25012022-ATR-01.qxd 1/25/2022 12:03 AM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE STUDENTS STAYING AWAY FROM POLL HULLABALOO THIS TIME PAGE 2 They have limited their participation to running social media awareness campaigns only in Assembly poll 2022. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY PAGE 3 HARRY POTTER STAR ISAACS WAVERS ON JK ROWLING ROW GEHRAIYAAN TRACK DOOBEY IS ABOUT FALLING IN LOVE Actor Jason Isaacs addressed the controversy swirling around JK Rowling in an interview published recently. MAX 14°C | MIN 8°C | YESTERDAY MAX 13°C | MIN 9°C SUNSET TUESDAY 5:58 PM PAGE 4 Doobey, a track picturised on actors Deepika Padukone and Siddhant Chaturvedi, has been unveiled. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 7:27 AM TUESDAY | 25 JANUARY 2022 | AMRITSAR City-based artist ‘toothpicks’ his way to raise poll awareness INBRIEF SURJITISSSMCHOICE FROM KHEMKARAN Creates model of voter stamp using 18,400 toothpicks Tarn Taran: The Sanyukt Samaj Morcha declared Surjit Singh Bhura, vice-president of the Border Area Farmers’ Welfare Society, as its candidate for the Khemkaran Vidhan Sabha constituency. The kisan leader said he had been working for the welfare of the border area farmers who had been facing problems to cultivate their land situated across the fence on the Indo-Pak border. Virsa Sinjh Valtoha is the SAD candidate and Sarwan Singh Dhunn is the AAP candidate from Khemkaran constituency. The Congress party was yet to declare its candidate from the seat. Sukhpal Singh Bhullar is representing the constituency as the Congress candidate. His father Gurchet Singh Bhullar was also in the race to get the ticket from the constituency. OC Tribune News Service Artist Baljinder Singh displays a model of election stamp with message ‘Your Vote Matters’ made from 18,400 toothpicks on the eve of National Voters’ Day in Amritsar on Monday. VISHAL KUMAR 5 succumb to virus, 455 test +ve in last 24 hours AN APPEAL — GET BOOSTER DOSE Tribune News Service Amritsar, January 24 With five residents losing their lives to Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, the district toll increased to 1,636 on Monday. The deceased have been identified as Lakhwinder Kaur, a 60-year-old resident of Wadha Naushehra village; Navreet Kaur (51) of Kot Mit Singh locality; Amarjit Kaur (77) of Adarsh Nagar; Surinder Kaur (70) of Ajnala and Jagir Singh (84) of Guru Arjun Dev Nagar. The district health authorities also reported 455 positive cases on Monday, with which the total count increased to 56,566. Of these, 281 are new cases and 174 are contacts of positive patients. The health authorities have also reported the recovery of 555 patients, with which the total recovery count increased to 51,370. The district at present has a total of 3,560 active cases. Meanwhile, 25,409 residents were inoculated during the ongoing vaccination Amritsar: Health officials have appealed to residents who have received both doses nine months ago to get the third precautionary dose. Senior Medical Officer at Community Health Centre, Mannawala, Sumit Singh said the vaccination drive was conducted on all days of the week, including public holidays. The SMO, who took his third jab recently, said: “The third dose or the precautionary dose has helped people as they experienced minor symptoms after being infected.” He said at present senior citizens, health workers, frontline workers and persons with comorbidities were eligible for the third dose. TNS HELPLINE NUMBERS FOR COVID PATIENTS ■ Control Room: 0183- DIST COVID UPDATE NEW CASES TOTAL CASES NEW DEATHS TOTAL DEATHS NEW RECOVERY TOTAL RECOVERY ACTIVE 455 56,566 5 1,636 555 51,370 3,560 2500398, 01832500498, 01832500598, 0183-2500698, 01832500798 (Open 24*7) ■ Health Dept helpline: 01832535322, 0183-2535323 ■ Medical helpline: 104 ■ Contact a doctor: 1800 180 4104 ■ Bed availability and status: Punjab Covid App (updated daily at 5 pm) 98 TEST POSITIVE IN TARN TARAN As many as 98 persons tested positive for Covid-19 in the district on Monday, taking the active caseload to 1,091. The toll remains at 384. Health Department in a press release issued here informed that 11,731 jabs were administered to citizens on Monday and total 10,38,763 vaccinations have been administered so far. OC drive on Monday. Of these, 11,140, including 1,769 children, received the first dose, 13,630 received the second dose and 639 received the third dose. Amritsar, January 24 It took 16 days for city-based artist and teacher Baljinder Singh Mann to finish a piece of art aimed at raising awareness under district SVEEP activities. Baljinder once again proved his nuance with art, as he created a model of a stamp with a message ‘Every Vote Matters’ using 18,400 toothpicks. It has three layers of platform created using toothpicks, joined together by adhesives and a mount created on top. The stamp underneath has been made with toothpicks as well. wanted do to encourage voters to exercise ❝I right. Wetomustmy bitpart of the electoral process and their be a not think that one vote would not make a difference. It took me 16 days to complete the model. ❞ Baljinder Singh Mann, CITY-BASED ARTIST & TEACHER “I wanted to do my bit to encourage voters to exercise their right. We must be a part of the electoral process and not think that one vote would not make a difference. It took me 16 days, working 4-5 hours each day to complete the model,” he said. Baljinder had earlier, in 2020, registered a record on his name by creating a 470-ft long strip of Tricolour using 71,000 toothpicks. His interesting and unique creation stands out for its shear detailing, as he painstakingly glued 