26032021-LT-01.qxd 3/25/2021 11:59 PM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE DETECTING HEAVY METALS IN FOOD, WATER BECOMES EASY PAGE 2 SHIVANGI JOSHI SET TO DEBUT IN PUNJABI MUSIC INDUSTRY A quality control lab has been set up at Punjab Horticultural Postharvest Technology Centre (PHPTC) at PAU. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF 3 SNATCHERS ARRESTED Ludhiana: A team of the Police Division 6 arrested three notorious snatchers today. The police also recovered Rs 5,000 and an auto-rickshaw, which was used in the crime. The accused have been identified as Ranjit Singh Bunty, native of Amritsar and a resident of Shimlapuri, Honey of Basant Nagar, Shimlapuri, and Rajindra, alias Rahul, of Uttar Pardesh. Station House Officer Inspector Amandeep Singh Brar said the accused had snatched a wallet containing Rs 39,870 from Vipan Kumar on March 13. The SHO said the police remand of the accused would be sought from court so that more members of the gang were arrested and recoveries made. Two of the nabbed accused have a notorious past. Ranjit has been facing five cases of loot registered against him since 2016, while Honey is facing one case registered this year. TNS Two Gujarat traders booked for fraud Ludhiana, March 25 The Focal Point police registered cases of cheating, forgery and criminal conspiracy against two Gujarat-based businessmen for committing a fraud of ~1 crore with a citybased bizman. The accused have been identified as Rajinder Kumar Agrawal and Sanjay Kejriwal, both residents of Surat, Gujarat. The complainant, Rahul Gupta, of MK Agrawal Hosiery Focal Point, said the accused informed him about their polyester yarn manufacturing mills in Surat. They asked him to book order for the yarn and assured to supply the item. The complainant said there were quality-related differences in the yarn sample and the actual commodity supplied. “When we told the accused about the poor quality yarn they initially didn’t agree but later they promised that they will take back the entire stock and will also bear expenses borne by us for making knitted fabric,” Gupta said. The complainant said now the accused refused to take back the stock of poor quality. Despite sending repeated reminders they didn’t come to the terms. Investigating Officer ASI Dharam Pal said after registering a case further probe has been started in the case. The accused are also yet to be arrested in the case. — TNS BUNTY AUR BABLI 2 RELEASE PUSHED DUE TO COVID 2ND WAVE The song, Kismat Teri, depicts a girl, played by Joshi, who longs for attention from a guy, played by Inder Chahal. MAX 32°C | MIN 15°C | YESTERDAY MAX 29°C | MIN 14°C SUNSET FRIDAY 6:42 PM The film, slated to be released on April 23, has been postponed. The new release date will be announced later. SUNRISE SATURDAY 6:22 AM 7 dead, 340 test positive PAGE 4 FRIDAY | 26 MARCH 2021 | LUDHIANA Sharp rise in fatalities; 7 students, 4 teachers among infected Trade unions hold rally to seek support for ‘Bharat bandh’ Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 25 Today 340 persons tested positive for Covid while seven deaths due to the virus were reported in the district today. Those tested positive today include seven students and four teachers. The total number of positive cases has now reached 32,081 while 1,098 have lost their lives so far. Students who tested positive today are six from JNV Campus, Dhanasu, and one from Bal Bharti School, Dugri. One staff member from JNV Campus, Dhanasu, has also tested positive. Teachers who tested positive today are one from Government Girls School, Gill village, one from GNC, Doraha, and two from BCM School, Shastri Nagar. Four men and three women lost their lives today. They were from Sewak Nagar, Model Town, Khanna, Raikot, Amar Nagar, Gujarwal village and Samrala. Till date, a total of 7,66,008 samples have been taken, out of which reports of 7,65,656 samples have been received. As many as 7,28,485 samples were found negative, while reports of 352 samples are pending. Till now 64,037 persons WORLD WAR-II VETERAN RECEIVES VACCINE Healthcare workers administer Covid vaccine to Kartar Singh Sidhu, a World War-II veteran, in Ludhiana. INDERJEET VERMA COVID-19 CONTROL ROOM ■ For Home Isolation: 78147-64759 ■ For Ambulance Problem: 78143-63850 ■ For Hospital Problem: COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 7,66,008 32,081 2,452 178 1,098 62849-12553 ■ For General Problem: 62845-31852 have been kept under home quarantine in the district and at present the number of such persons is 4,392. Today 575 persons were sent for home quarantine. Deputy Commissioner Weblink where