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Protest turns into commuters’ nightmareContractual employees of the Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant, along with members of various organisations, during a protest march.

Protest turns into commuters’ nightmare

Contractual staff of thermal plant hold march, followed by protest at Fire Brigade Chowk20 Feb 2018 | 12:50 AM

BATHINDA: Commuters had a harrowing time today due to the protest march by contractual thermal employees in the city. Initially they held a march and later staged a protest at Fire Brigade Chowk by blocking the Mall Road. Thereafter, they went back marching by blocking the road from where they passed.

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Sukhmeet Bhasin

Tribune News Service

Bathinda, February 19

Commuters had a harrowing time today due to the protest march by contractual thermal employees in the city. Initially they held a march and later staged a protest at Fire Brigade Chowk by blocking the Mall Road.

Thereafter, they went back marching by blocking the road from where they passed.

The employees gathered under “Thermal Bachao, Rozgar Bachao”.

The protesters raised slogans against the state government. Co-ordination committee president Rajinder Singh said Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal first closed the thermal plant, thereby making contractual employees unemployed and now, he was holding sangat darshans in which he is making fake promises over giving employments.

The union leaders claimed that since January 1, they have been staging protests along with their family members outside the mini-secretariat, but the state government had failed to address their demands.

Committee members said the PSPCL management came to Bathinda and made a verbal agreement with them on January 27, but they have not returned till date. They claimed that they were forced to intensify their stir in the coming days.

Farmer union leaders Shingra Singh Mann and Surmukh Singh Sidhu said the main problem is the Electricity Act 2003.

They demanded that the Punjab Government should cancel the Act and resolve the contractual employees’ issue.

They assured to give their support to the ongoing protest. They claimed that if the issue was not resolved soon then they would intensify the stir.

Water Supply and Sanitation Contract Workers Union Sandeep Khan, TSU (Bhangal group) Rachpal Singh, farmer union leaders and others were present.

Manpreet announces Rs 22 crore for civic works

Manpreet announces Rs 22 crore for civic works

20 Feb 2018 | 12:50 AM

BATHINDA: Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal today instructed Municipal Commissioner Sanyam Aggarwal to conduct a probe into the working of Triveni Engineer and Construction company, which has been given the Rs 288 crore water supply and sewerage project in the city.

MCB to issue Rs 500 challan for urinating in open

20 Feb 2018 | 12:50 AM

BATHINDA: To curb open urinating in the city, the Municipal Corporation, Bathinda, (MCB) has started a drive to issue a challan of Rs 500 each to the violators.

Govt increases bus fare, residents annoyed

20 Feb 2018 | 12:50 AM

BATHINDA: After coming to power, in just 11 months, the Captain Amarinder Singh government has increased the bus fare twice. On June 1, 2017, it had increased the fare by 3 to 6 paisa per km.

Principal shifted after teachers’ stir over conduct

Principal shifted after teachers’ stir over conduct

20 Feb 2018 | 12:50 AM

BARNALA: Alleging misbehaviour by school principal, teachers of Government Senior Secondary School (Boys), Tapa, along with students, staged a protest this morning.

Killing of geese goes viral, officials swing into actionFaridkot wetland

Killing of geese goes viral, officials swing into action

20 Feb 2018 | 12:50 AM

FARIDKOT: The alleged poaching of some migratory birds, Greylag geese, in the wetland across Rajathan feeder-Sirhind feeder canals, near Machaki Mal Singh village in Faridkot on Saturday evening, caught Forest Department officials napping.

Digital payment takes toll on Sasti Roti business

Digital payment takes toll on Sasti Roti business

20 Feb 2018 | 12:50 AM

BATHINDA: To propagate the digital mode of payment in the city, Red Cross Society (RCS) has installed swipe machine at Sasti Roti, a facility where poor may have meals at Rs 10. However, it seems to have a negative effect, as the number of people availing the facility has taken a hit.

BJP demands action against ‘goonda tax’ at refinery

20 Feb 2018 | 12:50 AM

BATHINDA: Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) Bathinda urban unit today has demanded the state government to take action against the accused involved in the “goonda tax” collection at the refinery.

Akali Dal, BJP workers clash in Bhagta Bhaika

20 Feb 2018 | 12:50 AM

BATHINDA: A clash took place between Akali workers and AAP workers at Bhagta Bhaika here today. Members of both parties were injured and booked in the Civil Hospital and the Diyalpura police today registered cross case in this matter.

