06042019-btd-01.qxd 4/5/2019 11:18 PM Page 1 c m y b Bathinda TRIBUNE TWO HELD WITH 53K DRUG TABLETS, CASH IN CITY Police arrests two persons with 53,000 intoxicating tablets and ~1.90 lakh from the railway road in the city. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY FUEL PRICES PETROL ~71.50 DIESEL ~65.80 Triveni’s O&M branch shifted to MCB office Tribune News Service Bathinda, April 5 To resolve the sewerage and water supply complaints more effectively, Triveni Company’s operation and maintenance (O&M) office has been shifted to the Municipal Corporation Bathinda (MCB) building, on the directions of MCB Commissioner Rishipal Singh. Now, the residents would not have to go to Triveni Company’s office located near Rose Garden to lodge their complaints as its O&M officials would sit in an office in the MCB building. Even sewerage-related problems would be addressed here from now on. It is learnt that the MCB office was flooded with complaints related to sewerage and water supply, but the company’s office was near Rose Garden, due to which the MCB was facing coordination issues. Two JE-rank officials of sewerage board would also sit in the new office to resolve the sewerage and water woes of the city residents at the earliest. The plan to shift the company’s office to MCB building was made to speed up the continued on page 2 PAGE 2 PAGE 3 AMY ADAMS JOINS NETFLIX’S FILM HILLBILLY ELEGY DHEERAJ TO HOST DANCE INDIA DANCE The Hollywood actress is set to star in Netflixs adaptation of Hillbilly Elegy, which Ron Howard is on board to direct. MAX 36°C | MIN 18°C | YESTERDAY MAX 35°C | MIN 17°C SUNSET SATURDAY 6:52 PM PAGE 4 Dheeraj Dhoopar, seen as Karan Luthra in Kundali Bhagya, had shared that he had an inclination towards hosting. SUNRISE SUNDAY 6:13 AM SATURDAY | 6 APRIL 2019 | BATHINDA Harsimrat lashes out at No political meet at Baisakhi mela in Talwandi Sabo this yr Capt over women’s safety Says govt paralysed |Calls Cong poll manifesto a pack of lies Sukhmeet Bhasin Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Bathinda, April 5 Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Friday asked Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh to tell Punjabis “why he was unable to safeguard the honour of their women”. She alleged that violence against women was at an all-time high in the state due to “complete paralysis” of governance. Addressing women-dominated meetings at Budhlada, Sardulgarh and Mansa, Harsimrat asked the Chief Minister to show political will and rein in crime against women. She said in a recent case, some youths had abducted a woman in Batala and blackened her face before putting the pictures on social media. “Instead of registering a case against the youths, the Batala police kept pressurising the victim to withdraw her complaint and even threatened her with dire consequences,” she alleged. In another case, a woman drug inspector was murdered in cold blood in her office in Kharar recently. The victim’s family had issued a statement that the Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal at a women’s meet in Mansa on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO drug mafia was behind the murder, but the state government was yet to make any progress in the matter, the Bathinda MP said. Meanwhile, interacting with mediapersons, Harsimrat termed the Congress party’s poll manifesto a pack of lies. She said Rahul Gandhi had simply adopted Capt Amarinder Singh’s game plan to lie and deceive farmers, youth and the downtrodden by making false promis- es to them in order get votes. “As people of Punjab have seen through the promises of the Congress government, including complete farm loan waiver, mobile phones to youth, Ghar Ghar Naukri and unemployment allowance, they will not fall into this trap again,” she stated. The MP urged the Akali cadre to launch a door-todoor campaign to ensure that the SAD-BJP alliance wins all 13 seats. people of Punjab ❝Asseen through the have promises of the Congress government, including complete farm loan waiver, mobile phones to youth, Ghar Ghar Naukri and unemployment allowance, they will not fall into this trap again ❞ Harsimrat Kaur Badal, UNION MINISTER AND BATHINDA MP Bathinda, April 5 ADC (G) Sukhpreet Singh Sidhu on Friday announced that due to the Lok Sabha elections, no political conference would be held during Baisakhi Mela this year on April 14 at Takth Sri Damdama Sahib at Talwandi Sabo. Sidhu on Friday held a special review meeting with officials of the district administration over the preparations of Baisakhi Mela, in which he instructed them