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School celebrates annual day:
  The students of the Assumption Convent School showcased their deep concern over the recent bomb explosions rocking different metropolitan cities besides terror attack in Mumbai by staging 25-minute play ‘A voice against terrorism’ during the annual day function.  Rt Rev Dr Anil Jose Thomas Couto Bishop of Jalandhar was the chief guest while SDM N.S. Brar was the guest of honour. — OC

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Peace march held:
The Bajrang Dal on Saturday organised a peace march in memory of the victims of the Mumbai terror attack. Santosh Gupta, acting president of the state unit of the dal, urged the Central government to snap its ties with Pakistan for its involvement in the terror attacks. — TNS
Activists of Hindu organisations hold a peace march in Amritsar on Saturday. Photo: Vishal Kumar

SAD to contest Delhi parliamentary seat:
After contesting four Assembly seats in Delhi during the recent elections, the SAD will contest a parliamentary seat in New Delhi for the first time. This was stated by Onkar Singh Thapar, vice-president of the SAD, here today. He said an Akali candidate would be fielded from the Delhi West parliamentary constituency under the banner of the NDA. Thapar claimed they would broaden base of the party in other states also. “This is for the first time that Akalis have contested with their own election symbol and not that of the BJP. Our party is emerging stronger and is being acknowledged not only in Punjab, but outside also,” he said. — OC

BJP leader among 3 killed in road mishap:
Three persons, including district president of the Beaopar cell of the BJP Ashwani Kumar Pappu (50), were killed on the spot when their car had a severe collision with a tractor trailer near Mallpur Arkan village on the Nawanshahr-Jalandhar road on Friday night. The other two have been identified as Harikishan (38) of Green Model Town, Jalandhar, and Amarjit (42) of Nangal Karar village (Jalandhar). Driver Raghbir Singh (47) of Bakapur village was injured. — OC

Two arrested: The police has arrested two miscreants Sukhjibder and Sukhwinder Singh, both residents of Herian village and recovered two LPG cylinders from their possession. The accused stole the cylinders from nearby Jethumazara and also a scooter from Tajpur Road, Ludhiana. SHO Raj Kumar said on Friday Jaswinder Kaur of Jethumazara village filed a complaint and reported the stealing of the cylinders. A case has been registered under the IPC. — OC

YC poll: Nominations filed: As many as 80 nominations have been filed for the organisational poll of the Youth Congress in the district. The election is scheduled to be held on Sunday. As many as 42 delegates each for the block Youth Congress units and the district unit will be elected. Keeping in view the less number of nominations, it is clear that all candidates have virtually secured their seats. The posts of the block Youth Congress presidents, vice-presidents and secretaries, etc, will be decided on the basis of number of votes gained by the candidates. As many as 9,403 voters would exercise their franchise. As many as 12 polling booths have been set up at five polling stations at Aur, Banga, Saroya, Balachaur and Nawanshahr for conducting the block Youth Congress poll. — OC

Campus recruitment drive:
A multinational company, Neural Info Solutions Private Limited, conducted a campus recruitment drive at the Bhai Gurdas Institute of Engineering and Technology (BGIET) here on Friday. It offered jobs to 17 students of computer science engineering (CSE) and master of computer applications (MCA), etc (batch 2009) with an annual package of Rs 2.40 lakh. 

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Youth Cong polls:
The state Youth Congress (YC) is going to enter its block-level election process on Sunday while the elections for the district and the state bodies have been rescheduled.Ashok Tanwar, national president of the YC, said here on Saturday that the election for the district body would be held on December 16, and for the state body on December 23. — OC

Minor kidnapped, 2 booked: The Bhikhiwind police has booked two persons, Pargat Singh and his second wife Sarabjit Kaur, residents of Kale village, for kidnapping their adopted teenaged daughter. The real father filed a complaint after which a case has been registered against the duo. — OC



DAV College wins trophy:
The DAV College for Girls, Yamunanagar (YMN zone), bagged the trophy in the Kurukshetra University three-day 31st inter-zonal youth festival. The youth festival was organised by the department of youth and cultural affairs, KU, which concluded on university campus here on Friday. The festival was inaugurated by vice-chancellor R.P. Bajpai while the prizes were given away by state finance minister Birender Singh. — OC

Seminar today: The Haryana government has decided to pursue the case of Kurukshetra to develop it as a heritage city and seek its inclusion in the list of world heritage cities. To facilitate the affairs, the department of tourism and hotel management, Kurukshetra University, will organise a national seminar on “Kurukshetra: Planning for World Heritage City” on university campus here on Sunday. The seminar will be inaugurated by Dr A.R. Kidwai, governor, Haryana, while Kiran Choudhry, minister of tourism, Haryana, will be the guest of honour. — OC

