21032017-LT-01.qxd 3/20/2017 11:32 PM Page 1 c m y b TUESDAY | 21 MARCH 2017| ludhiana LUDHIANA TRIBUNE AGITATION: UNIONS PLEDGE SUPPORT TO Þ PAGE 2 SACKED TEACHER DIST SCAN: PAUTA PROTEST AGAINST AGRI VARSITY CONTINUES Þ PAGE 3 Close shave for student Parked his SUV minutes before wall of Agriculture Development Bank collapses on it Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 20 A student of SCD Government College had a narrow escape today as minutes after he had parked his vehicle, the 10-foot wall of the front yard of Agriculture Development Bank, Civil Lines, collapsed on it. Two vehicles parked beside the wall, an SUV and a sedan, were badly damaged. A student of MA English at the college, Jaskaran Singh, had parked his SUV minutes before the wall collapsed. “I had just gone when I got a call from a friend that my vehicle had been damaged in the wall collapse,” he said. Students alleged that the male students of the college were not allowed to park their cars on the college premises, so they were forced to park their vehicles outside. The student, who SUV was damaged, said like girl students, college faculty and the staff, the male students should also be allowed to park their vehicles on the college premises. Manager of the bank POWER SHUTDOWN LUDHIANA Supply to some areas of Gurdev Nagar, Aman Park, New Rajguru Nagar, Avtar Nagar, Jeevan Preet Nagar, Magnet Road, Pink Park, Lal Bag, Baba Nand Singh Nagar, Sunder Nagar, PCET College at Badowal, Mahavir Nagar and the MES, Badowal area, will remain shutdown on Tuesday from 9 am to 5 pm for infrastructural work. Readers’ Response Ludhiana Tribune carries response from its readers on issues of public concern relating to Ludhiana, Jagraon, Khanna, Mandi Ahmedgarh and the nearby areas every Monday. The topic for this week is: In a recent case, a critically-injured man continued to plead for water, while the crowd that had gathered around him remained busy in shooting the video of this profusely-bleeding man. Why have we become so callous and heartless? Readers can email their comments by Thursday in not more than 100 words at email@example.com They can also send their views to: Feedback, Ludhiana Tribune, Sector 29, Chandigarh - 160029. Letters sent by post must mention 'Feedback for Ludhiana Tribune' on the envelope. It must contain sender’s address, Contact No. Now, give your details before entering PAU P4 GENERALLY CLOUDY SKY JUSTICE: MAN CONVICTED FOR RAPING MINOR GIRL Þ PAGE 4 32.0°MAXIMUM 17.0°MINIMUM Confusion at DTO office Visitors ‘sent back ‘in first half as staff wait for fresh orders Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 20 The Cabinet decided to abolish the posts of District Transport Officer in its first meeting held in Chandigarh recently. But the notification in this regard has not been issued yet, leading to confusion at the DTO office here. Visitors alleged that no work was done at the office today and they were sent back by the staff. A resident of Rajguru Nagar, Iqbal Singh, said he heard from a friend that no work was being carried out at the DTO office. “I did not go to the DTO office but later another friend called up and said work was done in the second half. In the first half, there was confusion among the staff whether to continue with work or wait for the fresh orders,” he said. One of the employees at the office said the Cabinet decided to abolish the posts of DTO on Saturday at a meeting in Chandigarh and there was utter confusion among the staff today, as it was the first working day after the Cabinet meeting. “The staff and a few officials were scared whether to do work or not. During that phase, a few visitors to the Mini-Secretariat (DTO office) either returned or waited there. But later the Visitors at the DTO office on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN few officials work or not. During ❝ The staffaand avisitors to thewere scared whether tooffice) either returned or that phase, few Mini-Secretariat (DTO waited there. But later, the senior officials made it clear that till the time the notification was received, work should be continued normally.❞ AN EMPLOYEE senior officials made it clear that till the time the notification was received, work should be continued normally,” said the employee. He said at places such as Jalandhar and Patiala, work got affected but then a mail was received by all DTO offices from the ADTO, clarifying that work would be done as usual. He added that at both tracks where driving tests were held, work was carried out as usual. Hundreds of visitors visit- ed the office in routine for their work relating to renewal of driving licences, fresh licences, RCs, etc. Meanwhile, DTO Lovejit Kalsi said she was not aware about work being hampered anywhere because of confusion. “I had already called up the staff concerned at 9 am that work at the driving test tracks would be done as usual. There could be some delay but work was carried out in a normal manner,” she said. One-upmanship on road project, inaugurated twice in 2 hrs Four held for illegal sand mining Youngsters remove debris from the damaged SUV near SCD Government College in Ludhiana on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Parminder Singh said the staff heard a loud sound. “When we rushed out to see what had happened, we saw the wall had collapsed and the cars parked alongside it were damaged. But thankfully, no one was injured,” he said. The building of the bank and the walls had been constructed in 1997. The bank would get these walls reconstructed to avoid such risk in the future, he added. Will reconstruct all walls: Bank manager Manager of the bank Parminder Singh said: “When we rushed out to see what had happened, we saw the wall had collapsed and the cars parked alongside it were damaged. But thankfully, no one was injured.” The building was constructed in 1997. The bank would get these walls reconstructed to avoid such risk in the future, he said. Shivani Bhakoo Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 20 With the formation of the new government in the state, one-upmanship has started dominating the development scene once again. Construction of a stretch connecting the ATI Road and Waheguru Road was started here today. The road project was inaugurated first by Independent councillors and then by a Congress leader within a span of about two hours. The particular road leads to areas represented by three councillors of Ward No. 64, 66 and 71. It was first inaugurated by councillors Arjan Singh Cheema and Ranjit Singh Ghatoye (both confidants of LIP MLA Simarjit Singh Bains) in the presence of a few MC employees and the contractor. Later, the same project was inaugurated by Congress leader Kamaljit Singh Karwal, who lost the Atam Nagar Assembly seat Tribune News Service Independent councillors inaugurate carpeting work on the ATIWaheguru Road on Monday. A TRIBUNE PHOTO What Bains says... it associated ❝ The area councillors deserve is and have everyisright to be an elected with the public. As far as Karwal concerned, he not even representative. In which capacity he inaugurated the work, I fail to understand.