04112022-LT-01.qxd 11/4/2022 12:54 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE TRAFFIC POLICE LAUNCH DRIVE TO CURB UNDERAGE DRIVING PAGE 2 Challaning of schoolchildren indulged in driving sans licence also intensified as part of the special campaign. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY ‘Thieves’ open fire at Shiv Sena leader Tribune News Service Ludhiana, November 3 Miscreants fired at a Shiv Sena Punjab leader at Grewal Colony on Thursday night when the latter had been chasing them. The victim did not suffer any bullet injury. After the incident, Assistant Commissioner of Police (East) Gurdev Singh reached the spot and started a probe in the matter. As per information, two cyclists were roaming near the house of Sena leader Ashwani Chopra last night. When a local resident informed Chopra, he along with his brother came out to enquire. The Shiv Sena leader saw a man and a young boy fleeing on their cycle. When Chopra started chasing the suspects, they fired at Chopra and fled. They also left some mechanical tools on the spot, which could be used to open tyres of vehicles. The police suspected that the miscreants might have come to steal tyres of cars parked in the locality but they were possessing an illegal gun, which they used to fire at the victim. The ACP said a probe was being conducted in the case to inquire the motive of the suspects. Ludhiana, November 3 The district administration has urged the people to avail maximum benefits of the recently started portal www.eservices.punjab.gov.in for enrolment of ‘Khangi Taqseem’ (family partition) in land records with ease. Deputy Commissioner Surabhi Malik said Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann had launched the portal last month for streamlining the entire process of ‘Khangi Taqseem’. She said citizens could apply for ‘Khangi Taqseem’ in a single click on the portal with PAGE 3 SUNSET FRIDAY 5:36 PM Khanna police seize ~4.70L, heroin, two-wheeler from suspects Tribune News Service details, including their name, father/husband name, name of the village, sub-tehsil/tehsil, district, khata and khewat number, along with the memorandum of proposed partition and field map depicting portioned parcels of land duly signed by all shareholders. Malik said later the application was processed by the Circle Revenue Officer (CRO) concerned to kanungo incharge and then the patwari concerned. After verifying all facts of the memorandum with the revenue records, parties were called for official formalities and to initiate the mutation proceedings. Police officials address mediapersons in Ludhiana on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO SIT FORMED AFTER INCIDENT On October 31, two employees of a petrol pump were robbed of Rs 7 lakh by two scooter-borne robbers by throwing chilli powder into their eyes. After the incident, a special investigation team (SIT) under the leadership of SP (Investigation) Pragya Jain was formed. Pragya Jain was formed. The team carried out technical and scientific investigation in the case and had managed to trace the case in 24 hours and the suspects involved were arrested within 48 hours of the crime. The police had checked several CCTV cameras which also helped the police in reaching out to the suspects. The SSP said initially, Pardeep was arrested and his interrogation led to the identification of the remaining four accused involved in the crime. SP Pragya Jain said Pardeep was the main con- spirator who hatched the conspiracy of loot in connivance with Rajat and others. Munish had arranged a scooter in lieu of Rs 20,000, which was used in the crime. Jain said the accused had a criminal history and have FIRs under the NDPS Act, Excise Act and other cases registered against them at police stations in Khanna. Further questioning of the accused was on to inquire about their involvement in any other past loot incident of loot. FRIDAY | 4 NOVEMBER 2022 | LUDHIANA ROW OVER HIKED PARKING CHARGES Traders protest at Bhadaur House Market, AC Market Tribune News Service Ludhiana, November 3 Row over hiked parking rates at Municipal Corporation’s parking sites across the city has not yet ended. Shopkeepers of Bhadaur House Market and AC Market staged a protest against the corporation for hiking the parking charges on Thursday. They demanded that the civic body must revoke the hiked parking charges. As Bhadaur House Market was developed under a scheme of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT), a group of shopkeepers said firstly, the MC’s move to make the lots paid was wrong. Infuriated over the hiked parking rates, they demanded that the civic body must eliminate the paid parking system at the Bhadaur House Market. They said they had purchased booths at Bhadaur House Market from the Ludhiana Improvement Trust and parking lots were part of the LIT scheme. “The parking facility was free here when we had purchased the booths. It is wrong that the MC had converted these into