24102020-LT-01.qxd 10/24/2020 12:28 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE WORK ON SLIP ROAD HANGS FIRE, COMMUTERS SUFFER No concrete efforts are made to ensure timely completion of projects that had already missed deadlines. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF SNATCHER NABBED, PHONE, BIKE SEIZED PAGE 2 RAAHUL ON COLLABORATING WITH FATHER JATIN PANDIT PAGE 3 ACTRESS SAPNA PABBI REACTS TO REPORTS THAT SHE IS MISSING Raahul Jatin has come up with his third single Yaadein Aane Lagi, a ballad sung and composed by him. MAX 32°C | MIN 13°C | YESTERDAY MAX 32°C | MIN 13°C SUNSET SATURDAY 5:45 PM PAGE 4 Sapna has quashed reports claiming that she has gone missing after being summoned by the NCB in SSR case. SUNRISE SUNDAY 6:36 AM SATURDAY | 24 OCTOBER 2020 | LUDHIANA Dasehra set to be low-key affair 3 fall prey to virus, 53 test positive 30-ft effigy of Ravana to come up at Daresi Ground; Meghnad, Kumbhkaran to get a miss Manav Mander ONLY 30 PER CENT ORDERS RECEIVED FOR EFFIGIES Tribune News Service Ludhiana: The Daresi police have nabbed a notorious snatcher and recovered a motorcycle and a mobile phone from his possession. The suspect has been identified as Shankar, a resident of Ram Nagar, Tibba. One of his aides, Sandeep, managed to give a slip to the police. Daresi SHO Davinder Singh said Shankar, along with his aide Sandeep, was operating a gang of snatchers. They were snatching mobile phones and other valuables from people. The cell phone which the accused had snatched from Kashmir Nagar on October 20 was recovered by the police. The suspect said they used to snatch mobile phones and steal vehicles from crowded places. He was also involved in snatching incidents in Moga. TNS MAN HELD FOR STEALING CASH Ludhiana: The Daresi police nabbed a man who had stolen Rs 1,50,000 in cash from Jai Ambe Karyana Store at Bal Singh Nagar here. The suspect has been identified as Shiva of Moga. Daresi SHO Davinder Singh said the suspect had stolen cash from the shop on October 12. During a probe, the suspect was arrested and Rs 14,000 was recovered along with gold earrings. The SHO said he had bought gold earrings from the stolen money and the rest of the money was given to his nephew Sagar. The suspect has been committing thefts in Ludhiana. A raid is also being conducted to nab other suspects. TNS Three nabbed with weapons, drugs, vehicles The suspects in police custody. Raikot, October 23 The Ludhiana (rural) police led by SSP Charanjit Singh Sohal claimed to have nabbed three notorious persons, wanted in separate cases, from different places. Three weapons along with live cartridges, two vehicles used in crimes, 60 kg of poppy husk and Rs 70,000 drug money were recovered from the suspects. The police personnel, led by Jodhan SHO Bikramjit Singh and DSP Gurbans Singh Bains nabbed the main suspect in the Narangwal Jewellery Shop robbery case and recovered a 12 bore gun. He was identified as Bikramjit Singh, alias Bittu, of Toosey village. Police personnel, led by CIA in-charge Simarjit Singh nabbed Jaswinder Singh of Kothe Hari Singh and recovered two weapons along with live cartridges and a motorcycle from him. He was reported to be facing three cases registered at the Jagraon Sadar police station. Malkeet Singh of Kaimwala, Mehatpur, was arrested by another team of the CIA, Jagraon, in connection with an FIR registered at the Jodhan police station. A Mahindra Scorpio vehicle, Rs 70,000 drug money and 60 kg of poppy husk were recovered from him. — OC Ludhiana, October 23 The pandemic has cast its spell on festivals too. With a majority of the Dasehra committees here avoiding celebrations this year, the orders received by the effigy makers are minimal this time. Not only has the number of orders, the size of the effigies has also seen a dip. Only 30 per cent orders have been received by the effigy makers this year. There are very few orders for Meghnad and Kumbhkaran. Giving the message of communal harmony, it has been 28 years since Ali Asgar has been coming to the city from Agra to make effigies of Ravana. This year, it was just to carry on with the custom that Ali Asgar, along with his sons, came to the city. A software engineer by profession, 22-year-old Imran Khan, son of Ali Asgar comes along with his father to extend a helping hand to him and carry Not only has the number of orders, the size of the effigies has also seen a dip. Only 30 per cent orders have been received by the effigy makers this year. There are very few orders for Meghnad and Kumbhkaran. An artist gives finishing touches to effigies of Ravana at Daresi Ground. