08032018-LT-01.qxd 3/7/2018 11:48 PM Page 1 c m y b THURSDAY | 8 MARCH 2018 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Financial crunch Govt okays compensation Annual athletics meet Edu Dept reeling under financial crunch as the budget for Jan and Feb hasn’t been released yet. P2 Govt okays compensation to kin of 3 firefighters who couldn’t be traced in plastic unit fire incident. P3 Veerpal, Navtej, Inderjeet adjudged best athletes in 98th athletics meet at SCD College. P3 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 29°C MIN 13°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 6: 29 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 6: 44 AM ‘Man may work from sun to sun, but a woman’s work is never done’ INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY They may not be essaying the role of being someone whom others look up to, but are dexterous in whatever they are doing and living a life on their own terms that, too, with utmost dignity. On the eve of Int’l Women’s Day, TribuneCorrespondent Manav Mandermeets Pooja, who works at petrol station; Babita, who runs a dhaba; Payal, a bartender; and Rama, a sweeper. All of them are women next door and have decided to live life on their own terms. (Clockwise from above) Babita with her husband at her dhaba on Ferozepur Road; Pooja busy filling petrol tanks; Rama does the cleaning work at PAU; and Payal serving a perfect mix at one of the parties. LABOUR OF LOVE CALLING THE SHOTS Payal on the other hand calls the shots at most happening parties that are hosted in Ludhiana. Payal, is not only a mixologist, but a bartender, who concocts a perfect mixture by flipping bottles in style. She stumbled into this profession purely by chance, but loved it in the first try. Things were not TRIBUNE PHOTOS: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN her home. One of her daughters assists her in running the dhaba, while another daughter was recently married off. Tea, parantha and a vegetable for the day is what all she serves. “I cannot earn too much and only make both ends meet. But I wish I could send my children to school,” she said. Busy collecting money and filling petrol tanks of cars, the journey till now has been a roller coaster ride for Pooja. She has been working at a petrol station for over three years. “Initially, there were little hiccups but now, all is going well. Even customers now greet me with a smile and appreciate the work I do. My elder sister is working as a beautician, while younger one is studying,” she said. Her day starts early and she reaches the petrol station located at Cemetery Road at 8:30 am and leaves by 5:30 pm. A WOMAN IN THE STREET smooth for her in the beginning since she belonged to a conservative family and serving drinks was a strict no-no. One of her seniors, who was an expert in bartending, gave her the necessary lesson. “Now, I love to show my creativity by mixing new cocktails and serve something that is different and tasty,” she says. Mother of two, Payal is leading a life 28-year-old dies of drug overdose; friend booked Tribune News Service Ludhiana March 7 A 28-year-old boy was found dead in his car under mysterious circumstances. The deceased has been identified as Navjot Singh of Sector 32 A, Chandigarh Road. The police have booked deceased’s friend Gurpreet Singh of Karnail Singh Nagar, Pakhowal Road, for causing death due to negligence. Complainant Gulzar Singh, who runs a factory, told the police that his son had gone to the factory on February 24. He said he called him around ❝ My son was in the factory on February 24. I called him at 2 pm telling him to go and cast his vote. Later, when I called again, he did not respond. My son's phone was on till 11 pm, but later it went off. When we went to the police station to file a complaint, we were told that my son was found dead in his car in Jhande village. ❞ GULZAR SINGH, Father of the deceased 2 pm to go and cast his vote. Later, when he again called him, he did not respond to repeated phone calls. Singh said his son’s phone was on till 11 pm, but later it went off. “When we went to Jeevan Nagar police station to file a complaint, we were told by the police that my son was found dead in his car in Jhande village,” he said. Sources said the police initially initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPc as the deceased’s father had not suspected any foul play. Later, when the police started probe in the matter, it was found that Navjot and his friend Gurpreet Singh consumed drugs together in the car on February 24 and Navjot died due to drug overdose. To save his (Gurpreet) skin, Gurpreet parked the car at some isolated place and escaped. The police said had Gurpreet taken Navjot to a hospital, his life could have been saved, but his negligence caused his death. A case under Section 304-A of the IPC has been registered against the deceased’s friend. on her own terms. WORKING HER FINGERS TO THE BONE Meet Babita — a mother of six children, who did not lose hope after her husband met with an accident and lost his ability to walk. She runs a small dhaba on the busy Ferozepur Road. Hailing from Bihar, it has been 10 years that Babita made Punjab What Rama does at her workplace may seem very common, but she is doing this to earn a living and become financially independent. Rama is working as a sweeper at the Punjab Agricultural University. Her job timings are 8 am to 5 pm and every day after cleaning her own house and sending her three kids to school, she comes to the campus to keep it neat and clean. “No work is