02082022-CT-01.qxd 8/2/2022 1:00 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE TUESDAY | 2 AUGUST 2022 | CHANDIGARH ONLINE ADMISSION FOR CLASS XI STARTS IN UT GOVT SCHOOLS PAGE 2 This year, a total of 42 senior secondary schools are offering 13,570 seats across Chandigarh. FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD P’KULA MOHALI POSITIVE 96,670 46,855 98,955 RECOVERED 94,579 46,031 97,076 NEW CASES 69 28 65 ACTIVE 922 406 711 CHANGE 12 12 9 DEATHS 1,169 418 1,159 NEW 0 0 0 PAGE 3 HARYANA SPEAKER LAUNCHES CLEANLINESS FORTNIGHT Haryana Assembly Speaker Gian Chand Gupta launches a cleanliness fortnight, “Swachhta Pakhwada”. MAX 33°C | MIN 25°C | YESTERDAY MAX 32.2°C | MIN 25.8°C SUNSET TUESDAY 7:16 PM Dhriti outplays Preet Srijan Kaur without conceding a single game to reach the girls’ U-14 pre-quarterfinals. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5:43 AM UT prunes procedure for axing of dangerous trees Existing norms revisited, felling within 48 hrs, High Court told AIR QUALITY INDEX Saurabh Malik CHANDIGARH 62 Tribune News Service PANCHKULA 35 MOHALI 43 Chandigarh, August 1 Pruning the procedure for axing dangerous trees, UT Chief Conservator of Forests today undertook before the Punjab and Haryana High Court that the entire process would be completed within 48 hours. The assertion came as the Chief Conservator claimed removal of 1,831 green dangerous trees since 2018, including 338 this year itself. In a reply placed before the Bench of Chief Justice Ravi Shanker Jha and Justice Arun Palli, it was stated the existing procedure was revisited and shortened to minimise chances of any untoward incident in the future. Referring to an order of July 22, the Chief Conservator stated any grieved person could now make a complaint on the Chandigarh Smart City Limited portal, “acting as a single window for all kind of trees in Chandigarh”. The portal, on receipt of the request, would immediately forward the same to the department concerned — the Engineering/Horticulture of the corporation, or the Forest, as the case maybe. An SDOlevel officer would immediately conduct a preliminary inspection. He would either reject the request at his level or forward the same to the tree felling committee. Any jurisdictional issue would be decided by the committee, which would meet at least once a month. It would go in for a detailed inspection of trees and make recommendations, whether the same required pruning, felling, transplantation or pollarding. 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF PLAINT FILED OVER MONKEYPOXPOSTER Mohali: Health officials have filed a complaint with the Cyber Crime police station, Phase 4, against miscreants for distorting an awareness poster in Punjabi on monkeypox disease. The officials have issued an advisory not to circulate any fake version of the poster. The original version issued by the Health & Family Welfare Department, Punjab, in Punjabi and English languages is available at department’s social media handles and website. Civil Surgeon Dr Adarshpal Kaur confirmed the filing of the complaint. TNS PRIEST HELD ON RAPE BID CHARGE Mohali: The police arrested a dera priest, Abhishek (25), and his woman accomplice on the charge of attempting rape on a devotee at Parchh village, New Chandigarh, on Sunday. The priest is a resident of a village in Barwala. Both suspects were produced in a local court that sent them to police custody. A case under Sections 354, 376 and others of the IPC has been registered at the Mullanpur police station. TNS Staff saw off branches of a tree near Tribune Chowk after it was uprooted following heavy rain in Chandigarh, on Monday. A cyclist was reportedly injured. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN REMOVED SINCE 2018 FELLED THIS YEAR AID FOR CARMEL VICTIMS 1,831 338 GREEN & DANGEROUS GREEN & DANGEROUS The UT Chief Conservator of Forests told the High Court the UT Admn would provide financial assistance of ~20 lakh to kin of student killed in July 8 mishap. Further, financial assistance of ~10 lakh will be given to the grievously injured and ~1 lakh to students suffering minor injuries. 