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INTUC hoists flag at Hero factory
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 25
The Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) today hoisted its flagin front of the Hero Cycles factory on GT Road here. The union is for better coordination between the worker and the management.

"The move to put our flag outside the factory is only to make it clear to the industry that we do not wish to hamper its functioning. If there are any issues, we would sit across the table and sort them out. We would also encourage workers to increase productivity," said the union district council president, Mr Swaran Singh.

He said INTUC has 1,000 in the Hero factory. Last month our union at the factory got registered and that it why we have put our flag today.

The union, which has also assured its members of a meeting with the Chief Minister, plans to hoist its flag outside more factories.

INTUC aims to add more members. "Our membership fee is only Rs 20 and the identity card is issued free."

The union members said that industry was quite happy with their "supportive" approach. He said INTUC would make sure that there is no disturbance in the industry.

The secretary All India Congress Committee, Mr Manish Tiwari, and the Punjab Minister of Jails and Social Justice ,Mr Malkiat Singh Birmi, also addressed the workers .



Chicken sale picks up
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 25
With humans testing negative for bird flu in Maharashtra, chicken delicacies have begun to find their place back on the dinning tables. After the test reports, residents have shed their fears and begun consuming poultry products with renewed gusto.

Some outlets selling chicken and other poultry products witnessed some takers and sales have picked up. A large number of people were seen eating chicken dishes at the chicken outlets today.

Although the market witnessed some rise in demand, poultry farmers said they would not resume production till they were sure that their produce would not go a waste. They however expressed happiness over the rise in demand stating that it would help in clearing the glut.

The retailers seemed happy today as reports of humans testing negative filled them with a new lease of life, the office bearers of the Poultry Farmers Associations were away to Pune to attend a meeting to decide about the next course of action.

Speaking to the Tribune from Pune, Mr Sanjiv Bassi, treasurer of the National Egg Coordination Committee said the fresh reports were a welcome change. Expressing his anger over the first reports, Mr Bassi said there was no bird flu but panic was created unnecessarily. He said farmers were demanding for authorised labs to test this disease and samples.

Capt P.P.S. Gill, another office bearer of the Poultry Farmers' Association said for the time being they would not restart production of chicks, as they had to miss an entire crop of a single gestation period. He said they were discussing the matter and would not produce more if the demand would rise substantially.

Captain Gill added that they were seeing some conspiracy behind the reports of the spread of bird flu. ''We cannot level wild allegations against anybody. But we are investigating. We will come out with the real picture soon. ''

The bird-flu scare had caused panic in the region spelling doom for poultry industry. Though there was no disease reported from any part of the state, the consumption of poultry products had gone down drastically causing loss of crore of rupees to the poultry farmers. 



VC calls for judicious use of herbicides
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 25
Farmers should go in for judicious use of inputs for reducing the cost of production of various crops. Besides this, value addition of the produce through processing can also help in fetching better returns.

This was stated here yesterday by the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) Vice-Chancellor, Dr K.S. Aulakh. He was presiding over a field day on “Management of phalaris minor in wheat” at the farm of Jathedar Sukhdev Singh. The function was organised jointly by the Department of Agronomy and Agrometeorology and Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Samrala.

The VC asked the farmers to follow the varsity recommendations in letter and spirit for desired results. Integrated weed management with diversification can effectively check phalaris minor. Even a change in the cropping sequence can control the weed, he added.

The Director of Extension Education, Dr S.S. Gill, said it was imperative to minimise the toxic residues in various crops for reducing the health hazards of various weedkillers, pesticides, etc. He called upon the farmers not to go in for early sowing of paddy but to sow after June 15 only.

Farm experts suggested that for better results only need-based application of herbicides with rotational application every year be done. They showed a demonstration on the harmful effects of faulty application of herbicides.

The Kum Kalan belt has serious problem of weeds due to “heavy soil type” with shallow water table. The weed, phalaris minor, has developed resistance to the recommended weedkillers. Even a double dose than the recommended one cannot control the weeds here.



Bollywood style robbery
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 25
The investigations into the robbery at Punjab National Bank, Thikriwal, have revealed the Bollywood type sequence of events that led to escape of robbers and one of the chasers surviving a gunshot in the chest.

