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ICAR team to open more kendras
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 29
A committee sent by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) , New Delhi, has visited Shamsher Nagar in Fatehgarh Sahib to open Krishi Vigyan Kendras.
The committee under the guidance of Dr R B Lal, Vice-Chancellor, Agricultural Institute, Allahabad ,visited five districts of Punjab-Ludhiana, Fatehgarh Sahib, Jalandhar, Amritsar and Muktsar.

Dr Amrik Singh Sandhu, Director , Extension Education ,and member of this committee said Dr Ajmer Singh, Director of Agriculture, Punjab, Dr Ashok Kumar, Zonal Co-ordinator, ICAR, were also on the committee. Dr Amrik Singh Sandhu further added that this committee will decide about the place of Krishi Vigyan Kendras to be started after visiting Shamsher Nagar (Fatehgarh Sahib), PAU Seed Farm, Samrala (Ludhiana), Govt Potato Research Centre, Kartarpur (Jalandhar ) and Mallian and PAU farm Usman (Amritsar ) and Cotton Research Centre, Goniana, District Mukatsar. After starting these five new Krishi Vigyan Kendras, the total number of KVKs in Punjab will be increased upto fifteen.

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Students debarred from attending classes
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, July 28
Suba Singh of Patti Multani (Tihara) has accused Surinderpal Singh, Headmaster, Government High School, Patti Multani, of not allowing his four children, Karmjit Kaur, a student of class 10, Mandeep Kaur of class IX, Manpreet Kaur of class VIII and Lakhbir of class VII, to attend classes as the former had had a wordy duel with the headmaster sometime back.

In a written complaint to Mr Gurmit Singh, SDM, Jagraon, Suba Singh has prayed for action against the headmaster. The SDM has ordered Naib Tehsildar, Sidhwan Bet, to visit the school and do the needful. He has further ordered that no discrimination should be done against the children. He has sought a report on the “behaviour” of the headmaster.

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It’s golden period of Punjabi comedy, says
 Jaspal Bhatti
Asha Ahuja

Ludhiana, July 29
"Although making others laugh is a difficult art, yet I have honed this art by constant practice," said Jaspal Bhatti, adding," Everyone has something God-gifted, and for me, it is the sense of humour. But I have had to polish it."

He and his wife, Savita, were in the city yesterday to attend a function organised by the Lakshmi Ladies' Club.

"I have always tried to improve myself," remarked this electrical engineer-turned- comedian. He had no regrets about having converted his hobby into his profession.

He felt strongly about the Punjabi comedy. "It is the golden time of the Punjabi comedy. We have achieved a lot and we are still improving. Earlier, the Punjabi comedy used to be crude, but now it has become polished," he observed. It was his work as a cartoonist with a Chandigarh-based English daily that helped him establish himself as a comedian, he added.

Bhatti was the guest of honour at the 'Teej festival' organised by the club. The programme started with the singing of "Satyam, Shivam, Sundram" by children of the club members. Later, Bhatti and his wife presented a hilarious item. Bhatti narrated some funny incidents.

Ms Nirmal Oswal, Chairperson, Lakshmi Ladies' Club said,"We thought of providing some moments of laughter to our members during our inaugural function. So we invited the Bhatti couple to create a riot of laughter."

A lucky draw, in which three newly-wed women were given prizes and the title of "Teej Princess", was also held on the occasion. In another lucky draw, the winners of "Teej Queen" title were announced. Bouquets were given to the outgoing team members by Bhatti.

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