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Agriculture must grow at higher pace, says Vice-Chancellor
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 7
“To feed the growing population, agriculture must grow at a higher pace. And that is possible only if we invest more in agricultural research and development,” said PAU Vice-Chancellor Dr K.S. Aulakh.

He was talking to a delegation of senior Army officers from the National Defence Academy here today.

A 17-member delegation, led by Rear Admiral Venkat Shankar, VSM, Directing Staff (Navy), was on a one-day visit to Punjab Agricultural University.

Dr Aulakh told the delegation that at present only 0.4 per cent of the GDP in India was spent on agricultural research, whereas developed nations spent 3 to 4 per cent of their GDP on agriculture.

Dr Aulakh said the present trend of slow growth rate in agriculture would have far-reaching implications on the national food security and economy. “Only this year, the country had to import 5.5 million tonnes of foodgrains. If the present trend continues, we will again be dependent on others for food,” Dr Aulakh said.

Giving a scenario of Punjab agriculture, Dr Aulakh said 95 per cent of the area in Punjab was irrigated. The state had the highest productivity levels in wheat and paddy and had been contributing more than 50 per cent food to the national pool for the past 30 to 35 years.

Dr Aulakh said the increasing cost of cultivation in the last few years had lowered the income of farmers. Punjab farmers today were under debt to the tune of Rs 24,400 crore.

Another area of major concern was the depleting soil and water resources as a consequence of the intensive cropping practiced in Punjab. Both these issues demanded immediate attention, observed Dr Aulakh.

In addition to the officers of the Indian Army, the delegation included army officers from Uganda, Sri Lanka and Korea. The members showed keen interest in the varieties developed by the university. They were curious to know the prospects of BT and hybrid seeds and their role in increasing productivity.

Dr Aulakh said with the special grant of Rs 100 crore received from the Central Government, the university would focus on research in biotechnology, processing and value addition.

Dr Aulakh presented a set of university publications to the visitors. The leader of the visiting delegation presented a coffee table book on the National Defence Academy to the Vice-Chancellor. The delegation later visited the Museum of Rural Life of Punjab at the university.

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Doraha college wins Saroj Bansal Memorial Trophy

Doraha, February 7
The Doraha College of Education brought laurels to Ludhiana district by winning the Ms Saroj Bansal Memorial Trophy for the second consecutive year in a state-level competition organized by the Satyam College of Education, Moga. The theme of the competitions was gender equality and it was held jointly with the Punjab Human Rights Commission. Justice R. L. Anand, Chairperson, PSHRC, and Mr N. K. Arora, Member PSHRC, were the chief guests.

The competitions were organized to create awareness about issues related to gender equality, female foeticide, domestic violence and sexual harassment of women.

Nearly 170 students from 23 education colleges of Punjab participated in these competitions. The participating colleges included the Dev Samaj College of Education Chandigarh, DAV Education College Abohar, the GHG College of Education, Sidhwan, SDS College Lopon, Malwa Central College of Education, Ludhiana, BCM College of Education and GMT College Education Ludhiana, DM college and Baba Mangal Singh College of Education, Moga.

In these competitions, the Doraha college bagged six prizes. In the paper presentation through power point competition, Prabhleen Kaur bagged the first prize for her presentation “Female Foeticide- An Insight” while Ashu Joshi got the second prize for her presentation" Women's constitutional Rights' which she presented in Punjabi.

In the power point presentation for teachers, Ms Jaspreet Kaur won the first prize for her presentation “Gender equality- still knocking at the classroom door”.

In the poster-making competition, Ruchi and Sapna stood second, Rashmi Sharma won the third prize in collage-making and Prabhleen Kaur bagged the consolation prize in creative writing.

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Ectopia 2007: Batch 2003 steals show
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 7
The 2003 batch of MBBS students was ahead of its other competitors followed by the batch 2002 on the second spot as the three-day cultural mega event “Ectopia 2007” entered the concluding rounds at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital here today.

The students were seen at their creative best in the solo song and choreography competition which continued till late last night. The solo singing contest evoked repeated applause as the medical students entertained the audience by singing various Bollywood and folk numbers.

