11052017-btd-01.qxd 5/10/2017 11:01 PM Page 1 c m y b THURSDAY | 11 MAY 2017 | BATHINDA BATHINDA TRIBUNE Rain expected ‘I am not foolish to copy’ No talk, please Residents of city and its adjoining areas heaved a sigh of relief as mercury dipped. P2 Author Chetan Bhagat says a plagiarism case slapped against him is bogus. P3 Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres has banned reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner from her show. P4 FORECAST RAIN LIKELY | MAX 42°C MIN 39°C | YESTERDAY MAX 41°C MIN 28°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 7.14 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 5.38 AM Farmers’ meeting with DC remains futile Sanitation workers threaten to gherao Demanding compensation for family of farmer who died during rally, members of BKU block road period”. During the road blockade, the farmers raised anti-government and pro-farmer slogans and derided the Congress government of befooling the voters by making false promises of waiving the debt of the farmers. “The 90-day time period, which the Congress government had asked for to show results of its decisions and policies will also get over very soon. It will then be for everyone to see that ‘there’s many a slip ‘twixt the cup and the lip’,” the protesters said. They announced that in case the government continued to ignore their demands, they would intensify their protests and seek the support of other organisations as well. Nikhila Pant Dhawan Tribune News Service Bathinda, May 10 In keeping with their announcement that they would resume their protest against the state government for not heeding their demands till May 10, members of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta Ugrahan) today blocked the Bathinda-Mansa flyover by staging a protest at ITI Chowk. The protest and road blockade lasted for several hours and was lifted late in the evening. A deputation of the protesting farmers was today called for a meeting with Deputy Commissioner Diprava Lakra in the evening. Since the meeting failed to bear fruit, the farmers announced that starting tomorrow, they would continue to stage protest at Lehra Dhurkot village. Supported by the farmer union, family members of Mukhtiar Singh of Lehra Dhurkot, who had died during a Labour Day rally in Bathinda on May 1, have been refusing to allow postmortem of the body. They said they would not Commuters harassed Farmers block the Bathinda-Mansa flyover on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PAWAN SHARMA cremate the body till their demands were met, which included Rs 10 lakh compensation, debt waiver and a job for the only son of the deceased. “In the meeting, the DC POWER SHUTDOWN BATHINDA 8 am to 2 pm: Amrik Singh Road area, Lakshi Street, Nehru Street, Ahata Niyaz Mohammad, Malwa Street, Dhobi Bazaar, Hospital Bazaar, Mittal Mall, Green Avenue, Tagore Nagar, Namdev Nagar, GT Road, Delhi Heart Hospital street and adjoining areas. SNIPPETS 4 booked for attempt to rape Bathinda: The Phool police have registered a case against four persons on attempt to rape charge. Two of them have been identified. In the complaint lodged by the victim, it has been stated that Seera, a resident of Phool, took her forcibly on a motorcycle to a field and tried to rape her. The accused have also stolen Rs 60,000 from the victim. The victim stated that Bhapo, a resident of Kanger, was also involved in the crime, along with two other persons. A case has been registered against the accused under Sections 376, 511, 343 and 120B of the IPC. One held with 500 gm opium The Nathana police have arrested a person with 500 gm of opium. A case has been registered against Sukhdeep Singh, a resident of Bhucho Kalan, at the Nathana police station. According to the police, following a tip-off, a team raided the house of Sukhdeep Singh and recovered opium. assured us that once the government gave its approval, the compensation would be given to the family. Earlier, the district administration had offered the family Rs 5 lakh, which we turned down. The same compensation was offered to us today as well and we turned it down again. We want the government to heed our demands and not force us to compromise,” said Shingara Singh Mann, presi- dent of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta Ugrahan). He said the union and family members had decided to take the “fight closer home to Lehra Dhurkot so that it is carried on for an unspecified Sukhmeet Bhasin Tribune News Service Bathinda, May 10 Annoyed over keeping the agenda of regularisation of jobs of sanitation workers pending in the general house meeting held two days ago, members of the Sanitation Workers Union today threatened to gherao the residence of the Finance Minister and local MLA Manpreet Singh Badal if their demand was not met. Members of the union today held a meeting at the MCB office. Gora Lal, president of the union, claimed that Congress councillors headed by Jagroop Singh Gill blocked the agenda and kept it pending. He said, “We condemn this move of the Congress. If the agenda is not passed by May 20, we will gherao the residences of Manpreet Badal and Jagroop Gill and dump garbage at the MCB office.” They submitted a memorandum to the MCB Commissioner in this regard. They said the district administration would be held responsible if any untoward incident happened. After which MCB officials convene an emergency meeting over this issue. MCB Commissioner Anil Kumar Garg, Joint Commissioner BD Singla, Mayor Balwant Rai Nath, senior deputy mayor Tarsem Goyal, deputy mayor Gurinderpal Kaur Mangat and other officials were present there and they discussed the issue. Senior deputy mayor Tarsem Goyal said sanitation workers need not worry as their regularisation was on track. The issue was lingering around the authority of issuing appointment letters to them. On May 8, during the general house meeting when the agenda of regularisation of 328 sanitation workers came up for approval, Congress councillor Jagroop Singh Gill had raised objection over the Mayor signing the appointment letter. Gill said the Mayor was not a competent authority to issue the appointment letter. Thereafter, the Mayor decided to keep the agenda pending and send it for legal opinion. Case registered Tribune News Service Bathinda, May 10 The police today arrested five persons of a gang and recovered three pistols, one revolver and a Tata Safari car from their possession. Addressing a press conference, Senior Superintendent of Police Naveen Singla said