27022019-LT-01.qxd 2/27/2019 12:16 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE ANNUAL FLOWER SHOW AT PAU DISPLAYS EXOTIC VARIETIES PAGE 2 23rd Annual Flower Show opens to a colourful start amidst visitors thronging various stalls. FORECAST SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS INBRIEF MAN UPLOADS MORPHED PICS OF FRIEND Ludhiana: The police have booked a man for allegedly posting morphed pictures of a city woman on the social media. According to information, the suspect has been a friend of the victim for the past four years. The woman complained to the police that the suspect pasted her face clippings on the obscene pictures of another person and uploaded those on Instagram to defame her. A case under Section 509 of the IPC, 67 of the IT Act and under the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act, 1986, has been registered at the Sarabha Nagar police station. TNS THEFT AT TEMPLE IN CITY Ludhiana: The Sadar police have booked an unidentified person for stealing from the ‘golak’ of Shiv Durga Mata Mandir, Sarabha Nagar Extension. According to the police, the incident took place on Sunday evening. When CCTV’s cameras were checked, a man was seen stealing from the ‘golak’ at the temple. The police have yet to arrest the thief. TNS FUEL PRICES PETROL ~72.06 DIESEL ~66.25 WHAT’S ON LUDHIANA MUMBAI DABBAWALAS TO ADDRESS STUDENTS: Guru Nanak Bhawan; 9:30 am to 4:30 pm BULLOCK BELLS SET TO STAGE COME BACK AT KILARAIPUR Punjab Govt decides to exempt the conduct of ‘Bullock cart racing’ from provision of the Central Act 59 of 1960 MAX 15°C | MIN 6°C | YESTERDAY MAX 19°C | MIN 9°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 6:23 PM Ldh takes lead in digital payments SMART CITY MISSION Tribune News Service Ludhiana, February 26 The local Municipal Corporation has won the award for fastest growing Smart City in Digital Payments in the million-plus category (cities with population greater than 10 lakh), said Additional Municipal Commissioner Sanyam Aggarwal. Union Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Puri presented the award to Sanyam Aggarwal, CEO of Ludhiana Smart City Limited, at the second conference of CEOs of smart cities in Delhi today. “As part of its mission to boost the digital India campaign, the Government of India launched a competition among 100 smart cities (from July 1, 2018, to October 31, 2018) to promote digitisation of municipal services such as facilitating citizens for paying municipal taxes through digital means,” said Aggarwal. “A live dashboard was set up for monitoring the progress of the cities wherein weekly digital collection figures were uploaded by the cities and it was directly monitored by the PMO,” he said. “A number of proactive steps were taken by the MC, Ludhiana, which led to a marked improvement in digital receipts and saw digital collection rising to almost 40% of total revenue collec- PAGE 3 Union Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri presents an award to Additional Municipal Commissioner Sanyam Aggarwal in New Delhi. TRIBUNE PHOTO LIVE MONITORING A live dashboard was set up for monitoring the progress of the cities wherein weekly digital collection figures were uploaded by the cities and it was directly monitored by the PMO. tion. As a first step, all vendor payments/third party payments were stopped using cheque and are made only through net banking. A monthly lucky draw scheme was launched for digital taxpayers where citizens paying digitally were given attractive prizes/appreciation letters,” he said. “To target the youth as future citizens, presentations were given in schools and colleges to create awareness about municipal services in general and various digital payments interfaces available for taxpayers in particular. The MC successfully enrolled on the Bharat Bill Payment System (BBPS) platform for water-billers. The POS machines were introduced at all points of contact for convenience of citizens. e-Billing has been started and already 5,000 plus citizens have consented for billing only through sms/email, saving paper and administrative costs. A smart transport card has been launched to use the Municipal transport services and is now being integrated with the rest of the municipal services. The MC has now set a target of achieving complete online billing and getting at least 75% of its revenue digitally by end of this financial year,” he said. SUNRISE THURSDAY 6:55 AM Roaring sound of IAF jets rouses villagers from deep slumber Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Ludhiana, February 26 After the IAF strike on militants’ camps in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), special commandos of the Punjab Police have been deployed in the areas surrounding of the Air Force Station, Halwara, about 35 km from here, as part of security measures. Although the situation in the villages around the station seems to be normal, some strategic movement was observed at the airbase. Even people living in Halwara confirmed that they noticed midnight movement of fighter planes at Halwara, but there is no official confirmation from the station. According to the residents, while such kind of movement of fighter planes at the IAF station was unusual on routine days, roaring noises of planes at midnight was quite surprising for them. Sukhdev Singh, a resident of Halwara village, said around 2.45 am last night, they heard the sound of fighter planes which was something unusual. “Since nights are quite calm in villages, the sudden movement of fighter jets surprised the villagers. Most members of our family, including children, were awakened by the roaring sound of fighter jets. Many villagers even came out of their houses to see what had happened. We could also see the planes taking off from the airbase,” he said. Raju, a resident of Hissowal village, near Halwara, said: “It was this morning that we heard news about IAF strikes on terrorists’ camps in Pakistan. We assumed that the TWO SNATCHERS AWARDED 5-YEAR JAIL Khamano, February 26 A woman of Bhari village, Jagir Kaur, who was termed the oldest woman of the area, died at the age of 109 at her house on Saturday. Her son, Baljinder Singh, said her eyesight and hearing ability were good when she died. She was fond of home-cooked food and loved to cook meals for her family. She had not been able to speak properly for the past few