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Thermal workers, teachers take to streets
Bathinda, October 4
Nine days after the Special Trainers Contract workers at the thermal plant blocked the bus stand on Thursday demanding regularisation of their jobs. Teachers Union blocked the Bathinda-Goniana road for over three hours, the members of the Thermal Contract Workers Coordination Committee today blocked the Guru Kashi Marg in front of the bus stand for over four hours.

Contract workers at the thermal plant blocked the bus stand on Thursday demanding regularisation of their jobs. Tribune photos: pawan sharma

Teachers of government aided schools demand pending salary



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Corporation fails to take the bull by the horns
Bathinda, October 4
Stray animals causing death and serious accidents on the roads in the city have failed to awaken the authorities of the Municipal Corporation from their deep slumber.

Man hit by train, dies
Bathinda, October 4
A pedestrian lost his life while trying to cross the railway track near the Patiala railway crossing. The deceased has been identified as a resident of Sanguana Basti.

Volleyball title for Talwandi sabo
A volleyball match being played at the district sports meet; a kabaddi match (below) in progress.Bathinda, October 4
The Talwandi Sabo zone bagged the first place in under-19 category of the volleyball event for girls on the second day of the district sports meet today. Sangat zone bagged the second place. In the under-14 category of the same event, Bhagta zone stood first and while Bathinda II secured the second place.

A volleyball match being played at the district sports meet. Tribune photos: pawan Sharma

Tarannum off to a colourful start at PTUGZS campus
The dignitaries taking a look at a rangoli made at the techno-cultural fest, Tarannum, that began at the PTUGZS campus in Bathinda on Thursday.Bathinda, October 4
The two-day literary techno cultural fest, Tarannum, of the Punjab Technical University Giani Zail Singh (PTUGZS) Campus started today.




The dignitaries taking a look at a rangoli made at the techno-cultural fest, Tarannum, that began at the PTUGZS campus in Bathinda on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

Tangori girls win lawn tennis tourney
Bathinda, October 4
The Shaheed Udham Singh Women's College of Engineering and Technology, Tangori, won the inter-college lawn tennis championship held at the Punjab Technical University Giani Zail Singh (PTUGZS) campus.

Three arrested with 10 kg poppy husk
Bathinda, October 4
Police have arrested three persons with 10 kilograms of poppy husk. The accused, Baldev Singh and Makhan Singh, both residents of Chaoke village and Balvir Singh of Patti Kala Mehraj village, were found carrying 10.2 grams of poppy husk near Kothe Kapah Wale Mehraj.

Legal aid clinic inaugurated at Jeeda 
Kawaljit Singh, Civil Judge (Senior Division), inaugurating the legal aid clinic at village Jeeda on Thursday. Bathinda, October 4
A legal aid clinic was inaugurated at village Jeeda today. Kawaljit Singh, Civil Judge (Senior Division), who is also the secretary, District Legal Services Authority, presided over the inaugural ceremony. A seminar was also held on the occasion



Kawaljit Singh, Civil Judge (Senior Division), inaugurating the legal aid clinic at village Jeeda on Thursday. A Tribune photo

Tractor collides with bus
Bathinda, October 4
A tractor driver was seriously injured in an accident when the vehicle loaded with cardboards overturned after colliding with a speeding bus. Volunteers of the NGO Sahara Jan Sewa reached the place of the accident which took place at around 5 am.

 

 







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Thermal workers, teachers take to streets
Power plant workers on contract demand regularisation of jobs
Gurdeep Singh Mann
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, October 4
Nine days after the Special Trainers Teachers Union blocked the Bathinda-Goniana road for over three hours, the members of the Thermal Contract Workers Coordination Committee today blocked the Guru Kashi Marg in front of the bus stand for over four hours.

The workers and their family members squatted on the road demanding the regularisation of jobs of the workers deployed at the Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant and the Guru Hargobind Thermal Plant (GHTP).

The transporters regretted that more than 350 buses had failed to ply on the road due to the dharna and the overall loss could be pegged at more than Rs 10 lakhs. Hundreds of bus passengers including the elderly, schoolchildren and college goers, especially the girls, were at the receiving end as they failed to get buses for their destinations.

The workers laid dharna at noon which continued till quarter to five in the evening. PRTC traffic manager Jaswinder Chahal said only the loss of the PRTC has been pegged at nearly Rs 4 lakhs due to the dharna. The overall loss is more than Rs 10 lakhs, he said.

