31082021-LT-01.qxd 8/31/2021 12:39 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE 43 WOMEN HELD FOR HEROIN SMUGGLING IN OVER 4 YEARS PAGE 2 Drug smuggling trade, which used to attract mostly men, has now caught the attention of women folk too. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY INBRIEF TWO BOOKED IN RAPE CASE Ludhiana: The police have booked two persons, Adarsh Tiwari and his accomplice Satyam, both residents of Giaspura under Sections 363, 366, 376 and 506 of the IPC and Section 4 of the POCSO Act for alleged rape of a minor girl at a vehra in Sherpur Kalan on July 18. The mother of the victim told the police that three women and two other persons had brought her daughter to their house on August 14, saying they had found her on the road near Eastman Chowk. She said when she questioned the girl, she disclosed that Adarsh had taken her to the room of his friend Satyam in Sherpur Market on the pretext of marrying her and she was raped there for nearly three weeks before being let off by the accused. OC PENSIONERS BOOKED FOR BLOCKING NH Ludhiana: The police have booked unspecified number of pensioners under Sections 283 of the IPC and Section 8B of the National Highway Act for staging a protest and blocking GT Road (NH-44), Jalandhar and Ludhiana sides, near Jalandhar Bypass on Sunday. They were demanding restoration of an old pension scheme for government employees. OC GIRL, WOMAN WENT MISSING Ludhiana: A 14-year-old girl was reported missing since August 26 from the house of her maternal aunt in Mundian Khurd. The father of the girl reported to the police that she had gone to work at around 4 pm but did not return since then. The police have registered a case under Sections 363 and 366-A of the IPC and investigation was on. In another incident, a middle-aged woman, Sukhwinder Kaur (45), had gone missing since August 25. According to Kamalajit Kaur, a resident of Karnail Singh Nagar and daughter of the missing woman, her mother went to a gurdwara to pay obeisance and did not return since then. The police have registered a case under Section 346 of the IPC. OC SEASON 2 OF KOTA FACTORY TO PREMIERE ON NETFLIX ON SEPT 24 MAX 32°C | MIN 25°C | YESTERDAY MAX 33°C | MIN 24°C SUNSET TUESDAY 6:51 PM Ludhiana, August 30 In a hit-and-run accident that occurred on LudhianaDelhi Road (NH-44) near Textla TV factory, one person riding a Honda Activa scooter (bearing registration no. PB 10GT 9958) was killed and an unidentified person, who was riding pillion, was critically injured when s speeding vehicle hit them from the rear side. Vidya Nand (35), a resident of Railway Colony, Sherpur Kalan, died on the spot as per a complaint lodged with the police by his wife Pooja Jha while the pillion rider has been admitted to the Civil Hospital for treatment. The police have registered a case under Sections 279, 304-A, 337 and 427 of the IPC. — OC SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6:02 AM Works under the first phase of Smart Village Campaign conclude Nitin Jain OFFICIALSPEAK With regard to benchmarking of villages, all villages would be graded/ranked on the basis of a survey, guidelines for which would be notified by the Rural Development & Panchayat Department. Each district will benchmark villages after the survey to assess existing facilities. Tribune News Service ❝ FIGURES AT A GLANCE Blocks Works 13 3,353 Completed In progress Expenditure 2,041 870 ~142.34-cr sons, a sum of Rs 3.11 crore from the total estimated cost of Rs 54.11 crore for undertaking a total of 1,182 works has been spared in the first phase of the SVC. Under the second phase, a total of Rs 143.57 crore had been estimated to be spent on 2,171 works, of which Rs 91.34 crore, which accounts for 63.62 per cent, has already been spent on completing 860 works while the remaining corpus of Rs 52.23 crore was being spent on undertaking the remaining 870 works. The SVC was approved by the Punjab Cabinet in January 2019 to boost infrastructure and basic amenities in rural areas across the state. The campaign was aimed at enhancing the quality of life and living standards of people residing in villages, Varinder Kumar Sharma, DC besides improving conditions in the rural areas by converging and supplementing ongoing government schemes for building infrastructure and providing essential amenities. Under the SVC, each village was moved upwards by achieving various goals in different fields such as infrastructure, health, education and environmentprotection projects. The works being undertaken under the campaign have been divided into two categories — essential and desirable. Under the SVC, the Deputy Commissioner gets proposals from block development and panchayat officer as well as various sectoral departments for the overall development of the villages in the district. While individual works up Festive moments ❞ to Rs 25 lakh were considered and approved by the committee, headed by the DC, the works costing over Rs 25 lakh were approved by the state-level committee, headed by the Joint Development Commissioner. “The convergence was the key feature of the scheme and funds from different sources such as RDF 14th , Finance Commission, MGNREGA, SBM, and NRDWP were utilised under the scheme. Also, if there was any other scheme under which the proposed work can be undertaken, the funds of that scheme were also utilised,” disclosed Sharma. In case any work identified under the scheme can be done from the MGNREGA, it was mandatorily converged with it. 2 youths snatch mobile phone from resident P2 Ludhiana, August 30 In another incident, two motorcycle-borne youths snatched a mobile phone from a person and escaped from the spot. The duo snatched the cell phone from Sumit Kumar of Bank Colony on Sunday. The victim told the police that he, along with his friends Saurabh and Monu, was taking their pictures near banks of the Sutlej at Jamalpur Leily village when snatchers targeted them and fled the spot after snatching his mobile phone. A case has beenregistered.