26012018-LT-01.qxd 1/26/2018 12:22 AM Page 1 c m y b FRIDAY | 26 JANUARY 2018 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Self-examination centres 10 trains cancelled Zaika Akhand Bharat A deputation of the Association of the PSEB Affiliated Schools meets Manpreet Singh Badal. P2 Railway passengers in the region continue to suffer due to erratic run of long-route trains. P3 The PCTE Institute of Hotel Management organises Zaika Akhand Bharat - Ek Prayaas. P2 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 20°C MIN 5°C | SUNSET FRIDAY 5:57 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 7:21 AM 16 to be honoured for exemplary service They participated in rescue operation after a factory collapsed near Suffian Chowk R-DAY FUNCTION Tribune News Service Ludhiana, January 25 Sixteen persons, including employees of the MC and its fire wing, will be honoured at the district-level Republic Day function for their exemplary services during rescue operation after a plastic-manufacturing factory collapsed near Suffian Chowk. These officials had helped other staff and continued their duty till the rescue operation was over. Sixteen persons were killed in the factory collapse in November 2017. The district administration will honour leading fireman Surinder Kumar and eight firemen Navrang Singh, Ajeet Singh, Dinesh Kumar, Rajinder Kumar, Sunny Kumar, Sartaj Singh, Aatish Rai and Pawan Kumar. The invitations have been sent to these employees. The administration will also honour MC officials, including SDO Ranveer Singh, Foreman Kuldeep Singh, Superintendent Jasdev Singh Sekhon, two JCB drivers Pritpal Singh and Sardool Singh, for their exemplary services during the rescue operation. Besides, DSP Dharamvir Singh and former councillor Gurdeep Singh Neetu will be awarded for their courage and work at the site. Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal will honour them at the Republic Day function at Guru Nanak Stadium. “We have recommended the names of nine firefighters, who died in the incident, for gallantry award,” said Joint Commissioner Kulpreet Singh. Kidnappers threw him out of moving car at Shivpuri Chowk Tribune News Service Children of Maple Bear Canadian Playway & Nursery School , Udham Singh Nagar, Ludhiana, dressed as freedom fighters during the Republic Day celebrations at their school. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN CM’S AWARD FOR KHANNA SSP Khamano: Navjot Singh Mahal, Khanna SSP, has been selected for Chief Minister’s State Award for outstanding devotion to duty. He will be presented with the award by the CM at the statelevel Republic Day function in Patiala. Mahal has also been selected for President’s Medal for Meritorious Service that will be conferred soon. Mahal, who joined in 1993 as a Probationer Inspector, has worked as ADCP and DCP at Jalandhar. Tight security in place for R-Day Finance Minister to unfurl Tricolour at Guru Nanak Stadium Tribune News Service Ludhiana, January 25 Elaborate security arrangements have been made by the Ludhiana Police for the Republic Day function. Besides, a large number of traffic police personnel have been deployed at key locations to ensure a smooth movement of traffic. The main function will be organised at Guru Nanak Stadium where Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal will unfurl the national flag. Children from various schools and members of forces will perform various activities to mark the occasion. Functions will also be organised at various schools of the city. The traffic police have made elaborate arrangements to avoid traffic jams during the Republic Day celebrations. Traffic diversions have also been made on some roads to avoid congestion. According to sources, heavy police force has been deployed near the places where events related to Republic Day are being organised. The cops have been keeping strict vigil at the bus stand, railway station and other important places. Besides, the police have set up nakas at all entrances to the city. Commissioner of Police RN Dhoke said more than 2,500 police personnel had been deployed to keep strict vigil in the city. They had been directed to carry out random checking and install police nakas across the city. Manager rapes factory employee Violence hits ‘Padmaavat’ Cinema halls and multiplexes where the controversial film, “Padmaavat”, was released on Thursday wore a deserted look despite heavy security arrangements made by the police. Policemen stand guard at the empty ticket counters of the Orient cinema. