09042019-btd-01.qxd 4/8/2019 11:12 PM Page 1 c m y b Bathinda TRIBUNE SIRHIND CANAL TURNING INTO HEALTH HAZARD; ADMN ADRIFT PAGE 2 Sirhind Canal here is being polluted with garbage, municipal waste and non-biodegradable material. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY INBRIEF 2 CONGMEN FROM PATIALA JOIN SAD Lambi: Two senior leaders of the Congress from Samana — Kuldeep Singh Nassupur and Gurdial Singh Randhawa — on Monday joined the SAD in the presence of former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal at his residence in Badal village. Surjit Singh Rakhra, SAD candidate from the Patiala Lok Sabha constituency, was also present on the occasion. TNS THIEVES STRIKE AT HOUSE Bathinda: Thieves struck at a house and decamped with cash, a mobile phone, gold and silver jewellery at Kangar village in the district. In a complaint, Kuldeep Kumar, a resident of Kangar village, told the police that unidentified persons stole a mobile phone, ~2,000 in cash, gold and silver jewellery from his house on Saturday night. He said the total cost of the stolen items was around ~1 lakh. Investigating officer Balwant Singh said a case under Sections 457 and 380 of the IPC had been registered at the Dialpura police station. TNS FUEL PRICES PETROL ~72.64 DIESEL ~64.95 WHAT’S ON BATHINDA PRESS CONFERENCE: Press conference by Dyan Singh Mand; Bathinda Press Club; 1.30 pm Four arrestd with heroin Tarn Taran, April 8 The Khalra police arrested four persons near Mughal Chak village and recovered 170 gm of heroin from them on Sunday. A case under Sections 21, 29, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered against them. They have been identified as Sakattar Singh, Karan Kumar Karan, Balwant Singh of Chela Colony and Suba Singh of Veeram village. — OC MUSIC AWARDS: COUNTRY STARS HUM WINNING NOTES SUNSET TUESDAY 6:53 PM Dera followers get active ahead of polls Tribune News Service Bathinda, April 8 Dera followers in the region have started getting active ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, but at the same time, they are holding their cards close to chest as far as spelling out the options are concerned. Followers of the sect held naam charcha at their dera located on the Malout road in the city on Sunday. A massive gathering of followers from nine blocks participated in the event. This is the first time that such an activity was organised after the conviction of Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim in a rape case one and a half years ago. The meeting was also important as a political affairs committee member of the dera, Ram Singh, was also present at the meeting. The dera leaders announced to use their voting right with unity. We were one, we are one and we will remain one, was their refrain. The speakers at the meeting laid stress on the need to remain united. Even the dera wings have started mobilising followers to restart social work ahead of the elections. It is learned that dera followers are gauging the pulse about the political situation at the grassroots level and this BUT HOLD THEIR CARDS CLOSE TO CHEST ■ Followers of the sect held naam charcha at their dera located on the Malout road in the city on Sunday. A massive gathering of followers from nine blocks participated in the event. ■ This is the first time that such an activity was organised after the conviction of Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim in a rape case one and a half years ago. ■ The meeting was also important as a political affairs committee member of the dera, Ram Singh, was also present at the meeting. The dera leaders announced to use their voting right with unity. We were one, we are one and we will remain one, was their refrain. SUPPORT GIVEN IN THE PAST ■ In the 2014 Lok Sabha and Haryana Assembly elections, the dera had announced support for the BJP in Haryana. Later, in the 2017 assembly elections, it also announced open support for the SAD. ■ Sources said the dera could support the Congress in Punjab because Capt Amarinder Singh and the state government had arranged for buses to ensure the safe return of dera followers after clashes in Panchkula after the court verdict in 2017. time, they may not announce support for any political party openly, but may support a party or a candidate on crucial seats quietly. Dera leaders have started seeking feedback from the followers. Dera followers have also become active on social media and have created groups on WhatsApp. Ram Singh, a member of the dera’s political wing in Punjab, said feedback from the followers was being sought in view of the coming Lok Sabha polls. It is pertinent to mention that Dera Sacha Sauda has always remained active in politics since 2007, when it openly announced support to the Congress in the Assembly election. The party performed well in the Malwa region, but failed to form the government. In the 2014 Lok Sabha and Haryana Assembly elections, the dera had announced support for the BJP in Haryana. Later, in the 2017 assembly elections, it also announced open support for the SAD. Sources said the dera could support the Congress in Punjab because Capt Amarinder Singh and the state government had arranged for buses to ensure the safe return of dera followers after clashes in Panchkula after the court verdict in 2017. Tribune News Service Jagpreet Kaur Light of faith Surinder Singh said, “It is indeed a proud moment for me as my daughter has not only cleared the UPSC exam, but also secured a good rank in the country. She will