13092021-LT-01.qxd 12-09-2021 23:53 Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE WAIT FOR VENDING ZONES GETS LONGER, MC LEAST BOTHERED In the absence of vending zones, street vendors are forced to sell their products on roadside. FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY INBRIEF 2,450 APPEAR FOR NEET Ludhiana: As many as 2,450 students of the 2,592 total registered appeared for the National Eligibility-cumEntrance Test (NEET) 2021, marking 94.52 per cent attendance. The exam was conducted at four district centres - SGND Convent School, Andlu, Raikot; Amrit Indo Canadian Academy, Ladian Khurd, Bagga Khurd; Guru Nanak Model Senior Secondary School, Doraha; and BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, Model Town. The students found biology questions easier as compared to physics and chemistry. TNS AIRPORT DIRECTION BOARDS BLACKENED Mandi Ahmedgarh: The police have launched a hunt for activists of Inquilab Zindabad Lehar who have been booked under under Section (3) of the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act for allegedly blackening direction boards of the International Airport, Halwara, installed on LudhianaBathinda Highway near Halwara drain on Sunday. The main accused have been identified as Sukhwinder Singh Halwara and Sukh Jagraon, frontline leaders of the outfit, who were demanding to name the airport after martyr Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha. OC Auto-rickshaw driver attempts to molest passenger Ludhiana, September 12 An auto-rickshaw driver attempted to molest a woman in Jagraon but was caught by passers-by. He has been identified as Chanmkor Singh of Galib Khurd village near Jagraon. The complainant, a resident of Galib Kalan, told the police that last evening, she was waiting for an auto-rickshaw to reach home. An auto driver asked her to board his vehicle as he was heading towards Galib Kalan village. Instead of turning towards the village, the driver stopped the auto on the roadside. “The auto driver seemed to be drunk and he attempted to disrobe and molest me. When I raised the alarm, people from my village, including Avtar, Dharampreet and Rajinder, who were passing by, saved me from the driver,” added the woman. The driver tried to flee but was caught and thrashed by the passers-by. — TNS PAGE 2 PAGE 3 AJAY DEVGN TO FEATURE IN EPISODE WITH BEAR GRYLLS WANDAVISION WINS FIRST EMMY FOR MARVEL STUDIOS He will be featuring in an episode of the popular adventure show, Into The Wild, which is hosted by Bear Grylls. MAX 31°C | MIN 25°C | YESTERDAY MAX 30°C | MIN 25°C SUNSET MONDAY 6:34 PM WandaVision has bagged two Emmy Awards making it the first series for Marvel Studios to get the award home. SUNRISE TUESDAY 6:10 AM MONDAY | 13 SEPTEMBER 2021 | LUDHIANA Chief Vigilance Officer seeks report on bylaw violations Risky ride Kuldip Bhatia A man tries to catch hold of his two-wheeler on a potholed elevated road (Jagraon bridge) after rain on Sunday. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN Admn fails to conduct fogging in areas outside MC limits Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 12 Though dengue cases are increasing in the district, there are many colonies (approved and unapproved) and villages outside the Municipal Corporation limits wherein the government has not yet made any arrangement to conduct fogging for the prevention of dengue and other vector-borne diseases this year too. Residents of such areas outside the MC’s jurisdiction and villages have been demanding from the government to ensure timely fogging but nothing has been done. Even PAGE 4 there is no proper check on breeding of mosquitoes in accumulated water in many of the areas outside the city. Jaswinder Singh, a resident of Basant City on Pakhowal Road, said: “No department conducts any fogging drive in our area. We have been demanding that fogging should be conducted here timely but to no avail.” Jaswinder, who is a former superintending engineer of the Department of Punjab Water Supply and Sanitation, said: “If fogging can be conducted in city areas, why not outside the city? Dengue cases were reported from outside city areas too. There is a dire need to take steps to conduct fogging in all areas for the prevention of dengue, chikungunya and other vector-borne diseases.” Lakhvir Singh, a resident of Baddowal village, said: “A number of dengue cases has been reported from the village in the past. Chances of fresh cases can’t be ignored too as no fogging or other steps are being taken for the prevention of the disease. We had raised the demand last year too but steps have not been taken in this regard by any government department. Also, there is no arrangement of fogging in many other villages of the district.” WHAT COMPLAINANTS SAY Ludhiana, September 12 There is virtual scramble among field staff and supervisory officials of the building branch of the Municipal Corporation here as amidst widespread complaints of blatant violations of building bylaws, and especially connivance of the MC employees in proliferation of such buildings all across the city, the Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) of the Local Government Department, Punjab, has sought a detailed report on violations of building bylaws. Sources in the MC indicated that the