Meanwhile, senior officials of Sangrur, Jagraon and Barnala police district have launched a joint drive to identify and nab the members of a notorious gang suspected of being committing bank robberies in and around this area.

Mr Devinder Singh, DSP, Barnala, who is investigating this robbery case, claimed that a strategy had been evolved to identify and arrest robbers, who had been active in the Malwa belt for the past two years.

Investigations into the case have revealed that the modus operandi of the robbers in this case was similar to that in the robbery in the PNB’s Kanganwal branch last year.

Robbers had used stolen cars in both cases. While in the present case the car used in robbery was abandoned near Buraj Hakiman village, the one used in the Kanganwal bank robbery was deserted near Maherna village, near here.

What made the incident look Bollywood style is the chance survival of one of the chasers, who had received a gunshot in the chest. 



First phase of Urban Development Scheme launched
Our Correspondent

Amloh-Mandi Gobindgarh, February 25
The Punjab Government is committed to provide amenities of life to the urban population for which Rs 990 crore will be spent in a phased programme, Chaudhary Jagjit Singh, Minister for Local Government, Parliament affairs, Labour and Employment and Election said while addressing a huge gathering at the Municipal Complex here on Friday.

Accompanied by Mr Sadhu Singh Dharamsoat, Parliamentary Secretary, Justice and PWD, the minister launched the first phase of development of town by laying the stone of sewage system near the grain market here. He then inaugurated the water supply tube well at the Fort Complex.

In the second phase, modern roads and lights will be provided to all towns of the state. The government has earmarked Rs 5 crore to each Assembly constituency under the Punjab Nirman programme, which will be spent for the development of rural areas with in a period of six months, the minister maintained

The minister lauded the performance of the government under Captain Amrinder Singh which had provided relief to all categories of people. The farmers have been provided free power for tubewells and all 8 crops have been procured efficiently by the government. The payments to the farmers have been made on time, besides free power up to 200 units for domestic purpose have been given to Scheduled Castes families w.e.f September 1.Each family will get a relief of Rs 400 t0 500 per month. Rs 450 Crore has been provided under the Social Security Fund for the Asheerbad Scheme stipend etc. and the procedure has been simplified. Rs 6,100 has been raised upto Rs 15,000/ and the beneficiary will only have to provide an affidavit. In a reply to the mediaperson on abolition of octroi , the minister said the decision would be announced on the floor of the Vidhan Sabha.

The minister gave a cheque of Rs 10 lakh to Mr Lal Chand, president, Local Municipal Council, and Mr Sadhu Singh Dharamsot for development of the town and announced Rs 1 lakh for Ram Leela Dharamsala and Rs 1lakh for Balmiki Dharamsala.

Mr Sadhu Singh thanked the people of Amloh Vidhan Sabha who had elected him unanimously in both councils of Amloh and Mandi Gobindgarh. He has committed to provide sewage system to the town and the Chief Minister announced a grant of Rs 17 crore on December 25 last for the development of the town. Mr Dharamsort also thanked Mr Deepak Sapra for suggesting the proposal .

To complete the sewage system with a cost of Rs 60 lakh instead of Rs 1.5 core the state secretary of the Pradesh Congress, Dr Swatantar Karkra, said, “Today is a historical day in the history and of this town when Mr Sadhu Singh Dharmsoat has succeeded in getting two foundation stones laid, for sewage and potable water supply for all the people in the town.

Residents submitted memorandum containing the demands of a bus stand, stadium, solid waste disposal, renovation of veterinary hospital and college for girls. 



Punjab ignored in Railway Budget, claims Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 25
Member of Parliament Navjot Singh Sidhu feels that the Railway Minister has given a stepmotherly treatment to Punjab in the Railway Budget, presented yesterday.
“It is a Budget aimed at securing votes. There is nothing much for Punjab. There could have been new trains and better facilities,” he said.

Mr Sidhu said the value added tax (VAT) system had failed to provide a uniform taxation policy.

Industry had been suffering and VAT had not been of help, he added.

The government had not provided any special package for industry in the state, he said.

Mr Sidhu termed Sourav Ganguly’s non-inclusion in the Test cricket team as unfair and said he should have been taken in the team.



