02082017-btd-01.qxd 8/1/2017 11:24 PM Page 1 c m y b WEDNESDAY | 2 AUGUST 2017 | BATHINDA BATHINDA TRIBUNE Garbage dumped in open Instant recognition I’m Back The door-to-door garbage collection facility has been stopped for the past 10 days. A new breed of poets finds an outlet to showcase their creations on social media. Mohit Raina is all set to make a comeback on the small screen. P4 FORECAST P2 P3 RAIN LIKELY | MAX 32°C MIN 25°C | YESTERDAY MAX 31°C MIN 25°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 7.23 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 5.50 AM Farmers demand compensation for family Suicide outside Patwarkhana:Members of various farmer unions protest outside DC office Nikhila Pant Dhawan Tribune News Service Bathinda, August 1 Raking up the case of farmer Jaswant Singh, who had committed suicide outside the office of patwari at Lehra Bega, members of several farmer unions today staged a protest outside the office of the Deputy Commissioner. They alleged that the district administration was yet to fulfil the promises it had made to the family members of the deceased. Addressing the gathering, district president of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta Ugrahan) Shingara Singh Mann and leader Jagjit Singh Bhunder said Jaswant Singh had committed suicide getting fed up running from pillar to post in the case of fraud by the patwari and his two associates. They said in his suicide note, the septuagenarian farmer had accused them of embezzling the compensation money against his land, which was acquired by the state government. “The district administration and the police department would have turned a blind eye towards the suicide but as a result of the sustained efforts and prolonged protests by the farmer unions, the police were forced to arrest patwari Jagjit Singh and his associates Tarlochan Singh and Raj Singh,” they said, “However, the district administration didn’t heed any other demand raised by the unions. They included immediate release of the compensation money to the farmer’s family, Rs 5 lakh SNIPPETS Cash, jewellery stolen Bathinda: Thieves stole cash and jewellery from a house in Raman Mandi. A case has been registered against unidentified persons at the Raman police station under Sections 457 and 380 of the IPC. In a complaint lodged by Sanjeev Kumar, a resident of Raman Mandi, it has been stated that unidentified persons stole Rs 55,000 and jewellery last night from his house. The worth of the stolen items is Rs 1 lakh. Investigating officer Gurdev Singh said the accused will be nabbed soon. TNS One held with heroin Bathinda: The CIA-II wing of the Bathinda police arrested a person with 50 gm of heroin from Mashana village. A case has been registered against the accused under the NDPS Act at the Sangat police station. Tarjinder Singh, in-charge of the CIA-II wing of the Bathinda police, said the CIA-II team led by SI Gurinder Singh arrested Gobinderjeet Singh, a resident of Bangi Ruggu village with 50 gm of heroin. The accused has a shop at Mashana village. He had got the drug from a person from Rajasthan. “We have started investigations and will soon recover more drugs,” he said. The Canal Colony police arrested Heera Singh, a resident of Paras Ram Nagar, with 150 intoxicant pills during a raid. The Nandgarh police arrested Jasveer Singh, a resident of Tiyona village, with 420 intoxicant pills from Kaaljharani village. Both the accused have been booked under the NDPS Act. The Bathinda police arrested two persons with illicit liquor. The Nathana police arrested Manpreet Singh, a resident of Nathana village, with 20 litres of lahan. The Maur police arrested Kala Singh of Maur Khurd with 34 bottles of illicit liquor. TNS (Clockwise from left) A member of the BKU (Ekta Ugrahan) takes shelter under a transport vehicle as it rains; farmers disperse during the rain; and members of farmer unions protest outside the District Administrative Complex in Bathinda on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: PAWAN SHARMA/VIJAY KUMAR compensation for the suicide and a government job to one of his sons,” the leaders added. They farmer leaders said while Jaswant Singh committed suicide on May 11, even after 80 days, the family has not received a single penny. The leaders added that today, a deputation of the farmers met the Deputy Commissioner but they came to know that the file of the case was still lying at the DC office and was yet to be sent to the state government for scrutiny. Claiming that their meeting with the Deputy Com- missioner remained fruitless, the farmers announced that they would participate in the state-level rally to be held in Barnala on August 22 where the unions would raise the demand of complete loan waiver. The leaders said the unions would also raise the issue of corruption and how the state government was working overtime towards saving its employees embroiled in embezzlement of funds. Sun or rain, protest continued The farmers presented an example in resilience as they continued to sit on protest even though it began to rain heavily. Although some protesting farmers took shelter under a plastic sheet, the rest continued to sit under the skies even when it was raining. The accused in police custody in Bathinda on Tuesday. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH ASHA workers demand fixed salary, allowances Rain makes it pleasant though Tribune News Service Bathinda, August 1 Demanding fixed salary, increased allowances and leave benefits, ASHA workers and facilitators today a protest outside the blood bank centre located on the premises of the Civil Hospital, Bathinda. The protesters lodged a demonstration under the banner of the ASHA Facilitators Workers Union. Union leaders accused ASHA workers and facilitators protest at the Civil Hospital in Bathinda on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PAWAN SHARMA the state government of exploiting the workers by making them work on meagre salaries. They said the ASHA workers and facilitators were engaged in tedious jobs and were on their toes for the entire day. The Health Department was paying them on the basis of commission and the final remuneration was too less, they added. They said while the SADBJP government had adopted a policy of ignoring their demands, the current government’s stand was also similar. The protesters gave an ultimatum to the state government to fulfil their demands by September 7. They said they would stage a state-level protest in Chandigarh if their demands were not met. They submitted a memorandum of their demands, addressed to the Health Minister, with the Civil Surgeon. certainly not on city roads Malware cripples broadband services in tricity, 6,000 hit BSNL trying hard to tackle nationwide external virus attack on its broadband internet service Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 1 The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), the lone state-owned telecommunications company, is grappling hard to fix the nationwide external virus attack on its broadband internet service for the past one week. Since July 25, the malware attack has snapped the internet service of over 6,000 subscribers, of which the BSNL claims to have restored the service to almost 3,000 in Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula so far. However, hundreds of fresh complaints are pouring in on a daily basis. The tricity region has almost 45,000 BSNL broadband subscribers, according to official records. Advising its broadband users to change the default system password, BSNL claims: “Not all but only specific models of modems have been hit by the virus attack and a majority are of those subscribers who had not changed the default password “admin”. While the BSNL has claimed that “the situation has been addressed to a great extent and the malware has not impacted the BSNL’s core network, billing or any other system”, the affected subscribers have alleged great harassment and inconvenience in getting the problem fixed. “We have been made to wait in long queues at BSNL centres, waiting for our turn to get our defunct modems reset,” complained a housewife, Aakriti. Another harassed sub- BSNL customers get their modem problem fixed at Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN scriber Dilsher Singh, a trader, said: “This is not done. In the age of competition, who has the time for facing such hardships. Why don’t they (BSNL) send engineers to our place to fix the problem.” “We are suffering due to the insecure system of the BSNL and now we are asked to visit their office for getting our service restored,” rued a retired teacher, Sharda Sharma. Several inconvenienced BSNL subscribers across the c m y b tricity to whom The Tribune spoke today said they had decided to switch over to some other service provider following what they termed as “bad experience” and “poor service”. Taking note of the increasing complaints, BSNL Principal General Manager Telecom (PGMT), Chandigarh, JS Sahota, told The Tribune that “to meet the current crisis, we have taken certain preventive measures”. Besides launching online support to customers, BSNL, disclosed Sahota, had opened a centralised control room for the Chandigarh SSA, including Panchkula and Mohali. “Customers who can configure their modems with necessary security setting with online help Continued on page 2 A car makes its way through the waterlogged Mall Road in Bathinda on Tuesday. PHOTO: VIJAY KUMAR Tribune News Service Bathinda, August 1 The forecast released by the Weather Department proved to be true as the city and its adjoining areas received moderate to heavy rain this afternoon. The region received rain for about four hours, which began at 3 pm. By 5.30 pm, the region had received 52 mm rainfall. The intermittent downpour continued till the evening. The skies were overcast since morning but the sun also continued to play hide and seek. The maximum temperature was recorded at 33.4 degree Celsius and the minimum temperature was 25 degree Celsius. Due to overcast conditions, the morning humidity levels were quite high and were recorded at 84 per cent. The humidity decreased by the afternoon and was recorded at 69 per cent. The forecast released for the week by Punjab Agriculture University also augured well for the region. It predicted that moderate to heavy rain was expected in major parts of Punjab. This would lead to pleasant weather over the week and the maximum temperature will not cross the 35 degree Celsius mark while the minimum temperature will be around 25-26 degree Celsius. Several areas of the state may experience strong winds blowing at a velocity of 6-14 kmph over the week. Flooding continues The only problem which makes the city residents hate the monsoon is the waterlogging of roads and alleys. After the city almost sank in the 7 mm rainfall, which it received yesterday, it faced similar problem today. While the rainwater accumulated on the roads yesterday had not subsided, today’s downpour made the condition worse. MCB officials maintained that their flood control mechanism was in place but the city roads told another story. Due to the heavy downpour, the city roads experienced traffic snarls, especially in the evening, at some major cross sections in the city.
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