11022019-btd-01.qxd 2/10/2019 11:06 PM Page 1 c m y b Bathinda TRIBUNE 130 AMPUTEES GET FREE ARTIFICIAL LIMBS PAGE 2 Guru Gobind Singh Refinery has taken the initiative to provide free artificial limbs to individuals FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF MOBILE RECOVERED FROM JAIL INMATE Bathinda: Security arrangements at the Bathinda Central Jail have once again come under the scanner following the recovery of a mobile phone from the jail premises. A check was carried out by the jail authorities on Saturday. The jail assistant superintendent, in a complaint filed at the Cantt police station, has stated that the authorities launched a search operation inside the jail and recovered a mobile phone. Investigating Officer Jagmail Singh said a case had been registered against jail inmate Gurjant Singh, a resident of Gurdaspur, under Section 188 of the IPC and Section 52-A of Jail Manual Act on the basis of the complaint lodged by the jail authorities. Sources said cell phones helped criminals threaten witnesses, besides making plans to escape from the jail. Sometimes, the prisoners also extort money while staying in jail. Notably, the state government had decided to install jammers in all jails but the project has not yet started due to lack of funds. TNS FUEL PRICES PETROL ~75.27 DIESEL ~65.47 Docs trained to give disability certificates Tribune News Service Faridkot, February 10 In order to review the guidelines for evaluation of various disabilities and procedures for certification, Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS), Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and the Health Department conducted a special training camp for the doctors in the area. In the first-of its-kind camp in the state, the doctors were given training to certify 21 types of disabilities and give disability certificate, an important document for the Persons with Disability (PwD). All medical officers (MO) need special training to evaluate these disabilities, after the amendment in the Rights of Persons with Disability Act. After the amendment, the number of types of disabilities has been increased from seven to 21. As per the 1995 version of the Act, only seven disabilities were included, however, in 2016, a change was made to include many more. Now, persons affected with blindness, low-vision, hearing impairment (deaf or hard of hearing), locomotor disability, dwarfism, intellectual disability, mental illness, autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, chronic neurological conditions, specific learning disabilities, multiple sclerosis, speech and language disability, thalassemia, hemophilia, sickle cell disease, acid attack victim, leprosy cured persons and deaf-blindness are covered under the Rights of Persons with Disability Act, said Dr Raj Bahadur, vice chancellor of BFUHS, while addressing the doctors in the workshop. Dr Raj Bahadur said according to an estimate, about 2.21 per cent of the total population in the country has some form of disability continued on page 2 PAGE 3 MADHURI TALKS ABOUT BEING TYPECAST I AM A GUY WITH DRAPE ON ME: VICKY KAUSHAL I was told I only belonged to commercial cinema, says Madhuri Dixit Nene MAX 21°C | MIN 8°C | YESTERDAY MAX 20°C | MIN 7°C SUNSET MONDAY 6:15 PM PAGE 4 Speaking about the female attention pouring in, Vicky reveals he is too bad at picking subtle hints SUNRISE TUESDAY 7:13 AM MONDAY | 11 FEBRUARY 2019 | BATHINDA Student shot dead over money dispute Sukhmeet Bhasin Tribune News Service Bathinda, February 10 A Class XII student of St Xavier’s School, Raminder Singh (18), was shot dead on the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday around 2 am at Mehna Chowk area in the city. The police have claimed that the deceased was murdered by motorcycle mechanic Lalit Kumar, a resident of Nai Basti, as the latter had a dispute with Raminder over money regarding motorcycle repair. Kotwali police station SHO Davinder Singh said Lalit had fired from his licensed revolver. He first fired in air and shot Raminder the second time, which hit the latter’s stomach. The police claimed that Raminder, along with his friend, was roaming around the city late in the night. The accused, Lalit, met them at Mehna Chowk and asked Raminder for money. He later opened fire on him. After the incident, the accused fled from the spot. Raminder was taken to a private hospital by his friends, where he died on Sunday morning. Parents of the deceased got to know about the incident when the police called them around 7 am. Raminder was staying with his paternal uncle, Gurnaib Singh, at Model Town phase 3, but had gone to celebrate Basant Panchmi with a friend on Saturday night. The Kotwali police have registered a case against the accused mechanic on the statement of the paternal uncle of the deceased. Raids are being conducted to nab the accused. Gurnaib said Raminder was the son of this younger brother, Gurmeet Singh, a resident of Bhai Desa. Around 9 pm, Raminder’s friend Deepanshu called him to his house so that they could together celebrate Basant Panchmi on Sunday. After sometime, two of his friends came and took Raminder with them. He did not know what and how it all had happened. He stated that he received a call from the police around 7 pm, after which he reached the civil hospital. The post-mortem examination of the deceased was conducted at the civil hospital on Sunday morning. Reatives of the deceased Raminder Singh (inset) mourn at the civil hospital in Bathinda on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO FM absent, brother-in-law Civil hospital to get starts development works burn unit soon Earlier facility does not have ventilators Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Bathinda, February 10 Congress leaders conducted the ground-breaking ceremony for various projects in the city on Sunday. In the absence of Finance Minister Manpreet Badal, his brother-in-law Jaijeet Johal took part in the ceremony. Projects worth Rs 17.50 crore were kicked off on the occasion. Earlier, Manpreet Badal had to initiate these work, but due to an urgent meeting at Chandigarh, he could not come. Arun Wadhwan, president of District Congress Committee, Bathinda Urban, Jaijeet Johal, Ashok Kumar, KK Aggarwal, Rajan Garg, Mohan Lal Jhumba, Baljinder Thekedar and Pawan Mani conducted the ceremony for various development projects, including construction at a government school at Paras Ram Nagar at the cost of Rs 2.69 crore, in which 11 new rooms, six laboratories and a new ramp and stairs would be added. Work was also started at the government school at Sanjay Nagar, where 12 new rooms, two laboratories, office, a principal’s room, parking and basketball court are to be constructed at the cost of Rs 2.20 crore. Congress leaders perform