30092021-CT-01.qxd 9/30/2021 12:49 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE THURSDAY | 30 SEPTEMBER 2021 | CHANDIGARH NO SEGREGATION OF WASTE AT 8 PLACES IN CITY BEAUTIFUL PAGE 2 Municipal Corporation identifies eight places in city where segregation of waste is not being done at source. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD SAMPLES TESTED POSITIVE RECOVERED NEW CASES ACTIVE CHANGE DEATHS NEW P’KULA 7,36,605 65,224 64,363 5 42 819 0 MOHALI 4,33,511 6,00,850 30,738 68,735 30,340 67,631 3 8 21 40 3 6 377 1,064 0 0 AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH 46 PANCHKULA 47 MOHALI 49 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF SOON, APPLY ONLINE FOR HSRP Chandigarh: Residents will no longer have to visit the RLA office to apply for high-security registration plate (HSRP). The RLA will soon start a facility for submitting the application online. At present, vehicle owners have to submit the application manually. The department has already started installing HSRP at the dealer end itself. New vehicle owners get HSRP installed from the dealer. But those who take special numbers for their new vehicle have to go to the RLA office and apply manually. TNS 4,370 COUNTERFEIT PACKETS OF TEA SEIZED, ONE ARRESTED MAX 33°C | MIN 25°C | YESTERDAY MAX 35°C | MIN 25.5°C SUNSET ON THURSDAY 6:09 PM PLAN FOR MORE CITIES Paragliding at Tikkar Tal, hot balloon in Pinjore soon “With some formalities yet to be completed, the facility of paragliding at Tikkar Tal and hot balloon activity in Pinjore will also be started soon. Work is underway to make arrangements for mobile connectivity, road transportation and petrol pumps in the Tikkar Tal area,” the CM said. “Our government also plans to start water sports activities at Brahma Sarovar, Kurukshetra; Karna Lake, ❝Our government also plans to start water Water and aero sports activities underway at Tikkar Tal. Karnal, Damdama Lake, Gurugram; and Tiliyar Lake, Rohtak,” he said. Haryana Speaker Gian Chand Gupta and Ambala MP Rattan Lal Kataria accompanied the Chief Minister on the occasion. “The required training will be given to local youth by the Tourism Department to develop their skills for carrying out adventure activities. It will not only generate ample employment opportunities for them but will also give a major boost to the efforts for the development of tourism in Panchkula and Morni,” the government said in a press note. Brochure on home stay To promote Haryanvi culture, the Chief Minister also released a brochure highlighting the key features of the home stay policy of the state which aims at providing tourists an excellent alternative to hotels as they can get an opportunity to live with local families in their homes and experience the native Tribune News Service Rides not free anymore, user count dips sharply More cycles are visible at docking stations these days. At some points, the company has increased the number of bikes having realised the sites were often without cycles. Rides under the public bikesharing project became chargeable from September 21. Earlier, the rides were made free after users faced issues in locking and unlocking bikes using the Smart Bike App. The company was asked to fix all problems by September 12. — TNS Chandigarh, September 29 The city’s wait to get electric buses has got longer, as the arrival of 19 environment-friendly vehicles has been delayed. The city was to receive a fleet of 19 electric buses on September 30, but the manufacturer has expressed its inability to supply the buses by the scheduled date, said an official of the Transport Department. He, however, said the company had assured to supply 10 such buses by October 10 and the remaining buses in a phased manner. He added that the city would receive a total of 40 buses by the end of November. The first electric bus had hit the UT roads on August 11. After completion of a monthlong trial run of the first electric bus, the UT Transport Department had asked the manufacturer to make some technical changes in the bus. The decision on running the electric buses for public would be taken after the arrival of buses, the official said. “The procurement of another 40 buses is under process. These are expected to be received by the next year,” he added. The Department of Heavy Industries, GoI, has okayed 80 electric buses for UT under the Phase-II FAME India scheme. Boost for renewable energy production INST develops reactor for cost-effective production of hydrogen using sunlight, water Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 29 Giving a boost to enhancing production of renewable energy, Indian scientists have, for the first time, developed a large-scale cost-effective reactor that produces a substantial amount of hydrogen using sustainable sources like sunlight and water. A team from the Institute of Nano Science and Technology (INST), Mohali, has fabricated a prototype reactor which operates under natural sunlight to produce hydrogen at a scale of around 6.1 litres in eight hours. They have used an earth-abundant chemical called carbon nitrides as a HOW HYDROGEN CAN BE USED Hydrogen generated in this manner can be used in many forms such as electricity generation through fuel cells in remote areas, hydrogen stoves and powering small gadgets. Eventually, they can power transformers and e-vehicles, which are long-term research goals under progress. catalyst for the purpose. Hydrogen generated in this manner can be used in many forms such as electricity generation through fuel cells in remote areas, hydrogen stoves and powering small gadgets. Eventually, they can power transformers and e-vehicles, which are long-term research goals under progress. India has set a target of producing 450 GW of renewable energy by 2030. To achieve ❞ — Manohar Lal Khattar, HARYANA CM ■ Taking a jibe at Navjot Singh Dushyant Singh Pundir A docking station full of bicycles in Sector 29, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN sports activities at Brahma Sarovar, Kurukshetra; Karna Lake, Karnal, Damdama Lake, Gurugram; and Tiliyar Lake, Rohtak. SIDHU A POLITICAL TOURIST, SAYS KHATTAR Now, 19 vehicles not arriving today Vijay Mohan SUNRISE ON FRIDAY 6.16 AM Tribune News Service Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar flags off water and aero sports in Tikkar Tal, Morni, on Wednesday. PHOTOS: NITIN MITTAL this in the current scenario, researchers all over the world are working towards renewable energy solutions which should be sustainable with a limited carbon footprint. One of the most economical ways is to produce hydrogen at a large scale through photo-catalytic water splitting. It is a long-term persistent solution for the growing renewable energy needs and a lowcost economic process which will benefit society in the longer term. The process had been attempted many times by many researchers using complex metal oxide, nitride or sulphide-based heterogeneous systems, but was very difficult to reproduce in large quantities. The INST team employed low-cost organic semiconductor in carbon nitrides which can be prepared using cheaper precursors like urea and melamine at ease. When the sunlight falls on this semiconductor, electrons and holes are generated. The electrons reduce the protons to produce hydrogen and holes are consumed by some chemical agents called sacrificial Continued on page 2 c m y b PAGE 2 A day after losing to Madhya Pradesh, Chandigarh defeat HP by five wickets in a Vinoo Mankad Trophy match. CM opens adventure sports at Morni Panchkula, September 29 To mark the occasion of World Tourism Day, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today formally inaugurated various adventure sports at Tikkar Tal, Morni Hills, under a comprehensive plan of his government to promote tourism in the area. Aero and water sports activities, including parasailing, paramotor and jet scooter have now been made operational commercially. The Chief Minister had taken trials of sports activities at Tikkar Tal in June this year. Khattar said Tikkar Tal would now mark its identity on the country’s map. He said developing Morni was a key feature of the integrated Panchkula development plan. VINOO MANKAD TROPHY: BAWA STEERS CITY TO VICTORY P’kula police recover 4,370 counterfeit packets of Tata Tea brand from a wholesale supplier in Sector 20. UT’s wait for electric buses gets longer Chandigarh, September 29 The daily count of cycle rides has halved after the facility was made chargeable under the public bike-sharing project in the city. Smart Bike’s city operations head Abhinandan Malhotra said, “When the facility was free, around 3,000 to 3,500 rides were being taken in a day. Now, the number has come down to around 1,500.” A fee of ~10 plus the GST is charged for using a bicycle for half an hour. PAGE 2 Sidhu over his resignation from the post of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar termed the leader a “political tourist”. culture and cuisine. “Besides, plans have been made to promote farm tourism in this area,” he said. Earlier on Wednesday, the Chief Minister laid the foundation stone of a tourist facilitation centre at Red Bishop in Sector 1. City tour bus service The CM also launched a city tour bus service “Scenic Tour Package.” The bus will run twice a week and will cover Panchkula, Kalka, Mansa Devi and Nada Sahib. TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Bolster health infra for kids by March, UT told Covid emergency responseGiven ~5.6 cr for projects Naina Mishra UT TASK CUT OUT Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 29 The UT Health Department has been asked to undertake various public health infrastructural projects, including setting up ICU beds in hospitals and creating a tele-consultation hub for the paediatric population. The deadline for the completion of these projects under the Emergency Covid Response and Health System Preparedness (ECRP) initiative is March 2022. The UT has been given ~5.6 crore for these projects under the ECRP-II. The Centre has approved ~35 lakh for setting up an RT-PCR laboratory at Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16, and ~45 lakh for the procurement of essential drugs to deal with Covid-19 cases. About one lakh RT-PCR kits and 50,000 rapid antigen test kits have been purchased by the UT for conducting tests till March 2022. A 32-bed exclusive paediatric unit will come up at the GMSH, for which ~2.25 crore has been approved by the ■ Setting up RT-PCR lab at GMSH-16 ■ 32-bed dedicated paediatric unit to come up at GMSH-16 ■ PGI to have paediatric centre of excellence ■ Medical gas pipeline system to be set up at GMSH A girl gets jabbed against Covid-19. MANOJ MAHAJAN ■ Tele-consultation hub at PGI, GMSH for paediatric patients 8 NEW CASES SURFACE IN MOHALI DIST Mohali: Eight new Covid-19 cases — four from Mohali (urban), three from Kharar and one from Boothgarh — were reported from the district on Wednesday. Two patients recovered from the virus in the past 24 hours. TNS 3 POSITIVE IN P’KULA UT SEES 5 CASES Panchkula: The district reported three fresh Covid cases on Wednesday, taking the overall tally to 30,738. The toll remained at 377 and recoveries 30,340. TNS Chandigarh: The city on Wednesday reported five cases of Covid-19 and no death due to the infection. Five patients were cured in the past 24 hours. TNS Centre. It will have 20 oxygen supported beds and a 12-bed hybrid ICU unit. Additionally, an amount of ~12.32 lakh has been approved for 14 ICU beds at the GMSH with the rider that 20 per cent of the beds will be for paediatric patients. The Centre has sanctioned ~50 lakh for medical gas pipeline system at the GMSH. There is also a provision for 20-bed units at the civil hospitals in Sector 22 and Mani Majra. For strengthening the teleconsultation hub, a sum of ~45 lakh has been approved.
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