01082022-CT-01.qxd 8/1/2022 1:03 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE MONDAY | 1 AUGUST 2022 | CHANDIGARH HIRING 50 PHLEBOTOMISTS VIA OUTSOURCING ON PGI MIND Reeling under staff shortage to handle huge patient load, PGI mulls engaging 50 phlebotomists through outsourcing. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD P’KULA MOHALI POSITIVE 96,601 46,827 98,955 RECOVERED 94,498 45,959 97,076 NEW CASES 188 126 63 ACTIVE 934 418 720 CHANGE 43 8 6 DEATHS 1,169 418 1,159 NEW 0 0 0 AIR QUALITY INDEX PAGE 3 BSF STARTS TREE PLANTATION DRIVE FROM MOHALI CAMPUS MAX 31°C | MIN 25°C | YESTERDAY MAX 27.8°C | MIN 26.1°C SUNSET MONDAY 7:16 PM 39 Had lost control over his two-wheeler after hitting a pothole PANCHKULA 44 MOHALI 52 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF 5-YEAR-OLD GIRL DIES OF SNAKEBITE Dera Bassi: A five-year-old girl died of snakebite at Paragpur village here on Sunday. The deceased has been identified as Amandeep Kaur, daughter of Krishan Singh. He said around 4 am on Saturday night, the girl started vomiting and lost consciousness. He took her to the government hospital in Dera Bassi. The doctors started treatment and kept her at the hospital for about 2 hours. Finally, they referred her to the GMCH-32. On reaching there, the doctors declared the child dead. TNS Youth killed in hit-&-run Tribune News Service Zirakpur, July 31 A 28-year-old shopkeeper, the only son of his parents, was electrocuted near the Maya Garden-3 housing society on VIP Road during the rain last night. The deceased, Girish Goel, was returning home on his bike when he hit a pothole and crashed into a transformer alongside the road. When passers-by rescued him, current was still flowing through him. Local residents alleged that they requested officials of the Electricity Department to reach the spot and shut down the power supply, but no one turned up. Eyewitnesses said the barefoot victim remained lying near the transformer for a while before the passersby shifted him to the hospital. The doctors declared him dead on arrival. Resentment prevailed among the traders’ community and the local residents, who staged a protest today. They raised slogans against the administration and demanded that an FIR be lodged in the case. A resident of Maya Garden-3, Ritu, said, “The road has been lying damaged for the past three months. Despite reminders to the MC, no one turned up to repair it. Maids working in the society complained there was current flowing in waterlogged streets.” Zirakpur SHO Deepinder Singh Brar said, “The body was handed over to the family after post-mortem.” Protesters block road Residents of Maya Garden Chandigarh, July 31 An 18-year-old youth riding pillion on a motorcycle died after being hit by a truck near the Sector 38-38 (West) light point. The truck driver sped away after hitting the motorcycle. According to the police, Samir, alias Sangam, a resident of Kharar, reported that a recklessly driven truck hit his motorcycle near a scrap shop. The truck sped away after the accident. The complainant and his friend Vikram, alias Vicky, of Sector 115, Kharar, were injured in the accident. Both were rushed to the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16, where the doctors declared Vicky dead on arrival. A case under Sections 279, 337, 338 and 304-A of the IPC had been registered at the Maloya police station. (Anti-clockwise) Residents block VIP Road to protest the death of Girish Goel (inset) on Sunday; a biker negotiates a waterlogged road at a housing society; and cops regulate traffic in Zirakpur. PHOTOS: NITIN MITTAL OFFICIALS PROMISE QUICK ACTION asked for a report three a unfortunate incident. ❝I havewhich department isinat fault.days to ❝It iswillverythe loose cables withinThe find out PSPCL fix a ❞ week. ❞ Kuldeep Singh, DERA BASSI TEHSILDAR City Society and others blocked the road by placing the body in an ambulance at the Domino’s Square. The Tehsildar, Naib Tehsildar, MC officials and the PSPCL SDO HS Oberoi, EXECUTIVE ENGINEER reached the spot and tried to pacify the protesters. The officials assured the protesters that the road would be repaired and the electricity cables secured properly. Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 15, wins boys’ U-14 inter-school baseball tournament. SUNRISE TUESDAY 5:42 AM Biker rams into transformer on VIP Road, electrocuted The protesters showed the officials potholes, waterlogged areas and leaking sewerage lines and sought an early resolution of all these problems. The police investigate at the spot where the student reportedly drowned in the river at Morni. body lying on a boulder in the river and informed the police. The boy’s grandfather, Narata Ram, said Lalit lived with his uncle, Hemraj Sharma. He left for the school on Saturday morning but did not return. Villagers said there was a bridge on the riv- FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service Chandigarh, July 31 The city recorded 52.4-mm rainfall today, taking the total rainfall this month to 525.7mm, the second highest rainfall in the city ever. According to the airport observatory, 602.1-mm rainfall reported in 1994 is the alltime high for July. The Chandigarh IMD observatory in Sector 39 started maintaining the data from 2011 onwards. The airport observatory has the rainfall data of period prior to 2011. July 2000 saw 442.1-mm rainfall, followed by 411.1 mm in 2005 and 406.5 mm in 2010. The normal rainfall in July is 275.6 mm, which is the average rainfall of the past 30 years. “This time monsoon has remained extreme. There were hardly any dry days. Westerns disturbances also remained very active. Overall, the North had witnessed heavy rains,” said Met Director Manmohan Singh. “Rain is likely in next three days, but from August 4 onwards, monsoon will intensify,” he added. Meanwhile, several areas, including the old Labour Chowk-ITI light point road, ISBT Sector 17 Chowk towards Himalaya Marg and the Kalibari light point, Centra Mall light point and the Government Press light point, witnessed severe waterlogging. Trees uprooted Due to the heavy rain, trees fell at several places, including councillor Damanpreet Singh’s house at Sector 22. “It was a green tree and seemed healthy. Fortunately, there was no damage. We request the MC to remove Residents say there are no bridges connecting villages, have to risk life crossing swollen river Panchkula, July 31 A 17-year-old boy, who studied in Class XII, was washed away while trying to cross the Badi Sher river at Morni in the district yesterday. His body was found today. The deceased has been identified as Lalit Kumar, a resident of Dhadholi village, Morni. According to information, the boy was swept away by the river near Bhoj Koti village while returning from the school. Villagers found Lalit’s TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD July rain breaks record, second highest ever Class XII student swept away in river at Morni Tribune News Service PAGE 3 SECTOR 15 GOVT SCHOOL WIN BASEBALL TOURNAMENT BSF kicks off massive tree plantation drive along entire western borders of country from its Mohali campus . Tribune News Service CHANDIGARH 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 PAGE 3 er 3 km ahead. They suspected the boy might have avoided the bridge and tried to cross the swollen river on a shortcut to reach home. Morni police post in-charge Man Singh said the body was removed from the river with the help of villagers and sent to the Civil Hospital, Panchkula, for post-mortem. The villagers said there were no concrete bridges connecting villages and people had to cross the swollen river during the rains. They have written to the administration many times, but in vain, they added. 52.4 MM SUNDAY RAINFALL Vehicles pass through a waterlogged street on the Panjab University campus on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI JULY RAINFALL 481.3 602.1 MM MM 442.1 411.1 406.5 525.7 MM MM MM 1993 1994 2000 MM 2005 2010 2022 602.1-MM RAINFALL OF 1994 IS ALL-TIME HIGH FAIDAN BRIDGE DAMAGED FLOODGATES OPENED, 2ND TIME THIS MONTH The heavy rain caused damage to the Faidan bridge. A public toilet and a shop were also damaged. Local councillor Jasbir Singh said, “I have asked the MC to repair the bridge with ward development fund. However, the officials said these funds cannot be used for such kind of works.” For the second time this July, the UT Administration had to open the floodgates of the Sukhna Lake on Sunday after the water level reached 1162.7 feet in the afternoon. The danger mark is 1,163 feet. Earlier on July 17, the administration opened the floodgates after the water level reached 1,162.54 feet. dead trees in my ward for which we had filed a complaint,” said the AAP council- 19 more cases of diarrhoea at Desu Majra Mohali, July 31 As many as 19 more cases of diarrhoea have been reported from Desu Majra in Kharar, taking the count to 109 in the past three days. The district administration has disconnected the drinking water supply and stationed tankers at several places to provide relief to residents. Health officials today held a medical camp and gave