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LUDHIANA FACTORY COLLAPSE: MACHINES CLEAR RUBBLE

Owner held, faces culpable homicide charge

23 Nov 2017 | 1:41 AM

LUDHIANA: Two days after the collapse of multistorey polybag manufacturing factory at Mustak Ganj chowk which claimed the lives of 13 persons, the police today arrested factory owner Inderjeet Singh Gola.

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Nikhil Bhardwaj

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22

Two days after the collapse of multistorey polybag manufacturing factory at Mustak Ganj chowk which claimed the lives of 13 persons, the police today arrested factory owner Inderjeet Singh Gola.

Stringent IPC section has also been added to the already registered FIR. Earlier, the police had booked the factoru owner under Section 304 A IPC(causing death due to negligence), a bailable offence. Now, they have converted it to Section 304 IPC (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), which is a non-bailable offence.

Police Commissioner RN Dhoke said the earlier case was registered on the basis of preliminary reports, but after the probe team found illegalities in the construction of the multistorey building, a stringent section had been imposed.

Meanwhile, the rescue operation has slowed down due to the presence of heavy iron bars and cemented blocks. Three firemen are yet to be traced. An official said: “So far only 30 per cent rubble has been cleared. The iron bars and cemented blocks are being broken manually by the rescue team to allow the JCB machines to clear debris.”

Two mobile phones were recovered from the debris today. It is not yet clear who owned them.

Factory record summoned

VK Meena, Divisional Commissioner, Patiala, who is heading the probe committee, on Wednesday visited the site and met the injured at hospital. He asked the MC to provide the record of property tax, building plan, sewerage and water supply documents pertaining to the factory. He has also sought its allotment letter and NOCs, if taken from the PPCB and the Fire Department. Meena said samples of the collapsed building would be sent to forensic lab to know about the cause of the blast and the presence of any illegal chemicals.

Funds for firemen uniforms

Chandigarh: Perturbed at the sight of firefighters using wet sacks and scarves on their heads in the rescue operation, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Wednesday ordered immediate release of funds for new uniforms. He also asked Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu to assess if the personnel could be covered under fire insurance schemes. — TNS

Owner held, faces culpable homicide chargeRescue work on at the factory building collapse site in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan
Firefighters’ kin hope against hope

Firefighters’ kin hope against hope

23 Nov 2017 | 1:41 AM

LUDHIANA: The families of three firemen, who are still trapped under the rubble, have been camping at the site for the past three days. Parkash Singh, father of fireman Sukhdev Singh (37) of Gadhapur Rahon road, is early waiting for any news of his son.

77 fire tenders more than 15 years old

77 fire tenders more than 15 years old

23 Nov 2017 | 1:41 AM

CHANDIGARH: After the building collapse in Ludhiana on Monday, the Department of Local Government has decided to revive its communication channel with the Centre to seek funds to overcome heavy shortfall in the fire-fighting machinery and manpower in the state.

No building sketch, rescue op hit

23 Nov 2017 | 1:41 AM

LUDHIANA: Had the factory building plan or sketch provided to the rescue teams, more lives could have been saved, asserts a senior official of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) leading the rescue operation.

Farmers change tack, focus on debt waiver, better prices

Farmers change tack, focus on debt waiver, better prices

23 Nov 2017 | 1:41 AM

CHANDIGARH: The travails of the farming community so far viewed with indifference by the urbanities are now at the centre stage since it is being widely felt that something is amiss in the demand and supply food chain.

Cabinet nod to amend excise, land reform Acts

23 Nov 2017 | 1:41 AM

CHANDIGARH: The Cabinet today approved the introduction of the draft Punjab Excise Act, 1914 (Amendment) Bill, 2017 allowing the sale of liquor through licensed vends within the limits of municipal areas and checking smuggling of distilled spirits.

