27062022-CT-01.qxd 6/27/2022 1:21 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE MONDAY | 27 JUNE 2022 | CHANDIGARH TWO WEEKS ON, MOHALI COPS NAIL THREE FOR MURDER PAGE 3 Two weeks after a blind murder, the Mohali police claim to have solved the case by arresting three suspects. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD P’KULA MOHALI POSITIVE 93,552 44,946 96,636 RECOVERED 91,892 44,344 95,220 NEW CASES 76 27 27 ACTIVE 495 188 265 CHANGE 3 19 19 DEATHS 1,165 414 1,151 NEW 0 0 0 AIR QUALITY INDEX MAX 38°C | MIN 29°C | YESTERDAY MAX 37.8°C | MIN 29.1°C SUNSET MONDAY 7:28 PM DEO put on notice over delay in school repairs Pending works come to the fore at meeting Tribune News Service 123 PANCHKULA 106 MOHALI 104 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF 2 HELD UNDER NDPS ACT Chandigarh: Two persons, including a woman, have been arrested by the police under the NDPS Act. The district crime cell arrested 22-year-old Sahil, alias Bobby, a resident of Dhanas, with 4.450 kg of ganja near the market in EWS Colony, Dhanas. In a similar case, a 45-year-old woman of Bapu Dham Colony, Sector 26, was arrested with 5 grams of heroin near a park in the colony. A case has been registered against her at the Sector 26 police station. TNS Chandigarh, June 26 The UT Education Department has issued a showcause notice to the District Education Officer (DEO) over the delay in school renovation after several pending works came to the fore during a meeting held by the Education Secretary. At the meeting held on June 21, the Director, School Education (DSE), was asked to issue a show-cause notice to the officials concerned for the delay and “laxity” in clearing the school renovation and repair estimates. Consequently, the DSE issued a show-cause notice to the DEO, citing, “You are directed to explain your position as to why disciplinary action may not be initiated against you for the delay and laxity in clearing the school renovation or repair estimates. The reply in this regard must reach within a period of two days from the receipt of this letter.” The DEO was also asked to report the details of the pending works to the senior official. Prabhjot Kaur, DEO, UT, said, “The pendency is on the part of the Engineering Department as it has to carry out the pending works. We 27 contract virus in Mohali MOHALI: The district reported 27 new cases of Covid during the past 24 hours, while 46 patients were cured of the disease. There was no fresh Covid fatality. Meanwhile, a total of 20,64,575 beneficiaries in the district have been given antiCovid shots till date. As many as 11,50,771 people have been given the first dose whereas 8,69,063 people have been given the second dose too. Apart from this, 44,771 beneficiaries have been given the booster dose or the third dose. Civil Surgeon Adarshpal Kaur said a total of 80,000 beneficiaries in the age group of 15 to 17 were jabbed till Sunday. — TNS UT SEES 76 CASES 27 TEST POSITIVE IN PANCHKULA DISTRICT Chandigarh: The city witnessed 76 fresh cases of Covid on Sunday, taking the active caseload to 495. While there was no fresh fatality due to the virus, 73 more patients recovered from the disease. The virus has claimed 1,165 lives in the city so far. TNS Panchkula: The district reported 27 fresh cases of Covid during the past 24 hours. However, there was no new fatality till Sunday evening. As of now, the district Covid tally stands at 44,946. While 44,344 patients have been cured, 414 succumbed to the virus. There are 187 active cases. TNS PAGE 3 TAKE UP PENDING WORKS ON PRIORITY: CENTRE During a meeting of the Project Approval Board (PAB) held this year, the UT was asked by the Ministry of Education to take up the pending works on priority and ensure that all works pending prior to 2020-21 are completed this financial year 2022-23. Chandigarh needs to complete all pending civil work within six months, the Centre said. WHAT DEO SAYS is the Engineering ❝The pendencyhason the part ofthe pending works. Department as it to carry out We report all such details to the Engineering Department as soon as these are reported by schools. Prabhjot Kaur, DEO, UT ❞ report all such details to the Engineering Department as soon as these are reported from schools.” Recently, the UT Education Department has taken up the task of renovating the Government High School, Sarangpur, which is going to be demolished now. The UT Administrator, Banwarilal Purohit, had also ordered that no school should function under a temporary tin shed in Chandigarh, after he visited the Government High School, Hallo Majra, last month. As the summer vacations are going on, the repair work at the government schools is in full swing so that it could be completed before the classes resume after the break. The heads of the government schools have been instructed to ensure that the broken furniture is repaired Continued on page 3 BSA Club, New Delhi, edge past Mission Chandigarh Club to win 1st Baseball National Open Club League. SUNRISE TUESDAY 5:24 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD Tribune News Service Panchkula, June 26 Visitors to most markets here are a harassed lot, thanks to a poor condition of public toilets. At some public toilet units, doors are broken, while in others, roofs are leaking. With monsoon around, things are going to get worse at these units. In several toilet units, washbasins are broken