04012019-btd-01.qxd 1/3/2019 10:45 PM Page 1 FRIDAY | 4 JANUARY 2019 | BATHINDA BATHINDA TRIBUNE Potholed roads In the race When Jodhaa met Guru Potholes on road outside Post Office pose a threat to commuters. P2 Sushant Singh Rajput and Jacqueline Fernandez’s film will now release on June 28. P3 It all started during the shoot of Mani Ratnam’s Guru when they fell in love. P4 FORECAST RAIN LIKELY | MAX 18°C MIN 5°C | YESTERDAY MAX 6.5°C MIN 16.6°C | SUNSET FRIDAY 5.43 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 7.27 AM Farmers gherao cooperative bank Fog hits rail, road traffic Misuse of blank cheques: Members of BKU continue protest on Day 3 Tribune News Service Bathinda, January 3 Farmers, under the banner of Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta Ugrahan) on Thursday continued their protest for the third day and gheraoed the branch of Cooperative Agricultural Development Bank near the District Administrative Complex after taking out a protest march in the city. While addressing the protesters, BKU (Ekta Ugrahan) district president Shingara Singh Mann, Basant Singh Kothaguru, Jagsir Singh Jhumba, Harpreet Kaur Jethuke, Paramjit Kaur Pitho and others said banks, arthiyas and other financial organisations have taken blank cheques from farmers before giving them loans. They alleged that due to anti-farmer polices, farmers had come under debt and Members of the BKU (Ekta Ugrahan) during a protest march in Bathinda on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PAWAN SHARMA now these banks and other organisations were misusing these blank cheques by filling wrong amount and are depositing these Change in school timings ■ Keeping in view the dense fog gripping the region and high occurrence of road mishaps due to poor visibility, the School Education Department on Thursday issued orders to change the school timings of all government and private primary, middle, high and senior secondary schools in the state. For primary schools, the new timing is 10 am to 4 pm and for middle, high and senior secondary schools, the timing will remain from 10 am to 4.15 pm, said Krishan Kumar, Secretary, School Education Department. . DGP tells SSP to look into ‘killer’ Chinese string matter Tribune News Service Bathinda, January 3 The Director General of Police (DGP) has directed the Bathinda SSP to look into the complaint of killer Chinese string and take necessary action. NGO Naujawan Welfare Society president Sonu Maheshwari had lodged a complaint with the DGP grievance cell alleging that the Kotwali police had recently arrested a person named Neeraj Kumar and seized 345 rolls of the banned Chinese string, but a case was not registered under Continued on page 2 cheques for clearance. Later, they register a case against farmers over this, they said. Moreover, cooperative bank has not released cheque books to the farmers for the past many years. Exposing the loan wavier scheme of the state government, they alleged that dur- SAD councillor joins Congress Bathinda, January 3 In a setback to SAD, its councillor from Ward Number 20, Darshan Kumar Billu, on Thursday joined the Congress in the presence of Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal. While addressing a gathering in the ward, Darshan Billu said he was joining the Congress after getting impressed by the development works initiated by Finance Minister Manpreet Badal in the city. Manpreet assured that Billu would get full respect among the rank and file in the Congress. Manpreet said apart from development of the city, they were also laying emphasis on education and health sector. He said people were happy Laying emphasis ■ While addressing a gathering, Darshan Billu said he was joining the Congress after getting impressed by the development works initiated by Finance Minister Manpreet Badal in the city. ■ Manpreet said apart from development of the city, they were also laying emphasis on education and health sector. . with the Congress policies and its indication was the results of the recently held Assembly elections. “People in these three states have given the mandate to the Congress by reposing their faith in the party. The Congress will form its government at the Centre Education facilities on course: FM Sukhmeet Bhasin Tribune News Service Bathinda, January 3 The expansion of modern education facilities in government schools of the district is on course as Rs 18 crore is being spent upon upgrading projects in these schools. Announcing this, Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Badal on Thursday said the level of education would be taken to new heights with full might. Addressing people, he said the development projects are in full swing in the district. During his visit to Government Primary School in Dhobiana Basti, he laid the foundation stone for 7 classrooms, a toilet block and