06122017-LT-01.qxd 12/5/2017 11:58 PM Page 1 c m y b WEDNESDAY | 6 DECEMBER 2017 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE High drama at school ~7.5-cr heroin seized Inter-district games Student ‘not allowed’ to take exam as she had failed to pay fee due to non-release of scholarship. P2 Khanna police have seized 1.5 kg of heroin worth ~7.5 crore from two members of a gang. P3 Faridkot boys won two titles in carrom at 63rd Punjab School Inter-District Games-2017. P4 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 23°C MIN 8°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 5:24 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 7:11 AM Malwai magic LUDHIANA MUNICIPAL CORPORATION POLLS Complete delimitation within 45 days: HC Tribune News Service Students present Malwai giddha at the opening of Ludhiana Sahodaya School Complex Kabaddi Tournament in Ludhiana on Tuesday. HIMANSHU MAHAJAN P4 Rail passengers at receiving end in region Six trains were running late by up to 6.30 hours; Intercity Express short-terminated at Ambala Trains running late Kuldip Bhatia Ludhiana, December 5 Rail passengers to and from the national capital and various destinations in Punjab underwent an ordeal for yet another day as six trains, out of a dozen running on this route, were running late by up to six and a half hours. To make the matters worse, one train 14681 New DelhiJalandhar Intercity Express was short-terminated at Ambala Cantt (cancelled between Ambala Cantt and Jalandhar). According to railway officials, barring three pairs of morning and evening shatabdi express trains, both pairs of intercity express trains – 12459/60 and 14681/82 as well as the pair of 1297/98 Shan-ePunjab were delayed by up to six and a half hours, causing huge inconvenience to travelling public. As both intercity express trains, 14682 and 12460, leaving Ludhiana for New Delhi at 5.15 and 8.35 in the morning were running late by up to six hours, passengers were left stranded and chaos prevailed at the railway station for quite Chandigarh, December 5 Just over two months after the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation’s term came to an end, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the completion of delimitation process within 45 days before issuing poll notification. The direction by the Division Bench of Justice Surya Kant and Justice Sudhir Mittal came on a petition blaming the state government for “playing mischief” by not declaring its election along with other civic bodies. The petition had also blamed the State Election Commission for toeing the line of the state government. Seeking directions to the State Election Commission to hold Ludhiana MC elections along with the other municipal corporations of Punjab, Manjit Kaur Ghatourey and another petitioner have stated that Amritsar, Jalandhar and Patiala MC polls have been declared. But the Ludhiana municipal corporation was left aside. Claiming that the Ludhiana MC’s five-year term came to Petitioners’ contention The direction by the Division Bench of Justice Surya Kant and Justice Sudhir Mittal came on a petition blaming the state government for “playing mischief” by not declaring its election along with other civic bodies. The petition had also blamed the State Election Commission for toeing the line of the state government. . an end on September 19, the petitioners added the basic essence of elections — fairness — had been given the go-by as a result of the state interference and planning. Elaborating, the petitioners added not only were the elections to the other civic bodies to be held on different dates, even the results were to be declared separately. “The result of one would have bearing on the other corporation, which was the sole motive of the State of Punjab in interfering with the affairs of elections,” the petitioners contended. It was added that declaring elections to the municipal corporations of Amritsar, Jalandhar and Patiala, while leaving aside the Ludhiana municipal corporation, was clearly “in derogation of the mandate given by the Constitution of India”. The petitioners alleged that the state election commission was not acting as an independent body, but was acting in pursuance to the will of the state government, thereby compromising the very essence of independent elections. Describing themselves as elected members of the Ludhiana MC, the petitioners also asked for further directions to the respondents to hold the elections of all municipal corporations simultaneously and also declaring the results on one day as term of all bodies came to an end on the same day on September 19, starting from September 20, 2012. ■ By more than 12 hrs : 22423 Gorakhpur-Asr Jansadharan Exp ■ 5 to 8 hrs: 18101 Tatanagar- Passengers wait for their respective trains in Ludhiana on Tuesday. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN some time since there was no alternative mode of travel available to many passengers. Those manning the enquiry counters and booking windows had a tough time coping with the irate and clueless passengers. Meanwhile, railway officials said six trains were can- celled for the day and seven others were rescheduled for late departure. Among the cancelled trains were 12331 Howrah-Jammu Himgiri Express, 13049 HowrahAmritsar Express, 13050 Amritsar-Howrah Express, 14649 Jaynanagr-Amritsar Saryu-Yamuna Express, 14674 Jaynanagar-Amritsar Shaheed Express and 15209 Saharsa-Amritsar Jansewa Express. The rescheduled trains included 12355 Rajendranagar (Patna)-Jammu Archana Express (7.50 hrs), 12459 New Delhi-Amritsar Intercity Express (2.35 hrs), 12460 Jammu Exp, 22445 KanpurAmritsar Superfast Exp, 18237 Bilaspur-Amritsar Chhattisgarh Exp, 