18072022-CT-01.qxd 7/18/2022 1:31 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE MONDAY | 18 JULY 2022 | CHANDIGARH ‘ENSURE REGULAR INSPECTION OF OLD TREES, ACT FAST’ PAGE 2 Residents say institutions must take timely steps, avoid delay caused by red tape, form panels to keep an eye on trees. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY P’KULA MOHALI POSITIVE 94,933 45,756 97,611 RECOVERED 93,244 45,100 96,060 NEW CASES 85 59 59 ACTIVE 524 240 392 CHANGE 24 17 31 DEATHS 1,165 416 1,159 NEW 0 0 0 MOHALI 43 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF A number of trees fell due to storm and rain, damaging several vehicles and buildings. No one suffered injuries. SUNRISE TUESDAY 5:34 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE NITIN MITTAL JOINT TOPPERS FROM MOHALI & PANCHKULA Cops at the scene of the shootout at the furniture market in Baltana, Zirakpur, on Sunday evening. TRIBUNE PHOTO: NITIN MITTAL Cop among 2 injured in Zirakpur shooting, 3 held JOINT FIRST 99 PER CENT Gaurav Kanthwal TARGET ACHIEVED Chandigarh: The Burail jail authorities recovered two mobile phones and a charger concealed in the floor of a washroom during a surprise check. The authorities had specific information about the presence of two phones. Head Warder Haman Singh and Warder Parminder Singh carried out a surprise check in the washroom of barrack No. 4. Jail officials said part of the floor was excavated and two phones, a charger and data cable were recovered from a cavity made in the floor under the tiles. No SIM card was, however, found from the mobile phones. The police were informed about the seizure, following which a case under Section 52A-(1) of the Prisons Act was registered at the Sector 49 police station. TNS Tribune News Service Ravleen, who also topped Mohali district, had set a target of scoring over 95 per cent marks. Her success mantra was ‘daily revision without any gap, making notes and reading books’. She said most of her studies were in blended mode. “There is less distraction from your classmates. It all depends on your focus. But, given the choice, she would prefer offline classes,” said Ravleen, daughter of realtor Gagandeep Singh and Gurkreet Sama. “I wish to become a forensic expert, as I like biology a lot. It is not just a desk job. It needs application of mind. I usually spend time sketching and composing music. I have been sketching since childhood. It gives me happiness. I also like to pen lyrics and compose backround music. Now, I get very little time 2 MOBILES, CHARGER SEIZED AT BURAIL JAIL Zirakpur, July 17 A policeman and a suspect were injured in a shootout following an extortion bid at Hotel Tricity Relax Inn, near the Baltana furniture market, around 9 pm today. Three suspects have been arrested. The suspects, members of the Bhuppi Rana gang, were trying to extort money from the hotel owner when cops moved in to arrest them, leading to cross-firing in which one of the policemen was injured. Commandos of the Operation Cell also arrived at the scene. Eyewitnesses said a scuffle had broken out among fivesix persons outside the hotel around 9 pm. On July 11, an FIR for extortion and under the Arms Act was registered. Acting on the information, a police a trap was laid and a scuffle ensued between the cops and three gangsters, Fugitive couple held for ’09 double murder Nabbed from MP for killing Panchkula financier, son Victims Vinod Mittal & son Yashan. FILE KEPT CHANGING PLACES, CHANGED IDs ■ While on the run, Raju and Shilpa kept changing places and lived under false IDs. They didn’t even contact family or friends during this period ■ On Feb 14, 2009, financier Vinod Mittal and his son Yashan were reported missing. An FIR was lodged on Feb 16, 2009, on the complaint of Mittal’s wife ■ Mittal had lent money to couple for saloon. On demanding money back, the two along with four others stabbed him and dumped his body into a river near Rajpura ■ Realising that Mittal’s son had witnessed the crime, the accused threw him alive into the river RAVLEEN KAUR (MOHALI) ARMAAN CHAHAL (PANCHKULA) JOINT SECOND THIRD 98.80 PER CENT 98.40 PER CENT TARINI MEDITI (CHANDIGARH) ANUSHA (CHANDIGARH) for hobbies, but it helps in relaxation,” she added. ASPIRING TO BE AN AEROSPACE ENGINEER Chahal gave credit of his achievement to his teachers and parents. “I used to study only 2 to 3 hours a day. I am fond of making art and sketches. I want to pursue a SPORTS ACHIEVERS EXCEL IN ACADEMICS TOO National athlete Punya Handa, student of St Stephen’s School, scored 91%. Punya is a state champion in 80m hurdles and 100m hurdles event. TIA NAGPAL (CHANDIGARH) career in aerospace engineering and have already started taking classes under professional guidance. My parents and teachers have always support me and I will try to make them proud in future as well. I am aiming for a berth in the IIT or Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh,” said Chahal, Raju and Shilpa in STF custody. 