04062018-LT-01.qxd 6/3/2018 11:39 PM Page 1 c m y b MONDAY | 4 JUNE 2018 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Swimming trials Overflowing sewage Yoga camp 70 aspirants attend selection trials at Punjab Agricultural University swimming pool. P4 Prem Nagar residents live under constant fear of outbreak of diseases in their area. P4 Students stretch out, attend ‘Vedic Karmayoga’ camp at BCM Arya Model School. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 42°C MIN 32°C | SUNSET MONDAY 7:26 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 5:23 AM No cool job this Deadlock on Giaspura water supply connection continues Tribune News Service Ludhiana, June 3 Water supply in parts of Samrat Colony and New Samrat Colony in Giaspura could not be restored even on Sunday due to alleged dispute between two groups of residents. According to information, a tubewell at Samrat Colony was shut down by the MC staff on Sunday to facilitate a new connection from the T-point water supply line. A portion of land was dug up to take new connection from the water supply line but a group of residents opposed the MC move, as they thought it would result in low pressure of water in their area, an official said. It was learnt that both groups were politically motivated. “One group has threatened us not to take a new connection from the T-point. The A girl dries her freshly made earthen pots, also called poor man’s fridge, in Ludhiana. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN SNIPPETS Couple booked on rape charge Ludhiana: The Tibba police have registered a rape case against a couple, Sonu Rajput and his wife, both residents of Karamsar Colony. The complainant told the police that she was called by Sonu’s wife for threading at her house. When she reached there, she was offered a cold drink by her husband. The moment she consumed the drink, she fell unconscious. When she regained consciousness, she found herself naked on the bed. She alleged Sonu raped her and her wife helped him in the crime. The victim said the couple threatened her with dire consequences if she revealed the matter to the police. The police are yet to arrest the accused. TNS Fire breaks out at night shelter Ludhiana: Fire broke out at a night shelter, near the Clock Tower, on Sunday morning. Fire officials said the fire broke out around 11.30 am. A fire engine was sent to the spot. It took the firefighters 10 minutes to douse the flames. Accounts record of the MC was reportedly lying in the shelter which was gutted in the fire. Nobody was present in the shelter when the fire broke out. TNS Man booked for kidnapping minor Ludhiana: The police have booked a man on the charge of kidnapping a minor girl. The suspect has been identified as Akhilesh Shah, a resident of Bihar. A resident of Salem Tabri said on May 31, her daughter went to attend her computer class in Aman Nagar. Akhilesh kidnapped her from the computer centre on the pretext of marrying her. TNS Travel agents booked for fraud Ludhiana: The Jamalpur police have booked four travel agents for duping a resident of ~5.50 lakh on the pretext of sending him abroad. They have been identified as Gurmej Singh, Angrej Singh, Gajjan Singh and Gurdev Singh, all residents of Amritsar. Kashmir Singh of Mundia Kalan told the police that they took money to send his son to Dubai, but failed to fulfil their promise. TNS ‘We know our work’ are duty-bound ❝We proper water to ensure supply in the area. We know how to do our work. There will be no problem of water pressure if a new connection is taken from the T-point line. Nobody should misguide people. ❞ ARSHDEEP SINGH, MC SDO other group has politicians’ backing. Work is pending because of residents’ conflict,” he said. “We have called police force to help us to restore water supply in the affected area. I hope work to restore the water supply will be completed soon,” said MC SDO Arshdeep Singh. Recently built flyovers develop holes Many of these flyovers on Ludhiana-Ferozepur highway are yet to be made functional Jaswant Shetra Tribune News Service Ludhiana, June 3 Even though controversy caused by the collapse of a retaining wall of the Gill Chowk flyover in Ludhiana around three weeks ago is yet to settle down completely, reports of damage caused to a couple of flyovers on the Ludhiana-Ferozepur highway have generated more heat on the issue. More than one dozen flyovers have been constructed between Ludhiana and Moga on the national highway. While a number of flyovers have been made operational, a few others are yet to be thrown open to traffic, though construction work has almost been completed. There have been reports of damage caused to portions of these flyovers. A portion of a flyover, which is yet to become operational near Jagraon Bus Stand, got damaged when it rained a couple of days ago. Mud and gravel were seen at the damaged portions of the flyover. During a visit to the flyover, holes were found on both sides of this flyover. A portion of road on the flyover has caved in. This flyover has not been made operational even though construction work has almost been completed. While the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation officials had blamed rats for the collapse of Gill flyover retaining wall, damage caused to these freshly constructed flyovers on the national highway has put a question mark over the quality of material as well as their design. “While the construction company awarded the contract has not completed the project, it has been preparing Last year reports There were similar reports of damage caused to flyovers during the past year too. Taking notice of these reports in September 2017, MP Ravneet Bittu had visited these flyovers for inspection. After finding flaws in the flyovers, he had issued instructions to the Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner to form a committee to probe the matter. Damaged portions of a flyover on the Ludhiana-Ferozepur highway near Jagraon bus stand. TRIBUNE PHOTOS itself to start toll plazas at two locations between Ludhiana and Talwandi Bhai. The gov- ernment shall not allow the company to collect toll till the time the project is completed and technical flaws on the highway are rectified,” said Kanwaljit Khanna of Inqula- bi Kendra Punjab. The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) Project Director for Ludhiana-Talwandi