17022019-btd-01.qxd 2/16/2019 11:07 PM Page 1 c m y b Bathinda TRIBUNE STATE GOVT TO PROMOTE GOAT REARING IN TALWANDI SABO PAGE 2 The objective of the government’s decision is to improve the economic condition of small farmers. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY INBRIEF CERTIFICATION FOR CHC GONIANA Bathinda: For maintaining the high quality standards while providing health services, Community Health Centre (CHC), Goniana, has been accorded the 'National Quality Certification' by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Notably, the CHC, Goniana, had applied for the National Quality Assurance Standards (NQAS) awards following which a twomember evaluation team had visited the hospital to assess the quality of services being rendered on December 19, 2018. The team members had carried out ‘in-depth’ examinations of the indoor and outdoor patients units, emergency unit, lab testing services, hygiene standards and records of the hospital. The hospital earned 94.6 % marks to bag the certification. TNS FUEL PRICES PETROL ~75.60 DIESEL ~65.76 WHAT’S ON BATHINDA MINISTER'S VISIT: Union Minister and Bathinda MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal to visit the site proposed for the AIIMS to inspect the progress of the ongoing work; 2 pm KANGANA RANAUT CANCELS MANIKARNIKA’S SUCCESS PARTY PAGE 3 AMITABH BACHCHAN BACK AS HOST FOR KBC SEASON 11 Owing to Pulwama terror attack, Kangana Ranaut has cancelled Manikarnika’s success party. MAX 20°C | MIN 9°C | YESTERDAY MAX 18°C | MIN 8°C SUNSET SUNDAY 6:19 PM Amitabh Bachchan took to his Twitter account to announce the upcoming season of Kaun Banega Crorepati. SUNRISE MONDAY 7:09 AM Job fair sees low turnout of aspirants on Day 2 SUNDAY | 17 FEBRUARY 2019 | BATHINDA Three land in police net for lifting vehicles in city 629 take part in interviews for 939 vacancies; 42 firms fail to turn up got ❝Initially, we withathe good response Sameer Singh Tribune News Service Bathinda, February 16 The mega job fair being held under the state government’s coveted ‘Ghar Ghar Rozgar’ initiative at Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Technical University (MRSPTU) proved to be a damp squib on the second day as it witnessed a low turnout of aspirants. Of the total 70 companies listed for the day, only 28 turned up at the fair. Surprisingly, for the total 939 vacancies for different job profiles, 629 candidates appeared for interviews. Of them, 352 were selected. As 42 companies did not turn up to conduct the interviews, visibly disheartened job aspirants were seen returning their homes. Similarly, on the first day of the fair, a total of 434 candidates registered for 404 vacancies. Of the total 21 companies listed for the day, five did not turn up to conduct interviews. At the helpdesk, members of the organising committee maximum candidates appearing for interviews and being selected in reputed firms. Indeed, the turnout on Saturday remained relatively low and weather conditions could be the reason behind it. Aspirants take part in the job fair at the MRSPTU in Bathinda on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTO of the job fair were seen saying repeatedly “the company did not turn up”. They also asked the candidates to give the interview conducted by other companies with matching profiles or eligibility criteria. While some of them applied in other firms, many candidates preferred to return without giving the interview. Sources in the employment bureau attributed the low turnout to low salaries being offered by the firms. Some company are of the view that they are not getting candidates who can meet the eligible competence level required for job profiles. They said a majority of the candidates lack practical knowledge. Sources said the require qualification for most of the jobs was up to 10th standard and it could be another reason for the low turnout. Additional Deputy Commissioner (D), Sakshi Sawhney, said, “Initially, we got a good response with the maximum candidates appearing ❞ Sakshi Sawhney, ADDITIONAL DEPUTY COMMISSIONER (D) for the interviews and being selected in reputed firms. Indeed, the turnout on Saturday remained relatively low and weather conditions could be the reason behind it.” She said, “We are looking for the exact cause as to what held job aspirants back to visit the job fair on Saturday. This is a really good opportunity for semi-skilled candidates to be placed in the unorganised sector. After getting experience, they can switch to the organised sector with better salaries in future.” The accused in police custody in Bathinda on Saturday. PHOTO: VIJAY KUMAR Tribune News Service Bathinda, February 16 The Civil Lines police on Saturday arrested three persons for allegedly stealing vehicles in the city. The police also recovered three motorcycles, an Activa and a jeep from them. Addressing a press conference, Harbans Singh, SHO, Civil Lines police