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PSEB Class X examination
5 caught copying, impersonator flees
Bathinda, March 12
A student was caught impersonating while five were held copying in the class X examination, which kicked off today. Class X students appeared for their science examination today and would take physical education examination tomorrow.

Fire Brigade market shopkeepers meet municipal commissioner
Bathinda, March 12
Five shopkeepers of the local Fire Brigade market , the site of the proposed multi-storey parking lot, met the municipal commissioner Uma Shankar Gupta here today.

ATM heist
Fortnight later, cops clueless

Bathinda, March 12
Caught up with duties other than checking crime, the City police has failed to make any headway in the Rs 7.80-lakh heist executed at an ATM of the Punjab National Bank on the Bibiwala road about three weeks ago.

Agri Deptís two-day campaign to curb rodent menace in dist begins today
Bathinda, March 12
The Agricultural Department will hold a two-day district-level campaign to kill rodents in agricultural fields. The exercise would be undertaken in 288 villages of the entire district on March 13 and 14.


EARLIER STORIES



PAU to hold Kisan Mela on March 21
Bathinda, March 12
The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana, will organise a Kisan Mela at its regional station on the Dabwali Road here on March 21. The main focus of the fair would be on kitchen garden and home-grown vegetables and pulses.

PTUGZS students rock at IIT tech fest
Bathinda, March 12
The students of Robotics Club of the Punjab Technical University Giani Zail Singh (PTUGZS) campus bagged the second position at the annual technical festival, Tryst- 13, held at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi.

Electricians busy winding electric motors of ceiling fans to meet the demand for their products in the ensuing summer, in Bathinda on Tuesday.
Electricians busy winding electric motors of ceiling fans to meet the demand for their products in the ensuing summer, in Bathinda on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Pawan Sharma

Seminar held at GKU
Bathinda, March 12
A seminar on technical and employability skills was held at the Guru Kashi University (GKU), Talwandi Sabo. The resource person at the seminar was Preetkanwal Singh from Techno Campus, Chandigarh. He discussed all the required points with the students which would be of help to the students at the time of seeking employment.

Singer Sherry Mann to perform on March 17
Bathinda, March 12
Punjabi singer Sherry Maan will perform on March 17 at a marriage palace here. Briefing the media persons about the event, the organizers, Jagvir Singh and Harpreet Singh, said besides Sherry Maan, comedian Jaswinder Bhalla and a bhangra group would also perform at the event.

Army joins hands with NGO to hold medical camp for villagers
Bathinda, March 12
An Army doctor examines patients at the medical camp held in village Balluana. A city-based NGO, Bathinda Brotherhood Club, organised a free medical camp in collaboration with the 615 AD Brigade, Bathinda Cantonment, at village Balluana. As many as 577 patients of the village were diagnosed as suffering from various ailments during the one-day camp.

An Army doctor examines patients at the medical camp held in village Balluana. A Tribune photo

School celebrates its annual day
Bathinda, March 12
A colourful function and dance by the kids marked the annual day function of the Little Kingdom Nursery School on Saturday. The function started with a prayer song followed by dances based on various Hindi and English songs, finally concluding with the traditional Punjabi Giddha.

Teacher consumes poisonous substance after rape bid by trader
Bathinda, March 12
The police has booked a cloth merchant, Satpal Grover, who runs a shop at Mehna Chowk here on the charge of attempting to rape a woman, a government teacher, who allegedly consumed a poisonous substance yesterday for want of timely police action.


Policemen lend a hand to their colleague in the process of tying turban; policemen catch forty winks after maintaining vigil on the roads and looking for farmers, who planned to stage a dharna in Bathinda, on Tuesday.
(Left) Policemen lend a hand to their colleague in the process of tying turban; policemen catch forty winks after maintaining vigil on the roads and looking for farmers, who planned to stage a dharna in Bathinda, on Tuesday. Tribune photos: Pawan Sharma 







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PSEB Class X examination
5 caught copying, impersonator flees
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, March 12
A student was caught impersonating while five were held copying in the class X examination, which kicked off today. Class X students appeared for their science examination today and would take physical education examination tomorrow.

Deputy district education officer Amarjit Kaur Kotfatta informed that an impersonator was found at the exam centre in Guru Kashi Public Senior Secondary School. "As soon as the in-charge of the centre discovered that the person taking the science exam was not the actual examinee, he fled from the examination hall," she said.

Class X students appeared for their science examination on Tuesday.

At the examination centre in Guru Kashi Public Senior Secondary School, an impersonator was taking the exam, but escaped from the examination hall after the centre in-charge came to know that he was not the actual examinee.

