08092021-CT-01.qxd 9/8/2021 12:38 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY | 8 SEPTEMBER 2021 | CHANDIGARH AIR CHIEF RKS BHADAURIA VISITS AIR FORCE STATION PAGE 2 The Chief of the Air Staff reviews ongoing capability enhancement, infrastructure upgrade initiatives at the station. FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD SAMPLES TESTED POSITIVE RECOVERED NEW CASES ACTIVE CHANGE DEATHS NEW P’KULA 6,85,856 65,124 64,275 2 34 1 815 1 MOHALI 4,15,866 5,69,566 30,693 68,647 30,303 67,543 1 10 13 44 1 6 377 1,060 0 0 AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH 52 PANCHKULA 68 MOHALI 46 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF MAN ARRESTED WITH HEROIN Chandigarh: A Dadu Majra resident has been arrested by the local police with 18.60 gm of heroin. According to the police, the suspect, Rahul, alias Ramesh, was nabbed from Sector 33. A case has been registered under the NDPS Act at the Sector 34 police station. TNS UT SETS TARGET TO INSTALL POWER METERS BY EARLY NEXT YEAR After delay, the UT decides to complete the pilot project of installation of smart electricity meters by early next year. MAX 33°C | MIN 28°C | YESTERDAY MAX 33.8°C | MIN 27.6°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 6.38 PM CHANDIGARH: The city on Tuesday reported two fresh cases of Covid-19 and a death. A total of two patients discharged. — TNS were 10 found infected in Mohali, no death MOHALI: Ten fresh Covid cases were reported from the district during the past 24 hours, taking the tally to 68,647. No new death was reported, while nine patients recovered from the virus. There are now 44 active cases. The death toll stands at 1,060. — TNS One case, no death in Panchkula dist PANCHKULA: One case surfaced in the district during the past 24 hours, taking the tally to 30,693. No fresh death was reported. A 40-year-old man of Sector 19 was found infected. Of the 30,693 positive cases reported so far, 30,303 patients have been cured. There are now 13 active cases. The death toll stands at 377. — TNS Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 7 In a broad daylight incident, three miscreants allegedly robbed model-turned-actress Alankrita Sahai of ~6 lakh at knifepoint at her house in Sector 27. One of the suspects has been identified by the victim. The police said the complainant had shifted to the city around a month ago. She and her parents had rented the second floor of the house and the victim’s parents were out of the city for the past 10 days. Sources said the victim was alone at the house and had kept the door open for her maid when three suspects suddenly entered the house around 12.30 pm. One of the SUNRISE THURSDAY 6.03 AM Sources said the victim was alone at the house and had kept the door open for her maid when three suspects suddenly entered the house around 12.30 pm. One of the suspects picked a knife from the house and threatened her. The victim was also allegedly assaulted by the suspects. << Police officials outside the house where the robbery took place in Sector 27. suspects picked a knife from the house and threatened her. The victim was also allegedly assaulted by the suspects. They took her ATM card and asked its PIN following which a suspect went to a nearby ATM kiosk and withdrew ~20,000 from her account. He then returned to the house. In the meantime, the victim pushed a suspect and managed to lock herself in a room. The suspects then went to the balcony and tried to enter the room through a window. Then the victim locked herself in the washroom. The suspects kept demanding money from her and even tried to break the exhaust fan of the washroom. Fearing for her life, the victim threw ~6 lakh out of the room following which the suspects escaped the spot after scaling the rear wall. The police were informed about the incident and an investigation was initiated. The footage of CCTV cameras installed in the area was scrutinised. The police claimed that the victim had identified one of the suspects. “One of the suspects involved in the crime had visited the victim’s house to deliver furniture which she had recently purchased,” said a policeman. The victim had ordered furniture from Manmohan on August 3. Manmohan had further given the order to Sharanhit of Rama Industries in Mohali and on August 30, four persons from Rama Industries had visited her house to deliver the furniture. A case was registered at the Sector 26 police station. Sources said the police raided the house of one of the suspects, who was at large. UT gets country’s tallest air purifier 21-yr-old shot dead by friend Will clean air within 500-metre radius of Transport Chowk, Sec 26 Tribune News Service HOW IT WORKS Chandigarh, September 7 To mark the International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies, the tallest air purification tower of the country was inaugurated by UT Adviser Dharam Pal here today. The Chandigarh Pollution Control Committee (CPCC) had taken an initiative to install the tower at Transport Chowk, Sector 26. This is the highest air purifier of India, which will cover around a 500-metre radius around Transport Chowk. Polluted air enters the inner casing of the mist chamber, wherein