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Badal expels Bachi
Dirba (Sangrur), January 27
Mr Parkash Singh Badal, President of the SAD and Chief Minister, Punjab, today expelled Mr Gurbachan Singh Bachi, administrative member of the PSEB from the party for his alleged anti-party activities especially his opposition to the party candidate, Mr Baldev Singh Mann, from Dirba, and his support to an Independent.

MLA booked for beating up excise staff
Jalalabad, January 27
In a significant development, which could have far reaching effects on the outcome of the elections in Ferozepore district, the SAD MLA and nominee from this constituency, Mr Sher Singh, has been booked for his alleged involvement in the beating up of excise officials here on the evening of January 25.

Contrasts & similarities in election scene
Chandigarh, January 27
The temperament of the Punjabis and their religious composition makes it rather difficult to hazard a forecast in an election. As elections are held at different points of time, the same factors are usually not at play. Except, perhaps, money and liquor! The intervening period changes political equations within parties and among alliances.

Badal works for Kairon-Brahmpura patch-up
Amritsar, January 27
Even as the feud between Mr Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, Cooperation Minister, and Mr Surinder Singh Kairon, a former Congress MP, has reached a flashpoint, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, SAD chief and relative of Mr Kairon, will arrange a meeting for them soon.

Tension easing on Indo-Pak border
Hussainiwala, January 27
No matter the spirits of the jawans of the Border Security Force (BSF) and the Indian Army are high as the clouds of war are still hovering menacingly most of the Army officers posted along the Indo-Pakistan border here feel that it is a political gimmick of the government to get mileage in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections.




  It is a problem of plenty
Moga, January 27
There is plenty of everything, including violation of the law, as electioneering has started picking up momentum in Punjab. Though yesterday, being Republic Day, was a dry day, liquor vendors, both of country liquor and Indian-made foreign liquor, defied rules and kept their vends open.
Punjab Education Minister Tota Singh.
Punjab Education Minister Tota Singh (C), accompanied by Deputy Commissioner A. Venu Prasad and police officer Gurpreet Singh Gill, takes the salute at the parade in Nehru Stadium at Faridkot. — Tribune photo

Exercise right to franchise: Jacob
Ropar, January 27
The Punjab Governor, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd) as urged the people of the state to exercise their right to franchise during the forthcoming Assembly elections in the state. While speaking at a state-level function held on the occasion of the 53rd Republic Day at Nehru Stadium here yesterday, the Governor said the people should vote in the elections with a sense of duty to elect a government that truly represented them.


Old hand Kanwaljit vs greenhorn Sohi
Banur, January 27
Woman power is on full cry in this constituency of Patiala district where it has begun to pose a credible challenge to the Akali stalwart and the Punjab Finance Minister, Capt Kanwaljit Singh. It is actually a battle between a political greenhorn in the person of Ms Sheelam Sohi who has been fielded by the Congress and the old battlehorse, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, who is also the secretary-general of the SAD.

Youngest candidate in fray?
Dakha, January 27
She is perhaps one of the youngest candidates in the fray for the February 13 Assembly elections in Punjab. A postgraduate trained teacher, it is ‘‘unemployment’’ which has forced her into electoral politics.

Multi-cornered contests here
After the allotment of ticket by the Congress and the SAD, barring two or three Assembly constituencies in this district, rebel candidates of both parties are in the fray, creating problems and affecting the prospects of the official candidates.

Cong woos rebels
Ludhiana, January 27
Notwithstanding the indications of an overall edge over other political parties, the Congress leadership is learnt to be concerned over the number of rebels contesting against the official candidates. The PPCC president, Capt Amarinder Singh, is said to be taking personal interest in taming the rebels by trying to establish a direct contact with them in an effort to make them withdraw.


NGO campaigns for drug-free poll
Sangrur, January 27
Voters of the state, especially women, in large numbers are organising themselves for a drugs-free poll. They will give a befitting defeat to the candidates who will depend on the distribution of alcohol and other drugs to lure them.

DTO acquitted of corruption charge
Kapurthala, January 27
Mr Jagroop Singh Mahal, special judge-cum-Additional Sessions judge on Friday acquitted Mr D.S. Sandhewalia district Transport Officer, here now posted as Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Amritsar, of corruption charges. 

“Tongawalah” Congress campaigner for over 40 yrs

Bathinda, January 27
Even though changing parties has become a fashion with politicians of all hues, there are some who have placed their faith in a particular party, braving all odds. One such diehard Congress worker is Mr Kartar Singh.

Mr Kartar Singh, a freedom fighter, who has been campaigning for the Congress for over four decades.
— Photo Kulbir Beera

Mr Kartar Singh, a freedom fighter, who has been campaigning for the Congress for over four decades.

Police abuse power: ADGP
Phagwara, January 27
Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) Additional Director-General of Police (ADGP) A.P. Bhatnagar on Friday admitted that there were definitely cases of misuse of authority by the police while arresting a person and these should be curbed.

A school girl performs the traditional gatka at the Baba Deep Singh birth anniversary celebrations.
A school girl performs the traditional gatka at the Baba Deep Singh birth anniversary celebrations in Amritsar on Sunday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Blood donation on birthday
Phagwara, January 27
Mr M.P. Singh, project manager, Saviour Youth Club, celebrated his birthday on Friday in a unique way. He himself donated blood on this occasion, besides organising a blood donation camp at the local Guru Nanak College where 51 units of blood were collected while a total of 74 prospective donors enrolled themselves. 

4 die as minibus hits car
Moga, January 27
Four persons were killed when their car was hit by a minibus on the Moga bypass late last evening. According to the police, the accident occurred when the car carrying the victims was hit by a minibus of Calcutta Transport Company, which was on route to Ramoonwla.


BKU to ‘expose’ fertiliser scam
Ludhiana, January 27
The Bharti Kisan Union (Punjab) has decided to oppose “anti-farmer” candidates of the ruling alliance in 12 seats and to ‘expose’ a fertiliser scam.


3 arrested in abduction case
Jalandhar, January 27
By arresting all three accused, the police today claimed to have solved the case of the alleged abduction of a 13-year-old girl, who was abducted from Kotal village under the Noormahal police station on January 23.



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