17042018-LT-01.qxd 4/16/2018 11:53 PM Page 1 c m y b TUESDAY | 17 APRIL 2018 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Special kids’ Ramayana Water consumption 962 given degrees Children with special needs of Nirdosh School stage Ramayana at Rotary Bhawan. P4 Dr Jasdeep Kaur has written a book, “Domestic water consumption pattern in urban areas”. P3 Degrees conferred on 962 students at GHG Khalsa College. P2 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 36°C MIN 21°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 6:56 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5:55 AM Free dialysis service at Civil Hospital ailing An evening of symphonies Only 3-4 dialysis a day; shortage of staff, machines Manav Mander Tribune News Service Vocalist Malini Awasthi sings during ‘A Symphony of Different Kind’ at Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan on Sunday evening. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN P4 Thieves who stole ~10 lakh from car caught in Delhi Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 16 Five days after Rs 10 lakh and a laptop were stolen from a car on RK Road, near Cheema Chowk, the police claimed to have solved the case with the arrest of two teenage boys from Delhi. On April 11, the boys, who Man dies after being gored by bull were riding a bike, told a citybased hosiery trader that he should stop his car as something was wrong at rear of the vehicle. When the driver stopped the car, the trader, who was sitting on the back seat, also stepped out to check what had happened. Meanwhile, the two bikers stole a bag containing a laptop and Rs 10 lakh in cash lying on the back seat of the car. After stealing the bag, they escaped and dumped the bag near Kirpal Nagar Bridge on National Highway 1. Commissioner of Police Sukhchain Singh Gill said the police had earlier recovered about Rs 3 lakh and the laptop in the bag. After scan- ning CCTV cameras, the police identified the bike that was allegedly used in the crime, he said. A police team was rushed to Delhi after getting the address of the bike owner. These two boys were apprehended for their alleged involvement in the theft from a slum area of Delhi, the police said. Tribune News Service Khanna, April 16 A scooterist, who was attacked by a stray bull near Machhiwara on April 13, died at the CMCH here on Sunday night. The deceased has been identified as Harwinder Singh (40), a resident of Gurugarh. Harwinder, who was a bachelor, worked at a service station. He was returning home in the evening on his scooter when a stray bull attacked him, After hearing his cries, members of his family and local residents rushed him to Civil Hospital, Machhiwara, However, the doctors referred him to CMC Hospital. After fighting for life for two days, Harwinder succumbed to injuries on Sunday night. — TNS Purse, chain snatched in city Ludhiana, April 16 Two more women have become victims of snatchers in the city. A bike-borne man snatched a purse containing Rs 20,000 and a mobile phone from a woman near West End Mall on Ferozepur Road. Nisha Garg of Rajguru Nagar stated that she, along with her husband, were going towards West End Mall when a biker snatched her purse. In another case, two-bike borne men snatched a gold chain from Usha of Jamalpur Colony while she was returning home on Sunday. — TNS ‘This is what we can do best to our capacity’ Dr Avinash Jindal, medicine specialist, said they handled three or four patients a day and many returned without dialysis. In a month, we are able to do 90-100 dialysis. This is what they can do best to their capacity. Staff shortage is a major issue and a couple of more machines can be an added advantage, he said. here, things turned out to be gloomy. There is so much of rush and the machines and staff are not able to handle it. Hoping against hope, I have planned to visit the hospital in the coming week and wish I could get my dialysis done that day,” he said. Janki Devi, a 62-year-old woman, said her son needed regular dialysis and they came to Civil Hospital for the same. The doctor asked us to get dialysis done every week. But their turn comes after every 10 days. “Something is better than nothing. This is what I think and get dialysis of my son done after 10 days,” she said. Dr Avinash Jindal, medicine specialist, said they handled three or four patients a day and many returned without dialysis. In a month, they are able to do 90-100 dialysis. This is what they can do best to their capacity. Staff shortage is a major issue and a couple of more machines can be an added advantage, he said. Sans salary for months, Sewa Kendra staff hold protest Storekeeper jailed in medicine scam case Gurvinder Singh Harwinder, the victim. Both boys originally belong to Madras. The police officials said they had recovered Rs 6.5 lakh from their home. A case under Section 379 and 34 of the IPC had been registered against the boys at the Division Number 6 police station. They would be presented before the court. Ludhiana, April 16 Shortage of infrastructure and staff at Civil Hospital has crippled the free dialysis service which was started by the government to help the needy. There are only three dialysis machines and four staffers to man these. The queue of patients is never ending as the unit can cater to only three or four patients a day. “It takes nearly four or five hours for doing dialysis on a single patient. We have only two nurses and two technicians on duty. In view of three machines and limited staff, we can handle a minimum number of patients only. We need more machines and more staff to treat every patient coming to the dialysis unit of the hospital,” said an attendant at the dialysis unit. Suresh Kumar, a patient, said initially, he was undergoing dialysis at a private hospital. But, it was becoming a costly affair for him because he is the only breadwinner of the family. “When somebody told me of free dialysis facility at Civil Hospital, I was so happy. But after reaching Ludhiana, April 16 Hundreds of employees of Sewa Kendras in the state protested outside the office of BLS Company at the Feroze Gandhi market on Monday. The company had been given the contract of running these centres by the SAD-BJP government a couple of years back. The employees were protesting against the company as well as the government for not being paid salaries for the past five months. They said it was extremely unfortunate that the government had become completely indifferent to their plight. They are struggling to survive as running MLA Simarjit Singh