11072017-btd-01.qxd 7/10/2017 11:25 PM Page 1 c m y b TUESDAY | 11 JULY 2017 | BATHINDA BATHINDA TRIBUNE Sorry state of affairs A drop of ink In soup Three months on, students of government schools are yet to receive books. Qalm Dwaat, an initiative to revive ancient Punjabi script’s calligraphy and ink is keeping history and heritage alive. P3 Actress Alka Kaushal has been sentenced to two years of imprisonment in cheque bounce case. P4 FORECAST P2 MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 36.1°C MIN 29.4°C | YESTERDAY MAX 38°C MIN 30°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 7.35 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5.37 AM PROTEST BY INLD OVER SYL ISSUE Tight security as Pb vehicles avoid Doomwali to enter Hry Gagandeep Sharma Tribune News Service Bathinda, July 10 No single vehicle entered Haryana from Punjab through Doomwali, a village situated on the PunjabHaryana Border in Bathinda, due to a protest by the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) over the contentious Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal issue at Dabhwali in Haryana. The Bathinda and Haryana police made strict security arrangements on the border connecting the two states. The Bathinda police have diverted the whole traffic and deployed police personnel in a huge quantity along with 100 commandos. Around 10 to 15 vehicles entered Haryana through Doomwali village and INLD workers gave Police and paramilitary personnel deployed at Doomwali village in Bathinda. PHOTO BY WRITER them flowers and sent them back with an apology. The Bathinda police have set up a naka at the Ladli chowk of Bathinda and diverted all vehicles to the Badal and Khiyowali roads for Sirsa. The protest by the Indian National Lok Dal was held between 10 am to 3 pm. The Bathinda police have also made arrangements at Jagga Ramtirth village, near the Haryana border. The INLD workers have blocked the Bathinda-Dabhwali road by putting tyres on it. Vehicles have also not entered Punjab through the road during the protest. The Haryana Police also deployed huge police force and paramilitary force on the Haryana side. When Abhey Chautala, general secretary, reached the protest site in Dabhwali, they started raising slogans and the police were alerted as the Bathinda police thought that they might enter Punjab. INLD MP Charanjeet Singh Rouni said: “We gave flowers to people of Punjab when we sent them back to there to wake up the Punjab Government from its deep slumber.” SSP Naveen Singla and SDM Sakshi Sawney were present the whole day to give directions to the police personnel. Singla said: “We have made proper diversions and arrangement and due to these everything was peaceful. Even there was no traffic jam due to a proper diversion plan.” Commuters of both states a harassed lot Ravi Chandel Tribune News Service Bathinda, July 10 Though political leaders are playing their cards to become a centre of attraction by holding a protest, they forgot that due to the same they are increasing problems of residents of both states for their own benefits. After the protest call given by the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) over the controversial Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal issue, the Punjab Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) Department has ordered that their buses would not go beyond the Pun- jab-Haryana border ‘Sangat’. However, the authorities concerned had made arrangements by diverting some traffic routes for commuters having their personal vehicles, but to no avail. Passengers from both states alleged that if any mishap occurs during the journey by road at any point, then who would be responsible. Hence, journey by train was the safe and secure option left for people. Unfortunately, in the daytime in the absence of train service from Bathinda to Delhi, passengers were facing a tough time in this hot and sultry weather. sultry weather, it difficult keep ❝In this hot andthe whole day withischildren. Itodon’t on waiting for trains understand why they are protesting, political leaders of both states should resolve their issues by discussing them rather than inconveniencing the public. SOMYA GUJJAR, a passenger from Haryana Somya Gujjar, a passenger from Haryana, said: “In this hot and sultry weather, it is difficult to keep on waiting for trains the whole day with children.” “I don’t understand why they are protesting, political leaders of both states should resolve their issues by discussing them rather than ❞ inconveniencing the public, she added. Kirpal Singh, a passenger, said: “As buses are not plying to Haryana, passengers are trying to get train tickets to reach their destinations.” But, unfortunately they were not getting the same due to huge rush at ticket counters, he added. Mission admission: Govt college witnesses huge rush Rajindra college a hit among students; gets 3,400 applications for 720 seats of BA-I formed to handle different parts of the admission procedure, said a lot of time was also wasted in correcting the application forms submitted by the students as some of the candidates had not fully filled the forms or had mentioned incorrect identification numbers for different categories. Nikhila PantDhawan Tribune News Service Bathinda, July10 The popularity of Government Rajindra College among students hailing from not only Bathinda city but also those from adjoining areas can be gauged by the fact that the college received 3,400 applications against 720 seats of BA-I for the academic session 2017-18. While the applications were submitted till Saturday, the admission procedure began today on the college premises and a huge rush of students could be seen at counters. The college authorities were, however, prepared to handle the huge rush since Punjabi University, Patiala, had issued a circular last week directing all its affiliated colleges to admit students with a score of 75 per cent or above only on Monday. The admission procedure began in the morning at around 10 and went on till 7 in the evening. Since all colleges affiliated to the university began the admission procedure online at the same time, the universi- Admission schedule Students throng admission counters at Government Rajindra College in Bathinda on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PAWAN SHARMA Authorities prepared to tackle rush The Government Rajindra College authorities were prepared to handle the huge rush since Punjabi University, Patiala, had issued