22012019-btd-01.qxd 1/21/2019 10:53 PM Page 1 TUESDAY | 22 JANUARY 2019 | BATHINDA BATHINDA TRIBUNE Annual function The tune of success Avika Gor out of KKK Cultural performances mark annual day celebrations of Indian Public School at Paras Ram Nagar. P2 Meet avid musicians from the region who are living their dream each day. P3 Avika Gor the first contestant to get eliminated from Khatron Ke Khiladi 9 (KKK) this weekend. P4 FORECAST RAIN LIKELY | MAX 15°C MIN 8°C | YESTERDAY MAX 18°C MIN 10°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 5.57 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 7.25 AM Vigilance inspects records Kin accuse police of inaction, stage protest of civic body’s shops on rent SUICIDE CASE A few days ago, MC Commissioner had written to CVO for a probe Sukhmeet Bhasin Tribune News Service Irregularities were found in inquiry ■ The MC Commissioner had found irregularities in most of the rent 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 were asked to prepare a list mentioning in which year the shops were given on rent and to whom. Besides, they were also asked to list out the current market rate of the shops. It is also being recorded as to what rent the MC is getting from these shops and for how long the rent has not been hiked. The MC had also directed the staff to gather full information regarding the agreement of the shops. The MC has its shops on Mall Road, Railway Road, in Gandhi Market, Fish Market and other places. The matter of around 178 is sub judice. Bathinda, January 21 Accusing the police of inaction in a suicide case, relative of Shapinder Singh, who had ended his life by jumping in front of a train on December 8, 2018, staged a protest in front of the Civil Lines police station here on Monday. Deceased’s father Harjit Singh, a resident of Nangal Khurd village in Mansa, said the police was not giving them justice. He, along with his villagers, also raised slogans against the police. Harjit said, “My son Shapinder was staying in a PG in the Ajit Road area and was taking coaching for ILETS exam from an institute. On December 7, Shapinder was roaming on the terrace of his PG and a girl leveled allegation of eveteasing against him. She filed a complained with the police. The Civil Line police took him and other boys of the PG to the police station. They were released later. A constable posted at the Civil Lines police station slapped my son and the police insulted him. Irked over Bathinda, January 21 A Vigilance team of the Local Bodies Department has initiated a probe into the alleged irregularities by the civic body in renting out 401 shops. Officers Harbaksh Singh, Mohinder Singh, Ramandeep Singh and Ishan Goyal were part of the Vigilance team that checked the records of the rented shops. Three of the members checked the records at Senior Town Planner (STP) Kamaljit Kaur’s office while the fourth official checked the records at the meeting hall of the MC Commissioner. Apart from the STP XEN , Davinder Jaura and SDO Raman Kumar were present in the room where the vigi- lance officials were inspecting the records. The MC officials were replying to the questions being asked by the Vigilance officials. A few days ago, MC Commissioner Dr Rishipal Singh had written a letter to the Local Bodies Department’s Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) asking him to conduct a probe into the alleged irregularities in renting out the 401 shops at the earliest. . He also had a word with him 151 boxes of liquor seized Dark during the day, city drenched by light drizzle Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Bathinda, January 21 A team of the CIA Staff-II has recovered 151 boxes (1,812 bottles) of liquor from a room situated in fields at Gill Patti village. The liquor was of a Haryana brand. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Dr Nanak Singh said a team of the CIA Staff-II had received a tip-off that Gurtej Singh, alias, Patwari, and his son Paljinder Singh Ral were bringing liquor at low rates from Haryana without any permit and were selling it here. The SSP said the accused had placed the illegal liquor inside a room near a tubewell in their fields. The SSP said after checking the room, 151 boxes of liquor (1,812 bottles) were recovered. A case under Sections 61/1/14 of the Excise Act has been registered against the accused at the Thermal police station. The police said though the accused were at large, efforts were on to nab them. Bathinda, January 21 The region, that is in the grip of a severe cold wave, witnessed a partially cloudy weather along with a light drizzle today in the afternoon. The intense cold wave, that is lashing the region, is expected to stay for some more days going by the met department’s forecast. After experiencing a bright sun for the last few days, city residents today woke up to a cloudy sky. The sun continued to play hide and seek throughout the day before a drizzle set in even as dark clouds covered the sky late in the afternoon. The day started on a pleasant note. However, at around 3 pm, rain-laden clouds appeared over the city and a slight drizzle was reported from different parts of the region. The clouds kept returning but were ultimately blown away by the wind, putting paid to hopes of a heavy rainfall lashing the region. However, there could be a branch files in a probe conducted by him. ■ While some of the shops have been given on rent without any agreement, a few have wrong affidavits. Besides, some were given on rent without any permission. ■ Despite having more than 400 shops, the MC is not getting a substantial amount of money in rent. Most of the shops are located in the prime markets of the city. . on the entire issue. The MC Commissioner had found irregularities in most of the rent branch files in a probe conducted by him. While some of the shops have been given on rent without any agreement, a few have wrong affidavits. Besides, some were given on rent without any permission. Despite having more than 400 shops, the MC is not getting a substantial amount of money in rent. Most of the shops are located in the Family members of Supinder Singh, who ended his life by jumping in front of a train, and villagers protest in front of the Civil Lines police station in Bathinda on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PAWAN SHARMA it, he ended his life by jumping in front of a train next day.” “For the past 40 days, I have been running from pillar