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Compensation, crop insurance for farmers mooted
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 21
For sustainability of food production, the farmers of Punjab should be compensated for the depletion of soil fertility due to paddy-wheat monoculture. Also, crop insurance should be initiated in Punjab with different parameters like rainfed farming and should be proportional to the amount of rain received.

The suggestions came up during an interaction of farmers, officials of Punjab Farmers Commission and scientists with Dr. T. Haque, Chairman, Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices, Government of India, New Delhi. Dr Haque was on a visit to PAU recently. Among those present during the interaction included Dr. G.S. Kalkat, Chairman, Punjab State Farmers Commission, Dr. K.S. Aulakh, Vice Chancellor, Dr. B.S. Dhillon, Director of Research, Dr. N.S. Malhi, Director of Extension Education.

The farmers informed that cost of production of cotton at present is Rs.2845/q.

The farmers cultivating cotton are also to be contented with lower wheat yield in the following season on account of late planting. They desired to lower the price of Bt cotton on the pattern of some other states.

The cost of production of basmati was estimated at Rs.3079/q whereas the price obtained is Rs.1000 to Rs.1500/q. The price of basmati should be fixed three times the price of paddy which should also be compensated for lower wheat yield in the subsequent season.

For maize, the cost of production as calculated by the farmers was Rs.979/q. Maize should have higher MSP than paddy to save water in Punjab. It should be Rs.931 for paddy and Rs 977 for maize. The farmers stressed the need to fix the MSP for soyabean at Rs 1500 per quintal. It was also suggested that the government should encourage the farmers to deposit wheat in warehouses and sell the produce later to fetch better market rate at that time. Byelaws should be framed for contract farming so as to honour the legal binding of the contract by both parties.

A suggestion for strengthening of cooperative societies was also mooted. A demand for starting a separate kisan TV channel was also raised on this occasion.

Other experts who participated in the meeting were Dr. J.S. Kolar, Dr. Karam Singh, Dr. P.S. Rangi, members, Punjab State Farmers Commission, Dr. A.S. Joshi, Head, Department of Economics, Dr. R.S.Sidhu, Dr. M.S. Sidhu, Dr. B.R. Garg. Members of PAU Kisan Club also attended the meeting. 



660 students honoured
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 21
The annual prize distribution function of Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town, here was organised today. Dr Baldev Singh Aulakh, professor of urology and transplant surgery and head, transplant unit, Dayanand Medical College, was the chief guest. He was received by the NCC cadets.

In his keynote address, Dr Aulakh said the modern technology was advancing with an unprecedented speed in every field of life and education had spread on a global scale with the availability of modern technology. He added that in the present world of fierce competition, enormous opportunities were available for the outstanding students.

Principal Dr Charanjit Kaur Mahal highlighted the achievements of the college in academics, sports and cultural activities and modernisation of infrastructure in the annual report of the current session.

The function commenced with Shabad recitation by college students. Dr Baldev Singh Aulakh distributed the prizes among 660 students who excelled in academics and co-curricular activities. 



National award for professor

Ludhiana, February 21
Dr Hari Mohan Saxena, professor, Immunology, Department of Veterinary Microbiology, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Science University (GADVASU), Ludhiana, has won the Indian Society for Veterinary Immunology and Biotechnology (ISVIB) Scientist Award Gold Medal for the best published research paper on transplantation immunology at the National Symposium on Biotechnology and Immunology and the XIII Annual Convention of the (ISVIB) held at Pookot, Kerala, recently. — TNS



Sweaters given to students
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 21
The Shaheed Memorial Sewa Society distributed sweaters to the needy students of three schools here yesterday.

The secretary of the society, Mr Vajinder Singh, said they visited Govt High School for Girls, Ramgarh, Pothhar Khalsa Senior Secondary School, and Ramgarhia Senior Secondary School and distributed sweaters to the needy students. Ms Malkiat Kaur, Mahender and Kamal Preet, principals of the schools, appreciated the gesture. Mr Vajinder asked them to motivate their students to become patriotic and distributed special posters that carry the pictures of martyrs.



Students exhorted to avoid junk food
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 21
Childrens Valley School organised a workshop here today to tell students about healthy and nutritious food and the solar system and child’s basic food. The students were told why should all of us say "no" to junk food and adopt healthy eating habits and why people should not eat noodles. About 100 parents participated in this event.



Inter-college cultural extravaganza
Our Correspondent

Doraha, February 21
Inter-college cultural extravaganza started at Mata Ganga Khalsa College for Girls, Manji Sahib, Kottan, today with all grandeur and ecstasy.

Various colleges showcased their talents on and off the stage. The show featured a variety of competitions ranging from folk music, creative writing, fine arts and home science to shabad recitals, instrumental music and art of creative writing and calligraphy.

