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Eradicate weeds manually, says expert
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 19
The Directorate of Wheat Research and Development, Government of India, today organised a training programme at PAU for scientists working at Kisan Call Centres.

The Director of Extension Education, Dr S.S. Gill, who addressed the scientists, said weedicides not only polluted the environment but also increased agricultural cost. He called upon the small farmers to eradicate weeds manually, instead of using weedicides and asked scientists to use simple language while talking to farmers.

Dr Gill advised the staff of Kisan Call Centres to remain in touch with the latest agricultural knowledge.



Christmas fervour in schools
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 19
Bishop Joel V. Mel of Saint Thomas School and St Thomas Education Research Society was facilitated by the staff and students of the school at a Christmas function held here today. As moderator of the Church of North India, he gave away prizes to meritorious students for the year 2004-05. Principal Malaki welcomed the Bishop.

A Christmas play was enacted. An inter-class talent search competition was also organised. The students presented items based on light music, poem recitation and group dance.

Sacred Heart school

Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School was abuzz with a festive spirit when it celebrated Christmas. The classes, corridors and grounds were decorated to usher in Christmas season in the school. Carol singing competitions were organised throughout the day.

A cultural programme was also presented on the occasion. Students presented dances and added cheer to the show. The director of the school, Father Davis, and the Principal, Sister Sobel, conducted a prayer and encouraged all to be a part of the festival.

Traditional Christmas carols and a skit were also presented. It was a pleasure to see and feel the joyous spirit spreading all around. 



200 students take part in contests
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 19
The Punjab Pollution Control Board organised essay writing, declamation and painting competitions in Sacred Heart Convent School, Urban Estate, Sector 39, here yesterday.

Nearly 200 students from 15 schools took part. The function was presided by the host school’s director, Dr Hormise Nirmal Raj, the principal, Rev. Sister Rita Maria, Xens and SDOs of the board.

The competition was held in order to create awareness about environment among the students. Dr Hormise Nirmal Raj also advised the students about the preservation of environment and the harmful effects of using non-biodegradable substances.

Mr G.S. Gill, SDO of the board, addressed the students and urged them to work towards a pollution-free environment.

A prize distribution ceremony was also held. The winners are:

Painting competition: Amanpreet Singh (X blue) 1; and Deepali Khosla (IX green) II Declamation Contest: Danya Gupta (IV rose) I; Priya Kapoor (VIII yellow) II; and Jasleen Kaur (IX green) 1.

Essay writing: Tanvir Singh (V red) II; Prena Jain (V red) III; Gitesh Goel (VIII yellow) 1; Manoj Wilson (VIII rose) II; Ritisha Kapoor (IX green) I; Abha Verma (X green) II; and Hartej Singh (X green) III.



Free education for kids in slums
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 19
Education Minister Harnam Dass Johar today informed that the under Sarb Sikhya Abhiyan all children falling in the 4-14 age group who were not attending schools would be provided basic education free of cost by setting up schools in the slum areas.

He stated this after visiting a newly set-up school in a slum in Haibowal Khurd, here today. He also distributed books, notebooks and pencils among the students of the school.

The minister said under the education guarantee scheme for children, newly started informal schools based on a minimum 20 children were proving successful and parents themselves were bringing children to schools.

Mr Johar said under this programme, the deprived and dropouts were also showing interest in studies. He said one boy or girl with 10+2 qualification from the same locality was being deputed for a group of 20 students to teach the students in the schools, which would run for four hours daily.

He said small children of jhuggi dwellers were not doing any work or earning money for the family but wasting their time.

The Union Government has launched this programme to ensure basic education to every such child, he said

Mr Johar appealed to the people of these localities to extend their cooperation to the Education Department and keep a watch on their children to ensure regular attendance in schools.

He also directed officers of the department to properly monitor the working of these schools by making regular checking during their routine visits and to ensure the proper cleanliness of the children. In Haibowal school, 156 children had been admitted and three teachers from the same locality had been appointed for teaching.

Later Mr Johar visited two more such schools, one at Hambran Road and other at a Jhuggi Dwellers’ Colony on Pakhowal road and distributed sweets among students.

Mrs Harvinder Kaur, DEO, (Elementary), informed that under this programme, school children of migrant and poor people would be given basic education, so that interest in studying could be created among the students.

Others present on the occasion included Mr Yash Paul Mehra, DEO (S), Mr Ajay Johar and Mr Jagdish Marwaha, secretary, DCC.



PAU to hold workshop on fisheries
Vimal Sumbly
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 19
Fish farming in Punjab is becoming popular as a number of farmers have adopted fish farming as a subsidiary occupation. The steadily increasing demand for fish and meat products in the world offers great scope for fish farming. The area under fish farming in Punjab has increased from 343 hectares in 1980-91 to 9,032 hectares in 2004-05.

