11032019-btd-01.qxd 3/10/2019 10:59 PM Page 1 c m y b Bathinda TRIBUNE PSPCL LINEMEN DEMAND PROBATION PERIOD REDUCED Members of the PSPCL Assistant Lineman Front discuss demands for regular jobs and hike in salaries. FORECAST RAIN LIKELY PAGE 2 AKASH AMBANI TIES THE KNOT WITH SHLOKA MEHTA PAGE 3 KRITIKA KAMRA MAKES A COMEBACK ON SMALL SCREEN From former UK PM Tony Blair to the Birlas, all roads led to Akash Ambani’s wedding celebrations on Saturday. MAX 22°C | MIN 10°C | YESTERDAY MAX 25°C | MIN 08°C SUNSET MONDAY 6:35 PM PAGE 4 Kritika Kamra, better known by the names of her characters like Aarohi or Chandrakanta, is all set to return to TV. SUNRISE TUESDAY 6:44 AM MONDAY | 11 MARCH 2019 | BATHINDA INBRIEF ONE BOOKED FOR EMBEZZLING PADDY Malout:The district police have booked the owner of a rice mill at Kolianwali village here for allegedly misappropriating custom-milled paddy worth about ~75 lakh. In his complaint to the police, PUNSUP officials said Naresh Kumar, the owners of the rice mill, had embezzled nearly 12,000 bags of paddy in 2017-18. Acting on the complaint, the police have registered a case of fraud against him, who belongs to Gidderbaha. Manav Jindal, district manager, PUNSUP, Muktsar, confirmed the development.TNS BROTHERS HELD WITH 1K TABLETS Barnala: The Dhanaula police on Saturday night arrested two brothers and confiscated 1,000 habit-forming tablets from their possession. “After getting information, we raided the house of Gagandeep and Amandeep in Uppli village and arrested both brothers. We confiscated 1,000 habit-forming tablets from them. We have registered a case under the NDPS Act and started further investigation,” said ASI Ajaib Singh. TNS MAN HELD WITH ILLICIT LIQUOR Phillaur: The police arrested Jasbir Singh of Banur with 550 boxes of illicit liquor, which were kept in his truck, near the Sutlej river bridge on Sunday. A case under the Excise Act has been registered. OC FUEL PRICES PETROL ~71.35 DIESEL ~65.50 WHAT’S ON BATHINDA POLIO CAMPAIGN: Day 2 of polio vaccination campaign by district Health Department; 9:00 am Sheds demolished outside the District Courts Complex; and (right) police personnel take a woman away from the site in Bathinda on Sunday. PHOTOS: VIJAY KUMAR MC, PWD carry out anti-encroachment drive Remove over 100 sheds or vends outside District Courts Complex along Bathinda-Mansa highway Sameer Singh Tribune News Service Bathinda, March 10 The Municipal Corporation, along with officials of the PWD (B&R), carried out an antiencroachment drive in front of the District Courts Complex along the Bathinda-Mansa highway here on Sunday. Besides MC and PWD officials, a large number of police personnel were deployed during the anti-encroachment drive. The authorities pressed into service two JCB machines and 15 tractor-trolleys. A total of 50 employees were part of the drive who removed the encroachments. The authorities removed the encroachments by more than 100 shed or vend owners, including notary, typists, fruit juice sellers and advocates, on Sunday. Talking to Bathinda Tribune, Sandeep Gupta, Superintendent Engineer, MC, said, “The drive to remove Decrease in GST on gold, silver sought Tribune News Service Bathinda, March 10 Punjab Sawarankar Sangh members has demanded that the GST rates on gold and silver should be decreased from 3 per cent to 1 per cent. Sangh’s president Kartar Singh Jaura, who is also the chairman of the Punjab Beopar Mandal, said, “The government must decrease the GST rates on gold and silver from current 3 per cent to 1 percent. We have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Union Finance Minister and Union Cabinet Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal in this regard.” “The GST on the repair work of old jewellery, remaking and labour must be exempted completely. The GST on shop rentals must also be decreased from 18 per cent to 5 per cent. Jewellers operating on a small scale must be exempted from filing returns. Besides, traders and shopkeepers must be allowed to file returns five times instead of 37 returns on an annual basis,” Jaura added. the encroachments along the Bathinda-Mansa highway was carried out on the instructions of the Deputy Commissioner. Over 100 sheds and vends were removed. Two JCB machines were pressed into service.” Mandar Singh, Executive Engineer, PWD (B&R), said, “The provincial division of the PWD, along with the MC, conducted the drive to remove encroachments along the highway.” Meanwhile, a sense of chaos prevailed among the owners of these stalls and vends who were enjoying a holiday owing to Sunday. As the antiencroachment drive started in the afternoon, some vend or stall owners reached the spot and raised concerns. Later, stall owners, typists and lawyers gathered at the venue and raised slogans against the state government for conducting the drive without serving a prior notice for it. A group of typists, who had ❝The drive to remove the encroachments along the Bathinda-Mansa highway was carried out on the instructions of the Deputy Commissioner. Over 100 sheds and vends were removed. Two JCB machines were pressed into service. ❞ Sandeep Gupta, SUPERINTENDENT ENGINEER, MC ❝The provincial division of the PWD, along with the MC, conducted the drive to