04102021-LT-01.qxd 04-10-2021 00:32 Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE CRICKET MEET: DEEPIN STARS IN MOGA’S WIN OVER LUDHIANA PAGE 2 Deepin performed exceedingly well to steer Moga to five wickets win over Ludhiana in inter-district cricket meet. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF 4 TWO-WHEELERS STOLEN FROM CITY Ludhiana: Two motorcycles and two scooters were reportedly stolen from various parts of the city on Saturday. Prince Kumar, a resident of Prem Vihar on Tibba Road, reported that his Hero Splendor motorcycle (bearing registration no. PB 10HD 6373) was stolen from advocates’ parking in the District Courts Complex. Another Hero Splendor motorcycle was stolen from outside a hosiery in Purana Bazaar, said Rahul Kumar, a resident of Surinder Park in his complaint. Two Activa scooters (bearing registration no. PB 10GX 3499 and PB 10EF 1970) were stolen from Industrial Area A and Jamalpur locality, respectively. Cases have been registered. OC TWO ARRESTED FOR FRAUD Ludhiana: The police have arrested two persons, Ramesh Chand of Sherpur and Manjit Singh of Bhikhiwind while two others, Harmandeep Singh and his father Joga Singh, residents of Preet Nagar, have been booked under Sections 406, 420, 473 and 120-B of the IPC on the complaint of Sarbjit Singh of Ratangarh in Sangrur district. The complainant said due to financial issues, he had given his truck (bearing registration no PB 13Y 8747) to Ramesh Chand who had engaged the truck in the transport business of Sandhu Transport on the promise that he would repay installments of the outstanding loan on the vehicle which was financed by HDVS Finance Company at Barnala. However, the accused stopped repayment of installments and got the registration number of the truck changed by forging documents and the vehicle was used for transport business by keeping him in the dark, he said. OC TULSI KUMAR, DARSHAN RAVAL COME TOGETHER FOR TERA NAAM PAGE 3 Music lovers will have chance to hear their favourite singers croon melodious songs with soulful lyrics yet again. MAX 34°C | MIN 24°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C | MIN 24°C SUNSET MONDAY 6:07 PM Kuldip Bhatia WORK BEGINS WITHOUT WORK ORDER The work awarded to the contractor for laying interlocking tiles on Rahon Road, falling in the Ludhiana East Assembly segment, has commenced and was inaugurated with fanfare by Congress legislator Sanjay Talwar even before the formal work order had been issued to the contractor. the LIT revealed that out of three e-bids received for the work in question, two were rejected on the basis of not fulfilling conditions of turnover and bid capacity. “However, the successful bidder for the work was already facing a probe for filing bogus figures of turnover and executed works in the Municipal Corporation. “In this regard, yet another complaint has also been filed by Agyapal Singh Guliani against the same contractor with the Principal Secretary, Local Government, Punjab, that the said contractor had shown different figures of turnover in documents submitted with the MC and the LIT for different works. SUNRISE TUESDAY 6:22 AM List of executed works submitted by the contractor was also inflated and fudged,” the sources said. LIT officials confirmed that the work order for laying interlocking tiles on Rahon Road was yet to be issued to the contractor. When asked as to how the work could commence without a formal work order, officials said they would check the site and then revert back. Earlier, a city-based social activist, Ramesh Nayyar, had alleged in a complaint that certain contractors were submitting bogus/inflated turnover certificates for the past five years in complicity with MC and LIT officials for showing eligibility to offer bids for tenders worth over Rs 1 crore. Fudged figures of pending works with civic bodies and other government departments were being produced by some contractors but surprisingly, the officials did not care to cross-check the figures for obvious reasons. For a healthy life Covid positivity rate down to 0.04 per cent in district Half than 0.1% state average but more than 5 other dists Nitin Jain Tribune News Service Ludhiana, October 3 The weekly average Covid positivity rate, a key indicator of virus surge, has dipped to 0.04 per cent last week, which was four times less than 0.15 per cent recorded during August in Ludhiana, the government has confirmed. The district’s hit rate was almost half than state’s average of 0.1 per cent but was more than five other districts in the state, which have registered zero positivity, the official figures have revealed. The average positivity rate between September 22 and 28 compiled by the Health and Family Welfare Department, which is available with The Tribune, showed that Pathankot remained the worst-hit district with the highest hit rate of 0.3 per cent while Barnala, Nawanshahr, Mansa, Kapurthala, and Muktsar remained the safest districts with zero positivity rate during the last week of September. While Ropar, Fazilka, Mohali, and Faridkot stood second with 0.2 per cent hit rate, Moga, Sangrur, Ferozepur, Jalandhar, Amritsar, Bathinda, Hoshiarpur, Fatehgarh Sahib, Patiala, Tarn Taran and Gurdaspur shared the positivity rate of 0.1 per cent on a par with the state average. Ludhiana, being the biggest and largest district in terms of area and maximum population of almost 4 million in the state remained the worst-hit Tribune News Service CP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma and other officials take part in a walkathon organised as part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, in Ludhiana on Sunday. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN REPORT ON P2 Finally, Rlys allots construction work of ROB over Ludhiana-Dhuri tracks Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, October 3 After residents raised questions over too much delay in the construction of the railway overbridge (ROB) over Ludhiana-Dhuri railway tracks near Gill village, finally, the railways has issued the work order for construction of the ROB. A railway official claimed the work would be started soon on the site. The ROB is a part of GLADA’s ‘Missing Link 2’ project for which the land was acquired around a decade ago. The project has not been completed till date even after missing deadlines. Notably, GLADA had earlier constructed a road stretch from Dhandra Road to Dhuri railway tracks and then another stretch on the Gill village side under the same project a few years ago. In 2019, GLADA had released around Rs 21.84 crore to railways for the construction of MONDAY | 4 OCTOBER 2021 | LUDHIANA OFFICIALSPEAK ❝We are constantly working to keep the Covidfivesituation under control and continuing with the pronged strategy of test, trace, treat, vaccinate and strict enforcement of Covid-appropriate behaviour to avert the resurgence of the deadly infection, especially ahead of the festival season. Varinder Kumar Sharma, DC during the deadly second Covid wave, had made a remarkable turnaround from being the worst-hit to the safest district in the state. The safe trend persists for the past three months when the district had made a remarkable turnaround by recording the daily positivity rate even below 1 per cent. The development holds significance as Ludhiana had earlier assumed the dubious distinction of being the worsthit district with the maximum number of daily Covid cases and deaths till May. If it was mayhem in May when the second Covid wave had rapidly slid into a devastating crisis with the health facili- ties unbearably falling short, oxygen supplies running low and many dying even without seeing a doctor, June had given a sigh of relief with the signs of gradual retreat and impact of deadly virus plateauing and the safe trend continued in July, August, and September when the hit rate further dipped to as low as 0.04 per cent last week. This U-turn was all the more significant as the daily positivity rate has dropped by a whopping 19.53 per cent from the highest-ever ratio of 19.57 per cent in the past three months. The district had touched its peak of virus surge on May 2. The daily hit rate has been plummeting constantly since the last week of May. One fresh case of virus reported POWER SHUTDOWN LUDHIANA 10 am to 4 pm: Surinder Nagar, Dhai Marla Colony, Shivpuri Road, Krishna Gali, Kalyan Nagar, Veer Nagar, Vallabh Colony, Lakshmi Gali, Adarsh Gali, Kila Mohalla, Basant Nagar and adjacent areas. PAGE 4 On October 2, the singer shared an uplifting message on social media about the next chapter of her life. LIT awards work worth ~3 cr to contractor facing probe Ludhiana, October 3 Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) is again in the news for all the wrong reasons. Remaining true to a common belief that senior officials of the Trust are showering favours on certain ‘select’ contractors, a work for laying interlocking tiles worth approximately Rs 3 crore has been awarded to a ‘tainted’ contractor who is already facing probe for submission of wrong documents about turnover of the past five years and works executed by his firm. As if this was not enough, the work awarded to the contractor for laying interlocking tiles on Rahon Road, falling in the Ludhiana East Assembly segment, has commenced and was inaugurated with fanfare by Congress legislator Sanjay Talwar even before the formal work order had been issued to the contractor. Highly placed sources in BRITNEY SPEARS ON SUSPENSION OF HER DAD AS CONSERVATOR Residents want early completion of the ROB project. FILE the ROB. But the construction of the railway overbridge, which has to connect these two road stretches, was being delayed. Sanjay Tiwari, a resident, said: “We had moved the court as the construction of the ROB was being delayed. The court had then ordered the authorities concerned to float tenders for the construction of the ROB. Tenders were floated around four months ago by the rail- ways but the work is yet to be started at the ground level. The railways and GLADA must ensure completion of the ROB construction work on time.” A shopkeeper, Jashanpreet Singh, said, “We demand from the railways to construct the ROB in its jurisdiction at the earliest. GLADA should also complete ROB-related works (bridge approaches) under its jurisdiction without any further delay. All these works must be completed within six months.” According to information, the work for the ‘Missing Link 2’ project was divided into three