One student each was found using unfair means during the science examination at the Khalsa National Public Senior Secondary School, Lal Singh Basti, and Government School, Aklia Jalal. Besides, three students were caught cheating at the Khalsa School, Maur Mandi.

The Punjab School Education Board as well as the office of Director General of School Education are ensuring complete strictness during the examinations.

One student each was found using unfair means during the science examination at the Khalsa National Public Senior Secondary School, Lal Singh Basti, and Government School, Aklia Jalal. Besides, three students were caught cheating at the Khalsa School, Maur Mandi.

It is pertinent to mention here that the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) as well as the office of Director General of School Education (DGSE) are ensuring complete strictness during the examinations.

The staff members on exam duty are being issued repeated instructions and the PSEB authorities also remain in touch with them over the phone.

Deviating from the usual practice of the Education Department, the lecturers, who were promoted last year, too have been assigned duties so as to ensure there are adequate staff members on exam duty.

Earlier, observers were not deputed for all the examinations. However, this year the department has ensured that there is an observer for each exam.

Besides, senior functionaries of the Education Department, including the deputy director of the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyaan (SSA) Parampal Kaur Maluka, have been visiting the examination centres on random basis.

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Fire Brigade market shopkeepers meet municipal commissioner
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, March 12
Five shopkeepers of the local Fire Brigade market , the site of the proposed multi-storey parking lot, met the municipal commissioner Uma Shankar Gupta here today.

The shopkeepers ó Bahadur Singh, Sunil Singla, Anil Joshi, Arvind Kumar and Ankush Soni ó did not agree with the decision of the Municipal Corporation, Bathinda (MCB), to provide them with space at the Shaheed Bhagat Singh market.

Sunil Singla said it was not justified on the part of the MCB to dislocate them without taking their suggestion into consideration.

The municipal commissioner assured them that they would not be displaced without their consent. It was also proposed that the shopkeepers could be allowed to run their establishments from the residence of a government official situated behind the Fire Brigade, which is lying unutilised at present.

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ATM heist
Fortnight later, cops clueless
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, March 12
Caught up with duties other than checking crime, the City police has failed to make any headway in the Rs 7.80-lakh heist executed at an ATM of the Punjab National Bank on the Bibiwala road about three weeks ago.

Senior police officials watching the CCTV footage of the PNB ATM from where a masked man stole cash amounting to Rs 7.8 lakh on February 22.
Senior police officials watching the CCTV footage of the PNB ATM from where a masked man stole cash amounting to Rs 7.8 lakh on February 22. A file photograph

The accused, who was wearing a monkey cap and black goggles, committed the crime in merely seven minutes on the early morning of February 22. Even though so many days have passed, the police could not establish any link to the criminal(s).

Police sources revealed that the prime suspect was a gang that had earlier targeted ATMs in Sriganganagar of the neighbouring Rajasthan. However, all the members of that gang were already behind bars. Sources said the police force was busy manning the roads to prevent agitations by farmers and other organisations and thus a dedicated investigation into the crime could not be carried out.

"Our main hope was the gang that had struck in Sriganganagar but that lead could not develop further. We could not follow the case much due to other duties," said a police official.

Inspector Rajinder Kumar, in-charge of the CIA, said the matter was under investigation and nothing much could be divulged at this juncture.

The perpetrator, who had his face covered in order to avoid being identified through the CCTV cameras at the ATM, benefited from the preoccupation of the police. He struck on a day when a few thousand of cops were manning the city roads to prevent any untoward incident as the Dera Sacha Sauda chief was to appear in a court here. The investigation could not move swiftly on the first day itself.

The accused seemed to be an insider as he had cracked the code of the ATM. He seemed well versed with the machine as he took only seven minutes to decamp with lakhs of rupees.

The police has not even succeeded in establishing if he was alone or had an accomplice.

Sources said the bank provided a list of persons who had operated the machine but cops were yet to investigate their role properly.

The crime assumes significance as it was probably one of the best successes achieved by criminals in breaking an ATM. 

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Agri Deptís two-day campaign to curb rodent menace in dist begins today
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, March 12
The Agricultural Department will hold a two-day district-level campaign to kill rodents in agricultural fields. The exercise would be undertaken in 288 villages of the entire district on March 13 and 14.

In a press release issued here today, Chief Agricultural Officer Dr Rajinder Singh Brar stated that the rodents destroy four per cent to 20 per cent crops. In order to arrest the damage, the Agriculture Department is launching the district-level campaign.

"Whenever rodents are killed in an area, some of them manage to migrate to other fields. Due to this reason, we have decided to carry out the drive across the district on same days," stated Dr Brar.

Agricultural information officer Dr KK Singla stated that a rat poison, zinc phosphide, has been sent to all the blocks of the district.

