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Investigations held up, reports not submitted within set 90 days26 May 2018 | 1:10 AM

BATHINDA: The Vigilance Bureau, Bathinda range, is facing an acute shortage of staff, which is hampering probe in many cases. It heads three districts — Bathinda, Mansa and Moga — yet it has only one DSP in place of four. The Patiala SSP has been holding the charge of the Bathinda SSP after Jagjit Singh Bhagtana retired earlier this month.

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Sukhmeet Bhasin

Tribune News Service

Bathinda, May 25

The Vigilance Bureau, Bathinda range, is facing an acute shortage of staff, which is hampering probe in many cases.

It heads three districts — Bathinda, Mansa and Moga — yet it has only one DSP in place of four. The Patiala SSP has been holding the charge of the Bathinda SSP after Jagjit Singh Bhagtana retired earlier this month.

The department also has only one inspector instead of four, required to carrying on investigation.

At present, SP Bhupinderjit Singh is voluntarily working on DSP scale post. He is the one who is doing the investigation work as well as paper work due to staff crunch.

As per norms, the Vigilance Bureau (VB) has to submit its report within 90 days, but it has failed to do so. It is taking years to complete probes.

As in MCB clerk Ravinder Singh Walia case, the Vigilance Bureau registered a case a few days ago, whereas the probe was started in 2015.

There are other cases as well, which have been under investigation for quite some time, but probe is yet to be completed.

A Vigilance Bureau official, on condition of anonymity, said the present officials mostly address new complaints and focus on laying traps, whereas they don’t get much time to take pending probes forward.

While talking to Bathinda Tribune, Vigilance Bureau SP Bhupinderjit Singh also admitted that the department was facing shortage of staff and it had affected their job.

“At present there is only one DSP and one inspector against four posts. We are heading three districts from here. One DSP and inspector is must for each district to complete probes on time,” he said.

Other districts

The office here heads three districts — Bathinda, Mansa and Moga — yet it has only one DSP in place of four. The Patiala SSP has been holding the charge of the Bathinda SSP after Jagjit Singh Bhagtana retired earlier this month.

Several trains cancelled, others rescheduled

26 May 2018 | 1:08 AM

BATHINDA: Several trains have been cancelled, partially cancelled while others rescheduled for May 27, June 3 and 10 due to traffic blocks on the Fatoohi-Sri Ganganagar section of the Northern Railway.

FCI staff protest over wage revision

FCI staff protest over wage revision

26 May 2018 | 1:08 AM

BATHINDA: Members of the Bharatiya Khadya Nigam Karamchari (BKNK) Sangh, the nationally recognised union of the Food Corporation of India, organised a lunch-hour demonstration outside its district office located at the grain market on Friday.

Cong protests fuel price hike

Cong protests fuel price hike

26 May 2018 | 1:08 AM

BATHINDA:Members of the District Congress Committee on Friday staged a protest against the Central Government for putting additional burden on the public by increasing fuel prices.

Water supply halted for past 5 daysMolasses spill

Water supply halted for past 5 days

26 May 2018 | 1:08 AM

FARIDKOT: Due to spilling of sugar mill molasses in rivers, the drinking water supply has been halted in the town and nearby areas for the past five days.

Haryana Police paste posters of Aditya Insan in Bathinda

26 May 2018 | 1:08 AM

BATHINDA: The Haryana Police have pasted posters of Dera Sacha Sauda head’s close aide Aditya Insan in Bathinda.

Vendors continue to occupy roads, cause traffic snarls

Vendors continue to occupy roads, cause traffic snarls

26 May 2018 | 1:08 AM

BATHINDA: Caring two hoots for the government norms authorising the setting up of vendors’ markets and allowing vending of vegetables, fruits, edibles and other products on streets, street vendors continue to occupy roads leading to traffic chaos.

Admn provides debt relief to 3,700 farmers in Barnala

Admn provides debt relief to 3,700 farmers in Barnala

26 May 2018 | 1:08 AM

BARNALA: Under the debt waiver scheme, the Barnala administration on Friday started the process of providing relief to 3,722 farmers.

Passengers getting unsafe drinking water at bus stand

Passengers getting unsafe drinking water at bus stand

26 May 2018 | 1:08 AM

BATHINDA: Showing scant regard to the health of thousands of passengers visiting the city bus stand on a daily basis, the PRTC management has been serving them ground water for years.

Woman booked for getting father-in-law thrashed

26 May 2018 | 1:08 AM

BATHINDA: A woman allegedly called up her relatives and got her father-in-law beaten up on Monday at Janta Nagar.

Rs 10,000, mobile phone looted at gunpoint

26 May 2018 | 1:08 AM

BATHINDA: A loot incident was reported on Friday in the city.

