12112017-btd-01.qxd 11/11/2017 10:33 PM Page 1 c m y b SUNDAY | 12 NOVEMBER 2017 | BATHINDA BATHINDA TRIBUNE Arrears sought Minding their language Like father, like daughter Members of the PRTC Pensioners Union hold meeting, demand release of pension arrears. P2 Has the language Hindi been reduced to merely a language of advertising? P3 The Voice India Kids season 2 plans to showcase and nurture singing talent from every corner of the country. P4 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 26°C MIN 14°C | YESTERDAY MAX 26°C MIN 12°C | SUNSET SUNDAY 5.35 PM SUNRISE MONDAY 6.54 AM 5 mishaps, 4 deaths as smog on killing spree Army jawan among victims; visibility quite low on roads Tribune News Service Bathinda, November 11 Four persons lost their lives and three sustained severe injuries in five road mishaps amid smoggy weather in the district. The smog has reduced the visibility on the roads, causing frequent accidents. The first accident took place on Bathinda-Dabhwali road in front of Ganpati Enclave when a car rammed into a big concrete block placed on the road as the construction work of a flyover is going on. A jawan, Dheeraj Singh (24) of Seekar, Rajasthan, deployed in Srinagar was going from Chandigarh to his native place when the taxi he was travelling in met with the mishap, resulting in his death. The driver, Gurdial Singh (32) too died. Kulwinder Singh, SHO, Canal Colony police station, said the police got the information at around 4 am. In another mishap, Bagga Singh, a resident of Bagha village, was killed in a road accident in the same village in Talwandi Sabo subdivision. His uncle, Gurdit Singh of Bagha village, stated in his complaint to Raman police station that the bike-borne victim was hit by a bus coming from “wrong” side last night. The police have registered a case against Chamkor Singh, a resident of Bhundar village, who was driving the bus, under Sections 304-A, 337, 338, 279 and 427 of the IPC. Meanwhile in another incident, a driver, Jaswinder Singh, was run over near Mittal Mall. His wife Rajbir Kaur, a resident of Teelanwali village in Fazilka district, alleged that Jaswinder was Smog engulfs a road in the afternoon hours; and (below) the situation turns grim in the morning in Bathinda on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: PAWAN SHARMA sleeping under his vehicle (canter) after unloading goods when his colleague Sonu Kumar, a resident of Satirwala in Fazilka district, mowed him down while reversing the canter. Jaswinder died on the spot. A case under Section 304-A of the IPC has been registered at Kotwali police station against Sonu Kumar. A bus hit two boys near Sidana village, leaving them critically injured. Complainant Paramjeet Singh, a resident of Sidana village, said he was going with his friend Harjinder Singh, a resident of Sidana village, on a motorcycle (PB-10-BG-2824) when the bus of Gurpreet Transport Company hit them from the rear side. backside. The Phul police have registered a case under Sections 279, 337 and 427 of the IPC against Pardeep Singh, a res- PSPCL official’s car looted Tribune News Service Bathinda, November 11 Two unidentified young men forcibly took away a car of a Powercom SDO from Bathinda-Goniana road, near Nehianwala police station. This is the second such incident in the past 20 days. Rajinder Kumar, Sub-Divisional Officer (SDO), Powercom, is posted in Goniana. He told police that he was returning from Omaxe City in his Swift DZire (PB-03AJ-9600) when two young men, armed with a pistol, forced him to stop. They made him alight and took away the vehicle while threatening to kill him. The police sounded an alert after the incident and checkpoints were established on the road, but they couldn’t achieve success. The Nehianwala police have started investigation to establish the identity of the accused. It may be recalled that four unidentified persons had looted a car from a city resident, Navjot Singh, on October 18. In a similar incident around eight months ago, the looters took away an i20 car of a shopkeeper in Bhuccho Mandi. The police are clueless about both cases. A rally against stubble burning in Bathinda on Saturday. PHOTO: VIJAY KUMAR NGOs, residents protest over stubble burning Tribune News Service Bathinda, November 11 Aiming to spread awareness about the ill-effects of stubble burning, members of several NGOs along with city residents staged a protest at Fire Brigade Chowk here today. They raised slogans against the menace and submitted a memorandum of their demands to the district administration. They said the Prime Minister, chairperson of the National Green Tribunal, Punjab