10042019-btd-01.qxd 4/9/2019 11:13 PM Page 1 c m y b Bathinda TRIBUNE 42% MILK SAMPLES, 43% FOOD ITEMS FAIL QUALITY TEST Of the total 886 food samples collected by Amritsar Health Department, 372 have failed the quality test. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY PAGE 2 TAYLOR SWIFT DONATES $113,000 TO FIGHT ANTI-LGBTQ BILLS PAGE 3 TV ACTRESS RUBINA DILAIK TO UNDERGO SURGERY Singer Taylor Swift has donated $113,000 to fight anti-LGBTQ legislation in her home state of Tennessee. MAX 35°C | MIN 20°C | YESTERDAY MAX 35°C | MIN 19°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 6:54 PM PAGE 4 TV actress Rubina Dilaik posted a photo in which she can be seen sitting with band-aid on her hands. SUNRISE THURSDAY 6:08 AM WEDNESDAY | 10 APRIL 2019 | BATHINDA Italycouple booked forcostvictim of ~9.54 lakh dreams duping youth dear Malout Counting his losses Tribune News Service A farmer looks at his wheat crop that was damaged due to a storm in Bathinda. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PAWAN SHARMA Bathinda, April 9 Youth eyeing greener pastures continue to fall prey to fraud travel agents in the region. Recently, a couple from Malout was booked for allegedly duping a city resident of ~9.54 lakh on the pretext of sending him to Italy. In a complaint to the police, Simarjit Singh, a resident of Omaxe City in Bathinda, said accused Amanat Kaur and her husband Kuldeep Kaur, residents of Star City, Malout, took ~9.54 lakh from him on the pretext of sending him to Italy. He said after getting the money, they did not send him abroad. The victim said later, the accused did not return his money as well. SI Nirmal Singh, who is investigating the matter, said on the complaint of Simarjit, a case had been registered PREVIOUS CASES ■ Last week, several cases pertaining to travel fraud came to light. On April 8, a man was booked for duping a resident of Barnala district of ~8.50 lakh on the pretext of sending his nephew abroad. ■ On April 5, two cases of travel fraud were registered. In the first case, the Kotwali police booked two persons for allegedly committing a fraud of ~19 lakh against a resident of Nai Basti in Bathinda on pretext of sending him to Canada and providing him Permanent Residency (PR). ■ In the second case, Balvir Singh of Nangal Kalan village in Mansa district had filed a complaint against three persons of Sangrur district for duping him of ~1.90 lakh on the pretext of sending him abroad. against the accused. He said a probe into the incident had been initiated. Last week, several cases pertaining to travel fraud came to light. On April 8, a man was booked for duping a resident of Barnala district of ~8.50 lakh on the pretext of sending his nephew abroad. On April 5, two cases of travel fraud were registered. In the first case, the Kotwali police booked two persons for allegedly committing a fraud of ~19 lakh against a resident of Nai Basti in Bathinda on pretext of sending him to Canada and providing him Permanent Residency (PR). In the second case, Balvir Singh of Nangal Kalan village in Mansa district had filed a complaint against three persons of Sangrur district for duping him of ~1.90 lakh on the pretext of sending him abroad. On March 31, eight persons were booked for duping peo- New Bathinda DC takes charge Protesters come out in support of IGP Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Bathinda, April 9 A 2011-batch IAS officer, B Srinivasan, on Tuesday assumed the charge as the Deputy Commissioner of Bathinda. He was given a guard of honour by a police contingent in the district administrative complex after which he presided over a series of meetings with all senior administrative officials, including ADC (G), SDMs and senior police officers. The new DC, while taking stock of all important upcoming events, including Mela Maisarkhana and Baisakhi fair at Talwandi Sabo, directed the SDMs concerned to keep him informed about all arrangements for these fairs. He asked the officials to seek maximum public cooperation while carrying out preparedness for these events. The DC also discussed security arrangements with SSP Dr Nanak Singh in view of the religious events where a large number of people are expected to take part. Officials from the election tehsildar office also gave a detailed description about the ongoing groundwork ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in the Bathinda parliamnetary constituency. Faridkot, April 9 After the Election Commission issued orders to relieve IGP Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh, a large number of people, including family members of those killed and injured in the police firing at Behbal Kalan on October 14, 2015, took out a protest march at Bargari village on Tuesday. Coming in the support of the IGP, the protestors appealed to the state government and the Election Commission “not to get carried away by SAD’s propaganda against the officer”. The IGP is leading the SIT formed to probe the Kotkapura and Behbal Kalan police firing incidents in which two persons were killed. The protesters alleged that the Akalis were indulging in anti-Panthic activities in the name of the Panth. On Monday, the Election Commission of India had One arrested with 165 gram of heroin Ludhiana, April 9 The Dugri police claimed to have nabbed a person and recovered 165-gram heroin from his possession. The value of the recovered contraband is several lakhs in the international market. The accused has been identified as Chinki Bhawra, a resident of Miller Ganj. Addressing a press conference, Station House Officercum-ASP Pragya Jain said the accused was arrested on the basis of secret information. The SHO said a naka was laid at a strategic place in Dugri Phase-1 where the accused was stopped for checking. The SHO said the accused was on the way to supply drugs to his clients. “We will take the smuggler on police remand and he will be questioned about the others involved in the trade. If name of any other drug supplier comes to the fore, the police will register a case and arrest the supplier as well,” the SHO added. A case has been registered against the accused. — TNS YOUTHS FALL PREY TO IMMIGRATION FRAUD A large number of immigration firms have mushroomed in the region. Apart from Bathinda city, several travel agents are operating in towns and in rural areas. Youth eyeing greener pastures continue to fall prey to fraud travel agents in the region. ple on the pretext of getting them settled in Canada and the US. One of the victims, along with his relatives, had paid ~1.36 crore to get the PR of Canada or the US. Later, the accused neither sent them abroad nor returned