01042019-btd-01.qxd 3/31/2019 11:24 PM Page 1 c m y b Bathinda TRIBUNE MARATHON SPREADS AWARENESS ON VOTING RIGHTS, HEALTHY LIFE PAGE 2 Residents participate in marathon organised by admn to spread awareness about voting rights and healthy life. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY MAX 35°C | MIN 13°C | YESTERDAY MAX 35°C | MIN 14°C SUNSET MONDAY 6:48 PM 12 booked for duping people on pretext of sending them abroad Bathinda, March 31 Immigration fraud cases are on the rise in the region. Two such cases have been reported from the district recently. In the first case, eight persons have been booked for duping people with a promise of getting them settled in Canada and US. The accused have been identified as Bhavka, Raj Bhardwaj, both residents of SAS Nagar, Umesh Bhardwaj of Gurugram, Gurleen Bhardwaj, Ayushi of Jaipur, Naresh Thapa of Navi Mumbai, Mandeep Kaur and Harpreet Singh of Bathinda. Complainant Akbar Singh, a resident of Gillpati village, told the police that in 2017, they had came in contact with travel agents — Raj Bhardwaj and his wife Bhavka Sharma — through his rel- VICTIM MET ACCUSED THROUGH FRIENDS ■ Complainant Akbar Singh, a resident of Gillpati village, told the police that in 2017 they had came in contact with travel agents — Raj Bhardwaj and his wife Bhavka Sharma — through relatives and friends. ■ He said after discussing the process, he was told that it would cost ~50 lakh per person to settle in Canada. He said his acquaintance Ravirai told his family that the agents would charge only ~40 lakh. Later, the deal was struck at ~20 lakh per person. ■ He said for his family, he paid ~1.38 crore to them, but the accused neither sent them abroad nor returned the money. MAN DUPED OF ~11 LAKH ■ In the second case, a city resident told the police that he had been duped of ~11 lakh on the pretext of sending his niece abroad. On his complaint, the police booked four persons. ■ Complainant Harnish Mehta, a resident of Guru Teg Bahadur Nagar, stated to the police that Navtej Kumar, Navdeep, Santosh Rani and Rajni Bala, all residents of Power House road area, had duped him of ~11 lakh. . atives and friends. He said after discussing the process, he was told that it would cost ~50 lakh per person to settle in Canada. He said his acquaintance Ravirai told his family that the agents would charge only ~40 lakh. Later, the deal was stuck at ~20 lakh per person. He said for his family, they paid ~1.38 crore to them, but the accused neither sent them abroad nor Teachers hold protest over pending salaries Tribune News Service Bathinda, March 31 Members of the Democratic Teachers’ Front staged a protest against the state government for allegedly not releasing their salaries of February. The protesting teachers sat on a dharna in front of the district Treasury Department and raised slogans against Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal. To express their resentment, the teachers sat on the bare floor and lifted their dharna after the district Treasury Officer assured them that salaries of teachers working in three blocks would be released for now. Talking to Bathinda Tribune, Resham Singh, president of the Democratic Teachers’ Front, said, “Prior to the Assembly elections in 2017, Congress leaders had made tall claims to improve the financial condition of the Teachers raise slogans in Bathinda on Sunday. VIJAY KUMAR state, but the ground reality tells a different tale altogether as government employees are not getting their salaries.” He added, “At the end of the financial year, the teachers have to deduct income tax from their salaries and if they do not get their salaries, they have to pay the tax from their own pocket.” “We have decided to call off dharna as treasury department officials have assured that the salary bills of teachers working in Nathana, Sangat and Bhagta block would be cleared soon. Later, the OSD to Finance Minister Manpreet Badal told us that the minister has given an assurance that the pending salaries of teachers for the remaining two blocks (Rampura and Bathinda) would be cleared soon,” he added. returned the money. A case under Sections 420 and 120-B of the IPC has been registered against the accused at the Thermal police station. In the second case, a city resident told the police that he had been duped of ~11 lakh on the pretext of sending his niece abroad. On his complaint, the police booked four persons. Complainant Harnish Mehta, a resident of Guru Teg Bahadur Nagar, stated to the police that Navtej Kumar, Navdeep, Santosh Rani and Rajni Bala, all residents of Power House road area, had duped him of ~11 lakh. He said the accused neither sent his niece abroad nor did he return his money. A case under Sections of 420 and 120-B of the IPC has been registered against the accused at the Civil Lines police station. LS poll: No graduate elected in 30 yrs by Ferozepur voters Archit Watts Tribune News Service Muktsar, March 31 In the past 30 years, voters of the Ferozepur parliamentary constituency have not elected even a single graduate Member of Parliament (MP). Notably, the elections have been held eight times in this period and leaving only one MP who was a , Giani holder (one-year course after matric), all were only matriculates. If one were to go by the records available, Dhian Singh Mand became the MP as an Independent in 1989, a matriculate. Thereafter, Mohan