22HR01A.qxd 10/21/2013 6:28 PM Page 1 Page-1 c m y b Hisar 34 14 AAROHI MODEL SCHOOLS Towards improving education in Sirsa 3 ONE-UP 4 Hooda on mission to poach Chautalas’ vote bank in Sirsa The Tribune VOICE OF THE PEOPLE Haryana Plus Chandigarh Tuesday, October 22, 2013 Insecure MPs stalling women quota Bill: Najma SUNIT DHAWAN/TNS GURGAON, OCTOBER 21 BJP MP and former Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairperson Dr Najma Heptulla has stated that insecure male MPs of the Lok Sabha were stalling the women’s reservation Bill which had been passed by the Rajya Sabha in 2010. In response to a query about her experience in disciplining the MPs while conducting the proceedings of the Upper House of Parliament, Dr Heptulla said it had given her high blood pressure and blood sugar. The veteran statesperson, who was the chief guest at a women’s conference organised at a resort near In response to a query about her experience in disciplining the MPs while conducting the proceedings of the Upper House of Parliament, Dr Najma Heptulla, BJP MP and former Rajya Sabha chairperson, said it had given her high blood pressure and blood sugar. the Delhi-Gurgaon border recently, said this while interacting with the participants. The conference highlighted the role of empowered women in empowering the entire community. It was hosted by the Bird Foundation. A galaxy of top women professionals, leaders, experts and administrators descended to attend the event, which brought them on a common platform to discuss how their personal achievements could guide and inspire women. Simone Menne, member of the executive board and chief financial officer of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, motivated the gathering as she shared her experiences, hurdles and lessons during her roller-coaster journey to the coveted position which had remained a male bastion. Eminent speakers from Fortune 500 companies and www.tribuneindia.com Abiding love thought leaders from varied sectors deliberated on different aspects of ‘The Role of Empowered Women, in Empowering Women’. These included Dr Jyotsna Suri, chairperson and managing director, Bharat Hotels; Shubhalakshmi Panse, chairman and managing director, Allahabad Bank; Alexandra Solovieva, deputy country director, UNDP India; and Meera Shanker, former Indian Ambassador to the USA. Bird Group chairperson Radha Bhatia said organising the conference was the maiden initiative of the Bird Foundation and their humble attempt towards making a positive difference. `8.22 crore distributed among owners of murrah buffalo RAVINDER SAINI JHAJJAR, OCTOBER 21 Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda gives a cheque to an owner of a murrah buffalo in Jhajjar. Photo by writer About Rs 8.22 crore were distributed among the owners of 10,985 murrah buffaloes at the State Live Stock Show organised at Government Polytechnic Institute on Sunday. The show was inaugurated by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda. Her said Haryana today was one of the leading states in milk production. " The per capita milk availability per day in Haryana is 747 ml as compared to the national average of 285 ml," he added. "Haryana is at second place after Punjab in terms of mild production but we want Haryana to become another Denmark. We have launched a number of schemes to increase milk production in the state," said Hooda. "Murrah buffaloe is a matter of pride for Haryana as it is linked with the economic progress of farmers. For increasing the breed, the government has started a unique scheme besides giving incentives," the CM added. Haryana Agriculture and Animal Husbandary Minister Paramveer Singh said the government was taking all necessary steps to increase the milk production in the state and for the protection of livestock by arranging good treatment for them. Education Minister Geeta Bhukkal said the state was progressing in all fields under the leadership of Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda who was not only farmer friendly but also wanted that livestock should be free from any disease to make the state leader in milk production. Earlier, Hooda dedicated four projects worth Rs 16 crore to the people of Jhajjar. HE laid the foundation stone of godown storage of EVM, Vikas Sadan. Former speaker and Beri MLA Dr Raghubir Singh Kadiyan, Badli MLA Naresh Sharma, political adviser to CM Prof Virender Singh, Chairperson of Haryana Cattle Development Board Santosh Sharma were present on the occasion. An old woman colours earthen pots on the eve of Karva Chauth festival in Karnal. Tribune photo: Ravi Kumar SHORTAGE OF MIGRANT LABOUR Farmers in many dists face shortage of migrant labour Labourers negotiate rates on phone before boarding a train SUSHIL MANAV TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE SIRSA, OCTOBER 21 Owing to multiple factors, which include a decline in the arrival of migrant labour, farmers' preference for the varieties that involve more manual labour and a haste to harvest the crop ahead of others farmers in Sirsa, Fatehabad and other districts of Haryana, farmers are finding it