residents can check real time status of vacant and filled beds in all hospitals: https://ludhiana.nic.in/notice/covid-19bed-status-in-ludhiana-district Varinder Kumar Sharma has again exhorted the citizens of the district to take the Covid vaccine as it is very much safe and effective. He said the vaccine reduces the severity of the infectious disease so the 222 health & wellness centres, two police stations inaugurated Centres will strengthen Covid vaccination drive, says DC Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 25 To augment the primary healthcare services and infrastructure amid the resurgence of Covid second wave, newly-upgraded 222 health and wellness centres and new buildings of two police stations at Sidhwan Bet and Malaudh in the district were inaugurated on Thursday. Participating in the statelevel virtual inauguration ceremony of health and wellness centres and other development projects by the CM Capt Amarinder Singh, Deputy Commissioner (DC) Varinder Kumar Sharma and Ludhiana Central MLA Surinder Dawar said Ludhiana has 222 subhealth centres and all have been upgraded to health and wellness centres. As many as 14 such centres were under construction and would be opened shortly. These centres would also DC Varinder Kumar Sharma and MLA Surinder Dawar attend the inauguration ceremony on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO offer vaccination to all eligible persons which will further ramp up the immunisation and maximise the coverage ensuring shield against the virus. The DC said these centres were being operated by the Community Health Officers and were offering treatment for various non-communicable diseases, including can- cer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and others. He said to run these centres, the nursing officers (staff nurses) have been trained by the Health Department under a speciallydesigned bridge programme, adding they have undergone six-month training of Community Health Officers from continued on page 2 MC yet to display info on ad devices online Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 25 Even three years after the government issued a notification for the Punjab Municipal Outdoor Advertisement Policy 2018, the MC is yet to ensure implementation of the policy in a right manner. The civic body has not displayed information about all advertisement devices (unipoles, bus queue shelters, gantries, LED, Mupi and others) permitted, their types and location in the city on its web portal and notice board. After raising objections over the low-income recov- PAGE 3 An advertisement unipole near Fountain Chowk in Ludhiana. ered from advertisement agency and reduction of advertisement budget from ~23 crore to ~15 crore for com- ing financial year, some councillors and leaders have also sought from the MC to bring transparency in the installa- tion of advertisement devices and vacated advertisement sites in the city. According to the advertisement policy, the MC is supposed to display information regarding advertisement devices with type, size and location on its web portal and on the public notice board. To bring transparency, the information regarding name & contact number of the nodal officer with area under his/her jurisdiction, the total number of different type of advertisement devices permitted their type, size, name and their location, contact continued on page 2 c m y b City resident Kartar Singh Sidhu, who is a World War-II veteran, on Thursday got his Covid vaccine administered. “We do not know his exact age but he is above 100 years. I and my wife both are senior citizens and had already got the vaccination done. We were little apprehensive due to the old age of my farther but putting aside all doubts today we got his vaccination done,” said Harjit Singh Sidhu, Kartar Singh Sidhu’s son. He said his father was well after receiving the jab. people must accept it wholeheartedly to win the war against the invisible enemy. Mass media teams of the Health Department are running their awareness drive in full force. Today, the teams went to various sewa kendras of Ludhiana to make people aware of Covid-19. There is always a huge rush of people at these kendras where people come to avail themselves of various government services. It was seen that people were not following covid guidelines. Jagjeevan Sharma, Block Extension Educator, said people were guided to make proper queue and stand at a distance of 6 feet from each other. continued on page 2 Neighbours clash, man opens fire Ludhiana, March 25 The joint action committee (JAC) of trade unions INTUC, AITUC and CITU on Thursday held a rally soliciting support