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Insect science congress at PAU from tomorrow
Vimal Sumbly
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 13
Insects which constitute 65 per cent of all living beings also cause 45 per cent crop loss, estimated at Rs 29,000 crore, per year in the country. With the onset of the Green Revolution, a new generation of insects has appeared, particularly on cotton, rice, cauliflower, cabbage etc.

For the control of these insects, some of which have become deadly pests for food and fibre crops and fruit and vegetables, the administration of heavy doses of plant protecting synthetic chemicals has become essential. This has led to the emergence of pesticide residual toxicity in food and human milk.

Punjab farmers are today, therefore, paying a heavy price at the cost of their health to meet the food requirement of the nation. The excessive use of pesticides has resulted in various side effects such as residues in food and feed commodities, toxicity to animals and human beings and reduction in natural enemies.

How serious the incidence of pesticide poisoning as a consequence of use of these chemicals is can be gauged from the fact that Punjab farmers spray 72,000 tonnes of synthetic chemicals every year to feed the nation and keep the essential food buffer stock full.

Thus to focus on insects, the Indian Society for Advancement of Insect Science in collaboration with the PAU is hosting the first congress on insect science at the university from December 15-17.

There are six key areas on which the congress will focus: (1) Damage caused by insects, (2) How to combat insect-pest problems with cultural practices besides chemical control, (3) Ecology and population dynamics, (4) Insect biodiversity, (5) Integrated pest management and (6) Insect resistance to insecticides and transgenics.

Eminent entomologists and scientists from home and abroad will participate in the 3-day congress.

The presidential address will be given by the Vice-Chancellor, Dr K.S. Aulakh, and key note address by the Punjab Farmers’ Commission Chairman, Dr G.S. Kalkat.

The Head of the, Department of Entomology, Dr G.S. Deol, says that the PAU is working on evolving crop varieties that will be resistant or tolerant to “stress”, including insects, pests, diseases and weather. “We are also working to reduce insects resistance to available synthetic chemicals”.



From Schools and Colleges
BCM students shine in painting contest
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 13
Students of BCM, Chandigarh Road, bagged the majority of the prizes in the painting contest organised in context of the World Environment Month celebrations by the Punjab Pollution Control Board at Ryan International School here recently.

Topics on environment were given on the spot. The winners were Satpreet (II A), Jibin (II B), Kirti (IV B), Assavari (IV H) and Harmanpreet.

Seminar on personality development

Quest Infosys, regional learning and facilitation centre of PTU, conducted a seminar for its distance learning students yesterday. Mr A.R. Sarkar, from West Bengal having 25 years of experience in training and grooming the students delivered a lecture on personality development.

While interacting with the students he gave them tips on now to enhance their overall personality. He explained the students about self-reliance, natural learning, character building, rectifying performance, self-assessment, how to establish oneself, etc. information technology and management students attended the seminar.

Ms Monika Dang, Manager, Corporate Training and Placements, said the activities like regular seminars, workshops and industry visits were very important along with regular curriculum for students

Ms Parimala Rao, Center Head, appreciated the students for showing interest in extra curricular activities.

Gold medal for PCTE student

Shilpa Singhania of the Punjab College of Technical Education (PCTE) has bagged a gold medal for overall position in MBA 2003 -2005 batch in Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar. PCTE students Pardeep Jain, Gagandeep Kaur, Parul, Monika Bansal, Aman Sethi got overall fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and ninth positions, respectively in the same examination.

Sharing her success, Shilpa said this was all due to the hard work and commitment of her teachers and faith of her parents which led her success.

Dr. K.N.S. Kang, Director, PCTE, congratulated the students on their achievement.

Extension lecture for MBA students

An extension lecture was organised for the students of MBA and BCA by the Doraha Institute of Management and Technology here today. Dr R.S. Gupta, Director in a press note, the resource person was Prof S.L. Aggarwal, Senior Professor or SCD Government. College.

The topic of discussion was “Test of Hypothesis” or ‘Test of Significance’.



Everest school celebrates founder's day
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 13
The founder day of Everest Public Senior Secondary School was celebrated here today. Tributes were paid to late Dina Nath Sharma, the founder of the institution.

Mr B S Brar, Senior Town Planner, Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, inaugurated the function.

An inter-school declamation contest was organised on the occasion. Students from various schools participated in the competition.

Mr Rajinder Sharma, president of the association of the PSEB affiliated schools, Punjab, welcomed the guests.

Mr Brar and Mr Teja Singh Dhaliwal, secretary, Basketball Association Punjab, gave away the prizes to the winners and appreciated the performance of the students.

Prof Harlal Singh, former Director, PSEB, Mr Sardool Singh Grewal, councillor and president Everest Educational Society, Mr S.K. Sharma, Mr Ravi Nandan Sharma, Mr Sushil Malhotra, Mr Ranjit Singh, were also present on the occasion.



Fun day at Sacred Heart school
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, December 13
Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Mandi Gobindgarh, organised ‘Gala Fete 2005’ yesterday on the school campus. Students, staff and parents enjoyed the function. The fete was inaugurated by Dr. Sister Prabha from Christu Jyotin Hosptial, Amloh, by cutting a ribbon and flying balloons carrying the message of universal love and brotherhood.

The main attractions of the day were fun-filled games, rides, a puppet show and delicious food. The games included tombola, Bull’s eye, trap the mouse, feed the hungry jack etc.

A cultural show put up students added an extra colour to the function. The chief guest of the day Dr. Manmohan Kaushal gave away prizes on the winners and applauded the efforts made by the students and staff. He added that such activities always bring out the best in the students.



Court summons Gosain
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 13
The Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr SS Dhaliwal, has summoned senior BJP leader and former Deputy Speaker, Mr Satpal Gosain, in a case of defamation filed against him by the Parliamentary Secretary, Mr Surinder Dawer. Mr Dawer and Mr Gosain who are staunch political rivals are entangled in a legal battle. Mr Dawer had earlier appeared in the court in a separate case filed against him by Mr Gosain.


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