01122017-JTR-01.qxd 12/1/2017 12:59 AM Page 1 FRIDAY | 1 DECEMBER 2017 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Science & technology ‘Be proud of Bollywood’ A voice that matters Innovation hub opens to boost scientific approach in Science city, Kapurthala P2 Cameron Bailey might like all kinds of films, including our very own PK and Dangal. P3 On World AIDS Day, television actors share how their voice matters in the fight against this deadly disease. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 25°C MIN 08°C | YESTERDAY MAX 25°C MIN 09°C | SUNSET FRIDAY 5.21 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 7.03 AM Municipal election on December 17 State Election Commission announces election schedule; voting through EVMs Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 30 The municipal elections to elect the General House for the Municipal Corporation of Jalandhar (MCJ) will be held on December 17. The voting will take place through electronic voting machines (EVMs) and the result of the poll will be declared on the same day. The MCJ, formed in 1977, has been divided into 80 wards in the new delimitation plan notified recently. Along with this, the political parties too have geared up to select their candidates to contest the civic elections. Kulwant Singh Mannan elected SAD district resident After much hullaballoo, the Shiromani Akali dal (SAD) finally announced former Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) member Kulwant Singh Mannan as its district president. The Akali Dal was facing wrath from its alliance party BJP due to the delay in the formation of the district unit. Due to this, the BJP was claiming more seat share from the Akali Dal compared to its 65:35 ratio in the last municipal elections. Speaking to The Tribune, BJP district president Ramesh Sharma said it was illogical of the Akali Dal to seek more seat share, especially when our voters base is MUNICIPAL CORPORATION, JALANDHAR RO Sub Divisional Magistrate II District Revenue Officer ARO District Mandi Officer Block Development and Panchayat Officer Jalandhar West Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner Jalandhar II Naib Tehsildar Adampur Naib Tehsildar Jalandhar I SDE Public Health JDA Jalandhar Naib Tehsildar Jalandhar II 7-14, 16-17 and 56 15,18-20, 48-52 and 67-68 21-31 32-42 43-47 and 72-78 RO Assistant Commissioner (Grievances) Sub Divisional Magistrate Phillaur Tehsildar Phillaur Sub Divisional Magistrate Shahkot ARO Naib Tehsildar Bhogpur Naib Tehsildar Goraya Naib Tehsildar Nurmahal Tehsildar Shahkot MUNICIPAL COMMITTEE/ WARDS Bhogpur/ 13 Goraya/ 13 Bilga/ 13 Shahkot/ 13 much higher than them in the urban area. Also, what wonders can the new district unit do with barely 16 days left for the elections,” said Sharma. However, quashing the possibility of the BJP and the Akali Dal to contest independently, SAD leader Bibi Jagir Kaur said leaders at the local level cannot decide the alliance of two major political parties. “The decision will be taken at the higher level and the SADBJP will contest the elections together,” said Kaur. Also, Manan added that while the BJP-Akali would contest the elections together, it would be on the same seat sharing ratio of 65:35 as in the Assembly elections. “We will not let any difference coming up on seat sharing between our old alliance group. We will solve it amicably,” said Mannan. “We have not signed any 100-year lease agreement with the SAD for the alliance partnership in the state. The consent and wish of the party workers is of supreme concern of every political party,” said Sharma. When asked about the mood of workers in Jalandhar, Sharma, however, refused to comment and said that the state unit was made aware about the issue and it would be dealt accordingly. However, sources informed that the party leaders had made two separate lists of the probable candidates from each of the 80 wards at the district unit level and also at the MLA Executive Magistrate Jalandhar Sub Divisional Magistrate Jalandhar I Tehsildar Jalandhar I Secretary RTA Jalandhar Tehsildar Jalandhar II WARD NUMBERS 1-6 and 57-62 53-55, 63-66, 69-71 and 79-80 MUNICIPAL COMMITTEES Beauties all It’s BJP district president vs BJP MLAs Surprisingly, the BJP is not only fighting with the Akali Dal over the seat-sharing issue but also within over the issue. According to sources, while the MLAs, including Punjab’s former cabinet minister Manoranjan Kalia and KD Bhandari had recommended to contest the elections on the earlier ratio of 65:35 with the Akali Dal, the district unit, headed by Ramesh Sharma, had opposed it. SEC appoints ROs The State Election Commission on Thursday appointed Returning Officers (ROs) and Assistant Returning officers (AROs) for the smooth conduct of the coming polls of Municipal Corporation Jalandhar (MCJ) and four Municipal Committees scheduled to take place on December 17. Jalandhar Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma said Sub-Divisional Magistrate II and District Mandi Officer would be RO and ARO, respectively, of ward