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Authority to secure farmers’ interest: Dr Nagarajan
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 6
The Union Government has set up Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers Rights Authority to promote the interests of farmers and also raise agricultural production with new methods.

In an interview, the Chairman of the authority, Dr S. Nagarajan, who arrived at Punjab Agricultural University today on an official visit, said it would protect the rights of farmers and give royalty to them for their innovations.

The authority had been set up by a Central Government Act, although agriculture was a state subject.

Dr Nagarajan said he was touring the country to meet farmers, directors of the state agriculture department, seed companies and seed corporations besides meeting plant breeders. He had already visited Kerala and Tamil Nadu in this context.

Under the Act, said Dr Nagarajan, no plant could be sold without getting it registered. Such a step would check the sale of spurious seeds.

The seed Bill was in Parliament and no material that was not registered under the seed Act would be allowed to be sold in the market.

During the tour of the states, Dr Nagarajan was seeing the opinion of the state agricultural universities and state departments of agriculture on the new authority.

Dr Nagarajan said under the authority, a gene fund had also been created.

Under the fund, the authority would identify farmers who had made innovations and provide them royalty for the product after registration.

By doing so, they would widen the plant breeding programme as many educated youth had joined the agriculture profession.

Dr Nagarajan said now they would be in a position to get the best type of agricultural material from all over the world and also the country.

Dr Nagarajan met with the Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University, Dr K.S. Aulakh, today and discussed with him the details of the authority.

During his two-day stay in the city, Dr Nagarajan would meet officials of the state agriculture department, scientists of the PAU, farmers and representatives of the seed companies and interact with them regarding the provisions of the authority.



Sports meet affects students’ studies
Vimal Sumbly
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 6
Students of Government Senior Secondary School, Badhowal, who are appearing in their class VIII examination, have been having a tough time for the past three days. Eight loudspeakers installed by the organisers of a rural sports meet continue to cause noise pollution in the area. Other students are also finding it difficult to concentrate in studies while sitting in the school.

The school authorities are learnt to be reluctant to complain to the police in this regard. Section 144 is already imposed in the area. The organisers need to take prior permission from the authorities concerned for installing loudspeakers. However, no permission seems to have been taken by the Sardar Dalip Singh Sports Club, Badhowal, the organisers of the sports meet.

According to the president of the club, Mr Rajinder Singh, at least eight loudspeakers have been installed to ensure that the running commentary could reach the farthest possible place in the village. However, he claimed the loudspeakers were not used during school hours.

However, the students refuted the claims. The Controller of Examinations of the school, Mr Dajit Singh Halwara, refused to comment whether the loudspeakers were switched off during the school time or not.

Some teachers said they could not complain to anyone as they did not want to take up cudgels against the villagers.

While the Supreme Court of India has prohibited the use of loudspeakers after 10 pm, there is no such bar on the use of loudspeakers during the day. But it is mandatory that the loudspeakers do not disturb the public peace or create any nuisance. Moreover, the organisers of functions intending to put up loudspeakers need to take prior permission.

The SDM said in case the students or the school authorities had any problem, they could report the matter to the police and action would be taken. Every year, rural sports meets are organised almost in every village across the state and most of these are held in school playgrounds.

The Supreme Court ruling continues to be flouted. During initial days some action was taken against the violators, but in most of the areas falling on the city outskirts the loudspeakers are played well past midnight.

Although in Ludhiana city the orders are being imposed to a great extent, there appears to be no implementation of these orders in the Khanna and Jagraon areas.



Seminar at Lajpat Rai DAV College
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 6
An ICSSR-sponsored seminar on “Craze for greener pastures — exploitation of the aspiring ignorant” was organised at Lajpat Rai DAV College, Jagraon, here today.
Principal Dr Satish Sharma said this was the first seminar of its kind in the region. Mr Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, chairman of the Lok Bhalai Party and former Union Labour Minister, chaired the seminar.

