11062021-LT-01.qxd 6/11/2021 12:36 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE CONTRACTOR ACCUSED OF FLEECING CART-PULLERS AT VEGGIE MARKET PAGE 2 Cart-pullers/owners stage a protest against a private contractor at a sabzi mandi for allegedly fleecing them. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY Thieves target mobile phone shop, Suwidha Centre in city Tribune News Service Ludhiana, June 10 Two major theft cases reported in the city in which cash and goods worth lakhs were stolen. The first incident reported in New Madhopuri where thieves targeted a mobile phone showroom and decamped with mobile phones and other valuables worth lakhs. The miscreants were also captured in a CCTV camera footage. Raju Verma, owner of Bharat Mobiles, told the police that he had closed his shop on the night of June 8 and the next morning, when he came to open the shop, he was shocked to see the broken locks of the main shutter. “I was shocked to see that the entire shop was ransacked and thieves decamped with a laptop, mobile phones, mobile accessories, cash and other valuables worth lakhs. When we checked the CCTV footage, six thieves were seen inside the shop and they were wearing mask,” the shop owner said. Daresi police station ASI Rajinder Singh said CCTV cameras were being scanned to identify the accused and soon they would be nabbed. In another theft incident, miscreants targeted the Suwidha Centre near Rakh Bagh and decamped with 16 batteries. Security guard Munish Kumar said on June 9 when he came to open the centre, he found the main locks lying broken and 16 batteries were found missing. The Police Division 8 have registered a case and initiated further probe. Despite night curfew and presence of police force on roads, thieves are still committing thefts. BADSHAH TEAMS UP WITH AASTHA & JACQUELINE FOR PAANI PAANI PAGE 3 BOMAN PENS AN EMOTIONAL NOTE AS HIS MOM PASSES AWAY The dynamic trio, which has collaborated with each other for many chartbusters, is back again with their music video. MAX 35°C | MIN 30°C | YESTERDAY MAX 38°C | MIN 30°C SUNSET FRIDAY 7:30 PM PAGE 4 Boman Irani’s mother Jerbanoo Irani passed away on June 9 due to age-related illness. She was 94. SUNRISE SATURDAY 5:22 AM FRIDAY | 11 JUNE 2021 | LUDHIANA for industrialisation, four Five more succumb, 113 +ve Boostpoints coming up in dist focal Tribune News Service Ludhiana, June 10 Today, 113 persons tested positive for Covid while five patients lost their lives to the virus. Total positive cases have now reached 85,921 while 2,054 persons have succumbed to Covid so far. There were 1,806 active cases in the district today. Those who tested positive also included a healthcare worker, an expecting woman and two undertrials while 22 have not been traced so far. Those who lost their life today included four women and a man belonging to Katari village, Janta Nagar, Chimna village, Jagraon and Gill Road. Covid cases have shown a downward trend since the past week in Ludhiana. But, still the mass media team is in the field to sensitise people about the disease and motivate people for sampling and vaccination. These are the only methods through which we can save ourselves from the virus. Second wave hit rural areas more, says Civil Surgeon Ludhiana Civil Surgeon COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 15,02,032 85,921 1,806 110 2,054 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 Kiran Gill said the second wave had affected rural areas more. Hence, it was impor- ■ 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 tant that sarpanches and panches of villages should be sensitised beacause they have direct link with each and every person of the village and they could make people aware of the Covid guidelines of the state government. To achieve this, mass media team of the Health Department, Ludhiana, visits different villages of Ludhiana to sensitise them. She said the state government had also invited residents from each village to come and be a volunteer of their area to make sure that Covid guidelines were followed in the village. In the end, she appealed to all residents of Ludhiana to follow the Covid guidelines of the state government. Besides, Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) has rolled out Mission HO2PE. As part of the mission, HUL has partnered with the KVN Foundation and Portea Medical, home healthcare company, to make oxygen concentrators available free of cost to Covid patients promptly and efficiently. The HUL will also be donating concentrators to hospitals in nearly 35+ locations across urban and rural areas of the country. Continued on page 2 Father-son duo held with heroin, ~1.5L Tribune News Service Ludhiana, June 10 The Special Task Force (STF) wing of Ludhiana