❞ SIMARJIT SINGH BAINS, LIP MLA to Simarjit Singh Bains. Speaking on behalf of the area councillors, Bains said he was in Delhi. Since the councillors had done a lot for the area residents, the latter called them for the inauguration of the project. “The area councillors deserve it and have every right to be associated with the public. As far as Karwal is concerned, he is not even an elected representative. In which capacity he inaugurated the work, I fail Kamaljit Singh Karwal (in green turban) inaugurates the same road project about two hours later. A TRIBUNE PHOTO to understand,” said Bains. Meanwhile, Karwal said he had every right to stand by the residents in the area as his party was in power. “It was the love and affection of the residents that they called me to inaugurate the work. There is nothing wrong in it. We made promises before the elections and it is time to Karwalspeak residents called me to ❝ It was the love and affection of thewrong in it.that they made promises inaugurate the work. There is nothing We had before the elections and it was time to deliver (being a Congress leader).❞ KAMALJIT SINGH KARWAL, CONG LEADER deliver (being a Congress leader),” said Karwal. When asked the Congress had taken the decision not to go on foundation stone- laying spree in the state, Karwal said there was no foundation stone laid here and people just wanted to honour him. Ludhiana, March 20 Four persons have been caught in two cases of illegal sand mining. Constable Gurcharan Singh said the police patrol got a tip-off early morning yesterday. They made a truck to stop in the Jodhewal area and caught the accused who were ferrying sand collected illegally from the Sutlej bed. The Salem Tabri police caught the persons travelling in the truck, Balwinder Singh and Jagcharan Singh, both resident of Sangrur. Two more persons were caught in another case of illegal sand mining. Shingara Singh, Mining Officer, said during a checking, he caught two persons who were ferrying sand in a tractor-trailer on Rahon Road. The police booked Baldev Singh, from Boothgarh village, and Sanjay, a Kashmir Nagar resident, under Sections 379 (theft) of the IPC and 21 of the Mining Act. Education ranks high on Manuke’s priority list Salesman of liquor vend shot, injured ❝The best way to empower girls is to MY MLA MY AGENDA Minna Zutshi Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 20 The Jagraon MLA Sarvjit Kaur Manuke is the only woman legislator from Ludhiana district. With her teaching experience spanning over 17 years, it is not surprising that education ranks high on her priority list. She said that she will focus on providing quality education to children from rural areas. Weeding out corruption is also on her agenda. She said she has a zero tolerance for corruption. If political leaders are honest, corruption cannot survive in the public life. Corruption in the public domain starts with politicians, she said. “I will tell the police and district administration that they should do their work without bothering about anyone’s political affiliations. They should brook no political inference. From my side, there will never ever be any ‘bagaar’ (seeking of undue favours)!” Another issue that needs to be addressed immediately is drugs. Chitta is killing youngsters, said Manuke. “I’ll make honest efforts to save the youngsters from the dark alleys of drugs. These youngsters need medical help coupled with expert guidance and a compassionate and educate them. Without education, empowerment loses its meaning.❞ SARVJIT KAUR MANUKE Jagraon MLA humane approach.” Empowerment of women is also on the MLA’s list. “The best way to empower girls is to educate them. Without education, empowerment loses its meaning.” Manuke said that having good infrastructure in schools is important, but c m y b even more important is that the schools should have dedicated teachers. “It is a matter of concern that 80 per cent schools in villages still have immense scope for improvement. Only 20 per cent schools may be said to be functioning at their optimal capacity.” She said that girl students are still on the periphery of the education system in villages. “Around 70 per cent government schools have no separate washrooms for girls. When parents see this, they are reluctant to send their daughters to school for higher studies. Many girl students drop out of the schools.” Manuke said that AAP’s agenda includes quality education and accessible healthcare services. “In fact, AAP manifesto promised mohalla clinics if the party was voted to power. In the current political scenario, I would try to make the already-existing healthcare services operational and accessible (to the public).” Our Correspondent Khamano, March 20 A salesman at the Ratton liquor shop was allegedly shot at last night by unidentified persons. The injured salesman, identified as Narinder Kumar of Nangal, was admitted to the PGI in a serious condition. Liquor vend contractor Jagwinder Singh told the police that two unidentified persons came to his shop and shot at the salesman in the leg. The injured was rushed to Civil Hospital, Khamano, from where he was referred to the PGI, Chandigarh. The investigation officer, ASI Manjit Singh, said the police had registered a case under sections 307 and 34, IPC, against unidentified persons and they were looking for the assailants. Khamano SHO Depinder Singh said as per preliminary investigation, the attackers demanded cash from the salesman. When he refused to hand over the cash to them, one of them took out a firearm and fired at Narinder, injuring him seriously. His condition was critical, he added.
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