110 specially-abled children examined

26 May 2018 | 1:08 AM

BATHINDA: More than 110 specially-abled children from across the district were examined and treated at District Early Intervention Centre (DEIC) during a free medical camp in the past three days.

No end to dog-bite cases in city

26 May 2018 | 1:10 AM

BATHINDA: On Friday morning at 6.30 am when five-year-old Isha Garg stepped out (running) of her home to board a car stationed in front of her house at Model Town Phase-1 on the main road, three stray dogs started barking at her while one of them leapt on her and bit her leg.

Indecent video upload: Principal tenders apology

26 May 2018 | 1:08 AM

BATHINDA: The principal of a government school, embroiled in a controversy after an indecent video was uploaded from his phone onto a WhatsApp group comprising several other officials of the Education Department, on Friday tendered an apology to the district education office.

Summer carnival held at BFGI

26 May 2018 | 1:08 AM

MOTHER:Bathinda: Baba Farid Senior Secondary School organised 'Summer Carnival-2018' at Baba Farid Group of Institutions in order to motivate and build self-confidence of the students.

School timings changed

26 May 2018 | 1:08 AM

Faridkot: For the gradual rise in mercury in the region, the Faridkot District Magistrate on Friday issued orders to change the school timings for all private and government institutions from Saturday.

Free cochlear implant surgery done on 2 kids

25 May 2018 | 1:21 AM

FARIDKOT: In the state’s first free cochlear implant surgery, Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital (GGSMCH), Faridkot, on Thursday implanted these electronic devices in two children from the low-income families.

State to set up Rs 7-cr fish seed farm in Mansa

State to set up Rs 7-cr fish seed farm in Mansa

25 May 2018 | 1:21 AM

MANSA: With a view to giving a boost to fishery in this border district, the Punjab Government will soon start a fish-seed farm to help fish farmers in getting quality fish seed.

Use biodegradable plastic bags, says Civil Surgeon

25 May 2018 | 1:21 AM

BATHINDA: A meeting was conducted between officials of the district Health Department and members of the Chemists’ Union of Bathinda at the Civil Surgeon’s office in the Civil Hospital on Thursday.

Surinder Kaur Badal’s death anniv observed

25 May 2018 | 1:21 AM

MALOUT: Despite having a busy schedule due to the Shahkot bypoll campaign and camping there for the last about 10 days, SAD leaders of Malout on Thursday did not forget to observe the seventh death anniversary of their favourite leader Bibi Surinder Kaur Badal.

More trains to and from Chandigarh sought

25 May 2018 | 1:21 AM

BATHINDA: Lamenting poor rail connectivity with major cities of the state, city residents have renewed their demand for better train services to cities like Chandigarh.

175 posts of lecturer/principal lying vacant in meritorious schools

25 May 2018 | 1:21 AM

BATHINDA: The Society for Promotion of Quality Education for Poor and Meritorious Students of Punjab is finding it hard to fill vacant posts of lecturer and principal in the 10 meritorious schools of the state.

Dist Sessions Judge inspects Central Jail

25 May 2018 | 1:21 AM

BATHINDA: Paramjeet Singh, District and Sessions Judge-cum-chairman, District Legal Services Authority, Bathinda, along with Diprava Lakra, Deputy Commissioner, Naveen Singla, Senior Superintendent of Police, and Manila Chugh, Civil Judge (SD)/CJM-cum-secretary, District Legal Services Authority, Bathinda, visited the Central Jail, Bathinda, on Thursday and a detailed inspection was carried out in all the blocks and barracks, including women’s barracks, factory, hospital and kitchen.

Make MR drive a success: DC

25 May 2018 | 1:21 AM

BATHINDA: A meeting between officials of the district administration, Health Department and other department representatives, was conducted to discuss a plan of action to ensure maximum vaccination for measles-rubella (MR) in the ongoing campaign.

PG courses: PCMS docs allowed admission to pvt colleges

25 May 2018 | 1:21 AM

FARIDKOT: In an attempt to cope with a shortage of doctors in community health centres (CHCs) and civil hospitals in the state, the Health and Family Welfare Department has changed the norms for the admission of the Punjab Civil Medical Services (PCMS) doctors to postgraduate (PG) courses in private medical institutions.

Showing the way, Barnala village farmers turn to organic farming

Showing the way, Barnala village farmers turn to organic farming

25 May 2018 | 1:21 AM

BARNALA: Kothe Wahegurupura village of Barnala district is witnessing an organic revolution with many farmers from the village taking an initiative to end the excessive use of fertilisers and pesticides.

