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SUNRISE TUESDAY 7:09 AM MONDAY | 15 FEBRUARY 2021 | JALANDHAR CIVIC BODY ELECTIONS Dist witnesses 73.29 pc polling across 109 wards Tribune News Service Jalandhar, February 14 As many as 81,469 voters (73.29%) exercised their franchise in the civic body poll across the 109 wards of the district on Sunday. Of these, 41,102 were male voters, while 40,365 female and two transgenders. In Ward No.11 in Kartarpur, a Congress candidate was elected unopposed. The highest poll percentage was recorded at Alawalpur, where 80.89% polling was done. It was followed by Nurmahal with 80.11%, Lohian Khas with 76.45%, Mehatpur with 75.87%, Nakodar with 72.22%, Kartarpur with 72.08%, Adampur with 71.75% and Phillaur, which recorded the lowest voting percentage in the district with 68.24%. As many as 8,658 votes were polled in Adampur across 13 wards; 4,596 persons turned up at Alawalpur across 11 wards; 12,927 at Kartarpur across 14 wards; 19,842 persons voted at Nakodar across 17 wards; 8,897 at Nurmahal across 13 wards; 13,305 persons voted at Phillaur across 15 wards; 6,248 persons voted at Lohian Khas across 13 wards and as many as 6,996 persons voted at Mehatpur across 13 wards. At Adampur and Lohian Khas, women voters exceeded their male counterparts as 4,361 female voters voted as compared to 4,297 male voters. At Lohian Khas, 3,204 women voters cast votes as compared to 3,043 male voters. Alawalpur & Nurmahal record highest voting percentage Tribune News Service ❝ Smooth and peaceful polling was conducted across all booths in Jalandhar. Wheelchairs were provided at all booths and NSS volunteers were deputed to serve the disabled voters. Ghanshyam Thori, DC, JALANDHAR Voters line up to exercise their franchise at a polling station in Kartarpur on Sunday. COVID PROTOCOL HELPING THE DISABLED While many booths saw thermal scanners and sanitisers being diligently used before voting, at others Covid protocol went for a toss as people hardly used sanitisers and many turned up without masks for voting. Mediapersons at the Alawalpur booth faced difficulty as the personnel barred them from entering. ■ At several booths, personnel were seen helping the disabled voters with wheelchairs or ferrying them to the booth. ■ At Alawalpur, lack of concrete flooring didn't deter handicapped women voters' from exercising their franchise. ■ At Kartarpur, another woman suffering an impairment in her leg was carried by several personnel to make it to the booth. Nawanshahr registers 69.71 per cent polling Jalandhar: Polling remained peaceful in Nawanshahr on Sunday. The three municipal councils in Nawanshahr district — Banga, Rahon and Nawanshahr — recorded 69.71% polling. As many as 43,316 people cast their votes, of which there were 21, 775 males and 21,538 females. The polling was done in 47 wards — 19 in Nawanshahr, 15 in Banga and 13 in Rahon. For all 47 wards, as many as 65 polling centres were set up, where people were seen exercising their franchise since SETTING TRENDS Ajay Joshi morning. Until 10 am, 15.02 per cent voting was already completed. In Rahon, 80.76 per cent people turned out to exercise their voting right, while in Banga and Nawanshahr, the total poll percentage was 71.45 and 65.78, respectively. Ward No. 12 in Nawanshahr was the most sensitive ward and tension remained palpable in the ward the entire day. A posse of police was present in the ward to avoid any untoward incident. DC Dr Shena Aggarwal said the counting would be held on February 17. TNS MALKIAT SINGH Our Correspondent Hoshiarpur, February 14 The district witnessed peaceful polling in 142 wards and recorded 66.68% polling. Shamchaurasi recorded the highest poll percentage of 80.69 followed by Hariana with 75.60%, while polling for Hoshiarpur MC was the lowest at 63.09%. As many as 600 candidates are competing in 142 wards with total 2,22,647 voters. At some places, polling continued even after the official time as voters waited in queues. The counting will take place on February 17. District Election Officercum-Deputy Commissioner Apneet Riyait said 71.57 per cent voting was recorded in Mukerian, 68.18 in Dasuya, 73.47 in Gardhiwala. Simi- Voters queue up outside a polling booth in Hoshiarpur district. larly, 75.60 per cent voting was registered in Hariana nagar council, 80.69 per cent in Shamchaurasi, 69.96 per cent in Urmar, 73.79 per cent in Garhshankar besides 70.75 and 74.44 per cent in nagar