Chief Minister, MLAs and the Deputy Commissioners of all districts of the state should get together to chalk out a plan to deal with stubble burning. “The government should give subsidy to farmers to dispose of the stubble in an ecofriendly manner. The farmers should also wake up from their slumber as smog has engulfed Punjab, Haryana and Delhi only due to stubble No let up in crop residue burning Administration recommends action against erring farmers, says SDM Sukhmeet Bhasin Tribune News Service ident of Salabatpura village. In another mishap, Sharanjeet Singh of Malout road, Bathinda, was injured today morning on the Malout road overbridge when his bike hit the footpath due to low visibility. It may be recalled that just three days ago nine persons, including eight students, Schools directed to upload Aadhaar details of students were mowed by a speeding truck near Bhuccho town, 10 km from here. Eight persons, including three schoolstudents, were injured after a van of Akal Academy, situated in Jagah Ram Tirath village, rammed into a tractor-trailer due to smog on the Talwandi SaboRama Mandi road yesterday. Bathinda, November 11 Though a thick layer of smog has enveloped a major portion of the northern parts of the country resulting in frequent road mishaps, the district administration has failed to curb the burning of stubble burning. The menace is rampant along highways. Amid crop residue burning, the visibility on the roads nearby reduces to almost a naught. When contacted, Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Sakshi Sahwney said, “We are working hard to convince farmers to make them give up stubble burning. We motivate them to use alternatives, like ploughing the stubble in the fields, giving it for composting under the MGNREGA (for those having up to 5 acres), to take machinery like happy seeder on lease to sow wheat without removing the residue and bailers for piling up stubble.” According to the SDM, teams of the administration were jotting down the khasra number of the fields wherein straw had been burnt and sending the reports to the SDO of the Pollution Control Board for further action. “Farmers should now realise that they are not to derive any benefit from burning stubble. The weather is such that it is hampering the sowing of next crop. It not only causes Tribune News Service Bathinda, November 11 With several private as well as government schools failing to furnish the Aadhaar numbers of their students, the Education Department today issued another directive to the school heads, asking them to ensure that the details are uploaded on the ePunjab portal. Notably, the department had in September warned the schools to withdraw their recognition in case they failed to follow the guidelines. Even then a considerable numbers of schools are yet to do it. The Aadhaar details are mandatory, especially for those students who avail the benefits of social welfare or scholarship schemes of the Centre or the state government. As per the direction of the Central Government, the state has made it mandatory that the funds regarding the scholarship and social welfare schemes will go directly into the bank accounts of the beneficiaries. So Aadhaar numbers of the beneficiaries are required to link with their bank accounts, said an employee of the Education Department. A government school head, seeking anonymity, said most of the students hailed from economically-weak families and they didn’t have Adhaar cards. Despite reminders, their parents are not keen on getting the children registered for Aadhaar, he said. When contacted, District Education Officer (Secondary) Maninder Kaur said the department was focusing on completing the work of compiling the Aadhaar details of the students at the earliest. “If schools fail to do so, complaints will be registered with the department. It is needed to facilitate the procedure of transferring the benefits of the welfare schemes directly into the bank accounts of the students. This will curb the delay in the disbursement of funds at local level,” she added. Street light woes in Rampura Phul Prince Ashok Bathinda, November 11 The dysfunctional street lights in Rampura Phul are giving commuters a harrowing time. The Municipal Council has failed to carry out the maintenance work. The street lights on a road near Bhagat Singh Colony don’t functional properly. The visibility is already low due to dense smog and the dysfunctional street lamps have exacerbated the problem. Residents say they have been facing the issue for long. Rinku Sharma, a resident of Bhagat Singh Colony, said, “The situation is same for months. There is