30042019-btd-01.qxd 4/29/2019 11:03 PM Page 1 c m y b Bathinda TRIBUNE 29 CANDIDATES FILE PAPERS FROM FARIDKOT LS SEAT PAGE 2 A total of 29 candidates have filed their nomination papers from the Faridkot Lok Sabha seat. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY Tribune News Service Bathinda, April 29 The police on Monday claimed to have solved the murder case of 27-year-old man with the arrest of three persons. However, the police said three associates of the accused were still in the run. The accused have been identified as Gurdeep Singh, Lovepreet Singh and Kuldeep Singh. The police said Ram Singh, Amritpal Singh, and Teghvir Singh were yet to be arrested. Addressing a press conference, SP (City) Jaspal Singh said, “On the night of April 20, five masked men had entered the house Mandeep Singh in Bucho Kalan and thrashed him.” The SP (City) said Gurdeep Singh had gone to meet Mandeep at his house. According to the police officer, both of them had some arguments over some issues that led to a scuffle. “Gurdeep made a plan and had again gone to Mandeep’s house and asked his wife to keep the door open as other friends are also coming. Around 11 pm, Ram Singh, Kuldeep, Amritpal, Lovepreet and Teghvir with their faces covered entered the house. Carrying sharp-edged weapons, they thrashed Mandeep and his mother Rani Kaur,” he added. Later, when the accused fled from the spot, neighbours took Mandeep to Adesh hospital, where he died during treatment. The SP (City) said absconding accused would also be arrested soon. The accused in police custody in Bathinda on Monday. PAWAN SHARMA TV ACTOR BHAVYA GANDHI’S LOVE FOR COOKING Avengers: Endgame is unstoppable at Indian box-office, where it surpassed ~157 crore in opening weekend. MAX 42°C | MIN 23°C | YESTERDAY MAX 41°C | MIN 22°C Murder case: Three land in police net PAGE 3 AVENGERS: ENDGAME CROSSES ~150-CRORE... SUNSET TUESDAY 7:07 PM Bhavya Gandhi recently cooked a Gujju meal for entire cast and crew of his show Shaadi Ke Siyape. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5:47 AM Stray cattle menace haunts farmers at city grain market TUESDAY | 30 APRIL 2019 | BATHINDA Employees up in arms over pending demands Animals continue to feast on wheat produce lying in the open Tribune News Service Bathinda, April 29 The stray cattle menace continues to haunt farmers in the grain market here. As the wheat procurement season is on, stray cattle can be seen feasting on heaps of wheat in the grain market. The issue of stray cattle in the grain market was highlighted a number of times in Bathinda Tribune in the past, but the authorities concerned have failed to take any concrete action to resolve the problem. As lifting of wheat has picked up pace, the mandi area is filled with heaps of wheat and packed sacks these days. With barely any check by the authorities concerned, stray cattle can be seen roaming freely inside the grain market. Farmers rued that there were inadequate security arrangements and stray cattle entered the mandi area easily in the day. They said keeping stray cattle away all the time was not possible for them and the administration Farmers are peeved at the stray cattle menace in the grain market area in Bathinda. PHOTO: VIJAY KUMAR should make better security arrangements so that our produce could be saved from stray animals. Gurmeet Singh, a farmer said, “On a number of occasions, stray cattle started feasting on heaps of my wheat produce. After a gap of few hours, steering them has become a routine for me for the past two days. A large quantity of wheat produce is lying in the mandi, but the authorities concerned have not made proper security arrangements.” Baljit Singh, another farmer, said, “Apart from stray cattle, we have to steer away stray dogs which keep on roaming inside the mandi. We have brought our earning of the year to the mandi and it is really unfortunate that the administration cannot even ensure its safety. We have to stay awake to guard our wheat produce at night. A group of farmers have decided to keep a tab at night on a rota- tional basis.” Labourers working in the mandi have also expressed concerns over the poor security arrangements. They said a number of stray cattle could be seen roaming freely inside the grain market, posing a threat to them. They added that it was not safe to walk in the grain market as a number of stray cattle keep wandering here and there. They said stray cattle often prove to be a hindrance to their work. They demanded that the authorities must make proper arrangements to ensure that stray cattle were kept away from the market so that they could work without any fear. Dara Singh, superintendent, district Mandi Board, “We have deputed guards in the mandi to ensure the safety of wheat produce. But, the area of the mandi is open