08032023-LT-01.qxd 3/8/2023 12:38 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana tribune ELEVATED ROAD 8-KM STRETCH COMPLETE, REST 5 KM BY JUNE HISTORY TV18 BRINGS NEW SHOW ON MALAYSIA FLIGHT 370 RANDEEP, NEENA TO SHARE SCREEN SPACE IN NEW FILM ~756-crore project work pace doubled with more men, machinery, 84 per cent work finished. P2 Nearly a decade later, History TV18 launches History’s Greatest Mysteries: Malaysia Flight 370. P3 Jayant Gilatar’s Pachhattar Ka Chhora will be produced by JJ Creations LLP and Shivam Cinema Vision. P4 » » » FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY MAX 30°C | MIN 12°C YESTERDAY MAX 30°C | MIN 12°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 6.29 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 6:44 AM WEDNESDAY | 8 MARCH 2023 | LUDHIANA 7 years on, MC yet to hold annual flower show in city Happy Holi Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service College students play with colours on the eve of Holi in Ludhiana. HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Violations: 10 buses challaned Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 7 Continuing the drive against traffic violations, RTA Secretary Poonam Preet Kaur on Tuesday ASSEMBLY SESSION Direct access to martyr Sukhdev’s birthplace sought Ludhiana, March 7 In the ongoing Punjab Assembly session, Atam Nagar MLA Kulwant Singh Sidhu made an appeal to ensure direct access to the ancestral home of Shaheed Sukhdev Thapar at Naughara Mohalla here. The MLA raised the demand on Tuesday. Notably, members of the All India Shaheed Sukhdev Thapar Memorial Trust have been demanding for a long time that the government provide for direct access to the martyr’s birthplace at Naughara Mohalla from Chaura Bazaar. MLA Kulwant Singh Sidhu also blamed the mainstream political parties for having ignored the demand in the past. Yesterday, Sidhu had raised the demand for the regularisation of Dr BR Ambedkar Colony. — TNS held a special checking of vehicles. She said challans were issued against five tourist buses and five passenger buses for violating rules. The RTA Secretary Vio- lations such as incomplete documents, non-paying of tax on time, overspeeding and carrying more passengers than the capacity were found during the drive. Ludhiana, March 7 It seems that the authorities have not made any plan yet to hold Ludhiana Municipal Corporation’s annual flower show even this year. The civic body’s annual event has not been held for the past seven years. It was last organised in March 2016. According to information, the corporation had started holding the annual flower show from 1999. In 2015, a two-day flower show was successfully held after a gap of two years at Nehru Rose Garden. The MC’s flower show witnessed a good response again in 2016 as over 1,500 entries for various activities were received during the event, as per information. The annual show was generally held in the first week of March. But no arrangements have been made to hold the event this time by the MC. Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 7 The Ludhiana police have busted a racket being run by a notorious criminal from the Sangrur jail who posed himself as the ADGP , CCTNS (Crime and criminal tracking network system) and another suspect who posed as Commandant, CCTNS, Punjab, and duped gullible unemployed youth on the false promise of recruitment as CCTNS volunteers on a monthly salary of Rs 15,000-20,000. Ludhiana Commissioner of Police (CP) Mandeep Singh Sidhu, DCP Varinder Singh Brar, ADCP Rupinder Kaur Bhatti, CIA in-charge Inspector Beant Juneja and Cyber Cell inspector Jatinder Singh addressed a press conference regarding the matter. Sidhu credited ADCP Rupinder Bhatti and her team for busting this racket. Notably The Tribune had EVENT FIRST HELD IN 1999 According to information, the MC had started holding the annual flower show from 1999. In 2015, a two-day flower show was successfully held after a gap of two years at Nehru Rose Garden. The MC’s flower show witnessed a good response again in 2016 as over 1,500 entries for various activities were received during the event, as per information. Former councillor Mandeep Kaur Sandhu raised questions as to why the civic body stopped organising its annual flower show. “The flower shows at the PAU, Ludhiana, and Gurdwara Sahib in Sarabha Nagar recently concluded but the corporation did not organise the flower show even this year so far. It must host the annual event Civic body adopts human resource 2 sisters among three mgmt system to promote digitisation held in theft, drug cases Our Correspondent Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 7 The Municipal Corporation (MC) has adopted Integrated Human Resource Management System (IHRMS) of the state government. Officials termed the move another step towards digitisation. Now, the process to disburse salaries of staff will be completed online. MC