01022019-btd-01.qxd 31-01-2019 22:55 Page 1 c m y b Bathinda TRIBUNE ENCROACHMENTS GALORE OUTSIDE DISTRICT COURTS PAGE 2 The encroachments on the footpath cause a lot of inconvenience to commuters and pedestrians FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY INBRIEF 3 HELD WITH 348 BOTTLES OF LIQUOR Muktsar: In the past about 24 hours, the district police have arrested three persons carrying 348 bottles of Haryana-made liquor. Two separate cases have been registered in this regard. The Muktsar (City) police arrested Rajinder Kumar of Muktsar town and claimed to have seized 48 bottles of liquor from him. Similarly, the Malout (City) police arrested Rajdeep Singh and Baldev Singh of Malout town and recovered 300 bottles of liquor from them. TNS RMPI MEMBERS HOLD PROTEST Bathinda: Members of the Revolutionary Marxist Party of India (RMPI) Union held a protest and raised slogans against the Union and state governments for allegedly not fulfilling their pending demands on Thursday here. Representatives and union members from Mansa participated in the protest. PG 2 FUEL PRICES PETROL ~76.45 DIESEL ~65.75 WHAT’S ON BATHINDA PROTEST: Paramedical Health Workers to stage protest over privatisation of health services/centres at Civil Hospital, Bathinda; 1:00 pm PAGE 3 MY JOSH IS ALWAYS HIGH, SAYS YAMI GAUTAM Walks ramp for Gauri & Nainika at the Lakme Fashion Week Summer/ Resort 2019 in Mumbai MAX 17°C | MIN 7°C | YESTERDAY MAX 19°C | MIN 9°C SUNSET FRIDAY 6:07 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 7:21 AM FRIDAY | 1 FEBRUARY 2019 | BATHINDA Rain lashes city, brings mercury down further Tribune News Service Say the case has become a victim of the vote bank politics Bathinda, January 31 Two years after an IED blast rocked Maur town, killing seven persons, the kin of those killed are still awaiting closure. Though the police have identified three accused having links with Dera Sacha Sauda, no arrest has been made so far. Talking to The Tribune, Balbir Singh, who lost his grandson Japsimran Singh (14), said “We haven’t got justice in the last two years. Now, we have lost hope that the guilty will be brought to book.” He alleged that the investigation into the case had “become a victim of the vote bank politics”. “Though the police have identified three accused in the case, we don’t expect any headway, at least till the Lok Sabha elections,” he said. Balbir said he wondered as to why the police did not get Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh on production warrant to probe further into the case. He said, they had even moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court, seeking a CBI probe into the case, after having lost faith in the Punjab Police, but the court said it PAGE 4 PeeCee will be seen on Jimmy Fallon’s The Tonight Show, which will be aired on February 5, 2019 2 yrs on, no closure for Maur blast victims, kin We had even moved ❝Punjab and Haryana the Tribune News Service PRIYANKA ON FALLON’S SHOW TO PROMOTE FILM High Court, seeking a CBI probe into the case, after having lost faith in the Punjab Police, but the court said it was satisfied with the investigation being conducted by the SIT ❞ Balbir Singh, WHO LOST HIS GRANDSON IN Bathinda, January 31 After two consecutive cloudy days, rain lashed the city on Thursday, causing further dip in the temperature. As per the Agri-Met Department of the regional station of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Bathinda, there was mild rain, below 10 mm, and maximum temperature was recorded at 14.5 degree Celsius and minimum temperature for the day was 8.6 degree Celsius. The maximum temperature on Wednesday was recorded at 18 degree Celsius and minimum temperature was 5.5 degree Celsius while on Tuesday, the maximum temperature was recorded at 20.5 degree Celsius and minimum temperature was 2.2 degree Celsius. Meteorology Department officials said on cloudy days the temperature often remains on the higher side as compared to sunny days as the evaporation process takes more time on cloudy days. However, the windy conditions, coupled with rain, added to the chill in the air on Thursday. The officials added that as per the weather predictions, the city was likely to witness cloudy weather for the coming two days, following which the weather was expected to clear. Mild showers in the afternoon and late evening added chill to the air, as a result which a majority of the residents preferred to stay indoors. THE BOMB BLAST SAD (Amritsar) leader Gursewak Singh Jawaharke addresses the prayer meeting in Maur on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO was satisfied with the investigation being conducted by the SIT formed for the case. Meanwhile, a memorial service was held in the town on Thursday to mark two years of the tragedy. Kin of those killed, along with the Maur Blast Sangarsh Committee