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Gita Jayanti celebrated
: The International Society for Krishna Consciousness held a three-day seminar on “Bhagavadgita as it is” on the occasion of Gita Jayanti in the SL Bava DAV College, near Khajuri Gate, Batala. The Hare Krishna Samiti, Batala, organised the three-day celebrations which concluded on Sunday. Dr Keshwna Nand Das, Dr Riyush, Dr Amit and Mr Prashant were the teachers in the seminar.

Three injured: Three persons were injured when two trucks (HP-38B-7454) and (PB-13E-3173) had a head-on collision on the Batala-Gurdaspur road on Sunday. Dense fog was the cause of poor visibility which led to the accident. The injured, Ravinder Pathania, Avtar Singh and a cleaner, were admitted to hospital at Batala. Avtar Singh was referred to the Civil Hospital, Amritsar, because of his serious condition.

Xmas mela: A Christmas mela was organised with much fanfare by Baring Union Christian College here on Friday. The mela began with an opening prayer by Rev R.M. Chaudhary, secretary of the college association, followed by a Christmas message by Rt Rev P.K. Samantaroy, Bishop of the diocese of Amritsar. Later, the audience enjoyed qawalis of Ustad Nusrat Raza and Shamaun and Party.

Conference: Dr Rakesh Mohan Sharma, Principal, SPN Postgraduate Degree College, Mukerian, has been invited to read his research paper on “GATS and national system of education: challenges and opportunities” at an international conference of AIAER at Punjabi University, Patiala, to be held from December 28 to 30.

Driver arrested
: One Satnam Singh, a resident of Maksudan area, has been arrested on charges of stealing petrol from an Army tanker. The accused, who is a driver of the Army tanker, was arrested while selling the petrol. The buyers of the petrol, however, managed to flee from the spot.

Journalist bereaved: Purushottam Prasad, father of veteran journalist Jaidev Sharma, associated with the Punjab Kesari group, expired at the age of 100. He is survived by three sons and four daughters. He had also been honoured as senior citizen by the Nagar Council, Adampur. He died after a brief illness on Sunday.

suicide: One woman committed suicide following an altercation with her mother-in-law in Hardev Singh Nagar here on Sunday. According to the police, Rupinder Pal Kaur consumed some poisonous substance after a quarrel with her mother-in-law Mahendra Kaur. Husband Harjit Singh and Mahendra Kaur have been arrested and booked under Section 306 of the IPC.

effigy burnt: Shopkeepers in the Industrial area on Monday burnt the effigy of the city Mayor, Mr Surinder Mahey, in protest against the challans by the Municipal Corporation. The MC had challaned the shopkeepers for “encroaching” upon the pavements in front of their shops. The shopkeepers also organised a dharna and blocked traffic in the area.

Fire: A fire broke out in the waste oil collected on the road near the GRP police station on Monday evening. Two fire brigades took 15 to 20 minutes to control the fire.

Raising day: The Amardeep Singh Shergill Memorial College, Mukandpur, organised a four-day “Amardeep mela” to mark its raising day. An inter-college poetry recitation, quiz, folk song competitions and an athletic meet were organised. Mr Goverdhan Sharma, Director, Doordarshan Kendra, Jalandhar, presided over the concluding session on Saturday. Students of different departments put up exhibitions at the mela.

Annual day: KC Public School organised its fourth annual day function here on Saturday. Mr S.K. Sharma, former DGP, presided over the function and gave away the prizes to the students who had excelled in academic, sports and co-curricular activities. Students presented a cultural programme.

Woollens donated
: Around 194 woollen pullovers were distributed to the needy students of seven educational institutions of this area. An NRI belonging to Bishenpur village, Mr Dilbag Singh, had sponsored the donations.

Cash snatched: Two unidentified motor cycle-borne persons alleged snatched Rs 43,000 from a trader, Vikrant Arora, who was returning home on a rickshaw. A case has been registered at the local city police station. Police sources said the accused had been identified and would be arrested soon.



Sports day: DAV Public School, Ambala city, will organise its annual sports day on Tuesday. According to the Principal, Ms Reena Nagrath, the Education Minister, Mr Phool Chand Mullana, will preside over the function.

Lights stolen: Seven sodium lights were stolen from Indira Park at Ambala Cantonment on Sunday night. The theft was noticed by an employee of the park on Monday. On the complaint of the executive officer of the Sadar Municipal Council, the police registered a case. Meanwhile, the general secretary of the Jan Kalyan Sangathan, Mr Anil Kumar, and the chairman of the Green Circle Mr J.S. Nandra, urged the administration to maintain the park in proper way. They said the administration should check the anti-social elements.

Udham Singh remembered: The Anti-Terrorist Front of India organised a function on the anniversary of martyr Udham Singh at Ambala city on Monday. The president of the front, Mr Viresh Shandilya, urged the Union Government to place a statue of Udham Singh on the premises of the Lok Sabha. Among others present at the function were Mr Kulwant Singh Manakpur, Mr Mohan Lal Ghel, Mr Gulshan Gulati, Mr Mahinder Dhiman, Mr Ashok Bharatia and Mr Surender Pal.

Labourer buried alive
: A labourer was killed while digging bricks at a tubewell pit at Bidala village in this district on Saturday. According to information received here, Sat Pal, had deployed some labourers to take out bricks from a pit after installing a submersible tubewell. Debris fell on one of the labourers, Satya Van, and he remained buried under the debris for a few hours.

Patwari suspended: Patwari Bhoop Singh has been suspended with immediate effect for allegedly making changes in the “khasra girdwari.” According to an official spokesman, the patwari had made illegal changes in the “khasra girdawari” and entered a wrong “intkal” in connivance with some persons. Following which, the DC suspended the patwari.

Abduction case: Ram Phal Gujjar of Pithanwas Ki Dhani allegedly eloped with a teenaged girl of Bolni village, near Dhani, on December 17. When the family members of the girl failed to trace her, her uncle Udai Bhan on Saturday lodged a complaint with the Kasaula police which has registered a case of abduction under Sections 363 and 366 of the IPC against the accused.


Youth killed: Sonu (29) a son of Mr Surinder Paul Singh of Akhara Bazar, was found dead under mysterious circumstances near the police post here on Saturday. Hundreds of youths assembled near the spot where a wine and whiskey shop is also located. It was alleged that the victim had a scuffle with wine vendors.

Annual day
: The 14th annual day of the local Noorpur Public school was celebrated in unique manner on the school campus on Sunday. The grand-parents of the students acted as chief guests at the annual day ceremony who also distributed cash prizes and trophies among the meritorious students.

Driver suspended: Mr Ranjit Singh, a driver belonging to the Baijnath depot of the HRTC, was placed under suspension by Transport Minister G.S.Bali on Sunday. Ranjit Singh was found smoking while driving the bus. Mr H.K. Gupta, Divisional Manager, HRTC, Dharamsala, said that despite repeated requests of passengers, Ranjit Singh did not stop smoking while driving the bus on the Pathankot- Baijnath route.

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