11022019-LT-01.qxd 2/10/2019 11:53 PM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE PAGE 4 LONE AIR INDIA FLIGHT DELAYED BY THREE HOURS Delhi-Ludhiana flyers harassed as the lone Air India flight gets delayed by around three hours. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY INBRIEF 3 MOBILE PHONES FOUND IN JAIL Ludhiana: Three mobile phones were recovered from three inmates of the Central Jail here on Sunday. The inmates have been identified as Satvir Singh of Jassowal Suda, Gurmeet Singh of Pritam Vihar and Mandeep Singh of Farid Nagar. The Assistant Jail Superintendent said during a routine checking, one mobile phone each was recovered from the three jail inmates. A case under Section 52 A of the Prison Act has been registered against the inmates. TNS 2 NABBED WITH ILLICIT LIQUOR Ludhiana: The police have nabbed two liquor peddlers and recovered 30 bottles of liquor from them. They have been identified as Sandeep Singh of Kashmir Nagar and Pardeep Kumar of Madhopuri. The investigating officer, ASI Pyara Lal, said they got a tip-off that both suspects were selling illicit liquor at Kashmir Nagar. The police raided the place and nabbed the suspects redhanded. A case under the Excise Act has been registered. In a similar case, the police nabbed Sonu Khan of SBS Nagar, Sherpur Kalan, on Gill Road and recovered 24 bottles of illicit liquor. TNS JEWELLER HELD WITH HEROIN Ludhiana: The Special Task Force arrested a drug smuggler and recovered 25 gram of heroin from his possession. He has been identified as Amit Kumar, alias Ammy (41), of Old Police Chowki Road, Shimlapuri. He owns a jewellery shop at New Janta Nagar. The investigating officer, ASI Mohammad Sadiq, said the police got a tip-off that the suspect was to deliver heroin to his clients at Gill canal. The police set up a naka and signalled a scooterist to stop. His search yielded heroin. He told the police that he had been bringing the drug from a smuggler at Alamgir. TNS CAR TAKEN AWAY AT GUNPOINT Doraha: A car was taken away from a man at Ajnaud village at gunpoint on Sunday evening. The victim, Jarnail Singh of Utalan in Khanna district, said unidentified persons took away his car at gunpoint near Gurdwara Babe Shaheedan at Ajnaud village. The police have begun investigation into the case. OC FUEL PRICES PETROL ~75.86 DIESEL ~66.01 WHAT’S ON LUDHIANA Traffic Awareness Quiz ARROW 2019: Khalsa College for Women, Maharani Jhansi Road; 11 am. ENGINEERS SLAM PROPOSED ONE-TIME SETTLEMENT POLICY Ludhiana: Slamming the state for the proposed OTS to compound illegal buildings across the city, the Council of Engineers has termed such illegal buildings as ticking time bombs. Making it clear that it would challenge this veiled attempt to regularise all illegal constructions in the HC, the body said the government wanted to protect the corrupt officials of local bodies. PAGE 2 ‘KALA SHAH KALA’ STAR CAST PROMOTES FILM IN CITY PAGE 4 RESIDENTS TAKE PART IN CANCER WALKATHON Written and directed by Amarjit Singh, Sargun Mehta, Binnu Dhillon and Jordan Sandhu are in the lead roles. MAX 20°C | MIN 9°C | YESTERDAY MAX 18°C | MIN 8°C SUNSET MONDAY 6:10 PM AOI organises a 3-km Cancer Walkathon from MBD Neopolis Mall in the city. SUNRISE TUESDAY 7:11 AM Centre to blame for Jagraon bridge delay, says Bittu Tribune News Service Private parking lots in vacant plots proposed Earlier, Bittu chaired a meeting of senior officials of the administration to review development projects. It was decided that the MC would allow the owners of private plots in the city to run parking lots in their vacant plots to ease problem of traffic. Ludhiana MP Ravneet Singh Bittu addresses a press conference at the Circuit House in Ludhiana on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN “The owners of vacant plots can use their properties as parking lots by charging minimum money from the visitors as per the rates fixed by the Municipal Corporation. The administration will charge nothing from the owners for running the parking lots. This has been decided to ease the problem of traffic congestion in the city,” said Bittu. of India (NHAI) and the company operating the toll plaza on the highway for delaying various repair and construction work on the highway. Bittu said if the company failed to complete the repair and construction work on the highway within one month, he would lead a drive to boycott the toll plaza at Ladowal. No rift in Congress Warning to toll plaza firm Bittu also criticised the National Highways Authority Bittu also denied the reports of rift within the Congress leaders ahead of REGULARISATION OF ILLEGAL COLONIES Enough is not enough, developers want more Kuldip Bhatia Ludhiana, February 10 Even though four-month window provided by the Punjab Government as a one-time measure to developers to get their illegal/unlicensed colonies regularised under the new policy is about to close (on February 17, 2019), most developers, it seems, are not happy with the policy notified for this purpose on October 18, 2018. They still want more simplification and relaxations in the policy and attribute lukewarm response of developers (to the new policy) to procedural wrangles and cumbersome documentation. In a memorandum submitted to the Punjab Housing and Urban Development Minister, Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, the Punjab Colonisers and Property Dealers Association has pointed out that due to unnecessary documentation, many developers were wary of coming forward for regularisation of colonies and property owners were also not very keen to avail