Tips on good parenting
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 25
“Child’s brain is a clean slate and the parents write the script on it and later peers and still later teachers. Whatever the parents and others write, will be manifested by the child in his behavior. If the child is aggressive, throws tantrums , it would reflect on lack of attention being paid to the child,” said Dr Sanjay Chugh, a psychiatrist and expert on parenting from Delhi, while talking to mediapersons this afternoon.

He has been invited by Delhi Public School to give talk on “Parent-partner programme.”

He said the important tips on good parenting include that the parents be firm, but kind and realistic with their expectations from the child. When a child makes a mistake, criticise the behavior and not the child. Avoid nagging, threats and bribery. Explain the consequences of actions and talk about your feelings to the child. The goal is not to control the child but to make him learn self-control.

He said the main problem between children and parents is lack of proper communication.

“Parents are also novice in the art of parenting and with pressures of jobs and other works, the parents are not able to devote even a quantum of time to the child.

“I do not believe in the concept of quality time. What can one do in 15 minutes of time spent with a child? The universal basic needs of a child are love, attention, empowerment and to be given responsibility.

“When the child is three to four years’ old, he can be given responsibilities but the choices should be limited so that a child can make selections. Only when the child does not get proper attention and love, he becomes aggressive, nervous and adamant,” he said.

Basic requirements for a child’s good mental and emotional health are unconditional love from the family, opportunity to play with others, building of self-confidence and self-esteem, having encouraging teachers and supportive caretakers, safe and secure surroundings and appropriate guidance and discipline.

He said most of the times parents lose self-control and threaten the child with punishment that cannot be given. The punishment should be rational and appropriate to the mistake made by the child and be given that day only.

The children need time to be alone. This time is very essential for child’s emotional and intellectual growth and must be given.

But the education system is such that parents feel guilty if each minute of the child is not utilised and hence the children 
are being sent for tuitions and for dozens of hobby classes.

He said children should be given time to play as it makes them creative, enables them to learn problem-solving skills and self-control.

The play, which includes running and yelling, is not only fun but helps the children to be both physically and mentally strong.

It is time to seek help from a professional when a child shows consistent poor grades despite strong efforts, worries constantly, gets persistent nightmares, indulges in persistent disobedience and aggression.



Indo-Pak media convention 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 25
The Punjab Finance Minister, Mr Surinder Singla, today called upon the mediapersons from India and Pakistan to exercise their power of the pen to strengthen the process of love, mutual understanding, peace and trust-building among the people of both countries.

Hoping that it would go a long way in helping both countries in securing a prominent status in the international arena, Mr Singla appreciated the Media Centre, Ludhiana, and Punjab Union of Journalists for organising a media convention at PAU here today.

Mr Singla said there had been an immense improvement in the relations of both countries. He added that the frequent exchange of the delegations of trade, industry, culture and media was playing an important role in bringing the people from both countries closer.

Appreciating the journalists from both sides for organising the media convention aimed at strengthening the bond of love and peace, the Finance Minister announced a grant of Rs 5 lakh for the Punjab Union of Journalists and assured that a suitable plot would be allotted for the setting up of a media centre in Ludhiana.

He released a book on poetry authored by H.S. Lal, president of the Punjab Union of Journalists.



Read extensively: Jaspreet
Mahesh Sharma

Jaspreet Kaur Verma
Jaspreet Kaur Verma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 25
Jaspreet Kaur Verma, a winner of the Kalpana Chawla Memorial General Knowledge Test, held recently by the Youth for National Organisation, has called upon students from rural and suburban areas to inculcate the habit to read extensively to enhance their general knowledge.

Jaspreet, a student of MA (English) at the Guru Nanak Girls College, Ludhiana, maintained that she could not have won had she depended on routine studies.

“Though we were told that questions would be based on the Class X syllabus, I could answer a majority of those only because I had been reading general knowledge journals and newspapers in routine,” asserted Jaspreet, adding that textbooks were enough to come at a par with students from urban areas and metros.

Praising her teachers at school, college and the Frankfinn Institute of Air Hostess Training, Jaspreet said they had been inspiring her to update her knowledge.

Watching news channels and aviation organisation reports and interacting with people from the elite class supplemented her knowledge, said an enthusiastic Jaspreet.

