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Man robbed of Rs 7.90 lakh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 12
In a broad daylight robbery, two unidentified car-borne miscreants robbed an employee of a construction company of Rs 7.90 lakh on gunpoint outside the ICICI Bank branch in NAC, Manimajra, this afternoon. The miscreants were displaying a fake registration number on their vehicle.

The incident took place at around 3.45 pm, when Mr Vidyarthi Banerjee of Kolkata, Assistant Accountant of ITT Cementation India , came out of the bank. He was carrying a bag containing Rs 7.90 lakh. The driver of his company’s vehicle, Mr Gurmail Singh, was waiting for him in their Tavera SUV.

“As I was about to sit in my official vehicle, a turbaned man, who was in his mid-30s, came to me. The man put his firearm on my temple and asked me to hand over my bag to him. Shocked, I handed over the bag after a brief resistance, without uttering a word. On seeing this, Gurmail Singh raised the alarm, but in vain as no one came forward for our help”, Mr Banerjee told TNS.

Mr Banerjee further stated that the miscreant, accompanied by another person, who was sitting in a Maruti car (CH-03-M-5157) sped away from the spot. He said he could identify the turbaned man, but not his associate as he was not properly visible. Before informing the police he called up his employer.

The Manimajra police said there was no eyewitness of the incident. The registration number of the Maruti car also turned out to be a fake. Mr Banerjee has been working with the company for the past two years. The company is constructing a flyover in Zirakpur and Mr Banerjee had come here in December.

A police officer said as there was no eyewitness of the incident it become difficult to cross-check the facts. The records of the bank regarding the withdrawal had also been checked. The police recorded statements of bank employees, but it was of little importance as the incident took place outside the bank.

Senior Superintendent of UT Police also reached the spot. He asked the investigating officers to prepare a sketch of the miscreants and release it immediately.



Code violation by Kanwaljit; EC gets report
Our Correspondent

Mohali, February 12
A complaint has been lodged against Capt Kanwaljit Singh, SAD general secretary, that he had met lawyers in the judicial court complex in Kharar today to allegedly win over support for his son, Mr Jasjit Singh, in violation of the norms.

Mr Jasjit Singh is contesting the Punjab Assembly elections from the Kharar constituency.

The complaint was made to the Election Observer who in turn asked the SSP to verify the matter. It is learnt that the SSP asked the DSP, Kharar, to submit a report in this regard.

In the report given by the DSP, it has been stated that Capt Kanwaljit Singh attended the Bar Association meeting in the judicial court complex in Kharar even when he was not a member of the association.

As per the directions of the Election Commission, a candidate could not leave his or her constituency after the campaigning came to an end. Capt Kanwaljit Singh is contesting the elections from the Banur constituency.

Confirming the allegation, Mr Tejveer Singh, District Election Officer, said the matter had been brought to the notice of the Election Commission.

Meanwhile, the police has registered a case against supporters of the Shiromani Akali Dal on a charge of the violation of the code of conduct.

The complaint in this regard was made by Ms Anita Karwal, Election Observer for the Kharar constituency. It was pointed out that a rally in favour of the Shiromani Akali Dal was held near Mundi Kharar without taking the required permission.



17 sensitive booths to be videographed in Kharar
220 polling parties dispatched
Our Correspondent

Mohali, February 12
As many as 2, 44, 587 voters will exercise their franchise in the Kharar constituency in connection with the Punjab Assembly elections being held tomorrow. The voting will start at 8 am.

Two hundred and twenty polling parties have been sent. Election material was also dispatched by the administration here today. The staff on election duty was transported in Punjab Roadways and private buses hired by the authorities as the weather was bad. The polling staff was happy at this as earlier they had to go in trucks for poll duties.

Mr Sandeep Hans, SDM-cum- Returning Officer, said that all the polling parties had left by the afternoon for their respective destinations. He said that EVMs provided to the polling staff were wrapped in polythenes so that their functioning were not adversely affected because of the bad weather.

He said that 17 sensitive locations had been identified where about 58 booths were located. Seventeen teams had been deployed to videograph the sensitive locations.

He said that at polling booths which had registered less than 1200 voters, one presiding officer and three polling officers had been put on duty while at booths having more than 1200 voters, one presiding officer and four polling officers were deployed.



