15012022-CT-01.qxd 1/15/2022 12:18 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE SATURDAY | 15 JANUARY 2022 | CHANDIGARH ZERO VACCINATION AT CAMPS, 2 CITY SCHOOLS GET NOTICE PAGE 3 Zero vaccination during camps organised at two city schools resulted in the wastage of vaccine doses. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY NIGERIAN WOMAN ARRESTED WITH ONE KG OF HEROIN MAX 15°C | MIN 11°C | YESTERDAY MAX 14°C | MIN 11°C SUNSET SATURDAY 5:45 PM TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN CHD 35,327 32,351 441 2,594 1 382 0 76,197 69,307 1,215 5,811 896 1,079 0 208 PANCHKULA 271 MOHALI 148 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF OUT ON BAIL, DRUG PEDDLER HELD Chandigarh: A drug peddler, who was arrested in an NDPS case and was presently out on bail, has been rearrested by the UT police with 1.125 kg of charas. Birbhan (36), a resident of Indira Colony, was nabbed with the charas from the colony. The police said Birbhan was earlier booked in an NDPS Act case at the Mani Majra police station. He was convicted and sentenced to 10-year imprisonment. He was out on bail. TNS JUVENILE ENDS LIFE IN AMBALA Ambala: A juvenile allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan at observation home in Ambala City here on Friday. It is learnt that the juvenile was brought here on Thursday from Fatehabad district in connection with a theft case and he allegedly ended his life with the help of a bedsheet. TNS UT Administrator Banwarilal Purohit visits the garbage plant at Dadu Majra in Chandigarh on Friday. Prepare plan to clear legacy waste: Purohit Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 14 UT Administrator Banwarilal Purohit has directed Chandigarh Smart City Limited and the Municipal Corporation to prepare a plan to completely clear the legacy waste from the dumping ground at Dadu Majra. The Administrator visited the legacy mining site and the compost plant in Dadu Majra today. Mayor Sarbjit Kaur, UT Adviser Dharam Pal, MC Commissioner and CEO of Chandigarh Smart City Limited Anindita Mitra, Senior Deputy Mayor Dalip Sharma, Deputy Mayor Anup Gupta, area councillor Kuldeep Kumar and other councillors accompanied the Administrator. During the recently held MC elections, the legacy waste at Dadu Majra was one DADU MAJRA DUMPING GROUND of the issues raked up by the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party, while the ruling BJP gave assurance for complete removal of garbage from the dumping ground. Keeping in view the health and hygiene of residents of Dadu Majra, the Administrator directed the officers concerned to clear the backlog of refuse-derived fuel (RDF) lying inside the boundary wall within a week. He directed the officers to prepare a detailed plan to clear the rest of the legacy waste from the mining site with additional processing by putting more manpower and machinery, if required. The Commissioner told the Administrator and the Adviser that the biomining work at the old dumping site was allotted to a private firm to biomine 5 lakh metric tonne of waste and biomining of one part of the garbage dump was on and it would be completed soon. The Administrator directed the officials concerned to upgrade the processing machinery immediately to ensure that fresh waste did not end up at the dumping ground directly. The proposal of ~77 crore for bioremediation of the 7.67 LMT legacy waste submitted to the Central Government under the Swachh Bharat Mission be pursued and got cleared at the earliest. The Administrator also visited the compost plant at Dadu Majra. He directed the officers concerned to upgrade the capacity of the plant and use the manure generated from the plant in their own assets. Man shot at after argument with sisters Traffic moves at a snail’s pace as workers repair the Kalka highway in Zirakpur. PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR NHAI starts patchwork on Zirakpur-Kalka highway Panchkula, January 14 After Chandigarh Tribune carried a news report, “NHAI doesn’t care two hoots for DC’s orders”, highlighting the pothole-ridden ZirakpurKalka highway, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) today started patchwork on the badly damaged Zirakpur-Kalka highway. Deputy Commissioner Mahavir Kaushik had, on THE TRIBUNE IMPACT December 22 last year, instructed the NHAI to repair the highway in 15 days. The NHAI project director, Pardeep Atri, also dispatched a letter to the DC, saying the “requisite repairs will be completed in a fortnight or so.” The NHAI said the neces- sary repairs of potholes on the highway were undertaken in November and December last year and rendered almost patch-free, but later the weather conditions were not conducive for bituminous work to sustain. “The reported potholes seem to have re-generated during the recent incessant rain,” the NHAI stated in the letter, dated January 14. — TNS Chandigarh, January 14 A 29-year-old man was shot at by an unknown person following an altercation with his sisters on Thursday night. The victim, Gursewak Singh, a Dadu Majra resident, suffered an injury and was hospitalised. The victim had an argument with his sisters at home. One of his sisters then called her friend, who, along with a few other youths, reached their home. Sources said one of the suspects was possessing a weapon with which he opened fire at the victim. The bullet grazed his leg. The youths then escaped from the spot. A case of attempt to murder has been registered at the Maloya police station. “One of the suspects, who knew the victim’s sister, has been identified. He is on the run,” the sources added. — TNS Get wildlife clearance, Adviser asks CHB Dushyant Singh Pundir Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 14 The wait to buy a dream house in the City Beautiful will end soon, as