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Parties face rough weather
Chandigarh, December 29
Thickening envelope of fog, dipping temperatures, overcast sky and intensification of cold wave conditions may be worrying leaders of various political parties of Punjab as their electioneering campaigns instead of a smooth take-off have been virtually grounded for the time being.

Cong may leave 10 seats for CPI
New Delhi, December 29
The Congress is likely to leave 10 seats for the CPI in the coming assembly poll in Punjab. Sources said the party, which was initially offering four seats to the CPI, decided to increase its offer after discussions between senior CPI leader Joginder Dayal and the PCC chief, Capt Amarinder Singh, in New Delhi. Two seats are likely to be left for the CPM.

It’s either threat of war or floods
Precarious existence in border villages
Rajo-KI-Gatt (Ferozepore), December 29
The tale of “empty” promises made for years to the inhabitants of 22 odd villages, is unending. The inhabitants of these villages have been living precariously because of locational disadvantages and dangers of being at a short distance from the border.

No major power cuts in Punjab
Ludhiana, December 29
The power supply position in Punjab is quite comfortable as compared in the summer thanks to the better performance of the thermal plants of the PSEB. Moreover, the demand for power consumption has also gone down considerably.



Sunanda’s recital charms, flattery irks
Jalandhar, December 29
Even as the equation of the Union Minister Shanta Kumar with Lord Vishnu and that of Haryana Minister Sampat Singh with Lord Brahma by the organisers proved irksome for music lovers, vocalist Sunanda and Sarangi player Kamal Sabri were successful in weaving magic for listeners at the Harballabh Sangeet Sammelan which took off last night at the Devi Talaab Temple with mystic the presentation of “Sarsawati Vandana”.


No unity with Badal: Baba Bedi
Ludhiana, December 29
The Panthic Morcha leaders will have final round of talks on seat-sharing with Bahujan Samaj Party Chief Kanshi Ram in the next two days and announce its candidates for Punjab Vidhan Sabha elections. Stating this Baba Sarbjot Singh Bedi, Convener, Panthic Morcha, said today that the leaders of the morcha met last night and sorted out the names of certain candidates for Vidhan Sabha seats. He said that the list could not be announced as the talks with the leaders of different groups were at various stages of finalisation.

50 sarpanches want Kanjhla denied SAD ticket
Sangrur, December 29
Alleging that Mr Gobind Singh Kanjhla, MLA from Sherpur and Punjab Social Security Minister, had made a “false” claim that out of 82 sarpanches of the Sherpur Assembly constituency, majority of the sarpanches accompanied him a few days ago to Chandigarh to meet Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Punjab Chief Minister, in his favour, more than 50 sarpanches today claimed that they had not gone with Mr Kanjhla in his favour to Chandigarh.

Youth Dal (B) to play ‘active role’
Ludhiana, December 29
The newly appointed president of the Youth Akali Dal (Badal), Mr Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, today said his organisation would play an active role in the forthcoming Assembly elections. He was talking to reporters after being nominated President of the youth wing of the party.

BKU to support party that will waive loans
Bathinda, December 29
Even as the political parties are trying to woo various farmers’ unions, the Lakhowal group of the Bhartiya Kisan Union has said it will support that party which will promise to waive off farmers’ loans. Mr Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, president of the union, said the union would not contest the coming assembly elections in the state.

Cong hails EC decision
Kapurthala, December 29
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee has welcomed the decision of the Election Commission of India for suspending and transferring of 10 officials of Kapurthala and Amritsar districts on the charge of committing irregularities in the preparation of votes.

CPI (ML) announces six candidates
Nawanshahr, December 29
Mr Darshan Singh Khatkar, state secretary of the CPI (ML) New Democracy talking to mediapersons here on Friday said that his party had decided to contest eight seats during the forthcoming Assembly elections in Punjab. He announced the names of six candidates, who included, Mr Daljit Singh Advocate (Nawanshahr), Mr Hari Ram Khejepuri (Dinanagar), Mr Jagjit Singh Hathur (Rai Kot), Mr Megha Singh (Nihal Singh Wala), Mr Chet Ram (Malout) and Mr Hans Raj (Nurmahal). 

Shiv Sena to contest 30 seats
Pathankot, December 29
The Shiv Sena Bal Thackeray would contest 30 seats in the forthcoming Punjab Assembly Elections said Mr Pawan Gupta at a press conference held here on Friday.


