31082021-CT-01.qxd 8/31/2021 12:36 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE TUESDAY | 31 AUGUST 2021 | CHANDIGARH 257 BOOKED FOR BLOCKING HIGHWAY AT CHANDIMANDIR PAGE 2 Seven farmer leaders, including an 80-year-old woman, named in FIR; rioting, other serious charges pressed. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY INSPIRED BY PROBLEMS, THESE START-UPS AIM TO CHANGE LIVES CHD P’KULA MOHALI 6,69,860 4,08,936 5,60,984 65,099 30,681 68,608 64,246 30,295 67,501 6 0 6 40 9 47 2 1 1 813 377 1,060 0 0 1 AMBALA BIZMAN DUPED OF ~90L ON PRETEXT OF CANCER MEDICINE A few tricity-based start-ups have come up with innovative solutions to solve problems being faced by the masses. MAX 34°C | MIN 24°C | YESTERDAY MAX 32.9°C | MIN 24.8°C SUNSET TUESDAY 6.47 PM PAGE 3 A businessman was allegedly duped of ~90 lakh on the pretext of providing a rare cancer medicine, one booked. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5.59 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Sector 27 locked down for Khattar, locals fume TRICITY COVID REPORT SAMPLES TESTED POSITIVE RECOVERED NEW CASES ACTIVE CHANGE DEATHS NEW PAGE 2 Little Kanha AIR QUALITY INDEX Roads barricaded, traffic diverted; traders upset over poor business CHANDIGARH 62 Tribune News Service PANCHKULA 52 MOHALI 49 Chandigarh, August 30 Almost all roads leading to Sector 27 were blocked today as Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar arrived at the Press Club for a conference. The fortification of the sector, from 8 am to 2.45 pm, had been done “in view of a threat from farm protesters”. On the holy day of Janmashtami, residents of Sector 27 were locked down in their homes for over six hours. The Chief Minister, however, was at the conference for three hours, from 11.30 am to 2.30 pm. The roads separating Sector 20 and 19 and Sector 27D and 19-C were also barricaded by the police. The traffic was allowed inside the sector only from two points — the roads separating Sector 27-C and 27-D and Sector 27-A and Sector 27-B. However, on the latter stretch, the traffic was being diverted to the residential area of Sector 27-A so it could reach the Sector 27-D market. In the market, a harrowed Sector 8 resident, Kamlesh, who had to walk all the way to a temple, said, “I had to go to a temple here, but the road was blocked. So, the auto dropped us on the light point here at the market. I have a knee problem, but I’ll walk, what else can one do?” Even though the markets in the area remained open, the business was slow. A shopkeeper in Sector 27-D said: “We had no prior intimation about the area being cordoned off. Since it’s a holiday, I was expecting more footfall, but now, the business is slow.” Ramji Das, chairman of the Market Welfare Association, Sector 27-D, said: “Shop owners didn’t get many visitors most of the day, but who will listen to them?” 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF MIDDLE-AGED MAN FOUND DEAD Mohali: An unidentified body of a middle-aged man was found near a private school in Sector 69 on Monday. Investigating officer Bhupinder Singh said the deceased appeared to be around 30-35 years of age, wearing a blue T-shirt and blue pants. The Phase 8 police have sent the body to the Phase 6 hospital for an autopsy. The police will wait for 72 hours for identification before cremating the body. TNS MAN ARRESTED WITH 7-GM SMACK Chandigarh: The local police arrested a Dadu Majra resident with smack. The police said Rinku was arrested from Sector 38 (West) with 7 gm of smack. A case has been registered under the NDPS Act at the Maloya police station. TNS UT POLICE BOOK AAP WORKERS Chandigarh: The UT police have booked AAP workers for alleged violation of the District Magistrate’s orders and obstructing government employees from discharging their duty. According to the police, Sunny Singh, Arsh Gill and other AAP workers assembled near the BJP office, Sector 37, on August 29 and obstructed those on government duty. A case under Sections 188, 269, 270, 323, 332 and 353 of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 39 police station. TNS 25-YEAR-OLD ELECTROCUTED Dera Bassi: A 25-year-old Nepalese national, working as a construction labourer, was reportedly electrocuted near Gupta Colony in Dera Bassi on August 29. The deceased has been identified as Manoj Kumar. He was working when his foot touched a naked wire around 5.30 pm. He was rushed to the Dera Bassi Civil Hospital where doctors declared him brought dead. The police are investigating the matter. TNS NEWBORN FOUND DEAD IN CANAL Patiala: A newborn girl was found drowned in the Bhakra Canal in Samana town of the district. Unidentified persons have