members, took part in the prayers. Maur MLA Jagdev Singh Kamalu and Takht Sri Damdama Sahib’s parallel jathedar Baljit Singh Daduwal also attended the event. The Bathinda police recently released posters of the accused in the case. These include Gurtej Singh alias Kala of Alike village near Dabwali in Sirsa district of Haryana, Amrik Singh of Bhikhi village in Mansa and Avtar Singh of Messi Majra village near Kurukshetra in Haryana. In December 2018, the police had started the process of attaching the properties of these three accused. Prior to it, a Talwandi Sabo court had declared them POs as they had failed to join the investigations. Gurtej Singh Kala was the in charge of a workshop at Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters in Sirsa, where the car used in the blast was allegedly modified. Amrik Singh was a former security guard of the dera chief. Avtar was an electrician who allegedly helped in fixing batteries used in the IED fitted in the car. According to four witnesses, the work of assembling the Maruti car, used in the blast, was undertaken in the presence of Gurtej, while Amrik used to regularly visit the B-workshop (a special workshop used only for modifying the dera chief’s costly cars). People keep themselves warm around a bonfire as temperature dipped in Bathinda on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PAWAN SHARMA Patients suffer as shortage of nurses ails evening shifts too Sameer Singh Tribune News Service The paediatrics ward at the Women and Children Hospital in Bathinda. FILE PHOTO Bathinda, January 31 Patients at the paediatric ward of Women and Children Hospital in the city are at the receiving end in the absence of staff nurses for the evening and night shifts. Owing to acute shortage of staff nurses, the quality of health services has been affected adversely. Notably, after a number of staff nurses were selected to undertake bridge course to become Community Health Officers at village level, no fresh appointments were made by the Health Department. Meanwhile, there has been a significant increase in the number of suspected swine flu patients in the past few weeks. The admission of patients requiring regular monitoring and critical care has also increased now. Sources said earlier, there was no staff nurse for the night shift but of late, absence of staff nurse for the evening shift has worsened things further. As a result, the children admitted to the paediatric ward (ground floor) are shifted to the maternity ward (on the first floor) during the night. The staff nurse at the maternity ward then has additional burden of taking care of patients from the paediatric ward. While it is easy for the parents of chil- PATIENTS OF PAEDIATRIC WARD BEAR THE BRUNT ■ After a number of staff nurses were selected to undertake bridge course to become Community Health Officers at village level, no fresh appointments were made by the Health Department ■ Earlier, there was no staff nurse for the night shift but of late, absence of staff nurse for the evening shift has worsened things further ■ As a result, the children admitted to the paediatric ward (ground floor) are shifted to the maternity ward (on the first floor) during the night ■ The staff nurse at the maternity ward then has additional burden of taking care of patients from the paediatric ward . dren requiring minimal medical care to manage, the sick children who require critical care are either referred to the government hospital at Faridkot or their parents have to get them admitted to private hospitals in the city. A senior functionary of the hospital said the workload of the medical staff at the maternity ward, that often remains packed to its capacity with post natal patients, has increased manifolds. Keeping in view the number of admissions at the unit, there is a requirement of at least four staff nurses. With only one staff nurse available for the morning shift, quality of medical services has taken a hit in the past many months. On an average, around six to eight children from the paediatric ward are transferred every night to the maternity ward, that often has a presence of 50 patients, thereby affecting the quality of medical care administered to patients in the hospital. A group of doctors at the unit said the hospital did not necessarily need medical infrastructure, but if it failed to address the basic problems of appointing the required staff, then patients would not get even the basic treatment at the hospital. Quality care could be ensured at the hospital only after appointing more staff nurses, they said. Sukhjinder Singh Gill, Senior Medical Officer, Women and Children Hospital, said “After staff nurses from the hospital were appointed as Community Health Officer at other health centres, there has been acute shortage of staff nurses here. No fresh appointments were made by the