24092023-LT-01.qxd 9/24/2023 12:59 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana tribune COOP SOCIETY MANAGER SUSPENDED FOR 10-CR FRAUD PRIYANKA CHOPRA WISHES SISTER PARINEETI, RAGHAV ACTRESS RAKUL PREET TALKS ABOUT HER FILM AYALAAN Manager Sadhu Singh was suspended after auditor of cooperative societies found embezzlements of ~10 cr. P2 Priyanka Chopra wished Parineeti Chopra and AAP leader Raghav Chadha for their new beginnings. P4 Ayalaan, which is directed by Tamil filmmaker R Ravi Kumar, is a sci-fiextraterrestrial-comedy film. P4 » » FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY MAX 32°C | MIN 23°C YESTERDAY MAX 28°C | MIN 21.6°C SUNSET SUNDAY 6.21 PM SUNRISE MONDAY 6:16 AM » SUNDAY | 24 SEPTEMBER 2023 | LUDHIANA After rain, waterlogged roads irk commuters in city areas A manhole lies uncovered on a waterlogged road at Moti Nagar in Ludhiana. HIMANSHU MAHAJAN THREE TREES FALL DUE TO HIGH-VELOCITY WINDS Three trees fell due to high-velocity winds accompanying the morning rainfall, disrupting traffic movement. Kirpal Singh, an official from the MC’s horticulture branch, said two trees had fallen on Lodhi Club Road while another had toppled onto cables near a school in the Jawahar Nagar area. The parts of the damaged trees were cleared from the roads. ing sewers during rainy days. RK Yadav from Giaspura said he faced waterlogging at Giaspura Chowk and on Giaspura Road near the PSPCL’s office on Saturday. He said it was challenging to pass through flooded road sections after rainfall, emphasising that despite raising the issue multiple times, no action had been taken to resolve it by the departments concerned. Some residents of Kidwai Nagar said rainwater had accumulated on a road between Shaheedi Park and Nanda Park. They also pointed out a severely overflowing sewer line exacerbating the situation. Water had accumulated in a park area as well. In Janakpuri Market, shopkeepers also voiced their concerns about waterlogging. MC Superintending Engineer (O&M Branch) Ravinder Garg could not be reached for comments. City gets 22.6 mm rainfall City residents woke up to a pitch-dark morning followed by rain that turned the weather pleasant. Ludhiana today received 22.6 mm of rainfall. The maximum temperature recorded today was 28°C while the minimum temperature was 21.6°C. The maximum temperature was 4.9 degrees low today than the normal. Pavneet Kaur Kingra, head of the Department of Climate Change and Agricultural Meteorology, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), said the weather was expected to remain cloudy with the possibility of isolated showers over Ludhiana and its adjoining areas during the next 24 hours. Traffic thrown out of gear Rain has thrown traffic out of gear in the industrial hub. continued on page 2 Passenger suffers Newborn mauled to bullet injury on train death by stray dogs Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 23 A passenger travelling on Shaheed Express suffered a bullet injury on his arm in the wee hours of Friday. The victim alleged he was shot at by some unidentified persons, who tried to loot him on the moving train, but later he refused to lodge any complaint in this regard. Garbage piles up, drains overflow, hospitals lack adequate arrangements in dist Nitin Jain Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 23 Following rainfall on Saturday morning, waterlogging occurred in various parts of the city. Commuters faced difficulties while passing through knee-deep water in several areas, including some sections of the main Chandigarh Road (National Highway), Moti Nagar, and Chaura Bazaar. Also, there are reports of waterlogging in parts of Haibowal, Kidwai Nagar, Janakpuri, Transport Nagar, Dhandari Khurd, Giaspura Chowk on the NH-44, main Giaspura Road, Military Camp Road, certain segments of Ferozepur Road and other parts of the city. Former councillor and Chandigarh Road resident Sukhdev Singh Gill highlighted extensive waterlogging on Chandigarh Road and Moti Nagar Road in Sector 39 due to rain and overflowing sewers. The dirty water mixed with rainwater not only flooded roads but also inundated nearby parks, causing inconvenience to the public. The Municipal Corporation (MC) had previously installed a stormwater drainage line along a portion of Chandigarh Road near Vardhman Chowk. However, it has failed to resolve the issue of overflow- Despite dengue, malaria spread, sanitary conditions, health facilities fail to improve He has been identified as Raman Kumar of Dhandari Kalan. The incident occurred around 3.35 am on Friday when the train started from the Dhandari Kalan railway station and was heading towards Ludhiana. When the victim was taken to