03032023-LT-01.qxd 03-03-2023 00:44 Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana tribune COPS HOLD CORDON, SEARCH OP; MEET SUSPECTS’ KIN BIGG BOSS 13 FAME TEHSEEN IS BLESSED WITH BABY BOY BHUMI TO ADDRESS WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS AT G20 Ludhiana Commissionerate conducted a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) in various city areas. P2 Bigg Boss 13 contestant Tehseen Poonawalla and his wife Monicka are blessed with a baby boy. P3 Bollywood actress Bhumi Pednekar will address women entrepreneurs attending the event. P4 » » FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY MAX 28°C | MIN 15°C YESTERDAY MAX 29°C | MIN 15°C SUNSET FRIDAY 6.26 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 6:50 AM » FRIDAY | 3 MARCH 2023 | LUDHIANA INBRIEF SCUFFLE AT WEDDING Ludhiana: A scuffle broke out during a marriage function on the Tibba road late on Wednesday night. A few suffered minor injuries in the incident. Sources said some youths from the groom and bridegroom, who were in an inebriated state, had heated arguments over some dispute and in no time, the situation took an ugly turn. Both groups hurled chairs, glasses, plates and bottles at each other. The function had to be stopped midway. Tibba police officials reached the spot for investigation. However, the police were yet to register a case in the matter. TNS Fire breaks out at garment shop Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 2 A fire broke out in a garment showroom at Baba Than Singh Chowk here on Thursday late evening. The fire spread in the ground and first floors of the showroom. Panic had spread among nearby shopkeepers after the incident. Fire personnel managed to control the flames in one hour. They said they broke glasses of the showroom to control the fire. The cause behind the fire was yet to be ascertained. 12% women faced spousal Two nabbed with stolen items violence in dist, says survey Tribune News Service 2 per cent experienced physical violence during pregnancy Nitin Jain ALARMING FIGURES Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 2 In what appears to be a cause of concern for the fairer sex, almost 12 per cent of the married women aged between 18 and 49 years had faced spousal violence in the district during the past two years, a national survey has revealed. However, it was nearly half than the gender-based violence reported during the previous survey. The National Family Health Survey (NFHS-5), conducted by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, through the International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS), Mumbai, has also indicated that the physical violence faced by married women in the age group of 18 to 49 years has also come down by over 30 per cent. The study pointed out that 11.6 per cent married women aged 18 to 49 years experienced spousal violence between 2020 and 2021. It was almost half than the 20.5 per cent spousal violence incidents reported between 2015 and 2016. Spousal violence Age Group Period %age Rural 18-49 2020-21 11.6 12.6 18-49 2015-16 20.5 NA Physical violence during pregnancy 18-49 2020-21 1.6 1.7 18-49 2015-16 2.3 NA Sexual violence 18-29 2020-21 0.2 0.2 18-29 2015-16 0 0 Urban 10.2 NA 1.4 NA Ludhiana, March 2 The Police Division 7 solved a three-week-old house theft case with the arrest of two suspects. Stolen valuables were also recovered by the police. The suspects have been identified as Rajinder Parsad (27), a native of UP, at present staying on the Tajpur road, and Mukesh (42), also a resident of the Tajpur road area. Assistant Commissioner of Police (East) Gurdev Singh in a statement issued said on February 2, complainant Ashok Kumar of the Chandigarh road area got registered an FIR against unidentified miscreants after goods and ornaments worth lakhs were stolen from his house. Gurdev said when the police started a probe into the matter, two suspects were identified by the police. On Thursday after getting to know about the exact whereabouts of the duo, the police conducted a raid and nabbed the suspects. After the arrest of the suspects, the police recovered 4 LED TVs, two laptops, an imported gold watch, a motorcycle and 1.58 kg of silver ornaments from the suspects. Of the recovered things, most of them were stolen from the house of the complainant. The ACP said now, a twoday police remand of the suspects was sought from court and in further questioning, more stolen goods could be recovered. Involvement of the gang in old theft cases could also be verified. Those who had bought stolen goods from the thieves might also face action. 0 0 WILL HELP FRAME POLICIES: MINISTER ABOUT THE SURVEY “The women’s schedule in the survey covered a wide variety of topics, including women’s characteristics, marriage, fertility, contraception, children’s immunisations and healthcare, nutrition, reproductive health, sexual behaviour, HIV/AIDS, women’s empowerment, and domestic violence as well. The findings will help frame future policies and programmes,” says Dr Bharati Pravin Pawar, Union Minister of State For Health and Family Welfare. The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had designated the IIPS, Mumbai, as the nodal agency to conduct the NFHS5. The main objective of each successive round of the NFHS has been to provide high-quality data on health and family welfare and emerging issues in this area. While 12.6 per cent married women who faced spousal violence were from rural areas, 10.2 per cent violence-hit women lived in urban areas. The number of married women in the same age group who have experienced physical violence during any pregnancy has come down from 2.3 per cent in 2015-16 to 1.6 per cent in 2020-21. These included 1.7 per cent women in rural areas and 1.4 per cent women in urban areas. The current survey, fifth in the NFHS series, which provides information on population, health and nutrition for India and each state and Union Territory, with district-level estimates for many important indicators, a copy of which is with The Tribune, showed that 0.2 per cent young women aged 18 to 29 years experienced sexual violence in the district during 2020-21. All such violence-hit young women were reported from rural areas. However, no such case of sexual violence was reported during the previous survey conducted between 2015 and 16. The suspects in police custody in Ludhiana on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Pvtfirm employee booked Youth climbs atop water tank, alleges inaction for stealing ~2.19 crore Claims police and other government departments concerned failed to act on his complaints Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 2 An employee of Radiant Cash Management Service, a private firm here, allegedly stole Rs 2.19 crore in cash from collections made by the company from banks. The suspect has been identified as Harminder