07092021-LT-01.qxd 9/6/2021 11:10 PM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE RURAL DISPENSARIES SANS MEDICINES FOR 18 MONTHS PAGE 2 RMOs, who have started returning to their places of posting, are facing issues as there is no supply of medicines. FORECAST CLOUDY SKY ACTOR SIDHARTH SHUKLA’S FAMILY REQUESTS PRIVACY PAGE 3 While his fans and well-wishers are still in shock, the actor’s family issued first official statement after his demise. MAX 30°C | MIN 27°C | YESTERDAY MAX 35°C | MIN 27°C SUNSET TUESDAY 6:42 PM A child protests along with contractual employees of the PRTC and PUNBUS at the bus stand in Ludhiana. HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Bus service hit as contractual staff go on indefinite strike Ludhiana, September 6 The government-run bus service was badly hit and passengers were left to suffer as the contractual employees of the PRTC and PUNBUS went on an indefinite strike on Monday. The employees are demanding from the government adding of a fleet of 10,000 more buses to the service and regularisation of services of all contractual staff of the PRTC and PUNBUS. They blamed the government for failing to meet their demands due to which they were forced to go on strike. To mark their protest, a large number of employees staged a dharna at the Amar Shaheed Sukhdev Interstate Bus Stand Ludhiana today. The protest- The bus stand wears a deserted look during the strike by contractual employees in Ludhiana on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO ers alleged that the government has been ignoring their demands for a long time despite staging of protests by them in the past too. The majority of government buses were not operational here today due to the strike. However, private buses plied on the roads. Satnam Singh, a union leader, said, “Around 7,600 contractual employees of the Punjab Roadways and PUNBUS in the state, including about 600 of Ludhiana district, are on an indefinite strike. We will continue our strike till the gov- Hold CBI probe into auction of land at Model Town Extension by LIT: BJP Kuldip Bhatia Ludhiana, September 6 State secretary of the Pradhan Mantri Jankalyankari Yojna Prachar Prasar Abhiyan Vineet Pal Singh Monga and other BJP activists today staged a dharna at the DC’s office and also submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner against the questionable auction of a prime land in Model Town Extension by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT), which had allegedly caused revenue loss of more than Rs 200 crore to the state exchequer. The protesters also demanded a CBI probe into the ‘shady’ land deal and stern action against the guilty persons, including the LIT chairman. The BJP activists alleged that the LIT officials had got the land undervalued by the committee, headed by the Deputy Commissioner, by providing wrong and misleading facts. As a result, the reserve price of 3.75 acres commercial land was fixed at Rs 91crore against its prevailing market price of more than Rs 350 crore. “The sale proceeds of the land at approximately Rs 98 crore have caused a loss of over Rs 200 crore to the state exchequer for which crimi- BJP activists stage a dharna at the DC’s office in Ludhiana on Monday. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN ‘LOSS OF ~200 CRORE TO STATE EXCHEQUER’ “The sale proceeds of the land at approximately ~98 crore have caused a loss of over ~200 crore to the state exchequer for which criminal proceedings ought to be launched against the LIT chairman and conniving officials,” the BJP demanded in the memorandum. nal proceedings ought to be launched against the LIT chairman and conniving officials. At the same time, the eauction of the land which was subject to final approval of the state government (Local Government Department, Punjab), be cancelled,” the party demanded in the memorandum. While submitting the memorandum to the DC, Monga said the matter is also being taken up with the Union Government for launching a CBI inquiry into all the auctions of land and property conducted by the LIT after the incumbent chairman took over the reins during the Congress rule in Punjab. “We have made a submission to the Government of India through the Union Home Ministry to conduct a CBI probe into alleged links of senior Congress leaders in the city, as well as at Chandigarh, with the land mafia which intended to usurp prime chinks of land at different places in the state at throwaway prices through similar manipulations,” Monga added. c m y b ernment meets our demands.” Members of the Punjab Roadways Pensioners Association have also extended support to the contractual staff. They blamed the state government for making attempts for the privatisation of the government departments. A member of the pensioners’ association said, “Before the 2017 Assembly elections, the Congress had promised to end transport mafia from the state if it comes to power. But, the Captain government is now trying to end the government transport services. To save the government transport and secure their employment, the pensioners are supporting the contractual employees.” The protesters said if their demands were not met, they will intensify the agitation. Five mobikes stolen, mobile phone snatched Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Ludhiana: Bittu Devi (29), hailing from Panipat in Haryana and married to Kamal Soni here in 2016, committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan on Saturday at her residence in Gobindgarh Colony in Focal Point here. In a police complaint, Kiran Devi, mother of the deceased woman, has said her daughter was persistently being harassed on one pretext or the other. “My daughter had taken the extreme step of taking her life in utter desperation,” she said. The police have arrested husband of the deceased woman Kamal Soni and booked him under Section 306 of the IPC. OC TUESDAY | 7 SEPTEMBER 2021 | LUDHIANA One dead, 5 test positive in dist MAN HELD WITH COUNTRYMADE .32-BORE PISTOL WOMAN ENDS LIFE, HUSBAND HELD PAGE 4 She was admitted last week to Hinduja Hospital, following breathlessness, high BP and sugar level. