15052017-LT-01.qxd 5/15/2017 12:10 AM Page 1 c m y b MONDAY | 15 MAY 2017 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Remembering Babasaheb Punjabi made easier Goodwill park Dr Ambedkar Ekta Mission holds birth anniversary celebrations of Dr BR Ambedkar at Arya School. P2 Literary enthusiasts are distributing CDs for free to promote Punjabi language. People get together every morning at Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar (B block) to celebrate life. P4 FORECAST P4 PARTLY CLOUDY SKY | MAX 42°C MIN 27°C | SUNSET MONDAY 7:15 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 5:30 AM SNIPPETS 33-year-old tests positive for swine flu Ludhiana: A patient admitted to the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital has tested positive for swine flu. The 33-year-old male patient belongs to Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. He is under treatment and his attendants have also been given precautionary medicines, said Dr Ramesh, District Epidemiologist. It is surprising that many patients are testing positive for swine flu in this season. Many patients are testing positive for swine flu in Himachal Pradesh. One death due to swine flu was also reported in the state on Saturday. SBS Nagar resident booked for dowry death The Sadar police have booked a man on the charge of dowry death. He was identified as Davinder Singh of SBS Nagar. Complainant Avtar Singh of Mullapur Dakha told the police that his daughter Ramanpreet Kaur got married to the accused in 2010. After the marriage, the accused started extending mental and physical torture for the want of more dowry. On May 12, his daughter ended her life by hanging herself from the ceiling fan. The police have launched a manhunt to arrest the accused. TNS 7-yr-old boy drowns in drain Had gone with brother to bathe at GADVASU to beat the heat Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Ludhiana May 14 A 7-year-old boy drowned in a drain at the Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) here today. The deceased has been identified as Sumit. He had gone to take bath in the drain with his elder brother Amit at GADVASU. The deceased was a student of LKG. As per Investigating Officer ASI Satwinder Singh, deceased’s father Gurdev Singh, a native of Uttar Pradesh, was a gardener and was working at a nursery. Both brothers were home as it was a holiday. To beat the heat, they decided to visit GADVASU to take bath Bike-borne miscreants attack, loot cop Tribune News Service in the drain. Both of them jumped into the drain and were enjoying, when Sumit moved towards the deeper side of the drain, where the water level was up to seven feet. As he entered that zone, he started drowning. His brother raised an alarm and called his father, but when their father arrived, Sumit was already dead. After conducting the postmortem, the body was handed over to the family. Suspecting no foul play, the police have initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPc. Ludhiana May 14 A Khanna police constable was attacked and looted by two bike-borne miscreants near the Guru Nanak Stadium on Sunday. He sustained serious injuries and was rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment. His condition is stated to be out of danger. The victim has been identified as Sukhwinder Singh of Gurdaspur. As per the information, the constable reached Ludhiana by train in the morning and was walking towards Rakh Bagh Chowk from the railway station, when two bike-borne people stopped him on the way. Before he could say anything, they asked him to hand over the cash and other continued on page 2 Cops conduct investigation at GADVASU, where a 7-year-old boy drowned in a drain in Ludhiana on Sunday. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA GM mustard a hot topic of discussion on social media MC’s loss is mafia’s gain Some criticise GEAC’s move of giving nod to it, while others hail decision Ludhiana, May 14 The biggest Municipal Corporation of Punjab — Ludhiana Municipal Corporation — is struggling hard to strengthen its financial resources, but if highly places sources in the civic body are to be believed, it is losing a whopping revenue to the tune of Rs 25 lakh per day to the “rehri-ferri mafia”. According to the sources in the tehbazari wing, land where rehris-ferris stand belongs to the civic body, but still, the “mafia” reaps all benefits. If this is stopped, the MC would be able to generate huge financial resources. A staff member of Tehbazari wing here said the rehris/ferris stand on MC land, which is illegal. “But have we been able to stop them? The number of rehri-ferri vendors has increased drastically in the past few years and we have miserably failed to remove Civic body losing ~25 lakh to ‘rehri-ferri mafia’ per day Shivani Bhakoo Tribune News Service Minna Zutshi Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 14 Social media in the city remained abuzz with discussion on “Genetically Modified (GM) mustard crop”. Be it Twitter, Facebook or WhatsApp groups – the GM mustard remained a hot