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LPG cap hits mid-day meal
Bathinda, October 2
The cap on supplying only six subsidized LPG cylinders to a household per year has started affecting the mid-day meal scheme in the district.

Question papers being sent to get xerox copies
Bathinda, October 2
The secrecy of the examination system is at stake in Bathinda where question papers are being sent to the open market to get their photostat copies.

College student held for seeking extortion money
Bathinda, October 2
Dreaming of earning Rs 20 lakhs by making a few threatening phone calls to a rich man in the city has landed a DAV College student in trouble. The BA Part-1 student has been arrested by the police with the mobile phone used to threaten the complainant.



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Police to intensify vigil in Partap Nagar
Bathinda, October 2
DSP Gurmeet Kingra assuring the residents of Partap Nagar after they protested against the rise in crime incidents. A day after the residents of Partap Nagar raised a hue and cry over what they called was inadequate security arrangements in their area, DSP City-1-Gurmeet Kingra and Canal SHO UC Chawla reached there to enquire into their problems.



DSP Gurmeet Kingra assuring the residents of Partap Nagar after they protested against the rise in crime incidents. A Tribune photo

Rich tributes paid to mahatma Gandhi, shastri
Bathinda, October 2
The birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, was observed at different places in the city today.

Youth Akali Dal to constitute its units
Bathinda, October 2
Balkar Singh, district president, Youth Akali Dal addressing a press conference in Bathinda on Tuesday. A meeting of the circle presidents of all wings of the Youth Akali Dal was held today at the Circuit House under the presidentship of Balkar Singh Brar. During the meeting, Brar said as per the instructions of the party officials, different units of the Youth Akali Dal are to be constituted in the next 20 days.

Balkar Singh, district president, Youth Akali Dal addressing a press conference in Bathinda on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Pawan Sharma

Girl power

Bathinda girls, Dhanya Jindal, Tisha Garg and Niti Garg , who won the gold in the 11th Punjab Sub-junior State Taekwondo Championship held at Jalandhar, will represent Punjab in national sub-junior tournament at Lucknow from October 5-7.
Bathinda girls, Dhanya Jindal, Tisha Garg and Niti Garg , who won the gold in the 11th Punjab Sub-junior State Taekwondo Championship held at Jalandhar, will represent Punjab in national sub-junior tournament at Lucknow from October 5-7. Tribune photo: Pawan Sharma

Gilpatti panchayat bids adieu to teacher
Bathinda, October 2
The panchayat of Gillpatti village accorded a warm send off to a teacher of the Government Elementary School Gillpatti, Ramesh Kumari. Of the 33 years of her service, she has spent the last 13 years teaching children, mostly belonging to the deprived sections of society, at this village.

Akal Academy takes out rally
Bathinda, October 2
The Sarab Hind Annual Samagam of Sri Sukhmani Sahib Sewa Societies is going to be celebrated on October 5, 6 and 7 in the playground of the Khalsa Senior Secondary School, Bathinda.

One arrested with stolen bike
Bathinda, October 2
Police have arrested one Bhupinder Singh, a resident of Bathinda with a stolen bike. In a complaint to the police, Anuj Kumar of Mohalla Sirian Wala had complained that his bike was stolen by the accused and he was spotted driving the vehicle. The accused was arrested by the police. A case under section 379 of the IPC has been registered at Civil Line police station.







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LPG cap hits mid-day meal
Gas agencies refuse to supply cylinders to government schools at domestic rates
Megha Mann
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, October 2
The cap on supplying only six subsidized LPG cylinders to a household per year has started affecting the mid-day meal scheme in the district.

Because of ambiguity over the rules and regulations, the supply of LPG cylinders to jails, schools, hospitals, temples and gurudwaras are getting affected as the owners of the gas agencies in the city are refusing the supply for mid-day meals in government schools.

District Education Officer (Secondary) Hardeep Singh said he has received complaints from the heads of different schools.

"The school heads say the gas agency owners have refused to give cylinders for the school's use at domestic rates. I have duly informed the Deputy Commissioner's office about the issue," he added.

Deputy Commissioner Kamal Kishore Yadav said he has informed the Director General of School Education (DGSE), Punjab, as well as the Secretary, Education, Government of Punjab, about the issue. "We have learned that the cost of cooking will also increase with the cap on LPG cylinders. The state government will take up the matter with the Central Government soon and things would be sorted out," he said.

Yadav added that all the regulations and guidelines are about the domestic supply. "The government norms are silent over the usage of cylinders for institutional purposes. Since this is a scheme of the Central Government, the decision largely lies in the hands of the Government of India," he added.

A teacher at a government school in village Deon said the gas agency providing them with cylinders, has flatly refused to supply them at domestic rates. "We cannot keep our children hungry for want of fuel. So, we collected some wood from the nearby areas and cooked food on 'chulha'. We faced the problem of managing the smoke emanating from the chulha," he said. Most of the schools are managing the mid-day meals using wood or other combustible material to keep the hearth burning.