"We are trying to streamline the system and it may take more than half an hour to restore normalcy. Nearly 70 buses missed their schedule and if the private buses are to be included, more than 350 buses failed to run today," Chahal said.

A transporter, Pirthi Jalal, said it has now become routine to lay siege to the bus stand. The workers should have staged dharna in front of the residences of the DC, SSP, ministers or the officials concerned of the Powercom but they chose to harass hundreds the commuters and transporters, he said.

The agitators along with their families, waving placards, said the dharna was lifted after an assurance of holding holding a meeting with their representatives on October 12 in Chandigarh. The workers said the meeting would be attended by the chairman of the Powercom and other senior Punjab Government officials.

One of the leaders of the workers and the president of the Contract Workers Union (AITUC) Jagroop Singh said there were nearly 1300 workers at the Guru Gobind Singh Thermal Plant and Guru Hargobind Thermal Plant demanding regularisation. "The workers are getting a paltry sum of Rs 4,000 to Rs 5,000 per month. The workers are under the contractors who fail get their salaries on time. Sometimes, their salaries are deducted for delay in projects and other reasons," Jagroop said.

On the problems faced by the people due to the dharna, Jagroop Singh said it was the wrong policies of the Punjab Government that was to be blamed for it. Expressing sympathy with those who faced harassment, Jagroop Singh said the workers who produce electricity by putting coal in the boilers amidst scorching heat, too are being exploited.

"Earlier, we had laid siege to the thermal plant many times and also blocked the Bathinda-Barnala road twice but nothing happened. Ultimately, we resorted to this extreme step," he said.

Meanwhile, heavy police force was deployed around the bus stand and water cannons were ready for use to disperse the crowd. The transporters also had heated arguments with the workers.

 

Teachers of government aided schools demand pending salary
Tribune News Service

Teachers working in aided schools staged a protest against the delay in the payment of theirsalaries.
Teachers working in aided schools staged a protest against the delay in the payment of their salaries. Tribune photos: pawan sharma

Bathinda, October 4
Teachers working at 13 government aided schools in the district today staged a dharna near the SSD Senior Secondary School, opposite the Gole Diggi market, to register their protest against the state government for not giving them salaries for the last seven months.

The general secretary of Aided School Teachers Union and other employees, Pawan Shastri said teachers in aided schools all over Punjab were last paid their salaries in the month of March.

The state has 484 aided schools that have around 4000 teachers. In 2003, the government stopped recruitment in these schools and withdrew the pension benefits of the teachers working here.

The members of the union said that in 2003, there were around 10,000 teachers in these schools.

But as of now, there are just 4000 teachers left. More than 60 per cent posts are vacant throughout the state and no more recruitment has been made.

While the state government gives 95 per cent funds to run these schools, the management of these schools contributes the remaining five per cent. However, the school's staff has been facing the problem of salaries getting delayed.

"The schools are being paid funds on quarterly basis. So, instead of getting salaries every month, we get these after every three months. But this year, we haven't got salaries since March," said the president of the union, Najar Singh.

The teachers said when they enquired at the district treasury about the delay, they were told that their bills have been held back on government orders.

"Around ten days ago, even the deputy commissioner called up the headquarters in Chandigarh to enquire about our problem. He assured us that the salaries would soon be distributed," the union members said.

The teachers said the government has neither paid them arrears as per the recommendations of the Fifth Pay Commission nor has the master cadre rule been applied to them.

In Bathinda district, there are 13 government aided schools with around 425 teachers.

All these schools were closed today. Five schools are from the city, including the SSD Senior Secondary School, MHR Senior Secondary School, Arya Girls School, Khalsa Senior Secondary School and SSD Moti Ram Kanya Mahavidyalaya. Three such schools are at Rampura Phul, including the Dev Samaj, SSD School and Arya School, while two are at Maur Mandi include the Khalsa School and SSD School. There are other two schools in the Talwandi Sabo area.

Teachers marched in procession from Gole Diggi to Dhobi Bazar to Hospital Bazaar and back to Gole Diggi. They also jammed traffic at Sadbhavna Chowk for 10 minutes.

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Corporation fails to take the bull by the horns
Stray animals continue to roam on city roads posing grave
danger to the pedestrians and commuters
 
Gurdeep Singh Mann
Tribune News Service

The stray cattle menace has assumed an alarming proportion in the city.
The stray cattle menace has assumed an alarming proportion in the city. A Tribune photograph

Bathinda, October 4
Stray animals causing death and serious accidents on the roads in the city have failed to awaken the authorities of the Municipal Corporation from their deep slumber.

