19042022-CT-01.qxd 4/19/2022 1:05 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE TUESDAY | 19 APRIL 2022 | CHANDIGARH PU SPORTS DIRECTORATE ALL SET TO FILL KEY POSTS SOON The draft of the process to appoint officials to key posts is likely to be completed in the coming days. MAINLY CLEAR SKY JAVED ALI LEAVES AUDIENCE SPELLBOUD AT PECFEST MAX 40°C | MIN 21°C | YESTERDAY MAX 39.9°C | MIN 19.8°C SUNSET TUESDAY 6:52 PM AIR QUALITY INDEX 143 PANCHKULA 108 MOHALI 122 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF UTENSIL SELLER HIT BY TRUCK, KILLED Panchkula: A utensil seller from Abheypur was killed after being hit by a speeding truck near the Surajpur bus stand on the Panchkula-Kalka highway while he was pulling his cart from the “kisan mandi” in Kalka to his home. The incident took place on Sunday night. The victim, identified as Chandan Gupta, suffered serious injuries. He was taken to the Civil Hospital in Sector 6, where doctors declared him brought dead. Sunil Kumar, a fellow professional, who was just behind the victim when the incident took place, told the police that the truck, bearing a Himachal Pradesh registration number, hit the victim, tossing him into the air. He fell on the ground and was rendered consciousness. Passersby gathered at the spot. The truck driver fled from the spot. TNS UT Administrator Banwarilal Purohit inaugurates the event in the presence of UT Adviser Dharam Pal. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5:51 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Maskup, get jabbed: UT Tribune News Service CITY SEES 3 NEW CASES Chandigarh, April 18 After witnessing a surge in Covid-19 cases in nearby states, the UT Administration has expressed concern over the tepid response to vaccination in the city. The UT Administration has also released an advisory to all residents in the city to wear face masks at crowded places. The Administration said wearing of masks was needed, especially in closed environments such as public transport (buses, trains, aircraft and taxis), inside cinema halls, shopping malls, department stores, classrooms and office rooms, and at indoor gatherings. Only 29 per cent children have been vaccinated with the first dose of Corbevax in the age group of 12 to 14 and only 0.5 per cent have taken the second dose also. UT Adviser Dharampal expressed concern over the slow pace of vaccination among children. He said because of a good coverage of the vaccination prior to the third wave, the city Raises concern over poor vax pace among children Chandigarh: The city reported three fresh cases of coronavirus on Monday. The number of active cases stands at 21. As many as 1,165 people in Chandigarh have lost their lives to Covid. TNS THE ADVISORY Mohali:Four fresh cases of Covid surfaced in the district during the past 24 hours, taking the total number of positive cases to 95,722, while one person was cured of the disease. No new death due to the virus was reported. There are now 11 active cases. The death toll stands at 1,148. TNS MC passes resolution on mechanised sweeping Complaint was lodged on anti-corruption helpline Shamsher Singh Purkhalvi in Vigilance custody. demanded a bribe of ~50,000, following which he made a video and uploaded it on the anti-corruption helpline. was able to contain the requirement for hospitalisation and the number of casualties. Considering the increasing number of Covid cases in some states and UTs, and also in other countries, the Adviser asked the Health Department to adopt a pro-active approach for NO FRESH CASE IN P’KULA Panchkula:No fresh coronavirus case was reported from the district on Monday, keeping the tally unchanged at 44,143. The active caseload stands at three. The death count is 414. — TNS early vaccination of eligible children in the UT. He said efforts should be made to cover all eligible children within a period of 15 days and for this, camps should be organised in schools and the assistance of NGOs/religious organisations should be taken. Councillors at a meeting at the MC office, Mohali, on Monday. issue to give a clean and hygienic atmosphere to residents. In reply, Municipal Commissioner Kamal Garg said the problem had arisen due to untimely award of the contract for mechanical sweeping. Besides, the main No challan for wastage of water in Panchkula on Day1of drive Sec 52 resident, kin attacked; six suffer injuries Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 18 A Sector 52 resident and his family were attacked by at least 12 persons, including the parents of a girl who eloped with the victim’s younger brother. The victim, Ravi, suffered head injuries and fractures on both his hands and legs, while his parents and three sisters were also injured in the assault reported from their house in the wee hours of today. ~5,000 FINE FOR FIRST OFFENCE Panchkula, April 18 The Haryana Shehri Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP) issued no challan on Day 1 of