number 1-6 and 57-62. Likewise, District Revenue Officer and Block Development and Panchayat Officer Jalandhar West would be RO and ARO, respectively, of ward number 53-55, 63-66, 69-71 and 79-80. The Executive Magistrate Jalandhar and Assistant Excise and Taxation Commis- sioner Jalandhar II would be the RO and the ARO of ward numbers 7-14, 16-17 and 56. Also, the Sub-Divisional Magistrate Jalandhar I and Naib Tehsildar Adampur would be the RO and the ARO of ward numbers 15,1820, 48-52 and 67-68. Tehsildar Jalandhar I and Naib Tehsildar Jalandhar I would be the RO and the ARO of ward number 21-31. Secretary RTA Jalandhar and SDE Public Health JDA Jalandhar would RO and ARO of ward number 32-42 and Tehsildar Jalandhar II and Naib Tehsildar Jalandhar II would be RO and ARO of ward number 43-47 and 72-78. Assistant Commissioner (Grievances) and Naib Tehsildar Bhogpur would be RO and ARO of all the 13 wards of Bhogpur, Sub Divisional Magistrate Phillaur and Naib Tehsildar Goraya would be the RO and the ARO of all 13 wards of Goraya, Tehsildar Phillaur and Naib Tehsildar Nurmahal would be RO and ARO of all the 13 wards of Bilga and Sub Divisional Magistrate Shahkot and Tehsildar Shahkot would be the RO and the ARO of all the 13 wards of Shahkot. Sharma has asked all officials to perform their duty diligently to ensure free, fair and transparent elections for civic bodies. He said that any sort of callousness in performing duty will not be tolerated. Wives of 2 councillor-turned-MLAs in fray Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service The cast and crew of the upcoming Punjabi film ‘Hard Kaur’ in Jalandhar on Thursday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH level to recommend it further to the central leadership for the final selection. Manoranjan Kalia said the BJP district unit had been assigned the task to make recommendations and to finalise the order of the winnability of probable candidates. He said the BJP state president Vijay Sampla and SAD president Sukhbir Badal were meeting on December 2 at Chandigarh to decide the further plan of action. Jalandhar, November 30 As the contest among candidates from the ruling Congress party turned hotter, with more than 500 applications from 80 wards of the Municipal Corporation (MC) election reaching the office of the District Congress Committee (DCC) till today, the wives of two councillorturned-MLAs from the party applying for ticket have made the contest all the more interesting. While Sunita Rinku, wife of Jalandhar West MLA Sushil Rinku, had taken form for seeking ticket yesterday, today Uma Beri, wife of Jalandhar Central MLA Rajinder Beri, too, declared her keenness to contest. While Uma is a sitting councillor, Sunita was a Aruna Chaudhary to head Cong panel 6-month RI in drugs case hoshiarpur: The court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Sandeep Kumar Singla has convicted Navdeep Kumar Gola, a resident of ward No. 6 Tanda, for peddling drugs and sentenced him to six months’ imprisonment and a fine of Rs 10,000. If he is unable to pay the fine, he would have to undergo an additional imprisonment for one month, said the court. On January 7, 2015, the Tanda police had launched a special checking campaign on the Kotali turn. During the drive, 30 gm of white narcotic powder was recovered from Navdeep Kumar Gola. The police arrested him and lodged an FIR under the NDPS Act against him. OC jalandhar: The Rural police on Thursday arrested three drug smugglers from Ludhiana with 125 gm of heroin. The accused were identified as Malkit Singh (35), Satnam Singh (38) and Jawinder Singh (24). The police lodged the case under Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act. TNS Villager killed in mishap Uma Beri Congress ex-MLA Raj Kumar Gupta’s son Pawan Gupta, too, wants to re-contest as a councillor and has put his claim from ward 72. Another prominent name in the kinship which is likely to emerge is that of last Mayor Sunil Jyoti’s son, Raghav. It is learnt that while Jyoti himself is not interested in re-contest, he wants his son to enter Continued on page 2 Hoshiarpur: An inmate, serving life term in the Central jail here for killing his wife, allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling fan in the cell where he had been kept this evening. He was lodged alone in the cell after he had a scuffle with an inmate in his barrack this morning. Manpreet Singh of Moga had been lodged in the jail for two years and on May 31 this year, was convicted for the murder. Deputy jail superintendant Harbhajan Singh said Manpreet had a scuffle with one of his comates in the barrack where he was lodged. When the jail staff tried to control him, he assaulted them too. Later, he was controlled and lodged in the cell in the morning. In the afternoon, guards found him hanging from the ceiling fan of the cell with a bed sheet. He was taken to hospital, but was declared dead. OC 3 held with 125 gm of heroin A three-member panel, including Congress minister Aruna Chaudhary, Jalandhar MP Chaudhary Santokh Singh and