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MCB passes last budget as Opposition remains mute spectator
Bathinda, March 7
Congress councillors make their point before Mayor Baljit Singh Bir Behman (in turban) during the meeting of the Municipal Corporation The Rs 116-crore budget of the Municipal Corporation Bathinda (MCB) was passed today without protest from the Opposition.


Congress councillors make their point before Mayor Baljit Singh Bir Behman (in turban) during the meeting of the Municipal Corporation

96 more agitating farmers arrested
Bathinda, March 7
Farmers sit on dharna near Bathinda. The farmers had planned to disrupt the movement of traffic The Bathinda police today arrested 96 protesting activists of farmer unions. As many as 188 farmers were arrested yesterday.


Farmers sit on dharna near Bathinda. The farmers had planned to disrupt the movement of traffic. Tribune photo: Pawan Sharma


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Lyricists remember Sahir Ludhianvi
Bathinda, March 7
Had lyricist Sahir Ludhianvi been alive today, he too would have fallen victim to "commodification which is writ large in society", says lecturer Shubh Prem Brar, who has extensively studied the writings of Sahir. He would have been peeved to see art witnessing a slow death, Brar adds.

Students perform bhangra at the cultural festival held at Adesh University on Thursday Medicos shine at cultural fest
Bathinda, March 7
The week-long cultural and sports extravaganza, Arrhythmia 2013, organised by the Adesh Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (AIMSR), concluded today.


Best foot forward: Students perform bhangra at the cultural festival held at Adesh University on Thursday. Tribune photo: Pawan Sharma

Contests mark celebration of Intíl Womenís Day
Bathinda, March 7
To mark the International Women's Day, Guru Kashi University (GKU), Talwandi Sabo, organized a competition on slogan writing and poster making. Women empowerment was the theme given to the students during the competition.

Placement for PTUGZS students
Bathinda, March 7
Six BTech students of the Punjab Technical University Giani Zail Singh (PTUGZS) campus have been placed with the Asahi Glass Company Limited at an annual package of Rs 3 lakh each.
Auto-rickshaws remain parked on the road connecting the railway station to the Mall despite the board installed by the corporation that prohibits them from doing so
Auto-rickshaws remain parked on the road connecting the railway station to the Mall despite the board installed by the corporation that prohibits them from doing so. Tribune photo: Pawan Sharma

DAV students accorded warm farewell
Bathinda, March 7
A farewell party was organised for BCom final year students of DAV College today.

Crime briefs
Man booked for demanding dowry
Bathinda, March 7
The woman police station has booked a resident of Barnala for demanding dowry from his wife. In her complaint to the police, Sarabjit Kaur, a resident of Amarpura Basti, stated that she was married to Harjinder Singh, a resident of village Mehna in Barnala, who used to demand dowry from her. Police has registered a case against Harjinder Singh in this regard.







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MCB passes last budget as Opposition remains mute spectator
Only 32 of the 50 councillors attend the meet; Senior Deputy Mayor says budget not transparent, misleads people
Megha Mann
Tribune News Service

Senior Deputy Mayor Tarsem Goyal makes a point during the meeting held on Thursday
Senior Deputy Mayor Tarsem Goyal makes a point during the meeting held on Thursday. Tribune photos: Pawan Sharma

Bathinda, March 7
The Rs 116-crore budget of the Municipal Corporation Bathinda (MCB) was passed today without protest from the Opposition.

With just 32 out of 50 municipal councillors attending the meeting, the last budget meeting turned out to be a mere eyewash.

All the SAD-BJP councillors present in the meeting promptly approved items listed in the agenda list while a handful of Congress councillors who were present, boycotted the meet by leaving the meeting hall ó a move that was hardly noticed.

It was Senior Deputy Mayor Tarsem Goyal who tried to take the bull by its horns. At the onset of the meet, Goyal said he would act in the place of the Congress to discuss the agenda instead of mutely agreeing to it.

Terming the war of words as a friendly match, the Senior Deputy Mayor bowled out MC officials and some municipal councillors. Goyal said the budget was not transparent and was instead misleading. "In the last four and half years, the budget has become a mere formality. There are no rules and regulations within which the budget is framed," he said.

Goyal said as per the rules of the Punjab Government, the expenses of the staff should be only 20 per cent of the entire budget but in the MCB budget, it was more than 50 per cent of the budget. "We, the representatives of people, are being fooled. We have not been provided any copy of the guidelines within which the budget is charted out. There are neither any provisions to lessen the expenses nor any provisions to increase the income," he said.

He said the budget did not reflect the actual economic health of the MCB, which has to pay a Rs 40-crore loan of the Punjab Industry Development Board (PIDB), wherein Rs 4 crore is charged as interest every year. Similarly, he said, another Rs 12.50-crore loan had been taken by the civic body, which found no mention in the budget.

