11112017-LT-01.qxd 11/11/2017 12:13 AM Page 1 c m y b SATURDAY | 11 NOVEMBER 2017 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE GADVASU youth fest Delay in MC elections Athletics meet Students exhibit their clay art and collage-making skills during the 8th youth festival of GADVASU. P2 Except Ludhiana, MC poll across Punjab in Dec, says Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu. P4 Budding athletes of GNPS, Sarabha Nagar, continue with their zealous performance on the second day. P4 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY | MAX 28°C MIN 14°C | SUNSET SATURDAY 5: 31 PM SUNRISE SUNDAY 6: 50 AM City’s air quality only getting worse Air Quality Index 357 recorded at 9 pm on Friday, Mandi Gobindgarh fares slightly better at 300 Minna Zutshi Tribune News Service Ludhiana, November 10 With the Air Quality Index (AQI) of 357 at 9 pm today, Ludhiana remained among the most-polluted cities of Punjab. Mandi Gobindgarh, with AQI of 300, fared slightly better. The air quality is “very poor” in Ludhiana. The prominent pollutant is particulate matter (PM) 2.5. Particulate matter 2.5 refers to tiny particles that are two and a half microns or less in width. There are 25,000 microns in an inch. These particles can travel deep into lungs. The health impact of “very poor” air quality is respiratory illness on prolonged exposure. According to the School of Climate Change and Agricultural Meteorology, PAU, a consistently thick layer of smoke is present in the troposphere layer of the atmosphere. The smoke / aerosol particles in the atmosphere act as a seeding nuclei, leading to the formation of condensed ice particles and hence the occurrence of smog. The primary pollutant particles suspended in the In trouble for scuffle with traffic cops Tribune News Service AQI 357 LUDHIANA What is Air Quality Index The Air Quality Index is a tool for effective communication of air quality status to people in terms which are easy to understand. It transforms complex air quality data of various pollutants into a single number, nomenclature and colour. (SOURCE: CENTRAL POLLUTION CONTROL BOARD) Workers return home on a smoggy Friday evening in Ludhiana. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN atmosphere over the past nearly two weeks have become secondary pollutants under the influence of sunlight, leading to the formation of dense smog. This type of smog is more harmful and causes irritation / allergy of eyes, skin and bronchial infections. Medical experts have cautioned people, particularly the elderly, sick and children, against long hours of exposure in polluted air. An NRI, requesting anonymity, said last time on his visit to Ludhiana, the air quality was not “so bad”. It seems to have worsened, he said, gasping for breath during an evening walk in the smog-hit city. He went on to add: “I’m told that paddy stubble burning has still not stopped. In some villages they are waiting for the wet stubble to dry up before setting it afire!” Ludhiana, November 10 Two youngsters faced an FIR for interfering in the functioning of cops on duty at Malli Ganj Chowk last evening. Zone traffic in-charge Assistant Sub-Inspector Ravinder Pal Singh, led by his towing team on a commercial vehicle (Chota Hathi), was patrolling in the area, when he noticed traffic jam in Malli Ganj near the Old Sabzi Mandi. When the cops went to man traffic, they found an Activa (PB08 FC 5748) parked on the road, which was creating hurdles in the smooth flow of traffic. “The towing team kept the scooter inside the traffic vehicle, when two youth Ridham Nagpal of Durgapuri, Haibowal Kalan, and Vishu Kumar of Ludhiana, came out of Nagpal shoe store and indulged in a verbal duel with us. Later, they scuffled with us and threatened us as well. They also attempted to take away the Activa from the traffic vehicle,” Ravinder, a traffic cop, said. Later, their vehicle was taken to the traffic police station, where it was impounded and a ❝We will not tolerate anyone interfering in the functioning of the traffic police when they are discharging duties as per the rules. I urge residents not to park vehicles randomly anywhere, as it creates traffic hurdles, else the traffic police will initiate action as per law. ❞ SUKHPAL SINGH BRAR, ADCP, Traffic case under Sections 186, 353, 332 and 506 of the IPC was registered against them. ADCP Traffic, Sukhpal , Singh Brar said traffic cops were towing the vehicle parked on the road and the two youth deliberately indulged in a fight with them which was against the rules. “We will not tolerate anyone interfering in the functioning of the traffic police when they are discharging duties as per the rules. I urge residents not to park vehicles randomly anywhere as it creates traffic hurdles, else traffic police will initiate action as per law,” Brar said. office Miscreants break open Bank of Highofdrama at MC Zone-D horns over Members anti-encroachment monitoring committee lock India ATM, flee with ~11.45 lakh encroachments; boycott meeting, stage dharnas Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Our Correspondent Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 10 