18052017-LT-01.qxd 5/17/2017 11:59 PM Page 1 c m y b THURSDAY | 18 MAY 2017 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE World Hypertension Day Language Dept Last time together A health awareness camp to educate people on silent killer hypertension was organised. Deplorable state of Dist Language Department is enough to gauge ‘seriousness’ of the govt. P4 Students sign on T-shirts of fellow students to celebrate ‘Scribble Day’ at the PAU. P2 FORECAST P3 PARTLY CLOUDY SKY | MAX 38°C MIN 26°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 7.16 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 5.29 AM POWER SHUTDOWN LUDHIANA 10 am to 2 pm: Aggar Nagar Block A, Ghai Colony, Professor Colony, New Professor Colony, Ashapuri, New Ashapuri, Pushap Vihar, Raghunath Enclave and South End Garden area No let-up in fire Journalist, spouse attacked; 3 booked SNIPPETS Tribune News Service Police caught stealing power Ludhiana: Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has launched a special drive to check power theft, during which several government offices, including tehsil, district courts complex and police stations, are being checked. According to the Chief Engineer, Central Zone, PSPCL, some 260 connections were checked and 19 consumers were caught stealing power or making unauthorised use of electricity. A penalty of Rs 4.8 lakh has been imposed on the defaulting consumers and demand notices have been issued for recovery of penalty. Interestingly, one of the cases where power was being stolen through a ‘kundi connection’ was that of the office of Deputy Superintendent of Police, Jagraon. The consumer has been slapped a penalty of Rs 1.51 lakh, said the Chief Engineer. OC Firemen try to douse flames at a textile mill on the Rahon road on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN P4 Ludhiana, May 17 News editor of Dainik Bhaskar Nitin Dhiman and his wife Muskan were attacked by three persons over an old enmity. Nitin’s wife suffered a fracture on the nose while the former also sustained injuries. Two separate FIRs have been registered against Varinderdeep Singh, Lalli and an unknown person. On a complaint of Muskan, an FIR under Sections 455, 379B, 354A, 427 and 34 of the IPC has been registered at the Sadar police station while an FIR under Sections 382, 323, 341, 506 and 427 of the IPC has been registered by the Division No. 5 police on Nitin’s complaint. Nitin said his younger brother Karan Dhiman had lodged a complaint against Varinderdeep with the Dugri police station after the latter attacked Karan’s house over a minor argument. “Since the police were delaying action on the complaint, I had gone to meet ACP Atam Nagar, Rupinder , Kaur Bhatti yesterday. When I came out of the ACP’s office, a Swift car (PB10EK0765), in which Varinderdeep was also travelling, started following me. Suspecting an attack, I informed the police. However, the assailants cornered me on the bus stand overbridge and thrashed me. When the assailants saw the police reaching there, they continued on page 2 Settlement scheme for defaulters A car that collided with a tractor on the Ferozepur road on Wednesday being removed. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Elderly man killed in accident Ludhiana: A collision between a car and a tractor-trailer on the Ferozepur road on Wednesday morning left one dead and two critically injured. The deceased has been identified as Sarwan Singh (70) and the injured as his wife Kulwant Kaur (65) and son Kuldeep Singh (38), both residents of Kaunke Kalan village near here. The incident occurred at around 8 am when they were headed towards their village from Jagraon in their car. When they reached near MBD Mall, a tractor-trailer abruptly came from a link road and the car rammed it. The car was being driven by Kuldeep. The occupants of the car were taken to the nearby private hospital where doctors declared Sarwan dead on arrival. In charge of Ragunath police post Lakhwinder Singh said: “The doctors said the injured were out of danger.” “We have identified the tractor driver as Kameshwar Sahni, a migrant labourer. The victims are yet to give any statement due to which no case has been registered,” the ASI said. TNS One-time settlement scheme of PSPCL will remain open for one year Kuldip Bhatia Ludhiana, May 17 Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has launched a ‘one time settlement’ (OTS) scheme for defaulting consumers of all categories (except agriculture power) whose connections have been lying permanently disconnected for the past two years as on date of request made to the PSPCL by the defaulting consumers. The defaulting consumers opting for the OTS shall have to deposit half of the disputed amount, if any, outstanding Two held with 2-kg heroin Jaswant Shetra Jagraon, May 17 The local police have arrested two Nigerian nationals and recovered 2 kg of heroin from the locations disclosed by them. The accused have been identified as Austin and Edeh Sunday Chukwudi, at present residing in the Vikaspuri area of New Delhi. Both accused were arrested from New Delhi by a special police team from Jagraon. The police have also confiscated a car of the accused. Giving the details of the case