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Experts suggest new techniques in farming
Our Correspondent

Amloh, November 12
Efforts are being made by the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) and soil conservation and agriculture departments to bring down the cost of production in agriculture, improve the yield and save the underground level of water by adopting modern techniques.

For this purpose, farmers were being made aware through seminars and workshops, said a progressive farmer, Mr Balvir Singh Jaria, who was recently honoured with the D.S. Dhariwal Award by the PAU.

Mr Jaria was speaking at a function organised to launch a laser-levelling machine at the farm of Mr Darshan Singh Jaria at Dharamgarh village, near here, on Thursday.

Dr Balwinder Singh Butari, coordinator, laser-levelling techniques, emphasised the importance of levelling the land with modern techniques. Traditional methods of levelling the land were cumbersome, time-consuming and expensive, he said.

About one-fourth of water was wasted in the unevenness of the fields, increased weeds and uneven maturing of crops. It led to reduction in the yield, besides poor grain quality, Mr Butari added.

The Divisional Soil Conservation Officer, Mr S.K. Khanna, said the laser-levelling machine had been launched at this village in Fatehgarh Sahib district for the first time in the state.

A demonstration of levelling in a 4-acre land was given in the presence of the farmers. This technique had proved successful in Pakistan and western Uttar Pradesh in India.

By levelling the fields, a more uniform moisture environment was available for crops, time and water was saved for irrigation and saving also took place in fuel, chemicals, seeds and fertilisers, Mr Khanna maintained.

The machine had been prepared at Karnal and cost about Rs 4 lakh which could be hired for use or purchased at big farms, he said.



Relief to sunflower cultivation welcomed
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 12
The Solvent Extractors Association of Punjab has hailed the decision of the Punjab Government to exempt sunflower seed from the levy of market fee, which, it said, would encourage the cultivation of sunflower seeds and thereby provide much-needed raw material to the vegetable oil industry in Punjab.

Talking to mediapersons, Mr A.R. Sharma, president of the association, said the Punjab Government had issued a notification way back in February 2004, exempting a number of oilseeds from the levy of market fee with a view to encourage cultivation of oilseeds in the state. "However, due to some oversight, sunflower seed was not included in the exemption notification."

Mr Sharma said sunflower, being the major oilseed grown in the state, the association had been pleading with the government to exempt the same from the levy of market fee. The government had ultimately accepted the demand and issued a notification on November 10, 2006, exempting sunflower seed from the levy of market fee.

He said that a delegation of the association had also met the state Finance Minister at Chandigarh yesterday and submitted a representation, requesting him to rationalise tax rates on the products of the vegetable oil industry with a view to provide level-playing field to the local industry vis-a-vis the neighbouring states.

The minister was informed that there was no tax on de-oiled rice bran or de-oiled cakes in Haryana and Rajasthan whereas these items were taxed at 4 per cent in Punjab.

The association made a strong case for the exemption of de-oiled rice bran and de-oiled cakes, being ingredients of cattle and poultry feed, from VAT so as to make the local industry competitive with adjoining states. It also reiterated the demand for the rollback of increase in central sales tax on vegetable oils from the present level of 2 per cent to 1 per cent.

Mr Sharma said the government was further asked to impose 12.5 per cent VAT on imported vanaspati on the pattern of West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh to protect the local vegetable oil industry from cheap vanaspati, currently being imported from Nepal and Sri Lanka under free trade agreements.



IBM hires 6 GCW students
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 12
Computer giant IBM conducted a test for students of over 100 colleges to recruit students for jobs in the company and selected six belonging to Government College for Women after they cleared their analytical test, followed by interview.

They are: Dibjot Kaur (BCom-III), Vaneet Kaur, Kinchit Kansal, Dhruva Goyal, Amandeep Kaur and Amrit Kaur (all from BSc-III non-medical with computer science).

The students will get a salary of Rs 15,000 per month during the training for four years. After that, they will start getting Rs 30,000 per month. This is the only college in the city to have registered maximum student placements, claimed an official press note.

