07022019-LT-01.qxd 2/7/2019 12:02 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE KIDS UNDER STRESS, PARENTS NEED TO BE CAUTIOUS: EXPERTS PAGE 2 Stress among students appearing for Class VIII-XII exams is such that they have started neglecting their health FORECAST THUNDERSTORM INBRIEF 3 FOUND ABSENT AT SUB-REGISTRAR OFFICES Ludhiana: Surprise checks were carried out at all subregistrar offices in the district on Wednesday morning during which three officials were found absent. Assistant Commissioner (Grievances) Kanu Garg said two officials of Sub-Registrar office, Hambran Road, and one official of Tehsil office, Raikot, were found absent. She said during the surprise checks, carried out by all SDMs and District Revenue Officers, arrangements for potable water and toilets were also inspected. Besides, necessary directions regarding display board, fee board, service boards, etc, were also issued. Garg said they would seek departmental action against the officials found absent. TNS MAN BOOKED FOR KIDNAPPING MINOR GIRL Ludhiana: The police have booked a man on the charge of kidnapping a 17-year-old girl. He has been identified as Shani, a resident of Khasi Kalan. Gautam Sharma of Bhola Colony told the police that on January 26, his daughter went missing from home under mysterious conditions. Later, he came to know that the suspect had kidnapped his daughter. TNS TWO ARRESTED WITH 35 GRAMS OF HEROIN Ludhiana: The police have arrested two smugglers with 35 grams of heroin. They have been identified as Navneet Singh of Puneet Nagar and Gurjant Singh of Kishore Nagar. The investigating officer, ASI Baljit Singh, said the police got a tip-off that two drug smugglers were roaming in Sanjay Gandhi Colony. The police conducted a raid and nabbed both suspects. The police said they had launched investigation to bust the supply line these smugglers. TNS POWER SHUTDOWN LUDHIANA 10 am to 5 pm: Ganesh Nagar, Hari Kartar Colony, Cheema Colony, Janakpuri, Link Road, Shivaji Nagar, Aman Dharam Kanda. FUEL PRICES PETROL ~75.98 DIESEL ~65.95 WHAT’S ON LUDHIANA INTERACTIVE SESSION ON TRAFFIC RULES: KVM School in front of Police Lines; around 10 am. SUNSET THURSDAY 6:07 PM Builders’ lobby gives two hoots to enforcement by MC staff Kuldip Bhatia An illegal building under constructions in Zone D. TRIBUNE PHOTO builders and illegal buildings were coming up right under their noses. Providing photographs of several illegal commercial buildings under construction at Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar (Block E and G), Sarabha Nagar (opposite Kipps Market), Pakhowal Road, Model Town (near Gurdwara) and Model Town Extension, Shar- Domestic help hangs self at her employer’s house Cops suspect no foul play, start inquest proceedings Tribune News Service Ludhiana, February6 A 15-year-old girl allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at Garden Enclave where she worked as domestic help. The deceased has been identified as Shivani Devi. Her father, Manoj Kumar, a migrant from Uttar Pradesh, works as gardener and lives in NRI Colony, Canal Road, here. Assistant Sub-inspector Lakhwinder Singh from the Raghunath Enclave police station said around 7.30 am today, the girl went into the room and hanged herself from the ceiling fan. When another servant of the house heard her shrieks, the family went there but found her dead. The deceased’s family said she had a love affair with some boy based in UP . Recently, his father came to know about their relationship and rebuked his daughter. “It is suspected that the girl felt ana. “After reaching Ludhiana, we got to know that he is suffering from swine flu. Doctors tried to save him but my brother died due to multiple organ failure,” the deceased’s brother said. Meanwhile, Director General of Police, J&K, Dilbag Singh condoled his death. Mir was appointed a subinspector in the J&K Police in 1989 after which he served at various positions. He was a good swimmer and remained instrumental in conducting various state and nationallevel sports events as DSP , sports, Armed, Police Headquarters. — TNS HAD A LOVE AFFAIR The deceased’s family said she had a love affair with some boy based in UP. Recently, his father came to know about their relationship and rebuked his daughter. “It is suspected that the girl felt embarrassed due to which she took the extreme step. Suspecting no foul play, the police initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 CrPC,” said the ASI. embarrassed due to which she took the extreme step. Suspecting no foul play, the police initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 CrPC,” said the ASI. BCom student kills self A 21-year-old BCom student allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at her residence in Sherpur this afternoon. She has been identified as Surabhi. His father works as supervisor at a factory. Surabhi took the extreme step due to her prolonged illness. No suicide note was recovered from the spot. Suspecting no foul play, the police initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174, CrPC. Mystery shrouds man’s death A 40-year-old man died under mysterious circumstances at his home in Chawni Mohalla last evening. The deceased has been identified as Shelly Mehra. The investigating officer, ASI Janak Raj, said Shelly was alone at home when he fell unconscious. His brother rushed him to the nearby hospital where the doctors declared him brought in dead. The ASI said