01052018-LT-01.qxd 5/1/2018 12:09 AM Page 1 c m y b TUESDAY | 1 MAY 2018 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Calf gets new lease of life ‘Zaffarnama’ in Punjabi Achiever A calf is operated on for ‘Bilateral Lateral Patellar Luxation’ a rare condition in cow calf. P2 A city-based author, Prof KBS Sodhi, has come up with Punjabi translation of ‘Zaffarnama’. P3 Anureet Goraya, a prodigy cyclist from city, has established herself in field of cycling. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 41°C MIN 26°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 7:05 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5:41 AM Fire suits still a distant dream for firefighters of the city ‘Less than 2% units have fire safety certificates’ Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 30 Even five months after the collapse of a plastic-manufacturing factory following a fire, wherein 16 persons, including nine firefighters, had lost their lives, the government has failed to provide fire suits and other equipment to the local fire brigade. The firefighters were seen wearing wet sacks to protect themselves from fire at the plasticmanufacturing factory in November 2017. The local Punjab Fire Services is also struggling with acute shortage of staff. Firefighters wait endlessly for equipment Firemen sans safety gear work under tough conditions at a factory in Ludhiana. A FILE PHOTO More than two years ago, the fire wing of Ludhiana had demanded from the government 32 imported fire-proof suits, 32 breathing apparatus sets, two HAZMAT vans, four advanced rescue vans, 26 new fire engines, 11 water boozers, 15 Jeeps, five light towers, 16 generators, 16 motorcycles, 16 mini fire engines, 16 hydraulic spread- ers, five foam tenders, 14 water mist on motorbikes, 10 high-pressure pumps, 10 portable pumps, three aerial ladder platforms, two turn ladder tables and 16 hydraulic cutters, etc, but a majority of equipment is still like a distant dream for the firefighters. POWER SHUTDOWN LUDHIANA 9 am to 2 pm: L-R Block, Model Town, and Children’s Park area. 3 mobiles found in Central Jail Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 30 The Assistant Jail Superintendent recovered three mobiles during a special checking at the local Central Jail on Sunday. According to information, Assistant Jail Superintendent Shiv Kumar, along with the jail guard, conducted a checking around 11 am. Shiv Kumar claimed to have found three mobiles during checking in the jail. Investigating officer Bhupinder Singh said the Assistant Jail Superintendent found two mobiles from two undertrials, identified as Boota Khan and Jatinder Kumar, alias Jinder. Bhupinder said an unclaimed mobile was also found during the inspection. A case under Section 52 A of The Prisons Act, 1894, has been registered against the accused at the Division No. 7 police station. The Division No. 7 SHO, Inspector Parveen Randev, said the mobiles would be sent to laboratory for testing. According to an official, they have received six new fire engines, few bikes and small vehicles, and four breathing apparatus sets. There are five fire stations in the city. At present, the fire wing has 17 fire engines, including six new ones, two bikes and two small vehicles. In 2017, a report stated that there were more than 1 lakh industrial, commercial and other units running under the jurisdiction of the MC, Ludhiana, but only around 1,700 establishments had obtained the no-objection certificate. The Punjab Fire Services recently started an audit to check fire safety arrangements at hospitals but it was reportedly stalled midway. A majority of hosiery units, running without fire-safety arrangements, are located on narrow streets where big fire engines can’t enter. Besides, there is no check on factories storing inflammable chemicals in an illegal manner. Assistant Divisional Fire Officer of Ludhiana Bhupinder Singh said no survey had been carried out to know the actual number of establishments that have no fire-safety certificates. Many old fire engines need urgent repairs. Owing to lack of equipment, such as advanced ladders, hydraulic cutters and other things, the firefighters face a lot of difficulties while fighting flames in high-rise buildings. In the absence of fire suits, they can’t stand extreme hot conditions. “It is hard to breathe in dense smoke, that also causes extreme irritation in eyes, while fighting a fire without safety gear,” said a fireman. Fire services reels under acute shortage of staff According to an official of the Punjab Fire Services, Ludhiana, the sanctioned posts of firemen are 86. There is a requirement of 374 firemen as many buildings have come up in the city in the past. However, there are only 22 regular firemen. Besides, 40 firemen, including some retirees, have