25082021-LT-01.qxd 8/25/2021 12:08 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE DOG BITE CASES ON RISE, MC YET TO LAUNCH ANTI-RABIES DRIVE PAGE 2 Despite an average 600 dog bite cases reported every month, the MC is yet to launch anti-rabies drive in the city. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY INBRIEF MAN BOOKED FOR SODOMISING MINOR BOY Ludhiana: A man sodomised a 17-year-old boy at Salem Tabri while his friend shot a video of the act. The accused have been identified as Michael Mattu and Shekhar Mahajan, residents of Peeru Banda. On August 21, Mattu took the boy to the house of his friend Shekhar in Salem Tabri where the former sodomised the boy and when he objected, Mattu threatened him of dire consequences. Shekhar made a video of the act. Later, the accused again asked the boy to accompany them otherwise they would viral his video in social media. They had also warned the boy not to inform about the incident to anybody. It was only when the boy suffered acute pain in his private part, his father took him to a hospital where the victim told him about the incident. Earlier, an objectionable video of the boy had also gone viral in social media. Inspector Gopal Krishan said a case under the POCSO Act was registered against Michael while charges of criminal conspiracy and under the IT Act were framed against Shekhar, who shot a video and viral the same in social media. TNS POWER SHUTDOWN LUDHIANA 10 am to 2 pm: Sarabha NagarH, K blocks, Gurdev Nagar, Malhar Road, Ferozepur Road, Silver Arc Mall, Jagdish Store, Power Colony 1 and all PSPCL Offices, GADVASU, PAU, Animal Hospital side, New Girls Hostel, Gurbachan Nagar, Sunder Nagar, Gurmail Nagar, Bapu Market, MJK Nagar, Prem Nagar, Kunti Nagar, Suman Nagar, Satsang Ghar Lohara, 33-Feet Road, Keshav Nagar, Satgur Nagar, Karamjit Nagar. PAGE 3 RAPPER SIDHU MOOSEWALA JOINS MX TAKATAK Delighting his fans with this move, Sidhu is all set to entertain and connect with audiences through engaging content. MAX 35°C | MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C | MIN 25°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 6:58 PM No Covid-19 patient admitted to hospitals, no death due to disease in district COVID-19 FIGURES Ludhiana, August 24 After 15 months, no person in the district has tested positive for Covid today. It was last on May 27, 2020, that no Covid positive case was reported in the district. It was on May 9 this year that the highest number of 1,729 cases was reported in the district. Today no patient was on ventilator support and no Covid patient (both from district and out of district) was admitted to hospital. Today 35 persons were sent for home isolation. A total of 85,326 patients have recov- SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 22,21,285 87,457 35 6 2,096 A school student being tested for Covid in Ludhiana. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA ered so far and the recovery rate has reached 97.56 per cent. No death was reported in the district today. Till date, a total of 22,21,285 samples have been taken, of which 21,22,176 samples were found negative. The total number of patients belonging to Ludhiana is 87,457, while 11,652 patients belong to other districts/states. The total number of persons who lost their lives is 2,096 from Ludhiana and 1,048 from other districts. Samples of 8,695 suspected patients were sent for testing today and their results are expected shortly. Phullanwal-Chhabra Colony road in dilapidated condition Police conduct surprise checking at railway station Commuters suffer as accidents a common affair on the stretch Ludhiana, August 24 The Ludhiana police today carried out a surprise checking at the city railway station. A dog squad also accompanied police personnel. ADCP Pragya Jain, along with SHOs and ACPs of the Police Zone 1, visited the railway station. A few suspected passengers were also frisked and their ID proofs were also checked. The SHO, Kotwali police station, SI Harjit Singh said purpose of the surprise checking was to ensure that no anti-social elements should be present at the railway station, adding that continued on page 2 Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, August 24 Commuters are a harried lot due to the dilapidated condition of a road connecting Phullanwal, Moti Bagh Colony and Chhabra Colony areas in Ludhiana. Residents have demanded from the government to get it repaired as accidents are common on the badly broken stretch. Rainwater remains accumulated on the stretch these days in the absence of a proper drainage system. The road also leads to Road from Phullanwal to Chhabra Colony in a poor state. TRIBUNE PHOTO schools in the area but the authorities concerned are yet to make any efforts to get the road repaired. A former mass media officer of the Health Department, Punjab, Satish Sachdeva, said: “My scooter got slipped when I passed over a pothole filled with rainwater today. The road that has badly broken also leads to a primary health centre, government and private schools and Chhabra Colony. Thousands of people pass through the stretch but no action has been taken to repair the road by the authorities concerned.” The residents said twowheelers generally lose balance due to the dilapidated condition of the road. “There is no proper drainage system. Hence, waterlogging on the road is common during rainy continued on page 2 works regarding road projects. They also demanded a vigilance inquiry into the “prevailing corruption” in the civic body and sought action against some B&R branch officials. The contractors are also unhappy since they have been directed to place financial bids for at least 6 per cent lesser amount of the estimate prepared by the MC. Association president Vinod Jain alleged, “To get our pending payments, we were earlier forced to pay a 3 per cent commission to the officials concerned. Moreover, the government has fixed an estimated amount for tenders but the guidelines are being ignored. There is no transparency in the tendering process as the works are allocated to a few contractors being supported by MC officials.” Jain said, “We demand that the Vigilance Bureau conducts an inquiry into the working of the Ludhiana MC.” Ahead of the Assembly elections, the civic body had to start road re-carpeting works in various areas. The contractors claimed that works worth Rs 200 crore would get affected due to the