15092021-LT-01.qxd 9/15/2021 12:35 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE 56 PANCHAYATS’ PANCHES TOUR PATIALA TO LEARN WASTE MGMT PAGE 2 PRODUCER REACTS TO CLAIMS OF WRONG QUESTION ON KBC The panchayat office-bearers undertook an educational tour to various solid waste management projects in Patiala. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF 3 BOOKED IN LOOT, SNATCHING CASES Ludhiana: The police have booked three members of a gang of snatchers, who were allegedly involved in looting and snatching at gunpoint in the area, under Sections 392, 34 and 25 of the IPC and Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act. They have been identified as Daman Kumar, Rishi and Jagdeep. Suspecting that the accused were in possession of illicit arms, the police were raiding possible hideouts of the gang members to nab them. OC TWO ARRESTED FOR DRINKING IN PUBLIC Ludhiana: The police have arrested two persons, Kulwinder Singh, a resident of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, and Gurpreet Singh of Phase I, Dugri, for drinking in a car in Phase II market of Dugri on Monday night. The accused have been booked under various sections of the Excise Act. The police have seized 370 ml of whisky from them. In another incident, Baljit Singh of Sahnewal was booked under various sections of the Excise Act while he was standing on a roadside with a plastic bag stuck between his feet. On checking, 12 bottles of countrymade liquor were found in the bag, which were seized. The accused managed to give the police the slip. OC TWO NABBED WITH 15-KG POPPY HUSK Ludhiana: The police have arrested two persons, Amandeep Singh and his brother Ranjit Singh, residents of Umrewal in Jalandhar district, while they were carrying 15 kg of poppy husk for selling to their customers. They were apprehended at a police checkpost on Kaind Canal Bridge and were charged under Sections 15, 61and 85 of the NDPS Act. OC Siddhartha Basu was quick to respond to a netizen who tweeted that a ‘wrong’ question was asked in a KBC episode. MAX 34°C | MIN 24°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C | MIN 24°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 6:32 PM PAGE 4 The looks and attire pulled off by celebs at this event become a conversation topic for years in the fashion world. SUNRISE THURSDAY 6:11 AM WEDNESDAY | 15 SEPTEMBER 2021 | LUDHIANA Tribune News Service 153 students, 5 staffers in 5,799 schools test +ve for Covid in state Nitin Jain Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 14 Ludhiana continues to lead the state with the maximum of 26 of the total 153 Covid positive students from government schools in the state during the past month, the government has confirmed. Of the total five staffers, including both teaching and non-teaching, testing positive for the virus, one case was from Ludhiana, the official figures have revealed. On the directions of Chief Secretary, Vini Mahajan, the Health Department had launched an extensive testing campaign in schools after 20 students from two schools in Ludhiana had tested positive for Covid on August 10. The cumulative data of onemonth testing in government schools conducted from August 10 to September 9, compiled by the Health and Family Welfare Department, a copy of which is available with The Tribune, showed that 153 students and five staffers of the total 3,21,969 students and 33,854 staffers (both teaching and non-teaching) tested from 5,799 government schools in 22 districts have been found Covid positive so far, accounting for 0.05 per cent positivity rate. While Mohali has reported the highest of 0.26 per cent positivity rate among the tested students and staffers, the second highest of 0.12 per cent hit rate has been recorded in Moga. The third worst-hit district is Barnala with a positivity rate of 0.11 per cent. Ludhiana and Fatehgarh Sahib recorded the hit rate of A schoolgirl being tested for Covid on Tuesday. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA DISTRICT-WISE COVID COUNT District Amritsar Barnala Bathinda Faridkot Fazilka Ferozepur Fatehgarh Sahib Gurdaspur Hoshiarpur Jalandhar Students 19 3 12 9 6 3 3 Staffers 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 6 0 0 1 0.05 per cent each, which is on par with the state’s average positivity, but higher than 11 other districts, three of which reported no positive case. Among the districts, which reported higher positivity rate than the state’s average, are Amritsar and Bathinda with hit rate of 0.08 per cent each, Faridkot 0.09 per cent, Muktsar 0.06 per cent, Pathankot 0.1 per cent and Patiala 0.08 per cent. District Students Kapurthala 4 Ludhiana 26 Mansa 2 Moga 10 Muktsar 8 Pathankot 13 Patiala 10 Ropar 0 Sangrur 5 Mohali 4 Nawanshahr 4 The accused in police custody in Ludhiana on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO of Chander Nagar in Civil Lines, and