05022019-btd-01.qxd 2/4/2019 11:09 PM Page 1 c m y b Bathinda TRIBUNE SPECIAL LEAVE TO BLOOD, APHERESIS DONORS The Dept of Health and Family Welfare has written to all state departments to grant special casual leave to staff FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY INBRIEF 37-YEAR-OLD MAN ENDS LIFE Bathinda: A man allegedly committed suicide by jumping in front of a train near Goniana Mandi in the wee hours of Monday. The deceased has been identified as 37-year-old Randhir Singh from Nehianwala village. He is survived by three children. According to the GRP officials, Randhir was under depression for a long time and committed suicide after jumping in front of a running train near Goniana Mandi. The family member of the deceased said he had left the house around 4 am and did not come back. Later, around 6 am, they came to know that he had died. Kewal Chand, head constable, GRP, said “Randhir’s body was taken to the government hospital for postmortem examination. The body was completely mutilated after the incident. As per his brother’s statement, he was under depression for some time now.” TNS FUEL PRICES PETROL ~76.75 DIESEL ~65.50 WHAT’S ON BATHINDA SEMINAR: Association of active NGOs will hold awareness seminars against Chinese strings in city schools PAGE 2 VINDU DARA SINGH LAUNCHES COMIC BOOK PAGE 3 GAURAV, SHRUTI ACE SPLITSVILLA 11 Actor Vindu Dara Singh has launched his first comic book The Epic Journey of the Great Dara Singh MAX 21°C | MIN 8°C | YESTERDAY MAX 22°C | MIN 10°C SUNSET TUESDAY 6:10 PM PAGE 4 The dating reality show, Splitsvilla’s 11th season has come to an end and the winners have been announced SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 7:18 AM TUESDAY | 5 FEBRUARY 2019 | BATHINDA 8 automated parkings planned in city Weather forecast has farmers worried To accomodate 800 cars | Proposal to come up at next General House meet Tribune News Service MIGHT DAMAGE CROPS Bathinda, February 4 The Meteorological Department has issued a warning of moderate rain in the state from February 5 to 7, which has left farmers in the region worried. The department has stated that in view of the approaching western disturbance, an active wet spell of moderate rainfall (35 cm) is very likely in many parts of the Punjab from February 5-7. Rainy conditions will increase and spread during February 6-7, covering almost all parts of the state. The department has further stated it would be associated with spells of heavy rain in some parts during the period. Rainy conditions will decrease around February 8. Expected weather conditions do indicate high possibility of thunderstorm/ hailstorm in isolated parts of the state. The farming community has also been advised adequate measures in view of the prevailing weather conditions. Farmers are worried as heavy rain or strong winds can damage the crops. However, agricultural experts said rain coupled Farmers are worried as heavy rain or strong winds can damage the crops. However, agricultural experts say rain coupled with a rise in cold conditions is beneficial for crops, but heavy rain might be damaging. Apart from this, heavy rain can also affect potato and other vegetables in the region as well, they say. Sukhmeet Bhasin WHAT IS AUTOMATED PARKING Tribune News Service Bathinda, February 4 Municipal Corporation Bathinda (MCB) has started preparing a new plan to resolve the parking woes in the city. Under this plan, the civic body plans to set up eight automated parking lots that can accommodate around 800 cars. Few days ago, MCB Commissioner Rishipal Singh, along with Mayor Balwant Rai Nath, Senior Deputy Mayor Tarsem Goyal and other officials, visited various sites in the main areas of the city and conducted a survey as to where these parking lots can come up. Later, the MCB officials were directed to prepare an estimate and design for the project at the earliest. The few sites selected by the MCB include medical market outside railway station, fish market, Rajesh cinema market, cloth market and Shaheed Bhagat Singh chowk market. It is learnt that the MCB plans to hire a professional company for making the detailed project report. For this, the civic body will table a proposal at the ■ Automated multi-storied car parks have low building cost, as they typically require less building volume and less ground area than a conventional facility with the same capacity. ■ In the automated parking, the driver leaves the car in an entrance module. It is then transported to a parking slot by a robot trolley. ■ Cars are parked in steel pallets and a target pallet comes up or down to the driveway level at the press of a button ■ This will be the first automated multi-level parking in Punjab . Bathinda MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal lays the foundation stone of the multi-storey parking on Mall Road in 2016. FILE PHOTO upcoming General House meeting, after which a tender for hiring a company would be released. It is pertinent to