24092021-CT-01.qxd 9/24/2021 1:09 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE FRIDAY | 24 SEPTEMBER 2021 | CHANDIGARH AUCTION WEBSITE WITHDRAWS UT’S HERITAGE FURNITURE A Milan auction house retracts UT’s heritage furniture from its website hours before the auction. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD SAMPLES TESTED POSITIVE RECOVERED NEW CASES ACTIVE CHANGE DEATHS NEW P’KULA 7,22,308 65,202 64,343 1 40 4 819 0 MOHALI 4,30,050 5,91,719 30,726 68,708 30,329 67,610 4 1 20 35 2 5 377 1,063 0 0 AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH 43 PANCHKULA 55 MOHALI 31 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF YOUTH ARRESTED WITH HEROIN Chandigarh: The local police have arrested a 21-year-old youth with 38 gm of heroin. The police said the suspect, Amit, a resident of Sector 52, was arrested from near the grain market in Sector 39. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered. TNS YOUTH HELD FOR SNATCHING MOBILE Chandigarh: The UT police have nabbed Karan (22), a resident of Bapu Dham Colony, Sector 26, for allegedly snatching a mobile phone and ~700 from the complainant, Dalip Kumar, on September 22. A case has been registered. TNS MAN NAILED WITH STOLEN BIKE Chandigarh: A Mohali resident, Sarwan Mahto (31), was nabbed by the UT police while riding a stolen bike with a fake registration number. The suspect was nabbed from Sector 38 (West). A case has been registered. TNS PAGE 2 POLLING STATION COUNT FOR MC ELECTIONS LIKELY TO INCREASE PAGE 3 Elections are scheduled to be held in December as the tenure of present House is ending on December 31. MAX 32°C | MIN 24°C | YESTERDAY MAX 25°C | MIN 24°C SUNSET FRIDAY 6:16 PM Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 23 The maximum temperature in the city today dropped by over five degrees owing to 31 mm of rainfall. Yesterday, the maximum temperature was 30.4 °C, which dropped to 25°C today. It was eight degrees below normal. The minimum temperature dropped from 24.8°C yesterday to 24°C today. It was, however, still three degrees above normal. According to the weatherman, no rain is expected for the next three days. Despite good rain in the past few days, the monsoon deficit is still 31 per cent so far. A waterlogged road in Chandigarh on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI Punjab placed at the bottom, reveals NCRB report Chandigarh, September 23 Experts from French development agency AFD and the EU today visited the city to review the 24x7 water supply project. The team will study the technical aspects of the project and visit the project sites till September 25. The team met Anindita Mitra, MC Commissionercum-CEO, Chandigarh Smart City Ltd, and other officers. Mitra welcomed the team, including Pierre and Ankit from the AFD and Delphine and Jatin from the EU, and conveyed gratitude towards the EU for the grant-in-aid and the AFD for the loan. She said the project estimated to cost ~591.57 crore stood approved by the AFD/EU. Mitra said the team would visit the Sector 39 waterworks, resettlement colonies, slum colonies and the MC office to assess its supply system and talk to officials, technical experts, engineers and residents. — TNS Chandigarh, September 23 The city has the fourth lowest recovery percentage of missing children in the country. While Punjab has the lowest percentage at 19.8, Ladakh has 20 per cent recovery followed by Jammu and Kashmir at 29.2 per cent and Chandigarh at 30.1 per cent. A report of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) released recently reveals that 356 children — 167 boys and 189 girls — were missing from previous years, while 153 children — 44 boys and 109 girls — went missing from the city in 2020. Of the 509 missing children from previous years and 2020, the police managed to trace only 153 children — 43 boys and 110 girls. The police have to register a kidnapping case within 24 Children missing Children who went from previous yrs missing in 2020 Boys 167 44 Girls 189 109 Total 356 153 GRAND TOTAL 509 Children recovered %age in 2020 Boys 43 20.4 Girls 110 36.9 Total 153 30.1 hours of a child going missing. A police official said there were several cases of elopement among missing children. “In the past, it has also been observed that children leave home to avoid going to school,” said a police official. Some other reasons behind children going missing include abusive families and unemployment within family, owing to which children run away from their homes. Every year, the local police hold a month-long programme, Operation Muskan, to trace missing children. Several teams are constituted and sent to neighboring states, including Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Rajasthan to trace missing children. The programme is being held since 2015. However, due to Covid-19, it could not be organised in 