to post, but I have not got justice. The police should register a case against all accused who forced my son to commit suicide. The PG owner also did not tell us on time what happened that day. The allegation of eveteasing against my son is false and baseless,” he added. ASI Gurmeet Singh from the Civil Lines police station said they did not get any written complaint in this regard and the GRP was probing the matter. When the protesters remained adamant on their stance and continued their protest, DSP City 2 Karansher Singh reached the spot and tried to pacify them. He assured the protesters that action would be taken as per law against the accused. After the assurance, the villagers lifted the protest. Police officer Karansher Singh said, “The GRP is holding a probe into the matter and it had also called relative of the deceased for investigation. I have told the villagers that after the probe by the GRP we will register , a case against the accused as per law.” Villagers threatened to gherao the Civil Lines police station if the cops failed to take action by Wednesday. — TNS Children brave the drizzle on their way back home from school on Monday in Bathinda. Dark clouds hover over the city around 4 pm in Bathinda on Monday. PHOTOS: VIJAY KUMAR reason for cheer as the India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast says Bathinda and its nearby regions could experience rain tomorrow as Bonding over brew well. As per the met prediction, rain is likely to commence from today and the weather is expected to continue for two more days. As per the forecast by the agri-met department of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) regional station, Bathinda, the city today wit- nessed a drizzle and the chill remained present throughout the day. The maximum temperature recorded today was 18.5 degree Celsius while the minimum temperature was 10 degree Celsius. According to the weathermen, there are chances of light rain with acompanying thundershower taking place in the next 48 hours as well. The night temperature, however, may increase during the period. Children suffer various health problems during the winter season and need extra care, said Dr Ajay Garg, a child specialist at the Ludhiana Hospital in the city. Common cold and flu are the most common problems faced during this season and parents are generally advised not to give antibiotics to children without advice from a qualified doctor as antibiotics target only bacteria, not viruses. Dr Ajay Garg also suggested that parents should take extreme care and ensure their children are properly covered. Miscreants snatch bag Protest greets Edu Minister containing ~11 lakh PMU activists show black flags to Soni in Jalandhar Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Farmers beat the chill by enjoying tea at the grain market in Bathinda on Monday. VIJAY KUMAR 21-yr-old killed in road accident Muktsar, January 21 A youth was killed while another person was injured in a collision between a car and motorcycle this morning on Jandian village road in Gidderbaha. Twenty-one-year-old Gurpreet Singh, a resident of Rai Ke Kalan village died on the spot, while his pillion rider Makhan Singh was injured in the mishap. The police have started investigations. However, neither the car nor its driver could be traced when last reports came in.— TNS The incident Bathinda, January 21 Two motorcycle-borne miscreants snatched a bag containing around ~11 lakh from two employees on the Bathinda-Barnala highway in Rampura on Monday. The employees were taking the amount from a Relience petrol pump located on the highway. After getting information, the police immediately swung into action and started a probe into the incident. Petrol pump official Sanjeev Jethi said as per routine, employee Balkaran Singh, a resident of Regent Company, picked up the bag containing the amount, which was collected from the sale of diesel and petrol, from the pump at 1.50 pm. He said Balkaran had gone only around 100 m from the pump, when two persons came on a motorcycle and ■ Petrol pump official Sanjeev Jethi c m y b said as per routine, employee Balkaran Singh, a resident of Regent Company, picked up the bag containing ~11 lakh, which was collected from the sale of diesel and petrol, from the pump at 1.50 pm. ■ He said Balkaran had gone only around 100m from the pump, when two persons came on a motorcycle and snatched the bag. . snatched the bag. Jethi said the miscreants fled toward the Barnala side. He said one of the miscreants was wearing a helmet, while another had covered his face with a cloth. SP (D) Swaran Singh Khanna, CIA in-charge Tejinder Pal Singh and police officers from the Rampura police station reached the spot and started a probe. Jalandhar, January 21 Education Minister OP Soni was greeted by a black-flag protest by activists of the Pendu Mazdoor Union during his visit to the district today. Activists of the Pendu Mazdoor Union waived black flags and raised slogans against the minister while protesting against the nondisbursal of school uniforms to students despite the winter chill, non-distribution of scholarship schemes among Dalit students and privatisation of education. Angered activists gheraoed the vehicle of the minister, insisting on meeting him but were prevented to do the same by the police. However, he met him later in the day. Responding to questions of activists on why uniforms had not been given to school students despite the severe winter chill this year, Soni Policemen try to stop women protesters from showing black flags to the Education Minister in Jalandhar on Monday. SARABJIT SINGH said, “Due to previous discrepancies, the process had been delayed but the government was streamlining the process and the uniforms will be disbursed soon.” Soni was talking to the media on the sidelines of an event organised by the Sophia Institute of Excellency at the Desh Bhagat Yadgaar Hall here. While talking about the protest, the minister said: “It’s a democracy and everyone has the right to protest. We are looking into their rightful demands.” Meanwhile, speaking to mediapersons on the occasion, the minister said the state government had taken the decision to regularise the 5178 teachers who had been demanding regularisation for long. Responding to queries on terminated teachers, the minister said: “We have sought their file and the issue will be resolved soon.”
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