12052017-LT-01.qxd 5/11/2017 11:53 PM Page 1 c m y b FRIDAY | 12 MAY 2017 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Short lectures Stubble burning Baseball title for BCM Protesting students of evening studies cry foul, say subjected to vendetta. Farmers are forced to burn stubble as they have no alternative means to dispose of crop residue. P3 BCM boys beat hosts Guru Nanak International School to clinch baseball title. P4 FORECAST P2 PARTLY CLOUDY SKY | MAX 41°C MIN 27°C | SUNSET FRIDAY 7.13 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 5.32 AM Textile unit gutted, 8 firemen injured Eighth fire in just two weeks; factory housed inflammable material; short-circuit suspected cause Nikhil Bhardwaj Municipal Commissioner meets victims, grants ~4 lakh for their treatment Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 11 As the summer season is in full swing, the industrial hub of Punjab, Ludhiana, continues to witness major fires. In a fresh fire, the eighth incident in just two weeks, goods and machinery worth several crores were destroyed at the Malika Textile in Industrial Area. The factory housed on the first and second floor of the building while the ground floor is occupied by a courier company, Ecom Express. Eight firemen, including a sub fire officer, suffered burns. Four of them suffered 40 per cent burns and were admitted to Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH). Around 25 fire engines were used and it took about five hours to douse the flames. Officials of the factory said a short-circuit was the cause of the fire. The ADFO, Surjit Singh, believed that a shortcircuit could be the cause but inflammable substances stored in the could also be the reason for the fire. He, however, said the exact cause could be known after investigation. There were no casualties as the factory was closed. Only a Municipal Commissioner Jaskiran Singh enquired after the injured. He granted Rs 4 lakh for their treatment and announced that the entire medical expenses would be borne by the MC. “Since the firemen do not have any insurance policies, we will soon get them insured,” he added. Mayor HS Gohalwaria also visited the hospital. Fire incidents in past two weeks Firemen try to douse the flames at a textile unit in Industrial Area. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN factory guard was present there when the fire broke out. Deepak Konojia, legal adviser to the firm, said the incident came to light at 6.50 am on Thursday when the factory guard noticed smoke billowing out of a corner of the premises. He also tried to douse the flames with fire extinguishers but failed as the fire aggravated within minutes. He informed the factory owner and fire brigade. About the estimated loss, Kanojia said several expen- POWER SHUTDOWN LUDHIANA 10 am to 2 pm: Apex Nagar, Decent Enclave, Adarsh Nagar, Barewal Road, Gurdev Hospital, Modhi Enclave, Madhuban Enclave, Bhai Dya Singh Nagar area and some pockets of Block B of Rajguru Nagar, villages of Baranhara, Talwara, Jainpur and Malikpur sive machines, huge stock of garments, yarn and materials were housed in the factory and everything had been reduced to ashes. The loss could be between Rs 8 crore and Rs 10 crore. Fire officials reject factory claim on safety measure The ADFO, Surjit Singh, said the factory sans fire safety measures due to which the fire could not be controlled at the first stage. He said the department would issue a notice to the factory owner, seeking his explanation. However, legal adviser to the factory Deepak claimed full fire safety measures at the factory. 4 firemen hospitalised with serious burns Four firemen suffered serious burns when an LPG cylinder lying on the third floor of the factory exploded. Sub fire officer Hazura suffered 40 per cent burns on his chest while firemen Naresh, Lovlesh and Sudagar had 30 per cent burns on face, arms and back. The doctors said continued on p2 Man killed in village brawl Sahnewal: One person was killed and four were injured in an altercation between two families at Pangalian village on Wednesday night. The deceased has been identified as Chandar Bose (31) of Chauni in Muzaffar Nagar. The injured are Sonam (14), Lakshmi (16), Savitra (25), and Ashu (13 years). The father of the deceased, Pale Ram said Chander had told Yashpal, younger brother of Rajesh Kumar residing next door, that he should stop harassing his sister Sonam. Later, Alka (20), daughter of Rajesh Kumar, Yashpal, and Sudesh, wife of Rajesh, barged into Chander’s home and attack him and his sisters with sharp weapons. Chander was taken to Civil Hospital where he died. An FIR has been registered against Alka, Yashpal and Sudesh under Sections 302 and 34 of the IPC. OC Ludhiana, May 11 A 50-year-old man, a native of Nepal, was hacked to death by some miscreants at his shanty in Karamsar Colony last night. The deceased has been identified as Mann Bahadur. He was a daily wage labourer. He was survived by his wife Anita and six children. He resided in a plot owned by Rajwant Singh. According to police sources, the deceased’s wife and his six children had dinner last night while he was having drinks with his friend near his shanty. “Mann Bahadur entered into heated arguments with his friend, suspecting that the latter has illicit relationship with his wife. The deceased calmed down after his friend had left. He returned to his shanty and fell asleep. In the morning, his wife found her husband lying in a pool of blood,” the police sources