05012019-btd-01.qxd 1/4/2019 10:46 PM Page 1 SATURDAY | 5 JANUARY 2019 | BATHINDA BATHINDA TRIBUNE MC project a non-starter Back to the roots ‘I love reality shows’ Project to develop important historical places in city has been put on backburner. P2 Jeevay Punjab, an initiative by three friends, wants to revive pristine notes. P3 Young actress Jasmin Bhasin says she likes to challenge herself. P4 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 19°C MIN 7°C | YESTERDAY MAX 18°C MIN 5°C | SUNSET SATURDAY 5.44 PM SUNRISE SUNDAY 7.27 AM Development works get fillip Manpreet announces ~7.53 cr for sewerage, roads; ~9 cr for grain market Tribune News Service Bathinda, January 4 The State Finance Minister, Manpreet Singh Badal, on Friday announced grant of Rs 7.53 crore for the sewerage system, roads, streetlights in residential areas and renovation of ponds in the city. Manpreet also announced a separate electricity bill centre of the PSPCL and a special bus service for the residents across the railway lines. During his public meetings, including at Three Palms and Hardev Nagar, the Finance Minister also initiated development work for laying of the sewerage system, construction of roads and streetlights in Arjun Nagar, TPC Colony and Jogi Nagar at a cost of Rs 2.5 crore. He also announced grant of Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal addresses a gathering at the grain market in Bathinda on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Rs.1.5 crore for strengthening of all roads of Adarsh Nagar in Ward Number 1, Rs 1.38 crore for upgrading the main sewerage disposal sys- tem in the city, Rs 80 lakh to upgrade infrastructure in the government school of Udham Singh Nagar and Rs 60 lakh each for the renova- tion of ponds in Sanjay Nagar and Naruana Road, Rs 10 lakh and Rs 5 lakh for Tibbe Wali Dharamshala and Balmiki Dharamshala of Jogi Nagar, respectively. While listening to the problems of residents across the railway lines, the Finance Minister, on the spot, called up the chairman of the PSPCL and announced that a PSPCL bill centre would come up in the area across the railway lines so that residents can easily pay their electricity bills and need not go a long way for the purpose. Solving the second major problem of providing bus service connecting the region, Manpreet also called up the general manager, PRTC, and instructed him to start a special bus service in Tribune News Service Faridkot, January 4 With about 39 per cent increase in stipend, from Rs 17,000 to Rs 23,500 per month for the interns associated with various Central government medical col- leges in the country, ‘disgruntled’ MBBS interns in three government medical colleges in the state have also raised the demand to increase their stipend. For the past over six years, the interns in the government medical colleges in the state are being given Rs 9,000 per month. This stipend was increased from Rs 4,500 to Rs 9,000 in 2012. Working 30 days a month and a 12-hour shift daily, these ‘over-strained’ junior doctors at the government medical colleges have sought the Chief Minister’s help as the amount they are getting for their job is less than the minimum wages fixed for the unskilled labour. Deepak John Bhatti, principal, Guru Gobind Singh Medical College in Faridkot, said they had sent a representa- c m y b Farmers burn effigy of govt on Day 4 the areas across railway lines. ~33 lakh for facelift of Press Club In a meeting with mediapersons at Bathinda Press Club in the morning, the Finance Minister announced Rs 33 lakh for the renovation/repair work of the club. The funds would be provided in three instalments of Rs 11 lakh each. Waterworks unit to come up The Finance Minister announced Rs 9 crore for the repairs and renovation of the grain market and vegetable market. A waterworks unit would also come up in the market. The Finance Minister listened to problems/grievances of farmers and assured them solution for the same. MBBS interns seek hike in stipend on Central govt lines Balwant Garg Meeting hours of top officers fixed for Maghi Mela tion of the students, demanding hike in stipend to the state government. The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has announced to increase the MBBS interns’ stipend this week. Continued on page 2 Muktsar, January 4 To ensure that those coming to the District Administrative Complex regarding any personal work do not face any harassment during the Maghi Mela, the district administration has fixed the public meeting hours of top officers. Deputy Commissioner MK Aravind Kumar will remain available in his office for the public from 11 am to 1 pm on Monday and Wednesday. Similarly, Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) Dr Richa will remain present in her office from 11 am to 1 pm on Thursday and Friday. Further, Assistant Commissioner (General) Veerpal Kaur will be available for the public in her office from 11 am to 1 pm on Tuesday. As there are some villages which share their boundary with Haryana and Rajasthan, located even about 60 km away from the district headquarters, this step has been taken to make it convenient for them. — TNS DC available ■ Deputy Commissioner MK Aravind Kumar will remain available in his office for the public from 11 am to 1 pm on Monday and Wednesday. Members of the BKU (Ekta Ugrahan) burn an effigy of the Central and state government in Bathinda on Friday. PHOTO: VIJAY KUMAR Sukhmeet Bhasin Tribune News Service Bathinda, January 4 Farmers, under the banner of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta Ugrahan), on Friday continued their protest for the fourth consecutive day near the branch of Cooperative Agricultural Development Bank in the city. The agitating farmers took out a protest march and burnt an effigy of the Union and state government. Farmers have launched a five-day protest to demand complete loan waiver, as promised by the Congress during the elections. They also demand that the blank cheques taken by banks and other financial organisations before giving loans to the farmers should be given back. They alleged that banks had taken blank cheques from farmers and without their consent, they deposit them for clearance. Due to lack of money in accounts, cheques bounce and banks get cases registered against farmers, they said. They claimed that under pressure, farmers had to sell their land or put houses on mortgage and sometimes have to go to jail. They alleged that due to misuse of these Continued on page 2
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