29032019-btd-01.qxd 3/28/2019 10:48 PM Page 1 c m y b Bathinda TRIBUNE SAD WOMEN WING ACTIVISTS URGED TO LEAD FROM FRONT Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal holds meetings with SAD women wing activists from Bhucho and Mansa. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY INBRIEF ONE HELD WITH 9-KG POPPY HUSK Muktsar: The Kotbhai police on Wednesday arrested a man allegedly carrying 9-kg of poppy husk. The accused has been identified as Jagsir Singh of Surewala village here. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered. TNS ADVT EXPENSES OF POLITICAL PARTIES Muktsar:The Media Certification and Monitoring Committee (MCMC) has added the expenses of five political advertisements to the accounts of the SAD, Punjabi Ekta Party, the Congress and the BJP in Muktsar district. A member of the MCMC informed that two political advertisements of the SAD have so far appeared, one each of Punjabi Ekta Party, the Congress and the BJP. “An expenditure of ~7,451 has been added to the account of SAD, ~4,641 of the Congress, ~1,593 of Punjabi Ekta Party and ~1,024 of the BJP,” he said. TNS FUEL PRICES PETROL ~72.65 DIESEL ~65.40 WHAT’S ON BATHINDA PRESS CONFERENCE: Health Minister to address a press conference; Bathinda Press Club; 11:30 am PAGE 2 MAX 33°C | MIN 17°C | YESTERDAY MAX 33°C | MIN 16°C SUNSET FRIDAY 6:47 PM Tribune News Service Around 200 patients visit the railway hospital in Bathinda on a daily basis, but the lone doctor finds it difficult to examine all of them properly during his duty hours. PHOTO: VIJAY KUMAR only one doctor has been working for the past more than five years. Moreover, the post of staff nurse has also been lying vacant for the past many years. The sources say that on an average there are around 200 patients visiting the hospital on a daily basis, but it is difficult to examine each patient properly as there is only one doctor. A number of times, the higher authorities have been intimated about the shortage of doctor and assisting medical staff, including nurses, but nothing has been done in the matter till now. Patients rue that they do not get the medicines prescribed at the hospital. The railway hospital has tied up with two reputed private hospitals in the city and whenever patients are Tribune News Service Deputy Commissioner Gurlovleen Singh Sidhu and others hold a cleanliness drive in Faridkot on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Farid Ji. Thus, it becomes our prime duty to clean and green this holy city. This campaign can be effective if local residents give their full support. The Municipal Council has prepared composite pits in different areas of the city, besides collecting waste of the house to prepare natural fertiliser from garbage.” “Let’s start segregating our dry waste from wet waste, which makes composting possible. The precious wet waste, which can be used as a potentially black gold, remains without any use, just filling our landfills,” he added. Play highlights Bhagat Singh’s life ART& CULTURE Bathinda, March 28 To mark the martyrdom day of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru, a renowned theatre group of Lok Kalla Manch, Mullanpur, presented a patriotic play, ‘Chhipan Ton Pehlan’, at the open air theatre of Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Technical University (MRSPTU) here on Wednesday evening. The play was organised by the University Literary Club and Mechanical Engineering Department. The play highlights Bhagat Singh’s life, his ideology, philosophy of ‘inqilab’ and dedication for equality in society. The narrative focuses on Bhagat Singh’s stay in the The Deputy Commissioner said the cleanliness drive started from a house with three main principles that included no-open defecation, management of solid waste and proper disposal and management of waste water. It is important to avoid mixing food waste with recyclable waste paper, plastic and metal as this make even recyclable waste less recoverable, he added. He urged people not to throw garbage in streets, instead it should be dropped in collection tri-cycles. He said the Municipal Council had installed dustbins at various places for plastic and other wastages. On this occasion Additional Deputy Commissioners Gurjit Singh and Paramjit Kaur, SDM Paramdeep Singh, Assistant Commissioner Hardeep Singh and District Education Officer Pardeep Deora were present. Cellphone recovered from jail inmate Tribune News Service Artistes enact a scene from a play in Bathinda. TRIBUNE PHOTO jail before being executed. Written by Davinder Daman, the audience through the emotionally charged play was enlightened on the dialogues between Bhagat Singh and jail officials and his mother before he was hanged. The play portrayed the martyr’s struggle against the British imperialism and reflected the relevance of his message in contemporary society. While paying tributes to the martyrs, VC Mohan Paul Singh Ishar said Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s philosophy was still as relevant as it was at the time of his martyrdom as the Britishers only eliminated him physically, but not his philosophy. “We are proud of the fact that the soil of Punjab gave birth to such a great warrior whose struggle for freedom became a source of inspiration for the rest of the Indians,” he added.