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Parties keep it low key as 3 days left for canvassing

13 Dec 2017 | 1:26 AM

JALANDHAR: With three days remaining for canvassing for the December 17 civic body elections, it has largely remained a low-key affair in Jalandhar, Patiala and Amritsar. None of the main leaders of the major parties — the Congress, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) — has so far turned up for campaigning.

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Deepkamal Kaur

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, December 12

With three days remaining for canvassing for the December 17 civic body elections, it has largely remained a low-key affair in Jalandhar, Patiala and Amritsar.

None of the main leaders of the major parties — the Congress, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) — has so far turned up for campaigning.

The campaigning will conclude on Friday and Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has not visited any of the three cities even once. As for Congress MLAs, they are campaigning for select candidates.

A case in point is councillors-turned-MLAs Rajinder Beri of Jalandhar Central and Sushil Rinku of Jalandhar West. They are confined to wards from where their wives are contesting. Barring Jalandhar Cantt MLA Pargat Singh, the other three Jalandhar city MLAs are first-timers.

On Capt Amarinder’s plan of touring any of the three cities, his media adviser Raveen Thukral said, “These are civic polls, which have to be contested at the local level only.”

State BJP president Vijay Sampla, who hails from Jalandhar, has not campaigned here even once so far.

In Amritsar, the situation is similar. District BJP president Rajesh Honey said, “We had Avinash Rai Khanna here for some programmes. Most other leaders have not been able to make it owing to less time and rain.”

Congress MLA from Amritsar West Raj Kumar Verka said, “We (local leaders) are campaigning ourselves in the wards of our constituencies.”

In Patiala, the campaign is being largely handled by Capt Amarinder’s wife Preneet Kaur and Patiala Rural MLA Brahm Mohindra.

Former BJP minister Manoranjan Kalia said, “As the ruling party is not going full throttle, other parties, too, have not come out strongly. Everyone is fighting individually.”

This, however, was not the case in previous MC elections. “When I became a councillor in 1991, then BJP president LK Advani had campaigned in Jalandhar. One or two prominent leaders kept visiting wards. Since the Congress has been a non-performer in nine months of assuming power, its leaders cannot go to the public and seek votes for party candidates,” Kalia added.

SAD Senior Deputy Mayor Kamaljit Bhatia said, “When the SAD-BJP alliance was in power, then CM Parkash Singh Badal always campaigned in the MC elections. Unlike this time, it was never an individual contest.”

State AAP convener Bhagwant Mann and co-convener Aman Arora are expected to visit Jalandhar tomorrow for the campaigning.

Parties keep it low key as 3 days left for canvassingSenior Deputy Mayor Kamaljit Bhatia (left) accompanies his wife Jaspal Bhatia for campaigning in Jalandhar on Tuesday. Tribune Photo: Sarabjit Singh
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No funds, govt may only give partial tariff relief to industry

13 Dec 2017 | 1:25 AM

CHANDIGARH: In dire financial straits, the state government may not be able to implement subsidised power tariff of Rs 5 per unit for industrial consumers in toto. Only a part of the tariff could be subsidised, while fixed charges would have to be levied.

Sampla: Sorry for roadblocks, but it was must to expose govt

Sampla: Sorry for roadblocks, but it was must to expose govt

13 Dec 2017 | 1:25 AM

FATEHGARH SAHIB: It is unfortunate that during the dharnas by SAD-BJP workers against the “highhandedness” of the Congress government, the commuters have to face inconvenience, said Vijay Sampla, state BJP president, while interacting with the media at Amloh today.

New book says govt orchestrated ’84 anti-Sikh riots

13 Dec 2017 | 1:25 AM

NEW DELHI: The 1984 anti-Sikh riots following the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi that claimed the lives of an estimated 8,000 people in Delhi and around the country were not spontaneous as has been made out but were government-orchestrated, says a scathing new book on the four days of mayhem, adding it’s time the world took note of the killings, as it did of the slaughter of a similar number of Bosnian Muslims in 1994.