of the locals for making the ‘Bharat bandh’ successful in Ludhiana on Friday. The Samyukta Kisan Morcha, a coalition of farmers’ unions, supported by 10 Central trade unions, has given a call for a nationwide strike on March 26. Holding a rally at the Bharat Nagar chowk here, trade union leaders Swaran Singh, Ramesh Rattan, JP Singh, Sarabjit Singh, Vijay Kumar, Ram Lal, MS Bhatia, Gurjeet Singh, Baldev Moudgil, SK Tiwari, Vinod Kumar, Manpreet Singh, Arjun Prasad, Prakash Singh, Feroz, Mahipal, Giassudin Sama, Kamaljit Singh, Soni Devi, and Ajay appealed to the people to make ‘Bharat bandh’ a success. The bandh will be observed for the entire day tomorrow, from 6 am till 6 pm. Addressing the rally, the trade union leaders said a large number of protesting farmers from Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and other parts of the country have been staging a dharna at Delhi borders at Singhu, Members of different trade unions hold placards to solicit support for ‘Bharat bandh’ in Ludhiana. PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Road, rail traffic likely to be hitfrom 6 am to 6 pm Tikri and Ghazipur, demanding repeal of the farm laws and a legal guarantee that the minimum support price (MSP) will continue for the past four months but the Centre is still unmoved. Appealing to the residents to make tomorrow’s strike call a success, the leaders said the bandh was observed to coincide with a day when the farmers’ protest would reach the fourth month. They made it clear that the bandh would remain peace- ful and effective from morning till evening. The trade unions, in association with the farmers’ unions, have assigned their office-bearers and cadres present here to coordinate and ensure that the bandh remains successful. Commuters to suffer The union leaders said all commercial establishments would remain closed and no road and rail traffic would be allowed to ply during the strike being observed from 6 am to 6 pm. On March 28, during ‘Holika Dahan’, the unions have given a call to burn the copies of the contentious farm laws. Not giving two hoots about safety Our Correspondent Doraha, March 25 A resident of Rupalon village, on the Doraha-Jaipura road, allegedly opened fire with his revolver after a minor scuffle with his neighbour this evening. No casualty has, however, been reported. Investigating officer ASI Satpal said Amritpal Singh and Bhalinder Singh, who were neighbours, residing on the Doraha-Jaipura road, had a scuffle on the issue of displaying a board in front of the shop of the former. Complainant Amritpal Singh alleged that Bhalinder Singh took out his revolver and opened fire. None was injured. Despite sharp spike in Covid cases, people can be seen roaming in groups without wearing protective mask in Ludhiana. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Residents upsetafter manholes covered with bitumen; blame contractor, MC Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 25 Raising questions over the road carpeting work done in the area, residents of Urban Vihar near Dugri Phase-II has blamed the contractor and civic body staff for putting bitumen on the sewer manholes. Instead of raising the level of these manholes, the bitumen has been laid on the sewer manholes for levelling the road. Now, a number of manholes are not visible. The residents said it would be difficult for the MC to get the sewer line cleaned as the manholes were no more visible on the stretch. They demanded from the MC to raise the level of manholes. A resident, Sumitra Pathak, said, “We had complained to the MC staff present on the site and told them to correct the level of manholes instead of putting bitumen but to no avail. A Work on road carpeting underway at Urban Vihar in Ludhiana. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA number of manholes have been covered with bitumen layer. How the sewer line will be cleaned if it gets choked?” Another resident said, “It has also been seen in the past that the bitumen is generally laid on the manholes and the level of such manholes is not corrected later in right manner. When any sewerage line gets choked, bitumen layer is removed from manholes, which gives open invitation to mishaps.” An official of the O&M cell said, “Instead of covering the manholes with bitumen, the level of manholes should be raised in the right manner.” The MC’s B&R branch SDO, Balwinder Singh, said, “The bitumen was laid on the manholes on a temporary basis. The level of manholes can’t be raised at the same time when road is carpeted. We will later raise the level of manholes.”
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