11032019-JTR-01.qxd 3/11/2019 1:42 AM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE CYCLISTS PROVE THEIR METTLE IN ‘RIDE AND RUN’ PAGE 2 AKASH AMBANI TIES THE KNOT WITH SHLOKA MEHTA Over 10,000 take part in a halfmarathon under the Hoshiarpur 'ride and run' event. FORECAST CLOUDY From former UK PM Tony Blair to the Birlas, all roads led to Akash Ambani’s wedding celebrations on Saturday. MAX 22°C | MIN 10°C | YESTERDAY MAX 25°C | MIN 8°C SUNSET MONDAY 6:32 PM Poll code to be imposed strictly, assures admn Tribune News Service REPORT POLL CODE VIOLATIONS ON 1950 Jalandhar, March 10 The Deputy Commissionercum-District Election Officer, The district administration has released a toll-free number, 1950, to curb violation of the model code of conduct. With the toll-free number, any individual can upload video clips or pictures regarding any violation and send the same to the authorities. LOK SABHA POLL Jalandhar, Varinder Kumar Sharma, Commissioner of Police Gurpreet Singh Bhullar and Senior Superintendent of Police Navjot Singh Mahal said today that the district administration would ensure strict enforcement of the model code of conduct to ensure free, fair and peaceful elections during the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Presiding over a meeting to review the arrangements for the elections here today, the Deputy Commissioner, the Commissioner of Police and the Senior Superintendent of Police said with the announcement of elections, the model code of conduct had come into force. They said the administra- tion was duty bound to ensure that the code of conduct was implemented in true letter and spirit. They categorically said any sort of violation of the poll code would invite a stern action by the administration. They said to hold the elections peacefully, several committees had been constituted at the district level. They said this include screening committee, media certification and monitoring committee, vehicle management teams, expenditure monitoring committee, model code of conduct teams, video viewing teams and accounting teams. The officials said at the assembly segment level, flying squad teams, static surveillance teams, video viewing teams, accounting teams and others had been constituted. They said besides, people could also lodge their complaints regarding the violation of the code of conduct through a number of initiatives launched by the Election Commission of India. The commission has introduced a Vigil app, as per which every election-related complaint will be addressed within 100 minutes, for its effective implementation. Through the app prompt action would be taken against every complaint regarding the violation of the poll code. The officials said any individual could upload video clips or pictures regarding the violations.These revolutionary steps would help in strengthening democracy at the grass-roots level. The district administration has also released a toll-free number, 1950, to curb violation of the model code of conduct. With the toll-free number, any individual can upload video clips or pictures regarding any violation and send the same to the authorities. The declaration was made in the directions issued by the district administration after the poll code of conduct came into force on Sunday evening. Additional Deputy Commissioner Kulwant Singh and Jasbir Singh, Deputy Commissioner of Police PBS Parmar, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police Sachin Gupta, Assistant Commissioner Himanshu Jain, Joint Commissioner Municipal Corporation Aashika Jain, Sub Divisional Magistrates Amit Kumar, Sanjiv Sharma, Charumita and Rajesh Sharma, Secretary RTA Nayan Jassal, Revenue Officer Aaditya Gupta were among those others present. Need action, not false promises by leaders this time, say city residents Tribune News Service Jalandhar, March 10 With the Election Commission of India (ECI) declaring the elections for 13 Lok Sabha seats in the state to be held on May 19, The Tribune spoke to city residents to know their views and expectations from the poll. What do they want from the government that will be formed this year. The counting of votes will be held on May 23. Charanjit Singh Maingi, general secretary, Chamber of Industries Talk with any industrialist, they all just want a stable government this time which would work for the INBRIEF MAN BOOKED FOR DUPING RESIDENT Phagwara: On a complaint lodged by Ranipur village resident Kamaljit Singh, the Phagwara police have registered a case under Section 420/406 of the IPC against a fake travel agent, Navjot Singh, a resident of Kharar, on the charges of duping the complainant of Rs 6.5 lakh on the pretext of sending him abroad. OC LABOURER ELECTROCUTED Phagwara: A labourer, Sandeep Kumar of Mohalla Gobindpura, here, was electrocuted while working on a machine at a factory in nearby Nangal village on Saturday. A case has been registered in this regard. The body has been sent to the Civil Hospital for conducting the post-mortem examination. OC betterment and growth of the industrialists. We do not want any weak party to rule the country. The work must be done for the uplift of the downtrodden. If a stable government comes, then only good policies will be made and the industry will flourish. The works must be done on the ground level. Satnam Singh Sahni, spokesperson, Doaba Kisan Sangharsh Committee All parties campaigning for the elections use farmers and other sections of society only as their vote banks. The farmers and unemployed only find mention in speeches and promises are made by various parties before the elections but when the same par- ty gets elected, everything gets vanished. Be it the BJP or the Congress, I have seen that corporate sectors and bureaucrats are the most benefitted by governments and other sections of society gets neglected. There is never anything for youth, unemployed or farmers. Nobody looks after health and education, which are the main sectors. Priyanka Sangar, accounts executive at private bank Though the elections have been announced, I feel that nothing new will happen. Same old promises