five persons — Gobind Singh, a resident of Sangat, Subash Kumar alias Kheechar, a resident of Salemgarh Musani, district Hannumangarh, Sukhpal Singh, a resident of Husnar, district Muktsar, Sandeep alias Bittu, a resident of Chautala and Sunil alias Bari — were arrested by the CIA-1 police at a naka set up on the Machana-Sangat road. Singla said CIA-1 in-charge Rajinder Kumar had received a tip-off in this ■ Singla said CIA-1 in-charge Rajinder Kumar had received a tip-off in this regard. ■ A case has been registered against the accused under Section 399 and 402 of the IPC and 25, 27 and 59 of the Arms Act. All of them are said to be drug addicts. ■ All accused will be presented in the court on Thursday SSP Naveen Singla addresses a press conference after the arrest of five gangsters in Bathinda on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PAWAN SHARMA regard. At the naka, the police stopped the Tata Safari (HR- Gagandeep Sharma Tribune News Service The free medicine store at the Civil Hospital in Bathinda on Wednesday. PHOTO: VIJAY KUMAR “After a check-up, the doctor prescribed me medicines. I got only 10 tablets and the other medicines were pur- REGULAR JOBS Five gangsters arrested, weapons, Tata Safari recovered 36P-0151) and arrested the accused. Singla said the police had Pharmacies at Civil Hospital run out of stock Bathinda, May 10 None of the three pharmacies situated on the premises of the Civil Hospital have complete stock of medicines, which are prescribed by the doctors there. Patients are left with no option but to purchase the medicines from outside. During a visit to the hospital, nearly a dozen patients complained about the problem. Of the three pharmacies at the Civil Hospital, the first is operated by the Punjab State Health Corporation, the second is Jan Aushadhy, operated by the Central government and the third is operated by the State Red Cross Society. Talking to Bathinda Tribune, Bhola Singh, a resident of Kelewala village, said he was suffering from diabetes. The movement of traffic on the flyover was hit for several hours. The police diverted the traffic to other routes to manage the situation. Commuters also complained that though the farmers had a grudge against the government, they were harassing the common man by blocking the road. Manpreet’s house chased for Rs 300 from outside,” he added. Narinder Singh, a resident of Beer Talab, said he was suf- fering from blood pressure problem and the doctor prescribed him a medicine that was not available at the hospi- c m y b tal’s pharmacies. He is left with no option but to purchase it from outside, he added. Another patient said that a doctor told him to buy medicine only from a particular medical store located outside the hospital. Gurjeet Kumar, a resident of Mehma Sarkari and Kulwant Singh, another city resident, said they had come to get medicines that are given free of cost at the hospital but they found that these were out of stock. Civil Surgeon Dr Raghuvir Singh Randhawa said all kinds of medicines were available at all government pharmacies at the Civil Hospital. Sometimes, doctors prescribe medicines that are not available at pharmacies and the patients have to purchase them from outside, he added. recovered 2 pistols of .32 bore, one revolver .32 and one pistol of .315 bore with 25 rounds. A case has been registered against the accused under Section 399 and 402 of the IPC and 25, 27 and 59 of the Arms Act. All of them are said to be drug addicts. The SSP said that Subash Kumar alias Kheechar was a proclaimed offender declared by a Hanumangarh court and Gobind Singh was out on bail in a murder case. Gobind Singh is close to gangster Rammy Machana, who is lodged in the Bathinda Central Jail. Gobind and Rammy had allegedly killed Sonu, a resident of Sangria and cousin of notorious gangster Lawrence Bishnoi. They snatched some vehicles from highways of Punjab and Rajasthan. Sunil alias Bari had allegedly killed Dharampal, a resident of Bhompura village of Hanumangarh district. Eight cases have been registered against Gobind Singh in Punjab and Rajasthan, 10 against Subash Kheechar in Rajasthan and four against Sukhpal Singh. All accused will be presented in the court tomorrow. Slum-free city project gets delayed Councillors kept agenda pending as it was written in English Sukhmeet Bhasin Tribune News Service Bathinda, May 10 The project of making the city slum-free has been delayed as after the completion of the survey on it, councillors kept the agenda pending in the recently held general house meeting stating that the item was written in English due to which they were unable to understand it. In the agenda, it was written that during the perusal of field information of individual household from the submitted forms, many boxes of information were left blank. Therefore, representatives of the agency were asked to fill in all boxes. The agency has resubmitted all forms. These forms have been verified and now approval is required for forwarding the payment note to the PMIDC, which has carried out the work of the tender. Now, the approval would come up for discussion in the next meeting, after the company provides presentation to the councillors regarding the scheme. The Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation has made a plan under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna under which 30 slum areas in the city are to be revamped. A survey report for the project was prepared by a Kolkata-based multinational company, Stesalit Limited, in which the slum-free plan for the city was presented. The cost of the project is Rs 700 crore and the Central government, Punjab Government and the Municipal Corporation have to pool in funds. Beneficiaries would be provided loan at 6 per cent yearly interest. The total numbers of households verified in the first survey, which will be benefited under the scheme, are 11,867. As many as 6,000 other households have also been selected, which are on the outskirts of the city. This project will be implemented under the scheme of the Prime Minister of providing housing to all by 2022 in urban areas. The Central grant of Rs one lakh on an average per house can be used by states for any slum redevelopment project in the state to make it viable. An MCB official claimed that now, the company would give a presentation to the councilors, informing them about the project. After the approval by councillors, it would come up in the next meeting, he added.
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