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JALANDHAR VOTES 2017

MC poll: Controversy rages over distribution of voter slips

Candidates up in arms against the district administration13 Dec 2017 | 1:41 AM

JALANDHAR: A controversy has erupted over the distribution of voter slips in the ongoing canvassing for the municipal elections. Candidates have lodged a strong protest against the district administration which had asked them to distribute the voter slips individually to the voters in their respective areas.

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Rachna Khaira

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, December 12

A controversy has erupted over the distribution of voter slips in the ongoing canvassing for the municipal elections.

Candidates have lodged a strong protest against the district administration which had asked them to distribute the voter slips individually to the voters in their respective areas. Calling it a blatant violation of the election norms, Congress leader Jagdish Raja said it was the job of the Block Level Officer (BLO) concerned and not the contesting candidate to do the job.

“A majority of the freshers are contesting the municipal elections this time. How will they balance their canvassing and the distribution of voters’ slips at the same time? This is causing a lot of harassment to the candidates,” said Raja.

Meanwhile, Congress leader and RTI activist Sanjay Sehgal had shot a letter to the Election Commission of India (ECI) and Punjab, informing them about the new plan adopted by the district administration of Jalandhar to save funds.

“As per the Election Commission of India (ECI) norms, it is the duty of the Block level Officers (BLOs) to make votes and also distribute these slips to the voters. However, they were doing it earlier, this year, they had asked the candidates to do it,” said Sehgal, informing that he had got a call from the Election Commission of India (ECI), confirming that the matter had been taken up with the Returning Officer in Jalandhar.

Also, he informed that that despite asking repeatedly, the district administration had refused to provide the electronic voters list of the city.

When asked, SDM-cum-Assistant Returning Officer (ARO) Rajiv Verma said that the BLOs distribute voters’ slips only during the Lok Sabha and the Assembly elections. “There is no such provision to distribute voters’ slips by the BLOs in municipal polls. It never happened before,” said Verma.

However, refuting his claim, Sehgal said that earlier, the job was done by the Block level Officers (BLOs) only during the 2007 and 2012 elections, but this is the first time the district administration had asked the candidates to do it at their own level. He said it seemed that the administration, facing a financial crunch, was trying to save funds on getting the slips printed for the ongoing polls.

EVMs impossible to tamper with, say engineers

EVMs impossible to tamper with, say engineers

13 Dec 2017 | 1:41 AM

JALANDHAR: They are young, and are responsible to get the municipal elections conducted in a ‘fair’ manner. Meet the EVM engineers, a group of six young men from Delhi, who came to the city today to take care of any technical snag reported in any EVM on the polling day.

344 booths declared sensitive, 31 hyper-sensitive in city

344 booths declared sensitive, 31 hyper-sensitive in city

13 Dec 2017 | 1:41 AM

JALANDHAR: Over 344 booths in the city were declared sensitive and 31 were declared hyper sensitive by the district administration ahead of the municipal polls scheduled to be held on December 17 in the state.

Once home to intellectuals, now in a state of neglectBasti Danishmanda: Ward Watch (42, 74)

Once home to intellectuals, now in a state of neglect

13 Dec 2017 | 1:41 AM

JALANDHAR: Basti Danishmanda, the oldest area of the city, got its name Danishmanda because of the genius and intelligent persons (referred to as Danishmands in Urdu) living here. Among them, a majority were Muslims.

MC polls: Leaders choose safe turfs for better halves

MC polls: Leaders choose safe turfs for better halves

13 Dec 2017 | 1:41 AM

JALANDHAR: Call it a love for power or for the better half, senior political leaders in the city have chosen safe turfs to launch their wives for the post of Mayor. These VIP candidates have only a single opponent each and that, too, is a fresher!

Life term for rapist father

13 Dec 2017 | 1:41 AM

HOSHIARPUR: The court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Priya Sood convicted Balkar Singh, son of Baldev Singh and a resident of Barota in Mukerian sub-division, for raping his daughter and sentenced him to life imprisonment and a fine of Rs 30,000.

Career awareness fest on Dec 20, 21

13 Dec 2017 | 1:41 AM

JALANDHAR: To give right shape to the future of the students of matric class X, Deputy Commissioner Jalandhar Varinder Kumar Sharma yesterday announced that district administration would organise (Sports and Career Awareness Festival) SPARK Mela 2017 at Guru Gobind Singh stadium on December 20-21.

