11012019-LT-01.qxd 1/11/2019 12:36 AM Page 1 c m y b FRIDAY | 11 JANUARY 2019 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Councillor protests Illegal construction razed Religious fervour Sonia Sharma, councillor from Ward No. 31, protests outside the MC chief’s office in Zone D. P4 Ludhiana MC pulls down an illegal wall being built on the roof a booth at Bhadaur House. P4 Childhood Kindergarten, Punjab Mata Nagar, celebrates gurpurb with great fervour. P2 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 20°C MIN 7°C | SUNSET FRIDAY 5:49 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 7:25 AM House collapses after fire at Mayapuri While family lives on the first floor, the ground floor was filled with waste hosiery material Close shave for four firemen Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Ludhiana, January 10 A building collapsed after a fire broke out in the structure at Mayapuri this morning. A family living in the rented accommodation had a miraculous escape as the building collapsed a few minutes after they had escaped to safety. The roofs of two adjoining houses also collapsed due to the impact of the crash. Sharif Ahmed, along with the eight members of his family, had rented the house. He ran a business of recycling waste hosiery material. The family lived on the first floor while a huge stock of waste hosiery was kept on the ground floor. The family has reportedly suffered a loss of about Rs 10 lakh in the fire. Sharif has five daughters and two sons. Sompal is stated to be the owner of the building. The incident occurred around 10.40 am. Five members of Sharif’s family were at home when they noticed smoke billowing out of the ground floor. Taranum, a daughter of Sharif, said his father, along with his brother, had gone to the market while her mother and another brother had gone to Saharanpur, UP to , meet her would-be in-laws. She, along with her four sisters, was present at home when the incident occurred. Her sister Tabasum is also married and she has a twoyear-old daughter. “Around 10.40 am, I noticed smoke billowing out of the godown on the ground floor. In no time, smoke gave way to fire. We panicked as we could not find a way to escape. Our neighbours put up a makeshift ladder at the back POWER SHUTDOWN LUDHIANA 9:15 am to 4:45 pm: Manjit Nagar, some parts of Manohar Nagar, some parts of Abdullapur Basti. SNIPPETS 10-year RI for rape accused Ludhiana: The Court of Additional Sessions Judge Sonia Kinra has convicted Mekhanchu (40) hailing from Azamgarh , UP, of sexual assault on a 12-year-old girl. He has been sentenced to 10-year rigorous imprisonment. A fine of Rs 1, 10,000 has been imposed on him, of which Rs 1 lakh would be paid to the victim. The case was registered on April 19, 2016, at the Shimlapuri police station on a complaint of the girl’s father. He had stated that they lived in a “vehra”. While her daughter was sleeping on the roof, the accused raped her at midnight. OC Naxal lands in police net Ludhiana: The city police claimed to have nabbed a Naxal here on Thursday. He has been identified as Pankaj Kumar of Bihar. The police said Pankaj was involved in some Naxalite activities and he was also facing a kidnap and criminal conspiracy case registered at the Patepur police station, Bihar. The police said he had recently come to Ludhiana and was staying in the Meharban area. He had been wanted by the Bihar police from a long time. TNS Four firemen, namely Ravi Kumar, Pawan, Jaswinder and Ramesh, had a providential escape. “We were dousing the flames when there was a loud explosion, reportedly caused by an LPG cylinder, and the building collapsed. We were about to enter the building when it suddenly collapsed,” said Jaswinder, a fireman. MLA writes to CP Residents standing on the rooftop to see the collapsed building in Mayapuri in Ludhiana on Thursday. Tribune photo Himanshu Congress MLA Sanjay Talwar, in a letter to Police Commissioner Sukhchain Singh Gill, has stated that fire incidents are on the rise in the East constituency as many people have kept waste hosiery in vacant plots which is vulnerable to fire. “I wrote a letter in November 2018 seeking action against people storing waste hosiery in vacant plots, but no action was taken. I request you again to take my letter seriously so that such incidents may not happen again,” MLA writes to the CP. ments, wedding dresses and other valuables for the marriage which have been destroyed in the fire. Tabasum said Rs 3 lakh she had kept in a room was also burnt in the fire. 41 booked for Abdulapur clash Tribune News Service Ludhiana, January 10 The Model Town police have booked 41 persons in connection with the Wednesday night clash between two groups where two persons had suffered bullet injuries. A cross-case of attempt to murder and Arms Act has been registered against the assailants of both groups. Atam Park police post incharge ASI Balkar Singh said two groups, one led by Kulwinder Singh Johny of Manjit Nagar, and another by Gurmeet Singh, alias Ricky, comprising more than 24 persons, clashed last night. While members of both groups pelted each other with stones and glass bottles, shots were also fired during the clash at Abdulapur Basti. Persons from both groups suffered injuries and they also damaged cars parked in the area. Assistant Sub-inspector Balkar said raids were being conducted at the hideouts of the assailants and they would be arrested soon. Those booked included Kulwinder Singh, Goldy of 4 test positive for swine flu this year Ludhiana, January 10 Four patients have tested positive for swine flu this year. The reports of seven patients of suspected swine flu are yet to come. With a dip in the temperature, people have been advised to stay healthy by increasing their immunity level with the consumption of Vitamin C and keeping themselves hydrated. “It is a droplet infection and also spreads from one person to another. If anybody is having cough and cold, he/she should adopt all precaution- ary measures. The patient should contain sneezes and use a tissue instead of a handkerchief, and dispose it of after use. People coming in contact with infected persons should wash their hands regularly,” said a medicine expert based in the city. — TNS The GST Council, chaired by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, has