03062018-btd-01.qxd 6/2/2018 11:08 PM Page 1 c m y b SUNDAY | 3 JUNE 2018 | BATHINDA BATHINDA TRIBUNE ~72 cr approved for roads Odd man in Shrenu’ s story State government decides to issue ~72 crore for rural, link and main roads located in Rampura constituency. P2 Mismatched accessories make you stand out and how. P3 Shrenu Parikh, who played Gauri in Ishqbaaaz, joins the #Metoo campaign. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 46°C MIN 33°C | YESTERDAY MAX 45°C MIN 26°C | SUNSET SUNDAY 7.28 PM SUNRISE MONDAY 5.29 AM Veggie prices drop as retailers stay away from wholesale market Farmers stop milkmen on city outskirts, rounded up Union members protest police action against their leaders Nikhila Pant Dhawan Tribune News Service Vegetables lying unsold at the wholesale vegetable market in Bathinda on Saturday. VIJAY KUMAR Nikhila Pant Dhawan Tribune News Service Bathinda, June 2 Amid reports of farmers blocking roads and stopping vegetable vendors, retailers and milkmen from supplying the perishable items to different parts of the city, retailers on Saturday stayed away from the wholesale markets, thereby leading to a tumble in the wholesale prices of vegetables. Members of various farmer unions and organisations are following the 10-day bandh call in favour of their demands. They have been asking the farmers to stop the supply of fruits and vegeta- Vegetable Friday Saturday Cauliflower ~25 ~10 Tomato ~20 ~08 Peas ~65 ~40 Cucumber ~15 ~05 Capsicum ~40 ~20 Green chilli ~60 ~35 Colocasia (arbi) ~40 ~25 Bottle gourd ~12 ~04 (ghiya) Indian squash ~20 ~10 (Tinda) bles to cities and the retailers not to buy anything from the wholesale market and supply the same in the city. In several instances, they even stopped those carrying stocks of fruits and vegeta- bles and forced them to dump it on roads. Manohar, president of the wholesale vegetable and fruit market of Bathinda, said, “While on Friday, there was short supply of vegetables and fruits to the markets, on Saturday, the supply was good but the demand dwindled. Fearing a backlash from the protesting farmers, a large number of retailers and store owners didn’t come to the market to pick up the stock.” “The stock is perishable and owing to extreme hot weather conditions, vegetables can’t be stocked for more than two days. The Continued on page 2 Bathinda, June 2 High drama prevailed at Jodhpur Romana on Saturday morning when members of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta Sidhupur) set up a ‘naka’ on the main road and stopped milkmen coming from rural areas from entering the city jurisdiction. The farmers, responding to the bandh call, even exchanged heated arguments with the milkmen. The protesters tried to convince them to participate in the bandh. The milkmen informed the police about the farmers’ move. Thereafter, cops from the Sadar police station reached the spot and rounded up district president of the union Baldev Singh Sandoha, Harbans Singh, Atma Singh and Mandar Singh. Later, union members protested the detention of farmer leaders in front the Sadar police station for about four hours. Iqbal Singh, SHO, Sadar police station, said, “We had received a call from milk- Farmer union members protest in front of the Sadar police station in Bathinda on Saturday. VIJAY KUMAR men. They told us that farmers were forcefully stopping them from supplying milk in the city. By the time we reached the spot, farmers and milkmen had a scuffle. They suffered minor injuries as well. We rounded up four farmers and got their medical tests done. They were produced in the SDM court, which later released them.” Ganga Singh, block president, BKU (Ekta Sidhupur), Bus fare hike adds to woes, say passengers Ravi Chandel Tribune News Service Bathinda, June 2 The decision of the state government to increase the bus fare by 6 paise per km after three months has not gone down well with passengers. They said the state government, in its bid to generate more revenue, was putting additional burden on the public. It is the third time when the Capt Amarinder Singhled state government has increased the bus fare. In June 2017, it had increase the bus fare from 99 paise to 102 paise per km. In February 2018, it had once again hiked it to 104 paise per km. Now after three months, the government has again increased it from 104 paise to 110 paise per km. With this hike, passengers travelling by ordinary HVAC buses will be charged Rs 1.32 per km, for ordinary buses Rs 1.10 per km. Simi- Two held with liquor smuggled from Haryana Tribune News Service The state government has increased the bus fare by 6 paise per km. TRIBUNE PHOTO larly, for integral