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PAU kisan mela arrangements reviewed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 16
Punjab minister Jagmohan Singh Kang today met Vice-Chancellor K.S.Aulakh and discussed arrangements for the kisan mela at the PAU, scheduled to be held on September 21, 22. The two worked out the modalities for the mela and decided to make it the foundation of a state function to highlight that agriculture and culture of Punjab are inseparable and mirror the true heritage of Punjabis.

Dr Aulakh assured the minister full cooperation. Mr Kang informed him that the district administration had been fully geared up for the kisan mela. At hand to provide inputs were PAU's Director of Extension Education, Dr S.S.Gill, and the Managing Director of Punjab Tourism Development Corporation, Mr Jagjit Puri.

Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh will inaugurate the kisan mela on September 21. For two days, there will be a cultural bonanza involving artistes to be engaged by the North Zone Cultural Centre. Active participation of neighbouring states, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana is also on the anvil, where these states will display their handicrafts and foodcraft to make the event memorable.

Later, Mr Kang, Minster for Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development, Fisheries and Tourism, presided over an extended meeting at the Farmers' Service Centre, where representatives of the district administration, local Municipal Corporation and several state corporations were present. Dr Gill briefed the meeting on how the PAU conducts the mela, an annual feature held twice in in March and September and what arrangements are made. Incidentally, the PAU holds four regional kisan melas as well in March and September.

Mr Kang, in his opening remarks, said the PAU provides a platform to the state as well as neighbouring states to witness the strides Punjab has made in agriculture, farm machinery, Home Science, and how the PAU helps farmers enhance agricultural production, increase their incomes and improve their economies.

He said that the Chief Minister desired that Punjab's traditional heritage, culture and its crafts should also be showcased on such occasions. Mr Jagjit Puri gave an overview of the proposed programmes chalked out for the two-day kisan mela and gave details of the tasks assigned to different government agencies and organisations. Beginning September 21, there would be state-wide, week-long food festival.

Dr Gill accompanied the minister and his entourage on the kisan mela route: 4-km stretch that takes farmers, farmers' families and wives, agro-business entrepreneurs to the PAU experimental and field demonstration areas. Mr Kang stressed that in view of the rush of farmers and people, organisations assigned food-stops and kiosks must maintain hygiene and adequate arrangements must be made for drinking water and toilet facilities.

He inspected the main stage, all four points selected for performing artistes on the mela route and wherewithal for parking, VIP catering and agro-industrial exhibition ground, where some 200-odd companies dealing in agriculture and related fields and consumer items put up stalls etc.



Contests on crops for farmers

The Director of Extension Education, Dr S.S.Gill, said there would be a farm produce competition in vegetables, fruits, floriculture and field crops. The farmers who wished to participate in this interesting competition should submit only the university-recommended and approved varieties under these four categories on the first day September 21 till 12.30 p.m.

Referring to the guidelines for the competition, he said each entry should weigh half kg. This is applicable to vegetables: bhindi, karela, chillies, ram tori, radish, cowpea, arvi, tinda, ghiya kaddu(three pieces), halwa kaddu (one piece), brinjal (long: half kg and round 3 pieces). In fruit category are: papaya, guava, lime and lemon, mitha. In floriculture: marigold, tuberose (rajni gandha) (five sticks each). In field crops: maize cobs (five pieces).

The prize distribution will be on September 22. Dr G.K.Chadha, Member, Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council, will give away prizes. For the first time, the university is organising "Punjab Virasat" programme in collaboration with the Punjab Tourism Development Corporation and North-Zone Cultural Centre. The theme of the mela is "Save Water, Save Punjab". 



Pak delegation visits PAU museums
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 16
A 50-member delegation, representing the Indo-Pak Punjab Psychiatric Society, visited Punjab Agricultural University, here yesterday.
Led by the society secretary, Dr Haroon Rashid Chaudhry, this battery of professionals comprising psychiatrists, psychologists, general practitioners and voluntary workers, evinced keen interest in the Museum of Social History and the Dr Uppal Museum of Water Resources.

The Director of Extension Education, Dr S.S. Gill, escorted the visitors around the Museum of Social History and explained to them how PAU had preserved the past for the present and posterity.

In the visitors’ book, Se Haroon wrote: “Wonderful experience, excellent work showing Punjab heritage with artistic touch and originality. Thanks for organising our visit to this unique facility.”

At the Museum of Water Resources, depicting river-system, its origin, sites of hydro-power generation and irrigation network, the Dean College of Agriculture, Dr G.S. Chahal, briefed them.

Later, at a banquet in the honour of the delegation, Dr Gill, speaking on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor, recalled the common ethos, social traditions, agriculture and culture of the two Punjabs.

