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Agriculture needs value addition for better sustainability: Aulakh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 11
Dr K.S. Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor of the Punjab Agricultural University, has emphasised the need for value addition in agricultural products to ensure long-term sustainability. Speaking at a workshop on food processing for the diversification of agriculture and rural employment here today, Dr Aulakh highlighted the need for better coordination between the “institution and the industry”.

Emphasising the need for keeping pace with the changing face of agriculture on the global scene, he sought active collaboration with scientists of the advanced institutes. He pointed out that agriculture in Punjab was already faced with constraints like the shrinking land holdings, indebtedness of farmers and depletion of underground water due to predominant cultivation of paddy.

He observed that although Punjab had made significant strides in various areas of agriculture, yet the development was far from adequate as long as people lacked physical, social, economic and environmental access to food.

He said in view of only 2 per cent processing of agricultural commodities, there was a need to increase it to the tune of 10 per cent for realising economic returns through processing and value addition. Dr Aulakh appreciated the support of Ohio State University, USA, that had been made available to the PAU.

Dr G.S. Kalkat, the former PAU Vice-Chancellor, who presided over the workshop, traced the development that led to the breakthrough in Punjab agriculture. He dwelled on the significance of diversification in agriculture through incorporating alternative corps and enterprise to make it sustainable.

“The private sector can play a great role in areas, including processing, value addition and transport of agricultural produce form one region of the country to the other through an efficient distribution system involving railway and road transport,” he said.

Responding to the presentations, Dr Luther Tweeten, Emeritus Professor of Ohio State University, highlighted that for any tangible progress a country should not work in isolation. For a sound economic progress a standard economic model needed to be adopted.

He observed that India as a nation had made impressive economic progressive since it began standard model of reform in the ‘90s. The green revolution in agriculture brought massive benefits to Punjab agriculture and to the people of India but to continue the pace a new revolution was called for, he added.

He discussed the standard model cities for promoting economic progress while alleviating poverty, hunger and environmental degradation. The other members of the American delegation, including Dr Mark Ebaugh, Dr Fred Bok, also took part in the discussion. 



From Colleges 
GNIMT students excel
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 11
Students of the Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology, Model Town, brought laurels to the institute by excelling in MCA examination conducted by Punjab Technical University (PTU), Jalandhar. Two students of the GNIMT bagged merit positions in the MCA (semester IV) examination which were conducted in May, 2004.

Gurpreet Kaur bagged eighth position in the university by scoring 85.5 per cent marks and Nidhi Bhardwaj ranked ninth in the university by scoring 84.86 per cent marks. Baldeep Kaur of MCA (II semester) bagged seventh position in the university and bagged 86.29 per cent marks. In the overall merit list of MCA, final year Ritika, Nidhi and Kuljeet bagged third, seventh and eighth positions, respectively.

Dr A.S. Bansal, Director GNIMT, congratulated the students who achieved meritorious positions in the university. He also appreciated the diligent efforts of both the students and the faculty members in ensuring such excellent performance every year.

Lohri celebrations: The festival of Lohri was celebrated with great fervour by students and staff of Kamla Lohtia Sanatan Dharam College on the campus. The students danced to the tunes of DJ to celebrate the occasion.

Meeting: A meeting of the Ludhiana Economic Association (LEA) was held at Arya College here yesterday. Teachers from different colleges attended the meeting. Members of the association expressed their views on various economic issues, including the proposed changes in the syllabi of economics at undergraduate level of Panjab University, Chandigarh.

Principal S.M. Sharma suggested various measures to make the association more meaningful and beneficial for the college teachers, teaching the subject of economics at undergraduate level in affiliated colleges. He also expressed concern at the falling number of students opting economics as a subject at undergraduate level.

The office-bearers of the LEA for the year 2005-2006 include Principal S.M. Sharma — president, Prof T.S. Taneja — vice-president, Prof Parneet Singh — general secretary; Prof Balwinder Pal Singh — joint secretary; Prof Mohd. Saleem — convener; and Prof Ranjana Sood — treasurer.



PAU teachers condemn misleading statements
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 11
The PAU Teachers Association (PAUTA) has condemned the slander campaign allegedly launched by the PAU Teachers and Employees Joint Action Committee (JAC) against the university.

In a joint statement issued here today the president of the PAUTA, Dr H.S. Brar and the secretary Dr I.M. Chhibba observed that the “PAU Teachers and Employees Joint Action Committee (JAC) was issuing statements with the prime objective of maligning the university and its teachers for their narrow designs”.

The PAUTA leaders clarified that the PAU teachers were represented only by PAUTA which is a registered and constitutionally elected body. There is no recognised body of the teachers other than PAUTA. Questioning the locus-standi of the JAC, the PAUTA leaders strongly condemned the “misguiding statements of this fictitious committee”.

Dr Brar stated that PAUTA was left with no alternative other than filing a case against the persons involved in the JAC and tarnishing the image of the university teachers on false charges.

