14022021-JTR-01.qxd 2/13/2021 10:56 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE PAGE 2 REMEMBERING THOSE WHO DIED FOR A CAUSE DIA MIRZA TO MARRY VAIBHAV REKHI ON FEBRUARY 15 Farmers announce to hold a candle march to pay tribute to farmers who lost their lives during the protest. FORECAST HAZY PAGE 3 Dia Mirza, who separated from Sahil Sangha in 2019, has reportedly found love again. MAX 24°C | MIN 10°C | YESTERDAY MAX 22°C | MIN 11°C SUNSET SUNDAY 6:13 PM MIKA SINGH RELEASES TERE BIN ZINDAGI AS VALENTINE SPECIAL As a Valentine’s Day treat to all of his fan, singer Mika Singh has announced the release of his new song. SUNRISE MONDAY 7:09 AM SUNDAY | 14 FEBRUARY 2021 | JALANDHAR All set: Polling for eight civic bodies today CIVIC BODY POLL 415 candidates in fray from 109 wards Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Jalandhar, February 13 With Ward No.11 in Kartarpur going the Congress way uncontested, the fate of remaining 415 candidates from 109 wards of eight local bodies of Jalandhar will be decided on Sunday. As many as 1,15,633 voters of the district will exercise their franchise. A total of 125 booths have been set up in the district for six municipal councils of Adampur, Alawalpur, Kartarpur, Nakodar, Nurmahal and Phillaur and two nagar panchayats, including Lohian Khas and Mehatpur. Four officials for each booth have been dispatched with EVMs and polling material to conduct voting. Other than the 500 designated polling officials, nearly 120 government employees have been kept in the reserve. Almost 20 employees have been deployed at the headquarters to oversee arrangements, do all correspondence and mobilise staff or material as and when required. AAP candidates outnumber Cong Congress has not fielded any candidate on its symbol in Adampur, Alawalpur and Nurmahal. In all, it has fielded only 65 candidates from 110 wards. Surprisingly, Aam Aadmi Party has fielded 72 candidates in Jalandhar. BJP, BSP have same number of nominees Even as Jalandhar is a hub of BJP’s activities, the saffron party has fielded only 17 candidates leaving as many as 93 out of 110 wards without a candidate. The party has failed to field its candidates in Kartarpur, Lohian Khas or Mehatpur. Surprisingly, BJP and Bahujan Samaj Party have fielded an equal number of candidates in the district. SAD is slightly better off. Even though polling is being held in areas, which have been strongholds of SAD during its tenure, Akalis have not fielded any of its candidates in Kartarpur, Nakodar and Nurmahal. In INBRIEF ONE DIES, 17 TEST +VE IN DIST Jalandhar: With 17 more cases, total number of Covid positive cases in the district reached 20,939 on Saturday. The health authorities reported one death in the district. With this, the number of death toll in Jalandhar reached 689. At present, the district 182 active cases. A total of 20,068 people have been discharged, while as many as 110 people are under home isolation in the district. In Kapurthala, 18 persons tested positive today. Jalandhar round-up Samples collected 59,02,952 Negative 5,48,957 Positive 20,939 Active 110 Deceased 689 Discharged 20,068 Sample inappropriate 7,319 Results awaited 1,924 Home isolated 110 Amid farm stir, only two candidates fighting on BJP ticket from Phillaur Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service The officials on poll duty examine EVMs before leaving for their respective polling station on the eve of civic body elections in Jalandhar on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: MALKIAT SINGH FIGURES AT A GLANCE MC/NP Adampur Alawalpur Kartarpur Wards Candidates INC 13 47 0 11 37 0 14 72 9 +1 (unopposed) Nakodar 17 62 15 Nurmahal 13 48 0 Phillaur 15 63 15 Lohian Khas 13 42 13 Mehatpur 13 45 13 Total 110 416 65 Alawalpur also, the party has its lone nominee. Some interesting contests A couple is in the fray from two wards of the Kartarpur MC. While former MC chief Prince Arora is contesting on the Congress symbol from Ward No.6, his wife Jyoti Arora is an Independent candidate from Ward No.4. The couple deliberately chose not to contest on symbol from Ward No.4 so as to garner more votes. Similarly, Darshan Karwal and Harjinder Karwal, who are brothers, are contesting from Ward No. 6 and Ward No. 7 of Adampur MC. The