27092018-btd-01.qxd 9/26/2018 10:50 PM Page 1 THURSDAY | 27 SEPTEMBER 2018 | BATHINDA BATHINDA TRIBUNE Water quality to be checked Wanderlust Bhumika turns singer The MC announces sampling and quality check of water of all RO plants. P2 There is an abiding charm that brings visitors to Chandigarh in huge numbers each year. P3 Bhumika Gurung is all set to surprise the fans by singing a song! P4 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 32°C MIN 21°C | YESTERDAY MAX 32°C MIN 21°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 6.22 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 6.21 AM MC hikes garbage collection charges Civic body gets nod to proposed rates with minor changes at General House meeting Sukhmeet Bhasin Tribune News Service Bathinda, September 26 The Municipal Corporation of Bathinda has increased the garbage collection charges in the city. A proposal in this regard was tabled at the General House meeting held on Tuesday. The House gave its node to it with minor changes. At the meeting, House members was informed that the MC would collect garbage on its own and would press mini tippers and compactors into service. To make the city bin-free, the civic body will use machines for the task New rates ■ As per the new rates, under the residential areas category in slum areas, now ~20 per household will be charged against the earlier ~10. In the house area measuring up to 60 sq yard, ~30 per household will be charged against the earlier ~20. ■ The MC had even proposed to hike the charges of the houses measuring 61-180 sq yard to ~50 from ~30 and 181 sq yard and more to ~60 from ~50, but councillors opposed the hike in these two categories. Thereafter, it was decided not to increase charges in these two categories. ■ In the commercial category, the prices of shops measuring up to 100 sq feet and 100-200 sq feet have been kept the same , ~50 and ~100, respectively . and for it, consumption of fuel will increase. The civic body is of view that as the diesel prices and labourer charges have Police to provide free training to youths Tribune News Service Bathinda, September 26 The Bathinda Police will soon start a free training camp for those youths who are interested in joining the Indian Army. A few days ago, MF Farooqui, IGP, Bathinda Range, held a meeting with Army officials and directed all SSPs under his Range to start the programme. Under it, aspirants will be given proper training, including the physical and theoretical ones. They will have to bear transportation and diet expenses on their own. Any youngster below the age of 21 years can apply for the application form to join the Indian Army. The candidates can submit their details at the nearest police station. The IGP further said at present, the Indian Army and paramilitary forces recruiting new staff. He recently held various meetings with Army officials and sought their help. The IGP said after the meeting, it was decided that the Bathinda Range Police, which com- Camp to be held to enable them clear recruitment tests for jobs in the Army promises Bathinda, Mansa and Sri Muktsar Sahib, would give training to those youths who fulfil the Army recruitment eligibility conditions. The IGP said the Sikh Regiment would hold a recruitment camp in January, for which a three-month training camp would be organised. He said, “Many candidates sometimes fail to complete their education due to being poor and leave school before secondary education. If youths are interested to join the Indian Army, we can organise a special programme after which they would be allowed take higher secondary examination. They will be imparted training to excel in the Army recruitment drive.” He said the aim of the training was to provide employment to unemployed youths and made them physically and mentally fit for the recruitment. increased, it has to hike the charges. As per the new rates, under the residential areas category in slum areas, now ~20 per household will be charged against the earlier ~10. In the house area measuring up to 60 sq yard, ~30 per household will be charged against earlier ~20. The MC had even proposed to hike the charges of the houses measuring 61-180 sq yard to ~50 from ~30 and 181 sq yard and more to ~60 from ~50, but councillors opposed the hike in these two categories. Thereafter, it was decided not to increase charges in these two categories. In the commercial category, the prices of shops measuring up to 100 sq feet and 100200 sq feet have been kept the same — ~50 and ~100 respectively. The charges for the shops measuring from 200 sq ft to 300 sq ft have been hiked to ~150 from ~100. The shops measuring 300500 sq ft has been hiked to ~200 from ~100. The charges for shops measuring 5001000 sq ft have been hiked to ~300 from ~100 and shops measuring more than 1,000 sq ft now have to pay ~500 instead of ~100. Petrol pumps will be charged ~500 instead of ~100, bank or any financial institute will