30092017-btd-01.qxd 9/29/2017 10:45 PM Page 1 c m y b SATURDAY | 30 SEPTEMBER 2017 | BATHINDA BATHINDA TRIBUNE Bus operators flout rules Best wishes from Raju An actor inspired Private and government bus operaters flout traffic rules at various chowks in the city. The Great Indian Laughter Challenge has produced comedy superstars. P4 Randeep Rai, who is playing the lead in the show Yeh Un Dino Ki Baat Hai, is all excited about the show’s story-line. P4 FORECAST P2 SUNNY | MAX 35°C MIN 22°C | YESTERDAY MAX 35°C MIN 23°C | SUNSET SATURDAY 6.17 PM SUNRISE SUNDAY 6.24 AM 3 MC officials demoted JEs were promoted as SDOs during SAD-BJP govt Admn designates five sites for selling firecrackers in city Tribune News Service Sukhmeet Bhasin Tribune News Service Bathinda, September 29 Three officials of the Municipal Corporation of Bathinda (MCB) have been demoted from the post of SDO to junior engineer by the Local Bodies Department. Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu has cancelled the promotions of 16 junior engineers in various municipal corporations of the state. These promotions were made by former local bodies minister Anil Joshi just ahead of elections during the previous SAD-BJP regime. The 16 SDOs are working in O&M and B&R branches of various municipal corporations. Three officials of the MCB are also included in the list. These officials are Rajindra Kumar, Krishan Kumar and Sukhmander Singh, who have been demoted to the post of junior engineer (JE). The reason behind the move has been stated that these promotions were made The officials ■ The 16 SDOs are working in O&M and B&R branches of various municipal corporations. ■ The three officials are Rajindra Kumar, Krishan Kumar and Sukhmander Singh, who have been demoted to the post of junior engineer (JE). . without preparing a department promotion committee (DPC) and seniority list, which is against the norms. Earlier too, the Local Bodies Department had cancelled the promotions of MTP , STP and superintendent made by former local bodies minister Anil Joshi. Officials who have been demoted are annoyed over the decision of the department. The department has not yet allotted any new posting to these officials. In the directions released by department director Kamal Kishore Yadav, it has been stated that the promotion of SDO from JE was done in reserve quota for direct recruitment. It is also stated that for promotion to SDO (Civil), it is mandatory to convene a meeting of the department promotion committee under the Additional Chief Secretary. As there was no meeting, the order for promotion to SDO from JE has been taken back. To make promotions, a decision will be taken in the DPC meeting, which will be called again. In the new directions, the reference to the first cabinet meeting of the Congress government is also given in which it was decided to review the decisions taken by the previous SAD-BJP government in the last six month of its tenure. It is also made clear that the orders were issued to given promotions on temporary basis, a day before the code of conduct came into force. Even an approval from the competent authority was not taken for the promotions. Bathinda, September 29 To avoid any untoward incident during Diwali, the district administration has designated five places in the city for selling firecrackers. Deputy Commissioner Diprava Lakra has approved the five apots where stalls could be set up. These places are Multipurpose Sports Stadium, Rajindra College ground, Desraj School, Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant stadium and Railway Institute. The Deputy Commissioner said the Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) would allot the stalls after verifying the applications. Those interested can submit their applications to the SDM. The Deputy Commissioner has instructed that there should be 3m distance between one stall and another and no unauthorised per- son would be allowed to enter the stalls where the stock of firecrackers will be kept. He also directed that no firecrackers would be kept for display in a radius of 50 m of the stalls and the vehicles of fire brigade should be present at these venues. Arrangement for lights will be mandatory for the owners of the stalls. The use of candles, oil lanterns and gas lamps is prohibited. Continued on page 2 Prisoner dies at hospital Change in school timings from tomorrow Bathinda: The Punjab State Education Board has changed the timing of the schools under it. As per directions issued to the district education officers, the school timings from October 1 will be from 9 am to 3 pm Deft hands: A college student works on clay models ahead of the Punjabi University zonal youth festival in Bathinda. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PAWAN SHARMA c m y b Bathinda, September 29 An elderly man, who was serving three-year imprisonment in the Central Jail, Bathinda, died last night at the Civil Hospital. Deceased Sukhpal Singh was a resident of Jhanduke village of the Talwandi Sabo sub division. Assistant jail superintendent Bhupinder Singh said Sukhpal Singh was walking on the jail premises last evening when suddenly, he became unconscious. The staff immediately took him to the jail hospital and later he was referred to the Civil Hospital, where doctors declared him dead. He had been in the jail for the past two and a half years. Jail authorities have informed the Nathana police station and the police have initiated proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC. The police handed over the body to the family after postmortem. — TNS
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