21092021-LT-01.qxd 9/21/2021 12:00 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE LIGHT POLES OBSTRUCTING ROADS INVITE FATAL MISHAPS PAGE 2 There are other poles on Gill Road that are also inviting fatal mishaps but the authorities are still in a deep slumber. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF 5 MOTORCYCLES STOLEN, 2 MOBIKE THIEVES NABBED Ludhiana:Five motorcycles were reportedly stolen from different parts of the city during the last three days, while the police arrested two persons involved in theft of two-wheelers and mobile snatchings on Sunday. Two stolen motorcycles and nine mobile phones were recovered from them. One Royal Enfield motorcycle (PB-10DW-3086) was stolen from in front of a hardware store at Saggu Chowk on Sunday. One Hero Splendour motorcycle (PB-10FR-6537) was stolen outside a shop in Kunti Nagar on Lohara Road. Another Hero Splendour motorcycle (PB-10DV7904) was stolen from outside a house in Sukhdev Nagar on Friday. One Bajaj Platina motorcycle (PB10EB-2478 was stolen from outside Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital in Model Town on Saturday, while a Bajaj Discover motorcycle (PB-91A-0310) was stolen from outside Gurdwara Nanaksar at Samrala Chowk on Sunday. The police have registered cases under Section 379. Meanwhile, the police caught two persons involved in theft of two-wheelers and snatching mobile phones, cash and other valuables from the Vijay Nagar locality on Sunday and charged them under Sections 379, 379-B, 411 and 473 of the IPC. The accused were identified as Neeraj Mehta, resident of New National Colony, and Sagar Arora, resident of Star City Colony. OC POWER SHUTDOWN LUDHIANA 12 noon to 2 pm: GT Road, Chaura Bazar, Haibowal, Nurewal, etc. CHRONICLING BHAI’S LIFE: SERIES ON SALMAN IS IN THE MAKING PAGE 3 After being in industry for over three decades, Salman Khan has witnessed several highs and lows in life. MAX 31°C | MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 33°C | MIN 26°C SUNSET TUESDAY 6:24 PM SONU SOOD REACTS TO ~20-CR TAX EVASION ALLEGATIONS PAGE 4 In a statement, he said “every rupee in his foundation is awaiting its turn to save a precious life and reach needy.” SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6:14 AM TUESDAY | 21 SEPTEMBER 2021 | LUDHIANA No to stubble burning, dist’s one-third villages take pledge 110 of 367 primary agri co-op societies resolve to curb menace Nitin Jain Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 20 In what appears to be the beginning of a sustained campaign against the ageold menace of stubble burning, at least one-third of the total village panchayats in Ludhiana district have taken pledge against the menace, the administration has confirmed. Of the total 367 primary agriculture cooperative societies (PACSs), which represent all 968 villages in the state’s largest district in terms of area and population, 110 have already adopted resolutions not to let anyone in their respective villages burn the crop residue, the officials have said. The development assumes significance as Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan, had recently ordered zero tolerance towards stubble burning during the upcoming paddy harvesting season. Besides ordering deployment of special task force in 10 red category districts, including Ludhiana, where over 4,000 incidents of stubble burning were reported during the previous paddy season, for strict enforcement and regulatory measures, the Chief Secretary had also sought appointment of nodal officers at village, cluster, tehsil, and district levels to keep the air pollu- OFFICIALSPEAK ❝ Modalities are being explored for using paddy straw as a fodder for animals kept in gaushalas. Deputy Commissioners have been asked to make elaborate arrangements for paddy straw storage. A mobile app for both android and IOS platforms has been developed to provide role-based login to various officials for end-toend reporting and sharing action taken for each fire incident this season. Vini Mahajan, CHIEF SECRETARY tion under check for containing the spread of respiratory diseases in view of the Covid pandemic in the agrarian state. On the directions of the Chief Secretary, training is being imparted to all field functionaries at the Punjab Remote Sensing Centre (PRSC) in Ludhiana, which is following standardised protocol adopted by the ISRO for reporting farm fires and for harmonised dissemination of information. Sharing details of the measures taken in this regard, Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma told The Tribune here on Monday that while 110 primary agriculture cooperative societies have already come forward to take a pledge, the remaining 267 were also in the process of adopting similar resolutions to ban stubble burning in their respective jurisdictions. “Almost all villagers