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HindustanTimes Sat,19 Apr 2014

Patiala

300 families to boycott Lok Sabha elections

Hundreds of residents of ward no 17 in Humayunpur village on Friday staged a protest at the railway road, Sirhind, and decided to boycott the Lok Sabha elections. They said ward no 17 in Humayunpur village had been neglected as no development works had been carried out in the area ever since the notification of wards in 1997.

Keeping rally tobacco free a Herculean task

Besides ensuring adequate arrangements for VVIP politicians, keeping the political rally tobacco- free seems to be another Herculean task for Punjab police guards.

Capt Amarinder, an outsider for Patiala: Sukhbir

Sukhbir Singh Badal, president of the Shiromani Akali Dal and deputy chief minister, on Friday said Captain Amarinder Singh, being a part-time politician, was an outsider for his Patiala assembly constituency too.

Rakhi Birla holds road show for Dr Dharamvir Gandhi

AAP leader Rakhi Birla visit to Patiala came as major embarrassment for the local unit after Birla reached city four hours late than scheduled time. This made Dr Dharamvir Gandhi, AAP candidate from Patiala, to start the road show on his own as Birla failed to turn up at the scheduled time.

Farmers protest against delay in wheat purchase

Agitated over the delay in wheat purchase in the grain markets of the district, a large number of farmers staged a protest and blocked the Chandigarh-Bathinda NH-64 for five hours here on Friday.

'SAD to release manifesto on April 21'

The ruling Shiromani Akali Dal on Friday said it had finalised its manifesto and it would be released on April 21 at Bathinda. Polling in all 13 seats of the state will take place on April 30.

Gujarat model of development is sham: Preneet

Union minister and Congress candidate from Patiala Preneet Kaur on Friday said the hype created by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that Narendra Modi is the "economic saviour" who can only bring prosperity is a "fallacy".

Sonia, Rahul cannot save Cong: Badal

Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) patron and Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday said Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi canvassing for the Congress candidates in Punjab could not save the party's sinking ship.

Intermittent rain stalls wheat procurement, farmers worried

Unfavourable weather conditions continued to bother farmers even at the fag end of rabi season. The intermittent rainfall on Wednesday morning not only stalled the procurement process and lifting work of wheat at various grain markets, but also leaves farmers and officials sulking.

413 polling stations marked hypersensitive

The Patiala district administration has marked 414 polling booths as "hyper sensitive", while 239 polling stations have been declared "sensitive".

Preneet responds to Majithia's allegations

Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur today responded to the allegations leveled on her by Punjab minister Bikramjit Singh Majithia for not helping the Punjabis languishing in foreign countries during her tenure.

EC clean chit to Fatehgarh Sahib and Ludhiana administrations

The Election Commission (EC) has removed the current expenditure observer Mahesh Yadav and appointed Nabarun Dhar, who works with Indian Defence Accounts Service (IDAS), as a new expenditure observer for the Fatehgarh Sahib constituency.

To keep his detractors at bay, Singla tries to appease Capt

Worried over differences within the party rank and file that may hamper his poll prospects, sitting Congress MP from the Sangrur parliamentary constituency Vijay Inder Singla has been trying his best to win support of former Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh and his loyalists in Sangrur.

Modi need not apologise for Gujarat riots: Sukhbir

Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president and Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Wednesday said there was no need for Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi to apologise for the 2002 Gujarat riots.

Rs 2-lakh fine for carrying 2 bottles

In what will deflate the spirits of liquor traffickers, for carrying two bottles of liquor amid poll restrictions, booze lovers had to pay 2 lakh to the excise and taxation department here as penalty. After they had paid the fine, the men were released and given back their car.
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