10102017-LT-01.qxd 10/10/2017 12:15 AM Page 1 c m y b TUESDAY | 10 OCTOBER 2017 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Differently abled shine Sahnewal traffic blues Students shine Special children from Jagraon have won eight medals at the 20th Punjab State Special Olympics. P2 Traffic congestion at Sahnewal Chowk has a cascading effect on all roads of the town. P3 Students of SISJMPS have won ~3,100 in Shabad Gayan contest. P2 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 31.6°C MIN 13.9°C | YESTERDAY MAX 32°C MIN 17°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 6.47 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5.59 AM ~15 lakh looted in daylight robbery SNIPPETS Raninder’s IT case adjourned till December 2 Two youths attack medical store employee with sharp weapon on the way to bank Tribune News Service LIT apathy vexes allottees Apathy of the officials of the LIT in reining in illegal occupant on several acres of prime land in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar has become a big thorn in the flesh of 124 allottees of residential plots in this particular pocket. P4 Store owner has no doubt on employee Speaking about the incident, Grover said Rakesh had been working at the medical store for the past three years and deposited money in the bank as routine. He said he didn’t suspect involvement of Rakesh in the robbery. assailants immediately picked up the bag. According to onlookers, when a man tried to intervene, the assailants intimi- Dy warder suspended Ludhiana, October 9 A deputy warder has been suspended for allowing a water cooler in Central Jail on Tajpur Road without checking. When the cooler was checked inside the block, bundles of ‘bidis’ and packets of tobacco were found in it. When the Jail Superintendent checked it on suspicion, he found 125 bundles of “bidi” and two packets of tobacco kept inside it. Deputy Warder Roop Singh was suspended and three more warders, including Manjit Singh, Harinder Singh and Krishan Lal, were issued a show-cause notice. According to the police officials, a Jagraon resident had given a water cooler to the Deputy Warder to be handed over to a jail inmate, named Gora. A departmental inquiry has also been launched, they said. TNS PHOTO INDERJEET VERMA Ludhiana, October 9 An employee of a medical store was robbed of Rs 15 lakh while he was going to deposit the cash in a bank here today. The incident took place during daytime when Rakesh, who works at a medical store on Gujjarmal Road, was sent to deposit the money at the HDFC Bank branch near Clock Tower by HK Grover, owner of the store. According to information, Rakesh left for the bank on the scooter of his employer. When he reached Gujjarmal Road in the old city area, near Chaura Bazar, two motorcycle-borne youths hit him on the shoulder from behind with a sharp weapon. Rakesh fell on the road with the bag containing Rs 15 lakh. The dated him with the weapon. After that one of the assailants picked up the Activa and both fled the scene. Meanwhile, Rakesh raised the alarm. By the time people from nearby areas gathered there, the bike-borne youths had escaped. Rakesh called up ADCP 1 Rattan Singh Brar who, along with other officials, reached the spot. Speaking about the incident, Grover said Rakesh had been working at the medical store for the past three years and deposited money in the bank as routine. He said he didn’t suspect involvement of Rakesh in the robbery. The ADCP said CCTV footage obtained from the area was being scanned. The police are investigating the matter from all angles, he added. Thumbs up to cracker ban in Delhi With the Supreme Court imposing a ban on sale of crackers in Delhi and NCR region till October 31, residents of Ludhiana also want the city to go green this Diwali. If not a complete ban, a deadline of 10 pm for bursting crackers should be strictly adhered to here. However, those dealing in crackers do not want the government to impose any such ban in the city, as it will result in heavy losses to them, observes Tribune reporter Manav Mander The Punjab Government should also follow suit. There is so much pollution on Diwali that it literally becomes impossible to breathe not only on that night but also for two or three consecutive days. Diwali does not necessarily means bursting of crackers. It is also meant for lighting ‘diyas’, spreading happiness through sharing and caring, and enjoying with our family and friends. I feel the SC move is a good initiative. ASHISH AGGARWAL, A Businessman I have seen what families go through after their near and dear ones suffer burns on Diwali. I am totally against the bursting of crackers. A complete ban PSPCL focuses on strengthening transmission Kuldip Bhatia Parents speak during their meeting at Circuit House on Monday. