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Improve poultry conditions: PETA
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 8
With the World Health Organisation warning that the avian influenza (bird flu) has the potential to trigger a pandemic, the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has urged the directorates of animal husbandry and poultry farming in all states to improve the conditions of the chicken in the layer and broiler industries. The PETA concern also comes in view of union minister of state for agriculture Kanti Lal Bhuria's recent warning that bird flu could hit India any time.

PETA India points out that researchers from the United Nations have denounced globalised poultry trade and large-scale industrial farms as being chiefly responsible for the spread of avian flu. The risk of bird flu, already reported in Pakistan, is so high that even some of the banks in India are refusing to give loans to poultry farmers for fear that their chickens will be wiped out by the disease or killed by culling.

Ajmer Singh, a poultry farmer, here, said most chicken factory farms were overcrowded and filthy, making them perfect breeding grounds for the disease. "Laying hens are kept in stacked cages, providing ideal conditions for the disease to spread. Chickens raised for their flesh or eggs are crammed by the hundreds and thousands into filthy warehouses, there can be disease outbreak anytime.



Reopening of journalism dept in PAU sought
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 8
Welcoming the government’s decision to accept resignation of Dr K.S. Aulakh as vice-chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, the All-India Media Teachers Association has urged the Chief Minister to impress upon the new incumbent to restore teaching in the journalism department that had been closed during the Congress regime three years ago.

The association claimed that the step would prevent further degradation of vernacular journalism in this part of Malwa whereas arbitrary closure of the department was tantamount to gagging of professional journalism.

While talking to Ludhiana Tribune, Dr Harjinder Singh Walia, president of the association, alleged that the university authorities, including former the vice-chancellor, acting at the instance of certain Congress leaders had closed the department without assigning any plausible reason about three years ago.

Terming the step to close the department as unjustified, Dr Walia claimed that the section had produced quality scholars in the field who had had reached honourable posts as field journalists, editing staff and in media education.

“The closure of the department not only created scarcity of quality teachers in the state, but also forced newspaper publishers to engage non-professional reporters in this part of Malwa. Obviously the tendency encouraged yellow journalism also,” argued Dr Walia.

Dr Walia welcomed the government’s decision to handover functioning of the university to Gurinderjit Singh Sandhu after accepting resignation of the outgoing vice-chancellor.

“The change in administration of the university has raised new hopes among members of our association and journalists. We will meet and impress upon the Chief Minister and the university authorities to expedite restoration of teaching in the closed department,” said Dr Walia.



Kids vote for rights of child prize
Asha Ahuja

Ludhiana, April 8
Young BCMites went global as they voted for the aspiring candidates of World's Children's Prize for the Rights of the Child (WCPRC).

This is the world's largest annual educational programme for children and youth (between 10 and 17 years) based on the rights of the child, democracy and global friendship.

April 7 was a day of enthusiasm for students from classes V to X as they voted for a deserving candidate devoted in making a better future for the socially deprived children of the world. The students were sensitized about the downtrodden children of the world and their ray of hope in form of Cynthia Maung (Burma), Inderjit Khurana (India) and Betty Makoni (Zimbabwe).

The students said: "We are overwhelmed to get an opportunity to vote at such a young age". It was a unique exercise to become one of the 20,000 global friends schools worldwide in 82 countries. Nearly 4000 schools in India had been invited to join this project.



Genesis-07 starts with a bang
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 8
The all-India techno cultural festival, Genesis-2007, was inaugurated at Guru Nanak Engineering College, here, yesterday.

During this three-day event, technocrats, speakers, artists, show persons are showcasing their talents in various events like formals (alpha ensemble), informals (fun-shala), cultural (reflections), technical (tech-zibit) and fine arts.

The function started with a tribute to noted Punjabi singer Surinder Kaur by presenting a choreography of her songs.

According to the convener, Prof Kanwaijit Singh, more than 30 colleges are participating in the event which include GNDU-Amritsar, ITT-Delhi, NIT-Jalandhar, SBSCET-Ferozepore, lET-Bhaddal, SSIET-Dera Bassi, PAU- Ludhiana, IITM-Gwalior, Yadwindra Engineering College-Talwandi Sabo and YCOE-Panjab University.

Acting principal of the college, Dr H.S. Rai, inaugurated the function.

Various events were organised on the first day, including debate and group discussion under formals, mock-drill sansad, face painting under informals, paper presentation, antakshari and solo songs.



Dances mark spring camp
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 8
To prepare for Baisakhi festival, the Love Dale Club, has held a spring camp since March 19.

Children below 14 years prepared Baisakhi dances as solo and group performers. The students performed individual and group dances yesterday and today.

The following students were awarded prizes:

Group I: Kartikay Vaibhav, Hishant and Ayush stood first, second and third, respectively, whereas the consolation prizes were bagged by Sanat, Harshit and Manon.

Group II: Mehar, Ishita Jain Kaynaat and Ishika bagged the first three prizes, respectively, whereas the consolation prizes went to Khushleen, Jasnoor, Vrinder and Kritika.

Group III: Chetna, Japleen, Harsejal and Mukul were placed at first, second and third positions, respectively, whereas the consolation prizes were bagged by Rishab, Harman, Ashnoor and Navish.

Group IV: Vibhu, Harsh Mannat, Japleen and Himanshu were the winners of the top three prizes respectively, and the consolation prizes went to Mansi, Sehaj, Ayush and Surbhi.

Chief guest Mala Dhanda and her husband Sanjeev Dhanda, cultural secretary of the Satluj Club, appreciated the show.



Ishar Singh school function held
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 8
The birth anniversary of Saint Baba Ishar Singh Ji Kaleran has been celebrated at Baba Ishar Singh Senior Secondary School.

Baba Harbhajan Singh Ji Kaleran was present at the function in which cabinet minister, Jathedar Hira Singh Gabria, was the chief guest.

Prof Arvind Malhotra gave away the trophies and the certificates to the academic proficiency prize winners.

The school principal, Aneeta Kundra, congratulated the winners and their parents and inspired the students to work hard to get success.



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