CVO had asked the MC Commissioner to submit details of all pending or unprocessed challans, pending recovery of composition fee and action taken, if any, for removal of non-compoundable violations in such illegal commercial buildings within a period of one week. While the CVO has taken up the matter of unending construction of illegal commercial buildings in the city, the violations of building norms continue unabated obviously with the connivance or tacit approval of MC employees and officials. In this regard, a spate of complaints have been lodged with the Additional Chief Secretary and other senior government functionaries about commercial buildings under construction. In two such complaints lodged with the state government, the secretary, Council In two complaints lodged with the state government, the secretary, Council of RTI Activists, Arvind Sharma, and a socil activist, Gajjan Singh Jassal, have alleged that illegal commercial buildings are being raised with impunity in areas such as Model Town, Model Town Extension, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar and Main Pakhowal Road without approved building plans and without change of land use. Police bust gang of vehicle thieves of RTI Activists, Arvind Sharma, and a socil activist, Gajjan Singh Jassal, have alleged that illegal commercial buildings were being raised with impunity in areas such as Model Town, Model Town Extension, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar and Main Pakhowal Road without approved building plans and without change of land use. “Most of the under-construction commercial build- ings are being raised in violation of buildings norms like excess coverage, no provision for parking spaces and and in some cases even by encroaching upon parts of public streets and roads,” said the complainant. While Sharma has attached photographic evidence of the illegal buildings with his complaint, Jassal has maintained that at least 24 commercial buildings were under construction in C-zone of the city alone. That no penal actions such as issuing challans, compounding the violations or demolition of noncompoundable violations had apparently been taken against the builders concerned was evidence of complicity of the field staff and their supervisory officials, said both complainants. Officials of the MC, however, claimed that directions had already been issued to all ATPs for issuing challans and taking date-bound action for composition of compoundable violations as well as demolition of all buildings or portions which were noncompoundable. PUDA market SCO owners object to design of static compactor Ludhiana, September 12 Shop-cum-Office (SCO) owners in PUDA market on Old Jail Road here are up in arms against the Municipal Corporation over the under-construction structure of a static compactor adjoining the market as windows and projection of the structure have been set up towards the SCOs, which was likely to become a permanent nuisance for shopkeepers as well as customers visiting the market. In a complaint to the MC Commissioner, with copies to senior officials of PUDA/GLA- DA, the Jail Road SCOs and Property Owners Association has expressed objection to the design of the upcoming structure. The SCO owners said the two windows and projection of the structure towards PUDA land were illegal and these were most likely to affect the footfall in the market and business of the SCO owners. Vineet Pal Singh Monga, secretary of the association, has said the structure being raised in Pocket 2 of the market was illegal and undesirable as no opening in the form of windows or projec- tion could be made into the PUDA land by the MC. The complaint alleged that the contractor had also damaged and broken the 120-feet long and seven-feet high wall constructed with concrete pillars along the PUDA land, adjoining the existing MC garbage dump. Besides, a water tank was also damaged/broken by the contractor. The affected SCO owners have fervently asked the MC authorities to stop the construction work and amend the design of the structure of the static compactor. — OC Man held with 450-gm heroin Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 12 The Kotwali police claimed to have busted a gang of vehicle thieves and recovered two stolen vehicles from them. The suspects have been identified as Deepak Kumar, alias Deepu, of Janta Nagar and Raju Kumar of Peeru Banda. The Kotwali SHO, SI Harjit Singh, said both accused were running a gang of thieves and they were on the way to the Clock Tower on a stolen Activa scooter. A police party set up a naka and caught the scooter-borne suspects. They had put up a fake The suspects in custody of the Kotwali police on Sunday. number plate on the scooter. Both suspects confessed that they had recently stolen a motorcycle from Transport Nagar. The police recovered the two-wheeler. The SHO said in July, 2019, the suspects, along with members of the gang Taran Dhami and Sukhdev Singh (died recently), had took away an Activa scooter of person by force near Kaind bridge. They later found ~3.12 lakh lying in the dicky which they distributed among themselves. Deepak is facing three criminal cases, including the one for attempt to murder. Raju, too, is named in two cases. The SHO said they would seek police remand of the suspects