here today, DIG of Ludhiana Range Yurinder Singh Hayer said during investigation into an NDPS case registered in April 2017 at the Sid- hwan Bet police station against Balvir Singh, it was found that Austin and Edeh Sunday Chukwudi were drug suppliers. Following the disclosure, a special police team, led by SHO Mullanpur Dakha Lakhbir Singh, was sent to Delhi which nabbed both Nigerian nationals in New Delhi and brought them here. “During interrogation, the accused told the police that one packet containing 1 kg heroin was buried in a deserted place near a brick-kiln at Chaunkimaan and another packet near the abandoned railway platform of Mullanpur railway station. The police recovered both packets,” said Hayer. Both accused operated a drug network in Punjab. “They covered their acts of smuggling by showing themselves as businessmen dealing in import and export of spare parts. They confessed that the drugs were supplied to them from across the border,” said SSP Jagraon Surjit Singh. He said during further investigation into the case, it was found that Austin came to India five years ago on a business visa and then got married to an Indian woman hailing from Manipur. The police have registered a case against both accused under the NDPS Act at the Dakha police station. The alleged drug peddlers in police custody in Jagraon on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Salient features of OTS scheme ■ Scheme open to all categories of consumers except agriculture power ■ Power should have been disconnected for two years ■ Defaulting consumers required to pay 50 per cent of disputed amount ■ No service charges if supply restored from existing service line ■ Security (Advance Consumption Deposit) to be recovered from consumer ■ Instalment facility available on payment of 25 per cent of total amount ■ Scheme not applicable to cases of power theft or unauthorised use of electricity towards the consumer at the time of disconnection, in addition to any other amount in full, if any, outstanding against the consumer. The OTS scheme shall remain open for a period of one year from the date of circular (May 15, 2017). As per a commercial circular issued in this regard, the defaulting consumers seeking reconnection would not have to pay service connection charges if the supply is to be restored from the BLOT ON KHAKI ASI who exploited police women dismissed Also had links with sand mafia Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 17 Coming down heavily on corrupt police officials, Police Commissioner Ludhiana RN Dhoke on Wednesday dismissed Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Kuldeep Singh from police service with immediate effect. The ASI, who was posted as Line Officer at the Police Lines, faces an FIR for sexually exploiting and blackmailing women constables, mainly new recruits. He had been making advances, involving unwelcome and explicit sexual overtures and sexual remarks, to the women constables. If any of the woman recruit opposed his action, he used to threaten them with dismissal from service. This is the second dismissal of police official by Dhoke. On May 10, the CP had dismissed ASI Gurkewal Singh for his alleged involvement in extortion of Rs 20 lakh hawala money from an alleged hawala trader. The dismissal order says: “It has been brought to my notice that ASI Kuldeep Singh posted in Commis- c m y b sionerate Ludhiana being the member of a disciplined force is indulging in various criminal activities by misusing his official status. He has a nexus with the sand mafia operating within the jurisdiction of Commissionerate. He is also involved in various criminal cases.” Talking to Ludhiana Tribune, Dhoke said: “I am convinced that his continuous misconduct with cumulative effect and indulgence in criminal activities reveal his incorrigibility and complete unfitness for police service. His retention and continuation in service will be harmful to the interest of the state as well as the general public. To safeguard these interests with immediate effect, I consider that it is impracticable and inexpedient to hold any enquiry against him at this stage. I, being the competent authority, is also well aware that the penalty of dismissal from service is very harsh and oppressive for a public servant, but no sympathy can outweigh the consideration of the public interest and regard for public good”. existing service line/system. But in case the service line has been dismantled or otherwise stands utilised for other consumers, then actual expenditure incurred by the PSPCL for reconnection shall be recovered from the consumer. For reconnection of permanently disconnected connection, the consumer would have to make payment of security (advance consumption deposit) at prevalent rate for two and half or one and a half month as per provisions of the supply code on the basis of last 12 months consumption before the disconnection. The PSPCL has further offered the facility of instalments if the consumer is unable to make payment of default amount in lump sum. continued on page 2 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: 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
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