09062021-LT-01.qxd 6/9/2021 12:23 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE BJP ALLEGES ~8-CR SCAM IN PURCHASE OF ‘FATEH’ KITS PAGE 2 Punjab BJP unit has targeted the state government by alleging a multi-crore scam in the purchase of ‘Fateh’ kits. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY MAX 42°C | MIN 30°C | YESTERDAY MAX 41°C | MIN 29°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 7:29 PM 115 test +ve, 6 dead Man drowns in canal, close shave for kin Tribune News Service Ludhiana, June 8 A man drowned in the Sidhwan canal near Jagraon while his nine-year-old son and his wife had a miraculous escape. The trio had gone to the canal to wash their car and after washing it, they started taking a bath. Afterwards, the flow of water increased and the trio started drowning. Passers-by came to the rescue Continued on page 2 Tribune News Service Ludhiana, June 8 As many as 115 persons tested positive for Covid, while six persons lost their lives to the virus in the district today. Now, total of 85,704 persons have tested positive for the virus, while 2,041 have lost their lives so far since March 2020. As many as 2,110 patients of Covid were active in the district. Those who tested positive included a pregnant woman, healthcare worker and cop, while 23 patients are still untraceable. Three women and three men, belonging to Shimlapuri, Haibowal Kalan, Jodhan, Sekha village, Ghungrali village and Rattan Kheri village lost their lives. As many as 1,673 patients were in home isolation, 73 admitted to government hospitals and 254 admitted to private hospitals, while 32 were on ventilator support. As many as 9,203 persons were vaccinated against Covid on Tuesday. There will be 13 session sites for first and second dose of Covaxin (for 45 and above age group), while there COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 14,77,380 85,704 2,110 128 2,041 COVID-19 CONTROL ROOM ■ For home isolation: 78147-64759 ■ For ambulance problem: 78143-63850 ■ For hospital problem: 62849-12553 ■ For problem in cremation of bodies: 77197-12797, 95015-00101, 95015-00102 ■ For general problem: 62845-31852 ■ For bed/oxygen/medicine availability: 62849-12553 ■ For Remdesivir injection: 98720-08040 ■ For reporting overcharging by hospitals & other issues: 62849-12553 ONE MORE DIES OF BLACK FUNGUS One more black fungus patient died on Tuesday. The patient belonged to some other district and was admitted to a Ludhiana hospital. Total 14 patients — five from Ludhiana and nine from other districts — have lost their lives due to black fungus. Meanwhile, one more patient, belonging to Ludhiana, was diagnosed with black fungus. Now 98 confirmed patients of black fungus have been detected in various Ludhiana hospitals, out of which 49 are active patients. will be no Covishield session site tomorrow. The DMCH had returned 930 doses of Covaxin, which were brought from the state government. Seventy doses have been used by the hospital which will be returned after the hospital receives its supply from the company. After a controversy raged, the Punjab Government had issued an order on June 4 withdrawing its earlier decision of providing limited Covid-19 vaccine doses to 18-44 years age group through private hospitals. Awards special honorarium worth ~3.07 lakh DC Varinder Kumar Sharma felicitates frontline workers at the Civil Hospital in Ludhiana on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO In his address, the Deputy Commissioner said the Punjab Government in general and the district administration in particular acknowledged the endeavour of these warriors during the fight against Covid and this hono- rarium was just a small token of appreciation. He said the indomitable spirit and fortitude displayed by them were an example for others. Sharma said the war against the virus was particularly important as the enemy PAGE 4 Casting director-turned-producer Seher Aly Latif passed away on Monday (June 7) following a cardiac arrest. SUNRISE THURSDAY 5:22 AM WEDNESDAY | 9 JUNE 2021 | LUDHIANA Halwara international airport to be operational by October 31 Nitin Jain Tribune News Service Ludhiana, June 8 Come November, Ludhiana, known as the Manchester of India, will have its own international airport. Coming up at the Air Force Station in Halwara, which is one of the oldest frontline airbases of the Indian Air Force (IAF), the facility will be made operational by October 31. A decision to this effect was taken at a high-level meeting, chaired by the Chief Secretary, Vini Mahajan, recently. Confirming the development, the Chief Secretary told The Tribune that based on the advice of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to the Punjab Civil Aviation Department, two separate tenders — one for the construction of new terminal building and other for the apron — will be floated. “The PWD has been directed to float the tenders immediately and the same will be awarded after requisite approval from the AAI,” she said. Mahajan disclosed that the entire funds of Rs 43 crore estimated to be spent on the new airport terminal and apron would be spent DC honours 85 frontline Covid warriors Ludhiana, June 8 Patting doctors and paramedical staff engaged in Covid-19 duty at the Civil Hospital here, Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma on Tuesday awarded special honorarium worth Rs 3.07 lakh to 85 frontline Covid warriors. Presiding over an event held at the hospital, the Deputy Commissioner, along with Additional Deputy Commissioner Sandeep Kumar, also distributed 2,000 isolation gowns and 2,500 N95 masks for doctors and