02032019-btd-01.qxd 3/1/2019 11:06 PM Page 1 c m y b Bathinda TRIBUNE CPF EMPLOYEES’ UNION ENDS ITS DHARNA CPF Employees’ Union members call off their protest on the ninth day of their indefinite dharna. FORECAST RAIN LIKELY INBRIEF PSU HOLDS PROTEST Bathinda: Accusing the Union Government of “creating a war hysteria to garner support” ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, members of the Punjab Students' Union staged a protest in front of Rajindra College here on Friday. Students raised slogans against the Union Government and demanded that tension between two countries must be de-escalated. Kiranjit Kaur, secretary of the union, said, “The government must take steps to end the fear of war generated in the country and restore peace immediately.” TNS FUEL PRICES PETROL ~71.54 DIESEL ~65.79 WHAT’S ON BATHINDA KABADDI TOURNEY: Prize distribution ceremony of kabaddi at multipurpose stadium; 10 am ATHLETIC MEET: Annual athletic meet at SSD Girls College; 10 am MEET THE PRESS: Finance Minister Manpreet Badal to participate in a Meet The Press event at Bathinda Press Club; 4 pm PAGE 2 I WANT MY ROLES TO BE COMPLICATED: VICKY KAUSHAL PAGE 3 Vicky Kaushal says in real life, he is quite a ‘safe’ person, but he doesn’t mind experimenting with roles. MAX 19°C | MIN 8°C | YESTERDAY MAX 22°C | MIN 5°C SUNSET SATURDAY 6:29 PM ASHUTOSH RANA TO PLAY EMPEROR AURANGZEB Ashutosh Rana will soon be seen as Mughal emperor Aurangzeb in magnum opus web series Chhatrasal. SUNRISE SUNDAY 6:55 AM SATURDAY | 2 MARCH 2019 | BATHINDA PAU Kisan Mela sees high footfall Stalls exhibiting agricultural implements, improved seeds set up at fair Sukhmeet Bhasin Tribune News Service Bathinda, March 1 Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, organised a first-of-its series of Kisan Mela at its Regional Research Station here on Friday. The theme of the fair was “Process agricultural produce to make farming more profitable” and it was inaugurated by the ViceChancellor, PAU, Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon on Friday. Close to 140 stalls displaying varied items drew a large number of farmers from in and around Bathinda. In his inaugural address, the VC said mutual interaction between agricultural scientists and farmers was the crux of such fairs. Commending the excellent outreach of the university through its Kisan Melas, he exhorted the farmers to follow the recommendations made by the PAU. The VC advised them to keep themselves abreast of the latest farming techniques. He sensitised the farmers and entrepreneurs to the benefits of food processing which included preservation of food, alleviation of food shortage and transformation of agricultural produce into varied forms of food. He PAU VC Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon looks at stalls during Kisan Mela in Bathinda on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO exhorted self-help groups to strengthen the farming community in the field of agroprocessing, which could also help reduce wastages and increase their income. Dr Dhillon also expressed his gratitude towards the farming community for being the reason behind the phenomenal growth of the university. Owing to their whole hearted support, Punjab had successfully increased the area under paddy stubble management from 16 per cent last year to 57 per cent in the current year, he added. Dr JS Mahal, Director of Extension Education, PAU, shared various outreach initiatives adopted by the university such as Kheti Sandesh, university’s digital weekly newspaper, Changi Kheti and Progressive Farming, monthly magazines, Kisan App and the Farmers’ Portal on the PAU website. He also shared the university’s toll-free number with the gathering for staying in touch with scientists. Dr PPS Pannu, Additional Director Research, shared the research highlights of the PAU on Kharif crops. He urged the farmers to visit demonstration sites of food packaging machines and acquaint themselves with the latest techniques for safe and longer shelf life of agricultural products. He said the PAU had re-oriented its research programmes towards sustainable agriculture to meet the multiple challenges of climate change, nutritional security and stress challenge. Dr Pannu added that protected cultivation, value addition and food processing were the need of the hour and the university was committed to promote production-protection technologies to stem agrarian distress. Enthusiastic farmers thronged the stalls exhibiting agricultural implements, improved seeds and farm literature. PAU scientists answered the queries of the farmers during an interactive session. Subject matter specialists of the university gave useful tips to farmers on new crop production, protection technologies