29112020-LT-01.qxd 11/29/2020 12:04 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE MATRIMONIAL DISPUTES: 162 COUPLES APPEAR IN CAMP Additional DCP Gurpreet Singh Sikand supervised the camp at Police Lines and interacted with litigants. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY PAGE 2 I AM LIVING MY DREAM, SAYS HAQ SE ACTRESS NIKKESHA PAGE 3 Model-turned-actor Nikkesha says she is a die-hard romantic and believes in living in the present. MAX 00°C | MIN 00.0°C | YESTERDAY MAX 24.0°C | MIN 8.0°C SUNSET SUNDAY 5:26 PM SUNRISE MONDAY 7:04 AM Tribune News Service Panj piaras lead a nagar kirtan to mark the Parkash Utsav of Guru Nanak Dev in Ludhiana on Saturday. HIMANSHU MAHAJAN GANG OF THIEVES BUSTED, 2 HELD No MC survey to check illegal constructions in city Civic body has also failed to check fire-safety norms in buildings Harshraj Singh Ludhiana: The Sarabha Nagar police busted a gang of thieves and arrested two of its members. The police also recovered stolen goods from the thieves. The accused were identified as Baljinder Singh Sunny of the Dhandra road and Vijay Kumar Ranja of Tharike village. Madhu Bala, SHO, Sarabha Nagar police station, said information was received that a gang of thieves was roaming in a city area to commit theft at a house and after zeroing in on the location of the accused, a raid was conducted at the place and the accused were nabbed. The SHO said the accused had committed several thefts at houses in the city in the recent past, adding that the gang first used to survey areas during night hours and after choosing soft targets, used to commit thefts. The police recovered a digital camera, an IPad, two hard discs, a branded wristwatch, silver chain, four home speakers, several T-shirts, pants, a blanket and two mobile phones from the accused. The SHO said the police remand of the accused would be sought from court to arrest the other gang members. TNS Tribune News Service Ludhiana, November 28 Three years after the fire and collapse incident of a plastic manufacturing factory near Suffian Chowk here, the municipal corporation (MC) has failed to conduct a survey to check the actual number of illegal constructions that have come up by violating the norms in the industrial city. The civic body has also failed to check the fire-safety arrangements in the buildings across the city. The plastic manufacturing factory had gone up in flames and collapsed on November 20, 2017, killing 16 persons, including nine fire-fighters. The MC officials had then admitted that the collapsed factory building was constructed in violation of norms. After the incident, the MC authorities had announced that a survey would be conducted to check illegal constructions and firesafety norms in the buildings, but to no avail. A large number of illegal constructions have come up in the city under the nose of the MC’s building branch A large number of illegal constructions have come up in the city. FILE officials. It is also learnt that the staff concerned also failed to ensure recovery against a number of challans and no required action was taken against the non-compoundable violations. Former councillor Parminder Mehta said a large number of illegal constructions were coming up in the city. He said, “Challans being issued are just an eyewash. The MC’s building branch failed to act against the noncompoundable violations as the height of many buildings was increased without any approval from the MC. No action is taken against such violations. Now, there is a dire need to conduct a survey in the entire city to check the actual number of illegal constructions in the city and then action should be initiated against violations. Along with officials of the building branch, the responsibility of all zonal commissioners should be fixed.” No emergency exits are available in many high-rise buildings and there are no fire-safety arrangements in such buildings. According to a report that was prepared a few years ago, only around 2 per cent industries, commercial, educational and other institutes had obtained firesafety certificates. Moreover, parking space is not available in a large number of buildings as per information. continued on page 2 3 petrol station staff attacked EPFO receives Swachhta award Tribune News Service Ludhiana, November 28 The Employees Provident Fund Office (EPFO) has been awarded the cleanliness award under the Swachh Survekshan 2021. Dheeraj Gupta, Regional Provident Fund Commissioner, has congratulated the office staff and told them to keep their office clean and green in future also. Gupta said receiving an award for cleanliness would motivate the entire office staff to maintain the tradition. — TNS Ludhiana, November 28 Three employees of a petrol station near the Jalandhar