13072022-LT-01.qxd 13-07-2022 00:30 Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE 65% WOMEN GOT ANTENATAL CARE IN DIST: NFHS STUDY Among registered pregnancies, 97 per cent received mother and child protection card, reveals data. GENERALLY CLOUDY Father among five booked for kidnapping woman Tribune News Service Ludhiana, July 12 The Salem Tabri police yesterday registered a case against a man, along with four others, on the charges of kidnapping his daughter. He committed the crime as his daughter got married with a man against his wishes last month. The suspects include woman’s father Dharminder Jangra, mother Suneha Jhangra, brother of Kaithal, Haryana, and two unidentified persons. Complainant Ravi Kumar of the Jalandhar bypass area told the police that on June 6, he solemnised love marriage with Jagriti against the wishes of her family. On July 11, the suspects came and forcibly took his wife along with them. The police said efforts were on to trace Jagriti, the victim. BHARTI, HAARSH SHOW THEIR SON’S FACE FOR THE FIRST TIME MAX 32°C | MIN 27°C | YESTERDAY MAX 35°C | MIN 28°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 7:32 PM PAGE 4 For their next movie Bawaal, the actors are in Europe for the last two months and visiting multiple cities. SUNRISE THURSDAY 5:32 AM WEDNESDAY | 13 JULY 2022 | LUDHIANA PAC members’ unity played big role in scrapping of textile park project Issues will be resolved, MLA Gogi assures protesters Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Ludhiana, July 12 Sewermen, Safai Karamchari Sangharsh Committee continued its protest and chain hunger strike today. Members of the committee locked the main gate of the Municipal Corporation’s Zone A office, near Mata Rani Chowk. Nobody was allowed to go inside or outside the office. The protesters locked the main gate around 8:55 am and it remained locked till around 10:30 am. They raised slogans against the government and the MC. Later, MLA Gurpreet Gogi reached the spot and talked to the protesters. Additional Commissioner Aaditya Dachalwal also reached the site. The gate was unlocked later. Meanwhile, visitors and Staff wait outside the main gate to enter the MC office in Ludhiana. ing the demands of the committee members. Gogi said when he came to know that the MC office gate was locked, he reached the spot and talked to officials of the Local Bodies Department regarding their demands. He assured them that their issues would be resolved. 4 land in police net with drugs One succumbs, 33 test positive ting a tip-off, the man was arrested from the specified place. He said now, a police remand of the suspect would be sought to bust the entire supply line. In another case, the Moti Nagar police arrested Partap Singh of the Samrala Chowk area and recovered 750 intoxicating tablets on Monday. He was on the way to deliver the consignment of drugs to his clients. The police also launched a probe to know about big suppliers involved in the racket. The Koom Kalan police arrested Manjit Singh of Bhaini Sahib and recovered 2 kg of poppy husk from his possession on Monday. ASI Dharmpal said further probe in the case would be initiated. Meanwhile, the Focal Point had nabbed Rohit Kumar of Uttam Nagar, Focal Point, and seized one kg of ganja from him on Monday. Investigating officer ASI Balaur Singh said the suspect had been selling drugs for a long time and now in further interrogation, more smugglers involved in the chain would be arrested. — TNS Tribune News Service Ludhiana, July 12 One person lost his life due to Covid-19 while 33 more tested positive for the virus in the district on Tuesday. A total of 1,10,769 persons have tested positive and 2,295 have lost their lives to the deadly virus since March 2020 in the district. There were 165 active cases on Tuesday, of which 160 have been asked to isolate themselves in their homes while five are admitted to private continued on page 2 Assn: Mark lanes for fire tenders at Feroze Gandhi Market Ludhiana, July 12 Despite repeated demands of traders, the municipal corporation (MC) has allegedly failed to resolve various issues at Feroze Gandhi Market, here. Chairman of the Feroze Gandhi Market Association Col Harjap Singh (retd) has submitted a memorandum to MC Commissioner Shena Aggarwal recently. Members of the association have been demanding from the civic body to take steps to reduce traffic congestion at the market and mark fire lanes in a proper way for easy movement of fire tenders during any emergency. Colonel Harjap said there had been a number of fire incidents at the market but the lanes that should be reserved for fire tenders were commonly used for parking vehicles. Parking lots and roads remain jam-packed in the market. VARUN, JANHVI VISIT AUSCHWITZ NAZI CONCENTRATION CAMP Sanitation workers lock MC office’s main gate MC staff faced inconvenience due to the locked gate. The protesters were demanding regularisation of jobs of contractual sewermen, safai karamcharis and other employees of the MC. Gogi said he would meet the Local Bodies Minister regard- Ludhiana, July 12 The city police yesterday arrested four persons in separate cases and recovered drugs from them. A case under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act was registered against them. In the first incident, the Ladhowal police nabbed a man and recovered 26 gm of heroin from his possession on Monday. The suspect has been identified as