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Rain damages standing paddy crop
Jalandhar, October 14
Post-monsoon rain with high velocity winds last evening brought misery to farmers in the region. It has not only damaged the standing crop but also the paddy already procured. A visit to various villages and grain markets in Jalandhar, Amritsar and Kapurthala districts revealed that the standing crop was damaged in some pockets.

Storm claims one life
Phagwara, October 14
One person was killed and three were injured when high velocity winds caused devastation in the region last night.
Jasbir Singh, a resident of Phillaur, died when he was hit by an uprooted tree on the Phagwara-Ludhiana highway at Goraya. 

Police fails to act in assault case
Jalandhar Commissioner’s son involved
Amritsar, October 14
Even after 15 days of the incident, the police has failed to arrest the persons who were allegedly involved in assaulting Pawaneet Singh Riar, a final year medical student. So far the police has questioned two persons. However, Pawaneet’s classmates named in the FIR are absconding. They are Simardeep Singh, Varinder Singh and Sumit Singh.




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Schoolchildren wait for Minister for Education Partap Singh Bajwa at Burlton Park in Jalandhar on Saturday
Schoolchildren wait for Minister for Education Partap Singh Bajwa at Burlton Park in Jalandhar on Saturday. The children had to wait for many hours in clear violation of the notification issued by the Secretary, Education, Punjab. The minister was here to honour winner of the 50th and 51st National School Games. Photo: S. S. Chopra

MLA distributes grants
Phagwara, October 14
The Phagwara-Hoshiarpur road would soon be constructed at a cost of Rs 35 crore under build-operate-transfer (BOT) basis. The local MLA and Punjab Agro Foods Ltd Chairman, Mr Joginder Singh Mann, announced this while addressing mediapersons here today. The construction work would be completed by March. He claimed that the construction work of the Satnampura railway overbridge and the bus stand would be revived soon.

 

 

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Rain damages standing paddy crop
Vishal Gulati
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, October 14
Post-monsoon rain with high velocity winds last evening brought misery to farmers in the region. It has not only damaged the standing crop but also the paddy already procured.

A visit to various villages and grain markets in Jalandhar, Amritsar and Kapurthala districts revealed that the standing crop was damaged in some pockets.

In Nakodar area, majority of the crop had already been harvested. So the damage was limited to small patches.

The Chief Agriculture Officer, Jalandhar, Mr Swatantar Kumar, said till date only 50 per cent of the crop had been harvested in district. The total paddy sown area was 1.48 lakh hectares.

The area received 5.6mm of rain and the wind velocity was 75 kmph.

“As the fields were not flooded, the flattened crop would recover in a day or two if the weather remains normal with a plenty of sunshine. Moreover, there is a no threat of discolouration of grain,” he said.

But affected farmers were not so positive and they believed the damage could be up to 35 per cent. Farmer Baljinder Singh of Singha Nanaksar village on the Jalandhar-Nakodar road was upset as his paddy crop in 4 acres was virtually flattened. He said he had sown a hybrid variety. He had also sown some early varieties in that area, but that was harvested well in time.

He was cursing himself for planting hybrid late-sown varieties. He said he had sown the seed on experimental basis.

“In future I will transplant only recommended varieties of Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, or the Agriculture Department,” he said.

Some of the farmers were seen drying their produce in the open at the Partap Pura grain market after his heap was drowned in rainwater. Even the paddy procured by millers was damaged as it was also lying in the open at most of the places.

Farmers said a brief spell of rain had converted the grain market into a pool of water and slush. In some areas the harvesting operations had been hampered as the crop had got damp and farmers were sure to suffer losses.

Nachttar Singh, another farmer, said he had transplanted paddy on 12 acres. He said during harvesting its quality would deteriorate and the damage could up to 25 per cent.

AMRITSAR: Besides damaging the crop, the winds disrupted power and water supply throughout the city.

The Chief Agriculture Officer, Mr Y.S. Chhina, said the team would visit affected areas on Monday to ascertain the actual damage caused to the basmati crop. According to estimates, about 15 per cent of the crop was damaged in the border belt.

