26082022-LT-01.qxd 8/26/2022 12:47 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE ELEVATED ROAD PROJECT MAKES COMMUTERS’ LIVES MISERABLE Frequent traffic jams on Ferozepur Road due to ongoing Elevated Road project have added to commuters’ woes. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY INBRIEF 2 NABBED WITH POPPY HUSK Ludhiana: The Khanna police on Thursday arrested two persons and seized four quintals of poppy husk from them. The suspects have been identified as Bhagwan Singh and Pawan Kumar, both residents of Machhiwara Sahib. SSP (Khanna) Ravi Kumar said the Machhiwara police, acting on a tip-off, had laid a naka on the Samrala road. A truck (bearing registration number PB 32J 8844) was stopped for checking. The SSP said on searching the truck, four bags containing 4 quintals of poppy husk were seized. The suspects were on their way to deliver the consignment of narcotics to their clients. Their police remand would be sought from court for further interrogation to nab the main supplier of poppy husk, the SSP added. TNS ASI HIT BY STRAY BULL, DIES Ludhiana: Assistant subinspector (ASI) Tarlochan Singh died after his motorcycle was hit by a stray bull opposite the SubRegistrar office on Hambran Road on Thursday. The police man was on his way to the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) police station when the incident occurred around 2.50 am. The police official was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries within hours of admission. Inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) were initiated by the police. TNS Man arrested with opium PAGE 2 BAPPI DA’S LAST REALITY SHOW GOES LIVE ON DOORDARSHAN PAGE 3 Sai Baba Studio’s Suron ka Eklavya has gone live on Doordarshan. The show is late Bappi Lahiri’s last reality show. MAX 33°C | MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 32°C | MIN 27°C SUNSET FRIDAY 6:57 PM Civic body plans to move SC after NGT dismisses review petition Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service MC WAS TOLD TO DEPOSIT ~100 CR IN JULY On July 25, the NGT had ordered the MC to deposit Rs 100 crore with the District Magistrate, Ludhiana, towards interim compensation within one month in a matter related to the death of seven persons in a hut fire incident near its main dumpsite in April this year and the MC’s failure to ensure compliance of the solid waste management rules, resulting in accumulation of around 30 lakh metric tonnes of legacy waste at the main dumpsite. The MC later filed a review petition against the tribunal order. During the hearing held on August 18 in this regard, the NGT Bench dismissed the MC’s review application. After the MC’s review peti- tion was dismissed by the NGT, Additional Commissioner Aaditya Dachalwal said they were taking up the matter with the state government. He said the civic body was planning to file an appeal before the Supreme Court in this regard. Notably, seven family members, including a couple and their five children, were charred to death after a fire broke out in their ‘jhuggi’ located near the MC’s main dumpsite near Kakka village in April this year. The family used to earn a livelihood from rag-picking at the dumpsite. Taking suo motu cognisance on a media report regarding the fire tragedy, the NGT asked its monitoring panel to furnish a factual situation report with regard to the cause of death, persons responsible for the failure and remedial action, including a measure, to prevent such incidents in future. Later, the monitoring panel inspected the hut fire incident site and the MC’s dumpsite. In its report, the monitoring committee had also highlighted that the administrative set-up at Ludhiana had failed so far as compliance to the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016, is concerned. Motorcyclist succumbs to injuries Our Correspondent Members of farmers’ unions during a protest outside the Verka milk plant on Ferozepur Road. Farmers to meet CM today INDEFINITE PROTEST Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Ludhiana, August 25 The city police today claimed to have nabbed a person and seized 2.6 kg of opium from his possession. The suspect has been identified as Kalu Singh (42), a resident of Rajasthan. ADCP Suhail Qassim Mir, ACP Vaibhav Sehgal and SHO (Sadar) inspector Gurpreet Singh addressed a press meet regarding the matter. ADCP Suhail said the police were patrolling near Lalton village where on suspicion, a pedestrian was stopped for checking. He was carrying a polythene bag. The pedestrian instead of paying heed to the police, tried to flee but was chased by the police personnel. Later during the checking of the polythene bag, opium was seized. During questioning, the suspect confessed that he had brought opium from a peddler of Rajasthan and was on his way to deliver it to his clients in Ludhiana district, said Suhail. The suspect also had a criminal history as a case of drug smuggling was registered against him in Mukstar district in the past. The ADCP said his police remand would be sought from the court to bust the entire supply line and nab bigger suppliers of opium. Ludhiana, August 25 Accusing the state government of failing to meet the promise of implementing a package for dairy farmers, the farmers along with various unions, including the Progressive Dairy Farmers Association (PDFA) and Bharti Kisan Union (Kadian), continued their protest against the state government outside the Verka milk plant on Ferozepur Road here on Thursday. It was the second day of the indefinite protest outside the milk plant wherein operations were affected today. President of the PDFA Daljeet Singh Sadarpura and president of BKU (Kadian) Harmeet Singh Kadian said their delegation had been invited for a meeting with the Chief Minister on August 26. Notably, the protesting farmers said the state government had promised to provide Rs 55 per kg fat in milk for dairy farmers. They said Rs 20 per kg fat was being given by Milkfed but the state government had refused to pay the remaining Rs 35 per kg fat. They demanded that the government must fulfil the promise that was made to the dairy farmers. They are also demanding that the state government must pay compensation to the farmers whose cows died of lumpy skin disease. Meanwhile, members of the BKU (Kadian) have also demanded from the administration and government to curb adulteration in milk. Doraha, August 25 A motorcyclist, who was hit by a vehicle on the overbridge of