He called upon the fellow councillors to be more mature and responsible towards the budget.

He said the contingency funds (two per cent of the entire budget) which had been earmarked should be specified with a list of probable expenses.

Earlier, councillor Prem Singh Maakar, in a lighter vein, suggested that a pension plan be fixed for the ex-municipal councillors. The joke resonated in the House with other councillors agreeing to the suggestion.

Change of land use charges

From this financial year onwards, the Punjab Government will start taking the CLU charges collected by the MCB without giving any share to the latter. Councillors today said either the CLUís share be given to the MCB or the charges be abolished altogether.

"Why should we collect the CLU when we are not going to get any benefit?" questioned a councillor.

Mayor Baljit Singh Birbehman and Commissioner Uma Shankar Gupta agreed to send the suggestion to the state government.

Till January 31 this year, the MCB had earned Rs 78.29 lakh. For the 2013-14 financial year, it aims to make a revenue of Rs 93.29 lakh, which will go to the state government.

Councillors' concerns

  • MC Iqbal Singh Dhillon said in the past four years, there had been no development in Congress councillors' wards. He added that in Jujhar Singh Nagar and the nearby area, twice premix tenders had been floated but no work had been done
  • SAD councillor Rajinder Kaur Brar raised the issue of a park in her ward being encroached upon by an MC employee. The Commissioner assured to take action in this regard by March 31
  • BJP MC Mandeep Agrohia said a relative of an MCB official had constructed a building without getting its plan passed and did not care two hoots about law and order

We heralded development equally in all wards: Mayor

Mayor Baljit Singh Birbehman claimed that the development works in all wards of the city were carried out without any bias. "The roads and drains in the ward of Congress leader Jagrup Singh Gill are more developed than mine," he said. The claim, however, did not go down well with the Congress councillors, who objected to these remarks in the absence of Gill and left the meeting hall.

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96 more agitating farmers arrested
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, March 7
The Bathinda police today arrested 96 protesting activists of farmer unions. As many as 188 farmers were arrested yesterday.

SSP Ravcharan Singh Brar said all the arrested farmers have been booked in FIR number 10 at the police station, Sadar Rampura, under Sections 283, 431, 148, 149, 188 and 511 of the IPC.

They have also been booked under Section 34 of the Police Act 1861, Section 3 of the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act and Section 39A of the Control of National Highway Land and Traffic Act 2002.

The farmers were arrested near Jethuke village today and were lodged at the Sangat police station.

In Maisarkhana village, the police rounded up around 50 farmers. Policemen remained on their toes coordinating on the locations of the agitating groups, action taken and the number of people arrested. SSP Ravcharan Singh Brar personally monitored the entire operation.

Under the banner of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ugraha), the farmers had planned to disrupt the movement of traffic and demand freedom of the arrested farmers. Some of the farmers burnt the effigy of the Punjab Government on the railway line in Jethuke village.

On Wednesday, 17 unions had decided to hold a dharna against the government and disrupt the railway traffic. However, the Bathinda police arrested around 188 farmers.

In a press statement, BKU (Ugraha) general secretary Sukhdev Singh Kokri Kalan stated that farmers had blocked traffic in Jethuke and Maisarkhana villages in Bathinda and Bhaini Bagha village in Mansa. He alleged that the police was trampling democratic rights of farmers.

Farmers have been demanding that their land be given back and debts waivered. They plan to hold meetings on March 10 at Bathinda and Amritsar.

The BKU (Ugraha) general secretary said taking the path of protest, the unions will get their arrested men freed without any terms or conditions and will force the government to take pro-framer decisions. He demanded "free and fair inquiry" into the death of an ASI at Tarn Taran.

Meanwhile, members of the BKU (Dakaunda) issued a press statement from within the jail demanding that they should be given facilities like meals, clean drinking water and medical help as per the jail manuals.

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Lyricists remember Sahir Ludhianvi
Say his poetry has failed to find a parallel in Punjab so far
Megha Mann
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, March 7
Had lyricist Sahir Ludhianvi been alive today, he too would have fallen victim to "commodification which is writ large in society", says lecturer Shubh Prem Brar, who has extensively studied the writings of Sahir. He would have been peeved to see art witnessing a slow death, Brar adds.

Born on March 8, 1921, Sahir was one of the most successful Punjabi lyricists in Bollywood, whose creations set the cash registers of the box office ringing.

Brar says in the time of capitalism today, art has taken a back seat. "Lyricists and poets today lack commitment and seriousness when everything has undergone commodification," he says.

He says the society has degraded in every sense and it's the name that sells now and not the quality.

"Poetry has not remained untouched from the surroundings, wherein instead of the use value, the exchange value of a thing is more," he says.

