06082018-btd-01.qxd 8/5/2018 11:18 PM Page 1 MONDAY | 6 AUGUST 2018 | BATHINDA BATHINDA TRIBUNE Shortage of faculty Life is clearly beautiful! Eisha rubbishes rumours Managing affairs with guest faculty has become difficult for Rajindra College authorities. Sonali Bendre was seen celebrating Friendship Day with her friends from B-town. P3 Actor Eisha Singh is one of the most talented actors of Indian television. P4 FORECAST P2 RAIN LIKELY | MAX 35°C MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 35°C MIN 25°C | SUNSET MONDAY 7.20 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 5.52 AM NGO files petition against MCB over parking contract Swinging smiles Alleges officials changed terms, conditions to benefit contractor Sukhmeet Bhasin Tribune News Service Bathinda, August 5 City NGO Jago Grahak has filed a petition against the Municipal Corporation of Bathinda in a civil court over the alleged irregularity in the allotment of Rose Garden parking contract. The NGO has alleged that MCB officials had deliberately changed the terms and conditions in the agreement to benefit a contractor. Jago Grahak president Madan Lal and secretary Sanjiv Goyal have filed the petition through their counsel advocate Sham Lal Goyal. Civil Judge Vijay Kumar, accepting the petition, has fixed the first hearing of the case on August 23. The complainant has made Principal Secretary of the Local Bodies Department and Municipal Commissioner party in the petition. The court has even issued notice to both in this regard to submit their reply on this issue. While addressing a press conference, Madan Lal and Sanjiv Goyal said to give the parking contract of Rose garden and Joggers’ Park, the superintendent of the tehbazari wing had set up terms and conditions for the contract. On September 2017, on these terms and conditions, an auction was conducted and in point number 15, it is clearly mentioned that the contractor cannot recover any parking fee from 5 am to 9 am in the morning. However, on November 28, MCB XEN made an agreement with the contractor in which on point number 10, the parking fee time was extended by one hour from 8 am to 9 pm. As a result, the contractor, instead of recovering parking fee from people for 12 hours per day, would recover it for 13 hours per day. Madan Lal said he had written a letter to the Principal Secretary of the Local Bodies Department and Municipal Commissioner over this issue on April 6. Later, after getting information regarding this through RTI, they came to know that the Local Bodies Department had not taken any action in this regard. On the other hand, it was learnt that the Municipal Commissioner had written a letter to the Principal Secretary stating that it was a routine thing for the complainant to lodge complaints and RTIs. Madan Lal said complaining against wrongdoings of departments and getting information through RTI was a right of every citizen, which couldn’t be suppressed. Women celebrate at a Teej function organised by Devta Yadgari Manch in Bathinda on Sunday. PHOTO: VIJAY KUMAR City pays tributes to former minister Singla Tribune News Service Bathinda, August 5 A function held to pay tributes to former finance minister late Surinder Singla at Chahbra Palace on Sunday. Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal and Health Minister Brahm Mohindra also attended the function. Both offered condolences to his wife Sushma Singla and daughter Shweta. The function organised by various NGOs. Manpreet Badal described Surinder Singla as a person who brought the city on the track of development and it was due to his efforts that the city today had wide roads, new colonies, bridges and others modern facilities. Health Minister Brahm Mohindra said Singla was elected Rajya Sabha member in 1992. He said they Finance Minister Manpreet Badal speaks at a function, held to pay tributes to former finance minister Surinder Singla who passed away recently, in Bathinda on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO had been friends for more than 50 years. He said since his college days, Singla had great interest in finance and planning. His death has left void in society, which cannot be fulfilled, Brahm Mohindra added. CPI leader Jagjit Singh Cheema farmer acts as torchbearer for others Parvesh Sharma Tribune News Service Barnala, August 5 To deal with the problem of depleting groundwater, farmer Harjinder Singh of Cheema village in Barnala district has shown an innovative way of