25012018-btd-01.qxd 1/24/2018 10:34 PM Page 1 c m y b THURSDAY | 25 JANUARY 2018 | BATHINDA BATHINDA TRIBUNE MC set to okay projects Perfect arrangement Sisters in the game With no money in its kitty, the MCB is set to approve development works worth Rs 4.40 crore. P2 Break-ups, hook-ups, secret weddings, impending divorces— every rumour is a given in showbiz. P3 Actress Sophie Turner and singer Joe Jonas announced their engagement. P4 FORECAST FOGGY | MAX 20°C MIN 07°C | YESTERDAY MAX 21°C MIN 05°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 6.01 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 7.24 AM Govt acts tough, books protesters 150 GNDTP workers charged for blocking road Tribune News Service Bathinda, January 24 Acting tough against the protesting employees of the Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant, Bathinda, the police have booked their union president, along with 150 others, for disrupting traffic on the Bathinda-Mansa road here yesterday. A case has been registered against union president Gursewak Singh Sandhu, Parkash Singh Pasha, Iqbal Singh, Vijay Kumar, Rajinder Singh Dhillon, Varinder Singh, Didar Singh Mudaki, Apar Singh, Lachman Singh Sewewala, Ashwani Ghudda and Amritpal Singh among others at the Civil Lines police station under Sections 283, 341 and 431 of the IPC and 8-B of the National Highway Act, 1956. Investigating officer Kris- Contractual employees of the Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant block a road in Bathinda. A FILE PHOTOGRAPH han Gopal said the accused blocked the road, disrupted traffic and also raised antigovernment slogans. Kuldeep Singh Bhullar, SHO of the Civil Lines police station, said all accused would be arrested soon. On the other hand, Parkash Pasha, state committee member of the GNDTP employees union, said the government wanted to muzzle their voice, but the agitation would continue. Govt eyeing thermal plant land: Daduwal SNIPPETS Salary: Panchayat secys protest Nikhila Pant Dhawan Tribune News Service Bathinda, January 24 Radical Sikh preacher Baljit Singh Daduwal today accused the state government of eyeing the 1,800 acres of the Guru Nanak Dev Thermal to fill its coffers by selling it off to private firms. He said this while addressing a protest rally organised by regular employees of the GNDTP outside the main gate of the plant. Urging the employees to “not allow the state government to trample over the years of toil”, the preacher asked the employees not to give up their demands even if the government transfers them to other thermal plants and government departments. He also took the opportunity to train his guns on the politicians giving statement against the government’s decision to close down the thermal plant. “The politicians who are expressing solidarity with your demands are no different from those in power. If given a chance, they would also take the same step to make profit. The ground for the closure of the thermal plant was prepared by the SAD-BJP government and the Congress Malout: Irate over not getting their salaries for the past six months, panchayat secretaries of the Malout block on Wednesday lodged a protest at the Block Development and Panchayat Office (BDPO) here. Jagvir Singh, president, Panchayat Secretaries’ Union, said, “We have not got the salaries for the past six months. If the department doesn’t release the salaries soon, we will intensify the stir.” TNS Bus hits bike, woman killed Radical Sikh preacher Baljit Singh Daduwal at the dharna of employees of the Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant in Bathinda on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PAWAN SHARMA government’s decision proved to be the last nail in the coffin,” Daduwal said. Terming the decision as “one against the religious sentiments of the people of Punjab”, he said the foundation stone of the thermal plant was laid in November 1969 on the occasion of the 500th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev and the plant was named after him. “By closing the plant on the Students present a cultural programme during the full dress rehearsal for the Republic Day function at Multipurpose Sports Stadium in Bathinda on Wednesday. PHOTO: VIJAY KUMAR Bathinda, January 24 The police today foiled an attempt of chit fund victims to forcibly enter the District Administrative Complex and stage a protest outside the office of the Senior Superintendent of Police, Naveen Singla. As the protesters tried to enter the complex, the police personnel present on the spot locked the gate. Coming together under the banner ‘Insaaf Di Lehar’, victims of various chit fund frauds assembled outside the gate of the District Administrative Complex. Arguing that their pleas had been falling on deaf ears of officials, the protesters announced that they would stage protest outside the office of the SSP . Continued on page 2 Contractual staff vent ire at CM’s tweet Nikhila Pant Dhawan Tribune News Service Activists of the Theka Mulazam Action Committee, Punjab, observe ‘Vaada Khilafi Diwas’ in Bathinda on Wednesday. They cut a cake with CM’s tweet embossed on it. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PAWAN SHARMA sen to power, the Congress would regularise jobs of all contractual employees and would also ensure that recruitment was not done on contrac- tual basis. The party will soon complete a year of its rule in the state but it has not been able to fulfil its promise,” said district president of the union, gain votes” and making promises during massive rallies that the chimneys of the thermal plant will spew smoke once the Congress came to power in the state. “In the presence of thousands of people, the Congress leader had taken the oath that the party would run the thermal plant. The party has not kept its promise and it would continue to befool the people,” he said. in accident Chit fund Health Minister to unfurl flag 1 killedyouth was killed in road Bathinda: A at A full dress rehearsal scam victims Bathinda, January 24 Day, Day.function was conductedfor accident that took placeRama. On the 69th Republic the at Phullokhari village near a resident accomquestion police Minister for Health and Fam- the stadium today. He,Naveen Ravinder Kumar,Sirsa said heofwas ily Welfare, Medical Educa- panied by SSP Audda village in Parliawith Sunil the over ‘inaction’ tion and Research andBrahm Singla, inspectedof Stparade. goingmotorcycle Kumar of his village mentary Affairs, near Phullokhari While students Joseph on a My honour, my pride Bathinda, January 24 Members of the Theka Mulazim Action Committee, Punjab, today staged a protest against the state government by cutting a cake of Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh’s year-old tweet. Celebrating the day as ‘Vaada Khilafi Diwas’, they also sent out congratulatory message to the Chief Minister for not fulfilling his promise even after a year. Fetching out a message tweeted by Captain Amarinder Singh on January 24, 2017, the protesters got it embossed on the cake and cut it as part of their protest. They also distributed lollipops among the public during the protest and accused the Chief Minister and the Congress of making hollow promises. “A year ago, the Chief Minister had promised that if cho- basis of wrong calculations, the government is playing with the emotions of the people of the state. The GNDTP is the first sacrifice at the altar of privatisation. The state-run thermal plants in Ropar and Lehra Mohabbat will also face the same fate,” he added. Taking on Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, Daduwal accused him of “lying through his teeth to Faridkot: A woman died on the spot after a speeding bus of a private transport company, owned by an Akali leader, hit a motorcycle on the National Highway-54, near Faridkot. The deceased has been identified as Jaswinder Kaur (65) of Sirsidi village of Faridkot. The nephew of the deceased, Gurtej Singh, who was driving the motorcycle, sustained serious injuries. He is under treatment at Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital, Faridkot. The police have registered a criminal case against unknown driver of New Deep Transport Company. The company is owned by Hardeep Singh Dimpi Dhillon, the SAD halqa in-charge of Gidderbaha Assembly constituency. TNS Deepak Bansal. Union leader Vikas Kumar said the fact that the state government had not even convened any meeting with c m y b the delegation of contractual employees points to the level of seriousness with which it was dealing with the issue. Another protester Rajinder Singh elaborated that in the past 10 months of the government, the contractual employees were promised meeting with the Chief Minister seven times, but it was never held. “We were promised meetings on seven occasions in the past 10 months but none of the meetings were held. If the government can’t even hear us, it is for everyone to imagine how it will handle our demands pertaining to regularisation,” he said. Raising slogans against the state government, the protesters said the Congress was also following in the footsteps of the SAD-BJP government. They announced that they would intensify their stir in case the government continued to ignore and cold shoulder their demands. Mohindra would unfurl the National Flag at Multipurpose Sports Stadium here. Bathinda Deputy Commissioner Diprava Lakra stated this while reviewing the ongoing preparations for Republic School presented the National Anthem, students of Delhi Public School, Silver Oaks School and Mahant Gurbanta Das School for Deaf and Dumb among others presented cultural items. TNS and suddenly, his motorcycle was hit by a truck (UP-17-T-8555) stranded on the road. Sunil Kumar succumbed to injuries. A case under Sections 304-A, 337 and 427 of the IPC has been registered against unidentified driver. TNS
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