12102021-CT-01.qxd 12-10-2021 00:57 Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE TUESDAY | 12 OCTOBER 2021 | CHANDIGARH YOUTH CONGRESS HOLDS ‘MAUN VRAT’, PROTESTS GOVT INACTION PAGE 3 MOHAMMAD HASSAN, NIDHI EMERGE CARROM CHAMPIONS Chandigarh Youth Congress protests the inaction of the Centre and the UP Government in Lakhimpur incident. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD SAMPLES TESTED POSITIVE RECOVERED NEW CASES ACTIVE CHANGE DEATHS NEW P’KULA 7,60,303 65,280 64,423 1 37 1 820 0 MOHALI 4,42,083 6,14,466 30,744 68,759 30,360 67,672 0 3 6 19 2 2 378 1,068 0 0 AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH 100 PANCHKULA 89 MOHALI 114 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF 2 HURL STONES AT PCR VEHICLE, HELD Chandigarh: Two youths have been arrested by the local police for throwing stones at a PCR vehicle. According to the police, the complainant, ASI Pritam, posted in the PCR wing, reported that Shubham (26) and Ritik (22), both residents of Ram Darbar, threw stones at a PCR vehicle at Ram Darbar, Phase II, due to which the front windscreen of the vehicle got damaged. Both suspects were nabbed and a case under Sections 353, 427 and 34 of the IPC was registered at the Sector 31 police station. TNS SUNSET TUESDAY 6:55 PM Cash van driver jumps to death before train Chandigarh, October 11 The driver of a cash van from which ~39 lakh had reportedly gone missing on October 8 today allegedly committed suicide by jumping before a train on a railway track opposite Sector 47. The victim’s family alleged that he was being harassed by the police for the past three days following which he took the extreme step. The driver of the van of the CMS company, Surinder Pal Singh (46), a gunman and two other employees had left Sector 47 with ~1.20 crore on October 8 to load the cash in ATMs across the tricity. The staff loaded cash at ATMs in Sector 34, 35, 37 and 38 (West). On reaching an ATM kiosk in Nayagaon, they realised that a trunk containing ~39 lakh was missing following which they informed their senior officials. The matter was reported to the police following which BOXERS KULDEEP, SAGAR TO ATTEND 14-DAY NATIONAL CAMP Mohd Hassan and Nidhi Gupta top their respective categories in the Chandigarh State Carrom meet. MAX 37°C | MIN 21°C | YESTERDAY MAX 36°C | MIN 21.3°C Tribune News Service PAGE 3 Kin allege harassment by cops | ~39L had gone missing from vehicle on Oct 8 THE CASE The driver of the van of the CMS company, Surinder Pal Singh (46), a gunman and two other employees had left Sector 47 with ~1.20 crore on October 8 to load the cash in ATMs across the tricity. The staff loaded cash at ATMs in Sector 34, 35, 37 and 38 (West). On reaching an ATM kiosk in Nayagaon, they realised that a trunk containing ~39 lakh was missing following which they informed their senior officials. all four employees were called for questioning at the Sector 31 police station, where they claimed that they were innocent. Surinder’s brother-in-law Diwan Singh alleged that Surinder was being called for questioning daily and was being harassed by the police. “He was questioned for hours every day, leading to stress,” Diwan said. On Sunday, a case was registered under Section 380 of the IPC against unknown persons at the Sector 31 police station on a complaint of Bhupinder Singh, custodian at the CMS company. Surinder, a resident of Sector 47, left home in the night and when he did not return, his family started searching for him. “Since Surinder was in stress, his family went looking for him at the nearby railway track and found that he had committed suicide,” Diwan said. Inspector Narinder Patial, SHO of the Sector 31 police station, refuted the allegations of harassment. PAGE 4 City boxers Kuldeep and Sagar have been shortlisted for the elite men’s national camp to be held in Patiala. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6:23 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Weekly vaccination lowest since June 1 UT sees one case Naina Mishra Tribune News Service Chandigarh, October 11 The weekly chart of doses administered in Chandigarh has shown that the pace of vaccination has slowed down in the city. A total of 33,579 doses were administered to city residents in the week between October 2 and October 8, the lowest since the doses administered in the first week of June (23,211 doses). However, health experts do not see the trend as worrisome. Dr Suman Singh, Director, Health Services, Chandigarh, said, “There is already 100 per cent vaccination coverage for the first dose. Now, from the first dose to second dose, there is a gap of 84 days. The beneficiary will come on the 85th day for the second dose. We are going as per the pace required for the second dose. Our vaccination pace is better than the rest of the country. We have covered a large chunk of our population. It will definitely help us counter a possible third wave.” Till now, 9,14,704 beneficiaries have taken their first jab CHANDIGARH: The city on Monday reportedonemoreCovidcase,takingtheinfectiontallyto65,280.The death toll remained at 820. Two patients were discharged. —TNS 3 new cases surface in Mohali district A man gets the Covid vaccine at Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16, Chandigarh, on Monday. PRADEEP TEWARI 33,579 jabbed in city from Oct 2 to 8; in June, tally was 23,211 THE JAB CHART AUG 14 – AUG 20 AUG 21 – AUG 27 AUG 28 – SEPT 3 SEPT 4 – SEPT 10 SEPT 11 – SEPT 