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Farmers asked to cut input costs
Our Correspondent

Amloh, March 2
The survival of marginal farmers in the era of globalisation and high costs can be made possible by adopting a scientific approach in agriculture. Also, family members, including women, should use their spare time for extra income, for which the Punjab Agriculture University (PAU), Ludhiana, has been organising awareness workshops in villages.

This was stated today by Dr Amrik Singh Sandhu, Director, Extension Education services, PAU. The experiment of sowing wheat after paddy harvest through zero tillage had been successful, he said. It saved Rs 1,000-1,200 per acre in input costs.

Dr Sandhu was talking to mediapersons at Dharamgarh village, 3 km from here, after his visit along with a team of experts to the farm of a progressive farmer, Mr Balbir Singh Jaria.

Mr Jaria had demonstrated to farmers how to prepare fodder from paddy straw with urea treatment in 1987. Dr B.S. Rana, Dr G.P.S. Sodhi and Dr Jaswinder Singh, district extension specialists, were a part of the visiting team.

Up to 26 per cent marginal farmers lived below the poverty line while 21 per cent did not earn the wages of a labourer. To come out of this situation, farmers should maintain accounts on their inputs and the income from the produce. They should reduce the inputs by stopping excessive use of fertilisers and pesticides, adopting innovative methods of multiple crops, Dr Sandhu said.

“There is now no scope of yield increase; we have to reduce the input costs,” he maintained.

The team of experts inspected plots of zero-till-sown wheat varieties and other crops. The team had selected 12 progressive farmers in the state. The topper will be honoured by the university at a mela.

The kisan mela that begins on March 4 would exhibit White Gold, a new cotton variety, rice varieties Super Basmati, Pusa-2 and Pusa-3, Moong-688, Maize-23 and 24. Mr Sandhu suggested that small farmers should not purchase machinery, rather they should form clusters and share the equipment to reduce costs.



From Colleges
Harbhajan has college crowd on its feet
Our Correspondents

Harbhajan Mann performs at GNN College in Doraha
Harbhajan Mann performs at GNN College in Doraha on Tuesday. — A Tribune photo

Doraha, March 2
Famous Punjabi singer Harbhajan Mann today entertained an audience of nearly 3000 at a cultural programme held in memory of Ishwar Singh, founder president of GNN College, on the campus today.

Sarbjit Mangat, a folk dancer, opened the show with “Yaadan saun na dindian”. She was followed by singers Vinay Pal and Jaswinder Lali.

When Harbhajan Mann came on stage with “Roop na jhaliya jawe” he had the crowd crying for more. He presented several of his popular songs that had the spirited audience on its feet.

A cassette by Bani audios was also released by the famous singer. Mr Jaswant Singh Gill, Principal, recalled the contributions made by the founder president.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune, Harbhajan Mann said his movie “Aasan nu maan vatana da” would be released on May 7. He said he is making an effort to promote the Punjabi language and culture in the state as well as foreign lands.

The singer said he had joined the Lok Bhalai Party and had firmly stood by Mr Balwant Singh Ramoowalia for his endeavour to work for the cause of the Indians who had been exploited in foreign countries.

He said he had not joined politics to make a mark in any particular constituency, as he already was recognised all over the world. He only wanted to stand for what was right. Talking about vulgarity in Punjabi videos, he said the signers should take a stand to discourage such videos.


LUDHIANA: Students from nearly 35 colleges participated in Crescendo, a two-day cultural and literary festival that began at Gujranwala Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GGNIMT) here on Tuesday.

Mr Ashwini Sekhri, Minister for Cultural Affairs and Tourism, Punjab, inaugurated the festival. The main attraction of the event was the visit of pop singer Harbhajan Mann.

Eleven literary, professional, cultural and fine arts events were held at six different venues set up on the campus.

In the rangoli competition, students made Lord Ganesha, a drummer and the face of Mahatama Gandhi.

The following the results of the various contests:

Corporate quiz: Punjab Agricultural University first; Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College second; Punjab College of Technical Education third.

Group discussion: Punjab Agricultural University first; Institute of Engineering and Technology, Baddowal, second; Punjab College of Technical Education third.

Duet song: Lovely Institute of Management and Technology, Phagwara, first; SCD Government College and Punjab College of Technical Education second; GGN Khalsa College third.

Rangoli: Lovely Institute of Management and Technology, Phagwara, first; Punjab Agricultural University and Ramgarhia Girls College second; DD Jain College third.

“Just a minute”: Punjab Agricultural University first; Arya College second; Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology and Punjab College of Technical Education third. Western group dance: Khalsa College for Women first; Punjab College of Technical Education second; Khalsa Institute of Management and Technology third.

System analysis and design: Punjab College of Technical Education first, Lovely Institute of Management and Technology, Phagwara, second; SSCET third.

Sketching: Khalsa College for Women first; Punjab College of Technical Education second, and Institute of Engineering and Technology and Ramgarhia Girls College third.

Mr Kuldip Singh, director of the institute, said nine events would be held tomorrow. Bhagwant Mann, a TV comedian, and Sarabjeet Cheema, a Punjabi singer, would be their tomorrow.

Alumni meeting

LUDHIANA: A meeting of the alumni association of Guru Teg Bahadur National College, Dakha, was held on Monday. Over 50 old students attended, among whom were Mr Amrik Singh Aliwal, a former MP, and Principal Madan Lal. The meeting was held under the patronage of Mr Amarjit Singh Grewal, college Principal. He asked the members to give suggestions for the improvement of the college. A new 11-member executive committee to be headed by Mr Aliwal was formed on the occasion.



M.G.K. Menon to speak on science ethics today
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 2
Distinguished scientist M.G.K. Menon, who has been designated Dr Vikram Sarabhai Distinguished Professor of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), will deliver a lecture on “Ethical issues in science and technology” here tomorrow. He will be speaking at the seventh Sat Paul Mittal Oration to be organised by Dayanand Medical College and Hospital in collaboration with Nehru Sidhant Kendra at Dumra Auditorium.

Prof Menon has received many awards, including the Padma Shri in 1961, Padma Bhushan in 1968 and the Padma Vibhushan in 1985. He has been Chairman of ISRO and many other prestigious scientific organisations. For eight years he has been a Member of the Planning Commission. He has been Scientific Adviser to the Prime Minister and Chairman of the Science Advisory Committee of the Cabinet. He has also been Minister for Science and Technology, Government of India, and Member the Rajya Sabha.

Sat Paul Mittal, in whose memory the annual oration is held, actively participated in the freedom struggle as a student leader. He was elected to the Punjab Legislative Council in 1964 and served as the Deputy Home Minister of Punjab. He was elected to the Rajya Sabha in 1976 and 1982 and then nominated to it in 1988. He was awarded the United Nations Peace Medal in 1987 for his contribution in the field of population stabilisation and development. He established the Nehru Sidhant Kendra at Ludhiana and the Centre of Parliamentarians on Population and Development in Delhi. He was also member of the governing body of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital. He died at the age of 61 in 1992.



PSEB plus two exam starts
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 2
Students of plus two appeared for their annual examination at 130 centres set up in various schools and colleges of the district by the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) here today.

The students from the science stream appeared for physics those from the arts stream for sociology and the commerce stream for accountancy. The three-hour examination started well on time at 2 pm at Khalsa College for Women, SCD Government College and Arya Senior Secondary School, Old Sabzi Mandi.

The District Education Officer (DEO) and Deputy DEOs from the District Education Department visited various schools as part of flying squad teams to ensure smooth conduct of examination.


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