4 CONVICTED IN CASE 6 4 2 ARRESTED GET LIFE TERM ACQUITTED Shooter & national skater Shreya Tyagi of Tender Heart School scored 91%. She has won laurels in state shooting & national skating meets. whose father is a scientist and mother a housewife. Chandigarh also witnessed a tie between toppers. Tarini Mediti, a student of St Xavier’s School, Sector 44, and Anusha, a student of St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, scored 98.80 per cent marks. Tarini, whose parents (Prabhakar and Manju) are faculty Roller skater Birshahaanjit Singhof Tender Heart School, scored 87%. He recently won silver in the 59th National Roller Skating Championship. members of IIT Ropar, has her interest in computer applications and wants to become an expert in the field. “My major area of focus is computer applications and artificial intelligence. I have no immediate plans of joining any institute, but I have started continued on page 2 GIRLS OUTDO BOYS, AGAIN PAGE 3 GANGSTERS’ BID TO EXTORT HOTELIER ■ The Bhuppi Rana gang members had come to extort money from owner of Hotel Tricity Relax Inn ■ On July 11, an FIR of extortion was lodged. A police trap was laid, leading to a scuffle and shootout said DIG Gurpreet Bhullar. “Sub-Inspector Rahul suffered injury in the head after being hit with a pistol butt. Two shots were fired, one of which hit a cop wearing a bulletproof vest. In retaliatory fire, a youth, Ranbir, was hit in the leg. Suspects Vishal Kumar and Ashish Rana were arrested,” he said. The youth belonged to Barwala and had come to extort the hotel owner. They told the police they were sent by Ankit Rana, an associate of gangster Bhuppi Rana. Ankit is a resident of Sultanpur, Barwala. City sees wettest July in12 years Sandeep Rana Met predicts more rain on July 19, 20 and 21 Tribune News Service Chandigarh, July 17 It’s mid of July and the city has already seen month’s highest rainfall in over a decade. From July 1 to today, the city has witnessed 393.1 mm rainfall. This amount of rainfall has never been witnessed for July since 2011, from when the Chandigarh Meteorological Department started maintaining data. The second highest rainfall (319.4 mm) for the month was seen in 2019. In Chandigarh, the normal rainfall for July is 277.7 mm. “Overall, monsoon has been active this season. Above normal rainfall has been forecast in this region. On July 19, 20 and 21, rain is again expected to lash the city,” said Manmohan Singh, Director, Met Department. “Heavy rain is likely in the tricity. Thunderstorm/lightning is very likely to occur during the period. However, no significant change in the maximum temperature is expected,” said a weather department update. The city today witnessed 51.7 mm rainfall from 8.30 am (Saturday) till 8.30 am (Sunday). 400 350 300 250 200 150 100 RAIN IN JULY RAINFALL (IN MM) 271.5 214.4 Chandigarh, July 17 A car was damaged after a tree fell on it in Sector 43-B today. According to information, the incident occurred around 5 am. People of the area rushed outside after hearing a thumping sound. A telecommunication box also got damaged. It took bulk of the impact of the falling tree, saving the car from getting crushed. The 319.4 248.9 206.9 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 302.6 219.7 156 125.4 2016 2017 128.6 160.7 2018 2019 393.1 2021 2022 2020 Sukhna floodgates opened amid downpour Chandigarh, July 17 The UT administration had to open the floodgates at the regulatory end of Sukhna Lake after its level reached 1,162.45 feet late last night. The floodgates were opened at 1.15 am and closed when the level reached 1,162 feet around 6.30 pm. The danger mark is 1,163 feet, but generally when the water level reaches above 1,162 feet, the gates are opened. As a result, water came onto the road at some places. The city police had to divert traffic as water overflowed small bridges near the Cremation Ground; Industrial Area, Phase-1 (Road coming from SDM East light point towards Gurcha Turn); and near Tree falls on car in Sec 43 RAVI KUMAR Panchkula, July 17 In a major breakthrough, the Ambala unit of the special task force (STF), Haryana, has arrested two prime accused in the murder case of Panchkula-based financier and his four-year-old son over 13 years ago. The two were carrying a reward of Rs 1 lakh. The arrested couple have been identified as Raju and