01092021-CT-01.qxd 9/1/2021 12:38 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY | 1 SEPTEMBER 2021 | CHANDIGARH PU SENATE: ELECTION OF SIX ORDINARY FELLOWS TODAY PAGE 2 PROBE FINDS SEVEN COLONIES IN ZIRAKPUR AREAS ILLEGAL PU finalises programme of meetings of various faculties to be held for election of six ordinary fellows to the Senate. FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD SAMPLES TESTED POSITIVE RECOVERED NEW CASES ACTIVE CHANGE DEATHS NEW P’KULA 6,71,875 65,105 64,252 6 40 — 813 0 MOHALI 4,09,395 5,61,545 30,685 68,610 30,295 67,506 4 2 13 44 4 3 377 1,060 0 0 AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH 66 PANCHKULA 54 MOHALI 42 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF 2 ARRESTED FOR SNATCHING MOBILE Chandigarh: Two persons have been arrested for allegedly snatching a mobile phone. Gagan, a resident of Mani Majra, reported that two motorcycleborne miscreants sped away after snatching his mobile phone near the Shivalik park on August 29. A case was registered. Later, the suspects, Parminder Singh (26) of Zirakpur and Kamal (26) of Mani Majra, were arrested. TNS FOETUS FOUND IN SECTOR 40 Chandigarh: A foetus was found on a slip road in Sector 40. Passersby saw the foetus and informed the police. A case under Section 318 (concealment of birth by secret disposal of body) of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 39 police station. TNS 2 BIKERS SNATCH MOBILE PHONE Chandigarh: Two motorcycleborne miscreants allegedly snatched a mobile phone near the Sector 18/19/7/8 chowk. Complainant Gagan Deep Gautam of Kishangarh reported that one of the suspects snatched his mobile phone and ran towards a biker waiting for him on the intervening night of August 29 and 30. The suspects then escaped towards Sector 18. A case was registered. TNS SUNSET WEDNESDAY 6:45 PM In August, UT sees 46% drop in cases Naina Mishra Tribune News Service A COMPARISON Month April May June July August Cases 15,648 17,399 1,624 283 152 Tests 92,710 1,03,854 58,703 45,719 57,984 Positivity rate 16.85% 16.7% 2.7% 0.6% 0.2% parts of the country, the UT Administration is on a high alert and wants to take no chances. “We don’t know when the third wave might come, but all we can do is to prepare ourselves from an imminent danger. The vaccination is being sped up and all necessary arrangements to deal with any patient surge are being made. Everyone must be vaccinated at the earliest and should wear masks in public,” said UT Adviser Dharam Pal. Chandigarh’s first-dose vaccination coverage has reached 110.52 per cent and 42 per cent of the people have been administered the second dose as well. Four cases in Panchkula 2 test positive in Mohali dist Panchkula: With the surfacing of four new cases in the past 24 hours, the district Covid count rose to 30,685. The persons affected are a 56-year-old man from Sector 8, a 26-year-old youth from Sector 20, a 54-year-old woman from Sector 8 and a 26year-old woman from Sector 16. However, no fresh fatality surfaced on Tuesday. The total recoveries stand at 30,295. TNS Mohali: Two fresh positive Covid cases surfaced in the district during the past 24 hours, taking the total number of positive cases to 68,610. No fresh death was reported, while five patients recovered from the virus. While one case surfaced in Dera Bassi, the other was reported from Mohali (urban). Of the 68,610 positive cases reported so far, 67,506 patients have been cured. TNS UT sees 6 cases Chandigarh: The city on Tuesday reported six cases of Covid-19 and no death due to the infection. A total of six patients were cured of the disease in the past 24 hours. TNS Watery resistance TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN TODAY 3.30 am to 9.30 am Full pressure 6 pm to 8 pm Low pressure TOMORROW 4.30 am to 8.30 am Low pressure 6 pm to 8 pm Low pressure SUNRISE THURSDAY 5:59 AM Woman abducts child, arrested Chandigarh, August 31 A woman has been arrested for kidnapping a fivemonth-old child. The police said a woman, who sold balloons near the ISBT in Sector 43 and was residing there with her husband and three sons, reported that a woman, named Pooja, came to stay with them on the intervening night of August 28 and 29. In the morning, the complainant found her six-month-old son missing. She later found that continued on page 2 Hit by car, 12-yr-old girl dies in Daun Tribune News Service Mohali, August 31 A 12-year-old girl died after a “recklessly” driven car ran over the child near a petrol sta- tion in Daun village on Monday evening. The child, Palak, was dragged for a distance before the driver fled the spot. Complainant Bhabal Singh, a native of Siwan, said, he along with his five daughters and a relative, were on their way to a gurdwara around 7 pm when a recklessly driven car hit one of his daughters. continued on page 2 COVID BRAKES ON RAIL REVENUE Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 31 Battling the blows of pandemic-induced inactivity, the earnings of passenger trains plying on the KalkaShimla heritage railway track have nosedived by 80 per cent in the fiscal 2020-21. The total earnings have slumped from ~8.99 crore in the financial year 2019-20 to ~1.76 crore in the last fiscal. Before the pandemic, the Financial year 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21 route, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, made average earnings in excess of ~9 crore. The figure was ~8.67 crore in 2017-18 and ~9.04 Passenger fare earnings ~7,68,33,245 ~7,95,53,105 ~8,29,18,444 ~1,61,13,250 Other ‘coaching’ Parcel earnings earnings ~96,36,138 ~2,89,420 ~1,05,02,104 ~3,44,791 ~66,22,848 ~3,28,987 ~14,56,094 ~1,406 crore in 2018-19, revealed data shared by the Ambala Division of Northern Railways with Chandigarh Tribune. The worst hit are the earn- Total earnings ~8,67,58,803 ~9,04,00,000 ~8,98,70,279 ~1,75,70,750 ings from parcels, which dipped from ~3.28 lakh to just ~1,406. Earnings from ‘other coaching earnings’, which