panchayats Mahilpur and Talwara, respectively. Meet the turbanator! Gurshandeep has mastered the art of tying turban — with one hand ❝ I developed interest in tying a turban when I was very young. Every day after school hours, I used my mother's scarf as a turban. Subsequently, after learning the skill, I started tying my father's turban. My parents were impressed with my efforts. The journey for the competitions began five years later. When I was 10, members of the Sardaria Trust Punjab approached me, encouraging me to participate in the turban-tying competitions. Since then I have participated in many competitions. Gurshandeep ticipated in many competitions,” Gurshandeep spoke. While he aspires to open his own turban training academy in future, he last appeared in ‘Hunar Punjab Da’ reality show and prior to it he has won several competitions including ‘Turban King’ award and other special awards in various events. He says, for Sikhs, turban is an identity, a symbol of spirituality, pride and hon- our. A Sikh can give up his life for his turban. It is a symbol of unity and integrity for the community. “A turban is not an ordinary piece of cloth,” he reiterated. Ever since he took to it, everyone has been praising his turban style, which further created room for learning other styles too. He’s the go-to guy you want to get a turban tied for an occasion. “When there is Jalandhar, February 14 Voting for the Kapurthala Municipal Corporation and Sultanpur Lodhi municipal council went on peacefully on Sunday, during which as many as 69.16 per cent votes were polled collectively. While 67.89 per cent polling took place across 81 booths of Kapurthala, Sultanpur Lodhi saw 75.89 per cent polling across 13 booths. At Kapurthala, 46,090 voters exercised their franchise, whereas in the holy city of Sultanpur Lodhi, 9,686 voters turned up. Barring minor skirmishes at Ward No. 1 in Sultanpur Lodhi, voting largely remained peaceful in the twin towns. There were no reports of re-polling at any booth. In an enthusiastic turnout, 67.89% votes polled across 81 booths for Kapurthala MC; Sultanpur Lodhi sees 75.89% polling at 13 booths 12.62 per cent votes were polled in Kapurthala till 10 am, 33.37 per cent till 12 noon and 49.44 per cent votes had been cast till 2 pm. In Sultanpur Lodhi, 18.04 per cent voters cast their votes till 10 am, 37.75 per cent till 12 noon and 58.47 per cent till 2 pm. Deputy Commissionercum-District Election Officer Deepti Uppal and SSP Kanwardeep Kaur visited the polling booths throughout the day to monitor the entire process. The DC went to polling booths number 1, 2, 3, 80 and 83 of Kapurthala Municipal Corporation, besides booths number 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 12, 13 of Sultanpur Lodhi municipal council to have a look at the polling process. She said the counting of votes for both civic bodies would take place on February 17, for which adequate arrangements had been made. Senior Superintendent of Police Kanwardeep Kaur also visited various polling booths in the city and monitored security arrangements. Fate of 600 candidates sealed in Hoshiarpur dist Tribune News Service Jalandhar, February 14 At the height of wedding season or any special occasion, Gurshandeep Singh, a teenager, is remembered by people from various pockets of the district. While he is popular for his turban tying skills, what makes him more special is his ability to drape the headgear with just one hand. Turning his misfortune into blessing, he now wants to compete in the turban tying competitions globally. By birth, he’s one-handed. However, this never perturbed him from making a mark. He was five when he started adjusting his left hand with the fabrics of a turban. “I developed interest in tying a turban when I was very young,” he said. Every day after school hours, he would use his mother’’s scarf as a turban. Subsequently, after learning the skill, I started tying my father’’s turban. “My parents were impressed with my efforts.” The journey for the competitions would begin five years later. When he was 10, members of the Sardaria Trust Punjab approached him; encourage him to participate in the turban tying competitions. “Since then I have par- 69.16 pc votes polled in Kapurthala dist any special function, my relatives or neighbours come to my house to get their turbans tied.” It takes him 5-10 minutes to wrap his head in any of the four styles, including amritsari, patiala shahi, morni and