Rain keeps UT officials on toes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 12
Bad weather kept UT Administration officials on their toes all day long. Even as rain thinned down by the afternoon, officials were busy chalking out plans to prevent disruption of services in future and control the damages caused by winds and rain during the past 48 hours.

More than 336 complaints of power failure were registered during the last two days. The BSNL call centre at Patiala also received hundreds of complaints of phone lines being snapped. Power breakdown in some sectors of Panchkula continued today, entering a 48 -hour-long spell.

In Chandigarh, the Finance Secretary, Mr. S.K. Sandhu, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Mr. P.S. Aujla, and the Chief Engineer UT, Mr V.K. Bhardwaj, met today to assess the damages and take measures to clear the mess.

Mr Bhardwaj said that power supply in Sectors 12, 20, 41, 43, 47, Manimajra, Subhash Colony and Raipur Kalan was hampered due to falling of trees and branches on high tension and low tension overhead transmission lines. Equal damage was caused by breaking of poles, snapping of conductors, damage to distribution transformers due to lightning and failure of cable joints due to ingress of moisture. All complaints were attended and power supply has been restored in the city, Mr Bhardwaj said.

On the other front, rains caused severe damage to roads which would be repaired by February 14, officials said. They added that 15 trees had been uprooted, of which 12 caused severe obstructions to the flow of traffic. These are now being cleared.

As regards water supply disruption in Manimajra, the Chief Engineer said all water works in the city except in Manimajra, have dual sources of supply. The plan is to provide Manimajra water works with an additional power supply line by April this year, said Mr Bhardwaj.

Further, incessant rain led to breakdown of streetlights in many parts of the city, including on several V-3 roads. The Electricity Department has been directed to check all the electricity points during daytime so that streetlights become functional by the night.

SDOs concerned with roads, public health and electricity wings have been monitoring the situation and taking remedial measures wherever required. It was observed that water got collected at certain slip roads for longer duration. The Engineering Department has been told to provide necessary road gullies at suitable points to ensure such a situation does not recur.

Meanwhile, day temperature fell marginally reviving cold conditions in the city. The cold wave was further intensified by snowfall in Shimla and upper reaches of Himachal Pradesh.



Central govt offices closed today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 12
Central Government offices located in Mohali will remain closed tomorrow in view of the Assembly elections in Punjab.

Also Central employees, who hail from Punjab but are working in Chandigarh and Panchkula and are the bona fide voters in Punjab, may avail of special casual leave. They will have to provide a proof of being bonafide voters, said Mr Yash Pal, Director Labour Bureau.



Assault: Son of Mohali trader nabbed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 12
The police today arrested another accused, son of a Mohali-based businessman, in connection with assault on a kin of a Councillor in Sector 8, here, on Sunday.

The police said the accused, Sahil Sharma of Phase XI, Mohali, was arrested this morning. Efforts were on to trace another accused involved in this case. Sahil was produced before a local court later which remanded him to one day of police custody. The police was procuring the mobile call details of the accused in order to trace their locations.

Sending a clear massage regarding the incident, the UT Senior Superintendent of Police today stated that the police would bring all those involved in the incident to the book. Such incidents of hooliganism disturbing the law and order in the city would not be tolerated at any cost.

He also issued instructions to the police to keep on their toes on Valentine’s Day in order to keep the law and order under control.



Liqour seized on poll eve
Our Correspondent

Mohali, February 12
Liquor was seized in two separate cases on the eve of the Assembly elections here tonight.

According to reports, police officials seized five cases of liquor which were in possession of a man in violation of the law. A case was registered in this connection at the Sohana police station against Dalbir Singh.

There were reports that a truck containing cases of liquor had been impounded at Gigemajra though a case was registered only in connection with these five boxes.

In another case, there were reports that Excise officials allegedly found a Municipal Councillor distributing liquor among voters. It was alleged that the councillor was let off after a “settlement”.

A case was, however, registered later in this connection against a supporter of the Councillor.



Fauji Beat
Follow correct battle drills to reduce casualties

In the ongoing counter-insurgency operations in Jammu and Kashmir and in the North-East, our Army has suffered heavy casualties, especially of officers, in the past few years. Recently, we lost a Colonel and a Lieut-Col. When a battalion commander gets killed, it does not only become difficult to replace him but the morale of the troops in the unit also goes down. Why should a Commanding Officer (CO) be leading a patrol?

