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Development not possible with hollow slogans: Sonia
Phagwara, May 3
Cautioning people against evil designs of communal elements and accusing the SAD-BJP combine of eroding political values, Ms Sonia Gandhi, President of the Indian National Congress, today assured the electorate that politics was nothing but a vehicle for the Congress to bring prosperity and development for them.

Supporters listen to Congress President Sonia Gandhi at a rally in Phagwara on Monday. Sonia’s rally: misuse of govt machinery alleged

Supporters listen to Congress President Sonia Gandhi at a rally in Phagwara on Monday.
— Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

64 AISSF men join Congress
Patti, May 3
The Congress today rewarded Mr Harminder Singh Gill, a former president of the All-India Sikh Students Federation, for shifting his loyalty by appointing him as general secretary of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee.




Secular front will form govt: Ambika
Soni’s absence irks Congress observer

Bank employees to support Cong
Amritsar, May 3
The Punjab Bank Employees Federation today announced that all bank employees would support Congress and Left party candidates in Punjab and Chandigarh in the coming Lok Sabha elections.

Chawla offered me Rs 50 lakh, says Daya Singh Sodhi
Amritsar, May 3
In a sensational revelation, former Punjab BJP chief Daya Singh Sodhi today alleged that Dr Baldev Raj Chawla, a BJP local leader and former minister, had offered him Rs 50 lakh to withdraw his name from the panel of contenders for the Amritsar Lok Sabha seat in his favour.

Residents of border villages living on razor’s edge
Chandigarh, May 3
The living conditions of the people in the border villages of the Ferozepore parliamentary constituency, where Mr Jagmeet Singh Brar is entrenched in an electoral battle with three other former MPs, mirrors similar plight of the people in other three border constituencies, Amritsar, Tarn Taran and Gurdaspur, as well.

Don’t turn voters into tipplers: residents
Villagers to boycott poll over move to acquire land
SAD team to meet CEC on May 5
Sikh Council to  support SAD
Panel formed to implement code

Cops to record poll proceedings in sensitive booths
Vote out fascists, say students
Support for Bansal in Kharar claimed
Sunil Shetty campaigns for Khanna
Independent withdraws in favour of Preneet

Dowry seeker freed sans bail; NRI complains to DGP
Amritsar, May 3
Satwant Kaur, who was arrested by the Civil Line police under the dowry and cheating case on April 26, was released allegedly on the instructions of the DIG border range here. This was alleged by Mr Avtar Singh Chahal, an NRI and complainant in the case, according to a letter written by him to the Director General of Police (DGP), a copy of which was also delivered to this reporter here today.

Sidelined by state, picked by Centre

Chandigarh, May 3
Mr Sarabjit Singh, country's seniormost IPS officer, retires at the end of this month. Belonging to the 1965 batch and the Punjab cadre, he is the third Punjab police officer after Mr J.S. Bawa and Mr Gurbachan Jagat to head a central police organisation.


Pathankot DC asks MC to adjourn meeting
Pathankot, May 3
Local municipal council chief Sharvan Kumar is caught in a controversy on the issue of forged signatures of seven BJP councillors on the minutes book of the council.

Punjab not to return special term loan: CM
Phagwara, May 3
Reiterating that the special term loan taken by Punjab during militancy was not waived by the then central government, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh yesterday said the state government would not return the amount, even though the 11th Finance Commission had been demanding the money with interest.

Atwal for opening Wagah border
Phagwara May 3
In case the international border at Wagah was opened, it would give a boost to both the agricultural and industrial sectors in Punjab and for this, the will and vision of a statesman like Atal Bihari Vajpayee was required, said Mr Charanjit Singh Atwal, former Speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha and SAD- BJP candidate from the Phillaur Parliamentary constituency. Our farmers can benefit by sending their produce to Pakistan and businessmen and traders could promote their activities for mutual benefit in case Wagah border was opened, asserted Mr Atwal.

Youth seeks better civic amenities
Bathinda, May 3
While political parties are trying all gimmicks to attract as many votes as possible, young voters, particularly first timers, are not affected by the media blitzkrieg and have their own opinions about politicians, as revealed by a survey conducted in the constituency by TNS.

Pensioners protest against govt
Amritsar, May 3
A large number of old age and widow pensioners, led by Ms Laxmi Kanta Chawla, state vice-president of the BJP, held a protest dharna outside Hall Gate today.

