19022021-LT-01.qxd 2/19/2021 12:34 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE FARMERS, WOMEN BLOCK RLY TRACKS AT KILARAIPUR Activists of various farmer unions, including women, sat on tracks at the Kilaraipur rly station from 12 noon to 4pm. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY House theft case solved, ~8L recovered Ludhiana, February 18 The police claims to have cracked a house theft case reported from Meharban on February 13. The suspect has been identified as Raju, alias Bramanand of Uttar Pradesh. While addressing a press conference, the Joint Commissioner of Police (JCP), Rural, Sachin Gupta said, “The police have recovered ~8.07 lakh cash from the suspect.” Kewal Kumar of Kakka village had lodged a complaint against his servant Raju after he decamped with cash and valuables worth lakhs from his house, the JCP added. Kewal went to market along with his family and on returning home, they found their servant missing, the JCP said. On checking, cash and valuables were also found missing, the JCP added. Today, a tip-off was received about suspect’s whereabouts in Ludhiana and he was nabbed after conducting raid, the JCP added. —TNS Woman delivers twins at park in hospital Ludhiana, February 18 An expectant woman gave birth to twins in the park of the Civil Hospital here this evening. She had been admitted to Mother and Child Hospital on Wednesday. According to Santosh Kumar, the husband of the woman, the woman was sent for getting her echo test at the CMCH, but was not provided ambulance and when she started going towards the gate of the hospital on foot, she started having labour pains. She soon gave birth to the twins in the park with the help of women present around. After this, the woman was admitted in the hospital. According to the hospital authorities, it was a premature delivery. The weight of the twins was less and they had been referred to the PGI. “We could not get the ambulance and when I went inside the hospital to seek help, she had already given birth,” said her husband. The SMO, Dr Amarjit Kaur, said the incident had come to her notice and she had marked an inquiry into the matter. — TNS PAGE 2 NIBEDITAA TALKS ABOUT HER JOURNEY FROM AUS TO MUMBAI MAX 26°C | MIN 11°C | YESTERDAY MAX 25°C | MIN 11°C SUNSET FRIDAY 6:17 PM Tribune News Service Farmers block railway tracks; and (below) a passenger stranded at the railway station as trains were stopped during the rail roko protest in Ludhiana on Thursday. HIMANSHU MAHAJAN “The government should hear the voice of the farmers and repeal these laws. The MSP-based procurement should be guaranteed. Moreover, the farmers and activists, arrested for raising their voice in support of farmers, should be immediately released. We will keep fighting for our rights till the black laws are repealed.” During dharna at the railway station, Jaswant Singh Jirakh said, “We are following the footsteps of martyrs Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha and Shaheed Bhagat Singh, who sacrificed their lives for the country’s freedom We are fighting for our rights. All should be united against the divisive forces.” Members of the Jamhoori Adhikar Sabha Punjab Ludhiana, Moulder and Steel Workers Union, Tarksheel Society Punjab, Lok Ekta Sangathan, Inquilabi Kender Punjab, and other organisations also participated in the protests. Passengers bear the brunt at city rly station Tribune News Service Ludhiana, February 18 Hundreds of passengers, including children, women and elderly, remained stranded for over four hours at the city railway station due to the rail roko protest by farmers against the new farm laws. In view of the call given by various farmers’ unions, the Railways authorities had Man found dead in hotel room, friend’s role under scanner POWER SHUTDOWN LUDHIANA 10 am to 3 pm: Rajgarh Estate, Janpath, Hero Homes & DPS School. 10 am to 4 pm: Ayali Kalan, Bains, Sunview Enclave, Garden Villa & Wind Rose Enclave. Police conduct probe after the body of a man was found at a hotel near Mata Rani Chowk in Ludhiana on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Tribune News Service Ludhiana, February 18 A man was found dead in a hotel room at Bhadaur House here this afternoon. The deceased was identified as Rahul Jain, aged 55, of Kitchlu Nagar and was in hosiery goods business. On Tuesday, some person had booked a room in Nanda hotel. The room number was 504 on the fifth floor of the hotel. The same evening the person left the hotel, telling the hotel staff not to disturb his friend Rahul as he had some health issue. The hotel staff didn’t disturb the person, following the request of the man. After the matter reached the police today, ADCP Pragya Jain reached the spot, along with a dog squad and forensic experts. Police sources said on February 16, a man, said to be the friend of the deceased, had booked a hotel room and the next morning, he left the room with clear directions to the hotel staff not to disturb his friend. Today, on suspicion when the hotel staff went to check the room, they found Rahul lying dead. Sources said Rahul had left his home on February 16 and had told his parents that he was going to Chintpurni shrine in Himachal Pradesh to pay obeisance, but instead of going to the shrine he, along with his friend, booked the hotel room. Sources said the man seemed to have died due to drug overdose as some injections were also reportedly recovered from the hotel room, but the police denied to confirm any such information, citing the ongoing probe. The police suspected both had consumed drugs and Rahul could have died due to overdose. Fearing action, his friend left the hotel. A case under Section 304 (culpable homicide) was being registered by the police against the friend of the deceased who had booked the hotel room. The police are yet to identify the friend of the deceased and the phone number used by him to book the hotel is being scanned to identify the friend. The phone number is said to be of some other state. c m y b decided to stop the trains at different railway stations so that the passengers did not face much inconvenience and could get basic tea and water facilities. The Paschim Express was held for nearly five hours at the Ludhiana railway station. Passengers were seen waiting for trains at platforms during the protest. An elderly Continued on page 2 AAP MLA among 40 booked for blocking highway Tribune News Service Ludhiana, February 