28032019-btd-01.qxd 3/27/2019 11:12 PM Page 1 c m y b Bathinda TRIBUNE STATE GAMES FOR U-25 WOMEN: PATIALA WIN OVERALL TROPHY PAGE 2 On the concluding day, Patiala win the overall championship trophy with 23 points in Mansa. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY ZEENAT AMAN TO OPEN UK ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL IN LONDON PAGE 3 TV ACTRESS SARA KHAN QUASHES ALL RUMOURS Zeenat Aman to open the annual UK Asian Film Festival. It will mark its 21st anniversary with screening of films. MAX 33°C | MIN 12°C | YESTERDAY MAX 33°C | MIN 12°C SUNSET THURSDAY 6:46 PM Sara Khan quashes constant link-up rumours with actor Ankit Gera at Vikas Gupta’s Yeh Ishq Nahee Aasan. SUNRISE FRIDAY 6:23 AM THURSDAY | 28 MARCH 2019 | BATHINDA Bar assn polls: 11 file nomination papers Idyllic settings Tribune news service Fishermen cast a net to catch fish at Thermal Lake in Bathinda on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PAWAN SHARMA Khaira holds series of public meetings Lashes out at Harsimrat, Amarinder Singh Tribune News Service Bathinda, March 27 Punjabi Ekta Party president Sukhpal Singh Khaira on Wednesday held a series of public meetings at various villages in the Talwandi Sabo Assembly segment. Addressing the public meetings, Khaira said the promise made by Harsimrat Kaur Badal to connect Takht Damdama Sahib with a rail link was yet to be made. He said despite being a Union minister, she failed to keep the promise and it was not a difficult job for her. Holding the Badal family responsible for the sacrilege and firing incidents, Khaira said, “With which face, now Harsimrat will seek votes from people.” “The Bathinda MP should answer that how many youngsters of those villages, 1,000 acres of which were acquired for setting up a refinery, got jobs. Gunda tax is being recovered from trucks going to the refinery. The practice started when the SAD-BJP was in power. At present, it is still going on unabated,” he added. Lashing out at the Chief Minister, Khaira said, “Capt Amarinder Singh had taken vow of Gutka Sahib to eradicate drugs from the state within four weeks of coming to power, but two years have passed and the condition has not changed. At present, school students are also addicts to ‘chitta’ in the state.” Deepak Bansal, state general secretary, Punjabi Ekta Party; Rajpal Singh Sandhu, district president, Punjabi Ekta Party; and Davinder Singh Behla, state youth wing president, Punjabi Ekta Party, were present on the occasion. Bathinda, March 27 A total of 11 candidates have filed their nomination papers for five posts for the District Bar Association elections, which is scheduled to take place on April 5. For the post of president, advocate Kamaljit Sidhu and advocate Rohit Rumana are in the fray. For the post of vice-president, Sushant Sharma and Manjinder Singh Brar have filed their nomination papers. Lovedeep Goyal and Kuldeep Singh have filed their papers for the post of joint secretary. For the secretary’s post, three candidates — Sukhmandar Singh, Hanish Bansal and Jagmeet Singh — are in the fray. For the first time, a woman candidate, Seema Sharma, has filed her nomination papers for the post of treasurer. Sahil Kumar Thakur is also contesting the elections for the same post. total of 11 ❝Afiled their candidates have Flexes of contesting candidates have come up at the District Courts Complex in Bathinda. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PAWAN SHARMA Apart from some issues, a majority of the candidates shared the same development agenda. The candidates said they said if they were elected, they would ensure adequate parking space, completion of work on Block B and introduction of lifts. Advocate Sukhdarshan Sharma, Returning Officer, said, “A total of 11 candidates 5 Assembly segments may hold the key in Bathinda NECK-AND-NECK CONTEST BETWEEN CONG, SAD ■ The party that will do well in Talwandi Sabo, Maur, Bathinda (Rural), LOK SABHA POLLS 2019 Sukhmeet Bhasin Tribune News Service Bathinda, March 26 The five Assembly segments won by AAP in the Vidhan Sabha elections is likely to hold the key in the Bathinda parliamentary constituency during the Lok Sabha polls. Bathinda (Urban) has always been proved to be a stronghold of the Congress and Lambi for the SAD. These five Assembly segments are Talwandi Sabo, Maur, Bathinda (Rural), Mansa and Budhlada. In these constituencies, AAP Teacher, villagers turn it into ‘smart school’ Sameer Singh Tribune News Service Government Primary School in Kothe Inder Singh Wala village is equipped with modern facilities. TRIBUNE PHOTO the English medium. Parents in the village are upbeat about the prospect that their children will get to study in an English medium school without shelling out extra money. It is the brainchild of Rajinder Singh, a teacher in the school, who with his have filed their nominations for five posts. The candidates can withdraw their names till March 28. We have also working to finalise a list of eligible voters who will be allowed to cast their votes in the elections of the Bar association. The last date of submitting an affidavit is March 28. After that, the final list of eligible voters will be displayed on nominations for five posts. The candidates can withdraw their names till March 28. We are also working to finalise a list of eligible voters who will be allowed to cast their votes in the elections of the Bar Association. The last date for submitting an affidavit is March 28. ❞ Advocate Sukhdarshan Sharma, RO March 29. So far, as many as 1,000 advocates have been identified as eligible voters.” Notably, the decision to submit an affidavit to cast vote was taken by a fourmember ad hoc committee, which was formed on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana Bar Council to conduct the elections in a free and fair manner. Badal lauds Prime Minister for airstrikes In 2017, AAP candidates had registered win on these seats Mansa and Budhlada constituencies segments is likely to grab the Bathinda Lok Sabha seat. As the graph of AAP has gone down in the past two years, there are chances of a neck-and-neck contest between the Congress and the SAD. ■ Mansa (Urban) and Maur Assembly segments are represented by AAP MLA Nazar Singh Manshahia and MLA Jagdev Singh Kamalu. They are supporting the Punjabi Ekta Party chief Sukhpal Khaira. He is expected to get some chunk of votes from here