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NRI-sponsored medical seats to be scrapped
Chandigarh, March 2
The Punjab Government is set to stop the practice of “buying” seats in various medical, dental, ayurvedic and other colleges in the state by getting sponsorship from non-resident Indians.

Surat Singh Puranji is new Akhand Kirtani Jatha head
Amritsar, March 2
‘War of succession’ has started following the death of Bhai Ram Singh Dhillon, Jathedar of the Akhand Kirtani Jatha, who died in sleep at his residence here today. He died a day after his 90th birthday. He was born on March 1, 1916, in Indonesia.

Giani Surat Singh Puranji who was installed the new head of the Akhand Kirtani Jatha in Amritsar on Thursday. Giani Surat Singh Puranji who was installed the new head of the Akhand Kirtani Jatha in Amritsar on Thursday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Sarpanch held for abusing Tehsildar
Fazilka, March 2
Surinder Kumar Jhinja alias Sarpanch of Beganwali, village, 10 km from here, has been arrested allegedly for abusing Mr Subash Chander Khatak, Tehsildar, Fazilka.



  Psychotropic drugs being sold in buses
Gurdaspur, March 2
Psychotropic drugs are being sold in buses. Hawkers are selling such drugs in buses to addicts. The Tribune recently caught on camera hawkers selling psychotropic drugs in private buses on the Gurdaspur-Pathankot road.


JD(U) flays govt for N-deal
Hoshiarpur, March 2
Dr Shambu Shrivastva, national spokesman for the Janata Dal (U), today criticised the UPA government for its proposed nuclear agreement with the USA.

CLP to meet on March 6
Chandigarh, March 2
The Congress Legislature Party will meet on March 6, one day before the Budget is presented in the Punjab Assembly.


NGOs, students protest against female foeticide
Nawanshahr, March 2
An awareness campaign coupled with implementation of the PNDT/MTP Act to check female foeticide in the district by the administration has been getting good response from public. It has assumed the shape of a social movement as people from all walks, especially school and college-going girls joining hands under the aegis of Upkar — an NGOs’ Coordination Society.

Ropar sheds tears at Mohali move
Ropar, March 2
The Zila Bachao Sangharsh Samiti, comprising representatives of all political parties and other organisations, today called for a bandh on March 6 in the Ropar subdivision against the state government's decision to make Mohali a district.

Balmik sabha seeks action against jail staff
Hoshiarpur, March 2
Members of Balmik community and Bhartiya Balmik Dharam Samaj led by Ms Raj Hans, President; Mr Lal Chand Bhatti, General Secretary of Punjab Balmik Sabha, Mr Mohinder Pal, Municipal Councillor; and Mr Om Parkash Jakhu, District President, Dalit Sena, staged dharna at Clock Tower here yesterday in protest against the inscribing of the world "choora" (lower caste) on the back of a 20-year-old Dalit undertrial prisoner Narinder Singh allegedly by the officials of the Nabha jail.

Protest against nursing home authorities
Nawanshahr, March 2
More than 100 students and social workers under the banner of Upkar, a district-level NGOs’ coordination society, took out a protest march in Balachaur and staged a dharna in front of a private nursing home yesterday. The nursing home was allegedly involved in conducting an MTP of female foetus.


SC lawyer gets 3-yr jail in forgery case
Sangrur, March 2
Mr Harsh Mehta, Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM), here today sentenced Supreme Court lawyer Arun Madan of Delhi under Sections 466 (forgery of court record) and 468 (forgery for the purpose of cheating) of the IPC to three years’ rigorous imprisonment (RI) for each offence with a fine of Rs 2,000 for each offence.

National-level moot court contest at Ropar
Chandigarh, March 2
The first national-level moot court competition relating to consumer law will be held at Ropar on March 4 and 5. The competition will be organised by the Chandigarh Consumer Court Bar Association in association with the Rayat College of Law, Ropar, at the college premises.


Tenant held for burglary in goldsmith’s house
Amritsar, March 2
With the arrest of one person, identified as Sundar Lal, a resident of Uttar Pradesh, the district police today claimed to have solved a burglary case and recovered about 500 grams of gold and silver jewellery worth lakhs of rupees.

13 kg heroin seized
Tarn Taran, March 2
A joint party of the Border Security Force and Punjab police recovered 13 kg of heroin near Wan Tara Singh village in the Khem Karan sector on Monday night.

Minor raped
Amritsar, March 2
A class X student, resident of Fatehgarh Shukkar Chakk village, was allegedly kidnapped and raped by two persons at Noordi village, Tarn Taran.


Bhupinder wins folk-song contest at youth fest
Bathinda, March 2
The three-day-long youth festival got off to a colourful start at the Government Polytechnic College here today. As many as 35 teams from Chandigarh and Punjab are taking part in the youth festival.

College honours talent
Patiala, March 2
The annual prize distribution function of the Government College for Girls was held here today. It was presided over by the Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor, Mr S.S. Boparai.

Irregularities in research degree panel alleged
Amritsar, March 2
Dr Davinder Singh, president, Guru Nanak Dev University Teachers Association, has alleged large-scale discrepancies in the Research Degree Committee for approving PhDs in the department of physical education and teaching.

364 conferred degrees
Batala, March 2
As many as 364 students conferred degrees during the annual convocation of Baring Union Christian College, which held here today.


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