01012019-JTR-01.qxd 1/1/2019 1:32 AM Page 1 c m y b TUESDAY | 1 JANUARY 2019 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE An eventful year I wish… Small screen gets big Year 2018 will be remembered in city primarily for many important and historic moments. P2 Presenting the wish list of the well-known personalities from the region. P3 From unique content to innovative subjects, TV producers review trends. P4 FORECAST CLOUDY | MAX 17°C MIN 6°C | YESTERDAY MAX 19°C MIN 4°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 5.35 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 7.26 AM Ringing in New Year in style Labourers’ daughter elected sarpanch of remote village Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Residents during the New Year celebrations in Jalandhar on Monday night. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH Three arrested with railway goods Jalandhar, December 31 Three persons were arrested by officials of the Railway Protection Force (RPF), Kapurthala, after they were caught red-handed while trying to take away railway property. The three have been identi- fied as Vinod Kumar (25), a resident of Kacchi Jhuggi, Kapurthala; Pintu Kumar (21), a resident of an area near Sabzi Mandi, Kapurthala, and Gajanand Kumar (19) of Kacchi Jhuggi, near railway station, Hussainpur, Kapurthala. The persons were nabbed by the police smuggling away some railway goods worth around Rs 6,900. Vijay Raut, Divisional Security Commissioner, RPF and , Hari Singh Rawat, Assistant Security Officer, RPF and , other RPF oficials while patrolling the workshop area When votes failed, luck favoured Sarobad panch Narinder Kaur Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Jalandhar, December 31 When the polling failed to reach a decision on electing their villages’ panches in a few villages, chits and coins decided their destiny. In Sarobad village of the Adampur (5) block, Narinder Kaur and Gurbaksh Kaur were in the fray for the post of panch. At the time of the counting, they would have never envisioned that they both will get equal number of votes. As per information, they both got 70 votes each. Afterwards, chits played their part and the destiny worked in favour of Narinder Kaur (52). The Adampur (5) block includes Pandori Nijjeran, Bhel, Nakja, Sarobad, Daudpur, Mahadipur, Kotli Araiyan, Dhudial and Saffipur village panchayats. Both their names were written on chits and then, one of them was picked up by a person. A similar situation was reported from the Garahshankar block too, where both candidates who were in the fray for panch’s post had to test their luck. Returning officers said in an interesting turn of events, if on the day of the panchayat elections, if voters in any area fail to choose the winner, i.e. if there would be a case of tie, a toss would decide the fate of the candidate. Also, ROs and the polling staff were given instructions in this regard. There were as many as 7, 84,456 voters for the 882 gram panchayats in the district during the polling on Sunday. Of these, 4, 08,300 were male and 3, 76,150 female and six belonged to the third gender. A total of 75.21 polling per cent was witnessed in the district. The Mehatpur block witnessed the highest polling percentage of 80.02 in the district and the lowest percentage of votes, 71.87 per cent, was polled in the Rurka Kalan block of Jalandhar. Additional Deputy Commissioner Jitendra Jorwal said 74.94 per cent votes were polled in the Adampur block, 74.40 per cent in Jalandhar East, 75.24 per cent in Jalandhar West, 77.08 per cent in Bhogpur, 77.65 per cent in Nakodar, 80.02 per cent in Mehatpur, 77.94 per cent in Lohian Khaas, 73.69 per cent in Shahkot, 73.24 per cent in Phillaur, 78.62 per cent in Nurmahal and 71.87 per cent in Rurka Kalan. of the RCF Kapurthala, saw , some suspicious activity. Near the railway wheel shop, three outsiders were seen carrying some heavy objects on their shoulders. They were seen by the railway police personnel. Continued on page 2 NOTA gets 2,347 votes Tribune News Service Jalandhar, December 31 Even as the recent block samiti and last year’s Assembly poll saw many voters opting for NOTA, the yesterday’s panchayat elections, however, showed a fewer people opting for it while electing village panches and sarpanches. Of the nearly 75 per cent voters from a total 7,84,456 electorate for the 882 gram panchayats, only 1,113 put a mark in front of NOTA for sarpanch elections and 1,234 for panch poll. Thus, a total of 2,347 votes went for NOTA in the yesterday’s elections. The least response to NOTA came in Lohian where 16 and 10 voters, respectively, showed no interest in the sarpanch candidate and the panch Continued on page 2 Professional growth, helping others among New Year resolutions of city residents Avneet Kaur Jalandhar, December 31 Finally, New Year has arrived and everyone would be promising to their gods at the start of the year that they will change an undesired trait, accomplish a personal goal or otherwise would improve their life. With time, New Year’s resolutions have