its drive against water wastage. Interestingly, the HSVP claimed that its teams found no violator even though they have intensified their drive against the wastage of water. HSVP XEN (Civil) NK Payal said on the first day, they issued no challan for water wastage across sectors. “Our teams didn’t find anybody wasting water,” he stated. He added that they Hardeep Singh had alleged that he had applied for the post under the reserved category, but during an interaction, Purkhalvi, who was also from the reserved category, told him that there were eligible instructors, who were ready to pay even ~1 lakh for the post, “but since you are from the reserved category, you pay ~50,000”. Jasbir Kaur, investigating officer, said, “The complaint reached us and we registered an FIR against the suspended Principal and arrested him from his flat in Zirakpur today.” She added that recruitment of instructors in the institute was under the purview of the Principal. A case under Section 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act was registered against him. He will be produced in a court tomorrow, she added. — TNS For the first offence, a fine of ~5,000 will be imposed on the violator. If the offence is repeated, the water connection of the violator will be disconnected without any notice. An amount of ~1,000 will have to be paid for the revival of the water connection had intensified their drive and would issue challans for water wastage without any warning. For a week, HSVP teams, comprising junior engineers and SDOs, only issued warnings to violators and informed them about the drive. For the first offence, a fine of ~5,000 will be imposed on the violator. If the offence is repeated, the water connection of the violator will be disconnected without any notice. An amount of ~1,000 will have to be paid for the revival of the water connection. MC Commissioner Anindita Mitra and Chief Engineer NP Sharma get awards during a Smart City event in Surat on Monday. City gets best UT award, culture honours Chandigarh, April 18 The CEO, Chandigarh Smart City Ltd, Anindita Mitra, received the best UT award for Chandigarh in the India Smart Cities Award Contest (ISAC), 2020, from Hardeep Singh Puri, Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs, at a function in Surat today. The best UT award was given on the basis of its performance in the “India Cycles4Change Challenge, Climate Smart Cities Challenge, Streets4People Challenge, TULIP and Data Smart Cities”. The ISAC was organised under the Smart Cities Mission, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India, for the August 25-February 24 period. It was one of the important activities initiated under the mission, where pioneering city strategies, projects and ideas have been recognised Mohali, April 18 A 42-year-old woman was killed while her husband sustained injuries when the car they were travelling in hit a stationary truck near the Verka milk plant in Phase 6 here last night. The deceased has been identified as Charanjit Kaur of Chandigarh. Her husband Sukhpal Singh, 45, escaped with minor injuries. A case under Section 304A, 283, 337 and 427 of the Indian Penal Code has been registered against the truck driver at the Phase 1 police station. Phase 1 SHO Shivdeep Singh Brar said, “The couple was coming from the Kharar side in their car. A milk duty truck was negligently parked on the road, which the car driver failed to see due to darkness. The truck has been impounded. based on innovation, impact and replicability/scalability. The ISAC recognises and rewards cities for projects and innovative ideas promoting sustainable development in urban areas. The categories were “project awards, city leadership award, best state/UT award, innovation award, Covid innovation award and city award”. Chandigarh participated in the competition and won the award in the culture category for its Capitol Complex project, which had been declared a heritage site by UNESCO. ‘SUPERHERO AWARD’ Rupesh Kumar, Additional Commissioner, MC, was awarded the “Superhero Award” in the “City Leaders” category of the Freedom2Walk and Cycle event under the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations. — TNS Parents of girl who eloped with victim’s brother held Sources said Ravi’s younger brother eloped with a girl residing near their house four days ago. The girl’s family complained against the boy’s family at the Mauli Jagran police station. Today, the girl’s parents, accompanied by relatives and other people, reached the boy’s house and assaulted his family. Ravi said he was attacked with sharp weapons, leading to head injuries and fractures on both his legs and hands. Ravi’s father also suffered a fracture in his hands, while his sisters and mother were also injured. The police were informed and the injured taken to Government Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, from where doctors referred Ravi to the PGI. Ravi’s friend Kamal said the