28062022-CT-01.qxd 6/28/2022 12:50 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE TUESDAY | 28 JUNE 2022 | CHANDIGARH PAGE 2 GOVT SCHOOLS TO DIGITISE RECORD OF EVERY STUDENT Now, the record of students, teachers and infrastructure will be digitised at every government school in the city. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY MAX 38°C | MIN 30°C | YESTERDAY MAX 37.5°C | MIN 31.2°C SUNSET TUESDAY 7:28 PM TRIBUNE PHOTOS: MANOJ MAHAJAN P’KULA MOHALI POSITIVE 93,604 44,973 96,678 RECOVERED 91,937 44,345 95,241 NEW CASES 52 27 42 ACTIVE 502 213 285 CHANGE 7 26 20 DEATHS 1,165 414 1,152 NEW 0 0 1 AIR QUALITY INDEX City Congress protests ‘ill-conceived’ Agnipath scheme for recruiting defence personnel below officer rank. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5:24 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE MC panel clears 59 works worth ~16.2 cr in 90 mins F&CC MEETING Sandeep Rana CHANDIGARH 103 PANCHKULA 59 MOHALI 84 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 PAGE 2 CONGRESS STAGES DHARNA AGAINST AGNIPATH SCHEME Panjab University announces that the elections to the Syndicate will be held at the Senate Hall on July 2. TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD PAGE 2 PANJAB UNIVERSITY TO HOLD SYNDICATE POLL ON JULY 2 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD Tribune News Service Firefighters try to douse the flames at Athelonics Hybrid Gym, Sector 43, Chandigarh, on Monday. INBRIEF Gym gutted in Sector 43 fire MOBIKE TAKEN AWAY FORCIBLY 5 fire vehicles pressed into service; cause not known Chandigarh: Unknown persons forcibly took away a motorcycle from a resident of Maloya. Complainant Nitin, a resident of EWS Colony, reported that two miscreants forcibly took away his bike and a phone from near the Sector 39 grain market chowk on June 13. The police investigated the matter and registered a case on June 26. In another incident, a woman of Sector 42 reported that an unknown person riding a bike snatched her bag containing a phone, documents and ~400 near Attawa Chowk, Sector 42. A case has been registered. TNS Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 27 A gym was gutted in a fire at Sector 43 this morning. Almost all goods, including machines, ACs and furniture, were burnt in the fire on the top floor of Athelonics Hybrid Gym. It was a nightmarish experience for those (around 10) who were doing a workout at the time of the fire. They rushed out of the gym. According to firemen, they got a call regarding the incident around 9 am. The fire broke out in a toliet and spread to the entire gym. Five fire safety vehicles were pressed into service from different stations. A fireman said it took around two hours to control the blaze. Firemen had a tough time to control the blaze due to smoke ASI suspended for ‘firing’ at youth Arrested IAS officer Sanjay Popli meets his wife at the cremation of his son in Sector 25, Chandigarh, on Monday. PHOTO: NITIN MITTAL Popli attends son’s last rites Chandigarh, June 27 Graft accused IAS officer Sanjay Popli’s son Kartik was cremated today after a post-mortem was conducted at the PGI by a panel of senior doctors comprising a forensic expert. The IAS officer attended the last rites of his son and lit the pyre. Kartik (26) had reportedly died by suicide at his house in Sector 11 here on Saturday. He had allegedly shot himself in the head with his father’s pistol on the first floor of the house. Panel of senior doctors conducts autopsy at PGI The post-mortem proceedings took place under the supervision of a magisterial officer, ADC Amit Kumar. The post-mortem examination was videographed. Sanjay Popli was brought from the district jail, Ropar, by the Punjab Police to enable him attend his son’s last rites. Later, Popli told the media that he had faith in the government and the judiciary. — TNS Mohali, June 27 The in-charge of the Mubarikpur police post, Assistant Sub-Inspector Balwinder Singh, has been suspended for allegedly firing at a youth after a scuffle at a check-post in Dera Bassi last night. