16102020-LT-01.qxd 10/16/2020 12:24 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE FEW PRIVATE SCHOOLS REOPEN WITH COVID PRECAUTIONS PAGE 2 State government has given nod to reopen schools in a planned manner while adhering to Covid-19 guidelines. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF 2 ARRESTED WITH POPPY HUSK 81 test +ve in dist, 3 succumb in city Tribune News Service Ludhiana: The Ladhowal police have nabbed two drug smugglers and recovered 42 kg of poppy husk from them. The suspects have been identified as Jawahar Singh of Choley Patti and Harpinder Singh of Badewal. ASI Ram Krishan said a tip-off was received after which a naka was laid at a strategic point where an Innova vehicle was stopped for checking. During the search, 42 kg of poppy husk was seized. A probe has been launched by the police to bust the entire supply line. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered.. TNS JAIL EMPLOYEE HELD WITH DRUGS Ludhiana: A lab technician of Central Jail, here, was arrested by jail staff and 1,750 intoxicating tablets and a mobile phone were seized from him. He has been identified as Ranjit Singh of Lyali Kalan. Jagraj Singh, Assistant Jail Superintendent, said on Wednesday when the lab technician came to duty, a CRPF jawan recovered banned tablets, which was concealed in shoes, during his frisking. A case under the NDPS Act and the Prisons Act has been registered against him. TNS POWER SHUTDOWN LUDHIANA 8 am to 1 pm: Phase VIII Industrial Area Focal Point, Tajpur Road, Tibba Road, Bhamia, Guru Nanak Nagar, Kakka Road and nearby areas 10 am to 3 pm: Shimlapuri, Chimney Road, Kalgidhar Marg and Ravindra Colony BJP BURNS MP RAVNEET BITTU’S EFFIGY P2 Slamming the statement made by Ravneet Singh Bittu on attack on BJP president Ashwani Sharma, BJP leaders and workers burnt the effigy of the MP at Clock Tower on Thursday. PU EXTENDS DATES, TO CHARGE LATE FEE P2 The last date of admission in affiliated colleges of the PU with a late fee of ~2,040 per student has been extended till October 30. FIGURES OF LUDHIANA DISTRICT SAMPLES SUNSET FRIDAY 5:53 PM Ludhiana, October 15 After a woman climbed atop an overhead water tank on the Amloh road, Khanna, alleging fake registration of a theft case against her son, the police assured her that the matter will be probed. On Wednesday, Happy of Turmuri village of Payal, carrying a bottle of petrol had climbed atop the water tank. She had alleged that the police had falsely implicated her son in a criminal case and the police were demanding bribe from her to release her son. The police had reached the spot and gave her assurance. Meanwhile, a case under Section 309, IPC, was also registered against her. — TNS Ludhiana, October 15 The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has penalised IndusInd Bank, Ludhiana, for deficient services in a case and ordered it to pay a compensation of Rs 5,000. Besides, the forum also ordered the bank to refund Rs 11,450 charged from the aggrieved consumer with the observation that the bank was not entitled to deduct the amount, especially when the wire transfer failed due to their incompetency and negligence. Forum president KK Kareer and its member Jyotsna Thathai ordered the bank to make the payment within 30 days from the date of the receipt of the copy of the order, failing which the complainant would be entitled to interest @8% per annum on the aforesaid amounts from the date of its order till realisation. The orders came on a complaint moved by Suchita Tanotra of Gagandeep Colony, Ludhiana. In its order, the forum held that from the records, it transpired that the complainant applied for admission for a degree of doctor of philosophy with the University of Lethbridge, Canada. She was required to remit 10,200 Canadian dollars by way of wire transfer to Scotia Bank under SUNRISE SATURDAY 6:30 AM FRIDAY | 16 OCTOBER 2020 | LUDHIANA Tribune News Service Ludhiana, October 15 In one of the biggest crackdowns on illegally manufactured chains of pharmaceutical opioids, a Ludhiana team of the Punjab Police has recovered 99,600 bottles of intoxicant syrup (chlorpheniramine maleate and codiene phosphate syrup), 22,000 intoxicant tablets (spasmo proxyvon plus, tramadol and alprazolam). The gang was busted by a Ludhiana police team, comprising Joint CP Kanwardeep Kaur, ADCP Jaskaranjit Teja, ACP Jashandeep Singh, and SHO Dehlon Sukhdev Brar. CP: PHARMA COMPANIES NEXUS UNDER SCANNER Police officials address the media in Ludhiana. HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Commiser