Saturday, January 26, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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‘Poll time has reversed gains of de-addiction drives’
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 25
The PCMS Association of Punjab has said that it fears a sudden rise in the incidence of consumption of alcohol and intoxicants in the state in view of the elections. It has also demanded the appointment of special observers to check this menace.

Dr Hardeep Singh, state chief of the association, and Dr Surinder Singh, its general secretary, in a joint statement issued here today, said the consumption of liquor was a serious blow to the gains of the de-addiction drive of the Health Department and the NGOs working in the state.

The chief of the association said that a study of previous election times showed that, in this period, there was a 10-time increase in the consumption of every intoxicant in Punjab. There was sudden rise in the bulk purchase of intoxicants and alcohol.

The association members said, though there was a rise in the purchase and consumption of alcohol, cases against illegal liquor trade were much less.

The association said special observers with powers to award strict penalties could check such activities.

They said, due to a free and easy availability of intoxicants and alcohol, the vulnerable group was most likely to become the the addict group and the de-addicted group may also join them.

Dr Hardip Singh praised some of the NGOs for their efforts to educate the masses against such organised evil.



Phallewal Sports Festival begins
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, January 25
The 73rd Dashmesh Tournament organised by the Dashmesh Sports and Welfare Club began at Phallewal village, near here, today. Mr Jagdish Singh Garcha, Minister for Technical Education, Punjab inaugurated the three-day sports festival.

In the preliminary matches ( football ), Sarabha beat Jagraon, Nangal Khurd beat Phallewal, Pakhowal beat Mullanpur, Mehma Singh Wala beat Phallewal School, Sarabha beat Nangal Khurd, Pakhowal beat Mehma Singh Wala and Pakhowal beat Sarabha.

In kabaddi ( 52 kg), Birdha defeated Ghulal 18-8, Mullanpur defeated Dilavar Garh 20-12, Kot Gangu Rai defeated Majri 20-6 and Seehara Doual defeated Dhoorkot 18-5. In kabaddi (u-14), Phallewal ‘B’ outplayed Phallewal ‘A’.

Fourteen heats were held in the bullock cart race. The results are: Jaswant Singh of Chahal, Surjit Singh of Dhoorkot, Ajmer Singh of Bhaini Arora, Bhupinder Singh of Mehma Singh Wala, Bela Singh of Dehlon, Beant Singh of Bagarian, Prabhjot Singh of Abuwal, Hakam Singh of Jhand, Karnail Singh of Sohian, Darshan Singh of Manki, Jawala Singh, Gurdeep Singh of Dhol Khurd, Darbara Singh of Jhand, Kulwinder Singh Tibba, Surjit Singh of Bhuddahan, Tarsem Singh of Bagarian, Bhupinder Singh of Jandali, Jagga Singh of Mehma Singh Wala, Chamkaur Singh of Khadoor Sahib, Bahadur Singh of Ayali Khurd, Darshan Singh of Jhanat, Harbans Singh of Aasi Kalan, Simarjit Singh of Gujjarwal, Raula Khan of Jadjoi, Malkiat Singh of Jodha, Nirpdeep Singh of Gujjarwal, Chamkaur Singh of Dakha and Prabhjot Singh of Dehlon.



Double Decker XI reaches final
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, January 25
Ajeet Pal (46) and Nishu (39) enabled Double Decker XI to register three-wicket victory over Riat XI in the first semi-final of the 6th Rajeev Gandhi and Ist Master Vishav Walia Memorial Cricket Tournament at Daresi ground here today.

Riat XI, batting first were restricted to a modest total of 142 runs due to some accurate bowling by Double Decker bowlers. Nitin was pick of the bowlers grabbing three wickets for 21 runs off five overs. Mannu and Sarabjeet Lal scalped two victims each. Double Decker XI made the required runs in 22.4 overs after losing 7 wickets.

In the final, Double Decker XI will clash with the winners of the second semi-final to be played tomorrow between Hero XI and Aditya XI.

