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NDA govt of scams, says Sonia
Sunam, May 6
Terming the NDA government as a government of scams and an “enemy” of farmers and Dalits, Ms Sonia Gandhi, Congress President, today called upon Punjabis to give an opportunity to the Congress to form a responsible government at the Centre by casting their votes in favour of the Congress.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi receives a kirpan from Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh during a rally in favour of Ms Preneet Kaur at Sunam Congress President Sonia Gandhi receives a kirpan from Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh during a rally in favour of Ms Preneet Kaur at Sunam on Thursday. — Photo by Rajesh Sachar

Leadership crisis in BJP,
says Manmohan Singh

Jalandhar, May 6
Terming the BJP’s poll plank to provide a stable government at the Centre as a mere hype, the Congress today asserted that there was crises within the BJP over the leadership issue.
Dr Manmohan Singh, senior Congress leader, addresses an intellectuals’ meet in Jalandhar on Thursday.
Dr Manmohan Singh, senior Congress leader, addresses an intellectuals’ meet in Jalandhar on Thursday.

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Key Constituency: Patiala
Battle royale between Preneet and Kanwaljit

Patiala, May 6
All eyes are focused on the high profile Patiala Lok Sabha constituency. Reason, Ms Preneet Kaur, wife of the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, is trying her luck for the second time as Congress candidate from the constituency.

Defence asked to file affidavits in Badal case
Ropar, May 6
The special judge, Ropar, Mr S.K. Goel, today disposed of three applications filed by the defence in the corruption and disproportionate assets case registered by the Punjab Vigilance against the former Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal.

Kainth ridicules BJP’s ‘feel-good’ claim
Nawanshahr, May 6
The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the CPM ( Pasla faction) organised an election rally in support of Mr Pawan Tinu, BSP nominee for Phillaur Lok Sabha seat here today . Senior leaders of both parties asked the people to vote for BSP with a view to strengthening it to provide third alternative for safeguarding the interests of poor people.

Harried Doaba voters not casting votes
Jalandhar May 6
While bad condition of roads in most pockets of the Doaba region and “withdrawal” of certain facilities to Dalits have emerged as major factors, voters are indifferent towards the elections in Jalandhar, Phillaur and Hoshiarpur constituencies.

Tarlochan Singh new AISSF chief

Amritsar, May 6
Tarlochan Singh Gill, son of Bhai Amrik Singh, a former All India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF) chief who was killed in Operation Bluestar, took over as president of the federation here today. He has been authorised to reorganise the federation.

Tarlochan Singh Gill (centre), who was elected president of the All-India Sikh Students Federation in Amritsar on Thursday. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma
Tarlochan Singh Gill (centre), who was elected president of the All-India Sikh Students Federation in Amritsar

Facing torture abroad, youths write for help
Amritsar, May 6
Youths who went to foreign countries in search of greener pastures through travel agents are facing torture there.


Police helps restore minor to parents
Patiala, May 6
A minor girl, who ran away from home after being beaten up by her mother, was restored to her parents with the efforts of the Patiala police today.

700 level crossings to be manned
Phillaur, May 6
State governments should come forward to propose conversion of unmanned level crossings to manned level crossing as the states had to contribute their share for it, said the Divisional Railway Manager, Mr Dharam Singh, here today.

Pak group returns after dargah visit
Attari, May 6
“No Pakistan woman has ever visited Kalyar Sharief Dargah after Partition”, revealed a Zehrin Muslim group comprising 178 men that left for Pakistan today after a six-day visit to the dargah near Roorki.

Punjab unfair to staff, says Sangh
Chandigarh, May 6
The Punjab State Cooperative Boards, Corporations, Workers/ Employees Maha Sangh has threatened to go on a one-day strike during the forthcoming Budget Session of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha in protest against the “high-handedness” of the present Congress regime in abolishing perks, reducing pay scales and closing down/privatisation of public sector undertakings (PSUs). A state-level rally will also be organised as a protest.

Shortage of postcards
Amritsar, May 6
There is a shortage of postcards in the Chheharta main post office, near here. Mr Satya Pal Dang, CPI leader, expressed concern over the department’s failure to keep stock of the postcards, which is the cheapest mode of communication.


High Court
Speaking order
Chandigarh, May 6
A Division Bench of the High Court has directed the Commandant General, Home Guards, Punjab, to pass a speaking order on the legal notice of 126 Home Guards to regularise their services and also grant parity in their pay scales.

Langah asks court to return his passport
Ropar, May 6
Mr Sucha Singh Langah, former PWD minister, Punjab, today moved an application before the special court demanding his passport that was being in its custody. He sought the passport on the ground that he had to go abroad to attend the marriage of a relative.

Judge’s suspension revoked
Jalandhar, May 6
The Punjab and Haryana High Court, in its order of May 5, has revoked the suspension of Mr J. P. Mehmi, Additional Sessions Judge and member of the Punjab Superior Judicial Service, with immediate effect.


Are leave rules different for constable, SSP?
Chandigarh, May 6
A constable of the Punjab police was placed under suspension for asking three days’ medical leave after the Director-General of Police had stopped all kinds of leave for the policemen till the completion of the Lok Sabha elections.


Cop run over by thief, injured
Bathinda, May 6
Even as Talwandi Sabo police managed to arrest three thieves who were caught stealing the wheat at Jaga Ram Tirath village late last night, Mr Jarnail Singh, constable, was severely injured when one of the thieves, who managed to escape, tried to run him over.

Youth stabbed to death
Amritsar, May 6
A youth, Kuldip Sharma alias Raju, a resident of Guru Arjan Dev Nagar, was allegedly stabbed to death by some persons near Gurdwara Shaheed Ganj while returning home late last night.


Speakers discuss poetry of Gurus
Patiala, May 6
To commemorate the 400th anniversary of compilation of Guru Granth Sahib, the Punjabi Literary Studies Department of Punjabi University organised a seminar on “Kavya Shastra of Gurbani” here today.

Punjabi varsity Deans reshuffled
Patiala, May 6
In a major reshuffle of senior administrative posts in Punjabi University, the administration, while retaining almost all Deans, has changed their present responsibilities. Prof Ranjit Singh Ghuman of the Democratic Teachers Front (DTF), appointed as Dean, College Development Council, is the only new entrant.

Medico beaten up
Amritsar, May 6
Sandeep Singh, a final year student of Government Medical College, was allegedly beaten up by some senior students when he was taking lunch at C-block hostel mess here today. He was attacked by more than 10 students equipped with iron rods inflicting serious injuries on him. He was admitted to the Civil Hospital.

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