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Five killed in accidents
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 23
Five persons, including a father-son duo, were killed and one injured seriously in separate road accidents on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla road. No case was registered as the deceased’s families did not want action against the erring drivers.

Jarnail Singh, his son Sukhdev Singh and Inderjit Singh, all residents of Jujhar Nagar in Malerkotla, were killed when the Indica Car (PB-11-AS-9157) they were travelling in collided with a mini-truck (HP-73-1077) coming from the opposite side near Kup Kalan village late on Friday night.

Mohammad Imran, the driver of the car, was shifted to a multi-specialty hospital in Ludhiana. His condition is stated to be serious.

The car collided with the mini-truck after the front tyre of the vehicle burst. The passers-by and the police had to struggle to take out the body and rescue the driver. The victims were returning home after visiting a a hospital in Ludhiana.

Balwinder Singh of Jagera village was killed after the motorcycle he was riding collided with a stationary tempo on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla road this morning.

In another incident, Gurcharan Singh of Ekta Colony died after the scooter he was riding collided with a truck parked near Kup Crossing at 3.30 pm today.

Officials at the Sadar police station, Ahmedgarh, said the bodies of the deceased had been handed over to their families after the post-mortem. They said inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC had been initiated.

The span between Gill village and Bhogiwal on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla highway has turned deadly for commuters since it was four-laned a few years ago. Broken central dividers and the tendency of drivers to park their vehicles wrongly are major causes of accidents on the stretch.

In today’s mishaps, the victims ignored safety measures to be adopted during travelling. While two-wheeler riders did not wear helmet, those travelling in the car did not fasten their seatbelts.

Police investigations revealed that Gurcharan Singh, who died near Kup Chowk, lost control over his two-wheeler when a cloth he had wrapped around him came in front of his face.

Acknowledging that the mishaps took place due to overspeeding, Jarnail Singh Ghuman, SHO (Sadar), said the police had launched a drive against unsafe driving in collaboration with social organisations. "Office-bearers of social organisations and village panchayats have come forward to spread awareness on the consequences of unsafe driving," said Ghuman.


Parking of vehicles on service lanes
Comply with HC orders, DC to officials
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 23
Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari has asked the Municipal Corporation Commissioner and the Commissioner of Police to comply with the High Court orders. The court has directed the authorities to either ban parking of vehicles on service lanes between Jagraon Bridge and MBD Mall or charge parking fee from residents.

The instructions came following a writ petition filed by the residents near Le Baron Hotel, stating that owners of commercial establishments parked their vehicles on service lanes/streets putting them to inconvenience.

Following which, the High Court issued instructions that the service lanes should not be blocked. "If they want to park vehicles, they should be charged," the court stated.

Besides, the High Court has also asked the authorities to come up with their short-term and long-term plans to ease the situation and the MC authorities have reportedly submitted the plans too. The short-term plan includes compliance with the High Court directions while the long-term plan includes the six-laning of Ferozpur Road and the cost of the project will be Rs 135 crore.

MC Commissioner Rakesh Verma said the authorities would comply with the directions and service lanes would be cleared for the convenience of the public. "The next date of hearing is on February 26 and we are hopeful of solving the problem," said Verma.

Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari said he had requested the MC authorities to ask nodal officers to check that service lanes were not blocked. He also asked the police department to tow away vehicles so that the orders were complied in true spirit.



Residents wake up to rainy, chilly day
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 23
Residents woke up to a rainy and chilly day today. It kept raining throughout the day. Water got accumulated on roads, putting commuters to inconvenience. Residents were seen scurrying to save themselves from the rain.

Dr KK Gill, agro-meteorologist from the PAU, said, "The city received 30 mm of rainfall today. The change in weather is due the western disturbances. The sky will remain cloudy tomorrow and the weather conditions are expected to improve in the coming days," Gill said.

"Woollens are out once again," said Anshul, another resident.

Some residents were seen enjoying the rain.



Sales tax evasion: 214 packets of goods confiscated from railway station
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 23
The mobile wing of the sales tax department today confiscated 214 packets of goods from the railway station. The goods in the packets were not as per the bills. After receiving information from senior officials, Excise and Taxation Officer KS Dhaliwal and ETO Jarnail Ram conducted a raid on the Information Collection Centre (ICC) at the railway station. They confiscated 24 handcarts.

"The goods will be evaluated, once these are verified tomorrow. The exact cost of the goods cannot be ascertained right now. It is learnt that the goods belong to three transport agencies, Balwant Group, Tinku Bhatia Group and Aman Rail Services," said Dhaliwal.

