12042019-btd-01.qxd 4/11/2019 11:04 PM Page 1 c m y b Bathinda TRIBUNE PARTY DID NOT OPPOSE SIT, ITS MEMBERS: SUKHBIR BADAL SAD chief says his party was neither opposing the SIT nor questioning the role of any of its other members. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY PAGE 2 PAGE 3 PRIYANKA CHOPRA, NICK ON MET GALA HOST COMMITTEE TELEVISION ACTOR VIVEK DAHIYA JOINS A CAUSE Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Nick Jonas have been announced as part of Met Gala Host Committee. MAX 39°C | MIN 23°C | YESTERDAY MAX 39°C | MIN 23°C SUNSET FRIDAY 6:55 PM PAGE 4 TV actor Vivek Dahiya has recently taken up the initiative to encourage those in his hometown to vote. SUNRISE SATURDAY 6:05 AM FRIDAY | 12 APRIL 2019 | BATHINDA Panel members seek regular jobs SAD ropes in woman singer to regale crowd at rally Accuse state government of ignoring their demands for a long time Tribune News Service SUBMIT MEMO Bathinda, April 11 Demanding regular jobs, Members of the Punjab UT Mulazam and Pensioners’ Sangharsh Committee staged a protest in front of the district administrative complex here on Thursday. The protesters also carried out a march from the administrative complex to Finance Minister Manpreet Badal’s office. They also submitted a memorandum of demands to the tehsildar. The protesters raised slogans against the state government and the Finance minister Mapreet Singh Badal. The march passed through Bus Stand Chowk, Court Road and Hanuman Chowk. The protesters said the state government had been ignoring their pending demands for a long time. Meanwhile, a large number of police personnel were deployed near the Finance Minister’s office to stop the protesters from creating any nuisance. Besides, barricades were also installed. The protesters ended their protest after submitting the charter of demands to the tehsildar. Darshan Singh, an executive member of the committee, said, “We have been protesting in favour of our demands for regular jobs and ■ The protesters also carried out a march from the administrative complex to Finance Minister Manpreet Badal’s office. They also submitted a charter of demands to the tehsildar. ■ The protesters raised slogans against the state government and Finance Minister Mapreet Singh Badal. The march passed through the Bus Stand Chowk, Court Road and Hanuman Chowk. The protesters said the state government had been ignoring their pending demands for a long time. . Members of the Punjab UT Mulazam and Pensioners’ Sangharsh Committee take out a protest march in Bathinda on Thursday. PHOTO: VIJAY KUMAR ❝We have been of protesting in favour our demands for regular jobs for a long time. But neither the administration nor the state government has paid heed to our demands. Besides, one of our demands is the clearance of outstanding DA instalments. ❞ Darshan Singh, MEMBER, PUNJAB UT MULAZAM AND PENSIONERS’ SANGHARSH COMMITTEE implementation of the pension scheme for a long time. But neither the administration nor the state government has paid heed to our genuine demands.” He said, “Apart from regular jobs, our demands are revival of the old pension, clearance of outstanding DA instalments, implementation of the pay commission’s recommendations, putting an end to privatisation of government departments and filing vacant posts in different government departments on a regular basis.” The protesters said that if the state government did not fulfil their genuine demands, they would be forced to intensify their stir in future. Move triggers criticism from rivals; leaves workers surprised Archit Watts Tribune News Service Gidderbaha, April 11 Unlike the past, a woman singer on Thursday performed at a SAD rally held at Doda village in Gidderbaha in favour of party candidate Gulzar Singh Ranike from the Farikot parliamentary constituency, which even surprised a number of party workers. Earlier, “dhadis” (balladeers) always performed in SAD’s public programmes. However, the Congress brought in singers to perform in its programmes. Some SAD workers present at the rally said, “There is nothing wrong in it. Though “dhadis” are an integral part of the party’s public programmes, singers too are called to attract a large gathering.” SAD leaders have always mocked the Congress leadership for using singers to attract a crowd. Even a number of “dhadis” have termed the SAD their saviour in the past. During the SAD-BJP regime, “dhadis” were even part of the CM’s sangat darshan (public meeting) programmes. Further, at that time, the Public Relations Department too had hired them for the publicity of the A woman singer performs during a SAD rally at Doda village in Gidderbaha on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO state government’s policies and