said. The deceased’s wife told the police that neither her children nor she heard any cries of the deceased at night. The police suspect that the deceased’s wife could be involved in the crime. A senior police official said the deceased’s wife allegedly had illicit relationship with the person with whom her husband had drinks last night and he used to visit Mann’s place to meet his wife in his absence. “We neither rule out the involvement of the deceased’s wife in his murder nor do we give clean chit to her yet,” a police official added. Ludhiana, May 11 Since her childhood, she was inclined towards Sikh religion and Gurbani, and now she is translating Guru Granth Sahib in her mother tongue, Oriya. Sadhna Patri, from Odisha, who was born into a Hindu Oriya family, has written three books on Sikh history and culture in the Oriya language and translated 19 into Oriya. Sadhna is visiting Punjab these days. She is happy to be in the land where her heart and soul belongs to. “I am in Punjab and how can I miss going to the Golden Temple. She is, in fact, visiting the Golden Temple daily these days and also researching on Sikh history. I have taken permission and am now translating Guru Granth Sahib in Oriya language,” says Sadhna. Sadhna feels that Guru Granth Sahib should be Whenever I saw a turbaned Sikh man or woman, I always had the urge to know about him or her. This curiosity led me to various gurdwaras along with my parents. ❞ SADHNA PATRI, Sikh history scholar Sadhna from Orissa discussing her work with Kisen Singh from Golden Temple. TRIBUNE PHOTO translated into more and more languages, so that people can read it and understand its teachings. Confining it to only Punjabi will restrict it only to the people of Punjab while the rest of the communities will remain aloof from it, she says. Sadhna shares that in Puri, Odisha, Guru Nanak Dev ji had performed aarti and one of the Panj Pyaras, Bhai Himmat Singh, was born in Puri. “As a child, I got inclined towards Sikhism. Whenever I saw a turbaned Sikh man or woman, I always had the urge to know about him or her. This curiosity led me to vari- ous gurdwaras along with my parents. Today, my husband and daughter also learn and practise Gurbani and even perform kirtan with musical instruments,” she said. Sadhna was the principal at a CBSE school in Gangtok but she quit her job and came back to Bhubaneshwar to car- c m y b ry forward the translation of Guru Granth Sahib. Even during her stay at Gangtok, she used to visit several gurdwaras there. Sadhna has written three books in Oriya on Sikh history which includes, “Sikh Guruo Ka Sankhep Ithas”, “Suraj Parkash” and “Sikh Panth aur Sikh Ithass”. She has translated Nitnem. “Gurbani is so sweet and soulful that I am drowned in its teachings and the meaning of life it teaches us. Everyone should read Gurbani and try to imbibe its principles in Air pumped into boy’s body, dies Tribune News Service Firemen who suffered burns while rescuing six of their fellows trapped inside the burning textile unit. child, I ❝As atowardsgot inclined Sikhism. Tribune News Service wooden blocks were stocked. May 7: Dyeing unit in Industrial Area, Extension A. Firemen Manpreet (25), Manohar Lal (52), Gurcharan (50) and Inderpreet (25) rescued their six colleagues who were trapped inside the factory after the main shutter fell down. Thick smoke could have proved fatal for them. In no time, the four firefighters opened the shutter with their bare hands and rescued their colleagues. Scholar translating Gurbani into Oriya Manav Mander An injured fireman undergoes treatment at the CMCH. Firemen rescue six colleagues Nepalese man murdered over ‘illicit relations’ Tribune News Service SNIPPETS April 26: A yarn mill in Industrial Area (Three persons were killed and one critically injured). April 29: Hosiery unit in Daulat Colony. April 30: A cycle parts manufacturing unit on Gill Road. May 1: Parmeshwari Silk Mills Limited on Rahon Road. May 5: A chemical factory near Cheema Chowk (two factories and five godowns were gutted in fire). A fire broke out in vacant land on Ferozepur Road where INSIDE Not to leave politics: Bitti Singer-turned-politician Satwinder Bitti is firm on her decision to join politics and the Congress. P4 Ludhiana, May 11 A 14-year-old boy died under mysterious circumstances in the Dugri area today. He worked at a workshop. On a complaint of the deceased’s mother, the police have booked workshop owner Sartaj Kaur and employee Kashmira Singh. They are yet to be arrested. The deceased has been identified as Avinash Kumar. His mother, Malti Gupta alleged that Avinash was killed by an employee of the workshop last evening by pumping air into his body. When she went to inquire about her son, the workshop owner held her captive at her home for the whole night. In the morning, the deceased’s mother managed to call up the police. She alleged her son had been working at the workshop for a long time and she never received any complaint about his work. “I have come to know that the workshop workers had pumped air into the body of my son with a compressor, due to which he suffered heart failure and fell unconscious. Later when we rushed him to the nearby hospital, his heart started functioning. But he didn’t survive,” she alleged. The Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Dhruman Nimbale, said a case had been registered against the workshop owner and an employee and raids were on to nab them.
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