of Police (CP) Ludhiana Rakesh Agrawal said the first recovery was made on September 17 when the Dehlon police nabbed Dhamanpreet Singh and Ranjit Singh Ludhiana along with 22,000 pills (tramadol The CP said Prem Rattan, the main accused, used to procure drugs from pharmaceutical manufacturing companies without having any legal licence. He used to generate fake invoices in the name of some medical stores, registered practitioners, but rerouted these drugs to smugglers at a higher price. The profit margin was high as they used to sell these at three times the MRP. and alprazolam), 50 bottles (chlorpheniramine maleate and codiene phosphate syrups) and a swift car. During interrogation, they revealed that they purchased these drugs from Arjun Dev and Gulshan Kumar of Alwar, Rajasthan. The arrest warrants were got issued for both accused and they were arrested from Alwar district of Rajasthan on October 7. During interrogation, they revealed that they used to Continued on page 2 POSITIVE 3,40,189 19,484 ACTIVE CASES DEATHS 390 812 Doraha-Neelon toll stretch a virtual hell WORK EXPECTED SOON they come in contact with a positive person or who have any symptoms. People should understand that they should volunteer themselves for sampling, irrespective of their symptoms or contact history. Also the sampling facility by the Health Department is completely free of cost, while private facilities charge a hefty amount for one test. He said people have misconception that giving sample is a painful and time-consuming process, which is completely wrong. He added that Covid sampling takes less than a minute and the process was so smooth that person giving sample won’t feel anything. The procedure of sampling was completely painless. Ropar ❝We had some financial issues with Atlantahad not been Tollways Private Limited. The work of the ROB ROAD ROT requested an official concerned to replace the broken manhole covers outside the factory, he first refused to do the needful, saying these manholes were private and then claimed that the covers were not available. Ghail said, “The factory owner had requested me to get the sewer manhole covers replaced at the earliest. But, the MC officials had claimed that covers were not available. However, the factory owner later informed me that a few employees had visited the factory and demanded money for the replacement of the manhole covers. They took a bribe of Rs 1,000 and replaced the manhole the Scotia Bank Student GIC Programme. “It is also in evidence that the complainant requested OP (Bank) for wire transfer of 10,200 Canadian dollars, which is equivalent to Rs 5,40,610 in Indian currency. The said wire transfer was, however, rejected due to filling in the wrong particulars by the officials of the OP in as much as the ordering address of customer did not match with the beneficiary customer address in the records as is mentioned in the mail sent by Scotia Bank. It, thus, stands established in the evidence produced on record that the error was committed initiated due to a court case going on with them. Now, as the Railways has agreed to bear a specified cost of the bridge, the work is expected to start soon. A meeting for the same has been scheduled in a day or two. Vishal Gupta, XEN, PWD Lovleen Bains Doraha, October 15 The badly broken NeelonDoraha road, where the proposed work on a rail overbridge (ROB) is to be initiated, has reduced the lives of the commuters to a virtual hell. The road has got eroded to the extent that during the rainy season, it could not be demarcated from the adjoining canal. For four-wheelers and other heavy vehicles, it becomes quite tough, but for two-wheelers, it is simply very difficult to use this road. The road, having umpteen fissures, gaps and potholes, covers. It is shocking to me that the officials had earlier claimed that they had no covers available, but the covers were replaced after taking bribe. After I raised this issue today, the MC Commissioner ordered the officials concerned to take action on my complaint.” MLA Surinder Dawar said the issue regarding choked sewers in a few areas, nonfunctional street-lights and others were discussed at the meeting. The MLA asked the officials concerned to ensure timely redress of the issues. Despite repeated attempts, Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu could not be contacted. — TNS Bank penalised for deficient services Legal Correspondent The upcoming movie deals with the Indian obsession for fair skin. Filming is expected to