coaches, they have to shell out Rs 1.98 per km and for super integral coaches the fare is Rs 2.20 per km. As per the revised fare, passengers travelling to Chandigarh from Bathinda it is Rs 210. Passengers travelling to Malout, Dabwali, Mansa and Maur will have to pay additional Rs 5. Talking to Bathinda Tribune, Gurjant Singh, main stand in-charge (MSI), PRTC, said, “The bus fare implemented, complete farm loan waiver, minimum support price for their produce and do away with intermediaries who were snatching profits, which should have reached the farmers. “We demand that the government should chalk out a plan in which there is no place for commission agents and other intermediaries. Farmers should be benefitted directly from the sale of their produce,” he added. Bathinda, June 2 Two persons, including a former police officer, have been booked for allegedly getting a piece of land and a house registered in his son's name on forged documents. The accused has been identified as Budh Singh and his son Manvinderjit Singh. According to the police, the accused married twice and got around 1 kanal transferred to his son (Manvinderjit) from the second wife. Complainant Harjinder Singh said he was a witness in the land transfer deal, but he was kept in the dark by the accused. The police have registered a case against the father-son duo and started an investigation into the case. The accused had three children from his first wife Dalbeer Kaur, who had given the power of attorney of one kanal to Budh Singh. The accused had two children, a son and a daughter, from his second wife Chinder Kaur. Investigating officer Balraj Singh from the Civil Lines police station said, "After conducting the preliminary investigation, a case under Sections 420, 34 and 82 of the Lands Act has been registered against the father-son duo.” Bathinda, June 2 President of the Lok Insaaf Party (LIP) Simarjit Singh Bains on Saturday announced that his party was preparing to contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections on all seats in Punjab. During his visit to Bathinda on Saturday, Bains said the party was inducting similar-minded persons. “The focus of the party is to induct those who have a clean background and no criminal history. The party thinks that until those who wish for the wellbeing of the state do not enter politics, the dream to bring a change can’t be materialise,” he added. Taking on the SAD, Bains said Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal should think twice before claiming the credit for the rollback of the GST on the ‘langar’. “The GST on the langar c m y b Animals at the nature and biodiversity park at Dyalpura Bhaika in Rampura Phul. TRIBUNE PHOTO It is an attraction for commuters on the BarnalaBajakhan road and people from nearby villages who often throng the place in morning and evening hours. Students from various educational institutes too find the place worth visiting for learning. Having a periphery of 6.5 km, the park has around sev- Bathinda, June 2 Three persons, including two women, have been arrested for immoral trafficking. Acting on a tip-off, the Talwandi Sabo raided a house near the main market area and arrested the accused. The accused have been identified as Baljeet Kaur, a resident of Talwandi Sabo; Veerpal Kaur, a resident of Rama Mandi; and Pankaj Kumar, a resident of Maur Mandi. Jagdeesh Kumar, SHO, Talwandi Sabo police station, said, “The accused had been running a flesh trade for a long time and after receiving relevant information from an area resident, we raided their house and arrested them. A case under Section 3(2) of the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956, has been registered. The accused were produced in court, which sent them to judicial remand.” The accused ■ The accused have been identified as Baljeet Kaur, a resident of Talwandi Sabo; Veerpal Kaur, a resident of Rama Mandi; and Pankaj Kumar, a resident of Maur Mandi. Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Bathinda, June 2 The nature and biodiversity park, named Bir Dyalpura, at Dyalpura Bhaika in Rampura Phul tehsil of district Bathinda is a treat for nature lovers, besides being home to hundreds of species of birds, animals and plants found in the Malwa region. Spread in over 202 acres on the BarnalaBajakhana road, the park has graduated from being a nursery of the Forest Department to a full-fledged park in 2015. The project was given its new avatar with mesmerising lush green nature trail, entrance facade, benches for visitors, an inspection bungalow, rain shelters and a couple of swings meant to attract little nature lovers. Tribune News Service LIP