30062018-LT-01.qxd 6/30/2018 12:14 AM Page 1 c m y b SATURDAY | 30 JUNE 2018 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Pedestrian hit by SUV, hurt Out on streets College admissions A speeding SUV hits a pedestrian and then rams into a scooter, bike, another car and a wall. P4 Activists in Samrala hold a protest against the poor condition of roads by blocking traffic. P3 GNDEC bucks trend as students make a beeline to apply for 400 seats in different streams. P2 FORECAST SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS | MAX 34°C MIN 26°C | SUNSET SATURDAY 7: 33 PM SUNRISE SUNDAY 5: 26 AM As Bollywood voices come together, residents want Punjabi singers to follow suit Beating plastic pollution: Say instead of singing about drugs and weapons, Punjabi singers should come together to give such message in their language Gurvinder Singh ❝ The song 'tik-tik-tik' is already becoming popular with people, including children as well. After listening to the song, my son Agamvir insisted that he should go and take a cloth bag from home instead of bringing grocery in a plastic bag. Instead of singing about drugs and weapons, popular singers of Punjab should come together on one platform to give such message to people of Punjab in their own language. In our society, it is difficult to enforce such laws of banning plastic, unless there is a change in the mindset at people's level and such videos can help in achieving that.❞ Tribune News Service Ludhiana, June 29 “Tik, tik, tik” — a video on beating plastic pollution, featuring Bollywood singers, is going viral and is becoming popular among residents in the city as well. The catchy song starts with the line “Tik, tik, tik, tik, kasam ye khare…plastic tik na paye re”. The video track features several Bollywood singers, including Sonu Nigam, Shaan, Sunidhi Chauhan, Shankar Mahadevan, Neeti Mohan, Shekhar Rijviani, Kanika Kapoor, Armaan Malik, Swanad Kirkire, singer-choreographer Shiamak as well as singer-actor Aayushman Khurana. It has several messages in the video including — ‘Between 500 billion and one trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide each year’, ‘one plastic bag — Jaspreet Singh, FATHER OF AGAMVIR, WHO PLAYED A PROTAGONIST IN THE SHORT FILM 'THE LITTLE GARDENER' takes 500 years to degrade’, ‘say no to plastic bags’, adding that if people don’t do anything to curb the menace of plastic pollution, then the ‘ticking bomb will eventually blast’ and the ‘poison’ of pollution will spread ‘into every vein of nature’. We all have become ‘slaves’ of pollution and we must take a ‘vow’ to not allow plastic to remain here any longer, it adds. ‘We need to say byebye to single-use plastic’, goes the lyrics. Several residents have Monsoon ready? hailed the song and believe that apart from being catchy, it has a very important message to tell. They want singers from the state to come up with such a song in Punjabi to help bring a change in the mindset of people. Jaspreet Singh, father of Agamvir, who played a pro- ❝ It is time that celebrity singers and actors of Punjab start moulding the mindset of people to make environment conservation and fighting pollution a movement in Punjab.❞ — Ravneet Singh, FROM ECO SIKH Screenshots of the video on beating plastic pollution. TRIBUNE PHOTOS tagonist in the short film ‘The Little Gardener’, said the song was already becoming popular with people including children as well. “After listening to the song, my son Agamvir insisted that he should go and take a cloth bag from home instead of bringing grocery in a plastic bag,” he said. “In our society, it is difficult to enforce such laws of banning plastic, unless there is a change in the mindset at people’s level and such videos can help in achieving that,” he said. “Instead of singing about drugs and weapons, popular singers of Punjab should come together on one plat- form to give such message to people of Punjab in their own language,” he said. Ravneet Singh of EcoSikh said it was time that celebrity singers and actors of Punjab start moulding the mindset to make environmental conservation and fighting pollution a movement in Punjab. Welding tank explodes, 1 dead Tribune News Service MC officials have been directed to keep 5,000 sand bags ready for strengthening the banks of Buddha Nullah. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA Flood control room set up Ludhiana: MC Commissioner has instructed all officials to ensure proper arrangements for the rainy season and for this, a 24-hour flood control room has also been set up at Daresi. Residents can make complaints regarding waterlogging and flood at the control room by dialing 0161-2749120. MC Commissioner Jaskiran Singh conducted a meeting with the officials of various branches on Friday. MC’s Superintending Engineer Rajinder Singh said the B&R wing had been given instruction to keep around 5,000 sand bags in their stock, so that timely measures can be taken in case of an emergency. The sand bags would also be placed to strengthen the banks of the Buddha Nullah as per requirement, he said. He said the control room would be functioning till August 31. Besides, the instructions have been given to the operations and maintenance wing staff to ensure cleaning of road gullies to avoid water accumulation. “The Commissioner has asked the entire staff to keep their phone switched on and to be available on call. Besides, no official concerned will be given leave during this period,” an official said. He said the hot-mix plant had been closed and all its machinery has been deployed for desilting work at the Buddha Nullah. Besides, earth-moving machines were also ready, he said. The desilting work at the Buddha Nullah had started in the last week of May. It was supposed to be started in April and to be finished before the monsoon. However, a large amount of work is still pending. — TNS Ludhiana June 29 A man died after a welding gas tank exploded in a shop near the bus stand here on Friday. The person