and urinal pots have developed cracks. Despite such poor condition of toilets, no efforts are being made to improve the public conveniences. According to information, there are around 40 public toilets in various markets and 18 of them are in a dilapidated condition The Chairman of the Mathuradas Lajwant Subhash Hiteshi Foundation, Bharat Hiteshi, stated that even though Haryana Assembly Speaker Gian Chand Gupta and Mayor Kulbhushan Goyal were determined to make Civic body asked to provide space to four applicants in City Beautiful Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 26 As many as 293 cases of street vendors have been received by the Grievance Redressal and Disputes Resolution Committee (DRC). Relief has been provided to the vendors in four of these cases. The committee comprises retired judge Jasbir Singh as Chairman, retired deputy secretary of Punjab Sukhcharan Singh and retired assistant commissioner of Punjab Surjit Singh as members. It was formed on January 17 this year. The cases have been filed to the committee between January 17 and May 30. The most cases pertain to issues such as not getting vending space even after registration, nonissuance of a vending licence after the death of a family member and “unnecessary” challaning. Talking to the Chandigarh Tribune, the Chairman of the committee said, “We received 293 cases from unregistered as well as registered vendors. We have resolved four cases and ordered the MC to provide them space. These are old cases.” “Even after six years, another survey of vendors has not been conducted. There is no proper implementation of the Street Vendors Act. These are some of the issues we have filed to the committee,” said Ram Milan Gaud, president of the Street Fruit vendors on a road in Sector 20, Chandigarh. FILE PHOTO PANEL FUNCTIONS FROM 8X8 ROOM SANS FACILITIES VENDORS’ GRIEVANCES Chairman of the committee Jasbir Singh said, “There is an 8X8 committee/court room and it is not possible to accommodate 25-30 persons during hearings. There is no proper sitting arrangement for members, advocates and vendors who have to stand in corridors. There is no person for delivering summons. We have written to the MC in this regard, but to no avail.” ■ Not getting vending space even after registration ■ Non-issuance of a licence after the death of family member ■ “Unnecessary” challaning. COMMISSIONERSPEAK ❝ The DRC Chairman wanted a courtroom setup which was not part of the building plan. However, I have asked the engineering wing to redesign the same if norms permit. Staff have been provided to the committee. However, we have received a request for more staff, which will be provided to them by the office this week. Anindita Mitra, MC COMMISSIONER Vendors Association. For five years, most vending sites allotted by the Municipal Corporation have remained vacant, while the vendors are operating from unauthorised spaces occupying corridors, pavements, road berms and even parking lots. Nearly 10,000 registered vendors figured in a survey in 2016. They were allotted vending sites for five years and had to pay a monthly licence fee. However, most vendors did not shift to the permitted sites, citing locations not being businessfriendly. Many continue to operate from unauthorised sites, making the Act purposeless. Some alternative sites were later approved by the Admin- ❞ istration, but the move turned futile as the vendors have not shifted to these places yet. To top it all, the Town Vending Committee, formed in 2016 for the implementation of the Act, has been lying defunct for over a year. The five-year tenure of the panel ended in March last year. Since then, it has not been constituted. Three held for robberies at gunpoint ASI shoots youth in Tribune News Service Mohali, June 26 A fortnight after a jeweller was robbed at gunpoint, the local police claimed to have solved the case with the arrest of three suspects. Those arrested have been identified as Hardeep Singh, alias Grewal (34), a resident of Sherpur village in Sangrur district and presently residing at the SBP Lifestyle, Kharar, Noorjit Singh, alias Noor (22), and Jagjit Singh, alias Happy (22), both residents of Bhai Roopa village under the Rampura Phul police station in Bathinda district. SSP Vivek Sheel Soni said some unknown persons had The suspects being produced in a Mohali court on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: VICKY snatched ~40,000 from Manohar Medical Store at gunpoint in the Sohana area Broken urinal pots, leaking roofs, foul smell greet visitors RENOVATION TENDERS Superintending Engineer Vijay Goel said there were around 40 public toilets in the markets. The unit of the Sector 11 market was recently renovated and the other toilets would be upgraded on the same lines. Tenders have been allotted for the renovation of around 12 toilets. the city clean and beautiful, the public toilets in sectors 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 15 are in a pathetic condition. He recently visit- FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Panel receives 293 vendors’ grievances on Saturday. A case under Sections 379-B, 34 and 506 of the IPC and Section 25 of the Arms Act was registered at the Sohana police station. He said on June 11, unknown persons had also snatched a bag containing gold and silver jewellery at gunpoint from a jeweller, Parveen Kumar, and his wife at the main