29122017-btd-01.qxd 12/28/2017 10:54 PM Page 1 c m y b FRIDAY | 29 DECEMBER 2017 | BATHINDA BATHINDA TRIBUNE Hotels ready for New Year On to the big stage Aditi learns Jiu Jitsu Almost all the best hotels in the city have plans to usher in the New Year. P2 Theatre in Chandigarh remains a favourite pastime with most shows seeing a houseful in 2017! P3 Aditi Rathore has taken up martial arts classes for her current track. P4 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 22°C MIN 05°C | YESTERDAY MAX 22°C MIN 07°C | SUNSET FRIDAY 5.38 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 7.25 AM F&CC meet: MC discusses garbage collectionissue Decides to adopt wait-and-watch policy till next hearing at NGT Tribune News Service Bathinda, December 28 The civic body has decided to adopt a wait-andwatch policy on the garbage collection issue till January 16, which is the next date for hearing at the National Green Tribunal (NGT) regarding the ultimatum given by the JITF company to stop the garbage collection work after January 31. The decision in this regard was taken during a meeting of the Finance & Contract Committee (F&CC) held at the MC office here today. The MC has already prepared a plan to collect garbage on its own if the company stops the work. The F&CC members discussed the plan. As per the plan, the MC would buy new 50 Tata Ace vehicles and collect garbage from houses and dumped it at the solid waste treatment plant directly. The MC would also purchase four dumpers, four compactors and one JCB machine for the purpose. The decision on the staff has not been taken yet as 350 employee of the JITF company could be hired by the MC for the work. The civic body is also planning that instead of collecting monthly money for the purpose by door-todoor collection in the city, the payment would be collected annually, along with the property tax. At pres- 13 held for gambling, released on bail Tribune News Service ~2.90 lakh seized Bathinda, December 28 The police arrested 13 hiprofile persons on the charge of gambling in Rampura last night. The police raided the house of Jaspal Kumar, where the accused were involved in gambling. They also recovered ~2.90 lakh from the spot. The accused have been identified as Shakeel Ahmed and Asif Mohammad, residents of Malerkotla; Rakesh Kumar, a resident of Dabwali; Jaspal Kumar, Happi Singh, Harbans Lal, Harwinderjit Singh, Harinder Singh and Vikas Kumar, res- The police raided the house of Jaspal Kumar, where the accused were involved in gambling. They also seized ~2.90 lakh from the spot. instructor got 9 band idents of Rampura; Sarup Singh, a resident of Gill Kalan; Raj Kumar and Satpal, residents of Sangrur; and Deepak Kumar, a resident of Barnala. A case under Sections 13, 3 and 67 of the Gambling Act has been registered against the accused at the Rampura city police station. Later, the accused were released on bail. Ankur Sadiora honouring Sukhmeet Kaur PATIALA BATHINDA AMBALA New Leela Bhawan Ajit Road (Main) Mahavir Nagar 90410-77930 90417-30876 85720-60930 Sukhmeet Bhasin Tribune News Service Members of the civic body’s Finance & Contract Committee during a meeting at the MC office in Bathinda on Thursday. PHOTO: VIJAY KUMAR Alternative plan ■ The MC has already prepared a plan to collect garbage on its own if the company stops the work. The F&CC members discussed the plan. As per the plan, the MC would buy new 50 Tata Ace vehicles and collect garbage from houses and dump it at the solid waste treatment plant directly. ■ The MC would also purchase four dumpers, four compactors and one JCB machine for the purpose. The decision on the staff has not been taken yet as 350 employee of the JITF company could be hired by the MC for the work. ■ The civic body is also planning that instead of collecting monthly money for the purpose by door-to-door collection in the city, the payment would be collected annually, along with the property tax. . ent, the company is collecting the payment from the public on a monthly basis. The issue of Triveni company was also discussed at the meeting. The members said the MC had no role to play in giving an extension or charging penalty on Triveni as it was on the sewerage board. They said as per the agreement, the Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant employees take out a rally in Bathinda on Thursday. PHOTO: VIJAY KUMAR Bathinda, December 28 Close to 200 regular and contractual employees of the Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant today took out a motorbike and cycle rally against the closure of the thermal plant with effect from January 1. Before joining the demonstration by the PSEB Engineers’ Association, the employees passed through five adjoining villages. The rally ended at the main gate of the thermal plant. Gursewak Singh, president of the GNDTP Employees’ Federation, said, “We challenge the government to sign a contract with us for buying electricity at cheap prices. If the government can sign power purchase agreements with private companies, it can do the (IELTS) KURUKSHETRA Mohan Nagar 98123-20930 BJP councillor beaten up in Rama Mandi sewerage board and Triveni company were the signing parties. It was said that the Triveni company should be given the extension to complete the urgent works in the city. However, the company would continue its maintenance work in the city. The issue of selling MC shops, which have been on rent for the past more than 20 years, was also taken up at the meeting. The members gave their nod to the approval for selling 46 shops. The civic body is expecting to earn around Rs 2 crore by selling these shops. Tribune News Service Tribune News Service 9 Band Kudos! Brills Institute’s Listening . Bathinda, December 28 The BJP councillor from Ward No. 5, Gurdev Singh, was beaten up by a few persons, alleged to be associated with the ruling party, in Rama Mandi on Wednesday evening. As per information, a few persons were involved in a scuffle in front of his house. The councillor came out of his house and tried to intervene in the scuffle. While talking to mediapersons, Gurdev said, “I noticed that a few persons were exchanging heated arguments in front of my house. When I came out of my house, I saw a few persons, belonging to the ruling party, were beating up a youth. I tried to save him, but the accused attacked me with sharp-edged weapons. I sustained injured in attack. As BJP councillor Gurdev Singh at a hospital in Rama Mandi. TRIBUNE PHOTO people