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN Parents to lodge PIL Allege loopholes in the fee Act Tribune News Service Ludhiana, October 9 Parents of schoolchildren studying in private schools in the district are going to file a public interest litigation (PIL) in High Court regarding “loopholes” and “flaws” in the Punjab Regulation of Fee of Unaided Educational Institutions Act that was passed by the SAD government. The parents said the Act had a number of “flaws” which would weaken the parents associations. The clause in the Act that complaints of individual parents cannot be lodged through the parents associations is an attempt to weaken the associations. They also alleged that the Act allowed schools to transfer funds in some other organisation which was against the rules of the CBSE. Schools have misused the interim orders of August 29 passed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Parents said the advocates of the parents association argued in the court on September 29 that schools had misused the orders that parents should deposit fee for two months of this academic session. So, the court in its interim orders of September 29 has said it will look into the cases of refund orders for 2012-13 and 201314, the parents said. The parents condemned the plea of the Punjab Government in the High Court that they could not intervene in the fee refund order. This is totally anti-people and antieducation stance of the government, Swaroop Singh, a parent said. They said schools were trying to pressure the parents into paying the alleged dues. The association had met the Divisional Education Officer, Nabha. The officer had issued a circular to private unaided schools that they are already running in profit, so they should accept fees according to the last year fee structure and schools shall not stop registration of students of Class X and XII for board examinations. They also alleged the schools continued to harass parents and students on the issue of fee. Ludhiana, October 9 The Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has chalked out an elaborate programme to strengthen transmission and distribution system in the city and other areas that fall in the central zone to bring about qualitative improvement in power supply and fulfil its commitment of providing uninterrupted power supply to all categories of consumers. Stating this at a news conference here today, the new Chief Engineer, Central Zone of PSPCL, Paramjit Singh, said a proposal had been finalised to erect new 66 KV lines from 220 KV substation at Ladhowal, which is under construction, to 66 KV substation on GT Road and 66 KV substation at Amaltas to strengthen the sub-transmission system. With the new 66 KV lines, the two substations would receive supply from two sources and the problem of frequent tripping in old city localities would be permanently solved. He said to improve power supply to the industrial sector, a detailed project report of Rs 50 crore had been prepared for replacement of worn-out network components of 250 category 2 c m y b Power plans ■ Electricity network in 11 towns in the central zone, Sahnewal, Bassi Pathana, Payal, Doraha, Bhadson, Amloh, Adda Dakha, Ahmedgarh, Malaudh, Raikot and Mandi Gobindgarh, will be renovated under the IPDP system with a project cost of ~68.11 crore ■ New 66 KV lines to end frequent tripping in old city localities ■ Underground power cables to be laid in Ghumar Mandi, National Road, Malhar Road, Pakhowal Road and Sarabha Nagar at a cost of around ~75 crore ■ Customer service to be improved and time taken in rectification of line faults to be cut down. (industrial) feeders in Focal Point and Industrial Areas in the city. “In an initiative towards the Smart City project for Ludhiana, the PSPCL has prepared a plan for laying underground power cables in Ghumar Mandi, National Road, Malhar Road, Pakhowal Road and Sarabha Nagar at a cost of around Rs 75 crore,” said the chief engineer. According to Paramjit Continued on page 3 Ludhiana: Chief Judicial Magistrate Jaapinder Singh on Monday adjourned hearing in the income tax case involving Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s son Raninder Singh till December 2. On October 3, the court of Additional Sessions Judge DS Johal had stayed summons ordered by the CJM against Raninder. Raninder’s lawyer Gurmukh Singh appeared on his behalf and placed on record the copy of order passed by the appellate court while staying the summons. Raninder was summoned to face trial on the accusation of wilfully evading income tax by the court of CJM on March 19, 2016. OC should be imposed on crackers not only in Delhi but also in the entire country. ANU SHARMA, A Nurse For me, Diwali is a day when I enjoy to the fullest. I do not burst a lot of crackers but enjoy celebrating Diwali with ‘anars’ and ‘phuljadhis’. I am not in favour of a ban on crackers on Diwali. MINNIE, A resident It is too late to make this announcement. Those dealing in crackers must have invested a lot of money. Now, the fear of workers losing jobs and traders incurring losses looms large. The government should compensate them.” VIKAS GAUSHAL, A resident Man gets jail in rape case Ludhiana: Additional Sessions Judge JPS Khurmi has convicted Karru Chowdhary of Mintu Colony here under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. He was sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for seven years. The court held that the prosecution had proved that the accused kidnapped the girl and raped her. The case against him was registered at the Basti Jodhewal police station on December 26, 2014, on a complaint of the victim’s father. He said the accused eloped with his 16-yearold girl on the pretext of marriage and raped her. OC
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