25022019-LT-01.qxd 2/25/2019 12:29 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE PAGE 2 ‘INVEST IN EDUCATION TO CREATE LEADERS’ KNOW FACTS ABOUT FOOD TO MAKE INFORMED CHOICES CII has renovated Govt Senior Secondary School, PAU, in association with Avon Cycles Ltd. FORECAST SCATTERED THUNDERSHOWERS INBRIEF WHEELCHAIRS, ARTIFICIAL LIMBS DISTRIBUTED Ludhiana: Shaheed Sukhdev branch of the Bharat Vikas Parishad on Sunday distributed artificial limbs to 45 physically challenged persons. Wheelchairs, tricycles and hearing aid were given to the needy. Rajiv Wadhera, Joint Income Tax Commissioner, was the chief guest on the occasion. He said the parishad was serving society in a unique way and it was really appreciable. TNS MLA DISTRIBUTES 400 CYCLES TO GIRLS Ludhiana: Samrala MLA Amrik Singh Dhillon under the state government’s Mai Bhago scheme distributed cycles to needy school girls on Sunday. Sukhvir Singh Pappi, personal assistant and counsellor Sunny Dua said 189 girls in Goslan school, 32 girls in Manupur school, 29 girls in Rajewal school and 150 girls in Rupalon school were distributed cycles by the MLA. The MLA said the Congress government was committed to working for the welfare of people. Zila Parishad member Jatinder Singh Joga; Jagjit Singh Bharthla, state secretary; and Sanjeev Kumar Saddi. Principal of Goslan school, were also present on the occasion. TNS Man booked for harassing wife over dowry Tribune News Service Ludhiana, February 24 The police have booked a person for allegedly harassing his wife mentally and physically for bringing less dowry. The accused has been identified as Shekhar Sharma, a resident of Karnal city in Haryana. The police are yet to arrest the accused. The woman left the house of her husband last year and now she has been staying with her parents. The police registered the case on the complaint of Isha Sharma. In her complaint, Isha Sharma stated that she got married to Shekhar Sharma in April 2007. “Shortly after the marriage, my husband started harassing me for bringing less dowry. Shekhar demanded more dowry and when I refused, he started torturing me physically and mentally. I did not even inform my parents for many years because I did not want to bother them and spoil my married life. But when Shekhar kept on torturing me, I had to tell them and lodge a police complaint,” said Isha. Investigating officer ASI Makhan Singh said the police had registered a case against Shekhar Sharma under Sections 406 and 498-A of the IPC at the women cell police station and efforts were on to arrest the accused. “The woman had filed a complaint in August 2018 and a case has been registered after investigation. We raided the accused’s house, but he had abconded. He will be arrested soon,” said ASI Makhan Singh. PAGE 3 Today, people think more about quality, nutritional value and environmental impact of food. MAX 21°C | MIN 9°C | YESTERDAY MAX 21°C | MIN 8°C SUNSET MONDAY 6: 22 PM POLICE SEARCH RAILWAY STATION, MALL Step taken following inputs about possible terror attack in region; the police say routine exercise SUNRISE TUESDAY 6:58 AM MC to crack down on illegal ads TRIBUNE IMPACT Kuldip Bhatia Ludhiana, February 24 The Municipal Corporation appears to have put a mechanism in place to deal with the menace of illegal advertisements, billboards, hoardings and sign boards which have flooded the city even after all advertisement rights were given to an ad agency, LeafBerry Ads, for an annual fee of Rs 27.5 crore under the Punjab Outdoor Advertisement Policy 2018. A special committee has been set up to check and report on illegal hoardings and billboards while the Nodal Officer has created a WhatsApp group of all stakeholders who would keep an eye of illegal ads so that these could be removed. Ludhiana Tribune, in its issue of February 14, had highlighted the menace of illegal advertisements being put up with impunity, especially by various political groups and religious bodies and other well-connected orgnisations with impunity which were not only causing loss of revenue to the MC and the ad agency hired for this Illegal advertisements are put up even on direction boards in Ludhiana, causing revenue loss to the MC and the ad agency engaged for outdoor ads. