21072022-LT-01.qxd 7/21/2022 12:33 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE A FIRST: DIVYANGS ENROLLED FOR FREE SKILL TRAINING PAGE 2 EMMY-WINNER EDDIE MURPHY TO STAR IN CANDY CANE LANE The state’s maiden skill development centre set up here will empower specially abled persons with jobs. FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY GADVASU interns end strike after stipend hiked to ~15,000 Tribune News Service Ludhiana, July 20 Interns of the Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) here on Wednesday ended their strike after their demand for an increase in stipend was metby the authorities. The internship allowance of the interns has been increased from the existing Rs 6,200 to Rs 15,000 per month per student. The interns announced to end their strike after the university issued a notification regarding a hike in their internship allowance. An intern said their demand had been fulfilled and they ended their strike today as the internship allowance had been increased to Rs 15,000. Notably, the interns had staged multiple protests, demanding from the government to increase their internship allowance. Jail inmate attacked Ludhiana, July 20 A jail inmate, Karan, was attacked by some other inmates at the Central Jail here on Tuesday night. He suffered injury on his nose. He was taken to the Civil Hospital last night where after getting treatment he returned to the jail. The police are yet to register a case in the matter. On July 18 also, inmates had resorted to a minor clash and suffered minor injuries. On Tuesday, the police registered a cross FIR against Punjab Singh, Gangotra, Justin Gill, Gurvinder, Gurpreet Singh, Hapreet Singh and Mohd Basim. — TNS MAX 30°C | MIN 25°C | YESTERDAY MAX 31°C | MIN 22°C SUNSET THURSDAY 7:28 PM Ludhiana, July 20 A committee of the Legislative Assembly has been constituted to convert the Buddha Nullah into Buddha Dariya under the rejuvenation project and strict action would be ensured against those discharging pollutants into the water body, said Punjab Vidhan Sabha Speaker Kultar Singh Sandhwan here on Wednesday. He visited the Buddha Nullah sites at Walipur, Gaunspur and the Jamalpur STP today. On the occasion, Sandhwan has ordered the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) to identify the industries releasing heavy metals into the Buddha Dariya and submit a report to him within a month. The Speaker said the Legislative Assembly’s Committee would closely examine the situation of the Buddha Nullah and the Ghaggar, review functioning and installation of STPs and other projects followed by submission of a detailed report to the government with its recommendations to rejuvenate both water streams. He said exemplary punishment would also be ensured against culprits for polluting the environment. The seven-member committee would be headed by Ludhiana East MLA Daljeet Singh Grewal. MLAs Madan Lal Bagga, Gurpreet Singh Banawali, Birinder Goyal, Kulwant Singh Sidhu, Manpreet Singh Ayali and Sandeep Jakhar will be the members of committee. Inspecting various points along the Buddha Nullah in Walipur, Gaunspur and others Vidhan Sabha Speaker Kultar Singh Sandhwan interacts with residents in Ludhiana on Wednesday. NGOs raise issues Meanwhile, members of various organisations have demanded from the Vidhan Sabha Speaker to shift dairies from Tajpur Road and Hambran Road to out of the city limits. The Public Action Committee (PAC) thanked the Speaker for writing a letter to the Chief Minister to protect the Mattewara forest. Kapil Arora of the PAC said they also gave a complaint against the Punjab Pollution Control Board authorities for failing to take action against the erring industries that pollute the Buddha Dariya, Sutlej and groundwater. Meanwhile, a member of the Buddha Nullah Task Force, Col JS Gill (retd), raised the issue related to pollution being caused by dairies, electroplating units and scattered dyeing units. A memorandum has been submitted to Speaker Kultar Singh Sandhwan, demanding that the Sekhowal village land, which was earlier acquired for the industrial park, should be returned to the village panchayat at the earliest. PGI to conduct environmental study at Gaunspur village Later, Sandhwan visited Gaunspur village which has been badly affected due to the highly polluted Buddha Nullah. The Speaker also announced that an environmental study would be conducted by the PGI in Gaunspur village about the impact of polluted water on the health of people, agriculture and cattle. Notably, the villagers