07062018-LT-01.qxd 6/7/2018 12:15 AM Page 1 c m y b THURSDAY | 7 JUNE 2018 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE No grant for nullah GST blues PAU deadlock MC has not received any grant from the Centre or state during the past 18 years. P4 Industrialists are a worried lot, thanks to long procedures of e-way bill numbers and filing GST. P3 Deadlock between students of College of Agriculture and PAU authorities continues. P2 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 41°C MIN 31°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 7:28 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 5:23 AM Safe water a distant dream for many residents State commission summons officials Manav Mander Tribune News Service Ludhiana, June 6 Every year cases of diarrhoea, gastroenteritis and cholera are reported in the city. Still, many residents are deprived of safe drinking water. A large number of water samples collected by the Health Department from the high-risk areas and government schools across the district have failed the purity test. From January to April this year, the health teams had collected 81 water samples from different areas, of which 28 samples failed the purity test. The high-risk areas include Samrat Colony, Makkar Colony, Baba Jeevan Singh Nagar, Dhandari Khurd and Sahuli. In 2016, a couple of ❝I have sent a notice to the Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, regarding water samples collected from government schools having failed the purity test. A committee has been formed to take care of water supply to government schools. Why the samples are still failing the test? What has the committee done so far? I have asked some senior officials to appear in person on June 8 and give answers to all these queries. ❞ SUKESH KALIA, Chairman, Punjab State Commission for Protection of Child Rights Health officials check water at Dhandari Khurd recently where streets were flooded with overflowing sewage. FILE PHOTO kids died at Parkash Colony after being afflicted with diarrhoea. In Jaspal Colony and Jeevan Singh Nagar, there were reports of hepatitis E outbreak due to contaminated water. Last year, diarrhoea and cholera cases were reported in large numbers at Makkar Colony, Samrat Colony and Hargobind Nagar. It seems the authorities had learnt no lessons from the past. From January to April this year, the department col- lected 106 samples of water from government schools across the district. Of 75 samples tested by the authorities so far, 34 have failed the purity test. Most of these schools are based at Hathur, Machhiwara and Sanhewal areas. Jagraon Bridge reconstruction in eight months, says Bittu Tribune News Service Ludhiana, June 6 Old Jagraon Bridge, which was closed for reconstruction, would be ready by March 2019. This was stated by Ludhiana MP Ravneet Singh Bittu, who, along with Punjab Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu, inspected dismantling of the old railway overbridge on Wednesday. Ashu asked the railway officials to complete reconstruction work in a timebound manner. Talking to media persons, Ashu and Bittu said dis- MP Ravneet Singh Bittu inspect dismantling of old Jagraon Bridge on Wednesday. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA mantling of the closed bridge would be completed within 10 days. The length of the bridge is 65 feet and width 10.5 feet. The Punjab Government has transferred Rs 24.3 crore to the Railways for the reconstruction of the bridge. The MP and the minister said after the completion of reconstruction, all approach roads would be constructed by the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation. Bittu said he would inspect work twice a week and make sure it was completed within eight months. He said he had also asked the Railway Ministry Continued on page 3 Poonian farmer crushed under tractor wheels Khanna, June 6 A farmer of Poonian village, near Samrala, was killed in a road accident near Ranwan village on Wednesday. The deceased has been identified as Dhian Singh. He was to go to Australia to meet his son. Dhian Singh had gone to Samrala to meet some of his friends on Tuesday evening. He received a phone call from his family after which he had to return home. When he reached near Ranwan village, his scooter collided with a tractor coming from the opposite side. He fell on the road and was crushed under the wheels of the tractor. He died on the spot. Baljinder, a family friend of the deceased, said Dhian Singh’s body had been kept in the mortuary at Civil Hospital, Samrala. He would be cremated after the arrival of his son from abroad. — OC ‘iHariyali’ app makes a comeback P4 c m y b Last year, a large number of samples collected from government schools across the district had failed the test, following which The Punjab State Commission for Protection of Child Rights formed a district-level monitoring committee chaired by the Deputy Commissioner. The main aim behind forming the committee was to conduct a monthly review of water arrangements at schools and make sure all government schools get safe water. Collecting samples regularly: Health Dept Dr Ramesh Bhagat, District Epidemiologist, said the Health Department’s job was to control the spread of diseases while providing safe and clean drinking water was the duty of the Municipal Corporation. “We regularly collect samples from different areas of the city and whenever a sample fails the test, a report is sent to the MC for further action. It is the Continued on page 3 Patwari’s aide caught taking bribe Ludhiana, June 6 The Vigilance Bureau has nabbed the aide of a patwari while accepting Rs 20,000 as bribe. The vigilance officials said Paramjit Singh of Model Town had complained that the Patwari’s aide, also named Paramjit, demanded bribe to rectify the revenue record of his land. He earlier paid Paramjit Rs 2,000 and promised to pay the rest of the amount on Wednesday. The officials laid a trap and caught Paramjit red-handed. A case under Section 13(2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act has been registered against Paramjit. TNS Patwari’s aide in vigilance custody on Wednesday. INDERJEET VERMA Agent Ghai faces 7 more FIRs, still at large TRAVEL FRAUDS Tribune News Service Ludhiana, June 6 Travel agent Nitish Ghai has been booked in seven fresh FIRs for travel and immigration frauds. With the registration of these FIRs, the count of FIRs slapped on him has risen to 10. However, the city police have failed to catch him. Several raids at his suspected whereabouts went in vain. In the latest FIRs, complainant Gurlal Singh of Bathinda has alleged that the accused had promised to send him abroad but he did not fulfil his promise. In the second FIR, Sukhjinder Singh of Mehma Sharja village, Bathinda, has made the same allegation against the accused. The third FIR was registered against Nitish on a complaint of Raminder Kaur of Kotkapura. She has alleged that she was duped of Rs 2.59 lakh by the accused on the pretext of sending her abroad. The fourth FIR was registered on a complaint of Sukhjinder Singh of Rasoolpur village who has allegedly been duped of Rs 3 lakh by Ghai’s immigration firm. The fifth FIR was registered on a complaint of Satbir Singh of Baba Bakala, who was duped of Rs 35,000 by the accused on the pretext of arranging a work visa to abroad. The sixth FIR was registered on a complaint of Damanpreet Singh of Amritsar who was also duped on the pretext of arranging work visa. Continued on page 3
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