01032019-LT-01.qxd 3/1/2019 12:15 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE AVON CYCLES TO ORGANISE CYCLOGREEN TOMORROW PAGE 3 Avon Cycles would organise the Avon Cyclogreen rally on March 2 which would commence from Kipps Market FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY INBRIEF WOMEN TRAVEL AGENTS BOOKED Ludhiana: The city police have booked two women travel agents on the charge of duping a man of several lakhs on the pretext of sending him abroad. The suspects have been identified as Sandhya and Daisy, both residents of Grewal Colony, Haibowal. The complainant, Ajaib Singh, a resident of Sodhian Mohalla, told the police that both agents assured him of sending his son, Hardeep Singh, abroad but they failed to arrange any visa. They also refused to return the money. The police said further probe in the case had been ordered. TNS 18-YEAR-OLD GIRL KIDNAPPED Ludhiana: The city police have booked a man on the charge of kidnapping an 18-year-old girl. He has been identified as Daleep Kumar, a resident of Jagdishpura. The complainant, Raj Kumar of the same locality told the police that on February 23, her daughter went missing from home. Later, he came to know that she was kidnapped by Daleep on the pretext of marriage. The police are trying to trace the girl. TNS MAN CRUSHED TO DEATH Ludhiana: A 35-year-old man has been crushed to death by a tractor-trailer at Paramjit Colony. The deceased has been identified as Parmod Sahni, a resident of Jivan Nagar. The complainant, Ajit Kumar, from the same locality, told the police that on February 26, his uncle was at Paramjit Colony where a rashly driven tractor-trailer hit him from behind. He died on the spot. The tractor-trailer driver has been identified as Harful Singh of Ber Kalan village. TNS ONE BOOKED FOR ILLEGAL MINING Ludhiana: The Meharban police have booked a man on the charge of illegal mining. He has been identified as Sandeep Singh of Rorh village. Head Constable Jora Singh said on Wednesday, they got secret information that Sandeep was on the way to sell illegally mined sand. The police set up a naka in Boothgarh village. On seeing the police at the naka, Sandeep escaped leaving the vehicle behind. TNS DOWRY CASES Ludhiana: The women police station has registered two dowry harassment cases. On a complaint of Amandeep Kaur of Dhuri, the police have booked her husband Amandeep of Jawahar Nagar camp. In another case, the police have booked Sahil Sharma of Chimney Road, Pathankot, on a complaint of his wife Tripati Sharma, a resident of Ajit Singh Nagar. TNS FUEL PRICES PETROL ~72.20 DIESEL ~66.44 WHAT’S ON LUDHIANA 125TH YEAR CELEBRATIONS OF CMC: Assembly Hall, CMC; 10:30 am PEDAL PUSHERS RIDE: PAU; 9:30 am 9TH EDITION OF CYCLE, FITNESS AND OUTDOOR SPORTS EXPO: PAU; 10 am PAGE 3 POWER CORPORATION EMPLOYEES UP IN ARMS CITY TO HOST CWE SHOW ON MARCH 2 Office-bearers and activists of the Technical Services Union of the PSPCL threaten to intensify protest MAX 21°C | MIN 11°C | YESTERDAY MAX 19°C | MIN 7°C SUNSET FRIDAY 6:25 PM Professional wrestlers from India and from the United States will be seen in action during the wrestling event SUNRISE SATURDAY 6:53 AM FRIDAY | 1 MARCH 2019 | LUDHIANA Pvt labs can also conduct swine flu test Manav Mander Tribune News Service Ludhiana, February 28 Now patients can get the swine flu test done at private laboratories as well. The government has recently issued a notification in this regard and the price for conducting the test has been fixed at Rs 3,500 so that the laboratories do not overcharge. But before a lab starts conducting the test, it has to get itself approved from the government and apply for the same with the Civil Surgeon. Laboratories should be accredited by the National Accreditation Board for Laboratories (NABL). After an application is received, a team from the department will visit the laboratory for physical verification. The team will include Civil Surgeon or his repre- FEAR OF OVERCHARGING NO PRECAUTIONARY TEST WILL BE DONE LOOMS Generally, it is seen that people get Although the government has also capped the rates for conducting Elisa Test (for confirming dengue) at ~600, private hospitals and diagnostic centres are charging a hefty fee. They are charging anything between ~800 and ~1,200 for conducting Elisa Test. SWINE FLU PATIENTS IN DIST tests done on their own as a precautionary measure. But the laboratories will be conducting the tests of the Category C patients only, according to the notification. CATEGORY A.. Patients with mild fever, cough, sore throat, body ache, headache and vomiting. For Category A patients, no testing and Tamiflu tablet is required, and one needs to rest and should not mix with public or highrisk members. CATEGORY B.. Figures are from January this year to date Persons with high-grade fever, severe soar throat and symptoms of Category A patients. No testing of HINI is required. Home isolation is recommended and one should sentative from the CS office, medical superintendent from civil hospital and district epi- demiologist. If all things are found in place, the laboratory will be approved by the depart- 55 TOTAL DEATHS 6 take Tamiflu tablet as per doctor’s prescription. CATEGORY C.. Persons with the symptoms of