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Farmers’ posers to parties
Chandigarh, January 25
A substantial section of farmers in Punjab is still undecided as to which party to support in the coming Assembly elections. These farmers have some posers for frontrunners of political power in the state.

Sidhu, Singla file papers amid chaos
Amritsar, January 25
Supporters of the BJP and the Congress as well as mediapersons jostled with one another to enter the office of the District Returning Officer as Mr Navjot Singh Sidhu, cricketer-turned- politician, and Mr Surinder Singla arrived in the District Courts complex to file papers for the Amritsar Lok Sabha seat here today.

Bir mellows down; not to contest
Bir Devinder Singh breaks down at a Press conference in Mohali on Thursday. Mohali, January 25
In a reversal of stand, sitting MLA from Kharar Bir Devinder Singh today said he would neither stand as an Independent candidate nor quit the Congress. In what he described as his “last press” conference till the elections, he said he was felt hurt and humiliated at the treatment meted out to him by the party high command.

Bir Devinder Singh breaks down at a Press conference in Mohali on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu

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Not in fray for CM’s post, says Sukhbir
Hisar, January 25
Rajya Sabha member and former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal's son Sukhbir Badal said here today that he was not in the fray for the post of the Punjab Chief Minister.

Fidayeen attack feared during poll
Jalandhar, January 25
Jammu and Kashmir-based militants may carry out a fidayeen (suicide) attack in Punjab in an attempt to disrupt the ongoing process of assembly elections.

A typographical error, says DGP
Chandigarh, January 25
Coming to the rescue of his officials, the Director-General of Police, Punjab, Mr R.S. Gill, today stated that both the communications sent by the two wings of the Punjab Police on the issue of missing identity cards of Army men were correct as both the wings had received different communications.

EC whip: Contestants fall in line
Bathinda, January 25
Congress candidate from Bathinda Harminder Singh Jassi files his nomination papers in the presence of Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh in Bathinda on Thursday. With the Election Commission cracking the whip on top leaders of political parties , the official nominees of the ruling party today fell in line and took utmost care to adhere to the Model Code of Conduct. Congress candidate from Bathinda Harminder Singh Jassi was very careful as he filed papers in the presence of Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh.

Congress candidate from Bathinda Harminder Singh Jassi files his nomination papers in the presence of Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh in Bathinda on Thursday. —  Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

1.69 cr voters; 17,000 booths
Chandigarh, January 25
Punjabis love their fairs and festivals. Ditto for elections. The number of contestants in an election has been on an upswing with observers claiming that there could be more candidates luring the over 1.69 crore voters than the last time.

Hussainiwalas want trade route back
Ferozepore, January 25
The electorate here has one issue - revival of trade with Pakistan through the Hussainiwala route. Once, the trade was stopped in 1971, the economy changed. Hotels, restaurants, cinema houses, and trading houses handling cargo closed down. Various spin-offs with them like transporters, porters, taxi operators also shifted base.


SAD-BJP supporters outside the office of the Returning Officer at Anandpur Sahib on Thursday.
SAD-BJP supporters outside the office of the Returning Officer at Anandpur Sahib on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

Big stink in Ludhiana
Ludhiana, January 25
A need as basic as a urinal has emerged as the main poll issue for shopkeepers and residents of Block-I in Sarabha Nagar.

District Report
Hoshiarpur open to grab

Hoshiarpur , January 25
The eight Assembly segments of the Hoshiarpur parliamentary constituency are keeping all contenders on the tenterhooks, showing no clear preference. Having taken a lead in campaigning in other parts of the state, the Shiromani Akali Dal candidates have completed round one in four of the eight segments it is contesting from, but poll partner Bharatiya Janata Party has been a let down.

Jasjit Singh files papers
Mohali, January 25
SAD-BJP alliance candidate from the Kharar constituency Jasjit Singh put up an impressive show of strength at Dasehra ground before filing his nomination papers here today.

Jobs, education on his mind
Ghanaur, January 25
Jasjit Singh Randhawa His priority is employment generation and providing quality education in the Ghanaur Assembly segment in the home district of the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh. "After the creation of infrastructure such as roads, drinking water facilities and flood-control measures during the past five years, the main focus is going to be on provision for quality education in the predominantly-rural constituency if the Amrinder Singh government is voted back to power,” says Mr Jasjit Singh Randhawa, Minister for Cooperation and Horticulture.

For councillors, all roads lead to Punjab
Chandigarh, January 25
Come Monday and local councillors and politicians will be more visible in Punjab than the city. With less than three weeks left for polling in the Assembly elections, the local political fraternity is all set to start campaigning there in support of their respective party candidates.

