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Dhindsa, wife own assets worth over Rs 1.4 crMr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa
Sangrur, April 22
Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers and the Shiromani Akali Dal candidate for the Sangrur parliamentary constituency, filed nomination papers before Returning Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner Sarvjit Singh here today.

Vinod Khanna, Navjot file papers
Chandigarh, April 22
Fiftyone candidates, including Vinod Khanna, Navjot Singh Sidhu, Charanjit Singh Atwal, along with the Punjab Chief Minister’s wife and son, Preneet Kaur and Raninder Singh, today filed their nomination papers for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. The total number of candidates has now risen to 130.

Navjot Sidhu files his nomination for the Amritsar Lok Sabha seat at Amritsar on Thursday. Sidhu occupies ‘poll crease’

  Sodhi retires ‘hurt’

Navjot Sidhu files his nomination for the Amritsar Lok Sabha seat at Amritsar on Thursday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Bhinder files papers even as CM fails to turn up
Gurdaspur, April 22
It was an endless wait for the five-time Congress MP from Gurdaspur, Ms Sukhbans Kaur Bhinder, as the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, failed to turn up to accompany her for filing nomination papers.

Fatehgarh Sahib


Bhattal, Mohindra add weight to Preneet campaign
Patiala, April 22
Ms Preneet Kaur files her nomination papers in the DC office in Patiala on Thursday. Also seen in the picture are Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, Cabinet Minister Lal Singh and Deputy Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal.A massive rally organised by the Congress here witnessed the morale-boosting switchover of former SAD MP Charanjit Singh Walia to the Congress, besides a gesture of solidarity with Ms Preneet Kaur by Deputy Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal and former minister Brahm Mohindra, both of whom are considered to be inimical to her candidature.

Ms Preneet Kaur files her nomination papers in the DC office in Patiala on Thursday. Also seen in the picture are Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, Cabinet Minister Lal Singh and Deputy Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar

Zaffarwal may upset Cong applecart
Chandigarh, April 22
The absence of Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh at the time of filing of nomination papers by Mrs Sukhbans Kaur Bhinder (Gurdaspur) and Mrs Santosh Chaudhary (Phillaur) and the decision of former Khalistan Commando chief Wassan Singh Zaffarwal to contest as an Independent from Gurdaspur has baffled Congressmen, especially those in the dissident camp.

Badal seeks CBI probe into ‘hawala’ scam
Fears CM’s son may get a clean chit
Bathinda, April 22
Former Chief Minister and SAD president Parkash Singh Badal, while accusing Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh of committing a fraud with the people of Punjab by allegedly scuttling the oil refinery project, today expressed apprehension that Mr Raninder Singh, son of Capt Amarinder Singh, could be given a clean chit in the Internet ‘hawala’ scam.

News Analysis
SAD manifesto replay of long-pending issues
Chandigarh, April 22
In the election manifesto released by the SAD President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, at Ludhiana on Wednesday, the party’s basic postulates remain the same and so do demands.

Liquor vend auction controversy refuses to die
Chandigarh, April 22
Controversy over the auction of liquor vends in three districts of Punjab continues. In less than three days after the Supreme Court stayed the proceedings in liquor vend auction cases before the Punjab and Haryana High Court, an advocate today alleged that the state of Punjab “intentionally and knowingly misguided” the apex court.

Punjab Govt asked to decide on police representations
Chandigarh, April 22
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today asked the Punjab Government to take appropriate action by June 30 on the representations made to it to post Indian Police Service officers of the Punjab cadre on cadre posts alone.


NRI Sikhs to set up Bodh Gaya-type centres
Khadoor Sahib, April 22
NRI Sikhs from various countries may set up their religious embassies here on the pattern of Bodh Gaya. A call has been made to presidents of Sikh shrines all over the world .

Pak Sikh pilgrims visit Fatehgarh Sahib
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 22
A jatha of 534 Sikh and Sehajdhari Sikhs from Pakistan was received by officials of the district administration today at Gurdwara Fatehgarh Sahib.

Baptised Sikhs insulted in embassies: Nandgarh
Talwandi Sabo, April 22
Bhai Balwant Singh Nandgarh, Jathedar, Takht Damdama Sahib, in a press note issued here today urged the Central Government and Mr Tarlochan Singh, Chairman, National Commission for Minorities, to use its influence to stop the insult meted out to baptised Sikhs in embassies of foreign countries during their visa interviews.

Parshuram Jayanti celebrated
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 22
The district unit of Brahman Sabha today celebrated Bhagwan Parshuram Jyanti at Sirhind town. A shobha yatra was taken out by Brahmin Sabha Sirhind in which hundreds of Brahmin families participated.

Dalits begin protest against police inaction
Sangrur, April 22
A five-member group of Dalits of Hasanpur village (Dhuri) today began an indefinite fast at Triveni Chowk, near the office of the DSP to protest against the non-presentation of challan against zimidaars in the court even after five months of registration of a criminal case against 18 zimidaars of the village.


High Court
Challan copies
Chandigarh, April 22
Mr Justice K.S. Garewal of the High Court on Thursday disposed of an application filed by Mr Harbans Lal, a close aide of former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, requesting that he be provided copies of the challan and the other material was turned down.


Criminal complaint against lecturers
Pathankot, April 22
The ongoing tussle between the managing committee of SMDRSD College and the teachers union here on the functioning of the college yesterday took a new turn when Mr Rajeshwar Singh, life president of the college, filed a criminal complaint against two lecturers of the college.


Varsity students get reprieve
Patiala, April 22
Vice-Chancellor Swarn Singh Boparai has accepted the request of Bikramjeet Singh Jatana and Gurtej Singh Teji, both former students of the Department of Law, and permitted them to enter the campus on the days of their examination.

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