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Cong panel clears 101 names
Sonia to give final nod; efforts on for tie-up with Left
Chandigarh, January 14
While names of 101 aspirants have been cleared by the scrutiny committee of the All-India Congress Committee for the Assembly elections in Punjab, the party high command has opened the channels of communication with the top leadership of the Left parties to look into the possibility of a tie-up with them on certain seats in the state.

CEO seeks remarks on Virk
Chandigarh, January 14
The Chief Electoral Officer of Punjab has sought comments from the Punjab Government and the factual position with regards to news items being published in various newspapers about the Director-General of Punjab Police, Mr S.S. Virk.

Fatehgarh Sahib


General secretary of the Samajwadi Party Amar Singh and cinestar and MP Jayaprada express sympathies with the aggrieved families in Muktsar on Sunday. Amar, Jayaprada visit kin of Muktsar victims
Give Rs 1 lakh to each family
Muktsar, January 14
Days after the district was rocked by the recovery of dead bodies of children, done to death by a drug-addict and left in an abandoned rice sheller, the Samajwadi Party has announced a compensation of Rs 1 lakh each for the families of the five victims.

General secretary of the Samajwadi Party Amar Singh and cinestar and MP Jayaprada express sympathies with the aggrieved families in Muktsar on Sunday. — Photo by Kulbir Beera

2 Wakf Board employees sacked
Chandigarh, January 14
Less than four months after the Punjab Vigilance Commission came into existence with the appointment of retired Punjab and Haryana High Court Judge Justice Amar Dutt as the Chief Vigilance Commissioner, its initiatives are already creating ripples in the administrative circles.

Fear of stigma keeps couple from revealing HIV status
Chandigarh, January 14
Had it been a usual crisis, they would have tided over it with help from family and friends. But the nature of their problem is complex - one which, they feel, inhibited to discuss even with their parents, let alone the community.


Cong delay — Advantage SAD
Chandigarh, January 14
An unwarranted delay in finalising candidates for the coming Assembly elections by the all-powerful Congress high command has been keeping the ticket aspirants unsure of themselves. The party has virtually been staying away from the electoral battle field since the announcement of the elections more than 16 days ago.

Kanwaljit promises new ‘urban development policy’
Former Finance Minister and SAD-BJP candidate from Banur Capt Kanwaljit Singh during election campaign at Zirakpur on Sunday. Zirakpur, January 14
Bringing economy to the forefront of electioneering in Punjab, the Shiromani Akali Dal(SAD) general secretary and the former Finance Minister, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, today promised a new "urban development policy" if the SAD-BJP alliance was voted to power in the February 13 Punjab elections.

Former Finance Minister and SAD-BJP candidate from Banur Capt Kanwaljit Singh during election campaign at Zirakpur on Sunday. — Photo by J.S. Virdi

Jobs’ issue: Kanwaljit dares Amarinder for debate
Mohali, January 14
SAD general secretary and former Finance Minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh today challenged the Congress to release the list of 20 lakh youth who it had promised to give employment before December 31.

Chahal’s entry a shot in the arm for SAD
Jalandhar, January 14
The success of the SAD chief, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, in persuading a prominent SAD leader, Mr Gurmeet Singh Daduwal, not to oppose the official SAD candidate from Nakodar, Mr Kuldip Singh Wadala, and the entry of a Kapurthala Congress leader, Mr Malwinder Singh Chahal, into the party fold has brightened the SAD's poll prospects in the Doaba region.

Dhillon remains Faridkot nominee
Chandigarh, January 14
President of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) Parkash Singh Badal today announced that Mr Kushaldeep Singh Dhillon, sitting MLA from Faridkot, would be the SAD candidate in the coming Assembly elections.

Badal opens poll office
Lambi (Muktsar), January 14
Shiromani Akali Dal supremo Parkash Singh Badal today formally launched his election campaign on his home turf. He expressed his resolve to dislodge the Congress government in the state.

Khanna convenes meeting
Chandigarh, January 14
The president of the Punjab unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Mr Avinash Rai Khanna, has convened a meeting of all 15 candidates along with their district secretaries, mandal presidents and office-bearers of the state unit of the party in Chandigarh tomorrow.

Mr Satpal Saini BJP faces revolt in Gurdaspur
Sujanpur (Gurdaspur), January 14
The BJP faced a revolt in the Sujanpur constituency today with the former minister, Mr Satpal Saini , holding a meeting of supporters and demanding a change in the party nominee. The BJP in its list announced recently had named Mr Davinder Thakur as party candidate from Sujanpur in place of Mr Satpal Saini.
Mr Satpal Saini

OSD to CM throws hat into the ring
Gurdaspur, January 14
The Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Amardeep Singh Manaepur, has staked claim to the Congress ticket from the Dhariwal Assembly constituency.

Kisan’s no-confidence
The Kisan Sangharsh Committee (KSC) leadership has unanimously decided not to support any party in the coming elections. In debt trap, thousands of peasants are disappointed by mere promises and hollow claims of various political parties, says Mr Kanwalpreet Singh Pannu, convener of the committee. “ We are not going to support any party. But this does not mean that we will boycott the elections.”

Mr Bikram Singh Majithia Banking on family name
A greenhorn in politics, Mr Bikram Singh Majithia (31) promises the voters of Majitha that he would make his constituency as important as Badal- the home constituency of Shiromani Akali Dal supremo Parkash Singh Badal- if the SAD-BJP comes to power! Reason-he is the brother-in-law of Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, general secretary of the SAD.
Bikram Singh Majithia, SAD nominee from Majitha

Curb female foeticide
First-time voters are not too enthusiastic about the elections, finds Shivani Bhakoo


Moral values among kids declining: Mahatma's niece
Amritsar, January 14
Society should change its mindset towards their children, especially boys, to stop incidents like Nithari or Muktsar killings, said Ms Tara Gandhi Bhattacharya, niece of Mahatama Gandhi.

Baba Budh Giri of Dholbaha village stands on a foot despite his ailment in a hospital in Hoshiarpur. Standing on a foot for promoting peace, love
Hoshiarpur, January 14
Known as “standing baba” in his area, Baba Mahant Budh Giri of Dholbaha village of this district has quietly been undertaking a unique mission for "betterment of the world" and "universal peace and brotherhood". Baba Budh Giri (42) has been standing on one foot for the past four years in the Dholeshwar temple at Dholbaha.

Baba Budh Giri of Dholbaha village stands on a foot despite his ailment in a hospital in Hoshiarpur. — Photo by writer

New scheme for girl child
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 14
The panchayat of Nabipur village in the district has set a new example for the other panchayats by introducing a new scheme to promote girl child birth as well as to curb the menace of female foeticide.


DCC President’s nephew shot at
Patiala, January 14
Two Congress supporters, considered to be close to a senior Congress leader, allegedly shot at the nephew of the District Congress Committee President (Urban) sending ripples among the Congress fraternity in the town.


Schools to open at 10 am
Sangrur, January 14
Keeping in view the problems being faced by the students due to inclement weather while going to schools in the morning, Mr S.R. Ladhar, District Magistrate, today ordered that all government and private schools in Sangrur district would open at 10 am daily till January 31. However, the closing time of the schools would remain the same.


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