08102020-LT-01.qxd 10/7/2020 11:48 PM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE ‘TRAIN SERVICES TO BE RESTORED AFTER LIFTING OF BLOCKADE’ PAGE 2 As protesting farmers continue to squat on rail tracks, authorities indicate their unwillingness to restore the rail traffic. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF PEDDLER HELD WITH HEROIN Ludhiana: The anti-narcotic cell has nabbed a drug peddler and recovered 10 gm of heroin from his possession. The suspect has been identified as Harish Kumar, a resident of Railway Colony. The investigation officer, ASI Jagtar Singh, said a police party was patrolling near Sherpur Market where the suspect was stopped for checking on suspicion, which led to recovery of narcotics. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered against the suspect. TNS SMUGGLER HELD WITH GANJA Ludhiana: The Focal Point police have nabbed a drug smuggler and recovered 2 kg of ganja from his possession. The suspect has been identified as Kishore Kumar of Dhandari. The investigation officer, ASI Rajinderpal, said during routine checking the suspect was stopped near Dhandari bridge and ganja was recovered fron his belongings. TNS LIQUOR PEDDLER BOOKED Ludhiana: The anti-smuggling cell has booked a peddler and recovered nine bottles of liquor from his house. The suspect has been identified as Rajiv Kumar of New Vijay Nagar, Haibowal Kalan. The police said acting on secret information, a raid was conducted at the suspect’ s house from where illegal liquor was recovered. The suspect after noticing the police party fled from the spot. A case was registered against the suspect. TNS PAGE 3 SUNSET THURSDAY 6:02 PM 114 contract disease in district, 21 patients on ventilator THURSDAY | 8 OCTOBER 2020 | LUDHIANA Ghumar Mandi shopkeepers protest against MC, state govt CLU CHARGES Tribune News Service Tribune News Service A health worker collects a sample for the Covid-19 test at the Civil Hospital in Ludhiana. INDERJEET VERMA FIGURES OF LUDHIANA DISTRICT SAMPLES POSITIVE 3,07,446 18,853 ACTIVE CASES DEATHS 618 788 lost their life due to Covid-19. At present, 21 patients, including 11 from Ludhiana and 10 from other districts, are on ventilator. The Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner, Varinder Sharma, said, “At present, there are 618 active patients 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/ in the district. As many as 3,07,446 samples have been collected till date out of which report of 3,05,546 has been received. The number of samples found negative is 2,84,279. The report of 1,900 samples is pending.” “Now, the total number of Covid patients related to Ludhiana is 18,853, while 2,414 patients are from other districts/states,” the DC added. “As many as 44,818 persons have been home quarantined in the district till date. At present, the number of such persons is 2,560. Today, 108 persons have been home quarantined. Samples of 5,053 suspected patients have been sent for testing today and their results are expected shortly,” the DC said. The DC appealed to residents to follow all directions of the Punjab Government and stay indoors to keep themselves and everyone around safe. PAGE 4 Some from the film fraternity wished Rhea Chakraborty rest and justice after spending 28 days in jail. SUNRISE FRIDAY 6:25 AM Virus claims six more lives Ludhiana, October 7 Covid-19 has claimed lives of six more persons in the district during the past 24 hours. Meanwhile, as many as 114 fresh cases were reported from Ludhiana district today. The Health Department confirmed 140 cases, including 114 of Ludhiana district today. According to the information, 42 patients with influenza like illness (ILI) visited the flu corner, 32 visited the OPD and six came in contact of positive patients. Besides, two cops, three pregnant women and 29 others, including a patient suffering from severe acute respiratory illness (SARI), have tested positive for the virus. The Health Department confirmed death of nine patients, including six from Ludhiana, one from Barnala and two from Jammu and Kashmir today. Those who died of virus in Ludhiana district include a 45year-old man from Khanna, a 57-year-old man from Kot Mangal Singh, a 60-yearold man from Millerganj, an 84-year-old man from Ghumar Mandi, a 48-yearold man from Talwandi Kalan, near Ladhowal, and a 40-year-old woman from Chak Sarwan Nath. Till now, 788 persons have AS RHEA GETS BAIL, CELEBRITIES ARE HAPPY THAT TRAUMA IS OVER “It is difficult for a new actor coming from outside to find a big break in the industry,” says Harsh Vardhan Deo. MAX 37°C | MIN 20°C | YESTERDAY MAX 36°C | MIN 18°C Ludhiana, October 7 After the Municipal Corporation (MC) sealed two shops at Ghumar Mandi over non-payment of change of land use (CLU) charges, shopkeepers staged a protest