28092021-CT-01.qxd 9/28/2021 12:58 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE TUESDAY | 28 SEPTEMBER 2021 | CHANDIGARH DENGUE TALLY 42, PANCHKULA ADMN SEEKS HELP OF RWAS PAGE 2 A meeting of various departments and RWA representatives held to check the spread of the disease. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY HUNAR SHINES IN SOUTHERN AMATEUR GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP PAGE 2 Hunar Mittal bags 2nd position in the girls’ category A with a card of 218 in the Southern Amateur Golf meet. MAX 35°C | MIN 25°C | YESTERDAY MAX 35°C | MIN 24.6°C SUNSET TUESDAY 6:13 PM PAGE 3 P’KULA CIVIL HOSPITAL TO UP OXYGEN STORAGE CAPACITY Civil Hospital set to increase its medical oxygen storage capacity to 16 kl to prepare for a possible third Covid wave. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6:14 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Mohali paralysed, commuters bear the brunt BHARAT BANDH Traffic stays off road, commercial establishments shut; emergency vehicles, air passengers let through Tribune News Service Business as Protesting farmers lay siege to UT Mohali, September 27 usual in P’kula Chandigarh, September 27 siege around the city, block- light point. Tractors were A complete bandh was observed in Mohali district today in support of the call of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) for Bharat Bandh against the three farm laws. The 10-hour-long bandh crippled life as most shops and business establishments remained closed. Traffic was also disrupted, causing inconvenience to commuters. The protesting farmers blocked the entry points to the district at Kharar, Banur, Lalru and Mullanpur near Siswan from 6 am to 4 pm. The farmers also blocked the Chandigarh-Zirakpur border. Blockades were put up at the McDonald’s light point and the K-Area light point. The airport road also remained out of bounds with blockades at Gurdwara Singh Shaheedan, Sohana, Aerocity, Sector 82, Sector 78-79 chowk and the Chhat village light point. The farmers also blocked the Landran chowk, Mote Majra, Saneta and Derri village, connecting the airport road on the Kharar-Banur road. The traffic movement on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway was also hit with the farmers blocking the arterial road at the Dappar toll plaza in Lalru. Various resident welfare associations blocked roads in their respective areas to support the bandh call. No vehicles, except ambulances and emergency services vehicles, were allowed to pass. The farmers also let air passengers, who were on their way to the Chandigarh continued on page 3 A deserted Ambala-Chandigarh highway at Zirakpur on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: NITIN MITTAL Protesting farmers give way to an ambulance during Bharat Bandh in Mohali. PHOTO: VICKY Farmers block the Ambala-Chandigarh railway track in Dera Bassi on Monday. PHOTO: NITIN MITTAL BANDH DERAILS TRAIN SERVICES, PASSENGERS HIT UT VILLAGERS BACK CALL, SHUT SHOPS ONLY 40% APPLICANTS TURN UP AT PASSPORT SEVA KENDRA The Phase 7 market wears a deserted look in Mohali. PHOTO: VICKY SEE PAGE 3 Panchkula, September 27 The Bharat Bandh called by the Samyukt Kisan Morcha had little impact in Panchkula even as blockades were put on some routes in the district. Markets in Panchkula remain closed on Mondays. Hence, the bandh had no impact on the business. Chemist shops and essential services remained open. The farmers blocked the Chandimandir toll plaza on the Zirakpur-Shimla highway and the Jaloli toll plaza on the Panchkula-Yamunanagar highway. However, not many vehicles were seen playing on the two routes. Public transport also stayed off the road. Kuldeep Chitkara, president of the Panchkula Beopar Mandal, said: “There was no impact of bandh on trade activities.” Karm Singh, a local leader of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Charuni), however, termed the bandh successful. “People from all walks of life extended support to the bandh,” said Karam Singh. The police had yesterday issued a travel advisory for commuters, asking them to take alternative routes and modify their travel plans in view of the expected road blockades. — TNS A near empty bus stand at Sector 5, Panchkula. RAVI KUMAR Commuters travelling to Chandigarh from neighbouring Zirakpur, Mohali and adjoining areas were inconvenienced as traffic was hit badly due to the Bharat Bandh called by the protesting farmers. Blockades were put at the borders as the