from many sides. Stray cattle enter the market from any of these sides. We make sure that stray animals do not enter the mandi area and if they do, our guards steer them outside.” Members of the Punjab UT Mulazam and Pensioners’ Sangharsh Committee protest in Bathinda on Monday. PAWAN SHARMA Bathinda, April 29 Members of the Punjab UT Mulazam and Pensioners’ Sangharsh Committee staged a protest at Ambedkar Park here on Monday. Accusing the state government and the administration of not fulfilling their demands, they raised slogans against them. Later, the protesters submitted a memorandum of demands to the Naib Tehsildar. The protesters, including employees, said the state government was busy privatising various government departments and a decision in this regard would give a free hand to private players to exploit people by not providing them quality services. The protesters added that the state government did not release the pending DA instalments and employees working on contract had not Akali workers hold protest against Khaira Sukhbir dominates on social media among state LS aspirants Tribune News Service Bathinda, April 29 SAD workers protested against Punjab Democratic Alliance (PDA) candidate from the Bathinda parliamentary seat Sukhpal Singh Khaira during his visit to the Civil Hospital in Goniana Mandi on Monday. Khaira had gone to meet Harjit Singh who was admitted to the Civil Hospital after being allegedly beaten up by SAD workers for “questioning” Harsimrat Badal during a public meeting at Khemuana village on Sunday. As Khaira reached the Civil Hospital, he enquired about Harjit Singh. The PDA candidate was told that the victim was not present there. After that, Khaira came out of the hospital. At the same time, SAD workers headed by Balkar Singh Brar started raising slogans against Khaira outside the hospital. Brar said, “Such leaders are trying to disturb the atmos- Over 24L users follow him on Facebook, 3.32L on Twitter Archit Watts Tribune News Service SAD workers raise slogans against Sukhpal Khaira in Goniana on Monday. phere of Punjab and are doing politics on false issues. We should not support them. Harjit is an alcoholic person. In an inebriated condition, he was sent to a SAD programme to create ruckus.” He said those showing black flags to Harsimrat Badal were Congress agents. Jasvir Singh, SHO, Nehi- PAGE 4 awala police station, said, “Action will be taken after registering the statement of the victim.” Punjabi Ekta Party leader Deepak Bansal, said, “On Monday, we went to the Civil Hospital of Goniana with Sukhpal Khaira to meet Harjeet Singh. But, we could not meet him. When we came out TRIBUNE PHOTO of the hospital, SAD workers started raising slogans.” Khaira said, “It was a preplanned protest as I had posted a message on the social media regarding my visit to the Civil Hospital at Goniana. Due to it, SAD workers gathered there and staged a protest. I am not concerned about it at all.” Muktsar, April 29 SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal, who is contesting the Lok Sabha polls from the Ferozepur parliamentary constituency, is the most popular candidate in the state on the social media. He has 24.25 lakh followers on Facebook and 3.32 lakh on Twitter. Notably, about two years ago, he had 24.36 lakh followers on Facebook, witnessing a dip of 11,000 users. After him, artiste -turnedpolitician Bhagwant Mann, who is in the fray from Sangrur, has 19.59 lakh followers on Facebook and 2.85 lakh on Twitter. Raj Kumar Chabbewal, Congress nominee from the Hoshiarpur seat, has 11.06 lakh followers on Facebook. The Lok Insaaf Party chief, Simarjeet Singh Bains, who is contesting from Ludhiana, has 9.48 lakh followers on Facebook. Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, who is the SAD candidate from Bathinda, has 6.88 lakh followers on Facebook. Actorturned-politician Sunny Deol, who is contesting the elections for the first time from Gurdaspur, has 6.52 lakh followers on Facebook Gidderbaha MLA Amrinder Singh Raja Warring, who is the Congress candidate from Bathinda, has 5.36 lakh followers on the social media site. His rival, Punjabi Ekta Party chief Sukhpal Singh Khaira has 4.42 lakh followers. Gurjeet Singh Aujla, Congress candidate from Amritsar, has 2.24 lakh followers. Manish Tewari, who is contesting the Lok Sabha election on Congress ticket from Anandpur Sahib, is followed by 2.02 lakh users on the social media site. PPCC chief Sunil Kumar Jakhar, who is the fray from Gurdaspur, has 1.95 lakh followers, while Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh’s wife Preneet Kaur, who is the Congress candidate from Patiala, is followed by 1.74 lakh users. Talwandi Sabo MLA Baljinder Kaur, who is contesting the elections on the AAP ticket from Bathinda, has 1.59 lakh followers on