against the state government and the civic body authorities by shutting their shops. Shopkeepers staged a dharna at Ghumar Mandi Chowk and raised slogans against the state government and the MC. They also carried out a protest march in the area. Infuriated over sealing of the shops, protesters alleged that the MC’s move of issuing notices to shopkeepers regarding the CLU charges wass unethical and illegal. Shopkeepers demanded that the government should cancel the CLU notices at the earliest otherwise, they would be forced to intensify their agitation. Sandeep Wadhwa, coordinator of all associations of the Ghumar Mandi market said, “During this coronavirus crisis, the state gov- ernment and the MC are putting burden on shopkeepers, who are already facing financial losses. Shops in the Ghumar Mandi market, an oldest market of Punjab, are decades old and the area is already commercial. I want to question on what basis the MC has sent notices to shopkeepers to pay the CLU charges?” “Our ward councillor Gurpreet Gogi held a meeting with the Mayor and MC officials wherein we were assured that the civic body will not take any action. The MC’s move of sealing shops is wrong. The notices are illegal and unethical. The notices are being sent without any basis. If our voice is not heard, we will move court,” he added. Councillor’s voice goes unheard Coming in favour of Ghumar Mandi shopkeepers, a senior Congress leader and councillor from Ward No. 76, Gurpreet Gogi held a meeting with the Mayor and MC officials last month and appealed to them not to charge any CLU fee from shopkeepers as of now. But, the MC started a sealing drive from Ghumar Mandi. Gogi, who is chairman, Punjab Small Industries and Export Corporation (PSIEC), said, “I had asked Mayor and MC officials that on what basis CLU notices are being served against shops that are 40 to 50 years old. I had also questioned them whether any order has been issued by the government regarding the CLU or the MC General House has given any approval in this regard? If there is no such rule, it is totally wrong to seal shops.” According to Municipal Town Planner (MTP) SS Bindra, the MC had served around 2,300 notices to shopkeepers in the city for the recovery of pending CLU charges from them. “Around 55% shopkeepers in Ghumar Mandi have already deposited the CLU fee with the MC. Only those shopkeepers are staging protest, who don’t want to pay CLU charges to the MC. Earlier, the MC had started a drive to serve notices to shopkeepers from the Ghumar Mandi area. That’s why sealing has been started from the same area first,” said Bindra. 7 mobiles recovered from jail inmates Tribune News Service POWER SHUTDOWN LUDHIANA 10 am to 2 pm: Telephone Exchange, Circuit House, Ferozepur Road, Krishna Nagar, Hotel Nagpal, Omaxe Plaza, Bhai Bala Chowk, Maharaj Nagar, Basant Avenue Extn-9,10,11, Tiwari Colony, Manav Rachna School side area. ACTOR HARSH’S NEW VENTURE TO GIVE PLATFORM TO NEWCOMERS Ludhiana, October 7 The staff of Central Jail carried out a special checking inside the jail, which led to the recovery of seven mobile phones from inmates. These mobile phones were illegally used by inmates inside the jail. Mobile phones were recov- ered from five jail inmates, who were identified as Hardeep Singh, Swaranjit Singh, Hardeep, Jatin Hans and Gurmukh Singh. Assistant Superintendent of Jail Jagraj Singh said a surprise raid was conducted in all barracks. When on suspicion, belongings of inmates were checked seven mobile phones were recovered. “A probe will be conducted to inquire about source, which helped inmates use mobile phones inside jail,” he added. “A fresh case under Section 52A of the Prison Act has been registered against the inmates,” he said. The Jail Department had Farmers lay siege to Ladhowal toll barrier recovered many mobile phones from inmates in the recent past. In most cases, investigation of the department failed to find the connivance of jail officials or any other official. Notably, the CRPF has also been deployed on jail premises. Still objectionable things are recovered from jail inmates. Allow vehicles to pass without letting the staff charge toll from drivers Vegetable prices soar, homemakers concerned Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Ludhiana, October 7 Protesting against the farm ordinances, several farmers’ unions today laid siege to the Ladhowal toll barrier. Farmers captured the barrier and allowed free movement of vehicles without letting the barrier staff charge fee. Farmers had sat on a dharna in the afternoon. Makhan Singh Kandola, secretary, Kirti Kisan Union, Jalandhar, said, “The Modi government is hell bent on destroying farmers as these farm ordinances will adversely impact them in all ways.” “Toll barriers are also a big burden on the common man. Commuters