In a nostalgic mood, he referred to the common poets and folklore and read out a poem he had penned recalling the good old pre-partition days and the common sighs and smiles people of two Punjab had shared for decades.

In a similar vein, Dr Haroon Rashid Chaudhry referred to the common ties between the people and then gave a brief introduction to the non-government organisation, Roshni, instrumental in arranging the visit.



From Schools and Colleges
Students welcome freshers in Punjabi style 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 16
Mehak Mutiyaran Di, a short cultural program, was organised by the Department of Commerce, Khalsa College for Women, to welcome the new batch here today. Ms Neelam Dawar was the guest of honour. The students escorted Principal Dr (Ms) Varinder Kaur Thind and other guests to the venue in a jago and sang a welcome song.

The seniors students put up a wonderful show of dance and music. Jasleen of B.Com-II presented a solo dance on ‘Woh Kisna Hai’. Sonam and Richa of B.Com III presented a duet on the song ‘Mera mahi bada sona hai’. A wonderful medley was presented by Chandni and her friends on the theme of marriage. The main attraction of the day was the Miss Fresher contest in which the participants not only confidently walked on the stage but also gave smart replies to the questions asked to them. The judges included Ms Mukti Gill, Ms Davinder, Ms Sunita Mahindra and Dr (Ms) Khushdeep Kaur.The Principal apprecaited the efforts of the students.

Gurpriya was declared Miss Fresher while Lovish and Manmeet were first and second runners up respectively. Lovish was adjudged Miss Beauty with Brains, Shreya bagged the title of Miss Elegant, Purnima got Miss Beautiful Smile. Miss Catwalk was Sweeny and Madhuri was Sohni Mutiyar. Evening Glory was Deepali and Miss Best Dressed was Disha.

Seminar: Manojigyasa, a society of psychology students of Government College for Women, organised a seminar on ‘Youth Psychology and Spirituality’ here today. Dr J.S.Neki, a psychiatrist of international repute, and also a renowned poet gave the keynote address. Prof Rajiv Sehgal, lecturer in psychology, introduced and welcomed Dr Neki and other dignitaries.

In his address, Dr Neki remarked that modern western psychology stressed more on the unconscious at the cost of gross neglect of the conscious. It was the heightened state of consciousness which differentiated humans from animals. He also said that education was not for earning wealth. Wealth should only be a by-product of education. Education was wealth in itself.

Ms Prabhjot Kaur, the college Principal, appreciated the efforts of the Psychology Department in organising the lecture.

Extension lecture: An extension lecture was organised by the Department of Political Science, Guru Nanak Girls College, here recently. Dr Ashutosh, Chairman, Department of Political Science, Panjab University, Chandigarh, enlightened the students about electoral politics, economic reforms and democracy in the era of globalization.

He illustrated that it was a difficult task to adjust the domestic policy with the changing global milieu. At the same time, in the contemporary world, no state could afford to be isolated. He justified the economic reforms introduced since the early nineties. He voted strongly for the third generation economic reforms initiated recently. But he cautioned that this path had to be treated with utmost care, keeping in consideration, the aspirations of millions of common Indians.

He admitted that though these were challenging times for democracy. He concluded with the assertion that a vibrant civil society was the necessity of the day.

Vanamahotsava: NSS units of Kamla Lohtia S.D. College celebrated Vanamahotsava in the college campus in association with AVIVA Life Insurance, Ludhiana branch, here today. Mr Dalbir Singh Bedi, Deputy Branch Manager, AVIVA, inaugurated the function by planting a sapling. Principal Dr Vijay Asdhir welcomed the guest. President Naveen Mittal, Vice President Sunil Aggarwal, Suresh Verma, Dr D V Jindal, Sandeep Arora were also present on the occasion. NSS volunteers presented national songs on the occasion. Prof Deepak Kaushal stressed that every individual of the society must plant trees.

Prof Dr Yograj Angrish and Mr Deepak Dhingra, Program Officers of NSS, highlighted the importance of planting trees in industrialized polluted cities to save the environment. About 500 saplings were planted on the occasion.

Dental check-up camp: The NSS units of Ramgarhia Girls College, Miller Ganj, organised a one-day dental checkup camp here today. Dr J. Bindra, Professor and Head of Dentistry Department at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, and her dental team examined all the students and staff members for dental problems. The doctor was accorded a warm welcome by Dr Narinder Sandhu.

Besides the checkup, a multimedia-supported interactive session was also held to make the students aware about dental problems that were specific to their age.

The teachers-in charge of NSS units, Dr Narinder Sandhu, Ms Rajeshwarpal Kaur and Ms Inderjit Kaur highlighted the success of the camp.

