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Virk’s removal: More than meets the eye
Chandigarh, January 22
The removal of the Director-General of Punjab Police, Mr S.S. Virk, has left a strong message for all civil servants, who directly deal with political executives.

The new DGP of Punjab, Mr R.S. Gill (right), sees off the outgoing DGP, Mr S.S. Virk, at the Punjab Police Headquarters in Chandigarh on Monday. The new DGP of Punjab, Mr R.S. Gill (right), sees off the outgoing DGP, Mr S.S. Virk, at the Punjab Police Headquarters in Chandigarh on Monday. — Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Amritsar: BJP leaves it to Rajnath
New Delhi, January 22
The Bharatiya Janata Party has authorised its chief Rajnath Singh to name its candidate for the Amritsar Lok Sabha byelection as different leaders from Punjab have started mounting pressure on the party for the party ticket in case former cricketer-turned MP Navjot Singh Sidhu’s application seeking a stay on his conviction is allowed by the Supreme Court.

Fatehgarh Sahib
Tarn Taran


BSP fields Arjun for LS seat
Amritsar, January 22
The Bahujan Samaj Party today fielded former president of the Durgiana Managing Committee Surinder Arjun from the Amritsar parliamentary seat.

CEO clarifies
Chandigarh, January 22
The Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Punjab, Mr Sundram Krishna, had not used the word dirty and bitter while referring to the ongoing campaign for the Punjab Vidhan Sabha elections.

Chahal contempt: Role of lawyers under scanner
Chandigarh, January 22
Trouble could be in store for two former law officers of the Punjab Government as the amicus curiae in the ongoing contempt plea against Mr B.I.S. Chahal, the Media Adviser to the Chief Minister, Punjab, today sought to highlight their role in a crucial Sports Department file going missing from court complex.


Raghbir Singh with a photograph of landmine victim Balwinder Singh at Naushara Dhalla in Tarn Taran on Monday. Landmine-hit want some space
Naushera Dhalla (Tarn Taran), January 22
Five years have lapsed since a landmine blast in the passive hamlet of Naushera Dhalla in Tarn Taran district blew apart their lives to shreds, yet governments at the Centre and the state have done little to launch an operation to rehabilitate the victims and their families.
Raghbir Singh with a photograph of landmine victim Balwinder Singh at Naushara Dhalla in Tarn Taran on Monday. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

Balbir Singh Sidhu Balbir disputes Bir’s claim
Mohali, January 22
Mr Balbir Singh Sidhu, Congress candidate for the Kharar constituency, said today that the leaders, who had been denied the ticket, could be adjusted in various organisations on the basis of their political experiences. He rubbished the allegation that he gave Rs 5 crore to a Congress leader to get the ticket.
                                                                     Balbir Singh Sidhu

Seelam Sohi Her turn: Sohi also calls for ticket review
Zirakpur, January 22
Ms Seelam Sohi, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) general secretary, who has been denied the ticket from the Banur Assembly constituency, may repeat a Bir Devinder in Banur.

                                                                             Seelam Sohi

Deepa to contest as Independent
Sangrur, January 22
Mr Rajinder Deepa, who was denied the Congress ticket from Sunam, today announced his decision to contest as an Independent.

SAD-BJP set for comeback, claims Kanwaljit
Mohali, January 22
SAD General Secretary Capt Kanwaljit Singh today claimed that the SAD-BJP combine was all set to stage a comeback with two-thirds majority, “as the Congress is reeling under revolt of its leaders and cadre in almost whole of Punjab”.

Manpreet Singh BadalME AND MYSELF
This Badal loves Faiz
Chandigarh, January 22
Besides rural indebtedness, deaths caused by cancer in Malwa area, especially Mansa, Rama Mandi, Lambi, Gidderbaha and adjoining areas, have emerged as a big election issue.

                                                                   Manpreet Singh Badal

Vets: Explain, says CEO
Chandigarh, January 22
Taking note of the posting of veterinarians on poll duty in violation of the ECI order, the Chief Electoral Officer, Punjab, has sought explanation from the Deputy Commissioners concerned and written to other DCs in this respect.

Poll campaign picks up steam
Ghanaur, January 22
With the last date for filing nominations, January 25, drawing close, the election campaign is picking up the momentum in the Ghanaur Assembly constituency.

Mann gets women’s support
Mohali, January 22
Mr Tarlochan Singh Mann, an Independent, today gathered support of women in the area. A number of women, including Mrs Swaranjeet Kaur, president of the Balongi unit of the Mahila Suraksha Samiti, and social worker Kulwant Kaur participated in the poll campaign. They visited various villages like Saneta, Mundi Kharar, Ballomajra, Badmajra, Chhajumajra and Fatehulapur.

district report
Going by voting pattern, Cong needs to watch out
Gurdaspur, January 22
If the last 30-year history of elections in this district is an indication, there is a cause for the Congress to worry. The district has voted in favour of the Congress and the SAD/BJP, alternatively.

DCs asked to ensure fair poll
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 22
Mrs Manisha Nanda, Finance Secretary, Himachal Government, who has been appointed the Election Observer for the Patiala division by the Election Commission of India, held a meeting of all Deputy Commissioners (DCs) of the Patiala division here today to review the arrangements for the coming Assembly elections.

Bunting and a hording of the Congress tied to electric and telecom poles near the office of the District Electoral Officer in Jalandhar on Monday.CODE-UNCODE
Defiance unabated
Jalandhar, January 22
Despite the Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Returning Officer (DRO), Mr A. Venu Prasad, visiting several parts of the city to check violation of the model code of conduct on Sunday, defiance continues unabated.

Bunting and a hording of the Congress tied to electric and telecom poles near the office of the District Electoral Officer in Jalandhar on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Realtors vanish too
Ludhiana, January 22
Political uncertainty has dampened the spirits of realtors and investors in the state. The latter are keeping their fingers crossed in the anticipation that the new regime, whether Congress or the Akalis, will give a boost to real estate.

Chamkaur Sahib most sensitive
Ropar, January 22
Out of the three Assembly constituencies, Chamkaur Sahib was today declared the most sensitive in the district. Out of 116 polling stations in Chamkaur Sahib, 44 were declared sensitive and hyper sensitive.

First nomination from Banur filed
Dera Bassi, January 22
Mr Jasbir Singh Punsar, BSP candidate from Banur Assembly segment, today became the first candidate to file the nomination papers here.



De-addiction centre inmate beaten to death
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 22
An inmate at a drug de-addiction centre in Amloh town of the district died yesterday due to the alleged merciless beating at the centre. The police recovered the body and also freed 10 other drug addicts from the centre. The owners and employees working in the centre fled as the angry mob gheraoed the centre and demanded strict action against them.


Workshop on life sciences
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 22
The Dolphin College of Life Sciences, Chunni Kalan, in collaboration with the Indian Association of Biology Teachers (Colleges), organised the 3rd National Workshop on Reorientation in Life Sciences on the college campus.


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