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Early sowing of paddy disapproved
Our Correspondent

Samrala, April 19
Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Samrala, organised a scientific advisory committee meeting on Monday at its centre. The meeting was presided over by Dr Sarjit Singh Gill, Director of Extension Education, PAU, Ludhiana. Dr A.K. Mehta, Zonal Coordinator, ICAR, was also present on the occasion. Officials from different agriculture and allied departments, progressive farmers and women farmers also participated in this meeting.

Dr S.S. Gill urged the farmers to stop early sowing of paddy as the water-level in the state was going down at an alarming rate. He encouraged the farmers to make PAU literature a part of their lives for regular increases in their knowledge. He also stressed that KVK should help its trainees to market their products.

He emphasised the importance of integrated organic nutritional gardens for the farmers’ self consumption.

During the meeting, Dr Kuldeep Singh, Deputy Director (Training), KVK, Samrala, presented the annual progress report for 2005 and the action plan for 2006. Participants expressed their views and suggestions on this report.

On this occasion, Ms Harita Marwaha said besides home science training, the women farmers should also be trained in subsidiary occupations like dairy farming, mushroom cultivation, bee-keeping etc so that they can start their own businesses. She also stressed on the formation of women self-help groups.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr A.K. Mehta said that the animal action plan of the KVK should be finalised after consultation with various agriculture and allied departments.

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Teachers seek redress of grievances
Plan rally on April 25
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 19
"The Punjab Government is purposely creating unemployment for teachers and thus is not helping the youth of the state to develop their future,'' according to Mr Harbhajan Singh Dhindsa , president of North India Classical and Vernacular Teachers' Union. He made this statement at the meeting held here today.

He said that on the one side there were thousands of unemployed art, craft , drawing and stitching teachers who were looking for jobs and getting over aged in the futile process of finding jobs, while on the other side the government is closing down private institutions and thus depriving the teachers who are holding jobs and forcing them to become unemployed. The government has killed the future of the youth of the state by not giving them employment at the right age. The government has been starting art & training institutes and granting them recognition, thus producing a crop of fresh teachers who will not find employment This is being done to gain good reputation with public but they are spreading further unemployment.

From the last four and a half years, the government has not been employing teachers and workers.

Mr Dhindsa has demanded of the Punjab Government that those art & craft training centre that have been given recognition should be immediately derecognised. They should also revive those posts that have been removed and fill the vacancies .

Dr Deepak Manan, president of the Association of Private Schools has said that in a meeting with Mr Harchand Singh Barsat, Political Secretary to Chief Minister , he was given the assurance that the private schools will not be shut down this year and he has urged the private schools to carry on with new admissions.

Democratic Teachers' Front, Punjab, has said that it will hold a protest rally on April 25 in front of Mini Secretariat. From there they will move to the streets of the city. It was stated by the leaders of the six groups of teachers that convened a meeting here today. Mr Bhajan, Singh, Baldev Mangat, Ajit Jaladiwal, Satvir Rauni and Paramjit Machiwara told the media that the teachers are full of anger against the government. Meetings are being held in village schools nad pamphlets of their demands are being distributed.

Every rural block will join the rally on April 25. The teachers demanded that the Amendments 73 and 74 should be annulled . More than 26,000 vacancies that have been dissolved should be created again.

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Sacred Heart celebrates silver jubilee
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 19
Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, BRS Nagar, organised its silver jubilee function here today. Dr Symphorian Keeprath, Bishop, Diocese of Jalandhar, was the chief guest on the occasion.

The function was inaugurated by lighting the lamp and dedicating the emblem of the school to the teachers, students and parents. The Bishop eulogised the contribution by the school in the field of education.

Rev Father Davis, director of the school, urged the teachers and students to endeavour towards spreading literacy and usher in the era of global peace. Sr Sobel congratulated the students on this occasion and urged them to carry on the good work of contributing towards the welfare of the society.

The play, “India: the Cradle of Great Religions” lauded the secular temperament of the country. A presentation was made which highlighted the achievements of the school. A vote of thanks was proposed by Ms Bina Rao, chief-coordinator of the school.

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NRI concerned over fall in standard of teaching
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 19
Ms Ritambhara Jain, a US-based NRI and educationist, has shown concern over the declining standard of teaching in schools of the state. She has urged local teachers to adopt the ELEVATE (Enriched Learning Experience Via Applied Technology Education) programme to make students understand that the personal, social and ethical decisions and actions they take during formal education will affect their communities.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune after interacting with a group of teachers at the Peace Public School in Mullanpur, Ms Jain opined that educational institutions would not be able to evolve an integrated individual, capable of dealing with life as a whole, until fundamentals of education in the modern context were understood.

The ELEVATE programme, being collaborative and technology based, would blend global environmental and moral studies together in order to prepare students come up to the aspirations of their parents, she claimed.

