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Sushma wants three tickets for women
Chandigarh, January 16
The top BJP leadership is considering tickets to three women aspirants on the insistence of senior leader Sushma Swaraj. She has told the party high command that it should nominate at least three women candidates for the Punjab Assembly elections.

Badals cajole rebels
Ballian mellows, Pakhoke too
Tarn Taran, January 16
The Shiromani Akali Dal supremo, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today visited the residence of Mr Alwinderpal Singh Pakhoke, a former working president of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, in an effort to stop him from contesting as a rebel against the official nominee, Mr Harmit Singh Sandhu.

At last, Ballian mellows
Sangrur, January 16
Mr Ranjit Singh Ballian, a former minister in the SAD-BJP government who has been denied the SAD ticket from Sangrur this time again, today decided not to contest as a rebel from Sangrur.

Fatehgarh Sahib
Tarn Taran


Bhajan’s no disappoints Cong men
Abohar, January 16
Congress workers in the Balluana Reserve constituency are dismayed over the decision by the Bhajan Lal family not to campaign in favour of party candidates in Punjab.

Dharam, Hema to pitch in for BJP
Chandigarh, January 16
The “muscleman” of the Hindi cinema Dharmendra, and the “dream girl” of yesteryear, Hema Malini, will be among several star campaigners and top leaders of the BJP, who will be wooing voters in Punjab.

EC allows teachers to join service
Chandigarh, January 16
The Chief Electoral Officer, Mr Sundaram Krishna, has allowed hundreds of teachers, appointed before December 29 when the Model Code of Conduct was enforced, to join service.

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Personal touch — Jr Mann’s style
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 16
Mr Emman Singh Mann, SAD (Amritsar) candidate from the Sirhind Assembly constituency, has launched his election campaign, but in a different style. A graduate from an American university, Mr Mann goes to the people alone early in the morning and attends small corner meetings.

SAD (A) candidate Emman Mann holds a corner meeting with voters of his constituency.
— A Tribune photograph

SAD (A) candidate Emman Mann holds a corner meeting with voters of his constituency

Bhai Ranjit Singh not to campaign
Amritsar, January 16
Virtually stung by the drubbing in the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee elections, Bhai Ranjit Singh, former Jathedar of the Akal Takht, has decided not to campaign in the Punjab Assembly elections and the byelection to the Amritsar Lok Sabha seat.

The twice cursed
Thousands of border farmers are facing starvation. The compensation of Rs 2,500 per acre given to them by the Central Government in 1998 has been stopped. There are no takers for such land while land prices elsewhere in the state have skyrocketed. They want their voice heard in the cacophony of electioneering, say Varinder Walia and Gurbax Puri

Parties get the dollar boost
Jalandhar, January 16
This winter is witnessing the maximum homecoming of NRIs to their native villages in Punjab. They are back not just to meet their kin, take care of their land or marry off their children, but to take part in the election process by donating funds to political parties and canvassing.

Weary voters say ‘yes’ to all
Gurdaspur, January 16
Political parties are raising the issues of development and job promises and levelling charges of corruption against each other as their main poll planks.

Poll khol
Babus vanish
Chandigarh, January 16
Even as the state gears up for the elections, senior bureaucrats in Punjab have decided to take it easy and wait for the results to pour in. What otherwise can explain the scant presence of babus in their offices located in the Punjab Civil Secretariat.


Two panchayats resolve boycott of Dalits
Barnala, January 16
Mr Surjit Singh Dhillon, Deputy Commissioner has ordered a probe into the Daraj-Daraka issue following a complaint from the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) CPI(ML) Liberation Front which alleged atrocities on Dalits.

Roof structure collapses
Abohar, January 16
The concrete structure of a roof for a dharamshala collapsed a few minutes after completion at Bahavwala village, near here, today. Two walls used for the construction of the roof also collapsed. However, no one was injured.


Missing Girl’s body found in canal
Amritsar, January 16
The body of Navpreet Kaur (2), who mysteriously went missing from Gurdwara Shaheedan on January 13, was found in the Chatiwind canal here last evening. The body was handed over to the family after conducting a post-mortem examination here today.

Couple killed in mishap
Batala, January 16
A couple was killed and two of their minor daughters were injured as the motorcycle on which they were travelling was hit by a private minibus near Kila Darshan Village on the Batala-Gurdaspur road.

Youth held for woman’s murder
Ferozepore, January 16
Within 24 hours of the incident, the police has solved the blind murder case of Shanti Devi (70), wife of Kartar Singh, last Sunday while she was alone in her home.

Suicide by youth
Hoshiarpur, January 16
A young boy committed suicide by hanging from the roof of his house in Dhagam village of this district after he was allegedly maltreated by his relatives, the police said here today.


PSEB issues notice to school
Patiala, January 16
The Punjab School Education Board  has issued a show cause notice to Rightway Public School here asking its management why the Board should not cancel its affiliation as the school had failed to meet required specifications as laid down by the PWD, following which its safety building certificate had been invalidated.


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