Mid-day meal is the most important component of the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyaan (SSA) that emphasizes on providing nutritious food to the children studying in government and government-aided schools.

In Bathinda district, there are 79 senior secondary schools, 92 high schools, 95 middle schools, 18 schools under the SSA, 17 schools under NABARD, 268 primary schools and 127 Panchayati Raj Institute (PRI) schools.

Info sought on SHGs preparing mid-day meal

The district administration has sought details pertaining to the self-help groups (SHGs) and cooks involved in the mid-day meal scheme.

In a letter issued to all government schools, the district education office has directed the schools to provide the information in a prescribed data capture form. The schools have been directed to fill these forms and submit them by October 5. The primary schools should submit the forms at the block level, while the upper primary schools should submit the forms at the cluster level.

The block primary education officers and the cluster heads have been directed to deposit the information at the office of the district mid-day meal in-charge by October 8.

ADC (Development) Mohammad Tayyab said the details have been sought in the context of some SHGs being removed and the work being handed over to some other SHGs.

His office has received complaints in this regard, said the ADC.

"We just want to enquire if this has happened in other schools as well. If the non-performers were removed then it is okay. But if the genuine workers were removed, then we will inquire into the matter," the ADC added.

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Question papers being sent to get xerox copies
Govt school teachers allege secrecy is at stake
Megha Mann
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, October 2
The secrecy of the examination system is at stake in Bathinda where question papers are being sent to the open market to get their photostat copies.

The students of government schools, from classes VI to X, are appearing in their first semester examination.

Instead of providing an adequate number of question papers, the education department has directed the schools to get their question papers xeroxed in the open market.

The examinations started on September 25 and will end on October 6. The teachers said earlier, all question papers were provided together before the beginning of the examination. According to the teachers, they have been running from pillar to post seeking question papers from the cluster heads.

Even the Sarkari School Sikhya Bachao Manch today stated that the government schools were facing the problem. The members of the Manch said they have informed the District Education Officer (Secondary) about the problem, but nothing has been done to resolve it.

"But today, I don't have the question papers of the exam that is scheduled for tomorrow. I have been directed to collect the papers from the cluster in-charge tomorrow in the morning, which means the exam may get delayed and may not begin at 9:30 am, its scheduled time," said one of the teachers. While some schools have not got the question papers for tomorrow, others have received it.

The teachers informed that now, the question papers are being delivered from a Sangrur- based printing press daily in the morning at the district headquarter and is further being distributed to the cluster heads. The teachers said that in the rush hour, question papers are not properly distributed and hence, photostat copies have to be procured.

Meanwhile, Director General School Education (DGSE) Kahan Singh Pannu claimed that all schools are receiving the question papers on time.

"In order to maintain complete secrecy, we are experimenting with providing question papers on the day of the exam. Since the scheme is in its early stage, there are a few bottlenecks. Gradually, we will iron out all the problems," the DGSE asserted.

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College student held for seeking extortion money
Gurdeep Singh Mann
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, October 2
Dreaming of earning Rs 20 lakhs by making a few threatening phone calls to a rich man in the city has landed a DAV College student in trouble. The BA Part-1 student has been arrested by the police with the mobile phone used to threaten the complainant.

SSP Dr Sukhchain Singh Gill said the accused was easily caught by the police. "The police have numerous gadgets and contacts with the mobile companies which help in tracing such threatening calls. Now, threatening someone using a phone has become a thing of the past and the youth landed himself in trouble," the SSP said.

He said the accused was arrested from near the Rose Garden and the mobile phone used by him along with the SIM was also recovered from him.

The accused has been identified as Manpreet Singh Manna, a native of nearby Bhokra village. He was residing in Guru Gobind Singh Nagar. Policemen investigating the matter said the youth was nave and made phone calls not only to the complainant but to others as well. The details of the phone calls made to the other mobiles were traced and the youth was arrested.

Manna has been accused of demanding Rs 20 lakh from Sunil Kumar, a resident of Baba Farid Nagar.

Sunil Kumar, along with his relative Gurcharan Singh, brought the matter to the notice of the police and the matter was investigated with the help of the mobile companies.

The youth threatened to kill the complainant if he failed to give him Rs 20 lakhs before October 3. The accused has been booked under section 387 of the IPC at the Thermal police station.

During the preliminary investigation, the accused revealed that he made the calls from a mobile phone which he found lying near Bhatti road a few days ago. The youth said his family has a dairy and he found the mobile lying on road while selling milk in the area.

He revealed that the threatening calls were made in a bid to become rich. DAV College principal Dr JS Anand said he was not aware of any of his students being nabbed by the police. "We may think of taking action but since the incident took place outside the college and the police have already registered a case, it is now for the police and the youth's parents to look into the matter," he said. 