continue to serve the country honestly and diligently.” Surinder, who is a lecturer, added, “Jagpreet completed her engineering from Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. After SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6:09 AM Case lodged over warehouse fire in Amritsar Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 8 A day after the massive fire burnt goods worth crores of rupees in GMD warehouse and cold store in Mohni Park, the police have registered a case against unknown persons in this connection. The case was registered on the statement of a trader, Gurpreet Singh, who runs an organic medical store at Majith Mandi. He said he supplied medicines to different parts of the country and also imported herbs from Afghanistan. He said he had hired the warehouse and cold storage, owned by Ganesh Behal in Mohni Park locality. “At about 4.30 am, I got a phone call from Ganesh Behal’s nephew Karan Behal regarding fire in the cold store. I, along with other businessmen, rushed to the store and found that huge amount of goods, including herbs, like ‘mulethi’ (liquorices) and ‘paneer dhodi’ (Indian rennet), were destroyed. He said it appeared at an unknown person put the cold store on fire. The police have registered a case under Sections 436 and 427 of the IPC in this connection. Anil Mehra, president, Federation of Karyana and Dry Fruit Commercial Association, also pointed a finger at the owners of the warehouse. Along with other traders, he would meet the city police commissioner on Tuesday for a thorough probe, he added. that, she did her MTech from Punjabi University, Patiala.” He said, “My daughter has also worked in the State Bank of India (SBI) for a few years before joining the Income Tax Department.” Jagpreet gave the credit of her success to her parents and siblings for standing by her through every thick and thin. TUESDAY | 9 APRIL 2019 | BATHINDA Patwari, kanungo penalised for ‘harassing’ Faridkot farmer Consumer forum tells officials to pay ~5K relief to victim Balwant Garg Tribune News Service Faridkot, April 8 For not making demarcation and measurement of a piece of land and causing “mental harassment” to a farmer, the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed a patwari and kanungo (Revenue Department officials) to pay ~5,000 as compensation to the victim. Besides, the forum has also directed them to pay ~2,000 as litigation expenses incurred by the farmer on filing the complaint with the forum. It has asked the patwari and the kanungo to comply with the orders within a month. On being failed, the complainant shall be entitled to proceed against them. Ashu Mittal, counsel for the farmer, Gurdeep Singh of Kabulwala village, said Gurdeep had moved an application and pay the fee to the Revenue Department on June 5, 2017, seeking demarcation and measurement of his land. The land, measuring 76 kanal and 11 marlas, had many co-sharers and the farmer was wanting the identification of his share of land in this joint ownership property, he added. In his complaint to the Consumer Disputed Redressal Forum, the farmer said the patwari and kanungo of Kabulwala village did not take any action on his application. Thereafter, he had moved second application on June 19, 2017, again paying the requisite fee, but the demarcation was made on August 3, 2017, the complainant said. Over 45 days of delay in making demarcation caused much mental harassment to him, the farmer told the forum. “After I filed a complaint with the forum on August 2, 2017, Revenue Department DSP found guilty of poll code violation Tribune News Service IGP sends report to state DGP Bathinda, April 8 A man has been booked for duping a resident of Barnala district of ~8.50 lakh on the pretext of sending his nephew abroad. In a complaint, Jaswant Singh, a resident of Sheikhpura Mor village in Barnala district, told the police that accused Jagsir Singh, a resident of Lehra Mohabbat, had taken ~8.50 lakh from him for sending his nephew Mandeep Singh abroad. He said the accused neither sent his nephew abroad nor returned the money. Investigating officer Rajwinder Singh said a case had been registered on the complaint of Jaswant Singh. He said a probe into the matter was on. Tribune News Service Bathinda, April 8 Inspector General of Police (IGP), Bathinda Range, MF Farooqui has sent a report to DGP Dinakar Gupta indicting DSP Karansher Singh for violating the poll code by touching the feet of SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal during a public meeting here on Sunday. A photo of DSP Karansher Singh touching the feet of Sukhbir Badal came in the media after which it is doing rounds on social media. Taking cognisance, the IGP had asked Bathinda SSP Dr Nanak Singh to submit a report in this regard. Talking to Bathinda Tribune, IGP Farooqui said, “I had directed the SSP to ❝I had directed the SSP to submit a report regarding the incident. In the report, DSP Karansher Singh has been found guilty of violating the code of conduct. I have sent the report to the DGP. Now, he has to take further action in this regard. ❞ MF Farooqui, INSPECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE, BATHINDA RANGE submit a report regarding the incident. In the report, DSP Karansher Singh has been found guilty of violating the code of conduct. I have sent the report to the DGP. Now, he has to take further action in this regard.” Mobile school to help light lamp of literacy for deprived kids Tribune News Service Mata Vaishno Devi