05122017-JTR-01.qxd 12/5/2017 12:55 AM Page 1 TUESDAY | 5 DECEMBER 2017 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Bar boycotts courts Where creativity thrives A strong character Promises to oppose shifting of villages. Exhibition a peep into master architects’ creations. P3 Aishwarya Khare talks about her role and the show. FORECAST P2 P4 MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 31.6°C MIN 13.9°C | YESTERDAY MAX 32°C MIN 17°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 6.47 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5.59 AM Parking scarcity, geris, traffic, crime bane of this posh area BJP, SAD announce candidates AAP may release women’s manifesto today; Congress silent on third day WARD WATCH (26, 27) Aakanksha N Bhardwaj JALANDHAR Tribune News Service Jalandhar, December 4 Most of the people living outside the city’s famous posh area Model Town dream of living in the place, but residents living here feel otherwise. ‘Ethe aake dekho, asi te aap baahr jaan nu firde haan’ (Come here first and then see, even we are trying to get out of this place). This line sums up the condition of the city’s high-end area. The scarcity of parking space, traffic, geris, illegal vendors, rising crime, garbage problem and cleanliness problems are the ones that are plaguing this high-end area. Now that the municipal elections have come, which are scheduled to be held on December 17, the issues that have troubled people living here have again arisen. The Model Town, which was earlier under ward number 55, has now got bifurcated into two wards i.e. 26 and 27. The Model Town area comes under ward number 27, while its small chunk and surrounding areas like Guru Nanak Nagar, Prakash Nagar come under 26. The main problem or people’s concern here is for one thing. This area has been famous for geri, a term used in Punjabi for describing youngsters’ routine hangouts in the evening. Tarsem Singh (68), who has been living here for the past 25 years, is concerned about the geri Suicide sparks dharna Goraya: Though the police have booked a commission agent, Jang Bahadur, a resident of Rurrki village, for abetment to suicide by a farmer Santokh Singh in Saidowal village, near Goraya, on November 30, around 2000 villagers sat on a dharna before the office of SDM, Phillaur, on Monday. They were demanding adequate compensation for the family of the deceased. They also submitted a memorandum to Varinderjit Bajwa, SDM, Phillaur, who assured them for justice. OC VOTES 2017 Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service A huge traffic jam in the Model Town market in ward numbers 26 and 27 in Jalandhar. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH problem. He says, “Every evening, youngsters come in their cars and start driving alongside the chowks, which creates a lot of nuisance for residents. “Nothing is being done to solve this problem which is a major issue and leads to traffic jams too,” he says, adding that “maen soch reha ki etho shift kr java te kisi khuli jagah te jaakr rahhan” (I am planning to shift and live at some sprawling place). Another resident of the area said if the problem of the geri got solved, more than half the problem would be finished and the Model Town would then become peaceful and a safe place to live. Rajinder Verma, who has been staying here for the past 20 years, said apart from the geri problem, which eventually causes a traffic jam, snatching is another major problem. “I am telling you about yes- terday’s incident only when I saw someone in front of my eyes snatching the mobile of a man, and I have seen many such incidents times,” he said. “Such incidents are increasing daily and there is no end to it,” he said. In the past months, the Model Town market area, which has a footfall of thousands of persons daily, had also seen some of the campaigns which were initiated by Rohan Sehgal, president of Model Town market association.A signature campaign was started called “We need parking space” in the market of the Model Town. “Roads and infrastructure problems are also there, illegal road vendors are found everywhere and the Municipal Corporation was making a policy for it, but nothing has been done to remove the vendors,” said Sehgal. continued on p2 Bank manager, 5 others booked for fraud Phagwara, December 4 The Nakodar police have booked a woman bank manager Shruti Sharma of Kotak Mahindra Bank, Nakodar, two other bank employees Gurveer Bindra and Nitin Bedi, and three other persons, including a Phagwara resident Mukesh Kumar, Ludhiana resident Anita Raula and a villager Manpreet Singh of village Bajuha-Kalan on the charges of fraud and criminal conspiracy. Reports received here said a Jalandhar, December 4 Breaking its silence finally on the third day of the filing of nominations for the municipal polls, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today announced its first list of candidates for 35 wards. Playing safe in the