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Poultry farmers’ loss is retailers’ gain
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 21
Even as the bird flu scare has caused huge losses to poultry farmers, resorting to distress sale, retailers have been pocketing the margin and the common man continues to get poultry products at the same prices.

Poultry farmers have been selling their produce at low prices due to a glut in the market, retailers are storing those.

No hotel, restaurant or retail outlet has reduced prices and poultry farmers are feeling cheated.

Poultry farmers are still suffering huge losses as eggs are being sold at between Rs 80 and Rs 85 per hundred and live broiler is being sold at Rs 25 per kg. Dressed chicken is being sold at between Rs 70 and Rs 90 per kg in the retail market.

Retail rates are constant for more than a week while rates have come down from Rs 42 to Rs 25 per kg for farmers.

Mr Lucky Grewal, owner of a restaurant, says he buys broilers at old rates, though there is not much demand.

Poultry farmers say the glut will be cleared if retailers slash rates, otherwise the demand will not rise.

Mr Sanjeev Bassi, treasurer of the National Egg Coordination Committee and a poultry farmer, says they have been trying hard to dispel wrong notions that chicken should not be consumed, but things are not improving.

He says retailers pocket a margin of more than Re 1 per egg and are not willing to help poultry farmers.

PAU advice

Asking poultry farmers not to panic, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) veterinarians have advised them various precautionary measures.

The scientists tracking the bird flu course have observed that symptoms of this avian influenza virus and the Ranikhet ailment are similar and differentiation between the two is difficult.

The symptoms include sneezing, coughing, oedema, swelling of head and diarrhoea in birds, which lead to abrupt high mortality.

The symptoms of bird flu can be confirmed after conducting detailed laboratory tests, available only at the high-security animal disease investigation laboratory of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research in Bhopal.

The PAU experts have come up with a word of caution for poultry farmers.

According to the College of Veterinary Sciences Dean Dr O.S.Parmar, they should ensure hygienic conditions in their poultry sheds, remove poultry droppings and frequently disinfect those with soap and detergent.

They have been further advised to trim tree branches around poultry sheds to avoid perching and nesting of birds, as these are potent carriers of the disease-causing virus.

Dr Parmar has said veterinarians concerned have observed that there is no need for unnecessary panic in Punjab since the chances of bird flu are remote because the state does not fall in the path of migratory birds.

PAU veterinarians have advised consumers of eggs and poultry to consume these after proper cooking at temperature above 70°C.

PSOVA’s bit

The Punjab State Veterinary Officers Association (PSOVA) is contributing its bit to bail out poultry farmers by asking residents to continue savouring chicken dishes.

Dr Harbans Singh Dhalla of the PSOVA says people should not keep away from chicken and egg dishes.

Poultries are being inspected and no case of bird flu has been reported in the state, he says.

Poultry farmers have been asked to observe strict bio-surveillance in their farms and to line their farms with lime powder, he adds.

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Man kills father for land
Tribune News Service

Jagraon, February 21
The Jagraon police has arrested a youth of Sadarpura village near here on the charges of hiring three killers to murder his father. The youth was reportedly upset with the disciplinarian father, who had threatened to disown him because of his spendthrift nature.

SSP R.K. Jaiswal said in a press conference here today that the police had succeeded in arresting the 23-year-old youth, Kuldip Singh, alias Deepa, and the contract killers. One of the contract killers was a teenager, the SSP said, adding that the deal was struck for Rs 50,000.

The police has not disclosed the name of the teenager in order to prevent violation of the Juvenile Act. The other two killers have been identified as Devinder Singh, alias Lakha, and Harjinder Singh, alias Jinda.

The victim, Tara Singh, aged 55, was found murdered under mysterious circumstances in his house in the village yesterday morning. The killers used to work in the farms of the victim.

SSP Jaiswal said the deceased farmer owned four acres. His son wanted to be named the owner of the land to which his father disagreed. The police was able to break the case by tracking the mobile phone calls made by the youth to one of the hired killers.

The youth had reportedly taken a tractor on loan even though the family did not need it. He also wanted to maintain a high life style.