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Police to intensify vigil in Partap Nagar
Gurdeep Singh Mann
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, October 2
A day after the residents of Partap Nagar raised a hue and cry over what they called was inadequate security arrangements in their area, DSP City-1-Gurmeet Kingra and Canal SHO UC Chawla reached there to enquire into their problems.

The residents discussed their problems with the policemen and demanded the immediate removal of liquor vends and a meat shop from the locality.

Without mincing words, the residents accused the policemen of not doing their duty properly as the criminals were raising their heads without any fear of law.

"The policemen were informed of the troubles being faced by the residents. The cops assured that patrolling would be intensified and the police pickets in the area would be strengthened," said Gurmel Brar, a local resident.

He said the residents have formed a 16-member committee for night vigil and to keep tab on the illegal activities of the unwanted elements roaming in the area.

Brar said the issue of drug addicts disturbing peace too was discussed during the meeting with DSP Kingra and SHO Chawla. The residents from ward number 37 and street numbers 1, 3, 4 and 5 of Partap Nagar had raised the issue of lack of security in the area. The residents were upset over the repeated incidents of theft, snatchings and loot during the last few months.

The policemen assured of providing security cover in the area and said cops would keep vigil round-the-clock and would not allow anyone to take law into their hands.

The DSP said special focus would be given to the areas where problems like snatchings, theft and eve-teasing have been reported. Efforts would be made to deploy the maximum number of policemen during the evening when unwanted elements roam around and disturb peace in the locality. The DSP also assured of action against cops who do not perform their duties properly.

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Rich tributes paid to mahatma Gandhi, shastri
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, October 2
The birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, was observed at different places in the city today.

(Left) Congress workers offer floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri at the district Congress office on Tuesday; Tributes were paid to the two stalwarts at Lala Sant Ram Memorial Library.
(Left) Congress workers offer floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri at the district Congress office on Tuesday; Tributes were paid to the two stalwarts at Lala Sant Ram Memorial Library. Tribune photos: pawan Sharma

At the district office of the Congress party, the 143rd birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi was celebrated wherein the district president (urban) Ashok Kumar and other office-bearers of the district unit were present. Senior Congress leader Jagroop Singh Gill said today was also the 109th birth anniversary of the second Prime Minister of India, Lal Bahadur Shastri.

Prominent among others present on the occasion were Jeet Mal, Suresh Bansal, Mohan Lal Jhumba, Dr Mukesh, Jasvir Kaur, Makhan Lal, Pawan Mani, Iqbal Dhillon, Nathu Ram, Prakash Chand, Rajinder Baghla and Himmat Bedi, among others.

A play school, Bachpan, organized a medical health check-up camp to mark the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Paediatrician Dr Gurpreet Singh Khadial and surgeon Dr Jatinder Singh examined the patients.

A ceremonial lamp was lit in front of Mahatma Gandhi's portrait. The doctors helped the parents with tips on ways to improve the hygiene, health and overall growth of their child.

Dr Khadial told the parents about measures to be taken to improve the immune system. He added that due to the change in weather, many children experience allergies and fall sick. He prescribed some health tonics and also solved many common problems encountered by the parents.

He advised the parents not to give meals to child while watching television as this could lead to overeating.

As a result, the child could get obese. Dr Jatinder Singh took care of the oral and dental problems of the children. He advised the parents not to give the children junk food and candies, which commonly cause tooth decay. Principal Palak Jaura thanked the doctors.

The birth anniversaries of Mahatma Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri were also observed at Lala Sant Ram Memorial Library. President Yashpal Bansal presided over the function and spoke about the lives of the freedom fighters. The key speaker on the occasion was Kulwant Singh Kingra who called upon the youngsters to rise to the needs of the nation.

One of the members, Aman Bansal, suggested that a hall must be constructed in the memory of the freedom fighter Lala Sant Ram and Rs 25,000 should be spent on buying books and magazines.

The students of Playway School, Bhagu Road, also participated in the function. One of the students came dressed as Mahatma Gandhi and another as Lal Bahadur Shastri.

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Youth Akali Dal to constitute its units
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, October 2
A meeting of the circle presidents of all wings of the Youth Akali Dal was held today at the Circuit House under the presidentship of Balkar Singh Brar.
During the meeting, Brar said as per the instructions of the party officials, different units of the Youth Akali Dal are to be constituted in the next 20 days. The units will be formed at the district and circle levels. In the city, these units would be formed at the ward-level, while in the rural areas, it would be held at the village level.

Committees of youths would also be formed at the booth level. In these committees, 15-20 youngsters would be assigned duties for every 500 voters. Every circle in-charge will go to the villages and wards and form committees in coordination with the respective constituency in-charge.

