06052022-CT-01.qxd 5/6/2022 12:43 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE FRIDAY | 6 MAY 2022 | CHANDIGARH MIDDUKHERA MURDER: POLICE REMAND OF ACCUSED EXTENDED PAGE 2 A Mohali court extends remand of four gangsters arrested in the murder case of the YAD leader till May 8. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD P’KULA MOHALI POSITIVE 92,113 44,208 95,834 RECOVERED 90,876 43,773 94,630 NEW CASES 16 11 6 ACTIVE 72 21 56 CHANGE 5 1 DEATHS 1,165 414 1,148 NEW 0 0 0 CHANDIGARH 108 PANCHKULA 103 MOHALI 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 76 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF YOUTH HELD WITH STOLEN BOLERO Chandigarh: A youth has been arrested while riding a stolen Bolero pick-up. The police said on a tip-off, they laid a naka at Sector 52 and stopped a vehicle for checking. On verification, the registration number of the vehicle was found to be of a motorcycle. Further probe revealed that the vehicle was stolen from the city in April. The suspect, identified as Amit Kumar (24) of Kajheri village was arrested. He was produced in a court, which remanded him in judicial custody. TNS Gupta distributes tablets among 446 students of Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Sector 15, P’kula. SUNRISE SATURDAY 5:35 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD Covid spread under control, patients have mild symptoms; only 1 admitted Naina Mishra Tribune News Service Amit Sharma Chandigarh, May 5 There is no let-up in snatching incidents in the city as 53 incidents have been reported so far this year. Last year, a total of 121 snatchings were reported. While 39 snatching cases were registered by the police in the first quarter of the year, at least 11 incidents were reported in April. Meanwhile, three incidents have been reported so far in May. Mostly mobile phones are being snatched by miscreants. Sources claimed that the snatching incidents in the city had instilled fear among women, who preferred not to wear gold chains while out on a walk or going to sector markets. “A majority of the victims were pedestrians, who lost their mobile phones. The phones were in their hands when the suspects whisked away with the phones,” said a police officer. In the past, many suspects arrested for snatchings were drug addicts, who committed the crime to fulfil their needs. “A majority of them are from outside Chandigarh. They come, strike and 53 incidents reported so far this year Last year, UT saw 121 snatchings 11 CASES IN MAY SO FAR A total of 39 snatching incidents were reported in the first three months, while 11 incidents were reported in May. Already three snatchings have been reported this month. RECENT CASE In a recent incident, a suspect riding a vehicle sped away after snatching a purse containing ~5,000 and a mobile phone from a woman in Sector 40 on May 4. The police have registered a case at the Sector 39 police station. escape,” said a police official. Many incidents have been reported from southern sectors. The police said investigation suggested that new criminals were involved in snatchings in the city. “We keep a record of habitual offenders, who are either lodged in jail or are present at their places,” the police officer added. Residents say the police should intensify patrolling, especially in residential areas, which would WORK ON SEWERAGE Debars it from participating in tenders for year Company, Sector 56-A, Chandigarh. The work at Khudda Lohara was to be carried out at a cost of ~1,16,47,847 with a time limit of six months i.e. up to March 15, 2022. The Commissioner also ordered the forfeiture of the performance guarantee of the agency. Similarly, the Commissioner passed orders today for the cancellation of a contract signed with the same company for work of strengthening the sewer network and storm water drainage network at Raipur Khurd village at a cost of ~1,12,96,821 with a time limit of six months i.e. up to March 15, 2022, and the forfeiture of the performance guarantee of the agency. The Commissioner also accorded approval to recall the tenders for both works. The Commissioner warned contractors to complete their assigned agreements within the stipulated time failing which legal action would be initiated against them, besides termination of the contract. — TNS act as a deterrent for criminals. “Two-wheeler riders should be checked more often, which will help catch suspects as they usually ride vehicles bearing fake registration numbers,” said Sunil Kang, a resident of Sector 38. Another resident said the police should make efficient use of CCTV cameras installed in the city to identify vehicles used in crime that can help the police in nabbing the suspects. Chandigarh, May 5 The city, which often follows a surge in Covid cases in the National Capital Region, has not seen a significant rise despite cases showing a rise in Delhi for over two weeks now. Usually, Chandigarh starts seeing a spike in cases after two weeks of the surge in Delhi. The cases started growing in the second week of April in Delhi. Although the positivity rate is now hovering over 7 per cent in Delhi, the positivity rate of Chandigarh