27032021-LT-01.qxd 26-03-2021 23:54 Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE FARMERS MADE SCAPEGOAT OF CENTRE’S POLICIES: PROTESTERS ‘Bharat bandh’ was observed at the Sahnewal, Doraha, Kohara and Ghulal toll plazas. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF MAN HELD FOR ACID ATTACK PAGE 2 ACTRESS ANKITA LOKHANDE SHARES A CRYPTIC POST MAX 33°C | MIN 16°C | YESTERDAY MAX 32°C | MIN 15°C SUNSET SATURDAY 6:42 PM PAGE 4 The ongoing pandemic has created an indefinite distance between theatre-lovers and artistes. SUNRISE SUNDAY 6:21 AM Train, bus services hit Bharat bandhFarmers block national highways, key roads SATURDAY | 27 MARCH 2021 | LUDHIANA Five dead, 395 fresh cases 6 health workers, teacher, 3 students test +ve from Hoshiarpur, Patiala, Mumbai, Nawanshahr and Jalandhar. 52-year-old woman from Payal, 57-year-old woman from Sahnewal Khurd, 69- year-old woman from Haibowal Khurd, 60-year-old woman from Doraha and 77year-old man from Manakwal in Ludhiana district lost their lives. Now, the total number of persons who lost their lives due to the virus is 1,103 from Ludhiana and 572 from other districts. Out of 458 confirmed cases today, 395 patients are from Ludhiana and 63 patients continued on page 2 Vaccine-on-doorstep campaign launched Markets, malls remain shut Hotelier dies after being ‘pushed’ by Kashmiri youths over money NO UNTOWARD INCIDENT ■ The Commuters faced a lot of inconvenience as they were forced to walk carrying their luggage to reach their destinations. ‘Bharat bandh’ caused inconvenience to commuters. Movement of traffic on road was quite less than the usual and only those people who had to go to their workplace or for some important works came out. No violence or any law and order situation was reported. ■ At the Rajpura chowk, Haibowal, no vehicular movement was allowed. Commuters had to take alternative route to reach their destination. Similarly at the Bharat Nagar chowk, the police had already put up barricades and provided diversion. authorities had decided to halt the trains at different railway stations. However, no train was stationed at the Ludhiana Railway Station during the nationwide protest today. According to information, the services were affected between 6 am to 6 pm. Station Superintendent at the Ludhiana Railway Station, Ashok Singh Salaria said, “Around 10 trains were late due to protests. These were halted at different stations. New DelhiAmritsar Shatabdi Express train was cancelled today. The train services were to be resumed after 6 pm.” continued on page 2 Amarvir Singh, president of the Hotel and Restaurant Association here, said the supply reached on time but the retail buyers were missing. “With the result, the prices of vegetables and fruits came down to half today as supply was more but demand was less”, said Amarvir Singh. The markets in areas like BRS Nagar, Model Town, Ghumar Mandi, Rajguru Nagar, Dandi Swami, etc, remained shut. Sonu Nilibar continued on page 2 TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Ludhiana, March 26 Due to the 12-hour nationwide protest call given by the farmers’ unions against the Centre’s new agricultural laws, the trains and bus services were badly hit here in Ludhiana. The trains were delayed due to the protests as these were halted at different stations. The buses remained off road amid ‘Bharat bandh’ call on Friday. The passengers waited for hours for resumption of services at the railway station and Amar Shaheed Sukhdev Interstate Bus Terminal in Ludhiana. Many passengers were seen at platforms of the city railway station. A number of passengers along with luggage were sitting on the floor, waiting for trains. Several persons had no prior information about the ‘Bharat bandh’. A passenger at the Ludhiana railway station said, “I had to take train from Ludhiana to Bihar today. I had reached the station at around 11:30 am but I later learned that the train will arrive at the Ludhiana railway station after 6 pm.” Due to protests, the railway WORLD THEATRE DAY: ARTISTES, DIRECTORS SHARE THEIR VIEWS After a recent interview, many social media users feel that she is taking advantage of the demise of SSR. Tribune News Service Ludhiana: A man threw acid on another man suspecting latter’s illicit relation with his wife at Kot Mangal Singh. The accused has been identified as Ramraj of Kot Mangal Singh. The complainant, Rakesh Kumar of Gurpal Nagar, told the police that accused Ramraj was his relative and he suspected that his wife had illicit relation with him. He said on March 24, he had gone to Kot Mangal Singh to pick up clothes for ironing and when he was returning home, Ramraj suddenly came in front of his bike and he threw a bowl of acid on him. Due to the attack, he suffered burn injuries on his face, head, chest and arms. When he raised alarm, the accused fled from the spot. The victim said he was then immediately taken to hospital for treatment where he is currently undergoing treatment. Investigating Officer ASI Major Singh said the accused has been arrested and booked under relevant sections of the IPC. TNS PAGE 3 Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 26 Covid claimed the life of five more persons in Ludhiana district while 395 fresh cases were confirmed here during the past 24 hours. At present, there are 2,568 active patients in the city. The Health Department confirmed 10 deaths on Friday. Five victims were from Ludhiana district, one each Tribune News Service Shivani Bhakoo Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 26 On the call given by farmer unions, ‘Bharat bandh’ was observed in the city. Malls and markets remained shut till evening and markets presented a deserted look in the absence of customers and vehicles. The impact of the bandh started showing in the morning when very less number of customers turned up to get vegetables and fruits from the wholesale mandi. c m y b Ludhiana, March 26 After simplifying the Covid vaccination process and allowing walk-in facility without advance slot booking, the district administration on Friday launched a special vaccine-on-doorstep campaign to inoculate all eligible persons. The project, a first-of-itstype initiative in this part of the region, was launched by Deputy Commissioner (DC) Varinder Kumar Sharma with a maiden vaccination camp organised at Partap COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 7,71,367 32,476 2,568 116 1,103 Colony here this morning. The development assumes significance as Ludhiana was re-emerging as the Covid capital of Punjab with the number of daily fresh cases and deaths witnessing exponential spike since March 13. Launching the drive, the DC accompanied by area councillor Mamta Sharma, said as per experts, the second wave of Covid was more infectious so it was more significant to provide the shield to the maximum population by vaccinating them. continued on page 2 Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 26 An elderly hotelier died after he was allegedly pushed by four Kashmiri youths at the Nimh Wala chowk on Friday. The deceased has been identified as Harinderpal Singh, owner of 9inn hotel near railway station and another hotel in old city area. The deceased’s son Aman said today he along with his father had gone to take Rs 3 lakh from Kashmiri youths. continued on page 2
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