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23 candidates declared criminal cases against themselves, 56 are Crorepatis

Punjab LS Polls: Analysis of Criminal, Financial & Other details of candidates

132 candidates not declared their income tax details & 81 have not declared any PAN number

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Chandigarh, April 23: Punjab Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms which are apolitical and non partisan civil society organizations working for electoral reforms in the country have analysed the sworn affidavits filed by all 253 candidates contesting the upcoming Loksabha Polls.
23 candidates (9%) have declared criminal cases against themselves this time. This was 18 (8%) out of 215 in 2009. There is a significant increase....
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Chandigarh, April 23: Punjab Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms which are apolitical and non partisan civil society organizations working for electoral reforms in the country have analysed the sworn affidavits filed by all 253 candidates contesting the upcoming Loksabha Polls.
23 candidates (9%) have declared criminal cases against themselves this time. This was 18 (8%) out of 215 in 2009. There is a significant increase in those with serious criminal charges including attempt to murder, criminal intimidation etc. as 20 candidates (8%) this time have declared that they have serious charges against them as compared to 11 candidates (5%) in 2009.
In terms of financial background 56 out of 253 (22%) are crorepatis and average assets per candidate is 4.48 crores. This figure is a big jump over 2009 when this average was 1.66 crores. Partywise INC has 12 crorepatis and average assets of an INC candidate is 32.70 crores. For SAD and BJP all 13 are crorepatis with average assets of SAD candidates at 34 crores and of BJP candidates at 60 crores. For AAP 8 out of 13 are crorepatis and average assets of an AAP candidate is 4.11 crores. 16 candidates have declared assets over 15 crores each of which 4 candidates are over 100 crores each. Candidates with declared highest annual incomes are Harsimrat Kaur Badal of SAD (4.9 crores), Kulwant Singh of SAD (4.3 Crores) and Arun Jaitly of BJP (3.2 crores).
132 candidates (52%) have not declared their income tax details and 81 (32%) have not declared any PAN number.

There are 19 women candidates which is only 7.5% of the total.

PEW has also analyzed assets of 8 re-contesting MPs from 2009 affidavits and compared them with their 2014 declarations. Their average assets have gone up from 15.56 crore to 32.19 crores in the last 5 years which is 107% increase.

Full details of declarations provided by each candidate and comparison charts of candidates for each constituency have been uploaded on our website www.myneta.info to help voters to make an informed choice in Loksabha Elections 2009.
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Modi to address five election rallies in Pathankot, Hoshiarpur, Ludhiana, Bathinda and Amritsar

BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi to visit Punjab on April 25

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Chandigarh, April 23: BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi will visit Punjab on April 25 for election campaigns in Pathankot, Hoshiarpur, Ludhiana, Bathinda and Amritsar. As per information given by Mohit Gupta BJP Yuva Morcha President Punjab, Narendra Modi will address first election rally in Pathankot at 11:00 p.m., followed by second rally in Hoshiarpur at 12:00 p.m. third rally in Ludhiana at 1:00 p.m., Bathinda at 4:00 p.m. and fi....
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Chandigarh, April 23: BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi will visit Punjab on April 25 for election campaigns in Pathankot, Hoshiarpur, Ludhiana, Bathinda and Amritsar. As per information given by Mohit Gupta BJP Yuva Morcha President Punjab, Narendra Modi will address first election rally in Pathankot at 11:00 p.m., followed by second rally in Hoshiarpur at 12:00 p.m. third rally in Ludhiana at 1:00 p.m., Bathinda at 4:00 p.m. and finally Amritsar at 5:30 p.m. Gupta said that elaborate arrangements are being made by SAD-BJP combine party for making the Modi’s election rallies A Grade success. ....
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Kadyan Khap International lodged protest with Govt. of India

KKI demands action against former DGP Prisons Shashikant also

Facts concealed while submitting self appraisal reports to government

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Ferozepur, April 23: Naresh Kadyan, a social activist of Rohini through an email to babushahi.com Correspondent, has informed about lodging of a complaint with Department of Personnel & Training, Govt. of India against the involvement of political parties in the Punjab State.
In his complaint, acknowledged by Joint Secretary, DOPAT vide No.DOPAT/E/2014/01148, has stated that as per the media reports, the Punjab government has rubbished ....
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Ferozepur, April 23: Naresh Kadyan, a social activist of Rohini through an email to babushahi.com Correspondent, has informed about lodging of a complaint with Department of Personnel & Training, Govt. of India against the involvement of political parties in the Punjab State.
In his complaint, acknowledged by Joint Secretary, DOPAT vide No.DOPAT/E/2014/01148, has stated that as per the media reports, the Punjab government has rubbished the claims made by former DGP of jails Shashikant.
Shashikant, in the Punjab-Haryana High Court, has made a statement alleging that ministers from major political parties, like the Akali Dal and the Congress in the state, are involved in drug rackets. The Punjab government has now accused Shashikant of having political ambitions. "Why didn't he take action then when he was serving as the Jail DGP of Punjab? What is the point of levelling allegations now," Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal questioned. "It seems he is moving towards contesting elections. He wants to act as a hero. When he was the DGP, he never informed. Till date no politician's name has come up, as per my information. We dismissed three ASIs two or three days back. They were found supporting drug peddlers," Punjab Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal added. Shashikant has alleged that the profits generated are being used for election purposes. He has also alleged that the state police are hand in glove with these ministers and are helping them in running the business.
On the basis of a PIL filed, the High Court had asked for DGP Shashikant's assistance in the case. Meanwhile, the High Court has asked for a reply from the Punjab government over this allegation.
Kadyan Khap International in the opinion that former DGP of jails Shashikant failed to perform his official duties, when he was in service and hold many positions at senior level, inputs were very much with him about illegal activities but he never moved for strict legal actions against all offenders, now he also seems to be co-accused for concealing the facts while submitting his self appraisal reports.
Hence, KKI demands strict legal action against him along with the persons exposed by him after retirement of the service.
It may be mentioned that Member of Parliament and congress candidate from Ludhiana constituency Ravneet Singh Bittu has also demanded resignation from Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on moral grounds. He has said the former DGP (Prisons) Shashikant has named Senior Akali Minister Ajit Singh Kohar, Gulzar Singh Ranike, Virsa Singh Valtoha, Harmeet Singh Sandhu, Veer Singh Lapoke and close aide of Senior BJP leader Manoranjan Kalia in the drug haul. It is now public that that the drug peddlers have been enjoying patronage of Badal Government. He has also said that the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has no right to be on the seat of Chief Minister, he should resign immediately on moral grounds.
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Tenure of PPSC Chairman Lt Gen (Retd) MS Buttar is to expire on 02/5/2014

Badal Government starts searching new Chairperson of PPSC, Patiala

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Chandigarh, April 23: The Punjab Government has started the process for filling up the new Chairperson of Punjab Public Service Commission, Patiala and a Search Committee headed by the Chief Secretary has been constituted for this purpose. This Committee will recommend a panel of names to a High Powered Committee comprising the Chief Minister Punjab, the Speaker of Punjab Vidhan Sabha and the leader of the opposition in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha. T....
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Chandigarh, April 23: The Punjab Government has started the process for filling up the new Chairperson of Punjab Public Service Commission, Patiala and a Search Committee headed by the Chief Secretary has been constituted for this purpose. This Committee will recommend a panel of names to a High Powered Committee comprising the Chief Minister Punjab, the Speaker of Punjab Vidhan Sabha and the leader of the opposition in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha. The names along with bio-date and complete details has been sought from the aspirants by the Secretary Personnel, Govt. of Punjab by 5:00 p.m. on 6.6.2014.
The term of the present incumbent Lt Gen (Retd) MS Buttar, AVSM, VSM expires on 2/5/2014.
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Village Gill (Ludhiana) born Amarbir Singh Gill gets unique honour on foreign land

Amarbir Gill becomes President of Students Union of London based University

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Chandigarh, April 23: Achieving greater heights on foreign shore, Ludhiana born Amarbir Singh Gill has got the honour of becoming President of Students of Union Royal Holloway University of London. It is significant to mention that about 9000 students are on roll in the university out of which only 40 to 50 are Indians where as 4 to 5 students belongs to Sikh community.
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Chandigarh, April 23: Achieving greater heights on foreign shore, Ludhiana born Amarbir Singh Gill has got the honour of becoming President of Students of Union Royal Holloway University of London. It is significant to mention that about 9000 students are on roll in the university out of which only 40 to 50 are Indians where as 4 to 5 students belongs to Sikh community.
Amarbir Singh Gill has given credit for this success to his parents Rajwinder Singh Gill & Mother Deepinder Kaur, Grandfather Surjit Singh Gill, and Uncle Sachdev Singh Gill.
Amarbir Singh Gill while talking to a selective group of journalists in Ludhiana today said that this is for the first time that a Punjabi Sikh has been able to get this great honour. He said that his main motto will be to propagate Sikh philosophy besides finding solution of the problems of student community from the management. He said that with his elevation to the significant assignment, the Sikh community in the world will get enhanced respect & identity. He said that the University will give him £22000 per annum as remuneration against this assignment.
Though he did not talk about much about Indian politics but said that politics in England is always focused on principles & development issues.
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Ferozepur News: Farmer arrested with heroin worth Rs.20 crore

Heroine was concealed under green-fodder

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Ferozepur, April 23: The Border Security Force is keeping a constant vigil on the Indo-Pak border in view of Lok Sabha elections as in the past two heavy consignments of heroin were seized. Today, again BSF claimed to have arrested a farmer returning from his fields at zero line fencing. The value of heroin in the international market is said to be Rs.20 crore.

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Ferozepur, April 23: The Border Security Force is keeping a constant vigil on the Indo-Pak border in view of Lok Sabha elections as in the past two heavy consignments of heroin were seized. Today, again BSF claimed to have arrested a farmer returning from his fields at zero line fencing. The value of heroin in the international market is said to be Rs.20 crore.

According to BSF sources, the farmer, in Mamdot sector, near the Indo-Pak border, was bringing heroin under the bundles of green fodder for cattles and on searching four packets of heroin were recovered from him.

BSF officials say that on Wednesday evening, all the farmers were returning home from their fields near the wired fencing on the international border. On suspecting one farm transporting the green field on the bullock-cart, the search was carried out and four packets of heroin were recovered concealed under the green fodder received from Pakistan worth Rs.20 crore in the international market.

The arrested farmer has been identified as Thana Singh son of Ram Singh resident of Kishore Ke Jhuge. Further investigation is going on from the farmer to know his links with the Pakistan and Indian side, BSF officials said.
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Amritsar AAP Candidate Dr. Daljit Singh holds Nukkad rallies & road shows

Amritsar AAP Candidate Dr. Daljit Singh ridicules SAD for ditching Navjot Sidhu

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Amritsar, April 23: “If Akalis can cut the roots of their own Punjabi- Navjot Singh Sidhu of BJP the cricketer-turned politician and now TV judge, who is ‘Arun Jaitely’ to Akalis-A non Punjabi and a non-sikh and not even a resident of Amritsar?” said AAP’s Amritsar candidate from Amritsar Lok Sabha constituency Dr Daljit Singh during a number of nukar rallies, road shows today.
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Amritsar, April 23: “If Akalis can cut the roots of their own Punjabi- Navjot Singh Sidhu of BJP the cricketer-turned politician and now TV judge, who is ‘Arun Jaitely’ to Akalis-A non Punjabi and a non-sikh and not even a resident of Amritsar?” said AAP’s Amritsar candidate from Amritsar Lok Sabha constituency Dr Daljit Singh during a number of nukar rallies, road shows today.
Dr Singh further added,“ Navjot brought many innovative schemes for Amritsar but Akalis especially Bikram Jit Singh Majithia worked against him.
Even in the previous Lok Sabha Elections it was only by strict orders of CM Parkash Singh Badal, that Majithia the son-in-law of Sukhbir Badal, was reined in and Sidhu won by a thin margin of barely over 6000 votes from Amritsar constituency from sitting congress MLA Om Parkash Soni, he informed.
“What is in buying a house in Amritsar, even Sidhu bought a house in Amritsar just like Jaitely, did he stay in Amritsar? Jaitely will only come for holidays in Amritsar and perchance he tries to work for Amritsar his wings will be clipped just as that of Sidhu”. Dr Daljit alleged.
Adding further he said, “If a man as clean as Sidhu who tried to bring the best upgradation to Amritsar with the International Airport, a state of art, garbage waste management plan and others schemes, could not mature due to vested interests of Badals and their kin, then how can Badals and Akalis digest Jaitely, if he tries to do the same thing for Amritsar”?
“Secondly, where Akalis vested interests are concerned in terms of Mohali versus Amritsar why would they let Amritsar grow into an international hub in comparison to Mohali and Bathinda (daughter-in-law Harsimarat is contesting MP election and also sister of Majithia)”, he quipped.

“For Akalis, Amritsar is just a BJP ticket and they will always try to undercut their coalition partner for their own survival and supremacy and shall never let their coalition partner get better than them”, he claimed.

Dr Daljit Singh further added “ Haven’t the Akalis grabbed both top positions in the state government, with the seat of CM as also of deputy CM for father Parkash S Badal and son Sukhbir Badal, what was given to BJP?” he asked.


Akali –BJP and Congress have morally lost their right to ask for votes. “They are asking for your votes and promising to make your children or menfolk drug addicts or alcoholics!” Are you going to vote for them? Dr Daljit asked the crowds at Rajasansi that are infested with drug addicts.
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Shortlists 20 Urban Assembly Constituencies for unique SMS service regarding queue status

No outsider political functionary can stay in any constituency on poll day: CEO

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Chandigarh, April 23: The Punjab CEO VK Singh today categorically said that any outsider or political functionary, who was not enrolled as a voter in a parliamentary constituency can’t stay there on day of polling but the candidates have been exempted for this purpose.
Interacting with media persons here today, Mr. Singh said that the state government has decided to suspend procurement operations for one day onApril 30 i.e poll day to fa....
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Chandigarh, April 23: The Punjab CEO VK Singh today categorically said that any outsider or political functionary, who was not enrolled as a voter in a parliamentary constituency can’t stay there on day of polling but the candidates have been exempted for this purpose.
Interacting with media persons here today, Mr. Singh said that the state government has decided to suspend procurement operations for one day onApril 30 i.e poll day to facilitate people especially rural populace to use their franchise. He said that due to inclement weather in last few days, the procurement operations have been little delayed and amidst possibility of prolonged procurement in state, this decision has been taken.
The CEO informed that after thorough analysis 20 purely urban assembly constituencies have been identified, where poll percentage was around 20 percent less in comparison of remaining state in last assembly constituencies. He said that these constituencies include Amritsar North, Amritsar West, Amritsar Central, Amritsar East and Amritsar South, Jalandhar West , Jalandhar Central, Jalandhar North and Jalandhar Cantt, SAS Nagar, Ludhiana East, Atam Nagar, Gill, Ludhiana South, Ludhiana Central, Ludhiana West, Ludhiana North , Ferozepur Urban, Bathinda Urban and Patiala. He said that a unique sms service ‘ Voter Queue Information Service” was being launched to inform voters about the queue status and this was aimed to check the trend of urban apathy. He said that each of total 22022 polling booths would be covered by either micro observer or web casting or videography/still photography or para military forces.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. B. Purushartha, Additional CEO said revealed that first time in the history of Punjab, the Elector Population Ration has touched projections of population in Census-2011. He said that projected population above 18 years of age was 1,95,16,688 and the final number of electors was 1,95,27,114 . He said that the credit goes to DEOs and Election machinery. He said that we have around 50 lac unique mobile phone numbers and each number would get three sms on poll day and specially mentioned that all big mobile operators have come forward to provide this service free of cost. The Additional CEO informed that till date 652 complaints have been received out of which 614 have been verified and 38 were pending. He said that 2948 FIRs have already been registered.
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The IPS Officer was available for posting after return from Central deputation

IPS Smt. Anita Punj posted as IGP/Community Policing, Punjab, Chandigarh

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Chandigarh, April 23: Punjab Government has posted IPS Smt. Anita Punj as Inspector General of Police/Community Policing, Punjab, Chandigarh, against the vacant post. According to press release issued by the Punjab Government, Smt. Punj was available for posting after her return from Central Deputation.....
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Chandigarh, April 23: Punjab Government has posted IPS Smt. Anita Punj as Inspector General of Police/Community Policing, Punjab, Chandigarh, against the vacant post. According to press release issued by the Punjab Government, Smt. Punj was available for posting after her return from Central Deputation.....
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Lok Sabha Polls 2014

LS polls 6th Phase: 117 constituencies across 11 States, 1 UT go to polls tomorrow

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New Delhi, April 23: 117 Lok Sabha constituencies across 11 states and a Union Territory go to polls in the 6th phase tomorrow.
This is the second largest chunk of constituencies going to polls on a single day in the nine phase, month-long elections to the Lok Sabha.
These constituencies include all the 39 in Tamil Nadu, 19 in Maharashtra, 12 in Uttar Pradesh, 10 in Madhya Pradesh, seven each in Bihar and Chhattisgarh, six each in West Bengal and Assam, five in Rajasthan, four in J....
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New Delhi, April 23: 117 Lok Sabha constituencies across 11 states and a Union Territory go to polls in the 6th phase tomorrow.
This is the second largest chunk of constituencies going to polls on a single day in the nine phase, month-long elections to the Lok Sabha.
These constituencies include all the 39 in Tamil Nadu, 19 in Maharashtra, 12 in Uttar Pradesh, 10 in Madhya Pradesh, seven each in Bihar and Chhattisgarh, six each in West Bengal and Assam, five in Rajasthan, four in Jharkhand and one each in Jammu and Kashmir and Puducherry.
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Preventing misuse of public funds by Government

SC sets up panel to frame guidelines for giving poll advertisement in media

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New Delhi, April 23: The Supreme Court today set up a committee for framing guidelines to prevent misuse of public funds by the government and its authorities in giving advertisements in newspapers and television to get political mileage.

A bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam asked the committee to submit its report within three weeks. The four member committee will be headed by N R Madhava Menon, former director of National Judicial Academy, Bhopal.
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New Delhi, April 23: The Supreme Court today set up a committee for framing guidelines to prevent misuse of public funds by the government and its authorities in giving advertisements in newspapers and television to get political mileage.

A bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam asked the committee to submit its report within three weeks. The four member committee will be headed by N R Madhava Menon, former director of National Judicial Academy, Bhopal.
The court passed the order on a PIL filed by two NGOs, pleading it to frame guidelines for curbing ruling parties from taking political mileage by projecting their leaders in official advertisements.
Earlier, the counsel appearing for the pettioner had said that the glorification of politicians linked to the ruling establishment, in order to attain political mileage at the cost of public exchequer, was violative of Article 14 of the Constitution.
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'Train Schedule' feature provides complete schedule of train

Indian Railways launches new mobile app to track train schedules

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New Delhi, April 23: Railways has launched a new mobile application which can be used for enquiries including train running status. An official release issued in New Delhi said, the new mobile application will have various features including 'Spot your train' option where passengers can get information about current position, expected time of arrival and departure of a train at a particular station.
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New Delhi, April 23: Railways has launched a new mobile application which can be used for enquiries including train running status. An official release issued in New Delhi said, the new mobile application will have various features including 'Spot your train' option where passengers can get information about current position, expected time of arrival and departure of a train at a particular station.
The 'Train Schedule' feature provides complete schedule of a train with all stoppages enroute and in Trains between Stations query, one can find out the list of all types of trains available between any two stations.
Besides, it also provides features for query on rescheduled, diverted and cancelled trains. The mobile App has been launched for Windows 8 phones and will be further developed for other mobile platforms.
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Khanna lashes out at Congress during election rallies

Vinod Khanna’s election campaign in Gurdaspur LS seat attract diverse crowd

By Manan Saini

Pathankot, April 23: When veteran actor and seasoned politician, Vinod Khanna embarks on a road show as part of his election campaign in Gurdaspur Lok Sabha constituency, people from all walks of life gather to catch a glimpse of their favourite leader and actor.
Whether it is his star status or his excellent work as a three time MP in Gurdaspur, people are happy to meet him and share space with him.
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Pathankot, April 23: When veteran actor and seasoned politician, Vinod Khanna embarks on a road show as part of his election campaign in Gurdaspur Lok Sabha constituency, people from all walks of life gather to catch a glimpse of their favourite leader and actor.
Whether it is his star status or his excellent work as a three time MP in Gurdaspur, people are happy to meet him and share space with him.
During his road shows in one of the areas in the constituency today, an enthusiastic supporter said he had walked for miles to meet Vinod Khanna.
It is not just men, but also women, children, those in old age that gather to listen to him. Not just that, people from all religious background too are keen to hear him.
‘I don’t cater to one demographic, gender or religion. In my speeches, I only speak about development and more development and that is what attracts my voters,’ says the actor turned politician.
He says, while Congress is famous for looting the country, AAP is famous for cheating the county he said. He said, as an actor you have fans that adore you for your celluloid performances, in politics, people adore you for your real life performance.
He said BJP government under Modiji’s leadership will bring back India’s lost glory.
Vinod Khanna has been a three time MP from Gurdaspur and was the minister for culture and tourism during Vajpayee’s government and is credited for conceptualizing and developing an aggressive marketing strategy for Incredible India campaign.
The crowd cheers as he waves his hand in style, they applaud when he folds his hand with humility.
Vinod Khanna campaigned in the Sujanpur, Harial, Dhar, Dunera, SARTI, SHAHPUR KANDI, FEROZEPUR KALAN, BASROOP, AZIZPUR KHADAIAN, SUJANPUR, KHANGAH, BUDHI NAGAR
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Jolt to Captain as Majitha Urban Congress President joins SAD

Amarinder ditched Sikhs to please Sonia & Rahul on ’84 anti-sikh riots: Jaitley

Majithia asks Captain to come clean on total ban on recruitment during his tenure

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Majitha, April 23: SAD-BJP candidate from Amritsar Lok Sabha constituency Mr. Arun Jaitley today made a frontal attack on Captain Amarinder Singh for ditching the Sikh community with a singular aim of pleasing the residents of 10 Janpath on the critical issue of carnage of thousands of Sikhs in 1984 by the Congress mob led by Jagdish Tytler and others.
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Majitha, April 23: SAD-BJP candidate from Amritsar Lok Sabha constituency Mr. Arun Jaitley today made a frontal attack on Captain Amarinder Singh for ditching the Sikh community with a singular aim of pleasing the residents of 10 Janpath on the critical issue of carnage of thousands of Sikhs in 1984 by the Congress mob led by Jagdish Tytler and others.
Overwhelmed by unprecedented show of strength and loyalty by SAD-BJP workers in 2nd Road Show in a week in Majitha area,where thousands of people including young and old ones came out of there houses and shops to welcome Jaitly and Bikram Majithia, Mr. Jaitley said that he was pained that Captain Amarinder Singh just for petty political gains to please his mentors in Delhi has gone to the extent of playing with the feelings of families of thousands of victims, who had been denied justice for last 30 years due to mechanizations of Congress Party. He said that Captain’s role in this whole episode exposes his dual character, who has given priority to bow wishes of Sonia and Rahul rather than to ensure justice to the families.

Thanking thousands of supporters Mr. Jaitley said that these repeated show of collective strength by the people of Amritsar has put Captain in quandary and his increasing negativity and aggression reflects the graph of his increasing frustration.

Showing mirror to the Captain Amarinder Singh on the critical issue of Property Tax, Mr. Jaitley said that Captain’s propaganda cannot suppress the documentary evidences of his dubious role in initiating the move of property tax as on 6thDecember 2006 he gave written orders to Chief Secretary Punjab to send the consent of Punjab Government to Union Government for imposing property tax on all properties in the urban areas. He said that he was ready to bring out that communication to refresh the memory of Captain where he had recommended that it was necessary to impose Property Tax in the urban areas.

Asking Captain Amarinder Singh to come clean on the issue of imposition of total ban on all recruitment during his five year tenure, Mr. Majithia said that Captain’s tenure would be known as darkest tenure for the state employees, who could not get a single penny hike in the congress rule. He said that it was Captain Amarinder Singh who reduced holidays for Punjab employees to be observed on various religious occasions from 34 to 14 in a single stroke. He said that people of Punjab want development and what to call of development Captain stopped all ongoing development works during his dark rule. He said that Bathinda refinery acquisition of land for which was completed by S. Parkash Singh Badal and Captain just to help private refineries halted the development of Bathinda refinery.

Mocking at the inaccessibility of Maharaja, Mr. Majithia said that even his cabinet minister had to wait for months to have simple darshan of Maharaja and people of Amritsar were mature enough not to get insulted by the private guards of Moti Mahal to meet Maharaja. He said that intelligent electorates of Amritsar have already decided to confine Maharaja in the pages of history and ensure record victory of SAD-BJP candidate Mr. Arun Jaitley. Mr. Majithia said that unprecedented repeated road shows in Amritsar have already made Captain tremble in his pants, who was spending sleepless nights cursing his detractors for pushing him in a lost battle.

On this occasion Congress Party suffered a biggest jolt of the year with the joining of Majitha city Congress President Rakesh Kumar Lovely with scores of leading office bearers including OBC wing Youth Congress president Charanjit Singh Pandher and others in the fold of Shiromani Akali Dal. Mr. Majithia said that this tsunami of Congress leaders joining SAD-BJP alliance would prove to be last nail in the coffin of Congress Party.
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Allegations by Shashi Kant against Punjab Ministers

Shashi Kant outbursts : Bittu demands resignation from Badal on moral grounds

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Ludhiana, April 23: Member of Parliament and congress candidate from Ludhiana constituency Ravneet Singh Bittu demanded resignation from Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on moral grounds. He said the former DGP (Prisons) Shashikant has named Senior Akali Minister Ajit Singh Kohar, Gulzar Singh Ranike, Virsa Singh Valtoha, Harmeet Singh Sandhu, Veer Singh Lapoke and close aide of Senior BJP leader Manoranjan Kalia in the drug haul. It is now pu....
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Ludhiana, April 23: Member of Parliament and congress candidate from Ludhiana constituency Ravneet Singh Bittu demanded resignation from Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on moral grounds. He said the former DGP (Prisons) Shashikant has named Senior Akali Minister Ajit Singh Kohar, Gulzar Singh Ranike, Virsa Singh Valtoha, Harmeet Singh Sandhu, Veer Singh Lapoke and close aide of Senior BJP leader Manoranjan Kalia in the drug haul. It is now public that that the drug peddlers have been enjoying patronage of Badal Government. He said that the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has no right to be on the seat of Chief Minister, he should resign immediately on moral grounds.
Mr. Bittu further added that the drug lord Jagdish Singh Bhola, who was dismissed from the police, had named Youth Akali Dal President and Cabinet Minister Bikram Majithia, who is brother-in-law of Sukhbir Singh Badal and son of Jail Minister Sarvan Singh Phillaur in drug peddling.
Mr. Bittu said the people have made Parkash Singh Badal Chief Minister for the fifth time, but Badal have showing no concern about the youth of Punjab.
Mr. Bittu said in the crusade against drug peddling he had walked 1,500 km in Punjab and had talked to those women who had lost their sons due to drugs. He had held hunger strike for atleast 7 days in Ludhiana in front of mini secretariat. At that time Badal had promised to establish anti drug board to deter drug peddling, but till now the board has not called a single meeting, what else can be expected from the board.
Mr. Bittu said the Badal has betrayed people of Punjab. Badal has shown that he has been saving drug peddlers and he has been more concerned to save his ministers, who were involved in drug peddling, than the lives of youth of Punjab.
The former DGP has proved that he had handed over a list of drug peddlers to the chief ministers for action, but the chief minister has ordered him to not to public the list.
Mr. Bittu said more than 70 percent of youth are drug addict and Badal has no right to be on the seat of chief minister. Mr. Bittu has asked the people to think over it. He said, after it the SAD-BJP leaders have no right to ask people to cast their votes in their favor.....
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Akalis want to betray people for one more time: Ravneet Bittu

Bittu describes SAD-BJP election manifestos a bundle of lies and hollow promises

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Ludhiana, April 23: Member of Parliament and congress candidate from Ludhiana Ravneet Singh Bittu said the SAD-BJP alliance wanted to betray people of Punjab with hollow promises. He further added that the people of Punjab know that the promises made by SAD-BJP alliance are nothing more than tall claims and they will not believe in SAD-BJP alliance again.
Slamming election manifesto of SAD-BJP Bittu said the manifesto is nothing more than a infantry of lies.
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Ludhiana, April 23: Member of Parliament and congress candidate from Ludhiana Ravneet Singh Bittu said the SAD-BJP alliance wanted to betray people of Punjab with hollow promises. He further added that the people of Punjab know that the promises made by SAD-BJP alliance are nothing more than tall claims and they will not believe in SAD-BJP alliance again.
Slamming election manifesto of SAD-BJP Bittu said the manifesto is nothing more than a infantry of lies.
Mr. Bittu has addressed several meetings at Partap Singh Wala, Ladhowal Chowk, Talwandi Kalan, Hazuri Bagh, Bhattiyan, Gagandeep Colony, Janta Nagar, Jasdev Nagar, Baba Deep Singh Nagar, New Guru Teg Bahadur Singh Nagar and Himmat Singh Nagar of Gill constituency. Mr. Bittu said the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has never given preference to anyone except from his own family. He said the Badal family has been getting rich day by day while the economy of Punjab has been sinking drastically. The Badal family has grabbed sand mining, cable and transport sectors and looting the Punjab like anything.
Warning the SAD-BJP alliance Mr. Bittu said the alliance will be root out from the Punjab. He further added that the Akalis have ruined the youth of Punjab by distributing drugs. Everyone has been asking the question when the greed of Akalis will be fulfilled that have illegally occupied the natural resources and killing people by selling drugs among the people. Mr. Bittu has also slammed alliance for poor law and order situation in Punjab, he said not the police but jathedars control the police stations and no FIR got registered without consent of Akalis.
Chiding the alliance Mr. Bittu said the Akalis have misused the funds sent but the centre. The Akalis have hijacked the projects sent by the centre. The SAD-BJP alliance has distributing grains among the people in the name of Aata-Daal scheme that was actually sent by centre under food security bill.
Similarly, the village roads have been constructed under Prime Minister Gram Sarak yojna, the health services have been provided by centre under Rural health mission and 108 Ambulance service but the Akalis have been trying to take the credit of it using illegal means.
Former Minister Malkit Singh Dakha said only congress can bring development to the villages. He appealed the people to cast their votes in the favor of Mr. Bittu for overall development of Ludhiana.
The others who were present at the occasion were Gurmej Singh, Balbir Singh Kaler, Malkiyat Singh, Baljinder Singh, Manjit Humbran, Jagwinder Singh, Hardev Ladian, Shayri Gill, Sushil Malhotra, Meva Singh Kular, Balbir Singh Rathore, Bhag Singh, Jeet Kaur, Gurbakhsh Singh, Sansar Chand, Manjit Singh Alowal, Karam Singh Ladowal, Hardev Singh, Harbans Lal and Kulwant Singh Sidhu.
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Election rally by Partap Singh Bajwa in Gurdaspur LS Constituency

PPCC Chief Bajwa slams SAD-BJP Government for its failure on all fronts

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Pathankot, April 23: The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President,Partap Singh Bajwa, today said the myth of so called development in Punjab under the Akali Dal-BJP government stood shattered by the social indices which are barometer of progress made by a state.
Bajwa, the Congress candidate from Gurdaspur seeking re-election to
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Pathankot, April 23: The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President,Partap Singh Bajwa, today said the myth of so called development in Punjab under the Akali Dal-BJP government stood shattered by the social indices which are barometer of progress made by a state.
Bajwa, the Congress candidate from Gurdaspur seeking re-election to
the Lok Sabha, questioned his opponent from the Akali Dal supported BJP candidate Vinod Khanna, who earlier represented this constituency for three consecutive terms saying he must explain poor performance of his government on such issues like school dropout rate, closure of industries and unemployment, especially with reference to Gurdaspur district.
He said as per the information obtained under the RTI Act by Dr. Jasdeepak Singh, the number of unemployed on the live register of Gurdaspur employment exchange was 8425 in 2005 which rose to 8741 the next year. The figure in 2012 was 5789. He said Pathankot district was carved out of Gurdaspur district.
Similarly, only 36 persons got employment in 2004 as per the record of the
Gurdaspur employment exchange. This figure was a dismal 26 for the year 2012 and 29 for 2013. It was only in 2011 that 151 unemployed persons on the live register of employment exchange were provided jobs. He said the situation was just the worst. The incidence of unemployment was many times more than what was on the record of the employment exchanges in the state.
He referred to the school dropout rate saying the figures in some of the
districts were shocking. It was 8.49 per cent in 2010-11, 8.6 per cent in 2011-12 and 5.19 per cent in 2012-13 in case of Gurdaspur district. He said the situation in the Muktsar district, to which the Chief Minister, Mr. Parkash Singh Badal belonged, was the worst with the highest dropout rate of13.97 in 2010-11 and 9.75 per in 2013-14. Similarly in Bathinda represented by the all power MP Mrs. Harsimrat Kaur Badal, it was 13.02 per cent in 2010-11.
He said Khanna should also explain as to why such a large number of industrial units were shutting down in the state adding to the army of unemployed. He said in Batala alone, once a flourishing industrial town, a total of 1864 units had closed down since 2007. The situation was alarming as the figure for the entire state crossed 18,000 units. He said Amritsar represented the worst scenario in the state where the number of such units was the highest at 8053.
He said after having been defeated in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, Khanna never cared to remain connected to the people whom he had represented and got even one project sanctioned despite the fact that the Akali Dal-BJP government had been in in the state since 2007.
“People have a right to ask as to where he was all these years and had now appeared again only after having been fielded by the party which could not
find a suitable local candidate”, he added.
The PPCC chief ridiculed Khanna for paying only flying visits, literally, to the constituency when he was the MP as he had nothing in common with this area. He said the voters would once again reject him as the mood of the people was strongly against the Akali Dal-BJP government in the state.
Bajwa toured Nangal Bhoor in Pathankot, held roadshow in Sujjanpur, campaigned in Ranipur and Shahpur kandi.
Raman Bhalla Ex Minister,Anil Vij DCC President, Viney Mahajan, Naresh
Puri, Ashok Sharma, Anil Dara, Rana Randhawa, D.R. Passi Ex Block President, Ravi, Dr. Palli, Kapil Sharma President, Tirlok Raj Bawa, Bharat Bhusan, Raj Kumar
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Sharma, Parkash Chand Pardhan, Ram Saroop, Joginder pal, Randhir Bitta,
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Recruitment of 1000 Linemen by PSPCL, Patiala through fresh advertisement dated December 20, 2013