CM unveils draft startup policy

23 Nov 2017 | 1:41 AM

CHANDIGARH: Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today unveiled the draft Punjab Startup and Entrepreneurship Development Policy 2017, underlining the government’s commitment to promote women entrepreneurs.

Teachers, students protest shifting of Muktsar centre

23 Nov 2017 | 1:41 AM

MUKTSAR: Teachers as well students of the Panjab University Regional Centre here are up in arms against the move of the state government and university authorities to shift it from Muktsar town to neighbouring Kauni village in Gidderbaha subdivision.

Ek Prayaas: Making learning easy

23 Nov 2017 | 1:41 AM

FEROZEPUR: The district administration has started the “Ek Prayaas” project under which regular remedial classes are being held in 121 government schools of the border district for strengthening the fundamentals of various subjects of students.

No help, villagers plug canal breach

No help, villagers plug canal breach

23 Nov 2017 | 1:41 AM

MANSA: Wheat crop spread over 100 acres was submerged following a breach in an adjoining canal in the district’s Bhamma village in the wee hours of today. Till evening, the Irrigation Department had not taken any step to plug the breach.

Anti-Badal front to show its mettle in SGPC polls

23 Nov 2017 | 1:41 AM

AMRITSAR: Ahead of the SGPC’s office-bearers’ election scheduled on November 29, an anti-Badal front has emerged under the leadership of former SGPC general secretary Sukhdev Singh Bhaur, which is all set to challenge the influence of the existing body.

Exam centres merged, students cry foul

23 Nov 2017 | 1:41 AM

JALANDHAR: As the semester examinations are set to start in colleges affiliated with IK Gujral Punjab Technical University (IKG-PTU), resentment prevails among students and colleges over reduction in the number of exam centres.

Suicide triggers protest

Suicide triggers protest

23 Nov 2017 | 1:41 AM

BATHINDA: Hundreds of BKU (Ekta Sidhupur) activists today blocked the Rampura-Talwandi Sabo road. They were seeking registration of a case against a sub-inspector and another person who allegedly forced a farmer, Bhupinder Singh, to commit suicide a couple of days ago.

Fearing job loss, anganwari workers launch agitation

Fearing job loss, anganwari workers launch agitation

23 Nov 2017 | 1:41 AM

SANGRUR: To protest the state government’s decision to shift pre-nursery students to government schools, anganwari workers today started an indefinite hunger strike in front of the house of Minister of State for Social Security and Development of Women & Children Razia Sultana at Malerkotla.

New Left party’s first meet today

23 Nov 2017 | 1:41 AM

CHANDIGARH: The newly formed Revolutionary Marxist Party of India (RMPI) led by former CPM leader Mangat Ram Pasla will hold its first four-day conference here, starting tomorrow.

Upset over adjournment, woman hurls file at judge

23 Nov 2017 | 1:41 AM

SANGRUR: Irked over the adjournment of their case, a woman allegedly threw a file towards a judicial officer at a Sunam court yesterday. She and her father also reportedly misbehaved with the court staff.

No pension, ‘dead’ woman moves Lokpal

23 Nov 2017 | 1:41 AM

CHANDIGARH: Dead men tell no tales! The “living dead” do! In a bizarre case, a “dead” woman has approached the Punjab Lokpal with a complaint against the cessation of pension to her after she was declared deceased in the papers.

Ban on burning waste goes up in smoke

Ban on burning waste goes up in smoke

23 Nov 2017 | 1:41 AM

ABOHAR: Even as the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on December 23, 2016, had imposed a ban on burning waste in open places and announced a fine of Rs 25,000, the “A” grade Abohar Municipal Council staff violates it almost every day.

Agri officials start cotton picking with machine

Agri officials start cotton picking with machine

23 Nov 2017 | 1:41 AM

MUKTSAR: Officials of the Agriculture Department started cotton picking with a machine at the fields in Baam village here today.