Talent hunt contest: A talent hunt cum freshers party was organised at Arya College, Women Section, here today. Ms Suksham Ahluwalia, Dean, alongwith teachers of different departments made special efforts to help talented artists of the college exhibit their talent in mono-acting, poetry recitation, rangoli, solo dance etc.

The in-charge, Ms Priya Sharma, appreciated the artists and wished them good luck for their future. She also crowned Miss Fresher and distributed prizes to winners of various departments.



Nanak College to host youth festival
Our Correspondent

Doraha, September 16
Doraha Nanak National College, Doraha, will host the Youth and Heritage Festival of Ludhiana Zone-A from October 13.
Dr Narinder Singh Sidhu, Principal of the college, informed that 13 colleges are participating in the festival.

These include AS College, Khanna, Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, Malwa College, Bondli Samrala, Gobindgarh Public College, Alour, Khanna, Government College, Karamsar Rara Sahib, BSSG Government College, Sidhsar, GGN Khalsa College, Ludhiana, Arya College, Ludhiana, SCD Government College, Ludhiana, Regional Centre, Ludhiana, Government College (evening ), Ludhiana, and Mata Gurdev Kaur Memorial, Shahi, and the Sports College of Physical Education, Samrala.

Around 500 artists will be participating in more than 50 items in the festival spread over five days till October 17.

Music items, including light music, shabad , group singing, classical music vocal, instrument music vocal, orchestra (Indian ), classical dance, giddha, bhangra, group dance (general), theatrical items, including drama, skit, mime, mimicry, histrionics, literary items, including poem recitation, debate, elocution, quiz and creative writing. Fine arts items, including landscape drawing, still life drawing, drawing from life, collage making, clay modelling, poster making, cartooning, rangoli and heritage items, including traditional and ritualistic songs of Punjab, Kavishri, Vaar, Kali, folk dances, Naqqals, sang and crafts will be presented.

According to Prof Harwinder Kaur, organising secretary, “The last date of receiving entries from participants complete in every form is October 5. The date of draw has been fixed for October 10”.



Harkrishan school students examined
Our Correspondent

Doraha September 16
A three-day medical check-up camp which was organised at Guru Harkrishan Public School concluded here today.
The camp was conducted by Dr Puja and her team comprising Dr Ravi Sharma, Dr Kamaljit Kaur, Dr Bhupinder Kaur and Dr Amrinder Kaur.

The doctors examined all students of the school. Doctors delivered lecture on balanced diet, food habits and nutrition. Problems such as headache, weakness, malnutrition and weak eyesight were discussed at length.



Homoeo students top exam
Our Correspondent

Dr Priya Sareen, Dr Sangeeta Saha and Dr Samit Dey
Dr Priya Sareen, Dr Sangeeta Saha and Dr Samit Dey

Ludhiana, September 16
Students of Guru Nanak Dev Homeopathic Medical College and Hospital, here, have excelled in the MD (Homeopathy) Part I examination conducted by Baba Farid University of Health Sciences in May and June 2006. Dr Priya Sareen, Dr Sangeeta Saha and Dr Samit Dey bagged the first, second and third positions, respectively, in the examination, the results of which were declared on September 5.OC



Exhibition of lampshades
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 16
Design Smith INC is organising its maiden exhibition of handcrafted designer lampshades at the Sutlej Club here from September 15 to 17.
Giving details about their designer product, Ms Meenu Prashar and Ms Rati Gupta here said they started making lampshades as a hobby.

“When people appreciated our effort, we thought of organising an exhibition in Chandigarh. The exhibition held in June got a tremendous response. As a result we are here today. We think Ludhiana has no dearth of art lovers, who always wait for an opportunity to buy something unique”, added Ms Meenu.

Their collection has different types of lampshades for a table, floor or ceiling light. Skilfully crafted lampshades can be mixed and matched for perfect lighting that clearly accentuated the interiors. They offer countless possibilities when paired with matching lamps and thus brought classic charm to the 



Week-long cultural mela from Sept 21
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 16
The Department of Tourism, Punjab, will hold a week-long mela to showcase historical culture and heritage of the state from September 21 on Punjab Agricultural University campus. The Chief Minister will inaugurate the mela along with Kisan Mela.

Addressing a meeting here today, the Tourism Minister, Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, said in order to promote the heritage tourism, the department had made a beginning by organising this festival and the government would make it an annual feature like Surajkund Mela in Haryana. He reviewed the arrangements made in this regard.

He added that an exhibition-cum-sale of handicrafts from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and Jammu and Kashmir would also be organised. A cultural programme would be organised in collaboration with the Youth Services Department and the North Zone Cultural Centre, Patiala, at open air theatre, adjacent to Kairon Kissan Ghar.

