19102020-LT-01.qxd 10/18/2020 11:47 PM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE GOOD RESPONSE TO ENGLISH CLUBS IN GOVT SCHOOLS PAGE 2 Parents, teachers happy over the initiative by the state government to instill confidence into students. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF ARMED GUARDS FOR GOLD LOAN COs Ludhiana: Police Commissioner Rakesh Agrawal issued a statement stating that every year, many incidents/attempts of looting gold from gold loan companies in various parts of the country were reported. The police were drafting comprehensive guidelines for their security, he said. Firms would have to take all precautions in terms of security as such incidents could be curbed only if the companies followed guidelines by appointing armed guards and installing hi-tech cameras to protect their valuables. No gold loan companies would be allowed to operate in Ludhiana without following these guidelines in totality. TNS BID TO RAPE MINOR Ludhiana: The Meharban police have registered a case against a man on the charge of attempting to rape a minor. The suspect has been identified as Partap Singh of Bihar. Complainant said on October 16, she had gone to a market and her eight-year-old daughter was alone at home. She said the suspect took her daughter to his room and was about to rape her when the complainant reached the spot. The suspect then fled the spot. TNS Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Ludhiana, October 18 A 45-year-old specially-abled man, Charanjit Singh, alias Shadi, of Gyan Chand Nagar was allegedly kidnapped over a money dispute. The kidnappers, who have been arrested by the police, claimed to have killed the victim and thrown his body in the canal near Dehlon. Now, the Daba police have been searching for the victim’s body with the help of divers. Those arrested are key suspect Viram Singh and auto driver Simran Singh of Basant Nagar. Two other suspects, Gurdit Singh and Dapinder Singh, who are brothers of the key suspect are yet to be arrested. Complainant Baljit Singh Malra, vice-president of the district Congress committee, said his brother, Charanjit Singh, was kidnapped and murdered over a petty amount SUNSET DAY 0:00 PM City sees one Covid death, 67 fresh cases Tribune News Service Specially-abled man kidnapped, murdered Suspects claim to have thrown body into canal, search on of ~20,000. He said his brother had lent money to the suspects and when he demanded it back, he was murdered. He said two days ago, he went to meet his brother, who lives alone, and found him missing. “I met my brother’s friend Narinder, who told me that he met Charanjit on October 2 and dropped him at Viram’s house. Narinder said Viram had started arguing with my brother and then he also beat him up. Narinder had fled the spot and left my brother there,” he said. He said accused Viram, along with his two brothers and the auto driver, had kidnapped his brother and killed him. ASI Meet Ram said yesterday, two of the suspects were arrested and during questioning, they admitted to have kidnapped and murdered Charanjit. They threw his body into the Khanpur canal near Dehlon. BATTLE WITH COVID DIFFICULT, SAYS GENELIA DESHMUKH TV actress Shamin Mannan unhappy over the attitude of authorities towards the safety of women in the country. MAX 00°C | MIN 00.0°C | YESTERDAY MAX 00.0°C | MIN 00.0°C Ludhiana, October 18 Sixtyseven persons tested positive for Covid, while one succumbed to the virus today. The total confirmed cases in the district stood at 19,673, with 819 people having lost their lives in the district so far. Eighteen patients were on ventilator support today. The patient who lost her life was an 82-year-old woman from Dashmesh Nagar. She had been admitted to the Civil Hospital. The patient had co-morbidity of hypertension. Those who tested positive included four persons who were contacts of positive persons. A total of 23 persons were referred from the OPDs, 24 were referred from flu corners, two were healthcare workers, one undertrial and 13 were being traced. Civil Surgeon Dr Rajesh Bagga said till date, 46,074 persons had been kept under home quarantine in the district and at present, the number of such persons was 1,589. Today, 66 persons were PAGE 3 TAKE SAFETY OF WOMEN SERIOUSLY: SHAMIN MANNAN Actress Genelia Deshmukh says battling Covid was difficult as no digital immersion can kill loneliness. SUNRISE DAY 0:00 AM MONDAY | 19 OCTOBER 2020 | LUDHIANA Residents move PSHRC on contaminated water supply Say had been getting water supply mixed with sewage for 15 days Kuldip Bhatia FIGURES OF LUDHIANA DISTRICT SAMPLES POSITIVE 3,51,508 19,673 ACTIVE CASES DEATHS 352 819 sent for home quarantine. He added that till date, a total of 3,51,508 samples had been taken, out of which reports of 3,50,014 samples had been received. Of these, 3,27,745 samples were found negative, while reports of 1,494 samples were pending. CICU wants containers transported Ludhiana, October 18 Upkar Singh Ahuja, president, Chamber of Industrial & Commercial Undertakings (CICU), and Pankaj Sharma, general secretary, said imports in the region had been affected due to the halt in the rail traffic. The