She came to know about her achievement when she was called to receive a special felicitation at a function organised at her college. At least 3,000 students from 18 colleges of the district had participated in the test.



IHRO flays patronage to renegade militants
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 25
The International Human Rights Organisation (IHRO)has taken a serious notice of the Punjab administration’s patronage to the renegade militants and its involvement in the extra-judicial killings in Punjab.

The IHRO chairperson ,Mr D S Gill, secretary-general ,Mohinder Singh Grewal and secretary Inderjit Kaur, in a statement here today, said that the Central leaders and stateleaders led by Beant Singh, Parkash Singh Badal and Capt Amarinder Singh, could not be absolved of the liability for these illegal activities.

Besides renegades like Sukhi, Kala many others, including police cats such as Gurmit Singh Pinky (now an Inspector), Nihang Poohla Singh, Alam Sena and Virk Sena were encouraged by the state to confront advocates of Khalistan, alleged the IHRO activists.. 



Mason dies at work site
Our Correspondent

Khanna, February 25
An unidentified mason died and 5 labourers were injured while lifting the roof lintel in the house of Mr Jit Singh in Guru Teg Bahadur Nagar, here today.
Mr Jit Singh had assigned the work of lifting the level of roof lintel to contractor Baljit Singh, son of Sher Singh, of Model Town. Baljit picked up a mason and five labourers from the labour market andbegan the job.

When the lintel was lifted up by about two feet, it tilted towards one side. Contractor then tried to balance the level with the help of a jack. The mason, standing on the wall was rotating the worm of the jack when the lintel slipped further and fell on the mason. He was crushed between the wall and the lintel. He died on the spot. A labourer Kishan Dev was however, pulled out by persons gathered there and was saved.

Two injured labourers Mohito and Bhagat have been admitted to the Civil Hospital. Rakesh and Hari Ram also received injuries.



Case of cheating registered
Our Correspondent

Khanna, February 25
The Samrala police has registered a case under Sections 420 and 406 of the IPC against Harbans Singh, son of Mohinder Singh, and Rattan Singh, son of Bir Singh of Sultanpur, after the matter was investigated by the Economics Offences Wing on the complaint of Jaspal Singh, son of Pritam Singh of Arechan village.

The alleged accused had signed an agreement for the sale of a piece of land to Jaspal Singh on 5th March last year and obtained an advance amount of Rs 10 lakh. As per the agreement the July 15 was fixed for the balance payment and completing the legal formalities.

Though Jaspal reached the office of Tehsildar, Samrala, along with the balance payment, the sellers did not. Jaspal sent them a legal notice through his counsel, but they did not bother. On the other hand , Harbans sold away the same piece of land to Kulwant Singh and Jaswant Singh both sons of Malkit Singh.

Meanwhile, the CIA staff has nabbed Mohit Batta, son of Manohar Lal Batta of Preet Nagar, here at the bus stand and recovered 15 gm of smack. A case under 22, 61and 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered.

Gopal, son of Ram chand of Uttam Nagar, was arrested during a search at a police naka near Bhadla on G T Road put up by the CIA staff. A country made pistol and two live cartridges were recovered. The police has booked him under the Arms Act .



BSNL introduces new schemes
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 25
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has introduced a new scheme ‘One-India’ for its B-fone, WLL and mobile subscribers with a single rent of Rs 299 per month. The service will have a uniform STD call rate of Rs 1 per minute and a local call pulse of 180 seconds. The scheme will also be available for Excel subscribers with recharge coupon of Rs 799, having a talktime value of Rs 550 and validity of 30 days.

Elaborating the new schemes launched at a press conference here yesterday, BSNL General Manager G.S. Julka said for B-fone subscribers in the city, basic rate stood reduced from Rs 250 to Rs 180 per month while the rent for Sulabh scheme subscribers in towns like Samrala and Jagroan had been slashed from Rs 160 to Rs 120.

According to Mr Julka, the BSNL had offered three new tariff plans of Rs 425, Rs 725 and Rs 999 for its mobile subscribers. Cell-One subscribers could also avail themselves of friend and family scheme, get their closed mobile phones reconnected without paying rent for the intervening period, get converted from Cell-One to Excel and have life-long connectivity through ‘Anant’ which provided talk value of Rs 99, valid for six months.


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