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Workshop on water management
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 25
Water management was the theme at the one day all-India training programme held here today for managers of the toll-free call centres established for farmers by the Central Government.

The workshop was inaugurated by the Director of Extension Education, Dr S.S.Gill. He appreciated the efforts of the Directorate of the Wheat Development of the Union Ministry of Agriculture for providing the services to the farmers to give them on-the-spot solutions to their problems.

This was the fourth workshop in a series being jointly conducted by the Directorate of Wheat Development and Punjab Agricultural University.

The most worrisome feature for Punjab at present is the fast depleting natural resource. Dr Gill said the farmers were aware of the need to reduce the area under rice as also demanded that the state take legislative measures for regulating the use of water in the larger interest of the state’s ecology and economy. 

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City candidates dominate Academic Council poll
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 25
Out of a total of 15 lecturers, who got elected to the Academic Council during Panjab University polls recently, 10 candidates are from Ludhiana. The results of the elections were declared on late Monday night. The Academic Council is the highest body in any university, which approves or amends new schemes concerning academics.

Prof Barinderjit Singh Birdi, Head, Department of Physics, GGN Khalsa, Ludhiana, polled a maximum number of votes. He got 1,112 votes out of 1,995 votes. Other candidates from Ludhiana district included Mr Kamaljit Singh from G.N. College, Narangwal (Ludhiana), Mohammad Saleem from Kamla Lohtia College, Ms Prakash Kaur Grewal, SDP College for Women, Mr Parkash Verma, SDP College for Women, Mr Ram Singh Gurna, A.S. College, Khanna, Mr Rohit Kumar, Kamla Lohtia College, Dr Sanjiv Talwani and Mr S.C. Goyal, A.S. College Khanna and Mr Surinder Mohan Deep, G.N. College, Narangwal. It may be mentioned that all five contestants from Chandigarh were defeated in the elections.

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Computer teachers form union
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, January 25
A meeting of computer teachers and faculty members working in the schools of Fatehgarh Sahib district was held here at Government Secondary School (Boys) on Monday. The meeting was presided over by Mr Harpreet Singh.

It was decided in the meeting to urge management to accept their demand to supply generator sets in the schools so that in the absence of power supply, the functioning of computers may be continued and training to the students is not affected.

They also demanded that other benefits enjoyed by other government employees be given to them and the services of computer teachers working in government schools be regularised.

The meeting elected the following members of the district ad hoc committee till elections to continue the work of the union: president - Bhawandeep Singh; secretary - Gurpreet Singh; treasurer- Kulvir Singh; press secretary - Harpreet Singh. 

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Aulakh highlights utility of e-farming
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 25
The Punjab Agricultural University, Vice-Chancellor. Dr K.S. Aulakh, today said economic crisis in the state had its roots in agriculture which is at the crossroads now. To achieve a higher economic growth rate, contribution of agriculture sector has to be raised substantially.

Because of crisis in agriculture, there were signs of social unrest. Unemployment coupled with idle brains and empty stomachs form a deadly combination. This had to be checked, Mr Aulakh said .

Dr Aulakh was inaugurating a workshop on ‘Agriportal’ for empowering farmers, organised jointly by IFFCO and PAU, to discuss ways and means to disseminate latest information on agriculture and allied fields to the farmers.

Given the pace of information communication and technology and the role media can play in creating awareness and educating farmers about different cropping systems, soil health, weather, farm in-puts etc, cooperative societies in villages could play a major role in adopting e-farming.

He congratulated IFFCO for having evolved information kiosks or cyber ‘dhaba’ technology with internet touchscreen computers.

Such digital usage to disseminate information would go a long way in enabling farmers to know about the latest production technologies, recommended seed — plant material sale points, marketing price trends, weather reports etc., he added.

The VC said seen in the global context, India with 17 per cent of the world population was still way behind in per capita availability of food to its teeming millions. India grows 10 per cent of the world food demand.

“We have to make a quantum jump in raising foodgrain production from the present around 200 million tonnes per year to meet the ever-growing demand given the fact that against 1 per cent to 1.5 per cent agriculture growth rate, the population was galloping to 1.8 per cent to 1.9 per cent annually,” he added.

He also focused on the debt burden on Punjab farmers. On an average, a farmer was under debt of Rs 2 lakhs. It was estimated that total debt burden of Punjab farmers was around Rs 20,000 crores.

He implored the agriculture scientists and IFFCO to jointly work for developing cost effective crop-production technologies and make it available to the farmers.

The “PAU and IFFCO have complementary roles to play,” he said.

The IFFCO Senior General Manager, Mr S.C. Mittal, the Zonal Manager Mr P.S. Sidhu, gave power point presentation on the role and achievements of IFFCO, which at present was world’s largest producer of fertilisers with nearly 38,000 cooperative societies as its members.

IFFCO served 5 crore farmers across the country who virtually own IFFCO, they added. 