arrested a man and his son and recovered 1.33 kg of heroin and Rs 1.52 lakh drug money from their possession. They have been identified as Joga Singh (27) and his father Balwinder Singh (64), residents of Dashmesh colony, Noorwala road. STF Ludhiana in-charge Harbans Singh said a police party was patrolling on Kali Sadak, near Basti Jodhewal, where they received a tip-off that the duo were into the notori- The suspects in police custody in Ludhiana. TRIBUNE PHOTO ous trade of heroin smuggling and they were present near their house. Accordingly, the STF team conducted a raid and nabbed them. During their search, heroin and drug money were recovered from them. During preliminary questioning, Joga said he was addicted to heroin and to fulfill his need of the same, he also started selling drugs for the past three years. Balwinder said he was earning his livelihood from e- rickshaw and he also started heroin smuggling to become rich in a short span of time. The STF in-charge said their police remand would be sought to bust the entire supply line and in further probe, more members of the gang could also be arrested. Nitin Jain Tribune News Service Ludhiana, June 10 In what appears to be a further impetus to industrialisation in the industrial hub of the state, four new industrial focal points were coming up in different parts of Ludhiana district. While a facility in Ludhiana will be ready by August this year, another industrial area in Khanna will open by May 2023. Two other industrial focal points in Kum Kalan and Kadiana Khurd were under planning stage. A decision to this effect was taken at a high-level meeting, chaired by Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan, recently. The Principal Secretary, Industries and Commerce, Alok Shekhar, intimated to the meeting that the matter regarding transfer of the village panchayat land for the passage to connect the focal point in Kadiana Khurd with a hi-tech cycle valley was pending with the Rural Development Department for approval. It was informed that a few Ludhiana facility to be ready by Aug, Khanna to open in 2023, 2 in Kum Kalan, Kadiana Khurd under planning ❝To strengthen industrial focal points, work on several projects is in progress under the assistance of the Centre’s TIES and IID schemes.The Principal Secretary, Industries and Commerce, has been asked to review the progress of the projects to ensure their timely completion. Vini Mahajan, CHIEF SECRETARY industries have already evinced interest to take over the entire chunk of the undeveloped land earmarked for the Kadiana Khurd industrial focal point, for which e-auction would be done after the cost, including that of the new passage, was frozen. Regarding the project in Kum Kalan, it was decided that the Principal Secretary, Housing and Urban Development, will arrange a meeting with the Principal Secretary, Industries and Commerce, Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner, and local industrialists for con- ❞ sidering the fixation of the auction price of the land. While reviewing the progress of the projects at the fourth meeting of the public investment management (PIM) committee, the Chief Secretary directed the Finance Department to ensure the release of funds as per requirements of implementing departments, so that the public-oriented projects were completed within the stipulated time frame. While the 100 per cent statefunded focal point in Ludhiana will cost Rs 33 crore, of Continued on page 2 Respite from heat Commuters caught in sudden rain in Ludhiana on Thursday evening. PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Residents fume over erratic Thieves fleeing after stealing bike open fire at man power supply, stage protest Tribune News Service Ludhiana, June 10 Thieves fleeing after stealing a motorcycle from the Moti Nagar area opened fire at the owner. The latter was chasing them and he had a miraculous escape when thieves fired at him. Later, the police identi- Kuldip Bhatia Ludhiana, June 10 Residents of several colonies in the city have raised their voice against Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) for its failure to provide uninterrupted power supply to consumers during hot weather conditions. The situation seems to be grim in areas falling in the Aggar Nagar division of the PSPCL. Residents from colonies in Chander Nagar, New Tagore Nagar, Dream Land Colony, Smart City Colony, Jassian Road, Durgapuri, all areas falling under the Aggar Nagar division, today staged a protest outside the Aggar Nagar Division office of the PSPCL near Sidhwan Canal to protest against the erratic power supply. They alleged that even in such a hot weather they are forced to suffer for hours without power supply as complaints were not attended. Many