06082017-btd-01.qxd 8/5/2017 11:44 PM Page 1 c m y b SUNDAY | 6 AUGUST 2017 | BATHINDA BATHINDA TRIBUNE Shortage of blood Raking in moolah Mommy says NO! Kin of patients admitted to Civil Hospital and sub-divisional hospitals face a tough time in arranging blood P2 After opening to mixed reviews, Shah Rukh Khan’s Jab Harry Met Sejal registered an opening day collection of ~15.25 crore. P3 Sara Ali Khan has been linked up with guys like Veer Pahariya and Harshvardhan Kapoor P4 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 37°C MIN 28°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C MIN 24°C | SUNSET SUNDAY 7.21 PM SUNRISE MONDAY 5.52 AM ART centre faces shortage of doctors Senior Medical Officer examines patients and manages the administration of centre as well Nikhila Pant Dhawan ‘36,794 HIV patients in Punjab’ Tribune News Service Bathinda, August 5 The Anti-Retrovial Therapy (ART) centre at the Bathinda Civil Hospital is facing a shortage of doctors. The centre is currently being run solely by Senior Medical Officer Dr Harbhajan Singh Hayer. The centre meant to treat patients suffering from HIV AIDS for free is ailing itself. Earlier, Seema Bansal resigned from the centre and recently, centre’s nodal officer Dr Parminder Bansal also tendered his resignation on July 31 to pursue the practice at his hospital. The situation has come to such a pass that Dr Hayer is the only doctor left at the centre. Apart from being the SMO of the centre, he is also ■ Senior Medical Officer Dr Harbhajan Singh Hayer said as per the data collected till 2015, there were about 36,794 people suffering from HIV/AIDS. He added the number of patients in the state was increasing at an average rate of 19 per cent every year. ■ There are only nine ART centres in the state, which are located in Bathinda, Amritsar, Patiala, Pathankot, Ludhiana, Ferozepur, Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur and Tarn Taran. While sub-centres have been set up in Moga, Barnala, Ropar and Faridkot, there is only one link ART centre located in Sangrur. . The centre meant to treat patients suffering from HIV/AIDS is itself ailing. TRIBUNE PHOTO handling the charges of the nodal officer as well as the medical officer of the centre. Notably, almost 5,000 patients are registered at the centre for treatment. Owing to the shortage of doctors, Dr Hayer has been dividing his time between examining the patients and managing the administration of the centre. After resigning from the centre, Dr Seema Bansal joined services under the Punjab Civil Medical Services. Manwhile, Dr Parminder Singh Bansal decided to leave the centre to pursue private practice at his own hospital on Powerhouse Road. Both doctors may have left the centre, but the hospital authorities are yet to appoint or transfer doctors to the ART centre to ensure that the centre is run smoothly. Taking the overload of the work on his shoulders, Dr Hayer said, “Two of our doctors recently left the centre. Due to a shortage of doctors at the centre, I have to manage the administrative work apart from treating the patients.” City markets flooded SAD accuses govt, police of implicating with colourful rakhis workers in false cases, stages sit-in Gagandeep Sharma Tribune News Service A woman selects a rakhi in Bathinda on Saturday. PAWAN SHARMA Ravi Chandel Tribune News Service Bathinda, August 5 As Raksha Bandhan, the festival depicting the bond of love between a brother and a sister, is just one day away, city markets are flooded with various types of rakhis. The festival will be celebrated in the city and in country on Monday. The craze for choosing the best rakhis for their brothers can be seen among the women and young girls. They can also be seen checking different styles of rakhis. Threads of rakhis are available from Rs 10 to Rs 500 in the market. Silver bracelet rakhis are available from Rs 500 to Rs 5,000 but the bangle-shaped rakhi ranging between Rs 90 and Rs 800 has become popular among the girls and women. Interestingly, the price of rakhis bearing cartoons and Continued on page 2 Bathinda, August 5 Accusing the state government and the police of implicating SAD workers in false cases in the Rampura Phul constituency, SAD leaders today staged a protest in Rampura Phul today. SAD leaders also accused the police of playing into the hands of Congress leaders. Former Cabinet minister Sikander Singh Maluka, ExMLA Balbeer Singh Ghunnas, Ajit Singh Shaant, ExMLA Darshan Singh Kotfatta, Dr Harjinder Singh Jakhu and Gura Singh Tungwali were also present at the protest. Addressing the protesters, Maluka, who is also the district president of the SAD, alleged that SAD workers were being implicated in false cases since the formation of the Congress government in the state. Maluka said the DSP of Phul was also responsible for implicating the SAD SNIPPETS Two booked for fraud Bathinda: The Nathana police have booked two persons for duping a city resident of Rs 21.78 lakh. A case under Sections of 420, 406 and 34 of the IPC has been registered against the accused. Gurjant Singh, a resident of Poohli village, lodged a complaint with the police, in which the complainant said he, Kulbhushan Goyal and his son Amit Goyal, residents of Bhucho Mandi, were business partners and had a joint bank account. The complainant said the accused transferred over Rs 21 lakh from the joint account to their personal accounts through two cheques. Charanjeet Singh, who is investigating the case, said they had started investigating the case