Friday, May 2, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Kisan melas interest Bangladesh minister: Aulakh
K.S. Chawla

Ludhiana, May 1
The Bangladesh Agriculture Minister, Mr Motiur Rehman Nizami, is keen to visit Punjab Agricultural University and witness the participation of farmers in the kisan melas organised here.

This was stated here today by Dr K.S. Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, on his return from Bangladesh.

A six-member team of PAU experts, headed by Dr Aulakh, had gone to Bangladesh to participate in the week-long conference on the research on pulses and vegetables organised by the Asian Vegetable Research and Development Centre, Taiwan.

Dr Aulakh told in an interview that PAU had received material from Taiwan centre and had raised a variety of moongbean after three years trials at the PAU.

He said PAU had released moongbean variety 668 for commercial cultivation in Punjab this year during the kharif season. This was a high-yielding variety and could save as an alternative to paddy under the diversification programme. According to Dr Aulakh moongbean 668 matures in 65 days and two crops could be taken in one season. Its average yield was eight quintals per acre and was resistant to virus diseases.

Dr Aulakh disclosed that Bangladesh was densely populated and because of over population, chaotic conditions were prevailing in that country. Dr Aulakh added that the management of traffic in Dhaka was worst than that in Ludhiana.

Narrating an incident the Vice-Chancellor said while he was on way to meet the Agriculture Minister, a pedestrian was knocked down by the vehicle by which he was travelling. But the driver did not stop the vehicle as he was scared of being lynched.

During his two meetings with the Agriculture Minister they discussed the development of agriculture in India and Bangladesh. When Dr Aulakh told Mr Nizami about the kisan melas being organised by the PAU and the participation of Punjab farmers in the same, the Bangladesh Agriculture Minister expressed his desire to witness such a kisan mela.

Dr Aulakh said he had apprised the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, of his visit to Bangladesh and his meetings with Bangladeshi officials. The Chief Minister had authorised him to invite the Bangladesh Agriculture Minister for the kisan mela which would be held in the month of September. The PAU organises two kisan melas in a year, in March and September. The delegation also included Director of Research, Head of the Department of Pathology, Pulses Breeder and Senior Agronomist of PAU.



LLB, export management courses on cards
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 1
Mr Harnam Dass Johar, Higher Education Minister, Punjab, has announced that from the next academic session two new courses— LLB and Export Management would be started in Punjab University Extension Library. All necessary arrangements for admission and holding of the classes for these courses have been completed.

To review the arrangements, Mr Johar visited the Punjab University Extension Library and held a meeting with the Librarian and other officials over there.

Giving more details, Mr Johar informed that in the law course, there will be 70 seats, including 10 reserved for NRIs. In the export management course, which would be conducted in the Evening Session, 20 seats have been sanctioned. He said to begin with the arrangement for the classes had been made in the present building of the library and the construction of the new separate building would be completed at the cost of Rs 1 crore. The construction would begin soon and tenders for this had already been called. He claimed that the building would be completed within a record period of 10 months and the classes for the next session would be held in the new building.

The Higher Education Minister claimed that with the start of the law classes in Ludhiana, a long pending demand and most urgent requirement of the area would be fulfilled.

Refereeing to the necessity of the export management course in the city, Mr. Johar said Ludhiana was the most suitable place for this course, as a major part of the export from the state was being done from the city. He said the local industry and trade would be substantially benefited from this course and the trained professional of the institute would be helpful in promoting exports from the state. Mr Johar also informed that a new library exclusively for law students was also being set up in the Extension Library Complex for which Rs 2 lakh had already been sanctioned. He also reviewed the facilities in the Extension Library and discussed the problems of the staff working there. Mr Johar directed the Librarian to ensure proper cleanliness in the complex within a week.

Mr Prem Verma, Librarian, and Ms Jatinder Kapoor, Deputy Librarian, informed the minister about the prevailing facilities in the library and requested to fill the vacant posts of the technical staff in the library.

Ms Sushil Gupta, Deputy Mayor, Mr Balraj Bhasin, Senior Congress leader, Mr Amarjit Singh Matharoo, councillor, Mr Inderjit Tonny, Mr Brij Mohan Sharma, Mr Bittu Bhullar, all presidents BCCs Mr Kala Hans and Mr Jagdish Marwaha General Secretary. were also present on the occasion.



Paper not from syllabus
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 1
The first-year MA and MSc (mathematics) students of SCD Government College who appeared for their annual examination conducted by Panjab University on April 29 said their question paper No. 604 was outside syllabus.

The students said at least 80 per cent of the questions in the paper had no relevance with the syllabus issued by the university. They said a paper on algebra conducted on April 16 also had some questions that were outside syllabus. The students said under such circumstances their overall percentage would go down significantly.

Lalit, a student of the college, said he was shocked with the kind of question papers he was getting this time. He said it seemed as if the paper setters were playing with their career. He, along with other students, has demanded 50 per cent grace marks in the test conducted on April 29. He said in case it was not possible, re-examination should be scheduled by the university with question paper set from within the syllabus. 



Mushaira regales senior citizens
Our correspondent

Ludhiana, May 1
"Giregi phalak se bijli ; Mahal tera girayagi, na khush ho tu kisi muflis ka yun hi ghar jalane par, musulus ye khushi tumko bilkul na raas ayeegi; koi bhi baddua nikli agar in sard aahon se, geeregi phalak se bijlee, mahal tera jalyege”. This couplet was read out by Rajnish Verma in the presence of those residing in Swami Vivekanand Vridh Ashram in Model Town Extension. An NGO, Ek Koshish, had organised this 'mushaira' in the old- age home last evening.

The mushaira was specially arranged to entertain senior citizens living in the home. The mushaira was started by D.K. Sachdeva followed by Salim Yukub. Nitika Jain's couplet ,"Door woh hamse huye bhi to dil ke karib aakar, khai tokhar bhi hamne to manzil ke kareeb aakar, dekhiye gardish-e- takdeer isse kehte hain, kashti dubee bhi apni to sahil ke kareeb aa kar," was greatly appreciated by the senior citizens.

Sushma Sandhu's couplet " Yahan har surat dilruba maloom hoti hai, yeh duniya khud ka hi to aaina maloom hoti hai" was also applauded. Meelam Jyoti, Gurcharan Narang and Mohammad Nassem Ansari also read out several couplets.

Mr Prem Grover, former district Governor of the Lions Club, Mr Kanwal Jit Singh Dua , Youth Akali leader, Mr Jasminder Singh, Jaycees president , and many other eminent persons were present on the occasion. Babu Ramparkash , Mr Bhupinder Arora, convenors, Senior Home, and a 109 -year- old resident of the old - age home was also honoured on the occasion.



An expression of artist’s intensity
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 1
Leela— a painting exhibition by Swaranjit Savi will begin at Surya Kiran Building on the Mall Road here on May 3. The five-day exhibition, being organised by Media Artists, is the first such exhibition to be organised by the city-based artists in the city itself.

Savi has held 35 shows of poster poems based on Punjabi poetry from the time of Sheikh Farid to the contemporary poets.

The series of painting in this exhibition, subtitled ‘‘Celebration of Body and Beyond’’, celebrate human body as an eternal song of love, an artistic world of Leela. Depicting human bodies with faces having no distinct identity, the paintings go beyond the traditional thought and indoctrinations. A body in Savi's work becomes a take off point and a route to attain higher levels of consciousness. While the senses stand purified, the body transcends time and space.


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