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Dairy training course from July 23
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 21
The Department of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Extension, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU),will organise a 10-day specialised dairy training course from July 23 to August 3.

Farmers from different parts of the state will attend the course.University experts will deliver lectures on various aspects of dairy farming.As major expenditure in dairy farming is on feed and fodder,the farmers will be told to feed green fodder to their animals throughout the year.

They will also be trained to differentiate between healthy and sick animals, vaccination, deworming and the importance of hygiene.

Tips for timely detection of heat, artificial insemination and care of pregnant and new-born animals will also be given. A field visit to a few dairy farms will also be undertaken and on the spot training will be given for basic handling of animal, correct method of milking, drug application and first aid management.

Experts from bank and insurance company will also deliver lectures on facilities provided by them. 

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Vet university to focus on pig farming
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 21
The bi-monthly meeting of the Punjab Piggery Farmers Association (PPFA) was organised by the department of veterinary and animal husbandry extension, College of Veterinary Science, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, here yesterday.

Farmers as well as others planning to enter pig farming attended the meeting.

Addressing the gathering, department’s head R. S. Sahota asked the farmers to come up with their problems as future strategies could be planned on the basis of field information.

Amandeep Kaur Randhawa delivered a lecture on the “swine fever-its control measures”. It was a fatal disease, but could be prevented through effective vaccination, she added.

H.K. Verma assured farmers that the next meeting would be organised at a pig farm. Its main objective would be to spread awareness and interaction with scientists.

Rearing of pigs is becoming more popular among unemployed youth, he added. 

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S.K. Mann to be first woman dean of postgraduate studies
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 21
Dr S.K. Mann is being appointed the dean of postgraduate studies, Punjab Agricultural University, while Dr Neelam Grewal is being appointed the dean, college of home sciences.

Mann would be the first woman dean postgraduate studies, since the setting up of the university. She is currently the professor and head, department of plant pathology.

The final orders will be issued after the appointments are approved by the board of management that meets on Monday. The agenda has already been circulated.

Mann succeeds Dr G.S. Chahal, who retired in April. Since then the charge of the dean was with the registrar, Dr V.K. Sharma.

Dr Grewal is currently the head of the department of clothing and textiles in the college of home science.

The charge of the dean was with Dr J.K. Sangha, who is also the coordinator research.

The post fell vacant after the former dean, Dr Manjit Kaur Dhillon, sought premature retirement. She is learnt to have made a representation to the board of management seeking to withdraw her resignation.

Dr M.L. Bansal is being appointed the head, department of maths, statistics and physics. The board is likely to approve the appointment of Dr G.S. Butter as the director, regional station, Bathinda.

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College welcomes freshers

Ludhiana, July 21
A get-together of staff and students of Bethany Community College was held here today to welcome the freshers. According to its Director, Sister Zelie, the college is run by the management of Sacred Heart Convent School and offers vocational courses like hotel management and cooking, computers and nursing care under its Best to the Least Education programme. The college has admitted students for the second batch beginning from July 23. — OC

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PAU experts against reckless use of pesticides
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 21
Punjab Agricultural University experts have warned farmers against the reckless use of pesticides.

According to Dr N.S.Butter, Head, Department of Entomology, PAU, the failure to adhere to the safety norms at various stages of pesticide production and use and also, at times, non-availability of credible information have caused serious concerns to society.

Speaking on the concluding function of a five-day workshop on "Safety Measures Against Harmful Effects of Pesticides/Farm Accidents", organised jointly by the Directorate of Extension Education, PAU, and the Punjab State Council of Science and Technology, Chandigarh, Dr Butter said it could lead to acute poisoning, cancer, neurological effects and industrial disasters.

He cited the example of the Bhopal gas tragedy in 1984 which killed over 2500 people and seriously injured another 10000. This chemical was used to produce insecticides and several analyses of the tragedy blamed non-adherence to the safety norms.

On increasing awareness among the farmers about the judicious use of pesticides, Dr Butter said the need was to educate the farmers about the right crop protection technology. This could only be achieved with active participation of the industry, he added. He also emphasised the need for transformation from totally chemical-based farming practices to eco-friendly alternatives in order to reduce the dependence on expensive and hazardous chemical inputs.

Dr Kulbir Singh Bath, Principal Scientific Officer, PSCST, Chandigarh, also spoke on the occasion. He informed that a scientific workshop for school children will be organized in the near future with the collaboration of PAU.He said that articles and other extension material prepared by the trainees in the current workshop will also be made available to the general public through different media.

Addressing the workshop, Dr Charanjit Singh Pannu said the farmers should be careful while using agricultural machinery and spraying insecticides/pesticides in order to avoid the accidents caused by these. He said the Department of Farm Power and Machinery of PAU made agricultural machinery safety regulatory act in 1983 to prepare the agricultural machinery which is more safe for the users.

