03032019-LT-01.qxd 3/2/2019 11:50 PM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE QUESTION OUT OF SYLLABUS, STUDENTS SEEK GRACE MARKS PAGE 3 CBSE Class XII exams start. Students harried as one of the questions for 6 marks was reportedly out of syllabus. FORECAST SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS INBRIEF SHABAD GURU YATRA TO REACH CITY ON MARCH 8 Ludhiana: A meeting about preparations for welcoming Shabad Guru Yatra in Ludhiana was conducted at Gurdwara Dukhniwaran Sahib on Saturday. To mark the 550th Parkash Purb of Guru Nanak Dev, Shabad Guru Yatra will start from Sultanpur Lodhi and pass through parts of the state. President of Dukhniwaran Sahib Gurdwara Management Committee Pritpal Singh, former MLA Ranjit Singh Dhillon and others attended the meeting. They said the yatra would reach Ayali Chowk here on March 8. It would reach Gurdwara Dukhniwaran Sahib after passing through city areas the same day. The yatra would reach Gurdwara Sri Singh Sabha, Model Town Extension, on March 9 and arrive at Gurdwara Manji Sahib, Alamgir, on March 10. TNS INTOXICANT TABLETS SEIZED Ludhiana: The CIA 1 wing of the police has nabbed a drug peddler and recovered 3,460 intoxicant tablets and 10 bottles of banned medicines. He has been identified as Nitesh Sharma of New Shimlapuri. The investigating officer, ASI Mahinder Pal, said during a naka at Itta Wala Chowk, a car was signalled to stop. Its search yielded banned drugs. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered. TNS POWER SHUTDOWN LUDHIANA 9 am to 6 pm: Makkar Colony, Ambedkar Nagar, Pritam Colony, Shanti Nagar and Guru Teg Bahadur Nagar PETROL ~72.45 WHAT’S ON LUDHIANA MINI-STORY SEMINAR BY PUNJAB SAHIT AKADEMI: Punjabi Bhawan; 10:30 am ANNUAL DAY CELEBRATIONS: of Clay, Pakhowal Road; Guru Nanak Bhawan; 11 am No entry for visitors at Asr airport Amritsar, March 2 Authorities at the Shri Guru Ramdas Jee International Airport barred the entry for visitors here on Saturday. Following the directions of the government, airport officials urged the visitors not to accompany the passengers as they would not be allowed to enter the main building. The movement of flights and other operations are normal at the airport, but in the wake of tension with Pakistan, the government has taken some security measures, said an official. Manoj Chansoria, Director of Airport, said: “Normally, there is a visitor entry ticket which allows the family and friends of passengers to be with them in a separate area for departure and arrival. Now, we have stopped the entry to visitor’s hall till further notice.” Apart from this, the CISF has beefed up the security at the airport. — TNS SUNSET SUNDAY 6:26 PM RETROFITTING WORK BEGINS AT SARABHA NAGAR MARKET PAGE 4 Work on retrofitting of Sarabha Nagar market and upgrade of Malhar Road under Smart City Mission starts. SUNRISE MONDAY 6:50 AM SUNDAY | 3 MARCH 2019 | LUDHIANA Thief targeting matrimonial No end to bumpy ride in industrial city this month match seekers nabbed No patchwork being carried out due to cold weather Already facing 17 cases; gold ornaments, phones recovered Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 2 The police today claimed to have nabbed a notorious thief and snatcher who is facing 17 cases. The police recovered two pairs of gold earrings, gold rings and 10 mobile phones from his possession. The accused, Ram Tirath Happy (32), a resident of Kamma Khurala, Khanna, picked his targets through matrimonial advertisements. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Investigation) Gagan Ajit, ADCP-Crime Jagatpreet Singh, ACP-Crime AK Kohli Singh conducted a press conference regarding Happy’s arrest. The DCP said the accused had recently robbed an elderly woman of 4-tola gold ornaments and a mobile phone after adding sedatives to her tea at Daba. He entered her house on the pretext of providing her a suitable matrimonial match. “The accused is facing 17 cases of theft, snatching and NDPS Act. He looted his victims after adding poison or sedatives to their food or soft drinks. These cases are regis- DCP-Crime Gagan Ajit Singh addresses a press conference regarding the arrest of the notorious thief in Ludhiana on Saturday. PHOTOS: INDERJEET VERMA MATRICULATE, ACTIVE SINCE 2008 The DCP said the accused, who was just 10th standard pass, had been committing crime since 2008. He had escaped from the custody of Khanna police from the court complex on December 19. In a snatching case registered at the Machhiwara police station, the court had sentenced him to five-year imprisonment. tered at separate police stations under the Ludhiana Commissionerate, Khanna and Sangrur. He has been convicted in a few cases,” said the DCP . Happy used to call up people seeking a matrimonial match. “During telephonic conversation, he used to extract information about the family. He visited the victim’s house during odd hours when only elderly members or women were present at home. His only tac- tic was to mix sedatives in tea or other drinks and loot the victims when they fall unconscious,” said DCP Gagan Ajit. The DCP advised residents that if unknown persons called them up and came to meet them for a matrimonial match, they should remain careful and avoid taking food or drinks from such persons. Such persons should be asked to visit home when all members of the family are present, he added. Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 2 As patchwork may get further delayed due to low temperature and cloudy weather conditions, commuters would have to suffer for some more time due to poor shape of most roads in the city. Municipal officials claim that the hotmix plant is expected to be reopened from April. These potholed roads have become a nightmare for commuters after the recent rain. No efforts are being made to temporarily fill the potholes. Ishmeet Singh Road, Deepak Cinema Road, Elevated Road near Chand Cinema, Dhandari Flyover, Mall Road, Giaspura Road and many other roads are in a poor condition. The potholes on Lakkar Bridge, Hambran Road, Gill Road, Chrupur Road and internal roads of various colonies are crying for attention. “The hotmix plant remains closed during the rainy and winter seasons. The civic body has no alternative to ensure proper repair of these roads during these two seasons. After the recent rain, the roads have started peeling off in many areas. Howev- Potholed elevated road near Chand Cinema. INDERJEET VERMA The MC should find ❝an alternative way to out get the roads repaired when the hotmix plant remains closed in the rainy and winter seasons. I think the authorities can also consider constructing concrete roads. ❞ Varinder Pathak, a teacher er, no measures have been taken to fill the potholes on a temporary basis,” said Gaganpreet Singh, a resident of BRS Nagar. “The MC should find out an alternative way to get the roads repaired when the hotmix plant remains closed in the rainy and winter seasons. After getting a complaint, the MC must ensure the repair of potholes within 24 hours to avert accidents. I think the authorities can also consider constructing concrete roads,” said Varinder Pathak, a teacher. A road safety activist, Rahul Verma, said the potholes were an open invitation Continued on page 4 Toll barrier staff tie boy to 5 months on, no repair work yet tree, commuters save him Road near Amravati gave way after water was released from Kaushalya Dam Sanjay Bumbroo Tribune News Service DIESEL ~66.72 PAGE 4 Experts have urged everyone to get his ears checked. They also caution against excessive use of earphones. MAX 21°C | MIN 12°C | YESTERDAY MAX 18°C | MIN 12°C Nikhil Bhardwaj FUEL PRICES EARPHONE USE CAN LEAD TO HEARING LOSS: EXPERTS Ludhiana, March 2 Two employees of the Ladhowal toll barrier are in a spot for allegedly tying a boy to a tree. It was only when commuters noticed the boy crying that they rescued him and informed the police. They also shot a video of the boy which went viral on the social media. Despite the video having gone viral, Ladhowal officiating SHO Sandeep Sharma said a police party had gone to the spot but the boy’s parents refused to file any complaint, hence no case had been registered against the toll barrier employees. “We also contacted the parents of the boy who is around eight years old. They said they had told the toll barrier employees to dissuade the boy from begging at the toll barrier. The parents have also refused to file any complaint against the toll barrier employees,” said the SHO. BOY’S PARENTS REFUSE TO FILE COMPLAINT We also contacted the parents of the boy who is around eight years old. They said they had told the toll barrier employees to dissuade the boy from begging at the toll barrier. The parents have also refused to file any complaint against the toll barrier employees. ❝ ❞ Sandeep Sharma, Ladhowal officiating SHO to ❝I have comethe know about the viral video, on the basis of which, police will conduct an inquiry. ❞ Gagan Ajit Singh, DCP-Investigation In the video, commuters are seen arguing with the toll barrier employees for resorting to such a merciless act. The commuters alleged that as the boy was tightly tied with the rope, he suffered bruises on the hands. However, the toll barrier employees said the boy was begging at the toll barrier and he might have met with an accident. Their repeated efforts to dissuade him from begging at the barrier had failed. The commuters alleged that two employees of the barrier had snatched the money the boy had collected by begging. However, the money was later returned to the boy in the presence of the commuters. The DCP-Investigation, Gagan Ajit Singh, said he came to know about the viral video, on the basis of which, the police would conduct an inquiry. Sources said the toll barrier authorities reportedly sacked the employees after knowing about the incident though they had felt sorry for their act. Tribune News Service Panchkula, March 2 Five months on, the damaged stretch on the Zirakpur-Pinjore highway near Amravati Enclave is yet to be repaired, causing harassment to commuters, especially during rush hours, and delaying the laying of a pipeline for supplying water to Panchkula. The company responsible for the maintenance of the road has not been able to invite tenders for the repair of the damaged portion on the National Highway No. 22, that caved in due to excessive release of water from Kaushalya Dam on September 24 last year. The water supply pipeline running