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Keeping watch on UP, Haryana politics

Keeping watch on UP, Haryana politics

SANGRUR: With majority of women of Bakhtara and Bakhtari villages belonging to Uttar Pradesh and Haryana, they are mostly found discussing politics of these states. They are also getting calls from supporters of various politicians, requesting them to convince their families back home to vote for them. Both villages are dominated by the Rajput community. “I am not much aware of Punjab politics, but I know a lot about UP politicians. There are many UP women here, so we mostly discuss its politics,” said Suman Devi, who hails from Saharanpur. After finishing their daily chores, they often make calls to their parents and other relatives in UP and Haryana to know the latest. Sometimes, there is a debate among supporters of different parties based in UP and Haryana like the BSP and INLD and even forget that they are now the residents of Punjab.

Badal’s visit to mall surprises all

Muktsar: Veteran Akali leader and former CM Parkash Singh Badal recently made a surprise visit to a shopping mall in Malout and had coffee at a café. Accompanied by some party leaders, he also went to a restaurant and a gym there. Notably, Sukhbir Badal keeps visiting such places and is a known movie buff, but this was a rare occasion when Badal Senior visited a mall. It even surprised those who know the Badals from years. “The Badals are unpredictable. They can surprise you by visiting public places. You never know where the veteran leader shows up next,” said someone close to the Badal family, while replying to a query regarding the purpose behind this surprise visit.

Siblings make it to book of records

Fatehgarh Sahib: Two siblings from the district earned the distinction of having their name in the India Book of Records. While Kamaldeep Singh (7) is the “youngest child with extensive general knowledge”, his younger sister Mandeep Kaur (5) is the “kid with sharp brain”. Residents of remote Dadheri village in the district, their parents Sukhjinder Singh and Gurjinder Kaur are daily wage earners. Dr Prashant Kumar Goyal, Deputy Commissioner, felicitated the children for their achievement. The siblings are excellent in academics and are doing well in various other activities. Kamaldeep has the tendency to memorise anything he reads. He answers to all queries within seconds about the activities related with global politicians, sportspersons and other famous personalities. 

Scientists in the making

Chandigarh: Three students from Punjab have been selected for 15-day Yuva Vigyani Karyakram (YUVIKA) of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). Two among the selected students for interaction with top scientists of the country are government school students. Those who made it to the final list, out of 50 shortlisted in the state are Lovepreet Kaur of Government Middle School, Toorbanjara (Sangrur), Anjali of Government High School, Saidpur (SBS Nagar), and Abza Dorbala of Kamla Nehru Public School, Chak Hakim (near Phagwara).

Wooing back Panthic voters

Amritsar: To woo Panthic vote bank, the SAD’s press release issued after rallies at Attari and Rajasansi earlier this week claimed that party president Sukhbir Singh Badal never starts his day without reciting Gurbani and never ends the day without praying before the Guru, no matter how busy he is. The press release also claimed that Sukhbir has “parkash” of Guru Granth Sahib at his home in Delhi, Chandigarh and Badal village. “It gives me immense spiritual and moral strength to pray with concentration and with pure soul,” Sukhbir was quoted. It seems that the party is desperate to woo back Panthic voters who had drifted away from the SAD following pardon to dera chief and sacrilege incidents in the state.

SVEEP icon Jassar

Fatehgarh Sahib: Punjabi singer and actor Tarsem Jassar has named district icon under Sveep (Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation) programme. Jaspreet Singh, Additional District Electoral Officer-cum-Additional Deputy Commissioner recently handed him a letter in this regard. Jassar has a large number of followers on social media so he can play an important role in motivating people to register themselves as voters and cast their vote. Jassar said he would fulfil the responsibility assigned to him with the best of his ability to strengthening the democratic system. Besides, the administration is also in touch with Sufi singer Satinder Sartaj to organise a show to motivate young voters, said the ADC.

MLA gets PA from children’s home 

Ferozepur: After taking almost 120 inmates of an orphanage in the town to witness the Vidhan Sabha proceedings during the Budget session, Congress MLA from Ferozepur (Urban) Parminder Singh Pinki has now adopted one of them as his “personal assistant”. His initiative has been appreciated by many. Terming the MLA as a Good Samaritan, Shammi, the newly inducted PA, said more politicians should come forward with such gestures to serve the needy and downtrodden. “Many of them claim to serve the humanity, but only a few follow it,” said Shammi.

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