Berojgar Linemen Union plea challenging recruitment referred to Division Bench

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Chandigarh, April 23: The dispute regarding recruitment of 1000 Linemen by PSPCL, Patiala through fresh advertisement dated December 20th, 2013, took a significant turn today, when Justice Sabina, passed an order, observing that the CWP be referred to the same Division Bench, which had decided the earlier PIL filed by Ludhiana Hand Tools Association, challenging advertisement dated January, 2011, inviting applications for recruitment of 5000 L....
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Chandigarh, April 23: The dispute regarding recruitment of 1000 Linemen by PSPCL, Patiala through fresh advertisement dated December 20th, 2013, took a significant turn today, when Justice Sabina, passed an order, observing that the CWP be referred to the same Division Bench, which had decided the earlier PIL filed by Ludhiana Hand Tools Association, challenging advertisement dated January, 2011, inviting applications for recruitment of 5000 Linemen on contract basis.
Counsel for the petitioners Advocate H C Arora while giving details said that the facts of this case, which has a chequered history, are that PSPCL had issued public notice in January, 2011, inviting applications for recruitment of 5000 Linemen . The said Public Notice was challenged in a PIL filed by by Ludhiana Hand Tools Association, on the ground that the binding recommendations made by the Punjab Electricity Regulatory Authority, against recruitment of more than 1000 Linemen during year 2011, and for recruitment of 500 Linemen each during 2012 and 2013, etc., etc., were ignored by the PSPCL. The recruitment was stayed by the PIL Bench. Later, however, vide order dated November 9th, 2011, the PSPCL was allowed to recruit 1000 Linemen. PSPCL conducted interviews, in which the members of Beorjgar Linemen Union of PSPCL also participated. PSPCL issued appointment letters to topmost 1000 persons in the merit list.
Later, while deciding the PIL on November 27th, 2013, a Bench of CJ (Sanjay Kishan Kaul) and Justice A.G. Masih, permitted the PSPCL to proceed with further recruitment, as per instructions of the Regulatory Commission,( which had permitted recruitment of 500 Linemen each during 2012 and 2013). PSPCL issued fresh advertisement on December 20th, 2013 for inviting applications for recruitment of 1000 Linemen, The Beorjgar Linemen Union of PSPCL, alongwith 4 candidates who had participated in earlier interviews, challenged fresh advertisement dated December 20th, 2013 on the ground that PSPCL was violating directions of PIL Bench by issuing fresh advertisement, and their Counsel argued before Single Judge Bench today that next 1000 candidates in the merit list prepared by PSPCL in November, 2011, should have been given appointment letters.
The Single Judge Bench of Justice Sabina, today after hearing Counsels for petitioners and those of PSPCL at length, observed that petitioners and respondent-PSPCL are in conflict over the intention behind the DB’s order dated November 27th, 2013, therefore, the CWPs be referred to same DB, which had passed the order dated November 27th, 2013.
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Pension Adalat to be held at Ambala for 2 days & Karnal 1 day

Pension Adalats for EX Servicemen on 24 & 25 April at Ambala & Karnal

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Chandigarh, April 23: The welfare of Ex Servicemen , Veer Naris and their dependents being an important aspect of welfare and to ensure that all veterans or their dependents get their entitled pension a Pension Adalat under the aegis of HQ PH&HP(I) Sub Area, Ambala in coordination with Controller Defence Accounts (Pension Disbursement)CDA (PD) Meerut is being held on 24 and 25 April at Ambala and Karnal. The aim of the pension adalat is to red....
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Chandigarh, April 23: The welfare of Ex Servicemen , Veer Naris and their dependents being an important aspect of welfare and to ensure that all veterans or their dependents get their entitled pension a Pension Adalat under the aegis of HQ PH&HP(I) Sub Area, Ambala in coordination with Controller Defence Accounts (Pension Disbursement)CDA (PD) Meerut is being held on 24 and 25 April at Ambala and Karnal. The aim of the pension adalat is to redress all pension related grievances to their Finality, with all concerned officials present at one place to avoid any inconvenience to the pensioners.
The Pension Adalat will be conducted as per the following schedule:-
(a) Ambala (two days) - Pensioners of Distt Ambala and Yamuna Nagar on 24 Apr and 25 Apr 2014, from 0900 hrs to 1700 hrs near ECHS Polyclinic Ambala.
(i) 24 Apr 2014 - only for pensioners of Distt Ambala.
(ii) 25 Apr 2014 - only for pensioners of Distt Yamuna Nagar.
(b) Karnal. (one day) pensioners of Distt Kurukshetra, Karnal and Kaithal on 24 Apr 2014 from 0900 hrs to 1700 hrs in Sector 12 ground, Karnal.
All grievances related to the under mentioned pension cases will be addressed :-
(a) No Pension.
(b) Pre 2006 pensions cases – incorrect adjustment.
(c) Disability pension.
(d) Family pension.
(e) Liberalized & special family pension.
(f) Unmarried daughter/widowed daughter cases.
(g) Dual pension cases.
(h) Non adjustment of outstanding dues and
(i) Any other pension related grievances.

The Pension Adalats are getting a big response from the veterans. So far more than 200 cases of Pension related grievances have been received since Feb 2014 and processed by the ESM Sahayta Kendra, Ambala and same will be settled through DPDO during the Pension Adalat.
Since such Pension Adalats have not been conducted at Ambala and Karnal for the last more than 10 years , therefore to ensure maximum veterans avail the benefit of these Pension Adalats , as per directions of HQ 2 Corps Registration counters have been set up at ECHS polyclinics and canteens in respective districts. In addition Units have been directed to interact with Ex Servicemen and assist them in filling their pension related grievances for settlement.
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Preparing students to join Defence forces

AIR wing NCC launches Enrollment Drive in the schools of Chandigarh

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Chandigarh, April 23: Wing Commander JS Jeji, Commanding Officer 1 Chandigarh Air Squadron, NCC today carried out enrollment presentation at DAV School Sector-8 ,Chandigarh, as part of NCC enrollment campaign. In his presentation he apprised aspiring students the benefits of NCC, activities conducted by NCC, various Scholarships offered, how NCC helps joining Armed Forces, Para Military Forces, State Government and enlightened the students of va....
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Chandigarh, April 23: Wing Commander JS Jeji, Commanding Officer 1 Chandigarh Air Squadron, NCC today carried out enrollment presentation at DAV School Sector-8 ,Chandigarh, as part of NCC enrollment campaign. In his presentation he apprised aspiring students the benefits of NCC, activities conducted by NCC, various Scholarships offered, how NCC helps joining Armed Forces, Para Military Forces, State Government and enlightened the students of various branches of Indian Air force.
The Principal, Staff, Group Commander NCC Chandigarh, Brigadier JS Arora witnessed the Airshow of Radio Controlled Aero model to students. Publicity material concerning Air force was distributed. Aeromodelling show was also conducted to show skills of NCC Cadets, which forms one of the main training subject of Air NCC.Students were shown various kind of Aero models and educated them about the capabilities and performance of each. He further informed that his team would be conducting the same Enrollment campaign tomorrow at Govt Model Senior Secondary School,Sector-20 Chandigarh. The aim of presentation is to educate students about the benefits of joining Armed forces and insight about the lifestyle in services.
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Big blow to Congress

Amarinder loyalist Former Mayor Patiala Vishnu Sharma joins SAD

Amarinder has keen interest in defeat of Maharani : Sukhbir Badal

Congress has ignored Hindu Community: Vishnu Sharma

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Patiala, April 23 : The Congress party campaign in the Patiala lok sabha constituency received a big blow today when staunch Amarinder loyalist and former Mayor Vishnu Sharma joined the Shiromani Akali Dal along with his supporters in the presence of Punjab Deputy Chief Minister and party President Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal here today.
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Patiala, April 23 : The Congress party campaign in the Patiala lok sabha constituency received a big blow today when staunch Amarinder loyalist and former Mayor Vishnu Sharma joined the Shiromani Akali Dal along with his supporters in the presence of Punjab Deputy Chief Minister and party President Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal here today.
Speaking on the occasion Mr. Vishnu Sharma said that Congress led UPA has gifted corruption, escalation of prices of essential commodities besides misrule to the people of the country during last ten years. He said that on the other hand is the SAD-BJP government led by S. Parkash Singh Badal and S. Sukhbir Singh Badal which has carried out unprecedented development besides providing society securities scheme for the different sections of the society.
Those who joined the SAD with Vishnu Sharma included Gurdev Singh Punia, Baljit Kaur Punia, Monika Grover, Sharda Devi, Pawan Nagrath (all former Municipal Counicillors), Youth Congress rural President Vinod Arora Kalu, district general secretary Dalbir Singh, Vice President Bhushan Sharma, General Secretary Rajan Puri, Narinder Dhiman, Dr. Rakesh Arya besides others. These leaders have joined the SAD without any pre condition.
Mr Vishnu Sharma said that the Congress party has deliberately ignored the hindu community all along. He said that though the matter was brought to the notice of All Indian Congress Committee General Secretary Shakeel Ahmad and other senior leaders but didn’t took interest in the problem. He said that on the hand the SAD had given tickets to 12 members of the community out of which 11 emerged victorious and became MLAs.
Welcoming these leaders in party fold the SAD President Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal said that the pro people policies of the SAD is encouraging the people to join the SAD who would get the due honors. He rejected the idea that the workers and leaders of the SAD were felt disappointed on the incoming of these leaders.
Responding to queries of the media, Mr. Badal said that the SAD-BJP combine candidate from Patiala Mr. Deepinder Singh Dhillon will win the seat with more a margin of more than one lakh votes. He said that husband of the Congress candidate, Former Chief Minister and Amritsar Congress candidate Capt. Amarinder has a special desire to see her defeated. He exuded confidence that the coalition will win all the 13 seats in the state and NDA would form the next government at the centre under the leadership of Mr. Narinder Modi.
Launching a scathing attack on Manpreet Singh Badal, the SAD President said that he can do anything. He first deserted the SAD in a deep rooted conspiracy to cause damage to the SAD and former PPP. He then joined hands with the Communists leaders only to dump then on the poll eve and join the Congress party to contest from Bathinda.
On the occasion Mr Surjit Singh Rakhra Rural Development and Panchayat Minister Pb., Biba Amarjit Kaur former MP, Mayor Mr. Amarinder Singh Bajaj, former Mayor Mr. Jaspal Singh Pradhan, Mr. Harmeet Singh Pathanmajra President Youth wing rural, Mr. Gurpreet Singh Raju khanna former Chairman, Mr. Ajay Thapar senior leader, Mr. Sukhwinderpal Singh Minta, Mr. Ravinderpal Singh Johny Kohli, Mr. Balbir Singh Kharoud, Mr. Jaswant Singh Tiwana, Rachpal Singh Dhanju, Gurwinder Singh Dhiman and Amarjit Singh Bathla (all Municipal counicillors) besides other leaders of the SAD-BJP combine were also present.
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DGCA amended its CAR Section 5 Series X Part I relating to air safety

DGCA allows use of Cellphone & Other Portable Electronic Devices during Flight

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New Delhi, April 23: The Directorate General Civil Aviation (DGCA) has amended its CAR Section 5 Series X Part I relating to air safety today and decided to allow the use of Portable Electronic Devices (PEDs) including cellphones. The use of PEDs shall be in the non-transmitting mode commonly called flight/airplane mode. The amended CAR also directs all operators for reporting of any suspected or confirmed PED interference or smoke or fire caused....
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New Delhi, April 23: The Directorate General Civil Aviation (DGCA) has amended its CAR Section 5 Series X Part I relating to air safety today and decided to allow the use of Portable Electronic Devices (PEDs) including cellphones. The use of PEDs shall be in the non-transmitting mode commonly called flight/airplane mode. The amended CAR also directs all operators for reporting of any suspected or confirmed PED interference or smoke or fire caused by PEDs to the DGCA. It also lays down the guidelines for the crew training.
The scheduled operators, during their meeting on April 17 with the Director General Civil Aviation, raised the demand for allowing use of PEDs during all phases of flight in the flight/airplane mode. The DGCA examined their demand in view of the new and current regulations of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Under the FAA and the EASA Regulations, the use of PEDs is allowed in the airplane mode in all phases of flight.
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Delhi Darbar: ACC Appointment

Dr. K. Radhakrishnan, Chairman, Space Commission gets extension in tenure

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New Delhi, April 23: Govt. of India has approved the extension of tenure of Dr. K. Radhakrishnan, Secretary, Department of Space and Chairman, Space Commission beyond 29.08.2014 and till 31.12.2014, on functional grounds and in public interest. ....
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New Delhi, April 23: Govt. of India has approved the extension of tenure of Dr. K. Radhakrishnan, Secretary, Department of Space and Chairman, Space Commission beyond 29.08.2014 and till 31.12.2014, on functional grounds and in public interest. ....
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Kejriwal to confront BJP PM’s nominee Narendra Modi

AAP leader Kejriwal files nomination for Varanasi LS Seat

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New Delhi, April 23: AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal today filed nomination papers for the high-profile electoral contest in this historic temple town in which the former Delhi Chief Minister will face stiff challenge from BJP's Prime Ministerial nominee Narendra Modi.
Media reports that Last month, Kejriwal had announced that he will contest from Varanasi Lok Sabha seat after BJP's decision to field Modi from the city, considered one of the m....
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New Delhi, April 23: AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal today filed nomination papers for the high-profile electoral contest in this historic temple town in which the former Delhi Chief Minister will face stiff challenge from BJP's Prime Ministerial nominee Narendra Modi.
Media reports that Last month, Kejriwal had announced that he will contest from Varanasi Lok Sabha seat after BJP's decision to field Modi from the city, considered one of the most prestigious constituencies in politically crucial Uttar Pradesh.
45-year-old Kejriwal, who had led his fledging AAP to a spectacular victory in the Delhi Assembly polls in December last year, has been trying to replicate the successful Delhi campaign model in Varanasi by holding scores of road shows and corner meetings across Varanasi.
Hundreds of AAP volunteers are also visiting door-to-door to garner support from people in this holy city where BJP has been running an aggressive campaign to consolidate its vote bank.

In 2009 Lok Sabha election, senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi had won the seat defeating gangster-cum- politician Mukhtar Ansari by a margin of 17,000 votes.

Quami Ekta Dal's Ansari, who is known to have a strong support base among Muslims, has decided not to contest against Modi from the seat "to avoid division of secular votes".

The four-time MLA from Mau is currently lodged in Agra jail in BJP MLA Krishnanand Rai murder case.

Congress has fielded Ajay Rai, a Varanasi local, who is an MLA from Pindra assembly constituency.

Samajwadi Party candidate Kailash Chaurasiya is also a sitting MLA from nearby Mirzapur.

Both Rai and Chaurasiya have already filed their nominations.

The entry of Modi and Kejriwal has escalated the political temperature in the battle turning it into one of the most keenly watched contests in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

Exuding confidence of pulling off a surprise, the Aam AadmiParty leader says people of Varanasi will stand behind him and defeat the BJP strongman while the saffron party feels Modi will not face any significant fight in the constituency.

The constituency has around 1.5 lakh Muslim voters and Kejriwal has been trying hard to woo the community.

An AAP leader said Kejriwal will hold a road show before filing his nomination on Wednesday.

Polling in Varanasi would be held in the last phase of Lok Sabha elections on 12th May. Modi will file nomination on 24th May, the last day.

BSP has fielded Vijay Prakash Jaisawal while CPI(M) has given ticket to veteran party worker Heera Lal Yadav.

Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress has given ticket to Indira Tiwari.
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Cobra stung symbolizes initiation of strong move against Congress leaders responsible for ’84 massacre

Sukhbir commits for ensuring punishments to ’84 culprits on priority list of NDA

Recognised & affiliated school association announced support to SAD-BJP alliance

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Bathinda, April 23: Shiromani Akali Dal President and Deputy Chief Minister Punjab Sukhbir Singh Badal today said that ensuring exemplary punishments to all the culprits of 1984 Sikh massacre has been put on the priority list of National Democratic alliance (NDA). He said that NDA would setup special fast track courts to put all the culprits and accused responsible for this most heinous crime in Independent India behind the bars.
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Bathinda, April 23: Shiromani Akali Dal President and Deputy Chief Minister Punjab Sukhbir Singh Badal today said that ensuring exemplary punishments to all the culprits of 1984 Sikh massacre has been put on the priority list of National Democratic alliance (NDA). He said that NDA would setup special fast track courts to put all the culprits and accused responsible for this most heinous crime in Independent India behind the bars.
Replying to media queries after addressing a rally organized by the Recognised and Affiliated School Association here, Mr. Badal said that Cobra Stung symbolized that a strong move has been initiated in the country to ensure justice for the victims of 30 years old Sikh carnage. He said that Shiromani Akali Dal was fighting for the justice for last three decades but an environment of terror created by Congress party in the national capital has curbed the attempts for justice. “Cobrapost has done a remarkable job. We request all the media and human rights organization to speedup their work in this direction. Now, Congress days are numbered and it can no longer in a position to save its leaders from the hands of justice. We are eagerly waiting for the setting up of NDA government in the centre to initiate fast track Judicial process to ensure exemplary punishments to all the culprits”, he added.
In reply to another question, Mr. Badal expressed confidence that Mrs. Harsimrat Kaur Badal would register a victory with a margin more than 2 Lakh votes. He said that none could spell even the name of any single village or town of the constituency which Mrs. Harsimrat Kaur Badal has not visited during last five years to get feedback and hear grievances besides initiating new development projects there. He said that everybody has witnessed that how daringly Harsimrat raised the issues of area and the state in the parliament. “Harsimrat is all set to register victory with a great margin and people of the Bathinda constituency are more concerned to set a national record”, he added.
Earlier addressing the rally Mr. Badal appealed the electorate of punjab to vote for the SAD-BJP alliance to ensure the rights of the State, to receive due financial resources from the Centre and to take the nation on the path of peace, prosperity and progres’. He appealed to the youth, the first-time voters, to vote for the party as it functioned with one sole motive of development and welfare of the people. He said that SAD-BJP has done marvelous job to put the state in the higher orbit of development of growth with the efficient use of limited resources state have. “Congress has always opted step motherly attitude towards Punjab. Now it’s the time to ensure victory of SAD-BJP alliance on all the 13 seats to have our say in the NDA. I promise that Modi-Badal-Jaitly combination would multiply the speed of development in the state by 10 times”, he added.
Meanwhile, The Recognised and Affiliated School Association Punjab (RASA) under the leadership of association president Ravinder Singh Maan, General Secretary Kulwant Rai Sharma, announced its support to the SAD-BJP candidates on all the seats of Punjab. Coordinator CBSE School Union of Punjab Vinod Sharma, School Bus Union President Gurpreet Singh Happy and Gurmeet Dhariwal from Baba Farid College association also announced to support SAD-BJP candidates. Besides these Union leaders, Mr. Sikander Singh Maluka also addressed the rally and assures Mr. Badal that alliance was all set to create history by winning all the Lok Sabha seats.
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Dal khals wants thorough independent probe in to the incident

Blame-game on Sikh-Dera clash: Sukhbir & Kant must undergo a lie detector test

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Jalandhar, April 23: Dal Khalsa has demanded that either Sukhbir Singh Badal should resign as SAD president or file a criminal defamation case against former DGP (jails) Shashi Kant within 24 hours in the wake of Kant alleging Sukhbir's mysterious role in engineering the bloody clash between Sirsa Dera and Sikh community to fetch votes.

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Jalandhar, April 23: Dal Khalsa has demanded that either Sukhbir Singh Badal should resign as SAD president or file a criminal defamation case against former DGP (jails) Shashi Kant within 24 hours in the wake of Kant alleging Sukhbir's mysterious role in engineering the bloody clash between Sirsa Dera and Sikh community to fetch votes.

Party’s spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh said former DGP Kant has leveled serious allegations against Badals for triggering bloody clashes between Dera Sirsa and Sikh to gain political benefits out of it. "The Sikh Panth and people of Punjab went through agony, pain and hardship and saw bloodshed ever since Dera head Gurmit Ram Rahim committed a sacrilege in May 2007".

Shashi Kant is on record saying that being ADGP Intelligence at that time, he knew how a dress was sent, how pictures were prepared and a conspiracy was hatched. Nothing was more serious than this revelation and in case it comes out true, Badals would stand as the biggest traitor of the Sikh Panth.

“We don’t want to jump to any conclusion in haste. There must be a thorough independent probe. Badals should be put on a lie detector test. If nothing comes out of it then the same should be repeated on Kant ”.

Notwithstanding the timing and intentions of Kant, the people of this state want their elected representatives to come clean of all allegations. “If Badals claim that they were innocent, then they should file a criminal defamation case against Kant in any court of law within 24 hours”, he said.

On Kant’s revelations of names of big politicians involved in drug racket, he said the people were skeptical about their dubious roles. “He said one thing was clear whether it was Akali Dal or BJP or Congress- all have bad eggs in their baskets. Since Kant has headed the state’s intelligence department, the blames he has leveled against senior politicians must come under people’s scrutiny and judicial scanner.
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Grant of licenses to change land use of purchased agricultural plots in Gurgaon by Robert Vadra’s firms

Delhi HC admits PIL seeking CBI probe against Robert Vadra’s land deals

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New Delhi, April 23: In a significant development Delhi High Court today admitted a PIL seeking CBI probe into various land deals allegedly entered into by firms in which Robert Vadra has interests and grant of licenses to change land use of purchased agricultural plots in Gurgaon in Haryana.
Media reports that the PIL also seeks a probe into land deals entered into by Skylight Hospitality Pvt Ltd and its subsidiaries in Rajasthan in which Vadra is said to have stakes.
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New Delhi, April 23: In a significant development Delhi High Court today admitted a PIL seeking CBI probe into various land deals allegedly entered into by firms in which Robert Vadra has interests and grant of licenses to change land use of purchased agricultural plots in Gurgaon in Haryana.
Media reports that the PIL also seeks a probe into land deals entered into by Skylight Hospitality Pvt Ltd and its subsidiaries in Rajasthan in which Vadra is said to have stakes.
The petitioner has sought the court to direct CBI to register a criminal case against Robert Vadra in connection with land deals.
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Modi says Congress has always empowered their family

Priyanka & Modi hits out at each other in election rallies

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New Delhi, April 23: Launching frontal attack against BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Priyanka Gandhi referred the snoopgate issue and said that a person who eavesdrop the conversations of women has no right to talk about women empowerment.
Media reports that addressing election meeting in Rae Bareli, Priyanka said that this time the elections are not limited to the victory of a candidate, but are important to ensure country's unity.
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New Delhi, April 23: Launching frontal attack against BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Priyanka Gandhi referred the snoopgate issue and said that a person who eavesdrop the conversations of women has no right to talk about women empowerment.
Media reports that addressing election meeting in Rae Bareli, Priyanka said that this time the elections are not limited to the victory of a candidate, but are important to ensure country's unity.
On Priyanka's plea to stop personal attacks, Arun Jaitley takes a dig at Congress and asked Congress to stop personal attacks on Narendra Modi including his marital status.
BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi today addressed a rally at Kalol in Gandhinagar constituency.
He said that Congress has always worked to benefit the family and not the common people.

Modi alleged that the mother-son government has looted the country.

Wooing voters to come up and vote for Lal Krishna Advani in Gandhinagar, Modi said that Advani has lived a life of a monk and he has a clean image.

However, what was astonishing about the rally that the rally ground did not had any image or poster of Lal Krishna Advani, who is contesting from Gandhinagar in Gujarat.
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People’s participation in the election process : Common man can now upload a video or audio clip of mal practices

ECI empowers citizens to check blackmoney, hate speech in polls

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New Delhi, April 23: In a major technology leap undertaken by the Election Commission (EC) to check electoral malpractices, a common man can now upload a video or audio clip of an inflammatory speech, illegal cash or liquor distribution to the poll body's website which will automatically authenticate the credentials of the media post.
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New Delhi, April 23: In a major technology leap undertaken by the Election Commission (EC) to check electoral malpractices, a common man can now upload a video or audio clip of an inflammatory speech, illegal cash or liquor distribution to the poll body's website which will automatically authenticate the credentials of the media post.
Media reports that the ECI, for the first time, has developed and deployed a unique Android-based software which is able to automatically generate the geographical location, coordinates, date and time of a clip uploaded onto it which is an attempt by the poll body to weed out instances of fake videos and footage being circulated to confuse the voters and also to mislead election officials
"All that a common man needs to do now is to use an Android phone for recording a political meeting or an instance of illegal distribution of cash or liquor or any other electoral malpractice in his or her area. The software will automatically find out the coordinates of the area and time and date, thereby reducing instances of fake videos going viral during election time," a senior official told the news agency.

Sources said that the EC wanted to get such a software for a long time as a number of instances of inflammatory speeches and videos emerge during the polls and it is essential to differentiate between the authentic and the fake ones.

Also, once such an technical authentication is available for a video or an audio, the EC can take an informed action against the guilty or a candidate under the Representation of the People Act.

The official said the new facility has now been provided to the offices of all the Chief Electoral Officers (CEOs) across the country and instructions have been issued to them to keep the name and identity of such whistle blowers a secret.
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Polling booths in Nawanshahr to be well equipped & tastefully decorated

Six schools would be converted into super model polling booths:Anindita

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Nawanshahr, April 23: With a view to mobilising the electorates to exercise their franchise, the District Electoral Officer cum Deputy Commissioner Anindita Mitra has issued directions to the District Education department to take extra efforts to equip all the polling booths with basic civic amenities for the convenience of the voters as well as to ensure that the polling booths to be tastefully decorated to celebrate the festival of democracy on....
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Nawanshahr, April 23: With a view to mobilising the electorates to exercise their franchise, the District Electoral Officer cum Deputy Commissioner Anindita Mitra has issued directions to the District Education department to take extra efforts to equip all the polling booths with basic civic amenities for the convenience of the voters as well as to ensure that the polling booths to be tastefully decorated to celebrate the festival of democracy on April 30. Besides, as many as 6 polling stations, comprising two polling stations each in the three assembly segments falling in the district would be converted into “ Super Model Polling Stations” in the district.

With a view to translating the idea of the District Electoral Officer into reality, the Deputy District Education Officer Kartar Singh, today convened the meeting of as many as 116 heads of the government and government aided high, senior secondary schools and Block Primary Education Officers at Shivalik Public School, here today. The school heads and BPEOs were asked to exert their nerves to get the polling booths whitewashed, ensure proper sanitation, furniture, drinking water, toilets facilities, special arrangements for the elderly, disabled and sick voters, proper regularisation of rows for the voters, glucose and first aid boxes etc. for the convenience of the voters.

Besides, as many as 4 students volunteers belonging to senior classes, who have not been registered as voters, would be deputed at each polling booth for the convenience of the voters The Student Volunteers attired in special T Shirts / badges having inscription : “ May I Help You” would lend helping hand for the smooth conduct of poll. Besides, the schools heads and BPEOs were made aware that in Nawanshahr assembly segment – Government High School, Mirpur Jattan and Government High School, Alachaur, In Balachaur assembly segment – Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Balachaur and Government Elementary School, Gahoon, In Banga assembly segment – Baba Gola Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Banga and Government High School, Behram had been selected for setting up as “ Super Model Polling Stations” in the district. The heads of these schools were asked to take extra care.

Jatinder Mohan, Principal, Government Senior Secondary School, Mahil Gehilan has been deputed as Nodal Officer for the purpose. Sh. Ashok Sharma, Principal, Surinder Agnihotri, Master Trainer ( EVM) cum District Science Supervisor Harminder Singh Uppal, Assistant Nodal Officer, among others also addressed the meeting.
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Result consists of two lists with a detailed notice on ppsc website

PPSC declares result of Prel. Exam of Combined Civil Services Exam of 2013

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Chandigarh, April 23: The Punjab Public Service Commission has declared the result of Preliminary Examination of PSCSCCE-2013 today. While declaring the result the PPSC has issued a clarification regarding 16 provisional posts of Deputy Superintendent of Jails (Grade-II)/District Probation Officer (Jails) in PCS Examination Process, 2013. Since the approval of these posts is pending with the Punjab Government, the Commission has prepared two li....
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Chandigarh, April 23: The Punjab Public Service Commission has declared the result of Preliminary Examination of PSCSCCE-2013 today. While declaring the result the PPSC has issued a clarification regarding 16 provisional posts of Deputy Superintendent of Jails (Grade-II)/District Probation Officer (Jails) in PCS Examination Process, 2013. Since the approval of these posts is pending with the Punjab Government, the Commission has prepared two lists of Short-Listed candidates for the PCS Main Examination. List I comprises of 13 times candidates (category-wise) 105 posts (121 posts minus 16 posts) including the candidates bracketed at the cut-off marks in respect of each category. The List II comprises of 13 times candidates (category-wise) vis 121 Posts (inclusive of the “provisional posts” of Deputy Superintendent of Jails (Grade-II)/District Probation Officers (Jails) including the candidates bracketed at the cut-off marks in respect of each category. The details about this are in attached PDF and are also available on PPSC website.....
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DC Ravi Bhagat makes the Amritsar Lok Sabha elections hi-tech

Amritsar administration becomes tech-savvy for booth surveillance

Citizens can watch live telecast of booth activities on mobiles

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Amritsar: April 23: The Amritsar district administration plans to literally keep a sharp eye out for any type of mischief on the day of the poll. The Deputy Commissioner cum District Electoral Officer, Ravi Bhagat said that the administration has selected twenty critical polling booths, which will be continuously monitored by the election officials via the Webcasting technology on the polling day. Special cameras will be put at these booths, whic....
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Amritsar: April 23: The Amritsar district administration plans to literally keep a sharp eye out for any type of mischief on the day of the poll. The Deputy Commissioner cum District Electoral Officer, Ravi Bhagat said that the administration has selected twenty critical polling booths, which will be continuously monitored by the election officials via the Webcasting technology on the polling day. Special cameras will be put at these booths, which will generate a constant live telecast of the booth activities. This will enable the officials to detect and prevent any type of illegal activity such as booth capturing, rigging, and any other type of law and order situation and will help keep the mischief mongers and miscreants at bay. This live telecast will also be available for viewing by normal citizens through their mobiles and laptops, by logging on to the web address www.punjab.vmukti.com and filling up the user name as "punjab" and the password as "punjab@admin".The people can watch the polling going on live at this address. This same video feed shall also be watched by the Election Commission of India as well as the Chief Electoral Officer,Punjab at the same time as the voters. The students of Amritsar Engineering College, Manawala, have been roped in for setting up of this system.

The booths which will be covered by webcasting include: Ajnala-11: polling station no 73 at govt senior secondry school for girls, PS NO 76 at govt senior secondary school boys; Rajasansi-12: PS 88 and 178; Majitha-13: PS 28, 103-104; Amritsar North: PS 159, 167; Amritsar West: PS no 145-146; Amritsar Central: PS no 40 and 104; Amritsar South-19: PS no 80 and 33; Amritsar East: PS no 04 and 94; Attari: PS no 17 and 18; Jandiala guru- 14 (LS seat Khadoor Saahib): PS no 155.

Bhagat further informed that to ensure the highest level of security to the EVMs kept in the Strong Rooms after the polling is over, the administration has decided to install infra-red cameras, having night vision facility, both inside and outside the strong rooms.These cameras will be operational day and night till the counting day and will have a recording capacity of one month. The viewing screens of these cameras will be put up outside the strong rooms so that any political party, its representative or the candidate can view the video feed anytime and satisfy themselves about the safety and integrity of the EVMs.
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Poll arrangements in Amritsar

High Tech booth surveillance in Amritsar

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Amritsar, April 23: The Amritsar District Administration plans to literally keep a sharp eye out for any type of mischief on the day of the poll. The Deputy Commissioner cum District Electoral Officer, Ravi Bhagat said that the administration has selected twenty critical polling booths, which will be continuously monitored by the election officials via the Webcasting technology on the polling day. Special cameras will be put at these booths, whic....
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Amritsar, April 23: The Amritsar District Administration plans to literally keep a sharp eye out for any type of mischief on the day of the poll. The Deputy Commissioner cum District Electoral Officer, Ravi Bhagat said that the administration has selected twenty critical polling booths, which will be continuously monitored by the election officials via the Webcasting technology on the polling day. Special cameras will be put at these booths, which will generate a constant live telecast of the booth activities. This will enable the officials to detect and prevent any type of illegal activity such as booth capturing, rigging, and any other type of law and order situation and will help keep the mischief mongers and miscreants at bay. This live telecast will also be available for viewing by normal citizens through their mobiles and laptops, by logging on to the web addresswww.punjab.vmukti.com and filling up the user name as "punjab" and the password as "punjab@admin".The people can watch the polling going on live at this address. This same video feed shall also be watched by the Election Commission of India as well as the Chief Electoral Officer,Punjab at the same time as the voters. The students of Amritsar Engineering College, Manawala, have been roped in for setting up of this system.
The booths which will be covered by webcasting include: Ajnala-11: polling station no 73 at govt senior secondry school for girls, PS NO 76 at govt senior secondary school boys; Rajasansi-12: PS 88 and 178; Majitha-13: PS 28, 103-104; Amritsar North: PS 159, 167; Amritsar West: PS no 145-146; Amritsar Central: PS no 40 and 104; Amritsar South-19: PS no 80 and 33; Amritsar East: PS no 04 and 94; Attari: PS no 17 and 18; Jandiala guru- 14 (LS seat Khadoor Saahib): PS no 155.
Bhagat further informed that to ensure the highest level of security to the EVMs kept in the Strong Rooms after the polling is over, the administration has decided to install infra-red cameras, having night vision facility, both inside and outside the strong rooms.These cameras will be operational day and night till the counting day and will have a recording capacity of one month. The viewing screens of these cameras will be put up outside the strong rooms so that any political party, its representative or the candidate can view the video feed anytime and satisfy themselves about the safety and integrity of the EVMs.
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Employees of Govt. or Semi-Govt. offices, Educational Institutions, registered voters for General Elections to cast their vote

Haryana Govt. notifies April 30, day of poll in Punjab as paid holiday

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Chandigarh, April 23 : Haryana Government has notified that the April 30, 2014, the day of poll in Punjab for the General Election to Lok Sabha, 2014, will be observed as paid holiday or special casual leave(paid) under Representation of the people in favour of those employees of the Government or Semi-Government officers, Educational Institutions of Haryana Government, Board and Corporation, who are registered voters for the General Elections,....
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Chandigarh, April 23 : Haryana Government has notified that the April 30, 2014, the day of poll in Punjab for the General Election to Lok Sabha, 2014, will be observed as paid holiday or special casual leave(paid) under Representation of the people in favour of those employees of the Government or Semi-Government officers, Educational Institutions of Haryana Government, Board and Corporation, who are registered voters for the General Elections, for casting their vote in the said election.
It is also notified that the employees of various factories, shops and private establishments located in Haryana, who are registered voters for the General Election will also be allowed to take leave(paid) under the the Representation of the People Act for the same purpose.
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All those named in sting operation would be brought to book: DSGMC president Manjit Singh G.K.

