23032021-LT-01.qxd 3/23/2021 12:04 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE TEACHERS EXPRESS CONCERN OVER PUPILS’ ACADEMIC FUTURE PAGE 2 In view of the rising Covid-19 cases, the state govt has announced to close schools & colleges till March 31. FORECAST CLOUDY SKY AJAY SINGH TALKS ABOUT HIS FIRST VISIT TO THE TAJ MAHAL PAGE 3 Ajay Singh says, “This was my first visit to the Taj Mahal and it will be embedded in my memory forever.” MAX 26°C | MIN 17°C | YESTERDAY MAX 27°C | MIN 17°C SUNSET TUESDAY 6:40 PM 5 teachers, 7 other employees, 13 students among infected Tribune News Service Members of taxi unions block the NH-44 near Sherpur Chowk to mark their protest in Ludhiana on Monday. HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Taxi unions block NH-44 for over 2 hrs, commuters suffer Oppose hike in permit charges, proposal of increase in tax on RC Tribune News Service BUS PASSENGERS STRANDED Ludhiana: The police have arrested Joginder Singh, a resident of Chakk Tarewal, Dharamkot in Moga district under Sections 21-A, 61 and 85 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act after recovery of 5 gm of heroin from the suspects. The police said he was coming on foot from the Meena Bazaar side and on seeing police personnel deployed at the Niggar Mandi chowk, he made an attempt to flee the spot. He was intercepted on the basis of suspicion and his search led to the recovery of 5 gm of heroin. OC TUESDAY | 23 MARCH 2021 | LUDHIANA 2 dead, 341 test positive 2 ARRESTED FOR ILLEGAL MINING MAN NABBED WITH HEROIN PAGE 4 As per Karan Johar, Sanjay Kapoor and Maheep’s daughter Shanaya will be launched under Dharma banner. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6:25 AM INBRIEF Ludhiana: The Koom Kalan police have arrested two persons identified as Makhan Singh, a resident of Behloor Khurd, and Satbir Singh of Sahmspur Rahon in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar district when the accused were coming with sand-laden trollies and two tractors from the Neelon side. On checking, district mining officer Vipin Kumar, who was on duty near Katani Kalan, found that the accused were not carrying any permission slip for sand mining. The duo were booked under Sections 379, IPC, and Section 21 of the Mining Act. OC KARAN JOHAR ANNOUNCES SHANAYA KAPOOR’S LAUNCH Ludhiana, March 22 Commuters were a harried lot as members of various taxi unions blocked the National Highway-44 near Sherpur Chowk here for over two hours to mark their protest against the Centre and the state government. Following the call given by the All-India Sangharsh Committee, members of the All Punjab Taxi Trade Union, Azad Taxi Union, Punjab, and others gathered on the highway to stage the protest. They were opposing increase in permit charges by the Central Government and proposal of increase in tax on vehicle registration certificate by the state government. Meanwhile, a massive traffic jam was witnessed on the high- A number of commuters who were forced to suffer today had to cover a long distance. Even some of them had to reach the Delhi airport to take their flights. Many passengers in buses on the Delhi-Amritsar route remained stranded. . way due to the protest. A number of commuters who were forced to suffer today had to cover a long distance. Even some of them had to reach the Delhi airport to take their flights. Many passengers in buses on the Delhi-Amritsar route remained stranded. When the protesters reached the highway, they sat on a protest. The police had reached the site but the matter could not be resolved timely. The protesters had blocked the traffic around 12:45 pm and they ended the protest around 3 pm. Howev- er, traffic jams were witnessed for more time even after they ended the protest. The protesters were demanding from the Central Government to stop the alleged harassment of taxi drivers. They wanted from the government to fix the tax slab to Rs 2,000 per seat. The protesters said: “The permit charges have been increased massively. In the name of national permit, the taxi drivers and owners are being forced to suffer. The highly increased permit charges must be revoked.” They also demanded from the state government to repeal the Punjab Motor Vehicles Taxation Amendment Bill, 2021. Sharanjit Kalsi of the Azad Taxi Union said: “We want from both central and state governments to meet our demands at the earliest. Our issues must be resolved.” They said the traffic police and the RTO should not harass the taxi drivers and owners in the name of challans. They also demanded from the Central Government to form one policy for all taxi drivers and owners in the country. They demanded pension and insurance schemes for the drivers. They have written to the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (GoI), demanding early solution to problems being faced by them. LIQUOR VENDS OPEN DURING CURFEW Ludhiana, March 22 As many as 341 persons tested positive for Covid, while two lost their lives to the virus in the district today. The total number of positive cases from the district has now reached 31,066, while 1,085 have lost their lives to the virus since the first case. Those who tested positive today include two healthcare workers, two international travellers from the UK and Dubai, five teachers, 13 students and seven staff members from educational institutes. Teachers who tested