market of Landran. A case was registered against unknown persons under Section 379-B of the IPC and Section 25 of the Arms Act at the Sohana police station. SSP Soni said various police teams, under the supervision of Kuljinder Singh, DSP (Investigation), Sukhjit Singh, DSP (Sub Division City-2), and Inspector Shiv Kumar, incharge, Continued on page 3 Public toilets a mess in markets of Panchkula Sanjay Bumbroo PAGE 3 DELHI CLUB WIN BASEBALL NATIONAL OPEN LEAGUE MC and Chandigarh Pollution Control Committee form a special task force to crack a whip on the violators. Naina Mishra CHANDIGARH 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SINGLE-USE PLASTIC: POLLUTION PANEL, MC FORM TASK FORCE ed the Sector 6 market to buy some medicines and had to use the toilet there. Leave aside entering the toilet, it was A public toilet in a pathetic condition at a market in Sector 10, Panchkula. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: NITIN MITTAL difficult to stand outside due to the foul smell emanating from the unit, said Hiteshi. After criticism by residents, c m y b Chief Sanitation Inspector Avinash Singla inspected the public toilets and submitted his report to the engineering wing. Singla said the public toilets were not being maintained. Also, civil works were not being carried out properly. He said the engineering wing had floated tenders for the maintenance of the toilets, but many units sans facilities. He said some of the employees had been put on duty to regularly clean these toilets. Whenever they receive a complaint, they immediately look into it. Superintending Engineer Vijay Goel said there were around 40 public toilets in various markets of the city. The toilet unit of the Sector 11 market was recently renovated and the other toilets in the city would be renovated on the same lines. Tenders have been allotted for the renovation of around 12 toilets and the work of allotting more tenders was under way. Rain likely for 3 days this week Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 26 The city is likely to see light rain from June 29 till July 1. According to the Chandigarh Meteorological Department, the next two days are expected to be cloudy following which light rain was expected till July 1. The city today recorded the maximum temperature of 37.8°C, which is a degree below normal, while the minimum temperature was 29.1°C, which is four degrees above normal. thigh at Dera Bassi Tribune News Service Panchkula, June 26 After being challenged by youths, who refused to allow the police to search a woman’s bag at a check post at Habetpur village in Dera Bassi, the police shot at one of the youth in the thigh in “selfdefence” this evening. The bullet pierced through the thigh of Hitesh Nell. He was rushed to the Civil Hospital but the doctors referred him to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh. Hitesh, his sister and brother-in-law alleged that the police opened fire at the victim in a fit of rage. Hitesh alleged that his brother-in-law and sister were standing on the Hebatpur road when a police party arrived there and misbehaved with them. The police wanted to check the bag of his sister. Fearing the police could implicate them in a false case, his sister called him to the spot. He, along with his other sister, reached the spot. His two sisters were also attacked by the police. The police officer, who opened fire at him, was in an inebriated state, alleged Hitesh. The police said the incident occurred at 10:45 pm when the Mubarikpur police post in-charge, ASI Balwinder Singh, was manning the check post at Habetpur. The police team stopped a couple riding a motorcycle and asked them to get their bag checked. They started hurling abuses and refused to get the bag checked. Balwinder said the man called his friends, including Hitesh, and they gheraoed the police party. They attacked the police with Says he opened fire in self-defence, victim claims cop acted in a fit of rage THE TRIGGER Hitesh alleged that his brotherin-law and sister were standing on the Hebatpur road when a police party arrived there and misbehaved with them. The police wanted to check the bag of his sister. Fearing the police could implicate them in a false case, his sister called him to the spot. He, along with his other sister, reached the spot. sticks and bricks. They tried to save their lives by running away but the group chased them and also damaged the police vehicle. Balwinder said fearing that the assailants could harm them, he fired a shot into the air to scare them off, but they still charged towards them. He fired another shot at the main accused below the waist in self-defence. However, the woman, who was riding pillion on the motorcycle, alleged that the police were not taking them as husband and wife, and were claiming that they were lovers roaming late at night. She said they got scared that the police could implicate them in a false case, and they started arguing with the police. Soon, they called their relatives for their protection. But the police shot our relative and injured him. The police tried to kill him, she alleged. SSP Vivek Sheel Soni, while denying the allegations, said the matter was being verified. He added the police opened fire in self-defence. A police officer was also injured. Action would be taken after investigation, said Soni.
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