02092021-LT-01.qxd 9/2/2021 12:22 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE YEAR ON, DIST SEES A MASSIVE DIP IN COVID-19 CASES PAGE 2 The district has made a remarkable turnaround from being the worst-hit to the safest district in the state. FORECAST CLOUDY SKY MADHURI CELEBRATES 30 YEARS OF SAAJAN ON DANCE DEEWANE PAGE 3 ACTRESS SAIRA BANU ADMITTED TO HINDUJA HOSPITAL, MUMBAI Saajan completed 30 years and show’s upcoming episode will be a celebration of the three decades of musical flick. MAX 34°C | MIN 22°C | YESTERDAY MAX 35°C | MIN 23°C SUNSET THURSDAY 6:48 PM PAGE 4 The actress was rushed to the hospital after she complained of issues related to blood pressure three days ago. SUNRISE FRIDAY 6:03 AM THURSDAY | 2 SEPTEMBER 2021 | LUDHIANA Protest mars Sukhbir Badal’s rally 14 booked for damaging cars Samyukta Kisan Morcha avtivists raise slogans, say no party stood with farmers at Machhiwara Sahib rally Lovleen Bains Sahnewal, September 1 Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Badal’s visit here today was marred by a protest and sloganeering. As his cavalcade reached Sahnewal, members of the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), chiefly the Rajewal and Kadian groups, gave vent to their anger against the three farm laws. Block president of Kadian group Rajvir Singh and general secretary Mandeep Singh accused Badals of initiating and leading the final passing of the three contentious laws, which they said were sure to plunder and bring the farming community on the roads. They also condemned his 100-day rally, which they said was primarily to secure his party’s position in the coming elections and not for the welfare or concern for the farming community. Had his tour been for the cause of the farmers, he would have stood in their support, they said. The protesters also accused the SAD for being a mute spectator in the Bargari incident, despite the fact that it had the power to reign in truth and justice at that time. The police had a tough time handling the protesters and bringing the situation under control. Meanwhile, addressing a huge gathering at a local palace, Sukhbir asked people to Two killed in road mishaps Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 1 Two persons lost their lives in road mishaps in the district. The first incident reported at Kailash Nagar, near Jodhewal Chowk, where a pedestrian was hit by a rashly driven unknown vehicle. Complainant Dilbag Singh of Giaspura told the police that on August 29 night, he was returning home and when he reached Kailash Nagar, he saw an unknown vehicle hitting a pedestrian. After the accident, the driver did not stop his vehicle to take the victim to hospital and fled the spot. People rushed the victim to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday evening. ASI Jasvir Singh said a case of negligent driving was registered against the accused and CCTV cameras were being checked to get any clue about him. In another incident, a cyclist was killed in a hit-andrun case in Jagraon. Complainant Tarsem Singh of Jagraon told the police that on August 31, his father was going on his bicycle to a gurdwara. On the way, an unknown rashly driven vehicle rammed into his bicycle. After the accident, people rushed his father to the Civil Hospital where doctors declared him brought dead. ASI Anwar Masih said a probe was on to trace the errant driver. Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal along with MLA Sharanjit Dhillon during a rally; and (left) SKM activists raise slogans against the SAD chief in Sahnewal on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS vote in favour of development and farsightedness. Reiterating the 13-point agenda of the SAD- BSP alliance, he said each and every section of the society shall get its due within a stipulated period of time. Addressing his rally, named ‘Gal Punjab Di’, he said “Ours is the party which knows how to fulfil promises made in the election manifesto, be it the completion of flyovers, electricity projects, 24hour power supply to industry and farming community, increase in old-age pension, special package to riot victims, employment to youths, sports quota for excelling players or free higher education, especially for girls. This we promised and delivered during our tenure but as opposed to this, the Congress has failed to fulfil its promises,” said the SAD president. “Congress stands as a divided party today. When a party has failed to keep its own house in order, when will it find time to look towards the general public? The party leaders are seeking majority votes within the party itself. It does not have the capacity to reach out to the common man and solve his problems. Rather, the Congress is patronising gangsters and thus leading to lawlessness,” he expressed. Terming the Congress and AAP party leaders as liars, he said no party could flourish on the foundation