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Horticulture’s role in diversification stressed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 12
“Horticulture can play a significant role in diversification and it is the need of the hour to initiate a horticulture club at Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, which can serve as a platform to meet the requirements of the Johal Committee report for changing the wheat-paddy rotation in the the state. Now the students, scientists and the horticulturists can discuss problems and challenges of the field”, said Dr Malwinder Singh Tiwana, Dean, College of Agriculture, while inaugurating the horticultural club here at PAU.

Dr D.K. Uppal, former Head of the horticulture Department of PAU and serving at Commission for Horticulture Development of India, said we could learn many things from the retired scientists and the horticulture club is a step in this direction. He assured that he would work for the betterment of the club.

Dr Yog Raj Chanana, Head of the Horticulture Department said IFFCO Tokio Insurance Company had agreed to spend Rs 5 lakh for the development of Horticultural activities and M/s Passi Mechanical Works, Ludhiana, would bear the expenditure of the 1st issue of the horticulture newsletter to be published shortly. Dr Visakha Singh Dhillon was nominated as the Editor of the newsletter. Dr Jagtar Singh Bal, a senior faculty member of department extended a vote of thanks.

Cow competition: Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, is going to organise a competition of milking cows in the Kisan Mela to be held on March 4, 5, here at the main campus.

Dr Amrik Singh Sandhu, Director of Extension Education, said that the animal had to stay for two-three days there and the owner would bear the expenses. Entry forms for competition can be submitted up to February 17, 2005.

Fish Farmers Club: The bi-monthly meeting of the Punjab Fish Farmers’ Club was held at the Punjab Agricultural University. Fish farmers from various districts of Punjab participated in the meeting.

The Directorate of Extension Education and the Department of Zoology and Fisheries, Punjab Agricultural University, jointly organised the meeting. Dr J.S. Bhalla, coordinator of the club, initiated the proceedings while Dr H.S. Sehgal, Professor and Incharge of Fisheries and technical coordinator of the club, explained the importance of catfish culture as catfishes do not have intramuscular bones and have high consumer preference. He cautioned not to culture ‘Thai Mague’ which has an adverse effect on our indigenous fish fauna.

Dr Ahas Dhawan, delivered a lecture on the status of the banned ‘Thai Magur’ fish.



From Schools & Colleges
KVM bids adieu to Classes
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 12
Two functions were arranged at Kundan Vidya Mandir to bid farewell to the students of class X and class XII.

A havan was performed for the good results of the students. The students of class XI presented a western dance after a devotional song. The selection of the best-dressed boy and girl for the evening was made by selecting students from each section.

Mr and Ms KVM were selected on the basis of points scored in aptitude, academics, co-curricular activities and discipline. Simardeep was declared Mr Evening while Jasleen was crowned Ms Evening.

During the farewell of Class X, the function started with a pooja dance followed by a cultural programme.

The cowboy dance was a unique presentation. Mr Kunal Khurana and Ms Nitika Mahajan were declared Mr and Mrs Evening.

The Principal wished the outgoing students a bright and prosperous future.

Basant visits SVMSS

Sanatan Vidya Mandir SS School, Civil Lines, Ludhiana, celebrated ‘Basant’ function. Ms Sadhna Sharma, Principal, told the students importance of ‘Basant’ festival.

Referring to a verse of the Gita wherein Lord Krishna says, “I am also a spring season from all the seasons”, she added that as spring was the season of flowers similarly students should blossom even during adversities.

A host of items were presented by the students of Nursery to Class V which included songs and dances. Girls of Plus 1 and 2 participated in Yellow Dish and Rangoli-making competitions.

Mr Ramesh Kapoor was the chief guest.

Results of the competitions are as follows:

Yellow Dish Competition of +2 Class: Kanika and Isha-first, Chinaar and Sonali-second

Results of +one class: Reena and Noorie-first, Chandani and Pooja-second.

SDP declamation contest

Mr Ram Lal Bhasin Memorial Declamation Competition was organised in SDP School, Hazoori Road, here today. For last five years, the school has been holding a declamation contest in memory of Mr Ram Lal Bhasin, a great freedom fighter and social activist.

