12012019-btd-01.qxd 1/11/2019 10:32 PM Page 1 SATURDAY | 12 JANUARY 2019 | BATHINDA BATHINDA TRIBUNE Oath taking in Faridkot Bordering on truth Skilfully orchestrated Sports and Youth Affairs Minister presided over event to administer oath to newly elected sarpanches. P2 From a sweet girl-next-door, Yami Gautam is playing an intelligence officer in Uri. P3 Is Uri an agenda or what filmmakers have been telling us? P4 FORECAST RAIN LIKELY | MAX 19°C MIN 10°C | YESTERDAY MAX 18°C MIN 7°C | SUNSET SATURDAY 5.49 PM SUNRISE SUNDAY 7.28 AM Vigilance wing to probe files of MC shops on rent Civic body not getting much revenue from 401 shops Sukhmeet Bhasin Tribune News Service Bathinda, January 11 The Municipal Corporation of Bathinda has asked the vigilance wing of the Local Bodies Department to probe the files of its 401 rented shops. Municipal Commissioner Dr Rishipal Singh has written a letter to the Local Bodies Department’s Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) and also had a word with him on the entire issue. Dr Rishipal Singh asked him to send a team to Bathinda for the probe at the earliest. The Municipal Commissioner has found irregularities in most of the rent branch files in a probe conducted by him. While some of the shops are given on rent without any agreement, a few have wrong affidavits. Besides, some were given on rent without any permission. While some of the shops are given on rent without any agreement, a few have wrong affidavits. FILE PHOTO Despite having more than 400 shops, the MCB is not getting a substantial amount of money in rent. Most of the shops are located in prime markets of the city. The Municipal Commissioner had called all files of the rent branch in his office, which are kept in the conference room. Two employees have been deputed to prepare a list regarding the year in which shops were given on rent, to whom and presently what is the market rate of the shops. Apart from this, it is also being recorded as to what rent the MCB is presently getting from these shops and for how long the rent has not been hiked. The Municipal Commissioner has also directed the staff to gather full information regarding the agreement of the shops. The MCB has its shops on Mall Road, Railway road, in Gandhi Market, Fish Market and other places. A legal battle is on for around 178 with the MCB. Talking to Bathinda Tribune, Dr Rishipal Singh confirmed that he had found irregularities in the rent branch files and had recommended a vigilance branch probe into it. Some time back, the Local Bodies Department had issued a notification in which a plan was chalked out to sell the shops to tenants with some conditions. Couple looted at gunpoint Bathinda, January 11 A couple was robbed by three miscreants at gunpoint near Mehraj village in the district. In a complaint lodged by Jasveer Singh, a resident of Bhiani village, it has been stated that he was going on a motorcycle with his wife when three persons stopped them near Mehraj village. They took away Rs 2,000 from his wallet, his gold ring, his wife’s gold earrings and his mobile phone by pointing a gun at him. The police have registered a case against three unidentified persons under Sections 392 and 34 of the IPC and Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act at the Rampura City police station. On January 6, an incident of snatching was reported on the GT Road near Mann petrol pump in the city. In a complaint lodged by Harjinder Singh with the police, it has been stated that he was going near the Mann petrol pump when two youths came on a red two-wheeler and snatched his wallet containing Rs 1,000 and important documents. — TNS Govt schools to celebrate birthdays of students Balwant Garg Tribune News Service Faridkot, January 11 The School Education Department on Friday directed all school heads in the state to start celebrating the birthdays of students. Like the celebration of many special days at schools, the birthday of every student should be celebrated in the school to encourage these students. It will give them a feeling of being special on this day, reads the letter of Secretary, School Education Department, sent to all school heads on Friday. Students’ birthdays will be recognised during the morning announcements. During morning prayers, the student who has his birthday on that day should be wished by all teachers and students in the school. The achievements and the special qualities of the birthday student in any field, including education, sports or extracurricular activities, should be highlighted and shared with other students, reads the letter. This student should be given a special tag on his/her uniform to make him/her look distinct on the birthday. However, the schools have been directed not to allow bringing of any gift by such student on his birthday. By making a special mention of this student on the notice board, students would get to know about it. As most of the students in the government schools belong to poor families, so, unlike most private schools, the celebration of the birthday of students in government schools is not a common practice. Besides, the move is also aimed at attracting more and more students to the government schools, said a senior functionary in the School Education Department. Control room numbers for Maghi Mela Tribune News Service Muktsar, January 11 The district administration and the police on Friday held a meeting to review the arrangements made for the Maghi Mela and to ensure that the devotees coming from faraway places on Maghi on January 14 to the historic town do not face any problem. Besides, the administration set up two 24-hour control room telephone numbers 01633-263347 and 01633-263622. The district administration appealed to the visitors and local residents to report any valuable information on these phone numbers. Notably, the town has been divided into seven sectors. Govt committed to reducing PWD Minister administers oath to sarpanches state’s debt burden: Balbir Sidhu Tribune News Service Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Labour Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu addresses newly elected panchayat members in Barnala on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Bathinda, January 11 The Minister for Public Works Department and IT, Vijay Inder Singla, administered oath to the newly elected panchayat members, sarpanches, members of the Zila Parishad and Panchayat Samiti at a district-level function organised at Multania Road in the city on Friday. The newly elected representatives of 16 zila parishads, 148 panchayat samiti members, 308 sarpanches and 2,419 panches were administered oath during the event. Addressing a gathering, the minister congratulated the newly elected representatives of the panchayati raj institutions and urged them to work for the betterment of labourers, farmers and other weaker sections of society. Singla said, “It’s all because of the hard