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Ghana delegation visits PAU
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 16
A high-powered six-member delegation from the Ministry of Food and Agriculture and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, Ghana, today visited the PAU here today.

The delegation comprises Mr Emmanuel Aggrey-Fynn, Director, Statistics, Research and Information Directorate, Mr E. Owusu Opong, Deputy Director, Agricultural Engineering Services Directorate, Ms Angela Dannson, Assistant Director, Policy Planning Monitoring and Evaluation Directorate, Mr Delali Kofi Nutsukpo, Assistant Director, Crops Services Directorate (all from Ministry of Food and Agriculture), Ms Eva Mends, Senior Economic Officer and Mr Kwadwo Awua-Peasah, Principal Economics Officer (both from Ministry of Finance and Economic planning). They were accompanied by Mr Godwin Amonzem, First Secretary, Ghana High Commission.

Welcoming the delegates, Dr Amrik Singh Sandhu, Director of Extension Education, explained the entire functional structure of the Directorate of Extension Education and the Department of Extension Education.

He said the main function of the directorate was to conduct the adaptive research trials for three years which were evaluated by the research evaluation committee and then recommended for the implementation of the research. This research is taken to the farmers through the Directorate of Extension Education.

He added that the staff of the directorate and the department holds the workshops for the farmers to give them the demonstrations about the latest research technologies. The trials are demonstrated in the fields of the farmers. Describing the second wing training institutes of the directorate, Dr Sandhu said agricultural officers and other extension departmental functionaries conduct the training programmes such as bee-keeping, dairy farming, poultry, mushroom cultivation and bio-gas etc for the farmers at district level.

The Krishi Vigyan Kendras Centres conduct the training for unemployed youth, farm women and farmers in which the problems faced by them in the field of agriculture are solved, he added.

Two monthly magazines — ‘Changi kheti’ and ‘Progressive farming’ — are published in the Centre for Communication, Languages and Culture which include the articles related to the agriculture month-wise.

He further said that the directorate organises two-day kisan melas twice a year and more than one million people attend these melas at the varsity and its regional stations. During these kisan melas, besides the improved and recommended seed, the plants of new varieties and agricultural literature is sold to the farmers at very reasonable price.

Dr Sandhu emphasised that there is a close linkage between the PAU scientists and the farmers in order to solve the problems by suggesting them the right solutions. The delegates were also apprised of the latest developments in the field of research, machinery developed by the PAU, over mechanisation in the field of agriculture cerease in the level of ground water by 42 cm per year and the installation of submersible pumps in order to fulfill the need of irrigating water which is beyond the reach of the farmers.

Dr S.S. Gill, Additional Director of Extension Education, and Dr N S Butter were also present at the meeting. 



From Schools & Colleges
Computerised library opened in Ramgarhia College
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 16
A new computerised library was thrown open to the students of Ramgarhia Girls College here today on the occasion of the annual prize distribution function of the college. The library was formally inaugurated by Mr Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, MP, who was the chief guest at the function.

Speaking on the occasion, he observed that he was very much impressed with the new library as it was a new concept. “A library had always been thought to be a storehouse of books but this library would provide not just books but also the latest audio visual equipment, thereby, broadening the vistas of knowledge. This library has been built with the objective of fulfilling the changed needs of providing not just books but ready access to Internet and other audio visual equipment like educational CDs etc, he said.

Earlier, on his arrival at the college, Mr Dhillon was accorded a very cordial welcome by the Principal, Ms Harmit Kaur, along with Mr Ranjodh Singh, president and other members of the management. The function started with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp.

In her address to the students, Ms Harmit Kaur said the prize distribution function was always an occasion of pride and pleasure for the college. She said the students, who had failed to get prizes this year, should not lose heart and work harder to be a part of this memorable moment. Some cultural items were also presented by the students, on the occasion.

The function ended with the vote of thanks presented by Mr Jagtar Singh, general secretary of the Ramgarhia Educational Council.

Seminar: In an attempt to make the students familiar with the torch-bearers of immense and sparkling knowledge, the post graduate department of Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town will organise a seminar on “Images of woman in Indian English Fiction” on November 17 and 18.

Sponsored by UGC, this two-day-long seminar will begin with a welcome note by Ms Charanjit Mahal, Principal of the college, followed by a keynote address by Mr Gurbir Singh, president of the Guru Nanak Education Trust. In all, seven speakers would present their papers in two days, two of them on the first day and five on the concluding day.

The eminent speakers, include Dr Anil Raina, Dr Rana Nayyar and Mr Sudhir Baweja, all from Panjab University, Chandigarh, Dr Avtar Singh from Punjabi University, Patiala, Ms Sunita Dhillon, Government College for Women, Amritsar, and Ms Sarabjit Kaur from the host college.

The seminar would mainly focus on the changing trends of the image of a woman from an insignificant creature to an instrument of vigorous force and understanding in Indian English fiction.

