20092022-JTR-01.qxd 19-09-2022 23:59 Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE BLOCK-LEVEL POWERLIFTING, ATHLETICS CONTESTS BEGIN PAGE 2 Various block-level contests of Khedan Vatan Punjab Dean began across Jalandhar district on Monday. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY MAX 35°C | MIN 25°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C | MIN 24°C AakankshaN Bhardwaj Nakodar: The Nakodar City police have arrested a local resident for stealing a motorcycle. The DSP Nakodar, Harjinder Singh, said the accused had been identified as Harprit Singh, alias Preet, of Guru Tegh Bahadur Nagar. He said a case under Section 380, 457 and 34 of the IPC was registered against the accused and his accomplice Sarabjit Singh, who has been absconding. OC FOUR ARRESTED WITH INTOXICANTS Hoshiarpur: The district police have arrested four persons after recovering intoxicants and liquor from them in different places. Cops at Mehtiana police station arrested Sahil Kumar of Phuglana and Jaspal Singh of Harta and recovered 120-gm of intoxicatong powder from them. A police official said the cops had arrested two smugglers and recovered 2,17,500-ml liquor from them. The accused had been identified as Sunny Kumar of Ghasitpur and Arvinder Kumar of Kalamanj. Cases have been registered against them. OC MAN BOOKED FOR ASSAULTING WOMAN Hoshiarpur: The Garhdiwala police have registered a case against a man for assaulting and behaving with a woman. Resident of Sarai village told the police that she was returning home and a youth of the same village, Manish Kumar, who was hiding in a sugarcane field, caught her and did obscene acts with her. When she protested, the accused assaulted her. OC SUNSET TUESDAY 6:27 PM PAGE 4 India’s popular cooking reality show MasterChef is all set to start with auditions kick-stating from Kolkata. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6:14 AM TUESDAY | 20 SEPTEMBER 2022 | JALANDHAR Ragpicker’s daughter wins gold in tehsil games LOCAL HELD FOR STEALING BIKE Nakodar: The Mehatpur police booked a resident of Bihar and his accomplices on the charges of cheating and criminal conspiracy. The DSP Nakodar said the accused had been identified as Yugesh Kumar of Patna. Rajwinder Sharma, a resident of Shah Salempur, in Mehatpur complained to the police that the accused contacted him through different phone numbers and identified himself as the manager of an IT company and lured him to open a minibranch of a bank and cheated him of Rs 1,15,800. He said a case under Sections 403, 420 and 120-B of the IPC and the IT Act had been registered. OC MASTERCHEF INDIA AUDITIONS TO KICK-START FROM KOLKATA Embattled director Woody Allen has announced that he will hang his boots after the release of his next film, Wasp 22. INBRIEF MAN BOOKED FOR CHEATING PAGE 3 EMBATTLED DIRECTOR WOODY ALLEN TO RETIRE AFTER WASP 22 Tribune News Service Rachna, 10, has won a gold medal in athletics in primary school games. Jalandhar, September 19 When Rachna Kumari (10) won a gold medal in skipping during the tehsil-level primary school games, her father Jatinder, a ragpicker, did not know how to react. It was for the first time that he had seen a medal and a certificate. Jatinder first hugged his daughter and then started to look for a safe and secured place where he could hide the medal and the certificate so that no one could steal it. This is the story of Rachna and her family of 10 who have no house to live. She lives with her parents, grandparents and five siblings. They spend their days and nights in a shed with no boundary wall in a mandi in Rurka Kalan village, Jalandhar. She studies in Class III in Government Primary School (Girls), Rurka Kalan. The games were held on September 16-17. It has been 25 years since the family moved here to make a living. Ask them why they didn’t take any proper place on rent to live, “Hum gareeb logo ke pass rent dene ke paise nahi Lives with her parents, grandparents and five siblings in a shed AMAZED TO SEE HER SPEED ❝ Rachna is a perfect example of resilience. For the tehsil-level games, we did a lot of hardwork. She is very fast. I am amazed looking at her speed. I want her to grow. Buta Ram, HEAD TEACHER ❞ hain, hum kahan se denge (we don’t have any money to pay rent),” says Rachna’s grandfa- ther. Buta Ram, the Head Teacher of the school, identified the calibre in the girl when the games were announced and he started the practice sessions of the students. “Rachna is a perfect example of resilience and she is very fast,” says Buta Ram. First she performed well in block where she attained the second position. Ram also got the girl shoes so that she could run in proper attire. The teacher is now making sure that she gets the right training for the district level also. “I am sure that she will win at the district games too. This is just a start and she will reach heights,” says the head teacher. When asked what she was feeling on winning gold, the young and budding player replied with a smile, “Bahut acha”. As Rachna has now started practising for the district-level games that may start in the end of the month, her father shares: “Ise apne jaise nahee banne dena, meri beti kuch bada karegi (I don’t want my daugther to become like me. She will defintely do wonders).” Theft accused dies, wife cries foul Tribune News Service Kapurthala