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Ballot papers needed despite EVMs
Chandigarh, January 20
The inability of electronic voting machines to record tender votes may necessitate the use of ballot papers and boxes at each of the 18,000-odd polling stations in the forthcoming Assembly elections.

Canada’s Deputy PM visits Golden Temple
Amritsar, January 20
The Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Canada, Mr John Manley has described the Kashmir issue as complex and has said dialogue as the only solution to resolve the problem. 
Deputy Prime Minister of Canada John Manely along with his wife
Deputy Prime Minister of Canada John Manely, along with his wife Judith Manely, coming out after visiting the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Sunday. — PTI photo

Badal “creating” economic crisis
New Delhi, January 20
The Congress, which had requested the President to impose financial emergency on Punjab, has come down heavily on the Badal government for creating “economic crisis” in the state.

Capt Amarinder SinghThe Maharaja’s tea party
Patiala, January 20
The Punjab Pradesh Congress President, Capt Amarinder Singh, today made an informal start to his election campaign from this Assembly seat, hosting a tea party at his New Moti Bagh residence.






Punjab Congressmen complain against CPI
New Delhi, January 20
With several Congress leaders from Punjab still urging the high command to review its seat-sharing arrangement with the CPI, the Congress leadership has asked the Punjab PCC to furnish it information on the seats where rebel Congress-men were contesting against the official CPI candidates.

BSP digs roots deep
Hoshiarpur, January 20
Known for its choes and chowdharies, this district has seen a lot of political transformation in the recent years. Earlier, it used to be a stronghold of the Congress. Later, the CPM and the CPI also established its base in this belt.

From London to Latala, with concern for women
Latala (Ludhiana), January 20
Bibi Gurdial Kaur Khangura has literally come a long way from London, where she used to live, to Latala, her native village in the Kila Raipur Assembly segment, to contest the elections as a Congress candidate.


Mr Gurcharan Singh TohraAll-party meeting fizzles out
Chandigarh January 20
An all-party meeting convened by leaders of the Panthic Morcha, led by the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal President, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, fizzled out today. Even the Punjab bandh call that the morcha planned to give on the SYL issue was called off, according to Mr Prem Singh Chandumajra.

Congress dissidents back in the fold
Phagwara, January 20
The Congress candidate from Phagwara (reserved) Assembly constituency, Mr Balbir Raja Sodhi, today succeeded in winning over more than 10 dissidents and their supporters, thus making a dent in the camp of dissident leader, Mr Joginder Singh Mann, who was denied a party ticket. 

Prof Darshan Singh KhalsaElect high priests, says Darshan Singh
Phagwara, January 20
Prof Darshan Singh Khalsa, former Akal Takht Jathedar, said here today that it was high time for Sikhs to come together for breaking the stranglehold of politics on Sikh religious places, institutions and tenets. 

Bedi is SAD (A) Chief Patron
Chandigarh, January 20
The President of the Shiromani Akali Dal( Amritsar), Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, has made Baba Sarabjot Singh Bedi the Chief Patron of his party. This would enable him to issue authority letters to the Panthic Morcha candidates.

Mr Simranjit Singh MannArmy should be pulled out: Mann
Sangrur, January 20
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, president of the Akali Dal (Amritsar) and senior leader of the Panthic Morcha, today demanded that the Army should be withdrawn as Pakistan had agreed to many demands laid down by the Government of India.

PSSSB chief agrees to toe SAD line
Patiala, January 20
The Shiromani Akali Dal today managed to quell dissidence in its district unit by prevailing upon Punjab Subordinate Services Selection Board Chairman Tejinderpal Singh Sandhu to toe the party line.

SYL: Ramoowalia puts blame on Cong, SAD
Nathana (Bathinda), January 20
Mr Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, former Union Minister and President, Lok Bhalai party, said on Friday the Congress and the SAD were responsible for the SYL canal dispute and it was due to their failure that Punjab would have to give its waters to Haryana.

