01092017-LT-01.qxd 9/1/2017 12:17 AM Page 1 c m y b FRIDAY | 1 SEPTEMBER 2017 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Civic body apathy Broad Strokes Education Stray dogs, broken chairs and lights greet visitors to the Rose Garden in Ludhiana. P4 Dera Sacha Sauda has been mired in controversy but why have our blinkers on? P3 MGM Public School holds Ved Prachrit Mandal Declamation Contest. P2 FORECAST THUNDERSTORMS | MAX 3O°C MIN 24°C | SUNSET FRIDAY 6:50 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 6:03 AM Staff nabbed with cash pilfered from ATMs Asst manager, 3 employees of SIS spent ~61 lakh, out of stolen ~1.17 cr, on Goa tours, ornaments etc Their modus operandi Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Ludhiana, August 31 The police have nabbed staff of the SIS cash service agency, which manages cash of various ATMs in the city, and recovered Rs 56 lakh from their possession. The accused, who had misappropriated Rs 1.17 crore, had spent the rest of the amount on their lavish lifestyle. The arrested persons have been identified as Varun Sachdev of Kishore Nagar and Harpreet Singh of Guru Gobind Singh Nagar, both appointed as custodial at SIS Company; Sukhpal Singh, alias Ronak (former employee of the company), a resident of Jagraon; and Ranjit Singh of Ram Nagar, assistant manager. Apart from Rs 56-lakh cash, the police have recovered gold ornaments worth Rs 2 lakh, six mobile phones, one laptop, one scooter, one ATM master key and one ATM admin card. Police Commissioner RN Lightning strikes at Connect office in Khanna Our Correspondent Dhoke said since the accused had authority to collect cash from banks and also had passwords of ATMs, they used to fill less cash in ATMs than what they withdrew from banks. Even when company did an audit of ATM machines, the accused would take the audit teams to only those ATMs where cash balance was as per the bank withdrawals. They transported cash on scooter Dhoke said as per the rules, whenever a cash service company employees go to banks to collect cash or to fill it in ATMs, they must use a company van meant to transport cash securely. But the accused used a scooter to transport the cash. “The police are investigating the role of other company employees who allowed them to transport huge cash on a scooter,” the CP said. . Police Commissioner RN Dhoke (extreme right) addresses a press conference following the arrest of the employees of a cash service firm in Ludhiana on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Dhoke, DCP-Crime Gaganajit Singh and ADCP Surendra Lamba conducted a press conference today. Dhoke said on August 4, company manager Animesh Srivastav had complained to the police that their company managed the cash of 20 ATMs of various banks in the city and its employees, namely Varun and Harpreet, were given the authority to collect cash from banks and then to fill it in various ATMs. Assistant manager Ranjit Joy comes pouring Singh and former employee of the company Sukhpal (was recently expelled for embezzlement of cash by the company) connived with the cash custodial men to steal cash from ATMs. “After stealing cash, Varun and Harpreet had gone for holidaying in Goa, Vrindavan, Delhi and at some other hill stations where they spent lavishly,” the CP added. Revealing their modus operandi, Dhoke said since the accused had authority to collect cash from banks and also had passwords of ATMs, they used to fill less cash in ATMs than what they withdrew from banks. Even when company did an audit of ATM machines, the accused would take the audit teams to only those ATMs where cash balance was as per the bank withdrawals. Dhoke said since all accused were drawing between Rs 10,000 and Rs 15,000 salary from the company and were handling cash worth lakhs, they devised a Continued on page 2 Khanna, August 31 A building housing the office of Connect and a local cable network company was struck by lightning on Thursday, resulting in a loss of about Rs 5 lakh. Internet services provided by the company in the city were disrupted. The repair of damaged equipment was continuing till the reports last came in. A telephone exchange of Connect and computers, tower, LCDs, cameras and transmitters of the local cable network company were damaged. The rain started at about 3.30 and lightning struck the building at about 4 pm, said Baljit Singh, an employee. Team takes measurements at Grand Walk mall Tribune News Service Ludhiana, August 31 A team of the Local Bodies Department from Chandigarh today visited the Grand Walk mall here to take "measurements" of the building. Though officials of the building branch of Municipal Corporation here expressed unawareness about any such visit, sources said the team was specially sent from Chandigarh for the purpose. One of the officials said: "Hearing in the case related to the mall falls on September 6 and a few formalities had to be completed. The team was sent here to take measurements". The Grand Walk mall's owner, Gurdeep Jujhar, is close to the Badals. It is alleged that undue favours were did to him by the previ- After a hot and humid day, girls enjoy rain in Ludhiana on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN SNIPPETS Payal woman dies of swine flu Ludhiana: A 45-year-old woman from Payal died of swine flu at Rajindra Hospital in Patiala on Thursday. With her death, the number of swine flu deaths in Ludhiana district has