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Jage Re!
65 pc keep date with democracy

Turnout highest in 20 yrs; 71 pc in Dadu Majra
Chandigarh, May 13
Cocking a snook at the dismal voter turnout in the metros, about 65 per cent voters in the Chandigarh parliamentary constituency kept their date with democracy breaking a 20-year record in a largely-peaceful poll. The previous highest turnout was 66 per cent in 1984 general elections.

Voters line up outside the poling station at Moli colony in Chandigarh
Voters line up outside the poling station at Moli colony in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: S. Chandan



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Yet many denied chance to vote
Judges, VC, ex-Chief Secy return disappointed
Chandigarh, May 13
Strange but true! Thousands of local residents, including former Punjab Chief Secretary Rajan Kashyap, High Court judges, Justice Mehtab Singh Gill and Justice Rajan Gupta, Panjab University Vice-Chancellor RK Sobti and renowned painter RM Singh, could not exercise their right to vote today despite having photo identity card.
Residents show their voter cards after they were denied votes outside a polling booth in Sector 45A, Chandigarh
Residents show their voter cards after they were denied votes outside a polling booth in Sector 45A, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Brawl between BJP, Cong supporters
BJP activists stage dharna at SSP’s residence
Chandigarh, May 13
Several BJP supporters staged a dharna at the residence of SSP Sudhanshu Shrivastava in Sector 24 late tonight. They were protesting against the registration of a criminal case against a party activist, who was allegedly involved in an altercation with Congress workers at Dadu Majra Colony during polling today.

65 pc vote in Kharar, 63 pc Mohali
Mohali, May 13
Keeping their date with the democracy, participation by the youth voters today resulted in high percentage of polling in the Mohali and Kharar segments of the Anandpur Sahib parliamentary seat.

EC rules fail to enter Burail jail
Inmates deprived of voting rights
Chandigarh, May 13
Contesting elections from jail may seem easier than casting votes. While criminals-turned-politicians are known to have contested and even won polls while behind the bars, there seems to be no precedence of prisoners exercising their right to vote at least in Chandigarh.

Those who couldn’t vote
If you, too, have been denied your democratic right to cast your vote in spite of having a valid voters’ ID or due to any discrepancy in the voters’ list please let us know. We will publish a list of all those who have not been able to cast their vote in Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula.
Please send us in writing to City Editor, The Tribune, Sector 29, Chandigarh. You can also email your name and house address to us at cityeditor@tribunemail.com Editor-in-Chief


Voters swarm polling agents to check their names in the voters’ list at a polling booth in Chandigarh
Voters swarm polling agents to check their names in the voters’ list at a polling booth in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan
Irrespective of their religion, voters queue up to cast their ballot at a polling booth at Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 45, Chandigarh
Irrespective of their religion, voters queue up to cast their ballot at a polling booth at Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 45, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan
Police personnel deployed outside a polling booth at Dadu Majra
Police personnel deployed outside a polling booth at Dadu Majra. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik
MC Mayor Kamlesh protests against BJP workers at Dadu Majra Colony
MC Mayor Kamlesh protests against BJP workers at Dadu Majra Colony. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari
Residents of Sector 10 await their turn outside the polling station in Sector 10
Residents of Sector 10 await their turn outside the polling station in Sector 10. Tribune photo: S. Chandan
Chanan Kaur being helped out of the polling station by her family members at Dhanas village
Chanan Kaur being helped out of the polling station by her family members at Dhanas village. Tribune photo: S. Chandan
A family comes out of the polling station after casting their ballot in Sector 10
A family comes out of the polling station after casting their ballot in Sector 10. Tribune photo: S. Chandan
An old woman shows her voters’ ID just before casting her ballot at Mauli village
An old woman shows her voters’ ID just before casting her ballot at Mauli village. Tribune photo: S. Chandan





COMMUNITY

Urban areas lead from front
Chandigarh, May 13
In a clear departure from the past, urban Chandigarh led from the front in voting for electing its representative from the city. In fact, the "Jago Re" and other campaigns exhorting people to vote seem to have struck a chord with urban voters of the Chandigarh parliamentary constituency with an impressive over 60 per cent urbanites turning out to vote in the sultry weather.