will be made, big dreams will be shown. But nothing concrete will be visible on the ground. Hence, I do not have any expectations from any party. And it is certainly so upsetting when being a citizen of a nation; you feel that no one will be able to bring any change. I will go for NOTA. Anuja Sharma, Swimmer No party ever works for common people. After every five years, elections take place, but nothing happens. Corruption, poverty, unemployment and all other ills still exist in society. But still, there is a little belief left that something might happen this time. I would just want people to vote for the right party and not get influenced by false promises that are made. Over 565 cartons of liquor seized, two arrested Tribune News Service Jalandhar, March 10 The Jalandhar rural police have arrested two persons with over 565 cartons of illicit liqour. SSP Navjot Singh Mahal said the team of the Phillaur rural police station during a naka at the Sutlej bridge in Phillaur, caught a truck (bearing registration No. PB65G 4063). The police seized 565 cartons of illegal liquor (whiskey) branded with the names Rockstar and Deluxe from Jasvir Singh, a resident of Ward No. 2 (under the Banur police station, Mohali). The police said the liquor was being manufactured at a liquor factory, Paradise Distilleries, based in Nauhra in Pishar tehsil of Sirmaur dis- PAGE 3 trict in Himachal Pradesh. While a case under Sections 61,1 and 14 of the Excise Act has been registered at the Phillaur police station. The police have arrested Jasveer while the search for the real owner of the factory, Nishan Singh, a resident of Ajror in Patiala district, was on. The SSP said Nishan had been selling liquor in the state after bringing it from other states. He has been selling the liquor at exorbitant rates in Punjab after illegally smuggling it from other states such as Arunachal Pradesh. The SSP said the bottles bore the label ‘for Sale in Arunachal Pradesh’ on them and were originally meant to be sold in Arunachal Pradesh. While Jasveer is being questioned, the police said more details were expected to emerge after his arrest. In another incident, the Phillaur police arrested Ashol Kumar, alias Choka (30) of Mandi village in Phillaur with 35 intoxicant injections and 48 bottles of illicit liquor. Kumar has been booked under Section 22 of the NDPS Act. The police said last week too, 750 cartons of liquor had been seized by the Phillaur police. c m y b KRITIKA KAMRA MAKES A COMEBACK ON SMALL SCREEN PAGE 4 Kritika Kamra, better known by the names of her characters like Aarohi or Chandrakanta, is all set to return to TV. SUNRISE TUESDAY 6:42 AM MONDAY | 11 MARCH 2019 | JALANDHAR Bishop Franco wields influence over church, civil society needs to speak up: Activist Says one of the nuns under house arrest, sisters might be tortured if transferred Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, March 10 “Bishop Franco is a powerful man and the clergy is under immense pressure. We can’t bank on them to speak up. We are urging the civil society to do whatever they can in their power to ensure that the case not be interfered by Franco in the future,” said Anila George, a feminist and Save Our Sisters (SOS) activist while addressing a gathering of women activists at the Desh Bhagat Yadgar Hall in Jalandhar recently. While on International Women’s Day, a congregation of women, represented by the SOS along with the Janwadi Istri Sabha, amid chants of Franco Mulakkal ‘Murdabad’, passed a resolution for the revocation of the bail of the extremely powerful Catholic church clergyman Franco Mulakkal, SOS activist Anila George paint a graphic picture of the pressure which the rape survivor and the five nuns supporting her, especially ever since the Dasuya-based priest father Kuriakose Kattuthara’s mysterious death on October 21. Father Kuriakose died four days after the Bishop was Save Our Sisters activists Anila George (left) and Kusum Joseph at the Desh Bhagat Yadgar Hall in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO released on bail. Franco Mulakkal has been residing in Jalandhar, ever since he was freed in October 2018. Speaking to The Tribune, Anila George said months after his release, the five sisters who had supported the rape survivor live in fear of a transfer order and their supporter Sister Lucy was also at a convent which had been turned into a prison. George said: “The civil society in the state and other provinces need to step up support for the nuns. That’s our hope – the civil society and the government will have to prevent interference by Franco Mulakkal in the case.” What is sisters’ greatest concern at the moment Our hope is with the civil society and we were called here by the Janwadi Istri Sabha to talk about the case. After the death of Father Kuriakose, the sisters are scared of going outside the jurisdiction of Kerala and even to other convents. In case of a transfer, the consequences will be dire. There is a grave possibility that they will be approached by Franco or his supporters to weaken the case. They might be tortured. What are conditions in which sisters are at present living? The state is providing protection to the rape survivor at a convent based in the Kottayam district of Kerala. At present, the five sisters who had provided support to her are also living at a convent in Kurvilangad in Kerala. They are safe right now. But won’t be if they are transferred. Another sister, Sister Lucy, – was held in a wrongful detention in Vijaywada from where she managed to escape. While she sought help and the court intervened, she opted for a convent where earlier she was safe. But now, it has come out again that she is being detained in that place also. Its almost a prison. The Mother Superior there has locked the doors and is not allowed to go outside and contact others. Transfer orders were held up by church so what’s the scare? The transfer orders were held up by new Bishop Agnelo Gracias in response to repeated complaints from nuns after Bishop Franco stepped down. 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