14092020-LT-01.qxd 9/14/2020 12:14 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE ACTRESS HIMANI SHIVPURI TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID PAGE 3 RANVEER SINGH FINALLY RESUMES WORK AFTER FIVE MONTHS The 60-year-old actress has said she has no idea as to where she had caught the virus from. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF DRUG PEDDLER NABBED Ludhiana: The Shimlapuri police have nabbed a drug peddler and recovered 14 kg of poppy husk from his possession. He has been identified as Parminder Singh of Jawaddi Kalan. The investigating officer, ASI Dalvir Singh, said the police nabbed the suspect at a naka at the Kwality chowk on a tipoff. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered against him. TNS MAN BOOKED FOR ABDUCTING MINOR Ludhiana: The Jamalpur police have booked a man on the charge of kidnapping a 15year-old girl. He has been identified as William of Tajpur. The complainant, Gudiya of the Tajpur road, told the police that on September 9 when she had gone to work, her daughter was alone at home. When she returned home, her daughter was missing. She came to know that the suspect had kidnapped her on the pretext of marrying her. TNS SHIV SENA HOISTS FLAG AGAINST RAIL ROKO CALLP2 The Shiv Sena Punjab today carried out a protest march against Punjab Rail Roko call given by SFJ head Gurpatwant Singh Pannu and hoisted the national flag at the railway station. Shiv Sena leaders first carried out the march while carrying the national flag and later, they hoisted the flag at the railway station. Chairman, Shiv Sena Punjab, Rajiv Tandon, said the rail roko call turned out to be a flop show as Shiv Sena workers were standing guard to prevent any untoward incident. REMOVE DISPARITY IN COMMISSION: DEPOT HOLDERS TO CENTRE P2 While representatives of the state governments have launched the One Nation One Ration Card scheme in the region, ration depot holders of the area have urged the Union Government to remove disparity in commission among various states adopting the scheme. PAGE 4 ACTRESS ANKITA LOKHANDEJOINS #PLANTS4SSR CAMPAIGN One of the dreams of SSR was to plant 1,000 trees. After the actor’s demise, his sister has started the campaign. Bollywood actor’s decision will surely boost the morale of the industry that is looking to restart business. MAX 36°C | MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 37°C | MIN 26°C SUNSET MONDAY 6:33 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 6:11 AM Ludhiana, September 13 Vanishing trick by a 100foot-wide road in the erstwhile colony Vikas Nagar, developed by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) and later handed over to the Municipal Corporation for maintenance, has literally become a proverbial comedy of errors with both LIT and the MC passing the buck with regard to the existence of the road which does exist in the layout plans of the colony prepared by the Trust. It was on a complaint lodged by a city-based social MONDAY | 14 SEPTEMBER 2020 | LUDHIANA Over 400 infections on 2,164 students take NEET in dist 2nd consecutive day Many aspirants miss test as they fail to locate centres in far-flung areas Tribune News Service District witnesses 415 fresh cases, 6 fatalities C VID-19 PANDEMIC Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 13 Ludhiana district has once again registered a record number of cases. Today, 415 people tested positive and six lost their lives to the virus. In two days, 850 people have tested positive. Fortyfive patients were on ventilator support. Those who lost their lives include five women. The deceased belong to Jagraon, Machhiwara, Civil Lines, Ranjit Singh Nagar and New Aakash Nagar. A 77-year-old man, who succumbed to the virus at Mohan Dai Oswal Hospital, was also suffering from hypertension and diabetes. Two women, aged 72 and 60 years, also had the same comorbidities. A 78-year-old woman, who died at GTB Hospital, and a 46-year-old woman, who lost battle against the pandemic at the PGI, were also suffering heart and cerebral conditions. Of 415 infections reported today, 129 were diagnosed at OPDs and 120 at flu corners. They include eight healthcare workers, two policemen and four pregnant women. Among those Residents register for Covid test in Ludhiana. INDERJEET VERMA FIGURES OF LUDHIANA DISTRICT SAMPLES POSITIVE 1,94,581 13,860 ACTIVE CASES DEATHS 1,938 577 who tested positive, 114 are still untraceable. Deputy Commissioner Varinder Sharma said: “We are passing through the peak and need to be very careful during these days while stepping out. The Administration and the Health Department are CONTROL ROOM For Home Isolation 78147-64759 Ambulance Problem 78143-63850 Hospital Problem 62849-12553 General Problem 62845-31852 Weblink where residents can check real time status of vacant and occupied beds in all hospitals: https://ludhiana.nic.in/notice/covid19-bed-status-in-ludhiana-district/ working round the clock and people need to help us by taking all necessary precautions,” said the DC. He said people should not delay and get their test done if they notice any symptom. The test is done free of cost