work and dedication that you have been able to register win, but now it is time to The Minister for Public Works Department and IT, Vijay Inder Singla, administers oath to sarpanches and panches in Bathinda on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PAWAN SHARMA replaced the blue cards with smart cards for the Atta-Dal Scheme so that the actual and needy families could avail of the benefit of this scheme without any delay.” He urged the newly elected representatives to get encroachments removed from the panchayat lands of their respective areas so that the 5 marla plots can be given to poor families. After administering the oath to fight against drugs, Vijayinder Singla urged everyone present at the function to spread awareness against drugs in urban and rural areas of the state. Later, replying to mediapersons’ queries, the PWD and IT Minister said people had given clear indication in the panchayat elections about their support for the Congress in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Bathinda Deputy Commissioner Praneet, IG MS Farooqui, SSP Nanak Singh, ADC (G) Sukhpreet Singh Sidhu and ADC (D) Sakshi Sawhney were also present at the event. Barnala, January 11 Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Labour Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu on Friday said Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singhled Congress government had been committed to reducing the state’s debt burden and developing Punjab as the most prosperous region in India. He was here to administer oath to newly elected Zila Parishad and Block Samiti members as well as the rep- Youth crushed under train Jassi’s key aide to join SAD Theft foiled at bank, two caught on spot Bathinda, January 11 A youth was crushed under a train on the Bathinda-Patiala railway line in the city late evening on Thursday. According to the GRP a , teenager was crushed under the train while crossing the track near the Patiala phatak railway crossing point. The deceased has been identified as Sonu Rajput, who is a resident of Amarpura Basti. He was taken to the Civil Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Members of a city-based NGO, who reached the spot, said Sonu was alive after the accident but his legs were slit. The victim was crossing the railway track around 9 pm. The investigating officer said, “After getting the post-mortem done, the body was handed over to the family.” — TNS Tribune News Service Tribune News Service resentatives of panchayats of the district. While congratulating the newly elected representatives, he appealed them to work for the betterment of their respective villages and regions without any discrimination. Continued on page 2 work harder so that development works could be carried out for the people who have shown faith in you.” He added that the newly elected representatives should work for the larger public interest without any bias. Singla said the state government had not only given more powers to the panchayati raj institutions but it had also given 50 per cent reservation to the women contesting these elections. He said, “For the Rs 2 lakh per farmer loan waiver for 10.25 lakh farmers, so far loan amount of Rs 4,000 crore for 4.1 lakh farmers has already been waived off by the state government. The government has Tribune News Service Bathinda, January 11 Former Congress minister Harminder Singh Jassi’s close aide Iqbal Singh Babli Dhillon, who was earlier PPCC secretary, is set to join SAD in the presence of party president Sukhbir Singh Badal and Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal here on Saturday. Dhillon met Sukhbir last month and their meeting had fuelled speculations regarding the former joining SAD ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. His step also indicates that he may have been assured of a key post in SAD and bigger responsibility in the coming days. Dhillon had resigned from the Congress in August last Meeting with Sukhbir ■ Iqbal Singh Babli Dhillon met Sukhbir Badal last month and their meeting had fuelled speculations regarding the former joining SAD ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. ■ His step also indicates that he may have been assured of a key post in SAD. . year after PPCC general secretary Sandeep Sandhu issued a show-cause notice to him for his alleged antiparty activities. The notice was issued on the complaint of councillors Jugraj Singh and Nirmal Kaur over holding parallel meetings in the city. The councillors had lodged a complaint with Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh and PPCC chief Sunil Jakhar, seeking action against Jassi’s key aide. They had alleged that Dhillon was holding public meetings in the name of Captain Amarinder Singh and promising people to get their works done. Earlier, when Finance Minister Manpreet Badal and Jassi were in the city on the same day, both would hold separate public meetings. Jassi has not shared dais with Manpreet ever since the latter became MLA from Bathinda (Urban). The reason behind bitterness between the two leaders is that Jassi had become MLA from Bathinda in 2007 and had unsuccessfully contested in 2012, but in 2017, Manpreet Badal succeeded in getting the ticket from Bathinda, forcing Jassi to shift to Maur. c m y b Bathinda, January 11 A theft was foiled by the police after the security alarm went off when the accused were trying to break open the safe (cash vault) inside the Cooperative Bank branch at Ghudda village in the wee hours on Friday. The police reached the spot and caught the two accused. According to the police, the incident took place around 3 am when the accused entered the bank building and tried to steal money. The accused were trying to break the safe open but as the alarm went off, thieves were overpowered by the police. Surinder Kumar, manager of Central Cooperative Bank, said, “Around 3 am I received an alert on my The damaged window of the Cooperative Bank building at Ghudda on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO mobile phone from the emergency alarm installed at the bank. I immediately informed the Nandgarh police regarding it. The security guard also informed me regarding the suspicious activity inside the bank.” Later, police personnel, in the presence of bank staff, entered the bank and nabbed the accused red-handed. Jaswinder Singh, SHO, Nandgarh police station, said, “The accused had entered the bank after breaking open the grills of a window. They also cut the wires of CCTV cameras inside the bank. We have arrested the accused who are originally natives of Bihar. The accused have been identified as Prem Kumar and Vikas Kumar.” The police have recovered a cutter, screwdriver and an iron rod that was used to break the safe. On the complaint of the bank manager, the police have registered a case against the accused and started investigation in the matter.
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