of falsehood and deceit. “The SAD is known for its performance, which it shall, once again, prove if voted to power,” Sukhbir asserted. “SAD was the only party that stood up against the Centre by vot- Two bizmen lose ~6 lakh in electricity bill e-fraud Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 1 Cyber criminals have now chosen a novel way to defraud people on the pretext of making payment for electricity bills. Two big city industrialists were recently duped of Rs 6 lakh by cyber crooks and a domestic consumer of a few hundred rupees. After the police got to know about the fraud, the cyber wing of the city police started a probe. As per information, two citybased industrialists had received an email regarding their electricity bill of Rs 2.5 lakh and Rs 3.5 lakh, respectively, and a link was given in the name of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL). Considering emails from the PSPCL, industrialists clicked on the link and deposited the bill as per the given instructions. Later, when they received a notice from the PSPCL regarding the non-payment of bills, the victims went to enquire from the department and were shocked to know that the bill was paid on spam link. Sub-Inspector (SI) Jatinder Singh of the cyber cell said after receiving complaint when probe was started, it was found that cyber criminals have now chosen this modus operandi to defraud people and probe will definitely expose the people behind it. “It is surprising that criminals were aware about the bill cycle of people and even the average bill and they send fraudulent emails to such con- sumers only. It is being suspected that criminals are having data of consumers. We will also scan the role of PSPCL officials if any during the probe,” said SI Jatinder Singh. The third person defrauded by the accused was the domestic consumer who had made a payment of few hundred rupees by clicking on the link sent by the cyber crooks. The cyber wing has requested the people if they receive any such fraudulent link asking for electricity bill, they should not click on such links and inform the police immediately. To make the people aware about such frauds, the city police are posting video messages on the official Facebook and Twitter accounts of the Ludhiana police. ing against the three black laws in Parliament, even as both the Congress and AAP backed out. The war is on but only those warriors who have stayed committed throughout, shall come out victorious at the end of the day,” he expressed. Earlier, Sahnewal MLA Sharanjit Singh Dhillon and senior Youth Akali leader Simranjit Singh Dhillon welcomed the SAD president and assured that they would leave no stone unturned to strengthen the party and make it victorious in the coming elections. Contractors come out in support of civic body officials Ludhiana, September 1 Days after contractors of the Ludhiana Hotmix Plant Welfare Association levelled allegations of corruption against MC officials, another group of contractors has come forward to support the Municipal Corporation (MC), Ludhiana. Members of the Contractors Association Municipal Corporation Ludhiana held a press conference to extend support to the officials of the civic body. The contractors, dealing in different works, claimed that the allegations of corruption levelled against the MC officials were false. They claimed that the civic body had been releasing their payments timely. They would carry on development works in the city and participate in the tendering process for various projects, they added. — TNS Sewage overflow raises safety concerns Barricades placed to alert commuters on NH about big potholes filled with sludge Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 1 Commuters are a harried lot as a stretch of the main Chandigarh Road (national highway) is in a dilapidated condition near Sector 39 and Jamalpur Chowk, giving an open invitation to mishaps. The situation has turned worse as MC’s sewer is continuously overflowing on the road these days. A few barricades have been placed in the middle of the The badly broken stretch of Chandigarh Road in Ludhiana. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN c m y b national highway, alerting commuters about deep potholes filled with sewage. Area residents have been complaining about the poor condition of the stretch but the MC and National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) are yet to take necessary steps. Jagjeet Singh Mann of the Watawaran Sambhal Society, a resident of Chandigarh Road, said: “Sewage has been overflowing regularly on the badly broken portion of the continued on page 2 Ludhiana, September 1 The Khanna police registered a case against 14 persons on the charges of damaging vehicles in the recent rally of SAD president Sukhbir Badal at Machhiwara Sahib. The booked persons have been identified as Jasdev Singh Jassa, Sandeep Singh, Yudhvir