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Centre, Punjab flayed for not helping farmers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 19
The Punjab BJP today lambasted the Union Finance Ministry and Capt Amarinder Singh for their refusal to help Punjab farmers in the time of crisis even as the Union Government has been generously handing out financial doles to farmers of Vidharaba region and other states.

The party’s national secretary Harjit Singh Grewal termed the Centre’s attitude in refusing financial aid to Punjab Government as the biggest insult and outrage in the light of financial aid being given to other states.

Referring to the letter of the Union Finance Minister to the Punjab Chief Minister clearly stating refusal by the Union Government to give any financial package to Punjab farmers, the BJP leader termed the attitude of the UPA leadership and the Punjab Government as indifferent and callous.

He said the Government of Punjab was squarely responsible for the failure in its much-touted relief seeking effort due to the lopsided and disconcerted effort in seeking relief for Punjab farmers. The case of Punjab farmers was further spoilt with the indifference of the bureaucracy and political apathy at the Centre level.

“When South and central Indian states and farmers can enjoy the magnanimity of the Union Government doles, why is the Punjab farmer kept bereft of the aids and financial help from the Centre,” questioned Grewal.

Mr Grewal condemned the Congress led the Punjab and Union Governments for not coming to the relief of the Punjab farmer when he needs it the most. If still a debt trap compelling Punjab farmers to end their lives is not telling upon the Union and State Governments, then one can never understand when will the situation worsen further. Do the UPA and Amarinder regimes want Punjab farmers to keep on committing suicides in order to reach a level where human tragedy sounds more impressive just because the statistics and figures are more sensational”, questioned Grewal.

“We want to know how many suicides does the Union and Punjab Governments need in order to dole out the help which farmers from other states are getting”, asked Grewal.

The BJP will launch an agitation if the Union Government does not reconsider its stand of financial aid to Punjab farmers. “We demand justice for the hapless farmer of Punjab who has toiled for this nation. The nation has to pay back the farmer his rightful share of income which the country has been earning ever since the Green Revolution, a few decades back”, added Mr Grewal.



Immense scope for pig farming
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 19
A meeting of the Punjab Piggery Farmers Association was organised in the Department of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Extension, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana, here today. Farmers from different parts of the state participated in the meeting where two lectures were delivered.

A lecture on “Common diseases of pigs and their prevention through vaccination” was delivered by Dr M.P. Gupta while Dr K.S. Dosanjh delivered a lecture on “Ideal sheds for pigs”. There was a question-answer session.

Pig rearing is becoming popular among the unemployed youth. Dr O.S. Parmar, Director, Extension Education, in the university, said there was scope for piggery in Punjab and the university was providing technical help and coordination for guiding piggery farmers in the state.

The next meeting of the association will be held on December 6 where experts from Canada will interact with association members and provide them information about latest developments in their country.



PAU youth fest begins on a colourful note
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 19
A colourful cultural procession by the students marked the beginning of a three-day Inter College Youth Festival 2006-07 at Punjab Agricultural University today.

Dressed in colourful costumes, students of the four constituent colleges of the university took out a procession on the campus and later assembled in the open air theatre where the festival was formally inaugurated by the PAU Vice-Chancellor, Dr K.S Aulakh.

Dr Aulakh, in his inaugural address, said fine arts played an important role in the overall development of the personality of a person and students should be motivated to take part in cultural activities as participation in these activities was vital for the development of their personalities. Mentioning the seriousness of the problem of drug addiction among youth, he said frustration among the youth was the main cause for this.

Dr Aulakh remarked that PAU had made notable achievements in the field of sports, literature and social sciences and the students should feel proud of this and they should make efforts to continue this tradition. ‘‘Feeling of healthy competition enables the students to achieve higher goals in life’’, he added.

Earlier, Dean, College of Agriculture and Director, Students Welfare, Dr G.S Chahal welcomed the Chief Guest. Dean, College of Home Science, Dr (Ms) M.K Dhillon proposed the vote of thanks. All Deans and Directors of the university, faculty, staff members and students were present on the occasion.



Book on dairy farming released
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 19
A book on ‘Modern Dairy Farming’ was released by the Vice-Chancellor of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Mr D.S. Bains, recently at a function organised at Sadarpura village (Ludhiana).

The book has been written by Dr Navneet Dhand and Dr Shukriti Sharma, faculty members of the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Veterinary Medicine, under the guidance of Dr K.S. Sandhu, Professor-cum-Head. Dr Dhand and Dr Sharma have served the dairy farmers of the state as Veterinary Officer for approximately four years before joining the present assignment in the university. Presently, Dr Dhand is doing his doctoral research at the University of Sydney under the EIPRS scholarship.

The book in Punjabi covers all aspects of modern dairy farming, including management, nutrition, common diseases and their control.



From Schools
Divali celebrations in schools
Tribune Reporters

Ludhiana, October 19
A function was organised today at Everest Play-way and Nursery School in connection with Divali. The students came dressed up in colourful attire. The students also performed colourful dances, skits etc on the occasion. Teachers told students stories about Rama. Cakes and sweets were distributed among the children.

Ms Poonam Sharma, Principal of the school, also explained the duties of students and told them how they could achieve their aims by following the teachings of Lord Rama. Mr Rajinder Krishan Sharma, president, Association of PSEB Affiliated Schools of Punjab, gave prizes to students on the occasion.