farmers laid a ing the entry points at Hallo Majra light point, Sector 48Jagatpura dividing road, Mullanpur barrier and on various roads leading to Chandigarh. The road leading from Tribune Chowk to Zirakpur was also barricaded by the UT police and the traffic was diverted towards Kali Bari parked by the farmers at various points to stop the traffic. Hemant a Zirakpur resident said there were blockades at various points following which he was forced to cancel his visit to the city. Most of the roads wore a near-deserted look throughout the day. — TNS Farmers block the road near the Hallo Majra light point in Chandigarh on Monday. MANOJ MAHAJAN No impact of bandh on city markets Chandigarh, September 27 No impact of Bharat Bandh was witnessed on the city markets as most of the shops remained open. In a random check at Sectors 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 and other places, all the shops were found open. Sanjiv Chadha of Chandigarh Beopar Mandal said all the shops were open in Sector 17 and there was no impact of the bandh call. Narender Singh Rinku, president of the Sadar Bazaar, Sector 19, said: “All shops were open. There was no bandh here.” —TNS Shops open at a market in Chandigarh on Monday. MANOJ MAHAJAN TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD SAMPLES TESTED POSITIVE RECOVERED NEW CASES ACTIVE CHANGE DEATHS NEW P’KULA 7,31,662 65,217 64,354 7 44 3 819 0 MOHALI 4,32,313 5,98,087 30,731 68,719 30,336 67628 1 2 18 27 2 1 377 1,064 0 0 AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH 77 PANCHKULA 91 MOHALI 51 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF MOTORCYCLIST DIES IN HIT-AND-RUN Mohali: A motorcyclist was killed after being hit by a speeding car near a bridge in Gharuan. The deceased has been identified as Raghubir Singh, a resident of Gharuan, who was going for some work. After the mishap, he was rushed to a private hospital where he died during treatment. A case has been registered. TNS ONE BOOKED FOR ASSAULTING GIRL Chandigarh: A Burail resident has been booked by the UT police for assault and outraging the modesty of a girl. The complainant alleged that the suspect, Yuvraj, stalked and assaulted her with an intent to outrage her modesty. TNS Murder accused hacked to death by over 20 men in P’kula Tribune News Service Panchkula, September 27 A 37-year-old man was allegedly hacked to death with sharp weapons by at least 24 men at the Majri Chowk bus stop on the intervening night of Sunday and Monday. The victim, identified as Rinku, was a native of Ropar. He had estranged relations with his wife and was currently staying in Mani Majra. According to the police, Rinku was an accused in a murder case in Pinjore in 2017 and was out on bail. The reason behind the spine-chilling crime, according to the police, was old animosity between two groups. “Both parties have a crimi- WAS OUT ON BAIL IN ’17 PINJORE KILLING CASE Both parties have a criminal background. The victim was an accused in a 2017 murder case that took place in Pinjore. ❝ ❞ Inspector Mahabir Singh, SHO, SECTOR 7 POLICE STATION nal background. The victim was an accused in a 2017 murder case that took place in Pinjore,” said Inspector Mahabir Singh, SHO of the Sector 7 police station. According to an FIR registered on a complaint of the victim’s aide, also named Rinku, “After dinner at a hotel in Mamta Enclave, Zirakpur, the victim and his two aides stopped their car near the Majri Chowk bus stop around 11.30 pm when the assailants, who came in two cars and two motorcycles, attacked them. As they appeared at the spot, the assailants, who were carrying sharp weapons, vandalised the car. All three sitting inside the car came out and started running to save their lives. Suddenly, Rinku fell, allowing the assailants to surround him and attack. His two aides managed to get inside a nearby slum colony, Khark Mangoli. By the time the duo came back after 15 minutes, continued on page 3 SEVEN NEW CASES IN UT Chandigarh: The city on Monday reported seven new Covid cases, taking the total tally to 65,217. The death toll remained at 819. Four patients were discharged. TNS 2 +VE, NO DEATH IN MOHALI Mohali: Two fresh Covid cases were reported from the district during the past 24 hours, taking the tally to 68,719. No fresh death was reported, while three patients were cured of the disease. Both new cases were reported from Mohali (urban). Of the 68,719 positive cases reported so far, 67,628 patients have been cured. There are