26092021-LT-01.qxd 9/26/2021 12:24 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE CITY DOC CRACKS UPSC CIVIL SERVICES EXAM, RANKED 495 A medical officer posted at the Civil Hospital, Koom Kalan, Dr Rajdeep Khaira is a resident of Jamalpur. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF WOMAN’S BODY FOUND ON ROAD Ludhiana: Panic spread after the body of a woman was found on Hambran Road on Saturday morning. The woman was suspected to be murdered as her head had visible injury marks. Later, ACP (West) Talwinder Singh, PAU police station SHO reached the spot. The body was noticed by some passers-by who informed the police. The deceased seems to be about 50 years old. The police also checked CCTV cameras installed in the area and also questioned residents to get any clue about killers. The body was sent to the Civil Hospital for autopsy and medical report could reveal the cause of her death. TNS ~ 1.3-CR PROPERTY TAX COLLECTED Ludhiana: As the last date for depositing property tax with 10 per cent rebate for the financial year 2021-22 is September 30, a total of 1,705 persons paid their tax on Saturday. The MC collected around Rs 1.30 crore as property tax on Saturday. Around 1,160 persons visited MC offices that remained opened today for the collection of tax while others paid online. MC Superintendent Vivek Verma said Sudvidha Centres would remain open till 2:30 pm on Sunday for the collection of tax. Residents could deposit the tax online via MC’s official website mcludhiana.gov.in. TNS PAGE 2 ENBEE RECREATES NUSRAT FATEH ALI KHAN’S ICONIC SONG PAGE 3 Enbee, a renowned singer and rapper, has released his new single titled Kinna Sona on Zee Music. MAX 32°C | MIN 25°C | YESTERDAY MAX 33°C | MIN 24°C SUNSET SUNDAY 6:18 PM Ranked 14th, state fares better than Chandigarh, Hry Nitin Jain Tribune News Service Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 25 The Commissionerate Police have cracked the Friday’s sensational robbery of Rs 35 lakh at Kismat Complex near Miller Ganj Chowk within 12 hours by apprehending three accused, including the security guard-cum-bouncer of the gold-trading firm. The accused have been identified as Gagandeep Singh (34) of Halwara, a security guard-cum-bouncer working with the firm, who was present on the crime spot, his relative Satnam Singh (27) of Dhilwa, Barnala, and Sandeep Singh (24) of Raikot. The police have recovered Rs 25 lakh from Satnam and the remaining Rs 10 lakh from Sandeep. A bike and an air pistol used in the crime have also been seized. Addressing a press conference, Commissioner of Police Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said Gagandeep and Prince, employees of Shankar Metals, complained to the police that two bikeborne persons looted a bag The accused in police custody in Ludhiana on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN containing Rs 35 lakh from them at gunpoint on Friday evening at Kismat Complex near Miller Ganj Chowk. On receiving information, a team comprising DCP Simratpal Singh along with ADCP Rupinder Kaur Bhatti, ACP Mandeep Singh and CIA-1 head Harminder Singh reached the spot and started a probe. The team scanned all CCTV cameras of the area and found holes in the story revealed by Gagandeep who failed to show any resistance despite having .32 bore licensed revolver with himself at the time of the crime. The team zeroed in on him and during interrogation, he confessed the crime. The top cop said Gagandeep along with his relative Satnam and Sandeep had hatched the entire conspiracy of looting the cash. Gagandeep was working with the firm since February 2021 as security guard-cum-bouncer. He said Satnam was a master’s-degree holder and was unemployed. His brother Ranjeet Singh was lodged in jail for a murder case. Sandeep had studied till Class VIII and he became friends with Satnam in a gym Prince, who was also accompanying the conspirator Gagandeep, was not aware about the plan of the latter. CP Bhullar said since a huge transaction of Rs 35 lakh was involved, the police are also writing to the Income Tax-authorities for the verification of the gold transaction involving huge sum. MC had spent huge sum on the repair work, say shopkeepers Mandi Ahmedgarh, Sept 25 Some unknown miscreants stole around Rs 18 lakh from an SBI ATM installed outside the bank’s branch at Bhutta village near here on the intervening night of Friday and Saturday. After receiving information from bank officials, the Dehlon police, led by Sukhdev Singh Brar, have initiated a probe after registering an FIR against unidentified culprits under Sections 457, 380 and 34 of the IPC. Investigations revealed that the bank officials had replenished the ATM with Rs 20 lakh cash on Friday evening. The accused broke open the machine with the help of gas cutters to take out the cash which is estimated to be around Rs 18 lakh. Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service The Jeevan Nagar road, which was recarpeted months ago, in a dilapidated state. INDERJEET VERMA invitation to mishaps. Notably, residents and shopkeepers were forced to stage multiple protests as the dilapidated Jeevan Nagar road was Property rights conferred on 35 families of slums Ludhiana, September 25 Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) Sanjay Talwar and Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma on Saturday conferred property rights on 35 families living in slum areas of Bhola Colony and Baba Jiwan Singh Nagar. Presiding over an event, MLA termed the programme as a landmark step towards urban development by giving proprietary rights to every slum household occupying the state government land in a slum of any city area. He said Punjab was the first state in the country to launch such a programme that aims at transforming SUNDAY | 26 SEPTEMBER 2021 | LUDHIANA mucormycosis ~35-lakh robbery cracked Only threedays, lowest so far cases in 10 in 12key conspirator, money recovered from accused hours, three nabbed Employee Months after recarpeting, Jeevan Nagar road portions damaged again Tribune News Service PAGE 4 Actor Sidharth Malhotra is currently soaking in the success of his recently released film Shershaah. SUNRISE MONDAY 6:17 AM Thieves decamp with ~18L from ATM at village Ludhiana, September 25 Months after recarpeting work, the Jeevan Nagar road (Which connects Chandigarh Road with Industrial Area) has damaged at different points in Ludhiana, raising eyebrows. Thousands of commuters have been facing inconvenience while passing through the stretch daily. Shopkeepers on the road said the road was recarpeted around 10 months ago by spending a huge amount of money and it had started getting damaged within days after the road work was completed. Now, big potholes have appeared at various points on the stretch, giving SIDHARTH INAUGURATES FIRST HIMALAYAN FILM FEST IN LEH urban slum areas with basic civic amenities, including potable drinking water, street lights and roads for residents. MLA Sanjay Talwar said the survey was already underway in wards 12, 15, 16, 17 and 21 and eligible families would get the property rights soon in the coming days. The Deputy Commissioner said under the scheme, those living in slum areas, in houses of a maximum size of 30 sq yard, would be provided ownership of the house. He asked officials to ensure that every slum dweller gets the benefit of the scheme, which would help in making Ludhiana slum-free. earlier ignored for four years. Following the protests and repeated demands, the road recarpeting work was then carried out by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust. A businessman, Naresh Kumar, said, “When the road was being recarpeted, a small pothole had appeared near continued on page 2 Murder convict who jumped parole held Ludhiana, September 25 The Machhiwara police nabbed a murder convict, Pritam Singh of Shtabgarh village, who had jumped the parole. ASI Mukhtyar Singh said a Central Jail official had said he was convicted in a murder case in 2011. In May 2020, he went out on parole for 32 days. Though he had to return to jail in June after the decision of a high-powered committee, parole of the convict was increased till April 28, 2021. He said the convict had to surrender in jail on April 28 but he jumped the parole. Yesterday, a tip-off was received about the whereabouts of the convict. Accordingly, the police party conducted a raid and nabbed him. — TNS c m y b Ludhiana, September 25 Only three cases of mucormycosis – commonly known as black fungus – were reported in the state during the first 10 days of this month, the lowestever 10-day count so far, the government has confirmed. The incidence of the serious but rare fungal infection