the ground-breaking ceremony for various development works in Bathinda on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Similarly, work at Kanhiya Nagar government school was also initiated, wherein 12 new rooms, four laboratories, a principal room, kitchen shed, toilet and ramp are to be constructed at Rs 2.15 crore. Also, works worth Rs 1.13 crore were initiated at Hazi Rattan government school, where 10 new rooms, four laboratories, a library, a principal room, toilet and ramp are to be constructed. Later, the leaders also started the work of a biodiversity park, which is to come up on Joganand road along the Sirhind Canal at a cost of Rs 1.47 crore. In the initial stage, a boundary wall, walking track, butterfly zone and landscaping of the park would be done. They also conducted the ground-breaking ceremony for the construction work of a road in Adarsh Nagar at the cost of Rs 50 lakh. It is worth mentioning that sewerage laying work was recently completed in the area. Even the work of laying sewerage in Ward Number 2 at cost of Rs 70 lakh and Kheta Singh Basti at Rs 3 crore was initiated. Apart from these, work of constructing water tank at Pujanwala Mohalla at Rs 1.80 crore was also started. Together in celebration The Congress leaders also inaugurated water works project at the cost of Rs 1.86 crore at Kheta Singh Basti. Later, while addressing the workers, Arun Wadhawan and Jaijeet Johal said the condition of the poor economy state given by the SAD-BJP Government had started improving. They said the promises made would be fulfilled soon and to improve the poor condition of the schools, Finance Minister has given a grant of Rs 18 crore. They also congratulated Manpreet Badal for abandoning the foundation stone culture. Bathinda, February 10 The state Health Department has decided to introduce a full-fledged burn unit at the civil hospital in Bathinda. Punjab Health System Corporation (PHSC) has sanctioned Rs 1.40 crore for the unit that will have ultra-modern facilities. The project got the final nod during a meeting held at the Health Department head office in which officials from the district unit of the department participated. The officials said maps for the project had been sanctioned. Moreover, the Health Department would also renovate the trauma centre, blood bank and the emergency and set up a new mortuary at the hospital. The proposal for the renovation work had been passed but funds had not been released by the state Health Department. The officials at the local unit of the department said it may take some more time before the renovation work is started. A department official said the services at the government hospital suffered owing to staff shortage and lack of adequate infrastructure but with the renovation work and a full-fledged burn unit at the hospital, the situation was likely to improve. BOON FOR THE REGION ■ The Health Department will also renovate the trauma centre, blood bank and the emergency and set up a new mortuary at the hospital ■ An official said the services at the government hospital suffered owing to staff shortage and lack of adequate infrastructure but with the renovation work and a full-fledged burn unit at the hospital, the situation is likely to improve ■ With the establishment of the burn unit, the patients injured critically in accidents will get proper and immediate treatment. The patients will not have to visit other government hospitals (situated out of the district) or private hospitals With the establishing of the burn unit, the patients injured critically in accidents would get proper and immediate treatment. The patients would not have to visit other government hospitals (situated out of the district) or private hospitals. Notably, there is a burn unit at the civil hospital, but owing to unavailability of ventilator facility, patients have to be referred to other hospitals after administration of first-aid treatment. Dr Satish Goyal, Senior Medical Officer, Civil Hospital, said “We had moved a proposal to introduce a burn ward to the engineering wing of the PHSC and the corporation has given a nod for the same. The construction work for the unit building is expected to start soon.” City railway station to get lifts Tribune News Service A family takes a selfie during the celebrations of Basant Panchami in Bathinda on Sunday. The festival marks the arrival of spring and Goddess Saraswati’s blessings are sought on ALSO SEE PG 2 the occasion. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PAWAN SHARMA c m y b Bathinda, February 10 The work to install two elevators (lifts) has been started at the city railway station. Passengers, especially physically handicapped and elderly, would benefit from the move. Railways officials said approximately 60 per cent of the installation work had been completed and the entire project would most likely be completed in a month. Notably, there are no ramps to reach the seven platforms at the railway station. As a result, passengers/visitors have to take the stairs. Physically disabled, elderly and women carrying children have to face a lot of inconvenience. Hundreds of passengers visiting the railway station continue to face difficulty as they first have to walk across a 110-metre-long INCONVENIENCED ■ There are no ramps to reach Officials say the entire project will most likely be completed in a month. PHOTO: VIJAY KUMAR the seven platforms at the railway station ■ Passengers face difficulty as they have to first walk across a 110-metre-long platform and then use the stairs carrying their luggage to arrive at their designated platform ■ A railway official said there was a proposal to install an escalator and a lift each at both sides of the foot over-bridge for the convenience of passengers but work for the escalators could not be started for now due to some technical issues platform and then use the stairs carrying their luggage to arrive at their designated platforms. A railway official said there was a proposal to install an escalator and a lift each at both sides of the foot over-bridge for the convenience of passengers but work for the escalators could not be for passengers to reach their designated platforms. Whenever a train arrives and passengers get down, there is complete chaos on the stairs. Keeping in view the increased passenger flow at one of the busiest railway junctions in the region, the decision to install lifts is certainly appreciable.” started for now due to some technical issues. Jaspreet Singh, a traveler, said “It is really difficult to climb the stairs after walking across the 110metre platform. I somehow managed to climb the stairs, but what about physically disabled and elderly. After the installation of lifts, it will be easy
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