agriculture to other farmers. Harjinder has left the traditional crop system and installed sprinkler system in his fields for irrigation and saving water in a big way. He was awarded ‘Best Farmer’ by the Agriculture Department in 2012. He is putting in his best efforts to win more such awards. He has also adopted beekeeping as side business and has 1,800 boxes, which he has raised from five boxes with the help of the Agriculture Department. Apart from his own five acres, Harjinder has taken 20 acres on annual lease to grow vegetables, maize and other crops, which consume less water. He has also constructed a Harjinder Singh working in his field at Cheema village. TRIBUNE PHOTO water harvest tank for water conservation and planning to plant some agro-forestry trees to increase greenery and to earn additional profit from alongside margins. Harjinder said he saw his elders cultivating rice and wheat in their fields from his childhood but he did not want to follow the same crop system. “I started planting vegeta- bles, such as peas, potatoes and brinjal along with cereal crops and started earning more profit. I also prepare seeds of vegetables and flowers and have nursery of various other crops. I never set up crop residue on fire in my farms,” said Harjinder. He said he had become a member of Kissan Club, Punjab Agriculture University (PAU), Ludhiana, and always participates in camps and training sessions organised by the Agriculture Department to increase his income by lesser investment. He said in summer, he grows bitter gourd, bottle gourd, capsicum, tomato and in winter, carrot, radish, green peas, cauliflower and some other crops in his poly house. “I want to deliver vegetables directly to the consumer to end the role of middleman and supply fresh vegetables and other farm products on cheaper rates,” he said. Continued on page 2 Joga said Surinder Singla conducted development works without political discrimination. Surinder Singla’s daugh- ter Shweta said during his illness for around two years, he had always asked about the city and its people. She said the city was very important for her father and today’s large gathering was a witness to the relation that her father Surinder Singla had with city residents. Senior Congress leader Malkit Singh Dakha, senior deputy mayor Tarsem Kumar Goyal, PPCC Bathinda president Mohan Lal Jhumba, former minister Chiranji Lal Garg, and others were present. Surinder Singla breathed his last at AIIMS after prolonged illness on June 28. He had been ailing for the past few years and had been staying in Delhi’s Vasant Vihar area. Singla had a major respiratory arrest, after which he was taken to AIIMS, but he died during treatment. Liquor baron’s workers assault, hold resident hostage Bathinda, August 5 Workers of former SAD MLA and liquor baron Deep Malhotra on Sunday evening allegedly thrashed Harpal Singh, a resident of Goniana Khurd, and made him hostage inside their office at Goniana Mandi. It is learnt that the accused were at Goniana Khurd village when the villagers stopped them on August 3. The situation turned tense when the news reached the village. Villagers in large number reached Goniana Mandi and vandalised their liquor vend. The Nehiawala police arrested the liquor vend workers. Repeated attempts were made to contact Nehiawala police station SHO Angrej Singh, but he did not attend the phone. — TNS SNIPPETS One duped of ~7.5 lakh Bathinda: A resident of Joganand village has been allegedly duped of Rs 7.5 lakh on the pretext of sending him abroad. In a complaint lodged by Ranbir Singh, it has been stated that accused Kuldeep Singh, Jagroop Singh, Avtar Singh and Pargat Singh, residents of Joganand village, and Bua Singh of Harihar Jhok village had duped him of Rs 7.4 lakh on the pretext of sending him abroad by providing him fake visa and tickets for Singapore. The Thermal police have registered a case against the accused under Sections 420 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code. On Saturday, two residents were booked for allegedly duping residents of Rs 62 lakh on the pretext of sending them abroad. In a complaint lodged by Gurmeet Singh, a resident of Poohla village, it has been stated that accused Kuljit Singh, Ramvir Singh and Gurjit Singh, residents of Amarpura Basti, and Bikram Singh, living in Indonesia, had duped him and Gurtej Singh of Lehra Bega village of Rs 62 lakh. TNS 13,500 ltr lahan destroyed Malout: Kattianwali village in Malout subdivision