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Bypoll: Cong to press for Central forces
7-member team to meet CEC, PM 
Amritsar, May 7
A seven-member deputation of the Congress, led by spokesman for the All-India Congress Committee Manish Tiwari, will meet the Chief Election Commission, Prime Minister, union home minister and law minister within a couple of days to demand deployment of paramilitary forces for the Amritsar (South) Assembly byelection, scheduled to be held on May 22.

Govt staff burn midnight oil
Ropar\Kharar, May 7
The Ropar and Kharar administrations are burning the midnight oil to brace themselves for the ensuing Block Samiti elections. 

Ballot boxes being loaded on a truck at the Mini-secretariat in Bathinda on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Kulbir Beera

Every other person in state has mobile connection
Chandigarh, May 7
Punjab and Chandigarh has perhaps the highest per capita mobile connectivity in the country that has witnessed an unprecedented 460 per cent growth in the past three years. Every second person in Punjab and Chandigarh has a mobile connection. At the national level, one in every four persons has a mobile connection.
A. Raja, union minister of Information and technology, released these figures in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.


Plan to control forest fires
Chandigarh, May 7
To prevent and manage forest fires in the state, the Punjab Forest Department has launched an integrated forest protection scheme. This was disclosed by senior forest officers to Tikshan Sud, forest minister, Punjab, at a meeting here today.



Seat Allocation Blues
Badal sets up panel 

Amritsar, May 7

In view of irritants between the coalition partners over the allocation of seats for the ensuing Zila Parishad and Block Samiti elections, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today announced to constitute a two-member committee to iron out the difference between the SAD and the BJP.
Children carry election symbols of political parties at Chak-Bhaktu village of Bathinda
ELECTION EUPHORIA: Children carry election symbols of political parties at Chak-Bhaktu village of Bathinda district. Tribune photo: Malkiat Singh

BJP complains against SAD men
Sangrur, May 7
The district unit of the BJP today submitted a complaint to the deputy commissioner for action against four SAD candidates, allegedly posing as SAD-BJP alliance candidates though the BJP is also contesting Zila Parishad (ZP) and Block Panchayat Samiti elections on party symbol (lotus) in those zones.

ZP, Samiti Poll
YC to guard against rigging

Sangrur, May 7
The Punjab Youth Congress (PYC) will not allow the SAD-BJP combine to capture polling booths or rigging in the state during the elections to Zila Parishads and Block Panchayat Samitis to be held on May 12 next.

Ex-Congress MLA Harpartap Singh Ajnala during the gherao of SDM office in Ajnala block in Amritsar
Ex-Congress MLA Harpartap Singh Ajnala during the gherao of SDM office in Ajnala block in Amritsar on Tuesday.
A Tribune photograph

BJP breaks coalition shackles, set to make inroads into rural base
Chandigarh, May 7
Breaking the coalition shackles, the BJP has gone all out to spread its wings in the rural Punjab. Its latest evidence is BJP’s insistence to contest the Zila Parishad and Block Samiti elections in rural Punjab without bothering least about how its senior coalition partner, the SAD, a party with a strong rural base, reacts to it.

Give revenue share to villages, says Avinash
New Delhi, May 7
Hoshiarpur BJP MP Avinash Rai Khanna has demanded that revenue generated from various sources within the boundary of a village should be shared with it.


Suicide by College Prof
‘Police under SAD pressure’

Amritsar, May 7
Though bail applications of the accused in a case in which a DAV College  professor committed suicide on October 3 last, were reportedly rejected by three courts, family of the victim was trying to get the  accused arrested.

Police trains youth for private security jobs
Chandigarh, May 7
Youngsters trekking it to the state police headquarters here only to read the almost permanent sign stating “Bharti band hai” can now hope for being gainfully employed with the Punjab police initiating a social welfare scheme to train rural youth for employment in the private sector.

Punjabis should work in fields: VC
Morinda, May 7
The problem of labour shortage in Punjab can not be solved unless Punjab's people stop search for greener pastures abroad and are willing to work in the fields themselves. Vice-chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) Dr Manjit Singh Kang stated this to The Tribune. He said if Punjabis were reluctant to get back to the fields, mechanisation of the farm sector would be the only way out. "This season's harvesting had witnessed a glut due to lack of adequate labour. Punjabis should stop running abroad for greener pastures and instead should stay back and work hard," he added.

Dr Manjit Singh Kang
Dr Manjit Singh Kang


Rs 10,000 fine for filing frivolous petition
Chandigarh, May 7
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today made it clear any endeavour to tamper with the ecological balance will only invite the wrath of the courts.

Punjab ordered to provide security to woman
Chandigarh, May 7
In a surprising twist of events, a Ferozepore resident allegedly exploited by a Ludhiana journalist today claimed her brother had been picked up.


Decision on PTU VC after Zila Parishad poll
Patiala, May 7
Uncertainty regarding appointment of Punjab Technical University (PTU) vice-chancellor, arisen last week with sudden resignation by Dr. S.K. Salwan, might come to an end shortly as Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal was likely to decide it Zila Parishad-Panchayat Samiti elections on May 12.


Convict killed by ex-jail mates 
Moga, May 7
A convict in a murder case, who was released on parole from the Ludhiana jail a few days ago, was allegedly killed by his former jail mates at Puranewala village, which falls under the Mehna police station area in this district.



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