Bibi Balwinder Kaur, member, SGPC, was the chief guest of the function. Inderjit Singh Hassanpuri, the renowned lyricist and Charanjit Singh were invited on the occasion.

Prof Jasbir Kaur, Prof Jagmohan Sharma, Ranjit Singh, Simarjit Kang, Upinder Kaur Gill, Balwinder Singh and Prof Madhu Arora were the judges for various competitions.

The function began with the recital of Shabad Kirtan by the college students. The principal of the college, Manjinder Kaur, welcomed the guests. Inderjit Hassan Puri, enthralled the audience with his lyrics based on social and political evils.

The students came up with creative ideas and innovations in various contests. The different institutions looked very enthusiastic and came well-prepared to the venue. The air was filled with melodious folk songs and foot-tapping music.

In the off the stage items students made creative traditional pakhis, embroideries and useful articles out of waste material. The flower arrangement contest was an impressive one. The designs in fashion sketching category were innovative and impressive. The students competed in 19 different contests.

The principal honoured the chief guest. She also proposed the vote of thanks and the programme concluded with the prize distribution function.

The results of various events are as follows:

Shabad gayan contest - Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, was first; Ramgarhia girls College, Ludhiana, was second; Master Tara Singh Memorial College, Ludhiana, was third.

Folk-instrument contest- Master TSM College, Ludhiana was first; GNN College, Doraha, was second;

Crochet contest- Jaswinder Kaur of Mata Ganga Khalsa College for girls, Kottan, was first; Davinder Kaur of Khalsa College, Sidhwan Khurd, was second; Kirandeep of GNN College, Doraha, was third.

Calligraphy contest- Muhta Sharma of Master TSM College, was first; Ashima Prasnar of Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib, was second, Kshama of Khalsa College for women, Sidhwan Khurd, was third.

Embroidery contest- Jasdeep Kaur of Khalsa College for women, Sidhwan Khurd, was first; Mandeep Kaur of Mata Ganga Khslsa College, Kottan, was second; Harleen Kaur of Master Tara Singh Memorial College, was third.

Fashion sketching contest - Jasmeet Kaur of Khalsa College for women, Sidhwan Khurd, was first, Harwinder Kaur of MTS memorial College, was second, Ekta Dhawan of MTS Memorial College, was third.

Phulkari contest - Rajpreet Kaur of KCW , Sidhwan Khurd, was first, Geeta of Ramgarhia Girls College, Ludhiana, was second; Ravneet Kaur of MTS College, Ludhiana, was third.



Spring Dale students get warm farewell
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 21
The students of Class XI of Spring Dale Senior Secondary School organised a farewell party for their seniors here yesterday. They also presented a cultural programme.

Karan and Sakshi from Non-Medical and Arts streams were selected Mr and Ms Talented, respectively, whereas Sourav and Priyanka Puri from Non-Medical and Arts were the runners-up.

Ms Avinash Walia, director of the school, advised them to work hard and keep the tradition of school alive.



‘Quest for Truth’ at GCW
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 21
It was a happening day at GCW today as different departments had organised various functions on the college premises.

The Science Society of the college organised 'Quest for Truth'- an inter -class quiz contest. The participants were divided into five teams comprising four students each. The participants answered questions related to physics, chemistry, biology i.e. zoology and botany.

Compere Rimi, president, Science Society and Harleen, treasurer, added more charm to the show. 'Priestley' team comprising of Tanvir Gill, Sonam, Geetika and Beenu emerged as the winners. 'Cavandish' team comprising Rumani, Pooja, Kriti and Manisha Dhawan were adjudged second. Vote of thanks was prepared by Harinder Kaur. Faculty members, Mohinder Kaur, Baldev Singh and Radhika were also present. Tanvir was adjudged the best in the quiz.

An inter-college painting contest "Expression-07" was also held by the Postgraduate Department of Fine Arts of GCW. About 148 students from nine colleges of the city participated in different categories of fine arts like landscape, still life, poster making, life drawing, cartooning, rangoli, collage making etc.

Prabhjot Kaur, principal of the college, presided over the function as the chief guest. Speaking on the occasion, the principal encouraged the students to take part in such competitions in the future too.

She also appreciated the efforts of Gurminder Kaur, head of the department, fine arts, and other faculty members of the department for conducting a successful competition.

Gurcharan Singh from RITTI (Rehmat Industrial Teachers Training Institute) and Manmohan Singh, head artist from Punjab Agricultural University were accorded a warm welcome and were the judges on the occasion.

The results of various competitions are as follows

Postgraduate classes: Life drawing contest: Gaganpreet, GCW, Ist, Ravneet, GCW, IInd, Sonia Daim, KCW, IIIrd.

