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9.3% hike in electricity tariff runs into stiff opposition

Residents say they were expecting reduction in rate from govt24 Oct 2017 | 3:00 AM

BATHINDA: City residents today criticised the 9.33 per cent hike in power tariff. The Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC) today made the announcement regarding the new power tariff for the state, which is for three years.

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Sukhmeet Bhasin

Tribune News Service

Bathinda, October 23

City residents today criticised the 9.33 per cent hike in power tariff. The Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC) today made the announcement regarding the new power tariff for the state, which is for three years.

Senior deputy mayor and BJP leader Tarsem Goyal expressed shock over the hike and said the state government was back-stabbing the people.

He said the Congress for med the government after making big promises but after coming to power, it was doing opposite of what was ensured.

The BJP leader said as farmers were committing suicide almost every day in the state, the day is not far away when traders and common people would also take the same route due to the anti-people policies of the state government.

Former SAD MLA Sarup Chand Singla, demanding immediate rollback of the power tariff hike, said the market was already going through economic slowdown and the time of the hike clearly indicated that the Chief Minister and the Cabinet were busy minting money and filling their coffers.

He said this decision would affect all sections of society.

Gian Chand Bansal, district president of the Swaraj Party, opposing the tariff hike, said the announcements of new rates would upset the monthly budget of the middle class families.

Inflation has already burnt a hole in the pocket of the middle and poor class.

Punjab Beopar Mandal state chairman Kartar Singh Jaura said this was a shocker for the traders as rates of power were already very high during the SAD-BJP rule.

“We were expecting that after coming to power, the Congress government would provide some relief but it has hiked the tariff, which is totally condemnable and unacceptable,” he said.

He added that traders were already going under crisis due to little money flow in the market and this decision would further put burden on them.

He demanded that the decision should be revoked immediately and concession should be given on the existing power tariff to the traders.

Accountants protest lack of clarity in GST

Accountants protest lack of clarity in GST

24 Oct 2017 | 12:19 AM

BATHINDA: Members of the Bathinda Accountants Association today protested against the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) alleging lack of clarity on different clauses.

Blue Whale game case: Police begin probe

24 Oct 2017 | 12:19 AM

BATHINDA: The police have initiated investigation into the complaint filed by the management of Silver Oak School on the Bibiwala road against a person who provoked a Class VII student to play the notorious Blue Whale game on his mobile phone.

MCB awaits funds for Rs 34.28-cr projects

24 Oct 2017 | 12:19 AM

BATHINDA: The Municipal Corporation of Bathinda (MCB) is facing problems in executing the work it had approved in the general house meeting held in September.

AAP leaders, teachers protest closure of 800 primary schools

AAP leaders, teachers protest closure of 800 primary schools

24 Oct 2017 | 12:19 AM

BATHINDA: The state government’s decision to close down around 800 primary schools, which have less than 20 students, has not gone well not only with the teachers but also leaders of the Aam Aadmi Party.

Despite ban, truckers flout parking rules

Despite ban, truckers flout parking rules

24 Oct 2017 | 12:19 AM

BATHINDA: Despite a ban imposed by the administration, trucks are entering the city during the daytime, adding to traffic chaos.

Contract workers to hold state-level rally on Nov 7GNDTP Closure

Contract workers to hold state-level rally on Nov 7

24 Oct 2017 | 12:19 AM

BATHINDA: Contract workers of the Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant today convened a meeting and called upon the workers of the plant to participate in a state-level rally in Patiala on November 7 against the state government’s decision to shut down the plant.

CJM holds meeting with bank managers

24 Oct 2017 | 12:19 AM

BATHINDA: Dr Mandeep Mittal, CJM/Secretary, District Legal Services Authority, Bathinda, held a meeting with bank managers of all the nationalised as well as private banks.

GKU students bag medals in sports events

24 Oct 2017 | 12:19 AM

BATHINDA: An MSc (Vegetable Science) student of Guru Kashi University (GKU) secured the 2nd position in the 10-m air pistol category in the UT shooting championship held in Chandigarh.

BKU leaders flay Modi govt

24 Oct 2017 | 12:19 AM

KHAMANO: In a meeting of representatives of BKU (Lakhowal) and BKU (Ekta Sidhupur) organised at Khamano, leaders of both the unions flayed the decision of imposing Rs 30,000 tax per year on tractors by the Centre.

SNIPPETS

Lecture on Algal Bio-Technology

24 Oct 2017 | 12:19 AM

BATHINDA: The Department of Biotechnology and Medical of Baba Farid College organised an industrial-oriented lecture on “Algal Bio-Technology: An advanced Industrial Approach for Renewable Energy Needs”.

CBSE to sensitise students towards environment

23 Oct 2017 | 12:44 AM

LUDHIANA: The CBSE has decided to hold various quiz contests in schools affiliated to it in the district to help students learn and appreciate history, tourism and cultural heritage of the country.

18 booked for damaging vehicle

23 Oct 2017 | 12:44 AM

BATHINDA: The Raman police today booked 18 persons for damaging a car of a wine contractor at Fallar village.

Eight booked for assaulting doctor

23 Oct 2017 | 12:44 AM

BATHINDA: The Civil Lines police today booked eight persons for assaulting and misbehaving with a doctor on Powerhouse Road here today.

