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Major parties flout EC guidelines
Hoshiarpur, January 22
While the election campaign has started gaining momentum in most constituencies in the state, candidates of almost all major political parties in the election fray have virtually made the election code of conduct a laughing stock.

Road built to woo voters
Majitha (Amritsar), January 22
In gross violation of the Model Code of Conduct, construction work has been going on a war footing in various parts of this constituency. Interestingly, the work which was started during the Majitha byelection last year had come to standstill immediately after the polling.

Transfers on EC’s directions
Ludhiana, January 22
After much dilly-dallying, the Local Government Department ordered transfers of Superintending Engineers, Executive Engineers and Assistant Engineers in the civil wing, O and M cell, Horticulture and Electrical departments. Earlier, the department had failed to implement the directions of the Election Commission to shift the officers with more than four years of stay at a place.

Code shadow on shagun scheme
Chandigarh, January 22
Among the several schemes introduced in the social sector, the one of the Punjab Government giving shagun of Rs 5,100 at the time of marriage of a Scheduled Caste or Christian girl, has caught the attention of many. It was introduced in 1997-98 with an approved outlay of Rs 27 crore and cleared by the Planning Commission.

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Fearing fund-seekers, businessmen flee
Ludhiana, January 22
With electioneering picking up and the candidates in desperate need of funds, most of the leading industrialists and businessmen of Ludhiana have reportedly fled the city to avoid the fund seekers. As the demand for the funds soars, the businessmen, it is learnt, have preferred to stay away till the elections.

Alliances that were not to be
Chandigarh, January 22
Contrary to expectations, new political alliances in the state politics for the February 13 Assembly elections have crumbled even before they could be formalised. The announcement of the list of 80 candidates by the Bahujan Samaj Party supremo, Mr Kanshi Ram, has taken the wind out of the sails of not only the Panthic Morcha but also the Congress.

Dissensions may spring surprises
With no clear-cut wave, coupled with dissension in rank and file in the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal and Congress, the results of the forthcoming Assembly elections may spring a surprise in the border district of Amritsar, which was once a hotbed of militancy.


Amarinder wins back rebels
Mansa, January 22
Contrary to expectations, the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief, Capt Amarinder Singh, has been able to carry along the dissidents who were sore at being denied tickets for the Assembly elections. This was evident from the number of angry party leaders present at the first election rally, he addressed at Joga yesterday.

Amarinder shares dissidents’ dejection
Ludhiana, January 22
Ruling out any change of candidates in any of the Assembly segments the Pardesh Congress Committee president, Capt Amarinder Singh, said today that he also had some reservations regarding the final list of candidates, but it had to be accepted since it was the decision of the party high command.

Badal tells rebels to return
Malout, January 22
The Punjab Chief Minister and Shiromani Akali Dal supremo, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, said his partymen would not allow a single drop to flow to other states at any cost. While claiming not to be bothered about contempt of court proceedings by any court and subsequent jail in connection with SYL canal, Mr Badal emphasised that the SAD was committed to protect the interests of state.

Rebels file papers as Independents
Ropar, January 22
The winning prospects of the Congress from the Chamkaur Sahib Assembly constituency received a jolt today, when a former MLA and prominent leader of the party, Mr Shamsher Singh Rai, filed his nomination papers as an Independent candidate today.

Sohi files papers amid fanfare
Dera Bassi, January 22
The Congress candidate from the Banur Assembly constituency, Ms Sheelam Sohi, today filed the nomination papers at the Returning Officer’s office here today. Escorted by hundreds of supporters, she reached Ramlila Ground and left for the Returning Officer’s office in an open gypsy along with her mother-in-law, Ms Harjinder Kaur, her son and other supporters.


NGO drive for drug-free poll
Kotkapura, January 22
“Aao ral mil morcha laaiye, ghar ghar vichchon nasha bhajaiye; jinha lai nashiyan di aut, unna nu na paiyo vote; jehda nashe vande, paen us nu dande.” (Come together to launch a movement against those who are taking the help of drugs in the poll and teach a lesson to those who have been distributing the drugs to woo voters). These are some of the slogans coined by the Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle, a non-governmental organisation in Punjab.

HC orders inquiry in ransacking case
Chandigarh, January 22
Mr Justice K.S. Garewal of the high court today directed the Deputy Inspector General of Patiala Range to personally look into the ransacking of a computer centre by relatives of the owner after she married outside her caste.

Rail traffic blocked over boy’s death
Sunam, January 22
Residents of Lehra town, about 25 km from here, today observed a partial bandh and blocked rail traffic in protest against the death of a 12-year boy who was crushed by a truck engaged for carrying foodgrain from FCI godowns to the railway station yesterday.

PSEB told to pay compensation
Mansa, January 22
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum here has ordered the PSEB to pay a cost of Rs 1,000 and a compensatory cost of Rs 10,000 to Mr Lachman Singh, a consumer, for illegally raising Rs 72,118 from him. The forum also directed the board to recover the said amount from the erring official and to take necessary action against him.


New SDM for Gidderbaha
Chandigarh, January 22
The Punjab Government today issued posting orders of three officers. Mr Amarjit Singh Dhinda, PCS has been appointed Deputy Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, against a vacant post.


5 cars recovered, thief held
Sangrur, January 22
The district police has arrested a car thief, Rama, and seized five cars from his possession. The cars were allegedly stolen by him for smuggling intoxicants like poppy husk.


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