29042019-btd-01.qxd 4/28/2019 11:33 PM Page 1 c m y b Bathida TRIBUNE SHORTAGE OF LAB TECHNICIANS HITS WORK AT CIVIL HOSPITAL PAGE 2 Owing to shortage of lab technicians, work is getting affected at medical laboratory of the Civil Hospital. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF THEFT AT SHOP IN JIVI NAGAR Bathinda: An LCD computer screen and a 16-inch LED TV screen were stolen from a shop in Jivi Nagar on the Barnala road here. According to the police, the cost of the stolen items is ~40,000. The police said the incident took place on April 24 night. A case has been registered at the Civil Lines police station. TNS FUEL PRICES PETROL ~72.86 DIESEL ~65.43 Youngsters ask Sadiq about job promise Muktsar, April 28 Congress candidate from the Faridkot parliamentary constituency Mohammad Sadiq had to face some opposition of youngsters at Samagh village in the Gidderbaha Assembly segment here on Sunday. He, accompanied by Amrita Warring, wife of Amrinder Singh Raja Warring, was campaigning. The youngsters, affiliated to Naujawan Bharat Sabha, asked Congress leaders about their election promise of ‘Ghar Ghar Rozgar’. Though first Amrita Warring and later Sadiq tried to convince them, they kept asking queries related to jobs and it soon entered into a verbal duel, said sources.— TNS MAX 42°C | MIN 22°C | YESTERDAY MAX 41°C | MIN 22°C SUNSET MONDAY 7:06 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 5:48 AM Agriculturists term visits a ‘formality, photo ops’ in election time Tribune News Service Bathinda, April 28 In the poll season, politicians are visiting grain markets to meet farmers. But, they are of the view that leaders are coming just for formality sake and photo ops. Farmers feel that they are being harassed at grain markets for the past many decades and both parties while ruling the state have not done anything for them. SAD candidate Harsimrat Kaur Badal has continuously been visiting grain markets in her constituency. First, she visited the city grain market. Later, she paid a visit to the grain market at Naruana village. Recently, she went to the grain market at Kaljharani village. Even Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh had also visited the grain market at Bahadurpur in Sangrur. He also checked the procurement process. Punjab Democratic Alliance (PDA) candidate Sukhpal Singh Khaira on Sunday visited the grain market in Mansa. Talking to Bathinda Tribune, Shingara Singh Badal was Union the SAD ❝Harsimratfor 10 years.aWhy didminister andanything ❝Various parties make was in power they not do promises before the for farmers at that time? At present, Capt Amarinder Singh is the Chief Minister and he has not done anything. Moreover, Khaira was in the Congress for a long time and what had he done for the farmers at that time? ❞ Shingara Singh Mann, DISTRICT PRESIDENT, BKU (EKTA) UGRAHAN Earlier, hailstorm ❝politicians came ordamaged the standing wheat crop. No raised the issue. Now, as the elections are approaching, politicians are visiting the grain markets just to get political mileage. In reality, no one wants to provide any relief to farmers. ❞ Buta Singh Burjgill, STATE PRESIDENT, BKU DAKONDA Mann, district president, BKU (Ekta) Ugrahan, said, “These days during the election season, politicians are visiting grain markets and are shedding crocodile tears to get votes. They are not doing anything for the farmers who are being harassed during the procurement process for the past 30 years”. Terming it a “drama”, Mann said politicians had always use farmers for their political gain, but nobody had worked for their benefit. “Harsimrat Badal was a Union minister and the SAD was in power for 10 years. Sameer Singh Tribune News Service Satnam Singh (62), a granthi, shows his low-lying house in Dhobiana Basti in Bathinda. PHOTO: VIJAY KUMAR that elections barely hold any importance for them since they continue to live in shanties with no roads, sewerage system or drinking water facility. Satnam Singh (62), a granthi at a gurudwara in the city, said, “Without sewerage or proper drainage system in the area, my house gets filled with water during the rain and my bed also gets submerged in water completely.” “Since elections are approaching, hordes of campaigners and party leaders have started thronging the area asking for votes. Like in the past four decades, they promise us houses under government schemes, metalled roads, sewerage system and drinking water. But after the elections, not even a single promise is fulfilled by them. We won’t be taken for a ride and shall cast our vote only for the eligible candidate who can fight for our basic rights and facilities.” Kartar Singh, a retired armed forces personnel who has filed his nomination papers from Bathinda Lok Sabha seat as