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Seminar on soil productivity management
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 11
Punjab Agricultural Management & Extension Training Institute (PAMETI) situated at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) Campus, organised a six-day National Training Programme on 'Soil Productivity Management' which concluded yesterday.

The programme was sponsored by Ministry of Water Resources, Government of India.

The outlined objectives were to impart training for the benefit of senior level officers of water resources / Irrigation Department, Central as well as state govt. officers, who are responsible for implementation of Command Area Development (CAD) programmes and to provide latest technical know-how to manage land water resources for sustainable development.

Dr. S.P.S Brar, Director, PAMETI, during inaugural session discussed about the objectives of CAD Programme with the trainees. Dr. Brar said "Centrally sponsored CAD Programme was started in the year 1974. Its objectives include bridging the gap between irrigation potential created and utilised and efficient water management." It was renamed as Command Area Development & Water Management (CADWM) Programme, said the Director.

While speaking on 'Reforms in Agriculture Extension' Dr Brar 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."

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."

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Kangaroo kids present 'Celebrations'
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 11
Students of Kangaroo kids presented a function titled Celebrations which was held in Nehru Sidhant Kendra here recently. The theme of the show presented was nationhood and culture.

Children also gave a dramatisation of the epic story of Rama. There was melody of Christmas carols also. The tiny tots demonstrated through their performance the futility of people warring over small things. Celebrations are all about rejoicing and feasting and the goal achieved is always happiness and togetherness.

The children conveyed a message of warmth and good will to the parents.

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Annual function held
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 11
Sandhya Sharma and Richa Kaushal were declared the best artist and orator of the year respectively at the annual function of Janta College for Women held here on Saturday.

Manpreet Kaur, Pawandeep, Puja, Sangeeta, Amisha and Antara were declared winners in various events.

Mangat Rai Jain president of the Ahmedgarh Vidya Parcharak Sabha presided over the function and Vijay Kakria, manager was the chief guest.

Addressing the function Jain and Kakria exhorted students to focus their attention on excelling in exams.

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PAU may introduce incentives to attract talent
K.S. Chawla

Ludhiana,March 11
Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) may introduce some incentives to attract good and talented scientists to revamp research and teaching activities in the varsity. The university is facing the pinch of finding good and competent scientists, as a number of senior scientists have retired or are on the verge of retirement.

Nearly six functionaries of the PAU will retire this year, which will leave a big gap to be filled.

According to information available, the dean, postgraduate studies, Dr S.S. Chahal will retire on April 30, while Dr B.S. Dhillon, director, research, will retire on June 30. Besides, Dr V.R. Sharma, dean, college of agricultural engineering, will retire on August 31. The registrar, Dr V.K. Sharma, will relinquish office on September 30. The dean, college of home science, Dr (Mrs) M.K. Dhillon, has already sought voluntary retirement.

The university authorities have advertised the posts of dean, college of home science, dean, postgraduate studies, and the director research, according to registrar Dr V.K. Sharma, The posts have to be advertised with three months notice.

Dr G.S. Chahal, dean, college of agriculture, will retire on January 31 next year.

The board of management of the PAU has expressed its concern over the lack of availability of good talent of scientists and has urged the vice-chancellor to prepare a detailed proposal to remedy the situation and suggest measures for attracting good and talented scientists to this university.

The board of management, at its meeting held on December 11, noted that good scientists were not available for posting at outstations in the rank of professors. The board particularly noted that during the formative years of the university, it was able to attract scientific talent from across the country and abroad because flexible provisions such as giving higher start in the pay existed at that time which, over the years, have now become too rigid. This has led to inbreeding, which is not desirable, as the benefit of academic training and professional experience of work in different leading institutes does not accrue to the university.

Talented scientists from other institutes need to be attracted to promote excellence. The board, therefore, desired that a detailed proposal to remedy the situation as per its observations be submitted to it for consideration.

According to Dr V.K. Sharma, the proposal for the incentives would be submitted to the board of management at its next meeting.

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Nature fascinates Smriti
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana March 11
"Nature has always left me spell-bound. In today's hectic and materialistic world, we are so engrossed in our busy life that we hardly pay any attention towards the beautiful nature around us. We do not have time to take notice of beautiful flowers that bloom around us, the morning glory of sunlight and the ripples in water by soft breeze that blows", says Smriti Bedi, who has put up a three-day exhibition-cum-sale of her works 'Lamha' at Sutlej Club here today.

Talking about her passion, Smriti said the beauties of nature were so mesmerising that it had influenced her mind since childhood. She said that she grew up with beautiful impressions of fascinating beauty all-around.

"Slowly I started noticing the varied textures and contrasts between the soft greens of foliage and that of the tree trunks, how the outlines of objects are highlighted by the rays of sunlight, reflections made by light, shadows, the vibrant play of colours in nature," said she.

Smriti started capturing the overwhelming beauty of nature through photography many years back. She got a tremendous response by the art-lovers and clients.

She said that most of the time, she focussed on less picturesque subjects such as simple meadows with trees, leaves, flowers, sunlight, penetrating tree trunks, most ordinary objects even a fence-wire which is not modified or cultivated, homogeneous textures of leaves, the different fleeting moments etc. "Even a car with all the dust on it, crossing a muddy road has an angle of beauty in it," she said.

Smriti has been arranging such exhibitions for the art lovers throughout Punjab. "People used to say that the city has dearth of art lovers. But I personally feel that trend has changed. It does not matter whether exhibition has been able to generate a good response or not. But art lovers do come and appreciate my work, which is the ultimate reward for an artist," she said.

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A hilarious satire, dragged a little long
Vimal Sumbly
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana March 11
Shatranj ke Mohre happens to be one of the longest running plays staged by the Indian People's Theatre Association (IPTA). The story has been continuously told and retold adopting different idioms in different times. The underlying satirical theme remains the same.

The play was staged in its 35th year here last evening at a programme organised by the Ludhiana Sanskritik Samagam (LSS) with the Bollywood starcast like Rakesh Bedi, Avtar Gill, Bharat Kapoor, Raman Kumar, Bansi Thapar, Inderjeet Sachdeva, Anjan Shrivastava, Rashmi Sharma and Rajeshwari Sachdeva.

Undoubtedly, a hilarious comedy it was well appreciated by the jam-packed audience at Guru Nanak Bhawan. However, it could have been little precise had the monotonous dialogue between Dr Satish Sharma (Bharat Kapoor) and Usha (Rashmi Sharma) cut short. It would not even have had any impact on the narrative or the theme of the play.

For the first half there was less comedy and too much of dialogue. The brilliant performances by Avtar Gill, who played the role of the driver, and Bansi Thapar (munimji) sustained the audience of the yawning audience. However, the second half was entertaining and compensated adequately for the first half.

The story revolved around the Acharya Ji (Anjan Shrivastava) who preaches a life of renunciation and self-denial. As the plot progresses, he faces the revolt and rebellion from his dedicated disciple Usha (Rashmi Sharma). Ultimately, he reconciles with the mundane world represented by Kaka (Raman Kumar). The play begins and ends at a hilarious note.

While the LSS has managed to develop an interest about theatre among the people of Ludhiana, at time the audience strength is disappointing. However, yesterday thanks to the familiar characters performing in the play, the hall was crammed to the capacity.

And SK Rai, secretary of LSS, and the moving force behind this movement, was the happiest man. And why not, LSS has after all developed and sustained the interest of people in performing arts including the theatre.

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