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Dr Jaspal is foreign examiner:
The University of Colombo, Colombo (Sri Lanka), has appointed Dr Jaspal Singh Sandhu, Dean, Faculty of Sports Medicine of Guru Nanak Dev University, as foreign examiner to conduct post-graduate examinations of the specialty of sports medicine for admission to its Post Graduate Institute of Medicine (PGIM), a university press note said here on Friday. The examination will be conducted from March 22 onwards in Colombo.

Court strike
: Following the nationwide call given by the Bar Council of India (BCI), advocates at the Bathinda courts complex abstained from work here on Friday. They expressed their solidarity with the lawyers of Chennai, who had been subjected to police atrocities. Work in the district courts also remained suspended, said Raj Bhupinder Singh Sidhu, president of the District Bar Association, Bathinda.

Mock test results: The Harbhajan Institute on Friday announced the results of the mock tests conducted in various cities of Punjab in which over 6,000 students had participated. Sumegha Garg of St Xavier's School, Bathinda, has topped in the test with 92.8 per cent marks. Rahul Bansal of MHR School, Bathinda was second while Deepika of Bharatiya Model School, Rampura Phul, came third. Harbhajan Singh, who runs the institute said on the occasion that the results had been better than last year. Prof. Amolak Singh Sekhon said a cash award of Rs 15,000, Rs 10,000 and Rs 5,000 would be given to the top three students.

DEO's visit: Guru Nanak Dev Nagar, Kamla Nehru Nagar, was visited by DEO Baljinder Singh Mann and his team. The visit was regarding affiliation to the Central Board of Secondary Education. Everything was found to be in order. The cooperation of president S. Harjagwant Singh Sidhu, vice-president S. Darshan Singh Peerkamriea, S. Jagjit Singh, S. Ramandeep Singh Cheema, was appreciated.

Teachers plan rally on March 2:On a call given by the Punjab Federation of University and College Teachers' Organisation, teachers of the local DAV College ceased work and sat on dharna for two hours in college campus here today. Addressing the teachers, N.K. Gosain, district president, Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU), criticised the government for not implementing new payscales despite its notification in December last. He also informed that a regional rally would be organized at the local Rajindra College on March 2 and thereafter a 72-hour 'education bandh' would also be organised.

Sainis call on CM:
A deputation of the Saini community on Wednesday called on Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and expressed reservation over declaring the Sainis as Backward Class. A spokesman of the state government said since there was no unanimity on the decision the government was open to reconsider its earlier decision.

Golden Mace win soccer tourney
:The Golden Mace Division of the Indian Army won the Western Command Inter-formation Football Championship held here at Jyoti Stadium. In all, fourteen teams from various formations participated in the championship. The final match was played between the Golden Arrow Division and the Golden Mace Division, which ultimately ended with a tie- breaker and the Golden Mace division emerged as the champions.

Cleanliness camp held
: Under the national environment awareness campaign, students of the local Bhai Gurdas Institute of Engineering and Technology (BGIET) on Friday organised a camp, sponsored by the Punjab State Council for Science and Technology, Chandigarh, on “Keeping household and surroundings clean” at Kalaudi village. Students also talked to villagers about  social problems.

Youth dies in quarrel: In a quarrel between halwais and two persons at a local marriage palace on Friday, Jaswinder Singh (23) from Dhuri was killed and Amandeep Singh from Chathe Sekhwan village, near here, sustained injuries. This was stated by city in charge of the local police station William Jeji. Jaswinder succumbed to 
injuries in the local civil hospital, while Amandeep had been referred to Rajindra Hospital, Patiala.



Central varsity status sought
: Office-bearers of the Jammu University Teachers’ Association (JUTA) have reiterated its demand for central varsity status to Jammu University and implementation of the UGC’s Sixth Pay Commission recommendations in toto. The availability of infrastructure, faculty and collaboration with national and international institutions at Jammu University would be improved if it was upgraded as a central university, remarked JUTA president NK Tripathi. With regard to the new UGC pay scales Prof Tripathi requested the chancellor and the pro-chancellor to implement the recommendations in toto as the UGC would provide 80 per cent of the funding.

Leopard kills woman
: A 50-year-old woman was killed by a leopard in Kupwara district on Friday, official sources said. Meeryan Begum was attacked and killed by a leopard in the forest area of Shathigam-Zachaldara in the Handwara area of Kupwara district. She had gone to the forest to fetch firewood when she was attacked by the beast. Her mutilated body was later recovered by a police party.


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