19042021-LT-01.qxd 4/19/2021 12:37 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE RESIDENT MOVES NGT AGAINST CIVIC BODY, LIT, GLADA PAGE 2 PRASHANT BAJAJ WANTS TO DO A CRIME THRILLER LIKE MIRZAPUR Complainant alleges nine trees were axed by Municipal Corporation near community centre at Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar. FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY Four nabbed with opium, drug money Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 18 The Khanna city police arrested four smugglers with one kg of opium and Rs 2.10 lakh drug money. The accused have been identified as Lakhvir Singh of Burj Hari Singh, Rachpal Singh of Godwal village, Amandeep Singh of Godwal, and Inderpreet Singh of Raikot. Investigating officer ASI Sukhwinder Singh said a tipoff was received that the accused were on the way to deliver a huge consignment of narcotics to their clients. Accordingly, a police party laid a naka and after intercepting a Maruti Alto car the accused were arrested. During the search of the car, opium and the drug money were recovered. The ASI said the police remand of the accused would be sought for further interrogation. Suspecting meeting with singer Aujla, smuggler Rano shifted to Patiala jail PAGE 3 RADHIKA APTE: IT’S TIME TO TALK ABOUT EMOTIONAL HANGOVER “If you are good, you will shine. It isn’t like only certain mediums get your talent noticed,” says the actor. MAX 35°C | MIN 18°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C | MIN 16°C SUNSET MONDAY 6:57 PM PAGE 4 The Bollywood actress recently opened up about her roles dealing with mental health and more in a live session. SUNRISE TUESDAY 5:53 AM MONDAY | 19 APRIL 2021 | LUDHIANA Lockdown imposed 685 fresh cases, 5 deaths in dist in two Dugri areas Tribune News Service Decision taken after 70 cases reported in few days Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 18 Urban Estate, Phase I, and II in Dugri here have been declared containment zones and complete lockdown has been imposed in both areas after over 70 cases were reported from the spots. Starting from Sunday 9 pm onwards, lockdown has been imposed in both areas till further orders. During daytime, residents of these areas were seen making some arrangements after the lockdown was announced. Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma said due to the high number of Covid-19 positive cases in the two areas, these had been declared containment zones. He said the areas would be sealed 100 per cent with effect from from 9 pm today till further orders.A containment zone is formed when 15 positive cases were reported in a particular area, but over 70 cases were reported in Urban Estate, Phase I and II, Dugri, here, recently. Residents of these two One of the gates of Urban Estate, Phase I, in Dugri being sealed after it was declared a containment zone on Sunday. HIMANSHU MAHAJAN been ❝The two areas havezones declared containment due to the high number of Covid cases reported from both spots. ❞ Varinder Kumar Sharma, DC areas were given seven hours to make preparations before the lockdown. Ashima Sachdeva, a Dugri resident, said she was aware of positive cases coming from her area but did not knew about the high numbers. “The decision is taken for the benefit of people. I made a quick visit to market and bought some vegetables and some grocery items. People should understand the gravity of the situation,” she said. Another area resident said he had gone out of station for some work and got a call from his family about the area being sealed. “I returned early and ensured that all necessary things are bought before the imposition of the lockdown. The decision is taken for our benefit and people should adhere to the orders,” he said. Ludhiana, April 18 Today, 685 persons tested positive for Covid in the district while five persons lost their lives to the virus. The active cases in the district have reached 4,444. The total number of confirmed cases from the district have reached 43,063 while 1,243 persons have lost their lives so far since March 2020. Today, Urban Estate Dugri, Phase I and II were declared containment zones after 70 cases were reported from there. The areas have been sealed and complete lockdown has been imposed from today till further orders. Those who tested positive today include three pre-operative cases, two healthcare workers and two teachers from the Government Senior Secondary School for Boys, Maachiwara, and the Government Senior Secondary School, Chawni Mohalla. People who lost their lives today include four men and a woman belonging to the Jamalpur, Nathowal, Payal, Sant Fateh Singh Nagar and Sherpur Road areas. Bishav Mohan, senior cardiologist at the Dayanand Medical Col- An elderly woman gets vaccinated against Covid in Ludhiana. PHOTO: 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 8,87,989 43,063 4,444 167 1,243 62849-12553 ■ For General Problem: lege and Hospital (DMCH), who is also a 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 member of the Covid-19 task force formed by the