04401 Anand Vihar Terminus (New Delhi)-Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra Special Exp and 14673 Jaynanagar-Amritsar Shaheed Exp. ■ 3 to 5 hrs: 15655 Kamakhya-Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra, 18238 Amritsar-Bilaspur Chhattisgarh Exp and 22446 Amritsar-Kanpur Weekly Exp. ■ 1 to 3 hrs: 12587 GorakhpurJammu Amarnath Exp, 15707 Saharsa-Amritsar Jansewa Exp, 12919 Indore-Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra Malwa Exp, 15211 Darbhanga-Amritsar Jannayak Exp, 22429 Delhi Pathankot Exp, 12203 Saharsa-Amritsar Garib Rath and 12715 Nanded-Amritsar Sachkhand Exp. Amritsar-New Delhi Intercity Express (5.45 hrs), 14681 New Delhi-Jalandhar Intercity Express (5.30 hrs), 14682 Jalandhar-New Delhi Intercity Express (4.30 hrs), 18238 Amritsar-Bilaspur Chhattisgarh Express (3.20 hrs) and 22446 Amritsar-Kanpur Superfast Express (2 hrs). 3 employees of trader held for stealing goods Man rapes divorced wife, booked Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Ludhiana, December 5 The CIA wing of the Ludhiana Commissionerate claimed to have arrested three employees of a hardware trader and recovered stolen goods from their possession. The suspects have been identified as Kapil Singh of Dhandra road, Bali Singh of Basant Nagar and Rupesh of Atam Nagar. The CIA 1 in-charge, Gurvinder Singh, said a complaint was received by the CIA from Pankaj Garg, a resident of Durga Puri, Haibowal, that he owned Garg Enterprises, that dealt in hardware accessories, at Punjab Mata Nagar. He had alleged that the three employees were cheating him by stealing goods from his store. Kapil Continued on page 3 Ludhiana, December 5 The police have registered an FIR against a man on the charge of raping his wife after giving her divorce. The suspect has been identified as Kunal Lumba of Daresi. The complainant (32), a resident of Chandar Nagar, told the police that she got married to Kunal in 2007. Following her marriage, her parents bought her a house in Chandar Nagar where she had stayed with her two children and husband till 2015. In August 2017, owing to certain differences, she sought divorce from Kunal, and she continued to stay at the same house. "After giving me divorce, Kunal went to the UK. In November 2017, he returned from the UK and visited my house. He con- vinced me that he wanted to stay with me and my children. He also assured me that he would again solemnise marriage with me and on that pretext, he continued to make sexual relations with me," the woman told the police. The woman said during the course of time, she suspected that Kunal would not again solemnise marriage with her rather he just wanted to keep sexual relations with her. "When I informed my parents about Kunal's ill will, he turned furious and beat me up. On December 3, I filed a complaint against him," the woman added. Division No. 4 SHO Ashok Kumar said the case was registered against Kunal after verifying the facts. The police were conducting raids to nab the accused. Public inconvenienced as Jagraon Bridge construction lingers on Shivani Bhakoo Tribune News Service Ludhiana, December 5 Notwithstanding huge inconvenience to residents of the city, the authorities concerned have done little to start ground work for the reconstruction of Jagraon Bridge which has been declared unsafe by the Northern Railway. Ludhiana MP Ravneet Singh Bittu had claimed that the reconstruction of bridge would be done in the stipulated period of two years, come what may. In March 2017, the Congress government took over the reins of Punjab. Just two months after forming the government, local MLAs and Bittu took the credit for bringing a whop- Speaking out the ❝Jagraon Bridge isroad backbone of the city government has ❝Thisfulfil its promises. failed to network. Traffic from outer They make tall claims and areas and interior parts their promises never see converges on the bridge. But the light of day. How can the government is not paying any attention Jagraon Bridge be completed in the towards completing the project. stipulated time when no construction has taken place to date. SANJU DHIR, chairman, Ludhiana Woollen ❞ Manufacturing Association ping Rs 25 crore for the reconstruction of the bridge. Sources in the civic body said the Railway officials visited here a few days ago. They asked the MC authorities to get encroachments along the bridge removed as soon as possible. The SUNIL SINGAL, A TRADER encroachers have constructed kutcha/pucca houses along the stretch. Sanju Dhir, chairman of the Ludhiana Woollen Manufacturing Association, said the movement of heavy vehicles on the bridge has been stopped for more than one year now. It had ❞ become too tedious to take alternative routes. The bridge is the backbone of the city road network. The entire traffic from outer areas and interior parts of the city converges on the bridge. "But the government is not paying any attention towards complet- c m y b ing the project on time," said Dhir. Another trader, Sunil Singal, said they had to cut a sorry figure when buyers complain of harassment due to traffic snarls on Jagraon Bridge and in the adjoining areas. Meanwhile, Municipal Commissioner Jaskiran Singh admitted that the progress with regard to reconstruction of Jagraon Bridge was slow. He had discussed the matter with Deputy Commissioner Pradeep Agarwal. Now, they were going to take up the matter with the state government, so the issue could be taken up at the higher level and reconstruction work started at the earliest, he added. Residents face difficulties due to delayed Jagraon Bridge construction. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN
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