Briefly

3 of family held for drug peddling

23 Nov 2017 | 1:41 AM

ROPAR: The police have arrested five persons, including a woman, her husband and her father-in-law, allegedly for drug peddling at Chamkaur Sahib on Wednesday.

SAD-BJP leaders meet Guv, gun for Khaira

SAD-BJP leaders meet Guv, gun for Khaira

23 Nov 2017 | 1:41 AM

CHANDIGARH: A delegation of the SAD-BJP, led by Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Wednesday met Punjab Governor VP Singh Badnore and submitted a memorandum, seeking the removal of AAP leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira from the post of Leader of the Opposition.

Johal’s torture charge false, claims Capt

23 Nov 2017 | 1:41 AM

CHANDIGARH: Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today rejected as "baseless" allegations that British citizen Jagtar Singh Johal alias Jaggi, an accused in the cases of targeted killings, was tortured by the Punjab Police.

Three die in accidents

23 Nov 2017 | 1:41 AM

ABOHAR: A man, Madan Lal Goyal (52), was killed when the motorcycle he was riding was allegedly hit by an unidentified vehicle near Dhani Karnail Singh here late last evening. He was returning from Choohariwala Dhanna village.

Radicals stage protest against Dhadrianwale

23 Nov 2017 | 1:41 AM

MOGA: Hundreds of radical Sikhs, including members of Sant Samaj, gathered at Duneke village in Moga city near the district administrative complex and staged a protest against Sikh preacher Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwale.

Morinda to have railway underpass

23 Nov 2017 | 1:41 AM

ROPAR: Cabinet minister Charanjit Singh Channi said traffic congestion on bus stand road at Morinda would ease in near future after the construction of a railway underpass.

ASI among 3 booked for firing at farmers

23 Nov 2017 | 1:41 AM

MUKTSAR: The Gidderbaha police today booked an assistant sub-inspector (ASI), along with his brother and nephew, for allegedly injuring three farmers of Husnar village by opening fire over a water dispute last evening.

Sign no-strike undertaking, firm tells staff

23 Nov 2017 | 1:41 AM

ASRON: The employees and management at DCM Engineering Products are at loggerheads since Saturday when the authorities sought an undertaking from every employee to not get involved in any activity, including strike, which could hamper the production.

Mining row

Cong MLA demands fair investigation

23 Nov 2017 | 1:41 AM

PATIALA: Denying involvement in the illegal sand mining in Ghanaur, Congress MLA Madan Lal Jalalpur has demanded a transparent probe into the matter.

Arts Council to honour poet Bhattal

Arts Council to honour poet Bhattal

23 Nov 2017 | 1:41 AM

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Kala Parishad chairman Surjit Patar will honour revolutionary poet Minderpal Bhattal in Barnala tomorrow in recognition of his journey of more than four decades.

Labour dept goes online

23 Nov 2017 | 1:41 AM

CHANDIGARH: Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today launched an e-labour portal to enable workers to access various services offered by the Labour Department, including direct payment into their bank accounts of benefits under welfare schemes, in a hassle-free manner.

Capt to take up GST payments with Centre

23 Nov 2017 | 1:41 AM

CHANDIGARH: The state government will take up the issue of pending GST payments with the Centre. Flagging the issue during the Cabinet meeting today, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh said the delay of GST payments was causing severe financial problems for the state.

Ludhiana fire: Factory owner arrested, probe begins

Ludhiana fire: Factory owner arrested, probe begins

22 Nov 2017 | 9:02 PM

LUDHIANA: The Punjab Police on Wednesday arrested the owner of a multi-storey plastic manufacturing factory which caught fire and collapsed on Monday, killing 13 people including six firemen.

‘We in Lahore did it, so must you’

‘We in Lahore did it, so must you’

22 Nov 2017 | 12:09 PM

CHANDIGARH:When Ghulam Mustafa joined Lahore’s Government Dyal Singh College as a lecturer in 1987, there was a strong attempt by certain sections to rename the college as Data Sahib College.