start next month. Illegal drugs supply chain busted MC Commissioner tells officials to take action on complaint Ludhiana, October 15 Congress councillor Navneet Singh Ghail has accused a few employees of the MC of taking bribe to replace sewer manhole covers outside a factory in ward No. 20. To discuss various issues in their wards, a delegation of Congress councillors under Ludhiana Central MLA Surinder Dawar met Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu and MC Commissioner Pardeep Kumar Sabharwal here today. Ghail raised the issue of the manhole covers at the meeting. He alleged that when he PAGE 4 ‘Fake’ case against son: Woman assured probe 5 inter-state gang members held; Consignment valued at ~4 cr MC staff accused of taking bribe MANHOLE COVERS ILEANA & RANDEEP HOODA STAR IN UPCOMING COMEDY FILM In first of three 30-min shows, host Nicki Shields holds conversations with Bill Nye, Fabien Cousteau and Kathy Sullivan MAX 35°C | MIN 17°C | YESTERDAY MAX 35°C | MIN 17°C Ludhiana, October 15 Eightyone more persons tested positive for Covid in the district and three succumbed to the virus in the city today. The total number of fatalities in the district reached 812 and 19,484 tested positive in the district. On Thursday, 15 persons were on ventilator support. Meanwhile, the recovery rate of coronavirus patients reached at 93.81%. Those who lost their lives today included a 68-year-old man from Sham Nagar who was suffering from lung cancer, an 80-year-old female who was diabetic was admitted to the Civil Hospital and was a resident of Arjun Nagar. A 29-year-old woman also lost her life today. She was a resident of Basant Nagar and was suffering from jaundice apart from being Covid positive. Those who tested positive today included 34 persons who were referred from various OPDs. Twentyfive persons were referred from flu corner, while 12 were contacts of positive persons. Deputy Commissioner Varinder Sharma that till date, a total of 3,40,189 samples had been taken, out of which the reports of 3,38,853 samples had been received, of which 3,16,826 samples were found negative, while the reports of 1,336 samples were pending. He said now the total number of patients related to Ludhiana was 19,484, while 2,543 patients were related to other districts/states. Civil Surgeon Dr Rajesh Bagga said people generally go for sampling only when PAGE 3 CNN LAUNCHES NEW SERIES SAVED BY THE FUTURE by the official of OP Bank while attempting the wire transfer of money to Scotia Bank,” said the forum order. The complainant has further claimed the compensation of Rs 1,50,000 on account of deficient services given and another sum of Rs 50,000 on account of expenses incurred for applying for the Scotia Bank Student GIC Programme. However, these claims do not appear to be justified, as the money could have been resent by filling the correct particulars, said the forum. Despite issuance of the notice, the bank did not appear and was proceeded against ex parte. c m y b The Neelon-Doraha stretch in a pitiable state. TRIBUNE PHOTO has worsened to the extent that it is no longer visible now. Thousands of vehicles, including heavy commercial ones, pass through the stretch daily. Due to the absence of any recarpeting, coupled with poor maintenance, the condition of the road is simply pitiable. Pal Rani Kaur, a teacher who commutes on the road regularly, said, “It seems we are living in a world of utter apathy where no one is bothered about the problem. The commuters had never demanded four-laning of the stretch. They just require an easy smooth road, which they have been denied. Like many projects of the government, this too seems to have ended up in a fiasco. The road is no longer visible.” Jandeep Kaushal, a social worker of Doraha, rued, “The stretch is no less than a death trap, as some points are seriously marred by eroded edges and lack of essential supports. The erosion of side supports can result in a major accident any time. The Doraha-Neelon stretch serves as a major bypass and a ❞ linker to a number of villages.” “The situation becomes horrible when it rains heavily. The muddy road results in a large number of vehicles getting stuck with total chaos. Due to the neglect of the authorities, anyone can slip unknowingly towards the canal and invite trouble. Is it not the duty of the department to make alternative arrangements for commuters who are at a grave risk to their life?” questioned Prof Harpreet Singh of Ghulal village.
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