Top Headlines of the Day
1. Covid snuffs out 4 lives in Chandigarh Tricity, 128 test positive
Covid-19 claimed four more lives while 128 people tested positive in the Tricity on Tuesday.
The toll in Chandigarh climbed to 223 after a 30-year-old Burial man, who was hospitalized with a fatal head injury, tested positive for the virus. The UT also reported 67 new cases and 49 recoveries.
As many as 14,152 people have tested positive so far, of whom 13,279 have recovered and 650 are still undergoing treatment.
In Mohali, two people died while 28 tested positives, and 92 were discharged. Of 12,146 tested positive so far in the district, 11,420 have recovered and 235 have died, leaving 491 active cases.
Panchkula recorded 33 new cases, which took the count past 7,000. The toll reached 111 as a 64-year-old man from Amravati Enclave died.
2. BSNL Revises Broadband Plans In Chandigarh, Haryana, Rajasthan, And More
The company has revised its plans in multiple cities in the country. The development comes soon after the company announced that it completed 20 years of its services.
The company has revised its plans in nine circles, including Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana, and Punjab. These plans are now live in Uttar Pradesh East, Uttar Pradesh West, Uttarakhand, and Rajasthan
Under these revamping of plans, the company is offering 50 Mbps speed under Rs. 500 per month. It includes 100GB CUL plan at Rs. 499. This pack is also offering 100GB data for one month. This plan also comes with a 2 Mbps FUP speed. Earlier, this plan used to offer only 20 Mbps speed. Besides, the company has announced that plans between Rs. 650 and Rs. 799 are now offering 100 Mbps speed. These plans are also offering 500GB data and it is restricted at 5 Mbps once the data ends. Similarly, the company has revised plans between Rs. 800 and Rs. 999 per month. These plans are providing 600GB data per month along with 100 Mbps speed, whereas plans between Rs. 800 and Rs. 999 is also offering 600GB data at 50 Mbps speed, however, the FUP limit has been increased to 10 Mbps against 2 Mbps.
3. Rs 48-cr multi-level parking lot in Sector 17, Chandigarh, turns ‘free taxi stand’
The Rs 48-crore multi-level parking lot of the cash-starved Municipal Corporation is becoming a sort of free taxi stand.
“This parking lot is operated from 8 am to 8 pm. However, cars of a taxi operator, Tara Brothers, remain parked here even during night hours. The taxi operator is not paying charges for all vehicles. Whenever we ask him for payment, he pays only for a few cars after several days. The parking area is being misused and officers are least bothered about it,” said a source privy to the development.
He said the taxi operator had been parking vehicles here for the past around one and a half years without paying any charges. He had started paying money for the past few months but did not get slips for all vehicles.
“People even park vehicles on footpaths, which damages tiles. In case of an eventuality, it will be difficult for fire tenders or emergency vehicles to find a way,” said an official.
He said: “The Municipal Corporation is busy in increasing water tariffs, but ignoring the place from where it can earn money.”
4. Vendors to get sites in all Panchkula sectors
To ensure safety against Covid-19, MLA Gian Chand Gupta said the administration would provide vendors with temporary sites in every sector and rural areas to set up stalls.
The vendors can apply for sites online before November 7 and they will be charged for the first three days after which they can stay at the site by paying on a per-day basis.
He urged the officials to make sure that the rates were minimal and less than Chandigarh.
“Sanitation issues won’t be tolerated around the sites and strict action will be taken against violators,” he said.
5. Five development projects of Panchkula inaugurated
Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today dedicated 15 development projects worth Rs 105.21 crore to the people of Panchkula district via video-conferencing.
“On the lines of Chandigarh, dedicated cycle tracks are being built in Panchkula at a cost of Rs8 crore and the construction of a ROB to connect remaining areas of the city with Sector 20 is underway. Around Rs52 crore will be spent on the project.” Said MLA Gupta
The projects which were inaugurated included a government polytechnic-cum-multi-skill center in Sector 26, a government college in Raipur Rani, and a sports stadium at Government College, Kalka.
The projects for which foundation stones were laid include multi-level parking at Nada Sahib Gurdwara to be built under the PRASAD scheme and an old age home at Mansa Devi Complex.
6. Property dealers cannot charge more than 1% combined commission from the buyer, seller: HRERA
In a major relief to both the property sellers and the buyers, Haryana’s Real Estate Regulatory Authority (HRERA) has ruled that property dealers and brokers cannot charge more than one percent commission (combined) from them.
“For real estate registered projects, HRERA has decided to issue restraining orders to all promoters and brokers not to charge commission more than what is prescribed in the Haryana Regulation of Property Dealers and Consultants Rules, 2009 made under the Haryana Regulation of Property Dealers and Consultants Act, 2008. Rule 10 of the said rules provide for one percent commission on agreed consideration value to be paid by the seller and purchaser of the property — that is 0.5 percent by each of them — on finalization of the deal as per their agreement entered in the register of the dealer under the valid receipt,” reads the order issued by a RERA bench headed by Chairperson Dr. KK Khandelwal and comprising SC Kush as a member.
7. Second Covid surge anticipated, won’t lower guard: Chandigarh health department
Suggesting that the second wave of Covid-19 was anticipated during the festive season, and considering high pollution levels and approaching winters, the UT health department has said that lowering the guard at this point can prove detrimental.
The department has said that early identification of cases was key in preventing the second surge for which the testing was being made more accessible in dispensaries, for patients visiting the hospital OPDs, and in religious places as well.
“The testing has to be more accessible at common points within the city. The mobile teams are visiting every nook and corner of the city and encouraging people to get tested. So the identification part is being catered to,” Dr. Kang said.
8. CITCO yet to shut the gate in the boundary wall of Sector 10, Chandigarh hotel
The CITCO authorities have failed to close a gate in the rear boundary wall of Hotel Mountview, Sector 10, even after getting instructions from the Chief Architect four months ago.
9. Decks cleared for mother and child care center at GMCH-32, Chandigarh
Decks have been cleared for the construction of a mother and child care center at the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) in Sector 32 here. The hospital authorities have submitted the duly approved drawing of the center to the Chief Architect, Department of Urban Planning, UT, for approval.
Sanctioned by the UT Administration last year, the center will be set up in the K Block of the GMCH-32 at an estimated cost of Rs38 crore.