24122018-LT-01.qxd 12/24/2018 12:17 AM Page 1 c m y b MONDAY | 24 DECEMBER 2018 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Hope for allottees Poetic touch DMC alumni meet Intervention of CM has rekindled hope among 114 allottees of plots in SBS Nagar colony. P4 Dr RK Gupta of PAU makes apt use of poetry now and then to give his message to farmers. P2 Students of MBBS batch 1968 and 1993 felicitated at the DMC alumni meet in Ludhiana. P2 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 20°C MIN 3°C | SUNSET MONDAY 5:30 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 7:22 AM Truck falls into drain GST cut fails to please Ludhiana industry ❝ as bridge caves in Shivani Bhakoo Tribune News Service Ludhiana, December 23 Though the Centre claims to have slashed GST on almost 23 products, the local industrialists say there is nothing for them as GST on major items, including steel, hardware, cement, etc, remains the same. The rate cut on products, including parts/accessories of carriages for disabled persons, will benefit a handful of population. The president of Federation of Punjab Small Industries Association (FOPSIA), Badish Jindal, said the government had slashed GST on old tyres, televisions up to 32 inches, bicycles for the disabled, etc, but the tax on major items, including steel, hardware and cement, Onlookers assemble at the bridge on Tibba Road after the mishap on Sunday. HIMANSHU MAHAJAN RINKAL MURDER CASE Tribune News Service Ludhiana, December 23 A truck laden with sand fell into a dry drain on Tibba Road today after a slab on the bridge caved in. The driver, however, escaped unhurt as he jumped off the truck when the slab collapsed. The incident took place around 11:45 am. The truck was coming from the Bet area. The traffic had remained disrupted on the bridge for an hour. Soon, a police team reached the spot and barricaded the area where the slab had caved in. The ACP (Traffic), Gurdev Singh, also reached the spot after some time. According to the driver, Bachan Singh, he was coming from the Mattewara side. While he was crossing the bridge, a slab caved in and the truck fell into the drain. The Tibba Road SHO, Inspector Mohammad Jamil, said no one was hurt in the accident. Drenched in devotion Devotees take part in Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra in Ludhiana on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN REPORT ON PAGE 4 Made victim of dirty politics, says councillor We thought the BJP must have learnt from the recent elections in three states where it has lost to the Congress. But the government at the Centre has still not done anything to provide respite to a majority of population. The tax on a majority of items is still high. They may be giving subsidy for the construction of a house, but GST on cement is too high. The consumer will not get any respite. BADISH JINDAL, FOPSIA PRESIDENT ❞ remained the same. “We thought the BJP must have learnt from the recent elections in three states where it has lost to the Congress. But the government at the Centre has still not done anything to provide respite to a majority of population. The tax on a majority of items is still high. They may be giving subsidy for the construction of a house, but GST on cement is too high. The consumer will not get any respite,” said Jindal. The industrialists here feel this will lead to an increase in the incidence of tax evasion. Jindal said the government was able to detect GST evasion of approximately Rs 1,000 crore all over India to date. “This is only when GST on important products is too high. Had the tax been lowered, people would not mind paying taxes in a transparent manner,” he added. The industrialists and traders have been demanding that the government should bring one GST slab for all products, anywhere between 10-12 per cent. Sukhbinder Singh, who deals in hardware near CMC Road, said 18 per cent GST on hardware was too much. “It pinches buyers when they are asked to pay 18 per cent GST. The GST rate should be equal for Two Nigerians nabbed with 1-kg heroin, 1-kg Ice drug each product. Evasion of tax will be less if GST is lowered,” said Singh. FICO upbeat Meanwhile, the Federation of Industrial and Commercial Organisations (FICO) has welcomed the decision to reduce GST from 28% to 18% on pulleys, crank shafts and transmission parts. Gurmeet Singh Kular, president of FICO, and KK Seth, chairman, have welcomed the decision. “It has been observed that the maximum level of GST being charged globally is 19%, that too in a few countries. We request the government to abolish the GST slabs of 18% and 28%, and keep only two slabs in the country, i.e. 5% and 15%,” said the FICO members. POWER SHUTDOWN LUDHIANA 09:00 am to 05:00 pm: Fatehgarh Mohalla Street No. 2 and 3, Gandhi Nagar Street No. 6 to 12, Basant Nagar Street No. 1 to 6. Jaswant shetra Tribune News Service Ludhiana, December 23 Congress Municipal Councillor Gurdeep Singh Neetu, who returned home after being given clean chit in the Rinkal Khera murder case, has said he and his family have been made victims of dirty politics. Neetu said he had faith in the legal system and would get justice. He has been given clean chit by the police after five-month investigation. He had remained underground for a long time. After meeting the members of his family and supporters, Neetu claimed he was at home all the day when Rinkal was murdered. Neetu said his family had suffered a lot in the past five months. But he expressed hope that justice would prevail in the end. Meanwhile, Rinkal’s brother, Mani Khera, said the police gave clean chit to Neetu under political pressure. “We have enough evidence to prove Neetu was involved in the murder conspiracy,” he said. PANCHAYAT POLLS Comedian comes in support of candidates supporting opium cultivation P4 Cops conduct flag march P4 The two drug peddlers in the custody of the