pay hefty fee at such barriers. Senior leaders of the BJP government are filling their pockets from such works due to which they don’t want to shut toll barriers,” he added. Commuters were not being harassed as they were allowed to pass from the toll barrier without paying fee, he said. This sit in could be for an indefinite period, said farmers. A meeting of farmers unions was on to decide the further course of action, Ludhiana, October 7 Rates of vegetables, including potatoes, onions and tomatoes, continue to soar, putting a dent in the budget of homemakers. Vegetable vendors believe that rates will remain on higher side for another 20 to 25 days till the new crop like ‘sarson ka sag’, turnip and carrots arrive in the market. The rate of onions and potatoes is around ~50 per kg with those selling vegetables in different localities. Shopkeepers may sell these vegetables at ~40 to 45 per kg. Tomatoes are selling between ~50 to ~60 per kg. Cauliflower is available at ~70 per kg. Similarly, price of capsicum and French-beans has also witnessed an increase in the past few days. Gurmeet Singh, a vegetable vendor near Dandi Swami, said, “Potatoes are grown once in a year. Arhtiyas store potatoes in cold storages. If kept in cold storage for one day or six months, the charges are ~120 per bag of approximately 50 kg.” “If demand and supply gets hit, rates increase. Now, when new crops arrive in mandis, vegetable prices will decrease. Till then, these will remain on the higher side,” he added. Shopkeepers hold a protest at Ghumar Mandi in Ludhiana on Wednesday. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN Inflated power bills continue to raise consumers’ hackles Kuldip Bhatia Farmers protest against the farm ordinances; and (below) allow vehicles to pass at the Ladhowal toll barrier on Wednesday. PHOTOS: ASHWANI DHIMAN they added. “We will not relent and continue our protest as and when desired by farmers’ unions,” agitating farmers added. Amrik Singh, president, Bharti Kisan Union, Jalandhar, said this protest would continue for an indefinite period and farmers would show the Union Government its place. c m y b Ludhiana, October 7 Though most restrictions imposed during the Covidinduced lockdown have been withdrawn and life is fast returning to near normal, the billing system of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) keeps giving ‘shock’ to a good number of consumers in the industrial capital of the state and elsewhere. Taking note of grievances of majority of consumers, Dr SB Pandhi, a member of the advisory committee of the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC), has urged the regulator to discuss this matter in the forthcoming meeting and issue necessary directions to the PSPCL authorities in this regard. Dr Pandhi pointed out that during the period of lockdown N-code bills (without meter reading) were sent to consumer, including industrial and commercial units, on the basis of average consumption during corresponding period last year, which was totally unfair as businesses and factories remained shut for well over two months before opening in a phased and restricted manner. “During the June to August 2020 period consumers received some bills with arrears added to the payable amount even after payments were made either against Ncode bills or in advance. To add to the misery of consumers, the PSPCL charged consumers with theft of electricity or unauthorised use due to discrepancies in consumption data (assumed and actual), which goes on to show that billing software of the power utility needs to be improved and updated,” remarked Dr Pandhi. According to Dr Pandhi, fake cases of power theft filed against consumers were the biggest source of harassment to them as before going to the court or the consumer forum to seek relief, particularly when an FIR was lodged against them, they were made to deposit compounding fee of ~25,000 and 50 per cent of the disputed amount. He has also sought maintenance of proper record of energy meter installed on premises of consumers with regard to their ownership. “It has been seen that meter rent is charged even in those cases where meters are purchased and installed by consumers at their own level,” Dr Pandhi added. He has also raised questions over the working of the CGRFs (consumer grievances redressal forum) set up at zonal headquarters while alleging that most disputed cases were awarded in favour of the PSPCL. Dr Pandhi emphasised that the CGRF ought to function in a non-partisan manner, which was the underlying purpose of these fora. He pleaded with the PSERC to discuss all these issues in detail at the next meeting of advisory committee and issue necessary directions to the PSPCL in the larger interests of consumers.
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