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SYL part of Congress excesses: Badal
Kot Bhai (Muktsar), January 30
The Chief Minister of Punjab, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, said here today that he was ready to go to the jail to protect the interests of Punjab and its people on the issue of the Sutlej-Yamuna Link canal.

Sukhbir plays the PM card
Nathana (Bathinda), January 30
A former Union Industry Minister and senior Shiromani Akali Dal leader, Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, today urged the people to make a judicious choice between the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, and the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, on one side, who initiated the era of development at the grassroots level in the state in the past five years, and the PPCC chief, Capt Amarinder Singh, who was not even accessible to senior functionaries of the party for days together, on the other.

Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, SAD general secretary, addresses a rally at Lehra Mohabbat Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, SAD general secretary, addresses a rally at Lehra Mohabbat in Bathinda on Wednesday.
— Tribune photo Kulbir Beera

Brahmpura, Kairon refuse to bury hatchet
Amritsar, January 30
Mr Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, Cooperation Minister, and Mr Surinder Singh Kairon, former Congress Member of Parliament and father of Mr Adeshpartap Singh Kairon, Excise and Taxation Minister, have refused to bury the hatchet even after Mr Parkash Singh Badal’s intervention.

Close contests in a crowded election arena 
Chandigarh, January 30
Both the Congress and the ruling Akalis are at present engaged in a damage-control exercise to quell rebellion causing anxiety to official candidates in several Assembly constituencies across Punjab.

Clash of prominent families on anvil
Bholath (Kapurthala), January 30
Considered one of the few traditional Akali strongholds of the Doaba region, this constituency is heading for an interesting clash of two prominent families representing the Lobana and Jat Sikh communities in Bibi Jagir Kaur, former SGPC chief, and Mr Sukhpal Singh Khaira, son of her arch-rival and former Punjab minister Sukhjinder Singh.

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Exchanging dupattas to secure votes
Bathinda, January 30
The exchange of pugri (turban) by two persons as a symbol of deal for a life-long association as religious brothers has been an important tradition of the Punjabi culture. But what has been generating the interest of the people is the fact that some rural areas of various Assembly segments falling in this district have been witnessing the exchange of duppattas (headgear of women) by relatives of various contestants, who have been trying to make it to the Vidhan Sabha through the February 13 poll.

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Election material on sale at a shop in Jalandhar for the Assembly election. — PTI photo
Election material on sale at a shop in Jalandhar for the Assembly election. — PTI photo

Captain Amarinder Singh and local Congress candidate Choudhary Santhok Singh at a rally in Chak Dana (Phillour).
Captain Amarinder Singh and local Congress candidate Choudhary Santhok Singh at a rally in Chak Dana (Phillour).

SAD rebels give edge to Cong
Sangrur, January 30
Though Sangrur district is considered a stronghold of the SAD, after the withdrawal of nominations, the Congress seems to have got an edge over the ruling Akali Dal in several Assembly constituencies due to the presence of rebel SAD candidates, who are in the fray as Panthic Morcha candidates or Independents. However, in other constituencies, the Congress candidates will also face problems from rebel candidates in the fray.

Harry Mann, Bhangu expelled 
Patiala, January 30
A day after the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) President, Capt Amarinder Singh, expelled 21 senior leaders of the party, two more rebels have been expelled from the party on disciplinary grounds.

Toddler LBP takes steps forward
Hariana (Hoshiarpur), January 30
It's 3 pm. A sizeable crowd has assembled in freshly ploughed fields. Everyone looks expectantly towards the vehicles passing by on the link road. The man they are waiting for is late. He was supposed to have turned up at 1.30 pm.

Ladoos replace coins
Mansa, January 30
Candidates cutting across party lines in this district have no option but to grin and bear. The reason they are being weighed against ladoo’s and not coins, as was the common practice in the previous elections. This way they are unable to pocket substantial sums needed for their campaign expenses.

Mrs Razia SultanaFIRST TIMER
Setting up hospital her dream
Malerkotla, January 30
She is the wife of an IPS officer with a keen interest in politics and a spirit to serve people. Mrs Razia Sultana, who has been associated with the Congress for the past 14 years, is the party’s candidate from Malerkotla. Her husband, Mr Mohammad Mustafa, is the DIG, Jalandhar.

Dedicated workers
The Congress has a history and a long unending list of dedicated and committed workers. Ch Kartar Chand, a close confidant of former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh, is one who belongs to this band of dedicated workers.

Pawar campaigns for Cong rebel
Amritsar, January 30
Mr Sharad Pawar, President of the Nationalist Congress, kick-started the party’s election campaign from the Amritsar (west) constituency here today.

Promise to revive industrial units
Zirakpur, January 30
The Congress will try to revive the industrial units that faced closure in the Banur area due to policies of the Shiromani Akali Dal during its rule of five years, besides introduce post-mortem facility in Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi, said Ms Seelam Sohi, the Congress candidate from the Banur assembly constituency.

