13032019-LT-01.qxd 3/13/2019 12:15 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE MC TO SPEND ~2 CR ON DESILTING NULLAH Once again, the MC has proposed to spend ~2 crore on desilting of Buddha Nullah during 2019-20. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY INBRIEF TWO HELD WITH $42,000 Khanna: The police claimed to have recovered a huge quantity of foreign currency from a car and nabbed two persons. Khanna SSP Dhruv Dahiya said a police party signalled a car to stop at a naka near Pristine Mall on the GT Road (Alour) at Khanna. The police frisked two persons who were travelling in the car and recovered US $42,000 and 250 dirham (Dubai currency) from their possession. The police handed over both persons and the currency to the officials of the Income Tax Department (Investigation Wing), Ludhiana, for further investigation, said the SSP. OC YOUTH RAPES GIRL FOR FOUR YEARS Ludhiana: A youth raped a 22year-girl for four years on the pretext of marrying her. The suspect, identified as Tayan Khan (24), is yet to be arrested. The investigating officer, ASI Amarjit Singh, said the victim was living with her family at a rented accommodation in Badewal and worked as a sales girl at a shop in Ghumar Mandi. About four years ago, she became friends with Tayan. He had been raping her since then on the assurance that he would marry her. “Recently when I submitted a complaint to the police, the suspect issued me life threats and told me to take back the police complaint. When I asked him to marry me first, he said he was engaged to some Delhi-based girl,” the victim alleged. TNS FUEL PRICES PETROL ~72.78 DIESEL ~66.68 WHAT’S ON LUDHIANA ATHLETICS MEET: Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University; PAU campus track. DBA polls: RO announces poll schedule Ludhiana, March 12 The poll schedule for annual elections to be held on April 5 was announced on Tuesday by the returning officer. Divulging details, returning officer Surinder Singh Khakh, additional returning officers Lalita Jain and Darshan Sandhu said the nomination process would start from March 18 and go till March 20. The scrutiny of papers will be done on March 25. Candidates may withdraw their nomination papers till March 26 and thereafter, the list of candidates will be released. For the post of president, Ashok Mittal, Bhalinder Singh Gill, BP Singh Gill and Sunil Dutt were campaigning, whereas for the post vicepresident, RK Maurya, Amandeep Bhanot, Gurjinder Singh Sahni, Jatinder Kumar Arora, Paramjit Singh Notra, Rajinder Pal Singh Babbar and Yogesh Khanna have started campaigning. Sham Sunder Ahuja, Charanjeet Singh Channa and Deepinder Singh Gill are running for secretary. For the post of joint secretary, Manan Vijay Berry and Davinder Singh Grewal are campaigning. — OC PAGE 3 ADMN LAUNCHES DRIVE TO REMOVE GOVT HOARDINGS PAGE 4 YOUTH PROVE THEIR METTLE IN SPORTS EVENTS Administration has launched a drive to pull down government publicity hoardings in Mandi Ahmedgarh MAX 23°C | MIN 13°C | YESTERDAY MAX 24°C | MIN 11°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 6:33 PM PAGE 4 Youngsters compete in gymnastics, weightlifting, football and hockey under Mission Tandrust Punjab SUNRISE THURSDAY 6:39 AM WEDNESDAY | 13 MARCH 2019 | LUDHIANA Year on, collapsed wall of Civil Hospital yet to be repaired Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 12 The boundary wall of Civil Hospital that collapsed in a storm nearly one and a half years ago is yet to be repaired. The collapsed portion of the six-foot-tall boundary wall near the mortuary has become an easy access to drug addicts and other anti-social elements. Many incidents of theft have been reported in the recent past where X-ray films and stamps were stolen from the hospital. With less CCTV coverage and a few security guards inside the hospital, thieves are having a free run. The authorities seem to be in a deep slumber. There are only six security guards for the Mother and Child Hospital and Civil Hospital while the hospital needs nearly 10-12 guards. Patients’ belongings being stolen from the hospital premises is a common thing. The boundary wall of Civil Hospital near the mortuary has been lying broken since it collapsed (right) during a storm almost a year ago. