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Farmers advised to cultivate hyola
Tribune News Service

Samrala, October 25
A farmers’ interaction camp was organised at Urna village by the Punjab Agro Foodgrains Corporation for the cultivation of “hyola” (hybrid gobhi sarson PAC-401) under the contract farming programme in Ludhiana. A large number of farmers from Harion Khurd, Harion Kalan, Balion, Bhagpur Takhran, participated in the camp.

Sharing his experience with farmers, Buta Singh of Urna, said he was cultivating 10 acres this time under “hyola” because he got a bumper yield last year. He was also getting one more additional crop like moong because “hyola” took less time for maturity as compared to wheat. He said his father, who was in Canada, had also enquired about the time and acreage of sowing of the crop for optimum gains.

Another farmer, Rai Singh of Harion Khurd village, who is also covering more than three acres under “hyola” by intercropping it with sugarcane, also informed that many other farmers from his village had also started cultivating “hyola” this year.

He said he was getting a yield of more than 10 quintals per acre and the market price had been favourable. He said with the introduction of new small packing of “hyola” seed this time by the company, many farmers were experimenting on small plots.

Mr N.K. Sharma, zonal manager, PAFC, interacting with successful growers said since the two years, the acreage as well as the number of farmers were increasing in the area.

He said village and block level camps were being organised in the district and the seed for “hyola” was being made available in time to the farmers through PAFC centres, Agricultural Department, Cooperative Societies and BDPO’s network.

The price fixed for one packet (one acre) is Rs 450 and Rs 225 (for half acre) packing and the agreements are signed with farmers at the minimum support price of Rs 1,600 per quintal.

Regular review meetings are being held by the Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, to achieve the targeted area in the district under the crop.

Mrs Anju Bhatia, PAFC, Chandigarh, invited suggestions from the farmers for the expansion in acreage as well as number of farmers.

She said she would be meeting other farmers in different districts in the state and shall share the achievements as well as operative skills of the present farmers of the area.

Mr Sukhwinder Singh Jasswal, Area Manager, Avdvanta India Ltd, shared the merits of the “hyola” crop over ordinary mustard as well as wheat crop.

He said the company was receptive to suggestions from the farmers for the promotion of acreage in the area.

He said “hyola” crop was tolerant to frost and was white rust resistant.



PU Zonal Youth Festival begins
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, October 25
Panjab University Zonal Youth Festival, Moga Zone, began at the premises of Lajpat Rai DAB College here today in which various colleges participated. Light music, bhajan, ghazal and folk songs were held in the first session whereas classical dance and giddha were the attractions of the post-lunch session. The day ended with the quiz competition.

Dr Ajaib Singh, Commissioner, Punjab Public Health Systems Corporation attended the opening season as chef guest. Mr Munish Tiwari Secretary AICC Mr Gurdip Singh Bhaini, former MLA also graced the occasion.

Twelve teams of various colleges participated in shabad/bhajan and team of Swami Ganga Giri college for Women Raikot was adjudged first whereas of Sant Darbara Singh College for Women Lopon and SD College for Women Moga were declared second and third respectively.

Out of 14 teams who participated in light music vocal (geet) SD College for Women Moga, LLR College Dudike, GGN college Narangwal were placed first, second and third respectively.

In quiz competition GHG College for Women Sidhwan Khurd, GGS Khalsa College for Women Kamalpura, GS Science and Research College Jagraon, were declared first, second and third.



College convocation on Nov 3
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 25
The Canadian High Commissioner to India, Ms Lucie Edwards, will be the guest of honour at the convocation and prize distribution function of the College of Home Science to be held on November 3 in Pal Auditorium. Dr P. Sundram, a former Vice-Chancellor of Mother Teresa Women University, Kodaikanal (Tamil Nadu), will deliver the convocation address.

Dr M.K. Dhillon, Dean, College of Home Science, said students who had completed their BSc. (Home Science) degree in the academic sessions 1999-2000, 2000-2001, 2002-2003 and 2003-04 were required to attend the rehearsal on November 2. Those who did not attend the rehearsal shall not be entertained on the convocation day.

She said 341 graduates of these five years would be awarded degrees. Alka Rani, Gursimran Kaur, Sheetu Arora and Gagandeep Sohal would be honoured with the varsity gold medals. Sukhjit Kaur Grewal, Sumedha Ghai and Shweta Sharma would be given the Shakun Oswal cash prize for being best athletes.

Shweta Sharma would be given the Rupinder Singh Brar memorial prize. Geetika Gupta and Gagandeep Sohal would be given the Ms Baljinder Kaur Brar memorial prize for their academic achievements.



Schoolchildren hold science exhibition
Our Corespondent

Ludhiana, October 25
A science exhibition was held at Atam Public School, Atam Nagar here today. It was organised by the Little Einstein, science club of the school. Mr Anurag Verma, Deputy Commissioner, was the chief guest. He was welcomed by the president of the school, Mr Hira Lal Jain, the Manager, Prof S.C. Jain, and the Principal, Ms Usha Jain. Little children dressed as scientists welcomed the guests.

More than 300 students to prepared innovative and creative models. A “Walk in space” was one of the main attractions. A set of 16 coins released in 1969 when Neil Armstrong landed on the moon was displayed. A slide show on solar system followed it.

The misuse of science by the so-called “babas” was another star attraction. A huge model “The world of water”, showing water cycle, uses and sources of water and water pollution caused by human activities was appreciated by all.

“Energy problems and their solutions” was highly informative. A project on bioinformatics, one of the emerging fields of science, was enlightening. 