Mr Prabhjot Singh, a senior journalist with The Tribune, delivered the keynote address. He informed how the travel agents prepared and tampered documents to trap the youth. He stressed the need for social and legal awareness among the people to save them from exploitation.

It was stressed that the issue had gained horrible dimensions, but there was no organised effort to highlight the causes and impact of the problem. Unscrupulous agents were exploiting the craze of the ignorant, especially from the rural areas, to seek fortunes in the greener pastures in the European and American countries.

Mr Ramoowalia expressed concern over the way this exploitation went on unchecked resulting in the ruin of thousands of families. He suggested some legal and administrative remedies to check and regulate the immigration mafia.

Principal Dr Satish Sharma welcomed and honoured the guests. Prof R.K. Bhushan, Head of the PG Department of English of the college, extended a vote of thanks to the organizers, the visiting resource persons and other guests.



5 students present papers at seminar
Our Correspondent

Doraha, March 6
The commerce and economics association of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, organised a seminar, divided into two sessions, on Union Budget and financial sector reforms in India today.

The first session focussed on “Budget and the Indian economy” in which students presented their views regarding the Budget, covering it from various angles.

In all, five papers were presented by the students, which included “Railway Budget 2006-07 and India”, “Overview of the Union Budget 2006-07”, “Impact of Union Budget on the Indian agriculture sector”, etc.

Prof Gursharanjit Singh and Prof Ritu Anand presented their views on the Budget. Queries of the students were answered by Prof Gagandeep Sharma.

Mr Jaswant Singh Gill, college director, stressed the need for greater participation of students on such subjects.

Dr Narinder Singh, college Principal, congratulated the students for presenting their papers.

“Financial sector reforms in India” was the topic for discussion in the second session of the seminar.

The resource person was Dr Karamjeet Singh, Reader, University Business School, Panjab University, Chandigarh, who maintained that the financial sector reforms that were initiated in the early 90s were bearing fruit now.

He also said developments taking place in the Indian banking and insuring sector were positive for the masses.

He further said there was a need for learning lessons from the Chinese economy if India wanted to grow.

Mr Jaswant Singh Gill said in the fast-globalising world there was a need for India to recognise its strengths and weaknesses.

Dr Narinder Singh felt that India had a long way to go till it was recognised as a fully developed nation.

Prof Gursharanjit Singh welcomed the resource person and the word of thanks came from Dr Narinder Singh.

More than 120 students participated in both sessions. The stage was conducted by Prof Gagandeep Sharma.

Prof Ranjit Kaur, Dr Kuldip Singh, Prof Amandeep, Prof Sumeet, Prof Ruchi, Prof Sarabjit Kaur and Prof Jaspreet Kaur attended the seminar.



GNIMT claims 75 pc MBA placement
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 6
Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT), Gujarkhan campus, has claimed 75 per cent placements of its MBA students with an average salary package of Rs 1.5 lakh.

According to a press note, MBA students of the college were absorbed by Centurian Bank of Punjab, HFCL Connect, ICICI Bank, ICICI Prudential, India Bulls, IDBI Bank, Citi Financial, Standard Chartered Bank, SPS Apollo Hospital, ABC Limited, Momentum Infotech, Net Cradle, Punjab Services, Birla Tyres, Trade India.com, etc.

Dr (Col) H.S. Singha, institute director, congratulated the students and their parents and said it was commendable that 75 per cent students got placements in the beginning of IV semester of the course.

He appreciated the training and placement cell, faculty and hard work of students.



Desh Bhagat college students awarded

Mandi Gobindgarh, March 6
Desh Bhagat Engineering College celebrated its annual function here today on the college campus. Dr Jora Singh, Chairman, Desh Bhagat Group of Institutes, was the chief guest.

The college held its annual athletics meet on Saturday and held its annual cultural function Horizons-2005 today. Students showed their prowess in sports. Boys and girls presented thrilling programme to the audience.