an independent, has been advocating the rights of these people. Popularly known as ‘fauji’ in Dhobiana Basti, Kartar Singh has been spearheading his election campaign singlehandedly. He has been reaching out to the residents of the area door-to-door and holding meetings seeking votes from them. Continued on page 2 PAGE 4 Says she is thrilled to play Kohra in Nazar as she has never been into such a role. LSpolls: Leaders reach out to farmers at grain markets Sukhmeet Bhasin ACTRESS RITU SHIVPURI PLAYS SUPERNATURAL CHARACTER There are several songs that are on every playlist, not only for its beats and lyrics but also for the hook steps. Homeless, demolition victims still nurse their wounds Bathinda, April 28 The world came crashing down for Asha Kumari (38) and her husband Jeevan (48) when their house was razed to the ground and turned into a heap of rubble in a matter of minutes before their eyes way back in August, 2008. Fighting penury bravely all her life, Asha who was breastfeeding her one-week-old infant daughter, had never imagined that a knock at her door on that fateful afternoon would aggravate the ordeal and etch scars on her soul forever. Without a roof over their heads, the family was left to spend hot days and humid nights under a tent near the Dhobiana Basti chowk for many days. Cut to 2019! Things have barely improved for Asha and her family and they live in a mud house with a tarpaulin cover and thatched roof now. With temperature soaring, having crossed the 40 degree Celsius mark in Bathinda, Asha, huddled inside a corner of the house, said, “We have learned to live with the fact that things won’t improve.” Asked about the coming Lok Sabha elections, Asha said, “Elections barely mean anything for us. They are just reminders of the scars given to us by the powerful and mighty.” Tears trickled down her cheeks as Gomti Devi (62) narrated the incident when PUDA authorities, citing encroachment on government land, demolished more than 1,400 small and medium size houses in 2008, rendering scores of residents homeless. Local residents reiterated PAGE 3 INT’L DANCE DAY: DANCE YOUR WAY TO FUN elections, but after coming to power, all hopes are dashed. The rich always get benefits while the others remain neglected. The Congress government had promised 100 per cent loan waiver, but the farming community got little benefit. ❞ Gurmeet Singh, A FARMER MONDAY | 29 APRIL 2019 | BATHINDA ‘Upset’ with cops, village youth consumes poison Muktsar, April 28 A youngster, identified as Jagroop Singh from Motlewala village, who was reportedly upset after an alleged dispute with cops on Saturday night, tried to end his life by consuming some poisonous substance. Victim’s father Gurjant Singh said his son was taking wheat stubble to Mrar Kalan village in a tractor-trailer, but some cops used to stop him every time in the name of frisking. “When my son opposed it, they misbehaved with him and threatened to implicate in a case. Irate over it, he consumed some poisonous substance,” he added. The police said action would be taken after registering the victim’s statement.— TNS Candidates woo voters on social media Why they did not do anything for farmers at that time. At present, Capt Amarinder Singh is the Chief Minister and he has not done anything. Moreover, Khaira was in the Congress for a long time and what he had done for the farmers at that time,” he added. Buta Singh Burjgill, state president, BKU Dakonda, said, “Earlier, hailstorm damaged the standing wheat crop. No politicians came or raised the issue. Now, as the elections are approaching, politicians are visiting grain markets just to get political mileage. In reality, no one wants to provide any relief to farmers.” He also lashed out at the Union government and said it had slashed ~4 per quintal of wheat, but nobody was raising the issue. Gurmeet Singh, a farmer, at the grain market here, said, “Various parties make promises before the elections, but after coming to power, all hopes are dashed. Rich always get benefits while others remain neglected. The Congress government had promised 100 per cent loan waiver, but the farming community got little benefit.” Wheat on 8 acres gutted Warring on a different wicket; Harsimrat, Khaira meet farmers Tribune News Service Faridkot, April 28 A farmer of Arianawala village of Faridkot suffered losses of over ~12 lakh after his standing wheat crop on 8 acres burnt to a cinder. The reason behind the fire is said to be a short-circuit, caused by overhead high-tension electricity wires. Besides, the fire caused extensive damages to the combine harvesting machine, which was being operated in the field. To douse the flames, fire tenders were pressed into service. Besides, farmers of the adjoining village also joined hands. Faridkot