08022019-btd-01.qxd 2/7/2019 10:48 PM Page 1 c m y b Bathinda TRIBUNE ROAD CAVES IN 3 DAYS AFTER CONSTRUCTION Residents of Mehna Basti staged a protest as the road built with interlocking tiles caved within three days FORECAST RAIN LIKELY INBRIEF 2 STUDENTS HELD FOR THEFT Bathinda: The Mansa police arrested two students of Government Senior Secondary School, Bhaini Bagha village, on Thursday on the charge of stealing 13 CCTV cameras installed on their school premises. The police produced the duo in a local court that sent them to one-day police remand. The students had allegedly stolen the cameras and hid them in a vacant room in the school. The school staff had reported the matter to the Sadar police, which investigated into the theft and caught the duo. Both the accused are students of Class XI. According to the police, the accused come from poor backgrounds. Sadar police SHO Balvinder Singh said all 13 cameras have been recovered. TNS FUEL PRICES PETROL ~76.50 DIESEL ~65.75 WHAT’S ON BATHINDA GENERAL HOUSE MEETING: The General House meeting of the Municipal Corporation Bathinda will be organised at the MC office situated on Railway Road; 10 am PAGE 2 JORDAN SANDHU BREAKS THE COLOUR CODE PAGE 3 The singer-actor, who will be seen in Kala Shah Kala, says the film highlights the world’s obsession with fair skin MAX 20°C | MIN 8°C | YESTERDAY MAX 15°C | MIN 8°C SUNSET FRIDAY 6:13 PM F&CC MEETING Tribune News Service Bathinda, February 7 The Municipal Corporation of Bathinda (MCB) has passed an 18-point development agenda, to be carried out at an estimated cost of Rs 4.80 core, during the Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC) meeting held on Thursday. The meeting was headed by city Mayor Balwant Rai Nath, along with Municipal Commissioner Rishipal Singh and other officials. It was stated in the meeting that ensuring quality standards would be a priority while carrying out the developmental/ repair or renovation works in the city. While the MC Commissioner said looking for 'smart' solutions with regard to resolving problems would be one of the top agendas, the mayor recommended prior sampling of products and material before implementing a project fully. The projects that were approved in the meeting included door-to-door garbage collection in the city. Mayor Balwant Rai Nath and MC Commissioner Rishipal Singh, along with MC officials, during the F&CC meeting in Bathinda on Thursday. PHOTO: VIJAY KUMAR After JITF Company pulled out of the task, the civic body has taken the work in its own hands. The MCB has planned to start door-to-door garbage collection on contract basis and it is purchasing its own collection vehicles with the grant received from the Union Government under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Under a Central Government project, approximately Rs 3.25 crore would be utilised to procure tippers on contract basis and then use them for door-to-door garbage collection so that it can be directly transported to the solid waste treatment plant. The corporation would give the new vehicles to a contractor to run and maintain. Instead of giving all new vehicles to one contractor, the MCB has planned to give the work to four contractors zone-wise. The tenders for the supply of streetlight maintenance material, at an estimated cost of Rs 49.89 lakh, installing traffic lights at Maheshwari chowk at an estimated cost of The 20th Century Fox Television series, Modern Family, is said to wrap its run with season 11 SUNRISE SATURDAY 7:16 AM MCB clears 18-point development agenda Rs 9.81 lakh, laying of interlocking tiles in Paras Ram Nagar at Rs 10.95 lakh, laying of PC in Ward Number 15 at Rs 10.36 lakh and supply and erection of streetlight points in Partap Nagar were cleared. Moreover, the work for constructing manholes in Paras Ram Nagar at a cost of Rs 7.50 lakh, supply and fixation of informatory boards in the city at a cost of Rs 12.60 lakh and strengthening of sullage carrier from STP to Lasara drain at a cost of 16.15 lakh were also given nod by the MCB. PAGE 4 FINAL SEASON FOR SHOW MODERN FAMILY FRIDAY | 8 FEBRUARY 2019 | BATHINDA Mansa awarded for improved water supply, sanitation Tribune News Service Bathinda, February 7 Mansa district has been conferred the award for being most improved district of Punjab in water supply and sanitation, at the prestigious India Today Conclave. As per a note issued here, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh gave the award to Mansa Deputy Commissioner (DC) Apneet Riyait in Chandigarh. Giving information about the efforts put in to attain the target, Riyait said at present, 12 new water works were being established by the Water Supply and Sanitation Department under the World Bank Project. This will cost around Rs 16 crore. Seven out of the 12 water works were already working while the remaining would be completed and would start working by March 31. Besides, all 66 villages under the said project had been given water connections. This has cost around Rs 4.78 crore. Under the project, 19,566 houses had been benefitted. Under the Swachh Bharat Mission (Rural), the target was to build 17,628 toilets in the 245 gram panchayats of Mansa. As per the note, ACHIEVEMENTS GALORE ■ Mansa district has 237 villages, CM Capt Amarinder Singh gives the award to Mansa DC Apneet Riyait in Chandigarh. 