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PAU to look after ber trees in Darbar Sahib
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 25
A six-member team of PAU horticulture scientists led by Dr J.S.Randhawa has left for the Golden Temple, Amritsar, to rejuvenate the historical ber trees in the Darbar Sahib complex.

PAU scientists have been offering their services for the maintenance of these trees for the past 10 years.

Ever since the Shiromini Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) sought the help of PAU in the maintaining and rejuvenating the sacred trees, these trees under the care of university scientists, have started bearing fruit.

Earlier, the trees had died because of the attack of insects and oily touch of visitors. Now, the trees, to the delight of onlookers, provide a green touch to the complex.

The team of the scientists consists of Dr Jagtar Singh Bal, Dr Basakha Singh Dhillon, Dr Des Raj Sharma, Dr Harminder Singh and Dr Paramjit Singh Amritsar.

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Mealy bug attacks cotton crop
Farmers advised to destroy weeds
Vimal Sumbly
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 25
Damage by tobacco caterpillar and mealy bug on cotton crop has been reported from Bathinda and Mansa districts.

According to Punjab Agricultural University entomologists, who surveyed the affected areas to get first hand information, the attack of mealy bug has been severe in Sangat block of Bathinda district.

However, the scientists said, there was no need to panic as the pests were being controlled with proper use of insecticides.

Several weed plants like congress grass, kanghi buti, peeli buti, puthkanda, gut putna, bhakhra, itsit and tandla are host to the pest. From the weed plants mealy bug migrates to cotton crop and causes serious damage to crop. Scientists recommend the eradication and destruction of weeds, especially those growing on wasteland.

Farmers who are facing the problem or are likely to face the problem of mealy bug should remove weeds and destroy them by burying the weed plants deep in the soil.

The entomologists have suggested comprehensive campaign for the removal of weed hosts of mealy bug to check its spread.

For cotton fields which have been attacked by the mealy bug, the farmers have been advised to spray the crop with any of the PAU recommended insecticides like Profenophos (500 ml/acre), Quinalphos (800 ml/acre), Chloropyriphos (2000ml/acre), Acephate (800g/acre), Carbaryl (1kg/acre) and Thiodicarb (250g/acre). Since damage of mealy bug is normally localised to border rows, the farmers are advised to treat only the border rows using these pesticides.

The scientists disclosed that the outbreak of tobacco caterpillar has also been observed in some pockets on moong and jantar crops. They said the university did not recommend the cultivation of moong and jantar along cotton fields. Tobacco caterpillar migrates to cotton crop.

To check the damage of the pest to cotton, farmers have been advised either to plough up the jantar crop immediately if it has attained reasonable height and the larvae along with straw be buried deep into the soil. Alternatively, the jantar crop be sprayed with pesticides. If the pest has already appeared on moong, they should spray the crop with Endosulfan @ 1 litre/acre in 80-100 litres of water to prevent its spread to cotton.

Where the tobacco caterpillar has already started damaging the cotton crop at seedling stage, the farmers have been advised to use any of the insecticides like Endosulfan (1 litre/acre), Quinalphos (800gm/acre), Chlorpyriphos (2litres/acre), Acephate (800g/acre) and Thiodicarb (250g/acre) using around 70-80 litres of water/acre.

The collection and destroying egg masses of tobacco caterpillar helps to mitigate the population build up of pest on cotton. 

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Training programme for teachers
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 25
Terming 'teacher training programme' imperative for the maintenance of standard of education in schools, Dr Ashok Bhalla, principal, Government In-service Training Centre, Sangrur, has called upon educators of the area to equip themselves for the session by imbibing the latest knowledge by actively participating in the seminars according to the scheduled agenda.

Addressing representatives of various organisations of government school teachers at MGMN Senior Secondary School here today, Dr Bhalla claimed that experts working under the Sarav Sikhya Programme had prepared a special curriculum for teachers of classes VI to X. "Besides enhancing theoretical knowledge of teachers in their respective subjects, the training will enable them handle critical situations in the class and society. Tips about handling of special and hard students will also be given during the training," elaborated Dr Bhalla.

However, the teachers who are scheduled to retire before March 31 have been relieved of the training duty.

According to Pardeep Sharda, principal and block coordinator, the training will commence on May 30. Social Studies and English teacher will be given in first stage from May 30 to June 12. Math, science and physical education teachers will be trained from June 13 to June 26 and Hindi and Punjabi teachers would be imparted training from June 27 to June 30 and September 7 to September 15.

The training for teachers of the Barnala block will take place at Government Senior Secondary School Mehal Kalan and that for Shehna block at Government Senior Secondary School Tapa.

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MTP school student in Class VIII merit list
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 25
Rajbir Kaur, a student of MTP Senior Secondary School, won laurels for the institute after her name appeared in the merit list of the Class VIII examination results of Punjab School Education Board in March.

She had also won a 400 m race in a zonal meet.

She was felicitated at a school function for her achievemnts by the school’s director.

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New Addl Civil Judge takes charge
Our Corresondent

Ludhiana, May 25
Gurdarshan Kaur, who has been promoted as Additional Civil Judge (senior division) by the Punjab and Haryana High Court, is the new head of Jagraon subdivision. Earlier, she was working as Civil Judge (junior division) at Ludhiana. She took charge at Jagraon yesterday.

Meanwhile, Rajinder Aggarwal took charge as the new CJM of Ludhiana yesterday, following transfer from Jalandhar, where he was working as Additional Civil Judge.

K.S. Cheema, CJM, has been re-designated Civil Judge, Ludhiana, in place of S.S. Dhaliwal, who has been transferred to Sangrur.

Judicial Magistrates Madeep Kaur Bedi, Jagdeep Sood, Randhir Verma, Kawaljit Singh took charge at Ludhiana following transfers of Judicial Magistrates Shatin Goyal, Manoj Singla, K.K. Jain, Rajni Chokkra, Ravi Inder Kaur and Manjinder Kaur.

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