17 SEPT 18 – SEP 24 SEPT 25 – OCT 1 OCT 2 – OCT 8 72,741 51,732 52,101 55,124 58,902 55,383 47,858 33,579 in Chandigarh, which translates into a vaccination coverage of 108.51 per cent. MOHALI: Three new Covid-19 cases, one each from Dhakoli, Lalru and Mohali (urban), were reported from the district on Monday. One person recovered from the virus in the past 24 hours. Of the 68,759 positive cases reported so far, 67,672 patients have been cured. There are now 19 active cases in the district. The toll stands at 1,068. — TNS No death, no new case in Panchkula Around 58.11 per cent of beneficiaries have taken both doses in the city. PANCHKULA: No fresh Covid case was reported from the district on Monday, keeping the tally unchanged at 30,744. With no fresh death, the toll remained at 378. While 30,360 people have recovered from the infectious disease so far, six cases are still active. The recovery rate stands at 98.75 per cent. — TNS In 10 days, 123 cases of dengue surface in city Dasehra celebrations to remain low key Naina Mishra Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service WOMEN DUPED OF JEWELLERY, CASH Chandigarh: Three tricksters befooled three women and took away jewellery and cash from them. Complainant Meena, a resident of Mauli Jagran, stated that she along with her two relatives had gone for a walk on October 10. She said on reaching near Vikas Nagar petrol pump, three boys tricked them and took away a pair of gold earring, gold lockets and ~450 cash from them. A case of cheating has been registered at the Mauli Jagran police station and investigation has been initiated, said the police. TNS Chandigarh, October 11 In the first 10 days of October, Chandigarh has reported 123 cases of dengue infection as compared to 89 cases registered during the entire month last year. Twentythree dengue cases were recorded just today. There has also been a 299 per cent rise in the challans issued for violating dengue guidelines from 2020. As many as 423 challans were issued this year for allowing breeding of mosquitoes. Last year, only 106 challans were issued against these violations. A maximum 6,989 notices were issued to city residents, which is 30 per cent more than the last year. The government buildings and offices received 319 show-cause notices, which is an increase of 29 per cent as compared to 2020. The UT Malaria Wing has visited 5,59,149 houses and checked 8,32,222 containers, of which 3,248 containers were found positive for mos- CASE STATS 2018 2019 2020 2021 SEPT 56 30 19 65 OCT 115 82 89 123* *TILL OCTOBER 11 CHALLANS ISSUED 423 NOTICES ISSUED 6,989 SHOW-CAUSE NOTICES 319 HOUSES VISITED 5,59,149 1 DEATH, 118 NEW CASES IN MOHALI Mohali: One person died of dengue while 118 suspected cases were reported from the district on Monday. As many as 55 cases were confirmed. With this, the case tally has touched the 879-mark. Eight persons have died of suspected dengue till now. SEE ALSO PAGE 3 quito larvae. Refrigerator back tray, tyres, overhead tanks, coolers were also found positive for dengue larvae. Health Secretary Yashpal continued on page 4 Several organising committees yet to get permission from Admn Tribune News Service Chandigarh, October 11 Dasehra celebrations in the city are likely to remain subdued this year as several committees have decided not to burn the effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakarna and Meghnad in absence of the permission from the UT Administration. With just four days to go for the festival, the UT Administration is yet to grant permission to various committees involved in organising the event. Dasehra will be celebrated across the country on October 15. Tejinder Chauhan from Ramleela Club, Barara, in Ambala, who had erected the world’s tallest Ravana effigy at Dhanas in 2019, is yet to get a go ahead from the Administration. “Only four days are left for the event. We have not got anything in written till now. We have been called to the DC office tomorrow… it is impossible to make all the arrangements in uncertainty. I am thus building a 100-ft Ravana effigy at Barara this time,” said Effigies of Ravana, Meghnad and Kumbhakarna being prepared at the Parade Ground in Sector 17, Chandigarh. MANOJ MAHAJAN COVID EFFIGY Four demon effigies, including that of Covid-19, will be burnt during the Dasehra celebrations at the Parade Ground in Sector 17. “Apart from the 71 ft Ravana and 60 ft Kumbhakarna and Meghnad effigies, we will also burn a 10 ft effigy of Covid-19 to give a message that we have to kill the coronavirus,” said Sunil Kumar Sharma, senior assistant director of the Ramlila at Parade Ground, Sector 17. Chauhan. Chauhan could not organise the event last year due to Covid-19. Like Chauhan, Navyug Ramlila Committee, Sector 7, will also not burn the effigies this time. “It takes at least a month or two to build the effigies. We got the permission very late. Due to the Administration’s delaying tactics, we will not be able to hold continued on page 4 UT to take call on sale and bursting of crackers today Chandigarh, October 11 The UT Administration will take a decision on whether to ban the sale and bursting of firecrackers during Diwali at a meeting tomorrow. UT Adviser Dharam Pal said the decision on the issue would be taken tomorrow after taking advice from medical and environment experts in view of a possible third wave of Covid-19. Last year, the UT Administration had imposed a complete ban on the sale and bursting of