02092021-CT-01.qxd 9/2/2021 12:50 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE THURSDAY | 2 SEPTEMBER 2021 | CHANDIGARH HECKLED, VICE-CHANCELLOR OF PU RUNS FOR COVER PAGE 2 PU VC Prof Raj Kumar runs for his life after being heckled by some student protesters outside Law Auditorium. GENERALLY CLOUDY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD SAMPLES TESTED POSITIVE RECOVERED NEW CASES ACTIVE CHANGE DEATHS NEW P’KULA 6,73,772 65,108 64,257 2 37 3 814 1 MOHALI 4,10,596 5,62,417 30,687 68,616 30,296 67,508 2 6 14 48 1 4 377 1,060 0 0 MAX 32°C | MIN 25°C | YESTERDAY MAX 32.2°C | MIN 25°C SUNSET THURSDAY 6:44 PM PAGE 3 EX-PNB MANAGER AWARDED FOUR-YEAR RI IN GRAFT CASE A former PNB manager sent to jail for taking a bribe of ~10,000 from a customer for approving a loan in 2016. SUNRISE FRIDAY 6:00 AM MC gives city parking contractors a week TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Nutrition on mind Says implement smart features or be ready to face the music AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH 48 PANCHKULA 91 MOHALI 36 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 PAGE 3 Only staff, visitors either vaccinated with at least one dose or having a negative RT-PCR report can enter the MC office. SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF MAN HELD WITH PISTOL, CARTRIDGE Chandigarh: The UT police arrested a Sector 52 resident with a country-made pistol and a live cartridge. The suspect, Monu Kumar, alias Shetty, was nabbed from Sector 52 on August 31. The police have registered a case under the Arms Act at the Sector 36 police station. TNS THEFT AT CLINIC IN SECTOR 22 Chandigarh: A theft was reported from a clinic in Sector 22. Complainant Gaurav Khanna reported that ~43,000 and some items were stolen from his clinic on the intervening night of August 30 and 31. The police have registered a case at the Sector 17 police station. TNS WOMAN’S GOLD CHAIN SNATCHED Chandigarh: Two motorcycleborne miscreants, including a woman, allegedly snatched a gold chain in the city. The complainant, a resident of Sector 23, reported that two persons, including a woman riding pillion on a motorcycle, snatched her gold chain near her house. The police have registered a case at the Sector 17 police station. TNS Purohit to meet Advisory Council members today Chandigarh, September 1 New UT Administrator Banwarilal Purohit will hold an introductory meeting with members of the Administrator’s Advisory Council at Hotel Mountview tomorrow. UT Adviser Dharam Pal said no specific issues would be discussed during the meeting and it would be just an interactive session with members of the council. He said the Administrator would also hold a meeting of senior officials tomorrow and a brief presentation would be given to him on the functioning of the Administration. Tamil Nadu Governor Purohit has been given the additional charge of the Chandigarh Administrator until regular arrangements are made. — TNS Chandigarh, September 1 MC Commissioner Anindita Mitra today gave a one-week deadline to parking contractors to implement the mandatory smart features in all parking lots or else be ready to face penal provisions. The MC chief issued the direction during a meeting with the contractors and the officials concerned. The contractors were told to display the rate lists and “No parking” and “No haphazard parking” signboards. They were directed that LED screens should be made functional. A mobile app should be made functional immediately to show real-time slots available in the parking lot. Besdses, they were asked to ensure that attendants wore uniform. Entry of vehicles and “out punching” have to be MANOJ MAHAJAN FORECAST WANT TO VISIT MC OFFICE? GET JABBED OR SHOW -VE REPORT Chaos at a Sector 17 parking lot; and (right) the MC Commissioner meets contractors. WHATSAPP GROUP FORMED We have formed a WhatsApp group with the police, the MC JE and the contractors to immediately report violations. The police have been requested to issue challans. For illegal parking, the MC will start towing away vehicles. — Anindita Mitra, MC COMMISSIONER ❝ ❞ synchronised and recorded. The MC authorities, in coordination with the police, will remove/tow away wrongly parked vehicles. A daily inspection report, including functional features, will have to be submitted. The contractors were given seven days to implement all features, after which the MC will revisit each parking lot. “We have formed a WhatsApp group with the police, the MC JE and the contractors to immediately report violations. The police have been requested to issue challans. For illegal parking, the MC will start towing away vehicles,” said Anindita. Following the UT Adviser’s objection, the MC had conducted an inspection of all parking lots last week and found several discrepancies. — TNS A cycle rally that began from Home Science College to mark the celebrations related to the Poshan Abhiyaan, a multi-ministerial convergence mission aimed at realising the Prime Minister’s vision of ‘Suposhit Bharat’, in Chandigarh on Wednesday. PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN 