09012022-TTC-01.qxd 1/9/2022 12:35 AM Page 1 123 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 6 NO. 9 | 16 PAGES | ~6.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 KHAWAJA’S 2ND TON LIFTS AUSTRALIA TO BIG LEAD SPORT /thetribunechd WHO: STRICT STEPS MUST TO ARREST COVID SURGE WORLD HIMACHAL EMERGING AS HUB OF MEDICINAL PLANTS SPECTRUM SAINIK SCHOOLS TO HELP BOOST GIRLS’ PRESENCE IN FORCES BACK PAGE sunday | 9 january 2022 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Punjab polls on Feb 14; virtual rallies till Jan 15 Tribune News Service Troop deployment, infra build-up at LAC new normal Ajay Banerjee Tribune News Service New Delhi, January 8 More than 18 months into the military stand-off with China at the LAC, it is estimated the deployment of troops, military-related infrastructure, weapons, tanks and guns along the 3,488-km LAC will be the new normal. The Indian side is clear that there can be no third-party intervention in the IndiaChina talks. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh have met their Chinese counterparts abroad, notably in Russia in September 2020, but no intervention has been welcomed or allowed. That stance will continue. The ongoing talks notwithstanding, matters at the LAC could take a turn any way, even move towards continued on page 6 New Delhi, January 8 Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa will go to the polls in seven phases from February 10 to March 7. The votes will be counted on March 10. Announcing the dates today, the Election Commission said roadshows, physical rallies and corner meetings were barred till January 15. Only virtual campaigning was allowed. As many as 690 Assembly seats are up for grabs with the BJP in the race to defend its governments in four states except Punjab. The ruling Congress aims to beat anti-incumbency in Punjab while the AAP and the TMC seek to expand Polling in 5 states from Feb 10-March 7 | Counting: March 10 UP TO VOTE IN 7 PHASES UTTAR PRADESH ■ Polling time increased by 1 hr PUNJAB 403 SEATS 117 SEATS PHASE SEATS POLLING I 58 Feb 10 II 55 Feb 14 III 59 Feb 20 IV 60 Feb 23 V 60 Feb 27 VI 57 March 3 VII 54 March 7 MANIPUR SEATS 38 22 campaign, including candidate ■ No victory processions after 70 SEATS POLLING FEB 14 40 SEATS POLLING FEB 14 POLLING I II public roads/roundabouts ■ Only 5 persons for door-to-door UTTARAKHAND 60 SEATS PHASE ■ Ban on ‘nukkad sabhas’ at POLLING FEB 14 GOA Feb 27 March 3 their footprint beyond New Delhi and West Bengal. Punjab, Goa and Uttarak- Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra with Election Commissioner Rajeev Kumar (L) in New Delhi. MUKESH AGGARWAL ON UNION BUDGET SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS Wouldn’t want to interfere in Union Budget. It will not disturb level playing field for parties during the elections. Strict watch on social media posts is being kept to ensure that the election atmosphere is not vitiated. ❝ Chandigarh, January 8 The Punjab Government today appointed 1987-batch IPS officer Viresh Kumar Bhawra as the state DGP just an hour before the model code of conduct came into force. The government also shifted Ferozepur SSP Harmandeep Singh Hans and posted Narindera Bhargava in his place. Ferozepur is at the cen- VK Bhawra will have 2-year tenure tre of controversy over lapses in PM Narendra Modi’s security earlier this week. ❝ — SUSHIL CHANDRA, CHIEF ELECTION COMMISSIONER hand will witness a singlephase election on February 14, UP will vote in seven phases Bhawra new DGP Ferozepur SSP shifted , Tribune News Service GUIDELINES FOR CAMPAIGNING Bhawra has been appointed for a two-year tenure after the state had two officiating DGPs, Siddharth Chattopadhyaya and Iqbal Preet Singh Sahota, in the last three months. After assuming the charge, Bhawra said his priority would be to conduct free and fair elections in the state. He said his focus would be on eradicating drug menace. He continued on page 6 on February 10, 14, 20, 23, 27, March 3 and March 7 and Manipur in two phases on Feb- counting of votes on March 10 8 pm-8 am campaign curfew ■ Covid-hit, quarantined to cast vote during the last hour of polling ■ Mandatory to publish why candidate with criminal record picked ■ Parties will have to give reasons why others without criminal antecedents not chosen ■ ruary 27 and March 3. The total voters, as per electoral rolls of continued on page 6 IN BRIEF Kits defective, 297 Italy-Amritsar fliers test -ve CHANDIGARH: A probe has found that the 297 travellers who tested positive in Amritsar upon arrival from Italy on two charter flights were “false positive” as they were tested with defective kits. TNS Mother Teresa charity’s FCRA licence restored NEW DELHI: The FCRA licence of Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity was restored on January 7, exactly 13 days after the MHA had on the Christmas day refused a renewal request. TNS Fee for using redeveloped stations: Railways NEW DELHI: Long-distance travel is likely to cost more for passengers boarding or alighting at redeveloped stations as the Railways plans to levy ‘station development fee’ ranging from ~10 to ~50. PTI 690 SEATS IN 5 STATES GOING TO POLLS 440 WITH BJP AND ITS ALLIES 114 WITH CONGRESS, MAINLY IN PUNJAB 18.34 CR TOTAL VOTERS 50,000 CAPF TROOPS FOR SECURITY 50 CAPF companies to reach Punjab tomorrow CEO: Will ensure free and fair elections New Delhi, January 8 With the elections set to take place under the watch of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF), Punjab Chief Electoral Officer S Karuna Raju said of the 75 companies allotted to Punjab, 50 would reach the state on Monday. After the enforcement of the model code of conduct, Raju held a meeting with DCs-cum-DEOs and CPs/SSPs and issued directions to ensure its compliance in letter and spirit. Raju has also brought all poll panel guidelines to the notice of the Chief Secretary and other officials. He said an app, cVIGIL, had been launched and complaints registered on it would be redressed within 100 minutes. INSIDE AKHILESH RAISES DIGITAL DIVIDE Other parties must get proper space on digital platform that’s dominated by the BJP. — SP CHANCE TO OUST BJP It’s an opportunity to defeat BJP and put an end to joblessness, price rise and atrocities against women and Dalits. — CONGRESS WELCOME DECISION Saving lives is our top priority and we respect the decision to ban physical rallies. — AAP END OF ANARCHY Poll announcement signals end of anarchy, chaos, confusion and misgovernance in Punjab. — SAD
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