01032023-CT-01.qxd 01-03-2023 00:23 Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh tribune WASTE PLANT, SMART PARKING ON AGENDA OF HOUSE MEET HARYANA GOVERNOR OPENS POLICE BAND COMPETITION 2 CITY GOLFERS TO FEATURE IN GUJARAT OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP MC to take up integrated solid waste processing plant and smart parking projects during a House meet. P2 All-India Police Band Competition begins at Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force’s Basic Training Centre. P3 Aadil Bedi and Yuvraj Singh Sandhu to carry UT’s challenge in the PGTI Gujarat Open Golf C’ship. P3 » » AIR QUALITY INDEX CHANDIGARH 138 PANCHKULA 102 MOHALI 104 401-500 301-400 201-300 101-200 51-100 0-50 SEVERE VERY POOR POOR MODERATE SATISFACTORY GOOD INBRIEF YOUTH ROBBED OF PURSE, PHONE Chandigarh: A 20-year-old youth was attacked and robbed of purse and a mobile phone by an unidentified person at Daria village. Complainant Parmod Jaiswal, a native of Bihar, who is an auto driver and presently residing in Daria, reported that his brother’s grandson Sahil, who had recently arrived in the city in search of work, was attacked and robbed on his way home. The police were informed about the incident following which a PCR reached the spot and rushed the victim to the GMCH in Sector 32. A case of robbery has been registered at the Industrial Area police station and an investigation initiated into it. TNS THIEVES STRIKE AT RAM DARBAR HOUSE Thieves decamped with Rs 15,000, gold and silver jewellery and household goods from a house at Ram Darbar, Phase II. Complainant Abhinandan Pandey reported that the theft took place between February 15 and 27. A case has been registered at the Sector 31 police station. TWO ARRESTED FOR BATTERY THEFT Chandigarh: Two persons have been arrested for stealing batteries from an e-rickshaw. Complainant Inderpal, a resident of Mauli Jagran, stated that someone stole four batteries from his e-rickshaw parked at his house on February 25. The police registered a case at the Mauli Jagran police station and later arrested two persons, identified as Puran (26) and Dheeraj (22), both residents of Mauli Complex, in the case. TNS Tribune News Service Chandigarh, February 28 The UT Health Department is considering bringing private companies on board to set up diagnostic services at government hospitals under the public-private partnership (PPP) mode. The move is aimed at reducing the waiting time for patients requiring medical tests such as ultrasound, CT scan and MRI. By bringing in private companies, the government hospitals will be able to increase the number of these hi-tech machines and consequently, reduce the waiting time for such tests. The private firms are expected to bring their own diagnostic machines, equipment and manpower to run the centres, offering round-the-clock services. MAX 27°C | MIN 14°C YESTERDAY MAX 26.3°C | MIN 12.8°C SUNRISE THURSDAY 6.48 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE Brace for 10% power shocker Anupama of P’kula becomes UT proposes average increase of 10.25% for 2023-24 national badminton champ Dushyant Singh Pundir Deepankar Sharda 20 PAISE HIKE MOOTED FOR EV CHARGING Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Chandigarh, February 28 In a petition to the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC), the UT Administration has proposed an average increase of 10.25% in electricity tariff for 2023-24. The electricity wing of the UT Engineering Department has submitted that to avoid tariff shock to the consumers, an average increase of 10.25 per cent in the existing retail tariff has been proposed to meet the net revenue gapsurplus of Rs192crore requirement for 2023-24. The department has submitted that the revision in the existing retail supply tariff has been proposed based on the provisions of the tariff design specified in the National Tariff Policy, 2016, and net revenue requirement proposed for 2023-24. In the domestic category, the department has proposed an increase of 25p in the slab of 0-150 units and that of 151400 units from Rs 2.75/kWh to Rs 3/kWh and Rs 4.25 to Rs 4.50, respectively. An increase of 35p proposed in the slab of 401 and above units and 50p for domestic high tension consumers. The department has also proposed to hike the fixed energy charges from Rs 15/kW/month to Rs 25. In the commercial low tension (LT) category, the department has proposed to increase