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Burning of straw hits soil fertility, says expert
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 7
To educate the farmers about the latest techniques in agriculture, preservation of natural resources and scientific management of crop residue, the Bharat Jan Gyan Vigyan Jatha (BJGVJ) and the district Agriculture Department organised a camp at Dadowla Lakhowal village in coordination with the village panchayat.

The camp was presided over by the Sarpanch of the village, Mr Gurdeep Singh Grewal. Hundreds of peasants, including a large number of women, attended the camp.

Farmers from Dhanash, Fahruwal, Keema, Bhaini and Nathu Bhaini villages participated in the camp.

Experts at the camp advised the farmers to adopt new techniques in agriculture. Delivering the keynote address, Dr Daler Singh, District Agriculture Information Officer, said there had been excessive exploitation of natural resources in the agriculture sector. He explained a technique of growing paddy by conserving up to 70 per cent water. He said the farmers should follow the new agricultural techniques like organic farming and carry on with the traditional crops.

Dr Rajinder Pal Singh Aulakh, Agriculture Development Officer, cautioned the farmers against burning of wheat and paddy straw. This, he said, adversely affected the fertility of soil by destroying nitrogen. Moreover, useful organisms like bacteria and earthworms are killed due to the heat and this affects the next crop, he pointed out. Farmers should first chop the straw and then mix it in the soil to turn it into manure, he maintained. Mr G.S. Saini informed the gathering about the work done by the extension wing of the state Agriculture Department in educating the farmers.

Dr Arun Mitra, general secretary, BJGVJ, explained to the farmers the ill effects of the smoke produced as a result of burning of paddy and wheat straw. The smoke affects the respiratory tract and aggravates asthma. He advised the farmers to refrain from burning these. He asked the small and medium farmers to oppose the WTO regime as it would be against their interests.



School building partially demolished
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 7
Employees of the building branch of the Municipal Corporation today partially demolished the building of a senior secondary school in Subhash Nagar, near Jodhewal Basti, here for violating building norms.

According to corporation officials, the management of Harsh Vidya Mandir was carrying out extension of the building without any approved building plan. The total area, proposed to be covered under the extension plan, was far too excess than the permissible limit of 40 per cent for institutional buildings, they said.

The Assistant Town Planner of Zone-B, Mr Tej Preet Singh, along with officials of the building wing and a police party, reached the spot in the afternoon and removed girders. The management was directed not to start the construction work.

Though the Principal, Mr D.P. Sharma, claimed that a building plan for two-and-a-half-storey building was approved, the corporation officials maintained that the plan was got sanctioned many years back for the initial stage of the building. The extension was being done without any approved building plan and that too in violation of building regulations, they claimed.

Mr Tej Preet Singh said the school management had been served notices many times for going ahead with the construction work, but it had ignored the notices. The management had been given five-day time to get the compoundable violations regularised and to demolish the non-compoundable excess coverage on their own, he added.



GNIMT students taken on trips
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 7
Students of Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT), Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town, were taken on various trips in the past fortnight.

Around 53 students of MBA, second semester, MCA, second semester, M.Sc (IT) and PGDCA visited Kasauli.

On the way back, they halted at Sukhna Lake and enjoyed its serene beauty. Another group of 47 students comprising those from BBA, fourth and sixth semesters, BCA, fourth and sixth semesters, and MCA, fourth semester, travelled to Chandigarh on a one-day trip. They visited the lake, Sector 17 and Thunder Zone.

A group of 47 students from BBA, second semester, and BCA, second semester, were taken for a one-day trip to Chakki Mor, a picturesque picnic spot in Himachal Pradesh. On their way back they visited Chandigarh for sight seeing.

Dr (Col) H.S. Singha, acting Director of GNIMT, said the trips were organised to give respite to the students from their daily routines. He said these not only helped in reducing monotony, but also rejuvenated them for the forthcoming period of studies and examination.



