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THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
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TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS

Special trainer teacher on fast shifted to hospital
Bathinda, December 31
After being on fast-unto-death for 35 days, Jasbir Kaur, a member of the Special Trainer Teachers Union, was once again admitted to the Civil Hospital late last night after her condition deteriorated.

Jasbir Kaur was admitted to Civil Hospital on Sunday. Tribune photo: Pawan Sharma
Jasbir Kaur was admitted to Civil Hospital on Sunday

New priority for 2013
Agri Dept bets big on sugar beet
Bathinda, December 31
To reduce the area under paddy cultivation and to check the depletion of groundwater level, the agriculture department is all set to introduce sugar beet cultivation in the year 2013.
The sugar beet crop grown at the farm of Jagtar Brar, a progressive farmer from Mehma Sarja village near Goniana, in Bathinda district The sugar beet crop grown at the farm of Jagtar Brar, a progressive farmer from Mehma Sarja village near Goniana, in Bathinda district.
A Tribune photograph


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Dense fog disrupts life
December 31, 2012
Missing girl recovered
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Zones in city finalised
December 29, 2012
Whip cracked on eve-teasers
December 28, 2012
Encroachment removed
December 27, 2012
Vehicle theft that wasnít
December 26, 2012
Remove Anomalies: Docs told
December 25, 2012
Special wing to help eves: IG
December 24, 2012
PRI polls: Villages split into wards
December 23, 2012
No new polio case in Punjab in 3 yrs: WHO
December 22, 2012


Flying start: Pigeons flap their wings in a playful mood at a park in Bathinda on the last day of the year 2012 when the weather showed its sunny side up
Flying start: Pigeons flap their wings in a playful mood at a park in Bathinda on the last day of the year 2012 when the weather showed its sunny side up. Tribune photo: Pawan Sharma

Family disputes top the list
Bathinda, December 31
In an alarming trend, property disputes and minor family issues are increasingly being reported at various police stations. In fact, the number of such cases is more than the number of other criminal cases.

Truck driver booked after road accident
Bathinda, December 31
Police have registered a case against the driver of a truck trailer after his vehicle collided with a car. The driver was booked for fatally injuring the occupant of the car.

Engineers donate woollens
Bathinda, December 31
In a noble gesture, engineers working at the Guru Hargobind Thermal Plant (GHTP) in Lehra Mohabbat, donated shoes and woollens to the students of a school in Balianwali village who belonged to financially weaker families.

Members of the Bharatiya Kisan Morcha burn an effigy of the Central Government Members of the Lok Janshakti Party (right) burn an effigy of the accused in the Delhi and Punjab rape cases, near the District Administrative Complex on Monday
Members of the Bharatiya Kisan Morcha (left) burn an effigy of the Central Government and members of the Lok Janshakti Party (right) burn an effigy of the accused in the Delhi and Punjab rape cases, near the District Administrative Complex on Monday. Tribune photos: Pawan Sharma


Flashback 2012

In the second and last part of our series of recollecting the major events of the year, we bring you some more snapshots.
1. Police used lathicharge and water cannons to disperse the members of the RMSA-SSA-CSS union who had assembled and were inching closer to the Education Ministerís residence.
2. Construction of the civil airport in Virk Kalan village, 27 kms from Bathinda, was completed.
3. Virasat Mela was organised amidst much fanfare at the Jaipalgarh village in Bathinda.
4. Construction of the underbridge on Bathinda-Mansa road was also completed and the underbridge was opened to traffic this year. Tribune file photographs





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Special trainer teacher on fast shifted to hospital
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, December 31
After being on fast-unto-death for 35 days, Jasbir Kaur, a member of the Special Trainer Teachers Union, was once again admitted to the Civil Hospital late last night after her condition deteriorated.

A member of the union said Jasbir Kaur's health deteriorated on Sunday evening following which she was admitted to the hospital. While the union maintained that her condition was critical, the hospital authorities said Jasbir's vital parameters were stable on Monday.

Speaking to TNS, Senior Medical Officer (SMO) Satish Goyal said, "The only problem is that she is not ready to ingest anything orally. We are giving her fluids through drips to make sure that the vitamins and essential salts are replenished in her body."