already hostile atmosphere, the saffron party has laid the highstake bet majorly on candidates who were sitting councillors in the last General House. The prominent players include Manjinder Singh Chattha from ward number 14, Manohar Lal Bhagat from ward number 46, Ram Gopal Gupta from ward 66 and Rimpi Prabhakar, who is the wife of former councillor Balwant Prabhakar from ward 61. Since morning, the social media was abuzz with the probable list of candidates to be announced by the saffron party this evening. Some websites even published the ‘viral’ list twice late in the evening. However, it was only around 9 pm that the BJP made the official announcement after getting a nod from its state chief Vijay Sampla. Though the party claimed to have followed a complete transparent process to select the potential candidates for the coveted post, the list seems to have been inspired by the choices made by the former MLAs of the party. At some places, the MLAs Shopkeepers perpare election campaign material to be used by various parties in Jalandhar on Monday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH and senior leaders locked horns over the selection of candidates as reported in ward number 16. While former Mayor Rakesh Rathore wanted to field Sunny Sharma from here, the ticket was finally granted to Parminder Saini, a close associate of former MLA Manoranjan Kalia. Some of the workers have even accused the party of holding a mock exercise to select the candidates through an interview as a majority were selected through the nomination by senior leaders. BJP leader Sheetal Angural too expressed unhappiness over not getting a ticket in the final list and demanded a place in the second list for 15 wards to be announced tomorrow. SAD too announces second list, cancels two seats While announcing the remaining list for nine seats, the Shiromani Akali Dal today announced the final list of candidates. Also, it has cancelled two seats of former councillor Balbir Bittu from ward number 8 and Simarjit Singh Dhindsa from ward 21. Instead, Balbir Bittu has now been given ticket from ward 12 while his wife Karamjit Kaur is now a candidate from ward number 8. Also, Puran Singh Rathore was declared a candidate from ward number 62, Manjeet Singh Titu from war 44, Kamlesh Kumar from ward 10, Jasbir Kaur from ward 29, Inderjit Singh Sonu from war 26 and Gagandeep Kaur from ward 25. However, the party will announce fresh candidate from ward number 21 tomorrow. Since SImarjit Dhindsa wanted to contest from ward number 15 which was with the BJP and wanted his wife to contest from ward number 21, the party refused following which he announced to contest as an independent from ward number 15. Congress mum on third day, keeps pot boiling Meanwhile, the Congress preferred to hold its cards close to its chest even on the third day of the filing of nominations. Facing a strong revolt, the ruling party is scared of a major dissident among the party workers that may prove lethal for the party in the polls. While the party has already made a list of candidates only a few days ago, it is not expected to release it before the evening of December 5 as some workers may announce to contest independently. Also, the workers are accusing the senior leaders of mak- AAP to release its manifesto for women today The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is reported to have prepared a second list of candidates today and is expected to announce it on Tuesday. Also, the party will release its women’s manifesto tomorrow followed by two more manifestos for the general public. Babbu Neelkanth, district president of the AAP said the party will launch a door-to-door contact continued on p2 Five observers appointed for MC polls Tribune News Service Phagwara resident Onkar Singh lodged a complaint to Jalandhar SSP (Rural) that Mukesh Kumar and others had opened a fake account in the name of Onkar Singh in Kotak Mahindra Bank branch Nakodar in April 2008 by procuring ID proofs and photocopy of his passport. He said he was living in Italy at that time. He said all these persons deposited Rs 55lakh, Rs 66,000 and 50 gm of gold in this account with the help of bank staff. continued on p2 Jalandhar, December 4 To ensure smooth, free and fair conduct of polls for the Municipal Corporation Jalandhar and four municipal committees in the district, the State Election Commission, Punjab, has appointed five observers for the polls in the district. Deputy Commissioner An illegal hoarding of the AAP during the MC poll compaign in Jalandhar on Monday. PHOTO SARABJIT SINGH Varinder Kumar Sharma said the State Election Commission had appointed the Managing Director of the Punjab State Ware Housing Corporation Dr Abhinav Trikha, Director Rural Development and Panchayat C Sibbin, Vikas Garg, Bhupinder Singh Rai and Rahul Gupta as observers for these polls. To assist these officers in the smooth and fair conduct of the elections, the district administration