13072017-LT-01.qxd 7/13/2017 12:26 AM Page 1 c m y b THURSDAY | 13 JULY 2017 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE PPCB gets tough Sewer men protest Raising funds for school PPCB has tightened its noose around units making polythene bags as regular checks are being conducted. P4 Safai sewaks held a protest outside MC Zone-A office demanding regular services. Round Table India will organise an art contest to raise funds for rebuilding classrooms in Jawaddi. P2 FORECAST P4 RAIN LIKELY | MAX 33°C MIN 26°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 7: 32 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 5: 33 AM SNIPPETS Robbers’ gang busted; 2 held Over 125 people taken ill in Ahmedgarh Diarrhoea outbreak: Residents started visiting hospitals since early morning Octroi goes on consumption of electricity Kuldip Bhatia Mahesh Sharma The two gang members in Khanna police custody. TRIBUNE PHOTO Khanna: The Khanna police claimed to have busted a gang of robbers with the arrest of two of its members. The police also recovered 415 gm of intoxicant, a motorcycle, ~16,000 and some weapons from them. Those arrested are gang leader Vijay Kumar, alias Kale, and Amit Kumar, both of Muradabad in UP. Their companions - Jai Kumar, Sandeep Kumar and Bade however, managed to flee. SP (I) RPS Sandhu said the Machhiwara police got a tip-off that some thieves were planning a robbery. They were hiding in the desert area of a nearby Bhattian village. A police party led by SHO Bhupinder Singh raided the place and arrested two of them. The accused were members of Bhadu Gang of Muradabad. A case was registered. He said those arrested were presented in court, from where they were sent to two days' police remand. OC. City police officials along with the dog squad at the railway station in Ludhiana on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Dog squad at rly station Ludhiana: The city police carried out a search operation at the railway station here on Wednesday. The search operation was headed by ADCP Ratan Singh Brar and he was assisted by ACP North and SHO Police Division Number 1. The police checked the belongings of passengers and their identification proofs. The city police also took along the dog squad and anti-sabotage team. Later, the police carried out a search operation in some of the trains in which some passengers were also questioned. Police officials said nothing objectionable or illegal was recovered from any passenger. They said the police would continue such search operations in future as well so that a tab could be kept over anti-social elements. TNS Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 12 Over 125 patients of diarrhoea were reported from the localities situated on the eastern side of the railway line here today. Unchecked contamination of drinking water with pathogens following leakage of underground water pipes, non-compliance of orders to get water samples tested and the absence of proactive measures by the health authorities were identified as major factors behind the outbreak. The civic body authorities had also ignored the directions of the higher authorities, including Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu to clear heaps of debris dumped by contractors undertaking construction and repair work at various places of the town. A large number of inhabitants from localities situated on the eastern side of railway line here started visiting private and government hospital of the local town early morning. The number of patients examined and treated for various stages of diarrhoea crossed 125 by the afternoon even though a large number of suspected patients went unnoticed by the administration. Receiving information about the reports of the outbreak, Ahmedgarh SDM Dr Preety Yadav sought the cooperation of the management committees of secondary and tertiary-level hospitals in the management of the situation, besides advising SMO Fatehgarh Panj A makeshift camp at the affected area in Ahmedgarh; and (below) SDM Dr Preety Yadav supervises treatment and preventive arrangements at the Civil Hospital in Ahmedgarh. TRIBUNE PHOTOS Garanyian Dr Balwinder Singh to seek the assistance of medical staff posted at nearby government hospitals and dispensaries. Members of paramedical staff, who were in the field due to their preoccupied schedule, were also deployed in the localities of the epidemic. Referring to the information received from SMO Dr Balwinder Singh, Ahmedgarh SDM Dr Preety Yadav said more than 125 cases inflicted with various stages of gastroenteritis were reported from the affected area till the afternoon. Appreciating cooperation extended by private hospitals, Dr Preety Yadav said extra arrangements have been made to accommodate other patients if any. Maintaining that the civic body authorities had already been advised to make necessary arrangements to check the outbreak of any type of disease, Dr Yadav said: “I have once again directed the executive officer at the municipal council to ensure that water samples from all localities, besides the affected area, to be tested for fitness for human consumption. Officials concerned have also been directed to ensure hygienic conditions for all residents.” Authorities in the Health Department were advised to launch coordinated movement to education residents about preventive measures to check further spread of the disease. Various teams of continued on page 4 Meet for prayer at ‘dead’ bridge advertisement making rounds All for three square DESECRATION OF HOLY BOOK Over 100-yr-old Jagraon Bridge’s fate hangs in balance Shivani Bhakoo Accused was jobless, in depression and deliberately committed crime Tribune