The blame for this should rest on the shoulders of the formation commanders who, in their impatient disposition, force the COs to achieve quick results. This throws the basic tactics and section and platoon battle drills to the winds. In most cases, casualties occur not while locating the hostiles but while tackling them haphazardly and in a desperate hurry.

So much so that even the basic principle of leap-frogging is forgotten while making contact with the terrorists’ hideouts and pinning them down with our well-planned fire at the time when we are in the process of raiding them. Many examples from J&K and North-East prove this point beyond any doubt.

Another cause of avoidable casualties is that in our anxiety to “lead from the front”, we have put the well-defined level of command out of gear. No doubt, our junior officers deserve all praise for setting a good example.

But under no circumstances should they be acting as the leading scouts or section commanders. Similarly, the COs should not start leading platoon/company patrols or raids. In 1967, when insurgency was at its peak in the Mizo Hills (now Mizoram), a large number of units were moved in there without any special training. Yet our casualty rate was not abnormal. But today when we induct troops into J&K and North-East regions after proper training, we are suffering excessive casualties.

Bands’ competition

The training centres of all arms and services are authorised brass bands. But most of them also have pipe bands. Apart from this, almost all the infantry battalions have pipe bands, which are manned by their medical platoons. The bands form part of the ceremonial parades and other military functions. They also add glamour to regimental dinner and guest nights, mess parties, other social gatherings and sports events.

There was a time when almost all officers were conversant with the band music and they could tell the bandmaster when the band played a tune incorrectly or when the band instruments were not properly tuned. Bur around the 70s, the officers started losing interest in bands. And a stage came when they could not distinguish one tune from the other, leave alone detecting any fault in the instruments. This resulted in the standard of bands dropping over the years.

Mercifully, corrective measures were adopted a couple of years ago to arrest the decline by creating a post of Inspector of Bands at each command headquarters. His job is to run short refresher courses for bands and supervise their training by visiting various units in the command. To improve the standard, band competitions were also started among the bands of various units in each command. The last such band competition in the Western Command was held at the Headquarters Western Command, Chandimandir, a few weeks ago. Pipes and drums from nine infantry battalions took part in it. Fifth Battalion of the First Gorkha Rifles (5/1 GR) won the competition.

Silladar System

Most in today’s Army would not know about the “Silladar System”, which was prevalent in the Indian cavalry regiments in the olden days. According to this system, each sawar owned the horse he rode by paying for it. Interestingly, the spirit of belonging was so high that the sawar took the horse with him when he proceeded on leave.

— Pritam Bhullar



Youngsters all set to bloom on Valentine’s
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh , February 12
Whiffing the fragrance of affection, blossoming youngsters across the city are all set to bloom in flowery dresses with nice floral prints.

It’s resolved! The guys can cut footloose on February 14 in torn-at-knees boot cut jeans! Or, even in three-piece suits! Anything! For damsels of the world, nothing less than dresses planned with roses cascading down the sheer fabric will suffice.

After all, the florid stuff goes along with the aroma of the day. As Plus-one Humanities student in a local school Rupinder Sandhu says: “What’s St Valentine’s Day without a bunch of roses in hands and on dresses!”

Ambling through the passageway lined with allurement in a Sector 9 garment superstore, she took good two hours looking at the dresses dazzling the onlookers. Finally, she managed to pick up a halter-neck top with intricate roses from the prêt design collection on display.

The ensemble, she says, has a poetic charm with an unpredictable and dramatic look. No wonder, she hopes to burst into bloom before sashaying down the glamorous ramp of life in sheer opulence on the big day with her guy in the new dress.

Well, if you haven’t shopped for the stuff that promises to grow on you like never before, just go to the arcades. And it’s not just the budding designers. Even the flourishing ones have come out with bouquets of apparels full of bold and elaborate roses --- just for Valentine’s.

Among them is Rashmi Bindra with her collection christened “The Hues”.



Saketri morcha flays demolitions
Urges gram panchayats to come together and protest
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 12
Joining issue of "unauthorised demolitions" with the villagers of Pinjore and Kalka, the Saketri Bachao Morcha has said that these demolitions are unjustified. Condemning the recent demolitions in the periphery, the morcha has urged gram panchayats of various villages to come together and protest from a common platform.

