13072018-btd-01.qxd 7/12/2018 10:56 PM Page 1 c m y b FRIDAY | 13 JULY 2018 | BATHINDA BATHINDA TRIBUNE Sewage overflow Hockey to success Supernatural drama For the past month, the sewerage system of most areas has seemingly collapsed. P2 Diljit Dosanjh says the film is not only about hockey but about the indomitable spirit of one man. P3 Nazar revolves around an unconventional plot set in modern-day India. P4 FORECAST RAIN LIKELY | MAX 32°C MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 35°C MIN 26°C | SUNSET FRIDAY 7.34 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 5.38 AM Daughter gives up hockey dreams for father’s treatment Victim suffered complete paralysis after his motorcycle collided with stray cattle near Cantonment in September 2016 Sumeer Singh Tribune News Service Bathinda, July 12 The family members of a man, who suffered complete paralysis after his motorcycle collided with stray cattle near the Cantonment in September 2016, are finding it difficult to make both ends meet. To bear household expenses, his daughter had to give up the dream to play for the national hockey team and discontinue her studies after graduation. The Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued a notice to the Municipal Corporation of Bathinda to file a reply till August 18 in a petition in which the wife of the victim had sought compensation of Rs 30 lakh. Ramesh Kumar (40), a resident of Dhobiana Basti, owned a stationary shop near the Cantonment area. He met with an accident and sustained grievous injury on his head and other body parts, rendering him bed-ridden. Daughter and wife of Ramesh Kumar carry him for a physiotherapy session; and (above) Archna, daughter of the victim, with her medals in Bathinda on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: PAWAN SHARMA He cannot speak or identify his family members since then. Kumar, who has 90 per cent disability, was the lone bread winner of the house. The victim’s elder daughter, Archna, was in BA first year student, who started doing a part time job to sustain her family. She is a national level hockey player. She represented the state in the National School Games (SGFI) and has won dozens of medals in the school and state level championships. Her younger sister also played hockey at the national level, who had to miss out on Second round of MBBS, BDS counselling deferred an international tour owing to the poor financial condition of her family. Exuding fighting spirit of a sportsperson in her eyes, Archna said, “Left with barely any choice, I had to give up the dream to play for the country and discontinue my studies this year. After appearing for dozens of interviews recently, I have secured a full time job in a marketing firm. Though the salary is low, it will still help my family.” The victim’s wife and daughter lift him from bed every day to take him for physiotherapy sessions at a centre near Bibi Wala Chowk. Archna said, “I take my father for physiotherapy sessions. Paying Rs 200 for auto-rickshaw everyday is unaffordable. The government must provide financial help to us at least to bear medical expenses for my father. My brother Tribune News Service Faridkot, July 12 The Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS) on Thursday evening deferred the second round of counselling to make admissions for about 2,000 MBBS and BDS seats in eight medical and 15 dental colleges in the state. The step has been taken by the BFUHS in view of the Medical Counselling Committee (MCC)’s decision of not announcing the result of second round of counselling for the all-India quota seats till further orders. The MCC on Thursday announced to keep the result in abeyance till further orders in view of a decision of the Jail inmate attacked at district courts Bathinda, July 12 Around half a dozen inmates attacked another jail inmate, who had come for a court hearing at the district courts from Central Jail. Jail guard and the police saved the jail inmate and took him to the Civil Hospital. After first aid, he was send back to the jail. Jail inmate Lakhwinder Singh, a resident of Virk Kalan village, said he had been booked in a case of assault at Bathinda Sadar’s Balluana police post. He got bail on Thursday and as he came out of the court and reached near ‘bakshikhana’ (place where inmates are kept), around six other inmates attacked him. He doesn’t even know why they attacked him, he said. Jail guard said Lakhwinder had received an injury on his head. Investigating officer ASI Rajwinder Singh said they had recorded the statement of Lakhwinder and probing the incident, after which further action would be taken. — TNS Madurai bench of Madras High Court, which said 24,000 candidates who appeared