In the female category, Harleen (2003 batch) stood first and Surneet (2003 batch) was placed second followed by Suhasini (2005 batch). In the male category, Mansumeet (2002 batch) outperformed all others to win the top slot. Pavel (2005 batch) and Sukhvinder (2002 batch) were declared second and third respectively while Sunil Garg (2005 batch) was given a consolation prize. The judges for the contest were Dr Navjot Bajwa and Dr M.L. Gupta.

Choreography competition was won by the 2003 batch for its presentation of an item based on elections. The second prize was shared by the 2002 and 2006 batches. The judges for the event were Dr Sandeep Puri, Dr Ashwani Chaudhary and Dr Sunil K.Juneja.

Other competitions held today included 'Girgit' (turn coat extempore), rangoli, rang manch, parody and duet.

Following are the results:

Girgit (turn coat extempore) - 1 Mukul (batch 2002), 2 Nidhi (batch 2003),

3. Davinder (batch 2005);

Rangoli - 1 Shared by 2006 and 2002 batches, 2 batch 2003, 3 batch 2005;

Skit - 1 batch 2003 (aggression of news channels), 2. batch 2005 (media boom);

Parody - 1 batch 2003 (Surneet, Harleen, Pawani, Madhuri and Chandni) 2 batch 2002 (Mukul, Mansumeet), 3 batch 2003 (Danish, Gagan and Rahul)

Duet - 1 Surneet and Harleen (batch 2003), 2 Harpreet and Parminder (batch 2002), 3 Nupur and Rewa (batch 2005)

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Jasmine Brar attends Republic Day Parade
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 7
It was a proud moment for BCM School when one of its NCC Cadet Sgt Jasmine Brar got a life-time opportunity to participate in the Republic Day Parade held on January 26, 2007 in New Delhi.

She was a part of a contingent which represented Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Himachal Pradesh. She also attended a 30-day long Republic Day Camp in New Delhi. Before attending the Republic Day camp and parade she attended 2 base camps at Chhapar (Ahmedgarh) and at Phillaur wherein she was selected to join pre-DCAT at Ludhiana and D-CAT-I at Neelon Kheri (Karnal ).

"Nearly 600 NCC Cadets (boys and girls) participated in the base camps and were trained for drill test, weapon training (WT), FCBC (Field Craft and Battle Craft) as well as various cultural activities also added colour to the programmes," says jubilant Jasmine back from the camp."It was a wonderful opportunity to learn and interact with thousands of cadets from diverse cultural backgrounds of India as well as abroad viz Bangladesh, Singapore, Malayasia, Sri Lanka, Australia and Vietnam."

She also won a first prize in solo song competition held at the Chhapar Camp and a bronze medal in D-Cat-I in the group song category.

She said she owed her success to her parents, Principal and teachers and also expressed her gratitude to Col S.S Saini, CO ,19 Pb NCC Battalion and Col S.S. Dhaliwal, 3 Pb NCC Boys Battalion, who have been a regular source of inspiration.

Spoken English workshop

Tagore Public School organised an informative and productive spoken English workshop by a team from TCY in collaboration with a English Daily for classes VI to IX. Ms Jatinder, Project Officer, Better Think Learning Systems, was the resource person who delivered a lecture on various concepts of spoken English. Mr Rajiv Dhanda, Manager, Business Development, managed the over all show.

The best part of the workshop was when the Principal of the school, Ms Amrita Gakhar, after her formal address took the initiative of involving the students in various grammar exercises. The students showed involvement in the workshop

Science contest at Wylie

The Science Department of Wylie Memorial High School, in collaboration with the Department of Art, organised an Intra-School Poster Making Competition here today. The prize winning entries would be sent to the Department Of Science of AylesburyHigh School, England, Wylie's partner school in UK for display. 

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Lecture held
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 7
An extension lecture was organised by the PG Department of English of Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women for MA-II year students here today.

The lecture was delivered by Prof R.K. Bhushan, former Head of Department, PG Department of English, DAV College, Jagraon. The college Principal, Dr Manju Chawla, while welcoming the resource person, remarked that Prof Bhushan had distinguished himself as a poet of international repute.

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Cong Legal Cell meeting held
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 7
The Chairman of AICC Legal Cell, Mr M.C. Bhandare, a senior lawyer of the Supreme Court, today appealed to the lawyers to bring the Congress again in power in the state. He said it would be in the interest of the common man, if the Congress was voted to power.