and agriculturists are members of these societies, which are mainly involved in distribution of fertilisers, and are in turn directly in touch with each and every farmer in villages under them,” said the DC, while adding that the district administration has pulled out all the stops to ensure no burning of crop residue in the district during this paddy season. Divulging the initiatives taken by the district administration, ADC (General) Rahul Chaba said 11,000 saplings have already been planted, especially in villages, to increase the green cover. He said 4,884 stubble management machines have been distributed to the needy on subsidy in the district during the past three years while approval to provide another 489 machines has been granted this season. “These machines will be given to 19 farmers, 30 panchayats, 105 cooperative societies and 335 farmers’ groups,” Chaba revealed. The ADC disclosed that an extensive awareness campaign has been launched under which each block has been covered with a mobile van to educate the villagers, especially the peasants, against the menace of stubble burning. Besides, special farmers’ camps are being organised in the clusters, each covering five-seven villages, where the agriculture experts are apprising the farmers of the ill-effects of stubble burning, various measures to manage crop residue and the benefits of proper management. “Hoardings and banners are also being displayed at the main locations in the villages to spread awareness on this issue,” added Chaba. A woman gets her Covid test done in Ludhiana on Monday. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA Four test positive in district Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 20 Four persons tested positive for Covid, while no death due to the disease was reported today. There are 31 active patients in the district at present. Today 25 persons were sent for home isolation and two patients were admitted to hospital for Covid treatment. Till date, a total of 24,41,036 samples have been taken, of which 23,41,835 Two ex-business partners booked for fraud Tribune News Service COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 24,41,036 87,526 31 3 2,100 samples were found negative. Now, the total number of patients belonging to Ludhiana is 87,526, while 11,675 patients belong to other districts/states. The total number of per- sons who lost their lives to the disease is 2,100 from Ludhiana and 1,049 from other districts. Samples of 6,278 suspected patients were sent for testing today and their results are expected shortly. Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma appealed to residents to adhere to all safety protocols like wearing masks, maintaining social distance and washing hands frequently. GTB Hospital gets PSA oxygen plant Tribune News Service Four booked for creating ruckus in restaurant Our Correspondent Ludhiana, September 20 The police have booked four persons, identified as Raman Bagga, Simran Bagga, Twinkle and Sahil, and their unidentified accomplices under Sections 323, 427, 506, 148 and 149 of the IPC for creating ruckus at a birthday party being hosted by Asheesh Thapar in a restaurant on Ferozepur Road on Saturday evening. In a complaint to the police, Asheesh said the accused, who were also holding a separate party in the same restaurant, barged into their group, started dancing, making video and also showed indecent behaviour towards women attending the party. “When we raised objection to these undesirable acts, the accused threw glass tumblers and plates at me and other guests, including Vipin Sharma, Harish Chander and Nitish Jalota, causing injuries to us. On raising alarm, the accused fled in two cars – Fortuner and Creta bearing registration numbers PB-10ES-0151and PB-91E4848,” Thapar said. The police were investigating the matter. Two nabbed with heroin The police have arrested two persons, identified as Pankaj Kumar, resident of under Sections 21, 29, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act. Two arrested with 20-kg poppy husk Basti Jodhewal, and Akash Kumar, resident of Kuldeep Nagar, after recovery of 30 gm of heroin from them at a check post near Sherpur Chowk on Sunday. Their two other accomplices Hamid, resident of Kuldeep Nagar, and Madhu, resident of New Madhopuri, managed to escape. The four were booked Two persons, namely Vinod Kumar and Pawan Kumar, both residents of Purana Bazar, Sahnewal, were nabbed by the police from Grain Market in Sahnewal on Sunday with 20 kg of poppy husk while the duo were going on a motorcycle. The police stopped the motorcycle-borne persons on suspicion and search of their bag led to recovery of 20 kg poppy husk. They have been booked under Sections 15-B, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act. Four held for drinking at public place The police have arrested