24012019-btd-01.qxd 1/23/2019 11:30 PM Page 1 c m y b Bathinda TRIBUNE PAGE 2 MCB’S NEW PLAN Civic body to distribute door-to-door garbage collection work by dividing the city into eight zones and give each zone to a different contractor FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY INBRIEF UNDER DEBT, FARMER ENDS LIFE Barnala: A farmer in debt committed suicide at Dhurkot village in the district on Wednesday. The police have started investigations into the matter. “As per the statement of the family members, the deceased Sardara Singh was under mental stress due to a debt of Rs 7 lakh. He consumed pesticides on Tuesday night and died. We are conducting investigations into the case,” ASI Baldev Singh said. TNS ONE AAP, 4 SAD MCS JOIN CONG Bathinda: As many as four municipal councillors of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and an MC of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) from Rampura Phul joined the district Congress unit on Wednesday. The councillors who joined the Congress are Sunil Bitta, Surjit Singh, Sukhdev Singh Sukhi, Banso Kaur and Surendar Bansal. Notably, Banso Kaur from SAD and Surendar Bansal from AAP were with the Congress for a long time but their official confirmation into the party fold was made by Power Minister Gurpreet Singh Kangar on Wednesday. Kangar said these members would be provided with required funds to carry out development works. Kangar also said that a 100-bed hospital would be set up in the city soon. TNS FUEL PRICES PETROL ~76.21 DIESEL ~65.73 WHAT’S ON BATHINDA NAGAR KIRTAN: On the occasion of Guru Gobind Singh’s birth anniversary; Gurudwara Sahib, Guru Nanak Pura Mohalla; 9:30 am FULL DRESS R-DAY REHEARSAL: Multipurpose Sports Stadium; 10 am 4 cell phones recovered from jail inmates Tribune News Service Faridkot, January 23 A surprise search operation, conducted at the Faridkot Central Modern jail here on Wednesday, led to the recovery of four smart mobile phones from four inmates. Lodged in the jail for their involvement in various criminal cases, the inmates were using the mobile phones to continue their criminal activities from the jail premises, said Rajbachan Singh Sandhu, SSP Farid, kot. The search operation was conducted by 200 police officials under the leadership of the SSP . The mobile phones have been recovered from Manmohan Singh Chahal of Mansa, Yahiya Khan of Sangrur, Sajan Kalyan of Amritsar and Manpreet Singh of Moga. The Senior Superintendent of Police said that action would be taken against those found using mobile phones in the Central Jail. No other objectionable article was found, he added. PAGE 3 ‘RAP A CHILDHOOD PASSION, HAS ALWAYS EXCITED ME’ Ranveer Singh, with his hip-hop avatar for Gully Boy, says he had an affinity towards the genre since his childhood. MAX 18°C | MIN 6°C | YESTERDAY MAX 17°C | MIN 6°C SUNSET THURSDAY 6:00 PM Tribune News Service FOR PEOPLE’S BENEFIT ■ In her letter to Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, Bathinda MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal had stated that a large number of people regularly travelled by Delhi Rohilla to Bikaner junction and vice-versa for business-related matters and a number of cancer patients from the area also travelled between Delhi and Bikaner. ■ Rampura Phul is one of the main stations on the Bathinda-Ambala railway route and a large population from Rampura and Maur Mandi area avails of the facility of these trains. ■ But the passengers need to travel a long distance to Bathinda city to board/de-board the trains. The MP further stated that adding a stoppage at Rampura Phul would facilitate the people of the region. . matters and a number of cancer patients from the area also travelled between Delhi and Bikaner. Rampura Phul is one of the main stations on Bathinda-Ambala railwayline and a large population from Rampura and Maur Mandi area avails the facility of these trains. But they need to travel a long distance to the Bathinda city to board/ de-board the trains. She further stated that adding a stoppage at Rampura Phul would facilitate the people of the region. Taking due notice of the demand raised by the union cabinet minister, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal acknowledged the same and replied through a letter that Delhi to Sriganganagar Intercity Express will stop at Budhlada and Delhi Sarai Rohilla to Bikaner Superfast Express will stop at Rampura Phul railway station. In his letter, Goyal said considering the financial and operational constraints, it may not be always possible to fulfill all demands but it was always an endeavour to accommodate as many requests as possible. The move was aimed at ensuring better connectivity and convenience to passengers and would go a long way in benefitting a large number of passengers from the area who travel in and out of state on daily basis. PAGE 4 Viacom 18, with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and BBC Media Action, to create Hindi fiction Navrangi Re. SUNRISE FRIDAY 7:25 AM Nod for train stopovers at Rampura Phul, Budhlada Bathinda, January 23 The Ministry of Railways has given its nod to provide stoppage of Delhi to Sriganganagar Intercity Express at Budhlada and Delhi Sarai Rohilla to Bikaner Superfast Express at Rampura Phul railway station. Notably, Union Minister and Bathinda MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal had submitted a representation to Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal for the same in October 2018. Badal, in her written representation, had mentioned that “people of Rampura Phul in Bathinda district handed over a representation for adding additional stoppage at Rampura Phul railway station for train number 12455 from Delhi Rohilla to Bikaner Junction and train number 12456 from Bikaner Junction to Delhi Rohilla”. In her letter, she also stated that a large number of people regularly travelled in these trains for business-related ENTERTAINMENT ALL THE WAY WITH COLOURS OF JOY THURSDAY | 24 JANUARY 2019 | BATHINDA Elated as Priyanka pitchforked Congress workers celebrate the appointment of Priyanka Gandhi as the AICC general secretary (UP East) by distributing sweets in Bathinda on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Hawkers strut their stuff at bus stand as officials turn a blind eye Sameer Singh Tribune News Service Bathinda, January 23 With barely any check by the authorities concerned, scores of unauthorised hawkers are ruling the roost at the local bus stand and other busy junctions of the city. Sources in the Punjab Roadways Transport Corporation (PRTC) said there were more than two dozen unauthorised hawkers operating at the city bus stand, who continued to lure passengers since there was hardly any check by the police and trans- port department authorities. A majority of the private bus operators in the district claimed that they did not hire hawkers to