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Help check rat menace, farmers urged
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 3
Dr V.R. Parshad, Professor and Head, Department of Zoology and Fisheries, PAU, today revealed some interesting aspects of rats and said the bandicota bengalensis rat species caused major damage to crops and cereals in Punjab.

He added that special efforts had been made by the university to extend this knowledge regarding rat control among farmers. For imparting education to the farmers regarding rodent-control techniques, three villages of Ludhiana district had been adopted this year by scientists working under the rodent-control project.

Of these Gurusar Kaonkey village had been adopted by Dr Devinder Kaur, Sahibwana village by Dr Neena Singla and Beeja village by Dr Rajinder Kaur.

Dr Devinder Kaur, Assistant Zoologist, shared her views regarding damage to crops by rats, especially sugarcane, which was the most affected. PAU scientists have recommended three rodenticides for killing rats — zinc phosphide, roban and racumin.

For the preparation of these poison baits, first take 1 kg of cracked wheat grains, mix 20 gm of ground sugar and 20 gm of any refined oil. Add either 25 gm of zinc phosphide or 20gm of roban or 50 gm of racumin and mix it with a spoon and not with hands.

Keep this prepared bait at 40 places per acre on pieces of paper in the evening in the fields. She stressed not to add mustard oil and not to boil the wheat grain as moisture content decreases the efficiency of rodenticides, especially zinc phosphide.

Dr V.R. Parshad appealed to the farmers that they should actively participate in controlling rats, so that crops could be saved.



PTA repoll sought
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 3
Questions have been raised about the PTA elections held in the Government College for Women yesterday and a repoll sought. Some parents — Dr Amrit Pal Singh, Mr Roshan Lal Arya and Mr Satpal Singh — met the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anurag Verma, and told him that the elections were unconstitutional.

They have submitted a memorandum stating that as per the constitution for the college PTA, the general body meeting has to be called by the secretary of PTA.

However, the secretary and the senior vice-president of the PTA were not taken into confidence.

No proper notice was given to call the general body meeting wherein the elections were held.

As per clause 10 of the constitution regarding quorum, the presence of one-third members of the PTA is necessary, which was ignored by the college authorities.

Signatures of the PTA members are to be obtained on the minutes book, but the members were compelled to mark their attendance on loose sheets.

Minutes of the last general meeting were not read out in the general body meeting for confirmation.

The members were not allowed to discuss accounts and the secretary’s report.



From Schools & Colleges
Anu wins paper-reading contest
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 3
The Political Science Society of Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town, here organised an Inter-Class Paper Reading Contest under the guidance of Mrs Kushal Chopra and Ms Arvind Walia. Vice-President of the society Kuljit, student of BA III, honoured the Principal, Mrs Anup Kaur Bansal, Anu (BA II), Mandeep (BA I) and Simran 10+2 and Nitika (BA II) got the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes. Meanwhile, the youth Club and NSS volunteers of the college, organised a “Grow More Trees” drive. The volunteers planted saplings in the presence of Principal and teachers. An inter-class declamation and creative writing contest was held in the college for Gunet of BA I, Poonam of B.Com II stood first and second. While Impreet Kaur of B.Com III, Poonam of B.Com II and Nitasha of B.Com I got Ist , 2nd and 3rd prize in creative writing contest.

Teachers Day celebrated: Shivalik Doon school celebrated Teachers’ Day here on Friday. Boys performed a humorous script based on a village classroom. An insight was provided into the life of Dr Radha Krishnan by Bhavana. Mrs Mohini Albert appreciated the efforts of student organiser.

Workshop: A workshop on Linux, organised by Guru Nanak Institue of Management & Technology (GNIMT), Gujarkhan Complex, Model Town, Ludhiana, under the aegis of ISTE Chapter concluded today. The workshop was being conducted in association with SuCharu Systems, an NGO, aiming at implementing Linux and Software Solutions .

Medical camp: A medical camp was organised in the SDP College for Women here today. The camp was held under the guidance of Dr Naveen Sikka (MBBS), Dr Shikha (BDS), Dr Harbhajan Singh (MD) of Maa Vaishnoo Devi Charitable Hospital governed by the New Young Five Star Club.

Teachers Day: Mr Yashpaul Ghai, Additional General-Secretary of the Punjab Govt Pensioners’ Association, has sent a draft for Rs 1,000 as his contribution to the National Foundation for Teachers Welfare — a fund set up by the Central Government.

Teachers Day celebrated: Students of Swiss International Public School came dressed up as teachers as the school celebrated Teachers’ Day today. Ms Daisy Pruthi, principal, asked the teachers to emulate examples of great teacher like Dr Radhakrishnan whose birthday on September 5 was known as Teachers Day.

