31082022-CT-01.qxd 8/31/2022 1:01 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY | 31 AUGUST 2022 | CHANDIGARH MINISTER SHEKHAWAT BEGINS PUNJAB VISIT FROM MOHALI Shekhawat assures Road Sangharsh Committee of resolution of demand for appropriate land acquisition relief. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY TRICITY COVID REPORT CHD P’KULA MOHALI POSITIVE 98,788 48,161 1,00,736 RECOVERED 97,304 47,654 99,281 NEW CASES 46 20 21 ACTIVE 303 87 288 CHANGE 7 11 8 DEATHS 1,181 420 1,167 NEW 0 0 0 AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH 76 PANCHKULA 64 MOHALI 88 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF MC CHIEF’S BAIL PLEA REJECTED Dera Bassi: Municipal Council chief Ranjit Singh Reddy’s bail plea was rejected by a local court in an SC/ST case on Tuesday. Reddy can move the High Court for relief. The court had reserved the decision on Monday. The police have added the Arms Act to the case. On August 20, Reddy and ward No. 9 councillor’s husband Bhupinder Sharma were arrested for thrashing a contract worker and using casteist remarks against him. TNS 1.2-KG MARIJUANA SEIZED, 1 HELD Mohali: The police arrested a Maloya resident with 1.2-kg marijuana on Tuesday. The suspect, identified as Manjit Kumar, was arrested near Dara Studio. The police seized a motorcycle and recovered the bag containing the narcotics. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered at the Balongi police station. TNS 3 city residents fall prey to cyber fraud Chandigarh, August 30 Three incidents of cyber fraud were reported from the city with victims losing a total of Rs 10.70 lakh. In one of the incidents, complainant Mohinder Kumar Malhotra, a resident of Sector 38, reported that he had ordered an external hard drive from a website he searched on Google. The complainant paid Rs 799 for the hard drive, but didn’t receive a confirmation message. He further stated that the hard drive was neither delivered to him nor his money was refunded. Lose ~10.7 lakh to con men PAGE 2 PAGE 3 TWO ILLEGAL SHOPS BROUGHT DOWN AT KALKA VILLAGE P’kula District Town Planning Dept razes two illegally constructed shops on government land at Sitoo Majra village. MAX 36°C | MIN 27°C | YESTERDAY MAX 35.4°C | MIN 26.6°C UT SAW 120 SUICIDES LAST YEAR, 6.8% FEWER THAN 2020: NCRB Chandigarh witnessed 120 suicides during 2021 as against 128 incidents in 2020, reveals an NCRB report. SUNSET WEDNESDAY 6:45 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 5:59 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Dedicated startup policy ‘soon’ UT gets HC rap for non-compliance Draft scheme published to invite suggestions from stakeholders, says Adviser Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 30 To meet the requirements of local budding entrepreneurs, the UT Administration will soon come up with a startup policy to help them set up own ventures in the city. Presently, startups in the city have to register on the Central Government portal. “We are keen on creating a robust ecosystem to promote innovation in businesses. Chandigarh will soon come up with its own startup policy, a dedicated hub, a seed fund with a corpus of Rs 50 crore, and more,” said UT Adviser Dharam Pal, while speaking at the ‘Chandigarh Startups Session’, organised by the CII Northern Region as part of its flagship initiative ICONN-2022 today. The Adviser said a draft scheme had already been published to invite comments and suggestions from stakeholders. “We are looking at data from the economic census, private research platforms, ministerial press releases, Startup India’s official portal, industry reports, media articles, and views from the key stakeholders to come up with a better policy than before so that govern- ~50-CR SEED FUND We will create a robust ecosystem for promoting innovation in businesses. UT will soon have own startup policy, a dedicated hub and seed fund with a corpus of ~50 crore or more. ❝ An incubation centre for startups at IT Park in Chandigarh. CHANDIGARH HOME TO 558 VENTURES GREATER UT REGION NEXT HUB? ■ Chandigarh has been ranked as an aspiring leader in ■ Many entrepreneurs had started successful startups such as Flipkart, which became one of the early unicorns. The city of just 10 lakh people is home to 558 startups ■ In past few years, city-based startups such as Jugnoo, Pumpkart, Edurev, Trideal, Paymart have been backed by likes of Kalaari Capital, Omnivore, Wipro Consumer Care Ventures, Indian Angel Network, etc ■ The success story of the ChandigarhPanchkula-Mohali Tricity came into the spotlight in July 2020 when PrepLadder was acquired by the Edutech giant Unacademy for $50 bn ment efforts to transform the economy of Chandigarh through entrepreneurship policies do not fail to live up ❞ Dharam Pal, UT ADVISER developing a strong startup ecosystem in its third edition of the States’ Startup Ranking ■ The UT Industries Department is the nodal agency responsible for the development of the startup ecosystem ■ The Greater Chandigarh Region has potential to become the next hub of startups. This has been supported by enabling ecosystem comprising incubation centres, educational and research institutes of repute, etc. to the expectations of its startups,” he added. The Adviser stated many entrepreneurs from the city had started successful startups such as Flipkart, which