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6:06 AM INBRIEF Ludhiana: The Crime Branch of city police have arrested a man, Ankit Kumar, alias Mukayya, resident of Sarpanch Colony, Tajpur Road, under the Meharban police station, and seized a countrymade .32-bore pistol from him. ASI Amarjit Singh of the Crime Branch conducted a raid on the basis of a tip-off on New Sarpanch Colony from where Ankit Kumar was nabbed. A case under Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act has been registered at the Meharban police station against Ankit Kumar. In preliminary interrogation, another person, identified as Gagandeep, alias Gaggu, resident of Gobind Nagar, under Shimlapuri police station, was also booked as a co-accused in the case. The police said Ankit Kumar will be produced in a local court and his police remand will be sought for further interrogation to know about his criminal activities. OC VETERAN ACTRESS SAIRA BANU DISCHARGED FROM HOSPITAL Ludhiana, September 6 Five motorcycles were stolen from different parts of the city on Sunday. One person was arrested with a stolen Activa scooter and another person lost his mobile phone to two scooter-borne snatchers. According to the police, one Hero Honda Passion (PB10CN-1578) was stolen from near petrol pump at the Jalandhar Bypass, one Hero Splendour (PB-10CZ-7826) was stolen from near Dyeing Complex on Bahadurke Road, one Hero Splendour (PB-91H-8808) was stolen from outside Rakh Bagh, one Hero Splendour (PB-91F2874) was stolen from Phase II in Focal Point, while another Hero Splendour motorcycle was reported to have been stolen from Kartar Bhawan Complex on Ferozepur Road. The police have registered cases under Section 379 of the IPC. One person, identified as Badal Ghulati, resident of Hazoori Bagh Colony, Bhattian Bet, was nabbed by the police from Rahon Road, Basti Jodhewal, while riding a stolen Activa scooter bearing fake number plate. He was booked under Sections 379, 411 and 473 of the IPC. Meanwhile, two Activaborne youths snatched a Samsung mobile phone from Abhishek Bansal, who was going on a night walk towards Royal Resorts. The victim said he was talking on the mobile phone and when he reached near Hitech Gym, the scooterborne youths came from behind, snatched his mobile phone and fled. The police have registered a case under Section 379-B of the IPC. Ludhiana, September 6 Five persons tested positive for Covid, while one person lost his life to the disease today. The recovery rate of Covid-19 patients has reached 97.58 per cent. There were 27 active patients in the district. A total of six patients — five from Ludhiana and one from other state/district — have tested positive in the last 24 hours. The person who lost his life was 57-year-old man from Fatehpur Bet, Maachiwara, Ludhiana district. Till date, a total of 23,28,518 samples have been taken, of which 22,29,368 samples were found negative. The total number of patients belonging to Ludhiana is 87,488, while 11,662 patients belong to other districts/states. The total number of persons who lost their lives to the disease is 2,098 from Ludhiana and 1,049 from other districts. Samples of 7,046 suspected patients were sent for A man gives sample for Covid test in Ludhiana. COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 23,28,518 87,488 27 4 2,098 testing today and their results are expected shortly. Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma appealed to the residents to adhere to all safety protocols like wearing masks, maintaining social distance and washing hands frequently of the Punjab Government to not only save themselves, but also keeping everyone around safe. Cholera case surfaces Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 6 One patient suffering from cholera has been detected in the district. The patient belongs to Valmiki Nagar in Mullanpur and is an eight-yearold kid. The patient was admitted to Raghunath Hospital. Cholera has been confirmed in the hanging drop test. The Health Department has swing into action after the confirmation of the case and started survey in the area. People living in the area of the patient are being tested and awareness is being created. According to the Health Department, no other person in the area has been found with symptoms of cholera. Chlorine tablets have been distributed in the area and four water samples collected from the area. Our Correspondent YOUTH ELECTROCUTED Factory owner, crane driver booked Ludhiana, September 6 The police have booked the owner of Singla Factory, Cycle Road, Sukhram Jindal, resident of Bhai Himmat Singh Nagar, and his crane driver Jasvir Singh, resident of Ratnopal in Fatehgarh Sahib district, under Sections 279 and 304-A of the IPC after the death by electrocution of a helper in the factory. The deceased has been identified as Abhishek (20), resident of Rajiv Gandhi Colony in Focal Point here. He died on September 3. In a complaint to the police, Himmat Devi, mother of the deceased, said her son was holding a container which was being hauled up by the crane. “Suddenly, the container touched electric cables and my son received severe electric shock which killed him on the spot,” said the complainant. — OC Girl goes missing Ludhiana, September 6 A minor girl of Jiwan Nagar Colony has been reportedly missing from her house since Saturday. The father of the missing girl lodged a report with the police saying the girl had gone to the market but did not come back. The police have registered a case under Sections 363 and 366-A of the IPC. — OC oﬀering IAS/ IPS/ PCS/ JUDICIARY COACHING INTEGRATEDWITHGRADUATION PROGRAMMES IAS / IPS/ PCS Coaching Integrated with • BCA • B.Com • BA • B.Tech & Other Undergraduate • BBA Programmes... Judiciary Coaching Integrated with • B.A., LL.B. • LL.B. • B.Com, LL.B. • LL.M.
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