the tariff in the range of 25p to 50p for different stabs for both single and three-phase consumers and also to increase the fixed monthly charges from Rs 25/kW/ for single phase to Rs 40 and from Rs 100/kW for three phase to Rs 120 per kW. For commercial high ten- sion (HT), the fixed monthly charges have been proposed to increase from Rs 100 to Rs 120 and energy charges from Rs 4.50 per kWh to Rs 5/kWh. For large, medium and small industries, the department has proposed a marginal hike of 10p/kWh, 20p/kWh and 20p/kWh, respectively. For the agriculture sector, an increase of 20p has been proposed from Rs 2.60/kWh to 2.80/kWh. For public lighting system managed by the Municipal Corporation, street lights maintained or outsourced to an external agency, the department has proposed to increase the tariff from Rs 4.80/kWh to Rs 5/kWh and for advertise- MC to launch cleanliness drive Woman dragged on bonnet during clash Chandigarh, February 28 To celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, the MC will commemorate the achievements of women over the month. It will run a campaign, “Chandigarh Ki Naari, Gandagi pe Bhari”, from March 1 to 31. An official said the contribution of 30 women to making the city clean, including sanitation workers, material recovery facility workers, NGOs, etc, would be celebrated during the month. — TNS Tribune News Service LOW-TENSION DOMESTIC SLAB TARIFF FIXED CHARGE Existing Proposed Existing Proposed 0-151 UNITS ~2.75 ~3.00 ~15 ~25 151-400 ~4.25 ~4.50 ~15 ~25 Over 400 ~4.65 ~5.00 ~15 ~25 HIGH-TENSION DOMESTIC Uniform ~4.30 ~4.80 ~15 ~25 LOW-TENSION COMMERCIAL SINGLE PHASE 0-150 ~4.50 ~4.75 ~25 ~40 151-400 ~4.70 ~5.00 ~25 ~40 Over 400 ~5.00 ~5.50 ~25 ~40 LOW-TENSION COMMERCIAL THREE PHASE 0-150 ~4.50 ~4.75 ~100 ~120 151-400 ~4.70 ~5.00 ~100 ~120 Over 400 ~5.00 ~5.50 ~100 ~120 HIGH-TENSION COMMERCIAL Uniform ~4.50 ~5.00 ~100 ~120 INDUSTRY Large ~4.50 ~4.60 ~200 ~220 Medium ~4.20 ~4.40 ~200 ~220 Small ~4.30 ~4.50 ~30 ~50 TO GENERATE REVENUE OF ~926.23 CRORE The UT has projected to generate revenue of ~926.23 crore, including ~390 crore from domestic LT, ~12 crore from domestic HT, ~148 crore from commercial LT and ~163 crore from commercial HT, from the revised retail supply tariff for 2023-24. Zirakpur, February 28 During a clash over two 10marla plots, a middle-aged woman was dragged to around 50 metres on the bonnet of a car that went on to hit a stationary car at Ekta Vihar in Baltana this morning. The car was driven by a woman. Two groups of women and children, carrying sticks and bricks, clashed over the land dispute. Irate resi- ment/neon boards installed on commercial establishments and charged under the commercial tariff, it has been proposed to increase the tariff from Rs 6.40/kWh to Rs 6.60/kWh. With the implementation of the Electric Vehicle Policy, the department has also proposed to increase the tariff of EV charging station from the existing Rs 3.60/kWh to Rs 3.80/kWh. The department has submitted that the proposed tariff revision would be able to commensurate the muchneeded revenue requirement for the ensuing year. Further, with improvement of efficiency parameters and strong recovery of energy Dispute over land turns violent at Baltana dents, women and children allegedly vandalised the car of a property dealer during the clash. The victim was admitted to the hospital. One of her family members alleged two women attacked them with a stick and bricks. She suffered injuries on the head, shoulder, back, fingers and 2.37 LAKH CONSUMERS Category Domestic Commercial Large supply Medium supply Small supply Bulk supply Agriculture Public lighting Temporary supply Total Number 2,04,354 27,418 96 1,248 1,364 519 289 1,752 508 2,37,548 PROPOSED TARIFF FOR EV CHARGING OLD ~3.60/UNIT NEW ~3.80/UNIT sales anticipated in the ensuing years, the balance revenue requirement will suitably be met for 2023-24. The department humbly requested the commission that the revised retail supply tariff schedule as submitted may kindly be approved for 2023-24. In 2022-23, the commission had approved an increase of 25 paisa in retail tariff up to 150 kWh (kiloWatt-hour) per month. Before that, the last increase in the domestic and commercial electricity tariff was effected in 2018-2019. The UT has projected to generate revenue of Rs 926.23 crore from the revised retail supply tariff for 2023-24. knees. It was a murderous attack, she said. In the viral