Istri wing case: Viral video now part of police probe

Istri wing case: Viral video now part of police probe

13 Dec 2017 | 1:25 AM

BARNALA: The police today added provisions of the Information Technology Act in the case of assault on Istri Wing leader of the SAD Jaswinder Kaur. A “Shera Khuban Aale” gang has announced on FB to avenge the attack on her.

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Re-probe boy’s torture, rights panel tells SSP

13 Dec 2017 | 1:25 AM

BATHINDA: The Punjab State Commission for the Protection of Child Rights today directed the Bathinda SSP to re-investigate the alleged torture of a 12-year-old boy at the Kotwali police station last week.

Ensure film fest success or face music, teachers told

13 Dec 2017 | 1:25 AM

GURDASPUR: The Gurdaspur District Education Officer (DEO) has come down heavily on teachers who are not ensuring the presence of students at the three-day “Ek Bharat Film Festival” at the RD Khosla DAV Model Senior Secondary School in Batala.

Rain good for crop growth, but not prolonged spell

13 Dec 2017 | 1:25 AM

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Bank to launch loan recovery drive, Akali leader first on list

13 Dec 2017 | 1:25 AM

MUKTSAR: As the state government has given a go ahead to the co-operative banks to recover their loan amount from all major defaulters, officials of Punjab Agricultural Development Bank (PADB) in Malout have decided to start the drive from SAD’s former Muktsar district chief Dyal Singh Kolianwali.

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13 Dec 2017 | 1:25 AM

BATHINDA: With its first phase turning out to be a great success in sensitising US citizens on the Sikh identity, the National Sikh Campaign (NSC) and its supporters gathered for their national meeting in Washington on Sunday to discuss and launch the next phase of the Sikh media campaign to create awareness about Sikhs in America.

Tribunal forms panel for report on waste plants

13 Dec 2017 | 1:25 AM

CHANDIGARH: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has constituted a four-member committee to submit a compliance report on its orders pertaining to the solid waste management plants at Bathinda, Amritsar, Ferozepur and Ludhiana before the next date of hearing, January 16.

HC raps state for ‘lying’ on counsel’s authorisation

13 Dec 2017 | 1:25 AM

CHANDIGARH: Rapping the Punjab Government for making a baseless statement mired in falsehood and contrary to record, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has made it clear that the assertion bordered around the contempt of court.

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Beneficiaries of welfare schemes await pension

13 Dec 2017 | 1:25 AM

ABOHAR: Even as the process of scrutinising the lists of beneficiaries of the state government’s social welfare schemes had been completed in September, the eligible persons are still awaiting online transfer of the money to their bank accounts.

Gang of women cheats traders in DC’s name

13 Dec 2017 | 1:25 AM

MUKTSAR: A gang of women has reportedly robbed a number of sweets shops in the name of deputy commissioner. They go to sweets shop and claim that the deputy commissioner had asked them to get boxes of sweets.

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Sirsa dera branch reopens after 107 days in Abohar village

13 Dec 2017 | 1:25 AM

ABOHAR: Hundreds of elated followers thronged the Sirsa Dera’s Naam Charcha Ghar in Kikkarkhera village near Abohar on Tuesday as the police granted permission to reopen the complex that remained closed for 107 days due to CBI court proceedings involving dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.

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B’desh national at Pingalwara longs to meet kin

13 Dec 2017 | 1:26 AM

AMRITSAR: A 21-year-old Bangladesh national, who illegally entered India, did odd jobs for his survival leading to mental instability, had found home in Pingalwara Society’s destitute branch in Amritsar in 2016, but now he desperately intends to reunite with his family.

Boxing legend grapples with ‘indifferent’ govt

Boxing legend grapples with ‘indifferent’ govt

13 Dec 2017 | 1:26 AM

Khanal Khurd (Sangrur): Boxing legend Kaur Singh (65) returned home on Sunday night after spending 22 days at a private hospital in Mohali, getting treatment for his multiple health problems.

MBBS: Centre interprets domicile criteria

13 Dec 2017 | 1:26 AM

FARIDKOT: For heavy litigation and controversies entailing the interpretation of domicile criteria and eligibility for NRI seats in medical and dental (MBBS and BDS) courses in the state, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has sent the interpretation of the domicile criteria to the state medical education department and Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS).