Despite the menace assuming an alarming proportion, the authorities are yet to take any action in this regard even as the residents are getting seriously injured by the stray bulls and cows prowling in the localities and on the roads..

TNS spoke to some of the victims of the stray animals who blamed the Municipal Corporation, the district administration and the state government for the problem and accused them of making false promises to the people.

"Despite the death of several people in the accidents, people are continuously being forced to live in panic. Even the sight of a lethargic bull on the road causes panic among the commuters who are forced to divert their route," said Ajitpal, a resident of Model Town, whose brother was mauled by a stray bull last month on Bhagu road.

Sanjay, brother of 35-year-old Vinod Kumar, who lost his life last week in a bull fight, accused the authorities of sleeping over the issue.

Sanjay said Vinod was the eldest of the three brothers and was working as an agent at the district courts. The father of a teenaged daughter, Vinod was residing in Model Town Phase-1 and now his wife and daughter have shifted to his brother's house in Janta Nagar.

Sanjay said that Vinod along with his friend, was returning to his house on a scooter which was hit by two bulls fighting near Bhai Ghanaiya Chowk on Goniana road. Vinod died on the spot while his friend received serious injuries.

Another victim of the stray cattle menace, Rohit Paul, a resident of Power House Road, said there are more than a dozen animals including cows, bulls and dogs roaming on the streets where his house is situated.

"The animals bark, bellow, moo and growl all the time leading to panic among the residents," said Rohit. He said two elderly women walking in the wee hours were injured by a cow that was being chased by a bull a few days ago.

Jagdev Singh, a resident of Bhagu road, regretted that the authorities only make tall claims but fail to initiate any practical action in this regard.

He said the roads become dangerous even during the daytime and it becomes quite scary to come out at night. The situation gets worse in case the streetlights are not working.

Many accidents have taken place on roads where garbage is dumped or waste vegetables are thrown. The number of stray animals has increased manifold around the vegetable markets near the Rose Garden Chowk, Bibi Wala Chowk, behind the Government Rajindra College and near Bhai Ghanaiya Chowk.

Pushpesh Kumar of Pujawala Mohalla said despite the claims of remedial measures being initiated, nothing has been done at the ground level.

Numerous stray animals can be spotted in localities like Parasram Nagar, Partap Nagar, Ajit Road, Power House Road, 100 feet road, Barnala road and other areas, posing a threat to the commuters and pedestrians.

The residents said the corporation does not have enough squads to catch the stray bulls and cows.

Interestingly, stray cattle were also seen roaming around the residence of the Bathinda (Urban) MLA and Chief Parliamentary Secretary Sarup Chand Singla in the city.

Fact file

  • Aggressive bulls can be identified. A Bathinda-based veterinarian, Dr SP Sharma said only 10 to 20 bulls out of 100 are aggressive enough to fight. They can be identified and away from the residential areas or busy roads. Their behaviour changes during the period of heat and they do not tolerate the presence of other bulls near them.
  • Though there is no exact figure of the stray animals in the city, an official figure released sometime ago states that there are nearly 2,000 stray animals.
  • Most of the animals are brought to the city by farmers from the nearby villages. With the introduction of tractors, there is no use of the bulls in agricultural fields and the bulls damaging crops in the villages are shifted to the city areas.
  • Two deaths were reported in city during the last one week and more than a dozen were injured in the last one month.

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Man hit by train, dies

Bathinda, October 4
A pedestrian lost his life while trying to cross the railway track near the Patiala railway crossing. The deceased has been identified as a resident of Sanguana Basti.

Volunteers of the NGO Sahara Jan Sewa said they got a call about the accident. The volunteers who visited the spot, shifted the man to the emergency ward of the Civil Hospital. They said the man appeared to be in a hurry to cross the railway track. He misjudged the speed of the approaching train and came under the speeding train. The accident took place at around 8. 30 am when the passenger train from Hisar to Bathinda was chugging into the railway station. TNS

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Volleyball title for Talwandi sabo
Tribune News Service

A kabaddi match (below) in progress.
A kabaddi match (below) in progress. Tribune photos: pawan Sharma

Bathinda, October 4
The Talwandi Sabo zone bagged the first place in under-19 category of the volleyball event for girls on the second day of the district sports meet today. Sangat zone bagged the second place. In the under-14 category of the same event, Bhagta zone stood first and while Bathinda II secured the second place.