DSGMC condemns Congress role in Sikh massacre of 1984

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New Delhi, April 23: The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee president Manjit Singh G.K. today vehemently condemned the revelations made in a sting operation by news website and television production house Cobrapost in which it has been revealed that top officials of Delhi police during the days of massacre of Sikhs in 1984 in national capital New Delhi in which thousands of innocent Sikhs were done to death, were either ineffective or mute....
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New Delhi, April 23: The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee president Manjit Singh G.K. today vehemently condemned the revelations made in a sting operation by news website and television production house Cobrapost in which it has been revealed that top officials of Delhi police during the days of massacre of Sikhs in 1984 in national capital New Delhi in which thousands of innocent Sikhs were done to death, were either ineffective or mute spectator at the behest of congress party led government of those days.
“It is shocking and shameful that SHO level officers of those days have castigated top police official of those days - commissioner Delhi police SC Tandon and blamed him for causing mismanagement in controlling riots,” said Mr. G.K. adding that all those responsible for soft pedaling of cases of Sikh genocide would be brought to book after NDA government is formed in the centre and congress party had to pay for it through its nose.
“Never in the world, state sponsored violence against a religious minority, habe killed thousands innocent persons in most cold blooded manner. Senior leaders of congress party including Mr. Jadish Tytler, and Mr. Sajjan Kumar and two other leaders who had since died - Mr. HKL Bhagat and Mr. Dharam Das Shastri were given positions of prominence by the Congress party shows clear involvement of congress party in the Sikh genocide,” said Mr. G.K. assuring that DSGMC would bring out the truth and make all accused face trials.
The cover up of involvement of the congress leaders started immediately after the genocide, as the Congress leaders worked on the directions of their political masters. The investigation agencies including Delhi police and CBI were directed either not to act against them or just sit on the cases, pointed Mr. G.K.
“Mr. Tytler was made union minister in UPA-I despite serious charges of instigating mobs to kill Sikhs shows that congress party supports him to the hilt,” said DSGMC general secretary Mr. Manjinder Singh Sirsa adding that it was most shameful act on part of congress party.
The entire machinery was used to save Mr. Tytler and Mr. Sajjan Kumar. Shockingly two days before superannuating then CBI chief Ashwini Kumar filed closure report in favour of Mr. Tytler and he was rewarded with the Governorship of Manipuir and Nagaland, quipped Mr. G.K. adding that all those who supported killers of innocent Sikhs in 1984 would be brought to book.
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HZPC is one of the leading players in Seed Potato in the world

Mahindra’s Agri Division enters into a JV with Holland based company, HZPC

To enhance farmer prosperity by increasing productivity and better price realization

To offer best quality seed potatoes to farmers in India and overseas

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Chandigarh, April 23: The Agri division of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, part of the USD 16.7 billion Mahindra Group, today signed a Joint Venture (JV) agreement with HZPC, Holland, one of the leading innovative companies in the world in potato breeding, seed potato growing and seed potato trading to offer the best quality seed potatoes to farmers within and outside India. The joint venture will have Mahindra and HZPC holding 60 and 40 percent equity ....
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Chandigarh, April 23: The Agri division of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, part of the USD 16.7 billion Mahindra Group, today signed a Joint Venture (JV) agreement with HZPC, Holland, one of the leading innovative companies in the world in potato breeding, seed potato growing and seed potato trading to offer the best quality seed potatoes to farmers within and outside India. The joint venture will have Mahindra and HZPC holding 60 and 40 percent equity respectively in the company, subject to the parties receiving all applicable approvals.

Speaking on the occasion, Ashok Sharma, Chief Executive, Agri & Allied Businesses, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. said. “To further grow this business, we will require special technology and will also need to put in some investments in the supply chain. It is therefore a matter of great pride for us that we have signed this JV with HZPC Holland being one of the leading and the most advanced Seed Potato companies in the world. Not only will this help in our quest for delivering farmer prosperity through agronomy and better technology but will also open up global markets, thus providing our farmers with better returns”.

According to Mr. Gerard Backx, CEO, HZPC, “We are honored to associate with Mahindra’s Agri business division. We feel confident that this JV will help us provide high quality seeds and new varieties to the seed potato growers in India and also open up export avenues for them. HZPC is a farmers’ company with its majority equity held by farmers. We have already sent 19 latest varieties from Europe for testing in India and are sure that some of them will go a long way in enhancing farmer productivity in the country”.

Mr. Vikram Puri, Vice President, Agribusiness, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd was also present at the signing ceremony.
The joint venture will benefit from the expertise of both companies where HZPC with their strong R&D focus will bring in access to latest technology, new varieties and open up global markets for the Indian farmers. Mahindra will contribute through their strong farmer connect, wide spread domestic distribution and agronomy expertise. The new company will construct a state of the art facility to produce Tissue culture plants and Mini-tubers. The aim of the facility is to offer high quality mini-tubers and early generation seed potatoes to the farmers.

Mahindra started its Seed Potato business in the year 2005 with the vision of helping the seed potato growers in Punjab increase their productivity and realize better returns for their seeds. Today, the company works closely with over 600 seed potato growers through contract farming arrangements. Their strong agronomy interventions have helped farmers increase their productivity and quality of produce. The company supplies farmers with high quality mini-tubers which are produced at their facility in Palampur (HP). The seeds are bought back from the farmers at a minimum guaranteed price and are further distributed through a well spread out network to potato growers in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra & West Bengal.

The total Potato market in India is estimated to be around 43 million tones, and approximately 10% of this is used as seeds by farmers. Thus the potential of seed potato market is more than 4 million tones, of which only 0.25 million tones is currently organized. While the organized sector is growing at a CAGR of 15% to 17%, the overall seed potato industry is expected to grow by around 6% CAGR.
With such a huge market potential and few organized players in this space, this JV has a huge potential to revolutionalise the seed potato production in India.
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NCC & NSS Volunteers will assist elderly persons & ladies at polling booth

To provide pleasant feel, model polling stations will be set up: Sidhu

Appreciation certifications will be given to the first time young voters at polling booths

Voters Assistance Booths will be set up at Polling stations

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SAS Nagar, 23 April : In a bid to attract voters to the polling booth & to give a festive look to the electoral exercise during Lok Sabha elections on 30 April, district administration has planned to set up a few Super model & Model polling stations for the first time in the district. For this to enhance the voter experience, some special arrangements are being made which will include Voter Assistance Booth with label "May I Help You". Actions in....
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SAS Nagar, 23 April : In a bid to attract voters to the polling booth & to give a festive look to the electoral exercise during Lok Sabha elections on 30 April, district administration has planned to set up a few Super model & Model polling stations for the first time in the district. For this to enhance the voter experience, some special arrangements are being made which will include Voter Assistance Booth with label "May I Help You". Actions in this regard have been initiated. Explaining this District Electoral Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner Sh. Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu said that to enhance voting experience & to provide pleasant "Look & Feel" 122 Super model polling stations & 122 model polling stations will be setup in the district.
Sh. Sidhu said that the motive of setting up model polling stations is to boost voter turnout and to attract the voters by offering pleasant & comfortable experience. He said that we are making all efforts for conducting peaceful election & providing pleasant atmosphere so that voters are not supposed to wait in queues. He said that special care will be taken for queue management, as priority will be given to patients, pregnant women, old people and differently-abled persons for voting. NCC & NSS volunteers from schools & colleges will assist for the same. He said that keeping in view the hot weather conditions, drinking water will be served in queues to the voters waiting for their turn. Special arrangements like carpeting & sheds will also be made available at polling stations. He said that prominently-displayed sign boards conveying the route for polling booths will also be provided. Besides these there will be proper arrangement of lightening at polling station. Basic infrastructure like modern furniture including chair & tables will also be provided to polling staff and arrangement for thoroughly cleaned toilets will also be ensured. He said that to provide a new look, the voting compartments will be made of fibre glass. Besides this arrangements for some chairs inside polling booth will also be made for voter if suddenly some one feels discomfort/ difficulty in standing in the queue. He said to enhance the voting experience; feedback will be sought from the voters.
District Electoral Officer said that for the first time the initiative has been made to motivate the first time young voters, as appreciation certificates will be give to the first time voters at polling booth. He said that these appreciation certificates will be given by Block Level Officers. Besides this, gifts etc. will also be distribute to motivate the voters. He said that special arrangement like wheel chair etc. will be made available at polling booth for physically disabled voters.
Sh. Sidhu said that to conduct smooth elections, special training is being imparted to polling staff. He said that to provide proper & relevant feedback through SMS, special training will be given to the presiding officers, during final rehearsal on 27 April.
Sh. Sidhu said that traditional irritants that keep people away from voting are lack of facilitation measures for the public. The long queues in hot summer, & lack of basic amenities like drinking water & lack of toilet facilities are some of the irritants. Sh. Sidhu said that district administration is making all efforts to work on providing a better & enhanced voting experience to voters with an aim to motivate more & more people to come out & cast their votes. Sh. Sidhu said that besides all basic facilities, arrangement for first aid & medical facility will also be ensured at polling stations.
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Asks to identify expenditure sensitive candidates & follow them with video-graphy teams

ECI emphasis the need to be more alert during last 48 hours before the poll

People hosting family functions just before polling to inform concerned RO/ARO

Underlines the need to be more proactive against suspected paid news

By Babushahi Bureau

Urges DEOs to take personal interest in increasing poll percentage
Chandigarh, April 23: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has emphasized the need to be more alert during last 48 hours before the polling in Punjab impending chances of distribution of cash/drugs/liquor to woo voters as with large scale mobilization of state police and paramilitary forces for polling stations during said period, creates a vulnerable situation.
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Urges DEOs to take personal interest in increasing poll percentage
Chandigarh, April 23: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has emphasized the need to be more alert during last 48 hours before the polling in Punjab impending chances of distribution of cash/drugs/liquor to woo voters as with large scale mobilization of state police and paramilitary forces for polling stations during said period, creates a vulnerable situation.
Presiding over a meeting with Punjab CEO Mr. VK Singh and his team of officers, IGP/Elections, Commissioners of Police, DEOs, Expenditure observers and SSPs through video-conferencing, Mr. PK Dash , Director General, ECI pointed out that keeping in view the tough electoral battle ahead in Punjab, it becomes imperative to deploy police force led by senior field officers strategically with twin purpose to check any last minute maneuvering and instilling a sense of security amongst common people also. He said that district level control rooms should be more strengthened during that period. He said that the Election machinery should also keep close vigil on any attempt to entertain voters under the garb of any family function by throwing lavish party. He clarified that if anybody was hosting such function during that period, he should bring it in the notice of concerned RO/ARO in advance to avoid any harassment. CEO Mr. VK Singh said that Administration has been asked to prepare special arrangements to handle last 48 hours before poll. DEOs have been asked to keep surprise nakas and flying squads operational even during this time. He asked SSPs to make available sufficient force for this purpose.
Directing Expenditure observers to be more proactive, Mr. Dash said that they should in consultation with DEO/RO identify expenditure sensitive candidates and follow them with video-graphy teams wherever they go and if need arises then put special teams right before their residences to check any suspicious activity. He asked them to facilitate the candidates in keeping their expenditure registers by guiding or imparting required training too. He also asked them to keep close eye on those candidates, who were showing negligible expenditure.
On this occasion, Mr. Akshay Rout, Director General briefly outlined the steps to be taken check the trend of paid news and urged the DEOs to take more interest in Media Certification and Monitoring Committee (MCMC) affairs to have collective action of mind. Appreciating the unique initiatives of Punjab on Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) front, Mr. Rout underlined the need for starting polling by 7.00 am sharp and continuity of dialogue with voters’ throughout the day to achieve the target of 10 percent increase in polling.
At the onset of video-conferencing, Punjab CEO Mr. VK Singh briefly outlined the preparedness of state for general elections to Lok Sabha-2014. He informed that till date the cash seizure in state was Rs. 21.85 crore, seizure of drugs of worth Rs. 731 crore besides 7.50 lac litres/kgs of illicit liquor, country made liquor and lahan. He said that 841 Village/Ward awareness groups have been set up to report any illegal activity in ongoing poll process and encourage people for ethical voting to strengthen the institution of democracy.
Earlier in a preliminary meeting with DEOs, Mr. VK Singh categorically said that women employees on poll duty should be given special attention and poll staff should not face any harassment while issuing poll material and later submission of such material after completion of polling.
Mr. B. Purushartha, Additional CEO said that as per the revised guidelines of ECI, every polling booth would be model booth and if the DEOs ensure more facilities on any booth, it could be called super model booth.
Mr. Raminder Singh and Mr. Supreet Singh Gulati, both Additional CEOs, Mr. Arpit Shukla, IGP/Elections, Mr. Shivdular Singh Dhillon, Additional ETC, Mr. Sanjeev Kaushal, Joint Director/Investigation, Income Tax and Mr. Amit Talwar, Joint CEO were also present during the video-conferencing.
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Allegations of Drug trade

Punjab Congress demands dismissal of ministers Kohar and Ranike

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Chandigarh, April 23: The Punjab Congress today demanded immediate dismissal of two cabinet ministers Ajit Singh Kohar and Gulzar Singh Ranike and chief parliamentary secretary Virsa Singh Valtoha following the disclosure of their alleged involvement and that of three other leaders in smuggling racket followed by a high level inquiry by a sitting judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
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Chandigarh, April 23: The Punjab Congress today demanded immediate dismissal of two cabinet ministers Ajit Singh Kohar and Gulzar Singh Ranike and chief parliamentary secretary Virsa Singh Valtoha following the disclosure of their alleged involvement and that of three other leaders in smuggling racket followed by a high level inquiry by a sitting judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
In a statement issued here today, party General Secretary and member of the campaign committee Rajanbir Singh said these allegations coming from former Additional Director General of Police (Intelligence) Shashi Kant just could not be rejected off hand as he had claimed that he had submitted the list of smugglers and those patronising them to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal .
He said the issue at stake was not that Kant had political ambitions or the timing of his revelations as earlier also, he had raised this issue, particularly in relations to smuggling of drugs into jails in the state which also was a widespread racket.
Rajanbir said earlier, drug smuggler and former cop Jagdish Bhola had named revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia and now two more ministers and a CPS apart from two other MLAs and a political leaders had been named in this racket.
He said this is one government whose three ministers were under a cloud after their names having beenb surfaced in smuggling. These allegations were being levelled against the political leaders for a long time now. He said the Chief Minister must order a high level inquiry to bring out the truth and punish the guilty, to whichever party he belonged.
He said addiction had spread like epidemic in the during the last few years and what was at stake was the future of Punjab as those hooked to drugs was the younger generation. He said in case this situation was allowed to continue, it would ruin Punjab within no time.
Rajanbir stressed that none should be allowed to play with the future of Punjab. Apart from the easy availability of drugs, what had compounded the situation was the high incidence of unemployment. What was needed was a multipronged strategy to wean away the youth from this menace and engage them in productive process.
He said the state government just could not shift the blame for smuggling as what was being consumed by the addicts in Punjab were mainly the synthetic drugs manufactured within the state and not smuggled from across the border. It was mainly heroine which was coming from Pakistan and as such, what was required was strong preventive steps.
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Ferozepur Lok Sabha Elections :2014

10 promises made during election campaign by different political leaders

Ultimate sufferers are people for not having the same political power in state and centre

Major announced projects- Degree College, PGI Satellite Centre, Domestic Airport -are running on papers

By Harish Monga

Ferozepur, April 23: Exact six days are left for polling in Punjab scheduled for April 30. All the political parties in Ferozepur are working day and night to cover the entire constituency to appeal to the voters with promises as usual for the coming five years.
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Ferozepur, April 23: Exact six days are left for polling in Punjab scheduled for April 30. All the political parties in Ferozepur are working day and night to cover the entire constituency to appeal to the voters with promises as usual for the coming five years.
During the electioneering in Ferozepur, the candidates of national as well as regional and state political parties have come up with their agendas and the issues which they have taken up during the election campaigns have come on surface are as:

1. Opening of Indo-Pak border from Hussainiwala and Sulemani for trade purposes
2. Floods due to over flow of Sutlej river
3. Seepage problem in Sri Muktsar and Abohar areas
4. Shortage of health, education services and employment opportunities.
5. Backwardness due to border areas and non-existence of industry
6. Drugs, inflation and unemployment
7. Black marketing of sand, gravel and imposition of property tax
8. Non availability of train services for Sri Amritsar Sahib, Haridawar religious places.
9. Spreading of chronic diseases like cancer, hepatitis etc. due to unhygienic water under earth.
10.Non payment of compensation faced by the farmers for cultivating of
land beyond the wire-fencing on Indo-Pak border

How far the candidate, if elected as MP from Ferozepur would be successful will depend on as to which government is formed at the Centre. In case the government at the centre is of the opposite party in the state, the position would be totally different so far as Punjab is concerned, for allotment of funds. It is normally seen that step-motherly treatment is given to the states that do not enjoy the same status in the political circle at the centre.
Take the case of opening of Hussainiwala border, after 1971, all leaders are promising to get it opened for trade purpose, nothing has been done so far except the promises rather Ferozepur district used to be one of the biggest district in the state, is now reduced to a narrow strip of land along with the Indo-Pak border.
The major projects announced so far – degree college and PGI Satellite Centre, domestic air port are only running on papers only.
In the past, it has been seen that there have been credit war on allotment of for certain major projects in Ferozepur by the Congress and Akali-BJP leaders which delays in completion of projects, with one or the other reason in procedural formalities by using the delaying tactics, to downgrade the other candidate. In this ‘pull and push’, the ultimate sufferer are people who are deprived of the basic facilities despite promises from the leaders during the elections and they continue to wait for the next elections.
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Unending queues of poppy husk consumers

Punjab's poppy husk consumers go on rampage in Rajasthan

Abohar district administration banned sale of the husk to non-permit holders

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Abohar, April 23: Poppy husk consumers of Punjab went on rampage in Mayapuri in Sriganganagar in Rajasthan, about 40 km from Abohar, as the district administration banned the sale of the husk to non-permit holders.
Government officials say there are 3,000 permit holders, but in the last few days there have been unending queues at the licensed retail outlets.

