30082022-LT-01.qxd 30-08-2022 00:59 Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE AHMEDGARH RESIDENTS BEAR BRUNT OF POTHOLED ROADS Most of the local roads have been rendered non-motorable due to potholes in Mandi Ahmedgarh. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY PAGE 2 BADE ACHHE LAGTE HAI 2 NOT GOING OFF AIR, SAYS DISHA MAX 34°C | MIN 27°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C | MIN 27°C SUNSET TUESDAY 6:52 PM HC had issued strict orders on prevention of illegal occupation in city Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service An encroachment being demolished by MC in Ludhiana. FILE ments. After that the civic body did not organise any such meeting despite the fact that many encroachment issues highlighted by committee members are still pending. A member of the committee, Col JS Brar (retd) said: “The monitoring committee was formed to keep a check on new encroachments and removal of existing encroachments. Meetings of the committee were supposed to be held every month. However, the civic body failed to call any meeting dur- ing the past nearly five years. I have already moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court as the departments concerned failed to remove major encroachments.” Col Brar said an encroached public street in BRS Nagar was not constructed despite the matter being repeatedly highlighted in the meetings of the committee. In 2019, an audio clip allegedly of a then minister ‘threatening’ an official had gone viral as the official wanted to move ahead to get the public street constructed. A number of encroachments were also removed with the efforts of the members of the committee. Another member of the panel Rohit Sabharwal had also raised the matter regarding “noncompliance to the directions issued by the DC” as no meeting of the monitoring committee was held after 2017. Sabharwal said no meeting was being called even now. Issues related to encroachments under areas of the MC, Ludhiana Improvement Trust and other departments were usually raised in meetings of the committee. Around three years ago, MC officials had claimed that they would take legal advice on the matter that whether the meetings were to be continued in future or not. But, the committee members wanted that the meetings should be held every month to prevent new encroachments and remove existing ones. MC Commissioner Shena Aggarwal said she would look into the matter. last Sun in Sept SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6:01 AM Husband, three others booked for thrashing woman Tribune News Service Ludhiana, August 29 After allegedly being thrashed by her husband and in-laws, a pregnant woman suffered miscarriage at Dakha in Ludhiana district. Following a complaint filed by the woman, the police booked her husband Jaskaran Singh, father-in-law Didar Singh, mother-in-law Parmajeet Kaur of Manakwal village and another woman Aarti Gupta. Complainant Rajandeep Kaur said she had married Jaskaran Singh around eight months ago. She was at her parents’ home on August 17 when her husband and inlaws had arrived there in the night and started calling her outside. “When I went to open the gate, my husband started beating me without any reason. He dragged me, pulled my hair and kicked me in the stomach. My father-in-law and mother-in-law also thrashed me,” she said. When she went to a hospital on August 23, she found that her baby had died in the womb after she was beaten by her husband and in-laws. A case has been registered against the suspects at the Dakha police station on Sunday. ASI Satpal Singh is investigating the matter. 2 held for stealing jewellery Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Ludhiana, August 29 Residents can deposit their property tax for the current financial year by September 30 and take benefit of 10 per cent rebate on it. In view of public convenience and the Municipal Corporation’s financial condition, the civic body has decided to keep offices and suvidha centres in all four zones open on Saturdays and last Sunday in September. MC Superintendent (for property tax) Vivek Verma said MC offices and suvidha centres would remain open on September 3, 10, 17 and 24 (Saturdays) and September 25 (Sunday) for collection of property tax. Five fresh Covid cases in district Ludhiana, August 29 The police arrested a domestic help and her aide for allegedly stealing jewellery and cash from a house at Model Town, here. The suspects have been identified as Priya Devi and her aide Naginder, both residents of Uttar Pradesh. Addressing a press meet today, the police claimed to have recovered 530 gm of gold and 146 gm of silver jewellery from their possession. ADCP Zone 3, Shubam Aggarwal said on August 22, a resident of Model Town, Harjinder Singh, had lodged a complaint against the domestic help for stealing gold and cash. A case under Section 381, The suspects in police custody in Ludhiana. HIMANSHU MAHAJAN IPC, was registered against her. The police said Priya Devi was arrested on August 23 and a gold chain, two artificial bangles, one silver bracelet and Rs 720 in cash were seized from her. After interrogation, the police recovered 530 gm of gold and 146 gm of silver jewellery from UP Naginder . was arrested on August 26 and a gold chain with a locket, one mobile and Rs 300 were seized from him. COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 38,98,112 1,13,340 81 16 3,014 The Municipal Corporation on Monday razed hundreds of temporary shanties of slum dwellers along the national highway near the Dhandari flyover. The drive started around 12 pm and continued till 3 pm. MC’s Tehbazari branch demolished the shanties in the presence of heavy police force and a Duty Magistrate. The drive was conducted under the guidance of MC Joint Commissioners Poonampreet Kaur and Sonam Chaudhary and Secretary Tejinderpal Singh Panchhi. Sanjit Kumar, an inspector of the Tehbazari branch, said the slum dwellers were given an ultimatum to vacate the site. Around 800 shanties were razed today. Some people also opposed the drive but the situation was controlled. — TNS Smart City Co gets award for waterfront project Tribune News Service Ludhiana, August 29 Five persons tested positive for Covid in Ludhiana district. A total of 1,13,340 persons have tested positive and 3,014 patients have lost their lives to the deadly virus since March 2020 in the district. On Monday, there were 81 active cases, of which 77 have been asked to isolate themselves in their homes while the remaining patients are admitted to private hospitals. At present, the recovery rate of Covid-19 patients is 97.27 per cent. Samples of 1,715 suspected patients were sent for testing today, the results of which are expected shortly. — TNS Ludhiana, August 29 Ludhiana Smart City Limited (LSCL) has