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Liquor flows for free, courtesy politicians
Ludhiana, January 28
With the police getting tough with those ferrying liquor in the evening, politicians have devised code signals for liquor vend operators so they could handover bottles to their handpicked men. A new trend has started in which a candidate dots liquor vends with posters to indicate his men that liquor is available free-of-cost and tipplers just have to show the name of the candidate.

Excise dept seals liquor vends
Ludhiana, January 28
The Excise and Taxation Department today sealed liquor vends falling under the Ludhiana district to ensure that these remain closed on dry days (January 28 to January 30) till 5 pm due to the poll in the state. At least 15 teams comprising officials from the department toured the city after 5 pm and sealed each vend so that the owners could not open them on dry days.


BLO removed, teacher served notice
Ludhiana, January 28
Raminder Singh, Auction Recorder, Mullanpur Market Committee, who was deputed as a booth level officer (BLO) of booth No. 75 at Government Senior Secondary School, Boparai Kalan, has been removed on complaint of campaigning for a particular party. The District Election Officer has even asked the secretary of the Mullanpur Market Committee to serve a show-cause notice on him. Gurmit Singh, a clerk in the Plant Breeding Department of Punjab Agriculture University (PAU) has replaced Raminder Singh.

Jaswinder Singh shows his wounds in Ludhiana 4 injured in group clash
Ludhiana, January 28
Four persons sustained injuries following an ugly group clash that took place in Labour Colony on the Gill Road here today.

Jaswinder Singh shows his wounds in Ludhiana on Saturday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Last day of campaigning keeps candidates on toes
Ludhiana, January 28
Candidates of various parties remained on toes throughout the day to woo voters either by visiting them or by conveying their message through pamphlets and SMSes.


Stop displaying RTE guidelines: DGSE
Ludhiana, January 28
Implementing the instructions of the Election Commission, the Punjab Education Department has issued orders to stop the process of displaying the Right to Education Act (RTE) guidelines on school walls. In a letter issued by the Director General of School Education (DGSE), it is mentioned that political parties could take credit of the decision to display these RTE Act guidelines and therefore the process of displaying the guidelines should be stopped.

Campaign trail : jagraon
Candidates leave nothing to chance

Jagraon, January 28
SAD candidate SR Kaler being greeted by an elderly person at Jagraon. Bureaucrat-turned-politician Shiv Ram Kaler likes to give an early start to his day. The poll campaigning just does not brook any delays. Bumpy rides to the villages of Jagraon in cold are, to him, a physical reminder of the changed reality-the transformation of a bureaucrat into a politician.

SAD candidate SR Kaler being greeted by an elderly person at Jagraon. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Bollywood actor Shatrughan Sinha campaigns for BJP candidate Parveen Bansal in Ludhiana “Shotgun” woos voters in style 
Ludhiana, January 28
Shatrughan Sinha, popularly known as “Bihari Babu”, has urged voters of Punjab to vote for the party, which will work for the development and the welfare of the people.

Bollywood actor Shatrughan Sinha campaigns for BJP candidate Parveen Bansal in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Where contenders don’t need no education
Ludhiana, January 28
From private matriculation to masters in commerce, candidates have done it all. The Tribune checked the educational qualifications (submitted by them at the time of filing nomination papers) of 33 candidates and found some interesting facts.
Out of the 33 candidates, the SAD has two candidates, who have done postgraduation while the BJP and Congress have one postgraduate each. SAD candidates Charanjit Singh Atwal (Payal) and Sharanjit Singh Dhillon (Sahnewal) have done LLB while Rajinder Bhandari of the BJP, who is contesting from Ludhiana West, has done masters in commerce.

Shahi Imam for Congress
Ludhiana, January 28
Shahi Imam Habib Ur Rehman Sani Ludhianavi in a press conference today stated that the SAD-BJP alliance had betrayed the community by not fulfilling their genuine demands. Shahi Imam said their party Majlis Ahrar Islam and 90 per cent of the Muslims would support the Congress. Shahi Imam said the reservation cell of Punjab welfare department had sent a letter to the Deputy Commissioners of all districts asking them not to issue SC certificates to Muslims, which had taken the Muslim community aback.

SAD-BJP candidate Sharanjit Singh Dhillon honours a farmer at BajraCampaign trail : Sahnewal constituency 
Candidates put in last-minute effort

Sahnewal, January 28
Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, former Member Parliament and SAD-BJP candidate, has been pitted against the son-in-law of Congress Legislative Party leader Rajinder Kaur Bhattal and general secretary of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee Vikram Bajwa.

SAD-BJP candidate Sharanjit Singh Dhillon honours a farmer at Bajra village. Photo by writer

Election officer orders probe
Ludhiana, January 28
After The Tribune highlighted that a SAD councillor and his family members are having votes in two places, the District Electoral Officer (DEO) has marked an inquiry into the matter.

660 cartons of liquor seized 
Macchiwara, January 28
The district police has seized 660 cartons of Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) comprising 7,920 bottles meant to be distributed during the elections. Khanna SSP, Mandeep Singh Sidhu, said a police team had on a tip-off barricaded the Nawashahar-Samrala road. A Tata 907 was intercepted on the Macchiwara-Kohara road and 298 cartons seized from the vehicle. The driver, however, managed to escape.

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SAI trials to select athletes begin from Feb 2
Ludhiana, January 28
Trials to select upcoming and talented players for induction into the Sports Authority of India (SAI) Training Centre at Guru Nanak Sports Complex for the session 2012-13 will be held during February 2-4.



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