On Monday, there were talks about Jasbir being referred to the Faridkot Medical College to ensure better treatment. "In all probability, Jasbir will be shifted to the Faridkot Medical College since her health condition deteriorated a lot over the past week," said another member of the union.

However, when TNS checked with the Civil Hospital, the authorities denied having prepared a case to refer her to the Faridkot Medical College.

"We had thought about referring her to another hospital but later, we concluded that it wasn't required as her health was stable. There are no complications to worry about. She is not unconscious. We will conduct more tests on Tuesday and will plan thereafter," added the SMO.

Members of the union have been sitting on a protest against the state government outside the District Administrative Complex for more than 65 days now.

A deputation of the union had met Punjab Education Minister Sikander Singh Maluka and Director General of School Education, Kahan Singh Pannu in Chandigarh on December 26.

During the meeting, the members of the union were assured that all the remaining teachers would be reinstated once the schools reopen on January 2. The union, however, claimed that while the schools were to re-open on Wednesday, they were yet to receive their joining letters.

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New priority for 2013
Agri Dept bets big on sugar beet
Crop to be introduced to reduce area under paddy, check water table
Gurdeep Singh Mann
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, December 31
To reduce the area under paddy cultivation and to check the depletion of groundwater level, the agriculture department is all set to introduce sugar beet cultivation in the year 2013.

The department has decided to reduce 20,000 hectares of the area under paddy cultivation out of the total of one lakh hectares by introducing sugar beet cultivation in Bathinda district.

The officials said one lakh hectares of land under paddy cultivation is quite high a figure in view of the decreasing groundwater level.

"Sugar beet is the crop of the future which can be grown on inferior soil and even with saline water. The crop also gives better yield in an arid region," said Chief Agriculture Officer Rajinder Brar.

He said there have been drastic changes in the water level and it has gone down by up to 300 feet at many places and it is time that a substitute to the paddy crop is introduced.

Brar said the next year would be dedicated to sugar beet cultivation and farmers would be made aware of its benefits. He said the trials for growing sugar beet are in progress in all the blocks of the district.

Sugar beet requires less water and it can give a yield of up to 500 quintals per acre. The crop is sold for Rs 125 to Rs 130 per quintal.

The officials of the department said there is no need to burn the residue of the crop and its leaves could also be used to feed the domesticated animals.

A section of the farmers, however, said there are no mills in Malwa and the growing of sugar beet may lead to marketing problems. The government should work introduce sugar mills in the area and even one sugar mill would be enough, they said.

The crop which is of five-month duration has more sugar content than even sugarcane and all its operations including sowing, harvesting or its care are 100 per cent mechanized.

The Chief Agriculture Officer said that apart from sugar beet, crops like guar, maize and summer moong too are being popularised by the department to improve the groundwater table in the area.

Brar pointed out that the problem of weeds also figures on the department's agenda and the Roundup Flax weedicide is being popularized among the farmers for use on sanding maize or cotton twice in a season to get rid of weed completely.

Jagtar Brar, a progressive farmer from the nearby Mehma Sarja village, said sugar beet trials were first arranged at his farm from 2007 to 2009. He said five farms were selected in the country, including his own farm in Punjab. The sugar content of his crop was found to be highest in the country and his yield was the second highest.

Brar said sugar beet is an industrial crop and apart from sugar, ethanol can also be extracted from it. While sugarcane has 9 per cent sugar, sugar beet has 14 per cent of sugar in it.

It could be grown easily on problematic soils with poor water. The crop also improves soil fertility. The crop is successfully grown in the US, France, Poland, Turkey and has recently been grown on a large-scale in Pakistan as well. He said 45 per cent of sugar in the world is extracted from sugar beet.

Fact file

  • The agriculture department has decided to reduce 20,000 hectares of the area under paddy cultivation out of the present one lakh hectares by introducing sugar beet cultivation.
  • One lakh hectares of land under paddy cultivation is quite high a figure in view of the decreasing groundwater level.
  • Sugar beet can be grown on inferior soil and even with saline water. The crop also gives better yield in an arid region.
  • The year 2013 would be dedicated to sugar beet cultivation and farmers would be made aware of its benefits. Chief Agriculture Officer Rajinder Brar said trials for growing sugar beet are in progress in all the blocks of the district.
  • Sugar beet requires less water and can give a yield of up to 500 quintals per acre. The crop is sold for Rs 125 to Rs 130 per quintal.

