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MCB told to take corrective action
Bathinda, May 1
The National Green A view of the site where the Municipal Corporation dumps the solid waste in Bathinda. Tribunal (NGT), New Delhi, has directed the commissioner of the Municipal Corporation, Bathinda (MCB), Uma Shankar Gupta to take concrete steps to make up for the damage done by 'indiscriminate and unscientific dumping of municipal solid waste'.
A view of the site where the Municipal Corporation dumps the solid waste in Bathinda. Tribune photo: Pawan Sharma

Human rights panel seeks report from SSP
Bathinda, May 1
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) has sought an investigation report from the Home department of the Punjab Government through the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Bathinda, in connection with an FIR lodged against a woman at the Canal Colony police station.

Kotfatta police books jail inmate for jumping parole
Bathinda, May 1
The police has registered a case against a jail inmate who was on parole but did not return to the barracks.


 

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Road traffic disrupted for two hours at Rampura
Bathinda, May 1
Protesters burn an effigy to vent their anger against the acquittal of Sajjan Kumar, an accused in a case related to the 1984 anti-Skhi riots, at Rampura Phul on Wednesday. Residents and religious preachers blocked the Bathinda-Barnala road following the acquittal of Sajjan Kumar, one of the accused in a case related to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots that took place in Delhi, at Rampura in this district today.



Protesters burn an effigy to vent their anger against the acquittal of Sajjan Kumar, an accused in a case related to the 1984 anti-Skhi riots, at Rampura Phul on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Unpaid for 13 months, SSA, RMSA CSS teachers begin stir; detained
Policewomen detain a protesting CSS teacher (extreme right) outside the District Administrative Complex in Bathinda on Wednesday.Bathinda, May 1
The Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), the Rashtriya Madhmik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA), the Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS) teachers were rounded up and taken to different police stations for their bid to protest against the state government here today.


Policewomen detain a protesting CSS teacher (extreme right) outside the District Administrative Complex in Bathinda on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Pawan Sharma

Lawyer commits suicide at his house in Model Town
Bathinda, May 1
A lawyer, residing in Model Town Phase-III, today committed suicide after hanging himself from the ceiling of his house. The incident came to light today in the evening. The deceased, identified as Darshan Dhillon, was residing in the house for the last few years.

797 polling booths formed in dist
Bathinda, May 1
As many as 797 polling booths have been formed for the Zila Parishad and Panchayat Samiti elections to be held on May 19.

Rallies, seminars mark May Day celebrations
Bathinda, May 1
Civil Judge Kawaljit Singh (centre in blue turban) interacts with workers at a May Day seminar held to create awareness among labourers at Uria Colony on Wednesday. The District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) held a seminar for workers at Uria Colony on the occasion of Labour Day today. Civil judge (senior division)-cum-secretary, DLSA, Kawaljit Singh, Assistant District Attorney (Legal), RK Sharma, advocates Shahbharat Sidhu and Kapil Bansal, Tanu Aggarwal from the Ambuja Foundation and volunteers of some NGOs were also present on the occasion.
Civil Judge Kawaljit Singh (centre in blue turban) interacts with workers at a May Day seminar held to create awareness among labourers at Uria Colony on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Ginners seek hike in MSP of Narma owing to rise in input cost
Bathinda, May 1
The Punjab Cotton Factories and Ginners' Association has demanded that the minimum support price (MSP) of Narma be raised considering the rise in the price of land, seeds, pesticides, labour and other equipment.
Members of the Punjab Medical Representatives Association hold a rally in Bathinda on Wednesday.
Members of the Punjab Medical Representatives Association hold a rally in Bathinda on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Pawan Sharma

One booked for burning wheat stubble
Bathinda, May 1
Police has registered a case against Sandeep Singh of Talwandi Sabo for burning wheat stubble. The complainant in the case Natha Singh said the burning of stubble could have lead to serious problems near the agricultural land. Residents of the area doused the flames.

BFGI students shine in exam
Bathinda, May 1 
The students of B. Com (Professional), Baba Farid Group of Institutions, have performed well in the exams. A spokesman for the BFGI informed that nine commerce students scored more than 85 per cent marks. As many as 21 students scored between 80-85 per cent while 45 students scored between 70-80 per cent marks.

