17112022-LT-01.qxd 11/17/2022 12:24 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE DAY 2: VERKA STAFF CONTINUE PROTEST, SEEK REGULAR JOBS Demanding job regularisation, the contractual staff of Verka milk plant continue their protest on 2nd day. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY PAGE 2 PAGE 3 THE ELEPHANT WHISPERERS TO PREMIERE ON DECEMBER 2 BEYONCE LEADS GRAMMY NOMINATIONS WITH 9 NODS Netflix announced that its upcoming documentary The Elephant Whisperers will premiere on December 8. MAX 26°C | MIN 11°C | YESTERDAY MAX 25°C | MIN 12°C SUNSET THURSDAY 5:28 PM Nominations for the Grammy Awards have been announced, and singer Beyonce is leading with nine nods. SUNRISE FRIDAY 6:55 AM 66K treated at Aam Aadmi Clinics in 3 months Over 10,000 patients tested at nine clinics, Ludhiana ranks second in state in patient footfall THURSDAY | 17 NOVEMBER 2022 | LUDHIANA 9 booked for abetting sarpanch’s suicide Tribune News Service SCRIPTING HISTORY Nitin Jain Tribune News Service Ludhiana, November 16 Over 66,000 patients have been treated while diagnostic tests have been conducted on over 10,000 persons at nine Aam Aadmi clinics in the district during the first three months of their operations, the government has confirmed. With a record footfall of patients, Ludhiana has ranked second in the state in terms of patients treated and diagnostic tests conducted on the ailing humanity since August 15, the official figures have revealed. The Civil Surgeon, Dr Hitinder Kaur Sohal, told The Tribune, here on Tuesday that a clinic near Chand cinema here logged the maximum OPD of 12,910 patients and 1,122 diagnostic tests while another one in Transport Nagar here has treated the minimum of 3,221 patients and conducted 798 are scripting new ❝Weby serving theaailing history humanity through Aam Aadmi clinics, which are part of our commitment and promise to provide free health and clinical services to the needy at their doorstep ❞ Chetan Singh Jouramajra, Patients at an Aam Aadmi Clinic in Ludhiana. INDERJEET VERMA diagnostic tests between August 15 and November 14. Among other clinics, the one in Jagraon registered 6,552 patients and conducted 990 diagnostic tests, Kidwai Nagar here treated 6,240 patients and tested 684 persons, Metro Road here logged 6,013 patients and conducted 663 diagnostic tests, Dhandari Kalan here reported 12,221 patients and tested 1,438 diagnostic tests, Khan- na registered 9,623 patients and conducted 1,521 diagnostic tests, Raikot treated 5,168 patients and tested 1,881 persons, and the clinic in Focal Point Phase V here reported 4,023 patients and tested 619 persons during the first three months of their working. In the state, as many as 5,35,487 patients were treated and 69,870 diagnostic tests were conducted at 100 clinics, including 65 in urban and 35 HEALTH MINISTER in rural areas, since their inception on August 15. While Mohali district topped the state with the maximum footfall of 80,406 patients and 11,045 diagnostic tests, Bathinda stood third by treating 44,223 patients and conducting diagnostic tests of 5,922 persons during the first three months. These clinics provide 98 types of general medicines and 41 different diagnostic tests to the ailing humanity visiting on a daily basis. Fulfilling a much-awaited pre-poll promise to provide free and quality healthcare services to the people of Punjab, the Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann had on August 15 dedicated the first batch of 75 Aam Aadmi clinics from Ludhiana. The second lot of 25 such clinics were opened in different parts of the state later. Setting in motion the first step towards what was touted as revolutionising primary health care facilities in Punjab, the CM had said the government dedicated these clinics to people to ensure that they have access to quality healthcare services, without paying a single penny. He said these clinics will be opened in every nook and corner of the state, adding that in big villages, even two such clinics can be opened for the convenience of the people. Every Aam Aadmi clinic has a staff of 4-5 persons, including a MBBS doctor, lab technician, and a nurse to diagnose and treat the patients. Mann had expressed hope that 90 per cent of the patients will get treated from these clinics only, thereby reducing the burden on the hospitals. He said only the serious patients with major ailments will be further referred to the hospitals. Providing best services, says Civil Surgeon “We are proud that the district is among the leaders in the state in examining the second highest patients at the clinics. It is the result of the best services provided by our doctors and para-medical staff. We are ensuring adequate availability of all 98 medicines and provision for conducting 41 different types of tests on the needy patients daily between 8 am and 2 pm,” said Dr Hitinder Kaur Sohal, Civil Surgeon. Ludhiana, November 16 The Machhiwara police registered a case against nine persons on the charge of abetment to suicide after a Shetabgarh village sarpanch ended his life by consuming some poisonous substance at his house in the village. The accused have been identified as panchayat member Rana Partap, Panch Butta, Panch Tarsem Lal, Panch Surinderpal, Panch Harpreet Kaur, Panch Rajwinder Kaur, Didar Singh, Gaggu and Deepa. The complainant, Manjit Kaur, told police that her son