21112021-LT-01.qxd 11/21/2021 12:48 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE CITY PROVIDENT FUND OFFICE RANKED 137TH IN COUNTRY PAGE 2 The PF office has slipped to 137th rank due to poor response by bizmen in filing e-nominations of their employees. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF EX-MANAGER AMONG FIVE BOOKED FOR ~3.20-CRORE FRAUD Ludhiana: A former manager of a bank in connivance with other notorious elements committed a fraud of Rs 3.20 crore with the bank. The accused had obtained a loan in the name of 65 beneficiaries. The police have registered a case against the former bank employee and others. The accused have been identified as Rajesh Kumar, former manager, SBI Link road branch, Arun Kumar, Ankush of Satjot Nagar, Amarjit Singh Khalsa of Friends Colony and Harish Kumar of Janta Nagar. The complainant, manager of the SBI Link road branch, Abhishek Jain, told the police that former manager Rajesh in connivance with the other accused had convinced some illiterate persons that they would get a loan up to Rs 25,000 to Rs 30,000 and they would not require to return the same. In fact, the accused had obtained loans up to Rs 5 lakh on the name of each beneficiary under the express credit scheme. After disbursing up to Rs 25,000 to Rs 30,000 to real beneficiaries, the accused had transferred the remaining amount to their own accounts and withdrew the same via cheque issued on the name of beneficiaries. The accused manager is already under suspension. TNS WOMAN RAPED BY LANDLORD SUNSET SUNDAY 5:26 PM ADITYA & ANUSHKA’S SANGEET, A STAR-STUDDED AFFAIR PAGE 4 Bollywood stars Alia, Vaani Kapoor, Athiya Shetty and Krystle D'Souza among others attend Sangeet ceremony. SUNRISE MONDAY 6:59 AM SUNDAY | 21 NOVEMBER 2021 | LUDHIANA Ludhiana’s ranking slips to 39 High drama as woman stabs self at police station SWACHH SURVEKSHAN-20217th in state; waste mgmt issues yet to be resolved Nikhil Bhardwaj negligence and poor performance of the civic body officials concerned. Without floating tenders, the garbage lifting work was allotted to benefit a private contractor. The garbage is not being lifted timely from various garbage collection points. The government should stop releasing funds under Smart City Mission when the cleanliness is being ignored here by the civic body.” Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, November 20 As the MC has failed to improve its performance, Ludhiana slipped to rank 39, out of the 48 cities (above 10 lakh population category) in Swachh Survekshan-2021. The city ranked 7th out of 13 cities in the state. Notably, Ludhiana had ranked 34 out of 47 cities in the Swachh Survekshan2021 while it had also won an award of the best big city in ‘Innovation and best practices’ last year. Though the civic body authorities and politicians often made claims to improve solid waste management, no concrete steps have been taken at the ground level to resolve various issues related to the processing of fresh and legacy waste. In Swachh Survekshan 2021 for which the survey was conducted earlier this year, 518 small or big cities have scored more marks than Ludhiana’s score of 3229.81 (out of 6000 marks). Ludhiana had ODF+ certification but it failed to improve its certification. A source in the MC said: “A few other cities of the state 26th rank in Safaimitra Suraksha Challenge Heaps of garbage dumped near Old Sessions Courts Chowk in Ludhiana. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN THE SCORE CARD ■ Service Level Progress ■ Certification ■ Citizen voice ■ Total 1725.97 out of 2400 marks 300 out of 1800 marks 1203.84 out of 1800 marks 3229.81 out of 6000 marks had ODF++ status but Ludhiana had only ODF+ as the sewerage treatment plants were not functioning properly. For the upcoming survey of 2022, there is a need to ensure the proper functioning of STPs, processing of solid waste and legacy waste. The MC needs to ensure manage- ment of construction and demolition waste too.” Waste processing still being ignored Notably, a private company, A2Z group, which used to handle solid waste management, had issued a termination notice to the MC in December 2020 and left the services in February 2021 but a new firm has not been hired for waste processing to date. MC teams have studied the solid waste management system in Indore, Chennai, Delhi, Rajasthan and Prayagraj (Allahabad) but the waste management system has not been improved here. Waste compactors are yet to be installed at a number of sites while an open space near Old Session Courts is being turned into a big garbage dump these days. A former councillor, Inder Aggarwal, said: “The city is ranked 39 due to MC Commissioner Pardeep Kumar Sabharwal said Ludhiana ranked 26th in Safaimitra Suraksha Challenge in the country and first rank in the state. Regarding 39th rank in Swachh Survekshan 2021, the Commissioner said the sewerage treatment plants under the Rejuvenation of Buddha Nullah project were being upgraded when the survey was conducted. He said the A2Z firm had also left its services. These two were the main reasons behind rank 39, he said. The Commissioner said they were going to set up waste to energy plant soon. Tribune News Service Ludhiana, November 20 High drama was witnessed at the Police Division 6 when a woman, who came to enquire about her complaint against a travel agent, turned hyper and stabbed herself last evening. She even threatened to stab her son in front of the policewoman if no action was taken against the agent. Acting on the complaint of woman constable Harpreet Kaur, a case under Sections 309 (attempt to commit suicide), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 186 (whosoever voluntarily obstructs any public servant in the discharge of his public functions), 189 (threat of injury to public servant) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC has been registered against the woman, Babita of Kand village, late last night. The constable said the woman had visited the police station yesterday and asked about the status of a complaint against a travel agent. She was told that the investigating officer of the complaint, ASI Sethi Kumar, was away for some Had come to enquire staus of her complaint against travel agent police duty and he could only clear its status. “Without listening to me, the woman took a knife from her purse and put at the neck of her son. She threatened to kill her son at the police station and also warned to commit suicide if no FIR is registered against