Old age and widow pensioners hold a protest against the Punjab Government for not disbursing the amount due to them in Amritsar on Monday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Old age and widow pensioners hold a protest against the Punjab Government for not disbursing the amount due to them in Amritsar on Monday.

97 cases settled at Lok Adalat
Bathinda, May 3
Of the 318 cases under consideration, as many as 97 were settled on the spot at a Lok Adalat held here on Saturday.


DC warns local printers
Abohar, May 3
The Deputy Commissioner, Ferozepore, today warned the local printing presses against non-compliance of the rules regarding printing of pamphlets related to the elections. Sources pointed out that some newspapers, which had stopped publications in the past had resumed publication now.

Councillor alleges illegal mining
Kharar, May 3
A municipal councillor here has alleged that a contractor who is carrying out development work for the civic body in the township is indulging in illegal mining.


Four cops held for beating up juveniles
Faridkot, May 3
Four policemen allegedly beat up two juveniles at the local observation home, three nights in a row in the presence of an employee of the institution.

Police action against two employees recommended
Kharar, May 3
The Assistant Returning Officer-cum-SDM has recommended police action against two government employees for not attending the poll rehearsal conducted here on April 26.

Four held for robbery
Hoshiarpur, May 3
The police here arrested last night Shiv Kumar alias Shivji of Gajjan, Gurtej Singh alias Teja of Gillan, Gian Chand alias Bagga of Dhootan and Sukhwinder Singh alias Banti of Sidha Mazara and recovered one. 12 bore revolver along with four cartridges of .32 bore, one .315 bore pistol along with three cartridges, huge quantity of poppy husk and smack and Rs 50,000/- in cash from them.

One held, 3kg opium seized
Bathinda, May 3
The Moga police yesterday arrested Baldev Singh, local resident and recovered 3 kg of opium from him.

Wire theft plunges villages into darkness
Moga, May 3
Following the removal of power wire passing through fields over 2 km stretch by some unscrupulous persons a few days ago villagers have been facing an acute shortage of drinking water and darkness. A deputation of villagers headed by Mr Kuldip Singh Sandhu said here today they had informed officials of the PSEB about it but they did not bother.

Looter nabbed with pistol
Sangrur, May 3
In a joint operation, the Khanauri police and the Bahadursinghwala CIA staff have arrested Ramkaran Singh of Kithana village in Kaithal district of Haryana. He is a member of three-member gang which allegedly looted Rs 4.40 lakh from Mr Charan Dass, a trader, at Khanauri in this district in January. The police has seized a .12 bore pistol and seven cartridges from him.

4 booked for abusing civic body vice-chairman
Lalru, May 3
The police has booked four residents of Kheri Jattan village for abusing and defaming a vice-chairman of the Block Samiti, Dera Bassi, here today.


Sarvhitkari Samiti opens school
Jalandhar, May 3
The Sarvhitkari Shiksha Samiti, Chandigarh, launched Sarvhitkari Keshav Senior Secondary School in Guru Gobind Avenue here on Saturday. Foundation stone of the school was laid by Mr Dinesh, regional ‘parcharak’ of the Rashtriyaswayam Sewak Sangh (RSS), while Mr Shital Vij, Chairman of the Devi Talaab Temple Management Committee presided over the function.

Loan issue sparks row in GND varsity
Amritsar, May 3
Waiving of the loan to Punjab is no more an issue which is being debated between the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, and former Prime Minister, Inder Kumar Gujral. The issue is being discussed on the campus of Guru Nanak Dev University.

Stone laid for medical college
Bathinda, May 3
Mr Harinder Singh Gill, Chairman, Adesh Foundation, said today that a private medical college would start functioning in Bathinda from July, 2006. The construction of the college, having 100 seats, had already begun.

100 attend college reunion
Bathinda, May 3
Rajindra Old Students’ Society today organised its first reunion-cum-cultural meet at Government Rajindra College. It was attended by about 100 old students of the college and their kin.

PCCTU president
Bathinda, May 3
Mr N.K. Gosain of the DAV College, here and Ms Swarnjit Ghuman of Bhai Asa Singh Girls College of Goniana Mandi, were elected District President and Secretary, respectively, of Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU) elections for which were held here yesterday at DAV College.


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