This year, teams from 15 schools participated in the competition. The chief guest was Mr Ajmer Singh, PCS, whereas the function was presided over by Mr Balraj Bhasin, Director, PUNSUP. The function started with Saraswati Vandana and floral tributes were paid to Mr Ram Lal.

The topics the students spoke on were contribution of youth in country’s development, the new education policy of the Punjab Govt and Crime in religion and politics.

Mr Ajmer Singh lauded the oratorial skills of the students. He said the students learn a lot from such contests as the topics chosen were very relevant.

The results of the competition are as follows:

The overall trophy was won by Kundan Vidya Manfir. The individual prizes were won by Sushant of KVM, Aswina of Sargodha Public School and Parampreet of Sargodha Public School. The prizes were also shared by Akanksha of KVM and Priya of SDP School.

Music contest

An Inter-college competition in geet, lok geet, kissa kav, sufi kav, veer kav and Hindi songs was held at Gujranwala Guru Nanak Khalsa College here today.

Participants from a large number of colleges vied with each other enthusiastically in this competition.

Mr Harmohinder Singh, Joint Secretary, Khalsa Education Council, lighted the lamp. Mr Dalip Kumar Verma, Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner and an old student of the college, presided over the function and gave away prizes to the winners.

Quoting Kabir, Mr Verma dwelt upon the role of teachers in the development of student’s personality. Going down the memory lane, he appreciated the progress made by the college over the years to reach the present enviable status. Principal Gurdip Singh welcomed the guests and exhorted the participants to channalise their energy in creative and constructive activities.

Dr Gurmohan Singh Ahluwalia, Head, Postgraduate Department of Punjabi, highlighted the importance of conducting this annual feature to bring out the hidden talent of the youth. The judges of the events were Dr H.S. Sidhu, Ms Gurmeet Kaur and Ms Vinod Sharma. Prof L.S. Bedi was co-ordinator while Prof Jatinder Kapur and Dr Amrit Rishma compared the show.

Present on the occasion were Mr Kuljit Singh, assistant secy, KHC, Principal Joginder Singh, Prof J.S. Chabbra, Prof K.B.S. Sodhi, Prof P.S. Sethi, Prof Mahavir Singh etc.

The following are the results of the competition:

Inter-College Music Competition Trophy went to Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women (Gujarkhan ), Ludhiana.

Folk song category: Mr Gurlej Akhtar, Guru Nanak Khalsa College (Gujarkhan) — Ist, Miss Sonia Ahuja, Govt College for Women, Ludhiana — 2nd, Mr Jagpreet Singh, GGN Khalsa College, Ludhiana — 2nd, Miss Daljeet Kaur, Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women (Gujarkhan) — 3rd.

Geet Category: Mr Amit Sharma, Govt college for boys, Ludhiana — 2nd, Ms Sarabjit Kaur, Master Tara Singh College, Ludhiana — 3rd.

Annual function

The annual function of DAV Public School, Sarabha Nagar Extension, Ludhiana, was held Saturday. Mr S.K. Sharma, Municipal Commissioner, Ludhiana, was the chief guest. Mr R.S. Patial, Principal of the school, gave the welcome speech.

The function started with “Saraswati Vandana” and “Bhoomi Manglam”. An English play based on “Beauty and the Beast” left the viewers spellbound. The synchronisation exhibited in Rajasthani and Naga dances and Kelbelia captivated the viewers.

A Hindi play “Lakh ki Nak” was also staged. This was followed by giddha and bhangra. Vote of thanks was proposed by Mr Yogesh Soni, LMC member.

GNIMT alumni meet

Guru Nanak Institute of Management & Technology (GNIMT), Ludhiana, held the annual meeting of its alumni association here on Saturday. Around 250 old students paticipated. GNIMT students presented cultural activities on the occasion.

Mrs Jyoti Sharma and Mrs Sandya Mehta organised and coordinated the meeting.