both Category A and B patients besides drowsiness, low BP, breathlessness, chest pain and blood in sputum. Category C patients should get HINI test done, get treatment under doctor’s supervision and go for immediate hospitalisation. ment to conduct tests of patients belonging to the C category. The laboratory has to PAGE 4 PLAN CHALKED OUT FOR PULSE POLIO A meeting of the district task force committee was convened by the Civil Surgeon, Dr Parwinder Pal Singh Sidhu, on Thursday. A plan was chalked out for the national Pulse Polio round which will start from March 10. The drive will run for five days in urban areas and for three days in rural areas. Children in the age group of 0-5 will be administered polio drops during the drive. give the report of the test to the hospital where the patient is under treatment as also send a copy to the state and district Health Department. Sending the report to the department is mandatory so that precautionary action can be taken in the area the patient belongs to. Dr Parwinder Pal Singh Sidhu, Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, said now the samples from here were sent either to Rajindra Medical College, Patiala, or to the PGI, Chandigarh, for testing and it took some time for the report to arrive. All medical colleges in the state have the testing facility. We also plan to start the testing facility at the newly opened IDSP lab in Civil Hospital, he said. “Now that reports will be available early, doctors will be able to start treatment in time. In case any lab is found overcharging, there is a provision for taking legal action against the same,” he added. Challans issued for Tobacco Act violations Tribune News Service Ludhiana, February 28 On the directions of the Civil Surgeon, Dr Parvinder Pal Singh Sidhu, challans were issued for violation of the Tobacco Act in parts of the city. The Nodal Officer, Dr Manjeet Singh, inspected the areas around bus stand and fined the violators on the spot. Besides issuing challans, people were educated on the Act and warned against smoke in public places. No tobacco shop should be operational within 100 metres of educational institutions. Khaira seeks Ashu’s dismissal Mayor doubts authenticity of audio clips Says minister should be sacked for ‘threatening’ officials Tribune News Service Ludhiana, February 28 Staging a protest against Cabinet Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu, Punjab Ekta Party chief-cum-MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira today demanded the minister’s dismissal from the Cabinet for his alleged role in the CLU scam and allegedly threatening the MC DSP and the Superintending Engineer of Ludhiana Improvement Trust. Khaira said: “The leaked audio clips proved the minister’s high-handedness against government officials. In a leaked audio clip, Ashu is heard pressuring an officer to defy the High Court orders. We will examine whether there is any contempt of the court. If there is any contempt of the court, we will move the High Court against Ashu,” said Khaira. “The minister played a big role in providing the CLU certificate to the builder concerned. If a minister, who takes the oath of constitution and becomes custodian of the constituency, threatens an Punjab Ekta Party chief Sukhpal Singh Khaira leads a protest against Cabinet minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu at Jawahar Nagar. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN official and asked him to violate the High Court orders, he should not be allowed to continue as minister. If an Opposition leader had threatened any official, a case would have been registered against him,” he said. “The construction company of Luxury apartments had obtained CLU based on wrong khasra numbers. Instead of taking action to stop corruption, a criminal case of theft was registered against the whistle-blower, Kuldeep Singh Khaira, to suppress his voice. Akalis had misused the police during their tenure of 10 years. Even during the present tenure of the Captain government, the police are not free. The police act as personal force of the Congress. The CM had said that they would get the matter probed but resignation must be taken from Ashu to prevent any interference during the inquiry,” said Khaira. Khaira also slammed Ludhiana Mayor Balkar Singh Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, February 28 Following a protest of the Punjab Ekta Party against Cabinet Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu, Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu raised questions over the authenticity of the viral audio clips. He said: “It is not yet clear whether the audio clips are real or fake.” Congress councillors and other leaders had gathered to accord a symbolic welcome to Sukhpal Singh Khaira but he did not come to lay siege to the minister’s residence at Model Gram. Sandhu said Khaira was forced to cancel his plans to lay siege to Ashu’s house due to poor attendance of his supporters. “Khaira’s stand in support of tainted officials raises questions over his own credibility,” alleged the Mayor. Councillor Mamta Ashu said as they wanted to have a discussion with Khaira, they had kept an ample number of chairs in the park adjoining her house. “We had also arranged flower bouquets for Khaira because we wanted to have a detailed discussion Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu and Congress councillors address media persons after Sukhpal Khaira’s protest. