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SAD to release poll manifesto today
Dhuri (Sangrur), April 20
Mr Parkash Singh Badal, President of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), today stated that the SAD would release its election manifesto for the Lok Sabha elections at Ludhiana tomorrow.

Kanwaljit accuses CM of promoting corruption

Preneet wins over dissidents
Patiala, April 20
After a slow start and dissidence within the party, Congress candidate Preneet Kaur seems to be getting her act together by ensuring the presence of disgruntled Congressmen at election rallies.

Superintendent of Police ‘campaigning’ for Preneet

Despite contest, Cong will win, says Amarinder
Hoshiarpur, April 20
Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, Punjab, said in a press conference here today that though the contest between the Congress-led secular front and SAD-BJP combine was going to be tough in the Lok Sabha elections, yet the majority of seats would be won by the Congress.

Amarinder fails to attend rally
Amarinder SinghBathinda, April 20
Disappointment prevailed among the Congress and the CPI workers when they came to know that the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, who was to address a joint workers’ rally here on the occasion of filing of nomination of alliance candidate, Ms Kushal Bhora, had cancelled his programme at the last moment.




Factionalism may  mar Cong chances
CPM-Cong candidate files nomination
UCPI to support Cong-CPI combine
Khanna blames Cong for ’84 riots
Sehajdharis’ body backs Congress
Cong-CPI flags removed from  roundabouts
Corruption to be poll plank of SAD(A)
CPM candidate files papers as Independent

18 file papers today
Zira files papers as Independent
4 more enter poll fray
BSP candidates file papers
BSP promises  to ‘generate’ sources of employment
BSP to approach EC on code violation
Poll observers  for Patiala
3 observers for Sangrur seat
Section 144 imposed

Gujrals pay obeisance at Golden Temple
Amritsar, April 20
Former Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral today claimed that pro-SAD-BJP wave was sweeping Punjab and the combined was likely to win all 13 seats in the coming Lok Sabha elections next month. Accompanied by his son, Mr Naresh Gujral, candidate from the Jalandhar Lok Sabha seat, and talking to mediapersons after offering prayers at the Golden Temple, Mr Gujral said the people in Punjab had been disillusioned with the Congress government in the state and would vote for the SAD-BJP alliance.
Mr Naresh Gujral, SAD candidate from Jalandhar, along with his father I.K. Gujral and wife Anjali, pays obeisance at the Golden Temple in Amritsar
Mr Naresh Gujral, SAD candidate from Jalandhar, along with his father I.K. Gujral and wife Anjali, pays obeisance at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Tuesday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Laser shows to tell Sikh history
Chandigarh, April 20
Oscillating between the past and the present and between antique and modernity, Amarjeet Singh, involved in promoting of Sikh history, has found a unique way to blend the two — laser shows to tell the history of Sikhism. After presenting the first-ever laser film show on “Tercentenary celebrations of the Khalsa” at Anandpur Sahib, the artiste is all set to capture the life history of four sons of Guru Gobind Singh.


Badal seeks contempt proceedings against CM
Ropar, April 20
The counsel for former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today moved an application in the court of the Special Judge, Ropar, Mr S.K. Goel, seeking directions against the use of property of the corruption and disproportionate assets case registered against Mr Badal and his family during electioneering. They also pleaded for the initiation of the contempt proceedings against Vigilance officials and the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh in this regard.

CM’s apology sought for violating ‘maryada’
Bathinda, April 20
Bhai Balwant Singh Nandgarh, Jathedar, Takht Damdama Sahib, today stated that Chief Minister Amarinder Singh should apologise before the Akal Takht for violating Sikh “maryada” at a function organised to mark the 500th birth anniversary of Guru Angad Dev at Sarai Naga village in Muktsar district on April 18.

Mann’s Akali Dal hails sops for prisoners
Phagwara, April 20
The Akali Dal (Amritsar) headed by Mr Simranjit Singh Mann today hailed various sops announced by the Punjab Chief Minister at Khadoor Sahib on April 18, especially the general amnesty to prisoners aged 70 or above and one-year remission in the sentence of other prisoners. Talking to newspersons here, party general secretary Jaskaran Singh Karan Singhwala asserted that the relief was a right step at the right time. He criticised political parties like the SAD and the BJP for finding faults with the announcements.