SAD has fulfilled all promises: Kanwaljit
Capt Kanwaljit Singh
Dera Bassi, January 20
The Shiromani Akali Dal has not only fulfilled the promises made to the public prior to the previous Assembly elections, but also completed several development works in the past five years of its rule, said Capt Kanwaljit Singh, party general secretary and a candidate of the SAD-BJP alliance from the Banur assembly constituency while addressing a gathering after inaugurating an election office at Zirakpur today.


POTO aimed at curbing rights: speakers
Bathinda, January 20
Educationists, intellectuals, social workers and human rights activists criticised the Prevention of Terrorism Ordinance at a seminar held here today, saying that it was aimed at curtailing fundamental rights of Indians.

Fast-track court inaugurated
Jalandhar, January 20
First fast-track court has become functional in Jalandhar, seven such courts, being set up at the headquarters of seven districts of Punjab may help lesson woes of undertrial prisoners and reform the judicial system cutting prolonged trials and obviating violation of human rights in cases of those came out to be innocent after years of trial.

Baby dies after anti-polio drops
Sangrur, January 20
A six-month-old baby girl died today about an hour after the administration of anti-polio drops to her at Sular Gharat village, about 15 km from here. The drops were administered at a camp organised by the health authorities.

The memorial to Kukas at Malerkotla.
The memorial to Kukas at Malerkotla.

Freedom’s deathless pioneers           
Namdhari Sikhs, known as Kukas in the annals of Indian history, are rightly called the great warriors of our freedom struggle. They set an example in valour when they gave up their lives in Malerkotla for their compatriots. Satguru Ram Singh founded the Namdhari sect on April 12, 1857, at Bhaini Sahib in Ludhiana district. At that time India was under the yoke of the British Empire.

BKU threatens stir on SYL issue
Moga, January 20
Farmers in Punjab will launch a statewide stir on the SYL issue against giving water to Haryana while the water table in Punjab has gone down by more than 100 feet during the past few years.

‘Phariwalas’ call shots at ‘apni mandis’
Jalandhar, January 20
“Apni mandis” in Jalandhar have virtually fallen prey to a nexus between some Punjab Mandi Board officials supervising these mandis and unscrupulous “phariwalas” who enjoy the patronage of officials and rule the roost at the cost of farmers and consumers.

Army arrests Bangladeshi
Ferozepore, January 20
A Bangladeshi national was arrested by the Army near Bareka village, close to the Indo-Pakistan border. He has been remanded in police custody till January 22. According to the details available, Hilal Mian, a resident of Memon village of Bangladesh was arrested by Army jawans for being a suspected foreigner. 

‘More readers in Punjabi needed’
Patiala, January 20
Noted writer and Rajya Sabha member Kartar Singh Duggal stressed upon the need to create more readers in the Punjabi medium to encourage creative writing in the language.

Two labourers die as wall collapses
Moga, January 20
Two labourers were killed and five others were seriously injured when a 5-foot wall of a godown of M/s Lakshami Complex collapsed and fell on them in Bhaghapurana town, about 15 km from here, yesterday.


71 pc booths in Pakka Kalan sensitive
Bathinda, January 20
More than 43 per cent polling booths in the five Assembly segments falling in this district have been identified as sensitive and the district civil and police authorities have made adequate arrangements to have free and fair elections.


Robbers loot cash, jewellery
Kapurthala, January 20
Over 24 armed persons committed dacoities in two houses in Sant Nagar and Preet Nagar localities on the outskirts of the town last night. The robbers looted gold ornaments and Rs 8,000 from the house of Bhajan Singh.

Suitor throws acid on girl’s face
Ferozepore, January 20
A 26-year-old girl, Monica Sethi, employed with the local NIIT Computer Centre, suffered serious burn injuries on her face, neck and shoulder when a boy threw acid on her face while she was working in her office.

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