Shilpa, natives of Badopal village in Fatehabad district. They were residing in AKS Colony near Ashiana Department of Zirakpur at the time of the incident. The STF arrested the two from Bilochi Mardana area of Indore, Madhya Pradesh, where they were residing under false identities — Ravi Pawar and Sunita Pawar. They had also prepared fake Aadhaar cards. DSP STF Ambala unit, , Aman Kumar said as the two along with their daughter kept shifting places and changing their names, making it hard to track them. He said the two didn’t contact their parents, relatives or friends over the past 13 years. Their facial profiles had also changed during this period. After the crime, the accused shifted to Shirdi, Maharashtra, and lived there for about a year, before moving to Hyderabad, where they stayed for three to four years. The couple finally shifted to Indore, where they had been living for the past eight to nine years, he said. The two were brought from Indore by the STF and handed over to the Sector 14 police station. continued on page 2 SUNSET MONDAY 7:24 PM Chandigarh/Mohali/ Panchkula, July 17 The wait for the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) Class X results ended this this evening with Mohali and Panchkula scoring over Chandigarh in giving this year’s joint toppers from the tricity. Mohali’s Ravleen Kaur, a student of Yadvindra Public School, and Panchkula’s Armaan Chahal, a student of Little Flower School, topped the tricity’s with 99 per cent marks. 34 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 MAX 35°C | MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34.4°C | MIN 24.3°C Tribune Reporters 38 PANCHKULA The fifth edition of the Jeev Milkha Singh Invitational event at Chandigarh Golf Club from October 13 to 16. PAGE 3 ICSE CLASS X Chandigarh’s Tarini, Anusha joint second | Tia Nagpal third AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH 72-MM RAINFALL WREAKS HAVOC IN PATIALA, ROADS INUNDATED Ravleen, Armaan top tricity TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD PAGE 3 JEEV MILKHA SINGH INVITATIONAL FROM OCT 13 AT CGC, SAYS PGTI A swollen Sukhna Choe after water was discharged. NITIN MITTAL Zirakpur residents face flooding, 6-hour outage Gates of Sukhna were opened as water level neared danger mark. WATER LEVEL PEAKS IN JULY ■ This year, floodgates have been opened in July; last year it happened in Aug ■ Two floodgates had to be opened in August 2020 ■ On Sept 24, 2018, floodgates were opened after a gap of 10 years Makhan Majra (Makhan Majra road towards Raipur Khurd). In order to avoid any untoward incident, the general public was advised against travelling on several stretches and asked to take alternative continued on page 3 rear glass of the car got shattered. Area councillor Prem Lata said: “Fortunately, the tree fell early in the morning. Else, it could have been much worse. I have asked the authorities to prune or remove vulnerable trees as soon as possible.” The incident occurred despite authorities having launched a drive to prune or cut trees The telecommunication box and car that were damaged by a tree as it fell in Sector 43, Chandigarh, on Sunday. PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI that pose a threat. — TNS c m y b Zirakpur, July 17 The Sunday morning of Zirakpur residents’ went in draining out rainwater from the ground floor and streets, while the afternoon saw no electricity in houses. After bracing waterlogging in most parts, residents had tough time facing a six-hour power outage, which affected Baltana, Pabhat, VIP Road, Nagla, Peermuchalla, Dhakoli and other parts of Zirakpur. In some parts, residents experienced power cuts for the third day in a row. PSPCL officials said a new sub-station was being readied for the Baltana area due to which some cuts had to be scheduled. The work was almost over and there would be no more scheduled power cuts, they said. Basements and ground floors of housing societies in the low-lying areas of Baltana were filled with rainwater, while streets remained waterlogged till late in the afternoon. “Zirakpur resi- dents are being tested owing to regular waterlogging and outages. It seems the entire system has crumbled. Politicians and government officials are silent, leaving residents to their plight,” said Lakhwinder Sharma, a Baltana resident and a former Panjab University employee. The Zirakpur Municipal Council had made no preparations for the monsoon season, said residents. Cleaning of drains had not been undertaken before the rainy season, said an irate Peermuchalla resident. The VIP Road, too, saw puddles and stagnant water. — TNS
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