1,241 173 DEAD/DRY DEAD/DRY CHIEF CONSERVATOR OF FORESTS’ ASSERTION IN COURT ■ Plaint can be raised on Chandigarh Smart City Limited ■ Panel will go in for a detailed inspection of the portal, acting as single window for all kinds of trees ■ Will be forwarded to dept concerned; SDO-level officer will hold inspection, and further reject request or forward it to a committee on felling tree, make recommendation of pruning, felling, transplantation or pollarding thereafter ■ Recommendation to be sent to respective dept head for approval; dangerous trees to be axed within 48 hours CHANDIGARH: The city on Monday recorded 69 new cases of Covid, while 81 patients were cured of the disease. There were 922 active cases in the city. — TNS 65 more infected in Mohali dist MOHALI: The district witnessed 65 Covid cases in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of positive cases to 99,020. While 77 patients were cured of the disease, no death was reported till Monday evening. There were 711 active cases with the death toll of 1,159 in the district. — TNS 28 more +ve in P’kula PANCHKULA: Fresh 28 cases of Covid surfaced in the district in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of cases to 46,855. No death due to the virus was reported. There were 406 active cases with the death toll of 418 in the district. — TNS FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Cop suspended for thrashing bike rider Act caught on CCTV | SSP seeks report Chandigarh, August 1 A constable of the Chandigarh Police has been placed under suspension after a CCTV footage of him allegedly thrashing a motorcyclist with a baton went viral on the social media. The incident reportedly took place on July 30 at Indira Colony, Mani Majra. In the footage, the victim, identified as Bittu, is seen riding a Bullet motorcycle without helmet when Constable Satish Kumar, posted at the IT Park police station, approaches and hits him repeatedly with a baton. In the meantime, a Sub-Inspector arrives and removes the bike’s keys. The footage further shows the cop kicking and assaulting the youth the moment he gets off the bike. The victim was then taken to the hospital in Mani Majra for treatment and allegedly made to give a written statement that he got injured after falling off the motorcycle. “We have sought an explanation from the cop, following which further action will be taken,” said UT SSP Kuldeep Singh Chahal. — TNS dead/dry trees, including 173 this year, were removed since 2018. The Bench was also told no less than 723 trees were subjected to heavy pruning this year. The Bench was hearing a petition filed in public interest after the fall of a heritage tree took the life of a Carmel Convent School student. Among other things, it was seeking time-bound probe by a sitting HC judge. In his petition, petitioner-advocate Kunal Mulwani continued on page 2 Above normal rainfall likely for two mths: Met Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 1 The city is expected to see normal or above normal rain during the remaining two monsoon months of August and September. RESPITE FOR CITY ■ 94% to 106% long-term average monsoon rain likely in Aug & Sept ■ 273 mm is average rainfall in August, based on 30-year data ■ 26.2 °C is avg min temp for August & 33.2 °C avg max temp CCTV camera grabs of a cop hitting a biker with a baton at Indira Colony, Mani Majra. MADE VICTIM GIVE ‘FALSE’ WRITTEN UNDERTAKING ■ In CCTV footage, the cop is seen attacking youth sans helmet with baton. He then kicks youth the moment he gets off bike ■ The victim is allegedly made to give a written statement that he got injured after falling off bike As per the forecast released by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) today, the two months are expected to see monsoon rainfall of 94% to 106% of a long-term average. “Minimum temperatures are expected to remain below normal, while maximum temperatures are likely to be normal,” said Chandigarh Met Director Manmohan Singh quoting the forecast. Average rainfall in August is 273 mm based on 30 years data. Also, the average minimum temperature in August is 26.2 °C, while average maximum temperature is 33.2 °C. HC seeks updated report on dump Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 1 The Punjab and Haryana High Court today asked UT MC Commissioner to submit an affidavit outlining the steps initiated in accordance with the civic body’s action taken report on the Dadu Majra dump. The direction by the Bench of Chief Justice Ravi Shanker Jha and Justice Arun Palli came on two petitions filed