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Chandumajra SAD nominee from Bhattal’s seat
Mr Sukhbir Badal offers a ladoo to Mr Prem Singh Chandumajra on his return to the SAD in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Chandigarh, January 3
Mr Prem Singh Chandumajra, who joined the Shiromani Akali Dal today, will be the party's candidate from the Lehragaga Assembly segment.

HOMECOMING: Mr Sukhbir Badal offers a ladoo to Mr Prem Singh Chandumajra on his return to the SAD in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Mr Parkash Singh Badal looks on. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

PM’s brother to contest poll

Sidhu’s wife may get BJP ticket
Suspension of Navjot’s confidant revoked
Amritsar, January 3
The BJP yesterday received shot in the arm when Mr Rajinder Mohan Singh Chhina, secretary, Khalsa College Governing Council, and senate member of Guru Nanak Dev University, joined the party here.

Farmers ‘occupy’ DC office
Agitated farmers occupy the office of the Deputy Commissioner in Amritsar on Wednesday. Amritsar, January 3
Poor farmer Jagir Singh Jallewal, who worked as ‘Deputy Commissioner’ here today for hours had never dreamt of even entering the office of DC.

Agitated farmers occupy the office of the Deputy Commissioner in Amritsar on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Rajeev Sharma

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VC orders probe into girl’s disappearance
Patiala, January 3
Mr Swarn Singh Boparai, Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University, has launched an inquiry into the disappearance of the daughter of a university employee residing on the local campus.

Favour to officer
Chief Vigilance panel demands report
Chandigarh, January 3
The powers-that-be at the Punjab Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC), a loss-making Punjab Government undertaking which is already on the chopping block due to mounting loses, have been surreptitiously playing Santa to a senior officer, whose involvement in alleged illegal acts stands established.



Seat allotment: BJP-SAD differences surface again
Chandigarh, January 3
Differences over allotment of seats between the BJP and the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) surfaced again tonight following a stormy meet of the BJP here to decide on the names of candidate for all 23 seats the party is contesting in the forthcoming Assembly elections in Punjab.

Youth wing to seek Cong ticket for 20 members
Sangrur, January 3
To seek representation for the youths in the ensuing Assembly elections, the Punjab Youth Congress (PYC) will demand Congress ticket for about 20 from the high command for the workers and leaders of the PYC, depending upon the winning prospects of the aspirants.

BSP releases 70-member list
Hoshiarpur, January 3
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has declared its 70 candidates for various segments of Punjab Assembly and the remaining 47 will be finalised soon. This was disclosed by Mr Avtar Singh Karimpuri, president of the state unit of the BSP, while addressing in a party workers meeting held here last evening.

CEC to visit Punjab soon; Jalandhar SSP may be shifted
Chandigarh, January 3
The Chief Election Commissioner of India, Mr N. Gopalswami, is coming to Punjab next week to oversee election arrangements.

ROs to head grievance cells
Ferozepore, January 3
To ensure speedy redressal of complaints pertaining to violation of the Model Code of Conduct, a grievance cell would be set up at all district headquarters under the Returning Officers, who would forward any such complaint to the CEO, Punjab, and the Election Commission of India, said Mr R. Bhattacharya, Deputy Election Commissioner of India. He was presiding over a meeting of Returning Officials from Bathinda, Muktsar, Mansa, Moga, Faridkot and Ferozepore districts here today.

Congress leaders to boycott party nominee
Barnala, January 3
Senior Congress leaders of the area have decided to boycott the party nominee, come what may. the decision was taken at a meeting at Chintu Park here today. The meeting was presided over by ex-municipal councillor and Improvement Trust member Madan Lal Singla. Addressing a press conference, Mr Madan Lal Singla said senior Congress leaders had decided to oppose the party nominee in the Assembly elections, irrespective of the candidate.

CPI (ML) to contest on 10 seats
Mansa, January 3
The CPI (ML) would contest the Assembly elections from 10 constituencies in the state, announced party leader Swapan Mukherjee here today.

Mr Balwant Singh Ramoowalia , president of the Lok Bhilai Manch , Mr Inderjit Zira, acting president of the SAD ( Longowal) , and Mr Ravi Inder Singh at a press conference in Jalandhar on Wednesday. Joint Front reaches pact on 64 seats
Jalandhar, January 3
The Joint Front, floated recently by various non-Congress and non-SAD-BJP parties, including the CPI, the CPM and the Lok Bhalai Party, has reached seat adjustment with some other parties including the Jan Morcha and the Shiromani Akali Dal (1920) and urged outfits like the Bahujan Samaj Morcha and the BSP splinter groups to join them.
Mr Balwant Singh Ramoowalia , president of the Lok Bhilai Manch , Mr Inderjit Zira, acting president of the SAD ( Longowal) , and Mr Ravi Inder Singh at a press conference in Jalandhar on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

Several in race for Cong ticket
Moga, January 3
With the Assembly elections round the corner and the Code of Conduct in force, Congressmen here are vying to get the party ticket to contest the elections. Several Congress men are claiming the party ticket, each one projecting himself the most deserving.