Air pollution data screen installed in city

23 Oct 2017 | 12:44 AM

BATHINDA: Do you want to know the level of air pollution in the city? Has it not reached dangerous levels? Answers to all these questions will now be found on the Display Board showing the air pollution level on your Fire Brigade building in the city.

Rash driving by Pendu bus drivers irks public

23 Oct 2017 | 12:44 AM

BATHINDA: Drivers of Pendu Bus Service do not follow the safety norms putting commuters’ lives to risk and causing traffics jams in the Malwa region.

Street vending project hanging fire for want of land

Street vending project hanging fire for want of land

23 Oct 2017 | 12:44 AM

BATHINDA: The much-awaited street vending project is hanging in fire due to non-availability of land required for the project.

Rly station to get 90 CCTV cameras

Rly station to get 90 CCTV cameras

23 Oct 2017 | 12:44 AM

BATHINDA: The Bathinda railway station, which is one of the biggest junctions in Asia, is all set to install 90 closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras all around the city railway station.

AAP MLA flays govt’s move to shut 800 primary schools

23 Oct 2017 | 12:44 AM

BATHINDA: AAP MLA from Bathinda (Rural) Prof Rupinder Kaur Ruby today lashed out at the state government over the closure of 800 primary schools in the state.

Sans adequate stretchers, patients suffer

Sans adequate stretchers, patients suffer

23 Oct 2017 | 12:44 AM

BATHINDA: Patients are facing a tough time at the Bhai Mani Singh Civil Hospital in the absence of adequate stretchers.

Two held for bid to loot ATM

23 Oct 2017 | 12:44 AM

BATHINDA: The police today arrested two persons for breaking open an ATM of Axis bank in a bid to loot cash at Raman yesterday.

Bike-lifters’ gang busted, three arrested

Bike-lifters’ gang busted, three arrested

23 Oct 2017 | 12:44 AM

BATHINDA: The CIA-II staff today claimed to have busted a gang of thieves involved in stealing two-wheelers with the arrest of three members.

4 booked for looting Rs 25K

23 Oct 2017 | 12:44 AM

BATHINDA: The Talwandi Sabo police today registered a case against four persons for looting Rs 25,000 from associates of a wine contractor.

Six years on, rail connectivity to Takht Damdama Sahib uncertain

23 Oct 2017 | 12:44 AM

BATHINDA: Uncertainty prevails over the future of the much-hyped project to provide rail connectivity to Takht Damdama Sahib, Talwandi Sabo, one of the five temporal seats of the Sikh religion, as around six years have passed but the work on the project has failed to start till date.

Rose Garden to get Science City

Rose Garden to get Science City

23 Oct 2017 | 12:44 AM

BATHINDA: The Municipal Corporation (MC), Bathinda, has formulated a plan to construct Science City at a cost of Rs 25 lakh at Rose Garden here.

Army personnel take part in river rafting

22 Oct 2017 | 12:15 AM

BATHINDA: A white water rafting expedition on the Teesta river covering a distance of 140 km from Serwani in Sikkim to Coronation Bridge in West Bengal was undertaken by the 212 Rocket Regiment (Kargil) of Chetak Corps from October 17-20.

Drugs seized from jail inmate

22 Oct 2017 | 12:15 AM

BATHINDA: Officials at the Central Jail in Gobindpura yesterday seized tablets and drug powder, allegedly being used as intoxicant, from the possession of an inmate who had returned from parole.

Tributes paid to martyrs on Police Commemoration Day

Tributes paid to martyrs on Police Commemoration Day

22 Oct 2017 | 12:15 AM

BATHINDA: To salute the valour and sacrifice of police personnel who laid down their lives while discharging their duties, the 58th Police Commemoration Day was observed at the Police Lines ground here today.

Prices of dry fruits rise, pine nuts remains on top of the list

Prices of dry fruits rise, pine nuts remains on top of the list

22 Oct 2017 | 12:15 AM

BATHINDA: With an increase of approximately Rs 1,200 per kg as compared to the price last Diwali, pine nuts (chilgoza) are the most expensive dry fruit this season.

Now, public can use toilets at petrol pumps under MC limits

22 Oct 2017 | 12:15 AM

BATHINDA: Now toilets at the petrol pumps within the municipal corporation limits can be used by public.

RPF won’t check tickets: Railways

22 Oct 2017 | 12:15 AM

BATHINDA: The Railway Police Force (RPF) will not have the right to check tickets on moving trains or platforms as only travelling ticket examiner (TTE) will do this job.

No penalty on property tax till Jan 15

22 Oct 2017 | 12:15 AM

BATHINDA: To overcome financial crisis, the government has announced to give relaxation to the property tax defaulters.

Malwa Youth Federation defaces road signs

Malwa Youth Federation defaces road signs

22 Oct 2017 | 12:15 AM

BATHINDA: Members of various organisation today defaced road signs as part of a campaign, which they called ‘Save Punjabi’.

Irked over wait for promotions, teachers to launch agitation

22 Oct 2017 | 12:15 AM

BATHINDA: Waiting for promotion from the JBT/ETT cadre to master cadre, teachers of government primary schools have decided to protest against the state government.

ETT teachers protest plan to close 800 govt schools

22 Oct 2017 | 12:15 AM

BATHINDA: Primary school teachers today upped the ante against the state government’s decision to close 800 primary schools, which do not have many students.

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