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Abohar, April 23: Poppy husk consumers of Punjab went on rampage in Mayapuri in Sriganganagar in Rajasthan, about 40 km from Abohar, as the district administration banned the sale of the husk to non-permit holders.
Government officials say there are 3,000 permit holders, but in the last few days there have been unending queues at the licensed retail outlets.

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Khalistan remains the top agenda

SAD (Amritsar) releases manifesto

Secretary General Jaswant Singh Mann on Tuesday released the election manifesto

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Amritsar, April 23: Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) secretary general Jaswant Singh Mann on Tuesday released the election manifesto of the party for the parliamentary polls. The manifesto was released in the absence of party president Simranjeet Singh Mann who is contesting from Khadoor Sahib. Khalistan remains on the party agenda. Other issues include launching the Gurdwara Sudhar lehar and adopting social justice. The party contests 10 of the 13....
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Amritsar, April 23: Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) secretary general Jaswant Singh Mann on Tuesday released the election manifesto of the party for the parliamentary polls. The manifesto was released in the absence of party president Simranjeet Singh Mann who is contesting from Khadoor Sahib. Khalistan remains on the party agenda. Other issues include launching the Gurdwara Sudhar lehar and adopting social justice. The party contests 10 of the 13 seats in Punjab.....
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Eyeing on non-jat votes

Gopal Kanda to launch new political party

The outfid has been registered as Haryana Lokhit Party

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Chandigarh, April 23: Eyeing on the non-jat vote bank, Gopal Goyal Kanda, the ex-home minister who was forced to resign after the suicide of his former employee Geetika Sharma, would formally launch a re gional political party — Haryana Lokhit Party in the first week of May at Gurgaon.
Kanda, an independent legislator from Sirsa assembly constituency, who was lodged in Tihar jail for over 18 months, got bail in March.
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Chandigarh, April 23: Eyeing on the non-jat vote bank, Gopal Goyal Kanda, the ex-home minister who was forced to resign after the suicide of his former employee Geetika Sharma, would formally launch a re gional political party — Haryana Lokhit Party in the first week of May at Gurgaon.
Kanda, an independent legislator from Sirsa assembly constituency, who was lodged in Tihar jail for over 18 months, got bail in March.
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Farmers protest for non-bidding of wheat crop

Procurement and Lok Sabha elections clashed in Punjab

By Harish Monga

Ferozepur, April 30: The Election Commission failed while fixing the election dates for Punjab and the April 30 polling day has come in between the election, harvesting and procurement, due to intermittent rains in the past. The government machinery is busy in election process and the farmers, who have dumped their produce in the mandis are facing problem because of non-bidding of wheat crop in the mandis.
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By Harish Monga

Ferozepur, April 30: The Election Commission failed while fixing the election dates for Punjab and the April 30 polling day has come in between the election, harvesting and procurement, due to intermittent rains in the past. The government machinery is busy in election process and the farmers, who have dumped their produce in the mandis are facing problem because of non-bidding of wheat crop in the mandis.
Few days back, the entire procurement staff has proceeded on strike due to some dispute with the arthias.
The farmers of Talwandi Bhai, near Ferozepur blocked the traffic on Bathinda-Amritsar national highway to register their protest.
They alleged that for the last one week, there has been no bidding of stocks dumped in the mandis. They further said that farmer is worried due to uncertain weather conditions and the government is bothered at all.
However, Satkar Kaur incharge Congress party joined the protestors and expressed his concern over the indifferent attitude of the government.
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BSP candidate appeals for vote

Congress & Akali-BJP are two sides of same coin : Prajapati

By Harish Monga

Ferozepur, April 23: While the Congress-led government at the Centre is involved in various scams, in Punjab, the Akali-BJP alliance, is controlling the sand-mafia and drugs and thus, there is a need to save the Punjab from both these parties along with alliance of state and regional parties.
These views were expressed by Raj Kumar Prajapati, candidate of Bahujan Samaj Party for Ferozepur Lok Sabha seat, while addressing a meeting held on Tuesday at the Labour Union.
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By Harish Monga

Ferozepur, April 23: While the Congress-led government at the Centre is involved in various scams, in Punjab, the Akali-BJP alliance, is controlling the sand-mafia and drugs and thus, there is a need to save the Punjab from both these parties along with alliance of state and regional parties.
These views were expressed by Raj Kumar Prajapati, candidate of Bahujan Samaj Party for Ferozepur Lok Sabha seat, while addressing a meeting held on Tuesday at the Labour Union.
He said, the inflation is so high that it has become difficult for the poor man to take care of his family. It is time to revive the real democracy in India.
He appealed to the voters to elect him so that the voice of the people could reach the Parliament.
On this occasion, the candidate was accompanied by Dr.Mohan Singh Phalianwala also addressed the people in the presence of Harbans Singh, Raj Kumar, Sukh lal,Mana Ram,Resham Singh Bhatti, Iqbal Singh, Dashan Singh, Wazir Singh, Roop lal, Narinder Kumar, Indraz, Dahit Singh, Puran Bhatti, Pamma Berri and others.
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Micro observers to be deputed at each polling station: Sanjay dixit

Micro observers to ensure un-interrupted polling: Anindita Mitra

Anindita come out with another innovative, LPG cylinders to carry message

By Amritpal Brar

Nawanshahr April 22: Sanjay Dixit, IAS, general observer, appointed by the Election Commission for the Anandpur Sahib parliamentary constituency, said that a micro observer would be deputed at each polling booth in the all the three assembly segments falling in the district, who would keep reporting to the District Electoral Officer and the General Observer from the beginning to the end of the polling on April 30.

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Nawanshahr April 22: Sanjay Dixit, IAS, general observer, appointed by the Election Commission for the Anandpur Sahib parliamentary constituency, said that a micro observer would be deputed at each polling booth in the all the three assembly segments falling in the district, who would keep reporting to the District Electoral Officer and the General Observer from the beginning to the end of the polling on April 30.

Addressing the meeting of the micro observers here today at Shivalik Public School, the General Observer, Sanjay Dixit, while exhorting them to take their duty with utmost sincerity and dedication as it was their responsibility of ensuring free, fair and impartial polls.

District Electoral Officer cum Deputy Commissioner Anindita Mitra said on the occasion that the duty of the micro observers would start with “Mock Polling" at 6 a.m. on April 30 and it was their responsibility to ensure un- interrupted polling at their respective polling booths throughout the day.
" During " Mock Polling", the Presiding Officers in the presence of the polling agents of all the candidates would poll 10 votes each to all the candidates and then show the result to make them sure that the EVMs are not faulty", said the DC while asking the micro observers to take ensure proper conduct of polling by strictly abiding by the directions of the Election Commission. The CISF/ Para Military/ Police force jawans would be deputed at each polling booth to ensure security but in case of any untoward incident, the micro observers are to immediately report to the General Observer and District Electoral Officer. She also asked them to keep vigil on the lists of non residents / migrated / dead voters.

DC ANINDITA s ANOTHER NEW INITIATIVE TO MOBILIZE VOTERS

Meanwhile with a view to mobilizing people to use their right to vote, the Deputy Commissioner Anindita Mitra, has come out with another innovative and first of its kind initiative. The LPG Cylinders would carry the message to make the people aware about exercising their franchise on April 30. The DFSC has started the drive to affix the stickers having slogan, “Budhe hon bhaven jawan, saare karo matdaan” ( Either old or young, all are to vote) on the LPG cylinders in the district here today. The LPG distributors in the district have been asked to affix the stickers before supplying the LPG cylinders to make the people aware about using their right to vote.
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DC Ravi Bhagat s new initiative to attract voters

Amritsar DC launches Model Polling Booths

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Amritsar: April 22: To maximize the voter participation in the upcoming lok sabha elections 2014, and to reduce the apathy of the urban population towards the polling process, a special initiative has been undertaken by the district administration Amritsar by the launching of "Model Polling Booths". Aimed at attracting the urban masses to the polling stations, these special booths have been prepared to serve as a beacon for the other booths too.

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Amritsar: April 22: To maximize the voter participation in the upcoming lok sabha elections 2014, and to reduce the apathy of the urban population towards the polling process, a special initiative has been undertaken by the district administration Amritsar by the launching of "Model Polling Booths". Aimed at attracting the urban masses to the polling stations, these special booths have been prepared to serve as a beacon for the other booths too.

This idea was conceived by the Deputy Commissioner cum DEO Ravi Bhagat, who said that the concept was to woo the voters just like a service industry would to its clients, by providing state of the art facilities to the voters and to make the process of the exercise of their franchise an enjoyable experience, rather than an ordeal. to achieve this objective, a number of facilities are being provided at these booths, by anticipating the needs of each and every segment of the society. There will be 18 such booths in the district. The facilities would include providing a red carpet welcome to the voters. A shamina will be put up to shield the waiting people from the heat, drinking water would be available.

Special facilities to the old and infirm voters, as well as pregnant women and differently disabled persons, shall be provided such as wheelchairs and a separate waiting area for them. NSS and NCC volunteers have been roped in to provide help to these voters, and for queue management. A special help desk shall be put up outside the booth for voter assistance. If any voter forgets his voting slip, he can check the voting list present at the help desk and get on-the-spot voting slip from there itself.

Apart from that, a medical/first aid center shall be created to handle minor emergencies. To help the mothers who are accompanied by their children, a novel concept of a "play area" for the children has been developed, which will have swings and toys for playing, as well as caretakers to look after the children while their mothers take throe turn at casting their vote. The DEO said that sign ages and banners, depicting all the above facilities of help desk, waiting area, drinking water and play areas etc, shall be put up at prominent locations throat the city to make the people aware of these booths. With the creation of these model polling booths, the administration aims create a sort of festive atmosphere, to lure the voters to throng the booths on the day of the poll, so that a proper choice of the government is made by the citizens.
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Dimpy alleges for taking his signature on blank paper by Police officials

Former Youth Congress leader Dimpy complaints to Patil against Chandigarh Police, demands probe

I was falsely implicated - Dimpy

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Chandigarh, April 22:Former president of Chandigarh Youth Congress and Hotlier Businessman Vijay Pal Dimpy, in a complaint to Punjab Governor Shivraj Patil has alleged that Chandigarh police officials has implicated him in a case alleged cheating with some ulterior motives on the directions of a senior IAS officer dealing with UT Chandigarh.
Dimpy has accused Chandigarh Police of taking bribe and blackmailing him.
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Chandigarh, April 22:Former president of Chandigarh Youth Congress and Hotlier Businessman Vijay Pal Dimpy, in a complaint to Punjab Governor Shivraj Patil has alleged that Chandigarh police officials has implicated him in a case alleged cheating with some ulterior motives on the directions of a senior IAS officer dealing with UT Chandigarh.
Dimpy has accused Chandigarh Police of taking bribe and blackmailing him.
Dimpy also allged that Chandigarh Police officers got his signatures on blank papers during his police custody ,with the motive of extracting money from him.

He has demanded a high level probe from Administrator, UT Chandigarh. He has also urged for appropriate action against these officers and save him from their ill-conceived plans.
In the complaint, Dimpy has mentioned the names of Inspector Dalbir Singh, Ajay Singh and Constable Jagroop Singh for allegedly taking bribe. He said that Dalbir Singh had demanded Rs. 10 lakhs for not arresting him. He said that he had some old dispute with DGP S S Virk due to which he is being victimized. Meanwhile he said that a senior police officer had registered an FIR against him when he was in Goa. He mentioned that on March 9 after landing at Chandigarh Airport, he along with his son went directly to Crime Branch. Inspector Dalbir Singh had demanded Rs. 10 lakhs but he had given him Rs. 2 lakhs and for not giving full demanded money he was arrested. He alleged that at the time of arrest, he had a Gold Chain and Karha which the police had taken from him in their custody.....
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Shashi Kant alleges clashes between Sikhs and Dera followers engineered by Akali Government

Ex-DGP Shashi Kant names six leaders of SAD, Cong. & BJP in drug peddling case

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Chandigarh, April 22: A week before the state goes to polls, former DGP (jails) Shashi Kant named several politicians of Congress and SAD-BJP, whose names were mentioned in the list prepared by intelligence wing of state police in 2007.
The list includes names of senior Congress leader and Amritsar west MLA OP Soni, two cabinet ministers of Punjab government- Ajit Singh Kohar and Gulzar Singh Ranike; Khemkaran SAD MLA Virsa Singh Valtoha....
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Chandigarh, April 22: A week before the state goes to polls, former DGP (jails) Shashi Kant named several politicians of Congress and SAD-BJP, whose names were mentioned in the list prepared by intelligence wing of state police in 2007.
The list includes names of senior Congress leader and Amritsar west MLA OP Soni, two cabinet ministers of Punjab government- Ajit Singh Kohar and Gulzar Singh Ranike; Khemkaran SAD MLA Virsa Singh Valtoha; senior SAD leader Veer Singh Lopoke and Jimmy Kalia, close aide of senior BJP leader Manoranjan Kalia.
Kant alleged that serving DGP Suresh Kumar Arora is confidante of chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and claimed he is an 'apple of his eyes'. He also alleged that clashes between Sikhs and Dera followers that occurred seven years ago in many parts of state, were engineered by Akali government.
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Rahul to visit Bathinda and Faridkot on April 28 for election campaign

Sonia Gandhi to campaign in Punjab at Barnala and Moga on April 26

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Chandigarh, April 22: With a view to giving fillip to Congress campaign in Punjab, AICC President Sonia Gandhi has finalized her programme for addressing Election Rallies in Barnala & Moga on April 26. Meanwhile, AICC Vice President Rahul Gandhi will also visit Bathinda & Faridkot for campaign in favour of Congress candidates on April 28, 2014. ....
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Chandigarh, April 22: With a view to giving fillip to Congress campaign in Punjab, AICC President Sonia Gandhi has finalized her programme for addressing Election Rallies in Barnala & Moga on April 26. Meanwhile, AICC Vice President Rahul Gandhi will also visit Bathinda & Faridkot for campaign in favour of Congress candidates on April 28, 2014. ....
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Shahsi Kant should have come with evidence before leveling charges

