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A big Cong hand for four Big Bs
Chandigarh, January 18
In Congress, it is all within the families of top few leaders. The two lists released by the party since yesterday are full of brothers, sisters, spouses and sons of the Bhattals, Bajwas, Beants and the Brars.

Jittery Cong men to meet at palace
Efforts to blunt Kohli edge
Patiala, January 18
The local Congress leadership seems to be suffering from election eve blues. Having found itself in a jittery position following the early campaign launched by the SAD candidate, Mr Surjit Singh Kohli, the Congress, under instructions of the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, and the Patiala Member of Parliament, Mrs Preneet Kaur, has called a meeting of its cadres at the New Moti Bagh palace residence of the Chief Minister here on January 21.

Ballot misuse: EC satisfied with govt reply
New Delhi, January 18
The Election Commission has expressed its satisfaction with the explanation by the officials concerned of the Punjab Government regarding a complaint apprehending the “misuse/manipulation” of postal ballots meant for the Punjab Police.

Fatehgarh Sahib


Virk issue: EC not satisfied with reply
Chandigarh, January 18
The Election Commission is not happy with the “sketchy report” sent by the Punjab Government regarding Director-General of Police, Punjab, S.S. Virk and his family getting concessions for setting up a convention centre near Chandigarh.

Suicide by jobless youth
Leaves note on wall
Chogawan (Amritsar), January 18
Arjun Singh (25) a plus two pass hanged himself from a tree outside the office of the Block Development and Panchayat Officer here after scribbling suicide note on the walls of the office.

Gymnast who committed suicide was ‘pregnant’
Amritsar, January 18
The suicide, committed by a state-level gymnast and class XII student of Government Girls Senior Secondary School took a new turn when the post-mortem report found her to be pregnant.

Kidnapped boy rescued
Gurdaspur, January 18
The Gurdaspur police today rescued a boy who was kidnapped while going to school earlier in the morning.

When Nankana Sahib bus carried no passengers
Chandigarh, January 18
Amritsar-Nankana Sahib bus. Alarmed at the huge losses that both India and Pakistan are incurring in plying the Punj-Aab bus service- from Amritsar to Lahore and from Amritsar to Nankana Sahib in Pakistan- Pakistan has officially proposed to India to club the two services. In a government-to-government communication, Pakistan has proposed that the same Panj-Aab bus which goes up to Lahore, can resume its journey further upward to Nankana Sahib after disembarking passengers at Gulberg in Lahore

Amritsar-Nankana Sahib bus. — Tribune photo by Rajiv Sharma


Women MLAs: Best figure very slim 9
Chandigarh, January 18
Talk of 33 per cent reservation for women in the legislature notwithstanding, the number of woman MLAs in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha since 1960 has never entered the double figure.

Sultanpur, Bholath SAD citadels
Kapurthala, January 18
The Bholath and Sultanpur Lodhi constituencies of Kapurthala district are considered citadels of the SAD as it has won five of the last six Assembly elections since 1977 on both seats. The Congress could win on these seats only in 1992 when the SAD had boycotted the elections.

Angry ones
Cong faces rebel fury
Rebels rally behind Pinki
Ferozepore, January 18
Voices of dissent have started emanating in this border district after denial of ticket to Mr Parminder Singh “Pinky”, general secretary of the PPCC. He was an aspirant for Congress ticket from the Ferozepore City Assembly constituency.
Arvind Khanna men sulking
Sangrur, January 18
Cracks in the Congress came to the fore here today as almost all loyalists of Mr Arvind Khanna, MLA from Sangrur, who has been denied the party ticket from Sangrur this time, kept themselves away from the venue where the Congress candidate from Sangrur, Mr Surinder Pal Singh Sibia, alias Pammi Sibia, was received on his return from Delhi.
Slogans raised against Dullo
Abohar, January 18
Hundreds of Congress workers, including sarpanches and members of gram panchayats, today gave an ultimatum to the party high command to change the candidate from the Balluana (reserved) constituency by January 22 failing which they would field an Independent.

