26092021-CT-01.qxd 9/26/2021 12:39 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE SUNDAY | 26 SEPTEMBER 2021 | CHANDIGARH AAP CITY UNIT HOLDS PROTEST MARCH AGAINST INFLATION PAGE 3 AAP workers protest against rising prices of fuel, vegetables due to “wrong policies” of the Central Govt. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY CONFIDENT OF WINNING MEDALS, HARMILAN SEEKS INT’L EXPOSURE MAX 34°C | MIN 25°C | YESTERDAY MAX 33.8°C | MIN 24°C SUNSET SUNDAY 6:14 PM SAMPLES TESTED POSITIVE RECOVERED NEW CASES ACTIVE CHANGE DEATHS NEW P’KULA 7,26,958 65,209 64,346 4 44 3 819 0 4,31,357 5,95,680 30,729 68,714 30,331 67,618 0 2 21 33 1 3 377 1,063 0 0 70 PANCHKULA 56 MOHALI 42 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF DHANAS RESIDENT HELD IN ARMS CASE BJP councillor Arun Sood raises a question during the MC meeting on Saturday. PRADEEP TEWARI UT raises grant-in-aid for MC to ~700 crore Centre to take final call, funds expected in January Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service Chandigarh: The police arrested Dhanas resident Mahipal and recovered a pistol with eight live rounds from his possession in Sector 33 on September 24. A case under the Arms Act has been registered at the Sector 34 police station. Investigation of the case was in progress, the police said. TNS TRAFFIC ADVISORY Chandigarh: In view of the swearing-in of the new Punjab Cabinet at the Punjab Raj Bhawan on Sunday, vehicular movement will be restricted from 2 pm onwards on the roads leading to the venue from Sector 5, 6, 7 and 8. People have been advised to take alternative routes. TNS Traffic cop hit, 2 bikers booked for murder bid Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 25 Two motorcycle-borne youths were booked for attempt to murder after they hit a traffic police constable when he stopped the duo for driving on a cycle track in Sector 46 here on Friday. The complainant, Constable Rajesh Kumar, alleged that two unknown persons on a motorcycle were coming from the Sector 32/33-45/46 roundabout on a cycle track on the Sector 46 side and hit him. Rajesh got injured and was admitted to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32. A case under Sections 307 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code was registered at the Sector 34 police station. Investigation in the case was in progress, said the police. On September 22, a constable was reportedly dragged for around 500 metres on the bonnet of a car after the driver was asked to show documents. The incident had left the constable, Deepak Kumar, seriously injured. SUNRISE MONDAY 6.13 AM Tribune News Service AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH Chandigarh ranked second for average number of people provided legal assistance per lakh population. TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE MC House meet: Cong stages walkout over ‘smart’ parking MOHALI Chandigarh, September 25 The UT Administration has increased grant-in-aid (GIA) for the cash-starved Municipal Corporation from ~502 crore to ~700 crore in the revised budget estimates. A senior administrative official said: “The same will be sent to the Centre for approval within a week. It is to be seen what amount is approved by the Central Government.” An official of the MC said they were expecting to receive the funds in January and they would have to use them before March 31. After receiving funds, they would hold a meeting to decide how the funds were to be utilised. Confirming the development at a meeting of the Finance Committee, Mayor Ravi Kant Sharma said after the water rates were reduced, there was some gap in budget plans and that would be filled with these additional funds. They will face no financial issues with regard to the setting up of a waste processing plant in Sector 25. Various pending works will be started at a fast pace, he added. Bills of contractors and others, which are pending with the Accounts Department, will be cleared. The Mayor, who assumed charge in January, had prom- ised that he would get the Fourth Delhi Finance Commission’s recommendations implemented. Though he could not do that so far, he said the budget revision was a big development and it would ensure there was no shortage funds. Earlier, the corporation had cleared a budget with ~670-crore deficit for the fiscal 2021-22 in the usual anticipation of getting the GIA as per the Fourth Delhi Finance Commission’s recommendations, just like the previous years. The GIA increased from ~375 crore in 2019-20 fiscal to ~425 crore in the fiscal 2020-21. Chandigarh, September 25 The Municipal Corporation House today approved an amendment to the water supply bylaws, the holding of Rose Festival and the automation of its C&D waste recycling plant among other agenda items. Congress councillors staged a walkout over the issue of smart parking lots. Councillor Satish Kainth said they had asked for details about the parking lot contract, but they were not given a satisfactory reply. He said the MC was fleecing people in the name of smart parking. The councillors reached the well of the House to raise slogans before leaving the House. As per the amendment to the Chandigarh water supply bylaws to incorporate the