01092021-LT-01.qxd 9/1/2021 12:18 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE 69 VEHICLES IMPOUNDED, TWO HELD DURING SPECIAL DRIVE The city police arrest two snatchers during a special drive; suspects were moving on a stolen motorcycle. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY Two PCR cops attacked, 15 booked Tribune News Service Ludhiana, August 31 Two PCR officials of the city police on duty near Sherpur Kalan, in the jurisdiction of the Moti Nagar police station, were attacked by 15 persons on Sunday night. Of the booked persons, one accused has been identified as Pappu Sherpuria. Complainant ASI Kewal Singh in a statement to the police said on Sunday night at around 10.30 pm, he, along with constable Shamsher Singh, was patrolling near Fashion King, Sherpur Kalan. “During patrolling, we noticed a group of people fighting over some issue. When we intervened in the matter, they started arguments with us. Afterwards, they attacked us with rods and fled the spot. We have managed to identify only one person,” he said. The police have registered a case in this regard on Monday. Investigating officer SI Sulakhan Singh said a case under Sections 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 186 (Obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions), 307 (attempt to murder), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 332 (whoever voluntarily causes hurt to any person being a public servant in the discharge of his duty as such public servant) of the IPC had been registered against the accused and raids were being conducted to nab them.He said once Pappu was arrested, rest of the accused would also be identified. Machinery worth lakhs gutted in factory fire Ludhiana, August 31 A fire broke out at a factory, ‘Cos Heat Treat’, in Phase VIII, Focal Point, here, on Tuesday morning. The incident occurred at around 8.30 am following a leakage from a LPG cylinder fitted near the boiler. After the fire broke out, two workers of the factory also continued on page 2 PAGE 2 ACTOR NIA SHARMA TO ENTER BIGG BOSS OTT HOUSE PAGE 3 The actor took to Instagram to share a video clip announcing that she will enter the show on September 1. MAX 33°C | MIN 23°C | YESTERDAY MAX 33°C | MIN 24°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 6:50 PM PAGE 4 HOLLYWOOD CALLING FOR DEEPIKA PADUKONE The actor is all set to produce and act in an upcoming cross-cultural romantic comedy, developed by STXfilms. SUNRISE THURSDAY 6:03 AM WEDNESDAY | 1 SEPTEMBER 2021 | LUDHIANA 1,332 primary, upper primary schools turn smart in district Nitin Jain Tribune News Service Ludhiana, August 31 To strengthen school education and improve learning levels of students through ICT-based education, all government primary and upper primary schools, barring four, have turned smart in Ludhiana district, the administration has confirmed. With 1,332 of the total 1,336 schools becoming smart, the district has achieved a 99.7 per cent milestone under the government’s smart school policy, the officials have said. Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma told The Tribune here on Tuesday that all 343 upper primary schools in the district have turned smart, achieving 100 per cent distinction, while 989 of the total 993 primary schools, which account for 99.59 per cent, have also become smart. It was in September 2019 that the state government had launched the smart school policy to ensure quality and value-based education for all, besides augmenting the existing infrastructure in government schools. Terming it as a step towards revolutionising the education sector in the state, Education Minister Vijay Inder Singla said the With 1,332 of the 1,336 schools becoming smart, the district has achieved a 99.7 per cent milestone under the smart school policy. SMART VS ORDINARY SCHOOLS A smart school, as specified in the policy, was distinguished from any ordinary school. Smart school is a technology-based teaching and learning institution, which prepares children for the information and knowledge-based society, besides contributing to their holistic development. Each smart school was equipped with a separate, spacious, airy and well-ventilated classroom for every section of class as per pupil-teacher ratio with a green and whiteboard. government was committed to spruce up the existing facilities in state schools while exhorting community leaders, NRIs, and NGOs to come forward in complementing the government efforts. According to the policy, anybody could contribute for the improvement of infrastructure in the government schools as per their requirements and with the approval of respective school management committees. Such a block or building on the school premises built with the help of donation will be named after the donor or any other person in whose name the donor wants to get the block dedicated. All such proposals were forwarded by the schools on the portal to obtain necessary confirmation regarding the donor or the person on whose name the building was to be named. Approvals were granted online by the competent authority. 