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SYL: Badal for filing review plea
Kandukhera (Muktsar), January 21
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today chose this vital Punjab village to reiterate his government’s commitment that not a single drop of water would be allowed to flow out of the state’s rivers in defiance of the “riparian principle”.

Stars to add glitter to poll campaigns
Chandigarh, January 21
Come January 29 and Punjab will be flooded with not only the political elite of the country, including Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, Home Minister Lal Krishan Advani and Congress President Sonia Gandhi, but also some top stars of Bollywood and the music world to add glamour to the February 13 elections in the state.

Singla unfolds Cong agenda
Bathinda, January 21
Mr Surinder Singla, a former spokesman of the All-India Congress Committee, who has been fielded by the Congress from this Assembly segment, while unfolding his agenda for development has alleged that the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, had bartered away the interests of Punjab by “badly” handling the proceedings of a case pertaining to the SYL canal in the Supreme Court.

Voters fed up with SAD-BJP government’s corruption
Gurdaspur, January 21
Corruption, power bills, river waters, SYL canal, unemployment and escalating cost of education are emerging as key issues for the coming Assembly elections in Punjab.

“We will not let them befool us this time”
Lalton Kallan (Ludhiana), January 21
Lalton Kallan is one of the biggest villages in the Dakha (reserved) Assembly segment with about 4,000 votes. Realising the importance of their numerical strength, the people here are determined to dictate their own terms to all candidates. The people have unanimously decided that whoever gets them a dharamshala constructed in the village will get their votes.

Amarinder to probe Badal’s misdeeds
Joga, January 21
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief, Capt Amarinder Singh, today gave a clarion call to people to root out the ‘‘corrupt’’ and ‘‘anti-Punjab’’ Badal regime and promised that his party would appoint a commission headed by a sitting High Court Judge to probe the ‘‘rampant corruption and other misdeeds’’ of the Badal clan, ministers and the bureaucracy if voted to power.

A firework display at the Golden Temple
A firework display at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on the occasion of Gurpurb. — Photo Rajiv Sharma

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Too many Akalis may spoil broth
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 21
This district has too many Akali stalwarts from different ideologies and this fact has earlier worked against the Akalis and may again haunt Akali candidates from both the Sirhind and Amloh (Reserved) Assembly seats in the district.

Migration from border may hit electioneering
Ferozepore, January 21
The excitement of the coming elections to the State Assembly eludes this border district as clouds of war are still looming between India and Pakistan. Official figures of the district administration reveal that at least 1,18,450 people from 160 villages adjoining the border have already migrated to safer places.

Rome summit: Vedanti to carry ‘kirpan’
Amritsar, January 21
Following correspondence between the Akal Takht secretariat and the Vatican (Rome), Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar, Akal Takht, has been allowed to carry the “kirpan” during the international inter-faith religious conference being held in Rome from January 23.


Morcha alternative to SAD: Grewal
Ludhiana, January 21
Senior Akali leader and the Panthic Morcha candidate from Kila Raipur, Mr Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal, today said the Panthic Morcha had established itself as a “credible and forceful alternative” to the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) as it was the Panthic Morcha which had been pursuing the true Panthic agenda.

Supporters victimised, alleges Mann
Ludhiana, January 21
Senior Panthic Morcha leader Simranjit Singh Mann today alleged that the Badal government was victimising his supporters in the Sangrur area. He alleged that two of his supporters were arrested by the police yesterday from Sangrur on the false charge that they belonged to Babbar Khalsa, just to create fear among his supporters.

Rakhra blows his own trumpet
Patiala, January 21
Senior SAD leader and party candidate from Samana constituency, Mr Surjit Singh Rakhra, today claimed that he was the only candidate who had initiated development of the constituency through the Subedar Kartar Singh Trust. Addressing a press conference here, Mr Rakhra said his family had deposited Rs 1 crore in the trust and the Punjab Government had put in a reciprocal amount to ensure speedy development of the area.

Trouble brews over Sohi’s candidature
Zirakpur, January 21
Hundreds of Congress workers of Deepinder Singh Dhillon group today threatened to boycott Ms Sheelam Sohi, a party candidate from the Banur Assembly constituency in the forthcoming elections and not to vote in her favour.

‘Debar parties that don’t fulfil vows’
Abohar, January 21
The Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal urged the Election Commission to use its offices to get the Representation of Peoples Act suitably amended so that the political parties, who make false promises could be debarred from contesting the next election.

Civic body chief backs SAD-BJP man
Phagwara, January 21
A Senior Congress leader and president of the Nagar Council, Phagwara, Mr K. I. Gaba, today joined the BJP along with his supporters and pledged support to the SAD-BJP candidate from the Phagwara (reserved) Assembly constituency, Mr Swarna Ram, Punjab Tourism Minister, thus giving a boost to the ruling combine.

