07042017-LT-01.qxd 4/7/2017 12:21 AM Page 1 c m y b FRIDAY | 7 APRIL 2017| ludhiana LUDHIANA TRIBUNE EDUCATION: SCHOOL ASKS PARENTS TO SIGN AFFIDAVIT OVER FEE Þ PAGE 2 DIST SCAN: DOWNPOUR, HIGH-VELOCITY WINDS FLATTEN WHEAT CROP Þ PAGE 3 GENERALLY CLOUDY SKY SPORTS: HARMANDEEP, MEHAKPREET SHINE AT PAU ATHLETICS MEET Þ PAGE 4 32.0°MAXIMUM 14.0°MINIMUM Smart City meeting held through video-conferencing Weather plays spoilsport Board to decide on projects worth up to ~25 crore Shivani Bhakoo Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 6 The third meeting of the Board of Directors for Smart City Project was held today. Presided over by the Chief Secretary (CS), Karan Avtar, the meeting was held through video-conferencing. While many Directors attended the meeting online, a few went to Chandigarh where the Chief Secretary and the agency AECOM made the presentations. A member of the Board of Directors said it was a “strange” manner in which the meeting was called. Earlier, it was told that the meeting would be held in Chandigarh. Later, a messenger informed the directors that the meeting would be held through videoconferencing. But the Munic- Girls try to cover their faces with a ‘dupatta’ as a dust storm lashes the PAU on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN ipal Commissioner and an official attached with the project attended the meeting from Chandigarh. “We came to know that these officials were in Chandigarh with the Chief Secretary. The Directors, who attended the meeting here included the Commissioner of Police, the Deputy Commissioner, the Mayor, Dr KNS Kang and Sanjay Goel,” said the Director. It was made clear to all concerned that the Board of Directors would meet to discuss projects worth above Rs 25 crore and those with a worth below Rs 25 crore would be decided by the executive committee. One of the directors bluntly asked the Chief Secretary whether the Smart City project would continue at the same tardy pace Addict beats beggar to death over footpath space 34 die on city roads in 2 months Tribune News Service Nikhil Bhardwaj or some improvement could be expected. To this, the Chief Secretary said the things would move on in a speedy manner. Another Director requested the CS to include technical persons in the project as without proper technical assistance, such big projects couldn’t move ahead. The projects discussed included road signage, movable toilets, retro fitting at Sarabha Nagar and roof-top solar panels at government offices. But as far as big projects, such as installing LED lights in the city, putting in place the Integrity Control and Command System or underground laying of cables, are concerned, the Board will take decisions on these, said another Board of Director, who attended the meeting. Ward No. 8 councillor wants dump Police say awareness drive on; experts for strict action to curb speeding, drunken driving shifted Road stretch and Shivpuri Chowk, where the police were deployed to regulate traffic. “We issued between 50 and 60 challans of speeding in December but in the months to follow, the number came down. We are now holding awareness camps in schools, colleges and at truck unions,” he added. The ADCP said, at present, even drunken driving challans were not being issued. Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 6 A 60-year-old beggar was beaten to death by a drug addict in the Janakpuri area last night. The deceased has been identified as Pappu. He slept on the footpath in the market area. The accused has been identified as Jagdev Singh, a resident of Bulara village. Police sources said last night, the beggar and the drug addict entered into a scuffled in the market reportedly over the issue of sleeping at a specified place on the footpath. “The beggar used to sleep at a specific place on the footpath. Yesterday, drug addict Jagdev insisted that he would sleep in the same place. Both entered into a verbal duel which turned ugly. The accused repeatedly hit the beggar with a heavy object on the head till he died. The entire incident was captured on a CCTV camera, which helped the police nab the accused,” a police official said. A case under Section 302 of the IPC has been registered. Ludhiana, April 6 Going by the number of accident cases registered by the Ludhiana Commissionerate in the past two months, one life has been lost on the city roads every second day. Last year, the city witnessed 346 casualties in 545 road crashes, one death a day on an average. As per the Road Transport Ministry’s report, Ludhiana has become the “deadliest” city of India. The chances of getting killed in a road accident in the city are highest in the whole country In the February-March period, around 34 persons lost their lives in accidents. Most cases are hitand-run accidents. In most of these cases, the police have failed to trace the erring drivers. According to traffic experts, the foremost reason for rising road mishaps is the poor regulation of traffic and weak implementation of the rules by the traffic police. Experts feel owing to the lackadaisical attitude of the Expert’s take Mangled remains of vehicles being removed following an accident in Ludhiana. A FILE PHOTOGRAPH traffic police, the incidence of road crashes has increased in the city. Although Police Commissioner Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh has declared that there would be no challans for a month as a goodwill gesture, the traffic police paid little heed to check speeding or rash driving offences before he assumed charge. These offences are major reasons for road mishaps in the city. During January and February, the traffic police had reportedly issued 1,000 challans daily on an average. These included towing challans, which were reportedly issued to improve the challan books. However, little heed was paid to prevent road mishaps. Towing challans were put on hold by the new CP reportedly after the , police received complaints of harassment and