20112022-LT-01.qxd 20-11-2022 00:52 Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE 33 FARMER UNIONS TO TAKE PART IN MARCH TO RAJ BHAVAN PAGE 2 SKM leaders discuss strategy regarding Nov 26 march and memorandum to be handed over to Punjab Governor. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY REEM SHAIKH ROPED IN FOR A SUPERNATURAL LOVE STORY PAGE 3 SUNNY DEOL & DULQUER STARRER CHUP ANNOUNCES OTT PREMIERE The search of the makers of a supernatural love story has finally ended with actress Reem Shaikh. MAX 26°C | MIN 10°C | YESTERDAY MAX 26°C | MIN 9°C SUNSET SUNDAY 5:26 PM PAGE 4 A tribute to Guru Dutt, Chup: Revenge of The Artist chronicles a story of a psychopath killer targeting film critics. SUNRISE MONDAY 6:58 AM SUNDAY | 20 NOVEMBER 2022 | LUDHIANA One tests +ve for Covid in dist 47 UPHCs, PHCs to be upgraded Stubble burning incidents Tribune News Service Of these health centres, 31 are located in rural areas, 16 in urban Ludhiana, November 19 According to the office of the Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, one person tested positive for Covid today and no loss of life was reported due to the virus. Civil Surgeon Hitinder Kaur said a total of 1,13,621 persons have tested positive in the district and a total of 3,018 patients have lost their lives to the deadly virus since March 2020 in the district. On Saturday, there were five active cases in the district and four of them have been asked to isolate themselves at their homes while one is admitted to a hospital. At present, the recovery rate of Covid-19 patients is 97.34 per cent. Till date, a total of 40,36,241 samples have been taken, of which 39,07,320 were found negative. Samples of 164 suspected patients were sent for testing today, the results of which are expected shortly. Manav Mander COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DIFFERENCE DEATHS 40,36,241 1,13,621 5 -3,018 PwDs form welfare society, demand raise in pension Tribune News Service Ludhiana, November 19 A group of physically challenged persons held a meeting near Gurdwara Khuhisar at Guru Angad Dev Colony, Ludhiana, to discuss problems being faced by them. With the objective of getting their issues resolved, the group formed their own welfare society, ‘Sab Eko Noor Divyang Welfare Society.’ The president of the newly formed society, Sarbjeet Singh, said the issues being faced by physically challenged persons have been left unresolved for a long time. Thus, they formed their own organisation to fight for their rights, he added. The PwDs are forced to run from pillar to post to find jobs, Sarbjeet said. The office-bearers of the newly formed group demanded that the government provides tricycles to the physically challenged. They said the government should increase the monthly disability pension from Rs 1,500 to Rs 5,000. Sarbjeet said a loan of Rs 2 lakh should be provided to the physically challenged without interest. There should be a free bus travel facility for persons having a disability ID. The group also demanded from the administration to get a meeting with Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann fixed so that they could raise their demands with him. Nitin Jain Tribune News Service Six of the nine Aam Aadmi Clinics in Ludhiana are located in densely populated areas. FILE scope of work and monitoring the execution of the infrastructure strengthening of each individual PHC falling under its jurisdiction. The term ‘infrastructure strengthening’ includes civil work, repair, renovation, addition, alteration, branding of the facility and furniture as per the standardised plan, already finalised. “The upper limit for the infrastructure strengthening for an individual PHC will not be more than Rs 25 lakh each. These clinics will be operational by January 26,” said an official from the Health Department. City resident from Kidwai Nagar said an Aam Aadmi Clinic has opened in his locality. “Accessing medical facilities have become easy now and the clinics have modern facilities too. Everything is done on tabs and is hassle-free,” he said. Locations of health centres in rural, urban areas The PHCs in rural areas of the district which will be upgraded are located at Boparai Kalan, Bhanohar, Mohi, Mullanpur, Bassian, Lohatbadhi, Chowkiman, Kaunke Kalan, Manuke, Mattewara, Ladowal, Man held with 410-gm heroin Tribune News Service Ludhiana, November 19 The Special Task Force wing of the Ludhiana police on Friday nabbed a person and seized 410 gm of heroin from his possession. He was on the way to deliver the consignment to his clients. The suspect has been identified as Narinder Kohli, alias Sonu, a resident of J Block, BRS Nagar. A case under the NDPS Act was registered against him. STF inspector Harbans Singh in a statement said a tip-off was received that the suspect was running a heroin smuggling racket for a long time and he was on the way to deliver the consignment to his clients on a motorcycle (bearing registration no. PB10HC1986). He said accordingly, the police party laid a trap at Tribune News Service The suspect in custody of STF officials in Ludhiana. TRIBUNE PHOTO Rajguru Market where the motorcyclist was stopped for checking. During the checking of his belongings, 410 gm of heroin was seized. During the preliminary questioning, the suspect admitted that he was into the drug smuggling trade for the past four years and while indulging in the same, he also became addicted to drugs and started consuming heroin, Harbans said. NCB raids money changer’s shop Tribune News Service NCB officials during the raid at the money changer's shop in Gur Mandi, Ludhiana, on Saturday. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN was leaving the spot, they did not answer any media queries. The NCB team was accompanied by Kotwali police officials. The money changer told mediapersons that “The NCB had also brought Sandeep Farmer Dharminder Singh of Sudhar village in Ludhiana has collected paddy straw from his fields to use as fodder for animals. DRIVE SHOWING RESULTS ❝Our drive to stop stubble burning and promote scientific management of paddy straw has been showing encouraging results with the incidence of farm fires dipping drastically and remaining the lowest in the past three years. Farmers showing the way by saying no to crop residue burning are being felicitated to motivate others to follow suit. Surabhi Malik, DEPUTY COMMISSIONER ❞ FARM FIRE FIGURES Year 2022 2021 2020 Incidents reported 2,619 5,771 4,274 On 19th Incidents reported Nov 19, 2022 31 Nov 19, 2021 26 Nov 19, 2020 13 (SOURCE: PUNJAB REMOTE SENSING CENTRE, ANNUAL FIGURES BETWEEN SEPT 15 AND NOV 19) farm fire incidents,” she said. The DC said the drive against crop residue burning had helped form clusters of several villages in Humbran and Khanna this year where not even a single case of stubble burning has been reported during the current paddy harvest season so far. “The adoption of the practice of in-situ and ex-situ management of paddy straw by farmers is also picking up pace across the district and it will further increase in the coming years,” she said. Malik said during a visit to Ludhiana and Mangat blocks during the day, she saw paddy straw being set to fire in a field, following which she halted at the spot and convinced the farmer to douse the flames and pledge not to resort to stubble burning in future. continued on page 2 Vendor booked on rape charge 20-KG HEROIN SEIZURE Ludhiana, November 19 The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) today conducted a raid at a money changer’s shop in Gur Mandi here in connection with the recent recovery of 20 kg of heroin from Sandeep Singh from the Dugri area. The NCB team conducted a search at the shop for over three hours and also questioned the shop owner. NCB officials did not entertain any media queries. Sources said the NCB had received a tip-off that some money changer of Ludhiana was involved in drug and hawala racket due to which they came to verify the role of the shopkeeper. Later when the NCB team Ghwadi, Sirah, Dalla Badla, Isru, Rauni, Ghungrali Sekha, Mehdoodan, Utalon, Jodhan, Mansoora, Kalakh, Andlu, Latala, Rampur, Mandiala Kalan, Katani Kalan, Sabadi Kalan, Talwandi Kalan, Purain and Hambran. The district Urban area PHCs to be upgraded are located at Jagraon, Lady Hospital in Sidhwan Bet, Khanna, Abdullapur Basti, Dholewal, Pratap Nagar, Sabzi Mandi, Salem Tabri, Shivpuri, Bhagwan Nagar, Dugri, Giaspura Flats, Janta Nagar, Model Town, Muradpura and Sunet. Ludhiana, November 19 In what appears to be a result of the sustained campaign against the age-old menace of stubble burning, the number of incidents of farm fires this year have come down by a whopping 55 per cent compared to last season in Ludhiana district, the administration has confirmed. As many as 2,619 farm fires — recorded in the district this paddy harvest season between September 15 and November 19 — were 3,152, accounting for 55 per cent, less than the 5,771 crop residue burning cases registered in Ludhiana during the corresponding period last year. Similarly, this year’s figures were 1,655, which accounted for 39 per cent, less than the 4,274 stubble burning cases logged here during the corresponding period in 2020. Deputy Commissioner Surabhi Malik told The Tribune here on Saturday that the district had fared better than 12 other districts in the state with the stubble burning cases coming down by more than half this kharif season as compared to 2021 and more than one-third less than the figures of 2020. “We have been running a sustained campaign to aware and educate farmers. We have also been enforcing the laws to check the menace of stubble burning and the efforts have shown positive results with a considerable reduction in the number of PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN Ludhiana, November 19 After the success of Aam Aadmi Clinics, the state government has now decided to strengthen its existing primary health centres (PHCs) and urban primary health centres (UPHCs) in all 23 districts on the pattern of Aam Aadmi Clinics. The Aam Aadmi Clinic near Chand Cinema in Ludhiana has been leading the state with the highest number of patients. Six of the nine Aam Aadmi Clinics in Ludhiana are located in densely populated areas. In Ludhiana district, 47 existing PHCs and UPHCs will be upgraded. Of these, 31 are located in rural areas and 16 are in urban areas. Letters have already been shot to Deputy Commissioners and Civil Surgeons in this regard. The work to strengthen the PHCs will be carried through a decentralised model i.e. through the district health societies, chaired by the Deputy Commissioner concerned with the Civil Surgeon as the CEO of the society. In the letters sent, it has been mentioned that the district health societies would be responsible for defining the down 55% than last year 2,619 farm fires recorded this season, lowest in 3 years Tribune News Service along in the raid but they did not find any connection with the drug or hawala racket.” Notably, earlier there were rumours that the NIA had conducted the raid. But later, it came to fore that the NCB had conducted the same. c m y b Cases of fraud and gambling were registered against the suspect in the past and he also remained in prison for sometime. The STF inspector said now, his police remand would be sought from court so that in further interrogation, the entire supply chain of drugs could be busted and more members of the gang could be nabbed. Ludhiana, November 19 A vegetable vendor was yesterday booked by the Police Division 7 on the charges of raping a 25-year-old woman at LIG flats here. The suspect threatened to kill her if she objects to the act and committed the crime at knifepoint. The suspect has been identified as Sunil Kumar, alias Munna, a resident of EWS Colony. The complainant, a resident of the LIG flats, told Suspect committed crime at knifepoint the police that she runs a pan shop at the vegetable market where the suspect also owns a vegetable vend. He was known to her and she used to talk to her at the market frequently. “On the night of November 9, when she was alone at home, Sunil barged into my house and asked for sexual favours. When I refused, he brought a sharp knife and pointed the same at her,” the victim alleged. She alleged that the suspect forcibly took her inside the room and raped her. He had also threatened her of dire consequences if she reveals about the crime to anyone. The woman said yesterday, she lodged a police complaint against him following which a case of rape was registered against the suspect. Investigating officer inspector Sandeep Kaur said after registering a case, raids were being conducted by the police to catch the suspect.
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