medicines to the ailing patients. A majority of the patients have complained of vomiting, loose motion and weakness. — TNS lor. Another tree fell down on the road alongside the PU south campus. UT sees 188 cases CHANDIGARH: The city on Sunday recorded 188 new cases of Covid, while 145 patients were cured of the disease. There are 934 active cases in the city. — TNS 126 test +ve in Panchkula PANCHKULA: As many as 126 fresh Covid cases surfaced from the district during the past 24 hours, taking the tally to 46,827. However, no fresh death was reported on Sunday. Of the 46,827 cases reported from the district so far, 45,959 patients have been cured. There are now 418 active cases in the district. The toll stands at 418. — TNS Council flags anomalies in College of Architecture functioning Dushyant Singh Pundir Tribune News Service Chandigarh, July 31 The Council of Architecture (COA) has raised concerns over the functioning of the Chandigarh College of Architecture (CCA) here. In a letter to UT Administrator Banwarilal Purohit over the quality and standard of the institute, the COA, which is mandated to regulate architectural professions and education, has pointed out that quality was steadily deteriorating over the past few years. “In discussions with alumni of the CCA, we have discovered great and serious discomfort about the happenings at the CCA. The concerns mainly pertain to the quality of graduates of the college. The council is willing to hold the hands of institutes and mentor them to rise to equitable international standards. It has initiated mentorship programmes, wherein we can facilitate mentorship of institutes and help them achieve excellence,” says Habeeb Khan, president, COA, in the letter. On the alleged flouting of norms, he stated that it had come to their notice that the CCA approached AICTE for various norms, regulations and rules and deliberately bypassed the COA (Minimum Standards of Architectural Education) Regulations, 2020. Writes to UT Administrator, offers to establish a centre of excellence KEY RECOMMENDATIONS ■ Need for a permanent principal or head at the college ■ Formation of board of advisers as well as auditors ■ Involvement of reputed professionals in academics ■ Participation in national, international competitions ■ Involvement of reputed jury in every level of academics “This is one more serious violation of the law of the land and is bringing disrepute to the institute,” states the letter. The letter further points out that the college has deficiency in the faculty as required by the Council of Architecture (Minimum Standards of Architectural Education) Regulations, 2020. “As against the requirement of one principal, c m y b one professor, three associate professors and 10 assistant professors, the institution has shown one principal, no professor, nine associate professors and also nine assistant professors. However, none of the faculty shown have confirmed their appointment in the application submitted to the council. Hence, the status of faculty remain suspect. The institution may be advised to rectify these deficiencies immediately to avoid any adverse action from the council’s end,” states the letter written to the UT Administrator on July 5, 2022. It had come to the notice of the council that the CCA conducted a meeting of a selection committee for recruitment or promotion of the faculty of architecture without a nominee of the council. As per the regulations 2020, in a selection committee as prescribed by any institution or university for selection process of faculty, there shall be one nominee of the council, who shall act as a fullfledged member of the selection committee. The COA also stated that they had received complaints from a few faculty of the CCA, complaining about groupism and victimisation against them. On workshops and knowledge-augmenting programmes periodically and regularly conducted by the council for faculty and institutes throughout the year, the letter reads: “It is pertinent to point out that the CCA has neither participated nor initiated any such activity.” 63 more contract infection in Mohali MOHALI: A total of 63 fresh Covid cases were reported from the district during the past 24 hours, taking the tally to 98,955. While 57 patients were cured of the disease, there was no fresh death due to the virus here on Sunday. Of the total 98,955 positive cases reported from the district so far, 97,076 patients have been cured. There are 720 active cases in the district. The toll stands at 1,159. — TNS
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