07052022-LT-01.qxd 5/7/2022 12:46 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE SEX RATIO AT BIRTH DOWN FROM 964 TO 907, DIST RANKS 17TH IN STATE The sex ratio at birth in district has dipped drastically by a whopping 57 points from 964 in 2019 to 907 in 2020. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF ONKAR PAHWA GETS UDYOG RATNA AWARD Ludhiana: Onkar Singh Pahwa, CMD of Avon Cycles Ltd, has been honoured with the ‘Udyog Ratna Award’ by Vice-President of India M Venkaiah Naidu on the 69th annual convocation of Panjab University, Chandigarh, here on Friday. He joined the family business as a management trainee and took over the reins to set up the export function and played a key role in initiating export to Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. He has participated in more than 40 trade fairs across continents, expanding his company’s international footprint, making it the third largest Indian bicycle brand. As a visionary he diversified into wind power, solar energy and electric mobility by launching electric scooters and rickshaws under the brand name E-World of Avon and in 2015 Avon Fitness Machines were also introduced in the market. He has been generously contributing to society and built a hospital in memory of his late mother, Mata Kaushalya Devi Pahwa Charitable Hospital in Ludhiana’s neighbourhood, providing free healthcare facilities to the economically weaker sections. TNS PAGE 2 NITIN SHEDS LIGHT ON BOND BETWEEN MUKESH AND LATA PAGE 3 In the upcoming episode of Naam Reh Jayegaa, viewers will get to know about the bond between Lata and Mukesh. MAX 39°C | MIN 23°C | YESTERDAY MAX 38°C | MIN 22°C SUNSET SATURDAY 7:09 PM SUNRISE SUNDAY 5:36 AM New MC Commissioner assumes charge on Friday Kuldip Bhatia New MC Commissioner Shena Agarwal holds an introductory meeting with senior officials of the civic body after assuming charge of the office in Ludhiana on Friday. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN of urban infrastructure had failed to keep pace with needs of the city residents and it would be the endeavour to motivate heads and staff of all the branches to improve recovery of arrears, be those water/sewerage bills, property tax, composition fee, advertisement tax or other local taxes. “If we have enough funds at our disposal, only then we shall be able to put development projects on fast track. Core areas of priority for development will be main and feeder roads in the city, which, more or less, are in a shambles. The MC should provide reasonably good roads, streets and urban infrastructure to the city, designated as Smart City,” she added. On several ongoing projects being executed under the Smart City Mission getting delayed, the Commissioner said she would soon convene a meeting to review all ongo- ing projects and those in the pipeline. “Every effort would be made to speed up work on all Smart City projects, particularly the canal-based water supply, rejuvenation of the Budha Nullah, solid waste management, overbridges and underpass so that these could be completed as early as possible and could have a positive impact on the Smart City image of the industrial hub of the state,” added the Commissioner. Sewerage connections of 5 illegal colonies snapped Our Correspondent Ludhiana, May 6 A team of officials and employees of the Municipal Corporation today dis- connected sewerage lines of five illegal colonies that were disposing sewage into the main MC sewers without permission and payment of disposal charges. Sewer connections of Gautam Vihar, Gautam Enclave, an unnamed colony, Sarpanch Colony, all on Balloke Road, and Balaji Enclave on Sheller Road were discon- nected from main sewer lines. MC officials said even though all these colonies were located outside the MC limit, the developers had illegally connected their sewer lines with the main sewers of the MC. The officials said action against illegal sewer connections of unlicensed and unapproved colonies would continue. 4 new cases in dist Factory owner attacked, 5 booked Tribune News Service COVID-19 FIGURES Ludhiana, May 6 Four fresh Covid cases were reported, while there was no death due to the disease in the district today. A total of 1,09,881 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 Covid-19 patients was 97.90 per cent today. There were 25 active cases in the district and 25 patients were asked to isolate themselves at their homes by the Health Department. SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 35,20,109 1,09,881 25 2,280 Ludhiana, May 6 The owner of a factory, Mefa Needles, located near the Dholewal chowk, was attacked over old enmity. The police on Thursday registered a case against five persons, identified as Vikram Kumar, his two sons Rohan Devgan and Raghav Devgan, Shikha Talwar and Shikha Verma. Factory owner Gavin Devgan told the police that on May 4, the accused reached outside his factory and didn’t allow him and his workers to go inside. They then attacked him and also snatched keys of his factory. Old property dispute is said to be the cause of attack. Investigating officer ASI Lakhvir Singh said raids are being conducted to nab the accused. — TNS For info Contact: 0161-2444193 & 4622276 At present no Covid patient is admitted to hospital in Ludhiana. Till date, a total of 35,20,109 samples for Covid test have been taken, of which 33,95,469 were found negative. Samples of 4,002 suspected patients were sent for testing today, the results of which are expected shortly. BJYM burns effigy of Kejriwal Ludhiana, May 6 To protest against the alleged illegal arrest of BJP leader Tajinder Bagga from Delhi by the Punjab Police, Bhartiya Janta Yuva Morcha activists today burnt an effigy of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejri- BAGGA’S ARREST wal at Clock Tower here. The protest was held under the leadership of district BJP president Pushpinder Singhal and Kushagra Kashyap. The activists raised slogans against Kejriwal and condemned the highhandedness on his part on the arrest of Bagga, without taking into confidence the police of the other state. The activists said this was not an arrest but “kidnapping” by the men in khaki. — TNS Ultrasound machine lies defunct at Civil Hospital Patients suffer; echocardiography machine being used as temporary arrangement Manav Mander ‘COMPANY ASKING FOR ADVANCE PAYMENT’ Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 