14102020-LT-01.qxd 14-10-2020 00:21 Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE AGRICULTURE VARSITY STAFF TAKE OUT PROTEST MARCH PAGE 2 WHEN ACTRESS URFI JAVED DID NOT BATHE FOR A WEEK! Employees and teachers gathered outside PAU Employees Union office and marched towards Thapar Hall. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF 13 BOOKED IN MURDER BID CASE Ludhiana: The Meharban police have nabbed one person and booked 12 others on the charges of attempt to murder. They have been identified as Mohit, Ritik, Ankur, Pankaj, Dimpi, Gulshan, Mannu, Ritik’s mother, aunt and four unknown persons. Complainant Arun Kumar of Civil Lines told the police that on October 11, Ritik was driving a bike and when he was told to drive carefully, he turned furious and called his aides, who attacked him. They also snatched Rs 50,000 and a gold chain from him. ASI Karanjit Singh said Gulshan was arrested. TNS TWO BOOKED FOR PROPERTY FRAUD Ludhiana: The Tibba police have registered a property fraud case against two persons, Hari Krishan of Star City colony and Sukhwant of Shankar Colony. Complainant Shiv Sagar told the police that he had stuck a deal with the suspects to buy a plot at Rs 6.50 lakh and Rs 2.5 lakh was given in advance to them. When the property was to be transferred in his name, they did not turn up and now, they refused to return the advance money. TNS POWER SHUTDOWN LUDHIANA 10 am to 4 pm: Parts of CX Block (Model Town Extn), Model House and Dr Ambedkar Nagar 10 am 2 pm: Vijay Nagar, Cheema Chowk, Industrial Area A, Bindra Colony and adjoining areas PAGE 3 Seldom have we heard of someone who did not take a bath just to get the performance right! MAX 35°C | MIN 20°C | YESTERDAY MAX 35°C | MIN 18°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 5:56 PM RAPPER KANYE WEST UNVEILS PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN VIDEO “I am campaigning to be next President of our great country — not VP,” Kanye had earlier said in a statement. SUNRISE THURSDAY 6:29 AM 4 fall prey in dist; 104 +ve Air quality dips in city Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Ludhiana, October 13 After five continuous days, the number of Covid positive patients in the region has again gone past 100. Today, 104 persons tested positive for Covid, while four in the district fell prey to the virus. Today, 13 patients were on ventilator support. Those who lost their lives today were all males. Three of the patients were suffering from both hypertension and diabetes. A 63-year-old male who lost his life today belonged to Kakowal Road and was admitted to Civil Hospital. A 57-year-old male admitted to the DMCH, a 75-yearold male from Tajpur Road and 54-year-old man from Tanda Kalian, admitted to Fortis Hospital, succumbed to the virus today. On October 6, 85 persons had tested positive, while next day, the count rose to 114. For the next five days, the number of people testing positive was below 100. On October 8, there were 89 persons who tested positive, followed by 98 on October 9 and 43 on October 10. On October 11, the people who tested positive were 91 and on October 12, those who tested positive were 61. Today, 36 persons each were referred from flu corners and OPDs. Out of those who tested positive, 13 were contacts of posi- Ludhiana, October 13 A layer of smog enveloped the city as the air quality index (AQI) was recorded in the poor category this evening. The AQI was recorded 219 at 7 pm, while it was 222 at 8 pm. The AQI between 201 and 300 is considered to be in poor category and its possible health impacts include The sample of a person being collected for Covid-19 testing in Ludhiana. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA FIGURES OF LUDHIANA DISTRICT SAMPLES POSITIVE 3,31,893 19,339 ACTIVE CASES DEATHS 477 806 tive people, while 19 were being traced. Deputy Commissioner Varinder Sharma said a total of 104 new patients from Ludhiana district had tested positive in the past 24 hours. He further said that till CONTROL ROOM For home isolation Ambulance problem Hospital problem General problem 78147-64759 78143-63850 62849-12553 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/ date, a total of 3,31,893 samples had been taken, out of which the reports of 3,30,399 samples had been received. Of these, 3,08,554 samples were found negative, while the reports of 1,494 samples were pending. PAGE 4 He said now, the total number of patients related to Ludhiana was 19,339. He said till date, 45,528 persons had been kept under home quarantine in the district and the number of such persons was 1,707. Today, 111 persons were sent for home quarantine. He said whenever the district administration and the Health Department Ludhiana find any positive or suspected coronavirus patient, his/her samples are immediately sent for testing. Similarly, 3,625 samples of the suspected patients were sent for testing today and their results were expected shortly. AQI was recorded 219 at 7 pm, 222 at 8 pm on Tuesday evening breathing discomfort to most people on prolonged exposure. Meanwhile, despite ban, paddy stubble burning cases are being reported from different parts of the state. As many as 3,113 fire events during