station, said, “We had received a tipoff about one of the suspects, who is involved in theft incidents, was roaming near Children Park. He was plan- ning to steal a motorcycle. Acting on the tip-off, the police arrested him.” The SHO said, “During an interrogation, he admitted his involvement in theft incidents. Three motorcycles and an Activa were recovered from his house. The accused was identified as Kulwinder Singh, a resident of Behman Diwana village.” Talking about other theft incidents, the SHO said on January 28, a Bolero jeep was stolen from outside a private hospital on the Bhatti road. Fire outbreak at Sirki Bazaar Robbers continue to target Clumped wires said to be reason behind the short-circuit employees of finance firms Sameer Singh Tribune News Service Bathinda, February 16 A fire broke out allegedly due to a short-circuit at Sirki Bazaar late on Friday night. As per the information received, no casualty or serious damage was reported as the fire was controlled in time. Local shopkeepers informed the authorities after which a fire tender of the Municipal Corporation reached the spot and managed to bring the flames under control. According to the members of the market committee, wires tied to the electricity pole was said to be the reason behind the fire. The shopkeepers said in the past also, fire incidents have taken place in the market due to wires being clumped together on the electricity poles. Power supply in the area has remained suspended for over 12 hours and repair work was on till afternoon on Saturday as well. After the fire, clumps of of burnt wires fell off on the road. The fire broke A Powercom employee carries out the repair work at Sirki Bazaar in Bathinda on Saturday. PHOTO: VIJAY KUMAR out at around 11:30 pm and after half an hour, when the power supply was stopped, fire safety personnel managed to bring it under control. Kartar Jaura, Chairman, Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal, said, “A major tragedy was averted as shopkeepers living near the area where the fire broke were alert. They informed the Powercom authorities after which the power supply to the area was discontinued. It prevented the fire from spreading fur- ther. Apart from the electricity wires, there was a clump of wires tied to the electricity pole along with the wires of the cable TV, telecom company and broadband. We have informed the Powercom department officials regarding the illegal practice of using electricity pole for tying wires on many occasions, but nothing has been done by the authorities concerned in the matter till now. A broadband company had laid the wires in the area on Friday.” Jaura added, “We demand strict action against those responsible for the incident. We also demand that an FIR be registered against the culprits. Fires due to clumps of wires have caused damage to the shops in the market in the past also, but the authorities concerned did not take any action against those responsible for reasons best known to them.” Surinder Pal Garg, SubDivisional Officer, TechnicalII, Sirki Bazaar, said, “After being informed, we managed to carry out the repair work on time and power supply in the area has been resumed now. The wires of the cable TV, telecom company and broadband were tied to the electricity pole. The fire broke out possibly due to a short-circuit. We will ask the parties concerned to remove the wires from the electricity pole and ensure that there is no congestion of wires in the area. If they do not follow our instructions, we will be issuing notices to the violators.” Archit Watts Tribune News Service Muktsar, February 16 Employees of finance companies seem to be on the radar of robbers in the district. In the past three days, two loot incidents have been reported in which miscreants targeted employees of finance firms. In the first incident, the robbers with their faces covered came on a motorcycle and looted ~40,000 from a finance company employee near Gaggar village in Lambi on Wednesday. Similarly, in another incident, three youngsters came on two motorcycles and snatched a tablet worth about ~12,000 from a finance company employee in an area between Sangrana and Charewan villages on Wednesday. Two separate cases have been registered in this regard. Notably, earlier on January 3, three unidentified robbers had looted nearly ~10 lakh from two employees of a finance company at on gunpoint on Davindra Road in Malout. Ahead of Lok Sabha polls, Harsimrat visits villages Sukhmeet Bhasin Tribune News Service Bathinda, February 16 Union Minister for Food Processing Harsimrat Kaur Badal, who is local MLA, visited various villages in the Bathinda (Rural) Assembly constituency on Saturday. She doled out grants from her MPLAD fund in the district. The Union minister on Saturday also held public meetings at Balluana, Mia, Raike Kalan Khurd, Karamgarh Satara, Bahadurgarh Jandia, Behman Diwana and Phulomithi villages in the