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Insure crops, Aulakh asks farmers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 23
Addressing a large gathering of farmers from Haryana, Rajasthan and adjoining areas attending the Kisan Mela on the second day, Dr K.S. Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab Agricultural University, said farmers of Punjab should get their crops insured because climatic disasters left crops damaged almost every year.

He gave the example of 1,22,000 farmers of Maharashtra who claimed compensation this year by getting their crops insured. He said besides adopting seeds of new varieties, farmers should go in for new crop production technologies. “We can overcome the existing water crisis by sowing crops which require less water”, he said.

He advised the farmers to follow the recommendations of PAU regarding wheat cultivation and irrigation. These techniques could be helpful in saving water and electricity. Dr Aulakh appealed to the farmers to make the right use of free power supply. He said the farmers should read agricultural literature published by PAU and by following these recommendations, they could make agriculture scientific and more profitable. He added that the Punjab Kisan Commission was committed to purchasing pulses and soyabean crops.

Besides, the commission was putting pressure on the government to purchase other crops also. “We should reduce the area under paddy cultivation and shift it to alternative crops”, he said. Dr Aulakh distributed prizes among the winners in different crop competitions.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr B. S. Dhillon, Director of Research, PAU, said PBW 527 had been released for rainfed conditions. He said the area for barley VJM 201 should also be increased because this variety was particularly suitable for brewing industries. He advised the farmers to follow the PAU recommendations for making their agriculture occupation more successful.

Dr S. S. Gill, Director of Extension Education, said small farmers should produce fodder for their milk-yielding animals rather being dependent on readymade feed. This would also help them to decrease the area under paddy cultivation and they could shift it to produce standardised fodder for their animals.

He said a large number of farmers had come to see the Kisan Mela. He called upon the farmers from the Jalandhar side to attend the Kisan Mela at Regional Research Centre, Bathinda, on September 28.



Stress laid on science-based farming
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 23
Presiding over the question-answer session of the Kisan Mela organised by Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, Mr Mohinder Singh Grewal, Member, Agriculture Cost and Price Commission, said farmers from different parts of Punjab had shown interest in scientific agriculture. It was the need of the hour to bring farmer and science closer and this could be done through reading agricultural books and sowing new seed varieties of different crops.

Mr Grewal asked farmers to avoid unnecessary expenditures on agricultural machinery. Ms Supinder Kaur Cheema and Mr Sant Singh Brar, members of PAU management board, said the level of underground water had gone down by 75 cm this year. “We should use it very carefully, otherwise Punjab will become a desert,” said Ms Cheema. They advised the farmers to grow crops which required lesser water.



UK keen to woo local students
Shivani Bhakoo

Ludhiana, September 23
Mr Rod Pryde, British Council’s new Director for India and Sri Lanka, feels that there has been a growing demand for quality education, programmes and products from the UK for Indians. Mr Pryde was in the city today to promote the UK’s education programmes through various roadshows to be organised in the city on September 26 and 27.

In an exclusive interview to Ludhiana Tribune, Mr Pryde said though education system in India was fantastic but if the UK collaborates with India in this sector, the results will be excellent, thus accelerating the economy. He said thousands of Indian students go to study in the UK every year and build careers. The Indian students are studying at more than 180 institutions in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. “Today they can choose undergraduate or higher-level courses in a wide range of subjects, including medicine, law, accountancy, architecture or in arts, media, humanities, business, science and technology,” said Mr Pryde.

On the issue of job placements, he said the culture was a little different in the UK. “Students work while studying for various courses. Much depends on an individual’s performance. The UK needs young intelligent international students and unemployment is almost negligible there,” he said.

Though it was his first visit to the city but Mr Pryde said he was amazed to learn about various professional courses offered here. “India has a large number of institutions where thousands of students study,” he further said.

About the roadshows, Mr Pryde said they would solve many queries like prospects for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, scholarships and online prospects for MBA during the roadshows.

He said at present 16,000 Indian students were studying in the UK and the number was going to increase to more than 26,000 by 2010, according to a study.



PCTE MBA seats increased
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 23
Under the partial modification of Punjab Government notification No. 13/20/2004-ITE-2/1551 issued on June 10, 2005, seats of Master in Business Administration (MBA) two-year course for the Punjab College of Technical Education have been increased to 120.

The chance will be open to all students through MET-2005 conducted by Punjabi University, Patiala, in June. The seats are to be filled immediately.

Dr K.N.S. Kang of the college said: “MBA seats have increased to 120 from 90 for the college with effect from the current 2005-06 batch. The PCTE is rated as the A-category business school by the ‘AIMA Survey-2005’. The PCTE is ranked 40th among the top 50 business schools of India by ‘Outlook magazine-2005’ survey. In all, the college is rated as the best business school of the region by three independent surveys over the past three years.”

He further added that the increase in seats would benefit students and society by providing them with an opportunity to grow in a better way through a more open professional approach.


