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Awareness carnival
: The Dental Research Institute of Versatile Education (DRIVE) will hold Christmas carnival for kids under the dental health education and awareness drive on Sunday. Dr Puneet Girdhar, president DRIVE, said that an oral health chariot carrying Santa Claus will distribute tooth brushes, tooth paste and dental health education brochures.

Recruitment ban flayed: The Punjab State Electricity Board Engineers’ Association on Monday expressed concern over the ban on recruitment of assistant engineers. The newly-elected members of the executive committee of the association at a meeting held here elected Mr H.S. Bedi as its president while Mr B.S. Sabarwal and Mr Rajinder Singh were elected senior vice-president and general secretary, respectively.

Purse snatched:
Two persons riding a motor cycle snatched a purse containing Rs 500 a mobile phone and some documents from woman in Guru Teg Bahadur Colony on Monday.

: Several parties today opposed the Akal Takht Jathedar Joginder Singh Vedanti’s move to issue a hukumnama against the chairman of the Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee, Mr Paramjit Singh Sarna. Mr J.S. Gaba, general secretary, Akali Dal (Longowal), Mr Mahinder Pal Singh, Chairman, Akali Jatha (Jalandhar Urban), Mr Jasbir Singh Dakoha, Lok Bhalai Party were among those who alleged that the hukumnama had been issued at the behest of Mr Prakash Singh Badal, the President of the Shiromani Akali Dal. The leaders said they were in support of Mr Sarna and were willing to present themselves at the Akal Takht along with him.

Camp organised
: A camp was organised at the District Disability Rehabilitation Centre, Patiala, in collaboration with the Patiala Social Welfare Society here. In the camp 10 deaf and dumb students of Amar Ashram School were provided with hearing aids. The chief guest Mr S.D.S. Dhillon, ADC, Patiala, distributed the hearing aids. He appreciated the efforts made by the District Disability Rehabilitation Centre. 

Effigies burnt
: Activists of Punjabi Kala and Sahitya Kendra and Sarb Naujawan Sabha on Tuesday burnt effigies and cassettes of Punjabi duet singers, Bagga Safri and Kiranjoti, at Gol Chowk on the National Highway No 1 and also inside the SDM Court complex here, in protest against their alleged vulgar audio and video CDs.
Calling for a social boycott against the singers, the demonstrators raised slogans and demanded the arrest of the duo and the owner of the company which had brought out the “obscene” cassette. “The champions of clean and family Punjabi singing and literature would never allow “lachrata” (vulgarity) to profane and blaspheme the “maa-boli” (mother tongue),” they declared. They also sent a memorandum to the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, and the Punjab Cultural Affairs Minister.

Mock Drill: A mock drill to control the situation arising out of the gas leakage in the LPG Storage Yard of JCT Limited here was conducted on Tuesday, Mr A.N. Chopra, Deputy Director of Factories, Phagwara, said. The mock drill was conducted in the presence of the Phagwara SDM, Mr Balwinder Singh Dhaliwal, Mr H.K. Chopra, Senior Vice-President (Plant) and Mr J.C. Sodhi, General Manager (L&IR), JCT Ltd, Phagwara. The other authorities included the police, medical staff, fire brigade, along with emergency teams of the mill participated in the drill, Mr Chopra said in a press release.



Woman killed
: A woman was killed and seven others were injured in two separate accidents in the district on Monday. According to information, Munni Devi and Ramniwas were travelling in a Tata 407 when it overturned near Dhaur village. Munni Devi died on the spot while, Ramniwas injured. In another incident, six persons were injured, two of them critically, when a bus collided with a JCB machine on the Jhajjar-Kosli road here.

Separate quota
: The Akhil Bharatiya Valmiki Mahapanchayat (ABVM) has demanded separate reservation for Valmikis in the Bill for reservation in private educational institutions proposed to be presented in Parliament. The convener of ABVM Darshan Rattan Ravana said the provision of separate reservation for Valmiki community according to its population should be made in the Bill to give it its proper benefit.

Gateman shot
: Mahinder, a gateman of a factory, was shot dead by some persons in his rented house in the Jiwan Nagar area of Old DC Road here on Monday night. The victim (28) originally belonged to Issapur Kheri village in Gohana subdivision in this district. The police has registered a case of murder and sent the body for a post-mortem examination. 


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