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA Many patients can be seen making their way into the hospital through this broken portion instead of the main gate. Harnam Singh, a patient, said the hospital catered to the entire district. It was sad that the authorities were least con- cerned about the security of patients. “Many patients’ attendants carry cash with them. The wall should be repaired keeping in view the security of patients as well as their attendants,” he said. An employee of the hospital NGO ROPED IN The NGO has agreed to build the collapsed portion of the wall and work will start after the weather improves. The problem of funds was also there due to which the wall could not be repaired Dr Geeta, SENIOR MEDICAL OFFICER ❝ ❞ RTE Act benefit eludes poor No record of admissions to children from disadvantaged groups in schools Shivani Bhakoo A SCHOOL’S TAKE Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 12 The basic objective of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, is that every child from the age of 6 to 14 years shall get free and compulsory education in a neighbourhood school till completion of elementary education. However, owing to a lack of awareness and will on the part of respective schools, the weaker sections and disadvantaged groups are not able to get the benefit of this right to education. An RTI to know about the true status of the RTE Act was filed by Rohit Sabharwal to the District Education Office (Primary). The applicant asked for the school-wise information showing a total ■ The Principal of Nankana Sahib Public School says the RTE Act has not been implemented in the state. “The district administration had to conduct a survey of children from weaker sections and accordingly, the children were to be adjusted in government schools first. If there were still more children, then private schools in the areas had to be contacted. But we never got any such query,” said the Principal. WHAT DC SAYS ■ Deputy Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Agrawal said children from weaker sections were to approach government schools and if they were denied admission there, they needed to approach the DEO concerned who will then make sure that the child is not denied admission in the nearby school. number of students who were provided free education under Section 3 of Right to Free and Compulsory Education from 2017 to 2019. The RTI was filed on January 7 this year. In his reply dated March 5, the DEO (Primary) states that the department has “nil” infor- mation on this (means there is no record). Following this, Sabharwal wrote to the Chairperson, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, New Delhi, that the authorities concerned had failed to create awareness among the weaker sections and disadvantaged Ex-serviceman in dock for ‘sacrificing’cows Land being excavated at Buddhewal village in Ludhiana on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 12 An ex-serviceman has courted controversy for allegedly killing and burying cows at his house in Budhewal village. The incident came to the fore last night when activists of the Shiv Sena Hindustan informed the police that a man, who is claiming to be an exserviceman, had killed cows and buried them at his house. President of Vyopar Sena Punjab Chandar Kant Chadda said after they had been informed by the villagers that the man was sacrificing cows as a part of witchcraft, they informed the senior officials of the police and the district administration. “We believe the suspect was practising sorcery and he had been sacrificing cows for that purpose. We want action against the man. Entire land in his dairy complex should be excavated to recover carcasses,” said Chaddha. Under the supervision of senior officials, land was also being excavated and the carcasses of a cow and a calf were recovered. The ADCP 4, Pirthipal Singh, said two carcasses were recovered after excavation and an examination was being done to ascertain the cause of their death. “So far, we have not registered any case against the man against whom a complaint was filed, but we are probing the matter. We will pursue the matter further after the receipt of the report on carcasses,” said the ADCP . The police official said the ex-serviceman revealed that he had buried a cow and a calf about a year back after they died of some disease. He had to bury them at his complex as carcass-removers were on strike then. c m y b said the wall was once reconstructed but it again collapsed. “I don’t know if it gave way or people broke it, as it is an easy access to most people who also park their cars here,” he said. Senior Medical Officer Geeta said they had asked an NGO to reconstruct the wall. “The NGO has agreed to build the collapsed portion of the wall and work will start after the weather improves. The problem of funds was also there due to which the wall could not be repaired,” said Dr Geeta. Gang rape: Juvenile’s bail plea dismissed Rajneesh Lakhanpal Ludhiana, March 12 The Juvenile Justice Board on Tuesday dismissed the bail application of Class Xi student (juvenile) facing accusations of involvement in the gang rape case near Issewal village in Ludhiana. Dismissing the bail application, the Principal Magistrate, Juvenile