Lodhianangal joins SAD
Amritsar, October 8
The Shiromani Akali Dal led by Mr Parkash Singh Badal today received a shot in the arm when Mr Lakhbir Singh
Lodhinangal, who had recently resigned as Chairman Improvement Trust, Batala, joined the party along with a large number of his supporters here.
Ex-trust chief’s induction into SAD opposed
Gurdaspur, October 8
Though Mr Lakhbir Singh Lodhinangal, chairman of the Improvement Trust, Batala, joined the SAD at Amritsar today, the party leaders from the area have opposed his inclusion.
Rival Akali faction heads attend ‘Save Panth rally’
Rajasansi, October 8
The ‘Save Panth rally’, organised by rebel SGPC Secretary, Raghbir Singh and attended by leaders of various rival Akali factions, here today set the tone for forthcoming Assembly elections, slated for February next year.
Sarpanch of Kahlon’s native village joins Cong
Fatehgarh Churian (Gurdaspur), October 8
In a major setback to the SAD in the Fatehgarh Churian constituency, the sarpanch of the native village of former SAD minister Nirmal Singh
Kahlon, SAD nominee from the constituency, today joined the Congress.
Cong to hold Yuva Chetna rallies
Barnala, October 8
The Punjab Youth Congress, under the leadership of Mr Vijay Inder Singla, president, Punjab Youth Congress, will launch its Yuva Chetna rallies from Sangrur district on October 10.
Parties yet to sense mood of electorate
Ludhiana, October 8
With only four months to go for the Punjab Vidhan Sabha elections, people have started viewing seriously the techniques and methods being adopted by major political parties to woo the electorate. So far both the Congress and Akali Dal have done much to malign their leaders and make the slogan of corruption meaningless in the eyes of people of the state. A section of the people have rather looked contemptuously at the slanderous campaign by the Congress and Akalis against Captain Amarinder Singh and Mr Parkash Singh Badal, respectively. Some people have even hinted that such tactics may result in turning the election campaign violent this time.
Couple arrested for deserting daughters
Bathinda, October 8
Conveying a stern warning to those trying to get rid of their “unwanted girl child”, the police has arrested a woman who had abandoned her two daughters at the local bus stand a few days back, and her husband. However, the girls are yet to be restored to any of their relatives and they continue to remain in the custody of Sahara, a local NGO.
Rajni Devi, who had deserted her two daughters at Bathinda bus stand, and her husband, Jagmohan Singh, in police custody in Bathinda on Sunday.
— Photo by Kulbir Beera
Dengue case reported in Bathinda
Bathinda, October 8
A one-and-a-half-year-old child has tested positive for dengue here. This is the first case of confirmed dengue in Bathinda district.
According to sources, the child, Monu, was brought to the Civil Hospital by his
father Ratan Kumar, a migrant labourer, staying at Ganesha Basti, last night.
Free insurance for 30 cr BPL persons
Ludhiana, October 8
The Centre is preparing a comprehensive health insurance policy for people living below the poverty line.
Under the scheme, 30 crore persons across the country will get free health
insurance and the annual premium of about Rs 3,000 crore will be paid by the
Brinda Karat flays govt for acquiring land for industry
Hoshiarpur, October 8
Ms Brinda Karat, MP and member of the CPM Politburo alleged corruption was being indulged in by sarpanches and officials concerned in the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA), 2005, in Hoshiarpur district.
NC president Sahota dies in road accident
Phillaur, October 8
A pall of gloom descended at Nurmahal when Phumman Ram Sahota, president, Nurmahal Nagar Council, died in a road accident
Shiv Sena against mercy to Afzal
“Sappan Wala Baba” dies of snakebite
Abohar, October 8
Chhinder Singh popularly known “Sappan Wala Baba” died due to snakebite yesterday night at Mahalam village located on the Abohar-Ferozepore road.