08102017-btd-01.qxd 10/7/2017 11:06 PM Page 1 c m y b SUNDAY | 8 OCTOBER 2017 | BATHINDA BATHINDA TRIBUNE Goods unloading platform On the right pitch Neha is back Authorities claim to have provided the basic facilities, but goods unloading platform belies their claims. P2 Day 2 of the Khushwant Singh Literature Festival marked by intellectual fervour. After participating in dance reality show, Neha Saxena will soon be seen in a show. P4 FORECAST P3 SUNNY | MAX 38°C MIN 23°C | YESTERDAY MAX 36°C MIN 29°C | SUNSET SUNDAY 6.09 PM SUNRISE MONDAY 6.28 AM Woman among three held with poppy husk Inspirational tale Tribune News Service Artistes from Guwahati (Assam) enact a scene from the play, “Helen”, during the 7th Natyam National Theatre Festival in Bathinda on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PAWAN SHARMA SEE ALSO PAGE 2 Bathinda, October 7 The Bathinda police have arrested three persons, including a woman, with poppy husk from two places. In the first case, the Rampura Sadar police have arrested Ajay Kumar, a resident of Rampura village, and Maninder Singh, a resident of Rampura city, with 42 kg of poppy husk from Pitho village. In other incident, the Raman police have arrested Harpal Kaur, a resident of Mallwala village, from Gurthari village with 5 kg of poppy husk. The police have booked the accused under the NDPS Act. Slump in market dampens festive spirit, business in city Orders for gifts almost reduced to half as compared to last year Tribune News Service Bathinda, October 7 The demonetisation move and implementation of the GST have started showing their effects on trade ahead of the festive season. Markets have seen a slump ahead of Diwali. Traders have not made any bulk purchases like previous years. Even modest purchases have been made with caution. Darevjeet Thakur, president of the Jewellers’ Association, Bathinda, said the business was low this year as money flow was less in the market. “Earlier, the government’s decision for ID proof of the clients on the purchase of Rs 50,000 and above was also one of the reasons for the low sales business year as money flow was ❝Thethe market.was low thisgovernment’s decision for less in Earlier, the ID proof of the clients on the purchase of ~50,000 and above was also one of the reasons for the low sales as people were reluctant to give their ID proofs. But with the recent amendments in the rule, we expect people will turn up in the markets in large numbers. ❞ DAREVJEET THAKUR, president of the Jewellers' Association, Bathinda as people were reluctant to give their ID proofs. But with some amendments in the rule, we expect people will turn up in the markets in large numbers,” he added. Gursharan Singh, president, Dhobi Bazaar Association, said post GST and demonetisation, people had been wary of shopping. Earlier, residents used to start the shopping spree from SNIPPETS Power cut today Bathinda: The city will face a power cut from 9 am to 5 pm on Sunday as the PSPCL is set to carry out some repair work at the 66kv substation and 11kv fitter stadium. XEN Gagandeep Singla and SDO Jatinder Singh Sidhu said in a press statement that Chandsar Basti, Kishori Ram Road, Khanaiya Nagar, Pukhraj Colony, Hanuman Chowk and the Stadium area would face a power cut. OC ~1.50 lakh, jewellery stolen Bathinda: Thieves stole Rs 1.50 lakh in cash and jewellery from a house at Ballo village of the Rampura subdivision last week. They also tried to set a tractor, parked inside the house, on fire. A case in this regard has been registered on Saturday. No accused has been arrested yet. The Rampura Sadar police have started investigating the case. Jagseer Singh, a resident of Ballo village, told the police that unidentified persons had stolen Rs 1.50 lakh and jewellery on the intervening night of September 29 and 30. He told the police that the accused also attempted to set his tractor on fire. The accused also threw electricity wire in a water tank. A case under Sections 457, 380, 436 and 511 of the IPC has been registered against the unidentified accused. Police officer Baljeet Singh, who investigating the case, said they had received a complaint on Friday and a case was registered immediately. TNS Navaratris that would continue till Diwali, he added. He said demonetisation and GST had created confusion in people’s mind, due to which they had been hesitating in spending so far. Mitul Jindal, owner of a garment showroom, said the market was down so far as people were not buying as liberally as earlier during the festive season. He said they were hoping that the market would open before Diwali and people come out for shopping. Ashok Kumar, the owner of a gift shop, said ahead of Diwali, people used to place bulk orders for gifts, but this year, there was a drastic fall in orders. The orders for gifts have come down to almost half of what they were in previous years, he added. Many companies and local stores have come out with lucrative offers but despite this there has not been mush change in demand. Traders have kept their fingers