PGI refused to admit Ravi and asked them to take him to the GMCH, Sector 32, where they were refused admission following which they took him back to the PGI. Meanwhile, the police have registered a case of attempt to murder at the Sector 36 police station and have arrested the parents of the girl. — TNS Man taken for a ride, loses ~45K Wife dies, man injured as car rams into truck Tribune News Service roads were filled with leaves falling from trees. The cleaning of main roads was important due to which sanitation workers had been shifted to the main roads. Mayor Amarjit Singh Jiti Sidhu asked all councillors to cooperate with the MC. He said a resolution on mechanised sweeping was passed today and with the issuance of a work order, the issue would be resolved. He said outsourcing of janitors was also being done as an alternative arrangement and this would also solve the problem. Meanwhile, all resolutions were passed at the meeting unanimously. Senior Deputy Mayor Amrik Singh Somal, continued on page 3 4 CASES IN MOHALI DIST The UT Administration has released an advisory to all residents in the city to wear face masks at crowded places. The Administration said wearing of masks was needed, especially in closed environments such as public transport (buses, trains, aircraft and taxis), inside cinema halls, shopping malls, department stores, classrooms and office rooms, and at indoor gatherings. Mohali, April 18 Councillors expressed concern over the sanitation situation in Mohali during an MC House meeting here today. The councillors said janitors had been shifted from internal roads to main roads, which was adversely affecting the sanitation system of the city. Former Deputy Mayor Manjit Singh Sethi said the Sanitation Department of the MC was not working to its fullest in removing garbage from roadsides, parks and dumps in the city. He said the MC was losing on sanitation as garbage dumps were visible all over — on roadsides, parks and other places. He demanded that the MC should address the sanitation Suspended Principal of Mohali ITI arrested over ‘bribe for job’ Mohali, April 18 The local unit of the Vigilance Bureau has arrested a suspended Principal of the Industrial Training Institute (Women), Phase 5, for allegedly demanded a bribe of ~50,000 for recruiting an instructor in the institute on an outsourced basis. Shamsher Singh Purkhalvi was suspended from the institute two weeks ago on the basis of several complaints against him. A Vigilance team arrested him from his residence in Zirakpur today. In a complaint lodged on the anti-corruption helpline of the state, Hardeep Singh, a resident of Samrala tehsil in Ludhiana district, had alleged that Purkhalvi had demanded a bribe of ~50,000 from him to recruit him as an instructor on an outsourced basis. He was to get a salary of ~15,000 per month, but the Principal PAGE 3 Councillors raise poor sanitation at MC House meeting in Mohali P’KULA MOHALI POSITIVE 91,966 44,143 95,722 RECOVERED 90,780 43,726 94,563 NEW CASES 3 0 4 ACTIVE 21 3 11 CHANGE 1 — 3 DEATHS 1,165 414 1,148 NEW 0 0 0 CHANDIGARH OVER 500 AVAIL OF SERVICES AT HEALTH FAIR IN MANI MAJRA Takes the stage and brings down the curtains on the three-day annual fest of PEC; star nite draws audience. TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD PAGE 2 PHOTO: VICKY FORECAST PAGE 2 Given fake tickets for copter ride to Vaishno Devi shrine BUMPER-TO-BUMPER: Motorists stuck in a traffic jam on the Chandigarh-Panchkula road due to work on speed humps near the Housing Board Chowk in Chandigarh on Monday. RAVI KUMAR c m y b Panchkula, April 18 A Sector 2 resident was allegedly duped of ~45,000 by a cyber fraudster on the pretext of providing helicopter tickets to the Mata Vaishno Devi shrine in Katra. Akash Bhalla (30), in his complaint, told the police that he came in contact with a person who claimed to be the head of the office managing the affairs of helicopter rides to the shrine. He said the suspect shared with him a link of a fake website of Shri Mata Vaishno ‘DIALLED HELPLINE’ “I trusted him and transferred ~45,000 in his Google Pay account. On payment, the suspect shared with me fake tickets for a helicopter ride to the shrine. To clarify my doubts, I dialled the helicopter helpline number from where I got to know that the tickets sent to me were fake.” — Complainant Devi Shrine Board, which promised various services, including a helicopter ride. “I trusted him and trans- ferred ~45,000 in his Google Pay account. On payment, the suspect shared with me fake tickets for a helicopter ride to the shrine. To clarify my doubts, I dialled the helicopter helpline number from where I got to know that the tickets sent to me were fake,” the FIR reads, quoting the complainant. A case in this regard was registered under Sections 406 (criminal breach of trust) and 420 (cheating) of the IPC at the Sector 5 police station. — TNS
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