Shelly had been doing drugs in the past. His family helped him get treatment at a drug de-addiction centre after which he stopped doing drugs. ma alleged that the nexus of building officials and builders was causing huge loss to the civic body (by way of change of land use without any payment and evasion of fee for approval of building plans) besides being party to haphazard development and building activity in the city. The complaint further said even though buildings that were constructed till a certain date (cut-off date) would be compounded under the proposed OTS, still underhand efforts were being made by some well-connected builders to obtain back-dated challans for their illegal buildings to get advantage from the OTS as and when it is notified. The MTP (Zone C and D), SS Bindra, said in most cases of illegal commercial buildings, challans had been issued and in some specific cases, demolition orders had also been issued. “Strict instructions have been issued to the field staff and supervisory officials to take all possible measures to curb construction of illegal buildings in the city,” he added. Major fire at knitwear factory, close shave for 5 PAGE 4 During a special drive, the Doraha police succeeded in recovering 200 bottles of illicit liquor from a vehicle. SUNRISE FRIDAY 7:14 AM Construction of illegal buildings in top gear Ludhiana, February 6 Even as the state government has nearly finalised the onetime settlement (OTS) policy for compounding all illegal buildings in the state which is yet to be notified, the construction of commercial buildings, in violation of building bylaws and with illegal change of land use, continues in the city in top gear while the staff of the building branch of the Municipal Corporation seems to be watching the ‘dubious activity’ as a mute spectator. In a complaint lodged with the Principal Secretary/Additional Chief Secretary of Local Government Department, Punjab, the Director of Local Bodies, Punjab, and the Chief Vigilance Officer of the Local Government, Punjab, secretary of Council of RTI Activists Arvind Sharma has alleged that with their eyes on the forthcoming OTS, the officials of building branch, especially those deployed in Zone D, were openly striking deals with 200 BOXES OF ILLICIT LIQUOR SEIZED AT DORAHA With cancellation of nine trains on Wednesday, passengers continued to suffer amid foggy weather. MAX 16°C | MIN 8°C | YESTERDAY MAX 21°C | MIN 12°C J&K DSP dies of swine flu Jammu, February 6 A deputy superintendent of police (DSP) died of swine flu while undergoing treatment at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) this morning. At first, the deceased, Jameel Anjum Mir, was admitted to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Jammu, from where he was shifted to the DMCH, where he was diagnosed with swine flu. The deceased’s family told The Tribune that GMCH doctors were unable to diagnose the disease and when Mir’s condition started deteriorating, he was shifted to Ludhi- PAGE 4 PASSENGERS SUFFER AS 9 TRAINS CANCELLED THURSDAY | 7 FEBRUARY 2019 | LUDHIANA Petrol stations stop supply to vehicles of civic body Our Correspondent RESTRICTIONS THE TRIGGER Ludhiana, February 6 Certain conditions imposed by the Municipal Commissioner last month with regard to presentation of fuel bills for vehicles of the Municipal Corporation in a bid to check pilferage and bogus billing, have apparently backfired as the designated petrol/diesel stations today refused to supply fuel with the result that work of the civic body came to a halt. The MC vehicles, particularly those involved in collection and disposal of garbage, horticulture, deployed with buildings and roads wing, water supply and sewerage, remained stuck all through the day due to the refusal of petrol/diesel suppliers to continue supply on the conditions imposed for presentation of bills. In the wake of widespread complaints of pilferage of fuel and bogus petrol/diesel bills for quite some time, Municipal Commissioner Kanwalpreet Brar had issued an office order on January 17, 2019, wherein it was laid down that fuel ought to be provided to MC vehicles between 8.30 am and 10.30 am only. Beyond the stipulated period, fuel be supplied The designated suppliers of petrol and diesel considered the restrictions placed on them cumbersome and difficult to comply with and in a sudden development refused to supply fuel to MC vehicles this morning. They were also unwilling to bear the financial burden that these restrictions would have put on them. CONTENTIOUS ISSUES SORTED OUT: BRAR Municipal Commissioner Kanwalpreet Brar said the matter had been discussed with the parties concerned and operators had agreed to resume the supply of fuel to the MC vehicles with immediate effect. “Some contentious issues have been amicably sorted out,” she said. only in special circumstances that too with prior permission of the Commissioner, the order says. Through the order, it was made compulsory to attach computerised slip of fuel delivery, duly attested by the driver, with the fuel bill. It was further made compulsory for the diesel/petrol outlets to install CCTV cameras at the pumps and attachment of recording (showing fuel being filled in the vehicle) with the bill. The fuel suppliers were also directed to preserve the CCTV footage for at least one month. The nodal officers of the branches concerned were made liable to verify the bills through the orders issued by the