the kharif season have been reported between September 21 and October 13 in different parts of the state. Many of the stubble burning cases are being reported from Amritsar and Tarn Taran districts. A total of 88 fire events have been reported in Ludhiana district during this season till date. Many awareness campaigns are being carried out against stubble burning in the state. WEDNESDAY | 14 OCTOBER 2020 | LUDHIANA Finally, FIR registered against singer Jassi Tribune News Service Ludhiana, October 13 Finally, the Ludhiana police have bowed to the pressure of the Amar Shaheed Sukhdev Welfare Society and registered a case against Punjabi singer Jassi Jasraj. A case under Section 294 (obscene acts and songs) of the IPC was registered against the singer at the Police Division 8. Members of the society expressed satisfaction over the registration of the FIR against the singer and they termed it as their victory as they had been holding protests against the singer for the past few days. The society, which had been demanding action against the singer for speaking ill about martyr Shaheed Bha- gat Singh. was observing a hunger strike against him. They had also burnt an effigy of Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh. Vishal Nayyar, president of the organisation, who is also the grandson of the martyr Sukhdev Singh, said the singer had spoken against martyr Bhagat Singh due to which he had filed a complaint against him. Vishal said earlier, a formal complaint was also submitted to the Police Commissioner for registering a case against the singer but no action was taken. But now, the city police have registered a case. Hopefully, the court would give strict punishment to him for insulting the martyr. Members of the Amar Shaheed Welfare Society celebrate after the police registered a case against singer Jassi in Ludhiana. Colony residents Police reward on snatcher Speed humps: MC has no records get contaminated water supply Tribune News Service Ludhiana, October 13 The Ludhiana police have announced a cash reward on a notorious snatcher who has become a headache for the police. The snatcher has been keeping the police on their toes as every time cops catch him, he manages bail and resorts to snatchings again. As per the information put up on the official Facebook page and Twitter handle of the Ludhiana police, the snatcher has been identified as Lovedeep Singh, alias Deepu, Contaminated water collected by a resident of SBS Nagar. Our Correspondent Ludhiana, October 13 Residents of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, a colony developed and maintained by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT), are living under the threat of the outbreak of water-borne diseases due to the supply of contaminated water for over a week now. Repeated complaints lodged to the authorities in this regard had not yielded any result so far, said many residents. In a complaint to the LIT chairman, residents of the Eblock of the colony, Pran Bhatia, Amarjit Singh, G Pal Chadha, Balraj Chopra, Jaspal Singh and Lynia Sharda Sharma, among them, have said that residents in most parts of the E-block in the colony had been getting dirty water supply, which seemed to be mixed with sewerage water due to some defect in the water supply main pipes and the sewerage system. Residents maintained that several cases of diarrhoea, dysentery, vomiting and upset stomach were being reported from some parts of the colony on a regular basis. A resident Jaspreet Singh Kaka had to be hospitalised due to stomach ailment, apparently caused by the poor water supply. “Also, the overall sanitation level in the colony is not up to the mark with garbage dumped at many places and the sewer lines not been cleaned up for the past several years,” the residents added. Staff of both the LIT and the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board (PWSSB), entrusted with the task of sewerage and water supply to the colony, had visited the affected area, but could not identify the fault or the spot where drinking water was getting contaminated with sewerage discharge. The Trust engineer Buta Ram said the LIT authorities were in constant touch with the officials concerned of the PWSSB, who had put the men and machines on job. “All efforts are being put in to locate the fault and once it is found, the problem will be solved,” he said. a resident of Guru Nanak Nagar, Tajpur Road, Ludhiana. The suspect also keeps changing his appearances. Lovedeep Singh He is wanted in many snatching cases, including a recent case of motorcycle snatching. “In the last two years, he has been arrested five times, but every time, he managed bail after spending one-two months in jail. On August 25, he came out of the jail and again began snatchings. Any information leading to his arrest will be suitably rewarded and the name and identity of the informer will be kept secret,” said the police statement. Meanwhile, on this post, many people have commented that if such a notorious snatcher is getting bail again and again, the Police Department should apprise the court of the seriousness of the matter. People said the connivance of cops in getting bail for the snatcher should also be