 

 







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MCB told to take corrective action
National Green Tribunal asks municipal commissioner to take steps to make up for the damage by May 24
Nikhila Pant Dhawan
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, May 1
The National Green Tribunal (NGT), New Delhi, has directed the commissioner of the Municipal Corporation, Bathinda (MCB), Uma Shankar Gupta to take concrete steps to make up for the damage done by 'indiscriminate and unscientific dumping of municipal solid waste' at the site of the solid waste management facility (SWMF) and the engineered sanitary landfill facility. He has been given time till May 24.

The construction of the facilities, on the Mansa Road and Mandi Khurd village, respectively, was challenged by the residents of the areas within 500 metre of the facilities in the NGT.

In the last hearing of the case on April 29, the NGT observed that the affidavit submitted by the member secretary of the State-level Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA) stated that the samples of the groundwater and the Bathinda distributary collected from near the site were found to be contaminated. The affidavit also stated that the unscientific dumping of the solid waste was resulting in 'serious environmental pollution'.

"This clearly demonstrates the irresponsible method in which the corporation is working," the NGT stated.

"Despite the fact that this case has been pending before the Tribunal for a considerable time, no effective steps have been taken by the corporation to resolve the problem," the orders of the NGT stated.

"The disadvantage of choosing this site for dumping municipal solid waste is unscientific collection and disposal of the waste, which results in serious environmental pollution," it added.

Following the observations, the NGT has directed that the member secretary of SEIAA, the member secretary of the Punjab Pollution Control Board, the secretary of Science, Technology and Environment, Punjab, and a representative of the affected residents to form a committee and meet within a week.

The committee has been directed to look into the merits and demerits stated in the affidavit of the SEIAA member secretary, to give a timeframe within which the solid waste treatment plant will start complete and optimum functioning and to provide a timeframe needed for the establishment and commissioning of the segregation and processing plant at the site.

The committee has also been directed to list out the scientific method required to be adopted by the Corporation for collection and disposal of the solid waste in accordance with the established norms.

The committee is also to state as to how the fluorescent tubes and CFLs will be disposed of.

Fact file

  • A sub-committee of the SEIAA, which visited the sites recently, had observed that the norms were being flouted openly.
  • As opposed to the rule that there should be no residential area within 500 metre of the dumping facilities, the boundary wall of the Housefed Colony is at a distance of 250 metre, Nachhatar Nagar is 175 metre away, Guru Ram Dass Nagar is at a distance of 225 metre and Bhai Matti Dass Nagar is 375 metre away from the dumping sites.
  • Apart from the residential areas, the Army's ammunition depot is located at a distance of a little over a km and open water storage tanks of the water works are situated at a distance of about 200 metre.
  • The committee observed that at some places, the municipal solid waste is lying dumped in heaps as high as seven to 12 feet covered with earth and the waste dumped in the most of the area has been left uncovered.
  • There is no process adopted for segregation of plastic from the municipal solid waste.
  • There is no machinery to level the waste or to cover it.
  • Stray animals were seen wandering at the dumping site as there is no provision of proper fencing/boundary wall.
  • y The Bathinda distributary, the water of which is used for irrigation and drinking purposes, is running at a distance of 50-60 feet from the dumping site.

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Human rights panel seeks report from SSP
Gurdeep Singh Mann
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, May 1
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) has sought an investigation report from the Home department of the Punjab Government through the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Bathinda, in connection with an FIR lodged against a woman at the Canal Colony police station.

Ramesh Rani, a resident of Hans Nagar, had accused the police of registering a false case against her in connivance with a resident of her locality. She said she had lodged a police complaint against a youth, whom she accused of stealing money. Instead of registering a case against the accused, the police booked her for not reaching a compromise with the youth, the woman alleged.

In her complaint to the Commission, Ramesh Rani said following the complaint of Bhawishan Saini, a case under various sections, including 420, of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Prize Chit and Money Circulation Scheme Act was registered against her at the Canal Colony police station on December 5 last year.

