11072022-CT-01.qxd 7/11/2022 1:10 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE MONDAY | 11 JULY 2022 | CHANDIGARH ROBBERS MAKE ATTEMPT TO BREAK OPEN AXIS BANK ATM PAGE 2 Unidentified robbers try to break open an Axis Bank ATM in front of District Administrative Complex. FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD P’KULA MOHALI POSITIVE 94,409 45,455 97,220 RECOVERED 92,873 44838 95,777 NEW CASES 61 27 28 ACTIVE 371 202 286 CHANGE 10 27 15 DEATHS 1,165 415 1,157 NEW 0 0 0 AIR QUALITY INDEX PANCHKULA 29 MOHALI 24 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF TREES: TEAM VISITS 82 SCHOOLS IN UT Chandigarh: Joint teams of officials from the Municipal Corporation, the horticulture wing of the Engineering Department and the Forest Department carried out an extensive survey of trees to avert any mishap during monsoon. An official said eight teams had inspected 82 schools and the entire exercise would be completed by Monday. TNS 1 NABBED WITH PISTOL, CASH Chandigarh: The police arrested a resident of Kotkapura in Punjab and recovered one .32-bore pistol, seven rounds and ~2.5 lakh from the vehicle he was driving near the Sector 17-18 light point on Saturday night. The suspect has been identified as 25-year-old Akash Kanwaljeet Singh. He couldn’t give any satisfactory answer about the possession of the cash as well as the pistol. Further investigation into the matter is going on. TNS SUNSET MONDAY 7:27 PM UT police arrest two persons with charas and heroin, register cases against them under the NDPS Act. SUNRISE TUESDAY 5:30 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE UT Administration sounds alert for areas alongside Sukhna Choe Tribune News Service Chandigarh, July 10 The UT Administration today issued an alert for the opening of floodgates of Sukhna Lake after its level reached 1,161.50 ft, which is close to the danger mark of 1,163 ft. Officials said if the spell of heavy rain continued in the hills, then the Sukhna level might cross the danger mark in a day or two, and the floodgates would have to be opened. As a precautionary measure, the UT engineering wing has informed its Mohali counterpart about the rising level of the lake. Owing to the heavy rain in the catchment area this month, the danger mark has neared in July only. Last year, the water level had crossed the danger mark in late August. The flood gates last year were opened when the level reached 1,162 ft. The two floodgates had to be opened in August 2020 Will issue instructions on children’s safety: Dept Chandigarh, July 10 After the unfortunate incident at Carmel Convent School, the Chandigarh Administration has finally woken up to the issue of child safety in school buildings. It will take up tomorrow the long-standing demand of parents for letting children have their meals inside classrooms, among other issues relating to children’s safety. On Friday, a 250-year-old tree split and fell on children while they were having their lunch in the recess break at Carmel Convent School, Sector 9, killing 16-year-old Heerakshi and injuring 18 students. Many parents said their children were not allowed to stay inside classrooms during the recess. Shreya, a resident of Sector 32-D, whose child studies in St Anne’s School, had written to officials of the Education Department, objecting to schoolchildren being forced to have their lunch in the playground in the scorching heat. “My daughter is in Kendriya Vidyalaya, Sector 31, and they are not allowed to remain in classes during the lunch break. I have requested teachers several times that children should be allowed to sit inside classrooms in hot weather, but nobody pays attention to such demands. The recent tragedy ATTENDANT CRITICAL The 15-year-old student, who had undergone amputation of the left arm above elbow, has been shifted to a private room and is to undergo another surgery on Monday for stump closure. Another injured, a 16-year-old student, who had suffered a spine fracture, underwent surgery and was reported to be stable. The 40year-old bus attendant is still in the ICU and her condition is reported to be critical. ADVISER TO TAKE STOCK OF SITUATION The UT Adviser, Deputy Commissioner, Director of School Education, MC Commissioner and officials from the Horticulture Department, among others, will meet on Monday to discuss the ongoing investigation into the incident. OFFICIALSPEAK has come and we ❝The issueall schoolsto my knowledgestudentswill pass directions to to ensure that are not forced to stay outside to have their meals in any unsafe environment. Harsuhinder Pal Singh Brar, DIRECTOR OF SCHOOL EDUCATION ❞ has shaken us to the core and we are more than worried about our kids,” said Gagan, a city resident. Rajni, whose daughter studies in a private school, said there had been instances when children fainted in the