10012019-LT-01.qxd 1/10/2019 12:40 AM Page 1 c m y b THURSDAY | 10 JANUARY 2019 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Robotics catches on Double delight Anganwadi staff protest Unlike the children of yesteryear, robotics is fast becoming a new craze among city youth. P2 Sanjeev Vohra from Ludhiana city has won singles and doubles titles in the state veterans meet. P4 Anganwadi workers staged a protest on Gill Road on Wednesday. P2 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 19°C MIN 8°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 5:42 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 7:26 AM MC fails to issue vendor ID cards Traffic can wait... Vendors accuse MC of ignoring SC orders Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Commuters stuck in a traffic jam as protesters cross a road in Ludhiana on Wednesday. ASHWANI DHIMAN REPORT ON P4 SNIPPETS Games cancelled, teachers relieved Gold worth lakhs stolen from house Ludhiana: The police have nabbed a man involved in the theft of gold worth lakhs from a house in Quila Mohalla. He has been identified as Chandu, a resident of the same area. Gurdeep Singh told the police that on January 1, he had gone to celebrate New Year at his in-laws’ house. Next day when he returned home, he found the lock of his room broken. When he checked the room, he came to know that five gold rings weighing 23 gram, one mangal sutra weighing 10 gram and one pair of earrings weighing 5 gram were missing. Later, someone told him that Chandu had entered his house. The police nabbed him but the stolen jewellery is yet to be recovered. TNS Shivani Bhakoo Tribune News Service Ludhiana, January 9 As the final examinations are approaching and the teachers are busy completing the syllabus in schools, and a major festival of Punjab, Lohri, is coinciding with the teachers’ games schedule, the threeday sports event scheduled for January 11 stands cancelled till further orders. These instructions were issued by the Director, Education Department, to all DEOs in Punjab today from Chandigarh. With the games having been cancelled, teachers and One booked for illegal mining Ludhiana: The police have booked a man on the charge of illegally mining sand and impounded a tractor-trailer. The suspect has been identified as Kuljeet Singh of Jamalpur Leli. The investigating officer, ASI Karanjit Singh, said the police got a tip-off that Kuljit was illegally mining sand from the Sutlej at Jamalpur Leli village. The police raided the spot and impounded the tractor-trailer. Kuljit, however, escaped. TNS Doraha residents stare at epidemic scare P3 are hardly any washrooms for bathing in most schools. We had to appeal to participating teachers to cooperate with us, as it was not possible to construct a separate bathing area for them. Also there was no arrangement for hot water. How could we expect teachers to bathe in cold water in this extreme cold weather? All these issues came to the minds of those attending the meeting, but all were tightlipped,” said a Principal who attended the meeting. The teachers were not too happy as the games were coinciding with Lohri. “I had Continued on page 2 Learn from other cities The Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, held a draw of lots for the allotment of the sites marked for street vendors recently. In the first phase, 456 vendors were allotted sites through a draw of lots held at the MC office in Chandigarh on December 28. The draw was conducted for 23 vending zones in separate sectors. The vendors also opposed the decision to declare Sector 17 as a no-vending zone. Tiger Singh of Rehri Phari Federation, Ludhiana, said: “The MC, Ludhiana, should set up vending zones as the civic bodies of Gurugram, Bhubaneswar, Jabalpur and other cities of South India have already set up these. We came to know that vending zones have also been set up in a few cities of Bihar and Jharkhand. But, the biggest MC of Punjab, Ludhiana is deliberately delaying the vending zone project.” Survey faulty, says Mayor “The survey of street vendors in the city has been done in an improper way. It seems the staff did not go to the field to conduct the survey in the right manner. We are going to issue a notice to the firm concerned which had conducted the survey. Now, the MC will crosscheck the vendors identified during the survey,” said Balkar Singh Sandhu, Mayor. no identity cards have been issued. If vending zones are set up, no vendor will be forced to encroach on any road to run his business. After every threefour months, MC officials give statements that vending zones will be set up at the earliest, but nothing is done on the ground. We will take legal advice and move court against the civic body for not implementing the Supreme Court orders.” The survey to identify street vendors had kicked off in May 2017 and it was supposed to be completed within six months. After the survey, identity cards were supposed to be given to the registered vendors. Ludhiana, January 9 The oath-taking ceremony of panches, sarpanches, members of Panchayat Samitis and