Deputy Commissioner Kumar Saurav Raj also reached the spot to inspect the loss. Baldev Singh, the farmer, who had taken the land on annual lease, said they had made complaints to the PSPCL authorities to solve the problem of low-lying loose overhead high-tension electricity wires across their field. Besides, these low-lying wires are posing a threat to farmers working in their fields. “We have been complaining to PSPCL officials that a short-circuit could lead to a fire breakout anytime. While in the day, the fire was noticed by someone and steps were taken to control it. At night, it can cause extensive damage,” said Jaswinder Singh, a farmer. PSPCL officials said they tried to replace the defective wires, but sometimes the exercise took time. Keeping in view these threats, the power supply was snapped in the day as the high temperature, dry stubble and ripe crop are highly prone to fire breakouts. c m y b Post videos on Facebook, Twitter to attract users’ attention Tribune News Service Bathinda, April 28 Candidates are leaving no stone unturned to woo the voters as campaigning has picked up momentum in the constituency. They have come up with promotional videos on social media to attract the attention of users. Congress candidate Amrinder Singh Raja Warring has come up with a video, “Ek Mauke Chahida” and Harsimrat Badal has posted a religious video in which her visits to a gurdwara, temple, mosque and church have been highlighted. Warring in his video highlighted the works he has done in Gidderbaha, including construction of government schools and civil hospital. The video is becoming a hit on social media and has been viewed 1.48 lakh times. The video has been shared 1.04 times. The video posted from the account of Harsimrat Badal on Facebook shows the MP paying obeisance at a gurd- wara, temple, church and mosque. In the video, her husband and SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal accompanying her in the gurdwara can also been seen. PDA candidate Sukhpal Singh Khaira has also uploaded a video of his roadshow, which he took out in the city before filing his nomination paper. In Lok Sabha elections this year, politicians are using social media to reach out to the voters. Continued on page 2 Tribune News Service Bathinda, April 28 Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) candidate for the Bathinda Lok Sabha seat Harsimrat Kaur Badal, also the sitting MP, on Sunday campaigned in various villages of the district. Addressing a public meeting, Harsimrat Kaur Badal said it was unfortunate that Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh was not standing by the farmers when they needed him the most. “Congress ministers and legislators are also not visiting the grain mandis to monitor and review the wheat procurement process. This is resulting in problems for the farmers who do not have access even to drinking water in some mandis, besides lack of toilets and fans. People are watching the conduct of the Congress ministers and legislators and will take the entire party to task at the hustings,” she added. Harsimrat also reminded the people of the “tall lofty promises” made by the Congress government during the Assembly elections and alleged that after coming to power, the state government had not fulfilled even a single promise till date. Senior SAD leader Bikram Singh Majithia also campaigned for Harsimrat Badal and held public meetings at Jogi Nagar, Patel Nagar and Amarpura Basti in Bathinda city and also in Mansa. Meanwhile, Congress candidate Amrinder Singh Raja Warring on Sunday visited the railway ground at Thandi Sadak in the city. Warring even played cricket with youngsters and met morning walkers visited parks in the Congress candidate Amrinder Singh Raja Warring plays cricket with youngsters; and (below) SAD candidate Harsimrat Kaur Badal meets women in Bathinda on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS locality to seek the blessings of the elderly. He asked them for their support and vote in the Lok Sabha elections. PDA candidate Sukhpal Singh Khaira visited the Civil Hospital here in the morning to enquire about the health of Surjit Singh, who was seriously injured after he was hit by the vehicle of the Divisional Commissioner, Faridkot, at Lehra Bega village on Saturday afternoon. He also met other patients admitted to the hospital. Khaira wrote on his Facebook page that he was surprised to see stray cattle roaming inside the Civil Hos- pital, besides empty wards. He described the condition of the hospital as “pathetic”. Khaira later visited the grain market in Joga, where he spoke to the farmers present and enquired about the procurement process and the problems being faced by them.
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