25082022-LT-01.qxd 8/25/2022 12:48 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE PAY PROPERTY TAX BY SEPT 30, GET 10 PER CENT REBATE PAGE 2 The MC has started sealing properties of defaulters, who have failed to clear their tax dues, in Zone B of the city. FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY INBRIEF WOMAN FOUND DEAD IN POND Ludhiana: A woman was found dead in a pond near the Machhiwara road, Kohara, here on Tuesday. Her body was found in a sack. The deceased is yet to be identified. Hardeep Singh, a vegetable seller of Kohara, said on Tuesday evening when he stopped his vehicle near the pond to answer the nature’s call, he saw a sack floating in the water. He filed a complaint and informed the Jamalpur police about the matter. The police reached the spot and took out the sack from the pond. It contained the body of a woman. The police said the woman seems to be aged between 35 to 40 years and it was a case of murder. An alert had already been sounded in all police stations of the Ludhiana Police Commissionerate. A case of murder was registered against unidentified persons and a probe was on to nab them. TNS Man held for forcing minor daughter into prostitution Tribune News Service Ludhiana, August 24 The city police yesterday arrested a man and two others on charges of forcing his 14-year-old daughter into prostitution. The suspect has been identified as Roshan Masih, the girl’s father, Sunny, both residents of Tajpur, and Man Bahadur of Jamalpur. The victim’s elder sister told the police that her father made an agreement with Man Bahadur that her younger sister would work in the orchestra, recommended by Bahadur. “When I came to know about the matter, I enquired at my own level and was shocked to know that her father had sold her minor sister, not for orchestra, but for prostitution. I filed a complaint and the police after registering a case, arrested the three accused on Tuesday,” the complainant alleged. Investigating officer ASI Randhir Singh said further probe was launched in the case to inquire about the prostitution racket being run by the accused, if any. Interrogation of the victim’s father was on. MR MERCEDES PROMISES TO KEEP AUDIENCE ON EDGE OF THEIR SEATS PAGE 3 Zee Café will run Season 1- Season 3 of Mr Mercedes starting August 25 at 10 pm. It will replace Grey’s Anatomy. MAX 34°C | MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 33°C | MIN 26°C SUNSET THURSDAY 6:58 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 5:58 AM Tribune News Service Farmers protest outside the Verka milk plant on Ferozepur Road in Ludhiana. TRIBUNE PHOTO RELIEF NOT GIVEN TO LSD-HIT FARMERS: KADIAN Harmeet Singh Kadian, president of the BKU (Kadian), said the state government neither announced any compensation for farmers whose cows died of the LSD nor fixed any fair price for milk procurement for them. Protesters have demanded from the government to pay compensation to the farmers whose cattle died of the LSD. has been announced for farmers whose cows died of the disease. The government has not even made any arrangement to bury the cattle which died due to the disease, despite the collection of cow Gold worth ~20lakh stolen from jeweller Tribune News Service Ludhiana, August 24 Thieves targeted a jewellery shop, Raju Jewellers, on Chandigarh Road near Samrala Chowk, here, and decamped with gold ornaments and other valuables worth over Rs 20 lakh. Goldsmith Surjit Singh said this morning when he opened his shop, he was shocked to see that thieves had ransacked the entire shop. Singh added that they had entered the shop from the rooftop and first broke open the gate with a gas cutter. After barging in from stairs, they cut the safe with the gas 13 fresh cases of virus cutter and stole gold ornaments worth between Rs 20 and Rs 22 lakh. Singh said CCTV cameras were also installed in and outside the shop. However, the thieves took away the digital video recorder (DVR) with them. After the owner had informed the police, officials from Police Division 7 reached the spot and started a probe. ACP (East) Gurdev Singh said a case was being registered against the unidentified miscreants and CCTV cameras installed in surrounding areas were being checked to get any clue. cess by the government every year. Hence, the farmers are forced to spend money from their own pockets to get pits made with JCB machines for