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Agro-culture mela to be part of kisan melas from next year
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 22
The Deputy Chief Minister , Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, announced that Punjab Agricultural University and the Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Punjab, would jointly organise Agro-Culture Affairs Mela from next year along with kisan melas organised at PAU in order to properly depict the composite heritage and culture of state.

She was addressing a state-level cultural programme organised as part of kisan mela by the Tourism and Cultural Department, Punjab, at PAU late last night.

Ms Bhattal lauded the state tourism department for organising the first state-level Punjab Mela coinciding with the event at PAU. She said this had given an opportunity to thousands of farmers and other people participating in the mela to enjoy the rich culture and heritage of the state.

She announced that the best cultural items presented during the Punjab Mela would be selected for shows in other parts of the world also.

Reminding the people of the age old traditions of communal brotherhood and mutual understanding among different sections of society in the state, Ms Bhattal said a new chapter of peace and communal harmony was being written in the state that had suffered at the hands of communal forces in the past.

She said Punjabis were known for their bravery, patriotism and commitment. She called upon cultural and social organisations to launch an effective drive to educate the youth to stay away from the menace of drug addiction.

She announced a grant of Rs 11,000 each for the cultural teams participating in the mela.

Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, Tourism Minister, said the first mela had got good response from farmers and villagers and people had also shown keen interest in the handicraft exhibition.

He said Punjab Mela would be made an annual feature.

Mr K.S Aulakh, Vice- Chancellor, PAU, Mr Malkiat Singh Dakha, MLA, Mr Jagjit Puri, Secretary, Tourism, and Brig. J.J Singh, Director, Cultural Affairs, were among those present on the occasion. 



Hundreds of farmers visit PNB stall

Ludhiana, September 22
More than 800 farmers visited the stall put up by Punjab National Bank (PNB) at the Kisan Mela at Punjab Agriculture University (PAU), said Mr K.L. Miglani, deputy zonal manager, PNB, here today.

He said farmers showed keen interest on financing of units producing oil from flowers like tuberose, tulsi, rose, plamrosa, harnoli seeds etc.

“The idea is to bring the farmers close to the bank and also to create awareness among them about various schemes pertaining to farm sector,” he added. — TNS



Farmers briefed on plant protection measures
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 22
Thousands of farmers thronged the PAU Kisan Mela on the second day today. Scientists demonstrated how complete adoption of package of practices helps in raising healthy kharif crops. Farmers were also briefed about production and plant protection measures in respect of forthcoming rabi crops, particularly wheat.

With child-like curiosity, farmers were trying to understand and absorb the import and impact of application of balanced fertilisers or soil test on the plants or how profitable it was to grow medicinal and aromatic plants and herbs. In fact, several farmers were foxed by the weed nuisance. They sought to know what practices should be adopted for weed control: cultural, biological, physical and chemicals.

Interestingly, with vultures virtually becoming extinct in Punjab, farmers wanted to know how many of the existing birds were their “friends or foes” or how much loss these winged visitors caused to standing crops, nurseries or stored foodgrains.

At the processing and food engineering section there was quite a rush of farmers who were keen to watch a demonstration of mini-farm machinery the scientists had developed for processing on a small scale for domestic consumption or localised sale within or in nearby villages. Small groups of enthusiastic farmers listened attentively to processing techniques for home-grown produce or the concept of “self-help group”.

A demonstration was given on several farm machines like paddy planter, multi-crop drill planter, happy seeder, machine for digging out cotton sticks and stubble, sugarcane planter, vegetable washing machine, seed extracting machine etc. An added attraction of the section was the sale of farm literature, improved seeds, fruit plants and microbial cultures.

“Save Water, Save Punjab” is the theme of the Kisan Mela. To create awareness and educate farmers on the indiscriminate use of water and its crippling effect on the state agriculture and economy, soil and water engineering scientists displayed an array of pumps — propeller, centrifugal and submersible. The farmers also got tips on how to keep the engines of these pumps cool.

A special attraction of the mela was College of Home Science, where farm women and young village girls queued up to learn about the benefits of balanced diet, importance of nutritious food; water-borne diseases; energy saving devices and appliances at home and on the farm. 



From Schools & Colleges 
BCM kids celebrate Grandparents’ Day
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 22
Tiny tots of BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, (kindergarten section) celebrated Grandparents’ Day today. A Punjabi folk dance, poems, bhajans and speeches marked the first part of the function.

The party was reserved only for grandparents. Ms Oberoi, in charge of the kindergarten section, anchored the show.

The programme started with a lamp lighting ceremony followed by the recitation of the Gayatri mantra and bhajans. Proud grandparents happily watched their grandchildren recite poems with élan. The students also presented a Punjabi folk dance item.

Ms Neeraj Sharma, counsellor, highlighted various issues relating to moral education, how to bridge the generation gap and the role of grandparents in the emotional development of their grandchildren.

