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Conference on weeds at PAU from today
Tribune News service

Ludhiana, April 5
In a significant move which could usher a new era in sustainable agriculture, about 200 scientists will come together for three days on the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) campus from tomorrow to evolve strategies to prevent herbicides being extensively used to kill weeds, from causing environmental hazards.

So far the intensive use of chemical herbicides to kill weeds have not produced any negative results on the environment, however, the scientists, belonging to various agricultural institutions across the country, have been apprehending that the overuse of herbicides may cause pollution.

Said Dr L.S. Brar, Head of the Department of Agronomy and Agromet, PAU, and organising secretary of the national biennial conference of the Indian Society of Weed Science, said: “The main theme of organising this conference is to develop integrated wheat management programmes, to develop eco-friendly herbicides and biotechnological methods to reduce the use of herbicides.

He said due to the wheat-paddy cycle, the Punjab had been facing severe problem of weeds and in about 80 per cent of the cultivated land of this state, the problem of weeds was acute. He said chemical herbicides, which were being used from time to time, had been becoming ineffective as the crops were getting resistant.

Over the past few years, the farmers of Punjab had started confronting new problems as they had been facing new weeds in their fields due to a significant shift in the weed flora and hence they had to spend a lot to make arrangements to kill the same chemically. In the absence of arrangements to kill the weeds manually, they had been left with no option but to depend heavily on herbicides.

Dr Brar pointed out that though India had been lagging behind in the field of bio technological system to tackle weed, some research had been going on in its various parts to develop bio-molecule and eco-friendly herbicides. 



52 students donate blood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 5
The NSS unit of the Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology GNIMT), Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town, Ludhiana, organised a blood donation camp on its campus today in collaboration with the Department of Transfusion Medicine of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital here today.

A team of doctors and technicians under the supervision of Dr Amarjit Kaur, Associate Professor and Head, collected 52 units donated by the students. The blood donated by students will be used to help the thalassemia patients from all over Punjab.

The camp was organised with the aid of Indian Red Cross Society. Dr Amarjit inaugurated the camp and also delivered a talk highlighting the importance of blood donation. In an interactive session she answered the queries of students regarding blood donation.

Mr S.P. Malik, Executive Secretary, Indian Red Cross Society, was the chief guest of the occasion. The camp was organised under the leadership of Ms Rajini Luthra, co-ordinator of NSS unit. Students showed great interest and participated in the philanthropic activity with a great zeal. Dr Col. H.S. Singha, Director-GNIMT, remarked that such activity creates a spirit of civic-consciousness among the students.

“Our major concern is to arrange adequate blood for the thalassemic children as their number is increasing day by day. Many such patients are getting treatment in the special thalassemia unit of DMCH and blood is required every month to carry out their blood transfusion. Their lives entirely depend upon the availability of blood. This can only be made possible if people specially youngsters will come forward for the voluntary blood donation”, said Dr Amarjit Kaur in her speech.

It must be noticed that thalassemia is the common inherited disorder of the world and Punjab is the one of the worst affected states. But unfortunately people are less aware about the disease. The most painful fact is that many of these patients die because of the unavailability of blood as they require one to two units of blood after every 15to 20 days all through their life. DMCH has also appealed to the masses to donate blood for the thalassemic children and anyone interested in doing so can contact Dr Amarjit Kaur in DMCH for more details. 


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