have been complaining about a SMART CITY MISSION-I Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service What feedback given by city residents The MC had claimed of receiving feedback from around 1 lakh people during various events. In Ludhiana SUNRISE FRIDAY 5:37 AM Identify industries releasing heavy metals into drain, submit report, Vidhan Sabha Speaker tells PPCB villages, the Punjab Vidhan Sabha Speaker said pollution in any form and manner was a crime against humanity and guilty would not be spared at any cost. He said the environment was one of the foremost priorities of the state government, led by Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann. Traffic jams are commonplace on the newly constructed railway underbridge under the Smart City Mission near Sacred Heart Convent School, Sarabha Nagar, in Ludhiana. HIMANSHU MAHAJAN 35 PROJECTS COMPLETED: MC CHIEF MC Commissioner Shena Aggarwal said 35 projects had been completed. However, she refused to share any more information regarding which projects were completed, under process or yet to be launched. Smart City proposal, the MC highlighted that 75,000 respondents participated in the door-to-door survey. Of them, 76 per cent persons had said there were no adequate footpaths in their neighbourhood, 71 per cent said they don’t feel safe while crossing roads or cycling on roads in their neighbourhood, 68 per cent said there were no adequate parking facilities when they go to work or shop, 76 per cent POLITICIANS’ INSTRUCTIONS FOLLOWED Bureaucrats worked on instructions of politicians. Public participation was important but it was ignored. Sanjay Goyal, A LSCL DIRECTOR ❝ used to feel unsafe at night in their neighbourhood while 89 per cent preferred improvement in the public transportation. Moreover, 85 per cent of the respondents had said they think Ludhiana’s air was severely polluted and it was highlighted prominently in the proposal. In the other event, ‘My vision for Ludhiana’ in 2015, a large number of participants voted to see improvement in traffic management ❞ and parking arrangements. A person, who was declared the winner of the first prize of Rs 15,000 in ‘My Vision for Ludhiana’ event, had suggested to make Ludhiana a greener and corruption-free city with better traffic control, 24-hour power supply, better security for women and children, no encroachment, no stray cattle, better sewerage system, proper roads, more playgrounds, and removal of the continued on page 2 c m y b PAGE 4 Team Shashmera got a resounding welcome on their quick trip to the City Beautiful, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Seven-member panel of MLAs formed to clean Buddha Nullah Tribune News Service ACTOR RANBIR KAPOOR, TEAM SHAMSHERA VISIT CITY BEAUTIFUL Academy Award nominee and Emmywinner Eddie Murphy will star in holiday comedy titled Candy Cane Lane. Several issues still unresolved as public participation ignored Ludhiana, July 20 When Ludhiana was included in the first list of country’s 20 cities to be developed as smart cities in January 2016, residents had pinned hopes to see major reforms in the industrial city as public participation was said to be an important part of the the Smart City Mission. But, Ludhiana Smart City Limited and the Municipal Corporation (MC) ‘failed’ to meet their expectations even after passing of over six years. Notably, the MC had enthusiastically run campaigns in 2015, encouraging the people to participate in various activities so that the city can be selected for the mission. The civic body had conducted a door-to-door survey and it also organised an online event, ‘Ludhiana — Jiven Main Vekhan’ or ‘My Vision for Ludhiana’, on mygov.in to get feedback and suggestions that what improvements residents wanted to see here. But, the residents felt actual issues are still unresolved. PAGE 3 large number of hepatitis cases, skin-related issues and other health problems at Gaunspur village for a long time. A number of persons have also died due to hepatitis in the village. However, the actual reason behind the deaths was yet to be ascertained. However, the residents blamed polluted waters for the same. The villagers said the highly polluted Buddha Nullah has also polluted the groundwater in their village. A resident said: “The issue of pollution was raised many times in the past but no concrete steps were taken. It should be checked whether nearby factories are equipped with water treatment plants, and if not, to where the waste water from factories is discharged.” Seeking redressof