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Reconsider pact with CPI: Cong MPs
New Delhi, January 6
Senior Congress leaders today met here to decide the pending party candidates in Punjab even as six party MPs have sought a review of the party’s poll tie-up with the CPI.

Tohra, Mann differ on seat adjustment
Ludhiana, January 6
Differences between Panthic Morcha leaders over seat adjustment for the impending state Assembly elections have come to the fore as Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, President, SHSAD, today refrained at from announcing the candidates for some seats.

Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra (C) addressing a Press conference at Ludhiana. — Photo Paramjit Singh

Different political chefs, similar menu
Chandigarh, January 6
Mandate alone is not enough for a political party (singular or coalition) to govern with success. It requires a strong will and determination to fulfil poll promises. This seldom happens. Had it happened, Punjab would not have been in crises or an unseen disquiet that persists today.




Dissidence surfaces in SAD units
Ropar, January 6
Dissidence has erupted in the ranks of the SAD with party workers conveying their resentment against the ruling alliance ministers and nominees for the forthcoming Assembly elections, from the Nangal and Anandpur Sahib constituencies.

MPs lobby for international airport at Chandigarh
Ropar, January 6
Members of Parliament from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir would collectively lobby for an international airport at Chandigarh. The airport at Chandigarh could help boost the agriculture-based exports from Punjab and Haryana and on the other hand promote tourism in Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir.


Morcha’s complaint against Dhindsa’s remarks on CEC
Ropar, January 6
The Panthic Morcha will file a complaint to the President of India against the Union Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister, Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, for his remarks against the CEC. 

Central ministers Sushma Swaraj and Uma Bharti before addressing a BJP rally at Amritsar on Sunday.

Amarinder’s brother withdraws from race
Chandigarh, January 6
Mr Malwinder Singh, younger brother of Capt Amarinder Singh, president of the PPCC, has withdrawn from the race for the party ticket for the state Assembly elections.

BSP, Morcha forge alliance
Jalandhar, January 6
Putting speculations about their differences to rest, the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Panthic Morcha have finally joined hands to enter the poll arena to defeat the SAD-BJP alliance by showing flexibility on the issue of seat adjustment.

Pasla releases second list
Jalandhar, January 6
The rebel faction of the state unit of the CPM led by Mr Mangat Ram Pasla today released its second list of candidates for the forthcoming Assembly elections in the state.


BKU (E) plans ‘rail roko’ in Feb
Maur Chadatsingh (Bathinda), January 6
Having failed to get its demands fulfilled by holding dharnas, rallies and road blockades, the BKU (E) has decided to intensify its ongoing struggle by blocking rail traffic at different parts of the state on February 8.

Transfer of villages sparks off debate
Abohar, January 6
The transfer of 35 villages in Balluana, Fazilka and Jalalabad Assembly segments to Arniwala sub- tehsil has sparked off a debate.

Steps to check foeticide suggested
Patiala, January 6
Tiny tots held a demonstration against female foeticide at the local Mata Kaushalya Hospital, here, yesterday while an expert group constituted by the PCMS Association, Punjab, suggested measures to check the evil. A meeting was also organised by the Culture and Heritage Conservation Initiative and the PCMS Association. 
Tiny tots join doctors as they pledge to end female foeticide at Mata Kaushalya Hospital, Patiala, on Saturday.

Power to burn, but not light houses
On one hand, street lights in Pathankot keep glowing during the sunniest of days while on the other, hundreds of homes have to go without light as the government has no power for them.

BJP leaders ask Pak to hand over terrorists
Amritsar, January 6
Ms Sushma Swaraj, Information and Broadcasting Minister, today called upon the countrymen to unite on a single platform, cutting across party affiliations, with a view to stamping out terrorism from the country.

Border residents scared of mines, leave villages
Gurdaspur, January 6
Residents of border villages in the Dorangala sector are leaving their villages. Ram Singh, husband of sarpanch of Vazirpur Afgana village, said the people were shifting as BSF personnel had been shifted from border observations posts of Chauntra and Salauchi villages.

Kanwaljit promises more development
Dera Bassi, January 6
Promising of more developmental works in the Banur constituency and making Dera Bassi a replica of Chandigarh, the Punjab Finance Minister, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, today kicked off his election campaign here. He drew a sizeable crowd at Ram Lila Ground.

‘Untrained handling theatre in Punjab’
SAS Nagar, January 6
In most cases, theatre in Punjab is being handled by untrained persons. Training has something to do with art, but the type of training being provided is not proving to be helpful.

Bhatti road in bad shape
Bathinda, January 6
The local Bhatti road which connects the Bathinda-Goniana road with the Barnala bypass is in a bad shape. There are big potholes and trenches all over the road. There are eight private nursing homes, two homoeopathy dispensaries on the road. The patients who visit these have to face a lot of inconvenience.

Sepoy Jasbir Singh cremated
Hoshiarpur, January 6
Mortal remains of Sepoy Jasbir Singh of 12 Sikh Light Infantry were consigned to flames with full Army honours at his native village Jhinger Kalan, about 48 km from here today. 


PR Dept seniority list not finalised
Chandigarh, January 6
No action has been initiated so far on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to the Punjab Government to finalise the seniority list of officers working in the Public Relations Department. The directions were issued on September 12 last year and the state government was asked to formalise the list within three months.

Addl Executive Officer for Batala
Batala, January 6
Mr R.K. Singla, Executive Officer, Municipal Council, Batala, was transferred to Jalandhar on December 26, 2001, but he was not allowed to join duty there. He returned to Batala on December 28, 2001.


Two travel agents arrested
Mansa, January 6
The district police has arrested Bakkshish Singh of Phulluwala Dod village and Gurjant Singh of Akbarpur Khudal village of the district under Sections 420, 406 and 120-B of the IPC. The case was registered at Budhlada police station of the district. This was stated here today by Mr Dilbagh Singh Gill, SSP, Mansa.

Gang of vehicle thieves busted
Majitha (Amritsar), January 6
In a major breakthrough, the Majitha police has busted a gang involved in stealing cars, tractors and motorcycles and selling these with fake numbers.

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