10032019-LT-01.qxd 3/9/2019 11:33 PM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE KCW HOLDS 56TH PRIZE DISTRIBUTION FUNCTION Khalsa College for Women organised its 56th annual prize distribution function at its auditorium. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF TWO HELD WITH 520-GM HEROIN Ludhiana: The STF wing of Ludhiana police arrested two persons and recovered 520gram heroin from them. The accused Rahul Kumar (32) of Mohali and Amjid Khan of Malerkotla were coming from Samrala to deliver consignment to their clients on Chandigarh Road, when they were arrested. Rahul said he was a contractor of signboards and started this notorious trade two years ago to earn easy money. He said he used to bring narcotics from some Nigerian national staying in Delhi. Further probe is on. TNS ILLICIT LIQUOR SEIZED Ludhiana: The police have arrested a liquor smuggler and recovered 18 cases of illicit liquor from him at a naka laid on New Subash Nagar. The accused has been identified as Jarnail Singh, alias Kaka, of Atar Nagar, Tibba Road. TNS FUEL PRICES PETROL ~72.77 DIESEL ~66.85 WHAT’S ON LUDHIANA RUN FOR HEALTH: 6 am outside Guru Nanak Stadium SPORTS CARNIVAL: Sunday, 10 am at Everest Public Sr Sec School SIYAN MIYAN MIR DIWAS: At Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle, 10:30 am to 2 pm ANNUAL DAY: Bachpan Play School at Ishmeet Singh Music Institute, 12 pm PAGE 2 TWO HELD FOR LOOTING VEHICLES AT GUNPOINT MAX 25°C | MIN 13°C | YESTERDAY MAX 24°C | MIN 9°C SUNSET SUNDAY 6: 31 PM PAGE 4 Nehru Sidhant Kender Trust holds a musical evening to mark the birth anniversary of Sahir Ludhianvi. SUNRISE MONDAY 6: 42 AM SUNDAY | 10 MARCH 2019 | LUDHIANA ‘Victims knew how to swim’ MC Budget: ‘Aye’ Couldn’t come out as car got locked and sensors stopped working Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Ludhiana March 9 The accident in which four young lives were snuffed out in Sarabha Nagar on late Friday night has been captured in the CCTV camera installed on the Canal Road. The CCTV grab shows how the speeding car hit the barricades on the canal bridge and then drowned. It also shows how a bike-borne, who witnessed the accident, struggled to rescue the four lives, but in vain. The CCTV footage procured by The Tribune shows, an I20 car, which was being driven by Kashish Arora in high speed, suddenly came out from the Verka Milk Plant side and rammed against the barricades of the canal bridge. The collision was so intense that it broke the barricades and the car plunged into the canal. As per the CCTV footage, the car had completely immersed in the canal. Area residents said all occupants were expert in swimming, but they could not come out as the car got locked and its sensors stopped working. SHO Sarabha Nagar Kulbir Singh said it was evident from the CCTV footage that the car was in high speed, which was the main cause of the accident. “The ooccupants could have survived with bodily injuries had the car not been on high speed.” On being asked if the car occupants were drunk, a police official said the occupants were not drunk, adding that the postmortem report also termed drowning as the main cause of death. EYEWITNESS’ ACCOUNT Eyewitness Sarabjit Singh, a delivery boy, said when he was crossing the Canal Road, he saw a speeding car going down into the canal around 11 pm. He raised an alarm and asked people to save the occupants. “I made repeated calls to the PCR number ‘100’, but nobody answered. I then called 181, following which a police party reached within 10 minutes, but it was too late, as the car had completely gone down. Around half-an-hour after the accident, when the car was taken out from the canal with crane, the occupants were The CCTV grab of the overspeeding car hitting the rushed to different hospitals, but they barricades at Sarabha Nagar. were already dead by then. YOUNG LIVES LOST TO SPEED Broken barricades where the car fell into the Sidhwan Canal. HIMANSHU MAHAJAN 12 PEOPLE DIE IN ROAD MISHAPS DAILY IN PUNJAB As many as 12 people, on an average, lose their lives every day in road accidents. Punjab reported 4,278 deaths and 4,024 cases of injuries in mishaps, according to a report titled ‘Punjab road accidents and traffic-2017’. Around 2.25 per cent of the total population of India lives in Punjab, but the state’s share in road accident fatalities has been 3.3-3.5 per cent in the past five years. Cities including Ludhiana, Patiala, Amritsar, Mohali, Jalandhar and Bathinda accounted for 15 per cent of the total road fatalities in Punjab. About 75 per cent of the people involved in fatal mishaps are in the age group of 18 to 45. Speed is the major cause of road accidents. within 5 minutes HIMANSHU MAHAJAN The deceased have been identified as Bhavneet Juneja (24), his sister Sanya Juneja (21) of Phase 2 Dugri; Sanya’s college friend Devesh Chandra from Lucknow and Kashish Arora of Model Town Extension. Bhavneet, who recently completed civil engineering from Pune University was assisting his father Manpreet Juneja, a government contractor, while his sister had recently completed her fashion designing course from Pearl Academy, Gurgaon. Devesh Chandra (21), had come to Ludhiana to give his IELTS exam, which was due on Monday and he was living at Sanya’s house. Kashish, whose father is a contractor, was driving the car and had recently completed his studies from PCT, Baddowal. MAJOR ACCIDENTS REPORTED IN THE PAST ■ March 4, 2018: Two pedestrians Rohit (18) of Dugri and Akru Rishi (32) of Bihar were mowed down by cars after collision in Kartar