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Viviek Sheel Soni said the ASI had been suspended and an inquiry marked to the DSP He said . the DSP had been asked to conduct a thorough probe and submit a report. Until then, the ASI would be under suspension. A police party had allegedly opened fire after it was challenged by some youths refusing to allow the police to conduct a search at a check-post at Habetpur in Dera Bassi. The ASI had allegedly shot at a youth, Hitesh. The bullet continued on page 2 AUCTION OF FANCY NUMBERS billowing out from the gym. Fire station officer Lal Bahadur Gautam said the reason of fire was not known yet. “We are talking to the owners to assess the total loss,” he said. Chandigarh, June 27 As many as 59 development agenda items worth ~16.20 crore were approved in 90odd minutes during a meeting of the Finance & Contract Committee of the Municipal Corporation today. It is the first time in the history of the civic body that these many agenda items were brought in an F&CC meeting and approved. F&CC members rushed through the agenda items. Only two agenda items were discussed — recruitment of MC staff and civic works to be done at a gaushala, said a member. Baljinder Singh Bittu, chairman, Federation of Sector Welfare Association of Chandigarh (FOSWAC), said, “Neither (MC) they want the public to know what agenda items they are bringing nor they want any discussion on the agenda. They just want to consume the available funds. They should instead take the views of the public on works that should be initiated.” Mayor Sarbjit Kaur said, “It is a record of sorts in the MC history that these many agenda A meeting of the Finance and Contract Committee of the MC in progress in Chandigarh on Monday. APPROVED BY PANEL Agenda Reconstruction of damaged footpath in Sector 37 Dismantling, relaying and fixing paver blocks and PCC tiles, construction of footpath in Sector 52 Providing and fixing paver blocks in Pipliwala Town Renovation of Community Centre at Mani Majra Repair of damaged tiles/pavers in front, rear of markets in Sector 27, 28, 29 Vertical garden, beautification of footpath near underpass, replacing sheet roof of book shops in Sec 15 items have been cleared. These were basic and need-based works and did not require any argument or lengthy discussion. We had agenda items from almost all wards.” BJP councillor Saurabh Chandigarh, June 27 The Ministry of Home Affairs today gave the final nod to the proposal of the UT Administration for the externally-aided project of the MC for 24x7 water supply in Chandigarh with a financial outlay of ~576.57 crore for the 2022-27 period. UT Adviser Dharam Pal said Chandigarh had signed an MoU with Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD) in 2016 wherein the AFD had agreed to support among other sectors water supply, sanitation and waste management. He said the primary goal of the project was to switch from ABOUT THE PROJECT Total cost AFD portion European Union Commission grant MC/Smart City portion ~591.59 cr ~412.80 cr ~97.87 cr ~80.92 cr intermittent supply to 24x7 supply. Among the other aims was water resource augmentation through leakage reduction. At present, work on the dedicated 24x7 water supply is on in Mani Majra. —TNS ~41.84 lakh ~40.69 lakh ~48.04 lakh ~49.64 lakh Joshi, a member of the committee, said, “It shows we want to accommodate every ward representative cutting across the party lines. We do not want people to keep waiting for these works, due to When girl attains pinnacle of education, it brings joy to parents, says High Court Allows release of father’s passport to travel to Canada for her convocation Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 27 In Indian society, especially when a girl attains the pinnacle of education, it brings joy not only to the parents but also makes the entire country proud, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has asserted. The assertion by Justice Anoop Chitkara came on a petition filed against the state of Punjab and other respondents by a girl’s father seeking the release of his passport to attend his daughter’s convocation. Taking up the petition filed through counsel RS Bajaj and Sidakjit Singh Bajaj, Jus- WHAT THE COURT SAID If her parents attend that function/convocation, it is likely to motivate the child for her further education. Simply because a case is pending would not mean that a person (petitioner) would not return to India or cannot be brought back to India. Justice Anoop Chitkara ❝ ❞ tice Chitkara asserted that the parents had a desire that their child attain the highest possible education the day he or she was born. “Thus, if her parents attend that function/convocation, it is likely to motivate the child for her further education. Simply because a case is pending would not mean that a person (petitioner) would not return to India or cannot be brought back to India,” Justice Chitkara asserted. The matter was brought to Justice Chitkara’s notice after a Judicial Magistrate First Class turned down the petitioner’s plea for the release of the passport to enable him to travel to Cana- da for attending his daughter’s convocation. Allowing the petition, Justice Chitkara set aside the impugned order before permitting the petitioner to travel to Canada. Directions were also issued to the trial court to return the passport to the