06072018-btd-01.qxd 7/5/2018 11:23 PM Page 1 c m y b FRIDAY | 6 JULY 2018 | BATHINDA BATHINDA TRIBUNE Vegetable prices go up An uncommon friend Memories of childhood Change in weather conditions coupled with short supply leads to a rise in prices of vegetables. P2 Dog-lovers share what a delight it is to own and nurture rare breed of dogs. P3 In recent episode of show Dance Deewane, entertainment level goes a notch higher. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 31.6°C MIN 13.9°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C MIN 20°C | SUNSET FRIDAY 7.36 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 5.34 AM No relief from post rain woes in Malout Tribune News Service Malout, July 5 The rain that lashed the district continues to haunting residents. On Wednesday night, an animal shed collapsed at Danewala village near here. Luckily, the animals escaped unhurt. Meanwhile, various localities, villages and local grain market remained waterlogged on Thursday as well, adding to the woes of the commuters and residents. On Thursday, residents of Kotli Sanghar village in Muktsar subdivision lodged a protest against the district administration demanding drainage of rainwater. They said their village was still under knee-deep rainwater. On the other hand, the district administration on Thursday started the assessment of crop loss Students affected as water enters school premises Kotli Sanghar village residents in Muktsar subdivision demand drainage of rainwater Tribune News Service under special girdawari. Notably, at least 11 water channels had developed breaches due to rain in the Abohar canal division, which comprises Muktsar and some parts of Fazilka district. Members of the Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union have also sought a compensation of Rs 10 lakh each for those who died in roof collapse incidents. Lachman Singh Sewewala, general secretary of the union, said, “The administration has given just a compensation of Rs 1 lakh each to the next of the deceased’s kin. The compensation amount should be Rs 10 lakh.” A biker negotiates his way through rainwater at Paras Ram Nagar in Bathinda on Thursday. PHOTO; VIJAY KUMAR Day on, rainwater remains accumulated on city roads Tribune News Service The waterlogged grain market of Malout. TRIBUNE PHOTO ASI arrested for accepting bribe Bathinda, July 5 The rainwater, accumulated on roads after showers lashed the city on Wednesday, is yet to be drained out on Thursday. Many places, especially low-lying areas, are still waterlogged. Commuters were seen wading through waterlogged roads in various parts of the city. Sirki Bazaar and Paras Ram Nagar remained partly closed. Business of shopkeepers hit ■ Shopkeepers in Sirki Bazaar said for the second consecutive day, they had to shut their shops as rainwater was yet to be drained out. ■ The market in Paras Ram Nagar also remained shut due to waterlogging. The Power House road and the rear of the Mini-secretariat also remained waterlogged. . Shopkeepers in Sirki Bazaar said for the second consecutive day, they had to shut their shops as rainwater was yet to be drained out. They said customers were not turning up in the market. The market in Paras Ram Nagar also remained shut Water accumulated on the playground of government high school at Bibi Wala village on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO 4 of family injured in car-truck collision ~50,000 looted from businessman Mishap takes place as portion of Bathinda-Amritsar road caves in Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Bathinda, July 5 The Vigilance Bureau arrested an ASI while accepting a bribe of Rs 8,000 from a person on Thursday. The accused has been identified as Gurdev Singh from Rama Mandi. Talking to The Tribune, Vigilance SP Bhupinder Singh said the complainant, Gurdeep Singh, a resident of Kot Bakhtu village, approached the Vigilance Bureau and said Continued on page 2 due to waterlogging. The Power House road and the rear of the mini secretariat also remained waterlogged. Gurpratap Singh, a city resident, said, “Residents of lowlying areas are highly affected during rain as water enters their houses. The water also damages their furniture. It is high time that the administration should come up with a permanent solution to the waterlogging problem in the city. The problem of waterlogging in the city can be resolved, but MC officials are not making serious efforts in this direction.” A group of commuters near Paras Ram Nagar said water accumulation is the result of authorities’ negligence. They said no concrete step had been ta ken to resolve the issue. Bathinda, July 5 Students, teachers and employees of government high school at Bibi Wala village faced a tough time when the school premises was submerged by rainwater on Thursday. The main entrance of the school was under knee-high water while the playground was also inundated. The school management said they had been facing the waterlogging problem for many years and despite taking up the matter with the higher authorities, nothing concrete had been done. The management said running the school in July and August, during rainy season, had become difficult. Talking to The Tribune, school head mistress Krishna Devi said, “There is a pond of dirty water near the school building and when it rains heavily, the pond overflows Bathinda, July 5 Four members of a family were injured after the car in which they were travelling collided with a truck on the Bathinda-Amritsar road (NH54) on Thursday. The incident took place after the truck driver suddenly applied the brakes to avoid the vehicle from being sucked in the caved-in part of the highway. The victims were admitted to a private hospital here. Two of the victims are in the intensive care unit (ICU) while others have been shift- The car which was damaged in a collision with a truck in Bathinda on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO ed to the general ward. As per information, Sanju Arora, along with his wife Sneh, daughter Tanya and son Karan Arora, was returning to Goniana after attending a function in Bathinda on Thursday. Tanya and Sanju sus- tained injuries on their head. Karan said, “We were going at 50-60 kmph on the highway. The truck driver, who was ahead of our car, suddenly applied the brakes, subsequently forcing my father to apply the brakes. Our car collided with rear of the truck. The front side of the car got damaged badly and we sustained injuries.” Prem Singh, Sub-Divisional Officer, Central Works Division, PWD, Bathinda, said, “For laying high-voltage cables, the area was dug up. After showers, rainwater was accumulated and it led to cave-in.” Malout, July 5 Three unidentified persons on a bike allegedly looted Rs 50,000 from a businessman in front of his factory on the Muktsar road here on