Oration contest

An oration contest was held at Devki Devi Jain Memorial College for Women here yesterday. Students delivered extracts from the speeches of personalities like Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Abdul Kalam, Subhas Chandra Bose, Swami Vivekananda, Mother Teresa, Mark Antony, etc. They were dressed up as the personalities they imitated.

Punam Sareen and Bintee Sethi, both lecturers from the college, adjudicated the 

The function was presided over by college Principal Prem Lata Gupta.

She appreciated the efforts made by the Department of English. She said orations helped students get inspiration from the lives of such figures.

The winners were: first - Alka as Barric, second - Neha as Mark Antony, third - Sharda as Pandit Nehru, consolation prizes - Palomi as Mother Teresa and Jeewan Jyoti as Mahatma Gandhi.

Declamation contest

The 2nd Sri Aurobindo College of Commerce and Management Inter-School Declamation Contest-2006 was organised on the College campus here today. Fourteen teams - 12 from Ludhiana, one each from Moga and Amritsar - took part in the contest.

They spoke on economic, political and social issues. Executive Director, Shreyans Industries, Anil Kurnar was the chief guest.

Sukhwinder Kaur, lecturer, Government College for Women, formed the panel of judges along with Anil Kumar. Principal Dr Prem Kumar welcomed the guests.

Results: first - Sourabh Jindal (Kundan Vidya Mandir School), second - Deepika (BVM Senior Secondary School, Kitchlu Nagar), third - Ramneet Kaur (Guru Nanak Public School). Consolation prizes - Himanshu (DAV Public School, Amritsar) and Sunakshi (RS Model School, Ludhiana).

Kundan Vidya Mandir School, Ludhiana, won the Team Trophy. The event 
was coordinated by Harinder Kaur.



Fancy dress contest held
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 12
Various schools organised inter-class competitions to celebrate Children’s Day here today.
Fancy dress competition was organised at Anand Isher Senior Secondary School Chhapar, near here, yesterday. Children attired in various dresses received applaud of spectators. Rishi Sharma, dressed as Mahatma Gandhi, was well appreciated.

Principal Kartar Singh thanked the audience. Three-day celebration commenced with an art competition among junior students at SVM Senior Secondary School.

Besides taking part in athletics events, students displayed painting and clay models.

Trust director Kamla Devi Sharma inspired students to come forward and celebrate the day as a token of tribute to the Pandit Nehru. 



From Schools
Tiny-tots celebrate Children’s Day
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 12
Tiny-tots of Golden Time Playway School participated in the Children's Day function at the school here today. They took part in dance, skit, poem recitation competitions.
On this occasion, Prof Hari Singh (retd) of the GND varsity, was the chief guest. Principal Jaswinder Chadha welcomed the chief guest and parents. The chief guest encouraged kids and distributed to children.

Love Dale: Love Dale Montessori and Club also staged a function to mark the day. The participants were asked to follow "dress to theme" pattern and address the audience on respective themes.

Around 200 children were felicitated by the presiding guest.

Results: Nursery A: first-Amoulik; second-Asees; third-Tripat. Nursery B: first-Mansirat; second-Varneet; third-Gurkaran. Pre-Nursery-A: first-Hansin; second-Bivnoor; third-Chetanya. Pre-nursery-B: first-Vinay Pratap; second-Kabir; third-Abhiraj.

Love Dale Club: Group1-first-Jasnoor; second-Nihal; third-Nandini. Group II: first-Isika; second-Kartikay; third-Rajveer. Group III: first-Raunak; second-Nimish; third-Rajesh. Group IV: first-Japleen; second-Impu; third-Harman Preet. Group V: first-Aishwarya; second-Tanishq; third-Parnika.

Talent fest

A talent fest was organised at Baba Isher Singh (N) Senior Secondary Public School, BRS Nagar, here today in which pre-nursery and nursery schools of the city participated.

Around 250 tiny-tots participated in dance, mono-acting, drawing and other competitions.

Assistant scientist Dr Ashu Kaiaramna from Child Development Department of the PAU along with school Principal Aneeta Kundra and vice-principal Sarabjit Kaur Khatra gave away prizes to the winners.