Dharampal was the sarpanch of Shetabgarh village for four years. Now, he was under depression due to the alleged torture by the above said persons over the issue of village development grants. Kaur said on November 13, Dharampal consumed Air purifier sales shoot up Defunct traffic lights annoy motorists as city gasps for fresh air Malhar Road T-junction on Ferozepur Road was recently reopened to traffic Harshraj Singh Pulmonary specialists witness 35-45% surge in patients Manav Mander Tribune News Service Ludhiana, November 16 The demand for air purifiers has increased recently due to rise in pollution levels amidst stubble burning and the after-effects of cracker bursting on Diwali and Gurpurb. Poor air quality index has pushed the sales by 3040 per cent this year. “Current situation has pushed the sales of air purifiers up and we have seen a sudden jump in the sales as the air quality has decreased a lot. People are facing difficulty in breathing and looking for options to breathe fresh air,” said a dealer of air purifiers. He further said that earlier the demand was from Delhi-NCR region and Mumbai mostly but now demand had escalated in cities like Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Kanpur, Lucknow and Amritsar as well. Komalpreet, city resident, said her son is asthmatic Commuters drive on a road amid heavy smog conditions in city. and was having difficulty in breathing. “He is constantly using inhalers these days. I have bought an air purifier so that he can breathe easily,” he said. Another resident further said air purifiers are no longer a luxury but have become a necessity for households these days. People are gasping for breath these days. “Left with no other option, I have also bought an air purifier for my home,” he said. A city-based restaurant owner said he had installed air purifier at his dining hall. Like air-conditioners, now air purifiers are also becoming essential. “People come out of their houses to have their meals and they should feel comfortable,” he said. Pulmonary specialists have seen an increase of 3545 per cent increase in the flow of patients these days and have advised the elderly to stay at home due to smog conditions. Ludhiana, November 16 Commuters are a harried lot on the Malhar road T-junction on Ferozepur Road (National Highway 5) because of the authorities’ inaction over making traffic lights functional at the location. The junction was closed for vehicular movement because of the ongoing Elevated Road project on Ferozepur Road until recently when it was reopened for traffic again. However, traffic lights were not made functional before reopening the junction for traffic. Additionally, the existing traffic lights at a few other nearby junctions are also not in a working state. This has made commuting inconvenient on the stretch. There is a huge volume of traffic on Ferozepur Road as well as service lanes. Also, a large number of commuters travel towards Ferozepur Road from the direction of Malhar road by passing through this stretch. The structures of existing traffic lights are still there but they Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Residents have been demanding a railway overbridge at the Dana Mandi road crossing. the Dana Mandi road falls in Ward No. 42, Sua Road crossing in Ward No. 43 and Giaspura railway crossing lies in Ward No. 22. Need of rly underbridge at Dashmesh Nagar A ROB was constructed over the Dashmesh Nagar railway tracks (Dhuri Line) near Gill Chowk in the past. An official said a RUB needs to be constructed at Dashmesh Nagar for the convenience of the public. The MLA concerned had also raised the demand for an railway underbridge. The Executive Engineer at MC’s Zone C, Rakesh Singla, had submitted the WAS DEPRESSED ■ The complainant, Manjit Kaur, told police that her son Dharampal was the sarpanch of Shetabgarh village for four years. Now, he was under depression due to the alleged torture by the above said persons over the issue of village development grants. ■ On November 13, Dharampal consumed some poisonous substance and was undergoing treatment at Rajindra Hospital, Patiala, where he breathed his last on November 14. some poisonous substance and was undergoing treatment at Rajindra Hospital, Patiala, where he breathed his last on November 14. Her son had also left behind a suicide note in which he held the above said persons responsible for his death. Investigating officer ASI Avtar Chand said after registering a case further probe had been launched in the case. Sarabha Nagar SHO suspended on graft charge Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Four railway crossings identified for ROB, RUB Ludhiana, November 16 Commuters often face inconveniences whenever railway crossings are closed for the movement of trains. To reduce problems of residents, officials of the Municipal Corporation (Zone C) have identified four crossings for constructing railway overbridge (ROB) or railway underbridge (RUB). The sites identified are: Dana Mandi road railway crossing near Arora Palace); Giaspura railway crossing and railway crossing on Sua Road (connecting GNDEC intersection to Dugri Road). There is also a requirement for the construction of a railway underbridge at Dashmesh Nagar near Gill Chowk. The railway crossing on PAGE 4 list of four identified sites to Superintending Engineer, Sanjay Kanwar. The list would be forwarded to the higher authorities and then the government. Officials of other zones have also been told to submit information on the requirement of RUBs and ROBs in their respective zones. c m y b Unruly traffic at Malhar Road T-Junction on Ferozepur Road in Ludhiana. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN ONE OF THE BUSIEST ROADS OF REGION Ferozepur Road is one of the busiest highways that passes through the city. This highway connects Ludhiana with Mullanpur-Dakha, Jagraon, Moga and Ferozepur. It links Bharat Nagar Chowk with Bhai Bala Chowk, Aarti Chowk, Sarabha Nagar, BRS Nagar, Rajguru Nagar, etc., all of which fall within the jurisdiction of the Municipal Corporation. functional at all major junctions and intersections on Ferozepur Road to prevent mishaps,” Rai said. Road safety activist Rahul Verma said there was a dire need to make traffic lights functional at the Malhar road T-junction and other points on Ferozepur Road. On foggy days, the chances of road mishaps would become even higher there, he added. Verma said the matter was also raised before MC officials but measures in this regard were yet to be taken. continued on page 2 Ludhiana, November 16 The Commissioner of Police, Mandeep Singh Sidhu, today suspended the Sarabha Nagar police station Station House Officer (SHO) Inspector Amanjot Kaur on corruption charge. Kaur was posted as SHO a few day ago. As per information, earlier when she was posted in the state cyber crime wing at Mohali, she faced the allegations of receiving Rs 1 lakh in bribe and the inquiry into the charge was going on. After the matter was brought to the knowledge of Ludhiana police by the state cyber crime wing, the CP immediately ordered suspension of the SHO. ADCP Tushar Gupta was entrusted the departmental inquiry by the CP. are not in a working condition. Kulwant Singh Rai, the president of Valuers Association of Ludhiana, said in the absence of working traffic lights, it was difficult to ascertain when any speeding vehicle would approach from a direction at the T-junction and chances of road mishaps remained high. “I pass through this junction daily and it has become very risky to pass through the highway stretch. Co Cmmuters have been left to face inconveniences in the absence of the functional traffic lights. The department concerned must make look into the matter and make the traffic light system Man gets 20-yr RI for sexually abusing minor Verification of gun licences begins Ludhiana, November 16 The Court of Additional Sessions Judge Ravi Inder Kaur Sandhu sentenced 20 years of rigorous imprisonment to Ajit Kumar (22), a resident of of Salem Tabri in Ludhiana, for physically exploiting 15year-old girl. The convict was also slapped with Rs 55,000 fine as punishment. Additional Public Prosecutor Neelam Pathak said a case was registered at the Salem Tabri police station on December 11 on the statement of the father of the girl. The complainant told the police that on December 8 her daughter secretly left the home. Later, he came to know that the accused enticed her away on the promise of marriage. The police arrested the accused after registering a case. — OC Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Ludhiana, November 16 After the state government issued orders to review the arms licences issued by the police and ensure review report to the government within three months, the Ludhiana Police Commissionerate have started scanning the record of over 21,000 arms licence holders. These 21,000 firearms licence holders are possessing more than 23,000 arms as some holders are keeping multiple weapons. Most of these weapon licences have been procured by the politicians, religious leaders, religious gurus, businessmen, kin of policemen or disciplined forces. However, many weapons holders may face cancellation as they hold licence just as a status symbol. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Varinder Singh Brar said: "A special committee will prepare list of threatened persons or other persons to whom arms licences have been issued for their safety and licences of these persons will not be cancelled. Other licence holders who are either facing any criminal cases, those who have obtained licences by submitting forge documents, wrong information about IT returns or property documents, and even those who have obtained licences for status symbol, not on the basis of any threat, all will be recommended for immediate cancellation,” added DCP Brar. Licensed arms used in over 60% crime: DGP Yadav Interestingly, the DGP Punjab Gaurav Yadav during his visit in Ludhiana yesterday had flagged serious misuse of arms licences said, "In more than 60 per cent crimes, as per the rough estimate, licenced weapons have been used while in rest 40 per cent illegal weapons have been used. Now, the Punjab Police in coordination with Police Commissioners, SSP DCs will con, duct physical verification of every licence holders and if the special committee observe that any licencee is not facing any threat and do not require arms, arms licence will be immediate cancelled. Our report also suggest that some persons have obtained arms licence on fake addresses or on the basis of some other fake documents, and now this exercise will single out such licences and will face immediate cancellation.” continued on page 2
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