04012021-LT-01.qxd 1/4/2021 12:32 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE ALL 438 PMCS TO GET PENDING DUES IN WEEK, SAYS MINISTER Cabinet Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu presided over a townhouse meeting with all PMCs at Guru Nanak Bhawan. FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF TWO INJURED AS MAN OPENS FIRE Ludhiana: A man fired at two persons over some old enmity at Jainpur village here. The injured were rushed to the DMCH. The suspect is identified as Gurjant Singh, a resident of the village. Complainant Paramjit Singh, alias Kala, told the police that he, along with his brother Sikandar Singh, was into farming. On December 31, his friend Balkaran Singh came to their house in connection with some property deal. “After my friend parked his car in front of our gate, Gurjant started an argument and told my mother not to park the vehicle there. When me, my brother and the friend came out, the suspect started arguing with us. Afterwards, he fired bullets from his weapon. One of the bullets hit my shoulder and another my brother’s thigh,” he said. The complainant alleged that Gurjant had some old grudge with Balkaran as the latter had defeated him in the sarpanch poll. Investigating officer SI Manjinder Kaur said a case of attempt to murder was registered and raids were on to nab the accused. TNS MAN ENDS HIS LIFE, KIN BOOKED Ludhiana: A married man committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling fan at his residence in Mandiani village, Dakha, due to the alleged harassment by his parents and other relatives. The deceased has been identified as Baljinder Singh. Deceased’s father Mahinder Singh, his wife Pyaro, relatives Harinder Kaur, Karamjit Kaur, and Baljit Kaur were booked in the case. Complainant Jasvir Kaur said she got married to Baljinder about eight years ago and she had been staying at Mandiani village. The woman alleged that her husband had a dispute with his family over some property. Her husband also had a plot which was forcibly took over by his parents. She said even the house where they were at present staying was also taken over by her in-laws and they were threatening her husband to vacate the house. Her husband went into depression due to the alleged harassment and on Saturday evening, he committed suicide. SI Jarnail Singh said raids were on to nab the suspects in the abetment-to-suicide case. TNS PAGE 2 ACTRESS SUNNY LEONE MEETS BIGG BOSS CONTESTANTS PAGE 3 Reality show Bigg Boss has always introduced fun guests in the house to keep things exciting. MAX 15°C | MIN 12°C | YESTERDAY MAX 15°C | MIN 11°C SUNSET MONDAY 5:38 PM KANGANA RANAUT ATTACKS URMILA FOR BUYING OFFICE PAGE 4 Urmila said she has bought a new office with her “hard-earned money” after Kangana took a dig at purchase. SUNRISE TUESDAY 7:25 AM MONDAY | 4 JANUARY 2021 | LUDHIANA City not on smart course! 26 +ve; no death in dist Water, sewer pipes leaking for over a month in Gole Market Kuldip Bhatia Ludhiana, January 3 Leaking water supply and sewer pipes in Gole Market here, the main commercial hub in the posh Model Town locality, for over a month are mocking the tall claims of smart city and smart roads that are being talked about day in and day out by political leaders and bureaucrats. The water accumulation at several places in the market has not only turned this stretch into an accidentprone area but leakage from water supply and sewerage pipes might as well lead to the mixing and contamination of drinking water, thereby resulting in a huge health hazard. Residents and shopkeepers of the affected area say that repeated complaints made to senior officials of the operations and maintenance (O & M) wing of the Municipal Corporation have either remained unheeded or resulted in only temporary stop-gap arrangements. On behalf of the aggrieved residents/shopkeepers, the Council of RTI Activists sec- Gole Market in Model Town is in a pitiable state due to persistent leakage from water supply pipes in Ludhiana. TRIBUNE PHOTO retary Arvind Sharma has lodged a complaint with the Punjab Human Rights Commission (PHRC), seeking its immediate intervention in the matter to save people from the threats of road accidents or outbreak of waterborne diseases due to the accumulated water all along the road and big potholes that had been made due to the persistent leakage of water from the newly laid pipes. In his complaint, Sharma said the leakage from water supply/sewer lines was the result of poor workmanship on part of the contractor who had executed the work of laying pipes and thereafter some shopkeepers/residents taking illegal water connections without proper repair of the joints. “At some places, rubber pipes have been used to reconnect the water supply lines,” said the complainant. He added that the matter had been reported in writing to the O &M officials of the D zone right from the junior engineer up to the Superintending Engineer but no permanent solution to the problem had been found yet. The PHRC has been urged to intervene in the matter, issue directions to the officials concerned