From Schools & Colleges
Festival for grandparents
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 25
A grandparents’ festival was held at Bhartiya Vidya Mandir Secondary School, Udham Singh Nagar, here on Sunday. Mr Mitter Sen, president, Bhartiya Vidya Mandir Trust, was the chief guest.

Students presented a cultural programme on the occasion. Grandparents enjoyed games, including musical chairs and a one-minute game show.

More than 120 families took part in the festival.

A lucky draw was held and the following were the winners: Mr Kimti Lal and Ms Veena Aggarwal.

Winner of the one-minute game: Mr M.L. Jain and Ms Kamla Devi; musical chair: Mr R.K. Sharma and Ms Sunita Malhotra; modern grandmother activity: Ms Harkesh Sharma; and Lori by grandmoter: Ms Krishna Rani.

UN Day celebrated: The Social Sciences Forum of the SDP College for Women celebrated United Nations Day today. A declamation contest was held on the college campus to mark the occasion. Ms S. Verma, Principal, presided.

She highlighted the importance of celebrating such days and for creating awareness among the students about international and national issues. Nidhi, Ekta, Pooja, Shweta and Simple, students of the college spoke on various aspects and achievements of the international body.

Freshers’ party: A freshers party was organised by students of M. Com. III semester of Kamla Lohtia Sanatan Dharm College today to welcome juniors.

Mr Naveen Mittal, president of the college managing committee, was the chief guest.

The freshers performed dance items, songs and jokes. Senior students performed various cultural items like dance and bhangra.

Rajesh Sharma was selected as Mr Fresher and Ms Deepali Ahuja as Ms Fresher.

The panel of judges comprised Prof Neelkamal, Mr Amanpreet Singh Brar, and Mr Shandeep Kapoor.

Felicitation ceremony: A felicitation ceremony and a musical evening was organised at Ramgarhia Girls College, Miller Ganj, here yesterday.

The function was attended by several eminent personalities of Ludhiana. The chief guest was the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anurag Verma.

Mr Ranjodh Singh, president, Ramgarhia Educational Council, said it was a matter of pride that Dr S.S. Johl had been conferred with Padma Bhushan in appreciation of his meritirious services. He also congratulated the newly elected members of the PU Senate. The Senators felicitated on the occasion included Mrs Harmit Kaur, Dr Madanjit Kaur Sahota, Dr Ravinderjit Kaur, Prof Parveen Kumar, Prof Harpreet Singh Dua, Dr Mukesh Aarora and Prof Jagpal Singh

Some others were given token of appreciation for their services. These included Mr B.D. Budhiraja, Dr Savita Uppal, Dr Amarjit Singh Dua, Dr Suresh Tandon.

NCC cadets who had excelled in their fields were also honoured.

A musical nite was also organised in which the students regaled the audience. Pakistani Sufi singer, Mian Iqbal Bahu, left the audience spellbound with his “kalam”.



‘Patay Khan’ — a journey down the memory lane
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 25
Reliving the past once again, “Patay Khan”, a satirical play staged by Rafi Peer Theatre Workshop from Pakistan, took the audience into the times of kings and feudal lords who ruled undivided India decades ago.

Organised by the Ludhiana Sanskritik Samagam (LSS), the play was staged at Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan last evening. Directed by Usmaan Peerzada and written by Imran Peerzada, the play dealt with the suffering of commoners at the hands of aristocratic rulers and a rebellion against the rule.

Performed by 46 members of Pakistani cultural troupe, the play left a mark on the audience. Presented in a traditional style of narrating folk tales, the stage of the play is set in a small village where villagers wait for their king to solve their problems. They make arrangements for his arrival.

Most people already show discontentment against their oppressive and dictatorial rulers, still some hope that the king may do something good for the people. Before the arrival of the king the feudal lords and the governors connive to manipulate to win over the king and masses for personal power and interests.

When the king arrives he disappoints the public and starts indulging in materialistic pleasures of life. When interrupted by an angry petitioner, who tries to draw the king’s attention to the demands of people, the king gets upset and sentences him to life imprisonment.

The colourful attires worn by the participants, traditional music and dances were the special attraction of the play. Two students from Amritsar were also part of the troupe.

For many the performance by their Pakistani brethren was enough to let their emotions flow unchecked. It was the Senior Superintendent of Police, Ludhiana, Mr Narinderpal Singh, chief guest on the occasion, who became nostalgic while honouring the theatre artistes. Stating that he had identified himself with the language, colourful dresses, music played on the stage, the SSP said he was marvelling at the fact that a demarcating border had not been able to differentiate between the people from both sides of the border.

Later scintillating performance on ‘dhol’ by Goonga Sayeen Dholia and Mithu Sayeen Dholia, both from Pakistan mesmerised the audience. A folk dance from Multan, which was developed in imitation of real dance of horses and camels was also an attraction of the day. 



Women bring laurels to city
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 25
Four city women have done Lidhianavis proud by bringing laurels to the city by participating in Sansui Antakshri Women Special. Out of these four, Mrs Neelam Khosla from Khosla Hospital and Varsha Dhanda were adjudged first runners up in the semifinal round.

There was an audition by a TV channel for Antakshri and five women from Punjab were selected. They went to Mumbai and competed with 200 women from across the country.

Only 48 were shortlisted. Mrs Neelam Khosla and Varsha Dhanda mesmerised the audience and after clearing the first round were awarded Ist runner up. Ms Pammi Sidhu and Neelam Vaid were second runners-up in first round.

Ms Neelam Khosla expressed happiness and great satisfaction over the recognition of her hard work and was feeling our to make a name for Punjabis as well as Ludhianavis there. Neelam Khosla’s two albums have already released one on Punjab Folk ‘O sohneya pardesi’ and Urdu ghazals (chahat).

She is very happy with her achievement.


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