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Congress mends fences with Sikhs, set to bounce back
Chandigarh, January 12
Time is a great healer. The Indian National Congress, which stood alienated from Punjabis, in general, and the Sikhs, in particular, after the tragic events of 1984, appears to be all set for opening a new chapter in the history of this border state.

SAD candidates face tough fight from rebels
Bathinda, January 12
The edge taken by the candidates of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) over their opponents in the campaigning for the coming Assembly elections seems to have failed to cheer up them as most of them have started facing problems from their party colleagues who have also jumped into the election arena as independent candidates.

Kanjhla to contest as Independent
Kanjhla (Sangrur), January 12
Within 24 hours of the resignation of Mr Ranjit Singh Balian from the post of minister of State and the Primary membership of the Shiromani Akali Dal against the non-allotment of the ticket from Sangrur to him, another Punjab Minister from this district, Mr Gobind Singh Kanjhla, on the similar grounds, today announced his resignation from the post of Cabinet Minister and the primary membership of the SAD.

Cong upbeat, SAD jittery
Patiala, January 12
Patiala, the entrance to the Malwa heartland of Punjab, is a district with a rural accent with Patiala city and Rajpura being the only two important towns of the erstwhile princely state.

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Looming war clouds worry voters
Gurdaspur, January 12
This border district of the Majha belt sprung a major surprise in 1997 by sending all 11 candidates of the SAD-BJP alliance to the Punjab Vidhan Sabha.
This, perhaps, happened for the first time in the history of this district which is otherwise known as a stronghold of the Congress.

Punjab bureaucrats out to improve image
Chandigarh, January 12
A select-band of Punjab bureaucrats, serving and retired, are actively involved in enabling the Akalis and the Congress to draw up their election strategies. Since quite a number of bureaucrats have links with politicians in both camps, they often use their connections to lend a helping hand to them either by directly seeking favours on their behalf or making them talk directly to bureaucrats.

I did not apologise, says Badal
Jalandhar, January 12
Reports saying that he had apologised to the Chief Election Commissioner, Mr J.M. Lyngdoh, for his large convoy of vehicles, have angered the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, who reacted sharply, saying that he had never apologised before anybody.

German judge cautions Punjab youth
Fatehgarh Sahib
Punjabi youth should not fall into the trap of travel agents who make promises of sending them to Germany illegally and charge huge amounts for their services. Ultimately, the victims are left in neighbouring countries .


BJP rath yatra concludes
Ropar, January 12
National leaders of the BJP failed to attend the 12-day long, Sadhbhavana the vikas rath yatra of the party that ended at Nangal yesterday. The rath yatra that was organised to highlight the achievement of the SAD-BJP government arrived at Nangal on Thursday but due to the absence of the national leaders got relatively cool welcome in Nangal.

Lok Jan Shakti list on Jan 15
Jalandhar, January 12
The Lok Jan Shakti has decided to declare its first list of candidates on January 15.
The Union Minister for Coal and the President of the party, Mr Ram Vilas Paswan, addressing a press conference here today, said the party’s state units in Punjab, Uttaranchal, Uttar Pradesh and Manipur had already submitted the list of proposed candidates and the final decision would be taken during the meeting of the central parliamentary board in Delhi on January 15.

Prof Manjit Singh given addl charge
Amritsar, January 12
Even as Prof Manjit Singh Jathedar, Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib, has been asked to hold the additional charge of Takht Damdama Sahib, the SGPC chief, Prof Kirpal Singh Badungar, has referred the resignation of Giani Kewal Singh to the executive committee.

Akali rebel gives nominee setback
Barnala, January 12
Mr Malkit Singh Keetu, MLA of Barnala and SAD nominee for the Barnala Assembly seat, suffered a setback when Mrs Rajinder Kaur, aspiring for SAD (Badal) ticket from Barnala raised a banner of revolt against Mr Keetu’s nomination.

SAD bid to sink differences at rally
Jalalabad, January 12
As Mr Sher Singh Ghubaya, a sitting MLA of the SAD, has been re-nominated as party candidate in the very first list, electioneering in this town has started gaining momentum.

Rift in Punjab CPI, 7 quit party
Bathinda, January 12
Seven members of state council of the CPI yesterday resigned from the party against the seat adjustment carried out by the state leadership with the Congress recently.

SAD holds rally at Zirakpur
Banur, January 12
“The Shromani Akali Dal and Bharatiya Janata Party will form a collation government with majority and rule for a term of five years in the forthcoming Assembly elections”. This statement was made by the General Secretary of SAD, Capt Kanwaljit Singh while addressing a rally at Zirakpur here today.


Don’t flout EC rules, DC tells parties
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 12
Mr Vikas Partap, Deputy Commissioner, while presiding over a meeting of the representatives of all political parties and officers of the district here yesterday urged them to strictly follow the guidelines of the Election Commission.

Aiming for drug-free elections
Ludhiana, January 12
With drugs and alcohol likely to flow freely in the impending Punjab Assembly elections, a number of social organisations, educationists and anti-drug associations have begun a signature campaign against the use of drugs in the elections.

Passport seekers return disappointed
Bathinda, January 12
A number of people who had come from far off places today to attend a special lok adalat at the local Circuit House to get their pending passports were disappointed as the adalat was cancelled at the eleventh hour and they were not aware of it.

Martyr cremated with honours
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 12
Heart-rending scenes were witnessed at Chuni Kalan village, near here, this morning when the body of martyr Surinder Singh of 4 Sikh Light Infantry reached the village.
Surinder Singh sacrificed his life during Operation Rakshak at Kupwara in Jammu and Kashmir.

Jacob visits forward areas
Ferozepore, January 12
The Governor of Punjab, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), accompanied by Lieut-Gen Surjit Singh, GOC in C, Western Command, and other senior civil and Army officers of the Golden Arrow Division, visited the frontier areas along zero line of the Indo Pakistan border here today.


Distress sale of paddy by those displaced
Indo-Pak border (Amritsar), January 12
Many displaced persons in the border belt have started setting their livestock and agricultural produce even as some families, who had taken refuge in the rehabilitation camps at Patti and elsewhere, returned to their respective villages. Meanwhile, 4.5-km long communication cable of the Army was stolen near Khalra. Mr Gurdeep Singh, district police chief, Tarn Taran, said a case under Section 379, IPC, has been registered at the Khalra police station.
Farmers along the India-Pakistan border in Punjab stand to suffer losses this season as their crops have been destroyed by landmines laid by the Army.
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20 PCS officers transferred
Chandigarh, January 12
Obeying the guidelines given by the Election Commission with regard to the posting of officers during the Assembly elections, the Punjab Government today ordered the transfer of 20 PCS officers.


Nine held in fake currency racket
Bathinda, January 12
The police on a tipoff yesterday arrested nine persons and seized fake currency notes of more than Rs 2 lakh along with computers and printers being used for this purpose.

A police party is seen with culprits at Bathinda on Saturday. — Tribune photo


PUTA executive suspends Secy
Patiala, January 12
The ongoing war of words between rival factions of the Punjabi University Teachers Association today spilled over with the dominant group led by the Association President, Dr D.S. Dhillon, suspending rival faction Secretary, Dr N.S. Atri, for his “anti-PUTA, and anti-university” activities.

Governor visits boys hostel
Jalandhar, January 12
The Governor, Lieut-Gen, J.F.R. Jacob, (retd), and Lieut-Gen Surjit Singh, GOC-in-C, Western Command, today paid a visit to General Kalwant Singh Boys Hostel. The hostel has been established in Jalandhar cantonment for the boys of war widows of Dogra Regiment.

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