Commissioner Shena Aggarwal conducted a meeting in this regard with the officials concerned at the MC’s Zone D office on Tuesday. She also issued orders wherein the officials have been directed to complete the process of issuing salaries for the month of March online. The orders stated that drawing and disbursing MC Commissioner Shena Aggarwal and other officials during a meeting in Ludhiana. TRIBUNE PHOTO officers (DDO) would ensure that the process was completed online. Otherwise, they would be held responsible and departmental action would be taken against them. The officials stated that besides completing the process to credit salaries of the employees online, the entire work of sanctioning leave, leave encashment, granting increments to staff and maintaining service book record would slowly be Hardcore criminal facing 30 cases poses as ADGP from jail, dupes 400 youths Nikhil Bhardwaj A flower show organised by the MC at Rose Garden, Ludhiana. FILE every year,” she said. Sources said shortage of funds was one of the reasons for not holding such events during the past some years. An MC official said: “The MC’s flower shows used to get a good response from the people in the past but it was not held for past some years due to shortage of funds.” A nature lover, Major Amarjit Singh (retd), said: “The civic body must host flower festivals every year. I also want to say that the MC, PAU, and other organisations should host a joint mega flower festival in the city every year. Such festivals should be held on a weekend so that more people can attend the event. Moreover, there should be no cut flower category in such shows as flowers should not be damaged.” Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu could not be contacted for comments. carried a report about the busting of racket by the Ludhiana police and arrest of Pankaj in its column on March 5. Today, the police exposed how a hardcore criminal-cum-kingpin facing 30 heinous cases had been playing the role of the ADGP CCTNS, to dupe youth , across the country. Sidhu while addressing the media said a special team of the Cyber Cell, CIA-2 and Police Division 7, Ludhiana, arrested Pankaj Suri of DP Colony, Bhamian Kalan, Ludhiana, who divulged that his mastermind Avilok, alias Aman Kumar, of Thanesar, Kurukshetra in Haryana, is operating the racket from the Sangrur jail. Aman has also been arrested after bringing him on production warrant from the Sangrur jail on March 6. The CP said the interrogation of the accused had revealed that they have befooled hundreds of persons not only in Punjab but also in other states, including UP , Maharashtra and Telangana. They get about Rs 999 transferred from every interested applicant through online payment platforms such as Paytm as a fee for registration for job. The top cop also revealed that the accused had made Facebook accounts using logos visibly similar to government’s official logos.They even use emails similar to the official email addresses such as firstname.lastname@example.org and Punjabcctns00@gmail.com to befool innocent victims. They communicate with the victims on WhatsApp with Whatsapp DPs as fake designations such as Central Commandant, CCTNS, Deputy Commandant, Director, etc. The police recovered five mobiles, three laptops, a printer, fake ID cards, 4 stamps bearing ‘CCTNS New Delhi headquarters’ and ‘Director North India’, ‘Anti-Corruption bureau’, etc, letters of fake communication to the ADGP intelli, gence, New Delhi, and other offices from Pankaj. ADCP Rupinder Bhatti said both accused have a criminal past as Aman, who is a habitual and hardcore criminal, was having about 30 FIRs registered against him. In the past also, he had been deceiving victims by posing as SP , an IPS officer, nodal officer of the State Disaster Response Force, etc. Aman is also one of the accused in the Nabha jailbreak case as he had reportedly arranged police uniform for the accused. You will solve unsolved cases, accused told volunteers The accused used to tell newly recruited volunteers that they would solve those cases which the police and the CBI failed to solve. Kingpin Aman, alias Avilok, who posed himself as the ADGP was issuing ‘genuine looking’ I-cards to the volunteers with the help of his aide Pankaj. c m y b shifted to the IHRMS, as per the directions received from the MC Commissioner. Recently, Dr Aggarwal had also issued orders, making it mandatory for the staff to mark the attendance through facial recognition machines. Man tests +ve for Covid Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 7 According to the office of the Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, one person tested positive for Covid in the district on Tuesday. The person who tested positive is a 47-year-old man from Janta Nagar. Civil Surgeon Hitinder Kaur said a total of 1,13,648 persons have tested positive and 3,018 patients have lost their lives to the deadly virus since March 