28092021-LT-01.qxd 9/27/2021 11:44 PM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE CITY LAD LAKSHAY BAGS SILVER MEDAL IN BADMINTON C’SHIP PAGE 2 PARTLY CLOUDY INBRIEF ~1.6L SNATCHED FROM FLOUR MILL OWNER Ludhiana: The police have arrested a person allegedly involved in snatchings with the seizure of two mobile handsets from him, while a miscreant snatched an envelope containing Rs 1.60 lakh and some important documents from a flour mill owner in the city. The police arrested Dev Nand Chauhan, resident of Ishwar Colony, on a tipoff at a check post near Kanganwal. Two snatched mobile phones were recovered from Dev Nand, who has been booked under Section 379 of the IPC. Elsewhere in the city, a flour mill owner, Suresh Kumar, resident of New Subhash Nagar, reported to the police that two unidentified persons snatched an envelope containing Rs 1.60 lakh and some official documents from him when he was going towards his car parked outside the mill. “The duo threatened me with a sword, snatched the packet from my hands and fled away,” he said in his complaint. The police have registered a case under Section 379-B of the IPC. TNS GIRL ABDUCTED, ANOTHER MISSING Ludhiana: A minor girl was allegedly abducted, while another was reported missing from different parts of the city. A 14year-old girl, residing in Prem Vihar on Tibba Road, was allegedly abducted on the allurement of marriage by a youth in the neighbourhood. According to a complaint lodged by the mother of the missing girl with the police on Sunday, the girl had been missing from her residence for the last 10 days. The family, she said, had been trying to locate the girl during all these days without any success. On the suspicion of the complainant that a youth in the neighbouring area might be behind the abduction with the intent of marrying the girl, the police have booked Nitin Kumar, resident of Grewal Colony on Tibba Road, under Sections 363 and 366-A of the IPC and Section 6 of the POCSO Act and further investigation is in progress. Another 15-year-old girl was reported missing from Bharti Colony in the Salem Tabri area from her house in Saturday evening. According to a complaint filed with the police by the mother of the missing girl on Sunday, the girl had left without telling anybody about her whereabouts. The police have registered a case under Section 346 of the IPC. TNS POWER SHUTDOWN LUDHIANA 10 am to 3 pm: BRS Nagar G-block, BRS Nagar F and G-block markets, Sunet village, MIG Flats and CFC School. PAGE 3 RANBIR, ALIA BHATT SCOUTING WEDDING VENUE IN JODHPUR? Asees Kaur and Renuka, who recently released their version of the hit single 52 Gaj Ka Daman, are on cloud nine. Lakshay bags 2nd positition in the Punjab State Senior Badminton Championship held from September 16 to 20 in Mohali. FORECAST ASEES & RENUKA MAKE IT TO THE TIMES SQUARE BILLBOARD MAX 34°C | MIN 25°C | YESTERDAY MAX 33°C | MIN 25°C SUNSET TUESDAY 6:15 PM PAGE 4 Fans of actors Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt have been waiting for the couple to tie the knot since long. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6:18 AM TUESDAY | 28 SEPTEMBER 2021 | LUDHIANA Shops remain shut till 4 pm, industry incurs huge losses BHARAT BANDH Shivani Bhakoo Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 27 On the call by the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha for Bharat bandh, almost all main markets of the city remained shut in support of farmers’ demands. Till 4 pm, barring a handful, most of the shops/showrooms remained shut and the roads presented a deserted look in otherwise congested industrial city. The farmers had blocked the main entry and exit points in the city and there was hardly any traffic on the roads. The morning supply of vegetables/milk and other necessary items took place till 10 am, after which there was warm response to the bandh by the traders/shopkeepers. There was complete bandh till around 4 pm. A shopkeeper in Ghumar Mandi said he had opened the shop for about half an hour so that milk and daily need products could be supplied to consumers. “Otherwise I totally support the farmers’ cause and concern,” he said. Even the managements of playway schools had shut the schools today due to the call. A principal of a playway school in interior part of the city said they felt bad to call parents not Shops lie closed in Ludhiana on Monday. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN HOSPITALS REMAIN OPEN; FEW PATIENTS VISIT OPDS ■ The Bharat bandh did not affect the health facilities in Ludhiana as all hospitals and healthcare facilities were open but the number of people visiting OPDs was very less. ■ Be it government hospitals or dispensaries or private hospitals, very few people came for consultation in the OPDs. ■ Dr Rohit Rampal from the Civil Hospital said the healthcare facilities remained undisturbed but the number of patients visiting OPDs on Monday was very less. to send wards to school. “After much pressure, we had convinced the parents to send wards to the school after the pandemic and today again, we had to shut it and we felt bad,” the principal said. Meanwhile, industrialists in the city had to face inconvenience as their labour was not allowed to reach to workplaces in many areas. Pankaj Sharma, general secretary, CICU, and president, Association of Focal