19082018-LT-01.qxd 19-08-2018 00:12 Page 1 SUNDAY | 19 AUGUST 2018 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Coloured wheat e-auction of parking lots Teej fervour Traditional wheat shall now replace coloured one which has higher anthocyanin level. P3 The MC will hold an e-auction of 11 paid parking sites, including seven new sites, on August 21. P4 Students celebrate Teej at Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan Campus. P2 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 34°C MIN 27°C | SUNSET SUNDAY 7:05 PM SUNRISE MONDAY 5:56 AM Showroom burgled twice in 11 days A leaf from history Owner suffers ~9.5-lakh loss this time Tribune News Service A view of the Mata Rani Chowk area in old times when roads were free of crazy traffic of today. Report on P4 SNIPPETS Ludhiana, August 18 Thieves targeted an electronics showroom for a second time in 11 days and decamped with valuables worth several lakhs. Though the second theft took place on August 11, an FIR was registered on Friday evening. The owner of the showroom has accused the PAU police station of not investigating the matter diligently. The owner, Harpreet Singh Chawla, said despite the thieves having targeted his showroom twice in 11 days, the police had failed to nab them. The first theft was reported at his showroom located in A section of the showroom ransacked by thieves. TRIBUNE PHOTO South City on July 31 when the thieves broke into the shop by breaking open the rooftop door. They stole goods worth Rs 3.5 lakh. Thieves again targeted his showroom on August 11 and stole electronic goods worth Rs 9.5 lakh, the owner alleged. Same thieves behind both burglaries, says owner Chawla further alleged that the thieves had been captured by CCTV cameras this Continued on page 2 Bus driver who fled mishap spot arrested Tribune News Service Ludhiana, August 18 In an accident case reported from near Preet Palace on Friday evening, the bus driver whose negligence led to the death of a 47-year-old accountant, Manoj Kumar, has been arrested. He has been identified as Karam Singh, a resident of Uchi Mangli village. Karam was driving a bus of the Syndicate company, which first hit an auto-rickshaw and then went on to ram a scooter. The twowheeler rider was crushed under the wheels of the bus. He died on the spot. The bus driver had fled the spot after the accident. He was nabbed by the police late night. Three auto- rickshaw passengers were discharged by the hospital after first aid. Hepatitis C tests at half the rates 1 lakh packets of relief material sent to Kerala Mother, daughter at hospitals held with heroin Punjab ties up with a Delhi-based lab; big relief for patientsdonegovtspecific labs. But Manav Mander from Machhiwara: The police arrested a woman and her daughter, both residents of Manewal village, and recovered 10-gm heroin from their possession. A police party, led by ASI Ajmer Singh, was on patrol duty on Rahon Road near the village. They noticed two women who turned around after seeing the police party. The police searched their purses and recovered 10-gm heroin. Machhiwara SHO Rajesh Kumar said the arrested women admitted that they were given the drug by a resident of Rahon and they were to sell it in the area. A case has been registered under the NDPS Act. OC Fresh FIR against travel agent Ludhiana: Already facing more than 45 FIRs of travel frauds, a travel and immigration agent, Nitish Ghai, has been booked in a fresh FIR of travel fraud. The complainant, Balwinder Singh of Fazilka, said on February 28, Nitish took Rs 29,500 and his passport from him to arrange a visa for abroad. However, the travel agent neither arranged a visa nor returned his money. On May 25, the police conducted a raid on nine travel and immigration firms, of which FIRs were registered against four firms, namely Blessing Consultancy (Nitish Ghai), A to Z Tour and Travels, GGI Group All Types Visa Consultancy, and 99 Visa and Bright Solution Consultancy (Nitish Ghai). TNS Tribune News Service Ludhiana, August 18 Hepatitis C patients undergoing treatment at government hospitals don’t have to pay hefty fees for tests from now on. The government has entered into a tie-up with a lab and the tests will now be conducted at half the rates. The tests, which earlier cost around Rs 1,900, will now be done at half the cost. The Punjab Government has been providing Hepatitis C treatment and medicines free of cost, and the patients only have to pay for tests. The treatment lasts from three to six months. The tests for viral load and A technician from the laboratory that has been awarded the contract will collect samples at hospitals. A FILE PHOTO genotype cost around Rs 1,800 each. The government’s contract with the earlier lab expired in June. Now, the government has entered into a tie-up with a Delhi-based labo- ratory and the rates of this lab are half the fees charged by the previous lab. Dr Ramesh, District Epidemiologist, said patients were earlier asked to get tests Newly married man hangs self Wife booked; kin seek case against ‘foster mother’ Tribune News Service Ludhiana, August 18 A 23-year-old man committed suicide by hanging himself from a girder at his residence in Chitti Colony on Saturday morning. The deceased, identified as Sunny, is survived by his wife Sonia (18) whom he married just four months ago. Sunny worked at a hosiery unit in the city. Suman, a relative of the deceased, said Sunny had lost both his parents when he was just seven years old. He was looked after by his mother’s relative, Choto, who also lives close to his house. Choto had allegedly been mentally harassing him. She had allegedly encroached on a room in Sunny’s house due to which he was depressed. On Saturday morning when Sunny asked Choto to vacate the room, which she had rented out to someone, the woman