11042019-btd-01.qxd 4/10/2019 11:08 PM Page 1 c m y b Bathinda TRIBUNE WORKSHOP ON PALLIATIVE CARE ORGANISED IN CITY A CME-cum-workshop was held on palliative care in oncology by Advanced Cancer Institute and Hospital. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY PAGE 2 KAREENA IS SPECIAL TO ME, SAIF HAS SWAG: DILJIT DOSANJH PAGE 3 Punjabi singer-actor Diljit Dosanjh is bowled over by the B-Town couple Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan. MAX 37°C | MIN 20°C | YESTERDAY MAX 37°C | MIN 21°C SUNSET THURSDAY 6:55 PM PAGE 4 RAVI DUBEY AND SARGUN MEHTA’S TRIP TO JODHPUR Ravi Dubey and his wife Sargun Mehta took a few days off from busy schedule and flew to royal Jodhpur recently. SUNRISE FRIDAY 6:07 AM THURSDAY | 11 APRIL 2019 | BATHINDA Water crisis to stay Sirhind Canal to be closed for maintenance work from May 10 Sukhmeet Bhasin Tribune News Service Members of the Malwa Youth Federation take out a march; and (right) protesters block the GT Road near the bus stand in Bathinda on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: PAWAN SHARMA Federation up in Bathinda says it won’t toleratemedics arms against hooliganism Takes out protest march in city; IMA Tribune News Service Bathinda, April 10 Members of the Malwa Youth Federation led by its leader Lakha Sidana and residents on Wednesday took out a protest march in various parts of the city. Raising slogans against the medical fraternity, the protesters demanded that the alleged harassment of patients or attendants must be stopped. Later, Sidana, along with members of the federation, submitted a charter of demands to the SDM. The protesters gathered at the Qila Mubarak and took out the march to the district administrative complex. After district administration officials denied to accept the charter of demands from them, the protesters blocked the movement of vehicles near the city bus stand and resorted to heavy sloganeering against the district administration. Later, SDM Amrinder Tiwana reached the venue and accepted the demand charter. Notably, the local unit of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) had submitted a complaint against Lakha Sidana for allegedly misbehaving with staff members and doctors of a private hospital here last week following which an FIR was lodged against him. During the protest, Sidana exhorted residents to take part in the struggle against alleged loot by the medical fraternity. He asked the youngsters to come forward to ensure that people were not subjected to unnecessary harassment by doctors or owners of private hospitals and clinics in the city. Baba Hardeep Singh, a member of the federation, said, “If everyone joins hands in this struggle, loot by the medical fraternity will be stopped completely.” In the charter of 10-point demands, federation members demanded that the OPD fee must be fixed at private hospitals, rates of laboratory tests must be displayed, med- THE ISSUE ■ Raising slogans against the medical fraternity, the protesters demanded that the alleged harassment of patients or attendants must be stopped ■ Notably, Indian Medical Association had submitted a complaint against Lakha Sidana, who is the leader of Malwa Youth Federation, for allegedly misbehaving with staff members and doctors of a private hospital here last week, following which an FIR was lodged against him . Vehicles stuck in a traffic jam due to the protest in Bathinda on Wednesday. icines must be prescribed with only salt names and rates of ICU and operation or surgeries must be displayed inside private hospitals. Meanwhile, as scores of protesters took to the road during the protest march, a large number of commuters were stranded, resulting in traffic Appointment of over 200 teachers in the lurch, courtesy model code Sameer Singh Tribune News Service Bathinda, April 10 As the model code of conduct came into effect on March 10, the appointment of more than 200 teachers hanged in balance. Notably, under 3582 master cadre teachers’ recruitment by the state Education Department, a total of 160 teachers were to receive appointment letters and they were to get stations on March 11. Now, teachers are at the receiving end. It is pertinent to mention that 160 teachers of different subjects had received offer letters issued by the Education Department on February 25. Later, on March 8, the department through a notification instructed these teachers to visit the head office to collect their appointment letters where they would come to know about their station. Moreover, 55 teachers received offer letters on March 8. Tarsem Singh, a member of the 3582 Master Cadre Teachers’ Union, who had to receive the appointment letter on March 11, said, “The state government had been delaying the appointment of teachers for over a year now. And finally when it issued us