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In poll mould, Badal govt to

spruce up 72 Lambi villages

Muktsar, March 29- With the Assembly poll early next year, the cash-strapped state government is preparing to give a new look to all 72 villages in Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal's constituency Lambi.
On an average, Rs 3.5 crore is being spent on each village for carpeting streets, laying drainage lines and de-silting ponds, says Nawal Kumar, District Development and Panchayats Officer (DDPO), Muktsar.
These works, underway in 30 villages, will be taken up in 42 more villages in the next phase. The Punjab Mandi Board, the Rural Development Department and the PWD (B&R) are the executing agencies.
In Kangan Khera village, 82 houses are being constructed for poor families at an estimated cost of Rs 3.31 crore. “The works will be completed in four months and these villages will turn model villages,” says Nawal Kumar.
In contrast, other Assembly constituencies are to get Rs 25 crore each, which is not more than Rs 30-Rs 35 lakh per village, as announced by Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal in February.
At his Sangat Darshan functions in the Lambi constituency, the CM sanctions huge grants for various works such as gyms, drains, panchayat ghar and repair of schoolbuildings. He is scheduled to hold a series of such functions next month.
While the CM has officially adopted Rattakhera Vadda, Rattakhera Chhota, Kangan Khera in Lambi for development, his daughter-in-law and Union Minister Harsimrat Badal has adopted Mann village. Their native village Badal already wears the look of a town having a number of educational institutions, government buildings and wide roads.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) too has turned its focus on Lambi, much to the alarm of local Akali leaders.


Trump, Hillary share

spoils with rivals

Washington, March 7-Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders today clawed their way back into the hotly contested US presidential race by securing a pair of morale-boosting wins in a multi-state vote while Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton kept their frontrunner status intact by posting decisive victories in the key state of Louisiana.
In the Democratic camp, Hillary was jolted by Vermont Senator Sanders in Kansas and Nebraska but the 68-year-old former secretary of state bounced back to easily win Louisiana, seen as the big prize on 'Super Saturday'.
On the Republican side, Texas Senator Cruz scored decisive wins in the Kansas and Maine caucuses, demonstrating his enduring appeal among conservatives as he tried to reel Trump's significant lead in the Republican presidential race.
Trump, 69, contained Cruz's advances by winning in the delegate-rich states of Louisiana and Kentucky. But the Texas Senator's wins were sure to energise the anti-Trump forces who are desperately trying to stop Trump's march to the nomination, and they left little doubt that Cruz, who has now captured six states, is their best hope.
However, with today's result Trump and Hillary consolidated their lead in the race to the White House even as their rivals gave them a tough time by winning key states.
Trump registered an impressive win in Louisiana, the home State of Indian-American Bobby Jindal, and had a narrow win in Kentucky over Cruz.
"Thank you to Louisiana, and thank you to Kentucky," Trump said in Florida after he was projected to be the winner in Kentucky, where he led Cruz by four percentage points.
Hillary, who seems set to be the first woman presidential nominee of a major political party, decisively swept Louisiana, the weekend's big prize, with 59 Democratic delegates at stake compared to 37 for Kansas and 25 for Nebraska. But Hillary lost to Senator Sanders in Kansas and Nebraska.


Trump vows to bring back

jobs from China, India

Washington, February 23-Controversial Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has alleged that countries like China and India are taking away jobs from the US and vowed to bring them back for Americans. Trump made the remarks while predicting that he will earn a "tremendous amount" of support from African-Americans.
"You are seeing the stories when African-American leaders are saying, 'my people really like Trump' because I am going to bring jobs back from China, from Mexico, Japan and Vietnam and India...and all these places that are taking our jobs and I'am going to bring back jobs," he told CNN.
"I'm going to do great with the African-Americans. African-American youth is 58 per cent unemployed. African-Americans in their prime are substantially worse off than the whites in their prime, and it's a very sad situation," the 69-year-old said.
Trump, known for being openly critical of many countries like China, Mexico and Japan in many of his speeches, had last month said India is "doing great" but no one talks about it. Trump has a number of real estate interests in India.
His remarks yesterday came after his emphatic victory in the South Carolina primary. The victory gave him two wins and one second-place finish in the first three primaries and consolidated his front-runner billing.
Trump also predicted that the presidential contest will be between him and Hillary Clinton and they will bring out the "greatest turnout" in US history. "Frankly, if she (Clinton) gets indicted, that's the only way she's going to be stopped. I think it's going to be Hillary and myself," the real estate mogul said.
"They say it will be the largest voter turnout in the history of United States elections...we have such a low voter turnout compared to a lot of other countries so I think it will be the greatest voter turnout in history. If its Hillary against me, that is going to be a tremendous turnout...I am gonna win," Trump said.
The former reality TV star said he expects to win enough delegates to clinch the Republican nomination before the party's convention in July. "I don't think we're going to have a convention, a brokered convention. I think it's unlikely. I think I'm doing better than that," he said.
Trump also laid out his own road map to general election victory, pinpointing two states-Michigan and New York-that he said he would sweep into the Republican column. "I'll win states that aren't in play. I'll win states that Republicans don't even think of," Trump said.


