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EC issues warning to ministers
New Delhi, January 5
In a sequel to the admonishment handed out to Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for violating the Model Code of Conduct, the Election Commission has warned the central and state ministers from combining official tours with political tours or campaign.

Oppn parties resent code violation
Chandigarh, January 5
There is a strong resentment among opposition parties in Punjab against the Election Commission of India for giving a “long rope” to the state government for blatantly violating the election code of conduct.

Chapter of unity with Badal closed: Tohra
Ludhiana, January 5
Mr Gurcharan Singh TohraMr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, President, All-India Shiromani Akali Dal, said here today that he had closed the unity chapter completely with the Shiromani Akali Dal President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal as he had refused to accept his two conditions for the unity in the Akali Dals.

‘Clandestine unity moves’ irk Mann
Amritsar, January 5
Sharp differences have cropped up in the Panthic Morcha due to the on going “clandestine unity moves” between Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, president, Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal and the ruling Akali Dal.
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, President, Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), while addressing a Press conference in Amritsar on Saturday
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, President, Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), while addressing a Press conference in Amritsar on Saturday. 
— Photo Rajiv Sharma




Proposed Cong-CPI pact runs into rough weather
Mansa, January 5
The proposed Congress-CPI alliance in Punjab for the ensuing Assembly elections has run into rough weather due to the insistence of Congress workers to contest the elections from the Mansa and the Budhlada Assembly constituencies in Mansa district.

Need to get Punjab degrees accepted in Canada
Chandigarh, January 5
“There is an urgent need to get degrees granted by universities in Punjab accepted in Canada,” says Mr Gurmant Grewal, MP from Canada, and Foreign Ciritic for Asia and Pacific of the official Opposition, maintaining that a number of highly qualified Punjabi youth were not suitably employed overseas because their academic degrees were not accepted on their face value.


Names of eight RRD candidates released
Chandigarh, January 5
Indifferent attitude of both the central and state governments towards ex-servicemen was the major provocation for defence personnel and other like-minded people to get together to launch the Rashtriya Raksha Dal some years ago, says its President, Col Harsharan Singh (retd).

Rinwa’s grouse against SAD on seats
Mansa, January 5
Mr Brij Lal Rinwa, state Punjab president of the BJP said that Mr Parkash Singh Badal president SAD (B) had announced the list of 43 party candidates without consulting the BJP.

SAD factions ‘bury hatchet’
Sangrur, January 5
Sharing dais at the inauguration of the election office of Mr Baldev Singh Mann, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) candidate from Dirba Assembly constituency, at Dirba today, both factions (Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa faction and Mr Surjit Singh Barnala faction) of the SAD in the Sangrur district indicated that there was now no factionalism in the district unit of the SAD.

CM promises master plan for border woes
Khem Karan (Tarn Taran), January 5
Mr Parkash Singh Badal, president of the Shiromani Akali Dal and Chief Minister, Punjab, announced in categorical term that the SAD might have an electoral alliance with the break-away CPM group led by Mr Mangat Ram Pasla in the election for the Punjab Vidhan Sabha.

Wadala meets Badal
Jalandhar, January 5
Mr Kuldip Singh Wadala, convener of the Punjab Lok Morcha and a former associate of Shiromani Akali Dal Chief Parkash Singh Badal, yesterday met Mr Badal with offer of unity.

4 BJP leaders charged with indiscipline
Hoshiarpur, January 5
Mr Hans Raj Nakra, President Hoshiarpur, district unit of the BJP, stated in a press release here today that he had recommended to the party high command to take suitable action against Bharat Bhushan Handa, Mr Mohan Lal Dua, Mr Sat Pal Khurana and Mr Hari Dutt Kalia all local BJP leaders for participating in anti-party activities by holding meeting with Capt Vikram Singh member state executive committee of the BJP.

CM gets rousing welcome
Kapurthala, January 5
Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, Punjab was given rousing reception at Subhanpur chowk on the GT Road, 12 km from here by Akali Dal workers of the district.

NCP to contest 50 seats
Mansa, January 5
The Nationalist Congress Party will contest 50 seats in Punjab Vidhan Sabha elections in alliance with like minded parties, this was disclosed by Mr P.A. Sangma former Speaker, Lok Sabha and General Secretary of the NCP while talking to pressmen here today. 