Lyricist Amardeep Gill says art has always been a reflection of society that we live in. He says Sahir was a product of the movement of progressive writers, who dreamt of making the newly independent India a better place to live in.

"The (progressive writers') movement is missing. All of us are comfortably nestled in our islands. We don't have time to cross the street and know our neighbours. Art never grows in such a suffocating environment. In such an atmosphere we can only have creations, such as item numbers in Bollywood movies, that have very short shelf lives," he says.

Similarly, lyricist Manpreet Tiwana says Sahir's serious 'shayari' has failed to get a replica, especially in Punjab. He laments that Punjabi songs are now known more as item songs in Bollywood movies rather than being known for creativity.

Some of Sahirís creations

  • Maang Ke Saath Tumhara from Naya Daur
  • Main Pal Do Pal Ka Shayar Hun
  • Jane Kya Tune Kahi from Pyaasa
  • Ye Ishq Ishq Hai - Barsaat Ki Ek Raat
  • Ishwar Allah Tere Naam - Naya Raasta
  • Main Zindagi Ka Saath Nibhata Chala Gaya from Hum Dono

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Medicos shine at cultural fest
Batch 2009 bags over-all trophy; Batch 2010 lifts sports trophy
Tribune News Service

Students of Adesh University take part in a fashion show at the Arrhythmia 2013 that concluded on Thursday
Students of Adesh University take part in a fashion show at the Arrhythmia 2013 that concluded on Thursday. Tribune photo: Pawan Sharma
The winners with their trophies
The winners with their trophies. Tribune photographs

Bathinda, March 7
The week-long cultural and sports extravaganza, Arrhythmia 2013, organised by the Adesh Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (AIMSR), concluded today.

Chancellor of the Adesh University, Dr HS Gill, was the chief guest while vice-chancellor Dr GPI Singh was the guest of honour. Dr Harkiran Kaur, principal, AIMSR, welcomed the audience. In her welcome address, she spoke about the urgent need to remove gender discrimination from society.

The students of the AIMSR presented bangra, fashion show, choreography and skit. The colourful event was marked by the presentation of trophies to the winners. Divyani Gupta, an intern, and Amanpreet Singh from the 2009 batch, were adjudged the best female and male performers in the co-curricular category.

Bharti Kaundal and Rajan Gupta were declared the best female and male athletes. The over-all best sporting batch trophy was bagged by the 2010 Batch while Batch 2009 bagged the over-all trophy. The highlight of the function was the installation of the students' council at a formal ceremony.
Girls perform the gidha dance at the festival
Girls perform the gidha dance at the festival

Speaking on the occasion, Chancellor Dr HS Gill congratulated the students and the faculty for organizing the event. He encouraged the students to participate in extra-curricular activities so that they are able to develop a competitive spirit.

While addressing the gathering, Dr Gill expressed his happiness that the young medicos were participating in cultural as well as social activities. He said such constructive activities are also helpful in curbing the menace of drug addiction among the youth, besides encouraging the bonding between both men and women.

Vice-chancellor Dr GPI Singh emphasized that the students must learn to manage time and should enjoy and participate whole-heartedly in cultural activities and sports. Being future doctors, the students should equip themselves with modern diagnostic and therapeutic methods and should learn to treat the patients in a humane and ethical way.

Registrar, Adesh University, Dr Paramjeet Singh, medical superintendent and dean, academics, Dr SC Chopra, vice-principal, AIMSR, Dr SS Dhaliwal, medical superintendent Dr Gurpreet Gill, Dr RL Mattoo, Dr VK Dubey, Dr Amarjit Kaur, Dr AK Maria, Dr Parmod Goyal, Dr Vijay Suri and Dr Rajiv Mahajan were among those present on the occasion.

The week-long celebrations were conducted under a committee headed by Dr VK Dubey.

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Contests mark celebration of Intíl Womenís Day
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, March 7
To mark the International Women's Day, Guru Kashi University (GKU), Talwandi Sabo, organized a competition on slogan writing and poster making. Women empowerment was the theme given to the students during the competition.

Fifty-one students from all the constituent colleges of the GKU participated in the competition. Speaking on the occasion, vice- chancellor of the GKU, SK Ahluwalia, said such competitions will strengthen the latent talent in the students and also make the celebration of important days more fruitful.

Ahluwalia also announced that GKU will honour the selected female staff member on March 8 for their immense contribution.

In the slogan writing competition, Gurjot Kaur came first, Amandeep Kaur was declared second and Neha Goyal was declared third.

In the poster-making competition, Parminder Kaur, Dhananjay and Rajnish Kumar were declared the top three winners.

Dean, Education, Dr AK Kansal, lauded the efforts of the co-ordinator Mandeep Kaur and the other staff members for the successful organising of the International Women's Day function. Yadwinder Pal Sharma and Jaspreet Kaur were the judges at the various competitions.