PHAGWARA: Traffic was disrupted on the Jalandhar-Phagwara-Ludhiana highway on Friday night because of uprooting of a large number of trees, billboards and electrical poles.

When the Tribune team visited some villages on Saturday, including Chak Hakim, Saprod, Chaheru and Mauli, the crop in Saprod village was seen flattened. Balbir Singh, who owns five acres, said he would incur a loss of Rs 8,000 per acre.

KAPURTHALA: Heavy rain in the district created problems for farmers, especially those paddy growers who have yet not sold their produce.

Farmers Saroop Singh and Kewal Singh, both from Jainpur village, said their paddy was lying at the Sultanpur Lodhi grain market when heavy rains started. However, different winter vegetables were also damaged. While the exact loss to the standing crop of vegetables could not be known, Kuldip Singh of Brindpur village said a major portion of his crop was damaged.

With inputs from Ashok Sethi (Amritsar), Dharminder Joshi (Kapurthala) and Anil Jerath (Phagwara). 

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Police fails to act in assault case
Jalandhar Commissioner’s son involved
Neeraj Bagga

Amritsar, October 14
Even after 15 days of the incident, the police has failed to arrest the persons who were allegedly involved in assaulting Pawaneet Singh Riar, a final year medical student.

So far the police has questioned two persons. However, Pawaneet’s classmates named in the FIR are absconding. They are Simardeep Singh, Varinder Singh and Sumit Singh.

Mr S.S. Srivastava, SSP, said raids were being conducted to arrest the accused. One of the accused is the adopted son of the Commissioner, Jalandhar Municipal Corporation, Mr Satwant Singh Johal. The SSP said the case was being investigated on merit and breakthrough would be achieved soon.

The assault took place in the Guru Ram Das Institute of Medical Sciences and Research on September 26. Since then Pawaneet has been admitted to the ICU of Guru Ram Das Hospital.

Dr Avtar Singh Riar, father of Pawaneet, said the left portion of his son was paralysed and he was unable to speak. He said the police was not taking proper action owing to pressure from well-connected parents.

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MLA distributes grants
Tribune News Service

Phagwara, October 14
The Phagwara-Hoshiarpur road would soon be constructed at a cost of Rs 35 crore under build-operate-transfer (BOT) basis.
The local MLA and Punjab Agro Foods Ltd Chairman, Mr Joginder Singh Mann, announced this while addressing mediapersons here today.

The construction work would be completed by March. He claimed that the construction work of the Satnampura railway overbridge and the bus stand would be revived soon.

Mr Mann distributed grants worth Rs 1.5 lakh to Kishanpur village panchayat for the construction of dharamshala and cremation ground.

He also distributed sewing machines among 10 girls under Jawahar Rozgar Yojna.

He gave a cheque for Rs 3 lakh to the Panchhat village panchayat.

He said a 66-KV power substation with a cost of Rs 3 crore would soon be set up in the village.

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One killed in mishap
Tribune News Service

Phagwara, October 14
One person was killed in an accident near Elite Cinema here last night. The victim was identified as Madan Lal, a resident of Bhagatpura. The body was sent to the Civil Hospital for postmortem.

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Youth festival
Our Correspondent

Hoshiarpur, October 14
A four-day Zonal Youth and Heritage Festival of Panjab University Zone-A, Hoshiarpur, will be held from October 16 to 19 at SD College here.
According to Mr A.K. Berry, Principal, more than 700 students of 11 colleges from Zone-A of Hoshiarpur and Ropar districts will perform in 26 events.

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SDM assumes charge

Batala, October 14
Mr Sandeep Rishi yesterday assumed the charge as SDM, Batala, in place of Mr Parneet Bhardwaj, who was transferred to Amritsar as a Special Land Acquisition Collector. Ms Vinay Kumari took over the charge as Tehsildar, Batala, in place of Mr K.K. Verma, who was transferred to Faridkot. — OC

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