24122021-CT-01.qxd 12/24/2021 12:37 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE FRIDAY | 24 DECEMBER 2021 | CHANDIGARH YANIA MAKES IT TO QUARTERS OF MASTERS BADMINTON MEET PAGE 2 GANG INVOLVED IN RECORDING OBSCENE VIDEO CALLS BUSTED Taw Yania ousts Hema Tuteja to reach women's singles 45+ quarterfinals of all-India open prize money tournament. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY PAGE 2 Panchkula police arrest two members of a gang allegedly involved in “making obscene video calls and luring others”. MAX 22°C | MIN 8°C | YESTERDAY MAX 22.1°C | MIN 8.2°C SUNSET FRIDAY 5:29 PM DAV College win PU Shooting (Men) Championship. PU Campus, GGDSD placed second, third, respectively. SUNRISE SATURDAY 7:16 AM Paid holiday for staff in factories, shops today Make your vote count today Tribune News Service 203 candidates in fray from 35 wards; last hour of polling for Covid patients too TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD SAMPLES TESTED POSITIVE RECOVERED NEW CASES ACTIVE CHANGE DEATHS NEW P’KULA MOHALI 8,58,154 65,742 64,567 11 97 2 1,078 0 5,02,588 30,927 30,496 6 50 3 381 0 6,97,599 69,077 67,960 2 43 1,074 0 AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH 168 PANCHKULA 142 MOHALI 250 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF WOMAN DUPED OF ~3.6L, 1 BOOKED Chandigarh: An unknown person has been booked by the local police for allegedly duping a woman of ~3.6 lakh. The complainant, a resident of New Indira Colony, Mani Majra, reported that the fraudster duped her on the pretext of investing in a business. A case has been registered at the IT Park police station. TNS Kirron in city to cast vote MC ELECTIONS CHANDIGARH: Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service Chandigarh, December 23 The city will go to the polls tomorrow when voters will decide the fate of 203 candidates in the fray from 35 wards in the MC poll. In view of Covid, the polling staff and voters will be given gloves, masks and sanitisers by the State Election Commission, UT. Thermal scanners will also be there for measuring the body temperature. A total of 97 Covid patients will have the last one hour (4 pm to 5 pm) for voting along with other voters. Some voters and those on duty have, however, raised concern over the common one hour. However, officials said they would take care of it and provide PPE kits to patients. The Election Commission will give a red carpet welcome to voters at nine model polling stations. “We will lay a red carpet at the nine booths. During the parliamentary poll, a pink carpet was laid at some booths,” said an official. A total of 212 polling stations, comprising 694 polling booths, have been set up in different parts of the city. Among the booths, 220 are sensitive. Most of these booths are in the 13 new villages that were merged with the MC. Unlike the 2016 MC poll, there will be around 1,000 voters per polling booth. The figure was around 1,400-1,500 in 2016. Over 6,000 police and BSF personnel will be on poll duty. There will be 4,200 poll officers. Election staff leave after getting EVMs from the CCET, Sector 26, on Thursday. PRADEEP TEWARI WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW MC POLL POLLING COUNTING AND RESULT DEC 24 7.30 AM TO 5 PM (COVID PATIENTS TO BE ALLOWED IN LAST ONE HOUR) TOTAL VOTERS 6,30,311 MALE 3,30,713 FEMALE THIRD GENDER 2,99,581 17 TOTAL WARDS 35 | TOTAL POLLING BOOTHS 694 | SENSITIVE 220 TENTS, SHEDS FOR VOTERS’ CONVENIENCE In view of Covid, the Election Commission has put up tents/sheds so that voters do not have to stand in long queues. They can wait for their turn in the enclosed area. BJP The ruling BJP tasted a thumping win in the 2016 MC poll claiming 20 seats of the 22 it contested . Its former We will lay a red carpet alliance partner SAD could win only at nine model booths in the one seat of the four it contested. This time, the BJP is contesting all 35 city to welcome voters. seats (wards were increased after During the parliamentary villages were merged). It is counting poll, a pink carpet was laid its achievements as “new sports stadia, health facilities, government at some booths. smart schools, 24x7 water supply An official project and work done during Covid”. The Election Commission will give a red carpet welcome to voters at nine model polling stations. ❝ ❞ Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Chandigarh, December 23 Just over a month after an eauction was conducted for three nursing home sites in Sector 21, Panchkula, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today stayed the finalisation of bids. The direction came after the Bench of Justice Tejinder Singh Dhindsa and Justice Vinod S Bhardwaj was, among other things, told that the entire exercise was carried out only for the benefit of Alchemist Hospital. Appearing before the Bench, Manish Kumar and other petitioners