2020, but was held in April this year. ~36-LAKH PROPERTY TAX DUES UT should not fiddle with master Two SCOs owned by plan: Eminent citizens to Purohit Ansal group sealed Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 23 Concerned over various issues being faced by the city, a group of eminent citizens, including a former Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court, Justice SS Sodhi (retd), senior advocate Manmohan Sarin and art historian Dr BN Goswamy, today called on UT Administrator Banwarilal Purohit and apprised him of the issues. Sarin said the Chandigarh Master Plan-2031, which was prepared after many years of hard work and approved by the Union Government, should not be fiddled with. Large-scale illegal con- CITY REPORTS JUST 1 CASE Chandigarh: The city recorded just one coronavirus case on Thursday. The overall case tally now stands at 65,202. The toll remained unchanged at 819. With five fresh recoveries, the number of cured persons has reached 64,343. TNS 4 +VE IN PANCHKULA Panchkula: The district reported four fresh coronavirus cases on Thursday, taking the overall tally to 30,726. The toll remained at 377. While 30,329 people have recovered from the disease so far, 20 cases are still active. The recovery rate stands at 98.70 per cent. TNS Banwarilal Purohit struction had taken place in UT villages in violation of the master plan. Such unauthorised and unplanned construction had changed the character of the city. The first flyover project of the city, which was to come up at Tribune Chowk, was also not in sync with the master plan. The Punjab and Haryana High Court has stayed the axing of trees for the project. The master plan was sacrosanct and the Administration should not tamper with it, the eminent citizens said. Expressing concern over the ever-increasing traffic in the city, Justice Sodhi said the traffic needed to be regulated as it had become difficult to move from one sector to another. Justice Sodhi also pushed for protection of the eco-sensitive zone around the Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary. Dr Goswamy said there was need to protect the city because of its unique character. “It is a planned city and continued on page 2 Tribune News Service Panchkula, September 23 The local Municipal Corporation has sealed two shopcum-offices (SCOs), owned by the Ansal group, in Sector 5 for failing to clear the pending property tax dues. Ansal Housing and Construction Limited owes ~36 lakh as property tax to the civic body. Yesterday, the MC had pasted a notice on the Ansal group-owned properties — SCO 194-195 in Sector 5 — giving it the last opportunity to deposit its tax dues. “Due to failure to comply, the action has been taken. The No death, one infected in Mohali dist Tribune News Service All defaulters will face similar action: P’kula MC One of the SCOs that was sealed in Sector 5, Panchkula, on Thursday. PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR owner was earlier given time for a personal hearing, but he showed no interest,” said Gulshan Kumar, Zonal Taxation Officer, Panchkula MC. “All continued on page 2 30 not allowed to board Sharjah flight Tribune News Service A youth gets jabbed at the GMSH-16 on Thursday. PRADEEP TEWARI c m y b Mohali, September 23 Ruckus was witnessed at the Chandigarh international airport as 30 passengers, who were to board a flight to Sharjah, were not allowed to do so by immigration check officials today as they did not fulfil the Covid guidelines. The airport authorities had to call the police after the passengers raised a hue and cry over being stopped from boarding the Sharjah flight. DSP Amroz Singh said the police intervention prevented the law and order situation from going out of hand at the airport. He said the passengers were not fulfilling the Covid COPS CALLED ■ The airport authorities had to call the police after the passengers raised a hue and cry over being stopped from boarding the Sharjah flight. ■ DSP Amroz Singh said the police intervention prevented the law and order situation from going out of hand at the airport. guidelines issued by the UAE due to which they were not allowed to board the flight. The flight was operated according to the new Covid guidelines issued by the Lake floodgate opened, second time in 3 days Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 23 One of the three floodgates of Sukhna Lake was opened at 2 pm today after its water level reached near the danger mark of 1,163 ft. Due to rain in the city and the catchment area of the lake, the water level reached 1,162.95 ft when the gate was opened. It is the second time in three days that the authorities have opened the floodgate and fourth time this monsoon season. Earlier, the gate was opened on September 21, August 9 and August 14. An official of the UT Engineering Department said the floodgate