been outsourced. “We need 352 more regular firemen in the city. Against 15 posts of subfire officers, five sub-fire officers have been posted here from other districts while 10 posts are lying vacant,” the official said. According to sources, the fire wing staff are generally forced to do overtime due to a shortage of staff. “All four posts of fire station officers are lying vacant. We require 86 regular drivers but there are only five of them. Twelve drivers are working on an outsource basis,” he said. Suffian Chowk factory collapse case sub judice The multi-storey building of Amarson Polymers at Suffian Chowk collapsed after a massive fire on November 20, 2017, killing 16 persons, including nine firefighters. A case regarding this fire incident is sub judice while factory owner Inderjit Singh Gola has been granted bail. The Station House Officer (Division Number 2), Inspector Gurwinder Singh, said the factory owner had got the building constructed without permission. “The owner had not made required safety arrangements in the building. We have completed our investigation and a charge sheet has been presented before the court,” he said. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had also marked an inquiry into the incident and the matter was being investigated by Divisional Commissioner of Patiala VK Meena. Deputy Commissioner of Ludhiana Pradeep Kumar Agrawal said the official concerned could comment about the status of the inquiry report. Meena was unavailable for his comments as he was busy with an official visit. Ludhiana, April 30 In order to save precious lives and bring down the number of mishaps in the city, the District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) and the Ludhiana Police, in association with the Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC), have started an initiative of tying reflective radium belts around the necks of stray cattle, a major reason behind accidents at night. District and Sessions Judge Gurbir Singh, who is also DLSA Chairman, started the drive. Addressing an Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 30 The Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertaking (CICU) has expressed concern over the recent fire incidents in the city. Upkar Singh Ahuja and Pankaj Sharma, president and general secretary, respectively, of the body, said the incidents of fire in industrial units had increased in the past one week. Two or three fires are daily reported in the local industries on an average, they said. “The chamber has taken an initiative to engage nationallevel agencies to hold training sessions, carry out audits and to create awareness on fire-prevention measures at units manufacturing plywood, garments and rubber, etc, which easily catch fire. These agencies will train staff in how to control various types of fire in the shortest span to minimise losses,” said Ahuja. Continued on page 4 Tarush of city gets LPG cylinder blast victim seeks state govt attention AIR 23 in JEE-Main Admitted to PGI in Chandigarh, he is not getting medicines free of cost Students remain on tenterhooks Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 30 A student of BCM Arya Model School, Shastri Nagar, has secured All-India Rank 23 in the JEE (Main) exam, the result of which was declared on Monday evening. The son of a doctor couple, Tarush Goyal, wants to become a software engineer. His father, Dr Sunil Goyal, is a rural medical officer and mother, Dr Rinkal Goyal, a Health Department official. Inspired by his uncle, who is a software engineer, Tarush had decided his aim in Class VIII and started preparing the ground in Class X. After securing 97.8 per cent marks in Class X in the ICSE exam from Sat Paul Mittal School, he also cleared the NTSE exam. He used to go for week- Tarush Goyal end coaching classes in Chandigarh and even cleared the NTSC exam in 2016. His mother says he has been very focused and working hard for the JEE (Advanced) exam. “Right now, he is busy. He is taking coaching from Chandigarh for the JEE (Advanced) exam. Though we are elated at this result, the admission to the IIT will only depend on the JEE (Advanced). We are pro- Students remained on tenterhooks throughout the day amid reports on the Internet that the JEE (Mains) result would be declared on Monday. The CBSE website also mentioned that the result of JEE (Mains) was likely to be declared today. But the result was declared only around 6 pm. “Several websites kept mentioning the result was expected within the next half an hour, within another 10 minutes, so I kept checking online almost throughout the day. I think the result will only be declared in the morning,” Kiran, a student said. viding him full support as he is preparing for the exam to be held on May 20,” said Dr Rinkal Goyal. Woman arrested with 50 