245 gram panchayats and 64 other habitations. As against 237 villages, there exist 237 RO plants ■ There are a total of 162 water supply schemes, out of which 146 are canal based and 16 tubewell based and all these schemes are working well ■ Out of these schemes, 90 are being run by the Water Supply Department and 72 by gram panchayats 16,635 toilets have been built or are being built in these gram panchayats. Under the project, each beneficiary is provided Rs 15,000 in three instalments to construct a toilet. Mansa was declared open-defecation free (ODF) in March 2018. The project cost Rs 30 crore, out of which funds to the tune of Rs 25 crore had been received. Besides, to educate and motivate people to achieve open defecation free status, awareness campaigns and other workshops had been held in the district. Morning Monitoring Committees at the village level stop people from defecating in the open and motivate them to use toilets. Around 1,02,547 individuals have benefitted from this scheme. Riyait appreciated the officials and employees of the district who closely monitored the projects and worked for their success. Mansa district has 237 villages, 245 gram panchayats and 64 other habitations. As against 237 villages, there exist 237 RO plants. There are a total of 162 water supply schemes, out of which 146 are canal based and 16 tubewell based and all these schemes are working well. Out of these schemes, 90 are being run by the Water Supply Department and 72 by gram panchayats. The total population of Mansa is 6,08,948 and the number of houses is 1,10,584 out of which 68,683 have been provided water supply connection. Nature at work RAIN BRINGS CHILL BACK IN AIR Bathinda: Following two consecutive bright sunny days, the city witnessed a brief spell of rain in the morning and evening hours on Thursday. The rain, coupled with overcast/ cloudy sky, caused a chill in the air with the temperature dipping further. Following the rain, the footfall in the market areas dropped and residents preferred to stay indoors for most part of the day. HOUSE WALL COLLAPSES A view of the overcast sky in Bathinda on Thursday. The rain and the chill brought down the mercury and kept people indoors but commuters who ventured out (right) were caught unawares. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: PAWAN SHARMA Malout: An outer wall of a house in Ward 18 on Thursday collapsed as lightning struck. Luckily, nobody was injured. House owner Sohan Lal informed the media about the incident. Cong workers threatening Akali MCs: Singla Another SAD MC joins Cong Sameer Singh Tribune News Service Bathinda, February 7 Former SAD MLA Sarup Chand Singla said his party workers and municipal councillors in the city were getting threats from Congress party leaders and workers to join their party. Singla was speaking during a press conference organised by the local unit of SAD at the Bathinda Press Club on Thursday. City Mayor Balwant Rai Nath also attended the press conference. Singla said “Workers and municipal councillors of SAD are getting threats from the Congress party workers to join them. First it was ‘Goonda tax’, collections at lottery stalls and harassment of people at government offices. Now, the Congress party workers are resorting to a new low by using such sinister tactics to lure our party workers/MCs.” “But these tactics would not be tolerated and if they do not stop now, it will lead to distur- Former SAD MLA Sarup Chand Singla, along with party workers and municipal councillors, addresses mediapersons in Bathinda on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PAWAN SHARMA bance of the law and order situation and the Congress party would be responsible for it,” he added. Interestingly, when asked by the mediapersons as to who all had received the threats from the Congress party workers, the senior SAD leader could not substantiate his claim. Harvinder Sharma, MC (SAD), said “I received calls from Congress party workers asking me to meet over a cup of tea.” When asked if he had received any threat calls, Sharma could not corroborate the statements made by MLA Singla, thereby triggering few embarrassing moments for all party workers. Later, Gurmeet Kaur, c m y b SAD MC from Ward Number 49, was contacted and asked to come to the Press Club to share her version on the matter. Gurmeet said “Some SAD party workers who had recently joined the Congress visited my house and said they would ensure that the FIR against me in a fraud case of certificate would be dropped if I join their party. They even said that if I decide to join Congress, a high position would be offered to me.” When contacted, Bathinda (Urban) Congress president Arun Wadhawan said “As many as seven councillors from Akali Dal have joined the Congress party recently. No party worker/ MC would ever resort to threatening anyone to join the party. The fact that Congress is enjoying massive support cutting across party lines has compelled the Akali Dal leaders/ workers to resort to such futile tactics.” Tribune News Service Bathinda, February 7 In the run-up to the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, the Congress party leaders are busy strengthening the party cadres in the district. To that effect, the party has made several Shiromani Akali Dal municipal councillors join the Congress recently. Taking a step further in that direction, the party has managed to induct another Akali Dal municipal councillor Pradeep Goyal (Gola) in the party fold on Thursday. Goyal appreciated the development works carried out in the district by the Congress party and said it was his only reason to join the party. Congress party leaders said Goyal would be given full respect and say in party affairs. Arun Wadhawan, president of Urban MC Pradeep Goyal being inducted in the Congress party in Bathinda on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PAWAN SHARMA District Congress Committee, along with other councillors, was also present on the occasion. Notably, in the past one month, Akali Dal’s Rajinder Singh Sidhu, Harmandar Singh and Baljit Singh Raju Sara have joined the Congress party. “With party workers switching sides more frequently now, the subsequent change in political equations in the district will assist the Congress party in reaping rich dividends ahead of the Lok Sabha elections,” a senior Congress leader said.
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