15042019-btd-01.qxd 14-04-2019 22:51 Page 1 c m y b Bathinda TRIBUNE DEVOTEES PAY OBEISANCE ON OCCASION OF BAISAKHI Devotees paid obeisance and took holy dip in sarovar at Damdama Sahib gurdwara on Baisakhi. FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY PAGE 2 PAGE 3 EARLY DETECTION OF CANCER ESSENTIAL: SONALI BENDRE SHABIR AHLUWALIA ALL SET TO MAKE DIGITAL DEBUT Sonali Bendre said early detection and spreading awareness about the disease was essential. MAX 35°C | MIN 21°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C | MIN 20°C SUNSET MONDAY 6:57 PM PAGE 4 TV actor Shabir Ahluwalia is all set to make his digital debut with ALTBalaji’s upcoming web series Fixer. SUNRISE TUESDAY 6:02 AM MONDAY | 15 APRIL 2019 | BATHINDA 27 Roof of liquor vend collapses, 1 dead Councillor from Ward No.FM joins Cong in presence of Narrow escape for another in the mishap; NDRF team carries out search operation has ❝Only one casualtybut been reported so far, Sukhmeet Bhasin Tribune News Service Bathinda, April 14 A man was killed after the roof of a liquor vend, situated near the vegetable market on the Amrik Singh road, collapsed on Sunday afternoon. In the mishap, a person had a narrow escape. After getting information, members of Naujawan Welfare Society, an NGO, reached the spot and took out a person trapped under the debris. Thereafter, they took him to the Civil Hospital where he was declared brought dead. The deceased has been identified as Tarsem Garg, a resident of Malviya Nagar. Meanwhile, Tirlok Chand, a resident of Gidderbaha Mandi, escaped unhurt in the incident. There were speculations that a few more workers might have been trapped under the debris. Thereafter, JCB machines and a National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) team were called in. They carried out a search operation, confirming that no one was trapped under the debris. Later, a dog squad of the police was called to the spot. SSP Dr Nanak Singh said, “Only one casualty has been reported so far, but the search operation is still the search operation is still on. We have informed the relatives of the deceased and they are reaching here. After their arrival, further action will be taken. ❞ Dr Nanak Singh, SSP NO ONE TRAPPED UNDER DEBRIS ■ There were speculations that a few more workers might have been trapped under the debris. Thereafter, JCB machines and a National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) team were called in. ■ They carried out a search operation, confirming that no one was trapped under the debris. ■ Later, a dog squad of the police was called to the spot. Officials carry out a rescue operation in Bathinda on Sunday. PHOTOS: VIJAY KUMAR on. We have informed the relatives of the deceased and they are reaching here. After their arrival, further action will be taken.” The incident has exposed the lackluster approach of the administration towards unsafe and illegal buildings in the city. It is also learnt that a major impediment in the way of demolishing these buildings is that officials of the MC and PWD are not clear under whose jurisdiction the work of conducting a survey of such buildings and demolition falls. As a result, there is no list of unsafe and old buildings. The authorities do not have information about the structures that pose a threat to the residents or the adjoining buildings. Although last year, the civic body had conducted a survey and had identified 42 unsafe buildings, most of them were residential. But it seems that no action has been taken against them. Non-insured vehicles involved in accidents to be auctioned Tribune News Service Bathinda, April 14 Raj Kumar, an Independent councillor from Ward No.27, on Sunday joined the Congress in the presence of Finance Minister Manpreet Badal. With his joining, the total number of Congress councillors has gone up to 24 from its tally of 10 in 2015. Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal welcomed the councillor into the party hold and assured him that he would be given due respect among the rank and file of the party. In the 2015 MC elections, of the total 50 councillors in the MC, the SAD had 21, Congress 10, BJP 8 and Independents 11. Ahead of the 2017 Assembly elections, two SAD councillors Sukhwinder Kaur and Tarloch Singh, BJP councillor Priyanka Goyal, along with Independent councillor Sanjay Biswal, had joined the Congress. Later, in December last year, Independent councillor Jasvir Singh Jassa joined the Congress. Thereafter, SAD councillors Harmander Singh Sidhu, Rajinder Singh Sidhu, Baljit Singh Raju Sran, Sham Lal Jain and Santosh Mahant had also joined the party in the presence of the Blissful feeling Finance Minister Manpreet Badal welcomes Independent councillor Raj Kumar in the party in Bathinda. TRIBUNE PHOTO CONG TALLY GOES UP TO 24 IN MC HOUSE ■ With councillor Raj Kumar joining the Congress, the total number of party councillors has gone up to 24 from its tally of 10 in 2015. ■ In the 2015 Municipal Corporation elections, of the total 50 councillors in the MC, the SAD had 21, Congress 10, BJP 8 and Independents 11. . Finance Minister. After this, Independent councillors Darshan Kumar and Pardeep Kumar Goyal had also joined the Congress. A few days ago, BJP councillor Assar Paswan, SAD coun- Four water-vending machines lying defunct RAILWAY STATION Move aimed at giving compensation to mishap victims Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Faridkot, April 14 To provide financial compensation to accident victims involving vehicles which are not insured, the State Transport Department has issued a notification under which owners and drivers of non-insured vehicles involved in fatal accidents in the state will now stand to lose their vehicles. According to the notification issued by K Siva Prasad, Principal Secretary, Transport Department on April 8, when the owner of a registered motor vehicle involved in an accident fails to furnish a copy of the third party risk insurance policy, the motor vehicle shall be sold off in a public auction by the Magis- trate of the area where the accident occurred on the expiry of three months of vehicles taken in possession by the investigating officer. The notification says no court shall release a motor vehicle involved in an accident, resulting in the death or injury or damage to property, when such vehicle