20042022-LT-01.qxd 4/19/2022 11:58 PM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE NEW STATE CONG CHIEF WARRING REACHES OUT TO FORMER MLAS Punjab Congress chief Amrinder Raja Warring is taking guidance from senior Cong leaders to strengthen the party. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY PAGE 2 PLAYBACK SINGER NEETI MOHAN GETS CANDID ON MTV BEATS The multi-lingual singer’s fans will witness her getting candid about her experiences of recording music. MAX 40°C | MIN 25°C | YESTERDAY MAX 41°C | MIN 25°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 6:58 PM ~10.9L looted from money changer’s employees Police officials probe the loot of ~10.90 lakh from a money changer’s employees at the Gill chowk in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 19 Two motorcycle-borne armed robbers looted Rs 10.90 lakh from employees of a money changer from near grain market, Gill chowk, on Tuesday evening. As per information, Jaspinder and Honey, who work for the money changer, Rohit, having office at Deepak Complex, near Gill chowk, were on the way to their office after collecting Rs 10.90 lakh. When they reached near the grain market, two motorcycle-borne persons cor- nered them, Jaspinder said, adding “I was riding the bike while Honey was sitting pillion with a bag containing Rs 10.90 lakh. Before we could understand anything, masked robbers snatched the bag and also threatened to shoot us if we dare to chase them,” alleged Jaspinder. Jaspinder said they also tried to chase the robbers but failed. The robbers’ bike was without number plate. The ADCP Balwinder , Singh Randhawa, who visited the spot for investigation, said CCTV cameras of the area are being scanned to get clues about the robbers. PAGE 3 The police conduct a probe at the garment shop in Sundar Nagar, Ludhiana, on Tuesday. PHOTOS: ASHWANI DHIMAN ~25L stolen from shop Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 19 Thieves targeted a wholesale garment shop and decamped with Rs 25 lakh. Kapil Arora, owner of Kapil Garments, said on Sunday night they had kept Rs 25 lakh in the safe of the shop. The market was closed on Monday. “Today when I opened the shop and checked the safe, Rs 25 lakh were missing. Thieves seemed to have entered from the door on the first floor of the shop,” added Kapil. Kapil said thieves had also taken away DVR of CCTV cameras of the shop but the CCTV cameras of their neighbour captured six thieves who came on two motorcycles. As per CCTV cameras, thieves committed theft at around 8 pm on Monday night. A case has been registered. The police are checking the phone call details of some suspected shop employees. BHUMI BAGS TWO AWARDS AT THE ASIA ONE AWARDS She was honoured with the Covid-19 Commitment Award and Black Swan Path-Breaking Actor of the Year Award. SUNRISE THURSDAY 5:52 AM WEDNESDAY | 20 APRIL 2022 | LUDHIANA Elderly couple robbed of ornaments at Mall Plaza 40 brick kilns raided by PPCB teams Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 19 Teams of the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) today conducted raids on about 40 brick kilns in the district. While the higher-ups in the Punjab Pollution Control Board maintain that no “major” violations were found, but highly placed sources informed that there are kilns using deadly carbon to run the bhattis, the fumes of which are fatal for human beings. Because the grinding tyre rubber is cheap as compared to coal, many kilns are playing with the lives of innocent labourers. Gulshan Kumar, Chief Engineer, Punjab Pollution Control Board , said raids were conducted today and violations were found, like some were using wood powder, rice husk, etc, but no major violations were noticed. Highly placed sources said there were kilns using carbon to bake the bricks. This carbon is too dangerous and it is learnt that regular exposure to the fumes emitted from burning of tyres could prove fatal. There are about 270 brick kilns in the district and around 20 of them are using tyre rubbers for heating purposes in an unofficial manner. Rahul Tiwari, Secretary, Science Technology and Environment, said he had assumed the charge today but he will get the details and strict action as per law will be taken against the defaulters. Ludhiana, April 19 An elderly couple was robbed of gold and diamond ornaments at Mall Plaza near Fountain Chowk. The couple had gone to meet a doctor when they were targeted by the robbers. A case was yesterday registered against unknown robbers at the Police Division 8. Complainant Jagdish Singh (83) of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar told the police that yesterday he along with his wife Surinder Kaur had gone to Mall Plaza. The moment they entered the plaza, a boy and girl cornered them and asked to hand them over cash and other valuables. “When we tried to raise alarm, the duo threatened to kill us with sharp weapons. The duo then snatched three rings of gold and diamond from us and fled away,” alleged the complainant. Investigating officer ASI Avinash Rai said that CCTV cameras of Mall Plaza and nearby markets are being checked to get clues about the robbers. Tribune News Service An elderly woman gets vaccinated against Covid in Ludhiana on Tuesday. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA Eight test positive for Covid in district Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 19 Eight fresh Covid cases were reported in the district, while there was no death due to the disease today. A total of 1,09,821 persons have tested positive for the virus since March 2020, while 2,279 persons from the district have succumbed to the virus till now. The recovery rate of Covid19 patients was 97.91 per cent today. There were 21 active cases in the district and 17 patients were asked to isolate themselves at their homes by the Health Department. At present four Covid COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 34,66,454 1,09,821 21 6 2,279 For info Contact: 0161-2444193 & 4622276 patients are admitted to various hospitals in Ludhiana. Till date, a total of 34,66,454 samples for Covid test have been taken, of which 33,41,884 were found negative. Samples of 2,414 suspected patients were sent for testing today, the results of which are expected shortly. Man acquitted Municipal Corporation to check violations in 102 hotels in city April 19 a survey a few Once in ~35L cheque Ludhiana,the directions of the conductedviolations in and and stand.other areas near the lations in 102 hotels soon.report Following checked 109 bus Senior Town Plan- the checking is done, a another Bindra on the basis bounce cases Local Government, the MC hotels in the city. InCorpora- ner, SSviolationssaid they will would be preparedare found in will start checking violations in survey, the Municipal check of building of violations that Legal Correspondent Smoke billows from burning waste at the MC’s dumpsite near Kakka village in Ludhiana. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN MC’s dumpsite fire suffocates residents NGO Yuva, BJP leaders stage protest Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 19 The fire which broke out at the main garbage dumpsite near Kakka village has been causing a lot of trouble for the people living in nearby areas for the past five days as poisonous smoke is emitting from the burning waste. Fire incidents have been occurring at the main dumpsite since Friday. According to the Fire Services staff, around five fire tenders were rushed to the dumpsite for dousing the flames today. Also, the firefighters, while dousing the flames, suffered problems due to the smoke. The locals generally call the dumpsite as the ‘garbage mountains’ of Ludhiana. Residents said due to negligence of the Municipal Corporation, around 20 lakh metric tonnes of waste has accumulated at the dumpsite that spreads over around 50 acres. No waste processing is being done at the dumpsite. On Tuesday, members of the Yuva NGO and BJP leaders staged a protest at the dumpsite against the administration for failing to stop burning of waste. NGO leader Kumar Gaurav said, “It was difficult to stand there due to poisonous smoke emitting from the burning garbage mountains at the dumpsite. The fire has not been doused since Friday while the authorities concerned are in a deep slumber. The smoke is spreading in nearby areas badly. Due to negligence of the MC and governments, waste processing was not ensured at this dumpsite. Moreover, illegal colonies are still coming up along the dumpsite under the nose of the MC and GLADA.” The BJP’s Tajpur mandal president Harbans Singh Saluja said, “The people are forced to suffer due to harmful smoke emitting from the burning waste. Thus, we staged the protest to awaken the authorities concerned. We are giving a warning to the administration and Mayor as well to take required steps to douse the fire otherwise we will launch an agitation against them.” The MC’s Health Officer Dr Vipul Malhotra claimed that the methane gas emitting from the waste is the reason behind the fire due to high temperature. The fire was earlier doused from four-five points but it broke out again, he said. Ludhiana, April 19 Judicial Magistrate Shweta Dass has acquitted Jugal Kishore, resident of New Shiv Puri, Near Shami Mandir, Ludhiana, in four cheque bounce cases of Rs 35 lakh. Pronouncing the verdict, the court held that the complainant failed to prove that she was having the financial capacity to give money on loan to the accused. The complainant also failed to prove that the cheques were handed over to her in discharge of legally enforceable liability. The orders were pronounced by the court while deciding the complaint filed by Savita Dhawan of Jain Nagar, Rahon road, Ludhiana. The complainant has submitted before the court that the accused had approached her for taking loan in view of friendly relations and she advanced ‘dasti’ loan from her. Thereafter, in order to repay the loan amount, the accused issued three cheques for Rs 10 lakh each and one cheque for Rs 5 lakh. But when the cheques were presented to the bank of the accused, they were dishonoured in September 2017 with the observation that the accused was not having sufficient funds in his account. Thereafter, the legal notice was sent but the accused failed to reply and repay the loan amount forcing her to file the case. On the other hand, the accused pleaded that he was innocent. The cheques were given as security. The cheques were misused by the complainant. It was alleged that the complainant was having no proof that the money amounting to Rs 35 lakh was ever handed over to him as loan, which was not a small amount. 102 more hotels in the city. After a complaint filed by an activist, the MC had earlier c m y b PAGE 4 tion has identified 102 more hotels in the city and of them, 26 hotels are in Jawahar Nagar bylaws and parking arrangements in 102 hotels. “We will start the drive to check the vio- hotels,” he said. A number of hotels have not ensured parking arrangements. — TNS
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