Rural voters not far behind
Chandigarh, May 13
It was the day of mandate. And residents of the city came out in large numbers to exercise their franchise. After months of rigorous campaigning by various parties, city residents did justice to their hard work and left the comfort of their homes to vote for the next Member of Parliament.
Women queue up to exercise their franchise at Mauli Jagran, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: S Chandan
Women queue up to exercise their franchise at Mauli Jagran, Chandigarh

High turnout opens up contest
Chandigarh, May 13
It is a close call in Chandigarh. The high voting percentage of around 65 per cent in the Chandigarh parliamentary constituency has turned the contest into a neck-and-neck fight between the archrivals Congress and BJP, even as the contestants make claims and counter-claims.

Anomaly in electoral roll at PU
Chandigarh, May 13
While some genuine voters were deprived of casting their ballot in the absence of their names in the voters’ list, several frivolous votes continued to be part of the process at booth No. 97 in Sector 14, here today.

The official record of booth No. 97 in Sector 14, Panjab University, Chandigarh, shows frivolous voters (within red lines) on Wednesday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

The official record of booth No. 97 in Sector 14, Panjab University, Chandigarh, shows frivolous voters (within red lines)

LS Polls
Voting campaigns click with youth
Chandigarh, May 13
Breaking the precedent set by their metro counterparts, the city youth not only exercised their right to franchise in large numbers today but also seemed confident of bringing in the “change” in the way city was being managed.

When snags hit EVMs
Chandigarh, May 13
Technical snags in electronic voting machines (EVMs) were reported at some polling stations in the city today. EVMs suffered technical snags at two polling stations — booth No. 135 at Shishu Niketan School, Sectors 22-D, and booth No. 132 at GSSS-22-A.

Fiza to join politics
Mohali, May 13
Fiza, estranged wife of Chand Mohammed aka Chander Mohan, recently announced that she would join active politics. Addressing a press conference, she said she would announce the name of the party to be joined by her at the right time.

No day off for industry workers
Chandigarh, May 13

While on one hand, renowned shops and city-based malls were closed following directions of the Election Commission, labourers were seen working in various industries on the election day.



Employees work at a unit in Industrial Area, Phase-I, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Employees work at a unit in Industrial Area, Phase-I

RTI Act
Education dept denies info to applicant
Chandigarh, May 13
A local resident, VB Khanna, has been denied information under the RTI by the Chandigarh education department here. Khanna had filed an application under the RTI Act to get information pertaining to a school.

Records destroyed in GMADA office fire
Mohali, May 13
A fire broke out in the public health branch of the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority here today in which office records were destroyed. However, no loss of life was reported as the office was closed in connection with the Lok Sabha elections.


Files gutted in fire that broke out in the public health branch of GMADA in Mohali on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph
Files gutted in fire that broke out in the public health branch of GMADA in Mohali

DRDO develops kit to track infection
Chandigarh, May 13
Tracking infection inside the body has become easier now with a new diagnostic kit of ciprofloxacin for bacterial infection imaging called “diagnobact” developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

EDUCATION

Unqualified persons on selection panel
PU review meeting today
Chandigarh, May 13
If claims of university officials are to be believed, Panjab University is all set to review the issue of unqualified persons sitting in the selection committee to appoint principals in various colleges of Punjab.

Fruit feast marks pool party
Chandigarh, May 13
Hansraj Public School, Sector 6, Panchkula, organised a splash pool party to beat the scorching heat and to also brief students about their choice of food and necessary precautions to be taken during a change of weather.

 
NEIGHBOURHOOD

Despite unkept promises, Tanda records 85 pc polling
Tanda (Mohali), May 13
Though every five years, voters here cast votes, the ballot has failed to bring development at their doorsteps. Tanda is the last village on the Punjab-Haryana border.

A voter shows a mark on his finger after casting his vote for Anandpur Sahib parliamentary seat on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu


A voter shows a mark on his finger after casting his vote for Anandpur Sahib parliamentary seat

68 pc polling in Bassi Pathana
Bassi Pathana, May 13
Members of a leading social organisation staged a protest by wearing black badges here today, as despite persuading the residents of the area to boycott polls, they came in large number to caste votes.