Sikh leaders call on Pak PM
Amritsar, April 20
Various Sikh leaders, including Sanmukh Singh Mokha of the SGPC, Harbhajan Singh Matharu of the Delhi Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee, Harpal Singh Bhullar, president, International Bhai Mardana Yaadgari Kirtan Darbar Society, Dr Pritpal Singh, head of the America Gurdwara Committee, Sham Singh, president Pakistan Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee, met Mr Zafarulla Khan Jamali, Pakistan, Prime Minister, and Mr Pervez Elahi, Chief Minister, Pakistan Punjab, and gave them a memorandum regarding their demands during the Baisakhi celebrations at Panja Sahib.

Pilgrims from Pak honoured at Roza Sharif
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 20
The delegation of Pakistani pilgrims to Roza Sharif were honoured by the local MLA, Dr Harbans Lal, and by Vaid Hari Krishan, president, District Congress Committee, today. Hundreds of Congress workers accompanied these leaders to welcome their guests. The Congress leaders offered “siropas” to all members of the delegation.

Tur not allowed to address devotees
Tarn Taran, April 20
An unpleasant situation arose yesterday at Manjit Sahib Darbar Sahib Hall, on the occasion of Amavasya when Mr Tarlochan Singh Tur rebel SAD candidate from this Lok Sabha seat and his elder brother, Lehna Singh Tur former MP along with their 20 armed supporters tried to capture the religious stage to address the sangat. Sevadars of Sri Darbar Sahib foiled their effort.

Water supply to remain curtailed till April 28
Bathinda, April 20
Even though the summer is yet to reach its peak, the city has been facing acute water shortage as the Bathinda division of the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board has curtailed water supply to a major part of the city since April 14.

Appeal to Sikhs to adopt villages
Amritsar, April 20
A Washington-based Sikh organisation, the Sikh Council on Religion and Education (SCORE) has appealed to Sikhs worldwide to adopt villages and support needy children for education in the name of Guru Angad Dev, second Sikh Guru.

Road safety to get top priority, says DC
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 20
The district administration in collaboration with the District Transport Department and the district police has started a traffic awareness programme to meet the challenges of increasing mishaps.

Fleecing by cable TV operators alleged
Bathinda, April 20
Members of the Residents Welfare Society (150 yards) Urban Estate Phase-II, Bathinda, have alleged that cable TV operators had been charging unreasonable amount from consumers though people in other cities have been paying less for cable TV connections.


SGPC member gets 10-year jail
Bathinda, April 20
Mr Karnail Singh, Additional Sessions Judge, Bathinda, today sentenced Sadhu Singh Ragi, member of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) to 10 years’ rigorous imprisonment and fined him Rs 1 lakh for smuggling narcotics.

High Court
Chahal case
Chandigarh, April 20
A Division Bench of the High Court has dismissed the public interest petition filed by the World Human Rights Protection Council seeking an investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) into the recent mishap involving the car of Bharat Inder Singh Chahal, Media Adviser to the Punjab Chief Minister.

Action sought against SP 
Ropar, April 20
The counsel of a former Minister for Rural Development and Panchayats, Mr Nirmal Singh Kahlon, today moved an application in the court of Special Judge, Ropar, seeking legal action against the Superintendent of Police (Vigilance), Mr Surinder Pal Singh, for threatening his counsel in the court.


Arhtiya looted, shot dead
Nawanshahr, April 20
Two unidentified miscreants killed an arhtiya (commission agent) and looted Rs 3.20 lakh from him in broad day light today near the sadar police station here. According to information, Suresh Kumar (40), a resident of the nearby Chakdana village, and an arhtiya at the local grain market along with Ranjit Singh a farmer of Urapur village, were returning to the grain market on his scooter after withdrawing Rs 4 lakh from the local Indian Overseas Bank.

Missing girl’s body found
Jalandhar, April 20
The police today recovered the body of Diksha (7), who had gone missing along with her sister Asha (5) on Sunday, from a river near Khadoor Sahib. Diksha and Asha, daughters of a Rasta Mohalla resident, Gobind Ram, had gone missing from the local Nehru Garden.


Punjabi University affiliation for law college 
Faridkot, April 20
Punjabi University, Patiala, has accorded affiliation to the local Baba Farid Law College for starting law classes from the coming academic session. Granting temporary affiliation for one year under various conditions the university authorities had made it clear that violation of any kind would be dealt with seriously.

Eng students excel at TechDisha
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 20
At the recently held National Level Technical Competition TechDisha, organised by Punjabi University, Amandeep Singh and Manmeet Singh of Baba Banda Singh Bahadhur Engineering College (BBSBEC) bagged the first prize, respectively, in paper presentation contest.

Guru Angad Dev anniversary celebrations over 
Patiala, April 20
The 500th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Angad Dev, organised by the Gurdwara Parbandhak Committe of Punjabi University, concluded on the university campus here today.


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