1.78 lakh voters to decide candidates' fate in Banur
Dera Bassi, January 25
Over 1.78 lakh voters will decide the fate of candidates in the Banur Assembly segment. According to sources, as many as 31 polling stations have been declared "hyper-sensitive" and 32 "sensitive" out of the 173 polling stations in the segment. Of the 1,78,603 voters, there are 93,849 males voters and 84,754 female voters.

It’s development vs anti-incumbency in Banur
Banur, January 25
With the last date for filing nominations ending today, battle lines have been drawn for the crucial Banur Assembly segment in the run-up to the February 13 elections to the Punjab Assembly.

1,662 nominations
Chandigarh, January 25
A total of 736 candidates today filed their nominations, the last day for filing nominations for the Punjab Vidhan Sabha elections.

Khanna’s men to oppose Sood
Hoshiarpur, January 25
Mr Tikshan Sood, MLA, received a jolt when a majority of office-bearers of the district unit close to Mr Avinash Rai Khanna, MP and BJP chief , Punjab, resigned soon after he filed his nomination papers here yesterday.

Jaspal Bhatti and members of the Nonsense Club at the launch of the “Land Grabbers and Dealers Party” at the Sector 17 Plaza in Chandigarh. This party for 9 to 5 corruption
Chandigarh, January 25
Chandigarh's comedian Jaspal Bhatti, (in)famous for lampooning politicians, is at it again. With elections to the Punjab Assembly round the corner, the satirist today found yet another way to mock at the “corrupt” political class by floating the “Land Grabbers and Dealers Party”.

A PARTY WITH A DIFFERENCE: Jaspal Bhatti and members of the Nonsense Club at the launch of the “Land Grabbers and Dealers Party” at the Sector 17 Plaza in Chandigarh. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Notices issued to SAD, Cong candidates
Mohali, January 25
The SDM-cum-Returning Officer, Mr Sandeep Hans, has issued notices to the SAD and the Congress candidates asking them to furnish details of the expenditure incurred on rallies that were held by them at the Dasehra ground in Phase VIII here.

Uma’s party fields 19
Chandigarh, January 25
On the last day of filing of nomination papers, the Bharatiya Jan Shakti Party fielded 19 candidates, including two women, besides deciding to support 11 others.

Santosh Kataria First Gujjar woman in fray
Balachaur (Nawanshahr), January 25
When you meet her for the first time, she appears like any woman next door. A Gujjar and first woman contestant from Balachaur, Ms Santosh Kataria, has a simple, straight and yet a confident style of eloquence.

EC deputes 3 Observers
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 25
The EC of India has deputed three Election Observers for the Sirhind and Amloh(R) Assembly constituencies of Fatehgarh Sahib district.

AISAD merges with SAD
LUDHIANA: The All-India Shiromani Akali Dal, led by Mr Jaswant Singh Mann, on Friday merged with the newly constituted Shiromani Akali Dal. Mr Arnrik Singh Aliwal will be acting president.


Police harassment complaint by Akali leader
Patiala, January 25
Mr Ajit Pal Singh Kohli, president of the Patiala district Youth Akali Dal, has complained to the Punjab State Election Commission that houses of certain local Akali leaders, who had recently defected to the SAD from the Congress, were raided last night.

S.M. SharmaPresident’s Police Medal for two Punjab cops
Chandigarh, January 25
Two Punjab Police officials have been awarded the President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service while eight other officials of the force have been awarded the Police Medal for Meritorious Service on the occasion of Republic Day.


4 sworn in as members of info panel
Chandigarh, January 25
The Punjab Governor, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), today administered the oath of office to Lt-Gen Promod Kumar Grover (retd), Mr Kulbir Singh, Mr P.P.S. Gill and Mrs Ravi Singh as members of the State Information Commission, Punjab, at a brief ceremony at Punjab Raj Bhavan.

Misra takes over as BBMB chief
Chandigarh, January 25
Mr U.C. Misra today took over as the Chairman of the Bhakra Beas Management Board.


Police nabs car thief
Patiala, January 25
The Patiala police claims to have nabbed a notorious criminal who was allegedly involved in several thefts of cars across the states of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan.


‘Psycho Fest’ on happiness at Punjabi varsity
Patiala, January 25
The Department of Psychology, Punjabi University, organised its annual “Psycho Fest” here yesterday. The fest, organised to counsel and test students, faculty and staff for free, is being held on “Happiness”.

Seminar on Ramayana ends
Patiala, January 25
A two-day seminar on “Retelling the Ramayana and other languages” being organised by the Department of Maharishi Valimiki Chair, Punjabi University, in association with the Central Valmik Sabha (International), UK, concluded here yesterday.

17 students of BGIET selected
Sangrur, January 25
The Libsys Corporation, a Delhi-based software company, conducted a joint campus interview at the Bhai Gurdas Institute of Engineering and Technology (BGIET) here yesterday.


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