29102021-LT-01.qxd 29-10-2021 00:51 Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE SUVIDHA CAMPS SEE MASSIVE RESPONSE ON DAY 1 IN DIST The DC says 5,530 people applied for availing benefits under pro-poor welfare schemes of the government. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY Man gets life imprisonment for killing wife Legal Correspondent Ludhiana, October 28 Court of Additional Sessions Judge Lukhvinder Kaur Duggal has convicted Charanjit Singh, a resident of Bhoda Colony, Jagirpur road, here, on the charges of killing his wife Veena Rani by setting her ablaze. He was sentenced to undergo rigorous life imprisonment with a fine of Rs 10,000. Delivering the verdict, the court held that the prosecution has successfully proved the charges levelled against the accused beyond any doubt. The court also declined the plea of leniency raised by him. A case against the accused was registered at the Meharban police station on May 15, 2015, following the statement of Veena Rani, who was badly burnt. Only the victim’s husband was arrested in the case and the other accused, members of her in-laws family, were declared proclaimed offenders (PO). The complainant, the victim, had told the police that on the morning of May 15, 2015, her sister-in-law Jaspreet Kaur, husband Charanjit Singh, father-in-law and mother-in law had burnt her and she was under treatment at the Civil Hospital. Later, Judicial Magistrate Sushil Bodh recorded her statement at the hospital. On June 24, 2015, Veena Rani died from burn injuries received by her. During the trial, the father of the victim had turned hostile. However, during the trial, the accused pleaded innocence and claimed false implication. He had claimed that his wife received burn injuries while cooking on stove. But after appreciating the evidence on record, the court found them guilty and sentenced accordingly. PAGE 2 ALY GONI & MOUNI ROY’S JODAA GARNERS 20 MILLION VIEWS PAGE 3 This is Aly Goni and Mouni Roy’s first video together and their chemistry is something to watch out for. MAX 28°C | MIN 14°C | YESTERDAY MAX 28°C | MIN 15°C SUNSET FRIDAY 5:40 PM Rescued by using ladder; no lessons learnt by MC from past mishaps Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service An earth mover being used to pull out the scooter of the two students from thecrater at Deep Nagar in Ludhiana. HIMANSHU MAHAJAN NARROW ESCAPE FOR KIDS TRAVELLING IN SCHOOL BUS It was a narrow escape for students travelling in a school bus as the road portion caved in suddenly after the school bus passed over the stretch in Deep Nagar, a resident of the area said. claimed that a woman had also fallen but she had managed to come out of the crater. However, there was no official confirmation if any woman had fallen too. Residents blame civic body for tragedy Municipal Corporation has learnt no lessons from the past road cave-in incidents on this road at Deep Nagar where the water supply and sewer lines are said to be too old. It is yet to be ascertained how soil erosion took place beneath the road that led to the huge cave-in. Some of the residents blamed the MC for the tragedy and for not taking concrete steps to avert such mishaps. In 2019, a Toyota Fortuner vehicle had fallen after a big portion of the road had caved in near the spot where the incident occurred today. The residents said when the RMC road was being constructed several months ago, a trolley had stuck after the road portion caved in near today’s mishap site. A road portion had caved in at a nearby street in the past too. They said the MC failed to learn why such incidents were happening again and again. The residents demanded from the MC authorities to conduct a probe in this regard and replace old sewer and water pipes. A resident, Munjal Kumar, said: “Water supply to our house was disrupted for the past few days. A worker had told us that the road portion had got softened outside shops where the road portion caved in today.” A wooden structure was kept outside a shop where the land was said to have softened yesterday but no timely steps were taken to avoid the mishap. An MC official said the sewer lines, manholes and water supply pipes are too old. He said the underground wires were also passing beneath the road too. Meanwhile, the MC has plugged the water supply line that has got broken to avoid further water accumulation in the crater. MC’s Superintending Engineer Ravinder Garg said: “The actual reason behind the cave-in was not clear. We are getting the land excavated to inspect the sewer line,” he said. MC chief Pardeep Kumar Sabharwal has issued show-cause notices to B&R officials, including Raman Kaushal, Sanjeev Kumar and Ankush Sharma, after today’s incident and sought their reply in this regard. Sabharwal said a team had been deployed to probe the matter and strict action would be taken if any official was found guilty. Ludhiana, October 28 Two persons tested positive for Covid and no death was reported due to the virus in the district today. The recovery rate of Covid-19 patients has reached 97.56 per cent and at present, there are 30 active patients in the district. Twenty eight persons were sent for home isolation today. A total of six patients are undergoing treatment for Covid at various city hospitals and of these, two patients belong to Ludhiana district and four are from other districts. Four patients (two new patients from Ludhiana district and two from other districts or states) have tested positive in the past 24 hours. Till date, a total of 27,00,088 samples have been taken, of which 26,00,781 were found negative. Now, the total number of patients related to Ludhiana COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 26,92,062 87,604 30 1 2,106 is 87,604 while 11,703 belong to other districts or states. The total number of persons who lost their lives