28042018-LT-01.qxd 4/27/2018 11:32 PM Page 1 c m y b SATURDAY | 28 APRIL 2018 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Fee blues Entry fee Road safety Parents accuse schools of coaxing them into paying annual charges and re-admission fee. P3 Transport unions, shopkeepers protest parking fee at all entrance points to Dana Mandi. P4 Activists of various organisations take pledge to spread awareness on road safety rules. P2 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 40°C MIN 25°C | SUNSET SATURDAY 7:03 PM SUNRISE SUNDAY 5:44 AM Hosiery unit gutted, worker ‘trapped’ Blasts take place in factory building on Bahadurke road housing petroleum products, boilers My father was on night shift, says missing worker’s son Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 27 A major fire was reported at JM Mills, a hosiery unit situated on the Bahadurke road in the wee hours of Friday. A two-storey building, which housed expensive machinery, huge stock of finished goods and raw material, was completely gutted in the fire. The factory housed a huge stock of petroleum products, inflammable substances, boilers due to which several blasts took place inside the building. The blasts have caused severe cracks on the walls of the building. A worker, Ram Ashish, a native of UP was said to , have been trapped inside the factory. Fire officials said they received a fire call around 1.35 am, following which several fire engines from Ludhiana, Samrala, Khanna and even the Halwara Air Force station were pressed into service. The firefighting operation ran for over 12 hours. Brij Mohan, owner of the factory, refused to entertain media queries. Shrishti Nath, a sub-fire officer, said fire was almost controlled in the evening. The firefighters combed the factory to trace the missing person but could find none. A portion, which had collapsed, would be combed once the debris cooled down. Surinder, who alleged his father was trapped inside the factory, raised the alarm around 9 am, almost seven hours after the fire, which raised suspicion over his claim. In a fire occurred in the factory a month ago, loss worth several lakhs was reported. Unpaid, MC staff burn govt effigy Ludhiana, April 27 The members of the Municipal Karamchari Sanyukt Committee burnt the effigy of Punjab Government as their salaries are not being released by the Municipal Corporation. The members gathered outside the MC headquarters near Mata Rani Chowk to mark their protest on Friday. They raised slogans against the MC authorities and the state government for not listening to their voices. They demanded from the authorities to release their salaries at the earliest. Vijay Kumar of the committee said they have staged multiple protests, but no steps have been taken by the authorities to release their salaries. “We will stage a protest on May 1, if our salaries are not released,” he said. — TNS Giaspura dwellers living in dismal conditions Page 4 copy Akhil gets 22nd rank in UPSC exam, Juhi 122nd Naina Mishra Tribune News Service Firefighters try to douse the flames at the JM Hosiery mill on the Bahadurke road in Ludhiana on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN LPG cylinder blast toll three Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 27 Toll in the LPG explosion that occurred at Samrat Colony, Giaspura, on Thursday has risen to three. A woman, identified as Shashi Singh (43), succumbed to burns at a private hospital on Friday morning. Her husband, Yashwant Singh, who is also said to be in a critical condition, is undergoing treatment. Sunita Yadav, at whose house the cylinder had exploded, was first to succumb to injuries. An hour later, her son Raj Yadav also died. Sunita’s husband Ashok Yadav (58), daughters Kajal (19) and Pooja (20) were undergoing treatment and their condition was stated to be critical. Vikas, whose sister-in-law Shashi Singh, succumbed to injuries, said she and her husband Yashwant had Cabinet minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu and MP Ravneet Bittu hear the grievances of LPG cylinder blast victims at Civil Hospital in Ludhiana on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN gone to help the family to douse the flames. “My brother Yashwant is also undergoing treatment and is stated to be in a critical state,” he added. On Thursday, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had announced an ex gratia for the families of the deceased and free treatment to the injured. MC to repair damaged house of the victim Ludhiana, April 27 Cabinet minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu and MP Ravneet Bittu today met those injured in the LPG cylinder blast at Samrat Colony, in Civil Hospital and Christian Medical College and Hospital on Friday. They promised the injured every help by the government. Ashu, while talking to the families of the injured, said Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has assured every necessary support to the injured. “Expert doctors have been deputed to take care of the injured and the government is monitoring their health. If need arises, they will be shifted to another hospital for better medication,” he said. The entire expenses on the treatment of the injured will be borne by the government, said Ashu. Bittu said Ashok Kumar’s house, where the unfortunate incident happened, would be repaired by the Municipal Corporation. “The families of the deceased will be given compensation of Rs 1 lakh each. Besides, free treatment would be provided to the injured. A magisterial inquiry has been marked in this case. Anyone found c m y b guilty, be it any person or department, will not be spared and strict action will be taken,” he said. A total of 34 persons were injured in the incident. Later, both leaders visited Bahadur-ke-Road where a factory was gutted in fire on Thursday night. They said people needed to be aware, so such incidents could be checked in the future. — TNS Surinder Kumar, who was anxiously running around the factory, carrying the photograph of his father, alleged that his father was doing night shift. On Thursday night, his father, a machine operator, joined duty at 8 pm. When he came to know about the fire tragedy, he rushed to the spot. He couldn’t find his father. His coworkers managed to safely come out of the factory. “I fear my father may have been trapped in the inferno. God knows if he is alive.” Surinder told The Tribune. Rajnish, another factory worker, said: ‘When fire started due to some spark on the first floor of the building, there was a sudden blast and the fire started spreading. Raj Kumar, a factory worker, informed the factory owner. There were around 12 workers inside the factory. They all started running here and there to save their lives. Owing to intense fire all around, some workers were trapped on the first floor. I, along with three others, including ‘chai wala’ Uma Kant, climbed down from the window with the help of a piece of cloth”. When they found Ram Ashish missing, they repeatedly called out his name. He could possibly be trapped in the factory, he said. Ludhiana, April 27 The Union Public Service Commission on Friday evening declared the final result of Civil Services Exam 2017 on its official website. Ludhiana-based Akhil Pilani has secured All-India 22nd rank while Juhi Jalota, who is married here, has bagged 122nd rank. Akhil (28) has completed his graduation in Information Technology from Netaji Subhash Institute of Technology. He had worked at Samsung Research and Development for four years. Later in 2016, he cleared the Indian Information Services (IIS) under the Civil Services. Akhil said: “This is a very prestigious exam and it was always on my mind. In October 2015, I started preparations for the exam. I used to study for 8-10 hours daily. Revision and practice is the only thing which helped me to clear the exam. The exam is itself a motivation because you get a chance to work at the grassroots level and contribute to society.” Akhil took coaching from Shri Ram Institute (general subjects) and Vajiram Institute (optional subjects) in Delhi. His optional subject was sociology. Juhi (28), who hails from Gwalior, relocated here four years ago after marriage. She completed her engineering from Jalandhar and had worked at an MNC in Delhi for one year. She has cleared the exam in the third attempt. Akhil Pilani Juhi Jalota Geetanjali, her sister-in-law, said: “She was fully determined towards the Civil Services. She wanted to contribute to society that’s why she chose it as her career. She has broken the jinx that marriage is the last option. She was able to crack the toughest exam in the country.” Juhi cleared the mains in her first attempt. However, she could not clear the interview. She left her job to prepare for the exam. She had taken coaching from Sri Ram Institute for one year, followed by self-study for two years. She used to study eight hours a day. Her core subject was philosophy.
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