evolved as a tradition in our lives, from losing some weight to organising wardrobe, these stand for a promise — to make things better in the year ahead. Hence, we asked local residents what are their resolutions, not only for themselves but also for their beloved city. Kanwarpreet Singh, media professional My New Year resolution will be to forget the tough times of 2018 and carry forward learning experiences to work even harder and better. I will try to be more grounded and spread happiness and smiles in my surroundings as a smile is a free gift that anyone can give. Overall development of self, keeping loved ones happy and grooming myself spiritually have been and will be the resolution for the next 365 days. Gursimran Kaur, a student Like every year, this year too my first resolution will be to lose weight and follow my diet sincerely. I will spend less time on social networking sites and will take up baking classes as it was my long-pending wish. I have further decided to spend some time every Sunday with destitutes living in orphanages, special homes and Prayas School. Agam Sachdeva, a businessman Everyone has something to say. At some point, people will judge you or your work. But this New Year, I make it a point that I will not let criticism to stop me from starting and doing things the way I should do. I am looking forward to take my ventures ahead and be more professional. My resolution for a better city would be to try and help out people and sensitise them to keep the environment clean and follow traffic rules. Gaurav Ajmera, an engineer My resolution for 2019 will be to follow road safety rules and make an effort to keep public places clean. I would also like to make a request to fellow residents to join in with their resolutions and ensure that no damage to public property or environment is done in the coming year. Also, I am a fitness freak, hence, will take up a resolution not to miss my workout. c m y b Jalandhar, December 31 Daughter of labourer parents, Mamta, a 32-year-old woman, has created history in the village by winning the Panchayat elections from a nondescript Gehalmazari village in the Aur block of Nawanshahr. Her education depicts her innovative, novel and prodevelopment ideas for her village, which she said she would work upon. Her aim is to make the village, a modern one. Mamta has a dual degree in MA and MSc IT, besides a BEd degree. Reaching this level was certainly not easy for her. Mamta said she came from a financially unstable family where both her parents were working as labourers. “Growing up in a Jalandhar village and looking at the condition of my village and my family also, I had decided that no matter what I was going to study I will earn degrees,” she said, adding that her perseverance resulted in her attaining a dual degree, then becoming a teacher and now attaining the position of a sarpanch. What’s on her mind Gehalmazari village in the Aur block of Nawanshahr village lacks school and health facilities. The young highly educated sarpanch, who is a former teacher, aims to make it a modern village, establish skill development centre and library and make sports activities a regular feature for persons of all ages. Mamta PANCHAYAT POLLS She said there was a time when people used to doubt that she would be able to study or not because of her poor background. But now she had achieved this. Mamta got married three years ago and when she came to Gehalmazari village, she was taken aback as she sensed that the village had nothing. “Now that I have become a sarpanch, I want to establish a skill development centre here where a computer and stitching centre will be set up. And then talking of medical facility, our village do not have a basic dispensary, which is a basic need. I will work upon these,” she said. Talking of other ideas, she said she would organise several awareness programmes in the village on drugs, developing a free tuition centre encouraging youngsters to provide free tuitions to children belonging to poor families. She said she wants to also establish a club where the downtrodden children would be provided help. Mamta, who taught for several years in her growing years, found out that the young generation could never achieve anything if they do not read. Absence of a library in a village is the major drawback. “Only attaining degrees does not help, reading enhances your wisdom; this is what I want for my village. So, my other aim is to give my village a library,” she said. Direct meeting with people While talking about interactions and listening to grievances of residents, Mamta said: “I want that rather than indulging in meetings with officers of various departments, a sarpanch must give oneself to those who elected him.” she also saidshe would take feedback too. Just to involve persons of every generation in sports, Mamta said regular sports activities and entertaining games would be a regular feature of the village in which children, youngsters and even elderly would be encouraged to take part.
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