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Cousins battle it out with poise, dignity

Badal, January 28

It is 7.30 a.m. at Badal , the native village of SAD supremo Parkash Singh Badal. As we are ushered into his house, we are told he is at a closed-door meeting with the secretary of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), Dr Daljit Singh Cheema.

Mr Parkash Singh Badal campaigns at Burj Sindhwa Mr Mahesh Inder Singh in Kheowali village in the Lambi Assembly segment.
Mr Parkash Singh Badal campaigns at Burj Sindhwa; and (right) Mr Mahesh Inder Singh in Kheowali village in the Lambi Assembly segment. — Photos by Shamsher Singh Dhillon

Fall in line, or face the axe, Cong to rebels
Chandigarh, January 28
Realising that rebels can damage the prospects of the party in the Assembly elections, the Congress today said “rebels have to withdraw or will be expelled”.






For once, village elders feel wanted
Nangal/Anandpur Sahib, January 28

Election time has come as a blessing for village elders as they are getting attention from leaders of various parties who are trying to ensure their presence at electoral meetings to give credence to their poll campaign.

Village elders at an election meeting in Anandpur Sahib. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

Village elders at an election meeting in Anandpur Sahib.

Left to go it alone

Chandigarh, January 28
The alliance of the Left parties and the Balwant Singh Ramoowalia-led Lok Bhalai Party today announced that it would contest the Assembly elections on 48 seats and would have no tie-up with any of the splinter groups of the Akalis or the Congress.

Dr Joginder Dyal (left), member, national executive of the CPI, and Prof Balwant Singh, state secretary of the CPM, at a joint press conference in Chandigarh on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

Dr Joginder Dyal (left), member, national executive of the CPI, and Prof Balwant Singh, state secretary of the CPM, at a joint press conference in Chandigarh on Sunday.

Archrivals meet again
Ludhiana, January 28
Known for the electorate’s “mood swings”, the Ludhiana Rural constituency will witness a major fight between the sitting Congress MLA, Mr Malkiat Singh Birmi, and his archrival and SAD candidate, Mr Hira Singh Gabria.

Malkiat Singh Birmi me & myself
Pending works may work against him
Ludhiana, January 28
When Mr Malkiat Singh Birmi, sitting MLA from Ludhiana Rural, passed out from Modi College, Patiala, in the early 1970s, he had never thought he would be a legislator, that too from an Assembly segment in Punjab's industrial hub.

Malkiat Singh Birmi

Vij’s entry makes fight interesting
Jalandhar, January 28
The Hindu-dominated Assembly segment of Jalandhar (Central), that has a history of sending Congress and BJP candidates to the assembly almost alternately, will see a triangular fight this time.

Ousted farmers not to vote
Chandigarh, January 28
Be it the acquisition of their agricultural land to make space for Chandigarh in the fifties or setting up SEZs in Punjab, displacement has haunted them. Hundreds of families, whose land was acquired for the Punjab Capital Project to create Chandigarh, have been living like refugees on their own land.

Money talks: It’s all about resources
Chandigarh, January 28
Ever thought how expensive is it to contest an Assembly election in Punjab? Well, legally one can spend a maximum of Rs 10 lakh, but in reality, the story is different.

mansa district
It is Cong versus Cong
Mansa, January 28
The Congress is fighting forces from within as well as outside in the four Assembly constituencies of Mansa.

code uncode
Forest Dept sits over transfers

Chandigarh, January 28
The state Forest Department continues to ignore the Election Commission of India’s (ECI) guidelines regarding transfer of gazzetted officers in districts.

Notices to three candidates
Amritsar, January 28
Even as the candidates of certain political parties continued to violate the restrictions regarding printing of pamphlets, posters and other printing material, Mr Vimal Setia, Returning Officer for the Majitha Assembly segment, served notices on three candidates here yesterday.

Notices to Bhattal, Chandumajra
Sangrur, January 28
District Election Officer S.R. Ladhar today issued notices to Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Congress candidate from Lehra; Mr Prem Singh Chandumajra, SAD candidate from Lehra; Mr Surjit Singh Dhiman, Congress candidate from Dirba, and Mr Aman Arora, Congress candidate from Sunam, for violating the Model Code of Conduct.

RO: No votes on Baba’s name
Bathinda, January 28
The Returning Officer here has served a notice on SAD candidate Sarup Chand Singla for whipping up religious sentiments during his election campaign.

BCs of Deon to boycott poll
Bathinda, January 28
Protesting against the alleged step-motherly treatment meted out to Backward Classes, a section of Deon village residents have decided to boycott the elections in the state.

Crackdown on bootleggers
Hoshiarpur, January 28
The police has launched a campaign against liquor smugglers in view of the Assembly elections in the district.

Saini backs Cong nominee
Mohali, January 28
In a jolt to the SAD, Mr Daljit Singh Saini, ex-president of the SAD Kharar circle extended his full support to Congress candidate from Kharar Balbir Singh Sidhu here, and assured to campaign for him. Besides it, an Independent candidate Parminder Singh Sona also announced to withdraw his candidature in favour of Mr Sidhu.

Rakesh Sharma kicks off campaign
Dera Bassi, January 28
The Congress candidate from the Banur Assembly segment, Mr Rakesh Sharma, has finally got his act together and formally kicked off his election campaign.


Irregularities in pension payment detected
Chandigarh, January 28
The Department of Finance (Treasuries and Accounts branch), Punjab, has detected pension overpayments to the tune of Rs 13.68 crore, made to Punjab Government pensioners and family pensioners.

Bigwigs fail to pay homage
Moga, January 28
Punjab Government bigwigs failed to turn up to pay homage to Lala Lajpat Rai on his birth anniversary that was celebrated at Dhudike village, today.

Kang in trouble
Chandigarh, January 28
The Election Commission has taken note of a speech delivered by minister Jagmohan Singh Kang at the Republic Day celebrations in Muktsar district.

President’s Medal for BSF Commandant
Amritsar, January 28
Mr Sikander Singh Dhillon, Officiating Commandant of 12 Battalion of the Border Security Force (BSF), has been awarded the President’s Medal of meritorious services. Born on February 17, 1950, at Baratgarh village, Mr Dhillon joined the BSF in 1971 as sub-inspector.


Farmers to launch rail, rasta roko stir
Barnala, January 28
Farmers’ organisations in Punjab have decided to launch an indefinite ‘rail roko, rasta roko’ stir from January 31 in protest against the government's policy of acquiring farmers’ land forcibly and its ‘anti-farmer’ policies in the state.


4 killed in accident
Abohar, January 28
Four persons, including the driver of a Rajasthan Parivahan Nigam bus carrying a marriage party, were killed when the bus collided head-on with another bus on the Abohar-Dabwali road this morning.

Official ‘caught’ with girls
Amritsar, January 28
A senior official of Amritsar and his accomplice were caught with two girls from Rahon (Nawanshahr) from a farmhouse following a complaint of some persons.


VC’s call to academics to reform education system
Abohar, January 28
Prof R.C. Sobti, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University defending the setting up of the Education Commission has regretted outlay on higher education in India was much less compared to developing nations.


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