29072017-LT-01.qxd 7/29/2017 12:14 AM Page 1 c m y b SATURDAY | 29 JULY 2017 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE 3 held with illicit liquor Aryan, Karanveer win Passion for photography The Khanna police have arrested three persons with 1,200 bottles of illegal liquor in two cases. P2 Sub-Junior Ldh District Badminton Tournament-2017 has begun at Shastri Hall. P4 A solo exhibition is being organised by Gurpreet Singh, a budding photographer. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLOUDY SKY | MAX 33°C MIN 26°C | SUNSET SATURDAY 7:23 PM SUNRISE SUNDAY 5:42 AM SNIPPETS Jumbo bed Man held for trafficking turtles Ludhiana: Officials of the Forest Department have nabbed a man for trafficking turtles. The accused used to bring turtles from UP and sell these to aquarium owners in the city. Turtle is protected under Schedule 1 of Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, and its confinement in any form is a non-bailable offence. Munish Kumar of Haibowal used to illegally get turtles from Uttar Pradesh and then supply these to traders here with the help of his accomplices Khushkaran Singh of Rishi Nagar and Jaspreet Singh of BRS Nagar. Division Forest Officer (Wildlife), Phillaur, Khushwinder Singh said they got a tip-off on Thursday and laid a trap at night. However, they could not succeed. But they succeeded on Friday when Khushkaran came to supply turtles near the railway station. The accused have been booked under Section 9, 49 and 51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act. TNS Woman gets life for murder Ludhiana: Additional Sessions Judge Jasvir Singh Kang has convicted Reena (32) of Nakodar, Jalandhar district, on charges of killing her stepdaughter, Reva (7), and father-in-law Narinder Kumar (61) of Punjab Mata Nagar here. She was ordered to undergo rigorous life imprisonment. A fine of Rs 10,000 was also imposed on the accused. According to the prosecution, strained relations with her stepdaughter and lust for property led to the double murder. Reena had cooked up the story of an attack by unknown persons, which she told her husband on the phone. Her husband, Hitesh Anand, lodged a complaint with the police in July 17, 2012. Later, the police arrested Reena and recovered the hammer used by her to kill her stepdaughter and father-in-law. OC Man alleges cop fired on his SUV Ludhiana: A car-borne man alleged that a policeman fired on his vehicle mistaking him a criminal in the Jamalpur area on Friday. However, the police said no firing took place. The incident reportedly occurred in the evening when Karamjit of Sahbana village, who was driving an SUV, hit a cyclist and tried to sped off. A policeman, who witnessed the incident, started chasing the SUV. Karamjit said the policeman opened fire and one of the tyres of his SUV burst. Karamjit, along with his two friends, abandoned the vehicle and fled the spot. Jamalpur SHO Avtar Singh said after ramming his vehicle into a cyclist, Karamjit sped off. He was neither chased by the police nor fired on. TNS Cinemas asked to install CCTVs Ludhiana: Cinemas and multiplexes have been told to install CCTV cameras and adhere to the fire safety norms. A meeting of police officials and managers of the respective establishments was held. Deputy Commissioner of Police Dhruman Nimbale chaired the meeting. “All cinema houses and multiplexes should have proper fire safety arrangements, so preventive action could be taken in case of urgency. Even the inspection of the safety measures should be done regularly by the department concerned,” the DCP said at the meeting. He also asked the managers to screen videos pertaining to the road safety, so movie watchers could also learn about road safety. The managers also agreed that before the start of films and during intermission, they will screen video clips on road safety. TNS A man relaxes on an elephant on a hot summer day. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Vague e-mails flummox city traders Some get dual GST number GST NUMBER Vishal Kumar has dual GST registration number. When he failed to receive provisional ID and password from the state taxation number for a few days, he applied under new registration and got the GST number. He got his bill books printed. But after a few days, he got the provisional ID and password from the state taxation department, hence another GST number was issued. Manav Mander Tribune News Service Ludhiana, July 28 Registration under goods and service tax (GST) is giving a tough time to traders as many of them are still in the process of getting their GST numbers. The files of applications for GST registration online are randomly sent to either the state taxation department or to the GST commissionerate. The files are then sent to the central office in Chandigarh. From the central office, some of the applicants are receiving show-cause notices through e-mail. The e-mail with the subject ‘show cause The solution Business has been hit due to non-issuance of GST numbers to many traders. A FILE PHOTO A senior official from Chandigarh said the e-mails were just being forwarded by them as received from the central processing centre, Bengaluru. There seem some problem with the software. In this case traders can contact the help desk at firstname.lastname@example.org. notice’ when opened shows the text as: “Your number has not been issued due to the following reasons”. But nothing follows actually. Traders are doing the rounds of offices to know the reason for nonissuance of GST numbers. and asked me to go to Chandigarh. My work had already come to a halt. I am unable to do any sale or purchase since I have not received my GST number. Now left with no other option, I will go to Chandigarh to Mukesh Kumar had applied for the GST number last month. He has received a notice from the department with vague information. “I went to the central GST office in Ludhiana but they said they knew nothing about it 4 leisure valleys to come up in city: Ashu SAD-BJP says it’s no point holding meeting when there are no funds F&CC meeting called off Tribune News Service Kuldip Bhatia Ludhiana, July 28 The Punjab Government has decided to develop four leisure valleys in Ludhiana city, to provide pollution-free environment to the residents of the industrial town. The MLA, Bharat Bhushan Ashu, disclosed this while planting a sapling during the Van Mahotsava function at Government Industrial Training Centre on Gill Road today. Talking to media persons, Ashu said the Punjab Government had chosen Ludhiana as one of the districts in which more than 3.75 lakh saplings would be planted till the end of this Monsoon season. Besides, the government has initiated a project to develop a green belt on the banks of the Buddha Nullah, which would be completed soon. Replying to a question about traffic congestion in the city, Ashu said three new ROBs were proposed by the government. These