09032017-btd-01.qxd 3/8/2017 10:52 PM Page 1 c m y b THURSDAY | MARCH 9 | 2017 | bathinda BATHINDATRIBUNE MEETING: ADMN MULLS REVISION OF OUTING TO STAY AWAY FROM STRESS ÞPAGE 2 PAGE 3 Þ RAIN LIKELY 25° 11° FREE TIME: AHEAD OF D-DAY, LEADERS ON COLLECTOR RATES OVER THE TOP Nicole Kidman goes topless for Big Little Lies. ÞPAGE 2 MAXIMUM MINIMUM VK Singh goes to all six counting centres in the district to ensure measures are in place Security beefed up in view of possible terror attack Tribune News Service VIDEOGRAPHY Tribune News Service VK Singh said the process would be conducted under videography, including the transfer of electronic voting machines from strongrooms to counting hall, and all counting centres would have CCTV cameras He said except for election observers, no one would be allowed to take mobile phones to counting centres There would be separate seating arrangements for candidates Bathinda, March 8 Security has been intensified in the city in view of the intelligence input on terror attack in the state ahead of March 11, the day scheduled for declaration of polling results of five states. In the intelligence report received by the Punjab police, it has been stated that terrorists can attack religious leaders in the state before the counting of the votes. Consequently, the securi- CEO visits city to review arrangements Bathinda, March 8 Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Punjab, VK Singh today visited all six counting centres in the district to take stock of the arrangements for counting of votes to be held on March 11. Accompanied by Additional Director General of Policecum-Nodal Officer Elections, VK Bhawra, Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori, Senior Superintendent of Police Swapan Sharma, the Chief Electoral Officer took round of all counting centres on the premises of PESCO, Institute of Hotel Management and Central University. VK Singh said the process would be conducted under videography, including the transfer of electronic voting machines from strongrooms to counting hall, and all counting centres would have CCTV cameras. After reviewing the arrangements, Singh said the counting would begin at 8 am where respective candidates and counting agents could witness the process. He said except for election ❙ ❙ ❙ CEO VK Singh with ADGP-cum-Nodal Officer, Elections, VK Bhawra and Deputy Commissioner takes stock of preparedness for counting of votes on March 11 in Bathinda. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH observers, no one would be allowed to take mobile phones to counting centres. The candidates and counting agents should not bring their mobile phones inside the premises. He said there would be separate seating arrangements for candidates. Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori said the staff deputed for counting would be present by 7 am so that the counting could get started as per schedule. Thori said round-wise information of counting would be announced. The Deputy Commissioner also held a meeting with all returning officers and asked them to complete all arrangements pertaining to counting. The Deputy Commission- er said the Election Commission had also deputed election observers and they would also be present at different counting centres. P Senthil Kumar will be the observer for Rampura Phul, Diwakar Nath Mishra for Bathinda (Urban), Anil Kumar for Talwandi Sabo, Sanjay Kumar Jain for Bhucho Mandi, Vinay Nigam for Bathinda (Rural) and Roohi So much for a meal Khan for Maur, Thori added. He said for 90-Rampura Phul and 92-Bathinda (Urban), counting would take place on the IHM premises, the counting for 91-Bhucho Mandi and 93Bathinda (Rural) would be held at PESCO and 94-Talwandi Sabo and 95-Maur, it would take place at the Central University complex. ty of religious leaders has been beefed up. The state police headquarters has alerted the chiefs of police districts and police commissionerates. Police officials have been told to intensify the checking of vehicles and suspected persons. Various religious leaders have been provided bulletproof vehicles by the state government. Additional reserve force has also been provided to the districts. In the city, round-the- clock barricading at various points has been done. The police are keeping a close watch on the movement of bad elements in the city. Some roads in the city have been identified from where activities of unscrupulous elements are generally reported. Extra security forces have been deployed at these roads. The police have also stepped up night vigil, installed special checkpoints and intensified patrolling throughout the city. Policemen check a vehicle in Bathinda on Wednesday. PHOTO: VIJAY KUMAR MCB to act against six marriage palaces Tribune News Service Bathinda, March 8 The Municipal Corporation Bathinda (MCB) is all set to take action against Jeet Palace, situated on the Barnala by-pass, which is owned by the close aide of SAD MLA Sarup Chand Singla, and five other palaces in the city over the non-approval of buildings. The Local Bodies Department has directed the MCB to initiate action against the six ‘unauthorised’ marriage palaces. Additional Chief Secretary, Local Bodies Department, DP Reddy has written a letter to MCB Commissioner Anil Kumar Garg. Reddy has directed the MCB that the PIL filed by Kulwinder Singh against Vishwajeet Singh and others was fixed for hearing in A woman busy making traditional brooms along the GT Road in Bathinda. PHOTO: VIJAY KUMAR FACT FILE ❙ ❙ Apart from Jeet Palace, other palaces which will face action are Green Resorts, Papiha Palace, Chabra Palace, Dhillon Marriage Palace and Bhart Marriage Palace An MCB official said they would start sealing the unauthorised palaces from March 10 the Punjab and Haryana High Court on March 17. Further, he said the High Court was regularly monitoring the progress in this case. The action