the agent. When the woman was stopped, she stabbed herself on her stomach repeatedly. When I tried to save her, she torn off my uniform. Afterwards, other police officials intervened and rushed her to a hospital for treatment,” Harpreet Kaur said. However, ASI Sethi Kumar said the woman had filed a complaint against a travel agent who had duped her husband Omkar Singh. Her husband had gone abroad but the agent failed to arrange any job for him due to which he was deported to India. He said a probe into the complaint was on. The ASI said after arresting the woman, she was sent to judicial custody. Missing city student’s 3 of cell phone thieves’ gang Man arrested with body found in canal held; 7 mobiles recovered 500 gm of opium Ludhiana, November 20 The body of a missing Class XI student, Baljit Singh (17), of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) Senior Secondary School today found in the Sidhwan canal on the South City road. He had gone missing under mysterious circumstances on Thursday. The body was recovered after some passers-by noticed it and informed the police. Officials at the PAU police station reached the spot and took out the body from the canal. Manmeet Singh, kin of the deceased, said the boy had gone to school on Thursday but did not return home. Later, on the same night, the motorcy- cle and mobile phone of the victim was recovered from near the canal. “We cannot accept the fact that Baljit would commit suicide. The boy was a lively person and had big dreams in life. Even the day he went missing, he was not under any depression. He had left for the school as usual,” said Manmeet. ADCP 3 Sameer Verma it was too early to comment. Once the autopsy was done, only then the cause of death could be known. Preliminary probe suggests that the body had no injury marks, so it could be a suicide case. Sources said after the recovery of the body, the boy’s parents were in shock and they were yet to give any official statement. Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Ludhiana, November 20 The Kotwali police have busted a gang of mobile phone thieves and arrested three of its members. The police have registered a case against the thieves identified as Gudu Rangila and Hari Ram, alias Sonu Chauhan, residents of Shelter House, and Bunty Kumar of Islamganj. The police have recovered seven mobile phones from the accused. In a statement issued, the police said a tip-off was received that the accused were running a gang of thieves and they had stolen several mobile phones on the Guru Nanak’s Jayanti and now, they were on the way to sell the same. Accordingly, the police party laid a naka near a shelter house where after intercept- Ludhiana, November 20 The CIA wing of the Ludhiana rural police has nabbed a smuggler and recovered 500 gram of opium from him. A case under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS) Act has been registered yesterday against the accused, Daljit Singh, of Sidhwan Kalan. CIA in-charge inspector Prem Singh said a tip-off was received that the accused was on the way to deliver a huge consignment of opium. After which, the police party laid a naka and intercepted the person, riding a Bajaj Platina motorcycle, for checking. During the checking, 500 gm of opium was recovered. One tests positive for Covid Tribune News Service Ludhiana, November 20 One person tested positive for Covid and no person lost his life in the district due to the virus today. The recovery rate of Covid-19 patients has reached 97.57 per cent. At present, there are 20 active cases in the district. Eighteen persons were sent for home isolation today. A total of nine patients are undergoing treatment for Covid at various city hospitals and of these, two belong to Ludhiana district and seven are from other districts. Till date, a total of 28,43,734 samples have been taken, of which 27,44,359 were found negative. The total number of patients related to Ludhiana is 87,648 while 11,727 belong to other districts or states. The total number of persons who lost their lives PAGE 3 Contestants will put up fine acts on their iconic chartbusters of 90s, expressing their admiration for the two actors. MAX 26°C | MIN 8°C | YESTERDAY MAX 26°C | MIN 8°C Tribune News Service Ludhiana: A landlord who went to take house rent from his tenant at Giaspura here raped the latter yesterday. The Daba police have registered a case against accused Kuldeep Singh, a resident of SAS Nagar. Investigating officer Naveen Kumar said the accused owns a meat shop and on the first floor of his shop, he had given a room on rent. Yesterday, he was drunk. He barged into the room of the victim and finding her alone, raped her. The woman told the police that the accused had also told her not to reveal about the incident to anyone else she would have to bear the consequences. The accused is yet to be arrested. TNS KARISMA, SUNIEL REUNITE ON INDIA’S BEST DANCER 2 A woman gets her Covid test done in Ludhiana. INDERJEET VERMA COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE 28,43,734 87,648 20 1 DEATHS 2,109 For any information related to Covid Contact: 0161-2444193 & 4622276 include 2,109 persons from Ludhiana and 1,060 from other districts. Whenever the district administration or the Health Department, Ludhiana, finds out about any positive or suspected Covid patients, their samples are sent for testing. As many as, 4,168 samples of suspected patients were sent for testing today and their results are expected shortly. c m y b The accused in police custody in Ludhiana. ASHWANI DHIMAN ing the accused, they were arrested. During their frisking, seven mobile phones were recovered. The accused admitted that they used to roam in crowded places from where they steal mobile phones from pockets of people. The police said now, the police remand of the accused would be sought to nab other members of the gang and to recover more stolen mobile phones. The police suspected that some shopkeepers had also bought stolen mobile phones and they would also be nominated in the case after identification. The arrested smuggler in Ludhiana. TRIBUNE PHOTO In another case registered under the NDPS Act, the CIA wing nabbed a smuggler, Sarabjit Singh Sarban, of Bhaini Gujran village and recovered 4,500 intoxicating tablets from him. One of his accomplices, Manjit Singh of Gag Kalan managed to give the slip to the police. The CIA in-charge said his police remand would be sought to bust the entire supply line.
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