Singh of Ballowal village here. A case of criminal breach of trust and a criminal conspiracy was registered against him on Wednesday. Complainant Komal Krishan told the police that he was working as a wallet manager in the RAIDS ON TO NAB SUSPECT: POLICE ASI Satnam Singh said after registering a case, raids were being conducted to nab the suspect, Harminder Singh. company while Harminder was a cash van custodian. On February 28, he along with gunman Sohan and Harminder went for cash collection from banks. They first collected Rs 1 crore from the AU Small Finance Bank branch, Pakhowal Road. Later, they went to another branch of the bank on Mall Road and collected Rs 1.46 crore. “Afterwards, we came to the Canara Bank branch at Gill Chowk. The Fraud came to light when I, along with the cash van, returned to Pakhowal Road and was shocked to see missing bundles of cash. As we counted the money, we were left with Rs 26.80 lakh cash only while Rs 2.19 crore was found missing. Then we realised that Harminder had stolen the money from the cash van. A complaint was lodged in this regard,” the complainant said. Investigating officer ASI Satnam Singh said after registering a case, raids were being conducted to nab the suspect. Ludhiana, March 2 High drama was witnessed near the parking of the District Courts Complex where a 26-year-old youth, Harpreet Singh, of Lapran village climbed atop a water tank alleging inaction by the police and other government departments on his complaints. As the news spread, senior police officials, including ADCP Shubham Aggarwal and others, reached the spot and tried to calm down the youth. His father Lachman, who was also present there, tried to convince him to come down but he did not listen to anyone. It was only after two Cops at the District Courts Complex in Ludhiana on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN hours when senior police officials assured to listen to his grievances, he came down. “My son was engaged to a girl, Harpreet Kaur, of Shimlapuri. I spent around Rs 10 lakh to send her to Canada. After reaching Canada, the girl refused to solemnise marriage with him. Hence, the dream of my son to go abroad also shattered. We even got registered a fraud case against the girl and her father about two years ago but no action was taken against her who has been leading a luxurious life in Canada while leaving my son in lurch here,” alleged the victim’s father. The complainant said the girl’s father was a government employee and he had committed a major fraud with the government. Despite submitting complaints at the district welfare office, no official was ready to take action against him. He alleged that another daughter of the suspect had also prepared some fake documents and complaint regarding the same was also submitted at the department concerned but no action was taken so far. ADCP Shubham Aggarwal said all grievances of the youth would be redressed and status of his complaints in other departments would also be checked and resolved. State govt urged to promote libraries, reading rooms Woman arrested NRIs say putting up signages, billboards in Punjabi alone will not serve purpose as officials fail to follow orders Mahesh Sharma Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 2 Promote book culture by setting up libraries and reading rooms instead of imposing transformation of signboards, NRIs settled in various parts of the world have urged the Punjab Government which has been striving hard to implement its orders on the subject. “While a large number of government officials and entrepreneurs in Punjab are yet to follow the orders of the government to get billboards and signages written in Punjabi even after the deadline, Punjabi lovers settled in Australia, Canada and the United States of America had long before made their presence felt by scripting the language on signboards,” said Kulwant Singh Sandhu, Elderly NRIs show a Punjabi book section at a community centre; and (right) a signboard of an eatery in Punjabi in Melbourne. former Sarpanch, Begowal village near here. Parminder Singh Ball of Pakharpur, president of Indian Group of Senior Citizens at Melbourne, claimed that civic bodies in almost all foreign countries had been providing facilities for promoting Punjabi language by maintaining libraries and reading rooms at Community Centres of various localities. “Not only they provide Punjabi books of our choice, they also allow free access to Wi-Fi for downloading the literature of our choice,” said Ball, maintaining that adequate facilities were provided for organising workshops, seminars and poetic recitations at community centres. Dharma Singh, chairman of District Land Mortgage Bank, Mohali, and retired teacher Baldev Singh argued that getting boards written in a particular language would serve little purpose in pro- c m y b moting any culture or language until people are persuaded to adopt their mother tongue as an element of lifestyle. “Like any other mother tongue, Punjabi cannot be promoted unless our children start speaking it from the heart. We have already written a letter to Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann demanding organised steps for voluntary involvement of masses in the process of promoting Punjabi in addition to ensuring measures,” said Dharam Singh and Baldev Singh. Showing concern over the declining trend of reading books, journals and newspapers in the rural and suburban localities, former DSP Bahadur Singh Rao urged the government to exploit the existing resources for setting up libraries and reading rooms. “Even if the government is not in a position to establish separate libraries and reading rooms for residents, facilities available at government schools and colleges can be thrown open for them (residents) after the working hours,” argued Bahadur Singh Rao. with 55-gm heroin Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 2 The anti-narcotics cell of the Ludhiana police today nabbed a woman and seized 55 gm of heroin from her possession. The suspect has been identified as Gulshan Chauhan, a native of Himachal Pradesh, at present staying in Moti Nagar. A case under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Act) was registered against her. ADCP (Investigation) Rupinder Kaur Sran in a statement issued said police party was conducting a routine patrolling on the Tajpur road during which the pedestrian was SUSPECT A NATIVE OF HIMACHAL PRADESH The suspect has been identified as Gulshan Chauhan, a native of Himachal Pradesh, at present staying in Moti Nagar. A case under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act was registered against the woman. stopped for checking. During the checking of her belongings, 55 gm of heroin was seized. Further questioning of the suspect was on to identify her links with other peddlers.
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