31102021-CT-01.qxd 10/31/2021 1:00 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE SUNDAY | 31 OCTOBER 2021 | CHANDIGARH MANAGER OF KALKA STONE CRUSHER ATTACKED, ROBBED PAGE 3 A manager of a stone crusher was thrashed and looted on his way back home after collecting payment. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD SAMPLES TESTED POSITIVE RECOVERED NEW CASES ACTIVE CHANGE DEATHS NEW P’KULA 7,91,448 65,346 64,492 6 34 4 820 0 MOHALI 4,56,091 6,34,568 30,769 68,818 30,377 67,721 0 1 14 29 – – 378 1,068 0 0 TWO TRUCKS CARRYING 3,439 BOXES OF LIQUOR IMPOUNDED MAX 29°C | MIN 14°C | YESTERDAY MAX 29.3°C | MIN 13.9°C Showcasing skills SUNSET SUNDAY 5:36 PM TRIBUNE PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI 73 MOHALI 136 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF CHB TO e-AUCTION 159 PROPERTIES Chandigarh: The Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) will invite e-bids for the sale of 159 commercial as well as residential properties from November 10. An official said the e-bids for 113 commercial and 27 residential properties on leasehold basis and 19 residential units on freehold basis would have to be submitted by November 30. After reducing the reserve price of its vacant commercial and residential properties on a leasehold basis by 20 per cent and 10 per cent, respectively, the CHB had invited e-bids for the sale of 191 vacant units — 132 commercial and 31 residential units on a leasehold basis and 28 residential units on a freehold basis — in September this year. During an auction held on October 19, the CHB had sold 32 units. TNS A rider takes part in a tent pegging event during Chandigarh Horse Show on Saturday. PAGE 5 Pistols recovered from gangster Murder of rival gang member foiled: Mohali SSP Mohali, October 30 The police today foiled a murder plan with the recovery of three pistols, including one made in Czechoslovakia, and 73 cartridges from gangster Preet Phagwara. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Navjot Singh Mahal said the police recovered the arms and ammunition on the basis of disclosures made by Rajneesh Kumar, alias Preet Phagwara, a resident of Daddal Mohalla, Phagwara, Kapurthala district. He said Preet Phagwara was an aide of gangster Jaggu Bhagwanpuria and was involved in numerous cases of murder, robbery, drug smuggling, etc, in many states, including Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and Chandigarh. Cops display arms, ammunition recovered from Preet Phagwara. Mahal said following some snatching incidents that took place within the jurisdiction of the Kurali police, the police brought Preet Phagwara here on production warrant. During investigation, the gangster revealed that he Proposal for starting city bus service in Mohali Sanjay Bumbroo Tribune News Service Dengue stings 75 more in Mohali Mohali, October 30 As many as 75 fresh cases of dengue surfaced in the district during the past 24 hours. No death due to the vectorborne disease was reported from the district till Saturday evening, said health officials. A total of 2,531 dengue cases have been reported from the district in the past two months. While September saw 344 cases and two deaths, as many as 2,160 cases with 29 fatalities have surfaced this month. A total of 185 samples of suspected dengue fever patients were taken and 75 of these tested positive for the disease. TNS Mohali, October 30 Residents of Mohali city are likely to get a Diwali gift as the Municipal Corporation has decided to bring a resolution for starting the city bus service in its coming general House meeting to be held on November 2. In the resolution, which is likely to be passed unanimously, the MC has proposed to run around eight low-floor buses the city. These buses would be operated on a BOO (Build, Operate and On) basis. The company would also be allowed to advertise on these buses to generate funds. Mayor Amarjit Singh Jeeti said there are many parts of the city where CTU buses were not plying or run very late. He said an attempt was also made by the MC in 2016-17 to start the city bus service on a kilometre scheme basis which was not successful. Again in 2019, a proposal was made but it also remained pending. Therefore, the MC has proposed to run five or eight CNG buses with 25 seats on various routes. As per the resolution, the bus operating company would procure the buses at its own cost and provide it to the corporation. Their maintenance and cost of operating would be borne by the company itself. The fare will be fixed by the corporation. was planning to kill/attack his rival gang member Sukhi Bidhipuria, who is lodged in the jail. He arranged weapons to kill Bidhipuria during a court hearing. Mahal said the arms and ammunitions were brought from other states for the execution of the murder plan. The SSP said Preet, after entering the world of crime in 2014, had been booked in 24 cases registered in Punjab and New Delhi. Earlier, he was a member of Sukha Kahlwan group. After Kahlwan’s killing, he joined the Bhagwanpuria gang. Preet and his associates helped Akul Khattri, a close associate of Jaggu, to flee from police custody during a court hearing in Nawanshahr. — TNS 6 test positive in UT CHANDIGARH: The city on Saturday reported six cases of Covid-19 and no death due to the virus. Two patients were cured of the disease in the past 24 hours. — TNS Only 1 case in Mohali MOHALI: Only one case of Covid-19 surfaced in the district during the past 24 hours while there was no fresh fatality. One patient was cured of the disease on Saturday. The only fresh case came from Kharar. TNS No new case in P’kula PANCHKULA: The district recorded no new case of coronavirus on Saturday, keeping the tally unchanged at 30,769. While 30,377 patients have recovered from the disease so far, 14 cases are still active. The recovery rate stands at 98.72 per