Balmiki Sikh denied ‘path’ for soul’s peace
Ludhiana, December 29
Even death, called the greatest leveller, could not obliterate the dividing line between the haves and have-nots of Sudhara and Manochahal. These Jat Sikh-dominated villages, are very much a part of our very own “progressive” Punjab. And the fact that the affected family was denied even the fundamental right of holding a religious ceremony in memory of the deceased, has not only increased the family’s miseries but also raised a question mark over the effectiveness of the law of the land.

It’s text messages, no cards please!
Patiala, December 29
The sale of greeting cards was never so bad. "We felt they had touched the nadir last year due to rampant use of e-mail and thought the cards would bounce back this year due to the personal touch they carry but our hopes have been shattered”, this is the lament of shopowners of the city.

3 labourers die due to suffocation
Sahnewal (Ludhiana), December 29
Three migrant labourers were reportedly suffocated to death in Nichi Mangali village near here. The incident occurred last night, while they were sleeping inside a room with fire burning in a portable hearth. Three died while five others fell unconscious and were admitted into a local hospital.

A dream come true for villagers
The Nawanshahr assembly byelection held in February last year proved a boon for the area as it was for the first time that Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal not only promised to build a bridge over the Sutlej river connecting the Rahon-Machhiwara road but has given it a concrete shape to fulfil the long-pending demand of the area.

Museum in memory of martyrs
To commemorate the martyrdom of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev, a beautiful gate with a museum and a clock tower is being constructed here. The bodies of the martyrs were unceremoniously cremated in the town under cover of darkness. A function is held on March 23 every year at Martyrs Memorial, Hussainiwala.

17 BKU men get bail
Bathinda, December 29
Seventeen activists of the BKU (Ekta), including two women and other members today held two rallies in Kotda Korianwali village after they were released on bail today.

Date for making voter card extended
Faridkot, December 29
Mr A. Venu Prasad, Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Election Officer, here has again extended the dates for preparing photo-identity cards for the people who had not yet got them made in the three assembly constituencies, including Faridkot, Kotkapura and Panjgrain, in the district.

Wadali brothers cast a spell
Pathankot, December 29
Wadali brothers captivated the audience with their electrifying performance at the opening day of the annual three-day function organised by the Abhinay Kala Mandir here yesterday which was inaugurated by Master Mohan Lal, Minister of Higher Education, Punjab.

Gurdev Singh re-elected
Chandigarh, December 29
Mr Gurdev Singh was re-elected President of the Institute of Sikh Studies at the general house meeting of the Institute here yesterday.


SPOs unable to make both ends meet
Not paid salaries for 4 months

Bathinda, December 29
Resentment prevails among 262 special police officers posted in the district as they have not received salary for the past four months. They are finding it difficult to meet their daily expenses in the absence of salary for such a long time.

147 police recruits pass out
Hoshiarpur, December 29
Mr D.R. Bharti, Additional Director General of Police and Director of Maharaja Ranjit Singh Police Academy at Phillaur, took march past salute from 147 trainees in a passing-out parade at Police Recruits Training Centre, Jahan Khelan, 8 km from here, today.


SHO booked for fudging record
Tarn Taran, December 29
The Sarhali police station has registered a case under Section 217, 201 of the IPC against a former SHO of the same police station for tampering with the police station record.

One dies as bus, motor cycle collide
Hoshiarpur, December 29
Amarjit Singh, riding a motor cycle, died on the spot when he collided with a bus near Janouri village, on the Hoshiarpur-Dholbaha road in this district early today.

18 held for cheating youths
Bathinda, December 29
As many as 18 persons, including three women, were arrested from different parts of the district in 2001 for allegedly collecting money from unemployed youths on the pretext of getting them jobs in private and government departments.


Interviews for primary teacher’s posts abolished
Jalandhar, December 29
To bring transparency in the selection procedure of primary teachers in the state, the Punjab Education Department has issued appointment letters to about 1,850 ETT and JBT applicants, who have been selected for primary teachers’ post on merit basis, without conducting any formal interview for the first time in its history.

Admission racket at GND varsity: Dang
Amritsar, December 29
Mr Satya Pal Dang, a CPI leader, has alleged that a racket existed in admission to MCA courses in Guru Nanak Dev University here. In a letter to the Chancellor, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), he made allegations of corruption in admission to a student through defence quota in June. He has sought an independent probe in this regard.

Candidates ‘not’ informed of selection
Bathinda, December 29
Resentment prevails among unemployed B.Ed candidates as the authorities concerned have allegedly not issued appointment letters to those selected for the post of teachers.

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