22042022-LT-01.qxd 4/22/2022 1:04 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE MENTALLY CHALLENGED GIRL GANG-RAPED IN DAKHA The victim was lodged at a children’s home in Talwandi Dham from where she had escaped a few days ago. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY PAGE 2 SAISHA SHINDE TO DONATE FOR WELFARE OF TRANS COMMUNITY MAX 39°C | MIN 23°C | YESTERDAY MAX 38°C | MIN 24°C SUNSET FRIDAY 6:59 PM Tribune News Service Drug peddler flees from police net MC workers disconnect a sewerage connection of an illegal colony in Ludhiana. TRIBUNE PHOTO each of Deol Enclave, Raj Enclave and Malhi Chowk Colony were disconnected. The MC also disconnected sewerage connections of three illegal colonies located in Zone A. Two of these illegal colonies are located on Jassian Road and one is on Bahadurke Road. Questions are being raised over the role of the MC’s Building Branch as to why action was not taken against the colonisers when the illegal colonies were being developed. The role of the MC’s O&M branch is under scanner too as they had not taken action when sewerage connections of illegal colonies were joined with the MC’s sewerage lines. Now, hundreds of residents in illegal colonies are forced to suffer. Leader of Opposition in MC House Jaspal Singh Giaspura recently raised the issue of illegal colonies in the MC’s House meeting. He had demanded action against the illegal colonies. He had alleged that the water supply and sewerage connections of illegal colonies have been joined with the MC’s system. Ludhiana, April 21 A couple, Gurpreet Singh and his wife Simran Kaur, residents of Boothgarh village, attempted to immolate them at the Police Commissioner’s office on Thursday afternoon. They alleged police inaction in an attack case and also levelled allegations of demanding bribe against the investigating officer of the Mattewara police post. The moment couple poured petrol on themselves, people present there intervened and didn’t let the couple light a matchstick. After the incident, Joint CP Ravcharan Singh Brar assured the couple that now a probe into the case and allegations would be done by the newly appointed SHO of Meharban police station SI Harpreet Singh and immediate action would be taken on merit in the case. The couple said in December last year, some The couple who attempted self-immolation at the office of the Police Commissioner in Ludhiana on Thursday. HIMANSHU MAHAJAN villagers had barged into their house and attacked them over some old enmity. They later also lodged a complaint at the Meharban police station but till date no action has been taken. “We met senior police officials several times but no one cared about our con- cerns. In fact when the assailants had filed a fake complaint against us by putting self-inflicted injuries on them, the Mattewara police started threatening us with registration of a case against us,” alleged the couple. Now an ASI of the Mattewara police was asking for OVERCHARGING FOR COVID VACCINATION Private hospital served show-cause notice Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 21 Despite the Union Government’s order of not to charge more than Rs 386 for Covid vaccination, a private hospital in the city was found flouting the rules with impunity by overcharging its consumers. A show-cause notice has been issued by the district administration. Complaints came to fore that Shree Raghunath Hospital was charging as high as Rs 780 for Covishield and Rs 1,200 for Covaxin against the government’s fixed price for dose at Rs 225, plus hospitals can charge Rs 150 as service tax, and after the GST the total cost comes out at Rs 386. A beneficiary of Covishield vaccine from Shree Raghunath A man gets vaccinated against Covid in Ludhiana. INDERJEET VERMA Hospital said she went to the hospital on April 19 to get her dose and was shocked to know that they had not factored in the price revision and were charging as per the old rates. Ranjeet Kaur, hospital administrator of Raghunath Hospital, said earlier they were charging more but from today they have revised the rates. “From today onwards we have started charging Rs 386 for both Covishield and Covaxin,” she said. She said the hospital had bought the vaccine at higher rates but after that they were asked to administer the same at low prices. “The policy lacks clarity and we had even approached the district health authorities in this regard. Now, who will compensate our losses and who will reimburse our money, there is no answer to our queries,” added Ranjeet Kaur. Later during the day, a show-cause notice was served on the hospital by the Health Department. Deputy Commissioner Surabhi Malik said the rate of both Covishield and Covaxin as fixed by the government for private hospitals is Rs 225 per dose plus Rs 150 as service charge. She said that after receiving the complaint, the District Immunisation Officer was sent to the hospital to inquire into the matter. The officer has issued a showcause notice and they have been asked to explain why their vaccination centre should not be shut down. The DC has urged all private hospitals to not indulge in overcharging and warned of strict action if any hospital is caught doing so. c m y b FRIDAY | 22 APRIL 2022 | LUDHIANA District wins 3 National Panchayat