hard to get workers to harvest their paddy crops. Till a few years ago, farmers could easily get their paddy harvested and threshed for Rs 1,000 to 1,200 per acre, but this year, they have to pay anything between Rs 2,800 to 3,000 for the same work. Even last year, the labour rates were less than Rs 2,400 per month. "Central schemes like MNREGA have led to a decrease in the arrival of labourers from Bihar and Jharkhand to Haryana and Punjab in the past couple of years. Knowing well that they are scarce, labourers dictate terms and the farmers have no choice but to accept their conditions. With mobile phones being common these days, labourers generally negotiate their rates with the farmers on phone before boarding a train from their native states," said Gurcharan Singh, a farmer from Maujukhera village in Sirsa. Gurjeet Singh Mann, a progressive farmer from Kirpal Patti in Sirsa, said that farmers' inclination towards Basmati varieties rather than the traditional Parmal varieties was also responsible for the situation. Farmers get something over Rs 80,000 per acre for their Basmati crop as against nearly Rs 35,000 per acre they got for the Parmal varieties. "In case of Parmal varieties, harvesting as well as threshing can be done through combine harvesters, which practically involves very little manual labour. But in the case of Basmati varieties like PB-1(Muchhal), 1121, 1401 and 1509, the crop has to be harvested manually and threshed in Haramba threshers, as its grains tend to break if harvested in combines," he added. Mann said the scarcity of labour was partially due to shortfall in the arrival of migrant labour, partially due to shift towards Basmati varieties but largely due to a race among farmers to harvest their crops ahead of others. Shiv Lal, who has come to Sirsa with his family from Bihar, however, said that the hike in their rates was nothing when compared with the rise in prices of other commodities. Jagdeep wants firm check on double-meaning dialogues in films OUR CORRESPONDENT KURUKSHETRA, OCTOBER 21 Comedian Jagdeep, known for his role as Surma Bhopali in "Sholay" movie, entertained students of the Institute of Mass Communication and Media Technology (IMCMT), Kurukshtera University, with his witty remarks about his role in various films at a function held in the institute here recently. Jagdeep recalled not only his roles in films but also lamented about the degeneration which has entered the Indian cinema. He remarked that the movies of old days gave messages to the viewers. The unforgettable directions given to society by such movies regarding socio-economic problems faced by society were still fresh in the minds of the viewers of the old generation. In this regard, he eulogised the roles played by stalwarts of Indian cinema like Bimal Roy, Guru Dutt, Dada Saheb Phalke and Prithvi Raj Kapoor. The comedian rued the exhibition of pornographic material and human anatomy in the present-day films. He regretted that most of the films were full of dialogues and stories based on women's sexuality. In fact women were portrayed as sex symbols in most of the present-day films, he added. Jagdeep lamented that the government had taken steps to remove red-light areas from most of the cities, but, unfortunately, very little was being done to check the exhibition of pornographic scenes in the films. He wanted that more films with social messages and on social themes should be shown on the movie screens and the television networks. The presentday directors should take steps to focus on the problems being faced by the Indian society, particularly the youth. He was of the view that cinema played a crucial role in moulding the thought process of society. He admitted that films should be emotive but never misguide the youth of the day. Jagdeep urged the students to learn the latest techniques being used by the film industry these days. The quality of film-making has improved a lot and the new techniques of photography had changed the entire process of filmmaking. Both graphics and animation are also playing a major role in film-making now, he added. He wanted a firm check on double-meaning dialogues by characters in a film and requested film makers not to enter a mad rush to increase the viewership of a film at the cost of social principles and ethics of society. The IMCMT Director, Prof SS Boora, praised the role played by comedian Jagdeep in Indian cinema to keep the viewers happy and in a mood of ecstasy. He said comedy played a major role in the yesteryear cinema and comedians like Jagdeep fitted the bill in an effective manner. Comedy roles always played a significant role in attracting viewers to the cinema halls. There was a need that more Jagdeeps entered the cine world to keep the viewers happy and tension-free in an otherwise tension-ridden life today, he added. The IMCMT Director, Prof SS Boora (second from right), presents a memento to comedian Jagdeep (centre) at a function held in the Institute of Mass Communication and Media Technology (IMCMT), Kurukshtera University. Photo: DR Vij c m y b
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