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Bee-keepers concerned over low honey prices
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 9
Progressive beekeepers from across the state gathered at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) under the banner of PAU Punjab Kisan club here.

The members stressed on keeping a sufficient distance among the migratory apiaries for enhancing honey production and avoiding spread of bee diseases. They also expressed concern over exceptionally low price of honey being offered by traders and low production due to inclement weather conditions.

It was suggested that members should convey the genuine sale price of their honey to fellow members. Besides, luring and snatching others’ labour and overpowering of migratory sites was viewed seriously and proposed to be included among the codes to curtail such practices. Mr Hardev Singh Ghanur presented the newly formula-led constitution of the club to the general body. Dr Gurmit Singh and Dr Gurbej Singh suggested to include code of conduct for the association members in constitution and asked for the strict compliance of these codes for retaining membership.

The meeting was also attended by PAU beekeeping scientists. Dr G.S. Gatoria, Dr Pardeep Kumar Chhuneja, Mrs P.K. Pandher and Ms Rupinder Kaur were also present at the occasion.

Dr Chhuneja said that honey should be stored at the lowest possible temperature in cold stores for its later sale when the price situation improves. He also suggested adoption of strategies to harvest the local vast market of honey to so as to fetch a good price.

He also spoke about uncertainties in weather conditions during the past year that led to a decline in colonies’ growth and adversely affected the honey production. Stressing on adoption of scientific practices in beekeeping and diversification in agriculture, he informed that PAU was planning to start a short training course on ‘production of bee products other than honey’. The programme would be conducted every year for progressive bee-keepers, he said.



Doraha college holds seminar on Union Budget
Our Correspondent

Doraha, March 9
The Commerce Association of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, organised a seminar on the Union Budget 2005-06 yesterday. Prof. Balwant Singh Pangali, chief guest, said since the Budget was a significant policy document of the government the common man should be spread among masses. He stressed on the need of spreading knowledge regarding current economic and political issues among the students’ community. He appreciated the efforts of the association in this regard. Mr J.S. Grewal presided over the seminar.

Over 100 students from undergraduate and postgraduate commerce classes attended the seminar. Sarbjit Pal, M.Com IV the semester student, gave an over view of the budget. Yashpreet Singh of B.Com II discussed the direct tax provisions contained in the Budget document. Hardeep Singh and Harpreet Singh of B.Com first year) discussed the agriculture-related measures specified in the Budget. Inderjit Kaur of BA I st year dwelled on the announcements made by the Finance Minister in his speech to ensure social welfare. Ramanpreet Sharma, Anu, Lalit Bobbar, students of M.Com. IVth semester, spoke on incentives given by the government to the infrastructures, banking, financial services and the textile sector.

Anish Bector and Abhay Bector of B.Com IIIrd year analysed the impact of Budget on the individual taxpayers. Vikas and Shaveta of B.Com. Ist year explained the provisions of the Railway Budget. Prof. Gagandeep Sharma made a presentation of the overall impact of the Budget on Indian economy. Prof. Ranjit Kaur also shared her views with the delegates. Prof. Gursharanjit Singh concluded the discussion by sharing his views with students.



Hazy computerised photos raise the risk of impersonation!
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, March 9
While the class XII examinations of the Punjab School Education Board commenced on March 3, it is being felt that cases of impersonation may be more this time, as a majority of computerised photographs on admit cards of examinees are difficult to identify even by the latter what to talk of the invigilation staff.

This correspondent visited various examination centres and discovered that a majority of photographs were quite hazy. At an examination centre at GNN College, Doraha, it was seen that some of the photographs were black, some light, while others were dim to the extent of invisibility. “In such a position,” said Mr Jaswant Singh Gill, controller of the centre,” it becomes a problem. Although the regular students can be identified, it becomes establish to discover the identity of the private students.”

A student said, “It is difficult for us to identify our own photograph. It becomes possible only when we read our name, father’s name etc that we come to know that the computerised photograph bears some resemblance with us”. So much so that a student went to the extent of saying that “my father, who is illiterate, was about to return my admit-card to the postman, saying it belongs to somebody else, when I read the particulars and discovered it to be mine.”

Prof Kuldip Singh, centre superintendent said. “In such a position when photos are unclear, cases of impersonation can be more. Although the signatures are available with us for identification, some unscrupulous ones can still take advantage of the situation. Such a problem is being faced for the first time ever since the introduction of computerised photos on the admit cards of the candidates of class XII by the Punjab School Education Board. The board should either improve their quality or use the fresh photos of the students.”

Prof Jagpal Singh, a member of the flying squad, said the condition of the photographs is bad. Some of them are unclear to the extent to being very hazy. Since the other copy with the centre superintendent is in no better condition, doubts are raised regarding the authenticity of the student taking the exam. Since it is practically impossible to verify the identity of each and every student, impersonation is possible. The board should definitely improve upon its quality, he stressed.



Govt College students bid farewell to seniors
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 9
Students of BA II nd year bade farewell to their seniors. A cultural program followed by Miss Farewell contest was also organised on the occasion.

Hena and her group performed a dance medley. Harpreet and her group performed a bhangra remix. Malwaii gidha by Anita rendered the audience speechless.

Shivya Sahnan, deputy head girl, welcomed the chief guest, Ms Prabhjot Kaur, Principal of the college. The Principal in her speech inspired students to work hard and attain glory in life. Jaskanwal Sohi, head girl, thanked the B.A.II nd year students for arranging the function.

