13072022-CT-01.qxd 7/13/2022 12:41 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY | 13 JULY 2022 | CHANDIGARH NEW CROSSING MAY COME UP NEAR McDONALD’S LIGHT POINT Mohali Admn considering setting up a new intersection a little ahead of the one near McDonald’s outlet. FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD P’KULA MOHALI POSITIVE 94,517 45,509 97,308 RECOVERED 92,959 44,960 95,857 NEW CASES 74 41 66 ACTIVE 393 134 294 CHANGE 22 15 20 DEATHS 1,165 415 1,157 NEW 0 0 0 AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH 60 PANCHKULA 51 MOHALI 58 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF TWO HELD WITH PISTOL, HEROIN Zirakpur: The police arrested two persons and recovered a foreign-made pistol, seven live rounds and 500 gm of heroin from their possession near the Chhat light point. The suspects, Sukhwinder Singh, alias Nikka, and Lovepreet Singh, alias Lovely, are said to be close aides of jailed gangster Gurdeep Singh, alias Manna, of Barnala. Manna is presently lodged in a jail at Hoshiarpur. A case was registered against the suspects under the NDPS Act and the Arms Act at the Zirakpur police station on July 11. TNS TRAPS SET AFTER LEOPARD SCARE Mohali: Officials of the Forest and Wildlife Conservation Department have set up a cage and trap cameras following reports of leopard sightings near IISER and NABI. Sighting has, however, not been confirmed. Forest Divisional Officer (Wildlife) Kulraj Singh said on Monday the department had issued an advisory. The two campuses and adjoining rainwater drain area have been surveyed. He said no leopard paw marks were found in the area. The department urged people not to panic and give any information regarding spotting to the department. TNS PAGE 2 Fast-Track Court sentences a youth to 20 years of rigorous imprisonment for raping his minor cousin. MAX 32°C | MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C | MIN 27.4°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 7:26 PM PAGE 3 MASTER PLAN-2031: ADVISER SEEKS UPDATES ON PROJECTS During a meeting, UT Adviser seeks updates on various projects under the Chandigarh Master Plan-2031. SUNRISE THURSDAY 5:31 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Retd HC judge to probe Carmel tragedy Justice Chauhan to fix responsibility, list steps |~20L for kin of deceased |60-70 trees identified in edu institutes FOSWAC flags threat by termites, paver blocks Tribune News Service EX GRATIA BY UT Chandigarh, July 12 The UT Administration has constituted a one-member inquiry committee to ascertain the facts and fix responsibility in the tragic incident at Carmel Convent School on July 8 in which a 16-year-old girl lost her life and 19 others suffered injuries. The inquiry will be conducted by Justice Jitendra Chauhan (retd), a former judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. He will also suggest remedial action to be taken to prevent any such untoward incidents in future. Further, the UT Administration has announced financial assistance of Rs 20 lakh to the family of the girl who died in the incident, Rs 10 lakh to those grievously injured and Rs 1 lakh each to the students who suffered minor injuries. Among those injured, a female bus attendant of Carmel Convent School, who had suffered head injury after a tree fell on the school campus during the recess time on Friday, is in a critical condition. The 40-year-old patient is admitted to the ICU at the PGIMER and is on ventilator support. A 15-year-old student had to undergo amputation of the left arm above elbow due to her severe injury. Another student also had to undergo spinal surgery after suffering fracture. UT Administrator Banwarilal Purohit along with UT Adviser Dharam Pal and other senior officers visited both students and the attendant at the PGIMER today besides the aggrieved family to express condolences. After the incident, the UT Administration had constituted a committee of officials from the municipal corporation, Forest Department and Horticulture Wing of the administration to visit all 211 schools and other educational Continued on page 2 ~10L SERIOUS INJURIES UT Administrator Banwarilal Purohit meets a girl recuperating at the PGI, Chandigarh. TRIBUNE PHOTO BRANCHES FALL AT SEC 20 SCHOOL Some branches of a tree at Government Girls Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 20, fell on power cables on Tuesday, snapping supply to nearly half of the sector, including the school. The incident took place when classes were on. The principal informed the Horticulture Department and Electricity Department. The power cables were later fixed and supply restored. PANEL TO SUBMIT REPORT TODAY CAR DAMAGED IN SECTOR 35 A committee constituted by the UT Administration to inspect trees in all 211 schools and other educational institutions in the city has identified nearly 60-70 dead or dry trees and those posing danger to human life and property. The committee will submit its report on Wednesday. A branch of a tree fell