caused by a group of molds called mucormycetes has touched a record low in the state in line with the downward trend of Covid cases, official figures have revealed. The data compiled by the Health and Family Welfare Department, which is available with The Tribune, showed that the state recorded just three cases of black fungus among the post-Covid patients from August 31 to September 9, which was 1.93 per cent of the highest-ever 155 count reported in a week between May 25 and 31 after the government had notified mucormycosis disease. In Ludhiana, 162 cases and 19 deaths due to black fungus were reported till Saturday, of which 73 patients and 11 deaths were from other districts. On Saturday, only one active case was under hospitalisation in the district. Black fungus cases were on a constant decline since June 28. From 155 between May 25 and 31, cases of mucormycosis dropped to 103 between May 1 and 7 and further dipped to 57 between May 8 and 14. While the incidence rose to 84 between June 15 and 21, the cases again started declining to 46 between June 22 and 28, coming down to 39 between June 29 and July 5, and 22 each between July 6 and 12, July 13 and 19, dipping to 12 between July 20 and 26, slightly rising to 13 between July 27 and August 2, further dipping to seven between August 3 and 16, and touching a record low of eight between August 17 and September 9. The state-wise break-up of black fungus cases and deaths suggested that Punjab fared better than Chandigarh (13th), Haryana (11th), and ranked 14th in the country when it came to total cases, under treatment, cured and deaths. The state recorded 686 total cases so far, of which 115 were under treatment, 460 cured, and 52 have died at the case fatality rate (CFR) of 7.58 per cent. Maharashtra continues to top the country with the highest of 10,139 cases of black fungus, of which 1,252 were under treatment, 7,362 cured and 1,336 deaths, followed by Gujarat 7,109 total cases, 301 under treatment, 5,369 cured, and 708 deaths, Andhra Pradesh 4,773 cases, 575 under treatment, 3,720 cured, 399 deaths, Tamil Nadu 4,482 cases, 1,199 under treatment, 2,815 cured, 443 deaths, Karnataka 3,906 cases, 1,038 under treatment, 1,951 cured, 458 deaths, Rajasthan 3,621 cases, 2,085 under treatment, 1,154 cured, 209 deaths, Telangana 2,638 cases, 2,612 under treatment, 13 cured, four deaths, Uttar Pradesh 2,477 cases, 766 under treatment, 1,304 cured, 324 deaths, Madhya Pradesh 2,370 cases, 275 under treatment, 1,924 cured, 167 deaths, Delhi 1,947 cases, 564 under treatment, 977 cured, 351 deaths, Haryana 1,764 cases, 590 under treatment, 829 cured, 268 deaths, Bihar 825 cases, 18 under treatment, 615 cured, 150 deaths, and Chandigarh reported 708 cases, 115 under treatment, 460 cured, and 52 deaths. The situation of Punjab was much better than its neighbouring states and Union Territory of Chandigarh. While Punjab ranked 14th, Rajasthan stood at 6th, Delhi 10th, Haryana 11th, and Chandigarh 13th position in terms of total cases and deaths due to black fungus in the country. Our Correspondent One tests +ve for Covid in dist COVID-19 FIGURES Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 25 One person tested positive for Covid while no death was reported due to the virus in the district today. At present, there are 22 active patients in the district. Today, 18 persons were sent for home isolation and three patients were admitted to hospital for Covid treatment. Till date, a total of 24,78,565 samples have been taken, of which 23,79,355 were found negative. Now, the total number of patients related to Ludhiana is 87,534 while 11,676 patients belong to other districts/states. The total number of per- SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 24,78,565 87,534 22 1 2,101 << A health worker marks samples for Covid testing in Ludhiana. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA sons who lost their lives include 2,101 persons from Ludhiana and 1,050 from other districts. Whenever the district administration or the Health Department, Ludhiana, finds out about any positive or suspected Covid patient, their samples are sent for testing. As many as 7,203 samples of 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 Covid safety protocols frequently of the Punjab Government.
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