Shabad contest

Mr Bakhtwar Singh Gill Memorial Annual Shabad Gayan Competition was held at GHG Khalsa College, Gursar Sudhar, here on Friday. The results of the group song are as follows: Master Tara Singh College 1, Mata Sahib Kaur Khalsa Girls College , Kotan, 2, GN College for Girls 3, Khalsa College for Women , Sidhwan Khurd, 4. The individual first prize went to MTSM College, Ludhiana.

Basant celebrated

Students of Master Tara Singh College organised a short and colourful function to celebrate Basant Panchmi here on Saturday.



Students get chance for ‘Xclusive Expression’
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, February 12
Desh Bhagat Institute of Management and Computer Sciences alongwith Desh Bhagat Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology, Mandi Gobindgarh organised an intra-college four-day “Xclusive Expression-05” which included cultural, literary, technical, sports, fine arts and hotel management events. Eminent personalities and celebrities from various fields of society participated in the festival.

On the inaugural day the guests of honour were Dr M.S. Grewal, Registrar, Punjab Technical University (PTU), Jalandhar, and Mr Sandeep Hans, SDM, Amloh.

Dr M.S. Grewal, Registrar, PTU, Jalandhar, emphasised the importance of time and skill in students by saying that these not only allow students to work as a team but also gives them the experience of how to practically manage things.

Ms Shalini Gupta, director of the institute, also stressed the need of such cultural festivals.

The attractions of the festival were musical events which include solo song, solo dance, group dance and mimicry.

The technical events included computer quiz and software development, literary events included an ad-mad show, fine arts events included painting and collage making.

Hotel Management events included recipe-making, salad-making and flower arrangement and sports event included table tennis, volleyball, cricket, athletics and chess.

Mr Tajinder Kaur, vice-president, Desh Bhagat Group of Institutes, gave the vote of thanks.

The following are the results: Solo song — Satwant Kaur (1) and Rozy (2); solo dance — Sukhwinder (1) and Nitika (2); Mimicry — Lakhwinder (1) and Rahul (2); Table tennis (girls) — Kulvir (1) and Monika (2); (Boys) — Rajiv (1)and Tejinder (2), Collage making — Manjeet (1) and Parminder (2).

Ms Shalini Gupta, Director of the institute, stressed on the need of sports activities which enhance the personality of the child.

The second-day of "Xclusive Expression-05" was declared open at Desh Bhagat Institute of Management & Computer Sciences by Mr D.S. Rana, DSP, Amloh today.

Mr Jora Singh, Chairman of Desh Bhagat Group of Institutes, welcomed the guest. The following have been declared winners in today's competitions:



PSEB appeal dismissed
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 12
The State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has dismissed the appeal filed by the PSEB, holding that the demand raised by it alleging theft charges against a consumer was against the rules and rightly quashed by the Ludhiana's Consumer Forum.

The commission observed that the signatures of the consumer were not taken at the time of the removal of the meter and there was no evidence with regard to the proper packing of the meter.

It was further observed that the consumer was not called to the M.E.Laboratory at the time of checking of the meter.

The District Consumer Forum had earlier quashed the demand of Rs 62,147 raised by the PSEB while deciding the complaint of Mr Balraj Kumar of Santokh Nagar in 2001. 



Students involved in kidnap bid produced before SDM
Our Correspondent

Khanna, February 12
The kidnapping case of a college girl took a new turn today when the police produced three students of A.S. College Khanna before SDM Khanna Jaspal Mittal on the charges of Sections 107 and 51 of the IPC. The police said the parents were not willing to register an FIR so it had taken this step. The college management and college disciplinary committee held meetings in the college and passed some orders.

Following a complaint by the parents of a girl student, the police had arrested three students, of the college. The Principal also suspended these students from the college yesterday following the decision of the disciplinary committee.

Today, a meeting of the committee was held and it was decided to ban the use of mobile phones on the college premises.

At the meeting of the management, it was decided that the management, would cooperate with the Principal to maintain discipline.

Mr Yoginder Sharma, president of the college management, said the management had decided that a chance may be given to all three students to prove their innocent. Any other action would be taken after the police report.


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