now 27 active cases. The death toll stands at 1,064. TNS JUST ONE CASE IN P’KULA Panchkula: The district recorded just one fresh Covid case on Monday, taking the overall tally to 30,731. The toll remained at 377. While 30,336 people have recovered from the disease so far, 18 cases are still active. TNS Centre put on notice over Apartment Rules Chandigarh, September 27 Nearly 14 years after the Chandigarh Apartment Rules - 2001 were repealed, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today put the Union of India on notice on a petition seeking the quashing of the notification withdrawing the same. Among other things, it has been contended that the withdrawal was “totally illegal, without jurisdiction and violative of Articles 14, 19 and 21 of the Constitution”. The petition, filed against the Union of India and other respondents, by Rakesh Kumar Sharma and another petitioner through senior counsel Anand Chhibber and Vivek Singla stated the withdrawal of the notification was Quash withdrawal of norms, say petitioners a result of total non-application of mind. Taking up the matter, the High Court Bench of Justice Rajan Gupta and Justice Karamjit Singh fixed November 2 as the next date of hearing in the case. Additional Solicitor-General of India Satya Pal Jain accepted the notice on behalf of the respondents and prayed for some time to address the arguments in the matter. Appearing before the Bench through videoconferencing, Chhibbar submitted that the respondent authorities had continued on page 3 Child volunteers invited 3,942 walk in to register for OPDs at PGI on Day 1 ‘COVID NORMS FOLLOWED’ for vaccine trial by PGI Due to the Bharat Bandh Naina Mishra Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 27 The Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGI), Chandigarh, has invited child volunteers for conducting a research trial of Covovax – Covid-19 vaccine for the pediatric population. The notice invites registration from parents of healthy children, who want their kids to be a part of the study. The notice also mentions that children above 12 years can self-register for the trial. The study is aimed at checking the safety and immune response of Covovax in children aged two to 17 years. The objective of the study is to evaluate the safety of Covovax with regard to placebo and its immunogenicity in children in the age groups of 12 to 17 and two to 11 in comparison to adult participants. The immunogenicity of the vaccine is the antibody continued on page 2 Chandigarh, September 27 The PGI today started walkin registration for OPDs. On the first day, 3,942 patients turned up for physical registration, while 1,345 patients got themselves registered through teleconsultation. The institute saw a total of 5,288 OPD registrations today. However, the number of walk-in registrations was not significant on the first day as compared to the general OPD data of previous days. Last Monday, 3,300 c m y b ❝ there was not a call, A heavy rush at the PGI registration counter. PRADEEP TEWARI patients had turned up physically at the OPDs at the PGI and 2,000 patients had got significant turnout of patients. However, despite this, 3,942 patients got themselves registered physically. Everyone was seen wearing masks and following Covid norms. Dr Jagat Ram, DIRECTOR, PGI themselves registered through teleconsultation. This translates into a 20 per Cong leader Bassi dies of heart attack ❞ cent increase in physical OPD registration from last continued on page 2 Chandigarh, September 27 Senior city Congress leader Mukesh Bassi died today of a heart attack. According to Congress leaders, Bassi, a resident of Sector 28, had gone for a walk in the wee hours of today when the incident happened. He fell down and was spotted by a woman, who raised the alarm. A spokesperson for the Congress said he was rushed due to Max Hospital and had multiple heart attacks on the way. He was given emergency treatment and put on a ventilator there, but nothing worked. Bassi, a former councillor, had also remained president of the Chandigarh Club. He was an industrialist, who dealt in manufacturing of spare parts of tractors. He was in his mid-fifties. “The Chandigarh Congress is deeply saddened over his sad demise. Bassi ji was a promising leader and his untimely death has shocked the party. His void will never be filled. The party stands with his family in this hour of grief,” said the Congress. —TNS
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