08012019-btd-01.qxd 1/7/2019 10:49 PM Page 1 TUESDAY | 8 JANUARY 2019 | BATHINDA BATHINDA TRIBUNE Cell phone tower Acting on her mind Bring it on Residents of Shekhu road area protest against installation of a cell phone tower. P2 As a British citizen of Indian origin, Anushka Arora is proud to be the blend of both worlds. P3 Shehzad Deol, who was last seen in Vikas Gupta’s Ace of Space, shares what the show has taught him. P4 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 19°C MIN 2°C | YESTERDAY MAX 17°C MIN 4°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 5.46 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 7.28 AM Khaira outfit of no bearing: Cheema Leader of Opposition calls him opportunist; to sound poll bugle at Barnala rally Sukhmeet Bhasin Tribune News Service Bathinda, January 7 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA and Leader of the Opposition, Harpal Cheema, on Monday alleged that Sukhpal Khaira was an opportunist, who was floating a new outfit, Punjabi Ekta Party, for his own interest. He claimed that the new party would not have any effect on AAP . Cheema said Sukhpal Singh Khaira had formed his new party but the people of Punjab knew what Khaira wanted. The day Khaira was removed from the post of Leader of the Opposition, since then he remained cut off from the party, Cheema said. He alleged that Khaira was misleading people but now they would not show their faith in his words. Cheema said AAP was strong in Punjab and its AAP MLA and Leader of Opposition Harpal Cheema addresses mediapersons at a function in Bathinda on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO workers were united as before and would remain intact in future as well. While talking to mediapersons at a function at a marriage palace in the city, Harpal Cheema said AAP was organising a rally on January 20 at Barnala in which the party Remark on schools: Parents’ body burns effigy of OP Soni would sound the bungle for the Lok Sabha elections. Delhi Chief Minister and AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal would address 3 booked for blackmailing two NDRF jawans the rally, he added. Further, he said preparations to make the rally a success were in full swing and AAP workers were quite excited about it. He said the AAP rally would silent all their political opponents. Cheema reached Bathinda on Monday to attend the ring ceremony of AAP MLA from Talwandi Sabo, Prof Baljinder Kaur. AAP MLA Prof Baljinder Kaur exchanged rings with Sukhraj Singh Bal at a function held here. Bal is also an AAP leader from Majha region. It is learnt that a only few persons were invited. However, Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia, Bhagwant Mann, Sukhpal Singh Khaira, HS Phoolka and Kanwar Sandhu did not turn up for the function. Sukhraj Singh Bal said he and Baljinder Kaur had extended invitations to all AAP MLAs and leaders. Khalsa School teachers protest delay in salary Tribune News Service Bathinda, January 7 Teachers from Government Khalsa Senior Secondary School staged a protest outside the branch of Oriental Bank of Commerce in Kikar Bazaar for reportedly not receiving their salaries for the past 10 months. Members of the Aided School Union Mann Singh, principal of school Charanjit Kaur, Kamlesh Kumari and Chinderpal Kaur among other teachers participated in the protest. Talking to Bathinda Tribune, Mann Singh said, “The school concerned is running under the Khalsa Diwan Gurdwara and there is a rift between old and new committee members due to which we have not received salaries for past 10 months. Without getting salary for a long time, it has become difficult to bear household expenses now.” Teachers of Khalsa School protest outside the OBC Bank branch in Kikar Bazaar, Bathinda, on Monday. PHOTO: VIJAY KUMAR Mann added, “Salaries of 21 teachers are pending for 10 months. As much as 95 per cent share of the salary is given by the government, but the manager of OBC Bank is deliberately harassing us.” When contacted, Puneet Garg, branch manager of OBC Bank, said, “We have blocked the salaries to save the bank from any contro- versial situation that may arise due to the fight between the management of the school.” Later, the teachers called off the protest after they agreed to give an affidavit to the bank stating that if after releasing the salary the bank or teachers face any problem then they would return the salary. Basking in the sun Tribune News Service Members of the Parents Rights Association burn an effigy of Education Minister OP Soni in Bathinda on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Bathinda, January 7 Members of the Parents Rights Association burnt an effigy of State Education Minister OP Soni for his remark on stature of government schools. The members of the association alleged that the Education Minister had made a mockery of government schools by saying that they were like ‘dhabas’ and private schools were like five star hotels. They added that