"The raid was conducted on the directions of AETC Inderjit Singh Bhamra and DTC Karamjit Kaur Brar," he added.

The offenders will be penalised. They will have to pay 50 per cent of the total amount as a fine.



Drunk teacher suspended
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 23
Taking a suo-moto action against a drunk teacher, Director General, Secondary Education, KS Pannu has suspended Shamsher Singh, an English teacher at Government High School, Zonewal, Ludhiana.

Following the school principal’s report, Shamsher Singh’s medical examination was conducted at the Civil Hospital yesterday, which confirmed that he was drunk on duty. On August 16, 2012, the teacher came to the school in an inebriated state. An inquiry was conducted and he was let off after a warning. But the teacher repeated his act, following which he was suspended.

Meanwhile, a surprise check was conducted at some schools in Khanna and Samrala by deputy district education officer Dr Charanjit Singh. A teacher was found absent at Government High School, Aloona Palla. The school committee and panchayat members recommended transfer of the teacher. Dr Singh said the report would be sent to the DGSE.



22-yr-old hangs himself to death

Ludhiana, February 23
A 22-year-old daily wage earner reportedly committed suicide at his residence on the Punjab Agricultural University premises on Friday night. The deceased has been identified as Lekh Raj.

Investigating officer Angrej Singh said Lekh Raj locked his room from inside around 9 pm on Friday. When he did not wake up this morning, Lekh Raj’s family members opened the door and found him hanging from a ceiling fan hook.

“Lekh Raj’s parents said he was short tempered and used to lock the room from inside,” said the investigating officer.

The deceased’s father, Tarsem Lal, is assistant accountant at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana. — TNS



Property tax: Foes turn friends
Minna Zutshi
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 23
With the Congress leader, Parminder Mehta, posing questions on the issue of property tax to the Punjab Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal, and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) conducting a signature campaign against the imposition of the tax, the tax politics is playing full throttle in Ludhiana.

And most interestingly, the political foes see eye to eye on the issue. The Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party that's a bitter critic of the Congress at the Centre are united in opposing the imposition of the property tax.

Mehta, while flaying the state government for the imposition of the tax, said, "Who's accountable to the people of Punjab, the state government or the Centre? Till now how many Centre-imposed conditions have been accepted by the state government?" In his letter addressed to the CM, he asked why the state government had not curtailed its expenses despite an economic downturn in the state.

The District Congress Committee (Urban) president, Pawan Dewan, while talking to The Tribune, said, "The people of Punjab are already overburdened with taxes. Imposing property tax will add to the burden unnecessarily." He suggested that a one-time settlement, taking into account the size of the plot in question, was a viable option.

Meanwhile, the Aam Aadmi Party, which started its very first Ludhiana-centric programme with the protest against the imposition of the property tax, claimed credit for motivating the city residents to file objections to the imposition of the tax. "In the past five days, 122 persons filed their objections. On February 26, the party will hold a meeting with the officials deputed by the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation Commissioner to hear the objections to the imposition of the tax," said AAP district secretary Balbir Aggarwal. The party said it would launch a campaign in the city if the tax was not revoked.



Students all out to clean Sarabha Nagar market
Rain fails to dampen spirits of residents and shopkeepers; create awareness among masses
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 23
Even the rain and chill failed to dampen the spirits of students, residents and shopkeepers at the main market in Sarabha Nagar, where they carried out a cleanliness drive today.

With a message "It is time to get our hands dirty for a cleaner Ludhiana", the volunteers put in their efforts to make Ludhiana clean and green.

A joint initiative of the Municipal Corporation, A2Z Group along with the Aagaz Charitable Foundation, NGOs and CityHawk, a web portal on Facebook, the drive was supported by students of the College of Home Science, PAU.

MC Commissioner Rakesh Verma also participated and appreciated the move.

Verma said Ludhiana had been declared as the most polluted city of the world in a leading magazine a few days ago. Due to the higher level of pollution, the residents were facing health problems. "And it is high time that we should get together," he said.

Verma said Sarabha Nagar was chosen as it was the heart of the city.

"Our motive is to educate and motivate youngsters about clean and healthy environment," he said.

Preeti Kansal and Manmeet from the Aagaz Foundation said the rain could not dampen the spirits of about 80 students of the Home Science College, PAU, who had come with their Dean Dr Neelam Grewal.

"The students presented a skit on eve-teasing, health and hygiene. Besides, the students took a round of certain blocks in Sarabha Nagar to create awareness," said Kansal.

