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Cong MLA Jassi flays  Dy CM’s remarks:
Reacting to a recent statement of Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal that the Congress would meet Bihar fate in Punjab also as electorate had rejected “tamasha and road-show politics” while putting a stamp of approval on development agenda, local Congress MLA Harminder Singh Jassi said Sukhbir must come out of his paradise and face the reality. “People are well aware of what the SAD-led government promised and delivered. Observant people are committed to bringing the Congress in power,” Jassi claimed.

Lathicharge on jobless linemen protested: Condemning the lathicharge on the activists of the Unemployed Linemen Union on November 25 at Patiala, members of the local unit of the union burnt an effigy of the state government here on Monday. Holding a protest march on city roads, the protesters accused the ruling leaders and administration of suppressing the protests lodged in democratic manner.

Seminar on free legal aid: Activists of the Punjab Legal Services Authority (PLSA), Chandigarh, organised a seminar on free legal aid and different schemes being run by the PLSA, at Government Rajindra College here recently. Assistant district attorney (Legal services) Rakesh Kumar presided over the seminar. In his address, the Rakesh Kumar said under the Legal Services Authority Act, 1987, a person belonging to SC or ST, any female or child, a person in custody, victim of disaster, person with disability, a labourer working in industry or a person with annual income less than Rs one lakh could avail of the benefit of free legal aid.

RO plant inaugurated: Mayor Baljeet Singh Birbehman and SAD (B) constituency in-charge Sarup Chand Singla on Monday inaugurated a reverse osmosis plant at Hans Nagar located in ward number 39.

New showroom:
Orient Ceramics and Industries Limited, manufacturers of decorative tiles for walls, floors and facades, has opened its first franchisee showroom here. Spread over 1,100 sq ft, it has Europa, Orient and Stiler brands. Madhur Daga, executive director, inaugurated it.

Book released: “The German Indian Law - A comparative Study” authored by city-based advocate and former Additional Advocate General of Punjab, Harpreet Sandhu, was released by M Veerappa Moily, Union minister for law and justice.

Office-bearers: Jagjit Singh of Ludhiana has been elected president of the Punjab branch of the Improvement Trust Ministerial Staff Union. Rajiv Garg has been elected general secretary and Pritam Singh finance secretary of the union.



Showroom of Hyundai opens:
Harmohinder Singh Chatha, Speaker of Haryana, inaugurated “Samrithi Hyundai” at Tepla on the Ambala- Jagadhri road yesterday. YK Koo, senior director, Hyundai Motors India Ltd, said Ambala was an important market for Hyundai and the opening of this dealership would help meet the growing demand for Hyundai cars here.

Murthal varsity alumni association:
The following have been elected office-bearers of the Alumni Association of Deenbandhu Chhotu Ram University of Science and Technology, Murthal: Parveen Kumar (president), Manju (vice-president), Satpal (general secretary), Manoj Panwar (joint secretary) and Rajnish Pawar (treasurer). The executive committee members are Madhukar Sharma, Yashvir Dahiya, Ramesh Garg, Anand Chauhan, Anil Kumar Dahiya and Surender Dahiya.



Pak youth repatriated:
As a gesture of goodwill, the Army on Monday repatriated a Pakistan youth via the Tattapani crossing point . The youth, Faisal Mehboob had inadvertently crossed the Line of Control in the Mendhar sector of Poonch district on November 22. As a gesture, he was handed over to Pakistan Army officials, said an Army officer. While handing over the youth, the Army also gave gifts for his family.

MC imposes fine for selling unstamped meat:A team led by the Municipal Veterinary Officer along with field staff today conducted drive against unstamped meat being sold in the market. According to a statement issued here, the team visited the areas of New Plot; CPO Chowk; Jewel; and Talab Tillo. A fine of Rs 3,800 was realised from the defaulters who were selling unstamped meat in these areas.

Srinagar-Leh highway reopened:
The Srinagar-Leh National Highway, which was closed last week due to snowfall, was on Monday reopened to allow stranded vehicles on either side of the Zojilla Pass, officials said. The divisional administration of Kashmir has sought the help of the Border Roads Organisation in clearing the snow. The stranded passengers and vehicles would be allowed to return to Kargil on Tuesday, if the weather permitted.

123 patients treated at de-addiction camp: The Police Control Room, Srinagar, organised a drug de-addiction awareness and treatment camp at the NRHM Centre located at Dalgate where 123 patients were treated on Monday. A team of doctors from the Police De-Addiction Centre, the Police Hospital, Srinagar, and from the Health Department conducted the camp, a police spokesman said. Medicines were also given free of cost to the patients.


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