07032019-LT-01.qxd 3/7/2019 12:05 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE AGRI UNIVERSITY ADJUDGED OUTSTANDING INSTITUTION PAGE 2 PAU has been awarded “Sardar Patel Outstanding ICAR Institution Award-2017” in New Delhi. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF IN GUISE OF CISF OFFICER, MAN COMMITS FRAUD Ludhiana: A man posing as a CISF officer duped a city resident of Rs 20,000 on the pretext of selling him an Apple iPhone. The accused is yet to be identified by the police. The complainant, Simarjit Singh of Nanakpuri alleged that he contacted the suspect through the OLX app. He wanted to sell the phone but after taking money, he refused to deliver it, said Simarjit. The police have started investigtion. TNS MAN DUPED OF ~22 LAKH Ludhiana: Four persons from Delhi duped a city resident of Rs 22 lakh on the pretext of double returns through some investment scheme. The suspects have been identified as Gurpreet Singh, Mr Shukla, Miss Ritika, and Thakur, residents of New Delhi. The complainant, Rupinder Kaur of Bank Colony told the police that the suspects had taken the amount from her on the assurance that it would double soon. The accused had even issued him a cheque for Rs 42 lakh, but it turned out to be fake. Investigating officer ASI Gyan Singh said the suspects were yet to be arrested. TNS FUEL PRICES PETROL ~72.61 DIESEL ~66.94 WHAT’S ON LUDHIANA ANNUAL AWARD CEREMONY: Dr Gurdev Singh Khush Foundation for Advancement of Agricultural Sciences, PAU; Sukhdev Singh Bhawan, 10.30 am 53RD ANNUAL ATHLETICS MEET: Punjab Agricultural University; 10 am 20 TRAINS CANCELLED, 16 DIVERTED P4 PAGE 2 CLASS XII ACCOUNTANCY EXAM BIT LENGTHY, SAY STUDENTS Class XII students say the CBSE accountancy examination was not tough, but a bit lengthy MAX 24°C | MIN 11°C | YESTERDAY MAX 23°C | MIN 9°C SUNSET THURSDAY 6:29 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 6:46 AM City’s Swachh ranking plummets 163rd this year; got only 1 star in Garbage-Free Cities; ranked 137th in 2018 Harshraj Singh LUDHIANA’S SCORE IN FOUR AREAS Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 6 Ludhiana has further slipped in the Swachh Survekshan ranking. The city has ranked 163rd this year by getting only 2,523 score out of a total of 5,000 marks this year compared to the 137th rank in 2018 and 140th in 2017. A total of 425 cities were covered under the survey. The Swachh Survekshan 2019 was conducted across the country in January. In the star rating for Garbage-Free Cities (GFC), Ludhiana has received only one star. Moreover, only 1901 residents had given their feedback from the city. There are 95 wards with a population of about 16.18 lakh (as per Census 2011). The urban local body (MC Ludhiana) got 1,016 marks, out of 1,250 marks, in direct observation; 840.18 marks, out of 1,250 marks, in citizen feedback; 316.81 marks, out Direct observation Citizen feedback Service level Certification << Heaps of garbage along the nullah near Damoria Bridge. INDERJEET VERMA WILL PERFORM WELL NEXT TIME, SAYS MAYOR We are not satisfied with working of the A2Z group that handles the solid waste management system in the city. We will make efforts to improve our ranking next time by taking required measures. Balkar Singh Sandhul, Mayor of 1,250 marks, in service-level progress area; and only 350 marks, out of 1,250 marks, in certification process this year. Indore, with a population of around 19.64 lakh (as per Census 2011), has ranked first by scoring 4,659.09 marks, and it also got five stars in ❞ Garbage Free Cities (GFC) star rating. No solution to open garbage dumps The survey team had conducted a surprise checking in Ludhiana this year. While residents of various locations MC gets work stopped at Grand Manor Homes CLU SCAM CASE Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 6 Almost two weeks after the Ludhiana CLU scam case rocked the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, the Municipal Corporation today got construction stopped at Grand Manor Homes, a private luxury apartments project on Gill Road. A number of persons, including Congress leaders, gathered at the project site to oppose the MC action, sources said. The building branch staff from different zones of the MC, along with a number of policemen, arrived at the site to get construction work stopped. An official said: “The builder’s supporters, including a senior Congress leader, gathered there. They were showing us some documents. But, we made them 1,016 840.18 316.81 350 (Marks out of 1,250 each) ❝ A policeman at the Grand Manor Homes site. TRIBUNE PHOTO aware about the order of the higher authorities.” Assistant Town Planner Harwinder Singh said they got construction work stopped at the Grand Manor Homes project site. Some persons were found engaged in work there. “We had received the MC Commis- sioner’s order to get construction stopped at the project site. As an inquiry is under way, no further construction can take place there,” he said. Meanwhile, the Director of Grand Manor Homes, Baljinder Singh Kahlon, said: Continued on