wattan wali. Depending on the timings in the competitions, he can also tie a turban in 4-6 minutes. A resident of BSF colony here, Gurshandeep further c m y b adds that when it comes to the most popular style and colours, ‘patiala shahi’ tops the list accompanied with bright colours. “It connects you to the times of maharajas and makes you feel royal, but, it goes well mainly with bright colours such as green, red, yellow and orange to name a few. Therefore, people on a regular basis also prefer wattan wali turban,” he said. More than half of the booths (126) were sensitive out of 223. As many as 107 polling booths were set up for the 50 wards of MC Hoshiarpur, while 25 booths were made for 15 wards of Mukerian, 24 for 15 wards of Dasuya, 11 for 11 wards of both Gardhiwala and Hari- ana, respectively, 9 for 9 wards of Shamchaurasi, 19 polling booths for 15 wards of Tanda and 14 for 13 wards in Garhshankar. Two polling booths for two wards of nagar panchayat Mahilpur and one booth for one ward was set up in Talwara. The DC inspected the election process by visiting various polling stations besides interacting with the poll staff. SSP Navjot Singh Mahal said the elections in the district remained peaceful. More than 2,000 police personnel were on job to ensure peace besides maintaining law and order, the SSP said. Mahal along with SP (D) Ravinderpal Singh Sandhu and other officers visited various polling booths to inspect security arrangements. Action sought against AFSO for negligence Deputy Commissioner-cumDistrict Election Officer Apneet Riyait wrote to the Election Commission (EC) to take action against Raj Deepak, an Assistant Food Supply Officer (AFSO), posted in the District Food and Civil Supplies Office, for negligence in election duty. ADC-cumAdditional District Electoral Officer Harbir Singh said Raj Deepak was appointed as the Election Supervisor for Shamchurasi Municipal Council elections. He was constantly neglecting his duties. He said due to his negligence, the election process got hampered. It was brought to the notice of the District Election Officer by the Returning Officer. A tribute to farmers, Pulwama martyrs Tribune News Service Jalandhar, February 14 On the second anniversary of Pulwama attack and in the wake of ongoing protest against the three contentious farm laws, candlelight marches were organised at three places in the city. A huge gathering of residents, including, youngsters, elderly and children, were present in the candlelight march. While farmers under the banner of Doaba Kisan Sangharsh Committee on Sunday organised the march from Model Town to Gurunanak Mission Chowk to pay tributes to the farmers, who lost their lives during the protest, the farmers under the banner of Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ugrahan) conducted the candlelight march from Desh Bhaghat Yadgar Hall to Nakodar Chowk covering Jyoti Chowk and other areas. Over 150 residents and farmers took part in the Model Town candlelight march and around 200 in the BKU candlelight march. The farmers had appealed residents to gather in large numbers to participate in the march. Similarly, the Punjab Gurmukh Sevak Dal had organ- Residents take out a candlelight march in Jalandhar on Sunday. ised the protest march from Jyoti Chowk to Kapurthala Chowk. As many as 300 people participated in the candlelight march. Students from various colleges had come in the protest to raise awareness on farmers’ protest. Pratap Singh Sodhi, organiser of the march, said they had gathered here to pay tributes to the martyred soldiers of the Pulwama attack and the farmers who died during the protest. The protesters also carried posters with slogans of ‘No Farmers, No Food, Kisaan Union Zindabad’. “Farmers have been staying put on the outskirts of the national capital for nearly 80 days now. While, we will continue to protest until the laws are withdrawn, we want support from the locals to keep the spirit of the farmers high. A large number of people from villages, across the district participated in candlelight march, but this time we also got support from people residing in cities”, added Pratap. The farm leaders and protesters demanded cancellation of FIR against Novdeep Kaur and other farmers who were still kept inside the jails. The leaders also stated that they would block the railway lines on February 18 at Kala Bakra railway station, near Pathankot highway.
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