scorching heat as they were not allowed to have meals in classrooms. Around 1,000 students cannot huddle under SUKHNA LEVEL 1,161.50 FT DANGER MARK 1,163 FT The water level of Sukhna Lake has increased due to heavy rain in its catchment. PRADEEP TEWARI after the level of the lake crossed the danger mark. It had caused a widespread flooding in the low-lying areas of Zirakpur alongside the Sukhna Choe. Earlier on September 24, 2018, the incessant rain in the catchment area had forced the officials to open the floodgates after a gap of GATES LAST OPENED AUGUST 2021 AUGUST 2020 SEPTEMBER 2018 (Sukhna Choe carries excess lake water to Ghaggar) 10 years. The Sukhna Choe carries the excess water of the lake to the Ghaggar river. Mega projects for Mani Majra sheds and many students have to have meal while standing, she added. Meanwhile, Director of School Education Harsuhinder Pal Singh Brar said: “The issue has come to my knowledge and we will pass directions to all schools to ensure that students are not forced to stay outside to have their meals in any unsafe environment.” Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service Chandigarh, July 10 Underdeveloped areas of Mani Majra have finally caught officials’ attention with the Municipal Corporation proposing to set up a science museum, banquet hall, convention centre, speciality hospital, multi-level parking and an amusement park in the area. The civic body has approved the sites for these projects and sent the proposal to the Chief Architect for approval. “We have sent the proposal and the administration will take a final call on it,” confirmed MC Commissioner Anindita Mitra. According to officials, an amusement park would be set up on the lines of Fun City at the Tibetan Market ground, near the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) light point. It has been proposed to be built on 12 acres alongside the Chandigarh-Kalka highway. A banquet hall on 4 acres in the same location has also been planned. A speciality hospital and a science museum have been proposed for Rain pours misery Another FIR against woman fraudster Tribune News Service Residents wade through a waterlogged road at Savitry Heights-2 on VIP Road in Zirakpur after the rain on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: NITIN MITTAL SEE ALSO PAGE 3 The site for the proposed amusement park in Mani Majra. THE PLAN Amusement park, banquet Speciality hospital, science museum Multi-level parking Convention centre the area on the back of the Solitaire hotel. “The broader plan is to develop the vacant land on the Chandigarh-Kalka highway by carrying out these projects,” said an official. Besides, a multi-level parking has proposed in the “abadi” area of Mani Majra. If materialised, it will be in addition to the one coming up at Rana ki Haveli. A convention centre has been earmarked on 18 acres in Pipliwala Town here. According to information, Tibetan Market ground Area behind Solitaire hotel “Abadi” area Pipliwala Town UT Adviser Dharam Pal, during a meeting, had asked the MC to explore its vacant land in Mani Majra for development. Officials of the civic body informed him that the areas had not been developed due to several pending litigations. The Adviser directed the officials to plan projects for the sites which did not have any litigation pending. Following his directions, the MC conducted a survey and prepared the proposal for the projects. The lowest level of the Sukhna in the past seven years was in June 2017 when it reached 1,152 ft. The peak water level in June 2018 was 1,155.2 ft and in June 2019 1,156 ft. The water level had remained around the 1,155 ft mark last year. At the 1,152 ft mark, the lake is considered to be drying. MOHALI LOGS 28 INFECTIONS Mohali: The district reported 28 more cases of Covid in the past 24 hours, taking the number of positive cases to 97,220. While no death was reported, 13 patients were cured of the disease. There are 286 active cases with the death toll of 1,156. A total of 20,73,103 beneficiaries have been given the anti-Covid shots to date. TNS UT SEES 61 CASES Chandigarh: The city witnessed 61 fresh Covid cases on Sunday, taking the active caseload to 371. While there was no fresh fatality, 71 patients recovered from the disease. The virus has claimed 1,165 lives in the city so far. TNS 27 MORE INFECTED IN PANCHKULA Panchkula: Fresh 27 cases of Covid were reported in the past 24 hours, taking the number of positive cases to 45,455 in the district. No death due to the virus was reported. Of the total cases, 44,838 patients have been cured and discharged from the hospitals. There are 202 active cases with 415 fatalities in the district. TNS 17 FIRs over fake gold loan in 5 months ~80-lakh fraud surfaces in Panchkula bank; empanelled jeweller on the run Sanjay Bumbroo Tribune News Service