at government hospitals, he added. Ludhiana, September 13 Today, 2,164 students appeared for National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) in the district. The test was conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA). As many as 402 students didn’t turn up for the test. Three centres in the district were Guru Nanak Model Senior Secondary School, Doraha; Sri Guru Nanak Dev Convent School, Andlu; and Indo Canadian Academy, Ladian Kalan. The centres are located in the far-flung areas in the district Amid the Covid pandemic, elaborate arrangements were made to ensure social distancing and safety of the students. However, there was no arrangement for the parents who accompanied the students. Some were seen waiting outside the centres in the scorching heat while the others were seen sitting in their cars. There was a huge crowd of parents and it was difficult to maintain social distancing. The exam was conducted from 2 pm to 5 pm. To maintain social distancing, only 12 students were seated in one room. Students were allowed entry at 1:30 pm and every 40 minutes, 150 students were allowed to enter the gates of the examination centres. The body temperature of all candidates and staff members was checked. Hand sanitisers, masks and gloves, apart from the admit card and ID card, were required to gain entry into the centre. The exam is held for admis- Students queue up outside Indo Canadian Academy, Ladian Kalan, a centre for National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test, on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN STUDENTS HAD TOUGH TIME LOCATING CENTRES ■ All three centres were located in far-flung areas of the district and many candidates found it difficult to locate them. A candidate said he failed to appear for the exam as he was not able to reach the centre on time. “It took me an hour to reach the centre from the main city but I was unable to locate it,” he said. ■ A few girls had a real tough time at Ludhiana railway station. Their centre was at Andlu which is almost 35 km from the station. They hired an auto-rickshaw and were charged a hefty amount by the auto-rickshaw driver. ■ A parent said it took them more than half an hour to locate the centre. “The centre was at Laddian Kalan and it took them more than 30 minutes to locate it,” he said. HUGE RUSH OF PARENTS Huge rush of parents was seen outside the centres. Many were seen standing in the sun while the others were sitting in their cars. “A tent could have been put up so that parents could rest there for some time. Amid huge rush, it was difficult to maintain social distancing,” said a parent. Centre Guru Nanak Model Senior Secondary School, Doraha Sri Guru Nanak Dev Convent School, Andlu Indo Canadian Academy, Ladian Kalan sions to MBBS/BDS courses and other undergraduate medical courses. Principal of BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School Paramjeet Kaur, who Students registered 960 960 646 was NTA coordinator for Ludhiana, said a total of 2,164 candidates appeared for the test today against the registered 2,566 students. “The centres were located Appeared 810 798 556 Absent 150 162 90 in far-flung areas where there was enough open space so that norm of social distancing can be adhered to, as parents also accompanied the candidates,” she said. Civic body, administration put on notice ~263-cr PF claims Our Correspondent Ludhiana, September 13 The district administration (Deputy Commissioner) and the Municipal Corporation have been put on notice by the Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) as new submersible pumps continue to be installed in the city despite a blanket ban on drawing ground water in the city imposed by the CGWB and the National Green Tribunal (NGT). Taking cognisance of a complaint filed by a city-based social activist, Gajjan Singh Jassal, the CGWB Regional Director (based in Chandigarh) has issued directions to the Deputy Commissioner and the MC to get the matter investigated and take action in accordance with law. In his complaints filed with the CGWB, the NGT, Punjab Human Rights Commission, with copies to the Chief Minister and the Department of Local Government, Punjab, Jassal had alleged that at least 25 submersible pumps were being sunk in areas across the city and repeated complaints lodged with the field staff and supervisory officials of the operations and maintenance (O&M) branch of the MC had failed to move them in action. The role of the MC officials, especially those of the field staff entrusted with the task of providing and maintaining water supply and sewerage in the city, has come under a Despite ban, ‘no check’ on sinking of submersible pumps in city FILE PHOTO cloud with sinking of new submersible pumps continuing with impunity all across the city and the enforcement machinery (the O&M wing of the MC) keeping its eyes closed to the development. The complaint indicated towards a nexus of boring companies, touts and certain MC officials which was active in the city with all of them out to make a fast buck from illegal sinking of tube-wells and submersible pumps. He had demanded that