biased towing by the police and the staff hired for the job. Aadhaar glitches hamper school admission Grouse of teachers Mohit Khanna What police say ADCP Traffic, Dhruv Dahiya said there were around 10 black spots or accidentprone areas in the city, such as Agar Nagar turn, Jodhewal-Chandigarh ■ Teachers Rattan Lal shows Aadhaar cards near the Government School, Civil Lines. A TRIBUNE PHOTO school leaving certificates from their previous school.” Yesterday, when he reached the school for admission, the authorities turned down the application, citing the variation in spelling of his name on Rattan Lal’s aadhaar card and that on the card of his children as the reason, said Ratan Lal. He said his children’s Aadhaar cards were made around five years ago. “Now, I have to undergo the cumbersome process again. First, I will get the spelling of my name corrected on the cards of government schools in the city are often perplexed due to the overlapping instruction of the government. ■ While government has made it mandatory to submit the Aadhaar cards of both parents and students during the time of admission, another order states that no child should be denied admission. ■ “Imagine our plight. We do not know what to do. We are telling parents to complete the formalities and come again for admission. Technically, we cannot do that according to the Right to Education Act,” said a teacher of a government school. of my sons and then will apply again,” said Rattan Lal. Several other parents face a similar ordeal due to the tedious formalities and errors in Aadhaar cards. A majority of them are complaining that a lot of time was spent on prepar- c m y b ing Aadhaar cards of children and then linking them with bank accounts. Parents demanded that a help desk should be set up at government schools for making Aadhaar cards and opening bank accounts to ease their pressure. Ludhiana, April 6 Councillor from Ward Number 18 Inder Aggarwal (BJP) has written to the Municipal Commissioner to get the open garbage dump near the cremation ground at Shri Sita Ashram here shifted immediately. Aggarwal complained that the dump had made the lives of thousands of residents and visitors a virtual hell. An illegal fish/meat market in the same area had compounded the problem. Aggarwal said about 1,000sqyd area was converted into the open garbage dump. The local residents and safai karamcharis threw garbage there, which is scattered all over by dogs and stray cattle. Besides, vendors at the illegal meat market throw the leftovers in the same dump. Stinking meat leftovers attract a large number of eagles in the area. The councillor said hundreds of visitors from Shivaji Nagar, Maharaja Ranjit Singh Park, Mohalla Dharampura and Kashmir Nagar pass through the area daily. Despite repeated complaints, the dump has not been shifted, he said. Woman jumps BRS NAGAR THEFT into canal, in-laws booked Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 6 Spelling mistakes on Aadhaar cards are hampering students’ admission at government schools across the city. Rattan Lal Kotarya, a resident of Guru Nanak Pura in Civil Lines, was miffed after his two sons were denied admission to the Civil Lines Government Senior Secondary School due to spelling discrepency in their Aadhaar cards. “I am an electrician. I work hard to earn a living. Owing to the tedious formalities, I have not been able to work for the past many days,” said Rattan Lal. “First, I had to get my sons’ bank accounts opened. Then I got the Aadhaar card linked with the accounts of my children. Thereafter, I obtained the Kamaljit Soi, member of the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC), said the entry of commercial vehicles during the peak hours in the city caused most road accidents. “They are driven at high speeds. The fear of being caught and being punished is not at all there despite the city being ranked No. 2 in fatalities on roads in the country. There is hardly any challaning for speeding and drunken driving, which cause most deaths on the city roads,” he said, adding that 40 or 45 per cent commercial vehicles were involved in road accidents and the simple awareness programmes of the traffic police would not serve any purpose. Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 6 The Koomkalan police have booked two persons on charge of abetment of suicide. A woman, identified as Aarti, had committed suicide by jumping into the canal in the Koomkalan area yesterday. The incident came to light when people noticed the body floating in the canal and informed the police. Later, the deceased’s brother, Vikas Kumar, said his sister was tortured by her motherin-law Veervant and fatherin-law Rajpal as they suspected that Aarti was having an extra-marital affair. Owing to this baseless allegation, his sister was depressed and took the extreme step. No arrest has been made in the case so far. Valuables worth lakhs stolen Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 6 Thieves broke into the house of a PSPCL engineer at BRS Nagar and decamped with valuables worth several lakhs. The PSPCL engineer, Piyush Gandhi said all members of the family had gone to Delhi to meet their relatives and they had asked one of their friends to sleep at their home as a security measure. On the night of April 5, their friend did not sleep at their home as he had to attend a marriage function. The thieves entered the house by scaling the wall. They broke the locks of the rooms and decamped with the valuables. Gandhi said they returned home this morning. After they entered the home through the main gate, they found the locks broken. The thieves decamped with cash and valuables, including gold ornaments. He said the value of stolen goods was yet to be assessed. The BRS Nagar SHO, Dalbir Singh, along with a team of fingerprint experts, reached the house. He said footage of CCTV cameras installed in the area was being scanned.
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