31032019-btd-01.qxd 3/30/2019 11:18 PM Page 1 c m y b Bathinda TRIBUNE PATIENTS AT RECEIVING END AS MEDICINE SUPPLY HIT PAGE 2 Patients suffer in absence of antibiotic syrup, vitamin A medicines at Women and Children Hospital for over a month. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF YAD MUKTSAR GETS NEW CHIEF Muktsar: The Youth Akali Dal has appointed Charanjit Singh Sandhu of Sakkanwali village as its president of the Muktsar Assembly constituency. Sandhu said he would try to work harder for the party and live up to the expectations of senior party leaders. TNS FUEL PRICES PETROL ~71.65 DIESEL ~65.50 WHAT’S ON BATHINDA MARATHON: District administration to organise a marathon on voting rights; Multipurpose Stadium; 7 pm ACTRESS KIRTI KULHARI VISITS DARGAH NEAR AJMER Priyanka and Nick Jonas are not having a good time and the couple is headed for a divorce, claims a magazine. MAX 33°C | MIN 15°C | YESTERDAY MAX 33°C | MIN 17°C SUNSET SUNDAY 6:48 PM PAGE 4 Actress Kirti Kulhari, who was last seen in URI, decided to visit dargah near Ajmer in order to seek blessings. SUNRISE MONDAY 6:20 AM SUNDAY | 31 MARCH 2019 | BATHINDA Villagers hold Powercom staff captive Had gone to Burj Mehma village to initiate action against farmers for using ‘illegal’ connections Tribune News Service Bathinda, March 30 High drama was witnessed at Burj Mehma village when officials of the enforcement wing of Powercom were held captive by villagers on Friday evening. The powercom officials came to the village to initiate action against farmers, who had taken “illegal” power connections. When the powercom officials reached the village, a large number of residents gathered and confronted them. The team of the Powercom officials reached the ❝If farmers or residents use electricity from to legitimate power connections, we do not have conduct raids. A number of villagers had gathered during the raid. They have taken an assurance in writing from us that we would not take any action against farmers. ❞ Jassa Singh, SDO officials ❝We have taken in writing from Powercomfarmers. We that they would not take any action against will not tolerate any sort of harassment by them. ❞ Sukhjiwan Singh, MEMBER, BKU UGRAHAN village around 6 pm and after around one hour, the villagers held the officials captive till 11:30 pm. Lat- er, members of the BKU Ugrahan also joined villagers. They raised slogans against Powercom ‘Yaara Ve’ set to show Indo-Pak relations in different light 350 examined at glaucoma screening camp Sukhmeet Bhasin Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Bathinda, March 30 The star cast of an upcoming Punjabi movie, ‘Yaara Ve’ was in the city on Saturday to promote the film. The movie is set to hit the theatres on April 5. Gagan Kokri, who is playing the lead role in the film, said, “The concept of the movie is quite unique. I am glad to be part of it. This is a period film set in the times when people and relations were pure, heartfelt and unconditional. I really hope we have done justice to those times when India and Pakistan shared love and friendship. People will definitely feel connected to all the emotions we have tried to portray in it.” PAGE 3 SPLITSVILLE FOR PRIYANKA CHOPRA, NICK JONAS? The star cast of a Punjabi film, ‘Yaara Ve’, addresses a press conference in Bathinda on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PAWAN SHARMA Actress Monica Gill also shared her thoughts. She said, “Yaara Ve is probably the most fulfilling film I would have done. The look and feel of the film is simple, but it was really difficult to portray the times we have only heard about from our grandparents. I really hope the audiences will be able to relate to Naseebo and love her character.” Talking about the film, director Rakesh Mehta said, “It has the perfect blend of emotions, drama, romance and comedy. It is set in the testing times of the Partition. Continued on page 2 Bathinda, March 30 The Department of Ophthalmology of Adesh Hospital organised a free glaucoma screening camp from March 25 to 30 in which more than 350 patients got their eyes examined. Of the total patients, 35 were diagnosed with glaucoma and seven were treated with laser iridotomy. The patients were examined with the help of ultra modern machines. More than 80 per cent of the patients were not aware of glaucoma. Dr Rajwinder Kaur, Dr Priyanka Gupta and Dr Shalu Samria conducted examined the patients at the camp. Attempt to break open strong room of bank Tribune News Service Barnala, March 30 Two unidentified persons on Friday night made a futile attempt to break open the strong room of State Bank of India’s Dhaula branch. According to information, on Saturday morning when staff reached the bank, they found the main shutter and another internal gate lying broken. When they checked, the strong room and all cash inside it was found untouched. Bank employees informed the Rureke Kalan police about the incident. Thereafter, cops reached the spot and started further investigation. “From the CCTV footage, it has become clear that two unidentified persons first broke the main shutter and then also broke the internal gate. Later, they also tried to break the strong room, but failed. Thereafter, they left the bank. We have procured all CCTV footage and conducting further investigations, said Assistant SubInspector (ASI) Gurmale Singh, who is also Investigating Officer. He said a case had been registered against unidentified persons. c m y b and the state government. An executive engineer, who was heading the enforcement wing team, managed to flee from the village while SDO Jassa Singh, JE Gurmail Singh and Lineman Raju among other officials were held captive by villagers. Sukhjiwan Singh, a member of the BKU Ugrahan, said, “We have taken in writing from Powercom officials that they would not take any action against farmers. We will not tolerate any sort of harassment by them.” SDO Jassa Singh said, “If farmers or residents use electricity from legitimate power connections, we do not have to conduct raids. A number of villagers had gathered during the raid proceedings. They have taken an assurance in writing from us that we would not take any action against farmers.” Deputy Superintendent of Police Gopal Chand, who reached the protest venue to investigate the matter, said, “If we get a written complaint from Powercom, appropriate action will be taken in this regard.” Akal University gets 1.2 MW solar plant Tribune News Service Bathinda, March 30 A Himachal Pradesh-based NGO, Kalgidhar Society, has installed a solar plant of 1.2 MW capacity at Akal University, Talwandi Sabo. The grid of the model project is expected to meet 80 per cent of the power demand of the university. It will save 1,200 tonnes of carbon emis- sion annually, thereby contributing to the clean and green environment. The grid has been installed at a cost of ~5.2 crore and generated power will be consumed, while excess electricity will be sent to the grid via net metering. Dr Gurmail Singh, ViceChancellor, Akal University, said, “A total of 3,750 panels have been set up under the project in around 1.2 lakh square feet area spread across 14 locations. The annual savings of the power bill will be more than ~1 crore. Overall, more than 84 per cent of the electricity bill of the university will get reduced. The carbon reduction impact of the project during its lifetime is equivalent to planting of 82 thousand trees which will add to energy and environmental conservation on the planet.” Kalgidhar Society has set up 59 solar power plants so far in its academic institution in the region in order to meet its energy demand from clean fuel. This roof-top solar power plant will be inaugurated by Jatindra Nath Swain, managing director, Solar Energy Corporation of India, on April 2.
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