— TNS Amritsar, March 28 The Amritsar Central Jail authorities have seized a mobile phone from an inmate, identified as Sukhwinder Singh, alias Sukhdev Singh, alias Sukh, a resident of Pakka Kila village in Tarn Taran. He was lodged in the jail in connection with a murder case registered against him six years ago. Kashmir Singh, Assistant Superintendent of the jail, said that the jail staff, during checking, found a mobile phone from his possession. A fresh case under Sections 42 and 52-A of the Prisons Act has been registered against him. c m y b required to be hospitalised, they are referred to these hospitals. As there is no woman doctor at the hospital, women patients are often asked to visit the Civil Hospital or private hospitals in the city. Chief Medical Superintendent, Ambala Division, Chattar Singh could not be contacted despite repeated attempts. PAGE 4 Diljit Dosanjh and Kriti Sanon fans will have to wait for some more time before the film, Arjun Patiala, hits silver screen. SUNRISE SATURDAY 6:22 AM Lack of docs, staff ails rly hospital, patients suffer Bathinda, March 28 Patients visiting the railway hospital are a harassed lot as there is a shortage of medical employees, including doctors and staff nurses. There is only one doctor to examine around 200 patients visiting the OPD unit daily. One can well imagine the pressure on the lone doctor and the type of health service being given to patients. The shortage of doctors has existed for the past five years. With only one doctor at the hospital, patients have to wait for quite a long time for their turn. Moreover, surrounded by a crowd of patients in the OPD, the lone doctor does not get enough time to well examine patients. The Railway Pensioners and Welfare Men’s Association had written a letter to the Union Railway Minister apprising him of the problems being faced by the hospital, but nothing has been done so far in this regard. Sources in the Railways say that there are two sanctioned posts of doctor, but ARJUN PATIALA GETS POSTPONED, YET AGAIN! Divya Dutta’s happiness knew no bounds when she got to know that song by Gulzar was to be picturised on her. Faridkot DC launches cleanliness drive Faridkot, March 28 To keep Faridkot city clean and green, Deputy Commissioner Gurlovleen Singh Sidhu on Thursday launched a cleanliness drive from Darbar Ganj Park here. He cleaned and collected waste from the park and its surrounding areas. Addressing a gathering, Sidhu exhorted people to support the initiative of the district administration. He said apart from the contribution of non-governmental organisations (NGOs), the participation of the people was necessary to spruce up the already scattered garbage beyond their houses and keep the city neat and clean in future. Talking about the historical significance of the city, the Deputy Commissioner said, “Faridkot is graced by the great Sufi saint Baba Sheikh PAGE 3 GULZAR’S SONG TO BE PICTURISED ON DIVYA DUTTA FRIDAY | 29 MARCH 2019 | BATHINDA LS polls: 13 Home Guards companies sent to UP 20 samples of food, beverages collected Bathinda, March 28 Ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, a total of 13 companies of Punjab Home Guards have been sent to Uttar Pardesh on election duty. Besides, seven companies have been approved for Uttrakhand. Commandant Rai Singh Dhaliwal, Punjab Home Guards, shared this information during a meeting here on Thursday. Prior to the announcement, Dhaliwal held a meeting with officials of Bathinda and Faridkot Home Guards and instructed them to deliver their duty diligently. He said Home Guards personnel, who would be going to discharge their duties in Uttarakhand, must be medically and physically fit and deliver their duties with utmost discipline and honesty. He added that the Home Guards Department had deployed its personnel for elections duty in different states in the past as well. The Home Guards personnel have been provided with weapons and proper training to ensure that they could ensure safe atmosphere during the elections, he said. — TNS Bathinda, March 28 A total of 20 samples of food and beverages were collected by a mobile testing van at Parasram Nagar and Partap Nagar on Thursday. Of the total samples, three failed the purity test. Dr Sanjay Katyal, a health official, said, “The mobile testing van has reached Bathinda on March 15. Since then, it has been visiting various locations to collect samples of food and beverages. Initially, the mobile van stayed in Bathinda city for three days and collected food and beverages samples from Sirki Bazaar, Ajit Singh Nagar and Model Town, Phasa-3. After that, it moved to Rampura Phul and Bhu- Tribune News Service cho Mandi.” Dr Katyal added, “We have collected more than 150 samples of food and beverages from different locations so far. Of the total samples, eight have failed the purity test. Of the total 20 samples collected from Parasram Nagar and Partap Nagar, three samples of drinking water failed the purity test. The mobile testing van will stay in Bathinda till March 30. Residents can reach out to us to get their food and beverages samples tested by paying ~50 per sample.” He said on an average, they managed to collect 20-15 samples on a daily basis. Residents can bring samples of red chilli, milk, cold drink, black pepper, turmeric and water. Health Department officials collect samples of food. TRIBUNE PHOTO
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