In the volleyball under-19 semi-final in the category for boys, played between Goniana and Sangat, Goniana was declared the winner. In the second match between Mandi Kalan and Talwandi Sabo, Mandi Kalan was declared the winner. In the under-14 category for boys of the same event, Goniana stood first followed by Bhagta at the second place.

In the under-19 girls' hockey, Sangat stood first and Bathinda II came second. In the under-17 category of the same event, Mandi Kalan stood first and Sangat came second. Similarly, in the under-17 category for boys, Bhucho stood first and Bathinda I came 
second.

In the under-14 girls' category, Sangat stood first while Mandi Kalan secured the second place.

In the netball event, in the under-19 girls' category, Bathinda I secured the first place and Bathinda II came second. In the under-14 category for girls, Bathinda I stood first while Bathinda II finished second.

In the under-19 throwball event for boys, Bathinda II stood first and Talwandi Sabo came second. In the under-19 category for girls, Bathinda II stood first and Goniana Mandi stood second.

In the under-19 category for girls in the dodgeball event, Bhagta stood first and Goniana stood second. In the under-19 category for boys, Bhucho stood first and Sangat came second.

In the tug-of-war event, Maur Mandi and Bhagta zone teams secured the first and second places in both the girls and boys categories.

In the under-19 category for boys in badminton, Bathinda I secured the first place while Talwandi Sabo came second.

In the under-19 category for girls in kabaddi, Sangat and Talwandi Sabo clashed in the semi-finals wherein Talwandi Sabo won.

Similarly, Bhucho and Mandi Kalan played a match wherein Mandi Kalan secured the first place. In the under-17 category for girls, Maur Mandi and Bathinda II clashed in which Bathinda II was declared the winner. In the match between Talwandi Sabo and Maur Mandi, Maur Mandi was declared the winner of the contest.

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Tarannum off to a colourful start at PTUGZS campus
Tribune News Service

Additional Deputy Commissioner Mohamed Tayyab jives along with the students at the techno-cultural fest at PTUGZS campus on Thursday.
Additional Deputy Commissioner Mohamed Tayyab jives along with the students at the techno-cultural fest at PTUGZS campus on Thursday. (Related report on p2) 

Bathinda, October 4
The two-day literary techno cultural fest, Tarannum, of the Punjab Technical University Giani Zail Singh (PTUGZS) Campus started today.

The chief guest, Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Mohammad Tayab, inaugurated the morning session by the lighting the ceremonial lamp. He later danced with the students adding to the charm of the fest.

Speaking to the students, the ADC felt nostalgic and recalled his own college days and inspired the students to take part in co-curricular activities with enthusiasm. He also distributed the prizes to the winners of various competitions. He also inaugurated "Tarannum Fete" in the campus ground.

Tehsildar Darshan Kumar Bansal was the guest of honour on the occasion. Campus Director Dr Jasbir Singh Hundal welcomed the chief guest and the other dignitaries and highlighted the importance of such cultural activities in the technical institutions.

Students of the Garari Group won the auction of the music stall and play-on request songs for the students. Nearly 3,000 students jived to the tunes of music all through the day and enjoyed the colourful event.

On the first day, many literary and technical events were held. The programme started with a welcome dance by the girl students followed by various literary and cultural events like rangoli, pillar designing, creative carving, press conference, newsroom, debate, collage making, group discussion, solo dances (both girls and boys).

In Rangoli, Paras and Bhanu (from 2010 batch) and Abhinav and Sahil (from 2010 batch) got the first and second positions. Paras, Bhanu, Anil and Amnik (from 2010 batch) bagged the first and second places in pillar designing. Harneet and Mandeep (from 2010 batch) and Ashwin and Divya (from 2010 batch) were ranked first and second, respectively.

In solo dance (girls), Samriti (from 2010 batch) and Puneet (2011 batch) achieved the first and second prizes. Sonu (2011) and Paras (2010) have got the first and second places in solo dance (boys). In collage making, Prachi and Sakshi (2009) and Arshdeep and Ramandeep (2009) won the first and second positions.

In debate, Devyani (2012) and Harinder (2010) stood first, while Reechu (2010) and Hemant (2011) stood second. Harinder (2010), Khushboo (2011) and Kavita (2009) bagged the first, second and third places in the mock press conference.

