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SAD-BJP got 45.37% votes, Cong 40.9%
Chandigarh, March 1
Even though the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) has emerged as the single largest party in terms of seats in the recently-held Vidhan Sabha elections in Punjab, the Congress continues to hold the distinction of having received the largest share of votes.

Lawyers’ spat turns ugly
Ropar, March 1
Even though the SAD-BJP government in Punjab has to assume office formally, the ongoing trial of Chief Minister-designate Parkash Singh Badal, members of his family and associates in a court here has already been turned into a sham.



Badal begins business of state
Amritsar, March 1
Before taking formal oath as 17th Chief Minister of Punjab, Parkash Singh Badal today sought report on the uprooting of 90 slum dwellers in the local Kabir Park locality here after reading a news item in these columns.

Swearing In
More bullet-proof cars called in from other states
Chandigarh, March 1
Preparations are on in full swing at the PCA stadium in Mohali for the oath-taking ceremony of the newly elected Parkash Singh Badal-led government. Preparations for the oath-taking ceremony by Parkash Singh Badal and his ministerial colleagues tomorrow have assumed gigantic proportions with the Punjab Police virtually throwing a security ring around the venue, PCA stadium, Mohali. Thousands of people are expected to turn up at the venue, besides several VVIPs. This kept the security agencies on their toes throughout the day.

Preparations are on in full swing at the PCA stadium in Mohali for the oath-taking ceremony of the newly elected Parkash Singh Badal-led government. — A Tribune photograph

Buses to carry SAD-BJP supporters
Amritsar, March 1
Hundreds of buses have been lined up here to carry supporters of the SAD-BJP combine to Chandigarh for the oath-taking ceremony of the new government tomorrow.

Parkash Singh Badal Politics is his passion
Chandigarh, March 1
Parkash Singh Badal, who will be sworn-in as the chief minister of Punjab tomorrow, likes to keep his mind to himself, though he has the habit of discussing issues even with a village chowkidar. His humility and capacity to keep political matters and vital decisions to himself till the last moment is unmatchable.

The B(r)ains behind Badal
Chandigarh, March 1
What is little known to people across Punjab is the fact that the brain behind most of the major political moves and strategies of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has been Harcharan Bains, a university teacher.

Will No. 13 be lucky?
Chandigarh, March 1
The thirteenth Punjab Vidhan Sabha, when constituted later this month, will have the onerous task of reversing the trend of shrinking number of sessions and sittings.


Sonia urged to probe party’s defeat
Amritsar, March 1
Vice-president of the PPCC M.M. Singh Cheema has urged Sonia Gandhi to appoint a high-powered committee to find out the reasons behind the party’s defeat in the Assembly elections.


Pak urged to allow Hindu jathas
Amritsar, March 1
President of the All-India Hindu Shiv Sena Surinder Kumar Billa has demanded that the Pakistan Government should allow Hindu jathas of kar sewaks for undertaking renovation of ancient Hindu shrines across the border.

Thrashing of undertrial to be probed
Ropar, March 1
Deputy commissioner Alok Shekhar today ordered a magisterial inquiry into the brutal beating up of undertrial Khushwinder Singh by jail staff in the district jail here. SDM P.S Gill has been entrusted the task to probe the matter.


PIL seeks relief for Punjab farmers
Chandigarh, March 1
A PIL seeking directions to the Punjab Government to provide monetary assistance and other incentives to debt-ridden farmers of the state came up for preliminary hearing in the Punjab and Haryana High Court today.

Court acquits 5 in new militant outfit case
Amritsar, March 1
Additional sessions judge (fast track court) Hardial Singh today acquitted five persons accused of floating a militant outfit, ‘Tigers of Sikhland’. Rajiv Singh Randhawa, along with Sarabjit Singh, Upkar Singh, Bhupinder Singh and Padarath Singh were arrested in 1998 on the basis of information received by the police that the accused were instrumental in floating a new militant outfit.


Two held for smuggling 10 kg heroin
Amritsar, March 1
The police arrested two smugglers and seized 10 kg of heroin worth Rs 10 crore in international market and a new Indigo car from them here today. A case under Sections 21/61/85 of the NDPS Act was registered against them.

6 members of thieves’ gang arrested
Abohar, March 1
Six members of an inter-state gang responsible for looting jewellery shops, five of them based in this district, were arrested by the Sriganganagar police late last evening while approaching Abohar, sources confirmed this here today.

Man arrested with fake visa
Amritsar, March 1
The immigration authorities at Rajasansi International Airport today arrested Narinder Kumar, a resident of Chichgari village in Jalandhar, for allegedly possessing fake visa.


Experts stress on preserving tribal autonomy
Patiala, March 1
A national conference, being organised by the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology of Punjabi University, on the theme "Tribes of Punjab: A Social Anthropological Inquiry" started here today.



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