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Model code violations: Captain, Jaitley under poll panel scrutiny

The Punjab electoral office has sent a report to the Election Commission of India (EC) for action against leading politicians, including chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, BJP leader Arun Jaitley and former CM Capt Amarinder Singh, for poll code violations. On the basis of the report from the EC, action would be initiated against these politicians.

Addiction in Faridkot villages becomes issue of poppy shame

Paucity of poppy husk and the plight of those hooked to it — usually referred to as amlis in Punjab — have become a hot poll issue across the rural pockets of this Lok Sabha seat.

Books aimed at "spoiling" chances of UPA: Abdullah

Union minister Farooq Abdullah on Tuesday said that controversial books coming out in the time of elections were aimed at "spoiling" the chances of the UPA in the ongoing Lok Sabha polls.

Congress in Himachal banking on electoral trend

The opposition BJP in Himachal Pradesh is struggling to regain the ground lost in the 2012 assembly election, while the Congress is banking on the history of the electorate giving an edge to the party in every poll.

Lost 16 polls, 73-yr-old cobbler in the fray once again

He may have lost 16 elections, but it has not deterred 73-year-old cobbler Om Prakash Jhakku from trying his luck once again from the Hoshiarpur seat of Punjab.

Contractual teachers get deputed on poll duty again

The election commission has asked the deputy commissioners-cum-district election officers to deploy contractual teachers on election duty on April 30. There are over 1,000 contractual teachers in the district, who have shown resentment towards the move.

Azad faces career's biggest challenge in Udhampur

Union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad is facing his career's biggest challenge in the Udhampur constituency, as this is the first Lok Sabha election he is fighting from his home state.

My simplicity, originality would help me connect with people: Upasana Singh

As kids, we often wrote essays on what we would do if we became political leaders. Taking a cue, HT asks celebrities to list out their plans, imagining themselves in the shoes of an MP.

Money power got Kulwant SAD ticket: Khaira

Punjab Pardesh Congress spokesperson Sukhpal Singh Khaira on Monday alleged that it was sheer money power of the Janata Land Promoters Limited (JLPL) that got Kulwant Singh SAD ticket from the Fatehgarh Sahib constituency. He said in 2006, Parkash Singh Badal had demanded a CBI probe against Kulwant Singh.

No signs of electioneering in slain ASI’s village

The elderly man sitting in the shade outside the front entrance of a house is engrossed in some deep thought and does not respond to the ‘Sat Shri Akal’ of a youth passing-by. It is only when someone goes and stands before him that he puts his one hand to a walking stick lying close-by and then looks in the direction of the visitor.

Cong rehabilitates Bhattal, Brar as campaign heads

After fielding its top guns, former Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh and Punjab Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa, in the Lok Sabha elections, the Congress on Monday tried to pitch for unity by rehabilitating some of its “stalwarts” as heads of the campaign and coordination panels for Punjab.

Capt, Jaitley keep tabs on each other’s ‘hits & misses’

In the hotlycontested Amritsar Lok Sabha seat, the Congress and the Akali-BJP alliance are busy playing spy games. The rival camps are spending as much time, if not more, on monitoring each other’s daily campaign schedule as on planning their own.

Amarinder Singh serves legal notice on Swamy

Amarinder Singh on Monday served legal notice on BJP leader Subramanian Swamy for his "malicious statements" alleging that he had committed "perjury" by not disclosing the foreign bank accounts of his wife and son in his nominations papers.

Noted candidates in Punjab may not cast vote for themselves

There are a few prominent candidates in the fray in Punjab who will not be able to vote for themselves from the seats they have been fielded from, as their names are enrolled in other constituencies.

Action sought against agents, luring Punjabis to US

The North American Punjabi Association (NAPA) has sought action against travel and immigration agents who lured over 100 Punjabi youths with dreams of settling in the US but who are now behind bars.
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