have to pay ~1,000 instead of ~200. Hospitals (non medical waste) up to 15 beds will have to pay ~1,000 instead of ~500, hospitals of 16-30 beds will have to pay ~2,000 instead of ~1000, hospitals of 30-50 beds will have to pay ~5,000 instead of ~2,000 and 50-bedded hospital will have to pay ~10,000 instead of ~2000. Private schools will have to pay Rs 1 per student as they were paying earlier, whereas chargers of government schools have been waived. No change has been made for hotels. Apart from this, the MC has imposed separated chargers ~1,500 per banquet hall or restaurant. Farmers urged to refrain from stubble burning KISAN MELA Tribune News Service Bathinda, September 26 A Kisan Mela organised by Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) was held at the Regional Research Station here on Wednesday. The theme of the Kisan Mela was “Save Mother Earth; Stop Stubble Burning”. The mela was inaugurated by the Additional Chief Secretary of Punjab, Vishwajeet Khanna, while Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, ViceChancellor, PAU, presided over the event. In his inaugural address, Khanna called upon the farmers to follow the PAU recommendations and advised them to keep themselves abreast of the latest farming techniques. Drawing attention to a grant of ~665 crore issued for stubble management in Punjab, he exhorted the farmers to curb unnecessary expenditure by adopting the practice of custom hiring of agricultural equipment rather than purchasing the same. Khanna said the state (Left) PAU Vice-Chancellor Dr BS Dhillon addresses a gathering; and farmers take seeds and fertilizers home at a Kisan Mela in Bathinda on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: PAWAN SHARMA crops, adoption of subsidiary occupations, need-based use of farm inputs, profit-centric focus rather than income or yield-centric, and formation of self-help groups for joint marketing and mechanisation. He highlighted the need for cooperative use of machinery and supportive marketing strategies for obtaining optimum output from the produce. He also urged the farmers to manage stubble and Hit by stray cattle, policeman among 3 injured Fate of 26 MBBS students hangs in balance over domicile row Tribune News Service ‘Demand’ for girl’s WhatsApp number sparks protest already had 2,500 cooperative societies that were purchasing the machinery on 80 per cent subsidy. Plumes of smoke caused due to residue burning are hazardous not only to health, but also to soil and agriculture, he added. Delivering his remarks, Dr Dhillon thanked the farmers for their trust and strong connection with the university and its recommendations. For lucrative agriculture, he suggested diversification of Balwant Garg Tribune News Service Students stage a protest at Government Rajindra College in Bathinda on Wednesday. VIJAY KUMAR Tribune News Service Bathinda, September 26 Members of the Punjab Students’ Union staged a protest against a clerk for allegedly demanding a WhatsApp number from a girl student at Government Rajindra College on Wednesday. Raising slogans against the clerk, they also took out a protest march. Student leaders said when the girl student went to the clerk to get some mistake in a form rectified, the clerk demanded her WhatsApp number. They said the girl objected to it and said “she can’t give her number”. The PSU leaders said the girl had been upset over it for the past few days. Sangeeta Rani, president, PSU, said, “Instead of apologizing to the girl, the clerk had apologised to a professor and the matter has been closed. After the girl brought the matter to our notice, we have lodged a complaint against the clerk with the principal. But so far, nothing has been done in this regard.” Student leaders Sangeeta Rani, Simranjit Kaur, Sapna Rani, Jaspreet Singh, Sandeep Singh, Amarpal Kaur and others demanded an apology from the clerk to the girl in front of the students. When contacted, college principal Jyoti Parkash said the complaint in this regard had been sent to the grievance redressal committee and the clerk had already apologized in written in the incident. Bathinda, September 26 Three persons, including a Head Constable, have been injured in separate road accidents after being hit by stray cattle in the city. In the first incident, a policeman on a bike was injured after a group of stray animals hit him near Virat Green Colony on the Bathinda-Multania road on Tuesday night. The policeman has been identified as Head Constable Randhir Singh, a resident of Multania road. He is deployed at the Sadar police station. In the second mishap, two persons were injured after stray cattle hit their motorcycle on the Goniana road near Homeland. The victims have been identified as Lovedeep Singh (19) and Kavishi, a resident of Rampura. In another incident, fighting bulls went on rampage on the main road in Paras Ram Nagar. They also damaged a few two-wheelers parked on the road and a kariyana