01032019-btd-01.qxd 2/28/2019 11:32 PM Page 1 c m y b Bathinda TRIBUNE GYMNASIUM HALL CRYING FOR ATTENTION FOR YEARS Owing to ‘uncaring’ attitude of authorities, the building of the gymnasium hall lying in disrepair. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY INBRIEF MAN BOOKED FOR FRAUD Muktsar: The local police have booked a resident of Khappianwali village here for allegedly duping some villagers after faking his death. The complainants stated to the police that Satnam Singh had started a draw scheme and took money from them. “He did not return the amount and hatched a plan. He faked his death by leaving his motorcycle near a canal. He himself rushed to Delhi and fooled us,” complainants told the police in their complaint. A case under Section 420 of the IPC has been registered in this regard. He is yet to be arrested. TNS PAGE 2 DON’T UNDERSTAND PAKISTAN’S AGENDA, SAYS JAVED AKHTAR MAX 23°C | MIN 6°C | YESTERDAY MAX 22°C | MIN 5°C SUNSET FRIDAY 6:28 PM BKU seeks loan waiver for marginal farmers Raises concerns over debt waiver scheme MAN HELD WITH 55-GM HEROIN Malout: The police on Thursday claimed to have arrested a resident of Shamkhera village with 55-gm heroin. The police said the accused, Jand Singh, was found carrying the contraband on Wednesday. A case under various sections of the NDPS Act has been registered against him. TNS FUEL PRICES PETROL ~70.65 DIESEL ~65.51 WHAT’S ON BATHINDA KABBADI TOURNEY: A kabaddi tournament at the multipurpose stadium; 10:00 am BKU (Ugrahan) members raise slogans against the government in front of the district administrative complex in Bathinda on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Sameer Singh Tribune News Service Bathinda, February 28 Raising concerns over the farm loan waiver scheme, members of the BKU (Ugrahan) staged a protest in front of the district administrative complex here on Thursday. They also handed over a memorandum of demands to the naib tehsildar. The members of the farmer body were protesting against the state government for allegedly not waiving agriculture loans for marginal farmers having small landholdings. Scores of farmers from the union gathered outside the administrative complex and raised slogans against the state government. They ANOTHER WEDDING FOR CHOPRA HOUSE Javed Akhtar says he does not understand the agenda of Pakistan to sponsor terrorist activities in India. PREPARATIONS FOR RALLY REVIEWED Malout: The Youth AKali Dal (YAD) leadership on Thursday here held a meeting to review the arrangements for the rally scheduled to be held at Punjab Palace on March 6. Parambans Singh 'Bunty' Romana, president, YAD, Malwa Zone-1; Muktsar MLA Kanwarjit Singh 'Rozy Barkandi'; and ex-MLA Malout Harpreet Singh asked workers to make the rally a successful. TNS PAGE 3 accused it of not waiving agriculture debts of all farmers. Kulwant Rai Sharma, Sangat block president of the union, said, “There are a number of farmers having small landholdings, less than of 2.5 acres, whose farm loan has not been waived by the state government so far. However, the government has been blowing trumpet of waiving farm loans of farmers with landholdings up to 5 acres, but the ground reality paint altogether a different picture in the district.” Sharma added, “We have submitted a memorandum of demands to the naib tehsildar through the sub-divisional magistrate. We have also attached a list of farmers who have not been considered for the farm loan waiver by the state government. If the government does not fulfil our genuine demand for waiving farm loan, we will be forced to intensify our stir in future. The farming community had high hopes from the Congress government, but even after change of guard at the helm, things have barely improved and farmers continue to suicides.” The protesters said prior to the Assembly elections, Capt Amarinder Singh had promised farmers to completely waive their debt and impose a ban on the auction of agricultural land by banks. But after coming to power, the Chief Minister and his leaders have forgotten all their promises, they added. Priyanka Chopra with Nick Jonas came to attend roka ceremony of her younger brother Siddharth Chopra. SUNRISE SATURDAY 6:56 AM 46-yr-old run over by train Tribune News Service Bathinda, February 28 A 46-year-old man allegedly committed suicide by jumping in front of a moving train on Wednesday evening. The deceased has been identified as Harvinder Singh, a resident of Desu Jodha village in Dabwali tehsil. According to the police, the incident occurred near Mohala village on the BathindaDabwali railway line. Investigating Officer, Saudagar Singh from the GRP Bathinda, said, “The , deceased died after being crushed under a train. We came to