A programme of dances, songs and various other innovative events such as modelling, choreography, mimicrywere presented. The students were awarded prizes for academic, cultural and sports activities.

Ankit Guatam, Darpan and Shilpa Joshi were awarded cash prizes of Rs 1100, Rs 900 and Rs 700 for standing first, second and third in B.Tech. Ist year university exams for 2004-2005. Parneet Kaur and Shilpa Joshi were awarded 500 each for standing second in the first semester and third in second semester, respectively.

Chandrahas Dubey and Madhu Sharma were declared the best boy and girl athletes of the college and were awarded trophies. The best house prize went to the Red House.

Results of different events are as under:

400 mt Race (Boys): First Vijay Sharma, second Gurtej Singh and third Rajiv Sharma; 800 mt Race (Boys): First Rajat Sharma, second Dalwinder Singh and third Subodh Thakur; Javelin throw (Boys): First Chandrahas Dubey, second Ashish Kumar and third Rajiv Sharma; Jevelin throw (Girls) First Madhu Sharma, second Sachleen Kaur and third Shilpa Joshi; Discus throw (Boys): First Chandan, second Chandrahas and third Gurtej; Discus throw (Girls): Ist Madhu Sharma, second Ramanpreet Kaur and third Sachleen Kaur; Long jump (Boys): First Shivoy Jain, second Tejinder Singh and third Rajat Anand Sharma. OC



From Colleges
250 students honoured at annual function
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 6
The annual prize giving function of GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar Sadhar, was held here today in the Nihang Shamsher Singh Hall of the college. Dr S. M. Kant, Director, Youth Welfare Activities, Panjab University, Chandigarh, was the chief guest. He was welcomed and introduced by college Principal Mr Surinder Singh Pandher. About 250 students, who excelled in the fields of academics, sports and co-curricular activities, were honoured on the occasion. Mandeep Kaur of B.A.III was adjusted as the best student of the year and awarded the running trophy donated by Air Force Station, Halwara.

Workshop on moral values

To instill moral values in workers, the P G Deptt of Commerce of Kamla Lohtia College here organised a workshop today. More than 100 workers of different factories from the surrounding areas of the college attended this workshop. The emphasis was laid on the positive mental attitude, spiritual thinking and abstaining from social evils like drug addiction and alcoholism.

Principal Deepak Kaushal appreciated the efforts of the Commerce Department for the upliftment of the weaker sections of the society. Prof Rajesh Marwaha, Head, P G Department of Commerce, and other faculty members were also present.


Students of the Commerce Department of Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town, bid farewell to their seniors at a party here today. The function was presided over by Principal Charanjit Mahal and president of the Guru Nanak Education Trust Gurbir Singh.

The students presented an entertaining cultural programme. The function comprised several dances, skits and songs. The major highlight of the show was modelling by the senior students. Ms Rashmi Sharma was crowned ''Miss Farewell''. Ms Rajni and Ms Sandeep Kaur were first and second runners-up .

Fun games were also played. The outgoing students presented gifts to the Principal and their teachers. The duty of the judges was performed by Ms Ashoo, Dr Dawinderjit and Ms Arvinder Kaur. Ms Charanjit Mahal crowned the winners.



Musical programme at Ramgarhia college
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 6
A musical programme was organised at Ramgarhia Girls College here today. Noted singer Mamta Joshi presented Sufi kalam on the occasion. The function was organised by SPIC-MACAY.

Mamta Joshi belongs to Indore gharana. After getting training from Arun Mishra, she carved a niche for herself in the music world at a young age.

Principal Harmit Kaur accorded a warm welcome to the artiste. In her address, the Principal said it was heartening to see young people bound to their cultural roots through music.

Mamta Joshi began her performance with Sufi kalam of Sultan Bahu. The audience was mesmerised as she doled out one melodious strain after another.

Upcoming tabla player Avirbhav also left the audience spellbound as his fingers moved rhythmically on the tabla. Associated with Punjab gharana, he has given several solo performances in India and abroad.