Kuldeep Singh, a resident of Rjapur, near Ladhowal. Ladhowal SHO inspector Jasvir Singh said after get- PAGE 3 Bharati Singh and Haarsh Limbachiyaa welcomed a baby boy on April 3 and recently named him Laksh. INDERJEET VERMA FORECAST PAGE 2 WILL MOVE COURT IF MC FAILS TO ACT: ASSN CHIEF Chairman of the Feroze Gandhi Market Association Col Harjap Singh (retd) said they would be forced to move the Punjab and Haryana High Court again if the civic body fails to hear their voice. He said MC had started hourly parking at the lots but it had done nothing to mark the fire lanes at the five lots. Moreover, the civic body should mark tow-away zones properly and it should ensure no vehicle was parked there. The association has demanded that no parking of vehicles should be allowed inside the yellow lanes, which should be reserved for movement of tenders. Colonel Harjap said they would be forced to move the high court again if the civic body fails to hear their voice. — TNS A parking lot at the Feroze Gandhi Market in Ludhiana. ASHWANI DHIMAN c m y b Ludhiana, July 12 Members of the Public Action Committee (PAC) are on cloud nine after Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann scrapped the textile park project proposed to be set up on around 1,000 acres, near the Mattewara forest and the Sutlej. A big role was played by their unity in the decision. When the matter of an industrial park was proposed to be set up near the Mattewara forest and Sutlej, a number of environmental activists of Ludhiana raised their voices against the project. They were concerned that if any industrial park is set up there, it would destroy the forest, damage the Sutlej’s floodplain and pollute the water. Later, they came on one platform and formed the committee in July 2020 to protect the forest, river and its flood plains. After the success of the ‘Mattewara Chalo’ event, held on July 10, 2022, under which thousands of people reached the banks of the Sutlej near the Mattewara forest raising their voices against the proposed textile park, a delegation of the PAC was called to meet Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann. Eight members of the core committee of the PAC — Col CM Lakhanpal (retd), Dr Amandeep Singh Bains, Jaskirat Singh, Kapil Arora, Kuldeep Singh Khaira, Ranjodh Singh, Maninderjit Singh and Mahinder Singh Sekhon — met the Chief Minister on July 11. Dr Amandeep Singh Bains (42), a dentist by profession, said: “During the Covid pandemic in July 2020, four envi- Eight members of the PAC core committee met CM Bhagwant Mann on July 11. TRIBUNE PHOTO ‘MATTEWARA CHALO’ GAVE THE FINAL PUSH After the success of the ‘Mattewara Chalo’ event, held on July 10, under which thousands reached the banks of the Sutlej near the Mattewara forest raising their voice against the proposed textile park, a delegation of the Public Action Committee was called to meet CM Bhagwant Mann. ronmental activists had gathered by following social distancing to hold a meeting on the matter. A few persons were also connected with us via phone calls. It was the first meeting wherein we decided to raise our voices together to save the forest and river. Later, a public action committee was formed for the cause.” Notably, the PAC members not only staged protests but also used to organise visits of environmentalists, social activists and other personalities to the Sutlej and Mattewara forest. In November 2021, noted social activist Medha Patkar, who had led the Narmada Bachao Andolan, visited the proposed project site. She appealed to the people to launch a ‘jan andolan’ to save the river and forest. Col CM Lakhanpal (retd), who is 73, is the most senior member of the PAC. He was well aware of the Mattewara forest and surrounding areas and led the committee to run its campaign in a dedicated manner. “We are happy with the government’s decision to scrap the proposed textile park project. Actually, it is the victory of all Punjabis, including the Chief Minister who took the bold decision for the protection of the environment,” he said. Civil Engineer Kapil Arora (46) and RTI activist Kuldeep Singh Khaira (45) played important roles and moved the National Green Tribunal (NGT) against the proposed industrial park. On hearing of an application filed by them in May 2021, the NGT gave directions to the Chief Secretary, Punjab, to take remedial action for the protection of the flood plains of the Sutlej. “An advocate of Punjab and Haryana High Court, HC Arora, was our legal adviser. He helped us a lot. All PAC members worked together and stayed united to raise voices against the proposed project,” Kapil Arora said. Also, Kuldeep Singh Khaira, who runs a dairy store, used to obtain important information regarding the project and important documents from government departments by filing RTIs. A chemical engineer, Jaskirat Singh (45), is one of the key members of the PAC. He studied all project-related documents and details in depth. He, along with some other members, had submitted memorandums to officials and elected representatives for the protection of the forest and river. A city-based industrialist, Ranjodh Singh (57), had also written to the then Chief Minister in July 2020, requesting him not to develop any industry in the vicinity of the forest and river. He organised awareness rallies, photo contests and also an online continued on page 2
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