would be constructed near Convent School at Pakhowal, Ishmeet Singh Chowk and from Dugri Road to the Old Grain Market. On this occasion, Congress leader Kamaljeet Singh Karwal urged the government that saplings be provided free of cost to schools and panchayats during the monsoon season. Ludhiana, July 28 Development work in the mega city has been the major casualty in the ongoing fight for one-upmanship between the ruling Congress and the SAD-BJP coalition, which is in the saddle at the Municipal Corporation. While most of the development projects, which are in various stages of execution in the city, have been stalled by the new (Congress) government, citing gross irregularities and misappropriation, a meeting of the Finance and Contracts Committee (F&CC), convened by Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria here last evening, was cancelled after the members (belonging to the SAD and the BJP) protested, saying that if no funds were available for development, then what was the purpose of holding this meeting. Apparently, the members of the F&CC, including Senior Deputy Mayor Sunita Aggarwal and Deputy Mayor RD Sharma (both from the BJP), along with Jagbir Singh Sokhi (SAD), lodged a protest at the very onset of the meeting, saying that when the MC did not have adequate funds even for patchwork on damaged roads, why a heavy agenda of more development A pre-emptive move However, there is more to it than meets the eye if sources are to be believed. Insiders say it was a strategic move by the ruling coalition in the MC to pre-empt the veiled attempt by the Congress councillors and legislators to get development projects approved for their respective areas and take credit for the same in the upcoming civic elections. ing that there was no political motive behind cancellation of the meeting. He said the agenda items (for the F&CC meeting) comprised development work of wards represented by all three major parties. The Mayor further observed that the meeting was cancelled on the suggestion of members who wanted the development projects to be approved when funds were available with the MC for their execution. However, he did blame the Congress government for bringing various development projects to a complete halt in the name of audit. MC work suffering: BJP projects, involving expenditure of several crores, had been put before the F&CC. The lone Congress member of the F&CC, Balkar Singh Sandhu, being out of town, did not attend the meeting. However, there is more to it than meets the eye if sources are to be believed. Insiders say it was a strategic move by the ruling coalition in the MC to pre-empt the veiled attempt by the Congress councillors and legislators to get development projects approved for their respective areas and take credit for the same in the upcoming civic elections. After the meeting was can- celled and the proposed agenda items were deferred to the next meeting, a war of words started between Mayor Gohalwaria and BJP-SAD members of the F&CC on one side and the Congress councillors on the other, each of them blaming the other for halting development in the city. While Sandhu alleged that with an eye on the civic elections, the reigning SAD-BJP combine in the MC was making desperate attempts to blame the Congress for stalling process of development, Mayor Gohalwaria stoutly denied charge, say- c m y b District BJP vice-president Parminder Mehta has said rather than making castles in the air, the Local Bodies Department, headed by Navjot Singh Sidhu, ought to realise ground realities and work for public welfare. He said immediately after formation of the Congress government, the MC staff was deployed on other duties such as checking of old-age pensions, blue cards and now cable connections. On one hand day to day work in the MC is suffering, but on the other development has been stalled due to the paucity of funds. know about the reason for non-issuance of GST number,” said Kumar. Sharanjit Singh, another applicant, said he was facing the same problem. “I got a mail from the department with vague information. I do not know who to contact. I was previously a VAT dealer, so I went to the state taxation department. But they were not able to help me and then I went to the central taxation system office. But even they are not aware of the reason for non-issuance of GST number. I am just waiting for another communiqué form the department,” he added. Jatinder Khurana, state president of the Indian Taxation Advocates Association, said: “E-mail does not clearly tells about the reason for the rejection of the application and it is not possible for every person to go to the Chandigarh central office. The local offices are not aware about these vague e-mails” he said. Youth who stole things from vehicles nabbed Tribune News Service Ludhiana, July 28 The Division No. 8 police today claimed to have nabbed a thief who had been stealing valuables from vehicles by breaking windowpanes with a catapult. The accused has been identified as Gagandeep, alias Gaggi (22), a resident of Preet Nagar. The police have recovered one motorcycle, one digital camera, three mobile phones, one catapult and small electronic devices from him. The accused, who is a drug addict, had been committing thefts to buy drugs. Additional DCP Surendra Lamba said CCTV cameras installed under the Safe City project helped the police in solving the crime. The boy was identified by the Safe The thief in police custody on Friday. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA City team and a trap laid to nab him. The accused had stolen a laptop from the car of Sanjeev Kumar, a resident of Civil City, outside a hotel. He used iron balls and a catapult to smash windowpanes of vehicles, Lamba said. The accused told the police that he had been committing such thefts along with his friend Sonu, alias Giani. He had stolen two laptops with the same modus operandi. “We are trying to trace the persons who had bought the stolen electronic gadgets from him and they will face FIRs,” he added. Missing man found dead in canal Ludhiana, July 28 A resident of Chandar Nagar, who went missing on July 26, was found dead in a canal in the Sudar area this evening. The police said Rakesh Kumar (42) seemed to have committed suicide as no injury marks were found on his body. In-charge of Jagatpuri police station Balwinder Singh said a missing report was lodged by the family of the deceased on July 26. They told the police that Rakesh had left home for the market but did not return. On July 27, his scooter was found outside the gur- dwara at Dehlon. Today, someone informed the family that a body was seen floating in the canal. They identified the body as of Rakesh. Though preliminary probe suggests that it is a suicide, post-mortem report will confirm the exact cause of his death, said Balwinder. — TNS
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