09022018-LT-01.qxd 2/9/2018 12:19 AM Page 1 c m y b FRIDAY | 9 FEBRUARY 2018 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Achiever Science Congress City skaters shine Hardeep Pal has won gold in 2nd Shaheed Mangal Pandey Open Taekwondo Cup. P2 PAU holds Science Congress under the aegis of Punjab Academy of Sciences, Patiala. P2 Chashmeet and Harshveer have proved their mettle in the Open Nationals. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 22°C MIN 6°C | SUNSET FRIDAY 6:09 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 7:12 AM 11 file nominations on Day 1 565 names missing from voter lists: AAP MC ELECTIONS Tribune News Service Firefighters douse fire at a hosiery factory in Bajwa Nagar on Thursday; and (below) flames engulf the first floor. TRIBUNE PHOTOS Goods worth lakhs burnt in Bajwa Nagar hosiery fire Fire brigade puts out blaze on the first floor in four hours Tribune News Service Ludhiana, February 8 A major fire was reported at a hosiery unit located in Bajwa Nagar this morning. Goods worth lakhs were destroyed in the fire. Since the fire broke out on the first floor of the Satyam hosiery, firemen had a tough time dousing the flames. The fire was noticed around 9.15 am when factory workers saw smoke billowing out of the building. They immediately informed the fire brigade. Within five minutes, fire engines reached the spot and the fire-fighting operation resumed. Firemen said due to narrow stairs leading to the first floor, it was tough for them to reach there to douse the flame. Firemen said they managed to douse the flames within four and a half hours. Eyewitnesses said the building had developed cracks due to the fire. Senior Fire Officer Srishti Nath said a short-circuit could be the cause of fire but the exact cause would be ascer- MAJOR FIRES IN INDUSTRIAL HUB Ludhiana, February 8 Process of filing nominations for the Municipal Corporation elections started today with 11 candidates filing their papers on the first day. The process will continue till February 13. The Ludhiana MC has 95 wards. The polling would be held on February 24 and the results would be announced on February 27. However, no nomination was filed for the elections to Payal and Jagraon Municipal Councils. Additional District Electoral Officer-cum-Additional Deputy Commissioner Neeru Katyal said on the first day, one nomination was filed each for Ward Number 2, 16, 22, 40, 44, 90 and 93 while two nominations were received each for Ward Number 27 and 59. She said nominations could be filed till February 13. No nomination would be received on February 10 and 11, which are government holidays. The nomination papers would be scrutinised on February 15. The date of withdrawing nominations would Tribune News Service Jaswinder Kaur of the National Rashtriya Congress files her nomination at the DC office on Thursday. HIMANSHU MAHAJAN be February 16 and on the same day, election symbols would be allotted. In the city, around 10.50 lakh voters would cast vote to elect representatives from 95 wards. The electorate comprises 5.67 male, 4.82 lakh female and 23 from third gender. Voting for Ward Number 17 of the Jagraon Municipal Council and Ward Number 5 of the Payal Municipal Council would also be held on February 24. The Congress and the Lok Insaaf Party (LIP) are yet to release their lists of candidates while AAP the BJP and , the SAD have released their respective list of candidates. COMPLAINT CELL Ludhiana: Following the Deputy Commissioners directions, a cell has been established for election-related complaints. Residents can file their complaints regarding elections and violation of the model code of conduct. The Joint Commissioner, MC, Poonampreet Kaur, said a WhatsApp number for complaints will be made available shortly. Residents can contact the cell at 01612224312 or send e-mails to email@example.com. Ludhiana, February 8 District president of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) (Urban) Daljeet Singh Grewal, alias Bhola, has accused the Congress of tampering with voter lists. He said the votes 565 persons, including his family members, were missing from the voter lists of Ward Number 11. He submitted a memorandum to Deputy Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Agrawal and demanded action in this regard. Bhola has remained a councillor twice while his wife is contesting election from Ward No. 11 this time. He said they had checked the lists of other wards too and found the names of 565 voters missing. He alleged that the Congress was using unfair means. He said AAP was fully prepared to contest the elections. Naib Shahi Imam disputes claim of Congress ticket aspirant Oct 24: Gee Ess Knitwear in Maharaja Ranjit Singh Park Oct 29: New Madhopuri Nov 20: Amarson Polymers where 16 people were killed. Nov 24: Bahadur-ke-Raod Nov 26: Ink factory, Daulat Colony Dec 14: KR Knitwear Dec 28: Vidhata Hosiery Jan 10: Vasu Creations on Kakowal road January 25: Vardhman Steels Mill in Focal Point, Phase 4 Tribune News Service Ludhiana, February 8 Naib Shahi Imam Maulana Usman Rehmani Ludhianavi has accused a Congress ticket aspirant from Ward No. 11 of misguiding him as well as other persons. At a press conference, the Naib Shahi Imam alleged that Asha Garg, who is a ticket aspirant of the Congress, had given him a memorandum that members of the Muslim community were supporting her in the MC election to Ward No. 11. To show support by members of the Muslim community, the woman misguided them and got their signatures on a page in a wrong manner, he alleged. When officials from Jama tained only after completing investigation. When asked if the factory had all fire arrangements in place and also had mandatory NOC from the Fire Department, Nath said it was yet unclear. The record was being checked to verify the same. Director of Factories, Punjab, NP Singh visited the spot. He was seemingly dissatisfied with the poor fire arrangements on the factory premises. Naib Shahi Imam Maulana Usman Rehmani Ludhianavi addressing a press conference. TRIBUNE PHOTO Masjid contacted the members of the Muslim