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Ludhiana, January 25 The police have booked a manager of a private factory in the Samrala Chowk area for allegedly raping a girl employee. The suspect, Sanjay Parshad, has absconded. The police have registered a case on a complaint of the victim, who is a resident of the Gobind Nagar area here. She has stated that she works at a private factory where Sanjay Parshad works as a manager. A few days back, he took her to a house in the Samrala Chowk area on the pretext of some urgent work. “After entering the house, Sanjay Parshad locked the door from inside and raped me. He also threatened me and told me to not reveal the truth to anyone,” she states in the complaint. — TNS Oil tank explodes at Vardhman Steels Mill Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Ludhiana, January 25 A fire broke out at Vardhman Steels Mill in Focal Point, Phase IV this morning. How, ever, it was controlled in time and no one suffered injuries. Sources said fire safety arrangements were well in place inside the mill due to which rescue operation was started in time and the fire was doused within two hours. The fire broke out after a Trader kidnapped, robbed at gunpoint MAJOR FIRE INCIDENTS IN THE INDUSTRIAL HUB April 29: Hosiery unit in Daulat Colony May 5: A chemical factory near Cheema Chowk where two units and five godowns were gutted October 15: MR Hosiery in Gurbaksh Colony. October 24: Gee Ess Knitwear at Maharaja Ranjit Singh Park October 29: Hosiery units at New Madhopuri sudden blast in the furnace oil tank. The timely arrival of fire engines at the spot prevented the fire from spreading. November 20: Amarson Polymers November 24: A factory on Bahadur K road where 15 factory workers were rescued November 26: An ink factory at Daulat Colony December 14: KR Knitwear at Bajwa Nagar December 28: Vidhata Hosiery January 10: Vasu Creations on Kakowal road Fire officials said they had received a phone call from the mill officials around 8 am and they immediately sent fire engines to the spot. When they reached the spot, they saw one fire tank was on fire and it was a serious fire. c m y b “There were three oil tanks lying in a row of which one exploded. We managed to douse the flame within two hours and did not let the fire to spread to the other tanks. We were told that one furnace oil tank was having around 4,000 litres of oil. Fortunately, a tragedy was averted,” a fire official said. Senior Fire Officer Srishti Nath said a short-circuit could be the cause of fire but exact cause was yet to be ascertained. Ludhiana, January 25 A local businessman was reportedly kidnapped last night and robbed of Rs 45,000, two credit cards and a mobile phone. The kidnappers threw him out of the moving car near Shivpuri Chowk and took away his car. However, they abandoned the car on Chandigarh Road, near Samrala Chowk, after half an hour. The incident took place around 10:30 pm past night in the Model Town area when the businessman, Ashok Kumar, who owns a shoe showroom in the Gill Chowk area, arrived at his house. As soon as Ashok stopped his car outside his house, three persons, riding a motorcycle, arrived there. One of them tried to Hoardings galore, dustbins elude city Ludhiana: Hoardings of Swachh Survekshan have confounded residents as hardly any blue and green dustbins, shown on these hoardings, have been distributed in the city. P4 Ashok Kumar, the victim. break the windowpane. As the businessman opened the door of the car to ask the bikers what they were up to, one of them pulled out a revolver. After firing a shot, he pushed the businessman to the other side and himself sat on the driver’s seat. His accomplice sat on the back seat and they drove off. Both kidnappers snatched Rs 45,000, an i-phone and two credit cards from the businessman. They handed the credit cards to their third accomplice, who was following them on the motorcycle, and asked him to withdraw money. After some time, the man, who was riding the motorcycle, met them again and told them that he could not withdraw the money. After some time, the accused blindfolded Ashok and threw him out of the moving car near Shivpuri Chowk. Ashok reached his house in an autorickshaw and told his family about the incident. The members of his family rushed him Continued on page 2 Domestic help steals cash, gold ornaments Ludhiana, January 25 The police have arrested a domestic help for stealing cash and gold ornaments from a house in the Hargobind Nagar area. The accused, a resident of the Giaspura area, has been arrested under Section 381 of the IPC. Tilak Raj, a resident of Hargobind Nagar, said: “On January 22, after finishing work, the domestic help returned. In the noon, we found that two gold bangles, two gold chains, five rings, gold earrings, UK currency and Rs 42,000 in cash were missing from the house.” Sub-Inspector Varinder Kumar said: “When we strictly questioned her, she broke down and confessed to the crime. The police have recovered the stolen ornaments and cash from her house.” The woman was produced before a local court today which sent her to two-day police remand. — TNS
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