06092021-LT-01.qxd 9/6/2021 12:11 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE 20 -YR-OLD YOUTH ELECTROCUTED, KIN DEMAND COMPENSATION Victim was electrocuted on Friday. His family has refused to hand over the body for autopsy till they get compensation. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY Thieves target 2 houses, decamp with valuables Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 5 Thieves targeted two houses in the industrial hub and decamped with cash and valuables worth lakhs of rupees. The thieves barged into the house of Seema Aggarwal, a resident of Naseeb Enclave. Seema told the police that on September 3, she left the house along with her children and next day when she returned home, they were shocked to see broken locks of the main door. Thieves had ransacked the entire house and decamped with one laptop, mobile phone, LED screen, gas cylinder, inverter and gold ornaments worth lakhs of rupees. Investigating officer ASI Dilbarg Singh said that a case of theft was registered against unknown persons and the police were scrutinising CCTV cameras installed in the area to get clue about the thieves. Another complainant, Makhandeen of Meharban, told the police that thieves entered the house through a hole in the wall. He said on September 3, the family members were sleeping in the courtyard and the next morning, they were shocked to see a big hole in the room’s wall. Thieves had ransacked the entire room and after breaking open the almirah’s lock they decamped with Rs 3.5 lakh and gold jewellery worth lakhs of rupees. ASI Gurmit Singh said after registering a case, the police had launched a probe. Teachers honoured for their services amid pandemic Mandi Ahmedgarh, Sept 5 Teachers of various schools were felicitated during separate functions in the region to celebrate Teacher’s Day. The main function was organised by the local unit of Rotary Club at Jain Samadh, where the teachers felicitated vowed to dedicate their lives to the cause of reformation of the society, in view of the ever-changing social-economic portfolio. Excise and Taxation Officer Moti Khan was the chief guest. Additional Superintending Engineer, PSPCL, Amandeep Khangura; Surinder Kuradchhappa, president of Arhtia Association; and Jai Gopal Goyal, a social activist, distributed awards among the teachers. — OC PAGE 2 PREITY ZINTA UNVEILS POSTER OF VIKASH’S NEXT, NO MEANS NO PAGE 3 ACTRESS KRITI SANON SLAMS MEDIA FOR BEING INSENSITIVE Releasing on November 5, the film is the first Indo-Polish sports thriller based on a story of women empowerment. MAX 33°C | MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 33°C | MIN 26°C SUNSET MONDAY 6:43 PM PAGE 4 Many celebrities have lashed out at media for their insensitive behaviour during the funeral of Sidharth Shukla. SUNRISE TUESDAY 6:06 AM MONDAY | 6 SEPTEMBER 2021 | LUDHIANA Budget estimates remain One more tests positive beyond civic body’s reach Tribune News Service Officials, staff told to improve recovery targets or face action Kuldip Bhatia BUILDING, O&M BRANCHES AMONG LAGGARDS Ludhiana, September 5 As the first half of the current financial year (2021-22) is approaching fast, the Municipal Corporation has found itself way behind in achieving the Budget target of around 50 per cent of the Rs 1,000 annual Budget. It was learnt that recovery from local taxes, user charges and other sources of income was at present hovering between 25 and 30 per cent or even less and making up the deficit in next three weeks seemed to be a herculean task. Concerned over deficient recovery and its adverse affect on development and infrastructure projects in the city, MC Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Sabharwal is said to have given a dressing down to all departmental Highly placed sources indicated that building branch (composition fee), advertisement branch, rent and tehbazari, operations and maintenance (O&M) branch (from water and sewerage charges) and sale of property and development charges (from CLU and OTS) were the main laggards. The sole exception was income from house tax and property tax where recovery was almost close to the estimated income. heads for poor recovery. At the same time, officials and field staff have been given targets with explicit instructions that failure to meet the targets would be taken seriously and erring persons would have to face action. Highly placed sources indicated that building branch (composition fee), advertisement branch, rent and tehbazari, operations and maintenance (O&M) branch (from water and sewerage charges) and sale of property and development charges (from CLU and OTS) were the main laggards. The sole exception was income from house tax and property tax where recovery was almost close to the estimated income. It was also learnt that all four Zonal Commissioners as well as heads of the O&M branch were specifically told to ensure that the house/property tax branch and the O&M branches made recovery of at least Rs 20 crore and Rs 11 crore, respectively, by the end of this month so that the estimated Budget targets could be achieved. Officials of the O&M branch Pitiable condition of roads makes commuters suffer Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 5 Badly broken city roads have become a nightmare for commuters but the civic body has failed to take any action so far to provide a sigh of relief to them. Road works (bitumen based) that were supposed to be started after the rainy season are also likely to get affected amid a row between contractors associated with the Ludhiana Hotmix Plant Welfare Association and MC officials. At present, potholes on Elevated Road, Jagraon Bridge, Hambran Road, Gill Road, Buddha Nullah stretch, Ishmeet Singh Road, Noorwala Road, Bahadurke Road, Tibba Road, Model Town roads, Dugri area roads, Focal Point roads and other stretches are crying for attention. AAP leader Ahbaab Singh Grewal said city roads were in a pitiable condition, giving an invitation to mishaps. “Even the roads in good condition are often dug up. There is no proper planning for recarpeting or reconstruction of the roads in the city,” he said. Leader of the Opposition in the MC House Harbhajan The badly broken portion of Elevated Road near Jagraon Bridge in Ludhiana. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN ROW BETWEEN CONTRACTORS, OFFICIALS ADDS TO WOES Road works (bitumen based) that were supposed to be started after the rainy season are also likely to get affected amid a row between contractors associated with the Ludhiana Hotmix Plant Welfare Association and civic body officials. Singh Dang said various roads in the city had badly broken but the civic body had not even conducted patchwork in the past three years. Dang said: “When we raised the matter that the patchwork was not being conducted, the authorities said the roads will be recarpeted soon. But, a group of contractors have announced to boycott MC works. The civic body should resolve the issue with contrac- tors so that the road works be carried out timely in the city.” While levelling allegations of corruption against MC officials, the contractors had announced to boycott the MC road works. Meanwhile, elected representatives are waiting for beginning of road works in their respective wards as the Assembly elections are likely to be held in early 2022. continued on page 2 said the recovery from user charges (water and sewerage bills) was showing an upward trend with the introduction of one-time settlement (OTS) scheme for regularisation of illegal water and sewerage connections which was notified by the state government on August 16, 2021. The scheme also provided for one-time waiver of interest and penalty on payment of arrears of water and sewerage bills for the payment of principal amount in lump sum during the three-month window of the OTS scheme. Drunken driving: Nine vehicles impounded Ludhiana, September 5 Continuing their campaign against drunken driving, the police raided city’s posh areas and caught hold of violators. ADCP 3 Sameer Verma led the drive on Saturday night. He said several cars parked on roads were checked and liquor was recovered from some while in others, occupants were caught consuming liquor. “We have impounded nine vehicles,” he said. — TNS Ludhiana, September 5 One person tested positive for Covid-19 while no death was reported in the district on Sunday. Now, there are 23 active patients in Ludhiana district and no patient is undergoing treatment at any hospital. Today, 8,957 samples of suspected patients were sent for testing and their results are expected shortly. Till date, a total of 23,21,472 samples have been taken, of which 22,22,328 tested negative. Now, the total number of patients related to Ludhiana is 87,483, while 11,661 patients belong to other COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS districts/states. The total number of persons who succumbed to the virus includes 2,097 from Ludhiana and 1,049 patients from other districts. Meanwhile, an ayurvedic immunisation camp was held yesterday at Government Ayurvedic Hospital, Model Gram, here. An ancient 23,21,472 87,483 23 1 2,097 health tonic, known as ‘Swarn Prashan’, given to children in the age group 0-12 years, was administered. The dosage is repeated after 28 days. The camp was organised by District Ayurvedic and Unani Officer Dr Pankaj Gupta and was sponsored by city-based Dr Gurbhajan Singh Gill. At 1.31 lakh doses, dist achieves highest single-day vaccination Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 5 In a momentous feat, Ludhiana has achieved the highest ever vaccination in a single day with 1,31,993 lakh doses given across district on Sunday. Lauding the untiring and determined efforts of the healthcare workers in recording highest single day vaccination, Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma said that this would further strengthen the fight against the deadly coronavirus. He said the milestone of administering more than 1.31 lakh doses of Covid-19 vaccine was not possible without the fulsome support of Ludhiana people who took part wholeheartedly in the inoculation drive which has so far covered 22,54,619 people that started on January 16. A woman gets vaccinated against Covid on Sunday. INDERJEET VERMA The DC said it was the need of the hour to vaccinate people on a war footing to build herd immunity to combat the third wave by sending teams in every nook and corner of the district. He said vaccination was being done on a large scale in Ludhiana and the adminis- tration was in an action mode to further boost the protection system against Covid-19. The Deputy Commissioner said: “Vaccination was the most effective weapon against this invisible enemy and now, it was our responsibility to come forward for taking the jab.” Mohali airport to have modern cargo complex Likely to become functional in Nov, will handle domestic, int’l consignments Sanjay Bumbroo Tribune News Service Mohali, September 5 Industrialists have a reason to