appointment letters, the model code of conduct came to effect. We had completed all required formalities, including medical certificate and documentation process, but at the last moment, we came to know that our appointment would be delayed as of now.” He said, “We demand from the Election Commission of India to let the recruitment process continue unhindered so that we can get our jobs on time. With this, study of students will not suffer.” Sources in the Education Department said higher officials had written to the Election Commission requesting it to let the recruitment process of teachers continue in the model code of conduct. But the latter had asked it to send a representation or request through the Chief Secretary, the sources added. Continued on page 2 snarls. As the protesters blocked the movement of vehicle near city bus stand, the Bathinda-Mansa highway remained dotted with vehicles for about half an hour. A group of commuters said if these protesters had any issues or demands from the government or the adminis- Tribune News Service Faridkot, April 10 Tokeepstudentsawayfromdrugs, the Education Department has decided to establish an anti-drug cell in every school. Moreover, a senior teacher will be selected do counselling of students. The project, started jointly by the Education department and Home and Legal Department, will cover all schools. The motive of this compre- hensive action against drug abuse is to boost the potential of teachers and police against the spread of narcotics, reads a letter of the Director, School Education Department, sent to all district education officers (DEOs) on Wednesday. Besides weekly counselling of students in all schools, the project is expected to prevent dealers from getting access to students in schools. After a meeting of the Home and Legal Department, it has been decided by the Education Department to appoint DEOs as district-level nodal officer for this antidrug drive in the state. This nodal officer will further appoint a senior teacher in every senior secondary, high and elementary schools to establish an anti-drug cell and organise a weekly interaction with the students. The school-level nodal offi- TOUGH TIME FOR CITY RESIDENTS ■ Water in the canal is expected to be released on May 5, but it seems that the water shortage is set to stay as the Irrigation Department has now announced the closure of Sirhind Canal for its annual maintenance work from May 10. ■ With the closure of the canal at a time when the temperature is expected to cross 40 degrees Celsius, it will be tough for the residents to manage their daily household works without proper water supply. ❝During the Sirhind Canal closure, the residents should use water judiciously. We will store enough water, but there would be a cut in the supply from May 10. ❞ Balwant Rai Nath, MAYOR Residents are suffering as they are left with no option, but to rely on groundwater, which is claimed to be unfit for human consumption. A large number of people are getting water from the RO plants installed in various areas of the city. GS Bahia, XEN, Irrigation Department, said, “Sirhind Canal will be closed from May 10 for its maintenance work.” Mayor Balwant Rai Nath said, “During the Sirhind Canal closure, the residents should use water judiciously. We will store enough water, but there would be a cut in the supply from May 10.” 44,500 intoxicant tablets seized from Volkswagen Accuses police personnel of working as Congress agent SAD to approach EC against SSP, cops Bathinda, April 10 The police seized 44,500 intoxicant tablets from a Volkswagen car at the bus stand of Ghuman Kalan village in the Maur area on Wednesday. SI Harjiwan Singh, investigating officer, said the intoxicant tablets were recovered during a checking at the bus stand of Ghuman Kalan village. He said on suspicion, a Volkswagen car (HR 20AD 8616) was stopped for checking. The SI added that while checking, the intoxicant tablets were seized from the car. The accused, identified as Pardeep Kumar of Mansa, was arrested. He was driving the vehicle. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered at the Maur police station.