Action against Principal recommended
Iqbal Singh

Khanna, April 7
The general secretary of the A.S. College High School Trust and Management Society has recommended disciplinary action against the Principal of A. S. Modern Senior Secondary School, Khanna, in an inquiry report submitted to the president of the society on April 6. However, the president has refused to take any action against the Principal.

Mr Vijay Sharma, general secretary of the society, stated in the report that he had been deputed to initiate inquiry into the allegation of thrashing students by teachers and using derogatory language against them. He said the Principal was asked to give reply within seven days, but he did not bother to do so.

A letter was again written to the Principal seeking reply, but the Principal’s reply was vague. He shifted the blame on the students. Another opportunity was given to the Principal to make his position clear on the issues of patronisation of the teachers involved in tuitions and using objectionable language. Mr Sharma alleged in the inquiry report supplied to The Tribune that the Principal had disobeyed to his superiors by stating that “the letter and the matter is with the president”. He had made an attempt to create a wedge between two office-bearers of the managing committee. The Principal fabricated that the original letter written by the president was destroyed by Mr Sucha Singh, a school teacher. At the end of the report, Mr Sharma recommended stern disciplinary action against the Principal.

But the president of the society, Mr J S Lotey, when contacted said Mr Sharma had been directed to initiate an inquiry against two teachers for beating some students, but Mr Sharma never mentioned a single word against them in the report and recommended action against the Principal.

The Principal of the school, Mr Bajwa, when asked for comments about the inquiry, said he would not make any comment. He had never done anything against the rules of the school, he added.



PAU CET on June 29
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 7
The Common Entrance Test (CET) for admission to BVSc and AH and BSc Agriculture (Honours) for the next session at Punjab Agricultural University will be held on June 29. The passed candidates will be able to exercise their option for any of these courses, as per merit, at the time of counselling. The counselling will be held on July 13 and 14. The classes for BVSc and AH and BSc Agri (Hons) will start from July 15 and August 4, respectively.

The academic council at its last meeting held under the chairmanship of Dr K.S. Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor, has also approved the modalities for the entrance test for admission to the Master of Agribusiness Management, the new course to be started by the university from the next session.

The admission will be made on merit drawn from the entrance test to be held on June 17 and group discussion and interview on June 19. The admission to MBA this year will be made on the basis of MAT of the All-India Management Association, which is scheduled to be held on May 2.

The MAT bulletin and application forms are available in the university. However, the PAU prospectus and application forms for admission to these courses will be available in May.



DMC old students meet on April 9
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 7
With an aim to revive contacts with its old students, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) will organise an old students meet at the Sutlej Club here on April 9. About 200 old students of DMC, now established as reputed doctors are expected to attend the event.

According to an official press statement, it was observed that there was a lot of enthusiasm among the DMCH passouts to be in touch with their alma mater and contribute in its progress. Keeping this in mind, DMCH had formed an alumni committee with Prof J. Whig, Vice-Principal, DMCH, as Chairman and Prof T.K. Kaul as its convener. The other members of the committee were Prof M.L. Gupta, Co-Chairman, and Dr Sandeep Sharma, secretary.

This will help to make communication bridges stronger and help old students keep abreast with the achievements of their parent institute.

Professor Whig, while giving details, said the committee had also decided to prepare a directory of old students starting from batch 1965. A special web site would be designed and ID cards issued. Not only this, DMCH had decided to extend certain special benefits to the old students and their wards like the use of library and the entitlement of 20 per cent discount on treatment at the DMC. It would work under the umbrella of the DMC Old Students Association (DMCOSA) and provide whatever support the parent body needed. DMC would also organise a regular annual day for old students on December 10, which also happened to be the college day, he added.

Old students of DMC, who want to be a part of this activity, can contact Dr Sandeep Sharma for more details.