Stating that the government had issued a notification in 2003 in seeking extension of the ‘abadi deh’ of the village, the president of the Morcha, Krishan Bhardwaj, said that the department concerned had not even bothered to carry out demarcation of the villages.

"Without that, the demolitions are illegal because the buildings being razed might just be in the area. We appeal to all gram panchayats to move court against the demolitions and secure a stay like we have for 152 villages. Also, all of us should come on to a common platform and press for the implementation of to notification," he stated.

The members of the Morcha said that Haryana Urban Development Authority should restrict itself to developing the acquired land and remove encroachments from the area. They held that HUDA cannot hold constructions on land owned by individuals illegal.

It may be recalled that last week, the drive for removal of unauthorised structures in the periphery ran into trouble when a mob gheraoed the District Town Planner, Ms Geeta Prakash, and her staff on the Nalagarh road.

Held captive by a 200-strong crowd, she was "let off" after the DSP and SDM Kalka held numerous rounds of talks with the villagers after nearly four hours. Trouble erupted when the team comprising a police party, HUDA staff, labourers and JCBs reached to demolish the third site on the Nalagarh road.

Subsequently, while DTP Geeta Prakash wrote a letter to the Deputy Commissioner, Ms Neerja Shekhar, seeking protection while the district administration directed the police to register a case against the villagers, including three sarpanches for holding the DTP captive, blocking the highway. 



Two die as chill returns
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 12
Two persons have died due to a fresh spell of cold, which has gripped the northern region today.

The bodies of two unidentified men were found yesterday, lying on the GT road in Sonepat, the police said today.

Chandigarh received a heavy rain of 45.6 mm with many low-lying areas flooded with rain water and power breakdowns were also reported at few places.

Karnal in Haryana experienced a heavy downpour at 99 mm while Nilokheri (78.6 mm) and Chhachhrauli (52 mm) were also lashed by heavy rains, the Meteorological Department said here.

Kalka (62.2 mm), Rohtak (1.1 mm) and Panchkula (20 mm) were among other places in Haryana to receive showers.

Amritsar received 38.4 mm, Hoshiarpur 8.6 mm, Ludhiana 9.5 mm, Patiala 7 mm and Malerkotla received 23 mm of rain.

The sudden change in weather is due to a western disturbance over north Pakistan and other surrounding areas, met officials said.

Rain or snow was predicted at most places in Himachal while rain or thundershowers are likely to occur at many places in Punjab and Haryana in the next two days.

Hailstorm or thunder squall with wind speed exceeding 45 kmph is also like to hit the area while heavy rain warning has been issued for isolated places in Punjab and north and north-east Haryana till tomorrow afternoon. — PTI



Programme on quality management
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 12
The five day national level training programme by National Productivity Council began here today. Delegates from different government departments, Boards and Corporations will be trained about requirements of quality management system and ISO- 9001: 2000 certification process.

Speaking at the inaugural session, Mr S.P. Singh, Programme Director, NPC, will bring standardisation of system and procedures. “This would lead to increase in transparency, system orientation and improve work culture in organisations,” he said. He further added that the government departments has realised the importance of quality of services rendered by them due to increase public awareness and globalisation of economy.



Punjabi Sabha flays INLD

Panchkula, February 12
The Panchkula Punjabi Sabha today held the Indian National Lok Dal responsible for the plight of the city.

Stating that on the one hand the party was criticising the Congress in Punjab, its president Hemant Kinger said party Councillors were supporting the Municipal Council president.

"They are following double standards. They are either doing it under some political pressure or for personal gains. Even senior leaders of the party in the district were mum on the horse-trading within the MC. Two days of rain have exposed the hollow claims of the MC which said it had done a lot of work in the city," he said. — TNS



Traffic disrupted

Lalru, February 11
The traffic on the strategic Lalru-Banur road was partially disrupted this evening due to a caving in of a portion of the road.

