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PAU to net-link research stations
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 30
Punjab Agricultural University has decided to uplink its 15 Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) to create awareness and educate farmers about the latest research methodologies in field crops, vegetables and horticulture.

This was stated by the Director of Extension Education, Dr S.S. Gill, “This is the need of the time to give a second push to the green revolution and inculcate scientific temper in farmers”.

The networking of the KVKs and PAU’s research stations in different agro-climatic zones in the state will facilitate in timely and correct dissemination of information related to agriculture and allied fields and help PAU to take its package of practices right to the doorstep of the farmers through the Internet information technology and methodology.

PAU’s extension specialists, scientists and farmers formed a formidable chain in knowledge-based agriculture and in giving an impetus to productivity and profit-making by the farmers. The third important link, which PAU envisages to establish, is between scientists and the industrialists through effective public private linkages. Such linkages, coupled with Internet connectivity, will make available even university publications at the district level.

Besides, the PAU will launch a special campaign to make available its literature at various outlets in the districts.

Dr Gill told mediapersons that there was countrywide concern over stagnation which had set in the agriculture sector. Steps were on the anvil to resuscitate the farm sector so as to enhance the contribution of agriculture to the GDP. Such enhanced contribution alone would help the country achieve a higher sustainable economic growth rate, which at present hovered between 7.5 per cent and 7.8 per cent.

The media, Dr Gill said, should take cognizance of the announcement by the National Commission on Farmers which has declared 2006-07 as the year of “renewal of agriculture”.

In the same breath, Dr Gill said nearer home, policy-makers in Punjab and the PAU, were engaged in resuscitating depleting natural resources, particularly, sub-soil water, even as the State Farmers’ Commission had recommended to the government to take legislative measures to regulate and monitor paddy cultivation as rice, a water guzzling crop, had played havoc with ecology and aquifers in Punjab.

“Right technology at the right time has to be made available to the farmers. Therefore, the media must come forward to focus on highlighting the needs and problems of the agriculture sector and put Punjab’s agricultural needs in proper perspective,” he added.



Students take to memory tonics
Asha Ahuja

Ludhiana, January 30
Now that both college and school boards examinations are approaching, students as well as parents are getting jittery. Tension often leads to lapses of memory. There are plenty of advertisements on tonics that claim to strengthen memory. Parents as well as students are rushing to buy these.

There are several so-called memory tonics both in ayurveda and homoeopathy.

“The ayurvedic medicines to enhance memory that sell like hot cakes are Brahmi syrup, Shankh Pushpi, Brahmpushpi and Tej Ras,” says Mr Anil of Mukim Medical Store.

Homoeopathic doctor Ravinder Kaur Batra says that the number of her patients, mostly students, increase by three times during the examination period. “Homoeopathic medicines like Kali Phos and Anacardium certainly strengthen the memory,” she says.

“Syrups like KP Tonic and Brain Up are very effective. The best thing about our homoeopathy medicines is that they do not have any side effects. Moreover, these medicines have a lasting effect.”

Dr Ravinder says in homoeopathy they had medicines like Gelumium that helped fight phobias, including examination phobia.

Mr Surinderpal, a medical representative of a homoeopathic company, says:”I daily visit 10 to 12 doctors. All of them prescribe these medicines and they say that they are proving useful. Definitely, the use of these medicines and syrups increases memory.”

Dr Nakra, an allopathic practitioner, says: We do not have any tonic for improving memory, focus and concentration. In medical science, no such tonic exists that can improve concentration or build up memory.”



From Schools and Colleges
English language laboratory opened
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 30
Prof Manju Jadika, Chairperson, Department of English, Panjab University, Chandigarh, has inaugurated the English language laboratory at GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar Sadhar. Prof Jadika was accompanied by Dr Deepak Manmohan Singh, a Senator and Syndic of Panjab University.

Cooking competition: A two-day cooking competition, “Mom, Tum Aur Hum”, began at Cherrylane Play School here on Monday.

Tiny tots along with their mothers participated in the competition. The mothers made various delicacies like salad, sandwiches, chat, pasta, cookies and bhelpuri. The children enjoyed the interactive cooking with their mothers.

Contest: A declamation contest was held at Arya College (women section) here on Monday. The contest highlighted the personality, philosophy and vision of Swami Vivekanand. Sonam Handa and Prem Lata got the first prize in the contest, while Sarabjit Kaur and Swati got the second and third prize, respectively. Pooja got the consolation prize.