He was addressing a meeting organised by the local Legal Cell. Mr Bhandare was on a tour of Punjab to mobilise the members of the Congress Legal Cell for Assembly elections.

The Chairman of PPCC Legal Cell, Mr S.K. Pipat, Mr P.D. Sharma, Mr Ashok Bhakri, Mr Dharamjit Singh Khera, Mr Kamaljit Sharma, Mr Hemant Kalia and Mr Balwinder Goel also spoke.

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Unravelling womanhood
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 7
"We are really ungrateful people as we have forgotten all those who put their lives in danger and won freedom for us. But for their sacrifices probably we would still have been slaves. Thanks to movies like ‘Lage Raho Munna Bhai’, Mahatma Gandhi is back into our consciousness but what about Kasturba, the woman who made Gandhi a Mahatma," said the accomplished danseuse Sonal Mansingh here today.

She was in the city today and gave a mesmerising performance at Government College for Women at a programme organised under the aegis of SPICMACAY (Society for Promotion of Classical Music, Art and Culture among Youth). Sonal is a master of odissi and bharatnatyam, two of the oldest and richest dance forms of India. Sonal's presentation of several vignettes delighted the audience. Sonal has danced for nearly half a century and shown her talent in 82 countries. Her dance school ,'Centre for Indian Classical dances’ (CICD) has produced many outstanding students who are giving performances independently both in India and abroad.

She started her dance by performing ‘manglacharan’ and she said on the Republic Day, 2007, she had presented a unique dance performance in which she had portrayed 10 women. “First of all the meaning of kanya is not clear to many. Kanya is kumari, who has been tested in fire in her life and turned into gold." Later while talking to mediapersons she said, "I want to do away with all sorts of 'isms'. So I will say I do not believe in feminism but certainly I feel strongly when women are not given equal rights. Isn't it strange that woman is the source of creation and still she is not treated at par with males. I am not a politician, but I am a keen observer of what is happening in society and hence I present the issues that are plaguing society through my dance. I highlight social issues like prison reforms, abolition of female foeticide through my performances."

She portrayed Kasturba, Draupadi and ‘Aaj Ki Kanya’ in her performance here today. With her body movements, expressions and gestures she conveyed her views strongly.

She said her focus has been only on dance and during her perusal of her passion, if she found herself alone it was alright with her. She said ,"For me dance is worship. Last year I went on a' yatra' to Kailash-Mansarovar, the abode of Lord Shiva. Dancing on a plateau 19,000 ft above sea level in front of Kailash Mountains has been the most exhilarating experience of my life".

Ms Sarabjot, Principal of GCW, along with Ms Neelam Sharma, Head of Music Department, GCW, presented a ‘Phulkari’ to Sonal and bouquets and gifts to her three accompanists.

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Most eye ailments due to ‘lack of care’
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 7
Major eye aliments, including myopia and hyper-metropia, are caused because of a lack of concern among residents of rural and suburban areas about eye health care and malnutrition. This was observed by a team of ophthalmologists after examining around 400 persons at an eye camp organised by health authorities at Anand Isher Senior Secondary School.

Diabetes is the major clinical entity leading to disorders of eyes in urban people, and excessive exposure to sunlight in rural folks causes cataract. This was stated by a team of doctors after examining about 500 persons at a free eye camp organised jointly by the Bose Society for Blind and Ram Sharnam Ashram at Hind Hospital here on Sunday.

Dr Rajesh Garg, ophthalmic surgeon, said a majority of the patients examined by him had ignored eye health care. "Besides ignoring proper hygiene care of eyes they paid little attention to nutritional constituents required for optimum vision," maintained the doctor.

Showing concern over deteriorating eye sight of students, Dr Garg called upon the management committees of educational institutes of the area to arrange routine check up to detect the problems at early stage. Referring to examination conducted on about one hundred students Dr Garg pointed out that a substantial number of them were suffering from myopia and related diseases.

As many as 40 persons had lenses implanted. The organisers provided medicines and spectacles to the patients and food to their attendants free of cost.

Dr K.C. Goel, DHO, Sangrur and Mr Jatinder Bhola, president of the Municipal Council, addressed the function marking the culmination of the camp.

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