include 2,106 persons from Ludhiana and 1,053 from other districts. As many as 8,026 samples of suspected patients were sent for testing today and their results are expected shortly. DC Varinder Kumar Sharma appealed to residents to adhere to all safety protocols such as wearing masks, maintaining social distancing and washing hands frequently to not only save themselves but also keep everyone around them safe. — TNS A woman gets vaccinated against Covid in Ludhiana.INDERJEEET VERMA Ludhiana, October 28 Three miscreants reportedly chased a finance company employee to loot him on the Khanna-Malerkotla road on Thursday evening. However, the suspects failed in their attempt. Police sources said one of the miscreants was taken into custody by the police and a toy pistol was also recovered from him. As per information, the employee was going to home in his car and when he was on the Malerkotla-Khanna road, he saw three car-borne persons chasing him and pointing a gun at him. The suspects had asked the employee to stop the car. Suspecting that they had weapons with them, the victim sped up the car and informed the police. The police after getting information, managed to nab one of the suspects from Khanna and two managed FRIDAY | 29 OCTOBER 2021 | LUDHIANA Investments cross ~1 lakh crore mark in over 3,400 projects Investors’ Summit gives further push to industry in city Nitin Jain Tribune News Service Ludhiana, October 28 With fresh investment commitments of Rs 7,700 crore during the two-day Progressive Punjab Investors’ Summit that culminated on a high note in Ludhiana on Wednesday, the total investments in the state since the Congress government took over the reins of the state crossed the whopping Rs 1 lakh crore mark in over 3,400 projects, the government has confirmed. Ludhiana, known as the industrial capital of the state, remained the biggest beneficiary by fetching new ventures and expansion of existing projects in the district at an estimated investment of Rs 2,800 crore, the official figures have revealed. The Invest Punjab Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Rajat Agarwal, told The Tribune, here on Thursday, that various industry groups and investors committed Rs 3,280 crore investment to the state, of which the major chunk of Rs 2,800 crore went to Ludhiana. While an NRI investor, Meenu Malhotra from the United Kingdom, announced Rs 2,600 crore investment in his two real estate projects, the local Vardhman Group pledged to pump in Rs 200 crore more investment in Ludhiana. With the state’s total investment figure touched Rs 1,06,700 crore, over 3,400 projects were expected to generate over 3.6 lakh jobs for the skilled and unskilled youth. Of the total of over 3,400 new projects coming to the state, the production activity has already started in 54 per cent ventures and 34 per cent projects were under construction while the remaining 12 per cent of them were in the pre-construction stage. Two more test +ve Bid by 3 to loot finance firm employee for Covid in district Tribune News Service PAGE 4 Filmmaker Rahul Dholakia and actor Madhavan were among film personalities who celebrated decision of Bombay HC. SUNRISE SATURDAY 6:40 AM 2 students fall in crater as Deep Nagar road caves in Ludhiana, October 28 Two school students riding a Honda Activa scooter fell in about 15-foot-deep and nearly 20-foot-long crater appeared when a portion of a road caved in at Deep Nagar, here, on Thursday morning. It was also a narrow escape for students travelling in a school bus as the road portion caved in suddenly after the school bus passed over the stretch, a resident said. The two students, Kanav and Mahi, who are siblings, were going on their scooter to KVM School when they fell in the crater at around 8 am. After the road portion caved in, the water supply pipe had got damaged and water got accumulated in the crater. Both students were soon rescued with the help of a ladder by a local shopkeeper and another person, as per eyewitnesses. The students climbed out of the crater through a ladder and afterwards, they were rushed to a hospital. They got injuries. Mahi, a Class X student, was riding the vehicle and her brother Kanav, a student of Class V , was riding pillion. As the big crater suddenly appeared, there was no time to apply brakes. Dr Raj Malhotra of Chawani Mohalla, the grandfather of the two children, said: “We are thankful to God that both my grandchildren are safe and at home now. They, however, have received scratches and deep injuries in the mishap. They were going to school as they had to appear for exams today.” The badly damaged scooter was pulled out of the crater around six hours after the mishap. A few area residents CELEBS HAPPY AS SRK’S SON ARYAN KHAN GETS BAIL to give the police the slip. The victim said he was carrying a huge amount of cash. He suspected that the miscreants might be some former employees of the company. The Khanna police said questioning of the suspect was on and further development in the case would be revealed after registering an FIR in the case. have taken landmark decisions ❝Wefresh investments and boost the to attract existing industry. These included abolition of institutional tax and a film city in Chandigarh. We will continue to do whatever needs to be done for facilitating trade and industry in future as well. Charanjit Singh Channi, CHIEF MINISTER Not only the local and NRI investors have reposed confidence in the border state but even a number of industry groups from at least 13 foreign countries have also touched base here. The countries, from where the foreign investors have so far pledged investment to the agrarian state, included South Korea, Singapore, the UAE, Italy, Japan, the USA, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Denmark, the Netherlands and Spain. The main foreign companies having already