11HR01A.qxd 10/10/2013 7:02 PM Page 1 Page-1 c m y b Hisar 34 25 SPORTS 3 5 baseball players of Mullana school make it to national squad MOVIE THIS WEEK 4 War Chhod Na Yaar The Tribune VOICE OF THE PEOPLE Haryana Plus Chandigarh Friday, October 11, 2013 Child sex ratio improves in state Mewat tops the chart; Mahendragarh at bottom TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE CHANDIGARH, OCTOBER 10 In Haryana, the sex ratio at birth (0-6 year) has improved by 19 points as compared to the last year. The child sex ratio has been registered at 864 in the state during August, 2013. Haryana Health Minister Rao Narender Singh gave this information while presiding over a meeting of the State Advisory Board under the Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PNDT) Act recently. The Health Minister said The Health Minister said there was a marked improvement in convictions under the PNDT Act in the last three to four months. there was an improvement in the sex ratio at birth in almost all districts. He said Mewat had the sex ratio of 913, which is highest in the state, whereas 12 districts were having sex ratio between 850 and 900. Numbers for seven districts are between 800 and 850. Expressing concern over the state of affairs in Mahendragarh district where the sex ratio is 770, Rao Narender Singh said there was a lot to be done to improve the skewed ratio in Haryana. He said raids using decoy teams to deal with clinics involved in sex determination had been intensified, especially in Narnaul and Rewari districts . He said there was a marked improvement in convictions under the PNDT Act in the last three to four months. He said 93 cases in the lower courts and 43 cases in the High Court had been registered regarding this and 39 convictions were held till date in this regard. Now, complaints under the PNDT Act could be registered on toll free number 102 and a provision had been made to give incentives to the people giving such information, he added. Rao Narender Singh said regular district task force meetings were being conducted to review the implementation of the PNDT Act in the each district of the state under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioners. Govt committed to welfare of minorities: Chief Secy TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE CHANDIGARH, OCTOBER 10 Haryana Chief Secretary PK Chaudhery said the Haryana government was committed for effectively implementing the schemes launched for the welfare of minority communities so that the benefits of the schemes percolate down to all belonging to these communities and their living President likely to visit Central University of Haryana standard could be uplifted. Chaudhery was presiding over a meeting of a statelevel committee constituted for the implementation of the Prime Minister's New 15 Point Programme for the Welfare of Minorities and Multi-Sectoral Development Programme. He expressed satisfaction that Haryana was one of the leading states which OUR CORRESPONDENT SONEPAT, OCTOBER 10 The beginning of the paddy procurement season has cheered up the farmers who grew different basmati varieties this season. In comparison to the last year, there is a 30 to 50 per cent rise in the procurement price. According to information, 1,039 MT of paddy, including 547 MT of muchhal, 90 MT of basmati and 402 MT of sarbati varieties, has arrived in different grain markets so far. The entire stock was purchased by millers and dealers. The price of basmati rice was around Rs 3,660 per quintal and sarbati rice was purchased on the prices between Rs 2,300 to 2,800 per quintal. Muchhal variety of rice touched the highest price of Rs 3,900 per quintal in Gannaur grain market. Commenting on the prevailing trend, the state vicepresident of the All-India Kisan Sabha, Shradha Nand Solanki, said the trend should be maintained during the entire procurement season in the interest of farmers. Fiji keen to collaborate with NDRI BHANU P LOHUMI TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE KARNAL, OCTOBER 10 TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE The government of Fiji is keen on collaboration with the National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI), Karnal, for development of manpower for dairy sector in Fiji. A delegation of Fiji headed by Inia Batikoto Seruiratu, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries, Forests and Rural Maritime Development, Government of the Republic of Fiji, and comprising Fiji’s High The President is likely to visit the Central University of Haryana (CUH) at Mahendergarh in the third week of November. He has been invited by the university authorities to inaugurate the new campus of the university at Jant and Pali villages and attend its first convocation as the chief guest. Disclosing this at a recent media interaction, CUH Vice-Chancellor MajorGeneral (retd) Ranjit Singh said preparations as well as construction activities were in full swing on the university’s permanent campus. He said while four study programmes had been introduced recently, as many as eight new academic disciplines would soon be started with approval of the university’s executive council. “We will also have a Central school in the vicinity of the university, for which the panchayat of Jant village has consented to provide 10 acres of land in front of Gate Number 2. A sports complex will be constructed on the university campus. Besides, we plan to have lakes and water bodies on the campus Continued on page 2 of the concerned districts presented the proposals passed by the block-level committees for development and other schemes. These proposals were regarding improvement in education, setting up of ITI centres and aanganwadi centres, health, betterment of public health services, self-employment and drinking water arrangement in these districts. Continued on page 2 Higher paddy prices bring cheer to farmers DAIRY SECTOR DEVELOPMENT SUNIT DHAWAN GURGAON, OCTOBER 10 was efficiently implementing welfare schemes for the minorities. He said Mewat, Sirsa, Fatehabad, Kaithal, Yamunanagar and Palwal had been selected for the implementation of the Prime Minister’s 15 Point Programme for Welfare and Multi-Sectoral Development Programme of Minorities. The Deputy Commissioners Commissioner to India, Vice-Chancellor, Fiji National University, Dr Ganesh Chand, and other high officials which visited the National Dairy Research Institute today, evinced keen interest in control of mastitis, diagnostics and kits for detection of antibiotics and pathogens in milk and also in animal nutritional aspects. The possibilities for collaboration in the areas of climate resilience were also explored and Fiji delegation also showed inter- est in animal management and its breeding practices. The Fiji Agricultural Minister said he would carry forward the visit for mutual cooperation and collaboration with the NDRI in different areas and also planted a tree on the premises of the newly constructed Climate Resilient Livestock Research Centre at the National Dairy Research Institute . Dr AK Srivastava, Director, National Dairy Research Institute , made a presentation on the current www.tribuneindia.com scenario of the livestock and dairy sector in India and deliberated at length as to how the livestock sector offered livelihood and nutritional security to millions of people in the country. He told the delegation about the progress made by the institute in research and dairy education and also showed some of the recent achievements made in research such as buffalo cloning and also the progress made in the development of functional and composite foods. c m y b SERENE REFLECTIONS: Lotus in full bloom at a lake in Karnal. Tribune photo: Ravi Kumar `48.90 cr for development of pisciculture SUSHIL MANAV/TNS SIRSA, OCTOBER 10 Pisciculture, the avocation of fish production, is gaining momentum in the state. Sirsa is one of the biggest producers of fish in the state, where the authorities have set up a breeding centre in the Ottu Lake. To provide impetus to pisciculture, Rs 48.90 crore has been approved during the 12th Five Year Plan for the implementation of various plan schemes of the Haryana Fisheries Department recently. A spokesman of the department said a target had been fixed to produce 1.20 lakh MT of fish and stock 5,000 lakh fish seeds during the current financial year. He said from March 2005 to March 2013, more than 6.20 lakh MT fish was pro- duced by stocking over 31,180 MT fish seed. He said the electricity tariff for the fisheries sector had been substantially reduced to Rs 0.25 per unit so as to bring it on par with that of agriculture. Also, the state government has waived off VAT on fish feed and fish meal for the benefit of farmers. The income by leasing of village panchayat ponds Continued on page 2
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