31052022-LT-01.qxd 5/31/2022 12:50 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE RAIKOT SDM BANS CUTTING OF TREES AT PUBLIC PLACES PAGE 2 Several govt departments have grown trees on road berms, canal banks and drains in Ludhiana & Malerkotla dists. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF WOMAN ENDS LIFE, HUSBAND BOOKED Ludhiana: The police have booked Akash Badar, a resident of Ambedkar Colony, Khanna, under Section 306 of the IPC after his wife Pooja (31) committed suicide by hanging herself from a roof girder at her maternal house in Valmiki Colony, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, here, on Sunday. In a complaint lodged with the police, Mehak Singh, father of the deceased, said his daughter got married with the suspect in 2019. He said she was being persistently harassed after the marriage and for the past two months, she was staying with her parents here. OC TWO ARRESTED WITH DRUGS Ludhiana: Swarn Singh, a resident of Paramjit Colony, Mundian Kalan, was nabbed by the police on Sunday from the Rockman intersection in Jiwan Nagar. The police seized 10 kg of poppy husk from him. The police said he was stopped at a naka on suspicion and during the search, poppy husk was seized. A case under the NDPS Act was registered against him. In another raid conducted after a tip-off, the police arrested Tasleem, a resident of Shakti Nagar, from near Vardhman Chowk on Moti Nagar Road on Sunday, who was allegedly involved in the sale of habitforming psychotropic drugs. The police have seized 1,740 tablets of Alprazolam and 300 tablets of Alpraquil. The suspect has been booked under the NDPS Act. OC POWER SHUTDOWN LUDHIANA 8am to 2pm: Basant Avenue, Tiwari Colony, Basant Police Chowki area, Moti Bagh colony, Roop Nagar, Satjot Nagar blocks A, B, C, D, Anand Vihar, Phulanwal, Basant Vtika, Vikramaditya Colony and Vadhera Colony. 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MAX 40°C | MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 40°C | MIN 29°C SUNSET TUESDAY 7:24 PM Ludhiana, May 30 Taking a serious note of non-appearance of Buta Ram, Superintending Engineer (SE) of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT), despite attachment of his salary through orders issued on previous hearing, the Court of Harsimranjit Singh, Civil Judge (Senior Division), has issued bail- SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5:24 AM TUESDAY | 31 MAY 2022 | LUDHIANA Farm fires double than last season, Man loses ~1L to snatchers but less than 2020, 2019 in district AQI also comes down to 105, Ludhiana still seventh worst in state 3 thieves held, stolen gold jewellery, other items recovered in separate incidents Nitin Jain Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 30 As the current wheat harvesting season, popularly known as Rabi, officially drew to a close on Monday, farm fires almost doubled but remained less than the season’s cumulative count of 2020 and 2019 in Ludhiana district, the official figures have confirmed. The raging fires in the agriculture fields made Ludhiana the sixth worst-hit district in the state with a total of 950 cases of crop residue burning recorded in Punjab’s biggest district till May 30. It was 84 per cent more than 517 stubble burning incidents reported in Ludhiana during the last Rabi season from April 1 to May 30, 2021, the data compiled by the Punjab Remote Sensing Centre (PRSC) in Ludhiana has revealed. Though this season’s farm fires in Ludhiana were less than 1,019 cases recorded in the Rabi season of 2020 and 1,035 of 2019, it were again higher than 730 crop residue burning incidents reported in 2018, 875 in 2017, and 918 stubble burning cases in 2016. The daily graph of farm fires has also seen a major dip in the past 11 days of the current Rabi season in Ludhiana with only 10 cases reported between May 20 and 30. While no case of stubble burning was recorded in the district on six days (May 30, 27, 26, 25, 24 and 22), one case each was reported on May 29 and 20, two on May 23, and three each on May 28 and 21. With this, the air pollution in the state’s industrial capital has also considerably MOST POLLUTED CITIES WITH AQI DISTRICT-WISE FARM FIRES Amritsar 1,245 Barnala 472 Bathinda 830 Faridkot 527 Fatehgarh Sahib72 Fazilka 527 Ferozepur 1,429 Gurdaspur 1,127 Hoshiarpur 483 Jalandhar 835 Kapurthala 730 Ludhiana 950 Malerkotla Mansa Moga Muktsar Pathankot Patiala Ropar Sangrur Mohali Nawanshahr Tarn Taran Total 227 412 1,099 729 168 455 