Brief scores: Riat XI — 142 all out ( Amit Sharma 27, Harpal 23, Nitin 3 for 21, Mannu 2 for 20 and Sarabjeet Lal 2 for 22); Double Decker XI — 146 for 7 (Ajeet Pal 46, Nishu 39, Sarabjeet Lal 18 not out, Jatinder 2 for 26, Kuldeep 2 for 27 and Amit Sharma 2 for 30).



Follow code or face action, DC tells candidates
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 25
Deputy Commissioner S.K. Sandhu today told all candidates contesting the February 13 Assembly poll and the respective political parties to strictly follow and abide by the model code of conduct enforced by the Election Commission of India during the election campaign and cautioned that any violation would attract strict action against the defaulting candidate.

Mr Sandhu was addressing a joint meeting of the candidates in fray for the 12 assembly constituencies in the district and representatives of political parties in the Mini-Secretariat here. The meeting was convened to apprise the candidates of the provisions of the model code of conduct and various other directions, issued by the district administration for the smooth conduct of assembly elections in the district. All eight observers, appointed by the Election Commission of India, three SSPs of Ludhiana, Khanna and Jagraon police districts and returning officers attended the meeting.

Explaining the directions in the model code of conduct, the Deputy Commissioner asked the candidates and the political parties, not to indulge in any activity which might spark off hatred or tension among people of different castes, communities, religions or regions. Similarly, criticism on the basis of personality and personal life should not be resorted to. “There shall be no appeal on the basis of castes, communities and religion by any party to secure votes and there will be no use of places of worship for election campaign.” The candidates were also asked to refrain from other corrupt practices like offering bribe, threats or intimidation of the voters, impersonation at the time of polling, canvassing within 100m of polling booths and offering transportation facilities to the voters to and from the polling stations.

Mr Sandhu cautioned the political parties against making use of any private or government property for putting up posters or banners, erecting flag staffs or writing election slogans without obtaining written permission from the owners of the property. The candidates were told that they would be liable for penal action under the Defacement of Property Act if charged with using private or government buildings to put up election propaganda material. He further asked the political parties to ensure that their supporters did not disturb or break up election meetings and processions, organised by other parties, while making it explicitly clear that nobody would be allowed to create disturbance of any kind during the campaigning period.

He further said that it would be mandatory for the parties and candidates to submit prior information to the local police authorities regarding the venue and time of the election meetings and processions, well in time, so that proper security arrangements could be made. The candidates would also have to inform about the time, date and route of the proposed procession in advance for security and traffic management purposes.

All printed material related to the election must bear the name of publisher and printer and a copy of each material has to be submitted with the Returning Officer concerned. Under the relevant Act, the violation of these instructions shall be a cognizable offence, punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months or with fine up to Rs 1000 or both.

On a point regarding the violation of code of conduct by some candidates, who came in big processions for filing nomination papers, the Deputy Commissioner informed that the administration had issued notices to the defaulters and their replier were awaited. The Deputy Commissioner said that any vehicle, fitted with loud speaker, without prior permission, would be confiscated along with sound equipment, as the sticker of loudspeaker permission was mandatory to be pasted on the vehicle, engaged for making announcement. Mr Sandhu announced that on the polling day, no vehicle, other than those duly permitted, would be allowed to ply around the polling centres.

Referring to the maintenance of accounts by the candidates, Mr Sandhu informed that three officers — Mr P.S. Brara (finance and accounts), Mr Harish Kumar (section officer) and Mr Shayam Singh (section officer) were designated to check the expenditure registered of the candidates and they would be daily available in the court room of ADC (general). Every candidate would have to get his expenditure register checked from them within every three days. He said that the expenditure observers would also check the expenditure registers on January 25, February 6, February 10 and February 23 in the Circuit House from 10 a.m. to 1.30 p.m.

All seven observers, who were leaving the city today, would be back on February 3 and would stay here till February 14. In their absence, the new observer, Mr Naryan Diwakar, who arrived today, would attend complaints relating to electioneering in Circuit House daily from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. He appealed to the candidates and political parties to cooperate with the administration in holding free, fair and fearless election in the city.

Mr R.C. Kanade, Election Observer, urged the candidates to carefully go through the directions and follow these strictly. He told them to contact the observer concerned in case they notice any kind of violation of model code of conduct in their respective constituencies.


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