30042018-LT-01.qxd 4/29/2018 11:25 PM Page 1 c m y b MONDAY | 30 APRIL 2018 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Post-result stress Man in woman’s clothes 11th Raising Day Clinical psychologists ask parents not to discuss their expectations related to marks with children. P2 Romanian youth dressed as a woman lands in police net after he exchanges fake Euro currency. P3 The 26 Battalion of the ITBP celebrates its 11th Raising Day at Baddowal campus. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 41°C MIN 25°C | SUNSET MONDAY 7: 04 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 5: 42 AM Yet another factory goes up in flames Roof of plywood manufacturing unit collapses, no loss of life or any injury to workers reported JEs get rap on knuckles for financial irregularities PSPCL WORKS Kuldip Bhatia Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 29 A plywood factory located on Sua Road in Dhandari caught fire in the wee hours on Sunday. The fire was so intense that the roof of the entire factory collapsed. However, no loss of life or any injury to workers was reported. As per the available information, the fire started around 3.30 am at Radha Plywood factory. Short circuit is said to be the cause behind the incident. Fire tenders reached the spot within half-an-hour and started dousing flames. Due to the incident, a huge stock of plywood worth lakhs was gutted. Sub-Fire Officer Shrishti Nath said while the fire tenders were on the way, factory men also tried dousing flames on their own, but could not control it, as the fire was intense. He said the roof was made of cemented slabs, due to which the entire structure collapsed. On being asked if the factory owner had firesafety arrangement in place, he said fire-safety arrangements were lacking in the unit and it did not have any No Objection Certificate (NOC). Fire at JM hosiery again Meanwhile, fire erupted at JM hosiery mills located on Bhadur Ke Road yet again. The Fire Department had to send two fire tenders to douse the flames. Notably on Friday, the Ludhiana, April 29 The audit wing of the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has rapped the junior engineers and their supervisory officials of various divisions falling under the West Circle of Ludhiana Central zone on the knuckles, for massive financial irregularities. The auditors have taken exception to failure of the junior engineers to render MAS (material at site) account of material worth some ~2.16 crore drawn by them for the past several years. As per the audit report of the Resident Audit Officer (RAO) for 2014-15 and 2015-16, copies of which were obtained under the Right to Information Act by Rohit Sabharwal, president of the Council of RTI Activists, the MAS accounts for material worth ~94.98 lakh drawn by JEs of Model Town (Spl) Division of the PSPCL during 2008-09 to 2014-15 were not rendered by them. The amount included the value of material worth ~23.87 lakh drawn by JE Piara Singh during 2008-09 to 201112, even though in the meanwhile, the JE had been transferred from Model Town (Spl) Division elsewhere. Similarly, scrutiny of the MAS records of West Tech subdivision under West Commercial Division revealed that the JEs had failed to render account of MAS worth ~111.42 lakh, drawn by them during the period 2012-13 to 2015-16. Taking to task the supervisory officials, auditors observed that no disciplinary action was taken against JEs, who had not submitted their MAS accounts and the erring JEs were allot- The plywood factory on Sua Road in Dhandari that collapsed after catching fire in the wee hours on Sunday. PHOTOS: ASHWANI DHIMAN hosiery caught fire, where a portion of the building had collapsed. One Ram Asheesh was also feared trapped inside the debris. Now, the administration has asked the factory owner to clear the debris, so that the missing person could be traced. The reason as to why the debris was not being removed was because the entire building, which already developed huge cracks, could fall any time. The police, however, have registered a case under Section 346 (wrongful confinement in secret) of the Indian Penal Code against unidentified person and launched further probe. Auditors take exception to the failure of Junior Engineers to render account of material worth ~2.16 crore drawn by them for the past several years ted fresh works. This indicated that the instructions relating to MAS accounts were not complied with by the Divisional and Sub-divisional offices holding administrative control. In such circumstances, the chances of misappropriation of material cannot be ruled out. Quoting standing instructions issued by the erstwhile Punjab State Electricity Board (now PSPCL), the audit report says: “JEs are required to close the accounts of material drawn by them and submit the same to the sub-divisional officer (SDO) concerned within one month of completion