04042019-btd-01.qxd 4/3/2019 11:20 PM Page 1 c m y b Bathinda TRIBUNE 3,399 ADDICTS REGISTERED AT OOAT CLINICS IN ONE YEAR PAGE 2 According to Health Dept’s data, 3,399 addicts got themselves registered at four OOAT centres in a year in city. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF MAN BOOKED ON FRAUD CHARGE Muktsar: The police have booked a resident of Rupana village, who is the son of a late Congress leader, on a charge of fraud. The complainant, Ramandeep Singh of Kotkapura road area here, told the police that he had given ~4.49 lakh to the accused, Mandeep Singh, who had promised him the job of clerk in the Agriculture Department. A case under Section 420 of the IPC has been registered against the accused. TNS 10-KG POPPY HUSK SEIZED, 1 BOOKED Malout: Acting on a tip-off, the Kabarwala police on Tuesday seized 10-kg poppy husk from a house at Kolianwali village here. The accused, Jaswinder Singh, is however yet to be arrested. A case has been registered in this regard. TNS YAD ANNOUNCES NEW LAMBI CHIEF Muktsar: The Youth Akali Dal (YAD) on Wednesday appointed Ranjodh Singh Lambi as its Lambi circle president. Ranjodh was handling social media of the SAD. TNS FUEL PRICES PETROL ~72.50 DIESEL ~65.40 PAGE 3 AMITABH BACHCHAN AND RAMYA KRISHNAN RE-UNITE Actors Amitabh Bachchan and Ramya Krishnan have been paired in upcoming Tamil film Uyarntha Manithan. MAX 35°C | MIN 16°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C | MIN 15°C SUNSET THURSDAY 6:50 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 6:15 AM Firm looking after RO plants is allowed to do so: MC Commissioner Sukhmeet Bhasin WAR OF WORDS Tribune News Service ❝I have also received complaints from people allegation ❝Thethat the SADclearly shows does that service charges have been revised by the contractor in consultation with local MLA Manpreet Singh Badal. I have requested the Mayor to hold a probe into the entire issue and simultaneously ensure that people are not burdened with the enhanced rates not have any issues against the Congress ahead of the Lok Sabha elections due to which it is wrongly making allegations against the party and Finance Minister over increasing the service charges of RO water. The contract of providing RO water was given by the MC and it is headed by the SAD. Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Arun Jeetmal Wadhawan, BATHINDA UNION MINISTER (URBAN) CONGRESS PRESIDENT seeking approval from the civic body. Harsimrat said, “I have also received complaints from people that service charges have been revised by the contractor in consultation with local MLA Manpreet Singh Badal. I have requested the Mayor to hold a probe into the entire issue and simultaneously ensure the people are not burdened with the enhanced rates.” Harsimrat said RO plants had been installed in the Malwa region to provide drinking water following reports that groundwater had been contaminated at several places and the charges for RO water were deliberately kept very low so that it could be con- ❞ Ready to turn a new leaf PAGE 4 Actress Nyra Banerjee says she is a fitness lover and to maintain her health, she always try to stay happy. Civic body okay with hike in purified water charges Bathinda, April 3 The Municipal Corporation (MC) has found “nothing wrong” in increasing the RO water charges from ~60 to ~90 per month. The decision in this regard was taken by the company that looks after RO water plants in the city. MC Commissioner Dr Rishipal Singh said, “I have verified the hike in RO water tariff and it has come to light that earlier, the company was giving concession. Now, it has hiked the prices. The company is allowed to do so.” However, the decision has not gone down well with residents as they raised a hue and cry against the latest hike in RO water charges. Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal said Mayor Balwant Rai Nath had briefed her that the private company, which had been awarded the contract for running the RO project, had increased the service charges without ACTRESS NYRA BANERJEE SAYS HAPPINESS IS THE MANTRA sumed by everyone. However, Bathinda (Urban) Congress president Arun Jeetmal Wadhawan refuted the allegation leveled by the Union minister. Condemning it, he said, “The allegation clearly shows that the SAD does not have any issue against the Congress ahead of the Lok Sabha elections due to which it is wrongly making allegation against the party and the Finance Minister over increasing the service charges of RO water. The contract of providing RO water was given by the MC and it is headed by the SAD. Moreover, Manpreet Badal had not chaired any meeting of the civic body on increasing the price of RO water.” “It is sad that when Bathinda does well in Swachta Survakhan, Harsimrat Badal and Mayor Balwant Rai Nath take the credit. When anything wrong happens in the civic body, they blame Manpreet Badal or Jaijeet Johal,” Wadhawan added. THURSDAY | 4 APRIL 2019 | BATHINDA Cong leader Sukhdev Chahal joins SAD in presence of party chief Tribune News Service Bathinda, April 3 Congress leader Sukhdev Singh Chahal, along with his associates, joined the SAD in the presence of party president Sukhbir Singh Badal during a public meeting at Kotshamir village here on Wednesday. Addressing the gathering, SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal announced that upon coming to power after the next Assembly elections, they would transform all 12,000 villagers in the state strengthening basic infrastructure, including laying sewage and underground water pipes. The former Deputy CM said the Badal family had worked for Bathinda and transformed the city. He said they had given it a new look by ushering in new development projects as it was their area. He said Badal village was just 40 minutes away from here. Sukhbir further added, “Bathinda used to be called backward in the state. Now, it is even better than Ludhiana. Nobody had ever thought, but we brought an airport here. Besides, we connected the city to other areas in the country through Shatabdi. It only happened because we had a vision for Bathinda.” He said, “Earlier, there was SAD president Sukhbir Badal welcomes Congress leader Sukhdev Chahal into the party at Kotshamir. PAWAN SHARMA only a single road to Amritsar and many people lost their lives in accidents on the stretch. Now, we have a fourlane highway and one can reach the Golden Temple in around 2 hours.” Lashing out at Capt Amarinder Singh, Sukhbir said, “The CM had taken oath holding ‘gutka sahib’ in his hand towards the Takht Damdama Sahib, but now he ran away from his promise. He was aware that the SAD government was again coming to power. He took the oath to mislead the innocent people of the state.” While talking to Bathinda Tribune, Sukhdev Singh Chahal said, “I am leaving the Congress because Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh does not have time to meet his leaders. Moreover, whatever promises, including debt waiver and job in every house, the Congress had made before the elections, have not been fulfilled. It was embarrassing for me to seek votes for the Congress from people.” In the 2012 Assembly elections, Chahal had unsuccessfully contested the polls on the PPP ticket from Talwandi Sabo. He was also a close associate of former Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal. SAD leaders Sikander Singh Maluka, Balwinder Singh Bhundar, Amit Rattan, Tejinder Singh Midhukhera and others were present during the public meeting at Kotshamir. cVIGIL app turns headache for election staff Employees busy with election duty not getting any alert of complaint Archit Watts Tribune News Service A tree avenue with leaves shed on the outskirts of Bathinda. With spring, trees will soon have fresh sprouts. PHOTO: VIJAY KUMAR Muktsar, April 3 Though electioneering is yet to pick up pace, the citizens’ vigil app, known as cVIGIL app, which is launched by the Election Commission of India (ECI) to help people report electoral malpractices, has become a nuisance for election staff and Assistant Returning Officers (AROs). Notably, the election authorities have to resolve every complaint received on this app within 100 minutes, but the staff concerned does not get any alert of receiving a complaint. A flying squad member, who has been assigned the task of visiting the spot and resolving the complaint, informed, “The staff deployed in three shifts at the complaint centre has to remain alert throughout the day, which keeps refreshing the website on some computer or laptop. It does not refresh automatically. There is no alert or beep when the complaint reaches the complaint centre. Further, we have to check the app after every five minutes on our cell phone. If the app is having some beep, just like the WhatsApp, it will save a lot of time and energy. Now, the complaint centre staff has to remain stick to the computer screens and we remain stick to mobile phones throughout the day refreshing it.” Similarly, an SDM working as ARO said, “Not just the subordinate staff, but the AROs like us too are perturbed over this app. We have to decide the status of every complaint but how is this possible to stay awake all night? If there is some alert system, no complaint will go unnoticed. The app has been updated a number of times in the last about a week, but this major thing is not added till date. Earlier, the app was not supporting the iOS (iphones).” He further said the decider app was yet to be developed for the AROs, thus they were deciding the status of complaint by logging in on a computer or laptop every time. At present, the cVIGIL app has four versions – Citizen, Monitor, Investigator and Observer. Meanwhile, sources said some SDMs even failed to act timely. “One complaint of a political party’s poster could not be resolved timely in Muktsar, just because the ARO was unaware that the complaint had been marked to him to take decision,” they said, adding that a number of people were even sending irrelevant pictures. Under the prevailing system, a complaint centre is estab- Woman jumps into ‘Don’t seek transfer certificates at time of admission’ canal with daughters Education Department issues instructions to all schools in the state in this regard Balwant Garg Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Bathinda, April 3 A woman jumped into Bhakra Canal with her two daughters at Malko village in Mansa district on Wednesday. It is said that she was upset over the poor economic condition of the family. She was saved while her daughters drowned. The deceased have been identified as Khushpreet Kaur (2) and Amritpal Kaur (4). According to information, Veerpal Kaur, a resident of Malko