Lecture: The Department of Computer Science and Applications, Ramgarhia Girls College, Miller Ganj, organised a lecture on “How computers have revolutionise the business”.

Mr Greg Kirkland, president, Kirkland Associates Ltd, Portland, USA, delivered the lecture.

Mr Greg, who is a businessman, had started his career as a teacher in a high school. He then took over to business as his interest and profession.

A believer in globalisation, he said: “Opportunities are not just limited to the USA but they lie worldwide. India is a storehouse of opportunities. Indians just have to be organised and managed well.”

He also compared the educational system of the USA and India. Appreciating the parent-child relationship in India, he said children in the USA lose track due to an imbalance in relationships.

Gym opened: A state-of-the-art gymnasium was inaugurated at Ramgarhia Girls College here by Mr Pargat Singh, Director, Sports, on Monday.

The gym is equipped with latest machines that include treadmills, steppers, twisters, cycles and multiple exercise station.

Painting contest: An on-the-spot painting competition was organised at Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines, on Sunday.

The contest was sponsored by UTI Bank.

More than 500 students showed their artistic skills and colourfully depicted their ideas on various topics like save environment.

Workshop: ICFAI National College here organised a faculty development workshop on “Teaching innovations in commerce and management” on Monday.

Ms Sushil Verma, Director, SDP College, inaugurated the workshop.



Businessman convicted in cheque-bounce case
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 30
Mr Jaspal Verma, Judicial Magistrate, has convicted Balbir Singh owner of M/s Natraj Industries, Janta Nagar, here in a cheque-bounce case of Rs 4 lakh. He was sentenced to undergo imprisonment for one year. Fine of Rs 5,000 was also imposed upon the accused.

The orders were passed by the Court, while deciding the complaint filed by India Iron and Steel Company Limited, a subsidiary of the Steel Authority of India, the Red Cross Bhavan Ludhiana through its Deputy General Manager (marketing), Mr S.K. Bose.

It was submitted that the company was manufacturing and supplying iron as well as steel to its customers on demand. The accused approached them for supply of material on credit, to which the company agreed. He assured that regular payments would be made after lifting the material from the company.

In order to discharge legally enforceable liability, the accused issued a cheque dated October 30, 1993 of Rs 4 lakh, in favour of the complainant with the assurance that the same would be encashed on its presentation. But when the cheque was presented to the banker of the accused for collection, it was dishonoured with the remarks ‘’ Refer to Drawer”. Even despite sending legal notice the accused failed to make the payment, added the complainant.

On the other hand, the accused pleaded that a false case was filed against him. He submitted that the company presented the cheque in question twice on November 4 and November 8, 1993. When he received the intimation regarding dishounour of the cheque he made the payment of Rs 4 lakh to the company vide draft dated November 11, 1993.

The defence counsel argued that the enquiry was conducted by the CBI and Mr H.S. Chawla, Additional SP proved the report of the CBI to the effect that the accused had already paid cheque amount. So, no case was made out against the accused.

But after considering the rival contentions, the Judge observed that in the letter written by accused to the company, it was admitted that amount running into crores were to be given by the accused to the company. So, it can’t be held that the draft given by the accused was in lieu of the dishonoured cheque. The accused had failed to prove this fact. 



Radiotherapy facility at DMCH
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 30
Dayanand Medical College and Hospital will soon have the radiotherapy facility which would strengthen treatment of cancer patients.
The managing society of the college has approved the proposal of Dr Hukku of Roentogen Oncologic Solutions Ltd, New Delhi for the radiotherapy facility at the hospital. The company will spend Rs 9 crore on the same.

The management of the DMCH will provide the building for the radiotherapy facility.

The DMCH has two experts on treatment of cancer and one surgeon who performs the surgical operations.

The managing society also accepted a donation of Rs 30 lakh in fixed deposit by Mr Hari Dutt Dumra, a leading hosiery manufacturer of the town. 



Awareness rally on leprosy

Ludhiana, January 30
An awareness rally was taken out from the Civil Hospital here today to observe martyrdom day of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, as National Anti-Leprosy Day. An exhibition was also put up by the health administration to educate lepers and other visitors about leprosy and its treatment.