SAD describes allegations by former DGP Shashi Kant as a cheap publicity stunt

By Babushahi Bureau

Chandigarh, April 22 : The Shiromani Akali Dal today dismissed as "cheap publicity stunt of a frustrated individual" the allegations leveled by the former DGP, Punjab, Mr Shashi Kant in Jalandhar today. In a statement here, the SAD General Secretary MR Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal said that Mr Shashi Kant nursed a grouse against the SAD-BJP government for not fulfilling his ambition of becoming the DGP of the state. "The fact is that Mr Shahshi Kan....
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Chandigarh, April 22 : The Shiromani Akali Dal today dismissed as "cheap publicity stunt of a frustrated individual" the allegations leveled by the former DGP, Punjab, Mr Shashi Kant in Jalandhar today. In a statement here, the SAD General Secretary MR Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal said that Mr Shashi Kant nursed a grouse against the SAD-BJP government for not fulfilling his ambition of becoming the DGP of the state. "The fact is that Mr Shahshi Kant's ravings are merely an
expression of his personal failures and frustrations in life. He tried his best to get a posting as the DGP of the state and, having failed to do so, even tried his hand at gaining some public status by annoucning himself as the president of the state unit of the Aam Admi Party. But AAP also disowned him, leaving him even more frustrated."
Grewal said that if Shahsi Kant had any evidence of any wrong doings by any politician in Punjab, he should have recorded his findings in files. Why did he not do so. "It is not unusual for officers to record their dissent when they feel that the government of the day is not on the right track on any issue."
Grewal said that even on the Sacha Sauda issue, Shashi Kant was handling a responsibility as an officer. "If he found that the government's handling was not professional or upright, he had every right to record his dissent. Did he do so? "
"The fact of the matter is that Shashi Kant has not realised his personal, professional or political ambitions and out of his frustration is dragging big names into controversies merely to gain cheap publicity."
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Giriraj had made a statement aiming to create hated among different communities

ECI issues notice on BJP leader Giriraj Singh for violating Model Code of Conduct

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New Delhi, April 22: The Election Commission of India issued a show cause notice to BJP leader Giriraj Singh of Patna on the basis of a report received from CEO Jharkhand in which the said leader had made a reference of cow slaughter in India and added to that statement a line of threatening a section of voters who do not vote to Shri Modi will find place in Pakistan.
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New Delhi, April 22: The Election Commission of India issued a show cause notice to BJP leader Giriraj Singh of Patna on the basis of a report received from CEO Jharkhand in which the said leader had made a reference of cow slaughter in India and added to that statement a line of threatening a section of voters who do not vote to Shri Modi will find place in Pakistan.
The notice said that the Commission is prima facie of the opinion that by making the aforesaid statements, Giriraj Singh had violated the provisions of Model Code of Conduct. The Commission has given an opportunity to the said leader to explain his stand in making the above said statement before 5 P.M. on April 24, failing which the ECI will take a decision without further reference to him.
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Indian, Chinese teams exchanges views on various issues of mutual interest

Chinese delegation led by Lt. General Qi Jianguo visits India

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New Delhi, April 22: Lieutenant General Qi Jianguo, Deputy Chief of General
Staff (Operations), PLA China arrived in New Delhi on 22 April 2014 along with an eight member delegation for a two day visit. The visit is in response to an invitation extended by the Government of India.
The official talks with the Chinese Delegation were held today in South Block. The two sides exchanged views on various issues of mutual interest such as maintenance of peace and tranquility along Line....
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New Delhi, April 22: Lieutenant General Qi Jianguo, Deputy Chief of General
Staff (Operations), PLA China arrived in New Delhi on 22 April 2014 along with an eight member delegation for a two day visit. The visit is in response to an invitation extended by the Government of India.
The official talks with the Chinese Delegation were held today in South Block. The two sides exchanged views on various issues of mutual interest such as maintenance of peace and tranquility along Line of Actual Control and enhancing mutual cooperation and understanding between the armies of India and China. Measures for implementation of existing Bilateral Agreements were also discussed.
The meeting was held in a warm and cordial atmosphere. Both sides agreed on the need to enhance bilateral military engagements. The Chinese side have confirmed their participation in the Fourth India China Joint Training Exercise scheduled to be held in November 2014 in India. The PLA Delegation also called on the Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee and the Chief of Army Staff, General Bikram Singh and the Defence Secretary.
India and China attach great importance to high level military exchanges. 2014 has also been declared as “Year of Friendly Exchanges”. It may be recalled that in February this year, the PLA Delegation led by Lieutenant General Wang Guanzhong, Deputy Chief of General Staff had come to India for Annual Def Dialogue and the Indian Defence Minister had visited China in July 2013. The Chinese side have also confirmed the visit of their Defence Minister General Chang Wanquan to India later this year.
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Late Ch. Ranbir Singh, father of Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda

Ch. Ranbir Singh’s name figures in ‘The Limca Book of Records’

National Record of being Member of Seven different Houses

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Chandigarh, April 22: The Limca Book of Records has included the name of Late Ch. Ranbir Singh, father of Haryana Chief Minister Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda for his National Record of being Member of Seven different Houses.
The certificate issued by the Limca book of records of his national record “Late Ranbir Singh Hooda (b Nov 26, 1914-dFeb1,2009) of Rohtak, Haryana holds the distinction of being the only person to have served as a member....
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Chandigarh, April 22: The Limca Book of Records has included the name of Late Ch. Ranbir Singh, father of Haryana Chief Minister Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda for his National Record of being Member of Seven different Houses.
The certificate issued by the Limca book of records of his national record “Late Ranbir Singh Hooda (b Nov 26, 1914-dFeb1,2009) of Rohtak, Haryana holds the distinction of being the only person to have served as a member of seven different legislative houses. A freedom fighter and congress leader, he was a member of member of First Constituent Assembly of India, Constituent Legislative Assembly, Provisional Paliament, (Combined) Punjab State Assembly, Haryana State Assembly, Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha”.
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Sexual Harassment can attract rigorous imprisonment upto 5 years

SC bars lawyer held guilty of sexual harassment from its premises

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New Delhi, April 22: The Supreme Court on Tuesday barred an advocate from entering its premises after he was held guilty of sexual harassment.
According to IBN News Channel report, Advocate CS Nagesh was barred from entering the court premises for a period of six months.
As per the new rape law of India, sexual harassment can attract "rigorous imprisonment up to five years, or with fine, or with both".
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New Delhi, April 22: The Supreme Court on Tuesday barred an advocate from entering its premises after he was held guilty of sexual harassment.
According to IBN News Channel report, Advocate CS Nagesh was barred from entering the court premises for a period of six months.
As per the new rape law of India, sexual harassment can attract "rigorous imprisonment up to five years, or with fine, or with both".
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Polls to be held in 117 constituencies on April 24

Curtain falls on campaigning for 6th phase of LS polls

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New Delhi, April 22: Campaigning for sixth phase of LS polls came to an end on Tuesday evening while polling for this phase, covering 117 constituencies is scheduled to be held on Thursday.
The constituencies are spread across 12 States.
These include seven each in Bihar and Chhattisgarh, four in Jharkhand, 10 in Madhya Pradesh, 19 seats in Maharashtra, five in Rajasthan, all the 39 seats in Tamil Nadu 12 in Uttar Pradesh, six seats each in Assam and West Bengal and one each in P....
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New Delhi, April 22: Campaigning for sixth phase of LS polls came to an end on Tuesday evening while polling for this phase, covering 117 constituencies is scheduled to be held on Thursday.
The constituencies are spread across 12 States.
These include seven each in Bihar and Chhattisgarh, four in Jharkhand, 10 in Madhya Pradesh, 19 seats in Maharashtra, five in Rajasthan, all the 39 seats in Tamil Nadu 12 in Uttar Pradesh, six seats each in Assam and West Bengal and one each in Puducherry and Jammu and Kashmir.
While in Jharkhand, polling will take place between 7am and 4pm, in other states, the polling hours will be from 7am to 6pm.
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Matter likely to come up for hearing tomorrow

PIL filed in Delhi HC against Vadra over land deals

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New Delhi, April 22: A PIL has been filed in Delhi High Court against Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra demanding criminal investigation against him over alleged land and other corruption related charges. The matter is likely to come up for hearing in the court on Wednesday.
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New Delhi, April 22: A PIL has been filed in Delhi High Court against Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra demanding criminal investigation against him over alleged land and other corruption related charges. The matter is likely to come up for hearing in the court on Wednesday.
Media reports that this comes after Priyanka Gandhi for the first time responded to allegations against her husband saying that she will fight the insults. Addressing an election meeting in Raebareli on today, she hit back at the Opposition for dragging Vadra's name in the election campaign.
"Many things are being said about my family, my husband. I feel sad the way humiliating things are being said. The more I will be humiliated, more will be my determination to fight," she said while admitting that she had learned from her grandmother Indira Gandhi not to be deterred by such statements.
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EC monitors Lok Sabha elections through modern monitoring system

Election arrangements reviewed through Video Conference

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Ferozepur, April 22: The Election Commission, Punjab is monitoring election process going in the various districts of Punjab through modern monitoring system – Video Conferencing, for ensuring free, fair and peaceful conduct of elections being held on April 30.

A Video Conference is managed by NIC Ferozepur in VC Room set up in District Administrative Complex (DAC).

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Ferozepur, April 22: The Election Commission, Punjab is monitoring election process going in the various districts of Punjab through modern monitoring system – Video Conferencing, for ensuring free, fair and peaceful conduct of elections being held on April 30.

A Video Conference is managed by NIC Ferozepur in VC Room set up in District Administrative Complex (DAC).

The modern monitoring system also help in saving time for holding meetings at Chandigarh besides speedy implementation of the directions in curbing violation of the code of conduct and ensuring impartial and transparent conduct of elections.


Today, Election Commission reviewed the election arrangements in all the Lok Sabha segments with the Returning Officers, General Observers, Expenditure Observers, District Police Heads, through the modern monitoring system.

The Election Commission directed to all the officers to keep a special vigilant throughout day and night over the distribution of drugs, cash to the voters or any kind of allurement so that voter may cast their votes without any fear and temptation.

In the Video Conference, among those present of 10-Ferozepur Lok Sabha constituency were – Manjit Singh Narang, RO-cum-DC, Ferozepur, Dileep Kumar, IRS and Vinish Choudhay, IRS, Expenditure Obervers, Dr.S.Kaurna Raju, RO-cum-DC, Fazilka reviewed about the election arrangements, model code of conduct, media certification and monitoring cell, complain cell, security, polling booths, security arrangements at counting centers and imparted new instructions relating to elections.

The other officers present were Rahul Singh, SSP, Nilambari Jagdale, SSP Fazilka, Amit Kumar, Addl.DEO Ferozepur, Sundeep Singh Garha, SDM Ferozepur, M.K.Sjarm,a SP Fazilka, Lakhbir Singh, SP(H) and others.
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Relative (a Medical Officer, PHC, Kanchipuram, Tamilnadu) of said accused was arrested yesterday at Chennai while accepting a bribe of Rs.5 lakhs

CBI arrests Director (IAAS) AMG-II in an on-going investigation of Bribery Case

By Babushahi Bureau

New Delhi, April 22: The Central Bureau of Investigation has today arrested the Director (IAAS-2005 Batch Officer) working in the office of Director General of Audit, Central Expenditure, New Delhi in an on-going investigation of bribery case.
The accused is being produced before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM), Delhi.

The relative (a Medical Officer, PHC, Kanchipuram, Tamilnadu) of said accused was arrested yesterday at Chennai while accepting a bribe of Rs.5 lakhs....
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New Delhi, April 22: The Central Bureau of Investigation has today arrested the Director (IAAS-2005 Batch Officer) working in the office of Director General of Audit, Central Expenditure, New Delhi in an on-going investigation of bribery case.
The accused is being produced before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM), Delhi.

The relative (a Medical Officer, PHC, Kanchipuram, Tamilnadu) of said accused was arrested yesterday at Chennai while accepting a bribe of Rs.5 lakhs on his behalf from Complainant. He was produced before the Principal Special Judge for CBI cases, Chennai and was remanded to Judicial Custody till 2.05.2014.

A case was registered by CBI U/s 7 and 12 of PC Act based on a complaint. It was alleged that a Director (IAAS - 2005 Batch Officer), AMG-II working in the Office of Director General of Audit, Central Expenditure, AGCR Building, New Delhi demanded an amount of Rs. 35 lakhs as bribe for regularising the irregularities of a Nursing College being run by the complainant at Chennai and directed the complainant to pay the first instalment of Rs.5 lakhs on 21.04.2014 to his brother-in-law at a designated place in Chennai.

CBI laid a trap and the brother-in-law of accused was caught red handed while accepting the amount of Rs.5 lakhs. After thorough investigation, the Director (IAAS), AMG-II was also arrested during the early hours of 22.04.2014.

So far searches have been conducted at 7 places at Melamaniachi, Tirunelveli, Kancheepuram, Chennai, New Delhi and Noida. Cash of Rs.1,01,61,000/-(approx) has been recovered. 12 immovable property documents from the residence of Director (IAAS) & 9 immovable property documents from the residence of his relative (other accused) and certain incriminating documents have been recovered.

Further investigation is continuing.
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Modi has no magic wand to turn fortunes of Akali Dal-BJP candidates

Bajwa nails Khanna on performance, tours Bhoa assembly constituency

By Manan Saini

Gurdaspur, April 22: The Punjab Congress Committee President Partap
Singh Bajwa, today said the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate and the Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, had no magic wand to uplift the sinking fortunes of the Akali Dal-BJP candidates in Punjab. He also challenged his opponent from the BJP,. Vinod Khanna, on performance index in the Lok Sabha.
Bajwa, who is seeking re-election from Gurdaspur, said the anti-incumbency against the state government in general....
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Gurdaspur, April 22: The Punjab Congress Committee President Partap
Singh Bajwa, today said the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate and the Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, had no magic wand to uplift the sinking fortunes of the Akali Dal-BJP candidates in Punjab. He also challenged his opponent from the BJP,. Vinod Khanna, on performance index in the Lok Sabha.
Bajwa, who is seeking re-election from Gurdaspur, said the anti-incumbency against the state government in general and the Deputy Chief Minister, Sukhbir Singh Badal, and the Revenue Minister, Bikram Singh Majithia in particular, was so strong that Modi would miserably fail to reverse the situation and this alliance would be wiped out from the state. He said the desperate alliance was counting
on Modi but this state was different from the rest of the country due
to its political dynamics.

He said this government’s only claim to fame was that this once the
most prosperous state had been turned into a state of addicts and the
people had openly started demanding from the rulers, including the
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, that licenced vends should be
opened here on the Rajasthan pattern for selling poppy husk (Bhukki).
He said the smuggling of narcotics was being controlled by the ruling
party’s mafia. The Akali Dal candidates had now become so demoralised
from the prospect of defeat that they had also started supporting
this demand. He cited the case of Akali Dal candidate from Faridkot
Paramjit Kaur Gulshan in this regard.

Bajwa said jungle law prevailed in the state and it was shocking that
the staff of the Orbit transport company owned by Sukhbir Badal
publicly forced the passengers of a state roadways bus yesterday on
the GT Road at Jalandhar to get down and board their bus. He said the
Deputy Chief Minister had monopolised private transport in the state
and now his target was to close down the state transport. He said the
de facto situation was that the routs on which the roadways buses used
to run had already been taken over by the Badal transport.

The PPCC chief said the Akali Dal-BJP alliance was seeking votes only
in Modi’s name but this factor would not blunt the strong
anti-incumbency in the state.

Joining issues with Khanna, he said the Mumbai Ka Babu should have
thought twice before questioning his performance. He said his
attendance in the 15th Loik Sabha was 82 per cent as against 42 per
cent of Khanna in his last tenure, 1.e., 14th Lok Sabha. Similarly,
he said he put 359 questions during the period under comparison as
against just 4 in five years by Khanna. He said this was part of the
record of the Lok Sabha.

He said so far as the issue of brining big ticket projects from the
centre was concerned Khanna should better have questioned the Chief
Minister and the Deputy Chief Minister who scuttled his projects by
not allocating land. These projects included railway coach factory at
Kalanaur and Beas-Qadian railway line, to talk of only just two
projects, he added.

Bajwa toured Taragarh, Kathlaur, Narot Jaimal Singh, Gugran, Malarwan,
Taloor, Naroli, Ambi, Janial, Bamial,Kichack, Barmaal Jattan and Datial
alongwith Rumal Chand Ex MLA,Raj Kumar Bloc President, Rajvir Singh
Gogi,Kapil Salaria,Lakhbir Singh,Ramesh Ram Ex Sarpanch,RAj Kumar,Sanjiv
Bains President Youth Congress District,Kuljit Saini,Surjit Pathania, Raj
Kumar, Ashok Suri City President, Dr Pankaj Raiyouth Secretary,Vijay, Kewal
singh,Nisha Sharma,Rajesh Kumar, Angrej Chand, Prem Kumar, Satinder Singh,
Shiv Lal Sarpanch.

On this occasion mahinder pal village Kili Khurd and Jamal Singh village
Sharif Chak joined the congress party from BJP.
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Hallmark’s Kalakaar Theatre Group organized a play highlighting pesticides suffocate our Mother Earth

World Earth Day Celebrated at Hallmark School Panchkula

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Panchkula, April 22: World Earth Day was celebrated at Hallmark School, Panchkula in a befitting way. Is organic food better than the food produced by conventional methods? The answer is –yes as per an expert in the field Mr. Abhimanyu Singla- a revolutionary in Organic Farming who held a symposium at Hallmark wherein he explained the difference between chemical fertilizers & pesticides vs organic fertilizers & pesticides.