Don’t like them? Simply reject
Ludhiana January 18
For the first time in the electoral history of India, voters in Punjab will have the option to reject candidates if they so desire. According to election officials, the Election Commission of India has introduced a provision wherein the voters can reject all candidates. This will help gauge the mood of the voter. — Alok Kumar, scholar It will be of no help.  — Mahesh Inder Singh

Rumblings in Majha too
Amritsar, January 18
The Chairman of the Improvement Trust, Tarn Taran, Prof Gurvinder Singh Mammanke, has raised a banner of revolt against the official nominee , Mr Manjit Singh Ghasitpura.

Patch-up Badal talks panel again
Hoshiarpur, January 18
Mr Parkash Singh Badal, SAD chief, today said that if voted to power, his government would constitute a separate commission on unemployment.

Mr Tirlochan Singh (garlanded) and his supporters in Kharar on Thursday. ME AND MYSELF
Ex-serviceman fired up
Chandigarh, January 18
Mr Tirlochan Singh Mann, a 55-year-old resident of Balongi village, is standing as an Independent from the Kharar constituency. An ex-serviceman, Mr Mann joined the Punjab Police later and retired as Assistant Sub-Inspector.

Mr Tirlochan Singh (garlanded) and his supporters in Kharar on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu

For rural women, the husband decides
Photo by Pradeep Tewari Chamkaur Sahib, January 18
Women in many villages of this reserved constituency have to cast vote in favour of a particular candidate chosen by their husbands in consultation with Panchayat. There are 56,069 women voters in this constituency out of a total of 1.18 lakh voters.

Bhinder faces protege
Gurdaspur, January 18
The Gurdaspur Assembly constituency has a new Congress candidate. Mr P.S. Bhinder, a former DGP and husband of the late Sukhbans Kaur Bhinder, a former Member of Parliament, has been nominated as the Congress candidate from the seat.

Hangers-on back home to celebrate
Gurdaspur January 18
It was celebration time for those who have got the party ticket. Most Congress nominees who had been camping in Delhi for the past two weeks to ensure nominations today returned to their constituencies.

Parminder files papers from Kharar
Mohali, January 18
As the work of issuing notification commenced, only one candidate from Kharar constituency filed his nomination papers for the Punjab Assembly elections at the Municipal Bhawan, here today.

Day 1: Six file nomination papers
Chandigarh: The process of filing of nominations started in Punjab today with six candidates submitting their papers. Two nominations were filed from the Patiala constituency and one each from Assembly segments in Nawashahr, SAS Nagar, Ferozepore and Muktsar districts. No prominent candidate submitted papers.

Holy Campaign
Holy Campaign

2 file papers
Patiala, January 18
The BSP nominee for the Patiala Assembly segment, Mr Paramjit Singh, today filed his nomination papers along with an Independent candidate, Mr Vijay Kumar.

Man booked under NDPS Act launches party
Amritsar, January 18
Mr Jagtar Boxer, who was recently acquitted by the court, has decided to launch a drive against the drug abuse by launching a party-Naujwan Shakti Dal. He is the president of the party.


Death of Giani Gurdit Singh mourned
Amritsar, January 18
Dr Jai Rup Singh, Vice-Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University, faculty members, researchers, students, employees and various university associations mourned the death of renowned Punjabi litterateur and Sikh historian Giani Gurdit Singh.

Post-polio deformities corrected
Ferozepore, January 18
A team of specialist doctors from the USA, led by Dr Gail Kelley, organised a medical camp here today in which they conducted corrective surgeries on children suffering from post-polio deformities.

Public holiday today
Barnala, January 18
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Surjit Singh Dhillon, has declared January 19 as a public holiday in the district.

Blood donation motivation drive
Patiala, January 18
The blood bank department of the Government Medical College and Rajindra Hospital here, in association with the Punjabi University's NSS department and the District Red Cross Society, has launched a comprehensive motivational campaign to rope in potential blood donors.

Gazi Sikh Students Federation chief
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 18
Mr Paramjit Singh Gazi was unanimously elected president of the Sikh Students Federation here yesterday.


High Court
Law finally catches up with ex-Mohali LAC
Chandigarh, January 18
Taking strong note of the errant ways of the former Land Acquisition Collector (LAC), PUDA, Mohali, Mr P.S. Sodhi, the Punjab and Haryana High Court yesterday held him guilty of having committed contempt of court.


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