23022018-btd-01.qxd 2/22/2018 10:56 PM Page 1 c m y b FRIDAY | 23 FEBRUARY 2018 | BATHINDA BATHINDA TRIBUNE BKU blocks road Head-ing for trouble Kanika heads to Milan Members of the BKU staged a protest on the Bathinda-Barnala road near Lehra Bega. P2 At the Milan fashion week, models walked the ramp donning turbans. P3 Not many people know that singer Kanika Kapoor was a part of fashion industry. P4 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 29°C MIN 12°C | YESTERDAY MAX 22°C MIN 07°C | SUNSET FRIDAY 6.25 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 7.02 AM Fund crunch hits Panchkarma centre An arm of the Ayurveda centre, it is not even getting regular supply of medicines Sumeer Singh Tribune News Service Bathinda, February 22 There could not be a better picture of the neglect than the one mirrored by the Panchkarma unit running from the premises of Bhai Mani Singh Civil Hospital. The unit, an arm of the Ayurveda centre, is neither getting regular supply of medicines nor funds for the maintenance of medical equipment installed at the centre. Erratic supply of medicines and scarcity of funds hamper its operations. Established in 2013, the lone Panchkarma (technique to heal ailments via detoxification of human body) facility in the Malwa region would have ceased to exist if it was not for the medical staff of the Ayurveda centre. The medical staff not only leave no stone unturned to provide treatment to patients by making arrangements for medicines on their own but also spend money from their pocket for the upkeep of the Panchkarma equipment installed in the centre. Surprisingly, the required herbs (for steaming) and oils (for detoxification) to perform different procedures of treatment under Panchkarma were never supplied to the centre by authorities, except for a few months in the beginning when the centre was established in 2013. The situation for supply of Ayurvedic medicines is also not so different and scarcity often pushed the staff to manage affairs on their own. Dr Anurag Giridhar, Ayurvedic Medical Officercum-in-charge at the Panchkarma centre said, “We have no choice but to continue working and contributing from our own pocket else we would not be able to treat patients. Contrary to the towering claims of State Health Department to uplift the stature and promote this ancient medical technique of healing, the state of affairs at the Panchkarma centre is disappointing.” He added, “To ensure that patients do not run from pillar to post for their treatment and keep the affairs running here, I spend Rs 2,000 from my pocket every month for the maintenance of the equipment and herbs. I also pay Rs 700 to the cleaning staff every month.” The centre has equipment such as Nadi Svedan Yantra, Shirodhara Yantra, Sarwand Dhara Yantra, Agnikarma Shalaka and Peti Sveda Yantra. The equipment for Panchakarma treatment need regular maintenance and replacement of some parts such as heating element, electronic equipment, rubbers, wiring and plugs. On an average, the centre sees 50 to 60 patients on daily basis. Patients not only visit the centre to get treatment from remote areas of the district but also from other districts such as Barnala, Mansa, Abohar, Jalandhar and Sri Ganganagar. Manisha Aggarwal, District Ayurveda Officer, said, “We are awaiting funds. As and when we get them, all pending issues would be resolved on priority.” RK Sharma, director, Ayurveda Punjab, denied anything of the sort. “I will get in touch with the official concerned in Bathinda to know if there is any requirement of funds or equipment.” We are immensely pleased to announce the opening of Brills Grammar Institute on February 26 at Bathinda. Managing Director BRILLS Grammar Institute Dy Managing Director Contact : 90417-30876, 92166-22930 MCB teams issue 174 Mega job fair fails to draw in aspirants challans for littering Ravi Chandel Tribune News Service Bathinda, February 22 The Municipal Corporation of Bathinda has started tightening the noose against those found to be littering public places. The sanitation wing of the MCB has constituted teams which keep an eye on people to curb the practice. These teams have already begun issuing fine to violators. The MCB has started the drive following the directions issued by the National Green Tribunal. Sanitation Department chief inspector Satish Kumar said as per the NGT directions, apart from stopping the people from littering roads and streets, challans will also be issued to those who indulge in heaping debris by the roadside during NGT directions ■ Sanitation Department chief inspector Satish Kumar said as per the NGT directions, apart from stopping the people from littering roads and streets, challans would also be issued to those who indulge in heaping debris by the roadside during construction of buildings. . construction of buildings. The inspector said the MCB was following the directions religiously and the teams have issued 174 challans between February 1 and 21. A higher number of challans have been handed out to people at Bhatti road, GT road, Bathinda-Barnala highway, Paras Ram Nagar and Pratap Nagar. While conducting surprise checks, the MCB teams directed the