and farm mechanisation. A large number of farmers could be seen purchasing seeds and vegetable mini-kits. Farmers also purchased farm literature and fruit plants from sale outlets that were set up for the purpose. Dr Paramjit Singh, Director, Regional Research Station, Bathinda, encouraged the farmers to adopt subsidiary occupations such as beekeeping, mushroom cultivation and food processing to enhance their income. Dr Paramjit urged the audience to associate with the PAU-Crop Residue Managers Association (CRMA), which was committed to manage straw in an ecofriendly manner. Rumours of ammonia gas Immigration fraud cases leakage lead to panic in city on the rise in Muktsar dist Archit Watts Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Bathinda, March 1 Panic gripped city residents as they complained about a leakage of ammonia gas here on Thursday night. Many residents came out of their houses after hearing the news. The district administration also swung into action after getting receiving complaints of the ammonia gas leakage. The NFL plant was inspected and there was no leakage in it. Thereafter, complaints were found to be false. Many residents were seen standing in streets. Later, police personnel also reached Partap Nagar and took stock of the situation. Muktsar, March 1 Immigration fraud cases, which earlier used to be reported from some big cities or the Doaba region, are on the rise in Muktsar district. Almost every week, one or two such cases are being here. Last month, three cases of immigration fraud were registered from the district. The Sadar Muktsar police on Thursday booked four persons for duping two residents of ~10.15 lakh on the pretext of sending them to Canada. Victims Dharampreet Singh of Sangu Dhaun village and Jashandeep Singh of Ballamgarh village stated to the police that Dev Singh, Major Singh, Vijaypal Singh of Muktsar town and Baljin- A police officer talks to residents of Partap Nagar in Bathinda on Thursday night. TRIBUNE PHOTO Deputy Commissioner (DC) Praneet said “Complains of ammonia gas leakage in the area was false and it seemed to be rumours as it might have been a leakage of LPG gas in some house. It was termed as Ammonia gas and led to confusion.” 3 CASES REGISTERED Last month, three cases of immigration fraud were registered from the district. The Sadar Muktsar police on Thursday booked four persons for duping two residents of ~10.15 lakh on the pretext of sending them to Canada. der Singh of Badhai village duped them. Similarly, The Muktsar City police also on Thursday booked three persons for allegedly duping a local resident on the pretext of sending him abroad. Complainant Hira Singh of Jodhu Colony in Muktsar said Ajit Singh of Tunga village in Bathinda, Surjit Singh of Faridkot and an unidentified person from Delhi had duped him. PAGE 4 On Wednesday, the Muktsar City police had booked a former personal assistant (PA) of SAD’s Muktsar MLA Kanwarjit Singh ‘Rozy Barkandi’ on the charge of immigration fraud of ~5.55 lakh. Complainant Gurjeet Singh, a resident of Abohar road area here, had stated to the police that last year, he transferred ~2.55 lakh into Manpreet Singh’s bank account and gave ~3 lakh in cash to him on the pretext of sending him to Canada. “However, Manpreet neither attended my phone call nor returned the money,” he said. The police have registered cases under Section 420 of the IPC in all these cases. However, the accused are yet to be arrested. Basmati 1718 seed a hit among farmers Experts say it fights bacterial blight Sameer Singh Tribune News Service Bathinda, March 1 Farmers in large numbers purchased the recently introduced PUSA basmati 1718 seed at Kisan Mela held at the Punjab Agricultural University regional centre here on Friday. Agriculture experts said the new genetically modified seed was resistant to bacterial leaf blight (disease causing uneven growth and withering of plant) and owing to a shorter length, it prevented flattening of crop during rain, hailstorm or strong winds. A group of eight farmers from Burj Dhilwan village were sitting in a Mahindra pick-up with sacks of the PUSA basmati 1718 seed were heading towards their home after purchasing them. Each farmer had bought 4 to 8 kg of the new seed. The counter was just close to their jeep where considerably many farmers were waiting in a queue to purchase the new basmati seed. Jarnail Singh, a farmer, said, “Owing to bacterial leaf blight (jhanda rog), the yield of paddy was not satisfactory as a sizeable portion of the crop used to get damaged due to the disease. Through awareness drives, Agriculture Department officials informed farmers that the of seed of a new basmati variety will be launched in the state ahead of the next paddy season which will