Two arrested

22 Nov 2017 | 1:55 AM

Abohar: The police seized 108 litres of illegal liquor by intercepting three persons. Gurinder Singh Natti of Dhani Jamnian and Harjinder Singh Kala of Patrewala village were arrested.

1 held for sheltering Hindu leader’s killers

1 held for sheltering Hindu leader’s killers

22 Nov 2017 | 1:56 AM

TARN TARAN : The district police have arrested Daljit Singh of Guru Nanakpura locality of Amritsar for allegedly harbouring Saraj Singh Pintoo, the prime accused in the killing of Hindu Sangharsh Sena leader Vipin Sharma.

90 boxes of smuggled liquor seized

22 Nov 2017 | 1:56 AM

Muktsar: The Kotbhai police on Tuesday seized 90 boxes of country liquor smuggled from Haryana and booked two brothers of Kothe Jagdeanwale village in Gidderbaha subdivision.

City centre case adjourned till Dec 8

22 Nov 2017 | 1:56 AM

LUDHIANA: The court of Sessions Judge Gurbir Singh today adjourned the hearing in the alleged Rs 1,144-crore city centre scam till December 8.

Cong ‘no-show’ continues: BJP

22 Nov 2017 | 1:56 AM

CHANDIGARH: The state BJP today termed the eighth month of Capt Amarinder Singh government “full of betrayal and disappointment like the earlier months”.

Capt has every right to re-run: Badal

22 Nov 2017 | 1:56 AM

Muktsar: Reacting to a recent statement of Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh that he was ready for a longer innings in politics, former CM Parkash Singh Badal on Tuesday said he (Amarinder) could even play four more innings.

Ramoowalia opposes renaming of college

22 Nov 2017 | 1:56 AM

Jalandhar: Joining the chorus against those raising their voice over changing the name of Dyal Singh (evening) College, Delhi, as Vande Mataram Mahavidyalaya, Rajya Sabha MP and SP leader Balwant Singh Ramoowalia on Tuesday said, “I understand that chanting Vande Mataram is a 1000-year-old tradition of India and symbolises supreme ideology, but it is not wise to tamper with the name of Dyal Singh College.

Let's join hands: Pak Punjab CM to Capt

22 Nov 2017 | 1:56 AM

Lahore: Chief Minister of Pakistan's Punjab province Shehbaz Sharif has written to his Indian counterpart Capt Amarinder Singh and invited him to strike a “regional cooperation agreement” to tackle smog and pollution that has affected people on both sides, media reports said on Tuesday.

‘Let CBI probe Bhola drug case’

22 Nov 2017 | 1:56 AM

Mohali: Reiterating his demand for a CBI probe into the Jagdish Bhola drug racket, Jagjit Singh Chahal, an accused in the case, said only the premier investigating agency could conduct a fair inquiry.

British team flags illegal immigration

22 Nov 2017 | 1:56 AM

CHANDIGARH: Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today ordered for preparing a blueprint of opening foreign employment bureaus in areas from where the maximum number of people was found to be migrating from Punjab to the UK.

Water dispute: ASI opens fire, three injured

22 Nov 2017 | 1:56 AM

MUKTSAR: Three farmers of Husnar village in Gidderbaha sub-division sustained injuries when an ASI of neighbouring Babanian village allegedly opened fire at them from his service revolver over water dispute last evening.

Sarna gets control of Patna Sahib panel

Sarna gets control of Patna Sahib panel

22 Nov 2017 | 1:56 AM

AMRITSAR: In a setback for the Badals’ SAD, Harvinder Singh Sarna of the SAD (Delhi) again got control of the Patna Sahib Gurdwara Committee.

Fire breaks out at police post in Ludhiana

19 Nov 2017 | 3:29 PM

LUDHIANA: A major fire broke out in the Tibba Police Post falling under the Jodhewal police station here on Sunday, the police said.

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