through counsel Akshay Jindal added that the respondentAlchemist Hospital, after the revision in the layout plan of the area, participated in the eauction conducted “hurriedly” on November 20 and submitted bids for two of the nursing home sites. As the case came up for preliminary hearing, Jindal sought directions for quashing the layout plan dated October 25, whereby school/ nursery sites were changed to nursing home sites number one, two and three in front of house number 1957-P Sector , 21, Panchkula. Jindal invited attention of the Bench to the layout plan before asserting that a nursery school and a primary CONGRESS The Congress had a disappointing run in last elections as it could manage to win only four seats of the 26 it contested. It is eyeing a comeback based on issues of “poor Swachhta rankings, unresolved dumping ground issue, increased water tariff, sewerage cess, mismangement of parking lots and door-to-door waste collection”. P’kula dist sees highest daily vax count after Nov 15 Amit Bathla Tribune News Service AAP leader Pradeep Chhabra at the Sector 34 police station. AAP LODGES COMPLAINT AAP later complained to the authorities to conduct an inquiry into the “fake” voter ID card issue. Returning officer Harjit Singh Sandhu said, “We have declared the polling station (Government School, Sector 34) sensitive. We have also written to the police to submit a report to us too after an investigation into the matter.” Don’t finalise e-auction bids for 3 nursing home sites in P’kula: HC Saurabh Malik Chunav app to check whether their name is on the electoral list. They can also check details regarding wards, polling stations and candidates in it. ■ All those who have been issued an elector’s photo ID card can cast their vote. ■ Even if they do not have the voter’s card handy but their name figures in the voters’ list, they can still vote by bringing any proof, including Aadhaar card, passport, pension document with photo, driving licence, PAN and bank/post office pass book with photo. school sites were reflected adjoining the “released land where Alchemist Hospital was situated in Sector 21, Panchkula” at the time of allotment of plots to them till October 25. He argued that the procedure mandated under the Haryana Shehri Vikas Pradhikaran Act was not followed prior to revising the layout plan. Still further, there was a complete negation of the principles of natural justice inasmuch as notice was not published inviting objections from the residents of the locality. “Malice in the decision-making process is also alleged by asserting that this entire exercise has been done Returning after over one year to the city, local MP Kirron Kher will cast her vote on Friday. She was suffering from multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer, and was undergoing treatment in Mumbai, according to party colleagues. Kher returned to city on Wednesday. She had left the town on December 4 last year, said her spokesperson. Through a video, Kirron said during the Congress rule, the then MP Pawan Kumar , Bansal, had brought the Jaypee company for setting up a waste processing plant, which did not work and gradually led to piling of waste at the dumping ground in Dadu Majra. Replying to her, Bansal claimed the garbage processing plant was working at the time of the Congress. The dump was almost at ground level. He said the BJP MP did nothing during her sevenyear tenure. —TNS WHAT PARTIES ARE BANKING ON RED CARPET WELCOME AT 9 POLLING STATIONS High drama over ‘fake’ voter cards Chandigarh, December 23 A day before voting, high political drama was witnessed in the city. Congress men allegedly beat up BJP leaders saying that they were giving “fake” voter cards to residents in Sector 34. Dr Anish Garg, chief spokesperson for the Chandigarh Residents’ Association Welfare Federation (CRAWFED), was allegedly thrashed by Congress workers. continued on page 2 CAN VOTE WITHOUT VOTER CARD TOO ■ People can download the Nigam DEC 27 NITIN MITTAL Chandigarh, December 23 Repealing its earlier order, the UT Administration has now declared December 24 a paid holiday for all employees in factories, shops and commercial establishments falling in the area of Ward No. 1 to 35 of the Municipal Corporation (MC). The order has been issued to provide an opportunity to the public to exercise their right to franchise in the MC elections, scheduled for Friday. On Wednesday, the UT Administration had fixed short leave for staff of all factories, shops and commercial establishments. Meanwhile, in partial modification of the order issued by the Excise and Taxation Commissioner on December 17, now dry days will be observed up to 9 pm on December 24 and the whole day on December 27 when counting will take place. Earlier, dry days were to be observed for the whole day from December 22 to 24 and on December 27. only for the benefit of