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Farmers advised on agronomic practices
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 14
At the one-day Regional Kisan Mela at Ballowal Saunkhri (Nawanshahr), Punjab Agricultural University scientists and farmers of the Kandi area yesterday exchanged notes on farming techniques to be adopted in their area for different crops, agro forestry and horticulture. The farmers were advised to follow agronomic practices as per the university recommendations for qualitative and quantitative gains.

A former Agricultural Commissioner to the Central Government, Dr D.R. Bhumbla, who inaugurated the mela, impressed upon the PAU scientists and the economists to come up with affordable techniques to increase agricultural production in the Kandi area, enhance their income and explore the possibilities of setting up agro-processing units based on local raw material.

Dr Bhumbla expressed concern over the fall in the underground water table. He asked farmers to use this precious natural commodity judiciously. He cautioned the farmers that indiscriminate withdrawal of sub-soil water would lead to the installation of submersible pumps embedded deep in the ground that would require more electricity to pump out the water. This in turn, would mean the state buying more power at a high cost and making it available to them for paddy production at the cost of domestic and industrial consumers. “This social cost that Punjab pays to raise paddy is not accounted for when it becomes to determining the minimum support price of paddy”, he added.

His advise to the farmers was to branch out into subsidiary occupations like dairying and horticulture. The latter, he emphasised, had greater scope in the Kandi belt where fruits like amla, guava and ber could be successfully grown. Dr Bhumbla also gave away prizes to the farmers who had won in the crop competition.

The Deputy Commissioner, Nawanshahr, Mr Krishan Kumar, who has earned kudos for taking care of the girl child in the district through education and pursuasion to correct skewed sex ratio, presided over the function. He visited the demonstration areas to see the application of technologies evolved at the PAU.

The Director of Extension Education, Dr S.S. Gill, harped on the theme of “Save Water Save Punjab” and reeled out statistics to show how water-table had depleted in the central districts much to the chagrin of the farmers and the state.

The Additional Director of Research, Dr G.S. Hira, spoke on the varieties and hybrids of different crops ranging from food crops to oil seeds and pulses. He advised the farmers to give up paddy cultivation. PAU’s Member Board of Management Supinder Kaur Cheema called upon the farm women to play a pro-active role not only in decision-making at home but also creating awareness among women on social taboos.

The farmers vied to buy saplings of various fruits and seeds of improved crop varieties, besides making a bee-line to purchase farm literature or to subscribe to the University magazines.



Animal welfare camp organised
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 14
The Department of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Extension, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), Ludhiana, organised an Animal Welfare Camp at Ballowal Saunkhri yesterday at the Kisan Mela organised by PAU, Ludhiana.

A team of experts led by Dr R.S.Sahota and comprising doctors from gynaecology (Dr.H.K.Verma), medicine (Dr.M.P.Gupta), surgery (Dr. Navdeep Singh) , pathology (Dr.S.K.Kansal) and nutrition(Dr Parminder Singh) were present.

The clinicians diagnosed and treated 124 sick buffaloes, cows, bullocks, horses and dogs. Sixty cases were of gynaecology of repeat breeding, anestrus, prolapse, pregnancy diagnosis and uterine torsion. Forty-seven cases of medicine of mastitis, diarrhoea, tick infestation and pruritis.

Seventeen cases of surgery of string halt, abscess, horn evulsion, colic, maggot wound and otitis and an interesting case of dog bite in a cow in which the ear pinna was totally bitten off by dog. Three operations of string halt were done in the camp. 



Course on media, films
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 14
The Desh Bhagat Institute of Management and Computer Sciences, Mandi Gobindgarh, has announced that it will start a new course from the current session namely Bachelor in Media, Entertainment and Film Technology.

It will be a three-year degree course and students having passed 10+2 exam will eligible for admission. The PTU has approved 40 seats.

According to a press note, this course will be inaugurated by famous Bollywood actors Preeti Jhangiyani, Anupama Verma, Parween Dabas and Nakul Vaid here tomorrow.

Dr Zora Singh, Chairman of the institute, said “This is the only institute in Punjab that starts this course which will enable rural and urban students to develop their hidden talents. Now they may not have to rush to Mumbai or Puna for studying this course. 



From School & Colleges
Hindi Divas celebrated
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 14
The Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women celebrated Hindi Divas yesterday. Dr Mukesh Arora, Senator, Panjab University, was the chief guest.
A programme, comprising paper-reading contest, poetry recitation, hymns and songs, was organised.

Dr Ritu Bhanot, while addressing the audience, stressed on the need to rejuvenate Hindi, which is a symbol of rich cultural heritage and national integration.

Dr Madanjit Kaur Sahota presented her views on the status of Hindi.

The day was also celebrated at the GMT College of Education. The function was celebrated under the presidentship of Dr H.S. Sidhu, head, Hindi department of the college.

Prof Bhupinder Kaur acquainted students with the history of the day.

The BCM College of Education also celebrated the day on Thursday.

Dr Mukesh Arora presided over the function. In his presidential speech, he discussed ways and means for the upliftment of national language.

The Hindi department of Government College for Women celebrated the day on Thursday.

Ms Prabhjot Kaur, Principal, presided over the function. On the occasion, declamation contest, poetry recitation and other competitions were organised. Nearly 30 students participated.

The Punjab Hindi Parishad celebrated Hindi Divas at Extension Library of Panjab University here on Thursday. More than 100 eminent educationists, businessmen, students, etc, celebrated the day.

The postgraduate department of Hindi of the SDP College for Women celebrated the day on Thursday.

The Principal, Dr Veena Maan, presided over the function.

More than 30 students participated in creative writing and 10 took part in poetry recitation competition.

BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School also celebrated the day.

