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Decision on Punjab Cong list today
New Delhi, January 11
The Congress could not bring out its list of candidates for Punjab today also as the differences over the seat-sharing arrangement with the CPI and the party MPs’ claims for ticket could not be resolved.

SAD-BJP combine survives irritants
Chandigarh, January 11
In Punjab, the two major players have been the Congress and the SAD, united or fractured. Usually, the CPI and CPM ally with the Congress. The BJP has been going with the Akalis since 1967, with the combine claiming to represent the Sikhs and the Hindus, respectively.

Badal kills two birds with one stone
Sangrur, January 11
After the denial of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) ticket yesterday to two Punjab ministers, Mr Gobind Singh Kanjhla from Sherpur and Mr Ranjit Singh Balian from Sangrur, a majority of the people, especially Akalis, feel that the Akali Dal leadership has “killed” two birds with one stone, in both cases.

Fresh attempt for Akali unity
Patiala, January 11
There seems to have been a fresh attempt to create unity among the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal (SHSAD) with noted Punjabi writer Jaswant Singh Kanwal reportedly meeting Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal at Moga on Wednesday evening on SHSAD chief Gurcharan Singh Tohra’s behalf.

Dhindsa, Bhunder emerge key players
Chandigarh, January 11
The distribution of SAD ticket for the Assembly elections shows that Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa and Mr Balwinder Singh Bhunder, both members of the Rajya Sabha, have emerged as key players.


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  Party men revolt against Bhunder
Mansa, January 11
Party hopeful of this district who were denied ticket for the Punjab Assembly elections have raised a banner of revolt against the “interference” of SAD general secretary Balwinder Singh Bhunder in the distribution process and have urged the people to “defeat him to save the district from further ruin”.

Congress supremacy blunted after 1966
Chandigarh, January 11
The 1966 reorganisation was a watershed in Punjab politics. It not only introduced the politics of coalitions but also blunted the supremacy of the Congress in state politics.

Breakthrough in vikas patra racket
Jalandhar, January 11
The district police has achieved a major breakthrough in the Rs 300 crore theft and misuse of Indira Vikas Patras and Kisan Vikas Patras racket with the arrest of three persons.

2 SSPs get life term in fake encounter case
Chandigarh, January 11
Two Senior Superintendents of Punjab Police, an Assistant Commandant in the BSF, and four other BSF personnel were today sentenced to life imprisonment by a local court in a fake encounter case. The encounter took place in 1984.


Raksha Dal list to be out on Jan 15
Faridkot, January 11
The Rashtriya Raksha Dal (RRD) will release the final list of its candidates contesting the forthcoming Assembly elections in Punjab on January 15. It will contest from 25 Assembly segments and the names of eight constituencies have already been announced. 

Akali Dal (D) list
Jalandhar, January 11
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Democratic), the largest constituent of the eight-party Lok Morcha today, released the list of 17 candidates. Releasing the list, the SAD (Democratic) president, Mr Kuldip Singh Wadala, who himself had opted out of the contest, said the other parties of the Lok Morcha would announce their candidates from the seats allotted to them separately.

Panthic Morcha to field 87 candidates
Amritsar, January 11
Mr Ravi Inder Singh, senior leader of the Panthic Morcha, has said his party will field 87 candidates during the ensuing Assembly elections. He ruled out the possibility of forging an alliance with the ruling SAD government.

Two Morcha claimants for Mansa seat
Mansa, January 11
Both Mr Gurwinder Singh Manshaia, a local advocate, and Mr Gursewak Singh Jawaharke, district president of the SAD (A), are claiming to be the official nominees of the Panthic Morcha for the Mansa Assembly constituency.


Giani Kewal Singh resigns
Amritsar, January 11
Giani Kewal Singh today resigned as Jathedar, Damdama Sahib. He submitted his resignation to Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, President, SGPC by hand. Giani Kewal Singh had resigned when Mr Surjit Singh, Additional Sessions Judge, Bathinda, dismissed the revision petitions filed by Mr Barjinder Singh and Ms Joginder Kaur, a close relative of the jathedar yesterday

A stray bull seems to have started managing the traffic from the podium in the heart of Bathinda city.
A stray bull seems to have started managing the traffic in the heart of Bathinda city. — A Tribune photo

Tight security for Maghi Mela
Muktsar, January 11
Keeping in view the attack on the Parliament House and the subsequent military build-up on the Indo-Pak border, the state police authorities have been leaving nothing to chance as far as security arrangements for the historic Maghi Mela are concerned.

