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Technology for Greenhouse Cultivation of Tomatoes

The Defence Agricultural Research Laboratory (DARL), Pithoragarh has successfully Dr Brahma Singh, Dr RV Swamy, Lt Gen Tej Paul, Dr Narendra Kumar showing keen interest in tomato cultivationdeveloped a technique for high production tomato cultivation under protected conditions, in middle arid high altitudes. In this technique, the indeterminate tomato hybrids have been tested round the year. Thirty-day old hybrid seedlings are transplanted, and pruning of side branches is done for better growth. The plants are stacked upto the height of 3-4 m with the help of jute ropes. The harvesting is carried out after 70-75 days and continued for 3-4 months with an average of 15 harvestings. The yield per plant varies from 7 to 8 kg. A record yield of 23.18 kg/m2 (2318 q/ha) has been obtained from single crop using this cultivation technology.

IAT Excels in Flower Show - 2001

The Institute of Armament Technology (IAT), Pune, bagged 45 prizes at the 36th Annual Flower and Vegetable Show conducted by Poona Women's Council during 15-16 September 2001. IAT won 17 first prizes, 20 second prizes, 3 third prizes and 5 trophies in different categories in gARDEns, lawns, cut flowers, plotted plants, vegetables and fruits categories.

IAT also organised its own annual gARDEn and lawn competition and flower exhibition for the residents of IAT campus on 27-28 September 2001. Dr K Ramchand, Director, CABS, Bangalore, inaugurated the Show. Competitions in various categories were held. Smt Sathyawathi Mani, wife of Prof GS Mani, Director and Dean, IAT, gave away the prizes to the winners.

Foundation/Annual/Raising Day Celebrations

GTRE, Bangalore

The Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE), Bangalore, celebrated its Foundation Day on 6 November 2001 to commemorate the creation of GTRE on 6 November 1961. Prof UR Rao, eminent space scientist was the Chief Guest of the function.

VRDE, Ahmednagar

The Vehicles Research & Development Establishment (VRDE), Ahmednagar, celebrated its 31st Annual Day on 3 December 2001. Maj Gen US Abrol, Director, VRDE presented certificates for incentive awards, Hindi promotional awards, and sports prizes. A Hindi in-house magazine, Gatisheel was released by the Director on this occasion.

PXE, Balasore

Proof and Experimental Establishment PXE) , Balasore, celebrated its 106th Raising Day on 7 November 2001. The celebrations started with hoisting the specially designed flag of PXE by the Director & Commandant, PXE. Shri SK Hatim Ali, Senior Technician A, was adjudged as the Best Proof Man of the Year and was awARDEd the Jetely Rolling Trophy.

LRDE, Bangalore

The Electronics and Radar Development Establishment (LRDE), Bangalore, celebrated Lab Raising Day on I January 2001along with DRDO Day. To mark the occasion, Lab level cash awards, awards for winners of the sports events and commendation certificates for significant contributions to technical and administrative staff were given. In addition to this Director distributed educational awards for children of the staff members.