02032018-btd-01.qxd 3/1/2018 10:49 PM Page 1 c m y b FRIDAY | 2 MARCH 2018 | BATHINDA BATHINDA TRIBUNE ‘Scholarship after audit’ Holi hai Riot of colour Minister Channi said scholarship payment to the institutions would be made after a special audit. P2 It is a lot of fun for some, while some dread it. Here’s how youngsters from tricity celebrate. P3 Tellywood actors talk about their Holi plans and share memories. P4 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 27°C MIN 14°C | YESTERDAY MAX 29°C MIN 13°C | SUNSET FRIDAY 6.30 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 6.55 AM Two more theft incidents take place in district Bathinda, March 1 After the yesterday’s incident in which Rs 2 lakh was lost to snatchers, two more theft incidents were reported in the district today. In the first incident, Kamaldeep Singh, a resident of Rampura, has stated that unidentified persons stole his Zen car (PB-03-BN-0713) from outside his home. In another incident that took place in Star Palace in Rampura, unidentified persons stole an LCD of worth Rs 42,000. A joint FIR has been registered at the Rampura (City) police station against unidentified accused. On the other hand, after 24 hours of the snatching incident, the Kotwali police have failed to find any clue of the accused, who targeted a showroom owner last night. A case under Sections 394 (robbery) and 323 of the IPC has been registered against four unidentified persons on the statement of Ashok Garg, a resident of Vishal Nagar, at the Kotwali police station. It has been stated that he was going to his home after closing his Liberty showroom at Hanuman Chowk. As he reached the main road of Vishal Nagar and Tagore Nagar, four persons attacked him with iron rods and snatched his bag. — TNS Water packaging units evade safety norms 5 of 41 manufacturing units possess FSSAI licence in Bathinda Sumeer Singh Tribune News Service Bathinda, March 1 Showing scant regard to food safety norms mandated by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) to supply safe potable water, nearly three dozen packaged water manufacturing units in the district are functioning without obtaining FSSAI licence from the Health Department. Data procured from the District Health Department revealed that just five packaged drinking water manufacturers in the district have acquired FSSAI licence, mandatory to supply safe drinking water. It can be attributed to the apathetic attitude of officials concerned that has let these units flourish unabated for the past couple of years. While as many as 12 packaged water manufacturing units operating from different locations in the city are functioning without obtaining FSSAI licence, around 24 Sampling by BIS ■ Apart from seeking licence from the FSSAI, these water manufacturing-cum-supplying units also need to get sanctions from the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). Moreover, prior inspections are conducted before sanction is accorded to any packaged water manufacturing unit. The sampling of water is done at regular intervals at the International Testing Centre (lab) at Panchkula. . The process ■ A BIS approved water manufacturing unit does chlorination of water, then micro filtration is done to remove micro organisms, RO filtration, UV tube radiation test, storage, ozonation of water, packaging and then distribution. . such units are operating in the periphery. Four units in Rama Mandi, three in Talwandi Sabo, two each in Sangat Mandi and Rampura Phul, three each in Bhucho Mandi and Maur and one each in Kot Shamir and Goniana Mandi are functioning for the past couple of years. Kashmira Hygienic at Gobindpura, True Indra at Biwi Wala village, Osnowa at Gill Pati, Oxyfresh at Mansa road and MD Drinking Water Company at Paras Ram Nagar are the units that have obtained the licence. A senior functionary in the Health Department on condition of anonymity said while it is understandable from the owners’ perspective of these illegal private packaged water manufacturing units to not acquire a licence, it raises serious questions regarding the functioning of the Health Department. He added that around five to seven years ago, there were a handful of packaged water manufacturers (without FSSAI licence) operating in the district but ‘tacit Colourful smiles approval’ accorded by officials concerned have emboldened the former to spread its wings in almost every nook and corner of Bathinda now. “As Bathinda and other neigbouring districts of Malwa region have already earned notoriety of being cancer belt of the country owing to presence of heavy metals in the groundwater, such lackadaisical approach of Health Department to not been able to tighten the noose around illegal water suppliers (manufacturing units), may have wider health repercussions in the long run,” warned a medical oncologist of a private hospital. District Health Officer (DHO) Dr Ashok Monga said, “Firstly, we will identify packaged water manufacturing units that have not obtained FSSAI licence and ask them to apply for the same at the earliest. If they fail to do so in the given time frame, then owners of these units would be penalised as per law.” One held for bid to supply phone in jail Barnala, March 1 An employee of the Punjab Ex-Servicemen Corporation (PESCO), posted at the Barnala jail, was arrested this morning for trying to a supply a mobile phone to a gangster lodged in the jail. The police have registered a case under the Prison Act at the Barnala (City) police station. As per information, the Barnala jail authorities caught PESCO employee Chamkaur singh last evening while he was allegedly trying to supply a