importers of raw material and seasonal goods were stressed as their containers with huge stocks are stuck at either gateway ports or intransit hub ports, they said. They said CICU had requested the Ludhiana Commissioner of Customs to consider importers’ requests to help them get their containers from gateway ports or hub transit ports by submitting a suitable transit bond. “We also request you to give suitable guidelines to all stakeholders to bring in the import containers to ICD Ludhiana by alternate means on a reasonable tariff,” said Upkar Singh. AS Ranga, Commissioner of Customs, assured them that he would look into the matter. — TNS 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/ He said now the total number of patients related to Ludhiana was 19,673. Dr Bagga appealed to the residents to follow all directions of the Punjab government on the Covid protocol for their and others’ safety. 'FAULT NOT DETECTED' Ludhiana, October 18 Residents of the E-block of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar here, who have been allegedly getting contaminated water supply – apparently mixed with sewerage discharge – for more than 15 days now, have filed a complaint with the Punjab Human Rights Commission (PSHRC), seeking immediate intervention of the latter in the issue and the redress of their problem. Ludhiana ❝Staff of theTrust and Improvement the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board have not been able to locate the fault, thereby exposing the residents to serious health hazards and outbreak of waterborne diseases ❞ Residents << Contaminated water being supplied in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar. TRIBUNE PHOTO SHAHEED BHAGAT SINGH NAGAR At least five residents, including senior citizen Amarjit Singh (75) with cardiac problem, along with other residents, including Pran Bhatia, Arvind Sharma, Balraj Chopra and Jaspal Singh Takkar, have brought to the notice of the PSHRC that they were getting contaminated water supply. “Staff of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) and the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board (PWSSB), who provide and maintain water supply and sewerage in the colony, have visited the affected area for several times to rectify the problem. But till now, they have not been able to locate the fault with the result that unsafe piped water is being supplied to parts of the colony, thereby exposing the Smog’s here Mahesh Sharma Vehicles ply on a road amid smog in Ludhiana on Sunday. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN Ensure farmers not troubled: DC PADDY PROCUREMENT Mandi Ahmedgarh, Oct 18 The district administration, led by Sangrur Deputy Commissioner Ramvir, has advised the staff of procurement agencies and market committees to ensure that farmers bringing their produce to mandis were not harassed on any account. Commission agents have been told to cooperate with the officials of the procurement agencies to facilitate prompt procurement and lifting of the paddy purchased from farmers. Ahmedgarh and Malerkotla SDM Vikramjit Singh Panthey said officials of procurement agencies and market committees facilitating procurement of paddy at various grain markets and purchase centres had been advised to ensure that all work was completed timely so that farmers could go and prepare fields for the sowing of the next crop. Officials concerned have been advised to solve issues regarding jute bags, labour and transportation of the purchased commodity in advance so that farmers bringing more paddy get ample space for it. — OC OPEN HOUSE State govt, had on Sept 28, given nod to filling ‘essential’ posts from out of the 1,415 vacant posts Our Correspondent SHORTAGE ACROSS STATE Ludhiana, October 18 The rot in the day-to-day working of the municipal corporations (MCs), municipal councils and nagar panchayats in the state of Punjab is not without reason. Most civic bodies have been facing acute shortage of technical and non-technical employees, which is not only hampering routing working, but also impacting the execution of development projects. In a memo (recruitment cellDSM—2020/188 dated September 28, 2020), the Directorate of Local Government (DLG), Punjab, has intimated Most civic bodies have been facing acute shortage of technical and nontechnical employees, which is not only hampering routing working, but also having an adverse impact on the execution of development projects. a stay order was issued by the Punjab and Haryana High Court, it has been decided by the government to fill only the ‘essential’ direct recruitment quota posts through outsourcing,” says the memo. The DLG has, however, made it clear that the candidates should fulfil the prescribed educational qualification and there should be no court case, criminal or disciplinary proceedings, pending against them. It has been laid down that retired out- residents to serious health hazards and outbreak of water-borne diseases,” said the aggrieved residents. Maintaining that access to safe drinking water was the basic civic right of the residents, the complainants urged the PSHRC to intervene in the matter and issue directions