Punjab Votes ' 07 | Community | Education

Farmers SAD’s main focus
Jalandhar, February 3
The manifesto of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) released here today promises comprehensive recast of economic priorities, putting the rural and urban poor at the core of a “bold and futuristic vision” for growth.

Report: Rajan fired 13 rounds
Beas SHO suspended
Beas, February 3
The district police chief of Majitha, Mr Lok Nath Angra, today suspended Mr Malkit Singh, SHO of Beas, on the recommendation of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) for having failed to arrest the suspects involved in the poll violence here.



CM promises more water; RO told to send report
The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, addresses a rally at Chamkaur Sahib on Saturday Chamkaur Sahib, February 3
In spite the Model Code of Conduct, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today promised more water to the people with the construction of Dashmesh Canal Project worth Rs 1,200 crore on coming back to power.

The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, addresses a rally at Chamkaur Sahib on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

Chahal quits
Chandigarh, February 3
Mr B.I.S. Chahal, media adviser to the Punjab Chief Minister, has resigned from his post. Sources said Mr Chahal was asked by the Chief Minister to put in his papers as his continuation on the post was leading to a lot of controversy.

CM’s campaign gets aggressive
Patiala, February 3
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, is trying to put the Akalis on the backfoot by his aggressive style of campaigning and witty remarks.

Capt, Badal leave it to sons
Mansa, February 3
With MP Sukhbir Singh Badal, son of Akali stalwart Parkash Singh Badal, heading the campaign for SAD-BJP candidates and Mr Raninder Singh, son of the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, managing the party's poll strategy, sons are virtually battling it out for their fathers in the elections.

Faridkot: Four CMs, yet no development
Faridkot, February 3
This region continues to be socially and economically backward despite the fact that it has given the maximum number of four Chief Ministers to Punjab since 1966.


The Congress candidate from Bathinda, Mr Harminder Singh Jassi, campaigns in his constituency Chautala poaching on Jassi vote bank
Bathinda, February 3
This constituency is hogging the limelight less because of key contestants and more due to their Haryana connection. While the stakes are high for Dera Sacha Sauda, Sirsa, as the dera head's close relative Mr Harminder Singh Jassi is contesting on the Congress ticket, the INLD supremo, Mr Om Prakash Chautala's family has thrown its weight behind the SAD-BJP candidate, Mr Sarup Chand Singla.
The Congress candidate from Bathinda, Mr Harminder Singh Jassi, campaigns in his constituency on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

Kohli will be made minister, says SAD chief
Patiala, February 3
The SAD Chief, addressing a gathering at Quila Chowk here late last evening in support of SAD candidate Surjit Singh Kohli, said the Akalis would romp home to victory in the coming elections and announced that Mr Kohli would be made Cabinet Minister if he won from this Assembly segment against Capt Amarinder Singh.

SAD seeks transfer of DC, SSP
Kapurthala, February 3
Former minister and SAD candidate for the Kapurthala seat Raghubir Singh has alleged that Congress workers, at the behest of the Jalandhar MP, are intimidating voters and the complaints in this regard have fallen on deaf ears.

Jasjit promises help to lawyers
Mohali, February 3
In violation of the rules the SAD-BJP candidate, Mr Jasjit Singh, went to the district court complex in Phase III B 1 to woo voters here today.

CVM pledges support to SAD-BJP alliance
Chandigarh, February 3
The Chandigarh Vikas Manch today declared its support to the BJP-SAD alliance for the upcoming Punjab Vidhan Sabha elections. Addressing a joint press conference Mr Harmohan Dhawan, president of the CVM, with Capt Kanwaljeet Singh, general secretary, SAD, stated that they had already sounded the victory bugle for the state with winning the Mayor’s seat in the capital.

Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal with her supporters at Lehragaga. No smooth sailing for Bhattal
Sangrur, February 3
Deputy Chief Minister and Congress candidate from the Lehra Assembly constituency Rajinder Kaur Bhattal is facing a fierce challenge from SAD candidate Prem Singh Chandumajra. Ms Bhattal has won thrice from Lehra in a row. For the first time, she won in 1992 when the Akalis had boycotted the Assembly elections.

Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal with her supporters at Lehragaga.

Cong MLA joins BJP
Jalandhar, February 3
Sitting MLA from Jalandhar and district Congress president Raj Kumar Gupta joined the BJP here today.

Congress councillor joins BJP
Abohar, February 3
Mr Harjit Singh Garewal, vice-president of the farmers’ wing of the BJP, has blamed the Congress for placing Abohar on the top of crime cities in the North.

SAD, Cong workers clash at debate
Barnala, February 3
Supporters of Mr Malkiat Singh Keetu, MLA of Barnala and SAD nominee for this Assembly seat, and Mr Kewal Singh Dhillon, Congress nominee, clashed at a debate organised by Star News TV channel here yesterday.

Flag march in Kharar
Mohali, February 3
In order to create a sense of security among voters of the Kharar constituency, a flag march was organised by the police in the town today.

Rajpura: Independents hold key
Rajpura, February 3
A keen contest is in the offing in the Rajpura constituency of Patiala district, the home turf of Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh even as the Independents hold the key to the results.

Haryana-made voter cards
Chandigarh, February 3
Strange as it may sound, all voter ID cards for the coming Punjab elections are being made in Haryana. The project involving online processing of electoral cards and lists is being handled by the Haryana’s Electronic Development Corporation (HARTRON).

Candidates canvass on cable networks
Gurdaspur, February 3
Local cable networks have leased channels to candidates which show speeches by local leaders and sarpanches round the clock. These also run advertisements and messages of candidates. One of the channels shows the Transport Minister as the ‘Lord of the destitute, Raghunath‘.

Sales at liquor vends on a high
Chandigarh, February 3
Liquor may not be the only thing which candidates may be using to woo voters. However, going by the excise policy the department has for to its licensees, revenue gets precedence over national sentiments.


BKU burns Amarinder’s effigy
Barnala, February 3
Activists of the Bharti Kisan Union Ekta (Ugrahan) led by its vice-president Hardeep Singh Tallewal burnt an effigy of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to protest against the acquisition of land at Fatehgarh Channa and Kaleke village. Agitators raised anti-government slogans and held a march in the village to mobilise support for the ‘rail roko’ action scheduled for February 9.

Lust for gambling takes infant’s life
Amritsar, February 3
In a fit of rage a father brutally killed his 26-day-old infant by smashing him on the floor as his family refused to give Rs 20 for gambling.

PGI to rescue of medico
Patiala, February 3
Dr Geetika Sachdeva, a young and promising medico, here, who had met with a serious accident on January 10 at Gagan Chowk, Rajpura, had almost lost hope but resuscitation at Fortis Hospital saved her.


Radio phone-in counselling programme from Feb 5
Patiala, February 3
The Department of Correspondence Courses, Punjabi University, is organising a ‘phone-in-counselling programme" for its students from February 5.


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