Capt releases book on govt works
Dera Bassi, January 21
The general secretary of the Shiromani Akali Dal and candidate of the SAD-BJP from the Banur Assembly constituency, Capt Kanwaljit Singh released a booklet ‘‘Asin nahin, sade kam bolde han’’, a report on the party rule in the state

Veterans resign, Sultana unfazed
Malerkotla, January 21
Ms Rajia Sultana, Congress candidate from the Malerkotla constituency, has said that there would be no adverse effect on the Congress campaign following the resignations of Mr Abdul Gaffar, general secretary, PPCC, and Ms Sajida Begum, Member, AICC, from the party last night.

Scribes urge SHSAD not to field Kanjhla
Sangrur, January 21
The district unit of the Punjab-Chandigarh Patarkar Parishad at its meeting held at Bhawanigarh today warned the SHSAD against fielding Mr Gobind Singh Kanjhla as candidate of the Panthic Morcha from Sherpur or extending its support to him.


Check use of drugs to woo voters: PCMSA
Sangrur, January 21
The Punjab Civil Medical Services Association today urged the Election Commission to appoint special election observers on the pattern of observers (expenditure) and observers (general) to check the use of drugs and alcohol by contesting candidates in Punjab to woo voters.

Ranjit Sagar Dam running below capacity
Gurdaspur, January 21
The Ranjit Sagar Dam, which has a power-generation capacity of 600 MW, is producing 50 to 60 MW only and is on the verge of closure. The present level of the dam reservoir is 497 metres at present. It will be closed for power generation when the level falls to 496 metres.

Women empowerment theatre campaign
Patiala, January 21
The National Theatre Arts Society, Patiala, has launched a women empowerment state theatre campaign of its Punjab musical play ‘‘Daire’’ against female-foeticide here. The chief guest, Mr J.S. Bir, Deputy Commissioner, Patiala, inaugurated the campaign by garlanding a picture of Lord Shiva’s ‘‘Ardhanareshvara’’ form.

Anti-polio drops didn’t cause death: father
Sangrur, January 21
Though the six-month-old girl Rinkle, who died yesterday about an hour after the administration of anti-polio drops to her at Sular Gharat village, was brought dead to the local Civil Hospital as per an entry in the hospital records, a post-mortem examination was not conducted on her by the health authorities.

Probe panel on anti-Sikh posters
Amritsar, January 21
The SGPC has taken serious note of posters asking Sikhs in Kashmir to leave their homes. A three-member inquiry committee was formed to probe the pasting of anti-Sikh posters here today.

Gurpurb celebrated with fervour
Phagwara, January 21
The birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh was celebrated here today with religious fervour. Poll candidates of various political parties visited local gurdwaras on the occasion. “Kirtan” and “langar” were organised as part of the celebrations. Houses and gurdwaras were illuminated and “nagar kirtan” was organised to mark the occasion.

2 die in bus-truck collision
Kapurthala, January 21
Two persons were killed on the spot while seven others were injured in a head-on collision between a truck and a bus near Dhilwan village on the GT Road, 20 km from here, today.

Eye check-up camp
Patiala, January 21
The Punjab Police, in league with a non-resident Indian, has put up a three-day eye check-up and operation camp, under which patients are picked up from their homes, operated upon and sent back through police conveyance.


Rice straw turned into manure
In a major breakthrough on the fertiliser front, scientists have succeeded in converting rice straw into manure. Trials of this manure made in Punjab were carried out in Badha village on the outskirts of this town by two agriculture scientists, Dr O.P. Rupela of the International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics, and Dr Viraj Beri of the Soil Science Department of Punjab Agriculture University.


Amritsar gets 10 poll observers
Amritsar, January 21
Ten poll observers were deputed for the 16 constituencies of Amritsar district in the forthcoming Assembly elections. Out of them three will also assess the accounts of candidates in the poll fray. This was informed by Mr S. S. Puri, Deputy Commissioner-cum-returning officer for the district.

Patwaris await training
Amritsar, January 21
Mr Satya Pal Dang, CPI leader, today raised the issue of delay in the commencement of training of candidate selected of patwaris with Mr B.K. Srivastava, Secretary, Punjab Department of relief and resettlement.

DC issues orders to printing presses
Bathinda, January 21
Mr R. Venkatratnam, District Election Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner today issued orders directing all printing-press owners of the district to print their names, telephone numbers and complete addresses on any document which they print for the coming Assembly elections.


Space equipment on varsity campus at a risk
Its present value is an approximate crore. A twentyfour inch telescope with all the associated electronics was installed with German expertise in 1987. It stands redundant today. Punjabi University’s space observatory ceases to be accessed ever since the Astronomy and Space Science Department, under whose aegis it was conceived, was merged in the Physics Department on February 28, 1998.

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