HIV cases: ‘mostly truckers kin tested positive’
Ropar, January 3
AIDS claimed the life of a 12 year-old boy. His father who was a truck driver and his mother had also died due to the same disease. The tragedy which struck in a village 4 km from here was not isolated one. Many of families of truck or taxi drivers who tested HIV positive fear bleak future. Of the total persons tested HIV positive in the past four years most of them were truck drivers or their family members.

Barnala dist awaits officers
Barnala, January 3
People here have been facing inconvenience as most of the offices of Barnala district (20th district of Punjab) are yet to come into existence and posting of many officers against sanctioned posts not done. Sangrur district administration has stopped entertaining mail, dealing and routine work pertaining to Barnala district. Some of the Barnala district offices are carrying on with additional charge given to officers of the new district.

Discrimination against Dalits alleged
Ropar, January 3
Former Congress MLA, Shamsher Singh Rai, today alleged that the district administration was discriminating against Dalits of Chamkaur Sahib by directing them to deposit stamp duty at collector rate on land allotted to them by the government in 1972.

Fire in plywood factory
Sangrur, January 3
A fire in a factory of Punjab Plywood Industries, Ladda village, 9 km from here, caused a loss in lakhs. The fire broke out at 9 pm and was extinguished at 1 a.m.


Ginners defer strike, cotton purchase resumes
Cotton purchase re-started in markets across the region after six days of ginners’ strike. Bathinda, January 3
Purchase of cotton in the region’s markets resumed today after a gap of six days. Resumption came after protesting cotton ginners decided to defer their strike till the formation of a new government in the state. However, markets witnessed very less fresh arrival today.

Cotton purchase re-started in markets across the region after six days of ginners’ strike. — Photo by Kulbir Beera


PSEB employees reinstated
Tarn Taran, January 3
Thirty employees of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) of the local circle, who had been suspended about four months back were reinstated today.


Mother of 4 raped
Tarn Taran, January 3
A married mother of four was allegedly raped at her village Kairon, 18 km from here, by a man of nearby village.

Mystery shrouds 13-yr-old girl’s death
Amritsar, January 3
Mystery shrouds the death of a 13-year-old girl of the Chhota Haripura area under the Islamabad police station here today. The police had initiated inquiries under Section 174 of the Cr PC.

Doctor’s negligence alleged
Tarn Taran, January 3
The police here has registered a complaint against woman doctor in charge of Dhaliwal children hospital for alleged negligence which led to the death of one-year-old Arman Singh who was admitted to the hospital last night.

One injured in court firing
Amritsar, January 3
Two groups, which came for hearing in a property dispute case, quarrelled on the court premises, resulting in firing from one side here today. A person was injured and the accused was arrested from the spot.

Cash, mobile phones stolen
Hoshiarpur, January 3
Burglars decamped with cash and valuables in the local Kotwali bazar after committing burglary in three shops this morning. The owners of these shops found the locks of the shutters of their shops broken and goods in the shop scattered.


Rashtriya award for Library Professor
Amritsar, January 3
Dr Sewa Singh, Professor in the Department of Library and Information Science Guru Nanak Dev University has been selected for Rashtriya Gaurav award by the India International Friendship Society (IIFS), New Delhi.

Workshop on Guru Nanak teachings now on Jan 8,9
Amritsar, January 3
A two-day Workshop on “Guru Nanak's Teachings in the Context of Social Evils” will be organised on January 8 and 9 instead of January 9 and 10 at Guru Nanak Dev University here.

College resists land acquisition
Faridkot, January 3
Move of the district administration to acquire 10-acres belonging to Government Birjindra College to set-up public water works unit there has met with resistance from the college authorities, who sought intervention of higher authorities to get the project stalled.


IMO scheme to be extended to other cities
Chandigarh, January 3
Buoyed by the success of Instant Money Order (IMO) scheme in Chandigarh, the Punjab Circle of the Department of Posts and Telegraph will now extend the scheme to Ludhiana, Amritsar and Jalandhar.

New law to be framed for common infrastructure
Chandigarh, January 3
In a significant move, the Punjab Government is working on the framing of a new law for the maintenance of common infrastructure in the state. The law will lay down the rules for ensuring that infrastructure, specially privately developed, be maintained to the satisfaction of the stakeholders.

UTI Bank opens 23rd branch
Abohar, January 3
Mr R.K. Bammi, president, Northern Zone, UTI Bank, today inaugurated the 23rd branch of the bank in Punjab here.


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