09012022-CT-01.qxd 1/9/2022 12:48 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE SUNDAY | 9 JANUARY 2022 | CHANDIGARH PAGE 3 OXYGEN PLANTS: PVT HOSPITALS IN PANCHKULA FIX NEW TARGET DAY AFTER LIQUOR HAUL IN AMBALA CANTT, TWO BOOKED Paras Hospital promises to set up plant by end of this month, Alchemist and Ojas assure to do so by Feb first week. FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD POSITIVE RECOVERED NEW CASES ACTIVE CHANGE DEATHS NEW P’KULA MOHALI 67,755 64,881 541 1,794 471 1,080 0 32,248 30,712 415 1,154 379 382 0 70,951 68,045 563 1,830 556 1,076 0 PAGE 3 Two persons booked in connection with stock of liquor of different IMFL brands recovered from a godown. MAX 21°C | MIN 13°C | YESTERDAY MAX 21°C | MIN 13°C SUNSET SUNDAY 5:40 PM Sarabjit Kaur elected Mayor as vote with ‘tick mark’ declared invalid AIR QUALITY INDEX Sandeep Rana CHANDIGARH 39 Tribune News Service PANCHKULA 75 MOHALI 35 Chandigarh, January 8 Amid high drama and commotion, the city got its new Mayor, Sarabjit Kaur, from the BJP today. The saffron , party won all three top posts in the mayoral elections. Sarabjit defeated Anju Katyal of AAP by one vote as the councillors of the Congress and SAD did not come in the House for voting. Both the BJP and AAP had an equal number of 14 votes. Sarabjit polled 14 votes while Katyal secured 13 votes. One vote was declared invalid as there was a tick mark on the back of the ballot paper. The Mayor’s post is reserved for a woman candidate this year. As the results were announced, the AAP councillors created a ruckus. They alleged a voting slip, which was polled in favour of the BJP , was torn. They said it should have been declared invalid too. They also raised doubts over the tick mark on the ballot that was declared invalid. They rushed to the well of the House raising slogans. Alleging favouritism for the BJP they stopped officials, , including the Deputy Commissioner and the Secretary, from leaving the chair. They raised slogans of “BJP murdabad”, while the BJP councillors chanted “Bharat Mata ki jai” and “Jai Shri Ram.” The AAP councillors later tried to remove Mayor Sarabjit Kaur from her seat. One of them took her glass of water continued on page 5 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF FOETUS FOUND AT GMSH-16 Chandigarh: A foetus was found in a gutter of a toilet at Government Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH) in Sector 16. The foetus was spotted by a sanitation worker while cleaning the gutter. A case has been registered at the Sector 17 police station. TNS EXPECT MORE RAIN TODAY Chandigarh: The city witnessed showers on Saturday evening even as the Sun played hide and seek throughout the day. The weatherman has predicted more rain for the next two days, but its intensity will be lesser. Till 8:30 am on Saturday, the weather department had recorded 27 mm of rainfall in the city. As per the forecast, dense fog in isolated pockets is very likely in night/morning hours over Punjab and Haryana for the next two days. TNS Newly elected Mayor Sarabjit Kaur with senior BJP leaders and supporters at her office in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI MORE PHOTOS ON P3 TOTAL VOTES IN MC HOUSE 36 (35 councillors and one ex officio member, i.e. the MP) THE WINNERS Mayor: BJP’s Sarabjit Kaur (14 votes) beat Anju Katyal (13 votes); one vote declared invalid BJP: 14 VOTES (13 councillors FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Will make city No. 1 in cleanliness: New Mayor M AKING Chandigarh number 1 in cleanliness, completing the pending project of 24/7 water supply and fixing the waste-dumping ground issue will be among the priorities of new Mayor Sarabjit Kaur. She spoke to Sandeep Rana of Chandigarh Tribune after becoming the First Citizen of the city. ■ Did you expect this result in a close fight with AAP? With the love of people, the BJP has won all three mayoral seats. ■ What is your take on AAP’s allegation of favouritism? We have won by proper voting which was witnessed by all. Whenever an opposing party loses, it has to say something like this. ■ You are a first-time councillor as well as Mayor. Will it be a challenge for you? I am not totally new in public life. I have been looking Tribune News Service and MP Kirron Kher) AAP: 14 CONG: 7 (Abstained from voting) SAD: 1 (Abstained from voting) Senior Deputy Mayor: BJP’s Dalip Sharma (15 votes) beat AAP’s Prem Lata (13) ‘WILL INVESTIGATE CROSS-VOTING’ A nominated councillor should have been the presiding officer. The tick mark on the vote declared invalid was done under a conspiracy by the BJP. A torn vote, which went in the BJP’s favour, was not declared invalid. We will investigate Prem Garg, CITY AAP PRESIDENT cross-voting. ❝ ❞ Deputy Mayor: BJP’s Anup Gupta defeats AAP’s Ram Chander Yadav through a draw ‘DELHI’S ANARCHY HAS COME TO CITY’ A councillor of AAP stamped and tickmarked the vote. There was no torn ballot paper. It is clear by cross-voting in the Senior Deputy Mayor poll that one AAP councillor did not support the party. Delhi’s anarchy has come to Chandigarh. Arun Sood, CITY BJP PRESIDENT ❝ ❞ Pvt hospitals to keep 50% beds for Covid-19 patients Tribune News Service An illuminated Nada Sahib Gurdwara on the eve of birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh in Panchkula on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: NITIN MITTAL Chandigarh, January 8 As Covid cases continue to surge, the Administration has asked all private hospitals or nursing homes with a capacity of more than 20 beds to reserve at least 50 per cent of the beds and ICU beds for Covid-19 patients. The UT Health Secretary, Yashpal Garg, said, “The