26102023-LT-01.qxd 10/26/2023 1:01 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana tribune LUDHIANA EVES, AMRITSAR BOYS CHAMPIONS IN BASEBALL RANBIR KAPOOR REACTS TO BEING CALLED ‘TOXIC’ KANGANA RANAUT MEETS ISRAELI ENVOY NAOR GILON Ludhiana in girls' section and Amritsar in boys' category, emerged winners in Senior Punjab Baseball C’ship. P2 Ranbir Kapoor recently opened up about dealing with negativity and also reacted to the trolls who called him ‘toxic’. P4 Kangana Ranaut shares pictures of her meeting with Israel’s Ambassador to India, Naor Gilon, on Instagram. P4 » » » FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY MAX 30°C | MIN 16°C YESTERDAY MAX 30°C | MIN 17°C SUNSET THURSDAY 5.44 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 6:37 AM THURSDAY | 26 OCTOBER 2023 | LUDHIANA After AAI, IAF approves pending work at upcoming int’l airport Widening of internal taxiways, other tasks take off at Civil Enclave Nitin Jain TASKS CLEARED Tribune News Service ■ Airport’s peripheral road crust Ludhiana, October 25 After the Airports Authority of India (AAI), the Indian Air Force (IAF) has also granted in-principle approval to undertake balance work at the upcoming international airport at Halwara, close to Ludhiana. Since the new integrated civil enclave and cargo terminal are coming up at the Air Force Station in Halwara, which is one of the oldest frontline airbases of the IAF , close to Ludhiana, the formal nod of the IAF was mandatory to undertake the work inside the Air Force-governed areas. With this, all pending approvals for the mega civil aviation project had been granted and the work to undertake the balance tasks has taken off on the ground. In the absence of the approvals, several components of the Rs 47-crore project were lying suspended for a long time and had got much delayed. It was conveyed by Union Civil Aviation Secretary Vumlunmang Vualnam to Rajya Sabha MP from Ludhiana Sanjeev Arora, who met him in New Delhi recently. The Rajya Sabha MP told The Tribune here yesterday that he had been pursuing the matter of pending approvals with the Defence and Civil Aviation ministries since long and had been impressing upon top func- finalised ■ Apron and taxiway designs approved ■ Specified designs for the IAF- governed areas submitted ■ IAF nod to widen internal taxiways PROJECT REPORT 161.28 acres TOTAL AREA Terminal area: 2,000 sq m Work in progress at the upcoming international airport in Halwara near Ludhiana. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Awarded cost: ~3,876.65 lakh wall, approach road cost: ~309.33 crore Missed deadlines: January and June 2022, June, July, August 15, August 30 and September 30, 2023 Fresh deadline November 30 EFFORTS ON TO MAKE IT OPERATIONAL SOON We are in the process of making the airport operational shortly following which more domestic and new international flights will be launched from here. All stops have been pulled to finish the ongoing work at the earliest. — Bhagwant Mann, CHIEF MINISTER ❝ tionaries to grant the same for paving the way to undertake the balance works at the earliest. “Recently, I had called on the Civil Aviation Secretary and briefed him about the issues in details, following which he had showed prompt response and had accorded formal approvals of the project, which were lying pending ❞ with his ministry for a long time while those falling under the purview of the IAF were taken up with the Defence Ministry,” Arora said. He said the IAF had also given its nod to widen the internal taxiways in the upcoming civil enclave. “Of the two options given by the AAI, the IAF has approved one for undertaking the bal- Elderly woman killed by son over property dispute the suspect, an first information report (FIR) has been lodged against Parminder. According to complainant Jung Singh, he and his mother were present at their dhaba when the suspect reached the place. He alleged that Parminder, who was carrying a sharp weapon, stabbed his mother. When Jung attempted to intervene, he attacked him also. Jung said he sustained injury on his hand. He said after the incident, the suspect fled the scene. Baljit Kaur, Ludhiana, October 25 In a shocking incident, a man is alleged to have murdered his 77-year-old mother and injured his brother in Libra village, near Khanna, reportedly due to a dispute concerning property. The victim, Baljit Kaur, was attacked by him with a sharp weapon. The suspect, identified as Parminder Singh, from Libra managed to escape after committing the crime. Based on a statement provided by Jung Singh, the woman’s son and brother of who was critically injured, was rushed to the Civil Hospital in Khanna, Later, she was referred to a government hospital in Chandigarh. However, she succumbed to her injuries on Monday. The suspect remains at large so far. Meanwhile, a case has been registered against Parminder at the Sadar Khanna police station under Sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder) and 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means) of the IPC. — TNS ance work,” Arora said while stating that the work on the same had been kick-started on the ground. Earlier, the Civil Aviation Ministry had granted approval to start the work as per the provided crust or designs of peripheral road, apron and taxiway. “The state government had requested continued on page 2 MC acts against 22 illegal constructions Ludhiana, October 25 In a drive against illegal constructions, the Municipal Corporation (MC) took action against 22 illegal buildings/structures in areas falling under Zone A and B of the MC on Wednesday. The illegal buildings included shops, labour quarters, colony and an industrial unit. ATP Harvinder Singh Honey said 10 illegal shops were demolished on the Kakowal road, under Zone A of the MC. Five shops were razed on Pippal Chowk to Gobindgarh road (Dhandari), under Zone B. An illegal colony being built in the area had also been razed, besides other structures. — TNS Preparations in full swing for Saras Mela Hundreds of artisans from 20 states to take part in fair starting tomorrow at PAU Ludhiana, October 25 Preparations are on in full swing for the upcoming