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Poll lures farmers to speed up harvesting
Gurdeep Singh Mann
Tribune News Service

A large number of wheat sacks lying at the Grain Market in Fatehgarh Sahib on Sunday. Photo by the writer

Sirhind/Bassi Pathana
Polls have left its impact on the harvesting and lifting of wheat crop as farmers in different areas have speeded up the process of harvesting and selling of their crop in grain markets.

Farmers of villages of Fatehgarh Sahib, Khanna and Rajpura have accelerated the process with an aim to be free during polls. As a result, the wheat crop arrival in different grain markets have increased many times as compared to arrival of wheat last year.

Asia’s biggest grain market, Khanna has witnessed the flow of wheat is more than double. Last year, procuring agencies have so far procured 4 lakh quintals but this year it has crossed the mark of 8.15 lakh quintals.

Market committee officials give various reasons of more inflow and also admit that polls are also one of the major reasons.

In small mandis of the area, the wheat arrival has even increased 10 times as compared to the last year. The sub-mandi’s of the Khanna grain market has witnessed a steep rise in the arrival.

“Elections are one of the reasons that farmers have speeded up process of wheat selling. Earlier, there was panic among farmers due to the inclement weather”, said Harnam Singh of Hargana village, who came to sell his crop in the mandi.

Grain market officials, expressing concern over the sudden rise in wheat arrival, said the situation went out of control when farmers brought wheat with moisture content of more than 12 per cent. When they were told to bring dry wheat, they started drying it in the mandi which led to space crunch.

There was also panic among farmers that they might not be able to retain labourers as they were always eager to attend political rallies to help their respective candidates, mostly in lieu of money. “It is not farmers but problem of farm labourers that people want to sell off their produce as soon as possible,” added Gurbhej Singh from Sirhind.

The farming community also dislikes hot-blowing winds which are going to increase in coming days and farmers would like to complete harvesting before that.



Poll meet: Preneet turns nostalgic
Tribune News Service

Patiala, April 19
"I have graduated from social works to politics and I never planned my political career.” This was stated by Preneet Kaur, sitting MP and Congress candidate from the Patiala parliamentary constituency, who turned nostalgic here last night while addressing a group of eminent citizens from different walks of life.

Speaking at a meeting organised by Punjab Writers and Cultural Forum convener and veteran Congressman Ved Parkash Gupta, Preneet recalled how late Dr Khushdeva Singh motivated her and introduced her to social works.

She said she used to leave her little children back home, while attending to charity works. From charity and social works, I started helping my husband Capt Amarinder Singh when he contested his maiden election in 1977.

Striking an instant rapport with those present at the election meeting, Preneet said she had been going down the memory lane as she was reminded of the days gone by with the presence of familiar faces of old Patialvis.

“When I got the Congress ticket for my first electoral battle in Parliamentary elections, my husband was Pradesh Congress chief and he could address only three election meetings in my support. When I asked him the reason, he quipped that he had the entire state to attend to,” recalled Preneet.

This time around, she said, she was seeking elections with an objective to serve the people of Patiala and the adjoining area. She said she had been overwhelmed by the tremendous response that she had got during her whirlwind tour of the Nabha area, which had become a part of the Patiala parliamentary constituency during the delimitation of the constituencies.

She rounded off her brief address with an emotional appeal to the people to vote for her and elect her to Parliament for the third successive time.



Lecture on global economic crisis
Tribune News Service

Patiala, April 19
The department of sociology and social anthropology, Punjabi University, organised a lecture on “Current global crisis” by Dr Pritam Singh, director, Postgraduate programme in international management and international relations at Oxford Brookes University, UK.

Dubbing the current economic crisis as a crisis of global capitalism, he linked it with capitalist production system and the rampant use of non-renewable resources.

It involved evolution of political economic thought and its impact on policy-making, the unstable financial markets and depleting oil and food resources, he said.

The unscrupulous use of nature and its resources and the resultant pollution caused by the consumed and unconsumed waste has intensified the situation, Dr Singh added. He emphasised upon the need for evolving a new paradigm, keeping in view the ecological dimension.



Delay in new scale irks staff
Our Correspondent

Bassi Pathana, April 19
The Punjab State Karamchari Dal has alleged that the State government has malafide intention towards its employees and it is not sincere in implementing pay commission report.