Thursday afternoon. The victim, Darshan Lal Girdhar, a local resident, said he saw that three youngsters were coming towards his factory and when he enquired, they assaulted him. “It was lunch time when the incident took place. The factory employees were taking rest or having lunch. As soon as I enquired them about the reason for coming towards me, they demanded my gold chain. When I having ❝The factory employees were taking rest orasked lunch at the time of the incident. As soon as I them about the reason for coming towards me, they demanded my gold chain. When I refused, they attacked me. By the time some employees came, they decamped with Rs 50,000. DARSHAN LAL GIRDHAR, victim refused, they attacked me. I was scared that they might attack me with some weapon. They took me outside and closed the main door. By the time some employees came, they decamped with Rs 50,000,” said Darshan Lal. Thereafter, he was admitted Man, two daughters go WITHDRAWAL OF ESSENTIALITY CERTIFICATE SC quashes medical education & research dept’s orders missing from village Balwant Garg Tribune News Service Bathinda, July 5 A man, along with his two daughters, went missing under mysterious circumstances from Mehma Sawai village on Wednesday evening. The police have been trying to trace them. Ravi Singh, the brother of the girls, said he was living with his four sisters, two of them are married, at Mehma Sawai village. Ravi said he had gone to his maternal uncle's place in Dabwali last week and when he returned, his father and two younger sisters were missing from home. He said, “After I enquired and dirty water enters the school premises. We have taken up the matter with the village sarpanch and even with district Education Department, but to no avail.” Meanwhile, the students and staff members managed to enter the school from the rear. The classes started after a delay of 30 minutes. The headmistress said, “Setting up a drainage system is the possible solution to the problem. There is a need for cementing the entrance and play ground area. It takes days to drain out rainwater and it starts emanating foul smell. It also increases the chances of the outbreak of vector-borne diseases.” The rainwater crumbled the embankment along with the boundary wall of school, added Devi. At present, a total of 117 students are studying in the school. Despite repeated attempts, DEO Maninder Kaur could not be contacted. about them in the neighbourhood, I came to know that a few motorcycle-borne people came in the intervening night of June 25 and 26 and took away my father and sisters forcibly.” Ravi said he had filed a complaint with the Nehianwala police station, but the police had not been able to trace my father and sisters till now. He said they met the Senior Superintendent of Police , Bathinda, who had assured them that police teams had been formed to nab the accused. Despite repeated attempts, Senior Superintendent of Police Naveen Singla could not be contacted. Tribune News Service Faridkot, July 5 The Supreme Court has quashed the order of the Department of Medical Education and Research (DMER) to withdraw the essentiality certificate of Chintpurni Medical College and Hospital (CMCH), Pathankot. Eight months ago, the department had ordered the closure of the college and withdrawal of its essentiality certificate, forcing all 249 MBBS students to shift to other medical colleges in the state. Now, the SC’s decision came as a shock for them as they questioned the DMER’s orders. Besides, around 1,550 for- mer students of Gian Sagar Medical, Dental, Nursing and Physiotherapy Colleges in Banur are also distressed a lot as these students were also shifted to other colleges after the essentiality certificate of the college was withdrawn. After the SC quashing the DRME’s orders of withdrawing the essentiality certificate of the CMCH, the decision will also have implications on the withdrawal of essentiality certificates of Gian Sagar College. The students are worried about its impact on them if both colleges open again to meet their deficiencies. On November 1, 2017, the DMER had issued orders to withdraw the certifi- c m y b cate, saying the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had found “glaring deficiencies” in the college during its repeated inspections and the MCI also debarred the college to admit students for academic years 2017-18 and 2018-19. After these orders, all MBBS students in the CMCH were shifted to other colleges and there is no admission to the college this time. However, the CMCH had challenged DMER's orders in the Supreme Court. In its verdict, the apex court stated that the state government had no power to withdraw the essentiality Certificate granted to a medical college except on the ground that it was obtained by playing fraud on it or any circumstances where the very substratum on which the certificate was granted disappears. Explaining the concept of essentiality certificate, the double Bench of the Supreme Court said the essentiality certificate certifies that the opening of the proposed college is essential in the state in public interest and the college has the necessary land and building for running it. Once a state government establishes a medical college, it cannot say that there was no justification for the establishment of the college at a later stage, said the court in its orders on Tuesday. About many deficiencies in the college, the court observed in its order that deficiencies by their nature are curable and can be removed. The court also observed that the state's claim that it must have the right to inspect a college after it is established to see whether there are adequate numbers of doctors and patients to justify its continued existence is completely “hollow and unfounded”. The court observed that the government is required to, while issuing the certificate, to determine the justification and feasibility of opening the proposed college in the state. ❞ to a hospital here. The police have initiated a probe into the incident. Perivinkle Grewal, SHO, Sadar police station, said, “We are ascertaining the CCTV footage and recording the statement of the victim. A case will be registered in this regard.”— TNS Two booked for hurting religious sentiments Tribune News Service Malout, July 5 The local police on Thursday booked two persons for allegedly hurting the religious sentiments of a 65year-old man. Balbir Singh of Enakhera village lodged a complaint with the police. The victim told the police that he was sitting in the langar hallof the village’s gurdwara when Jaswinder Singh and Lovepreet Singh, both residents of the same village, thrashed him. The complainant accused them of tossing his turban in the air. A case has been registered against the accused at the Sadar police station.
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