05012022-CT-01.qxd 1/5/2022 12:45 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY | 5 JANUARY 2022 | CHANDIGARH PUNJAB DEPUTY CM OPENS 30-BED HOSPITAL IN MOHALI PAGE 2 COVID CASES SURGE, CURBS BACK IN MOHALI DISTRICT Says Mohali constituency owes gratitude to former Health Minister and MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu. GENERALLY CLOUDY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD SAMPLES TESTED POSITIVE RECOVERED NEW CASES ACTIVE CHANGE DEATHS NEW P’KULA MOHALI 8,73,598 66,264 64,685 128 501 118 1,079 0 5,18,909 31,187 30,551 94 254 92 381 0 7,14,803 69,413 68,026 139 312 122 1,075 0 AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH 266 PANCHKULA 310 MOHALI 178 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF MAN HANGS HIMSELF TO DEATH Zirakpur: A 28-year-old man reportedly hanged himself to death at his rented accommodation in Swastik Vihar on the Patiala road here. The deceased has been identified as Ankush Jaggi, a native of Pathankot. He was working as a marketing executive with a private company. The police said Ankush was living in a rented accommodation with his sister, who was out of station. TNS THREE HELD FOR ATTACKING MAN Chandigarh: Three persons have been arrested for attacking a man and vandalising his car. Complainant Ravinder, a resident of Hallo Majra, alleged that he was attacked near a shop at Daria village on January 2. Shivam Dubey (25) of Makkan Majra and Fakrudeen (19) and Shivam (21) of Daria village, have been arrested. TNS Only 50% of the earlier 1,800 visitors will be allowed to enter Chhatbir zoo in view of a surge in Covid cases. MAX 17°C | MIN 12°C | YESTERDAY MAX 17.2°C | MIN 11.9°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY: 5:37 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY: 7:20 AM Sandeep Rana THOSE IN THE RECKONING Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 4 With the Congress deciding not to fight the mayoral poll and abstain from voting on January 8, it will be a twocornered contest between the BJP and AAP . Councillors of both parties filed their nominations for the posts of Mayor, Senior Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayor. Baring one, all other five candidates, including two for the post of Mayor, are first-time councillors. The seat of Mayor is reserved for a woman this year. Both sides have 14 votes in their kitty, while the Congress, with seven votes, has opted out and the SAD, with one councillor, will take a call on voting on January 6. In case of a tie, a toss will be held to decide the winner. There were earlier rumours that councillor Harpreet Kaur Babla may be the BJP candidate for the post of Mayor. She said, “At the very start of our party meeting today, I said I am not here for any post and will not contest this time.” Councillor and city SAD president Hardeep Singh said, “We will decide on voting on January 6 at a meeting with Sukhbir Badal.” SAD’s vote could be the game changer as the two contesting sides have equal votes. However, the equations may be different due to invalid votes or cross-voting. For the next three days before the poll, parties may try to woo each other’s councillors. It is the first time in the 25-year history of the MC that no party has got a majority. Either the Congress or the BJP AAP MAYOR SR DY MAYOR DY MAYOR MAYOR SR DY MAYOR DY MAYOR Sarabjit Dhillon Dalip Sharma Anup Gupta Anju Katyal Prem Lata Ram Chander Yadav JAN 8 MAYORAL POLL: HOW PARTIES ARE PLACED BJP: 14* | AAP: 14 | Cong: 7 (Not to contest & vote) | SAD: 1 (Yet to decide on voting) | In case of tie: Toss will be held Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal during the roadshow in Chandigarh. FILE *13 councillors and vote of ex officio member i.e. local MP Kirron Kher Councillors jittery as Kejriwal tests positive Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service BJP candidates after filing the nominations. AAP mayoral nominees at the MC office. KNOW YOUR MAYOR CANDIDATES SARABJIT KAUR DHILLON, COUNCILLOR (WARD 6) ANJU KATYAL, COUNCILLOR (WARD 22) ■ Studied till BA (second year) ■ A graduate ■ Married to Jagtar Singh Dhillon, lives in Mani Majra ■ Housewife; involved in social work ■ A housewife, active in ward development works ■ Joined AAP one year ago ■ Her husband was the councillor in the previous ■ She, along with her husband, had one of the highest term from this ward. moveable and immovable assets worth ~9.82 crore ■ Since seat was reserved for woman, his wife contested ■ Her husband Satish Katyal is into real estate business ❝ I urge councillors to vote for me as our party can give a stable House in the MC. We have a BJP MP and our government at the Centre. If elected, I will ensure equal development of the entire city. BJP were in majority earlier. ‘Had it fought, Cong wouldn’t have got own votes’ Councillor Harpreet Kaur Babla said, “The Congress has run away from the mayoral poll. Not fielding a candi- ❝ If elected, my priority will be to make the city number one as it has slipped to the 66th rank in the swachhta rankings. All new councillors should see the Delhi model of Arvind Kejriwal and vote for us. date for the Mayor’s post shows its nervousness and fear that it would not have been able to get its own seven votes.” However, city Congress president Subhash Chawla, who is in Rajasthan with seven coun- 25 DOCTORS FOUND INFECTED cillors and their families, claimed, “We got information about the nominations very late and we were around 600 km away from Chandigarh. We are going to abstain from voting as the two parties did not show interest in our support.” Chandigarh: Thirty healthcare workers tested positive for Covid-19 in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Those infected include 20 doctors, two nursing officers and two lab technicians from the PGI, one doctor from the GMCH, Sector 32, two doctors from the Civil Hospital, Sector 22, and two doctors and a clerk from the GMSH, Sector 16. UT CALL ON MORE CURBS TOMORROW Over the steep rise in Covid-19 cases in the tricity, the UT Administration will take a decision on imposing additional restrictions, including nigh curfew and extending the winter vacation in schools, at a meeting on Thursday. The meeting will be presided over by UT Administrator Banwarilal Purohit. which 50 are currently hospitalised and five patients are on ventilator. The remaining patients are on Covid beds with oxygen support. 139 cases in Mohali dist Mohali district reported 139 new cases, the highest since June 3 last year. The district tally has now crossed 69,413 cases, while the active infections are 312. Among the Covid patients in Mohali, only three are continued on page 2 The silver lining — No death in UT to have another city in 10 days mini-Covid centre Chandigarh, January 4 One more mini-Covid care centre will be set up in the city. The Chandigarh Administration has given permission to Kandhari Beverages Pvt Ltd to set up the facility at the Sports Complex, Sector 34. During May/June 2021, Kandhari Beverages had successfully operated a miniCovid care centre. “Partnership of good Samaritans from civil society with the Administration is the need of the hour,” said Yashpal Garg, Secretary, Health. He said one such centre at Bal Bhawan, Sector 23-B, and another at Indira Holiday Home, Sector 24, were already on the standby mode. — TNS Chandigarh, January 4 There has been no death due to Covid-19 in the past 10 days in the city when cases started heading north. Even as Covid cases headed north, hospitalisations remained low The cases started increasing from December 29 when the city recorded 33 cases, the highest since mid-June. On January 1, 70 cases were seen and 97 cases the next day. Only 26 patients are admitted to hospitals, while 320 patients are still infected with Covid-19 in the city. During the last surge when cases started gaining momentum, the city had already seen four deaths from February 25 to continued on page 2 Without mask, 2 misbehave, held Another high for city, 14,627 doses in a day Chandigarh, January 4 Two persons, who were found roaming without a mask and misbehaving with officials on duty, have been arrested by the local police. According to the police, complainant Vivek Narola, an SDE, and his team were on duty in Sector 37 to ensure implementation of the Covid protocol when they saw a few persons without masks. The officials stopped them to issue a challan. However, they started misbehaving continued on page 2 Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 4 Since the start of the Covid vaccination last year, Chandigarh today witnessed the highest single-day dose count by administering 