Tiny-tots have a ball
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 12
Children had a field day today as they enjoyed a host of activities as part of Children's Day, which falls on November 14, at Sutlej Club.
The club was tastefully decorated with balloons and buntings to welcome the tiny-tots.

Dressed in their best, children took part in various competitions.

Competitions in declamation, poem recitation, singing, painting, rangoli, GK written test, calligraphy, antakshri, healthy baby, dance, and fancy dress, etc. were held.

During the painting competition, judges had a tough time picking the winner.

Club general secretary Sanjay Arora said such events helped bring out inherent talent among children. “The club will organising a sports carnival this month,” he said.

The other attractions included ring and shooting stalls, and elephant and camel rides.



Jeet - an artist to the core
Asha Ahuja

Ludhiana, November 12
An alumni of Guru Nanak Dev Engenieering College, Ludhiana, Jeet Aulakh has done his college proud by holding his latest painting exhibition at Punjab Lalit Kala, Chandigarh, last week.

A few years after getting his Bachelor’s in Engineering (Aerospace and Automotive Design) from Panjab University, Jeet migrated to Canada but was not able to take India out of his heart.

He returned to his native land, which lent a fresh air into him. Talking to Ludhiana Tribune, Jeet said: "I was always fond of drawing figures and sketches on the walls or ground. I had an exceptional interest in painting and an intense desire to follow the unknown world of dreams. Before I went to college, I had acquired, what I feel, my own instinctive style of painting portraits, landscapes and interpreting my dreams."

After settling down in Canada, his job took him to Michigan (USA) daily, designing automobiles.

But he never gave up painting. He says, "After coming back from work, I painted for a couple of hours every day. I have exhibited my works at a number of art galleries in the US, as well as, Canada, but the satisfaction I got in exhibiting my works at the Punjab Lalit Kala, Chandigarh, was unimaginable. Though I find the connoisseurs of art are still missing in Punjab.”

“Lalit Kala president Shiv Singh inaugurated the exhibition and vice-president Seema Bhalla and other distinguished guests were also present."

In spite of his hectic schedule, Jeet has a passion for writing as well.

His poetry collection “Peerh Aggami” is under publication.



Musical night regales audience
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, November 12
The Gobindgarh Cultural Club in association with the Trimurti Club organised a musical night on Saturday at Gupta Place here.
Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee member and local councillor Harinder Singh Bhambri was the chief guest and the function was jointly inaugurated by Mr Jarnail Singh and Mr Balwinder Singh.

The programme began with Harjeet Sonu’s folk song “Sone-di-Tawittiee”, Suneel Bhardwaj presented a series of songs.

Balwinder Babbi and Jassi Chauhan’s presentation ‘Pani-da-Jag’, ‘Bharde’, ‘Muthian meech gaye’ made the audience dance with the songs. Then came the turn of budding Sanju Pandey who recited the sounds of birds and animals.

The actors of coming telefilm “Adhi Rotti” -Pradeep Dhiman and -Vaishali were introduced on the stage by club chief Iqbaldeep Singh Sandhu. Mr Sandhu said that the film was being released under the banner of the Sharoo Productions.


Urological research institute opens
Our Correspondent

Bhim Sen Bansal
Dr Bhim Sen Bansal

Ludhiana, November 12
The Guinness World Record holder for treating the largest kidney stone of 13 cm, RG Stone Urological Research Institute, has now arrived in the mega city with a total investment of Rs 10 crore.

The newly set-up centre is a super-speciality hospital for urology, orthopaedic, laparoscopy and ENT. The centre was fully equipped with the state-of-the-art, US FDA-approved and international standard equipments like Siemens Lithotripsy and 100-watt Holmium Laser, which were one of its kind and the first in the region of Punjab. The RG centres, spread over all of country, had treated more than 40,000 patients successfully from India and abroad.

Inaugurating the centre here today, Dr Bhim Sen Bansal, Chairman of the institute, said the first centre was established in 1986 in Mumbai. Over the past 20 years, its equipments were regularly upgraded and updated with the latest technology available and the new ones were added to keep pace with the advancement worldwide.