Ms Jain stressed that nationalism, reverence, responsibility, civic qualities, trustworthiness and concern — the basic elements of character — should be inculcated by teachers in their students.

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GNIMT to hold seminar
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 19
Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT), Gujarkhan Campus, will organise an ISTE approved and sponsored national level seminar on April 22. “Management Agenda 2010” is the key theme for the seminar. The sub themes for the seminar are corporate government issues, industry’s human resource dilemmas, India’s retailing challenges, strategic sourcing, service sector boom, an agenda for IT industry, the new landscape for marketers etc.

Dr Prem Kumar, Director, Sri Aurobindo College of Commerce and Management, will be the keynote speaker for the morning session. Prof Arvind Malhotra and Dr M.A. Zahir, Director, Synetic Business School, will be the speakers for the afternoon session. Participants from various states such as Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan and Chandigarh have confirmed their participation.

Col H.S. Singha, Director, GNIMT, said such activities were a kind of value addition to academician as well as the industry. It would also be beneficial for the students of management of all colleges affiliated to various universities.

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Max to provide neurosciences through ‘teleconference’
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 19
Max Healthcare, through its arm Max Institute of Neurosciences, will bring world-class treatment and consultation facilities for patients in this part of the country through “tele-medicines” and tie-ups with local hospitals in the near future.

Stating this at a news conference here today, Dr A.N. Jha, Director Neurosurgery at the Delhi-based institution, said a beginning had been made towards this objective through a one-day neuro-clinic at Deep Hospital here today in which nearly 100 patients with different diseases of nervous system were examined and given follow-up advice.

Dr Jha, who was accompanied by Dr Vipul Gupta, senior consultant, Interventional Neuro-radiology, and Dr Sandeep Vaishya, senior consultant in neurosurgery at Max Institute, said in the days to come, patients would be able to seek consultation from specialists of Max through teleconferencing, which would them save time and money spent in traveling to Delhi for this purpose.

He said Max would also continue to make available its super specialists in different fields through periodic camps to the patients in Ludhiana and elsewhere in Punjab as a social commitment of the corporate sector. However, the treatment and surgical procedures would continue to be carried out in Delhi till the time necessary infrastructure, equipment and trained professionals were available at the local hospitals, which had a tie-up with Max Healthcare.

“The clinical neuroscience programme at Max is committed and focused to provide the best possible treatment to the largest possible patient base across the country. The Max Institute of Neurosciences has the latest brain monitoring techniques and 24-hour neuro-anesthesia cover, acute stroke unit, outpatient (day care) and neurosurgery centre. But apart from the infrastructure, what truly distinguishes us is the firm belief that while delivering the highest standards of care we must never forget the basic human values of compassion and caring with integrity and to the best of our ability.”

According to Dr Jha, Max Healthcare’s flagship tertiary care hospital at Saket was a two-phase project, with the first hospital — Max Devki Dcvi Heart and Vascular Institute — already operational for more than a year. The second hospital — Max Super Specialty Hospital (a super specialty in orthopaedics, joint replacement, neurosciences, obstetrics and gynaecology) — will be commissioned by May 2006. 

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Blood donation camp held
Our Correspondent

Khamano, April 19
A blood donation camp was organised by the Bharat Vikas Parishad at Gurdwara Sahib Khamano Mele wali. The camp was inaugurated by Nagar Panchayat president Harbhinder Singh and DSP Khamano Satinder Pal Singh. Those who donated blood included SHO, Khamano, Harmeet Singh Hurdal, Janak Raj Singh Uppal,and Kirpal Singh, president of the Gurdwara Committee.

Shopkeepers of Gurdwara Sahib , taxi union members, police personal and others donated blood. A total of 137 persons donated blood.

Doctors of the PGI, Chandigarh, Dr Jagdeep Rana, Dr Devinder Dania Deepak Verma and Dr Gupta conducted the camp. Office- bearers of the Bharat Vikas Parishad thanked people for their cooperation in the camp.

Ashok Kumar donated blood for the record 36th time. Baba Jarnail Singh Mohan Majra also visited the camp and his followers also donated blood.

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Health awareness workshop
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 19
The Good Health Education Forum organised a health awareness workshop for children at Guru Nanak International School, BRS Nagar, here today. The forum comprises Dr Suneet Arora, Dr Atamjeet Singh, Dr Prabhjot Kaur, Dr Preeti Arora and Dr Inderpreet Kaur.

Dr Atamjeet Singh, a dental surgeon, maintained the need to educate the youth of today in order to get a healthy tomorrow.

According to Dr Suneet Arora, an ayurvedic expert, children should get in tune with nature in order to remain healthy and avoid all those junky food materials. Dr Prabhjot Kaur, a gynaecologist, educated the children about general health and preventive measures for thalassemia disorders.

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