to recover more stolen vehicles from them and to arrest the other members of their gang. Ludhiana, September 12 Special Task Force of the police have nabbed a smuggler and recovered 450 gram of heroin from his possession. The suspect has been identified as Kaka Singh, alias K Deep, a resident of Janta Colony. Inspector Harbans Singh, in-charge of the STF said , they received a tip-off that a person was on the way to deliver a consignment of drugs to his clients. A team of the STF set up a naka at Kot Mangal Singh where the suspect was signalled to stop. A search of his belongings yielded 450 gram of heroin. Ludhiana STF in-charge Harbans Singh with the suspect (in mask) during a press conference in Ludhiana on Sunday. During preliminary questioning, the suspect admitted that he had been into the illegal trade of heroin smuggling for the past over five years and he was also a drug addict. He was already facing four cases of drug smuggling. Nine fresh Covid-19 cases Dist positivity rate 3rd lowest in state reported in dist, no death Daily cases fourth highest; records 0.03% positivity, 2 fresh cases daily between Sept 3 and 9 INDERJEET VERMA Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 12 Nine persons tested positive for Covid while no death was reported in the district today. The recovery rate has reached 97.57 per cent. There were 27 active patients in the district. Seventeen persons were put under home isolation while one patient of Covid was admitted to the hospital. A total of 23,78,732 samples have been collected to date, of which 22,79,558 tested negative. Of the case tally of the district, the number of Covid patients belonging to Ludhiana district is 87,506 while SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 23,78,732 87,506 27 -2,098 11,668 patients were from other districts/states. The number of persons who lost their lives due to Covid in Nitin Jain the district is 2,098. As many as 1,049 patients who died of Covid in Ludhiana were from other districts of the state. Whenever the District Administration and the Health Department come to know about suspected Covid patients, their samples are immediately sent for testing. Similarly, 7,830 samples of suspected patients were sent for testing today and their results are expected shortly. Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma appealed to the residents to adhere to all safety protocols such as wearing masks, maintaining social distance and washing hands frequently. Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 12 The Covid situation in Ludhiana continues to remain well under control as the district’s daily positivity rate, a key indicator of virus surge, remained third lowest and the daily case count was recorded fourth highest in the state during the last week, the government has confirmed. While Ludhiana recorded a daily average hit rate of 0.03 per cent, which was almost one-third than the state’s positivity of 0.1 per cent, the district recorded two fresh virus cases on an average every day between Septem- c m y b ber 3 and 9, the official figures have revealed. The data analysed by the Health and Family Welfare Department, a copy of which is available with The Tribune, showed that Ludhiana’s hit rate was higher than seven districts, six of which recorded zero positivity, while the daily case count was lower than three districts. Mohali continues to be the worst-hit district in the state with the highest daily positivity rate of 0.4 per cent, four-times higher than the state average, and five new cases, which were maximum daily infections reported by any district. Patiala ranked the second worst district with a hit rate of OFFICIALSPEAK We continue to remain safe with the virus situation well under control. Still, we are aggressively following a five-pronged strategy involving test, trace, treat, vaccinate and strict adherence to Covidappropriate behaviour. ❝ ❞ Varinder Kumar Sharma, DC 0.2 per cent, double than the state average and four daily fresh cases. Among other districts, Amritsar, Jalandhar, and Bathinda reported three new infections each daily, Pathankot and Hoshiarpur two each, Gurdaspur, Ropar, Fazilka, Kapurthala, Sangrur, Barnala, Nawanshahr, and Muktsar one each, while Faridkot, Tarn Taran, Fatehgarh Sahib, Ferozepur, Moga, and Mansa recorded no fresh cases in the past seven days when the state reported an average of 33 new infections daily. On the daily average positivity front, Bathinda and Pathankot reported 0.2 per cent hit rate each, Ropar, Amritsar, Fazilka, Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar, Kapurthala, and Barnala 0.1 per cent each, Nawanshahr 0.05 per cent, Sangrur and Muktsar 0.04 per cent, Gurdapur 0.02 per cent, while Faridkot, Fatehgarh Sahib, Ferozepur, Moga, Barnala, and Mansa recorded nil hit rate from September 3 to 9. When it comes to daily testing and positive cases, the state tested 44,185 persons on September 9 when 29 fresh cases were reported, 44,682 tests and 36 infections on September 8, 34,323 tests and 27 cases on September 7, 37,698 tests and 36 infections on September 6, 45,677 tests and 34 infections on September 5, 48,399 tests and 36 cases on September 4, and 45,308 tests and 32 fresh infections on September 3.
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