12092017-LT-01.qxd 9/12/2017 12:04 AM Page 1 c m y b TUESDAY | 12 SEPTEMBER 2017 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE 9/11 victims remembered Goa youths abduct girl Tributes to Saragarhi heroes Students pray for the victims of 9/11 terrorist attack on its 16th anniversary. P2 Caught while heading towards Delhi. Girl rescued, two toy pistols seized from them. P3 Girls perform gatka to commemorate the 120th anniversary of the Battle of Saragarhi at Guru Ram Das Academy. P4 FORECAST SUNNY | MAX 34°C MIN 24°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 6:36 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6:09 AM Honing skills under the rainbow Man held with heroin to be delivered at varsity Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 11 In an incident pointing to the presence of drug mafia who are targeting university youths, a man was caught by the Government Railway Police with 10 grams of heroin at the local railway station. During his interrogation, he told the police that he had come from a village of Haryana. He had brought heroin from an unidentified person from Sonepat and he was going to supply it to some youths at Lovely Professional University, Jalandhar. The man has been identified as Musammi Ameet Nandal, a resident of Udeshipur village in Sonepat, Haryana. A case under Section 21, 61 and 85 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act The rainbow comes up over the PAU hockey ground with sprinklers functional on Monday. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN SNIPPETS Row over Dasehra venue BJP workers protest against the GLADA authorities in Ludhiana on Monday. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN Ludhiana: Reluctance of GLADA officials to permitting the use of its ground in Sector 32 on Chadigarh Road here for the Dasehra celebrations led to a protest by members of the Dasehra Committee dominated by functionaries of the BJP on Monday. Members of the Urban Estate Dasehra Committee alleged that they had submitted an application for permission to use the ground and paid the stipulated fee. However, the officials wanted recommendation from the Congress legislator before granting permission. The members of the committee squatted in front of the office of GLADA Estate Officer and raised slogans. BJP leader Kamal Chatley said the Congress was making a mockery of the democratic system as its MLAs were interfering in religious festivals. The protest was called off when the committee was officially intimated that they could use the GLADA ground for the Dasehra celebrations. OC No govt logos on pvt vehicles Ludhiana: Commissioner of Police RN Dhoke has banned the use of logos, insignias, etc, of the Army, police or other govt departments on private vehicles in order to prevent their misuse by anti-social elements. He has stated that logos of “Police”, “Army”, “VIP”, “On Government Duty” and those of other departments are used on private vehicles, and keeping in view some of the terrorist incidents, it is a very serious issue because anti-social elements can use such logos to commit serious crimes. Using any logo of the police, Army or other government security departments or agency is also against the rules of Motor Vehicles Act. The ban orders have been issued under Section 144 of the CrPC. OC Cloth shop gutted by fire The gutted shop at Baba Than Singh Chowk. INDERJEET VERMA Ludhiana: A cloth shop was gutted by fire in the Baba Than Singh Chowk area on Sunday night. Ramapreet Singh, owner of Fashion Point, said he, along with his family, lived on the first and second floor of the building housing the shop. He got up at night when there was a power cut. He noticed flames having engulfed the ground floor. He, along with his wife, daughter and 60-year-old father, jumped on to the adjoining building to save themselves. Five fire engines had taken turns to put out the flames till 5 am. Ramanpreet said he had suffered a loss of around Rs 60 lakh in the fire. Fire officials said the reason for the fire seemed to be a short-circuit. TNS The accused in police custody. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA has been registered against Musammi. Inderjit Singh, GRP station in-charge, said they were interrogating the man to find out his channels of source and supply. “In preliminary investigation, we have found that he has been supplying the contraband for a long time. Because he is around 25 years of age, it is easy for him to get mixed up with students,” he said. Mayor, SAD/BJP councillors slam Cong, Sidhu SAD-BJP govt left the burden of liabilities, says Ashu Shivani Bhakoo Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 11 Leaving no stone unturned to prove his loyalty towards the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria, whose term comes to an end on September 19, has alleged that the Congress government has done nothing in the past six months and it is fooling the public by making hollow announcements. He has also accused Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu of lying and misguiding people. The BJP/SAD councillors today gathered at the Circuit House where they lambasted both the government and Sidhu. Gohalwaria demanded that Sidhu should resign from his post if he could not perform his duty as Local Bodies Minister. He said the state government and the minister both were making false claims and all these announcements were a political gimmick. The Mayor said: “All work projects announced by him have already been passed Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria, along with councillors of the SAD and the BJP, addresses a press conference in Ludhiana on Monday. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN by the previous Akali-BJP government. When the government does not have a single penny to pay salaries to the municipal corporation employees, from where will they bring money for these projects?” “Work orders worth Rs 413 crore were passed by our government under the PIDB projects, of which Rs 172 crore was released during our government’s tenure and an instalment of Rs 86 crore was also sanctioned. But when the Congress came into power, it stopped the payment of Rs 86 crore to the Municipal Corporation. This is clear that the Congress is indulging in petty politics,” said the Mayor. Voicing similar views, district president of the BJP Ravinder Arora said: “Sidhu’s attention is not towards development works but he just wants to grab the limelight. His announcement of Rs 3,568 crore for various projects in Ludhiana is one such example, as Rs 2,500 crore was already approved by the Central government for these projects during the tenure of the previous state government. The minister and the government are trying to get the credit of the projects which were taken up by the SAD/BJP government,” said Arora. Building branch officials in the dock RTI activists say building mafia violating bylaws with impunity in the industrial city Kuldip Bhatia Ludhiana, September 11 Building branch of the municipal corporation is gaining notoriety for not only poor enforcement of building bylaws but even conniving with the building mafia and closing their eyes to brazen violations where construction of illegal buildings without approved building plans, excess coverage and noncompoundable violations are concerned. Close on the heels a complaint about more than dozen illegal commercial buildings coming up in Zone C, now, a similar complaint has been filed for violations in Zone D that comprises upmarket and posh commercial and residential areas. In a specific complaint lodged with the Chief Secretary, the Additional Chief Secretary, the Local Govern- ment and the Additional Director-General of Policecum-Director of Vigilance Bureau against one of the building inspectors in Zone D of the MC, Rohit Sabharwal and Arvind Sharma, president and secretary of the Council of RTI Activists respectively, have alleged that the said official and field staff of the building branch (Zone D) were not performing their statutory duty of enforcing building bylaws and checking violations. They have further charged the building inspector with closing eyes to non-compoundable violations and not issuing challans for composition thereby causing loss to the MC exchequer. The complaint says that in many instances of illegal commercial buildings, the owners have also changed land of use from residential to c m y b Illegal commercial buildings ■ Sarabha Nagar (opp Wine Shop) ■ Sarabha Nagar An illegal building at Kochar Market (opp Punjab Broiler Street). TRIBUNE PHOTO commercial without payment of any fee while some other buildings were being constructed without (Near Bikaner Namkeen) ■ Green Field, Shakti Nagar Chowk ■ Jawahar Nagar Camp (Near Bindiya Packers) ■ Jawahar Nagar Camp (Near Hemkunt Karyana) ■ Kochar Market (Opp Punjab Broiler Street) ■ Near Midha Chowk (two buildings) approved building plans and excess coverage than the permitted area. Sabharwal and Sharma fur- ther maintained that even though notices under Section-269 of the Punjab Municipal Corporation Act, 1976 had been issued to the owners of some buildings, the procedure laid down in the said section was not followed which says that the field staff (building inspector in this case) should demolish the non-compoundable violations. “But working contrary to their duty, the field staff of the building branch (Zone D) have not taken any follow-up action for obvious reasons,” they added. The complaint said the building inspector named in the complaint was hand in glove with the builders and had made a lot of money by allowing construction of illegal commercial buildings in the area under his jurisdiction. It said anything less Continued on page 3 The Congress MLA Bharat Bhushan Ashu said had the SADBJP government’s working been transparent in the past 10 years, all funds would have been spent on development of the state. “An amount of Rs 196 crore was released under Smart City Mission. Where is that money? The Mayor should explain. Now, the Congress will have to pay Rs 196 crore sent by the Centre plus an equal amount as the state’s share. “Where is the amount sent by the Central Government for Atal Mission? That amount of Rs 140 crore, too, was diverted to other heads by the previous government. We have got nothing but the burden of liabilities. We have just come to power but they were here for 10 years. “Why the contractors of the MC are not willing to continue with development works? The Mayor should know that his own government never released timely payments to them. If the funds had come from the PIDB, them why contractors were not paid? The Mayor should know that during his tenure, the grant for a slaughter house and many other projects got lapsed,” said Ashu. Cop falls off bus, dies Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 11 A Punjab Police constable died after falling from a Punjab Roadways bus at Ziri Mandi Chowk near Sector 39. The incident took place on Sunday when the victim was getting down from the bus. According to the police, Sanjeev, a resident of Maloya village, complained to the police that the victim, Gurwinder Singh (59), a resident of Naya Nagar, Ludhiana, fell from the bus due to the negligence of the bus driver. The victim suffered a head injury. The police said that the bus did not stop after the incident. The victim was rushed to the government hospital in Phase VI, Mohali, from where he was referred to PGI. He later succumbed to his injuries at the PGI. The police registered a case Continued on page 3
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