Strict implementation of rules to check unfair means during examination by the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS) has blown the lid off an ugly reality — nearly half of the “future doctors” flunked the annual exam. Continue reading …
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Nursing education in Punjab is now under the scanner. Not only are the admissions to 66 nursing colleges for the general nursing and midwifery course for 2013-14 suspect, but the authorities have also woken up to the acute deficiencies in the working of some nursing colleges in the state, especially those run by “politically well-connected” people. Continue reading …
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The future of over 200 students, who took admission to the Master’s in Business Economics (MBE) course, is at stake as after a month of the admission and commencement of the classes, two of the Panjab University-affiliated colleges have discontinued the course.
Reason: On July 5, 2014, the UGC sent a communication to the university that the nomenclature of the Master’s in Business Economics should be changed to MA (Business Economics) or MCom (Business Economics) or MBA (Business Economics) from the next session.
However, “ignoring the notification and adopting a lackadaisical attitude”, the university authorities reportedly did not inform the colleges not to admit students to the course this year as no decision had been taken on the nomenclature by the authorities.
As a result, two colleges in the city, which were offering the course, went ahead with the admissions this year also for a batch of 40 students each. After fresh instructions from the UGC and the university in this regard, the college authorities are now asking the students to either shift to some other course or leave the college as the MBE course has been discontinued.
Clueless about what to do, students today turned up at the university to meet officials and demanded that the MBA (Business Economics) should be started in the colleges. The university authorities are reportedly planning to start the MA (Business Economics) and MCom (Business Economics) courses.
However, a final decision in this regard is yet to be taken. SD College senior faculty member and PU Senator Jagwant Singh alleged that the university authorities were responsible for “ruining the future of these students”. He said for the past one year, he had been taking up the matter with the authorities, but in vain. The university authorities conducted the CET for admission to this course due to which the college continued admitting students.
DAV College Principal BC Joshan said students came to raise the issue but the final decision had to be taken by the university.
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The steady rise in the water level of the Sutlej has sparked panic across many villages situated on its banks in Ferozepur district.
After some houses in Chandiwala village of Ferozepur were partially damaged by the swelling Sutlej, residents living in flood-susceptible areas have started shifting their belongings to safer places. Due to heavy rainfall and increased amount of water released from the Bhakra Dam, crops of many farmers in villages situated on the banks of the Sutlej have been washed away by the river.
The river’s heavy flow has sparked fears of massive soil erosion in Chandiwala, Kamalwala, Muthiawala, Nizamwala, Sultanwala, Zamamegha, Kale Ke Hithah, Bandala, Nihala Lavera and many other villages of Ferozepur district.
About 500 acres in my village are facing erosion, said Mangal Singh, a former Sarpanch of Chandiwala.
In Chandiwala village, many residents — with the devastating floods of September 2013 still fresh in their minds — have decided to shift their possessions to safer places.
In other houses where the gushing Sutlej has made its entry, the residents have started dismantling the roofs of their ‘kutcha’ houses after shifting their belongings with an intention to save the building materials from being washed away by the river. Farmers of these villages face soil erosion every monsoon. “When the Sutlej swells, it erodes the soil and reduces the size of our fields,” said Chiman Singh.
“Every time we battle flood, the authorities announce many relief measures but these never materialise. The next monsoon, the administration is again caught off-guard.”
DPS Kharbandha, DC Ferozepur, and Kamal Sharma, BJP Punjab chief, visited many flood-affected villages today. Kharbandha said though there was heavy water flow in the Sutlej but it was still less than full capacity. The administration has already sounded an alert and the residents need not panic, he said.
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Prices crash, farmers resort to distress sale
Potato farmers are resorting to distress sale since there has been a bumper crop this year and potatoes are not being exported. Exports have declined as the Narendra Modi-led BJP government is still sticking to the $450 per quintal minimum export price (MEP) fixed last year when the demand for Indian potato was high. Continue reading …
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Visa centre of Vietnam opens in Chandigarh
A visa facilitation centre for Vietnam was inaugurated in Chandigarh by Ton Sinh Thanh, Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to India. Cox & Kings Global Service is the authorised visa service provider for Vietnam at the facilitation centre in Punjab and Himachal Pradesh. Continue reading …
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Make farming lucrative, Badal tells Union Government
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today said the Centre should immediately constitute a four-member committee to suggest measures for making agriculture a remunerative profession and implement its report in two months. Badal made this statement after paying tributes to Shaheed Bhagat Singh Dhadhogal of Punjab Riyasti Praja Mandal on his martyrdom day in Dhadhogal village (near Dhuri) today. Continue reading …
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85 Moga villages to get clean drinking water through canals
The government has decided to provide clean drinking water to residents of 85 villages in Moga district through canals. The underground water in these villages has traces of uranium and arsenic, posing threat to people’s health. Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Arvinder Pal Singh Sandhu said Rs 250 crore had been earmarked for this purpose in association with the World Bank under the Punjab Rural Water and Sanitation Sector Improvement Project. Continue reading …
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Punjab starts scholarship for wards of inmates
The Punjab prisons department on Wednesday announced the launch of a Rs 12,000 annual scholarship for wards of inmates. Under the scheme christened ‘Bal Kalyan’, wards of inmates who score above 70% marks in Class 10 from any board and any state will be given Rs 12,000 scholarship a year, till the parent remains in jail. Continue reading …
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