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Conference ends with stress on integrated weed management
Tribune News service

Ludhiana, April 8
The three-day National Biennial Conference of the Indian Society of Weed Science concluded here today with the participants laying stress on the fact that integrated weed management approach should be adopted to check weeds in agricultural operations.

The conference held on the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) campus, in which more than 150 scientists of different agricultural institutes of the country participated, also stressed the fact that agricultural diversification programme should be carried out intensively to get rid of weeds.

In the plenary session chaired by Dr C. M. Singh, Director, Extension Services, N D University of Agriculture Sciences and Technology, Faizabad, the participants stated that chemical herbicides should be replaced with bio-herbicides, eco-friendly herbicides and through genetic modification of the crops any danger to the environment, should be checked.

The scientists also stressed the need of having constant monitoring over the use of eco-friendly and bio-molecules to kill weeds so that its long-term effects could be seen. Apart from it, they emphasised that breeders and economists should coordinate their efforts to provide best solution to the farmers to overcome the menace of weeds through cost-effective manner.

The main point discussed by the scientists was that they should know whether the chemical herbicides had been leaving any residual affect on the soil or not. Moreover, they felt that they should feel more concerned about the fact that why the weeds had been becoming resistance to the herbicides after some time and that they should develop inter-disciplinary approach to bring out competitive varieties of crops to meet the international standard under the WTO regime.

Dr L.S. Brar, Head, Department of Agronomy and Agromet, PAU, and organising secretary of the conference, said scientists had stressed the fact that massive crop diversification should be carried out to replace those crops which were more pone to weed attacks.

He pointed out that on April 9 a satellite conference would be held in Delhi to discuss the recommendations made by the scientists in this conference so that the entire process could be expedited.



‘Govt unable to check sale of fake Bt cotton seeds’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 8
The Bharti Kisan Union, Punjab, today accused the Agriculture Department authorities of alleged inactiveness in putting a check on the sale of fake Bt cottonseeds by unscrupulous traders and demanded that the accused should be brought to book and given exemplary punishments.

In a joint press note issued here, Mr Ajmer Singh Lakhowal and Mr Manjit Singh Kadian, president and acting president of the union, respectively, said though fake Bt cottonseeds had been flooding the markets, the authorities had been failing to check the same in the absence of testing kits.

They pointed out that on one hand the state government had been urging the farmers to carry out the sowing of cotton, the only cash crop in Punjab, in the recommended time period, on the other it had failed to supply adequate canal water to them.



Let ‘pvt hands’ run govt schools
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 8
Disappointed over the outcome of the meeting of private school managements with the Education Minister, Punjab, at the Punjab School Education Board office at Mohali yesterday, the office-bearers of these institutes have come up with suggestions to explore the possibility of handing over the managements of government schools to private institutions in the state.

Showing concern over the future of lakhs of students studying in government schools, the management committee of the local M G M N Senior Secondary School led by Mr Mangat Ram Jain, president, and Mr Vijay Kakria, manager, called upon the managements of the schools to come forward and help the government improve the standard of education in government schools through counselling.

“It would be in the larger interest of society if we reciprocate the gesture and interest shown by the Education Minister and stand by the government at the time of professional crisis,” viewed the office-bearers. They further argued that government schools could show better results than private institutes, provided the staff was inspired to do so instead of being dictated.

Ms Balraj Kaur and Mohinder Singh of Khalsa Middle School, Nawanshahr, said it was high time that the ministry observed that the management committees of private schools were well-versed in successfully running the schools and the expertise could be extended to the government schools with good results.

Welcoming the government decision to involve private managements in the running of the government schools they maintained that these elected bodies had a wider base in their respective areas and could explore possibilities of inviting financial assistance in case a need arises.

Mr Naresh Aggarwal and Surinder Dhamot, president and manager of Arya Girls High School, Dhuri, respectively, suggested that senior members of private school managements should be inducted as honorary members in the PTAs of government schools. “Lack of persuasion and not expertise was the reason for the poor results in government schools,” claimed the management committee members.

