14052018-LT-01.qxd 13-05-2018 23:49 Page 1 c m y b MONDAY | 14 MAY 2018 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Building violations Ram Prakash shines Mother’s Day LIT in the line of fire for shutting its eyes to violations of building bylaws in SBS Nagar Colony. P4 Ram Prakash secures 4.5 points to win DD Khosla Memorial Ldh Dist Chess Championship. P4 Students express love for their mothers by celebrating Mother's Day in Ludhiana. P2 FORECAST SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS | MAX 38°C MIN 26°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 7:14 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5:32 AM Desilting of Buddha Nullah gets delayed Work has not been started this year as the civic body is yet to clear Drainage Department dues worth ~28 lakh Vehicle thief held with stolen bikes Tribune News Service Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 13 As the Municipal Corporation has failed to clear the Drainage Department dues, the desilting of Buddha Nullah has been delayed this year. The civic body, which is facing the fund crunch, is yet to pay about Rs 28 lakh as dues to the department. With governments having failed to find a permanent solution to pollution in the nullah, desilting work is supposed to be started in April every year. It is required to be finished before the monsoon season to avoid flooding of the areas situated alongside the nullah. However, desilting has not been started to date. According to information, the MC had to pay Rs 93 lakh to the department on account of desilting carried out in 2017. An official said the civic body Weapons recovered from gangster Ludhiana: The police have recovered an illegal weapon from a gangster, Shubham Arora, alias Mota, a resident of New Madhopuri. The Gangster was brought here on a production warrant by the police in an old case. On his disclosure, the police recovered a .30-bore pistol and 18 cartridges. The police said Arora had recently scuffled with his rival gang of Puneet Bains of Ghora Colony. TNS Two booked for attempting to kill policeman Ludhiana: The Division No. 7 police registered an attempt-tomurder case against a couple for injuring a policeman by ramming their car into him at a naka. Inspector Rajesh Kumar said acting on a tip-off, the police set up a naka at the Samrala chowk to nab the couple, who were wanted in several travel fraud cases. They were also declared proclaimed offenders by the court. The police signalled the couple to stop. However, they rammed it into a CIA policeman, Manjinder Singh. He suffered injuries and was hospitalised. The accused escaped from the spot. The police said raids were on to nab them. TNS ‘We are living under fear Officialspeak of flooding’ The MC has ❝ We live under fear of flooding during the rainy season. Dirty water of the nullah has entered the nearby streets and houses many times. The government should find a permanent solution to stop pollution and dumping of waste in the nullah. ❞ NEERAJ SHARMA, A resident had earlier paid Rs 40 lakh to the department. “Around Rs 25 lakh was released recently. Besides, Rs 28 lakh is yet to be paid,” he said. Sources said the department had asked the MC to release the dues first. At present, a large amount of trash has collected in the nullah ❝ ~65 lakh to released the department concerned and the remaining dues would be paid at the earliest. It is expected that desilting work would be started in a day or two. ❞ NACHHATAR SINGH, Executive Engineer near Peeru Banda and also under many bridges. The Municipal Corporation has proposed to spend Rs 1 crore on desilting of this highly polluted drain during 2018. A resident of Salem Tabri, Neeraj Sharma, said: “We live under fear of flooding during Continued on page 2 Trash has choked Buddha Nullah at many places in Ludhiana. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA Deceased lineman’s kin protest police inaction Mother of two commits suicide Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 13 Demanding arrest of those booked for causing death by negligence, the kin of the deceased, along with members of several unions, held a protest outside the Division No. 2 police station on Sunday. Private lineman, Vikas Sharma (28), a resident of Madhopuri, was employed on a contractual basis at the complaint centre of the PSPCL at the Subhani building, which is managed by a private firm, Cosmic Engineering Company, owned by Balwinder Singh. On May 2, Vikas was sent by the company to rectify some electrical fault. He was electrocuted while fixing the fault. He was rushed to High brands ride on Mother’s Day spirit Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 13 Today is Mother’s Day, and messages wishing mothers on this special day flooded the social media. Not just facebook, Snapchat or Instagram made the mothers feel “special” on their day, leading national/multinational brands also made lucrative offers to them. Be it Wills or Kazo or Chales and Keith, which are considered “hi-end” brands, special discounts up to 50 per cent are being offered. A salesman at one of these stores said: “Companies offer these