25022019-btd-01.qxd 2/24/2019 11:06 PM Page 1 c m y b Bathinda TRIBUNE CPF EMPLOYEES TAKE OUT MARCH OVER PENSION SCHEME Staff want old pension scheme reinstated, AAP MLA Rupinder Kaur Ruby meets them FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY INBRIEF SMART CLASS AT GOVT SCHOOL Bathinda: A ‘smart’ classroom was installed at Government High School, Gill Patti, by Rotary Club, Bathinda Cantt, recently. VB Dixit, district governor of Rotary Club, was the chief guest on the occasion. About 20 rotary members from Bathinda and nearby areas marked their attendance for the event. Speaking on the occasion, Dixit stressed the importance of technology in the field of education. “The perfect blend of both could do wonders for the students,” he said. He also guided the students on personal hygiene. School headmaster Krishan Gopal thanked the club and said the smart classroom would be a boon for the students of the school. TNS FUEL PRICES PETROL ~71.32 DIESEL ~65.51 WHAT’S ON BATHINDA CUP FOUNDATION WEEK: Various events will be held on the university campus to mark the occasion. Treasure hunt- 10 am to 1 pm; ‘Mock CID: Find the killer’ event- 2 pm; ‘Blind spot’ event- 1 pm PAGE 2 APNA TIME AA GAYA FOR ACTOR SIDDHANT CHATURVEDI PAGE 3 Siddhant Chaturvedi, the breakout star of Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy, is exactly where he always wanted to be MAX 21°C | MIN 6°C | YESTERDAY MAX 21°C | MIN 8°C SUNSET MONDAY 6:26 PM Residents say MCB back to negligence, tardy lifting of garbage Tribune News Service DOWN THE DRAIN ■ Residents A heap of garbage near a park in Model Town, Phase 2, in Bathinda. TRIBUNE PHOTO say it seems the Swachhta Survey had sent the MCB into a tizzy and made it work hard but now,cleanliness in the city was back to square one ■ During the Swachhta Survey, the MCB had even washed the grills installed on dividers on the GT road to score a good rank ■ Now, garbage can often be seen littered on city roads as sanitation workers do not come regularly on dividers on the GT road to score a good rank. Amritpal Singh, a resident, said “It is unfortunate that the surroundings are not clean. The government makes tall claims but steps are taken only on papers. Garbage is often seen littered on city roads as sanitation workers do not come regularly.” Another resident, Sourabh, said “There is a need to create awareness among the people but it cannot be done vacant plots where garbage is dumped. It should focus on sanitation of the city. There are many areas where garbage remains unattended and people have to pass by covering their nose.” Meanwhile, the sanitation workers claimed that the city area was expanding fast but their number was the same as was five years ago, leading to some areas going unattended. until the MC sets its own house in order. The city has been facing the problem of non-lifting of garbage and irregular cleaning for a long time and in such circumstances, people cannot be blamed for the mess.” Garima Garg, another city resident, said “The civic body should adopt tough measures against those throwing waste in the open. The MC should also penalise the owners of High on josh MONDAY | 25 FEBRUARY 2019 | BATHINDA In Barnala, 3,630 registered at OOAT clinics for treatment Parvesh Sharma Tribune News Service Barnala, February 24 Under the Drug Abuse and Prevention Officer (DAPO) drive, the Barnala district authorities have registered 3,630 patients for drug deaddiction in six OOAT clinics. Barnala Deputy Commissioner (DC) Tej Partap Singh Phoolka informed that the DAPO drive was being run to eradicate the drug abuse menace in the district. “Around 1,100 patients are getting their daily dose of medicine to shun drugs from various Out-Patient Opioid Assisted Treatment (OOAT) clinics. Our doctors have been taking the required steps while senior authorities are monitoring the improvement of patients,” the DC said. As per the information, the OOAT clinics were started in May 2018 and in the first two months, only 32 patients got themselves registered for de-addiction treatment. In July, the number of patients rose to 623 and in August, the number of patients jumped to 1,712. In September, the number of patients started declining A de-addiction centre in Barnala. TRIBUNE PHOTO and it fell to 602 patients and in October, only 312 patients got themselves registered for treatment. “After November, the number of drug-addicted patients came down significantly as only 349 patients were registered during the three-month period till January. The declining figures in the registration process show that the de-addiction drive has been successful in Barnala,” said the DC. Barnala Civil Surgeon Dr Jugal Kishore said the Health Department had been following the needbased approach that required people only with severe problem to be admitted in indoor facilities and most of the people can be treated in the OPD facility. “A psychiatrist is the overall in-charge of the OOAT clinic and the Health Department has already trained medical officers, counsellors, staff nurses and data entry operators for the smooth operation of these clinics,” he added. 