The juniors also honoured senior council members of the college.

About 55 girls participated in the contest. The winners were adjudged on the basis of modelling and question-answer rounds.

The judges were Ms Kiranjit Brar and Ms Manmeet Kaur. Ms Purva. Shikha Sayal was chosen Ms Popular, Jaskanwal Sohi was given the title of Bahar-e-Zeenat and Shelly Jain was adjudged Ms Intellectual



Factionalism dogs teachers’ union
Shivani Bhakoo

Ludhiana, March 9
The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union seem to be divided into two factions with each faction levelling allegations against the other. The two factions openly condemned each other over several issues concerning the college teachers.

Prof S.S. Hundal, President, PCCTU, alleged that some of the office-bearers had started “disinformation campaign” on union agitation. He said that Prof R.S.Brar, co-president and Prof Jagwant Singh, general secretary of the union, were issuing statements on their own, without taking president and two secretaries into confidence. “The union is suffering because of the indifference of Prof Jagwant Singh and some of the executive members”, alleged Prof Hundal.

He further alleged that Prof Brar and Prof Jagwant Singh were convening meetings on their own. In his absence one of the meetings held in December 2004, was “hijacked” by the two. “They filled two vacancies in my absence. There was no urgency to do the same as the issue was not in the agenda on that particular meeting. Secondly, the two persons who became Principals, had not resigned from their executive posts. They wanted to accommodate their members, so they took opportunity to fill those vacancies in my absence”, said Prof Hundal.

Meanwhile, Prof Jagwant Singh, general secretary, PCCTU, when contacted said Prof Hundal wanted one of his members to be accommodated in the executive. The union members decided to accommodate him. But he also wanted his name to be considered for the post of PCCTU president for the fourth consecutive year, which was not possible. “The constitution does not allow it. We were asked to amend the constitution by Prof Hundal. Being lengthy procedure, it was not easy to make amendments in the constitution. Not only this his statements were disapproved by the executive as well”, said Prof Jagwant Singh.

Reacting to the allegations, Prof Hundal said that he had never asked to consider his name for presidentship for fourth year. He said, “The amendment committee constituted in June 2004 could make necessary amendments but not even a single meeting has been convened by the committee so far”.



Dr N. Prasad Memorial Award for Dr Aulakh

Ludhiana, March 9
Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University, Dr Kirpal Singh Aulakh, has been selected for Dr N.Prasad Memorial Award for 2005 by the Society of Mycology and Plant Pathology.

Dr Aulakh would receive the award in a special session of a global conference at Udaipur. — TNS



Indian classical music growing, says maestro
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 9
“Due to globalisation, our classical music has also been affected. It has changed, I do not know for good or bad, but definitely there have been changes,” said renowned USA-based sitar player Ustad Hidyat Khan. He was participating in Satguru Partap Singh Sangeet Sammelan, organised by the Naam Dhari Kala Kender Bhaini Sahib under the patronage of Sri Jagjit Singh here yesterday at Guru Nanak Bhawan.

Hidyat Khan is the son of legendary sitar maestro late Ustad Vilayat Hussain Khan. Talking to media, he said whereas western classical music is dying due to rigid confines of symphonies written years ago, Indian classical music is growing as the singer or an instrumentalist is allowed to express his emotions, and can improvise , add ornamentation according to his mood and personality.

The ustad said, the “presentation concept of classical music has to change . It has to become more visual and faster to attract the younger generation as life has become fast. However, there is no threat to our music. I enjoy playing in India, as Indian audience understands the nuances of music. I come to India in December and go back in March. Now after playing for my father’s first barsi in Calcutta , I will go back to New Jersey.”

The function started by lighting of lamp by Mr Hanspa, Prof M.S. Cheema, Dr Sarup Singh Alag, Mr Sohan Lal Pahwa, and Sewak Harpal Singh.

Satguru Partap Singh ‘s presence electrified the audience.



‘Kijabe’ translated into Punjabi 
Asha Ahuja

Ludhiana, March 9
‘Kijabe’, the first novel by US-based Pally Dillon, originally written in English, has been translated into Punjabi in India by Gursharan Singh Narula and renamed ‘Surkh Haneri’. The novel is going to be released on March 17 by Novel Academy in Punjabi Bhavan .

The novel is an African historical saga. It revolves around Mehar Singh and his family. He is an Indian who immigrates to Africa to set up a railway project for a British company and becomes a part of the continent’s political elite.

It presents a panorama of the vast land of Africa inhabited by wild beasts which consider human beings intruders and would kill them often. Mehar Singh is a brave, undaunted and ambitious Sikh. He survives Mau-Mau rebels and other tribes by his fair and honest dealings and won election against a local rival by a good margin to become the secretary of the KANU (Kenya African National Union)

Mehar Singh is murdered and his daughter-in-law Sharnajit Kaur is convicted of murder and sentenced to rigorous life imprisonment. Akash, grandson of Mehar Singh, an Attorney, is helped by his journalist beloved Anar - a Muslim girl, to expose a conspiracy hatched by political rivals of Mehar Singh. Akash and Anar are able to bring the real culprits to book.

This gripping story, coupled with legal account of an encounter between the prosecutor and the defence counsel makes the novel readable. The love angle of two trans-religious faiths adds to its fascination. In short, the novel has all ingredients - drama, action, mystery and romance. Narula’s Punjabi phraseology is simple, lucid, and clear, say Punjabi critics.


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