students after studying in government schools had achieved high posts in almost every field and were serving the country. The future of the country is in government schools and such controversial statements by the Education Minister were certainly not acceptable. After expressing their displeasure over the alleged statement, the association members urged the Education Minister to take back his words. — TNS Bathinda, January 7 The Canal Colony police have booked three persons for blackmailing two jawans of the 7-National Disaster Response Force (NDRF). In a complaint lodged by Sunil Yadav, it has been stated that he was working in the NDRF On January 5 evening, . he along with his friend Vinod Singh went to the market to purchase clothes, he said. They started looking for clothes at a shop near the bus stand where a woman met them, who introduced herself as Simran and told them that her husband had started a new wholesale cloth shop at Balraj Nagar, where she could get them clothes at low cost. Further, Sunil Yadav stated that they went along to her house. Continued on page 2 Birds perch on a dry tree on a sunny day in Bathinda on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PAWAN SHARMA RTI activist complains to PMO over 3-star rating for city Nursing health a tall order at ‘Done before due date’ Sukhmeet Bhasin Tribune News Service Bathinda, January 7 The preparations by the Municipal Corporation of Bathinda (MCB) for the Swachhta Survekshan-2019 seem to be only on papers as garbage has been lying scattered at various points in the city. City-based RTI activist Sanjiv Goyal had lodged a complaint with the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), Ministry of Urban Development and State Local Bodies Department against the MCB over ‘wrongly’ giving Bathinda three-star rating before the due date. In the complaint, he has stated that on December 23 and 24, the MCB had issued an advertisement in newspapers asking for objections for the three-star ranking of the city and had given 15 days to the residents to come up with any objection, but later the MCB, before the given time on January 4, declared itself three-star rated city. Further, he has also alleged that except for a few ■ City-based RTI activist Sanjiv Goyal had lodged a complaint with the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), Ministry of Urban Development and State Local Bodies Department against the MCB over ‘wrongly’ giving Bathinda three-star rating before the due date. . Garbage lying scattered in Bathinda on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PAWAN SHARMA norms, the MCB doesn’t fulfil many that are kept for three-star ranking. Moreover, in his letter to the Municipal Commissioner, Sanjiv Kumar, he has raised its objections against declaring Bathinda three-star. In the letter, it has been stat- ed that neither door-to-door garbage collection is taking place properly nor 100 per cent cleaning is done. He has alleged that the sanitation system has totally collapsed. Even complaints lodged on Swachhta mobile application are not been resolved, he has stated. In the 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 c m y b 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 the 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. Moreover, the MCB is facing huge problem this year that in the middle of the survey, JITF Company has already given a termination notice and is leaving its work on January 19. Women & Children Hospital Shortage of care givers plagues paediatrics ward Sumeer Singh Tribune News Service Bathinda, January 7 Owing to a shortage of staff nurses, the medical care administered to sick children at the Women and Children Hospital has been affected. The situation is such that no staff nurse for the night shift at the paediatric ward where the sick children are admitted. As a result, children admitted to the paediatric ward located on the ground floor have to be shifted to the maternity ward on the first floor every night. After being transferred to the maternity ward, while it is easy for the parents of children requiring minimal medical care to manage, the sick children who require critical care, are either referred to the government hospital at Faridkot or their parents have to get them admitted to private The paediatrics ward at Women and Children Hospital in Bathinda. PHOTO: VIJAY KUMAR hospitals in the city. Informed sources said the workload of medical staff at the maternity ward that often remains packed to its capacity with post natal patients (women undergoing treatment post-deliveries) has increased manifold with sick children being admitted to the ward every night. On an average, around six to eight children from the paediatric ward are transferred every night to the maternity ward that often has a presence of 50 patients, thereby affecting the quality of medical care administered to patients in the hospital. Continued on page 2
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