Doubling of MLA’s medical allowance flayed

13 Dec 2017 | 1:41 AM

HOSHIARPUR: The Senior Retired Punjab Civil Medical Services Association today criticised the state government for doubling the medical allowance of its present, former ministers and MLAs, while ignoring the same benefit to the present and former government employees.

Former Indian football captain Gurdev Singh Gill felicitated

Former Indian football captain Gurdev Singh Gill felicitated

13 Dec 2017 | 1:41 AM

NEW DELHI: Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore today felicitated former Indian football captain Gurdev Singh Gill for his contribution to the sport.

Sewerage board to recover Rs12.17 lakh from govt departments

13 Dec 2017 | 1:41 AM

PHAGWARA: The Water Supply and Sewerage Board has yet to recover an amount of Rs 12,17,038 which has been pending from the last two years, from various government departments.

Class I certificate for 102 police officers

Class I certificate for 102 police officers

13 Dec 2017 | 1:41 AM

JALANDHAR: As many as 102 police officers were honoured with Class I certificate by DGP (Law and Order) HS Dhillon and with Class I certificate for performing commendable job at high-tech checkpoints at various bridges of Jalandhar zone.

Tableaux to mark Christmas on Dec 19

Tableaux to mark Christmas on Dec 19

13 Dec 2017 | 1:41 AM

JALANDHAR: The district administration would make elaborate arrangements for the upcoming tableaux on December 19 to mark the Christmas in city.

Drug peddler held

Drug peddler held

13 Dec 2017 | 1:41 AM

PHAGWARA: The police arrested Money, a resident of Bedian Mohalla, and seized 10-gm of heroin from his possession last night.

Vehicle thief arrested, bike seized

13 Dec 2017 | 1:41 AM

PHAGWARA: The police have arrested Ravi Kumar, a resident of Mehli village, and recovered a stolen motorcycle from his possession.

SCHOOL NOTES

Sweaters distributed

13 Dec 2017 | 1:41 AM

Jalandhar: Eldeco Green’s Residents Welfare Society distributed sweaters among needy students of Class IX to XII of Govt Senior Secondary School.

College notes

Niranjan Singh Noor Award

12 Dec 2017 | 1:36 AM

Jalandhar: Kuljeet Kaur Athwal, Associate Prof of the Department Punjabi of Hans Raj Mahila Maha Vidyalaya received Niranjan Singh Noor Award.

snippets

Two houses burgled

12 Dec 2017 | 1:36 AM

Phagwara: Two incidents of theft were reported here on Sunday night.

Govt depts in Phagwara yet to pay Rs 3.97-cr power dues

12 Dec 2017 | 1:36 AM

PHAGWARA: The Punjab State Power Corporation Ltd has to recover an amount of Rs 3.97 crore, which has been pending from two years, from various government departments.

Travel by auto-rickshaw at your own peril

12 Dec 2017 | 1:36 AM

JALANDHAR: The traffic wing of the Jalandhar police, despite special drives, have failed to initiate action against those auto-rickshaw drivers who are driving recklessly, causing accidents and posing a threat to commuters.

DC releases Potential Linked Credit Plan

12 Dec 2017 | 1:54 AM

NAWANSHAHR: Deputy Commissoner, Amit Kumar, today released the Potential Linked Credit Plan (PLP) worth Rs 4762.26 crore, prepared by NABARD.

Special event held on World Human Rights Day

12 Dec 2017 | 1:36 AM

JALANDHAR: Pahal,a youth organisation, organised a special event on World Human Rights Day at the special training centre being run under the National Child Labour Project(NCLP), with the assistance of the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India, under the guidance of assistant labour commissioner (ALC), Jalandhar.

Western disturbance disturbs campaigning

Western disturbance disturbs campaigning

12 Dec 2017 | 1:36 AM

JALANDHAR: Already the candidates who are in the fray for the Municipal Corporation elections, which are scheduled to be held on December 17, are concerned over getting a short span of time for campaigning, the western disturbance which resulted in rains has disturbed them.

CM to inaugurate ITC food plant

CM to inaugurate ITC food plant

12 Dec 2017 | 1:36 AM

KAPURTHALA: Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh will inaugurate ITC integrated food manufacturing and logistic facility plant here on Thursday.

Campaign trail: Young women candidates bat for reforms

Campaign trail: Young women candidates bat for reforms

12 Dec 2017 | 1:36 AM

JALANDHAR: At 24 years of age, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate Suman is the youngest from the party to contest the municipal elections.