Sena men stage dharna against cow slaughter
Gurdaspur, January 11
Shiv Sena activists sat in a dharna and observed a bandh today at the Gandhi Chowk, Batala, and also jammed traffic for an hour in protest against killing of cows at Sanaiyya village yesterday.

Vinod Sharma back as Chief Warden (Zoos)
Chandigarh, January 11
The Punjab Government today issued fresh orders appointing Dr. Vinod Sharma, as Chief Warden (Zoos), Punjab and delegating all financial and administrative powers enjoyed by him prior to September 10 last year. This ended the controversy regarding the Chhat Bir Zoo.

SCs’ confederation not to back SAD-BJP
Chandigarh, January 11
The All-India Confederation of SC/ST Organisations today decided to hold a meeting at Kurukshetra in the first week of April to appeal to Dalits to embrace Buddhism.

Espionage: accused get police remand
Bathinda, January 11
Even as Narpat Singh Rathore, Shanker Parker and Dashrath Singh Rathore, who were allegedly involved in corporate espionage, were remanded in police custody for one day when they were produced before the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM), Mr Surinder Mohan, today.

Controversy trails Punjab Nursing Council
SAS Nagar, January 11
It seems that controversy never stops trailing the Punjab Nursing Council. After a gap of a year, the Punjab Government has suddenly remembered that the body of the Punjab Nursing Council has to be constituted.

Matrimonial dispute: 9 sentenced
Pathankot, January 11
In a brutal double murder case, over a matrimonial dispute, Mr Kewal Krishan, Additional Sessions Judge, Gurdaspur, has awarded life imprisonment to nine persons and also imposed a fine.

Police remand in embezzlement case
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 11
The prime accused in the alleged Rs 1 crore embezzlement case in local PWD (B&R), Mr Kultar Singh Kultar, the then Executive Engineer and Surjit Singh Kohli, clerk, were produced in the court of Mr Vijay Singh, Chief Judicial Magistrate, Fatehgarh Sahib, today. The police demanded further police remand for both accused.

Punjabi news channel from Jan 14
New Delhi, January 11
After the 24-hour English and Hindi news channels it is now going to be a 24-hour Punjabi news channel which will be available through the cable network. The channel will start its operation from Januray 14.

A treat for every taste
Mr I.P. Singh and Mr N.P. Singh razed their Maruti workshop to set up a hotel last year. Twelve months later, the two brothers have no regrets of launching Mohan Continental (named after their mother), with their hospitality venture going great guns.


Requests on film on cars to go to EC
Chandigarh, January 11
The Chief Electoral Officer of Punjab, Mr G.S. Cheema, has directed the Additional Director-General of Police, Mr S.S. Virk, to refer all fresh requests for “security cover” and permission for use of black films on vehicles to the Election Commission.

Fake voters: EC seeks information
SAS Nagar, January 11
Election Commission today sought information from the Electoral Officer, Kharar Assembly segment about fake votes registered at the house of the General Secretary of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, Mrs Lakhwinder Kaur Garcha, in Phase 4 here.

DC’s direction to poll staff
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 11
Mr Vikas Partap, Deputy Commissioner, Fatehgarh Sahib, today directed the officers of the district to play a neutral and impartial role during the elections. While addressing a meeting of district officers at Bachat Bhavan, Mr Vikas Partap warned the officers not to run away from the election duty.

Nod for 3 Chief Commissioners
Chandigarh, January 11
The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has appointed three Chief Income Tax Commissioners in the North-West Region.

Khadi board staff to launch stir
Chandigarh, January 11
The Employees Union of the Punjab Khadi and Gram Udyog Board plans to launch an agitation on January 16 in protest against the non- release of salaries to the employees. A decision to this effect was taken at a general body meeting of the union.


DAV overall winner of youth fest
Bathinda, January 11
The local DAV College, has become the overall winner of the Punjabi University Zonal Youth Festival hosted by it from January 7 to 9 while Government Rajindra College, Bathinda, and Government Barjindra College, Faridkot, have won second and third positions, respectively.


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