reached 13. Four new cases of swine flu have also been reported. The patients belong to the villages of Rusalda, Choti Haibowal, Tibba Road area and Jagraon. All patients have been admitted to the PGI. TNS Girl kills herself after IELTS result Khanna: A girl of Issru village, near here, allegedly committed suicide by consuming a poisonous substance after she got a poor result in the IELTS test. The deceased has been identified as Harnoor Kaur (18). She wanted to go abroad for further study, for which she took an IELTS test some days ago. She could secure only 5.5 bands as against the required 6 bands. Investigating officer, ASI Jagjiwan Ram, said no case had been registered and the body was handed over to her guardians after post-mortem. OC Survey under housing scheme Ludhiana: Municipal corporations and nagar councils will start a survey from September 1 to identify SC and BC beneficiaries under the “Punjab Urban Housing Scheme 2017”. This was disclosed by ADC Surbhi Malik. In the first phase, population with annual income less than Rs 3 lakh will get the benefit of this scheme. In the second phase, cases of those with annual income less than Rs 5 lakh will be taken up. The beneficiaries will be provided houses free of cost. Besides, LIG members, whose income is less than Rs 6 lakh, will also be benefited under the scheme, said Malik. TNS A crowd gathers at Grand Walk mall during MC action. FILE PHOTO ous government. It is also alleged that he had encroached on 3,000 square yard of a green belt of the MC. The top floor of the building was allegedly constructed in an illegal manner. The MC staff did not pay much attention towards taking stern action against anomalies at the mall, it was learnt. the ❝Hearing inmall caseon related to the falls September 6 and a few formalities had to be completed. The team was sent here to take measurements. AN OFFICIAL ❞ Celebration time for marriage palace owners Relief in conditions for regularisation of existing marriage palaces in new policy of the Punjab Government Kuldip Bhatia Ludhiana, August 31 The Punjab Government has notified a new policy for regularisation of the existing (illegal) marriage palaces and setting up new marriage palaces in the state. Hailing the government initiative to provide relief in conditions for regularisation of existing marriage palaces, the Ludhiana Marriage Palaces Welfare Association has opined that under the relaxed norms, most of the marriage palaces would be eligible for regularisation and the sector would get a much needed boost. The policy notified on August 11, 2017, provides yet another opportunity to the existing marriage palaces who could not submit their applications under the previous policy (during OctoberDecember 2016) for regularisation and to owners of new A sealed marriage palace on the outskirts Ludhiana. A FILE PHOTO marriage palaces that had come after the expiry of previous policy. The last date for submission of applications for regularisation has been fixed as October 31, 2017. Amarjit Singh Prince, president of the Ludhiana Marriage Palaces Welfare Association, said the previous policy for regularisation of marriage c m y b palaces did not yield the desired results as the conditions were tough to meet, and a majority of marriage palaces did not qualify for regularisation. “Total exemption of parking area, reduction in upfront payment, required road width etc are welcome measures which will pave the way for regulat- ed growth of marriage palaces,” he added. Outlining the objectives of a revised policy for the regularisation of existing marriage palaces, officials of the Housing and Urban Development, Punjab, said till the formulation of policies for regularisation of marriage palaces, these were considered purely commercial activity. “But with the change in social setup and owing to scarcity of common places to hold social functions, these (marriage palaces) have been classified as a special category of buildings. “Under the previous policies, 1,093 applications were received from time to time from various parts of the state, of which 109 marriage palaces had been regularised and change of land use (CLU) to 401 marriage palaces was allowed, leaving 580 marriage Continued on page 2 580 marriage palaces illegal in social ❝Withofthe changeplaces to set-up and owing to scarcity common hold social functions, these (marriage palaces) have been classified as a special category of buildings. Under the previous policies, 1,093 applications were received from time to time from various parts of the state, of which 109 marriage palaces had been regularised and change of land use (CLU) to 401 marriage palaces was allowed, leaving 580 marriage palaces as “unauthorised” because these did not fulfil the criteria officials of the Housing and Urban Development, Punjab ❞ What new policy envisages ■ 100 per cent exemption for parking area where payment of CLU, external development charges (EDC), permission fee (PF) and state infrastructure fund (SIF) are concerned. ■ The upfront payment of charges has been reduced from 25 to 15 per cent and balance payment to be made in six equal monthly instalments without any interest. ■ The CLU, EDC, PF and SIF for the remaining area remain unchanged ■ Condition of minimum road width within master plan areas has also been slashed by 25 to 50 per cent depending on total area of the marriage palaces.
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