06092017-LT-01.qxd 9/6/2017 12:18 AM Page 1 WEDNESDAY | 6 SEPTEMBER 2017 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Name roads after trees Commuters suffer District judo tourney RBS Roots, an NGO, has written to the district administration to rename city roads after trees. P2 Ditches and potholes are taking a heavy toll on commuters’ vehicles after recent rain in Sahnewal. P3 Govt Girls High School, Madhopuri, win U-17 and U-19 titles. P4 FORECAST SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS | MAX 33°C MIN 24°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 6:43 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 6:06 AM Rail traffic goes haywire Amarinder likely to skip visit today According to late evening information, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s visit to Ludhiana on September 6 has been cancelled for “health reasons”. In his place, Minister for Local Bodies Navjot Singh Sidhu will visit the city as well as Chhapar Mela on Wednesday. Though none of the officials confirmed it, a top official here said most likely, the visit of the CM has been cancelled. Our Correspondent Ludhiana, September 5 Citing operational reasons, the Northern Railway authorities cancelled the 12497/12498 New DelhiAmritsar-New Delhi Shan-ePunjab Express for the day causing huge inconvenience to the travelling public. The misery of the passengers on the Ludhiana-New Delhi route was further compounded by curtailment in the run of 14682 Jalandhar-LudhianaNew Delhi Intercity express which did not make its regular run from Jalandhar and instead, originated from Ambala Cantonment for its onward journey to New Delhi. The Railway officials said two other trains – 15212 Amritsar-Darbhanga Jannayak Express and 15933 Continued on page 3 Not caring two hoots about the rules, banners have been put up on signage all over Ludhiana. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN BRIEFLY Man kidnaps son, booked Ludhiana: The Division No. 7 police have booked a man for kidnapping his son. He has been identified as Ramesh Kumar, a resident of Gohana, Sonepat. Simrandeep Kaur, a resident of Tajpur Road, said she got married to Ramesh in 2010 and they had a son, Harshdeep. A few years after marriage, some dispute cropped up between them and they got divorced. On September 4, one of the friends of Ramesh, Kochu, made her son sit in the car with a promise to arrange his meeting with his father. The police registered a case and launched a manhunt in the case. TNS Five child labourers rescued Ludhiana: Continuing its drive against child labout, the District-level Task Force Committee has rescued five child labourers from a factory in the Sunder Nagar area. Led by the Assistant Commissioner (Grievances), Dr Poonam Preet Kaur, a team carried out a raid at D Jain Hosiery. These child labourers were employed at wages as low as Rs 100 or Rs 150 per week. They worked from 8 am to 7 pm and were given food and clothing. Dr Poonam Preet Kaur said the rescued children would be presented before the District Child Welfare Committee. TNS Bid to loot ATM Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 5 Thieves made a failed attempt to loot an ATM of Punjab National Bank at Daad village in the Sadar area today. They used a gas cutter to break the ATM. They reportedly abandoned their attempt after noticing vehicle movement near the spot. According to the police, the ATM cash chest had more than Rs 5 lakh. Although the thieves were caught on the CCTV camera of the ATM booth, they couldn’t be identified as their faces were covered. The investigating officer, ASI Balkar Singh, from the Sadar police station, said CCTV footage showed two masked men in the booth. “The ATM was lying locked and there was no guard. As Continued on page 3 15-year-old girl survives honour-killing attempt Brother strangles her, throws her into gorge in Haridwar Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service The survival story Ludhiana, September 5 Suspecting her sister’s character, a man took her to Haridwar in Uttarakhand where he first strangled her and then threw her into a gorge near Chandi Temple. Fortunately, the 15-year-old girl escaped with injuries and she lodged a complaint with the Uttarakhand police. On her complaint, the police, led by Sub-Inspector Jatinder Bhandari, conducted a joint raid with the Miller Ganj police post in-charge Sukhdev Raj here on Tuesday and arrested the man. The Uttarakhand police have taken him in their custody. The suspect has been identified as Sudhir Goswami, son of Ram Puri Goswami, a resident of cycle market at Muradpur, Gill road. The Uttarakhand police have also taken along his father and mother to verify their role behind the conspiracy to kill the 15-year-old girl. Sukhdev Raj, police post in The girl’s brother strangled her and threw her into a gorge, presuming her dead. Next morning, the girl regained consciousness and she climbed back to the Chandi temple in Haridwar. She informed the priest about the incident. The priest took her to the Shampur police station where an attempt-to-murder case was registered against the girl’s mother, said the police She did not pay heed to ❝bad character, we facedmy advice ofinstaying away from such activities. Owing to her humiliation society. ❞ . SUDHIR, Victim’s brother charge, said during preliminary interrogation of Sudhir, he revealed that he wanted to kill his sister because she was of bad character. “My sister had eloped three times with some boys with whom she might be having an affair. She did not pay heed to my advice of staying away from such activities. Owing to her bad character, we faced humiliation in society. People not only in Ludhiana but also in our village in UP made fun of us. Fed up with the daily insult, I hatched a plan to eliminate her,” Sudhir told the police. Sudhir works at a shop as labourer while his father works at a factory. Sudhir further told the police that on Saturday, he, along with his sister, went to Haridwar, where they visited various temples and other tourist places. On Sunday, they went to pay obeisance at the Chandi temple. After paying obeisance, while they were coming back from the temple, he first strangled her sister at an isolated place and then threw her into