2 new cases, no death in P’kula Panchkula: The district reported two fresh coronavirus cases on Wednesday, taking the overall tally to 30,687. The Covid toll remained at 377 with no fresh death. While 30,296 patients have recovered so far, 14 cases are still active. TNS Two test positive in UT, one dies Chandigarh: The city on Wednesday reported two cases of Covid-19 and one death due to the virus. Five patients were cured of the disease. TNS 6 more contract virus in Mohali Mohali: Six new Covid-19 cases — three from Dhakoli, two from Kharar and one from Kurali — were reported from the district on Wednesday. Two patients recovered from the virus in the past 24 hours. TNS Hubby, in-laws face dowry death case CHB e-auction draws a poor response Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 1 The Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) has again received a poor response to an e-auction held for its commercial as well as residential properties on a leasehold basis. The CHB had invited etenders for the sale of 149 commercial units and 33 residential units on a leasehold basis and 34 residential units on a freehold basis. The last date for the submission of ebids was till 10 am today and the bids were opened from 10.15 am onwards. Of the 149 commercial units, the CHB could sell only two Panchkula, September 1 The police have booked the husband and in-laws of a 19year-old woman who allegedly committed suicide by jumping from the third floor of her house at Railly village in Sector 12-A here on August 26. A case has been filed against Chander (husband), Hemnath (father-in-law), Suman, aka Suhana (motherin-law), Seela (sister-in-law) and Karan (brother-in-law) under Sections 304-B (dowry death) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code at the Sector 14 police station. The deceased, identified as Mansi, had married Chander on December 12, 2020. “My daughter had been subjected to harassment and physical abuse over dowry by her in-laws. They also threatened to kill my daughter if we failed to give them a fourwheeler,” the victim’s mother Ram Devi stated in her complaint to the police. Devi has termed her daughter’s death a murder. After the police registered a case, the deceased’s family cremated her body at the Sector 20 crematorium today. Demanding immediate action against the victim’s inlaws, her family members had yesterday refused to cremate the body and lifted the BODY CREMATED AFTER POLICE REGISTER CASE ■ A 19-year-old woman, Mansi, allegedly committed suicide by jumping from the third floor of her house at Railly village in Sector 12-A on August 26. ■ She succumbed to her injuries on August 30. ■ After a post-mortem, her body was taken to the Sector 20 crematorium where her family refused to allow the cremation till the police took action against her husband and in-laws. ■ After the police registered a case, the deceased’s family cremated her body at the crematorium on September 1. corpse from the pyre before taking it to their house in Peer Muchalla. On August 26, the injured Mansi was taken to the Civil Hospital, Sector 6, for treatment from where she was further referred to the PGI in Chandigarh. She, however, succumbed to her injuries on August 30. After the postmortem examination, her body was subsequently taken to the Sector 20 crematorium where the family refused to allow the cremation till the police took action against her husband and in-laws. Inspector Rajeev Miglani, SHO, Sector 14 police station, said, “Our investigation into the matter is underway. No arrest has been made yet.” Dushyant Singh Pundir Tribune News Service units to the highest bidders. The total reserve price of the two commercial units was ~1.06 crore, while the units were sold for ~1.09 crore. Similarly, of the 33 residential units, only two units could be sold to the highest bidders. The total reserve price of the two units was ~89.83 lakh, while the highest bids received against these units was ~90.85 lakh. The CHB received a lukewarm response to its residential properties on a freehold basis as it could sell eight of the 34 units to the highest bidders. The reserve price of the eight units was ~4.70 crore and the board received a total rev- Finds takers for only 2 of 149 commercial units enue of ~4.80 crore from the auction of these units. An MIG flat in Sector 51 (West) on a freehold basis was sold to the highest bidder for ~92.25 lakh against the reserve price of ~90 lakh, Tribune News Service Panchkula, September 1 Government schools in the district reopened for students of Class IV and V with an overall attendance of 34 per cent. Of the 13,099 students registered in Class IV and V, 4,420 attended physical classes on the first day after a prolonged closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Schools in Morni and Raipur Rani blocks saw the most encouraging response with an attendance of 63 per cent and 52 per cent, respectively. At 26 per cent, Pinjore block had the lowest attendance in the district, according to the data shared by the Education Department. All schools in