17092020-LT-01.qxd 9/17/2020 12:13 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE SONU SOOD, VARSITY JOIN HANDS FOR FREE EDUCATION TO NEEDY The actor has come forward to support the noble cause of imparting free education to needy students. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY PAGE 2 SINGER-ACTOR MEIYANG CHANG TO HOST LOST ESSENCE OF INDIA PAGE 3 MAX 38°C | MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 38°C | MIN 27°C SUNSET THURSDAY 6:29 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 6:12 AM Ludhiana: The Ladhowal police have recovered four quintals of poppy husk from agricultural fields at Rasulpur village. The investigation officer, ASI Sandeep Kumar, said secret information was received that two notorious smugglers had brought huge consignment of poppy husk and kept the stock at Rasulpur village. Accordingly, a police party conducted a raid and recovered narcotics. “So far, a case of drug peddling has been registered against unknown persons. Efforts are on to identify suspects,” said ASI Sandeep. TNS YOUTH BOOKED FOR KIDNAPPING Ludhiana: The Daresi police have registered a kidnapping case against a youth, who kidnapped a minor girl on the pretext of marrying her. The suspect has been identified as Vikas Kumar, a resident of Bindra Colony. Complainant Kiran, also a resident of Bindra Colony, told the police that on Monday (September 14) her daughter left home without informing anything to the family. Later, she came to know that Vikas had kidnapped her. The police have launched a hunt to trace the girl. TNS POWER SHUTDOWN LUDHIANA 10 am to 2 pm: City Enclave, Green Avenue, Mehmoodpura village, Dhandra village, Dhandra Enclave, Shivaji Nagar, New Shivaji Nagar, Dhoka Mohalla and adjoining areas. FARMERSSEEKWITHDRAWAL OFFARMORDINANCES P2 Office-bearers and activists of various outfits associated with the Communist Party of India (Marxist) have threatened to intensify stir to impress upon the Union Government to withdraw farm ordinances and decisions to hike prices of essential goods, including petrol and diesel. THURSDAY | 17 SEPTEMBER 2020 | LUDHIANA No let-up in Covid cases in dist SMUGGLER HELD WITH LIQUOR 4-QUINTAL POPPY HUSK SEIZED PAGE 4 Upcoming film Death on the Nileis based on a book by Agatha Christie by the same name. It is set to release on Oct 23. Discovery Channel has announced the release of a new series, Lost Essence of India, to be hosted by Meiyang Chang. INBRIEF Ludhiana: The Sarabha Nagar police have arrested a peddler and recovered three cases of illegal liquor from his possession. The suspect has been identified as Amandeep Singh Deepu, a resident of Iyali Kalan. The investigation, officer ASI Avtar Singh, said secret information was received that the suspect, who was notorious smuggler, was on his way to deliver illegal liquor to his clients. Accordingly, a naka was laid at Sunet bridge where a Swift car was stopped. Three liquor cases were recovered from car during checking. TNS SPECIAL VIDEO ON WRITER AGATHA CHRISTIE’S 130TH BIRTHDAY 15 lose battle to coronavirus; 286 contract disease Tribune News Service This is what remains of the goods that were destroyed in a fire at a blanket manufacturing unit on Tajpur Road in Ludhiana. INDERJEET VERMA Goods worth lakhs destroyed in fire at mill on Tajpur Road Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 16 A major fire broke out at Sakshi Weaving Mill located opposite Central Jail on the Tajpur road in the wee hours on Wednesday. Goods worth lakhs were destroyed in the fire. The factory deals in manufacturing of blankets. The exact cause of fire is yet not clear. However, fire officials suspected that short circuit could be the reason behind fire. As per the available information, the fire broke out at 2.58 am. The fire started on the first floor of the factory where huge stock of finished goods and raw material was kept by the owner. As factory was lying closed no loss of life was reported in the incident. Station fire officer SN Sharma said after receiving information, fire tenders from the central fire station were immediately rushed to the factory to douse flames. Firemen managed to control the fire within three hours. Timely action of firemen prevented the blaze from spreading on other floors of the factory. Meanwhile, another fire incident was reported at a house in Salem Tabri on Tuesday night. The cause of fire was short circuit in an air-conditioner. House owner informed that the incident occurred at around 9.30 pm. He said the moment he switched on the AC there was a sudden spark, which started fire and it spread in the entire room. The house owner had stored toys in the room where fire broke. Furniture, toys and some other household items were reduced to ashes in the fire. Two fire tenders were pressed into service to douse the flames. Ludhiana, September 16 Covid-19 claimed life of 15 more persons in the district. In all, 286 fresh coronavirus cases were confirmed in the district on Wednesday. The Health Department received report of 324 positive samples, including 286 from Ludhiana district and 38 from other districts or states. Out of 286 patients belonging