27082021-LT-01.qxd 8/27/2021 12:23 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE DIG HOLDS REVIEW MEET WITH SSPs, STRESSES ON NIGHT VIGIL Ludhiana range DIG Gurpreet Singh Bhullar asked SSPs to make foolproof security arrangements in their areas. FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY PAGE 2 SHATRUGHAN TALKS ABOUT FIRST ENCOUNTER WITH DHARMENDRA MAX 35°C | MIN 28°C | YESTERDAY MAX 36°C | MIN 27°C SUNSET FRIDAY 6:56 PM Tribune News Service 2 women held with 1,800 banned tablets Ludhiana, August 26 The city police arrested two women smugglers and recovered 1,800 intoxicating tablets from them. The smugglers have been identified as Gurmeet Kaur and Raveena, residents of Guru Gobind Singh Nagar, Shimlapuri. Four other smugglers, namely Karnail Singh, his sons Rohit Sidhu and Robert Sidhu and Karnail’s wife Balwinder Kaur, had managed to give the police a slip at the time of raid.— TNS Police personnel conduct checking at the bus stand in Ludhiana on Wednesday night. HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Sharma called the police following which ACP (West) Gurpreet Singh reached the spot. CCTV cameras were checked and footage was recovered by the police. The ADCP (Crime), Rupinder Kaur Bhatti, said the initial probe suggested that the robbery did not take place at gunpoint and the police are working on several leads to nab the robbers. In order to make people feel secure in the city, the police force, led by the senior officials and SHOs were patrolling on the city roads last night. Even from the day, new Police Commissioner Nauni- hal Singh joined the office, the presence of cops, including the senior officers, has increased on roads. A day before yesterday a mock drill was also conducted to build confidence among the residents and to show police presence the entire force was on the road. Tribune News Service Ludhiana, August 26 The Special Task Force (STF) nabbed a smuggler today and recovered 512 gram of heroin from his possession. The smuggler has been identified as Sahil Kanda, 25, resident of New Chandar Nagar. The Ludhiana Special Task Force (STF) incharge, Harbans Singh, said acting on a secret information, a raid was conducted at Kitchlu Nagar from where the smuggler was nabbed with drugs. The recovered heroin was concealed in the boot of an Activa scooter. During preliminary questioning, Sahil Kanda admitted that he had been into the notorious trade for a long time. Cases of rape, attempt to murder and gambling were already registered against him in the past. Inspector Harbans said Sahil Kanda had brought heroin from some smuggler living in Delhi and now his police remand would be sought to bust the entire supply line. Farmers hold a protest against movie Bell Bottom at Pavilion Mall in Ludhiana on Thursday. HIMANSHU MAHAJAN SEE ALSO PAGE2 Ashwani meets BJP leaders, workers Tribune News Service done to strengthen the position of the party,” said a leader, on the condition of anonymity. Since Sharma had earlier held a meeting at Jalandhar and farmers had gathered at the venue to protest, strict measures were adopted by the Ludhiana police and administration to ensure there was no protest outside the Circuit House. As per reports, many farmers were stopped near the Verka Milk Plant, BRS Nagar. c m y b FRIDAY | 27 AUGUST 2021 | LUDHIANA Man held with 512-gm heroin Farmer unions protest against Bell Bottom Heavy deployment of police force outside the Circuit House; and (right) Punjab BJP president Ashwani Sharma at the meeting with party leaders and workers in Ludhiana on Thursday. HIMANSHU MAHAJAN PAGE 4 Pankaj Tripathi, one of the busiest actors, feels grateful to the film fraternity as well as audience for their love. SUNRISE SATURDAY 6:00 AM Audio clip alleging graft Discusses preparations for 2022 Assembly elections at closed-door event by cops goes Shivani Bhakoo viral, probe on Ludhiana, August 26 Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state president Ashwani Sharma was in the city today to hold meetings with party leaders and workers at the Circuit House. Mediapersons were not allowed inside the venue. “Since it is an internal meeting, media has no role in it,” a senior leader stated. As per the available information, Sharma met eight district presidents, including Amritsar (rural and urban), Malerkotla, Ludhiana, Jagraon, Khanna, Nawanshahr and Ropar and held detailed discussions on various topics, the main focus being preparations for the 2022 elections. “It was a zonal meeting and the BJP workers were motivated to perform well in the upcoming elections as the party is contesting 117 seats in Punjab. If 168 members of BJP had left and joined other parties, then till date about 3,200 members have joined the party. It was a crucial meeting to get feedback from each district so that improvements could be PANKAJ VISITS CHANDIGARH ON WAY BACK FROM LADAKH The upcoming episode of The Kapil Sharma Show will welcome evergreen actors Dharmendra and Shatrughan Sinha. Robbers carjacked Brezza from swimming coach’s wife Ludhiana, August 26 Three armed persons committed carjacking at J Block, BRS Nagar, at 9.50 pm on Wednesday. Complainant Sourav Sharma, swimming coach at Lodhi Club, said he along with his wife Minakshi and son had gone to BRS Nagar in his Brezza car (HP 20G 6900). After reaching J Block, BRS Nagar, he parked his car on the road leaving his wife in the car and went to buy milk from a dairy. He suddenly heard cries of his wife and when he went to enquire, he saw his wife lying on the road. “An Indigo car stopped in front of our car from which three armed persons came down. They threw me out of the car and fled with the car. When I protested, they brandished weapons and threatened to kill me. Two robbers fled