development works. Notably, a “dhadi jatha” (group of balladeers) comprises four persons, one of whom plays the sarangi and the other two play the hourglass percussion instrument (dhadd) and the fourth is called ‘pracharak’ (preacher). They sing ballads about Sikh gurus and heroes of the Sikh community, giving social messages through their performance. Talking to The Tribune on Thursday, a ‘dhadi’ said, “We have always been brought in for even major programmes of the SAD in the past. The party should review its fresh strategy as the loss of some ‘panthic’ votes is already staring it in the face. Such decisions will not go down well with commoners.” Meanwhile, Ramandeep Singh Bhangchari, executive member of the SAD (1920), said, “It is shameful that the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal), which claims to be a panthic party, used a woman singer to draw a crowd.” Govt Adarsh school witnesses heavy footfall of new students 800 cartons of countrymade liquor seized Says no one approached or tried to influence them to join the party Of total new admissions, 85% are from private schools Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 11 As many as 800 cartons of countrymade illicit liquor were seized by the City Police Commissionerate at GNA Chowk here on Thursday. DCP Paramvir Singh Parmar and ADCP, City-2, Parminder Singh Bhandal said after receiving information, the Cantt Police Division had set up a check post at the chowk. The liquor cartons, brought here on a mini-truck, were meant to be supplied to another place on the Pratapur road. The police speculated that the liquor was supposed to be used in the upcoming poll. However, they further said they were investigating the matter. A suspect, identified as Kuldeep Singh, a resident of TarnTaran, was arrested by the police team, whereas another person, Nand Lal of Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, managed to flee the spot. An FIR under the Excise Act has been lodged against them. Bathinda, April 11 A day after SAD leaders alleged that their party workers were forced to join the Congress, former Akali worker Bant Singh Sidhu and his councillor wife Chhinder Kaur on Thursday said they joined the Congress at will. They said nobody approached or tried to influence them to join the Congress. Bant Singh and his wife, along with Congress workers, were speaking during a press conference at the Bathinda Press Club on Thursday. Bant Singh said, “No one from the Congress approached us and there was no pressure to join the party. It was my own decision which was taken after SAD leaders or workers did not extend a helping hand when we needed them the most.” He said, “When we were visiting police stations in a case related to my son-in-law, not even a single Akali worker came forward to help us. Moreover, no development works Sameer Singh Tribune News Service Bathinda, April 11 After the education board was changed from the CBSE to the PSEB this year, more than 85 per cent of the new students, who got admission to Government Adarsh Senior Secondary School, Canal Colony, were from private schools. In the past six days, a total of 650 students have taken admission to the government school, which has the English medium. As many as 173 new students have enrolled themselves in pre-nursery (KG), while 477 have been enrolled in Classes I to VIII in the current academic session till now. Of the 477 new students, 404 are from different private schools in the district. The admission process is still going on and scores of parents accompanying their children can be seen standing in queues at the admission counters in the school these days. “Students’ strength of the school in the previous academic session was 782. Now, with 650 new students, the number has already crossed the 1,400-mark in the current academic session. The admission process is still on,” said Supneet Kaur, in charge of the school. “Owing to good performance by students in academic, sports and extracurricular activities, Adarsh school has been one of the most sought after education institutes for admissions. But earlier, we were permitted to enroll not more than 70 students in a single class. Now, in its bid to increase admissions in gov- Parents, along with children, stand in a queue at the admission counter of Adarsh school, Canal Colony, in Bathinda. VIJAY KUMAR ernment schools, the state Education Department has lifted that limit and allowed the maximum number of admissions,” she added. On being asked what is motivating the maximum number of parents to enroll their children in the Adarsh school despite studying in private schools, District Education Officer (Secondary) Baljit Kumar, said, “Apart from good performances in academics, the government school