of work. The SDO will further submit the same to divisional office after carrying out the prescribed checks. In case a JE fails to render MAS accounts, disciplinary action should be taken against him. Further, if the cost of material for which accounts are to be rendered exceeds ~10,000, a report should be lodged with the police and no further work should be assigned to him.” It was learnt that citing adverse audit notes, the continued on page 4 Mother-son threatened by Jalandhar bypass sealed, vehicular movement leading towards Phagwara via Phillaur curtailed resorting to firing, 7 booked Nikhil Bhardwaj Internet snapped, residents inconvenienced Death of Phagwara clash victim: Cops remain on toes Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 29 The police division number 4 on Sunday registered an FIR against seven persons for threatening a mother-son duo by resorting to firing in the Civil City area on Saturday. The duo fortunately did not sustain any bullet injuries. Seven persons were booked, out of which one was identified as Shibu. The accused are yet to be arrested. Rahul Jain, a hosiery owner, said his 14-year-old son Archie Jain had gone to the market to buy some household things on Saturday, when he was cornered by two youths, who started beating him. “When my son called his mother, the youth misbehaved with her as well and used foul language against her. They then called five other persons and one of them opened fire in the air. Fortunately, my wife and son escaped unhurt. We have no enmity with the youths but still, we are not sure as to why they thrashed my son and used abusive language against my wife,” he said. Jain demanded strict action against the youths. The police said different teams were on the job to arrest the accused. Ludhiana April 29 The police deployed a posse of force in and around the DMC Hospital after the doctors declared Yashwant Bobby (19), the Dalit youth who got injured in Phagwara clash, dead to maintain the law and order situation. Several nakas were installed at various strategic points in the city. The boy succumbed to his injuries around 1.45 am. Later, the board of doctors conducted the postmortem of the body, which was taken to Phagwara in a special ambulance amid tight security. Jalandhar bypass — the main city entry point, was sealed by the police. Vehicular movement leading towards Phagwara via Phillaur was curtailed. Vehicles heading towards Jalandhar were diverted from the Jalandhar bypass. It was only in the afternoon that vehicular traffic was resumed from Jalandhar bypass. A posse of police was also deployed at Ladhowal toll barrier, where senior police officials remained stationed since early morning. To prevent any protest or rally in the city, the police administration was already in touch with the Dalit leaders and talks were already on from last night. Still to tackle any sort of urgency, additional force was also kept on standby. Police vehicles also The government seems to have started using suspension of mobile internet services as an expedient to keep potentially volatile situation under control. But the suspension of mobile internet services for the second time within this month has not gone down well with residents. Mobile internet services remained suspended since last night in five districts including Phagwara, Kapurthala, Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur and Ludhiana. Many residents said they faced several problems and difficulties because of the nonavailability of mobile internet. As a result, many of them have started going for broadband connection again. “Work suffers because people depend on mobile internet these days. I The entry of heavy vehicles was stopped at the National Highway in the wake of high alert following the demise of a youth in Phagwara clash; (right) harried commuters being asked to use the diversion. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN conducted patrolling in sensitive areas of the city, where Dalit population resides. Sources said the police would keep a tab over the activities of Dalit leaders in the city. All local Hindu leaders were also told to stay at home till the time situation completely calms down in Phagwara. c m y b used to have a broadband connection earlier, but started using internet only through mobile,” Amandeep, a resident, said, adding: “But now, suspension of mobile internet service has become common. There has to be some alternative. I will again have to go for a broadband connection.” The Punjab and Haryana governments had suspended mobile internet services for a couple of days following the verdict on Gurmeet Ram Rahim, much to the inconvenience of people. Mobile internet was suspended by the Punjab Government again during Bharat Bandh on April 2. And now, mobile services were again stopped late last night.— Gurvinder Singh
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