on a car parked outside a house in Sector 35-C around 6 am on Tuesday. The house owner claimed that the car was damaged in the incident. He said the UT Administration should speed up the process of pruning trees before these posed danger to human life and property. Tribune News Service Tribune News Service taking some documents demanded ~10,000 as bribe. Rajender requested him to reduce the amount to ~8,000. He said since he did not want to pay bribe, he approached the CBI. After an investigation, the probe agency laid a trap and apprehended the suspect while accepting ~8,000 from the complainant at the indoor substation of the Electricity Department in Sector 40. A case was registered against him under Section 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act. Later, the CBI sleuths conducted searches on the premises of the suspect at Chandigarh and Yamunanagar, leading to the recovery of ~2 lakh, the CBI said in an official statement. An MC worker prunes a tree in Mohali on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Mohali begins drive to axe dead trees Ludhiana man held in P’kula café firing case ~2L recovered in raids on suspect’s city, Yamunanagar premises ~1L MINOR INJURIES Tribune News Service JE lands in CBI net for taking ~8K bribe Chandigarh/NewDelhi, July12 The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested a junior engineer (JE) of the UT Electricity Department for allegedly demanding and accepting ~8,000 as a bribe from a Maloya resident here on Monday. The suspect, Satish Kumar, was produced in the CBI court today and sent to 14-day judicial custody. In a complaint to the probe agency, Rajender Singh of Maloya had alleged that the suspect visited his house some days ago along with his neighbour Manjeet Singh and checked the electricity meter. The complainant stated that the JE informed that a complaint had been received against him regarding excess electricity load and using one power meter for two houses. Rajender alleged that the suspect threatened him with a fine and told him that he would have to install another electricity meter. The complainant alleged that Satish Kumar again visited his house on July 7 and after PAGE 2 YOUTH AWARDED 20-YEAR JAIL TERM FOR RAPING COUSIN Panchkula, July 12 The police have arrested the suspect who fired three shots outside Coco Café and Lounge in Sector 11 here on the intervening night of July 2 and 3. The suspect has been identified as Mohit Jagota, a resident of Jasia Habbowal in Ludhiana. The accused was arrested from a hotel in Pehowa, Haryana. Country made pistol used in crime: ACP In preliminary investigation, the accused told the police he had come to party with friends at the café. While they were dancing, a young man allegedly tried to disturb them in an inebriated state. He came out and opened fire at the person in a fit of anger, he told the police. Naresh Kumar, a bouncer, in a complaint to the police claimed around 4.15 am, Mohit emerged from the café talking on the phone. As he reached his vehicle, the accused pulled Continued on page 2 Mohali, July 12 Swinging into action following the death of a schoolgirl in Chandigarh after a tree fell on students recently, the Mohali Municipal Corporation has formed teams and started cutting dead trees. Municipal Commissioner Navjot Kaur and Deputy Mayor New saplings to replace old ones, says MC Kuljit Singh Bedi have instructed MC officials to plant saplings wherever dead trees were felled to maintain green cover. Officers were instructed to remove dead trees in respective areas after which the teams of the municipal corporation on the basis of complaints in different areas started the exercise. The commissioner said the officers had been instructed to inspect dead trees in different areas. She said action had been initiated immediately as the risk of falling trees remained high in the rainy season. — TNS Chandigarh, July 12 The Federation of Sectors Welfare Association Chandigarh (FOSWAC) has submitted a representation to UT Administrator and Punjab Governor Banwarilal Purohit, raising concern over threat to trees from termites, concretisation, unscientific laying of paver blocks and road expansion. In a representation, FOSWAC chairman Baljinder Singh Bittu also highlighted how a large number of trees on both sides of the Jan Marg were facing threat from offerings (sweets/eatables) left by residents owing to religious believes, inviting rodents and causing damage to roots. “Similarly, numerous trees have been weakened badly on V3 roads of the city and may collapse anytime. The status of many trees around Sukhna Lake, nearby forest, Dhanas green belt, Panjab University, in Sectors 36, 37 and 46, and northern sectors is no different,” added the representation. “To mitigate the environmental degradation and keep air pollution in check, maintenance of a robust and healthy tree cover is a must for a city like Chandigarh. We request you to take necessary steps and action in this regard,” the representation