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN with him over this issue. We planned the discussion as Khaira seemed to be oblivious of the entire issue, but sadly he failed to turn up,” said Mamta. Sandhu said the Opposition parties should not politicise issues for their petty political gains. Sandhu said Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had already told the Vidhan Sabha that a high-powered committee would be formed shortly to investigate the issue. He said if Ashu was found guilty in any way, they would themselves ask him to resign, as the Congress believed in transparent and fair governance. He said the Opposition parties should at least wait for the committee report, before jumping to their own conclusions. Congress leader Ishwarjot Singh Cheema said both Ashu and Sandhu had got several complaints against DSP of Ludhiana MC Balwinder Singh Sekhon and LIT Superintending Engineer Rakesh Garg, and they had been suspended in the past too. Youth found dead on railway tracks Court allows voice Family, kin suspect foul play and seek murder case; block traffic on the Jagraon bridge Tribune News Service Ludhiana, February 28 After the body of a 22-yearold youth, Amit Goyal, was recovered from the railway tracks near Sherpur, his family and relatives blocked traffic on the Jagraon bridge demanding registration of a murder case. They alleged that the Government Railway Police (GRP) conducted the postmortem examination of the deceased without keeping the family in the loop. The protest lasted for over an hour. The agitation was called off after the police assured the protesters that they would investigate the role of a suspect whose name was mentioned by the Amit’s family. Sonu Goyal, brother of the deceased, said last night, his brother, along with his mother, had gone to attend a religious function at their relative’s house in Jamalpur. Police officials try to pacify the protesters on the Jagraon bridge after the body of a youth was recovered from the railway track on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Leaving his mother at the function, his brother left towards Sherpur along with his friend on a scooter. They stopped the scooter on the railway tracks. “My brother asked his friend to take the scooter and his mobile phone and hand over those to his mother as he had to go somewhere to collect payment. As my brother’s friend was about to hand over the mobile phone c m y b and the scooter keys to my mother, a message was received on my brother’s phone from an unknown number which states that he is going to die. We swung into action and started tracing my brother. We were shocked to find his body lying on the railway tracks,” said the deceased’s brother. Yesterday, the family told the GRP that Amit did not die in a railway accident rather he was killed by a man with whose daughter he (deceased) had a love affair. They said they had also requested the police to get post-mortem conducted by a board of doctors. “However, this morning, we came to know that the police initiated the inquest proceedings under Section 174, CrPC, and they also conducted the autopsy without informing us,” alleged Amit’s brother. Sources said the deceased had sent the SMS from an unknown person’s mobile phone and the police had traced that person for questioning. Assistant Sub-Inspector Jaswinder Singh said further action would be taken as per the report. sample of accused GANG-RAPE CASE Rajneesh Lakhanpal Legal Correspondent Ludhiana, February 28 Judicial Magistrate Ankit Airi today allowed the prosecution’s plea to take voice samples of one of the accused, Jagroop Singh, in the gang-rape case. The incident had occurred near Issewal village. “I am of the considered opinion that the request of the investigating authorities deserves to be allowed at this stage, as it shall be in the best interests of the ongoing investigation which is being conducted by the investigating authorities in this case,” said the judge. “It is hereby directed to the investigating authorities that the same shall formulate a proposed passage of a written text required to be read out by the accused for the purpose of giving voice samples and the said passage may contain words, but not the exact sentences appearing in the disputed conversation,” observed the court. Special Public Prosecutor BD Gupta has submitted that the investigating authorities required the voice sample of Jagroop Singh to compare it with the disputed voice recording made available with the investigating authorities by a witness, Jaspreet Singh, on whose phone the alleged ransom call was made by accused. A 21-year-old woman was raped allegedly by 10 men near Issewal village on the banks of Sidhwan Canal, about 15 km from Ludhiana, after the car she was travelling in with her friend was stopped and she was dragged out. The incident rocked the state Assembly session and Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had to make a statement in House.
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