the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) will shortly launch a general housing scheme at Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Information Technology (IT) Park. During a review meeting, UT Adviser Dharam Pal inaugurates a 50-bed mini-Covid care centre at the Sports Complex in Sector 34. SUNRISE SUNDAY 7:19 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Panchkula adult population fully vaccinated Tribune News Service AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH IT PARK HOUSING SCHEME Dharam Pal, UT Adviser-cumChairman, CHB, held a detailed discussion about the scheme with the officers concerned. As the approval for the revised building plans and drawings have already been received, the Adviser was told that clearance from the Fire Department would be PAGE 3 UT cases mount, 1,834 +ve , 2 deaths P’KULA MOHALI 74,475 66,132 1,834 7,257 1,441 1,086 2 50-BED COVID CENTRE OPENED AT SEC 34 SPORTS COMPLEX CIA staff of Mohali police arrest a Nigerian woman with 1 kg of heroin; case registered under the NDPS Act. TRICITY COVID REPORT POSITIVE RECOVERED NEW CASES ACTIVE CHANGE DEATHS NEW PAGE 3 received within a week. As the CHB is yet to get the wildlife clearance, he directed the officers to expedite the process and submit the proposal to the local Forest and Wildlife Department at the earliest so that they could forward it to the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change for approval. The application for environ- ment clearance had already been submitted to the State Environment Impact Assessment Authority, but the CHB was yet to receive the approval. The Chairman directed the officers to step up efforts to get the environment clearance so that the scheme could be launched at the earliest. The CHB has planned to continued on page 5 c m y b Chandigarh, January 14 The city today reported 1,834 new cases of Covid-19, the highest single-day spike of the pandemic. The UT positivity rate stands at 25.21 per cent. In less than a month, the active cases have gone above 7,000 in the city, which had taken 60 days (from March 12 to May 10) last year to touch the peak of active cases at 8,653. Chandigarh has been reporting an alarming uptick in Covid-19 cases since last week. The number of active cases in the UT stands at 7,257, which is 548 per cent more than the count reported from the city last Friday. A total of 203 Covid oxygen beds are occupied in the government and private hospi- Tribune News Service People without a mask at Shastri Market, Sector 22, in Chandigarh on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI tals of the city and 29 patients are on ventilator. The UT reported two more fatalities today — that of a 44year-old unvaccinated man, who was diabetic and suffering from kidney problems, and a 50-year-old fully vaccinated woman, who suffered from hypertension. They were found positive for Covid posthumously. The total fatality count of the city stands at 1,086. A total of seven deaths due to the virus have been reported this month, of which three were brought dead cases. THREE WAVES OF THE PANDEMIC — A COMPARISON Period Active cases peak Highest single-day spike FIRST WAVE Aug 15 to Oct 15, 2020 SECOND WAVE March 12 to June 5, 2021 THIRD WAVE Started on Dec 15, 2021 3,171 (Sept 17) 8,653 (May 10) 7,257 (Jan 14) so far 449 (Sept 13) 895 (May 9) 1,834 (Jan 14) so far Prepaid auto-rickshaw booth at city railway station lying defunct Amarjot Kaur Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 14 The traffic prepaid auto booth at the city railway station, which is manned by the Government Railway Police (GRP), has been lying defunct and the new rates have not been displayed at the booth. While the GRP states that the booth has not been functional since the onset of the pandemic, except for two months in 2021, auto drivers rue that The non-functional prepaid auto booth at the Chandigarh railway station. NITIN MITTAL the old rate list has not been updated in accordance with the rising CNG prices. “This booth was installed in 2012 or 2013. It was function- ing until the pandemic happened. Since then, the booth has not been operational. We have some receipts of June and July 2021. We will see to it that the new rates are displayed at the booth, after getting these from the UT transport office,” said Vilayati Saini, SHO, GRP Chandigarh , Railway Station. Meanwhile, auto drivers are hassled by the old rates displayed at the booth. They say the price of fuel, especially continued on page 5 Panchkula, January 14 Amid a spurt in Covid-19 cases, the Panchkula Health Department today claimed it had vaccinated the target adult population in the district with both doses of the Covid vaccine. After Gurugram and Ambala, Panchkula is the third district in the state to achieve this milestone. The target adult population in the district was 4,44,675. As per the latest figures, 4,45,362 people above the age of 18 have received both doses of the vaccine. The percentage of total beneficiaries with the second dose now stands at 100.15 per cent. The district had achieved 100 per cent first dose coverage in the first week of September last year. The first dose continued on page 5 1,215 +VE IN MOHALI MOHALI: As many as 1,215 persons tested positive for Covid during the past 24 hours in the district. No death was reported from the district till Friday evening. Among the new cases, four surfaced in Lalru, 16 in Dera Bassi, 19 in Banur, 64 in Boothgarh, 85 in Gharuan, 97 in Kurali, 143 in Dhakoli, 310 in Kharar and 477 in the Mohali (urban) area. TNS 441 CASES IN P’KULA PANCHKULA: At a positivity rate of 17.51 per cent, Panchkula recorded 441 Covid cases on Friday. The active caseload now stands at 2,594. While the overall tally reached 35,327, the death count remained at 382. TNS
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