Nagar, Phase-1 Dugri. ■ September 14, 2018: Two more teenagers Gama Kumar (18) of Dhandhari Kalan and Ashutosh Thakur (18) of Giaspura were crushed to death near Kanganwal. ■ September 13, 2018: Two minor boys aged around 15, identified as Parshotam and Jagdish, were killed after their bike was hit by a rashly driven vehicle of the Bon bread company on the national highway near Basti Jodhewal Chowk. ■ September 24, 2018: A birthday celebration turned tragic for three friends, when two of them namely Ashwani Vij (22) Eklavya Sharma (20), both residents of Mundian, were crushed to death after their speeding car rammed against a pole and overturned at Karabara Chowk near Basti Jodhewal. ■ January 7, 2017: Four youngsters Ishani (22), Rishika Bassi (23), Saiyam Arora (24) and Gorish Kumar (23) died in a road accident, when the Honda City they were travelling in rammed against a tree at Detwal village near Mullanpur Dakha in the district. ASI Gurdeep Singh with the man he rescued in Sahnewal. TRIBUNE PHOTO Doraha, March 9 ASI Gurdeep Singh saved another man from drowning on Saturday. The man has been identified as Rajesh Kumar. He was reportedly in an inebriated condition. Earlier also, the ASI has saved 11 lives. In April last year, the ASI saved the life of Amandeep Kaur of Amloh, who jumped into the canal to end her life, and took her to the police station. On May 5 last year, Gurdeep saved Khanna resident Nisha Rani’s life, as she tried to commit suicide by jumping into the canal. On July 4 last year, he saved the lives of five persons, including three children, after the car in which they were travelling in skidded into the canal. An adolescent couple of Ludhiana, who REMEMBERING LEGENDARY POET SAHIR LUDHIANVI The city police claimed to have arrested the two persons wanted in vehicle snatching at gunpoint case. Lifesaver cop saves another man from drowning Our Correspondent PAGE 3 had jumped into the canal, was taken out by Gurdeep. The boy breathed his last, but the girl’s life was saved with the efforts of the cop. Recently, he stopped Sardaro, wife of Lat Ram of Doraha, from ending her life. The ASI had earlier stopped a married woman of Kishangarh village from ending her life by jumping into the Sirhind Canal in April last year. ASI Gurdeep Singh said he never thinks twice before saving a life. “I simply jump without caring for the repercussions. Everything can wait, but a life lost can never be revived and the loss to the family is irreparable. As a police official, it is my duty to save every soul by forgetting about mine at that particular moment. I shall continue to place duty above self in future as well,” he said. c m y b House meeting finished in 15 mins sans discussion ■ SAD-BJP councillors protest ■ After meeting, Mayor leaves for Cong protest at Ladhowal toll plaza ■ SAD-BJP COUNCILLORS PROTEST DURING HOUSE MEETING. Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 9 The state’s largest Municipal Corporation’s budget was passed within mere five minutes without holding any discussion, courtesy protest by SAD-BJP councillors against MC’s alleged pick and choose policy. The estimated budget of ~949.65 crore for 2019-20 fiscal was approved at the MC’s Zone-A office on Saturday. After the House meeting, Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu reportedly went to participate in the Congress party’s protest at Ladhowal toll plaza. The House meeting, which was called to present the annual budget, began around 11 am, while it ended by 11:15 am. In these 15 minutes also, the National Anthem was played first and then a 2minute silence was observed to pay tributes to the martyrs of Pulwama attack. Thereafter, the Mayor announced to start the budget proceedings, but SAD-BJP councillors stood up from their seats. Then, Leader of Opposition Harbhajan Singh Dang blamed the F&CC pan- el led by the Mayor for keeping the estimates of respective wards of SAD-BJP councillors pending. The Opposition councillors were demanding to call an urgent F&CC meeting to give nod to pending estimates, as they claimed the model code of conduct for the Lok Sabha elections can be imposed anytime. However, Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu assured them their works would be done. Dissatisfied with the Mayor’s reply, SADBJP councillors sat on the floor to mark their protest. Meanwhile, the Mayor asked the secretary concerned to read out the budget agenda, when SAD-BJP councillors were raising slogans. As soon as the first page of the agenda was read by the secretary, a number of Congress councillors gave their nod to the budget. Without wasting any time, Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu announced that the budget agenda has been passed and the meeting is adjourned. Even, no discussion was conducted on how to increase the MC’s annual income or resolve major issues such as continued on page 2 INCOME SOURCES Share of GST ~570 cr House, property tax ~100 cr MC tax on electricity ~45 cr Advertisement tax ~25 cr License fee u/s 343 ~2.25 cr License fee vehicle ~30 lakh Slaughterhouse fee ~30 lakh Rent and tehbazari ~8.80 cr Composition fee ~30 cr Other misc income ~38 cr Sale of property ~15 cr Income from O&M cell ~75 cr Additional excise duty ~40 cr Estimated income ~949.65 cr ESTIMATED EXPENDITURE FOR NEW WORKS Roads ~55 cr Bridges/ projects ~7 cr Streets and drains ~ 45 cr Street lights ~ 5cr Parks ~2.50 cr Development of slums ~1.4 cr Buildings, library, ~ 5.5 cr public toilets SAD-BJP WANTS HOUSE MEETING AGAIN P4
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