In the newsroom event, Rohit and Group (2012) and Laveena and Group (2010) secured the first and second positions. Prof Neeraj Gill and Prof Rajesh Kumar thanked the students and the organizers for their support in making the event a grand success. Coordinator Prof Sandeep Kansal thanked those present. 

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Tangori girls win lawn tennis tourney
Tribune News Service

A player serves during a match on the concluding day of the inter-college lawn tennis championship played at the PTUGZS campus in Bathinda on Thursday.
A player serves during a match on the concluding day of the inter-college lawn tennis championship played at the PTUGZS campus in Bathinda on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

Bathinda, October 4
The Shaheed Udham Singh Women's College of Engineering and Technology, Tangori, won the inter-college lawn tennis championship held at the Punjab Technical University Giani Zail Singh (PTUGZS) campus.

In the first semi-final, DAVIET, Jalandhar, played against CIET, Rajpura, and came out victorious. In the second semi-final, PTUGZS Campus, Bathinda, played against Beant College of Engineering and Technology (BCET), Gurdaspur, and won the match.

In the girls section, the team from the SUSWCET, Tangori, stood first. PTUGZS Campus, Bathinda, came second and the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), Bhaddal, Ropar, secured the third place.

On the concluding day today, director of the PTUGZS campus Dr Jasbir Singh Hundal was the chief guest. While speaking on the occasion, he emphasized upon the role of sports in the grooming and development of students.

President, sports, of the PTUGZS campus, Prof Bhupinder Pal Singh Dhot proposed the vote of thanks. Registrar GS Bath was the guest of honour. A total of 16 teams participated in the tournament.

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Three arrested with 10 kg poppy husk
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, October 4
Police have arrested three persons with 10 kilograms of poppy husk. The accused, Baldev Singh and Makhan Singh, both residents of Chaoke village and Balvir Singh of Patti Kala Mehraj village, were found carrying 10.2 grams of poppy husk near Kothe Kapah Wale Mehraj.

The investigating officer-cum-complainant in the case, ASI Gurjant Singh said the accused was arrested following a tip-off provided by an informer. A case under sections 15, 61, 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered against the accused at the Rampura city police station.

Moga resident booked for cheating

Bathinda police have booked Jagsir Singh, a resident of Moga, for cheating Najar Singh of Diyalpura Mirza village of Rs 6 lakhs. In his complaint to the police, Najar said the accused promised to send his grandson abroad by helping him get a visa for four years.

The accused, however, neither helped his grandson in going abroad nor returned the money.

A case under section 420 of the IPC has been registered against the accused at the Diyalpura police station. No arrests have been made so far.

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Legal aid clinic inaugurated at Jeeda 
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, October 4
A legal aid clinic was inaugurated at village Jeeda today. Kawaljit Singh, Civil Judge (Senior Division), who is also the secretary, District Legal Services Authority, presided over the inaugural ceremony. A seminar was also held on the occasion

Addressing the gathering, Kawaljit Singh said the clinic has been opened with the motive of providing legal aid at the doorsteps of the people.

It will also create awareness about social ills like dowry, female foeticide and drug addiction. Till now, ten legal clinics have been opened in Bathinda district.

He added that a front office has been opened in the court complex also where people are provided free legal aid and suggestions. People will be made legally literate for which panels of lawyers are being formed. These lawyers will impart legal training and prepare para legal volunteers.

Literature pertaining to the legal aid was also circulated in the village. A lawyer, Manpreet Brar, has been deputed at village to provide legal aid to the people.

Prominent among others present on the occasion were the ADA (legal services) Surinder Sachdeva, lawyer Manpreet Brar, sarpanch Sukhdev Singh, members of the panchayat and the villagers.

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Tractor collides with bus

Bathinda, October 4
A tractor driver was seriously injured in an accident when the vehicle loaded with cardboards overturned after colliding with a speeding bus. Volunteers of the NGO Sahara Jan Sewa reached the place of the accident which took place at around 5 am.

The mishap took place near the Chetak Park on Barnala road. The injured tractor driver, Binder Singh, a resident of Amarpura Basti was admitted to the Civil Hospital by the Sahara volunteers.

Meanwhile, the anti-narcotics cell of the police arrested a thief who was planning to steal vehicles in the city. A case has been registered against the accused. TNS

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