and the accused would be held soon. TNS 3 booked under POCSO Act Bathinda: The Diyalpura police have booked three persons on the charge of having unnatural sex with a nine-year-old child. The accused have been identified as Kannu Singh, Ginda Singh and Dilpreet Singh, all residents of Kotha Guru Ka village. A case under Section 377 of the IPC and Section 3 and 4 of the POSCO Act, 2012, has been registered against the accused. Bhannto Kaur, a resident of Kotha Guru Ka village, told the police that the accused took the victim to a house and made an adult movie. She said Ginda had unnatural sex with the victim. Sudesh Kumar, who is investigating the case, said a case had been registered and the accused would be held soon. TNS SAD leaders and workers during a protest against the police in Rampura Phul on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTO workers in false cases. He said as many as seven SAD workers had been booked on the charge of attempt to murder in the past. Maluka said Congress MLA Gurpreet Singh Kanger was forcing the police to implicate SAD workers in false cases. “It is enough. We are left with no option but to stage a protest. Now, if any SAD worker is booked, we will stage a protest in front of a responsible police station. The government and police officials will be responsible for our protest. We are making lists of false cases in which SAD workers have been implicated. Soon, the SAD will file a petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court against the state government and the police. SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal has already announced it,” Maluka added. “In Rampura Phul, the Congress MLA had started a new trend. Congress workers Continued on page 2 One dies in road mishap Bathinda: A person on a motorcycle died after being collided with a bus at Nehian Wala on Saturday. After getting the information, volunteers of an NGO reached the spot and took the deceased to the Civil Hospital. The victim was identified as Amreek Singh, a resident of Panniwala Mota in Sirsa. The body has been kept in a mortuary. The police have registered a case against the bus operator. In another incident, a monk was injured after a car hit him. After getting the information, volunteers of an NGO took him to the Civil Hospital. He was admitted to the emergency ward of the hospital. The victim was identified as Karan Sharma, a resident of Nagpur. TNS Cong protests attack on Rahul Gandhi in Gujarat It is ploy by ❝BJP a cheapworkers. the and its Nikhila Pant Dhawan Tribune News Service Colourful celebrations (Above) Girls take ride in a horsecart during the Teej celebrations; small children wear colourful attire in Bathinda on Saturday. The Teej festival being celebarted in the city with zest and zeal. Various educational institutes, including schools, organise the festival on their premises. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: PAWAN SHARMA Bathinda, August 5 Protesting against the attack on the cavalcade of AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi in Gujarat on Friday, members of the Bathinda District Congress Committee staged a protest and burnt an effigy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi here today. The protesters raised slogans against the Prime Minister, BJP and RSS. They said the attack was an indication of the backward thought process of the BJP and its leaders. They added that if the BJP wanted to prove its supremacy, it should work hard for the welfare of the people rather than attacking leaders of other parties. The protesters added that the attack was not an expression of hatred towards the Congress by the residents of the state. But it was a contrived plan to cut short Rahul Gandhi’s visit to drought-hit areas, they added. Earlier in the day, District c m y b There is a BJP government in Gujarat. So, there is no denying the fact that the incident was a brainchild of the BJP. No matter what the BJP leaders say now, it is their doing ❞ DR KHANO KHAN, Congress leader Congress workers burn an effigy of the PM in Bathinda on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PAWAN SHARMA Congress Committee president (rural) Narendra Singh Bhuleria and District Congress Committee president (urban) Mohan Lal Jhumba convened a meeting at the District Congress Bhawan. Dr Khano Khan, district returning officer appointed by the Congress for the party elections, presided over the meeting. Addressing the meeting, Khan condemned the attack on Rahul Gandhi’s car in Gujarat. Terming it a “cheap ploy of the BJP and its workers”, he said, “There is a BJP government in Gujarat. So there is no denying the fact that the incident was a brainchild of the BJP No matter what the . BJP leaders say now, it is their doing.” He also announced that the Congress would now hold elections at the booth level for electing its officiating body between August 6 and August 20. The elections at the block level would be held between August 21 and September 4, while the district-level elections to be held between September 5 and 15, he added. He also announced that in Bathinda district, committees would be formed for Bathinda I, Bathinda II, Phul, Bhagta, Bathinda (rural), Sangat, Goniana, Talwandi Sabo, Nathana, Rama Mandi, Rampura and Maur. He said 33 per cent of the seats would be reserved for women and 20 per cent seats to be reserved for the SC/BC categories in these elections. Two members will be elected from every booth.
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