to complete all the arrangements in time so that devotees did not face any problem. The ADC said the Baisakhi Mela would be celebrated on April 14 at Takth Sri Damdama Sahib. During the meeting, he directed the police officials to ensure installation of CCTV cameras at important spots during the mela. He also directed officials to make adequate parking arrangements for devotees’ vehicles. He asked the officials to make a detailed traffic route map for the mela so that the huge rush of devotees did not create a chaos at Talwandi Sabo. The ADC directed the officials to make temporary bus stops and run special buses on Baisakhi for devotees. Even officials of the Health Department had been direct- ADC (G) Sukhpreet Singh at a review meeting with officials for the Baisakhi mela in Bathinda on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO ARRANGEMENTS IN PLACE ■ The ADC has directed the police officials to ensure installation of CCTV cameras at important spots during the mela. He also asked them to make adequate parking arrangements ■ Police officials have been asked to make detailed traffic route map so that the huge rush of devotees did not create a chaos at Talwandi Sabo. Temporary bus stops would be made and special buses would be run on Baisakhi for devotees ■ The Health Department has been directed to make first-aid and other arrangements at the mela venue. Officials have been told to install an assistance centre in support of NDRF near the savovar area ed to make first-aid and other arrangements at the mela venue in view of a heavy rush of devotees. He directed that a special medical team should be stationed in the ambulance on the spot. He told officials to install an assistance centre in support of NDRF near the savovar area. The ADC told the Public Health Department officials to arrange temporary public toilets and clean drinking water. Talwandi Sabo municipal council officials had been asked to ensure cleanliness and proper sanitation arrangements at Talwandi Sabo. Further, they had been asked to decorate the entry gates to Talwandi Sabo. Talwandi Sabo SDM Babbandeep Singh, Takth Damdama Sahib manager Bhai Karan Singh and officials of various departments were present. Kamaljit Kuti is new DBA prez Row over tuition fee ends, MBBS Seema Sharma, only woman in fray, wins post of treasurer Tribune News Service Bathinda, April 5 More than 1,000 advocates cast their vote in the District Bar Association (DBA) elections conducted on Friday. For the post of president, Kamaljit Singh Kuti won by a margin of 226 votes. He polled 630 votes against Rohit Rumana, who got 404 votes. Out of the total 1,040 valid votes, as many as 1,034 votes were polled for the president’s post. For the post of treasurer, Seema Sharma, the only woman candidate contesting the DBA elections this year, won by garnering 535 votes against Sahil Thakur, who got 489 votes. Similarly, for the post of joint secretary, Kuldeep Jeeda won by bagging 644 votes against Lovedeep Goyal, who managed to get 351 votes. For the post of vice- HARPAL SANDHU IS MALOUT BAR CHIEF students pay full amount for results Balwant Garg Tribune News Service Malout: The Malout Bar Association on Friday elected Harpal Singh Sandhu as its president. Harpal got 88 votes. Meanwhile, Sukhdeep Kaur got elected as secretary of the Association. She polled 85 votes. An advocate said 149 of the total 150 members had cast their votes. TNS Kamaljit Singh Kuti, the new president of the Bathinda DBA, after winning the elections on Friday. PHOTO: VIJAY KUMAR president, Sushant Sharma won by securing 626 votes against Manjinder Singh Brar, who got 400 votes. For the post of secretary, Jagmeet Singh won by getting 436 votes against Hanish Bansal, who got 226 votes, and Sukhmandar Singh, who received 361 votes. Talking to Bathinda Tribune, returning officer Sukhdarshan Sharma said “The elections were conducted in a fair and peaceful manner. A four-member ad-hoc committee directed the advocates to submit attested affidavits in order to cast their votes. The votes of 1,120 advocates were deemed authentic by the committee.” Faridkot, April 5 The tug-of-war between 75 MBBS students of 2014 batch in three government medical colleges and Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS) on the issue of tuition fee ended on Friday. All these students of final Part-II of MBBS course paid full fee of Rs 3.22 lakh each and the medical university announced their results, opening their way to join one-year internship to get MBBS degree. There are 98 MBBS students of 2014-batch, 30 at Government Medical