has lifted the limit of seats now. The parents who want to educate their children in English medium schools find it the most suitable alternative. What is driving them is the fact that their kids will get quality education in the English medium in a government school with a very less fee.” He said, “Not every parent is willing to provide education in the English medium to his child owing to the affordability factor and especially, in such times when private schools charge exorbitantly in the name of vari- ous types of fees, including admission, examination, uniform and books. The admission process at Adarsh school had started somewhere in the second week of April and in less than a week, more than 600 students have enrolled themselves so far. The numbers are expected to grow further.” “Reposing their faith in a government school by parents in such large numbers whose kids were studying in private schools is certainly a big achievement. However, providing infrastructure and adequate staff will be the next big challenge before us. We are holding talks with the state Education Department to meet that,” the District Education Officer said. In its bid to increase the number of students in government-run schools, the Education Department has issued instructions to district heads to increase admissions up to 30-40 per cent in every school falling in their jurisdictions. Joined Cong on our own: Bant Singh Bathinda (Urban) Congress president Arun Wadhawan (second from right), along with Bant Singh (second from left) and his wife (first from left) during a press conference on Thursday. PAWAN SHARMA were carried out in our area by the party in the past 12 years. The decision to join the Congress was taken in public interest and not in self-interest.” Bathinda (Urban) Congress president Arun Wadhawan said, “There is not even a single worker that has been influenced in any manner to join the Congress. If there is even a single worker proves that they had been forced to join the party, I am ready to tender my resignation from the post.” Master Harmandar Singh, a SAD councillor who had joined the Congress party a few months ago, said, “It is due to the indifferent attitude of party workers that many SAD councillors had quit the party to join the Congress. If the Akali Dal leadership or workers were genuinely concerned about Bant Singh and his family members, they could have helped them during their testing times. If the SAD will continue to sideline or ignore its workers, what alternative they will be left with?” Kin of chemist who committed ‘suicide’ protest Bathinda, April 11 Demanding action against the accused, family members and relatives of a chemist, who allegedly committed suicide, staged a protest in front of the Civil Hospital here on Thursday. Later, they called off their protest after an FIR was registered against a lottery ticket seller at the Kotwali police station. Raising slogans against the police, they accused cops of not registering a case against the culprit. They also blocked the Bathinda-Mansa road for c m y b a few minutes. According to information, Sanjeev Kumar (40), a resident Shakti Nagar, had reportedly died after drowning in a canal. Family members of the deceased said Sanjeev was running a chemist shop near the Bhatti Road area and he had to pay some money to the lottery ticket seller, Ram Lal. They said the lottery ticket seller had been harassing him for the past many days. They added that on Wednesday evening, the accused allegedly Sanjeev in front of other shopkeepers in the market where he had his chemist shop after which he left his house on a scooter. When family members started looking for him, Sanjeev’s body was found in the Sirhind canal. Later, he was admitted to a private hospital where he breathed his last. On the complaint of deceased’s brother Rakesh Kumar, a case under Section 306 of the IPC was registered. The police have initiated a probe into the matter. — TNS Family members and relatives of a ‘suicide’ victim raise slogans in Bathinda on Thursday. PHOTO: VIJAY KUMAR
The Tribune, now published from Chandigarh, started publication on February 2, 1881, in Lahore (now in Pakistan). It was started by Sardar Dyal Singh Majithia, a public-spirited philanthropist, and is run by a trust comprising four eminent persons as trustees.
The Tribune, the largest selling daily in North India, publishes news and views without any bias or prejudice of any kind. Restraint and moderation, rather than agitational language and partisanship, are the hallmarks of the paper. It is an independent newspaper in the real sense of the term.
The English edition apart, the 133-year-old Tribune has two sister publications, Punjabi Tribune (in Punjabi) and Dainik Tribune (in Hindi).