He said the demand of the JAC for the postponement of recruitment in the university was uncalled for. PAUTA, he said, was in favour of filling up the vacant posts at the earliest.



Life term for killing taxi driver
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 11
The Sessions Judge, Mr Harbans Lal, has sentenced Gurshinder Singh of Balewal village, Sangrur, to undergo life imprisonment in a murder case. He was facing the charge of killing a taxi driver, Nirmal Singh of Kali Market, Amritsar.

Delivering the verdict, Mr Harbans Lal held that the prosecution had proved the charges against the accused beyond any reasonable shadow of doubt. Hence, he deserved no leniency.

Initially, it was a blind murder case registered at Payal police station on June 23, 2000, following the statement of Lakhwinder Singh, sarpanch of Buani village. He had informed the police that a body was lying near the canal of Bilaspur.

The police had recovered the driving licence of the accused near the body, which led to the accused who was arrested on July 14, 2000, following his extrajudicial confession before Malkiat Singh and evidence connecting him with the crime.

According to the prosecution, the accused had hired a Tata Sumo from Amritsar for going to Khanna. Nirmal Singh was the driver of the said taxi.

But he never returned and was killed by the accused. Following the disclosure statement of the accused, the police succeded in recovering the kirpan used in the commission of the crime.



Dal demands rise in medical allowance 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 11
The state committee of the Punjab Karamchari Dal, while castigating the state government for adopting anti-employee policies and remaining indifferent to the genuine demands of the employees, has asked it to consider the pending issues sympathetically to avoid any confrontation.

The committee, which met here today under the presidentship of Mr Jalwinder Singh Maddoke, took exception to discrimination in grant of time scale promotion to general employees and the officers. The government employees of all categories should be given time scale promotion after 4, 9 and 14 years.

Addressing the meeting, Mr Darshan Singh Rakba lamented that the government had inflicted gross injustice upon the employees by withdrawing the facility of recruitment on compassionate ground. Demanding its immediate restoration, he said all pending cases of this nature should be decided without any further delay.

The meeting observed that the government had failed to tackle increasing unemployment and even the vacant posts for which interviews were conducted by the Punjab Public Service Commission or the Punjab Subordinate Services Selection Board were not being filled. Among other things, the body called for the enhancement of medical allowance to Rs 1,000 per month. The dal functionaries expressed their deep sense of shock and grief over devastation caused by tsunami in the coastal areas of several states and made a fervent appeal to the government employees to donate one day’s salary for relief to the victims.

Prominent among others present on the occasion were Mr Tara Singh Khalsa, Mr Bahadur Singh Nanheri, Mr Jagjiwan Singh Garib, Mr Kuljit Singh Dhindsa, Mr Bhupinder Singh Grewal and Mr Beant Singh Dhaliwal.



City to host National Football League Championship
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, January 11
The local Guru Nanak Stadium will play host to the 9th edition of the ONGC National Football League Championship, which commences on January 12 at different venues in the country. The premier soccer outfit of Punjab, Jagatjit Cotton Textiles Mills, Phagwara, will play their eleventh home matches here at the stadium ground.

According to Mr Shivtar Singh Bajwa, president of the District Football Association, the dates for the first five matches, slated to be held in Ludhiana, have been announced.

In their inaugural match at home ground, JCT Mills, in the first phase of the tournament, will take on the Salgoacar Club of Goa on January 29. Other matches will be played on February 2 against the Vasco Club, on February 20 against the Churchill Bros, on February 23 against the Tollygunge Agragami of Kolkatta and on Februray 28 against the State Bank of Travancore. The matches will begin at 2 pm and there will be no gate entry fee for the tournament, Mr Bajwa said.

The second phase will begin towards the end of the month of March and the matches will be played under floodlit lights.



MC Club register win
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, January 11
Municipal Corporation Club defeated Unique Club by 38 runs in the ongoing cricket tournament being played at the Satish Chander Dhawan Government College for Boys ground here today.

MC Club skipper Sunil Sharma won the toss and opted to bat first. In the stipulated 30 overs, MC Club scored 229 runs for the loss of seven wickets. Jimmy was the top scorer with 56 runs which came off just 29 balls with help of 10 boundries and one six. Other notable scorers were Anil Singla (38), Salil Kaushal (33), Sudhir (25 n.o), Pappu Thaman (21 n.o) and Deepak Kapoor (21).

For Unique Club, the successful bowlers were Sunny Randhawa (2 for 60), Jasdeep (1for 32) and Dhiraj (1 for 29).

In reply, Unique Club were bowled out for 191 runs with two balls to spare.

Devinder Behal smashed 61 runs inclusive of 11 hits to the fence. Sunny Randhawa and Pappu chipped in with 21 and 19 runs, respectively. For Municipal Corporation Club, Salil Kaushal and Harmit Batra claimed three wickets each while Deepak Kapoor and Rajesh Sharma scalped two victims each.


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