cent. — TNS Dog, monkey menace a major issue in Ward 1 MC ELECTIONS UNKEPT PROMISES Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service Chandigarh, October 30 BJP councillor Maheshinder Singh Sidhu’s Ward Number 1, which comprises posh sectors (1-11), is plagued by the stray dog and monkey menace, besides some civic issues. Residents said Sehaj Safai Kendras in Sectors 8 and 9 are full of garbage. “In our Sector 8 inner market, an Continued on page 5 MAHESHINDER SINGH SIDHU: COUNCILLOR FROM WARD NUMBER 1 AND SENIOR DEPUTY MAYOR AREA: Sectors 1 to 11 parks and green belts ❝ I have taken up the monkey menace issue with the Forest Department several times. Regular vaccination and sterilisation drives for stray dogs are being carried out by the MC. As per law, we cannot shift the dogs from their area.. PROMISE: Building roads and ■ Rear service lanes being re-con- ensuring proper cleanliness, maintenance RESULT: Partially kept cretised in all sectors of the ward. ■ Recarpeting of all internal and external roads completed; remaining would be done in the next two months ■ High-mast lights installed in three green belts, one more coming up ■ 427 new lights installed in the dark spots ■ Parking behind Madhya Marg showrooms being demolished and a new one made in Sector 7-C ■ A mini sports complex in Sector 8 government school Maheshinder ■ Sewerage, water supply lines Singh Sidhu laid in Sec 8, 9 and 10 markets ACHIEVEMENTS CLAIMED ■ Two new green belts developed, one coming up in Sector 10 ■ 10 open air gyms, children’s play equipment installed ■ 7 new toilets constructed in various green belts, one more coming up. ■ Tertiary treated water lines laid ■ New walking tracks being laid in nine neighbourhood parks and thoroughways being laid ■ Toe walls constructed in all ❞ c m y b PAGE 5 Union Territory Cricket Assn plans to organise an educational programme for umpires, scorers and coaches. SUNRISE MONDAY 6:36 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Outsourced employees to replace NHM staff Tribune News Service 102 PANCHKULA UTCA ANNOUNCES EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMME FOR UMPIRES Ambala police register a case against an unknown person after the liquor haul near a godown in Mohra village. AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH PAGE 5 Chandigarh, October 30 The UT Administration has taken a tough call on the National Health Mission (NHM) employees whose services were terminated for going on strike. Now, the Health Secretary has ensured that the persons whose contractual appointment has been terminated because of the misconduct are not considered in the fresh selection process. A public notice is being issued to fill the required number of vacancies under the NHM in due process. The NHM employees insisted for pay equal to the DC rates without increased working hours (8 hours instead of 6 hours daily) and lesser leaves. “The sudden strike did not give sufficient time to make alternative arrangements and it badly affected the health services during this ongoing difficult time when the health facilities were overflowing with the patients,” said the Director, Health Services, Chandigarh, during a meeting with the Health Secretary. The Executive Committee of Health has also expressed DEPT GRAPPLING WITH STAFF SHORTAGE The termination of services of employees has also created a shortage of staff in the Health Department. The existing staff have been deputed in shifts/extra duty to overcome the shortage. The outsourcing agency has been requested to immediately provide some staff, preferably from the outsourced persons who were deputed during the second wave of Covid, but were subsequently disengaged. anguish over the conduct of the ex-staff of the NHM. “Knowing the gravity of this unprecedented emergent health crisis prevailing in Chandigarh, such highly irresponsible conduct has put the life of a large number of patients to serious risk which clearly indicates that these ex-staff of the NHM could not be relied upon to provide uninterrupted patient care in Chandigarh. In the past also, some of the NHM staff went on strike and health services in the city were affected,” the committee observed. “The demand for pay as per the DC rates but without applicable working hours and leaves is unreasonable. Agreeing to such unjustified demand will lead to serious implications and become a reason for unrest in the staff deputed as per the DC rates because they may also demand for lesser working hours and other service conditions as per the NHM staff,” said Yaspal Garg, UT Health Secretary. After detailed deliberations and considering the present scenario of health-related issues in the city, the Executive Committee decided that the aspect of pay to the NHM staff as per the DC rates needs to be re-examined carefully after getting status from other UTs, Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. Till then the guidelines issued by the Central Government for service conditions, including pay to the NHM staff, to be strictly followed. Prof Jagat Ram retires as PGI Director Chandigarh, October 30 An illustrious inning spanning over 42 years has come to an end for Prof Jagat Ram, who retired as the PGI Director after serving the institute for four years and seven months on the top post and 38 years in various other capacities. As its Director, the pro- Served on the post for over 4 years, devoted 42 years to the institute fessor contributed immensely to the institute of national reckoning taking it to new heights, be it in patient care, research or teaching. Kumar Gaurav Dhawan, Deputy Director (Administration), PGI, said, “Prof Jagat Ram maintained a cordial and constructive relationship with senior administrators, heads of departments, faculty and other officials of the institute.” continued on page 5
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