02082018-btd-01.qxd 8/1/2018 11:21 PM Page 1 THURSDAY | 2 AUGUST 2018 | BATHINDA BATHINDA TRIBUNE Centre gets new look Song of victory Wish to elope fulfilled To give child-friendly look to anganwari centres, work on giving walls of these a facelift begins. P2 Jennifer Lopez to receive ‘Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award’. P3 Dil Hi Toh Hai has already built a good quotient of intrigue for its upcoming plot. P4 FORECAST SUNNY | MAX 36°C MIN 28°C | YESTERDAY MAX 36°C MIN 28°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 7.25 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 5.49 AM SAD, Cong at loggerheads over development works BIT to get NOC from MC to spend ~16 cr; Mayor says won’t give nod Sukhmeet Bhasin Tribune News Service Bathinda, August 1 The Bathinda Improvement Trust (BIT) had got approval to carry out development works in the city. For this purpose, it was granted ~16 crore. Now, it has to get an NOC from the civic body to initiate the work. Mayor Balwant Rai Nath on Wednesday said he would ensure that the NOC is not given to the BIT. On the other side, Congress city president Mohan Lal Jhumba said the Mayor was creating hurdles for all-round development in the city. “I will not allow the civic body to issue an NOC to the BIT to carry out development works in the city as the MC is competent enough to carry out the same. In the past as well, we have initiated works worth ~73 crore in which all roads were constructed in the I allow the civic body to to ❝towill notout development worksissue an NOC thethe BIT carry in the city as MC is competent enough to carry out the same. In the past as well, we have initiated works worth ~73 crore in which all roads were constructed in the city. The state government had also appreciated our work ❞ BALWANT RAI NATH, Mayor by the ❝The MC ruledtowardsSAD-BJP hasofadopted a different attitude the wards the Congress councillors. So, Manpreet Badal had come up with a plan to get the work done through the BIT. If the Mayor tried to oppose it, I will expose him in public MOHAN LAL JHUMBA, Congress city president city. The state government had also appreciated our work,” said the Mayor. He added, “I don’t know what happened suddenly that the state government and Finance Minister Manpreet Badal want to get development works done by ❞ the BIT. The Finance Minister had stopped issuing grants to MC.” The Mayor demanded the state government should issue funds to the MC and said it would carry out the works effectively. “Diverting the work and funds to the BIT is an insult to the elected representatives. There are 50 councillors who have been elected by the people to get their works done,” he said. He said the Congress government was meting out stepmotherly treatment to them as the MC was ruled by the SAD-BJP councillors. Countering the claims of the Mayor, Jhumba said, “The MC ruled by the SADBJP has adopted a different attitude towards the wards of Congress councillors. So, Manpreet Badal had come up with a plan to get the work done through the BIT.” He said, “If the Mayor tried to oppose it, I will expose him in public.” Manpreet Badal had issued ~16 crore to the Deputy Commissioner and once the tenders is floated, the DC will transfer the funds to the BIT. Long wait 16-yr-old ‘raped’, youth booked Tribune News Service Bathinda, August 1 The police have booked a person for allegedly raping a 16-year-old girl. The accused has been identified as Gurman Singh, a resident of Bhai Rupa village. The victim said the accused first developed friendship with her and then raped her The victim, a Class XII student, told the police that after the death of parents, she had been staying with her paternal aunt. The victim said the accused first developed friendship with her and on the intervening night of July 15 and 16 July, the youth raped her in fields. The victim narrated the incident before her one of the relatives, who immediately informed the police. After conducting a medical examination of the victim, the police have registered a case against the accused. ASI Karamjit Singh said the accused was on the run and raids were on to arrest him. Students wait for hours to get bus passes at PRTC office Bathinda, August 1 A large number of students, who came to apply for concessional bus passes, were a harried lot due to lack of proper arrangements at the district head office of the PRTC on Wednesday. The students were seen standing in queues at the counters in humid conditions for hours. A majority of the students came from far-flung villages. The students said despite com- ing to the PRTC office at 7 am, they had to stand in queues for more than 4-5 hours. They demanded that the authorities concerned must increase the number of staff so that students did not suffer. Dharampreet Singh, a student, said, “With such mismanagement on the part of the authorities, it will take days to get the passes. Moreover, my study is getting affected after visiting the PRTC office again and again. Students stand in queues at the bus stand in Bathinda on Wednesday. PAWAN SHARMA No X-ray at Malout hospital for want of staff One radiographer is on deputation, another is on leave Archit Watts Tribune News Service A roadside umbrella vendor waits for customers in Bathinda on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PAWAN SHARMA Man booked on rape charge Malout, August 1 The local police have booked a man for allegedly raping a Class XI student. The accused has been identified as Rajdeep Singh, a resident of Fakkarsar village. In her complaint to the police, the victim said the accused first served some sedative drink and thereafter, he took her to fields and sexually assaulted. She said after that, he dropped her near the railway overbridge in the town. — TNS One more medical store sealed Malout, August 1 The district drug authorities on Wednesday sealed a medical store at Mallkatora village near here after they found that the pharmacist was not present there. — TNS City girl to miss int’l powerlifting tourney, courtesy financial crunch Sukhmeet Bhasin Tribune News Service Bathinda, August 1 A city-based powerlifting player will have to miss the World Sub-Junior Powerlifting Championship to be held in South Africa in September due to financial crunch. Jasmine Kaur (17), a resident of Bathinda, had won a gold medal in the Asian Sub-Junior Powerlifting Championship held in Udaipur in May. While talking to Bathinda Tribune, Jasmine said, “To participate in Asian sub-junior championship in Udaipur, I paid the participation fee of ~65,000, which included accommodation and food. Now, I am not participating in world powerlifting championship because the high participation fee is ~1.30 lakh, which I can’t afford.” She seeks help from the Jasmine Kaur (17) state government to