01052018-btd-01.qxd 5/1/2018 12:15 AM Page 1 TUESDAY | 1 MAY 2018 | BATHINDA BATHINDA TRIBUNE Fire mishaps Advocating justice No intimacy, please! Department lacks proper equipment to handle fire incidents in high-rise buildings. P2 Meet a few lawyers who have actually stood by truth. P3 Sweta Bhattacharya refused to get close to her co-actor Vishal Vashishtha on screen. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 43°C MIN 21°C | YESTERDAY MAX 44°C MIN 25°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 7.08 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5.47 AM HC directs BDA, allottees to submit affidavit Possession of plots: Next hearing adjourned to May 28 Sukhmeet Bhasin Tribune News Service Bathinda, April 30 A hearing in the case of possession not being given by the Bathinda Development Authority (BDA) to 155 allottees of residential plots on the 36-acre old Central Jail site was held in the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday. The court has asked both parties — Bathinda Development Authority (BDA) and plot allottees — to submit affidavits regarding the work done at the site and has fixed the next date of hearing on May 28. The decision has come as a relief for the BDA as it has got around a month to complete its pending work at the site and give possession of the plots to the allottees till the next date of hearing. Plot allottees had lodged a complaint against the Bathinda Development Authority (BDA) with the Punjab and Haryana High Court over not getting possession of their plots in the colony. As per information, on February 23, 2016, the BDA conducted a draw for 155 residential plots on the old Hurling abuses: Clerk apologises to Mayor Bathinda, April 30 A clerk of the Municipal Corporation of Bathinda (MCB), Pyare Lal, on Monday tendered an apology to Mayor Balwant Rai Nath for abusing the latter in a video, which went viral on the social media, while others councillors are still adamant on lodging a defamation case against the clerk. Pyare Lal said, “I have apologised to the Mayor for the wrong words used against him. I was not well at time and my blood pressure was high. It was all said in a momentary impulse.” Other councillors on Monday held a meeting at the MCB office seeking action against the erring official for disrespecting the chair of the Mayor by hurling abuses. Cutting across party lines, they said the clerk should not be spared as he had dis- Central Jail land. It was stated that after completing the entire work within 10 months, the possession would be given to all allottees by December 31, 2016. After the draw, all allottees deposited 25 per cent of the money, but till date, most of them have not got possession of plots. Even the work of sewerage, water and roads has not been completed so far and no power connection has been installed till date. The allottees have alleged that without giving them possession and basic ameni- ties, the BDA is recovering money by imposing 12 per cent interest from them. Surprisingly, while hearing on the issue, the Punjab and Haryana High Court had directed the BDA to give the possession of the plots by December 31, 2017, to the allottees who had deposited 25 per cent amount. To save itself from contempt of court action, the BDA had issued possession letters to five people, but irked over this attitude of the BDA, the allottees have again filed an appeal in the court over the issue. SC RULING ON RMP Medical practitioners lodge protest Tribune News Service Bathinda, April 30 Members of the Medical Practitioners’ Association staged a protest against the Supreme Court ruling that states that only a qualified medical practitioner, who has a certificate in integrated medicine, can practice as RMP (rural medical practitioner). Hundreds of members of the MPA gathered near Teachers’ Home and raised slogans against the government. The protesters then carried out a rally up to the mini-secretariat. HS Ranu, finance secretary of the association, said, “The public health sector in the state is understaffed and with such ruling in place, a majority of people residing in rural areas would be deprived of Medical practitioners protest outside the DC office in Bathinda on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO basic medical care.” “Successive governments have promised that members of the MPA will be registered under recognised medical boards, but they have backtracked time and Rising trend Bhagtana retires as SSP (VB) Bathinda: Vigilance Bureau SSP Jagjit Singh Bhagtana on Monday retired after 30 years of service in the Punjab Police. Senior officials of the police and local staff arranged a retirement party in his honour. Bhagtana’s service was extended by two years. The President’s Medal winner, Bhagtana was promoted as PPS officer in 2005. He had started his career as an assistant sub-inspector way back in 1988. He moved an application with the Punjab VB chief director, seeking to extend his services, which was accepted, but the final nod from the government didn’t come. Bhagtana was considered close to leaders in the ruling party. He had served as SHO at Lambi and DSP at Gidderbaha in the past. Bhagtana could not be contacted despite repeated attempts. TNS respect the Mayor and elected representatives. Senior deputy mayor Tarsem Goyal said, “Whatever has happened is very shocking and wrong.” He slammed that even other senior officials sitting in the protest were laughing over what the clerk said. A video has gone viral on the social media in which a clerk has been abusing the Mayor while addressing protesting members of the Municipal Workers Union a few days ago. The incident took place while members of the Municipal Workers Union were on a pen-down strike demanding cancellation of recommendation of suspension of SDO Rajinder Kumar in the house meeting proceedings, which were sent to the Local Bodies Department in Chandigarh. — TNS Kaur, the girl was on the way to her college when the accident happened. She was a BSc (Nursing) fourth year student at a nursing college in Kotkapura. — TNS 18-year-old girl kills self Bathinda: An 18-year-old girl committed suicide by hanging herself at a quarter in the Cantonment area. The deceased has been identified as Sultana. Her father Zamil Khan is a soldier in the Army. Salma, mother of the deceased, told the police that there was no reason behind taking this extreme step. Zamil Khan, a havaldar in the Bathinda Cantonment, belonged to Taner village in Sangrur district. Sultana is survived by her younger brother and parents. She had passed her Class XII. SHO Narinder Kumar said the police had initiated proceedingd under Sections 174 of the CrPC. TNS Body of child found from canal Girls cover their faces with dupatta to protect themselves from the heat as the temperature rose to 44 degree Celsius in Bathinda on Monday. With the beginning of May, the mercury is all set to head north. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PAWAN SHARMA College staff protest as salary due for months Tribune News Service Two booked on rape charge Tribune News Service Malout, April 30 Irate over not getting salary for the past three months, the non-teaching staff of Guru Teg Bahadur Khalsa Institute of Engineering and Technology at Chhapianwali village on Monday lodged a protest in front of the office of the principal against the college management. The protesters alleged that it was not just about pending salaries, they were now being forced to go on leave for a long period. Some of the protesters, including Rajpal Kaur, Kirandeep Kaur, Maninder Kaur and PS Dhillon alleged that they were working for the past about eight years in the college, but did not get their salaries for the past Non-teaching staff of Guru Teg Bahadur Khalsa Institute of Engineering and Technology protest at Chhapianwali village on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO around eight months. Meanwhile, talking to mediapersons, Rahul Malhotra, principal of Guru Teg Bahadur Khalsa Institute of Engineer- The SC’s ruling was aimed at curbing quackery, especially in the rural belt of the country, but the decision has not gone down well with the RMP fraternity in the state. SNIPPETS Student crushed under train Faridkot: A 20-year-old nursing student was run over by Jammu-Tawi Express at a railway crossing at Chahal road here on Monday. Identified as Ripanbir again. With the move coming into effect, around 5,000 RMPs in the district, including RMPs who have more than 25 years of experience, would be rendered jobless,” Ranu added. ing and Technology, said, “The state government is yet to give us scholarship funds amounting to nearly Rs 7 crore, which has caused the problem.” Bathinda, April 30 Two persons allegedly raped a woman after offering her a lift in their car from the bus stand. They took her to the motor room of a farm house at Mehma Sarja village to commit the crime. The Nehianwala police have started a probe in the matter after registration of a case against Gurpreet Singh and Chahal (incomplete name) under Sections 376-D of the IPC on the basis of the statement of the victim. In a complaint lodged by the 28-year-old woman, a resident of Doda village in Muktsar district, it has been stated that she came to Lohara village on Saturday for some work. She went to the bus stand and around 12.30 pm, two persons offered her lift in a car, which she accepted, she added. The accused took her to a tubewell motor room at Mehma Sarja village and raped her, she said. According to the woman, the accused were calling each other by names Gurpreet and Chahal. After raping her, both left her at Doda village and managed to escape. ASI Beera Singh said a probe was on in the matter. There is some doubt in the woman’s statement and the police want to take her statement again, he added. Transport Dept collects ~10-cr revenue Bathinda, April 30 The Transport Department has collected revenue of Rs 10.5 crore from commercial vehicle tax in April. As per records, since the launch of Vahan 4.0 scheme in the district, the revenue collections have improved significantly. In the previous quarter from January to March, commercial vehicle tax collection was Rs 4.5 crore. Talking to Bathinda Tribune, Manish Chaudhary, sectional officer, RTA, confirmed that they had collected Rs 10.5 crore in the April quarterly commercial vehicle tax collection. “Through offline mode, in the past three days, we have collected nearly Rs 14 lakh. The rest of the amount has been collected through drafts and challans,” he added. — TNS Bathinda: The body of 10-year-old Ajay, a resident of the Rose Garden area in Bathinda, was recovered from the Sirhind canal on Monday near Killianwali village in Muktsar district during a rescue operation. The body was found by an NDRF team around 4 pm. The Thermal police reached the spot and took the body in custody. After postmortem was conducted at the Civil Hospital, the body was handed over to the family of the deceased. Proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC, on the basis of his father’s statement Kala Singh, were initiated. Ajay along with his uncle Krishan (25) came for a bath at the Sirhind canal on Saturday evening. After they jumped into the canal, Ajay drowned while Krishan was saved by a passerby. Teams of the NDRF had launched the rescue operation on Saturday. TNS SAD councillor booked for fraud Tribune News Service Bathinda, April 30 SAD councillor from Ward Number 37, Harjinder Singh, has been booked in a land fraud case. A resident of Nangal in Roopnagar, Taruna, has lodged a complaint to the police stating that accused Vidya Devi, Ram Chand and Prem Chand, residents of Ganesha Basti, and councillor Harjinder Singh have committed a crime by forging documents and to get her plot wrongly registered in their names. Councillor Harjinder Singh was allegedly the witness and had given his signatures during the process, due to which he has been made the party. It is learnt that the Taruna Case registered ■ A case under Sections 120 B, 420, 465, 467, 468 and 471 of the IPC has been registered against the accused at the Civil Lines police station. . had lodged a complaint with the SSP, who had marked a probe to the economic offences (EO) wing. After the probe, a case has been registered against the four accused. Investigation officer ASI Darshan Singh said though the accused have been booked, no arrest has been made so far. A case under Sections 120 B, 420, 465, 467, 468 and 471 of the IPC has been registered against the accused at the Civil Lines police station.
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