Saini had stated in his complaint that the woman ran a business of money circulation (committees) and allegedly received Rs 54,000 from him in instalments but returned only Rs 7,000. An amount of Rs 47,000 was yet to be paid by her.

The complainant alleged that the woman had also cheated some other persons, including Usha Rani of Rs 20,000 and Amarjit Kaur of Rs 18,500.

Refuting the allegation, Ramesh Rani said Bhawishan Saini's son had stolen Rs 1,500 from her cash box in June last year. The matter was reported to the police through a written complaint.

The policemen, including the then Station House Officer (SHO) of the Canal Colony police station U. Cee Chawla and Head Constable Manjit Singh, forced her to reach a compromise, she alleged.

Ramesh Rani further stated that since she refused to reach a compromise in the theft case she was implicated in the case of cheating. She had secured an anticipatory bail from the Punjab and Haryana High Court in connection with the case.

While SHO U. Cee Chawla could not be contacted for his comments as he was on leave, Head Constable Manjit Singh refuted the allegations.

Manjit Singh said that he did not play any role in registering the case against the woman. However, the Head Constable added that the woman had reached a compromise at the police station.

Fact file

Ramesh Rani, a resident of Hans Nagar, had accused the police of registering a false case against her in connivance with a resident of her locality.

Following the complaint of Bhawishan Saini, a case under various sections, including 420, of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Prize Chit and Money Circulation Scheme Act was registered against her at the Canal Colony police station on December 5 last year.

On the other hand, Ramesh Rani said Bhawishan Saini's son had stolen Rs 1,500 from her cash box in June last year. The matter was reported to the police through a written complaint.

The policemen, including the then Station House Officer of the Canal Colony police station U. Cee Chawla and Head Constable Manjit Singh, forced the complainant to reach a compromise, she alleged.

Ramesh Rani alleged that since she refused to reach a compromise in the theft case she was implicated in the case of cheating.

Head Constable Manjit Singh refuted the allegation saying he did not play any role in registering the case against the woman.

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Kotfatta police books jail inmate for jumping parole
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, May 1
The police has registered a case against a jail inmate who was on parole but did not return to the barracks.

In a complaint to the police, sub-inspector Bhupinder Singh said the accused, Bagga Singh of Gehri Bagh Singh village, was awarded five years of imprisonment and was released for four weeks.

The investigating officer said that the accused was again arrested under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act by the Kotfatta police where he confessed to the police officials that he had been awarded imprisonment in a separate case. A fresh case has been registered against the accused at the Kotfatta police station.

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Road traffic disrupted for two hours at Rampura
Villagers protest against the acquittal of Sajjan Kumar in anti-Sikh riots case
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, May 1
Residents and religious preachers blocked the Bathinda-Barnala road following the acquittal of Sajjan Kumar, one of the accused in a case related to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots that took place in Delhi, at Rampura in this district today.

The protesters also burnt an effigy, which led to chaos on the road and the traffic moved at a snailís pace for over two hours.

The state general secretary of the SAD (Panchpardhani), Baba Hardeep, were among the protesters who raised slogans against the Central Government.

Baba Hardeep said the government had meted out injustice to the victims of the anti-Sikh riots by not supporting vital evidences against those accused of killing and seriously injuring a large number of Sikhs in 1984.

 

Fact file

  • The Bathinda-Barnala road blocked at Rampura in protest against acquittal of Sajjan Kumar, one of the accused in a case related to the 1984 anti-Sikhs riots that took place in Delhi.
  • General secretary of the SAD (Panchpardhani) said the government had meted out injustice to the victims of the anti-Sikh by not supporting vital evidences against those accused of killing and seriously injuring a large number of Sikhs

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Unpaid for 13 months, SSA, RMSA CSS teachers begin stir; detained
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, May 1
The Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), the Rashtriya Madhmik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA), the Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS) teachers were rounded up and taken to different police stations for their bid to protest against the state government here today.

Around 100 members, including 70 females, of the SSA, RMSA and CSS Teachers' Union were shifted from outside the District Administration Complex (DAC).

