29LT01A.qxd 9/28/2012 11:47 PM Page 1 LUDHIANA TRIBUNE SATURday | SEPTEMBER | 29 | 2012 | ludhiana SCHOOLS: TIMINGS TO CHANGE FROM OCTOBER 1 Þ PAGE 2 ■ 18-year-old youth electrocuted while working under high-tension lines 24.3° MINIMUM CITY PROBLEM: NO CHECK ON DOG MENACE Þ PAGE 4 TRADITION: CHHAPAR MELA KICKS OFF Þ PAGE 3 POWER CABLES CLAIM ANOTHER LIFE 29.2° MAXIMUM WEATHER MAINLY CLOUDY SKY Revoking of ACP Swapan’s transfer sparks debate Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Road Safety Minded Citizens Council Sham Singh Harika feels hard work always pays off. "Swapan Sharma managed to win public trust with his honesty and hard work. By strictly implementing a tow-away drive, he managed to eradicate various traffic hazards to a considerable extent. I feel sad for ACP (East) Naveen Singla as despite being honest ad hardworking he could not manage similar support and was ultimately transferred out," said Harika. Mohit Khanna Ludhiana, September 28 An 18-year-old youth, Simaranjit Singh, was electrocuted after coming in contact with high-tension lines near Kali Mata Mandir on Hambran Road here today. Construction work was going on at the deceased's home and he was helping the masons in the construction of a room on the first floor. According to the eyewitnesses, they heard a sound of sparks when Simaranjit came into contact with the high-tension wires passing over his house. The masons were installing a platform to lay lintel and the surface was all wet. Simranjeet had been residing at his uncle Jasvir Singh's house since he was a child. He dropped out of the school in class IX and started working as a trainee with an electrician. According to Baljit Singh, the deceased’s father, "He was well aware of the risk of high-tension wires. But, it was unfortunate that he came in contract with high-tension wires, leading to his death". The impact of high voltage was so strong that their neighbors’ electric appliances also got burned. Meanwhile, the police reached the spot. Investigation officer Gurmohan Singh said, "It is an accidental death. The youth was electrocuted badly. Now, we are Investigation the cause of his death". A web of high-tension lines runs over localities like new Chander Nagar, Kundan Puri, Haibowal, Chander Nagar, Rishi Nagar, Hambran Road. Tribune News Service Members of the deceased’s family wail; and (below) high-tension lines passing over his house. PHOTOS: INDERJEET VERMA EARLIER INCIDENTS OF ELECTROCUTION ❙ A year ago, a safai sewak was electrocuted in Chander Nagar when a bamboo on the roof of his house came in contact with the overhead high-tension lines. ❙ A youth was electrocuted at Gurdwara Rishi Nagar while some constriction work was going on at the gurdwara building. ❙ Raju, a worker was also electrocuted six years ago in the Haibowal area. ❙ On July 11 this year, four-year-old Harkirat, a resident of a locality near the CMC Hospital, was electrocuted after he leaned close to a high-tension line that had fallen on a wall. PSPCL SPEAK According to the PSPCL officials, one can not construct houses under electric wires so the MC is responsible for the negligence towards constructions under high-tension wires. Ludhiana, September 28 The last-minute revoking of ACP Swapan Sharma's transfer has sparked a debate that whether it was actually public pressure that did the trick for the ACP or there were some other reasons behind the cancelling of the transfer orders. The action has also sent a message across the rank and file of the Police Department that working in the interest of society never goes in vain. The news of ACP Swapan Sharma’s transfer had triggered a storm of sorts in the city. The businessmen pitched in favour the ACP while the transfer triggered a campaign on social networking websites. Residents thronged the ACP’s office and certain even went to the extent of busting crackers when the Commissioner of Police officially declared the revoking of the ACP’s transfer last evening. The auto-rickshaw unions also welcomed the move. Interestingly, Swapan Sharma had launched a drive against illegal auto-rickshaws. Harwinder Singh Bittu, president of the Ludhiana City Auto-rickshaw Mazdoor Federation, said the strict drive against illegal autorickshaws had led to a reduction in pollution levels and eased traffic on the city roads. Meanwhile, an officer rejected the justification of public pressure behind the revoking of the transfer orders. "If a transfer could be Swapan Sharma ❝If a transfer could be stopped merely because of public pressure then no officer could ever be transferred out of the city. And if the ACP's transfer has actually been revoked due to public pressure then it is the beginning of a very bad trend as other officers, who may not enjoy good public image like Swapan Sharma, would try to employ public pressure as a tactic to revoke their transfer orders.❞ — AN OFFICER stopped merely because of public pressure then no officer could ever be transferred out of the city. And if the ACP's transfer has actually been revoked due to public pressure then it is the beginning of a very bad trend as other officers, who may not enjoy good public image like Swapan Sharma, would try to employ public pressure as a tactic to revoke their transfer orders," said the officer. Veteran SAD leader and honorary chairman of the CCTV camera installed at his house Not only residents, even policemen are installing CCTV cameras at their houses. In the latest case, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP-North) Swapan Sharma has installed two CCTV cameras at his house for enhanced surveillance. However, the location of the two CCTVs has been kept a secret due to security purposes. Earlier also the ACP had installed CCTV cameras at his office located in Chaura Bazar. Sources said the officer got the CCTV cameras installed after he got transfer orders for Chief Minister’s security. Sources said being in the CM’s security involves hectic travelling schedules. However, his transfer has been revoked. The sources said enhanced surveillance at the house was the need of the hour as the ACP had acted notorious criminals and sent several of them behind the bars. Shaheed Bhagat Singh still a youth icon Manav Mander Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 28 Eighty years on and Shaheed Bhagat Singh still inspires the youth to break free (the right way) from the shackles. The greatness of Bhagat Singh's ideologies is reflective in the fact that the youth of India is still drawing tremendous inspiration from the martyr’s life. The city remembered him on his birth anniversary today. "Bhagat Singh was a true revolutionary, the spirited one of the fighters of India's independence movement. A martyr at 23, his life continues to inspire