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Irregular power upsets farmers
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 24
In contradiction of the government’s claims of uninterrupted supply of power to the agricultural sector, farmers in the area are forced to plough back their drying paddy fields.

Those who want to grow the crop at any cost have to spend huge amount on diesel for keeping the seedling alive.

Observation by the Ludhiana Tribune revealed that the farmers of villages falling under the jurisdiction of the Narangwal PSEB office had started ploughing back paddy fields due to shortage of water.

“When I found that 5 BHP motor, that had been watering crops for more than 20 years, have failed to water my fields for want of sufficient power supply, I decided to plough back a part of paddy crop and grow fodder crop in this portion,” sighed Dyal Singh of Sayan Khurad village, alleging that the supply had deteriorated during the past one week.

Darbara Singh and Malkit Singh are among others whose fields have virtually dried. “We will wait for a couple of days and in case the supply is not regularised, we will also plough back our fields,” said the farmers, adding that they would not spend thousands on diesel.

Raghbir Singh, former sarpanch, and Tejinder Singh said they had taken up the issue with officials at Narangwal substation but their efforts bore no fruit. “However, the executive engineer has assured us that supply will be regularised soon,” the village leaders said.

According to Baldev Singh Latala, a kisan union leader, the situation in area was not satisfactory. Though farmers in this area have not lost hopes, yet they had to spend thousands on diesel for running their tubewells. Besides diesel engines, the tractors were being used to run electric generators for irrigation.

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Rainbow week at Ryan
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana July 24
At Ryans, learning in montessori section is fun-filled, thrilled and full of activities, all of them woven together not only to make the kids enjoy but also to relate everyday learning to real values of life.

Going by this, the montessori section of Ryan International School celebrated rainbow week recently. The week saw organisation of different activities like ribbon drill, story narration using themes of rainbow colours, marble printing, etc.

The activities were conducted in a manner so as to teach students how the colours existed in nature and the way they could relate to them thus making the early education a splendid blend of information and entertainment.

During the week-long celebrations, children dressed in rainbow colours, enjoyed every moment, excitement and enthusiasm writ large on their faces. At the end of the week, mouth-watering rainbow recipes were served to the students.

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Mann takes over as PAU dean
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 24
Dr S.K. Mann, head, Department of Plant Pathology, PAU, has been appointed as dean, Postgraduate Studies in the university.

This decision was approved at Mohali during the meeting of PAU's Board of Management under the chairmanship of Dr M.S. Kang, vice-chancellor of PAU.

During the meeting, the approval was also sanctioned to the appointment of Dr G.S.Butter as director of Regional Station, Bathinda. He will replace Dr D.S. Brar.

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