duo who had previously been with SAD and had later joined Congress were contesting as Independents. They formed their own group in Adampur called Karwal group, all of whom were contesting on an election symbol ‘farmer riding tractor’. SAD 5 1 0 BJP AAP BSP 3 7 5 2 3 1 0 12 2 Independent 27 30 49 0 0 2 9 8 25 7 3 2 0 0 17 29 37 26 9 13 220 11 0 8 0 12 6 11 0 8 3 72 17 AAP flays attack on its candidate’s house Jalandhar: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has strongly condemned the attack on the residence of the AAP candidate from Ward No.7 in Lohian Khas, Rajni Bala, blaming Congress workers for the same. In a joint statement, district rural president of the party Principal Prem Kumar and district urban president Rajwinder Kaur said fearing defeat in the local body elections, the Congress party now wanted to loot the elections. They said, “On Friday, some Congbacked goons attacked the residence of AAP candidate Rajni Bala from Ward No.7 in Lohian Khas.” The miscreants smashed the lights of the house, intimidated and pressurised her into withdrawing her candidature. They said, “Some Congressmen had perhaps indulged in such an act to give a signal that if the AAP candidate contested the elections, she would have to pay a heavy price.” They said as soon as they got to know about the incident, a large number of AAP volunteers rushed to the spot and the police were called. They alleged that instead of taking action against Congress workers, the police started threatening the AAP volunteers stating that they were ruining the atmosphere. “The traditional parties are afraid of a new change going to be introduced by a third party which is pro-people. That is why the Congress wants to spoil the elections by intimidating the AAP candidates,” they said. The leaders further said the Aam Aadmi Party was not afraid of the Congress goons. They said the AAP had lodged a complaint with the Punjab State Election Commission against bullying by the Congress and demanded that paramilitary forces be deployed in the state to conduct the elections in a free and fair manner. TNS PAGE 4 Jalandhar, February 13 A group of farmers from her own Bacchowal village came to the house of Gurpreet Kaur, BJP candidate from Phillaur’s Ward Number 9, asking her not to contest the election from the party. But amid heavy opposition, Gupreet (21) and Navdeep Singh (30) are the only two BJP candidates from Phillaur, of a total of 15 wards, who are contesting on the party ticket. While Gurpreet is a pharmacist, who runs her own clinic, Navdeep is a journalist, who contributes for a YouTube news channel started by a friend. While Navdeep hasn’t personally been pressurised or persuaded by anyone not to contest from the BJP Gurpreet has. How, ever, she says despite her decision to stick to the party, farmers left amicably. Gurpreet said: “On February 11, several elders and farm leaders from my village came to me. They asked me why I was standing with the BJP when many farmers , were dying at the protest sites. They said if I stick to the party, I should be willing to face opposition in future. They will not back me but farmers. They said they won’t oppose me if I contested as an independent. But till then, my nominations had already been filed. My decision had been made. Farmers 21-yr-old pharmacist was asked not to contest on BJP ticket OTHERS CONTESTING AS INDEPENDENTS ■ As many as seven more people with affiliations with the BJP are contesting as independents from Phillaur. ■ Across all wards, the BJP had fielded very few candidates. At Nurmahal, where only three BJP candidates are contesting, as well as Nakodar, too, rallies were taken out against the BJP ahead of the poll. ■ Farmers shall also hold a candlelight march on the polling day in the city in the evening of February 14. although made it clear that their opposition wasn’t against me as an individual but only towards the party.” The 21-year-old who was appointed the general secretary of the BJP mahila morcha hails from a family that has a 20-year-old association with the BJP Both her grand. father (retired DSP Sr Puran Singh) and her uncle have been associated with the party. Both she and her father run separate clinics. Ahead of the poll, her clinic remained closed for days as she