to Ludhiana district, 95 patients were suffering from influenza like illness (ILI) and they visited the flu corner. Four patients were suffering from severe acute respiratory infections (SARI). Besides, 32 patients came in contact of positive patients and 79 visited the OPD. Also, 10 healthcare workers and two cops tested positive for the virus. Those, who succumbed to the virus, include a 61-yearold man from Laxmi Colony, a 58-year-old man from Dugri, a 59-year-old woman from Haibowal Kalan, a 73-year-old man from New Kuldeep Nagar, a 52-year-old man from Shivpuri, a 62-year-old woman from Manki village in Samrala sub-division, a 56year-old man from Begowal, a 57-year-old man from Rahon village in Khanna subdivsion, a 63-year-old man from Ladhowal, a 54-year-old man from Health workers collect samples for Covid testing at a factory in Ludhiana on Wednesday. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA FIGURES OF LUDHIANA DISTRICT SAMPLES POSITIVE 2,07,382 14,908 ACTIVE CASES DEATHS 1,632 622 Tharike village, a 50-year-old man from Moti Bagh Colony, a 59-year-old man from Akalgarh Raikot, a 50-year-old woman from Dhoolkot village, a 51-year-old woman from the Green Park area of Civil Lines and a 65-year-old man from Barmalipur. The Ludhiana Civil Surgeon, Youth having affair GLADA razes jhuggis, clears encroachments with married woman amid resistance at Vishwakarma Colony found dead in canal Our Correspondent Ludhiana, September 16 A 29-year-old youth, who had an affair with a married woman, was found dead in a canal in Dakha. After the incident, the Tibba police have registered an abetment to suicide case against a man with whose wife the deceased had an affair. The family of the deceased suspected that their son committed suicide due to alleged torture by woman’s husband. The deceased has been identified as Nitin Soni, a resident of New Shashtri Nagar. The suspect has been identified as Baljit Singh, a resident of HIG Flats, Moti Nagar. Father of the deceased, Subash Chandar, told the police that on September 5, his son left home saying that he had got a contract to installtiles at some location in Phillaur. “The same day at around 4 pm, my son called and told me to talk to Baljit Singh over phone. Baljit told me that my son had an affair with his wife and he had already submitted a complaint at the Moti Nagar police station. He asked me to discourage my son from continuing affair with his wife,” stated Subash. “After September 5, my son did not return home for three days. On September 8, a missing complaint of my son was filed at the Tibba police station,” he added. The same day, Dakha police called Subash and informed that motorcycle of his son was lying near canal in Dakha. Divers were called at the spot to locate his son’s body, but in vain. Later, on September 14, his son’s body was found floating in the Dakha canal. Subash alleged that his son had committed suicide due to alleged harassment by Baljit. “It seemed that my sob jumped into the canal and committed suicide,” he added. The investigation officer, ASI Jora Singh, said, “Raid is being conducted to nab the suspect.” The boy did not leave any suicide note, the ASI added. — TNS Ludhiana, September 16 The Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) today razed 15 jhuggis and parts of other structures, including residential portion of a place of worship, on the government land at Vishwakarma Colony in the Moti Nagar area. Although area residents resisted and objected to demolition of what they claimed was a part of the temple, GLADA officials maintained that no disrespect was shown to idols of gods and goddesses as only the residential portion of the place of worship was pulled down while clearing encroachments. Officials of the engineering branch of GLADA arrived at the spot with men, machines and strong police force for demolition of structures on the government land. Situation took an unpleasant turn when a part of the temple was pulled down and some local leaders made attempts to give the antiencroachment drive a reli- Residents protest during an anti-encroachment drive at Vishwakarma Colony in the Moti Nagar area of Ludhiana on Wednesday. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN gious colour. However, GLADA officials and the police stood their ground and handled protesting onlookers tactfully. One of the GLADA officials, who was part of the demoli- tion squad, claimed that there were some mischief mongers, who tried to give religious colour to the anti-encroachment drive to scuttle removal of illegal structures. The official maintained that due respect was shown to idols and only residential portion of the temple was pulled down as it was constructed on the government land. Dr Rajesh Bagga, said samples of 2,07,382 suspected persons were collected in the district till date. Of them, 14,908 tested positive for the disease in the district, he added. According to the Civil Surgeon, 12,651 (84.8%) patients had recovered from the disease. The Civil Surgeon confirmed that 26 persons, including 15 from Ludhiana district and 11 from other districts and states, had died due to Covid-19 on Wednesday. In