07052018-LT-01.qxd 5/6/2018 11:52 PM Page 1 c m y b MONDAY | 7 MAY 2018 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Sikh history lessons Gulabi gang leader in city Sports achiever Teachers hail PSEB decision to have Sikh history in Class IX from the academic session 2018-19. P2 Sampat Lal, founder of UP’s women organisation Gulabi Gang urges women to wield more power. P4 An athlete and an all-rounder cricketer, Harshika Dhami, aspires to play for the country one day. P4 FORECAST THUNDERSTORMS | MAX 39°C MIN 23°C | SUNSET MONDAY 7: 09 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 5: 36 AM Residents welcome Sun(day) post drizzle Ludhiana: Light drizzle brought short-lived respite from heat as the quiet weather made a pleasant Sunday for the city residents in the morning. The rain also brought the mercury down to some degrees and provided a break from monotonous routine. Citizens were seen taking morning walks with glee and stepping out of their homes. Anita, a 40-year-old woman, said: “I always procrastinate going for morning walks as the sun shines quite early. Also, the weather is such that one feels less energetic thinking about the soaring heat. But today as I got up, I felt like going for a walk with my daughter, as the weather was pleasant and cloudy. Sunday rains are always welcome.” Families and youngsters spent their day at popular recreational spots at various areas as the weather proved to be a treat for picnickers to enjoy the peeks of nature. “We planned for a movie immediately after the sight of rain. The weather is absolutely pleasant and lovely. One can dress beautifully without the fear of sun burning your skin,” said a local resident Loveleen. Later in the day, the sun broke out hours after drizzles and the sky was almost clear with periodic clouds. — Naina Mishra UNIVERSITY OF THE FRASER VALLEY CANADA Commuters caught in light showers in Ludhiana on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Commuters snarled up in traffic jams Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 6 Huge traffic snarls were witnessed due to the diversion at the outer limits of the city on Sunday. The traffic was diverted from Jalandhar bypass to prevent any unwanted elements from entering Phagwara, where the bhog of the Dalit youth, who died in Phagwara clash, was scheduled. The police force was also deployed at Jalandhar bypass, where suspected vehicles were checked and thoroughly searched. The direct traffic from Ludhiana to Phillaur-Phagwara Road remained affected for over two hours. However, the same was resumed in the afternoon. Commuters wanting to visit Jalandhar-Phagwara from Jalandhar bypass, Ludhiana, were not allowed to use the bypass, and were instead told to take the Rahon Road passing through the Basti Jodhewal area. Interestingly, when the city police installed barricades at the Jalandhar Now, a father of two succumbs to burns LPG blast case: Toll reaches 11 Tribune News Service Due to the bhog of the Dalit youth, who died in Phagwara, the police diverted traffic, which led to huge jams at Jalandhar Bypass and Basti Jodhewal Chowk. PHOTOS: ASHWANI DHIMAN bypass to prevent direct traffic from entering Phagwara on the LudhianaJalandhar highway, some commuters started driving on the wrong side, due to which the traffic coming from Phillaur side clashed with that from the Ludhiana side. A massive traffic jam was witnessed and the police took a long time to ease out the snarl. Chandigarh Road, too, witnessed a huge jam as traffic was not allowed to reach Jalandhar bypass due to traffic diversions. Earlier also, when the body of the Phagwara-based Dalit youth was shifted from Ludhiana, the traffic from Ludhiana to Phagwara was diverted for several hours. ‘Create awareness in advance’ Sudhir Kohli, a businessman, who travels from Ludhiana to Jalandhar every day, said he had to face a lot of inconvenience due to the diversion on Sunday, as he had to take a long detour to reach Jalandhar. “The police should have spread awareness in advance if they wanted to provide any traffic diversion. These sudden traffic bottlenecks create problems for commuters,” he said. Nishant, who works as an accountant at a showroom in Phagwara, said due to the traffic diversion, transport service was also affected. He said he had to reach the showroom on time to complete some accounting assignment, but had he known that the police would divert traffic, he would have left early in the morning. Ludhiana, May 6 With the death of one more victim, who was undergoing treatment at the CMC Hospital, the toll in the LPG cylinder blast case reached 11 on Sunday. Deceased Pawan Kumar has left behind his wife Anju Devi, a 3-year-old daughter Hansika, two-and-a-halfmonth-old son Vansh, mother Phulmati Devi and father Uday Bhan. He was working as a salesman at a private company. His father also works at a cycle parts manufacturing factory. “The death of my son cannot be compensated. His wife and children will have to face a lot of difficulties now. We are still not able to understand as to why God did this to us. His two-and-a-halfmonth-old son is too young to understand things. We will have to bear with this loss for the rest of our lives,” said Pawan’s father Uday. The postmortem is yet to be sone and hence, the cremation could not take place. Earlier on May 2, two vic- LPG cylinder catches fire, two hurt Two persons were injured after an LPG gas cylinder caught fire in New Kundan Puri on Saturday night. One of the injured persons, identified as Tilak, was rushed to the nearby hospital for treatment. His condition is said to be stable. His neighbour Harjit Singh Bedi, who came to rescue the victim, also sustained burn injuries and was rushed to a hospital. tims Meena Devi and Ashok Kumar succumed to the burns. On May 4, Kamlesh Giri, wife of Pappu Giri, and Rakesh Kumar also died. The third victim Ashok Yadav, who died at the CMCH. Ashok was the one at whose house the cylinder had exploded. Other five persons, who died in the incident include Sunita, Raj, Ram Naresh, Shahi and Amaranth. As many as 23 injured are still undergoing treatment at various hospitals. On April 26, as many as 34 persons sustained serious burn injuries after an