their money. A large number of immigration firms have mushroomed in the region. Apart from Bathinda city, several travel agents are operating in towns and in rural areas. Teacher placed under suspension for ‘thrashing’ 8-year-old boy Tribune News Service Residents hold a protest at Bargari on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Faridkot, April 9 In an alleged case of corporal punishment, the district Education Department on Tuesday placed a teacher under suspension. It is alleged that the teacher, Ravisher Singh, has beaten up an 8-year-old student in Government Primary School in Bajakhana with a stick, leaving many contusions and abrasions on different parts of the body. Taking a serious note of the incident, the panchayat of the village filed a complaint with the Education Department. While the teacher has been placed under suspension, an inquiry into the incident has been initiated, said Dalbir Singh, Block Primary and Elementary Officer. The child has been admitted to the Civil Hospital for treatment. asked the state Chief Secretary to relieve IGP Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh from his present posting as a member of the SIT. The Election Commission has taken action against the IGP after receiving a complaint from SAD Rajya Sabha MP Naresh Gujral. Gujral had lodged a complaint against the IGP on March 22 after he had allegedly given a “politically motivated” interview on a TV channel on March 18 and March 19. The interview was about the ongoing investigation into the police firing incidents and there were many political comments in it, reads the letter of the Election Commission to the state Chief Secretary. The Election Commission has asked the Chief Secre- Disability fails to deter this guy from spreading voter awareness ASI nabbed taking bribe Majithia hits out at AAP, Cong Archit Watts Faridkot, April 9 Sleuths of the Vigilance Bureau on Tuesday arrested an Assistant Sub-Inspector of the Faridkot police while accepting ~5,000 as bribe from a family to close an elopement case file. ASI Sukhdev Singh was allegedly accepting the bribe after two families reached a compromise in the case. The investigating officer demanded ~10,000 to close the case, but the deal was struck at ~5,000. A complaint to the Vigilance Bureau led to the arrest of the ASI. The elopement case relates to a teenager girl fleeing with a boy. B Srinivasan while assuming the charge as the DC in Bathinda on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO ADC (G) Sukhpreet Sidhu, Assistant Commissioner of the Bathinda Development Authority Vikram Shergill, Bathinda SDM Amrinder Tiwana, Talwandi Sabo SDM Babandeep Walia, Rampura SDM Khushdil Singh and Maur SDM Rajpal Singh were also present on the occasion. Tribune News Service Muktsar, April 9 Sukhbir Singh of Urang village here is a source of inspiration for many able-bodied persons. He is doing what even most physically fit persons are not doing these days. Sukhbir, whose both arms had been amputated after he got an electric shock in his childhood, has made an election awareness poster with his feet. He presented it to the District Election Officer for further spreading awareness about the right of vote. Despite his physical condition, Sukhbir has not left his study. At present, he is pursuing MA. Further, he wants to participate in the paralympic games in 2020. He had recently secured the ninth place in the marathon held to spread voter awareness in the town. Besides, he has participated in the national-level games held in Sonipat (Haryana). DC MK Aravind Kumar, said, “People like Sukhbir are the real heroes. They help us WANTS TO TAKE PART IN PARALYMPIC GAMES Despite his physical condition, Sukhbir has not left his study. At present, he is doing his MA. Further, he wants to participate in the paralympic games in 2020. He had recently secured the ninth place in the marathon held to spread voter awareness in the town. Besides, he has participated in the national-level games held in Sonipat (Haryana). motivate others in exercising their right to vote on May 19.” Sukhbir said he not just made the poster, but was also spreading awareness among voters by visiting door to door. c m y b tary to direct the SIT members not to air any such contents in future during the period of the Model Code of Conduct. Election Commission, Secretary, Rahul Sharma said, “The interview of IGP Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh had political connotations and had the potential to show certain political leaders in a bad light.” Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Educational tour organised Malout:Dasmesh Girls College recently took 45 students on an educational tour to Rajasthan from April 2 to 8. The students visited some heritage monuments and local markets. TNS Bathinda, April 9 Lashing out at the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), SAD leader Bikram Singh Majithia said the AAP had been weakened in less than two years in the state. He said the party would be decimated in the coming days. Attacking the Congress, Majithia said the state, especially Southern part comprising Bathinda , Mansa and Faridkot, suffered from the worst-ever problem of waterlogging, affecting fields and roads. He said not a single road was smooth for commuting. The SAD leader said the former Chief Minister worked to find out a solution to the problem and people got rid of it in the past. He said, “Unlike the Congress, the SAD-BJP government always honoured its poll promises. The Congress has spurned them saying these were impossible.” Hitting out at Finance Minister Manpreet Badal, Majithia said he always covered up the gross “ineffi- Bikram Singh Majithia, along with party leaders, at a rally in Ghuda village of Bathinda on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO ciency” and “lethargy” of the departments under him by giving the excuse of financial constraints. Making a stark difference between former CM Parkash Singh Badal and Manpreet Badal, he said, “Manpreet has not inherited any of the political qualities of the family and is just a ‘fake’ Badal. The entire party had toiled for over a month in 1995 to ensure his victory. Later, he was given coveted posts in the govern- ment, but he ditched his own uncle.” “A person who never remained loyal to his political mentor and his own uncle, how can he be expected to be loyal and committed to people’s cause”, said Majithia. He was addressing a public meeting at Ghudda village in the district. SAD leaders Sukhdev Singh Chahal, Amit Rattan Kotfatta and others were also present on the occasion.
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