Betting on poll hots up
Bathinda, January 5
Punjab is in the grip of betting fever. The punters have staked crores on anything ranging from the fact that which party will form the next government in Punjab, which candidate will get Congress ticket from a particular constituency and how many seats the CPI will be able to win.

Work begins on Swan bridge
A long-standing demand of residents of Anandpur Sahib tehsil has finally been conceded. Construction work has been started on the bridge over the Swan near Alagran village in the Nangal area.

SGPC to  acquire rare ‘hukamnamas’
Amritsar, January 5
Prof Kirpal Singh Badungar, President, SGPC, has said that he would send a team of officials to persuade the Sikh in Bihar to hand over rare handwritten ‘hukmnamas’ of Guru Gobind Singh and Guru Tegh Bhadur which were in their possession.

Commuters prefer pvt buses
Bathinda, January 5
Private buses offering concessions in fare to commuters are causing losses to the Pepsu Road Transport Corporation and the Punjab Roadways in this part of the Malwa region.

Dalit Sena men burn Pak flag
Bathinda, January 5
Members of the Dalit Sena today burnt the Pakistani flag in protest against the involvement of the neighbouring country in spreading terrorism in India. The members also staged a march which started from the local Teachers Home and passed through the main bazaars of the city before concluding near the district courts. 
Members of the Dalit Sena
Members of the Dalit Sena get ready to burn the Pakistani flag in Bathinda on Saturday. — Tribune photo

Governor uses torchlight to see paintings
Patiala, January 5
The Punjab Governor, Lt-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), today took the help of torchlight to have a closer look at miniature paintings in the art gallery and priceless medals in the medal gallery in the Sheesh Mahal complex here.

Bitta for NDA govt to end terrorism
Hoshiarpur, January 5
Mr Maninderjit Singh Bitta, President, All-India Anti-Terrorist, Front, said that first of all elimination of internal terrorism was required only then external terrorism could be controlled.

TSU dharna on January 10
Bathinda, January 5
Members of the Technical Services Union of the Punjab State Electricity Board will organise a dharna on January 10 in Rampura town of the district to press the authorities to accept its demands.

Improvement Trust defers interview
Phagwara January 5
The local Improvement Trust has postponed interview pertaining to the selection of six Class IV employees to be held on January 7.

Doc’s notice to Health Director
Bathinda, January 5
Dr Ajit Pal, Senior Medical Officer, Civil Hospital, Bathinda, has sent a legal notice to the Director, Health Department, Punjab, for not providing him the details regarding his general provident fund.


Online voter I-cards
Bathinda, January 5
People in the district will no longer have to wait in long queues to get their voter identity cards as the online system for making these has been introduced in Bathinda.


Primary education in a mess
Lack of infrastructure in imparting primary education in this district has adversely affected all children in the 6-14 age group. The district lacks adequate buildings and there is a large number of vacancies, which remain unfilled for several years. 

Teachers not paid salaries in Ropar
Chandigarh, January 5
Teachers of all recently upgraded government schools in Ropar district have not been paid their salaries for the past three months, says Mr Satwant Singh Gill, president of the Gazetted Educational School Services Association, Punjab.

Schools not given grant
Bathinda, January 5
Mr Surinder Singh Gill, Principal, Khalsa Senior Secondary School, here has alleged step-motherly treatment to the aided schools during at the two-days seminar on National Green Corps and these were not given the grant sent by the Central Government for the participating schools.

85,000 students to be enrolled in NGC
Bathinda, January 5
The Union Government has prepared an ambitious plan to enroll students of various schools in the National Green Corps in all states of the country to create awareness about bio-diversity, pollution, ecology and tree plantation.

119 ETT candidates get appointment letters
Bathinda, January 5
Mr Jaswant Dani, District Education Officer (Primary), said here today that appointment letters had been issued to 119 ETT and B.Ed candidates.


ATM facility inaugurated
Bathinda, January 5
The ATM facility was inaugurated at the local Civil Lines branch of the State Bank of Patiala by Mr Amitabha Guha, Chief General Manager of the bank today. Mr Guha said it was the 25th ATM installed so far by the bank. He said in Bathinda zone only two ATMs have been made operational — one in the city and other in Faridkot.Top

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