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Scanty rainfall hits kharif crop
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 23
Scanty rainfall during the current kharif season so far has aggravated the irrigation problem for kharif crops in Punjab affecting crops like rice, cotton, maize and sugarcane.

Deliberating on the prevailing drought in Punjab, Dr Kirpal Singh Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University, advised the farming community of the state not to transplant late varieties of paddy at this stage. It is better to divert whatever irrigation water is available to the already transplanted crop so that the desired yield can be obtained.

Moreover, power supply to the agricultural sector is erratic and limited and is resulting in a huge expenditure for the farmers who have to purchase diesel to irrigate the crop.

To save irrigation water, he suggested irrigating the fields two days after the ponded water has infiltrated into the soil in case of transplanted rice. However, care should be taken that fields do not develop cracks. In case it does not rain in the near future, less area should be put under basmati rice so that the same irrigation water may be diverted to paddy.

Due to shortage of irrigation water, farmers should go in for crops needing less irrigation like moong, mash, maize, toria, guar. Maize, when planted up to the third week of August, can give better yield than kharif season crop, he emphasised.

For efficient use of irrigation water, fields should be properly levelled and plot size should be kept small for contingent crops. Further, earthing up of cotton and maize crops can help to reduce its water needs, he added.

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Christian associations seek end to sponsorship system
Tribune News service

Ludhiana, July 23
Various Christian associations in the state have demanded preparation of a common merit list of all Christian students. The demand was made by the representatives of these associations during a meeting of a high level committee headed by former Judge of Punjab and Haryana High Court, Justice J.R. Majithia, at Chandigarh recently. The committee has been appointed by the state government to oversee the entrance test conducted by private professional colleges of minority communities.

The Christian organisations were represented by the Rev Clarance Bansi Lal, moderator, United Church of Northern India, Punjab Synod, who is also president of United Church of Northern Indian Trust Association along with its attorney, Mr B.M. Frederick. Dr John Pramod, acting director, Dr Mohan Verghese, principal, Dr Basant Pawar, Deputy Director, Dr R. Calton, Vice-Principal, Dr J.L. Joshi and Dr Abhi Thoms were also present in the meeting.

Other demands put forward by them included display of marks obtained by the selected students on the waiting list, against their names in order to keep transparency.

The also sought abolition of sponsoring system in Christian Medical College, Ludhiana. They suggested an end to admission to the BDS course through the church sponsoring system. They pointed out that since it was a defective system as students having less marks in entrance test got admission and others having more marks were left out.

The members also demanded a check on the admission of those non-Christian candidates who got admission by converting themselves to Christianity overnight through priests, bishops or some other sponsoring agency.

The Christian Medical College, Ludhiana Society (Regd) has authorised four to five churches with their frontal organisations to sponsor 31 candidates. Thus there are 31 categories and each has its own merit.

The members said, there were dozens of churches in India which had sponsoring rights and thousands of talented students associated with these churches had no use of the sponsoring system.

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300 participate in painting contest
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 23
A painting competition was held at New Senior Secondary School, Sarabha Nagar, in association with the Bharat Vikas Parishad, here today. Nearly 300 students took part.

The contest was divided into three groups. Group ‘A’ consisted of students from Class I to V; Group ‘B’ consisted of students from Class VI to VIII; and Group ‘C’ consisted of students of Class IX and X.

The competition was based on freehand drawing on natural scenery, folk dances, village scene and hill scene. The results are:

Group ‘A’: Harpreet Singh Sidhu of Class V (I); Tanvi Sharma of Class IV (II); and Sandeep Kumar of Class V (III). Group ‘B’: Lalima Sethi of Class VIII (I); Deepa of Class VI (II); and Meenakshi of Class VII (III). Group ‘C’: Rahul Gupta of Class IX-B (I); Taranjot Kaur of Class X-B (II); and Jaspreet Singh of Class X-A (III).

The Deputy Director Principal, Mr H.C. Gupta, gave away prizes to the winners and Mr Dalbir Nanda, secretary, Bharat Vikas Parishad, presented a vote of thanks.

Environment week: Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School has organised an environment week, “Save the earth”.

Tiny tots planted saplings. Each pre-primary section has its own area of responsibility which they will nurture.

The school organised different competitions like slogan writing, essay writing, English elocution, “walking posters” and inter-house quiz. Expressive slogans and innovative “walking posters” were the highlights of the week.

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Children learn aspects of rural life
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 23
Firsteps Playway School organised ‘At the farm’ programme on the school premises to introduce the urban children to various aspects of rural life. The programme included various activities in the rural areas and even showed various types of animals and plants to the children.

The principal of the school, Ms Poonam Mahajan, said the main idea behind the show was to provide a different way of learning to the children. She said the concept of a “farm” and the activities that take place there were introduced in a playway method like milking the cow.

She said besides being fun and entertainment, it was an education event as well. Children learnt about animals they were made aware of some fascinating facts regarding these animals and how these were of help to human beings.

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B.Sc (Home Science) gets positive response
Tribune News service

Ludhiana, July 23
The B.Sc. (Hons.) Home Science 4-year programme run by the College of Home Science, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, got a positive response. Against the total 40 seats, 127 candidates had applied.

Giving this information, the Dean of the College, Dr M.K. Dhillon said the college would put in all its might to make this progamme a success. She further added that the college was also running one year diploma courses in food preservation and baking; fashion designing; management of creche and nursery school and interior decoration.

The College of Home Science also runs one-year certificate course in home science and selected agricultural practices. This course is meant for rural girls who can join this course after class X.

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Green Land boys win title
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 23
On the concluding day of the Sahodaya School Table Tennis Tournament, hosts Green Land Senior Secondary Public School clinched the U-17 and U-19 Ludhiana Sahodaya School complex table tennis titles in the boys section. In the final, Green Land Senior Secondary Public School (U-19) boys team beat Sacred Heart School Sarabha Nagar. In the U-17 boys section Green Land beat Sacred Heart.

Results: U-19 boys final- Green Land b Sacred Heart Sarabha Nagar 3:1. Sun Ming b Abhay 3-2, Atul b Prateek 3-0, Sumit b Varun 3-0, Abhay b Prateek 3-0. U-17 boys final: Green Land b Sacred Heart Sarabha Nagar 3-0. Manpreet b Jaideep 3-0, Sahil b Rachit 3-0, Dharminder b Harsh 3-0.

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