video, twothree women are seen attacking another group of women with a stick and bricks lying in one of the plots. The dispute pertains to selling off two 10-marla plots by converting these into three land parcels. Baltana police post in charge Jashanpreet Singh said the police were investigating the matter. Chandigarh, February 28 Anupama Upadhyaya of Panchkula will never forget the February of 2023. She not only turned 18 this month but also made the biggest achievement of her badminton career. Today, she became the national badminton champion. She has become the first girl from the district to win a national championship. At present ranked 4th, she will now attain the top rank in the next Badminton Association of India (BAI) rankings. Anupama defeated Gujarat National Games Champion Aakarshi Kashyap, from Chhattisgarh, in the neck-andneck final of the 75th InterState-Inter-Zonal & 84th Senior National Badminton Championships in Pune. Aakarshi (India No. 3 and world No. 42), has been part of the national women’s team that won gold in the 2019 South Asian Games. She won the first set by a whisker (22-20) against the challenger from Panchkula. However, Anupama bounced back in the next by logging a 17-21 win. The decider remained a seesaw battle with both players giving their best to grab the title. Anupama started on a good note by taking a 3-7 lead. She extended her lead to 6-11 to come close to the title. However, supported by the local crowd, Aakarshi bounced back and reduced Anupama’s lead to 15-17. Thereafter, she won two back-to-back points to level the scores at 1919. Anupama, who was facing a tough time in collecting points, somehow, managed to muster courage. She remained calm and pushed Aakarshi to her limits. Finally, Aim: To reduce waiting period for ultrasound test, CT, MRI scans WAITING TIME MRI SCAN PGI – 2-3 months GMCH 32- 1.5 mths GMSH-16 – zero ULTRASOUND TEST GMSH-16 – 1 month GMCH 32- 1.5 months At the Government MultiSpeciality Hospital, Sector 16 (GMSH-16), the MRI scan facility had been non-operational for two years. After a private firm got the contract and set up the facility at no rental cost to the government, the waiting time for the test was reduced to zero. Now, patients can just walk in to avail themselves of the facility. The cost of MRI scan at the GMSH-16 is more than 50-60 per cent less than the cost charged at private centres. Both the CT scans and the MRI scan facilities are being run under the PPP mode at the GMSH-16. There are three ultrasound machines at the GMSH-16 and one each at the local civil hospitals. However, there is a long list of patients waiting for the test at these hospitals. The success of the PPP model for MRI scans has encouraged the Health Department to replicate it for other tests, such as CT scans, ultrasound, PET scans, echocardiogram (echo), etc, at other health facilities, including the GMSH-16, the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32 (GMCH-32); and the civil hospitals at Sector 22 and 45, and Mani Majra. c m y b Recently, the Centre lauded the department for its efforts to set up an affordable MRI scan facility at the GMSH-16 through the PPP mode. At present, the waiting time for MRI scans at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) is from two to three months for OPD or walk-in patients and two months at the GMCH-32. ~5-LAKH CASH AWARD President of the Haryana Badminton Association Devendra Singh has announced a cash prize of ~5 lakh for Anupama. Vicepresident of the Badminton Association of India and Haryana Badminton Association general secretary Ajay Singhaniyan said Anupama made the state proud. Jatinder Mahajan, general secretary, Panchkula District Badminton Association, also announced that the association would honour Anupama. she recorded a 24-22 win to become the national champion. In the last senior nationals (held in 2019), Aakarshi, who gave a tough fight to Anupama, lost her semifinal against Assam’s, while in the previous edition, she went down against Saina Nehwal in the quarterfinals. From swimming to badminton Anupama first started playing badminton when she was sent to a summer camp by her father, Naveen, a former cricketer. After making her A video grab of a woman being dragged on the bonnet of a car at Ekta Vihar, Baltana. For ultrasound tests, the waiting time is around three months at the PGIMER, one month at the GMSH-16 and allied civil hospitals, and