state government, said the second wave of Covid was like Tsunami and everyone should be on their guards by following all safety protocols. Talking about the vaccine, Dr Mohan said heart/kidney patients must take the vaccine without any doubt and there was no need to stop blood-thinners. While talking about the efficiency of the current two Covid vaccines on new mutant variants, he made it clear that both Covishield and Covaxin were much effective against new variants. Meanwhile, Lions Club, Udham Singh Nagar, here, organised a free Covid-19 vaccination camp. It was organised under the guidance of member Dr PKS Verma at the Lions Bhawan. The camp was open to the public. People aboce 45 years of age were vaccinated on production of their Aadhaar card. Covaxin was administered as first dose to 182 persons and as the second dose to 18 persons. The second dose will be administered in the next camp, which will be organised on May 30 on the same premises. Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 18 In the Ludhiana Central jail incident in which Punjabi singer Karan Aujla and several others were given alleged VVIP treatment by Jail Superintendent Rajiv Arora and a meeting between singer and notorious smuggler Gurdeep Singh Rano was allegedly felicitated at the jail, Additional Director General of Police (prisons) PK Sinha directed the Prisons Department to shift smuggler Rano to Patiala with immediate effect. Confirming this to The Tribune, the ADGP said: “Smuggler Rano was shifted to the Patiala jail as the Ludhiana Central Jail superintendent, Rajiv Arora, had faced the allegation of felicitating a meeting between the singer and the smuggler at the jail. Since the jail superintendent faces this allegation, Rano has immediately been shifted to the Patiala jail. The DIG’s probe however did not find any conclusive evidence of meeting between the singer and the smuggler at the jail. Still, the department took a serious note of the situation to prevent any such allegations in the future.” Notably after the incident occurred on April 7, Minister of Jails Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa had asked the ADGP (prisons) to probe the matter and fix the responsibility of the Jail Superintendent if the latter had resorted continued on page 2 POWER SHUTDOWN LUDHIANA 10 am to 4 pm: Green Land School area Phase 2, Bal Bharti School area Phase 2, area near Community Centre Phase 2, Patiala House, Wait Ganj, Ghatti Balmiki, Saidan Chowk and Saban Gali. 10 am to 5 pm: Gagandeep Colony, Magal Deep Colony, Luxmi Colony, Kailash Nagar, Shimla Colony, etc. 12 pm to 3 pm: Azad Nagar, Harkrishan Nagar, Preet Nagar, Gobindsar, Basant Nagar and adjoining areas. PSPCL launches ‘one-time settlement’ 11 devotees hurt as bus turns turtle scheme for defaulting consumers Our Correspondent Kuldip Bhatia Ludhiana, April 18 The Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has come out with a ‘onetime settlement’ (OTS) scheme for consumers of all categories (except AP-tube well connections) to settle default of payment or defaulting amount existing as on December 31, 2020. The scheme will remain open for a period of three months from the date of issue (April 15, 2021) of the commercial circular and all consumers intending to avail the same will be required to deposit Rs 2,000 as processing fee along with their option/undertaking. For ‘power intensive’ units, the processing fee is Rs 5,000. The processing fee will be adjusted in the final settlement bill but in case the consumer fails to deposit the settled amount, the processing will be forfeited. As per the PSPCL circular, all consumers, who have defaulted in payment of energy bills and surcharge or interest thereon, additional security (consumption) or interest thereon, arrears of voltage surcharge and interest thereon, but have not been disconnected due to subsequent payments against energy bills, will be eligible for the OTS scheme. Likewise, connections released to government departments, who have defaulted in payment of energy bills for the supply of electricity but cannot be disconnected in public interest and are ready for the OTS or consumers, who are disconnected due to any type of default before the issue of this scheme, or those who are under any type of dispute for over six months and are willing for out-of-court settlement of the outstanding dues and defaulting amount, are also eligible for the consideration under the OTS. “The disputed outstanding amount may include arrears, sundries charged on account of wrong metering, load surcharge, demand surcharge, power factor surcharge, supply voltage surcharge, PLEC, overhauling of account of previous period as per general conditions of tariff but shall not include amount assessed on account of theft of electricity or unauthorised use of electricity will be considered under the scheme,” the PSPCL has mandated. However, cases in which some issues stand decided by any court will not be covered under the scheme. All consumers who have been disconnected on account of any default and want to clear outstanding