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PAU tips for farmers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 12
Expecting mainly dry weather in Punjab for the next two-three days, PAU agrometeorologists have issued tips for various farm operations. According to a PAU press note the maximum temperature is expected to range between 15°C and 17°C and the minimum temperature between 2°C and 4°C.

Farmers have been advised to apply second irrigation to wheat they had sown in November and first irrigation to wheat sown in December. This is the time when the normal sown wheat enters tillering stage. For the late sown wheat, the farmers have been asked to apply remaining dose of nitrogen fertilizer along with first irrigation. Sugarcane growers have been advised to save crop from frost by applying irrigation. The farmers, who have begun crushing or harvesting of early maturing sugarcane varieties, have been asked to burn the trash and irrigate the field.

This is also optimum time for sowing sunflower, whose sowing should preferably be done on ridges facing south. Light irrigation has also been recommended for rapeseed and mustard to save from frost damage.

The second fortnight of January is also the best time for planting mentha. The farmers should follow the PAU’s package of practices for sowing it. Conceding widespread damage to vegetables due to frost, farmers have been asked not to confuse the frost damage as late blight. There was no need to spray fungicide on the damaged crop, as some unscrupulous pesticide dealers were asking the farmers, particularly in the Malwa belt, to do so.

The farmers should now start transplanting onion while sensitive crops like capsicum, brinjal, tomato, chilli, etc. should be protected by using sarkanda or polythene covering. Kinnow growers should smoke the orchards during night with farm waste and irrigate. As dry weather was expected to last for some time, therefore, after harvest, remove dead wood of kinnow when dew has evaporated. This will check spread of fungal infection. Horticulturists should complete pruning of peach, plum, pear, grapes, etc.



Dry turmeric before processing, say scientists
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 12
Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) scientists, Dr Sadhana Arora of the Department of Processing and Food Engineering, and Dr Swaran Singh Saini, senior agronomist, who have carried out intensive studies on turmeric cultivation, processing and grinding, have advised farmers to let the harvested turmeric first dry before processing it.

The fresh crop has moisture content up to 80 per cent and for ideal final product, this moisture content must be brought down to 10 per cent. This can be done by first drying it and then polishing it.

Dr Sadhna Arora and Dr Saini said the best way to treat fresh turmeric was to boil it in an open cauldron or utensil. This boiling should continue for at least 45 minutes after the water had reached its boiling point.

Thereafter, the boiled turmeric should be dried in the sun or by mechanical means which makes turmeric rough surfaced. Its surface could be polished either by hand or by adding turmeric powder.

The scientists said some progressive farmers of Jalandhar and Hoshiarpur were commercially processing turmeric and scientific processing technique tips should also be obtained from PAU’s College of Agricultural Engineering.



Scholarship test for MBA students
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 12
A leading organisation for Common Aptitude Test (CAT), Top Careers and You (TCY), will hold a scholarship test, namely 'TCY - the IIM's way', on Sunday at its Ludhiana and Chandigarh centres.

According to a press note, the test will be focusing on interactive exercises and simulated group discussion's (GD) to identify the right managerial personality traits. After assessment of test, candidates will be shortlisted for a GD round. A feedback and detailed analysis of the test will be provided on the spot. The candidates selected after GD will go for final round i.e. personal interview, through which 20 students will be shortlisted for training in TCY. Mr Munish, centre manager, TCY, said, "Students who prepare CAT with TCY, and finally secure admission in any of the IIMs will be given a special scholarship - the 1st year IIM fee worth Rs 1.5 lakh shall be sponsored by the TCY."

Mr Brijesh Kumar of the TCY, Chandigarh, said, "Selected students will be put in a CAT batch and will also be given a fee waiver in all the TCY centres. This test is primarily to spot the talent which has the mental toughness, willingness and perseverance to crack the most prestigious MBA test."



Students exhorted to follow Vivekananda teachings
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 12
Swami Vivekananda Study Circle celebrated National Youth Day at Government College for Women, here on the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda today. The members of the circle presented Role Model Awards for 2005-06 to 21 students of different colleges of Punjab and Chandigarh. Dr A.K. Jain, general secretary of the organisation said the selection was made by an applicant’s credentials, achievements and the qualities like patriotism, honesty, broad outlook, leadership skills and selflessness.

Mr C.S. Talwar, Director, Small Savings, Punjab, in his keynote address said Swami Vivekananda was a great thinker with the boradest outlook. The swami believed that all religions of the world are true. He stressed upon the youth for selfless service to humanity with utmost honesty. Mr Talwar said the youth must follow the teachings of Swami Vivekananda.

Mr J.B. Goyal, Special Secretary, Technical Education, Punjab, said the circle had many chapters outside Punjab too. Soon the centre would have chapters in all cities.

Mr Satish Soi, Mr D.P. Grover, Mr Vinay Sofat, Dr A.K. Jain, Mr Sanjiv Dawar, Mr S.N. Lakhanpal, Mr T.S. Bakshi, Dr Sunil Garg, Mr P.R. Talwar, Mr Vishal Jain, Mr Vijay Asdhir, Dr Mukesh Arora, Mr Vishrut Sharma, Ms Vishu, Dr R.K. Mahajan, Ms Suman Sharma, Mr D.L. Jindal, Mr Shiv Sharma, were present at the function.