Awards Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 21 Ludhiana district has bagged three National Panchayat Awards-2022 announced by the Union Ministry of Panchayati Raj for improving delivery of services and public goods, outstanding contribution to socio-economic development and adopting child-friendly practices. Block panchayat Machhiwara and gram panchayat of Rohle village have won the Den Dayal Upadhyay Panchayat Sashaktikaran Puraskar (DDUPSP), while Nanaji Deshmukh Rashtriya Gaurav Gram Sabha Puraskar (NRGGSP) has been awarded to gram panchayat of Chehlan village. Deputy Commissioner Surabhi Malik specially congratulated ADC (Rural Development) Amit Kumar Panchal, officials and all stakeholders for winning the national awards. She said it was materialised only because of the team work of officials and all stakeholders. Alleges police inaction in attack case, demand of bribe by ASI Tribune News Service PAGE 4 Akshay Kumar was recently seen in an advertisement of elaichi for a brand that also makes tobacco. SUNRISE SATURDAY 5:50 AM Couple attempts self-immolation at CP’s office Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 21 A drug peddler yesterday fled from the police custody at the Jagraon police station. The police registered a fresh case against the peddler, Ajay Singh, resident of Jagraon. Assistant Sub-Inspector Angrej Singh said on Wednesday acting on a tipoff, Ajay Singh was caught with intoxicating tablets and a case was registered at the Jagraon police station. Ajay was kept at the police station’s lock-up. He was taken out from the lock-up for going for medical examination. As he tried to handcuff Ajay, he pushed him away and fled, Angrej Singh said. Angrej Singh said since the police station had no boundary wall, Ajay managed to escape easily. Policemen also tried to chase Ajay, but in vain. The police said efforts are on to trace the accused. AKSHAY STEPS DOWN AS BRAND AMBASSADOR OF TOBACCO FIRM She is a fashion designer, who is the woman behind Miss Universe-2022 Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu’s winning gown. 19 sewerage connections of 10 illegal colonies cut off Ludhiana, April 21 Taking strict action against the violations, the Municipal Corporation on Thursday disconnected 19 sewerage connections of 10 illegal colonies under the MC’s Zone C and Zone A areas in the city. Additional Commissioner Rishipal Singh had ordered action against the illegal sewerage connections of these colonies. Earlier, the sewerage connections of these illegal colonies were linked with the MC’s sewerage lines. Executive Engineer, Ranbir Singh, who led the drive against the illegal colonies in Zone C today, said they disconnected sewerage connections of seven illegal colonies. He said five connections of Karamjit Colony, three each of Kehar Singh Nagar and Royal City, two of Suman Nagar and one connection PAGE 3 Rs 1.5-lakh bribe for compromise between the two parties and for not registering a case against them. Today was the deadline to give the bribe, alleged the couple. “Instead of giving bribe and facing a criminal case, we decided to end our lives by immolating ourselves at the Police Commissioner’s office. If still the police fail to take action we will end our lives at the CP’s office in the coming days,” said the couple. Police sources said the couple had yesterday achieved compromise with the disputing party and in lieu they had agreed to pay some compensation to the persons injured but today they created a drama to seek attention of senior cops. The SHO, Meharban, SI Harpreet Singh, said senior officers had asked him to take immediate action in the case. Accordingly the police would register a cross-case after recording statements of both disputing parties as per the law. Flames come out of windows of Kaur Sain Spinners Limited near Doraha on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Major fire breaks out at yarn manufacturing unit Our Correspondent Doraha, April 21 Kaur Sain Spinners Limited, a yarn manufacturing unit in Doraha, was gutted in a major fire this morning. The SDM, Payal, Deepjot Kaur, Tehsildar, Payal, Executive Officer of the Doraha Municipal Council Sukhdev Singh and SHO, Doraha, Lakhveer Singh reached the spot immediately after getting the information. Sukhdev Singh said as polyester and cotton, which are highly inflammable, were stored in the factory the fire spread within no time. “The fire spread and engulfed the entire factory within no time. It could not be extinguished even though fire tenders were pitched in from Khanna, Doraha, Samrala and Ludhiana. The fire could be controlled only after three hours of continuous effort by the Fire Department teams.” Manager of the factory Baljeet Singh Bhullar told this correspondent that the reason for the fire breaking out may be overheating. Otherwise there seems to be no other apparent reason at present,” he said. When questioned about the loss, he said, “It is too difficult to assess the total loss at this stage since the major concern is to douse the flames. We can come to know about the actual loss after the safety of the labourers is assured. The labour however is safe and sound,” the manager said. Fire Station Officer Yashpal said till afternoon 90 per cent fire was brought under control. “However two fire brigade vehicles have been stationed near the factory lest the fire should get ignited again since the raw material is thread and inflammable,” he said. Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 21 A major fire broke out in a hosiery unit on the Bahadurke road on Thursday morning. A short circuit was said to be the cause of the fire. As per information, the fire broke out in Bhagwati Hosiery Mills at around 3.55 am today. A loss of goods and machinery worth several lakhs of rupees was reported in the incident. Fire officials said it took them around four hours to completely douse the flames. Last night a fire incident was also reported at Golden Textiles, Kohara, Chandigarh Road. Fire tenders took around one hours to reach the spot. The fire was controlled by the firefighters in three hours. A short circuit was said to be the cause of the fire. Stop AAP legislators from Minister checks buses; five inaugurating councillor quota works, Mayor urged impounded Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 21 Raising objections over AAP MLAs inaugurating the development works which were approved under councillor’s quota, a delegation of councillors of the Shiromani Akali Dal met Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu at the MC’s Zone D office on Thursday. The SAD delega- tion also raised the matter of pending development works in their respective wards. President of the Ludhiana unit of the SAD Harbhajan Singh Dang said the contractors have stopped carrying out development works in the wards as they have not received pending payments from the MC. “Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu has assured us Contined on page 2 One dead, 4 fresh cases in dist testing today, the results of which are expected shortly. Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 21 Four fresh Covid cases were reported in the district, while one person died due to the disease today. It was last on March 25 that any death was reported in the district due to the virus. A total of 1,09,827 persons have tested positive for the virus since March 2020, while 2,280 persons from the district have succumbed to the virus till now. The recovery rate of Covid19 patients was 97.90 per cent today. There were 24 active cases in the district and 23 patients were asked to isolate themselves at their homes by the Health Department. At present there is one Covid patient admitted to hospital in Ludhiana. Till date, a total of 34,73,089 samples for Covid test have Goods gutted in hosiery unit fire Wear face masks: DC A man gives a sample for Covid test in Ludhiana. COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 34,73,089 1,09,827 24 2 2,280 For info Contact: 0161-2444193 & 4622276 been taken, of which 33,48,513 were found negative. Samples of 3,367 suspected patients were sent for Deputy Commissioner Surabhi Malik on Thursday said in view of increasing number of Covid cases in some states and UTs, the Punjab Government has issued an advisory for residents to wear face masks at crowded places. As per the latest advisory issued on Thursday, wearing of masks should be specially ensured in the closed environments such as public transports like buses, trains, aircraft, taxis, cinema halls, shopping malls, departmental Stores, classrooms, office rooms, indoor gatherings, etc. The DC has urged all Ludhiana residents to comply with the advisory in interest of society. Ludhiana, April 21 Five buses, including three tourist buses, were impounded for allegedly violating the rules during a surprise checking conducted by Punjab Transport Minister Laljit Singh Bhullar on the national highway near Doraha on Thursday. The RTA, Ludhiana, Narinder Singh Dhaliwal, was also present. Bhullar said on the directions of Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, the buses are being checked. He asked all the transporters to pay the tax of their respective buses, tippers, trucks, tourist buses, etc, and ply them as per the permit. The Transport Minister said during the checking, he also found an Indo-Canadian company bus violating the rules. He said, “This IndoCanadian bus can ply directly from Amritsar to the Delhi airport. The driver of the bus admitted that he has picked up passengers from different stations, such as Jalandhar, Goraya, Phillaur, Ludhiana, etc. We have taken photographs of the tickets of all the passengers of the bus.” These buses have been impounded for violating the law and causing losses to the revenue of the government, he added. He asked the transporters to operate the buses on permitted routes, pay taxes and follow the rules.
The Tribune, now published from Chandigarh, started publication on February 2, 1881, in Lahore (now in Pakistan). It was started by Sardar Dyal Singh Majithia, a public-spirited philanthropist, and is run by a trust comprising four eminent persons as trustees.
The Tribune, the largest selling daily in North India, publishes news and views without any bias or prejudice of any kind. Restraint and moderation, rather than agitational language and partisanship, are the hallmarks of the paper. It is an independent newspaper in the real sense of the term.
The English edition apart, the 133-year-old Tribune has two sister publications, Punjabi Tribune (in Punjabi) and Dainik Tribune (in Hindi).