around two months at the GMCH-32. However, emergency and indoor patients are given preference at every hospital. Yashpal Garg, UT Health Secretary, said, “A long waiting period for medical tests can cause significant problems for patients, leading to missed diagnoses, delayed treatment and increased stress and financial burden. By reducing waiting time through public-private partnerships, the government can improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare services and ensure that patients receive timely and effective medical care.” learn how to swim for a while, Naveen decided to introduce her to badminton. Hailing from Almora (Uttarakhand), she started training under DK Sen (father of 2022 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Lakshya Sen). “During the last set, there was a moment when I started facing the pressure. However, after losing two points, I decided to keep my calm and play my natural game. She (Aakarshi) was a very tough opponent, and in no other way was I going to win, except keeping my calm and playing my natural game. I would like to dedicate this win to my father, who always travels with me during the tournaments,” said Anupama. In the 2022 India Open Super 500, New Delhi, she got a taste of what it’s like to compete at the senior level. “I played against Singapore’s Yeo Jia Min. I was fine in the first set, but she was very fast in the second and third set, and I couldn’t match her power. It was then I realised the need to improve my strength.” What’s next for her After this feat, Anupama will play in the Thailand Challenge from March 7 to 12, followed by the Vietnam Challenge from March 21 to 27. She will be playing in the Spain Masters 300 Super Series from March 28 to April 2, followed by Orleans Masters 300 Super Series from April 4 to 9. Last year, she won her first-ever senior ranking tournament at Visakhapatnam. She is currently ranked 62 by the Badminton World Federation with 19,950 points. She was ranked 65th after winning the 2022 Polish Open and later won the Poland Challenge (Arlamow). UT cyber cell arrests two online fraudsters Tribune News Service Health Dept looks at PPP way to improve diagnostic services Naina Mishra GENERALLY CLOUDY SUNSET WEDNESDAY 6.21 PM » WEDNESDAY | 1 MARCH 2023 | CHANDIGARH FORECAST Chandigarh, February 28 Two fraudsters, including a woman, who had duped a Sector 7 resident of Rs 1.5 lakh on the pretext of activating his credit card, have been arrested by the Cyber Crime Cell of the UT police. The police also claimed to have unearthed a fake call centre. The suspects have been identified as Amit Kumar (40) and Anjali (26), both residents of Delhi. The police said the complainant, Vishal Nagra, had applied for a credit card and the same was issued to him. However, it was inactive. Sometimes later, he received a call from an unknown person who claimed to be a bank executive. The suspect said the credit card would be cancelled if the complainant failed to get it activated. The caller further asked Nagra for the credit card details needed for activation. The complainant shared the details, after which the suspect made three transactions of a total of Rs 1.5 lakh from his account. During investigation, it was found that the fraud transactions were made through merchant NoBroker and CRED. Further investigation revealed that the amount was credited to the IDFC Bank account on the name of Rasal Husain of Delhi. The mobile number linked with the bank account Duped Sec 7 resident of ~1.5 lakh on the pretext of activating credit card was found to be on the name of Atabul of West Bengal. The number was being used in the Delhi NCR area. The police managed to nab Amit who disclosed that he worked with his associates who run a fake call centre in Delhi to dupe people. Amit used to withdraw the ill-gotten money from ATMs using debit cards given to him by his associates and he got a commission. The police said Anjali used to make calls to possible victims posing as a bank employee and further transfer the calls to her associates. A diary carrying the call details was also recovered. The suspects used to call people through virtual numbers generated from Indycall Application. “We are writing to Indycall to obtain the details of the application users, said a police official. The suspects also duped people on the pretext of enhancing their credit card limit.
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