— TNS Anti-drugs cell to come up in every school Balwant Garg tration, they should protest in front of their office premise. They said why these protesters were bothering hundreds of commuters on roads? Dr Vikas Chhabra, president of IMA’s local unit, said, “It was a flop show and only a few people participated in the protest. The number of pro- testers was mot more than 200 against the claims of Sidana that thousands of protesters would participate.” He said, “If anyone has complaints against the medical fraternity or a particular doctor or a hospital, there are proper channels to get it addressed or resolved. You can go to a lawyer or register a complaint with the Civil Surgeon. Hooliganism is certainly not the way and will not be entertained by the medical fraternity at all.” Bathinda, April 10 Several areas in the city are facing a shortage of water due to the repair work of the Bathinda distributary of Sirhind Canal. It passes through the military area in Bibiwala and Jai Singhwala villages. Water in the canal is expected to be released on May 5, but it seems that the water shortage is set to stay as the Irrigation Department has now announced the closure of Sirhind Canal for its annual maintenance work from May 10. With the closure of the canal at a time when the temperature is expected to cross 40 degrees Celsius, it will be tough for residents to manage their daily household works without proper water supply. Residents of many areas, including Bhagu Road, Civil Lines, Civil Hospital, Guru Ki Nagri, Shant Nagar, Power House Road, Mandir Wali Gali, Dhobiana Road, Dhobiana Basti, Model Town Phase-I, Phase-II, Phase-III, Grain Market and Police Lines, will be the highly affected as it is not cleared that the water would be released into the distributary on May 5 or not. These areas are already facing a shortage of water due to the repair of the distributary. It is learnt that tanks in the Bhagu Road area have reserved water to supply only for an hour daily till April 30. It seems that the month of May will add to the woes of residents after these water tanks will turn dry. cer will do counselling of the students on Friday. In case there are visible symptoms of any student being hooked to drugs, the officer will immediately contact his parents for treatment and counseling of this student, reads the letter. The district nodal officers have been asked to identify the schools which are more susceptible to the drug menace and prepare a list of all Continued on page 2 c m y b Sukhmeet Bhasin Tribune News Service Bathinda, April 10 The SAD on Wednesday alleged that the police were working as a Congress agent in Bathinda. Addressing a press conference, party spokesperson Parambans Singh Bunty Romana and former MLA Sarup Chand Singla said they would file a complaint with the Election Commission of India (ECI) against the Bathinda SSP in charge of , the CIA staff and SHO of the Civil lines police station. The SAD leaders said Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal and his relative were harassing and threatening party workers using the police. They alleged workers were being forced to join the Congress by threatening them to implicate in false cases. Romana said, “On Wednesday, SAD worker Bant Singh Sidhu and his councillor wife joined the Congress. A Congress leader harassed him as a case was registered against his son-in-law Sandeep Bhalla and he also wanted to implicate his daughter Randhir Kaur in the case. Randhir is staying with her parents as she has some family dispute with her in laws.” He said a few days ago, Sarup Singla had talked to the SSP and two days ago SAD leaders, along with party workers, address the media in Bathinda on Wednesday. PAWAN SHARMA party president Sukhbir Badal also talked to the SSP . Moreover, on Tuesday, Bikram Majithia had a word with him on the issue, but to no avail, he said, adding that due to which, they were left with no option, but to come out in the media. Romana said that Congress leaders were also harassing and threatening Independent councillor from Janta Nagar Gurmeet Kaur, forcing her to join the party. SSP Dr Nanak Singh said, “An FIR has been registered against Bhalla and in a Facebook post, he had admitted that he committed the crime.” “The police had informa- tion about his whereabouts, but he was not present at the location during a raid. Later, a notice was issued to him. His wife was informed to ask her husband to join the investigation. The police will again issue a notice to him,” the SSP said. Bathinda (Urban) Congress president Arun Jeetmal Wadhawan refuted the allegation and said Bant Singh Sidhu and his councillor wife had contacted them for joining the party a month ago. He said they delayed the process as they wanted to discuss it with party workers. Despite repeated contacts, Bant Singh Sidhu could not ALLEGATIONS ■ SAD leaders said Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal and his relative were harassing and threatening party workers using the police. They alleged workers were being forced to join the Congress by threatening them to implicate in false cases. ■ Bathinda (Urban) Congress president Arun Jeetmal Wadhawan refuted the allegation and said Bant Singh Sidhu and his councillor wife had contacted them for joining the party a month ago. He said they delayed the process as they wanted to discuss it with party workers. . be contacted as his mobile phone remained switch off.
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