19032017-LT-01.qxd 3/18/2017 11:46 PM Page 1 c m y b SUNDAY | 19 MARCH 2017| ludhiana LUDHIANA TRIBUNE EDUCATION: GRADUATION DAY AT GURU Þ PAGE 2 NANAK PUBLIC SCHOOL CRIME: MAN HELD FOR SELLING BRANDED PRODUCTS WITHOUT LICENCE Þ PAGE 3 MAINLY CLEAR SKY ASSAULT CASE: RESIDENTS MEET TOP COP, ALLEGE TAMPERING WITH MEDICAL RECORDS Þ PAGE 4 29.0°MAXIMUM 11.0°MINIMUM Boy attacked by girl’s kin, critical Couple, who got married recently, were coming out of the registrar’s court after attending a hearing Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 18 More than 12 armed persons brutally assaulted a boy, who was accompanied by his wife, allegedly by her relatives near the district courts complex this afternoon. The boy and the girl got married a month ago, against the wishes of the latter’s parents. The assailants used hammers, iron rods, swords and other sharp weapons to hit the boy. The boy, who has suffered serious injuries on the head, chest and abdomen, has been admitted to Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) and his condition is said to be critical. The girl’s parents wanted to take the girl along and they also tried to bundle her into a car. When people started gathering there, they escaped. The ACP Rupinder Kaur , Bhatti, along with the Kochar Market police post in-charge, reached the hospital to investigate the matter. Forensic experts also took samples from the spot. Bhatti said an attempt-tomurder case had been registered and raids were on to nab the assailants. The girl, Ramanjot Kaur (21), a resident of Satguru Nagar, said she had been in love with Pankaj Sharma (26) of Darshan Colony in Shimlapuri, an electrician, for the past six or seven years. “Pankaj was my neighbour when I fell in love with him. About three years ago, he, along his fam- Pankaj Sharma, the victim Ambulance fails to turn up, girl takes victim to hospital on rickshaw The police inspect the crime scene near the district courts in Ludhiana on Saturday; and (below) the girl being taken to the police station by ACP Rupinder Kaur. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN ily, shifted to Darshan Colony. After my parents came to know about our relationship, they told me to stay away from Pankaj, but his parents had no objection to our relationship,” the girl said. After she and Pankaj decided to get married, they tied the knot at a temple and kept the ceremony a low-key affair. They especially chose Valentine’s Day (February 14) to get married, the girl said adding, “Next day on February 15, we went to the court My parents threatened to kill my husband, says girl Instead of taking an injured Pankaj to the hospital, some people gathered around him on the road to shoot a video of him as he bled profusely. Pankaj was asking for water, yet many people continued with their irresponsible act. MY MLA MY AGENDA “Since the day I got married to Pankaj, my parents had been issuing threats on the phone to kill my husband. We also have a recording of that phone call but now that mobile phone has been snatched by the assailants,” the girl said. for registration of our marriage. My mother and other relatives also arrived there and deposed before the court that Pankaj was already married and he was registering his new marriage without giving divorce to his first wife. On ❝My constituency is at one end of the city. Every morning finds a new colony springing up! These colonies need civic amenities, which as MLA, I have to provide.❞ Minna Zutshi Tribune News Service In the next few days, the post of District Transport Officer will be abolished. The DTO offices are often termed as the "den of corruption" as visitors have to grease the palms of staff and officials in most cases. The state government took this bold decision at the first meeting of the Cabinet held in Chandigarh today. Health Dept's aim: To end TB by 2035 P4 this, the court postponed the marriage and asked my parents to produce proof of the first marriage within a month. Today, my parents were to produce the proof of Pakaj’s first marriage. My parents produced before the court a woman named Ludhiana, March 18 Ludhiana South MLA Balvinder Bains is not new to taking up the public causes of various magnitudes. He calls it his “avowed mission”. His rivals call it a “political stunt”. In his second innings as MLA from Ludhiana South, Bains plans to continue with his “efforts to help the people of the constituency with better educational opportunities and healthcare facilities.” “My constituency is one end of the city. Every morning finds a new colony springing up! These colonies need civic amenities, which as MLA, I have to provide.” Anyone who claims 100 per cent development in constituencies that BALVINDER BAINS Ludhiana South MLA are on periphery of the city is making a dishonest claim. The MLA’s focus areas are healthcare, education and drug problem. “The drug menace has ruined our state – we have to address the issue at the earliest,” he said. Other issues that Bains promises to take up are: Fleecing by hospitals Healthcare facilities are not the prerogative of a select few. Even the poorest of the poor should have accessibility to quality healthcare services, said Bains. “This is possible only when there is a check on the hospitals that run as business establishments. The medical stores in these hospitals charge exorbitant sums for medicines that are prescribed by the doctors. It is an ugly nexus – the doctors prescribe medicines that are available only in the medical stores of