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA forward the tradition. “This year, we received only 10 orders, while every year we used to get 30-35 orders from the city. A majority of the Dasehra committees are giving celebrations a miss,” said Khan. He added that they had received no order for Meghnad and Kumbhkaran, while the Daresi ground, which is known for burning the tallest effigy in the city, is getting only 30-foot effigy ready this year, while no effigy of Meghnad and Kumbhkaran will be there this time. Last year, the tallest effigy of Ravana in the city was set on fire at Daresi Ground, which was 95 feet tall and was made by them. No fair and public gathering, only a few VIPs with small gathering will be held at Daresi Ground to keep the tradition alive and the effigy of Ravana will be burnt. “Some Dasehra committees are getting the effigies of around 10-15 foot made,” said Imran Khan. Asgar Ali said every year, 30-35 workers used to accompany them, but this year only 10 are at work and Dasehra will be a low-key affair this time, he said. Meanwhile, the Dasehra committee has decided the live telecast of the festival evening. Tribune News Service Ludhiana, October 23 Today, 53 more persons tested positive for Covid-19 while three persons lost their lives which include two men and a woman. As many as 19 patients were on ventilator support that include 10 from Ludhiana and nine from other districts. Those who lost their lives today include an 86-year-old man from Kot Mangal Singh. He was admitted to Guru Teg Bahadur Charitable Hospital. The patient did not have any co-morbidity. Other two patients, a man and a woman, had co-morbidities and were admitted to the Civil Hospital. A 82-year-old woman from Baleke village succumbed to the virus today. She was suffering from diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Another patient, who died today, was a 52-year-old male from Issa Nagri who was also suffering from hypertension and cerebrovascular ailment. Those who tested positive today include 17 persons who FIGURES OF LUDHIANA DISTRICT SAMPLES POSITIVE 3,68,794 19,890 ACTIVE CASES DEATHS 281 828 were referred from OPDs, 17 from flu corners, seven contacts of positive people, two healthcare workers and tracing of nine persons is still on. Till date, 46,417 persons have been kept under home quarantine in the district and at present, the number of such persons is 1,280. Today, 52 persons were sent for home quarantine. Married woman raped in Mayor finds irregularities in fogging moving car, accused held service, orders action against staff Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Ludhiana, October 23 A man allegedly raped a married woman in a moving car here on the occasion of the birthday of a common friend. After raping the woman, the accused threw the woman on road and fled from the place. The accused were identified as Parshant Shukla, a native of Uttar Pradesh, presently living New Rajguru Nagar, and Rohit Kumar Rai of the same locality. The 32-year-old complainant, a resident of Kailash Nagar, told the police that on October 21 at 9.15 pm, she got a call from his friend Parshant, who asked her to reach a tavern near the KG hotel as his friend Rohit was throwing a birthday party there. “I reached the tavern on the Ferozepur road on my Activa scooter where the birthday of Parshant’s friend, Rohit, was being celebrated. All consumed liquor and when I was about to leave for my house, Rohit held me tightly from my hand and bundled me into the car of Parshant,” the victim alleged. The victim alleged that Parshant started driving the car and drove towards Rajguru Nagar. Rohit forcibly took off my clothes and raped me on the back seat of the moving car. After raping her, the accused threw her on the Ferozepur road and threatened to kill her if she revealed anything to the police, the victim said. She later called the police control room and filed a complaint. SHO Sarabha Nagar Madhu Bala said both accused were working in the KG hotel and all of them, including the woman, had consumed liquor at the tavern at the birthday party. The police arrested the accused on Friday and FIR was registered against them under various Sections of the IPC. Ludhiana, October 23 After finding “irregularities” in the fogging service, Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu today ordered to terminate the service of a fogging machine vehicle driver and recommended to suspend the sanitary officer concerned. He also ordered to issue a show-cause notice to the MC’s health officer concerned in this regard. Following information, Mayor Sandhu conducted a surprise raid in an area under the MC’s Zone C at around 5.30 this morning. He caught a fogging machine vehicle Ahmedgarh-Raikot road needs care ❝ I have ordered to terminate the service of the erring driver who is on a contract basis. I have also given recommendation to write to the government to suspend the sanitary inspector concerned. A show-cause notice will be served to MC’s health officer Vipul Malhotra. Balkar Singh Sandhu, MAYOR DENGUE & FOGGING ❞ With dengue cases being reported from different parts of the city, many residents have been complaining that fogging is not being conducted properly by the MC. An NGO had also raised questions about alleged irregularities in