taken by the urban local bodies against the unauthorised marriage palaces has so far been not satisfactory, it is said. He has directed the MCB Commissioner to look into the matter personally and take immediate action against such marriage palaces, which cannot be considered for regularisa- tion as per the law or rules. He has instructed them to send the action taken report by March 10 so that it can be presented in the High Court during hearing. Apart from Jeet Palace, other palaces which will face action are Green Resorts, Papiha Palace, Chabra Palace, Dhillon Marriage Palace and Bhart Marriage Palace. Two palaces, Bhart Marriage Palace located at Sanjay Nagar on the land of Wakf Board and Chabra Palace built on the Zila Parishad land, have agreed to pay the regularisation fee. Their owners have also written a letter to the MCB and Zila Parishad but no decision regarding this has been taken yet. The MCB had issued a notice to six marriage palaces to get the properties regularised by March 9, whereas the palaces which are built on national highways in the city without NOC, will be sealed on March 10. SAD MLA Sarup Chand Singla said all unauthorised palaces that don’t fulfil norms would be sealed. An MCB official said they would start sealing the unauthorised palaces from March 10. A day is still to go as owners still have time to pay the regularisation fee. Potato glut: Supply What women’s day! It’s hard grind of life that we all know WOMANSPEAK of potatoes to ❝ schools begins Bathinda, March 8 To facilitating potato farmers and tackle the potato glut, the district administration today began procurement of potatoes from farmers for schools under the mid-day meal scheme at Rs 5 per kg. The first lot of two tractor-trailers was flagged for government schools in the district. As many as 706 primary and upper primary schools have already submitted a demand for nearly 70,000 kg potatoes. Stating this here today, Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori said as per the plan, the administration would provide Rs 5 per kilogram to farmers with to stabilise the rates. He said schools had been asked to use potatoes in mid-day meals. Now, according to the demand of respective As many as 706 primary and upper primary schools have already submitted a demand for nearly 70,000 kg potatoes The saving grace for me is that I was blessed with two sons. I wonder what would have been my fate, had I given birth to girls. The day when we are treated with respect by men inside and outside our homes is our day. The day when we are not beaten up by our drunkard husbands is our day.❞ — KIRANJIT KAUR, DAILY WAGER INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY Nikhila Pant Dhawan schools, continuous supply of potatoes would be provided, Thori added. The Deputy Commissioner said manager of an NGO, Boota Singh, had been deputed to ensure the supply of potatoes to schools. Giving details about the supply, Thori said 18,879 kg potatoes would be procured for primary and upper primary schools of Bathinda, 6,016 kg for Bhagta schools, 14,983 kg for Rampura schools, 10,417 kg for Sangat, 8,223 kg for Nathana and 10,314 kg for Talwandi schools. The district administration has also sought demand from the Bathinda Central Jail for potatoes. — TNS Tribune News Service Bathinda, March 8 “What is women’s day? There is no day for women, at least not for women like us,” said Raj Kaur, her hands deftly picking up potatoes of the same sizes from a heap of potato produce at Pittho village in the district. Not caring about the fact that the world is celebrating International Women’s Day, women working as daily wagers quietly do their work and wonder what their children must be doing alone at home. Working from 9 am to 6 pm in the fields, they rue that lack of facilities is Women, one of them with her child, work in a potato field in Bathinda on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PAWAN SHARMA the major problem that they face. “While some contractors are humane enough to bear the cost of ferrying us from our houses to the fields, sometimes, we have to hitch rides or cover the dis- c m y b tance on foot. Lack of a toilets is the biggest problem that we face,” said Simarjit Kaur of Chauke village. Not shying away from shouldering double responsibilities, managing the house and earning liveli- hood, the women also demand that there should be more work for them. “Despite the fact that we have MNREGA cards, men are chosen by sarpanchs for work under the scheme. Women are given work if more labour is required,” said Kamla Devi, working as a daily wager at a brick kiln in Lehra Dhurkot village. Amarjit Kaur of Bhucho Mandi underwent an eye operation recently and is forced to wear black glasses to save her delicate eyes from the dust flying on the Bathinda-Barnala road as she digs pits for watering plants on the divider under the four-laning project. “I am more than 60-yearold. I have been working since I was old enough to work as a daily wager. In families belonging to economically weaker sections in Punjab, women are more hardworking than men. Boys fall in bad company, start drinking and taking drugs and die earli- er than women. We are left to look after our children and grandchildren. We are also expected to give our earning to our men. Is that what the world calls freedom?” questioned Nasiba Kaur, another daily wager at Kotra Kaura village. Balancing her two-yearold son in her lap, keeping an eye on her elder son and another on the potatoes, 30-year-old Kiranjit Kaur of Chauke village said, “The saving grace for me is that I was blessed with two sons. I wonder what would have been my fate, had I given birth to girls. The day when we are treated with respect by men inside and outside our homes is our day. The day when we are not beaten up by our drunkard husbands is our day.”
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