07112021-CT-01.qxd 11/7/2021 12:40 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE SUNDAY | 7 NOVEMBER 2021 | CHANDIGARH BANSAL SLAMS BJP OVER ‘LITTLE’ RELIEF IN FUEL PRICES PAGE 3 Cong leader flays Centre for “playing cruel joke on people by giving them too less a relief in petrol and diesel prices”. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD SAMPLES TESTED POSITIVE RECOVERED NEW CASES ACTIVE CHANGE DEATHS NEW P’KULA MOHALI 7,98,842 65,360 64,511 1 29 4 820 0 4,58,662 6,37,917 30,775 68,837 30,388 67,740 1 10 8 28 — 8 379 1,069 0 0 AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH 118 PANCHKULA 142 MOHALI 236 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF 2 MOTORCYCLISTS SNATCH PHONE Chandigarh: Two motorcycleborne miscreants snatched a mobile phone from a girl near the Dronacharya Stadium gate at Dadu Majra on Friday. A case under Section 379-A and 34 of the IPC was registered at the Maloya police station. TNS CAR WITH FAKE NUMBER, 2 HELD Chandigarh: The police apprehended Chamba native Akshey Kumar, alias Rimpy, and Shahpur native Akhil Jamwal, alias Akhu, for using a fake registration number (CH-04B3425) on their car, whose actual registration number was HP-68A3138, behind the Police Lines in Sector 26 here on Friday. A case under Sections 473 and 471 of the IPC was registered at the Sector 26 police station. TNS PU MURDER Strangulation not ruled out in preliminary autopsy Chandigarh, November 6 Two days after a 59-year-old woman was found murdered in her house on the Panjab University campus, the police have failed to make headway in the case. A senior police official said, “The preliminary postmortem findings do not rule out death due to strangulation. The deceased might have struggled as there were some bruises on the body. The conclusive postmortem report is yet to come.” A panel of doctors conducted the autopsy at the GMSH16 yesterday. The victim, Seema Goyal, wife of Bharat Bhushan Goyal, a professor in the University Business School, PU, was found dead with her hands and legs tied with a cloth on Thursday morning. There was an injury mark on her head. The CCTV footage in the area and the mobile phone dump data are being scanned. The victim’s husband, who first saw the body in the bedroom, told the police that he was on the first floor while his wife was on the ground floor of their house at night. Their daughter was not present at home. — TNS RLY AMBALA DIVISION EARNS ~6.14 CRORE FINE IN OCTOBER PAGE 3 The Ambala Division of Northern Railways earns ~6.14 crore through ticket checking in October. MAX 28°C | MIN 13°C | YESTERDAY MAX 28.3°C | MIN 12.4°C SUNSET SUNDAY 5:31 PM An unbeaten century by skipper Manan Vohra goes in vain, as the city lose to Hyderabad by eight wickets. SUNRISE MONDAY 6:42 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE FILE PHOTO Near zero fuel sale in Mohali areas Sanjay Bumbroo Tribune News Service Mohali, November 6 Petrol stations located near Chandigarh border wore a deserted look with people preferring the UT to Mohali where petrol is ~11.95 costlier. Chandigarh slashed VAT on fuel by ~7 yesterday. Near zero sale was reported from around 64 filling stations located on Chandigarh border. Petrol is costlier by ~11.95 per litre and diesel by about ~9 per litre in Mohali than Chandigarh. The UT Administration had announced the reduction in VAT on fuel immediately after the Centre announced a cut in the duty on fuel as a Diwali gift to the citizens of the country. During a random survey of the filling stations in Mohali by this reporter, hardly any customer was found there and workers were sitting idle. A worker at a filling station said on Friday, a few customers visited the pump to get fuel but today, no one had come till 4 pm. Ranjeet Singh, a resident of Sohana, said petrol was Petrol ~11.95 cheaper in Chandigarh than Mohali Staff wait for customers at a petrol pump in Phase 6, Mohali. VICKY DEALERS PIN HOPES ON PUNJAB GOVT Ashwinder Singh Mongia, a spokesman for the Petrol Pump Dealers Association, Punjab, said the association had taken up the matter with state Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal who had assured them that he would soon take a decision in this regard. He said the state government should take a populist decision keeping in view the coming Assembly elections in the state. cheaper by ~11.95 in Chandigarh, so he visited the Sector 52 petrol station in Chandigarh to refill the tank of his car. Petrol dealers say as the diesel price in Himachal Pradesh (~80 per litre) is even lower than Chandigarh, it PETROL DIESEL MOHALI 106.16 89.8 CHANDIGARH 94.21 80.89 would lead to the smuggling of fuel from the hill state. Ashwinder Singh Mongia, a spokesman for the Petrol Mohali, November 6 The court today extended the remand of gangsters Amit Dagar and Kaushal Chaudhary in the Vicky Middukhera murder case by four days. The duo was produced in the court after their seven-day remand ended on November 6. Sources said certain aspects of the case were to be probed in detail to solve the case. Dagar and Chaudhary have been nominated in the murder case of Youth Akali Dal leader Vikramjit Singh Middukhera. Dagar was brought on a production warrant from the Mandoli jail in Delhi while Chaudhary was