paramedical staff, besides 40 blankets were provided to the hospital for patients. BOLLYWOOD MOURNS DEMISE OF CASTING DIRECTOR SEHER The show seems to be an action drama laced with power and emotions, and it will stream on ALTBalaji. Five booked for committing online frauds Pregnant woman, health worker among infected Ludhiana, June 8 The Khanna police have registered two cases against five persons for committing online frauds with two persons in separate incidents. In the first incident, complainant Ritu Rani of the Samrala road told the police that two persons had committed a fraud of Rs 8,800 with her by sharing some link on her Google Pay mobile app. During the police probe, the suspects have been identified as Anil Singh of Madhya Pradesh and Mukhiram of Chhattisgarh. A case of fraud has been registered. In another incident, the police have registered a case against three persons, Ashok Kumar of UP Batel Ali of Assam and , Chandan Bag of Assam. Complainant Kamaljit Singh of SBS Nagar, Doraha, said she wanted to buy a second-hand car and when she was searching the OLX for the same, she saw an advertisement of a Maruti Swift Dzire car. “When I initiated talks to buy the car, the deal was finalised at Rs 1.80 lakh. I also deposited the amount in the bank account, in the name of Ashok Kumar. They failed to delivered the vehicle and also refused to return the money. The suspects had also stopped taking my calls, for past some days,” the complainant added. Inspector Karnail Singh said raids would be conducted to nab them. PAGE 3 EKTA ANNOUNCES NEW SHOW TITLED THE QUEENS OF CHAMBAL was totally invisible but the threat was large. The DC said all doctors and nursing staff exhibited exemplary courage and determination during the fight due to which several precious lives were saved. He said these Covid warriors are real heroes who had played a vanguard role to keep the pandemic at bay and expressed hope that the they would continue to perform exceptionally well till the war against Covid was won. The DC said the district administration was duty bound to play a key role in this exercise by serving as a link between the government and people, adding that it would motivate the public to remain vigilant and safe. Boundary wall of the upcoming airport at Halwara nears completion. by the GLADA and later reimbursed by the AAI. “Operations from the new airport will be started at the earliest in consultation with the AAI,” added the Chief Secretary, who reviewed the progress of the project at a virtual meeting of the Public Investment Management (PIM) committee on the infrastructure development projects under implementation in the state. She directed the officials concerned to ensure that the project was completed as per the approved specifications and within the stipulated timeframe. Sharing the progress report of the ongoing work on the project, which has been marked as project of key concern on the directions of Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma said over 95 per cent construction of boundary wall at the Halwara airport had been completed and it was expected to be completed on schedule by June 10. Similarly, 90 per cent construction of the approach road to the new airport had been completed and was expected to be completed on schedule by June 15, he revealed. The ADC (Projects), Dr Neeru Katyal Gupta, said separate tenders for new terminal building and apron were being floated forthwith. The tentative cost of the civil terminal conclave to be spread across 135 acres, worked out by the PWD, was brought down from initial Rs 58 crore to Rs 43 crore after consultation with the AAI and approval by the Technical Adviser to the CM. While the construction of 630-metre-long boundary wall had cost Rs 3.01 crore, a sum of Rs 8.3 crore was spent on the construction of 5.1km-long with 5.5-metre width approach road. Sahnewal airport to close The decision to build a new international airport in the Maximum City of Punjab was taken after the state government had raised the demand with the Centre sometime back following which the AAI conducted a pre-feasibility study of the Halwara IAF station and gave nod to set up international civil enclave here to meet the growing demand for civil flight operations. The existing Ludhiana domestic airport at Sahnewal will be closed once the flight operations commence at the new civil enclave in Halwara. Continued on page 2 RECENT CLASHES BETWEEN GANG MEMBERS Police: Persons giving shelter to gangsters identified, to face FIR Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Ludhiana, June 8 After a series of clashes between gangs in Ludhiana in the recent past, in Hargobind Nagar and other areas, the Ludhiana police have increased vigil in the sensitive areas. A large number of police personnel have been deployed in such areas for day and night to prevent any further clash. So far, the police have arrested nine gangsters in these incidents, who are members of the Shubham Mota Gang and its rival Puneet Bains Gang. Clashes between the two gangs had occurred in the city as both gangsters Shubham and Puneet, who are at present lodged in the Central Jail, Ludhiana, had challenged each other and had directed their respective gang members to orchestrate attack. On June 3, both gangs had attacked each other at a wedding. Now the police have erected several nakas in these sensitive areas and even police personnel in civvies are also patrolling the city to prevent any further clash. Police officials are also interacting with residents to get any clue about gangsters at large in these cases. Police sources privy