page 2 continued to complain of unsanitary conditions, the civic body was least bothered about taking steps. The MC even failed to find a solution to the problem of open garbage dumps along most roads. There are around 50 major garbage dumps along the city Bittu launches road projects Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 6 Member of Parliament (MP) Ravneet Singh Bittu today inaugurated development projects, mostly related to road infrastructure worth Rs 2 crore, in the Central constituency. The MP said development works included construction of Bhagwan Valmiki Aashram worth Rs 65 lakh, carpeting of new roads in Ambedkar Colonies at a cost of Rs 48.65 lakh and road repairs at Textile Colony at a cost of Rs 90 lakh. He said the Punjab Government was committed to the overall development of Ludhiana and it would leave no stone unturned to make it a world-class city of India. Surinder Dawar, MLA, thanked the Punjab Government as well as Bittu for launching the projects which the local residents had been demanding for a long time. 60-year-old traverses 36,800 km in 131 days from Delhi to London and back Tribune News service Amritsar, March 6 Chasing a 40-year-old dream and a constant urge to find his friends with whom he met briefly and struck a conversation, Amarjeet Singh Chawla has travelled 36,800 km in 131 days by road from Delhi to London and back. The 60-year-old businessman, who retired from his professional life three years ago, reached Amritsar and got candid about his life’s most challenging and satisfying adventure. “As a young guy growing up in Delhi, I always had dreamed to travel the world. I had met a guy from Denmark 40 years ago, who was on a travel spree. We struck a conversation about his adventure. Much later in my life after I got retired, I felt something missing in life. Thereafter, I decided to undertake a journey by road from Delhi to London and back,” he said while interacting with the media here. Beginning his dream expedition on July 7, 2018, and travelling through 30 countries, including Central Asia, China, East Europe and Russia, Chawla managed to finish his journey on February 23 this year. His Fortuner has turned into a canvas bearing messages from over 400 people whom he met during his journey. “I have also earned a name for myself, ‘the Turban Traveller’,” he said. “I met Arnold Schwarzenegger and several other celebrities during my journey. It was also a journey of self-discovery for me as I met my friends after 40 years in Denmark. I also got a chance to meet a lot of unknown people who helped me throughout my journey and reaffirmed my faith in mankind,” he added. Of course, all was not smooth on the way. “Being a vegetarian, I had to face a tough time while traveling through China and Central Asia. I met with three road accidents as well, though nothing bad happened. In Central Asia, fuel was also a problem. There as a lot of black marketing of fuel. In Tibet, I could not do video interviews for my documentary on the road trip. But, despite several health issues and all, I am glad that I could experience the world and its citizens intimately through my road trip,” said the 60year-old. Amarjeet Singh Chawla is now ready to take up another big challenge. He will drive across seven continents in next 18 months. “I am preparing to start my journey in May this year from Delhi,” he said. PAGE 4 Members of the Apang Suang Lokmanch stage a protest under the Jago Punjab Movement A long journey of self-discovery Neha Saini DIFFERENTLY ABLED PROTEST UNDER JAGO PUNJAB DRIVE roads. Even on National Highway 1, portions of the service lane have been turned into garbage dumps. Garbage scattered on road impedes traffic flow. Poor waste collection Facing the financial crunch, the civic body has even failed to place dustbins in public places. It has also failed to ensure collection of segregated waste in a majority of areas. Despite a ban on polythene carry bags, these are seen in a large amount at the garbage dumps. In 2017, it was announced that static waste compactors would be set up at separate locations to fix the problem of open garbage dumps but the project is hanging fire. ’Cleanliness drive only in posh areas’ “The MC had generally conducted cleanliness drives in Continued on page 2 THURSDAY | 7 MARCH 2019 | LUDHIANA Chased by lover’s kin and husband, man jumps into nullah, dies Ludhiana, March 6 A man, who was running to save his life from the father and the husband of his lover, was killed after he jumped into a nullah near the Division No. 4 police station. The deceased has been identified as Akash (22), a resident of Preet Vihar. On a complaint of the deceased’s father, Ganesh Kumar, the police have registered a case of culpable homicide. The ADCP 1, Gurpreet Singh Sikand, said Akash worked as a CCTV camera operator. He had a long affair with a woman. He wanted to marry the woman but her parents did not agree. About a month ago, the woman’s parents married her off to some other guy. On Wednesday morning, Akash told his father that he was going to meet his