26102020-LT-01.qxd 26-10-2020 00:29 Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE DIST HAS TOPPED IN NUMBER OF SACRED FORESTS GROWN PAGE 2 Guru Nanak Sacred Forests, number of which is now close to 100 in Punjab, are helping in rapid afforestation. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY PAGE 3 ZEE CAFE LAUNCHES NEWSEASON OF ITS SHOW DANCE WITH ME The season will feature sisters and dancing divas Shakti and Mukti Mohan as celebrity dance experts. MAX 32°C | MIN 14°C | YESTERDAY MAX 32°C | MIN 14°C SUNSET MONDAY 5:43 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 6:38 AM Kuldip Bhatia The Covid pandemic hit the Dasehra celebrations as a few people turned up at the Daresi ground in Ludhiana on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN P2 Ludhiana, October 25 The body of a 45-year-old specially-abled man, Charanjit Singh (Shadi), of Gyan Chand Nagar, who was allegedly kidnapped over a money dispute, was recovered from the canal in Badhni Kalan near Moga late last evening. The kidnappers, who have been arrested by the police, claimed to have killed the victim and thrown his body in the canal near Dehlon. The Daba police had been searching for the body with the help of divers, but yesterday some fisherman found it stuck in a broken tree in the canal. “After getting information, we reached the spot and identified the body. The police are now converting the kidnapping case into that of murder,” said the brother of the deceased. Those arrested are key accused Viram Singh and auto driver Simran Singh of Basant Nagar. Two other accused, Gurdit Singh and Dapinder Singh, who are brothers of the key accused, are yet to be arrested. The complainant Baljit Singh Malra, vice-president of the district Congress committee, said his brother, Charanjit Singh, was kidnapped and murdered over Rs 20,000. He said his brother had lent money to the accused and when he demanded the money back, he was murdered. He said Viram, along with his two brothers and the auto driver, had kidnapped his brother and killed him with a knife. — TNS One succumbs, 55 test positive Tribune News Service Ludhiana, October 25 The total Covid-19 positive cases from Ludhiana district today crossed the 20,000mark. With 55 more persons testing positive today, the confirmed cases has reached 20,022 while one person has lost her life. The first case in Ludhiana was reported on March 24 from Gurdev Nagar and today, after seven months, the total count has crossed 20,000. Maximum cases were reported after lifting of the lockdown restrictions in June. The first case was reported on March 24 and till June 30, the number of cases reported were 840. Once the unlock started, the cases started seeing a surge and by the end of July, these reached 3,246. In July, 2,406 cases were reported. By August 31, the total number of cases from the district rose to 10,222. In August, the total number of cases reported were 6,976 and the district saw an approximate increase of 190 per cent in a single month. August was the worst hit and saw the highest number of cases at 462 on August 21 and 18 deaths in a single say were reported on August 31, the highest so far. By September end, the cases rose to 17,958 and today, on October 25, the confirmed cases crossed the 20,000-mark and Cases cross 20,000 in 7 months in dist FIGURES OF LUDHIANA DISTRICT SAMPLES POSITIVE 3,75,197 20,022 ACTIVE CASES DEATHS 246 829 reached 20,022. Today, one person lost her life to the virus and 14 patients were on ventilator support. The person who lost her life was a 55-year-old woman from Maachiwara, who was admitted to the Civil Hospital. She was suffering from diabetes and hypertension. Of the total confirmed cases, 15,918 belong to Ludhiana city while 614 to Jagraon, 541 to Khanna, 321 to Raikot, 294 from Payal and 270 were from Samrala. DC Varinder Kumar Sharma said at present, there were 246 active patients in the district. He said 55 new patients from Ludhiana district had tested positive in the past 24 hours. Till date, a total of 3,75,197 samples had been collected, of which reports of 3,72,807 samples had been received, of which 3,50,094 samples were found negative while reports of 2,390 samples were pending. Child abduction case solved in 24 hours Ludhiana, October 25 The Basti Jodhewal police claimed to have solved a kidnapping case of a two-year-old girl child within 24 hours of the incident. Senior officials supervised the probe. The police arrested Raghwinder Kumar (26) of UP at , present staying in New Kailash Nagar. He is working at a factory. Basti Jodhewal SHO Arshdeep Kaur said yesterday Matadin Ahirwar, a native of MPat present , staying on the Kailash Nagar road, complained that his daughter was playing outside the house when a cyclist kidnapped her. The SHO said 10 teams were formed under the supervision of ADCP 1 Deepak Pareek. Over 250 persons were questioned and footage of CCTV cameras were checked. Vehras (a place where migrants live) were also searched. Technical probe of the police led them to the house of the suspect in New Kailash Nagar from where he, along with the baby girl, was recovered. The suspect said he had kidnapped the baby as he wanted a daughter. When he got married, his wife gave birth to a girl child, Sonam, but she died at the age of 18 months. After the death of the child, his wife left him. He said he got married again and his wife gave birth to baby boy. During the pregnancy, the woman suffered a miscarriage. To fulfil the wish of having a daughter, he kidnapped the child. But he was nabbed by the police. — TNS Araichan road needs attention ROAD ROT Lovleen Bains Doraha, October 25 The Araichan road of Doraha, leading towards the Grand Trunk road, is ever in a pitiable condition. With the passage of time, the road has degenerated to the extent that it has resulted in slip discs and