September 19 A person allegedly accused of stealing a bike died under mysterious circumstances in Kapurthala city police station on Sunday night. The deceased has been identified as Roshan Lal (25) of Ratta Nau Abad village. He was reportedly apprehended by the police on Sunday on the complaint of a shopkeeper. Seema, the wife of the deceased, has levelled allegations of custodial death of her husband and has demanded registration of a criminal case against guilty cops. She said she got a call from Jalandhar range DIG seeks report from SSP FINE BY AFTERNOON, DEAD BY EVENING I got a call from the police station on Sunday afternoon to send a meal for my husband. In the evening, I got a call that he has passed away. How could he die so soon? ❝ ❞ Seema, WIFE OF DECEASED ROSHAN LAL POSTMORTEM WILL MAKE THINGS CLEAR Our preliminary investigation does not point to anything fishy. The cause of death would be known only after the postmortem. Navneet Singh Bains, SSP ❝ ROSHAN LAL the police station in afternoon yesterday to send a meal for her husband. “Later in the evening, I got a call that he has passed away and ❞ that we can take his body from the Civil Hospital mortuary. My husband was not ill. So how could he die so soon?” she asked. SSP Navneet Singh Bains said he had deputed SP (Investigation) Harvinder Singh to investigate the matter. “Our preliminary investi- gation does not point to anything fishy. The cause of death would be known only after the postmortem.” SP Harvinder Singh said, “The deceased was not in our custody. He was found lying unwell near mandi. Our team took him to hospital where the doctors declared him brought dead. In any case, we will get the postmortem conducted tomorrow. We have tried to pacify the family by replying to all their allegations and queries.” Meanwhile, Jalandhar Range DIG S Bhupati, too, has taken a note of the matter and asked SSP to send him a report on it. Bring ordinance to prevent Woman held with 700-gm opium forced conversions: NGOs Jalandhar, September 19 Members of different NGOs, civil society and social workers led by Prof MP Singh, the president of NGO-Mission 6213, on Monday held a peaceful protest outside the District Administrative Complex (DAC) and handed over a memorandum to Deputy Commissioner Jaspreet Singh for Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann demanding an ordinance prohibiting unlawful conversions in the state. Protesters said forced conversion of religion was going on in Punjab with impunity by misrepresentation of facts, force, undue influence, coercion, allurement, or by any other fraudulent means, or by marriage, and for the matters POOR BEING LURED ❝ The poor are lured to convert by fake promises of a better life. We want the Punjab Government to bring an ordinance in the Vidhan Sabha to stop it. ❞ Prof MP Singh, NGO PRESIDENT connected therewith or incidental thereto. They said Punjab had become one of the hotspots of forced religious conversions in the country. “A lot of organisations have mushroomed in the state over the past few years. These groups are luring people to convert by promising them a continued on page 2 Jalandhar, September 19 The Jalandhar rural police arrested a woman drug peddler with 700 gm of opium. The woman, identified as Nisha, has seven previous cases against her since 2006. The police said she was a repeated offender in drug cases. The woman was arrested for carrying opium in a secret compartment of a container on September 18. The police said, during patrol from GT Road to Mohalla Punjabi Bagh, Nisha was spotted with a steel container by the team on duty. On searching the container, it was found to contain a polythene bag which had 700-gm opium in it. A case under Sections 18, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act was registered against her at Maqsudan police station. The police show the container in which the drug was hidden. SP (Investigation) Rural, Sarbjit Singh Bahia said seven previous cases were already registered against the woman in various police stations — four at Dividion No.1 in Jalandhar, two at Maqsudan, and one at Jandiala in Amritsar. Since she was a habitual offender her moveable and immovable assets were being assessed so that it might be ascertained how much property she has amassed by selling drugs. Her bank accounts were also being checked. — TNS Sports equipment that was found locked at Hansraj Stadium. FILE Investigate dumped sports goods matter, DBA urges minister Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 19 The issue pertaining to sports goods worth lakhs, which was found lying locked in the almirahs of the Punjab Badminton Association (PBA) at Raizada Hansraj Stadium for last several years, has now reached Sports Minister Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer. In a letter written to the Sports Minister, District Badminton Association (DBA), Jalandhar, Secretary Ritin Khanna has urged him to take strict action against those involved in hoarding of the badminton equipment meant to be distributed to the players. In the letter, a copy of which was also released to the media, Khanna apprised the Minister of details of the badminton equipment scam. “According to the preliminary investigations, fingers are being pointed at a former Honorary Secretary of the Punjab Badminton Association who remained posted