officiating DCC president Daljit Singh Ahluwalia, will shortlist the candidates for the MC polls. She is expected to be here on December 2, which will be the first day of the filing of the nomination papers. The first list of the candidates is expected to be out on December 3. On the second day today, more than 500 applicants took forms for 80 wards of the MC, which implies that there are more than six candidates of the Congress in the fray from each ward. Of the total applicants, 55 deposited back the filled-up forms to the DCC. councillor in the last tenure. All eyes are now on whether the party gives a nod to their candidature. Meanwhile, Parminder Pannu, sister-in-law of Jalandhar Cantonment Congress MLA Pargat Singh, too, is set to re-contest this time, though from the SAD side. He is reportedly also keen on getting tickets for some youth leaders associated with him. Lifer found hanging in cell Phagwara: Kuldip Singh of Bhaghana village was killed in an accident in the fields on Wednesday. He was working on a tractor trailer when the mishap occurred. He was brought to local Civil Hospital where he was declared brought dead. OC Three held for peddling drugs Sunita Rinku Phillaur: The Phillaur police have arrested three persons for allegedly peddling drugs and recovered 151 gm of intoxicant powder from them.They were identified as Rajat, Guriqbal Singh and Gurbir Singh. Rajat was nabbed with 45 gm of intoxicant powder at a checkpoint near Chhechhewal village, while Gurbir Singh and Guriqbal were arrested with with 54 gm and 52 gm of intoxicant powder, respectively, at a naka near Saifabad village, the police said. OC Over 1,900 HIV positive patient deaths reported since 2006 Amit Kumar is Nawanshahr DC Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Nawanshahr, November 30 Amit Kumar here today assumed the office of the Deputy Commissioner (DC). Earlier, he was Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Amritsar. He joined the Indian Administrative Service in 2008 and has served as the DC of Pathankot and Gurdaspur. He was accorded a warm welcome by officials of the district and presented a Guard of Honour by the district police. Amit Kumar said besides routine public meetings, he would like to hear the public grievances under a new and improved system on every Tuesday. He said his aim would be to make SBS Nagar progressive in every field, by implementing welfare schemes or other public interest policies like the implementation of Mahatma Gandhi Sarbat Vikas Yojna. Expediting the acquisition and other construction-related work of four-laning of the PhagwaraNawanshahr-Ropar road would also be done on a priority basis, he added. — TNS 24/7 water supply in Jalandhar, K’thala areas Page2 Jalandhar, November 30 The HIV virus has claimed as many as 2,000 lives in the district since 2006. A whopping 1,963 HIV positive patients, registered with the ART centre in the district, have died ever since the setting up of the ART centre. Of these, 1,316 patients were on the ART, 647 of them were not taking the ART when they died. Of the total HIV positive patients who have died in the district, as many as 1,434 are men, 473 women and 53 children. Among the 53 children, 27 are boys and 26 girls. Of these, five persons who died are trans-genders. While as many as 8,020 persons have so far been regis- Students participate in an awairness rally on AIDS in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO tered in the district, of these 5,412 have been initiated on the ART and 3,612 are alive c m y b on the ART. These patients are from across districts in Doaba. In Jalandhar district alone, as many as 3,940 patients have been registered at the ART centre, of these 2,696 have been initiated on the ART and 1,568 are alive on the ART. Of the total patients registered in the district, 801 were registered in the year 2015-16, 831 in 2016-17 and as many as 576 this year from April to October. The total children registered in the district have been 466 (272 males and 194 females) until now. As many as 127 HIV positive women have been reported in the district from 2015 until now. As many as 38 were reported in the year 2015-16, 52 in the year 2016-17 and 37 were reported this year so far. While the OPD at the district ART centre receives a whopping 300 patients in a day at times, the centre currently only has one medical officer. The centre needs a Medical Officer and a senior medical officer. With the post of the medical officer at the OST centre also having been vacant for the past over six months, the MO of the ART centre is currently doubling up for both posts. Dr Swaijit Singh, medical officer, ART Centre, Jalandhar, said, “We have a growing OPD and the patients are currently growing in number. There has certainly been no decrease in the patients being reported at the ART centre. We also need a pharmacist. However, call for interviews of the staff needed shall be made shortly. Till then, we are making do with the posts we have.” More stories page 2
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