boycott. Meanwhile, Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu claimed that the contractors were levelling false allegations. “These contractors want to blackmail and loot the MC. But, they will not be allowed to do so. I will expose these contractors with evidence soon.” — TNS Real estate market starts picking up in dist 24 per cent revenue collection achieved in first quarter of this financial year Nitin Jain Tribune News Service Ludhiana, August 24 The real estate market has started picking up in Ludhiana, which is the largest district in the state in terms of area and population, if the revenue collection is any indication. The district has achieved 24 per cent revenue collection, a key indicator of market trend, in the first quarter of this fiscal, the administration has confirmed. The development assumes significance as the real estate market had suffered a major setback due to the second Covid wave, which had caused maximum loss to Ludhiana in terms of deaths and infections. The official figures compiled by the district administration, which are available with The Tribune, revealed that Rs 93,53,50,241 stamp duty was collected from the WEDNESDAY | 25 AUGUST 2021 | LUDHIANA Zero +ve cases after 15 months Tribune News Service FIGURES AT A GLANCE Year 2021-22 (Upto June 30) 2020-21 2019-20 Documents regd 18,176 67,536 74,251 registration of 18,176 documents in the district from April 1 to June 30. Sharing details, Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma told The Tribune here on Tuesday that the district had fixed Rs 400 crore as the target of stamp Revenue collected Target ~93,53,50,241 ~400 cr ~320,42,70,163 ~379 ~324,14,39,568 ---- duty collection for this financial year, which is 5.54 per cent more than the previous fiscal’s target of Rs 379 crore. In 2020-21, the district could achieve 85 per cent target with the collection of Rs 320,42,70,163 from the registration of 67,536 documents from April 1, 2020, to March 31, 2021. The last fiscal’s collection was Rs 3,71,69,405, which accounted for 1.15 per cent, less than Rs 324,14,39,568 revenue earned from the registration of 74,251 documents in 2019-20. Divulging the revenue court management system in the district, the DC disclosed that all 35 revenue courts are presently operational in the district, on the portal of which 4,013 cases have so far been uploaded. Referring to the national generic document registration system (NGDRS), the Deputy Commissioner has demanded an increase in the availability of online appointment slots in Super-A category in the subregistrar offices across the district for ensuring better service to the public. Raising the demand before Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan during the latter’s visit to c m y b Ludhiana recently, the DC proposed to increase the tatkal (urgent) appointments in Ludhiana (East) from present 15 to 25, with which the total appointments, including the present 150 normal ones, will go up from present 165 to 175 appointments. In Ludhiana (Central), the normal appointments were proposed to be raised from 110 to 125 and tatkal from present 7 to 10, with which the total appointments will go up from present 117 to 135 appointments. The proposal for Ludhiana (West) demanded an increase of normal appointments from present 115 to 150 and tatkal from 7 to 25, with which the total appointments will go up from present 122 to 175. The Chief Secretary, while taking stock of the NGDRS in the district, assured to consider the demands raised by the DC as per rules and in the larger interest of the public. PAGE 4 The week-long India Couture Week kick-started with Manish Malhotra launching his bridal edition Nooraniyat. SUNRISE THURSDAY 5:59 AM Alleging graft, contractors boycott road construction works Ludhiana, August 24 Alleging ‘corruption’ in the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (MC), contractors associated with the Ludhiana Hotmix Plant Welfare Association announced to boycott road construction works (bitumen based) in the city. The association members conducted a meeting today and announced to boycott KRITI SANON TURNS MUSE FOR MANISH MALHOTRA’S NOORANIYAT Tribune News Service Dengue spreading tentacles in district 12 new cases reported on Tuesday Manav Mander Tribune News Service Ludhiana, August 24 Cases of Covid have started declining but now dengue has started spreading its tentacles. As many as 12 new cases of dengue were reported in Ludhiana hospitals on Tuesday. Of these, four belong to Ludhiana, seven from other districts and one from other state. Interestingly, there were only two confirmed cases of dengue in the previous year. Now, the total number of confirmed cases of dengue has reached 47, of which 23 belong to Ludhiana district and the remaining are from other districts or states. “Till now, 392 samples of suspected patients have been collected. Of these, 47 have tested positive and 23 belong to Ludhiana district. Other districts from where people have tested positive include Muktsar, Hoshiarpur, Moga, Jalandhar, Mansa, SBS Nagar, Faridkot and Kapurthala and states from where people have tested positive are from Himachal Pradesh and J&K,” said District Epidemologist Ramesh. One confirmed patient of Chikungunya has also been reported from Ludhiana’s Dr Ambedkar Nagar. Dr Ramesh said dengue was a viral infection transmitted by the bite of an infected female Aedes mosquito. There are four distinct serotypes of dengue virus. Symptoms appear in three to 14 days AREAS WHERE DENGUE CASES REPORTED Dengue cases have been reported from Kailash Chowk, Bhamia Road, Chandar Nagar, Janta Nagar, Model Town, Basti Jodhewal, Rani Jhansi Road, Ferozepur Road, Ashapuri and Civil Lines. PRECAUTIONS ■ Mosquito repellents and creams should be used ■ Anti-mosquito spray should be done daily, especially behind the curtains and below tables ■ Change water from pots kept in rooms on a weekly basis ■ Don’t keep uncovered utensils, pots or tyres on rooftop or in the open ■ Don’t allow fresh water to accumulate near houses (average four to seven days) after the infective bite. Dengue fever is a flulike illness that affects infants, young children and adults. “The symptoms of dengue are high fever followed by severe headache, severe eye pain, joint, muscle or bone pain, rash, mild bleeding from the nose or gums, small spots caused by bleeding into the skin and low white cell count,” said Dr Ramesh.
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