know about the incident in the morning. The car of the deceased was parked near the incident site. Deceased’s son Rajdeep has informed the police that his father was under depression for some time. A postmortem examination has been conducted and the body has been handed over to the family.” PAGE 4 FRIDAY | 1 MARCH 2019 | BATHINDA Cong govt betrayed youth by not fulfilling promises, says Harsimrat Tribune News Service Bathinda, February 28 Minister of Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Thursay said the Punjabi youth helped the Congress to form the government in the state in 2017, but the latter betrayed them by reneging on all promises. Addressing a rally organised by the Student Organisation of India (SOI), Harsimrat said, “Now, our youth are ready to give a befitting reply to the Congress in the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls.” She said a huge gathering under the leadership of SOI president Parminder Singh Brar showed the mood of “restive youth who seem to be eagerly waiting for the opportunity to pay back the Congress for its betrayal”. Addressing the rally, Brar said the Congress government failed to fulfill all promises made to the youth of Punjab. “The economy Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal greets SOI activists at a rally in Bathinda on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO of the state has been pushed into doldrums by the wrong policies of the ruling party. The atmosphere of uncertainty and unlawfulness has been prevailing in the state as nobody is feeling safe here including investors, entrepreneurs and businessmen,” he added. Launching a scathing attack on the Congress government, he said, “Every section of society feels utterly disappointed as the government is hell bent on withdrawing all facilities and benefits provided to them by the previous SAD-BJP government.” Athleticism at its best Cycles distributed among girl students in Mansa Tribune News Service Bathinda, February 28 For the uplift and welfare of young girls, the Mansa district administration has distributed free cycles among 4,995 girl students of Classes XI and XII under the Mai Bhago Scheme. As per a release issued here, Mansa Deputy Commissioner Apneet Riyait said the biggest challenge for the girls in attaining higher secondary education was the distance from their homes to schools. Helping the young girls overcome this hindrance, the Punjab govern- ment was distributing free cycles thereby empowering them, the DC added. The scheme is also aimed at raising the numbers of girl students in higher secondary classes. Calling upon the people of Mansa to get their daughters well-educated, Continued on page 2 A student participates in the long jump event during the annual athletics meet at DAV College on Thursday. PAWAN SHARMA Ticket not announced, Cong leader TET-qualified Over 1,400 schools not provided gets ready with ‘achievement’ list teachers decide not details of mid-day meal scheme to support Congress Director, School Education, seeks explanation LOK SABHA POLL Balwant Garg Parvesh Sharma Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Barnala, February 28 Though the Congress is yet to name him as it’s Sangrur candidate for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections, former Barnala MLA has started working hard to garner votes with a list of his “achievements”. “I have done a lot for Barnala district and want to bring more development to my area and I am working hard for it. I have applied for the ticket as a MP candidate and if given a chance, I would bring huge development in the Sangrur constituency,” said Kewal Singh Dhillon today after attending some functions at various villages of Barnala district. As per his claims, he has got sanctioned Rs 100 crore for the overall development of Barnala, installed 42 electricity transformers in 42 villages, released Rs 1.50 crore for the development of Handiaya, released Rs 5 crore for the upgrade of the electricity system of Dhanauala and Kewal Dhillon at a function in Barnala district. TRIBUNE PHOTO Handiaya, constructed 22 public toilets at the cost of Rs 55 lakh in Barnala, constructed railway under bridge on Dhanaula road in Barnala city and got constructed Dhanauala road at a cost of Rs 3.63 crore, beside others. “I have never indulged in politics of allegations. I want to concentrate on the development of my area. Everyone knows about my initiatives for development,” Dhillon said. Sources said many leaders from Sangrur city, Sunam, Lehragaga and other areas of the Sangrur constituency had already started meeting Dhillon to support him in the coming elections if he gets ticket. “I think Dhillon has the ability to win the Sangrur seat and it’s