02042021-LT-01.qxd 4/1/2021 11:50 PM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE PAGE 2 FREE BUS TRAVEL SERVICE LAUNCHED FOR WOMEN MLA Surinder Dawar and Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma launch free bus travel facility for women. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY EVERGREEN DIVA REKHA GIFTS A SAREE TO NEHA KAKKAR PAGE 3 RAJINIKANTH TO BE CONFERRED DADASAHEB PHALKE AWARD Bollywood’s diva Rekha gifted a beautiful Kanjivaram saree to Neha Kakkar on the stage of Indian Idol 12. MAX 31°C | MIN 14°C | YESTERDAY MAX 32°C | MIN 19°C SUNSET FRIDAY 6:46 PM PAGE 4 Truly, Thalaiva: Boss of Tamil movie industry Rajinikanth will be feted with the 51st Dadasaheb Phalke Award. SUNRISE SATURDAY 6:13 AM FRIDAY | 2 APRIL 2021 | LUDHIANA truck thieves $105 million 8 dead, 376 test +ve Gang oftwo arrested WB approves supply project busted, for canal water Cop, 2 health workers, teacher among infected Our Correspondent Strengthening urban services in Ludhiana, Amritsar Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 1 As many as 376 persons tested positive for Covid, while eight persons lost their lives to the virus today. The total number of positive cases in the district has now reached 34,786 and there are 2,937 active cases at present. The death count of Ludhiana district has reached 1,152 since March last year. Those who tested positive today include a policeman, two healthcare workers, a pre-operative case and a teacher from Government School, Cemetery Road. Those who lost their lives today were six men and two women in the age group of 60-80 years. The deceased belong to Ekolaha village, Pakhowal Road, Khanna, Moti Nagar, Dhamot village, Tarkhana, Bhattian Kalan and Rajguru Nagar. At present there are 19 patients on the ventilator support, out of which 10 belong to Ludhiana district and nine to other districts. Today 5,049 samples were collected and result of 295 is awaited. As per the guidelines from the state government, Covid-19 vaccine is now A woman gets Covid jab in Ludhiana on Thursday. 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 7,96,332 34,786 2,937 00 1,152 62849-12553 ■ For General Problem: available for all people who are above the age of 45 years. Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, Dr Sukhjeevan Kakkar said, “Anyone above the age of 45 years can now take vaccine. Various camps are also being organised by the government at PHCs, Sub-centres 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 and health wellness centres. The number of vaccination sites has been increased by the government.” Today, Surinder Kumar Dabar, MLA, got himself vaccinated in the Civil Surgeon office, Ludhiana. continued on page 2 Ludhiana, April 1 The city police claimed to have busted a gang of truck thieves with the recovery of a truck looted at gunpoint from Samrala Chowk in the city and arrest of two members of the Amritsar-based gang. Giving this information here today, Joint Police Commissioner, City, Deepak Pareek said a truck (No PB11AR-8632) loaded with more than 20 tonnes of iron bars (saria) and looted in wee hours on March 28 from Samrala Chowk, was recovered on the basis of information provided by one of the arrested accused, identified as Ranjit Singh, alias Rana, resident of Bhindian Aulakh village, under Chogawan police station, Amritsar, and presently residing at Ranike village, under Gharinda police station, Amritsar. Driver of the truck Amar Singh, resident of Roopa village, near Samrala, had said in his complaint lodged with the police that four persons, one of them wearing police uniform and carrying a firearm, came in a Honda Amaze car (PB-04Z-9868), woke him up in the middle of night on March 28 while he was sleeping in the truck c m y b Nitin Jain Tribune News Service Joint Commissioner of Police, City, Deepak Pareek addresses the media in Ludhiana on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO and took him along with them in the car while claiming that they were from the GST/Sales Tax Department. The accused dropped him near Samrala Chowk at around daybreak, claimed the driver, while alleging that in the meantime, one of the accused drove the loaded truck away. Pareek said after registration of the case under Sections 379B/365/171/34 of the IPC and Sections 25/54/59 of the Arms Act on March 28, the city police had carried out intensive investigation and a police party had nabbed one of the accused Ranjit Singh, alias Rana, on March 30 from Charchari village, near Goraya, who later confessed to the crime. continued on page 2 Ludhiana, April 1 Finally, the much-awaited 24x7 canal-based surface drinking water supply project for Ludhiana has got the financial support from the World Bank (WB). The World Bank has approved a $105 million funding for the Punjab Municipal Services Improvement Project to strengthen urban services in Ludhiana and Amritsar, the two largest cities in Punjab. A decision to this effect was taken at the meeting of the World Bank Board of Executive Directors held in Washington DC on Wednesday, a top government functionary told The Tribune here on Thursday. She said the $105 million loan from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) has a final maturity of 12.5 years, including a grace period of three years. A major focus of the project will be on providing efficient water supply and sanitation services in Ludhiana and Amritsar, cities that are the engines of economic ❝ The project will quench the thirst of the state’s two Maximum Cities within the next three years. Following negotiations, the World Bank has formally approved the project. The work on the scheme has been taken up on a priority basis to benefit the citizens at the earliest. ❞ Vini Mahajan, CHIEF SECRETARY growth for the state. The improvements in the water supply will benefit more than three million people in 2025 and an estimated five million projected population in 2055. Industrial and commercial users would also benefit from the good quality reliable water supply. “Punjab’s rapid urbanisation has been creating thirsty cities. Overexploitation of groundwater is the inevitable casualty,” said Junaid Ahmad, World Bank Country Director in India. “This project aims to tackle the challenge of urbanisation and ensure access to sustainable and safe water for Ludhiana and Amritsar. The focus is on municipal capabilities to plan, finance, and deliver services and to tap into the potential of surface water,” he added. The Punjab Government has launched slew of initiatives to address urban service delivery gaps and strengthen the Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) in the state. The government has devolved authority and responsibility for infrastructure development and service delivery to large municipal corporations. Several schemes to improve waste management, water supply, sewerage, streetlighting, and public transport are presently underway. “The Punjab Government has prioritised urban reforms and investments to address rising urban challenges. Through this project, we hope to address the broader governance and institutional gaps at multiple levels of the local government system in Ludhiana and Amritsar for an effective and responsive, and over time, efficient municipal service delivery in the two cities,” said Yarissa Lyngdoh Sommer, Senior Urban Specialist and World Bank’s Task Team Leader for the project. continued on page 2
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