turned furious and exchanged heated arguments with him. Around 9 am, when Sunny’s wife went to take a bath, Sunny went into his room and hanged himself from a girder with a dupatta of his wife. When his wife came out of the bathroom, she was shocked to see him hanging. Later, Sunny’s kin held a protest outside the Salem Tabri police station and demanded registration of a case against Choto. The kin alleged the police had taken Sonia to the police station on the suspicion that she abetted her husband’s suicide. Additional SHO Sulakhan Continued on page 2 now, a technician from the laboratory that has been awarded the contract will be deployed at the hospital. He will collect samples and send them to Delhi. The reports will arrive at the hospital concerned, he added. Dr Ramesh said earlier the viral load test was done for Rs 1,800 which now cost Rs 881. Similarly, the genotype test will be done for Rs 895. A patient said earlier they had to get tests done at laboratories located at quite a distance from hospitals. “Taking samples from the hospital and reports arriving at the hospital, is a better option,” he said. Tribune News Service Ludhiana, August 18 The Punjab Government on Saturday dispatched trucks carrying 1 lakh packets of relief material to the flood-hit people of Kerala from the city. The trucks were flagged off by Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu and Member of Parliament Ravneet Singh Bittu from Guru Nanak Stadium. Ashu and Bittu said the relief material comprised sugar, tea, rusk, biscuits, powdered milk, water bottles, etc. Relief also to be sent from other districts Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu and Member of Parliament Ravneet Singh Bittu said in the coming days, more relief material would be dispatched from other districts of Punjab as well. To make sure the relief material reaches Kerala soon, it has been sent by air from Halwara Air Force Station. They said the Punjab Government was standing rock solid with the people of Ker- 3 get 10-year jail for drug trafficking Ludhiana August 18 Additional Sessions Judge Amarpaul has convicted Kulwinder Singh, Balwant Singh and Manjit Kaur of Sidhwan Bet in a drug trafficking case. They were sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for 10 years each. Fine of Rs 1 lakh each was also imposed upon the accused persons. The Jagraon police had recovered 30-kg poppy husk each from the accused. However, they pleaded innocence. — OC Workers package relief material for the flood-hit people of Kerala. Trucks laden with 1 lakh packets were flagged off from Guru Nanak Stadium on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Fresh & dried fruits become luxury gifting option Gurvinder Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, August 18 With nice packaging, premium look and imported tag, fruits have also become a ‘luxury’ gifting item during weddings, functions and celebrations. Such gift hampers have been put on display at Wedding Asia, the threeday exhibition that began on Friday. Visitors at the stall titled “The Fruit Smith” said they never thought fresh fruits could be considered a gifting option. But with nice packaging, those looked a good option. “With such packaging, it can be interesting and a healthier gifting item also,” Diya, a visitor to the exhibition said. A representative from the stall said it was a specially designed packaging which could preserve fruit without freezing for threefour days. He said the fruits, both fresh and sundried, could be used for gifting. To make sure that the fruits are considered as gifts for weddings and other functions, they import the best quality fruits directly from farmers and Special packaging According to a representative, it is a specially designed packaging which can preserve fruit without freezing for threefour days. Fruits, both fresh and sun-dried, could be used for gifting. To make sure that the fruits are considered as gifts for weddings and other functions, the best quality fruits are directly imported from farmers and brands of foreign countries. Fruit gift hampers on display at Wedding Asia. HIMANSHU MAHAJAN brands of foreign countries. The sun-dried fruits are without excessive sug- ar, and a little bit of it is added only for preservation purpose, he added. c m y b ala in this hour of crisis. In the coming days, more relief material would be dispatched from other districts as well, they added. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had announced a grant of Rs 10 crore, of which Rs 5 crore would be deposited in Chief Minister Relief Fund and relief material worth Rs 5 crore would be sent to Kerala. Prominent among those present on the occasion were MLAs Surinder Dawar and Sanjay Talwar, Ludhiana Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu and officials from the District. Meanwhile, several fashion and lifestyle labels from across the country are participating in the exhibition. Several items, including wedding attires, new fashion wear collections and accessories, have been showcased. The exhibition received a good footfall on the second day as well. Many of the fashion labels are participating for the first time. “We are participating in the exhibition for the first time. We have brought new wedding collections with phulkari, zardozi and gota patti,” said Ritika, from her fashion label “Aakriti by Ritika and Shakun”. Several décor items, such as old gramophones and lamps, were also on display at the exhibition. Prabhnoor, Aayushi storm into quarterfinals Prabhnoor Kaur and Aayushi Bisht recorded easy wins in their pre-quarterfinal encounters to storm into the last-eight stage in girls’ singles (U-11) on the third and penultimate day of the SubJunior Ludhiana District Badminton Tournament. Page 4
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