11042017-LT-01.qxd 4/11/2017 12:46 AM Page 1 c m y b TUESDAY | 11 APRIL 2017| ludhiana LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Parents protest Rising Re hits exporters ‘Adopt liberal values’ Members of ‘All Schools Parents Association’ staged a protest against the ‘school mafia’. P2 Rupee, that stood at ~64.58 to a US dollar, continues to march upward on the trajectory. P3 There seems to be an epidemic of intolerance and we need to adopt liberal values, said Dr Harish Khare.P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAXIMUM 36°C MINIMUM 17°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 6.52 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6.02 AM ~60-crore stadium turns into a ‘Bhoot bangla’ No power connection as MC ‘can’t afford hefty power bills’; pedestrians dread walking near the structure ❝ Shivani Bhakoo Ludhiana, April 10 “Bhoot bangla” — this is the new name given to the Indoor Stadium, Pakhowal Road, by the local residents. Constructed at a whopping cost of more than Rs 60 crore over 15 years, the indoor stadium is not being used for the purpose it was constructed. It is called “Bhoot bangla” as there remains total darkness during evenings and nights in the absence of electricity. A power connection has deliberately not been taken for the stadium, say MC officials. “Even if lights are switched off, there will be hefty bills each month because it is a huge structure. It is not advisable to pay hefty bills when the MC is going through the financial crunch,” said the official. An RTI activist, Arvind Sharma, who lives at the back of the stadium, said people had started calling it ❝The stadium I feel no technical guidance was taken from sports persons. Still, it must be utilised for the purpose it was built. The authorities must promote sports here, so the energy of the youth can be channelised in a proper manner. Now, we should make the best use of it now. Tribune News Service The MC has not taken a power connection for the Indoor Stadium as “it will not be able to pay hefty bills even if all lights were switched off.” A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH “Bhoot bangla”. “There is total darkness and pedestrians feel it unsafe to walk near the huge structure during late evenings and nights. At times, we witness unscrupulous elements roaming inside the stadium and there is no check on their POWER SHUTDOWN LUDHIANA The 11-kv Shahi Mohalla feeder, fed from the 66-kv sub-station at Fountain Chowk, will remain shut down for urgent maintenance work on Tuesday from 10 am to 3 pm. Power supply to the Shahi Mohalla, Guru Nanak Pura and Kundanpuri areas will be affected. SNIPPETS Police trace missing Khanna child at Bhadson Khanna: The police have restored a six-year-old boy to his parents. A case under section 365 (kidnapping) had been registered against unidentified persons. SSP Navjot Singh Mahal said Atul had gone missing from Military Ground here during a religious programme on April 4. His father Venod Kumar, a migrant labourer, suspected that Atul had been kidnapped. A special team was constituted, which traced the child at Bhadson. The SSP said the child was in a shock and he did not disclose anything yet. OC entry. We feel there are no security guards inside the stadium either. There is no power and whenever an event is held, the organisers are asked to arrange for their own generators. Ironically, it was well lit up during its inauguration on November 12 by the then has been made without taking into consideration requirements for indoor games. It is a waste of money. It was initially started with ~4 crore but the cost rose to ~60 crore and it is still incomplete, and will always remain like this. TEJA SINGH DHALIWAL, vice-president, Basketball Federation of India JAGBIR SINGH GREWAL, from Hockey Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal. People felt it would remain lit up like this. But that brightness was for a few hours only. The authorities concerned have not taken any power connection for the indoor stadium to date,” said Sharma. Not more than eight events have been held in the stadium since it was inaugurated. Congress MLA Bharat Bhushan Ashu agreed that “justice” had not been done by spending a huge amount on the stadium, especially when it was not being used MOHALLA MURDER Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 10 A cycle key has led to the arrest of the accused, who murdered his cousin, Sagar (25), at Fatehgarh Mohalla last night. The accused has been identified as Ashok Mandal, a resident of Iqbal Nagar, Tibba road. Illicit relations of the deceased with the accused’s wife was the cause of the murder. Accused who killed a boy Sagar in police custody in Ludhiana on Monday. A tribune photograph. to go with nikhil story Plastic carry bag ban in tatters Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 10 Department heads may be fulfilling their duty by issuing letters for strict implementation of orders against the use of plastic carry bags, but such instructions remain on paper only. The blatant use of banned plastic carry bags all over the city puts a question mark over the efficiency of the Municipal Corporation (MC) authorities. The health wing of the MC is responsible for the implementation of the ban on plastic carry bags in the