to contest 2019 Lok Sabha polls on all Punjab seats: Bains Lok Insaaf Party president Simarjit Singh Bains (right) addresses the media in Bathinda on Saturday. PHOTO: VIJAY KUMAR was rolled back due to the protest by the Opposition parties. The SAD has not played any role in it. Due to its habit of taking undue credit, the seats of the SAD have reduced from 60 to 14 in the state,” he added. The MLA also accused the SAD and Congress of being hand in glove and said the SAD also clandestinely worked to make the Congress Ex-cop among two Rampura Phul park treat for nature lovers booked for fraud Tribune News Service Malout, June 2 The Lambi police on Saturday claimed to have arrested two persons with 19 boxes of liquor smuggled from Haryana. The police said while patrolling on the Lambi-Banwala road, a car was intercepted on Friday in which they seized the smuggled liquor. “When the car was checked, 19 boxes of Haryana-made liquor were found. Both occupants Kuldeep Singh of Aspal village and Tar Singh of Fatehpur Manian village were arrested. Besides the liquor, the car has been impounded,” said a police officer. by ordinary buses will have to pay Rs 280 against Rs 265. If they travel by ordinary HVAC buses, the fare is Rs 350 against Rs 330. The fare for Ludhiana is Rs 175 against Rs 165 and for Jalandhar and Amritsar, will be charged in the round figure of Rs 5 and Rs 10 in accordance with the revised notification.” According to him, in case the bus fare amounts to less than Rs 12.50, the traveler will be charged Rs 10, but if it amounts to more than Rs 12.50, the passenger will have to shell out Rs 15. Irked passengers alleged that the authorities should provide additional facilities if they wanted to increase the fare. They said instead of keeping a check on unabated increasing fuel prices, the government was putting extra burden on them. Kulwant Singh, a resident of Malout, said, “A majority of the people, who belong to the financially weaker section of society, travel by buses. Instead of putting in efforts to make their life easier, the government is making their lives more tough by increasing the bus fare.” said, “Union leaders and members are responding to the bandh call and are doing whatever they can to make the bandh effective. We staged a protest outside the police station demanding the unconditional release of the leaders who were rounded up.” Elaborating on the demands of the farmers, he said the farmers had given a call for 10-day-long bandh to get the recommendations of the Swaminathan Report Three arrested for immoral trafficking en mammal species and around 35 bird species. It also houses animals and birds, including blue bull, jackal, hedgehog, common mongoose, common hare, jungle cat, porcupine, monkeys and common langoor and snakes. Winged natives include pea fowl, baya weaver, bulbul, woodpecker, cattle egret, heron, kingfisher, teal, oriole, myna, doves, parakeets, quill, partridges and many others. Besides, the park boasts of 52 trees species, besides a number of shrubs and herbs. It is lined with trees of mulberry, neem, arjun, shisham, Burma drek, amaltas and many others that are home to winged visitors. Employees of the Forest Department provide drinking water to the birds and animals through two ponds in the park. One pond is made of concrete and the other one is kutcha housing a large variety of birds. Divisional Forest Officer Amrit Pal Singh said the department planned to add informative boards to the park describing its rich flora and fauna as well as tourism-friendly features. The department had sought funds for the same. candidate win in Shahkot. He said earlier, it also helped Sunil Jakhar win from Pathankot. Calling upon the elected representatives, Bains argued that if the MLAs and MPs do their duties well and without any bias, problems being faced by the common man may be solved at the earliest. Continued on page 2 3 of immigration firm booked for fraud Bathinda, June 2 Three persons, including the owner of Global flight overseas firm, have been booked for duping four residents of Rs 1.20 lakh on the pretext of sending them Malaysia on a work visa. The police said the victims reached Malaysia in the last week of April and they were engaged in labour work. They returned to India on May 23 and visited Bathinda on June 1 to lodge a complaint against the consultancy firm. The accused have been identified as Gurpal Singh, Mandeep Singh and Jarnail Singh (who was handling the firm's offshore operations from Malaysia). A case under Sections 420, 468, 465, 471, 467 and 120-B of the IPC has been registered. — TNS
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