the reason that I have come here to meet him. Like me, there are many more who are regularly meeting him and he is getting their works done” said a senior leader, who met Dhillon in Barnala. But District president of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) Kulwant Singh Keetu said all claims were only on papers. “Barnala residents are still waiting for basic amenities and I don’t know where is development brought by Dhillon,” Keetu said. Bathinda, February 28 Expressing their resentment over the state government’s alleged indifferent stance, members of B.Ed TET-Qualified Teachers’ Union have decided not to support the Congress in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. To express their dissatisfaction over the state government’s silence on the matter, members of the teachers’ fraternity in the district have pasted posters reading, “Rozgaar nahi te vote nahi” (no employment no vote), implying that the Congress leaders and workers shall not visit their houses asking for votes. Sukhwinder Singh, executive member of the union, said, “Prior to elections, Congress leaders had promised to provide jobs to the unemployed, dearness allowance and smart phones to the people of the state. But after coming to c m y b power, they did not deliver on their promises.” “If the state government continues to adopt its indifferent attitude with regard to providing jobs to the qualified B.Ed unemployed teachers then we will not extend our support to the Congress in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections,” he added. Sukhwinder added, “B.Ed teachers have started putting up posters outside their houses not to extend support to the party in the upcoming elections. There are a number of posts lying vacant in government schools for long and delaying the appointment of teachers in these schools means that students studying there would be deprived of quality education.” “We have already given several reminders to the government and if the latter does not take a serious note of the matter then we will intensify our stir,” Sukhwinder added. Tribune News Service Faridkot, February 28 As a total of 1,411 elementary schools in the state are not “complying” with the directions of the school Education Department in furnishing details of the mid-day meal scheme by using a mobile phone app, the Director, School Education Department, has asked District Education Officers (DEOs) to seek a clarification from the “erring” schools. The Director has also instructed them to take necessary disciplinary action against the heads of these schools. In a letter to all DEOs, the Director said in February 18, of the total 19,802 schools in the state, 18,391 schools sent an SMS, giving details of the mid-day meal service on their premises. Earlier, the Education Department had conveyed the schools that by not sending information about the mid-day meal through the SMS-based automated mobile app, they were violating the directions of the Union Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD). The MHRD contributes a major portion of funds to run the scheme. The sluggish flow of information from schools has annoyed the MHRD, said sources in the department. However, teachers have opposed the move, demanding its revocation. The teachers have alleged that in December 2014, the Director General School Education (DGSE), Punjab, had banned the use of mobile phones during duty hours in schools and warned them of strict disciplinary action for violating the direction. Now, in contravention of these directions, the DGSE was itself is asking the teachers in every school to send the daily attendance of the students in the mid-day meal through the mobile phone app, they added. How the teachers could send SMSs when the use of mobile phones was banned in government schools, they said. The Director, School Education Department, said a monitoring system was introduced on a daily basis on the directions of the Central Government. He said the system was working across the country so the teachers in Punjab should cooperate with the department. About the restriction on the use of mobile phones in the schools, sources in the department said limited use of the device was allowed and moreover, information on the app could be sent by the head teacher or the in-charge of the mid-day meal scheme. However, teachers alleged that they were already keeping a written record of details under the scheme and now, the work of sending information on a mobile app has doubled their burden, which was affecting their work. “It is unnecessary burden on teachers. Besides, they are being doubted over their work in the midday meal scheme,” the teachers alleged.
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