75 785 31 231 1,072 14,511 (SOURCE: PRSC, LUDHIANA. FIGURES TILL MAY 30) declined during the past few days as the air quality index (AQI) has come down from 155 on Friday, 152 on Saturday, and 114 on Sunday to as low as 105 on Monday, which was considered “unhealthy for sensitive groups only”, with PM2.5 concentration in Ludhiana air currently 7.4 times above the WHO annual air quality guideline value. The current AQI level has also substantially improved Ludhiana’s ranking from being the most polluted city Mohali Jalandhar Gobindgarh Faridkot Khanna 155 153 147 126 122 Bathinda Ludhiana Ropar Amritsar 107 105 76 71 awareness and ❝With continuousto sensitise all enforcement drives stakeholders involved, incidents of stubble burning have shown a drastic decrease in past fortnight, leading to considerable improvement in Ludhiana’s air quality. Surabhi Malik, DEPUTY COMMISSIONER ❞ in Punjab on May 11 and second most polluted city on May 19 to turning seventh most polluted city on May 30. On the stubble burning front, Ferozepur remained the worst-hit district with the maximum of 1,429 farm fires, followed by Amritsar 1,245, Gurdaspur 1,127, Moga 1,099, and Tarn Taran 1,072 cases. While Mohali remained the least affected district with a minimum of 31 crop-residue burning cases, Fatehgarh Sahib turned the second best NON-COMPLIANCE OF NGT DIRECTIONS able warrants against him for appearance in the court on the next date of hearing, on May 31. “Buta Ram, Superintending Engineer, LIT, has not appeared despite attachment of his salary. Let he be summoned through bailable warrants in the sum of Rs 5,000 with one surety of like amount for date fixed,” ruled the court. During hearing of the case pertaining to the contempt of court (COC) against top officials of the LIT, Municipal Corporation and GLADA for violating directions of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) with regard to leaving one sq m space around trees and not to cover their base with cement, paver blocks or interlocking tiles, the court recorded the presence of Municipal Corporation Superintending Engineer Rahul Gagneja and ordered release of his salary forthwith. The court, however, directed the civic body official to make necessary compliance of the orders of the NGT, failing which necessary action as per law UPSC CIVIL SERVICES EXAMINATION Jagraon youth bags AIR 388 Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 30 Umesh Goyal of Jagraon in Ludhiana district secured an All India Rank of 388 in the UPSC’s Civil Services Examination, 2021, the final results of which were declared today. He is currently working as a block development and panchayat officer at the Mehatpur block in Jalandhar district. His first preference is to join the IAS while the second priority will be the IPS. He wants to work in the e-governance, education and health sectors. Umesh, however, said it depends upon his ranking for which services (IAS or IPS) he would qualify to join. It was his last attempt to take the UPSC Civil Services exam, he said. Umesh said he had studied PAGE 4 KJo had earlier announced that he would make the remake of the hit film, Hridayam, in Tamil and Telugu. district with 72 farm fires during the entire Rabi season. Among other districts, which remained better than Ludhiana, Ropar recorded 75 stubble-burning incidents, Pathankot 168, Malerkotla 227, Nawanshahr 231 Mansa 412, Patiala 455, Barnala 472, Hoshiarpur 483, Faridkot and Fazilka 527 each, Muktsar 729, Kapurthala 730, Sangrur 785, Bathinda 830, and Jalandhar 835 reported farm fires this wheat harvesting season. Bailable warrants issued against Improvement Trust SE Our Correspondent BEING MENTOR: KARAN JOHAR TO LAUNCH IBRAHIM ALI KHAN? Umesh's mother offers sweet to him to mark the celebrations. BTech in electronics and communication from the Chitkara Institute of Engineering and Technology. Later, he passed out MTech from Punjab Engineering College (PEC), Chandigarh, in 2013. He started preparing for the USPC Civil Services Examination in 2014. Umesh’s mother Shamila Goyal is a retired teacher. When he was was around eight, his father Sohan Lal passed away. His younger brother Tushar Goyal is working with a government department as a patwari. Umesh said he likes to meditate and loves to play cricket. Navkiran secures 582 rank Meanwhile, Navikran Kaur, who belongs to Ludhiana, has secured 582 All India Rank in the exam. c m y b will be taken against the MC, Ludhiana. The petitioner, Kapil Arora, president