According to sources, the road caved in due to incessant rains that has hit the region. Score of vehicles, including buses moved at a snail’s pace as only one way was allowed on the affected Lehli-Lalru stretch of the road. This road has assumed significance recently following the closure of the Ghagar bridge to the heavy vehicular traffic on the Chandigarh-Ambala Highway. — TNS



Welfare association

Chandigarh, February 2
The following have been elected office-bearers of the Residents Welfare Association, Sector 43-B, Chandigarh: president — Mr Hitesh Kumar Puri; vice-president — Mr Paramjit Singh Tuli; secretary — Mr K.K. Sharma; finance secretary — Mr K.K. Sehdev; and joint secretary — Ms Mamta Kohli. — TNS



Rain disrupts power supply

Chandigarh, February 11
The incessant rain disrupted power supply to different parts of the city. Residents of Modern Housing Complex, Mani Majra, had to remain without power for more than 24 hours due to some snag in the supply lines to the complex.

Mr Pankaj, a resident of the area, lamented that repeated queries with officials of the Electricity Department yielded no results. — TNS



2 trucks collide, 1 dead
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 11
One man was killed and other was injured in a head-on collision between two trucks on the road separating Sectors 2 and 4, here today.

The accident took place when a truck (HR 68 2413), coming from Zirakpur, hit another truck (HR 38 F 1588) coming from opposite side.

While the driver of the truck, Suresh Pal, was injured and admitted to General Hospital, Sector 6, his brother, the cleaner of the truck, 20-year-old Rajesh Kumar, died in the accident.

The driver of the other truck fled from the scene.The police has impounded the vehicle.



70-yr-old woman dies in accident
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 12
A 70-year-old woman was seriously hurt in a road accident after being hit by a car near Sectors 18 and 19 traffic light point on Sunday. The car drivers took her to the PGI, where she succumbed to her injuries later.

The police said Shanti Devi of Sector 19-D was crossing the road when she failed to notice the approaching car. She was hit by the car and she fell on the bonnet and windshield of the car.

She sustained multiple injuries. The car driver, Mr Varun Mahajan, resident of Sector 18-C, took her to the PGI, where she died.

The police arrested Varun Mahajan for causing death due to rash and negligent driving.

Vehicles stolen

Mr Gagan Kakkar of Sector 48 reported to the police that his Maruti car (CH-03-N-2754) was stolen from near Parade Ground on Sunday.

In another incident, Mr Brij Mohan of Sector 35 lodged a complaint with the police alleging that his Bajaj Calibre motorcycle (CH-03-K-0144) was stolen from Sector 26 on Saturday.

Cases of theft have been registered.



Engineering student held for thefts
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 12
With the arrest of an engineering student, the local police claimed to have solved three cases of burglaries and thefts. The police recovered stolen articles worth about Rs 3 lakh from him.

Giving details, sources in Sector 17 police station said the accused, Ashwani, resident of Shimla, was caught by Mr Jatender Pal Singh, owner of a shop in Sector 17, while stealing three mobile phones on Sunday night.

He had been active in the city for the past few days and had broke into shops and houses. He told the police that he stole mobile phones to gift them away to his friends while the electronic appliances were stolen as he needed them for his practical training for the diploma he was pursuing in electronics and communication.

He was produced before a local court today, which remanded him in two days of police custody. He told the police that he was staying with his uncle in Panchkula and purchased two rods from Sector 45 to broke locks. He also told the police that he took to stealing at an early age.

The police said he had broken into three cabins in an SCO in Sector 22-B, from where he had stolen a CPU, monitor, TV tuner, adopters, blue tooth equipment and other electronic articles.

Similarly, he had stolen Rs 25,000, jacket, video camera, pan drive and other articles from a shop belonging to Mr Vinod Chauhan of Sector 41.



SSP asked to book show organiser
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 12
Munish Jindal of Sector 22-C has accused the local police of dragging its feet to proceed against the organiser of a mega show hosted in Sector 17 Parade Ground on February 10 in which his wife was hurt after a portion of the entry gate collapsed on her.

Fed up with the inaction of Sector 17 police station as no criminal case was registered against those responsible for the negligence, Mr Jindal today lodged a complaint with the UT Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Mr Gaurav Yadav, apprising him of the issue.

Mr Jindal in his complaint mentioned that he along with his wife and brother-in-law went to the “Inside Outside” mega show, organised by Business India, at Parade Ground, Sector 17, on February 10. As they were about to enter the compound, the entry gate collapsed on his wife and she fell unconscious due to internal head injuries.

