17092023-LT-01.qxd 9/17/2023 12:52 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana tribune DENGUE PATIENT COUNT REACHES 211 IN DISTRICT AASHIM GULATI TALKS ABOUT HIS NETFLIX DEBUT, CHOONA SALMAN, SRK OKAY SCRIPT, SHOOTING IN MARCH 2024 With three more testing positive for dengue, number of patients has gone up to 211 in dist this year so far. P2 Choona, which will be released on September 29, is a thrilling mix of drama, comedy and action. P3 Actors Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan have given their nod to the script of Tiger Vs Pathaan. P4 » » » FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY MAX 33°C | MIN 26°C YESTERDAY MAX 35°C | MIN 25°C SUNSET SUNDAY 6.30 PM SUNRISE MONDAY 6:12 AM SUNDAY | 17 SEPTEMBER 2023 | LUDHIANA INBRIEF YOUTH HELD FOR BID TO RAPE MINOR Ludhiana: A youth attempted to rape a 12-year-old mentally challenged girl in Ganesh Nagar. He has been identified as Ajay Kumar of Sahibana. The girl was playing in the street when he abducted her. He took her to nearby bushes. When family members were searching for her, they heard her scream from the bushes. They saw that the suspect was trying to rape the child. When the girl’s father went near him, he pushed him and fled. IO Kulwant Singh said Ajay was arrested after they received a complaint from the victim’s father. Now, the suspect would be presented in court to obtain his remand.TNS TRADER HURT AS GUN GOES OFF Ludhiana: A trader suffered a bullet injury on his leg after his licenced weapon went off accidentally after it fell on the ground at Jagraon on Saturday. Following the incident, the victim was rushed to a hospital. He has been identified as Manoj Kumar, who runs a grocery store in Nehru Market in Jagraon. The victim said while he was on his way from home to his shop, his licenced pistol fell from his hand, resulting in the accident. A few months ago, the trader had received threats from terrorist Arsh Dalla and he had even received a call for ransom. TNS Industry upbeat as more sops to boost trade announced by CM Nitin Jain Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 16 The industry in Ludhiana, which is considered the industrial and business hub in the North, is upbeat as Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann has announced to roll out more sops for boosting trade in the state. While most of the demands were met on the spot, Mann ordered the official machinery to take policy decisions for meeting pending issues being faced by industrialists. The industry-friendly compounding policy, development of industrial parks, and one time settlement (OTS) scheme for Punjab Small Industries and Export Corporation (PSIEC) plot owners, issues concerning Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL), including single point connections and making research and development centres and skill training centres more effective were among the major demands that the CM had agreed to fulfil shortly. Rajya Sabha MP Sanjeev Arora, who took up the issues on behalf of the industry, told The Tribune, here on Saturday that the Chief Minister CM Bhagwant Mann addresses bizmen in Ludhiana on Friday. Compounding policy, development of industrial parks, PSIEC OTS scheme, resolution of PSPCL, mining policy issues in offing took a favourable consideration of the demands and announced to issue notifications for the purpose. Agreeing to the industryfriendly compounding policy, Mann said he had already approved the Cabinet memorandum to this effect presented by the Housing and Urban Development Department and the same would be approved in the next Cabinet meeting. As per the new policy, compounding fee for industrial buildings outside municipal limits would be charged anywhere between Rs 15 to 20 per sq feet and it would be applicable from January 1, 2024. Till then, the existing policy would remain in place. Flanked by his Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal, the CM also announced a robust industrial policy for the development of the industrial parks. “It will offer a host of benefits for setting up private industrial parks on minimum of 25 acres (10 acres for IT parks) with incentives on change of land use (CLU), EDC and reimbursement of 25 per cent of the total capital expenditure on development of common infrastructure capped at maximum of Rs 25 crore,” he declared. On the demand of amicable dispute resolution Two nabbed, 9 motorcycles recovered Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 16 The Haibowal police claimed to have nabbed two persons and recovered nine motorcycles from his possession. The suspects have been identified as Nirmal Singh (23), alias Nimma, of Jalandhar and Harmanpreet Singh, alias Billo, of Shimlapuri. ACP (West) Mandeep Singh, Haibowal SHO Inspector Bitten Kumar issued a joint statement in this regard on Saturday. Police officials said a tipoff was received that Nirmal along with his gang members Jaspreet Singh, The suspects in police custody in Ludhiana on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTO alias Jassi, of Sector 41, Chandigarh, Harmanpreet and Imran Khan, alias Gabbar, both residents of Shimlapuri, had been looting motorcycles, mobile phones and valuables from people in the