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Mann jr’s maiden foray into politics
Sirhind, February 2
He is a Mann alright. Without the father's fiery nature but standing for the same ideals. Espousing the wrongs committed by the Congress and the abandonment of panthic ideals by the SAD, Mr Iman Singh Mann, 30-year- old foreign educated son of firebrand Panthic Morcha leader Simranjit Singh Mann, is making his debut in politics.

Panthic Morcha candidate Iman Singh Mann campaigns at a village Morcha dares SAD, Cong to debate

Panthic Morcha candidate Iman Singh Mann campaigns at a village in the Sirhind constituency. 
— Photo Subhash Patialvi.


Candidates hire PR men
Chandigarh, February 2
After making their presence felt in the corporate world, public relations (PR) agencies have made a quiet entry into the realm of electoral politics.

Mobiles are a must
Chandigarh, February 2
The coming Punjab Assembly elections are not only going to be the fiercest, toughest and costliest ever but are also witnessing the unprecedented use of mobile phones in the battle for ballot supremacy.




Police excesses main issue here
Ferozepore, February 2
While corruption issue has been dominating the election scene in other areas of Punjab, excesses committed by the police during the SAD-BJP rule in the past five years has emerged as a main election plank of the opposition parties in this district.

Crorepatis dominate poll fray
Nawanshahr, February 2
In the current Assembly elections, the electoral battle at most of the places is among crorepatis.

34 polling stations ‘hypersensitive’
Dera Bassi, February 2
As many as 34 polling stations have been declared hypersensitive in Banur constituency for the forthcoming Assembly elections to be held on February 13.


Badal: vote on basis of performance
Nawanshahr, February 2
The Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, while addressing an election rally for the SAD-BJP-BSM nominee, Mr Resham Singh Thiara, here today called upon the people to compare the performance of his government with that of the Congress government before deciding to vote.

SAD expels rebels
Chandigarh, February 2
The SAD president, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today announced that all rebels in the election fray against the party’s official candidates stood expelled from the primary membership of the party with immediate effect.

Senior BJP leader Madan Lal Khurana showing an advertisement released by the Congress that he said was objectionable
Senior BJP leader Madan Lal Khurana showing an advertisement released by the Congress that he said was objectionable, at a press conference in Jalandhar on Saturday. 

Mr Harkishan Singh Surjeet, general secretary of the CPM, addresses an election rally at Verka
Mr Harkishan Singh Surjeet, general secretary of the CPM, addresses an election rally at Verka on Saturday. 
— Photo Rajiv Sharma

TV stars draw crowds at rally
Dhuri (Sangrur), February 2
Ms Sushma Swaraj, Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, besides two TV personalities Mukesh Khanna, and Shruti Ulfat today sought votes for Mr Gaganjit Singh Barnala, the SAD candidate from Dhuri and son of Mr Surjit Singh Barnala, at an election rally here.

Campaigning with jeep only
Bathinda, February 2
Even as candidates of various major parties and those who are trying their luck as Independents have pressed several vehicles, including rickshaws fitted with sound system to touch every nook and corner of their respective Assembly segments, Mr Sham Singh Jaura, the BSP candidate from this segment, has been campaigning from a single vehicle in the entire constituency.


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Cong loses trust in Lok Pal
Chak Dana (Jalandhar), February 2
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee today made it clear that it had no confidence in the Lok Pal of the state. 

Paswan addresses election rally
Kharar, February 2
Mr Ram Bilas Paswan, Union Minister and national president of the Lok Jan Shakti Party, dwelt on the issue of unemployment in the country and desired that every person must get some employment, and right of employment should be included in the list of fundamental rights.

Sidhu (Ind) launches campaign
Chandigarh, February 2
Mr Balbir Singh Sidhu, a Congress rebel who is contesting the Kharar Assembly seat as an Independent candidate, has launched a vigorous campaign in the constituency.

BJP leaders join Shiv Sena


Mr Charanjit Singh Channi Warrants against school chairman in murder case
Jalandhar, February 2
The murder of a farmer, Dalbir Singh, allegedly on the premises of the local Maqsudan police station on April 30, 2000, took a new turn today when non-bailable arrest warrants were issued to Mr Charanjit Singh Channi chairman of the C.T. Public School, and two others under Section 319 of the Cr PC by Mr M.M. Aggarwal, District and Sessions Judge, on a revision petition filed in the state versus Karnail Singh, one of the accused, case.

Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd)Jacob visits border, meets troops
Chandigarh, February 2
The Punjab Governor, Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), yesterday visited the International border. He met soldiers deployed in forward areas of the Amritsar Sector. The troops responded enthusiastically on meeting the War Hero of 1971.

Retired staff approach rights panel for pension
Ropar, February 2
Peeved by the denial of the retirement dues by the treasuries, retired employees of the Punjab Government have now approached the Punjab state Human Rights Commission. 

Sohi is new Income Tax Commissioner
Patiala, February 2
Mr Harjit Singh Sohi, a 1982 batch IRS officer, has been promoted to the rank of Commissioner, Income Tax. 

Four die in road mishaps
Amritsar, February 2
At least four persons were killed in separate road mishaps in the district last evening. Baldev Singh, his mother Manjit Kaur and nephew Lovedeep Singh, all residents of Bagga village were crushed to death near their village when a tractor-trailer collided with their scooter.

World Wetland Day celebrated
Ropar, February 2
World Wetland Day was celebrated here today at Ropar Wetland on the bank of Sutlej. The function was presided over by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Gurinder Singh Grewal.

Mr Amarjeet Singh BhatiaSAD vice-president released on bail
Ludhiana, February 2
Mr Amarjeet Singh Bhatia, vice-president of the Shiromani Akali Dal, who was arrested along with 30 supporters earlier in the day, was released on bail here this evening. Mr Bhatia and his supporters had courted arrest to protest against the registration of two police cases against him and his nephew.


Cop without licence to kill held
Bathinda, February 2
Even as the dust raised by the involvement of an Inspector of the Punjab police and Arjuna Award winner Jagdish Singh Bhola into the smuggling of narcotics was yet to settle down, another man in uniform had been arrested for possessing an illegal weapon.

Smuggling bid in party jeep
Ropar, February 2
The Nangal police today thwarted smuggling of Khair wood (Acacia Cateachu) under the guise of electioneering, with the arrest of Ravi Kant, resident of Daroli village. The police sources said on a tip-off they stopped a Mahindra jeep displaying flags of a national party near Daroli village.


Private college staff rally on Feb 6
Bathinda, February 2
A rally would be organised in the city on February 6 by teachers, members of management and principals of various private colleges of the region as part of statewide Save Higher Education agitation to show resentment towards the politics of the government.

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