The SSP said the youth was impatient to own the property as he wanted to sell it. The land prices have skyrocketed in the region after the opening of a bridge over the Sutlej connecting Jagraon with Jalandhar.

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Reema Jain’s card found from house of accused
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 21
The Jagraon police today recovered the membership card of the Sutluj Club of deceased Reema Jain from the house of the prime accused in her murder case, Anil, alias Micky Jain, at Premium Apartments.

The card was found among several other documents in a massive search operation conducted at the house of the accused. Mullanpur DSP H.S. Brar led the search team.

The membership card No 01046 was carried by Reema Jain on the morning of July 29 last year when she was allegedly kidnapped and later murdered by contract killers at the behest of her brother-in-law Anil.

The card still carried her picture. SSP R.K. Jaiswal said the recovery of the card was of immense significance in the case. The recovery from the house of the prime accused had strengthened the case against him.

The police was studying several other incriminating documents found from the house.

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Woman allures youth for police jobs, held
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 21
The Sudhar police has booked a woman of Lohgarh village of Sangrur district for duping unemployed youth on the pretext of getting them jobs in security forces, including the Punjab Police.

She was nabbed on the basis of a complaint of one of the victims of Hissowal village in Ludhiana district today.

According to an FIR registered under Section 420 at Sudhar police station, Sukhwinder Singh Mintoo (28) of Hissowal village was duped of cash and ornaments worth Rs 50,000 by Nasib Kaur, widow of Jit Singh of Lohgarh village in Sangrur district.

The accused had allured the victim by promising him a permanent job in the police and then getting him a posting of his choice.

According to the victim, the swindler, a self-styled sister of his mother Jailo, came to his house a few days ago and promised him a permanent job. “She cited many stories of her success to impress me and my parents and claimed that she had an easy access to certain high-ranking police officials who would manage things for about Rs 50,000,” Mintoo told the police.

As the family of the victim could not arrange the desired amount in cash, ornaments worth Rs 20,000 were given. Nasib Kaur later demanded Rs 20,000 more, as according to her the officer concerned had to meet some “vagar”.

In the meantime, she got some forms filled and signed by the “candidate” and told him that he should remain ready for medical examination.

The victim family got suspicious, when Nasib Kaur demanded more money. “Our suspicion turned to belief when she refused to return our money, valuables and documents, including Class X certificate, and could not give satisfactory answers to our queries,” the family told the police.

They reported the matter to the police after Nasib Kaur threatened them with dire consequences in case a complaint was made against her.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the swindler had been acting on the behest of some agents. Exploiting the media reports regarding recruitment of constables in the state police she tried her luck on some of youths who were matriculate or above.

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Two accidents claim four lives
Our Correspondent

Khanna, February 21
Four persons were killed and four others were injured in two separate road accidents here today.
According to the information, Dharam Singh and his family were returning to Delhi by car after attending a marriage at Nawanshahr. Due to poor visibility caused by fog, the car (DL 4 CR 0187) collided with a truck near Naulari village on the Samrala Road. The truck (PUR 5991) was parked on the road as it had a burst tyre.

Jasbir Singh (26), son of Karam Singh, and his father were killed on the spot. Those injured seriously include Mohan Singh, son of Karam Singh, Manjit Kaur, wife of Jasbir Singh and Anita Rani, wife of Satnam Singh. The victims have been admitted to CMC, Ludhiana. Another occupant of the car, an infant Neena escaped unhurt. The victims are stated to be the residents of Kunwar Singh Nagar in Delhi.

In another accident, Ravinder Singh, son of Gurcharan Singh, and Naresh Kumar, son of Roshan, both resident of Hisar Road, Ambala, died when the Maruti van (HR 01 T 1803) in which they were travelling hit a truck parked on the road near Alour octroi check post in the early hours here today.

According to a report, the victims were taking the vehicle to Ambala after hooking it with a rope to another vehicle. The rope got broke near Alour and the van steering to the sideways hit a truck parked on the road side. While Naresh died on the spot, Ravinder died on way to the hospital. 