probed. Ludhiana, October 13 Following an RTI application regarding speed breakers in the city, it has come to light that the MC’s three Zones — A, C and D have no information about approved and unauthorised speed breakers. Besides, the MC Zone B PIO has replied to the applicant that the information sought by the latter is not specific. The appellant has been advised to seek specific information as per the RTI Act, 2005. Earlier, RTI activist Rohit Sabharwal had written to the MC headquarters PIO to provide a certified copy of the information, showing total number of speed humps approved by the MC and the total number of unapproved speed humps in the city. He had also sought information about the location of approved and unuathorised humps. The PIO concerned of the MC’s Zone D stated that information regarding speed breakers was not being maintained by the B&R Department that’s why it could not be provided. The Zone C and Zone A PIOs concerned said information regarding speed breakers was not available with the B&R branches of the respective zones. Sabharwal said: “I had earlier sought information about speed breakers from the Ludhiana police also but they told me to get required information from the MC office. Now, the civic body is not providing me any information regarding the speed breakers. It has failed to maintain the records of the approved and unapproved speed humps.” Faulty speed breakers on various roads and internal streets of colonies in the city are giving an open invitation to mishaps. Earlier, Sabharwal had also written to the Department of Local Government to get the unapproved speed breakers removed but to no avail. — TNS Dilapidated Jeevan Nagar Road commuters’ nightmare ensure the reconstruction of this road at the earliest.” 2 estimates for a project! ROAD ROT Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, October 13 Even though mishaps continue to take place on the dilapidated Jeevan Nagar road, the authorities concerned have failed to ensure the reconstruction of the stretch that links Chandigarh Road and Focal Point areas. As the Jeevan Nagar road is in a shambles for more than over four years, the road reconstruction work was supposed to start after the rainy season this year, but nothing has been done till date, making the commuters suffer. The road project was earlier approved under the Punjab Infrastructure Development Board (PIDB) funds during the tenure of the last SAD-BJP government. Jeevan Nagar Road in a bad shape. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA Even the road work was inaugurated multiple times by elected representatives, including Ludhiana MP in 2018, but the road has , not been reconstructed till date. Headache for travellers The road is a nightmare for a large number of commuters, including factory workers c m y b and industrialists, who pass through the road in routine. It is difficult to ride a two-wheeler on this broken stretch. Jagjeet Singh Mann, a resident of Chandigarh Road, said, “I have been witnessing the poor condition of this road for a long time, but the authorities concerned have failed to pay any attention to it till date.” He said, “When people pay taxes, it is the responsibility of the government to ensure the timely repair of any potholed road. But, potholes have not been filled on this stretch where mishaps are a common occurence. The government should direct the authorities to Interestingly, two departments have made their separate estimates for the reconstruction of the road, but it is not yet clear when and which department will get the road built. Infuriated over the bad condition of the road, residents wanted that it must be reconstructed before the winter season. The Punjab Small Industries and Export Corporation (PSIEC) has prepared an estimate for the construction of ready mix concrete (RMC)-based road, while the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) has also prepared an estimate for the construction of bitumen-based road. Before the rainy season of 2020, it was proposed that the road would be reconstructed by Punjab Small Industries and Export Corporation (PSIEC). Chairman of the PSIEC, Gurpreet Gogi, said, “At present, funds have not been allocated for this project. However, the estimate for the road project has been approved. Once we receive the funds, tenders will be floated for the reconstruction of the road. It is one of my dream projects.” Meanwhile, MLA Sanjay Talwar said, “When the project was earlier approved under the PIDB funds, a contractor had laid stones on the stretch, but the road was not reconstructed. The PIDB funds were later returned to the government. Now, the file regarding the reconstruction of the road has been sent to the government. Once the file is approved, the LIT will reconstruct the road.” LIT executive engineer Naveen Malhotra said, “A resolution has been sent to the government for the required approval for the Jeevan Nagar road work. The LIT will bear the expenditure on the road work. I have no information if the PSIEC has prepared any estimate regarding this road. A meeting to discuss the matter and take final decision will be held soon.”
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