2020 in the district. On Tuesday, 193 samples were sent for testing which include 190 RTPCR and three antigen samples. FIGURES Samples Positive Deaths 40,82,330 1,13,648 3,018 FOR ANY INFORMATION RELATED TO COVID Contact 0161-2444193 0161-4622276 Raikot, March 7 The Ludhiana (rural) police claimed to have arrested three persons, including two sisters, involved in a theft and drug smuggling cases registered at the Sadhar and Hathur police stations. A stolen air conditioner and around 200 habitforming tablets were also seized from the suspects. SSP Navneet Singh Bains said police officials, led by Jaswinder Singh, had nabbed Kajal and Koyal of Raikot who had allegedly stolen an air conditioner from the switch room of BSNL Exchange at Boparai Kalan village on Monday. Arashpreet Singh, junior telecom officer at the exchange, had told the police that some residents of Boparai Kalan had caught the two sisters who were leaving the spot after stealing the AC from the exchange. They were booked under Sections 454 and 380 of the IPC at Sadhar police station on Monday. In the second incident, the Hathur police, led by Jagjit Singh, nabbed Sukhdev Singh of Rama village, with habit-forming tablets on Monday. He had been booked under the NDPS Act. The police arrested him when he was going to deliver the tablets to his clients on Monday evening. Woman, in-laws booked for abetting husband’s suicide Ludhiana, March 7 The Khanna police have registered a case against a woman for abetting suicide of her husband. Her sister and father were also booked. As per information, the victim, Anup (29), died by suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan at his residence in Khanna on March 6. On the complaint of the deceased’s father Sant Ram, the police registered a case against victim’s wife Paramjit Kaur, her sister Raju and their father. The complainant alleged that the deceased’s wife, sister-in-law and father-in-law had been torturing him without any reason due to which he was under depression. Recently, the victim had informed him that if they continue to torture him, he would die by suicide. As a result, he took the extreme step. The complainant demanded that strict action should be taken against the suspects. Inspector Sandeep Kumar said after registering a case, further probe had been launched in the case. — TNS Man nabbed with 45 gm of heroin Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 7 The anti-narcotics cell of the Ludhiana police today arrested a man and seized 45 gm of heroin from his possession. The suspect has been identified as Rohit Kumar, alias Mogli, of Labour Colony. ADCP Rupinder Kaur Sran in a statement issued said a police party was patrolling in Jawahar Nagar Camp where on suspicion the motorcycle-borne suspect was stopped for checking. During his frisking, 45 gm of heroin was seized. Now, police remand of the suspect would be sought from court so that in further questioning, entire supply line can be busted. A case under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act was registered against him. Six trees axed by residentat LIT’s Rajguru Nagar park Kuldip Bhatia Ludhiana, March 7 Residents of Rajguru Nagar — a posh colony developed and maintained by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust, were shocked to find a park ravaged, waste material and malba (debris) thrown all over and at least six full-grown trees chopped by a resident staying in an adjoining house in the colony. The defiant resident also sold the wood after chopping the trees and also got a gate constructed from within his house inside the park. Residents and a shopkeeper, Rajiv Gupta, staying in the vicinity said they made unsuccessful attempts to stop cutting of the full-grown trees, which was an offence, and also taking away of wood, which was tantamount to theft of government property. Another resident of the colony alleged that the man openly staked claim to the park, which probably was a vacant (unallotted) plot being Sold wood, got gate facing plot constructed from inside house ❝ We are checking the record to verify ownership of the plot/park and based on findings, action for chopping trees and construction of illegal gate into the park would be taken. ❞ SB Sachdeva, LIT SUPERINTENDING ENGINEER One of the chopped trees at the park in Rajguru Nagar. TRIBUNE PHOTO used as a park. “Opening a gate into the park from inside an adjoining house is prelude to encroachment on government land,” said the resident. LIT Superintending Engineer SB Sachdeva said a junior engineer had already visited the site and the owner of the house had been warned not to carry out any activity on the vacant plot. “We are checking the record to verify ownership of the plot/park and based on findings, action, as per rules, for chopping trees and construction of illegal gate into the park would be taken against the offender,” he said.
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