04012022-CT-01.qxd 1/4/2022 12:45 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE TUESDAY | 4 JANUARY 2022 | CHANDIGARH PASSPORT APPLICATIONS DIP BY 39.07% IN TWO YEARS PAGE 2 Number of passport applications at the RPO in Sector 34 dips by nearly 39.07 per cent in past two years. PARTLY CLOUDY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD SAMPLES TESTED POSITIVE RECOVERED NEW CASES ACTIVE CHANGE DEATHS NEW P’KULA MOHALI 8,72,186 66,136 64,674 75 383 62 1,079 0 5,17,079 31,093 30,550 35 162 33 381 0 7,12,759 69,274 68,009 30 190 26 1,075 0 AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH 213 PANCHKULA 194 MOHALI 200 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF MAN NABBED WITH STOLEN ACTIVA Chandigarh: A Mohali resident was arrested by the UT police while riding a stolen Activa, bearing a fake number. The suspect, Dilpreet Singh (28), a resident of Sector 105, Mohali, was nabbed while riding the scooter on the road separating Sector 22 and 17. The Activa was stolen from Sector 34 in 2019. The police have registered a case at the Sector 17 police station. TNS BOY, GIRL BORROW PHONE, FLEE Chandigarh: Activa-borne miscreants, including a girl, sped away after borrowing a mobile phone from a person. According to the police, Yash, a resident of Sector 24, alleged that a boy and a girl riding an Activa borrowed his mobile phone to make a call near the Sector 23/24 light point. The suspects, however, didn’t return the phone and sped away from the spot. The police have registered a case at the Sector 11 police station. TNS MAX 22°C | MIN 5°C | YESTERDAY MAX 22°C | MIN 5.5°C SUNSET TUESDAY 5:36 PM PAGE 3 ANERI OVERPOWERS AARTI, CLEARS QUALIFYING ROUND The accused, identified as Rahul Anand, was produced before a court, which sent him to police remand. Aneri Kotak manages to overpower Aarti Chougale to clear the girls’ U-17 qualifying round in badminton. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 7:19 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE DAY1: 1,836 teens jabbed in city Hry Speaker launches vax drive for children in P’kula Tribune News Service Panchkula, January 3 Haryana Speaker Gian Chand Gupta launched the Covid-19 vaccination for children in the age group of 15 to 18 years in the district from the Urban Health Centre in Sector 16 here today. Health staff administered the vaccine to the eligible children at the centre. There are a total of 2,189 children in the age group of 15 to 18 years in this sector. Gupta also inaugurated a labour room at the Urban Health Centre. Ambala MP Rattan Lal Kataria was also present on the occasion. Addressing a gathering, Gupta said: “The Covid vaccination campaign for children in the age group of 15 to 18 years began today. A large number of children are coming forward to get themselves Chandigarh, January 3 The first day of the Covid-19 vaccination for children saw 1,836 jabs, which translates into a turnout of 91.8 per cent. There were 2,000 slots open today for inoculation at 10 vaccination centres. Milind (17), who was the first to get Covaxin at the PGI, said, “I was waiting for my turn as everyone at home had got the vaccine. Now, I am safe from Covid-19. I feel relieved.” “I had been anxious till the time I received the jab. I thought it would pain and would have side effects. I am glad it was nothing like that. We had been receiving messages from our teachers to get vaccinated. I came alone for the vaccination. It was a good experience,” said Varun (15). Yashpal Garg, UT Health Secretary, said, “There is an encouraging response from youngsters and we may administer the first dose to all eligible children this month itself.” Dharam Pal, Adviser to the UT Administrator, today reviewed the arrangements for the Covid-19 vaccination for children and decided to open six more vaccination camps from tomorrow instead of waiting for reopening of schools after the winter vacation. As per the eligible population projected by the Central Government, there are about 72,000 eligible children within the particular age band. Cov- Youngsters in the 15 to 18 age group wait for their turn to get the jab at a government school in Sector 20, Chandigarh, on Monday. ‘I FEEL RELIEVED’ Milind (17), who was the first to get Covaxin at the PGI, said, “I was waiting for my turn as everyone at home had got the vaccine. Now, I am safe from Covid-19. I feel relieved.” NEW VAX CENTRES ■ GMSSS, Sector 8-B ■ GMSSS, Sector 10 ■ GMSSS, Sector 35 ■ DAV Sr Sec School, Sector 8-C ■ Sri Guru Gobind Singh High School, Sector 35 ■ Delhi Public School, Sector 40 axin is being used and to avoid any confusion with the