store in the area. c m y b Faridkot, September 26 The fate of 26 MBBS students in three government medical colleges in the state is hanging in balance after the Punjab and Haryana High Court asked the Department of Medical Education and Research (DMER), Punjab, to consider the re-shuffling of these students as they are allegedly not the bonafide residents of the state. The re-shuffling of these students is like turning the clock back as they are already pursuing the MBBS. They are of the 2017-18 batch. Their admission was challenged in the High Court in August 2017 and the students, who had challenged these admissions, are also exhausted a lot and most of them have already taken admission in different courses in the past one year. If some re-shuffling is to be done, it is done in a manner which causes minimum inconvenience by taking into account the interest of these students who have been studying for the past one year, said the High Court in paddy straw by adopting Super SMS and Happy Seeder technologies developed by the PAU and use the straw for bio-energy, cattle feed, cardboard making, etc. Dr Navtej Singh Bains, Director of Research, PAU, emphasised on the economic stability of the farmers along with the increased productivity of crops. He advocated judicious use of limited resources like water, fertilisers and insecticides The issue ■ The High Court issued the orders this month after some students from Punjab challenged the admission of these 26 students to the MBBS course in three government medical colleges in August 2017, alleging the use of domicile of multiple states by these candidates. ■ They said these students had doubled their chances of getting admission in different states on the basis of their domiciles. . its order, the copy of which has been received by the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS). The court has also directed the state government that before re-shuffling, every candidate should be given an opportunity of explaining his or her entitlement. The High Court issued the orders this month after some students from Punjab challenged the admission of these 26 students to the MBBS course in three government medical colleges in August 2017, alleging the use of domicile of multiple states by these in order to cut the expenses on farming. As many as 150 stalls with exhibits of implements, improved seeds, solar energy and farm literature were put up at the mela. Scientists of the PAU answered a volley of questions during an interactive session. There was huge rush of farmers for the purchase of seeds and vegetable mini kits. The farmers also purchased farm literature and candidates. They said these students had doubled their chances of getting admission in different states on the basis of their domiciles. It is alleged that these students got admissions in Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, claiming to be bonafide residents of these states. As a student cannot claim to be a bonafide resident of more than one state, so it amounts to fraud, alleged the writ petition in the High Court. Earlier, the High Court had directed the DMER to call the relevant record of all these students and the BFUHS and other departments concerned to check the domicile and bonafide residence of all these students. Now after one year, the decision on the admission of these 26 students is very difficult for the DMER and BFUHS to implement. Re-shuffling a student, one year after his admission to the MBBS course and when he or she has already passed one annual exam of this course, is impractical, said a senior functionary in the DMER. fruit plants from the sale outlets that were set up for the purpose. The chief guest was honoured by Dr Dhillon with a memento. Students of the PAU performed a skit that based on ways to shun the practice of stubble burning. Deputy Commissioner Praneet Bhardwaj and ADC (D) Sakshi Sawhney, along with officials of the district administration and the PAU, were present on the occasion. Finance firm employee robbed of ~37K, mobile phone Tribune News Service Bathinda, September 26 Three unidentified persons snatched a bag containing ~37,000 and a mobile phone from an employee of a finance company near Kuttiwal village on Wednesday. The victim, Lakwinder Singh, a resident of Faridkot, has lodged a complaint with the police. Lakwinder told the police that he worked with a Rampura based-finance company, Finance Inclugen Limited, and after collecting money from residents of Maiserkhana village, he was going on his motorcycle. The victim said when he reached Kuttiwal village, three unidentified persons came in a Zen car and took away a bag containing the cash and his mobile phone. A case under Section 379B (2) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered against the unidentified persons at the Maur police station. The police said a probe was on to nab the accused.
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