further said. It further urged the UT Administrator to announce suitable compensation to the families of victims of the recent tragic incident at Carmel Convent School. The UT Administration later in the evening announced financial compensation for the deceased family and those injured. Norms tightened for Defence wards vying for GMCH seats under UTpool MBBS COURSE Domicile exception goes |City address must in service record Naina Mishra Tribune News Service Chandigarh, July 12 The UT Administration has decided to revise the eligibility criteria for admission to the MBBS course in GMCH32 under the UT pool by removing domicile exception for wards of serving Defence personnel/ex-servicemen. Now, wards of serving Defence personnel/ex-servicemen having permanent address of Chandigarh in their service record, at the time of entry into Defence services, will be able to apply under the UT pool in MBBS course at GMCH-32. The requisite certificate for permanent address issued by the respective competent authority will be taken as the proof for this purpose. The decision was taken by UT Adviser Dharam Pal after a series of meetings. The MBBS seats in GMCH32 have two pools i.e. 15% seats in central pool and 85% seats in UT pool. The central pool seats are filled by the c m y b ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR UT POOL Completed Class X, XI & XII from UT schools/colleges as regular student OR Parents UT residents for past 5 years, immediately preceding date of application OR Wards of Central/state government on deputation to UT, including staff of UT Admn/autonomous bodies/firms in which UT has 20% or more share, for past 3 years OR Wards of serving Defence personnel/ex-servicemen having permanent address of UT in service record, at the time of entry into defence services POOLS FOR GMCH-32 CENTRAL UT 15% 85% Candidates in all four categories will have to give undertaking of not having opted for/claimed benefit of residence in any other state/UT other than Chandigarh after NEET result. Ineligible Defence wards, who otherwise meet any of the other three requirements, can apply under the quota Central Government, while the UT pool seats are filled locally by the admission committee as per the criteria fixed by the UT Administration. For the past 10 years, wards of serving Defence personnel/ex-servicemen were allowed in the UT pool seats irrespective of domicile status of their parents and schooling of candidates. For example, a ward of Defence personnel serving in Mumbai, who had never studied in UT Chandigarh, was allowed in the UT pool seats. The Home Department, Chandigarh Administration, in 2007 decided to waive the domiciliary restrictions of minimum stay in the states/UTs and condition of passing class 10 and 12 from the same state/UT in respect of wards of serving Defence personnel/ex-servicemen, seeking admission in the institutions of UT Chandigarh. In 2008, the administration decided to consider the wards of service Defence personnel/ex-servicemen under 85% quota. Till then, there was no reservation for wards of Defence personnel in medical admissions in GMCH-32. A case was filed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court challenging the exceptions/waiver of domicile to the Defence personnel for admission against UT pool seats in MBBS course in GMCH-32 and the petitioner Continued on page 2 A peepal tree surrounded by concrete structures outside a Sector 35 temple. TRIBUNE PHOTO REPRESENTATION SENT TO ADMINISTRATION ❝ Trees have been weakened badly on V3 roads and may collapse anytime. Their condition around Sukhna, Dhanas green belt, PU, in Sectors 36, 37 and 46, and northern sectors is no different. FOSWAC representation ❞ CONCERNS RAISED ■ Termite infestation ■ Raising concrete structure around base ■ Unscientific laying of paver blocks, roads ■ Offerings such as sweets invite rodents, damaging roots UT sees 74 cases CHANDIGARH: The city witnessed 74 fresh Covid cases on Tuesday, taking the active caseload to 393. While there was no fresh fatality, 52 patients recovered from the disease. — TNS 66 more contract virus in Mohali MOHALI: As many as 66 persons tested positive for Covid during the past 24 hours, taking the total number of cases in the district to 97,308, while 46 patients were cured of the disease. However, there was no fresh fatality. The district has 294 active cases. Meanwhile, a total of 20,74,795 beneficiaries have been given anti-Covid shots in the district till date. As many as 11,53,571 people have received the first dose while 8,73,790 of them have got the second dose too. Besides, 47,434 beneficiaries have been administered the third dose. — TNS 41 test positive in Panchkula PANCHKULA: The district on Tuesday reported 41 fresh cases of Covid, taking the overall tally to 45,509. However, no fresh fatality was reported while 26 patients got the better of the disease. There are 134 active cases in the district. — TNS
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