a gorge presuming her dead. “On Monday morning, the girl’s good fortune saved her AMARINDER’S GHAR GHAR ROZGAR PROGRAMME P4 life and she climbed back to the Chandi temple. She informed the priest about the incident. The priest took her to the Shampur police station where an attempt-to-murder case was registered against the girl’s mother. Today at 5.30 am, the Uttarakhand police reached here and sought our help to trace Sudhir. We conducted a raid and nabbed him,” Sukhdev Raj told Ludhiana Tribune. He said about two months ago, the girl had eloped with Rahul and then his brother had lodged a complaint with the police. Left parched for 2 hrs, say students Akash Ghai Tribune News Service Mohali, September 5 Hundreds of students of private universities and government educational institutions were put to harassment by not being provided bottled water for over two hours at the “Ghar ghar rozgar” event held at the Sports Complex, Sector 78, here today in which the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, distributed appointment letters to the youth. Reason: Health officials could not provide test reports of the water samples on time. In a remote corner, around 5,000 bottles of mineral water were stacked but were reportedly not distributed for around two hours as officials of the technical department manning the counter waited for the test reports. People were seen roaming around in search of water in humid conditions today. On condition of anonymity, a person manning the counter said earlier a lot of the mineral water bottles was found unfit for consumption. So a fresh lot of 10,000 bottles was ordered. Teachers of a government ITI from Ludhiana and several students were seeing arguing with those manning the mineral water counter. ‘Don’t know why we were brought here’ Several students, who were ferried to the venue in buses of private colleges, were seen roaming around on the main road. “We don’t know why we have been brought here when only a few fellow students will get appointment letters,” said Ramneek and his friends, who were seen clicking selfies and photos while sitting under a tree on the Airport road here. “We kept waiting for water bottles for an hour. We don’t know what the issue is but we weren’t given water,” lamented a group of students. Most invitees/students to the function reached the venue around 12.30 pm. The distribution of water bottles started only around 2 pm, when the event was about to start. There were still many who complained that they did not get enough water bottles. Mohali Deputy Commissioner Gurpreet Kaur Sapra admitted that she had received such reports. “I came to know that there was a delay of one hour in the distribution of water.” She said she would ensure that no such problem occurred in such events in the future. Setback for Punjab as Hero builds up its Lanka facility The state government has remained indecisive on the mega bicycle project of Hero Cycles for the past two years ‘Shifting our focus on Sri Lanka’ Shivani Bhakoo Tribune News Service 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: What can be done to inculcate civic sense among residents of the city? Readers can email their comments by Thursday in not more than 100 words at ludhiana.feedback@ mail.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 number. Ludhiana, September 5 It is perhaps the bad luck of Punjab that the much-awaited world’s largest bicycle plant to be set up by Hero Cycles in the state has not been started yet because of the dilly-dallying approach adopted by the government. The government has remained indecisive on the project for the past two years. In a telephonic conversation with The Tribune, Pankaj Munjal, CMD of Hero Cycles, has said the company is all set to invest a huge sum in Punjab, which can certainly revive the dying cycle industry. “But the state government’s indecisiveness has halted the project. Though the company has been aggressively working ❝But the state government’s Cycles displayed at an expo in Ludhiana. FILE PHOTO on plans to establish the world’s largest bicycle plant in Punjab. Under this ambi- tious plan, the company will set up a global supplier and logistics park capable of scal- c m y b indecisiveness has halted the project. The company has been aggressively working on plans to establish the world’s largest bicycle plant in Punjab. Under this ambitious plan, the company will set up a global supplier and logistics park capable of scaling up to 12 million per annum volumes. It will be the single largest facility under one roof. But since there has been no positive response from the government, we are shifting our focus on Sri PANKAJ MUNJAL, CMD of Hero Cycles Lanka. ❞ ing up to 12 million per annum volumes. It will be the single largest facility under one roof. But since there has been no positive response from the government, we are shifting our focus on Sri Lanka,” said Munjal. In a major move to consolidate and power continued surge in the premium and performance bicycle category in India and Europe, Hero Cycles has decided to invest in Sri Lanka and increase its manufacturing capacity to a whopping one million units per annum. Interestingly, the move comes at a time when the cycle fraternity in Punjab eagerly awaits the decision on setting up a cycle valley near Ludhiana. The Indian premium bicycle market is growing at a very healthy pace of 30%. However, most of the demand is being fed by China and Taiwan. This is a significant economic opportunity which has been in the offing for the past few years and it needs to be capitalised. The global cycle market is pegged at an unbelievable $50 billion (Rs 3,00,000 crore). The market is at a tipping point as it is primarily being fed by a higher priced product range from Taiwan and China. Managing Director Works, Hero Cycles, SK Rai said: “This equation can be tipped in India’s favour owing to a conducive economy and a favourable manufacturing environment which can be developed in Punjab. The Indian cycling category is in the expansion mode. Hero is leading the way and making inroads into new global markets. However, to fuel this global expansion, there is a need to increase domestic manufacturing capabilities”.
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