“If the government had been sincere, the report could have been implemented before the imposition of code of conduct,” alleged Hari Singh Tohra, state president-cum-convener, Punjab Employees Sangharsh Committee, while addressing a meeting here today.

He said, if the government had not extended the period of pay commission twice, the employees of the State government would have been benefited like the employees of other states. He said the resolution to increase the salary of ministers and to purchase new cars for them was passed within minutes but it was passive on the demands of employees. He urged the government to stop discrimination with the employees and to fulfill the promises made during the Assembly elections. He said there was resentment among the employees and the government had to face their ire.



Libra joins Cong
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, April 19
Amarinder Libra, senior SAD leader, today left the SAD and joined the Congress amidst a show of strength at Sirhind.

Former Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh and a large number of supporters of Libra were present during the occasion.

Amarinder’s father former Punjab Minister the late Kirpal Singh Libra was a loyalist of Gurcharan Singh Tohra and had a considerable base in the area.

Besides other Akali leaders of the SAD, its vice-president of legal cell, Punjab and advocate Harnek Singh Diwana were also present.

Captain Amarinder Singh said every Akali leader who had joined the Congress would be given an opportunity to rise in politics.

He termed the Akali Dal (Badal) party as a “family show” and said the Akali leaders and workers were coming to them at their own, while the Akali’s were wooing their workers with some thing or the other.

The Congress candidate from Fatehgarh Sahib Sukhdev Singh Libra, former Punjab Minister Lal Singh and former Punjab Forest Minister Harbans Lal among others were present.



3 held with 14 tonne crackers
Tribune News Service

Rajpura, April 19
The Rajpura police today arrested three persons with a truck load of fire crackers. The accused have been identified as Baljinder Singh (30), a resident of Faridpur village in Rajpura, Dinesh Kumar (35) and Daya Ram (48), both residents of Mirch Mandi, Rajpura.

CIA in charge Bikramjeet Singh Brar said the police got a tip-off about the smuggling of fire crackers and intercepted a truck near Sirhind railway lines. During checking, the cops found that fire crackers were hidden under some grocery items.

The crackers were weighed at 14 tonne. These crackers were kept in 85 sacks and 105 boxes, Brar said. The accused were taking the crackers illegally from Rajpura to somewhere in Haryana. A case under Sections 285 and 286 of the IPC has been registered against the accused.



Body of murdered woman found
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, April 19
The Fatehgarh Sahib police today found a body of an unidentified woman under mysterious circumstances. According to police, a resident of Brahman Majra village informed about the body, which was lying near an agricultural land.

The police officials found the body covered in a stack adjoining the godowns near the Sirhind bypass. A dog squad was also pressed into service, that failed to find any clue due to heavy traffic.

Preliminary reports suggested that the woman could have been strangulated. The officials said it seems that the murderer of the woman had tried to conceal her identity by wiping her name on one of her arms.

The police has kept the body for identification at a local civil hospital after registering a case in this regard at the Sirhind police station.



1,500 examined at eye camps
Tribune News Service

Patiala, April 19
Over 1,500 patients were examined at two free eye check-up camps organised by the Saheed Bhagat Singh Yuvak Sewa Club at Dakhonda village and Jan Chetan Welfare Club at Mother Land Public School, Dhakraba.

A team of doctors from Patiala Eye Hospital and Lasik Laser centre examined the patients. Sukhdip S. Boparai, chief consultant of the hospital said over 30 patients had been operated.

The patients were examined by a team of doctors from the Patiala Eye Hospital and Lasik Laser centre. Free spectacles, food, medicines and accommodation were arranged by the organisers.

Speaking at the eye camp, Boparai underlined the need to create awareness among the masses for regular eye check-up.

Dr Anuradha Raj said cataract was a serious issue in developing countries. Lack of awareness, ultramodern facilities and trained personnel were some of the reasons for this.



Docs hail protection of property Bill
Tribune News Service

Ambala, April 19
The 37th Annual Haryana State conference of the Indian Medical Association was held here today.

Over 200 doctors from across the state participated. The state president Dr SK Jaiswal thanked the government for passing the protection of doctors and their property Bill.

