30122017-LT-01.qxd 12/29/2017 11:34 PM Page 1 c m y b SATURDAY | 30 DECEMBER 2017 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Atal tinkering labs Travel woes Passionate cyclists More students will have an opportunity to take part in innovative projects, as 5 more schools will have Atal Labs. P2 Passengers continue to suffer due the erratic run of trains as the Railways cancelled seven trains and rescheduled five others. P3 Residents’ hobby turns into passion, as they come together to learn benefits of pedalling. P4 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY | MAX 21°C MIN 6°C | SUNSET SATURDAY 5: 34 PM SUNRISE SUNDAY 7: 24 AM Hosiery unit goes up in flames Goods worth lakhs burnt; shortcircuit believed to be the reason behind fire Jaswant Shetra Month on, firemen forced to work sans safety gear FACTORY COLLAPSE Tribune News Service Harshraj Singh Ludhiana, December 29 Goods worth several lakhs was gutted, when a major fire broke out at a hosiery unit in Daresi area of Ludhiana late last night. It took more than five hours for 20 fire tenders to douse the flames. Shortcircuit in power cables is believed to be the reason behind the fire. As per the information, the fire broke out around 10:15 pm last night at a four-storey building of Vidhata Hosiery unit in Daresi. According to eyewitnesses, the fire started from the first floor and soon engulfed the entire building. Residents staying nearby left their homes to avoid any risk. According to factory owner Pardeep Dhamija, he left for home after closing the factory at 10 pm last night. After half-an-hour, people residing near the factory informed him about the fire, following which he informed the fire brigade. After half-an-hour, four fire tenders reached the spot. A police team also arrived and vacated the nearby buildings. It was difficult for the fire tenders to reach near the building as it is located in a narrow area. The fire-fighters made efforts to control the fire but it soon engulfed the entire building as woollen gar- Tribune News Service Ludhiana, December 29 It’s been over a month, when a plastic-manufacturing building collapsed following a massive blaze near Suffian Chowk. But firemen are still forced to work without any safety gear. A total of 16 persons, including nine firemen, lost their lives in the fire incident on November 20. During the ill-fated plastic manufacturing factory fire, firemen were seen wearing wet sacks on the body and covering their heads with clothes to protect themselves from fire. Following this, the Punjab Government had announced to provide safety uniforms to them, but they are still waiting for fire-proof suits. A fireman said: “A number of fire incidents have taken place after the plastic-manufacturing factory collapsed. But, we still work without any safety gear. In the absence of fire-proof suits, it is difficult to stand in extreme heat, while dousing flames. Not only this, it is hard to breath due to dense smoke. Irritation in eyes is another major problem we face during firefighting operations.” The required equipment and fire-safety kits are a distant dream for firefighters, who have been waiting for these since long. In May, four firefighters got severe burn injuries during a fire-fighting operation at another factory Firefighters try to douse the flames that engulfed the fourstorey building of a hosiery unit in Ludhiana. PHOTOS: ASHWANI DHIMAN ments were stored in the building. The fire brigade pushed in more fire tenders to douse the flames. It took more than five hours and 20 fire tenders to douse the flames. Dhamija said woollen garments worth lakhs were gutted in the fire. SNIPPETS Woman tests positive for swine flu 2 held with stolen bike Manav Mander The accused in the custody of Samrala police. TRIBUNE PHOTO Samrala: The Samrala police claimed to have arrested two persons with a stolen motorcycle during a naka near ITI Samrala. The accused have been identified as Surjit Singh of Sham Nagar, Phagwara, and Jatinder Singh of Rajewal village. They had taken an accommodation on rent at Kubbe village. SHO Samrala Bhupinder Singh said a police party led by ASI Jagjit Singh had laid a naka near ITI Samrala. They received a tip-off about two youths on a stolen motorcycle coming from Madpur towards Samrala. When the police stopped them and enquired about the number of the bike, it was found fake. As per preliminary investigation, they revealed that they had stolen a motorcycle and a scooter from two places and were about to sell these. The police have also recovered the scooter. The SHO said a case under