burying the carcasses of the animals. Amid the spread of PAGE 4 Nawazuddin Siddiqui will be seen in the garb of a woman in Haddi. The first motion poster of the film is out. Farmers stage indefinite dharna outside milk plant Ludhiana, August 24 Accusing the state government of failing to meet their demands, members of the progressive dairy farmers’ association (PDFA), Bharti Kisan Union (Kadian) and other unions sat on an indefinite dharna outside Verka milk plant on Ferozepur Road, here, on Wednesday. Harmeet Singh Kadian, president of the BKU (Kadian), said an indefinite dharna had been launched today against the state government that failed to meet the demands of dairy farmers. He said the AAP government had promised to increase the milk procurement price being paid to dairy farmers but it failed to do the same. He said the state government had earlier promised that farmers would be paid Rs 55 per kg fat in milk. “Of which, Rs 20 per kg fat is being given by Milkfed but the state government refused to pay the remaining Rs 35 per kg fat. As a result, dairy farmers are much upset with the government,” he said. Kadian claimed that around 1 lakh cows have died due to lumpy skin disease (LSD) in the state. “No compensation NAWAZUDDIN SIDDIQUI LOOKS UNRECOGNISABLE AS A WOMAN lumpy skin disease, milk production has also declined by 15 per cent,” he said. The state government neither announced any compensation for farmers whose cows died of the LSD nor fixed any fair price for milk procurement for them, Kadian said. The protesting members of the BKU have demanded from the government to pay compensation to the farmers whose cattle died of the disease. THURSDAY | 25 AUGUST 2022 | LUDHIANA MC to call General House meeting on 24x7 water supply project soon Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, July 24 The Municipal Corporation (MC) is likely to call a special General House meeting on the agenda of the 24x7 canalbased water supply project soon. As per the instructions of the World Bank, the MC and Punjab Municipal Infrastructure Development Company (PMIDC) will meet the pre-conditions before floating tenders for the project. The corporation has already acquired about 54 acres along Sidhwan Canal in Bilga village for setting up a water treatment plant (WTP) for the multi-phase project. The phase 1 of the project includes a bulk water supply system, canal intake system, transmission network from the water treatment plant to storage reservoirs, overhead service reservoirs, etc. Now, the estimated cost of phase 1 is around Rs 1,600 crores, according to civic body officials. MC Additional Commissioner Aaditya Dachalwal said the World Bank had kept a few pre-conditions before getting the required nod for floating the tenders for the 24x7 water supply project. As per one of the pre-conditions, the corporation needs to get the resolution As per WB instructions, MC, PMIDC to fulfil pre-conditions before tendering process The MC has already acquired 54 acres along Sidhwan Canal in Bilga village for setting up a water treatment plant. INDERJEET VERMA regarding the project approved by the MC’s General House. A special House meeting based on the single agenda regarding the project would be called. He said there would be no delay on MC’s part. The other pre-conditions are to be fulfilled by the Punjab Municipal Infrastructure Development Company (PMIDC). Once all conditions are fulfilled, the tenders would be floated by the PMIDC as per iinformation. List of identified sites for OHSRs on MC website Notably, the Municipal Corporation has identified 139 sites wherein new overhead service reservoirs (OHSRs) are to be constructed or existing OHSRs are to be renovated. According to information, new OHSRs are to be constructed at 77 sites in the city while existing reservoirs can be renovated/ reconstructed at 62 sites. The MC has uploaded the list of identified 139 sites for OHSRs on its official website mcludhiana.gov.in for the public. On August 2, the MC released information that if any city resident has an objection over any site for the OHSR, objections can be filed within one month at the office of the MC Commissioner, Ludhiana. Four arrested with over 1L intoxicating tablets Tribune News Service Ludhiana, August 24 The Sahnewal police claimed to have nabbed four persons, including a supplier from UP , and recovered 1.032 lakhs of intoxicating tablets from them. The value of the seized drugs is said to be in lakhs. The suspects have been identified as Baljit Singh Laddu, Tapinder Singh Babba, both residents of Sahnewal, Gurdeep Singh of Ludhiana and Rohit Verma Golu of Kanpur, UP . JCP (Rural) RS Brar, ADCP Suhail Qassim Mir, ACP Vaibhav Sehgal and Sahnewal Station House Officer inspector Amandeep Singh Brar addressed a press confer- Two of the suspects nabbed with intoxicating tablets in police custody in Ludhiana on Wednesday. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA ence regarding the matter on Wednesday. The JCP said on August 20, a tip-off was received that Baljit Singh, a truck driver, who had been into the illegal trade of smuggling of intoxicating tablets, was on the way to Ludhiana from UP, carrying a huge quantity of the banned drugs. Accordingly, the Sahnewal police laid a naka and stopped a truck (bearing registration no. PB 10CB 7525). When police personnel checked the special box constructed alongside the fuel tank, 99,000 intoxicating tablets were seized. Sahnewal SHO Amandeep Brar said the truck driver during the interrogation revealed that he had been bringing the consignment of the banned drugs from a UP-based supplier, Rohit, and used to deliver the same to his aides Tapinder and Gurdeep who would then sell them in retail to clients. The SHO said the same day, a raid was conducted and the police recovered 540 tablets from Tapinder and 2,460 tablets from Gurdeep. On August 23, the police nabbed Rohit along with 1,200 tablets. The total recovery from all accused turned out to be 1.032 lakh tablets. He said Tapinder and Gurdeep were sent to judicial custody after their interrogation while questioning of the other two accused, Baljit and Rohit, was still on to bust the entire supply line and nab other members involved in the smuggling racket. Traders protest ‘faulty’ design of Bharat Nagar Chowk flyover Shivani Bhakoo Tribune News Service A woman gets jabbed against Covid in Ludhiana. INDERJEET VERMA Ludhiana, August 24 As many as 13 fresh cases of Covid-19 were confirmed from Ludhiana district on Wednesday. Besides, seven patients belonging to other districts or states also tested positive for the virus here. Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, Hitinder Kaur, said 1,13,272 persons tested positive for Covid so far belonged to Ludhiana district and 15,227 positive cases belonged to other districts or states. Besides, the virus had COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 38,83,915 1,13,272 147 20 3,013 claimed the lives of 3,013 persons of Ludhiana district and 1,137 persons of other districts or states so far, she said. Of the 147 active cases in the district today, 139 patients were in home isolation and eight were under treatment. — TNS Ludhiana, August 24 The Bharat Nagar Furniture and Traders Association today protested against the alleged wrong design of the flyover near Bharat Nagar Chowk. Traders alleged that due to the wrong design not only business of shopkeepers would be ruined but the government will also suffer heavy revenue losses. The traders and shopkeepers gathered outside Khurana Furniture shop and condemned the NHAI for constructing the flyover on bricks instead of pillars. Talking to The Tribune, president of the association, Paul Khurana, said usually, constructions were done on pillars, not on walls or bricks as the pillars were stronger. Moreover, the traders were objecting to the walls as these would ruin their busi- Shopkeepers hold a protest near Bharat Nagar Chowk; and (right) a traffic jam during the protest. PHOTOS: ASHWANI DHIMAN nesses. There would be hardly any space left for parking of vehicles of customers. “If pillars were used, enough space can be provided to cus- c m y b tomers to park their vehicles under the bridge. But if walls will be constructed, our businesses will be affected and there will be a huge loss to the revenue,” Khurana said. Coordinator of the association Rajinder Singh said they had also met MP Sanjiv Arora who had assured to do the needful in this regard. The traders said since the bricks and walls were cheaper as compared to the pillars, the authorities were using the same. But it would damage their businesses in the decades-old market, where price of one showroom is approximately Rs 5 crore.
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