Justice Board, Preeti Sukhija, held that the allegations against the juvenile were serious in nature. “Thus, due to gravity and seriousness of the offence, the present applicant does not deserve the concessions of bail as it shall seriously prejudice the case of prosecution. There is every likelihood that in case the applicant is released on bail, he might tamper with the prosecution evidence. Hence, the present bail application, being bereft of any substance, is hereby dismissed.” He was nabbed from New Basti Chanagran in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir. The victim is believed to have identified the accused juvenile during the identification parade held at the Central Jail, Ludhiana, under the supervision of Judicial Magistrate Ankit Airi. A 21-year-old woman was allegedly raped by six men near Issewal village on the banks of Sidwan canal, about 15 km from Ludhiana, after the car she was travelling in with her friend was stopped and she was dragged out. The incident rocked the Assembly session and CM Amarinder Singh had to make a statement in house. groups to get their children enrolled in the neighborhood schools and provide them free and compulsory elementary education. “It is evident in information provided by the department that no child has been enrolled in private schools for the past two years under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009. People from the weaker sections and disadvantaged groups fail to get benefits of this Act and educate their children,” said Sabharwal in a letter to the Chairperson. Brick-kiln owner robbed of gold chain MC sends sealing notice to food civil supplies office Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 12 A brick-kiln owner was robbed of his gold chain by three armed persons who barged into his office near Samrala Chowk this evening. Moti Nagar SHO Pargat Singh said Satish Gosain (55) owned a brick-kiln at Doraha and ran his office, namely Mahalakshmi Brick-kiln Service, at Samrala Chowk. Three bikeborne men wearing helmets entered the office and threatened Gosain with a gun. The SHO said after entering the office, the robbers first snatched the mobile phone of the servant and later entered Satish’s office. The robbers only snatched the gold chain of the brickkiln owner and did not even ask for cash. The police have checked the footage of several CCTV cameras but there is no clue to the robbers. The SHO said two bike-borne persons were reportedly standing outside the showroom and it could be possible that they too were part of the gang. RENT DUES Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 12 The Municipal Corporation has served a sealing notice on the office of Department of Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs for not clearing rent dues. Giving one day to clear the dues, the MC today pasted notices on the walls of the office located on the third floor of the MC building at Sarabha Nagar. If the department fails to pay its rent dues, the MC can seal the office tomorrow, said an MC official. In February, the MC had sent a notice to the district controller of department, asking him to pay Rs 36.35 lakh within seven days, otherwise action would be taken against the office. According to the MC’s Rent and Lease Superintendent, the Department of Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs had to pay Rs 52.02 lakh as rent till December 2018 to the civic body. The department has paid only Rs 17.52 lakh to the MC. Superintendent of Zone D Rajeev Bharadwaj said they had served a sealing notice on A COMMUNICATION GAP: FOOD SUPPLIES OFFICIAL issue a We ❝There is nolakh asbut onlythecommunication gap.have paid Rs 17.52 rent to MC last month. We talked to the directorate about the pending rent. If there is pendency, we will clear it. ❞ Rakesh Bhaskar, DISTRICT FOOD SUPPLIES CONTROLLER the department. “If the pending rent is not paid, the office will be sealed on Wednesday. Despite a notice having been served on the office last month, the pending rent has not been cleared yet,” he added. District Food Supplies Controller Rakesh Bhaskar said: “There is no issue but only a communication gap. We paid Rs 17.52 lakh as rent to the MC last month. We have talked to the directorate about the pending rent. If there is pendency, we will clear it.” Civic body intensifies recovery drive It was learnt that the civic body has also served notices on the shopkeepers running businesses from properties rent out by the MC. The financial condition of the civic body is not good. “As the financial year 2018-19 will end on March 31, the civic body has intensified its recovery drive. The shopkeepers have been asked to pay their dues at the earliest,” said an official.
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