Covid infection is spreading in the city at an alarming speed and it is expected that the number of infected persons may be much higher than the infections witnessed during the second peak in April/May 2021.” The charges will be borne by patients willing to avail of the facilities at these private hospitals and nursing homes on the rates approved by the Chandigarh Administration. The hospitals that are required to reserve seats include Eden Critical Care Hospital, City Hospital, Mukat Hospital, Healing Hospital and Institute of Para Medical Sciences, Landmark Hospital, Santokh Nursing Home, Chandigarh continued on page 5 Single-day Covid cases breach 500 mark in city Naina Mishra P’KULA REPORTS 415 INFECTIONS Tribune News Service FIGURES AT A GLANCE Second wave Days it took to cross 500 mark from 100 cases March 6 April 19 Active cases when 500 mark breached Deaths when 500 mark crossed (April 19) Third wave Days it took to cross 500 mark from 100 cases Jan 4 Jan 8 Active cases when 500 mark crossed (Jan 8) Deaths on Jan 8 TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD ❝ The completion of the pending project of 24X7 water supply and bringing a new waste-processing technology will also be my priority. after ward works in the absence of my husband (former councillor Jagtar Singh Jagga). ■ How will you manage a smooth running of the House? For development of the city, I will take along all councillors whether they are of the Congress or AAP . ■ What are your priorities? I will work on taking Chandigarh to the number 1 position. The completion of the pending project of 24/7 water supply and bringing a new waste-processing technology will be my priority. Besides, the development of villages will remain a focus area. ■ What new works do you intend to carry out as Mayor? I will first sit with party leaders, councillors and officers to plan things. ■ Will you impose new taxes? We will not impose new taxes. We will also review the water tariff hike. Why Cong, SAD skipped voting All set for Parkash Purb Chandigarh, January 8 The Covid-19 numbers showed a massive jump today as the tally of daily cases reached 541 infections. The positivity rate shot up to 13.9 per cent. The tally touched the 500 mark from 100 cases in just four days, while it took 44 days in the previous wave to cross 500 cases. The single-day case rise in the UT has breached the 500 mark after eight months. On May 18, 2021, the city had last reported 526 new cases. Chandigarh had crossed the mark of 500 single-day infections for the first time on April 19, 2021, when it had Top seed Devang Tomar defeats Suryaksh Rawat to reach U-16 final of sub-junior ranking tournament. SUNRISE MONDAY 7:20 AM Amid high drama, BJP wins all 3 posts in mayoral poll PAGE 5 DELHI’S DEVANG SAILS INTO FINAL OF BADMINTON MEET 44 days 122 cases 612 cases 3,804 4 4 days 128 cases 541 cases 1,794 0 563 CASES SURFACE IN MOHALI Mohali: Fresh 563 cases were reported during the past 24 hours, taking the number of positive cases to 70,951 in the district. Two cases were from Banur, three from Lalru, five from Kurali, 11 from Boothgarh, 15 from Gharuan, 24 from Dera Bassi, 82 from Kharar, 159 from Dhakoli and 262 cases from Mohali urban area. — TNS Panchkula: The district on Saturday recorded 415 cases. While the positivity rate stood at 16.21 per cent, the active caseload was 1,154. However, of the active cases, only 32 are hospitalised and the remaining are under home isolation. As many as 1,248 cases have been reported this month along with one death. The MC made the community centre in Sector 12 a Covid care centre. The civic body said they would convert the community centres in Sector 12 and Khatauli village into Covid care centres. The administration had earlier notified four Covid care centres. — TNS c m y b seen 612 new cases during the second wave. At that time, the active caseload of the city was 3,804. At present, the active cases are nearly half the number at 1,794. While the cases on April 19 had been accompanied by four deaths, Chandigarh recorded no death on January 8. As many as 3,865 samples have been tested in the past 24 hours. UT Adviser Dharam Pal said there is a sufficient buffer stock of critical medicines and availability of medical oxygen is also sufficient. “Though the number of Covid positive patients are increasing at an alarming continued on page 5 Chandigarh, January 8 With much at stake in Punjab and to keep its flock together, both the Congress and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) abstained from voting in the mayoral elections. The Congress had won eight seats, but a few days ago, its councillor Harpreet Kaur Babla joined the BJP . The party was left with seven seats while SAD has a lone councillor. It seems both parties had sensed they had no chance of winning as a party needed 19 votes to prove majority. Secondly, both AAP and the BJP are their rivals in the coming Punjab Assembly polls. Supporting any party or cross-voting might have harmed the Congress and SAD. Thus, playing safe, both parties abstained from voting. City Congress president Subhash Chawla said, “We sought the support of the BJP and AAP for getting our mayoral candidate elected as we had the highest vote share. They did not respond. Both parties are rivals in other parts of the country as well. So, we did not come for voting. We had apprehensions of horsetrading and we saw that in voting today.” Councillor and city SAD president Hardeep Singh said, “We have no alliance with the BJP or AAP So, we . did not come for voting. The public has mandated SAD to sit in Opposition, and we will do that.”
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