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With govt turning deaf ear, farmers hold cattle show
Vimal Sumbly
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 10
Feeling let down by the government for the past seven years, the Progressive Dairy Farmers’ Association took an initiative to organise a cattle show. Although the association was helped by various institutions, the initiative and efforts were all its own.

The show yielded the desired results also. About 400 animals from across the state were brought to participate in the show. And most of these animals yielded high quantity milk. The three-day competition was open for both cows and buffaloes.

The highest yield of a cow was 41.5 litres during a single day. The owner of the cow, Avtar Singh of Fatehgrh Sahib, said it produced more milk during a single day. But due to the change in atmosphere and irregular fodder intake, its milk output had reduced. There were other cows producing more than 40 litres of milk daily. The highest yielding buffalo, owned by Darshan Singh of Barnala, produced over 18 litres of milk daily.

President of the association Daljeet Singh Gill said for the past seven years they were waiting for the government to organise such a show where the good breed of milk producing animals could be identified. However, when there was no response the association decided to do it on its own.

He expressed gratitude to the State Farmers’ Commission, led by Dr G.S. Kalkat, who inaugurated the cattle show, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Punjab Dairy Development Board, Nestle, department of veterinary and animal husbandry, Punjab, and the Punjab Chamber of Farmers, florist Avtar Singh Dhindsa.

The show helped in disseminating information among the dairy farmers about the high yielding breeds of cows and buffaloes. Daljeet Singh said most of the competing cows produced more than 30 litres of milk daily with some going up to 40 litres. He said their aim was to meet the Israeli standards where cows produce as much milk as 70 litres a day. A farmer at the show claimed that his cow had produced about 56 litres during a single day. However, during the show it produced about 35 litres only as six months had passed since it delivered.

The dairy farmers were sore with the Punjab Cooperative Milk Producers’ Federation (Milkfed), which, they said, hardly represented their (dairy farmers) interests. They wanted it to be more participatory with decision making powers with the farmers’ representatives and not the government appointed bureaucrats.

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Training course on soil management ends
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 10
Punjab Agricultural Management and Extension Training Institute (PAMETI) organised a six-day national training programme on ‘soil productivity management’ sponsored by Ministry of Water Resources, Government of India. The course concluded today.

Dr S.P.S. Brar, director, PAMETI, said that there was a need to address the problem of farmers from income point of view in addition to production. “Extension should be provided in order to increase the income of the farmers rather than stressing the increase in crop production only,” he said.

While laying stress on market-led extension, he said, “Farmers should be educated about the market scenario while planning the production, especially in case of diversifying enterprises. Market intelligence does not mean providing present price information alone; rather it should also include the estimates of future prices, when the produce will have to be sold in the market,” he said.

Dr M.S. Gill, Director, project directorate for cropping systems research, Meerut, spoke about the management of soil and water resources for the food security.

A day-long field visit was also conducted during the training so as to acquaint the trainees with on-going progress in the soil and water management at the field level. During the visit, fields of Mohinder Singh Dosanjh, who is a progressive farmer and is also the recipient of Chief Minister’s Award this year, was visited at the Jagatpur village, Nawanshahr.

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A journey through illustrious past
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 10
Students of Delhi Public School (DPS), Ludhiana, made another spectacular attempt in unfolding the saga of our illustrious past at a function held yesterday.

The lamp was lit by the most punctual parent of the evening and the function was presided over by the Principal Seema Malik. It was a wonderful display of talent by small children who with their scintillating performance added another dimension to this great classic- The Discovery of India.

The episode took the audience on a trip through our immense past. It disclosed that Indians knew the concept of ‘republic’ even before the world had dreamt about it.

The depiction of Chandra Gupta and Chanakya highlighted the concept of a welfare state where the king looked after his subjects as his own children. The birth and message of Lord Buddha was conveyed effectively through the depiction of parables.

India's richness in sources, philosophy was very well expounded through narration and various episodes related to Gupta dynasty and the rules who ruled the country after this.

India, the golden bird, attracted various foreign invaders. India's tolerance for various religions was proved through the fact that many invaders made India their own home.

The audiences were enthralled and appreciated the assiduous effects of young students. 

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UGC nod to course on fashion technology 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana March 10
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has sanctioned an add-on course of "Fashion Technology" to Kamla Lohtia S.D. College with a grant of Rs 5 lakh recently.

According to an official press statement, this course will be functional from Session 2007-08. It will provide the young students of textile city of India to opt for and train themselves in this ever-growing field.

Meanwhile, the UGC has also sanctioned a research project to one of the professors of the institute, Sunil Aggarwal of the Department of Political Science.

This project focuses on inter-disciplinary thematic congruence between Mahabharta and Kieslowski's cinema.

President Naveen Mittal, Brij Mohan Ralhan and D.V. Jindal congratulated Principal Vijay Asdhir and the staff members for their achievements.

