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Low-key polling in Amritsar (South)
Amritsar, May 22
Barring few skirmishes and one bid of rigging , polling for the Amritsar (South) byelection passed off peacefully with paramilitary force jawans and Punjab Police commandos keping an eye on miscreants . All booths in the urban Assembly constituency were declared sensitive.


Policemen ask a voter for an Identity card in Amritsar (South) on Thursday.
Policemen ask a voter for an identity card in Amritsar (South) on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph
Braving rain, women and a child at a polling booth in Amritsar (South) on Thursday.
Braving rain, women and a child at a polling booth in Amritsar (South) on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Vishal Kumar 

Use of Copter by CM for Campaigning
Charges not part of poll expenses: CEC
Amritsar, May 22
The Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today got a reprieve even as Chief Election Commission (CEC), N Gopalaswami announced that the expenditure incurred on using the helicopter by him (Badal) during campaigning for the Amritsar (South) bypoll wont be included in the expenditure of the Akali candidate Inderbeer Singh Bularia, as demanded by the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee.



Badal writes to Centre
Corridor to Dera Sahib 
Chandigarh, May 22
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today urged the union external affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee to take up the issue of allowing a religious corridor from Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district to Kartarpur on the Pakistan side immediately with the government of the neighbouring country.

No action against hotel built on public land
Chandigarh, May 22
The Punjab government continues to be hospitable towards a Ludhiana hotel constructed illegally on public land. Though the Punjab and Haryana High Court had, on August 8, 2006, observed that the hotel had been set up on public land belonging to the Ludhiana Improvement Trust, action has not been initiated till date.


Panchayat poll violence not peculiar to state: Sukhbir
Mohali, May 22
Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal today stated that violence during civic body elections was common feature across the country and not unique to Punjab. “In Punjab, out of the 2,700 block samitis for which elections were held, violence was reported from only six or seven blocks,” he said.

Disqualification stares Bularia in the face
Chandigarh, May 22Inderbir Singh Bularia
As polling for the Amritsar (South) byelection ended peacefully, serious doubts are being cast over the validity of the polling with the threat of disqualification of SAD-BJP nominee Inderbir Singh Bularia looming large. Since the byelection was held only in Amritsar (South) legal experts feel any money spent on the poll has to be considered part of election expense by the candidate. 
I S Bularia


Water pollution: Panel seeks report
Chandigarh, May 22
Taking cognisance of a news report on polluted water, the Punjab Human Rights Commission has asked the Punjab State Pollution Control Board, Patiala, to give a report on what steps have been taken to tackle the health hazard.

‘Set up forces Tribunal’s bench at Chandigarh’
Sangrur, May 22
In the light of the Armed Forces Tribunal Act-2007, passed by Parliament, the ex-servicemen wing of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today urged the Union government to set up a bench of the tribunal at Chandigarh for the convenience of the ex-servicemen of the Army, Navy and Air Force of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal and Chandigarh areas.

Moga Stripping
Rights panel seeks report
Woman detained illegally for 6 hours;  scribes provoked Paramjit
to strip, says police

Moga, May 22
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) has taken cognisance of stripping on the road by Paramjit Kaur, a Dalit woman, against the alleged police inaction in arresting the persons who allegedly raped and thrashed her.

Holiday on May 26
Chandigarh, May 22
The Punjab government has declared holiday on May 26 in its all offices, all offices of corporations, boards and all educational institutions in the state and in Chandigarh on account of the gram panchayat elections. An official spokesman said today it would be a holiday within the meaning of Section 25 of the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881, in the state.

Singing contest for Rafi awards
Chandigarh, May 22
The Yaadgar-e-Rafi Society, Chandigarh is holding the first round of singing competition for Rafi awards on June 15, at Randhawa auditorium in Sector 16 here.


High Court
National-level boxer fears threat to life
Notice of motion to Punjab
Chandigarh, May 22
A national-level boxer, Jagtar Singh, today expressed apprehension of elimination in fake encounter due to differences with the SSP of Amritsar.


Class VIII School Board Exams
Here too girls outshine boys
Mohali, May 22
Girl students once again outshone boys in the class VIII Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) results declared here today.


Mealy bug menace in cotton belt
PAU experts’ remedies 
Ludhiana, May 22
Mealy bug attack on cotton,last year, caused 5 per cent to 7 per cent loss of cotton seed . A recent survey by a Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) team of 223 cotton-belt villages reports mealy bug attack on weeds in waste land, around cotton fields and stacked cotton sticks in 150 villages.


Sarpanch killed during campaigning
Gurdaspur, May 22
The sarpanch of Matwa village in the district was killed by a group of Congress supporters while campaigning for his wife late last night in the Gram Panchayat elections scheduled to be held on May 26.


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