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Family disputes top the list
Such cases are outnumbering other criminal cases at police stations
Gurdeep Singh Mann
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, December 31
In an alarming trend, property disputes and minor family issues are increasingly being reported at various police stations. In fact, the number of such cases is more than the number of other criminal cases.

More than two-three such cases, involving fights between family members, are being reported everyday at police stations across the district.

Two such cases were registered today the at Sadar and Nandgarh police stations. While both the cases involved warring brothers, in one of the cases, the brothers even inflicted serious injuries on each other.

Investigating officer in the case, SI Harnek Singh, said brothers Baggar Singh and Mohan Singh of Balluana village have agricultural fields adjoining each other. A common path separates the fields and the brothers had been accusing each other of releasing irrigation water to destroy each otherís path.

The matter could not be resolved despite the intervention of the village residents and relatives of the brothers. They inflicted injuries upon each other and both are undergoing treatment at a hospital.

Police said Mohan suffered serious head injuries while Baggar received minor injuries.

A case under sections 324, 323, 452, 148 and 149 of the IPC has been registered against the two at the Sadar police station. Police has booked Baggar, his wife Jasvir Kaur, his son Bohar Singh, Mohan Singh and his son Kindri. The police is yet to make any arrests in the case.

In a similar incident, a man lodged a case against his brother accusing him of flattening his standing wheat crop.

Investigating officer in the case, Harbhajan Singh of Nandgarh police station, said the familyís agricultural land in Kaljharani village was divided between both the brothers.

During the distribution of land, Raj Kumar got the plum part of the land, which is adjacent to the main road.

Raj Kumar has alleged that his brother has been trying to lay his hands on the piece of land.

The policeman added that a few months back too, Raj Kumarís brother had flattened his standing crop.

He added that despite being counselled by the police, villagers and the relatives, the brothers failed to reach a compromise. The brothers would often get into heated arguments and end up inflicting injuries on each other.

On the complaint of Raj Kumar, a case under Sections 447, 511, 427 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered against his brother Pawan Kumar. Pankaj Kumar and Hardev Singh have also been booked in the case.

Fact file

  • Brothers Baggar Singh and Mohan Singh of Balluana village have agricultural fields adjoining each other. A common path separates the fields and the brothers had been accusing each other of releasing irrigation water to destroy each other's path. The matter could not be resolved despite the intervention of the village residents and the relatives of the two brothers. They injured each other after a fight and are undergoing treatment at a hospital.
  • Family agricultural land in Kaljharani village was divided between brothers Raj Kumar and Pawan Kumar. Raj Kumar got the plum land, which is adjacent to the main road. Raj has been accusing his brother of trying to lay his hands upon his land. He also accused his brother of flattening his standing wheat crop twice. Despite being counselled by the police, villagers and the relatives, the brothers have failed to reach a compromise. The brothers would often get into heated arguments and end up injuring each other.

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Truck driver booked after road accident
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, December 31
Police have registered a case against the driver of a truck trailer after his vehicle collided with a car. The driver was booked for fatally injuring the occupant of the car. In a complaint to the police, Vijay Kumar of Sirsa said the driver of a truck trailer number PB-03-N-9436 banged his vehicle into a car which led to the death of Prem Kumar, also a resident of Sirsa.

He added that three other occupants of the car were also injured in the accident.

A case under Sections 304-A, 338, 279, 337 and 427 of the IPC has been registered in this connection against the unidentified driver of the truck trailer at Sangat police station.

Computer stolen from co-op agriculture society

A computer set, worth nearly `16,000, was stolen from the cooperative agriculture society in Bandi village.

The complainant in the case, Jagjit Singh, employed as a secretary in the society said some unidentified person had stolen the computer from the office of the society.

A case under Sections 457 and 380 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered at the Sangat police station.

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Engineers donate woollens

Bathinda, December 31
In a noble gesture, engineers working at the Guru Hargobind Thermal Plant (GHTP) in Lehra Mohabbat, donated shoes and woollens to the students of a school in Balianwali village who belonged to financially weaker families.

In a press statement released here today, the engineers stated that they had unanimously agreed to the deduction of a portion of their salaries.

After deductions, Rs 25,000 was collected to purchase the shoes and woollens which the engineers then distributed among the students of the school. ó TNS

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