14,627 doses. Earlier, the highest vaccination was recorded at 14,618 on August 14. UT Health Secretary Yashpal Garg said, “The response to the Covid vaccination from children in the age group of 15 to 18 is highly encouraging. Apart from six continued on page 3 TARGET POPULATION FOR VACCINATION IN UT Adults (18 years and above) 8,43,000 Target achieved 92% FULLY IMMUNISED Children in the age group of 15 to 18 72,000 A boy gets the jab on the second day of vaccination for teens at the GMSH, Sector 16, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI c m y b PAGE 3 FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE MAYORAL POLL: With Cong out of contest & not to vote, it’s a two-cornered contest UT sees 128 cases, highest single-day count since March 6 last year Chandigarh, January 4 The tricity recorded a singleday spike of 361 Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, an increase of 100 per cent from two days ago. On January 1, the tricity had witnessed a new high as it logged 181 cases, witnessing its highest single-day spike since mid-June 2021. Chandigarh recorded a whopping increase in the single-day count as it logged 128 cases today, the highest since March 6 last year when the city had recorded 122 cases. Among the samples tested in Chandigarh on Tuesday, 9 per cent came back positive, the highest singleday positivity rate. The active cases in the city have also hit 500 now, of TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD Who will have its way,BJPor AAP? Tricity logs 361 cases, 100% spike from Jan1 Tribune News Service DELHI'S ANWESHA ENTERS NEXT ROUND IN BADMINTON Delhi’s Anwesha Gowda defeats Chatana Chytra Nammi to move ahead in the girls' U-17 category. PRADEEP TEWARI FORECAST PAGE 3 Target achieved 8% (SINGLE DOSE) TUESDAY’S FIGURES Covishield for adults: 10,312 Covaxin for children: 4,315 Chandigarh, January 4 Fear of the virus has gripped several councillors in the city as AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal, who held a roadshow in Sector 22 on December 30 and met many leaders, has tested positive for Covid now. The Delhi CM, who had imposed Covid curbs in Delhi, was without a mask and did not adhere to social distancing, along with 14 councillors and the local party leadership, during the roadshow in a truck. All other leaders, huddled together, were also without masks. With voting scheduled for January 8 at the MC House, councillors of other parties are now worried as they will be sitting in the same premises. “There is a risk to all those who will be present in the House on the voting day. Those who came in his touch will touch the same ballot and table. Tomorrow, we will 75 constables inducted into ITBP ranks Chandigarh, January 4 As many as 75 constables were inducted into the ranks of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police during an impressive passingout parade held at the Basic Training Centre, Bhanu, near Chandigarh, today. Inspector General Ishwar Singh Duhan reviewed the parade and took the salute. Congratulating the newly passed-out constables, Duhan expressed the confidence that the training imparted here had laid a strong foundation for their future in the force. He exhorted them to follow the ideals of honesty and discipline and strive for excellence in all spheres of life. AAP leaders were huddled with him during roadshow sans masks RISK ON VOTING DAY: BJP ❝ There is a risk to all those who will be present in the House on the voting day. Those who came in his touch will touch the same ballot and table. On Wednesday, we will raise the issue. ❞ Arun Sood, CITY BJP CHIEF raise the issue,” said Arun Sood, city BJP chief. Councillor Mahehinder Singh Sidhu, the presiding authority for the poll, said, “It is indeed a serious issue. AAP councillors should follow the continued on page 2 A jawan with his kin after the passing-out parade at Bhanu in Panchkula on Tuesday. RAVI KUMAR The constables, including eight women, belonged to the 166th batch of the non-general duty cadre. They underwent a tough training regimen of 24 weeks that included drill, weapon, map reading and field craft. The parade was commanded by Constable Gurdeep, while Constable Preeti Goderaj was adjudged the best trainee. — TNS ANOTHER PIC ON PAGE 2
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