MCB plans to keep tab on cleanliness through app

20 Feb 2018 | 12:50 AM

BATHINDA: The Local Bodies Department is planning to keep a tab on the cleanliness of the city through mobile application, which the department is set to start soon in the coming days.

Workshop on early detection of childhood cancer

20 Feb 2018 | 12:50 AM

BATHINDA: To ensure early detection and treatment of children affected with cancer in the state, a two-day training workshop on ‘Practical Paediatric Oncology’ culminated here at Advanced Cancer Institute, Bathinda, on Saturday.

Police accused of not taking action against culpritMan attempts wife’s murder

Police accused of not taking action against culprit

20 Feb 2018 | 12:50 AM

BATHINDA: A woman of Talwandi Sabo today accused the Talwandi Sabo police of not taking action against her husband, who allegedly assaulted her with a sharp-edged weapon and attempted to kill her by throwing her from the roof of the house.

Boy steals father’s gun

20 Feb 2018 | 12:50 AM

BATHINDA: A student of Class IX today stole a double-barrel gun and cartridges of his father and left the home. Interestingly, the father lodged a complaint at the Balianwali police station and the police have booked the boy under Section 380 of the IPC.

5-day job fair at MRSPTU from today

20 Feb 2018 | 12:50 AM

BATHINDA: Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Technical University (MRSPTU), Bathinda, will organise a second state-level Mega Job Fair on its campus from February 20 to 24.

Briefly

Student assaulted by teacher

20 Feb 2018 | 12:50 AM

Bathinda: A student was allegedly assaulted by his teacher at a private school situated in Veer Colony. The parents have demanded suspension of the teacher from the school management.

Snippets

Fire at Dera Premi’s house

19 Feb 2018 | 1:31 AM

Barnala: A fire broke out at the house of a Dera Sacha Sauda follower at Sandhu Patti of Barnala city in the wee hours on Sunday.

None booked yet in car loot case

19 Feb 2018 | 1:35 AM

BATHINDA: The police are yet to book anyone in connection with loot of a Swift Dzire car near the Nehianwala police station on the Bathinda-Goniana road.

Suicide note blames in-laws for death

19 Feb 2018 | 1:35 AM

BATHINDA: The Canal Colony police today found a suicide note of Jasbir Singh, a resident of Gopal Nagar, who ended his life yesterday by hanging himself from a ceiling fan at his home.

Mansa village all set to get herbal park

19 Feb 2018 | 1:35 AM

BATHINDA: Forest, Wildlife Preservation, Printing, Stationary, Schedule Castes and Backward Classes Welfare Minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot today visited Dhaipi village of Mansa near Bhikhi where he made important announcements for the overall development of the area.

Cultural events mark SSD Girls College’s golden jubilee

Cultural events mark SSD Girls College’s golden jubilee

19 Feb 2018 | 1:35 AM

BATHINDA: SSD Girls’ College celebrated its golden jubilee and organised a cultural programme to mark the occasion.

Short film on DLSA activities under way

19 Feb 2018 | 1:35 AM

BATHINDA: Dr Mandeep Mittal, CJM/Secretary, District Legal Services Authority, Bathinda, has said “A Shoot for Legal Awareness” in the form of a short film is being prepared on the activities of the District Legal Services Authority, Bathinda.

Broken roads become a nightmare for commuters

Broken roads become a nightmare for commuters

19 Feb 2018 | 1:35 AM

BATHINDA: Bad roads have become a nuisance for commuters in the city.

Sewage overflow outside DAC irks residents

Sewage overflow outside DAC irks residents

19 Feb 2018 | 1:35 AM

BATHINDA: Sewage overflow and garbage outside the District Administration Complex (DAC) near Ambedkar Chowk for the last one month has become an eyesore for city residents.

Dept to launch injectable contraceptive programme

19 Feb 2018 | 1:35 AM

BATHINDA: Aimed at strengthening the family planning programme in the state, the Health Department is ready to launch an injectable contraceptive programme christened as ‘Antara’ from this year.

Dangling wires pose a threat to lives

Dangling wires pose a threat to lives

19 Feb 2018 | 1:35 AM

BATHINDA: Loosely hanging overhead cables and wires at major junctions and roadsides in the city are posing a serious threat to both motorists and pedestrians.