regional Saras Mela, scheduled to take place at the Punjab Agriculture University’s mela ground from October 27 to November 5. The event being organised by the district administration will see participation of artisans, traders and skilled workers from 20 states. Administration officials have confirmed that they had made arrangements to provide participants with free food, accommodation and stalls. ADC (Urban Development) Rupinder Pal Singh said the city was gearing up to host a grand gathering of artists and PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN Tribune News Service Workers make arrangements for Saras Mela at the PAU ground. professionals from across the country, representing 20 states. Ludhiana would be the venue for the third mega event, where participants belonging to different states would showcase their cultural heritage and traditions to the public during the 10-day period. It will be open from 10 am to 10 pm. The event will kick off with a poetry recitation session led by Padma Shree awardee poet Surjit Patar, followed by participation from renowned poet Prof Gurbhajan Gill. Celebrated stars from the world of music and singing will grace the event with their melodious performances. Various committees have been established to oversee different aspects of the event, including site planning, security, stage set up, traffic and parking management, healthcare services, hospitality, announcers, fire brigade services, public relations, cultural performances, welcome arrangements, coordination, IT support, advertising, complaint handling, restroom facilities, water and sanitation, Deputy Commissioner Surabhi Malik said the prominent event was again being hosted in Ludhiana. It’s third time that the district is hosting the event. Previously, the event took place in 2012 and 2017, and now, the district is set to witness the mega fair once more. She emphasised that the administration was committed to ensuring the event’s resounding success. c m y b 2 women die of dengue, 27 fresh cases Tribune News Service FOLLOW PREVENTIVE MEASURES: HEALTH DEPT Ludhiana, October 25 With the district witnessing a surge in dengue cases, two women from the city have lost their lives to the disease. On Wednesday, the Health Department also confirmed 27 new cases of dengue in the district. The Health Department, on Wednesday, confirmed fatalities of the two patients suffering from dengue, aged 45 and 42. One of the deceased hailed from New Ashok Nagar, Salem Tabri, while the other was a resident of Bahadur Ke Road, here. Both had been receiving treatment at the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital. These two deaths were initially reported on October 18 and 19 but the department has now Under the awareness campaign, the mass media team of the Health Department has appealed to the public at the Civil Hospital to follow preventive measures to save themselves from dengue. It said mosquitoes, which spread dengue, breed in accumulated water on rooftops of houses, in broken containers, coolers and other places. It emphasised the importance of not allowing accumulation of water in coolers, utensils, surroundings of houses, etc. If any person experiences symptoms such as high fever, vomiting, eye pain, joint pain and bone pain, they should get themselves checked at any government healthcare facility, where all tests are conducted free of cost. confirmed that both patients succumbed to dengue. District Epidemiologist Sheetal Narang said a total of nine suspected dengue-related deaths had been reported. The Health Department confirmed two dengue deaths today after receiving reports of the patients. The department confirmed 27 new cases of dengue on Wednesday, bringing the total number of reported dengue cases in the district to 653. Of the 27 newly confirmed cases, 21 patients are from various city areas, including Haibowal Kalan, Salem Tabri, Bahadur Ke Road, Berry Colony, New Shivpuri, Azad Nagar, Rishi Nagar, Civil Lines, Two-yr-old child dies in mishap Tribune News Service Ludhiana, October 25 A two-year-old child died in a road accident in Sidhwan Bet. The child’s parents also sustained injuries when their motorcycle collided with a scooter. According to the information, the toddler suffered a severe head injury after falling on the road. Following the incident, the police registered an FIR against the scooter rider, identified as Charanjit Singh, from Salempura village. Sonam, the mother of the victim, who resides at Sherewal village, said her husband was riding the motorcycle and she was riding pillion, holding their two-year-old son Arshdeep Singh in her lap. She said as they reached near a nursing home in Sidhwan Bet, a scooter turned without using turn signal, leading to the collision between the two two-wheelers. Passers-by rushed the injured couple and their son to a hospital. Later, the child breathed his last. The man sustained significant injuries in the accident. A case has been registered at the Sidhwan Bet police station against the suspect under Sections 279, 337, 338, 427 and 304-A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Rahon Road, Varinder Nagar, Kailash Nagar, New Kundan Puri, GT Road near Malhotra Resort, Tagore Nagar, Model Gram, and Kalyan Nagar. Two patients are from Khanna city and one patient each is from Gharkhana, Khera, Otalon and Ayali Khurd. According to the department’s records, 62 dengue patients are currently undergoing treatment at various hospitals. Among them, 29 are at the DMCH, 26 at Deep Hospital, six at GTB Hospital and one at Vijayanand Hospital. Meanwhile, residents are demanding that proper fogging must be ensured to control mosquitoes for the prevention of dengue and other vector-borne diseases. Two nabbed for snatching, theft Ludhiana, October 25 The police nabbed two persons allegedly involved in snatching and theft incidents. The police claimed that five snatched mobiles, two stolen erickshaws, a stolen motorcycle and a sharp weapon were recovered from them. They have been identified as Anish Kumar from Bajra Colony and Paramjeet Singh, residing in Model Colony. — TNS
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