Landscape contest- Jaspreet, GCW, 1st, Jaspreet, Ramgarhia College, IInd, Enisha Oberoi, GCW IIIrd. In Creative Competition- Sukhjeet, GCW Ist, Poonam Rawal, KCW IInd, Gagandeep, Ramgarhia, IIIrd.

Mask Making contest- Aditi, GCW, Ist, Anjali, Ramgarhia, IInd and Richa, GCW IIIrd.

Matka painting contest- Neha, GCW, Ist, Rekha, Ramgarhia College, IInd and Nehal Jain, KCW, IIIrd.

Clay Modelling contest- Nitika, GCW, Ist, Kawalpreet, GCW, IInd, Shikha Bansal, KCW, IIIrd.

Undergraduate classes : Landscape contest- Sophia, GCW, Ist, Anoop Malhotra, Govt College, Sec 46, Chd, IInd, Kanchan, GCW, IIIrd.

Still Life contest- Manpreet, GCW, Ist, Navneet, GNKCW, IInd, Pushpinder, KCW, IIIrd.

In poster making contest- Jyoti DD Jain College of Education, Ist, Amandeep Kaur, GNG College, IInd , Harmeet GCW IIIrd.

Life drawing contest- Gurpreet, GNG College, Ist, Naveen, GN KCW, IInd, Dinesh Kumar, Govt College, Sec 46, Chd, IIIrd.

Cartoon contest- Ravneet, GCW, Ist, Manpreet, GCW, IInd and Ila Jain, SDP, IIIrd. 



ICICI Bank told to pay up Rs 10,000

Ludhiana, February 21
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed ICICI Bank to pay Rs 10,000 to a consumer for wrongly debiting the amount of air ticket twice and paying it to the travel agency from the credit card account of the consumer.

A.S. Narula, president and Daljit Singh Bakshi, member of the forum, pronounced the order while deciding the complaint filed by R K Sapra of Maharaj Nagar, Ludhiana. The forum also directed the travel agency, Saggersons, situated near bus stand, to refund the amount of Rs 9,305 to the consumer, which was wrongly paid again by ICICI Bank out of the account of consumer. It was submitted by the consumer that he had obtained the credit card from the bank's branch situated at Feroze Gandhi Market, Ludhiana. He had to go to Srinagar, as such he bought two air tickets worth Rs 9,305 from Jammu to Srinagar in August, 2003.

He had availed the auto debit facility from his banker. But he was surprised to receive the statement from the bank on October 9, 2003, in which the bank incorrectly claimed Rs 9,305 on August 22, 2003, and again in October, 2003.

He protested through the helpline of the bank but to no effect. The court after witnessing the evidence produced by the consumer and going through the bank statement showing double entry termed it a deficiency in services and directed the bank to pay Rs 10,000 to him. — OC



Scintillating performance by Ustad Shahid Parvez
Our Correspondent

Doraha, February 21
Ustad Shahid Parvez, a stalwart of instrumental music, gave a scintillating performance at Dr Ishwar Singh Memorial Hall of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha.

Bibi Bhagwant Kaur, chief patron, college management committee, Roop Brar, president, management committee, Harpartap Brar, executive committee member, were among those who were present.

The staff and students of the college heard him with utmost attention. His perfect combination of gaiyaki ang (singing style) and tantrakari ang (instrumental style) captivated one and all.

Ustad Parvez got his vocal training from his own uncle Ustad Hafeez Khan, a famous singer and sitar expert, and received training in tabla for many years from Ustad Munnu Khan of the Delhi gharana. He started performing in public at the age of eight years.

One of the unique achievements of Ustad Parvez is the mastery of both vocal music and Tantrakari Baaj and bring them into complete amalgamation with each other.

He is a top-grade artist of the All-India Radio and a recipient of numerous national and international awards, including the Sur Shringaar, the Kumar Gandharva Samman and the M.L. Koser Award. He is also a holder of the prestigious "Sangeet Natak Akademy Award" of 2006.

He has performed in all major musical festivals in India and abroad, including the Festival of India held in the US, Europe, USSR, Canada, and Africa.

Ustad Zakir Hussain's comment that "when you listen to the young musicians like Shahid Parvez you know there is genius at work here, that something incredible is happening and these people will be remembered as the legends of their times," sounded quite relevant when Parvez performed on the stage.

Prof Balwant Singh Pangli and Mr Jaswant Singh Gill, director, appreciated the unique performance by Ustad Parvez and thanked him for enriching the students’ knowledge of classical music. The vote of thanks was presented by Dr Narinder Singh Sidhu, principal of the college. 



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