To cut cost, state to monitor vehicles

To cut cost, state to monitor vehicles

13 Dec 2017 | 1:26 AM

CHANDIGARH: The management of government vehicles in the state is set to go high-tech. To cut expenditure and mobilise vehicles in the government pool, the state has directed heads of all departments to furnish details of vehicles under its control in two weeks.

SAD to contest Haryana civic body elections

13 Dec 2017 | 1:26 AM

CHANDIGARH: The SAD on Tuesday announced to contest all forthcoming elections in Haryana on its symbol, starting with those for the civic bodies of Ambala and Rohtak.

Mallanwala: Cong wins unopposed

13 Dec 2017 | 1:26 AM

CHANDIGARH: The Congress today won all 13 seats of the Mallanwala Khas nagar panchayat unopposed. The winners are Sukhwinder Kaur, Sukhwinder Singh, Piaro, Roshan Lal, Harjinder Kaur, Ravinder Singh, Tarsem Singh, Jagir Singh, Roop Rani, Minakshi, Knata Kataria, Ajay Kumar and Usha Rani.

HC dismisses plea for using VVPAT

13 Dec 2017 | 1:26 AM

CHANDIGARH: Less than a week before the municipal corporation and council polls, the High Court today dismissed as withdrawn a petition, seeking the use of paper trail machines along with the electronic voting machines.

Woman cheat on marriage spree held

13 Dec 2017 | 1:26 AM

SANGRUR: The Longowal police today arrested two persons of a gang that used to dupe elderly people across the state after marrying them.

Sarabjit’s murder case: Pak jail official records statement

13 Dec 2017 | 1:26 AM

LAHORE: A Pakistani jail superintendent today recorded his statement before an additional district and sessions judge, Lahore, in the murder case of Indian national Sarabjit Singh who was killed by fellow prisoners in 2013.

Hoshiarpur man ends life in NZ

Hoshiarpur man ends life in NZ

13 Dec 2017 | 1:26 AM

HOSHIARPUR: Mukhtiar Singh alias Bara, a native of Pakhowal village of Garhshankar in the district, allegedly committed suicide in Auckland city of New Zealand.

PAU cautions cotton growers

13 Dec 2017 | 1:26 AM

LUDHIANA: Experts of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) have warned the farmers against the pink bollworm attack on cotton crop.

DC seeks report on ‘power theft’ by SDM

13 Dec 2017 | 1:26 AM

MUKTSAR: The Deputy Commissioner today formed a fact-finding team, comprising an assistant commissioner and executive engineer of the PSPCL, to submit detailed report on the matter of alleged use of “kundi” connection by SDM, Gidderbaha.

Farmers gherao DC office with stray cattle

13 Dec 2017 | 1:26 AM

BARNALA: Fed up with the rising number of stray animals, farmers of Fatehgarh Channa village on Tuesday loaded some of them in three tractor-trailers and protested in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office.

New High Commissioner to Pakistan visits Partition Museum before Wagah crossoverBriefly

New High Commissioner to Pakistan visits Partition Museum before Wagah crossover

13 Dec 2017 | 1:26 AM

AMRITSAR: New Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria visited Partition Museum at Town Hall here on Tuesday. He visited the museum along with his wife.

Two killed, 3 hurt in group clash at Amritsar wedding

12 Dec 2017 | 1:32 AM

AMRITSAR:A marriage ceremony took a tragic turn after two groups of youths clashed and opened fire, resulting in the killing of two men.

Panel: Ensure kids, patients don’t suffer

12 Dec 2017 | 1:32 AM

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab State Commission for Protection of Child Rights has instructed the Director General of Police and the Chief Secretary to ensure that in the event of a protest, barricades must be erected on a side so as to make way for buses carrying schoolchildren as well as ambulances to ensure their safety and security.