as he has announced his candidature from Bathinda. did well in 2017. The party that will do well in these Assembly segments is likely to grab the Bathinda Lok Sabha seat. As the graph of AAP has gone down in the past two years, there are chances of a neck-and-neck contest between the Congress and the SAD. Mansa (Urban) and Maur Assembly segments are represented AAP MLA Nazar Singh Manshahia and MLA Jagdev Singh Kamalu and they are supporting the Punjabi Ekta Party chief Sukhpal Khaira. He is expected to get some chuck of votes from here as he has announced his candidature from Bathinda. Moreover, the Congress is facing trouble in Maur as it has not done much to recover its lost ground. In the Assembly elections, the party fin- ished third. Even factionalism is also affecting the party’s prospect as Congress leaders Harmander Jassi and Sukhraj Singh Natt are holding parallel rallies in Maur. In Talwandi Sabo and Bathinda (Rural), AAP MLAs Baljinder Kaur and Rupinder Kaur Ruby had won the Assembly elections by a good margin. It seems that AAP is losing its grip because of the infighting within the party due to which the Congress and the SAD need to focus on these five Assembly segments. In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Harsimrat Kaur Badal had defeated her brother-in-law Manpreet Badal from Bathinda by a thin margin. Her winning margin dipped drastically from 1.2 lakh votes to just over 19,000 votes in 2014. This govt primary school Ticket yet to be finalised, Ghubaya meets party workers from Malout sets example for others Bathinda, March 27 With the contribution of residents from different villages, Government Primary School, Kothe Inder Singh Wala village, has been turned into a ‘smart school’, which is equipped with modern facilities. Classrooms of the school have modern educational infrastructure, including LED screens and projectors. The school has also a computer lab, an e-library, a playground and a park in which swings have been installed. To engage students, walls of the school building are painted in such a way that they get to learn basic knowledge of different subjects. Students also get scouting education. It is the only school in the district that has applied for PAGE 4 concerted efforts has changed the face of premises. His sheer dedication to work and improve the quality of education at the government school has been acknowledged on a number of occasions by the Education Department. Continued on page 2 Archit Watts Tribune News Service Malout, March 27 Even though the Congress is yet to declare its candidates in the state for the Lok Sabha polls, Ferozepur MP Sher Singh Ghubaya, who recently joined the party, on Wednesday held a meeting with workers of Malout (Urban) and Malout (Rural) blocks at Edwardganj Guest House here. Ghubaya appealed to them to support him. Deputy Speaker Ajaib Singh Bhatti, who is also MLA from Malout, and SGPC member Gurpal Singh ‘Gora’ were also present during the meeting. After joining the Congress, Ghubaya has been regularly holding meetings in the Ferozepur parliamentary constituency. The SAD is set to field its chief Sukhbir Singh Badal from the Ferozepur seat. After the development, some Congress leaders have demanded that a heavy- c m y b Ferozepur MP Sher Singh Ghubaya holds a meeting with Congressmen in Malout on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO weight and old Congressman should be fielded from Ferozepur. Some Congress leaders have even opposed Ghubaya. Nathu Ram, Malout (Urban) block president of the Congress, said, “The today’s meeting was convened to welcome Ghubaya into the party fold. Though he did not declare himself as the party candidate from Ferozepur, he sought support from all workers if the party gives him the ticket. Even I appealed to everyone that we should support whatever candidate the party fields.” In the evening, Ghubaya also held a meeting in Ferozepur, said a Congress leader. But, he was not available for comments. Former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal meets residents at a village in the Lambi Assembly segment on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Tribune News Service Muktsar, March 27 Former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Wednesday lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi for airstrikes carried by Indian security forces. He said the Assembly elections were held in the name of the Chief Minister, while the Lok Sabha polls in the name of the Prime Minister. These days, Badal has been touring villages in his home turf Lambi to express condolences to some families. Interacting with mediapersons at a village in the Lambi Assembly segment on Wednesday, Badal said, “There is no match of Modi for the post of Prime Minister. He did what no other Prime Minister could even think of. He dealt with strong issues related to country’s security. Not only Indians, but NRIs are feel proud of him.” About the ‘chowkidar’ term being used by BJP leaders, the former Chief Minister said, “A ‘chowkidar’ means a guard. The biggest task for a Prime Minister is the security of the country and Modi Sahib has done it well. This is for the first time that two surgical strikes were conducted across the border by our security forces and that too with minimum losses. However, earlier, two of our Prime Ministers Jawaharlal Nehru and is ❝Theretheno match of Modi for post of Prime Minister. He did what no other Prime Minister could even think of. He dealt with strong issues related to country’s security. Not only the Indians, even NRIs feel proud of him. ❞ Parkash Singh Badal, FORMER CHIEF MINISTER Rajiv Gandhi made big mistakes on the same front.” Badal criticised the state government and said there was no caretaker of the state under the Congress rule. “During our tenure, I used to make phone calls to the SSPs and DCs after coming to know about important issues. But now, nobody is bothered,” he added. About the candidatures of Sukhbir and Harsimrat in the Lok Sabha elections, Badal avoided the query saying that he was not aware of it. Harsimrat meets women workers Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Wednesday held a meeting with activists of the SAD’s women wing from Bathinda (Urban) at Badal village. She sought ground report from them and appealed them to work hard for the coming polls.
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