Homage paid to Sarabha: The Punjab Students Union (Randhawa) today paid tributes to martyr Kartar Singh Sarabha at a rally organised in ITI today. According to state committee member Gurpreet Singh, the PSU was observing a fortnight to mark the martyrdom of Kartar Singh Sarabha.

Addressing the students on the occasion, the PSU leader lamented that the country was yet to give shape to the dreams of martyrs like Sarabha and Gadari babas and the youth would have to take upon themselves the responsibility of putting an end to exploitation, he said.

Demonstrations: The Democratic Teachers Front, Punjab would organise zonal level demonstrations on January 7 at Jalandhar, January 11 at Faridkot and January 19 at Ludhiana to focus on pending demands and protest against highhanded policies of the government.

This was stated by the district president, Mr Bhajan Singh in a press note issued here today. He said the DTF would press for immediate filling up of more than 22,000 posts of teachers, implementation of a comprehensive promotion policy and updating of GPF accounts, among other things.



‘Zen Katha’ to be staged on November 20
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 16
The Ludhiana Sanskritik Samagam (LSS) will present 'Zen Katha' a fascinating historical play on November 20 in Ludhiana. It will coincide with the fifth anniversary of the samagam. Mr S.K. Rai, general secretary of the LSS, said the body had been instrumental in creating "cultural renaissance" in Punjab.

The samagam has so far presented 44 programmes and 'Zen Katha' happens to be its 45th programme in a period of less than five years. "It is a great achievement for any organisation involved in cultural renaissance", he pointed out. 'Zen Katha' is a fascinating story of Bodhidharma, a prince from the ancient kingdom of Kanchi in 525 AD, who was the true founder of Zen and martial arts, as we know them today. Written by the well known narrator and playwright Partap Sharma, the play is a dramatic, historical and visual piece, which graces the journey of Bodhidharma from India to China both on the physical and the metaphysical plane.

Opening in the opulent kingdom of Kanchi in India, it starts with Bodhidharma's birth to King Sugandha, the reigning Pallava King. The first half explores his relationship with his Guru Prajnaratna who trains him in yoga, kaliripattyu and meditation and with his playmate Sanghameeta, who is secretly in love with him.

It traces his transformation from a Brahmin to a Buddhist monk and finally to the 28th Patriach who decides to travel to China with Buddha's bowl to spread Buddhism.

The second half begins with his dramatic encounter with the powerful Chinese Emperor Wu Ti of the Liang Dynasty and then moves to the austere world of monks and monasteries in Shaolin where we finally see the birth of his Zen philosophy and the martial arts as they are known today in popular forms such as Tai Chi and Kung Fu.

"Zen Katha" is a play that tells an extraordinary man's tale — his intense temporal relationships and inspiring spiritual and physical evolution, culminating with his discovery of an alternative way of being.



Free cardiac camp on Nov 21
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 16
“Lifestyle changes among urban population have not only increased the incidence of cardiac disease but have also afflicted the younger age group, thus indicating a dangerous trend. The disease of those in late 50s has now become a threat to those in late 30s. But the most somber fact is that most of the patients come to seek consultatoin at a very late stage due to lack of awareness.”

These observations were made by Dr G.S. Wander, chief cardiologist-cum-coordinator at Hero DMC Heart Institute. He said a free cardiac camp would be organised on November 21. The main objective of the camp would be to increase health awareness and to encourage patients to seek consultatoin at a right time.

During the camp, a team of expert cardiologists and cardiac surgeons would be available for the free examination and consultation to the patients. Essential tests like ECG, blood sugar (random) and cholesterol level would also be done free of cost.



Annual sports meet of PNB today
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 16
The 22nd edition of the Punjab National Bank Inter-Region Sports Meet will be held at Punjab Agriculture University here on November 17. Mr Harwant Singh, General Manager, PNB, Punjab zone, will be the chief guest and inaugurate the meet at 9.30 a.m.

More than 200 participants from eight regions of Punjab zone, Amritsar, Bathinda, Chandigarh, Ferozepore, Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar, Kapurthala and Ludhiana, will participate this one-day meet. Competition in athletics, carrom, badminton, table tennis and chess will be conducted.

The winners in this meet will represent Punjab zone in the All-India Inter Zone Sports Meet to be held from November 22 to 25 at New Delhi. According to a press note issued by the zonal office of the bank, in order to organise these games in a befitting manner and to inculcate the spirit of sportsmanship and for smooth conduct of sports, PNB Zonal Office, Ludhiana, has formed a committee under the leadership of Mr Ved Vyas, Deputy General Manager, with others of the committee being Mr R K Sharma, Senior Regional Manager, Ludhiana, Mr Chand Singh, Deputy Zonal Manager, and Mr Anil Sama, Chief Manager.


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