09102020-LT-01.qxd 10/9/2020 12:41 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE FARM ACTS: FARMERS’ PROTESTS ADD TO EXPORTERS’ WOES PAGE 2 ‘YOGA IS NOT A PHYSICAL WORKOUT, BUT A PART OF MY LIFESTYLE’ MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF TWO HELD WITH POPPY HUSK Ludhiana: The Anti-Narcotic Cell of Ludhiana nabbed a drug peddler and recovered 5 kg of poppy husk from him. The suspect has been identified as Surinderpal Singh of Chuharpur village. ASI Jagtar Singh said during a routine checking on Chuharpur Road, the suspect, who was travelling on foot, was asked to stop for checking on suspicion and poppy husk was recovered from him. A case has been registered. In another incident, the Focal Point police nabbed a drug peddler and recovered 35 kg of poppy husk from him. The suspect has been identified as Jai Parkash of Rajasthan. Investigation officer ASI Aseem Hans said when a truck was signalled to stop for checking on Rockman Road, its driver made an attempt to flee the spot, however, he was chased by the police. Later, during the search of the vehicle, poppy husk was seized. TNS FARMERSEXTEND‘RAILROKO’ AGITATION TILL OCT 15 P2 Protesters seemed to be in no mood to budge. A spokesperson for agitating organisations of farmers said the rail roko agitation has been extended till October 15. MAX 36°C | MIN 20°C | YESTERDAY MAX 35°C | MIN 20°C SUNSET FRIDAY 6:02 PM Rahul Vaidya, who is currently a housemate on Bigg Boss 14, say singers indeed don’t get paid for film recordings. SUNRISE SATURDAY 6:26 AM FRIDAY | 9 OCTOBER 2020 | LUDHIANA 2 deaths take toll to 790 Domestic help decamps withvaluables worth lakhs 89 fresh infections reported, 19 on ventilator support in dist Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Ludhiana, October 8 Today 89 persons tested positive while two persons from the district lost their lives to the virus. As many as 19 persons were on the ventilator support. Those who lost their lives today include a 73-year-old man from Basant Enclave and a 64-year-old man from Janta Nagar, who was suffering from diabetes and admitted to SPS Hospital here. Those who tested positive include 30 persons referred from the flu corner, 34 from OPDs, three were contacts of positive patients, two police personnel, five healthcare workers and two pregnant women while 13 are still being traced. Deputy Commissioner Varinder Sharma said Covid had been controlled in the district to a great extent but the need of the hour was to keep yourself safe from the second wave. “It has been observed in western countries that the disease has spread its wings for the second time so we need to be careful and take all precautions such as washing hands, wearing masks and keeping social distancing so that the second wave does not comes,” he said. Meanwhile ever since, the pandemic has started taking its toll on people of the state, the Department of Commu- Ludhiana, October 8 A Nepalese servant has struck again. This time, at a house in Gurdev Nagar from where goods and valuables worth lakhs were stolen by a servant with the help of his accomplices. The house belongs to Sandeep Ghai who owns a hosiery in Focal Point. The police registered a theft case against the servant, Khem Bahadur, a native of Nepal, and also sounded an alert on the Nepal border to prevent the suspect from crossing the border. The moment the incident came to light during the wee hours on Thursday, DCP (Crime) SPS Dhindsa, ADCP 3 Sameer Verma, and other police officials reached the spot for investigation. Even the team of forensic experts was also called at the spot to collect evidences. As per the police, on Wednesday night, Sandeep, along with his wife and two children, has gone out for dinner, while his mother, servant Khem Bahadur, a guard and an 11-year-old servant were present at the house. At around 2 am when they returned home, he was Plumber registered with civic body accused of demanding bribe Ludhiana, October 8 Following a complaint by a RTI activist, Rohit Sabharwal, the Municipal Corporation’s operations and maintenance wing SDO has recommended to cancel the licence of a registered plumber for allegedly demanding extra charges for water supply connections from the complainant. Sabharwal staged a protest over the issue at the MC’s Zone D office today. He said he had applied for water supply connections for his two plots at Baba Nand Singh Nagar and Rs 9,910 was deposited for each connection at the MC office. He alleged that the plumber concerned was demanding a bribe of Rs 1,000 per file from him. RAHUL MAKES SIMILAR ALLEGATIONS PAGE 4 LIKE PLAYBACK SINGER NEHA KAKKAR “Yoga helps me at mental, emotional & physical level. It has made me focused & disciplined,” says Shamin Mannan. Exporters fear cancellation of orders if not delivered on time due to unavailability of containers and stocks stuck during stir. FORECAST