6 A huge rush is witnessed outside the Radiology Department of the Civil Hospital. One radiologist is single-handedly doing the job and the ultrasound machine lying defunct for the past one month is proving double whammy for the patients. The Civil Hospital caters to the entire district and to further aggravate the situation the ultrasound machine there has been lying defunct for the past one month. Huge patient load is one of the prime reason behind the machine getting damaged. As a makeshift arrange- ❝We have got approval from the Punjab Health System Corporation for getting the machine repaired Patients wait outside the Ultrasound Room at the Civil Hospital in Ludhiana. but the company is asking for advance payment. We have sent information to the authorities and we will see how the advance payment will be done. The work has not stopped and is being done with the help of the second machine. Dr SP Singh, CIVIL SURGEON ment, the echocardiography machine is being presently used for ultrasound these days. Seeing a huge rush many times patients go to the private centres for scanning. “We have an echocardiography machine in the hospital and this is being used for scanning these days. Luckily, both the machines are of the same company so there have been no issue and we are using it after making a few changes,” said Dr Sandeep Sohi, radiologist at the Civil Hospital. It is a temporary arrange- ment as the quality of scan is compromised by using echocardiography machine for scanning. Although echocardiography machine is also a scanning machine but it has different software and other equipment related to scanning of the heart. c m y b PAGE 4 Rajpal Yadav is the only character from Bhool Bhulaiyaa who is a part of its sequel Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2. Focus will be on sanitation, solid waste mgmt: Shena Ludhiana, May 6 New Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation Shena Agarwal assumed office here today. On her arrival at the office, she was given a hearty welcome by senior officials and employees of the civic body. In an exclusive interview with The Tribune, the Commissioner said sanitation, solid waste management and rejuvenation of the Budha Nullah, which are inter-related issues, will be her priority areas. “The city lags behind in solid waste management, especially segregation, compaction, transportation and final disposal of solid waste. A lot of work has been done but a lot more is still required in this regard,” she said. Agarwal, who knows the city quite well, having served as an Additional Commissioner of the MC and Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development) here, observed that creation RAJPAL ON REINVENTING HIS ROLE IN BHOOL BHULAIYAA 2 Daily more than 100 patients come for scanning at the Civil Hospital and the hospital has only one machine. Overload is also being cited as one of the reason behind its deterioration. Ultrasound machine is lying defunct since April 6 and its repair will cost around nearly Rs 1.40 lakh. Subhash, who went to get the ultrasound of his wife done at the hospital today, said there was a huge rush at the hospital and after waiting for two hours they decided to return. “Tomorrow we will go to a private centre and get the scan done as it was taking too long to get the scan done at the Civil Hospital,” he said. SATURDAY | 7 MAY 2022 | LUDHIANA Man booked for killing father-in-law Woman smuggler held with heroin Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 6 The Police Division 3 on Friday registered a case against a man, Sanjay Arora, resident of Transport Nagar, on the charges of culpable homicide. He had attacked and killed his father-in-law Darshan Lal on May 5. Complainant Divya told the police that on May 5 when her husband had thrashed her, she called her father for help. When her father reached, he was attacked by her husband during which her father fell on the ground and suffered head injuries. He was rushed to the hospital where doctors declared him brought dead. The woman said her husband was demanding new Activa scooter from her father and when she refused, he had beaten her up. The accused is yet to be arrested. Ludhiana, May 6 The CIA wing of the city police today nabbed a woman smuggler and recovered 60 gram of heroin from her possession. The accused has been identified as Harpreet Kaur of Deol Colony, Daba Road. A case under the NDPS Act was registered against her. The CIA chief, Beant Juneja, said secret information was received that the woman and her husband Surjit Lal are into the illegal trade of heroin smuggling. A CIA team laid a naka at Kartar Chowk, Shimlapuri, and stopped Harpreet Kaur and her husband for checking, but her husband managed to give the police party the slip. During the checking of Harpreet Kaur 60 gram of heroin was recovered. Inspector Juneja said The woman smuggler in CIA net in Ludhiana. TRIBUNE PHOTO Harpreet Kaur’s husband is facing five cases of drug smuggling registered against him in Jalandhar, SBS Nagar and Kapurthala and he had recently come out on bail from jail and started the trade again. Juneja said the process to freeze AXIS Bank account of Harpreet Kaur, in which she deposited drug money of Rs 1.30 lakh, had started. The bank account of her husband was also being scanned, he added. 3 held in ~40L robbery at oil trading firm Ludhiana, May 6 The police today nabbed three accused wanted in a case of Rs 40-lakh robbery at an oil trading firm of the Kesarganj market on April 8, 2021. The arrested accused are Suraj Rajbar, Arif Ali Gandhi and Chandan Bind, all residents of Uttar Pradesh. The ACP Central, Harsimrat , Chetra, conducted a press conference regarding the matter. Chetra said the accused were arrested from Uttar Pradesh after getting a tip-off about their whereabouts. Accused Shubham Singh, alias Lambu, resident of Uttar Pradesh, who is reportedly The robbers in police net in Ludhiana. HIMANSHU MAHAJAN having the looted money, is yet to be arrested in the case. The ACP said the Ludhiana police are already in touch with the Uttar Pradesh Police to keep tab over the location of accused Shubham and soon he would also be nabbed. Three accused, namely Subash, Sagar and Dinesh, were arrested by the police in the past on the charges of giving shelter to the other accused. — TNS
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