Singh, Tinku Dharamvir, Parminder, Lalli, Joga, Karampal, Sahil, Raja Kahlon, residents of Machhiwara, Jagjit Singh Tholi of Samrala, Amit Moudgil, Neeraj of Samrala and Yodha of Majra village. Complainant Harjot Singh of Machhiwara told the police that on August 30, a rally of the SAD was to be held at Machhiwara where SAD president Sukhbir Badal was to come. “When I along with the SAD (Urban) Machhiwara president Jaspal and others was heading to attend the rally, the abovesaid accused stopped them on the road. They were carrying swords and sticks in their hands and damaged our cars. We, however, managed to save our lives and escaped,” alleged Harjot Singh. Harjot Singh said the police should verify the reason of attacking the vehicles of SAD workers and the accused should also be put behind bars. ASI Vipan Kumar said a case under various sections of the IPC and Punjab Prevention of Damage to Public and Private Property Act was registered against the fourteen persons and raids were being conducted to nab them. A woman gets jabbed against Covid in Ludhiana. INDERJEET VERMA Four test positive, no death in district Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 1 Four fresh cases of Covid-19 were reported in the district on Wednesday. Of them, three patients visited OPDs and one with influenza-like illness visited Flu Corner. Besides, a patient from other district has also tested positive for the virus. There are 14 active cases in the district at present. A total of 22,86,690 samples were collected to date. The Health Department has confirmed 87,470 cases of Ludhiana district and 11,659 cases of outside district areas. The department has confirmed 2,097 deaths due to Covid-19 in Ludhiana district, while 1,049 patients of other districts or states died of the virus here. Meanwhile, Deputy Com- COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 22,86,690 87,470 14 -2,097 missioner Varinder Kumar Sharma congratulated the people of Ludhiana district for achieving the 20.75lakh mark in its Covid vaccination drive. Interacting with the residents in his weekly Facebook live session on the official page of the DPRO, Ludhiana, the DC stated that without people’s cooperation it was impossible to vaccinate such a large number of people and becoming the first district in the state to cover 20.75 lakh people in this drive that started on January 16, 2021. COMMERCIAL SITE IN MODEL TOWN EXTENSION BJP terms LIT e-auction a multi-crorescam,seeksprobe BJP leaders address mediapersons in Ludhiana on Wednesday. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN Kuldip Bhatia Ludhiana, September 1 Terming the sale of a commercial site in Model Town Extension recently through e-auction by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) as a multi-crore scam and an Achilles’ heel for the Congress government in the state, the BJP today opened a front against LIT Chairman Raman Balasubramanium, charging him with causing a huge financial loss to the state exchequer. Interacting with mediapersons here, a member of the state executive committee of the party, Bikram Singh Sidhu (advocate), along with BJP district president Pushpinder Singal, pointed an accusing finger at the ongoing practice of selling of prime government land at throwaway prices by the LIT, which, he alleged, was playing in the hands of land mafia. Referring to yet another unlawful e-auction of land in which 3.75 acres situated in Model Town Extension, Part-II, was sold merely for Rs 96 crore against its estimated market price of Rs 300 crore, Sidhu ridiculed the LIT Chairman for his clarification that due to recession there were no bidders. “This claim is totally false and baseless as a senior LIT official had given a proposal for building 100 SCOs on this piece of prime land worth Rs 400 crore. However, the LIT authorities turned down the proposal without citing any solid reason for doing so,” he asserted. The BJP leader said it was not the solitary instance of bungling in the sale of land and property as only recently Trust land in BRS Nagar and Rajguru Nagar were sold on a throwaway prices by the LIT Chairman in connivance with his political masters. “Also, the land earmarked for the community centre and the school were sold away for commercial purposes,” he remarked. Sidhu emphasised that it was the need of the hour to put an end to such illegal and shady sale of government land that ought to be used for the benefit of the public and guilty politicians and officials should be booked for their misdemeanours. He said a complaint against the ongoing malpractices in the LIT had already been sent to the Chief Minister, Local Bodies Department and Vigilance Bureau, Punjab. If the government fails to initiate a probe, the matter would be taken to the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the BJP leader added.
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