amount only and do not want reconnection but only require an NOC will also be considered under the OTS. Sahnewal, April 18 Eleven devotees of the total 60 travelling in a bus, going from Patiala to Golden Temple in Amritsar, were injured as the bus turned turtle when a canter trying to overtake the former took a sudden steep cut on the National Highway 1 near here late last evening. Two more buses, following the bus of the devotees, hit the latter vehicle. However, passengers of the two buses escaped unhurt. The bus carrying devotees started from Patiala at around 8 pm on Saturday night. As the bus approached Sahnewal at around 11 pm, a canter while overtaking the bus took a steep turn after which the driver of the bus lost control over it and the bus turned turtle. The injured have The bus which met with an accident on the NH-1 near Sahnewal on Saturday night. TRIBUNE PHOTO been admitted to the Civil Hospital, Ludhiana. Confusion was witnessed at the spot after the accident as the police had a tough time to manage the traffic. Investigating officer Harpal Singh said statements of the injured were yet to be taken on the basis of which the future course of action would be decided. The devotees, especially women and children, who escaped unhurt, were in a state of trauma. They were brought to Gurdwara Reru Sahib here by Kaar Sewa Jatha where they were provided langar before continuation of their journey. Business as usual at markets amid Covid surge Gang stealing Bullet Many people were seen jostling with each other sans mask at Sunday bazaars in city Manav Mander Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 18 Though the weekend lockdown has been imposed in the district, a huge rush was witnessed at various Sunday bazaars in the city, posing high risk amid rising Covid19 cases in the district. Shoppers without masks carelessly walking along lanes jostling with each other to strike the best deal was a common sight at these bazaars. All the covid protocols are being flouted with impunity. The Sunday bazaar at Chaura Bazaar and near Clock Tower are famous in the city, especially among the migrant population. Today, people were seen shopping without following any covid protocols at Sunday bazaars held at Sherpur, near Clock Tower and Chaura Bazaar. A huge rush at one of the Sunday markets in Ludhiana. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN ANOTHER PIC ON PAGE 2 Not only elders but also children were seen shopping, posing them risk of the virus amid huge rush. The Sunday market at Chaura Bazaar was filled with a big crowd as usual and most of the people were without mask. Those coming on auto-rick- shaws and sans masks were tested by mobile teams of the Health Department. A member of the mobile team said the district administration was telling people to wear mask and maintain social distancing but to no avail. c m y b “Now, we are left with no other choice but to test those found without mask to check that they were not silent carriers of the disease,” she said. A vendor at Clock Tower said nobody really cares about the Covid protocols, especially the migrants. “I set up a vend every Sunday as it is my work and I have to do this. I keep telling people to maintain social distance and not to rush but they do not listen. A few people who come on their own conveyance wear mask due to fear of challan,” he said. “Everyone should wear mask, wash hands frequently and maintain social distancing. It has been observed that people have become careless regarding Covid. Time and again we are requesting people to follow guidelines issued by the state government. Precautions and awareness are the only key to fight the disease. We can overcome the spread of the virus only if the public follow all necessary precautions,” said Civil Surgeon Sukhjeevan Kakkar. bikes busted, 3 held Ludhiana, April 18 The city police have busted a gang involved in stealing motorcycles and recovered seven Bullet motorcycles from their possession. The arrested accused have been identified as Virsa Singh (29), Harmandeep Singh (18), both residents of Galib Kalan, and Harjinder Singh (21) of Dharamkot in Moga. Gang members Hinda of Galib Kalan and Gurman of Galib Kalan are yet to be arrested. Later, ADCP Sameer Verma and Police Division 5 SHO Kuldeep Singh addressed mediapersons. The ADCP said a tip-off was received that the accused were running a gang of vehicle thieves and they had mostly stolen Bullet motorcycles. Afterwards, the police laid a trap and arrested the three Cops with the recovered bikes in Ludhiana. HIMANSHU MAHAJAN accused who were on the way to sell a stolen bullet bike. Revealing about the modus operandi of the gang, the ADCP said the gang used to do a recce before stealing any Bullet motorcycle. Though the police had recovered seven motorcycles from the city, the gang had stolen over a dozen motorcycles and they had sold some of the stolen vehicles. The ADCP said the police would also recover the bikes which were sold by the members of the gang. — TNS
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