Temple illuminated with electronic lights during the Navratri festival in Bathinda. PHOTO: VIJAY KUMAR Block-level training camp for farmers Bathinda, April 8 A block-level training camp for farmers was organised by the Agriculture Department at Virk Kalan village. At the camp, farmers were sensitised to the eradication of weed for officials were quick in making the demarcation on August 3, 2017,” said Gurdeep. Opposing the complaint, the patwari and kanungo told the forum that their work schedule was very tight and for this reason, they were not able to do the demarcation on time. The patwari said as per service rules, there is 45-day time for him to complete the task of demarcation, but the official had not placed any document on record mentioning the rule, observed the forum in its order. Ajit Agarwal, president of the forum, and Parampal Kaur, a member of the forum, observed that according to the state government notification of July 26, 2011, demarcation of land was required to be done within 21 days of the receipt of application by the Revenue Department. Man booked for ~8.50-lakh fraud Sameer Singh Tribune News Service PAGE 4 Janhvi Kapoor and Khushi Kapoor are almost inseparable. Not many know that sisters also do fight with each other. I-T Dept employee bags AIR 101 in UPSC exam Bathinda, April 8 Jagpreet Kaur, a resident of Killi Nihal Singh Wala village, has cleared the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) exam with All India Rank 101. She is currently working as Income Tax Inspector in Pune, Maharashtra. Elated over the achievement of his daughter, JANHVI KAPOOR, KHUSHI KAPOOR FIGHT OVER CLOTHES! Country music royalty turned out in force for a glittering night of live performances and honours. MAX 37°C | MIN 20°C | YESTERDAY MAX 36°C | MIN 21°C Sukhmeet Bhasin PAGE 3 better production of cotton crop in the upcoming season. Agriculture expert Dr Bahadur Singh Sidhu exhorted the farmers to ensure proper weed eradication in order to ensure better production of cotton crop in the next season. Another expert Dr Jasveer Singh highlighted the benefits of wheat crop that is sown using the happy seeder machine. He elaborated that with this technique, farmers do not have to burn wheat straw, thereby not leading to pollution in the environment. Bathinda, April 8 After a successful spell of providing basic education to financially-deprived children through nine mobile schools in the city, a local NGO is all set to introduce its 10th edition of mobile school at Guru Gobind Singh Nagar. Members of the NGO, Goodwill Society, have already conducted a survey in slums situated in Guru Gobind Singh Nagar and registered 40 children willing to get free basic education. Kewal Krishan Garg, founder member of the society, said, “We have conducted a survey in the area that houses more than 60 slums alongside the Bathinda-Barnala highway near Bibi Wala chowk. The registration process is underway and after verifying their credentials, we have enrolled 40 students till now.” “A majority of them are migrant labourers with little or no educational background. Convincing the parents of children living in slums is a big challenge as not all of them are willing to c m y b Children attend a class at a Goodwill Mobile School in Bathinda. TRIBUNE PHOTO provide education to their children. We have managed to convince the parents of a few children and efforts are on to ensure that all willing children must get basic education. The period of nine months at Goodwill Mobile School at Dhobiana Basti is going to end in a few weeks. After that, we shall start the next edition of the school at Guru Gobind Singh Nagar,” Garg added. Goodwill Mobile School is an initiative of a city-based NGO, Goodwill Society, that introduced its first school in 2006 and after a successful spell of educating financially-deprived children for over a decade, opened its ninth edition at Dhobiana Basti last year. The NGO works to educate children aged between 4 and 14 years who either had opted out of school due to some reasons or those who did not go to school owing to financial constraints including unwillingness on the part of illiterate parents. Under the initiative, these children are provided basic elementary education for six days in a week for two hours every day so that they can read and write in Hindi, Punjabi and English languages. More than 350 students have received informal elementary education in the last 12 years. Sharing his motivation behind introducing the concept of mobile school, Garg who was an employee of the railways, said, “After seeing the helplessness of children living in slums or rag-pickers living near the railway station, it occurred to me that if not academic degrees or higher education, we must do our bit to provide basic education to these deprived kids. A group of my friends from different sectors joined hands to establish the first mobile school at the railway loco shed in Paras Ram Nagar around 12 years ago.” Under the mobile school initiative, deprived children are provided free classes for 6-9 months (depending upon the comprehension level of children) before moving on to introduce the next edition of the school at a new location. Gora Lal, a permanent teacher at the mobile school, said, “Most of these kids are fast learners, inquisitive and full of energy. While teaching these kids is the easiest thing, making them disciplined is a tough job and that is where we lay more emphasis now.”
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