remained busy in canvassing. Kaur says: “Other than that, I have been freely canvassing in my area and I stick to my party. I have been honoured with responsibilities, which I will carry out diligently. As far as the farm agi- tation is concerned, I think much of it is political and provoked by other political parties. I hope an amicable solution is sought soon. My aim is to highlight the Central Government’s schemes in the area and get these implemented. That is what I have been laying stress on during my campaign too.” Navdeep, the 30 year old property dealer as well as a part-time journalist, who lives in Phillaur town is contesting from Ward No. 11. Unlike Kaur, he hasn’t been requested by anyone not to contest from the BJP Howev. er, he says he stands in solidarity with farmers. Navdeep who was previously in the BSP supported the AkaliBJP combine for many years and has now chosen to contest from the BJP . He says: “I have never faced hostility because I am from the BJP Yes, there is . opposition to farm laws, but no one approached me for not contesting from the party. I hail from a village and I stand with farmers. If local people are chosen as BJP representatives, we will be in a better position to get the voice of the farmers across to the high command. We want the farmers’ issues to be resolved. I am all for an amicable solution.” Speaking about the area, he says: “Our area has seen very little work. I plan to work on street lights, water supply, roads, garbage disposal and completion of the long-pending Valmiki dhaam.” STAFF LEAVE FOR 223 BOOTHS IN HOSHIARPUR DISTRICT ■ In view of the civic body elections in the district on Sunday, as many as 223 polling teams left for their respective stations after getting electronic voting machines (EVS) from the local Polytechnic College here, of which 107 were for the MC, Hoshiarpur, elections. ■ District Election Officer-cumDeputy Commissioner Apneet Riyait said elections would be held for Municipal Corporation, Hoshiarpur, nagar councils Mukerian, Dasuya, Gardhiwala, Haryana, Sham Chaurasi, Urmur, Garhshankar, besides nagar panchayats Mahilpur and Talwara on February 14. ■ There are total 2,22,647 voters in the 142 wards across district, said the District Election Officer, adding that 223 polling parties had been dispatched for their respective booths including 107 of MC, Hoshiarpur. She also asked the polling parties to ensure free and fair election process by performing their duties with utmost dedication and commitment. She said there were a total 600 candidates contesting polls in the district. Fate of 238 candidates to be sealed today in Kapurthala, Sultanpur Lodhi Kapurthala, February 13 Voters from Kapurthala city and Sultanpur Lodhi town would use their franchise tomorrow as the polling for the two local bodies (municipal corporation and municipal council) would be held from 8 am to 4 pm. In the poll, the fate of candidates for 49 wards of the Kapurthala Municipal Corporation and 13 wards of Sultanpur Lodhi municipal council would be decided. Munish Aggarwal, Congress candidate from Ward No.8 of the Kapurthala MC, has already been declared winner unopposed. KAPURTHALA MC POLL Wards for contest Candidates in fray Polling booths Total voters Men voters Women voters 49 196 81 69,327 35,739 33,575 SULTANPUR LODHI Wards for contest Candidates in fray Polling booths Total voters 13 42 15 12,764 A total of 196 candidates are in the fray for the Kapurthala MC, while 42 candidates are in the fray for the Sultanpur Lodhi MC. The district administration has set up 96 polling booths for both the civic bodies, out of which 81 are in Kapurthala and 15 in Sultanpur Lodhi. In the Kapurthala MC, 69,327 voters would be able to exercise their democratic right, out of which 35,739 are men and 33,575 are women voters. While 13 voters belong to third gender, the Sultanpur Lodhi MC has 12,764 voters. District Election Officer-cum-DC (Kapurthala) Deepti Uppal said as per the instructions of the State Election Commission, the Covid-19 protocols would be strictly followed during the voting. She said four duty magistrates had been posted in Kapurthala and two in Sultanpur Lodhi for good coordination between the civil and police administrations. — TNS Farmers on pucca morcha Woman clears