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN WHATSAPP GROUP Further, the Nodal Officer for advertisements appointed by the Directorate of Local Government, Punjab, Sayyam Aggarwal, has created a WhatsApp group with himself as administrator and all employees and officials concerned in the MC along with the representative of LeafBerry Ads Company as its members to effectively deal with the menace of illegal ads. purpose but also amounted to violation of provisions made in the Punjab Municipal Corporation Act 1976. Through an office order ~4.80 lakh stolen from trader’s scooter Ludhiana, February 24 Thieves stole Rs 4.8 lakh from the scooter of a local trader at the Kesar Ganj market here past evening. The trader was buying vegetables after parking his scooter nearby. According to Varinder Kumar, a resident of Harcharan Nagar area, he had kept the bag containing cash in the scooter box while purchasing vegetables from a nearby vendor. The police have registered a case under Section 379 of the IPC against unidentified persons on a complaint of the trader. “I had collected the money from some shopkeepers. While returning home, I stopped at the Kesar Ganj sabzi mandi to purchase vegetables. I had kept the cash bag in the scooter which I parked just behind me while I was buying vegetables from a vendor. The cash bag was ❝ I had collected the money from shopkeepers. While returning home, I stopped at the Kesar Ganj sabzi mandi. I had kept the cash bag in the scooter. While I was buying vegetables, the cash bag was stolen. ❞ Varinder Kumar, A RESIDENT OF HARCHARAN NAGAR AREA stolen within minutes,” said Varinder. Sub-Inspector Sanjeev Kumar said the police had registered a case and investigation was under way. He said the police enquired about the incident from shopkeepers and vendors in the market where the theft took place, but nobody noticed the theft. — TNS (275/Add Comm/S/D dated February 20, 2019), the MC additional commissioner (s) has set up a five member committee which would monitor PAGE 4 and remove all illegal advertisements – hoardings, banners, billboars, sign boards and uni-poles – and report to the competent authority. It has also been mandated in the order, that the committee would be entitled to seek assistance of the MC police force, wherever required, to discharge their duty. The monitoring committee would comprise of Manoj Kumar, Superintendent; Har- ish Kumar, Inspector; Mohinder Singh and Jasvir Singh, assistants; and Kala, driver. Further, the Nodal Officer for advertisements appointed by the Directorate of Local Government, Punjab, Sayyam Aggarwal, has created a WhatsApp group with himself as administrator and all employees and officials concerned in the MC along with the representative of LeafBerry Ads Company as its members to effectively deal with the menace of illegal ads. He has reportedly issued instructions to all concerned to report wherever any illegal ad has been put up in the city so that the MC team set up for this purpose could immediately remove the same. Nitesh Garg, Director, LeafBerry Ad Company, said without proper check on illegal ads, the policy of the government to earn maximum revenue would not yield the desired results. Stern action against illegal ad mafia would also be in keeping with the assurance given by Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu that both the MC and the government would lend all out support to outdoor media tender holders. MONDAY | 25 FEBRUARY 2019 | LUDHIANA Thumbs up for GST cut for houses Tribune News Service Ludhiana, February 24 Members of the Indian Institute of Architects (IIA), Ludhiana Centre and Punjab Chapter, have welcomed the decision of the GST Council to reduce GST rates for real estate. It will be a big relief for not only construction community, including architects, developers, contractors and manufacturers, but also people from lower and middle income groups. This decision will expedite work in housing construction as buyers will be more comfortable. Sanjay Goel, chairman of IIA Punjab Chapter said 1% GST would be levied on affordable housing and 5% GST on non-affordable houses under construction in future in place of 12%. President of FOPSIA Badish Jindal, however, said taxes on construction inputs such as cement, construction steel, hardware and wood are already very high. “Further, GST on construction service activities also comes under 18% cap. There is no provision of refund of Input Tax Credit paid on these goods will ❝Thisreliefcertainly provide to many people who want a reasonable and affordable house. The next step should be about reduction of GST on material such as cement, steel and hardware. In fact, these all should come under one slab. ❞ Sukhwinder Singh, PRIVATE CONTRACTOR and services. How the cost of final projects could be lower. For giving the true benefit to the construction sector, the government must bring all construction inputs under 5% or 12% cap,” said Jindal. Sukhwinder Singh, a private contractor, said 1 per cent GST would be levied on a house worth Rs 45 lakh. “This will certainly provide relief to many people who want a reasonable and affordable house. The next step should be about reduction of GST on material such as cement, steel and hardware. In fact, these all should come under one slab,” said Sukhwinder Singh. Dilapidated tanks pose threat to residents Kuldip Bhatia Ludhiana, February 24 Residents of localities around Dholewal Chowk and Cheema Chowk in the industrial areas of the city are facing a grave threat to their life and property from dilapidated overhead water tanks which have started giving way and could lead to a mishap at any