A National Integration Camp will be organised in association with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (Government of India) from September 24 to 30 on the college campus. Around 200 volunteers from 15 states will participate in the event.



Integration camp from today
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 23
Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women will organise a national integration camp in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (Government of India ) from September 24-30 on the college campus.

More than 200 volunteers from 15 states will participate in the event. The states participating in this camp are: Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Daman and Diu, Pondicherry, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Assam, Meghalaya, Maharashtra, UT (Chandigarh).

While speaking to the mediapersons at the press conference here today, Ms Madanjit Kaur Sahota, Principal, stated that it was a matter of pride for Punjab that the event was being organised for the second time at the college.

She dwelled in detail upon the various activities to be undertaken during the camp. Staging of plays, dance and drama, rangoli and mehandi competitions, communication skill development and personality grooming sessions, cultural evenings, anti-pollution and social awareness rally, physical fitness programmes, exhibitions, etc. will be some of the highlights of the camp.

She added that the camp would be inaugurated by Mr Narinderjit Singh, Director, Technical Education, Punjab. The valedictory function would be presided over by Prof N.K. Jain, Joint Secretary, University Grants Commission, New Delhi. 



From Schools
Parents, experts interact at KVM
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 23
An interactive session was organised among parents and experts at KVM School to discuss “Generation gap and the role of parents”. The panelists included Dr I.J.S Jaiswal, Department of Human Development, PAU, Dr Lajpat Rai, eye surgeon, Mr S.C. Saxena, Principal of KVM School, Lieut-Col R.K. Sharma, Ms Indu, representative, and Dr Sushma and Mr Yashpaul Gupta of the Bharat Vikas Parishad.

The guest speaker was Dr Lajpat Rai. The session began with a multimedia presentation, which highlighted the concerns of the parents. The discussion was followed by a question-answer session.

Dr Jaiswal also addressed the parents. He said they should encourage their children to put forward their viewpoint. As regards students, he said they should understand their parent’s viewpoint.

The Vice-Principal, Lieut-Col R.K. Sharma, extended a vote of thanks.

Seminar on mathematics: A seminar was organised at Kundan Vidya Mandir for mathematics faculty here on Thursday under the guidance of the Principal, Mr S.C. Saxena.

Mr S.N. Sharma, an eminent educationist and former Vice-Principal of St. Xavier’s School, Jaipur, was the resource person. He has authored a number of books and is credited to be the pioneer in setting up of the nation’s first mathematics lab in 1969.

Mr Sharma encouraged the audience to use math lab apparatus as part of their teaching methodology.

The seminar was attended by teachers from over 28 schools. Mr Sharma also gave some useful tips to the teachers to help students develop liking for mathematics.

He also visited KVM’s math labs. 



Essay writing contest organised
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 23
The Shaheed Bhagat Singh Vichar Manch organised a state-level essay writing competition for college students recently. In all, 179 students from 45 institutions participated in the competition.

Smridhi Sharma of the University Institute of Law, Panjab University regional centre, Ludhiana, bagged the first prize. The second prize was shared by Kamal Puri of AS College, Khanna, and Sangam Verma of the same college. The third prize went to Nidhi Mittal of the AS College for Women, Khanna.

The best entries would be published in a booklet to encourage students to articulate their thoughts on Shaheed Bhagat Singh.

The manch has also invited proposals for generating authentic literature on the martyr and his comrades.

The president of the manch, Prof A.K. Maleri, and the general secretary, Mr Jaswant Zuakh, said the manch was organising an inter- school declamation contest on September 27 and 28 for schoolgoing students from Classes IX to XII.

Principal P.S. Bajaj will preside over the function and give away the prizes to the winners on the concluding day. The winners of the state-level essay writing competition will also be honored on the same day by the chief guest.



Notice to Improvement Trust chief
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 23
The Court of Civil Judge(Junior Division), Mr Jaspal Verma, has issued notice to the Chairman of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust, Mr Paramjit Singh Sibia, Executive Officer D.C. Garg, Senior Engineer Manmohan Singh and Junior Engineer Buta Ram in a petition seeking action against them on the charge of wilful disobedience of court orders.

The orders were pronounced by the court while taking up the application filed by The Kabir Cooperative House Building Society through its president and treasurer.

It was alleged that despite the court orders, the trust officials knowingly interfered in the possession of the land and started raising construction illegally and forcibly. 



Addl Sessions Judge bereaved

Ludhiana, September 23
Parmeshwari Bangarh (72), mother of Ludhiana's Additional Sessions Judge, Mr S P Bangarh, has died due to prolonged illness. Her bhog ceremony will be held at the gurdwara in Hayala village, Nawanshahr district, on Sunday from 12 noon to 1 pm. The District and Sessions Judge, Mr Harbans Lal, and other judicial officers have expressed sorrow over the death. — OC



Mangal Dhillon screens documentary on turban
Our Correspondent

Mangal Dhillon
Mangal Dhillon

Ludhiana, September 23
“The inseparable — a Sikh and his turban”, a documentary, was screened for Sikh scholars, intellectuals and the media at Punjabi Bhavan yesterday.
The documentary has been written, produced and directed by Mangal Singh Dhillon, a popular actor.