Bus driver booked for accident
Dera Bassi, May 13
The police booked a bus driver in a road accident near the Barwala road on Dera Bassi-Ambala highway here today.

Car thief nabbed
Kalka, May 13
The Kalka police nabbed a car thief today. The police sources said Rohit Kumar, a resident of Chandigarh, was arrested when he was trying to speed away the car.

Accident blocks traffic on Zirakpur flyover
Zirakpur, May 13
Traffic on the Zirakpur flyover came to a stand still for half-an-hour due to a reported accident between a truck and a car here this afternoon.

Students apprised of evils of tobacco
Patiala, May 13
An anti-tobacco painting competition was organised at Senior Secondary Model School, Punjabi University, here today.

COURTS

Give priority to minors’ property cases: HC
Chandigarh, May 13
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has fired another humanitarian salvo in its endeavour to protect the interest of minor children.

Consumer Courts
Bajaj Finance told to pay Rs 1,850
Chandigarh, May 13
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the managing director of Bajaj Auto Finance Limited to pay back an amount of Rs 1,850 at an interest of 8 per cent per annum to a resident of Mani Majra for repudiating claim.

Forum gaining faith
Chandigarh, May 13
Whether it is a case of overcharging of Rs 20 or getting a product lesser in quantity contrary to the mentioned weight, consumers yesterday were fighting for their rights.

CRIME

59-yr-old dies at lake
Chandigarh, May 13
A 59-year-old man died after suffering a fall following a heart attack near his car parked at Sukhna Lake, here today.

Jewellery worth Rs 2 lakh stolen
Chandigarh, May 13
Gold ornaments worth over Rs two lakh were stolen from a car, during a wedding in Sector 23, here today.

North Park Brawl
Main accused held
Panchkula, May 13
Germanjit Singh, the main accused in the shooting at North Park Hotel last year, has been arrested by the police yesterday.



Germanjit Singh, the main accused in the shooting case at North Park Hotel, being produced at the Panchkula court on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Germanjit Singh, the main accused in the shooting case at North Park Hotel, being produced at the Panchkula court

Clash at Swami Devi Dyal Institute
Accused may surrender today
Panchkula, May 13
After the Panchkula court denied anticipatory bail to Sandip Sharma, one of the accused in a group clash at Swami Devi Dyal Group of Institutes, Barwala, he is expected to surrender at local court tomorrow.

One booked for rape
Mohali, May 13
The local police today booked an unidentified person for raping a minor on the complaint of a Naya Gaon resident, Bhajan Singh.

SPORTS

Sarthak guides APJ home

Panchkula, May 13
Man of the match Sarthak (96 runs and 3/26) gave a magnificent all-round performance to help APJ Kharar post a win over hosts Satluj Cricket Academy by 22 runs in the final of the Satluj Summer Cup (U-15) Cricket Championship, here today.


Players of APJ Kharar after winning the Satluj Summer Cup Cricket Championship in Panchkula on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Players of APJ Kharar after winning the Satluj Summer Cup Cricket Championship in Panchkula

4 city boys tied 13th in DDA Open
Chandigarh, May 13
Four city golfers Ajeetesh Sandhu, Harendra P Gupta, Randhir Singh Ghotra and AS Lehal fired an identical two under par 68 to be tied 13th on the opening day of the Rs 20 lakh DDA Open Golf Championship at the Qutub Golf Course in Delhi today.

Under-16 cricket trials today
Chandigarh, May 13
Trails to select Chandigarh Under-16 cricket team (boys) for Haryana Inter-District Tournament is being held at Government Model School, Sector 19, on May 14 at 2:30 pm.

Cricket probables selected
Chandigarh, May 13
The Chandigarh Cricket Academy affiliated to the Punjab Cricket Academy has announced its under-19 probables, which will participate in the inter-district cricket tournament being organised by the Punjab Cricket Association in June.

Cricket trials on May 16
Panchkula, May 13
The Cricket Federation of Haryana will conduct under-13 cricket trials on May 16 at 3.30 pm at St Soldier Divine Public School in Sector 16.

 


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