For the purpose of holding the campaign, as many as 146 kisan mitra (volunteers) were trained on March 11 and 12 to use the medicine for killing rats.

Making poisonous feed for rats
Mix a kg of bajra, jowar or wheat dalia, 20 grams of mustard oil and 25 grams of zinc phosphide. Make loose lumps of 10 gram each and put them in ratholes. At least 40 lumps should be kept at different places on an acre of agricultural field.

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PAU to hold Kisan Mela on March 21

Bathinda, March 12
The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana, will organise a Kisan Mela at its regional station on the Dabwali Road here on March 21. The main focus of the fair would be on kitchen garden and home-grown vegetables and pulses.

The director of the regional station, Dr JS Gill, reviewed the arrangements being made for the fair. He informed that the theme of the Kisan Mela was 'Ghar di sabzi-dal ugao, sehat banao, paise bachao'.

Gill said the seeds of improved varieties of different kharif crops as well as fruit plants recommended by the PAU would be sold at the fair.

Vice-chancellor of the university Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon will preside over the day-long event. Specialists from the PAU will share the findings of their research works with farmers and answer their queries. ó TNS

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PTUGZS students rock at IIT tech fest
Tribune News Service
The team from the Punjab Technical University Giani Zail Singh campus that shone at the IIT Delhi technical festival; a technical innovation that formed part of the fest.
(Left) The team from the Punjab Technical University Giani Zail Singh campus that shone at the IIT Delhi technical festival; a technical innovation that formed part of the fest. Tribune photos

Bathinda, March 12
The students of Robotics Club of the Punjab Technical University Giani Zail Singh (PTUGZS) campus bagged the second position at the annual technical festival, Tryst- 13, held at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi.

The team included Rajat Garg, Brinder Singh and Mandip Singh of BTech mechanical engineering wing and Sukhdeep Singh, Bhavna Aggarwal, Sonali and Manpreet Kaur of the ECE department.

In the maze buster event, which tested the ability of a robot to solve any given maze by following a black path, out of the 25 teams taking part, the PTU GZS team won the second position and got a cash prize of Rs 4,000. A spokesperson for the institute said the first position was bagged by JSS College, Noida, while the third position was bagged by the students of IIT, Delhi.

The students of the PTU GZS campus bagged the second position and a cash prize of Rs 2000 in the snake and ladder event in which the students created the game using electronic circuit and LEDs. The first position in the event was bagged by the MTech students of IIT Delhi.

For the final rounds of Robotryst - 13, there were a total of 320 teams from all over India. The final round tested the skills of a robot to follow a black path and solve the grid in minimum time. The top three positions were bagged by Agni College of Technology, Chennai, Sri Manakula Vinayagar Engineering College, Puducherry and the Panimalar Engineering College, Chennai, respectively.

The students of the PTUGZS campus bagged the ninth position and also got the most innovative design award in the special category

Earlier, the same team from the PTUGZS campus, Bathinda, had participated in the annual techfest, Techniti - 13, held in February at Dr BR Ambedkar National Institute of Technology, Jalandhar. There were more than 150 teams from NIT Jalandhar, PEC Chandigarh, Thapar University, Patiala, DAVIET, Jalandhar, LPU Jalandhar and COE Roorkee etc that took part in the festival.

The competitions were held for approximately 60 events that included robotics, automobile, electronics, mechanical and CSE events. The students of PTU GZS campus participated in transporter and Arena 51 events. Brinder Singh and Mandip Singh from the PTU GZS campus bagged the second position in the Arena 51 event which tested the skills of the robot to follow the desired path.

Rajat Garg, Sukhdeep Singh and Bhavna Aggarwal bagged the third position in the transporter event which was based on pick and place and the line following abilities of two different robots.

Campus director Dr Jasbir Singh Hundal congratulated the faculty in-charge SP Singh Johal and honoured the students for their achievement.

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Seminar held at GKU
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, March 12
A seminar on technical and employability skills was held at the Guru Kashi University (GKU), Talwandi Sabo. The resource person at the seminar was Preetkanwal Singh from Techno Campus, Chandigarh. He discussed all the required points with the students which would be of help to the students at the time of seeking employment.

Karanjeev Singh of the university was also present during the seminar to guide the students. All the pre-final year and final year students from diploma and degree courses were present in the seminar.

Prof Amanpreet Singh Sandhu assisted the diploma students during the seminar. Karanjeev Singh also shared that the university would soon conduct a mega job fair in the first week of April. 

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Singer Sherry Mann to perform on March 17
Tribune News Service

The organisers briefing media persons about Punjabi singer Sherry Mannís programme on Tuesday
The organisers briefing media persons about Punjabi singer Sherry Mannís programme on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph

Bathinda, March 12
Punjabi singer Sherry Maan will perform on March 17 at a marriage palace here. Briefing the media persons about the event, the organizers, Jagvir Singh and Harpreet Singh, said besides Sherry Maan, comedian Jaswinder Bhalla and a bhangra group would also perform at the event.

