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Bury diseased potato tubers, says experts
Unclean seed main cause of diseases
Tribune News service

Ludhiana, November 5
Addressing a seminar on late blight of potato organised by the PAU department of plant pathology and directorate of extension education at Jalandhar yesterday, the financial commissioner (development), Punjab, R.S.Sandhu advised the farmers to follow PAU recommendation in totality and save the crop from diseases as per advice of experts.

Director of extension education, Dr N.S.Malhi, said demonstration units have been established in each district by the Farm Advisory Service Scheme and Krishi Vigyan Kendra staff of PAU on the disease management technology. He said the crop is regularly being monitored by the PAU experts and the advisories are being aired in the media for the benefit of growers.

The PAU experts working on potato shared useful tips with the growers. Dr H.S. Rewal, head of the department of plant pathology, emphasised on the use of clean seed as seed is the main source of disease development in the crop.

He advised the farmers that discarded diseased tubers from the cold stores culled near the farmers fields should be buried deep in soil.

He further said farmers should now spray the potato crop with Indofil M-45/Antracol fungicides using 250 litres of water using hollow cones nozzles covering the crop completely.

Under high disease risk situation, when there is cloudy weather and rainfall creating high humility, Ridomil MZ and Curzate M-8 fungicides should be sprayed, the experts expressed. 

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From Schools & Colleges
‘Roshni’ lights up DIMT
Our Correspondent

Doraha, November 5
Roshni - 2007, a two-day inter-college and inter- school cultural and fine arts competition, was inaugurated today at the Doraha Institute of Management and Technology, Doraha.

Gurmeet Singh, SP (D), Khanna, and Sukhpal Singh, chairman of DIMT, lit the inaugural lamp. Nearly 250 participants from 16 private and government schools of the area participated in the show.

Dr H.S. Dhillon (Police Lines), Bhupinder Singh, SHO, Khanna, Amrit Gurm, director, Doraha College of Education, Kiran Gera (principal of DCE), Umal Kaur (director, Shri Guru Harkrishan Public School, Doraha), Jaspreet Kaur, lecturer in DCE, Parminder Singh and Tapvir Singh, coordinator of DCE, were also present

Surpreet Kaur, coordinator of DIMT, introduced the morning session of Roshni.

Dr R.K. Lekhi, director of the institute, said such programmes would go a long way in developing the overall personality of the students. He also announced that fashion technology and MCA would be started in the institute from the coming session.

Harish Rai Dhanda, chief parliamentary secretary, was the chief guest for the evening session. He gave away the prizes to the winners.

Ludhiana
Educational trip
: The students of PCTE Institute of Pharmacy here undertook a day-long visit to the ranges of Kasauli in Himachal Pradesh on Sunday to study the use of medicinal plants and their beneficial effects on human body.

Dr Rajpal Bansal, director of the institute, said the objective of this study tour was to strengthen the understanding of students in terms of use of medicinal plants.

The students collected the samples of some plants having medicinal value. Thirty-four students visited several places in Kasauli ranges along with a faculty member from the institute.

“The samples collected by the students under the supervision of the faculty will be experimented in the departmental laboratory to make the students understand the active constituents of these plants for their therapeutic usage,” said Dr Bansal.

Prize distribution: Sanatan Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School organised a prize distribution function and cultural programme in the school campus, here today. Harish Rai Dhanda, chief parliamentary secretary, Punjab government, was the chief guest.

Chief guest lit the lamp and inaugurated the function. It was followed by saraswati vandana. The students presented a cultural extravaganza.

The highlight of the day was a Punjabi play “Ajanmi Bachi di Pukar” which raised voice against barbaric practice of female foeticide.

Principal Sadhana Sharma read out the school annual report and highlighted achievements of students.

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Institute-industry interface at LCET
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 5
Ludhiana College of Engineering and Technology (LCET) will organise a seminar on “Institute-Industry Interface” at its campus, today. Dr. M.S. Kang, vice-chancellor, Punjab Agricultural University, will be the chief guest.

LCET has planned to organise this seminar in collaboration with the The Institution of Engineers (India), Ludhiana local centre. The seminar aims at bridging gap between the industrial requirements and the career advancement of the students.

Senior executives and academicians from the industry and educational institutions, including Anthony Reddy, H.S. Cheema, Dr D.R. Singh, Dr S.K. Singla, will be present.

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Cultural extravaganza on PAU campus
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 5
Inaugurating the inter-college youth festival, the PAU VC Dr Manjit Singh Kang said youth festivals are necessary for the shaping of total personality of students, as these inculcate spirit of a healthy competition that helps them to scale greater heights through developing leadership quality.

A cultural procession started from the Museum of Rural Life of Punjab, that is considered to be the cultural hub of the university. The procession was led by the troupe of the College of Home Science that showcased the theme "Empowering women, national pride."

This was followed by a group dance by the boys of the College of Agriculture.

The group of College of Agricultural Engineering presented scenes from a Punjabi wedding with a bride being carried by kahars in a traditionally decorated palanquin. The bridegroom holding a sword was on foot among others singing the wedding songs. As the party moved, ladoos were being served to the onlookers.

Dr Dulcha Singh Brar welcomed the chief guest, officers of PAU, faculty members, students and staff. The youth festival will conclude on November 7 at 5 p.m. with the prize distribution function to be chaired by Raj Kumar Khurana, chief parliamentary secretary, finance, Punjab.

Folk singer of Punjab, Jaswant Sandheela, performed.

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