petitioner, subject to certain conditions. Before parting with the case, Justice Chitkara directed that the petitioner would deposit his passport back to the trial court within 15 days of his return to India. However, it would not restrict the petitioner to apply again for the permanent release of his passport, if the necessity arose. Two city boxers make it to Indian team Kuldeep of SD College, Neema, a PU passout, to play Elorda Cup in Kazakhstan Deepankar Sharda MHA gives approval to 24x7 water supply in UT Cost ~49.84 lakh ~30.54 lakh Tribune News Service ‘0001’ goes for ~12.21 lakh Chandigarh, June 27 The vanity number ‘0001’ of new series CH01CK was auctioned for a whopping ~12.21 lakh today. A total of 436 registration numbers were auctioned by the Registration and Licensing Authority (RLA). The authority earned ~1,56,82,000 from the auction. The number ‘0007’ went for ~5.71 lakh, ‘0009’ for ~5.64 lakh, ‘0008’ for ~3.70 lakh, ‘0005’ for ~3.51 lakh, ‘0013’ for ~3.51 lakh, ‘9999’ for ~3.31 lakh, ‘0002’ for ~3.25 lakh and ‘0055’ for ~3.12 lakh. — TNS Chandigarh, June 27 A dream to wear an Indian jersey came true for two Chandigarh boxers, Kuldeep Kumar and Neema Khatri, who have been selected for the Elorda Cup to be held in Kazakhstan from June 28 to July 5. Kuldeep Kumar (46-48 kg), a student of GGDSD College, Sector 32, and Neema Khatri (66 kg), a passout from Chandigarh, have been selected to represent India. From working at pizza shop to representing India At 28, when most people decide to settle down, Neema is going to represent the nation in the international boxing championship starting tomorrow. A PU and PostGraduate Government Col- c m y b Neema Khatri Kuldeep Kumar lege, Sector 11, passout, Neema had once spent three months working part-time at a pizza outlet to pay her ~1,500 (per month) fee to learn boxing. “On learning this, my coach had waived my entire coaching fee. The outlet was at Sector 15 and I used to work during late evening shifts,” said a smiling Neema. While she is going to make her Indian debut, Neema had never planned her journey this way. She used to play volleyball and also participated in Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh state volleyball championships. She decided to switch to boxing at the age of 24. By the time she was pursuing her MPEd, she had won various accolades in boxing. While completing her NIS (diploma) in boxing, she won a bronze in the Elite Women’s National Championship at Hisar, before getting selected for the Indian probable camp. “I started boxing very late. I am grateful to my coaches Vishavjeet sir, RS Mann sir, and Shiv sir, who guided me throughout. I was a volleyball player but never got a chance to play for the nation. I am very happy that boxing has given me new hope. My father is a farmer and never asked me to stop pursuing my dream,” said Neema. She added, ‘I built up my interest in boxing during the last year of my BPEd course. continued on page 2 RECORD OF SORTS It is a record of sorts in the MC history that these many agenda items have been cleared. These were need-based works and did not need any lengthy discussion. ❝ ❞ Sarbjit Kaur, MAYOR which we brought all agenda items.” AAP councillor and committee member Taruna Mehta said though the agenda items were passed, it should be ensured that these works were actually done. 1 more succumbs in Mohali, 42 +ve Mohali, June 27 One more person succumbed to Covid-19 during the past 24 hours, taking the total number of deaths to 1,152 in the district. The deceased, a 55-year-old man, was a resident of Kakoli Chhat village. He was suffering from multiple ailments with sepsis and passed away at the Civil Hospital in Mohali. Besides, 42 more persons tested positive for Covid during the past 24 hours, while 21 patients were cured of the disease. There are 286 active cases in the district. A total of 20,65,360 beneficiaries in the district have been given anti-Covid shots till date. As many as 11,50,889 people have been given the first dose and 8,69,373 the second dose as well. Besides, 45,098 beneficiaries have been given the booster dose or the third dose. — TNS UT reports 52 fresh cases CHANDIGARH: The city witnessed 52 fresh cases of Covid on Monday, taking the active caseload to 502. While there was no fresh fatality due to the virus, 45 more patients recovered from the disease. The virus has claimed 1,165 lives in the city so far. — TNS 27 cases surface in Panchkula dist PANCHKULA: The district reported 27 cases of Covid during the past 24 hours, while one patient got the better of the disease. No fresh fatality took place in the district on Monday. There are 213 active cases. — TNS
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