remains just over 1 per cent with daily cases ranging between 10 and 15. Experts say Chandigarh has so far been able to contain the spread of Covid despite a surge in the national capital. Dr PVM Lakshmi from the Department of Community Medicine, PGI, said, “Despite a surge in Delhi, the positivity rate of Chandigarh is low. This is because a vast majority of the city population got infected with Omicron in the third wave. There is a lesser possibility of a reinfection in the present surge as far as Omicron and its sublineage BA.2 is concerned. The population of Delhi is more and there could be a possibility that some amount of population, let’s say 10 or 20 per- A young girl gets jabbed against Covid-19 at the GMSH-16, Chandigarh, on Thursday. PRADEEP TEWARI Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 5 Due to soaring temperature during the daytime and increased length of the day during summer, the UT Administration has decided to extend the timings of the Bird Park by half an hour. From tomorrow, the park closing time (last entry) will be 6 pm. However, the opening time continues to be 10 am. The park will continue to remain closed for visitors every Monday and Tuesday. The UT Administration extended the timing while considering the fact that the park is visited by a large number of children and the extended timing shall protect them from exposure to scorching heat. — TNS Mohali, May 5 Thieves decamped with ~18 lakh from a branch of Cooperative Bank, which was sans a security guard, near the bus stand in Ghauran on the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday. In his complaint to the police, Tejpal Singh, the bank manager, said two thieves broke into the bank after cutting the locks of the shutter. Later, they demolished the wall of the currency chest room and made off Came on motorcycle around midnight, left at 3.45 am with ~18 lakh. They also took along the DVRs of CCTV cameras installed outside the bank. During a preliminary investigation, it was revealed that the thieves drew power from the meter installed outside the bank to operate the electric cutter. The police suspect that the Usually, Chandigarh starts seeing a spike in cases after two weeks of the surge in Delhi. The cases started growing in the second week of April in Delhi. Although the positivity rate is now hovering over 7 per cent in Delhi, the positivity rate of Chandigarh remains just over 1 per cent with daily cases ranging between 10 and 15. Experts say Chandigarh has so far been able to contain the spread of Covid despite a surge in the national capital. UT SEES 16 FRESH CASES OF COVID Chandigarh: The city witnessed 16 new cases of Covid on Thursday, taking the active count to 72. The death toll due to the virus stands at 1,165. TNS cent, remained unaffected in the third wave and are being infected in the present surge. This could have translated into more numbers in Delhi.” “However, we need to remain cautious about the BA.4 and BA.5 variants flagged by South Taking up a bunch of petitions filed on the issue, the Bench of Chief Justice Ravi Shanker Jha and Justice Arun Palli also made it clear that a status report in the matter was not sufficient. Required was a report on the action taken by the authorities concerned on the ground. The Bench also verbally made it clear that the failure to act may see the authorities 6 +ve in Mohali Africa as these could potentially evade immunity even among vaccinated individuals,” said Dr Lakshmi. Dr Rajeev Jayadevan, co-chairman of the Indian Medical Association’s National Task continued on page 2 Tribune News Service PU students during the final rehearsal for the convocation at the gymnasium hall on Thursday. Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu will attend the ceremony today. PRADEEP TEWARI PAGE 2 daughter hurt in accident Mohali, May 5 A woman was killed while her husband and daughter sustained injuries when a rashly driven car hit their motorcycle at Zirakpur late on Wednesday night. The deceased has been identified as Seema and her husband and daughter as Suresh Kumar and Diya. The family was returning from a marriage function at Raipur Khurd. While taking a service lane, they were hit by a car DUMPING GROUND ISSUE behind bars. The Bench also fixed May 17 as the next date of hearing on the petitions filed against the UT Administration and the Municipal Cor- c m y b poration (MC) by a city resident, Amit Sharma, in person and Dipti Singh through counsel Ranjan Lakhanpal. Among other things, petitioner Amit Sharma had contended that Dadu Majra and Dhanas had 107 per cent more cases of pneumonia in 2020 compared to all other colonies in Chandigarh. A study shared by the GMCH-32 in response to an RTI plea sug- es of Covid, including four males and seven females, surfaced during the past 24 hours, taking the total number of cases to 44,208 in the district. However, no death was reported from the district till Thursday evening. — TNS Six new Covid cases surfaced in the district in the past 24 hours, taking the tally to 95,834, while seven patients were cured. No new death due to the virus was reported on Thursday. There are now 56 active cases. The