05042019-btd-01.qxd 4/4/2019 11:15 PM Page 1 c m y b Bathinda TRIBUNE INSURANCE FIRM CLARIFIES STAND ON REIMBURSEMENT A city resident had alleged that the company did not pay him full reimbursement of medical insurance. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY INBRIEF BIKER SNATCHES EARRINGS Bathinda: A motorcycle-borne miscreant snatched earrings of a woman near Partap Nagar here on Thursday. After local residents informed the police, the latter reached the spot and recorded the statement of the victim. They have started investigation after registering a case against an unidentified person. In her statement to the police, 55-year-old Angrej Kaur, a resident of Pratap Nagar, said she was on her way home in a rickshaw in the afternoon. When she got down from the rickshaw and was paying the fare to the rickshaw-puller, a motorcyclist stopped in front of her. The biker pounced on her and snatched her earrings before fleeing the spot. 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SUNRISE SATURDAY 6:14 AM Majithia hits out at Cong in rallies FRIDAY | 5 APRIL 2019 | BATHINDA Crowd management a task for parties Says party didn’t implement manifesto, discontinued atta-dal scheme too Since state goes to polls in last phase, Tribune News Service Bathinda, April 4 Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) general secretary Bikram Singh Majithia on Thursday exhorted people to elect “capable representatives” who were committed to the welfare of the area and were competent enough to articulate their aspiration in the parliament. He stated this while addressing party rallies at Budhlada in Mansa and Bhucho in Bathinda. Commenting on Union Minister and two-time MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Majithia said her 10-year record was a testimony to her selfless service and relentless efforts to bring various projects to Punjab, especially in this region. The net result of her work was a network of roads, industries, top hospitals and educational institutions. Hitting out at the Congress manifesto, Majithia said the same team, comprising Rahul Gandhi, Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi, had released a Punjab manifesto in the run up to 2017 Assembly elections and not a single page of it had been implemented during the past two years. But the SAD government had always ful- ENUMERATES SAD’S ACHIEVEMENTS canvassing, harvesting to go parallel ■ Says Harsimrat Kaur Badal’s Archit Watts relentless efforts brought various projects to Punjab ■ Former CM Parkash Singh Badal had assured free power to farm sector in Punjab in 1997 and since then, farmers had saved ~90,000 crore ■ Badal announced to provide subsidised atta and dal to BPL families way back in 2007and implemented it within a couple of months of coming into power ■ Also, all pay panel recommendations had been implemented by the SAD regime << Bikram Majithia, with his supporters, at a rally in Bathinda on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO filled its poll promises. Former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had assured free power to farm sector in Punjab in 1997 and since then, farmers had saved Rs 90,000 crore. Majithia said, “When Badal announced to provide subsidised atta and dal to BPL families way back in 2007, the Congress dubbed it just a poll ploy. However, Badal implemented it within a couple of months, much to the dismay of Congress. To beat SAD in 2017, the Congress had proposed to offer subsidised sugar and ghee too, but instead, it stopped atta-dal scheme on coming to power.” He lambasted the Congress for misleading people and said Finance Minister Manpreet Badal had boasted that no taxes had been imposed on people in this budget, but in reality, the Punjabis had to buy the costliest electricity in the country. The SAD leader said instead of offering some relief to employees, the present government had slashed Modification is the way the salaries of teachers on regularisation. “Besides, a professional tax of Rs 200 per month had been imposed on all government employees, which defies all logic.” He claimed that all pay panel recommendations had been implemented by the SAD regime, but the Sixth Pay Commission report was still gathering dust under the Congress regime and DA arrears to the tune of Rs 4,000 crore were yet to be disbursed. Majithia alleged that the Congress government had not only misused government machinery in last year’s panchayat elections but had taken huge money from prospective sarpanches and other officer bearers, which reflected on the rampant corruption indulged in by the ruling party. Former Punjab Congress chief Shamsher Singh Dullo, MP Partap Singh Bajwa and other Congress leaders had openly conceded that the Punjab government had failed on all fronts, Majithia added. Tribune News Service Muktsar, April 4 As electioneering is set to pick up pace from next week, political parties will have to sweat out more to manage crowd for their rallies this time. Notably, the wheat harvesting season began from April 1 and will gain momentum around April 15. Further, due to weather vagaries, the harvesting is expected to last longer, till about May 15. The SAD has started holding Assembly constituencywise rallies across the state from March 31. Similarly, the other parties are expected to hold rallies as the polling day (May 19) draws closer. SAD’s general secretary Harpreet Singh, who is a former MLA from Malout, said “The canvassing time and wheat harvesting season will run parallel, thus the political parties will definitely have to work hard to manage crowd in their rallies. Mostly, the farmers and daily-wagers attend the rallies and they will be busy this time. So, the first half of April and second week of May will be good for rallies, as that time the farmers would be having some free time.” Having almost similar ❝The canvassing time and wheat harvesting season will run parallel, thus the political parties will definitely have to work hard to manage crowd in their rallies. Mostly, the farmers and daily-wagers attend the rallies and they will be busy this time. So, the first half of April and second week of May will be good for rallies, as that time the farmers would be having some free time. ❞ Harpreet Singh, SAD'S GENERAL SECRETARY views, a Congress leader said, “The harvesting season and rising temperature will give a tough time to all political parties. Since elections in Punjab will be held in the last phase, it has created this problem.” On HC orders, man held for sexual abuse Balwant Garg Tribune News Service An elderly man rides a cart modified and attached to a motorbike in Bathinda. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PAWAN SHARMA Faridkot, April 4 Six months after the Faridkot administration recovered Rs 90 lakh from the convict in a seven-year-old rape case and paid the amount to the victim and her family as compensation, the girl’s father was on Thursday arrested on the charge of rape. He has been accused of raping a 29year-old woman here. A criminal case under Section 376 was registered against Ashwani Kumar Sachdeva in September 2018 on the directions of Punjab and Haryana High Court. Earlier, in 2012, Sachdeva’s minor daughter was abducted and raped by a gangster and this incident had led to massive protests and uproar in Faridkot. In that case, the gangster was sentenced to life imprisonment and the High Court had directed the ACCUSED FATHER OF A RAPE VICTIM The accused is the father of victim of 2012 Faridkot rape case. He has been accused by a 29-year-old woman of raping her on the pretext of giving her a government job. district administration to compensate the victim family with Rs 90 lakh last year. As per the High Court orders, the Faridkot district administration had attached the agricultural and residential properties of gangster Nishan Singh and his mother Navjot Kaur and recov- ered Rs 90 lakh to compensate the victim family. However, days after the payment of this compensation, the victim family’s head was in the dock when a woman accused him of raping her. As the Faridkot police were hesitant to take action on the woman’s complaint, the latter approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking a criminal case against Sachdeva. The complainant had accused him of sexually exploiting her on the pretext of getting her a government job. In her petition, the woman had alleged that the police were not taking any action against him as “he is close to Congress leaders”. On the directions of the High Court, the police had registered a criminal case against Ashwani Sachdeva on September 27, 2018, but in the last over six months, he was not arrested fearing public backlash. After arresting Sachdeva on Thursday, the police produced him before the chief judicial magistrate, who sent him to 14-day judicial custody. The Faridkot police had earlier formed a special investigation team (SIT), led by a SP-rank woman officer, to probe the case. Members of various social organisations, which had helped the family in 2012, claimed that the girl’s father was being entangled in a false case at the instance of Nishan Singh, the accused in the 2012 rape case. “Though Nishan Singh is lodged in jail after he was awarded life term in the rape case, he has been intimidating and harassing the family from behind the bars,” said members of the action committee, which had led a long struggle for justice to the rape victim in 2012. Lifts lying non-operational sans Parasram Nagar school gets pupils from pvt institutes safety certificate at railway station Parents interested due to low fee structure, English-medium teaching in govt school Sameer Singh Tribune News Service Bathinda, April 4 Even as the installation work of two lifts was completed around a month ago, the railway authorities have failed to make it operational in the absence of safety certificate. As a result, hundreds of passengers visiting the city railway station continue to face difficulty. Under the project, two lifts and two escalators were to be introduced at the station. While the project to install the two lifts was completed after several hiccups, the work to instal the escalators is still lying pending. At the time of a visit by senior railway officials, such as Northern Railway General Manager TP Singh along with other officials around 20 days ago, the local railway authorities had operated the lifts for the team, but after that these were never made operational. Sources at the railway station said the deadline for handing over the project work of the lifts with safety certification to the local railway authorities was March 31. Though five days have passed after the deadline, the lifts could not be made operational and passengers continue to face difficulties as they have to climb the stairs. Ravneet Kaur, a passenger, said, “What is the use of installing the lifts if they can- not be made operational? If the railways have introduced a facility then it must be opened to public at the earliest. The summer season has set in and it would be of great help if the lifts are made operational soon. Passengers, especially elderly and handicapped persons, would be benefitted by the facility.” Another passenger Gurmukh Singh said, “It is so tiresome for me that I have to take a break repeatedly after covering every few steps. The authorities must start the lifts so that elderly persons can easily reach the platforms.” Station superintendent Ramswaroop Meena could not be contacted despite repeated attempts. Tribune News Service Bathinda, April 4 The lone English-medium Government Senior Secondary School at Parasram Nagar in the city has been attracting a sizeable number of students from prestigious private and convent schools. On Thursday morning, Jasleen Kaur accompanied her two children to get them admitted to the school. Her daughter and son were studying at one of the prestigious convent schools in the city, where parents from strong financial background vie to get their children admitted. Talking to Bathinda Tribune, Jasleen said, “Apart from quality education, budget was the biggest fac- c m y b tor that changed my mind. We were paying more than Rs 3 lakh annually in the name of getting good quality education for our kids. But when we came to know about this smart government school, where emphasis is on activity-based or practical learning, we immediately decided to approach the principal for admission.” Rohin Verma, aother parent, said “If there is a government school in our city that offers studies in English medium then why not avail the opportunity? Especially when there is barely any difference in syllabus but a huge difference in the fee structure. The curriculum is more or less the same. There is a huge difference between pay- Students of Class VII at Government Senior Secondary School, Parasram Nagar, in Bathinda. PHOTO: VIJAY KUMAR ing Rs 30,000 at a private school and Rs 550 at a government school, especially when both the schools offer somewhat a similar standard or medium of education.” Mandeep Kaur, principal of Government Senior Secondary School, Parasram Nagar, said, “Of the total admissions (continuing) in the current academic session, approximately 20 per cent students have shifted from prominent private schools in the district. Being the only English-medium government school, a number of parents have been approaching us for admissions. Apart from practical and activity-based learning, students are exposed to live experimentation for better comprehension of concepts during science and math fairs, organised at regular intervals. We are hopeful that admissions would also increase in the current academic session.” The government school has a strength of 1,189 and runs morning and evening shifts.
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