city and in the recent past, they had committed several snatching incidents. Yesterday, Nirmal and Billo were arrested by the police while raids were being conducted to nab the others suspects. The police would also seek police remand of the two suspects from court to inquire about whereabouts of the other miscreants, police officials said, adding that after the arrest of the remaining suspects, more motorcycles could be recovered. A case was registered against the four suspects under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). c m y b mechanism with the PSIEC OTS scheme by removing the compound interest clause and making it a simple interest payment system, Mann said the PSIEC was willing to charge industrialists that much amount which was required to pay to landowners as per the court orders. He announced that no extra cost such as penal interest would be charged. Taking up issues pertaining to the mining policy, the CM agreed in-principle to resolve all matters flagged by the industry and a formal notification to this effect would also be issued shortly. Arora urged the CM that multiple electricity connections should be allowed in the same industrial premises for even non-industrial tenants, which, he said, would lead to more compliances and enable the industry to shift from the mixed land use to the designated industrial areas. Mann said since the issue was determined by the present regulations of the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC), he directed PSPCL officials to discuss the matter threadbare with Arora and other stakeholders to find continued on page 2 2 BDPOs among 12 booked in fraud case Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 16 The Khanna police yesterday registered a case against 12 persons, including two block development and panchayat officers (BDPOs), on the charges of fraud, forgery and criminal conspiracy. The suspects in connivance with each other had initiated a fake verification of an elderly man of Rasulra village. They have been identified as the then BDPO of the Khanna block Dhanwant Singh Randhawa; the then secretary of the Rasulra gram panchayat Gurmeet Singh, now posted as the BDPO; Gurdeep Singh, village sarpanch; former sarpanch Pal Singh; panch Pal Singh; panch Balvir Singh; Kulwinder Singh, block samiti member; panch Pardeep Singh; panch Jasvir Singh and nambardars Charan Singh, Sher Singh and Rajinder Singh. It is learnt that in the case related to fake verification of an elderly person from Rasulra village, Khanna Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Swati, after conducting an inquiry, had also written a letter to the SSP on September 1 this month for taking immediate legal action. The SDM, in the letter, clearly mentioned that the suspects were found guilty in the report and should face action under relevant sections of the IPC. Following this, complainant Jasvir Singh of Rasulra village, along with social worker Gurdeep Singh Kaali, met Khanna SSP Amneet Kondal on September 5, who marked a probe to the SP (Investigation) Pragya Jain. During the panchayat elections in 2018 at Rasulra village, nomination papers of Jasvir Singh, who was contesting as a sarpanch candidate, were rejected on false grounds. For the past over four years, the victim had been visiting government offices to seek action against those involved in fake verification of his grandfather. Jasvir said the suspects verified his grandfather Ajmer Singh as son of Gulli but in reality, his grandfather’s identity was Ajmer Singh, son of Inder Singh. Not only the SDM but also the report of the tehsildar decided the inquiry in our favour,” he asserted. By doing fake verification, his nomination papers as sarpanch in the panchayat poll were rejected. Even the Panchayat Department at the behest of the suspects then claimed that he (the complainant) had owed some dues towards the department. But later during the inquiry, nothing of that sort was established. Bribe case: MC workerattacked Ludhiana, September 16 A sanitation worker of the Municipal Corporation, Zone D, was attacked on Friday. The attack was allegedly orchestrated by family members of a person against whom the victim had lodged a bribery complaint with the Vigilance Bureau (VB). Notably on the complaint of the victim, supervisor in the MC, Darshan Lal, was caught by a Vigilance team 10 days ago, with the bribe money of Rs 6,000. Following the incident, the supervisor’s son, Ashok Kumar, and his aunt allegedly assaulted the victim, Arun Kumar, at Gopal Nagar in Haibowal. After the victim reported the assault, the Haibowal police yesterday registered a case against the suspects. Darshan Lal, stationed in MC’s Zone D office, had allegedly took a bribe of Rs 6,000 from sanitation worker Arun for releasing his salary. The suspect had also threatened the victim that he would not mark his attendance if the amount was not given. Arun had then informed the VB team and the latter had caught the supervisor red-handed while taking the bribe. The complainant said since the day the supervisor was nabbed, his son and kin had been issuing threats to him. Now, the police should take strict action against them. — TNS
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