had also appointed liaison officers with them. The DC said the District Food and Civil Supply Con- Emergency No. ‘112’ getting orders for pizza, dish recharge RachnaKhaira Tribune News Service ILLUSTRATION: SANDEEP JOSHI ing the selection in an unfair way. According to a prominent block leader, unlike the BJP which is at least holding a mock drill to select candidates on the basis of an interview, the Congress has followed no process to select the candidates. “A recommendation by an MLA is the only criteria for selection which is being followed by the party,” claimed a worker, adding that since a majority of the MLAs are playing friendly matches with the opposition, that had ensured them victory in the assembly elections, the cadre is feeling dejected by the game of dominance being played here at Jalandhar. “Some of the candidates reported to have been finalised were not even primary members of the party. Also, some groups within the party have also played spoilsport for some potential candidates,” added another worker. Also, it would be interesting to note whether the Congress party too will follow the 50 per cent reservation card for women in its wards separately or will continue to make it a male dominated sector like before. Jalandhar, December 4 The single emergency number ‘112’ to help people reach immediate services of the police, ambulance and the Fire Brigade has itself landed in trouble here, as the police, acting as the nodal department, are receiving orders for dish recharge and pizza delivery. According to Jalandhar Police Commissioner Praveen Sinha, the service was launched a week ago in the city on a trial basis and had so far received thousands of calls, seeking pizza delivery and recharge of dish connection. “I have taken up the matter with the BSNL authorities and asked them to take immediate action to stop this nuisance. c m y b had arisen due to dialling options ❝The problemdial button providedthe easymobile phones isattached totothe number. Since the panic on the attached the number, it can automatically dial on its own easily. Also, children playing with mobile phones press it often. As far as receiving orders of dish recharge and pizza delivery were concerned, it might be possible that the number was earlier taken by some company as a helpline number. The department was looking into the matter and would find a solution to it — RAVINDER KUMAR, General Manager, BSNL ❞ ‘112’ is a national emergency number and has to be utilised for the purpose alone assigned to it,” said Sinha. Presently, the police have installed five lines for the police emergency number 100 and 112. However, according to staff, over 90 per cent of the calls made to 112 are bogus and fake. “Earlier, we received only genuine calls on 100 number, but now, a majority of the calls are fake. Sometimes, we pick up a phone and the caller asks us as to why we have called him,” said an operator. Ravinder Kumar, General Manager, BSNL, said the problem had arisen due to the easy dialling options attached to the number. “Since the panic dial button provided on the mobile phones is attached to the number, it can automatically dial on its own easily. Also, children playing with mobile phones press it often. As far as receiving orders of dish recharge and pizza delivery are con- cerned, it may be possible that the number was earlier taken by some company as a helpline number,” said Kumar, adding that his department was looking into the matter and would find a solution to it. “However, there is a need to create awareness regarding this amongst people, especially amongst those using mobile phones. The government can impose some penalty for dialling the number unnecessarily,” said Kumar. troller Narinder Singh would be the liaison officer with Dr Abhinav Trikha, District Development and Panchayat Officer Iqbalpreet Singh would be the liaison officer with C Sibbin, Excise and Taxation Officer Navjor Bharti would be the liaison officer with Vikas Garg, District Manager Punjab Agro SS Randhawa would be the liaison officer with Bhupinder Singh Rai and District Manager Markfed Ramandeep Singh would be the liaison officer with Rahul Gupta. AAP promises free sanitary pads to women Jalandhar, December 4 The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is all set to release its manifesto to attract women voters . Amongst the major promises, the party has promised to get public toilets especially made for women in market areas. Also, the party has promised to install free sanitary pads machines in these toilets. The party has also promised to set up Mohalla clinics on the lines of medical facility set up by the Municipal corporation at New Delhi. According to Babbu Neelkanth, AAP’s district president, the party will also establish a separate public transport system for women in the city. “These exclusive buses will be driven and managed by women drivers onl.” — TNS
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