He said taking in consideration its international standard success rate, many hospitals referred patients to RG centres for advanced urological procedures. Many public sector undertakings, multinationals, insurance companies and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had empanelled this institute for the treatment of their employees and their dependents.

RG was the only chain of super-speciality hospitals in India having its identity in New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Ludhiana and very soon launching in Kolkata also.



500 students examined at dental camp
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 12
The Department of Dentistry at the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) conducted a dental check-up camp at Government College for Women here today in which nearly 500 students were examined.

A dental awareness lecture was delivered by Dr J. Bindra, Professor and Head, Department of Dentistry at the DMCH. Dr Bindra emphasised on the latest techniques of implant for the replacement of missing teeth.

She said unlike conventional methods of using crown and bridges, there was no need to do alterations in the adjoining teeth during tooth implant, which in a way was much safer and without any complications.

She advised the students to maintain good oral hygiene for their overall development and achieving good general health.

Besides educating students about various dental diseases and abnormalities affecting the oral cavity, she apprised them of various advanced dental procedures which could be of great help in curing such diseases.

Various treatment options available for treating fractured teeth, re-implantation of avulsed teeth, bleaching for discolored teeth and management of wisdom teeth were also discussed in the camp.

Literature on maintaining good oral hygiene was also distributed among the students.



Doctor to deliver lectures in Malaysia
Our Correspondent

Dr S.S. Sibia
Dr S.S. Sibia

Ludhiana, November 12
A city doctor, Dr S.S. Sibia, has been invited to deliver a series of lectures at Subang Medical Centre, Academy of Family Physicians and Malaysian Academy of Sciences, to share his experience in treating knee arthritis without injections or surgery.

Giving this information here today, Dr Sibia said after huge success in India and East Europe, two cytotrons machines for knee treatment were being installed in Malaysia following a positive feedback from Malaysian patients who had been treated through the path-breaking cytotron technology.

"Interestingly, one of the machines is being installed by an insurance company that stands to save millions of dollars being reimbursed for knee replacement surgery", he said.

Dr Sibia said cytotron was a potential therapy to attract NRIs from across the world, as well as persons of foreign origin and India could achieve significant gain through medical tourism. 



Vaneet, Manisha emerge TT champs
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 12
Vaneet Chopra of the State Bank of Patiala in the men's section, while Manisha from Patiala in the women's section emerged champions in the 47th Punjab State Inter-District and Open Table Tennis Championship, which concluded at Shashtri Hall of Guru Nanak Stadium, here today.

In the men's singles final, Vaneet had to fight hard against Rohit Mahajan of Amritsar before pipping him. He won in five sets: 11-8, 7-11, 11-9, 8-11 and 11-9.

In the women's final, Manisha registered win in straight sets 11-5, 11-9, 11-8 and 11-9 over Raji Gupta from Amritsar.

In the boy's section, Patiala's Kamajeet outclassed Hitesh Dogra of Jalandhar 11-9, 7-11, 11-8 and 11-9 to emerge champion.

In girl’s section, Nirdosh from Ludhiana defeated Meena of Ropar in a battle of nerves (11-7, 8-11, 11-6, 7-11 and 13-11) to bag the title.

IG, Police, Patiala zone, S.K. Sharma gave away prizes to the winners.

SP (Traffic), Chandigarh, S.S. Mand; SP (Traffic), Ludhiana, Rupinder Singh; Punjab Table Tennis Association secretary P.C. Bhuddhia; Ludhiana District Table Tennis Association secretary Fang Jenn Chiu; and senior coach Jaspal Singh were among those who attended the prize distribution function.



TT titles for Kirti, Vitesh
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 12
Local girl Kirti Aggarwal and Vitesh from Amritsar defeated their respective opponents to clinch titles in the sub-junior boys and girls sections, respectively, on the penultimate day of the 47th Punjab State Inter-District and Open Table Tennis Championship played at Shastri Hall of Guru Nanak Stadium here yesterday.

In the sub-junior girl's final, Kirti faced little challenge from rival Lovepreet of Ropar and defeated her 11-8, 6-11, 11-5 and 11-9 to win the title.

In the boy's section, Vitesh beat Santosh Kumar of Ferozepore in straight sets 11-8, 11-4 and 12-10.