ongoing vaccination, separate continued on page 2 Boost for space science Mohali’s target — Shielding 67K teens Mohali, January 3 The Covid vaccination drive for children in the age group of 15 to 18 years began at various government health facilities across the district today. Launching the campaign from the District Hospital here this morning, the Civil Surgeon, Dr Adarshpal Kaur, said Mehar Kapoor (17), Reetinderdeep Kaur (16) and Devvir Singh (16) were the first three beneficiaries to be vaccinated here. She also visited a government school in Phase 3B1 to take stock of the vaccination drive for eligible schoolchildren. Dr Adarshpal Kaur said TRIBUNE PHOTO: VICKY A teen gets jabbed at GMSSS, Phase 3B1, Mohali. VICKY they had set a target to vaccinate around 67,000 beneficiaries in this age group in the district. Separate vaccination centres had been set up for this age group. She said any youngster in the age group of 15 to 18 years could go to a government vaccination centre and get himself/herself inoculated. They must have an Aadhaar card or some other valid document as proof of age. The Principal of the medical college, Dr Bhavneet Bharti, the Assistant Civil Surgeon, Dr Renu Singh, the District Immunisation Officer, Dr Girish Dogra, the SMO, Dr Vijay Bhagat, Dr HS Cheema, Dr Alakjot Kaur, Dr Parminder Singh, Dr Sandeep Singh, Dr Taranjot Kaur, Dr Babandeep Kaur and health officials were present on the occasion. — TNS Cong takes councillors to Jaipur, AAP to Delhi Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Defence Minister Rajnath Singh after inaugurating the Kalpana Chawla Centre for Research in Space Science and Technology at Chandigarh University, Gharuan, in Kharar on Monday. PAGE 2 Chandigarh, January 3 For fear of councillors switching sides before the mayoral poll, the Congress has taken its councillors to a resort in Jaipur, while AAP has taken its councillors to Delhi. The Congress claimed that it had taken its councillors for a “religious tour”, while AAP said it had taken its elected leaders for a “training programme”. The Congress leaders were taken in Innova cars, while AAP leaders went by a private bus. They have gone along with their family members and UT Admn shuts Rock Garden, Bird Park Administrator calls for enhancing testing, vaccination to combat Covid surge Tribune News Service UT SEES 75 FRESH CASES Chandigarh, January 3 In order to prevent large gatherings, the UT Administration has decided to close the world-famous Rock Garden and the recently opened Bird Park amid a sharp rise in the Covid-19 cases in the city. The decision was taken at a review meeting presided over by UT Administrator Banwarilal Purohit. According to an order issued by UT Adviser Dharam Pal, both Rock Garden and Bird Park, which attract a large number of people, not only from the region but also from other states, will remained closed from January 4 until further orders. Any breach of the order will invite action under Sections 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act and Section 188 of the IPC along with other applicable laws. During the meeting, the Chandigarh: The city on Monday reported 75 fresh cases of Covid-19 and no death due to the virus. As many as 13 patients were cured of the disease. TNS CONG TERMS IT RELIGIOUS TOUR, AAP TRAINING The Congress claimed that it had taken its councillors for a “religious tour”, while AAP said it had taken its elected leaders for a “training programme”. The Congress leaders were taken in Innova cars, while AAP leaders went by a private bus. ❝ We don’t need to move our councillors anywhere as they are ideologically strong with the party. Arun Sood, CITY BJP PRESIDENT ❞ respective party presidents. City Congress president Subhash Chawla told Chandigarh Tribune, “There was a lot of tension as councillors were being approached for switching sides. We are on a religious trip. We are staying in a resort Sukhna Lake wears a deserted look in Chandigarh on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN Dr Suman Singh, Director, Health, said 606 isolation beds for asymptomatic and mild cases were available at the GMSH, Sector 16, and 50 had been made functional. Dr Jasbinder Kaur, DirectorPrincipal, said 250 oxygen beds and 80 ventilator beds were available at the GMCH, Sector 32. All institutions c m y b have adequate oxygen supply for Covid patients. Yashpal Garg, Secretary, Health, said they had already procured buffer stock of essential medicines for Covid. Chandigarh has 53.8 metric tonnes of oxygen available in health institutes in the city, whereas the requirement is of continued on page 2 in