started gathering, the accused fled from the spot.” The councillor was taken to a private hospital in Rama Mandi. Later, after providing first aid to him, he was shifted to the Civil Hospital in Talwandi Sabo. A large number of SADBJP leaders and workers vis- Can produce cheaper power, Shopkeepers divided thermal staff dare state govt over encroachments Nikhila Pant Dhawan Brills Institute same with the governmentrun thermal plant as well.” Gursewak said, “We promise that we will produce electricity at the thermal plant at a rate of Rs 4.50 per unit. We will sell the same to the state government at Rs 5 per unit. With only a profit margin of 50 paise, we will manage the salaries of the staff and other expenditure of the thermal plant. But we will do the same only on one condition that the state government must buy all electricity that we produce.” Raising slogans against the state government, the protesters passed through Sivian, Nehianwala, Goniana, Bhokhra and Gill Patti villages before culminating their march at the gate of the thermal plant. Making residents of the villages aware of “anti-people policies” of the state government, the protesters also expressed their fear that if the government succeeded in completely shutting down the Bathinda thermal plant, it would slowly target the thermal plants situated in Lehra Mohabbat and Ropar as well. “If the party can go back on one of its biggest poll promises – making the thermal plant functional again, it can follow it up with more shocking decisions. Instead of shutting down shops selling habit-forming substances, it is closing government schools. Instead of shutting down the solid waste treatment plant located on the Bathinda-Mansa road, the party is shutting down the thermal plant,” said Parkash Singh, another union leader. Bathinda, December 28 The ongoing tussle among shopkeepers of Dhobi Bazaar over encroachments outside the shops in the city has intensified. Now, the shopkeepers have been divided into two groups over the issue. A few shopkeepers under the banner of the Dhobi Bazaar Traders’ Association is staging an indefinite protest on footpaths outside their shops in Dhobi Bazaar while some shopkeepers, who are against the protest, today met the MC Commissioner and demanded that they should be allowed to set up their stalls on the footpath in Dhobi Bazaar on every Sunday. They said besides Sunday, if anyone sets up stalls on weekdays, strict action should be initiated against them. Members of the Dhobi Bazaar Traders’ Association, including association president Gursharan Singh Shanty, have been protesting in the market for the past few days. The protesters said they would continue their protest till the encroachments on the footpaths were removed. They said whether it was Sunday or any other day, they would not allow anyone to set up stalls on the footpaths. Other group of shopkeepers, headed by Manoj Verma, who are against the protesting shopkeepers, today reached the MC office. Manoj Verma said their businesses were already affected and if shopkeepers were stopped to set up stalls outside their shops on every Sunday, it would cause more trouble to them. He said the shopkeepers should not have any objection if stalls were set up on footpaths on Sunday keeping in view a large number of people in the market. MCB Commissioner Sanyam Aggarwal said he had asked the traffic police to look into the issue. ited the hospital to enquire about his condition. President of the Municipal Council Rama Krishan Mittal, councillor Rajwinder Raju, SAD leader Babu Singh, Bhag Singh Kaka, Sukhbir Chatha and others reached the Civil Hospital. While interacting with the media, they demanded strict action against the accused. Later, SAD leader and former MLA Jeetmohinder Singh Sidhu released a press statement in which he said atrocities on any SAD-BJP leader and worker would not be tolerated at any cost. The former MLA said he had talked to higher police officers on the issue. He added that they had assured him of action as per law. Sidhu said if action was not initiated by the police, he would stage a protest, demanding justice for Gurdev Singh. Talwandi Sabo DSP Barinder Singh Gill said the police had initiated a probe into the incident. He said after recording the statement of Gurdev Singh, a case would be registered against the accused. Till filling the report, a police party reached the Civil Hospital to record the statement of the victim. SNIPPETS Man commits suicide Bathinda: A man working in a liquor vend committed suicide by hanging himself from a fan at Kothe Guru village. The Bhagat Bhaika police have initiated a probe after registering a case under Section 174 of the IPC. As per the family members, the deceased was under stress for the past many days. The deceased has been identified as Prem Kumar (50), a resident of Kothe Guru village. TNS Bottles of illicit liquor seized Bathinda: The police have seized 120 illicit liquor bottles of a Haryana brand from a Skoda car at Dhan Singh Khana village. The accused managed to give the police a slip. As per police officials, the accused has been identified as Gurtej Singh, a resident of Barnala district. After seeing a police naka, the accused fled from the spot, leaving his car behind. A case under Sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act has been registered against the accused at the Kotfatta police station. TNS 1 held with habit-forming drugs Bathinda: The police have arrested a person under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. The police have recovered 150 drug tablets from the accused at Ballianwali village. The accused has been identified as Makhan Singh, a resident of Balianwali. A case under Sections 22, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered at the Ballianwali police station. TNS PRTC in dilemma over mini-bus service Ravi Chandel Tribune News Service A section of the shopkeepers staged a protest in Bathinda on Thursday. PHOTO: VIJAY KUMAR c m y b Bathinda, December 28 The PRTC is in a dilemma over the mini-bus service launched by it in the city. Of the 20 buses, it has started plying 10 buses which are proving to be a costly affair for it. After seeing the losses, it may stop plying these buses. For making it viable, the PRTC management wants to extend the services of mini-buses to the nearby villages, but the private mini-bus operators are objecting the move. Continued on page 2
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