Some miscreants managed to flee with ~11.45 lakh by breaking open an ATM machine installed outside the Bank of India branch at a busy area in Kilaraipur village, near here, last night. The Dehlon police have initiated probe into the incident. The loss could have been much more as the ATM was refilled four days ago. Though the authorities had kept the ATM closed during night, no watchman or guard was deployed either at the bank or the ATM. Besides undertaking intensive investigation at and around the spot, the police had called the Mobile Forensic Van and team to extract maximum information about miscreants. ACP Amandeep Singh Brar and ACP Crime Narinder Bedi said the incident took place between 9 pm on Thursday and 6 am on Friday. The theft came to notice by villagers early in the morning today. The miscreants used a gas cutter in the crime, which surprisingly failed to draw the attention of any villager at night. They sprinkled a gel on the CCTV camera before breaking open the ATM machine. Cops led by SHO Kanwaljit Singh interacted with area residents. Some miscreants had made a futile attempt to break open the ATM earlier as well. The police have registered an FIR against unidentified persons under Sections 457 and 380 of the IPC on the statement of Hapreet Singh, an official of the agency managing the ATM. Ludhiana, November 10 A high drama was witnessed during the meeting of the anti-encroachment monitoring committee at MC’s Zone D office today when a committee member and tehbazari superintendent locked horns over the issue of encroachments. Three members of the monitoring committee sat on the dharna, alleging that no action was being taken against encroachments. Committee member Rohit Sabharwal accused MC’s tehbazari wing of allegedly committing corrupt practices during the meeting. Infuriated over the allegations, MC Superintendent Jasdev Singh Sekhon along with other employees decided to boycott the meeting and also sat on the dharna. He accused Sabharwal of pressurising officials. Meanwhile, Rohit Sabharwal accused the tehbazari wing officials of promoting corruption by sparing violators. continued on page 3 Police personnel inspect >> the damaged Bank of India branch ATM in Kila Raipur. TRIBUNE PHOTO Monitoring committee members protest during a meeting at the MC’s Zone-D office. TRIBUNE PHOTO ❝The Vigilance and the Income Tax ❝The allegations are baseless. Many Department should investigate the challans are pending with the court. We corrupt practices being followed by the tehbazari wing. If it works honestly, more than 40,000 challans are supposed to be issued every year. But only 12,000-14,000 challans are issued in a year here. have been issuing challans regularly. Nobody can pressurise us. The committee was formed to discuss permanent encroachments, not to target tehbazari wing officials. We are answerable to the MC Commissioner only. ROHIT SABHARWAL, RTI activist and committee member JASDEV SEKHON, Tehbazari wing superintendent ❞ ❞ Suspense over, Jagraon MC gets new chief Cong councillor Charanjit Kaur Kalyan becomes the first woman to head the municipal council in Jagraon Jaswant Shetra New President of Jagraon Municipal Council Charanjit Kaur Kalyan flanked by senior Congress leaders after her election in Jagraon on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Jagraon, November 10 The suspense over the post of President of Jagraon Municipal Council ended today, when Congress municipal councillor Charanjit Kaur Kalyan was unanimously elected the new President. Wife of senior Congress leader Amarnath Kalyan and municipal councillor from Ward Number 7, Charanjit Kaur became the first woman to get the post, which had fallen vacant after Satish Kumar Pappu of SAD announced his resignation around two months ago. The elections were held in February 2013, following which Pappu was elected the President. Facing charges of c m y b corruption and embezzlement of funds after the formation of the Congress government in the state, Pappu resigned, reportedly under pressure, from the post on September 14 citing personal reasons and the post of local civic body chief had been lying vacant since then. The election for the new chief of the local civic body was held under the supervision of SDM Jagraon Ram Singh, for which tight security arrangements were made. Only councillors were allowed to enter the meeting hall during the elections. As many as 20 of total 23 councillors turned up. BJP councillor and former MC chief Baldev Krishan Dhir died a few days ago, while SAD councillor Amanjit Khaira could not turn up as he was abroad. Besides, independent councillor Balwinder Kaur was absent. Independent councillor Jatinderpal Rana purposed the name of Charanjit Kaur Kalyan and Congress councillor Sukhdev Singh Sebi supported her candidature. Apart from nine municipal councillors of the Congress party, independent councillor Jatinderpal Rana and some councillors of other parties also supported the candidature of Charanjit Kaur, following which she was smoothly elected as the new MC chief. Former minister Malkiat continued on page 3
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