4 held with 40 kg of poppy husk

25 May 2018 | 1:21 AM

BATHINDA: Four persons have been arrested with 40 kg of poppy husk from Gobindpura village.

55 cartons of illicit liquor seized, one held

25 May 2018 | 1:21 AM

BATHINDA: Following a tip-off, the Bathinda police conducted raids at two places and seized 660 bottles of illicit liquor.

Four booked for manhandling traffic cop

25 May 2018 | 1:21 AM

MALOUT: Four persons have been booked for allegedly creating a hurdle for a traffic cop in performing his duty here on Wednesday.

Govt school principal accused of ‘sexual harassment’

25 May 2018 | 1:21 AM

BATHINDA: A class IV employee of a government school in Kararwala village has accused the principal of sexually harassing her.

Biodiversity park a victim of MC apathy

Biodiversity park a victim of MC apathy

25 May 2018 | 2:19 AM

BATHINDA: The biodiversity park near Tank No. 4 on the premises of Joggers’ Park is in a deplorable condition and crying for the attention of the civic body authorities.

Joggers’ Park no longer offers joy of riding bicycles

Joggers’ Park no longer offers joy of riding bicycles

25 May 2018 | 1:21 AM

BATHINDA: Joggers’ Park no longer offers the joy of pedaling one’s way to good health.

Snippets

One killed, two injured in mishaps

24 May 2018 | 12:03 AM

BATHINDA: A person was killed while two injured in two road mishaps in the district in the past 24 hours. In the first incident, a person was killed after a car hit two persons who were walking by the roadside at Rampura village.

Lt-Gen Cherish Mathson reviews Gandiv Vijay

24 May 2018 | 12:03 AM

BATHINDA: Lieutenant General Cherish Mathson, General Officer Commanding in Chief, Sapta Shakti Command, on Wednesday reviewed the conduct of the ongoing exercise Gandiv Vijay in Rajasthan.

Govt ITI Women to host exhibition

24 May 2018 | 12:03 AM

BATHINDA: The Government ITI (Women) is all set to organise a three-day exhibition-cum-sale called “Glamour and Bloom” in which the students will exhibit their various articles.

Not promoted, anganwari helper cries foul, protests

24 May 2018 | 12:03 AM

BATHINDA: Paramjit Kaur, an anganwari helper from Talndi block, on Wednesday opened a front against the District Programme Office (DPO) and accused the authorities of not promoting her and also of flouting the orders issued by former ADC Shena Aggarwal.

19-yr-old youth undergoing de-addiction kills self

24 May 2018 | 12:03 AM

BATHINDA: A 19-year-old youth admitted to a drug addiction centre located at Growth Centre on the Mansa road committed suicide by hanging himself from a fan.

Extra power charges irk Red Cross Society hostellers

Extra power charges irk Red Cross Society hostellers

24 May 2018 | 12:03 AM

BATHINDA: Women staying at the Red Cross Society’s Working Women Hostel have been a harried lot, as the authorities have asked them to either pay Rs 300 extra to bear the electricity bill charges or leave the hostel.

Truck operator commits suicide

24 May 2018 | 12:03 AM

BATHINDA: Unable to repay the debt, a truck operator committed suicide in Mansa.

Abandoned rly buildings a safe haven for miscreants

Abandoned rly buildings a safe haven for miscreants

24 May 2018 | 12:03 AM

BATHINDA: The railway authorities had, in the past, shortlisted more than 50 dilapidated buildings in the Bathinda railway line area for demolition but nothing concrete has been done in the matter till now.

Trees perish in fire along canal

Trees perish in fire along canal

24 May 2018 | 12:03 AM

FARIDKOT: Many trees were perished after they caught fire on the dividing portion of Sirhind and Rajasthan Feeder canal in Faidkot on Wednesday evening.

Cop accused of ‘illegal confinement’

24 May 2018 | 12:03 AM

BATHINDA: A family of Katar Singh Wala village has raised allegation against an official of the Kotshamir police post for keeping their minor girl and her parents in illegal custody at night.

Rs 17.44-cr debt relief for farmers

Rs 17.44-cr debt relief for farmers

24 May 2018 | 1:21 AM

BARNALA: The district administration will organise a district-level function on May 25 to distribute debt-relief certificates amounting to Rs 17.44 crore among 3,722 farmers of Barnala district, under the debt relief scheme of the Punjab Government.

Missing Class X student found

24 May 2018 | 12:03 AM

BATHINDA: Sourav Fanda (15), a Class X student of St Joseph’s Convent Punjabi High School, who went missing on Tuesday, was found on Wednesday morning.

Two more snatchings reported

24 May 2018 | 12:03 AM

BATHINDA: Two more snatching incidents were reported in the city on Tuesday night.

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