Books displayed: To celebrate the 400th year of Prakash Utsav of Guru Granth Sahib, an exhibition of books related to the Sikh history, and Sikh virasat was organised at GGN Khalsa College here today. Three stalls of books related with the Sikh religion were put up. About 30 paintings were on display. These paintings were brought by Sikh Missionary College, Mohali.



Students hold rally
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 3
The Punjab Students Union held a rally in protest against the high-handedness of bus operators at the ITI, Gill Road, here today. Some other student unions also took part in the rally against rude behaviour of private bus operators with village students travelling to colleges in cities. The other unions supporting the PSU are the Punjab Radical Students Union, the Students Federation of India, the All-India Students Union, the Punjab Students Federation and the PSU (Shahid Randhawa).

Harpreet Zeerakh, district president of the PSU, said private bus operators charged rural students at the same rate as commuters, which was not right. He said passes were not being allowed by the bus operators.



Dr Verma made NSS programme coordinator
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 3
Dr K.S. Verma, Professor of Plant Pathology, has been appointed Programme Coordinator, National Service Scheme (NSS), by the Vice Chancellor, Punjab Agricultural University, for the fourth consecutive term.

Dr Verma is associated with NSS for the last 15 years. He served as the scheme Programme Officer of the College of Agriculture from 1990 to 1994

Under his guidance, volunteers represented the university at various National Integration Camps held at Amravati, Udaipur, Dharwad and Silchar and also participated in National as well as International level Youth Conferences. 



Lawyers’ chambers removed
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 3
A drive to remove alleged illegally constructed chambers of lawyers by the administration was left incomplete following the resistance by lawyers in the District Court complex here today.

Only the chambers constructed on the first floor were removed, while the remaining chambers constructed on seven floors left untouched. The chambers made of wood in the Lawyers Chambers Complex were allegedly raised illegally and number of lawyers had even complained to the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

However the advocates owning the chambers protested and said that they should have been served with notices before the demolition, so that they could shift their belonging to some other place.

A few days back, a retired Judicial Officer, Mr P. Lall, presently a practicing advocate, had served notice upon the Deputy Commissioner seeking removal of the wooden chambers constructed in the corridors of Lawyer’s Chambers Complex.

Mr P. Lall had claimed in the notice that the Building Committee of Punjab and Haryana High Court had ordered removal of illegally constructed wooden chambers, following the representation of more than 100 lawyers.



68 labour cases settled in Lok Adalat
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 3
A labour Lok Adalat was held here today under the supervision of Mr A.K.Singla, Additional District Judge-cum-Presiding Officer of the Labour Court. As many as 68 cases were settled, involving Rs 6.11 lakh were disbursed to labourers. More than 100 cases were placed before the Lok Adalat.

Mr Singla succeeded in resolving disputes between the labourers and employers with the help of lawyers.

Mr Arvind Markan, Assistant District Attorney, appealed to the masses to resolve their disputes through Lok Adalats, as they save money and time.



Punjabi fashion to go global
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 2
It’s the business of marriage that would place Punjab on the global fashion scenario. And the day is not far when you would see supermodels attired in phulkaris on the ramp. That’s what Diivyaa Gurwaara, CEO, Bridal Asia, intends to do.

The annual event, that invites designers from across the country, has on display jewellery, designer bridal wear and other items worth over Rs 150 crore. The event this time would include the creations of Gunjan Virk of Chandigarh, who plans to come out with ethnic Punjabi dresses with the special touch that makes them contemporary. Punjab is becoming a hot favourite of such event organisers with the state registering a huge demand for designer bridal wear and event organisers take up the entire responsibility of arranging marriages.

Diivyaa, who was here to promote Bridal Asia, which will be held in New Delhi from September 21 to 27, said over 35 per cent of the demand came from Punjab. “One of our jewellers had almost 90 per cent of his customers from the state, particularly Ludhiana and Jalandhar,” she said.

She said the marriage market was registering an annual turnover of more than Rs 10,000 crore and a growth of over 25 per cent despite the organised sector holding a measly 5 per cent of the total market share.

“People, particularly from this region, are going in for event organisers for marriages and are visiting events showcasing bridal trousseau under one roof. Last year, one of the event organisers who had put up stall in Bridal Asia, organised a wedding in Ludhiana,” she said.

The event, which was hosted in Pakistan last year, would be taken to Europe this time.

“The idea is to provide a global platform to the Indian bridal trousseau market, a large part of which is unorganised. We plan to conduct this event in London in another three-four months,” she said.

With over 75 participants, the event promises to cater to the Asian bride-to-be’s every need. Be it Ritu Kumar’s sinuous drapes or the eclectic fusion that defines Anamika Khanna, Bridal Asia will have designers offering a unique perspective.


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