toll stands at 1,148. — TNS Clear dues in 5 days, CHB tells allottees Vice-President at PU today thieves conducted a recce before executing their nefarious design. The footage of a CCTV camera at the adjoining office of a property dealer showed that the thieves had come on a motorcycle around midnight and left the bank premises after executing the theft at 3.45 am. Two accomplices of the thieves were seen sitting on the road to monitor outside movement. A case has been registered at the Gharuan police station and an investigation has been initiated into it. PANCHKULA: Eleven fresh cas- MOHALI: near the Zirakpur flyover. They were rushed to the GMCH, Sector 32, Chandigarh, where the woman died. A case has been registered against the car driver at the Zirakpur police station. —TNS HC calls for action-taken report, summons MC chief Chandigarh, May 5 Nearly six years after the alleged dumping of environmental and other health concerns by the authorities in the Dadu Majra area of the city were brought to the notice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, a Division Bench today not only summoned the Municipal Commissioner, but also called for an action-taken report in the matter. 11 cases in P’kula CITY POSITIVITY RATE OVER 1% Thieves make off with ~18L from bank Woman killed, husband, Heat effect: Last entry time at Bird Park now 6 pm FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Beware! Snatchers Surge in Delhi, but city bucks trend on the prowl in city MC finds firm wanting, terminates agreement Chandigarh, May 5 Acting tough against contractors over poor performance, Anindita Mitra, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation (MC), today ordered termination of a contract and forfeiture of a bank guarantee for work of strengthening of the sewer network and storm water drainage network at Khudda Lahora and Raipur Khurd villages and debarred the agency from participating in MC tenders for a year. An order was passed by the Commissioner today cancelling the agreement signed with M/s Esquire Construction SUNSET FRIDAY 7:03 PM PAGE 2 HRY SPEAKER DISTRIBUTES TABS AMONG 446 STUDENTS Police book an unidentified youth for trying to molest and attack a woman on road separating Sector 15 and10. MAX 37°C | MIN 24°C | YESTERDAY MAX 36.3°C | MIN 19.7°C Tribune News Service AIR QUALITY INDEX PAGE 2 YOUTH MOLESTS MORNING WALKER IN PANCHKULA gested that people with lung diseases and respiratory issues were more susceptible to severe Covid-19, he submitted. Claiming “gross violation of the fundamental rights of over 50,000 citizens living in the dump’s vicinity”, Sharma sought issuance of directions to the MC and other state authorities to ensure an end to air pollution. continued on page 2 Chandigarh, May 5 In a stern warning, the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) has asked allottees to pay their dues within five days failing which their allotment would be cancelled. Yashpal Garg, Chief Executive Officer, CHB, said special efforts were made to recover the dues. A list of the pending amount was uploaded on the website. Online payment facility was made available and payment facility at all Sampark centres was also introduced. The board was yet to recover nearly ~50 crore from the allottees. “The board is left with no alternative but to initiate a process for the cancellation of allotment of units whose owners have failed to clear their dues despite repeated opportunities. Once a unit is cancelled, the allottee is required to vacate it and if the Appellate Authority allows its restoration, the allottee is required to pay all pending dues, interest and revival charges also,” he said. In March, show-cause notices for cancellation were issued to 11,641 allottees. The same month, nearly ~8 crore was deposited and a huge amount is yet to be recovered, he said, adding that 115 allotments were cancelled during November 2019, but further action for getting the flats vacated/sealed could not be taken due to Covid-related issues. “Most of these allottees have not yet cleared their dues and now action has been initiated for eviction/sealing of these flats after following the due process,” he said. He said yesterday, an eviction drive was fixed at small flats in Sector 56 to seal five flats whose owners had not cleared the dues and the allotment had been cancelled. During the drive, the occupants pleaded for threefour days’ time to clear the dues and gave a written undertaking. Considering the requests, it had been decided to defer the drive for cancellation and eviction of allotment of small flats and ARHC flats for a week. Thereafter, a drive would be undertaken to cancel the allotment and evict the allottees where rent dues were over ~10,000. Garg urged the allottees to clear their pending dues within five days to avoid penalty interest and cancellation of their units and eviction from the flats. WHAT THE BOARD SAYS is initiate ❝The boardtheleft with no alternative butoftounits a process for cancellation of allotment whose owners have failed to clear their dues despite repeated opportunities. Yashpal Garg, CEO, CHB ❞
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