became one of the early unicorns in the coun- After OBC quota order for GMCH seats, admn urges MHA to withdraw decision Naina Mishra Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 30 The Chandigarh Administration has requested the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to withdraw the condition of making provision for the OBC reservation in the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, on the plea the institute does not qualify as a central education institution. The UT Health Secretary has requested the MHA to “re-examine/re-consider” the matter and that it may be “withdrawn/kept in abeyance till a considered decision is taken on the above issues”. The ministry had on July 18 sent a communication stating the GMCH-32 was administered by the UT of Chandigarh, which came directly under the administration of JULY 18 COMMUNIQUE BY CENTRE ■ On July 18, the MHA had said OBC quota was obligatory at GMCH-32 as it was a Central Education Institution owing to overarch by UT, which came under the Union Government ■ The UT has said the GMCH didn’t fulfil any condition of the Union Government. By virtue of this, the institution was governed by the Central Education Institution (CEI) and it was obligatory to CEI as per its definition under Section 2 (d) of the CEI (Reservation in Admission) Act ■ It requested the MHA to “reexamine/re-consider” the matter and withdraw or keep it in abeyance till a considered decision is taken on the issue reserve seats for OBC candidates, it had stated. The UT has clarified as per the definition of CEI under Section 2 (d) of the Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Admission) Act, no condition of the Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Admission) was fulfilled by the GMCH-32. In fact, in 2008, the MHA was informed by the Secretary, Social Welfare, Chandigarh, all degree colleges in the UT were affiliated with Panjab University, which was not a central university, and therefore, the colleges were not covered under Section 2(d) of the Act. The UT has further clarified there was no mandatory obligation on part of the administration to extend reservation to OBCs and also stated the issue of CEI might fall in the domain of the Ministry of Human Resource and Development, now changed to Ministry of Education, instead of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. try. The city of just 10 lakh people is home to about 558 startups, he added. Delivering the keynote address, Kris Gopalakrishnan, chairman, CII Centre of Excellence on Start-Ups & Entrepreneurship, and cofounder, Infosys Ltd, said: “It is the collective responsibility of the industry, high-networth individuals (angel investors), academic institutions, and the government to work together to build a robust startup ecosystem in any state or city. We need to nurture startups in new and innovative areas along with strengthening and growing the startup ecosystem in Chandigarh. The UT will also have to work with Punjab and Haryana to effectively utilise resources in the surrounding areas.” “The success of young entrepreneurs today will be the key to India’s transformation. Startups, technology, and innovation are the three pillars on which Chandigarh will be focusing its efforts in building a startup ecosystem. Along with Startup India, we must give the slogan of ‘Standup India’, and therein lies our strength,” shared Hargunjit Kaur, Secretary Industries, UT. Continued on page 2 Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 30 Less than a month after the Union Territory was granted time to file a specific affidavit indicating the authorities to monitor, maintain, grant permission and conduct inspection of heritage trees, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today rapped the administration for not complying with the order in letter and spirit. As a petition filed in public interest after the death of a Carmel student following the falling of a heritage tree came up for resumed hearing, the Bench of Chief Justice Ravi Shanker Jha and Justice Arun Palli asserted the administration had not been able to understand the order and Chandigarh, even though it was such a small city with just 12-km radius. Accepting UT’s request for a last opportunity to resolve the issues, the Bench made it clear strictures would be passed in the absence of proper compliance of the court order, for which several dates had already been given. The assertion came after the Chandigarh Administration filed an affidavit in compliance of the August 1 order. Down ‘83’ lane CARMEL TRAGEDY ‘Will pass strictures if orders not adhered to’ ‘CASUAL’ APPROACH ■ UT had filed an affidavit in compliance of HC’s August 1 order. Petitioner said it reflected casual approach in dealing with problem of heritage & other trees ■ UT hadn’t tasked specific authority with monitoring trees and responsibility of 31 trees had been given to depts/institutions in whose premises these stood Appearing before the Bench, petitioner-advocate Kunal Mulwani through senior counsel Chetan Mittal submitted the affidavit reflected total non-compliance of the previous order. Strangely, a perusal of the affidavit showed UT’s total slackness Continued on page 3 PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR Captain of 1983 World Cup winning team Kapil Dev at a special