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Congress in election mode as CM bashes Akalis
Dubs Anandpur Sahib resolution secessionist
Muktsar, January 13

The ruling Congress party today informally launched its election campaign for the Ajnala Assembly byelection, slated for February 23, at a conference organised here to mark the supreme sacrifice made by the 40 Muktas, on the eve of the Maghi Mela.
Mr Jagmeet Singh Brar, a former Congress MP, and the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, during a political conference at the Maghi Mela in Muktsar Mr Jagmeet Singh Brar, a former Congress MP, and the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, during a political conference at the Maghi Mela in Muktsar on Thursday. Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Deputy Chief Minister, is also seen in the picture. — Tribune photo by Pankaj Sharma

Amarinder govt terrorising Akali workers, says Badal
Muktsar, January 13
Launching a scathing attack on the Congress Government in Punjab, former Chief Minister and Shiromani Akali Dal president Parkash Singh Badal today said it had done nothing in people's interest during the past three years and its only aim was to terrorise SAD workers.
SAD chief Parkash Singh Badal addresses a party rally at the Maghi Mela in Muktsar SAD chief Parkash Singh Badal addresses a party rally at the Maghi Mela in Muktsar on Thursday.



  Splinter Akali groups target Badal, Amarinder govt
Muktsar, January 13
While the Congress and SAD (B) were attacking each other at their rallies, splinter Akali groups targeted both and held them responsible for the present state of affairs in Punjab. Addressing a rally, SAD (Amritsar) president, Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, said there was no Opposition left in Punjab and Congress and SAD (B) had reached a compromise.
BJP to support SAD candidate at Ajnala
Chandigarh, January 13
The BJP would support the Shiromani Akali Dal candidate in the Ajnala byelection scheduled to be held on February 23. This was made clear today by the president of the Punjab unit of the BJP, Mr Avinash Rai Khanna.

Avinash Rai Khanna, president, BJP, Punjab, and MP, addressing mediapersons at the BJP office, Sector 37, Chandigarh, on Thursday.
— A Tribune photograph

Avinash Rai Khanna, president, BJP, Punjab, and MP, addressing mediapersons at the BJP office

Voters lose faith in I-card process
Abohar, January 13
Almost all booths in the Balluana and Abohar Assembly segments set up to photograph voters wore deserted look today as they said they had lost confidence in the process for preparing photo Identity cards.

SGPC against same-sex marriage
Chandigarh, January 13
The SGPC is against same-sex marriage, which has become a hot issue in countries like Canada, where Sikhs are settled in a big number. Taking a clear and firm stand on the issue, Mr Sukhdev Singh Bhaur, general secretary, SGPC, said today that such marriages were against the Gurmat and Sikh code of conduct.

Giani Puran Singh may be relieved as Head Granthi today                                
Amritsar, January 13
Giani Puran Singh, bete noire of SGPC chief Bibi Jagir Kaur, is likely to be relieved from the post of the Head Granthi of the Golden Temple tomorrow. Giani Gurbachan Singh, priest of the Golden Temple, will succeed him.
                                         Giani Puran Singh

UK-based foundation to open eye hospital at Nankana Sahib
Amritsar, January 13
The UK-based SAARC Foundation has planned to set up a major medical & eye centre at Nankana Sahib in Pakistan the birth place of first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak Dev.

Giani Puran Singh

Two in Vigilance net on charge of corruption
Chandigarh, January 13
In two separate trap cases, a junior assistant in the Agriculture Department and a village patwari were caught red-handed by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau on Wednesday. Both were posted at Patiala.


Middlemen make hay while authorities keep mum
Lakhanpur, January 13
The middlemen are thriving on the sales tax and toll tax barriers of Jammu and Kashmir government. The said barriers are located on the Punjab and J&K border. As one enters the Lakhanpur town located on the border of Jammu and Kashmir, the display boards on the shops openly illustrate the kind of business thriving in the area.