firecrackers in the city during Diwali. Meanwhile, a delegation of the Cracker Dealers Association today approached the Deputy Commissioner (DC) to clear the air on the matter. “In the absence of clear directions, the trade of crackers has been going through the worst phase for the past two years,” said association president Davinder Kumar Gupta and general secretary Chirag Aggarwal in a statePRADEEP TEWARI No power shortage in UT Chandigarh, October 11 Amid reports of coal shortage, the power supply in the city remained normal during the day. Chief Engineer CB Ojha said there was no power crisis in the UT and they were drawing power as per their requirement. He, however, clarified that power cuts being imposed in the city were to carry out routine maintenance works. As most of the city’s electricity is drawn from hydroelectricity plants, the Administration sees no major crisis even in the wake of short supply of coal. On October 10, the peak demand was 226 MW and minimum demand was 166 MW. On October 9, the peak demand was 247 MW. Ojha said the supply was more than adequate to meet the demand. — TNS Four more Estate Office services all set to go online from today Dushyant Singh Pundir Tribune News Service Chandigarh, October 11 For faster delivery of services, the UT Estate Office has made four more services available online. In the first phase, UT Administrator Banwarilal Purohit had launched the website and five online services of Estate Office on September 28, while in the second phase, four more services were made available to the residents. Deputy Commissionercum-Estate Officer Mandip Singh Brar said, “We are going as per schedule. Residents can avail these four services at a click of the mouse from tomorrow.” He, however, said the remaining services of the Estate Office would also be made available online from SERVICES LAUNCHED DURING 2ND PHASE The Estate Office has started ownership/lease rights on the basis of interstate death; ownership/lease rights on the basis of unregistered will; transfer of ownership/lease rights on the basis of registered will and permission to mortgage (leasehold property); and ownership/lease rights on the basis of interstate death/unregistered bill/registered bill. October 20-21. Meanwhile, the DC today handed over the transfer certificates to the applicants, who had applied online for the transfer of property, sales deed, etc. Their applications were processed by the office as per the new online system. Appreciating the process adopted by the Estate Office, city resident Anil Khattar said he had applied for transfer of industrial property online on October 5 and the certificate was handed over to him today. Khattar said he was surprised to get a call from the Estate Office that his certificate was ready and he could collect it anytime. He said such initiatives would help the UT become a true Smart City. Expressing similar views, Sant Lal, a retired headmaster, said he had applied for transfer of property on October 6 and he was astonished to get the certificate within five days. “The online services launched by the Estate Office will bring in transparency, weed out corruption,” he said. c m y b ment issued here today. Last year, while the UT had banned crackers, the neighbouring states of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh were selling and bursting crackers without any hindrance by the local government, they said, adding that the association had approached the DC several times to take a decision well in time so that the traders did not suffer. In 2020, the Administration had earned nearly ~10 lakh from nearly 1,650 traders for the issuance of cracker licences, which were later continued on page 4 Six booked for vandalising foundation stones MOHALI: The police have booked six persons for vandalising and stealing foundation stones meant for developmental works inaugurated by former Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu at Tangori and Badhi villages. The suspects have been identified as Meena, Bhupinder Kaur and Sahib Kaur of Tangori and Jarnail Singh of Badhi. continued on page 4 GIRL POWER Schoolgirls supporting pink turbans form a human chain to mark International Day of Girl Child, at Sector 15, Chandigarh, on Monday. 21-year-old stabbed to death in Ambala, two booked Ambala, October 11 A 21-year-old youth was allegedly stabbed to death over a petty dispute in Ambala City today. The victim has been identified as Manav, alias Ujjwal, a resident of Prem Nagar, the police said. The Ambala police have booked two boys in connection with the mur- der, which got recorded in a CCTV camera of a department store. As per information, around noon, when the victim was returning from a departmental store, the suspects stabbed him multiple times and then managed to flee from the spot. Manav was rushed to the Civil Hospital, Ambala City, from where he was referred to the PGI, Chandigarh. However, he succumbed to his injuries while on way to Chandigarh. The eyewitnesses claimed that the suspects were wearing school uniforms. Manav’s maternal uncle, Rajesh Kumar, a resident of Ambala Cantonment, in his complaint to the police stated that his niece was a student of Class X at a government school. In August, on her birthday, one of her classmates (a boy) made some indecent remarks. She informed her brother (Manav) about the same following which he had cautioned the boy. continued on page 4
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