a number of mist nozzles spray water in the form of mist on the polluted air. Heavy polluted air particles are drained into a drain tube, which collect in a water tank. Fitted with a system to suck polluted air through inlets, particulate matter (PM) 2.5 and PM 10, along with various oxides of sulphur and nitrogen, are filtered by the purifier and the purified air exhausted in the environment. This purifier has been installed by Pious Air Pvt Limited without any cost to the UT Administration. It will also operate and maintain it for five years without any cost. Polluted air enters the inner casing of the mist chamber, wherein a number of mist nozzles spray water in the form of mist on the polluted air. Heavy polluted air particles are drained into a drain tube, which collect in a water tank. Fitted with a system to suck polluted air through inlets, particulate matter (PM) 2.5 and PM 10, along with various oxides of sulphur and nitrogen, are filtered by the purifier and the purified air exhausted in the environment. UT Adviser Dharam Pal inaugurates the air purification tower at Transport Chowk in Chandigarh on Tuesday. MANOJ MAHAJAN According to the company, with the commissioning of the tower, the air quality around Transport Chowk will improve substantially. It is Paid parking to be introduced in Sector 14 and 20 markets Sanjay Bumbroo Panchkula, September 7 The Municipal Corporation is all geared up to seal the buildings of 10 big institutions that have reportedly not deposited the property tax even after being served 72-hour notices. Two buildings each of government offices, schools, showrooms, hotels and factories will be sealed. The instructions in this regard were given by Mayor Kulbhushan Goyal at a meeting of the Revenue and Realisation Committee held at the office of the corporation here today. As many as 14 important issues were discussed in the meeting. Officials informed the Mayor that tax worth sev- PAGE 3 Complainant said two suspects had taken cash from him outside PNB in Sec 16 after befooling him on Aug 26. DOOR WAS OPEN FOR MAID 10 institutions to be sealed over property tax default Tribune News Service TWO FRAUDSTERS IN POLICE NET FOR DUPING MAN OF ~50,000 TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Actress robbed of ~6L at knifepoint One of the suspects identified, had earlier visited house to deliver furniture Tribune News Service Two contract virus in city, one fatality PAGE 3 NOTICE TO MOBILE SERVICE PROVIDERS Mayor Kulbhushan Goyal also instructed the officials concerned to snap the connection of towers of mobile companies that did not deposit the fee. He said till now, of the total 292 towers, fee had been deposited for only 37. He told the officials concerned to give a 48-hour notice to the defaulting mobile companies. He said if the five big companies, including Jio, Vodafone, Idea, and Airtel, did not deposit the fee on time, 10 of their connections would be discontinued in the next three days. eral crores was yet to be recovered. The Mayor then instructed the officials concerned to seal the buildings with tax arrears of ~5 lakh or more. Goyal also instructed the officials to snap the connection of towers of mobile companies that did not deposit the fee. continued on page 2 estimated that about 1.5 lakh vehicles ply on this chowk every day. The trial found that air pollution in and around Transport Chowk has come down by 70 to 80 per cent. The temperature around the chowk is also expected to drop by 10-12 degrees below the rest of the city. According to the manufacturer, the air purifier is a 24metre-high tower-like structure, which will clean 3.88 crore cubic ft of air from the surrounding environment. The tower will pull in polluted air from the surrounding environment and release clean air into the atmosphere. A board installed at the tower will display how much polluted air is being sucked by the tower and also how much clean air has been released into the atmosphere. Among those present on the occasion were Debendra Dalai, Secretary, Environment, Anindita Mitra, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Mandip Singh Brar, Deputy Commissioner, and other senior officers of the Administration. Followed by the inauguration, a water sprinkler machine was also flagged off by UT Adviser Dharam Pal. The sprinkler will be used to wash roadside plants and also to suppress dust along the roads. A bicycle rally of around 100 students from prominent schools of the city continued on page 2 Panchkula, September 7 A 21-year-old youth was allegedly shot dead by his friend at Royal Gazebo Lounge late last night. The police visted the spot and started investigations. The victim has been identified as Ansh Choudhary, a native of Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh. He was residing at a rented accommodation with his family in Sector 38, Chandigarh. Kandhir Singh, father of the victim, said his son was working in a company at Rajiv Gandhi Technology Park for the past three months. He said around 5 pm, Ansh informed his mother that he continued on page 2 The police inspect the crime spot at the house where a former policeman murdered his wife in Mohali