topic of discussion. Facebook posts on petitions against GM mustard were circulated on WhatsApp groups, as was Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s speech on GM mustard. In the speech, Kumar was shown objecting to artificial tampering of mustard seed, with a poser that if honey bees sit on GM mustard what kind of honey would be available. The groups expressing their disquiet (on social media) against the GM mustard crop said the transgenic technology is unsafe, with Readers’ Response TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN adverse impact on farmers and consumers. They argued that the claims of high yield (by pro-GM brigade) are unverified and exaggerated. The GM mustard crop will impact honey bees and honey production adversely. Mustard seeds and mustard oil are used in the Indian System of Medicine (Ayurveda) – whether GM Mustard would be safe is still unclear. City-based Amrita Mangat, a group administrator of one such group, said: “The Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee’s (GEAC) recommendation is shocking. We are sending our protest messages to Anil Dave, the Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change. GM mustard is ‘poison on your plate’. Punjab is already paying a price for being the food bowl of the country. The indiscriminate use of pesticides has wreaked havoc on our ecology as well as our health. For those talking about the high yield of the GM continued on page 2 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: Active participation in sports helps to inculcate the values of discipline and team spirit. What steps should be taken to promote the sports culture among the youth in the city? 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 and contact number. Land where rehris-ferris stand belongs to the civic body, but still, the ‘mafia’ reaps all benefits. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA How the ‘mafia’ mints money ■ There are approximately 25,000 rehri-ferri vendors in Ludhiana city ■ On an average, the mafia is taking ~150-200 per day from each vendor without doing anything . them from public roads. To the best of my knowledge, there are approximately 25,000 rehri-ferri vendors in Ludhiana city and on an average, the mafia is tak- ing Rs 150-200 per day from each vendor without doing anything. The mafia is minting money and we become mute spectators. If continued on page 2 Heart-rending scenes witnessed as five bodies laid to rest Religious tour proved fatal as five members of two families die in car-truck collision on Phagwara - Hoshiarpur highway Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Ludhiana May 14 Heart-rending scenes were witnessed at the cremation ground on the Gaushala road here today, as five bodies were being laid to rest. A religious tour to Himachal Pradesh proved fatal for two families as the car in which they were travelling in, met with an accident near Khurmpura village on the PhagwaraHoshiarpur highway on Sunday morning. The kin of both families were inconsolable. Hundreds of people reached the cremation ground to share the family’s grief. Their Kwid car (PB10FN2968) had a headon collision with a speedy truck snuffing out five lives on the spot. The collision was so intense, that the car was completely crushed in the accident and even the truck caught fire after the mishap. The deceased have been Surinder, his wife Reena and sons Raghav and Madhav. Vikas, wife Shikha and daugher Jiwika. Residents gather in large numbers at the cremation ground; and (right) grief-stricken kin at accident victim Surinder’s house in Ludhiana on Sunday. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA identified as Vikas Kumar (35), his wife Shikha (30), residents of Subash Nagar and Shikha’s sister Reena (32), Reena’s two children Raghav (10) and Madhav (8), residents of Puneet Nagar Tibba road. Due to critical head injuries, all five died on the spot. Raghav was a studying in Class III, while Madhav was in Class I. All five members died on the spot, while Reena’s husband Surinder Bajaj (35) and eight-month-old daughter of Vikas and Shika — Jiwika —suffered severe injuries and are struggling for life. Vikas was driving the car when the accident occurred. Area shopkeepers said when c m y b Vikas was being cremated his split head was temporarily attached to the body on the pyre. Surinder owns a garment store on Tibba road, while Vikas runs a medical store. Surinder’s uncle Chandar Mohan said, Surinder had recently bought a new car and he along with his sisterin-law’s family made a plan to visit Himachal to pay obeisance at Mata Chintpurni temple. “It was a big shock for the family. Surinder’s mother Asha is inconsolable,” Mohan said. He said that about five years ago, Surinder lost his father Rakesh Kumar Bajaj, when he suffered a cardiac arrest. “The road tragedy has devastated Surinder’s family. Nothing worst could have happened,” he said. “Surinder was a religious man and he was also attached with Gyan Sathal continued on page 2
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