mention that automated multi-storied car parks have low building cost, as they typically require less building volume and less ground area than a conventional facility with the same capacity. In the automated parking, the driver leaves the car in an entrance module. It is then transported to a parking slot by a robot trolley. For the driver, the process of parking is reduced to leaving the car at the entrance. Cars are parked in steel pallets and a target pallet comes up or down to the driveway level at the press of a button. The automated parking system is already running successfully in various cities of the country. This will be the first automated multi-level parking in Punjab. The multi-storey parking project has been hanging from the past 10 years as the first such project, proposed at fire brigade building in 2009, failed to materialise. Later, the Bathinda Development Authority planned to construct a multi-level parking at the site of the elementary school building on the Mall Road, which it had got vacated from the school under the Optimum Use of Vacant Government Land (OUVGL) scheme. Union Minister of Food Processing and Bathinda MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal laid the foundation stone of the project in Dec 2016 ahead of Assembly elections, but the project failed to take off. with a rise in cold conditions was beneficial for crops, but heavy rain might be damaging. Apart from this, heavy rain can also affect potato and other vegetables in the region as well, they added. Farmer Gurmeet Singh said in case the region received more rain or strong hailstorm in the coming days, it might cause damage to the wheat crop, but a little rain at this stage would be very beneficial. Earlier, farmers and experts in the region were worried as Bathinda and other nearby districts had not received much rain in December and January, but 3.5 mm rainfall received a few days ago had elated them. But now again, the warning of heavy rain by the Weather Department has disappointed them and they are keeping their fingers crossed. Swine flu claims five lives Suspected cases on a decline in Bathinda dist in Muktsar district Tribune News Service Archit Watts Tribune News Service Muktsar, February 4 With the number of deaths due to swine flu rising, residents here are scared and some villagers have even turned superstitious. Five persons have died due to swine flu in the district in the past few days. Four of the deceased belonged to Malout sub-division while one belonged to Gidderbaha town. A 55-year-old man died due to swine flu at a private hospital in Ludhiana on Sunday morning. A native of Malout town, the victim, Dharam Singh, was a retired government employee. Notably, on Saturday, a 40year-old woman, a resident of Baintabad area in Gidderbaha town, was cremated. She had died due to swine flu at a hospital in Bikaner of Rajasthan on Friday. Earlier, a four-year-old boy from Shamkhera village in Malout sub-division had died due to swine flu on January 21. Further, two residents of Raniwala village in Malout sub-division died due to swine flu. These were 45year-old Gulzar Singh, who died on January 18, and 35year-old Harjit Singh, who died on January 26. Residents of Raniwala village have even turned superstitious, carrying some pouches of herbs in their pockets or tying them to their arms. Some persons have even drawn a line of ‘choona’ (limestone) outside their residence in an attempt to thwart the entry of any virus. Dr Ranju Singla, officiating Chief Medical Officer, Muktsar, said medical check-up and awareness camps were being held in urban as well as rural areas. Bathinda, February 4 Following a sudden spurt in the number of suspected swine flu cases with B-category (moderate symptoms) until last week, the cases have seen a decline in the past seven days. On an average, 10-15 suspected swine flu patients (who were administered Tamiflu medicine) visited the OPD at civil hospital on daily basis this past week. Doctors at the government hospital said suspected as well as confirmed swine flu cases were likely to decline further with the increase in temperature in the coming weeks. Dr Manu Gupta, nodal officer for swine flu at civil hospi- tal, said “Until January 27, as many as 15-20 suspected swine flu patients (B-category) visited the OPD unit to get treatment on daily basis and we started their treatment by administering Tamiflu medicines. From the past one week, the number of suspected swine flu cases has dropped to 10-15 patients. There is a drop in confirmed cases from the past few weeks but suspected swine flu patients are still visiting the hospital for treatment on daily basis. Apart from that, there are a number of patients who have been visiting private hospitals in the city for treatment.” Sources in the Health Department said suspected patients visiting the govern- ment hospital was only the ‘tip of the iceberg’. Since there was no facility available to admit the patients at the