crossed and hope to sell whatever stock they have before Diwali. This season, the pre-Diwali celebrations have also seen a drastic fall. 3 booked for cheating Tribune News Service Bathinda, October 7 The police have registered a case against three persons for duping a resident of Rs 3 lakh on the pretext of proving a job in the Railways. Complainant Jagjeet Singh, a resident of Guru Gobind Singh Nagar in Bathinda, told the Cantonment police that Surjeet Singh, a resident of Sodhewala in Ferozepur, Amandeep Singh, a resident of Chugawan Kalan in Moga district, and Gurjot Singh, a resident of Kishanpura in Moga district, had contacted him for providing a job in the Railways as Surjeet Singh was known to him. He said the accused told him they could provide a job as clerk in the Railways because they know a senior official in the Northern Railways. The complainant added that the accused informed him that to get the job, he would have to pay Rs 3 lakh. He said he paid the amount. After some time, the accused gave him an identity card and told him that he was selected, but later, he came to know that the identity card was fake, the complainant added. After an inquiry, the police have registered a case against Surjeet Singh, Amandeep Singh and Gurjot Singh under Sections 420, 465, 467, 468, 471 and 473 of the IPC. Police officer Rajpal Singh, who is investigating the case, said they had arrested Surjeet Singh while the rest of two accused were on the run. Organic, diet food in great demand Sukhmeet Bhasin Tribune News Service Bathinda, October 7 With adulteration of sweets being reported every other day, people have started preferring healthy and low-fat food items as gifts on Diwali. As diseases like diabetes and hypertension have gripped those having sedentary lifestyles, there is a shift to healthier substitutes. The demand for organic products is on the rise, especially during the festive season. Many shops of organic products have opened at various places. If you receive a pack of exotic jasmine tea or brownies made with saccharin and margarine, know for sure that your friends are not only trying to remain healthy but are also encouraging you to adopt a low-cal lifestyle. Even gift packs chosen from a wide range of organic products, which include chia seeds; quinoa, black and red rice from Myanmar; wheat bran, basil seeds, flax seeds, millets, organic certified grain, organic juices, red poha, cereals and condiments; green coffee, exotic salad dressings, non-alcoholic party drinks, fruit and vegetables washed in oxygen concentrator and ozonator, are available in the market. Organic tea, almond sweets made with unsweetened chocolates, fruit-based sweets and low-fat brownies are highly preferred. People are also going for dry fruits over sweets. Even as the prices of almonds, cashews, raisins and pistachios have Continued on page 2 Karva Chauth: Women throng city markets Sukhmeet Bhasin Tribune News Service Bathinda, October 7 Despite drastic changes in the lifestyle and views, the traditions of fasting for well being of the husband has not lost its meaning for women. The Karva Chauth tradition continues to thrive even among the women who are well educated and ambitious. On the eve of Karva Chauth, last-minute shoppers thronged the market for purchasing various goodies, which led to traffic snarls, parking problems and chaos in main markets, including Dhobi Bazaar, of the city. Women were seen shopping decorative traditional items, including sieves, plates and thalis. They were seen lined up for special bangles, suits, diyas and cosmetic products for celebrating the festival. Traditional delicacies, including a variety of matthis, sweets, etc were also on display. The condition was so chaotic that it took around 15-20 minutes for commuters to pass Dhobi Bazaar from the starting to the Sadbhavna chowk. Mehndi artistes set up their stalls outside shops along the road to apply mehndi on the hands of women. Even sweets and other stalls were also come up on the roads only. Canopies sprung up in every nook and corner of the Continued on page 2 Three booked for fraud Bathinda: The Kotwali police have registered a case against three persons for duping a resident of Rs 3.5 lakh on the pretext of proving a job to his son in the Punjab Police. Complainant Nayab Singh, a resident of Gill Kalan village, told the police that Rajneesh Kumar, his mother Parkash Devi, both residents of Gidderbaha, and Vandana Rani, a resident of Mansa, had met him a few months ago and offered to provide a job to his son in the Punjab Police as a constable. As per the deal, he gave them Rs 3.5 lakh at Hanuman Chowk in Bathinda, the complainant added. He said the accused neither provided a job to his son nor they returned the money. After an inquiry, the police have booked Rajneesh Kumar, Parkash Devi and Vandana Rani under Sections 420, 468, 471 and 120-B of the IPC. TNS Women get mehndi applied on their hands on the eve of Karva Chauth in Bathinda on Saturday. 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