Zila Parishad would be conducted on January 11 at the sports stadium, Kila Raipur village. Deputy Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Agrawal, while inspecting the preparations at the stadium, issued directions to the officials concerned. He said around 12,000 persons, including panches, sarpanches, Panchayat Samiti and Zila Parishad members were expected to gather at the stadium. He said they should ensure their participation in the ceremony. — TNS 4 developers apply for regularisation Ludhiana, January 9 Following MC action against illegal colonies, four more developers have applied for regularisation of their colonies. The building branch is expecting more developers to come forward before the deadline for submitting applications ends next month. Sources said the building branch may act against more illegal colonies in the coming days. Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu has appealed to the residents to avoid purchasing land in illegal colonies. Town Planner Monika Anand said four developers had applied for regularisation. — TNS 120 days on, no arrest in assault case 2 suffer bullet wounds in group clash Man booked for Armed men had kidnapping minor thrashed elderly Ludhiana: The police have booked a man on the charge of kidnapping a minor girl. He has been identified as Krishan Kumar of Bihar. Lal Bahadur of Agar Nagar told the police that on January 6, his daughter went missing from home. Later, someone told him that Krishan had kidnapped her on the pretext of marrying her. In a similar case, the police booked Jahoor Ansari of Bihar for kidnapping a 12-year-old girl on the pretext of marrying her. The police said they would conduct a raid in Bihar to recover the girl. TNS principals have heaved a sigh of relief. “Thank God! The event has been cancelled. We are heaving a sigh of relief. Otherwise, we could not even celebrate the festival with our families. The DEO had made it clear that no excuse would be entertained and all teachers will have to perform duties diligently,” said one of the teachers who attended today’s meeting. Meanwhile, the local organisers were finding it difficult to arrange for proper washrooms for teachers who were to be put up at government schools during the games. “There are toilets but there Ludhiana, January 9 Though the Municipal Council, Jagraon, has started issuing I-cards to street vendors, the state’s largest civic body, Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has been delaying the matter for a long time. Even a year after more than 20,000 street vendors were covered under a survey in the city, the MC has failed to issue identity cards to the registered vendors. The street vendor unions have blamed the MC authorities for ignoring the Supreme Court orders as also the Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending Act 2014 by not setting up town vending zones. A group of the street vendors is planning to move court against the civic body for delaying the vending zone project. Sources said questions were being raised over the survey. However, the vendors claimed they must be allotted space at the designated vending zones, which are yet to be set up in the city. President of the Rehri Phari Union of Punjab Bal Kishan Pappi said: “We have been demanding vending zones for the past many years. The Supreme Court had ordered to set up vending zones but the civic body does not care about it. Even the survey of street vendors is still incomplete, as Panchayati Raj oath-taking tomorrow couple and vandalised house Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Ludhiana, January 9 Even as four months have passed since an FIR was registered after armed men barged into a house and beat up an elderly couple at Basti Jodhewal, the Ludhiana Commisionerate is yet to arrest the assailants. The victim has alleged that the police are working under political pressure. The victim, along with former Youth Congress president Komal Khanna, today met Police Commissioner Sukhchain Singh Gill and apprised him that some police officials were working under the influence of leaders due to which they are least bothered about arresting the culprits. Khanna urged the CP to take action against the officials who were colluding with the suspects. The complainant, Vishal Kumar of Grewal Estate, Kakowal Road, said a boy, who claimed to be a youth leader, along with his aides, barged into his house at 11.50 pm on September 10 over an old enmity. Of the five assailants, two were carrying revolvers. “Since I was not present in the house, they thrashed my parents and also threatened them with a gun. They vandalised the whole house. On our complaint, the police registered an FIR under Section 328, 452, 506 and 380, IPC,” he added. A day after the FIR was registered, the assailants again barged into their house and threatened them with dire consequences if the victims did not take back the case. On September 14, we appeared before the CP and urged him to add sections of the Arms Act and cancel the arms licence of the suspects. But the Jodhewal police started forcing