The grandparents also took to the stage. They sang songs, danced, recited couplets and cracked jokes. They created sensation with their enticing performances. They also took part in various games like tambola.

A quiz was also conducted wherein they were asked questions relating to their grandchildren.

Ms Paramjit Kaur, Principal of the school, laid stress upon such interactions that nurtured family bonding and gave a healthy atmosphere to the child for his growth and development.

Grandparents join kids

The Eurokids section of Egmonmt International Pre-school celebrated grandparents’ day today. Grandparents had a gala time with the children. The school organised various games for their entertainment as “Jodi Kamal Ki”, musical chairs, food contests, etc.

Grandpas and grannies were given orientation on the new concepts of education and child development. They were surprised to see the difference and appreciated the change. The kids took their grandparents around the school and made them meet their teachers. The grandparents also appreciated various activities of the kids.

Mr Sukhjbir and Mr Bedi from Aviva Life Insurance also informed the grandparents about various investment options for the benefit of children.

Ms Anuja Sood, school co-ordinator, proposed a vote of thanks for the grandparents for their participation. She said this was another Eurokids’ endeavour to make the kids know and respect their grandparents. She stressed the need for the kids to stick to the values and morals that is part of our heritage in today’s changing times.

Brand ambassador

Ramneek Kukreja of BBA-III of Khalsa College for Women has been selected brand ambassador for Infosys Progen under the campus ambassador programme (CAP-2006-07). Ramneek is one of the two ambassadors selected to represent the state.

Ramneek, who leaves Ludhiana on September 24 to join a week-long training programme with the other ambassadors from the country, will also get a chance to interact with students from top business schools of India.

As a brand ambassador, she will work to organise various events and activities at the Infosys campus and share her experiences with her classmates.

Seminar on insurance sector

The Postgraduate Department of Commerce of Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan Campus, organised a seminar on career opportunities in insurance sector today.

Dr Manju Chawla, Principal of the college, presided over the seminar. Mr Sukhbir Singh, Mr Amar Bhardwaj, and Ms Jai Shree from Aviva Life Insurance Ltd were the resource persons.


A meeting of Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle was held at Government College for Women today. The following were nominated office bearers of the college unit. president - Jatinder Kaur; vice-president - Harshdeep Kaur; cashier- Baljit Kaur; secretary- Harpreet Kaur; and joint secretary - Kiranpreet Kaur.

The Director, Youth Services, Dr Gursharan Singh, and others participated in the meeting.

The college Principal, Ms Prabhjot Kaur, said the students should adopt truth and good principles in their life. For creating a good and healthy society, we should change our thinking process.

On the occasion, the in charge of the college unit, Prof Kishan Singh, also expressed his views along with the Vice-Principal, Ms N.K. Sekhon, the head of Punjabi Department, Dr Sarabjot Kaur, Prof Paramjit Kaur, Prof Jaswant Singh, Prof Gurvinder Kaur, Prof Viney Bhatia and Rajwinder Kaur.

Story-telling competition

An inter-class story telling competition was held at Sanatan Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School today. Students from pre-nursery to Class V participated. The students displayed their talent in telling short stories.

Ms Jyoti Talwar, a dietician, and Ms Bindya Khanna, a social worker, were the chief guests. Principal Sadhana Sharma said such competitions infused confidence among children, helped them overcome stage fear and develop speaking skills, clarity of ideas with creative thinking.

Mr Harish Sachdeva proposed a vote of thanks to the judges.

Dasehra celebrated

The tiny tots of Moms Pride School in Model Town celebrated Dashera with traditional fervour. An effigy of Ravana was set on fire on the occasion. The students were told about the significance of the day.The highlight of the day was that the students were dressed as Lord Ram, Sita and Hanuman. The best dressed students were also given prizes. 



Kuldip adjudged best kho-kho player
Our Correspondent

Doraha, September 22
The sports council of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, organised a two-day kho-kho championship on the college grounds, which concluded on Thursday.
In the first match, the BA-II A team defeated BA-III B team. In the second match, BA-I B team defeated BA-II B team.

In semi finals, BA-II team defeated BA-I A team and BA-III B team defeated BA-I B team. In the final match, BA-II A team defeated BA-III B team. Kuldip Kaur of BA-II A team was adjudged the best player.

Mr Jaswant Singh Gill, Director of the college, and Dr Narinder Singh Sidhu, Principal, exhorted the students to play with dedication and team spirit. “The feeling of cooperation and healthy competition imbibed on the play field go a long way in framing the character of the students,” they added.

The winner team was awarded mementoes. Kuldip Kaur got a special award for being the best player.

Dr Nirlep Kaur, head of the Physical Education Department, Prof Tashwinder Singh, coach, Mr Gurdial Singh, Prof Mohinder Kaur, head of the English Department, Prof Amarjit Kaur and Prof Lovleen Bains were also present. 



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