not only protect the paddy crop from the disease, but also prevent it from flattening during rain and hailstorm owing to its comparatively shorter length.” Talking to Bathinda Tribune, Dr Tarsem Singh Dhillon, Director Seeds, PAU, ❝ Owing to bacterial leaf blight (jhanda rog), the yield of paddy was not satisfactory as a sizeable portion of the crop used to get damaged due to the disease. Through awareness drives, Agriculture Department officials informed farmers that the seed of a new basmati variety will be launched in the state ahead of the next paddy season. ❞ Jarnail Singh, A FARMER Ludhiana, said, “The PUSA Basmati 1718 rice seed has been launched in the state for the first time. We have been conducting tests of the seed for sometime at the PAU. It is a genetically modified rice seed of the PUSA 1121 basmati variety which now has additional genes to counter the disease. A total of 17 quintals (1,700 kg) of basmati 1718 seed was bought by farmers at the fair on Friday.” Dr Dhillon added, “The yield of the new seed is also comparatively higher than the existing breeds of the basmati rice seed. Ripening of the seed also take lesser time than other seed varieties (approx 144). Since, this is the launching year for the 1718 basmati seed, we have decided to sell a fixed quantity and if results are satisfactory, we will replicate it on a larger scale in the coming years.” On an average, the yield from 8 kg of the 1718 basmati seed is 17-18 quintals of paddy sown in the one acre area as compare to PUSA 1121 basmati seed that yield 14 quintal of paddy from same area. Farmers show sacks of the PUSA 1718 basmati seed during the Kisan Mela in Bathinda on Friday. PHOTO: VIJAY KUMAR Powercom contractual staff hold protest ‘Will continue struggle for regular jobs’ Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Bathinda, March 1 Under the banner of the Contract Employee Sangharsh Morcha, Punjab, contractual employees of Powercom staged a protest in front of Guru Hargobind Thermal Power Plant in Lehra Mohabbat on Friday. The protest was headed by morcha leaders Jagroop Singh, Balhar Singh and Gursewak Singh. They demanded that all contractual employees should be included into Powercom under the “Punjab Adhoch, Contract, Daily Wages, Temporary, Work Charge and Outsourcing Welfare Act, 2016”. They also demanded that downsising of should be cancelled and the agreement done with thermal contract employee on January 27, Bathinda, March 1 Members of the All Punjab Anganwadi Mulazam Union held a meeting at Ambedkar Park here on Friday to discuss their future course of action regarding their demands. Anganwadi workers said if the state government did not regularise their service, they would be forced to hold protests soon. Executive members of the union said their struggle for regularisation of services would continue in the coming days. During the meeting, the executive members dwelt on their struggle and achievements in the past one year. Hargobind Kaur, president of the union, said, “Until the Centre and state Powercom contractual workers stage a protest in Lehra Mohabat on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO 2018, be implemented. While addressing the protesters, union leaders lashed out at the state government and accused it of adopting anti-labourer and antiemployees policies. They said the Congress government had come to power after making many lofty promises with the people of the state, but after forming the government, two years have passed and it had failed to fulfill any of its promise till date. c m y b Anganwadi workers at a meeting in Bathinda on Friday. PAWAN SHARMA government regularise the services of anganwadi workers and helpers, we will continue our struggle. Successive governments for the past 43 years have ignored our genuine demands and meted out step-motherly treatment to us. Even after rendering services for so many years, the government did not regularise our services. Till the time anganwadi workers are regularised, the government must provide an hon- orarium of ~24,000 to workers and ~18,000 to helpers.” During the meeting, the members of the union discussed their plan of action regarding a hike in the salary of anganwadi workers. The union members said owing to the rising inflation, the prices of essential commodities and services had gone up and the honorarium paid by the government was quite low. They said the state government was increasing the salaries of MLAs who were already getting over ~1 lakh. The union members said if the state government did not relent and fulfil their demands, they would be forced to intensify their stir in the coming days. They also released the calendar of the union for 2019.
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