05032019-btd-01.qxd 3/4/2019 11:08 PM Page 1 c m y b Bathinda TRIBUNE FOUNDATION STONE OF POWER EQUIPMENT OUTLET LAID Power Minister Gurpreet Singh Kangar lays foundation stone of an electricity equipment outlet. FORECAST CLOUDY INBRIEF BIKE RAMS INTO TRUCK, 1 KILLED Bathinda: A person was killed and two others seriously injured after a rashly driven motorcycle rammed into a truck at Kanhaiya Chowk in the city. A PCR team on duty at the spot informed the NGO Sahara Welfare Society. Volunteers came to the spot and took the injured to the Civil Hospital. Monu (22), driver of the motorcycle and a resident of Kheta Singh Basti, was declared dead by doctors while the injured have been identified as Inder Singh (19), a resident of Kheta Singh Basti, and Shivam (13) of Paras Ram Nagar. TNS ILLICIT LIQUOR SEIZED, 2 BOOKED Muktsar: In two cases, the Gidderbaha police have booked two persons for allegedly selling Haryana-made liquor and seized 33 boxes from their houses. Subhash Chander of Thehri village and Bachitter Singh of Butter Bakhua village have been booked in this regard. Cases have been registered under the Excise Act. TNS FUEL PRICES PETROL ~72.04 DIESEL ~66.38 PAGE 2 Kangana Ranaut has slammed Ranbir Kapoor for not taking a stand on country’s politics and other issues. MAX 23°C | MIN 09°C | YESTERDAY MAX 18.0°C | MIN 11°C SUNSET TUESDAY 6:31 PM Tribune News Service Malout, March 4 Deputy Speaker and Malout MLA Ajaib Singh Bhatti on Monday presented his two-year report card, claiming that the state government released nearly Rs 105 crore during this period for development works in the Malout Assembly segment. Funds to the tune of Rs 72 crore released for social welfare schemes are not included in it, he added. In an interaction with mediapersons, Bhatti said the state government had sanctioned a budget of Rs 12 crore for the construction of a government college and the work had started at Danewala village. “Besides, Rs 94.61 lakh has been spent on infrastructure of government schools. As JENNIFER TO HOST NACH BALIYE 9? PAGE 4 Jennifer Winget was ranked 14th in a poll conducted by a magazine on the top TV personalities of 2018. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6:51 AM TUESDAY | 5 MARCH 2019 | BATHINDA to Gang of robbers busted, 5 held ADGP admitsjails drug racket in One of them student of fire safety course, two from polytechnic college Tribune News Service Bathinda, March 4 The police have arrested five persons, three of them students, for allegedly being involved in robberies. The police claimed that the gang had looted money at gunpoint from three petrol pumps in the past few months. While addressing a press conference, SP (D) Balraj Singh said they had busted a gang of seven members involved in loot incidents at three petrol pumps by arresting its five members and recovering Rs 1 lakh, a Skoda car and weapons. He said on March 3, CIA Staff-2 in-charge Tarjinder Singh, along with his team, was present near the railway crossing on Bangia road in the Rama Mandi area when he got a tip-off that accused Atinder Singh and Kulwinder Singh, residents of Deon village, Navpreet Sharma of Barnala, Raj Kumar of Rama Mandi, Chamkaur Singh of Daula village, Yadwinder Singh Yadi of Karamgarh village and Satwinder SEIZED ITEMS ■ The police claimed that the gang had looted money at gunpoint from three petrol pumps in the past few months. ■ The police seized .315 bore country-made pistol, two live bullets, a baseball bat, a sword, Skoda car, two number plates and Rs 1 lakh from them. The accused in police custody in Bathinda on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Singh of Chanarthal had made a gang and they had illegal weapons. As per information, the gang was involved in loot incidents in Bathinda and Mukstar. Further, some gang members are preparing for a target near the Irrigation Department guest house at Kot Bhaktu village and had a white Skoda car (DL 9 CQ 9034), the tip-off said. The SP said the police raided the area and nabbed five gang members — Atinder Singh, Navpreet Sharma, Raj Kumar, Chamkaur Singh and Yadwinder Singh Yadi. The police seized .315 bore country-made pistol, two live bullets, a baseball bat, a sword, Skoda car, two number plates and Rs 1 lakh from them. Bhatti outlines works taken up in 2 yrs Archit Watts PAGE 3 NOW, KANGANA RANAUT SLAMS RANBIR KAPOOR ❝ Besides, Rs 94.61 lakh has been spent on infrastructure of government schools. As many as 1,237 students have been given bicycles under the Mai Bhago Scheme. Further, a demonstration-cum-farmer training centre for fisheries at a cost of Rs 6.23 crore is also being established at Enakhera village. For better potable water supply in villages, Rs 19.04 crore has been sanctioned. For strengthening of highways, the construction work worth Rs 2.73 crore is under way. Apart from this, 242-km rural and link roads are being repaired at a cost of ~ 31.17 crore. ❞ many as 1,237 students have been given bicycles under the Mai Bhago Scheme. Further, a demonstration-cumfarmer training centre for fisheries at a cost of Rs 6.23 crore is also being established at Enakhera village. For better potable water supply in villages, Rs 19.04 crore has been sanctioned. For Ajaib Singh Bhatti, DEPUTY SPEAKER strengthening of highways, the construction work worth Rs 2.73 crore is under way. Apart from this, 242-km rural and link roads are being repaired at a cost of Rs 31.17 crore,” Bhatti claimed. Bhatti added that he had released Rs 1 crore from his discretionary funds for the development of the constituency. “The streets in the town are being built and Rs 2.25 crore will be spent on it. Further, Rs 4.36 crore is being spent on other works in the town, including the installation of streetlights. As many as 558 people have got benefit of total Rs 70.2 lakh under the Awas Yojana,” said Bhatti, claiming that the area would be converted into a model constituency in the coming days. He said, “The Market Committee is doing some works at a cost of Rs 4.57 crore. The Forest Department is carrying