08052017-btd-01.qxd 5/7/2017 11:07 PM Page 1 c m y b MONDAY | 8 MAY 2017 | BATHINDA BATHINDA TRIBUNE Green building concept Shambhavi mudra Bold and Twisted The Local Bodies Department has come up with a green building concept. Meditation is often practiced with eyes closed. But it can also be done with eyes half-open... P3 TV actress Nia Sharma, who rose to fame for her role in the show Jamai Raja, has been in news lately. P4 FORECAST P2 PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 43°C MIN 28°C | YESTERDAY MAX 40°C MIN 29.9°C | SUNSET MONDAY 7.12 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 5.41 AM SNIPPETS One booked for raping minor A 13-year-old girl was raped in the city. In a complaint lodged by the victim, it has been stated that accused Bhinder Singh, a resident of Rama, came to her house and raped her. He also threatened the victim to remain tight-lipped otherwise she would have to face dire consequences. A case under Sections 376, 506 and 452 of the IPC and POSCO Act 2012 has been registered against the accused at the Rama police station. However, no arrest has been made so far. ~50-cr flyover plunges into darkness sans power supply 7 months after inauguration, lights on the stretch yet to flicker Nikhila Pant Dhawan Tribune News Service Woman held with poppy husk The police have arrested Manjit Kaur, a resident of Faridkot Kotli village, with 3 kg of poppy husk. The police had set up a barricade on the link road near Pathrala to Faridkot Kotli village. On suspicion, the police stopped her and during a search, the contraband was recovered from her possession. One booked for assault A resident of Guru Nanakpura Mohalla has been booked for assaulting a resident of Paras Ram Nagar over some old dispute. In a complaint lodged by Paras Chawla, it has been stated that Victor Kalia beat him up near Dr Raghvirwali street in the city, causing him injuries. 3 booked for stubble burning Two persons were arrested while one was booked for violating the District Magistrate’s orders by burning wheat stubble in their fields at Bhagta Bhai Ka village. Shinderpal Singh, Darshan Singh and Santosh Kumar have been booked under Section 188 of the IPC. Darshan Singh and Santosh Kumar have been released on bail. One booked for verbal abuse A person has been booked for outraging the modesty of a woman. The victim, a resident of Jaga Ram Tirath village, in a complaint, has stated that the accused Happy Mann, a resident of the same village, entered her house and abused her. The police have registered a case against the accused. No arrest has been made in the case so far. Bathinda, May 7 The 50-crore railway overbridge on the Muktsar Road, which was inaugurated last year, seems to have plunged into darkness. Ever since the over-bridge was opened for public use, the lamp posts installed there have not been illuminated. The confusion between the Central Works Department of the B&R and Municipal Corporation Bathinda has led to such a situation. Although the construction firm has installed electricity poles to illuminate the road at night, the power supply to these poles is not started even after more than seven months of its inauguration. The entire street light project of the areas within the municipal limits is under the purview of the Municipal Corporation Bathinda. Maintaining that the MCB would be responsible for maintenance only after the project is transferred to it, Senior deputy mayor Tarsem Goyal said, “The MCB is not responsible for maintenance of the railway over-bridge as it is yet to be handed over to the MCB. The lighting of the ROB is the responsibility of the construction firm, which undertook the project. After the project is 100 per cent complete, it will first be handed over to the parent department, the PWD Central Works.” “After inspection of each and every aspect of the proj- The Bathinda-Muktsar railway over-bridge plunges into darkness at night, making the stretch accident-prone. PHOTO: VIJAY KUMAR Sorry state of affairs Although the construction firm has installed electricity poles to illuminate the road at night, the power supply to these poles has not started even after more than seven months of its inauguration ect, the parent department will then hand it over to the MCB, which will further initiate the procedure of maintenance of the over-bridge. Right now, it is not in the purview of work of the MCB,” he added. However, executive engineer of the Central Works Department of the PWD, Kulbir Singh Sandhu, said the department offered to hand over the project to the MCB but the latter didn’t show much response. “The Muktsar road railway over-bridge project is complete. The department has brought it to the attention of the MCB that the project was ready to be handed over. At one point, the MCB showed interest in taking over but the enthusiasm died down soon. We will start the process again,” he said. He added that switching the power supply for the lamp posts on the ROB was the responsibility of the MCB and not the Central Works Department. While the departments are passing the buck, the public is suffering due to the Residents meet Manpreet with demands Nikhila Pant Dhawan Tribune News Service Bathinda, May 7 Not paid salaries for the past three months, members of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan, Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyaan and Centre Sponsored