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Training for field officers at PAU
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 19
The Directorate of Extension Education, PAU, started a three-day training programme for field officers of Indo Gulf Fertilisers today. Director Extension S.S. Gill inaugurated the programme.

The training aims at providing the field officers with an overall view of Punjab agriculture, its problems and prospects.

Addressing the trainees, Dr Gill said wheat and paddy were the major crops grown by farmers as these crops had assured market. The continuous growth of wheat and paddy had made the soil deficient in micro nutrients. PAU scientists were motivating farmers to grow crops like maize.

Similarly, Basmati cultivation was encouraged in Gurdaspur and Amritsar districts as these areas were climatically suitable for Basmati cultivation.

He added that intensive agriculture had led to increased use of farm machinery like tractors, seed-drills, threshers, combines, tubewells disk harrows, fertilisers and pesticides. “Cotton is the crop that consumes a major part of pesticides,” he said. Dr Gill also described the constraints like poor quality of irrigation water which was saline or sodic in nature, declining water table, degradation of soil health, decline in organic carbon, burning of crop residues, development of resistance in pests and weeds and pollution 
due to the excessive use of chemicals.

Other issues to be discussed during the programme include diversification from traditional farming, diseases and their control measures, seed varieties of major crops, principles of soil fertility and management of problematic soil, among other things. 



ETT teachers want jobs for all
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 19
The struggling ETT teachers have asked the government to provide employment to all of them. In a memorandum given to the ADC, Mr Prayank Bharti, at Mini Secretariat here today, the ETT teachers said that from July onwards the state government would be recruiting ETT teachers. They hoped that this recruitment would be complete and comprehensive and no teacher would be left unemployed.

Mr Balraj Ghaloti, district adviser, and Mr Inderjit Sidhu, General Secretary of the Un-employed Elementary Teachers Union, Punjab, in a joint statement threatened that if a single person was left unemployed, other newly recruited teachers would also not join their jobs. “We are like a family and if one person is in trouble, the whole family would stand by him,” said Mr Ghaloti.

Mr Sidhu said the state government had given an assurance in May, 2006 that all 5850 ETT teachers in the state would be adjusted from July. “We hope that state government will definitely fulfil its promise by providing service to all unemployed teachers,” said Mr Sidhu.



Lok Suvidha camp on June 24
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 19
Education Minister Harnam Dass Johar has stated that under the programme of Lok Suvidha Camps, a special camp would be organised in Ludhiana (West) constituency at Shaheed-e-Azam Sukhdev Thapar Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Bharat Nagar, on June 24 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

He said separate counters would be set up by all departments relating to the public services to complete all formalities relating to works of the people on the spot.

The minister said as per the directions of the Deputy Commissioner, councillors/ lambardars from all wards would be present at the camp to verify the documents. A photographer would also be made available. Similarly, stamp paper/form vendors have also been directed to put up a stall to make available various forms, stamp papers to the applicants, besides sufficient number of typists would also be available. For on spot attestation of the affidavits a magistrate was also being deputed at the camp.

Mr Johar said a medical team of doctors would remain present at the camp for issuing medical certificates for learner’s licences, handicap certificates, etc.



Aditya tops in Bulls Eye mock CAT
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June19
Bulls Eye, a nationwide preparatory institute for CAT, GRE and GMAT conducted Mock CAT cum scholarship test for MBA-CAT-2006 aspirants to find best brains in Ludhiana here yesterday.

Mr Aditya Khurana of SCD Government College here topped the test by securing 34.33 marks and got 100 per cent scholarship in the shape of fee waiver worth Rs 15,000. The second and third ranked students were Achin Maheshwari and Ashish Tiwari, respectively. They received scholarships worth Rs 7500 each. The result of the test was declared on the spot and the Bulls Eye team conducted a workshop on the strategy for CAT-2006.

Addressing the budding managers, Mr Puneet Gandhi, alumnus of DCE, Delhi, explained various techniques to get through MBA selection process. He stressed on the necessity to have the right attitude to crack CAT.

