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Fill vacant posts:
The Medical Teachersí Association said that the medical and dental council of India may be forced to axe the requisite admission of students from the next academic session. The Medical and Dental Teachers Association, said if the government failed to take remedial steps, intake of MBBS and BDS students would be reduced the staff shortage had mounted up to 40 per cent in the three medical colleges in the state.

Takht Sri Damdama Sahib Jathedar Balwant Singh Nandgarh flayed the government for moving tender for winery in Talwandi Sabo. He threatened stir against the project and wanted the decision withdrawn. He added the Beant Singh governed had declared Talwandi Sabo holy township and ban sale of liquor and meat in a radius of 5 km of the city.

Cash snatched:
Four scooter-borne unidentified youths snatched a bag containing Rs 60000/- from Mohinder Singh son of Kabul Singh at Anmol Nagar on the Tanda road here on Saturday. He withdrew Rs 60000/- from Bank of Baroda here and came back in his car to home. When he came out of the car scooter borne youths appeared, snatched the bag and fled on the scooters. Police has registered a case.

Poachers held: The Wildlife Department caught two poachers and 12 accomplices when they were hunting Indian hares in sugarcane fields with dogs at Sandra village near Nasrala on Saturday. The accomplices escaped. The arrested persons were identified as Shingara Ram son of Ram Chand and Balwinder alias Hari son of Bachna Bhagat residents of Nandachaur. They were booked under Section 3 of the Wildlife Protection Act 1972.

Girl kidnapped
: The Sidhwan Bet police has registered a case under Section 366 of the IPC against Bablu of Gushipur (Bihar) on the charge of kidnapping Gurmail Kaur(22) of Swaddi Kalan with a promise to marry her against her wishes on December 21. The case has been registered on the complaint of Surjit Singh, father of the victim.

1 held with poppy husK : The Jagraon police has arrested Jeet Singh of Dalla on Sunday from Kaunke Khosc village and recovered 30 kg of poppy husk. A case has been registered under Sections 15, 61, 85 of the NDPS Act.ó OC 10 booked for assault: The Sidhwan Bet police has registered a case under Sections 323, 324, 34, 511, 427, 120-B of the IPC against Gurnam Singh, Amrik Singh, Balwinder Singh, Vidya Bai, Roshan Singh and Mohinder Singh of Kanian Hussaini on the charge of assaulting Mohinder Singh of the same village. The injured has been admitted to Civil Hospital. In a similar case,the Dehlon police has registered a case under Sections 323, 341, 324, 325, 34 of the IPC against Ranjit Singh, Malkit Singh, Baljinder Singh and Rajinder Singh of Barundi on the charge of assaulting Rachhpal Singh. A land dispute is said to be reason behind the assault.

Smuggler held:
The police on Monday claimed having arrested a smuggler and seized 2,400 kg contraband opium from his possession. He was identified as Gurjit Singh Tharaj village in this district. On his search the police seized 2,400 kg of contraband opium from him.

Dalit welfare: The Punjab State Harijan Sewak Sangh State executive committee at Moga today lamented delay of various Dalit welfare schemes including Shagun Scheme, grants for the construction of new houses, repair of mud houses and also of stipend of Dalit school girls.

2 die in mishap:
Two youths were killed when their scooter went out of control and rammed into a tree near Raipur-Pharala village on Saturday, the police said on Sunday. The deceased were identified as Gaurav, of local Sabzi Mandi and his friend Jaswinder of Bhularai village. They were returning to Phagwara.

Tarn Tarn
Mr Gurcharan Singh Walia president of the NRI (Non-resident Indian) Sabha for Tarn Taran and Amritsar districts has been elected member for the state Red Cross Society. Mr Walia is associated with a large number of social and other organisations.



Razia Begumís tomb:
The Wakf Board and the Archaelogical Department will jointly work for the uplift of the tomb of Razia Begum located here. Haryana Transport Minister Randeep Singh Surjewala said here on Sunday. Mr Surjewala said one acre would be earmarked to build a passage leading to the tomb. The government had also decided to renovate the gyarah rudri mandir and the Nav Graha kunds located here. A statue of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi will be installed at the Pehowa chowk. The Minister announced the shopping complex being built by the Kaithal Municipal Council at the site of old judicial complex be named Lala Lajpat Rai Market.



Farmers protest:
Farmers of Sirmaur district led by the Kisan Sabha and the Hati Sabha on Saturday held rallies at Nahan, Shillai, Rajgarh and Sangrah tehsil headquarters to protest against the damage caused to their crops by wild animals. At Nahan farmers submitted a memorandum to Divisional Forest Officer, Nahan and demanded security to crops against wild animals like wild boar. Farmers urged the government to lift ban on the export of monkeys from India and suitable compensation for damaged crops.

HPTDC in profit:
The Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC) has earned Rs 3407.37 lakh revenue from April this year, said Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh while attending 116th meeting of the Board of Directors of the HPTDC, on Saturday. He added HPTDC had registered an increase of 6.47 per cent in hotel occupancy in past six months. Special concession packages be offered to attract tourists from India as well as abroad.

Gaiety Theatre: Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh dedicated new restored portion of the Gaiety Theatre to the Amateur Dramatics Club (ADC), here on Saturday. He said expressing satisfaction over the project would restore the lost grandeur of the building in the heart of the town. Lt-Gen K. S. Jamwal, General Officer Commanding in Chief of ARTRAC, Mr Harbhajan Singh Bhajji, local MLA and Mayor, Sohan Lal were also present.

Farmersí protest: Farmers all over the state on Saturday protest against the damage by wild animals to crops by staging dharnas and demonstrations. Led by the Kheti Bachao Sangharsh Samiti farmers demanded a solution to the problem. Dr Om Parkash of the samiti threatened to gherao the Vidhan Sabha and demonstration. He said farmers in more than 50 blocks of the state on Saturday protested.

Diploma engineers:
The Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board, Diploma Engineers Association demanded 33 posts of senior executive engineer which are to be filled from the promotion of diploma engineers. Mr K.S. Jamwal, general secretary of the Association said diploma engineers were demanding due share in promotion has been fixed in the ratio of 75:25. He said out of 199 posts of senior executive engineer 50 posts were to be filled from the promotion of diploma holders but only 17 posts were filled from diploma holders and remaining 33 posts were vacant or are filled from degree holders.

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