The Sarabha Nagar Main Market Association said the market witnessed a huge rush and remained abuzz with activity. There was a need to generate awareness among the residents to maintain cleanliness.

BPS Chauhan, vice-president, A2Z Waste Management Company, said “It is just the beginning and we will ensure that every resident's attention is drawn towards the environment and its maintenance".



hyderabad blast
Institutions told to install CCTV cameras
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 23
In the wake of the Hyderabad blast, Ishwar Singh, Police commissioner, Ludhiana, issued instructions to educational, industrial and financial institutions to keep the CCTV cameras functional.

He has directed that peace, law and order should be maintained in the city. Institutions that do not have CCTV cameras must make efforts get these installed as soon as possible.

He said that these cameras can be very useful, as one can keep a tab on movement of people passing by.

Being a business hub, there are a lot of people coming in and going out of the city. He further said that administrators at education, business and financial institutions must see that the CCTV cameras are maintained and checked from time to time so that in case of any incident, evidence can be gathered from camera footage.



Musical play ‘Kabeer’ casts spell
Artiste Shekher Sen is bowled over by city’s hospitality
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 23
During his visit to the city, Artiste Shekhar Sen said that it was great peforming in Ludhiana when he came to the city last time. A play “Kabeer” was staged at Guru Nanak Bhawan today depicting the life of great poet and reformist of his times, Kabeer.

Shekhar Sen said,” It is a musical mono act play, in which he plays the role of 38 characters,. The play depicts the life of the great reformist of his times, who challenged the deep-rooted social evils in the society.

The play has “dohas”, compositions of the poet sung in 43 different “ragas”. He said that the original Indian play was not without music. The origin of the musical compositions is from Punjab itself, as even all the 'shabads' in Guru Granth Sahib are all in different ragas, he said.

He said all his plays wereon the legendary reformerpoets, including Tulsidas, Kabeer, Vivekanand, Saahab and his forthcoming play Soordas. He said all these poets not only present ed the picture of the society, but were also great philosophers and poets of society," he said.

All his plays are mono act musicals, wherein he plays all the people in the play. He says that rather than having multiple actors in his plays, a single-actor multiple character play conveys the story and emotion better.But now , his plays are equally applauded in places like New York, Los Angeles as well as in India.



Three booked for trying to kill property dealer
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, February 23
The police has booked three persons for allegedly trying to murder a property dealer. The victim, identified as Harpreet Singh, a local resident, was shot in the leg. He was admitted to a hospital. A police team recorded his statement.

In his complaint to the police, Harpreet Singh said he had a dispute over a piece of land with three persons, including Karamjit Singh, Jagraj Singh and Bittu, all residents of Jagraon.

"When I was coming from Ludhiana, along with my friend, last evening, three persons stopped me near the Lal Palace theatre and fired gunshots at me. They then fled the scene," alleged Harpreet Singh.

A case has been registered in this connection.

3 held for stealing SEJ plates

Ludhiana: The Railway Protection Force (RPF) has arrested three persons, including a railway employee, for stealing SEJ plates from the railway station.

The RPF personnel said they found two persons loading SEJ plates on to a handcart.

The two were nabbed. One of them has been identified as junk seller Major Singh.

The accused said a watchman sold them the plates. The RPF also nabbed the third accused, Charanjit Singh, watchman. They were produced in a local court which sent them to a 14-day judicial remand.



Cash, cellphone stolen from bakery
Tribune News service

Ludhiana, February 23
A theft took place at Guru Ramdas Bakery near Kapoor Hospital last night. The police said that unidentified persons broke the shutter with iron rod and entered the bakery. Thieves have stolen Rs 15,000 cash and smart phone from the safe of the bakery.

Harjit Singh, bakery owner, said that when he came in the morning he found that the shutter was damaged. He entered the bakery and found that the safe was open and the cash and the mobile phone was not there.

The police has registered a case against unidentified persons and the probe was on.

Illegal sand mining

The mining officer of the District Industrial Centre has registered a case at Mehrban police station against unidentified drivers for illegal sand mining at Buthagarh village on the river Sutlej. Police has seized three tractor trailers, one tipper and four trucks loaded with sand. The police has registered a case under Section 21 of the Mininig ACT and section 379 of the IPC.

One held with drugs

The city police recovered habit-forming drugs from the possession of a person at Tibba Road today.

The accused identified as been identified as Gaurv Goyal, a resident of Shivaji Nagar. The olice recovered 30 bottles of corex syrup, 25 cough syrup, capsules and pills. Jodhewal Police has registered a case against accused under the NDPC Act.



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