Kaddon, near here, on the night of August 23, succumbed to injuries on Thursday. A case has been registered at the Doraha police station against the unidentified driver of the vehicle. No arrest has been made so far. The deceased has been identified as Sarabjot Singh of Sultanpur village. His brother Jagdev Singh, on whose statement the case has been registered, said Sarabjot was returning to his village from his workplace on the night of August 23 when the mishap occurred. He was traveling on his motorcycle (bearing registration number PB 10EJ 1178), when a vehicle hit him from the rear and he fell near the railing of the bridge. He was admitted to the Civil Hospital, Ludhiana, where he later succumbed to his injuries. Ashu’s supporters, complainant face off Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Ludhiana, August 25 In the multi-crore transportation tenders scam, a confrontation was reported between Congress workers and the complainant, Gurpreet Singh, outside the office of the Vigilance Bureau (VB). The Vigilance Bureau had registered a case against former Congress minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu and others on the complaint of Gurpreet in which Ashu and a contractor, Telu Ram, were arrested. The complainant alleged he, along with his friends, had come to set up a tent outside the Vigilance Bureau office to raise a demand that Congress workers should TRANSPORTATION TENDER SCAM Cong workers and aides of complainant in the transportation tender scam argue outside the VB office. HIMANSHU MAHAJAN not be allowed to sit outside the Vigilance office as it might affect the ongoing questioning of Ashu. “I didn’t say anything to the Congress workers but Congress councillor Sunny Bhalla showed a threatening c m y b gesture to me. When I asked him to behave properly, he did not budge and started heated arguments with me,” alleged Gurpreet. He said when he could lodge a complaint against the former minister, he did not fear any Congress worker. He said he would also set up his tent outside the Vigilance Bureau office to seek strict punishment for Ashu. Sources said later, Gurpreet’s tent was removed by the police for precautionary purpose as it might create tension outside the Vigilance office. Meanwhile, Sunny Bhalla said he had not misbehaved or indulged in a fight with Gurpeet and the latter was Continued on page 2 PAGE 4 Chup will mark the debut of superstar Amitabh Bachchan as a music composer, film director R Balki said. SUNRISE SATURDAY 5:59 AM DEATH OF 7 PERSONS IN HUT FIRE INCIDENT, NON-COMPLIANCE OF WASTE MGMT RULES Ludhiana, August 25 After the Municipal Corporation’s review petition against the order issued by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) for depositing Rs 100 crore as interim compensation has been dismissed by the NGT, the fund-starved corporation is now raising the matter with the state government and also planning to move the Supreme Court. On July 25, the NGT had ordered the corporation to deposit Rs 100 crore with the District Magistrate, Ludhiana, towards interim compensation within one month in a matter related to the death of seven persons in a hut (jhuggi) fire incident near its main dumpsite in April this year and the MC’s failure to ensure compliance of the solid waste management rules, resulting in accumulation of around 30 lakh metric tonnes of legacy waste at the main dumpsite. BIG B TO MAKE DEBUT AS MUSIC COMPOSER WITH R BALKI’S CHUP FRIDAY | 26 AUGUST 2022 | LUDHIANA Nepalese help decamps with cash, valuables worth lakhs Served employer food laced with poisonous substance before fleeing Tribune News Service Ludhiana, August 25 A Nepalese domestic help, along with his aides, decamped with cash and valuables worth lakhs from his employer’s house at Rajguru Nagar after serving the family food laced with some poisonous substance. The Sarabha Nagar police yesterday registered a case against the suspect, Bahadur, and his unidentified accomplices. Ashok Sachdeva, the owner Action-taken report sought on illegal colonies Tribune News Service Ludhiana, August 25 Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) of the Department of Local Government, Punjab, has written to the Ludhiana Municipal Commissioner to submit an action-taken report regarding illegal colonies falling under Zone C areas of the Municipal Corporation (MC). According to information, a city resident had earlier complained to the department about illegal colonies located in the Zone C areas. The complainant had alleged that a large number of colonies were not regularised and no action was taken against such illegal colonies, resulting in a huge loss to the government exchequer. Continued on page 2 of the house, said around 45 days ago, a Nepalese servant was employed in the house. “Yesterday, he served food to the family around 9.30 pm. The food was consumed by me, my wife and our son. After having food, my wife’s health deteriorated, following which my son took her to a hospital. I went to sleep in my room with severe headache while my daughter-in-law and grandson who did consume the food were already sleeping in their room,” he said. Ashok said later in the night, when his son returned home, the servant was not there and he raised an alarm. When he checked almirahs, all cash and valuables were missing. He said when they checked CCTV cameras, they saw Bahadur and his unidentified accomplices were going out from the house with a bag. Investigating officer ASI Bhupinder Singh said as per the family, stolen valuables were worth several lakhs. A probe was on to nab the suspects. 26 test positive, one succumbs to virus Tribune News Service Ludhiana, August 25 Twentysix persons tested positive for Covid while one person lost his life due to the virus in the district on Thursday. A total of 1,13,298 persons have tested positive and 3,014 patients lost their lives to the deadly virus since March 2020 in the district. There were 137 active cases on Thursday, of which 125 have been asked to isolate themselves in their homes while 12 are admitted to private hospitals. At present, the recovery rate of Covid patients is 97.22 per cent. Till date, a total of 38,87,400 samples have been taken, of which 37,58,875 COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 38,87,400 1,13,298 137 10 3,014 were found negative. Samples of 3,485 suspected patients were sent for testing today, the results of which are expected shortly.
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