even fractures among commuters. The road is daily taken by thousands of vehicles. Due to the absence of any re-carpeting, coupled with poor maintenance, the condition of the road has worsened and is no less than a death trap, especially for two-wheelers that ply in WORK TO BEGIN SOON We are the road construction work at ❝earliest.prepared to startof the road is being taken into the The time period consideration and the work will begin soon. ❞ Gurbakshish Singh, EXECUTIVE OFFICER, MUNICIPAL COUNCIL, DORAHA huge numbers on the stretch. “The road has degenerated so much that nowadays the commuters have to change the route to reach their destinations safely. The big potholes have made travelling for twowheelers next to impossible,” rued a resident of Doraha. Although the road serves as a major link between Doraha and the surrounding villages, no attention has been paid to improve it. As Doraha serves as a major visiting hub for people of Kaddon, Kotli, Pay- al, Bija, Chawa, Rajgarh, Doraha villages etc, the road is taken up by villagers as a matter of routine. The broken dusty stretch has reduced the life of the shoppers and shopkeepers to a virtual hell. The residents and the road users complain that it is a very uncomfortable ride, especially at some specific places. The rainy season plays further havoc with the commuters, especially two-wheelers. The problem is aggravated at night with reduced visibility and poor judgment. “Now during the harvesting season, huge trolleys taking this road, has made the residents and commuters full of anger,” said a villager. Several times has the issue been highlighted through the media, but to no avail. But for temporary patches here and there, no constructive change has taken place all these years. c m y b PAGE 4 The actor purchased lavish apartments worth almost Rs 100 crore in Mumbai for building the ‘mansion-in-the-air’. MONDAY | 26 OCTOBER 2020 | LUDHIANA Dyeing units puton noticeface sealing, warns6 till Nov PPCB Mend ways or Covid effect Kidnapped man’s body recovered from canal HRITHIK ROSHAN TO BUILD A ~97.5-CR MANSION-IN-THE-AIR Ludhiana, October 25 The noose is tightening around the errant dyeing units in the city which continue to discharge toxic effluents into the main sewer lines either directly or through bypass connections that pollute the Buddha nullah water. After pulling up the Municipal Corporation (MC) top brass for their alleged indifferent attitude towards pollution in the drain, the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) has now told the dyeing units to stop the discharge of the untreated/toxic effluents into the sewer lines and disconnect direct or bypass connections by November 6, else the units would be sealed. The ultimatum came to the dyeing units through a public notice issued by the PPCB authorities on the basis of the inspection of several dyeing units on the Tajpur road, Focal Point and those scattered in other areas where direct or bypass connections were found to the main sewer lines through which untreated toxic effluents were being discharged into the sewer lines. In some cases, the PPCB teams had found that effluent treatment plants installed in the units were lying non-operational to cut the cost. A PPCB official indicated that the defiant dyeing EFFLUENT RELEASE IN BUDDHA NULLAH units would have to face the music and the authorities were in no mood to tolerate the errant and irresponsible attitude of the units which wetre negating all efforts being made towards reducing the highly polluted level of Buddha Nullah. Meanwhile, ruling party legislator from Ludhiana (East) Sanjay Talwar has been vocal against the discharge of the toxic waste by dyeing units into the main sewer lines which not only causes pollution in Buddha Nullah but also leads to the frequent choking and overflow of sewers in several localities around Tajpur Road dyeing cluster where the CETP (common effluent treatment plant) was in the process of being installed. The PPCB officials reiterated that till the time CETPs become operational on the Tajpur road and Focal Point clusters, the onus remained on the dyeing units to treat toxic effluents. “Even the scattered dyeing units will have to adopt zero liquid discharge technology or will have to get connected with the CETPs to continue to operate beyond December 31,” said the officials. Three injured in blast at dyeing unit Tribune News Service Ludhiana, October 25 Three persons were injured in a blast in a steam machine at AD Dyeing in Geeta Colony on the Tajpur road around 5 am on Sunday. Meanwhile, no factory worker was hurt in the accident, while three persons living in adjoining buildings suffered injuries as machine parts hit them after flying in the air. The dyeing unit is owned by Ajay Dhir, who was not present in the factory when the mishap occurred. The incident reportedly took place when the dyeing workers on night duty went to sleep while the steamer was on. When the blast took place, they raised an alarm and informed the factory owner. Assistant Commissioner of Police, East, Davinder Chaudhary, reached the spot to probe the matter. “Around five workers, including the supervisor, were on night duty as the dyeing process was on during night. Shockingly, the dyeing worker and supervisor went to sleep while the steam machine was on. After excessive pressure was built in the steamer, it exploded and parts of the steamer flew into the air and injured the nearby persons,” said ACP Chaudhary. Those injured were dairy worker Bawar, Amarjit and Nagmani, who are migrants, and were busy in their work. They were hit by steam machine parts, said ACP Chaudhary. Bawar suffered fracture in his leg as a wall collapsed on him. The two other persons suffered only minor injuries and they were undergoing treatment at a hospital.
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