Mr Jagjit Puri, Secretary, Tourism, said during the mela five stages would be set up. A number of eating joints would also be set up by the Punjab Tourism Development Corporation, Verka and the Institute of Hotel Management, Gurdaspur.


Memorial lecture at CMCH

Ludhiana, September 16
Dr L.H. Lobo memorial function was organised jointly by the Dr L.H.Lobo Memorial Trust and the Department of Orthopaedics, CMCH, here today. The function has been held every year for the past 23 years in the memory of late Dr L.H.Lobo, who was an eminent and renowned orthopaedic surgeon and head of the department of orthopaedics and vice-principal of the CMCH.

This year, the lecture was delivered by Dr Hardas Singh Sandhu, a senior orthopaedic surgeon and former Principal, Government Medical College Amritsar. He delivered oration on 'Classification, Staging of neglected fracture of the neck of Femur and its role in Predicting the outcome of Treatment of Osteosynthesis'.

Dr John Pramod, director, and Dr Mohan Varghese, principal, CMCH, were the guests of honour and addressed the gathering. Mr S.R. Wadhera, president, and Dr Mam, honorary secretary of the Trust, welcomed the participants and gave the details of various activities of the Trust.

A scientific symposium on Acetabular Fracture with a free interaction with experts was held after the oration. The faculty in the programme included eminent orthopaedic surgeons from the country like Dr Sudhir Kumar, Dr SKS Marya, Dr Sadhoo from New Delhi and Dr Parminder Singh Sandhu, Amritsar, Dr Magu from Rohtak and Dr R.Sen from Chandigarh. — OC



Machhiwara lad adjudged best runner
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, September 16
Jagwinder Singh, student of Shakti Public School, Machhiwara, was declared the best runner among boys (u-17) in the Ludhiana District Schools Athletics Meet conducted by the Punjab School Education Board here at Guru Nanak Stadium.

In the boys (u-19), three contestants Maninder Singh, Ravinder Singh and Maninder Singh secured equal points and shared the best runner’s prize.

Mr Yash Paul Mehra, District Education Officer, Ludhiana, gave away prizes to the position holders.

Mr Sukhdev Singh Khuular, president, tournament committee, along with Mr Rupinder Singh Ravi, general secretary (conduct), Mr Jaswinder Singh, Mr Darshan Singh, Mr Kulwant Singh, Mr Rajidner Singh Thakarwal, Mr Jagdev Singh Khanna, Mr Arjan Singh, Mr Jaswant Singh of Jagraon and Mr Jagroop Dhandra was present on this occasion.

Results: Boys (u-14): Sunil Kumar 1, Akashdeep 2 and Sarwanjeet Singh 3; girls (u-14): 200 m— Pawanjot Kaur 1, Arvinder Kaur 2 and Jasvir Kaur 3; (boys u-19): javelin throw—Rahul Kumar 1, Parminder Singh 2 and Kulbir Singh 3; (girls u-17): 100 m race— Rajbir Kaur 1, Jagdeep Kaur 2 and Gurinder Kaur 3; (boys u-17) javelin throw—Savinder Singh 1, Tejinderpal Singh 2 and Sukhdeep Singh 3; 100 m hurdles—Balvinder Singh 1, Ishneet Singh 2 and Hardeep Singh 3.

Girls (u-17 ): 200 m—Harpreet Kaur 1, Ekamjot Kaur 2 and Pawanpreet Kaur 3; (boys u-17) : 200m —Harpreet Singh 1, Harpreet Singh Dhanoa 2 and Kulbir 3; 400 m—Manohardeep Singh 1, Harpreet Singh Dhanoa 2 and Gurpreet Singh 3; long jump— Jagwinder Singh 1, Kulwant Singh 2 and Dilpreet Singh 3.

Girls (u-17): discus throw—Diljit Kaur 1, Nancy Passi 2 and Luvpuneet Kaur 3; (u-19): 200 m— Manpreet Kaur 1, Harpreet Kaur 2 and Parminder Kaur 3; (boys u-19): 200 m—Maninder Singh 1, Rohit Kumar 2 and Jagdeep Singh 3; (girls u-19): 200 m—Amandeep Kaur 1, Mandeep Kaur 2 and Harjinder Kaur 3.

Girls (u-19): 400 m hurdles— Amarjeet Kaur 1, Amandeep Kaur 2 and Kirandeep Kaur 3; (boys u-19): 400 m hurdles—Jasdel Singh 1, Vinod Kumar 2 and Harjinder singh 3; 110 m hurdles—Harminder Singh 1, Shiv Kumar 2 and Saroj Kumar 3; (girls u-19): 100 m— Ramdeep Kaur 1, Simranjit Kaur 2 and Manpreet Kaur 3.



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