident took place around 6 pm on Sunday when Yograj’s friend came to meet him. His father objected to his friend’s visit and and argument ensued. Yograj first hit his father in the head with a bottle and then brought a pistol from inside the house. He fired a shot at his father. When Om Prakash ran to save his life, Yograj fired another shot. The bullet hit him in the left hip. A known person took the Chandigarh, August 23 After the UT traffic police started a drive to visit the houses of traffic violators in the city who have failed to pay their TVIS (Traffic Violation Information Slip) challans, the police have collected ~7.91 lakh from the HOUSES VISITED TVIS CHALLANS PAID 1,005 1,108 FINE COLLECTED ~7.91 LAKH offenders over a month. Two teams were constituted for the campaign that was launched by the police on July 15. The police said a total of 1,005 houses had been visited by these teams and 1,180 challans worth ~7.91 lakh paid by offenders. The police teams found that the addresses of 308 traffic violators had changed, 36 had sold their houses, 27 had sold their vehicles, 12 had passed away and 54 vehicle owners were out of station. “Around 324 people agreed to pay the pending challans in future,” said a police official. The police said the campaign would continue and efforts were being made to trace more traffic violators residing in Chandigarh who had failed to pay their TVIS challans. TWO SHOTS FIRED Yograj fired a shot at his father. When Om Prakash ran to save his life, he fired another shot. The bullet hit him in the left hip. OPEN AIR PURIFIER READY injured to the sub-divisional hospital in Kalka from where he was referred to the PGI. The police said the man and his son lived in adjoining houses and often quarrelled. Yograj is married and has two children, the police added. A case has been registered under Section 307 (attempt to murder) and the relevant sections of the Arms Act at the Pinjore police station. The Pinjore SHO, Inspector Ram Pal, said the suspect had confessed to the crime. “We are also doing a background check on the suspect,” he added. Work on the first open air purifier (24 m high) of Chandigarh, installed at Transport Chowk, Sector 26, has been completed by the Chandigarh Pollution Control Committee. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN Fake TTE held in Ambala Ambala, August 23 The Railway Protection Force (RPF) arrested a man for posing as a Travelling Ticket Examiner (TTE) and issuing fake receipts to passengers today. He has been identified as Pankaj Kumar of Bihar. Kalka-Howrah Mail passengers informed officials about the presence of some youths in the coach, who were wearing uniforms of the TTE. Youths boarded the train at the Chandigarh railway station, passengers added. The youths were issuing receipts to them, said passengers. TNS Admn seeks fresh report to solve traffic problems in city Dushyant Singh Pundir Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 23 To deal with the problems of urban transport, the UT Administration has decided to get a fresh study conducted on the mobility plan of the city. Presiding over a meeting on the Mass Rapid Transport System (MRTS), UT Adviser Dharam Pal said the earlier report prepared by Rail India Technical and Economic Services (RITES) in 2009 was outdated, as lots of things have changed on the ground since the study was conducted. Earlier report prepared by RITES based on outdated guidelines: Adviser Traffic chaos on the Kala Gram-railway station road. FILE PHOTO The earlier report of RITES was based on outdated guidelines, he said, adding that the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has now totally revised the guidelines for preparing a comprehensive plan for the cities. “The revised study should be prepared in accordance with the current guidelines, needs and new technologies,” he said. “We will possibly reengage RITES, as it has already conducted a study, or any other agency with experience to prepare a fresh report to solve the traf- c m y b fic problem of the city,” said the Adviser. During the meeting, options of MRTS such as Metro, monorail, etc, were also discussed. The UT Administration in 2019 had rejected a detailed study conducted by a French company, Systra, for the city’s mobility plan under the Smart City project. The mode of transportation to be adopted to resolve the urban transportation problems of the city would be based on the new study to be conducted on MRTS. Recently, UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore gave his approval to the proposal of the UT on the issue. The RITES had proposed that Metro would cover a distance of 52.4 km, of which 40.4 km will be in Chandigarh and the rest in Mohali. The alignments were proposed both above ground as well as underground. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation had prepared the detailed project report of the first phase of the project. Later, in 2017, the Central Government had declared Metro was unviable for the city. A girl gets the Covid vaccine at the Panjab University health centre, Sector 14, Chandigarh on Monday. PRADEEP TEWARI UT scales up testing Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 23 Despite a fall in the number of cases of Covid-19, Chandigarh scaled up testing by 14 per cent last week. The number of weekly tests is also the highest this month at 14,439. A total of 12,626 tests were conducted last week and 10,866 tests the week before. The city witnessed 37 cases last week in comparison to 47 cases the week before — a dip of 21 per cent. There were only 24 cases logged between August 2 and August 9. The positivity rate last week stood at 0.25 per cent, while it was 0.3 per cent the week before. The Joint Director, Health Department, Dr VK Nagpal, said: “We are testing all patients admitted to our hospital and also those who come for surgical procedure. We have enhanced testing by stationing mobile teams at every nook and corner of the city.” The positivity rate of Chandigarh stands at 9.94 per cent. An average of five cases is recorded daily in the city. Two test positive in City Beautiful CHANDIGARH: The city on Mon- day reported two fresh cases of Covid-19 and no death due to the virus. Meanwhile, seven more patients have defeated the virus. —TNS Three infected, no fatality in Mohali MOHALI: Three new Covid-19 cases surfaced in the district on Monday. Among the fresh cases, two were reported from Dhakoli and one from Kharar. Eleven patients recovered from the virus in the past 24 hours. Of the total 68,570 cases reported from the district, 67,463 have recovered. There are 49 active cases in the district. TNS P’kula sees Covid-19 death after a month Tribune News Service Panchkula, August 23 One person died of Covid-19 here on Monday. The 64-yearold man, a resident of Sector 11, was reportedly a chronic smoker for the past 10 years. The last Covid fatality reported from the district before this was on July 23. The toll now stands at 377. Though the patient was undergoing treatment at the Civil Hospital for the past few days, he was added to the overall tally as a fresh case today only. With this, the overall tally has reached 30,671. While 30,284 people have recovered from the virus so far, 10 cases are still active. The recovery rate stands at 98.73 per cent.
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