PAGE 3 He alleged that there was big nexus in the MC’s operations and maintenance wing. Such plumbers, who were actually working as agents, force applicants to pay bribe to them under the nose of some officials. “It seems that a nexus is running in the MC for a long time as people are forced to pay extra even after depositing the water supply connection fee at the MC office. It should be probed as to why the original payment receipt is handed over to the plumber by MC staff,” he said. He has demanded that action be taken against guilty officials too. However, despite repeated attempts, Superintending Engineer Ravinder Garg could not be contacted for comments. — TNS People wait for their turn to get their Covid-19 test done at the Civil Hospital in Ludhiana. INDERJEET VERMA FIGURES OF LUDHIANA DISTRICT SAMPLES 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/ POSITIVE 3,11,647 18,942 ACTIVE CASES DEATHS 594 790 nity Medicine, DMCH, was enrolled by state government under its ‘Mission Fateh’ to undertake Covid testing on a wide scale and coordinate with the government and other agencies to slow down the growth of virus spread. Dr Anurag Chaudhary, professor and head, community medicine, DMCH, said faculty, residents and staff members of the Department of Community Medicine had been regularly vis- iting places of high-risk areas, including factories and establishments, since 26 August, 2020, and till now, they had reported 237 positive cases from various locations of the city. It was found that during the first and second weeks of September, the daily count of Covid positive cases detected by testing used to be in ‘double figures’. The number started declining gradually by the third and fourth weeks of the previous month. Till date, over 8,000 rapid antigen tests have been done by the team. With this new development, the testing activity had increased at a fast pace, he said. Cops conduct a probe at the house from where suspect Khem Bahadur (inset) stole valuables in Gurdev Nagar. HIMANSHU MAHAJAN POLICE ISSUE GUIDELINES TO PREVENT THEFTS ■ Keep valuables in bank lockers ■ Hire domestic helps through reputed agencies ■ Get police verification of domestic helps as soon as possible. ■ Install CCTV cameras and security gadgets and ensure servants are not aware of them ■ Don’t show money and gold to shocked to see that the guard was in an semiunconscious state while his mother was tied with a piece of cloth and the 11year-old servant was in a state of shock as it seemed that he was beaten up. The police said due to Covid, a Nepalese servant, who was working in the house for the past 20 years, had gone to Nepal. Now, for the past two months, a new Nepalese servant, Khem Bahadur, was employed by the owner. As per ADCP 3 Sameer Verma, the house owner had not done police verification of the servant. He said before committing the crime, the servant had called two of his accomplices to the house. A CCTV camera had captured the suspect and efforts were on to nab the culprits. domestic helps ■ Click photographs of domestic helps as soon as they join work ■ Domestic helps from Nepal should not be kept without reference. Keep their Nepalese ID cards with you. Civic body fails to pay attention to public park for years Sewage, untreated waste from nearby factories have made Dhandari Khurd green belt an eyesore Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, October 8 The authorities concerned seemed to be in a deep slumber even after passage of over a decade as the waste water is still spoiling a triangularshaped ‘public park’ at Focal Point, Phase 6, Dhandari Khurd, here. A number of factories are located around the park. Residents of Dhandari Khurd have raised voice against the accumulation of dirty water at the site which as per them is a public park. Heaps of industrial fly ash are also seen at the site. The residents said industrial waste and sewerage water is getting accumulated at the park. Filthy water and industrial waste accumulate at a public park in Dhandari Khurd. TRIBUNE PHOTO Upkar Singh, a resident of Dhandari Khurd said: “It was a beautiful park around 20 years ago. I along with my friends used to spend time there. Now, it has turned into hell by a number of dyeing units. When the factories release wastewater with high pressure, the sewer line starts overflowing and chemical water is getting accumulated in the park. The waste water has damaged plants too. The authorities concerned have failed to pay any attention.” Sukhwinder Singh of Guru Ravidas Youth Sports and Welfare Club said the park was in a pitiable condition for a long time. “There is no rainfall in the area for the past sometime but the park is flooded with industrial waste water these days too. The waste is causing soil pollution. We have been demanding from the MC to pay attention to improve the conditions at the park but to no