for resolving the issue and recommend suitable disciplinary action against the MC officials for negligence and dereliction of duty. Tribune News Service Ludhiana, January 3 Twentysix persons tested positive, while no death was reported for Covid in the district today. Those who tested positive today also included a healthcare worker. The positive cases in the district today reached 24,870. Two patients were on ventilator support. One of them belonged to Ludhiana district, while the other was from another district. The active patients in the district are 315, while 59 persons were home quarantined today. The reports of 1,624 were awaited. Meanwhile, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University has made a significant contribution against the disease by testing more than 1 lakh samples at the Covid testing laboratory. Dr Jatinder Pal Singh Gill, director, research and nodal officer of the Covid laboratory, said the corona warriors of the university were working hard in three shifts. In this hour of crisis, more than 1,500 samples had also been tested in a day. Praising the testing of more than one lakh samples, Dr Health workers at the GADVASU covid testing lab. TRIBUNE PHOTO COVID-19 CONTROL ROOM ■ For Home Isolation: 78147-64759 COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 5,43,482 24,870 315 968 ■ 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 Inderjeet Singh, Vice Chancellor, commended the entire laboratory team and said that their contribution would always be remembered. GADVASU’s 10 scientists and 20 assistants are working from early morning till late evening in this regard, he added. Cops likely to get multi-purpose body cameras Covid fallout can lead to serious Tribune News Service Ludhiana, January 3 The Ludhiana police have brought in multi-purpose body cameras for cops to be used for naka duties, patrolling and for other purposes. The police have bought two cameras as part of a pilot project and once the trial is found useful, the entire police force is likely to be given such cameras, said Additional DCP-1 Deepak Pareek. “These are multi-purpose cameras and can be used for law and order duties, patrolling, raiding purpose, to visit crime spots, police checking or traffic duties. These can be installed on body, car’s dashboard, police helmet, on the roof of a The police have bought two cameras as part of a pilot project. police vehicle and patrolling motorcycle etc,” Pareek said. The cameras were tested on the New Year’s Eve and at a recent BJP protest. These record videos in high resolution. The cameras can serve as a deterrent to public which sometimes levels allegations against cops on duty. These will also come to the aid of the cops who discharge their duty honestly and with dedication, as the daily recorded footage of the cameras can be checked by senior officials. Criminals may think twice before com- mitting a crime as there are real chances of their getting identified now, said Pareek. These cameras can have storage up to 128 GB, with a battery backup of two hours. The cameras also have the loop recording option as the data will be automatically deleted on reaching the storage capacity. Police Commissioner Rakesh Agrawal appreciated the pilot project and if the trial run turns successful, such cameras will be given to the police stations for better policing. The ADCP said the camera costs ~5,000 and mounted strap ~400, hence it involves less cost with more value for policing. Other accessories of these cameras are also available. mental health issues, says expert Manav Mander Tribune News Service Ludhiana, January 3 The Covid-19 outbreak has affected the mental health of people badly as many residents have been going through stress, isolation, job loss, loss of income and departure of their loved ones and apprehension of contracting illnesses.Many people are also having issues such as depression and anxiety and increased use of drugs. Dr Damanjit Kaur, senior psychiatrist at a private hospital, said Covid-19 could lead to neurological and mental complications. People with pre-existing mental illness or substance use disorder were particularly vulnerable in such a situation. People already on medication for disorders such as depression, bipolar illness or schizophrenia should continue TIPS TO TAKE CARE OF MENTAL HEALTH ■ Eat healthy & exercise regularly ■ Get enough sleep ■ Avoid alcohol ■ Talk to your friends/counsellor ■ Do what you enjoy ■ Practise meditation ■ Use social media carefully ■ Nourish your creativity their treatment and their attendants should be aware of new or worsening of symptoms. As per data, women are about twice as likely as men to develop major depression. The prevalence of unipolar depressive episode is 1.9 per cent and 3.2 per cent for women and one year prevalence is 5.8 per cent for men and 9.5 per cent for women. Another city-based psychiatrist Dr Santosh Kumar said children were also going through a tough time due to online schooling. Students were not having any physical interaction with people, especially their peers. Children are also falling prey