remove encroachments along the highway. ❞ Mandar Singh, EXECUTIVE ENGINEER, PWD (B&R) STALL OWNERS, TYPISTS RAISE SLOGANS ■ Chaos prevailed among the owners of stalls and vends who were A large number of police personnel deployed during the drive in Bathinda on Sunday. put up stalls outside the courts complex, said that the drive was conducted all of a sudden and they were not allowed to collect their important documents and other items and according to them, these were buried under the debris. “Although I could manage to spot my trunk with documents, my table and chair at the stall are missing from the site,” said a notary stall owner. A woman was seen crying who claimed that her small Flight of freedom Bathinda, March 10 Officials of the district Health Department administered polio drops to 76,831 children falling in the age group of 0-5 years on the first day of the three-day pulse polio campaign here on Sunday. Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development) Health officials administer polio drops to a child in Bathinda on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO muters were perturbed due to the encroachments outside the District Courts Complex. Since the service lane opposite the city bus stand along the Bathinda-Mansa highway was encroached upon by vend and stall owners, traffic snarls was a common site near the traffic light point. Bathinda Tribune had highlighted the issue of encroachments outside the District Courts complex on a number of occasions in the past. Ministry, PWD lock horns on reducing width of ROB Balwant Garg Tribune News Service A flock of birds fly in the sky in Bathinda. PHOTO: VIJAY KUMAR Over 76K kids administered polio drops on Day 1 Tribune News Service dhaba was demolished by the authorities without even informing her or family members. As she objected to the move, police personnel picked her up and took her away from the site. Notably, residents and com- enjoying a holiday it being a Sunday. As the anti-encroachment drive started in the afternoon, some vend or stall owners reached the spot and raised their concerns. ■ Later, the stall owners, typists and lawyers gathered at the venue and raised slogans against the state government for conducting the drive without serving a prior notice for it. Gurpreet Singh Thind inaugurated the pulse polio campaign at Urban Primary Health Centre, Beant Nagar. A total of 692 booths have been established in the district for the campaign. The district Health Department had carried out awareness drives prior to the pulse polio campaign to sensitise people to administer polio drops to their children. Apart from the booths, mobile teams would administer polio drops to c m y b the children in different parts of the district. District Immunisation Officer Dr Kundan Kumar Pal said, “For the pulse polio campaign, we have set a target of covering 1.53 lakh children in the district. We have been able to give polio drops to 76,831 children on the first day of the campaign. We are quite satisfied with the progress made on the first day. On the second day of the campaign, apart Continued on page 2 Faridkot, March 10 The Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MORTH), New Delhi, and PWD (B&R), Punjab, have locked horns over the issue of reducing the width of an under construction road overbridge (ROB) from 12 metre to 8 metre in Faridkot. The MORTH has warned the PWD (B&R) of facing an “extremely” difficult situation in the coming days for constructing the bridge which is not acceptable as per the engineering standards. But the PWD authorities claimed that the construction, with reduced width, was started after getting nod from the MORTH. With a cost of Rs 59.13 crore, the construction of this 925 metre long and 12 metre wide bridge at the top was started about two years back on the Faridkot-Talwandi Bhai road. After the completion of about 60 per cent of the bridge, the PWD officials alleged that due to encroachment on a portion of Faridkot-Talwandi Road, construction on the bridge project was stopped about 15 months back. Due to alleged political interference, the district The under construction road overbridge in Faridkot. TRIBUNE PHOTO administration and revenue department failed to get the encroached land evacuated, they alleged. With a width of 12 metre, the PWD completed the construction of the Talwandi side of the bridge. Due to encroachment on the land, the PWD reduced the width of the bridge from 12 metre to 8 metre and started construction on the Faridkot side two months back. Due to a dispute over the land and an inordinate delay in the completion of the project, which was supposed to be completed by September 2018, the MORTH had threatened to withdraw itself from it. “So, with the amended drawings of the bridges, reducing its width from 12 metre to 8 metre, we got the nod from the MORTH and started the construction work,” said a senior PWD functionary, on the condition of anonymity. “The ROB would not be acceptable by any engineering standards. I am afraid that if this inconsistency is not rectified at this stage itself, the state PWD would find itself in an extremely difficult situation,” YS Malik, Continued on page 2
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