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Poor visibility disrupts rail, road traffic in region
Bathinda, December 26
Dense fog enveloped the region again this morning. With near zero visibility, the rail as well as road traffic was badly disrupted.The dip in temperature, which made people shiver, also reportedly claimed a life as workers of an NGO found the body of a rickshaw-puller at Amrik Singh road in the city.

Well begun was half done
Bathinda, December 26
Was it the over-burden caused by VIP duties or other factors, the district police, despite taking many positive steps, remained under a cloud with the crime graph moving upwards. During a recent performance test conducted by the state police department, Bathinda-a district, which takes pride in being the turf of the ruling Badals -stood secured 24th rank in the list of 25 commisionerates/districts in the state.


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Students of the Different Convent School presenting a dance during the annual prize distribution function in Bathinda on Sunday.
Students of the Different Convent School presenting a dance during the annual prize distribution function in Bathinda on Sunday. Tribune photo: Pawan Sharma

Shaheed Udham Singh remembered
Abohar, December 26
The students and staff of Sawan Public School located in Thakur Abadi area joined the members of the Punjabi Sabhyachar Manch today in celebrating the birth anniversary of Shaheed Udham Singh.

Bigg Boss star wants media to focus on corruption
Abohar, December 26
Mr India Hrishant Goswami, who had been under house arrest in Bigg Boss-4 for 96 days expects that Ashmit Patel, Shweta Tiwari and Samir Soni may enter the final round of the controversial Colors channel reality show.During an hour-long interaction with media persons this afternoon here at the residence of his friends, Nitul and Adhiraj, he advised the NGOs to concentrate more on weeding out corruption and other evils, which had affected the system in the country, instead of targeting the TV serials.

Glow of warmth

A family huddles around a bonfire to kill the chill in Bathinda. The city has been experiencing intense cold.
A family huddles around a bonfire to kill the chill in Bathinda. The city has been experiencing intense cold. Tribune photo: Pawan Sharma

Leaders plead for popular support
Fazilka, December 26
A religious congregation was held at the local Ram Palace by Hanumat Shakti Jagran Samiti (Fazilka). About a dozen preachers from different areas delivered religious discourses.

Contractors booked, refute allegations
Ferozepur, December 26
The Ferozpur police has registered a case against two contractors under section 420, 416 of the IPC on the basis of a complaint by Ravikant Gupta, chairman, Dev Raj Institute of Management and Technology.

 

 





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Poor visibility disrupts rail, road traffic in region
Rajay Deep
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, December 26
Dense fog enveloped the region again this morning. With near zero visibility, the rail as well as road traffic was badly disrupted.The dip in temperature, which made people shiver, also reportedly claimed a life as workers of an NGO found the body of a rickshaw-puller at Amrik Singh road in the city.

The railway passengers were the worst affected. It was chaos at the railway station as most of the trains were running much behind their scheduled time throughout the day.

According to details available, the Ferozepur-Mumbai Janata Express (19024), which was scheduled to arrive at 6.15 am, was running hours late and till the filing of the report late in the evening, it had not arrived at the Bathinda railway station from Ferozepur.

Further, the Sriganganagar-Haridwar (14711) Express was also reported to be running two hours late. The Dainik Sriganganagar-Delhi superfast also ran behind its scheduled time today in the morning. Sources informed that the Mumbai-Haridwar Janata Express (19023) was running nine hours behind schedule, while the Ferozepur-Ahmedabad (19224) Express was also two hours late when it arrived at the Bathinda railway junction.

The position of the buses was also similar as hundreds of people were witnessed waiting for the long-route buses to arrive at the Bathinda bus stand. Though the buses originating from Bathinda were leaving on time, they were reportedly delayed in reaching their destinations due to the fog.

The impact of the density of fog was quite visible in the city market as well as various commodities, transported from far off places, failed to reach the city.

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Well begun was half done
Rajay Deep/TNS

Bathinda, December 26
Was it the over-burden caused by VIP duties or other factors, the district police, despite taking many positive steps, remained under a cloud with the crime graph moving upwards.

During a recent performance test conducted by the state police department, Bathinda-a district, which takes pride in being the turf of the ruling Badals -stood secured 24th rank in the list of 25 commisionerates/districts in the state.

According to a comparative crime chart of the Bathinda police, the number of murders witnessed an increase this year.

