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Congress to improve tally in Punjab, says Shakeel Ahmad

Claiming that the Congress will improve its tally of seats from eight in Punjab, AICC general secretary and Punjab Congress Affairs incharge Shakeel Ahmad on Friday said the Congress decision to field senior leaders had made the SAD-BJP alliance in Punjab panic.

Internal strife may have dented Cong prospects

Haryana Congress president Ashok Tanwar on Friday admitted to have received feedback from at least three parliamentary constituencies that saw internal strife during the recently-concluded polls, which he feared could mar the party’ winning prospect.

My Daffodils, poet's envy

It is again that season when trees are dressed in their best new leaves and colourful flowers to attract the cuckoos. The pleasant weather that invites you out to enjoy this bliss of nature takes me back to March 1993, when I had just started my career as a trainee engineer at a village near Pinjore. Writes Sanjeev Bhatla.

SAD gathering 1 lakh for April 24, BJP moves date of Modi rally

There seems to be a lack of communication between alliance partners Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the date of Narendra Modi rally in Punjab, as they expect the BJP prime ministerial candidate on different days.

Jaitley hears villagers’ woes on Indo-pak border

Taking a break from campaigning in urban areas, Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) Amritsar candidate Arun Jaitley on Friday moved to the villages along the Indo-Pak fence to get first-hand information of the border-area woes. At Dhariwal Udhar village, Jaitley, accompanied by senior Akali leader.

‘Goonda tax’ legalised in name of inactive quarries

Here is a tip for Punjab’s special investigation team (SIT) probing the mafia role in the mining trade for almost a year now: visit the official quarries in Rupnagar that remain non-operational, even as royalty receipts are being issued for the shipping of raw material shown as extracted from there.

Ayali's comment on women safety draws flak

By commenting that women should be careful while visiting places that are “dark and insecure” in the city, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) candidate for the Lok Sabha polls, Manpreet Singh Ayali has kicked up storm. He made the comment during a debate organised by the Ludhiana Management Association (LMA) on Thursday evening.

Photo-op hungry cops hold up bank cash car for six hours

Under pressure from the state election commission to perform in the run-up to the Lok Sabha polls, the city police on Friday stopped a car carrying cash of UCO Bank and did not let off the vehicle for hours even as the employees concerned produced the documents.

Women need to be empowered: Soni

Congress candidate from Anandpur Sahib constituency Ambika Soni addressed a number of public meetings in Chamkaur Sahib assembly segment as part of her campaigning on Friday. She addressed a meet at Cholta village, Navipur, Najheri, Rodda, Rattangarh, Garanagan, Datarpur, Badwal, Behwalpur.

Mystery shrouds woman's death; 3 booked

Corpse of a married woman hanging from a ceiling fan at her house in Mullana was reportedly found under mysterious circumstances on Thursday night. The deceased has been identified as Manju Rani (28) and was married to Pardeep Kumar, employer at a private engineering college.

Auto driver, aide held for outraging modesty of woman

The local police have arrested auto driver and his aide for allegedly making an attempt to outrage modesty of a 22-year-old married woman on Friday. The police said the victim, who had been working in IT park, had hired an auto to her residence in Baltana.

Battle of contrasts unfolds in Anantnag

From those with law and medicaldegrees to one middle school pass out, from crorepatis to one with less than Rs. 1,000 in his bank account -- it is a battle of contrasts in this Lok Sabha seat where PDP's Mehbooba Mufti is challenging sitting MP from ruling NC, Mirza Mehboob Beg.

PDP accuses EC of failure to act against NC

Opposition Peoples Democratic Party on Friday accused the Election Commission of failure to take action against the ruling National Conference and its leaders for alleged repeated violations of the Model Code of Conduct.

Vigorous efforts needed to make Indian varsities world class: Lord Paul

NRI industrialist Lord Swraj Paul on Friday underlined the need for vigorous efforts to make Indian universities world class, saying the fundamental component of long-term economic health will depend largely on skilled work force to meet the challenge ahead.

Punhana conflict ends with hugs

After five days, the Haryana authorities lifted the curfew on Punhana town in Mewat on Wednesday. The clampdown was imposed after a 22-year-old Meo Muslim man was found dead with a bullet in his head on Friday. On Wednesday a panchayat was called at the Punhana police station.
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