26122020-LT-01.qxd 12/25/2020 11:48 PM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE UNCOVERED DRAINS ADD TO COMMUTERS’ WOES IN FOG A thick blanket of fog engulfs region’s open drains, especially along service lanes, posing a risk to commuters. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY PAGE 2 ‘STAYING AWAY FROM NEGATIVE PEOPLE MY FITNESS MANTRA’ PAGE 3 A TUNE OF RESISTANCE: BELLA CIAO- FARM LAWS WAPAS JAO Punjabi singer Teji Sandhu has performed with Shah Rukh Khan and Kapil Sharma on stage. MAX 19°C | MIN 5°C | YESTERDAY MAX 19°C | MIN 4°C SUNSET SATURDAY 5:31 PM Poojan Sahil’s Punjabi rendition of Italian folk song Bella Ciao—Farm Laws Wapas Jao, has become a big hit. SUNRISE SUNDAY 7:23 AM SATURDAY | 26 DECEMBER 2020 | LUDHIANA 43 new cases; 39-yr-old dead Christmas celebrations Tribune News Service (From left) Residents enjoy during a party at the Sutlej Club; devotees light candles at a church in Ludhiana on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN 7 booked for attacking family, damaging car Ludhiana, December 25 The Ludhiana rural police have registered a case of attempt to culpable homicide against seven persons of a family, who attacked another family at Sudhar village. The suspects have been identified as Kewal Singh, his son Bharpur Singh, Bharpur’s sons Sardool Singh, Ravinder Singh and Veer Partap Singh, and Bharpur’s daughters Arshpreet Kaur and Simarjit Kaur. Complainant Harvinder Singh of Pakhowal village told the police that on December 18, the suspects damaged his Swift Dzire car parked outside his house. “I along with my family came out and asked the suspects why they damaged our car. Instead of giving any reason the suspects attacked me, my son Rajvir Singh, my relatives Binder, Gurbakshish, Harmanjit Singh and Gurdeep Kaur,” the complainant added. Investigation officer ASI Gurdeep Singh said a case was registered against the suspects and raids were on to nab them. — TNS POWER SHUTDOWN LUDHIANA 9am to 6pm: GT Road Doraha, Textile Park, BTC camp, Kalsi Alloys, Bedi Steel & nearby area. 10 am to 5 pm: Attal Nagar, Janta Colony, New Kuldeep Nagar, Shiv Vihar, & Subash Nagar Gali No. 5/8. 10am to 4pm: Flower Enclave, Fulanwal village, Monica Gas Agency area, Focal Point, Phase II, Phase III and Phase IV, Shingar Cinema road, Kashmir Nagar, Narinder Nagar, Dhoka Mohalla, Ranjit Singh Park, Harcharan Nagar, Shivaji Nagar, New Shivaji Nagar & adjoining areas. Fruit seller tortured for ~20k debt commits suicide, two booked Ludhiana, December 25 Facing mental torture for failing to pay ~ 20,000 debt, a 38year-old fruit seller allegedly committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance at his residence in Chandni Chowk, Salem Tabri, today. The deceased has been identified as Ravinder Singh. The Salem Tabri police registered a case against fruit wholesellers Bikram Singh and Kushal Singh. Brother-in-law of the deceased, Manjit Singh, said Ravinder had a business of fruits in Fruit and Grain Market, Bahadurke Road. In 2019, Ravinder borrowed ~20,000 from Bikram, he added. Bikram and Kushal had been mentally torturing Ravinder and issuing him life threats as he was not returning the borrowed money, he added. Manjit alleged that recently, the victim was thrashed by the suspects due to which he went into depression. On December 24, his sister Manjinder Kaur informed him that her husband had consumed some poisonous substance. “I reached my sister’s house and rushed Ravinder to hospital where doctors declared him brought dead. Later, we recovered a suicide note from his pocket in which he held Birkam and Kushal responsible for his death,” said Manjit. The Salem Tabri SHO, Gopal Krishan, said raids were on to nab the suspects. — TNS Technical bids likely on Monday WASTE MGMT PROJECT Tribune News Service Ludhiana, December 25 Heaps of construction/demolition waste can be commonly seen in green belts and vacant lands in many parts of the city. The Municipal Corporation (MC) has been planning to set up a plant for the management of the construction and demolition (C&D) waste in the city for the past few years, but the project has not been started till date. When tenders were floated for the first time for the proposed project to set up such a plant, no company came forward to place any bid as per information. Thereafter, tenders were floated for the second time, while technical bids in this regard are likely to be opened on Monday. At an estimated cost of around Rs 12 crore, the plant is supposed to be set up at PAGE 4 Heaps of construction and demolition waste are common in Ludhiana. