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Drive against drug menace
: The Punjab police has availed the services of Abohar-based Sparsh Theatre Society to bring awareness against the drug menace. Ashish Makkar secretary of society informed in a press release that Sparsh recently staged “Sarhadan hor vi nein” a play scripted by Surinder Narula on the invitation of Ludhiana district police at village Latala. The play directed by noted stage artist Prof Gaurav Vij prompted hundreds of viewers to go through a heart searching exercise. Impressed over the theme as well as performance, sarpanches of a dozen villages have invited the society to stage the play in their respective village.

Athletes honoured: Students and teachers of Maharishi Dayanand College of Education on Tuesday accorded a warm welcome to Nishan Babu and Anil Kumar on winning two gold and two bronze medals in the Panjab University Inter-college Sports Meet held in Chandigarh. Principal Dr Ranveer Pratap Asija said that Nishan Babu topped in 400 m race while Anil Kumar clinched gold by succeeding in 1.52 m high jump. They won bronze medals in 200 and 100 meter race respectively.

Road inaugurated: The state government has released Rs one crore for various schemes in this sub-division out of Rural Development Fund, claimed former BJP MLA Dr Ram Kumar Goyal. Speaking to media after inaugurating a small road in village Daulatpura on Tuesday he said villages to be benefited include Jandwala Hanwanta, Usmankhera, Kallarkhera, Gidderanwali, Panniwala Mahla, Gumjal, Achadiki and Dalmirkhera. Rajinder Singh Brar vice- chairman Panchayat Samiti, Khuyiansarwar was among those present during the inauguration ceremony. 

‘Blow to democracy;’Criticising Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, local MLA Sunil Jakhar said CM Badal attempted to strangle the democracy on his birthday by allowing his partymen to thrash legislators in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha today.

Badal turns 83
: CM Parkash Singh Badal on Tuesday turned 83 and was greeted by party leaders, Cabinet colleagues and people from all walks of life. Governors of Punjab and Haryana, Gen (retd) SF Rodrigues and Jagan Nath Pahadia, respectively, and NSG commandos sent him bouquets. A spokesman said Badal cut a cake on the occasion.

Couple suffer burn injuires
: A couple of Mallanwala was admitted to trauma ward of the Civil Hospital here in critical condition following they suffered burn injuries under mysterious circumstances. The couple has been identified as Ashok Kumar and his wife Madhu. The couple has two kids who had gone to school when the incident took place. The police is investigating into the matter.

Hospital official held: The Vigilance Department on Tuesday arrested Medical Superintendent of the Jalandha Civil Hospital Ashok Nayyar and his junior assistant clerk on graft charge. Sources said a vigilance team caught junior assistant clerk Ramesh Chander red-handed while allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 5,000 on behalf of the MS. Complainant Pawan Kumar, who is chief pharmacist of the hospital, said three months ago the MS had allegedly demanded Rs 10,000 for clearing an audit report. The duo had threatened him that the report would not be cleared till the said amount was paid.A case under the Prevention of Corruption Act had been registered.

PTU exams: PTU will conduct examinations of various classes on Tuesday and on later dates as per the schedule notified by it. This was stated by Registrar of the university, Dr Nachhatar Singh, on Monday. He said students should report at examination centres on Wednesday and later as no exam had been postponed.

Minor raped
:A 14-year-old migrant girl was raped on the Badala road here today. Dharamveer Singh from Guru Nanak Colony, Badala road, has been arrested and booked for raping the minor.According to the victim’s father, the girl had gone to attend the nature’s call at 11 pm when the accused committed the crime. The medical report of the victim has confirmed rape. The police has registered a case.

Handicraft training
: Mansa deputy commissioner Kumar Rahul said that Orient Craft Company would provide training of handicraft to 15 women from December 10. The training aims at making them self employed by making items from the material provided by the company. Bathinda MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal made efforts to ensure training opportunity to the women of Mansa district, source said. 



PGI prof heads society
:Prof BR Mittal, head of the nuclear medicine department at the PGI, has taken over as president of the Society of Nuclear Medicine, India, during a conference of the society at Jaipur. The postgraduate course of this department is considered among the best. He will continue to be at the helm of affairs at the society for the next two years. 


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