Panchkula city fall in Pinjore block. Students happy to be back Khushi, a student of Class IV at Government Primary School in Maheshpur, was against 151 commercial units and could sell only three units to the highest bidders. Similarly, 15 e-bids were received against 38 residential units and only five units could be sold to the highest bidders. During the past five months, the CHB sold 95 residential properties on a freehold basis in five e-auctions and earned a total revenue of ~75.40 crore against the total reserve price of ~70.26 crore, said Yashpal Garg, Chief Executive Officer, CHB. The board had also earned ~5.42 crore from the sale of nine residential and ~7.39 crore from the sale of commercial properties on a leasehold basis, he said. UT logs 4% growth in GST UT employees get collection in Aug this year 15% hike in salary Tribune News Service Dushyant Singh Pundir Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 1 With the easing of Covid-19 restrictions, the UT has registered a 4 per cent growth in gross Goods and Services Tax (GST) collection in August this year. According to the Ministry of Finance, the GST collection in the UT stood at ~144 crore in August, which was 4 per cent higher in comparison to the revenue of ~139 crore Gets ~25 crore less revenue than July received during the corresponding period last year. However, the revenue generation in August dropped by ~25 crore in contrast to the GST collected in July this year. With a gross GST collection of ~169 crore, the UT Administration had clocked a robust growth of 23 per cent in July this year in comparison to the revenue of ~137 crore generated in July last year. However, the Finance Ministry did not release the statewise data of the GST collection during January, April, May and June, 2021. In March, the GST collection was ~165.27 crore, 8 per cent continued on page 3 P’kula schools reopen for Class IV, V students, 34% show up Amit Bathla while the highest bid for a commercial unit on a leasehold basis in Sector 49-B was ~56.50 lakh against the reserve price of ~55.03 lakh. Similarly, an MIG flat in Sector 44-D on a leasehold basis received the highest bid of ~53.41 lakh against the reserve price of ~53.39 lakh. The CHB earned a total revenue of ~6.80 crore from the auction of eight residential units on a freehold basis, two residential and two commercial units on a leasehold basis. The total reserve price of these units was ~6.66 crore. In an earlier e-auction held on August 10, the CHB had received a total of five e-bids thrilled to be back to the school after a long break. Like most students belonging to low-income families, online learning had been a challenge for her. After a significant dip in the coronavirus cases in the state, offline classes for students of Class IX to XII resumed on July 16. The physical learning for Class VI to VIII began on July 23. An official in the Education continued on page 3 c m y b Students attend a class on the first day of reopening of Government Primary School, Fatehpur, Sector 20, Panchkula, on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR Chandigarh, September 1 All regular employees of the UT Administration will get a pay hike of 15 per cent with the revision of pay scales in pursuance of the recommendation of the Punjab Sixth Pay Commission. A leader of the UT employees’ union said the employees would get an increase between ~8,000 and ~16,000 in the monthly salary. The employees will get the hiked salary from October 1. In a notification issued today, the UT Administration stated that the Government of Punjab, on the recommendations of its Sixth Pay Commission, has revised the pay scales of its employees and also framed the Punjab Civil Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2021, vide a notification dated July 5, 2021. These rules shall be deemed to have come into force on and with effect from January 1, 2016. In pursuance of a notification of the Ministry of Home Affairs dated January 13, 1992, the UT adopted the Punjab Civil Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2021, with immediate effect in respect of the employees of the UT, already drawing pay on the Punjab Revised pay from next month; decision on payment of arrears in due course of time THE CHANGE ■ The percentage-based allowances such as house rent allowance, etc, have been rationalised under the new pay structure. ■ An employee getting a salary of ~56,038 under the old pay structure will get ~65,492 with DA at 17 per cent and ~70,948 with DA at 28 per cent after the pay revision. pattern, and the deputationists from Punjab. Notwithstanding anything contained in these rules, the decision of the UT regarding payment of arrears with effect from January 1, 2016, to September 30, 2021, will be taken in due course of time. In case of an employee, who stands promoted during the period from January 1, 2016, to the date of notification of these rules, the option may be exercised within three months from the date of such notification. The option once exercised shall be final.
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