friend, but he entered her lover’s home where he had a scuffle with her father and husband. WAS DISTURBED AFTER WOMAN’S MARRIAGE The police said Akash wanted to marry the woman but her parents did not agree. About a month ago, the woman’s parents married her off to some other guy. Akash was very disturbed followig his lover’s marriage. On Wednesday morning, Akash told his father that he was going to meet his friend, but he entered her lover’s home where he had a scuffle with her father and husband. The police said while Akash was being thrashed by his lover’s kin, he ran for his life. As he was being chased by the woman’s husband and father, Akash jumped into a nullah and got stuck there. He was rescued by local people and rushed to the hospital where he died. The ADCP said raids were being conducted to nab the suspects. — TNS GLADA goes online for auction of 48 properties Kuldip Bhatia Ludhiana, March 6 The Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) has made an offer for sale of 48 commercial and institutional sites in various colonies in the city through e-auction. Bids would be accepted for the sites with a total reserve price of nearly Rs 50 crore till 3 pm on March 11. According to GLADA officials, the sites put on the block is one institutional site (reserved for school) with an area of 3822.28 sq mtr (reserve price Rs 21,976 per sq mtr) and six booth sites in Dugri, Phase II, each with a floor area of 18.98 sq mtr and a reserve price of Rs 1,53,868 per sq mtr. The sites to be sold in Sector 38 on the main LudhianaChandigarh Road include five shop-cum-offices (SCOs) having a floor area of 105.80/101.20 sq mtr and a FEE FOR BIDDING Intending bidders would be required to pay an eligibility fee of ~1 lakh for booths,~3 lakh for SCFs and SCOs and 2 per cent of the total cost for the school site. reserve price of Rs 1,81,533 per sq mtr; and seven booth sites (area 19.84/18.98 sq mtr) carrying a floor price tag of Rs 2,22,690 per sq mtr. In Sector 39 (opp Sacred Heart School) five shopcum-flats (area 101.20 sq mtrs) and eight booth sites (area 18.98 sq mtr) are on offer with a reserve price of 1,03,355 and Rs 1,20,631 per sq mtr respectively. Further, 10 SCOs in Sector 39-A (on Ludhiana-Chandigarh Road) are up for grabs, each with an area of 75.87 sq mtr and a reserve price of Rs 1,05,000 per sq mtr. Among other commercial sites to be put under the hammer are six SCOs in Dhandari Kalan, Phase IV, each with an area of 137.24 and a reserve price of Rs 1,04,478 per sq mtr. Respite for state brick-kilns running with old technology Cabinet says all kilns can operate till September 30 Shivani Bhakoo Tribune News Service Amarjeet Singh Chawla with his car in Amritsar on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR growing in always ❝As a young guythe world.uphadDelhi,aIguy fromhad dreamed to travel I met Denmark 40 years ago, who was on a travel spree. We struck a conversation about his adventure. Much later in my life, after I retired, I felt something missing in life. Thereafter, I decided to undertake a journey by road from Delhi to London and back, ❞ c m y b Amarjeet Singh Chawla Ludhiana, March 6 Giving much-needed respite to brick-kiln owners in the state, the Cabinet today approved that all brick-kilns in the state can operate, both with old and new zig-zag technology, till September 30, 2019, and there was no ban on firing of bricks at kilns with old technology. Welcoming the decision taken by the state government, Ramesh Mohi, president of Ludhiana Brick-kiln Association, said it was a much-needed decision. “We had suffered major losses in the past few years and then the kilns with old technology were not allowed to operate. A majority of kilns are running in losses as just about 500 owners have upgraded ❝Weinhad suffered major losses the past few years and then the kilns with old technology were not allowed to operate. A majority of kilns are running in losses as just about 500 owners have upgraded their units. Members of the association met Cabinet minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu and he understood our plight. ❞ Ramesh Mohi, president of Ludhiana Brick-kiln Association their units. Members of the association met Cabinet minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu, apprised him of the entire situation and he understood our plight. He took up the matter at the Cabinet. We are thankful to all. Had these kilns been closed, lakhs of labourers would have been rendered unemployed and the rate of bricks would have skyrocketed,” said Mohi. At the same time, the state government has asked the kilns running with old technology to pay Rs 25,000 per month to the state exchequer till September. Another kiln owner said they would not mind paying this amount to the state because much respite had been given to the kilns in Punjab. He said there was another group (with zig-zag technology) which never wanted all kilns to operate, just to make sure that bricks became dearer and they made huge profits.
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