26082021-CT-01.qxd 8/26/2021 12:49 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE THURSDAY | 26 AUGUST 2021 | CHANDIGARH COMPLETE CONSTRUCTION OF KITCHENS BY DEC 31, UT TOLD PAGE 2 Centre asks Education Dept to complete construction of 3 kitchen-cum-stores under Mid-day Meal Scheme by Dec 31. FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD SAMPLES TESTED POSITIVE RECOVERED NEW CASES ACTIVE CHANGE DEATHS NEW P’KULA MOHALI 6,58,685 4,04,563 5,53,464 65,071 30,673 68,579 64,223 30,284 67,480 2 0 7 36 12 41 1 0 3 812 377 1,058 0 0 0 AIR QUALITY INDEX 92 PANCHKULA 77 MOHALI 85 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF AUTO-RICKSHAW DRIVER ROBBED Chandigarh: Four unknown persons, who had hired an auto, robbed its driver of cash and a mobile phone at knifepoint. Complainant Vinod Singh of Dadu Majra village reported that the suspects had hired his auto and on reaching near the Badheri chowk in Sector 41, they robbed him of ~4,500 and a mobile phone. The police have registered a case. TNS MAX 35°C | MIN 28°C | YESTERDAY MAX 35.4°C | MIN 27.8°C SUNSET THURSDAY 6:52 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 5:57 AM Intelligent transportation system launched for 358 vehicles Chandigarh, August 25 With the launch of Intelligent Transportation System (ITS), commuters will now be able to get real-time information on movement of buses and timings of their arrival and departure. The project has been implemented on 358 Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) buses running on 59 routes in the tricity. The trial run of the project on 100 buses was started in the city a year ago. UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore today launched the state-of-the-art command control centre to monitor the city bus operations in real time and a smart card under the ITS, in the presence of UT Adviser Dharam Pal and Transport Secretary Mandip Singh Brar. Satish Kumar FEATURES ■ Automatic vehicle location and passenger information system ■ Automatic fare collection ■ Depot management system ■ Command control centre COMMUTERS’ BENEFIT ■ Live tracking of buses en route ■ Expected time of arrival/departure CTU MANAGEMENT’S ADVANTAGE ■ Can track number of buses ■ Timely bus maintenance scheduled out of total in depot ■ Number of buses en route/idle ■ Number of routes/trips in operation ■ Bus and crew allocation ■ Schedule adherence monitoring - depot management system ■ Real-time cash collection ■ Reduction of cash handling, revenue leakage Jain, Director, Transport, Amit Gupta, General Manager, CTU, Yashjeet Gupta, General Manager, CCBSS, and other UT officials were also present on the occasion. The control centre has been constructed at ISBT-43. Smart cards will be used by commuters for e-ticketing as well as concessional travel. Commuter can recharge/top Dark reality TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE at terminals, bus queue shelters and at commuter locations ■ Journey planner ■ Bus route and schedule ■ Grievance redressal management system ■ In-bus CCTV cameras up their smart cards from customer service points at the ISBT-17 and the ISBT-43, e-Sampark centres, ‘trycityBus’ (a mobile application) continued on page 2 Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 25 Chrysanthemum Show, which could not be held last year in the wake of the Covid19 pandemic, will be organised at the Terraced Garden in Sector 33 here in December this year. The local Municipal Corporation (MC) has prepared a budget of ~10.65 lakh for the threeday event. Though the agenda regarding the show was cleared in the MC House meeting held in June, details regarding expenditure and events have been finalised now. It will be tabled in a meeting of the Finance and Contract Committee to be held tomorrow. According to the agenda, a whopping ~57,750 will be spent on tea and snacks on the opening day of the event and ~63,000 on the concluding day. A sum of ~52,500 will be spent on sweets for labourers. COVID PROTOCOL TO BE FOLLOWED: MAYOR agenda ❝Theapprovedwasthe already by MC House and only the matter related to its preparations will be taken up on August 26. The Covid protocol will be followed during the flower show. ❞ — Ravi Kant Sharma, MAYOR The budget for the event this year is lesser than the 2019 show when ~11.19 lakh were spent. Various government and semi-government institutions such as the CHB, the PGI, the Punjab Warehousing Corporation, IMTEC, HUDA, Haryana PWD and the AG Punjab as well as private growers take part in the show. Several flower competitions are held during the event. Mayor Ravi Kant Sharma said, “The agenda was already approved by the MC House and only matter related to its preparations will be taken up tomorrow. The Covid protocol will be followed during the flower show.” Chrysanthemum Show witnesses a huge rush and it will be a challenge for the MC to manage it in view of the possible third wave of Covid. While a symbolic Rose Festival was organised this year, the event was not held last year. GMCH raises count of beds with ventilator support to 149 Youth duped of ~36K over VIP mobile number Now, well-equipped to tackle surge in Covid cases: Director Naina Mishra UT sees two cases Tribune News Service Tribune News Service SEC 45 LIQUOR VEND SEALED Dera Bassi: A one-year-old girl drowned in a bucket of water at home near Saidpura village in Dera Bassi. The deceased has been identified as Anushka. The incident took place around 3.30 pm on Tuesday when the toddler was playing unattended near a bucket of water. The girl’s mother, Seelu, a native of Sitapur, UP, was washing clothes on the roof while her five-year-old brother was playing outside. He saw the toddler in the bucket first and raised the alarm. The kid was rushed to the Dera Bassi Civil Hospital where doctors declared her brought dead. TNS Jobless youth clash with police at YPS roundabout as they try to force their way towards the CM’s residence. Civic body to spend ~10.65 lakh; was not held last year Chandigarh: The crime branch of the UT police arrested 30-yearold Harjeet Singh of Mohali with banned tablets and cough syrup bottles. According to the police, 5,680 capsules and 20 bottles of cough syrup were recovered from Harjeet’s possession at Sarangpur village. TNS TODDLER DROWNS IN WATER BUCKET PAGE 3 UNEMPLOYED YOUNGSTERS CLASH WITH COPS IN PATIALA Tricity travel made easy, now Chrysanthemum Show, a 3-day event, in December live-track CTU buses en route MAN HELD WITH BANNED CAPSULES Chandigarh: The Excise and Taxation Department on Wednesday sealed a liquor vend in Sector 45 for nonpayment of the licence fee for the month of July. TNS PAGE 3 Mohali DC Girish Dalayan flags off a mobile cancer care unit from the District Administrative Complex. Tribune News Service CHANDIGARH 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 MOBILE CANCER CARE UNIT FOR MAJRI BLOCK FLAGGED OFF Stray cattle pose a threat to commuters on a stretch without street lights on a road from Panchkula to Peer Muchhalla in Zirakpur on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR UT Administration to implement ban on single-use plastic strictly Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 25 To make the city free of singleuse plastic, the UT Administration will strictly implement the Plastic Waste Management (PWM) Rules, 2016. To preserve the environment and make Chandigarh plastic-free, the UT Administration has already banned single-use plastic. For better enforcement of the plastic ban, the Chandigarh Pollution Control Com- Tells shopkeepers to follow suit or be ready to face action mittee (CPCC) organised an interactive meet of stakeholders, including the CPCC, the MC and law enforcement agencies involved in enforcement and regulation of the PWM Rules. The stakeholders were updated with the recent amendments, present status and areas for improvement. The chief sanitary inspector and sanitary inspectors were briefed on ways to wriggle out of the confrontation and challan procedure with non-compliant/defaulting units for smoother implementation of the PWM Rules. continued on page 2 Chandigarh, August 25 With a capacity of 149 ventilator beds, the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, a tertiary care hospital in Chandigarh, is prepared to deal with an imminent surge in cases of novel coronavirus. Till May, there were roughly 126 ventilators in all four government hospitals in the UT — the GMCH-32, the GMCH South Campus in Sector 48, the PGI and the GMSH-16. During the second surge, the GMCH-32 had used 48 ventilator beds for Covid-19 patients. But these were never enough given the rising patient load in the city. The healthcare system in the UT has been teetering on the brink with many hospitals unable to handle the relentless inflow of patients while also running out of ICU beds. GMCH Director Dr Jasbinder Kaur said, “We had received additional 74 ventilator beds during and after the second wave from individual donations and the Government of India. Now, the total capacity of the institute is 149 ICU beds with ventilator support. We are wellequipped to manage any surge in the infection.” ‘RT-PCR TESTING CAPACITY ENHANCED’ ❝We have also RTpurchased two more PCR testing machines so that our testing capacity is enhanced. We are hopeful of conducting up to 1,500 tests per day. ❞ — Dr Jasbinder Kaur, DIRECTOR, GMCH Not only this, the institute has also augmented its RTPCR testing capacity to 1,200 tests per day, which was only 450 tests per day during the second wave. The UT Administration had to request the GMCH-32 and the PGI to enhance their RT-PCR testing capacity as the Covid reports were delayed. Due to a limited capacity, the turnaround time of Covid reports was 72 hours and the Administration was forced to rope in private labs for the same. Although, the GMCH was a 500-bedded hospital, the overall bed capacity has been upgraded to 980 beds, including 124 beds at the GMCH-32 South Campus. CHANDIGARH: The city on Wednesday reported two cases of Covid-19 and no death due to the virus. Besides, one patient was cured of the disease. —TNS No fresh case, no death in P’kula PANCHKULA: The district reported no fresh Covid-19 case on Wednesday, keeping the tally unchanged at 30,673. With no fresh death, the toll remained at 377. While 30,284 people have recovered from