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Amarinder has his say, mostly
Capt Amarinder Singh
Chandigarh, January 13
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief, Capt Amarinder Singh, has every reason to be in a jubilant mood as his party launches its election campaign from the historic Maghi Mela at Muktsar tomorrow.

BSP can turn fortunes  of main players
Chandigarh, January 13
The Bahujan Samaj Party led by Mr Kanshi Ram continues to be a force to reckon with in Punjab. The BSP phenomenon which emerged as a formidable Dalit force in Punjab about two decades ago, later spread to the neighbouring Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. Since then, however, the BSP has declined considerably as a Dalit force. But it continues to command the loyalty of a big chunk of the Dalit votes in a large number of constituencies in Punjab.

Cong fields five women, SAD none
Sangrur, January 13
Sangrur district of the Malwa belt has always been considered as a bastion of the Akalis. The Akalis have proved this concept several times in the past by winning a majority of the Assembly seats. During the 1992-97 term, there was no representative of the Akalis in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha from this district as they had boycotted the February 1992 Assembly elections.

SC’s notice to Punjab on IGP’s absence case
New Delhi, January 13
Expressing surprise over the reinstatement of an Inspector General of the Punjab Police in service despite eight years’ absence, the Supreme Court has issued notices to the Centre and the state government.

Fatehgarh Sahib


  Border residents feel relieved
Indo-Pak Border, January 13
Ban on the Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaishe-e-Mohammad by Pakistan has inculcated a sense of security among residents of the border areas who felt that the standoff between India and Pakistan would be eased shortly.


Arora denied ticket, Cong men revolt
Hoshiarpur, January 13
Dozens of district Congress office-bearers, including Mr Parshotam Lal Bedi, Mr Didar Singh, Mr Baldeep Singh Bal, Mr Surinder Pal Singh, Mr Satish Kumar, all secretaries of the DCC and pro-Congress sarpanches and panches of more than 45 village panchayats of Hoshiarpur have revolted against the decision of the Congress high command of not allotting party ticket to Mr Sunder Sham Arora, member, PPCC, from the Hoshiarpur segment in the coming elections of the Punjab Assembly.

Punjab BJP recommends 23 names
Chandigarh, January 13
The BJP State Election Committee today drew up a panel of 23 names for as many seats that it will contest in the Punjab Assembly poll. The BJP will be contesting the same number of seats as in 1997. It had been claiming more seats. But eventually, following a meeting between SAD and BJP leaders, the contentious issues were sorted out and the “winnability” of a candidate was accepted as the basic criterion by both parties.

Development to be SAD poll plank
Joga (Mansa), January 13
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) has decided to release the manifesto containing issues related to the people-oriented economic development of state and of making Punjab the number one state in the country in the next five years.

2 SAD leaders quit party over ticket allotment
Faridkot, January 13
Mr Lakhbir Singh Arayianwala, president, SAD district unit, and Mr Gurtej Singh Gill, senior party leader and president of the local nagar council, have resigned from the party and its primary membership in protest against the allotment of party ticket to Mr Kushaldeep Singh Dhillon, son of former Akali MLA Jagdish Kaur Dhillon, for the Faridkot Assembly constituency.

Rebel SAD leaders may join morcha: Mann
Ludhiana, January 13
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, President, Akali Dal (Amritsar), today claimed that a number of rebel SAD leaders may join the Panthic Morcha in the near future. He said several former SAD leaders, unhappy about the allotment of tickets, were in constant touch with the Panthic Morcha to contest as its candidates.

Waive farmers’ loans: BKU (Ekta)
Mansa, January 13
The Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta) has sought the waiver of all loans of the farmers of the state and any political party that concedes this demand would be supported by the union. This was stated by Mr Ruldu Singh, senior vice-president of the state unit of the BKU (Ekta), while talking to the mediapersons here today.

Candidate opposes caste-based quota
Bathinda, January 13
The district unit of the General Samaj Party was launched here today. Party activists said they would fight to end caste-based reservation system and, if need be, establish a new reservation system based on the economic condition of an individual.

CPM to go it alone
Nabha, January 13
The CPM will contest from Ghanaur, Sherpur, Dhanaula, Garhshankar, Nangal, Nurmahal, Lohian, Banga, Verka, Dakha, Raikot, Amritsar, Sangrur, Hoshiarpur and a few other constituencies, independently, in the forthcoming elections in Punjab.


Gutted trucks were from Bathinda
Bathinda, January 13
Sadness was writ large on the faces of several truck owners and operators of Bathinda, Bhucho, Goniana and Rampura Phul as about 75 trucks that went up in flames at Udasar in Rajasthan on January 11 belonged to them. Information gathered by TNS revealed that about nine trucks were from Bhucho, 22 from Goniana and 44 from Bathinda.

Plea on Kewal Singh’s resignation
Talwandi Sabo, January 13
The issue relating to the resignation of Giani Kewal Singh as Jathedar, Takht Damdama Sahib, after the stay granted against the non-bailable warrants against him and his kin in a dowry death case was vacated by the Additional Sessions Judge, Mr Surjeet Singh, recently, today took a new turn when as many as 14 social, religious and educational societies urged the SGPC not to accept it and decided to oppose the decision to give additional charge of Takht Damdama Sahib to Prof Manjit Singh, Jathedar, Takht Kesgarh Sahib.

Maghi fair inaugurated
Muktsar, January 13
Mr Dharamveer, Deputy Commissioner of Ferozepore division, today inaugurated the Maghi fair. Mr Babu Lal, Deputy Commissioner, Muktsar, among other senior officers, was also present. soldiers

Jacob with soldiersJacob celebrates Lohri with jawans
Chandigarh, January 13
The Punjab Governor, Lt-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), today celebrated Lohri with jawans deployed in the forward areas of the Dera Baba Nanak sector in Gurdaspur district. The Army Commander, the Corps Commander and the Deputy Commissioner received General Jacob.

Mine damage: relief for crops
Pathankot, January 13
Following Army deployment in the border areas of Bamial and Narote Jaimal Singh, sub-tehsils, of this subdivision, standing rabi crops spread over 5,400 acres have been completely damaged.

Punjab pensioners hold protest rally
Amritsar, January 13
Hundreds of pensioners of the district held a protest rally at Ram Bagh and urged the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, to intervene to remove the unwarranted harassment to them.


EVMs sealed in presence of poll observer
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 13
The District Election Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner, Fatehgarh Sahib, Mr Vikas Partap, said here today that the electronic voting machines to be used in the coming Vidhan Sabha elections had been sealed in the presence of Mr Sanjay Joshi, Election Observer, by the Returning Officer.


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