DIG says cases to be withdrawn: Badal

12 Dec 2017 | 1:32 AM

MUKTSAR: A day after PPCC chief Sunil Jakhar maintained that the cases registered against SAD leaders on charges of attempt to murder charge, holding of ‘dharna’ and the disruption of traffic on the national highway won’t be withdrawn, former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today claimed that the state government’s representative, a DIG, had announced publicly that these would be cancelled.

Cong leader against thermal plant closure

Cong leader against thermal plant closure

12 Dec 2017 | 1:32 AM

BATHINDA: State Congress general secretary Harminder Singh Jassi today supported protesting employees of Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant here, stating that the state government must fulfil its promise of keeping the thermal plant operating.

Maluka is SAD kisan wing president

12 Dec 2017 | 1:32 AM

Chandigarh: Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Monday appointed former cabinet minister and party Bathinda district chief Sikander Singh Maluka as president of the SAD kisan wing.

‘Find another way of protest’

12 Dec 2017 | 1:32 AM

CHANDIGARH: Lashing out at the Akalis for indulging in street politics at the cost of people’s welfare, CM Capt Amarinder Singh today called upon all political parties to resolve not to block highways, but to find alternative ways to protest.

Submit statements alleging Sajjan’s role in ’84 riots: HC

12 Dec 2017 | 1:32 AM

NEW DELHI: The Delhi HC today asked the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing 1984 anti-Sikh riots cases to place before it statements of persons alleging Congress leader Sajjan Kumar’s role in the incident.

Uniform winter jacket for cops

Uniform winter jacket for cops

12 Dec 2017 | 1:32 AM

CHANDIGARH: After many failed attempts in the last decade, the state police have finally introduced a winter jacket as part of the uniform for the force.

Three elected unopposed in Patiala

12 Dec 2017 | 1:32 AM

CHANDIGARH: In all, three Congress councillors were today elected unopposed for the Patiala Municipal Corporation.

Probe misuse of power by Cong: SAD-BJP to Guv

Probe misuse of power by Cong: SAD-BJP to Guv

12 Dec 2017 | 1:32 AM

CHANDIGARH: A SAD-BJP delegation today requested Punjab Governor VP Singh Badnore to direct the formation of a judicial panel that would inquire into a “nexus among the ruling party, the administration and election observers who furthered the cause of the Congress ahead of the civic body elections”.

Govt won’t arrest SAD leaders booked for road blockades

Govt won’t arrest SAD leaders booked for road blockades

12 Dec 2017 | 2:02 AM

CHANDIGARH: The state government has no plans to arrest Akali leaders even as almost the entire top brass of the party has been booked by name for non-bailable offences. Pulling the rug from under their feet yet again, the Capt Amarinder Singh government has decided not to arrest any of the Akali leaders, including party president Sukhbir Singh Badal, even as they continue to dare him to arrest them.

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How to avoid debt trap, union teaches labourers

12 Dec 2017 | 1:32 AM

FARIDKOT: To make agricultural labourers in the area understand the debt better and how to avoid getting trapped, the Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union (PKMU) has started organising teaching camps in villages.

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Rain cheers wheat growers

12 Dec 2017 | 1:32 AM

BATHINDA: With rain lashing different parts of the region, farmers who have sown wheat in time are a happy lot.

Boy’s torture: Child rights panel summons SP, SHO

12 Dec 2017 | 1:32 AM

BATHINDA: Taking suo motu notice of the alleged police torture of a 12-year-old boy here, the Punjab State Commission for Protection of Child Rights has asked SP (Investigation) Swaran Singh Khanna, Kotwali SHO Devinder Singh and ASIs Kulwinder Singh and Rajveer Singh to appear before it tomorrow.

Accused in irrigation scam surrenders

12 Dec 2017 | 1:32 AM

CHANDIGARH: Former Chief Engineer Harwinder Singh allegedly involved in the irrigation scam being probed by the Vigilance Bureau today surrendered before a Mohali trial court, a press release said.

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Sidhu bats for easy norms for investors

12 Dec 2017 | 1:32 AM

AMRITSAR: Cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu today said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Make in India” vision was meaningless if there was no “Make in Punjab” by simplifying the official procedure of inviting investment and giving fillip to the manufacturing sector.

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