28082022-LT-01.qxd 28-08-2022 00:53 Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE PAGE 2 Commuting on the road that connects Phullanwal Chowk and Dugri-Dhandra Road gives motorists a bumpy ride. GENERALLY CLOUDY INBRIEF BIZMAN HIT BY CRANE, DIES Ludhiana: A city-based businessman was hit by a crane near Ranjit Health Club on Saturday morning. He died on the spot due to serious head injuries. The deceased has been identified as Inder Kumar, a resident of Janta Colony, here. He was into the plastic goods business. As per information, the victim went for a morning walk around 6 am on Saturday. A crane driver, who was driving in a rash manner, rammed the vehicle into the pedestrian. Some passers-by after witnessing the road accident had called the ambulance but before it could arrive, the victim succumbed to his serious head injuries. Officials from the Police Division 6 had also reached the spot. The crane driver fled the spot after the accident. A case of negligent driving was registered against the crane driver. TNS MAX 34°C | MIN 27°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C | MIN 27°C SUNSET SUNDAY 6:55 PM SUNRISE MONDAY 6:00 AM Resident had moved court seeking early deployment of staff Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service TRANSPORTATION TENDER SCAM Tribune News Service Ex-minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu being taken to a court for hearing in Ludhiana on Saturday. MAYOR QUESTIONED, TOLD TO SUBMIT PROPERTY DETAILS In the transportation tender scam, the Vigilance Bureau on Saturday questioned Ludhiana Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu. He was questioned for about 90 minutes by senior VB officials and told to submit details regarding properties, investments or bank accounts owned by him. based real estate developer was summoned and he consented to appear before the Vigilance Bureau on Sunday. When asked about the kind of investments made by Ashu in Dubai, Sandhu said let the Vigilance Bureau investigate the matter thoroughly as nothing could be disclosed at the moment. In the transportation tender scam, the Vigilance Bureau Constable among 2 nabbed with drugs Our Correspondent An overcast sky during the sunset makes for a beautiful view on the Punjab Agricultural University campus on Saturday evening. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Travel agents from Mohali dupe city resident of ~8.60L Tribune News Service CASE REGISTERED AFTER 3 YEARS, SAYS VICTIM The complainant in the travel fraud case said he had submitted a complaint to the Commissioner of Police in 2019 and the police took almost three years to register a case against the travel agents. took almost three years to register a case against the fraudulent agents. Investigating officer ASI Balbir Singh said after registering a case of fraud and criminal conspiracy against the suspects, further probe was launched in the case. Man posing as kin dupes woman of ~6.13 lakh A man posing as an England-based relative of a city-based woman, duped her of Rs 6.13 lakh. The Police Division 6 registered a case against two sus- today questioned Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu. He was yesterday summoned by the Vigilance and he was asked to appear for questioning regarding the ongoing probe into the scam. The Mayor was questioned for about 90 minutes by senior VB officials. He was asked to submit details regarding properties, investments or bank accounts owned by him. pects, identified as Shubham Tyagi and Ranjit, both residents of Uttar Pradesh. Complainant Manjit Kaur of Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar told the police that in April, she had received a call from an international number and the caller had identified himself as her maternal uncle from England. “I got into the trap of the caller and believed that he was my uncle. He requested me to send him money as he was facing some financial issues. I sent Rs 6.13 lakh in the bank account, the details of which were provided by him. Later when I enquired, I was shocked to know that the caller was a fraudster,” the complainant said. Following which, she lodged a police complaint and a case was registered by the police on Friday. Investigating officer inspector Madhu Bala said efforts were on to trace the whereabouts of the suspects and they would be nabbed soon. Raikot, August 27 The Hathur police have arrested two persons and seized drugs from their possession. The suspects included a constable posted at the Sidhwan Bet police station. SHO (Hathur) Hardeep Singh and his team nabbed Jasdeep Singh, alias Deep, of Kamalpura village and Harpreet Singh, a police constable, of Manuke village from separate places on Friday evening and seized drugs from them. As many as 50 habitforming tablets, 1-gm heroin, syringes, aluminium foil and a Swift Dzire (PB 13BJ 9980) were seized from the suspects. ASI Pritam Masih said ASI Surjit Singh had lodged a complaint against Jasdeep. He was arrested from Kamalpura village c m y b HABIT-FORMING TABLETS, HEROIN, SYRINGES SEIZED As many as 50 habit-forming tablets, 1-gm heroin, syringes, aluminium foil and a Swift Dzire (PB 13BJ 9980) were seized from the two suspects. SUNDAY | 28 AUGUST 2022 | LUDHIANA Finally, employees posted at new dispensary in Jagat Nagar Realtor summoned by Vigilance Bureau for questioning today Nikhil Bhardwaj PAGE 4 After psychological thrillers and anthologies, fantasy genre has now caught the fancy of filmmakers. Ashu invested money in Dubai via city developer Ludhiana, August 27 Taking the probe further into the transportation tender scam, the Vigilance Bureau (VB) claimed that former minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu had reportedly invested a huge sum in Dubai through his close friend-cum-real estate developer of the city. The Vigilance Bureau has also summoned the developer for questioning regarding his business