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Placement for PTUGZS students
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, March 7
Six BTech students of the Punjab Technical University Giani Zail Singh (PTUGZS) campus have been placed with the Asahi Glass Company Limited at an annual package of Rs 3 lakh each.

In a press statement issued here today, the head of the training and placement department, Dr Sanjiv Aggarwal stated that all six students were from the BTech final year and were selected during the campus drive conducted by the company.

Meanwhile, the textile manufacturing companies such as the SEL Manufacturing, Vardhman Spinning and General Mills, Venus Garments (India) Limited and Aarti International Limited from Ludhiana have recruited 13 students of BTech (textile engineering) at an annual packages ranging between Rs 2 and Rs 2.5 lakh during a placement drive at the campus. PTU GZS campus is the only institution offering the undergraduate course in textile engineering in the state.

The conglomerate, Larsen and Toubro, has shortlisted 21 BTech students, including ten from mechanical, nine from civil and two from electrical branches for placement, during a joint campus placement drive held at Jalandhar. In another joint campus drive held at Thapar University, six BTech students have been shortlisted for recruitment by the Afcons Infrastructure Limited.

The spokesperson stated that in a placement drive conducted at the AIET, Amritsar, 17 students (12 students of mechanical and five of electrical branch) were shortlisted by the GVK Powers. Campus Director Jasbir Singh Hundal congratulated the students.

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DAV students accorded warm farewell
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, March 7
A farewell party was organised for BCom final year students of DAV College today.

Aditya was adjudged Mr Personality while Shamsher Singh and Nisha were adjudged Mr and Miss Commerce, respectively.

Lecturer Nidhi Sinom of the department of commerce conducted the programme while lecturers Beant Kaur, Sukhdeep Kaur and Vikas Katia were the judges at the event that saw a good turnout.

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Crime briefs
Man booked for demanding dowry
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, March 7
The woman police station has booked a resident of Barnala for demanding dowry from his wife. In her complaint to the police, Sarabjit Kaur, a resident of Amarpura Basti, stated that she was married to Harjinder Singh, a resident of village Mehna in Barnala, who used to demand dowry from her. Police has registered a case against Harjinder Singh in this regard.

In another incident, a dowry case has been registered against a family residing on Bhagu road for demanding dowry from their daughter-in-law. Aditi Bansal, a resident of Model Town phase II, complained to the police that her husband Ravi Kumar, father-in-law Satpal Bansal and mother-in-law Saroj Rani used to harass her for dowry. Police has registered a case against the three. No arrests have been made so far.

One booked for eloping with minor girl

The Canal Colony police has booked a man for taking away a minor girl. In his complaint to the police, the girl's father, Inder Dev, a resident of Amarpura Basti, stated that the accused Beeru Kumar from the same area, had taken away his minor daughter. Inder's daughter is a student of class VII. Police has booked a case against Beeru. No arrests have been made so far.

Car stolen

A car has been stolen from near Mittal Mall. In his complaint lodged with the Kotwali police, Gaurav Jaiswal, a resident of Sirsa, stated that his Verna car (number HR 24 L 1020) was stolen on March 2. Police has booked a case against unknown miscreants.

Woman offered lift, gold rings snatched

A resident of village Doomwali was offered lift in a car near Doomwali bus stand. In her complaint to the Kotwali police, Naseeb Kaur from village Doomwali stated that on Wednesday, she was waiting for the bus at the village bus stand. At around 10 am, a man and three women in a car came to her. They offered her lift to Bathinda city. On the way, they snatched her gold earrings and fled from the scene. Police has registered a case against the accused.

Computer accessories stolen from school lab

Computer accessories were stolen from the computer lab of the Government Senior Secondary School at Balianwali. In his complaint to the police, principal Jaswinder Singh stated that on the night of March 7, someone stole two CPUs, two keyboards, three headphones and three mouses. The components were worth Rs 48,000.

Gold, cash stolen

Gold and cash were stolen from a household in Kothe Maha Singh Wala area of village Mehraj.

In his complaint to the police, Reena Mahant, a resident of the area stated that someone broke into his house when he was away on a visit to Ambala.

When he returned, his house was ransacked and valuables including a set of gold ornaments, four gold rings and Rs 15,000 in cash were missing. Police has booked a case against unknown miscreants.

Unidentified person killed in accident

An unidentified person was killed in a road accident. In his complaint to the Talwandi Sabo police, Darshan Singh, a resident of Fatehgarh Nau Abad, stated that he saw an unidentified man dying after an unknown vehicle hit him. The body of the victim has been kept at the Civil Hospital mortuary for identification. Police has booked a case against the unidentified driver.

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