lure passengers. It certainly was a ‘forced affair’ as after asking passengers to board buses these Continued on page 2 Students, NGOs, police join hands against Chinese string Tribune News Service DRIVE PICKS STEAM Bathinda, January 23 Members of Association of Active NGOs and students from various city schools carried out an awareness rally against the use of Chinese string on Wednesday. The police department also conducted checks at different market areas regarding the same. Mayor Balwant Rai Nath, SP (City) Gurmeet Singh and DSP Gurjit Singh Romana flagged off the rally, which started from Fire Brigade chowk and passed through Mall Road, Hospital Bazaar, Bank Bazaar, Kikar Bazaar and Qila Road before ending at its staring venue. The school students carried placards bearing messages Mayor Balwant Rai Nath said the deadly Chinese string is really harmful, both for humans as well as birds. With students and the NGOs joining hands to spread awareness and the police assisting them, the problem could be resolved completely, he said. Members of the NGOs admitted that there are many shops in city that sell China dor but do not display them in the front. DSP Gurjit Singh Romana along with police personnel during a checking at kite sellers’ shops in city on Wednesday. PHOTO: VIJAY KUMAR such as ‘no more China dor’ and also raised slogans against the use and sake of Chinese string. SP Gurmeet Singh said “There is a complete ban on selling, storing, buying, using and producing Chinese string and whoever violates these norms will be booked under non-bailable sections of the law. We also exhort the city residents to inform us whenever they see anybody selling/ using Chinese string. As and when we receive a complaint, we take action and we have already issued four challans in the city.” Mayor Balwant Rai Nath said “The deadly Chinese string is really harmful, both for humans as well as animals and birds. With students and NGOs spreading proper awareness and the police assisting them, the problem would be resolved completely.” Later, the DSP along with , police personnel, conducted a check in different market areas in the city. During the checking, a number of kite sellers’ shops were searched but no Chinese string was found. An executive member of an NGO said there were a number of shopkeepers who sold Chinese strings but did not display them in the front. Rather, they hid them in stores or at their homes and took them out on special demand by buyers. The National Green Tribunal (NGT) had imposed a complete ban on the sale, storage, production and transportation of the Chinese string, which is often used for flying kites. But despite clearcut directions, it was selling like hot cakes. The NGT had also ordered the registration of cases under the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals Act (1960), Environment Protection Act (1986) and Wildlife Protection Act (1972) against those resorting to production, storage or selling of the deadly Chinese string, which is made up of plastic, synthetic and nylon material, he added. Edu Dept directs schools not to strike names of average students off rolls Balwant Garg Tribune News Service Faridkot, January 23 The School Education Department on Wednesday issued directions to private schools to stop the practice of striking off names of students who had “average” academic record so that they were no obstructions in the school’s objective of securing 100 per cent ‘high-ranking’ results. The department told the schools to stop this ‘harassing ‘ practice. Secretary, School Education Department, issued the directions to all District Education Officer (DEOs) to conduct inspection of private schools and collect details of the students whose name had been struck off the school rolls for their “average” or “poor” academic performance. “It has come to my notice that some private schools, CHECK ON PRACTICE All District Education Officers have been directed to conduct inspection of private schools and collect details of the students whose names had been struck off the rolls for “average” or “poor” academic performance. The Education Department has asked the schools to stop the practice to prevent the harassment of students. The DEOs have also been asked to hold a meeting of such schools at their level affiliated with Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) and the central boards are in the practice of asking the academically poor or average students to seek admission elsewhere as these schools ‘fear’ that such students may not be able to clear the forthcoming Board exams”, reads the letter sent by the secretary, School Education Department, to all DEOs. “Some schools are even striking off the name of such students from the rolls of their schools. This practice needs to be avoided and needs to be checked immediately,” the secretary stated, asking all DEOs to randomly inspect these schools and collect the details of students whose name had been struck off the school rolls. The secretary has asked the DEOs to hold a meeting of such schools at their level and advise them not to indulge in the practice. In case any school indulges in the practice, the details may be sent to the Chairman, PSEB, with a copy to the government order so that necessary action may be taken against such schools, the secretary said. It is a common practice in many private schools in this area wherein the “average” c m y b students of Class IX or XI are forced to leave the school and choose another school for Class X and XII (Board classes). These schools fear that the average performance of these students in Board examination will have a negative effect on their highranking merit tally. Many parents have complained that till Class IX, the schools never asked the students to leave the school but in Class X, these ‘average’ students were forced to shift to other schools. A senior official in the department said it was unfair to send students out of the school because their academic performance was poor. “A school and its teachers should make sure that the student puts in enough effort to score well in the examination. There is always a scope for improvement,” the official added. Police personnel check the baggage of travellers at the city railway station ahead of Republic Day on Wednesday. A TRIBUNE PHOTO City police on toes ahead of R-Day Tribune News Service Bathinda, January 23 In view of the upcoming Republic Day celebrations, the city police carried out checks at the city railway sta- tion, bus stand and other market areas on Wednesday. A police team, led by the DSP first reached the rail, way station and checked the premises thoroughly. Later, the police team moved to the post office area, Dhobi Bazaar, Kot Road and Mehna Chowk, before finally moving to the city bus stand on foot to conduct the checking. The drive continued for about two hours.
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