fuel expenditure on fogging service in the city a few years ago, but no action was taken in this regard at that time. The Mayor appealed to all councillors to keep a check on fogging in their respective wards. driver who had allegedly got refilled less amount of fuel for the fogging machine. To conduct fogging, 95 litres of diesel and 20 litres of petrol are refilled in a machine. When I questioned the driver, he said he got refilled only 60 litres diesel and 12 litres petrol for fog- ging from a fuel station. It came to light that 43 litres of fuel was found to be less in the fogging machine. It is a big irregularity. I have also complained against the fuel station owner as to how less fuel was filled in the machine without the involvement of fuel station staff, he said. “I have ordered to terminate the service of the erring driver who is on a contract basis. I have also given recommendation to write to the government to suspend the sanitary inspector concerned. Besides, a showcause notice will be served to the MC’s health officer Dr Vipul Malhotra,” he said. ‘Poor work’: Minister Ashu orders repair of newly re-carpeted road Tribune News Service ROAD ROT Mahesh Sharma Mandi Ahmedgarh/Raikot, October 23 Commuters between the Ahmedgarh and Barnala regions are a harassed lot as the only link road for them, Ahmedgarh-Raikot section, is in a dilapidated condition. Residents have to burn extra fuel and spend more time to reach their destinations, courtesy, the non-motorable condition of the pivotal road due to the potholed surface and eroded berms. Due to this, commuters have started taking alternative longer routes via Ludhiana and Pakhowal. Even though minor accidents have been occurring due to the bad condition of the road, the authorities concerned have failed to undertake the repair or reconstruction work despite repeated appeals by residents and civic bodies of the region. Efforts by elected representatives to get the road reconstructed, too, The Ahmedgarh-Raikot road is in a deplorable state. TRIBUNE PHOTO REPAIR WORK HAS BEGUN The process for the roads in ❝Raikot segment hadrepair and construction ofall roads, the already been started and including the Ahmedgarh-Raikot road, would soon be worth comfortable motoring. Kaamil Amar Singh, IN CHARGE, HALQA RAIKOT ❞ did not bear fruit despite assurances by senior functionaries, including Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh. Residents have once again urged the government to impress upon the authorities in the Public Works Department (Bridges and Roads) to get the road reconstructed and prevent losses being caused due to the extra consumption of fuel and damage to government and private vehicles. Residents, led by social activist Sahil Tayal and Kissan Sabha leader Baldev Singh Latala, alleged that the administration had failed c m y b to maintain the Ahmedgarh road that serves as a major link between the local town and highways leading to Barnala, Bathinda, Jagraon and Mullanpur. The road is also part of the shortest route to historical places in Rajasthan. “The condition of the road passing through Chhapar, Latala, Barundi and Andloo is so bad that commuters are forced to leave the main road and take up roads through villages situated in the interior,” said Baldev Singh Latala, maintaining that outsiders were more harassed. Ludhiana, October 23 After finding “poor quality” work, Cabinet Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu today ordered to reconstruct a recently re-carpeted road near the Kochar Market Chowk area. During the inspection of the road, Ashu was accompanied by MC councillors Mamta Ashu and Baljinder Singh Bunty. On finding that the contractor was re-carpeting the road in a “poor manner”, he immediately ordered that the road be uprooted and a new road “following proper quality parameters be constructed”. Following the minister’s order, a portion of the newly carpeted road was dismantled. Ashu also ordered that strict action should be taken against the officials who failed to supervise the re-carpeting of the road. Meanwhile, RTI activist Arvind Sharma has written a complaint to the Principal Secretary, Department of Local Government The road near the Kochar Market Chowk area being re-carpeted after Cabinet Minister's order. TRIBUNE PHOTO against the alleged poor quality the same road. In his complaint, he has demanded that the samples of the recently re-carpeted road should be collected and vigilance inquiry be marked. The Council of RTI Activists president, Rohit Sabharwal, said, “When I had observed that the road was not being carpeted in the right manner yesterday, I had made a complaint to the MC official Raman Kaushal in this regard. The MC should ensure the construction or carpeting of the roads in a proper manner as per the rules.” Despite repeated attempts, the MC’s officiating executive engineer Raman Kaushal could not be contacted for comments.
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