screening of movie ‘83’ with Union Territory Cricket Association chief Sanjay Tandon (3L) in Chandigarh on Tuesday. PAGE 3 21 TAKEN ILL IN MOHALI UT SEES 46 CASES 20 INFECTED IN P’KULA Mohali: The district reported 21 fresh cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, while 29 patients recovered from the disease. There was no fresh fatality. The active cases dropped to 288 in the district. TNS Chandigarh: The city reported 46 fresh cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday. The active cases stand at 303 as 39 patients recovered from the disease. TNS Panchkula: Twenty more persons tested positive for Covid19 during the past 24 hours, while 31 patients got the better of the disease in the district. There was no fresh fatality and the active caseload in the district came down to 87. TNS Nepalese among 4 Firm quits, MC loses crores in revenue from toilet ads Failure to hand over all sites, visibility concerns nabbed for betting Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service The complainant searched for the customer care number and received a message that someone would call him back. The victim then received a call from a fraudster who made him download Any Desk App and asked him to log in to his bank account. However, he refused to do so. The suspect then made him download another application named Auto forward SMS to PC/phone and asked him to operate net banking. Soon the victim received a call from a bank executive who enquired about the transactions of Rs 6.80 lakh. The victim then realised he had been cheated. In another incident, a woman doctor, who resides in Sector 37 was duped of Rs 3 lakh by a fraudster who Continued on page 2 PAGE 3 Tribune News Service Panchkula, August 30 The police have nabbed four persons for allegedly betting online on UK cricket matches and recovered 26 mobile phones, six laptops, an LED TV, and Rs 35,000 cash. The accused were operating from a flat in Parshwanath Royal Society in Sector 20. Those arrested have been identified as Shalesh Vyas (25) and Vishal Chug (23) of Sriganganagar district in Rajasthan; Robin Narang (29) of Bikaner; and Bhim Singh, a Nepal national residing in Sector 20, Panchkula. DCP Surinder Pal Singh said the Sector 26 crime branch had received information that some persons in the society were betting on crick- 26 mobiles, 6 laptops, ~35,000 cash seized from P’kula flat et matches on mobiles from a flat. A team raided the flat and arrested the four suspects besides seizing gadgets, including a USB wire, a remote, two calculators and 16 mobile chargers. The DCP said a case under the Gambling Act had been registered at the Sector 20 police station. He said a special campaign had been launched against those indulging in gambling. Chandigarh, August 30 The Municipal Corporation’s plan to generate crores of rupees in advertisement revenue has suffered a setback with the agency allotted ad space on public toilet blocks in the city surrendering its five-year project owing to civic body’s failure to address its concerns. The civic body, already struggling to generate revenue, will now have to start the tendering process afresh in September. After a gap of almost five years, the corporation had finalised a firm for ad space at 55 public toilets in 2020. However, possession of all toilets could not be given to the agency as 15 public conveniences were dismantled for renovation. Now, Decode Adverting Pri- c m y b DOWN THE DRAIN A blank advertisement board at toilet block in Sector 34. PRADEEP TEWARI WILL FLOAT FRESH TENDER The MC did the needful. The project was on an ‘as is where is’ basis. Since, they have issued a letter for surrender, we will start tendering process afresh. — Anindita Mitra, MC COMMISSIONER ❝ ❞ vate Limited has surrendered the project pointing out a number of hindrances, such as wild overgrowth in 55 15 ~3.5 cr ~28 cr Public toilets allocated to ad company in 2020 Toilets dismantled for renovation, not given to firm MC could have earned for all toilets in the first year of contract Revenue MC could have made for 5 yrs ‘AS IS WHERE IS’ NORM FLOUTED The ‘as is where is’ norm was thrown out of the window when the toilets were pulled down for renovation after tendering and ad area was reduced. — Official of advertisement firm ❝ ❞ vicinity, failure to remove tree branches or unipoles in front of toilets blocking display of ads despite repeated requests to the MC. After the firm flagged the issue, then MC Commissioner KK Yadav had formed a com- mittee to examine the concerns. However, without addressing the visibility concerns on account of toilets going for renovation, the corporation issued a letter of intent to the company, said the agency. As per the tender, a company, if not satisfied with the project, may surrender it after a year, with a three-month notice period. The notice period will expire next month. MC Commissioner Anindita Mitra said: “The MC did its best to do the needful. It is up to the firm to decide, as the project was on an ‘as is where is’ basis. Since, they have issued a letter for surrender, we will start the tendering process afresh.” However, the company maintained: “The ‘as is where is’ norm was thrown out of the window when the toilets were pulled down after tendering and ad area was reduced.”
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