Talking to audience, he said: “I have made this documentary so that lawyers fighting the turban case can produce this as an evidence to show how a Sikh and his turban are inseparable. It is being planned to screen the documentary for the judge of the highest court in France, where the case on the turban issue is to be heard in the near future.”

The documentary has been shot at historical locations in Punjab and England, and at Nanded, Mumbai, Paris, and New York.

He further said the documentary aimed at providing relevant information to the world about the relationship of a Sikh with his turban from historical and religious perspective and to find a permanent solution to different kinds of controversies emerging in various parts of the world.

The documentary in English is around 55 minutes long with subtitles in French to reach maximum audience.

“A documentary of this nature has never been made before in a professional manner,” he claimed.

The documentary starts with statements of some Sikh scholars from across the world, including American Sikhs, and goes on to cover other historical and religious aspects of Sikh history relating to the turban and Sikh identity. It concludes with a reference to Sikh martyrs, who had sacrificed their lives during both World Wars, buried in France.

The documentary also showcases in detail sacrifices of the Sikhs during the Moghal era.

Mangal Dhillon said the documentary had been received well by French advocates (who are handling the turban case) besides Sikh congregations during its special screenings in Paris and London.

The documentary provides information on the relationship of the Sikhs with their turban, lack of information on which has resulted in various controversies, he said.

Aimed at the western world, the documentary has inspired Mangal Singh to make a full-length film, “No Turban, No Sikh”, which will be screened all over Punjab, including remote villages, soon.



City doc to deliver lecture in Kolkata
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 23
Noted physician Dr R.S. Bhatia has been invited to deliver a lecture on “AIDS and Lungs” at NAPCON 2005, a joint conference of National College of Chest Physicians and the Indian Chest Society, to be held in Kolkata on November 15.

The conference will be attended by chest consultants, pulmonologists, cardio-thoracic surgeons and bronchoscopists from all over the country and abroad.

Disclosing this here today, Dr Bhatia said AIDS was not uncommon in India and the incidence of HIV was on the rise. In the same manner, the pulmonary opportunistic infections were also showing an upward trend. “Apart from cryptococcosis, cytomegalovirus, mac infections and kaposi's carcinoma in HIV, as well as tuberculosis is the major mycobacterial infection which have resurged accompanying lung infection in AIDS cases in the recent past.”

He said the complications resulted in an increased burden on the community health and were a major cause of concern. Dr Bhatia, however, remarked that such cases could be well managed with proper anti-tuberculosis treatment.

“The essence of prevention of these infections lies in effective preventive measures against HIV. Total avoidance of unsafe methods of intravenous and intramuscular injection, drug abuse and scrupulous observance of safer sex can help in preventing these dreaded diseases of the lungs. Further, healthy living with religious code of pre-marital and post-marital life is of utmost importance in preventing AIDS,” he emphasised.



Improving performance top priority, says Pargat
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, September 23
There is always a scope of enhancement of human performance and I will call a meeting of sports officers of all districts, shortly and try to identify the areas which require an immediate focus to further improve the standard of games in the state. This was stated by the newly-appointed Director, Sports. Punjab, and Padma Shree awardee Pargat Singh here, today.

Talking to mediapersons during his maiden visit to the city, Pargat said I wanted to settle down before I finalise my priorities. “Let me meet my officers and go through the budget and schemes available with the Sports Department, only then I could decide what area requires the utmost attention,” said the former captain of the national hockey team.

When asked about the department’s plan to transfer certain Sports Authority of India coaches who had been here on deputation for the past about 10 years, the director replied that obviously the centres had been affected and he would take up the matter with the officials concerned.

“We are through the mid session and by the next season, the picture would be clear,” he said.

The director declined to comment on the downward trend of hockey, but added that the game should be encouraged at the grass-root level for which budding players be tapped at the school level. “By training the players at the school and college level tournaments, we could get readymade stuff for international meets,” added Pargat Singh.

He agreed with the suggestion that the stadia in the state should be provided free of cost and the available infrastructure be used to its optimum.

Earlier, Mr Gianinder Singh, District Sports Officer, Ludhiana, along with other coaches accorded a warm welcome to Pargat Singh on his first visit to the local Sports Office after assuming the charge yesterday. Later, Pargat Singh held a meeting with the sports personnel at Guru Nanak Sports Complex. 



Volleyball meet from Sept 26
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, September 23
As many as 12 teams in girl's section and more than 16 teams in boy's section and six teams each in the men and women sections are expected to take part in the Ludhiana District Volleyball Championship to be held at Satish Chander Dhawan Government College for Boys here on September 26 and 27.

According to Mr Raj Kumar, president, District Volleyball Association, school teams would be allowed to compete in the junior section while others would participate in the open section.

Entries may be sent to Mr Surinder Singh, volleyball coach, at the local Sports Office. 


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