Point Industries, said, “In most parts of the city, the labour was not allowed to reach factories. With all commercial establishments and showrooms being shut, the business could not function smoothly. Almost all factories remained shut so as not to face the ire of protesters and a few to express solidarity with farmers.” He said there should be an open space or a ground to hold such protests outside the city. “Protesters can sit there, hold press conferences and mention the grievances in a record book. Government representatives should go there and receive their memorandum. Why disrupt the daily life which affects the economy?” Sharma said. He added that a lot many people blocking roads have nothing to do with agriculture or farm Laws. Some of them are factory workers who are allured with free food. “Although we support the cause for which farmers are protesting and appreciate their peaceful way of holding protests, But bandhs in any form affect the business and disrupt the life of a common man. Bandhs in all forms should be condemned by all. It is high time that politicians stop taking common man for a ride. The estimated loss of business and economy in Punjab by this bandh is around Rs 500 crore,” he claimed. Amit Thapar, MD, Ganga Acrylics, and vice-president, CII, Punjab, said, “For me it is not about the farm laws. I don’t support any cause which in form of protest denies me my right to livelihood. Disruption is not a solution and you cannot force people to close down workplaces. Anyone who wishes to be part of the protest can voluntarily close down his shop/factory and keep it closed for as long as he wants. But none has the right to ask me to close my premises,” he said. Commuters being stopped by protesters during Bharat bandh in Ludhiana. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN Commuters a harried lot Passengers face inconvenience as buses remain off road Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 27 Commuters and passengers faced inconveniences as farmers and supporters staged protests by blocking highways and major roads at various locations in the Ludhiana district on Monday. In view of the Bharat bandh call given by the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) against the three farm laws, farmers had started gathering at various major roads from 6 am to stage dharnas. Passengers suffered as the government and private buses remained off road amid the protest today. Several passengers waited for long hours for the resumption of bus service at the Amar Shaheed Sukhdev Interstate Bus Terminal, Ludhiana today. The contractual staff of government buses also participated in the protest, extending their support to the farmers. Farmers had completely blocked the Ladhowal Toll Plaza on the National Highway 44 (Jalandhar-Panipat stretch) in Ludhiana. Protests were also staged at major chowks and intersections on Ferozepur Road, Jalandhar Bypass, Bharat Nagar Chowk, Jagraon Bridge, Phullanwal Chowk, Jodhewal Basti, Rahon Road and other areas. Stranded on the way, some of the commuters, who were trav- elling with family members, including kids, were also seen making requests to the protesters to allow them to go ahead. Some persons were also seen arguing with the protesters on the NH-44 in Ludhiana. The protesters, however, were allowing the ambulances and those who had an emergency to go attend. A commuter on the NH-44 said he had requested to the protesters to allow him to go ahead but he was asked to go back or wait. Some other commuters were also waiting near the toll plaza for resumption of traffic movement. A number of trucks were parked along the highways in Ludhiana due to the bandh. Several trains cancelled, rescheduled Our Correspondent Farmers protest against the farm laws at the Ladhowal toll plaza in Ludhiana. HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Response overwhelming: Farmers Our Correspondent Ludhiana, September 27 Organisations of farmers today claimed that there was an overwhelming response to the call for ‘Bharat bandh’ in support of their demand for revocation of three farm-related Acts with people from all walks of life joining hands to make the bandh a complete success. Activists of the Bharti Kisan Union-Lakhowal, Bharti Kisan Union-Kadian and Bharti Kisan Union-Ekta Ugrahan staged protests at many places in the city and elsewhere in the district. As a mark of solidarity with protesting farmers, members of the Muslim community, led by Shahi Imam of Punjab Mohammed Usman Ludhianavi, burnt an effigy of the Continued on page 2 Ludhiana, September 27 Rail passengers remained a harried lot with several trains cancelled, rescheduled and stranded at intermediate stations due to blockade of rail tracks at several places by farmers as a part of their call for Bharat bandh today. Four trains — 02014 Amritsar-New Delhi Shatabdi Express, 02716 AmritsarNanded Sachkhand Express, 03077 Dhanbad-Ferozepur Ganga Sutlej Express and Chandigarh-Firozepur Express — were stranded at the Ludhiana railway station. Railway officials said due to the farmers’ protest seven trains were cancelled for the day, one for tomorrow, seven others were rescheduled and two trains were short-terminated. According to information made available by the Railways, rail tracks were blocked on at least six places on the Ludhiana-Jalandhar, Passengers