is not covered by the policy of insurance against third party risks taken in the name of registered owner. Besides, when the registered owner fails to furnish a copy of the insurance policy despite sought by the investigating officer unless and until the registered owner furnishes sufficient security to the satisfaction of the court to pay compensation. It may be awarded in a claim case arising out of such accident. The notification of the Transport Department has come into force on April 8 after its publication in the Official Gazette. Deciding a case, Usha Devi versus Pawan Kumar, on September 13, 2018, the Supreme Court had directed all states to frame rules to allow the selling of uninsured vehicles involved in accidents to pay compensation to the victims. The apex court had directed that the rule should be framed within 12 weeks by all states, but the “wearisome” process of framing of the rules and making of notification publication took about eight months in Punjab. A woman performs ablution at the sacred sarovar in Haji Ratan Gurdwara during the Baisakhi celebrations in Bathinda on Sunday. PHOTO: VIJAY KUMAR Loudspeaker announcements for more admissions to govt school Sameer Singh Tribune News Service Bathinda, April 14 In its bid to increase the number of students in Government Senior Secondary School, Parasram Nagar, the authorities have hired a rickshaw puller who has mounted a loudspeaker atop his rickshaw to make announcements (recorded voice) in different parts of the city for taking admission to the “lone” English medium government school. In the day, the rickshaw puller can be seen meandering and negotiating his way through narrow streets of Parasram Nagar, Gopal Nagar, Janta Nagar, Jogi Nagar and Pratap Nagar. A rickshaw puller makes announcements from a loudspeaker in Parasram Nagar in Bathinda on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO As the loudspeaker makes announcement to take admissions to the English medium government school, it catches the fancy of many in these areas, especially chil- dren living in slums and small dingy houses. The announcement from the loudspeaker attached to the rickshaw goes like: “Apne bacheyaan nu English medium Shaheed Sipahi Sandeep Singh Government Senior Secondary School, Paras Ram Nagar, ch admission karwao”. Vaijyanti Lal, a ragpicker in Parasram Nagar, got his daughter admitted to Government Senior Secondary School, Parasram Nagar. When asked as to why he decided to change the school of his daughter, Lal, who held a sack of garbage in his hand, said, “I have not chosen this life for myself. But if I can afford education and that too in an English medium school for my c m y b daughter, my life’s purpose will be served. The annual fee told to me by a school teacher is well within my reach.” Notably, apart from a majority of the students of deprived parents living in slum areas, the “lone” English-medium Government Senior Secondary School at Parasram Nagar has been attracting a sizeable number of students from prestigious private and convent schools. Mandeep Kaur, principal of Government Senior Secondary School, Parasram Nagar, said, “Although we managed to enroll a fairly good number of students in the current academic session during our door-to-door activity, we have thought of cillor Shinder Kaur and Independent councillor Kamlesh Rani had joined the Congress. However, Congress councillor Sharry Goyal had quit the party and had joined the SAD in the recent past, while Congress councillor Ram Dass died in December in 2017, leading to vacancy of the seat in ward No. 30. This deflection in large numbers by even senior leaders like Harmander Singh Sidhu, Rajinder Singh Sidhu, Baljit Singh Raju Sran and Santosh Mahant indicates that the local Akali Dal leadership has failed to keep the party intact in testing times. increasing the number of students further. We had decided to go ahead with something innovative to draw the maximum number of children. We hired a rickshaw puller and asked him to attach a loudspeaker to make announcements regarding admissions in different parts of the city.” She said budget had always been a constraint for the parents of children who want to take admission to English medium schools. But they had found a perfect solution to the problem as the admission fee at the school was quite low as compared to private schools. She said moreover, students got to study in a English medium school, the principal added. Bathinda, April 14 A majority of the water-vending machine is lying nonoperational at the city railway station, forcing passengers to purchase mineral water from kiosks at exorbitant rates. Of the eight water-vending machines installed at the city railway station, four have been lying non-functional for the past few weeks. Sources said some watervending machines were installed at places where no train stops, affecting the sale. A group of passengers said, “On the one hand, the Railways has introduced these water-vending machines to provide potable water at cheap rates, while on the other, passengers are forced to purchase water from kiosks and shops at high prices as a majority of the machines are lying nonoperational.” Gurpreet Singh, a passenger, said, “The demand for water gets increased during the summer season so keep- ing in view it, all water-vending machines must be made operational for the convenience of passengers.” Notably, these machines, installed at different parts of the railway station, provide potable water to passengers at concessional rates. A passenger can buy one litre of water for ~5 from these machines. Since these are lying locked, passengers have to buy the same quantity of water for ~15 or ~20 from vends. The Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation had provided these water-vending machines in September 2016 so that passengers can get potable water at cheap rates. The cost of a watervending machine is ~6 lakh and passengers can get 300 ml of water through a machine at ~1. The Station Superintendent, Ramswaroop Meena, said, “It is not viable for the contractors to run these water-vending machine as they say after electricity and labour charges, there is hardly anything left for them to earn.” A water-vending machine lies locked at the railway station in Bathinda. TRIBUNE PHOTO
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