She was rushed to the PGI, where she remained admitted whole night.

Ruing over the attitude of the organiser, who did not bother to inquire about the well being of his wife, Mr Jindal alleged that the police also did not pay any heed to the matter even though the hospital staff reported it as a medico-legal case.

The police in the end recorded a daily diary report.

Demanding action against those responsible for the incident, Mr Jindal requested the SSP to look into the matter.



2 held for gambling
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
The police arrested Ram Sagar of Indira colony, Manimajra, on Saturday on the allegation of indulging in gambling at a public place.

The police recovered Rs 230 from him and registered a case in this regard.



Special telecom services on Valentine’s Day
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
Spice Telecom has launched Valentine’s Day special services. Through these exciting value-added special services, Spice subscribers can access content like wallpapers, picture messages, ring tones, love quotes, Valentine special recipes through multiple platforms ranging from GPRS, USSD, SMS and IVR. Furthermore, through the Spice Love Zone’ subscribers can avail a unique opportunity to participate in games like love meter, compatibility meter, quiz, and even get special love ideas, dating tips, gift ideas etc. A special category of Valentine’s Day romantic ballads has been added on the ever popular Spice juke box service, which can be accessed by dialing 570 at a nominal rate of Rs 6 per minute. Furthermore, subscribers can even download Valentine Day related stories, facts, tips, recipes and love messages.

Valentine contest: Airtel today announced the launch of the Airtel Valentine contest for its pre-paid and post-paid customers in Punjab, in which the grand prize is a Maruti Swift car. 



‘Love meter’ to know your partners
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 12
With Valentines Day round the corner, Connect has offered a unique “Love Meter” service to its subscribers, who can log on and find out the feelings of their partners.

According to a company release, the meter’s findings will be based on astrological predictions which will help the users find out whether their partners are compatible with them or not.

The Connect users (WLL and WLN) need to dial 1727 to get their love compatibility.

On entering the partner's date of birth the love meter will share the feelings and 
calculate the compatibility.

One can also send the Valentine Day greetings using 1727 service at a cost of Rs 1.20 per 30 seconds.



Eggs, chicken prices soar
Ruchika M. Khanna
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 12
The ever increasing prices of feed for poultry animals have led to a sharp increase in the prices of eggs and other poultry products. Big corporates having procured a major chunk of maize produce this year (main feed for poultry) leading to a shortage of maize for poultry and over 50 per cent rise in its prices.

This jump in feed prices has led to the prices of all poultry products shooting up. The prices of eggs have gone up by Rs 4 per dozen in the past week (Rs 2.50 per egg or Rs 30 per dozen). Similarly, the prices of broiler chicken are ranging between Rs 100-110 per kg, while chicken leg and chest is available for Rs 120 per kg (up by Rs 10 per kg in the past week).

The wholesale prices of eggs have gone up from Rs 180 per 100 eggs to Rs 205 per 100 eggs, while those of broiler have gone up from Rs 40 to Rs 60 per kg.

Sources in the poultry industry informed TNS that during the past two months, the price of maize has increased from Rs 7 per kg to Rs 10 per kg, while that of soybean (another ingredient in poultry feed), too, have increased from Rs 10 per kg, to Rs 11 per kg.

Mr Surjit Singh Sagri, Chairman of the North Zone Broilers Association, said since the feed cost constituted 75 per cent of the total cost of poultry production, it had led to a hike in prices of all poultry products. “In the past three months, the prices of maize have been going up consistently. Because of severe winter in December- January, the production of eggs and broilers was hit, leading to a gap in demand and supply. All these factors have contributed to the hike in prices of poultry products,” he said, while adding that post bird-flu scare and decline demand, the poultry farmers in north India had been forced to start moulting (stop reproduction by reducing nutritional intake) of layer hens and shunting down the broiler parent stock, leading to decrease in production.

Till the beginning of October, the prices of eggs were at an all time low of Rs 1 per egg, while dressed chicken was available for Rs 38 per kg, as the bird flu scare in the country since February had led to a severe collapse in demand.

According to sources the daily production of eggs in North Zone (Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttaranchal, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar and Jharkhand) was 3.5 crore eggs, while that of broiler was 2. 25 crore birds a day. The demand, however, is about 10 - 15 per cent higher than the supply.



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