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Japanese experts study growth of agriculture
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 4
A team of agriculture experts from Japan, headed by Dr Seiichi Fukui, Professor, Agricultural Economics, Developing Economics, Kobe University, in association with the Asian Population and Development Association and the Indian Parliamentarians Association on Population and Development, today visited Ludhiana to gather information about the development of agriculture and the level of techniques being used by farmers.

The other members of the team included Dr Akihiko Ohno, Professor, Agricultural Economics, Aoyamagakuin University, Mr Osamu Kusumoto, Senior Sociology Researcher, APDA, and Mr Masanori Talemoto, Member, Economics and Researcher, APDA.

Dr Fukui said the purpose of the visit was to explore the possibilities of cooperation to bring about improvement in agriculture. He said they would also conduct a survey regarding the agriculture economics and the financial position of the farmers.

Dr Rajinder Singh Pandher, Chief Agriculture Officer, PAU, briefed the team about the level of agriculture and the technology being used in the fields. They were also given details about the new diversification plan of the state government and about the extension work being done by the university and the Agriculture Department to the educate the farmers regarding new policies of the government.

Mr Manmohan Sharma, secretary, Indian Parliamentarians Association for Population and Development, who is conducting the visit, said the team would also visit advanced villages in the district and have discussions with farmers about the agriculture development and possibilities of further improvement.


Culture affects views on abortion, says US student
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 4
Abortion rights and prenatal testing are viewed differently in Asian countries than in the USA as Indian women take abortion as normal and morally justifiable while it is considered wrong and is controversial in the USA, said Ms Reeti Chawla, a first-year medical student from Stonybrook University, New York, in her research on ‘Comparitive study on abortion — views, rights and beliefs’. She had found that a female patient’s right to choose abortion or agree to prenatal testing was influenced by her cultural viewpoint and attitude and her decision depended on the pressure from her husband and in-laws.

Ms Reeti Chawla was here recently to study what Indian women thought of this practice. She took samples of at least 200 women. Talking to Ludhiana Tribune, she said, “I chose this topic because studying women’s behaviour had been my field of interest. Abortion is common in India. Gender discrimination, overpopulation and poverty are the main reasons. Physical deformity in the foetus and lack of the concept of contraception add to the problem, A majority of women in the USA are against abortion.”

She found that the role of physicians was important in curbing the practice of abortion. She said, “In the USA, a woman is not discouraged to give birth to a challenged child as the government provides aid. Abortion prevails in India as no financial support is provided by the government to families with challenged children.”


300 children take part in painting contest
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 4
In connection with the cultural week celebrations, the Bharat Vikas Parishad (BVP), Shivaji branch, organised a painting competition at Shishu Model Senior Secondary School in Basti Jodhewal here yesterday. Ms Neelam Bangia was the project in charge. More than 300 students painted pictures on different topics like pollution control and drug addiction.

Giving away the prizes to the winners Mr Randhir Sharma, president of BVP, spoke about the different projects of the body, especially those relating to education and students.

Following were the winners of the competition: group A — Kimmi Sharma 1, Balak Updesh 2, Vikas Sharma 3, Charanjit Singh and Damandeep Kaur — consolation prizes; group B — Manisha Rani 1, Neelam Rani 2, Kamini Sharma 3, Rajesh Bedi and Ravinder Singh — consolation prize; group C — Rajesh Kumar 1, Manmeet Singh 2, Rahul Mehra 3, Mandeep Kaur and Manpreet Kaur — consolation prizes; and group D — Davinder Singh 1, Ritu Sharma 2, Kiratpal Singh 3, Ashish Kumar and Jyoti Sharma — consolation prizes.

New academic session

The Ludhiana College of Engineering and Technology, Katani Kalan, Ludhiana, started its new academic session yesterday with a formal introduction of the college to the new entrants. Mr Vijay Kumar Gupta, chairman of the Vikas Educational Society, was the chief guest for the day. In his address to the students, Mr Gupta said hard work, sincerity and innovation were the key factors to success. He quoted few words from Bhagwadgeeta to inspire the students to perform their duties sincerely, both in studies and in co-curricular activities.

