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Still dithering: Cong list expected tonight
Chandigarh, January 15
The central election committee of the all-India Congress committee is expected to meet on Tuesday night to consider recommendations of the Punjab state election committee before announcing the first list of party candidates for the Punjab Assembly elections.

EC orders misread
Police lands in transfer muddle

Ludhiana, January 15
The Punjab Police finds itself in an embarrassing transfer muddle after shifting hundreds of ASIs on what seems to be a wrong interpretation of the guidelines of the State Election Commission.

BJP’s election chant: The three Ps
Chandigarh, January 15
The president of the Punjab unit of the BJP, Mr Avinash Rai Khanna, at a party meeting in Chandigarh on Monday. Apart from promising development and raising the issues of corruption and unempl- oyment in the past five years of the Congress rule in Punjab, the Bharatiya Janata Party today came up with a new poll plank comprising three "Ps".
The president of the Punjab unit of the BJP, Mr Avinash Rai Khanna, at a party meeting in Chandigarh on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Fatehgarh Sahib
Tarn Taran


Ropar court to hear Badal case on January 19
Ropar, January 15
Dismissing applications out of six moved by SAD chief Parkash Singh Badal and others seeking summoning of records and witness before the framing of charges, Special Court, Judge, Ropar G.S Saran, today fixed January 19 the next date of hearing on the arguments on the framing of charges against Badal, his family members and seven others in a corruption case.

Charges farmed against Sukhbir
Faridkot, January 15
Chargers were framed against Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal in the court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr J. S. Chouhan, here today in a case related to assault on press photographers during the 1999 Lok Sabha elections in the state.

All they want — A bridge over the river
In the absence of a bridge, residents of Muthianwala are forced to use the ferry to reach the mainland. Muthianwala (Tarn Taran), January 15
In the state revenue record, this non-descript village on the banks of the Sutlej falls in the newly created district of Tarn Taran. However, for the Election Commission, the village is part of the Ferozepore Assembly constituency. For any administrative work, the residents of the village, located near Pakistan border, go to Tarn Taran while they have to cross the river by boat to vote, risking their lives.

In the absence of a bridge, residents of Muthianwala are forced to use the ferry to reach the mainland. — A Tribune photograph

Nirmal, Makhan to get tickets: CM
Chandigarh, January 15
Names of almost all Punjab ministers have been recommended by the Congress screening committee for renomination as party candidates for the Assembly elections in the state.

Tailor-made candidate
Ludhiana, January 15
White is the colour of the election season. Politicians of all parties have switched over to white. And those with sound business sense are making hay while the sun shines - tailoring white kurtas and pyjamas for politicians and their supporters. Harvinder 'Happy' has been doing just this for so many elections. Come elections, and he gets down to business. Tailoring white kurtas for the politicians to give them that immaculate white appearance.

Sarpanch Tejinder Singh with Punjab minister Chaudhary Jagjit Singh at Nijjaran village. Tainted: United colours of Congress, SAD
Jalandhar, January 15
The Congress and the SAD certainly have one thing in common- tainted persons. This is evident from the case of Nijjar village sarpanch Tejinder Singh, who was declared a proclaimed offender in October last. He was arrested from his house in the wee hours on Saturday, hours of his joining the SAD after quitting the Congress.

Sarpanch Tejinder Singh with Punjab minister Chaudhary Jagjit Singh at Nijjaran village. — A file photo

This MLA takes to digging votes
Installs tubewells for encroachers
Ludhiana, January 15
A Congress legislator is doing all to install tubewells for slum dwellers - potential vote bank - on land worth crores under litigation in the HC.

Angry ones Dasuya: 14 BJP bigwigs quit
Hoshiarpur, January 15
The BJP has received a big jolt with four of its block presidents, along with 14 office-bearers, in the Dasuya segment quitting the party. They have resigned from the party membership in protest against Mr Avinash Rai Khanna, state BJP chief, not taking them in confidence while deciding on the candidature of Mr Amarjit Singh Shahi for their constituency.

Ram Lal is Uma party nominee
Chandigarh, January 15
Mr Ram Lal, a former MLA from Narot Mehra in Gurdaspur, who left the Bharatiya Janata Party yesterday, figures in the first list of 12 candidates released by the Bharti Jan Shakti Party of Ms Uma Bharati here today.

Left rules out tie-up with Cong
Chandigarh, January 15
The CPI has said flat “no” for an alliance with the ruling Congress in the Punjab Assembly elections.

Mann raps EC on Virk
Moga, January 15
The president of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, has flayed the role of Election Commission stating that it has failed to check violation of the code of conduct in the state.

Tackle cyber crime
IT was the buzzword, but the Mohali report card shows an over-focus on big names, finds Chitleen K. Sethi

Divided we fall: Bhatti
Fatehgarh Sahib January 15
The election campaign of Mr Didar Singh Bhatti SAD candidate from the Sirhind constituency, is at its peak, the delay in the Congress list has been a boon for the SAD. All factions of the SAD have declared support for Mr Didar Singh Bhatti and are campaigning for him full steam- holding workers’ meetings, corner meetings and visiting residences of prominent persons in Sirhind and Bassi Pathana towns.


BJP, Congress workers fight,10 injured
Installation of statue of Rinwa’s father
Abohar, January 15
Ten persons, including a sarpanch, were injured in a clash over the installation of a statue of the father of Dr Mohinder Rinwa, Congress MLA, at Khippanwali village by the gram panchayat yesterday.

Sikh students’ body to elect chief
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 15
A meeting of the Sikh Students’ Federation to elect its new president would be held at Gurdwara Fatehgarh Sahib on January 17.

NTAS confers annual awards
Patiala, January 15
The National Theatre Arts Society (NTAS) conferred its annual Dr Kushdeva Singh National Integration Award-2007 on three prominent personalities at a function here yesterday. Those awarded are Mr N.S Shergill, an author, Mr Jagdeep Chopra, a journalist, and Mahant Atma Ram.


3 held for selling stolen vehicles
Abohar, January 15
Ayub Khan, a resident of Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh and kingpin of the gang considered responsible for disposing of stolen and financed vehicles by cutting the chassis, and two others have been arrested by the police in the Sriganganagar area.


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