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Grammar key to learning English: expert
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 10
Terming grammar to be the foundation of any language, veteran educationist Chokha Ram impressed upon the instructors to make the maximum use of teaching aids while coaching their students.

Extra effort could bring significant improvement in the knowledge of English language among school students, he claimed.

While addressing a group of teachers during an orientation programme conducted at Sanatan Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School here yesterday, Chokha Ram said a lot needed to be done about languages in general and English in particular.

“As language is an indispensable tool for transferring knowledge in any stream, we must ensure that the fundamentals of grammar were made clear to the students of lower classes,” said Chokha Ram.

Showing concern over deteriorating standard of English, Chokha Ram pointed out that a majority of students in senior secondary classes lacked even the basic knowledge of the elements of grammar.

Elaborating on various aspects of English teaching, he suggested that teachers should focus on improving vocabulary, spellings and the fundamentals of grammar.

Terming the casual approach of a section of teachers in degrading language teaching, he apprehended that if it was allowed to continue it would worsen the situation. 

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‘Vision, focused action must for success’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 10
The Punjab College of Technical Education (PCTE) organised its convocation for MBA/MCA/BBA/BCA pass out students here last evening. Dr S.P. Prashar, Director, IIM, Indore, was the chief guest on the occasion. Dr S.K. Salwan, Vice-Chancellor, PTU, Jalandhar, presided over the function and awarded the degrees. The convocation started with an academic procession in which 38 faculty members of the PCTE with guests joined the convocation ceremony. The procession was followed by a welcome address and a brief report of the institute by Director, PCTE, Dr K.N.S. Kang.

During his convocation address, Dr Prashar remarked, “Vision followed by a focused action is a prerequisite for all students to get success in their lives”. Dr Prashar further mentioned that the majority of the students was not employable because of their lack of vision and committed actions towards their goals.

He further suggested that there should be regional associations of management institutions working towards the new ways of teaching in the field of management by creating synergy. Dr Prashar also remarked, “Gaining textual knowledge is not sufficient for the students, developing passion to work and excel by using the knowledge base is another area to work upon”.

He appreciated Punjabis for their passion to work and excel. He also suggested that the management institutions should have strong industry institute relationships through establishing Chairs and inviting executives from industry to share their experiences with the students on a regular basis. He suggested that the students should be involved in the live industry projects to achieve excellence. He said a management institution should be a combination of five elements such as training, knowledge, education, industry exposure, research and consultancy. At the close of convocation address, Dr Prashar congratulated all the students who got degrees and wished good luck for their future efforts.

While presenting a brief report of the PCTE, Dr Kang informed, “Foreign students from Rwanda, Mozambique, Ghana, Tanzania, Zimbabwe at the PCTE, ranking of the PCTE in three leading B-school surveys, 100 per cent placements, entry into Limca Book of Records, 11 gold medals in the university, eight academic collaborations with leading institutions of Pakistan, the UK, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, visit of the PCTE students and faculty to Singapore, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Australia have been the broad achievements of the PCTE since August 1999”. 

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Bringing rural youth into world of hospitality
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 10
Jassi Khangura, Kila Raipur, MLA, today claimed that he had taken first step in bringing international standard vocation education to this predominantly rural assembly segment. Jassi felicitated 30 students, who have made it to the first batch of the recently launched certificate course in hospitality kitchen management (CHKM) at a rally organised at Latala near here today.

He said these students belong to various villages in the area and were looking for specialisation after completing secondary school. They have been selected from hundreds of applicants from Punjab through written and personality tests.

Jassi said the certificate course is of one-year duration and launched by Sarovar Hotels - the fourth largest chain of hotels in India - to prepare youth in the coming months and years to meet the unprecedented and fast growing demand for professionally trained staff in the hospitality sector in India and abroad.

The course is accredited by the Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Association of India (FHRAI ), the apex body in its field. It includes a three-month residential training at the FHRAI Institute of Hospitality Management, Greater NOIDA - a premium institution offering courses in collaboration with the globally renowned EHL, Switzerland.

On successful completion of the course, the student is offered to join any of the Sarovar group hotels.

Alternatively, he may decide to find employment in any of the other chains.

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Nursing schools fest concludes
Our Correspondent

Doraha, March 10
A three-day inter-nursing schools sports - cum - cultural festival, organised by the Sidhu School of Nursing, concluded here yesterday.

The festival was inaugurated by Dr Harbans Sidhu, Managing Director, Sidhu School of Nursing.

Anita Sharma, principal of the school, highlighted the lack of interaction between various nursing schools.

Chief guest Kanta Devi, registrar, Nurses Registration Council, Punjab, congratulated the winners and the participants for their excellent performance.

Sidhu School of Nursing, Doraha, won the overall championship.