out works worth Rs 49.82 lakh. Nearly Rs 5 crore has been spent for the development of villages and Rs 8.18 crore for the construction of a new power grid.” In the ongoing Continued on page 2 He claimed that during interrogation, the accused admitted that they had looted money at gunpoint from three petrol pumps. On December 12, 2018, accused Chamkaur Singh and Satwinder Singh allegedly looted Rs 2.86 lakh from the Reliance petrol pump at Gidderbaha. On January 21, 2018, accused Atinder Singh and Satwinder Singh allegedly looted Rs 9.42 lakh from the Reliance petrol pump at Rampura. On February 6, accused Atinder Singh, Kulwinder Singh, Navpreet Singh and Yadwinder Singh allegedly looted Rs 41,000 from the Reliance petrol pump at Rama Mandi. The police said accused Navpreet Sharma (18) and Yadwinder Singh Yadi (18) were students of first year electrical diploma in Polytechnic College, Bathinda, while Raj Kumar (24) was a student of fire safety course at BR Mahindra College, Talwandi Sabo. The SP (D) added that during interrogation, it came out that the students got into crime as they wanted to make quick money. ADGP (STF) Gurpreet Kaur Deo with IG MF Farooqui addresses the media in Bathinda on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PAWAN SHARMA Sukhmeet Bhasin Tribune News Service Bathinda, March 4 Additional Director General of Police (ADGP), Special Task Force (STF), Gurpreet Kaur Deo, on Monday admitted that some smugglers were running a drug racket from jails in the state, but the police had devised a strategy to deal with them, which couldn’t be made public now. She was here to hold a review meeting with the top police officials of the Bathinda police range. Deo said they were identifying 10 police stations where high quantity of drugs was seized so that awareness drive would be initiated there. She also claimed that in the past two years, seven deaths had been reported in the Bathinda range due to drug overdose. “Earlier, there was no data pertaining to this, but we are maintaining it now,” she added. The ADGP also claimed that the Chief Minister had given them a free hand, but if they face any political pressure from sarpanchs in villages, then they would inform him, she said while replying to a query Continued on page 2 Offerings to the Lord Devotees offer milk on a Shivlingam on Mahashivratri in Bathinda on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PAWAN SHARMA Another SAD councillor joins Congress New plants to lend FM Manpreet Badal doles out funds for development projects ahead of elections beauty to railway station Sukhmeet Bhasin Tribune News Service Bathinda, March 4 Sitting SAD councillor from Ward Number 38, Santosh Mahant, on Monday joined the Congress in the presence of Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal at the former’s residence in Sanguana Basti. It is learnt that she was feeling disappointed and ignored in SAD as despite the SADBJP in power in MC, she had alleged in the recently held General House meeting that for the past four years, her ward had been deliberately ignored. SAD councillors Harmander Singh, Baljeet Singh Raju Sra, Rajinder Singh Sidhu, Sham Lal Jain, Jasveer Singh Jassa and a few independent councillors Pardeep Kumar Gola, Darshan Billu and others have joined the Congress in the past two months. SAD councillor Santosh Mahant with Manpreet Badal and others at Sanguana Basti. PHOTO: VIJAY KUMAR Finance Minister Manpreet Badal on Monday reiterated that no stone would be left unturned for the overall development of the city. The minister said this while interacting with the public at different places in the city where he also announced grant worth crores for developmental projects. Apart from announcing new projects of providing streetlights, paving new streets, roads, water and sewerage pipes, he also made it clear that the previously announced schemes too would be com- pleted within a record time. The Finance Minister also gave away cheque for Rs 10 lakh for the repairs of a veterinary polyclinic, Rs 1 lakh for the repairs of a shed of Bhagat Singh Welfare Club, Rs 1 lakh for the shifting of a transformer in Bhai Mati Das c m y b Nagar and Rs 4.30 lakh to open a gym and to build a park in Housefed Colony. During his visit to Adarsh Nagar, the minister announced to give Rs 3.5 lakh for the pending work of the civil dispensary, Rs 5 lakh for the Technical Society, Bathinda, Rs 5 lakh for the construction work of Dharamshala of Gobind Nagar Sudhar Committee and Rs 2 lakh for Vishkarma Motor Society. During his address at different places, he said there was no dearth of money for the overall development of the city and addressing the public grievances of residents would be his top priority. The minister also participated in a shobha yatra on Mahashivratri. He also visited the Kusht Ashram near Peerkhana and interacted with members residing there. Sameer Singh Tribune News Service Bathinda, March 4 As part of its green initiative, the Punjab Eco-Friendly Association will install plants at different corners of the city railway station. Members of the association have already started installing palm tree saplings at the station, which would continue for months. According to the association members, a total of 1,000 palm tree saplings would be installed at the railway station, of which 100 saplings have been already installed at walking aisles and near ramps. Baljinder Singh, president of the association, said, “We have decided to install approximately 1,000 saplings The Punjab Eco-Friendly Association has installed palm tree saplings at the railway station in Bathinda. PHOTO: VIJAY KUMAR at the railway station and work for that has already been started. Apart from ensuring cleaner and pollution-free environment, greenery of these saplings would also add to the beauty of the city railway station.” Singh added, “The association has set a target of distributing more than one lakh saplings in the state every year. We ensure Continued on page 2
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