in public interest by the residents. The direction came after the corporation submitted a 46- ■ HC asks MC Commissioner to submit affidavit listing steps initiated based on its action taken report ■ The order comes after petitioner contends the MC has been giving similar replies for past six years page action taken report (ATR) on the dump in accordance with the directions issued by the Bench on a pre- vious date of hearing. One of the petitioners, Amit Sharma, contended the MC had been giving similar replies in its ATRs over the past six years. Rebutting the claim made by the corporation in its reply, Sharma said the MC should be able to clear the waste in three months, going by its claims. Sharma said they were clearing the existing “legacy waste”. But new waste was accumulating at the dumping site. The corporation, on the other hand, submitted it was continued on page 2 UT logs 4% jump in List bail plea of Kalyani before GST mop-up for July another Bench: Justice Chitkara Tribune News Service City logs 69 cases TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD DADU MAJRA MESS “The recommendation of the committee would be sent to the respective heads of the department for approval. In case of dangerous trees, the entire process is to be completed in 48 hours,” it was stated. The reply added 1,241 PAGE 3 DHRITI OUTPLAYS PREET, ENTERS PRE-QUARTERFINALS Chandigarh, August 1 The UT Administration has registered a growth of just 4% in the gross Goods and Services Tax (GST) collection in July. According to the Ministry of Finance, the collection stood at Rs 176 crore, 4% higher than Rs 169 crore collected during the same month last year. However in June, the UT had registered a 41% increase in collection. It stood at Rs 170 crore, which was Rs 50 crore more than the revenue of Rs 120 crore generated during the same month in 2021. An official of the Excise and Taxation continued on page 2 Tribune News Service Nets ~176 cr against ~169 cr collected during month last year 37% LOWER THAN JUNE ■ The UT saw 41% increase in collection in June. At ~170 crore, it was ~50 crore more than the 2021 revenue for the month ■ It was highest-ever percentage jump in revenue collection after the spread of the Covid pandemic since March 2020 Chandigarh, August 1 Justice Anoop Chitkara of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the placing of Kalyani Singh’s regular bail plea before some other Bench in the Sippy Sidhu murder case after the Central Bureau of Investigation and the complainant objected to his court hearing the matter. As the case came up for hearing this morning, Kalyani’s counsel Sartaj Singh Narula placed before the Bench an affidavit by the petitioner’s father, saying he had no objection to the case being heard by the court. SIPPY MURDER CASE OBJECTION BY CBI ■ Kalyani’s counsel had placed before the Bench an affidavit by petitioner’s father, saying he had no objection to the case being heard by the court ■ However, Justice Chitkara said counsel for the CBI had submitted they had objections if the court heard the matter “However, counsel for the respondent-CBI, on instructions from Navdeep Singh Brar, SP CBI, as well as the , counsel for the complainant, submit they have objections if this court hears the matter,” Justice Chitkara observed. Justice Chitkara asserted let the matter be listed before some other Bench after obtaining appropriate order from the Chief Justice. Justice Chitkara, on the previous date of hearing, had directed the petitioner, complainant and the CBI — through appropriate persons — to file “respective affidavits of objection/no objection regarding hearing of the matter by this court”. Among other things, Kalyani had contended the continued on page 2 Panel to go after telecom firms leaving open pits Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 1 The local Municipal Corporation will crack the whip on telecommunication companies that fail to fill dug-up roads after laying cables or initiating work without permission. The corporation has formed a panel, comprising the Mayor and Chief Engineer, to find out discrepancies in work and take strict ❝ REPORT SOON The panel will soon start work and submit its report. We will take stringent action against those failing to mend their ways. Sarabjit Kaur, MAYOR ❞ <
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