The results:

50 m race: 1 Gurinder Kaur, 2 Baljit Kaur; 100 m race: 1 Baljit Kaur, 2 Gurinder Kaur; Lemon and spoon race: 1 Taranjit Kaur, 2 Amandeep Kaur; Needle and thread race: 1 Sukhmandeep Kaur, 2 Ravneet Kaur; three legged race: 1 Pradeep and Raman, 2 Gagandeep and Ramandeep; Chess: 1 Gagandeep Kaur, 2 Harpreet Kaur; Long jump: 1 Harshpreet Kaur, 2 Gurinder Kaur, Carrom Doubles: 1 Kirandeep and Jaspreet, 2 Arvinder and Gagandeep, Rangoli: 1 Gagandeep Kaur and Hiteshwar Kaur, 2 Prabhjeet Kaur and Rubina; Kabaddi: 1 Karamjit and team, 2 Gurjit and team; Kho Kho: 1 Gurinder Kaur and team, 2 Amarnpreet and team; Badminton: 1 Arvinder Kaur, 2 Ritika Vashisht; Solo Dance: 1 Hitaishveer Kaur, 2 Amandeep Kaur; Group dance: 1 Ravneet Kaur and team, 2 Arvinder Kaur and team; Tug of War: 1 Students, 2 Doctors and staff.

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Warm adieu to seniors
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 10
There was a flurry of activities as junior students of Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women organised an emotional but ‘fun-n-frolic’ programme to bid a warm adieu to the outgoing students at the college here today.

Damsels clad in colourful and trendy outfits mesmerised the audience with their spell-binding foot-tapping group and solo items, including choreography, remixes of western and traditional songs and short humorous skits.

The participants charged the atmosphere with their well-coordinated semi-classical dance movements.

A breath-taking performance was given by the western choir as they danced on the floor. This colourful and spirited extravaganza, which remained interspersed with music and dance items, had special movements reserved for compliments and tokens of love for the outgoing  students.

One-minute game was organised to involve the senior students and  faculty.

Students swayed, clapped and danced all throughout. Another highlight of the programme was the most keenly awaited Miss MTSM, which turned out to be a scintillating show. More than 30 contestants sashayed down the ramp with poise, confidence and elegance, displaying colourful and latest trends in outfits.

Principal Dr Madanjit Kaur Sahota exhorted the outgoing students to make a mark in their life and become true ambassadors of this temple of learning. President of the college Swarn Singh also wished the students to excel in whatever field they ventured into with sincerity, determination and positive approach. 

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Cherry Lane celebrates annual day 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 10
Cherry Lane play school held its annual day function here today. The theme of the funtion was ‘unity in diversity’. The theme was depicted in various dances, skits and items giving social messages like love animals, unity is strength etc.

The students extended their wishes to the Indian cricket team and urged them to bring the World Cup home. Children also saluted the spirit of free women. Principal Chary Chaudhry read out the annual report and highlighted the achievements of the schoolchildren in academics , sports and cultural activities . The meritorious students were awarded certificates.

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IPTA scripts a silent revolution
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana March 10
The Indian People’s Theatre Association (IPTA), which started as a part of the progressive movement in the pre-Independence era by the legends like Balraj Sahani, Kaifi Azmi and others has continued with its mission. While at that time the IPTA was part of an awareness movement for the masses now it has assumed a different role.

To its credit, the IPTA has always associated itself the great legends from different fields of the contemporary art. Be they actors, writers, musicians or the singers. They include the great names like Shabani Azmi, Jaya Bachan, Javed Akhtar, Rakes Bedi, Avtar Gill, Ramesh Talwar, Raman Kumar (the director of the recently released ‘Sarhad Par’) and many others.

The IPTA today presented one of its most celebrated comedy plays ‘Shatranj ke Mohre’. It has been running to houseful audiences for the last three decades. Ramesh Talwar, who has directed the play, maintained that the play had no particular social message. “It is theatre for theatre’s sake”, he remarked, while adding, it was a pure comedy aimed at wholesale entertainment.

Asked about IPTA’s role in preserving theatre in the country, Talwar said everybody, who was associated with the organization, did it with a missionary zeal. Irrespective of the fee the artists charged in movies or television or stage performances, for the IPTA roles they charged a nominal Rs 100 only.

Avtar Gill, who feels proud to be a Ludhianvi having been born here, has acted in over 200 Bollywood movies with fees running into lakhs of rupees. Similarly, Rakesh Bedi, Bharat Kapoor and others, too, charge the token Rs 100. In fact, the rate has been recently enhanced to Rs 100 as earlier it used to be Rs 10 per performance.

The artists were of the consensual opinion that the theatre was growing in the country. But there were several drawbacks still. But these were being overcome and people have now started spending money to watch a live show. “Watching live performances on stage is literally a lively experience as everything is instant and spontaneous,” remarked Avtar Gill.

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