district. PAGE 4 She gave a cheque for ~20 lakh to Balluana, ~14 lakh to Behman Diwana, ~7.50 lakh to Karamgarh Satra, ~7 lakh to Raike Khurd and ~7 lakh to Bahadargarh Jandia village. In these villages, panchayat members associated with the SAD were elected in the recently held rural elections. She also distributed grants for construction of sheds, a dharamshala, a cremation ground, buildings and other development works. While addressing a public gathering, she said, “The SADBJP alliance only works for the public. The Congress is misleading people and came to power Union Minister Harsimrat Badal gives away a cheque to villagers in Bathinda on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTO after making fake promises.” She said people of the area had elected her twice and working for them was her responsibility. The MP said the face of Bathinda had changed during her tenure. Harsimrat Badal has started touring villages and distributing grants, giving wings to c m y b speculations that she may contest from Bathinda for the third time, though the SAD has not announced any candidate from the Bathinda seat. Harsimrat Badal had inaugurated an adarsh railway station in Mansa on Friday. Last month, she had given a grant of ~85 lakh to 13 SAD panchayats in the district. She gave ~7.30 lakh to Mehma Sarkari, ~6 lakh to Harraipur, ~5.50 lakh to Balhar Vinju, ~3.40 lakh to Lakhi Jungle, ~8 lakh to Nathena, ~7.50 lakh to Kothe Natha Singh, ~5.50 lakh to Kothe Inder Singh and ~12 lakh to Kothe Sandhu village. TWO INCIDENTS IN THREE DAYS IN MUKTSAR DIST ■ In the past three days, two incidents of loot have been reported in which the miscreants targeted employees of finance firms. ■ In the first incident, the robbers with their faces covered, came on a motorcycle and looted ~40,000 from a finance company employee near Gaggar village in Lambi on Wednesday. ■ Similarly, in another incident, three youngsters came on two motorcycles and snatched a tablet worth about ~12,000 from a finance company employee in the area between Sangrana and Charewan villages on Wednesday. Before this, on December 7 last year, two unidentified persons, who had covered their faces with clothes, had looted ~40,000 from an employee of a finance firm near Bhagsar village here. Further, on November 22 last year, two unidentified persons with their faces covered had looted ~3 lakh from an employee of a finance company at Bhagsar village here. Similarly, on November 14 last year, two persons, who are yet to be identified, had looted ~43,000 from an employee of a finance firm near Kotli Sanghar village here. In the incident, the victim was injured and was admitted to a private hospital. However, cops are yet to solve these cases. A senior police officer, who did not wish to be named, said efforts were afoot to nab the suspects. “We have got success in arresting several criminals in the past and the remaining will also be nabbed soon,” he added. Some local residents said even travelling on any road in day time was not safe these days. “The cops must increase their vigil and patrolling. Apart from that, there is a need to speed up the process of solving all theft, snatching and robbery cases,” they added. He said the police received a tip-off that a Ferozepurbased gang of thieves was active in the city, which used to return to Ferozepur after committing crime in the city. The SHO told mediapersons that the police arrested Yadwinder Singh and Paramjit Singh from Ferozepur and recovered the stolen Bolero jeep from their possession. According to cops, the king pin of the gang is Balwant Singh, who is at large. The police said efforts were on to arrest him. Man dies of drug overdose Bathinda, February 16 A man was died of drug overdose at the Civil Hospital during treatment on Saturday. He was admitted to the Civil Hospital this morning in a critical condition. The police have initiated proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC after recoding the statement of deceased’s family members. The body has been handed over to them after conducting a post-mortem examination. According to information, Davinder Singh, a resident of Dhobiana Basti, was addicted to ‘chitta’ and on Friday night, he consumed the drug in a large amount. Thereafter, his health got deteriorated and was admitted to the Civil Hospital. After getting information, Davinder’s relatives, including sisters and in-laws, reached the hospital. They exchanged heated arguments as deceased’s sisters alleged that their brother had died due to negligence of his in-laws. But his in-laws said when they came to know about his habit of taking drugs, they got him admitted to the hospital. — TNS In memory of bravehearts Members of the Indian Medical Association and the Indian Dental Association take out a candlelight march in Bathinda to express solidarity with the martyred CRPF jawans. VIJAY KUMAR
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