road project, Vipnesh Sharma, was not available for comments despite repeated attempts to contact him. Jagraon SDM Ram Singh termed it a serious issue. “I will personally look into the matter and a probe will be conducted if required,” he added. Travel agent Ghai faces another FIR, still at large Tribune News Service Ludhiana, June 3 Notorious travel agent Nitish Ghai has been booked in a fresh FIR for duping a resident on the pretext of sending him abroad. The police are yet to arrest the accused. Those booked in the case include Nitish Ghai, director of an immigration firm, its manager Sonu Sood and assistant manager Preet. The complainant, Hardeep Singh of Salar village, Malerkotla, told the police that the accused promised to send him abroad. While Ghai took cash and passport from him, he failed to fulfil his promise of sending Hardeep abroad. He even refused to return the money, the complainant alleged. On May 25, the city police conducted a raid on nine travel and immigration firms. The police registered FIRs against four firms, namely Blessing Consultancy, A to Z Tour and Travels, GGI Group All Types Visa Consultancy and 99 Visa & Bright Solution Consultancy. The police have arrested only one person, Ravinder Kumar, of 99 Visa, while the others booked in the FIRs, including Nitish Ghai, employee Sonu Sood, Preeti, Ashu Thaper, Singh, Jasmine Kaur and some unknown persons, are yet to be arrested. After the crackdown on fake travel agents and illegal immigration firms, the ongoing probe by the Ludhiana Commissionerate has found a surge in the number of complaints. According to ADCP Surendra Lamba, investigating officer, the count of complaints had crossed the 250 mark while the amount involved in these frauds ran into several crores. Most complaints are against immigration firm Blessing Consultancy, followed by 99 Visa, GGI Group and A to Z. ENDANGERING THEIR LIVES: Passengers cross tracks at Ludhiana Railway Station. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN “We are duty-bound to ensure water supply in the area. We know how to do our work. There will be no problem of water pressure if a new connection is taken from the Tpoint line. Nobody should misguide people,” he added. A number of residents had staged a protest against water scarcity at Giaspura on Saturday. Water is being supplied through tankers in the area. Meanwhile, a group of residents staged a protest in the evening when a SAD leader, Nirmal Singh, who is fatherin-law of the councillor from Ward No. 29, said: “Women stopped me as they wanted me to ensure restoration of water supply in the area. We are trying to sort out the issue between the two groups.” Now, the MC officials have planned to convene a meeting between the two groups to resolve the issue. Chandigarh, Shimla heli-taxi takes off today Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 3 The maiden 20-minute Chandigarh-Shimla heli-taxi is set to fly on Monday. The heli-taxi service has got a good response as all tickets for the 19-seater helicopter have been booked for Friday also. “All tickets are booked for Friday as the heli-taxi service is in demand,” said Chandigarh international air- Ticket to cost ~2,999 The price of the ticket is ~2,999 per person, inclusive of all taxes. Tickets can be purchased online from the Pawan Hans website. A special counter has also been set up at the airport. port public relations officer Deepesh Joshi. For now, the heli-taxi will operate twice a week, on Monday and Friday. However, there are seats available for next Monday. The service will be inaugurated by Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur in Shimla at 8 am on Monday. It will reach the city at 8.20 am and take off for Shimla at 9 am. The price of the ticket is Rs 2,999 per person, inclusive of all taxes. Tickets can be purchased online from the Pawan Hans website. A special counter has also been set up at the airport. It takes around four hours to reach Shimla from Chandigarh by road. The new service will provide a short and comfortable journey. The heli-ride is being started with a view to promoting heli-tourism. Jagraon reels under power cuts, industry hit too Tribune News Service Ludhiana, June 3 Contrary to the tall claims of the state government and Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) about providing uninterrupted power supply to all sections of consumers during the summer season, residents of Jagraon and its adjoining c m y b areas continue to grapple with scheduled and unscheduled power cuts. These prolonged power cuts have been taking a toll on residents’ health in this scorching heat. In Jagraon town, power cuts of duration varying from three to five hours have become a daily affair. The situation in rural areas is worst where power cuts are being No shortage of power: PSPCL Executive Engineer of PSPCL Dharampal said there was no shortage of power. “In recent days, the power supply was disrupted because maintenance work was going on,” he said, adding that the situation would become normal once maintenance work is completed. . imposed for longer duration. According to villagers, they have been facing power cuts of duration from five to seven hours daily. It is not only domestic consumers who are facing the problem, small scale industrialists and shopkeepers are also having a tough time. “We have been experiencing power cuts ranging from four to six hours daily. It has become difficult for us to work in the absence of power. We have to depend on generators to work but it proves costly,” said Mehak, a Jagraon-based boutique owner. “The demand for electricity is going to increase further in the coming days,” said Sunil, owner of a salon.
The Tribune, now published from Chandigarh, started publication on February 2, 1881, in Lahore (now in Pakistan). It was started by Sardar Dyal Singh Majithia, a public-spirited philanthropist, and is run by a trust comprising four eminent persons as trustees.
The Tribune, the largest selling daily in North India, publishes news and views without any bias or prejudice of any kind. Restraint and moderation, rather than agitational language and partisanship, are the hallmarks of the paper. It is an independent newspaper in the real sense of the term.
The English edition apart, the 133-year-old Tribune has two sister publications, Punjabi Tribune (in Punjabi) and Dainik Tribune (in Hindi).