staircases on the school premises. “Development work has begun in two of these schools and it would also start in 10 other schools before March 31,” the Finance Minister said. He also announced Rs 80 lakh grant for Government Primary School, Dhobiana Basti, with which a swimming pool, basketball court and a ramp would be constructed, Manpreet said. The Finance Minister interacted with the public at Amarpura Basti, Lal Singh Basti, Dhobiana Basti, Bhai Mati Das Nagar, Housefed Colony, Court Complex, Surkhpeer Road and Gaudia Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal addresses a gathering after laying the foundation stone at a school in Bathinda on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PAWAN SHARMA Math Mandir. During his address, Manpreet Badal pointed out that various development projects were being started in the district with Rs 144.5 crore, which would be completed within the stipulated time. He said two railway overbridges and a foot-overbridge would be constructed at a cost of Rs 90 crore. Their tenders would be called within a month and the construction would begin in less than three months. Similarly, Rs 18 crore would be spent upon the upgrading ing elections the Congress had promised complete loan wavier, but till date loan of only 20 per cent farmers having 2 acre land had been waived off. They also claimed that a large number of farmers were running from pillar to post to get their names registered in the loan waiver list, but Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh was claiming that state coffers were empty and they would try to include more farmers in this scheme in the next budget. They also sought Rs 10 lakh compensation for the family of growers who committed suicides, government job to one of their family members and implementation of the Swaminathan Commission recommendations. BKU leader Shangara Singh Mann said the state government should stop “forced debt recovery” and release the arrested farmers. and construction of new roads. The minister said 40 per cent work of strengthening and construction of roads had been completed and the rest would be finished before the end of March. He added that the work of upgrading the Bathinda Grain Market would also be completed soon with an expenditure of Rs 9 crore, whereas modern facilities would be provided at the Bathinda Civil Hospital with Rs 4.5 crore and its work would begin in February. Sewerage pipes are being laid in Ward Number 1 and 2 of the city with Rs 2.5 crore and its 20 per cent work has been completed. Similarly, Rs 2 crore construction work of overbridge on Sirhind Canal near Teacher Colony has also begun. Manpreet Badal reiterated that he would leave no stone unturned for the overall development of the district. Among others who were present on the occasion were former minister Chiranji Lal Garg, Congress (Urban) president Mohan Lal Jhumba, Ashok Pradhan and Jaijeet Johal. c m y b by winning the Lok Sabha elections in 2019,” he added. A few days ago, another SAD councillor, Jasveer Jassa, had joined the Congress. — TNS Commuters make their way through thick fog which enveloped Bathinda and its adjoining areas on Thursday morning. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PAWAN SHARMA Bathinda, January 3 Residents of the city and nearby areas on Thursday woke up to dense fog and visibility, which was less than 100m. The situation was tough for commuters on the outer areas. The worst affected were the morning walkers and commuters. The road traffic remained more or less thin. Commuters are facing hardships as dense fog has enveloped the region, making the visibility poor. With the sudden change in weather last weekend, roads have become mishap-prone. The cold wave prevailing in the region will intensify in the coming days. The Weather Department has also predicted that dense to very dense fog is likely at many places across the state during the next twothree days and maximum temperature is likely to fall. As per the Agri-Met Department of the PAU regional station, Bathinda, the minimum temperature was recorded on Thursday at 6.5 degree Celsius while the maximum was 16.6 degree Celsius. Dense fog in the region has started showing its affects on the rail traffic as a majority of trains are running late on major routes. Passengers at the city railway station were seen making rounds of the enquiry counters and waiting for their trains. Meanwhile, the farmers, who were upset due to high temperature during November and December, are now happy. The low temperature and fog would increase the yield of wheat crop. “As per my routine, I woke up around 6 am. Dense fog entered our balcony and visibility was almost zero. I have cancelled my morning walk and prefer to stay at home,” said Ankush Aggarwal, a city resident. — TNS
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