03012021-LT-01.qxd 1/3/2021 12:32 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE POLICE TURN PUBLIC HEALTH PROTECTORS AMID PANDEMIC PAGE 2 ECO WARRIOR: DIA MIRZA SETS HER TARGETS FOR 2021 Ludhiana police personnel successfully donned their new role as public health protectors amid the Covid-19 crisis. FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY INBRIEF 308 COMPLAINTS DISPOSED OF Ludhiana: The Ludhiana police on Saturday organised Know Your Case Scheme camps at all police stations of the Commissionerate during which 308 complaints were disposed of. Commissioner of Police (CP) Rakesh Agrawal in a statement issued stated that the camps started in the morning which was attended by police station heads, senior police officials. The CP himself had also visited several police stations to supervise the ongoing camps. He also interacted with people. He said 27 persons had enquired about the status of their cases lying pending at police stations and they were told about the same immediately. The CP said if anyone could not attend the camps, he or she could always visit the police station concerned to know the status of their case. TNS ACTION ORDERED AGAINST CLERK Ludhiana: Following a complaint filed by the Lok Insaf Party president and MLA Simarjeet Singh Bains against a clerk of the Education Department, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has asked the Chief Secretary, Punjab Government, to take immediate action in this regard. Bains said, “I had conducted a sting operation on March 6, 2018, and caught a clerk red handed while taking a bribe of Rs 70,000. When I had caught him, he had admitted that he took the bribe on the instructions of two other officials of the department.” “The Vigilance Bureau had investigated the matter in this regard, but no action was taken against them. I then complained to the CM, who asked the Chief Secretary to take immediate action in this regard,” Bains said. The clerk and the two other officials had earlier denied allegations levelled by Bains. TNS WOMEN STAGE PROTESTS AGAINST FARM ACTS P2 Women activists from Assi village in Ludhiana district and office-bearers of various outfits demanding withdrawal of the farm laws held dharnas at Kilaraipur and toll plaza at Lehra village on the LudhianaMalerkotla highway near here. PAGE 4 MULTI-STARRER MUMBAI SAGA TO RELEASE ON OTT PLATFORM? Bollywood actress Dia Mirza has set five easy targets for herself to live a sustainable life in 2021. MAX 15°C | MIN 7°C | YESTERDAY MAX 15°C | MIN 4°C SUNSET SUNDAY 5:37 PM One fatality; 44 +ve Tribune News Service Mumbai Saga is a period gangster flick set in the 80s that will show the transition from Bombay to Mumbai. SUNRISE MONDAY 7:25 AM SUNDAY | 3 JANUARY 2021 | LUDHIANA A day of protests in city COVID-19 CONTROL ROOM Ludhiana, January 2 Fortyfour persons tested positive, while one lost his life to coronavirus in the district today. At present, there are 329 active patients in the district. There are 24,844 positive cases in the district so far, while the death toll has reached 968. Today a 62-year-old male, who was admitted to SPS Hospital and was also a patient of diabetes and kidney disease, succumbed to the virus. According to the Health Department, a total of 5,41,739 samples have been taken, out of which the reports of 5,39,786 samples had been received, of which 5,11,231 samples were found negative, while the reports of 1,953 samples were pending. Till date, 55,039 persons have been kept under home quarantine in the district and at present, the number of such persons is 1,164. Today, PAGE 4 ■ For Home Isolation: 78147-64759 COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 5,41,739 24,844 329 968 ■ For Ambulance Problem: 78143-63850 ■ For Hospital Problem: 62849-12553 ■ For General Problem: 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 A man gives his sample for the Covid test in Ludhiana. 48 persons were sent for home quarantine. Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma said whenever the District Administration and the 20 more FIRs registered against fake travel agents Tribune News Service Ludhiana, January 2 The Ludhiana police in their drive against illegal travel agents registered 20 more FIRs against unscrupulous agents on Friday. Cases have been registered against 44 travel agents, including women. The police have also arrested some of the agents. Notably, the Ludhiana police had launched the drive on Thursday against travel agents who had been duping people aspiring to go abroad. On Thursday, the city police had registered 83 FIRs against 184 travel agents. The Dehlon police have registered four FIRs against five travel agents, including a woman, Manpreet Kaur, alias Muskan, a resident of Phase 2, Dugri on Friday. Nine cases of immigration fraud have been registered by the Police Division 5 against 25 travel agents involving a fraud of several lakhs. In another case, the Police Division 8 registered a fraud case against a couple, 62845-31852 RECORDS OF OLD TRAVEL AGENTS TOO CHECKED The Ludhiana police have also started scanning the records of old notorious travel agents who were already facing cases of travel and immigration fraud. The police suspect that those travel agents having criminal records have started illegal travel business without a valid licence on other names. Kamaldeep Singh and his wife Manmeet Kaur, of BRS Nagar. Complainant Balwinder Singh of Deep Nagar told the police that the couple had taken Rs 27 lakh from him and in lieu they had promised to arrange a permanent residency (PR) for his family in Canada. However, the couple failed to fulfil their promise. Now, they refused to return his money. One of the cases registered by the Police Division 5 was against seven travel agents who had duped a resident of over Rs 15 lakh on the pretext of sending him to Japan. Health Department find out about any positive or suspected Covid-19 person, his/her samples were immediately sent for testing. A total of 1,947 samples of suspected patients were sent for testing today and their results were expected shortly. The DC appealed to the residents to adhere to all safety protocols like wearing masks, maintaining social distance and washing hands frequently to not only save themselves but keep everyone around them safe. (Clockwise from top): Congress workers protest against the BJP in Ludhiana on Saturday; police detain the Congress workers; and BJP leaders