bypass were attacked by several persons after an altercation over the alleged less filling of petrol in their motorcycle this morning. The accused also ransacked the pump. Three employees, Amrik, Sandeep and Durgesh, suffered minor injuries in the incident and were rushed to hospital. The entire incident was captured on CCTV cameras of the petrol station and the police were scanning the footage to identify the accused. An employee of the station, Narinder, said two bike-borne persons came to get petrol filled in their bike for Rs 100 and when the pump employee filled the fuel, the bike-borne men started arguments A cop checks the CCTV footage of the attack on petrol pump employees in Ludhiana on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTO POLICE BEGIN PROBE ■ The entire incident was captured on CCTV cameras of the petrol station and the police were scanning the footage to identify the accused. ■ The Salem Tabri police initiated a probe in the matter. with him, saying he had filled less fuel. The police said the accused started arguments with him and threatened the pump employee with dire consequences. A few minutes later, the accused came along with their aides and attacked three employees. The Salem Tabri police initiated a probe in the matter. POWER SHUTDOWN LUDHIANA 9 am to 5 pm: GT Road from Giaspura Chowk to Sherpur Chowk, Hargobind Nagar, Oswal Agro Complex 9:30 am to 4:30 pm: Seera village and its adjoining industrial areas 10 am to 3 pm: Punchsheel vihar, Daljit Nagar, New Aggar Nagar, Citizen enc, Malkit Avenue, Club Enclave, Magnet Road. c m y b PAGE 4 Melissa McCarthy has a peculiar way of praising Nicole Kidman. She says Kidman is a wonderful weirdo. Betterment of senior citizen homes sought Faith beckons INBRIEF MELISSA MCCARTHY CALLS NICOLE A WONDERFUL WEIRDO Ludhiana, November 28 A member of the Ludhiana West Grievances Redressal Committee has written to the Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh and Local Bodies Minister Brahm Mohindra and requested them to take the required steps to improve the condition of senior citizen homes in the city. Committee member Satish Thaman said there was a need to modernise all senior citizen homes with the support of the Local Bodies Department in all 95 wards of the Ludhiana municipal corporation (MC) and other areas under GLADA or the Ludhiana Improvement Trust. Thaman said all senior citizen homes in the areas under the MC, GLADA, LIT or panchayats should be equipped with the required modern facilities. He said, “Most of the senior citizen homes do not open from 6 am to 8 pm and remain closed and locked, as senior citizens remain indoors due to the Covid pandemic. Cleanliness, sanitation and maintenance of these homes is being ignored these days. I have requested the CM and Local Bodies Minister to take the required steps to modernise all senior citizen homes.” SUNDAY | 29 NOVEMBER 2020 | LUDHIANA 5 fall prey, 100 fresh cases in district Tribune News Service Ludhiana, November 28 Hundred persons tested positive for Covid, while five succumbed to the virus in the district today, making the death toll cross 900. Those who lost their lives were men aged 75, 65, and 63 and a woman aged 68. There was one more fatality due to the virus. The deceased belonged to Haibowal Kalan, Latala village, Jagraon and Dhandra Road. Deputy Commissioner Varinder Sharma today said under the “Mission Fateh” of the Punjab Government, the number of coronavirus patients getting cured in Ludhiana district was increasing with each passing day. He said there were 869 active patients in the district at present. He said efforts were being made to keep people safe from Covid. A total of 132 patients (100 new patients from the district and 32 from other states/districts) had tested positive in the last 24 hours. He further said that till date, a total of 4,52,588 samples had been taken, out of COVID-19 CONTROL ROOM ■ For Home Isolation: 78147-64759 COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 4,52,588 22,642 869 902 ■ For Ambulance Problem: 78143-63850 ■ For Hospital Problem: 62849-12553 ■ For General Problem: 62845-31852 WEBLINK WHERE RESIDENTS CAN CHECK REAL TIME STATUS OF VACANT AND FILLED BEDS IN ALL HOSPITALS: https://ludhiana.nic.in/notice/covid-19-bed-status-in-ludhiana-district which the reports of 4,49,975 samples had been received. Of these, 4,24,124 samples were found negative, while the reports of 2,613 samples were pending. He said now the total number of patients related to Lud- hiana was 22,642, while 3,209 patients were related to other districts/states. Now the total number of persons who had lost their lives included 902 from Ludhiana district and 378 from other districts.
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