for NEET, the all-India test for MBBS and BDS courses, in Tamil would receive 196 extra marks (out of a total of 720) as the question paper contained translation errors. The High Court has asked the CBSE, which conducted NEET, to issue a revised ranking list in two weeks and suspend counselling for medical courses till then. The first round of online counselling for MBBS and BDS seats was conducted by the BFUHS two week ago and its result was declared on July 5. On the basis of this result, the students have to join the allotted seats by July 12. In the second round of counseling, all aspiring students were to reach the BFUHS on July 24 for their participation. In the second round, the vacant all-India quota (AIQ) seats in three government medical colleges are also merged with the state quota. As the MCC has not declared the result, in absence of matrix of vacant AIQ seats in three government medical colleges in the state, the BFUHS is unable to conduct the second round, said BFUHS authorities. Of total 500 MBBS seats in three government medical colleges in the state, 75 seats go to AIQ and these seats are filled by Continued on page 2 MC Commissioner holds meeting to discuss sites that can be given to board Tribune News Service Bathinda, July 12 The state government has asked the Municipal Corporation of Bathinda (MCB) to return Rs 52.45 crore loan with interest to the Punjab Infrastructure Development Board (PIDB), which was taken in 2008. The Director of the Local Bodies Department has written a letter to the MCB in which it has directed the latter to return the loan amount with interest to the PIDB at the earliest. It is also stated that if the MCB doesn’t have money to repay the loan, it can give any of its commercial open land, except Blue Fox land, in the city to the PIDB. The director has also demanded a list of After getting the directions, the MCB has started searching for prime land in the city. FILE PHOTO MCB land sites. After getting the directions, the MCB has started searching for prime land in the city. Municipal Commissioner Rishipal Singh on Thursday Roojam says 108-ambulance stir called off Tribune News Service Chandigarh/Bathinda, July 12 The protesting workers of ‘Dial 108’ ambulance workers called off their two-day long strike after getting assurance of revocation of service of their nearly 100 colleagues and sympathetic consideration of their long pending demands by the employer company Ziqitza Health Care by next week. The assurance has been given by Varun Roojam, the MD of Punjab Health Systems Corporation, who headed the meeting today. Talking to Tribune, Roojam said that the company officials have agreed to reinstate the sacked employees, around 100 in number while the other demands of the workers would also be considered sympathetically in a meeting, scheduled for next week. “the strike has been called off”, said Roojam. Earlier, the employees of the 108-ambulance service staged a protest at the Civil Hospital parking their ambulances in front of the Civil Surgeon’s office. As the government-run ambulance Employees of the 108-ambulance service protest in support of their demands at the Civil Hospital in Bathinda on Thursday. PHOTO: VIJAY KUMAR services remained suspended for over 48 hours, patients requiring medical care suffered, hiring private ambulances or other private vehicles to reach Civil Hospital. One of the patients, who sustained injuries in an accident in Bhucho Mandi was brought to the emergency unit of the hospital in a car. A Faridkot, July 12 After personal items and the bike of a ‘mysteriously’ missing young couple were found on the bank of Rajasthan Feeder canal on Thursday, the police have started investigation from different angles. While the family members of the couple are trying to search the canal with the help of divers, the police are making preliminary investigation before reaching a conclusion about the suspicious disappearance of the couple. Police sources revealed that Anand Jain, running an immigration agency, and his seven-month pregnant wife had left their home on Wednesday evening and no one had heard from them for the past 24 hours. They got married about oneand-a-half year ago and it was a love marriage. Jagandeep Kaur, additional SHO Faridkot, said the police received a complaint from the family members and investigation was under way. — TNS MCB told to repay ~52 cr to PIDB Sukhmeet Bhasin Balwant Garg Naresh Kumar has completed his secondary education this year. He is also searching for work. My sister Mitali is in Class X. We want that at least she must pursue her studies.” Tears trickled down from the eyes of victim’s mother Rukmani Devi when her granddaughter started lifting her father from the