the disease so far, 12 cases are still active. The recovery rate stands at 98.73 per cent. — TNS Seven more found infected in Mohali MOHALI: Seven new Covid-19 cases were detected, while 10 patients recovered from the virus on Wednesday. Among the new cases, four were reported from Mohali (urban) and one each from Boothgarh, Gharuan and Kharar. Of the 68,579 positive cases reported from the district so far, 67,480 patients have recovered. — TNS Panchkula, August 25 The police have booked an unidentified person for allegedly duping a Sector 7 youth of ~36,000 on the pretext of providing him a VIP mobile number. Vikramaditya Beniwal (24) told the police that he came across an Instagram page “VIP number for Punjab” and enquired about the rates of a few numbers through DM on July 18. Police register case against unidentified person Despite not sharing his number, the victim was subsequently added in a WhatsApp group “VIP no. for sale, Punjab” wherein he would see text messages related to fancy numbers. Beniwal expressed his interest in a particular number for which he was quoted a price of ~28,000. For negotiation, the victim was asked to contact on a mobile number provided to him. On the call, the seller asked Beniwal to pay ~25,000 for VIP number 9971000001 so that a porting code could be sent to him for procurement of the number. continued on page 2 9 get 7-yr jail for robbery at MDC jewellery shop No stopping auctions, city’s heritage up for grabs Down Under Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 25 Another heritage chair of the City Beautiful will be auctioned on foreign shores. A 1952-dated heritage chair collected from Chandigarh and designed by city’s first Chief Architect Pierre Jeanneret is all set to go under the hammer in Australia on August 31, states a letter sent to India’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar. In his letter, Ajay Jagga, a member of the city’s Heritage Items Protection Cell, informed the ministry that a Sydney-based auction house Panchkula, August 25 A local court has awarded seven years of rigorous imprisonment to nine convicts in a case of ~1.53-crore broad daylight robbery that took place at a jewellery shop in the Mansa Devi Complex area in 2014. Besides, the court also imposed a fine of ~22,000 on each of them. The convicts – Surender Pal Singh , Ranpreet Singh, Parminder Singh, Manpreet Singh, Joginder Singh, Harvinder, alias Bikkar, Gur- Another convict gets 5-yr term for dishonestly receiving stolen property jant, alias Jenta, Narender Singh and Butta Gir – were held guilty under Sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and 397 (robbery or dacoity with attempt to cause death or grievous hurt) of the Indian Penal Code. Both sentences will run concurrently. Meanwhile, the court sentenced one of the convicts in continued on page 2 Amarjot Kaur Tribune News Service UT protection cell raises concern, writes to Jaishankar DESCRIPTION GIVEN BY SYDNEY AUCTIONEER ■ Pierre Jeanneret (Swiss, 1896-1967) ■ Conference chair, designed c. 1952 ■ Teak frame, seat with braided cane work, painted inventory number ‘ACA-CH/W9’ had pegged the estimated price of the city’s heritage ‘conference chair’ between 4,000 AUD and 6,000 AUD (roughly amounting to ~2.15 lakh and ~3.22 lakh). He further wrote: “The auction house has mentioned that the (chair’s) acquisition c m y b MEASUREMENTS Height 84 cm, width 51 cm, depth 49 cm Provenance: Chandigarh, India, private collection, Sydney, Shapiro SH115, lot 34, November 2015, private collection, Sydney year is 2015, whereas the MHA (Ministry of Home Affairs) had banned the sale and export of Chandigarh furniture (designed by Pierre Jeanneret) in 2011 in an order dated February 22, 2011; thus you are requested to look into the matter as to ESTIMATED COST $4,000 $6,000 how this chair was procured by the auctioneer, so that the loss resulting from the loot and the loss of the nation’s prestige can be stopped.” The heritage ‘conference chair’ with a teak frame with braided cane work also has a painted inventory number ‘ACA-CH/W9’, the letter highlights. Jagga has appealed to the minister that the auction can be stalled after ascertaining the facts and by holding an inquiry and using diplomatic channels. He wrote: “Since the auction is taking place outside India, it is under the jurisdiction of the External Affairs Ministry, that’s why this communication is addressed to you and since the auction is taking place in Australia, so the Ambassador is also being informed by way of sending a copy of this communication.” First to have identification mark, says Jagga Jagga said, “This will be the 13th heritage auction (of UT items) in 2021 alone. Another important thing is that this is for the first time that the auction house has declared the identification mark/tag of this chair i.e. ACA-CH/W9. The only instance of the identification of a heritage item in the history of these auctions is of 2018 when the office of the Commissioner of Customs (Export) and Inland Container Depot, Tughlakabad, New Delhi, held a consignment of Chandigarh furniture, contacted us.”
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