News Service Ludhiana, July 12 Left with no other option, residents have given an advertisement of a “prayer meeting” on the first “death anniversary” of Jagraon Bridge. The message is being widely circulated on WhatsApp groups, asking residents to gather and attend for a prayer meeting to be held on July 16 at the “dead” Jagraon Bridge. Commissioner Municipal Corporation Jaskiran Singh, on being told about such an advertisement, said: “I got to know about it. We do not have sufficient funds to pay for the entire cost of repair work of Jagraon Bridge. But I have spoken to the Deputy Commissioner on the issue. There are two departments — Excise and Transport— which fund for such works. If these departments help us financially, the MC can put the remaining amount and the repair work can be started at the earliest. Today, if we start the repair work, it will cost anything between ~30 crore to ~35 crore. And the MC does not have this much money to repair the bridge.” It has been over a year now when the Northern Railways declared some part of the Jagraon Bridge meals a day... Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service One side of the Jagraon Bridge, which has been declared unsafe by the Railways, remains closed even after one year, in Ludhiana. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN as “unsafe”. The authorities had closed the bridge but with that, a lot of hue and cry was raised in the city as it became too difficult to commute and the load was shifted to other main points. Later, one part of the bridge was opened from where traffic was allowed to pass through, but the other portion still remains closed for heavy vehicles. Since the bridge is about 100year-old, its immediate repair was needed. The Northern Railways had clearly indicated that it would get the work done, but finances were to be arranged by the MC. And it has been over a year, but the fate of Jagraon Bridge hangs in balance — because of paucity of funds. The advertisement With profound grief and sorrow we inform you the sad demise of “public needs”. On first death anniversary of our beloved *JAGRAON BRIDGE* ( S/o Railway & local government), left us July 14, 2016. Prayer meeting for rebirth and first closure ceremony will be held on July 16 at the dead part of bridge from 8 am - 9 am. GRIEF STRICKEN Ludhiana Residents. Ludhiana July 12 In a candid confession, Sukhvir Singh of Mundian Kalan, who surrendered at the police station after desecrating the Sikh’s holy book in the same village yesterday, admitted that since he was unemployed and facing financial worries, he wanted to land in jail to have his daily food and hence disrespected the holy book. Additional DCP Jasdev Singh said: “During interrogation, the accused admitted that he was in depression. Sukhvir had solemnised marriage in January 2017 and barely within four days of marriage, his wife left him.” “After his wife left him, Sukhvir went into depression. He made three attempts to commit suicide. On January 14, 2017, he consumed phenyl, then on February 20, he again consumed some poisonous tablets and later he again made a third attempt to end his life by consuming some medicine meant for wounds. Luckily, he did not succumb in any of the attempts” the ADCP said. When the accused made c m y b the first suicide attempt, he was removed from the electrical company where he worked for over five years and since then he was unemployed and in depression, the ADCP said, adding that his depression increased when his father was also kicked off from job this year. To overcome his depression, his mother and father, who are Amritdhari Sikhs, were regularly taking him to village gurdwara, where the accused was also doing sewa, Gurmeet Singh, a villager known to the accused, told the police. “I am jobless. I am not earning a single penny. I thought if I desecrated the holy book of the gurdwara I was visiting in routine, I will definitely land in jail, where I will at least get three times food on time. Due to this reason only I myself went to the police station to surrender,” the accused told the police during interrogation. Since the situation was still tense in Mundian village, the police have not taken the accused to conduct his medical at the Civil Hospital. Instead, a doctor was called at CIA premises, where the accused has been kept for his medical examination. Ludhiana, July 12 The Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has announced the abolition of octroi on electricity from July 1, 2017, after the levy of goods and services tax (GST) in the state of Punjab. A commercial circular (no 28/2017) issued from the PSPCL headquarters by the Chief Engineer/Commercial says that the octroi in various cities and towns under the jurisdiction of municipal corporations, municipal committees, municipal councils, nagar panchayats and notified area committees in Punjab, which was levied on all categories of consumers (except agricultural customers) at the rate of 10 paisa per unit on the consumption and sale of electricity, stands abolished with effect from July 1, 2017. Sources in the Punjab State Power Corporation revealed that for the time being, no additional levy in place of octroi would be charged from the consumers, while electricity duty, already being charged as per the prevailing tariff order approved by the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission, would remain in place. In other words, consumers would have to pay 10 paisa less for every unit of power consumed by them till the government decides to impose some other levy to cover the loss of revenue caused by the abolition of octroi.
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