new Lava touch screen mobile phone to gangster Baldev Singh, lodged in the jail. After confiscating the phone, the Jail authorities wrote to the Barnala city police. “We have arrested Chamkaur Singh and registered a case against him. We are conducting further investigation,” said ASI Jasveer Singh. — TNS College students celebrate Holi in Bathinda on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PAWAN SHARMA Probe marked into recovery of mobile phones from jail Gagandeep Sharma Tribune News Service Bathinda, March 1 Senior officials of the Bathinda police have marked a probe after the recovery of 12 mobiles from barracks of inmates at the Central Jail, Bathinda, situated at Gobindpura village. SSP Naveen Singla confirmed that the department has demanded a report from the Nathana police station and jail officials. A senior official of the police will be deployed for the investigation as it is serious matter, he added. On the other hand, the Nathana police have started the legal process regarding the probe and the formal GNDTP staff protest is now two months old Formal arrest of accused ■ SSP Naveen Singla confirmed that the department has demanded a report from the Nathana police and jail officials. ■ The Nathana police have started the legal process regarding the probe and the formal arrest of the accused. ■ Investigating officer Lachman Singh said all 12 accused would be interrogated regarding how these mobile phones reached the Central Jail. ■ In another case, the jail police recovered 48 gm intoxicant powder from an inmate during a search near the main gate of the jail. ■ The accused has been identified as Baljinder Singh, a resident of Mehndipur in Jalandhar district . arrest of the accused. All accused were in judicial custody and the Nehianwala police had filed an application in the court for production warrants. Investigating officer Lachman Singh said all 12 accused would be interrogated regarding how these mobile phones reached the Central Jail. If any insider (may be a jail employee) is found involved, action will also take against him, he added. On the other hand, the deputy jail superintendant said they were also investigating the matter. Now there will be more vigil on the main gate of the jail and searching of inmates will be conducted three times after inmates return from hearings, he added. More CCTV cameras will also be installed in the jail as police suspect that mobiles might have been thrown from outside. Intoxicant powder recovered from inmate The jail police recovered 48 gm intoxicant powder from an inmate during a search near the main gate of the jail. The accused has been identified as Baljinder c m y b Singh, a resident of Mehndipur in Jalandhar district. He was shifted from Jalnadhar to Bathinda one and a half month ago. Deputy jail superintendant Manjeet Singh Sidhu said last evening, he returned from a hearing at Jalandhar and when the jail staff checked him, a packet carrying 48 gm intoxicant powder was recovered from his underwear. The jail police informed the Nathana police. A case under Sections 22, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act, 188 of the IPC and 52-A of the Prison Act, 1894, has been registered against Baljinder Singh on the complaint of additional jail superintendant. Contractual workers of the Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant burn an effigy of the state government in Bathinda on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PAWAN SHARMA CLOSURE OF PLANT Nikhila Pant Dhawan Tribune News Service Bathinda, March 1 Tired with the nonchalant attitude of the state government and the district administration towards their agitation which completed two months today, contractual employees of the Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant continued their protest path. They burnt effigies of the state government, Finance Minister and PSPCL management for not heeding their demands and going ahead with the decision to shut down the thermal plant. Notably, the contractual employees of the thermal plant have been sitting on an indefinite protest outside the District Administrative Complex and have been demanding that the state government recall its decision to shut down the thermal plant located in Bathinda. The protesters, accompanied by their family members, took out a march. Raising anti-government slogans, they burnt effigies each at Fauji Chowk, Hanuman Chowk and Fire Brigade Chowk before marching back to their protest site. The protesters claimed that the state government had failed to hold a meeting with the contractual employees of the plant despite the fact that they have been protesting for two months now. They also accused the PSPCL management of succumbing to pressure of the state government. They accused Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal of not keeping his pre-poll promise of keeping the thermal plant functional. Staff protest delays disbursal of salaries Meanwhile, regular employees, under the banner of Taalmel Committee GNDTP , today blocked the main gate of the thermal plant on the Bathinda-Malout road. Raising slogans against the PSPCL management, the employees argued that earlier their salaries used to be released by the second last or last day of every month. “From two months, the management has been delaying the release of our salaries. Last time too, the salary was released on January 5 and that too after we staged a protest. This time too, the salary has been delayed despite the fact that the workers would need money ahead of the festival,” said Parkash Singh, one of the protesters.
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