wait for the Shatabdi Express at the railway station in Ludhiana on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Ludhiana-Firozepur, Ludhiana-New Delhi and Ludhiana-Chandigarh sections due to which trains were stopped at intermediate stations. Among the cancelled trains were Amritsar-Haridwar Janshatabdi Express, 04489/90 Amritsar-Pathankot-Amritsar Express, 04537 Amritsar-Nangal Dam Express, 02030 Amritsar-New Delhi Swarn Shatabdi Express, 04032 Moga-New Delhi Intercity Express and 04068 Amritsar-New Delhi ShanePunjab Express. The 04078 Pathankot-New Delhi Express would remain cancelled tomorrow (Sept 28) for want of rake. Railway officials said seven trains — 02926 Amritsar-Bandra Terminus Pashchim Express, 05734 Amritsar-Katihar Amrapali Express, 01058 Amritsar-CSMT Mumbai Dadar Express, 09222 Jammu Tawi-Ajmer Express, 02920 Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra- Dr Ambedkar Nagar Malwa Express, 04078 Pathankot-Delhi Express and 04678 Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra-Hapa Sarvodaya Express — were rescheduled to depart from their respective destinations by four to five hours. However, their actual departure would depend upon lifting of blockade by the protesting farmers. Stranded railway passengers were furious over the farmers disrupting the rail traffic as according to them the Railways had nothing to do with the agitation. “Farmers have a grudge against the Modi government and they could carry on their protest against the Centre. But due to rail roko, thousands of passengers are being made to suffer for no fault of theirs, just because trains are a soft target and it is very easy for even a small group of protesters to block the tracks and disrupt rail traffic,” said a passenger waiting at the railway station here to board a train for Gorakhpur. Aug saw max vaccination, Sept heading for new record Two test positive in district Over 40.55 lakh inoculated last month, 41.63 lakh coverage target this month in state Nitin Jain Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 27 The ongoing Covid vaccination drive has been picking up pace as August saw maximum jabs during a month, while September was heading to set a new record, the government has confirmed. While 40,55,207 eligible beneficiaries were inoculated last month, which was the highest count since the vaccination took off in January, the state has set a target to cover another 41,63,150 persons aged above 18 years during this month, the official figures have revealed. JAB COVERAGE MALE FEMALE OTHERS 54.98% 45.01% 0.01% WASTAGE COVISHIELD COVAXIN TOTAL 0.76% 0.81% 0.025% Ludhiana, being the biggest and largest district in terms of area and population, has been leading the state with the maximum administration of 29,21,711 jabs till September 26. This was almost 80 per cent coverage of the eligible beneficiaries with at least single dose in the district. While almost 21 lakh people have taken a single shot, over 8 lakh recipients have got both the jabs so far. The month-wise vaccination coverage compiled by the Health and Family Welfare Department, a copy of which is available with The Tribune, revealed that as many as 36,10,009 doses of Covishield and 4,45,198 shots of Covaxin were given in the state during August, while 35,78,580 jabs of Covishield and 5,84,570 doses of Covaxin have been allocated to the state by the Centre for September. Earlier, the state administered 55,461 doses of Covishield and only 37 of Covaxin in January, 1,44,984 Covishield and 388 Covaxin in February, 7,91,570 Covishield and 77,057 Covaxin in March, 23,14,688 Covishield and 2,32,924 Covaxin in April, 12,73,475 Covishield and 1,45,236 Covaxin in May, 15,63,523 Covishield and 3,63,712 Covaxin in June, and 21,58,933 Covishield and 3,89,080 Covaxin in July. c m y b With this, the state will give 1,54,91,223 Covishield and 31,78,622 Covaxin doses to the eligible population till the end of September. The age-wise percentage of population vaccinated in the state so far includes 80 per cent persons aged 60 years and above with first dose and 39 per cent with second dose, 66 per cent 45 years and above with first and 27 per cent second jab, 43 per cent 18 years and above with first and 5 per cent with second shot. The overall coverage comprised 57 per cent with first dose and 18 per cent with second jab. Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 27 Two persons tested positive for Covid, while no death due to the disease was reported in the district today. There are 21 active patients in the district at present. The recovery rate of Covid-19 patients has reached 97.58 per cent. As many as 18 patients were sent for home isolation today and one patient is admitted to hospital for Covid treatment. Till date, a total of 24,91,164 samples have been taken, of which 23,91,950 were found negative. Now, the total number of patients belonging to Ludhiana is 87,538, while COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 11,676 patients belong to other districts/states. The total number of patients who lost their lives to the disease is 2,101 from Ludhiana and 24,91,164 87,538 21 1 2,101 1,050 from other districts. Samples of 5,504 suspected patients were sent for testing today and their results are expected shortly.
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