The details, which are available till November this year, state that 56 murder cases have already been registered even as the details for December are yet to be factored in. In contrast, the number of murder cases was 48 during 2009.

Meanwhile, the year witnessed a comparative increase of 19 burglary cases, nine kidnapping cases, eight snatchings and 14 cases related to assault on public servants as compared to previous year.

The details show that during the first 11 months of the year, the district witnessed 195 burglaries, 42 abductions, 59 snatchings and a total of 37 cases related to assault on public servants.

Meanwhile, the police has registered about 324 cases under the NDPS Act and 111 under the Gambling Act, which means a comparative increase of 148 and 32 cases, respectively.

Though the number of such cases is much more than the previous year, police claims it to be a sign of their success stating that the number of registration shows that police had actively carried out its fight war against drugs and gambling.

The number of cases registered under section 379 of the IPC (theft) and 307 of the IPC (attempt to murder) witnessed a comparative decline of 54 and 9 cases, respectively.

It may be mentioned that in July, Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal along with his wife Bathinda MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal conducted a surprise visit at the Civil Lines police station, where they took an exception to the 
treatment being given to the undertrials. They also found the attendance register of the wireless control room lying unfilled.

Finding the recovered goods lying in the lock-ups for a long time, Sukhbir had asked the SSP to ensure the disposal of all the recovered vehicles within two months but even after five months, hardly any vehicle was released.

The community police system, which was launched at the Kotwali police station with the inauguration of a special office of the community police officer (CPO), failed to serve its purpose.

Instead of paying attention to the CPO office, the district police is now setting up a Suvidha Centre to provide services in a better way.

Though the force got new GPS-equipped vehicles, the problem of less fuel quota troubled the cops. Meanwhile, the three new buildings constructed to cater to three police stations could not come into operation.

On a positive note

February 1: Cops of Kotwali police station organized an Akhand Path and held a blood donation camp

April 5: Crime-free day? Not even a single FIR registered throughout the district.

September 15: Police force equipped with 25 brand new multifunctional vehicles, including 18 Scorpio getaway vehicles for police stations and seven Tavera vehicles for PCR staff.

The crest

March 6: Six kg smack recovered.

August 26: Sleuths of the Vigilance Bureau (Bathinda range) nabbed an Assistant Garrison Engineer (AGE) of the Military Engineering Service (MES), red-handed taking bribe.

November 9: Acting swiftly, Bathinda police recovered a 16-year-old kidnapped girl, the same day.

November 10: Bathinda police arrested a couple along with their minor son and one other person with the contraband of about 17.5 kilograms of opium

The trough

May 8: Posters motivating people to join the Naxalite movement found pasted in the city.

May 24: Four cops of the Kotwali police station suspended for attacking a chemist, were suspended.

June 18: Haryana Police and CBI crack the case of Malout boy Nandan Nagpal’s kidnapping from Bathinda. Rs 3 crore was demanded as ransom. Local police failed to ascertain whether ransom was actually paid or not?

August 2: An accused booked under the NDPS Act escaped from the Rampura (Sadar) police station.

August 7: A blast that claimed six lives and left several persons injured in Jogi Nagar locality, still a mystery for the police.

December 1: An assistant superintendent of the Central Jail, Ludhiana booked for attempting to kill two constables to help a hardcore criminal flee from custody.

The challenges

In a recent performance test, Bathinda police got 24th rank in a list of 25 commisionerates/districts with 47.2 per cent marks.

Protest by residents led by the farmer unions over the shifting of electricity meters.

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Shaheed Udham Singh remembered
Our Correspondent

Punjabi Sabhyachar Manch celebrated the birth anniversary of Shaheed Udham Singh at the Sawan Public School in Abohar on Sunday.
Punjabi Sabhyachar Manch celebrated the birth anniversary of Shaheed Udham Singh at the Sawan Public School in Abohar on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Abohar, December 26
The students and staff of Sawan Public School located in Thakur Abadi area joined the members of the Punjabi Sabhyachar Manch today in celebrating the birth anniversary of Shaheed Udham Singh.

Former SDM BL Sikka appreciated the Manch for celebrating the birth and death anniversaries for the past ten years of all prominent national heroes.