MC. The designated suppliers of petrol and diesel considered the restrictions placed on them cumbersome and difficult to comply with and in a sudden development refused to supply fuel to MC vehicles this morning. They were also unwilling to bear the financial burden that these restrictions would have put on them. Despite several phone calls, text and Whatsapp messages, Ashwani Sahota, Nodal Officer of the vehicles working for health and sanitation branch, could not be contacted for his comments. Confirming the development, Brar said the matter had been discussed with the parties concerned and the petro/diesel station operators had agreed to resume the supply of fuel to the MC vehicles with immediate effect. “Some contentious issues have been amicably sorted out,” she said. Street art Tribune News Service Ludhiana, February 6 A fire broke out at a knitwear factory on Rahon Road this morning. Local residents rescued five labourers trapped in the factory with the help of a ladder. The incident occurred around 3 am. As the labourers sleeping inside the factory could not find a way to escape, they raised the alarm. Local residents rushed to rescue the labourers trapped inside the single-storey building engulfed in the flames. According to sources, the fire brigade was called up at 5.10 am. It took the firefighters about four hours to completely douse the flames. The employees of the factory alleged that they tried to connect to the fire brigade number but couldn’t get through. The sources said goods and machinery worth lakhs were destroyed. The exact cause of fire is yet to be ascertained. A woman paints the idols of Goddess Saraswati ahead of the Basant Panchami festival in Ludhiana. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Weapons in SUV: Dist NCP chief booked Tribune News Service Ludhiana February 6 A day after the PAU police station took in its custody weapons lying in a Tata Safari parked at the Circuit House here, the police registered an FIR against its owner, Daljit Singh Chauhan, Bathinda district president of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). The FIR has been registered under Section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the IPC. He is yet to be arrested. Yesterday, the police had seized a .12-bore rifle along with 25 cartridges and a .32- bore revolver with five cartridges from Daljit’s vehicle. He had come to the Circuit House to attend a meeting of his party. The police also checked footage of the CCTV cameras installed at the Circuit House which showed Daljit carrying the weapons. Daljit was a resident of Rampura Phul, Bathinda. GLADA errs in numbering plots at Dugri E-AUCTION Kuldip Bhatia Ludhiana, February 6 A major discrepancy in the layout plan prepared by the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) for 3.95-acre pocket of Dugri, Phase III, has been pointed out by the Valuers Association (a body of engineers and architects) which could lead to fraudulent transactions with the banks and financial institutions while also entail avoidable litigation. In a complaint lodged with the Additional Chief Secretary, Housing and Urban Development, Punjab, (with copies to the Chief Administrators of PUDA and GLADA) on February 5, the general secretary of Valuers Association Kapil Dev has said even after a similar complaint about grave error in the layout plan of Dugri, Phase III, (in allotting same number of plots to two pockets in the colony) had been filed on October 18, 2018, the GLADA authorities had failed to rectify the mistake. c m y b “Now, two residential plots (No. 46, 47) bearing numbers that already exist in the same colony, and have been duly allotted, are being offered for sale in the ongoing e-auction. This will cause a lot of confusion among the bidders and the error could also become the ground for frauds with banks and financial institutions, besides causing litigation,” said the complaint. The complainant wondered as to how the technical/engineering staff of GLADA had prepared a misleading and erroneous layout plan of two ❝ Now, two residential plots (No. 46, 47) bearing numbers that already exist in the same colony, and have been duly allotted, are being offered for sale in the ongoing eauction. ❞ The complainant pockets bearing similar plot numbers in the same colony. Surprisingly, proper sequence in numbering the plots has also been given the go-by in the layout plan because in the lane of plots bearing numbers in decreasing order, the plot numbers start increasing towards the end of the lane. Kapil Dev maintained that it was gross negligence on the part of GLADA authorities who had failed to take timely action to correct the error. Now, the online e-auction of plots (No. 46 and 47) is already in progress and it may cause litigation and also create problems with financial institutions too at a later stage,” the complaint added. The association demanded that the error in the layout plan of Dugri, Phase III, (where same plot numbers existed in two pockets) be rectified by revising the layout plan, allotting different (and distinct) plot numbers to clear the confusion without any further delay. The GLADA Estate Officer, Sonam Chaudhry, said the matter had been discussed and a policy decision had been taken to add block number ( like A/B) to the numbers allotted to these particular plots at the time of issuing allotment letter to clear the confusion.
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