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Unity move fails as Badal, Tohra stick to guns

Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra

Mr Parkash Singh Badal

Ludhiana, January 2
The unity move reportedly initiated by the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee, through the Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister, Mr Prem Kumar Dhumal, to seek a rapprochement between the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, and the former SGPC chief, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, received a setback today as both the leaders stuck to their guns. 

Cong for President’s rule in Punjab
New Delhi, January 2
The Punjab Congress today demanded the imposition of President’s rule in Punjab to ensure free and fair elections in the state.

Fatehgarh Sahib

A BSF jawan unfurls the Indian flag
A BSF jawan unfurls the Indian flag at the Wagah Border on Wednesday. 


Summons against Bhattal in graft case
Bathinda, January 2
The Special Judge, Bathinda, today issued summons against a former Chief Minister, Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, for securing her personal appearance in the court on January 7 in a corruption case registered against her by the Vigilance Department on May 22, 2001, on a complaint of Mr Balwant Singh Dhillon, a human right activist, in connection with the alleged misappropriation of Rs 20 lakh by Ms Bhattal which she withdrew from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund in 1996.

Centres from where power flows
Chandigarh, January 2
If house number 32 in Sector 2 here is the centre of power for the Shiromani Akali Dal, New Delhi’s Punjab Bhavan has been functioning as the nerve-centre for the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee.

The beating retreat ceremony at the India-Pakistan border in Hussainiwala, Punjab, continues to attract huge crowds.
(28k, 56k)



Poll activities begin in Sirhind
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 2
Hectic political activities have started in the Sirhind Assembly constituency. The Congress has taken the lead in formally launching the election campaign, as the election office of Dr Harbans Lal, sitting Congress MLA was inaugurated yesterday at Sirhind.

Rajinder Kaur lays claim to Barnala seat
Barnala, January 2
Though the party ticket for the Barnala Assembly constituency by the SAD is yet to be announced Mrs Rajinder Kaur, who as an SAD candidate lost to an Independent candidate Mr Malkiat Singh Keetu in the February 1997 Assembly elections yesterday announced her candidature in public from Barnala.

Cong men oppose ticket to outsiders
Bathinda, January 2
There is resentment among aspirants for the Congress ticket from this Assembly segment, following reports that the party high command has started contemplating to field an “outsider” from this seat.

Punjab poll: CPI to contest 18 seats
Chandigarh, January 2
Upset over the delaying tactics of the Congress to clinch the electoral tie-up, the CPI today announced its candidates for 18 seats for the Punjab Assembly elections.

Garg blows his trumpet
Bathinda, January 2
The SAD-BJP combine candidate from Bathinda for Assembly elections, Mr Chiranji Lal Garg, yesterday said he would win the election as he had undertaken many development works in the past five years.

Punjab Lok Morcha to contest 60 seats
Jalandhar, January 2
The Punjab Lok Morcha, an amalgam of various political parties, today said it would contest over 60 seats in the ensuing Assembly elections.

Yatra fails to enthuse BJP workers
Bathinda, January 2
The “sadbhavna and vikas rath yatra” being taken out by the state BJP Chief, Mr Brij Lal Rinwa, keeping in view the coming Assembly elections, seems to have failed to generate enthusiasm among party workers in the district and its surrounding areas.

Sena (Thackeray) may contest 40 seats
Barnala, January 2
The Shiv Sena (Bal Thackeray) Punjab Unit may now field its nominees from 40 Assembly constituencies of the state instead of earlier announced 30 in the ensuing Assembly poll.

Dhillon is PYC vice-president
Chandigarh, January 2
Mr Paramjeet Singh Dhillon has been appointed vice-president of the Punjab Pradesh Youth Congress.

Kanjhla's nomination opposed
Sangrur, January 2
A delegation of 150 persons, including three circle Jathedars of the SAD and sarpanches of villages in the Sherpur Assembly constituency, under the leadership of Mr Piara Singh Panj Graianan, met the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal in Chandigarh yesterday to oppose the candidature of Mr Gobind Singh Kanjhla, Punjab Social Security Minister, from the Sherpur Assembly constituency in the forthcoming Assembly elections.


SGPC seeks return of manuscripts
Patiala, January 2
The issue of missing manuscripts and rare hand-written copies of Granth Sahib, which were taken away from the Golden Temple complex during Operation Bluestar by the Army, has taken a new turn with the SGPC now appealing to the Union Home Minister to get the CBI return these articles.