Students participated in a number of activities.

The Principal, Ms Paramjit Kaur, highlighted the importance of Hindi.

Blood donation: A blood donation camp was organised at Arya College in collaboration with JCI, Ludhiana, here on Thursday.

The Principal, Dr S.M. Sharma, donated blood along with 90 students. The college is organising the blood donation camp every year.

Lecture: The Swami Vivekananda Study Circle organised a Sarv Dharam conference at Kamla Lohtia S.D. College here recently.

Dr Vijay Asdhir, Principal, welcomed the guests. Various speakers, including Mr Bhupinder Singh (Sikhism), Mr Ramneek Muni (Jainism), Prof Vikram Viveki (Hinduism), Mufti Shakeel Ahmed (Islam) and Rev Warris K. Masih (Christianity), expressed their views and laid stress on love and respect for all religions.

Mr J.B. Goyal, founder president of the circle, Mr C.S. Talwar, Director, Small Savings, and Mr Naveen Mittal, president, college managing committee, spoke on the occasion.



Institute hosts contests 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 14
Creativity has no boundaries, especially when it comes out of budding minds. Young designers of JD Institute of Fashion Technology today presented an array ofproducts in the institute premises.

The two-day fun-filled affair started with a host of workshops on the first day for all students of Fashion Designing, Interior Designing, Jewelry Designing and Textile Designing.

"It's so surprising to see that things that looked so difficult and impossible to be made at home, have actually been made using simple paints and some creativity," remarked Sumeet Sadana, an interior designing student.

Director of the institute, Pragati Taneja said, "Our main emphasis is not just to train students in the field of designing but to make them better individuals by honing their overall personalities."

Personality development and personal grooming also found their place in the workshops. A trainer was called from an aviation institute to guide the students on different things like sitting postures, the art of greeting, hair care, skin care and hygiene.


Endoscopic disc removal ends patient’s ordeal
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, September 14
Dr Manoj Sobti, a consultant neurosurgeon at Sobti Neuro and Super-speciality Hospital and former head of neurosurgery at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, has performed a key-hole endoscopic disc removal on a 35-year-old female patient, suffering from low backache for the past five years. Such procedure was claimed to have been carried out for the first time in this part of the country.

Addressing a news conference here yesterday, Dr Sobti said Ms Simmi Sodhi, a resident of Machhiwara in this district, was brought to the hospital with history of low backache for five years. The pain was radiating to the back of left lower limb. On examination, she was found to be having weakness of the left great toe. Her MRI revealed disc prolapse at L-5 and S-1.

After routine tests for surgery, the patient was prepared for disc removal.

Dr Sobti said following the anaesthesia, a half-inch skin incision was given at the back after localising the affected area. The underlying sheath was cut with small scissors and a 12-mm bone chisel was inserted until the contact with the lamina was made. Then endoscopic operating tube, with its obturator, was pushed through the incision in the direction of the posterior arch, after which the obturator was removed.

Thereafter, endoscope was inserted into the tube and connected to the video camera, looking at the video camera, a portion of the superior lamina was removed, underlying yellow ligament was dissected and nerve root identified using nerve retractor. Nerve root was pushed back, allowing access to the herniated disc. Then using biopsy forceps, the disc was taken out. The entire procedure took about one hour and the patient showed immediate improvement in backache post surgery.

He remarked that as compared to the traditional method, the advantages of endoscopic procedure were minimal incision (just about half an inch), minimal traumatisation of tissues, negligible, if at all, blood loss, minimum post-operative pain, no loss of bony substance, rapid recovery and better cosmetic results.

According to Dr Sobti, disc prolapse resulted from chronic structural changes super-imposed on mechanical stress. Herniation was a greater threat in younger individual between the ages of 30-50 years.



Prabhpreet, Mandeep emerge fastest runners
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, September 14
Mandeep Kaur in the girls’ section and Prabhpreet Singh in the boys’ section won the 100-m sprints to emerge fastest runners in the two-day Block-Level Rural Sports (u-16) organised by the Punjab Sports Department and Sports Authority of India with the help of Zila Parishad and the Rural Sports Club at Kila Raipur, near here, yesterday.

The following are results:

Boys (Athletics): shotput — Gurpreet Singh 1 and Ramanpreet Singh 2; discus throw — Prabhpreet Singh 1 and Taranpreet Singh 2; 1500 m — Taranpreet Singh 1 and Ramanpreet Singh 2; 200 m —Prabhpreet Singh 1 and Ramanpreet Singh 2; 400 m — Charanpreet Singh 1 and Harnainjit Singh 2; 100 m — Prabhpreet Singh 1 and Surinderpal 2; 800 m —Prabhpreet Singh 1 and Ramanpreet Singh 2; long jump — Sukhdeep Singh 1 and Tejwant Singh 2; (kabaddi) — Kila Raipur 1 and Khanpur 2; (tug of war)- Khanpur 1 and Kila Raipur 2; (hockey) — Kila Raipur 1 and Jarkhar 2

(Girls) Athletics: 100 m — Mandeep Kaur 1 and Kirandeep Kaur 2; 200 m — Ramandeep Kaur 1 and Kirandeep Kaur 2; shotput — Kirandeep Kaur 1 and Manjeet Kaur 2; discus throw — Kirandeep Kaur 1 and Manjeet Kaur 2; 400 m — Rajandeep Kaur 1 and Manpreet Kaur 2; long jump — Kirandeep Kaur 1 and Mandeep Kaur 2; (kabaddi) — Kila Raipur 1 and Khanpur 2; (hockey) — Khalsa School, Kila Raipur 1 and Nankana Sahib Public School, Kila Raipur 2; (volleyball) — Kila Raipur 1 and Nangal 2.



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