29012019-btd-01.qxd 1/28/2019 10:41 PM Page 1 c m y b Bathinda TRIBUNE LEAKING WATER PIPES IRK KARTAR COLONY RESIDENTS Say pipes in the area were laid in 1980s and are unable to bear the pressure. Also, threat of accidents looms FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF MAN BOOKED AS WIFE ENDS LIFE Bathinda: A man has been booked on the charges of abetment of suicide after his wife killed herself. Brother of the deceased woman, Sukhpal Singh, a resident of Lelawali village, had lodged a complaint that his sister used to stop the accused from drinking liquor, irked over which he killed her. He has alleged that his sister Sandeep Kaur (27) was strangled to death by her husband Angrej Singh, a resident of Jeeda village, over the latter’s drinking habit. A case under Section 302 of the IPC has been registered against the accused at the Nehiawala police station. However, he has not been arrested so far. The police sources said investigations had been initiated into the matter. TNS FUEL PRICES PETROL ~76.28 DIESEL ~65.90 WHAT’S ON BATHINDA JUNIOR NETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP: Third day of the Junior National Netball Championship; Maiserkhana PAGE 2 ACTRESS SARA SAYS SHE WAS VERY NERDY PAGE 3 Says acting has always been a dream for her but then she got distracted because she was very “nerdy” MAX 18°C | MIN 5°C | YESTERDAY MAX 17°C | MIN 3°C SUNSET TUESDAY 6:04 PM SHEKHAR SUMAN RETURNS WITH STORIES The actor will soon take viewers into the world of intrigue and nostalgia of the evergreen Hindi movies SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 7:22 AM ~28 cr for development of Mehraj CM announces package for facelift of ancestral village during debt-waiver event Tribune News Service Mehraj (Bathinda), Jan 28 To give a facelift to his ancestral village Mehraj, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday announced development funds to the tune of Rs 28 crore for upgrade of basic infrastructure and civic amenities in the area. The chief minister said buildings of cooperative societies would be upgraded at a cost of Rs 50 lakh, while Rs 2 crore had been set aside for de-silting and scientific upgrade of village ponds. He also announced Rs 2 crore for the Yadavindra Stadium, Rs 50 lakh for upgrade of Primary Health Centre, Rs 2 crore for construction of modern village secretariat and Rs 25 lakh for mobile soil testing van. The CM, who was here for a farm debt waiver programme, said Rs 65 lakh would be spent on the 2.4-km stretch of a new link road from Bathinda-Barnala road to Kothe Kapawale and Rs 18 lakh on Marhi road to Gumutsar, a stretch of 700 m. He announced Rs 1.21 crore for repair of six link roads and Rs 4.60 crore for widening and strengthening of Mehraj to Rampura road, a stretch of 5.45 km. In water supply and sanitation, Amarinder announced NABARD-assisted upgrade of water supply and sewerage in Mehraj at a cost of Rs 8.36 crore. In order to further impart quality education, the state government would ensure the upgrade of girls and boys secondary schools at a cost of Rs 1 crore and facelift of the primary school at Rs 25 lakh, besides Rs 48 lakh for upgrade of 24 anganwari centres, he said. The chief minister also announced Rs 1.22 crore for rejuvenation of procurement centres by Mandi Board and repair of water channels (khaals) at a cost of Rs 50 lakh. Announcing Rs 1 crore for development of eight gram panchayats of Mehraj, Amarinder said Rs 14 lakh would be provided to Kothe Maha Singh, Rs 15 lakh for Kothe Pipli, Rs 23 lakh for Gurusar Mehraj, Rs 20 lakh for Mehraj Khurd, Rs 6.50 lakh for Kothe Malluana, Rs 4.50 lakh for Kothe Talwali, Rs 11 lakh for Rathrian and Rs 6 lakh for Hommatpura. Also, Rs 25 lakh would be provided for five high mast lights in Mehraj Nagar Panchayat area, the CM added. TUESDAY | 29 JANUARY 2019 | BATHINDA City residents pin high hopes on Union Budget Sukhmeet Bhasin Tribune News Service Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh hands over job letters to seven youngsters of Mehraj village who got jobs in three companies under the Punjab Government’s ‘Ghar Ghar Rozgar and Karobar’ Yojana, at Mehraj village in Bathinda on Monday; and (right) singer Lakhwinder Wadali performs during the function. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: PAWAN SHARMA c m y b PAGE 4 Bathinda, January 28 Residents have pinned high hopes on the Union Budget, scheduled to be presented on February 1 in the Lok Sabha. Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal will present the budget in the absence of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who is undergoing treatment. Prof NK Gosian, a city resident, said the Modi government shall present its last budget and he expected it to be people friendly. There should be no income tax for people having an income up to Rs 5 lakh per year. The GST on necessary items of daily use, especially eatables and medicine, should be totally abolished, he said. Also, the government should evolve ways and means to generate employment for the educated youth. The government must increase budgetary allocation for important sectors, such as agriculture, health and education. Further, the government should ensure that even the downtrodden and economically weaker sections of the society are provided with basic necessities, such as food, clothing and houses, he added. Neeru Garg, principal of SSDWIT, said “India is still far away from breaking the traditional set up that defines our educational institutions. Although our government is working to skill youngsters, yet several other basic issues in this regard need to be addressed. I expect the forthcoming budget to take care of these issues by making big announcement for the education sector. Secondly, the budget should provide some respite to the middle class section, which is trapped between high rate of inflation as well as taxation”. Prof (retd) RK Mahajan said “The interim budgets are political motivated, however, it sets the tone and tenor for the next government”. He said in the earlier budgets, the NDA Government did not address the farm sector’s distress. “We expect the problems of this sector to be taken up and some budgetary provisions to be made. Fixed income class is the worst treated so far in the NDA budgets. Even the promised minimum limit of income tax at Rs 5 lakh was never fulfilled. It may be done now in order to woo voters. Some relief in GST can also be expected,” Mahajan added.
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