Sonu Chhabra, resident of New Model Town. On a tip-off, the police had set up a naka (checkpoint) at Tpoint of EWS Colony on Tajpur The districts with lower than the state’s positivity rate are Fazilka and Ferozepur 0.04 per cent each, Hoshiarpur 0.02 per cent, Jalandhar 0.03 per cent, Kapurthala 0.04 per cent, Mansa 0.03 per cent, Sangrur 0.03 per cent and Nawanshahr 0.03 per cent. Three districts that reported zero hit rate are Gurdaspur, Ropar and Tarn Taran. The district-wise figures Road and the car-borne drug runners were apprehended. Four plastic bags containing 50,000 tablets of tramadol hydrochloride, 99,000 tablets of tramadol prolonged-release, 28,800 tablets of alprazolam 0.5 mg and 16,080 capsules of tramadol hydrochloride and paracetamol dicyclomine hydrochloride were seized. The police said the trio, who have been charged under Sections 22-C, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act, revealed during preliminary interrogation that they used to purchase continued on page 2 ❝The Health Department has been asked to prioritise vaccination of teaching and non-teaching staff in both government and private schools. Vini Mahajan, CHIEF SECRETARY revealed that Ludhiana tested maximum of 56,927 students and 2,763 staffers in 1,226 schools, followed by 24,791 students and 1,011 staffers in 520 schools of Amritsar, 17,440 students and 2,067 staffers in 407 Gurdaspur schools, 14,711 students and 2,277 staffers in 312 Bathinda schools, 13,226 students and 368 staffers in 151 Muktsar schools, 16,303 continued on page 2 Food unit inspected Ludhiana, September 14 A food team of the Health Department, on the instructions of Dr Rajesh Garg, District Health Officer, inspected the premises of an unlicensed food manufacturing unit. The said unit indulged in manufacturing ‘wadian’. About 10 quintal of food material was seized after taking samples on the suspicion that the products were expired, as the date of manufacturing was not mentioned on the label as well as it being misbranded on other parameters. It was directed to take the mandatory licence. Other food units were also checked and six samples were taken. — TNS Tribune News Service Air Marshal BR Krishna unveils the bust of late Flying Officer Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon; and (right) students enjoy the air show during the Swarnim Vijay Varsh celebrations at Isewal village in Ludhiana. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN the enemy during the 1971 Indo-Pak war. He is the only Indian Air Force officer to be awarded the country’s highest gallantry award. The Air Officer Com- manding-in-Chief interacted with 1971 war veterans and with family members of late Flying Officer Nirmal Jeet Singh Sekhon. The students of the Government Higher Secondary School also participated in the event. The event culminated with an aerial display by the Surya Kiran Aerobatic Team, fol- c m y b Ludhiana, September 14 Two persons tested positive for Covid, while no death due to the disease was reported in the district today. The recovery rate of Covid patients has reached 97.57 per cent. Today there were 30 active patients in the district and 27 were sent for home isolation. One patient was admitted to hospital for Covid treatment. Till date, a total of 23,93,055 samples for Covid test have been taken, of which 22,93,874 samples were found negative. The total number of patients belonging to Ludhiana is 8,75,102, while 11,669 patients belong to other districts/states. The total number of persons who lost their lives to the disease is 2,099 from Ludhiana and 1,049 from A woman gets vaccinated against Covid on Tuesday. INDERJEET VERMA COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 23,93,055 87,512 30 -2,099 other districts. Samples of 7,638 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 like wearing masks, maintaining social distance and washing hands frequently of the Punjab Government. OFFICIALSPEAK Staffers 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 Bust of Nirmal Jit Sekhon unveiled at school Ludhiana, September 14 As a part of the Swarnim Vijay Varsh celebrations, an event was organised at The Flying Officer Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon Government Higher Secondary School, Isewal, here on Tuesday. A bust of late Flying Officer Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon, Param Vir Chakra (posthumously), was unveiled by Air Marshal BR Krishna, Air Officer Commanding-inChief, Western Air Command, Indian Air Force. Flying Officer Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon was awarded the Param Vir Chakra posthumously for showing exemplary courage and determination in defeating MET GALA BACK AT NEW YORK’S METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART Dist continues to lead state Two test positive in district with max positive students 3 arrested with