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Negotiating Batala’s ‘death bend’

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Batala: Batalvis have been caught in a cleft. Despite numerous petitions, the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) is not willing to link the city with the proposed Rs60,000 crore Delhi-Katra expressway project. Besides, the national highway originating from Pathankot to Amritsar through Batala has become the city's Achilles Heel. The point at which the highway branches off from the NH to the city has become so accident-prone that residents have given it the sobriquet of a 'death bend'. NHAI Chairman Sukhbir Singh Sandhu has now asked the NHAI's Amritsar-based project director Sunil Yadav and general manager Abdullah Khan to pay a visit to the dreaded spot on Tuesday. Residents have now decided to form a joint platform to make sure the 'death bend' is sent to its death-bed.

Spellcheck lesson for admn

Patiala: Though many ETT-TET pass teachers are unemployed, they got an opportunity to teach the district administration when they caught the latter on the wrong foot. The teachers recently held a protest following which the administration gave them an assurance letter of a meeting with the higher-ups. The letter reportedly had many grammatical errors. Deep Banarsi, a teacher, said, "The drafting of the letter raises serious questions on the competency of the officer concerned." However, the Naib Tehsildar said, "The letter was written by an Assistant Sub-Inspector. I just signed it in haste."

Free internet for Dhuri ward

Sangrur: Hundreds of residents of Ward no. 2 of Dhuri town in the district will have round-the-clock free access to the internet as a former municipal councillor has installed modems across the ward and started a Wi-Fi service. "I have installed 25 modems to provide free internet to residents. I have started the facility because there are many poor families in my ward and their children are facing problems in completing their online studies," said Pushpinder Sharma, former municipal councillor.

'Third eye' on criminals

Fatehgarh Sahib: MPs Amar Singh and Shamsher Singh Dullo have donated Rs 14 lakh from the MPLAD fund to install CCTV cameras at prominent places in Fatehgarh Sahib under the Safe City Project. The cameras will not only help in controlling anti-social elements but will also enable smooth flow of traffic and in maintaining law and order. The crime incidents and offences occurring at any place will be immediately recorded at the Integrated Control Centre which was jointly inaugurated by DC Amrit Kaur Gill and SSP Amneet Kondal.

'Urja Purush' breathes his last

Fazilka: Octogenarian Dr Bhupinder Singh of Fazilka, a recipient of the 'Urja Purush Award', passed away after a brief illness recently. A former head of department of mechanical engineering at IIT-Roorkee, he was awarded by the Uttarakhand Government for his tremendous contribution in promoting solar energy. He also set up a solar workshop in Fazilka to acquaint the youths with the benefits of solar energy.

Honour for social activist

Abohar: Social activist and celebrity fashion designer Parul Bhatia was recently honoured with the prestigious Business Rankers Women Achievers' Award-2020 for her contribution in improving the economic condition of women. Parul has been the brand ambassador of the cleanliness mission in Sriganganagar. She has played an important role in promoting the art works of women craftsmen of Srikaranpur, a border segment, and Kalian village, to foreign countries.

from The Tribune

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