to cyber bullying and cyber crimes due to Internet exposure. The screen time had also increased which has been affecting their health According to WHO, the mental health workforce in India is not up to the mark and there is a huge shortage of psychiatrists and psychologists in the country. It states that in India, per 1,00,000 population, there are (0.3) psychiatrists (0.07) psychologists and while the desirable number is above 3 per cent for psychiatrists and psychologists. Domestic helps decamp with Shubham Jain scores 99.82 percentile in CAT cash, gold worth over ~50 lakh Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Ludhiana, January 3 A major theft was reported in a house in the posh locality of BRS Nagar here. A servant, who was employed a few days ago, along with another servant and an accomplice, decamped with gold jewellery and cash worth over Rs 50 lakh. Suresh Raina, owner of the house and a hosiery businessman, said since he required a servant at home, he asked his gardener Lalita Parshad for the same after which, a youth was sent to him by Lalita. However, the domestic help was not performing his duty properly. Later, the servant brought another person for domestic work, who, as per him, was his elder brother. Raina said on January 1, all A woman of the house shows a ransacked cupboard. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN family members were away for work and when they returned home in the evening, they found that the main gate was closed. Despite repeated knocks, nobody opened the gate. The owner said later, he scaled the wall and entered the house and found the entire house ransacked. As per the police, the accused servant, along with his brother and another accomplice, had committed the theft. They failed to open the safe in which cash and gold was kept. Hence, they took away the safe along with them. The police have recovered a CCTV camera footage through which the three persons were identified. The Sarabha Nagar police have registered a case against the accused youth, Rahul, a resident of Badewal road, and his two accomplices. An alert has also been sounded in the area to arrest the suspects. Some of the relatives of the domestic helps have also been rounded up for interrogation. Ludhiana, January 3 The result of the Common Admission Test (CAT) was declared today and many city students came out with flying colours in the examination. Shubham Jain, a BCom student from SCD Government College, claimed to have secured 99.82 percentile in his first attempt. “It is my dream to get admission in IIM, Ahmedabad, but let’s see from which institute I get a call. After completing my MBA, I want to be in the corporate world for a few years and after gaining experience, I will ultimately join my family business,” he said. Shubham’s father is a businessman, while his mother is a homemaker. A few weeks before the exam, he used to study for 1012 hours, while on normal days, his study hours ranged between six and seven hours. “Mock tests helped me a lot c m y b OTHERS WHO CAME OUT WITH FLYING COLOURS Ritvik Dhawan Hemant Singh Yugant Dandona Shivam Doda Pavneet Kaur Shweta Aggarwal 99.12% ile 99.07% 97.81% 97.73% 97.42% 97.36% << Students in a jubilant mood after the declaration of the CAT results. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN and I took as many tests I could. Group discussions also helped not only in clearing my doubts, but also learning new things,” he said. Six months before the exam, Shubham went off the social media and only a few mediums where he used to exchange notes etc were kept by him. “I deleted the unnecessary apps from my phone, six months before the exam,” he said. Subham owed his success to his parents who always stood by him and helped him sail through. Another student, Sidham Jain, claimed to have got 99.67 percentile. It was his second attempt. Earlier, he had tried for the undergraduate programme after Class XII. His made his first attempt after plus two and failed to get admission in IIM, Indore, by one mark. “In my last attempt, I failed to get admission by one mark and this time, I worked hard. I am keeping my fingers crossed and looking forward for admission in a good col- lege. I want to pursue MBA in finance,” he said. Sidham is based in the city, but pursuing BCom from Delhi. Due to the lockdown, he was in the city and took coaching from a city-based coaching centre. Peshal Goel, who has done BSc from Punjab Agricultural University, claimed to have scored 99.58 percentile. He belongs to Bathinda and it was through the online medium that he took coaching classes from a city-based institute. “Since I have expertise in agriculture, I want to make use of this knowledge and pursue business in the same field. I am waiting for calls from various colleges,” he said. It was six-seven hours that Peshal used to devote everyday for his study. “I was consistent with my studies and did not feel the need of deleting my social media accounts. Studying, revising and taking mock tests was my mantra of success,” he said.
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