The Civil Surgeon, Dr Rajinder Kaur, who flagged off the rally, said the District Leprosy Society, headed by the Deputy Commissioner, was distributing free anti-leprosy drugs to the affected persons throughout the district. OC



Dr GPI Singh honoured
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 30
Dr GPI Singh, Professor and Head of the Department of Community Medicine at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, here was honoured at the Joint National Congress of the Indian Public Health Association (IPHA) and the Indian Association of  Preventive and Social Medicine (IAPSM) held at Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh,) from January 21 to 24. The conclave coincided with the golden jubilee celebrations of the IPHA.

The city doctor was honoured by the IAPSM at the conference, being elected Fellow of the Indian Association of Preventive and Social Medicine.

Dr Singh is already a Fellow of the IPHA, as also a Fellow of the Indian Society for Malaria and other Communicable Diseases.



German doc visits HDHI

Ludhiana, January 30
A leading cardiologist from Germany, Dr Thomas Isshinger visited Hero DMC Heart Institute (HDHI) here on Saturday.
According to Dr Gurpreet Singh Wander, Director, HDHI, the visiting doctor accompanied the cardiology team of HDHI. Dr Isshinger was impressed with the overall facilities at HDHI.

During his visit he observed that facilities available at the hospital in interventional cardiology were comparable with the international standards.

Dr Isshinger has been performing angiography and other interventional procedures since 1981 in Germany. OC



253 examined at eye camp
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, January 30
As many as 253 patients were checked during a two-day eye check up camp at Desh Bhagat Ayurvedic hospital here which concluded yesterday.
As stated by Dr Loveleen Kaur Ahuja, principal, Ayurvedic Medical College and Hospital, out of 253 patients 95 were prescribed glasses and 62 patients suffering from cataract were operated upon. Medicines were given free of cost. Dr Sanjeev and Dr Parbhakar performed the operations.



Baljeet Kaur wins six medals
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, January 30
Baljeet Kaur won three gold, one silver and two bronze medals and was declared the best athlete in the one-day 36th Annual Athletics Meet of Ramgarhia Girls College, Miller Ganj, held here today. Baljeet grabbed top honours in high jump, long jump and 100m sprint.

Mr Pargat Singh, former captain of the national hockey team and Director, Sports Punjab, presided over the inaugural ceremony. Mr Gianinder Singh Sandhu, District Sports Officer, here along with Mr Hir Singh Gabria, President, Shiromani Akali Dal Committee, Ludhiana, Mr P.N. Passi, secretary, Punjab Softball Association and Mr Ranjodh Singh, president, management committee of the college were among others who attended the opening function.

Results: high jump: Baljeet Kaur 1, Sarabjeet Kaur 2 and Kulwinder Kaur 3;

Long Jump: Baljeet Kaur 1, Jyoti Sharma 2 and Sarabjit Kaur 3;

Javelin throw- Jyoti Sharma 1, Sarabjit Kaur 2 and Baljeet Kaur 3;

Discus throw- Navjot Kaur 1, Lakhvinder Kaur 2 and Baljeet Kaur 3;

400m: Sarabjit Kaur 1, Baljeet Kaur 2 and Nisha Rani 3;

100m: Baljeet Kaur 1, Lakhvinder Kaur 2 and Manpreet Kaur 3.



Machhiwara girl clinches Batalvi medal
Our Correspondent

Machhiwara, January 30
Lovleen Kaur, a student of the local National College for Women, brought laurels to this town, clinching the ‘Shiv Kumar Batalvi’ Gold medal for her Punjabi poem ‘Ik Tarfi Preet’ which was declared the best poem of the year, 2004, by Panjab University, Chandigarh.

Loveleen, a student of BA (III), will be presented the medal on February 4 at the 55th annual convocation of the university.

Principal of the college K.K. Goyal said it was a matter of honour for the college as well as for the whole area as the distinction achieved by Loveleen was a rare one.

Asked for her comment Loveleen said it was her “biggest achievement of the year”. She had started writing poetry when she was in class X. Loveleen expressed her gratitude to her college Manpreet Kaur, librarian, who had inspired her to read literary books.

She had won the third prize in poetry recitation at the inter-college youth festival held at A.S. College, Khanna, last year. Apart from writing poems, Loveleen is fond of collecting coins and collage-making.

Congratulating Loveleen on her achievement, Mr Niranjan Sukham, secretary, Sahitya Sabha, Machhiwara, expressed the hope that Loveleen would not consider this medal as her only goal but would march ahead to add feathers in her cap.