— OC LED lights row: Firm refutes Mayor’s claims Says MC failed to pay dues to company despite making huge savings Kuldip Bhatia Ludhiana, August 30 Tata Projects Limited (TPL) that has installed over 1.02 lakh street lights in the city as a part of LED street lighting project under the ‘Smart City Mission’ (including maintenance activity) has refuted the claims of City Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu about missing street lights and deficient maintenance. The company has claimed that though the Municipal Corporation was making huge savings on its electricity bills, payment due to the company was not being paid on time as per terms and conditions of the PPP contract. The firm said in an official statement here today that since installation of the LED lights in October 2020, monthly maintenance for Zone A and Zone C had not been paid. In addition, the maintenance for Zone B and D had also not been paid for the past six months. “It has unfortunately resulted in more than Rs Nine crore payment being overdue to the company,” it was claimed. According to Rajendra Inani, BU head, Smart Cities, TPL, said in fact, the Ludhiana smart LED project had achieved Rs 1.65 crore monthly savings for the city and its residents. LED street lights had resulted in 64 per cent reduction on earlier monthly electricity bills of around Rs 2.5 crore borne by the MC during usage of conventional street lights. In addition, once more zones would be fully handed over for the project execution, the monthly electricity savings would also increase. “With the contract tenure fixed at seven years, total savings on electricity charges can be estimated at around Rs143.34 crore and savings on energy costs since August 2021 has already reached Rs 13.89 crore. It is from this electricity savings already being enjoyed by the MC that the TPL has to be paid. While the civic body continues to enjoy electricity savings, it is not paying its contractual obligations to the company,” he added. Maintaining that allegations levelled against the TPL were politically motivated, the firm official said whenever a payment was due, unfair (political) c m y b PAGE 4 According to the latest buzz, the Marvel co-stars will reunite for an upcoming project titled Ghosted. 916 villages turning smart at cost of ~198 crore in dist Ludhiana, August 30 Villages in Ludhiana district are turning smart at a cost of Rs 197.68 crore approved under the state government’s Smart Village Campaign (SVC), aimed at developing rural areas on a par with towns in the state, the administration has said. While over 2,000 works across 916 villages in seven tehsils under Ludhiana district have already been completed at a cost of Rs 142.34 crore, the remaining 870 works, at an estimated cost of Rs 52.23 crore, are in progress, officials have revealed. The progress of the SVC was reviewed by Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan here recently. She asked the district administration to ensure completion of the ongoing works within the stipulated time frame. Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma told The Tribune, here on Monday, that all 1,181 works under the first phase of the SVC in 13 blocks of the district, at a cost of Rs 51 crore, had already been completed while 860 of the total 2,171 works under the second phase of the government scheme had been completed at a cost of Rs 91.34 crore. 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The TPL asserted that the MC had no locus standi in issuing threats of penalty or termination because the company had already served a notice to the civic body with regard to delayed payment, interest, penalties and arbitration since continuing with the status-quo was not an option and solution, especially disbursement of pending payment ought to be ensured at the earliest to run the project. TUESDAY | 31 AUGUST 2021 | LUDHIANA 2 test +ve, no death in district Tribune News Service Ludhiana, August 30 Two positive cases were reported in Ludhiana district while no death was reported today. At present, no patient is undergoing treatment for Covid at any hospital in the district and 19 persons were sent for home isolation. The recovery rate of Covid-19 patients has reached 97.58 per cent and 85,345 patients have recovered so far in the district. Today, there were 21 active patients in the district. Till date, a total of 22,72,530 samples have been taken, of which 21,73,410 samples were found negative. The total number of patients related to Ludhiana is 87,463, while 11,657 patients belong to other districts/states. The total number of persons who lost their lives include 2,097 persons from Ludhiana and 1,049 from other districts. Whenever the district administration or the Health Depart- A man gives his sample for the Covid test in Ludhiana. INDERJEET VERMA COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 22,72,530 87,463 21 1 2,097 ment, Ludhiana, finds out about any positive or suspect- ed Covid patient, their samples are sent for testing. As many as 6,568 samples of suspected patients were sent for testing on Monday and their results are expected shortly. Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma appealed to residents to adhere to all Covid safety protocols. 9 two-wheelers stolen from city Our Correspondent Ludhiana, August 30 As many as nine two wheelers — six motorcycles and three scooters — were reportedly stolen from various parts of the city. Though the twowheelers were stolen on different dates but FIRs regarding all the thefts were lodged with the police on Sunday. According to the police, a Hero Splendor motorcycle (bearing registration no. PB 10DW 0980) was stolen from the New Shivpuri locality on Sunday, a Hero Splendor motorcycle (PB 91A 6574) was reported to have been stolen from Bharat Nagar Chowk on August 26, another Hero Splendor motorcycle (PB 10CQ03532) was stolen from 33-Ft Road in Sunder Nagar on August 23 and a Hero Splendor motorcycle (PB 10HB 3128) was stolen from Jagirpur Road on August 28. While a CD Deluxe motorcycle (PB 10DGU 1495) and a Bajaj Discover motorcycle (PB54 C 3059) were reportedly stolen from outside Lal Path Lab on August 26 and Samrala Chowk on August 19, respectively. Three residents also lost their two-wheelers to thieves. Two Honda Activa scooters (PB 91A 5325 and PB 10EN 7781) were stolen on Saturday from outside a shop on Sua Road, near Guru Nanak Engineering College, and from outside a house in Chander Nagar, Haibowal, respectively. One Hero Maestro scooter was stolen on August 26 from the rear side of Ansal Plaza Mall on Ferozepur Road. The police have registered cases under sections 379 IPC regarding all these thefts of two-wheelers and investigation was in progress. 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