of the policy benefits. Kultar Singh Jogi, president, and GS Lamba, general secretary of the association, said for compounding of plots and properties, four sets of documents were being demanded while the developers had to submit eight sets of documents at the time of submission of application which could be done away with. “A single set of documents for plots and properties should be enough as scanned copies could be sent to different branches for further action. Similarly, a single set of file from developers be taken and after verification by competent person, more sets be got prepared which would lead to speedy processing of applications,” said the memorandum. The developers’ body further wanted that in cases of colonies where applications were pending/rejected under previous policies, options be taken from the developers about which policy do they want to go for as in most cases developers had already deposited the licence fee, development and CLU charges. For registration of sale deeds of plots and properties, receipt of full payment be considered as NOC because registration of sale deeds has been suspended for quite some time in the state. The government has been urged to issue directions that buildings constructed in Continued on page 2 the general elections. “There is no rift between the Congress leaders and we all are united to defeat the BJP and its allies in the next general elections,” claimed Bittu. During the press conference, MLA Sanjay Talwar and Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu were also present. They said there were no differences between them and whatever the issues were those had been sorted out. Nikhil Bhardwaj Ludhiana, February 10 What could be termed as the careless attitude and “who cares” behavior of Dugri SHO Gurbachan Singh, a phone recording has gone viral where the SHO is rudely speaking with a man who wants to lodge a complaint of assault. The complainant, apart from filing a complaint against the SHO on the 181 helpline, has decided to approach the higher authorities, including the DGP . “Am I your servant, don’t you know the time, go and check the time before calling me. Don’t you know the police station number. You seem to be drunk,” says the SHO in the phone call recording. A worker of RSS, Charanjit Singh, alias Jasraj Grewal, of Dugri, said around 11.15 pm last night while he was headed home in his car, he stopped near Passi Chowk to answer nature’s call. Four or five persons arrived there in an Innova and attacked him with iron rods and baseball bats. “I don’t know why I was attacked. I could not identify the assailants. What I was able to notice was that the Innova car was of golden colour and it had Shivani Bhakoo Tribune News Service Ludhiana, February 10 Sudden fluctuations in steel prices has irked industrialists. First a decline and then a sudden increase in the prices of steel have complicated the situation for the local industrialists. Those dealing in the product are neither taking bulk orders nor making huge purchases. In the past five days, the cost of steel has escalated from Rs 33,000 to Rs 35,200 at Mandi Gobindgarh. The major reason given for this sharp increase is a sudden scarcity of the product in the market and changing weather conditions, which has resulted in resumption of construction works which had earlier been stopped due to extreme cold. Most industrialists here are unaware about the cause of sudden increase in steel prices. Avtar Singh Bhogal, who buys special steel parts for bicycles, said there had been a sudden scarcity in the market and the stock-holders are making the best of the situation by selling the material at exorbitant prices. “We are all confused and don’t know the reason for a sudden increase in steel prices. But we cannot help it and have to go by the market,” he said. President of Federation of Punjab Small Industries Association Badish Jindal said because of severe cold weather, most construction works were stopped earlier. While now the weather is becoming comfortable, the construction works (private, c m y b KEPT KNOCKING POLICE STATION DOOR BUT NOBODY OPENED IT: COMPLAINANT the assailants the ❝Aftercalled up policehad fledroom scene, I control number ‘100’. When nobody turned up for 20 minutes, I went to the police station. I kept on knocking the door of the Dugri police station for 15 minutes. When nobody opened the door, I called up SHO Gurbachan Singh on his official number. Charanjit Singh, RSS WORKER. ❞ WORKER WAS NOT ATTACKED: DUGRI SHO me up at ❝Charanjit calledstandinglate night,the the time when he was outside police station. I only told him why he called me up at his time when he is there at the police station. When the police told him to file a complaint, he escaped from the police station. Our investigation says he was not attacked, rather he had scuffled with his friends when they all were consuming liquor. Gurbachan Singh ❞ . an incomplete number, PB 10 9338,” he said After the assailants had fled the scene, he called up police control room number ‘100’. When nobody turned up for 20 minutes, he went to the police station. He kept knocking the door of the Dugri police station for 15 minutes. When nobody opened the door, he called up SHO Gurbachan Singh on his official number. But the SHO, instead of listening to him, started misbehaving with him over the phone. “When I told the SHO that he is a public servant and he cannot talk like this, he did to not budge and instead levelled allegation against me that I am calling him under the influence of liquor. But I was not drunk,” alleged