Gujarat: Cautious Cong now calls up nominees to give tickets

Even as rebellion spread in the state Congress, candidates whose name figured in the second list that was released late Wednesday night and withdrawn soon thereafter began filing their nominations on Friday. Though the second list has not been made official, top party leaders were calling up candidates to give them the mandate verbally, sources said.

There were at least five resignations by office-bearers of the state Congress after the Wednesday episode.

New name, new start for rural health course

Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Friday told the Lok Sabha in a written reply that a new three-year Bachelor of Science (Community health) course, aimed at creating mid-level professionals for rural areas, is likely to start from 2013-14. The earlier proposal to call it bachelor of rural healthcare has therefore been shelved thanks to protests from doctors' groups and a handful of MPS who said it would be a throwback to the times of the rural medical practitioner and amount to creating a system of apartheid in the health set-up of the country by having second grade doctors for rural areas.

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