According to the head, Department of Zoology and Fisheries, Dr H.S. Sehgal, farmers are adopting fish farming as a part of agricultural diversification in a big way. There is a large scope to expand aquaculture in the state. However, it needs to be developed on scientific lines. High-value species like ornamental fishes, freshwater prawn and catfish species that are in high demand in domestic and international markets need to be promoted. A shift from land-based aquaculture to water-based aquaculture is required in view of the declining water table and to make use of about 5,000 hectares of reservoirs for cage fish culture and stock enhancement.

Dr Sehgal further says: “Punjab fisheries is facing a serious threat from the illegal culture of an exotic fish, the African catfish, commonly called as Thai magur, which has degraded village ponds. Carps, which are the mainstay of Punjab aquaculture, have low consumer preference due to the presence of intra-muscular bones. Thus their processing into value-added products is required. To address these problems and to formulate strategies for efficient fishery management, PAU is organising a two-day workshop.”

Dr H.S. Sehgal said the Indian Society of Fisheries Professionals is organising the workshop, “Fisheries and aquaculture in Indus river region conservation management and development of indigenous fish fauna”, in which eminent fishery scientists from different parts of the country are participating.

The PAU Vice-Chancellor, Dr K.S. Aulakh, will preside over the workshop, while Dr P.V. Dehadrai, a former Deputy Director-General (Fisheries), ICAR, will present a keynote address.



Cultural show by special children
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 19
Bharat Vikas Parishad, Dr Kitchlu Nagar Branch, Ludhiana, in association with ‘Geetanjali Club,’ Ludhiana, organised a ‘cultural programme by special children’ here today at Geetanjali Club, Humbran Road.

The programme started with recital of Vande Matram. Dr V.K. Kakkar, president of BVP Kitchlu Nagar branch, welcomed the chief guest and others. Children from VRTC, Ek Prayas, School for the Deaf and Dumb, Nirdosh, Ashirwad, Darpan and BVP Viklang Sahayta Kendra presented folk songs, poems, patriotic songs, folk dances, modelling and other cultural items.

Dr V.K. Sharma, Registrar, PAU, Ludhiana, was the chief guest. The function was presided over by Mr Yash Paul Gupta, national secretary, BVP Gram Basti Vikas Yojana. Other dignitaries present were president and executive members of Geetanjali Club, members of management and staff of the participating institutions and members of the BVP.

In his address, the chief guest lauded the efforts of BVP and Geetanjali Club in taking up the cause of special children and encouraging them. Mr Yash Paul Gupta exhorted the society to come forward in this field and help NGOs engaged in rehabilitation of such special children.

In association with Nature Cure Education Trust Ludhiana, demonstration for extraction and use of ‘wheat grass juice’ was given. Its uses were emphasized for the people in general and the special children in particular.

Mr Ravinder Mittal proposed a vote of thanks. The programme concluded with singing of national anthem.



Education, health facilities free in Sri Lanka
K.S. Chawla

Ludhiana, December 19
Educational and health facilities are free in Sri Lanka and the literacy rate is 97 per cent both for males and females. This was stated today by Dr Livtar Singh Chawla, National President of the Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD) on his return from Sri Lanka.

A four-member delegation of Indian Doctors for Peace and Development headed by Dr Chawla had gone to Sri Lanka to participate in the inauguration of Sri Lankan Doctors for Peace and Development chapter of the International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War and Peace (IPPNW). The other members of the delegation included Dr Arun Mitra, Dr Shakti Prabhakar and Dr N S Bawa of Bassi Pathana.

Dr Chawla said here today that education was free in Sri Lanka at all levels and health facilities were also free. There were private hospitals, too, in Sri Lanka.

He said infant mortality rate in Sri Lanka was 23 per thousand while in India it was 60 per thousand. Similarly the life span in Sri Lanka was 74 for females and 71 for males.

According to Dr Chawla, Sri Lanka is a peaceful country and the total population is 19.2 million less than Punjab population. The per capita income of Sri Lankans is $900 per year against India’s $ 600 per year.

Dr Chawla said textile, tourism and tea of Sri Lanka were the mainstay of the economy. Sri Lanka was giving a tough competition to India on the textile front.

He said above all they did not find any so-called VIP cars with red lights in Colombo. All highways were managed by women.



Inter-school quiz contest
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 19
BCM Senior Secondary School organised the first Inter School Aryan Quiz Contest today. Mr Satyanand Munjal was the chief guest. He was accorded a warm welcome by the Principal, Mr S.D.Kalia and others. A total of 14 teams participated in the contest.

The following teams qualified for the finals K.V.M. Civil lines Ludhiana, Radha Vatika, DAV Public School, BCM Focal Point Ludhiana, R.S. Model Senior Secondary School and Guru Nanak International School. KVM school bagged the first prize and a cash prize of Rs 3000.


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