brought from the Karnal jail a week ago. The police said the duo was involved with Armenia-based gangster Gaurav Padial in hiring four shooters who shot dead Middukhera in broad daylight on August 7. According to the police, four shooters, two each from the Bhola-Latth gang and the Bambiha gang run by Gaurav Padial, were involved in the case. Two gangsters were waiting in a car while two others carried out the murder. The police have not been able to arrest any of the four suspects. — TNS Man stabbed to death in Mohali Man found dead on railway tracks MOHALI: A 34-year-old man was stabbed to death by unidentified persons at a secluded place in Jhampur village on Diwali evening. The deceased has been identified as Ranje, a native of Bihar and resident of Behlolpur. A case has been registered at the Balongi police station. No arrest has been made so far. The police said there were stab wounds on victim’s chest. — TNS CHANDIGARH: The severed body of a man, aged about 55, was found on the railway tracks near Industrial Area, Phase I. The railway police registered an FIR and sent the unidentified body to the Civil Hospital in Panchkula, said Raj Kumar, SHO, GRP , Chandigarh Railway Station. “The station authorities informed us about the body around 3.20 am. The man died after being hit by 09718 train. — TNS Pump Dealers Association, Punjab, said earlier fuel prices were very low in Punjab and now there was a big difference in the prices of petrol and diesel in Haryana, Chandigarh and Himachal Pradesh where the state governments had reduced VAT. He claimed that there was zero sale at the filling stations located on Mohali-Chandigarh border. Mongia said in Punjab, which was an agrarian state, the cost of diesel was very high and it would not only affect the agricultural sector but also the industrial and business sectors. He said the association had taken up the matter with state Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal who had assured them that he would soon take a decision in this regard. He said the state government should take a populist decision keeping in view the coming Assembly elections in the state. Meanwhile, sources in the Punjab Government said Cabinet was seriously considering bringing the fuel rates on a par in the Punjab area. Market associations to run parking lots Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 6 The decks are cleared for the running of the parking lots in inner markets by the respective market welfare associations. The MC has finally prepared an MoU to this effect. It will be put up at the MC General House meeting for approval on November 12. Mayor Ravi Kant Sharma said, “The MoU is almost ready and its agenda will be tabled in the House to decide on what pattern and conditions these parking lots are to be handed over to the market welfare associations.” A nominated councillor and Naina Mishra Tribune News Service Vehicles heading towards Sector 20 stuck at a traffic light on the highway in Panchkula on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: NITIN MITTAL DENGUE STINGS 95 IN MOHALI Mohali: The district on Saturday reported 95 fresh cases of dengue. No death due to the disease was reported from across the district till Saturday evening, said health officials. A total of 254 samples were taken and the reports of 95 came positive. While 344 cases and two deaths were reported in September, the district saw 2,160 cases and 29 deaths in October. The district dengue toll stands at 32. TNS Chandigarh, November 6 Only 20 Covid beds are occupied in the city hospitals. Seven patients are on ventilator beds and 13 on oxygen support. The occupancy is barely 3 per cent of the total beds (533 beds). The UT has 101 ventilator beds and 452 oxygen beds reserved for Covid patients. All 20 patients are being treated at the PGI. According to experts, the severity of the disease has decreased due to immunisation. Even if the third wave came, the hospitalisation rate would not be huge enough to cause shortage of beds, they added. In Chandigarh, only 29 patients are currently infected with the virus. Dr Suman Singh, Director, Health Services (DHS), UT, said, “The rate of infection is low at the moment. This has happened because of vaccination coverage and herd immunity. The severity of the disease is dependent on the immunity and comorbidity of the patient. As the virus has a mutant nature, we have to be very careful. We should follow the Covid protocol and ONE CASE IN UT Chandigarh: The city on Saturday reported one case of Covid-19 and no death due to the virus. Five more patients have been cured of the disease. TNS get fully vaccinated. Every pandemic has its own course and takes at least two years to ebb. We hope in the near future the virus loses severity and life returns to normal.” Dr Jasbinder Kaur, Director, GMCH-32, said, “It is difficult to say that the pandemic is over, but the number of new cases are less and positivity rate is less too. As other countries have shown an upward trend in the daily cases, we have to keep our fingers crossed and continue taking precautions.” Dr Rajeev Jayadevan, a scientific adviser, said, “The pandemic comes in waves and there will be high tide and low tide. At this moment, it is low tide in several parts