respondent Alchemist Hospital…,” the Bench observed. Issuing notice of motion to the state of Haryana and other respondents, the Bench also fixed the case for further hearing in the first week of March next year. “It is directed that, in the meantime, the bids received in the e-auction conducted on November 20, 2021, pertaining to nursing home site number 1, 2 and 3, Sector 21, Panchkula, be not finalised,” the Bench directed. Haryana Additional Advocate-General Aman Bahri accepted the notice on behalf of the state and two other respondents. c m y b Panchkula, December 23 A day after the Haryana Government announced to make second dose of the Covid vaccine mandatory to enter public places from January 1, the district today witnessed highest daily vaccination since mid-November, giving new hopes to local health officials for 3,763 take the jab a day after Hry makes second dose must improvement in vaccine numbers amid persisting concerns over the Omicron variant of coronavirus. As many as 3,763 beneficiaries received the Covid vaccine, the highest after November 15 when 3,878 were administered the jab. From December 16 to 22, the district saw an average 2,200 people getting vaccinated daily. Dr Meenu Sasan, District Immunisation Officer, confirmed that there was a positive response from those who were yet to take their second dose in the wake of the announcement by the Haryana Government. “It should have happened much earlier since people became complacent towards the virus,” she said. She hoped there would be improvement in the district’s vaccine figures. continued on page 2 PAGE 2 DAV COLLEGE-10 WIN PU SHOOTING CHAMPIONSHIP AAP AAP is contesting the MC poll for the first time. Though it had supported some Independent candidates last time, none of them had luck. Besides its “poster boy” Arvind Kejriwal, the party is heavily relying on promises such as free 20,000 litres of water per month per house, free parking, door-to-door waste collection and WiFi hotspots in public places. It has also promised MC services on the doorstep, besides mohalla clinics. TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Upload availability of beds on portal, city hospitals told THE TRIBUNE IMPACT Naina Mishra CITY REPORTS 11 FRESH CASES Tribune News Service Chandigarh, December 23 A day after Chandigarh Tribune highlighted that no hospital in the UT, barring the GMCH-32, is uploading its bed availability status on the online portal, the UT Health Department has directed all hospitals to upload the status on the website in view of the Omicron variant of Covid-19. UT Health Secretary Yashpal Garg, while taking cognisance of the report published in Chandigarh Tribune, wrote to the heads of all health institutions, “It has been brought to the notice of the undersigned that except for the GMCH-32, no other hospital/health facility is updating the status of bed availability on the portal. The system of updating the data was started as per the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and it seems that after reduction in the number of patients, it has been discontinued.” Garg further wrote, “Considering the emergent issues, especially because of Omicron, the new variant of concern, the bed availability status should be updated on the portal. Issue a direction to all hospitals/health facilities (government and private sector) functioning in the UT for compliance from today itself.” The portal had come into existence during the second wave when the UT was reeling under shortage of beds and the public was hard pressed for information on bed avail- Chandigarh: The city recorded 11 fresh coronavirus cases on Thursday. The overall tally reached 65,742. The death toll remained at 1,078, while 13 patients were cured of the disease. TNS 2 CASES IN MOHALI, NO FATALITY Mohali: Two fresh cases of Covid surfaced in the district during the past 24 hours, taking the tally to 69,077. No death due to the virus was witnessed, while two patients were cured of the disease. Among the new cases, one each was reported from Kharar and Mohali (urban). Of the 69,077 cases reported from the district so far, 67,960 patients have been cured. There are now 43 active cases. The death toll stands at 1,074. TNS 6 FRESH CASES IN PANCHKULA DIST Panchkula: The district reported six fresh Covid cases on Thursday, taking the overall tally to 30,927. The toll remained at 381. While 30,496 people have recovered from the infectious disease so far, 50 cases are still active. The recovery rate stands at 98.60 per cent. TNS ability in the hospitals for their kin suffering from serious Covid-19 infection. According to the portal, a majority of hospitals stopped the practice of updating the bed availability in the month of July when the second wave subsided. However, some hospitals continued till August and September.
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