means revenue from miscel- c m y b Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 31 Banwarilal Purohit was today sworn in as the Governor of Punjab and Administrator of Chandigarh. The Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Justice Ravi Shanker Jha, administered the oath of office to Purohit at the Punjab Raj Bhawan. Haryana Governor Bandaru Dattatreya, the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar were present on the occasion. Purohit took the oath in English. Earlier, the Governor designate arrived at a special pandal of the Pun- New Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Banwarilal Purohit meets people in Chandigarh on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO jab Raj Bhawan in a ceremonial procession. He was accompanied by the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Earlier in the day, Purohit was given a guard of honour by a contingent of the PAP . He was received by Rana KP Singh, Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, and Brahm Mohindra and Manpreet Singh Badal, Cabinet ministers of Punjab. Dharam Pal, Adviser to the Administrator, Mandip Singh Brar, Deputy Commissioner, UT, along with senior officers of the UT Administration, were also present. Councillors want more, press for 2 staffers each Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 31 The Municipal Corporation today decided to work on making all its services digital. During the House meeting, MC Commissioner Anindita Mitra said they would work on making all services digital. “In two months, we will prepare a report regarding it and table it at a meeting in October,” she said. The issue came up when the agenda regarding making water connection-related charges through scanning the QR code was taken up. The MC chief said, “why only one wing, why not all, wherever possible.” The MC House sought a 19-year-old jumps from third floor, dies The deceased has been identified as Mansi (19). She was allegedly being harassed over dowry. According to the information, Mansi was married to Chander, a resident of House No 153 in Railly village. Due to a minor dispute, the husband and wife got caught in a verbal fight and the girl jumped from the third floor at 7.30 am. She suffered severe injuries and was taken continued on page 3 2020-21 saw Shimla rail route earnings dip 80% Amarjot Kaur FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE MC services to go digital: Commissioner Parents allege harassment over dowry, term it murder AAP workers protest against corruption, in front of the MC office in Chandigarh, on Tuesday. P3 TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD Banwarilal Purohit sworn in as UT Administrator Panchkula, August 31 A newly married girl reportedly committed suicide by jumping from the third floor of her house in Railly village in Sector 12-A this morning. Water supply to be affected Chandigarh: Due to urgent repair work, water supply will be affected for two days in some sectors of the city. According to the Municipal Corporation, the supply will be affected in Sectors 21-C, 21-D, 20-D, 31-34, 44-56, 61 and 63. — TNS Amid possibility of 3rd Covid wave, CTU drivers, conductors warned of disciplinary action if they fail to wear a face mask. Tribune News Service A woman gets vaccinated at the PU on Tuesday. PRADEEP TEWARI PAGE 3 MASK UP OR FACE THE MUSIC, CTU WARNS BUS EMPLOYEES At least seven colonies in Gazipur and Nabha areas found illegal during ongoing probe by the administration. MAX 34°C | MIN 25°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C | MIN 25.1°C Chandigarh, August 31 The UT witnessed a decline of 46 per cent in the number of Covid-19 cases in August as compared to July. However, testing has gone up this month by 26.8 per cent. Against 57,984 tests conducted this month, only 0.2 per cent (152 cases) people tested positive for Covid-19. Just like the previous month, the city witnessed only two deaths due to the disease. For every 100 confirmed cases, 0.1 are currently infected and 99 have been cured. In the past one week, 0.25 per cent of samples tested came back positive. For every lakh people in the city, 56,987 samples were tested and 5,522 out of every lakh people tested positive for the virus. Around 15 patients of Covid-19 are admitted to the PGI at the moment, while six patients are recuperating at the GMCH-32. There was no Covid-19 patient at the GMSH-16 this evening. Witnessing a rise in a few PAGE 2 laneous sources, too fell sharply after the Covid-19 pandemic last year. While the earnings under this section had been ~96.4 lakh and ~1.095 crore in 2017-18 and 2018-19 fiscals, this figure fell to ~66.2 lakh in 2019-20 (the year when pandemic started) and dropped to just ~14.56 lakh in 2020-21. The passenger earnings fell from ~8.3 crore in 2019-20 to just ~1.6 crore. Passenger continued on page 2 Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service BJP and Congress councillors argue over the smart parking issue during the General House meeting on Tuesday. MANOJ MAHAJAN presentation from CREST before okaying the proposal for a floating solar power plant at the Sector 39 waterworks. The House also cleared ~58.93 lakh for the development of a green belt around judges’ houses in Sector 10-A. Meeting with parking contractors today When leaders of the Opposition raised the issue of smart parking lots, the Commissioner said she had already called a meeting with parking contractors on Wednes continued on page 2 Chandigarh, August 31 After seeking a six-fold increase in the rate at which they are paid for attending meetings, fuel for personal cars and vehicles for the Senior Deputy Mayor and the Deputy Mayor, councillors of the cash-starved Municipal Corporation today pressed for another self-serving decision of hiring one data entry operator and a peon each for all 26 elected councillors. The matter was raised during a continued on page 2
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