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ARMS LICENCE

Sudden rise in positive dope test cases

Health Department goes strict on declaring an applicant medically fit27 Apr 2018 | 12:44 AM

BATHINDA: The number of arms licence applicants, who were being tested positive during the dope test, has witnessed a significant rise in the past few days. Although, the number of applicants visiting the Civil Hospital to undergo dope tests has plummeted in the past one week, there has been a substantial increase in the number of positive cases.

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Sumeer Singh

Tribune News Service

Bathinda, April 26

The number of arms licence applicants, who were being tested positive during the dope test, has witnessed a significant rise in the past few days.

Although, the number of applicants visiting the Civil Hospital to undergo dope tests has plummeted in the past one week, there has been a substantial increase in the number of positive cases.

The sudden spurt in such cases can directly be attributed to the State Health Department’s stricter stance before declaring an arms licence applicant (or those applying for renewal) medically and physically fit by increasing the number of substances (narcotic) for which an applicant has to be tested from five (till April 19) to 10 now.

As many as six applicants were found positive among 20 who had undergone dope test on last Thursday.

Similarly, on Friday, four applicants were tested positive among 16 who had undergone dope test.

On Saturday, as many as two applicants were tested positive among 12.

Earlier (prior to April 17), on an average four to six applicants were being tested positive among 50, undergoing dope test in a day.

As per an order issued by Anjali Bhawra, Principal Secretary, Department of Health and Family Welfare, on April 17, an arms licence applicant or those applying for renewal shall be screened for morphine, codeine, D propoxyphene, benzodiazepines, 9-tetra hydro cannabinol (THC), barbiturates, cocaine, amphetamines, buprenorphine and tramadol.

Dr Arun Bansal, psychiatrist at the Civil Hospital, said, “Dope tests, psychiatry analysis, vision test and orthopedic test will all act as filters that would eventually pave way for a safer society as the number of people possessing arms would decrease. Increasing the number of substances for which an arms licence applicant has to undergo test from five to 10 would also act as a catalyst in bringing down the crime rate in the region.”

GST: Small-scale ice-cream makers about to shut shops

27 Apr 2018 | 12:44 AM

BATHINDA: Worried by 18 per cent GST (goods and services tax), a major chunk of the ice-cream industry in the state is in dire straits today. Unable to cope-up with increased manufacturing (production) cost and high rate of tax, a large number of small-scale ice-cream makers have either stalled manufacturing for the season or started procuring finished products from big ice-cream manufacturing brands.

Govt college to increase PTA fund charged from students

Govt college to increase PTA fund charged from students

27 Apr 2018 | 12:44 AM

BATHINDA: Over the years, a number of posts of regular faculty members are continuously getting vacated (retirement) at Government Rajindra College, due to which the college has to recruit new guest faculty members in every new session.

SDO’s suspension: Officials stall work on Day 2

SDO’s suspension: Officials stall work on Day 2

27 Apr 2018 | 12:44 AM

BATHINDA: The issue of the Municipal Corporation of Bathinda recommending the suspension of SDO Rajinder Kumar on the complaint by councillor Pardip Gola continued to haunt Mayor Balwant Rai Nath for the second consecutive day on Thursday as MCB officials went on with their pen-down strike.

I-T raid at hair transplant clinic

I-T raid at hair transplant clinic

27 Apr 2018 | 12:44 AM

BATHINDA: The local unit of the Income Tax Department conducted a raid at a private hair transplant clinic on the Namdev road on Thursday. Sources in the department said after getting a tip-off, a raid was conducted at Garg Hair Transplant Clinic.

12 school vans issued challans

27 Apr 2018 | 12:44 AM

BATHINDA: Following the instructions issued by the Punjab and Haryana High Court, checking of school vans was conducted at the Maur sub-division of Bathinda on Thursday.

Journalist assaulted, SSP orders probe

27 Apr 2018 | 12:44 AM

BATHINDA: A local journalist of a Hindi newspaper was assaulted by unidentified persons on Thursday on the Bathinda-Goniana road. The journalist was identified as Neeraj Nanda, a resident of Bathinda.

Fine of Rs 25K imposed on Faridkot Transport Office

27 Apr 2018 | 12:44 AM

FARIDKOT: The State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, Punjab, has imposed a fine of Rs 25,000 on the District Transport Office, Faridkot, for publishing a wrong date of driving licence’s validity, pushing an accident’s victim to protracted litigation.

Six cellphones, SIM cards recovered from Central Jail

27 Apr 2018 | 12:44 AM

BATHINDA: Officials recovered six mobile phones and the same number of SIM cards from inmates during a checking of barracks at the Central Jail in Gobindpura village, 18 km from here, on Thursday.