their grievances, the villagers had written letters to the governments in the past too but to no avail. Air pollution caused by factories was also a big issue here. Gunman of Cong ex-MLA nabbed with opium Tribune News Service Ludhiana, July 20 The Payal police claimed to have nabbed the gunman of former Congress MLA from the Payal constituency in Khanna Lakhbir Singh Lakha in an opium smuggling case and recovered 200 gm of opium from his possession. The accused has been identified as Baljit Singh of Ghudani Kalan village in Payal. The accused is a head constable in the 3rd India Reserve Battalion (IRB) and he remained the gunman with Lakhbir Lakha when he was an MLA and even now, the accused is posted with him as a gunman. A case under the NDPS Act was registered against the accused. The Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Payal, Harsimarat Singh Chetra, said acting on a tip-off, a naka was laid near Ghudani Kalan village where a motorcycle-borne person was stopped for checking. Baljit was carrying a polythene from which 200 gm of opium was seized. The DSP said the accused was a head constable in the 3rd IRB and the department concerned was being informed about the matter. The preliminary probe suggested that the accused was into the opium smuggling trade for a long time. He was also addicted to opium and used to sell opium to his clients. THURSDAY | 21 JULY 2022 | LUDHIANA DEATH OF 15-YEAR-OLD DOMESTIC HELP Post-mortem report rules out sexual assault, murder Tribune News Service Ludhiana, July 20 In the death of a 15-year-old domestic help whose body was found hanging on the top floor of a house in Upkar Nagar on Monday, the autopsy report ruled out sexual assault and murder while confirmed ‘asphyxia due to hanging’, a cause of death. Though the police had registered a murder case against the employer, Ajay Sharma (65), against whom the girl’s family had levelled allegations of sexual assault and murder, on Tuesday, the police did not not arrest him. He was only rounded up for questioning and saving his life as protesters could attack him in anger. A board of doctors, including district forensic expert Charan Kamal, Senior Medical Officer Harpreet Singh, and senior pathologist Sukhjinder Kaur conducted the autopsy at the Civil Hospital. “There is no fresh sexual assault as examined by the doctors. Hanging is the only cause of death. Still, the doctors have taken swab samples for semen spermatozoa and male DNA to check if any such sexual assault occurred in the past two weeks,” said a doctor who is a member of the board. ACP Civil Lines, Harish Behl, , told The Tribune that as per the Dacoity bid foiled, 5 nabbed by CIA The accused in police custody in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Ludhiana, July 20 The CIA-2 wing of the Ludhiana police today claimed to have foiled a dacoity attempt and arrested five miscreants in the case. The accused had planned to commit a dacoity at a big sanitary store here. The accused had been identified as Maninderpal Singh Bhindri (32) of Garha village, Gurpreet Singh (24) of Burjmaan Kaur village, near Ladhowal, Jagdeep Singh Dhaliwal (22) of Meharban, Nitish (22) of the Rahon road and Gurvinder Singh Rubi (22) of Kutbewak Gujjran village. The police recovered sharp continued on page 2 autopsy report, no sexual assault or murder took place. “We had registered a case as per the initial statement of the deceased’s kin and our probe is still on in the matter,” Behl said. Police sources said the deceased had also tried to commit suicide a year ago due to the alleged torture by her father and brother. She also had self-inflicted injury marks on her arm and was reportedly in depression due to which she ended her life. Meanwhile, the girl’s family on Wednesday refused to cremate the body as they were demanding to add sexual assault charges in the case against Ajay Sharma. Business hit by ban, plastic trader ends life Tribune News Service Ludhiana, July 20 A 49-year-old plastic trader ended his life by hanging himself from the ceiling fan at his residence in Dharampura here on Wednesday. The deceased has been identified as Vicky Gaba. The victim’s kin said he was under depression due to the recent ban by the government on the single-use plastic. Now, his business had almost closed and he was under a huge debt. Several plastic traders had reached the Civil Hospital mortuary where they expressed anger over the government’s decision to ban the single-use plastic items.
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