the hospital. The same salt (med- icine) is available in other medical stores at one-fourth or even lesser price.” Fleecing by educational institutions Schools have made education a lucrative business. “Unless steps are taken to check fleecing by these schools, children will remain bereft of education. The other day, a young woman who had lost her husband came to me asking for help to buy books for her son who was to join LKG. I talked to the school authorities. They said the books would cost Rs 3,700. I asked them if second-hand books would be available. The response I got was shocking. I was told that the old books had a different corresponding word and image with an alphabet. What an innovative way to mint money!” Bains said he would continue his ‘crusade’ against such institutions. Political scenario casts shadow on Smart City Shivani Bhakoo Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 18 With the change in government in Punjab, almost all major directors of the Board of Smart City Project get changed. Chief Secretary Sarvesh Kaushal, chairman of the Ludhiana Smart City Project, Deputy Commissioner Ravi Bhagat, Commissioner of Police Jatinder Singh Aulakh and Municipal Commissioner Kanwalpreet Brar, who convened several meetings on the project, have all been shifted from here. The future of this “prestigious” project is bleak as there has been no ATTACHMENT OF SHATABDI Relief for Railways as hearing put off Rajneesh Lakhanpal People more interested in shooting video than in helping injured Bains focus on better education, healthcare 'Abolition of DTOs a good step' P4 The girl said since Pankaj was bleeding profusely and the ambulance did not reach there even half an hour after they made a call, she took her husband to the nearby ESI hospital on a rickshaw. The doctors refused to admit him. However, they provided an ambulance and Pankaj was rushed to the CMCH. appointment of a permanent CEO even two years after the announcement of the project in Ludhiana. One of the board of directors (nominated) said the Smart City project was already way behind schedule and with the change in political scenario in Punjab, it was going to get delayed further. “The government needs to appoint a permanent CEO here, preferably not a bureaucrat but a technical person who should be given the responsibility of handling the project and who knows all technicalities. Even if transfers are done Chief Secretary Sarvesh Kaushal, chairman of the Ludhiana Smart City Project, Deputy Commissioner Ravi Bhagat, Commissioner of Police Jatinder Singh Aulakh and Municipal Commissioner Kanwalpreet Brar, who convened several meetings on the project, have all been shifted. by the government, the CEO should be responsible enough to continue with the project without any hiccups. Barring three or four directors, all other directors of the Smart City project have gone now,” said the Director, adding that there was speculation that Rajinder Bhandari, Chairman of the Planning Board and one of the directors, would also go in the near future as more changes are expected. Meanwhile, Mayor Harcaharan Singh Gohalwaria, another director of the project, said there was no doubt that the project would be delayed now, as new directors would take time to settle. “At the same time, we will try to convene a meeting with the Chief Secretary, and request him to c m y b come up with fresh guidelines and directions, so work under the project does not suffer. The tenders and DPRs are ready, and we will try that work orders are allocated at the earliest,” said the Mayor. The Smart City project has remained only on paper with no ground work having been started yet. Though the Central Government has sent two instalments (approximately Rs 200 crore each), the state government has failed to provide the matching grant. Just about Rs 31 crore has been released for the project so far. Karamjit and she told the court that she was the first wife of Pankaj. However, the woman could not produce any legal proof of her marriage with Pankaj and sought more time, and the court put off the case for Continued on page 2 BKU backs BJP's decision in UP P3 Our Legal Correspondent Ludhiana, March 18 The Court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Jaspal Verma today deferred the hearing on auctioning of the Swaran Shatabdi train and one room of the local Station Superintendent till April 7. The railway authorities have sought three weeks’ time for making payment as per the orders. An application for auctioning the already attached train was filed by the aggrieved person. The railway authorities had faced much embarrassment a few days ago when the Swaran Shatabdi train on its journey from Ludhiana to New Delhi was attached by the court. But the authorities heaved a sigh of relief when it was released on “supardari” to the Section Officer, Northern Railways, Pardeep Kumar. One room of the Ludhiana Station Superintendent was also attached by the court. The orders were passed in a case filed by Sampuran Singh of Katana village. Sampuran had moved the court for the recovery of an outstanding amount of around Rs 1 crore in a land acquisition case. The court had passed the award in his favour in 2015, following the acquisition of land for laying the Ludhiana-Chandigarh railway line in 2007. The railway authorities paid around Rs 37 lakh. But according to Sampuran, a large amount was yet to be paid in lieu of the land acquired by the Railways.
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