Debt waiver scheme

Only 4,272 farmers get benefit in Muktsar dist

27 Apr 2018 | 12:44 AM

MALOUT: Despite much hype, only 4,272 farmers in Muktsar district have got the benefit of the state government’s debt waiver scheme.

Farmers to be apprised of stubble burning’s ill-effects

Farmers to be apprised of stubble burning’s ill-effects

27 Apr 2018 | 12:44 AM

BATHINDA: District Agriculture Officer Dr Gurditta Singh Sandhu on Thursday flagged off vans and other vehicles which will make farmers aware of the ill-effects of stubble burning.

Protest by anganwadi workers enters 88th day

Protest by anganwadi workers enters 88th day

27 Apr 2018 | 12:44 AM

BATHINDA: The protest by anganwadi workers and helpers on Thursday entered its 88th day. Braving the heat, the workers have been protesting since January 29.

Uncertainty prevails over city bus service

27 Apr 2018 | 12:44 AM

BATHINDA: Once again uncertainty prevails over the running of city bus service in Bathinda after a civil writ petition filed by a private bus operator in the High Court.

Poppy husk seized, seven arrested

27 Apr 2018 | 12:44 AM

BATHINDA: Seven persons were arrested with 94 kgs of poppy husk from three places. The police also seized a car and a motorcycle.

Thieves decamp with liquor worth Rs 2 lakh from two shops

27 Apr 2018 | 12:44 AM

BATHINDA: Miscreants targeted two wine shops in Bathinda district and decamped with boxes of whiskey worth Rs 2 lakh.

Briefly

Woman suffers 40% burns

27 Apr 2018 | 12:44 AM

BATHINDA: A 20-year-old woman received burn injuries in an accidental fire that occurred at the grain market on Thursday afternoon. The woman has been identified as Manisha, who is undergoing treatment at the local Civil Hospital.

Skill mela for unemployed tomorrow

26 Apr 2018 | 12:41 AM

BATHINDA: Punjab Skill Development Mission in collaboration with District Employment Bureau is organizing “Skill Mela” on April 27, 2018 in Employment bureau office near Children`s Park, Bathinda.

MC prepares street parking plan, residents fume

26 Apr 2018 | 12:41 AM

BATHINDA: The Municipal Corporation of Bathinda (MCB) is preparing its street parking plan under which streets will be kept free from the vehicles and if anybody parks a vehicle on the busy roads such as Ajit road, Bhagu Road and others, a penalty will be imposed on the violator.

Water supply workers protest over revised rates

Water supply workers protest over revised rates

26 Apr 2018 | 12:41 AM

BATHINDA: Members of the Water Supply and Sanitation Contract Workers’ Union Punjab on Wednesday staged a protest against the officials of the department.

Students pledge to obey traffic rules

26 Apr 2018 | 12:41 AM

BATHINDA: A seminar on traffic rules and road safety was organised on Punjabi University Campus at Maur here on Wednesday.

MCB to hire vehicles from JITF for garbage collection

26 Apr 2018 | 12:41 AM

BATHINDA: The Municipal Corporation Bathinda (MCB) has planned to hire vehicles (compactor) from JITF company for the door-to-door garbage collection work in the city.

Stray cattle roam around, endanger patient

Stray cattle roam around, endanger patient

26 Apr 2018 | 12:41 AM

BATHINDA: To curb the menace of stray cattle on the premises of Civil Hospital, the hospital authorities through various correspondences with Max Hospital had installed an animal catcher on the entrance gate of Max Hospital a few months ago.

4.14 lakh kids to be vaccinated against measles-rubella

26 Apr 2018 | 12:41 AM

BATHINDA: The Health Department on Wednesday convened a meeting regarding the measles and rubella vaccination campaign, which is scheduled to start in the district on May 1.

Shortage of medicines ails Civil Hospital

Shortage of medicines ails Civil Hospital

26 Apr 2018 | 12:41 AM

BATHINDA: The state government may have claimed that they are providing free medicines to the patients visiting the Civil Hospital, but the fact is otherwise.

Two liquor godowns sealed

26 Apr 2018 | 12:41 AM

Bathinda: A mobile wing of the Excise and Taxation Department sealed two godowns of liquor at Tapa Mandi in Barnala district on Tuesday.

Thousands appear for economics re-exam

Thousands appear for economics re-exam

26 Apr 2018 | 12:41 AM

BATHINDA: Thousands of students in the district on Wednesday appeared for the Class XII CBSE economics re-examination.