Ms Shailaja Sharma welcomed the parents and students and informed them about different departments of the college. The Principal Dr J.S. Sohal, also addressed the students. He dwelt at length about the mission and vision of the college to turn the students into thorough professionals. He also highlighted the achievements of the college in academics and other extra-curricular activities like placement cell, cultural and sports. Heads of the departments, faculty members and in charge of different activities highlighted the functioning of each department and facilities available in the college.

Saplings planted

A sapling plantation campaign was conducted by the NSS unit of Guru Nanak Girls College here on Tuesday. The Principal, Ms Charanjit Mahal, inaugurated the campaign by planting the saplings on the college campus. She highlighted the importance of trees towards the restoration of clean and green environment. The students were encouraged to plant trees during rainy season. While laying stress on environment education, she educated the students about the devastating effects of pollution and discussed about the ways of controlling pollution.


‘Vanmahotsava’ observed
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 4
A one-day NSS camp and ‘Vanmahotsava’ function were organised at Everest Public Senior Secondary School, Moti Nagar, here today. Mr Jagdish Rahi, Assistant Director, Youth Services, was the chief guest.

The NSS unit of the school, headed by Dr V.K. Kapila of the Bada Jaswant Singh Dental College, organised a dental check-up awareness camp at the school. Doctors examined the students and volunteers.

Mr Jagdish Rahi, Prof Hardial Singh and Mr Bhagwan Singh Dhillon planted saplings. Mr Rajinder Sharma, president of the Association of Punjab School Education Board Affiliated Schools, spoke on controlling pollution.

Training camp

Inayat Dhanda
Inayat Dhanda

Inayat Dhanda of Sacred Heart Convent School stood first in a combined annual training camp of the National Cadet Corps from July 25 to August 4. She bagged the first position in the parade competition.

The camp was attended by 364 students from Punjab and Chandigarh. Six junior cadets were selected for the next camp. The camp was presided by Lt-Col H.S. Sohal. A cultural programme was organised on the concluding day.

Toppers awarded

Dr Anup Kaur Bansal, Principal of the Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, addressed the students on Wednesday. Twelve toppers of the college were awarded cash prizes of Rs 1,000 each.

Interaction with doctors

Dr Ajit Singh Chawla addressed students of Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar, here on examination stress and ways to overcome it on Tuesday. Dr Sukhmeet Singh spoke on drug abuse and its harmful effects.


Release salary, says teachers’ union
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 4
The district unit of the Punjab State Aided-School Teachers and other employees union held a meeting at Arya Senior Secondary School here today to discuss its problems.

Mr Ranjit Singh, district president, chaired the meeting. Seven representatives from school managements participated.

The problems included non-payment of salaries to teachers for the past five months; not filling vacancies; payment of pension to those who retired in or after May 2003; clearance of arrears; and revision of grades for drawing, sewing and art teachers.

Among others present at the meeting were Mr Prem Pal Kaushal, Principal, Arya School; Mr Daljinder Singh, Manager, Malwa Khalsa Senior Secondary School; and Mr Chomkor Singh, Principal, Dashmesh School.


Industrialist denied pre-arrest bail
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 4
The Additional Sessions Judge, Mr Inderjit Kaushik, has dismissed the anticipatory bail application filed by the Managing Director of ShivRaj Steels, in a cheating case. The accused had allegedly purchased non-alloy steel and cheques issued by him were not honoured.

However, the court granted the anticipatory bail to two directors of the company ShivRaj Singh and Ms Jasbir Kaur, with the observation that they neither issued the cheque nor assured the complainant for its encashment.

The case was registered against them following the complaint of Mr Kanwarjit Singh Walia of Walia Marketing, under Section 406 and 420 of the IPC at the Shimlapuri police station.

The complainant had alleged that the cheques were returned by the banker of accused with the remarks ‘’Drawing power not arranged and suit file account’’, which clearly showed that it was within the knowledge of accused that cheques would not be encashed.

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