Dr Jaiswal announced funds for treating the poor free of cost. He also assured the government of helping them in their endeavour to fight against tuberculosis, polio and AIDS.

Office bearers of the IMA Haryana were also installed, including Dr SK Gupta vice-president, Dr GN Aggarwal vice-president, Dr Anil K Aggarwal honorary secretary, Dr Jatinder Mittal joint secretary, Dr Vinod K Aggarwal treasurer.



Talk on advances in pharmaceutical technology
Tribune News Service

Banur, April 19
National Conference on advances in pharmaceutical technology and drug research hosted by the faculty of pharmaceutical sciences, Swami Vivekanand College of Pharmacy, was inaugurated at Central Campus SVIET.

The conference was inaugurated by professor P. Rama Rao Director, NIPER, Mohali. The inaugural session of the conference began with lamp lighting by the chief guest.

The objective of the conference was to provide a common platform to generate lateral thinking about advances in pharmaceutical technology and drug research. 204 papers were submitted by eminent researchers and scholars.



14 selected in placement drive

Banur, April 19
As many as 14 students were selected by Max New York Life Insurance during a placement drive at Aryans Business School (ABS) for summer placements of its MBA students.

On the occasion, a pre-placement talk was also held beside personal interviews of the students after which 14 candidates were shortlisted for the summer placements. — TNS



4 injured in accidents
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 19
In a hit and run incident, two persons were seriously injured when a speeding car rammed into a rickshaw on road dividing Sectors 23 and 24, here this evening. According to eyewitnesses, the car, which was over speeding, hit the rickshaw from rear.

Both rickshaw-puller and passenger sitting on it were seriously injured when they fall on the road. The rickshaw was damaged in the mishap.

Some onlookers tried to stop the car, but in vain and also threw a stone on the running vehicle, which damaged its windowpane.

The victims were shifted to Sector 16 Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, where the condition was stated to be critical.

The police said the victims had been identified as Kamlesh, the rickshaw-puller, and Moharaum Ansari, both residents of Sector 15.

In another incident, an elderly woman and her grandson were also injured after being hit by the unidentified vehicle in Mani Majra on Saturday.

The victims, Aman and Mohinder Kaur of Mauli Complex, were on their cycle when the accident took place near the Housing Board light police.

Two separate cases have been registered against the unidentified drivers.



Four arrested for theft of medicines
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 19
Two days after the burglary in the godown of a pharmaceutical distributor in the Industrial Area, the police has claimed to arrest four accused here today.

Sixty boxes of stolen medicines were also recovered from the accused. The four accused were identified as Rinku, an employee of the company, Harsh, a resident of Phagwara, Amit from Jind and Hansaraj from Sunehra in Himachal Pradesh.

R K Gagneja, the owner of Pharma India Limited, said the thieves took 180 boxes of medicines worth Rs 25 lakh.

According to SP Amitabh Dhillon, use of key to open the lock left the suspicion that it was a handiwork of some employees of the company.

Two cars, including an Opel Astra, were also recovered from the accused.

Police fails to nab drug peddler

Drug smugglers seem to have got an edge over intelligence agencies.

Accroding to DSP Rajesh Kalia, the police had a tip-off regarding the entry of an Alto car carrying drugs in the town today. Though its destination was not known, sources said the smugglers would enter the town from Punjab.

Following the information, DSP Kalia set up nakas on the road near Sector 12-A and Sector 20. Many cars coming from the Zirakpur side were checked, however, the police decided to leave the search operation later.

The DSP said though they had specific information about the smuggling of drugs, there were chances that the smugglers might have changed their route.



Colonel’s house burgled
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 19
Thieves have taken away valuables worth over Rs 2 lakh from the house of an Army officer. The burglary was noticed when the family, which had gone to Delhi, returned home this afternoon.

According to the police, the burgled house, no. 350 in Sector 12, belongs to Colonel Santokh Singh.

The Colonel and his wife had left the house on Friday to attend a marriage in the family of a friend. When they returned, doors of the house were lying open and the house was ransacked. The police was informed and finger-print experts lifted the samples from the spot.

The gold jewellery around 120 grams, a camera, one laptop and cash of Rs 15,000 was among valuables missing from the house.

In another incident, 3 quintals of brass material was stolen from a factory in Industrial Area phase II.