Drive against female foeticide
Fatehgarh Sahib
Mr N.K. Arora, Punjab’s Chief Secretary, while addressing a state-level seminar here declared that the state government has decided to launch a crusade against female foeticide in the state and make it a mass movement by involving the people from every section of society as it is a big challenge and has created imbalance in the sex ratio.

Villagers burn effigy of minister
Ropar, January 2
Residents of five villages situated in the vicinity of Ropar today burnt the effigies of the State Minister for Education, Mr Tara Singh Ladal and the Ropar Municipal Council Chief Mr Indersen Chatwal in protest against the discharge of sewage through their villages.

Ban on fishing in Sutlej lifted
Chandigarh, January 2
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today vacated the interim orders issued in November last year imposing a ban on fishing in the Sutlej river, but directed the Punjab Pollution Control Board to collect samples for two weeks and submit a status report.

Mann flays POTO repromulgation
Chandigarh, January 2
The President of Akali Dal (Amritsar) and Member of the Lok Sabha, Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, today condemned the repromulgation of the Prevention of Terrorism Ordinance.

Sant Harchand Singh Longowal Tributes paid to Sant Longowal
Sunam, January 2
Capt Kanwaljit Singh, Finance Minister, Punjab, paying tributes to Sant Harchand Singh Longowal today held Rajiv Gandhi, the then Prime Minister, responsible for the escalation of terrorism in Punjab after January 1986 as he failed to implement the Rajiv-Longowal Accord by not handing over Chandigarh to Punjab on January 26, 1986.

Bank employees stage dharna
Bathinda, January 2
Members of the All-India Bank Employees Association staged a dharna in front of the regional office of the State Bank of Patiala today in protest against transfer of some employees of Standard Chartered Bank from Kolkata to far-off places.

4 jawans hurt in accidental blast
Ferozepore, January 2
Four Army personnel were injured in an accidental landmine blast near the border observation post of Gatti Mastike near the Indo-Pakistan border in the district this evening, official sources said here.

Former IG dead
Chandigarh, January 2
Mr Parkash Chand, a former Inspector-General of Police, Punjab, died here today following a heart attack. He was 75.


Passport adalat in Bathinda from Jan 12
Chandigarh, January 2
The Regional Passport Office, Chandigarh, will organise a passport adalat on January 12 in Bathinda for disposing of applications from Mansa, Bathinda, Faridkot, Sangrur and Muktsar districts.

17.42 cr disbursed among MC commissioners
Chandigarh, January 2
The Punjab Government today disbursed Rs 17.42 crore among Commissioners of four Municipal Corporations in the state in lieu of octroi which had been abolished since December 1 last year. 

124 constables promoted
Barnala, January 2
As many as 124 constables of Barnala police district have been promoted as Head Constables.

SSP cautions SHOs
Abohar, January 2
The SSP, Mr Harchand Singh Sidhu, has cautioned SHOs of the border district that miscreants may resort to sacrilege of religious places of the minority community to spark off communal violence in case of misadventures on the international border.


Travel agents booked
Kapurthala, January 2
A case has been registered against Surinder Kaur of Mangat village in Nawanshahr district and Amrik Singh and Joginder Singh of Fatehgarh village in this district, for duping a person of Rs 6 lakh on the pretext of sending him to Canada.

Booked official ‘harassing’ complainant
Bathinda, January 2
An Assistant Revenue Clerk at the Bathinda Canal Division, Mr Sardool Singh, has alleged that a senior official of his department was harassing him as he had made a complaint against the latter with the Vigilance Bureau. A case had been registered against the official on the complaint of Mr Sardool Singh in 1997.

Industrialist shot
Ludhiana, January 2
An industrialist, Nirmal Jain, was shot dead by two persons at the grain market today at 8.30 p.m. He was returning home in his car with a relative, Sunil Jain, when the assailants, who were riding a motor cycle, forced them to stop the car and shot him dead.

Brick-kiln owners  behind bars
Chandigarh, January 2
The Recovery Officer of the office of the Regional Provident Fund Commissioner of Punjab and the UT has arrested Krishan Pal Kanda, a brick-kiln owner of Rormajra village in Hoshiarpur district, on the charge of non-payment of the EPF and the other dues amounting to Rs 1,12,337.


Fissures appear in PUTA again
Patiala, January 2
After a long lull, fissures seem to be appearing in the Punjabi University Teachers Association again with the dominant group in the association rejecting a demand by as many as 38 teachers for requisitioning of a meeting of the general house which is seeing members of the executive taking diametrically opposite stands.Top

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