avail. A number of manhole covers near the park are kept open. I don’t understand why the authorities concerned are ignoring the matter. We demand from Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh to mark an inquiry in this regard and action be initiated against guilty.” Earlier, Councillor from Ward No. 28 Paramjit Singh had also raised his voice over the dilapidated condition of the park. MC’s Superintending Engineer, Rajinder Singh said they had earlier served a notice to a factory against releasing water into the park. “We will inspect the site and take required action at the earliest,” he said. Gulshan Rai, Chief Engineer, PPCB, Ludhiana, said they would look into the matter and if any industry was found violating norms, action would be taken against them. If the MC’s sewer was overflowing, the matter would be taken up with the civic body authorities, he added. Sweetmeat sellers to display ‘best before date’ Commuters continue to Manav Mander Tribune News Service INDERJEET VERMA Ludhiana, October 8 Festival season is round the corner and it is incomplete without the traditional ‘mithai’. To ensure that everyone gets fresh ‘mithai’, now neighbourhood sweetmeat shops have been asked to display manufacturing and best before date on sweetmeats for the awareness of consumers. At present, not many in the city are following instructions. Majority of sellers, especially the small ones, are still unaware of the Health Department orders. It is mandatory to mention date of manufacture and expiry on sweetmeats from October 1, but only highend shops are following the protocol. Small shopkeepers are still not displaying the information. Ahead of the festive season, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has made it compulsory for all sweetmeat sellers to mention manufacturing and expiry date not only on packaging, but also on trays displayed on shelves in their shops to ensure that consumers get fresh products. The Halwai Assiciation of Punjab president, Narinder Pal Singh, said they were already following the practice for packaged products and now displayed information on counters too. “We are following the practice, but some small shopkeepers are finding it difficult to label each and every product due to limited resources,” he added. A small sweetmeat seller near Mata Rani Chowk said he was not aware of any such orders. “I do not know about any such orders. We have a small shop and it is not possible for us to make all such arrangements. We make four varieties of ‘mithai’ in limited quantity. My workforce is not educated to do this job as I am not at the shop all the time,” he added. District Health Officer, Dr Rajesh Garg, said, “All shopkeepers selling ‘mithai’ have been asked to display the date of manufacturing and expiry on products in their shops or packed and given to consumers. Big shopkeepers have started displaying dates. Small shopkeepers are being regularly sensitised by c m y b the department and hopefully in few weeks they will also follow the new instructions.” “Action will be taken against those, who fail to comply with orders. It can also lead to suspension of their licence,” Dr Garg added. “Milk is generally used in preparation of ‘mithai’. Milk products have lesser shelf life and are prone to microbial growth. To ensure that consumption of such products does not pose a health hazard to consumers, shopkeepers have been asked to display the date of manufacturing and expiry,” Dr Garg said. A city resident, Ishani said, “The Health Department has taken right step. However, shopkeepers have to be honest in displaying dates. They should destroy products once their shelf life is over.” enjoy toll-free travel Ludhiana, October 8 As the protest of various farmers unions at the Ladhowal toll barrier entered the second day, commuters continue to pass the toll barrier without paying the toll fee. The unions have categorically said they were not in a mood to relent and their protest would go on for an indefinite period. The farmers said if the government would not pay any heed to their demands, they would hijack all toll barriers of Punjab and commuters would be allowed to pass free of any charge. Toll barrier officials said since the toll had been lying closed since Wednesday afternoon, it is facing loss of Protesting farmers say they will hijack all toll barriers in the state if their demands are not met. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN several lakhs everyday. Daily thousands of vehicles pass from the barrier and all of these are made to pass without paying a single penny. Various union leaders addressed the protesters on the occasion. They said earlier when farmers used to hold protests for their rights, a large number of elderly farmers used to participate. However, this time, young farmers Continued on page 2
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