02122017-JTR-01.qxd 12/2/2017 12:14 AM Page 1 SATURDAY | 2 DECEMBER 2017 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE HIV patients Of dreams & reality ‘Comedy is serious business’ Contracted HIV from spouses, it’s all grey for three women. Children of two of them, too, infected. P2 Meeting thespians Supriya Pathak and Pankaj Kapur in Chandigarh, one can garner pearls of wisdom. P3 Ashwini Kalsekar has joined the cast of Sony SAB’s comedy show PartnersTrouble Ho Gayi Double. P4 FORECAST SUNNY | MAX 24°C MIN 06°C | YESTERDAY MAX 25°C MIN 08°C | SUNSET SATURDAY 5.25 PM SUNRISE SUNDAY 7.10 AM War of wards: Nominations for MC poll to begin today Tribune News Service JALANDHAR VOTES 2017 Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service Jalandhar, December 1 The nominations for the municipal elections will begin from December 2 in the city. The State Election Commission (SEC) has fixed 11 am to 3 pm as the time to fill nominations for the Municipal Corporation of Jalandhar (MCJ) and four municipal committees of Jalandhar district, including Bilga, Nurmahal, Bhogpur and Shahkot. Deputy Commissionercum-Chief Electoral Officer, Jalandhar, Varinder Kumar Sharma, said in pursuance of the provisions contained in Section 35 of the Punjab State Election Commission Act, 1994 (Punjab Act No.19 of 1994), the State Election Commission, Punjab, has decided that nominations would be filed from December 2-6. The scrutiny of the nominations would be held on December 7 and the candidates could withdraw their nominations by December 8. The polling for the civic bodies would take place on December 17 from 8 am to 4 pm. As per the accordance with the instructions contained in the Presiding Officers Diary Instruction 69, all electors present at the polling station at the hour of the close of the poll would be A large number of Congress workers seek forms to apply for party tickets for MC elections in Jalandhar on Friday; and (right) BJP workers flock the new party office. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: MALKAIT/SARABJIT entitled to cast their votes. The counting of votes will take place after the close of the poll on the polling station itself. Admin fails to provide voters’ list Even though the final nomination process will begin from December 2, a huge confusion prevails over the finalisation of the voters’ list. While it is mandatory for a candidate to attach the voters’ list of his respective ward along with his nomination form, the district administration is yet to provide the list of all wards to the political parties. According to the BJP’s district president Ramesh Sharma, he could only get voters list of 14 wards till late evening. “I am told to wait for another few hours to get the complete list of all the wards,” said Sharma. However, Congress District President (Urban), Daljit Singh Ahluwalia said he too could not receive voters’ list of all wards as there was a huge rush at the printing press. “Only one contractor has got the tender to print voter list of all the districts in Punjab. Due to this, the printing job got delayed. But we will get it by late evening,” said Ahluwalia. Probable candidates flood party, MCJ office The probable candidates flocked to the offices of their respective parties to stake their claim in their respective ward. Also, over 319 candidates have already applied for the no-objection Tale of two mothers – entwined in bitter feud ADDICTION WOES Aparna Banerji certificate (NOC) from the MCJ for clearing their public utility dues. Out of this, 238 have already got the NOC by Friday. To facilitate the candidates, the MCJ office will remain open on Saturday and Sunday as well to grant the NOC to the probable candidates. Manna holds meeting with Sukhbir Badal The newly elected district president Kulwant Singh Manna today held a meeting with SAD President Sukhbir Badal to get the final approval of the candidates for the municipal polls. When asked, Manna told The Tribune that the list had been finalised and the candidates would file their nominations form tomorrow. AAP finalises 25 candidates The Aam Aadmi party (AAP) on Friday finalised candidates for 25 municipal wards. According to AAP district president Babbu Neelkanth, the remaining candidates will also be decided soon. The party had formed an eight-member election committee that included MLA Harmeet Hayer from Barnala, MLA Harpal Cheema from Dirba, AAP Doaba president Paramjit Sachdeva, Doaba zonal observer Kuldeep Dhaliwal, election observer Ajay Sharma, general secretary Mandeep Dhir and Sukhdeep Apra and Babbu Neelkanth. At present, three of the AAP’s former councilors, including Darshan Bhagat, Hansraj Rana and Balkishen Bali, are expected to contest again by fielding their wives, two more new faces were also finalised on Friday. The parties are not opening their cards till last moment, fearing hijacking of candidates by other parties. ECI extends deadline for door-to-door survey In order to facilitate the people to get themselves enrolled as voters, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has extended the deadline for door-todoor survey of the voters to be conducted by the booth level officers (BLOs) till December 15. DC Varinder Kumar Sharma said as per the instructions of the ECI the BLOs would carry on the door-to- Job of a Mayor is a thankless one, says Jai Kishan Saini Tribune News Service unsafe. I shall try to send them away to another city or abroad as soon as they are able to take care of themselves. There is no future for them in the village.” While Sanmeet’s son was HIV positive, she maintains it was only TB. Grieving over her son, Sanmeet says, “He took drugs, but I didn’t know he would go so suddenly. My husband also died a few years ago and now my only hope is to bring up my grandsons and to protect them from this evil which afflicts our village.” Jeevan, who sits with her 23-year-old in her courtyard, says two of her sons live elsewhere in Punjab. But she is only worried for Sunny’s well-being. “He has been ill for the past many