bagged the award for its Waterfront Development project, including landscaping and beautification along the Sidhwan canal under the Smart City Mission. The award under the Smart and Successful Urban Sustainability category has been presented to the LSCL by the Smart Cities Council India. The CEO of the LSCL-cum-MC Commissioner, Shena Aggarwal, received the award. The Smart Cities Council India hosted the seventh edition of ‘Smart Urbanation’ on August 26 in Mumbai. The event was supported by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, GoI, the Ludhiana Smart City Limited CEO-cum-MC Commissioner Shena Aggarwal receives the award in Mumbai. TRIBUNE PHOTO A ~5.21-CRORE PROJECT “The project for waterfront development in Ludhiana is aimed at providing sustainable space for improvement and betterment of health, environment, green cover, optimum utilisation of leftover land and providing social interactions opportunity for stakeholders, paving a way to create a resilient city. It was conceptualised and executed under the Smart City Mission having a project outlay of ~5.21 crore,” the officials said. National Institute of Urban Affairs, etc. According to officials, smart project awards in various categories that recognise pioneering projects, ideas, and c m y b PAGE 4 Shehnaaz Gill, who rose to fame with reality show Bigg Boss 13, will be seen in Sajid Khan’s next film 100% 800 shanties MC offices open razed near on Saturdays, 530-gm gold, 146-gm silver ornaments seized from help, aide Dhandari flyover Ludhiana, August 29 PROPERTY TAX SAJID KHAN’S 100% TO STAR BIG BOSS FAME SHEHNAAZ GILL Actor Disha Parmar has rubbished the rumours about the show, Bade Achhe Lagte Hai 2, going off air. 5 years on, no meeting of anti-encroachment panel Ludhiana, August 29 Ignoring a large number of permanent encroachments and also temporary ones, the Municipal Corporation has failed to organise any meeting of the anti-encroachment monitoring committee in the city after 2017. The committee was especially formed for the prevention of encroachments in the city. During the hearing in the writ petition number 4886 of 2003, the Punjab and Haryana High Court had given strict orders for the prevention of encroachments in the city in future. The Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, had then given directions to the civic body to form a monitoring committee to keep a check on encroachments. Notably, the last meeting of the monitoring committee was held nearly five years ago when officials of the corporation’s Tehbazari wing and a committee member had entered into heated arguments over the issue of temporary roadside encroach- PAGE 3 strategies for making cities in the country more liveable, sustainable and economically viable were awarded. “The project for waterfront development in Ludhiana is aimed at providing sustainable space for improvement and betterment of health, environment, green cover, optimum utilisation of leftover land and providing social interactions opportunity for stakeholders, paving a way to create a resilient city. The project was conceptualised and executed under the Smart City Mission having a project outlay of Rs 5.21 crore. It started on August 28, 2019, and was completed on November 30, 2020. A length of 1,100 meters and width of 20-22 meters has been covered and converted under the project,” the officials said. TUESDAY | 30 AUGUST 2022 | LUDHIANA Fleecing by private schools continues, 27 plaints filed In less than two months, 10 complaints resolved Nitin Jain Tribune News Service Ludhiana, August 29 The rampant fleecing by certain unaided private schools seems to be continuing unabatedly as the regulatory panel constituted by the district administration to check illegal practices by educational institutions has received at least 27 complaints since its constitution less than two months ago, the administration has confirmed. While 10 such complaints have already been resolved by taking appropriate action, the rest 17 were still under investigation, the officials have said. Deputy Commissioner Surabhi Malik told The Tribune, here, on Monday that the district administration had adopted zero tolerance against fleecing or any other unjustified/illegal practice by the unaided private schools in the district and strict action would be taken against erring educational institutions. She said the regulatory panel would ensure proper implementation of the Punjab Regulation of Fee of Unaided Educational Institutions (Amendment) Act, 2019, in the district. Divulging the proceedings in the complaints received so far, panel chairperson Amarjit Bains, who is the Khanna Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC), said the panel was acting swiftly on the complaints received and suitable action was initiated in the matter. He said both parties involved in the matter were The administration has adopted zero-tolerance policy on illegal practices by unaided private schools in the district. FILE STUDENTS, PARENTS FREE TO SHARE GRIEVANCES Any act of commission or omission by schools and any violation of the law will be dealt with sternly. Students and parents should feel free to share their grievances, if any, for prompt and speedy resolution. Surabhi Malik, DC ❝ called during the investigation and after going through the documentary material evidence on record, the panel was taking action as per rules. The complaints received so far mostly pertained to nonissuance of school leaving certificates, charging of exorbitant fee, unjustified hike in the fee, and forced sale of school books and uniforms by the educational institutions. While the majority of the private schools, against whom the complaints were received, acceded to the fault on their part and agreed to refund extra charges, issue the requisite certificates, rollback the fee hike and stop the forced sale of material, some complaints were even found false or without any basis just to exert pressure on the educational institutions to achieve their nefarious designs. ❞ In one such complaint filed on the state government’s grievances redressal portal and forwarded to the panel by the DPI (Secondary), the panel found that the complaint was made to put pressure on the school authorities for changing the result of a student, following which the complaint was disposed of with a stern warning to the complainant against indulging in such practice in future. In another complaint, an educational institution was accused of not allowing the student to appear in the quarterly exams due to the nonpayment of fee, which was forwarded to the School Education Department for taking appropriate action as the panel was not authorised to take any action in such matters. The complaints received so continued on page 2
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