of the Council of Engineers, who appeared in person, informed the Court that the Forest Department had already submitted a report regarding the removal of cement or tiles from the base of trees located within their jurisdiction, which was taken on record by the court. Ludhiana, May 30 Snatchers waylaid two persons and took away Rs 1 lakh in cash and a mobile phone in separate incidents. However, the police arrested three thieves and recovered stolen material from them. Gurwinder Singh, a resident of New Janta Nagar, Shimlapuri, lost Rs 1 lakh in cash to two unidentified youths who accosted him at the flyover near Mata Rani Chowk on Sunday when he was going towards Sarafa Bazaar on his motorcycle (bearing registration No. PB 10HL 8630). He said in a complaint lodged with the police that his friend Ravi had told him to receive payment from RN Fabrics, near Jalandhar Bypass, and make payment to his suppliers at Sarafa Bazaar. A case has been registered. In the other snatching incident, three unidentified persons confronted Parminder Singh of Hargobindpura and fled after snatching his mobile phone. The victim said he was returning home on his Honda Activa MC fines 2 for illegally charging parking fees Ludhiana, May 30 The Municipal Corporation has caught two persons for ‘illegally’ charging parking fees from visitors on the road portion near MBD Mall on Ferozepur Road here. MC’s Zonal Commissioner Jasdev Singh Sekhon said the civic body had not authorised the duo to charge any fees from visitors for parking their vehicles on the road portion. A penalty of Rs 15,000 on each person has been imposed for illegally charging the parking fees from the visitors, he said. Earlier, a complaint was made to the MC that they were allegedly charging up to Rs 100. Sekhon said the duo had two plots where they run private parking lots. However, they had also started charging fees from those parking their vehicles on road portions, outside their plots in an illegal manner. Hence, action has been taken against them. — TNS The two suspects nabbed for theft of gold jewellery, in Ludhiana. scooter after dropping his father at Gurdwara Dukh Niwaran. A case has been registered. Meanwhile, the police have arrested two thieves, Akash and Rinku Singh, both natives of Unnao district in UP and at , present residing in the Partap Bazaar area here. The suspects were nominated as accused in a theft occurred in the house of Lalit Chopra in the area under the Poilice Station Division No. 8 on May 27 and a case was registered against them. After arresting the accused at a naka at Sessions Chowk, the police made a recovery of three gold chains, one gold set (total weight 217.67 gm) and a Hero Splendor motorcycle (bearing registration no. PB 91P 0699). The police have added Section 411, IPC, to the FIR, already registered against the suspects. Gurwinder Singh of Mehar- ban village was arrested by police and some stolen items were recovered from him. Lucky Singh of Shimla Colony, working as a caretaker in Sakeswar Colony, Green Hosiery Complex, had reported to the police that for the past few days there had been several incidents of theft of electric poles, cables, etc, from the colony. The police arrested the suspect and recovered electric cables and iron pipes from him. A case has been registered. Motorcycle stolen One Hero Splendor motorcycle (bearing registration no. PB 10FA 6550) was stolen from outside Rajneesh Factory, Ganpati Chowk on Saturday. A complaint in this regard was lodged by Ganesh Kumar of Neechi Mangli. A case has been registered. — OC Two Covid cases reported in district Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 30 Two fresh cases of Covid-19 were reported while no person died due to the virus in the district on Monday. A total of 1,09,945 persons have tested positive for the virus since March 2020 while 2,280 persons from the district have succumbed to the virus so far. The recovery rate of Covid patients was 97.91 per cent and there were 18 active cases in the district today. The patients were told to isolate themselves at their homes COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE 35,92,708 1,09,945 18 1 DEATHS 2,280 For any information related to Covid Contact: 0161-2444193 & 4622276 by the Health Department. Till date, a total of 35,92,708 samples have been taken, of which 34,67,996 were found negative. Samples of 1,821 suspected patients were sent for testing today.
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