71,000 toothpicks on a delicate strip of paper. The International Book of Records has registered his name for creating the longest painting on toothpicks for the particular feat. His other notable works include a shadow portrait of Shaheed Bhagat Singh made from toothpicks. A teacher of social science at Government Senior Secondary School, Kot Baba Deep Singh, Baljinder has been working on creating unique pieces by using an unusual tool — toothpicks. “I always wanted to explore different mediums as an artist and toothpicks are quite delicate to work with. It requires patience and extreme amount of caution. Sometimes I have to make several attempts to complete a piece. I have made several unique designs over the period of years, which now makes me confident to create anything I set my mind to with toothpicks,” he said. Pakistan repatriates 20 Indian fishermen Campaigning expected to pick up pace as filing of papers begin Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Amritsar, January 24 As many as 20 Indian fishermen were repatriated from Pakistan through the AttariWagah Joint Checkpost here on Monday. They had inadvertently crossed into the Pakistani territorial waters in Gujarat’s coastal area around five years ago. They were lodged in the Landhi jail in Karachi. They were handed over to the Indian authorities by the Pakistani Rangers in the presence of customs, immigration and local district officials. They belonged to different cities of Gujarat. Bhavesh Bhika said he had served four years’ sentence in Landhi jail. He said his boat just swayed into the waters that fell into the Pakistani territory and they could not gaze it as there was no marking. They said around 600 Indian fishermen were still lodged in Landhi and Maleer jails in Pakistan and they should also be repatriated and their boats should be released, which are generally confiscated by the Pakistan authorities. Amritsar, January 24 Electioneering is expected to intensify in the coming days as candidates contesting the Assembly poll would be able to file their nominations with the Returning Officer of their respective constituency from Tuesday. The candidates would be able to file their nominations till February 1. However, January 26 and January 30 being public holidays, the nominations would not be filed on these days. The scrutiny of nomination papers would be done on February 2. Candidates desiring to withdraw their nominations would be able to do so till February 4. The political picture in all 11 constituencies of the district would partly become clear when the nomination process is completed. Since many candidates contesting as Independents, as they are miffed with their respective parties for not getting the ticket, withdraw their nominations at the last moment, the final picture would be revealed only after February 4. Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Election Officer Gurpreet Singh Khaira said only two persons would be allowed inside the Returning Officer’s room along with the candidate at the time of submitting of nominations. Candidates will also be able to complete formalities related with the nominations by visiting the online portal https://suvidha.eci.gov.in. After completing the process, candidates can take a printout of the The political picture in all 11 constituencies of the district would partly become clear when the nomination process is completed. Since many candidates contesting as Independents, as they are miffed with their respective parties for not getting the ticket, withdraw their nominations at the last moment, the final picture would be revealed only after February 4 form and submit it with the Returning Officer. The candidates contesting from Ajnala would be able to file nominations at the court room of Subdivisional Magistrate (SDM) Ajnala; Rajasansi at officer of Executive Officer Rajasansi; Majitha at SDM office Majitha; Jandiala at Room Number 110 at District Administrative Complex; Attari at SDM office Amritsar-II; Baba Bakala at SDM office, Baba Bakala. Further, the candidates from Amritsar North would be able to submit nominations at the office of the Municipal Commissioner, Amritsar West, at court room of SDM Amritsar-I; Amritsar Central at ADC (development) office; Amritsar East at Assistant Commissioner (grievances) at room number 160 of DAC; and Amritsar South at office of Joint Commissioner, Municipal Corporation. Manish Sisodia holds door-to-door Cong yet to announce Sham Lal Gandhi all set to contest as campaign for Kunwar Vijay Pratap candidate from Attari Independent from Amritsar West Tribune News Service Amritsar, January 24 People should seek answers from the government who did nothing except making false promises during its fiveyear rule, said Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi and senior AAP leader, who was here to campaign for former IG Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh, AAP candidate from Amritsar North. He said the enthusiasm among the people supporting AAP is an indication of enormous support which the party was getting among the public during this assembly polls. He said the problems being faced by the people are common in every region be it Malwa, Majha or Doaba. “The people are suffering with rampant drug abuse, poverty, rising inflation and unemployment and unfortunately no traditional party is speaking on this issue. They were busying in mudslinging at each other,” Sisodia said. “We had accepted the mandate given by people in 2017 but now is time for them to ask questions to the representatives of the government Amritsar, January 24 Congress party’s Central Election Committee has not yet