times, we receive SMSes from the customer care that the complaint has been resolved despite the faults were not being rectified. Pradeep Gupta and Vicky from Dreamland Colony said fied the suspects as Ranjan Kumar of Sarpanch Colony and Ankit Kumar of Gobindgarh village. Complainant Sunil Kumar of Sherpur Kalan told the police that he had borrowed a motorcycle from his friend and on June 8, he had parked the vehicle outside his house. The next morning, he heard some noise outside his house and when he went to the place, he was shocked to see that his motorcycle was missing. He said when he asked his neighbours, they said two unknown persons had stolen the motorcycle and fled the spot. “Afterwards, I started chasing them but the thieves after noticing me, opened fire at me. Fortunately, I escaped unhurt,” he said. Investigating officer ASI Anil Kumar said after registering a case late on Wednesday evening, when a probe Garbage dump to be converted into mini-forest Shivani Bhakoo Tribune News Service Residents argue with PSPCL officials at the Aggar Nagar division of the PSPCL in Ludhiana. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN the transformer in the colony was installed early last year. Now, the number of residents have increased manifold which led to frequent tripping and power failure. Residents of Civil City Colony in Chander Nagar near Haibowal said the distribution equipment in the area was obsolete and overloaded. People had to go without electricity for days or nights at a stretch. Fearing attack by an angry mob, the main gate of divisional office of the PSPCL was closed during the protest. However, after some time, the JE, SDO and XEN of the division came out and assured the protesters that snags in power supply in their respective areas would be rectified immediately. Despite several attempts the Additional Superintending Engineer of Aggar Nagar Division of the PSPCL Parminder Singh could not be contacted for comments. The Chief Engineer, PSPCL/Central Zone, Bhupinder Khosla, said directions were issued to the officials concerned to attend to faults and rectify pending complaints of power failure without any further delay. Ludhiana, June 1o With the efforts of the Municipal Corporation (MC), a few industrialists and Rohit Mehra, known as the Green Man of India, a garbage dumping site in the Focal Point area is being converted into a “mini-forest”. The huge chunk of land is being converted into a small forest but the trees being planted here will bear fruits in future. Income Tax Officer Rohit Mehra said a total of 6,000 plants and trees would be planted in the area with the help of the MC and FICCI FLO. On 3,000 square land, this mini jungle will have all the saplings planted within next 15 days. Mehra c m y b Residents plant saplings at a garbage dumping site in Ludhiana. TRIBUNE PHOTO said it was not easy to convert it into a green belt because while digging, iron and scrap was found all over as it was a dumpyard. The mini-jungle will have trees such as jamun, guava, neem, bil, peepal and many others having various ayurvedic qualities. Suraj Udyog has happily agreed to adopt the land in the most polluted area to create a mini-forest based on the principle of Vriksha Ayurveda under the guidance of Geetanjali Mehra and Rohit Mehra. The idea behind creating the project triggered keeping in mind the current scenario where people are spending their entire life savings just to buy oxygen for their loved ones amid the Covid crisis. Richa Bassi from Suraj Udyog said that Ludhiana is an industrial hub. “I am sure if every industrial house adopts a small chunk of land to make the city greener. We should always give back to our mother earth from whom we get everything”, said Bassi. started in the matter, both suspects were identified. Later, one of the accused, Ankit, was arrested. The police also recovered a live cartridge and a motorcycle from the suspect. ASI Kumar said raids were also being conducted to nab the other suspect. Collect samples of road material, say residents Ludhiana, June 10 Raising questions over the undergoing road recarpeting work at street number 1 of Chandar Nagar in ward no. 92, some residents have demanded from the MC to collect samples of road material being used there. A resident, Keemti Rawal, said: “We have sent a letter to the Commissioner and requested him to send a quality control team to collect samples of the road. The test report of the samples must be made public.” “We are not satisfied with the ongoing road work in the area. There is a need to check the quality of the work. If the samples are collected in a right manner, the report can disclose the quality of work,” Rawal said. — TNS
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