Health Department. We face a lot of difficulty in providing medical care to the patients. We have written to the higher authorities regarding the shortage of staff nurses and are waiting for their response.” Dummy admissions in nursing colleges: Through PM’s job scheme, Malout Medical varsity on mass inspection drive youth goes from job seeker to provider Balwant Garg Tribune News Service Faridkot, January 31 Cracking down on the rising truancy in nursing colleges of the state, Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS) has decided to begin a mass inspection drive in over 100 nursing institutes to check the regularity with which students attend classes. The admissions in many nursing institutes, particularly in post-basic nursing and M Sc courses, are with nonattending students, said Dr Raj Bahadur, Vice-Chancellor, BFUHS. While enrolling themselves as dummy candidates in higher degree courses, many students with GNM, B Sc and post-basic B Sc courses continue to work in private hospitals. These non-attending BREAKING THE NEXUS ■ While enrolling themselves as dummy candidates in higher degree courses, many students with GNM, B Sc and post-basic B Sc courses continue to work in private hospitals ■ These non-attending students have a nexus with their institutions to help them in passing the examination, using unfair means ■ The BFUHS has already issued show-cause notice to some of these colleges and to break this nexus, the medical university has decided to install some foolproof systems students have a nexus with their institutions to help them in passing the examination, using unfair means. In the recently held nursing courses examinations, BFUHS has detected 14 cases of using unfair means, wherein the non-attending students from neighbouring states had taken admissions in the nursing colleges in post-basic B Sc or M Sc courses. These non-attending students paid heavy fee to the colleges and the colleges helped the students in passing the examinations by indulging in various malpractices, said the VC. The BFUHS has already issued show-cause notice to some of these colleges and to break this nexus, the medical university has decided to install some foolproof systems. The university has decided to scrutinise the list of students and their addresses to find out whether these students belong to Punjab or other states. Strict action in terms of fine and disaffiliation will be initiated against the erring colleges, Dr Raj Bahadur said. Sources revealed that after coming across the increasing number of dummy candidates in nursing institutes, the BFUHS had apprised the state government about this problem and acting on the information, secretary of the medical Education Department asked the university to take strict remedial steps. “The colleges must prepare themselves as we will be monitoring student attendance to assess their regularity. We cannot interfere in the admission process by telling them who, or who not to admit, but we will see if the student is going to colleges or not,” the VC added. c m y b 60 employees are working with me. There is a great potential for youth in selfemployment and young men should come forward to start their own venture to achieve success in life,” Manvir added. Archit Watts Tribune News Service Malout, January 31 A youngster of this small town — famous for manufacturing of agricultural implements — has made himself an employer from being unemployed. He has written his success story in the manufacturing sector with the help of Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme. Manvir Singh started his manufacturing unit about one-and-a-half-year ago and now, he is supplying threshers across the country. Manvir said his father Gurpal Singh was also involved in the manufacturing of agricultural tools, but he wanted to do something big. “I started this unit with the help of Prime Minister’s DIC helps youth in setting up business Manvir Singh outside his workshop in Malout town. TRIBUNE PHOTO Employment Generation Programme through the District Industries Centre (DIC). I prepared a project of Rs 20 lakh and got a loan of Rs 19 lakh from the bank under the scheme. It helped me expand the business,” he stated. Speaking further, the youth said now he was sending threshers for sale to states like Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Madhya Pradesh. “During the season, generally more than Gurjant Singh, General Manager of District Industries Centre (DIC), Muktsar, said “Every possible help is being given to youth under the Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme. Under this programme, loans of up to Rs 10 lakh for service sector and up to Rs 25 lakh for manufacturing sectors are approved by the DIC. Besides, subsidy and training are also given to the youth to start their own ventures.”
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