The teachers alleged that they tried to launch a peaceful protest against the Punjab Government for not releasing their salaries for the last 13 months.

One of the protesters, Harjeet Singh, said the financial condition of the teachers was pitiable and they were now forced to do menial jobs due to an unprecedented delay in their salaries. He said there were some female teachers who were unable to run their households due to the delay.

The teachers said they would continue their protest against the government until their demand was met.

The police, when contacted in the evening, said a case was being registered against about 50 to 60 protesters following which they would be sent to jail.

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Lawyer commits suicide at his house in Model Town
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, May 1
A lawyer, residing in Model Town Phase-III, today committed suicide after hanging himself from the ceiling of his house. The incident came to light today in the evening. The deceased, identified as Darshan Dhillon, was residing in the house for the last few years.

ASP Alka Meena and SHO, Cantonment police station, Paramjit Doad reached the spot and enquired into the incident.

Doad said that a suicide note was recovered from the house, in which the lawyer had named three persons for harassing him and forcing him to take this step.

The police said the deceased was upset for some time over some financial transaction.

Doad said a case in this connection would be registered against the three persons whose names figure in the suicide note.

The lawyer was not practising in the court and had been into the sale and purchase of residential and commercial properties, the SHO said.

The police officials said that the deceased had invested in properties. He was living with his 18-year-old son and wife in the house. A case under section 306 of the IPC has been registered in this connection against the three persons named in the suicide note.

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797 polling booths formed in dist
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, May 1
As many as 797 polling booths have been formed for the Zila Parishad and Panchayat Samiti elections to be held on May 19.

Additional District Election Officer-cum-Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mohammad Tayyab said all the major arrangements related to the polls have been completed.

Duties have been signed to the returning officers and assistant returning officers.

The Additional Deputy Commissioner said the candidates for the Zila Parishad elections may file their nomination papers in the office of the Additional Deputy Commissioner at the Mini-secretariat.

For the panchayat elections, the papers may be filed in the office of the Sub-divisional Magistrate (SDM). The candidates for Rampura may file their nomination papers in the office of the SDM, Rampura, and at the offices of the returning officers of Talwandi Sabo, Sangat, Nathana, Bhagta Bhaika and Maur.

Sixteen blocks have been formed for the elections which include Balianwali, Bandi, Blahar Vinju, Kuttiwal Kalan, Bhucho Kalan, Gill Kalan, Pakka Kala, Bhai Rupa, Nathana, Phus Mandi, Singo, Killi Nihal Singh, Bhagta Bhaika, Bangi, Bhagi Wandar and Mehraj.

The Additional Deputy Commissioner said that all election related material has also been provided to the officials concerned.

The maximum limit of expenses on elections for the Zila Parishad has been fixed at Rs 1.56 lakh and for the Panchayat Samiti, the limit is Rs 6,5000.

Panchayat body elections

 

Fact file

  • 797 polling booths have been formed for the Zila Parishad and Panchayat Samiti elections to be held on May 19.
  • Candidates for the Zila Parishad elections may file their nomination papers in the office of the ADC at the Mini-secretariat. For the panchayat elections, the papers may be filed in the office of the SDM.
  • Sixteen blocks have been formed for the elections which include Balianwali, Bandi, Blahar Vinju, Kuttiwal Kalan, Bhucho Kalan, Gill Kalan, Pakka Kala, Bhai Rupa, Nathana, Phus Mandi, Singo, Killi Nihal Singh, Bhagta Bhaika, Bangi, Bhagi Wandar and Mehraj.
  • The maximum limit of expenses on elections for the Zila Parishad is ~1.56 lakh and for the Panchayat Samiti, the limit is Rs 6,5000.

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Rallies, seminars mark May Day celebrations
Tribune News Service


Mahipal, convener of the Joint Platform of Marxist Organisations (JPMO), addresses workers of the Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant during a May Day rally in Bathinda on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Pawan Sharma

Bathinda, May 1
The District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) held a seminar for workers at Uria Colony on the occasion of Labour Day today.
Civil judge (senior division)-cum-secretary, DLSA, Kawaljit Singh, Assistant District Attorney (Legal), RK Sharma, advocates Shahbharat Sidhu and Kapil Bansal, Tanu Aggarwal from the Ambuja Foundation and volunteers of some NGOs were also present on the occasion.