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4 kg lost, 10 kg gold found
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 21
Making a complaint of theft of about four kg of gold proved costly for a well-known jeweller of the city when the police found allegedly 10 kg of unaccounted gold from his house. The police officials, who had gone to investigate the theft, turned the heat on the jeweller owning Gopal Sons firm when the allegedly unaccounted gold amounting to over Rs 80 lakh was found, besides Rs 10 lakh.

Interestingly, the Fatehgarh Sahib police had seized four kg of gold from a man last afternoon. Police sources said the man confessed to the police that he had bought the gold from the jeweller. The gold was seized from him at 3 pm yesterday but the jeweller had made a verbal complaint to the police around 7 pm the same day.

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Jewellery stolen

Khanna, February 21
In a day time burglary, 40 grams of gold jewellary have been looted from a house in Harkrishan Nagar here.
Satnam Singh, resident of Harkrishan Nagar, had left for his workshop at about 9 am yesterday after locking the house. The other members of the family were away to Moga. On his return, he was shocked to find the lock broken and the household articles scattered all over. OC

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Licence camp: Cong shifts venue
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 21
After drawing flak for organising a camp for issuing ration cards on its own office premises, the district Congress committee, Ludhiana urban, today shifted the venue for the processing of application for driving licences to Sita Mata Mandir at Daresi.

According to a press note issued by the party here today, hundreds of applicants reached the venue with application forms and necessary documents for getting the driving licences issued.

Speaking on the occasion, the district unit president, Mr Jagmohan Sharma, said the camp was organised to facilitate the smooth conduct of the process. He said the applications for driving licences would be processed after all mandatory formalities were completed.

Mr Sharma disclosed that the ration cards to the people, who had submitted all documents during the camp at the Congress Bhavan, would be issued on February 24. Earlier, the licence issuing camp was to be organised at the Congress Bhavan itself. However, after opposition parties criticised, if the venue was shifted to Daresi. He said there were no political motives behind organising this camp.

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ISO certificate holders to be felicitated
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 21
The state government has launched a scheme to felicitate the ISO certification recipient industries of Punjab by giving them appreciation certificates to encourage them in further improving the quality of their products to compete at the international level in wake of WTO agreements.

Stating that this would help the industry in adopting global standards, Deputy Commissioner Anurag Verma said it would enable new industry to resort to exports and existing exporters to boost their exports.

He said conferring of the appreciation certificates by the Department of Industry and Commerce would add to the status of the recipient industry in the society.

Referring to the procedure, Mr Verma said any industry desirous of receiving the appreciation certificate could apply to its industrial association, to which it was affiliated or was a member, in a prescribed form along with an attested photocopy of the ISO certification received by it.

He said the president of the industrial association concerned duly authorised for the purpose should authenticate the antecedents of the unit and certify that the facts stated by the unit were correct.

The industrial association concerned would collect all such applications and approach the Director of Industries and Commerce, Punjab.

He said the certificates would be handed over to the recipients at a formal function to be organised by the association concerned with the prior approval from the Department of Industries and Commerce. The association would make all arrangements and incur all expenses of the function.

The DC said the Government of Punjab through the Department of Industries and Commerce would also felicitate industrial/commercial/service units of Punjab, which had acquired the ISO certification. The felicitation would be done by conferring a certificate of appreciation under the joint signatures of the president of the association concerned and the Director of Industries and Commerce.

He added that the minimum number of the industrial units to be felicitated at a particular function would be more than 50. Where any industrial association had less numbers, two or more such associations could join hands and jointly organise the function in accordance with the decision of the Director of Industries and Commerce.

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One killed, 2 hurt in accident
Our Correspondent

Sahnewal, February 21
A resident of Morinda died on the spot while his wife and two-year- old daughter sustained serious injuries, when the jeep they were travelling in was hit by a trolley at Mangarh village in Sahnewal today.

According to ASI investigation officer, Mr Ramdas, the body of Harpreet Singh has been sent for postmortem. The injured have been admitted to CMC Hospital, Ludhiana. A case has been registered against the driver of the trolley.

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