interests with the former minister. “We have got some clear clues that Ashu had diverted illegal money worth several crores to Dubai via his close friend who is a big investor,” confirmed a senior VB official to The Tribune. The investor had landed in a controversy regarding the auction of a prime property by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust in the past. SSP Vigilance, Ravinderpal , Singh Sandhu, said a city- FILMMAKERS EXPLORING POPULAR FANTASY GENRE Shakti Anand is seen in a prominent role in TV show Channa Mereya. He plays the character of Amber Singh. Nature’s canvas Ludhiana, August 27 The city police on Friday registered a case against three travel agents of Mohali for duping a city resident of ~8.60 lakh on the pretext of sending him abroad. The suspects have been identified as Amritpal Singh, wife Baljinder Kaur and sister Harsimranjit Kaur, all residents of Phase VIII, Mohali. The complainant, Inderpal Singh, a resident of Ranguwal village, told the police that he had met the travel agents who had promised to arrange a visa for him to travel abroad, and in lieu, had taken ~8.60 lakh from him. Despite taking money, the trio had failed to arrange a visa. Whenever Inderpal would go to enquire about the visa, they would make excuses. Now when he was demanding to return his money, they refused. The complainant said he had submitted a complaint to the Police Commissioner in 2019 and the police PAGE 3 HIMANSHU MAHAJAN FORECAST SHAKTI ANAND TAKES CENTRE STAGE IN CHANNA MEREYA Ludhiana, August 27 Around 20 months after the construction of a new dispensary building at Jagat Nagar on Jassian Road in Ward 94, it would be soon opened to the public. On the directions of the Permanent Lok Adalat (PLA), Ludhiana, now, the Civil Surgeon has deputed three employees on temporary duty at the dispensary. At present, the deployed staff have been working at different centres of the Health Department. Now, the dispensary would open three days a week — Monday, Wednesday and Friday. A doctor (medical officer), pharmacy officer and an ANM have been deployed on temporary duty. However, a file regarding the posting of permanent staff at the dispensary is yet to be approved by the Health Department. After the construction of the dispensary building, the Municipal Corporation’s executive engineer concerned had written a letter to hand over the building to the Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, in December 2020. The residents had been waiting for the opening of the dispensary since then but no staff was being deployed. Later, a resident of Jassian Road, Baldev Kumar Baweja, moved the Permanent Lok Adalat against the corporation and the Health Department, seeking early deployment of medical staff at the dispensary. In the application before the court, Baweja had stated that no primary health services were being provided by either the civic body or the Health INDERJEET VERMA DRIVING ON 200-FOOT ROAD A NIGHTMARE FOR MOTORISTS The dispensary in Ward 94 will be opened to the public soon. written to to ❝We havestaff for thethe higher authorities94. sanction permanent dispensary in Ward ❞ Hitinder Kaur, Department in Wards 91, 92, 93, 94 and 79 of the Ludhiana North constituency. “Around 1 lakh people live in these wards. Many people are financially weak. Hence, medical staff should be deployed at the dispensary soon,” he had stated. During the hearing in the case on August 26, the court was informed by the respondent concerned that the matter regarding the permanent posting of medical officer and other staff had already been sent to the Director of the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Punjab, but the response was awaited. The court has given directions that the Director be intimated to decide such reference before the next date of hearing on September 12. Councillor from Ward 94 Gurpreet Singh Gopi said there was no government dis- CIVIL SURGEON pensary in Ward 94 and some nearby wards. “I wanted that a government dispensary is opened for the people. With the support of the then MLA Rakesh Pandey, the dispensary building was constructed. Since the building was constructed, I had been raising the matter with the corporation and the Health Department, demanding the deployment of medical staff. The dispensary is going to be opened soon and staff will be available three days a week. Once permanent staff are deputed, the dispensary would open on a daily basis.” Civil Surgeon Hitinder Kaur said there would be arrangement of vaccination facility and provision of medicines at the dispensary. She said they have written to the higher authorities to sanction permanent staff for the same. 12 more found infected with Covid after the registration of an FIR under Sections 21, 22 and 25 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. Section 29 of the Act was later added to the case. During the investigation, the police came to know about the alleged involvement of Harpreet Singh, a police constable, had been exploiting his official position to undertake the illicit business of drug trafficking. Tribune News Service Ludhiana, August 27 Twelve persons tested positive for Covid in Ludhiana district on Saturday. A total of 1,13,327 persons have tested positive and 3,014 patients lost their lives to the deadly virus since March 2020 in the district. There were 104 active cases on Saturday, of which 98 have been asked to isolate themselves in their homes while six are admitted to private hospitals. At present, the recovery rate of Covid patients is 97.25 per cent. Till date, a total of 38,93,475 samples have been taken, of which 37,64,910 were found negative. Samples of 2,900 suspected patients were sent for testing today, the results of which are expected shortly. COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 38,93,475 1,13,327 104 12 3,014
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