16042017-btd-01.qxd 4/15/2017 11:34 PM Page 1 c m y b SUNDAY | APRIL 16 | 2017 | bathinda BATHINDATRIBUNE CRIME: 4 BOOKED FOR SNATCHING REVOLVER, GOLD CHAIN FOR ATTENTION IN RAILWAY COLONY SUNNY 41° STATE OF PARKS: GREEN BELT CRIES ÞPAGE 2 Police verification of school van & bus drivers mandatory State government directs the schools to implement the directives Nikhila Pant Dhawan Tribune News Service Bathinda, April 15 The authorities have now made mandatory for schools to get the police verification of drivers and attendants of buses and vans conducted. Taking a serious note of the recent cases of road accidents involving schools buses and vans, the state government, through the Punjab State for Protection of Child Rights, has directed the schools to get the police verification conducted. The schools have also been directed to make sure that the vans and other vehicles ferrying the students fulfil the criteria Vehicles should fulfil criteria ❙ The schools have also been directed to make sure that the vans and other vehicles ferrying the students fulfil the criteria under the Safe School Vahan Policy. ❙ As per information, in Bathinda district alone, there are more than 50 private schools in the city of which only a few have vans of their own while the students of all other private schools are at the mercy of private bus operators. ❙ While the most glaring remains the absence of female attendants in vans ferrying girl students, there are other factors also like no backup of CCTVs installed in the vans. under the Safe School Vahan Policy. As per information, in Bathinda district alone, there are more than 50 private schools in the city of which only a few have vans of their own while students of all other private schools are at the mercy of private bus operators. The recent surprise checking conducted by the District Child Protection Committee and District Safe Vahan Committee, it was revealed that the buses and vans ferrying students falter on several counts of the policy, which has been mandated by the Punjab and Haryana High Court as well. While the most glaring remains the absence of female attendants in vans ferrying girl students, others factors also like no backup of CCTVs installed in the vans. These can be checked in case of an unfortunate incident. The drivers and conductors don’t even have police clearance certificates and medical fitness certificates. None of the vans have GPS monitoring systems as well. Even during the surprise checking, the vans were left after issuing a fine and a warning to fulfil the norms and complete the requisite documents. ÞPAGE 2 MAXIMUM BACK ON KAPIL’S SHOW? Upasna may save show after Kapil-Sunil spat. PAGE 4 Þ 24° MINIMUM Standing wheat crop on 9 acres gutted Tribune News Service Bathinda, April 15 Standing wheat crop on nine acres of land at Bhokhra village was gutted in fire caused by a short circuit. Farmers were harvesting the crop when fields, located on the rear of Dreams Land marriage palace on the BathindaGoniana road, caught fire. In no time, the fire spread in the fields of Naib Singh, Sewak Singh, Deputy Singh and Gurmail Singh. \ Acting with alacrity, the farmers, accompanied by residents of the nearby houses, started dousing the fire by using water and sand. They also started digging pits to control the fire from spreading. Fire tenders also reached the spot and controlled the fire before it could cause more damage. The farmers opined that the fire was caused due to the negligent attitude of the Electricity Department. They said the short circuit was caused in a 66 kv wire which passes through the fields. “On a number of occasions, we told officials of the Power Department that the wires had become loose and were hanging dangerously low during the summer season. Sometimes the workers of the department come and tighten the wires but this time our request fell on deaf ears. Had the wire not been hanging so low, the short circuit wouldn’t have caused the fire,” said Naib Singh. The farmers also demanded that the district administration must conduct ‘girdawari’ of the fields where the crop was destroyed by fire and compensation to the tune of Rs 40,000 per acre. PROMOTIONS BECOME A BANE FOR 150 LECTURERS When the news of their promotion from master cadre to lecturer reached them 10 months ago, the joy of Darshan Singh, Gurvarinder Singh and others like them knew no bounds.P2 Mercury shoots up by 10 degree in last seven days MLA visible but not much change mum temperature also registered several ups and downs in seven days. On April 7, the minimum temperature was registered at 16 degree Celsius and 14.2 degree Celsius on April 8. On April 9, it was recorded at 11.2 degree while 14 degrees on April 10, 13 degree on April 11 and 16 degree on April 12, registering a jump. On April 13, it was recorded at 15.2 degree Celsius, 18.2 degree on April 14 and 18.4 degree on April 15. As per the forecast released by the Weather Department, the weather is expected to be dry for the next three-four days. Nikhila Pant Dhawan Tribune News Service Bathinda, April 15 Residents of Bathinda and its adjoining areas have been left to sweat as the region is slowly slipping into the grip of a heat wave. The fact is that the temperature increased by 10 degree Celsius in the region during the past week, pointing at the advent of harsh summer this year. As per the information gathered from the Agromet Department of the PAU’s regional centre here, the maximum temperature was recorded at 32 degree Celsius on April 7 and within a week, it was recorded at 42 degree Celsius on Saturday. As per the data, the maximum temperature was recorded at 32 degree Celsius on April 7 while 32.2 degree on April 8 and 31.4 degree on April 9. On April 10, the maximum temperature again registered an increase and was recorded at 33.5 degree Celsius and 37.5 degree Celsius on April 11, 39.5 degree on April 12, 40.4 degree on April 13 and 41.5 degree on April 14. While the maximum temperature registered a great jump in a week, the mini- Children beat the heat by taking a dip in the Sirhind canal; and (below) girls use an umbrella to protect themselves from the sun in Bathinda. PHOTOS: VIJAY KUMAR Rise in demand for air-conditoners, coolers