The organizers said the programme was aimed at promoting cultural activities.

The chief guest on the occasion would be chief parliamentary secretary Sarup Chand Singla. Besides Singla, Inspector General of Police Nirmal Singh Dhillon, OSD to the CM, Punjab, Sukhdeep Singh and SSP Ravcharan Singh Brar have also been invited to the event.

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Army joins hands with NGO to hold medical camp for villagers
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, March 12
A city-based NGO, Bathinda Brotherhood Club, organised a free medical camp in collaboration with the 615 AD Brigade, Bathinda Cantonment, at village Balluana. As many as 577 patients of the village were diagnosed as suffering from various ailments during the one-day camp.

Apart from doctors from the Army, city-based doctors including orthopedist Rajesh Badyal, general surgeon TS Nagpal, gynaecologist. Rupinder Nagpal, specialists Ashok Goyal and Kailash Joshi, eye specialist Anil Kataria and Harshita Singh examined the patients.

President of the NGO Kamaljit Mehta said the aim of the camp was to sensitise the villagers about their health. He said the doctors advised the villagers to go for a check-up annually or after every six months.

Brigadier MKK Iyer and Colonel Rajesh Tanwar were the chief guest and the guest of honour on the occasion. Village sarpanch Malkit Singh thanked the Army authorities and the NGO for holding the medical camp. Malkit said the villagers are being motivated to update themselves about their health so that the diagnosis can be done at an early stage to avoid complications.

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School celebrates its annual day
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, March 12
A colourful function and dance by the kids marked the annual day function of the Little Kingdom Nursery School on Saturday. The function started with a prayer song followed by dances based on various Hindi and English songs, finally concluding with the traditional Punjabi Giddha.
Children perform at the annual day function of the Little Kingdom Nursery School on Tuesday
Children perform at the annual day function of the Little Kingdom Nursery School on Tuesday; Deputy Commissioner KK Yadav (below) watches the function. Tribune photos: Pawan Sharma 
Deputy Commissioner KK Yadav (below) watches the function.

The performance of the children at such a tender age was breathtaking. Deputy Commissioner KK Yadav and the principal secretary to the Deputy Chief Minister, Maneesh Kumar, were also present as parents.

The principal of the school, Shuchita Grover, while addressing the gathering, said it has always been the endeavour of the school to teach the students to live with dignity, decency, honesty and integrity.

The Deputy Commissioner, in his address, said parents should try and make their children better citizens of tomorrow by inculcating moral values in them and by not forcing them to join the rat race. Sweets were distributed among the students and the parents.

The Deputy Commissioner also distributed mementos among the children who participated in the annual day show.

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Teacher consumes poisonous substance after rape bid by trader
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, March 12
The police has booked a cloth merchant, Satpal Grover, who runs a shop at Mehna Chowk here on the charge of attempting to rape a woman, a government teacher, who allegedly consumed a poisonous substance yesterday for want of timely police action.

The families of the victim and the accused were known to each other. The accused had earlier helped the victim get a posting in the city.

However, later he started making advances allegedly to the discomfort of the victim. The FIR also states that her husband admonished the accused once for his behaviour but he did not mend his ways.

The FIR said the accused sent lewd SMS and even tried to rape her after forcibly entering her house when she spurned his advances.

The Kotwali police booked Satpal two days after her husband had lodged a complaint. The condition of the woman, under treatment at a private hospital, is stated to be stable. She was yet to give details about the case.

Investigation officer, sub-inspector Harjinder Kaur, said the accused was yet to be arrested. She said raids were being conducted at his possible hide-outs.

Woman drug smuggler nabbed by cops
The Canal police has arrested a woman drug smuggler, Charanjit Kaur of Amarpura Basti, here who used to smuggle drugs into the city. The police has recovered 8.5 kg poppy husk from her possession.

In another case, the Maur police arrested two men who were trying to smuggle 450 grams of opium in the region. The accused, identified as Jasveer Singh of Bhander in Barnala district and Gurpreet Singh of Garbi (Budhlada), have been booked under different sections of the NDPS Act.

Assault case
The Dayalpura police has booked Tara Singh, his wife Banso Kaur and an accomplice Peeta Singh for allegedly beating up Raj Kaur of Burj Rajgarh a day after she had lodged a police complaint against Tara Singh's son for misbehaving with her.

The FIR said the accused entered her house and beat her up for 'daring' to complaint against them to the police. Police officials said they were examining the veracity of the allegation.

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