President of Ramgarhia Educational Council extended a vote of thanks.



Deficiency diseases more in villages
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 6
Deficiency diseases are more in villages than in cities, observed a team of doctors at a camp organized jointly by the Dev Hospital and Life Line Hospital ,Ludhiana, at Dhulkot Chowk here on Sunday. The camp was inaugurated by Mr MukeshSharma,Executive Magistrate and Dr R. S Maheshwari, Director L.L Hospital presided over the concluding function.

Dr Maheshwari and Dr Vandana Sharma said the ignorance and illiteracy was the root cause of deficiency diseases. Referring to information gathered from about 400 persons examined at the camp the doctors claimed that rural people were not aware of various nutritional components of food. "Their stress on quantity resulted in malnutrition leading to various deficiency diseases in special groups, including expectant and lactating mothers and growing children," maintained Dr Vadana Sharma.

The organisers provided free medicines to the patients besides arranging diagnostic tests. Dr Rajinder Jandali, Dr Shantanu Sharma, Dr Gulshan Relhan (Gynecologist) and Dr Rakesh Prinja examined the patients for various ailments. 



Anaesthesia Review opens at CMCH
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 6
Dr Gurider Vasdev from the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester (USA), discussed the objectives of the international anesthesia review and the existing educational material from various aspects of peri-operative medicine here today.

Dr Vasdev, who is also the course coordinator of the event, was delivering keynote address at the International Anesthesia Review-2006, being jointly organised by Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) and the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, USA.

He said the discipline of anaesthesia was fast emerging as a peri-operative specialty and it was necessary for all involved in this discipline to come together, share and learn from each other’s experiences and grow stronger. He concluded by quoting that “best interest of the patient is the only interest to be considered”.

Professor Prithpal Singh Kapur, a well-known historian, former Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University, and member of the standing committee, National Commission for Minority Education, was the chief guest at the inaugural function.

In his inaugural address, Prof Kapur appreciated the efforts of the CMCH in continuing the tradition of providing devoted healthcare and making the latest in the field of medicine available to all.

He said the candle lit by Dr Eidth Mary Brown to educate and produce doctors from among the local community was still shining bright and the CMCH was reckoned as the best medical college in the region.

Earlier, Dr Baljinder Kaur, course director and Professor in the Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care, CMCH, introduced Dr Gurinder Vasdev and other visiting members of the faculty to the audience.

Anesthesiologists from India and overseas participated in the interactive sessions covering a vide variety of topics. The first day had four scientific sessions covering a vast area of peri-operative anaesthesia work.

In the first session, Dr Christopher Burkle, Dr Ajay Nehra and Dr Vandana, all from Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, spoke on topics related to medical co-morbidities. The session was chaired by Dr Baljinder Kaur.

The second session, chaired by Dr Gerard Kamath, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, was devoted to endocrine surgery. It saw lectures from Dr Dennis Shay, Mary Brich Hospital, California, USA, Dr Ravinder Singh, Dr Robert Chantigian and Dr Sir John Christopher Sill, all from Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.

The post-lunch session focused on neuroanesthesia and cardiac anesthesia. During the session on neuroanesthesia, Dr Carlos Mantilla, Dr Paoula Sandrom, Dr Julie Hammack, all from Mayo Clinic College, and Dr Gulsen Korfali, Uludag University, Turkey, shared their views with the participants.

Dr Sumeet Chug, Oregon Health and Science University, Oregon, USA, Dr Bary Harrison, Mayo Clinic College, Florida, USA, Dr Shelly Cross and Dr Neiki Dietz, Mayo Clinic College, Rochester, discussed various aspects of cardiac anesthesia in the concluding session.

The sessions were chaired by Dr Jyotsana Wig, Department of Anesthesia, PGI, Chandigarh, and Dr Gurinder Vasdev, anesthesiologist and instensivist, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, USA.


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