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From Schools and Colleges
Inter-varsity cultural competition concludes
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 25
The second day of inter-varsity cultural competition, being organised by DPI (colleges), Punjab, in the Government College for Women, remained occupied with various folk dances and other interesting events.

Dr Jaswant Singh, Joint Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, was the chief guest on the occasion. He was accorded warm welcome by the Principal. The function started with shabad deh shiva var mohe ihe.

There was an overwhelming participation by the students in competition of classical dance, giddha, bhangra and debate. In his presidential remarks, the chief guest congratulated the participants for their excellent performance in all the categories and motivated them to do still better and appreciated the gestures and efforts done by DPI Colleges, Punjab, and the principal for the successful concluding of the function.

In the evening session, the chief guest gave away the prizes to the winning participants. The principal Dr (Ms) Prabhjot Kaur proposed a vote of thanks.

The results of various events were as follow: Group Song-1st Punjabi University Patiala and PU, Chandigarh, Painting- 1st PAU Ludhiana, Collage Making- 1st PAU Ludhiana, Clay-1st PAU Ludhiana, Poster making-1st PAU Ludhiana, Classical Vocal-1st Punjabi University, Patiala, Folk Song- 1st Punjabi University, Patiala, Group Shabad-1st Punjabi University, Patiala, Geet-ghazal-1st PU, Chandigarh, Cartooning-1st PAU Ludhiana, Rangoli-1st PAU Ludhiana, One Act Play-1st GNDU Amritsar, Mimicry 1st GNDU Amritsar, Classical Dance-1st PU Chandigarh, Debate -1st PAU Ludhiana and Giddha-1st PU Chandigarh.

Textile designing
DD Jain Institute here organised a two-day ‘Fashion and Textile Designing Exhibition-cum-sale’ today.

President Narinder Kumar Jain inaugurated this exhibition and appreciated the efforts made by the staff and students. He encouraged the students to organise such sale exhibitions in future too. Director Naresh Puri, the Principal of DD Jain College, Ms Prem Singla, Ms Kamla Jain and other staff members of college were also present in this exhibition.

‘Maa Tujhe Salam’
Kundan Vidya Mandir, City Branch, celebrated the 57th Republic Day with great zeal and enthusiasm in the school premises. Various items depicting patriotism and saluting the pride of the country on this auspicious day were staged.

Group dance on the songs ‘Vande Matram’, ‘Veer Tum Bade Chalo’ and ‘Nane Mune Sainik Hum’ were performed by the students. Speeches by Anika Vasudha and a patriotic poem by Sahipreet Kaur enthralled one and all.

Ms Namita Raj, the headmistress appealed to the students to take a pledge to educate the Indian masses and also to be a proud and dutiful Indian.

Extension Lecture
Under the Presidentship of Dr H.S. Sidhu, an extension lecture was delivered by Mr M.R. Poply on the Teacher’s education at GMT College of Education here yesterday.

Prof Aarti Aggarwal welcomed Mr Poply and gave the opening address. In his lecture, Mr M.R. Poply discussed the philosophical, sociological, psychological and spiritual values as a boon in the field of education.

He said all-round development of a child was possible only with application of all these four aspects as a basis of education. Prof Manpreet Kaur gave a vote of thanks.

Dental camp
The NSS Unit and Youth club of Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women organised one-day dental check-up camp in collaboration with Thind Dental, Clinic, Dugri for the college students here today.

Dr Rajanbir Singh Thind shared his views on latest trends in dentistry. According to him, dentistry means to feel good, to look good, to eat good and to speak good. A lecture -cum- demonstration was also given with the help of LCD projector.

A thorough dental check-up was done by the team of doctors comprising Dr Rajanbir Singh Thind, Dr Gurender Kaur Thind, Dr Kavita and other staff members.

Mr Lal Mani, Mr Paramjit and Mr Rahul, Ms Manju Chawla, Principal of the college thanked the team of doctors for the lecture.

Motivation session for NCC girls
An motivation session for NCC girls was organised at Khalsa College for Women under 3 Punjab Girls BN NCC here yesterday.

About 300 students, including 150 NCC girls and other staff, attended the lecture delivered by Col S.K.Varni, Group Commander of NCC group, headquarters Ludhiana.

Lieut-Col Avtar Singh, Commanding Officer of the Unit alongwith two subedar Majors, PI staff and ANO Lt Narinderjit Kaur were also present.

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Students discuss educational ills
Our Correspondent

Samrala, January 25
The Punjab Rural Education Promotion Council (Prep-C), an NGO, held an education camp at Malan College, Bondli, here on Monday.

Professor Baldeep Singh, Dean Cultural Activities, said in the first session an extempore essay competition was held in which 25 students participated. The winners were awarded prizes.