the complainant. BKU to herd cows, stray dogs to CM’s house Our Correspondent Ludhiana, February 10 Upset over the ever growing menace of stray cattle and increasing population of stray dogs, the Bharti Kisan Union (BKU) has announced that the farmers would herd stray cattle and dogs to Chandigarh on March 7, 2019, where these would be handed over to Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. Addressing a monthly meeting of the body here today, BKU president Ajmer Singh Lakhowal said stray cattle had become a big threat to farmers as these cause immense damage to crops. Similarly, the failure of the authorities to check the increasing population of dogs has made life difficult for the people, especially those of children and elderly people. “Failure of the government to address the problem of stray cattle is posing a huge threat to survival of dairy farming as ban on the sale of cattle and absence of slaughter houses in the state makes BKU president Ajmer Singh Lakhowal (2nd from left) addresses a meeting in Ludhiana on Sunday. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA ❝Failure of the government to address the problem of stray cattle is posing a huge threat to survival of dairy farming as ban on the sale of cattle and absence of slaughter houses in the state makes the farmers carry the burden of unproductive cattle ❞ Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, BKU president the farmers carry the burden of unproductive cattle,” said Lakhowal while demanding that either the government opened adequate number of slaughter houses in the state or make arrangements to Fluctuating steel prices stump industrialists Cost of steel has escalated from ~33,000 to ~ 35,200 in about five days MONDAY | 11 FEBRUARY 2019 | LUDHIANA RSS worker exposes ‘rude behaviour’ of Dugri SHO Tribune News Service Ludhiana, February 10 The Ludhiana MP today claimed that the construction of Jagraon bridge was being deliberately delayed at the behest of the BJP government at the Centre. Ravneet Singh Bittu said that was being done to prevent the Congress from taking the credit for the bridge in the coming Lok Sabha elections. Bittu said this while addressing a press conference at the Circuit House after holding a meeting with senior officials of the district administration. “We have been running from pillar to post to get the Jagraon bridge completed as soon as possible. But the BJP government at the Centre does not want the Congress to take credit for the construction of bridge in the next general elections,” said Bittu. PAGE 4 ❝ We are all confused and don’t know the reason for a sudden increase in steel prices. But we cannot help it and have to go by the market. ❞ Avtar Singh Bhogal, industrialist commercial etc) have been resumed, thus leading to an increase in the demand of steel. As the demand has increased, the stock-holders have increased the prices. In the past five or seven days, there is an increase of up to 67 per cent in steel prices. At the end, consumers have to bear the brunt of these increasing prices. There is no check on the ever-increasing prices of steel as the big companies rule the market, said Jindal. He also said the World Steel Association, a global body, which released its shortrange demand outlook recently, said India’s growth ranked the highest among major steel-consuming countries. President of Federation of Industrial and Commercial Organisation Gurmeet Singh Kular said they were booking small quantities to avoid huge losses amid fluctuating prices of steel. export such animals to other countries in the larger interests of the state and dairy farmers. The BKU chief said for a government which was collecting cow cess from the peo- ple, taking care of stray cattle was its constitutional and moral duty. At the same time, the menace of stray dog also needed to be effectively dealt with to ensure safety of people, he added. He said in a bid to create awareness among the farmers for modern techniques of farming and to popularise organic farming with no chemical fertilisers and farm chemicals, the BKU would organise a series of seminars. First of these seminars would be held at Morinda on February 20, second in Sangrur on February 21, third in Ferozepur on February 22 and the concluding one in Kartarpur Sahib on February 23. Experts on the subject, scientists and economists would address these seminars. Other speakers at the meeting, Puran Singh Shahkot, Ramkaran Singh Raman and Harinder Singh Lakhowal, criticised the Union Budget terming it as a cruel joke with the farming community. Travel agents booked in third case in four days Tribune News Service Ludhiana, February 10 Four travel agents today faced the third case of travel fraud at the Division 8 police station here. The suspects have been identified as Ajay Arora, a resident of Kartar Vihar; Ramesh Verma of GK Vihar; Robin Verma and Raman Kumar. They are running an immigration firm, Can Plus Carrier Consultant, on Mall Road. In the latest case filed on a complaint of Sunil Kapoor, a resident of Bawewal village, Ferozepur Road, the police have charged the suspects with immigration fraud and criminal conspiracy. The complainant alleged that suspects had promised him to arrange a visa of Canada and taken Rs 5 lakh cash from him for the purpose. But they failed to arrange a visa and later refused to return the money. The investigating officer, SI Manjit Singh, said the suspects were yet to be arrested. On February 8, the same travel agents were booked in Continued on page 2
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