Mohali, September 25 After the Ministry of Defence made it clear that the installation of advanced CAT-3 ILS was not viable, the Chandigarh International Airport authorities have installed approach lights with a touchdown zone on the runways, which will allow operations during visibility as low as 550 metre instead of the existing 1,200 metre. Earlier, pilots faced difficulty while landing at the airport during foggy days in the winter season. The CAT-3 ILS allows flights to operate even at visibility as low as 50 metre. The work of installing approach lights with a touchdown zone on the runways, an NO MORE GROUNDING OF FLIGHTS Ajay Bhardwaj, CEO, Chandigarh International Airport Limited, said there would be no grounding of flights in the foggy weather as they had installed 180 approach lights with a touchdown zone on the runways. The work is nearing completion and they will make it operational from October 1, Bhardwaj added. upgrade of the existing CAT-1 ILA (instrument landing system), was carried out by Tata Power Strategic Engineering Division and will become PRADEEP TEWARI UT SEES FOUR CASES Chandigarh: The city on Saturday reported four cases of Covid-19 and no fresh fatality. One patient got the better of the disease in the past 24 hours. TNS Tribune News Service A beneficiary gets the Covid vaccine at the GMSH-16. TWO TEST POSITIVE IN MOHALI Mohali: Two fresh Covid cases were reported during the past 24 hours, taking the tally to 68,714 in the district. Meanwhile, no death due to the virus surfaced in the district till Saturday evening while five patients got the better of the disease. Among the new cases, one each came from Dhakoli and Mohali. No case was reported from Kharar, Boothgarh, Dera Bassi, Lalru, Kurali, Gharuan, and Banur. TNS ~87-lakh expenditure for the Rose Festival next year. The Rose Fest proposal was tabled early in view of various tenders to be floated for various events. ■ Councillor Arun Sood said the winners of different competitions during the festival held this year had not been given their cash awards. He told the House that some of them would not take part next year. The horticulture wing told the House that the matter was pending with the Accounts Department. guidelines of the Ministry of Jal Shakti on regulation and control of groundwater extraction, applicants will have to comply with new provisions to obtain an NOC from the MC for installing tubewells. Users will have to install ■ Around 72 staff members deputed at two MC-run petrol pumps will now get salaries on the DC rates. After it came to the notice of Commissioner Anindita Mitra that the staff at the two pumps were paid low salary, she got the agenda item tabled in the House and it was approved. ■ Meanwhile, Sood took up the matter of contractors deducting about ~3,000 per month from the salary of some of the outsourced employees. digital water-flow meters, have rooftop rainwater harvesting and recharging system in the project area to obtain the NOC. They will be liable to pay for groundwater abstraction and restoration continued on page 5 to mid-January due to the extreme foggy weather. Ajay Bhardwaj, CEO, Chandigarh International Airport Limited, said there would be no grounding of flights in the foggy weather as they had installed 180 approach lights with a touchdown zone on the runways. The work is nearing completion and they will make it operational from October 1, he added. Bhardwaj said the new system would allow pilots to land with the help of approach light instruments if they couldn’t establish a visual contact with the runway, especially in foggy conditions when visibility is low. There had been frequent cancellation of flights in the peak winter due to fog, he added. Mishaps snuff out two lives Chandigarh, September 25 A scooterist died after being hit by a car near the Sector 7/8/18/19 roundabout on September 23. Varinder Kumar of Sector 116, Mohali, who was riding the scooter, sustained injuries in the mishap and was declared dead at the PGI. A case under Sections 279 and 304A of the IPC was registered against the car driver, identified as Inderjit Singh of Sector 19, at the Sector 19 police station. He was arrested and later released on bail. Meanwhile, an auto driver died during treatment after being hit by a motorcyclist at the Sector 40/41 light point on September 24. The complainant, Karan of Mauli continued on page 5 AYUSHMAN BHARAT PGI adjudged best performer in UT category Chandigarh, September 25 In a first, the PGI here has bagged the top award in the best performing UT category under the Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojana (AB PM-JAY) for the period October 2020 to August 2021. The PGI had implemented the scheme in October 2018. Under the scheme, a total of 26,250 patients have been treated to date. The announcement of the award was made during the inaugural function of the third anniversary of the scheme being celebrated by the National Health Authority under the aegis of the Ministry Awarded for performance during the period from Oct 2020 to Aug 2021 of Health and Family Welfare. Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Mansukh Mandaviya inaugurated and chaired the inaugural session of Aarogya Manthan 3.0 to mark the third anniversary of the scheme. The scheme aims at helping economically vulnerable Indians who are in need of healthcare facilities. It plans to make secondary and tertiary healthcare completely cashless. The PM Jan Arogya Yojana beneficiaries get an e-card that can be used to avail services at an empanelled hospital, public or private, anywhere in the country. — TNS Man shot at in ~10-lakh robbery bid in Mohali Tribune News Service Mohali, September 25 Two masked assailants made an unsuccessful bid to loot ~10 lakh from a Balongi resident in broad daylight near Swara village today. The assailants fired a gunshot and injured one of the two occupants of a car and fled the spot. The police said the victim, Pramod Kumar, and his brother Dharminder Kumar were returning from Mandi Gobindgarh around 4 pm with ~10 lakh when a car overtook them. Two armed men came out of it and flashed a pistol at them. On seeing locals gathering, the assailants fled the spot after firing a gunshot. The Car-borne assailants flee as people gather at spot assailants managed to snatch Dharminder’s purse. The bullet hit Pramod, who was driving the car. He was admitted to the Government Medical College and Hospital in Sector 32, Chandigarh. Doctors operated on his shoulder and took out the bullet. On the complaint of the victim’s brother, a case has been registered under Sections 307, 379-B, 341 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code and the Arms Act at the Sadar Kharar police station. The police are scanning the CCTV footage of the area. Vax for kids not important, reopen schools: PGI expert Naina Mishra NO CASE IN P’KULA Panchkula: No fresh Covid case surfaced during the past 24 hours, keeping the tally unchanged at 30,729 in the district. There was no fatality either and the toll remained at 377. There are 21 active cases in the district. Meanwhile, 4,172 persons were given the Covid vaccine at 31 government and five private vaccination centres across the district. TNS operational from October 1. Flights operating from the Chandigarh airport remained grounded for about one month from mid-December ■ The MC House approved about DC RATE SALARY FOR PETROL PUMP STAFF The police use a water cannon on protesting Congress workers outside the Municipal Corporation building in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI P3 Approach lights with touchdown zone installed at international airport Tribune News Service ~87L FOR ROSE FEST Dampening spirits Flight service to stay smooth during fog Sanjay Bumbroo PAGE 5 LEGAL ASSISTANCE: CITY BAGS SECOND RANK IN COUNTRY Middle distance runner has her eyes firmly set on the next year’s Asian Games and Commonwealth Games. TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD PAGE 3 Chandigarh, September 25 The Covid-19 vaccine for paediatric population is not imperative for the reopening of schools. This was stated by Dr Arun Bansal of the Department of Paediatrics, PGI. Dr Bansal, who is also the Scientific Converner, Association of Paediatricians, spoke to Chandigarh Tribune during the North Zone Pedicon2021 organised by the Association of Paediatricians of Chandigarh today. “The schools should be reopened immediately, at least for Class V onwards. The cognitive learning, personality and nutrition of children are being affected c m y b THEIR COGNITIVE LEARNING BEING HIT: DOCTOR The schools should be reopened immediately, at least for Class V onwards. The cognitive learning, personality and nutrition of kids are being affected as they are not going to schools. The body mass index has increased resulting in obesity. Increased screen time is causing problems. ❝ ❞ Dr Arun Bansal, DEPARTMENT OF PAEDIATRICS, PGI as they are not going to schools. The body mass index has increased resulting in obesity. Increased screen time is causing problems,” said Dr Bansal. “The disease severity is less among children and it has been observed that the proportion of kids infected in the first and second waves remained the same. Children have also been found immune in sero survey. Majority of them were found asymptomatic. Prioritising vaccination for reopening of schools is not the right approach,” he added. “The vaccine will be rolled out in two-three months for children as well, but before that schools should be reopened. The right way forward is ensuring a safe environment for children where the school staff and adults around them are immunised,” he said. Dr Piyush Gupta, president, Indian Academy of Paediatrics, said the academy constituted a ‘Task Force on School Reopening 2021’ and shared criterion to be fol- lowed at district or local level for reopening schools. He said the decision of reopening schools should be taken at the local level and not on the national level. MIS-C challenge Dr Bansal shared that around 100 children with Covid-19 also suffered from multisystem inflammation syndrome in children (MISC), a condition where different parts of body can become inflamed, including the heart, lungs and kidneys. “This condition occurs after four to six weeks of Covid-19 in children. This is even more serious than acute Covid-19 disease. We were able to recover the patients.”
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