pay the participation and diet fee. Jasmine said, “A powerlifter’s diet costs ~1,000 per day, which is expensive.” Jasmine had won gold in the senior state powerlifting championship. She had won gold in the national and state school games. She sharpens her skills under the supervision of Kanwar Bhim Singh. “Powerlifting is not much recognised here in North India. I have been planning to shift to weightlifting or hammer throw, if I don’t get much support from the state government. I have also submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner, seeking financial support from the state government under the khelo India programme.” Jasmine’s mother Amarjit Kaur, said her daughter was very good at sports and had won many medals in powerlifting. “Now after winning the Asian championship, we can’t support her much as for the world championship, he will have to go abroad. We can’t pay the participation fee. I appeal to the Union and state governments to help and support her. She will definitely bring laurels to the country.” c m y b Malout, August 1 Patients at the local Civil Hospital are a harried lot as the X-ray examination facility has been stopped for the past week. Reason: One radiographer is sent on deputation to the Civil Hospital at Badal village while the other is on medical leave after being injured. However, neither the deputation of the radiographer sent to Badal village has been cancelled nor anyone else deputed here as a makeshift arrangement. As a result, the X-ray examination facility is not available at the state-run hospital and people are forced to get it done from private hospitals or laboratories in the market at an BFUHS first to join National Academic Depository Faridkot, August 1 The Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS) on Wednesday became the first state medical university of North India to provide certificates digitally through National Academic Depository (NAD) — a kind of digital bank modelled on the lines of financial securities depository. “Making fake degrees and impersonification won’t be possible now,” said Dr Raj Bahadur, VC, BFUHS. Students going abroad now won’t face trouble to get their original documents and they can be accessed online on NAD,” said the VC. Calling it internationalisation of medical education in BFUHS, the VC said the NAD was an initiative to provide an online store house of all academic awards. It is a 24X7 online store house of all academic awards. — TNS The last day for issuing the concessional bus passes is August 10 and the authorities must extend it further.” Parveen Kumar, general manager, PRTC, said, “We have adequate arrangements for issuing concessional bus passes to students. If there is any requirement, we will increase the number of staff members at the counters for issuing passes soon, so that students do not have to face any inconvenience.”— TNS exorbitant price of ~600. Notably, the X-ray examination at the Civil Hospital is done at ~100. Patients have no other option but to pay six times extra money for an X-ray examination in the market. Sources in the Health Department said the hospital was being visited by nearly 40 persons daily for the X-ray examination. “It sounds strange that the radiographer from the local hospital is shifted to Badal to run the affairs there. This hospital caters to relatively more number of patients than that being received by the Badal village hospital. The authorities concerned are showing an apathetic attitude towards this problem,” said a retired government doc- tor. He further informed that there were three vacant posts of radiographer at the local Civil Hospital. When asked Dr Gurcharan Singh, Senior Medical Officer (SMO), Malout, said, “We don’t ask any patient to get the X-ray examination done from any private hospital or laboratory. We just suggest to them that they should visit another civil hospital in the neighbouring town. However, people prefer to go to private hospitals or laboratories to save on their time. Further, we have written a letter to the Civil Surgeon’s office, asking him to cancel the deputation of the radiographer sent to Badal village as the work is affecting here.” Meanwhile, patients demanded that the radiographer should be deputed here. Dismissed cop reinstated ILLEGAL MINING Bathinda, August 1 A controversial policeman who was earlier dismissed over threatening a Congress sarpanch for booking him in an alleged false case, has been reinstated and deployed at the Police Lines in Bathinda. As per the information available, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, while flying in his helicopter, had spotted illegal mining going on, after which he directed the police to take strict action against those involved in the illegal activity. After this, the Congress sarpanch in Ludhiana made a call to the Station House Officer, Meharban police station, Jarnail Singh and informed him about the illegal mining and directed him to register a case against the accused. Continued on page 2 WaivePTAfundsforSCstudents:PSU Tribune News Service Bathinda, August 1 Members of the Punjab Students Union (PSU) staged a protest in front of the district administrative complex here on Wednesday. Raising slogans against the state government and Government Rajindra College authorities, the protesting students said the college had started charging PTA funds from SC students. They also sat on the ground for two hours and demanded that the PTA funds for SC students must be waived. They threatened to intensify their struggle if their demand were not met. Sangeeta Rani, president, PSU, said, “We have submitted a memorandum to officials of the Deputy Commissioner’s office. The college authorities had promised us that the PTA funds for SC students eligible for a scholarship would be waived, but Members of the Punjab Students Union protest in Bathinda on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PAWAN SHARMA they have started charging the funds. Instead of charging ~700 as told to us, an amount of ~3,000 is being charged from the SC students.” The college authorities said they had to charge the PTA funds from students as the college was dependent on guest faculty teachers, who were paid monthly salary from the collected funds. Following a string of protests by students, the college authorities had decided to waive the PTA funds for students eligible for a scholarship. Prof Satveer Singh, officiating principal, Government Rajindra College, said, “Students who are willing to take admission and eligible for the post-matric scholarship must apply for it. After getting due approval from the college, the scholarship amount will be transferred to their account. Thereafter, they can pay the fee as per the university guidelines.”
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