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Control mealy bug to save cotton crop: Scientists
Vimal Sumbly
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 26
The mealy bug has been seen as a serious problem in cotton growing districts of Punjab.

The pest first attacks the alternate host growing in outer region of cotton crop and then it comes to its main host crop cotton. This was disclosed by the two PAU scientists of the Department of Entomology, Dr A. K. Dhawan and Dr Sarika Saini.

According to the scientists, the infestation starts in patches but in severe cases, it occurs in the form of a cluster with white cottony unspecified layers formed due to the overlapping and clinging of one mealy bug over the other. It could spread rapidly once introduced in an area.

On the nature of damage, the scientists said both adults and nymphs of the pest sucked sap from leaves, flower buds, petioles and even from the stem of the plant. Asooty mould develops on honeydew produced by mealy bug crawlers and can cause defoliation. The infested plant becomes stunted with fewer bolls of smaller size and there was incomplete opening of bolls which ultimately reduced the yield of cotton.

The scientists suggested integrated control measures to check the onslaught of mealy bug.

Practices like cutting and burning infested plants and destroying host plants like congress grass, guputna, bhakhra and itsit could be followed for mechanical control.

In chemical control, recommended doses of insecticides of carbonate and organophosphate group could be sprayed rotation-wise in consecutive sprays.

However, the scientists warned against mixing of insecticides. For biological control, grubs of green lace wing as well as both adult and grub of Cryptolaemus montrouzieri could be used as they feed on nymphs of mealy.



From Schools
Exhibition ‘Career Vision-2007’ starts
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 26
An exhibition ‘Career Vision-2007’ is being organised at Welcome Palace.

The more than 50 participants include representatives from various universities, colleges, schools, foreign educational institutes, immigration and consultancy services, and technical and film firms.

Organiser Satish Sharma said students of the region would get an opportunity to know the latest in the field of computer technology, career education and immigration being provided by the experts from reputed institutions.

New Principal

The SDP Sabha president, Balraj Kumar Bhasin, has appointed Dr Sanjeev Bindra as the officiating principal of Om Parkash Gupta SDP Model Senior Secondary School, Quilla Mohalla.

Milk day celebrated

Milk day was celebrated at Baba Isher Singh Secondary Public School, BRS Nagar, here yesterday.

Students were informed about the importance of milk.

Principal Aneeta Kund delivered a speech on the occasion and advised the students to drink milk regularly as it was a complete food.

Rainy dance function

A ‘Rainy dance function’ was organised at the Everest Play-way and Nursery School, Maharaja Ranjit Singh Park, here yesterday. Tiny-tots, in colourful dresses, enthralled the audience.

The students performed a colourful programme of dance and skits. Cakes and sweets were distributed among the students. Principal Poonam Sharma emphasised on the physical development along with mental development of the students.

The kids enjoyed the ride on the swings, the presentation at the various stalls and a swim in the small water pools. President, association of PSEB affiliated schools of Punjab, Rajinder Krishan Sharma appreciated the performance of the students.

Book fair at KVM

In order to inculcate reading habits among children, a book fair was organised at Kundan Vidya Mandir for primary and KG class students today.

The book fair, put up by Scholastic India, presented a wide variety of books based on value education, science, activity, classics, storybooks and reference books.

It was inaugurated by the Principal S.C. Saxena along with Sonia Verma and Annu Sehra, in charge of middle and primary sections, respectively.

The book fair enjoyed a good response by the students.

Meanwhile, a five-day workshop in art and craft will be organised for the primary students. The workshop will be conducted by schoolteachers. On the last day, the students will give presentations on all that they have learnt during the workshop.

Management programme

The Punjab College of Technical Education (PCTE) organised a one-day management development programme for industry executives on business etiquettes and communication skills here yesterday at the PCTE campus. In total 20 managers and executives participated in the programme.

While welcoming the participants and speakers, Dr K.N.S. Kang, director, PCTE, said, “Communication skill is a basic requirement of all industries. We must realise the relevance of being a good communicator. The objective of the programme is to give the participants an insight to the various concepts of communication.”

The programme included two sessions. R.S. Khokhar, DGM (HR), JCT, Phagwara, spoke on business communication in the first session. Harpreet Kaur Kang, faculty, PCTE, spoke on business etiquettes in the second session.

Students portray glory of forests

The magnificence of the animal kingdom was celebrated with grandeur at Bal Bharati Public School, Dugri, on its last working day before the school closed for summer vacations here yesterday.

The forest scene depicted vast sky, flying birds, huge trees, animals with the flora and fauna.

Kids, dressed up as animals, gave a message to the mankind that forests should be saved. They conveyed the message through presentations, well-enacted songs and stories.

The function concluded with the address from principal Punam Dogra, who appreciated the efforts put in by the students and teachers and agreed on the safety of wildlife. She also highlighted the plans of B.B.P.S. to organise a summer camp for 15 days in the month of June. The focus would be on computers, swimming, art and craft, dance and music. 



Principal resigns in protest?
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 26
Principal of Guru Nanak Polytechnic College Barinder Singh is learnt to have resigned and submitted his resignation to the management.

While the management maintained that he had given a three-month notice, as he was planning to join some other place, sources in the college revealed that this was because of some differences with the management itself.

According to sources, yesterday trustees of the college wanted him to issue an experience certificate to the son of a trustee. The principal reportedly declined to issue the certificate since the son of the trustee was not the employee of the college but that of the trust.

This reportedly led to some arguments between the two trustees and the principal.

The trustees reportedly tried to prevail upon him arguing that he was their employee. To this the principal reportedly submitted his resignation and said he would not commit any wrong even if the trustees wanted him to.