village, was upset due to the poor economic condition of the family. Veerpal’s father Gurmeet Singh told the police that the WAS UPSET OVER POOR FINANCIAL CONDITION As per the information, Veerpal Kaur, a resident of Malko village, was upset due to the poor economic condition of the family. Veerpal's father Gurmeet Singh told the police that the poor economic condition of the family made his daughter to take the extreme step. poor economic condition of the family led his daughter to take the extreme step. The police have recovered the body of Khushpreet, while efforts are on to find the body of Amritpal. Mohan Lal, Station House Officer (SHO), Boha police station, said the were investigating the matter. Faridkot, April 3 The Education Department has asked all schools in the state not to stick to the condition of getting the school leaving certificates from students before giving admission to them. This direction is aimed at stopping the “exploitation” of the students by some private schools in the name of issuing them the school leaving certificate. After getting complaints that many private schools are not issuing school leaving certificate to the students, who want to shift to government schools, or they are being exploited for these certificates, the Education Department has taken the decision. Any student will be admitted to a government school even without the school leaving certificate, said Krishan Kumar, Secretary, Education Department. He said every child had the right to study in a school of his or her choice and it could not withhold the school leaving certificate. The Secretary said the school must provide the certificate to the child. Taking a note of complaints that schools refuse to give school leaving certificate to children, the Secretary has asked officials at the district level to admit students without asking for the school leaving certificate. It is alleged that schools c m y b ❝Any student will be admitted to a government school even without the school leaving certificate. Every child has the right to study in a school of his or her choice and it cannot withhold the school leaving certificate. The school must provide the certificate to the child. ❞ Krishan Kumar, SECRETARY, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT refuse to give or make inordinate delay in giving the school transfer or leaving certificate simply to maintain the number of students in their school. Some schools even force such students to pay funds to the school before leaving it. “No school can bound the student through a bond or asking him or her to pay money if he or she wants to study in a different school. Government schools can procure school leaving certificates from the private schools after admitting the students,” said the Secretary. “A student has an absolute right to stop his/her studies in any educational institution at any time and get a transfer certificate concurrently. The school authorities have no powers to deny a request for a transfer certificate when it is applied for. As per the Right to Education Act, no child should discontinue education because of the delay in issuing a school leaving or transfer certificate,” said officials in the Education Department. Under Section 5 (3) of the Right to Education Act, the transfer certificate is to be issued by head teacher immediately. The head teacher will be liable for disciplinary action if the transfer certificate is not issued. “I am trying to get the transfer certificate from the school. School officials are asking for so much money from us. There are quite a lot of parents, who are facing the same problem,” said Ranjit Singh, father of a student in Kotkapura. He said, “I have had a couple of discussions with the school principal on the Right to Education Act.” lished in the District Administrative Complex, where two employees of the rank of clerk are monitoring the app in three shifts on computers. These employees keep an eye over the app by refreshing it after every 5-10 minutes. When a complaint lands on the system, they assign it to the flying squad team located nearby within five minutes by checking their GPS location. Thereafter, the flying squad, comprising an investigator, three cops and video team member, reaches the spot. They get 15 minutes to reach the spot, 30 minutes to resolve it. Further, the flying squad marks the complaint to the ARO for its disposal along with his/her comments, a photo or video as proof of the complaint resolved. Then the ARO gets 50 minutes to decide the status of the complaint. Couple booked for ~1.37L fraud Bathinda, April 3 A couple has been booked for allegedly embezzling donation money of ~1.37 lakh. According to information, the accused allegedly got a duplicate receipt printed in the name of Shiv Mandir for seeking donation and deposited the donation money in their personal bank accounts. In his complaint to the police, Diya Krishan Sharma, a resident of Dhobiana road area, said accused Varinder Kumar Modi and his wife Pushpa Devi, resident of Power House road area, had got a duplicate receipt book printed in the name of Shiv Mandir. The complainant said the accused took donation from people in the name of mandir and deposited in the personal account. A case has been registered against the accused. — TNS
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