some tussle between former chairperson of the Municipal Council, Sunil Bitta, and the current incumbent.” MC vice-chairman Mandeep Karkara chose not speak on the issue as he claimed he was busy. Repeated attempts to establish contact with Executive Officer Ramesh Kumar failed. road accidental deaths, but also triggers health issues,” she added. BKU Ekta Ughraha district president Shingara Singh Mann said farmers had no option as the government neither provided any machinery nor gave subsidy to dispose of the crop residue. “Farmers can’t afford expenditure on dealing with stubble in an eco-friendly manner,” he said. continued on page 2 Councillors irked over stalled projects SNIPPETS Several issues remain unaddressed as civic body under financial crisis Sukhmeet Bhasin Nikhila Pant Dhawan burning,” the protesters said. They protesters also took out an awareness rally from Fire Brigade Chowk to the district administration complex. Among those who participated in the protest were members of Association of Active NGOs, Samarpan Welfare Society, Naujawan Welfare Society, Bathinda Vikas Manch, Animal Care Mission, United Welfare Society Appu Society and several other organisations. Tribune News Service Bathinda, November 11 Failing to carry out development works in their respective areas, councillors have been facing the public ire these days. The Municipal Corporation (MC) has been facing acute financial crunch due to which they are unable to continue with even important development projects. Gurbachan Singh Khubban, SAD councillor from Ward No. 39, said many issues, haunting his ward for months, were yet to be addressed. “Some of the areas in the ward get contaminated water supply. Leakage in the pipeline has been reported from different areas. Even the condition of roads is also poor. I have raised these issues repeatedly before the Mayor and other officials but got no solution. We get mere assurances,” he said. Harvinder Kumar Sharma, councillor, Ward No. 46, said the road contractor in his area left the work midway as the MC didn’t release his payment. The estimate to construct various streets has been passed in the general House meeting but the work has not been initiated as the MC doesn’t have funds. The c m y b Residents are unhappy with the MC as their problems go unanswered amid fund shortage. FILE PHOTO contaminated ❝Some of the areas in the ward gethas been reported water supply. Leakage in the pipeline from different areas. Even the condition of roads is also poor. I have raised these issues repeatedly before the Mayor and other officials but got no solution. We get mere assurances. ❞ GURBACHAN SINGH KHUBBAN, SAD councillor from Ward No. 39 work will begin once we receive the funds, he said. According to Sharma, people often come up with complaints and he had to make them aware about of the fund crunch. He assures them that the work would be carried out once funds are released. BJP leader and senior Deputy Mayor Tarsem Goyal said the MC was judiciously using whatever funds it had. He demanded a special package for the MC to take it out of the financial crisis. If released, it will be used only only urgent projects of laying roads, water supply and sewerage, he said. Mayor Balwant Rai Nath said, “We have not received our GST installment from the government. Once we get it, we will start the pending projects. I will write to the state government to convert the HUDCO loan worth Rs 105 crore into a grant.” Three held with poppy husk Bathinda: The police arrested three persons with 40 kg of poppy husk in separate cases on Saturday. The Canal Colony police arrested Narsi Ram and Hardeep Singh, residents of Haripura village in Hanumangarh (Rajasthan), with 30 kg of poppy husk. Both were travelling in a Swift DZire car (HR-44D-2400). The police said it had established a checkpoint on the Narruana road where the car was signalled to stop. Upon checking, the cops found the poppy husk and arrested them. In another incident, the Raman police arrested a person and seized 10 kg of poppy husk. A motorcycle (PB-04Z-6163) was impounded, the police said. The accused has been identified as Kaka Singh, a resident of Bhadaur. All of them have been booked under the NDPS Act. Body found A woman was found dead at the city railway station on Saturday morning. She has been identified as Gurdev Kaur (65), a resident of Sangria in Rajasthan. The Government Railway Police (GRP) handed over the body to her family after postmortem examination at the Civil Hospital, Bathinda. GRP SHO Harjinder Singh said the autopsy report was being awated. TNS
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