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN Dhandari Kalan. According to the Construction and Demolition (C&D) Waste Management Rules, 2016, the MC Ludhiana is supposed to ensure the provision of proper management of the construction and demolition waste. Now, the plant is to be set up under the smart city mission. Currently, debris and other construction or demolition waste are openly being dumped along the roads, vacant lands or plots in various parts of the city. Heaps of such waste can be seen on Tajpur Road, Dhandari, Hambran Road, areas near Buddha Nullah and even in various colonies. It has been seen that the waste generated during the demolition drives of the civic body is also dumped at different sites. Ludhiana, December 25 Fortythree fresh cases of Covid were reported in Ludhiana district on Thursday. The virus also claimed the life of a 39-year-old man from Mansoora village. The Health Department confirmed 50 cases, including 43 from Ludhiana district and seven from other districts or states today. In Ludhiana, 24 patients with influenza-like illness visited the Flu corner, four patients came in contact with positive patients and nine visited OPDs. Besides, six persons, including two health care workers, e also tested positive for the virus. Deputy Commissioner Varinder Sharma said there were 429 active patients in COVID-19 CONTROL ROOM ■ For Home Isolation: 78147-64759 COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 5,25,915 24,558 429 955 ■ 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 the district at present. He said a patient lost his life today from Ludhiana district. Now, the total number of persons who lost their lives included 955 from Ludhiana and 440 from other districts. He further said that till date, a total of 5,25,915 samples had been taken, out of which the reports of 5,23,642 samples had been received, of which 4,95,451 samples were found negative, while the reports of 2,273 samples were pending. He said now, the total number of patients related to Ludhiana was 24,558, while 3,633 patients were related to other districts/states. Covid vaccine task force set up by district administration Infected cops monitored daily IMMUNISATION DRIVE Tribune News Service Ludhiana, December 25 As the Covid vaccine was expected to arrive anytime soon, the district administration has set up a vaccine task force to undertake the immunisation drive in Ludhiana. Having earned the dubious distinction of Covid capital of Punjab, Ludhiana has reported the maximum number of 28,191 positive cases, including 24,558 locals and 3,633 outsiders. The highest count of 1,395 patients, comprising 955 locals and 440 outsiders, had died due to the virus till Friday. The task force has been established jointly by the civil and police administration under the command of the Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma and the Commissioner of Police Rakesh Agrawal so that no time was lost in preparing for logistics. The Ludhiana police, which had performed a multifaceted role during the Covid pandemic, had already lost its two personnel, while at least 431 cops, including DCPs and other rank officials, had contracted the virus. While almost all of them had completely recovered, at least eight cops were still “active patients” under treatment. Stating this here today, the Commissioner of Police (CP) said the police did not restrict itself to the job of “policing” Tribune News Service A resident gives a sample for the Covid test in Ludhiana. TRIBUNE PHOTO only by way of enforcing the “lockdown” and “guidelines”, but cops proactively involved themselves in Covid management in close coordination with the district administration, Health Department and also private hospitals like Dayanand Medical College and Hospital. The Ludhiana police had launched a mass awareness campaign for the use of masks. Masks were distributed free of cost among people. Initially, the campaign was motivational, but now, the police were strictly enforcing the use of masks. “The results have been encouraging as despite being such a hugely populated city, with several congested pockets and industrial hubs, the pandemic in Ludhiana has remained quite under con- trol,” he said. Agrawal said a joint mass awareness campaign and survey was conducted by the Commissionerate of Police and a team of doctors of the DMCH, led by Dr Bishav Mohan, (member of the State Covid Advisory Committee, headed by Dr KK Talwar) on the use of masks. ADCP (Special Branch) Rupinder Sra, with teams from special branch and traffic police, got 7,500 forms filled from the public as part of the survey. Later, an awareness drive to check the second wave of Covid was started jointly by the police, DMCH, and the state Health Department, where most congested