all, 622 persons from Ludhiana district had lost their lives to coronavirus, he added. At present, 40 patients were on ventilator, the Civil Surgeon said while adding that 4,969 Covid samples were collected for testing today. Increase gathering at functions, says tent dealers’ assn Ludhiana, September 16 Members of the Punjab Tent Dealers’ Association met Deputy Commissioner and submitted a memorandum for revival of their business. Members said they had suffered a lot due to the coronavirus crisis as their business was badly hit. Dimpy Makkar, a tent dealer, said, “The administration has allowed gathering of only 30 persons for wedding functions. Business of tent houses, caterers, marriage palaces, orchestra, sweet makers and others has been severly affected due to low gatherings in functions. Waiters and daily wage workers have also been hit due to the crisis.” “The government should allow gathering of atleast 250300 persons in all functions, including weddings, to revive business,” he said. Dealers demanded that they should be given gatheringrelated permission as per the Central Government instructions. Marriage palaces should be allowed gathering as per the area of palace, they added. They assured to follow all Covid guidelines. — TNS Solve overflowing sewer problem, Home buyers falling prey to tall promises of bogusdevelopers Zonal Commissioner tells MC staff ILLEGAL COLONIES Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 16 Residents are suffering in several parts of Ward No. 11, 12, 13 and 15 under the Ludhiana (East) constituency due to overflowing sewers. Zonal Commissioner Swati Tiwana inspected the affected areas on Wednesday and gave instructions to the staff concerned to resolve the problem. Municipal Corporation (MC) officials, councillor Naresh Uppal, Kanwaljit Singh Bobby, PA to MLA Sanjay Talwar, and others were present during the inspection. An overflowing sewer in Ludhiana (East) constituency. The Zonal Commissioner took notice of some defunct machines at the sewerage treatment plant (STP) on Tajpur Road. “Due to defunct motors at the STP sewers are , overflowing in different areas. The Zonal Commissioner has given instructions to officials concerned to get defunct motors at the STP repaired by coming Tuesday,” said Kanwaljit Singh Bobby. Residents have been demanding for a longtime that the civic body should find a permanent solution to overflowing sewers in their respective areas. However, the MC is yet to resolve the problem. Kuldip Bhatia Ludhiana, September 16 The policy brought by the Punjab Government for regularisation of illegal/unlicensed colonies expired long time ago and the enforcement agencies – the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) and the Municipal Corporation (MC) – had also launched concerted drives against illegal colonies. But, the rate at which such illegal colonies are coming up or for that matter the pace of development works being undertaken at c m y b such colonies clearly points that the menace (of illegal colonies) is here to stay and for unscrupulous developers, it is business as usual. As the relevant acts do not permit publishing of advertisements of unlicensed colonies both in print and electronic media, developers of illegal colonies are using the social media platforms like Facebook, banners and hoardings to woo gullible buyers. Gulshan Kumar, a citybased developer of several colonies, said Facebook and other online news portals were flooded with ads from developers of illegal colonies in which buyers were promised facilities along with plots and properties in their colonies. “As developers of such illegal colonies do not have to pay anything to the government such as licence fee, change of land use (CLU) and development charges, they can afford to sell plots at a much lower price in comparison to those available in approved colonies. Genuine developers have to face price disparity. They are at disadvantage in comparison to price of plots in illegal colonies,” he added. Another property develop- er said he had come across a few misleading advertisements from developers on the social media and online portals in which free electricity supply (for a certain limited period), free maintenance, easy installments and even bank loans to buy plots and property were promised. “How do the flyby-night developers manage all this is beyond comprehension,” he wondered. As gullible people were falling prey to false promises of unscrupulous developers more and more illegal colonies were also coming up across the city and on the periphery, said Gulshan Kumar. “Both GLADA and the MC have to put their act together and curb any further development of new illegal colonies with strong hands,” he added. “Illegal colonies were in existence before March 2018, the cut-off date for regularisation under the lapsed policy. Colonies of developers, who did not apply for regularisation, should be demolished. Till that time names and location of all such unlicenced/illegal colonies should be uploaded on the website of the MC and GLADA to save unsuspecting buyers from being cheated,” he said.
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