LPG cylinder exploded at a house in Samrat Colony. Traders get SGST notices, left panic-stricken Prime LIT land worth ~400 cr turns into Told to respond within 10 days, but have no idea as to where reply should be sent Manav Mander Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 6 Nearly 2,000 traders have received notices from the State Goods and Services Tax (SGST) Department for the mismatch of their data and this, has flustered them. Reason: Most of the notices point towards difference between their sale and purchase data. There are cases, where traders have shown sale in their return in a particular month and the purchase in their return does not match with it. Notices have been sent online and the department has sought reply within 7 to 10 days. Another problem traders are facing is that they have not been told as to where the reply has to be sent. Left with no other option, they are making several rounds of the department. Arun Singla, a trader, said he had given full details of the sale in his return and in case the other party (from where he purchased the material) does not file returns, then the department Another shock for bizmen As if the stress after receiving notices from the SGST Department was not enough, some businessmen have also received notices from the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation. Notices received are for the supply of wrong information of the establishment to the EPFO regarding the email id, mobile number, bank account and contact details mentioned in the EPFO database. Businessmen were asked to provide correct information, failing which legal action would be taken against them. When contacted, a senior official said the department had sent these notices to all registered companies to update its database. “The department is going paperless to update the recent information. We have sent these notices,” he said. was considering it a mismatch of data. “While purchasing a particular material/stuff, we had given our entire information such as GST number, name of the company and other details to the seller and it is his responsibility to file the return and we are not liable for his return. We have filed our return of sale and now, the department is asking us for the return of our pur- While purchasing a particular material, ❝gave the entire information to the seller we and it is his responsibility to file the return. We are not liable for his return. We have filed our sales return and now, the department is asking for our purchase return. ❞ ARUN SINGLA, A trader are being most ❝Tradersmismatch isburdened. Inand cases, the about sale purchase. If a trader is showing a purchase in April and its sale in May, then also the department is sending the notices. Notices should have been sent after verification. ❞ RAMAN KUMAR, An advocate chase,” he said. Advocate Raman Kumar said the recent notices have sent a panic wave among traders. “The department is burdening traders by sending notices. In most of the notices, the mismatch is about sale and purchase. If a trader is showing a purchase in April and its sale in May, then also the department is sending the notices. Notices should have been sent after proper verification,” he said. Old forms in use Traders will be able to file their return on the old forms only, as decided by GST Council to make the process of filing GST returns easy. The new Saral forms have been dropped by the council for the next six months and the reason behind the same was the continuous change in tax slabs. c m y b a garbage dump, authorities sleep ❝At present, the dumped waste and Kuldip Bhatia Ludhiana, May 6 Call it negligence on the part of Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) officials that a prime chunk of some 3 acre land — with a market value of around ~400 crore — near Sidhwan Canal on Pakhowal Road, has turned into a dumping ground for waste material and malba. The piece of land under encroachment by hundreds of migrant families for well over a decade, was vacated by LIT with much fanfare in February 2016, but thereafter adequate measures were not taken either to secure the land or for its development. The prime land, which was earlier earmarked for a five star hotel, and now is proposed to be utilised for the construction of a shopping complex, was known to be among the largest slums in the mega city (Jamuna Colony) with one part of the land being encroached upon by jhuggi dwellers, while a vegetable market was set up debris has taken the shape of huge mounds and the Trust will have to spend a considerable amount on getting the land cleared as and when development work is taken in hand. Prime land of LIT on Pakhowal Road has been turned into a garbage dump. TRIBUNE PHOTO in the rest of the land. It was after extensive preparations and shifting of more than 400 families of migrants to one room tenements constructed at Giaspura and Dhandari Kalan that LIT authorities got the land vacated with police assistance. After the removal of jhuggis and vegetable market, barbed wire fencing was put around the land to keep unlawful settlers at bay, but the proposal for the commercial exploration of the land dragged on for over two years. Residents of the area allege that taking advantage of the laxity of LIT officials, certain unscrupulous elements removed a portion of the barbed wire fencing and started dumping truck loads of malba (debris) and waste material. “At present, the dumped waste and malba has taken the shape of huge mounds and the Trust will have to spend a considerable amount on getting the land cleared as and when development work is taken in hand,” said residents. In a complaint to the Local AREA RESIDENTS ❞ Government Department, Punjab, secretary of the Council of RTI Activists, Arvind Sharma, said LIT officials were not even aware of the fact that the part of the barbed wire fencing had been cut open and truck loads of malba were being dumped on the site. Demanding stern action against the negligent officials, he said the very purpose of clearing encroachments from the prime land and properties was defeated if these were not properly secured and properly developed as per schedule.
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