2 arrested for raping minors Tribune News Service Ludhiana, August 31 Two minor girls were raped in separate incidents in the district and the police have arrested two accused in this regard. In the first incident, the Jagraon city police have registered a rape case against Himanshu Bedi, a resident of Jalalpur village in Gurdaspur. The complainant, a 17year-old girl, told the police that she had met the accused in February and developed a friendship with him. On August 29, the accused called her and said he was going abroad, hence, he wanted to meet her. “Since my parents were not at home, the accused came to my house. Finding me alone, he raped me. After the sexual assault, my health deteriorated after which he fled the spot. Later, my parents rushed me to a hospital,” the victim alleged. ASI Parminder Kaur said after registering a case, the accused was arrested on Monday. In the other incident, a case was registered at the Focal Point police station against Mintu Pal of Dhandari Khurd for violating a 15-year-old girl. The complainant, the girl’s mother, told the police that on August 30, when she returned in the evening after work, her daughter told her that the accused had forcibly dragged her into his room and raped her. After registering a case, the police arrested the accused on Monday. Maintaining that the availability of classrooms, playgrounds, educational parks, science laboratories and toilets impact the quality of education, Singla said various studies revealed that the performance of students in such schools was better than those who study in schools with poor and insufficient infrastructure. A smart school, as specified in the policy, was distinguished from any ordinary school. Smart school is a technology-based teaching and learning institution, which prepares children for the information and knowledgebased society, besides contributing to their holistic development. Each smart school was equipped with a separate, spacious, airy and well-ventilated classroom for every section of class as per pupil-teacher ratio with a green and whiteboard. Besides adequate furniture for all students, separate required number of functional toilets for girls and boys, free sanitary napkins for girls, well-equipped principal, headmaster room, including staff rooms, well-equipped science laboratories, vocational laboratories, ICT laboratories and other requisite facilities were provided for the students and teachers of the smart schools. 1 held for illegal sand mining Tribune News Service Ludhiana, August 31 The Sidhwan Bet police conducted a raid on the sandmining mafia and seized vehicles loaded with illegally mined sand from the Sutlej. Two raids were conducted by the police and one suspect was arrested. In first case, the investigation officer, ASI Rajvarinderpal Singh, said a police party was present at the Bhaini Arayian village bus stand. They received a tip-off that Harjinder was into the trade of illegal sand mining and they were loading mined continued on page 2 A person gets the two-millionth dose of vaccine in Ludhiana on Tuesday. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA 2 million vax doses administered Tribune News Service Ludhiana, August 31 Recording a rare feat in its aggressive Covid vaccination drive in Ludhiana district, the count of doses administered reached two million today. Out of the two million doses, half a million were administered in the past 30 days. The target of a million jabs was achieved on June 22, and another half a million was added to the count on August 1. Presiding over an event held at the Civil Hospital, MC Councillor Mamta Ashu and Additional Deputy Commissioner Sandeep Kumar called it a milestone in the battle against Covid. They said this was fastestever pace of the vaccination drive in any district of Punjab. They said the life-saving jabs would help deal with the probable third wave. They congratulated those vaccinated and those making the drive a success. They said the vaccine was being supplied by the Centre and all stock gets utilised immediately. They said now, more camps would be held in the district to ensure that all eligible beneficiaries were vaccinated before the advent of third wave. They solicited people’s support in the task to keep Covid-19 spread under check, because mass immunisation is the only solution to this deadly disease. Three fresh cases in district Tribune News Service Ludhiana, August 31 Today, three Covid cases were reported in Ludhiana district while no death was reported. At present, no patient is undergoing treatment for the disease at any hospital and 11 persons were sent for home isolation. Now, there are only 14 active patients in the district. The recovery rate of Covid patients has reached 97.59 per cent and 85,355 patients have recovered so far in the district. Till date, a total of 22,78,293 samples have been