Bains speaks with officials of the BLS company during a protest by Sewa Kendra staff. PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN households has become impossible for them with no money in hand. Harpreet Singh, an employee, said: “I had to seek financial help from my friend to get my child admitted to school. That is harsh on the part of the company and the government to keep us from our hardearned pay,” he added. Another employee said he had raised a loan for purchasing a bike. He was unable to pay the loan instalments now. Parminder Singh, general secretary of the Sewa Kendra Employees Union, said they didn’t know where to go as the government was washing its hands of this problem. The district administration officials simply say they cannot help because the company has to pay the salary. “But such attitude of the government officials is surprising because we are working to provide online services to the public for the government only,” he said. Several employees alleged that they had been threatened that if they carried on with the protest, their job would be terminated. Lok Insaaf Party chief and MLA Simarjit Singh Bains reached there and said it was sad that the Congress-government, which had come to power on the promise of offering a job to every household, had not only failed to provide jobs to youth but it was also bent upon taking the jobs of the youths already employed. Amitabh Ghosh, an official of BLS company, told Bains that as the government had not made payments worth Rs 203 crore to the company, they were unable to pay salaries to the staff. He said the five-month salary of all employees came to around Rs 40 crore. Bains, after making calls to government officials, said he had been assured that around Rs 25 crore would be released soon. Our Legal Correspondent Ludhiana, April 16 Additional Sessions Judge Varinder Aggarwal has convicted a storekeeper of Civil Surgeon’s office, Vinod Kumar, a resident of Shivpuri here, in a case pertaining to medicine scam worth Rs 4.58 lakh. He has been sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for five years. A fine of Rs 2.2 lakh has also been imposed on him. Delivering the verdict, the court held him guilty of indulging in corruption, mis- appropriating medicines and forging documents. A case against him was registered at the Vigilance Bureau police station on August 10, 2006. According to the prosecution, he was working as a storekeeper. He showed a huge quantity of medicines supplied to different health centres. After an inquiry, it was found that he supplied less medicine to several centres and no drugs at all to others. He forged documents to hide this misappropriation of medicines. Collection of ‘Illegal’ entry fee at Transport Nagar raises eyebrows Welfare society sets up barricades, security gates under community policing scheme, collects fee without MC’s permission Have no authority to permit entry-fee collection, says SHO Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 16 In the name of community policing scheme, ‘unauthorised’ entry fee is being levied on trucks and other commercial vehicles at Transport Nagar. It is learnt that the Ludhiana Transport Welfare and Development Society (registered) has installed security gates at all entry points and put up barricades there. Besides, the society has displayed entry fee boards at the gates. Earlier, the Transport Nagar Scheme was under the Ludhiana Improvement Trust. But the Trust later handed over the land to the Municipal Corporation. Officials in the MC claimed no permission had been granted to the welfare society for charging entry fee at Transport Nagar. Now, a few transporters have raised Division Number 6 SHO Davinder Singh said they had no authority to permit anybody to charge entry fee. Assistant Commissioner of Police Mandeep Singh said: “We recommended security arrangements under community policing at Transport Nagar. If the welfare society charges any fee, it is their internal matter.” Officialspeak Engineer with Ludhiana Improvement Trust Jagdev Singh said LIT had handed over the Transport Nagar scheme to the MC. The Tehbazari Superintendent of Zone B, Abdul Sattar, said he was unaware if any entry fee was being charged at Transport Nagar. Municipal Commissioner Jaskiran Singh said they had not granted any permission in this regard. If the MC receives any complaint, requisite steps would be taken in this regard, he claimed. Entry fee being charged from truckers at Transport Nagar Ludhiana. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA questions how any welfare society can collect entry fee from commercial vehicles, trucks and other heavy vehicles without involvement of the authorities concerned. The private security staff deployed by the welfare society charge small commercial vehicles Rs 20 each and heavy vehicles Rs 30 for a period of 24 hours. Besides, the monthly pass facility (Rs 200) is also available. Earlier this month, senior police officials had inaugurated the security gates under the community policing c m y b scheme. A transporter claimed that the way of charging fee was wrong as a private body cannot charge entry fee. He asked if it was justified welfare societies start charging entry fee in their respective colonies across the city. Councillor’s take Councillor from Ward No. 20 Navneet Singh said: “No entry fee should be charged at Transport Nagar. The transporters should collect funds on their own for development instead of imposing any entry fee. The common man should not suffer.” What society says The society claimed they had been doing everything in a legal way as well as on the recommendation of police. President of the society Jasmeet Singh Prince said the security system and gates had been set up under the community policing scheme. “The Municipal Corporation had failed to ensure development in Transport Nagar that is in the most pitiable condition. A large number of thefts had been reported from Transport Nagar. Even vehicles were stolen in routine. On the recommendation of the police, we have set up security gates to curb criminal activities. We will pay salaries to security men from the amount collected as fee. The remaining amount will be spent on development of the area. All transporters appreciate our move. If the government can give Rakh Bagh to a private firm for development, what is wrong if entry fee from trucks and commercial vehicles is charged for development in our area? We don’t levy any fee on two-wheelers and cars”, he added.
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