Chairperson of the Mahila Propkarini Sabha Jamuna Devi Chawla also spoke on the occasion. Principal Savita Ahuja and Manch president Gurcharan Singh Gill were joined by social activists, teachers and students in offering rose petals at the portraits of great martyrs.

The statue of Udham Singh was also garlanded by the citizens at another function held near the city bus stand.

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Bigg Boss star wants media to focus on corruption
Raj Sadosh

Hrishant Goswami (middle) with friends during his visit to Abohar on Sunday.
Hrishant Goswami (middle) with friends during his visit to Abohar on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Abohar, December 26
Mr India Hrishant Goswami, who had been under house arrest in Bigg Boss-4 for 96 days expects that Ashmit Patel, Shweta Tiwari and Samir Soni may enter the final round of the controversial Colors channel reality show.

During an hour-long interaction with media persons this afternoon here at the residence of his friends, Nitul and Adhiraj, he advised the NGOs to concentrate more on weeding out corruption and other evils, which had affected the system in the country, instead of targeting the TV serials.

Corrupt politicians and bureaucrats have shattered people’s faith in the existing democratic set-up, he observed.

Notably, in Big Boss-IV, Ashmit Patel had moved on from Sara Khan to Veena Malik. Shweta Tiwari played as one of the most attractive mothers of the world’s telly and was first to enter the house. Samir Soni played the elder brother of Shahid Kapoor in ‘Vivah.’

The over six feet tall model Hrishant Goswami had really looked dashing and dazzling in the Ford Fiesta ad. The 1985 born Hrishant Goswami hails from Jammu and Kashmir. He went on to study in the US and Nigeria. Questions were asked about as to whether he would make a transition from fashion to films, back in 2006, when Provogue launched Upen Patel.

Despite winning the 2004 Gladrags Manhunt contest, he failed to achieve his goal of making it into the show business. He lists his favourite music as Alternative rock, U2, Sufi, old Hindi film songs, Branford Marsalis, Lounge Jazz, lounge music, house music and Thievery Corporation.

On entering Bollywood, he observed that new faces have to struggle hard. “Well, I am concentrating on physical fitness and the Art of Living as of now,” he said, adding that the youth, if involved in such programmes, could easily be saved from drug addiction.

Hrishant Goswami plans to enjoy the retreat ceremony at the Hussainiwala border during the next visit to the state.

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Leaders plead for popular support
Our Correspondent

Fazilka, December 26
A religious congregation was held at the local Ram Palace by Hanumat Shakti Jagran Samiti (Fazilka). About a dozen preachers from different areas delivered religious discourses.

They appealed to the audience to help the organisers striving for the construction of Ram Temple and make it a mass movement. Mahant Sheetal Dass, Mohan Dass, Kirpa Shankar, Phool Dass, Atma Nand Puri, Bhagat Kuldeep Sahu, Puneet Giri, Shakti Nath, Yogi Shardhananad, Dool Dass and others alleged though a bench of judges has awarded the verdict that the land where the temporary structure was raised about a decade back belongs to the birth place of Lord Rama, the Central Government is trying to create obstacles in the construction of the temple there.

A ‘yagya’ was also performed. Local MLA Surjit Kumar Jyani along with 42 other guests participated in it. The main attraction of the programme was a 25-kg (Ram Shila) stone that was floating in the water. The organisers claimed that the stone was brought from the river through which Lord Rama had crossed over to Lanka.

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Contractors booked, refute allegations

Ferozepur, December 26
The Ferozpur police has registered a case against two contractors under section 420, 416 of the IPC on the basis of a complaint by Ravikant Gupta, chairman, Dev Raj Institute of Management and Technology.

In his complaint, Gupta alleged that the two contractors had approached him for the construction project worth Rs 17 crores of his institute coming up on the Zira road, which was subsequently allotted to them in January this year.

Gupta said he told the contractors that the work was time-bound. However, even after the expiry of that time, the contractors allegedly did not complete the work and left the job midway. He also alleged that the construction material used was of inferior quality.

He further said he had made a total payment of Rs 4,31,17,440 through bank cheques. Later, the technical appraisal of the construction work revealed that the work done had cost around Rs 3 crores.

On the other hand, Varun Sharma, one of the contractors, denying the allegations, said the case was registered at the behest of certain higher-ups in the government and was totally false. About the construction work, he said the work has been done in accordance with the structural and architectural specifications. — OC

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