Barinder could not be contacted for comments.



Prepare for competitive exam at home
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 26
The hassle of visiting coaching centres for getting training in competitive examinations would be soon over and students would be able to prepare for the same sitting at their homes.

City-based education services providing company Top Careers and You (TCY) has entered into a tie-up with a leading telecom company for providing content for competitive examination preparatory tests via broadband.

The facility, that would be available across the country, would enable students to prepare for various tests like MBA, GRE and SAT. Using the broadband service, students would get an option to visit the education link wherein they can take tests.

"Our earlier tie-up with Tata Indicom was for providing this service in Maharashtra. Now we have liaisoned with another large telecom company and the service would be available throughout the country. For students, who are burdened during preparations, this service would save them the hassles of going to a coaching centre. The ones who are already taking training would be able to use the tests for further improvement," Rajesh Wadhera, director, TCY, told Ludhiana Tribune.

Apart from the test, the student would also get a performance report. A comparative analysis of performance is also provided online. As per the plans, the education link would give access to preparatory tests for different competition exams. For each exam, several tests would be available for different subjects. The company gets a certain share of the amount charged from students, who can by these tests.

TCY, that would soon increase the number of its centres to 1,600 across the country, would invest Rs 15-20 crore towards expansion, revealed Wadhera. "Currently we are present across 19 locations in Punjab and have a few centres in other states. Major investment would be made towards expansion of centres throughout the country. These centres would be equipped with the facilities that our existing big centres have."

He said the company has also tied up with Education Testing Service (ETS), for Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL), wherein candidates, who earlier had to go to Delhi to appear for the test, would now be able to do so in Ludhiana itself.

TOEFL IBT, the latest version of ETS's English-proficiency test designed to assess English-language skills, is Internet based tests where live test is taken in computer labs.



Ravneet tops Samrala, Khanna by scoring 92%
Our Correspondent

Machhiwara, May 26
Ravneet Kaur, a student of Sant Kirpal Singh Sewa Panthi Public School, Neelon, earned laurels for her school by bagging the first position in Samrala and Khanna Sub-Divisions after securing 92 per cent marks in Class XII (non-medical) exam conducted by CBSE, Delhi.

She is ranked among the top 10 in Punjab for the examination. She had secured 94 percent marks in Class X exams.

Ravneet said she owes her success to her school staff and parents who have always inspired her to scale new heights. After getting her degree in engineering Ravneet aspires to become an IAS officer.

The other students of the same school who secured more than 80 percent marks include Palak Bhatia (84.6), Kirandeep Kaur (81.2) and Jaspreet Singh Chahal (80).



Pilot training programme launched
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 26
Corporate Wings and Aviation Technology (CWAT) today announced the launch of its pilot training programme and training for ground staff here. The company, after selecting students, would impart training to them in Canada.

J.K. Dogra, founder of CWAT, said the theoretical training would be provided in India while practical training in tie-up with a Canadian institute.

"This is for the first time that youngsters in Punjab have got an opportunity to get a commercial pilot license after going through this training. We would also ensure placement of our students."

With an increasing number of private airlines starting operations in India, the scope is tremendous for those getting training in this field, he added.

Dogra added that the company had tied up with the Rai Foundation for provide training to the cabin crew.



Ex-Improvement Trust chairman, executive officer denied bail
Rajneesh Lakhanpal

Ludhiana, May 26
In continuing trouble for the beleagured ex-improvement trust chief, Wing Commander Paramjit Singh Sibia (retd), absconding prime accused in the multi-crore City Centre Scam, Special Judge Gurbir Singh rejected his bail plea yesterday.

There was some relief for the suspended chief engineer, Manmohan Singh, who finally got bail. Despite tall claims of his taking huge amount as gratification, the Vigilance Bureau (VB) had failed to recover even a single penny from him. He is the brother of sitting MLA of Anandpur Sahib.

Apart from this, the court also dismissed the regular bail application filed by suspended executive officer of the Improvement Trust D.C.Garg and anticipatory bail application filed by S.A.H Naqvi, manager marketing of Today Homes Company.

Convinced with the submissions made by special public prosecutor, Mitter Sain Goyal, the judge held that the grant of bail to the above said accused persons at this stage may hamper the investigation.

Disposing of the anticipatory bail application filed by thee Mansa Bar Association president Vijay Kumar Singla, the judge directed the bureau to serve five days’ notice on him, if it wanted to arrest him. It was submitted by the prosecution that he was not required to be arrested “at this stage”.

Mitter Sain Goyal vehemently argued that Sibia was the prime accused, who ensured the passing of the controversial city centre after taking huge money. His custodial interrogation was necessary to unearth the biggest-ever economic crime invloving huge amount of Rs 3000 crore, which had shaken the nation.

Goyal apprised the court that a whopping amount of Rs 40 lakh was recovered from the executive officer Garg in this case, which he had kept with one of his friends. Initially, he was a whistleblower, but later on he also colluded with the other accused, when he was paid handsome money.

Even after the start of construction at the city centre project, Garg was regularly paid Rs 1 lakh per month by Today Homes Company for not creating any hindrance in the project. If he was enlarged on bail, there was apprehension that he would hamper the further investigation and may try to win over the witnesses, added Goyal.

Sibia had gone into hiding a day before the registration of case on March 23. Since then, the VB has miserably failed to arrest him despite getting arrest warrants from a local court. A few days ago, the Bureau had initiated proceedings for declaring him to be a proclaimed offender.

S.A.H. Naqvi, along with his two associates, was caught by a TV channel in a sting operation. He was shown as allegedly accepting of Rs 1 lakh from a decoy customer, illegally for booking a site in the city centre project.



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