Singh Phallianwala became MP twice in 1992 and 1996 as a BSP candidate. He is a Giani holder. Thereafter, Zora Singh Maan became an MP thrice in 1998, 1999 and 2004 as a SAD candidate. He was a matriculate. Later, Sher Singh Ghubaya became the MP twice in 2009 and 2014 as a SAD candidate. He too is a matriculate. continued on page 2 Liquor discounts give Bacchus lovers a high Balwant Garg Tribune News Service Faridkot, March 31 It was raining discounts on liquor in the town on Sunday. On Sunday, the liquor rate plummeted to about 50 per cent in the region. While a bottle of 750 ml countrymade liquor (desi liquor) was being sold at Rs 100-Rs 120 against Rs 250 per bottle rate this week, the rate of many brands of foreign made liquor was in the range of Rs 300-Rs 350 against the rate of Rs 650-Rs 700. Long queues of Bacchus lovers were visible in front of all liquor shops on Sunday evening. They were frenetic not to buy bottles of liquors but boxes of liquor. Each box contains 12 bottles. “Liquor is easily available at every nook and corner,” said Balwinder Singh, a resident in Bacchus lovers make a beeline to purchase liquor at 50% discount in Faridkot on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Golewala village of Faridkot. All thanks to the expiry of liquor vends’ contract on March 31. The liquor prices were slashed by 20-30 per cent in the past three days but these were further reduced to TV ACTOR RAVI DUBEY DOLES OUT STYLE ADVICE Priyanka Chopra attends a live concert of Jonas Brothers in Atlanta, who last performed on stage in 2013. Two immigration fraud cases come to light Tribune News Service PAGE 3 PRIYANKA ATTENDS FIRST JONAS BROTHERS CONCERT about 50 per cent on Sunday, the last day of this financial year and liquor shops were desperate to finish their stock as they had already paid the license (excise) fee on this stock of liquor to the state government. As a liquor contractor cannot carry forward the liquor quota in the next fiscal. Hence, they have to finish their quota and that too at any rate, said a liquor shop licensee in Faridkot. Moreover, those liquor contractors who failed to get allotment of liquor shops for financial year 2019-2020 are more frantic to finish their stock before midnight of March 31 otherwise their unsold stock would be of no value for them and it need to be surrendered to the Excise Department, said those in the liquor business. All contractors want to finish their stock and to woo tipplers. At some places, they put up big hoardings on their liquor continued on page 2 c m y b PAGE 4 Actor Ravi Dubey says that grooming oneself is as important for men, as it is for women. SUNRISE TUESDAY 6:18 AM MONDAY | 1 APRIL 2019 | BATHINDA Tackling stray cattle a distant dream Sukhmeet Bhasin Tribune News Service Bathinda, March 31 Residents are a harried lot owing to the stray cattle menace. On Sunday, a policeman had to work hard to disperse a group of the stray cattle from the area where residents of district administration and judicial officers are situated here. Stray animals can be seen roaming in and around the city, mostly on roads, much to the chagrin of commuters. Sometimes, these animals appear all of a sudden on roads, jeopardising the lives of commuters, especially bikers. Several mishaps have proved to be fatal, resulting in the loss of precious lives. Besides, many people have sustained injuries in such mishaps. Stray cattle roaming around freely have become a serious problem. The situation turns worse at night when it becomes difficult for the drivers to spot the stray animals due to darkness. Even after moving several proposals on paper to deal with the menace, the MC has not come out with any concrete solution to this crucial issue of public interest. The menace of stray cattle is not new in the city, but in the past few months, it had A policeman tries to disperse a group of stray cattle gathered outside the residences of senior district administration and judicial officials in Bathinda. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PAWAN SHARMA increased manifold. Despite repeated complaints by people about the issue, the civic body has not woken up from its deep slumber to check it. Shikhar Goyal, a city resident, said, “The Municipal Corporation is not taking any steps to check the stray cattle menace. Cows can be seen roaming around residential areas, roads, parks and markets. Stray cattle could be spotted eating residual food items from trash bins and often block the passage. The MC should wake up from slumber.” Vijay Kumar, city resident, said “If the administration cannot remove stray animals from roads, it can at least attach some kinds of light reflectors to their bodies so these can be spotted at night. Accidents usually occur as people fail to spot cattle when it is dark. Ideally these animals should be provided shelter somewhere. If it is not possible, the administration can devise a way to protect them and commuters.” Another resident Gurleen Kaur said, “I often see people ❝The MC is not taking any steps to check the stray cattle menace. Cows can be seen roaming around residential areas, roads, parks and markets. ❞ Shikhar Goyal, A CITY RESIDENT feeding them. Because of such gestures, cows keep coming to some places every day. The authorities have failed to come up with any solution to the problem.”
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