Shops in Lakhanpur openly inviting traders for the settlement of the sales and toll taxes.
— Photo by writer
Shops in Lakhanpur openly inviting traders for the settlement of the sales and toll taxes

J&K hot market for stolen vehicles
Gurdaspur, January 13
Jammu and Kashmir has become a favourite state for car thieves across north India to dispose off stolen cars. The inference has been drawn by Gurdaspur police from the increasing numbers of stolen cars being recovered by the local police.

Nabha peasant accuses own brother of committing fraud
Chandigarh, January 13
Manmohan Singh, a peasant from Gunike village in Nabha, faces a threat of losing his small landholding as backed by ruling party leaders, his brother in an alleged connivance with the police, revenue and Housefed employees has forged documents to avail a loan of Rs 1.85 lakh by mortgaging his land.

MP busy, villagers have to wait
Kabirpur (Sultanpur Lodhi), January 13
Thousands of residents from nearly 65 villages falling in Sultanpur Lodhi subdivision, who had been looking forward to a “Suwidha camp” to get their grievances redressed with the administrative authorities, are a harried lot as the camp was postponed for the second consecutive day today.

Ex-serviceman may lose land to mafia
Abohar, January 13
Having fought twice to safeguard every inch of the motherland during the 1965 and 1971 wars, Col Onkar Nath Chopra (retd.) today finds it an uphill task to save his own agriculture land-holding at Chanankhera, on the Abohar-Malout road, from the land Mafia.

Police-public contact programme launched
Jalandhar, January 13
The district police, in its bid to solve grievances of the people on the spot and bridge the communication gap with the public, launched police-public contact programme, Sampark, at Lohian, 38 km from here, today.

Wild animals cause panic
Ropar, January 13
Panic has gripped several villages in the district located near forest areas as wild animals, including a panther, have entered the district forest areas from Himachal forest areas following intense cold.

Vikas manch claims shortage of teachers, doctors
Amritsar, January 13
Professor Mohan Singh, president, Amritsar Vikas Manch (AVM), claimed that thousands of posts of teachers and doctors were lying vacant in the border area villages.

Preneet Kaur lays stone of sub-station
Patiala, January 13
The PSEB is leading all other electricity boards of the country in connecting 9,054 out of 13,123 villages of the state with 24-hour power supply on urban pattern. This was stated by Mrs Preneet Kaur, MP, Patiala, during the foundation stone laying ceremony of 66 kv Sub-station at Bhagrana village in the district yesterday.


Hearing adjourned in wireless scam case
Chandigarh, January 13
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today adjourned till January 17 the hearing in PIL filed by two advocates seeking a comprehensive inquiry by an independent agency into the embezzlement of approximately Rs 2.58 crore in purchase of wireless sets by the Punjab Police.

Court hands over murder case to Crime Branch
Chandigarh, January 13
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has ordered handing over of investigation in the case of mysterious death of a young man of Yamunanagar last year to the Crime Branch.


Theft on board Kuwait Airlines flight
Ludhiana, January 13
For six years in the USA, he collected gift and utility items, including a diabetes monitoring machine for his father, to present them to his family back home in Ludhiana, but lost most of these items in a mysterious theft on board a Kuwait Airlines plane.

Child killed in road accident
Pathankot, January 13
A child was killed and four others were injured when a car in which they were travelling collided with a tractor-trailer near Jakho-Lahri village last night. The deceased has been identified as Bobby (6).

Three JEs and two others chargesheeted
Patiala, January 13
The Punjab State Electricity Board has chargesheeted three Junior Engineers and two other employees for preparing false documents to deny a tubewell connection to a beneficiary and issuing the same to another person.


Board's order on purchase of books
Barnala, January 13
The Punjab School Education Board has directed all those schools which are affiliated to it to purchase 75 per cent books of their students directly from the board depots at various district headquarters.

Varsity dons reject Governor’s directive
Amritsar, January 13
The stormy general house meeting of the Guru Nanak Dev University Teachers Association, held here today rejected the directive of Governor-cum-Chancellor of the university to amend the statutes/calendar of the university for alleviation of Heads of Departments and authorised its executive body to chalk out the next course of action to stage a protest dharna in front of the VC’s office.

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