parts – Dhandra Road to Dhuri Railway line, Dhuri Railway line to Malerkotla Road and then Malerkotla Road to Southern Bypass road (alongside Sidhwan Canal). Once this ROB is constructed, commuters can travel between Malerkotla Road (Gill Road) and Ferozepur Road (via Dhandra Road intersection, Phullanwal Chowk and Lodhi Club Road) in less time. “The work on a stretch that is to connect Malerkotla Road with Southern Bypass road near Lohara was also lying incomplete. It should be completed too,” Jashanpreet said. A railway official said the tender for the ROB construction work had been allotted to a successful bidder and it would start soon. c m y b Ludhiana, October 3 One fresh case of Covid-19 has been reported from the Ludhiana district on Sunday. The patient with influenza-like illness visited the Flu Corner. Besides, three cases that belong to other districts or states were also confirmed here today. The Health Department confirmed that 87,544 COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 25,31,297 87,544 11 1 2,102 patients of Ludhiana district and 11,682 patients of other districts or states have tested positive for the virus till date. A total of 2,102 patients of Ludhiana district and 1,051 patients of other districts or states have died of the virus till date as per the claims of the Health Department. A total of 25,31,297 samples have been taken so far, of which 24,32,071 were found negative. As many as 6,226 samples were collected today. Residents of the city have been told to adhere to all safety protocols of the state government. ~2L, jewellery stolen from house Minister begins cleanliness drive Two thieves, 3 snatchers arrested in separate incidents at bus stand Our Correspondent Ludhiana, October 3 Thieves broke into a locked house when its occupants were away and stole cash and valuables while the police claimed to have arrested three snatchers and two thieves in separate incidents. A house in Friends Colony was burgled on the intervening night of September 30 and October 1 when the occupants were away. Thieves broke open a window of the locked house and decamped with cash and other valuables. In a complaint lodged with the police, Rita Pal, a resident of Friends Colony, said she had gone to the Delhi airport on September 30, after locking the house. “When I returned on October 2, I found that a window was open and locker of an almirah was also ransacked and Rs 2 lakh in cash and gold ornaments were missing,” she said. The police have registered a case under Sections 457 and 380 of the IPC in this regard on Saturday. The police claimed to have nabbed three snatchers, Karnail Singh, Ritik Mishra, both residents of Mand Chaunta, and Harish Kumar, a resident of Model Colony, Jagirpur, who have been charged under Sections 379 of the IPC, yesterday. The police said they were nabbed from the TPoint at Bajra on Rahon Road on the basis of a tip-off that they were involved in several incidents of snatchings and loots. On the basis of information provided by them, the police had recovered a stolen Hero Deluxe motorcycle (bearing registration no. PB 10HA 5398), 15 mobile phones and a daat (sword). Three thieves were caught in another incident by staff of a resort on Barewal Road and the public on Saturday. While two of them were overpowered, their third accomplice managed to escape. In a complaint to police, director of Apna Punjab Resort said the staff had found three persons stealing scrap and other items from the resort where the construction work was being carried out. Two out of the trio, Vicky, resident of Panj Peer Road, and Akshay, resident of Lal Kothi, Haibowal, were nabbed while another accused identified as Sunny of Panj Peer Road had managed to escape. The police had booked all three accused under Section 379 of the IPC and had recovered plastic pipes, iron scrap and two bags of plastic material from them. Mobile snatched Two motorcycle-borne youths snatched a mobile phone from Suchita Dixit, a resident of Sector 39, Moti Nagar, on Saturday when the woman was returning home on foot after consultation with a doctor at Aykai Hospital on Ludhiana-Chandigarh Road. The victim said the snatchers came from the rear and fled after snatching her mobile phone. The police had registered a case under Section 379-B of the IPC. Tribune News Service Ludhiana, October 3 Punjab Transport Minister Amrinder Singh Raja Warring kick-started a major cleanliness drive at Amar Shaheed Sukhdev Interstate Bus Stand here on Sunday. The minister and officials cleaned the waste from various spots at the bus station. To change the face of bus stands in the state, Raja Warring on Sunday ordered a vigorous cleanliness drive at all bus terminals of the state, besides focusing on making bus stands free of dirt and filth. He said the drive was aimed at creating clean and hygienic surroundings in bus stands and told the officials to make cleanliness a daily routine. The minister called upon people to give support to such initiatives as no such effort can be successful without their cooperation. He directed general managers of all bus stands in the state to leave no stone unturned in making these places clean continued on page 2
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