bed for a physiotherapy session. Sukhwinder, the wife of the victim, said, “To bear medical expenses for my husband’s treatment, we had to put our house as collateral for Rs 5 lakh. We have already spent Rs 7 lakh on his treatment and got him treated at various places, but he has not recovered physically or mentally. We want that the government must provide compensation to us so that we can at least get our house freed from the bond. My husband’s younger brother and other acquaintances assisted us financially.” Couple missing, family members search canal pregnant woman was also brought to the Women and Children Hospital by a private ambulance. Bakshish Singh, president of the Employees Association of 108-Ambulance, Punjab, said, “More than 35 of our employees were relieved from services recently. The government must reinstate c m y b them. The post of emergency medical technician attached with the ambulance service has been converted to ambulance manager so that the government can avoid increasing their pay scale. We have not got increments on our salaries for the past four years. The work hours must be reduced to eight from 12.” held a meeting with MCB officials in which discussion on a few sites was held, which the MCB plans to give to the PIDB. To arrange funds for devel- opment projects, the MCB had sold its 21 acres of Blue Fox to the PIDB in 2008, for which the latter had given Rs 40 crore as advance. In 2011, the PIDB gave Rs 12.45 crore against the grant, which state government was to give to the MCB. Later, a resident filed a case in the High Court against the land deal and the court put a stay on this. Later, the MCB sold this land to the Bathinda Improvement Trust for Rs 82.47 crore. The Trust took a loan from bank and paid Rs 21.25 crore and later Rs 2 crore to the MCB. The pending amount was to be given by the Trust in six instalments, along with interest. The MCB had done the deal on the assurance of a bank loan of complete Rs 82 crore, but afterwards the bank refused to give this amount. The pending amount of Rs 59.22 crore has still not been paid to the MCB. The state government has directed the MCB to forego the interest on the amount of the Improvement Trust and the civic body has in turn told the state government to exempt it from paying interest on the PIDB amount. Mayor Balwant Rai Nath said, “We don’t have any land or money to give to the PIDB. We are facing problems in giving salaries to the employees. Now the state government wants us to repay the Rs 52.45 crore to the PIDB at the earliest. It should convert this loan into grant.” Child dies of electric shock, labourer injured Bathinda, July 12 One child died of electrocution and another person was injured after suffering an electric shock in two incidents on Thursday in the city. In the first incident, one and a half year old child died in a house located at Naruana road after suffering an electric current. A Vardhman police post team, taking action on the statement of the deceased’s father, got a post-mortem of the child conducted and handed over the body to the family members. In the statement given to the police, Manjit Singh, a resident of Hazi Rattan, has stated that his wife and son Iqbal Singh alias Sanju had gone to his father-in-law Kala Singh’s house located at the Naruana road. He said on Wednesday night, his son was playing in the house when an iron bed was lying there and an open wire, which had a cut, was passing from there. The grandmother of the deceased child at the Civil Hospital in Bathinda on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO The current from the wire transferred into the iron bed and while playing, his son came in contact with the bed. He was taken to a private hospital where he was declared dead. Later, the deceased was taken to the Civil Hospital for post-mortem. Manjit Singh alleged that his father-in-law, instead of giving him correct information on Wednesday night, misinformed him. He added that his father-inlaw unnecessarily interfered in his life. Vardhaman police post incharge ASI Ganeshwar Singh said, “We are probing the incident on the basis of the statement of the deceased’s father.” In the second incident, a mason working in an underconstruction house in Model Town suffered an electric shock. After the incident, he was taken to the Civil Hospital, where his condition is said to be serious. His co-workers alleged that despite telling the house owner to switch off the power supply, it was not done due to which mason Kulwinder Singh suffered the shock. Injured Kulwinder Singh is a resident of Kotli village. He demanded that the cost of treatment should be borne by the house owner. — TNS
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