civil hospital, scores of patients were receiving treatment at private hospitals in and out of the city from the past many weeks. When contacted Dr Ravinder, district epidemiologist, refused to divulge the actual figure of suspected as well as confirmed cases of swine flu patients in the district without the permission of higher officials of the Health Department. The OPD at the civil hospital still witnesses 10-15 suspected swine flu patients daily. PHOTO: VIJAY KUMAR SAD-BJP alliance a relation of ‘Car-o-bar’ culture flourishing in communal brotherhood: Badal city, police look the other way Tribune News Service Sameer Singh Tribune News Service Bathinda, February 4 Former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday said the alliance between SAD and BJP was a relation of communal brotherhood and it was required for the betterment and communal harmony of the state. He was addressing a gathering at the house of Satpal Garg, president of SADRampura city. Badal appreciated the energy of the SAD workers, while he also complained regarding less polling of votes to the party in the Rampura constituency. He said during the SADBJP government, record development work was conducted in the state. Also, the government had honoured all regions by making peo- Former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal speaks during a function at Rampura in Bathinda on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO ple travel to their religious places. He also claimed that the SAD-BJP government had laid a new network of roads in the state. Speaking on the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, Badal said all prepara- tions had been done and soon the party’s core committee would announce its candidates. c m y b Bathinda, February 4 Owing to alleged police inaction, ‘car-o-bar’ culture is flourishing in the city. Bacchus lovers can be seen boozing at public places during evening hours. Come evening and a number of vehicles (mostly cars) can be seen parked outside liquor shops and snack sellers on Goniana Road. Meanwhile, police officials seem to have turned a blind eye to the practice as boozers have a field day at the expense of the residents of the area and pedestrians moving on pathways near these kiosks and wine shops. Residents of Tagore Nagar complained that boozers often drink in their cars and then urinate at public places. They rued that passing through the area becomes ❝ The atmosphere does not feel safe with area crowded by car-o-bars. Such brazen disregard and violation of norms cannot take place without the connivance of officials as no action has been taken by authorities concerned despite the matter being reported a number of times ❞ even more difficult when accompanied by females or children during the late evening hours. “It not only gets embarrassing for us but the atmosphere does not feel safe with area crowded by car-o-bars. Such brazen disregard and violation of norms cannot take place without the connivance of officials as no action has been taken by authorities concerned despite the matter being reported a number of times,” said an area resident. A resident of Tagore Nagar Interestingly, the matter was brought to the notice of the district police but no concrete steps have been taken so far to ensure stern action against the violators. The situation in other parts of the city and busy markets is no different. Showing scant regard for the norms, bacchus lovers can be spotted sitting in their cars near Fauji Chowk, market areas along Bibi Wala Road, 100 Feet Road, near Rose Garden and Model Town phase-3 area. A senior functionary in the district administration, requesting anonymity, said with the illegal practice flourishing in wide public view on daily basis, the inaction on part of the police department was certainly questionable. It was the sheer lack of stern action or crackdown by the district police department that had emboldened the drunkards to openly indulge in boozing at public places. Bathinda SSP Nanak Singh said “We had taken action in the matter and the practice has been discouraged. If the problem has cropped-up again, we will again take appropriate action in the matter.” SP City Gurmeet Singh said “We will look into the matter and take action against the violators.”
The Tribune, now published from Chandigarh, started publication on February 2, 1881, in Lahore (now in Pakistan). It was started by Sardar Dyal Singh Majithia, a public-spirited philanthropist, and is run by a trust comprising four eminent persons as trustees.
The Tribune, the largest selling daily in North India, publishes news and views without any bias or prejudice of any kind. Restraint and moderation, rather than agitational language and partisanship, are the hallmarks of the paper. It is an independent newspaper in the real sense of the term.
The English edition apart, the 133-year-old Tribune has two sister publications, Punjabi Tribune (in Punjabi) and Dainik Tribune (in Hindi).