03012019-btd-01.qxd 1/2/2019 11:04 PM Page 1 THURSDAY | 3 JANUARY 2019 | BATHINDA BATHINDA TRIBUNE Poll result Well, health first A great experience Residents of Sikhwala village in Lambi stage protest for nearly two hours. P2 Newer strategies of wellness are guiding the routine of Gen-Next. Here is checking the trends. P3 Kumar Hegde, who is currently seen in Kaal Bhairav Rahasya 2, is enjoying his role of Kashinath. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 19°C MIN 3°C | YESTERDAY MAX 20°C MIN 6°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 5.42 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 7.27 AM Admn asks PG owners to get tenants verified Fruit of labour Also directs them to install CCTV cameras, fire extinguishers Sukhmeet Bhasin Tribune News Service Bathinda, January 2 Additional Deputy Commissioner Sukhpreet Singh Sidhu, using his powers under Section 144, on Wednesday ordered all paying guest (PG) owners in the city to get their tenants registered and also get their verification done at the police station concerned or Sanjh Kendra. The Additional Deputy Commissioner said many students and tenants were staying in PGs in the city, whereas the district administration and police didn’t have any information. In this scenario, any antisocial element can stay as student in these PGs and can indulge in anti-social Paying guest houses operating illegally ■ More than 400 paying guest houses are running illegally in the city and of these, only 20 have been registered in the old house tax record of the Municipal Corporation of Bathinda. ■ Almost every other house seems to be rented out to students, fully or partially, in certain pockets of the city, which include Ajit Road, 100-ft road, Jujhar Singh Nagar, Guru Teg Bahadur Nagar and other areas. . activities. Further, he has also directed that PG owners should ensure the safety of the students and tenants and they should install CCTV cameras and fire extinguishers. More than 400 paying guest houses are running illegally in the city and of these, only 20 have been registered in the old house tax record of the Municipal Corporation of Bathinda (MCB). With the city turning into an education hub in the region, providing PG and hostel accommodation has become a big business. Every other house seems to be rented out to students, fully or partially, in certain pockets of the city, which include Ajit Road, 100-ft road, Jujhar Singh Nagar, Guru Teg Bahadur Nagar and other areas. As per norms, it is mandatory for a PG house owner to get his house registered at the police station concerned. They should also get the persons living in their PGs verified. According to an MCB official, people don’t get their PGs registered with the civic authorities because if they do so, they will have to pay tax. If they get their house registered as a PG facility, their property becomes commercial and they will have to pay the same tax as commercial sites with more requirements of electricity and water. In a bid to form a regularisation policy for the PGs, a team of the MCB started a door-to-door survey during its last term but the survey could not be completed during the SAD rule. A farmer looks after his crop in a field near Bir Talab village in Bathinda. PHOTO: VIJAY KUMAR Farmers continue protest in cold weather Tribune News Service Exemption Tribune News Service Bathinda, January 2 Farmers, under the banner of Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta Urgahan) continued their protest for the second day in chilling weather near the branch of Cooperative Agricultural Development Bank. The protest was headed by BKU Ekta Urgahan district president Shingara Singh Mann. They raised slogans against the state government. The protest will continue till January 5. While addressing the protesters, Shingara Singh Mann, Harjinder Singh Bagga and Harinder Kaur said while giving loans to farmers, banks take signed blank cheques from them, but the latter had started using these as a tool of harassment. They said they had started the protest for five days, but if the administration did not Thieves strike at tehsildar’s house ■ The protest was headed by BKU Ekta Urgahan district president Shingara Singh Mann. The protest will continue till January 5. ■ The protesting farmers are demanding exemption from giving a blank cheque while taking loans from government-owned banks. They are also demanding a complete waiver of loans. . Farmers during the five-day protest in Bathinda on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PAWAN SHARMA accept their demands, they would extend it. Shingara Singh Mann said both Congress government in the state and BJP at the Centre had only offered lip service to the farmers on loan waiver, but did nothing. The protesting farmers were demanding exemption from giving a blank cheque while taking loans from gov- ernment-owned banks. They are also demanding a complete waiver of loans. The farmers rued whenever banks put blank cheques for clearance without their consent, these often get dishonoured due to lack of money in their accounts. Subsequently, banks get fraud cases registered against farmers, they added. The farmers also lamented that bank officials often ill treated them. Bathinda, January 2 Thieves made off with jewellery, cash and a revolver from the house of Faridkot Tehsildar Ramesh Kumar, located at Bhagu road in the city. CIA-2 staff and a finger print expert team on Wednesday reached the spot. They have started a probe into the incident. The police have registered a case against unidentified persons. In a complaint lodged by Faridkor Tehsildar Ramesh Kumar, it has been stated that last Friday he, along with his family, had gone out of station for some work. Thieves entered the house and took away .12 bore licensed revolver, one gold coin, four silver coins, one gold chain and Rs 80,000 in cash. Further, he has stated that they came to know about the Police officials examine the house where the theft took place in Bathinda on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PAWAN SHARMA incident when they returned on Tuesday. The doors of all rooms in the house were opened and all material was lying scattered. They immediately informed the police. The police have claimed that the accused would be arrested soon. Stolen items ■ Thieves entered the house and took away .12 bore licensed revolver, one gold coin, four silver coins, one gold chain