Youngsters in the age-group of 18 to 38 years are eligible to become members of the youth wing. The circle president is supposed to maintain the record of those under him and send a copy of the same to the district president.

The young members, who have not got their I-cards yet, will be provided photo I-cards by next month.

After these committees are formed, the first meeting of the circle would be convened followed by a district level meeting wherein the state president Bikramjit Singh Majithia would take part.

Prominent among those present at the meeting included the press secretary of the Shiromani Akali Dal OP Sharma, Rakesh Singla, Chamkaur Mann, Baljit Singh Sra, Rajinder Singh Mann, Harjit Singh Harji, Gurlabh Singh Dhelwan, Beant Singh., Gurcharan Singh Deon, Lakhwinderjit Singh Happy, Harjit Singh Kaljharani, Harpreet Singh Nangla, Hardeep Singh, Jasvir Singh Badiala, Joginder Singh Kotla Kaura, Kulwinder Singh Mehraj, Jaswant Singh, Inderjit Singh, among others.

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Gilpatti panchayat bids adieu to teacher
Tribune News Service

An emotional farewell to the teacher at Gilpatti village.
An emotional farewell to the teacher at Gilpatti village. 

Bathinda, October 2
The panchayat of Gillpatti village accorded a warm send off to a teacher of the Government Elementary School Gillpatti, Ramesh Kumari.
Of the 33 years of her service, she has spent the last 13 years teaching children, mostly belonging to the deprived sections of society, at this village.

The members of the panchayat, students, and the NGOs honoured the teacher for her services.

Prominent among others present on the occasion were former MLA Hardev Arshi, SAD press secretary Dr Om Prakash Sharma and former district public relations officer Waheguru Pal Singh, among others.

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Akal Academy takes out rally

A rally was taken out in the city on Tuesday to create awareness about social ills like drug addiction and female foeticide by the students of the Akal Academy. Nearly 400 students of the institute took part in the rally.
A rally was taken out in the city on Tuesday to create awareness about social ills like drug addiction and female foeticide by the students of the Akal Academy. Nearly 400 students of the institute took part in the rally. Tribune photo: Pawan Sharma

Bathinda, October 2
The Sarab Hind Annual Samagam of Sri Sukhmani Sahib Sewa Societies is going to be celebrated on October 5, 6 and 7 in the playground of the Khalsa Senior Secondary School, Bathinda.

The Kalgidhar Trust, Baru Sahib, organized a large rally to make the people aware about social problems like drug addiction and female foeticide and encourage them to study the Sikh history. Around 400 students of the Akal Academy at Sri Muktsar Sahib, Jand Sahib and Cheema Sahib participated in the rally.

The awareness rally started under the leadership of S. Jasvir Singh, head member of the Sri Sukhmani Sahib Sewa Society and S. Pritpal Singh, head of the Bathinda zone from Gurduwara Bhai Jagta Ji. It passed through the Hanuman Chowk, Mall road, Aspal Bazaar, Dhobi Bazaar, Khalsa Bazaar and called upon the people to fight drug addiction and female foeticide. TNS

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One arrested with stolen bike
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, October 2
Police have arrested one Bhupinder Singh, a resident of Bathinda with a stolen bike. In a complaint to the police, Anuj Kumar of Mohalla Sirian Wala had complained that his bike was stolen by the accused and he was spotted driving the vehicle. The accused was arrested by the police. A case under section 379 of the IPC has been registered at Civil Line police station.

Two booked for attempt to steal household material

Police have booked two persons for making attempt to steal household material. In a complaint to the police, Vinod Kumar, a resident of street number 3 of Partap Nagar, complained that he noticed two boys entering his house. The boys fled after watching him. The complainant identified one of the accused as Mangu, a resident of Surkhpeer road. The person accompanying him could not be identified. The matter was brought to the notice of the police and a case under sections 457, 380 and 511 of the IPC has been registered against the accused at the Canal Colony police station.

Six booked for assault

Police have booked six persons, including Rimpy, Jeet, Harpreet, Gurpreet and two unidentified persons for attacking Prabdeep, a resident of Guru Gobind Singh Nagar. In a complaint to the police, Prabdeep said he was attacked when he was going to meet someone in Model Town Phase-III. A case under sections 324, 323, 506, 148 and 149 of the IPC has been lodged at the cantonment police station.

In a similar incident, police booked Bhagwan Singh and five unidentified persons for injuring a resident of Bishnandi village. Police booked the accused under sections 324, 323, 148 and 149 of the IPC at the Nehianwala police station.

Three booked for eloping with nurse

Police have registered a case against three persons for eloping with a nurse working at the Adesh Medical College, Bhucho Mandi.

The accused have been identified as Kuldeep Singh of Malerkotla, Sunny and Harjinder Singh, both residents of Lohatbaddi village near Sangrur and Ramji. A case has been registered against the accused at the Nathana police station.

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