days. His lips have been quivering since morning. He doesn’t eat anything. A few days ago, he fell unconscious in the morning and in the evening, began screaming in his room. But now he is Road mishap: 2 killed, 1 injured Phagwara: Two women were killed and a man was seriously injured in an accident between a Maruti and a Bolero car near Jagjitpur village on Friday. The accident took place on the Phagwara-Hoshiarpur road on Friday evening. The injured Ludhiana resident, Kunal, who was admitted in local Civil Hospital told the police that he was returning to Ludhiana from Hoshiarpur with his wife Renuka and grandmother Krishna Devi when the speeding Bolero car collided with his car, which caught fire after the accident. The Bolero driver managed to escape from the car. The police has registered a case against the Bolero driver. OC Jalandhar’s first Mayor says these are poles apart Deepkamal Kaur The entry gate to Saloh village in Nawanshahr. SARABJIT SINGH door survey of the voters till December 15 to enable more and more people to get registered as voters. Also, the district administration will hold special camps on November 19 and November 26 (both Sunday) at booth levels for receiving claims and objections. He said the forms for all claims and objections would be available free of cost at the offices of registration officers/assistant registration officers. The BLOs would go door to door till December 15 to collect information of eligible voters in format I to VIII regarding enrolled voters, NRI voters and information regarding the youngsters who would be attaining the age of 18 on January 1, 2018. Jalandhar, December 1 The Jalandhar Commissionerate Police today busted a gang of snatchers with the arrest of three persons allegedly involved in 53 incidents of snatching in Jalandhar and Kapurthala districts. During checking at Nangal Lohara Chowk, the police party spotted the three youths coming on two motorcycles. When the cops signalled them to stop for checking, they took a U-turn to run away from the place, but were nabbed by the police. During investigation, the Continued on page 2 MC POLLS THEN AND NOW Tribune News Service Nawanshahr (Saloh), December 1 Embattled and living in the shadow of HIV, the strain of addiction has enveloped two families at Saloh village in a bitter feud. Sanmeet Kaur (65), who lost her son to AIDS a year ago, sits at her home, waiting for her two grandsons to return from school. Her daughter-in-law left her husband and sons about seven years ago. Ironically, she quit her family – an upper caste Jat family - to wed into a Dalit family which, in turn, is riddled with drugs. While Sanmeet’s son has died, one of the three sons of the Dalit family is neck deep in addiction — the two families are entwined in a bitter feud. Jeevan Rani (55) (the current mother-in-law of Sanmeet’s eloped daughter-inlaw) sits in her courtyard with her son Sunny (23). With bloodshot eyes and barely able to sit straight Sunny, who has been to jail many times, says he has left drugs. Sanmeet Kaur says, “I’m left to fend for my two grandsons. My daughter-inlaw left our family to go into another hell. She now lives in Barnala, but her brotherin-law is an addict. The village knows his acts. My grandsons pass through the same way and often encounter the sons of that woman (Jeevan). They also tried to block their way a couple of times. We feel Gang of snatchers busted Jalandhar, December 1 It used to be an altogether a different game then, recalls the first Mayor of Jalandhar Jai Kishan Saini (82). “A barely Rs 60 crore annual budget (10 times higher now), only four women councillors (no reservation then) and a population of less than 4 lakh (it’s 2.5 times now)”, Saini went into a flashback mode drawing comparisons and better. I don’t know what to do or where to take him,” says Jeevan. While Sunny’s face is full of marks, he sits quietly, speaking occasionally. He says while he had been tested in jail, his tests came out fine. When asked why she doesn’t take him for a check-up, Jeevan says, “How do I take him. I’m all alone. I have been asking him to see a doctor, but he is reluctant.” While these two families are only two of among the long list of families in the village which have kin battling addiction and HIV, the lack of knowledge regarding the disease and denial have made things worse for the village. There are homes where people are scared to let their sons associate with neighbours fearing they shall contract HIV. Since no one knows who might be HIV positive – among many HIV is disguised as TB and Heptatitis C – people are scared of associating with each other. c m y b The first Mayor of Jalandhar, Jai Kishan Saini, at his house at Rajinder Nagar in city. TRIBUNE PHOTO:MALKIAT SINGH recounting his experiences as the first citizen of Jalandhar between 1991 and 1996. “Our era was different. We commanded much more respect in those days. Unlike now, the Deputy Commissioner and SSP used to come to my office to discuss issues. Even the Divisional Commissioner used to visit my place for holding official meetings. Publicly too, people welcomed us with open arms unlike the times now when Mayor remains in the centre of storm”, said Saini sharing various anecdotes at his place in Rajinder Nagar here. Saini adds up, “It probably was so because I was very close to then CM Beant Singh. He used to visit my house often. Also, I had no Senior Deputy Mayor or Deputy Mayor in my five years of tenure (owing to a court case then) and remained all in all in the MC with power centralised around me”. He also said that the MC polls which are now high-stake contests were then fought with less than Rs 2000 poll expenditure per candidate. Regarding the conduct of House meetings, he tells, “My experience as a member of Municipal Committee of Jalandhar in 1972 came handy when I became Mayor. I now hear that it becomes difficult for the Mayor to even get the agenda read and it has to be passed in a huff amidst Continued on page 2
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