Jaipur and tomorrow we will go to Ajmer Sharif Dargah.” On the other hand, AAP city chief Prem Garg said, “Our councillors will have a training session as they are not experienced. They will be continued on page 2 Mayoral poll on Jan 8 at 11 am Chandigarh, January 3 The poll for electing the Mayor, Senior Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayor will be held on January 8 at 11 am at the assembly hall of the Municipal Corporation. This time, the MC poll has thrown up a hung verdict with AAP winning 14 seats, the BJP 12, the Congress eight and the SAD one. However, after Congress councillor Harpreet Kaur Babla joined the BJP the tally of the , saffron party has risen to 14, including that of ex officio continued on page 2 TRIBUNE PHOTOS: RAVI KUMAR 35 found infected in Panchkula dist Panchkula: Thirty-five Covid cases surfaced in the district in the past 24 hours, taking the tally to 31,093. No new death was reported, while five patients recovered from the disease. Of the 31,093 cases reported from the district so far, 30,550 patients have been cured. There are now 162 active cases. The death toll stands at 381. — TNS 30 cases in Mohali district, no death Administrator said the Covid-19 situation would be reviewed regularly. He asked officials to ensure proper oxygen supply and availability of beds in hospitals, intensify testing and enhance vaccination to combat the situation. Prof GD Puri, PGI, said they had 250 Covid beds, of which 48 had been activated. jabbed”. He appealed to people to follow the Covid-19 guidelines issued by the government and keep themselves and their family members safe from the virus. Gupta said: “As the new variant, Omicron, spreads rapidly, people need to be more cautious. The way countrymen conquered the first and the second wave of the virus, together we will fight against Omicron”. After inaugurating the labour room at the centre, he said the demand of the people of this area had been fulfilled. Till now, no facility was available nearby to deal with delivery cases in this area, especially from Rajiv and Indira colonies. Doctors and other paramedical staff had been deputed in the labour room to provide 24x7 facilities. — TNS Beneficiaries stand in a queue at a vaccination centre at a government dispensary in Sector 11, Panchkula, on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR Switchover fear behind parties’ move ahead of the crucial elections No inspection of new vehicles for registration Chandigarh, January 3 In a relief to buyers, the UT has done away with the inspection of new vehicles for registration. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has made a rule in the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, vide which the requirement of production of new fully built motor vehicles before the registering authority for the purpose of registration for the first time has been abolished. In a statement, the UT stated that “a motor vehicle sold by an authorised dealer shall not be required to be produced before the registering authority for the purpose of registration for the first time if it is a fully built motor vehicle”. However, in other cases, the vehicles will continue to be produced before the authority. The order will benefit buyers who want to take part in the auction of fancy/special registration numbers for their new vehicles or who want to apply directly to the RLA for the registration number. The Administration has already allowed automobile dealers to issue the registration number on the day of the purchase of the new vehicle. Earlier, the owner of the new vehicle had to produce the vehicle before the Motor Vehicle Inspector for inspection of the chassis and engine numbers. PAGE 3 MANOJ MAHAJAN FORECAST AMBALA COPS ARREST MAN IN MULTI-CRORE CHEATING CASE MOHALI: Thirty Covid cases surfaced in the district in the past 24 hours, taking the tally to 69,274. No new death was reported, while four patients were cured of the disease. Among the new cases, 12 surfaced in Mohali (urban), three in Kharar, four each in Boothgarh and Dera Bassi, and seven in Dhakoli. There are now 190 active cases. The death toll stands at 1,075. — TNS CAR WHEEL FLIES OVER FLYOVER Zirakpur:A car driver survived a scare in the Zirakpur market when the front left wheel of a car came off suddenly on the flyover and fell on the rear windshield of his car below around 5.30 pm on Monday. The incident took place on the Chandigarh-Zirakpur side of the road in the evening rush hours. No one was hurt in the incident. The movement of vehicles was halted briefly.
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