paid parking lots. Now, a new contractor has been deployed to harass us,” a trader said. “Overcharging has remained A parking contractor and a trader exchange arguments at the office of MLA Gurpreet Gogi in Ludhiana. HIMANSHU MAHAJAN a major issue at parking lots of Bhadaur House. Now, the MC has increased the parking rates. There is no ease of business here,” he said. “When Feroze Gandhi Market, Bhadaur House Market, Sarabha Nagar and BRS Nagar were developed under different schemes of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust, there was no parking fee system at parking lots of the markets there. When these areas were transferred to the Municipal Corporation, the civic body later converted the free lots into paid ones. In the name of paid parking system, the public should not be harassed. The MC can generate income through other sources,” said Amarjit Singh Tikka, a BJP leader. He said no parking fees Ludhiana, November 3 In a crackdown against brazen farm fires, the state government has fined around 150 farmers and has blacklisted some 80 peasants for stubble burning in Ludhiana district, officials have confirmed. With no let-up in the ageold practice of putting crop residue to the flames, Ludhiana was on Thursday ranked second most polluted city in the state with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) recording the air quality index (AQI) of 194, which was considered “unhealthy”. Another city in the state’s biggest and largest district, in terms of area and population, Khanna also figured in Punjab’s 10 most polluted cities on November 3 and ranked seventh with AQI 164. The rising air pollution with PM2.5 concentration of 137.9μg/m³, which was 27.6 times the World Health Tribune News Service ONLINE CHALLANS TO BE INTRODUCED Ludhiana, November 3 To facilitate effective management of traffic, safety and surveillance in the city, a meeting between the Municipal Corporation and police officials was held at the MC’s Zone D office on Thursday. The meeting was held under the chairpersonship of MC Commissioner Shena Aggarwal. Saumya Mishra, JCP (Law & Order), officials from Ludhiana Smart City Limited (LSCL), AECOM (LSCLPMC) and two telecom There is a plan to issue online challans against violatiors of traffic rules after the implementation of the Intelligent Traffic Management System. Challans such as triple riding, riding without helmet, overspeeding, driving without seat belt, etc., would be issued through online system as per information. companies were among other people present at the meeting. Dr Shena Aggarwal said, “During the meeting, it was decided to implement the Intelligent Traffic Management System (ITMS) and Adaptive Traffic Control System (ATCS) in all major junctions of Ludhiana which will help in efficient management of traffic lights. This will support proper management of traffic, facilitate minimum waiting time at junctions for commuters and also help save fuel. The timing of traffic lights will be managed automatically through traffic count sen- TAKING ALL MEASURES TO CHECK MENACE We are taking all measures to check stubble burning. Besides a sustained campaign to aware farmers against the menace, those resorting to farm fires are being proceeded against as per law. The situation this season so far is much better than previous years. Surabhi Malik, DC sors, and it will also have manual override mode in case of emergencies.” “It was also decided to make the automatic detection of traffic violations operational. The much-awaited project for the implementation of security surveillance system in Ludhiana Court Complex also got a go ahead with finalisation of implementation modalities within Judiciary, Punjab Police and the MCL. Soon the system will be implemented in the Court Complex and integrated with the police surveillance network,” she said. TEN MOST POLLUTED CITIES IN STATE ❝ CITY Faridkot Ludhiana Mandi Gobindgarh Patiala Mohali Amritsar Khanna Bathinda Jalandhar Ropar AQI 264 194 194 178 177 166 164 157 152 132 (Source: CPCB) ❞ FARM FIRES 2022 2021 2020 Spike in farm fires has deteriorated the air quality, due to which a thick cover of smog enveloped Ludhiana on Thursday. HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Organisation (WHO) annual air quality guideline value in Ludhiana, led to a thick cover of smog that enveloped the industrial hub on Thursday. It forced residents to gasp for ‘Market assn, contractor reach compromise’ Later in the evening, the MLA held a meeting with the Feroze Gandhi Market Association continued on page 2 Tribune News Service Ludhiana second, Khanna seventh most polluted city in state Tribune News Service should be charged from students at Tuition Market of Model Town Extension. A large number of students attend coaching classes at various institutes in the market. MLA Gurpreet Gogi on Thursday morning held a meeting between traders of different markets. MC officials and the parking contractor concerned were also