to the development said the police had identified several persons who had been giving shelters to these gangsters in different ways. “Some people are giving shelters to gangsters either by supporting them financially or helping them by providing them hideouts. We have identified such persons and once we verify their roles, the police will register Continued on page 2 LIT draws flak for plan to convert MC resumes sterilisation drive in city Animal birth control centre aims to neuter 60 to 100 stray dogs daily green belt into residential plots Tribune News Service Kuldip Bhatia Ludhiana, June 8 The Council of Engineers (CoE) has served a legal notice on the state government through the Chief Secretary and Principal Secretary, Local Government, Punjab, against conversion of a designated green belt in Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar (behind 651-E to 684-E) into 33 residential plots as well as construction of a metalled road. A copy of the notice has also been sent to the Chairman of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT). The CoE president, Kapil Arora, said it had come to the notice that the LIT had made a proposal about such illegal conversion of green belt into residential plots. It had also come to fore that in the process a large number of trees as well as plants would be chopped too. “Such act is against the directions of the Supreme Court and National Green Tri- Engineers’ body serves legal notice on govt Area designated as green belt in Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar is proposed to be used for carving out residential plots by the LIT in Ludhiana. bunal and conversion of designated green belts into residential plots is like encroachment over the land left for its prime motive,” the notice said. The notice said as per sale deeds of nearby residents, a green belt was mentioned on the rear of their plots/houses. As such conversion was illegal and against the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986. Moreover, quality of air in the city was deteriorating at a rapid speed due to existing and upcoming illegal colonies, coupled with unplanned industrial areas which were lacking green belts and parks. The notice says, “Due to illegal commercial activities in Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar there is already an increase in air pollution level. With conversion of designated green belt into residential plots, the land area under green belts will decrease and as a result quality of air will deteriorate further.” Arora pleaded that the National Green Tribunal, vide its orders, had directed the Chief Secretaries of all states/UTs to continue to monitor progress in execution of action plans at the state level with the assistance of monitoring cells in their offices and the AQMCs (air quality monitoring committee). He added, “It is pertinent to mention here that as per the Punjab Model Building Byelaws as well as Notification No Dir.TP-2016/2850 on dt. 15/12/2016 issued by Government of Punjab, the green cover in urban areas must be increased by at least 15 per cent.” But it was unfortunate that despite knowing all these facts, the LIT authorities seemed determined towards causing severe damage to the environment by their illegal act of converting green belts into residential plots which called for immediate intervention of the state government, he said. c m y b Ludhiana, June 8 As the newly constructed building of the Municipal Corporation’s animal birth control (ABC) centre has opened, the process of sterilisation of stray dogs has been resumed in the city. The centre aims to sterilise between 60 and 100 stray dogs daily. Notably, the MC, Ludhiana, had started the sterilisation project in February 2015. The MC has conducted sterilisation of thousands of stray dogs in the past but a number of canines were yet to be sterilised. The drive had remained off for some time in the past. Now, the MC has hired a new firm to conduct the sterilisation of the remaining stray dogs in the city. On Tuesday, Cabinet Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu inaugurated the new building of the centre. He said that each sterilisation would cost Rs 1,200 and the centre would carry out up to Cabinet Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu inspects the animal birth control centre. HIMANSHU MAHAJAN 100 sterilisations daily and in the next one-and-a-half year, all stray dogs of Ludhiana would be sterilised. Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu and MC Commissioner Pardeep Kumar Sabharwal were present. According to officials, the centre has been developed at the cost of nearly Rs 1 crore and it would have a team of three expert veterinary doctors, along with a staff of 14 assistants. The centre has preparation, sterilisation rooms, operation theatre, 22 kennels, including six pre and 16 post-operation. The centre has two dogcatcher vehicles which would catch the dogs daily and then, they would be taken to the landing area, kennels and later to the operation theatre where doctors would perform surgery. Following the surgery, the sterilised dogs would be kept under observation for five to six days in kennels and later would be left at the place from where they were caught by the dog-catcher team as per directions of the Animal Welfare Board for natural habitat. Before leaving the stray dogs, the anti-rabies shot would be administrated. Senior Veterinary Officer Harbans Dhalla said: “About 40,000 stray dogs were sterilised in the past. Now, the new firm has started operations.”
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