Candidates promise district headquarters status
SAS Nagar, January 30
The five prominent candidates in the poll fray for the Kharar Assembly today promised proper educational and industrial infrastructure, better village link roads and district headquarters status for the town.

The five prominent candidates in the poll fray from the Kharar Assembly segment (from left): Mr Balbir Singh Sidhu (Independent), Mr Bir Devinder Singh (Congress), Mr Rajbir Singh Padiala (Panthic Morcha), Mr Harnek Singh Gharuan (Independent), and Mr Kiran Bir Singh Kang (SAD) at a meet-the-Press programme organised by Mohali Press Club on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Clash averted
Kharar, January 30
A clash was averted between supporters of Mr Bir Devinder Singh, Congress candidate from the Kharar constituency, and Mr Harneik Singh Gharuan, Independent, from Kharar who was expelled from the party here today.

Kang cautions voters
SAS Nagar, January 30
The SAD candidate from Kharar, Mr Kiran Bir Singh Kang, has cautioned the voters against the propaganda of the Congress. He was speaking at the function organised by the Industrial Welfare Association of Phase IX here today.


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Where politics is a way of life
Moga, January 30
They have not only completed half a century in electoral politics but are a household name here. They are none other than the ‘‘Saathis’’ about whom people all over the town will tell you their stories.

Remembering the Gandhi of Doaba
To achieve something one has to sacrifice his self. This one sentence changed the life-style of Pandit Mul Raj Sharma which made him to jump into the arena of education, freedom struggle and social reforms.

‘Daire’ can create awareness: Bhatti
Patiala, January 30
Mr D.R. Bhatti, Director, Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur, strongly stressed the need for creating awareness and healthy change in the attitude of the people towards the girl child.

International  seminar concludes
Patiala, January 30
The two-day international seminar on “inter-faith work to social harmony and world peace” organised by Punjabi University in collaboration with the World Congress of Faith (England) concluded today with the adoption of “declaration on ecology and spirituality” introduced by the Vice-Chancellor of the host university, Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia.

Tributes paid to Gandhi, martyrs
Tributes were paid to Mahatma Gandhi during a function organised here on Wednesday. A two-minute silence was observed in his memory and a contingent of the police reversed its arms to pay homage to freedom fighters and martyrs.

Conserve oil, says DC
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 30
Mr Vikas Partap, Deputy Commissioner, Fatehgarh Sahib, Mr M.L. Toora, CDM, Indian Oil, Chandigarh, flagged off a march past organised by oil companies to make the people aware for oil conservation.

Two lecturers killed in mishap
Gurdaspur, January 30
Two college lecturers and a government employee were killed when their car collided head-on with a truck coming from the opposite direction at Suchetgarh village near Pathankot today.

Army recruitment rally on Feb 6
Amritsar, January 30
An Army recruitment rally will be held at Gurdaspur. Applications have been invited from Ramdasi Mazbi Sikhs and Dogra castes specifically for soldier (general duty) category.

Jawan cremated
Batala, January 30
The body of an Army jawan Jagdish Singh, who died in Jammu and Kashmir recently, was cremated with military honours at his native village Riali Kalan near here, yesterday.

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Bunglings in voters’ list, 2 suspended
Ferozepore, January 30
Mr S.R. Ladhar, Deputy Commissioner-cum-district election officer, today placed Mr Jugraj Singh, Block Primary Education Officer (BPEO), and Mr Sukhwinder Singh, a clerk in the district Education Department, under suspension after they were found guilty of bunglings in the registration of new voters when the electoral rolls were revised.


Rs 3.2 lakh looted from bank
Moga, January 30
Some persons escaped with a booty of over Rs 3.2 lakh after breaking a safe in the strong room of Central Cooperative Bank at Khosa Panoo village last night, the police said here today.

Murder suspect eludes police
Abohar, January 30
A police party from Sri Ganganagar in Rajasthan today went to Shergarh village of this subdivision in search of Amar Singh, who had allegedly murdered his two daughters at Raziasar village by throwing them into a canal. His eldest daughter survived as she had gone to her maternal parents’ house few days ago.

ASI arrested on graft charge
Chandigarh, January 30
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau has arrested ASI Jatinder Pal for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 5,000 from a complainant of Saidpur village in Chamkaur Sahib.


PCCTU seeks CEC’s intervention
Phagwara, January 30
The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU) today sought the intervention of Chief Election Commissioner J.M. Lyngdoh for preventing the Punjab Government from “misinterpreting and misusing” the election code to exploit and harm 7,000 college teachers by allegedly not implementing the Pension-Gratuity Act passed in April, 1999, and not releasing Rs 21 crore as pay scale arrears received from the Centre in March, last year.

Training camps for students on anvil
Moga, January 30
The Punjab School Education Board was actively considering organising training camp during summers at some hill station for promoting the talent of primary schoolchildren and teachers’ training camp at Tara Devi in Himachal Pradesh.Top

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