the youth of India eighty years after his martyrdom. The Indians glorified him as a great martyr and were inspired by his bravery. Even today, his heroic spirit is an outstanding source of inspiration for us," said Rajvinder Singh, a postgraduate student of a local college. “His courage and patriotism are unmatchable. But, most of our heroes have gone into oblivion. Paying floral tributes to them is all the government is doing for them," adds another youngster, Tripti Sharma. Aim of life, according to the martyr A leaf out of his jail diary reads: "The aim of life is no more to control mind, but to develop it harmoniously, not to achieve salvation here after, but to make the best use of it here below, and not to realise truth, beauty and good only in contemplation, but also in the actual experience of daily life; social progress depends not upon the ennoblement of the few but on the enrichment of democracy or universal brotherhood can be achieved only when there is an equality of opportunity in the social, political and individual life". Bhagat Singh is still the inspiration for many and remains a youth icon. Pictures of the freedom fighter with the words, "Lagda pher aana pau" (seems I have to come again) on the cars are a common sight in the city. "Seeing the present socioeconomic and political system of our country it seems Bhagat Singh has to reborn. We need to adopt his ideologies if we want our country to become a better place to live. Bhagat Singh's ideolo- gy was that of an anarchist and he staunchly believed in the principles of atheism, and we need to follow him in order to bring a change in society," added Harsh Makhija, an engineering student. A vendor prepares sweets at Chhapar Mela on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Haul of expired medicines at hospital Rail freight hike to hit industry hard Gurminder Singh Grewal Khanna, September 28 With the recovery of a large quantity of medicines, the shelf life of which has expired, the functioning of the Civil Hospital, Khanna, has come under the scanner. These medicines are from the lot of 1996 and their expiry year is 1998. The SMO, Civil Hospital, Khanna, Dr NK Singla, said the recovered stock was procured before he joined here three months ago. Dr Singla added a member of the staff brought to his notice that a huge quantity of medicines, the shelf life of which has expired, is lying in a portion of the Civil Hospital. He said the portion from where the medicines were recovered was a medicine store housed in the old building of the hospital. Later on, it was converted into a residential area Medicines, the shelf life of which has expired, at the Civil Hospital, Khanna. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH for the hospital staff and the possibility is that the authorities concerned were not aware of this big haul of medicines, he added. The SMO said he would make a three-member committee, comprising doctors and pharmacists, which would look into the matter and after the submission of its report a suitable action would be taken against the erring officials. When asked why the stock was not destroyed even after the passing of 14 years, the SMO said the committee would investigate the entire matter from all angles. The SMO said the value of the medicines could be in lakhs. These were mostly Pencilin injections kept in the residential building. Municipal councillor Vijay Sharma alleged that there were chances that the competent authorities of the hospital used those medicines in patients’ treatment and submitted fake bills of the purchase of new medicines. Narpinder Singh a resident of Libra, who was in the hospital, said he had never got medicines from the hospital. He alleged that he got only a slip with the chemist’s name from where the prescribed medicines can be purchased. The SDM, Khanna, PS Sodhi, said he would constitute a team which would investigate the entire matter. Manav Mander Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 28 The increase in freight charges has put an additional burden on the already ailing Ludhiana industry. The Indian Railways is all set to levy the increase freight charges. This will happen in compliance with the provisions of the Finance Bill 2010 and subsequent notifications issued by the Ministry of Finance. The service tax in case of transportation of goods by train, which had been exempted up to September 30, 2012, would now be applicable on total freight charges with effect from October 1, 2012. With regard to freight charges, 3.7 percent service tax has been charged by the ministry. The industrialists indicated that it would make the industry more uncom- petitive and the products would become costlier than those manufactured in coastal states. Karampal Singh, a garment manufacturer said, "Punjab is a net exporter and this will also make products made from Punjab costlier for other states. Punjab sells around 80 per cent of its production to other states. This increase will create hindrances in exports for Punjab as the state is away from the coast". Another exporter Chander Lal said, "While transporters have increased their fares, the Railways have also hiked the rail freight. In the present situation one does not know which mode to choose. Things are going from bad to worse and it is becoming very difficult for the industry to sustain under such circumstances". Double whammy for traders The hike in rail freight, close on the heels of 15 per cent rate hike by transporters has proved to be a double whammy for the industry. The All-India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) had increased freight charges across the country by 15 per cent a few days ago following the hike in diesel prices. "We are left with no other option but to pass the burden of increased diesel price on customers. The freight charges have been increased by 15 per cent," said Hardev Singh, a transporter. He said the transport industry was not in a position to absorb the diesel price hike. "The increase in the diesel price will hit the common man as the cost of basic items will shoot up," he said. Rail freight rate card ❙ 3.70% service tax on freight services and AC fares ❙ 12.36% extra burden on auxiliary services at stations, such as catering and parking ❙ Petroleum products and gases, agricultural produce, chemical manure exempted from service tax Inderiqbal Singh, a trader said, "The increase in freight charges has proved a nail in the coffin of the industry. While the government is imposing fresh taxes, the increased freight charges are giving the industry a tough time". Another transporter, Manjit Singh said it was impossible for us to absorb the increase of Rs 5 per litre in the diesel price.
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