community, it was found that the members of the Muslim community were asked to sign the document on the plea of constructing a road or correction in voter lists, he claimed. The Muslim community did not sign the document to support her, he claimed. The Naib Shahi Imam demanded from President of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Congress Committee (PPCC) Sunil Jakhar strict action against Asha Garg. Meanwhile, Asha Garg denied the allegations. She said people had signed the document and supported her for Congress ticket from the ward. She said it was the right of every person to demand ticket from parties and she had done nothing wrong. Earlier, the Shahi Imam had urged the PPCC chief and the Chief Minister to allot tickets to Muslim candidates in the MC elections. He had also claimed that Shehnaz Bano and Gulstan Begam from the Muslim community have filed applications for Congress ticket from Ward 11 and 9 respectively. He claimed members of other communities also supported them. 10-year jail for raping 9-year-old Punjab’s ‘Padman’ has rendered yeoman service Two defraud Dena Ludhiana: Additional Sessions Judge Jagdeep Kaur Virk has convicted Shamsher Singh of Janetpura village, Jagraon, of raping a 9-year-old girl. He has been sentenced to 10-year rigorous imprisonment. A case against him was registered at the Sadar Jagraon police station on October 14, 2016. TNS Nitin Jain ERS ED SEW CHOK Will vote, if sewers don’t choke: Residents P4 ❝ Ravi Bhagat, Chief Administrator of PUDA and GMADA. The aim was to raise the hygiene level of women and girls, especially in villages, where because of lack of awareness, financial problems and social stigma, little effort had been made to provide sanitary napkins. Napkin-vending machines were installed in various schools as girls used to feel shy to purchase these from vendors. to mind is that of Ravi Bhagat, a young IAS officer of Punjab who has rendered exceptional services for the welfare of women in the state by extending his hand in making available sanitary napkin manufacturing and vending machines at the places where he was posted. Long before the movie makers thought about the idea to make a feature on the The Tribune here today, Bhagat, a 2006-batch IAS officer, reminisces that the idea behind manufacturing sanitary pads and installation of napkin-vending machines was to provide affordable napkins to women, particularly to those settled in rural areas, where women still use traditional methods during their menstrual cycle every month. “The aim was to raise the Tribune News Service Chandigarh, February 8 When people go to watch the movie “Padman”, starring Akshay Kumar, not many would know that Punjab has its own “Padman” who has broken new ground with his unique initiatives, and given many a woman the means to face her monthly natural cycles fearlessly, and lead a life of dignity. The movie is being released on Friday. The movie “Padman” deals with the problems Indian women face during the menstrual days. It is the story of the guy next door who starts preparing sanitary napkins for female members of his family and gradually grows on to provide napkins to other women also. This “real-inspires-reel” movie revolves around people around us who silently and voluntarily contribute to the welfare of others. One such name the movie brings issue, during his stint as Deputy Commissioner of Faridkot, Amritsar and Ludhiana, Bhagat, who is presently posted as the Chief Administrator of PUDA and GMADA, had done pathbreaking work by taking up the unique initiative of providing low-cost sanitary napkins to rural and underprivileged girls and women. Sharing his thoughts with c m y b ❞ hygiene level of women and girls, especially in villages, where because of lack of awareness, financial problems and social stigma, little effort had been made to provide sanitary napkins. Napkin-vending machines were installed in various schools as girls used to feel shy to purchase these from vendors. Besides, it was decided to provide three napkins every month without any cost to every girl,” he said. According to Bhagat, it served two more ends. It helped in checking absence of girls in schools during the menstrual days. Besides, the manufacturing of sanitary pads was given to rural as well as homeless girls, providing them employment, which resulted in their financial empowerment. “We roped in various NGOs, private banks and philanthropists under the Corporate Social Responsibility continued on page 4 Bank of ~12.48 lakh Ludhiana, February 8 The police have arrested two persons for making fraudulent withdrawals from ATMs of Dena Bank. The suspects, Honey and Sourav Sharma, both residents of Chandar Nagar, had withdrawn about Rs 12.48 lakh from ATMs of Dena Bank situated across the country in the past three months. On a complaint by Deputy Zonal Manager of Dena Bank, Ludhiana, Ram Dyal Negi, a case of fraud has been registered against the two suspects. Negi said the suspects had withdrawn cash from ATMs of Dena Bank situated in Ludhiana, Delhi, Gujarat and Chandigarh. They were using ATM cards of Axis Bank which were issued by a local bank recently. “These swindlers were making fraudulent withdrawals from ATMs through genuine ATM cards. The fraud has exposed a defect in the banking security system. Despite cash having been withdrawn from an ATM machine, and the beneficiary receiving the message of withdrawal, the ATM shows the transaction as declined and the same entry will not show in the banking record. The swindlers used to take refund from the banks for these transactions. “After inserting the card in an ATM, the moment machine is about to dispense cash, the suspects used to cut the power supply to the machine. While swindlers got money, the ATM slip showed transaction as declined. As the bank had no ATM records, the suspects got refund against the ‘transaction’. In the past three months, they had withdrawn Rs 12.48 lakh through fraudulent transactions”. ASI Jaswinder Singh said investigation may expose more fraudsters. — TNS
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