28012019-btd-01.qxd 1/27/2019 11:07 PM Page 1 c m y b Bathinda TRIBUNE PAGE 2 ELECTROCUTION RISK LOOMS OVER FLYOVER Putting lives of pedestrians at risk, more than 15 streetlight pole junction boxes are lying open at the flyover FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY PAGE 3 GET SERIOUS, HE IS THE RISING STAR BRACE UP FOR OCCULT DRAMA DIVYA DRISHTI Watch out for another Dosanjh as Bannet Dosanjh comes out with debut number titled Serious MAX 17°C | MIN 3°C | YESTERDAY MAX 16°C | MIN 3°C SUNSET MONDAY 6:03 PM PAGE 4 Sangeeta Ghosh in a never-seenbefore avatar will enthral her fans in upcoming mystic drama Divya Drishti SUNRISE TUESDAY 7:23 AM MONDAY | 28 JANUARY 2019 | BATHINDA State plans to install 60 MW Ashu unfurls Tricolour in Muktsar biomass plantRepublic Day function in Bathinda Power Minister announces at Tribune News Service Muktsar, January 27 Food and Civil Supplies Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu unfurled the national flag at the district-level Republic Day function held at Guru Gobind Singh Stadium in Muktsar town. Ashu commemorated 40 Muktas (liberated ones) for their supreme sacrifice. He said in the next two months new smart cards for the Atta-Dal Scheme would be given to the beneficiaries. He claimed that after the disbanding of truck unions, the expenses for the transportation of food- Sukhmeet Bhasin Tribune News Service Bathinda, January 27 To celebrate the 70th Republic Day, a district-level function was organised at the Multipurpose Sports Stadium here on Saturday. Power Minister Gurpreet Singh Kangar unfurled the Tricolour and also inspected the guard of honour in the presence of Deputy Commissioner Praneet and SSP Dr Nanak Singh. Congratulating the public on the occasion, the Power Minister remembered the sacrifices made by freedom fighters, security forces and state police for the country. He claimed that Capt Amarinder Singh’s government was committed to fulfil the dream of prosperous Punjab seen by freedom fighters. Kangar also announced that the government was planning to install 60 MW biomass plant at the Bathinda thermal plant site. Talking about the welfare schemes of the state government, Kangar said the state government had made important decisions for the betterment of the people. The government is providing free power supply to the agriculture sector, which is considered to be the backbone of the country, for which subsidy of Rs 6,256.09 crore has been given in the financial year 2018-19. This has increased the total foodgrain production by 3 per cent in the state. He said the government had increased ■ Ashu said in the next two months, new smart cards for the Atta-Dal scheme would be given to the beneficiaries. ■ He claimed that after the disbanding of truck unions, the expenses for the transportation of foodgrain have decreased. Food and Civil Supplies Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu at the Republic Day function in Muktsar. TRIBUNE PHOTO grain have decreased. Other prominent persons present at the event included Gidderbaha MLA Amrinder Singh Raja Warring, former Muktsar MLA Karan Kaur Brar and District Congress Committee president Harcharan Singh Brar. Meanwhile, some social activists claimed that the district administration this year did not invite the families of freedom fighters for the function and condemned it. Drive on to enroll more students in schools Sameer Singh Tribune News Service Power Minister Gurpreet Singh Kangar at the Republic Day function at the Multipurpose Sports Stadium in Bathinda. PHOTO: VIJAY KUMAR the compensation of the crop from Rs 8,000 to Rs 12,000 and the smooth procurement of farmers’ crops was also being ensured. Regarding providing relief to the farmers, Kangar said by fulfilling his promise, the agriculture loan of 10.25 lakh farmers taken from cooperative and commercial banks of the state up to Rs 2 lakh had been waived. The move has provided debt relief of Rs 4,500 crore to 4.1 lakh farmers. After the marginal farmers, now the owner of 2.5 acre 5 acres would get relief and the scheme regarding this has been started by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh from Sri Anandpur Sahib. In the next few days, loan relief will also be provided to small farmers in Bathinda. Kangar said, “As Power Minister, I can proudly say that in the past some time, not even a one-minute power cut has been imposed in the state and the uninterrupted supply of power has been provided in whole state. The PSPCL has earned a profit of Rs 216.5 crore by selling surplus power.” He said the state government had notified the new industrial policy and investment policy-2017 and they had also been received good response from outside the state as well. ‘Business First Portal’ has been launched for promotion of investment and one-time settlement policy has been implemented to revive closed/deficit industrial units. In order to revive industry in the state, the government is giving Rs 5 per unit electricity to industrial units, which is stable for five years so that the rest of the closed industries can also be restored and the economy is growing in the state. Apart from this, a PepsiCo plant costing Rs 800 crore at Pathankot, expansion of Bathinda refinery, food processing plant at a cost of Rs 300 crore at Machhiwara and heavy craft Continued on page 2 INBRIEF TWO KILLED IN ROAD MISHAP Malout: In a head on collision between a car and a truck, two men lost their lives near Danewala village here on Saturday night. After the mishap, the truck driver managed to flee from the spot after leaving behind the vehicle. The deceased have been identified as 32-year-old Pala Ram, son of sarpanch of Danewala village, and 35-yearold Harjinder Singh of Abul Khurana village. Pala Ram was going to drop Harjinder at his native village when the mishap occurred, sources said. Pala Ram is survived by his wife and two kids. Similarly, Harjinder Singh is survived by wife and two kids. He was the lone breadwinner of his family. His father has already passed away. The police have started investigation in this regard. TNS FUEL PRICES PETROL ~76.55 NEW SMART CARDS DIESEL ~65.70 WHAT’S ON BATHINDA CM’S VISIT: Chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh will preside over at the farm debt waiver programme at Mehraj village at 2 pm. NETBALL MEET: Junior National Netball Championship will begin at Maisarkhana at 9 am c m y b Bathinda, January 27 Under the ‘Padho Punjab, Padhao Punjab’ initiative of the state government, the District Education Department has been carrying out door-to-door activities and awareness seminars at villages to increase admissions to government schools. The department has formed teams of teachers who visit residents at villages and exhort them to get their children admitted to government schools. Officials of the department also conducted awareness seminars where they highlighted the importance of education to the parents of prospective children. Talking to Bathinda Tribune, District Education Officer (Elementary) Baljit Singh Sandoha said, “As per the guidelines issued by the State Education Department, we have been putting in all efforts to ensure that maximum students get enrolled at government schools. Unlike many private schools, there are wellqualified teachers in government schools who have been proved to be instrumental in improving the overall results/performance.” Sandoha added, “First of all, we identified areas where the admissions to government schools were comparatively lower as compared to other areas in the district. Our main focus remained on ensuring maximum admissions in remote areas where admissions were quite low. So we formed teams of BPEOs (Block Primary Education Officer) and teachers who conducted door-to-door activity and also organised awareness seminars at villages. In government schools, students get benefits such as free education, mid-day meal free of cost, free uniform and text books.” Continued on page 2
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