two snack vendors, Saitu Kumar, resident of Phullanwal, and his associate Pulinder Kumar, resident of Daad village, while they were allowing two other persons to consume liquor at their vend in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, near Phullanwal Chowk, on Sunday. Those consuming liquor have been identified as Sukhwinder Singh, resident of Housing Board Colony, and Amritpal Singh, resident of Guru Amardas Nagar. They were also arrested. The four were booked under Sections 68, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act. Ludhiana, September 20 An FIR has been registered against Sourav Goyal and Hippan Arora for committing fraud with former business partner Mukesh Gupta, manufacturer of cycles, running a unit in Focal Point. Around one and half years ago, Gupta was separated from the partners but they allegedly forged his signatures for withdrawal of a huge amount. When the cheque was not cleared by the bank, Sourav Goyal and Hippan Arora lodged a complaint against Mukesh Gupta. A police complaint was lodged by Gupta and after investigation the police have registered a case against Sourav Goyal and Hipan Arora for fraud and forgery at the Focal Point police station. Ludhiana, september 20 A pressure swing adsorption (PSA) oxygen plant was inaugurated at Guru Teg Bahadur (GTB) Sahib Charitable Hospital here by Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar and Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu. Speaking at the function, Varinder Kumar said during the Covid-19 pandemic, oxygen requirement in healthcare facilities went up several folds and as a necessary preventive measure, hospitals were directed to have their own oxygen plants. “I was convinced of the genuine services being rendered to poor and needy patients in Guru Teg Bahadur Sahib Charitable Hospital and helped in getting the NGO Actgrant to establish one such plant in this institution,” said the DC. A PSA oxygen plant being inaugurated at Guru Teg Bahadur Sahib Charitable Hospital. TRIBUNE PHOTO He lauded the selfless and dedicated care given to patients during the second wave of the pandemic, which included highly subsidised clinical care and free medicines to those patients who could not afford the expensive Covid-19 drugs. Dr Praveen C Sobti, Medical Director of the institute, said their mission is to deliver competent, compassionate and affordable care to all patients. Sterilise 1,800 dogs every month: After change of guard, Capt’s ads removed from city Mayor to ABC Centre officials Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 20 Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu on Monday morning inspected the Animal Birth Control Centre at Haibowal here and also checked the two stray dogs catching vans. Stray dogs were caught from the Shimla Puri area for sterilisation today, according to officials. During the visit, Sandhu instructed the officials concerned at the ABC Centre to achieve the given target of sterilisation of 1,800 dogs every month so that almost all the stray dogs of the city are sterilised before March 31, 2023. Sandhu has also appealed to dog lovers, animal organisations’ activists, pet owners and NGOs concerned to cooperate and get bitches sterilised at the ABC Centre. MC Commissioner Pardeep Kumar Sabharwal said that the ABC Centre under the Ludhiana MC, set up at the Haibowal Dairy Complex, Ludhiana, is the biggest animal birth control centre in North India. The commissioner said, “The centre has been upgraded with the construction of new operation theatres and dog kennels and increased its capacity to handle more cases per day. The MC has spent crores of rupees for the sterilisation of dogs in Ludhiana.” Senior Veterinary Officer, MC, Dr Harbans Singh Dhalla said the new firm, which is looking after the sterilisation of dogs project, has appointed three veterinarians at the ABC Centre. After Charanjit Singh Channi takes oath as Punjab CM, advertisements of Capt Amarinder Singh being removed from Ludhiana. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 20 After Charanjit Singh Channi took oath as Punjab Chief Minister on Monday, the c m y b advertisements of former Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, highlighting the Punjab Government’s achievements, have been removed from the unipoles and other sources in the city. Ahead of the Assembly elections to be held in early 2022, the advertisements of Capt Amarinder Singh were displayed at various prime locations in the city. These advertisements were paid and sites for advertisements were booked through the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (MC), as per the information. Now, new advertisements are likely to be displayed as per the instructions of the government department concerned, sources said.
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