a circular last week directing all its affiliated colleges to admit students with a score of 75 per cent or above only on Monday. The admission procedure began in the morning at around 10 and went on till 7 in the evening. ty website developed a snag due to excessive web traffic. As per information received from the college authorities, following complete verification of applications and documents of the aspirants, 250 students were given bank challans for BA-I, about 50 each for BSc (non-medical) and BCom and around 27 for BBA. They now, have two days to use the bank challan and submit the fee as their admission will be confirmed only after they pay the fee. Members of the various committees, which had been This is the first time that Punjabi University, Patiala, had turned the admission procedure completely online and also the first time it sent out a schedule to colleges to admit students. While on July 10, the colleges were to admit the students who have scored above 75 per cent marks. The colleges have been given time from July 11 to July 14 to admit students who have scored marks between 60 per cent and 75 per cent. Between July 15 and July 17, the college will prepare the list of remaining applicants and admit them. It has also been made mandatory for the colleges to keep at least 10 per cent seats vacant and fill these seats in the third round of admissions. c m y b Surjit kumar, another passenger, said: “It looks like political leaders don’t care about public convenience. They are only bothered about their own profits. I came to the railway station in the wee hours to get a ticket but failed to get it even after waiting for hours.” Railway Superintendent Ram Swaroop Meena said: “We are very much aware of the situation. But the final decision has to be taken by the higher authorities not by us on starting extra trains. However, we have added extra coaches to trains for the convenience of passengers.” Another accused held in lynching case Tribune News Service Bathinda, July 10 The Talwandi Sabo police have arrested another accused in the lynching incident which was occurred at Bhagi Vander village here on June 8. Inspector Jagdish Kumar, SHO, Talwandi Sabo police station, said: “We have arrested another accused, Harpal Singh of Bhagi Vander village, from the village and he was produced in the Talwandi Sabo court and it sent him to three-day remand till July 13. Harpal is the second accused arrested in the case after the arrest of the main accused, Amrinder Singh Raja, who was booked by the Talwandi Sabo police in the case of lynching of Vinod Kumar Monu Arora. Vinod was lynched in Bhagi Vander on June 8 and he died in Faridkot during the treatment. Some of village residents then blamed openly that Monu was a drug peddler and responsible for peddling of drugs in his village. The villagers also protested when the police took away Monu for treatment. CM’s Relief Fund not for all now Those hit by bus mishaps, fire tragedies or calamities are being given aid Nikhila Pant Dhawan Tribune News Service Bathinda, July 10 Residents of Bathinda district who have been coming to the Bathinda District Administrative Complex to claim monetary help to the tune of Rs 5,000 have been returning empty handed as the state government has discontinued the CM’s reliref fund scheme. All is not lost yet, as the scheme can still be used to give monetary help to those struck by a natural calamity or in case of an emergency. As per the long-drawn procedure of the scheme, applications submitted by the claimants along with the file of documents of the applicants were used to be sent to Chandigarh for approval of the state government. Before being sent to Chandigarh, the documents used to be sent to SDM offices of the respective districts for verification of the documents submitted by applicants and also to authenticate the claim to make sure that they really need the money. Following an approval by the SDM office, the file, along with a report by the SDM office, is then sent to Chandigarh from where it reaches the office of the Chief Minister. Once approval from the CM office is also granted, a cheque is released and reaches the applicant through the office of the deputy commissioner of the respective district. Deputy Commissioner, Bathinda, Diprava Lakra, said though the scheme had not been completely discontinued, beneficiaries’ profiles had been defined now. “Earlier, most of the applicants, especially those who belonged to economically weaker sections, used to get help under the CM’s Relief Fund. Now, the purview of the scheme has been properly defined. Now, it is being given to those affected by bus accidents, fire tragedies and other similar tragedies or natural calamities. People who need immediate financial aid will be considered for benefit under the scheme,” the DC said. 2 booked for kidnapping, bid to rape woman Bathinda, July10 The police today booked two persons for allegedly kidnapping and attempting to rape a woman in the city. The victim, a resident of Bhai Mati Dass Nagar, Bathinda, lodged a complaint stating that Rohi Singh of Bhamme Kalan village and Sukhpreet Singh, a resident of Kamal village in Sirsa, kidnapped her yesterday from Bhai Mati Dass Nagar in Bathinda in a Zen car and attempted to rape and sexually harassed her. The victim said the accused threatened her with dire consequences before absconding. A case has been registered against both accused, Rohi and Sukhpreet, under Sections 365, 376, 511, 506 and 34, IPC. Investigating officer Rajpal Singh said the victim was a resident of Bhamme Kalan village from where accused Rohi belonged to. She was married to a resident of Bhagta Bhai Ka and after her divorce, she came to her house in Bhamme Kalan where the accused started harassing her and she had also informed the village panchayat about it. However, the accused continued to harass her, forcing her to leave the village and move to Dabwali in Haryana with her seven-yearold daughter. The accused also started harassing her in Dabwali. Later, she went to stay with her sister in Bhai Mati Dass Nagar, Bathinda, and yesterday Rohi again came with Sukhpreet and kidnapped her. When the police raided Rohi’s house at Bhamme Kalan after a complaint by the victim’s sister, he dumped her in Bathinda and absconded, he said. Later, the victim filed a complaint against the accused. Rajpal Singh said the police had started investigation and launched a hunt to trace them. — TNS
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