Hotel owner thrashed:
A hotel owner, Niranjan Lal Saini, and his two employees - Rajender and Dinesh - were allegedly thrashed with sticks and iron rods by a gang of youths in Dharuhera on Friday. The youths also went on a rampage at the hotel. Sources said when the hotel owner refused to oblige a youth with the supply of a packet of eatables free of cost, the infuriated youth along with his other associates assaulted the hotel owner and his employees. The police has registered a case of rioting, criminal trespass, causing hurt and damage as well as criminal intimidation against the accused, Sonu, a resident of Wazirabad, and his 10 other accomplices. — OC

Man commits suicide: Rakesh Bawaria (35) reportedly committed suicide by hanging himself in Neelgiri Colony of Dharuhera on Friday. Sources said Rakesh took the extreme step out of sheer desperation caused by his in-laws’ reported refusal to send his wife with him recently to Dharuhera. His wife, who had an altercation with him recently, has been living at her parental house for the past some time. The police, which held inquest proceedings, has treated it as a case of suicidal death. — OC

2 killed in accident: Two youths died on the spot when the motorcycle they were riding on was reportedly hit by a truck on the Bhiwadi-Dharuhera road on Friday. The deceased have been identified as Manish Kaushik, scrap dealer of Dharuhera, and Praveen Kaushik. The mishap took place when they were going from Bhiwadi to Dharuhera while the truck was on its way to Bhiwadi. The police has registered a case of rash and negligent driving against the truck driver, who reportedly absconded after the accident. — OC

Workshop on stories:
A workshop on stories, Kahani Karyashala, will be organised by the Haryana Sahitya Akademi in collaboration with the Haryana Lekhika Manch at Shri Yuvak Sahitya Sadan here on Sunday. According to an official spokesman, Sunita Setia, chairperson of the Improvement Trust, would be the chief guest at the workshop. Noted storywriter, Chitra Mudgal would preside over the function. Some new books would also be released on the occasion, he added. — TNS

4 die in mishaps:
Two persons identified as Jagdish and Raj Kumar of Trinagar in Delhi were killed after they were run over by a passenger train on Friday. The incident took place when they were crossing the level crossing near the local railway station. In another incident, a rehriwala, Om Prakash, and his wife Sumitra, a resident of Ambedkar Colony in Khewra village, were killed when they were reportedly hit by a canter on the Bahalgrah-Baghpat road on Thursday. The police has arrested the canter driver and impounded the vehicle after registering a case against him. — OC

5 gangsters held: The CIA team of the police arrested five armed gangsters and seized two guns, eight live cartridges and two motorcycles from their possession. A case has been registered against them. The gangsters have been identified as Sunil, Pradeep and Yashvir of Badwasni, Ajai Pal of Lath and Sandeep of Bharain village in Rohtak district. SSP Navdeep Singh Virk said they arrested them on a tip off. — OC

Cattle smugglers held: With the arrest of eight persons, the police busted an inter-state gang of cattle of smugglers operating in Haryana and Uttar Pradesh for the past few days. SSP Navdeep Singh Virk here on Friday said the police also seized two mini-trucks loaded with 16 bulls and calves, which were being smuggled to Uttar Pradesh from Haryana. The arrested were identified as Sunil, Bulla, Khalid, Satbir, Ravi, Abid Ali, driver Sanjeet and Intezar. The arrested persons, he said, have confessed that they were taking the bulls and calves to Uttar Pradesh from Haryana for the purpose of killing. — PTI

Priest shot at: Priest of a local temple in a village here has been allegedly shot at and injured by some armed persons, the police said on Friday. Priest Gajanand, who sustained pellet injuries during the attack, is admitted to a private hospital where his condition is stated to be critical, they said. The incident occurred on Thursday when seven unidentified persons forcibly entered the temple premises. When the priest and his follower resisted the move, Gajanand was shot at and injured by them, watchman of Kaali Maata temple at Barhi village told the police. Gajanand’s follower escaped unhurt in the attack. — PTI



VC releases souvenir:
The outgoing Jammu University (JU) Vice-Chancellor, Amitabh Mattoo, on Saturday released a souvenir - ‘The Voice’ - of the Jammu University Research Scholars Executive Association (JURSEA) here. On the occasion, president of JURSEA Vikas Sharma deliberated upon achievements of the scholar organisation. —TNS

Seven NC workers join PDP:
Seven prominent workers of the NC today joined the PDP at Anantnag in south Kashmir where sixth phase of the polls are scheduled for December 17.
A spokesman of the PDP said seven senior workers of the NC had joined the PDP along with their supporters. They resigned from the NC yesterday, he said. — UNI


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