Meanwhile, in another function the students of Kiddes Paradise celebrated Divali in the school on Thursday. The children dressed up like Rama, Sita and other important characters from Ramayana. They also performed dances and vowed not to waste money on crackers.

Students of Government Elementary School of Panansu village took a vow at a function organised at the school on Thursday to celebrate a cracker-free Divali.

The students were inspired by Mr Jagjit Singh Mann, a teacher and a social worker. The students cleaned the premises and decorated it.

The students promised not to burst crackers and only to light up their houses and spread the light of friendship.

Isher Singh school

A story telling and poetry recitation competition was held at Baba Isher Singh (N) Senior Secondary School, here today under the supervision of Ms Aneeta Kundra, Principal of the school. As many as 54 students from nursery to Class V took part in the contests.

The results are as follows: In the poetry recitation ‘A’ category; First prize —Sukhleen Kaur ( UKG); Second—Harmanpreet Kaur. ‘B’ category: First prize — Gurminder Singh (Class II); Second — Sanjali Maudgil.

Story telling contest: First — Ramanpreet Kaur (Class V); Second — Jasleen Kaur.

Spring Dale school

To celebrate the festival of lights an exhibition was held at Spring Dale Senior Secondary School here yesterday.

The day commenced with students paying obeisance to Goddess Saraswati. Shifeen, a student, advised other students to celebrate Divali without bursting crackers.

Students of all classes exhibited colourful “diyas” and posters. Students of senior classes took part in a declamation contest. A rangoli competition was also organised.

At the end of the function students took out a rally carrying placards that read “Say no to crackers.”

Spring Dale Senior Secondary School celebrated Hindi Divas for a month beginning the third week of September, which concluded yesterday.

Several contests were held during the month.

Maple Bear school

Maple Bear Canadian Playway and Nursery School celebrated Divali with enthusiasm. Kids coloured pots and lighted earthen lamps.

Teachers made rangolis and decorated the school. Tiny tots danced to the tunes of various songs, particularly related to Divali.

Mrs Veena Aggarwal, Principal of the school, wished the kids and their parents a very happy Divali.

Gifts were distributed among the kids. Parents appreciated the school authorities for holding such events.

Mandi Gobindgarh
CS International School

Week-long Divali celebrations organised at CS International School here concluded today.

The programme included competitions in card-making and candle and diya decoration. The winners were given prizes by the Chairman, Managing Committee, Mr Chanan Singh Matharoo.

Dr Anima Jain, Principal of the school, spoke on the achievements of the school and presented the vote of thanks.

Two hundred trees were planted around the school playgrounds by Mr Jagmail Singh and Mr Jaswinder Singh Matharoo.



From Colleges
Freshers’ party held at LCET
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 19
The Ludhiana College of Engineering and Technology (LCET), Katani Kalan, organised a freshers’ 
party to welcome new students to the college here today.

The function started with “Saraswati Vandana” by second-year students. Dr J.S.Sohal, Principal of the college, welcomed the freshers to the college and ensured them of all facilities and a healthy environment on the campus.

The function was a blend of modern and traditional items. Students entertained the audience with their performances.

Solo dances, musical items and group dances added colours to the party atmosphere.

The freshers were invited to perform on the ramp. Mudit and Saloni were chosen Mr Fresher and Ms Fresher, respectively. Inderdip and Priyanka were chosen Mr Fresher LCET (MBA) and Ms Fresher LCET (MBA), respectively.

The other items like skits, magic show and games gained the applause from the student audience. The function ended with the rhythmic, foot tapping Punjabi giddha and bhangra.

Art carnival

A two-day art carnival to mark the celebration of Divali is going on the premises of Master Tara Singh College for Women.

The carnival has been organised by the Fashion Designing Department, headed by Ms Kanwaljit Kaur. Principal Dr Madanjit Kaur Sahota inaugurated the carnival.

Painted suits, bed sheets, sarees, bags, jewellery, paper-bags, soft toys and candles have been displayed at the sale-cum-exhibition.

“It is an effort made by the students in which their creativity is shown,” said the Principal.

Aurobindo college bags prizes

Sri Aurobindo College of Commerce and Management won four prizes in the Zonal Youth Festival held at GNN College, Doraha, from October 14 to 18.

A total of 28 students participated in the festival in which Harleen Masco stood first in collage making. Varinderjeet Kaur stood second in poster making. Ishneet Arora was adjudged second in cartooning while Harmanpreet Singh was declared second in classical vocal music.

Dr Prem Kumar, Principal, and Col P.S. Choudhry, GM (Administration and Education), congratulated the winners.



Scientist attends congress in Italy
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 19
Dr Pritam Kaur Sidhu participated in the 10th International Congress of the European Association of Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology held at Torino, Italy, recently.

Dr Sidhu is working as toxicologist in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Veterinary Medicine of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Science University (GADVASU), Ludhiana.

Dr Sidhu presented three research papers in the conference on “Pharmacokinetics and PK-PD interactions of antibiotics and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in farm animal species.”

The research work presented by Dr Sidhu was widely appreciated by research groups, especially from the UK, France and the USA.

The conference is one of the prestigious scientific meetings held in Europe after every three years in the subject of pharmacology and toxicology. The conference was held on the beautiful, modern and well-equipped campus of the University of Torino.

The theme of the congress was “Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology: between research and practice.”

The conference was attended by 556 scientists of international repute from 47 countries.



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