The students who have won the Role Model Award are Liya Handa, Ruchika, Shivya Sabnan, Nanak Singh, Anudeep Kaur Gill, Harman Preet Kaur, Ruchi, Raman Sharma , Mohinder Kaur Boparai, Rajinder Singh, Suchi Goyal, Sandeep Kaur, Vishal Gupta, Jasdeep Singh Badhan, Manu Sharma, Aarti Puri, Vrida Sharma , Tanvi Kiran, Neha Jindal, Bhairvi, and Meenakshi. 



From Colleges
Lohri celebrations at Arya College
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 12
Lohri was celebrated at Arya College here today under the guidance of teachers of the Department of Punjabi. Students presented a cultural show on the occasion. The ambience of the venue was in tune with Punjabi culture.

Ms Priya Sharma, in charge, and staff members performed the rituals of Lohri. She also wished the students a happy and prosperous New Year that would begin on January 14. She appreciated the efforts made by students and joined them on stage for dancing and singing Lohri songs.

GMT college: Members of the management, staff and students of the GMT College of Education celebrated Lohri with enthusiasm.

The programme started with shabad gayan.The president of the college managing committee, Mr SKS Thind, and the Principal, Dr H.S. Sidhu, presided over the function.

Pratima and Gurinder conducted the stage. Various programmes like songs, dance, jokes etc were presented by the students.

National Youth Day: NSS volunteers of Guru Nanak Girls College here observed National Youth Day on Thursday to mark the 144th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.

Principal Dr Charanjit Mahal spoke on the life and principles of Swami Vivekananda. She called upon the youth to imbibe the preachings of Swamiji.

Mr Sandeep Kapoor, district representative of the Nehru Yuva Cooperative Society, highlighted the life and philosophy of Swamiji. He advised the students to nurture the spirit of love and compassion, trust, spirituality, positive patriotism and self-confidence.

A paper-reading contest on “Swami Vivekananda — an honour to humanity” was also organised.

Manpreet Kaur of BCA I stood first, while Jaspreet Kaur of BSc I bagged the second prize. Sargun of BSc I, Ravijyotika of BSc I and M Jyoti of BSc I shared the third prize.

Students of SDP College for Women celebrate Lohri at the college campus in Ludhiana on Thursday
Students of SDP College for Women celebrate Lohri at the college campus in Ludhiana on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

Lohri celebrated: Lohri dedicated to the girl child was celebrated at SDP College for Women here on Thursday. Girls attired in traditional costumes presented gala dances and folk songs to commemorate the spirit of Lohri.

Ms S. Verma, Honorary Director, showed her concern at the falling number of girls in Punjab and stressed that their birth should be welcomed.

In Punjab, Lohri has a special significance and is meant to celebrate birth of a child and newly married couples.

Honourable members of the management, Mr Dhari Shah Singla, Mr Baldev Raj, Mr Lekh Raj Arora, Mr Vijay Inder Gupta, Mr Om Parkash Angrish also graced the occasion. 



From Schools
Students take out street march
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 12
Dressed as Spiderman, disco dancers, fairies, batman, with all types of flowers, along with the school band and staff members, students of Shivalikwala Doon School walked in the streets here today. The jingling sound of the lazium, the beat of the dumbells and the tap of the band stirred up the feelings of the Ludhianvis .

The theme of the students was to spread love, prosperity and unity as the walk was well organised under the guidance of Mrs Mohini Albert, Principal.

Cultural show: Jain Public Senior Secondary School, Benjamin Road, Ludhiana, organised a cultural programme to celebrate Lohri Festival. Kids of Pre -nursery and Ist standard participated in it. The president of the managing committee, Mr Narinder Kumar Jain, appreciated the performance of children and also gave away the prizes to the winners. Principal S.K. Kalra thanked the managing committee and distinguished guest.

Competition: GMT Public School organised a colouring competition. Different Playway schools participated in it. Students were divided into different categories. In the two-and-a-half-years to three years category, Nidhi Jain of New Kingdom, Kriti Jain of Gaylord, and Rachit Jain won prizes The winners in other categories were also awarded.

Children of KG Section, Kundan Vidya Mandir, celebrated Lohri here today. Children were told the importance of Lohri. Children enjoyed dancing around the bonfire and eating groundnuts, popcorns and reoris.

Advocacy programmes: Mr G. Balasubramaniam, Director, (Academic), CBSE, conducted Advocacy Programme. The aim was to develop the self-confidence of adolescents.

The chief guest highlighted the need to destress the children and empower and build mental health of the children. 



Ludhiana school games on Jan 16, 17
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, January 12
The local office of the Punjab Sports Department will organise a two-day Ludhiana District Inter-School Tournament at Guru Nanak Sports Complex and Punjab Agricultural University here on January 16 and 17.

According to Mr Gianinder Singh Sandhu, District Sports Officer, Ludhiana, the tournament is being conducted under the scheme, ‘Promotion of Sports and Games in Schools,’ sponsored by the Union Government. Competition in the U-16 years (boys and girls) athletics-100 m, 800 m discus throw, shot put and javelin throw will be held at Guru Nanak Stadium, while basketball matches will be played at the basketball grounds. Badminton as well as volleyball matches will be organised at Shastri Hall and venue for the hockey encounters will be Prithipal Singh astro turf ground at Punjab Agricultural University.

Only one team from each school is eligible to take part in one discipline. The participating players should be student of school recognised either by the Punjab Government or the Union Government. The players born on or after January 1, 1990, are eligible for these games. On the basis of their performance, Ludhiana teams will be selected for the forthcoming Punjab State Schools Games, Mr Sandhu said.

The interested players have been asked to report at respective venues on January 16 at 9.30 am.


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