city but it seems to be in a deep slumber. From vegetable vendors to staff of restau- rants, hotels, shops, etc, all are blatantly using the banned plastic bags. Though manufacturers say they are manufacturing plastic bags as per the norms and that the state government (Punjab) has not announced any such ban, the department officials do not bother about inspecting their factories. The sanitary inspectors and health wing officials are supposed to check the use of the banned plastic carry bags. Senior officials have issued continued on p2 FINANCIAL CRISIS At crossroads, PU will pull through: VC ‘T HE PU is at the crossroads today”. This is what the Panjab University (PU) Vice-Chancellor, Prof Arun Kumar Grover, feels. However, he seems confident. “It has faced challenges in the past and overcome its difficulties,” Prof Grover says. A day before all PU student parties are going to force the university shut, Professor Grover shared with Nitin Jain of The Tribune on Monday his viewpoint on the fee hike issue against which the PU students are up in arms. Here are the excerpts from the interview. Why is the PU passing through such never-seen- Prof Arun Kumar Grover, VC before difficult times? This is not the first time the PU is going through a difficult time. It went through difficult times during the implementation of the recommendations of the 4th and 5th pay commissions ❞ for the purpose it was built. “But we will ask the Commissioner to get it operational, look into its commercial viability and rent out 56 shops (located in the stadium). We are not in a position to pay power bills worth continued on p2 City gets four more courts Ludhiana: The city has got four more courts for a speedy disposal of pending cases. Judicial Magistrates-cum-Civil Judge (Junior Division) Vishav Gupta, Ankita Mittal, Akashdeep Singh Malwai and Sarbesh Singh have assumed charge here recently. Judicial Magistrate Nazmeen Singh joined at Jagraon and Rifi Bhatti at Samrala. OC Cousin killer; illicit relations cause Shivani Bhakoo Navjot Singh Mahal, SSP Khanna, hads over the child to his parents. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH ❞ and a more difficult time during the 6th Pay Commission, when the then Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, tried to provide us relief. However, all steps for finding a solution to the PU’s problem were not completed before the term of Dr Singh completed. When the new government came in, it put the clock back as if it wanted to re-negotiate the conditions that were accepted by the previous government. There is some lack of understanding on why the crisis was accepted to be tackled by the Centre at that time. Whatever things were left over, instead of stitching them together, they are being torn apart. Why is there so much hullabaloo over the recent fee hike? Is it more of politics? It is lack of understanding. When I was a student, the tuition fee per month for a Honours School course was Rs 15; teachers got Rs 400 as salary; PhD scholarship was Rs 250. While the teachers' salary and scholarship have gone up 100 times, the tuition fee hasn't. The tuition fee should have also kept pace with inflation, but it hasn't. If the character of the PU is to be maintained as a people’s university, and in order to maintain the autonomy of the university, everybody has to enhance their c m y b contribution at the rate of inflation. The fee hike is not excessive; at some levels it is justified. Some people will find it difficult to pay, that is why we are saying some effective way needs to be found to charge lesser from those who cannot pay, provide scholarships, do everything so that nobody is deprived of education. If initially one has to bend backwards and support – say 25 per cent students who are going to join in the coming session and another 25 per cent in the next session, it is fine. Money has to be found by cross-subsidising. This is a challenge. But as a continued on p3 Sagar worked at a hosiery unit and lived in a rented house with his brother. Sagar was sleeping on the roof top when the accused repeatedly stabbed him. The doctors declared him dead on arrival. Dr Sachin Gupta, ACP North, who conducted the investigation along with other officials, said the accused’s name surfaced during the probe and he was nabbed during a manhunt. He had confessed to the crime. Police sources said the ACP found the cycle key at the crime scene and he started looking for the cycle. Soon, the cycle was found near the deceased’s house. The police obtained footage of CCTV cameras installed in the area. The footage showed a man roaming in the area on the same cycle and after the crime, he was seen leaving on foot. When the police showed the footage to the brother of the deceased, he identified the man as Ashok, his cousin (uncle’s son). Sagar developed illicit relations with Ashok’s wife. When the accused came to know about their relationship, he told his wife and cousin (deceased) to mend their ways. However, the duo continued to see each other. “Now, I wanted to eliminate the deceased as he had a love affair with my wife. I had gone to meet Sagar over the issue when arguments broke out between us. I took out my knife and stabbed him,” the accused told the police.
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