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Panchkula, April 22: World Earth Day was celebrated at Hallmark School, Panchkula in a befitting way. Is organic food better than the food produced by conventional methods? The answer is –yes as per an expert in the field Mr. Abhimanyu Singla- a revolutionary in Organic Farming who held a symposium at Hallmark wherein he explained the difference between chemical fertilizers & pesticides vs organic fertilizers & pesticides.

Hallmark’s Kalakaar Theatre Group organized a play highlighting how chemical fertilizers and pesticides suffocate our Mother Earth and Plant life; how all human beings get affected and become prone to diseases in this vicious circle of chemical fertilizers getting into our drinking water system and vegetables and fruits and its adverse effect on our health. And how converting to ORGANIC agriculture can help us to heal mother Earth and also in fighting global warming.

Said Mrs. Kavita Wadhwa, Principal, “Children took a pledge to maintain their own kitchen gardens at their homes from now on. This will result in healthier food and good health of the students and their family members.”
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Vinod Khanna’s wife holds roadshow in Dhariwal of Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat

Modi is a visionary leader with focus on development: Kavita Khanna

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Gurdaspur, April 22: Speaking to voters during her road show and public meetings in Dhariwal today, Kavita Khanna,wife of BJP’s Gurdaspur Lok Sabha candidate Vinod Khanna, praised BJP’s PM Candidate Narendra Modi for his vision and said, if there is anyone who can change this country for better, it is him.
She said, ‘Modiji’s leadership and guidance has benefitted millions of people in Gujarat and it is now time for the entire coun....
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Gurdaspur, April 22: Speaking to voters during her road show and public meetings in Dhariwal today, Kavita Khanna,wife of BJP’s Gurdaspur Lok Sabha candidate Vinod Khanna, praised BJP’s PM Candidate Narendra Modi for his vision and said, if there is anyone who can change this country for better, it is him.
She said, ‘Modiji’s leadership and guidance has benefitted millions of people in Gujarat and it is now time for the entire country to benefit from it’ ‘We know Modiji since 1999, and since then he has been a guide and a mentor to us,’ she added.

Appealing people to vote for her husband she said Vinod’s commitment and Modiji’s vision and leadership will be a winner combination for this constituency where both will provide growth, development and prosperity to the region.
She also said that there is a Modi wave in the country and we are all awaiting to see him as our PM. She reminded the people of Rs 400 crore revival package for Dhariwal Mills that was bought by Vinod Khanna during his tenure as an MP and Cabinet minister in Vajpayee’s Government.
She said, ‘By god’s grace we have everything and are well off. We don’t need politics for to earn money. Vinod is in this profession only to work for the betterment of this region and to serve its people.’

Kavita Khanna campaigns every day for 10-12 hours for her husband and largely meets women voters. She patiently listens to them and makes note of their problems. She speaks to them about the projects Vinod Khanna has planned for women empowerment and appeals for votes.

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Delhi Darbar: IAS Empanelment

IAS (TN:1980) Surjit Kumar Chaudhary empanelled as Secy. GOI

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New Delhi, April 22: Govt. of India has empanelled Taminnadu 1980 batch IAS Surjit Kumar Chaudhary for the post of Secretary in Government of India.....
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New Delhi, April 22: Govt. of India has empanelled Taminnadu 1980 batch IAS Surjit Kumar Chaudhary for the post of Secretary in Government of India.....
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Delhi Darbar: IAS Empanelments

Punjab IAS Nirmaljeet Singh Kalsi among 45 IAS empanelled as Addl. Secy’s. GOI

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New Delhi, April 22: Govt. of India has empanelled 45 IAS officers of 1984 batch of different state cadres as Additional Secretary or Additional Secretary equivalent in Government of India. Punjab IAS Nirmaljeet Singh Kalsi figures in the list. (Details in attached PDF.)....
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New Delhi, April 22: Govt. of India has empanelled 45 IAS officers of 1984 batch of different state cadres as Additional Secretary or Additional Secretary equivalent in Government of India. Punjab IAS Nirmaljeet Singh Kalsi figures in the list. (Details in attached PDF.)....
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Statements of Pravin Togadia & Giriraj Singh irks Modi

Modi’s advice to party leaders: Refrain from controversial statements

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New Delhi, April 22: Not feeling comfortable with statements made by VHP leader Pravin Togadia and Bihar BJP leader Giriraj Singh, BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has sounded a note of advise to party leaders to refrain from petty statements as the party has committed to go to people on issues of development & Good Governance.
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New Delhi, April 22: Not feeling comfortable with statements made by VHP leader Pravin Togadia and Bihar BJP leader Giriraj Singh, BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has sounded a note of advise to party leaders to refrain from petty statements as the party has committed to go to people on issues of development & Good Governance.
"With great happiness, the entire nation is looking toward BJP for going to people solely on the issue of good governance and development," Modi said in one of his tweets.

Modi, however, did not take any name but it was clear he was obviously referring to Togadia and Giriraj Singh, who had made hate speeches in the last three days.
Togadia, who is not on best of relations with Modi, created a storm when he had asked his supporters to forcibly vacate a house purchased by a Muslim in a Hindu-majority area of Bhavnagar.
Giriraj Singh, a former minister and a candidate in the Lok Sabha elections in Bihar, had said that those opposing Modi had no place in India but should go to Pakistan.
Following a storm over his remarks, Togadia has denied giving any advise which was "socially or legally wrong" and threatened to take legal action against media houses.
Despite, the party president Rajnath Singh pulling him up, Giriraj Singh has said he stood by his comments.
Modi attacks UPA for ‘plight of poor’; Rahul questions Modi over ‘corruption charges’


Launching a hard-hitting attack on UPA and its allies, Narendra Modi said the "power game by the clan of three parties" is responsible for the poor plight of UP and the nation while hitting hard at Modi, Rahul Gandhi said BJP manifesto has no answer to tackle corruption.
Playing up his tea-vendor image, the BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate also sought to contrast it with those "born with a silver spoon in their mouth" and made an oblique reference to his OBC origin as he reached to voters in the Hindi heartland.
Promising to cleanse the political system and Parliament from criminal elements, Modi said that his first job after the formation of a new government will be to set up a committee to probe the pending criminal cases against MPs cutting across party lines.
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Hamid Mir was injured in a firing incident

Dal Khalsa condemns attack on Pak Journalist Hamid Mir

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Amritsar, April 22: The Dal Khalsa has strongly condemned the murderous attack on Pak scribe and Geo News senior anchorperson Hamid Mir and termed it an attempt to muzzle his free voice.
In a press statement issued here on April 22, party’s Secretary Kanwar Pal Singh said Hamid was highly professional and well known face within the journalistic fraternity of this sub-continent. He said Mir family including his father Professor Waris Mir ....
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Amritsar, April 22: The Dal Khalsa has strongly condemned the murderous attack on Pak scribe and Geo News senior anchorperson Hamid Mir and termed it an attempt to muzzle his free voice.
In a press statement issued here on April 22, party’s Secretary Kanwar Pal Singh said Hamid was highly professional and well known face within the journalistic fraternity of this sub-continent. He said Mir family including his father Professor Waris Mir had a courage of calling a spade a spade. The family has a tradition of raising voice against the oppressor class. He said both the brothers (Hamid and Amir Mir) had a sympathetic view towards the Sikh people and their cause. “I met them in 90’s and found them nice, sober and helpful persons”.
In an e-mail message to Hamid’s family members, Kanwar Pal Singh has expressed solidarity and sympathy with them and prayed for the speedy recovery of Hamid. He hoped that the judicial commission set up on the orders of Pak PM Nawaz Sharif would expose the real culprits behind the attack.
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Coalgate scam

CBI summons former Coal Secy P C Parakh on April 25 for questioning

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New Delhi, April 22: As part of the probe being conducted by CBI on coalscam, the Investigating Agency summoned former Coal Secretary P C Parakh for questioning on 25th April in connection with a case for alleged abuse of official position in granting a coal block in Odisha to Hindalco, a company of Aditya Birla Group.
Media reports that 69-year-old Parakh, who has been critical of CBI's action especially its Director Ranjit Sinha for reg....
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New Delhi, April 22: As part of the probe being conducted by CBI on coalscam, the Investigating Agency summoned former Coal Secretary P C Parakh for questioning on 25th April in connection with a case for alleged abuse of official position in granting a coal block in Odisha to Hindalco, a company of Aditya Birla Group.
Media reports that 69-year-old Parakh, who has been critical of CBI's action especially its Director Ranjit Sinha for registering a case against him, has now been asked to appear before the agency on Friday during which he is expected to be grilled what led to decision of the Screening Committee being changed, official sources said on April 22.
The Screening Committee had alloted the Talabira-II coal block to Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) Neyveli Lignite Limited but the decision was changed by Parakh after he had received a request sent by Birla Group chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla from Prime Minister's Office for reconsideration of the decision.
CBI had last year registered a case against Parakh, Birla, besides unknown officials of Hindalco and coal ministry.
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UPA Government under leadership of Manmohan Singh has done good work for a decade

Sonia slams Modi for crossing all limits of lies against Congress

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New Delhi, April 22: Ridiculing Prime Ministerial Candidate Narendra Modi for crossing all limits in misleading people in his bid to get to the prime minister's chair, Congress president Sonia Gandhi said continuing her tirade against the BJP's prime ministerial candidate.
"Some parties are there whose main agenda is to spread lies against the Congress. Especially, the BJP's leader is crossing all limits to mislead people. To get Prime Min....
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New Delhi, April 22: Ridiculing Prime Ministerial Candidate Narendra Modi for crossing all limits in misleading people in his bid to get to the prime minister's chair, Congress president Sonia Gandhi said continuing her tirade against the BJP's prime ministerial candidate.
"Some parties are there whose main agenda is to spread lies against the Congress. Especially, the BJP's leader is crossing all limits to mislead people. To get Prime Minister's chair he is creating a craze in the whole country," Gandhi said in Islampur (WB) on Tuesday without naming Modi.
"It seems as if they don't have faith in our country's social, political and constitutional system," she told an election rally in support of party candidate Deepa Dasmunshi who is fighting from Raiganj constituency in North Dinajpur district.
Gandhi alleged that for the chair they started spreading such a big network of lies that it became a matter of concern if the country's democracy was safe in the hands of such people.
The great leaders of the Congress alongwith crores of workers toiled hard and made sacrifices to build the country, she said and asserted that her party had struggled to keep the unity of the country in tact.
She said that in the last ten years the UPA government under the leadership of Dr Manmohan Singh had done work for the benefit of all and it is before you to see.

"Despite the financial problem worldwide, India's growth rate was good. We made policies and programmes and enacted laws for the benefit of all," Gandhi said.
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Security tightened in Varanasi as Modi to file nomination papers

Modi to file Nomination papers for Varanasi Lok Sabha seat on April 24

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New Delhi, April 22: Security in Varanasi has been beefed up ahead of filing of nomination by BJP leader Narendra Modi on Thursday. A high-level police team from Gujarat has arrived there to ensure a foolproof cordon around him. Additional security forces have been deployed across the city in and around Banaras Hindu University, Kashi Vidyapeeth and Vishwanath temple, which are likely to be visited by Modi during his visit to the city.
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New Delhi, April 22: Security in Varanasi has been beefed up ahead of filing of nomination by BJP leader Narendra Modi on Thursday. A high-level police team from Gujarat has arrived there to ensure a foolproof cordon around him. Additional security forces have been deployed across the city in and around Banaras Hindu University, Kashi Vidyapeeth and Vishwanath temple, which are likely to be visited by Modi during his visit to the city.
Media reports that Thursday is the last day of filing of nomination for Varanasi constituency. Election will be held there on the 12th of next month.
Gujarat's Chief Minister has been challenged by Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal in the constituency along with a number of other contestants including Congress' Ajay Rai.
Security has also been tightened for Naredra Modi in Telengana. He is to address four meetings there today.
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Mangat Ram Pasla appeals people to remain vigilant against such communal moves

CPM condemns Togadia’s remarks aimed at creating fissures among religions

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New Delhi, April 22: Objecting to the statements of VHP leader Pravin Togadia, Communist Party Marxist, Punjab has condemned the remarks in which it has been mentioned that Muslims should not be allowed to buy properties in Hindu areas. The party has termed the statement as highly objectionable and inflammatory, which is directly aimed at creating hatred amongst religions.
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New Delhi, April 22: Objecting to the statements of VHP leader Pravin Togadia, Communist Party Marxist, Punjab has condemned the remarks in which it has been mentioned that Muslims should not be allowed to buy properties in Hindu areas. The party has termed the statement as highly objectionable and inflammatory, which is directly aimed at creating hatred amongst religions.
In a press statement issued at Jalandhar today, the party state secretary Com. Mangat Ram Pasla said that it is deplorable that BJP leadership is trying to defend this divisive remark of the VHP leader.
Pasla appealed to the people to remain vigilant against such communal and divisive organisations. ....
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Election Duty certificate could be obtained from the office of ARO

Election Duty Certificates will be provided to polling staff for casting votes: Sidhu

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SAS Nagar, April 22: Election Duty Certificates will be issued to polling staff deputed for elections, to be held on 30 April. These certificates could be obtained from the office of Assistant Returning Officers (ARO). Stating this, District Electoral Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner Sh. Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu said that district administration has ensured each & every effort in view of elections & the issuance of election duty certificates is be....
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SAS Nagar, April 22: Election Duty Certificates will be issued to polling staff deputed for elections, to be held on 30 April. These certificates could be obtained from the office of Assistant Returning Officers (ARO). Stating this, District Electoral Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner Sh. Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu said that district administration has ensured each & every effort in view of elections & the issuance of election duty certificates is being done so that polling staff could also use their constitutional right to cast vote.
Sh. Sidhu said that to conduct fair & transparent elections in the district, appropriate directions has been issued to the department chiefs & executive officers to ensure the voting exercise by polling staff. He said that polling staff could cast their votes through various methods. He said that polling officer could cast his vote in concerned polling station by showing Election Duty Certificate, provided the polling officer is deputed in the same constituency. He said that in case the polling officer is deputed in different constituency then he could use Ballet Paper for casting the vote. He said, many a time, it was noticed that polling officers are not properly aware about the Election Duty Certificates & use of Ballet Papers, due to the fact they feel unable to cast their votes.
District Electoral Officer said that direction in this regard have already been issued to the department heads & officers concerned to make aware the polling staff, about the use of their constitutional right during election duty. He said that every department chief has to ensure the timely submission of properly filled "Form-12-A" by the polling officers, so that further necessary action in this regard could be initiated.
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Jolt to Akali Dal candidate Sher Singh Ghubaya in Jalalabad

Family members of Gubhaya join Congress in presence of Sunil Jakhar

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Ghubaya (Abohar) April 22: The SAD received a jolt in the Jalalabad on Monday when 70 supporters of Sher Singh Ghubaya along with family members of Sher Singh Ghubaya joined Congress in the presence of Sunil Jakhar Congress candidate for Ferozepur Lok Sabha constituency. The family members included Shingara Singh Ghubaya, Manjit Singh Ghubaya, Jagga Singh Ghubaya, Balwant Singh Ghubaya and Pal Singh Ghubaya.

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Ghubaya (Abohar) April 22: The SAD received a jolt in the Jalalabad on Monday when 70 supporters of Sher Singh Ghubaya along with family members of Sher Singh Ghubaya joined Congress in the presence of Sunil Jakhar Congress candidate for Ferozepur Lok Sabha constituency. The family members included Shingara Singh Ghubaya, Manjit Singh Ghubaya, Jagga Singh Ghubaya, Balwant Singh Ghubaya and Pal Singh Ghubaya.

Shingara Singh Ghubaya who is cousin brother of Sher Singh Ghubaya SAD candidate said Sher Singh Ghubaya has failed to solve the problems of our community and was busy getting personal benefits for himself. So we have decided to join the congress and support Sunil Jakhar added Shingara Singh.
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Akali leader & former DGP Gill campaigns for Harsimrat

Former DGP P.S Gill urges people to elect government that works

25 families join SAD in Kotshamir

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Kotshamir (Bathinda) April 22 : Akali leader and former DGP Paramdeep Singh Gill while addressing a meeting of Akali workers on Monday at the residence of Humpreet Singh Chahal at village Kotshamir urged the people to elect a government that works for the welfare of the people and provides good governance. Gill said every elected government in democracy has three utmost duties towards the people which are external security of the country, law and....
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Kotshamir (Bathinda) April 22 : Akali leader and former DGP Paramdeep Singh Gill while addressing a meeting of Akali workers on Monday at the residence of Humpreet Singh Chahal at village Kotshamir urged the people to elect a government that works for the welfare of the people and provides good governance. Gill said every elected government in democracy has three utmost duties towards the people which are external security of the country, law and order and development of trade and business in peaceful atmosphere. Gill said UPA government has failed on all these fronts. The ten year rule of the UPA has failed to solve the problems of people.

Gill said Akali Dal is an important partner in the NDA and it will play an important role in the new central government in Delhi. The people of the country have high hopes from Narendra Modi added Gill.

25 families from the village joined SAD in the presence of the former DGP P.S Gill who garlanded them with siropas. Prominent among others present on the occasion were Binny Mann from Tappa Khera, Sukhchain Singh Bhullar and youth Akali Dal leaders of Bathinda.
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