Early onset of summer and sudden rise in temperature in the region have given a reason to smile to those selling air-conditioners (ACs), inverters, generators and coolers as the demand for these items is expected to go up. As per a survey conducted by the Associated Chambers of Commerce of India (Assocham), the sale of these electronic items is expected to go up by 35-45 per cent in this season as compared to last year. As per the information gathered from the Agro-met Department of the PAU's regional centre, the maximum temperature was recorded at 32 degree Celsius on April 7 and within a week, it was recorded at 42 degree Celsius on Saturday. Graft charges: Probe panels merely an eyewash? after the new govt takes charge A MONTH LATER Sukhmeet Bhasin Tribune News Service Finance Minister Manpreet Badal Bathinda, April 15 It has been a month since the formation of the new government in the state. Finance Minister and MLA from Bathinda (Urban) Manpreet Badal has asked the people to give him three months to deliver while the people feel that nothing new has been done at the grassroots level so far. Manpreet Badal said till date, only 18 working days have passed and they want 90 days to deliver. He said a five-member committee had been constituted on the shifting of the solid waste management plant from its existing site. He also said that the process for creating a new Bathinda in the transrailway line area in the city had already begun. The change which must have been noticed by the res- idents is that of their MLA is roaming around in the city without any security. Advocate Sukhdeep Dhillon said, “Nothing much has changed at the grassroots level. The functioning of offices is the same. Corruption and loot are still going on in the offices. Another major issue is that our MLA is not approachable.” City resident Dr Vitull K Gupta said, “I feel one month is not much to judge the working of an MLA. But the problems, which could have been addressed in a short time, have not been taken up like illegal constructions, encroachments and congested traffic on the main roads or in Dhobi Bazaar. There has even been no change in the cleanliness of the city, power situation and parking problems.” He said no big drug smugglers had been arrested and no decision on fee regulation of private educational institutions had yet been taken. Prof NK Gosain, another city resident, said, “There is hardly any visible change in the city. Only promises are being made and thanksgiving activities are still going on. People are being asked to give the new government some more time to turn the promises into reality. We hope the issues of the residents will be resolved in the time sought by the government.” Sanjeev Jindal, a businessmen, said, “Nothing concrete has been done till date. Keeping aside the state policies that take time, I feel that local issues such as traffic, stray cattle menace, law and order and parking could have been addressed in a month.” Ginny, a resident of the city, said, “There is nothing happening at the grassroots level as of now. We are expecting things to improve and are hopeful that our MLA will fulfill his promises.” Sculpted art Mayor reportedly busy adjusting all councillors in inquiry committees Sukhmeet Bhasin Tribune News Service Bathinda, April 15 The exercise of constituting various probe committees in the Municipal Corporation Bathinda (MCB) seems to be merely an eyewash as Mayor Balwant Rai Nath is reportedly busy adjusting all councillors in these committees. The committees are being constituted to probe into the construction of illegal buildings, to check the stray cattle and dog menace, encroachments on public land and recruitment that took place in the MCB. It is learnt that the Mayor has included nine members each in the first three committees and had reportedly tried to accommodate the remaining councillors in the committee that was formed to check the stray cattle and dog menace in the city. The Mayor himself and COMMITTEES FORMED ■ The committees are being constituted to probe into the construction of illegal buildings, to check the stray cattle and dog menace, encroachments on public land and recruitment that took place in the MCB. Councillors allege corruption in MC Heated arguments were exchanged between the councillors and the MC Commissioner over allegations of corruption during the General House Meeting of the civic body on March 31. Mayor and Senior Dy Mayor not part of panel It is learnt that the Mayor has included nine members each in the first three committees and had reportedly tried to accommodate the remaining councillors in the committee that was formed to check the stray cattle and dog menace in the city. The Mayor himself and Senior Deputy Mayor Tarsem Goyal will not be a part of any committee. Senior Deputy Mayor Tarsem Goyal will not be a part of any committee. With these committees coming into action, the MCB is planning to be firm with those who are responsible for constructing illegal buildings and encroaching on public land. The committee formed will check illegal encroachments on the ponds in the city. Last year, an unidentified person paid the property tax of the land where the Sanguana Basti pond is situated. Despite the issue being raised by SAD councillor Santosh Mahant in the House, the civic body has not been able to table the report tracing the person who paid the tax. The Mayor said the committees had been constituted and a formal announcement would be made on Monday. The Senior Deputy Mayor said the formation of committees was in the last phase and it was clear that strict action would be initiated against those found guilty. Despite facing the heat over corruption charges, the civic body has failed to announce the probe committee till date. The delay in the announcement of the probe panel has come as an embarrassment for the MCB. Heated arguments were exchanged between the councillors and the MC Commissioner over allegations of corruption during the General House Meeting on March 31. Continued on page 2 c m y b Artiste Sureel Kumar shows his mosaic sculptures during an exhibition in Bathinda on Saturday. PHOTO: VIJAY KUMAR
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