Local lad to attend scouts camp in Pak
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 7
Ashish Shukla, a student of local MGMN Senior Secondary School, is among 150 students from Punjab to have been selected for a week-long Pakistan Zamboori scouts camp in Islamabad from April 16. Around 6,000 Indian students will participate in the camp along with scouts from seven SAARC countries.

Mr Jagjit Inder Singh, Deputy DEO, announcing the selection at the local Sanatan Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, said 10 students from Sangrur district had been selected. The international camp is held once every four years. While the state had achieved top position in a cultural activity show during the last national camp, the district education authority hoped to make a mark in Islamabad.

Elaborating on the cultural exchange scheme of scouts, Mr Harjit Joshi, a scouts master, said the District Education Department and representative schools would contribute Rs 1,200 and Rs 1,700, respectively, towards the expenses of each student and Rs 3,000 would be paid by the student. This includes Rs 2,000 to be spent on issuance of passport under the “tatkal” scheme. Scouts having “Tritya Span” or “Rajya Puraskar” qualify for the camp.

Overwhelmed by his selection, Ashish Shukla said he was anxious to meet his counterparts from India and its neighbouring countries.

“For me it is an opportunity to learn through interaction about people of other states and countries. We would certainly imbibe elements of their culture besides spreading the message of fraternity.

Mr Pardeep Sharda, Principal, Gandhi School, said Ashish had received “Rajya Puraskar” at a camp at Tara Devi and “Tritya Span” at Government Senior Secondary School, Kanganwal. Besides being an efficient scout, he holds a persistently good academic record.



Local lad makes it to Gladrags top five
Asha Ahuja

Ludhiana, April 7
“What is more important — body, looks or mind”? To this question, the local young six feet, well-built Abhinav Shukla replied “mind” in the final round of Gladrags Mega Model and Man Hunt Contest. “Looks are going to wither away and it is only the mind that can help maintain the right kind of body,” said he.

The contest took place in Mumbai on April 2. That Abhinav, a resident of Ludhiana and a final-year student of Electronics and Communication Engineering in Lala Lajpat Rai Institute of Engineering and Technology, Moga, won the Mr Best Potential title and reached the top five among 15 participants was highly commendable.

Abhinav comes from an academic background as his father is a senior entomologist in Punjab Agricultural University. Abhinav also says: “Knowledge is the basis of everything. Reading books on dermatology, health and weight management really helped me.” He goes on: “I was thrilled when I was called to Delhi for the regional scanning, which was held in F. Bar. More than 200 boys had come and I was overjoyed to receive a call letter within three days. I was asked to report on March 3 for extensive training. Though I am from a comparatively smaller city — considering other contestants — I had supreme confidence.”

During the almost three weeks of training, my confidence grew as I learnt the style of walking on the ramp, use of voice modulation, and styling of hair. “I learnt the art of grooming, walking, dancing etiquette. In fact, under the guidance of Maureen Wadia, organiser of the show, my personality and confidence developed tremendously. Especially when I was told that I was the photographer’s delight, having that cut, defined and proportionate body.”

Asked what was his most thrilling experience in Mumbai, he replied excitedly: “I felt thrilled for we trained in Gold Gym. This gym is superlative. All famous body builders train in this gym.” And does he want to model in future? He said he has no definite plans.

“I am aware that Ludhiana has not much to offer as far as modelling assignments are concerned, but Delhi is only five hours away. I will take life as it comes. I am highly adaptive so I think I can adjust in any profession.”

Abhinav has become a celebrity in the college and his college mates are always asking him questions as to how to improve one’s physique. His father Dr K.K. Shukla said they were thrilled at the exposure he got and happy to note that his confidence level had increased. He said they were simple people with an academic bent of mind. Abhinav had been working out for the past five years and they always encouraged him. He had achieved his place in the final round of such a big contest by his own efforts, Dr Shukla added.

Sony channel will telecast a curtain raiser of this contest on April 11 at 2 pm and finals on April 12 at 10.30 am.


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