been booked under Section 317 of the IPC. Divers, with the help of passers-by, fished the baby out, who declared brought dead at the Civil Hospital. Doctors said the baby was only a few hours old as the umbilical cord was not clamped. TNS A boy dressed up as Lord Krishna is all smiles as devotees throng Chaitanya Gaudiya Math, Sector 20, Chandigarh, on Janmashtami on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI Past 2 years were trying, Badnore’s parting shot Leaves Raj Bhawan after completion of 5-year term Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 30 “I don’t want to go into the development side of my tenure; whatever I achieved and whatever I could not, I leave it to you to judge. As development is a continuous affair...it doesn’t stop...there is always scope for more,” said outgoing Punjab Governor and UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore in his farewell speech here today. Badnore today relinquished office on the completion of his five-year term. He had taken over as the Governor of Punjab and UT Administrator on August 22, 2016. In his emotionally charged farewell speech, Badnore said he would remain indebted to his officers at the Punjab Raj Bhawan, Punjab Government and the UT Administration for extending full support and cooperation during his tenure. “I don’t wish to make a long speech today, but would like to recall coming here five years ago. I also recall that there was a downpour at my swearing-in ceremony and everybody got wet. All digni- Punjab Governor & UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore inspects a guard of honour in Chandigarh on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO NEW ADMINISTRATOR TO TAKE OATH TODAY ■ Tamil Nadu Governor was appointed the Governor of Tamil Nadu in 2017. He was appointed the Governor of Assam on August 17, 2016. He was a MP from the Nagpur Lok Sabha constituency three times, twice as a Congress member and once as a BJP member. taries and guests had to leave the function and could not even have the high tea which was organised. But that seemed to be very auspicious,” Badnore recalled. He said, “In my journey of five years, the past two were trying and challenging for the entire world, and Chandigarh and Punjab were no exceptions. Together we faced many difficult moments but with the grace of the Almighty, we sailed through. I must say it was good team work. The real continued on page 2 In Covid battle, GMSH mulls paediatric facility Chandigarh, August 30 In the battle against Covid-19, Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16, has proposed setting up an exclusive 32-bed paediatric hospital for the younger population. Dr VK Nagpal, Medical Superintendent of the GMSH, Sector 16, said: “We have proposed a hospital for the paediatric population with 12 ICU beds installed in the block. The hospital will be set up at the nursing college as the building is vacant after the college was shifted to the GMCH, Sector 32.” “The Architecture Department has already been involved in the project and a tender will likely be passed in two days,” said Nagpal. The hospital had recently increased the ICU-bed capacity from eight to 20 to meet the demand of Covid patients. The soon-to-beoperational ICU will have state-of-the-art ventilators, beds and multi-para monitors. An additional PSA plant ■ Born on April 16, 1940, Purohit Banwarilal Purohit, who has been given the additional charge of Punjab Governor and UT Administrator, will arrive in Chandigarh at noon on Tuesday. He will be administered the oath of office around 5 pm on Tuesday. UT REPORTS SIX CASES Chandigarh: The city on Monday reported six cases of Covid-19 and no death. A total of four patients were discharged. TNS MOHALI SEES ONE DEATH, 6 CASES ❝We have proposed a hospital with 12 ICU beds. It will be set up at the nursing college as the building is vacant after the college was shifted to the GMCH. Dr VK Nagpal, MEDICAL ❞ SUPERINTENDENT, GMSH, SECTOR 16 with 1,000 litres per minute (LPM) capacity will be installed soon at the hospital. The Health Department has also decided to make the Sector 45 Civil Hospital a 42-bed paediatric Covid centre. Of the total beds, 12 will be made available for the ICU while 30 will be oxygenated. — TNS Mohali: For the second consecutive day, one more person succumbed to Covid-19 in the district during the past 24 hours, taking the total number of deaths to 1,060. Six more cases surfaced in the district and six recovered from the virus. Among the new cases, one each was reported from Dhakoli, Gharuan and Mohali, while three cases surfaced in Kharar. Of the 68,608 positive cases reported so far, 67,501 patients have