cheer as an integrated cargo complex is coming up at the Chandigarh International Airport here which would handle domestic as well as international cargo, including perishable items. It is likely to become functional in November. The cargo complex would have five sheds with a covered area of about 2,500 sq mt for storing perishable and non-perishable items. The 'WILL BOOST INDUSTRIAL GROWTH IN REGION' Yogesh Sagar, president, Mohali Industries Association, said it will boost industrial growth in the region. Earlier, industrialists had to transport their goods to Delhi and Mumbai airports for sending these abroad. But with the cargo facility coming up at the local airport, not only the industries of Mohali but also Dera Bassi, Ludhiana and Jalandhar would benefit. Chandigarh International Airport would become the only airport in North India after Delhi to have 2,500-metric tonne cargo facility. Ajay Bhardwaj, Chief Executive Officer, Chandigarh International Airport Ltd., said a total of five sheds had been constructed and of these, one pre-fabricated shed with a capacity of 450 sq mt would be for perishable items. He said the cargo complex would be equipped with the latest facilities, including a cold room, reefer van, fork lifts, scissors lift, pallets, userfriendly weighing scales, for a smooth functioning. The cargo would also be equipped with high-security equipment such as CCTV cameras and X-ray machines. Ajay Bhardwaj said the total cost of the project was ~11.5 crore. Civil work had been completed. The paved area is about 7,500 sq mt while the green area would be about 4,500 sq mt. The airport is at present handling predominantly belly cargo in the domestic sector only, he added. Various airlines, including Air India, Indigo, Vistara and Go Air, are doing continued on page 2 6 dist teachers bag state awards Teaching underprivileged kids his passion TEACHER’S DAY Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 5 On the occasion of Teacher’s Day, educators from Ludhiana were honoured by the state government for their contribution to the field of teaching. As many as four teachers and two Block Primary Education Officers (BPEOs) from the district were conferred with state awards at Suvidha Kendra hall here today. The state-level award ceremony was organised at Patiala, where Education Minister Vijay Inder Singla was the chief guest. A virtual award ceremony was organised at all district headquar- ters, where the district education officers (DEOs) honoured teachers of their respective districts. The four state awardees of Ludhiana are Amritpal Singh Pali, computer faculty, GSSSChhapaar; Navjot Sharma, SST teacher, GMS-Gosal; Varindera Parveen, science mistress, Government Senior Secondary Smart School, Sekhewal; and Balwinder Singh Jodhan, primary teacher, GMS-Narangwal. The two BPEOs who were awarded are Bhupinder Kaur from Block Mangat 1 and Tripta Devi from Block Ludhiana 1. Lakhvir Singh, DEO (secondary), while congratulating the teachers, said “These teachers and BPEOs have made immense contributions for quality improvement of education in their schools and the region and they would certainly act as role models and source of inspiration for others in the times to come”. Meanwhile, to felicitate the hard work and dedication of teachers, especially during the testing times of the pandemic, Teacher’s Day was celebrated with enthusiasm at Sat Paul Mittal School. The students sent gratitude messages and expressed their love and respect for their teachers through texts. A function was held where Bipin Gupta, vice-chairman of the school governing council, was the chief guest. Shivani Bhakoo Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 5 On the occasion of Teacher’s Day, he does not expect to be honoured or recognised for his work. His lone aim is to make children of slum dwellers self-reliant and provide them education so that they can decide for themselves what is right or wrong and become independent to feed themselves and their families in the best possible manner. An advocate by profession, Hari Om Jindal has been able to teach over 500 children so far from deprived and neglecting back- c m y b Hari Om Jindal with children at a slum in Ludhiana on Sunday. grounds of collecting trash or cow-dung. “When I met some of these children in 2013, it was not an easy task to motivate them for getting education as they were doing the work of collecting trash. Hard, sincere and dedicated efforts are required for bringing transformation in their thinking. Unlike regular schools, delivery of education had to be made interesting to attract them and their parents. It was also important to provide them relevant education which would help them connect with the country, its problems and progress. It has to be stressed that they should also lead a life of dignity,” he said. Jindal used to visit various slum areas, gets data of children who could be pro- vided education, motivates them and their parents and take classes in the open wherever little space is available. His students simply love him. The day when he is not able to meet his students, they look restless. Jyoti, one of his students, said: “It is because of him that I will be appearing for Class V exams and now, I can add, subtract, multiply easily. I do understand that the country needs educated youth for progress and I will definitely try to motivate others to join us and become responsible and self-reliant citizens.”
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