grams of contraband Ludhiana: The police arrested a woman allegedly with 50 grams of heroin at a check post on Chandigarh Road on Sunday. The suspect is a resident of Guru Teg Bahadur Nagar. A case under Section 22-61-85 of the NDPS Act has been registered against her at the Jamalpur police station. During interrogation, the woman said as her husband had been crippled by polio since childhood, she started peddling heroin to feed her family. The police said her son, Rohit, was already in jail for smuggling of heroin. — TNS Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 30 Despite Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s orders to provide free treatment to those injured in the Ludhiana LPG cylinder blast, one of the injured is unable to get free medicines. Ashok Kumar (45), a labourer, suffered severe burns in the explosion at a residence in Samrat Colony, Giaspura, on Thursday morning. His kin have demanded from the government and the Ludhiana Administration to shift Ashok from the PGIMER to the Christian Medical College and Hospital where many other patients have been admitted. The family is unable to purchase medicines for Ashok’s treatment at Chandigarh. Angad, who is Ashok’s brother, said: “My brother was returning home on Thursday morning after performing night duty at a factory. He also suffered severe burns when the gas cylinder exploded.” “We purchased medicines worth Rs 6,500 on Monday. We have spent more than Rs Ashok, who has suffered severe burns in the cylinder blast at Samrat Colony, under treatment at the PGI. TRIBUNE PHOTO 20,000 on medicines since my brother was shifted to the PGIMER, Chandigarh. If the government has announced free treatment to the injured, my brother should also be given free treatment. We don’t have enough funds to Stray cattle to have radium belts, so you can avoid collision at night Tribune News Service CICU writes to Sidhu on fire safety at units Belts availabe at... These radium belts are available at the offices of DLSA, OBC Branch Feroze Gandhi Market, Animal Husbandry office at Zone-A building of the MC. Any social organisation or individual can contribute to this drive at these places. event at Bachat Bhawan, the District and Sessions Judge said cattle wandering on roads were one of the major causes of accidents, which claimed precious lives. "In our country, one person dies every four minutes and 15 lives are lost in Punjab every day in accidents," he said. He also mentioned several such accidents, in which people were injured, went unreported. The DLSA Chairman claimed by creating awareness and controlling stray cattle menace, road accidents could be reduced by 50 per cent. He said during the drive, radium belts would be tied around the necks of cattle, so they could be easily visible to commuters. The Department of Animal Husbandry would be responsible for covering all stray cat- tle under the drive. These radium belts are available at the offices of DLSA, OBC Branch Feroze Gandhi Market, Animal Husbandry office at Zone-A building of the MC. Any social organisation or individual can contribute to this drive at these places. He also asked the gathering to follow traffic norms. The ACP Gurdev Singh, , informed the gathering about traffic awareness week which is being celebrated from April 23 to 30. He said they all could save precious lives by obeying traffic rules. c m y b Stray cattle with reflector belts put around their neck being taken back at Bachat Bhawan, District Administrative Complex. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN purchase costly medicines on a daily basis,” said Angad, who came from Bihar after he got to know his brother had been injured in the LPG blast. Ashok’s wife Parwati Devi said: “Our financial condition is not sound. I have heard that treatment to other patients is being provided free of cost. The government should also provide free treatment to my husband. Our two children (aged five and three) are in Ludhiana. I appeal to the Chief Minister to pay attention towards us, so my husband can also get free and best treatment. I don’t have money to purchase medicines at Chandigarh.” President of the Yadav Mahasabha of Punjab RK Yadav has also demanded free and best treatment for Ashok. Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Agrawal said he would look into the matter. “We can manage easily, if a patient is admitted to a local hospital. The kin should keep their hospital bills,” he said. Trees to be geotagged to track their survival To ensure the survival of saplings, all trees to be planted in and around industrial areas will be geotagged. According to directions from Kahan Singh Pannu, Chairman, Punjab Pollution Control Board, trees in and around industries would be geotagged. Page 2
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