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Patil takes over as CIPHET Director
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 9
Dr R.T. Patil, an internationally recognised scientist and extrusion expert has joined today as Director of the Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering & Technology (CIPHET), Ludhiana, an R&D organisation under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).

Dr Patil, a B.Tech gold medallist from MPAU, Rahuri, obtained his PhD in bioprocess engineering from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada with a best thesis award from the Canadian Society Agricultural Engineers and post-doctoral fellowship from Washington State University.

Dr Patil has developed 24 technologies including process, prototypes and pilot plants and a number of books and book chapters. He has two US patents and about 100 research publications and a team award from the Government of Poland.

In his address to the staff of CIPHET after assuming charge, Dr Patil promised to give a new direction to R&D in the institute to bring benefit to the scientific community as well as to farmers.

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Course on fruit preservation ends
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 9
A short training course on preservation of fruits and vegetables at the household level concluded at the Punjab Agricultural University here today. Participants were imparted training in preservation of mixed pickles including lemon, ginger, chillies, mango preserve, pineapple squash, litchi squash, nectar, potato chips, almond sharbat, mango chutney, mixed fruit jam, petha mithai, tomato puree, tomato ketchup, plum jelly, mango leather (aam papad), sirka, pudina squash etc.

Giving away certificates to the participants, Director of Extension Education Dr S.S. Gill called for starting preservation of fruits and vegetables at the household level and also adopting this as an enterprise commercially.

Meanwhile, the Department of Clothing and Textiles, College of Home Science, PAU, will conduct a short course on ‘Fabric Painting and Printing’ from June 12 to 21. According to an official press note, the participants will be given practical training in fabric painting, textile embellishments, block, screen and stencil printing. The training programme will be conducted daily.

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PAU invites applications for workshop
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 9
The Department of Farm Power and Machinery of PAU's College of Agricultural Engineering has invited applications for a two-week training programme in "Entrepreneurship in Production and Marketing of Agricultural Machinery" from agricultural engineering graduates for the course beginning on June 19.

The last date for the receipt of applications is June 12. The applications should reach Dr.S.S.Ahuja at the College of Agricultural Engineering. Candidates will be selected on first come first serve basis. They will be imparted theory and practical tips on project formulation, emerging technologies of production like computer-aided manufacturing, jigs and fixtures, rapid prototyping, marketing and attitude, behaviour for entrepreneurship.

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B.Com students bring laurels to GNN College
Our Correspondent

Doraha June 9
The students of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, have scored well in the Panjab University B.Com Part-III results which were declared here recently.
Kamaljit Kaur got first position by securing 76.9 per cent marks. Tejinder Singh and Harsimran Singh got second and third position by securing the 75.8 per cent and 73.03 per cent marks respectively.

Earlier, the results of B.Com I and II of the college too have been exemplary. In B.Com I exams, Ridhima Sood stood first in the college by securing 75 per cent marks and Jaspal Kaur stood second and Ripandeep Kaur came third by securing 74 per cent marks and 72.5 per cent marks respectively.

In B.Com II exams, Gagandeep Kaur stood first in the college by scoring 78.2 per cent marks in the annual examination. Harpreet Singh and Rajni Mehta came second and third by securing 74.3 per cent and 73.3 per cent respectively.

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Girls top Class VIII, XII exams
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 9
The outstanding performance of three local girls to feature in the merit lists of Class XII and middle standard examination results has saved the pride of local educational institutes. Apart from them, the results at majority of the institutes were not very encouraging.

According to Mr Jatinder Bhola, president, Municipal Council, various social organisations and organisations promoting education have announced to their intention to honour Palak Gupta of Sanatan Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Roop Kanwar Kaur and Neha Singla of Anand Isher Senior Secondary School for their outstanding performance.

Palak Gupta topped in the class VIII results in the area and secured a position in the merit list by securing 700 marks. Roop Kanwar Kaur and Neha Singla topped among the Medical and Non-Medical students by securing 85 and 83 per cent marks respectively. Their names also appeared in the merit list issued by the Punjab School Education Board.

The middle standard examination results of almost all the local schools had led the parents of students to frustration but the class XII results in all streams were encouraging. The Principals of Anand Isher Senior Secondary School, Sanatan Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, MGMN Senior Secondary School, Government Senior Secondary School, Dehlon, Kartar Singh Dukki Memorial Government Senior Secondary School, Latala, Government Senior Secondary School, Nathoomajra and Government Senior Secondary School, Bhogiwal claimed that their results were close to cent per cent.

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Health Deptt to hold awareness camps in slums 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 9
In the wake of the heat wave continuing in the region and rainy season just about to arrive, the district health administration has drawn up an elaborate programme to organise health awareness and education camps in disease-prone areas, especially in slums, which were prone to the breakout of water-borne diseases due to poor level of sanitation.

Several localities in the city have already reported cases of gastroenteritis in April, and as had been the earlier experience, the Health Department and the civic body were engaged in the blame game.

According to civil surgeon, Dr S.P. Sharma, the teams of health officials, along with the supporting staff, would pay regular visits to identified vulnerable areas in different parts of the city in a bid to create awareness among the people and to impart education about preventive steps against water-borne diseases like gastroenteritis, cholera, jaundice and typhoid.

“Such camps will serve a dual purpose,” commented a health official. “Normally, the health staff visits the affected area for damage control and offer treatment only after an outbreak of a disease is reported, but holding such camps before the attack of any particular disease will provide an opportunity to the residents to take timely preventive measures, and at the same time enable the health staff to keep an eye for signs of any sickness in these areas,” he added.

The civil surgeon, in a meeting of senior medical officers and other health officials here, had asked them to prepare lists of such localities which had witnessed outbreak of diseases in the recent past so that awareness camps could be organised on priority in these colonies. At the same time, the concerned officials were also directed to keep a close watch on the slum areas under their respective jurisdictions so that timely action could be taken in case of outbreak of any disease.

The officials said during these camps, the health and para-medical staff would educate the people about basics of personal hygiene, maintenance of sanitation level and consumption of safe drinking water and eatables.

The month of June is being observed as ‘anti-malaria’ month by the department and stress would be laid on measures to check breeding of mosquitoes during these awareness and education camps.

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Hip replacement changes the life of 28-yr-old 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 9
Twenty eight year old Preet (name changed), suffering from a crippling arthritis of both hips, is a happy man today as he can walk without pain and agony after years of suffering.

Preet was suffering from a disease in which the ball and socket joint of the hip was affected, resulting in severe pain, inability to walk and movement of the hips. Consequently, the movement of the patient was significantly compromised. The youth was advised against surgery by several orthopedic surgeons keeping in view his age.

But Dr Rahul Bhan, Consultant Orthopedic Surgeon at SPS Apollo Hospitals here, examined the patient and a decision to perform total hip replacement surgery on both sides was taken after discussing the details with his family. Preet was operated upon and total hip replacement on both sides was performed successfully.

Now he is totally independent with a normal gait and painless hips. Having been cured of the disabling disease, Preet was looking forward to a happily married life in the near future.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune, Dr Bhan observed that the benefit of advanced techniques in orthopedics should be made available to all people. "Tailor-made procedures are possible for all age groups now," he said. He also said that joint replacement surgery had changed the life of millions the world over and it had now assumed the status of a surgery with predictable results. In most instances, the patients were able to leave the hospital after surgery on their on feet, he added.

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