who died was the owner of the shop and was engaged in welding work when the tragedy happened. The deceased has been identified as Parveen Kumar, alias Kukku (35), a resident of Preet Nagar Dugri. Otherwise a native of Ambala, he was living here with his wife and three children. The victim had started a welding workshop about three years ago. Station House Officer, police division no. 5, Jatinder Kumar said Parveen had opened the shop at 10.30 am on Friday. “The moment he started working, a welding tank suddenly exploded. A piece of the tank forcefully hit the owner in the chest, due to which he reportedly died on the spot,” the SHO said. Suspecting no foul play, inquest proceedings under Accused, a childhood friend of deceased’s son, traced to UP ARHTIYA'S MURDER The inconsolable relatives of the deceased, Parveen Kumar, (inset), who died due to welding cylinder blast in Ludhiana on Friday; and (below) police officials conduct a probe at his shop. PHOTOS: ASHWANI DHIMAN Section 174 of the CrPc were initiated by the police. After conducting the postmortem of the deceased, the body was handed over to the family. The police said further probe would be conducted in the incident to inquire under what circumstances the cylinder exploded. Man ends life, brother-in-law booked Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Ludhiana June 29 The city police have arrested the accused within 24 hours of the occurrence of a broad daylight murder of an arhtiya (commission agent) Gharjeet Chaudhary at the vegetable market on Bahadur Ke Road. The accused, Gaurav Kumar, alias Goru (22), a resident of Bhora colony, Aman Nagar, had reportedly fled to Roorki in Uttar Pradesh within 24 hours of committing the crime. However, the police party under the supervision of ACP North, Gurpreet , Singh Tiwana was keeping a tab over the location of the accused. DCP Crime, Gagan Ajit , Singh along with ACP North, , Gurpreet Singh, SHO Salem Tabri Inspector Vijay Kumar and SHO Bast Jodhewal Birbal Singh conducted a press conference on the issue here on Friday. continued on page 4 Ludhiana June 29 A man committed suicide after his brother-in-law failed to return the money borrowed from him. The deceased has been identified as Vijender Singh. On the complaint of deceased’s brother, the Shimlapuri police have registered an abetment of suicide case against the deceased’s brother-in-law Suresh Kumar, a resident of Akalgarh. The deceased has left behind his wife and two daughters. The accused is yet to be arrested. Investigation Officer Assistant Sub-Inspector Hardeep Singh said the deceased owns a provisional store in the area and had solemnised marriage around 10 years ago. He was living in a rented accommodation on Barota Road in Guru Gobind Singh continued on page 4 Road race led to mishap, two friends booked CABBIE’S DEATH Tribune News Service DCP (Crime) Gagan Ajit Singh addresses a press conference regarding the arrest of the accused (right) in Ludhiana on Friday. PHOTOS: ASHWANI DHIMAN How a friend turned foe... As per the police sources, accused Goru and deceased Gharjeet’s son Gaurav Chaudhary were childhood friends. Gaurav’s father owned a commission agent shop in Sabzi Mandi, while Goru was working at some another commission agent’s shop in the same place. The duo was known to each other for years. On October 10, 2016, the deceased got an FIR registered against Goru reportedly on the charge of looting ~40,000 from his son. The deceased had taken an extra interest in pursuing the loot case against the accused and had also recently visited the Phillaur police station to ask the police to speed up the work of filing a chargesheet against him. ❝ I still confess that I had a scuffle with my friend Gaurav, when we were heading to pay obeisance at Mata Chintpurni Temple in HP and I still have no remorse of facing any criminal case. However, the deceased had given a different shape to the scuffle and managed to convert the scuffle case into a loot case. Almost a month later, on November 19, 2016, the police added another charge under Section 379-B (loot) of the IPC in my FIR, which damaged my reputation.❞ — Gaurav, alias Goru, ACCUSED c m y b Bought toy pistols to practise how to shoot The accused bought a 7.65 countrymade pistol to execute the crime. However, he was not adept in shooting. He bought two toy pistols and one air pistol from McLeodganj and practiced the ‘art of firing’ for months. Ludhiana June 29 The police have booked two friends of the 37-year-old Uber taxi driver Vajinder Puri, who died on Wednesday night, on the charge of culpable homicide. The accused have been identified as Gurinder Singh and Inderjeet Singh, alias Monty, a resident of Ladian Kalan. A case under Section 304 of the IPC was registered against the duo. The accused have also been arrested. The case was registered on the statement of deceased’s wife Sonia Puri, a resident of Haider Enclave. ACP West Gurpreet Singh said during the questioning of the cab driver’s friends, they said all friends including the deceased had liquor together, following which they resorted to road racing. During the race, Vajinder’s car lost control and rammed against a tree. After the collision, the car overturned in the fields. Fearing police action, both friends escaped from the spot. The deceased had called his wife and informed her that he was celebrating the birthday of his friend on Wednesday night around 10 pm and would return home soon. When the deceased’s wife called him again at 11.30 pm, he did not respond to the repeated phone calls. However, when she called again, a passerby picked up the phone and informed her about the accident. Vajinder was then immediately rushed to a nearby hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead. Notably, deceased’s wife was demanding the arrest of the accused since Wednesday, as she had been suspecting that her husband had died due to the negligence of his friends.
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