3 teachers transferred for opposing ‘Padho Punjab, Padhao Punjab’ Sameer Singh Tribune News Service Artistes perform bhangra during the Virasat Mela at Jaipalgarh village in Bathinda on Sunday. PHOTO: VIJAY KUMAR SEE P 2 Five city residents join hands to develop app for blood donation Sameer Singh Tribune News Service Bathinda, February 24 Five city-based friends have joined hands to develop a mobile application to connect needy people/ patients with blood donors. Christened ‘Rakatdaan’ (blood donation), the app requires prospective blood donors to register themselves with their basic credentials, blood group and mobile phone number. The people/ patient requiring a particular blood group can directly contact the donor and ask for blood without any intervention/ permission from any third party. ‘Rakatdaan’ is available on Google Playstore. After discussing the idea of introducing a mobile application for blood donation, Ravi Kumar and Varinder Singh, teachers at a city-based school for disabled children, Bunit Rajput and Deepak Saini, PAGE 4 Last seen in serial Begusarai, she is all set to make her digital debut with Alt Balaji’s web series Hum, Tum Aur Them SUNRISE TUESDAY 7:00 AM Survey over, swachhta goes for a toss in city Bathinda, February 24 The Municipal Corporation Bathinda (MCB) is spending crores in the name of cleanliness under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan but heaps of garbage can still be seen on streets and in vacant plots. The Bathinda Tribune team spotted a heap of garbage lying near a park in Model Town, Phase 2. Besides, two dustbins were also found lying abandoned in the same area, which showed the negligent attitude of the civic body. Residents complained that after the Swachhta Survey got over in January, cleanliness in the city went for a toss. It seemed the Swachhta Survey had sent the MCB into a tizzy and made it work hard but now, cleanliness had come back to square one. During the Swachhta Survey, the MCB had even washed the grills installed SHWETA TIWARI TO MAKE A COMEBACK AFTER 3 YEARS The developers of application ‘Rakatdaan’, through which those in need of blood can directly contact blood donors. PHOTO: VIJAY KUMAR businessmen, and Kulwant Singh, a Health Department employee, started working on it in December 2018. Talking to Bathinda Tribune, Ravi Kumar said “The drive behind developing the application was to find out a solution to the problems being faced by people/ patients when blood is required during treatment. We often see people/ patients requiring blood transfusion running from pillar to post, especially those who cannot afford to pay. Sometimes, no one comes forward to donate blood. Due to the grave situation, people sometimes buy it from blood banks at exorbitant rates. Anyone in the country, sitting in any city or town, can get himself/ herself registered on the app.” “‘Rakatdaan’ is an initiative aimed at helping the needy. Apart from donors, blood banks and ambulance service providers can also get themselves registered on the app to provide services,” Kumar added. The app was completed last week. Now, Ravi and his friends are planning to approach the district administration to officially launch it. As many as 21 donors have got themselves registered on the app already. The developers of the app said they had divided areas in and out of the state where they would be reaching out to people to register themselves on the app. Apart from the eight blood groups, the app shall also provide the rare group ‘Bombay blood’. They appealed to people, especially youngsters, to be part of this noble initiative. c m y b Bathinda, February 24 Adopting a tough stance against the protest lodged by the teaching fraternity over evaluation of students under ‘Padho Punjab, Padhao Punjab’ project, the Education Department has transferred three teachers from Bathinda district. As per the transfer orders, Rajibir Singh of B Ed Teachers’ Front has been transferred from Government Primary School, Parasram Nagar, Bathinda, to Saila Khurd Village in of ‘Padho ❝The syllabusPunjab’ is Punjab, Padhao not recognised by the NCERT and it has been forcibly implemented in the state. Studies have been affected adversely by this project ❞ Resham Singh, PRESIDENT OF DEMOCRATIC TEACHERS’ FRONT Garhshankar tehsil of Hoshiarpur; Resham Singh, president of Democratic Teachers’ Front, was transferred from Jandan Wala vil- lage; and Jagshir Sahota, president of ETT Front, has been transferred from Government Primary School, Nathana, to Hoshiarpur. Notably, members of Adhyapak Sanghrash Committee boycotted the evaluation of ‘ Padho Punjab, Padhao Punjab’ project and teachers from various schools in the district allegedly did not allow the Education Department officials to conduct the evaluation process on Saturday. Gurjit Singh Jassi, district convener of the committee, had said on Saturday “We did not let the Education Depart- ment officials conduct the evaluation process in as many as 11 schools. Wherever the department officials reached, teachers of the schools submitted letters to boycott the scheme.” Earlier, on Friday, high drama was witnessed when a team of the department, which had gone to conduct the evaluation, were allegedly locked inside Government Elementary School, Yatri, in Maur block. Later in the evening, tehsildar Sukhvir Brar reached the school and promised to arrange a meeting with the DC to end the standoff.
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