Addressing the labourers, Kawaljit Singh urged the labourers to take the benefit of various schemes. He informed the labourers of their rights and asked them to register themselves with the labour department.

The judge offered all possible help in arranging an interactive session between the officials of the labour department and the workers for their registration. He said that only by being conscious of their rights can they get their due legally and prevent their exploitation. Biscuits and sweets were distributed among the children of the labourers on the occasion.

Meanwhile, the workers of the Military Engineering Services (MES) today celebrated Labour Day outside the entrance of the Bathinda Cantonment.

Members of the Military Engineering Services stage a rally outside the gate of the Bathinda Cantonment on Wednesday.
Members of the Military Engineering Services stage a rally outside the gate of the Bathinda Cantonment on Wednesday.
The Vice-Chancellor of the Guru Kashi University, SK Ahluwalia, greets speakers during a May Day seminar organised at Talwandi Sabo to make the students aware of the significance of the day.
The Vice-Chancellor of the Guru Kashi University, SK Ahluwalia, greets speakers during a May Day seminar organised at Talwandi Sabo to make the students aware of the significance of the day. Tribune photographs

The workers and members of the union from Bathinda and its adjoining areas also arrived to celebrate the day.

Speaking on the occasion, the leaders of the union lauded the efforts of the workers undertaking various tasks efficiently. The workers demanded that their pay should be proportionate to their work. The government, they said, should think of improving the lot of workers by giving them pay hike in accordance with their efficiency.

Nachhattar Singh, Major Singh, Dharam Singh and Joginder Singh were among the leaders of the Military Engineering Services union present on the occasion.

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Ginners seek hike in MSP of Narma owing to rise in input cost
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, May 1
The Punjab Cotton Factories and Ginners' Association has demanded that the minimum support price (MSP) of Narma be raised considering the rise in the price of land, seeds, pesticides, labour and other equipment.

In a press statement released today, the association stated that the MSP of Narma be increased from the present Rs 3,800 to Rs 5,000 to motivate farmers to grow Narma and cotton instead of opting for Basmati and other varieties of paddy.

Stating that the farmers who cultivate cotton in Punjab are incurring losses due to higher taxes, the association has also requested Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh to call a meeting of the chief ministers of all the ten states where cotton is grown and make sure that the tax being levied is the same in all these states.

The association also stated that giving free power to the farmers was of little use if the taxes were high as the taxes take away a major chunk of the farmers' profit.

The cotton factories and ginnersí body also demanded that free power be supplied only to those farmers who have a maximum land holding of six acres. 

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One booked for burning wheat stubble
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, May 1
Police has registered a case against Sandeep Singh of Talwandi Sabo for burning wheat stubble. The complainant in the case Natha Singh said the burning of stubble could have lead to serious problems near the agricultural land. Residents of the area doused the flames.

The police has registered a case under sections 188, 427 and 511 of the IPC at the Talwandi Sabo police station. No arrests have been made by the police so far.

Five booked for assault

Police has registered a case against five persons for beating up a resident of Puhli village. In a complaint to the police, Gurtej Singh said that on Tuesday afternoon, he was attacked by Mewa Singh, Mandar Singh, Sukhharjinder Singh, Kuldeep Kaur and Gurjant Singh.

The complainant said his wife had illicit relations with another resident of the village and that he had been trying to convince his wife to end the relationship.

Police has registered a case under sections 452, 323, 109, 506, 148 and 149 of the IPC against the accused at the Nathana police station. No arrests have been made so far in this regard.

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BFGI students shine in exam
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, May 1 
The students of B. Com (Professional), Baba Farid Group of Institutions, have performed well in the exams. A spokesman for the BFGI informed that nine commerce students scored more than 85 per cent marks. As many as 21 students scored between 80-85 per cent while 45 students scored between 70-80 per cent marks.

Taniya Shree got the first position with 89.2 per cent marks while Taniya Gupta got the second position with 88.4 per cent marks. ó TNS

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