contractors at constructions sites to make sure that the debris is not thrown in empty plots or heaped by the roadsides. The nursery owners were also directed to keep their potted plants inside the nursery rather than exhibiting them outside the nursery. Meanwhile, the MCB drive to curb the menace of open defecation is also on. The MCB teams have been regularly visiting the railway tracks and slum areas to keep a check on it. In the past 21 days, 133 challans have been issued to those flouting the rules and not using public toilets. — TNS Bathinda, February 22 The ongoing second statelevel mega job fair organised at Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Technical University (MRSPTU) has entered its third day today, but the number of job aspirants visiting it remained abysmally low. As per information, on the very first day, 12 companies visited the fair and around 150 job aspirants approached them, of whom only 95 have been shortlisted. The next day, six companies came to the fair and only 95 candidates visited it, of which only 18 have been shortlisted. Today, 184 candidates appeared of which only 41 were shortlisted, so far. Ironically, in view of the less numbers of job seekers at the fair, the authorities SNIPPETS Home Guard jawan kills self Bathinda: A jawan of the Punjab Home Guard on Thursday committed suicide at Rampura village. He was said to be under stress for the past few days. Rampura Sadar police initiated proceedings under Section 174 of the IPC. The body was handed over to the family after the post-mortem. The deceased has been identified as Harminder Singh, a resident of Rampura village. According to the police, Harminder was deployed at the Guru Hargobind Thermal Plant, Lehra Mohhabat, and he was under stress as his wife was suffering from cancer. He too was suffering from a liver ailment. Last night, he consumed poison in his village. His family took him to a hospital where the doctors declared him dead. TNS Two motorcycles stolen Bathinda: Two motorcycles have been stolen from the area under the Civil Lines police station. In a complaint lodged by Akshay Kumar, a resident of Tagore Nagar, it has been stated that unidentified persons stole his Honda Scooty (PB-03-AS-1101) from the Civil Lines area. In another incident, Malkeet Singh, a resident of Kheta Singh Basti, lodged a complaint that unidentified persons had stolen his motorcycle (PB-03-AJ-3065) from the same area. A case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered at the Civil Lines police station against unidentified persons. TNS 2 held with 27 boxes of liquor Barnala: The Crime Investigation Agency (CIA) has arrested two persons and confiscated 27 boxes of smuggled liquor. The accused were allegedly trying to smuggle liquor to Barnala from Haryana. A case under the Excise Act has been registered against the accused. “The accused Harpreet Singh and Balwinder Singh were trying to smuggle the seized 27 boxes to Barnala. They had bought the boxes from some Haryana-based smugglers,” said ASI Ranjit Singh. TNS Milkha,Gurdasformarathon Malout: The District Olympic Association supported by the district administration in organising a half marathon (21-km long), ‘Muktsar Marathon’ at Gidderbaha, on March 18. Deputy Commissioner Sumeet Jarangal Muktsar said this was being organised to connect youth with sports. He said Padma Shri awardee Milkha Singh would be the brand ambassador of the event, while famous Punjabi singer Gurdas Mann would perform on stage. Apart from the half run, the marathon would also be held in the 10 km and 5 km categories. The winners would get cash prizes of more than Rs 13 lakh. The first prize in both men and women’s category will carry a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh each, while the cash prize for second and third prizes will be Rs 70,000 and Rs 50,000, respectively. There is no age bar to taking part in the event, but the participant must be physically fit. TNS c m y b The conference hall for registrations wears a deserted look in Bathinda on Thursday. PHOTO: VIJAY KUMAR have also shifted the venue of registration. Earlier, the registration venue for the candidates to generate the hall ticket was at the hockey ground, but now it has been shifted to the conference hall. Meanwhile, many of the job aspirants said they were not well aware of the job fair. They only got to know about it from media reports. Besides, after shifting of the fair registration venue, a number of job seekers thought that the job fair has concluded. Jagseer Singh, father of a job aspirant, said, “I came here along with my daughter who did graduation and ITI diploma. Firstly, we got to know about the job fair from newspapers. Secondly, after coming here we came to know that the registration site has been shifted. There was no signboard for the registration site to facilitate the candidates.” Suresh Kumar, a job aspirant, said, “I completed my Class XII and did ITI diploma, but on reaching here I came to know that ITI diploma holders can apply for the job only on the last day of the fair.” Manjeet Singh, another candidate, Continued on page 2
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