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BJP ex-chief Sodhi in Congress fold
Amritsar, April 23
The Congress candidate from Amritsar, Mr R.L. Bhatia, with Mr Daya Singh Sodhi, former Punjab BJP President who joined the Congress, in Amritsar on Friday. Giving a boost to the election campaign of the Congress in Amritsar , former state BJP chief Daya Singh Sodhi and former MLA Ranjit Singh today joined the Congress in the presence of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and PPCC chief H.S. Hanspal here today.
The Congress candidate from Amritsar, Mr R.L. Bhatia, with Mr Daya Singh Sodhi, former Punjab BJP President who joined the Congress, in Amritsar on Friday. — PTI photo

Resignations rattle BJP, SAD
Chandigarh, April 23
The SAD-BJP combine has become a bit nervous as two of its senior leaders — Mr Daya Singh Sodhi and Mr Charanjit Singh Walia — have joined hands with the ruling Congress Party in Punjab. In fact, the two major jolts to the combine in the form of resignation by Mr Walia and Mr Sodhi in the past 48 hours have rattled the top echelons of the combine.

Chandumajra attends Kanwaljit’s rally
Patiala, April 23
The SAD-BJP candidate, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, former SGPC President Kirpal Singh Badungar, Mr Prem Singh Chandumajra and Mr Harmel Singh Tohra at a rally in Patiala Senior Shiromani Akali Dal leader and former Patiala MP Prem Singh Chandumajra was present at the rally organised here today as a prelude to the filing of nomination papers by its Patiala candidate Kanwaljit Singh.
The SAD-BJP candidate, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, former SGPC President Kirpal Singh Badungar, Mr Prem Singh Chandumajra and Mr Harmel Singh Tohra at a rally in Patiala on Friday. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar

A BJP supporter at an election rally in Patiala
on Friday. — PTI

Fatehgarh Sahib


80 file nominations on last day
Chandigarh, April 23
On the last day of filing nominations, 80 candidates furnished their papers for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections from Punjab. The total number of candidates has now risen to 212. The scrutiny of papers will take place on April 24 and the last date of candidature withdrawal is April 26.

Beant Singh case accused misses poll bus
Chandigarh, April 23
An alleged assassin of former Chief Minister Beant Singh, who is presently in Burail Jail here, wanted to file his nomination for the Chandigarh parliamentary constituency. He could not however, become a candidate, as he failed to complete the formalities by 3 p.m today when the filing of nominations ended.

Most-wanted terrorist’s village set to register record turnout
Panjwarh (Tarn Taran) , April 23
There was a time when nobody ventured out to cast his vote during the general election (of February 1992) in the native village of Parmjit Singh Panjwarh, a self-styled chief of the Khalistan Commando Force, whose name figured among India’s 20 most wanted terrorists after an attack on Parliament.

EC wants Punjab to shift Bathinda DSP
Chandigarh, April 23
In less than a month before the Lok Sabha elections, the Election Commission of India has reportedly asked the Punjab government to shift Bathinda’s Deputy Superintendent of Police Kant Singh. 

Simranjit Singh MannArvind, Sukhbir hid facts on assets: Mann
Ropar, April 23
Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, SAD candidate from Faridkot, and Mr Arvind Khanna, Congress candidate from Sangrur, have concealed facts regarding their assets from the Election Commission and the commission should order an inquiry into the facts declared by them in the affidavits filed along with their papers.

News Analysis
How people view Parliament elections
Chandigarh, April 23
This is one parliamentary election which is “ideology neutral” and in which no political party has any “meaningful agenda”. This election has come at a time when people in Punjab have lost hope and are circumspect if any political party will or can deliver goods or play an effective role in New Delhi to rejuvenate the state’s economy.

We were made to dance at parties, say girl students
Jalandhar, April 23
Giving a new twist to the Indian Medical Institute and Charitable Hospital case, 13 of its girl students, who had left the institute in February in protest against their alleged harassment at the hands of its director and the Principal, today alleged the district police had been a mute spectators to the whole show and that it not only failed to provide justice to them, but also to register a case against those running the college.


Ammo depot shifting in spotlight again
Pathankot, April 23
Residents here are facing eviction, as notices have been issued by the Army authorities to those living within the 1000 yard radius of the Mamun ammunition depot. The issue has generated a lot of political heat, particularly when the parliamentary elections are only a fortnight away. Both Congress and the BJP is trying to derive as much political mileage out of it as possible.

Farmers told to put up black flags
Chandigarh, April 23
The Movement Against State Repression, a non-government body of Punjab, has urged farmers to put up black flags in their villages and the rooftop of their houses during the run-up to the parliamentary elections in the state in order to draw the attention of the government to their “pitiable plight”.

Protest against alleged police inaction
Abohar, April 23
Members of the Kisan Mazdoor Mulazim Sangharsh Committee today took out a march to the Sadar police station here to express resentment over failure to arrest those who allegedly poisoned a woman to death on March 28. The police has so far arrested her husband only.

Setback to efforts to pacify Divan factions
Amritsar, April 23
The efforts of Akal Takht to bring truce between the two warring groups of the Chief Khalsa Divan suffered a major setback when at least 50 members of the divan decided to lodge a strong protest with the Jathedar , Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, for the alleged injustice done by giving more representation to the ‘ankhi group’.

Earth Day observed
Amritsar, April 23
The Amritsar chapter of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage observed Earth Day by planting saplings at Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 1 here yesterday.

Senior citizen sits on dharna
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 23
Mr Lovinder Sood, 71, of Sirhind town sat on a dharna in front of the Municipal Council office here today. Mr Sood said that he had been forced to sit on dharna as the council authorities had failed to direct a contractor to start the pavement work in his area. 


Scheduled water supply timings sought
Abohar, April 23
The Democratic Citizens Forum has urged the Deputy Commissioner of Ferozepore to issue an administrative order for ensuring properly scheduled supply of drinking water to 1.25 lakh citizens here. In a memorandum faxed to the Deputy Commissioner and the Chief Secretary, of Punjab today, the forum said scarcity of water in canals had hit consumers in urban and rural areas.

Registration of migratory labourers ordered
Bathinda, April 23
Mr K.A.P. Sinha, District Magistrate said today that as some migratory labourers working here had been indulging in criminal activities in this area, their employers would have to get them registered with the police.


Man held for father’s murder
Jalandhar, April 23
The district police yesterday claimed to have solved a blind murder case with the arrest of a son of the victim. The police said a case under Sections 302 and 34 of the IPC was registered on March 20 last on the complaint of Harbhajan Singh, who stated that the body of his brother Sadhu Singh bearing injuries inflicted with sharp-edged weapons, was recovered from fields in Madala Chana village.

3 Delhi residents killed in Kharar
Kharar (Punjab), April 23

Three members of a family of New Delhi were killed and five of them injured when their Maruti van had a head-on collision with a truck near Chanalon village, 8 km from here today on the National Highway No 21.

ETO arrested for graft
Gurdaspur, April 23
Batala’s Excise and Taxation Officer Parveen Kumar was today arrested for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 15,000 in his office from Ashok Kumar, whose brick-kiln, situated outside Batala town, had been raided by the ETO in July, last year.


GND varsity professor gets Rs 1 cr project
Amritsar, April 23
A project worth over Rs 1 crore for conducting research ongenes responsible for causing inherited eye diseases has been granted to Prof Jai Rup Singh, coordinator, of the Centre of Genetic Disorders, Guru Nanak Dev University, under a multi-centric project, jointly funded by the government of India and Germany.

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