Scheme Teachers’ Union today met Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal with their demands. Amandeep Singh Sidhu, leader of the union, said, “We have not been paid salaries for the past three months. We find it hard to make both ends meet. We raised the issue with the Finance Minister. He assured us that he would have the treasury release our salaries and that the state government would now bring an end to the sys- Tents lead to clogging of roads Using public property for holding private functions has become so commonplace in the city that now almost every evening tents may be seen covering portion of roads in the city. While the Municipal Corporation and the district administration choose to look the other way, commuters face a difficult time while making their way through these roads. One such function was being held on the Bhatti road this afternoon and one side of the road was completely blocked with a ‘shamiana’. PAGE2 Finance Minister Manpreet Badal talks to residents during his visit to Bathinda on Sunday. PHOTO: VIJAY KUMAR tem of employing workers on contractual basis. The minister also assured to pave way for regularisation of jobs in government departments.” GNDTP employees not satisfied Members of the joint forum of employees of the Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant, Bathinda, also met the Finance Minister and urged him to make the state government start the government-run thermal plants, which were closed by the SAD-BJP government last year, ostensibly for six months during winters. Parkash Singh, president of the joint forum of employees of the GNDTP said, “We met , the Finance Minister but his reply was not satisfactory. Before the elections, the Congress had promised to start the three thermals again. But today, the minister said the government would look into the matter despite the fact that in the memorandum of demands, we have Continued on page 2 4,700 aspirants take NEET at 8 centres Tribune News Service Aspirants come out of an examination centre in Bathinda on Sunday. PHOTO: VIJAY KUMAR Bathinda, May 7 The National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) was conducted at eight centres in the city today. As many as 4,700 aspirants appeared for the examination, which was conducted from 10 am to 1 pm. NEET is a common medical entrance test for admissions to MBBS, BDS and PG medical courses. The examination has been conducted for the second year. c m y b Aspirants from not only Bathinda and its neighbouring districts, but also from Haryana and Rajasthan appeared for the examination here. The centres for the test were — Lord Rama Public School, Guru Harkrishan Public School, Police Public School, RBDAV Senior Secondary School, Kendriya Vidyalaya No 1, Kendriya Vidyalaya No 4, Army Public School and St Xavier’s School. Continued on page 2 absence of light on the ROB. Ravi Bhateja, a resident of Muktsar, who frequently travels to Bathinda, said, “While the ROB has proved to be boon for those traveling on the Bathinda-Muktsar road, the absence of light makes it dangerous during the night. The lamp posts should be illuminated without any further delay.” Built at an estimated cost of Rs 50 crore, the project was started on October 2, 2014, and was completed in October, 2016. Nearly 1,800 tonnes of iron was used for its construction. While roads on both sides of the flyover are 9.5m wide each, the remaining space had been utilised for pavements and divider. One held with 136 boxes of illicit liquor Tribune News Service Bathinda, May 7 The police have arrested a person with 136 boxes of illicit liquor made in Haryana, at Bhagiwander village in the district. The accused has been identified as Satpal alias Sattu. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Naveen Singla said in a drive against illicit liquor and drugs, CIA staff SI Harjiwan Singh, along with a CIA team, was checking vehicles at the bus stand at Bhagiwander village. They received a tip-off that Jagga Brar, Bindu MC, Robin, Jinder, Lucky, Bikar, Satpal and 8-9 other persons had ganged up for smuggling liquor with the involvement of liquor traders in Haryana. They purchase liquor at cheap rate in Haryana and sell it at higher rates in Punjab. They also got information that today, its member Satpal alias Sattu had been given a large consignment of illicit liquor from Haryana and he was in his Maruti car, trying to sell it in Talwandi Sabo and nearby villages. Satpal had also stored illicit liquor in his room in his fields, the tip-off said. The SSP said Satpal was arrested today and 24 boxes of illicit liquor were recovered from him. Later, after interrogation, the police raided his room in his field and recovered 112 boxes of illicit liquor. The senior police official said during interrogation, the accused admitted that he was Class XII pass and his family was debt-ridden. To clear his debt and become rich, he started doing this illegal business, the accused admitted. The accused said people from Haryana provide them illicit liquor and he sold it in the district and nearby areas. The SSP added that earlier too, he has been booked under the NDPS Act at the Kotfatta police station and was out on bail. He assured that other members of the gang would be arrested soon. The accused with illicit liquor in police custody. A TRIBUNE PHOTO
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