Congress issues 24-hour ultimatum to rebel workers

12 Dec 2017 | 1:36 AM

JALANDHAR: The Congress has issued a 24-hour ultimatum to the rebel party workers to either support the party candidates in the ongoing municipal polls or face suspension for at least six years.

Tyre mechanic promises safe, neat roads

Tyre mechanic promises safe, neat roads

12 Dec 2017 | 1:36 AM

JALANDHAR: Eking out a living at his roadside tyre puncture repair stall, Sunil Arora (32) has big dreams.

Residents here live amid stench of skinned animalsButa Mandi Ward watch (30, 35)

Residents here live amid stench of skinned animals

12 Dec 2017 | 1:54 AM

JALANDHAR: Despite the opening of a few small showrooms in the Buta Mandi area to change the image of this area, the core Buta Mandi remains the same and workers taking skinned animals to stores on rehris is a common sight here.

School notes

Archery Inter-College event

11 Dec 2017 | 1:59 AM

Jalandhar: Hans Raj Mahila Maha Vidyalaya won Guru Nanak Dev University Archery Inter College Championship in Compound Event.

Advocate killed in accident; wife, son seriously injured

Advocate killed in accident; wife, son seriously injured

11 Dec 2017 | 2:00 AM

HOSHIARPUR: Hoshiarpur's leading advocate Vinod Sharma, aged 49, was killed in an accident that took place on the Hoshiarpur-Chandigarh road near Totomajara village at around 2.30 am last night.

Ayurveda, a holistic way of life, says MLA

11 Dec 2017 | 1:59 AM

HOSHIARPUR: Ayurveda should be adopted in letter and spirit because it is not only a mode of treatment, but also a holistic way of life.

Guru Nanak Dev library to get facelift

11 Dec 2017 | 1:59 AM

JALANDHAR: Deputy Commissioner (DC) Varinder Kumar Sharma said that the district administration would make concerted efforts to give a major face lift to Guru Nanak Dev library in the heart of the city.

Sabha protest against police

11 Dec 2017 | 1:59 AM

JALANDHAR: In a protest against the alleged atrocities by a DSP-rank officer, activists of the Naujawan Bharat Sabha held a protest outside the Kartarpur police station here today.

From lensman to theatre artist: Array of professionals in MC this time

From lensman to theatre artist: Array of professionals in MC this time

11 Dec 2017 | 1:59 AM

JALANDHAR: A theatre artist and a special educator, a wrestler, a photographer, a tanner, a school principal, an RTI activist, an exporter, law students, teachers and social workers – this Municipal Corporation election has an array of professionals from all walks of life stepping into the political scene and assuring to give their best to the society as a councilor.

AAP appoints 23 office bearers for Doaba

11 Dec 2017 | 1:59 AM

JALANDHAR: The Aam Admi Party has appointed as many as 23 zone coordinators here today.

Residents here are wary of rainsWard watch 61 & 62

Residents here are wary of rains

11 Dec 2017 | 1:59 AM

JALANDHAR: Whenever it rains, the city residents get reluctant of going towards Preet Nagar as the area turns into a big swimming pool.

Third Mayor Surinder Mahey gave dividers, footpaths to city

Third Mayor Surinder Mahey gave dividers, footpaths to city

11 Dec 2017 | 1:59 AM

JALANDHAR: Barring a few controversies, the tenure of the third Mayor of Jalandhar, Surinder Mahey, is remembered by residents for attempting to make the city dust-proof by raising dividers and footpaths along all main roads.

Thieves strike at 2 shops, steal mobiles worth lakhs

11 Dec 2017 | 1:59 AM

JALANDHAR: A gang of thieves stole mobile phones worth lakhs from two shops in the city today.

From studying insects and teaching students to contesting elections

From studying insects and teaching students to contesting elections

11 Dec 2017 | 1:59 AM

JALANDHAR: It was not clear whether it was her athletic background or enthusiasm that was visible in her gait.

BJP suspends 7 party workers

11 Dec 2017 | 2:25 AM

JALANDHAR: The Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) suspended seven workers from the party today for contesting the municipal polls as independent candidates. The suspended workers include Sulekha Bhagat from ward number 69, Jitendra Kumar Jind from ward number 69, Davinder Singh Roni from ward number 66, Puja Trikha from ward number 17, Vimal Kumar from ward number 17, Kripal Pali from ward number 22 and Varinder Sharma from ward number 52.

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