opened or were in the process of opening their units independently or in collaboration with the local industry in the state comprised Aichi Steel, Air Liquide, Think Gas, Sunjin, Graepel, Yanmra, Hartmann, Centrient Pharmaceuticals, Ognibene, Sharaf Group and B Lal Steel Shredding Private Limited. The highlight of the annual mega show with a theme of “Progressive Punjab – A story of partnership, delivery and growth: Investors reassured”, which was for the first time held in Ludhiana, was further strengthening the stakeholder consultations and making the industry a part of the decision making process even for the grant of incentives. The stakeholder consultations were initiated with industry partners from local industries and MNCs, industry associations, including CII, PHD, FICCI and CICU, partner countries through their embassies, JETRO, Enterprise Singapore and USIBC, professionals and experts from CIG, GCSI, Invest India, KPMG and WEF besides union ministries , and departments, including the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, Housing and Urban Development and Labour. Three different rounds of stakeholder consultations were held in the presence of Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and the top government functionaries on October 23, 8 and 4. Chairing the state session at the concluding day function of the summit, the CM had also inaugurated offices of the district bureau of Invest Punjab – the state government’s onestop unified regulator controlling 23 different departments to provide advanced single-window facilitation to the investors. Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi said: "We have taken landmark decisions to attract fresh investments and boost the existing industry. These included abolition of institutional tax, one-time settlement scheme for plot holders of PSIEC, 50 per cent waiver of fixed charges applicable on electricity consumption for the micro small medium industry, scrapping of 40,000 pending cases of VAT against industry and traders and a film city in Chandigarh. We will continue to do whatever needs to be done for facilitating trade and industry in future as well." 3 booked in dowry case Ludhiana, October 28 The Khanna police have booked a man and his parents on charges of dowry harassment. He had also forced his wife to undergo abortion. However, he failed in his attempt. The accused are identified as Pargat Singh, his father Ranjit Singh and mother Charanjit Kaur of Ropar. Complainant Rajbir Kaur told the police that she got married to the accused in 2019. “Despite giving dowry, my husband and in-laws continued to harass me for dowry. When I became pregnant, the accused started forcing me to abort the child. I didn’t bow down under pressure and finally gave birth to a daughter, “Rajbir Kaur alleged. The complainant demanded that strict action should be taken against the accused. — TNS SAD-BSP candidate booked Boy hacks grandparents to for making ‘casteist’ remarks death over ‘property dispute’ Ludhiana, October 28 SAD-BSP candidate from the Ludhiana Central constituency for the upcoming Assembly poll Pritpal Singh Palli has been booked by the city police for allegedly making ‘casteist remark’ against the Valmiki community. A case under SC/ST Act has been registered today. Today, members of the Valmiki community held a protest at the Bharat Nagar chowk demanding registration of a case against him. Led by Valmiki community leader Vicky Sahota and others, they held a protest for 30 minutes, due to which traffic got disrupted. It was lifted after police offi- Tribune News Service Members of the Valmiki community hold a protest in Ludhiana. cials reached the spot and assured registration of a case. They had warned the police that if a case was not registered today, they will launch an indefinite agitation against the leader. Palli had allegedly made casteist remarks when he was participating in a protest c m y b against a Hindu leader, Anil Arora, who had allegedly made some objectionable remarks against Guru Nanak Dev. ADCP Rupinder Kaur Sra said after recording the statement of the complainant, a case was registered and further probe was launched in the case. — TNS Ludhiana, October 28 A 17 year-old boy hacked his grandparents to death at Lal Kalan village in Samrala yesterday over an alleged property dispute of his father with the deceased. He first attacked them with a baseball bat and then an axe to brutally kill them. The deceased have been identified as Darshan Singh (75) and his wife Surinder Kaur. The police registered a case against the accused yesterday. The boy, who is a student of Class XI, is yet to be arrested. Samrala DSP Harwinder Singh said the accused’s father had a property dispute with his grandparents and his father was asking them to transfer the property ownership on his name but they were not agreeing to the same. The accused’s grandparents had started living at a rented accommodation near Doraha due to the issue. Yesterday, the deceased had visited the house to meet their son and grandchildren. When they entered the house, the accused and his sister were at home, Afterwards, he locked both of them in a room and killed them. He first hit them with a baseball bat and then he brought an axe and brutally attacked them. The boy had repeatedly attacked his grandparents with the axe, due to which they were killed on the spot. The DSP said after killing his grandparents, the accused had himself called the police and informed the villagers. Police sources said a few days ago, the deceased also had a scuffle with their son and the grandson during which the victim had suffered minor injuries. The sources said recently, the grandfather of the boy had misbehaved with his mother due to which the accused wanted to teach a lesson to him.
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