PCS (J) after 14 yrs of marriage against mining mafia A mother of two children, she attributes her success to her husband, who is a magistrate Tribune News Service Jalandhar, February 13 Even though it has been 13 days since the members of Kirti Kisan Union have been sitting on a pucca morcha against the mining mafia along the Beas at Baja village of Sultanpur Lodhi, the officials concerned have not paid any heed to their demand so far. Villagers from Mangupur, Hussainpur Dullowal, Sujokalia, Burewal, Baja, Patti Safdarpur and Talwandi Chaudrian villages held a press conference on Friday alleging that the Mining Department had so far not paid any heed to their demand of stopping mining at the site, which could lead to flooding of their 20,000 acre fertile land and ruining their crops. Raghbir Singh, block president, Kirti Kisan Union, said: “At the site where mining is being done, the river has already changed its course and has started corroding our land. We have been demanding that spurs be put up to strengthen the bandh and save our land. Instead of giving us any compensation later, the administration should pay a heed to our demands, cancel the site for mining and strengthen its edges.” Rajinder Singh, Shamsher Singh, Mohan Singh, Resham Singh, Labh Singh, Gurpreet Singh, Sukhwinder Singh also shared the same grievance. GS Pannu, SDO, drainage, said: “The mining company officials are in the process of taking away their entire machinery from the site and shifting it elsewhere. They just have the weighing apparatus left at the site, which, too, would be moved anytime. They have said that they cannot operate with farmers’ protest going at the site.” Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, February 13 She first dreamt of it in 2017 and saw it come true in 2021. Jesica Vij, a doting mother to two kids, has cracked the PCS (Judicial) exam this year after 14 years of her marriage. Already working as a lecturer at Army College, Mohali, she now readies for her new innings in life with the support of her family. While her husband Many Mittu is a judicial magistrate in Chandigarh, she had been harbouring the dream of cracking the judicial services for the past many years. “My husband has been a constant source of inspiration for me. He had been asking me to appear for the exam. I made my first attempt in 2017 and cleared the prelims and mains but couldn’t clear the interview. I gave it a shot again and here I am,” she said. While her 13-year-old son Armaan is in Class VI, her c m y b Jesica Vij, who cleared the PCS (judicial) exam this year, with her family in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO seven-year-old daughter is in Class II. Wasn’t it difficult with kids? “I am lucky enough to have been blessed with a family which keeps inspiring me to do better. My husband, inlaws and parents had been there with their perennial support. They always pitched in during my exams to help me study. My kids have also been adorable and quite adjusting all this while. They would see me studying and take out their own books to do their homework. Since my husband is also in the judiciary, the environment at home has been very conducive. I got to learn a lot through his experience this field.” Vij has taught at the Khalsa College of Law, Amritsar, and was working as a lecturer at the Army Institute of Law, Mohali. She had been in touch with her subject. “My connection with this field never broke since I was always working,” she says. Speaking on what attracted her to this field, she said, “I always feel justice delayed is justice denied. When we go to a judge or doctor, we do get butterflies in our stomach. Instances where people wait years to seek justice propelled me to achieve something big in my field. Their problems and disputes should be addressed as early as possible.” While her exam results got delayed by a year, she has no qualms about it. “I remained positive even through the pandemic and I somehow knew that it would all end in something good.” Her advice to other working mothers with kids is: “Fortune favours the brave. Even the word ‘impossible’ says ‘I am Possible’. Women should go after their dreams no matter what stage of life they are in.”
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