announced candidate for the crucial Attari Assembly segment, which houses the Attari-Wagah Joint Checkpost and the Integrated Checkpost, a gateway to Pakistan and Central Asian countries. Around 10 days have passed since it announced candidates for 10 out of total 11 Assembly seats in Amritsar district. Attari is the sole seat in the district, from where a Congress candidate is yet to be nominated. Congress leader Tarsem Singh DC is its sitting MLA. Dharambir Singh Mahiya, a leader of the Vimukat Jatis (denotified tribe), has now staked claim for the ticket. In a communiqué to Sonia Gandhi, president of the All-Indian Congress Committee, said Vimukat Jatis were never rewarded with Assembly and parliamentary tickets even after 75 years of Independence. “There are about 30 lakh people belonging to these tribes in the entire state and about 20,000 of them are in PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Tribune News Service Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia and Kunwar Vijay Pratap, AAP candidate from North, during door-to-door campaign in Amritsar. who are approaching them for seeking votes,” he added. Answering queries regarding PPCC president Navjot Singh Sidhu’s statement terming the televote for declaring Bhagwant Mann as the CM face as fake, he said Sidhu’s party leaders were not getting any response and therefore he sees everything as fake. On ED raid at Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi’s relative, he said the money recovered from the residence of his relative was tax payers’ money. Dr Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh, addressing the people said that former Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh had sweared on Gutka Sahib and promised to end drug abuse and provide employment to every house. However, neither of the two promises were fulfilled during five-year rule of the Congress government. Politicians were sheltering drug peddlers and notorious criminals. They were behind the sixth river of drugs in pious land of Punjab. He said during elections they lure voters by drugs, liquor and money. He said if AAP comes to power, it would expose all drug peddlers and politicians sheltering them besides breaking the back of the drug cartel and criminals. c m y b Dharambir Singh Mahiya, a leader of a denotified tribe, stakes claim ❝Vimukat Jatis are never rewarded with Assembly and parliamentary tickets even after 75 years of Independence. There are about 30 lakh people belonging to these tribes in the state and about 20,000 are in Attari. ❞ Dharambir Singh Mahiya, A LEADER OF THE VIMUKAT JATIS Attari,” he said. The state government appointed him the chairman of Vimukat Jatis Welfare Board in 2020. Meanwhile, insiders said the name of popular Punjabi singer Lakhwinder Wadali was doing the rounds, while Navneet Kaur, a female leader in Youth Congress and Tarsem Singh Sialka, a member of Punjab State SC Commission had also thrown their hats in the ring. SAD has already named Gulzar Singh Ranike and AAP as Jaswinder Singh Ramdas, ADC (retd). Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Amritsar, January 24 Admirer of Gandhian philosophy Sham Lal Gandhi is all set to contest the election as an Independent from Amritsar West. He has been unsuccessfully out on the hustings for the past 13 years. Following Gandhian lifestyle, he believes in simple living and high thinking. Sham Lal, known as local Gandhi, will go on the hustings for the sixth time. When the Amritsar Tribune team met him on Monday, he was busy preparing documents to file his nomination papers from Amritsar West. Last time he had contested as an Independent from the Amritsar Lok Sabha seat in 2019. A staunch Gandhian, he saves from his earning to contest the elections. Employed with a catering firm which prepare food on orders at parties, he works as a daily wager and saves from his meagre earning to contest the elections. His unique style of canvassing on his bicycle without any pomp and show has made him a well-recognised MEET Mr ‘GANDHI’ ■ Originally Sham Lal, he earned the suffix of ‘Gandhi’ over the years ■ A staunch Gandhian, he saves from his earning to contest the elections ■ He works as a daily wager as he is employed with a catering firm, which prepares food on orders at parties ■ His unique style of canvassing on his bicycle without any pomp and show has made him a well-recognised face among city dwellers. Though read many on the ❝Nation, itI did notfilm ‘Gandhi’booksinspiredFather of the was a that me to follow the philosophy of Mahatama Gandhi. ❞ Sham Lal Gandhi, INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE FROM AMRITSAR WEST face among city dwellers. Originally Sham Lal, he earned the suffix of Gandhi over the years. “Though I did not read many books on the Father of the Nation, it was a film ‘Gandhi’ that inspired me to follow the philosophy of Mahatama Gandhi,” he said. Before contesting his maiden election in 2009, he jumped in active public life in 2007, when he, then as a 25-year-old, had taken up the task of raising awareness about the Gandhian philosophy and rel- evance of its principles in the contemporary society. Among the messages he propagates are the principles of non-violence and communal harmony. He had first dabbled in politics in the 2009 General Election. His second election was the 2012 Assembly poll, when he contested unsuccessfully from the West Assembly constituency from the Bharatiya Chaitanya Party. He also contested in the Municipal Corporation elections in 2012 and then figured in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
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