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Punjab Vidhan Sabha passes four Bills
Chandigarh, January 1
After a brief debate, the Punjab Vidhan Sabha today passed four Bills replacing the respective ordinances issued earlier and also ratified the Constitution (91st Amendment) Bill, 2000.

Cong panel agrees on 40 candidates
New Delhi, January 1
The Congress screening committee on Punjab, which would submit its recommendations to the Congress Central Election Committee tomorrow for final approval, has reached a consensus in about 40 seats on the choice of the party’s candidates.

Parties fail to agree on seat sharing
Chandigarh, January 1
Though for the past two months, the Congress has been engaged in discussions with Left parties for an electoral tie-up, it has failed to clinch the issue yet. The CPI has submitted a list of 13 seats to the Congress for allocation to it, but its response is still awaited.

Badal to leave Chandigarh on Jan 3 for campaigning
Chandigarh, January 1
The SAD President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, who was today examined by the operating orthopaedic surgeon, Dr P.S. Maini, has permitted him to travel. He has also given him a list of do’s and don’ts.

Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Capt Kanwaljit Singh and Mr Charanjit Singh Atwal at a press conference in Chandigarh on Tuesday. 
— A Tribune photo




Seat adjustment: BSP, morcha hold talks
Patiala, January 1
The Bahujan Samaj Party today formally announced its alliance with the Panthic Morcha even as its party chief Kanshi Ram participated in a closed-door meeting with senior morcha leaders to discuss seat adjustment in the forthcoming Assembly elections.

Vehicle tax amnesty for defaulters
Jalandhar, January 1
The Punjab Transport Department has implemented the Transport Vehicle Tax Amnesty Scheme to benefit owners of transport vehicles like auto rickshaws, trucks, school buses and mini buses, tourist buses except for long-route buses, who could not pay the road tax and the special road tax.


Confidant challenges Harminder Jassi
Bathinda, January 1
Mr Niranjan Singh Kutiwal, once a confidant of sitting MLA of Talwandi Sabo and senior Congress leader, Mr Harminder Singh Jassi, who remained the Sarpanch of Kutiwal village for 15 years, has declared that he would contest the coming Assembly elections as an independent candidate if the party high command did not allot the ticket to Ms Surjeet Kaur Gatwali, widow of late minister Avtar Singh Gatwali.

Sarpanches oppose ticket to Saini
Pathankot, January 1
Factionalism in the Sujanpur unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party has come to the fore, when more than 200 sarpanches, panchayat members and BJP office-bearers of the area today convened a meeting at Padyan Lahri village 5 km from here, under the leadership of Mr Swaran Singh Thakur, former vice-president, Gurdaspur district BJP and president, Gurdaspur district Kisan Sangh, demanding from BJP high command to change the candidate from Sujanpur in the coming assembly elections.

CPM to contest 18 seats
Jalandhar, January 1
The CPM has decided to field its candidates for 17-18 seats for the forthcoming Assembly elections.

BJYM shifts venue of Jan 6 rally
Phillaur, January 1
The Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, Punjab, has shifted the venue of its proposed rally on January 6 from Wagah border to Putlighar Chowk, Amritsar, due to the prevailing tension on the Indo-Pak border. 


Border residents in high spirits: Arora
Chandigarh, January 1
The Punjab Chief Secretary, Mr N.K. Arora, and the Director-General of Police, Mr Sarabjit Singh, will visit border subdivisions in Amritsar in a day or two for first-hand assessment of the state of preparedness and civil-Army liaison following the deployment of armed forces on either side of the international border, leading to the escalation of tension and reports of migration.

Coal slurry brings misery to village
The world would never be the same for charno Devi, a resident of Bela Dhiani village, near Nangal. Doctors had to remove one of her eyes allegedly due to acute infection caused by slurry from a coal dump in her village.

Beating up of SGPC men: 11 cops suspended
Kapurthala, January 1
The district police chief, Ms Gurpreet Deo today suspended 11 police officials, including an assistant sub-inspector, two head constables and eight constables, who were allegedly involved in beating up of six employees of the SGPC Sultanpur Lodhi on December 21 last.

Beopar Mandal revamped
Abohar, January 1
The Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal has been reorganised following the expiry of the two-year term of the existing executive committee. The mandal has are released the first list of its candidates for the coming Assembly elections.

Jawan cremated with honours
Gurdaspur, January 1

The body of an Army jawan, Baldev Singh, who was killed in Anantnag on December 27 while fighting intruders from across the border, was cremated yesterday at his native village Sandalpurnoar Dorangla in this district.

Four accident victims identified
Phagwara, January 1
Four members of the Community Polytechnic of Palahi village, who were killed in a road accident near Agra on yesterday have been identified. They include Vikram Kapoor, a computer instructor, Vinod Kumar, a clerk, Rajinder Kumar AC/refrigeration instructor and Jagdish of polytechnic extension centre.

Farmer killed as tractor overturns
Mansa, January 1
Surinder Singh, driver, and Gurdeep, conductor, were injured seriously when their canter carrying fruit over turned near Bahamanwala village on the Rattia-Boha road after it crossed checkpost of Punjab state.


Heads of departments ‘not to leave’ station
Ferozepore, January 1
With war clouds hovering over the horizon, the district administration is gearing itself up to meet any emergency. Ferozepore city has been divided into 10 sectors and the Punjab Home Guards and Civil Defence sleuths have been entrusted with the job of imparting training to the people to safeguard themselves in case of Pak aggression.

Passports from DCs’ offices
Faridkot, January 1
The Punjab government has decided that passports will be prepared at the offices of Deputy Commissioners from January 1. 


Hotel owner hurt in firing
Bathinda, January 1
Mr Vanish Katia, one of the owners of the local Sepal Hotel was injured when some youths, who came to attend the New Year eve, function fired at him in the marriage hall, after the function was over.

Journalists assaulted
Patiala, January 1
Miscreants reportedly attacked few reporters and employees of the Patiala office of a Hindi daily when they were coming out from their office situated in the Surya Complex here last night.


B.Ed. degree holders stage dharna
Bathinda, January 1
About 1,000 activists of the Unemployed B.Ed. Teachers Front (Bathinda unit) yesterday staged a dharna, blocked traffic and raised slogans against the authorities to press for their demand of issuance of appointment letters to those who had applied for the 3,311 posts advertised recently.

Barnala college is youth fest champ
Nabha, January 1
In the Sangrur Zone Youth Festival of Punjabi University Patiala, which concluded here today at Government Ripuduman College, S.D. College, Barnala won the championship trophy. While Government Ranbir College, Sangrur bagged the runners-up trophy, Government Ripuduman College got the third position.

Students attend camp
Patiala, January 1
As many as 41 students participated in the Rotary Youth leadership award camp which concluded at Punjabi University today. Rotary spokesman, Manmeet S.P. Singh said the camp, which was organised by the Rotary Club, Patiala Greater, saw students being engaged in co-curricular activities for four days.

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