In the cadet's section, Neha and Sahil, both from Patiala, clinched the titles. In the girls’ section, Neha beat Navdeep of Ferozepore 11-8, 11-7, 6-11 and 11-9, while Sahil overcame a spirited challenge from Ropar's Basant 7-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-9 and 11-5.

In the men's section, Amritsar defeated PSEB 3-0 to win the team title.

Other results: Junior girls (quarter finals): Neena (Ropar) b Kirti (Ludhiana); Lovepreet (Ropar) b Kavita (Patiala), Nirdosh (Ludhiana) b Mamta (Ropar) and Ravia (Khanna) b Deepa (Ropar).

Junior boys (quarterfinals): Vandit (Jalandhar) b Kamaljeet (Patiala), Manpreet (Ludhiana) b Sahil Jolly (Jalandhar), Kartik Dogra (Jalandhar) b Vitesh (Amritsar) and Manish Saini (Patiala) b Mitesh Dogra (Jalandhar).

Girls u-21 (quarter finals): Manisha (Patiala) b Gagan (Ropar), Nirdosh (Ludhiana) b Ankita (Patiala), Gurpal (Ropar) b Charu (Jalandhar) and Ravneet (Ropar) b Kirti.

Boys u-21 (quarterfinals): Vikramjit (Jalandhar) b Rohit (Amritsar), Kamaljeet (Patiala) b Rahul (Amritsar), Hitesh Dogra (Jalandhar) b Manish Saini (Patiala) and Nikhil (Amritsar) b Rachit (Ludhiana).



Everest school cagers to play in national meet
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 12
Students of the local Everest Public Senior Secondary School, Moti Nagar, will represent Punjab in the forthcoming inaugural edition of the National Schools Basketball League Championship to be organised by the Basketball Federation of India at Bangalore from November 14 to 20.

According to school Principal Rajinder Krishan Sharma, eight teams - Delhi, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh and Punjab - have been invited to play in the tournament.

The students who will represent the state are: Sukhveen Dhillon, Gurpreet Singh, Yadwinder Singh, Dilawar Singh, Gurveer, Kanmoni, Shamsul, Satwinder Pal Singh, Rajan Sharma and Harwinder Cheema.

Mr Sharma commended senior basketball coach S. Subramanian for preparing boys for the tournament.

He also expressed gratitude to Punjab Basketball Association secretary Teja Singh Dhaliwal for his support to upcoming players.



Punjab circle postal team
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 12
The following players have been selected to represent Punjab circle postal team in the 21st All-India Postal Kabaddi Tournament to be held at Patna from November 14 to 17, according to a press note issued by the Punjab Circle Postal; Sports Board and the Chief Post Master, General, Punjab and Chandigarh.

The players are: Inderjit Kumar (captain), Pritam Singh, Paramjeet Singh and Harjeet Singh of Ludhiana circle; and Kewal Singh, Binder Singh, Sikander Singh, Harpal Singh, Avtar Singh and Robin Singh of Bathinda. Dara Singh from RMS, Ludhiana will accompany the team as manager.



BVM judokas corner glory
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 12
Judokas of Bhartiya Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, gave an excellent performance to win 11 medals in the 19th Punjab State Judo Championship organised by the Sarvhitkari Educational Society, Punjab, on November 10 and 11 at Sharda SVM Senior Secondary School, Chandigarh.

They bagged four gold, four silver and three bonze medals.

According to Director, Sports, BVM Schools, Ludhiana, Baljeet Singh Gill, the winners are: girls (u-19): Manjeet Kaur (gold - 48 kg category); boys (u-19): Jatin Jain (gold - 50 kg), Rohit (silver - 55 kg); Ritansh (silver - 71 kg); Ankit Sharma (bronze - 45 kg) and Sahil Jain (bronze - open category).

Girls (u-17): Vaishali Bawa and Nidhi Arora (gold - 44 kg and 48 kg, respectively); girls (u-14): Guneet (bronze - 23 kg); boys (u-14): Krishan Gopal and Sumit Sharma (silver - 35 kg and 40 kg, respectively).



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