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Cong MLA asks people to vote against CM’s wife
Rajpura (Patiala), April 12
Rajpura Congress legislator Raj Khurana today instigating people against the candidature of his party’s Patiala parliamentary seat candidate Preneet Kaur, who is also wife of State’s Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh.
Ladoos galore for Congress candidate Preneet Kaur after she opened her central election office
Ladoos galore for Congress candidate Preneet Kaur after she opened her central election office in Patiala on Monday. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar.

Navjot Singh Sidhu BJP wants Navjot Sidhu from Amritsar
Chandigarh, April 12
After failing to find a local consensus candidate for the Amritsar Lok Sabha seat, the BJP high command seems to be finally preparing to make former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu as the candidate for the constituency.

EC finalises observers for Faridkot
Faridkot, April 12
The Election Commission has appointed three observers for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections in the Faridkot parliamentary constituency, comprising nine Assembly segments of three districts, Moga, Muktsar and Faridkot.


Sikh devotees bathe in the filtered water that is being filled in the Amrit Sarovar of the Golden Temple
Sikh devotees bathe in the filtered water that is being filled in the Amrit Sarovar of the Golden Temple, Amritsar, on Monday, after the completion of kar sewa that began on March 25th. The sarovar would be filled up by Baisakhi and ready for the holy dip. — PTI


EC directs Punjab to shift Samana DSP
SAD moves EC over power connections

Parties using plastic publicity material
Ropar, April 12
Plastic publicity material is being used blatantly despite the Election Commission banning its use in the forthcoming Lok Sabha poll.


Folk dancers perform bhangra at a farm in Patiala on Monday in anticipation of Baisakhi. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar 



Sony’s entry may tip the scales in Amritsar
Amritsar, April 12
Mr Om Parkash Sony, former Mayor of the local Municipal Corporation, who had won the Amritsar (west) Assembly seat as an independent candidate and became the chairman Punjab Foodgrain Corporation Ltd after joining the Congress as an associate member at the behest of Capt Amarinder Singh, is contemplating to contest as an Independent candidate from Amritsar Lok Sabha constituency.

Babu Ram Chawla joins Shiromani Akali Dal
Abohar, April 12
Mr Babu Ram Chawla, a former Minister of State in the Cabinet headed by Beant Singh, was today inducted in the SAD by the party supremo Parkash Singh Badal here.

Badal meets MLAs, ex-ministers
Bathinda, April 12
Mr Parkash Singh Badal, President of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), held a meeting with the SAD MLAs, former ministers and former MLAs of the Bathinda Parliamentary Constituency, here last night.

NRI booked for ditching girl on wedding day
Jalandhar, April 12
An NRI based in Canada and his three brothers and mother have been booked for cheating following his refusal to marry a Dasuha-based girl on the day of marriage as her parents had reportedly failed to meet their demand of dowry articles, including a car.

10-year revival plan mooted for Punwire
Mohali, April 12
In what could be the most important first step towards the re-opening of Punjab Wireless Systems Limited (Punwire), a blue chip company lying closed for the past five years in Mohali, members of the Core Group today decided to go ahead with a 10-year revival plan presented before it.


AISSF (Majha) to support Ajnala
Tarn Taran, April 12
The newly formed All-India Sikh Students Federation (Majha) has announced to extend support to SAD candidate Dr Rattan Singh Ajnala from this Lok Sabha seat. The announcement was made today at a meeting of the Federation workers at Sangha village organised under the presidentship of Mr Kashmir Singh Sangha, president of the federation. Mr Harmeet Singh Sandhu local MLA too was present on the occasion.

Another Akali Dal floated
Chandigarh, April 12
Another Akali Dal, All-India Shiromani Akali Dal (AISAD), has been formed. Mr Jaswant Singh Mann, who had earlier floated the Parliamentary Panthic Board, will be president of the new organisation.

Rana Gurjit to file papers on April 19
Kapurthala, April 12
Rana Gurjit Singh, Congress nominee from Jalandhar, will file his papers on April 19. This was announced by Mr Surinder Maria, general secretary of the district Congress, here today.

Dhindsa to file nomination on April 22
Barnala, April 12
Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Union Fertilisers Minister and SAD nominee from the Sangrur Lok Sabha constituency, will file nomination papers and hold an election rally on April 22.

Bhinder banks on ‘good work’ done by Congress
Sujanpur (Pathankot), April 12
Mrs Sukhbans Kaur Bhinder, a former Union Minister and Congress nominee from the Gurdaspur Parliamentary constituency, who is contesting the Lok Sabha elections for the eighth time, today claimed that she would win the seat by a huge margin as Mr Vinod Khanna Minister of External Affairs and BJP candidate, had done nothing for the constituency.