relevant sections of the IPC was registered against the accused and they were presented in court, from where they were sent in judicial custody for 14 days. OC Tribune News Service Ludhiana, December 29 With the dip in temperature, swine flu cases have started coming up in the city. A 25-year-old woman from Raikot admitted to the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital tested positive for swine flu today. Two more samples have been sent for testing. The strain of virus has changed this year and it attacked during June-July as well. Since then, the department has geared up to tackle the flu. Dr Rajesh Mahajan from Dayanand Medical College and Hospital said many suspected patients are coming up with the change in temperature. “One woman from Raikot tested positive. Although many samples were sent for testing, only one case tested positive recently. A separate ward with six beds has been set up by the hospital for swine flu patients,” he said. Dr William Bhatti, Medical Superintendent at the Ludhiana, December 29 A high drama was witnessed at the Civil Hospital in Jagraon last night, when the family members of a patient allegedly manhandled the staff members of 108 ambulance service. The patient died after the ambulance staff refused to shift him to a private hospital in Ludhiana. As per the information, some persons brought a patient for dialyses at the Civil Hospital in a critical condition. As there was no arrangement for dialyses at Jagraon Civil Hospital, the doctors referred the patient to Ludhiana. When the ambulance staff kept the patient in the ambulance to shift him to Ludhiana, the family members of the patient asked the driver to take the ambulance to a private hospital in Ludhiana. On this, driver Gurwinder Singh told them that as per rules, they can only shift the patient to Ludhiana Civil Hospital or charitable hospitals including DMCH and CMCH. But the family mem- WHAT THEY NEED According to sources, the fire wing in Ludhiana had written to the higher authorities a few years ago, requesting them to provide 32 imported fire-proof suits, 32 breathing apparatus sets, two Hazmat vans, four advanced rescue vans, 26 fire tenders, 11 water boozers, five foam tenders, 14 water mist on motorbikes, 10 high pressure pumps, 10 portable pumps, three aerial ladder platforms, two turn ladder tables, 15 jeeps, five light towers, 16 generators, 16 motorcycles, 16 mini-fire tenders, 16 hydraulic spreaders, 16 hydraulic cutters and RRL hose pipe. However, the demand is yet to be fulfilled A number of fire incidents have taken place ❝plastic-manufacturing factory collapsed. But,after the we still work without any safety gear. In the absence of fire-proof suits, it is difficult to stand in extreme heat, while dousing flames. Not only this, it is hard to breath due to dense smoke. Irritation in eyes is another major problem we face during fire-fighting operations. A FIREMAN ❞ near Suffian Chowk. Following this incident, the firefighters were also assured that they would be provided with safety kits soon. Col JS Brar of Maha Sabha, an NGO, said: “The government should provide required equipment and safety tools to firefighters at the earliest. The firefighters in the city still work without fire-proof uniform.” Assistant Divisional Fire Officer Bhupinder Singh said: “We are yet to receive fire-proof suits and other equipment. The fire-poof suits are to be provided by the government.” Presumed drowned, woman returns home WHAT IS SWINE FLU SYMPTOMS PRECAUTIONS Influenza virus infects the cells lining the nose, throat and lungs. The virus enters the body when one inhales contaminated droplets or transfer live virus from a contaminated surface to eyes, nose or mouth. One cannot catch swine flu from eating pork. Fever (but not always), cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, watery, red eyes, body aches, headache, fatigue, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting ☛ Stay home if sick Alleges torture at the hands of cops ☛ Wash your hands thoroughly Tribune News Service HIGH-RISK GROUPS ☛ Those who are in a hospital, nursing homes or other long-term care facility ☛ Those who are younger than 5 years, particularly children younger than 2 years ☛ Those who are 65 years and older ☛ Those who are pregnant or within two weeks of delivery, including women, who have had pregnancy loss ☛ Those who have certain chronic medical conditions, including asthma, emphysema, heart disease, diabetes, neuromuscular disease, or kidney, liver or blood disease Christian Medical College and Hospital said the hospital