time if remedial measures are not taken without any delay. In a complaint lodged with the Punjab Chief Minister, the Local Bodies Minister and the Principal Secretary, Local Government, residents Gajjan Singh Jassal and Arvind Sharma have said that the overhead water tanks at Chowk Dholewal and Cheema Chowk lie in a state of utter neglect and disrepair. “The tanks have developed cracks and plaster is chip- ping off from various places. At one place the whole structure of overhead tank seems tilted toward one side and if immediate remedial steps are not taken, the structures could cause a major tragedy in the thickly populated and crowded areas,” said the complainants. They said rather than carrying out repair or pulling down the ramshackle water tanks (if these have outlived their lives), Municipal Corporation officials were applying cosmetic treatment such as covering upper parts of the tanks with flex sheets and advertisements thereby exposing the shopkeepers and residents in the vicinity to grave danger in case any of these structures gave way. Both Jassal and Sharma have asked the government to issue immediate directions to the senior officials of the MC to carry out comprehen- sive repair of these tanks (if possible keeping in view the safety of the people) or else these structures be pulled down and alternative arrangements be made for storage/supply of water. Sources in the MC disclosed that most of the overhead water reservoirs had since been put out of use because water was directly drawn and supplied into the network of tubewells in the city localities. It was learnt that the operations and maintenance (O&M) wing of the MC (responsible for water supply) had already initiated a process for inspection of overhead water tanks (most of which were dysfunctional) for their structural safety. “The unsafe and other redundant water tanks will be demolished soon depending on the inspection report,” the sources added. One of the several dilapidated overhead watertanks which pose danger to residents in Ludhiana. TRIBUNE PHOTO Grants worth crores distributed Cycling till Wagah with a message among sarpanches of region Shivani Bhakoo Tribune News Service MP Ravneet Bittu and legislator Kuldeep Singh Vaid after distributing cheques among sarpanches at Dehlon near Mandi Ahmedgarh. TRIBUNE PHOTO Tribune News Service Ludhiana, February 24 Grants have been distributed in periphery regions under various schemes launched by the Punjab Government led by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. Ludhiana MP Ravneet Bit- tu and Gill legislator Kuldeep Singh Vaid during a function held at Dehlon, near Mandi Ahmedgarh, today, distributed cheques and documents worth Rs 2.63 crore among sarpanches of 46 villages of Block Dehlon on the occasion. Addressing the gathering, Bittu said: “As villages are the foundation stones of development of the border state, sarpanches and panches are pillars on which overall progress of the state is dependent.” Vaid urged the office-bearers of civic bodies to work for Continued on page 4 c m y b Ludhiana, February 24 For these two girls, there were mainly two objectives for pedaling till Atari Wagah Border — paying homage to the brave martyrs who sacrificed their lives in the Pulwama attack and mitigating fear among women and girls caused by the recent gangrape incident. Two women from Ludhiana, Ritu Mehta and Sameera Auluck, travelled to Atari Wagah Border on bicycle and returned here last evening as part of an expedition. Talking to The Tribune, Ritu Mehta said it was so good to meet the brave soldiers on border and they saluted them for their bravery and courage with which they guard borders. “Secondly, after the gang-rape incident, there was panic all over. We, being women, cannot sit at home in fear. We took part in the cycle expedition to show that women are still strong,” said Mehta. The cycle expedition was organised by Ludhiana Randonneurs in which many riders from other states also participated. On being asked if they faced any objection from their respective families, both women said their families, in-fact, extended all support and motivated them for the expedition. The riders said in between there were refreshment breaks. They said the expedition was not that easy for the simple reason that winds were blowing in the opposite direction and there were about 3040 bridges which had to be crossed. “But cycling is a passion and passion sees no hurdles,” said Sameera. The women said when you were on the road, you came across may commuters, some of whom pass comments too. But when one has to achieve something in life, such persons are to be ignored. Sameera and Ritu who pedalled till Wagah border. TRIBUNE PHOTO there was panic all over. ❝after the gang-rape incident,home in fear. We took part We, being women, cannot sit at in the cycle expedition to show that women are still strong. Ritu Mehta ❞
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