stage a dharna against the prevailing law and order situation in the state. HIMANSHU MAHAJAN & ASHWANI DHIMAN 5 held with opium, poppy husk Ludhiana, January 2 The Khanna police nabbed five persons and recovered poppy husk and opium from their possession in separate incidents. In the first case, the Khanna Sadar police nabbed four persons and recovered 30 kg of poppy husk from them. The suspects have been identified as Kuldeep Singh of Dhaler village in Sangrur, Harpreet Singh, Manpreet Khan and Dev Singh of Gopalpur, Dehlon. Investigating officer ASI Mahinder Singh said a naka was laid by the police to keep a tab on anti-social elements. On suspicion, a Maruti Zen car was stopped and during the search of the vehicle poppy husk was seized. The ASI said the police remand of the accused would be sought so that the entire supply line could be busted. In another case, the Khanna Sadar 2 police station nabbed Rakesh Kumar, a resident of Urban Estate, Dugri. The police seized 500 gm of opium from him. — TNS ROB expansion joints break yet again Has happened thrice in past one year on Sahnewal-Kohara overbridge Lovleen Bains Sahnewal, January 2 The expansion joints of the Sahnewal-Kohara railway overbridge (ROB) have suffered a breakage again. In the past one year, the joints were damaged thrice. The repair work was initiated only three months ago. The gap between slabs on the flyover has increased to a disastrous extent and pose a major threat to commuters. “The breaking of the expansion joints time and again is a mockery of the system. The irony is that we are forced to survive in such a situation where nobody is The broken expansion joints of the ROB. TRIBUNE PHOTO answerable to the public in such issues. If chosen representatives cannot provide safety to us, what is the use of such a government and such representatives? It is really Kin, residents remember cadet Chattar Singh Dhadhli shameful,” rued Manjinder Singh Bhola, councillor, Ward No. 2 of Sahnewal. “Such a serious issue is being neglected by the authorities since the flyover was made operational in 2015. If it is not repaired in a proper way, it can result in any major tragedy,” said Navdeep Kaur, a daily commuter. “While on the one hand, express highways are being planned and constructed, on the other, such major technical faults are being committed in the name of development. There is no use of such flyovers if the safety of the public is under threat,” said Gurcharan Singh, who resides near the flyover. Superintending Engineer of Northern Railway Ferozepur Anurag Kumar said: “Construction joints are damaged due to plying of heavy vehicles. Since no barrier or checkpoint has been set up, the entry of heavy vehicles is affecting the expansion joints. As we observed the weakening of the expansion joint at another point, we took precautions in advance. Now, the vehicular traffic is closed on the ROB and it will be restored in three days. Barricades have been installed on the spot. The repair work is on.” Chill at top Ask government to develop Bhai Chattar Singh park as Model Park and display information about his life Harshraj Singh TRAGIC END OF VALIANT CADET Tribune News Service Ludhiana, January 2 Remembering his sacrifice for his devotion towards the country, kin and local residents paid tributes to city hero late Cadet Chattar Singh Dhadhli on his death anniversary today. They gathered at Bhai Chattar Singh Park, one of the prominent and oldest parks that was named in memory of the late cadet. In the morning, the kin washed the statue of Bhai Chattar Singh Dhadhli and then garlanded it in the afternoon. Dhadhli was a student of Arya College Ludhiana and a cadet of the 3rd Punjab Battalion of the NCC. Bhai Chattar Singh had sacrificed his life on January 2, 1954, when he was helping his fellow cadets dig a pit when the earth caved in due to vibrations caused by a train. He had got buried under the soil. Bhai Chattar Singh Dhadhli was a student of Arya College Ludhiana and a cadet of the 3rd Punjab Battalion of the NCC. He sacrificed his life on January 2, 1954, when he was helping his fellow cadets dig a pit when the earth caved in due to vibrations caused by a train. He got buried under the soil there. Kin and residents pay tributes to cadet Bhai Chattar Singh in Ludhiana on Saturday. INDERJEET VERMA On the occasion of his death anniversary, Bhai Chattar Singh’s brothers Bhawanjit Singh, Avtar Singh, Satpal Singh and residents of his native village Mal Majra near Samrala were present. They appealed to the government to develop the park as a model park and display information about the life of Bhai Chattar Singh there. They also requested the government not to setup any garbage dump inside and outside the park. Notably, the park was in a shambles for a long time. At present, a big garbage dump is located just near the boundary wall of the park. The MC had made an attempt to shift that garbage dump on the park land a few years ago but residents had strongly criticised the MC’s “senseless” idea of shifting garbage dump to this prominent park. c m y b Bhawanjit Singh, brother of Bhai Chattar Singh said, “We and villagers visit park every year to pay tributes to our brother who had sacrificed his life while helping the fellow cadets in 1954. We appeal to the government to make it a model park and display information about the life of Bhai Chattar Singh so that people can get inspiration from his life. Our brother’s statue should also be set up in the centre of the park.” A social activist, Gurpal Singh Grewal, who was present on the occasion today, said, “We had opposed the MC’s plan to set up garbage dump on the park land. However, the civic body has not removed the dump structures from the park land till date. These structures should be removed at the earliest and saplings should be planted there. A playground should also be developed inside the park so that children can play there.” An advocate, Gurinderpreet Singh, had earlier moved the National Green Tribunal against the MC’s plan of setting up of garbage dump inside the park and near the park. “No garbage dump should be set up inside or near the park,” he said. The MC had started renovation work at this park a year ago, but the work is going on at a slow pace. Residents brave cold and drizzle in Ludhiana on Saturday morning. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN
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