had also prepared a separate ward for swine flu patients. Dr Bhatti said they have received all necessary testing kits and masks from the Health Department. and frequently ☛ Contain coughs and sneezes ☛ Avoid contact with infected person ❝With the change in strain in virus, the Health Department was alert about swine flu throughout the year. Many cases came forward in June and July, when swine flu was least expected. Now, suspected patients have started coming up and it will be only after observing the trend, that we will come to know about the strain. DR RAMESH, District Epidemiologist “With the change in strain in virus, the Health Department was alert about swine flu throughout the year. Many cases came forward in June and July, when swine flu was least expected. Now, suspected patients have started com- ❞ ing up and it will be only after observing the trend that we will come to know about the strain,” said Dr Ramesh, District Epidemiologist. A separate ward has also been prepared for swine flu patients at the Civil Hospital. Patient dies, kin manhandle 108 ambulance staff Tribune News Service Firemen wear wet sacks while dousing flames at the plastic manufacturing factory that collapsed on November 20. FILE PHOTO bers kept asking the driver to take the patient to a private hospital. While the family members of the patient were arguing with the ambulance staff, the patient died. After the death, irked family members manhandled the driver and helper of the ambulance. According to Gurwinder Singh, they saved themselves by locking them- c m y b selves inside the store room of the hospital. The driver and helper Munish Kumar informed the 108 control room, which further informed the local police about the incident. A police team led by ASI Baljinder Kumar reached the hospital, but till then the family members of the patient had left the hospital with the body. The driver and helper came out of the store room only after the police arrived at the hospital. ASI Baljinder Kumar said the police have not received any complaint in this regard, therefore no action has been taken against anyone. “If we receive a formal complaint, we will take appropriate action,” the ASI said. Ludhiana, December 29 A woman, who went missing a couple of days ago and was presumed drowned in the canal, today returned to her home. Gurmail Kaur of Khatra Choharas village, near Dehlon, went missing two days ago. When the family members of the woman and villagers found her shawl and footwear on the banks of the canal, they presumed her drowned. While the villagers were searching for her in the canal, her husband Amarjit Singh also jumped into the canal and is believed to be drowned. Today, the woman accompanied by a delegation of members of Left parties, led by former Raikot MLA Tarsem Jodhan, met Ludhiana Police Commissioner RN Dhoke at his office. While speaking to the media outside the CP’s office, Gurmail Kaur said she left home because the Dehlon police were harassing her and her husband Amarjit Singh ever since their son eloped with a girl from the same village around nine months back. “My son eloped with a girl of the same village a few months ago. Since then, the police have been harassing us. The cops even tortured us physically and mentally. It was due to the harassment caused by the police that I left home two days ago and went to the house of a relative. I left my shawl and footwear on the banks of the canal to give an impression that I have committed suicide only to avoid harassment caused by the police,” said Gurmail Kaur. During the meeting with Police Commissioner, the members of the delegation demanded strict action against the police personnel, who harassed the couple. “It was due to the harassment caused by the police that Amarjit Singh jumped into the canal and drowned. The authorities should take strict action against the cops responsible for the ordeal faced by the couple,” said Comrade Tarsem Jodhan. Police Commissioner RN Dhoke assured the members of the delegation that an impartial inquiry would be conducted into the matter and justice provided to the woman. with girl of the same village ❝My son eloped then,athe police have been a few months ago. Since harassing us. They tortured us. It was due to the harassment caused by the police that I left home two days ago and went to the house of a relative. I left my shawl and footwear on the banks of the canal to give an impression that I have committed suicide only to avoid harassment caused by the police. GURMAIL KAUR, Victim woman ❞
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