Mr Chamkaur Singh, manager of Khalsa Senior Secondary School, Talwandi Sabo, expressed anguish over the conduct of the meeting and alleged that the agenda item was not discussed. “Instead of analysing the pros and cons of the proposal the speakers tried to appease the Education Minister, who reciprocated by counting the blessings showered by his ministry,” he lamented. He, however, hoped that mutual cooperation among the managements and the principals of government schools might fetch good results.



From Schools & Colleges
Condolence service for Pope
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 8
Sacred Heart Convent School, Urban Estate, conducted a condolence prayer service here today, the funeral day of the Pope. Staff, students and PTA members of the school assembled in the school ground to pay homage to the Pope.

Hymns were sung, passages were read from the Bible and the Director Rev. Fr. Hormise Nirmal Raj recalled the achievements of the Pope. A life size photo of the Pope was displayed on the stage.

Meeting: A meeting of founder members of the Arya College Old Student’s Association, Ludhiana, was held under the presidentship of Mr Darshan Arora, here on Thursday in the lawns of the Ludhiana Club. It was unanimously decided in the meeting that a warm reception will be given to Mr Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, on his arrival on the premises of Arya College, Ludhiana, on Sunday.

It was also decided that the association would honour Mr Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, Member Parliament, and Dr Satish Sharma Principal, LRM DAV College, Jagraon, both old students of the college, on April 16.

The meeting was attended by Mr Parshotam Das Sharma, secretary general, Dr Satish Shara, Principal, Mr Onkar Singh Sandhu, Mr Rakesh Dhamija, Mr Rajinder, Mr Parveen Jairath, Mr Sarwan Sehgal, Mr Krisha Sahnan and others.



Visually impaired showcase talent
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 8
Charu Sharma (14) showed her immense talent and got a word of appreciation from all present when she danced on “Holi ke rang mein” at a function organised by the Aastha ladies club here yesterday. Unfortunately, Charu could not see the beautiful colours which she sprinkled those on the audience as she is visually impaired by birth. A student of class VI of the VRTC here, Charu has a passion for music and wants to be a good dancer or singer.

The club had invited other such children who presented a group song. The students were members of Ekjyot Society and were given prizes.

A rangoli and sandwich-making contest was also held for members.

In the sandwich-making category, Shefali got the first prize while Sood and Anu Mehra won the second and third prizes, respectively. In the rangoli competition, Harleen came first and Sonica Sood second.



World Health Day held at CMCH
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 8
World Health Day was celebrated at the Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) here today with enthusiasm by Trained Nurses Association of CMCH and Student Nurses’ Association of College of Nursing. The theme for this year is “Healthy mothers and children” Dr Jogesh Chattwal, Professor and Head, Department of Paediatrics, was the chief guest.

In developing countries, pregnancy and childbirth are one of the leading causes of death for women of reproductive age, and one child in 12 does not reach his or her fifth birthday. Yet the fate of these women and children is too often overlooked or ignored. The slogan for World Health Day 2005 “Make every mother and child count” reflects the reality that today, governments and international community need to make the health of mother and child a higher priority. The well being of the society is directly linked to the health and survival of mothers and children.

According to WHO, each year over half a million mothers die during childbirth and 10.6 million children under the age of five die from preventable and treatable health problems. Nearly all these deaths occur in the low and middle income groups of developing countries and many of these could be prevented using existing knowledge and affordable tools.

The aim to observe World Health Day on the wellbeing of mother and children is to create momentum and awareness that compels governments, national community, civil societies and individuals to take action to improve the general health of mothers and children.

To raise awareness of the general public, an interesting short skit was performed by the students of college of nursing. A poster-making contest was held under the trained nurses and student nurses categories and the posters were put up in the OPD area to increase the understanding of the issue and to spread the knowledge in general public that appropriate solutions exist by preventive and curative intervention.



175 auto-rickshaws challaned

Ludhiana, April 8
With a view to check plying of illegal auto-rickshaws in the city, 175 three-wheelers were challaned for causing pollution and in violations of traffic rules under a special drive conducted by eight joint teams of the District Transport Office and city traffic police here yesterday.

Sixtyfive vehicles were impounded as the drivers could not produce any papers. The check was conducted in bus stand road, Hambran road, Pakhowal-Ferozepore road, Jalandhar byepass, Samrala chowk and Gill chowk area. TNS 


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