Facebook. SAD (Amritsar) chief Simranjit Singh Mann, party nominee from Sangrur, is followed by 1.21 lakh users. Congress Ludhiana candidate Ravneet Singh Bittu is followed by 1.19 lakh users. Union Minister of State Hardeep Singh Puri, who is contesting the elections on the BJP ticket from Amritsar, has less than one lakh followers on Facebook. Some of other candidates have less than 10,000 followers. been regularised till now. Employees from the Health Department and PWD Department also participated in the protest. Gagandeep Singh, executive member of the union, said “By not fulfilling the pending demands, the state government has failed to deliver its pre-poll promises. Vacancies in various departments must be filled on priority, privatisation of government departments must be stopped and old pension scheme must be implemented.” “The management of waterworks and dispensaries in villages must remain part of the government. If our demands are not met, we will intensify our stir.. It must revive the old pension scheme and implement the recommendations of the 6th pay commission,” he added. — TNS SAD chief strikes emotional chord with workers Tribune News Service Malout, April 29 Striking an emotional chord with SAD workers of the Malout Assembly constituency by remembering the love and affection that his late mother Bibi Surinder Kaur Badal had for them, Sukhbir Singh Badal, who is contesting the Lok Sabha elections from the Ferozepur parliamentary constituency, on Monday appealed to them to work hard for his victory for the next 20 days. “I am the president of the party and have to tour the entire state. From tomorrow, I will be touring other areas. Therefore, you will have to fight my electoral battle. I am sure you will give me the biggest lead in all nine Assembly segments falling in the Ferozepur parliamentary constituency,” he said while addressing three election meetings in Malout on Monday. Continued on page 2 Shot in the arm for SAD Veenu Badal holds meetings in support of Warring Cong, AAP leaders join party in presence of leaders Tribune News Service Bathinda, April 29 District Congress women wing president Ramesh Rani joined the SAD in the presence of party leader Bikram Singh Majithia here on Sunday. Besides, Congress leader Jasveer Singh from Bhadra village in the Budhlada Assembly segment on Monday joined the SAD. AAP leader Gurdeep Singh Randhawa joined the party at Ahmedpur village in Budhlada in the presence of Harsimrat Badal. Former councillors Mahinder Singh, Shinder Kaur and Jasvir Kaur, along with Dr Charanjit Singh and youth Congress leader Balwinder Singh Bhola, joined the SAD in the presence of party president Sukhbir Singh Badal here. Bathinda, April 29 Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal’s wife Veenu Badal has been holding public meetings in favour of Congress candidate Amrinder Singh Raja Warring in the city. On Monday, she held meetings in Adarsh Nagar, Mandir Colony, Panchayat Bhawan, Guru Teg Bahadur Nagar, Bibi Wala road area, Ajit road area, Kothe Sucha Singh area, Guru Nanak Nagar and Hazura Kapura colony. Addressing a public gathering, she listed development works carried out by the Congress in the city in the past two years. She said, “We have uplifted government schools in the city. Basic facilities such as Sukhbir Badal welcomes a Congress leader into the party fold in Bathinda on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PAWAN SHARMA SAD leaders assured them that they would be given appropriate rank in the party. Harsimrat visits grain market On Monday, Harsimrat Badal visited the grain market in Akawali village in Budladha. She listened to the problems being faced by farmers. She called administration officials and asked them to streamline procurement process.— TNS c m y b Veenu Badal campaigns for the Congress candidate in Bathinda on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO water and sewerage connection have been provided in all areas without looking at any political affiliation. We feel that it is the right of residents and no politics should be played on such issues as the SAD did during its 10-year rule.” She said the SAD-BJP gov- ernment had looted people in past 10 years, whereas the Congress government was fulfilling the promises. She said the remaining promises would be fulfilled in the coming three years. Finance Minister Manpreet Badal campaigned in various villages, including Hasanpur, Gurney Khurd, Gurney Kalan, Borewala, Beroke Khurd, Beroke Kalan and Gudri in the Budhlada Assembly segment. Manpreet said the Congress government had waived loans of farmers in the state. Congress candidate Amrinder Singh Raja Warring campaigned in the Talwandi Sabo Assembly segment. He was accompanied by Khushbaz Jattana.
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