us for reaching a compromise,” alleged Vishal. The victim has alleged that three assailants named in the FIR are roaming freely in the Continued on page 2 Tribune News Service Ludhiana, January 9 Panic gripped Abdulapur Basti here when two groups clashed and exchanged fire this evening. Two persons from one of the groups suffered bullet injuries and were admitted to the DMCH. Their condition was stated to be critical. The injured have been identified as Manjit Singh of Azad Nagar and Gurcharan Singh of Gurunanak Nagar. Manjit suffered a bullet injury in the stomach and Gurcharan was hit in the foot. Johny, a friend of the injured, said an old enmity was the reason behind the attack. He said more than 24 persons attacked them when he, along with his friends, was standing outside the house of their friend Sanjiv Arora around 10 PM. The assailants were carrying revolvers, pistols and sharp weapons. "We were cornered by the assailants. They fled the scene when we started pelting them with stones. The assailants had exchanged heated arguments with us yesterday and threatened us with dire consequences," said Johny. ACP Sartaj, who along with Model Town SHO, reached the spot, said the police were yet to record the statement of the injured and efforts were on to nab the assailants. The police said raids were being conducted at the hideouts of the assailants and they would be nabbed soon. Source said both groups belong to the same area. The assailants had fired more than 24 gunshots but fortunately only two persons suffered bullet injuries. UBS touches new high, city lad gets ~53-lakh package Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 9 University Business School (UBS), Panjab University (PU), broke its previous record today as the highest package in 2018-19 reached Rs 53 lakh per annum. In 2017-18, the highest package offered at the UBS was Rs 46 lakh per annum by Tolaram Group. In 2016-17, the highest package was Rs 15 lakh per annum — offered to three students by Religare Finvest. However, in 2015-16, the highest package was Rs 21 lakh per annum. Akash Rai (24), the recipient of the highest package from Tolaram Group in 2018-19, is from Ludhiana. He did his BTech in Electronics and Communication from Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, Ludhiana. He did his schooling from St Thomas Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana. “I will be posted in Nigeria as Area Sales Manager. I have accepted the offer,” he said. LUDHIANA LAD ACCEPTS TOLARAM GROUP OFFER Akash Rai (24), the recipient of the highest package from Tolaram Group in 2018-19, is from Ludhiana. He did his BTech in Electronics and Communication from Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, Ludhiana. He did his schooling from St Thomas Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana. “I will be posted in Nigeria as Area Sales Manager. I have accepted the offer,” he said. HIGHEST PACKAGES OFFERED IN 2018-19 Chairperson of UBS Deepak Kapur speaks about placements at Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN His father Om Prakash Rai is an engineer with Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and mother Kanchan Rai is a homemaker. His elder brother also did MBA. “I give credit to my teachers and the chairperson. They have always been supportive,” he said. Placements at UBS so far As far as 83 per cent students have got placed of the total 114. c m y b INSTITUTION University Business School (UBS) Punjab Engineering College (PEC) Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology (CCET) University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET) University Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology (UICET) The placements are still on. “We are hoping to clinch 100 per cent placements this year as well,” said Prof Deepak Kapur, chairperson of the UBS. The average cost to company HIGHEST PACKAGE OFFERED ~53 lakh per annum ~39 lakh per annum ~12.02 lakh per annum ~10 lakh per annum ~9.37 lakh per annum (CTC) offered in 2018-19 is Rs 11.78 lakh per annum, a rise of 31 per cent, while the median salary offered is Rs 9.5 lakh per annum, a rise of 18.75 per cent. The average salary in 2017-18 was around Rs 9 lakh per annum and the median salary offered was around Rs 8 lakh. According to the statistics provided by the UBS, Rs 32.8 lakh per annum is the average CTC of the top 10 per cent students, Rs 21.5 lakh per annum is the average CTC of the top 25 per cent and Rs 15.7 lakh is the average CTC of the top 50 per cent students. “This shows recruiters consider the UBS a preferred brand. We offer the best salaries not only across the PU but in the entire city. Even if we compare ourselves with neighbouring IIMs like those in Jammu, Sirmaur and Amritsar, either we are better or on a par,” said Professor Kapur. The UBS prepares its students for both summer and final placements. Return on investment With a fee of less than Rs 95,000 for two years (inclusive of tuition fee, academic activities, course Continued on page 2
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