The second session was devoted to interaction with the students and staff on the ills of education system. Dr S.S. Pawar, general secretary of the council, criticised corrupt politicians and bureaucrats for bringing the education system to the present level.

Dr Inderpal Singh Hans, vice-president of the council, shared his experiences in the field of education with the students. He asserted that the students of rural schools and colleges were in no way less wise and intelligent than those of city colleges.

Prof Jagmohan Singh, Prof Baldeep Singh and Prof Paramjit Kaur Sobti also addressed the students.

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R-Day function at RIMT college
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, January 25
A function was organised to mark the Republic Day at RIMT College of Education, Mandi Gobindgarh today. The function was presided over by the Principal, Dr Rajwant Kaur. Students presented a programme on the 57th anniversary of the Republic Day.

The programme started with the recitation of Shabad, followed by patriotic song.

Besides, the students were also acquainted with the history of Indian struggle and sacrifices of Indian soldiers for the sake of the country. The programme also included recitation of patriotic poems and dance performances by the students. The Principal of the college called upon the students to inculcate the true spirit with strong moral values.

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DMCH doc awarded fellowship
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 25
Dr Harmesh S. Bains, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and in charge of Neonatal Unit of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) here, has been awarded a prestigious fellowship of Indian Academy of Pediatrics (FIAP 2005) at an impressive ceremony held at New Delhi recently.

The award was conferred for his distinguished academic excellence and achievements in clinical work in pediatrics.

Earlier, Dr Daljit Singh, Principal and Professor of Pediatrics, and Dr B.K. Jain, Professor and Head of Pediatrics at DMCH, had also been awarded this fellowship.

The IAP fellowship had come as a rare distinction for Dr Bains, who had been honoured with Heinz Fellowship of Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health, London, in 2002.

He possesses an additional qualification of a Postgraduate Diploma in Hospital and Health Management.

Dr Bains is a national faculty for the Pediatric Advanced Life Support course of Indian Academy of Pediatrics, Neonatal Advanced Life Support course of National Neonatalogy Forum and Essential District Newborn Care of WHO, Government of India and NNF.

He has 141 publications to his credit, written 3 books and contributed 20 chapters in various books.

Dr Bains is also the past president of NNF, Punjab, and former editor-in-chief of Newborn Times. In 2005, he had been on the panel of reviewers for two international journals, including Advances of Neonatal Care, USA.

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Dental conference begins tomorrow
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 25
The 59th Indian Dental Conference, being hosted by the Ludhiana Branch of Indian Dental Association (IDA), will commence here on January 27 with nearly 3000 delegates, including more than 100 from overseas, in attendance.

Giving this information in a news conference here today, Dr Bhagwant Singh, National President of IDA told that Dr Anil Kohli, President, Dental Council of India, will inaugurate the conference at Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan here while Lieut-Gen Paramjit Singh, Director-General Dental Services would be the guest of honour.

Dr Rajiv Bali, organising secretary, and Dr J.S. Kharbanda, co-chairman of the conference, were also present at the occasion.

To add more colour to the conference, the organisers had invited more than 100 eminent dental professionals from foreign countries.

Depending on timely clearance of visa, a 50-strong delegation of dental professionals from Pakistan would also take part in the meet.

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PSEB XI advance into semis
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, January 25
Thanks to fine batting performance by Sukhwinder (53 n.o), Rupinder (43) and Parbhat (33), the Punjab State Electricity Board, Patiala XI registered 30-run victory over the Mohali Cricket Association XI and advanced into the last four stage of the first Shaheed Ramesh Chander Memorial Cricket Tournament being organised by the Shaheed Ramesh Chander Memorial Welfare Society at Daresi ground here today.

Batting first, the PSEB XI made 181 runs in the allotted 30 overs. For the Mohali Cricket Association XI, Rajneesh , Harman and Manmohan shared the spoils claiming two wickets each conceding 20, 27 and 25 runs, respectively.

In reply, the Mohali Cricket Association XI could make 151 runs for the loss of nine wickets thus falling short of the target by 31 runs. Manjinder top scored with 55 runs while Sumit Ohri contributed 22 runs. Harman scored 17. For the PSEB XI, the Ajay Joshi took two wickets for 17 runs, while Gautam Mandora grabbed two for 18 and Bipul Sharma chipped in with two for 12 runs.

Mr Dimple Rana, president, Ludhiana Youth Congress, was the chief guest.

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Cricket tourney

Amloh, January 25
A cricket tournament organized by Youth Sports and Welfare Club here in collaboration with Punjab and Sind bank, started at the local Government School today. Mr Jagmit Singh Sahota President Municipal Council Mandi Gobindgarh inaugurated the tournament. He gave Rs 10,000 to the club.

Club chairman Dr Ranbir Sharma, and President Satwinder Sood told media-persons that the winner and runners-up teams will be given cash prizes of Rs 6100 and Rs 3100.

The competition will conclude on January 29. — OC

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