positive today are from GSSS, Jakhar, Sacred Heart School, BRS Nagar, DAV Public School, Pakhowal Road, TCY Institute, BRS Nagar, and GPS, Khudani Kalan. Students who tested positive today are from PCTE College, Baddowal, GSSS, Chak Kalan (2), GMT International School, Inder Nagar, GSS Multipurpose School, GSSS, Rakba (4), GSSS, Gosla (4). Seven staff members of educational institutes also tested positive today — six from Despite night curfew in the district, liquor vends continue to remain open till late hours. The night curfew starts from 9 pm but majority of the liquor vends continue to serve the customers through back door. Liquor vends in BRS Nagar, Civil Lines, South City, Pakhowal Road and Railway Station were seen serving customers through closed doors till late night hours. TESTING IN SCHOOLS Institutes covered Samples taken Positive students Positive staff 167 14,792 344 175 Government College for Girls and one from GSSS, Gosla. Two patients who lost their life today were both males — 55-year-old and 65-year-old, residents of Anand Enclave and Aman Nagar, respectively. There are 2,019 active patients in the district at present. Till date, 7,50,021 samples have been taken, out of which reports of 7,49,656 samples have been received, of which 7,13,642 samples COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 7,50,021 31,066 2,019 73 1,085 were found negative, while report of 365 samples is pending. The total number of patients belonging to Ludhiana is 27,962, while 4,948 patients are from other districts/states. Till date, 62,612 persons have been kept under home quarantine in the district and at present the number of such persons is 3,775. Today, 180 persons were home quarantined. MC to present ~1,064-cr Budget today present an estimated Budget of around Rs 1,064 crore during the meeting. According to information, the MC has planned to spend around 55 per cent Budget amount on development works during 2021-22 financial year. Ludhiana, March 22 The Municipal Corporation (MC) will present its annual Budget for 2021-22 during the General House meeting to be held at Nehru Rose Garden here on Tuesday. It is learnt that the MC can On Monday, BJP councillors conducted a meeting to discuss the Budget. They announced that they would raise questions over various issues, including advertisement tax and solid waste management, during the meeting. — TNS 4,938 bottles of illicit liquor Scrap old layer before recarpeting roads: Residents Complaints sent to Chief Minister, Secretary of Union Ministry of Road Transport & Highways seized, four arrested Harshraj Singh Our Correspondent Ludhiana, March 22 The Dehlon police seized a consignment of 400 cases of liquor (4,800 bottles) from in a truck. The police said a patrol party, headed by ASI Bhisham Dev, received a tip-off that two notorious liquor smugglers were transporting a big consignment of liquor in a truck, which was going towards Khanpur village along the canal. The truck (PB-13S-6371) was intercepted at a naka and driver Jatinder Singh, resident of Purana Bazar, Sahanewal, was arrested, while his accomplice Inderdeep Singh gave the police a slip. Search of the truck led to recovery of 50 cases of country liquor (Saunfi) and 350 cases of First Choice whisky. The police have registered a case under Sections 61/78(2)/1/14 of the Excise Act against the duo. Meanwhile, a team of the anti-smuggling cell of the police, led by Sub-Inspector Yash Pal Sharma, on a tip-off conducted a raid on Abdullapur Basti and nabbed Gurpreet Singh, alias Nannu, resident of the same colony, and his accomplice Jaspreet Singh, alias Sahil, resident of Dashmesh Nagar, Gill Road, with 10 cases (120 bottles) of 999 Power Star Fine whisky. Both have been booked under Sections 61/1/14 of the Excise Act. In another raid, the police apprehended Joginder Singh, resident of Preet Nagar, who was selling smuggled liquor at his egg cart near the Sanjay Gandhi Park cut on Tajpur Road here. The search of the cart led to seizure of 18 bottles of country liquor (Rasbhari) and Joginder has been booked under Sections 61/1/14 of the Excise Act. Ludhiana, March 22 With the laying of new bituminous concrete layers repeatedly in past decades, the road level has risen above the plinth level of surrounding buildings in a number of areas of the city. Thus, major problems such as waterlogging during rain in such houses is common in the city. Raising questions over the working of the MC and other departments concerned, some activists demanded from the Centre and the state government to order the authorities concerned to recarpet the roads after removing the old layer. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN Tribune News Service A number of residents have also been forced to get their houses repaired by spending money from their own pockets due to the risen road level after repeated recarpeting without removing the old layer. However, the voice of residents is being ignored. Now, a member of the Ludhiana West Grievances Redressal Committee, Satish Thaman, has sent a complaint to the Chief Minister and Local Bodies Minister, Punjab, in this regard. Meanwhile, the Council of Engineers has sent a complaint to Work begins on 24x7 canal water supply project for city Chunks of land identified, World Bank to contribute ~820 cr in ~1,170-crore scheme Nitin Jain Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 22 Finally, the work has begun on the 24x7 canal-based water supply project for the Maximum City of Punjab. While the district administration has identified the chunks of land, the World Bank has agreed to contribute Rs 820-crore in the total scheme outlay of Rs 1,170-crore to quench the thirst of the state’s industrial hub. Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan reviewed the progress of the scheme at a special meeting through videoconference with the district officials here CHIEF SECY REVIEWS PROGRESS OF SCHEME ■ Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan reviewed the progress of the scheme at a special meeting through videoconference with the district officials here recently, Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma, who was monitoring the project, said. ■ The Chief Secretary has directed the district administration to execute the work on the scheme on a priority basis so that the residents can start getting the adequate supply of potable water on a 24x7 basis at the earliest. recently, Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma, who was monitoring the project, told The Tribune here on Monday. The Chief Secretary has directed the district administration to execute the work on the scheme on a priority basis so that the residents can start getting the adequate supply of potable water on a 24x7 basis at the earliest. The ADC (Projects), Dr Neeru Katyal Gupta, who was heading the supervisory team of the project, disclosed that July 31, 2024, was fixed as the target date for completion of the scheme. “The report on the chunks of land shortlisted for the project by the site selection committee has been sent to the Local Government Department for finalisation,” she said. Sharing details, Dr Gupta said while the World Bank would contribute Rs 820.4 crore, which accounted for over 70 per cent of the total project cost, the state government would bear the remaining almost 30 per cent expenditure of Rs 349.6 crore. Ludhiana was among four major cities in the state which had got the 24x7 pan city canal-based surface water supply schemes in the c m y b state Budget for the next fiscal 2021-22. Amritsar, with an outlay of Rs 686-crore, Jalandhar Rs 485-crore, and Patiala with Rs 308-crore were among other municipal towns that had been benefitted with a similar project. Project report According to the project report, the much-needed canal-based water supply scheme cost will exclude operation and maintenance for 10 years and will be undertaken by the state government with the help of the World Bank. Under this ambitious project, surface-based potable water will be made available to the residents of Ludhiana, which is currently facing the problem of rapidly depleting groundwater level. “The negotiation of the project with the World Bank has been completed and the project is proposed for approval in the ensuing Executive Committee meeting of the World Bank scheduled for March 31,” Finance Minister, Manpreet Singh Badal had disclosed while presenting the Budget proposals to the Punjab Vidhan Sabha in Chandigarh on March 8. He had added that the construction of the project would start in 2021-22. the Secretary, Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, against recarpeting of roads without scrapping the old layer. Kapil Arora of the Council of Engineers said: “The MC has again started the laying of virgin bituminous concrete without scrapping the old layer which is required to be removed and reused up to 50-mm depth. By this, they are not only wasting the public money but also overexploiting natural resources.” Arora said: “The MC and other departments must follow the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. As per the guidelines, the MC should ensure implementation of hot in place recycling technology for periodic renewal (PR) i.e. using recycling technology over the conventional surface renewal (laying new bituminous concrete). The Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, should save natural resources as well as public money by following the guidelines.” Satish Thaman said: “I have sent the complaint to the Chief Minister and the Local Bodies Minister and demanded that all roads should be recarpeted only after removing the old layer of road. The entrance to a number of old houses has Continued on page 2 BJP leader’s guard dies in accidental firing Our Correspondent Ludhiana, March 22 Joginder Singh (47), a senior constable of the India Reserve Battalion deployed as a security guard of BJP leader Anil Sareen, died at the residence of the BJP leader in Tagore Nagar after his service rifle went off accidentally during cleaning of the weapon. Senior police officials, who rushed to the spot on getting the information, made a detailed inquiry from members of the family and others present at the house before saying that ‘JOGINDER HAD ALMOST BECOME A FAMILY MEMBER’ BJP leader Anil Sareen said Joginder had been serving as his security guard for the last few months and he had almost become a member of the family. the loaded rifle had gone off while the deceased constable was cleaning it early in the morning. The bullet hit Joginder Singh under the chin and he died before medical assistance could be called in. The police said a case under Section 174 of the CrPC was registered.
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