present there. Traders of Sarabha Nagar Market and the parking contractor also exchanged arguments at the MLA’s office. The meeting had remained unsuccessful. Intelligent traffic mgmt system to be Two more test +ve implemented at major city junctions Ludhiana, November 3 According to the office of the Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, two persons tested positive for Covid in the district on Thursday. Civil Surgeon Hitinder Kaur said a total of 1,13,608 persons have tested positive and 3,018 patients have lost their lives to the deadly virus since March 2020 in the district. On Thursday, there were 14 active cases, of which 13 have been asked to isolate themselves at their homes while one patient is admitted to the hospital. At present, the recovery rate of Covid patients is 97.33 per cent. 150 farmers fined, 80 blacklisted for farm fires in district Nitin Jain PAGE 4 She will undergo the surgery 21 years after she suffered a brain haemorrhage and stroke that almost killed her. SUNRISE SATURDAY 6:44 AM ~7-lakh robbery case solved within 48 hours, five nabbed Ludhiana, November 3 The Khanna police claimed to have solved a major robbery of Rs 7 lakh in 48 hours of the crime and arrested five suspects in the case. The police also recovered Rs 4.70 lakh from the miscreants. The suspects have been identified as Rajat Arora, alias Raja, Raman Sharma, alias Pandit, Vikas Balli alias Patty, Pardeep Singh and Munish Kumar, alias Shanky. Besides cash, the police also seized 20 gm of heroin and a scooter (PB26G8909) from them. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Dayama Harish Kumar Om Parkash, SP (Investigation) Pragya Jain addressed a press conference regarding the matter on Thursday. On October 31, two employees of a petrol pump were robbed of Rs 7 lakh by two scooter-borne robbers by throwing chilli powder into their eyes. Dayama said after the incident, a special investigation team (SIT) under the leadership of SP (Investigation) SHARON STONE TO UNDERGO SURGERY AFTER MISDIAGNOSIS As MTV Hustle 2.0 continues its epic quest for India’s newest rap sensation, MTV India launched BotHard - an AI-powered rapper. MAX 29°C | MIN 16°C | YESTERDAY MAX 29°C | MIN 16°C Use portal for family land partition, residents told Tribune News Service MTV HUSTLE 2.0 LAUNCHES INDIA’S FIRST AI-POWERED RAPPER 1,144 1,315 1,960 (Source: PRSC, figures from Sept 15 to Nov 3) clean air and caused trouble for children, aged and those suffering from respiratory problems. The official data compiled by the Punjab Remote Sens- ing Centre (PRSC), here, a copy of which is with The Tribune, revealed that 1,144 stubble burning cases have so far been recorded in Ludhiana during the current pad- c m y b dy harvesting season since September 15. However, it was still better than the previous two years when 1,315 and 1,960 farm fires were spotted here dur- ing the corresponding period in 2021 and 2020, respectively. On Thursday, 119 fresh cases of crop residue burning were captured, which were again less than 181 and 157 farm fires registered on this day in 2021 and 2020, respectively. Acting tough against the violators, the government has cracked the whip against those indulging in stubble burning. Chief Agriculture Officer (CAO) Dr Amanjit Singh said an environment compensation fine of Rs 2,47,500 had been imposed on 97 farmers while another 47 peasants were in the process of being fined. Besides, red entries had been made in khasra girdawaris (revenue records) of 79 farmers for causing environment pollution. “As 60 per cent paddy has been harvested till date, 25,040 hectares, which was almost 10 per cent of the total 2.58 lakh hectares of the total area under paddy, have so far been recorded under straw burning,” he said. The CAO said more farmers were also coming forward to adopt scientific management continued on page 2 COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 40,28,730 1,13,608 14 -3,018 Till date, a total of 40,28,730 samples have been taken, of which 38,99,823 were found negative. Samples of 1,177 suspected patients were sent for testing today, the results of which are expected shortly. Mystery shrouds 24-yr-old Nepalese woman’s death Tribune News Service Ludhiana, November 3 A 24-year-old Nepalese woman was found dead under mysterious conditions in her washroom at New Kartar Nagar on Thursday evening. Model Town SHO SI Gurshinder Kaur said the woman, Manisha, had solemnised her marriage about two years ago and had given birth to a child six months ago. She lived with her husband in a ‘vehra’ (a place where migrants live together). Today she fell in the washroom. Her husband found her lying dead when he went to inquire after listening to her shrieks, the SHO said. So far, it seemed a case of natural death, the SHO added. The police would still initiate further proceedings in the case after obtaining the autopsy report from the Civil Hospital.
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