a hospital, staff, as per rule, informed the Government Railway Police, continued on page 2 Ludhiana, September 23 A newborn baby was mauled to death by stray dogs in Dholewal on Friday. The Police Division 6 yesterday registered a case against unidentified persons under Section 318 (whoever, by secretly burying or otherwise disposing of the body of a child whether such child die before or after or during its birth, intentionally conceals or endeavours to conceal the birth of such child) of the IPC. The incident came to light when residents saw stray dogs mauling the child, They tried to save the victim but to no avail. When the canines left the child, he was already dead. Investigating officer ASI continued on page 2 c m y b Ludhiana, September 23 Even as the dreaded dengue fever and malaria have spread their tentacles, sanitary conditions and health facilities still continue to remain inadequate in most parts of the district. While 258 positive cases of dengue, a mosquito-borne disease occurring in tropical and subtropical areas, has been confirmed as yet, the cases of malaria, a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by a parasite that commonly infects a certain type of mosquito which feeds on humans, were so far less as compared to previous years. A visit to various parts of the district revealed a stinking picture. Garbage continues to pile up, stagnant water breeding mosquitoes and flies, overflowing drains and bins remain a common sight in the absence of proper sanitary arrangements. The threat of epidemic spread is looming large. Most of the hospitals and dispensaries lack adequate arrangements to treat the fever patients and conduct requisite clinical tests to diag- SIX FRESH DENGUE CASES REPORTED On Saturday, six new cases of dengue were reported from the district. Five cases have been reported from urban areas which include Cycle Market on Gill road, Kakowal road, Bharti Colony and Giaspura while one from Koom Kalan, a rural area. nose dengue fever. The facilities of platelet transfusion and separate wards for patients or special fever clinics were also not in place at all centres. While Health Minister Balbir Singh had instructed health officials to equip Civil Hospitals with all requisite facilities to deal with the rush of dengue patients, the majority of the patients were forced to visit private clinics and hospitals. It was evident from the fact that the total 33 active dengue patients, who were currently under hospitalisation, had been admitted to four separate private hospitals and none of the patients preferred government health centres for treatment. As per official data, the tally of positive dengue cases has touched 258 till Saturday, of which 33 hospitalised patients were categorised as “active cases”. However, no dengue death had been reported so far. Meanwhile, 10 cases of malaria have been reported till date. The numbers could be higher as those getting treatment at private clinics and unregistered medical practitioners may not be reported despite the fact that it was mandatory to report all dengue cases to the Health Department. “In the absence of adequate arrangements at government health centres, we are taking treatment from a private hospital,” Navdeep Kaur said. Several fever patients in rural and urban areas complained of inadequate facilities at government health institutions following which they preferred private treatment. Several quacks and selfstyled doctors in remote areas were also making quick bucks by attending hordes of fever patients and charging them hefty amounts. However, the district administration has claimed that the situation was “totally under control” and it had “managed” to improve the health and sanitary conditions in the district. A visit to various parts of the district revealed that heaps of garbage have piled up on roadsides and vacant areas while drains and garbage bins have been overflowing. The residents were also forced to dump the garbage openly as the door-to-door garbage collection system was also not properly in place. Personally monitoring situation: HM “I have been reviewing the situation of vector-borne diseases post-heavy rainfall in the state on a regular basis, which is well under control. All the departments concerned have been directed to make collaborative efforts to control the spread of dengue, malaria, and chikungunya. The Local Government and Rural Development departments have been asked to ramp up cleanliness activities to safeguard public health. Besides, I am personally spearheading a weekly drive to check breeding of mosquitoes, on every Friday,” Dr Balbir Singh, Health Minister, said.
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