of India, which means the total number of cases and severity are low. After sometime, more people will be infected and tide will change in natural upswing of pandemic.” To beat poll code, opening of projects, stone-laying paced up MC ELECTIONS MP Kirron Kher virtually attends two functions | Six events scheduled to be held in 10 days Sandeep Rana EVENTS LINED UP Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 6 Less than two months before the MC elections and ahead of the model code of conduct, which is likely to be imposed in mid-November, six projects are either scheduled to be inaugurated or their foundation stone is to be laid in a span of 10 days. Besides, the inauguration of a community centre at Mauli Jagran and laying of the foundation stone of another centre at Sector 45 were done today by MP Kirron Kher. Leader of Opposition Devinder Singh Babla alleged, “It is being done only to get names mentioned on plaques. Even ■ NOV 8: Opening of auditorium at Mahila Bhawan, Sector 38, by Punjab Governor and UT Administrator ■ NOV 11: Inauguration of green belt in Sector 49-C and D at 4 pm ■ NOV 13: The Administrator to lay foundation stone of 24x7 water supply project in Mani Majra ■ NOV 14: Inauguration of commu- nity centre in Sector 38 by the Administrator ■ NOV 15: Laying of foundation stone of community centre in Kajheri ■ NOV 17: UT Adviser to lay foundation stone of C&D waste plant automation ■ During these days, separate Mayor apke dwar events will be held simultaneously aim is that all those projects the ❝Our UT Administration have beenon whichfor aMC and the working long MP Kirron Kher virtually inaugurates a community centre at Mauli Jagran in Chandigarh on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: NITIN MITTAL those community centres where work was not completed yet, are hurriedly being inaugurated by the Mayor with an eye on votes. People can’t be fooled.” “The work of the community centre in Mauli Jagran is incomplete, c m y b president of the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal, Charanjiv Singh, said, “There are around 80 such associations. Initially, all those who show interest based on conditions approved by the House will be allotted the parking lots. The associations had earlier shown interest, following which the House had passed and agenda and decided to prepare the MoU.” It is expected that the parking lots will be run free of cost like the ones being run in the Sector 22 and 19 markets. However, there could be a nominal fee. But, the House will take a final call regarding it at the meeting. 20 patients in hospitals, Covid bed occupancy now 3% in UT Gangsters Dagar, Kaushal’s Bumper to bumper remandextended by4days MIDDUKHERA MURDER PAGE 3 MANAN’S TON GOES IN VAIN AS CITY BOYS BOW TO HYDERABAD time should not get delayed due to the model code of conduct or elections. Ravi Kant Sharma, MAYOR ❞ but MP Kirron Kher today inaugurated it virtually. Works like AC installation is yet to be done. Also, the foundation stone of a community centre was laid in Sector 45 even as its tendering process was not done. It will give a false hope to residents,” he added. Refuting the charge, Mayor Ravi Kant Sharma said, “We have opened a fully-furnished community centre in Mauli Jagran. The ACs will also be installed. The tendering process of the Sector 45 centre has already been completed.” “Our aim is that all those projects on which the MC and the UT Administration have been working for a long time should not get delayed due to the model code of conduct or elections,” he added. The projects lined up include opening of community centres, green belts, C&D plant’s automation project and 24x7 water supply project in Mani Majra. Mohali sees 10 fresh cases MOHALI: After about two months, new cases of Covid19 in a day touched the double figure as 10 persons tested positive for the virus in the district during the past 24 hours. The district had earlier seen 10 cases on September 7. Meanwhile, no fresh fatality was reported from the district till Saturday evening while two patients were cured of the disease. Among the new cases, one came from Ghruan, two from Kharar and seven from the Dhakoli area of Zirakpur. No case was reported from Boothgarh, Mohali, Dera Bassi, Lalru, Kurali, and Banur. — TNS Just one new case in Panchkula PANCHKULA:The district recorded just one fresh coronavirus case on Saturday, taking the overall tally to 30,775. The toll, however, remained at 379. While 30,388 patients have recovered from the infectious disease so far, eight cases are still active. The recovery rate stands at 98.74 per cent. —TNS Former BSP vice-president joins AAP Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 6 Former BSP vice-president Shiv Kumar Nathi, along with his brother Deshraj Shanawar and supporters, has joined AAP . Santosh, Rakesh, Rajinder, Ilm Singh, Sunil Kumar, Pramod, Vikas, Rajan, Sanjeev, and Mahesh were among Shiv Kumar’s supporters who joined AAP . Welcoming them into the party, co-incharge Pradeep Chhabra said the joining of Shiv Kumar had strengthened AAP in Ward No. 7, as the latter had secured a lot of votes in the MC elections held in 2011, and he was known as an honest leader.
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