18052017-btd-01.qxd 5/17/2017 11:03 PM Page 1 c m y b THURSDAY | 18 MAY 2017 | BATHINDA BATHINDA TRIBUNE Workers seek jobs Keeping heritage alive Katy to judge American Idol Demanding work under MGNREGA, residents of Gehri Buttar village meet DC Diprava Lakra. P2 These are the places that house relics of our rich past. They need upkeep at all costs. P3 Singer Katy Perry has joined American Idol reboot as a judge, and she is thrilled. FORECAST P4 PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 40°C MIN 28°C | YESTERDAY MAX 37°C MIN 27°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 7.19 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 5.34 AM No water for five years, all hopes dry up Residents of Dashmesh Nagar are dependent on water tankers sent by Municipal Corporation Nikhila Pant Dhawan Tribune News Service Bathinda, May 17 After waiting for more than five years, not only the water pipelines but also the hopes of residents of Dashmesh Nagar have dried up. Residents of this area located along the Naruana road are completely dependent on water tankers to meet their daily requirement even though their houses have water connections for the last five years. Voicing their disappointment, residents of street number 1 of Dashmesh Nagar, said all these years they had been facing acute shortage of potable water and are left with no option but to depend on water tankers sent by the Municipal Corporation Bathinda. “Despite having water connections, we have never got water supply. We have to call at the MCB office to get water tankers in the area. On an average, three tankers come SNIPPETS Bus conductor beaten up Bathinda: A city mini-bus conductor was beaten up on Wednesday morning by four youths of Sivian village. The incident took place after the conductor asked them to pay the fare. After the incident, the four fled from the spot. Later, the bus driver and other associates took the injured to the Civil Hospital and got him admitted to the emergency ward. They also informed the police about the incident. Conductor Gurvinder Singh, a resident of Sivian village, said the accused also took away his bag containing money and tickets. 3 youths detained by cops Residents of Dashmesh Nagar are dependent on water tankers for their daily needs; a resident of the locality shows how, after losing hope, they have removed taps from pipes in Bathinda. PHOTOS: VIJAY KUMAR to the street in a week and residents stock water for the rest of the days. All these years, we have brought our problems to the attention of several officials, but in vain,” said Karnail Singh. The situation is so abysmal that some residents have removed taps from the water pipes as they think the situation would not improve. Talking to Bathinda Tribune, Harjinder Singh, the councillor of the area, said the Sirhind canal was closed for a few weeks but even after the flow of water in the canal resumed, the water supply to his ward remained erratic. “I have brought the matter to the attention of Mayor Balwant Rai Nath and Water Supply Department SDO Darbara Singh. They have assured me of regular water supply soon,” he said. SDO Darbara Singh said he had yet not received any formal complaint pertaining to the water supply not reaching Dashmesh Nagar. He added that he would look into the issue and address it at the earliest. Policemen in Rampura allegedly detained three youths after stopping a bus coming from Barnala-Tapa to Bathinda. As per sources, the policemen, in civil dress, came in a private vehicle with weapons. They stopped the Orbit bus near Rampura and boarded it. They had also brought another youth with them to identify the three. They took along the youths with them. It is learnt that the Bathinda police have no information regarding the incident. SP (D) Bikramjit Singh said they had no information about the detention. Barnala SP (D) Swaran Singh also expressed ignorance about the incident. He said he would confirm it soon. Later, he didn’t attend to any call. An employee of the Orbit bus confirmed the incident. Couple booked for assault A couple has been booked for assaulting a woman resident of Guru Gobind Singh Nagar, Bathinda, over a dispute relating to accounts of a shop. Complainant Reetu Gupta said Amandeep Marwaha, who used to work at her electronics shop, and his wife Sheenu, assaulted her on May 5. The Thermal police have booked Amandeep Marwaha and Sheenu Gupta under Sections 325, 323 and 34 of the IPC. TNS Despite ban, buses continue to blow pressure horns Summer hues Gagandeep Sharma Tribune News Service Bathinda, May 17 Despite ban, a large number of private and school buses are using pressure horns in the city. The traffic police and the Transport Department have turned a blind eye towards the violations. A visit to the bus stand by the Bathinda Tribune team showed that many private buses, including mini buses, use pressure horns while traffic police personnel seem to be least bothered. There are nakas set up at Fauji Chowk and Hanuman Chowk. These buses cross these nakas blowing pressure horns but police personnel tend to ignore it. Many school buses also use pressure horns. The state government has banned all types of pressure horns under the noise pollution (regulation and control) rules. A former official of the The government has banned the use of pressure horns on vehicles. PHOTO: VIJAY KUMAR Transport Department said every year more than 2,000 challans were issued by the administration. The government gets nearly Rs 23 lakh in the form of revenue from the challans. "If a driver is found using a pressure horn, a challan of Rs 1,000 is issued. The authorities concerned remove the horn from the vehicle. The government has also imposed a ban on the manu- facturing of pressure horns," he added. The Central Motor Vehicles Act, 1989, states that "no vehicle shall be fitted with any multi-toned horn giving a succession of different notes or with any other sound-producing device giving an unduly harsh, shrill, loud or alarming noise". A Supreme Court ruling, under Section 119 (2) of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules 1989, has banned the use of hooters and pressure horns. Using pressure horns is also an offence under Section 190 (2) of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. The sudden and continuous blowing of horns is a major health hazard. This can damage ears permanently, besides harming the heart, say medical experts. Joint State Transport Commissioner Sukhwinder Kumar said, "There are already strict norms over the use of pressure horns. The Transport Department issues challans to those who use pressure horns. When we get complaints, notices are issued to the DTO. We will initiate strict action against violators." Prices of veggies fall with increase in supply Tribune News Service FEEDBACK Bathinda Tribune invites feedback from its readers on issues of public concern relating to Bathinda, Mansa and the nearby areas. Readers can email their views to bathinda.feedback@ gmail.com They can also send their views to: Feedback, Bathinda Tribune, Sector 29, Chandigarh - 160029. Letters sent by post must mention 'Feedback for Bathinda Tribune' on the envelope and it should be signed and must contain the address and telephone number of the sender. It should not be more than 150 words. Pensioners meet DC ■ Members of the Punjab Government Pensioners Welfare Association met the DC and submitted a memorandum. P2 Bathinda, May 17 The price of onions has dropped to Rs 10 per kg in the vegetable market while street vendors are selling it at Rs 15 per kg. Last week, it was sold at Rs 15 per kg in the vegetable market and Rs 20 by street vendors. The price of cucumbers has also dropped as they are sold at Rs 7 per kg in the vegetable market while street vendors are selling it at Rs 10-12. While last week, it was sold at Rs 10 in the vegetable market and Rs 15 by street vendors. The drop in its price is said to be due to increase in local production. The price of lemons has declined from Rs 60 per kg to Rs 40 per kg in the vegetable market. The price of lady’s finger has dropped to Rs 10 from Rs 20 per kg. Bottlegourd (kadu) price has come down from Rs 15 to Amaltas in full bloom on a road in Bathinda on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PAWAN SHARMA Seven arrested with illicit liquor Tribune News Serive The local supply of vegetables has increased in the region. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PAWAN SHARMA Rs 10 a kg. Vegetable venders sell it for anything between Rs 15 and Rs 17. Prices of certain vegetables remained unchanged. The prices of potato (per kg) are Rs 8, tomato Rs 15, capsicium Rs 15, radish Rs 10 and cauliflower Rs 20 in the vegetable market. Vegetable rates (per kg) Market price Potato 8 Lemon 40 Capsicum 15 Onion 10 Lady’s finger 20 c m y b Vendor price 10 50 20 15 30 Market price Cucumber 7 Bitter gourd 20 Bottle gourd 10 Radish 10 Cauliflower 20 Vendor price 10-12 30 15 15 30 Bathinda, May 17 The Bathinda police have booked 10 persons under the Excise Act of whom seven have been arrested with illicit liquor. In the first case, the Cantonment police arrested Bikramjit Singh, a resident of Cantonment road area with seven bottles of illicit liquor. The accused was released on bail. The Nathana police have booked Sema Singh, Sant Singh and Jagtar Singh, residents of Nathana and Mejar Singh, a resident of Poohli village under the Excise Act. Sema Singh and Mejar Singh were arrested with five litres of illicit liquor and 20 litres of lahan. Sant Singh and Jagtar Singh ran away from the spot when police raided. The Dialpura police arrested Balwinder Singh, a resident of Salabatpura, with 22 litres of illicit liquor from Kangar village. The Rama police have booked Tari, Anikait Kumar and Kashmiri Lal, residents of Rama Mandi, and recovered 108 bottles of illicit liquor from their Maruti-800 car (PB-08R-9169). Anikait Kumar and Kashmiri Lal were arrested while Tari ran away at Ramsara village. The Talwandi Sabo police recovered 24 bottles of illicit Liquor from Buta Singh and Karamjit Singh, residents of Ram Dittewala, Mansa, from a naka at Jagga Ram Tirath village. The Thermal police arrested Sunita Devi near the railway station, Goniana Road, with 250 gm ganja. A case has been registered again Sunita under Sections 20, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act.
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