along the road from Kaushalya Dam to Panchkula was also damaged as earth caved in. A 250-metre stretch of the road was damaged. The authorities had diverted traffic from Pinjore to Panchkula on the other side of the road, while the traffic going from Panchkula was diverted on the service lane to avoid traffic jams. Howev- The damaged stretch on the Zirakpur-Pinjore highway near Amravati Enclave. TRIBUNE PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR er, there is traffic chaos during the morning and evening when employees go to office and return home. Himalayan Express Company, which charges toll fee for maintaining the road and ensuring smooth traffic, has failed to repair the road. Even after five months, the company has not invited tenders for the construction of an RCC wall and the road as it is still holding a technical survey for inviting the tenders. Panchkula was getting water supply from the dam for eight to nine months every year. However, this year, the water supply will be affected as the pipeline can be laid by the HSVP only after the construction of the RCC wall. It will take about six months for the construction of the RCC wall and the road, and only after that, the pipeline will be laid. NHAI project director Vishal Gautam said people were facing problems as the company had failed to repair the road. He said they had even imposed a penalty on the company after issuing a notice to it. He said it could take about six months for the construction of the RCC wall. HSVP Executive Engineer NK Payal said the water pipeline could be laid only after the construction of the RCC wall alongside the highway. However, he said if they find any alternative, they would connect the pipeline to the area. ~25K taps stolen from Divya Yog Mandir 3 steal camera lenses worth ~15L Tribune News Service SECOND THEFT IN OVER 2 MONTHS Panchkula, March 2 Divya Yog Mandir in Sector 7 here continues to be on the radar of thieves as a thief made off with taps worth Rs 25,000 on the intervening night of February 28 and March 1. Earlier in December 2018, a thief had decamped with sanitary items worth Rs 40,000. In both cases, the thief was captured on CCTV cameras. In the present case, the CCTV footage showed that thief struck between 12.20 am and Earlier in December 2018, a thief had decamped with sanitary items worth ~40,000. In both cases, the thief was captured on CCTV cameras. In the present case, the CCTV footage showed that the thief struck between 12.20 am and 12.35 am and removed taps within 15 minutes. . 12.35 am and removed taps within 15 minutes. Dharminder Abrol, a yoga teacher, said the CCTV footage had been provided to the police. He said despite providing the CCTV footage of the thief, the police had failed to solve the earlier theft case and within two months, another theft had taken place at Divya Yog Mandir, situated on the border of the NAC, Mani Majra and Sector 7, Panchkula. Abrol said the second theft of a similar nature in two months had raised questions c m y b over the functioning of the police. He said thieves were roaming freely and striking at will, and the police had failed to nab them. Abrol said they had 16 CCTV cameras and the entire complex remained illuminated with LED lights, but still thieves struck at will and took away sanitary items. The investigating officer, ASI Karnail Singh, said it might be the handiwork of a known person. He said they were scrutinising the CCTV footage. Suspects had booked cameras, lenses to shoot a film Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 2 The Division No. 5 police have nabbed three persons who had stolen digital camera lenses worth Rs 15 lakh besides other articles. The police have solved the case about two days after the registration of the FIR. The suspect has been identified as Abdul Rahim Lohara, Pargat Masih, alias Manga, of Lohara; and Sayed Ali of Tamil Nadu. Abdul has been to Singapore. Assistant Commissioner of Police Mandeep Singh said on February 21, the suspects booked digital cameras and lenses to shoot a film. According to the deal, a Mohali-based man, Karan Gupta, came to Ludhiana bus stand to show the cameras to his clients and to finalise the deal. While the owner was showing his cameras and lenses, the suspects smartly stole these and fled the scene. Later, the victim lodged a complaint with the Division No. 5 police on February 28. The ACP said the police had recovered five camera lenses worth Rs 15 lakh from the suspects and further probe was on to recover the other stolen things.
The Tribune, now published from Chandigarh, started publication on February 2, 1881, in Lahore (now in Pakistan). It was started by Sardar Dyal Singh Majithia, a public-spirited philanthropist, and is run by a trust comprising four eminent persons as trustees.
The Tribune, the largest selling daily in North India, publishes news and views without any bias or prejudice of any kind. Restraint and moderation, rather than agitational language and partisanship, are the hallmarks of the paper. It is an independent newspaper in the real sense of the term.
The English edition apart, the 133-year-old Tribune has two sister publications, Punjabi Tribune (in Punjabi) and Dainik Tribune (in Hindi).