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Finally, CM kickstarts campaign
Harps on development; Sonia, PM to canvass
Patiala, January 19
The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, finally kickstarted his campaign today by holding a series of meetings with party workers and others, including members of the district Bar where he sought votes in the name of economic development initiated by the Congress government in the past five years.

The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, with his wife and MP, Ms Perneet Singh, in Patiala on Friday. A WORD OF CAUTION: The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, with his wife and MP, Ms Perneet Singh, in Patiala on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

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SAD to ask EC to look into ticket ‘sale’ by Cong
Chandigarh, January 19
Shiromani Akali Dal general secretary Sukhbir Singh Badal said here today that charges about the ‘sale’ of Congress tickets under the influence of the land and liquor mafia had vindicated the SAD stance that Chief Minster Capt Amarinder Singh had led the most corrupt government in the history of Independent India.

22 more file nominations
Chandigarh, January 18
As many as 22 candidates today filed their nominations for the coming Punjab Assembly elections. With this, the total number of candidates who have filed their nomination in the first two days has gone up to 28.

Removal of SGPC secy sought
Amritsar, January 19
Mr Harcharan Singh Burj Hari, a Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) member, has served a notice on its president Avtar Singh and sought the dismissal of SGPC secretary Harbeant Singh and recover the salary drawn by him along with interest.

Valmikis, cops clash over ‘desecration’
Jalandhar, January 19
Over 300 persons belonging to the Valmiki community gheraoed the Nakodar police station and broke the gate and vases lying there tonight.

IT success: Big talk, little outcome
Chandigarh, January 19
Information Technology (IT) remained Punjab Government’s buzzword in the past five years and is being projected as one of the major achievements of the Capt Amarinder Singh government. But it seems Punjab surpassed neighbouring states in rhetoric alone whereas actual performance as compared to Chandigarh remained low.


Cong riddled with dissent S. S. Dullo"I had put up my point of view about all prospective candidates before the high command. Background of all main aspirants, including charges of corruption, if there were any against a particular aspirant, were explained to the top leadership. The final decision to select candidates for all constituencies was taken by the high command.” 

Cong candidate promises development
Rajpura, January 19
Congress candidate from Ghanaur constituency, Mr Jasjit Singh Randhawa, today intensified his election campaign by opening election offices at Bahadurgarh and Shambu.

Workers unload publicity material at the Congress Bhavan, Sector 15, Chandigarh, on Friday.
Workers unload publicity material at the Congress Bhavan, Sector 15, Chandigarh, on Friday. — Tribune photo by Malkit Singh

One against the other in Cong
Mohali, January 19
Mrs Lakhwinder Kaur Garcha, OSD to the Punjab Chief Minister, today revolted against Mr Balbir Singh Sidhu, president of the Mohali district unit of the Congress, who has been given the party ticket to contest the Punjab Assembly elections from the Kharar constituency.

Atwal campaigns on foot
Phillaur, January 19
Local Congress MLA Gurbinder Singh Atwal visited his constituency on foot after the announcement of his candidature from the constituency. Mr Atwal took blessings from old women of the area, who were waiting for him outside the Sant Sadhu Ram temple.

BJP names six more
Chandigarh, January 19
The Bharatiya Janata Party tonight announced six more candidates for the Assembly elections in the state. With this, the party has announced candidates for 21 seats. Candidates for two other constituencies are still to be named.

Chhina, Chawla get tickets
Amritsar, January 19
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today fielded a Sikh candidate, Mr Rajinder Mohan Singh Chhina, secretary, governing body of Khalsa College, who had recently joined the party, from the Amritsar West constituency.

BJSP candidate claims support of Cong, BSP leader
Mohali, January 19
Mr Anil Kumar, who is contesting the Punjab Assembly elections as a candidate of the Bhartiya Jan Shakti Party (BJSP), claimed here today that a Congress leader and her supporters had joined his party.

Two more file papers
Patiala, January 19
Two more candidates filed their nominations for the Punjab Assembly elections, here today.

Terror attack apprehended
Chandigarh, January 19
The Special Protection Group (SPG), which has the task of protecting under-threat VIPs, including many senior politicians, today told the Election Commission officers as well as senior Punjab Government officers involved in the process of holding of coming Vidhan Sabha elections that there are too many VIPs who needed SPG cover in Punjab.

Price rise, jobs main issues
Chandigarh, January 19
Spiralling prices of essential commodities, poor education and health services, corruption in government offices, police excesses, unemployment and rural indebtedness are among the issues that the ruling Congress will have to face in the run up to Assembly elections in Punjab.

Ludhiana: Pending projects weigh on voters’ mind
Ludhiana, January 19
It could have been bridges to voters’ hearts in Ludhiana. But, several incomplete flyovers, considered a must for smooth traffic flow in any densely populated city, would weigh on the minds of the voters.

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Encroachments coming up on Senia Road in Fazilka. The land is governed by the Municipal Council.
Encroachers have a field day
Fazilka, January 19
As electioneering gains momentum here, members of the ruling party have devised a novel way to woo the electorate. The local Municipal Council has reportedly allowed around 50 families to encroach upon a piece of prime municipal land, allegedly at the behest of the ruling party.
Encroachments coming up on Senia Road in Fazilka. The land is governed by the Municipal Council.

Ticket in kitty, they now flock to astrologers
Chandigarh, January 19
How can elections in India ever take off without the intervention of omnipresent soothsayers who claim to know it all? Punjab is no different. Despite their names having been cleared by the party high command, many candidates at the hustings for the 117 Assembly segments are doing the rounds of astrologers, vastu shastra experts, babas and oracles before launching their election campaign.


Herb Dhaliwal No racism in Canada, says Herb Dhaliwal
Chandigarh, January 19
Striking roots in greener pastures across the seas may not be easy. But winds of racism do not rip up the dignity of Indians trying to settle down in Canada , says the country’s first minister of Indian origin Herb Dhaliwal.

Herb Dhaliwal

Dr Robert Moses Empowering farmers with information
Chandigarh, January 19
He is in Punjab all the way from Canada to sow the seeds of information so that farmers and others can reap the benefits, literally. Once his project grows on the mindset of Indian farmers, they will be able to tell exactly which crops to grow and the amount of fertiliser to be mixed in.

                                                                          Dr Robert Moses

Migrant families from Pak form organisation
Patiala, January 19
The Pak Refugee Organisation was established, here today, by a group of 35 families who had migrated from Pakistan during the partition.


Girls wait for their turn to perform ‘giddha’ during a cultural programme at the Government Mohindra College in Patiala on Friday.
Girls wait for their turn to perform ‘giddha’ during a cultural programme at the Government Mohindra College in Patiala on Friday. — Tribune photo by Rajesh Sacha

Private company selects 18 students
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 19
Punj Lloyd Group of Industries conducted a campus interview at Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College, Fatehgarh Sahib, today. It selected 18 students.

Education boom changing periphery's skyline
Rajpura, January 19
The skyline of Chandigarh’s periphery is changing rapidly. The boom in the education sector has spurred the growth of educational institutions making the Banur-Rajpura stretch an institutional area changing the socio-economic scenario in the hitherto "backward region".


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