in our car, while one fled in the Indigo car,” Sourav Sharma’s wife told the police. After the incident, Sourav PAGE 3 Ludhiana, August 26 An audio of two persons talking about the prevalent corrupt practices at the Meharban police station had gone viral yesterday. After the audio reached senior police officials, a probe has been initiated. In the audio, a man, Ranvinder Singh Johal, who owns a mobile phone showroom in Meharban, is talking to another person regarding the level of corruption at the local police station. The matter was related to a theft of mobile phones from the showroom owned by Johal. Both can be heard talking about two cops of the police station who took money to let off a shopkeeper who allegedly bought the stolen mobile phones from thieves. They have also levelled allegation on a cop for keeping a seized mobile phone for his personal use. ADCP Rupinder Kaur Sra said she had received the audio and an inquiry was being conducted to verify the facts. A technical probe was also being conducted to check if the mobile phone was used by the cop or not. — TNS A girl gets vaccinated against Covid in Ludhiana on Thursday. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA One dead, two test positive Tribune News Service COVID-19 FIGURES Ludhiana, August 26 Two persons tested positive for Covid, while one death due to the disease was reported in the district today. At present there are 33 active patients in the district. Till now 85,330 patients have recovered so far and the recovery rate has reached 97.56 per cent. Three patients — two from Ludhiana and one from other state/district — tested positive in the last 24 hours. Till date, a total of 22,39,589 samples have been taken, of which 2140473 samples were found negative. Now, the total number of patients belonging to Ludhiana is 87,460, while 11,656 patients belong to other districts/states. The total number of persons who lost their lives is 2,097 from Ludhiana and 1,048 from other districts. Samples of 9,136 suspected Covid patients were sent for testing today and their SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 22,39,589 87,460 33 1 2,097 COVID-19 CONTROL ROOM ■ For home isolation: ■ For general problem: 78147-64759 ■ For ambulance problem: 78143-63850 ■ For hospital problem: 62849-12553 ■ For problem in cremation of bodies: 77197-12797, 95015-00101, 95015-00102 62845-31852 ■ For bed/oxygen/medicine availability: 62849-12553 ■ For Remdesivir injection: 98720-08040 ■ For reporting overcharging by hospitals & other issues: 62849-12553 642 VACCINATED AT CAMP As many as 642 persons were vaccinated at a camp organised by the Maharaja Aggarwal Sewa Sangh, BRS Nagar C Block, under the supervision of Dr Avinash Jindal, SMO. Present on the occasion were area councillor Dr Hari Singh Brar, Viney Gupta, president of sangh, and Dr Avinash Jindal. results are expected shortly. Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma appealed to the residents to adhere to all the safety protocols like wearing masks, maintaining social distance and washing hands frequently of the Punjab government to not only save themselves but keeping everyone around safe. Expect Covid-19 cases to double in 2 months: Expert Sees likelihood of geographic spillover from neighbouring states Nitin Jain Tribune News Service Ludhiana, August 26 Covid-19 cases can be expected to double in Punjab in about 64 days, under the assumption that the growth rate remains constant, said Dr Paul Kattuman from the University of Cambridge. In a forecast on the future of Covid in the state, submitted to the government, a copy of which is with The Tribune, the Reader of Economics at Cambridge Judge Business School said there was high probability that cases were accelerating in Punjab at present. “There is likelihood of geographic spillover from neighbouring states, especially Himachal Pradesh, where infection is rising,” Dr Kattuman predicted. Drawing a map of transmission trajectory of the epidemic, the Kerala native based his forecast on daily growth of virus cases and reproduction number (Rt). With an estimated Rt value 1.05, higher than last week, he opined that the state could record 50 fresh cases daily by August end while the daily growth rate estimated value of 1.1 per cent positive cases was expected to double the new cases in 64 days, the expert said. Dr Kattuman recommend- A student gives sample for Covid test on Thursday. INDERJEET VERMA OFFICIALSPEAK being ❝With the help of stringent measuresthe taken to keep the Covid situation under control, reproduction number has dropped to less than 1, and daily growth rate of fresh cases has become negative. We shall continue to monitor the situation and take requisite action in future as well. Vini Mahajan, CHIEF SECRETARY ed continuing with the policy of enforcing containment and closure measures when infection increases and easing restrictions when possible. “These measures are likely to drive state-level reproductive number to oscillate around the threshold of 1 in the coming weeks,” he felt, while predicting that this stage was likely to last till the vaccination coverage grows to a level consistent with herd immunity. Acting on the expert’s forecast and recommendations, the state government has further ramped up the test, trace, treat, vaccinate and strict enforcement of Covid-appropriate behaviour. The ongoing testing drive has been extended to OPD/ IPD patients at government and private hospitals, travellers at entry points of airports, railway stations and bus stands, industrial workers and inmates of labour colonies, staff at marriage palaces, restaurants, pubs/ bars, gyms, government offices, de-addiction centres and public transport.
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