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ਮਕਬੂਲੀਅਤ ਨੂੰ ਲੱਗਿਅਾ ਖ਼ੋਰਾ

ਵਾਸ਼ਿੰਗਟਨ, 20 ਫਰਵਰੀ- ਡੈਮੋਕਰੈਟਿਕ ਪਾਰਟੀ ਵੱਲੋਂ ਰਾਸ਼ਟਰਪਤੀ ਅਹੁਦੇ ਦੀ ਉਮੀਦਵਾਰੀ ਦੀ ਦਾਅਵੇਦਾਰ ਹਿਲੇਰੀ ਕਲਿੰਟਨ ਦੀ ਮਕਬੂਲੀਅਤ ਦਾ ਪੱਧਰ ਡਿੱਗਦਾ ਜਾ ਰਿਹਾ ਹੈ, ਜਦ ਕਿ ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਦੇ ਵਿਰੋਧੀ ਬਰਨੀ ਸੈਂਡਰਸ ਨੇ ਪਹਿਲੀ ਵਾਰ ਮਾਮੂਲੀ ਲੀਡ ਲੈ ਲਈ ਹੈ।
ਕੌਮੀ ਪੱਧਰ ’ਤੇ ਹੋਏ ਸਰਵੇਖਣ ਮੁਤਾਬਕ 74 ਸਾਲਾ ਸੈਂਡਰਜ਼ ਦਾ ਡੈਮੋਕਰੈਟਿਕ ਪਾਰਟੀ ਦੇ 47 ਫੀਸਦ ਵੋਟਰਾਂ ਨੇ ਸਮਰਥਨ ਕੀਤਾ ਹੈ, ਜਦ ਕਿ ਹਿਲੇਰੀ ਦੇ ਹੱਕ ਵਿੱਚ 44 ਫੀਸਦ ਲੋਕ ਹਨ। ਇਕ ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ 68 ਸਾਲਾ ਹਿਲੇਰੀ ਦਾ 49 ਫੀਸਦ ਪਾਰਟੀ ਵਰਕਰਾਂ ਨੇ ਸਮਰਥਨ ਕੀਤਾ ਸੀ। 27 ਫਰਵਰੀ ਨੂੰ ਦੱਖਣੀ ਕੈਰੋਲੀਨਾ ਵਿੱਚ ਵੋਟਾਂ ਤੋਂ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ ਫੌਕਸ ਨਿੳੂਜ਼ ਵੱਲੋਂ ਜਾਰੀ ਸਰਵੇਖਣ ਮੁਤਾਬਕ ਇਹ ਪਹਿਲੀ ਵਾਰ ਹੈ ਜਦੋਂ ਸੈਂਡਰਜ਼ ਨੇ ਹਿਲੇਰੀ ਤੋਂ ਲੀਡ ਲਈ ਹੈ। ਡੈਮੋਕਰੈਟਿਕ ਵੋਟਾਂ ਦਾ ਸਰਵੇ ਕਰਨ ਵਾਲੇ ਕ੍ਰਿਸ ਐਂਡਰਸਨ ਨੇ ਕਿਹਾ ਕਿ ਇਸ ਸਰਵੇਖਣ ਤੋਂ ਸਾਫ਼ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਹਿਲੇਰੀ ਆਪਣਾ ਸਮਰਥਨ ਗੁਆ ਰਹੀ ਹੈ। ਦੂਜੇ ਪਾਸੇ ਰਿਪਬਲਿਕਨਾਂ ਵਿੱਚ ਡੋਨਲਡ ਟਰੰਪ 36 ਫੀਸਦ ਵੋਟਾਂ ਨਾਲ ਅੱਗੇ ਹੈ ਜਦ ਕਿ ਟੈਕਸਸ ਦਾ ਸੈਨੇਟਰ ਟੈਡ ਕਰੂਜ਼ 19 ਫੀਸਦ ਨਾਲ ਦੂਜੇ ਸਥਾਨ ’ਤੇ ਹੈ।


Trump tones down before

New Hampshire primary

Plymouth, February 9- US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump came to Plymouth in the New Hampshire mountains on Sunday and promised to lower prescription drug prices, improve education and help heroin addicts get treatment.
It was a day after he told a Republican debate audience that he did not want to leave poor people "dying in the streets", and won praise by some pundits for delivering a restrained performance in which he largely avoided skewering his rivals.
It is not as if Trump, notorious for his inflammatory, demolition-derby style, has suddenly gone soft. At the same event in Plymouth, he reaffirmed his support for reviving the waterboarding of terrorism suspects and, if necessary, doing "much worse". He mocked "poor Jeb Bush" and talked about the "stupid people" running the government.
But the past week has revealed a mellower Trump who seems less interested in slashing and burning his way to his party's nomination for the election and more willing to view his competitors with equanimity.
His campaign has been working to moderate his image, showing another side of the boastful billionaire businessman whose candidacy has alarmed the Republican establishment and has been marked by calls for the deportation of illegal immigrants and temporarily banning Muslims from entering the US.
The effort began in earnest in Iowa, when Trump brought in an evangelical leader as a character witness, used his children as surrogates and stood on stage with his wife, Melania, who has been rarely seen on the campaign trail.
Ahead of New Hampshire's pivotal primary on Tuesday in which Trump leads in opinion polls, he has shared painful personal stories, stopped at diners to shake hands with patrons, and tried sending the message that despite his massive wealth and brash manner, he is a regular Joe.
 "He's much more of an ordinary guy than (voters) would ever expect," Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., said at a campaign stop in Tipton, New Hampshire. "He's a down-to-earth guy."


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