Panchkula, July 10 Instances of securing loan by depositing fake jewellery have been on the rise in the district with 17 cases having been registered in various police stations over the past five months. Interestingly, the accused have targeted a single bank and involvement of empanelled jeweller of the bank has also come to the fore. The bank had got the mortgaged gold verified from the empanelled jeweller, who had cleared fake gold as original. The matter came to light when the bank got the gold checked from another jeweller after the loanee failed to repay the loan and the bank tried to auction gold. Whenever an applicant approaches bank for loan against gold, the bank gets its purity checked from an SEC 16 BRANCH TARGETED ■ Fraudsters targeted Bank of India’s branch at Sector 16 in Panchkula ■ Matter comes to light after the bank got gold checked from another jeweller after loan default ■ Cops in search of prime accused Deepak Bhola of Sector 9, the empanelled jeweller REPRESENTATIONAL PIC Chandigarh, July 10 A resident of Sector 51, Manjit Kaur, who is already facing around 12 cheating cases, has been booked again by the police for allegedly duping a city resident of ~30.94 lakh by promising him the allotment of a flat of the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) in Sector 51. The complainant, Gopal Attri, a resident of Burail, Sector 45, reported that he was searching for a flat in 2020 when he met Manjit, who claimed that she could get him a flat on a reasonable price. She also claimed that she could get Gopal a flat under the Governor or Prime Minister quota. The woman told the complainant that she had also got flats in Sector 51 under the oustee quota and even showed a few flats to him. Between July and August 2020, he had transferred ~27.94 lakh in Manjit’s bank account. He also gave her ~3 lakh as token money. However, she failed to get a flat allotted to him. The police have registered a case under sections 420, 406 and 120-B of the IPC at the Sector 49 police station. Manjit was arrested last year and is in judicial custody. She duped the victims by claiming that she had links with the then Punjab Governor and senior BJP leaders. PAGE 3 Let kids have meal in Sukhna close to danger mark classrooms: Parents Tribune News Service 47 POLICE ARREST TWO PERSONS WITH CHARAS, HEROIN IN CITY City archer Tanishka claims second rank in the 2nd Khelo India National Ranking Women Archery Tournament. MAX 34°C | MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 32.2°C | MIN 24.6°C Naina Mishra CHANDIGARH PAGE 3 CITY ARCHER BRINGS LAURELS, CLAIMS 2ND NATIONAL RANK ‘MAIN ACCUSED TO BE ARRESTED SOON’ ❝ We were seeking record from the bank. The mobile phone of main accused Deepak Bhola has been put on surveillance. He will be arrested soon. Vijay Nehra, ACP empanelled jeweller. Only when the purity is verified and the valuation is done based on the prevailing market price, the bank approves ❞ the loan. According to information, fraudsters targeted a nationalised bank, Bank of India, Sector 16, which sanctioned a c m y b total of Rs 80 lakh as loan. In all, the bank has filed 17 cases, but the police are yet to arrest the empanelled jeweller, Deepak Bhola, of Sector 9, who is on the run. After receiving the complaint from the bank, Deputy Commissioner of Police Surinder Pal Singh had formed a special investigating team led by Assistant Commissioner of Police Aman Kumar. However, he was transferred and the case was being investigated by the SIT led by ACP Vijay Nehra. The ACP said investigations were being carried out and they were seeking record from the bank. The accused involved in the fraud would be arrested soon. The mobile phone of the main accused, Deepak Bhola, had been put on surveillance and the police were trying to know his whereabouts. RAIN FURY: A man tries to remove a branch from a car at Phase 1, Mohali, on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Mobile firms owe P’kula MC ~32 cr Sanjay Bumbroo Tribune News Service Panchkula, July 10 The local Municipal Corporation is to recover a total of ~32 crore from mobile companies which have laid wires to increase their network in the city. Today, the MC took action against three companies, which owe the civic Tower connections of 3 companies snapped body about ~1 crore, by cutting their mobile tower connections and lines. The enforcement wing of the MC, along with officials of the engineering wing, snapped the connections of Idea, Vodafone and Jio. These companies had laid wires through sewer lines of the Haryana Shahri Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP). The MC officials said these companies had taken permission to lay wires through 10 manholes. It was found that almost double the sanctioned continued on page 2
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