College, Amritsar, 41 at Faridkot and 27 at Government Medical College, Patiala, who were shifted from Chint- ❝In the notification toin shift these 98 students September 2017, it had been written clearly that as the private medical colleges had refused to admit these students at government quota seat fee, their parents had offered to pay government quota seats fee of private colleges. ❞ Dr Raj Bahadur, BFUHS VC purni Medical College and Hospital to these government colleges in 2017 after the closure of that college. While 23 of these students had paid Rs 3.22 lakh as tuition fee for their final Part-II year, 75 students declined to pay the fee, saying they wanted to pay Rs 28,350 each, as it was applicable to all students in the government colleges. Over this denial, BFUHS had withheld their result and they were not allowed to join internship to complete their degree. Now, these students have paid their full tuition fee and university has announced the result, said Dr SP Singh, controller of examinations in BFUHS. Out of these 98 students, 13 students — eight of Amritsar college and five of Faridkot college, failed in clearing their exams. All these students will have to appear in the supplementary exam before joining their internship course. For the purpose of tuition fee, after shifting from Chintpurni college to government colleges, BFUHS was treating these students as private college students on government quota seats. However, the students wanted the university to treat them at par with government college students. Dr Raj Bahadur, vice chancellor, BFUHS, said in the notification to shift these 98 students in September 2017, it had been written clearly that as the private medical colleges had refused to admit these students at government quota seat fee, their parents had offered to pay government quota seats fee of private colleges. The BFUHS was asking these students to pay the fee as per notification of their shifting, the VC said. Jogger’s Park- A picture of neglect Water tanks filled with weed, broken tiles show MC’s laid-back working Tribune News Service Bathinda, April 5 The lackadaisical attitude of Municipal Corporation Bathinda (MCB) came to the fore as four water reservoirs situated at Jogger’s Park have not been cleaned for months. Algae, garbage, including solid waste, and overgrown weeds can be seen around the edges of the tanks. Moreover, residents of areas, such as Hazura Kapura colony and Balla Ram Nagar, throw garbage near the Sirhind canal that enters the water reservoirs via small water canals. Sources said neither was there any check by MC authorities to deter the residents of these areas from throwing garbage in water reservoirs nor did they take any concrete steps to clean them. As a result, solid waste was making its way into the water reservoir (storage tanks) at Jogger’s Park. As the reservoirs not been cleaned for months, excessive algae float on the surface and overgrown weed has grown on the edges of the tanks. In the absence of a mesh to filter hard waste from canal water before entering the water tanks, garbage, leaves and even animal excreta has been entering the storage tanks. Notably, there are four large water tanks used for storing canal water before it is filtered and supplied to households in the city. Similarly, there are four different points at the Jogger’s Park from where canal water enters the storage tanks. The matter was highlighted by Bathinda Tribune in the past as well but no action has been taken by the authorities concerned so far. Not only garbage, people also release leftover worship material inside the water storage tanks. Overgrown grass and bushes along and inside the water tanks also add to the prevailing unhygienic conditions. Last year, an animal’s carcass was thrown inside the water tanks, which remained in the water for days before being removed by the authorities. Even if purified by filtration process before being c m y b supplied to the city residents, this water is an invitation to various diseases. Moreover, the tiles installed along tracks at the park are also broken. The authorities need to repair these tiles to restore the aesthetic appeal of the park. Mayor Balwant Rai Nath said, “I have written to the MC officials to carry out the de-silting work at the four water reservoirs situated at the Jogger’s Park. But since election code of conduct is in effect, the work would be completed after Lok Sabha elections now.” Algae and garbage float on the surface of a water reservoir at Jogger’s Park in Bathinda. PHOTO: VIJAY KUMAR
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