doubled the exemption limit for GST registration for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to Rs 40 lakh from the current Rs 20 lakh. This means the business with an annual turnover under Rs 40 lakh will now be exempted from GST. But the industrialists in Ludhiana are unhappy with this decision due to several reasons. They had expected much bigger relief than this exemption, observes The Tribune correspondent Shivani Bhakoo ‘NO INPUT TAX CREDIT PAID ON PURCHASES’ The president of FOPSIA, Badish Jindal, said the increase in exemption limit was deadly for small-scale sector as they wouldn’t be able to claim the input tax credit paid on purchases. So in a way their purchases get costlier by 18%. The government must come up with a tailored scheme for the exempted sector as these exemptions are the main reason for bogus billing. “While the government thinks it has done good to the MSMEs, we hardly see any good in this increase in the exemption limit,” said Jindal. ‘WERE EXPECTING CUT IN GST RATES’ Vibhor Garg, vice-president of AllIndustries Trade Forum, said they were expecting a reduction in the GST rates on many items, including construction material and hardware, but no such announcement was made by the Finance Minister at today’s meeting. Garg said it had been over a year and a half but the complications in GST were still there and even the government had not been able to stop tax evasion, for which the whole exercise was carried out by the Central Government. ‘GST ON STEEL ALSO NEEDS TO BE REDUCED’ President of Fastener Supplier Association of India Rajkumar Singla said GST on fasteners was very high, so we were expecting the government will reduce it to 12%, but there is no such relief. Similarly, GST on steel also needs to be reduced. The government needs to bring all goods and services under single GST and the return filing requires more simplification. Firemen douse the flames; and (right) youths trying to retrieve their belongings from under the debris of our house and we climbed down to safety,” she said. Sharif said the marriage of his daughters Taranum and Marjeena was due in April. They had bought gold orna- Doubled exemption limit fails to cheer MSMEs Manjit Nagar, Bholu of Model Town, Mithu of Model Town, Chandu of Manjit Nagar, Manjinder Singh of Guru Nanak Nagar, Rinku of chitey quarters, Manjit Singh of Azad Nagar, Johny of Sham Nagar, Sanjiv Kumar of Chitey quarters, Kamalpreet of lal quarters, Rinku Thukral of Model Town, Raju Thukral, Deepu Kabaria, Saini Shimlapuri of Model Town, Gurmeet Singh, Sher Singh, Baljinder Singh, Surinder Singh of Model Town and Mandeep Singh of Abdulapur. Panel seeks report on stray dog menace Tribune News Service Ludhiana, January 10 The Punjab State Human Rights Commission has taken cognisance of the increasing problem of stray dogs in the city. The commission has called for a report from the state government through the MC Commissioner, Ludhiana, before the next day of hearing scheduled for February 24. Earlier, city-based RTI activist Rohit Sabharwal had complained to the commission about the menace of Continued on page 2 c m y b TN man booked for duping city traders of ~63.5 lakh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, January 10 The Division No. 4 police have registered a fraud case against a Tamil Nadubased man for duping several hosiery traders of about Rs 63.50 lakh. The suspect has been identified as Shivaji. Gaurav Pahwa, a resident of Wait Ganj, told the police that Shivaji bought hosiery goods worth lakhs from several traders in Ludhiana but did not pay them. Shivaji is to pay Rs 23 lakh to him, Rs 7.61 lakh to Rakesh Kumar of Rainbow Knitwears, Rs 15.42 lakh to Bharat Bhushan owning B Bhushan Wools Store, Rs 9.04 lakh to Gaurav Fabrics and Rs 8.29 lakh to Rajesh Kumar of Roopsi Knitwears. The complainant alleged that the suspect had given cheques of two banks but later asked the banks to stop payment on these cheques. The investigating officer, ASI Janak Raj, said the traders had submitted a complaint in July last year and a case was registered after a thorough probe into the matter. The ASI said the police would conduct raids in Tamil Nadu to arrest the accused. Parking contractor fined Tribune News Service Ludhiana, January 10 Following a complaint of overcharging, the Municipal Corporation has imposed a fine of Rs 1,000 on the contractor of Bhadaur House parking lot. Assistant Commissionercum-head of tehbazari wing Jasdev Singh Sekhon said they had received a complaint of overcharging. Earlier, Joint Commissioner Kulpreet Singh had conducted a raid at Bhadaur House and noticed many violations of the contract. He had caught the parking staff overcharging visitors. The Municipal Commissioner had recommended cancellation of agreement with the contractors of Bhadaur House and several other parking sites in the city. But the Finance and Contract A parking lot at Bhadaur House Market. PHOTO: INDEREET VERMA Committee has been delaying the process. Sources said overcharging complaints were common at the other parking sites, including multi-storeyed parking lot near the MC Headquarters. The last F&CC during the tenure of the fifth MC House had spared a contractor who was accused of overcharging. NON-PAYMENT OF USER CHARGES 22 water, sewer connections snapped Tribune News Service Ludhiana, January 10 Taking strict action against defaulters, the Municipal Corporation today disconnected water supply and sewerage connections of 22 residents, who had failed to pay user charges, at Atal Nagar, Subash Nagar, Bhagwan Nagar, Urban Estate Phase I and II, Giaspura, Guru Nanak Colony, ATI Road and area near Sangeet Cinema. Superintending Engineer of MC Rajinder Singh said they collected Rs 3.25 lakh from defaulters in Zone B and Rs 1.25 lakh in Zone C. He said they would conduct another drive in the coming days. Superintending Engineer Ravinder Garg said a total of 22 connections were disconnected in the city today. He appealed to the people to pay their user charges for water supply and sewerage timely. According to information, the MC has to recover about Rs 300 crore from the defaulters who have not paid user charges for the past many years. The civic body had conducted such drives earlier too.
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