been cured. There are now 47 active cases in the district. The toll has reached 1,060. TNS NO FRESH CASE IN PANCHKULA DIST Farmers block the road separating Sector 19 and 20 during Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s visit to the Press Club in Chandigarh on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN Babla flays move, writes to UT Adviser A road barricaded by the police in Sector 27. MANOJ MAHAJAN prior intimation about ❝We had noSince it’s a holiday, I wasthe area being cordoned off. expecting more footfall, but now, the business is slow. ❞ A shopkeeper Farm activists protest at least a km away In front of the market facing the T-point leading to the Khattar’s conference venue, two women waived profarmer flags. “One of them was rounded up by the UT police. A baptised Sikh woman, Surjit Kaur Khalsa, was detained for about half an hour,” said Satnam Singh Tanda of the Kisan Ekta, Chandigarh. SP (City) Ketan Bansal denied having detained anyone. He said: “We didn’t detain or round up anyone.” “We gathered at a masjid of Driest August in 5 years, 39% deficit rainfall Sandeep Rana MONSOON TRACKER Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 30 The city recorded 39 per cent deficit rainfall in the three monsoon months this year, with August being the driest in the past five years. The month recorded 168.3 mm of rainfall, the lowest for August since 2016. More than double rainfall (441.3 mm) was witnessed in August last year compared to this year. The month in 2019 also saw a good rainfall of 284.4 mm. Similarly, the month recorded 304.6 mm and 264.8 mm of rainfall in 2018 and 2017, respectively. However, 2016 saw less rainfall (127.4 mm). “Chandigarh has seen 39 Chandigarh: 39% deficit rainfall Punjab: 24% deficit rainfall Haryana: 9% above normal rainfall Dark clouds hover over Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI YEAR 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 per cent deficit rainfall and Punjab around 24 per cent deficit rainfall so far. The main reason for less rain in Chandigarh is that July remained dry overall in Rain is not expected to improve in the coming days. The Met Director said: “In the coming week, not much rain is expected. The city may witness scattered or isolated rain.” MANOJ MAHAJAN Panchkula: The district reported no fresh Covid case on Monday, keeping the tally unchanged at 30,681. The virus toll also remained at 377. While 30,295 people have recovered from the infectious disease so far, nine cases are still active. TNS Drinking water accumulated on a road due to a broken pipeline. c m y b Sector 20 and wanted to go to the venue from inner roads of Sector 19. In front of the Sector 19 police station, the police stopped us, even used mild force and made a human chain. We turned back and went to the main road. Then, we reached the road separating Sectors 19 and 20. There too, there was some argument with the police. They didn’t want us to even go to Sector 27, leave alone the venue where Khattar was present. So, we decided to protest on the Sector 19 side of the dividing road,” said Tanda. Chandigarh, August 30 “Residents of Sector 27 have been badly hurt by today’s incident. On the festival of Janmashtami, it is shameful to not allow residents of the sector to leave their houses. I strongly oppose this,” wrote Devinder Singh Babla, councillor and the leader of Opposition, MC, to UT Adviser Dharam Pal. He addressed problems faced by sector residents during the Khattar’s visit to the city today. Babla wrote: “The entire sector was converted into a police cantonment.” He told the Chandigarh Tribune that several locals had frowned upon today’s incident in a WhatsApp group. Bhupinder Sandhu, a senior citizen who lives alone in Sector 27-B, said: “My house help had to come, but was stuck. He was harassed like anything and had to find a way to my house through inner roads. I’m an old woman and was troubled.” continued on page 2 northern India,” Manmohan Singh, Director, Chandigarh Meteorological Department, told Chandigarh Tribune. Less rain is not good for agriculture and groundwater level. RAINFALL 168.3 mm 441.3 mm 284.4 mm 304.6 mm 264.8 mm 127.4 mm Sector 29 water supply hit Chandigarh, August 30 Several households in Sector 29 have not been getting proper water supply for the past three days due to a broken water pipeline. Residents said they were getting water supply at low pressure. Those living on upper floors were not getting water supply at all. This had made them look for water tankers. “We went to the local water supply office to complain. They said Monday was continued on page 2
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