This department in collaboration with the Department of Chemistry is trying to develop a technique which will indicate the level of poisonous gases in the pits of the tubewells and this technique will be helpful in saving the human lives.

Dr Narinder Kumar Chhuneja from Agricultural Engineering College expressed his views about the accidents caused by agricultural machinery and said that Punjab State Marketing Board and MARKFED provided some economical help for the rehabilitation of the people who were the victims of such accidents.He said that it was essential to cover the deaths caused by the natural calamities and agricultural machinery under insurance policy.

Speaking on the occasion,Gurbhajan Gill, Editor Changi Kheti, said it was the need of the hour to make the people aware of 'Bhai Ghanaya Insurance Scheme' which was beneficial to the farmers.

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Talent hunt contest at KVM
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 21
An inter-house talent search contest was organised by the junior humanities forum for students of Kundan Vidya Mandir primary section here today. Principal S.C.Saxena and Mr.J.P.Sharda presided over the function.

The contest was divided into six categories-classical dance, folk dance (duet), group song, instrumental music, skit and mono acting.

Judges Aruna Verma (classical and folk dance), Mamta Shrivastva (group song and instrumental music) and Manisha Trivedi (skit and monoacting) were impressed by the talented children.

The results are as follows:

Classical dance: Sunaina of Nehru house got the first prize whereas Vaaiahali and Shaffa Grover received the second and third prize, respectively.

Folk dance: Mahima of Patel house got the first prize whereas Deepali and Suhani, Damini and Arzoo received the second and third prize, respectively.

Group song: Students of Tagore house got the first prize whereas Raman and Subhash received the second and third prize, respectively.

Instrumental music: Ribhav of Patel house got the first prize whereas Sahil and Saurabh got the second and third prize, respectively.

Monoacting:Agrim Syal of Patel house got the first prize whereas Rohan and Laghima got the second and third prize, respectively. Gazal and Avi Arora were the best compeers while Rhythm, Ashutosh were declared best compere and actors.

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Investiture ceremony
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 21
An investiture ceremony was held in Ryan International School. Harish Bedi, MLA, presided over the ceremony.

The council of ministers was elected on the basis of secret ballot.

The school parliament comprises the president, prime minister, deputy prime minister, speaker and cabinet ministers.

The council of ministers were given portfolios and badges were pinned by the chief guest. School president Aastha Kapoor conducted the oath ceremony.

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Two educational institutions inaugurated
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 21
It was a unique occasion in the history of Ludhiana when two institutions were inaugurated simultaneously under the aegis of S.A.N Jain Education Board and another trust of the same organisation, under the name Shree Atam Vallabh Jain College and Shree Atam Vallabh Sharmnopasak Gurukul Bhavan.

The college which has been established with a view to running professional job-oriented courses was inaugurated by Manmohan Singh Jain, chairman, M.S.Group of Industries, Chennai, who happens to be an old student of SAN Jain Higher School and is presently involved in running more than 10 institutions in Chennai.

Dr V.K.Arora, Dean, Punjab Technical University, who was the guest of honor released the college prospectus in the presence of Principal Anuradha Kumar and others. Speaking on the occasion, he appreciated the steps initiated by the board to impart technical and professional education. He hoped that the institution, in addition to the professional qualification would inculcate moral values among the students.

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Lok adalat settles 101 cases
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 21
The District Legal Services Authority today held a lok adalat under the presidentship of its chairman,Harbans Lal, District and Sessons Judge, Ludhiana,where one hundred and one cases involving an amount of Rs 26,43,582 were settled.

Giving the details,Harbans Lal said several Benches were constituted to hear the cases and resolve their disputes through reconciliation.

Additional Civil Judge Senior Division Tarsem Mangla supervised the functioning of the lok adalats. Social workers,Ruby Fernandiz, Kuldeep Kaur and Daljit Singh Saini assisted the judges as members in Benches.

The cases pertaining to ICICI bank, civil suits, appeals and recovery suits were taken up.

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Domestic Violence
Man told to pay maintenance
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 21
Judicial Magistrate Ranjan Khullar has directed a man to pay Rs 10,000 as maintenance to his wife who has two minor children to look after.

The complainant Aditi Khanna of Gurgaon had lodged a case against her husband Udayan Khann and in-laws for allegedly throwing out of the house in 2004. As she was finding difficulty in maintaining her two children, Hunar and Prapti Khanna she pleaded the court to grant maintenance to her. The case would come up for hearing on September 24.

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Pisciculture
‘Water quality key for better production’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 21
Experts in Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University have emphasised the need of quality water for better and healthy fish production.

Delivering a lecture on water quality and management of fish pond during a meeting of the Fish Farmers’ Association here yesterday, Dr Meera Ansal said water was of paramount importance.

Dr S.K. Kansal, who co-coordinated the meeting, assured the farmers of providing them with practical training on water quality testing and management at the university, as demanded by farmers.

The meeting was held by departments of veterinary and animal husbandry extension and fisheries unit of the university.

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