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Manifesto has unmasked Cong, says Badal
Chandigarh, January 30
The Shiromani Akali Dal today described the Congress election manifesto as "clinching documentary evidence of betrayal of people by the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh".

CM rubbishes claims on ‘sale’ of ticket
Promises to provide cheaper flour
Begowal (Kapurthala), January 30
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh rubbished the claims of some Congress leaders that some contestants had bought the party tickets paying crores of rupees. He was talking to mediapersons in Begowal after an election rally organised by Congress candidate Sukhpal Singh Khaira in Bibi Jagir Kaur's village here today.

EC gives Kang time; Valtoha poll on Feb 24
Chandigarh, January 30
The Election Commission has given time till 11 am of February 1 to the Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and Sports Minister, Punjab, Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, to reply to a show-cause with regard to the speech that he delivered at the Republic Day function at Muktsar.

Fatehgarh Sahib


Bibi Balbir Kaur I was kidnapped: Sarpanch
Beas, January 30
The situation in Beas is still tense but under control even as the district administration has deployed a heavy police posse as a precautionary measure.                                        Bibi Balbir Kaur

Shilpa finds another Big Brother
Chandigarh , January 30
Bollywood actress-cum-“racism victim” Shilpa Shetty may soon find herself playing the part of a political leader, and a campaigner, for the BJP in the real-life drama of politics boosting the party’s prospects in the elections. Following her projection as a prey of intolerance on the Celebrity Big Brother realty show, the party has strategically decided to offer her the role of a politician.

Several Cong leaders join SAD
Mohali, January 30
Several Congress leaders today joined the SAD and said that they would work to ensure the victory for Mr Jasjit Singh, SAD-BJP candidate, contesting the Punjab elections from the Kharar constituency.

Bir Devinder supporters back SAD nominee
Mohali, January 30
The SAD-BJP candidate, Mr Jasjit Singh, contesting the Punjab elections from the Kharar constituency, has claimed that many supporters of the sitting MLA, Mr Bir Devinder Singh, yesterday joined him in electioneering.

Soldiers will miss the date
Chandigarh, January 30
Thousands of soldiers posted in Army cantonments across Punjab have been denied the right to exercise their franchise in the Assembly elections because of confusion over the last date to register as voters. Army officials and the Ex-serviceman League, the front organisation spearheading the right-to-vote movement for soldiers at their place of posting, say that the Election Commission of India had earlier announced that these soldiers could register themselves as voters till February 4.

11 stalwarts in the ring
Inderjit Zira may emerge as the dark horse
Ferozepore, January 30
As many as 11 stalwarts, including ministers, former ministers, parliamentary secretaries and former MPs , will battle it out in this border district of western Malwa. Of the eight constituencies, the ruling Congress has MLAs in six while the BJP and the Shiromani Akali Dal have one MLA each.

‘Capt Kanwaljit bluffing farmers’
Mohali, January 30
Mr Balbir Singh Sidhu, Congress candidate contesting from the Kharar constituency, cautioned the voters here and said they should not be misled by the false promises being made by SAD leader Capt Kanwaljit Singh.

Kamboj harps on development
Rajpura, January 30
“Only the Congress can provide a stable government and continue the development works undertaken by the Amarinder Singh government to its logical conclusion,” said Mr Hardyal Singh Kamboj, Congress candidate from the Rajpura constituency.

P.S. BhinderME & MYSELF
More jobs this ex-cop’s mission
Gurdaspur, January 30
“Unemployment among the youth is the biggest problem in the district. Terrorism in the border belt has hit the industry.

P.S. Bhinder

Congress woos youth in Moga
Moga, January 30
In order to offset the Shiromani Akali Dal's move to woo young voters by announcing lucrative positions for the youth in the government, the Congress has pressed into action its youth wing which is now busy tapping young minds by promising perquisites if the party is voted to power.

Congress expels eight for defiance
Chandigarh, January 30
The president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, today expelled eight workers from the primary membership of the Congress for defying the high command orders.

Mr Jasvinder Singh Balliewal at his dhaba in Feroze Gandhi Market, Ludhiana He is cooking poll curry
Ludhiana, January 30
From preparing curries to contesting elections from the Ludhiana West constituency, Mr Jasvinder Singh Balliewal, a dhaba owner, has been cooking dreams that his ‘‘goodwill’’ will earn him a seat in the Assembly.

Mr Jasvinder Singh Balliewal at his dhaba in Feroze Gandhi Market, Ludhiana. — Photo by Inderjeet Verma

Manpreet’s men clash with rivals
Gidderbaha, January 30
Two persons were arrested following supporters of SAD candidate Manpreet Singh Badal and Independent candidate Sant Singh Brar clashed at Kothe Himmatpura last evening. Workers from both groups suffered injuries.

DC issues ban orders
Fatehgarh Sahib, January 30
To conduct the elections in a free and fair manner Mrs Jaspreet Talwar, Deputy Commissioner, in an order issued under Section 144 yesterday, banned the carrying of weapons, explosive material, iron rods, swords, knives, trishuls in public places.

Candidates work hard to woo voters
Fatehgarh Sahib. January 30
With 13 candidates in the fray for Sirhind Assembly constituency, a tough contest is ahead. All the candidates are visiting the villages, towns and colonies along with their supporters to woo the voters. The majority of the voters are keeping mum and not giving their opinion but attending the meetings, rallies and processions of all the candidates.

Poll observers appointed
Ropar, January 30
Any kind of complaint related to elections can be discussed or submitted to four independent observers appointed in the district to conduct a fair poll.

Observers appointed
Patiala, January 30
The Election Commission of India has deputed seven Election Observers (general) and three Expenditure Observers in Patiala Parliamentary constituency.

Malta deaths a live issue
Hoshiarpur, January 30
The families of 170-odd Indian youths, who were killed in the Malta boat tragedy a decade ago, have decided to form a pressure group.


Punjab’s first: Chital sighted, rescued
Gurdaspur, January 30
The state Wildlife Department has added a new species to its wildlife list. The presence of chital, a spotted deer, has been recorded for the first time in the state.

Rally against social evils
Patiala, January 30
Makhan Singh Fariad, who is on a Punjab cycle yatra to spread awareness among masses about the eradication of social evils from society, reached here yesterday.


Transporter among 7 killed in accident
Abohar, January 30
A local transporter was killed when he accidentally smashed his car into a tree near here last night. In another accident, six residents of Udaykaran village, including an ailing woman, were killed when an ambulance collided with a bus near Loonkaransar in the Sriganganagar area yesterday. A local resident died due to suffocation in an oil tank last night, sources said today.


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