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Sukhi eager to strike right note
THE sun is up and shining fiercely. Droplets of perspiration are forming on her face. The Congress (I) candidate from Kapurthala Assembly seat, Ms Sukhjinder Kaur, better known as Ms Sukhi Rana, is eager to strike the right note. With the CM and the gathering. Her diamond earrings and nose pin gleam, as she says her rather well rehearsed speech about her party's promises and achievements.




Door-to-door canvassing is Raghbir’s style
CLAD in a white kurta pyjama and a navy blue turban, he goes from village to village with his hands folded. His supporters, almost dressed like him, follow him in a convoy of cars. Mr Raghbir Singh, the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) candidate from Kapurthala Assembly segment, is a busy man these days.

Tarsem riles against “manuvadi” forces
HIS favourite one-liner is about the "manuvadi forces". He holds meetings with his supporters and party workers at a common village place. Mr Tarsem Singh Thapar, the BSP candidate from Kapurthala Assembly segment, favours "nukkad" type of campaign.

City my emotional weakness: Yash Chopra 
"Jalandhar is my emotional weakness and I still remember every nook and corner of the city perfectly well," reminisces ace filmmaker and showman Yash Chopra, for whom Jalandhar is not only his hometown, but also a place that is close to his heart.


Punjab State War Memorial all set for new look

Come December and the Punjab State War Memorial here may wear a new look. Officials are awaiting the release of a grant of Rs 2.5 lakh from the district administration for re-tiling and re-lighting an old war tank that stands neglected in the tapering corner of the building. The tank was constructed way back in 1987. Visitors to the memorial said that it used to present a beautiful spectacle till the last decade.

Hall of Fame: Portraits of war heroes
adorn the Memorial

Portraits of war heroes

Philately: A hobby for all times
Ask children about their hobbies and most of them will come up with a reply that they hardly have any time for it. The rest will have say something about dance, music, computers or video games. There will hardly be a case when a child would talk about philately.

Skipping for Guinness Book of World Records
When he skips, he skips in a sprinting style. The string becomes invisible and only a stormy, rustling, shrill whistling sound is heard. The 43-year-old well-built Mr Ranjit Pal got his name entered into the Limca Book of Records by skipping rope 136 times just in 15 seconds! Sounds unbelievable? But Mr Pal has prepared a CD of his performance and he claims to have improved upon his own record.

Ranjit Pal
Ranjit Pal

Waiting for a mishap
“Unsafe” building houses school
handani, student of IV class, fears a tragedy any time, as she knows that the century-old school building in which she studies was declared unsafe by authorities long time back.

The PWD (B&R) Department had declared the building of the Government Primary School, Rainak Bazaar, as unsafe more than eight years back. — Photo by S.S. Chopra 

The PWD Department had declared the building of the Government Primary School, Rainak Bazaar, as unsafe more than eight years back

They knew not about winning, yet they sprinted to victory
t was a special sports event. For special children. Their faces flushed with the sheer joy of holding the centre-stage, the children tried to make sense of it all. Many of them could not grasp the import of the hullabaloo—men and women milling around, cajoling teachers and parents, the chalky tracks, the loud claps.

Special children enjoy their moment of competition. — Photo by Pawan Sharma

Special children enjoy their moment of competition.



Arya College caters to rural education
"Woman empowerment" is the USP of Banarsi Dass Arya Girls College here. In this era of spiritual and moral bankruptcy, the college strives hard to inculcate ethical values among students to ensure latter's progressive development, say college authorities.

From the schools
Students from eight schools affiliated with the CBSE participated in an inter-school yoga contest organised by the Sahodaya School Association at Army Public School, Jalandhar Cantonment on Tuesday.


Big players enter used car market in Doaba
The recent entry of big players in the second-hand car market has created a flutter among second-hand car dealers here, even as they are trying to bank upon their USP - "low" prices offered by them. The entry of big players like Maruti and other companies, and dealers like Cargo Motors, Dada Motors and even some finance companies in the second-hand car sale market in this region has disturbed the calculations of those selling second-hand cars and other vehicles on the basis of commission. Second-hand cars lined up for sale in Jalandhar

Second-hand cars lined up for sale in Jalandhar



House Tax: MC tightens noose around residents, but lets off government
Has the local Municipal Corporation (MC) adopted one yardstick for state government departments and another for common residents? The answer is in affirmative, if we go by the MC's usual practice about house tax collection.


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