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SYL issue to dominate SAD manifesto
Amritsar, January 17
Taking a firm stand on the SYL canal issue, inter-state river waters and the transfer of Chandigarh and other left-out Punjabi-speaking areas into Punjab would figure prominently in the poll manifesto of the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal which would be released later this week. 

SYL: Badal’s threat to fill jails
Malout, January 17
Punjab Chief Minister and President of SAD, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today threatened that activists of the party would fill jails in the state, if the circumstances required, to stop the completion of Sutlej Yamuna Link canal.

Tohra revives Chandigarh transfer issue
Kharar (Ropar), January 17
The star campaigner of the Panthic Morcha, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, today revived the issue of the claim of Punjab on Chandigarh and transfer of Punjabi speaking areas to the state.

Voters have never really backed Cong
Ropar, January 17
Steeped in Sikh history, nestling in the foothills of the Shivaliks and largely a rural belt, Ropar, has always witnessed pitched electoral contests with big names in Punjab and even national politics testing their luck.

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Was poppy husk meant for voters?
Bathinda, January 17
Was the huge quantity of poppy husk, loaded in two trucks and one car, seized by the police yesterday allegedly from an Inspector of the Punjab police and Arjuna awardee Mr Jagdish Singh Bhola, consignment for a contestant of the forthcoming Assembly poll, to be used for wooing voters?


Former Cong ministers join NCP
Chandigarh, January 17
The almost defunct Punjab unit of the Nationalist Congress Party, headed by Mr Sharad Pawar, former union minister, today got a shot in the arm as a number of former Congress ministers and MLAs today joined the party.

Mr Kirpal Singh, an SAD candidate, files his nomination papers from Amritsar (South) constituency on Thursday.

Ms Laxmi Kant Chawla, a BJP MLA, launches her door-to-door election campaign in Amritsar (Central) constituency on Thursday. — Photos Rajiv Sharma

Nagar Council chief expelled for 6 yrs
Phagwara, January 17
Senior Congress leader and President of local Nagar Council K.L. Gaba was today expelled for six years for indulging in anti-party activities. 

20 more file papers
Chandigarh, January 17
On the second day of filing of nomination papers for the Assembly poll, 20 candidates today filed their nominations, according to information available at the office of the Chief Electoral Officer here.

It’s electoral Olympics
Kila Raipur (Ludhiana), January 17
Kila Raipur is famous for and synonymous with Rural Olympics in Punjab, where athletes battle it out in traditional sports that are unique and exclusive to Punjab. 

Cong promise to farmers
Dhuri, January 17
“To maintain unity and communal harmony in the country, defeat the SAD-BJP alliance in the coming Assembly elections”, Mr Joginder Dayal, Secretary of the state unit of the CPI, called upon the gathering here today. 

JD (S) to support Congress in Moga
Moga, January 17
A senior leader of the Janata Dal and former MLA, Sathi Roop Lal, along with his supporters, has announced to support Sathi Vijay Kumar, the Congress candidate from Moga. 

Khitmatgar party releases manifesto
Ropar, January 17
Mr Desh Raj Bhangi, veteran freedom fighter and former associate of Acharya Vinoba Bhave, today released the manifesto of the Bharatiya Khitmatgar Party. 


CBI directed to probe dera attack
Chandigarh, January 17
In just over two years after Dera Dhakki Sahib in Ludhiana district was attacked allegedly by a crowd, Mr Justice K.S. Garewal of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today ordered an inquiry into the incident by the Central Bureau of Investigation.

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Poll ‘crucial’ in view of war threat
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 17
The ensuing Assembly elections in Punjab have assumed greater importance in view of the threat of war. If the electorate takes any “wrong” decision, it will send a wrong message to the enemy that the people of the state do not endorse the policies and decisions taken by the Prime Minister against Pakistan.

Fast-track courts from tomorrow
Chandigarh, January 17

Fast-track courts, for expeditious disposal of pending cases, will be launched in the state of Punjab on January 19. A decision to this effect was taken during a full court meeting of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Judges held on January 14. 

Crushed to death
Bathinda, January 17
A 20-year-old man Chaman Singh was injured seriously when a truck hit his bicycle on the Bathinda-Goniana road today. 


ROs, AROs appointed for Amritsar
Amritsar, January 17
Mr S.S. Puri, Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Election Officer, Amritsar, said today, that returning officers and assistant returning officers for the 16 Assembly constituencies of the district had been appointed. 

Voters to be trained to use EVMs
Faridkot, January 17
The District Election Office, Faridkot, has deployed 60 supervisors to impart training to voters to ensure proper use to electronic voting machines in the three Assembly constituencies, including Faridkot, Kotkapura and Panjgrain in the district.

Camera teams for making voter ID-cards
Bathinda, January 17
Camera teams will visit various villages of the Nathana constituency till January 27 for making photo identity cards of voters.


1.75 kg of poppy husk seized, 2 held
Amritsar, January 17
The district police has seized at least 1.75 kg of poppy husk and apprehended two persons in this regard last evening. The police on an information held a naka behind Guru Nanak Dev Hospital and nabbed the accused, Jagir Singh of Chavinda Khurd and Sarbjeet Singh of Mug village, with the contraband. They were riding a scooter.


Kids to be trained in civil defence
Bathinda, January 17
Special teams have been formed to educate schoolchildren about civil defence and blackouts. The teams will hold training camps at various schools of the city from January 22.

Cultivate sporting habits: VC
Patiala, January 17
Cultivating of sporting habits is vital for the overall growth of a student’s personality.

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