18 The police have registered a case against an MLA of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) among 40 persons for blocking the National Highway in Jagraon. Those booked have been identified as MLA Sarabjit Kaur Manuke, Sukhwinder Singh, Sukhvir Singh, Ram Saran, Santosh Rani, Balvir Singh, Gagandeep Kaur, Lovepreet Kaur, Jasvir Kaur, Jaswant Bhalla, Rama Nagar, Raj Singh, Vicky and 30 unknown persons. The investigation officer, sub-inspector (SI) Gaganpreet Singh, said he was present at DAV College, Jagraon, where counting of votes for the Municipal Council election was going on. When counting was almost complete, AAP MLA with party workers went to the National Highway and blocked the stretch, the SI added. Huge traffic jam was witnessed on the highway due to road blockade by AAP workers, the SI said. AAP workers were told to clear the highway, but they didn’t budge, the SI added. AAP workers violated instructions of the Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner issued under Section 144, CrPc, and the Covid prevention guidelines, the SI said. So, they were booked by the police, the SI added. PAGE 4 Pooja will be seen opposite Ranveer Singh in Cirkus, opposite Salman Khan in Kabhi Eid Kabhi Diwali. SUNRISE SATURDAY 7:03 AM Farmers block railway tracks in dist for 4 hrs Ludhiana, February 18 In view of the rail roko call given by farmers’ unions, hundreds of farmers and their supporters staged dharnas on railway tracks at different locations in the district from 12 noon to 4 pm on Thursday, marking their protest against the new farm laws. In Ludhiana district, farmers blocked the tracks at the Ludhiana railway station, Jagraon, Chowkiman, Mullanpur, Kila Raipur, Sahnewal, Dhandari Kalan and other locations. A number of residents also participated in the protests in the city and suburbs. The agitators raised slogans against the Modi government, demanding the repeal of the farm laws. Members of the Bharti Kisan Union Ekta (Ugrahan) criticised the Central Government for ignoring the demands of farmers. Farmers also kept a twominute silence on the Amritsar-Delhi railway tracks in Ludhiana, paying tributes to those who had lost their lives during the ongoing stir against the laws. They demanded the release of the arrested farmers and activists and the cancellation of the FIRs that were registered against them at the earliest. Bharpoor Singh Tharike of the BKU Ekta (Ugrahan), said, “On the call given by the Samyukta Kisan Morcha, we are sitting on the tracks at the Ludhiana railway station. We have been demanding from the Centre the repeal of the laws. More than 200 farmers have died in the ongoing stir.” POOJA HEGDE BUYS A SWANKY APARTMENT IN BANDRA “I learnt a lot as an actor and the show did very well for itself, so that was a major game-changer.” Man arrested with 38 bottles of syrup Ludhiana, February 18 The police Division No. 6 nabbed a drug peddler and recovered 38 bottles of banned syrup from him. The suspect has been identified as Saaji of Malerkotla. Inspector Amandeep Singh Brar said acting on a tip-off, a naka was laid on the Overlock road. The suspect was stopped for checking at the naka, he added. Later, in the presence of the ACP rank officer, belongings of the suspect were checked, which led to the recovery of banned syrup, he said. The police also seized the motorcycle of the suspect, he added. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered against the suspect . — TNS PAGE 3 FRIDAY | 19 FEBRUARY 2021 | LUDHIANA 25 positive; one death in dist Tribune News Service Ludhiana, February 18 One person lost his life to Covid, while 25 tested positive for the virus in the district. The total positive cases in the district have now reached 26,488, while the death count has gone to 1,016. At present, there are 365 active cases in the district, while 15 people were home quarantined today. Till date, a total of 6,41,572 samples have been taken, out of which the reports of 6,39,827 samples have been received. Out of these, 6,09,261 samples were found negative, while the reports of 1,745 samples were pending. Now, the total number of patients related to Ludhiana was 26,488, while 4,078 patients belong to other districts/states. The person who lost his life today was a 66-year-old male from GK Colony and had been admitted to Christian Medical College and Hospital. He had co-morbidities of diabetes and acute kidney disease. Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, Dr Sukhjeevan Kakkar, said it was the duty of the people to follow the safety measures. Wearing masks, washing hands frequently and maintaining social distance was vital. People should not get careless and not their guard down in the matter. Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma also appealed to the residents to follow all Covid safety protocols. Don’t send students to rallies, functions: Edu dept Worried over the Covid cases found in various schools, the Education Department has issued instructions to school heads not to send students in awareness rallies, being A resident gives his sample for the Covid test in Ludhiana on Thursday. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA COVID-19 CONTROL ROOM ■ For Home Isolation: 78147-64759 ■ For Ambulance Problem: 78143-63850 ■ For Hospital Problem: COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 6,41,572 26,488 365 11 1,016 62849-12553 ■ For General Problem: 62845-31852 Weblink where residents can check real time status of vacant and filled beds in all hospitals: https://ludhiana.nic.in/notice/covid-19bed-status-in-ludhiana-district organised by NGOs and in villages etc. As per the instructions issued by the department, the heads have been advised not to send students to rallies or campaigns by non-government organisations and agencies so that students do not get any health problems due to the spread of Covid or changing weather. Meanwhile, many teachers have welcomed the move. They believe that Covid has already put a dent on the regular routine. Things were coming back to normal after a gap of 10 months and the concentration should be on better performance in the upcoming exams of all classes. The rallies will not just expose the students to health issues, but also make them lose focus in studies. Surinder Kaur, principal, Government Senior Secondary School, Ghudani Kalan, hailed the decision of the government.
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