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AICC elicits MPs’ views
New Delhi, January 13
The AICC screening committee, tasked with shortlisting the Congress nominees for next month’s Assembly elections in Punjab, had an extended meeting yesterday and specially took the suggestions of members of Parliament from the state on the strategy and criteria for zeroing in on the candidates.

CM: We will wipe out Badals
Muktsar, January 13
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, here today stated that the Congress would go for the political kill of the Badals and ensure that their political existence was wiped out in Punjab in the coming Assembly elections.

We are all in it together
Mr Jagmeet Singh Brar, Capt Amarinder Singh and Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo at the Maghi Fair in Muktsar on Saturday.

Mr Jagmeet Singh Brar, Capt Amarinder Singh and Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo at the Maghi Fair in Muktsar on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

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Muktsar killings: 7-day remand for accused
Muktsar, January 13
Mukesh Kumar who was nabbed by the Muktsar police yesterday on charges of murdering five Bawaria children, was remanded to seven-day police custody by a local court this evening.


Out of father’s shadow
Chandigarh, January 13
Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, a shy politician until recently, has emerged as a different kind of rabble-rouser on the state's political scene.
For years, he grew politically under the shadow of his father, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, a man with infinite patience. However, he has now moved beyond his father’s shadow and virtually calls the shots in the SAD.

I call the shots now, papa

Navjot Singh Sidhu Freed, Sidhu plays the hero
Warns ‘hankari’ Raja ‘hun mein aagya han’
Patiala, January 13
Attired in clothes he wore when he entered the jail 36 hours ago, former Amritsar MP Navjot Singh Sidhu walked out of the Patiala Central Jail a free man this afternoon after his lawyers completed formalities in the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate. A special courier brought the Supreme court bail documents at midnight, but Mr Sidhu had to wait till this morning to make his exit from the jail. His lawyers submitted a bail bond of Rs 25,000 and a surety of the like amount in the court.

Virtual revolt in SAD
Ticket refusal to Ladal
Ropar, January 13
SAD President Parkash Singh Badal’s announcement to grant party ticket to SAD patron Sant Ajit Singh from Anandpur Sahib Assembly constituency led to a virtual revolt here today by party workers.

SAD harps on police atrocities
Muktsar, January 13
The Shiromani Akali Dal today again highlighted the already set agenda for the elections, promising highly subsidised atta and pulses, filling of all vacancies within six months of coming to power and also a health insurance scheme for farmers, among a slew of other things, at a rally here today.

Rajpura: Khurana’s exit deepens suspense
Rajpura, January 13
With the Congress high command delaying the release of even the first list of party nominees, the race for ticket from the Rajpura Assembly constituency has intensified.

Shambhu on poll tandav
Ludhiana, January 13
Shambhu Singh is bitterly angry. Let down by the Congress for which he claims to have given his blood and sweat, he now wants to get the party defeated from Ludhiana (rural).

Shambhu Singh, Jan Morcha candidate from Ludhiana (Rural)

‘Migrant labourers from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar have contributed in great measure to the phenomenal growth of Punjab, and Ludhiana in particular. Still we are not held in esteem.’

Shambhu Singh

For change, Independents on young minds
Chandigarh, January 13
Disenchanted by political giants contesting Assembly elections on promises alone, many electors across the state, particularly youngsters, are this time dabbling with the idea of exercising their franchise in favour of change through Independent candidates.

Hoardings mock poll code
Amritsar, January 13
Big hoardings with pictures of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Ms Sonia Gandhi, and Capt Amarinder Singh, promising development in the border state dot the main road, eclipsing the city landmarks, in gross violation of the Model Code of Conduct. Even the entrance gate to the city has not been spared. The ‘Welcome’ board stands covered with a hoarding of the government, boasting of development works.

BKU (Lakhowal) to back SAD
Abohar, January 13
The BKU led by Mr Ajmer Singh Lakhowal has resolved to support Mr Gurtej Singh Ghuriana, a SAD candidate from the Balluana (reserve) constituency.

Land mafia gets active
Abohar, January 13
With electioneering gaining momentum, land mafia has become active in the region.

Cong victory in Patiala predicted
Patiala, January 13
Mr Gopal Singla, general secretary of the District Congress Committee (Urban), claimed here yesterday that the Congress would win the coming Assembly elections with a big margin from Patiala.


Canadian companies prefer ex-servicemen, says chief of consultancy firm
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 13
The latest offer of World Wide Immigration Consultancy Services, (WWICS), to provide overseas job opportunities to ex-servicemen in the country has received tremendous response, particularly in Punjab, with 779 job orders being offered for premier Canadian companies, said Lt Col B. S. Sandhu, (retd), Chief Managing Director, WWICS.


Man kills wife after greeting her on Lohri
Patiala, January 13
A man allegedly shot dead his estranged wife near her house here after greeting her "Happy Lohri" today.


Yamini emerges winner in poetry recitation
Patiala, January 13
A poetry recitation competition was held at Bir Dasaundhi Ram Community Centre, Model Town, by the Senior Citizens Welfare Association, here yesterday. Twelve schools from Patiala participated in the competition. Yamini Verma of Class IX of Bhupindra International Public School won the competition.


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