was closed at 5.45 Sukhna water gushes out of a floodgate. MANOJ MAHAJAN pm. He, however, said there was a continuous flow of water into the Sukhna from the catchment area of the lake. An alert was sounded in the neighbouring areas and to avoid flooding downstream, the water was released in a limited quantity, he said. UAE. Rapid antigen tests for all passengers were conducted at the airport. However, some passengers did not fulfil the norms and were not allowed to board the flight. After nearly two months, international flight operations resumed at the airport today with the departure of the Sharjah flight. Ajay Bhardwaj, CEO, Chandigarh International Airport Limited, said Air India Express AXB188/187, carrying 29 passengers, arrived at 2.55 pm. He said 131 passengers boarded the flight for Sharjah, which departed from Chandigarh at 6 pm. He said the flight to Sharjah would operate every Thursday and Sunday. IISER student ends his life Mohali, September 23 A student of the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) in Sector 81 here ended his life by jumping off the eighth floor of his hostel building last night. A security guard saw the body the next day at 6.15 am. Sohana SHO Bhagwant Singh said the victim, Utkarsh Pratap Singh (22) of Sant Kabir Nagar in Uttar Pradesh, left behind a note stating that no one should be blamed for his death as despite studying hard, he could score only 80 per cent marks instead of 90 per cent. He said the victim had come to the hostel yesterday from his native place after about a year and a half. —TNS Illegal entry towards cycle tracks to invite MC wrath Flow of water from houses often causes damage to these Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 23 Owners of houses with illegal rear entry found releasing water on to cycle tracks or encroaching on the adjoining area will be taken to task. The local Municipal Corporation will serve notices on house owners who have made illegal entry, window or some other change in the rear side of their residences towards cycle tracks. It leads to flow of water, which damages the cycle tracks. Some have allegedly encroached upon the area Water comes out of a house on to a cycle track in Sector 47, Chandigarh, on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN adjoining the cycle tracks by using barbed wires. Some park their cars on these tracks. People will be held accountable for the violations, continued on page 2 SCF owners get justice after 18 years Dushyant Singh Pundir mohali, september 23 One more Covid case was reported from the district during the past 24 hours, taking the tally to 68,708. No fresh death was reported, while six patients were cured of the virus. The only case surfaced in Mohali (urban). Of the 68,708 positive cases reported so far, 67,610 patients have been cured. There are now 35 active casesin the district. FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Tribune News Service French experts in city for 24x7 water supply Tribune News Service TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD Did not fulfil Covid norms; ruckus at airport At 30.1, UT’s missing children recovery %age fourth lowest Amit Sharma Mohali Municipal Corporation issues 153 challans to people in whose houses mosquito larvae were found. SUNRISE SATURDAY 6.12 AM City sees 31 mm of rainfall, mercury dips PAGE 3 MOSQUITO LARVAE AT HOUSES IN MOHALI, 153 CHALLANED Chandigarh, September 23 After 18 years, the owners of a shop-cum-flat (SCF) in the city have finally got justice. The UT Chief Administrator has set aside an order of the Estate Officer demanding misuse charges from the SCF owners. A penalty of ~18 lakh imposed on the owners on account of misuse charges has also been waived. Appeals were filed in the UT Chief Administrator sets aside orders of Estate Officer demanding misuse charges court of Dr Vijay Namdeorao Zade, UT Chief Administrator, by the SCF owner and his son, the co-owner, against the orders passed by the Assistant Estate Officer (AEO) on March 24, 2009, and against the demand of misuse charges from the appellants vide memo dated March 5, 2014, in respect of the SCF. In the appeals, Vikas Jain, counsel for the appellants, submitted that the SCF in Sector 18 was earlier resumed as the misuse existed at the site. Against the resumption order, a revision petition was filed before the UT Adviser in 2002 which was disposed of on June 19, 2002, whereby the site was restored to the owner subject to the payment of a 10 per cent penalty. Further, the petitioner was directed to apply for a change in trade within 30 days. In the order, the Adviser had specifically mentioned that as per the amendment in the Building Rules, the change of trade has been allowed by the Chandigarh Administration and as such continued on page 2
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