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Harvest of hard work


Man electrocuted:
Balbir Singh (40), a home guard (HG), was electrocuted on Saturday night at village Dhaani Mandla near here, sources said. As per information available, the HG was returning home after attending a social get together but accidentally touched low-lying electricity wires in the street. He died on the spot.

Poet honoured: Poet Jitender Kumar Soni 'Prayas' who had recently topped among the male candidates in the Rajasthan Administrative Services (RAS) exam was honoured on Sunday by literary NGOs during a function held in the Soni Sadan at Parleeka segment of Hanumangarh region.

Lok Suvidha camp held:
A Lok Suvidha camp was organised this week by the district administration at Bhadaur for the convenience of residents of 22 villages of the Bhadaur sub-tehsil. At this camp, various works, related to learning driving licences, birth and death certificates, arms licences, ration cards, caste certificates, old-age pensions were done. The camp was attended among others by Bhadaur MLA Sant Balbir Singh Ghunas, Barnala deputy commissioner Harkesh Singh Sidhu and Barnala SSP Shive Kumar Verma.

Free medical camp:
The Badyal Multi-speciality Hospital and Trauma Centre organised a free medical camp here on Sunday. Nearly 100 patients were examined by renowned urologist Dr Rajesh Sachar and were given free consultation. Dr Rajesh Badyal, organiser of the event, said since Malwa was facing shorage of urologists, they decided to rope in Dr Sachar from Ahmedabad.

Check-up camp: A free check-up camp was organised at Chhabra Hospital here on Sunday where about 465 patients were benefited. Doctors Vikar Chhabra, Aman Chhabra, Swapnil Chhabra and Kiran Chhabra checked the patients. Most of them had problems of bones and joints, infertility, overweight, baldness and stones.

CM, Dy CM greet  people on Id:
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his deputy Sukhbir Badal on Sunday conveyed their greetings and best wishes to all Punjabis, especially Muslims, on the occasion of Id-ul-Fitr. “Let the festival rekindle the spirit of unity and brotherhood and promote peace and prosperity”, they said. Congress Legislatures Party leader Rajinder Kaur Bhattal also congratulated the people.

Wheat seized: Police had seized two truckloads of wheat from a rice mill meant for public distribution system that was likely to be sold in the black market in open by the depot holders at Baghapurana in the Moga district, late on Saturday night. Police sources revealed that 720 bags of wheat had been taken into custody along with the trucks by a police team of the CIA-staff Moga. The police had arrested two depot holders Anand Swaroop and his son Rajiv Kumar in this regard and registered a criminal case under various sections against them in the Baghapurana police station.

College results 100 pc: Lala Lajpat Rai Memorial College of Education, Dhudike (Moga) has achieved 100 per cent results in M Ed and B Ed examinations conducted by Panjab University, recently. Naresh Kumara M Ed student got third position in the university by securing 82.6 per cent marks . In B Ed Sarita secured 80 per cent marks and first position in Moga district. Of 25 M Ed students 23 got more than 70 per cent marks. All B Ed students got first division.



Jawan commits suicide:
Despite various measures being taken by the army authorities to check cases of suicide and fratricide in the forces, another jawan allegedly committed suicide in Jammu by consuming poisonous substance. As per official sources, sepoy Divender Singh was posted in the Kaluchak sector died on his way to hospital. He had recently joined duty after leave and had brought his wife and mother along with him.

Adulterated milk: Acting on the directions of the Municipal Commissioner Jammu, Municipal Veterinary Officer (MVO) along with his team conducted special drive against selling of adulterated milk.Eighty cans of milk were checked, out of which 12 containing adulterated milk were lifted by the team for lab testing and a fine of Rs 1,700 was collected.

Book released: A compilation of Hindi poems written by Sharda Sawhney, Pagdwani, was released at KL Sehgal Hall here on Saturday. Former head of the Hindi Department, University of Jammu, Raj Kumar was the chief guest at the function organised by Nami Dogri Sanstha. Various literary luminaries present during the function lauded the efforts of the poetess for her work.

Two militants killed:
Two militants were killed in an encounter with the police and the Army in Kupwara district of north Kashmir today. The police here said that the encounter took place in Kachihama Douban in the Trehgam area of the frontier district of Kupwara. The operation was going on, it said.


Regional potpourri
Harvest of hard work

Darshan Singh Tabiba
Darshan Singh Tabiba

By dint of hard work and determination Darshan Singh Tabiba, farmer in Hayatpura village near Machhiwara, from seven acres, he tilled with bullocks, now has 140 acres ploughed by tractors.

Tabiba lost his father when he was 11 and could study up to class VII only. He adopted scientific farming.

Things became better when his family acquired land in Hayatpura. Tabiba was 18 then and to prove himself as successful farmer was full of challenge.

In 1999 he was honoured with Jagjivan Ram Award for innovative farming. In 2002, he was declared ‘best fish farmer’ in the country in Mumbai.

This year he was conferred the ‘Successful Fish Farmer’ award in Bhubaneshwar. Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, too, has honoured him with the Dalip Singh Yadgari Puraskar.

Tabiba was appointed on the board of MANAGE, a Hyderabad-based institute devoted to agricultural extension education. He has also been nominated on several committees. Tabiba said “progressive thinking and scientific outlook” helped him succeed in diversifying.

“I have fish farm on 19-acre pond filled with fresh water from two solar power-run tube wells”, he added. He is for organic farming too — incorporating crop residue in fields to promote organic matter, is his mantra.

Tabiba is the first farmer in Punjab to have succeeded in piggery for which he makes optimum use of waste material generated from his other enterprises.

“This reduces pollution. I also have fish pond water aerated by making the pigs pass through it. I use pond water to irrigate fields as it contains nutrients that help reduce nitrogen use by 40 per cent,” he says.

Contributed by Charu Chhibber


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