Khanna police. TRIBUNE PHOTO Our Correspondent Khanna, December 23 The Samrala police claimed to have arrested two Nigerian nationals and recovered a huge quantity of drugs from their possession. They have been identified as Akey Vincent and John Nevene who at present reside at Precious Restau- rant, Dwarka, New Delhi. Khanna SSP Dhruv Dahiya said a police party, led by Samrala SHO Manjit Singh, was checking vehicles during a naka near Canal Bridge, Neelon. The police spotted two persons coming from the Chandigarh side on foot. The police nabbed them when they tried to escape on seeing the naka. The police recovered 1 kg of heroin from Akey Vincent and 1 kg of Ice drug from John Nevene. A case under Section 21, 61 and 85 of the NDPS has been registered against them. The SSP said the suspects had brought the drugs from Delhi and were going towards Ludhiana. Candidates contesting election in Barundi felicitated P4 Foot overbridges a distant dream Passengers shiver at platforms Many mishaps have occurred on Jalandhar Bypass and the road near bus stand Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, December 23 A large number of pedestrians are forced to put their lives at risk while crossing Jalandhar Bypass and the busy road near bus stand. Residents have been requesting the authorities to get foot overbridge constructed at such busy spots in the city, but to no avail. Ludhiana is one of the most unsafe cities in India having a high fatality rate in accidents. During a campaign launched under Ludhiana Smart City Mission in 2015, a number of residents had mentioned traffic management and parking as their top priority for making Ludhiana a Smart City. Several residents had stated that there was an urgent need to construct foot overbridges and footpaths in the city, sources said. Narinder Kumar of Ward Number 1, near Jalandhar Bypass, said several accidents had taken place as pedestrians were forced to cross the busy Jalandhar-Delhi Road that was part of a national highway. “Our elected representatives must hold talks with National Highways Authority of India for the construction of a foot overbridge here,” he said. Visitors to Inter-state Bus Terminal risk their lives while crossing the busy road as there is no foot overbridge there. Several NGOs have raised their demand for either a foot overbridge or pedestrian underpass at the spot, but to no avail. A social worker, Gurpal Singh Grewal, said: “A number of mishaps have taken place outside bus terminal. The pedestrians often put their lives at risk while crossing the road. Drivers coming down the flyover lose control over their vehicles when pedestrians abruptly come in front of them while crossing the road.” He said: “The government should make sure a foot overbridge is constructed near as 10 trains cancelled in region Traffic on Amritsar-Ludhiana-Delhi section also disrupted Kuldip Bhatia In the absence of a foot overbridge, pedestrians cross the busy road outside bus stand risking their lives. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN bus stand on a priority basis or it should find out any alternative solution to ensure the safety of pedestrians.” Despite repeated attempts, MC Superintending Engineer Dharam Singh could not be contacted. Ensure pedestrians’ safety government should foot ❝The stateconstructed near busmake sureaapriority overbridge is stand on basis or it should find out any alternative solution to ensure the safety of pedestrians. GURPAL SINGH GREWAL, A SOCIAL WORKER c m y b ❞ Trains running late Ludhiana, December 23 With mercury persistently plummeting in the region and weather remaining foggy, passengers continue to suffer due to disruption in rail traffic. Even as 24-odd long-route trains were running late, cancellation of 10 trains, rescheduling and diversion of others added to the misery of the travelers. The Railways said 12241/42 Chandigarh-AmritsarChandigarh Intercity Express, 12459 New DelhiAmritsar Intercity Express, 12716 Amritsar-Nanded Sachkhand Express, 14674 Amritsar-Jaynagar Shaheed Express, 15209/10 SaharsaAmritsar-Saharsa Jansewa Express, 18238 AmritsarBilaspur Chhattisgarh Express, 19614 AmritsarAjmer Express and 22424 Amritsar-Gorakhpur Jansadharan Express trains were ■ (6 to 9 hrs): 13049 Howrah-Amritsar Express, 01707 Jabalpur-Attari Special Express, 13005 Howrah-Amritsar Mail, 13307 DhanbadFerpozepur Ganga Sutlej Express. ■ (3 to 6 hrs): 01708 Attari-Jabalpur Special Express, 12355 Rajendra Nagar (Patna)-Jammu Tawi Archana Express, 12237 VaranasiJammu Tawi Begumpura Express, 18101 Tatanagar-Jammu Tawi Muri Express, 22431 Allahabad-Udhampur Superfast Express, 12331 Howrah-Jammu Tawi Himgiri Express, 12473 AhmedabadShri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra, 12919 Indore-Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra Malwa Express, 15707 Katihar-Amritsar Amrapali Express, 13006 Amritsar-Howrah Mail, 13050 Amritsar-Howrah Express. ■ (1 to 3 hrs): 13308 Ferozepur-Dhanbad Ganga Sutlej Express, 19803 Kota-Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra Express, 22552 Jalandhar-Darbhanga Antyodaya Express, 11057 CST (Mumbai)Amritsar Dadar Express, 12925 Bandra Terminus-Amritsar Pashchim Express, 22125 Nagpur-Amritsar AC Superfast Express, 15211 Darbhanga-Amritsar Jannayak Express, 22429 DelhiPathankot Superfast Express and 12715 Nanded-Amritsar Sachkhand Express. cancelled for the day. Travellers on Amritsar-Ludhiana-New Delhi trunk route also had a tough time as 12014 Amritsar-New Delhi Shatabdi Express, 12029 New Delhi-Amritsar Swarn Shatabdi Express, 12497 New Delhi-Amritsar Shan-e-Pun- jab Express and 12460 Amritsar-New Delhi Intercity Express were running late by 30 minutes to 1.30 hours. As if to add to the woes of the passengers, 12459 New Delhi-Amritsar Intercity Express train was cancelled Continued on page 2
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