Sports Centre to take on PSEB in cricket final
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, January 30
Sports Centre, Ludhiana, scored thrilling one-wicket win over Bhavadhas Club in the second semifinal of the first Shaheed Ramesh Chander Memorial Cricket Tournament being organised by the Shaheed Ramesh Chander Memorial Welfare Society at the Daresi ground here today.

In the final to be played tomorrow, the centre would take on PSEB XI which had defeated Rana Club in the first semifinal played yesterday.

Bhavadhas Club won the toss and opted to bat first. In the stipulated 30 overs, it made 180 runs for the loss of eight wickets. The main scorers were Gaurav Marwaha, Sachin Sharma and Bharat Malhotra, who contributed 41, 32 and 30 runs, respectively.

For Sports Centre, the successful bowlers were Sunny and Harbhajan Kala, who grabbed three and one wicket each conceding 39 and 31 runs, respectively, while Kamal took one wicket for 33 runs.

The centre achieved the target after losing nine wickets with just three balls to go. The main scorers were Gaurav and Harbhajan Kala, who scored 46 and 38 runs, respectively, while Soni and Sunny contributed 20 and 14 runs, respectively. For Bhavadhas Club, Shiva was the most successful bowler claiming three wickets for 27 runs, while Gaurav and Bharat Malhotra took two and one wicket, respectively.

Sunny was the man of the match.



Kulbir is best athlete
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, January 30
Kulbir Kaur, student of BA III, added another medal to her kitty today emerging the fastest runner among the participants and was adjudged the best athlete at the annual athletics meet of Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town, which concluded here today.

Kulbir had bagged three titles yesterday. The Purple House bagged the march past trophy.

The Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Punjab, Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi, was the chief guest today and gave away prizes. Mr Gurbir Singh, president, Guru Nanak Education Trust, congratulated the winners and also presented the vote of thanks.

The final day’s results: 100m — Kulbir Kaur 1, Harminder Kaur 2 and Parul Sharma 3; couple hobble race — Sukhwinder Kaur and palwinder Kaur 1, Meenu and Mandeep 2 and Harminder and Penny Sharma 3; kangaroo race — Sukhwinder Kaur 1, Rajbir Kaur 2 and Karamjit Kaur 3; obstacle race — Mandeep Kaur 1, Sandeep 2 and Amandeep Kaur 3; staff race — Ms Kiran 1, Ms Kavita 2 and Dr Poonam 3.

Ninteen girls were given prizes for outstanding performance during this two-day meet. They are Karamjit Kaur, Gurpreet Kaur, Harpreet Kaur, Rajpreet Kaur, manjeet Kaur, Sukhwinder Kaur, Rajbir Kaur, Mandeep Kaur, Sumit Mann, Shaminder Kaur, Sazee, Manveen Benipal, Kulbir Kaur, Veerpal Kaur, Ninder Kaur, Baljinder Kaur, Harminder Kaur, Palvinder Kaur and Rachna.



Cricket tourney concludes
Our Correspondent

Amloh, January 30
The five-day cricket tournament organised by the Youth Sports and Welfare Club, Amloh, concluded last evening. The matches were played on the grounds of the local Government Secondary School. The tournament was inaugurated by Mr Jagmit Singh Sahota, president, municipal council, Mandi Gobindgarh, on January 25. He gave Rs 10,000 to the club.

The final was played between Malerkotla and Mandi Ahmedgarh yesterday. The former won the toss and made 208 runs in 30 overs, while the Ahmedgarh team made 209 runs and was declared the winner. Gopy was declared man of the match and man of the series. Club president Satwinder Sood (Happy) thanked the guests and people of the town for extending cooperation for the success of the tournament.

The club organised a special function on January 28 to honour the players. The function was presided over by Mr Shingara Singh, block Congress chief, and Mr Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, Parliamentary Secretary, Home, Justice and PWD, was the chief guest. As many as 97 players of hockey, football and cricket of the local school, who represented the school up to state level, and 27 cadets of the NCC were honoured with medals by the chief guest. The chief guest announced a grant of Rs 30,000 for the club.

Dr Swatantar Karkra, state secretary, PPCC, municipal council chief Lal Chand Garg, president, arhtiya association, Jiwan Puri and council’s vice-president Harpreet Singh also spoke on the occasion.


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