Jallianwala Bagh massacre eyewitness honoured
Amritsar, April 12
While successive state and Central governments have failed to provide any aid or facility to 108-year-old Bapu Shangara Singh, the sole surviving eyewitness of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, the All-India Anti-Terrorist Front (AIATF) today honoured him at Jallianwala Bagh.

Mr Maniderjit Singh Bitta, president, All-India Anti-terrorist Front, honours Baba Shangara Singh, an eyewitness of the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre at Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar, on Monday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma
Mr Maniderjit Singh Bitta, president, All-India Anti-terrorist Front, honours Baba Shangara Singh, an eyewitness of the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre at Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar

‘TV channels spoiling Indian culture’
Abohar, April 12
Ms Asha Sharma, national joint convener of the Rashtriya Sewika Samiti, has cautioned social organisations against satellite TV channels posing a threat to the rich Indian culture and heritage.

Truck operators resent collection of illegal entry tax
Pathankot, April 12
Members of a gang in the area are reportedly collecting “entry tax” from truck operators in the areas of Madhopur, Sujanpur, Mirthal near here under the alleged political patronage of Congress leaders of the area.

Truck operators stage dharna
Bathinda, April 12
A section of truck operators from Mehraj and other nearby villages in the Rampura Phul area, who had formed a new truck union under the banner of the Sahia Truck Operators’ Union today held a protest dharna in front of the SDMs office at Rampura Phul, to press for their demands.

PSEB employees’ protest on May 5
Bathinda, April 12
The ad hoc committee of the Technical Services Union (TSU) of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has decided to stage a dharna, by wearing black “cholas” (robes), in front of the Head Office of the PSEB at Patiala on May 5 in protest against the alleged “anti-employee” policies of the PSEB. The committee has also decided to take out protest march in the Patiala town on the same day.

Soldier cremated with honours
Ferozepore, April 12
Lance Naik Jasvir Singh of 2 Sikh (Royals) Regiment who was killed in action in the Srinagar valley on April 10 was cremated with full military honours at his native village Dona Mattar in Mamdot near the Indo-Pakistan international border here today.

CM greets people on Baisakhi
Chandigarh, April 12
Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, has extended his greetings to the people of Punjab on the eve of Baisakhi. Stating that the festival marks love and compassion among mankind, the Chief Minister, in his message, has called upon the people to celebrate it with enthusiasm and traditional gaiety to strengthen the social fabric of the country.

Residents resent stray dog menace
Bathinda, April 12
Residents of the Urban Estate phase-II area here have been facing threat from stray dogs, which roam in the locality. These stray dogs have made life of the residents miserable, two to three persons have been bitten by such dogs.


Overworked judges, harassed litigants
Jalandhar, April 12
Even as the Punjab and Haryana High Court is yet to appoint five judicial officers for as many posts, which fell vacant due to termination of services of five judges in the cash-for-jobs scam in August 2002, the situation has taken a bad turn for litigants as the high court has done away with three courts at Jalandhar. There are only two judicial officers in junior division courts as against 10 judicial officers about two years back.

Lawyers strike work
Phagwara, April 12
All lawyers of Phagwara abstained from work in judicial courts here today in protest against the implication of a Kapurthala-based advocate H.S. Sandhu, a few days back.


Couple held on cheating charge
Jalandhar, April 12
The police today arrested a travel agent couple on allegations of cheating and criminal breach of trust.

Five held with fake papers
Amritsar, April 12
With the arrest of five persons, the police today claimed to have listed a gang which used to prepare fake registration certificates, driving licences and route permits. Fake stamps of the District Transport Office, the licensing authority, the Motor Vehicle Department, and Registrar Transport Authority, were recovered.

2 rice mill owners held in case of cheating
Muktsar, April 12
The Muktsar police has booked two persons, partners of the local Guru Nanak Rice Mill, for alleged cheating and embezzlement of paddy worth Rs 74 lakh.


Technical festival from April 15
Patiala, April 12
The TechSociety of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Punjabi University, here will organise a national-level technical festival, TechDisha-2004 from April 15-17. More than 600 students from engineering and technical institutions from all-over India will participate in various educational, technical and cultural contests.

Results of Class XII science, commerce on May 6
Mohali, April 12
The results of Class XII science and commerce examinations will be declared by the Punjab School Education Board on May 6.


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