responsibility of the MC staff and their supervisory officials be fixed for allowing submersible pumps in the city and strict action, as per law, be taken against all violations in this regard. MC officials, however, claimed that action had been initiated against several such pumps. Recently, the field staff had filled up the bores made for sinking new pumps in several areas that fall in Zone C and the field staff had been directed to take similar action in other parts of the city as well, said the officials. Trust, MC pass buck on ‘vanished’ road Kuldip Bhatia PAGE 4 activist, Nalin Kaushik, an advocate, that LIT officials and the MC became alive to the issue of ‘missing road’ which had been allegedly occupied by unlawful means for construction of residential houses, commercial buildings and even religious institutions. Providing information to Kaushik under the Right to Information Act, the LIT officials had maintained that the status of the road or for that matter any encroachments on public road, would be known to the MC as the scheme had been transferred to the civic body for THE COMPLAINT In the complaint, Nalin Kaushik, an advocate, had alleged that at the time of removing encroachments from 22-kanal land in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar colony, adjoining to the 100-foot road, the LIT authorities had failed to report to the Local Bodies Department that most part of the road was under encroachment. maintenance and building control was also with the MC authorities. “When I got in touch with the MC to know about the missing road and c m y b encroachments thereon, the complaint and enquiry branch of the MC intimated me that information about the road had been sought from LIT and cited letter of the MC building branch (377/ATP-D dated August 19, 2020) addressed to the LIT Executive Officer,” said Kaushik. In the complainant, Kushik had alleged that at the time of removing encroachments from 22kanal land in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar colony, adjoining to the 100-foot road, the LIT authorities had failed to report to the Local Bodies Department that most part of the road was under encroachment. “Little or no efforts were made to gain possession of the land (under encroachment) since a 100-foot road had to be constructed to connect Vikas Nagar with Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar while passing through Pakhowal Road along Sidhwan Canal and the Ferozepur railway line,” the complainant had contended. The MC officials said further action on this issue would be taken after the layout of the scheme was received from the LIT since the scheme was planned and developed by the Trust. released during 5 months in district Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 13 The Employees Provident Fund organisation (EPFO) released claims worth Rs 263.14 crore to beneficiaries in the past five months. The department released this much of amount due to the ongoing pandemic. Dhiraj Gupta, Provident Fund Commissioner, Ludhiana, told The Tribune that as many as 84,272 claims were received from April 20 to September 7 this year against which Rs 263.14 crore was released to applicants. “Provident Fund has become a perfect future for the working class. During the Covid times, around 1 lakh people in Ludhiana got their needs met from the PF savings when there was no jobs and salaries. During this period, Ludhiana officials had also processed 10,000 claims as multi location claims of the Gurugram PF office to liquidate the pendency of the Gurugram office. Over 84K claims, except a few, have been settled within seven working days of the receipt of claims,” Gupta said. Earlier, all applications were received through the online medium as public dealing was curtailed due to coronavirus but people are visiting the office for their routine work. “The PF Department con- IGNORANCE ABOUT TDS RULES Provident Fund Commissioner, Ludhiana, Dheeraj Gupta said: “Sometimes due to ignorance of the TDS rules, members. who have worked for less than five years, do not submit 15G and PAN card details along with their Form 19 claims, due to which the PF office has to deduct the TDS amount as per the Income Tax guidelines. To avoid this, the members could update their PAN card details on its KYC portal and get it approved from their employer during their service period so that they do not face any TDS-related issue at the time of withdrawal. It is also clarified that this five-year period for the TDS deduction is counted after leaving non-contributory period (NCP) days.” tinued it’s working in the lockdown period through various modes and cleared 100 per cent claims received between April 1 to till September 7. Gupta said the PF Department emerged as godsend for the salaried class as most of the people were facing financial problems due to the lockdown and many also faced salary cuts. Besides claims, 1,348 grievances or complaints were also received in the past five months of which 1,334 were redressed and rest of the complaints were pending due to some technical issues, Gupta said.
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