Wednesday, April 17, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Farmers told to cultivate paddy after May 15
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 16
To reduce pressure on the natural resources, the farmers will have to listen to the expertsí advice on cultivating the paddy nursery only after May 15. This was a warning to the state farmers that came from the Transport Minister, Dr Tej Parkash Singh when he was speaking at a farmers training camp organised by the district Agriculture Department here today.

Urging the farmers to follow the suggestion of cultivating the recommended varieties, Dr Tej Parkash Singh said that the time was still ripe for the farmers to save the underground water, otherwise the state agriculture would be doomed. Warning the farmers of a stiff competition ahead due to the international market, the minister said that they would have to practically think about the precision farming with high profits. He also emphasised on improving the quality of the produce stating that they would have to produce the high quality yield with a minimum cost of production.

The minister also said that the government was putting in all efforts to procure all the produce coming to the mandis, adding that the officials had been told to make the payments of wheat within 24 hours of procurement. Assuring the farmers that the government would make good quality fertiliser available in the paddy season, he said that the supply of improved variety seeds would be ensured.

The Deputy Commissioner Mr Anurag Aggarwal said that Ludhiana had made its name figure not only among the top producers in India but on the world map of agriculture. He said that a committee constituted by the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, and headed by a noted economist, Dr Sardara Singh Johl, would make recommendations for the betterment of the farmers as well as the state agriculture. He advised the farmers to diversify their crops and shift the area from wheat and paddy cycle.

Mr Gurdial Singh Khaira, Joint Director, State Agriculture Department said that out of the total contribution to the central pool around 60 per cent of wheat, 45 to 50 per cent rice and 20 to 25 percent cotton was contributed by Punjab itself.

He emphasised on diversification of agriculture, stating that the agriculture was no more a simple profession and it required wisdom along with planning. Dr Kesar Singh, Chief Agriculture Officer, Ludhiana, also spoke on the occasion and made the farmers abreast of the latest in agriculture and various camps to be organised by the department in this year.

On the occasion, exhibitions of seeds, machines and other agricultural equipment were organised.



Two get 1-year jail term
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 16
Mr B.K. Mehta, Additional Sessions Judge, has convicted Ashok Kumar, alias Shoki, (42) of Gandhi Nagar and Tarsem Lal, alias Seema (28), and sentenced them to undergo imprisonment for one year each on the charges of administering intoxicants to a person and snatching his still movie camera.

An FIR was registered against the accused on April 4 at Focal Point police station on the complaint of Sudesh Kumar, owner of a photo studio, wherein he had alleged that both accused came to his shop and booked a still photo camera and a movie camera for a marriage party.

When he was going with them in a car, they administered some intoxicants to him near the Gill Road canal and ran away with the camera. Later they were apprehended by the police.



Kidnapper gets 2-year imprisonment
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 16
Mr B.K. Mehta, Additional Sessions Judge, has convicted Babu Lal, a resident of Bihar, and sentenced him to undergo imprisonment for two-years, besides imposing a fine one the charge of kidnapping a Class VI student of Popular English School, Kohara, on December 15, 2000. An FIR was registered on the statement of Mr Ravi Sharma, principal of the school.

According to prosecution, the complainant was returning to his school from the Kohara market side. School vans were parked near the school. He saw accused who had caught the student, Gurbinder Singh, alias Honey. After seeing the principal the accused went under the cover of a van in order to hide himself and the child.

On asking, the accused said that a maternal uncle of Honey had sent him to bring him back home. Meanwhile, a school driver, Jaspal Singh, also camej there. Babu Lal got puzzled and tried to run away from the spot, but was apprehended, according to prosecution.

Thereafter the father of Honey, Gurmukh Singh, and Mewa Singh, maternal uncle, were called there who disclosed that the accused was earlier their servant.


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