small and I love what I am doing. My work helps me to stand on my own feet and be financially independent for my own needs and I am proud of it,” Rama said proudly. Also see page 4 No let-up in crime against women Tribune News Service Ludhiana March 7 Even as the world is celebrating the International Women’s Day, there is no letup in crime against women. A 27-year-old woman alleged that she was raped by a resident of Mayapuri. The woman told the police that due to her differences with her husband, Abhishek Singla, the accused, started calling her up to express sympathy. As he developed friendship, he asked her to divorce her husband and solemnise marriage with him. In December last year, Abhishek came to her house, where he offered her cold drink laced with some sedatives. The moment she had the drink, she lost her senses. The accused then allegedly raped her. She said he was now blackmailing her as he had also clicked her photographs in an objectionable state. He also threatened her husband of dire consequences. The police have booked the accused under Sections 376 of the Indian Penal Code today and he is yet to be arrested. No claimant for seized Mercedes Cops write to firm for ownership details Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Ludhiana March 7 Ever since the police impounded a Mercedes from outside the office of a BJP candidate for the Municipal Corporation election from ward 53 in Hargobind Nagar area, no one has gone to the police station to claim its ownership. Suspecting foul play, the police have now written to the car company to seek the details of the car’s owner. The ADCP-1 had seized the car during a flag march ahead of the MC elections and Gauravjit Singh Gora, the husband of BJP’s woman candidate, failed to produce the documents of the car, after which it was impounded under Section 207 of the Motor Vehicles Act. Inspector Davinder Singh, of police division number 6, said a flag march was conducted by senior police officials on February 13, when a Mercedes car was spotted parked outside the office of a BJP candidate. The police had then asked Gauravjit Singh Gora, BJP candidate’s husband, to produce the documents of the car, but he failed to do so, following which the car was taken to the police station. BJP workers had then also raised the issue and termed it vendetta politics. SHO Davinder said it was a 2011 model and still had a temporary number, whereas as per the rules, now registra- A Mercedes car bearing a temporary number was impounded by the police from outside a BJP candidate’s office in Hargobind Nagar during MC elections. TRIBUNE PHOTO tion numbers are issued immediately while buying the car. “We have sought the record of the car from the company, so that the mystery behind the expensive car could be unveiled,” the SHO said. Former IFS officer ‘concerned’ over ‘smart’ shop project Writes to Chief Minister asking him to allow an independent agency to inquire as to how it was given an approval Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Following a complaint from the Canal Department, work on the MC’s ‘smart’ shop project was stopped last month. FILE PHOTO Ludhiana, March 7 Opposing the Municipal Corporation’s project of smart shops under the Southern Bypass flyover, a former IFS officer has written a letter to Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh requesting him to cancel the project. Former IFS officer SS Chana, who lives in Sarabha Nagar, claimed that the project would have adverse effects. Earlier, after a complaint by the Canal Department, the construction of shops on the site under the Southern bypass flyover near the canal bridge in BRS Nagar was stopped. An official of the Canal Department had then claimed that the construction of shops on their department’s land was started without taking the required ‘no objection certificate’. Expressing his concern over the project, Chana sought from the CM to cancel the project, as it would cause c m y b ❝ Sarabha Nagar and BRS Nagar were developed as purely residential colonies. Any commercial activity in this area is against the concept. Moreover, any damage to the flyover will be difficult to repair promptly due to the shops below. ❞ SS CHANA, Former IFS officer and resident of Sarabha Nagar various troubles for residents. The shops are to be constructed near the bridge linking Sarabha Nagar and BRS Nagar. In his complaint, Chana said: “Sarabha Nagar and BRS Nagar were developed as purely residential colonies. Any commercial activity in this area is against the concept. Moreover, any damage to the flyover will be difficult to repair promptly due to the shops below.” “Shops in a narrow strip below the flyover, will pose parking problems besides affecting the flow of traffic over the slip road. Shopkeepers as well as visitors are likely to throw garbage in the canal. Any accidental fire in any of the shops is likely to damage the flyover. The Corporation had earlier planned to beautify the canal strip within the city limits with beautiful landscape. Some NGOs had accordingly planted saplings along the canal bank which will be destroyed,” he said in the letter. He also requested the CM to allow an independent agency to inquire as to how the project was given the nod. The MC’s tehbazari wing, who is looking after the project, had earlier allowed a private firm to construct ‘smart’ shops under the flyover. The MC building branch’s ATP in its report also confirmed that no building plan was approved for the construction of these shops.
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