28102022-LT-01.qxd 10/28/2022 12:48 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE 70 PER CENT PADDY YET TO BE HARVESTED IN DISTRICT Almost a month after official start, paddy procurement was yet to pick up pace in the district, government has confirmed. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY PAGE 2 KATRINA KAIF REVEALS WHAT KAUSHAL FAMILY CALLS HER PAGE 3 BOLLYWOOD LOSES VETERAN FILM DIRECTOR AND WRITER At the sets of The Kapil Sharma Show Katrina Kaif shared that her sasural people fondly call her Kitto. MAX 31°C | MIN 16°C | YESTERDAY MAX 31°C | MIN 16°C SUNSET FRIDAY 5:42 PM Veteran film director and writer Esmayeel Shroff, breathed his last in Mumbai on October 26 morning. SUNRISE SATURDAY 6:39 AM Water samples of 20 govt schools fail test Ludhiana, October 27 Over a week after the mysterious death of a tea vendor, Rachpal Singh, of Gill village, the report of the post-mortem examination of the deceased termed it a case of murder. The Sadar police yesterday registered a murder case against unidentified persons. Complainant Manjit Singh of the Dhandra road area told the police that his father runs a tea vend in a factory at Alamgir. On October 14, his father went to the factory in the morning but did not return. A missing complaint was lodged at the Sadar police station. On October 18, his father’s body was found in the agricultural fields at Gill village. Then, as per the preliminary probe of the police, it was considered as a natural death. Hence, inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC were initiated by the police, he said. Two days ago when the autopsy report of his father was received, strangulation was mentioned as the cause of death, after which the police registered a case of murder against unidentified persons. ASI Satwinder Singh said a probe to identify the killers of the man was already launched and soon the suspects would be arrested. — TNS Tribune News Service FRIDAY | 28 OCTOBER 2022 | LUDHIANA Ludhiana, October 27 Water samples of 20 government schools collected by the Health Department from across the district have failed the purity test. Though the government is making tall claims of providing all modern facilities to students of government schools, they are being devoid of basic facility of clean and safe drinking water. Pure drinking water still seems to be a distant dream for the students studying in government schools. Water samples of government schools failing the purity test is not a new thing as these have been failing the test in the past as well. Nearly three months ago, water samples of 70 govern- 70 SAMPLES FLUNKED TEST THREE MONTHS AGO Nearly three months ago, water samples of 70 government schools had failed the purity test and later, a drive was carried out to clean water tanks of the schools so that students could get supply of clean water but it seems that the ground reality still remains the same. ment schools had failed the purity test and later, a drive was carried out to clean water tanks of the schools so that students could get supply of clean water but it seems that the ground reality still remains the same. A student of government school at Sidhwan Bet said he always carries his own water bottle to the school. “Whenever I drink water from the school, I fell sick. Hence, I make sure to carry my own water bottle with me,” he said. Kuldeep Kaur, a parent whose ward studies in Class IV at a government school near Machhiwara, said on two occasions, her daughter fell sick and was complaining of stomach cramps. “Contaminated water seems to be the only reason behind the same. Now, I make sure to give her a water bottle while going to school,” she said. A medicine expert, Dr Harpreet Singh, said drinking contaminated water could cause various diseases among children. “Drinking contaminated or dirty water can cause numerous health issues such as water-borne diseases, including diarrhoea, cholera, intestinal cramps and dysentery. Safe and clean drinking water should be provided to children,” he said. The schools of which samples failed test Samples of Government Senior Secondary School, Rakba, Sudhar; Government Middle School, Hatur; Guru Nanak Bal Vikas Kender, Jagraon; Government High School, Rurka, Pakhowal; Government Primary School, Patti Multani, Sidhwan Bet; Government Senior Secondary School, Tihara, Sidhwan Bet; Government Primary School, Saludi Manupur; Boy found dead on rail tracks, kin allege murder Ludhiana, October 27 An 18-year-old boy, Satish Kumar, of Ram Nagar was found dead under mysterious circumstances on the railway tracks near Dholewal on Wednesday evening. On Thursday, when his family identified the body, they alleged that the boy was murdered. The Government Railway Police (GRP) said it was an accident case as the boy had died after being hit by a train. Deceased’s father Ramesh Chandar said yesterday, some youths with whom his son had a dispute had called him for a meeting. He left home for the same but did not return. This morning, members of the family went to the Civil Hospital mortuary and continued on page 2 Wailing kin of the victim in Ludhiana on Thursday. HIMANSHU MAHAJAN c m y b Government Primary School, Bharthala, Machhiwara; Government Middle School, Bharthala, Machhiwara; Government Senior Secondary School, Sidhwan Bet; Government Primary School, Sawadi, Sidhwan Bet; Government Middle School, Sawadi, Sidhwan Bet; Government High School, Daheru, Manupur; Government Senior Secondary School, Lama Jat Poora, Hatur; Akal Akademi, Dhamot, Payal; Government Senior Secondary School, Babarpur, Malaud; SGGSS School, Goandwal; Manav Vikas Kender, Goandwal; Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Barmi, Pakhowal; and Government Senior Secondary School, Ghungrali, have failed the purity test. Gambling racket: 8 held, ~21K seized Ludhiana, October 27 The city police busted another gambling racket with the arrest of eight persons and recovered Rs 21,130 from the spot, while a hotel owner and manager managed to give the slip to the police. The suspects have been identified as Shamu of Chabra continued on page 2 E-AUCTION OF PARKING LOTS PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA Tea vendor was strangled to death: Autopsy report Manav Mander PAGE 4 A bid of ~34.71L was received for the Bhadaur House parking lot. ‘Shady’ firms to handle most parking lots again Tribune News Service Ludhiana, October 27 After the fresh e-auction of the parking lots of the Municipal Corporation (MC), firms which have been accused of fleecing visitors and violating rules in the past are again going to handle most of the lots. The auction of six parking lots was successful and these sites were auctioned at Rs 3.57 crore. The highest bid of Rs 1.29 crore was received for the parking lot at Feroze Gandhi Market. Similarly, Rs 1.11 crore for the multi-storey parking lot at Zone A, Rs 34.71 lakh for the Bhadaur House parking lot and Rs 30.40 lakh for Sarabha Nagar market were received as per information provided by the MC’s Superintendent concerned. The highest bid for BRS Nagar parking lots was of Rs 23.01 lakh while it was Rs 29 lakh for the Model Town Extension parking lot. Sources said the firms, which would handle most of the MC’s parking lots, were supported by one contractor and his firms had been earlier accused of overcharging people on Mall Road, at a multi-storey parking lot and at some other sites. The MC had also taken action against one of these continued on page 2
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