ETT teachers want disbursal of salaries pending for 3 months

ETT teachers want disbursal of salaries pending for 3 months

19 Feb 2018 | 1:35 AM

BATHINDA: ETT teachers of the district, who have not not been paid salaries for the past three months, met ADC Shena Aggarwal and submitted a memorandum of demands to her.

Fund crunch

Medical college claims Rs 5 cr in dormant bank A/Cs

19 Feb 2018 | 1:35 AM

FARIDKOT: After getting more than 45 new post-graduate (PG) course seats in different departments this academic session, Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital (GGSMCH), a constituent medical college of Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS), is trying hard to upgrade its faculty and college infrastructure.

Three arrested with drugs

19 Feb 2018 | 1:35 AM

Malout: The police on Sunday nabbed two persons with 440 habit-forming pills.

Jewellery worth Rs 8 lakh, cash stolen

19 Feb 2018 | 1:36 AM

BATHINDA: Unidentified men today stole gold jewellery worth Rs 8 lakh and Rs 1.5 lakh in cash from a house by breaking the locks in the Namdev road area.

All is not well with district Congress

All is not well with district Congress

19 Feb 2018 | 1:35 AM

BATHINDA: Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal, who has been facing protests by the GNDTP employees and staff of various other government departments, is now facing another challenge in the form of factionalism in the District Congress Committee.

Police pickets fail to serve purpose

18 Feb 2018 | 12:06 AM

BATHINDA: The police had set up close to three dozen pickets in and around the city to control crime, but 12 of these pickets are non-functional.

Show-cause notices issued to schools over dropout cases

18 Feb 2018 | 12:06 AM

BATHINDA: Pulling up its socks to ensure higher enrolment in government schools and focus especially on the admission of female students, dropout and out of schools children, the Director-General of School Education has begun bringing the schools to book over dropout cases.

28-kg marijuana seized, 2 held

28-kg marijuana seized, 2 held

18 Feb 2018 | 12:06 AM

BATHINDA: The GRP police arrested two persons and seized 28 kg of marijuana from their possession in two separate cases in Mansa.

Four suicides reported in dist

18 Feb 2018 | 12:06 AM

BATHINDA: Four persons committed suicide in different parts of the district over the last 24 hours.

Ex-soldiers to work as guardians of state welfare schemes

18 Feb 2018 | 12:06 AM

MALOUT: Ex-servicemen will now check the implementation of the social welfare schemes at the grassroots level and would then provide a feedback to the state government.

Swachhta Survey over, city stinks again

Swachhta Survey over, city stinks again

18 Feb 2018 | 12:06 AM

BATHINDA: The Municipal Corporation Bathinda may have performed well in the Swachhta Survey 2018 which was conducted in the city earlier this year, but it has sure adopted a laidback attitude towards cleanliness in the city now.

Two booked for fraud

18 Feb 2018 | 12:06 AM

BATHINDA: The cantonment police and NRI police station in Bathinda today claimed to have busted a fake company cheating people on the pretext of sending them abroad.

Man sets up smart class at govt school on his own

Man sets up smart class at govt school on his own

18 Feb 2018 | 12:06 AM

BATHINDA: An idea can change your life, it is said and rightly so.

Man arrested on molestation charge

18 Feb 2018 | 12:06 AM

BATHINDA: A man has been arrested while two others booked for allegedly molesting a college student.

Material worth Rs 2.5 lakh stolen

18 Feb 2018 | 2:04 AM

BATHINDA: Miscreants decamp with materials worth Rs 2.5 lakh from a garment shop situated in Rama Mandi yesterday.

Give us three months to solve civic issues: Manpreet to residents

18 Feb 2018 | 12:06 AM

BATHINDA: Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal today asked residents of Ward No. 1 to give him 90 days’ time to address their problems of lack of basic civic amenities.

GNDTP staff show black flags to Finance Minister

GNDTP staff show black flags to Finance Minister

18 Feb 2018 | 12:06 AM

BATHINDA: Regular employees of the Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant today showed black flags to Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal as the latter was holding public meetings in the city.

AAP wants power supply restored to waterworks

18 Feb 2018 | 12:06 AM

MALOUT: Demanding the immediate restoration of power supply to the local waterworks, AAP workers staged a protest outside the PSPCL office here today.

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