06062018-LT-01.qxd 6/5/2018 11:47 PM Page 1 c m y b WEDNESDAY | 6 JUNE 2018 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Farmers end strike Curbing plastic use Sports wing trials Dairy farmers express relief after farmers announce to end 10-day strike. P3 CBSE schools told to use biodegradable products and shun plastic use on campus. P2 As many as 439 girls turn up to take part in the trials held in 19 sports disciplines. P2 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 40°C MIN 31°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 7: 27 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 5: 23 AM ‘Tandarust Punjab’ need of the hour: Health Minister Tribune News Service Ludhiana, June 5 Health and Family Welfare Minister Brahm Mohindra on Tuesday dedicated the Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh’s brainchild programme — ‘Tandarust Punjab’ — to the people of the district on World Environment Day. He said achieving holistic development of Punjab was the need of the hour. The minister, who was the chief guest of the district-level function to launch the programme, said this comprehensive mission was launched to improve the state’s air, water quality, and food by ensuring healthy and congenial environment to the citizens of Punjab. He said the mission aimed at making Punjab the healthiest state in the country, in which 12 government departments will work collectively round the clock to achieve its goals by running mass awareness drives among people in the state. Mohindra exhorted people to join hands with the government to make this initiative a huge success by actively participating in the programme. Meanwhile, the Minister revealed that very soon there would be no shortage of doctors in the state, as 306 doctors would join the Health Department. He said the previous SAD-BJP government paid no attention towards the recruitment in the Health Department and when he took the reins of the department, there were several anomalies. He said the department had already administrated Measles- Says achieving holistic development important Tribune News Service Ludhiana, June 5 Just like a family doctor, you can now have your very own ‘family farmer’, who will grow vegetables according to your needs and also deliver fresh veggies on your doorstep. Not only vegetables, the farmer will also take care of your demands related to fruits, wheat, rice, pickle and oil and all things that are produced and manufactured by farmers. The project will be known as ‘Hire the family farmer’ and is expected to start in a couple of months. Many members of the Punjab Agricultural University Kisan Club are instrumental in initiating in this project. With people growing aware and discarding pesticide-laden vegetables and preferring organic produce, nearly 35-40 farmers are conceptualising the idea of ‘family farmer’. Every Sunday, nearly 3540 farmers from in and around Ludhiana hold an “Atma Kisan Bazaar” at the Chief Agriculture Office on Ferozepur Road and sell their produce directly to consumers without any middlemen. Amrinder Singh, general secretary of the Kisan Club, said farmers work hard throughout the year and when it comes to getting gains, all profits are earned Flee with goods worth ~10 lakh Ludhiana June 5 Armed men looted nickel, copper and an LED TV among other goods from a factory in Focal Point after holding at least six factory workers captive in the wee hours on Tuesday. Focal Point SHO Amandeep Singh Brar said the incident occurred around 2 am on Tuesday, when armed men entered Naginder Industry in Neechi Mangli, Focal Point, and held the workers sleeping inside captive. Robbers tied the hands of some workers and some were locked inside a room. They then broke open the locks of the rooms where the stock was lying. As per the police, the value of the looted goods could be near around ~10 lakh. The robbers had also damaged the wires of the CCTV cameras, due to which the police were left with no clue. The SHO said robbers came in a commercial vehicle (chota hathi) and fled after loading the goods on it. They took around two hours to commit the crime. It was only when the robbers fled that workers raised an alarm and informed the factory owner. — TNS CP swings into action to help elderly couple Arranges viscera report in two days, which rules out murder Health Minister Brahm Mohindra plants a sapling at Rakh Bagh on World Environment Day. PHOTOS: ASHWANI DHIMAN THE TRIBUNE IMPACT Four-year-old case Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service JUNE 5 WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY The minister honoured 110 farmers, who had stopped burning stubble in the district. Rubella vaccine to 48.55 lakh children under its campaign and the remaining would be covered in a stipulated time. He said the installation of three common effluent treatment plants was already under way in Ludhiana, which is industrial hub of the state and once operationalised, the problem of water pollution would almost be controlled here. On stubble burning menace, he said the Punjab government had tied up with three companies, which will procure stubble from farmers and generate electricity. “This will promote farmers to sell stubble and earn income,” he said. He also released a booklet on ‘Tandarust Punjab’ and visited the stalls put up by various departments. Additional Deputy Commissioner (D) Dr Shena Aggarwal spoke elaborately about ‘Tandrust Punjab’ at the function. Ludhiana MC Joint Commissioner Satwant Singh also gave details about the efforts made by the civic body in making the city clean and green. Before the programme, he also planted a sapling in Rakh Bagh. Now, hire your ‘family farmer’ Manav Mander Armed robbers hold factory workers captive by middlemen, while farmers are left with nothing. “Keeping this fact in view, the Kisan Club was started so that farmers and consumers can communicate directly. We have received a good response and nearly 20-25 consumers have associated with us,” he said. He said after receiving good response from people, they are now thinking of starting the project ‘Hire the Family Farmer’, where they plan to create a whatsapp group of farmers and consumers. Orders could be placed through the group and the delivery would be done at home through mobile vans, he said. Kawarbir Singh sells honey and Sukhwinder Singh pickle. They are excited about the new project. “We have received tremendous response from consumers and expect the same when the new project will be launched,” they said. Meanwhile, Manveen Kaur, who regularly visits the Sunday’s Atma Kisan Bazaar, said she had grown fond of fresh and organic vegetables that are sold in the bazaar. “I am really looking forward to the time, when I can hire my own farmer and get fresh produce at my home. Apart from vegetables, I am also fond of jaggery candy, pickle, murabba, chutney and papad available in the market,” she said. c m y b Ludhiana June 5 Ludhiana Police Commissioner Dr Sukhchain Singh Gill swung into action and arranged the viscera report of an elderly couple’s son, who died four years ago, after The Tribune carried a news ‘Running from pillar to post to get son’s viscera report’ in these columns on May 20. Against the speculation of Gurdev Singh Bhatia, 82, and his wife Bhupinder Bhatia, 75, that their son was murdered, the final viscera and postmortem report rules out any murder. The report states: “The cause of death in the case in our opinion is due to asphyxia, as a result of aspiration, which is sufficient to cause death in its ordinary course of nature” Gurdev SIngh Bhatia and his wife Bhupinder Bhatia. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA Cops offer ration, cash On the initiative of CP Gill, the police also handed over ration and some cash to the couple, as they had no source of income. With no earning hand, the couple has been facing financial crunch. Aspiration means the act of inhaling; the drawing in of air (or other gases), as in breathing. CP Gill said after he came to know about the pending viscera report, he immediately asked ADCP-3 Gurpreet Singh Sukhdeep Singh had allegedly died due to drug overdose on May 8, 2014, and the police had initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPc. The couple had been alleging that the report was deliberately misplaced by some cops allegedly at the behest of the persons behind the murder conspiracy. They suspected that their son did not die due to drug overdose and there was a possibility that he was killed, as some injuries were visible on his body. However, the police initiated inquest proceedings on the plea that once the viscera report comes from Chemical Laboratory, Kharar, which would actually clear the exact cause of death, only then the police could purse the investigation accordingly. Purewal to help the couple and arrange the report soon, adding that he also held a meeting with the couple and assured them full support. “A cop was sent to the laboratory in Kharar, from where the report was sought. Within two days, the report was brought to Ludhiana. The final report prepared from the viscera and postmortem examination clears that Sukhdeep died of aspiration. The report rules continued on page 2
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