on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Retired cop, a murder bid convict, kills wife Couple reportedly had strained relations Tribune News Service VICTIM LIVED WITH SON Mohali, September 7 A former Punjab Police head constable, who had retired from the UT while on deputation, allegedly killed his 69year-old wife by repeatedly banging her head against the floor at their house in Phase XI this morning. After the incident, suspect Kartar Singh Riar (70) locked the room from inside but was arrested two hours later from near the body of his wife. The deceased has been identified as Kuldeep Kaur. Eyewitnesses said Gurdaspur native Kartar was sitting on a blood-splattered floor near the body when the police broke open the door. Sources said the duo had strained relations. The couple had been arguing since morning after their younger son, employed in the Mohali Police Headquarters, left for work. When neighbours heard commotion from the house, they informed the son. He sent an acquaintance to the house, who informed Sources said the victim was presently living with her son in Sector 66 and had come to the suspect’s house in Mohali after he called her. In the past, the victim had approached the Phase XI police station about his husband’s misbehaviour, but the police said no written complaint was filed. him about the incident. “On a complaint of the deceased’s son, a case of murder has been registered. The body was sent to the Phase 6 Civil Hospital for autopsy,” said Mohit Singla, SHO, Phase XI. In 2017, Kartar had shot at his brother-in-law, Tirlok Singh, over a familial dispute. He was later convicted in an attempt-to-murder case. After a truce was struck by the couple, Kartar had come out of the jail after four years on a parole four months ago, said the police. The couple’s elder son is in Australia at present. Eight canines attack dog lover Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 7 A Sector 11 woman, who is a dog lover, had a harrowing time last night when a pack of eight stray dogs reportedly surrounded and bit her. Beenu Mann, who has two pet dogs, was attacked by stray dogs around 11 pm on Monday when she was walking outside her house. “I Bite marks on the victim’s leg. had stepped out of my house as I had received a call from the USA and the mobile network was weak inside,” she said. “Suddenly, two dogs started barking at me. I even tried to communicate with them and shoo them away. However, more stray dogs joined the two and attacked me. The canines surrounded continued on page 2 High Court orders closure of SALE OF INDEPENDENT FLOORS IN CITY Mountview’s rear wall entry Submit report before CITCO concedes access to gym, spa facility unauthorised HC within week: SC Saurabh Malik Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 7 One wing of the UT Administration has defied the other. CITCO has conceded before the Punjab and Haryana High Court that access to a gym and spa facility at Hotel Mountview from a gate in the rear boundary was unauthorised. Taking a note of the conceded position, the High Court has directed the closure of the entry. As the petition filed by the Residents Welfare Association and other petitioners against CITCO and other respondents came up for resumed hearing, the Bench of Justice Tejinder Singh Dhindsa and Justice Vivek Puri took note of the fact that counsel for CITCO, on a specific query, conceded that it c m y b Tribune News Service had applied for permission to the UT Administration for creating an entry in the rear boundary wall of the hotel for providing direct access to the gym and spa facility. But the permission was still awaited. “In other words, it stands conceded before us that the entry permitted from the rear boundary wall of the hotel as on date is unauthorised,” the Bench asserted. In its detailed order, the Bench also took note that a request had already been made for the closure of the gate as it was in violation of the approved zoning plan. The request was made vide a memo, dated June 30, 2020, issued by the Chief Architect, UT Department of Urban Planning, to continued on page 2 Chandigarh, September 7 Just over a month after the UT Administration was rapped for skirting the “vital issue” regarding the sale of independent floors in the city before directing the holding of a fact-finding exercise, the Supreme Court has ordered the authorities to submit a report before the Punjab and Haryana High Court within a week. The High Court was also asked to proceed with the hearing of the petition on the issue after taking into account the report and hearing the parties. “The High Court is requested to adjudicate the dispute in the writ petition at the earliest, preferably within two weeks from today,” the Supreme Court added. The apex court Bench of Justice L Nageswara Rao, Justice BR Gavai and Justice BV Nagarathna asserted that the direction issued by the High Court on conducting a physical survey of the properties, to be identified by the Estate Officer with transfer of shares, was stayed. The order was passed on August 9 while observing that the pendency of the special leave petition would not deter the High continued on page 2
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