2 youngsters hurt in assault
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 19
Two persons were injured after a group of about eight youngsters assaulted them following a trivial issue in Malaya Colony here tonight. The injured, Ramesh and Barinder, were taken to the Sector 16 Government Multi Specialty Hospital.

Sources said Ramesh and Barinder, who worked with a private direct to home TV operator, went to Malaya for some work. Ramesh was on foot and was hit by a motorcycle. The motorcyclist had an argument with him, which took ugly turn. The motorcyclist called his friends and soon a group of youngsters around eight in number reached there and assaulted Ramesh. Barinder came for his help and intervened. He was hit by rods and punch on the head. The accused fled the spot leaving the profusely bleeding victims there. Barinder got five stitches on his wounds at the hospital.

The police was inquiring the matter at the time of the filing of the report.



Mohali academy emerge winners
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 19
Mohali Cricket Academy (MCA) edged past Chandigarh Cricket Academy (CCA) by two runs in a dramatic league match of the CCA under-13 Cup played at MCM DAV, Sector 36, here today.

Amrinder Singh (49) was the mainstay of the MCA’s innings. The team scored 160 runs for the loss of five wickets in the allotted 30 overs after electing to bat first. Amrinder was well supported by Jasinder Singh (29) from the other end. Ramandeep also chipped in with a valuable knock of 18 runs.

Replying, Shubham Chand’s brilliant knock of 82 runs went in vain, as CCA fell short by just two runs to score 159 runs for the loss of eight wickets in 30 overs.

Opener Vineet Dhaka (33) kept the hopes of CCA alive till the time he was at the crease but his departure made the difference, as Shubham got no support from the other batsmen.

Harsaroop (21) also spent some time at the crease but it wasn’t enough for the team. For MCA, Jas Inder Singh (2/23), Gurpreet Singh (2/37) and Arinum (2/11) bowled economical spells.



Bharat, Anwar script CC-19 win
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 19
In a closely contested encounter, Coaching Centre Sector 19 registered an empathic win by one run over Dell XI in a league match of the Triangular Cricket Tournament being organised by the Chandigarh Cricket Association affiliated to the Haryana Cricket Association here today at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19.

Coaching Centre-19 elected to bat first after winning the toss and scored 165 runs in the allotted 30 overs at the loss of eight wickets.

Bharat (41) and Anwar (23) were the principal scorers for them. For Dell, Ankur claimed two wickets and gave away 35 runs.

In reply, IT giant got an impressive opening wicket partnership of 57 runs as openers Abhisek (29), Ankur (22) played valuable knocks.

Both the openers couldn’t convert their individual scores to a big number. And after the duo’s departure none other batsmen could reach even a double figure mark.

Consequently, Dell XI had to pay in the long run as they were bundled out on just one run short of their target. While for CC-19, Parbhjot Singh (3/17) was the pick of bowlers, he was responsible for restricting Dell’s batsmen.



Amit fashions big win for Godrej
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 18
Amit Prashar played a brilliant knock of 115 runs to help Godrej & Boyce XI defeat Azzaro XI by 10 wickets in the ongoing IInd Tirath Singh Memorial League Cricket Tournament being organised by the Chandigarh Sports Club here today.

Batting first, after winning the toss, Azzaro XI openers gave their team a fine start as they put up 58 runs in 10 overs. Opener Sarvjeet played a knock of 70 runs off 60 balls. Azzaro XI put up a respectable score of 180 runs in 25 overs. Vijaypal picked up 2 wickets for 36 runs.

Godrej & Boyce XI easily achieved the target. Skipper Vaneet Chawla just had to complete the formalities as he hit a couple of fours and got his team past the target with ease in 21.4 overs without losing a single wicket. Godrej posted 181 without any loss in 21.4 overs.

In the second match, United Sports Club won Kingfisher XI by 100 runs.



Tennis coaching camp begins
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 19
The Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association (CLTA) is conducting a coaching camp for trainees. The camp will be organised by sports consultant Doug MacCurdy from April 19 to May 4 at the CLTA Complex.

Players from Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Assam, West Bengal, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttrakhand, New Delhi and Chandigarh are participating in this camp.

The camp is basically designed to train players for the upcoming AITA Ranking tournaments, which includes Nationals in Mumbai during the month of May 2009.



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