habit-forming drugs Ludhiana, September 14 A joint team of the CounterIntelligence and Crime Branch-II of the city police today struck a big haul of habit-forming and intoxicating drugs with the seizure of more than 1.93 lakh tablets and capsules and arrest of three persons from EWS Colony on the LudhianaChandigarh road. The trio were travelling in a Honda City car (PB-10FG8223). The arrested persons have been identified as Punet Malik, resident of Chhawni Mohalla, Ajay Goyal, resident PAGE 3 lowed by presentation of mementos to veterans. Also, in attendance was the Indian Air Force Band, which enthralled the attendees with soulful tunes throughout the event. Info on key locations: MC plans to launch mobile app 5 two-wheelers stolen; one snatcher arrested Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 14 Five two-wheelers were stolen from different parts of the city during the last two days, a shop and a house were burgled while police nabbed a mobile snatcher on a tip-off. One CD Deluxe motorcycle (PB-10 DM-0184) was stolen from outside a house in Nawan Mohalla in the old city on September 12. One Hero Glamour motorcycle (PB-10 FZ-3669) was stolen from Baba Deep Singh Nagar on Monday. One Honda motorcycle (PB-10 GM-1120) was stolen from Sabzi Mandi in Dhandari Khurd on September 11 and another Hero Splendour motorcycle (PB-10 HD-0592) was stolen from the Tibba Road area on Monday. An Activa scooter (PB-10 GL2387) was stolen from outside a factory in Shimlapuri. The police have registered cases under Section 379 of the IPC. The police have arrested a person allegedly involved in looting and snatching and have recovered one snatched mobile phone from him. The snatcher, nabbed from Jassian village on Monday, was Ludhiana, September 14 The Municipal Corporation is planning to launch a mobile application providing information regarding facilities being provided by various government departments and important locations in the city. A private firm gave a presentation to MC Commissioner Pardeep Kumar Sabharwal and officials on Tuesday in this regard. It is learnt that the app would provide all important information regarding locations, hotels, industries, public toilets and various services being provided by government departments, including the MC, Health Department and police. According to officials, the company has given a proposal to the MC to develop the app. MC Commissioner Pardeep Kumar Sabharwal said: “We have conducted a discussion with a firm regarding the mobile application today. We will look into the proposal given by the company.” Our Correspondent identified as Manu Aswal, resident of Guru Nanakpura in Civil Lines. A case under Sections 379 and 411 of the IPC has been registered against him. Silver bracelet, gold earrings snatched Three motor cycle-borne robbers, including a woman, snatched a silver bracelet and gold earrings from Kala Wati, resident of Kishore Nagar, in Pathak Nagar locality on Monday. The victim told the police that she was going back home after buying milk from a dairy on Tajpur Road and when she reached the Pathak Nagar area, the three persons, including a woman, snatched a silver bracelet and gold earrings from her. The police have registered a case under Sections 379-B and 34 of the IPC. House, shop burgled Thieves broke into the house of Surjit Singh in Mohalla Azad Nagar and took away two mobile phones when the members of the family were asleep during night. continued on page 2 After SC panel’s orders, state issues degree to MBBS student Ludhiana, September 14 Sheena Mattu finally got her MBBS degree today, which was withheld by college authorities due to amendments to the Post-Matric Scholarship Scheme for SC students. After the National Commission for Scheduled Castes’ (NCSC) directions, the Punjab Government issued the degree to the Ludhiana-based doctor. Mattu took admission to Dayanand Medical College (DMC), Ludhiana, in 2015, under the management quota and was paid scholarship amount for the first two years. But the state government decided to discontinue it after receiving a circular from the Centre. “As per the Central Government circular issued in 2018, the state governments were asked to discontinue the Dr Sheena Mattu shows her MBBS degree in Ludhiana. scholarship scheme for students seeking admission under the management quota. However, it was clearly mentioned that the beneficiaries already enrolled under the scheme would continue to get scholarship till completion of their courses. However, students taking admission in 2017-2018 will not be given such benefits. The circular was not applicable on Dr Mattu as she had got admission in 2015,” NCSC chairman Vijay Sampla said. During a recent meeting at New Delhi, Sampla had asked the state government officials and college authorities to release the degree of Sheena Mattu. — TNS
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