areas of the city like Kipps Market, Sarabha Nagar and Ghumar Mandi were covered. Ludhiana, December 25 Webex meetings were conducted daily by the Commissioner of Police (CP) along with doctors from the DMCH, as well as psychologists, wherein all Covid positive police personnel, under home isolation, were monitored regularly about their health status and were counselled to take adequate precautions during home quarantine and follow diet chart, developed by experts. “Their pulse rate, oxygen saturation and fever were monitored through a WhatsApp group, where the cops under home quarantine were asked to share pictorial readings of thermometer and pulse oximeters. Serious and sick officials were shifted to hospitals, beds were arranged and their treatment was monitored closely on an everyday basis,” the CP stated, adding that the requisite medicines were arranged free of cost for ill cops. Meanwhile, the CP, along with the DC and the Civil Surgeon held a meeting with religious leaders of the city, chairman, busstand, officer incharge railway station, and incharge sabzi mandi, with an appeal for strict adherence to the use of masks. Woman among two held for ‘Vehra Dhiyaan Da’ to save girl children from sexual abuse smuggling liquor, five booked Tribune News Service MIGRANT KIDS AT RISK Ludhiana, December 25 The police have registered four cases of liquor smuggling and arrested two persons, including a woman. The police also recovered huge quantity of illegal liquor from smugglers. In the first case, the anti-narcotic cell nabbed a woman smuggler and recovered 12 bottles of illegal liquor from her. The suspect has been identified as Lakhwinder Kaur of Mann Singh Nagar. Investigation officer ASI Mukhtyar Singh said secret information was received that woman was into liquor peddling business. She kept stock of liquor at her residence, the ASI added. Accordingly a raid was conducted and the woman was nabbed, the ASI said. In the second case, the Ladhowal police nabbed liquor smuggler identified as Bikramjit Singh of Bonkar Dogran village and recovered 28 litres of illicit liquor from him. Investigation officer ASI Harjap Singh said acting on a tip-off, a raid was conducted and the peddler was nabbed. In the third incident the antismuggling cell registered a case of liquor smuggling against Pawan Kumar of MIG Flats, Dashmesh Nagar, and recovered 16 cases of illegal liquor. Investigation officer ASI Harjap Singh said secret information was received that Pawan had stored huge quantity of liquor at his house. A raid was conducted and illegal liquor recovered from his house, the ASI added. In the fourth incident the antismuggling cell booked two liquor smugglers and recovered 72 litres of illegal liquor from them. The suspects have been identified as Karnail Singh and Jarnail Singh of Bonkar Dogran village. The police said a raid was conducted at the suspects place from where liquor was recovered, but they fled from the spot. — TNS Ludhiana, December 25 To make the city safer for children, especially girls, an innovative project, first of its kind in Punjab, was launched by Rakesh Agrawal, Commissioner of Police, Ludhiana, under the name of ‘ Vehra Dhiyaan Da’ in the Moti Nagar police station area here today. Agrawal said the project was envisaged after studying the pattern of the crimes against girl children in Ludhiana. The industrial city has a huge population of migrant labourers. It has been found that in most of these migrant families, both c m y b The project was envisaged after studying the pattern of the crimes against girl children in Ludhiana. The city has a huge population of migrant labourers. It has been found that in most migrant families, both parents are working and are forced to leave their young ones unattended at home. This has resulted in instances of abuse of such children, especially girls living in common vehras by neighbours, relatives and strangers. Police Commissioner Rakesh Agrawal distributes gifts among children of migrants during the launch of ‘Vehra Dhiyaan Da’ project in Ludhiana. TRIBUNE PHOTO parents are working and are forced to leave their young ones unattended at home. This has resulted in many instances of abuse of such children, especially girls living in common vehras by neighbours, relatives and sometimes strangers. The envisaged project was executed under the supervision of DCP (Detective) Simratpal Singh Dhindsa, and ADCP (Investigation) Rupinder Kaur Bhatti, who said NGOs were invited to help the families by adopting these vehras. The NGOs would pay monthly salary to one of the mothers from the vehra, who earlier used to Continued on Page 2
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