SUSPECTS EQUIPMENT BEING SOLD ■ District Badminton Association (DBA) Secretary Ritin Khanna has suspected that the sports equipment that was to be distributed among players could be put on sale in the “open market” ■ Khanna has urged Sports Minister Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer to form a high-level committee to conduct a probe into the entire matter, so that strict action could be taken against the guilty here for 35 years”, the letter reads. Khanna pointed out that sports equipment recovered from the almirahs dates to his tenure. In the letter, he has clearly written, “Since the players did not receive equipment from the PBA, they had regularly filed complaints with Yonex. Taking a serious note of the matter, Yonex cancelled the contract with the PBA in 2019, because of which the badminton players had to suffer a lot.” Italy-returned farmer gains ground in vegetable nursery, reaps profits Avneet Kaur Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 19 At a time when a large section of the farming population is hesitant to adopt new agricultural technologies, a Jalandhar-based farmer has achieved the best results by combining modern techniques with sound management. Amarjit Singh of Behram Sarishta village here has become an inspiration to other farmers as he continues to grow his vegetable nursery venture by making the most use of available resources. In 2011, this Italy-returned farmer started his vegetable nursery with a small piece of land. But it has now expanded to six acres, besides he has set up a small counter along his farm for direct selling, thus saving on commissions to middlemen. Farmers and other residents from Jalandhar and neigh- bouring districts and villages make queues outside his counter to buy seedlings, raw seeds and other farming products. “We usually take bulk orders early in the morning over the phone or through WhatsApp. Some local farmers buy as many as 60,000 seedlings or even more than that either for cultivating vegetables in their own farms or for selling it further,” says Amarjit, adding he even gets orders from Jammu, Himachal and other states. He says using polyhouse, net house, and techniques like drip irrigation, he grows seedlings of a variety of vegetables like capsicum, cucumber, cauliflower, tomato, lettuce, broccoli among others. “In polyhouse, the plants are grown in a controlled environment with less water, limited sun rays and lesser pesticides. On the other hand, the net house allows needed sunlight, Combines modern techniques with sound management to reap benefits DEMAND FOR SEEDLINGS FROM HIS FARM ■ In 2011, Amarjit Singh of Behram Sarishta village started his vegetable nursery with a small piece of land, which has now expanded to six acres. He uses polyhouse, net house, and techniques like drip irrigation to grows seedlings of a variety of vegetables ■ Farmers and other residents from Jalandhar and neighbouring districts and villages make queues outside the farm to buy seedlings, raw seeds and other farming products. Amarjit says even he gets orders from Jammu, Himachal and other states Amarjit Singh and with his wife Rajvir Kaur in their field in Jalandhar; and Singh shows saplings in the nursery. SARABJIT SINGH moisture, and air to pass through the gaps, providing an appropriate micro-climate beneficial to vegetable growth,” Amarjit explains. For irrigation, he says he was earlier using the flooding method. “However, water was distrib- c m y b uted unevenly to crops, resulting in seed damage and fungus problems. Now we employ drip irrigation and it prevents diseases and over watering as well as saves time, money and water”, he added. He further says he is now only utilising between 70,000 and 80,000 litres of water for irrigation as compared to lakhs of litres in the past. Furthermore, he has set up a rainwater harvesting system at his farm through which he saves around 80 to 90,000 litres of rainwater. Talking about his journey, why he returned from Italy and how the idea of vegetable nursery struck him, Amarjit says he belongs to a farmer family, and his father and grandfather were also farmers. “Like majority of the youngsters looking for greener pastures to make more money, I too moved to Italy. I was into a farming job there, and learnt a lot about vegetable nursery. But I wasn’t satisfied with what I was doing, so I returned and started a small vegetable nursery here”, he adds. He says his wife Rajvir Kaur also helped him in his venture. “I have also received the Parwasi Bharti Award for ‘Self Cultivation FarmerDiversified Farming System’ in 2016 from PAU in recognition of my efforts to diversify farming”, he stresses. Amarjit further says the journey hasn’t been easy for him. He faced a lot of challenges, but the local water and soil conservation department was always there to his rescue. He says whenever he needed advice, local officials helped him reach out to PAU experts. He says he is also receiving subsidies from the government for irrigation, machinery, and other needs. Lupinder Kumar, Water and Soil Conservation Officer, Jalandhar, says, “Amarjit, who is earning handsomely, has become an example to other farmers, inspiring them to make the most of available resources, modern technology and assistance provided by the government”.
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