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Question mark on fair poll in Punjab
New Delhi, January 9
A view gaining ground in certain sections of the political firmament in Punjab is that the democratic process in the state should be postponed till normality returned to the border districts of Ferozepore, Amritsar and Gurdaspur.

Will MLAs be allowed to retain vehicles?
Chandigarh, January 9
Will Punjab MLAs be allowed to retain the vehicles and security cover provided to them by the state after a formal notification for the elections to the state Assembly on February 13 is issued on January 16 ?

CPI to issue separate manifesto
Chandigarh, January 9
Though the CPI will have a joint campaign with its alliance partner, the Congress, it will issue a separate manifesto for the Punjab Assembly elections. Informed sources said that the decision pertaining to the separate manifesto was taken at a meeting of the party’s State Council here today.

Fresh exodus reported from border villages
Gurdaspur, January 9
Exodus of residents from border villages has intensified in view of the heavy concentration of the Army on either side of the border. Fresh exodus is being reported from more than a dozen villages across the Dhussi Bandh in this district.
Scores of residents of border villages in Punjab, who fled their homes following heavy troop deployment along the border with Pakistan, seek refuge in a temple in Amritsar.
(28k, 56k)




Cong ex-MLA’s threat to contest as Independent
Nabha, January 9
Senior Congress leader and former legislator Ramesh Singla today raised the banner of revolt against the party by announcing that he would contest as an independent candidate in case he did not get the party ticket for this seat.

It’s Cong-bashing again at SAD rally
Banur, January 9
The Congress has been adopting “divide and rule” policy during its rule of 45 years which has rendered the economy of the state in badshape, besides inciting social and religious sentiments of common people, stated Capt Kanwaljit Singh, general secretary of the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal.

Indiscipline will be checked: Sahib Singh
Hoshiarpur, January 9
The central leadership of the BJP is serious about the increasing indiscipline within the party and is now taking concrete steps to control it. This was stated by Mr Sahib Singh Verma, former Chief Minister of Delhi, while talking to mediapersons at the residence of Mr Tikshan Sud, State Minister for Excise and Taxation, here today. 

Lok Bhalai Party may become ‘third alternative’
Bathinda, January 9
Even as major political parties, including the Congress, SAD and BJP, are yet to announce the list of their candidates for the coming Assembly elections, the Lok Bhalai Party led by Mr Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, which is yet to open its account in Punjab, is virtually leaving no stone unturned to spring a surprise in the poll.

Panthic Morcha to contest 70 seats
Chandigarh, January 9
Senior leaders of the Panthic Morcha have resolved to contest 70 seats in the coming Assembly elections. They met here this evening to decide the number of seats to be contested by different constituents of the Morcha.

Punjab Lok Morcha to contest 60 seats
Bathinda, January 9
The Punjab Lok Morcha (PLM) leadership has decided to field its candidates in 60 Assembly constituencies for the coming elections in Punjab and its common manifesto would be released during this week.

Yuva Shakti to contest 4 seats
Amritsar, January 9
The executive committee of the Yuva Shakti, Punjab, at a meeting held here today announced its decision to contest at least four Assembly seats in the state.

CPI (ML) announces 8 candidates
Kapurthala, January 9
The CPI (ML) has decided to contest eight seats in the coming Assembly elections in the state. This was stated in a press note yesterday by Mr Balwinder Singh Bajwa, a spokesman for the election committee of CPI (ML).


Dango, Dharam’s real village

Ludhiana, January 9
Dharminder. Dharam Bhaji. Garam Dharam. And so on. Punjabis and people elsewhere in the country fondly call the “he man” actor from Punjab in several ways. Ask any one in Punjab the name of Dharminder’s village and the answer will be: Sahnewal.

Dharminder’s partially demolished ancestral house at Dango village in Ludhiana district.

Accidents due to ‘faulty licensing’
Phagwara, January 9
The traffic warden scheme on the pattern of the United Kingdom will be introduced in Punjab and residents will be included in it. This was stated by Mr J.P. Birdi, Zonal Inspector-General of Police, Jalandhar zone, at a traffic safety week function held here today. He also inaugurated the highway first-aid post on the G.T. Road at Chiheru, 1 km from here.

Munir Khan, father of Akbar Ali, a resident of Aligarh, who was killed in a mine blast near Attari, with Army officers before the burial of the soldier at Amritsar on Wednesday.  — Photo by Rajiv sharma

Youths pledge to stop intoxicants’ use in poll
Ropar, January 9
The youths of Nangal area today vowed to stop the use of intoxicants in the forthcoming Assembly elections in the state. At a huge rally organised in the main market at Nangal today the youth leaders of the area accused the politicians of distributing intoxicants among them especially during campaigning.

Technical snag causes power cut
Ludhiana, January 9
A two-hour power cut is being imposed in the urban and industrial towns in Punjab following some snag in the transformer in unit no. 4 of the Ropar thermal plant and cut in generation in the Ranjit Sagar dam.


DC conveys EC directives
Patiala, January 9
The District Election Officer and Deputy Commissioner, Patiala, Mr Jasbir Singh Bir, today informed about directives issued by the Election Commission regarding the forthcoming Vidhan Sabha elections to be held in the state on February 13.

Staff to be trained for EVMs
Bathinda, January 9
The district has received 110 electronic voting machines (EVMs) for training officials and employees put on election duty for the Assembly elections in the state.


Man murdered over woman’s ‘possession’
Bathinda, January 9
The cold-blooded murder of a truck driver, Naib Singh, on December 19, which the police thought to be an accident, has turned out to be a fallout of a battle of “possession” between two paramours of a married woman.


PUTA ‘robbing’ teachers of their rights
Patiala, January 9
The Teachers United Front, which had earlier spearheaded the agitation against Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia before being reduced to a minority in the last elections to the Punjabi University Teachers Association, today accused the dominant faction of denying the teachers their democratic right to requisition a general body meeting of the Association.


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