pack- ages to attract customers. To make them feel special, the days, such as Daughters’ Day, Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, are celebrated. Today, being Sunday, the malls receive a large number of visitors. Footfall increased if discounts are offered,” he said. Sukhmani said though there was not much change, these days make you feel important. “The kids wished me on Mother’s Day and my husband and kids took me out for lunch. And now they are asking me to get something. Since the brands are offering good discounts, I will Continued on page 2 Civil Hospital from where he was referred to the PGI, Chandigarh. Vikas died there. A case of causing death by negligence was registered against the contractor, Balwinder Singh, and others under Section 304 A, IPC. The deceased’s kin alleged their repeated requests to the police to arrest those booked in the police assured the agitators that those booked in the case would be arrested soon. He also demanded compensation for the family who have no means of income now. The union also demanded action against Junior Engineer and SDO of the PSPCL for not taking precautions while allowing lineman Vikas to rectify the electrical fault. Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 13 A woman allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at her residence here on Saturday night. The woman, who had two children, reportedly committed suicide due to some health issues. No suicide note was recovered from the spot. The deceased has been identified as Pushpa Devi. She left behind her two children, aged eight and 11. The body has been kept in the mortuary of Civil Hospital. A post-mortem examination would be conducted after her husband’s arrival here from Europe. The deceased’s son, Sachin told the police that on Saturday night, they, along with her mother, took dinner together and then slept on the rooftop. At 6 am in the morning, he found his mother was not in the bed. When he came downstairs, he was shocked to see her mother hanging from the ceiling fan. Shiv Singh, deceased’s brother, said her sister was suffering from severe backbone condition which might have forced her to take this extreme step. She was also depressed due to her backbone condition. Suspecting no foul play, the police filed inquest proceedings under Section 174, CrPC. Cylinder blast: After father, son dies too A woman removes chaff from wheat grain at a grain market in Ludhiana. PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Tribune News Service A green belt on Ishmeet Singh Road has become a place for dumping construction and other waste. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN being lifted from various city areas and dumped here as the civic body was doing nothing to stop this nuisance. Even they have complained to the MC in this regard. Arvind Sharma, a city resident, said the green belt was case had fallen on deaf ears. The deceased’s kin were accompanied by members of the SSA RMSA Union and Moulders, Steel Workers Union and Powercom Contract Workers Union. The general secretary of SSA RMSA Union and Moulders, Gagandeep Singh Ronta, said the protest was called off after two hours when the Fruit of labour No check on dumping of waste in green belt along canal Ludhiana, May 13 There seems to be absolutely no check on the construction waste being dumped in the green belt areas and authorities, it seems, prefers to look the other way. A green belt on Ishmeet Singh Marg, along the Sidhwan Canal, is crying for attention. Solid as well as construction waste is being dumped in the area near Model Town Extension. Even some encroachments have reportedly come up in the green belt. Residents want the civic body to ensure development of the green belt area. They said debris and waste construction material was Ludhiana, May 13 The CIA 1 wing of the city police has nabbed a vehicle thief and recovered two stolen motorcycles from him. The suspect has been identified as Tarun Kumar, alias Lucky, a resident of Vishal Colony, Basti Jodhewal. The investigating officer, ASI Butta Singh, said the suspect stole motorcycles from Transport Nagar. On Saturday, the police got a tip-off that the thief was roaming near the Cheema chowk. A police party set up a naka there and arrested the suspect. The ASI said Tarun was on the way to sell a stolen bike when the police arrested him. He also said more stolen motorcycles could be recovered and more thieves nabbed during further interrogation of the suspect. turning into a construction waste dumping ground due to the negligence of the MC. Instead of planting saplings, the MC has even failed to stop dumping of waste there, he said. Continued on page 2 c m y b Ludhiana, May 13 The death toll in the LPG cylinder blast on Sunday rose to 14 with Shivam succumbing to burns at a private hospital. Shivam’s father Amaranth, who also suffered burns in the blast, died on May 1. On April 26, an LPG cylinder exploded at a house in which 34 persons suffered severe burns. Fourteen of the injured have died. The conditions of many injured is critical. — TNS
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