29032021-LT-01.qxd 3/28/2021 10:50 PM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE ILLEGAL CONSTRUCTION UNDER HT CABLES GOES UNCHECKED PAGE 2 PSPCL and Municipal Corporation show little or no concern to the huge threat looming large on residents. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY AMAR UPADHYAY AND PRIYAL MAHAJAN TEST POSITIVE MAX 36°C | MIN 18°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C | MIN 23°C SUNSET MONDAY 6:44 PM Children buy colours on the eve of Holi in Ludhiana on Sunday. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN Thieves pose as excise officials, rob truck at Samrala Chowk Ludhiana, March 28 Robbers posing as officials from the Excise and GST Department robbed a truck laden with iron rods at Samrala Chowk early this morning. A Khanna resident, Abrish Kumar, told the police that he had been trading in iron and on Saturday night he loaded iron rods worth ~11 lakh in a truck hired from Pappu Transport in Khanna. The Iron stock was to be delivered to a place at Bahadur Ke road. The truck reached Samrala Actor Rohit Roy says after a family puja and playing with organic colours, he will go to watch Mumbai Saga. SUNRISE TUESDAY 6:18 AM MONDAY | 29 MARCH 2021 | LUDHIANA VEHICLE RECOVERED Sources said the Police Division 3 recovered the truck from the Kapurthala area and efforts were on to nab the robbers. However, the police is mum on the recovery of the truck. Chowk at around 3.30 am where some persons sitting in a Bolero jeep signalled it to stop for checking. They introduced themselves as officials from the Excise and GST Department and asked the truck driver to show all papers. When the truck driver showed them papers, they told him that they were incomplete, revealed Abrish. “They told the driver that he had to go to the ETO office to complete the paper formalities. They made the driver to sit in their Bolero jeep and went to Moga. After two hours they came back to Samrala Chowk, but truck was not there. Before the driver could ask anything about truck, they fled,” alleged Abrish. Sources said the Police Division 3 recovered the truck from the Kapurthala area and efforts were on to nab the robbers. However, the police is mum on the recovery of the truck. Ludhiana, March 28 With 437 fresh cases reported in a day, the district continues to witness a spike in Covid cases. As many as 10 new Covid deaths were reported in the past 24 hours. The number of active cases in the district has gone up to 2,853. According to officials of the Health Department, a total of 486 persons tested positive — 473 from Ludhiana and 49 from other districts/states. Of the 12 deaths reported during the past 24 hours, 10 belonged to Ludhiana district while one each was from Kapurthala 10 lose battle to Covid-19 OF FRESH CASES Among the confirmed cases, 47 were contacts of positive patients, 100 were from OPDs, 190 from the flu corner, 89 were still being traced, one each from the police, antenatal care and healthcare workers, two from the SARI (sever acute respiratory infection) category and five were teachers. and Hoshiarpur. Among the confirmed cases detected today, 47 were contacts of positive patients, 100 were from OPDs, 190 from the flu cor- ner, 89 were still being traced, one each from the police, antenatal care and healthcare workers, two from the SARI (sever acute respiratory infection) category and five teachers. The health officials said till date, a total of 7,80,020 samples had been collected of which reports for 564 persons were awaited. As many as 7,40,770 had tested negative and 29,439 patients had recovered from Covid. Of the active 2,426 cases till yesterday, 2,071 were under home quarantine, 38 were in government healthcare institutions while 317 were admitted to private hospitals, the officials added. COVID-19 CONTROL ROOM ■ For Home Isolation: 78147-64759 ■ For Ambulance Problem: 78143-63850 ■ For Hospital Problem: COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE A senior citizen being inoculated in Ludhiana on Sunday. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA Our Correspondent Sahnewal, March 28 Two burglars broke into the Jugiana branch of UCO Bank in the wee hours today. The thieves broke a window and entered the bank. They even broke an almirah. The incident came to light on Sunday morning when a nearby cycle shop owner informed the bank authorities about the window of the bank being broken. After getting the information about the theft attempt, branch head Ajay Nishad and other bank employees rushed to the spot. The CCTV camera footage revealed that the theft attempt was made around 1am. Two miscreants, with covered faces, broke the window and managed to get inside the bank. Branch head Ajay Nishad ❝I called up Sub- Singh Inspector Balwinder of the Sahnewal police station. He reached the branch immediately and opened the gate. As we entered the bank, an almirah was found open and documents were scattered. No monetary loss has been found. ❞ Ajay Nishad, BRANCH HEAD said, “After reaching the bank, I called up Sub-Inspector Balwinder Singh of the Sahnewal police station. He reached the branch immediately and opened the gate. As we entered the bank, one Godrej almirah was found open and documents were scattered. No monetary loss has been found.” The almirah that was ransacked by miscreants at the UCO Bank branch in Jugiana on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Ludhiana, March 28 Punjab Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu today dedicated the new the Sidhwan Canal bridge connecting BRS Nagar with Sarabha Nagar to people as a Holi gift. The bridge will be thrown open to public tomorrow. Addressing the media, the minister said the construction of the bridge had started in December 2020 and was completed in a time-bound manner. He congratulated the officers of the Irrigation Department and Ludhiana Smart City Ltd for completing the project in a record time elsewhere in the district. He said more and more people were coming forward with requests for vaccination camps in their areas and eight such camps were organised in different parts of the city today. Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma said under the vaccine-atdoorsteps initiative, people would no longer need to go and stand in queues at the vaccination centres as now health teams would visit different areas, industrial units, residential societies/localities, villages as well as private commercial establishments to vaccinate the people against Covid-19. Sharma said people ought to accept their social responsibility towards the nation and get vaccinated at the earliest to save the precious lives from the pandemic. The minister visited the ongoing camps at Gurdwara Shri Guru Singh Sabha, Sarabha Nagar, KDM School on Gaushala Road and Haibowal where he interacted with the residents. — OC Ludhiana, March 28 Punjab Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu today said a special vaccination drive would be started in the district from April 1. He said under the drive, the district administration would organise special camps in different areas of the city for vaccination against Covid-19, while vaccination would continue as before in more than 80 private and 71 government hospitals. He stated this while chairing a meeting attended by Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma, ADC (D) Sandeep Kumar, Civil Surgeon Dr Sukhjeevan Kakkar, District Immunisation Officer Dr Kiran Gill, members of trade and industrial bodies along with representatives of several NGOs. Ashu said the vaccine-atdoorstep drive to inoculate a large population in a short period would help break the transmission chain of virus as special camps would be organised in all areas of the city and DEATHS 7,80,020 33,410 2,853 77 1,118 62849-12553 ■ For General Problem: Thieves break into ‘Sidhwan Canal bridge a Holi gift’ Khanna man commits suicide, eight booked ❝ bank at Jugiana Lovleen Bains PAGE 4 Spike continues with Specialvaccination drive from April 1 437 new cases in dist Our Correspondent Tribune News Service DUE TO COVID, HOLI A LOW-KEY AFFAIR FOR MOST CELEBRITIES Two lead actors of popular TV show Molkki, Amar Upadhyay and Priyal Mahajan, test positive for Covid-19. Prepping for Holi Nikhil Bhardwaj PAGE 3 The bridge was a long pending demand of the area residents as with the increase in the vehicular traffic, city population had been facing problems of traffic congestion on the stretch. The construction of the bridge (near the MC Zone D office) was carried out at ~1.40 crore ❞ Bharat Bhushan Ashu, CABINET MINISTER despite various odds. He said the construction of the bridge (near the MC Zone D office) was carried out for ~1.40 crore. It was funded by the Ludhiana Smart City Ltd and executed by the Punjab Irrigation Department. “This was a long pending demand of the area residents as with the increase in vehicular traffic, city population was facing problems of traffic congestion on this stretch,” he added. The minister said the bridge had been widened from 4 metre to 9 metres and it would benefit the area residents and other commuters to a large extent. “The rail underbridge and rail overbridge projects on Pakhowal Road (from Sidhwan Canal bridge till Hero Bakery Chowk) will also be completed in time,” said Ashu. Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 28 A man has allegedly committed suicide by consuming poison at his residence in Krishna Nagar, Khanna. On the basis of suicide note, a case of abetment to suicide was registered against eight persons. The accused have been identified as Amrik Singh, Dhyan Singh, Surjit Singh, Achhar Singh, Soni, wife of Surjit, Raj Kaur, wife of Achhar, Raj Kumar, Sashi Bala, wife of Raj Kumar. First four accused are brothers. The deceased has been identified as Dhagel Singh. 62845-31852 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 Complainant Gagandeep Singh told the police that on March 26, his father Dhagel Singh after having dinner went to sleep in his house, which is situated near their (Gagandeep) house in the same locality. On March 27 morning, their neighbour Kartar Chand came to their house and informed that his father was lying dead in his house. “I went to check and found my father lying dead. He seemed to have consumed poison. He also left behind a suicide note in which he mentioned that he took the extreme step because of the continued on page 2 6-yr-old in India Book of Records Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 28 Devadyuman Krishan Kapila, a student of Kundan Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, made the city proud by making it to the prestigious India Book of Records at the tender age of 6 years. The kid won the accolade for reciting the capitals of all countries of the world in record time of 2 min and 19 seconds. It includes all 195 countries of the world continued on page 2 Abandoned City Centre project site spells misery for residents the LIT around ❝Corrugated iron sheets put up bybroken down or the project site have either been stolen, Kuldip Bhatia Ludhiana, March 28 Touted to be developed as a world-class business and trade centre and a landmark for the area, now abandoned City Centre site in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar – a colony developed and maintained by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) on the Pakhowal road here — has become highly accident-prone and a permanent source of nuisance for the residents. Several aggrieved residents of the colony, Arvind Sharma, former councillor Pran Nath Bhatia, Amarjit Singh and Balraj Chopra among them, have lodged a complaint (on March 25) with the Secretary, corroded. The deep excavation for two levels of basement at the site has led to several road accidents. ❞ Residents of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar The abandoned site of City Centre at Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar in Ludhiana. TRIBUNE PHOTO c m y b Local Government Department, Punjab, seeking directions to the LIT authorities to provide proper fencing of iron sheets or boundary wall around the site to avoid frequent road accidents at the site and throwing of garbage at the project site which further added to the misery of residents. In their complaint, the residents said, “Corrugated iron sheets put up by the LIT around the project site have either been stolen, broken down or corroded. The deep excavation for two levels of basement at the site has led to several road accidents. At least twice cars and other four vehicles have skidded down into it during rainy season.” Further, most of the streetlights around the site were non-functional and the abandoned project site had been converted into a garbage dump. Not only this, rainwater from sewer pipes and road gullies was getting drained continued on page 2
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