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Ballot replaces bullet... but the scars remain

Varinder Walia and Gurbaxpuri
Manochahal,(Amritsar),January 24
The ballot has replaced the bullet. Kin of slain militants, who propagated the boycott of the February 1992 elections, have now plunged into electioneering. They now feel that the ballot is the best weapon to bring about a change, not the bullet.

Saurabh Malik and Gurbaxpuri
Tarn Taran, January 24
Peace and tranquility, exterminated by militants in the border villages of Tarn Taran, may have come alive with the restoration of normalcy in the state, but the left-alone victims in the once bullet-ridden areas are still struggling for survival, and their rights.

Sujjan Singh with an amputated hand along with his family at Naushera Dhalla village in Tarn Taran Sujjan Singh with an amputated hand along with his family at Naushera Dhalla village in Tarn Taran — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma 



Sukhbir Badal is star of Chandumajra poll rally
Moonak (Sangrur), January 24
The SAD candidate for the Lehra Assembly constituency, Mr Prem Singh Chandumajra, filed his nomination papers in the office of the Returning Officer, Mr Zora Singh Thind, here today. His wife Balwinder Kaur also filed her papers.

Badal’s affidavit not displayed
Malout, January 24
Even as the Election Commission is making all-out efforts to ensure free and fair elections in the state, its instructions are being reportedly ignored here.

Mahesh Inder files papers; Lambi gets hot
Malout, January 24
Congress candidate from the high-profile constituency of Lambi Mahesh Inder Singh Badal today filed his nomination papers here amidst cheers of his supporters. He lead a 10-km procession before filing his papers.

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Malooka comes with convoy of 300 vehicles

Bathinda, January 24
A former SAD minister, Mr Sikander Singh Malooka, a former PCS officer, Mr Ajaib Singh Bhatti, and a former IAS officer, Mr Amarjeet Singh Sidhu, today filed their nomination papers from the Rampura Phul, Nathana and Talwandi Sabo Assembly constituencies, respectively, amid violation of the Model Code of Conduct.

Saathi to contest as Independent
Moga, January 24
Disgruntled over the denial of ticket by the Congress, Mr Vijay Saathi has decided to contest the elections as an Independent from the Moga constituency.

Parties pay lip service to youth welfare
Never mind the party in power, liquor trade grows & so does addiction
Chandigarh, January 24
There could be no bigger loss for a prosperous state like Punjab, than losing its young men to the vices of addiction. Irrespective of their ‘public welfare’ rhetoric - for both the incumbent Congress government and their Akali predecessors- maximising revenue from the liquor trade has been their USP.

Readying for another akhara
Gurdaspur, January 24
A former minister and BJP nominee from the Pathankot Assembly constituency, Mr Mohan Lal, begins his day from an “akhara”. Despite a hectic schedule because of the elections, he still finds time early in the morning to exercise and wrestle in the akhara for at least one hour every day. Talking to The Tribune at his akhara, Mr Mohan Lal, who was coaching his junior wrestlers, said coming to the akhara was his daily routine for the past 40 years.

The BJP nominee from Pathankot, Mr Mohan Lal, wrestling in his akhara. — Photo by Jangi
The BJP nominee from Pathankot, Mr Mohan Lal, wrestling in his akhara.

Stakes high for Dera Sacha Sauda
Bathinda, January 24
With the Congress fielding Mr Harminder Singh Jassi, a relative of Dera Sacha Sauda head, from the Bathinda Assembly seat, the electioneering has picked up steam here.

Singla faces rebels’ wrath
Amritsar, January 24
On the first day of his campaigning, Finance Minister Surinder Singla today faced the wrath of voters when he tried to convince Mr Joginder Pal Dhingra , District Congress President not to contest as rebel candidate from Amritsar North.

Cong leader Lalli joins SAD
Chandigarh, January 24
Mr Jaipal Singh Lalli, senior Congress leader, joined the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) at a function held in Budhlada, Mansa district, on Wednesday.

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BJP nominee
Charanjit Singh Channy
Charanjit Singh Channy, Cong nominee

(In)fighting a tough battle
Hoshiarpur, January 24
With the BJP announcing its candidate from here, the battle lines have finally been drawn for a direct contest between the Congress and the BJP.

Show of strength by Tota Singh
Moga, January 24
The SAD candidate from the Moga constituency, Jathedar Tota Singh, today filed his papers here today. It was a show of strength by the Akali leader who arrived outside the office of the SDM along with a large number of his supporters.

Show of strength by Sidhu
Mohali, January 24
It was a show of strength by Congress candidate from the Kharar Assembly constituency Balbir Singh Sidhu and his supporters at a rally organised at Dasehra ground here today.

Three file papers from Rajpura
Rajpura, January 24
Three candidates filed their nomination papers from the Rajpura Assembly constituency here today.

BJSP candidate claims Balmik Sabha support
Mohali, January 24
Bhartiya Jan Shakti Party’s Anil Kumar, contesting the Punjab Assembly elections from the Kharar constituency, today claimed the support of some representatives of the Balmik Sabha.

Saini goes past Badal
Ropar, January 24
Rebel Congress leader Amarjit Singh Saini today filed his nomination as Independent candidate from the Anandpur Sahib Assembly constituency here today.

Rakesh files papers, dissidence evident
Dera Bassi, January 24
Local flavour was missing from the cavalcade of Congress candidate Rakesh Sharma, who filed his candidature from the Banur Assembly constituency here this afternoon.

Observers to stay at Raj Bhawan
Mohali, January 24
The three election observers appointed for the Kharar, Banur and Morinda constituencies will stay at the Punjab Bhawan, Sector 3, Chandigarh.

JD(U) decides to campaign for SAD, BJP 
New Delhi, January 24
The Janata Dal (United) yesterday announced that it would campaign for the

Seera files papers
Barnala, January 24
Mr Harinder Singh Dhillon Seera, state vice-president of the Youth Congress, today filed his nomination papers as an Independent from this constituency.


Rights body report: SAD seeks CBI probe
Chandigarh, January 24
The Shiromani Akali Dal today asked President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to get a probe initiated into the findings of a report by the Punjab Human Rights Organisation (PHRO). The report indicates “a diabolical plot to kill SAD president Parkash Singh Badal, son Sukhbir Singh Badal and other members of their family” and Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s alleged role in it.


2 kids die in accident
Amritsar, January 24
Two schoolgoing students, aged eight and nine years, respectively were killed and four others injured when the tempo in which they were travelling collided with a school bus near Fatehpur Rajputana village in the district today, the police here said.

Injured schoolgirl recuperating in a private hospital in Amritsar. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma
Injured schoolgirl recuperating in a private hospital in Amritsar.

5-year-old boy rescued in Bihar
Hoshiarpur, January 24
A five-year-old boy abducted from Mukerian town nine days ago, has been rescued in Samastipur in Bihar, SSP R N Dhoke, said here today.

Four hurt in accident
Phagwara, January 24
Four persons, including a woman, were injured in a collision between a car and a tractor-trailer on the naitional highway-I near Chaheru village last night, the police today stated.


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