continues to earn the notoriety of a safe haven for illicit liquor. Though a number of raids have been conducted in the past and huge quantity of ‘lahan’ and hooch destroyed, the illegal activity still goes on here. For instance, the Kabarwala police conducted a search operation here on Saturday and Sunday, destroyed nearly 13,500-lt ‘lahan’ (raw material to prepare hooch) in a number of illegal breweries. However, only one person, Raj Kumar, could be arrested, as others managed to flee. At least 20 cops were part of various search teams. A police officer said the search operation would continue in future as well. “We are trying to nab other accused as well,” he said. TNS One crushed to death under truck City youth shares screen with Khiladi Bathinda, August 5 Two youths, sleeping outside a roadside dhabha, were crushed under a 16-wheel truck at Gurusar Sainiwal village on the Bathinda-Dabwali road on Sunday morning. One of them died while the other was seriously injured. He was taken to a hospital by NGO Sahara Jansewa workers. The Sangat police have registered a case against truck driver and took him into police custody. The deceased has been identified as Vinod Kumar (28) and the injured as Rajesh Kumar (30), residents of Yamunanagar in Haryana. Investigating officer Lachman Singh said both were employees of a private company and used to repair mobile towers. They used to sleep at Fauji dhaba located at Gurusar Sainiwala village. As usual, they were sleeping on a bed outside the dhaba, but around 5 am in the morning, the truck driver, while reversing his vehicle, crushed them. The police have arrested driver Gurtej Singh. — TNS Bathinda, August 5 City youth Navnayak Roanta has shared the silver screen with Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar in the upcoming Hindi flick, ‘Gold’, which will hit the cinema houses on August 15. In the movie, Navnayak Roanta is performing the role of an Anglo-Indian named Percy Pinto, who is a hockey player of the 1948 team, which won a gold medal in the Olympics in London. Talking to Bathinda Tribune, Navnayak said, “I would like to say that we all are really excited for our upcoming movie as Akshay Kumar has a huge fan following and director Reema Kagti has made some brilliant hit movies. ‘Gold’ is a period-sports film that is set around the time India was about to get its independence from the British.” It is a fictionalised version of the Indian Field Hockey team’s historic win at the 1948 Olympics. c m y b I would like to say that we are really ❝upcoming movie as AkshayallKumar hasexcited for our a huge fan Sukhmeet Bhasin Tribune News Service following and director Reema Kagti has made some brilliant hit movies. ‘Gold’ is a period-sports film that is set around the time India was about to get its independence from the British. ❞ It was a for me when I got ❝auditiongreat moment Then I underwent selected in the for the movie. threemonth hockey training in Mumbai and one-month training in England for the movie. Navnayak Roanta NAVNAYAK ROANTA Fittingly, India beat Great Britain in the finals quite convincingly by 4-0 to clinch the gold medal, one year after the Independence, he said. Speaking about his work experience with Bollywood star Akshay Kumar, he said it was great working with him and he had learnt a lot during the shooting. He said Akshay made everyone very comfortable for the shoot as during free time they all used to play cricket with him. Navnayak said, “It was a great moment for me when I got selected in the audition for the movie. Then I underwent threemonth hockey training in Mumbai and one-month training in England for the movie.” The three-month shooting of the movie was held in England and one month in various parts of India. Even some scenes were shot at YPS School in Patiala. It is pertinent to mention that before doing this movie, Navnayak had done a cameo in Hindi movie ‘Ragini MMS 2’, tele ads and TV serials, but now ❞ with this break, he is set to fly higher and he has even got some new Hindi movie projects as well, the shooting of which will start in the coming months. Navnayak had his schooling at YPS in Patiala. Later, his family shifted to Bathinda and he joined St Paul’s High School in 2005. Later, he went to Mumbai for his higher studies where he entered the acting industry. His parents are running a playway school in Bathinda in the name of Daddy’s Teddy Play School at Jujhar Singh Nagar.
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