taken, of which 21,79,799 were found negative. The total number of patients related to Ludhiana is 87,466 while 11,658 patients belong to other districts/states. So far, 2,097 persons from Ludhiana and 1,049 from other districts have lost their lives to the virus. COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 22,78,923 87,466 14 7 2,097 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 No irregularities in e-auction of Man gets life in jail for killing paramour commercial site, says LIT chief Man sentenced to life Legal Correspondent Our Correspondent Ludhiana, August 31 Stoutly denying the allegations of irregularities in the recently held e-auction of a commercial site in Model Town Extension, Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) Chairman Raman Balasubramanium today asserted that the site was sold in a transparent manner and strictly on the basis of reserve price fixed by the state government under the ‘Punjab Management and Transfer of Municipal Properties Act 2020’. Refuting reports in a section of media that the commercial site measuring 3.79 acre (16,344 square yards) was sold at a cheap price as compared to the prevailing market rate of land in the locality, ‘SITE SOLD AT A PREMIUM OF 7 PER CENT’ Refuting reports in a section of media that a commercial site in Model Town Extension measuring 3.79 acre (16,344 square yards) was sold at a cheap price as compared to the prevailing market rate of land in the locality, LIT Chairman Raman Balasubramanium said the reserve price of the said chunk of land was fixed at around Rs 91.86 crore and LIT Chairman Raman Balasubramanium addresses the media the site was sold for nearly Rs 98.38 crore (at a premium of seven per cent). in Ludhiana on Tuesday. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN he said the reserve price of the said chunk of land was fixed at around Rs 91.86 crore and the site was sold for nearly Rs 98.38 crore (at a premium of seven per cent). The LIT Chairman further claimed that wide publicity was given in print media to the properties which were sold through e-auction, adding that several government officials, including tehsildar (West), representative of additional deputy commissioner (urban development) and joint director (urban development) were present during the proceedings. He termed the news report, that a land carrying a market price of Rs 350 crore was sold for less than Rs 100 crore, as wrong and baseless. The chairman pointed out that if somebody came forward to purchase the said commercial site at the claimed price and deposited 10 per cent earnest money, he would personally take up the matter with the government to cancel the sale through e-auction. c m y b THE CASE Ludhiana, August 31 The Court of Sessions Judge Munish Singal has convicted Charanjit Singh, a resident of Pratap Pura village, Peer Baba Basant Singh Nagar Colony, Haibowal, Ludhiana, on the charges of killing a woman, Puja, after their live-in relationship turned sour. He was sentenced to undergo rigorous life imprisonment and pay a fine of Rs 10,000. A case against Charanjit was registered at Shimlapuri police station on March 28, 2018, following the statement of Seema, a resident of Janta Nagar, Bhagwan Chowk, Ludhiana. The complainant had stated that her daughter Puja was a divorcee. She was living with her at a rented accommoda- Charanjit Singh, a resident of Pratap Pura village, Peer Baba Basant Singh Nagar Colony, Haibowal, Ludhiana, was convicted on the charges of killing a woman, Puja, after their live-in relationship turned sour. A case against Charanjit was registered at Shimlapuri police station on March 28, 2018, following the statement of Seema, a resident of Janta Nagar, Bhagwan Chowk in Ludhiana. tion and was having a live-in relationship with the accused, who lived at their house. On March 23, 2018, she heard Puja’s shrieks around 4 pm. When she entered the latter’s room, she saw Charanjit beating her up. The accused hit her head on the back of the bed, as a result of which Puja died. The police arrested the accused the next day. term for killing woman Legal Correspondent Ludhiana, August 31 The Court of Sessions Judge Munish Singal has convicted Amaninder Singh, a resident of Kila Raipur, Dehlon, near Ludhiana, for killing Sarabjit Kaur by slitting her neck with a sharpedged ‘gandasa’. He was sentenced to undergo rigorous life imprisonment (RI) and pay a fine Rs 10,000. Amaninder was booked at the Dehlon police station on May 28, 2017, following the statement of Sarabjit Kaur’s husband, Amarjit Singh. The complainant had stated before the police that on the fateful day, Sarabjit was going to the market to buy some articles. She had covered a little distance when she cried out for help. Amarjit and his daughter Lakhwinder rushed out of their house and saw Amaninder standing there with a blood-stained gandasa and Sarabjit lying with her throat slit. She died on the spot.
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