Mr Jagandeep Singh, alumnus of GNDEC Ludhiana and NITIE Mumbai discussed his experiences at NITIE.



Student wing stresses quality education
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 19
The Student Wing of SAD (Longowal) has urged social and education welfare organisations to identify the factors responsible for degradation of education level in schools and colleges and impress upon the government to provide an congenial atmosphere for studies.

The wing called upon students to understand their responsibility and shun evils, including drug addiction and indulgence in other crime.

Sukhjit Singh Chahal, state president of the wing, said:" It is high time we should understand the relevance of quality education that was required utmost for restructuring of the society". 



Ontario college, Chitkara join hands

Ludhiana, June19
Canada's George Brown College (GBC) and the Chitkara Educational Trust today announced a tie-up to provide opportunities for students in India. Graduates will be awarded a Computer Systems Technology diploma from GBC, and a Bachelor of Computer Applications degree from an accredited Indian university. OC



Lawyers barred from making sale deeds

Jagraon, June 19
A notification has barred advocates from drafting or scribing documents without the issuance of prior license from the state government.
According to information, the drafting and scribing of documents, including sale deeds, could previously be done by advocates as the Deed Writer License Rules, 1961, were not applicable to them.

Now the Inspector-General of Registration, Mr Arwinder Singh, has omitted the clause in the rules and henceforth the advocates will not be entitled to draft and scribe documents or sale deeds without obtaining prior license as a deed writer.

Most of the districts have already accepted the same in principle. The advocates flayed the notification, claiming that it shall breed corruption as the nexus between deed writers and the revenue authorities is known. OC


Ultrasound machine sealed at hospital
Our Correspondent

Machhiwara, June 19
Following the directions of the Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, a team of the Health Department visited Machhiwara today to seal an ultrasound machine at a private hospital.

The three-member team comprised Dr Harbinder Singh, SMO Samrala, district epidemiologist Ajit Chawla and Drug Inspector Sanjeev Kumar.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune, Dr Harbinder Singh said the reason for sealing the machine of R.K. Memorial Hospital was unavailability of an able ultra-sonologist in the hospital. He said it was the only hospital which was checked today.

The ultrasound machine of the hospital had been sealed in 2002 also.

The in charge of the hospital, Dr Rakesh Kumar, said the machine had not been in working condition. The department's action of sealing a machine that was not in working condition was surprising.

He said the case regarding the sealing of the machine in 2002 had been decided in his favour by a court as the court had not objected to his keeping the machine in the hospital.

When the team was asked to give comments on the lack of action against unauthorised allopath practitioners in the town, Dr Harbinder could not give a satisfactory reply. 



Ryan boy to play cricket in S Africa
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 19
Gurinderjit Singh Hara, Class IX student of Ryan International School, Ludhiana, was the lone Punjabi sub-junior cricketer to represent India in Pelecavian World Cricket Trophy, scheduled to commence in South Africa on July 25 .

The budding cricket star was here to seek blessings of Rachhpal Singh Hara, DSP, Malerkotla, and international kabaddi player, who, according to Gurinderjit, has been his role model.

Gurinderjit, with training from coach Amrik Singh Nagra, supplemented with the blessings of his parents, Mr Baljit Singh and Ms Angrez Kaur, put up consistent labour to achieve the target.

"Though I am overwhelmed over my present selection, now I know that this is not the climax. I have to keep my pursuit for excellence in game alive to reach the heights," expressed Gurinderjit. He wishes to follow Glen Mcgrath and Irfan Pathan, Australian and Indian cricketers.

Baljit Singh Hara, Gurinderjit's father, said the family was contented with the performance of the child. Besides receiving many prizes at the state and national level, he had been declared the best fielder by the organisers of the Haryana Double Wicket Combat Cricket Association Championship in which teams from 22 states had participated recently.

Teams from India, Sri Lanka, England and New Zealand will participate in the championship. The matches will take place in Johannesburg and Dublin. 



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