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Rai Sikhs lay it out
Leaders’ demand: Give us three tickets
Chandigarh, January 9
The ruling Congress is up against odds as distribution of the party ticket for the coming Assembly elections may move some traditionally loyal groups away from it. Rai Sikhs, for example, are one.

Plea for closure of industries rejected
New Delhi, January 9
In a major relief to industrialists who have set their units in the extended town of Mandi Gobindgarh prior to the new master plan 2000 announced by the Punjab Government, the Supreme Court has rejected a petition for their closure.

N. GopalaswamiCECspeak
It will be free and fair
We will watch closely everybody’s performance. All Deputy Commissioners and Superintendents of Police have been told to act totally in an apolitical, neutral and fair manner.” says the Chief Election Commissioner, Mr N. Gopalaswami.

N. Gopalaswami



SAD-BJP leaders acknowledge greetings of people at a traders’ conference in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Migrants, workers throng SAD-BJP traders’ conference
Ludhiana, January 9
In case the SAD-BJP alliance is counting on the support of traders in Assembly elections, the turnout at the state-level the Vyapar and Udyog conference organised here today was not heartening.

SAD-BJP leaders acknowledge greetings of people at a traders’ conference in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — Photo by Sayeed Ahmed

Udoke appears before Akal Takht
Moral turpitude charge by NRI Sikh girl
Amritsar, January 9
Dr Sukhpreet Singh Udoke, a Sikh scholar and a former member of five-member committee, constituted by Akal Takht on RSS, yesterday appeared before the five-Sikh high priests at Akal Takht, here to clarify his position with regard to the allegations of ‘moral turpitude’, levelled against him by a Canada-based Sikh girl.

BiPaSa tops wish list of industry
Chandigarh, January 9
BiPaSa (bijli, pani, sadak) and a roadmap for reviving the staggering economic growth of Punjab tops the wish-list of the Punjab industry. Irrespective of which party comes to power, PunjabInc. has its charter of demands ready.



Punjab VOTES ’07

Cong poll observer has ticket aspirants in a tizzy
Gurdaspur January 9
The sudden arrival of the Congress Election Observer here today had the party ticket aspirants in a tizzy. The Election Observer, Mr Santosh Pargadia, who is a Rajya Sabha member from Rajasthan, arrived here even as many ticket aspirants complained that they were not informed about his visit.

JD(U) to contest 11 seats
Hoshiarpur, January 9
The Janta Dal (United) (JD-U) will field candidates from 11 Assembly segments in alliance with the non-Congress and non-SAD (B)-led front in Punjab.

Capt Kanwaljit Singh, former Finance Minister and candidate from BanurIf I win ...
‘Economy top priority’
Putting Punjab economy back on the rails will be my first priority. The five-year misrule of the Amarinder Singh government has put the economy on the downslide with growth rate in state only about 2.4% as against the 8.5% national growth rate.

     Capt Kanwaljit Singh, former Finance Minister and candidate from Banur

Disqualify Tota Singh, ex-Cong MLA says
Moga, January 9
Buoyant by his recent success in getting a fine imposed on sitting Akali legislator Tota Singh by the Supreme Court, Mr Vijay Saathi, former Congress MLA, now has sought Mr Tota Singh’s disqualification for six years for the violation of election laws of the country.

Probe sought into code violation
Sangrur, January 9
The district unit of the Democratic Teachers Front (DTF), Punjab, on Monday submitted a complaint to the district administration demanding an inquiry into the alleged “violation of election code of conduct” some days ago in the local Government Senior Secondary School for boys at the time of a farewell party of a teacher who had taken voluntary retirement recently.


Who is watching voters’ interests?
Chandigarh, January 9
Will a registered voter with a photo identity card be allowed to cast his or her vote on February 13?

Bahuguna celebrates b’day with orphans
Amritsar, January 9
Chipko movement leader Sunder Lal Bahuguna celebrated his 80th birthday along with the destitute and orphaned inmates of the Pingalwara Charitable Trust here today.

Khadi — The clear winner so far
Chandigarh , January 9
Just over a month before the Assembly elections in Punjab, so many supporters of different political parties across the state are exercising franchise in favour of khadi.

‘Mulajams’ gear up to grill politicians
Chandigarh, January 9
A beginning is being made by the Punjab Mulajam Sangharsh Committee to ask questions from politicians who will be in the Assembly election fray with regard to their vision and approach to various issues being faced by the state.

Award for Ropar youth
Ropar, January 9
Yogesh Mohan of the Ropar has been selected from Punjab for the National Youth Award by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. The ministry has selected 25 youths from the country for this award to be given by the Prime Minister on January 16 at Pune.


DC appoints returning officers
Patiala, January 9
Mr R.K. Verma, Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Election Officer has appointed Returning Officers and Assistant Returning Officers for Patiala constituency for the forthcoming assembly elections.


Man stabs wife outside gurdwara
Ropar, January 9
A 32-year old lady was seriously injured after she was stabbed with a kirpan by her husband over a family dispute outside the Gurdwara Batha Sahib here, late this evening. The injured Sukhjinder Kaur was rushed to the PGI while her husband Sukhwinder Singh fled the scene.


Workshop for researchers
Patiala, January 9
In a week-long workshop for researchers of Punjabi Department, Dr Shakuntla Rao, Assistant Professor, University of New York, addressing the students of Journalism and Mass Communication of Punjabi University, said today that effects of globalisation were evident in Bollywood films these days.

Bagrian heads Sikh institute
Chandigarh, January 9
Bhai Ashok Singh Bagrian has been unanimously elected president of the Institute of Sikh Studies for 2007.


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