and Rs 80,000. ■ The family members came to know about the incident when they returned on Tuesday. Students injured as 440 boxes of illicit liquor seized MC starts preparations for school van overturns Swachhta Survekshan-2019 Tribune News Service Bathinda, Janaury 2 A number of students were injured when a school van of a private school located at Sangat village overturned after its driver lost control on Wednesday morning. The school van was on its way to the school. As villagers got information, they came to the spot and provided assistance to the students. As per information, the school van of Sacred Heart Convent School located at Sangat Mandi was going back to school after picking up students from villages, but as they van reached Sangat Kachian, suddenly the driver lost control and it entered the fields and overturned. The incident took place around 8 am in the morning. At the time of the incident, around 30 students were travelling inside the van. As the van overturned, the students and teachers travelling in it received minor injuries. People near the accident site rescued the students by taking them out of the van. Villagers also took the students to their house and informed the school authorities about the incident. Later, school officials also reached the spot. It is learnt that the bus was at slow speed, due to which students didn’t received much injuries. Even family members of the students also reached the spot and took their kids along with them. While one teacher and a student received more injuries, they were referred to a private hospital. The injured have been identified as teacher Amandeep Kaur and student Khushi Kumari. Dr Raman Goyal said were stable and were under treatment. School principal Rajwinder Singh said school the van overturned but there were no serious injuries to anyone. Sangat police station SHO Paramjeet Singh said there was accumulated on the road, due to which the bus driver lost control. He said the accident had taken place, but no action was taken by the police in the case. — TNS Bathinda, January 2 As many as 440 boxes of country-made illicit liquor were seized from a private bus and a car escorting the bus. It was being smuggled from Haryana to this region. Special Task Force (STF) nabbed five persons and seized a Verna car, which was escorting the bus near Naruana village in the district. The police have booked the accused at the Bathinda Sadar police station. STF sub-inspector Jaspal Singh said a case had been registered against the bus owner and liquor contractor. Divulging more details, SI Jaspal Singh said on Wednesday, his team was checking near Naruana village. Acting on a tip off, the police stopped a private bus and during checking, they seized 410 liquor boxes of liquor from the bus and 30 boxes of liquor from the Verna car. He said the accused had been identified as Deepak, Subhash, Harjinder, Paramjit and Sukha. During initial interrogation, it came out that the accused had brought Sukhmeet Bhasin Tribune News Service The boxes of illicit liquor seized from a private bus near Naruana village in Bathinda on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PAWAN SHARMA the liquor from Raguana village in Haryana. He added that the seized bus belonged to Kisan Bus Service (Sirsa). With liquor rates in Haryana being 30-40 per cent less than those in Punjab, liquor continues to be smuggled into various districts of Punjab from the neighbouring state. Punjab shares a 45km stretch with Haryana. Last month, a liquor contractor had even announced a reward of Rs 300 per liquor box for anyone help- c m y b ing in making seizure of illicit liquor being smuggled from Haryana. Some villagers also started smuggling liquor from Haryana into Punjab for earning money. They use motorcycles, scooters, cars and tractor-trailers to bring liquor from the neighbouring state. The Bathinda police have set up a permanent naka on the Haryana border near Doomwali village to check smuggling. Bathinda, January 2 The MCB has started preparations for the Swacchta Survekshan-2019, which the Union Government will start from January 4. MCB officials are busy in completing the documents regarding star rating and uploading these on the Union Government website before the starting of the Swacchta Survekshan. The MCB is eyeing to get 1250 marks in star rating. Local Bodies Department secretary and PMIDC CEO, Ajoy Sharma, and Principal Secretary Venu Prasad took stock of the preparations for the survey through video conferencing. They have directed the MC officials to complete all preparations before the survey starts. Further, they have also directed to ensure door-todoor garbage collection, preparation of manure from wet garbage, disposal of dry Officials busy completing documents ■ MCB officials are busy in completing the documents regarding star rating and uploading these on the Union Government website before starting the Swacchta Survekshan. The MCB is eyeing to get 1250 marks in star rating. ■ This year, Bathinda is facing huge pressure as last year it bagged the first position in the state, leaving behind Mohali. . garbage, declare all wards ODF to install dustbins in city, , construct public toilets, implement proposals regarding star rating, making 25 per cent child-friendly toilets and maintaining cleanliness among other things in the city. They have also directed officials to increase awareness among the public regarding these works and ensure public participation. In Swacchta Survekshan-2019 this year, the Union Urban Development Ministry has kept 5000 marks. Last year, there were 4000 marks in three categories, but this year 1000 marks of certification have been added. Star rating has 800 marks and ODF has 200 marks. This is the fourth year of the survey. In the first year, 73 cities were included, in second year 434 cities and last year 4,203 cities were included in survey. This year the whole country has been included in the survey. This year, Bathinda is facing huge pressure as last year it bagged the first position in the state, leaving behind Mohali. This year, the issues which Bathinda is facing are garbage processing has been started but it is not total. There is no disposal arrangement of plastic packets of Lays, Maggi, Kurkure and other food items, in place. Even secondary points of garbage collection have not been dealt with in the city so far.
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