Man objects to ‘indecent’ acts at park, beaten up

26 Apr 2018 | 12:41 AM

BATHINDA: Some youths beat up a resident by barging into his house located opposite the Dadi-Poti park in the Model Town Phase-3 area.

9 cases of Excise Act in 24 hours

26 Apr 2018 | 12:41 AM

BATHINDA: Nine cases under the Excise Act have been registered in the past 24 hours in the district.

MC workers stall work, go on indefinite strike

MC workers stall work, go on indefinite strike

26 Apr 2018 | 12:41 AM

BATHINDA: Members of the municipal workers union went on an indefinite strike over the recommendation of the suspension of SDO Rajinder Kumar by Mayor Balwant Rai Nath in proceedings of the general house meeting held on April 20.

CUP may shift students to college hostel

CUP may shift students to college hostel

26 Apr 2018 | 12:41 AM

BATHINDA: Even as the Central University of Punjab (CUP) is all set to relocate to its newly constructed campus at Ghudda village soon, the university plans to shift some of its students to the boys’ hostel of Government Rajindra College here, as the work on its new boys’ hostel at Ghudda is yet to be completed.

67 services to go online

26 Apr 2018 | 12:41 AM

BATHINDA: In the coming days, with the implementation of e-governance project, the residents will not have to come to the Municipal Corporation office for map approval, water-sewerage connection or birth-death certificates as the civic body has decided to make work of all its branches online.

Buildings lie unused for want of furniture at govt college

Buildings lie unused for want of furniture at govt college

25 Apr 2018 | 1:10 AM

BATHINDA: Even though a couple of buildings were constructed at Government Rajindra College four years ago, they have failed to serve the purpose in the absence of required infrastructure.

3 cases of clash over old rivalries registered

25 Apr 2018 | 1:10 AM

BATHINDA: Three cases of clash over old rivalries were on Tuesday registered by the police in the district.

Poor kids to get primary education at doorstep

Poor kids to get primary education at doorstep

25 Apr 2018 | 1:10 AM

FARIDKOT: To hone educational skills of slum kids, particularly out-of-school girls, the District Red Cross Society and the School Education Department in Faridkot have started organising evening classes in the slum area of Sanjay Nagar here to enable these children to join the mainstream schools.

Nine GZSCCET students get placement

25 Apr 2018 | 1:10 AM

BATHINDA: Under a special placement drive, nine students of the textile engineering department of Giani Zail Singh Campus College of Engineering and Technology (GZSCCET) has been selected for recruitment by the Oswal Group of Industries, Ludhiana, on Tuesday.

Farmers upset over tardy pace of lifting wheat

Farmers upset over tardy pace of lifting wheat

25 Apr 2018 | 1:10 AM

MALOUT: The tardy pace of wheat lifting in the district has irked farmers.

Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital

Docs demand raise in monthly stipend

25 Apr 2018 | 1:10 AM

FARIDKOT: Around 100 junior doctors of Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital in Faridkot have sought the state government’s help as the amount they are getting for their job is less than the minimum wages fixed for the unskilled labour.

Two arrested with heroin

25 Apr 2018 | 1:10 AM

BATHINDA: Two persons have been arrested under the NDPS Act in the district in separate incidents.

Inmate dies at Central Jail

25 Apr 2018 | 1:10 AM

BATHINDA: An inmate, undergoing term in an attempt to murder case, died at the Central Jail at Gobindpura village on Monday night.

50-km gas pipeline to be laid in Bathinda

25 Apr 2018 | 1:10 AM

BATHINDA: Gujarat State Petronet Limited will lay 50-km gas pipeline and would also supply liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to households in the district.

Meritorious School registers 100 per cent result

Meritorious School registers 100 per cent result

25 Apr 2018 | 1:10 AM

BATHINDA: Students of Senior Secondary School for Meritorious Students, Bathinda, have brought laurels to their institution by registering 100 per cent result in the PSEB Class XII exams, barring a few re-appears in physics.

Protest over pruning of schemes

25 Apr 2018 | 1:10 AM

Barnala: Residents from Khudi Kalan village on Tuesday protested against the Food and Civil Supplies Department for deleting their names from the lists of beneficiaries of various social welfare schemes.

Students block road, commuters pay

Students block road, commuters pay

25 Apr 2018 | 1:10 AM

BATHINDA: Commuters were on the receiving end following a protest by students of Central University of Punjab (CUP) at the Bathinda-Mansa highway over the death of a fellow student due to alleged negligence of the authorities concerned on Tuesday.

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