days but she could identify the members of her family. There are around 50 members in her extended family. Jagir Kaur’s bhog ceremony will be held on March 3 at Bhari village. — OC The court of Additional Sessions Judge Tarantaran Singh Bindra has convicted Bablu Mandal (20) of Lohara village, Shimlapuri; and Nirmal Singh (32), alias Tony, of Sant Vihar, Haibowal Kalan, in a snatching case. The duo was sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for five years and slapped a fine of Rs 10,000 each. The case was registered on March 19, 2018, at the Division No. 4 police station following the statement of Poonam Sharma, a clerk of PAU. The complainant had stated that while she was returning home along with his sister-in-law, namely Bandana, around 5.15 pm, two scooter-borne persons snatched her gold near the gurdwara at Atwal Mohalla. The police arrested the snatchers and recovered Poonam’s gold chain from them. The police had called seven witnesses in the case. woman near Daresi Ground on Sunday evening. The purse contained Rs 50,000 and a mobile. The woman was returning home from her shop when the incident took place. The Division Number 4 police have registered a case. Meanwhile, three unidentified persons robbed a resident of his mobile, Rs 3200 and documents by threaten- ing him with a sharp weapon near Star City. In his complaint to the police, Gurpal Singh of Gurmail Park area said he was going to his friend’s home on Jagirpur Road when three scooterborne persons blocked his way and robbed him. The incident took place on Saturday but the police registered a case on Monday. Woman gives birth to child in auto Man hit by truck, dies Tribune News Service Ludhiana, February 26 A woman gave birth to a child in an auto-rickshaw in the parking lot of Civil Hospital late night on Monday. The 26year-old woman is a resident of Shimlapuri. Her husband, Tejinder Singh, said he belonged to a family with meagre sources and earned his livelihood by operating an auto-rickshaw. He took his wife to a private hospital on Gill Road. The doctors there told him that his wife needed operation and he had to deposit Rs 50,000 for the same. Since he was unable to arrange such a big amount, he took his wife to Civil Hospital in his auto-rickshaw. As he was parking the auto in the parking lot of Civil Hospital, his wife gave birth to a baby. Both were shifted to the hospital later. Their condition is stable. Ludhiana, February 26 A 40-year-old man was killed after being hit by a truck on National Highway 1 on Monday. He has been identified as Upinder Chaudhary. His relative, Ravi Kumar, told the police that he, along with Upinder, was going towards Samrala Chowk when c m y b WEDNESDAY | 27 FEBRUARY 2019 | LUDHIANA Midnight surprise for Halwara residents Tribune News Service Jagir Kaur breathed her last at Bhari village on Saturday. FILE PHOTO PAGE 4 Even after getting directions from the Local Bodies Dept, the MC has failed to end pact for Smart Vending Zone Oldest woman of Snatchers target 3 women region dies at 109 Ludhiana, February 26 Four more cases of snatching and loot have been reported in the city. A miscreant snatched the gold chain of a woman while she was buying vegetables from a shop near Jot Enclave on Manakwal Road. Minakshi Handa of Dyan Enclave said the snatcher’s aide was waiting on his bike near the shop. After snatching the chain, they sped away. A case under Section 379 B and 34 of the IPC has been registered against unidentified persons. The Division Number 8 police yesterday registered a case against unidentified snatchers for targeting a woman near Krishana Nagar. Komal of New Prem Nagar said she was on the way to her office when two scooter-borne persons snatched her purse carrying Rs 5,000, a mobile phone and important documents. In yet another incident, two bikers snatched the purse of a MC FAILS TO CANCEL PACT WITH PRIVATE FIRM a truck hit Upinder from behind. “Upinder was rushed to a hospital where he died during treatment,” he said. The truck driver, identified as Ranjit Singh of Gwalior, has been arrested under Section 279 and 304 A of the IPC and 185 of the Motor Vehicle Act. — TNS Villagers talk about the midnight movement of fighter planes at the Halwara Air Force Station. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Since nights are quite calm villages, ❝sudden movement of fighterinjets the surprised the villagers. Most members of our family, including children, were awakened by the roaring sound of fighter jets. Many villagers even came out of their houses to see what had happened. We could also see the planes taking off from the airbase. ❞ Sukhdev Singh, a resident of Halwara village fighter planes might have flown from the local airbase. Whether the fighter planes flew from Halwara or any other IAF base to pound the terrorists’ camps in Pakistan, it doesn’t matter. What does matter is that Pakistan should be taught a lesson,” said Raju. Ravinder, who has been living in Halwara village for the past over two decades, said if the Halwara airbase authorities sought any help from the DCP CONDUCTS MEETING WITH KASHMIRI STUDENTS LUDHIANA: The DCP, Ludhiana, Ashwani Kapoor, conducted a meeting with Kashmiri students on Tuesday. The official briefed the students about a mobile app of the police that came in handy in case someone needed police help. Around 70 students attended the meeting. They are studying at various institutes in the city. The police assured the students of all help. The DCP asked the students to contact the police without any hesitation if they needed help. villagers such as vacating houses or using their land for strategic purposes in case of war, they would cooperate with them. 100 commandos deployed in district, special patrolling around Halwara Ludhiana SSP Varinder Singh said in the wake of high alert, 100 commandos of Punjab Police, equipped with advanced weapons, reached Ludhiana on Tuesday morn- ing for deployment at strategic places in the district. “Around 24 commandos have been deployed around the Halwara airbase. Special patrol vehicles fitted with light machine guns (LMG) will also patrol the areas surrounding the airbase day and night. Static nakas have been set up near the airbase. The commandos will check suspected vehicles and can also frisk suspicious persons around the airbase,” said Brar.
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