to both the LIT and the PWSSB authorities to take up the matter on a prior- ity basis and ensure the supply of potable water to the residents. They also pointed out that more than the issue of the contaminated water supply, the indifferent attitude of the officials concerned (of LIT and PWSSB) was reprehensible and smacked of criminal negligence. The residents further wanted that in addition to providing safe drinking water to the colony forthwith, the field staff and supervisory officials responsible for the lapse should be proceeded against as per the law of the land. LIT Chairman Raman Balasubramanium said the matter was being vigorously pursued with the PWSSB officials and they had been asked to lay a new water main pipe in the affected area if the fault was not traceable. Efforts were also being made to isolate certain problematic areas to see if the quality of water improved. “The issue will be sorted out in a couple of days,” he said. Ahmedgarh-Payal road needs repairs Staff crunch stares civic body in the face, work hit the Commissioners of MCs, regional deputy directors, Local Government, Punjab, and the executive officers of the municipal councils and nagar panchayats that as many as 1,415 posts of different technical and non-technical cadres eligible for direct recruitment were vacant in civic bodies. “Since the written tests for filling 456 out of the 670 posts, conducted in November 2016, had run into trouble and later PAGE 4 standing employees below the age of 65 could also be recruited and they would be entitled to get their last drawn salary minus the amount of the monthly pension. As per the list attached of the sanctioned vacant posts attached with the memo in the MC here, 16 posts of assistant corporation engineers, 10 of junior engineers (civil), four of junior engineer civil/O and M, 10 posts of building inspector (technical), six of the draftsmen, one each posts of assistant architect and accountant grade-I, three of assistant town planners, and as many as 70 posts of senior assistant inspectors (total 121 c m y b posts) were vacant. The situation was no better in municipal corporations, municipal councils and nagar panchayats elsewhere in the state, as a total of 566 sanctioned posts of direct recruitment quota of both technical and non-technical cadres were lying vacant. A senior MC official observed that the government had done well to allow the civic bodies to recruit eligible persons on essential posts through outsourcing and once the vacant technical and non-technical posts were filled, there would be remarkable improvement in the working of the MC. TECH ADVANCES IN WASTE MGMT NEED OF THE HOUR Mandi Ahmedgarh/Payal, October 18 The Ahmedgarh-Payal road, passing partially beside the Bathinda branch of the Sirhind canal, used to be the first choice of residents of the region for commuting between the national and state capital, besides major shrines of communities and their respective localities. Now, courtesy the nonmotorable condition of the vital road due to the potholed surface and eroded berms, commuters have started taking the alternative longer route via Ludhiana and Malerkotla to reach their destinations. Many try their luck using narrow link roads with the help of navigators or villagers. Even though minor accidents have been occurring due to the dilapidated condition of the road in the past, the authorities concerned have failed to undertake repair or reconstruction work despite repeated appeals by residents and civic bodies of the region. Residents have once again urged the government to impress upon the authorities in the Public Works Department to get the road reconstructed. Residents, led by social activist Dr Ravinder Sharma and former councillor Bhoj Raj Sharma, alleged that the administration had failed in the upkeep of the AhmedgarhPayal road. Davinder Singh ROAD ROT ‘FRESH TENDERS SOON’ process for seeking ❝Thethe reconstruction bids for of the road had been started earlier, but could not be completed due to wants of funds. Fresh tenders will be floated again after funds for the purpose are received An official ❞ Jaggie, a panch from Fatehpur village in the Payal constituency, said even voluntary repairs undertaken by devotees of religious places, situated along the road, did not bring any relief. Payal legislator Lakhvir Singh Lakha said the Chief Minister had advised senior functionaries in the PWD and the Finance Department to ensure that the potholed roads of the segment were reconstructed or repaired without further delay. Sources in the PWD said the process for seeking bids for the reconstruction of the road had been started earlier, but could not be completed due to wants of funds. “Fresh tenders will be floated again after funds for the purpose are received,” said an official. Citizen-centric approach, emphasis on education & innovation required to address issues, say residents. PAGE 2 POWER SHUTDOWN LUDHIANA 10 am to 4 pm: Basant Avenu, Janta Enclave,Guru Angad Dev Nagar 10 am to 3 pm: Isher Nagar, Dhillon Nagar, Lohara Village and areas adjoining Star Road Ahmedgarh-Payal road in a bad state.
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